Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 25


Alex MacGillis (The New Republic): …. cynicism has regained the upper hand this week, in a big way, with the Republicans’ out-of-context trumpeting of a single, infelicitous line from Obama’s recent riff, echoing Elizabeth Warren, about the need for public investment to sustain economic growth….

…. There is actually a pretty good argument to be had over this riff — an argument that gets to the heart of what the 2012 election is about …. But Republicans aren’t engaging in that argument. Instead, they have plucked out the single line — “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that” — which makes it sound like Obama’s ”that” refers to the business, not to the roads and bridges of the previous line…..

How has the press covered this? ….. Even Andrew Sullivan, this morning, essentially shrugged at the gambit, faulting Obama for having stumbled into the confused wording in the first place to produce his “biggest blunder yet”….

….. I’m genuinely perplexed that people who work with words for a living can be so blithe about the deliberate misuse of words to mislead. What are we in this business for if not to hold the people we cover to basic standards of context, rather than just scoring the marks left by the mistruths?

Full article here



Charles P. Pierce: Senator McDreamy believes he’s found an acorn:

Sen. Scott Brown said Wednesday that President Barack Obama made his “you didn’t build that” comments after getting “bad advice from professor [Elizabeth] Warren.” “They’re almost verbatim,” Brown said on “Fox and Friends,” referring to a speech Warren gave last year. “And the president got bad advice from professor Warren, certainly. You’ll never hear me demonizing our job creators.”

…..  no, McDreamy, saying that the Romney campaign is lying their ass off about what he said is not the president “stepping back and correcting the record” — and undeniably true. For example, here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) we are blessed with a junior senator who benefitted early in life from the welfare benefits provided by other taxpayers that his family collected after his parents split, who attended a public high school financed by other taxpayers in Wakefield, who trained in the publicly financed Massachusetts National Guard, and who has been on the public payroll in one way or another since 1992.

You’re welcome, senator. Think nothing of it.

Full post here



Ah, Willard is charming the British!

The UK Telegraph (right wing rag): Mitt Romney has questioned Britain’s preparedness to host the London 2012 Olympics and asked whether the country is genuinely willing to “celebrate” the Games.

….he told US television there were “disconcerting” signs about Britain’s readiness …. Romney questioned the enthusiasm of the British public. “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?” he asked. “That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.”

…. The comments on the Olympics came after Mr Romney’s advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would restore “Anglo-Saxon” understanding to the special relationship between the US and Britain…

…. However, Mr Romney will receive a lukewarm reception in London. He held brief talks with Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. In a gaffe of his own, Mr Romney referred to Mr Miliband as “Mr Leader”…..

…. Later on Thursday, Mr Romney is planning to hold a fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. One of the hosts of the fundraiser, former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, withdrew from the event after he resigned in the wake of the Libor scandal.


Tony Blair very excited to meet Willard in London


The UK Telegraph: Barclays told to stop fundraising for Mitt Romney

Barclays has been accused of fundraising for political candidates instead of working to rebuild the public’s trust in banks following the Libor-setting scandal.

Executives at Barclays have reportedly donated more than $1m (£645,000) to to US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s election campaign.

They are set to hand over more this evening at fundraising dinner in a secret Mayfair location, where tickets cost between $50,000 and $75,000, according to the Guardian.

An early-day motion (EDM) signed by 11 MPs last week demanded the bank and its directors stop working to bolster Mr Romney’s election campaign and concentrate on repairing confidence in the banking system.

More here


Morning everyone 😉

273 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 ourmanflint
    July 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Good day

  2. 7 ourmanflint
    July 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Glad your home Mr President. Thanks Chips

  3. July 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

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

  4. 10 Bill
    July 26, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Wonder what Willard and Tony Blair talked about? Willard knows nothing about anything and his only interest is money.

    • July 26, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Morning Bill. Maybe Blair was teaching him how to lie more convincingly? He mastered the art, after all.

    • 13 57andFemale
      July 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Aren’t we all a bit astounded at how phenomenally stupid he is?

      • 14 veryslowwriter
        July 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        He’s just inept. First of all, arriving t the olympics and in two minutes, he was criticizing preparations.
        Second, he said something about “looking out the backside” of 10 Downing Street. Some thought it was a wierd Americanism but American commenters said it was just as wierd on this side of the pond.

        • 15 veryslowwriter
          July 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          One more thing — He came out of #10 talking about how he’d met the head of MI6. Definitely, positively, NOT to be mentioned to the press.

    • July 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Morning Symmetry11.

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      July 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Hellooo Symmetry! Long time no see. Hope you’ve been having a great (hot) summer. 😀

      • 20 symmetry11
        July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

        Good morning, vc. Yes, it has been a hot summer. At least we have gotten some rain, though.

        • 21 vcprezofan2
          July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

          Oh yeah, my grass got some desperately needed rain last night. I’m happy for the grass, but since it’s overgrown from my being on vacation I’m even happier for me because it gives me the perfect excuse not to try to cut it. After all, it’s wet and is only going to clog up the mower. 😉 If I pause long enough I can always find a reason to procrastinate. 😀

  5. 22 Nili
    July 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Good morning guys. 🙂 Good to see this blog again even though I am somewhat sad my US trip is over now.
    Interesting country you have there 🙂
    Unfortunately I couldnt really check in on this blog frequently, meaning I not only was a few blocks away from the Verizon centre in Washington DC a good week ago, but also did I drive south through Florida and went to Orlando just when PBO did. Wish I had known….

    • 23 Bill
      July 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Nili, glad you enjoyed your trip. The nickname of the Verizon Center is “The Phone Booth” with Verizon being a phone company.

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      July 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Hey, Niti, I had a similar experience – not finding out the President was up the road from me until it was far too late to join the group heading out. Bummer! Makes me all the more determined to go to his Inauguration in January – lots of time to plan ahead!

      Interesting (contradictory) country, indeed!

  6. 25 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    GM folks

    So basically mittbot went to eewrope with his hat in hand ? Talk about bowing to the furriners.

    • 26 57andFemale
      July 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Trust me, behind closed doors he is not talking about American interests. He’s asking these guys what he can do for them so he can get elected.

      This from the guy who is own wife admits gives most of his charitable donations to his church. When he needed to be pro-choice to win in MA, he told the Church elders (or whatever they’re called) that polls showed he had to do this to get elected. This was his reasoning — not principle, not religious belief. Polls. What a great humanitarian. (Wish I remembered where I read or heard this or I’d provide a link).

      The same church that takes his mega-millions and uses it to fight marriage equality aggressively in all the states that it can.

      Not sure why this isn’t part of the story, but of course we’re supposed to take religion off the table. As long as it benefits Romney.

  7. 27 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:24 am
  8. 28 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:25 am
    • July 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

      My advice to my friends who are Tea baggers-
      Be a little more complicated, stop being driven by anger that the Minorities are taking your rights away. Educate yourself on the issues!

      • 30 57andFemale
        July 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

        As Joy Ann Reid said on the tee vee last week, ‘rights’ are actually code for ‘stuff’. They’re only afraid that the ‘others’ will take away their stuff.

        Now ya gotta give Repubicans credit — they wrote this code and they exploit it to its fullest. Dem’s — not so good at doing that.

    • 31 vcprezofan2
      July 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

      You are awake now, so you can correct your error on November 6th. Welcome to the sane side!

  9. July 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

    The sole argument on Lis Smith, Melanie Rousell, Brad Woodhouse on Twitter against Andrea Saul and Sean Spicer has been about- you didn’t buid that remark!
    Literally, a War has been raged over this comment…
    Now, the Robney Camp is having I built that Events, and corresponding signs for Attendees.
    This is their whole Campaign, they feel, and don’t look now, but I don’t hear Chuck Todd saying the President is being Swiftboated!

      • 34 TrumpDog
        July 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

        It’s like McCain and the “Redistribute the wealth” nonsense. They take one issue and run with it.
        If this is all Mitt’s got, he’s in trouble. This particular line of attack can only get you so far.

    • 35 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Morning everyone,

      There’s not one day that I don’t ask myself……”I can just imagine if it was the other way around”. To take a remark out of context and built a campaign on it…..

      The double standard is sickening but we can’t expect much from the GOP PR machine aka corporate media.

      I watched the pathetic interview with Brian Williams….soft ball questions of course.

      He always has the same answers for every questions and there’s never any follow up questions.

      Since he always say that the doesn’t want to give the Obama campaign more to distort and lie about when it comes to his tax returns, why can’t he be ask just ONCE what he is referring too?….millions in a swiss bank account? Bermuda, Cayman Islands? his millions in a IRA? tax rate of 15%…

      What is it that came out that wasn’t true?…..nothing….where’s the lies and distortion?…of course nobody ask him to be specific with his accusations, he always got away with this in the past.

      • 36 anniebella
        July 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

        Mitt, liar, liar, your pants are on fire. If there is nothing in your taxes, if everything is legal, then what’s to worry about? Me think you know what’s to worry about.

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        July 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

        ‘What is it that came out that wasn’t true?…..nothing’

        Morning Christi! I suspect that this is going to be the way of things right into the fall. However, instead of sweating it I’m looking for my own ‘silver lining’ by concluding – with no evidence, mind you – that each time Mitt is recorded telling us that he has something to hide from the Democrats (ergo from us) at least one other voter’s eyes are opened. I am banking on the one by one theory. Just maybe one more Republican or Independent will see him and admit, ‘You know, I really don’t feel reassured by this guy. He may be richer than the American banks but I don’t want his values, or his secretive derriere in the White House.’ #JobIsFilledMitt. Move along and go visit and count your money all over the world.

        • 38 ChristiMTL
          July 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

          Hey Vic!

          You know his excuse is so lame anyway, it’s not only the Democrats who want to see the rest of his tax returns, it’s many many Republicans as well….

          You’re right.

          lol Move along and go visit your money all over the world…

          Can’t be more patriotic than tax evasion for a millionaire….well actually I suspect that he is a billionaire….

          • 39 vcprezofan2
            July 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

            Christi, as millionaire, billionaire or trillionaire, Mitt is in the end going to be irrelevant. The man has absolutely no interest in average America, and if a majority of Americans cannot see that and walk all over him in November, I wash my hands of them! Severely.

    • 40 nospin
      July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

      and it isn’t working. How many people are attending the events?

      I do not believe that the President is being Swiftboated. PO simply will not allow it. Regarding the “you didn’t build that” comment. That is so weak. Makes them look like WATBs.

  10. 41 Bill
    July 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

    A Washington Post reporter in London on the Bill Press Show is saying Willard’s trip to London is a non-event compared to PBO’s “rockstar” trip in 2008. He said it is being covered on the back pages of the papers, and very few people have any idea who he is. He also said PBO has an 80% approval rating in the UK.

      • 43 ChristiMTL
        July 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

        He can’t go off script ever!…

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        July 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

        So Willard if off to a not so great start showcasing his foreign diplomacy! Not to worry, fellow North Americans, you know Willard has the skills and experience to walk back from whatever puddle he steps in.

      • 45 57andFemale
        July 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

        Are we not all just a little surprised at how colossally dumb Willard is? Seriously?

        He’s been planning to run for President for at least a decade and he has no interest in learning anything about anything. He’s a menace. I know the RWNJ’s are thrilled that he’ll be no more than a rubber stamp but he is an embarrassment. World leaders have to know this, right?

        • 46 99ts
          July 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

          It is somewhat surprising to discover how dumb he seems to be. His knowledge of internal and world affairs is extremely limited – close to the Sarah Palin level. Being a Senator is a much better political education than being a Governor.

  11. July 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Mike Bloomberg throwing a Fundraiser for Scott Brown! I wonder if Mike will tell Scott to support gun control measures? Nah! Mike was just taking a shot at the President, he lives attention.

    • 48 Bill
      July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Bloomberg is a Wall Streeter at heart.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

      People have said that Bloomy doesn’t like Willard, but I’m willing to bet that he has thrown some coin to one of those Rove Super PACS.

    • 50 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Yea for Mr. Independent…..he’s not fooling anyone.

    • 51 57andFemale
      July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

      As I said the other day about Mr. Bloomberg: if you support one Republican, then all of your puffery about gun control is meaningless and hypocritical. The bastard.

      In his ‘honor, I will send some bucks to Elizabeth Warren who actually gives a shit about citizens.

    • 52 anniebella
      July 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

      I have friends in New York who can’t stand Bloomberg, they did not vote for him.

      • 53 Vicki
        July 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

        I’m a New Yorker and I can tell you that Bloomberg has very few supporters in my city. He bought his election by smothering the city with endless negative ads relying on his money to stop Bill Thompson from getting any press—- paid or unpaid at all. The Bloomberg formula was then tried in CA for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina and fortuneatly failed there.
        This is the template the GOP is relying on now and it will fail in Nov.

  12. 54 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

  13. 55 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

  14. 56 Linda
    July 26, 2012 at 7:55 am


    Romney wasn’t just the head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Romney was also a registered lobbyist for the organization, Utah state records show.

    Romney last worked as a lobbyist on Dec. 31, 2000, according to a spokesman for the state lieutenant governor, who oversees the registry.

    As a lobbyist and president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Romney didn’t just stabilize the balance sheet. He brought in a record $1.3 billion in federal dollars for Salt Lake City’s games and more from Utah. In 1996, the Atlanta Summer Olympics cost U.S. taxpayers $609 million. The Salt Lake Tribune wrote in March 2000: “If charming state lawmakers were an Olympic event, Mitt Romney would be draped in a flag about now, singing the national anthem.”

    After winning support from Utah’s Legislature for Olympics projects, Romney told reporters that “hosting the world is obviously bigger than SLOC can do alone. The Legislature recognizes they are a critical partner. I am very pleased they have confidence in us and confidence in our plans.”

    The Romney campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment about Romney’s Olympics role as a registered lobbyist.

    story at HP.

  15. July 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Coming up next on Mirning Joe- Herman Cain and how the Daily Show keeps pushing for His Presidency.
    The daily show?

  16. July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Btw- Lynn Sweets blog is now the Mitt for President blog. LOL!

    • 60 a4alice
      July 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

      that is no surprise to me, The few times that I’ve read her column I always come away with a bad taste in my mouth. blah.

    • 61 57andFemale
      July 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

      That petty little bitch is still pissed when PBO gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune before he gave her an interview. She’s been smarmy and petty ever since.

      Both papers are now Republican rags, but the Trib is a more respected, more venerated rag. Of course he talked to them first. But she’s been spewing her barely veiled resentment ever since.

      When Bill Press gives her hours of time on his show, I turn the show off and send him a tweet as to why.

    • 62 COS
      July 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

      GM Jovie and TOD friends. I have never trusted Lynn Sweet. I saw her on the Bill Press show recently, and she kept trying to explain why Mitt was not producing his taxes and other crap. Of course, her excuse was, she was playing devil’s advocate. She need to retire. I never will forget when she was permitted to ask the last question long time ago at one of PBO’s press conferences and her question caused a big stir. I think it involved Henry Gates at that time.

  17. July 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    ECB says that he will save the Euro if he has to. DOW futures way up, on his comments.
    He should have said this last year!

  18. 65 anniebella
    July 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I had to email a local station who was talking about this B.S. lying ad from Mitt Romney camp about who built what. I told that station that they know that Romney took the President words out of context, Romney omitted a couple of sentences out of the President comments and instead of getting these Romney supporters trying to show their anger at what Romney said the President said, they should play exactly what the President said. I ask them isn’t that what the news media suppose to do. Not up hold lying. And I told them all about that star of that Romney ad Jack Gilchrist.

    • 66 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Jon Stewart had a great segment yesterday about this………..to think that the gop hacks like Chuck Todd accuse the President of swiftboating Romney with the truth!…you can’t make this up….

  19. 67 Bill
    July 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    While Willard is out of the country Rubio is going to have a rally for Willard in Las Vegas. Wonder what people in Florida think about that?

    • 68 hopefruit2
      July 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

      You mean the 25 folks who will show up voluntarily at the rally, and the other 200 who are bused in and paid?

  20. 70 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

    McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

    // ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation. During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

    “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum. //


    Methinks Blitzer just threw up a little in his mouth after hearing McCraven’s words.

  21. July 26, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. It is always great to start the day with a laugh. Robme addressing the Labour Party leader as Mr. Leader caused me to choke on my coffee. If this election wasn’t so damned important it would be very entertaining.

  22. 78 ourmanflint
    July 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Are home? We got rain in TO too. Hope had a great trip.

  23. July 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Big headlines on the Hill newspaper-
    Tom Harkin worries that the President will cut Entitlements in a second term.
    Whose side are these Democrats on? Seriously!

    • 80 Linda
      July 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

      They are on their own side…..

    • 81 anniebella
      July 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Tom Harkin, Diane Feinstein, with friends like these who need enemies.

      • 82 anniebella
        July 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

        Do they want the President to win? And if you have any concerns what is wrong with speaking to the President or Vice President before you open your big mouth to the media and Romney’s camp.

      • 83 amk for obama
        July 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

        It’s basically Obama vs rest since the rest of them are in DC to look out for themselves and after their corporate masters. This includes cbc too.

      • 84 Nena20409
        July 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Tom Harkins IS No Diane Feinstein. Harkins is a Liberal, Feinstein is a Blue dog progressive. Harkins is doing what a good Liberal would do, start barking and get his supporters to help him make sure that the programs needed by working and middle class families are safe gaurded. Harkins is for pres Obama. That Is a fact. Please don’t let his speaking up derail that.

        • 85 isonprize
          July 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

          Nena, I agree with you about Harkins, but why would he give statements that just fuel Re-thugs? Or, worse, confuse people who are undecided? I don’t understand his thinking.

          PBO hasn’t cut entitlements. PBO has, is and will work hard to safeguard middle class families. We’ve got to get PBO re-elected first, because if that doesn’t happen, those entitlements are gone FOR SURE!!!

        • 86 Debz
          July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

          Harkin may be a liberal, but every time he opens his mouth, it’s an attack on the President. I have never heard him say anything positive about PBO. That is why he is no different than Feinstein. Neither one of them care who the President is, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they prefer Romney. Just because someone is a “liberal” does not mean they aren’t raking in the cash from some big business.

    • 87 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Geezzz, it’s not enough that corporate media lies day in and day out about the President and protect the Republican nominee, these idiots make things worst with their stupid comments.

    • 88 hopefruit2
      July 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Take these headlines with the appropriate amount of salt. I notice that the Hill is ALWAYS reporting and exaggerating any hint of disagreement or discord within the DEM caucus, yet doesn’t report the same for the GOP (and there has been A LOT of GOP discord and in-fighting).

      The DEM party is a large tent that includes a range of political ideologies from staunch conservative DEMS to far-left ideologues, and anywhere in between. To expect them to all agree on everything is unrealistic, and although the GOP contingent is much narrower, ideology wise, there is STILL a large amount of disagreement within the Republican party that does not get reported in the media.

      The media has not made a big deal of the fact that neither GWB, nor Jon Hunstman (among others) are attending the RNC convention in Tampa , yet they were tripping over themselves reporting all the obscure DEM reps who were not attending the DNC convention. If

    • 89 nathkatun7
      July 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Please be careful taking headlines as truthful statements. In my humble opinion, the media, including the Hill, will twist any statements to sow disunity among Democrats. Tom Harkin supports the President. He is also one of the most reliable and honest people who fights for the interests of the common man.

      • 90 Cha
        July 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        I was actually thinking of that..and, probably should have gone with that in my comment instead of asking if Harkin has gone senile.

    • 91 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Seriously? Then I have to ask if Harkin has gone senile?

  24. 92 57andFemale
    July 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

    heh. The HuffPo piece has some execellent commentary (I truly can’t remember the last time I linked to HuffPo) but I’ve linked to the original article as well from the Financial Times. It’s full of great facts, but frankly the HuffPo piece has the political punch.



    • 94 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

      I’m glad you posted it Ladyhawke,<

      I was looking for it earlier….it was so good!….You have to shake your head when he showed the clip from Fox and Friends….they edited the edited clip,……

  25. 95 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 8:34 am

    In power play, Senate Dems sneak middle class tax cuts past GOP

    By Greg Sargent


    In a surprising power play by Harry Reid, Democrats just managed the unthinkable: They passed an initiative through the United States Senate by a simple majority vote. The plan, which extends the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, will never get through the GOP-controlled House, but Dems will be able to use it to cast Republicans as opponents of middle class tax relief.

    The Senate voted just now by 51-48 to pass the Democratic plan to extend the Bush tax cuts on all income up to $250,000. That came just after the GOP plan to extend tax rates on all earners was defeated on a simple majority vote in the Senate.

    To be clear: Republicans opposed the Dem plan on the grounds that it excluded only income above $250,000 earned by two percent of taxpayers.



  26. 96 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

  27. 97 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 8:40 am



    If you want to understand what is responsible for the gridlock in congress, please watch the very candid discussion below with Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann. The Republican Party delaying, obstructing, filibustering, sabotaging and hostage taking has rendered our government dysfunctional. It is making a mockery of our democracy. We are not being served. With just three months to go before the general election, all Americans need to see this discussion.

    The Rachel Maddow Show (725/12)


    Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute, co-uthors of “It’s Even Wosse Than It Looks” – How the American constitutional system collided with the New Politics of Extremism talk with Ezra Klein about the damage the 112th congress is doing to America, the media’s complicity by letting them off the hook and voters disgust with the whole process.



  28. 98 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    It’s it payback time, mittbot

  29. 99 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

    David Cameron ‘angered US conservatives’ with ‘unprecedented’ election-year embrace of Barack Obama

    David Cameron has failed to build alliances with the Republican Party and angered American conservatives with his “unprecedented” election-year embrace of Barack Obama, advisers to Mitt Romney have complained.


    • 100 COS
      July 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Cameron and PBO actually appear to really like each other. I believe FLOTUS will be meeting with is wife and the Queen.

      • 101 ChristiMTL
        July 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

        How can anyone not like the first couple!…they are so classy, warm, intelligent, etc…..I notice the big smiles on these foreign leaders’ faces when they are next to them. NOT fake smiles…..

      • 102 Bill
        July 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

        I love the photo above that Chips posted of Willard and Tony Blair. Not much warmth.

        • 103 99ts
          July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

          Tony Blair was the leader of the labor party – in theory to the left. Never could understand how he agreed with George Bush & those missing weapons of mass destruction. I am in agreement with 57andFemale – Mitt is incurious and approaching dumb – his intelligence is directed totally at financial issues, he sees money as the indicator of brainpower. Most world leaders – current and ex – have an intellectual level way beyond that of Mitt Romney.

    • July 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    • 105 nospin
      July 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Am I the only one who finds this amusing? I am loving these last few months building up to the day that Romney and the Republicans get their butts kicked at the voting booth.

    • 106 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Whine Some More, Willards. Keep Whining and Keep Digging.

  30. 107 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

  31. 108 COS
    July 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning Chips, not sure what happened but my comment is lost in space. 🙂

  32. 109 57andFemale
    July 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    How long is Mittens in Europe (I’m assuming he thinks Israel is in Europe. I’m expecting him to make jokes about kosher food).

  33. 111 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    • 112 Obama Grandmama
      July 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      What bothers me about all of the news reports on the economy is that the outcome is always measured against the predictions. It seems to me when the numbers are the same or improving that comparing them against the predictions is the only way to make it seem like gloom and doom reports. The argument that it is not happening fast enough has merit but only if the obstruction issue is addressed as a possible reason the improvement is not faster. Also if the downturn took 8 + years to happen why is it automatically assumed the turn around should happen much more quickly. Look at Romney’s own words on it is not fair to expect things to change in his administration before 6 to 12 months after taking office. He who uses data against his opponent from the minute PBO is in office.

  34. July 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

    Mitt Romney is a gaffe MACHINE.

  35. 114 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Romney never used Mr Miliband’s name – calling him simply “Mr Leader”. He politely allowed Mr Miliband to select two questions from ITV and Sky (much to the irritation of the US travelling press pack) and dodged a tricky one about the Government’s approach to lifting the UK out of recession, saying it would be impolite to make any comment on “foreign soil”.


    Impolite to make any comment on foreign soil?….Funny he didn’t have a problem with one of his adviser writing an oped in a foreign newspaper bashing the President…

    Not to mention the Anglo Saxon racist comment or that the President is just fine with the ”decline of the US”…..

    He didn’t answer because he didn’t know what to say.

    He never take position on anything…..not fooling anyone

  36. 116 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

  37. July 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    NBC’s First Read says it’s an insult that Romney took questions from the British press, but not from traveling U.S. reporters.

    • 118 99ts
      July 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

      He’s in the UK – why shouldn’t he take questions from the British Press. What I find amazing about the US press – when political leaders (or in Mitt’s case wannabes) are overseas rather than ask questions related to the trip, all they ask are questions related to domestic US policies. I think US reporters know as little about events outside of the US as does Mitt Romney.

      When President Obama was in Australia – it was an amazing 24 hours for those of us living here. The only place in the US that seemed to report anything about the visit was this site (thank you so much Miss Chips). All those reporters flying around in the back of AF1 and they can’t report on what the President is doing? I think he should leave them all at home.

    • 119 nospin
      July 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

      I can’t blame Romney for that. They had ample time to ask him a million questions before Romney landed in the UK. So, why break with tradition?

  38. 120 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Lewis Black Takes Apart Dishonest Campaign Ads in Epic Rant


    (H/T Dudette. Reposting).

    • 121 a4alice
      July 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

      rats i can’t watch it here at work but I sent the link to myself in an email and watch when I get home. He actually makes me laugh out loud he is so funny.

      • 122 Ladyhawke
        July 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

        mornin a4a. You will definitely enjoy Lewis Black’s rant. I am not a big fan of Jon Stewart but you have to see his take on the dishonest ads too. It up thread a few entries. It’s really terrific smack down.

  39. July 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

  40. July 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Chamber of Commerce going on the Air against Angus King, in Maine.
    Because, we cannot have an independent in the Senate. No, no! We must have a far right Wacko! And we have money, so…

  41. 125 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Romney resists specifics on VA policy

    By Phil Stewart


    Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is raising some of the same complaints about veterans’ plight that then-Senator Barack Obama did four years ago, as both sides gear up for an election in which the veteran vote in swing states could be of critical importance.

    But many veteran advocates are still waiting for Romney to spell out how he would do better than his opponent.

    “We haven’t … heard any specific plans yet from Governor Romney or his campaign,” said Bob Wallace, executive director at the Washington office of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, echoing the sentiment of many advocates.



  42. July 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I can’t stop laughing at that photo of MittIdiot and Blair. Looks like they found an empty room, grabbed a couple chairs and looked off into space.

  43. 129 cluny
    July 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Gm all – let’s keep spreading the glorious word of Mittbot’s incompetence on the world stage. Remember to ‘compare and contrast’ with PBO. Let’s emphasize his total cluelessness not to mention his natural tendency for foot in mouth which is totally unsuited for anyone wanting to be President. Mitt isn’t up to the job – and he can’t learn whilst ‘on the job training’. This isn’t something he can buy or network his way out of. Is this what Americans want? Some clod representing them? An idiot to replace PBO who everybody envies the uS for? Honestly people think that Americans are dumb to even consider not giving PBO a second term (obviously not anyone on the TOD site)!

    • 130 ChristiMTL
      July 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

      I had to laugh when I read an article from that RWNJ from WP….I forget her name, Jennifer something….mmmm….so anyway, in her article she was saying that Romney foreign trip would be different than the President’s trip when he was senator implying that it was deliberate! She had words like egomaniac describing the president…pretty much implying that the reason why Romney won’t be giving speeches in front of huge crowds was because of his humility or something lol.

      It was so ridiculous.

      Do they wish! They know that he would never attract huge crowds to hear him spew his lies and nonsense.

      • 131 dotster3
        July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

        Rubin—–solely “concerned” about Obama/Israel.

        • 132 Nena20409
          July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

          J Rubin with brownish ugly set of teeth was and has always been a supporter of Romney over Perry, Gingrich, Cain, etc. She is always a frequent guest of Howard Kurtz, the lying Romney Money apologist on TeaNN.

  44. July 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

  45. 134 japa21
    July 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Well, it looks like PBO will have a lot of work to do repairing our Anglo-American relationships and probably Polish-American and Israeli-American relationships after Romney is done with his trip.

  46. July 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Ballerina bug question for the Day-
    What message will Robney want to drive today?

    Why is the Press waiting for Robney Storyline’s, with abated breath?

    • July 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

      My I phone spell checked Halperin as Balerina!
      So, Halperin= Balerina???
      Got it!

      • 138 hopefruit2
        July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

        Your iphone has a fine sense of humor. Halperin is doing his ballet dance for Willard..plies, pirouettes, you name it…

    • 139 cluny
      July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Let us drive the story – ‘he s not fit to be on the world stage – he’s in over his head’. Miitbot doesn’t have one bit of the natural charm, grace or brains of PBO who visited OS during 08 as a rookie senator but behaved as if he had been doing the job for years.

  47. 141 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

    So where are all the lovely pics of Willard being swamped by the fawning, adoring crowds in London? Since Lynn Sweet’s blog is now The Romney Diary, why hasn’t she put up all those Mitt-lovin’ crowds photos?

    • 142 Bill
      July 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

      He could walk from Number 10 Downing Street up to Trafalgar Square, and no one except a few American tourists would recognize him, and they would not care.

      • 143 Debz
        July 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        I haven’t seen many photos, but it looked like Mitt walked into and out of 10 Downing Street alone. The complete opposite of how Senator Obama was treated on his pre-election trip to the UK. LOL

  48. 144 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Romney’s taxes: Why do they matter?

    EDITORIAL (Union Leader)


    But there is no place for secrecy or, indeed, privacy in a Presidential campaign. If you want the job, you have to subject yourself to the scrutiny.

    You have to be prepared to stand and explain, indeed, justify, your actions. If they are legal, then so be it.

    Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this entire controversy is the one NOT being discussed much: How did Romney get himself into this position in the first place? He has been running for office for a long time. His presidential aspirations predate the tax returns in question.

    What could he possibly have been thinking when he failed to ensure that everything contained in those documents was above reproach? Or was he simply not thinking at all? Surely he could not have arrogantly believed that he could withstand any storm that developed by bluffing his way through it? If so, it hasn’t worked.



  49. 145 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    David Cameron hits back at Mitt Romney over London 2012 doubts

    By Owen Gibson, Olympics editor


    Romney said the fallout from the G4S security fiasco and a threatened strike by immigration officials were “disconcerting” and questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.

    “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin. It is hard to know just how well it will turn out,” said Romney.

    But Cameron, who was due to meet Romney later on Thursday, said: “In terms of people coming together, the torch relay demonstrated that this is not a London Games, this is not an England Games but this is a United Kingdom Games. We’ll show the world we’ve not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.”

    Cameron said he was going to make this point to Romney when he met him later on Thursday.



    • 146 Ceb
      July 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Ooo! Somebody’s gonna get told. What a fool, to insult your host country on their home ground; casting doubt and looking like a supercilious idiot. I hope Cameron tells him about his dumb ass in no uncertain terms.

      • 147 Nena20409
        July 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

        Romney Money knows Only to insult, abuse, degrade, lie, hide and have different position for every issue.

      • 148 nospin
        July 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

        Romney’s comment in the UK reminded me of that picnic he had with a group of families where he questioned whether or not the cookies were homemade vs. “7-11 cookies”. The man has no basic home training.

        • 149 Obama Grandmama
          July 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          …also the NASCAR event where Romney insulted the fans with the comment about seeing they really splurged on their rainwear.

      • 150 Dakota
        July 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Me too!! Rip him a new one David!!!

  50. July 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

    “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

    — British Prime Minister David Cameron, quoted by the Daily Telegraph, slapping back at suggestions from Mitt Romney that Britain wasn’t prepared for the 2012 Olympic games.

    • 152 amk for obama
      July 26, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Ouch. 🙂

    • 153 amk for obama
      July 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I wonder when camey boy will hit mitt with all that corruption and sleaze charges of the olympics mitt was in charge of.

    • 154 4morefor44
      July 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

      omg!! that should be a massive story!! mittbot is a complete disaster in everything he does except his bank account, and breeding apparently. i can’t remember so much angry response from leaders of our ally countries, as the aussie guy did and now this from cameron. i wonder if mittbot will just cancel the trip before it gets worse? maybe they’re counting on nut-and-yahoo to save some face for him.

      can’t believe this comment from cameron! how can you fail so badly as mittbot is doing with such a simple, innocuous diplomatic photo-op trip?!? and cameron is considered to be most closely aligned with a republican mentality! wow!!

      • 155 nathkatun7
        July 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        It’s generally true that, in the past, U.K’s Conservative Party was closely aligned with the Republican Party. But as Vice President Joe Biden has been saying the current Republican party is not the same Republican party as that of your grand parents or even your parents. The current Republican party that Romney has embraced is totally a different creature. I am sure the idiocy of the tea bag dominated GOP embarrasses British Conservatives.

      • 157 4morefor44
        July 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

        it always seems to weird to see a republican treated by just a basic level of journalism. that article seems brutal, but it’s just basic simple factual statements and quotes, in context mind you, from the mittbot, and his insanity is laid bare without the usual american media cover-ups and false equivalencies. didn’t see a single mention of, “but, but obama once said something not quite perfectly 3 years ago too…” which wolf blitzer would be doing. mittbot is a complete disaster and hurting american interests around the world already. they should revoke his, and his money’s, passport now before he does anymore damage to america. ha!

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

      And perhaps we might recall that – after London secured its bid for the 2012 Olympics – 50+ people died in terrorist attacks in London’s public transit:


      So much for your “Anglo-Saxon” friends on the Left Side of the Atlantic …

      May I suggest that the GOP starts to vet its candidates *before* they run a chance of winning the primaries ?

  51. 159 57andFemale
    July 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Flipping through stations yesterday I stumbled on the end of a documentary that was quite shocking. It was about psychopaths, and in business, particularly in the last 25 years or so, CEO’s and upper level business management are fitting the clinical definition of psychopath.

    I left the room, my husband changed the channel and I have no idea which station or the name of the documentary. Fascinating, and frightening.

  52. 160 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Romney Adviser: Diplomacy With Britain Requires ‘Anglo-Saxon’ In White House

    By Henry Decker


    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign made the leap from quiet xenophobia to full-blown racial politics today, when an unnamed foreign policy adviser to his campaign told The Daily Telegraph that Romney understands diplomacy with Britain better than President Obama does, because he is “part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

    Despite these harsh denials, however, the Telegraph has told Talking Points Memo that the Romney campaign has not requested a correction or retraction of the story.
    If the Romney campaign’s goal is to “take the gloves off” and run a race that would make Andrew Breitbart proud, then they are succeeding.

    If the goal is to establish Romney’s foreign policy credentials, however, then the campaign is clearly failing. The controversy over the “Anglo-Saxon” remarks is certain to overshadow the British leg of Romney’s week-long foreign trip, and it threatens to make Romney look un-presidential at the exact moment that he tries to do the opposite.



  53. 161 hopefruit2
    July 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

  54. 162 4morefor44
    July 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    been trying to find some comparisons from candidate obama’s 2008 trip, and can’t find any mentions of him having $75,000 per plate dinners for fundraising, or anything like that. only mention i see so far is a 2-day old article from a teabagger-type opinion writer mocking his berlin speech (not going to link to the swill), and falsely suggesting that the obama campaign in 2008 was fundraising on his trip – because they send out an email blast to supporters highlighting the trip, and it says what every single email blast does where it asks for donations – in the states and online!! i know non-americans who always said they can’t contribute even online since it’s illegal, so how in the world can rmoney have mega-rich fundraising dinners in europe?!?

    articles from 2008 don’t mention anything about big bucks dinners either for candidate obama. of course, did notice politico back then diminishing barack already. their article doesn’t mention the size of the crowd, which was the mindblowing 200,000-250,000, and just says “cheering crowd.”

    politico and all other billionaire-owned media gets giddy in excitement if mittbot gets even close to 1,000 people, even in the states, so can you even imagine 250,000 in germany, as president obama got?!?

    a daily caller propagandist quotes robert gibbs saying they didn’t do fundraisers during the 2008 trip, but then slams president obama for supposedly having fundraisers planned later this year in china and europe. was a law changed or something?

  55. 166 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 9:57 am


    Dems gain leverage in tax fight

    By Steve Benen


    The GOP plan failed, garnering only 45 votes, but the Democratic proposal eked out a surprising win, 51 to 48, proving that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) knows what he’s doing.
    Remember, the GOP message is simple: protect the tax breaks for the wealthy or Republicans will force tax increases on everyone. If the president’s plan had failed in the Senate, the takeaway would have been, “The White House agenda can’t even pass a Democratically-controlled Senate, so Obama’s plan is dead.” Going into negotiations, the president would have been in a weaker position.

    Instead, the opposite is true — the pressure is now on House Republicans. Obama is on board with protecting middle-class tax breaks, and the Senate is on board with protecting middle-class tax breaks. Will the House GOP do the right thing, or will they let taxes go up? The burden has shifted.



    • July 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I don’t agree that PBO would have been in a weaker position if the bill had failed. Imo it would have put Republicans more in the box than they are now.

  56. 168 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Gun measures that ‘shouldn’t be controversial’

    By Steve Benen


    But for his party, President Obama broke his silence last night in New Orleans, speaking to the Urban League, making his first public comments on gun policy in quite a long while. MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” aired the remarks live.
    I suspect the right will go on the attack over the remarks, but I’ll also look forward to conservatives explaining why restricting firearm purchases by convicted criminals and the mentally unbalanced is outrageous.

    For his part, Mitt Romney has weighed in on gun policy a bit, too.

    A couple of days ago, Romney told CNBC, “There were, of course, very stringent [gun] laws which existed in Aurora, Colorado.” That’s not even close to being true.



  57. July 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

  58. July 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

  59. 171 57andFemale
    July 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

  60. 172 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Behind Romney’s Olympic Jaunt, More Money And Secrecy

    By Joe Conason


    Investigating the facts behind Romney’s rhetoric might not be so simple because, as ABC News recently reported, the archive of 2002 Olympic records in Utah remains closed — and mnay of the financial and contractual documents that might prove most interesting most likely have been shredded or burned.

    Fortunately, any news organization that wants to delve deeper than Romney’s flackery — or beyond the story of Ann Romney’s super-expensive dressage horse hobby — can follow the trail blazed by Wayne Barrett in the Daily Beast, edited by Britain’s own Tina Brown.

    Barrett’s stunning series of articles probes how Romney has cashed in on his Olympic connection — by raising huge amounts of money from businessmen tainted by the Salt Lake bribery scandal that he supposedly expunged.



  61. July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

    CNN is all over the remarks by Robney, saying he is not having a good trip, so far.
    I guess Cameron said in response to Robney, security is easy when you have an Olympics in the middle of no where! Ouch!

    • 174 Linda
      July 26, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Blitzer must be sad.

    • 175 57andFemale
      July 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Here’s the quote:

      “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” said Cameron, which was interpreted as a reference to Salt Lake City and Utah.

  62. 176 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Not all 1% are heartless and would destroy anything for greed and power but I put the racist birther Trump in the same category as vulture capitalist Romney…..just heartless. Just to hear Trump describe that poor man is enough to make you sick. He lives like a pig???

  63. 177 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Morning:) Every single solitary one of these ignorant asshats needs to be voted out! Every. Last. One.


    House Republicans To Boehner: If We Can’t Repeal Obamacare, Shut Down The Government

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

      There comes a time when any Speaker of The House worth his salt has to to tell a certain idiotic faction of their caucus to shut and vote like they’re told.

  64. July 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Oooooo! Robney to speak to Reporters, soon after meeting at ten downing street.
    This should be interesting, considering! He is on defense!
    Tweet Acosta what to ask him!

  65. July 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Chuck has an uncontrollable SAD:

  66. July 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    OMG, this is the cutest FLOTUS EVER!!

  67. 195 Bill
    July 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Who is advising Willard on this trip? Bolton and Senor? This is hilarious.

  68. July 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

  69. July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist:

  70. 201 57andFemale
    July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Alex Spillius of the Daily Telegraph: “Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.

    His derisory comments questioning Britain’s preparedness for the Olympics in an interview with NBC were a strange way to build bridges with a
    country that he says should be restored as the umbilical ally of the United States, and a strange way to demonstrate the persuasive qualities needed as leader of the free world.”

  71. 202 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    • 203 Nena20409
      July 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I don’t believe that Willard will be meeting with the Queen. But lets leave it up to queen Ann, who knows what will come out of her mouth.

  72. July 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

  73. 206 japa21
    July 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Republicans are really strange people. First of all they rooted for Chicago to lose the bid for the Olympics. Now, I really believe that Romney is hoping that the London Olympics are a failure. Then he can point out how his Olympics were successful and London’s weren’t. This goes beyond psychopathy and sociopathy.

  74. July 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    And here I thought I’d want to avoid hearing about Mitt’s travels abroad! Instead I find myself looking up the British newspapers for the latest. Can’t wait for the next installment – this guy is hilarious! Laughter IS the best way to start my day. 😉

  75. 209 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    A Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Player

    By Steve Benen


    It started the day before his departure, when Romney caused a diplomatic incident with Australia, a steadfast U.S. ally, misquoting the Australian foreign minister. The same day, a Romney advisor made a racially-charged comment about President Obama to a British newspaper.

    And then Romney arrived in London, where things went really downhill. The Republican, whose foreign policy experience is limited to his mysterious Swiss bank account, said there are “disconcerting” signs that his British hosts are not prepared to host the Olympics. (Yesterday, he also forgot Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s name after meeting him.)
    Romney’s been abroad for one day and he’s already annoying our allies, while making himself appear amateurish.



  76. 211 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I just love watching this entitled Anglo Saxon implode. I’ve always thought that you shouldn’t get your feathers ruffled too much about Willard…he will take himself down…with barely any help from us:) Wonder who else he’ll piss off, irritate, insult…today?

  77. 212 Nena20409
    July 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Romney Money is sure elucidating his Anglo-Saxon self in UK.

    The man is full of sound and fury signifying nothing but insults to a nation that his advisers claims that The Black president didn’t Understand the relationship?

    Oh my goodness, Karma has paid Willard a visit? Be careful what you wish. Willard Mitterrand Romney is getting slapped by Karma.

  78. 213 Nena20409
    July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    If there is One thing I know about Brits, their Wicked dry Wit.

    Enjoy, old mate Willard.

    In the old days, Castles had moats. I think Mittens has just stepped in one.

  79. 214 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Mr Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband’s name?

    Mitt Romney follows gaffe over Britain’s readiness to hold Olympic games by appearing to forget name of Labour leader


    NOTE: The picture accompanying this article is a must see. It speaks volumes.

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:53 am

      That’s the – ‘You are so totally full of #$*t look’ – as you will ever see, LH … as you know 😀 😀 😀

      • 216 Ladyhawke
        July 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Exactly. And when President Obama visits foreign leaders there are big smiles, hugs and warmth. I still remember how Julia Gillard described President Obama. It was just perfect……


        CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that President Barack Obama impressed her as a “good person” through his acknowledgment of attendants and security staff during his recent visit to Australia.

        “I always think the way you can best judge people’s attitudes is not necessarily how they treat me, the prime minister of Australia, but how you see them interact with others, and as President Obama moved through Parliament House, he said hello to every attendant and every security guard he walked past,” Gillard told Sydney Radio 2SM.
        Gillard, who had previously met Obama in Washington and on the sidelines of various international forums, described him as charming, with a “fabulous, high-voltage smile.”

        “The private person is very like the public person — very calm, very measured person, very intelligent, casual in a way,” she said.

        “Clearly being president of the United States comes with all of this machinery and prestige, but in the middle of that, he is actually one-to-one in his reaction with people a very casual person,” Gillard said.


  80. 217 anniebella
    July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I have a feeling the people of London wish POTUS were coming over with FLOTUS. Forget Mitt”the liar” Romney.

  81. 219 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    The hits keep coming!!!!!!!!!

    Nicholas Watt ‏@nicholaswatt
    And another Mitt Romney blunder: confirmed outside No 10 he met head of MI6. Aspiring US presidents not meant to say that
    Reply Retweet Favorite

    16m Nicholas Watt ‏@nicholaswatt
    Mitt Romney rowing back like mad on Oympics: now says outside No 10 games to be a great success
    Reply Retweet Favorite

  82. July 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Apparently Romney doesn’t have enough “Anglo-American” heritage to understand you don’t insult your hosts – especially those allies he loves so much. Does he not realize that folk in Britain will be hearing his Olympic comments through their media? Looking presidential means criticizing your hosts as well as trying to trash your own president? Of course for his base, I think this trip is a win-win. Either the other leaders/countries love him in which case it’s “Nah-nah!” to President Obama or they dislike him, in which case it’ “See, those stinkin’ foreigners can’t appreciate a real American”. Some day before November he’s going to have to start thinking past courting rabid right-wing votes.

    • 223 Ladyhawke
      July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

      This reminds me of when he was in Pennsylvania and insulted the host by turning his nose up at the cookies that were being served. Unbelievable. smdh

    • 225 anniebella
      July 26, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I’m sure Chuck ” the GOP” Todd will tell us that Mitt is sweeping the Brits off their feet.

  83. 226 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

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  85. 228 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 10:59 am


  86. 229 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Too bad Rafalka isn’t Mr. Ed…might be able to get more info from a talking horse than MIttens

  87. 235 FiredUpInCA
    July 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • 236 Lorraine
      July 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I love this picture. You can’t fake kindness, graciousness and respect.

      • July 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

        And “heart” — I can’t think of an appropriate way to say it. Wherever Obama goes, people respond to his being. He doesn’t have to act “big” – people just respond to his heart and soul. It’s authentic and “liglht” — people YEARN to see him, hear him, touch him. He has an aura that attracts and bonds.

        It has to drive the Republilcan mad. Darkness cannot abide light.

  88. July 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

    OK, so some guy at the inimitable Richard Adams blog is liveblogging Mittens’ gaffes. Hilarious!


    • July 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Oh Meta, its likely that this thread is way past its “expiration time”, but I have to thank you so much for this link. I’m having a tough day of attention to detail (not my forte’) and this gave me a fabulous out-loud belly laugh!

  89. 241 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I don’t watch Fox or CNN (Wolf Blitzer), but I can just imagine the gymnastics they are going to perform to put the best face on this mess for Willard. The intemperate Anglo-Saxon remarks and now overshadowing the London Olympics on the very first day. Prime Minister Cameron must be furious.

  90. July 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Did Mittens break twitter?

  91. 246 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    What a clown running for the biggest office in the world. ‘murkans really need to wake the fuck up.

  92. 247 desertflower
    July 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Unless I missed this…David Corn drops another potential bomb.


    As a onetime bishop of the Mormon church—which opposes gambling, including state-sponsored lotteries—Romney’s lack of enthusiasm about legalized gambling is hardly surprising. Yet such reservations did not hinder him when he was a mega-financier. While Romney ran Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, he owned a Bain-affiliated investment fund that bet heavy on betting.

    In March 1999, shortly after Romney departed Bain to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, Brookside Capital Investors Inc., a Bain-related entity wholly owned by Romney, filed a document with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing the investments held the past quarter in its $559 million portfolio. On this roster were 1.2 million shares of Gtech Holdings Corp., then valued at $29 million. The company billed itself in its 1999 annual report as “a leading global supplier of systems and services to the lottery and gaming/entertaining industries.” This description put it mildly; GTECH was the world’s largest supplier of computer equipment for lotteries. It operated about 30 of 37 state lotteries in the United States, along with lotteries in England, Israel, Turkey, Australia, and other countries. It also was teaming up with big gaming firms to buy or revamp casinos and race tracks, adding and upgrading gambling equipment at these venues.


    During the 2012 campaign, even as Romney has declared his opposition to expanding online gambling, he has welcomed the hearty support of well-heeled casino magnates Donald Trump and Sheldon Adelson. And at Bain, he apparently was not opposed to investing millions of dollars in a prominent gambling multinational, despite its spotty reputation. If he had any concern about “the social effect,” it apparently was trumped by the profit motive.

  93. 248 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 11:34 am


  94. 249 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    ok what’s wrong with Twitter, am I the only one having problems?

  95. 254 amk for obama
    July 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    from the guardian liveblog above

    Good luck, Romney handlers: this is only stop No. 1 on a three-stop international tour. What will he say in Jerusalem? That when you really look at it there are some pretty daunting barriers to the peace process, like take all those Arab Israelis, how’s that going to work out for a Jewish state?

  96. 255 FiredUpInCA
    July 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The Tin Man. Perfect description.

    “As you can see from the clip of his meeting with Ed Miliband, the Republican hopeful is a slightly wooden and old-fashioned-looking man who has a perennially awkward way with words.

    Over here, his detractors call him “Tin Man”, a somewhat cruel reference to his lack of apparent heart and soul.”


  97. 258 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am



    Reporters are not allowed to even see Ann Romney’s fancy dancing horse Rafalca—much less whisper an interview to her—before she competes in dressage at the Olympic Games on August 2. Romney’s horse is under a total news blackout, hidden away outside London while she trains before the games, The New York Times’ Mary Pilon reports. Trainers working with the 15-year-old chocolatey-coated German mare aren’t allowed to talk to reporters, and Ann Romney wouldn’t comment. What’s the cause of this egregious act of equine censorship? Perhaps they’re afraid of being mocked. That’s a healthy fear, as the The Atlantic Wire has conclusively proven. Even Mitt Romney won’t be caught watching the dressage competition. “I have to tell you, this is Ann’s sport,” Romney told NBC News. “She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well.”

    Here’s what we do know about the secretive Rafalca:



    • 259 99ts
      July 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I think one of the saddest thing Mitt Romney has said “I will not be watching the event”. It shows so clearly his lack of compassion when something that is obviously a large part of his wife’s life becomes “I hope her horse does well”. The man has NO empathy for other people at all – not even his wife.

      • 260 susanne
        July 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        yes, that quote is so telling, i was actually feeling sorry for miss ann-toinette. any kind of loving, supportive husband would have said, you know, i may or may not win the presidential election, but my wife’s horse is for sure in the olympics, and i’m going to be by her side, cheering her on, no matter what.

  98. 261 ChristiMTL
    July 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Unbelievable: NYT Says BOTH Romney AND Obama Are Saying Opponent Is Not “American”

    The Obama campaign is talking about concrete things Mitt Romney has done, things that may make him less appealing to American voters, but it never once came close to characterizing Romney himself as “not American.”

    Nevertheless, Romney’s comments are not about things Barack Obama has done. They are about what Barack Obama is.
    Great comment

    Actually, Obama’s campaign hasn’t “gone to pretty considerable lengths” to keep away from attacking Romney’s religion. They just plain don’t do it. It’s not hard to say “that’s out of bounds and we won’t go there.”

    Mitt’s campaign…finds every possible way to say blackity-black-black negro guy with their many and varied circumlocutions and dog-whistles, so technically they’re not saying “Hey, did you notice Obama’s black and Romney isn’t? Just thought you might want to know that.”


    I can’t wait for whatever the problem is with Twitter to be fix so I can send them a piece of my mind.

    Racism is NOT the same as questioning someone hiding millions in foreign accounts not to pay taxes.

    • 262 Ladyhawke
      July 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      More lazy reporting trying to justify the both sides do it meme. If the Republicans did something 200 times and the Democrats did it 2 times, the mainstream media would just say both sides do it. Real journalism is dead in America.

  99. July 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    By now, Mitt Romney would like to retroactively go back to last week. That was a much better week for him!
    Mitt surely having a “bad” day!
    Hi Mr. Tin Man!

  100. 264 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Attention Bobfr:

    Could you work your magic and get some attention on comment #91 up thread? Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann are brutally honest and candid about which party is responsible for government dysfunction. To the best of my knowledge, they have never been invited on the Sunday Shows to discuss their book or op ed entitled “Let’s just say it – the Republicans are the problem.”

  101. 267 daisydem
    July 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    So glad my President is home! Yes, I love the receptions he gets in other cities, and I loved that he was in NOLA, even if only briefly, but I really like it when he is at home and business comes to him, and he has Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Bo! And he and Joe Biden have their daily meetings (I think they are daily, or at least frequent), all is well. And now Romney is over in my mother country screwing up U.S./U.K. relations. Oy vey!

  102. 269 nospin
    July 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    “Guido Fawkes is reporting that Romney’s aides have been forced to cut the price of tickets for tonight’s fundraiser from $25,000 to $10,000 in order to sell the final few. ” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/mitt-romney/9428295/Mitt-Romney-in-London-live.html

    funny as heck.

  103. 270 cluny
    July 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The British press are brutal once they take sides and Mittbot is toast. They will be looking and magnifying every misstep. I also expect extra positive Michelle O coverage.

    And that was very irresponsible of Willard ‘leaking’ about the M16 guy – ha ha. What will Diane Fienstein say? Poor PBO and Hillary – they will have to go on a super big ‘apology’ tour to clean up Willard’s mess. Luckily for him he will be moving on to non English speaking countries where his gaffes won’t be so easily recorded. What a moron.

  104. July 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I agree. Love that our President is home safe and sound. This has been the most fun I have had in recent memory with the news stories about Robme. First, he calls the Labour Party Leader Mr. Leader and then the Brits call him Tin Man. The more they do this, the less our President gets picked on for no reason.

  105. 273 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm


    Barclays’ Banks on Romney

    Americans United for Change: Big Banks Write Romney Checks So They Can Write Their Own Rules

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