Heads up: President Obama in San Antonio

2:0: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio


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  1. 1 Carol
    July 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’m ready

  2. 2 Carol
    July 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    And first!

  3. 3 ChristiMTL
    July 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I have no sound 😦

  4. 4 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm


    Romney campaign attacks Obama’s patriotism

    By Steve Benen


    For those who can’t watch clips online, Sununu, in an unhinged attack, told reporters, “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” The quote was in direct reference to the ridiculous, out-of-context talking point we discussed this morning.

    Sununu, who has a well-deserved reputation as a GOP loudmouth, also said this morning the president “has no idea how the American system functions,” in part because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something.” (Update: Sununu also went berserk on Fox.)

    Remember, this is one of Romney’s top surrogates, speaking on behalf of the candidate himself. The intensity of the over-the-top vitriol, following staff shake-ups, and hastily thrown together interviews, also reinforces the perception that the Romney campaign is feeling a sense of desperation and losing its composure.



    • July 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Sununu would only be this unhinged if he thought his candidate was falling apart. This kind of blowup only reflects on the Romney campaign and makes the president’s people seem calm and reasonable. No campaign in its right mind would welcome this kind of outburst.

  5. July 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

  6. 8 ChristiMTL
    July 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Reposting this

    Romney: Obama’s course for the country is “extraordinarily foreign.”

    It’s what I saw on Twitter, they are taking Trump advice….birther, foreign…unamerican……it won’t work!!!!

  7. 14 Nena20409
    July 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    C-SPAN.org has it live, streaming..Those who are capable of setting it Up Please do. I don’t know how. Sorry.

  8. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    July 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Sununu was born in Havana, Cuba, the son of Victoria (née Dada) and John Saleh Sununu. His Father was from Palestine and his mother from El Salvador.

    Not that there is anything wrong with this. Just sayin…

  9. 20 daisydem
    July 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    That picture of him … cocking his head with that cowboy hat, the expression on his face … yum! Wow!

  10. 24 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    The U.S. Should Require All Citizens to Vote

    But if it won’t, here’s one possible incentive: Your voting receipt could become a Mega Millions lottery ticket.

    By Norm Ornstein


    In my view, the best way to ameliorate this malign dynamic is to find ways to enlarge the electorate in primaries and general elections — to move our politics to where persuadable voters in the middle have more impact. If I could do one thing to counter our dysfunction, it would be to adopt a version of the Australian system of mandatory attendance at the polls.
    I am not a naïf. I recognize full well that most of these ideas are unlikely to be adopted soon, and I also know that none would be a panacea. Indeed, there is a case to be made that the sharp polarization and tribalism that has come to dominate Washington has metastasized to the American public, and that the center of the electorate–nearly invisible in Congress–will soon be hard to find in the rest of the country. But our best hope for changing the damaging culture which enhances the tribal wars and elects people who disdain compromise and embrace rigid and extreme ideas is to create more opportunities for more Americans to exert some influence in all elections.



    • 25 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      It seems a shame that a nation that claims to lead the world has a whole host of people who can’t even name their vice president, and who don’t even know when election day is and aren’t able to name the top issues of the day or the legislation that has been passed in the Congress they’ve elected. People in the United States shouldn’t get awarded for voting. They should be punished for NOT voting. People died to give them the right to vote. People around the world have paid the price for the governments that have been elected by swaths of ignorant voters. And the whole world is holding its collective breath to see what voters will subject the world to for the next decade. People shouldn’t get rewarded for bringing that much uncertainty to the rest of the world. If the consequences of elections were confined within a single country’s borders, then it wouldn’t matter if a majority of Americans voted against their best interests or allowed a party to steal elections. But, what happens here affects the entire world, and so Americans should be held to a higher level of accountability for their vote.

      There’s nothing that makes my blood boil more than the thought of people who can’t be bothered to vote specifically in this country, simply because of what it means to the rest of the world. There’s a reason why the President is called the “Leader of the Free World”. I just wish more Americans took that leadership more seriously.

      • 26 peti4-44
        July 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Well said!!!!!

      • 27 Bill
        July 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        I think the voting question is paradoxical. Many of our voters have no knowledge and vote on hate and prejudice. The ones that do not vote are even worse. I have no idea what the answer is, but it may be good that some of our challenged citizens do not vote. A retired woman told me a few weeks ago she did not believe “poor” people should have health care. A plumber told me in 2008 only “white Christians” should be POTUS. I am perfectly satisfied if people such as those two do not vote.

        • 28 theo67
          July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          You’re depressing me with these stories, Bill… 😦

          • 29 Bill
            July 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

            I know it depresses me, just as Sununu did today.

            • 30 theo67
              July 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

              Actually, Sununu doesn’t depress me. He’s acting as expected – that’s who he is. A racist person who feels entitled to power. Nothing will change that. He is what he is, and he’s not alone. The other fact is that they’re losing.

              • 31 Bill
                July 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

                What depressed me about Sununu’s comment is that the lives of POTUS and FLOTUS are two of most extraordinary stories in the history of America. To say they are not American is as disgusting as it can get.

                • 32 theo67
                  July 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

                  So true.

                • 33 veryslowwriter
                  July 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

                  Sununu is a well-known asshole. He was chief of staff under George HW Bush. As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.[The Washington Post wrote that Sununu’s jets “took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.” Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel.Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.

                  You know the type: The rules are for thee, not for me.

        • 34 nathkatun7
          July 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

          Then you must not believe in Democracy, Bill. As it stands, the people you don’t like to see voting because of their views are probably the ones who vote all the time. I think voting should be treated the same way we treat jury duty. Only those with plausible excuses should be allowed to skip voting. If I am not mistaken, in Australia you pay a fine for not voting unless you have a valid excuse.

          • 35 Bill
            July 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

            I very much believe in democracy, but I think democracy requires an informed electorate which we do not have. As I said I do not know what the answer is, but I don’t think it is having more ignoramuses, racists, and haters voting. That is all I am saying. and it is simply my opinion. I said nothing about not believing in democracy.

      • 36 vcprezofan2
        July 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        ‘..what happens here affects the entire world, and so Americans should be held to a higher level of accountability for their vote.’

        😯 Are you implying that America should live up to her touted ‘exceptionalism’ as it pertains to the actual realization of her voting system? Why, Theo, that’s asking a lot!

          • 38 vcprezofan2
            July 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

            BTW, EVERYONE. is there anything else of NOTE that I absolutely have to see in order to help me get back into the swing of things? (referring to info, accomplishments, laws, etc. etc. not just NMS 😉 ) ALSO, what is the progress of CC’s ‘chilling out’? Is she all chilled yet? I’ve lost track of how many more chilling days are left.

            • 39 Pamela
              July 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

              She was chiilin’ to almost normal, then amk got her fired up again. But that was long ago, in a world far far away…(describes the kind of day I’m having!) {{{{VC}}}}

              • 40 vcprezofan2
                July 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

                Hello gurl-child! 😆 😆 I’ve missed keeping an eye on you. Have you been behaving while I was out of commission? {{Pamela}}

  11. 41 sherijr
    July 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I just went back and watched POTUS’ entire keynote speech at the dem convention 2004…. every single thing He has been speaking/working at as President he spoke passionately about in that speech. He is so consistent and remarkable.

  12. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Aha. Apparently, LOVE is the answer to climate change: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/07/16-3

  13. 46 sherijr
    July 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Anyone who says POTUS is not running on his record is a stone cold liar. Every campaign speech has been about his accomplishments and his future plans for this country. He continuously runs on his record… he’s just able to do more than one thing at a time,.. such as kicking MittBain’s ass simultaneous to running on his record AND running this country 🙂

    • July 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      It’s because that is what we say about His record! Afterall, Their Campaign Manager used to work for Sesame Street! This is like a Campaign for student Body, not for POTUS.

  14. July 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    America, America God shed his Grace on thee, and crown thy hood with brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea.

  15. 49 theo67
    July 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    The President just threw down the gauntlet in Texas: “You’re not considered one of the battleground states; but, that’s going to be changing soon”. And if you heard the tone in which this was said, you’d know why a chill just went down the back of every Republican out there. Ouch!

    • 50 xtine
      July 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      OMG, Theo! 🙂 On hearing that final straw, Willard’s entire campaign was just taken to the emergency room. Sources, speaking in anonimity because of their ties to bus circling staff, say persons carrying multiple jackets just entered their very quiet rooms. Straight jackets, we hear. 🙂

      • 51 theo67
        July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        Ha! They’ll need smelling salts, too, I fear.

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        July 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Ha! The President has this, and he so knows it. We just have to have his back, while we kick the other bums out of office ~ forever!

    • 53 Pamela
      July 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      And THAT is keeping a promise, what Change is about!

  16. July 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    McCain: I Chose Palin Because She Was The Better Candidate, Not Because Of Romney’s Tax Returns..Wow
    this hurts Romney even further…http://www.mediaite.com/online/mccain-i-chose-palin-for-vp-because-she-was-the-better-candidate-not-because-of-romneys-tax-returns/

    • 55 Ladyhawke
      July 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      OMG, he said that??? That’s devastating.

      • 56 susanne
        July 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        isn’t it wonderful?! the r-money campaign was boxed in (again)–if it wasn’t about the taxes, then why did mccain pick palin? she’s just a better candidate. and all that implies. llooooove it !

    • 58 Nena20409
      July 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I heard that…oops, I read that at TPM and said to myself, that was a total decimation of Willard Mitterrand Romney.

      With endorsers like McCain, Mittens do not need any enemies. It was just profound.

    • 59 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Has McCain been bewitched by the Quitter? He seems unusually loyal to her, or the decision to pick her.

    • 61 sherijr
      July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      wowzer.. McCain really is kinda dumb… and Romney just got down graded from Palin! Ha!

      • July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        I think the Republicans are very unhinged right now. They don’t really know what to do. Dick Cheney is on the hill today to steer them in the right direction over the tax fight lmao. I guess McCain went rogue on Romney 🙂

        • 63 sherijr
          July 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          yep they’re definitely floundering.. Cheney bringing along his huntin’ gun no doubt.. lining ’em up 😉

      • 64 theo67
        July 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        I’m sure McCain knew exactly what he was doing…

      • 68 Anna Luc
        July 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        Hi TODers! It’s been a while but I always check in. On McCain…He’s not loyal to Palin, but loyal to his own decision to pick her. He was trying to defend his desperation pick of Palin and managed to put a shiv in R. Money’s back at the same time. Love it.

    • 70 Esmerelda
      July 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      This is hilarious. He’s basically saying Palin would make a better President than Romney. I hope OFA come up with an ad.

    • 71 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm


    • 72 nospin
      July 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      raotflmao. That is funny as HELL! lolololol That left a very distinct mark. Poor Willard. Palin was better than Willard? hah!

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      July 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      McCain just dug another big hole for R-money to fall into. Given Miss Sarah’s current status, I’d say you couldn’t go much lower. He must really, really, really hate Willard.

    • 74 Pamela
      July 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      HeeHaw! As if…. So are they all afflicted with chronic lying syndrome? One wonders..

  17. 75 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I am not first, but I’m here AT LAST! I don’t know for how long as getting internet in WACO has been quite an experience! My internet connection button is still not lit, so who knows if I’ll suddenly get kicked out unexpectedly?

    Good afternoon Chips & TODville! I’m so, so happy for this window of opportunity!

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      July 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      I actually made phone contact with the local Democratic group this morning after hanging out at their locale for an hour and seeing no one. Turns out they hadn’t shown up because they were getting ready to head to Austin for this afternoon’s visit – a fact I would have known if I’d been in touch with the TOD family/ 😦 Will tell you about my difficulty in finding them at a later date, right now I’m going to enjoy being online for however long I have.

    • 77 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I was getting worried about you, VC, given your addiction to TOD and current lack of access to the internet. How are you holding up down there in Texas? I hope the visit is going well?

      • 78 vcprezofan2
        July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        My dear Theo, I was falling apart! 😦 I’ve spoken to quite a few people at AT&T, and though they have been polite, they haven’t been really helpful. I cannot believe how long it has taken them to connect internet to an established home line, or the steps I’ve had to go through to get to this point!! I have already told my hosts they ain’t seeing me here again.

        • 79 theo67
          July 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          I’m sure it’s all part of the Republican strategy to keep people from having access to information. It’s why they’ve blocked all efforts to bring broadband to the Appalachians. I certainly feel for you – enjoy the internet time today, while it lasts. I’ve re-watched the kissing probably 50 times already… unashamedly so. 🙂

          • 80 vcprezofan2
            July 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

            What kissing? Fill me in, PLEASE! I’m totally out of touch.

            • 81 theo67
              July 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

              OMG, VC. Turn around RIGHT NOW and go check out yesterday’s posts. I can’t believe you showed your face here and didn’t check that out first. Goodness – there’s still room on the naughty mat. Chips says she’ll be in the cold shower on her waterproof iPad until October (at least)…

              • 82 vcprezofan2
                July 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

                Okay, I followed your redirection, thanks! 😉 So Chips finally bought herself a waterproof iPad? She’ll no doubt get maximum use from it as she is so often the instigator involved in these NMS (naught mat scenarios). 😆

            • 83 anniebella
              July 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

              vc, I think theo67 is talking about POTUS and FLOTUS kissing last night at the basketball game, the kissing cam came their way.

        • 87 Pamela
          July 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

          AT&T bites it.

          • 88 vcprezofan2
            July 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

            AT&T has not endeared me to them AT ALL! A connection that at home would have been in effect by the time I got home, have been made into a major connection, AND once they activated it, I was then expected to “register” it. This is the part that didn’t work well today as my security packet kept refusing to give me the okay that their installation was safe. It still hasn’t okayed it, hence me holding my breath. Yet, I’m here, so I’m happy. 😆

  18. 89 yardarm756
    July 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    He just finished his speech. It was a good’n.

    • 90 vcprezofan2
      July 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Yardarm, I caught the tail end, and it was sweet to hear his voice. News in this corner of the world doesn’t pay too much attention to his actual words! In fact, you would hardly know that a major election is in the works from listening to the nightly news.

    • 91 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I love his quiet sincerity at the end. It reminds people that the stakes are high.

  19. July 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    That was an amazing speech! He’s on fire!

  20. 93 Nena20409
    July 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Right now, with Brown and Black the majority in TX and Caucasian Dems, the Dems should be controlling all statewide posts in TX. Yes the pres was 1001% correct, TX will soon be a battle state ground. I will go further and say, that TX and FL would follow CA and NM where all these 4 states have Brown and Black as the majority with the Dems who are Caucasians, they should be in Charge. CA, TX and FL and Dems would run the clock for many years to come in presidential elections.

  21. July 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Obama could make record haul in S.A.

    Washington, DC
    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    President Obama is expected to break fundraising records for a Democratic candidate during two campaign events in San Antonio, Texas, today.

    The President’s first stop is at a lunch event in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center where over 1,000 attendees will likely contribute $3 to $4 million to his re-election campaign. He is expected to pickup an additional $1 million at a fundraiser in the private home of a supporter.

    Later in the day, he travels to Austin, Texas where he will speak at the Austin Music Hall at an event with singer Jerry Jeff Walker.


  22. 102 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Ron Paul tells Mitt Romney to release more tax returns


    By Callum Borchers, Globe Correspondent

    Texas Representative Ron Paul on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of conservatives advising Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns, suggesting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would benefit from a show of transparency.

    “Politically, I think that would help him,” Paul — technically still a Republican presidential candidate — told Politico. “In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want.”



  23. 104 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm


    Romney Says He Sympathizes With Struggling Middle Class Workers, But His Policies Would Make Them Worse Off

  24. 105 Esmerelda
    July 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  25. 106 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Who’s more transparent? http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns/

    From the looks of this, Republicans don’t EVER seem to think they should do what others have done before…

  26. July 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Comments (0) By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 7/17/12 1:08 PM EDT
    The pro-President Obama super PAC Priorities USA Acton has started reserving time in its five target states where it’s been up for weeks consistently, this time in 60-second blocks starting in the coming days, a source tracking the air wars tells me.

    It’s not clear what the spot is, although it seems like a safe bet that it’s of a piece with the attack lines Mitt Romney has been hit with in the last for weeks. 

    The only other 60-second spot Priorities has done was called “Stage,” which has gotten a million hits on YouTube and features a former worker at Ampad saying he built his “own coffin” when he and others constructed a platform for officials to stand on and announce the plant was closing.

  27. 108 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Dang, just got in from the Dr. so I missed most of the speech. Yet, I got to hear my favorite part. Am I the only one who gets a little misty when he says “when I see old folks, I see my grandp’s, your kids, my kids, etc (lousy paraphrasing, but you get my drift)???

    Although I’ve not commented much lately, I try to at least read the front pages. I’ve only been in the office twice since mid-June. Being ill is a bitch! Thanks for keeping me connected with “Obama World!”

    I do have a bit of good news though — my town is doing neighborhood canvass on Saturday; we’re using my house as the staging area and I’m going to throw a BBQ afterwards. Hoping for a good turnout.

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      July 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Take care of yourself, first, Alycee, and then just keep doing what you’re doing to re-elect President Obama! Thank you for all you do.

    • 110 daiseymay1
      July 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Awesome contribution to Obama2012. Hope you are feeling better.

    • 111 sjterrid
      July 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Sorry to hear you’ve been ill, Alycee. I hope you feel better soon.

      Due to a mix-up in communication two of us went to Media to canvas Sunday, only to find out they were doing a Voter Registration event. I hope to see you again the next time we go to Media.

  28. 112 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    **********Petition************** What Is WIllard Hiding!!! Sign and pass….And Tweet!!


  29. July 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    MSNBainC is falling apart. It started the Cycle Show, with what to do during a Nuclear winter! And if their is a blackout, be prepared, be scared!

  30. 115 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    It’s so delicious to me that PBO is going into the heart of Texas and reaping a major haul there. He’s so bold.

  31. 118 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm



    Why would Republicans dismiss the pleas of American military leaders? Well, it’s an odd story.

    As Kerry and Lugar began their efforts in earnest, so too did far-right activists, who had irrational fears, based on little more than paranoia, that the measure would give the United Nations power over American laws. Fox News and other conservative media outlets soon began trumpeting the talking points, which were aggressively pushed by John Bolton and other extremists, that our “sovereignty” was being put at risk by treaty backers, including the U.S. military.

    Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice — Republican Secretaries of State from Republican administrations — wrote an op-ed, urging Senate ratification, but GOP senators were more inclined to listen to Dick Morris.

    That would be the crazy assed, neoCON John Bolton…MITT ROMNEY”S GO TO GUY ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS! Does anyone need another reason?????????????

    • 120 susanne
      July 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      wouldn’t it be fun if r-money had to return the multi-millions adelson has donated to his campaign?

      • 121 theo67
        July 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        That’ll never happen. Romney doesn’t hold himself accountable for anything.

      • July 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        It’s unlikely that he donated more than the maximum to Willard’s campaign. He probably hasn’t given any money to the GOP coffers either. His money is going to the PACs and they wouldn’t be obligated to return it even if Adelson were charged with a crime.

  32. July 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    President Obama’s reelection campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party have filed suit in federal court against the state of Ohio to restore early voting.

    “Rather than protecting the right to vote, we’ve seen brazen attempts to undermine it,” DNC political director Patrick Gaspard told reporters. “It’s a cynical ploy.”

    Republicans and Democrats in Ohio have been tussling over voting rights rules for most of the last year. Most recently, the legislature ended early voting in the three days before the election — but kept it in place for military voters.

    In Obama for America v. Husted, the complaint alleges that distinction between military and nonmilitary voters violates the equal protection clause of the federal constitution.

    Ohio was ground zero in 2004 for charges of malfeasance and irregularities and is expected to once again be a razor thin contest. Early voting is generally recognized to benefit Democrats — but the Democrats insists that politics is not at the heart of their complaint.

    “It’s a chilling notion that we should be opposed to those voting in the final three days because they may or may not vote on our side of the issues,” Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern told reporters.

  33. 124 cookemom
    July 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Well, this can’t help.
    “McCain: I Chose Palin Because She Was The Better Candidate, Not Because Of Romney’s Tax Returns”

    • 125 jacquelineoboomer
      July 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Was McCain crying when he said it?

    • 126 donna dem 4 obama
      July 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I think this is hilarious. “SP was the better candidate”. John, you’re killing me here. 😆 😆 😆

      • 127 cookemom
        July 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        Actually, he said she was less unqualified, or something equally as garbled. Either way, this still ain’t good news for John McCain or Pittiful.

      • 128 susanne
        July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        the same sarah palin who has not been invited to this year’s convention, miss half-a-term gov, miss reality show, miss winkwink? her? yep, still better than r-money!

  34. 129 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    What is this?? http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=19973336&title=report-brings-up-olympic-contract-for-romney-donor&s_cid=queue-1

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new report raises questions about one of Mitt Romney’s sources of campaign money, who was also a key figure in the Olympic bribery scandal and the subsequent trial.

    The Daily Beast reports the donor, New Jersey travel-company executive Sead Dizdarevic, became an immunized witness during the 2003 trial stemming from the Olympic bribery scandal.

    He testified at the corruption trial of Salt Lake Olympic directors Tom Welch and David Johnson that he and his sister-in-law had delivered $131,000 in cash contributions to the defendants in hopes of securing an exclusive Olympic hospitality contract.

    The report says after Romney took over running the Olympics, Dizdarevic was awarded an exclusive, elite travel package contract anyway. The Daily Beast says now Dizdarevic, his family, his company and his business associates have donated more than $1 million to Romney’s campaign.

  35. 134 Claire
    July 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm


    The Voice’ silenced: Britain’s largest black newspaper barred from Olympic Stadium

    The Voice Newspaper is Britain’s number one black newspaper but have been denied access to the Olympics stadium to give direct coverage from the games. Black people in the UK have made a huge contribution to sport and to the British Olympic team and it is natural that black press in the UK would wish to report from the Olympic games.

    Please find out more here and sign the petition.


  36. 135 desertflower
    July 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    People are loving PBO and company being so aggressive…opening their wallets because of it….more of that please:)

  37. 136 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    daveweigel ‏@daveweigel


    Guess I’m being an Obama hack if I point out that the sentence right before “if you have a biz, you didn’t build that” was about roads.


  38. July 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Marissa Mayer is now in charge of Yahoo at the age of 37. She is also an Obama supporter.

  39. July 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Sununu is just trying to change the subject off of Bain. He knows that all this intense rhetoric will get picked up by Cable.

  40. 141 Dakota
    July 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I am so enjoying watching rethug heads exploding all over the place! Better than 4th of July fireworks!

  41. July 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    The Senate failed to advance a campaign spending transparency bill for the second time in two days on Tuesday, drawing warnings from Democrats that billionaires will now control the country’s elections.

    The 53-45 vote Tuesday came after Democrats pulled an all-nighter in hopes of convincing Republicans to join them in voting for the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required companies, unions and other groups to report campaign spending of more than $10,000 to the government.

  42. 143 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm


    Mitt Romney In His Own Words (And By His Own Standard)

    (h/t LOLGOP twitter)

  43. 149 purpleshoesla
    July 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Afternoon from Sunny Cali TOD Peeps. I see the Repugs are still at the lame ass “distractions”

  44. 152 japa21
    July 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I have linked to this blogger before. Love this take on Obamacare: http://www.joepaduda.com/archives/002371.html

  45. 153 cookemom
    July 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I think Pittiful has a boo sound track that’s played at his speeches. Today, for example, when he talked about PBO saying ‘businesses didn’t build their businesses, they had help’, there was obvious boos from the audience, however, not one person seated behind him in camera range opened their mouth, not one. So where did the booing come from? Who knows, since we’ll never get the crowd camera shot at one of these. It’s gotta be a boo track. Check the video, it’s mighty strange, not one person behind him reacts, yet there’s all kind of noise coming the the so-called audience. Either the people behind him are cut-outs, or he brought in some booers off the street, or there’s a boo track, I tells ya. He probably has a laugh track too, for when he thinks he’s said something funny. We won’t hear much of that one.

  46. 154 xtine
    July 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Read this comment over @ BJ, & just cracked up:

    “SatanicPanic Says:
    Can I get a job as a Romney surrogate? I’ll say some crazy stuff on TV. I’ll work for as little as $300 an hour.”

    There’s a line forming …. 🙂

  47. 155 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Romney’s first TV ad draws flak from Obama campaign for misleading use of president’s words (video)

    Posted by Philip Rucker at 11:10 PM ET, 11/21/2011


    Mitt Romney tried to use his first television advertisement of his 2012 campaign to draw a stark contrast with President Obama, but the ad’s misleading use of Obama’s words drew an immediate retort from the president’s re-election campaign Monday night and threatened to undercut Romney’s message.
    The Romney ad uses footage of a campaign stop Obama made in New Hampshire on Oct. 16, 2008, where he was mocking the quote of an aide to John McCain, his 2008 GOP opponent. But the Romney ad shows Obama uttering that line, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” without noting that Obama was quoting the words of a McCain strategist.



    • 156 vcprezofan2
      July 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Isn’t this an ‘old’ one – November 2011? Have they updated it?

      • 157 Ladyhawke
        July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm


        Right, it’s an old ad. But I don’t think they ever changed it even after it was debunked. It may still be running. That’s how they roll. Their very first ad was deceptive. So today Romney is feigning outrage by taking something President Obama said out of context. The man is shameless. The desperation of the Romney campaign is just breathtaking. They can’t deal with the facts so they just make stuff up.

  48. 158 Suzanne
    July 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Great report from the ground in Austin. Sorry, it’s a DKos post, but from a very enthusiastic Obama supporter.

    Update from Texas–San Antonio has gone bonkers over the President — outside–BAD FOR ROMNEY..

    ….The President has just concluded his remarks….it was evident that the President was a smashing hit inside. But–equally compelling–the view outside of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was bad–very bad–extremely bad–for Mitt Romney…

    I used my lunch hour to become a part of the crowd in front of the Convention Center. Trust me–I have been witness to several Presidential visits. When President Clinton came to San Antonio several years ago in support of Garry Mauro…-hundreds of people lined the streets…-holding up disgusting signs–mocking President Clinton–with their usual bullshit and crackpots taking center stage….

    I was scratching my head.When Hilary came to town during her bid for the nomination, she also had blocks and blocks of protestors greet her.

    Normally–the haters come out in full force when Democratic candidates or Democratic Presidents come to town. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

    In the entire city of San Antonio, Texas–in front of the convention hall where the President was addressing a massive crowd–there was one Mitt Romney sign.

    Mitt–you’ve got a problem, bud–a big, big, problem…

  49. 161 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Obama administration extends health benefits to seasonal federal firefighters

    by Eclectablog


    Today, at the direction of President Obama, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced an Executive Order that “interim final regulation that immediately extends eligibility for health insurance coverage under the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program to temporary firefighters and fire protection personnel working on wildland fires across the country”. These brave men and women have been working in overdrive mode as the country faces the most debilitating drought in decades.

    The effort began when the wife of firefighter John Lauer had a premature baby and racked up $70,000 in medical bills while he was off fighting wildfires. Because they are seasonal, prior to this new rule, the firefighters were not eligible for federal health insurance coverage. An online petition was started that gathered over 125,000 signatures, spurring Denver Democrat Rep. Diana DeGette to introduce legislation to correct this situation. However, President Obama stepped in and directed the OPM to take immediate action that led to today’s announcement. (More on the Lauer’s situation from NPR HERE.)



  50. 164 Ladyhawke
    July 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm



    There was a way for Mitt Romney to never have to release any tax returns. He didn’t have to run for president.


  51. 166 Bill
    July 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    S. E. Cupp is now a quest on MSNBC after finishing her show praising Jennifer Rubin, the most right wing writer at the Washington Post.

    • 167 Linda
      July 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      I had to turn it off when they showed Santorum talking about Mousalini and she chimed in that her family fled Italy also..

      One problem….Santorum’s family went back and worked for the communists.

  52. July 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    #ADollarADayToOFA …. It’s the 99% Way …. #FORWARD

    Reminders of the Force ….

    BTW, I knew Henry B Gonzales rather well 🙂

  53. July 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Man, call me sensitive, but I’m watching an online training for our department’s sexual harassment policy, and I just want to reach through the screen and slap the people acting idiotically. I know, they’re actors, but still. This goes on all the time, otherwise the training would be unnecessary.

  54. July 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Coming up:

    On Saturday July 28, 2012, the campaign will be 100 days out from Election Day. The First Lady will be kicking off a campaign, ‘It Takes One’, where she will highlight how one person can make a large impact on the outcome of this election. In this spirit, teams will be hosting “It Takes One” events across the country for our day of action marking this 100 day out milestone.

    • 171 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I can’t believe it’s coming so quickly!

      • 172 donna dem 4 obama
        July 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        I know!

        I’m going on vaca the 1st week in August but when I get back it’s gonna be every weekend working for the campaign and I plan to host a Fundraiser at my home sometime in September. I’m hoping to talk my Rep. Donna Edwards into attending. A girl can dream can’t she. 😉

      • 179 Dudette
        July 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        Not quick enough for me. I want to get to the debates so PBO can crush that fool like a bug.

        • 180 theo67
          July 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          Hee hee – I’d forgotten about that enticing event still to come! Bring it on!!

        • July 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          August will be a long slog. Congress will be home having their town halls and I’m sure the MSM are chomping at the bit to feature the Tea Party nut cases again – the crazier the better. But I think we’re in a very good position to gain some momentum.

  55. 182 Bill
    July 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Tweety is worked up defending PBO against Willard and his henchmen.

  56. 187 JER
    July 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Streaming now: President Obama Arrives in Austin, TX – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  57. 190 Linda
    July 17, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    That Bob Costa person just embarrassed himself on Hardball….

  58. July 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  59. 202 Beverly
    July 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    P.S. Forgot to ask…kindly delete my comment so it doesn’t get posted. Thanks much.

    • July 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Beverly, thanks so much for dropping by. So sorry, just don’t have the time at the moment to reply by email to your questions, if you post them here I’m sure everyone will try to help. Thanks Beverly.

  60. 206 isonprize
    July 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    So, y’all KNOW why I love this thread, right? Good guys wear black! 😀

    (Chica, I’m not at my regular computer, so if this comment gets flagged, please set it free… Thanks, Isonprize)

  61. July 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Okay, I admit it — I always worry when the President is away from the Oval Office, but I really, really worry when he visits places like Texas or Arizona. Anyone that can spend endless millions in trying to defeat this President can easily have other alternatives in mind to get rid of him.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President’s safety while campaigning in Texas. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  62. 220 carla4obama
    July 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    McConnell: No real deficit deal until Obama is gone
    The Senate’s top Republican said Tuesday that he did not see a way for Republicans and Democrats to come to agreement on meaningful deficit reduction as long as President Obama remains in office.

    “After years of discussions and months of negotiations, I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor.

    • 221 anniebella
      July 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      To that lying ugly turtle looking bastard McConnell, you will be leaving before President Obama. President Obama will be re-elected. That racists bastard can’t stand our black President.

      • 222 cookemom
        July 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        I’m sure you meant no insult to turtles, but now tell us how you really feel….lol

      • 223 yardarm756
        July 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        It has to be selective racism. He has an oriental wife(Chinese I think) so it must also be his gender, eh?

      • 224 Betsy
        July 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        I hope that McConnell will be pushed out of office but don’t remember if he’s up for re-election?

    • 225 criquet
      July 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Really? How about when you McConnell and your bunch of treacherous, dishonest ,pretend Senators have been voted out ?

      He has passed his sell by date.

    • 227 theo67
      July 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Ransom. They’re holding the country hostage.

    • July 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Pro tip to McConnell: Tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% in our nation are not in the interest of deficit reduction.

    • July 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      That is in response to House Democrats saying they will not give in on The Bush Yax cuts for the wealthy.
      It’s all about leverage, the GOP is trying to take the sequester off the table as well, by building up enough pressure where the President cannot use the defense cuts as a wedge( Bait and Switch)!
      Albeit, the President still has the Bush raddled as leverage. To the GOP, as you can see, they mean everything.
      Me thinks, no deal for the bush tax it’s, everybody rate will go back up, saving nearly 5 trillion over the next decade, however, sending the economy back up to 8.5% ue rate til 2014!
      Then, the president already has the budget act on the books, he can use that to raise debt limit.

      • 232 theo67
        July 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        I’m not sure what leverage the GOP have in this situation. If the President does nothing, then the tax cuts expire, and the sequester is because of Congress’ inaction (after all, they’re the ones who said they’d figure out the debt deal without the President with their little “Super Committee” that turned out to be a dud. The President has nothing to lose, since he’ll still own the White House on Jan 1 when all of this comes to pass. If anyone should have an incentive to deal, it should be the GOP, but they’re too stupid to realize it, too used to dealing with idiots.

    • July 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      and the sad part is that this idiot is going to be around to try to block PBO goals over the next 4 yrs…

  63. July 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes to advance a bill on Thursday that would encourage companies to bring jobs back to the United States, and remove current tax breaks for outsourcing jobs overseas.

    But it’s already unclear whether the Senate can make any progress on the outsourcing bill. Reid indicated that there is enough Republican opposition to it that he is being forced to set up a procedural vote on the bill Thursday, setting up the prospect that the Senate will spend the week debating two major bills without making any headway on either.

  64. July 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I have a few words for Mitt Romney and the Right Wing who wish to take us backwards…courtesy of Langston Hughes:

    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.

    I’ll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody’ll dare
    Say to me,
    “Eat in the kitchen,”

    They’ll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed–

    I, too, am America.


    For all you visual learners… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuRQDrySOVQ

  65. July 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  66. 239 susanne
    July 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    bill r put this in a tweet earlier, but in case you missed it, these gallup polls show the unemployment level at mid-july is under 8%. there are some great charts in this article too, showing the steady progress made by pbo’s policies. don’t miss it!

  67. 240 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Hey TOD! I saw Air Force One! I saw Air Force One! The plane is HUGE!!!!!! I mean HUGE!!!! 😀

  68. 246 JER
    July 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Stream is up Now – President Obama Fundraiser in Austin, TX – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  69. 247 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  70. July 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Me thinks, they are for Geo-thermal vents, so it’s not so loud!

  71. 250 JER
    July 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  72. July 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  73. July 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  74. 256 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  75. July 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  76. July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    UT gives us the exciting scoop from Austin!

  77. July 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Sununu is much smarter than you guys gave him credit for! Setting aside his asinine comments, he has single handedly changed the subject from Bain!
    Cable has jumped all over those racial comments. So, everytime Robney needs to change the subject, code words galore, because cable loves it.

    • 263 hopefruit2
      July 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Sununu has not changed ANYTHING. The Obama campaign is aware of all these tactics and how the media enables them. The Obama camp will keep hitting Romney on Bain day after day, week after week. Bain is not going ANYWHERE, no matter what sununu says or does. Sununu could have sex with a cow on cable TV for all I care, that’s not going to change a damn thing.

    • July 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      It’s, at best, a temporary distraction. Team Obama will just pivot back to the attack.

  78. July 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Interesting essay:

  79. July 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve seen on twitter that CBSNews sent George Zimmerman’s parents flowers? What on earth for? Anyone know this story?

  80. 271 Linda
    July 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    National Review on Line just came out for Romney to release his tax returns…..

    Seems a little odd since their reporter just stuck up for Sununu on Hardball……..

  81. 275 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    More links of Pres. Obama LIVE in Austin


  82. July 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The Robney camp says, that if Bain is so bad why did OFA except 120k in donations?

    I am sure it was an employee, and nobody knew about it. I mean, 120k? Puhlease!

    • 277 Linda
      July 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      You are right….he gets donations from Bain employees . Big Wow.

    • 278 Claire
      July 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      And romney is the one that is running from bain. He’s the one that clams to have no association with is own company.

    • 279 purpleshoesla
      July 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      And HOW does Mittens’ know this,hmm? Could it be because the Prez publicly releases his donor lists even tho Mittens steadfastly refuses to do so? This is just more….. SQUIRREL!

    • 280 anniebella
      July 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      jovie141, That has nothing to do with what Mitt Romney did when he was at Bain. Anything to try to change the subject.

    • July 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Bain employees donating cash to President Obama? Wow, Mitt really sucks, even his own employees can’t stand him.

  83. July 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    On the road again—heading to Ct. for fam get-together. Walked into western Pa. motel and was happily greeted with the great Obama ad and Willard’s horrible singing playing on the reception room teevee. Just checked my local Il. newspaper website—–great and fun KissCam story on front page. Lots of sad drought thru Illinois and Indiana—lots of dead corns. Not much political in evidence—-spotted my first Willard sign on a car in Illinois!—-that vote will be wasted. Spotted 4 Obama bumper stickers. Gave my usual frantic lady thumbs up to those smart people. Usually I put down the window and thrust my thumbs up joyously out the window—-but it was too pukey hot —-so just gave my enthusiastic approval from inside the cool car. Polled by Gallup last night—-they asked every kind of question imaginable—-dozens of questions—–every aspect of my life. I can’t wait to see my contributions affecting next poll—–an adamant !0 on every question re. Obama and my level of enthusiasm about my vote. Carry on.

  84. 284 HHO
    July 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I think the media would love to change the subject from Bain because Romney can’t. It is like a piece of gum stuck on the bottom of Romney’s shoe. Can’t get it off. As for the media, I’ve watched some of them contort themselves into knots trying to defend a dishonest Romney. We’ve had week’s and month’s of seeing and hearing Romney, and he has shown us who he is. Not good. We have gut feelings about him when we see and hear him speak. Not good. We have video, print, and personal attestment with facts upon facts about him. Not good. Now some media would like us to dismiss what our eyes and ears have seen and heard, what our gut tells us, and what facts we have learned for what reason? To give a very dishonest person the biggest prize this country has to offer. Not going to happen. This is the United States of America not the United States of Corporations Are People My Friend.

  85. 285 nospin
    July 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Did anyone of you see Mitt Romney’s visit in Pennsylvania? He is completely trying to copy President Obama. Got folks to whip out their cameras to take pictures when he walked in and had folks screaming trying to copy the energy in PO’s crowds.

    He was hard on “Obamacare” and how it negatively impacts employment. At no time did he say how he would resolve any of the issues he is trying to connect to PO. Everything else was lies with no real solutions being offered.

    The video is on CSPAN. I could not find a head count to see how many attended.

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