This and That

Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada



President Obama gets a hug from Rep. Barbara Lee after arriving at Oakland International Airport


President Obama boards departs San Francisco International Airport for Nevada


President Obama greets attendees after speaking during the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at the Reno Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada



President Obama holds up a drawing given to him as a gift after speaking at the 113th VFW National Convention


Next up:

10:55: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Fox Theatre, Oakland

243 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  2. 4 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm


    • 5 pugeretto
      July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Close, gotta feed dogs, will be back for jokes…hopefully you can drum something up!

      • 6 amk for obama
        July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        You want jokes? How about them gallup ‘polls’ ?

      • 7 amk for obama
        July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        OK. Here you go.

        A drunk that smelled like a brewery got on a bus one day. He sat down next to a priest. The drunk’s shirt was stained, his face was full of bright red lipstick and he had a half-empty bottle of wine sticking out of his pocket. He opened his newspaper and started reading. A couple minutes later, he asked the priest, “Father, what causes arthritis?”

        “Mister, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and contempt for your fellow man,” the priest replied.

        “Imagine that,” the drunk muttered. He returned to reading his paper.

        The priest, thinking about what he had said, turned to the man and apologized: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

        “I don’t have arthritis, Father,” the drunk said, “but I just read in the paper that the Pope does.”

  3. 11 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  4. 12 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  5. 13 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  6. 15 Roberta in MN
    July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    AAH 🙂 Good Evening Chips. Just finishing up on the last post. Just a little behind tonight.

  7. 16 pugeretto
    July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Good Evening Tods & Chips! I know you’re there. I’ve been lurking off & on again, just wanted to say hello all. Have a nice night.

  8. 17 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    So that should be three pics, chips.

  9. 23 Dudette
    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hey there!!

  10. 24 Roberta in MN
    July 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Now what was Jacobs talking about the military doesn’t like our President. Those are some pretty happy faces there at the VFW.

  11. 25 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Star of Romney ‘My Hands Didn’t Build This’ Ad Received Millions in Government Loans and Contracts


  12. 28 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Australian official clarifies remark Romney used to criticize lack of leadership in US


    SAN FRANCISCO — Australia’s foreign minister says he wasn’t criticizing America when he spoke of a nation “in decline” during a private conversation with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    Foreign Minister Bob Carr and other Australian officials said Monday that Carr was praising American economic strengths during Sunday’s meeting. The meeting was kept secret until Romney shared Carr’s comments with donors later in the day.

    “He said America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline,” Romney said, while addressing roughly 250 donors at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel. “I said, ‘Can I quote you on that?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’”

    Seizing on the remark to criticize a lack of leadership in Washington, Romney added that Carr “led the talk of America being in decline.”



  13. 33 Tally
    July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  14. 34 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    What does a man consider a seven course meal?

    A hot dog and a six pack of beer.

    What does a woman consider a seven course meal?

    A real seven course meal.

    See? Right there is the problem.


  15. 39 Dudette
    July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Massachusetts Senate-candidate Elizabeth Warren on Rev Al’s show earlier today

    Happy One Year Birthday her baby, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!!

  16. July 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks to reasonable commenters re: Chuck Todd today.

    I was so mad at him this weekend for nastily saying that PBO’s “Firms” was “nasty,” I was inclined to be skeptical of anything he says. I think I misunderstood his tweet today (like BWD did) to imply that “The Choice” ad was negative in tone, when in fact he may have been saying exactly the opposite. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

    The Guardian UK has nicely summarized the impact of sending money overseas: “Wealth doesn’t trickle down – it just floods offshore.” All Dems running for office need to educate the public on this.

    More from @DavidCornDC (more than GDPs of US & Japan combined):

  17. 42 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  18. 43 lamh35
    July 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Wait, who remembers this from Sesame Street!!!!! I never realized how long this damn thing was…lol! “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12..”

  19. July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    #SwiftTruthing …

  20. July 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Biden meets with senior advisors at the White House.
    1:15 PM
    Obama departs San Francisco, California en route Portland, Oregon.
    2:40 PM
    Obama arrives in Portland, Oregon.
    4:50 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon.
    7:10 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon.
    8:05 PM
    Obama departs Portland, Oregon en route Seattle, Washington.
    8:50 PM
    Obama arrives in Seattle, Washington.
    9:15 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event.
    11:15 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.

  21. July 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    • July 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Ahh…Mitt Wrongny. What a piece of work

    • 53 anniebella
      July 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Mitt Romney is a bold face LIAR.

      • 54 nathkatun7
        July 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        I think he is really a pathological liar. Of all the people, Newt was the only politician to openly call him a liar in public. And guess what, Mitt’s media enablers were shocked that Gingrich dared to tell the truth about the liar: Willard “Mitt” Romney.

      • 56 Ladyhawke
        July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        And why isn’t that the biggest story of this campaign. Romney’s lying is unprecedented. And Chuck Todd thinks President Obama is being mean when he produces contrast ads.

    • 57 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Is he going to meet the Australian PM? I hope she finds a way to land him in deep doo doo.

  22. July 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I was reading on twitter that Sally Ride “came out” in her obituary. Her partner of 27 years is ineligible for her federal benefits. So sad.

  23. 61 Claire
    July 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Have there been any reports on how much romney’s European tea party will cost taxpayers?

  24. July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  25. 63 Sharon
    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Hard to find any for sure live stream of tonight’s campaign event. Washington Post live stream is up with color bars and a flashing message that includes “fox theatre/POTUS”. Their instructions say to either reload or wait for the video to begin. So hopefully that one will come through.


  26. 64 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Bringing this over because it tickles my funny bone that while the reporters say Hollywood HAS ABANDONED PRES. OBAMA!!!! Here’s Hollywood stepping up time and time again in droves! 😆

    First George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker, and now, stars from HBO’s cult-classic series “The Wire” are getting in on the fund-raising act for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

    According to an invitation posted on BarackObama.com, supporters of the president’s second charge at the White House can visit the Martha’s Vineyard home of Judy and Ron Davenport on the evening of Aug. 15 to mingle with cast members from the HBO drug drama.

    Would-be attendees can score tickets for $500 per person, or if they’re feeling especially flush, they can join the host committee at $2,500 a pop. Proceeds will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fund-raising committee comprising Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.

    Why “The Wire”? It’s apparently one of Obama’s favorite shows, although the president isn’t slated to attend that evening, according to the Sunlight Foundation. Meanwhile, Politico mentioned a lineup that included Jamie Hector, Clarke Peters (pictured), Wendell Pierce, Andre Royo and Sonja Sohn as some of the show’s stars expected to stump for Obama at the Davenports’ house.

    “The Wire” fund-raiser was just one of three reported events making headlines on Monday. Nathan Lane is planning an Aug. 24 fund-raiser in Bridgehampton, N.Y., with co-hosts Julianne Moore, Edie Falco and Jane Holzer. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend Lane’s “East End for Obama” event, which will cost from $500 to $10,000 and will feature a performance by James Taylor, according to the New York Post.

    Finally, not to be outdone, mega-producer Harvey Weinstein is teaming up with Vogue top editor Anna Wintour for a joint fund-raiser in Greenwich, Conn., on Aug. 6, the Post reported Monday. Joining the guest list for Wintour and Weinstein’s party comes at the considerable cost of $35,800 per booster.


  27. 65 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  28. 66 xtine
    July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Watching LOD & he had a few seconds of Willard on CNBC earlier. Dude looks awful, for real! If I was a 6yr old, that was the boogeyman on my teevee.

    • 67 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Do you think he could keep up with PBO’s schedule if by some stretch of the imagination he did become President? PBO always bounces down the steps bright eyed and ready for whatever. He always has time to stop and say a kind word and give hugs. He’s never wooden or impatient. That’s in addition to all his duties as President, Commander in Chief, Referee of Congress and Chief Comforter. Romney could never do it all. He’s not in it to serve. People like Romney are in it to be served. It would be all about perks and kickbacks and feeling powerful for him.

  29. 68 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  30. 69 Sharon
    July 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    C-Span One is showing as “next” at 11:35 a program titled “Mitt Romney and the 2012 Olympics.” Not sure who will be on, but might be worth checking out.

    • 70 Sharon
      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Sorry that should be 2002 Olympics.

      • 71 hopefruit2
        July 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        Thanks sharon for the heads up. I actually have low expectations for how honestly Romney will be portrayed on this show. This might be a PR effort bought and paid for by the Willard campaign, to get people off Willard’s back about releasing his Olympics records.

        But if you do watch it, please let us know how you found it 🙂

        • 72 Sharon
          July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

          Found it by monitoring C-Span (on mute) hoping they will play the Reno speech. But they are only playing Biden so far. Feinstein is on now at National Press Club. Had no forewarning anywhere (haven’t figured out their scheduling scheme from their website)–Just stumbled on it. Or how old or new it may be or who it is by.

  31. 73 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Here’s a newly released OFA veterans for Obama video, features a vet saying “President Obama is one of the greatest advocates for veterans that I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

  32. 75 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    And the reporters say Pres. Obama is losing big dollar donors. Hahahahahahaahaha.

    Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer to Host Michelle Obama in Latest Hollywood Fund-raiser

    The president’s re-election campaign adds three L.A. dates in August featuring the first lady and vice president.First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are both scheduled to hit the Los Angeles fundraising scene next month, and the Obama re-election campaign is working to get the most out of their visits by adding events to their schedules.

    Along with a family-oriented fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of singer and designer Gwen Stefani on Aug. 12, the rirst lady also will be the guest of honor at an event later that day at the home of Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer and his wife, Wendy. Tickets prices to the latter range from $2,500 to $25,000.

    The following afternoon, tech entrepreneur and executive Yolanda “Cookie” Parker, an Obama National Finance committee member, will co-host an “intimate luncheon” for the first lady in Ladera Heights, the hillside community that is part of the nation’s most affluent majority African-American census tract. Couples hoping to attend that event should plan on spending $25,000, while going on your own only will run $3,500.

    Biden will be in L.A. on Aug. 3 for a fundraising reception at the home of entrepreneur and active Democratic donor Shoukat Hussain Ali. Tickets to that event go for $10,000 per person. Meanwhile, on Aug. 6, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry and his wife, Berta, will host a private benefit concert for the president’s re-election. As befits an evening in the Santa Monica home of the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s designer, the concert’s musician will be super star cellist Yo Yo Ma. Ticket prices from $2,500 to $10,000 per couple.


  33. July 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    oo wee can’t wait to see video of this

  34. July 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  35. July 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Nancy Smash never sits still!!

  36. 82 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Knock knock,
    who’s there?
    What’s that?
    GALLUP I said

  37. 83 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm



    Mitt Romney was in rare form today in California talking to those “We Did Build It” business folk. He really poured it on. It was shameful that President Obama has not met with his business council. And can you believe it after meeting with the families and first responders in Aurora, Colorado he has the nerve to do a fundraiser. And oh by the way Mitt Romney has spend his career in business he’s not a career politician like some people. You get the picture. Mitt’s lips were moving so he was lying a lot. It really is remarkable to read this article and not ask yourself if Mitt Romney needs therapy. What else could it be? There is something seriously wrong with this man. And on top of that he is seriously dangerous. The urge to take a shower will be overwhelming.


    Romney Tells California Business Roundtable He’s No Career Politician


  38. 89 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    • 90 lisalovesobama
      July 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      omg!!! I love Costco!!!! I love going there. One of the sales people told my mom that workers never leave there voluntarily because the benefits are wonderful and so is the pay!!! Costco is a good company and i’m so glad they’re backing PBO!!! 😆

      • 91 hopefruit2
        July 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        Yes, I’ve heard that they have good pay and benefits for their workers 🙂

      • 93 Cha
        July 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

        I’ve heard for a long time that Costco is a Blue Co, lisa, and that’s why I delight in belonging and shopping there..plus it’s a way to save money on this very expensive Island. But, this is even better to hear that the owner, Jim Sinegal Backs PObama on Business!

        Thx hopefruit~

    • 94 Betsy
      July 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      I love Costco too. So happy about this!!!

  39. July 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  40. 96 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell has been doing a fan-fucking-tastic job on the lies of Mitt Romney. Day after day after day after day.

    He’s now exposing Romney’s lies and flip flopping about abortion and Roe v. Wade.

    My goodness; at this point there is nothing and I mean NOTHING that this man has not flip flopped on. NOTHING!

    For a 65 year old man to have no core principles is deeply disturbing. He has no real beliefs and values. He lies ALL THE TIME.

  41. 103 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I wonder when will the O campaign will start painting mitt as the liar that he is ? After the convention ?

  42. 107 JER
    July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  43. 109 Tally
    July 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  44. 110 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I see that yet another mittbot’s lie about what the aussie FM said is being called out. When will the media really start ‘vetting’ mittbot ?

    • 111 anniebella
      July 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

      A liar is a liar, they don’t lie once and a while, they lie all the time, that’s Mitt Romney.

  45. 112 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Romney’s twisted road on abortion

    By John D. Nichols


    Will Saletan of Slate.com wrote an exhaustive piece on the path Mitt Romney took while determining his stand on Abortion. Saletan chronicles how it began in 1963 with the death of a woman who was close to the Romney family, from an illegal abortion which he mentioned in a debate with Senator Ted Kennedy. Saletan also found that Romney commissioned a poll in 1986 before running for election which found that a pro-life candidate could not win a statewide election in Massachusetts. The poll came before Romney took a position, though Saletan does not say Romney took the position based solely on the poll.
    Saletan’s piece is long but fascinating as is the almost 7-minute video of Romney’s changed positions on abortion linked to the article. Will Saletan joined Lawrence O’Donnell Monday night in “The Spotlight”.



  46. 113 amk for obama
    July 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • 114 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

      That was an extremely irresponsible statement from Joe Scarborough. You know a certain number of people with blue eyes kill people. That doesn’t mean that all blue eyed people are dangerous. As if these kids don’t have enough to deal with without being branded as potential killers. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the US on the Autism scale and very few serial killers. You know what? It might just be the guns.

    • 115 pugeretto
      July 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Wow, I thought I disliked him (Joe Scarborough), now, I don’t even have the words.

  47. 116 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Here he is!!!

  48. 121 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    The Oakland crowd is out of control excited…can’t calm down!!

  49. 123 sherijr
    July 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Ohhh any links to POTUS’ 10:55 speech? Maybe I’ll get to watch him live for a change 🙂

  50. 126 sherijr
    July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Holy smokes what a Happy Crowd!!

  51. July 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm


  52. July 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  53. 133 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    PBO taking a direct hit against Mitt’s Mendacity. Nicely done Mr. President. That will be the soundbite tomorrow. President Obama takes on Mitt Romney for taking his words out of context. Splicing and dicing a video to create his bogus narrative. Totally dishonest, but then you knew that.

  54. 134 isonprize
    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    PBO just called out R-money for lying.

    Okay, he didn’t go so far as to call him a liar, but he did talk about R-money “omitting whole sentences and distorting my support of small businesses”

    • 135 Ladyhawke
      July 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I listened to Milt Shook’s podcast this weekend and he was talking about the splicing that Mitt Romney did to President Obama’s words. He made a good point. President Obama is one of the most skillful politicians we have ever seen in this country . He’s running for a second term to finish what he has started. It just doesn’t make sense that President Obama would say what Mitt Romney is accusing him of saying. It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s not logical. It only makes sense to the folks that would not vote for him no matter what. But you have to believe the independents and other Americans who have seen and heard President Obama for the last three and a half years would have to say – you know that doesn’t really sound like something that President Obama would say. In fact, I have heard him say the exact opposite. That’s exactly the point that Elizabeth Warren was making in that viral video. That Mitt Romney just can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

  55. 136 isonprize
    July 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    PBO is ready to fight. He’s got his tie loosened, his sleeves are rolled up. He’s FIRED UP!!

  56. 138 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    My President is NOT PLAYING tonight!!! And the crowd is right there with him 🙂

    • 139 isonprize
      July 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      PBO is on FIYAH!! He’s gonna sleep good on that flight back to DC.

      It’s the RIGHT THING TO DO!!! “We’re not going back, WE’RE GOING FORWARD!!

    • 140 lisalovesobama
      July 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I just logged on to it. 😦 I haz a huge sad. 😦

      • 141 isonprize
        July 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        No, no, LISA, ~~~don’t worry, BE HAPPY!!~~~ He’s STILL on fire!!! He is LIGHTIN’ that place up!!!! 😀 😀

    • 142 daisydem
      July 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      hopefruit … I found myself saying after many of his comments … ended the war in Iraq, ended DADT, etc., healthcare: your child can stay on your policy until they are 26 … because of YOU .. so my new slogan(s) is because of you and to quote our President “it is the right thing to do!”

  57. 143 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  58. 144 lisalovesobama
    July 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    so i totally love Lawry’s show tonight. it didn’t focus on the criminal from Colorado, unlike every other show on tv. He went on with politics as usual and I really appreciated it. He saved the last segment to talk about the N(utty) R(eptard) A(sshats)’s president and about how he supports and enables “mass murderers.” Good stuff.

  59. July 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  60. 155 lisalovesobama
    July 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I love PBO. Have I ever told y’all that? He’s so wonderful!!!

  61. 156 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm


  62. 157 Claire
    July 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Damn! I missed the whole speech.

  63. 158 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Woohoooo! That was awesome! Oakland was pumped!

    • 159 hopefruit2
      July 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Indeed. That crowd was FIRED UP for PBO. And how he manages to maintain such a high energy level when traveling across time zones…I will never know.

    • 160 anniebella
      July 24, 2012 at 1:12 am

      Mitt Romney don’t understand “YOU PEOPLE”. Ask his wife if he does.

  64. 161 isonprize
    July 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    PBO dug real deep for that one. I think he had his game face on! He had to be tired, emotionally drained from the events of the weekend in Aurora, all the flying back and forth from California to Nevada and back to California. I love this man, this husband, this father, THIS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    I hope we have sense enough to keep him!!!

    We take care of our own!!

  65. 164 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  66. 165 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

  67. 167 hopefruit2
    July 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  68. 171 utaustinliberal
    July 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

  69. 173 Ladyhawke
    July 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    WSJ’s Crovitz: “Creating The Internet” And Getting Everything Wrong

    By Mitt Romney


    You get the point: The people Crovitz credited for “creating the internet” are all on record saying how very important the government-created Arpanet was to their research. And that’s exactly the point Obama was making. Nonetheless, Crovtiz concluded:

    It’s important to understand the history of the Internet because it’s too often wrongly cited to justify big government. It’s also important to recognize that building great technology businesses requires both innovation and the skills to bring innovations to market. As the contrast between Xerox and Apple shows, few business leaders succeed in this challenge. Those who do — not the government — deserve the credit for making it happen.

    Crovitz’s own sources and the people who actually created the internet would beg to differ.



  70. July 24, 2012 at 12:01 am

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor blasted that as “four years too late,” and said it was an example of an unkept promise from the president’s history-making campaign in 2008 – a theme Republicans have hit for weeks. The statement was put out by Romney’s campaign.

    DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hit back tonight.

    “The only candidate in this race playing politics with America’s bipartisan support for Israel is Mitt Romney,” she said. “He recently pledged to ‘do the opposite’ of President Obama on Israel. If we take him at his word, that means a Romney Administration would slash security assistance funding, abandon Israel at the UN, de-fund the Iron Dome system protecting Israelis from terrorist rockets, and dismantle the hardest hitting sanctions Iran has ever faced. The American and Israeli people deserve to hear real ideas from Mitt Romney, not just cheap political rhetoric that’s completely devoid of facts.

    “The bottom line is that President Obama has been a steadfast supporter of the Jewish State — and numerous Israeli leaders have spoken out publicly to agree,” she said.

    • 175 anniebella
      July 24, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Good for you Debbie, give it right back to those lying Republicans bastards, specially that weasel Eric Canter.

  71. 176 daisydem
    July 24, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Yes, I found myself saying with several of his points … “because of you” (Mr. President) and then loving it when he said over and over “because it is the right thing to do!” so my new slogans are those … it is the right thing to do and “because of him, our President” we have done some of those things!

  72. July 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  73. 181 Sharon
    July 24, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Watching C-Span’s Romney and the Olympics. Mostly so far is just him giving speeches. His speaking style doesn’t grab and hold me, but he’s lots better at this than during his campaigning. He’s direct and authoritative. Perhaps it’s because he isn’t continuously lying like he is during his campaign.

    • 182 99ts
      July 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

      It’s because he’s the boss – he likes telling the “others” what to do.

    • July 24, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Actually – he IS continuously lying, exactly like he was doing during the campaign. Almost every word he utters is a lie, and I would challenge anyone to present a truthful statement he’s made in the last several months other than his description of his lemonade, “cold. wet. good”. Everything else is a lie.

    • 184 amk for obama
      July 24, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Really ? His style of talking creeps me out.

  74. July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Amazing how all economies are slowing down, 3 months before the election.
    I find that, very suspicious!

    • July 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

      I also find it strange. Wasn’t a Repub overheard just a couple days ago saying that the only way Romney could win is if there’s an international crisis?

  75. 187 Tally
    July 24, 2012 at 12:38 am

  76. 188 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

    hi, family! Is anyone here? I missed the whole enchilada tonight…I was phonebanking and HAD THE BEST NIGHT EVER! What a blast it is to talk to folks on the phone and hear them fired up! Such great people I got to talk to tonight:) It was so much fun! My Monday night date night…
    Chips, I would love to see what I missed tonight from PBO’s Oakland Fired Up speech….pretty please with a cherry on top!

    • 189 sabreen60
      July 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

      Hi df, I was doing my thing on Twitter and came back. But it’s late so I’m going to turn in. I missed the speech,too. Maybe Chips will post it tomorrow. Have a great night.

      • 190 desertflower
        July 24, 2012 at 1:06 am

        Hi, sweet:) It is getting late..I’m hoping Ms Chips can help us out tomorrow…I would love to see that. It never gets old to me! I adore this man! Night, love..see you tomorrow!

  77. 191 sabreen60
    July 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

  78. 194 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    You guys saw this, right? http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/23/570501/report-debt-limit-fight-cost-government-13-billion-in-2011/

    REPORT: DEBT LIMIT FIGHT COST GOVERNMENT $1.3 BILLION IN 2011 | Republican opposition to raising the debt ceiling increased the government’s borrowing costs by $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2011, and costs will continue to rise in the future, a report from the Government Accountability Office found. The U.S. Treasury was forced to take varying actions to avoid hitting the debt limit before Congress raised it in August, forcing borrowing costs higher on multiple Treasury securities, the report found. And because many of those securities “will remain outstanding for years to come,” the borrowing costs will continue to rise in the near future. The debt limit fight also caused the first-ever downgrade of America’s credit rating, which Standard & Poor’s blamed on Republican unwillingness to raise taxes as part of a debt reduction deal.

    So because Republicans threw a temper tantrum ABOUT PAYING THE BILLS WE ALREADY INCURRED!…they cost us this money AND the downgrading of the US credit rating. Fucking nutbags. They should NEVER be allowed to govern again. EVER.

  79. 197 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Important read and charts…I love charts:)

    Allowing High-Income Bush Tax Cuts to Expire Would Affect Few Small Businesses And :

    Claims of Serious “Small Business” Impact Use Misleading Definition (The RW’s idea of what a “small” business is…well..it’s NOT!)


  80. 198 amk for obama
    July 24, 2012 at 1:31 am

  81. 199 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 1:35 am


    Obamacare’ extends health care benefits to same-sex partners’ children

  82. 200 Dudette
    July 24, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Captain Picard carries the Olympic Torch!
    Video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18959941

    Be still my heart!!

    • 201 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Hey, Dudette! He’s looks pretty good after all these years! And rightfully honored to be carrying that torch….I hadn’t realized that he was knighted:)

  83. 202 Dudette
    July 24, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Cool tweets from Zachary Quinto to PBO:

    RT @BarackObama: Presidents tried to pass health care reform for decades—and this one got it done. http://t.co/Rln3fHd3 #progress

    @BarackObama crest wave of equality. check. be the change. check. change the world. check-ity. check. check. ll&p mr. president.

    [ ll&p in Star Trek parlance “live long & prosper”]

  84. July 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

  85. 205 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:06 am

    AMEN CHARLIE CHRIST! I bet Florida is missing him now!!


    Our country has never solved anything with less democracy, and we’re far better off when more citizens can access the polls — no matter which party mobilizes the most voters to them. As governor of Florida, I extended voting hours and increased the number of days people could vote. I also restored registration rights for felons, years after starting that effort in the state Senate with a member of the opposite party.

    I was a Republican at the time of those decisions, which didn’t make me many friends on my side. But when you do the right thing for the people, a political party’s concerns roll off your back quite easily.

    The right to choose our leaders is at the heart of what it means to be an American. Our history books are full of examples to the contrary. When we send independent observers to monitor for voter fraud in banana republics, we derive authority from our self-regard as the ideal. When we hear of corrupt voting practices in foreign countries, where the ideal of democracy is nothing more than lip service, we feel good about ourselves.

    It’s time to look right under our noses. It’s happening here at home. And it’s our responsibility to honestly assess the root of the problem — which requires doing so with as little partisan bias as we believe belongs in the administration of our elections.

    We can’t be surprised every time it turns out that politics are involved in our politics. But neither can we be silent when our democracy is threatened in its name.

    There are lines that should not be crossed; meddling with voting rights is one of them. It is un-American and it is beneath us.

    • 206 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 2:08 am

      Sorry…that should be Charlie Crist….would seem like Christ to some right now….

    • 207 nathkatun7
      July 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Thanks, df, for sharing this. Charlie Crist speaks Truth! What he says is what our so called 4th estate should be saying. Yes indeed, Charlie, “meddling with voting rights is…. un-American.” The GOP has embarked on using all sorts of nefarious schemes to deny segments of Americans the right to vote. The same way Southern states used poll-tax, literacy/understanding tests, and grandfather/good conduct laws, to deny African Americans the right to vote.

      The GOP is doing all this simply because the vast majority of right wingers cannot accept the fact that the country elected an African American as President of the United States. Its ok for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, etc., to serve in the military and die for the country; but no person of color should ever be allowed to be President of the United States. If that requires subverting democracy, right winger reason, so be it. As far as the right wingers are concerned, maintaining/restoring white supremacy is more important than preserving democracy.

      • 208 jackiegrumbacher
        July 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

        That’s absolutely right on, Nath. It pure, raw racism, combined with a fear that another PBO term would doom the GOPers chances in the future.

  86. 209 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:19 am


  87. 212 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Yeah…Mitt LOVES America SO MUCH because he can keep pulling the wool over our eyes and squeeze every drop of money out of it for himself!!


    Mitt Romney Made Over $25 Million In Foreign Income While Governing, Campaigning

  88. 213 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Gee Howdy! Those Republican men can still get that “little tingle” thanks to this:) HAHAHA…


    • 214 hopefruit2
      July 24, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Ugh..that’s all they care about. Using women as sex objects for their personal pleasure. But it when it comes to policies that advance women’s rights in the workplace, or allow women to make appropriate decisions about their health and reproduction, they are not interested!

  89. 215 purpleshoesla
    July 24, 2012 at 2:34 am

    What ho TOD Peeps! Getting in from my Monday night of phone banking and settling in to catch up on the happenings at TOD and do my emailing of links. A handful of folks I spoke to this evening were touched and grateful that PBO went to Aurora this weekend to comfort and support the community. Others had no idea he was even there (GRRR!). Also had 4 identified as Repugs on my call list tonight, 2 were no answers, 1 rudely hung up on me (YAY! I’ve arrived and will wear that as a badge of honor!) . The last one turned out to be a retired firefighter who is voting for PBO this time — YAY x2. Told me he was very upset by Mitten’s comments about firefighters and teachers and police officers and what the Repugs are doing in general by attacking unions. I asked him whether he was aware that a Republican firefighter just recently won lunch with the President and was voting him for the same reasons and that there was a video of his story. He said he hadn’t heard that. I didn’t have the link handy to give it to him over the phone. But I also told him that there was another contest where people could win an invitation to PBO’s birthday party in Chicago in August by donating to his campaign. He said and I quote, “Hot damn, I’m going to get in on that!” I hope he does and it would be funny and great if he won.

    Delighted to see that the co-founder of Costco ( I practically live at Costco when I’m not living at DSW Shoes that is) is supporting our illustrious Prez! Woot! Here’s the post he wrote:


    • 216 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 2:39 am

      Hi, purpleshoes! I was phonebanking, too…missed all the Oakland excitement, but maybe our dear woman will have that in the morning:) I’m hoping! I had the most fun doing my phonebanking tonight…really nice people, FIRED UP AND READY TO GO! They were all great…even got” propositioned” on the phone tonight…OMG:) I cut that guy off…time to go! Glad you had some good conversations…it’s fun to talk about PBO and his accomplishments.

      • 217 purpleshoesla
        July 24, 2012 at 3:10 am

        Wow I haven’t been propositioned yet DF. That’s hilarious 😆 In general, except for the hangup, I have to say people tonight seemed more open, like they wanted a real connection to another human being and wanted to talk. Can’t really explain it clearly but earlier phone bank sessions even my conversations with supporters were brief, supportive/enthusiastic even, but brief. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the tragedy in Aurora this weekend but it was a very interesting vibe; maybe people are starting to wake up!

        • 218 desertflower
          July 24, 2012 at 3:39 am

          I hope so:) My field director came in when I was finished and said she loved hearing my conversations…some of them were very sweet and personal…some were funny. It’s always amazing to me what complete strangers are willing to talk about if you let them…we all need to be listened to and paid attention to…I’m willing to do that, I guess, and am always amazed at what they’ll share.
          The guy that “propositioned” me just made me laugh…gotta laugh:)

          • 219 desertflower
            July 24, 2012 at 3:50 am

            By the way…it was a first for me:)

            • July 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

              I phone banked on Sunday. My local group does it twice a month, although come September, we’re supposed to do it every week; which I’m excited about!

              There was a young man there in his 20’s doing the phone banking and he told me he finds his peers apathetic. I remember heariang this in 2008. This contradicts the young excited crowds I see when the President goes to colleges.

              We called locally here in So. Calif. and Nevada. I had some repubs on my list in Nevada. They were rude. I guess the campaign wants to know if they can count on their vote or not. Wondering if their ignorant prejudice is coming out. I just can’t imagine.

              I get so pumped up when I do phone banking. It was so cool, I got 2 people to come do phone banking in August. Also, one day while having lunch with a friend, I saw a woman with an Obama sticker on her car and remarked how I liked the sticker. As I have one too, we started talking and I asked if she wanted to phone bank, got her e-mail address, and now she’s supposed to come too. I love getting people fired up about our fantastic President!

  90. 221 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:35 am


    Obama attacks on taxes and Bain hit Romney ratings

    Sustained attacks by President Barack Obama’s campaign on Republican rival Mitt Romney’s business history and refusal to release more tax records appear to be working, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

    More than a third of voters who are registered to a party or as an independent said in the online survey that what they had heard about Romney’s taxes and his time at Bain Capital private equity firm had given them a less favorable impression of the Republican candidate.

    And particularly worrying for Romney is that a large slice of independent voters — whom he needs to win the November 6 election — are also buying into the Obama campaign’s portrayal of him as a ruthless businessman who may be hiding something in his taxes.

    “With three-quarters of registered voters saying they’ve heard at least a little about these issues, I would say the Obama campaign has been successful in raising them to the national conscience,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

    Keep Pounding until America Wakes the Hell UP!

    • 222 Cha
      July 24, 2012 at 3:24 am

      No Wonder chucktoad and for some reason Dan Rather had their knickers in a twist about PObama being such a big Blue Meanie to poor piddle widdle Willard! I mean my Dawg!…Bring out the SwiftBoat Analogy…PBO’s Campaign was so HARD HITTING ON THE FACTS! OUCH OUCH OUCH! BURN! SIZZLE! SHIZZLE! HA!

      • 223 FiredUpInCA
        July 24, 2012 at 3:30 am

        Article should be updated:

        “And particularly worrying for Romney, Chuck Todd, Dan Rather, Bain-compromised Democrats, is that a large slice of independent voters are also buying into the Obama campaign’s portrayal of him…”

    • 224 jackiegrumbacher
      July 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Took a few weeks to get one third. Let’s keep out it to get two-thirds. Anyone for 3/4?

  91. 225 Dudette
    July 24, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Still can’t believe it’s been a year since she left us…

    • 226 purpleshoesla
      July 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

      Such a sad story of a talent fighting and ultimately succumbing to her demons. I’m still amazed that that voice came out of such a fragile soul. Love this song and all her music. Can always count on you Dudette to bring the righteous tracks! Thanks. 🙂

  92. 228 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:48 am

    WiW..this is for you:)


    Obama unveils form to streamline college aid shopping

  93. 229 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 2:53 am

    So, not only did Romney use taxpayer money to bail out the Olympics, but that same money improved the roads and infrastructure around Romney’s Utah house that allowed him to sell his home for MORE MONEY. What a slimy POS.


    In the recent past, say 10-12 years ago, the 2002 Winter Olympics were going to be held in Utah. By 1998 the effort was swamped by a bid rigging scandal. Folks in control of the Games were pushed out. New grifters were brought in and they brought in Mitt. He hired a team of lobbyists. And for slightly less than a $4 Million investment, these lobbyist convinced a GOP controlled Congress and the Bush Administration to bail out the Olympics with $1.5 Billion picked from the pockets of US taxpayers. Most of that money went to road construction projects around Northern Utah. Of the 10 major infrastructure projects that taxpayers paid for, four were near Deer Valley and Romney’s old home. Taxpayers spent about $70 Million for new infrastructure that increased the property values around Summit County. Deer Valley (and Mitt’s house) was in the middle of the profit zone. By the start of the 2002 Games the development boom was in full swing.
    Romney’s patrons could imagine that their property values increased because of their hard work, but without the $1.5 Billion taxpayer bailout to build out the infrastructure in Northern Utah, their land would still be isolated, remote and not worth that much.

    • 230 desertflower
      July 24, 2012 at 2:57 am

      You know…this needs to get around, as in ALL OVER THE PLACE:)

    • 231 Cha
      July 24, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Always working the angle on how to get FREE STUFF to BENEFIT MITT. And then, he goes to the NAACP and Shits on their carpet and later brags about there is no Free Stuff EXCEPT for rich Unpatriotic Americans like THE LYING WILLARDS.

    • 234 jackiegrumbacher
      July 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

      So, essence, R-money has been a grifter all his life, working all the angles to drain every pocket in sight to build his own bank account. Despicable is too soft a word for him. You’re right DF about getting this out. We have to be our own media.

  94. 235 amk for obama
    July 24, 2012 at 3:30 am

  95. 237 desertflower
    July 24, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Night all…hi, amk…sorry to leave you here. It’s after 1am, and long past my beauty sleep time…

  96. 238 Bill
    July 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Morning Joe is going to have Larry Kudlow on this morning to discuss the interview he had yesterday with Willard on CNBC. Kudlow loves Willard. Since Morning Joe cannot get Willard for an interview they are bringing on Kudlow to praise and promote Willard.

  97. July 24, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Mitt has to be the least appealing candidate of my lifetime, and that includes Nixon. And even Nixon had his good points and was able to do some good things for people. Everything I’ve heard about Mitt so far is self-serving.. And nobody has any genuine affection for him, and nobody can even tell a story about when he went out of his way to help them without them doing him a favor.

    And he’s not just selfish, he’s also what some folks call a parvenu, a man without any culture or class or grace whatsoever. A lot of wealthy people support the arts or at least artists, try to be well read, show some interest in the wider world around them. Not Mitt.

  98. 241 LOL
    July 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

    What? Is this a joke

    • 242 Bill
      July 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

      I heard it. It was back handed by saying his previous ads were so bad by attacking Bain and using class warfare that this was an improvement.

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