This and That

President Obama holds a Cabinet meeting in the the White House, July 26 (Photo by Pete Souza)


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LA Times: Among the people watching Mitt Romney’s European misadventures with interest on Thursday was President Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod.

“It’s been quite amazing so far,” Axelrod remarked Thursday. “I’m almost speechless. That doesn’t happen too often.”

Romney made headlines on his first day abroad by calling some elements of the British planning for the Olympics “disconcerting,” to the apparent annoyance of some of his hosts…..

…. British news outlets also pointed out that Romney appeared to commit a faux pas by disclosing the fact that he met with the head of MI-6, the British foreign intelligence service.

Axelrod said he was following the developments on Twitter – an unrivaled venue for the sort of brutal snark well-suited to political gaffes, but particularly ones in which the Brits weigh in. (See #romneyshambles)

More here


UK Independent



10:15: President Obama signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

1:10: Attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel, in Washington, D.C.

4:45: Departs the White House en route McLean, Virginia

5:25: Attends a campaign event

7:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

8:35: Arrives at the White House


Psst, Willard? This is how you ‘do’ Europe …. watch and learn:

Berlin, 2008

182 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 taiping1
    July 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What a great day for our president! Thanks, Chips.

    • 2 taiping1
      July 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      I do believe I am first. My reward for being virtuous and working on my charts. I had just logged out and clicked on TOD to catch up and noticed no comments. I quickly logged in and made it! Yay! Love this blog and the fierce love for PBO here.

      • 3 taiping1
        July 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        Yesterday I was tweeting the president’s speeches before Westminster, the Ireland speech, and Chips’ Ireland diaries with the coverage as a contrast to UnfitMitt. The President has 80% approval in the UK now: how can Americans not realize what a treasure we have. I hope that the increasing role of the social media will undercut the GOP media along with all the One-to-One organizing.

    • 6 Smoothscotch
      July 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Congrats on 1st , taiping

    • 7 a4alice
      July 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      w00t Taiping!

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Way to go taiping!!! And, thank you for all the RTs!!!

  2. 10 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm


  3. 11 Allison
    July 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Good evening all…

  4. 12 Cheryllou
    July 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Nice pics Chips. Congrats taiping1 for being first.

  5. July 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    It was 4 years today that PBO was in London. Hmmm… I wonder why R-money’s handlers decided today would be a good for him to show up in London?

    • 14 nospin
      July 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      that is true. I didn’t realize that he went on the exact same day. Wow. Just wow.

      • 15 Nena20409
        July 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        Fake, Copy Cat Willard Mitterrand Romney…..always trying to prove that he is better and Anglo-Saxon….whatever that means.
        Romney has failed to understand, that imitation and imitating are Not the REAL thing. Pres Obama is a man of integrity, a decent man, a caring man, a REAL man, No fakeness, just is who we all think he is, steady, smart, fun and What a fabulously Great Looking man.

        Willard, poor Mittens, try as much as he does, falls short. Why? He is Not REEL, just an imitation. A wannabee.

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      July 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Once again, Romney falls short.

  6. 18 vcprezofan2
    July 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    zzzzzz What? What! Another post? Will check it out tomorrow. zzzzz

    • July 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Those of us on the West Coast appreciate Chips being able to keep East Coast and West Coast hours.

      She’s an amazing “energizer bunny” person!

      • 20 vcprezofan2
        July 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        Aaaw, so this gives you guys a shot at the medal! I never thought of it that way. Well, please tell her to remember to sleep somewhere in between East and West Coasts hours. 😉

  7. 21 yardarm756
    July 26, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hey Mitt. How’s your foreign policy tour going so far? You should seriously re-think watching the Dressage event. 😀

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      July 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      I just heard him tell Bri-Wi that the Dressage event was Ann’s deal. Flip-flops even on being involved with the horse.

  8. 23 LOL
    July 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm


  9. July 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  10. 26 Smoothscotch
    July 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Omygawd, that Romney is is is , I am out of adjectives. I just watch clips from U.K.

    He wants to the leader of the free world. Omygawd!!!

  11. July 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I mentioned last night that I think gun control will play a big role in the first Presidential debate on Oct 3 in DENVER.

    Don’t know which network is carrying the debate, but the networks love “local color,” and what’s more local than cowboys and Indians when you’re out west? And the topic of Aurora and the Batman movie killings are sure to be brought up.

    The timing, though, is lousy. Not only is it the final day of Major League Baseball, but it’s Michelle and Barack’s 20th (“china’) wedding anniversary. 😦

    • 30 anniebella
      July 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      So after President Obama kick Mitt’s behind, he and the First Lady can go out to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Sounds good.

  12. July 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  13. July 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  14. July 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks – I’m enjoying listening to the “pre-gray hair” POTUS. 🙂 Seriously, I can’t believe we have 45 or so percent of people planning to vote for Borat instead of this brilliant man, Barack Obama. What a fucking clown Mitt Romney is. No, not a clown, the guy is actually a greedy bastard who has zero respect for others which is why he answered that question about security the way he did.

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      July 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

      If Robme were a women his numbers would be the toilet. He is just Sarah Palin in trousers.

  15. 36 Smoothscotch
    July 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    If he, by some illogical people/twist of fate/under-handed shenanigans, EVER becomes POTUS, y’all have my deepest sympathy.

  16. 37 isonprize
    July 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      July 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Doesn’t it almost appear that Mitt is trying to lose? I remember thinking that about Dubya.

      Then I just shake my head and realize I’m being too kind. Dumb and Dumber.

      • 39 0388jojothecat
        July 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

        Robme and the reactivation of the Bush Administration = Dumber and Dubya.

      • 41 susanne
        July 27, 2012 at 12:51 am

        hmmm…jacqueline, i had the same thought. he’s getting lots of free money in the superpacs that he can use any way he wants, he gets to travel all over on the taxpayer’s dime, his business prospects see him as a powerful guy, and he doesn’t ever have to actually govern. seems like that’s his plan, and it’s working. he’s such a con artist, it’s quite possible he’s conning the rethugs out of a lot of money, with no real expectation of winning. all he has to do is release his tax returns in october, and then let the whole campaign unravel.

        • 42 jacquelineoboomer
          July 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

          Luckily, we should find out very soon. This agonizingly long campaign will be over any year now!

  17. July 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  18. 44 Asher in Boston
    July 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Karma is a bitch. Robney deserves all the flack he is getting. Now, just contrast him with our wonderful Potus then Senator’s visits.

  19. 45 vitaminlover
    July 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ok President Obama=charismatic


  20. 47 isonprize
    July 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    President Obama visited London EXACTLY 4 years ago on July 26, 2008.


    Another British reporter asked Obama what advice he might give Brown in this difficult time, and the candidate had this to say (thanks to Maria Gavrilovic of CBS for transcribing her audio):

    “I don’t have advice for Prime Minister Brown, I will tell you that you’re always more popular before you’re actually in charge of things (laughter) and then, and once you’re responsible, then you’re gonna make some people unhappy, and that’s just the nature of politics and, these things go in cycles. Even during the course of this campaign, there have been months where I’m a genius and there are months when I am an idiot, at least if you read the newspapers. It seems like I’m pretty much the same guy throughout this process but, you know, my actions and the results are gonna be perceived differently at any given time.”

    • 48 nathkatun7
      July 27, 2012 at 4:09 am

      Thanks Isonprize for sharing this quote. President Obama is a well grounded man. That quote alone showed his maturity and depth in understanding not only the difference between campaigning and governing, but also the difference between taking principled stands and pandering to voters. I am really amazed about how consistent President Obama has been. What a stark contrast to the “wind vane” Mitt Romney.

  21. 49 LOL
    July 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Beau Biden on PBO’s commitment to Vets

    President Obama’s commitment to caring for those who step up to serve is not limited to campaign season. He’s had our backs each day for the last three and half years, which is why I’m proud to join the tens of thousands of veterans and military families who support our Commander-in-Chief.

    I’ve had the honor of serving alongside the most courageous and selfless fighting force in the world. Every day I’m inspired by memories of the service and sacrifice I witnessed in my fellow soldiers in Iraq. President Obama is honoring their bravery in both words and deeds. We know he always will.


  22. July 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    No Comparison from PBO trip to Berlin and Mittens to UK! NONE.WHAT.SO.EVER!
    Who did Mittens speak to. . . the press?!?!?

  23. 55 sherijr
    July 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    thank you Chips for reposting POTUS’ speech in Berlin.. it was so inspiring to listen to it again. He is a true world leader.

  24. 56 Cha
    July 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    More Tweets found at Sully’s..

    A“mericanBorat sounds like Herman Cain on foreign affairs, but w/o the awesome lines from Pokemon Movie song

    Mitt Romney: From #AngloSaxonHeritage to #AmericanBorat in one day.

    You can tell @MittRomney’s doing badly when he starts getting booed by rich white people

    65 year-old w/ #AngloSaxonHeritage, no business experience since 1999, seeks position, possibly as Leader of the Free World

    “Not since WWII has London seen a bombing as thorough as Mitt Romney’s.”

    • 57 Cha
      July 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      P.S. Comment found on Political Animal..

      “state issued id? on July 26, 2012 7:23 PM:

      There were 27,300+ comments on Huffington Post related to The Romeny Gaffe about his .meeting. with the .M16. in Britain.
      BIG TIME GAFFES. Not ready for primetime.”

  25. July 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Love to see the president back on the job leaving Willard out there to hang himself. Clearly rich folks never have to think about diplomacy.

  26. 61 Sharon
    July 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    If anyone is interested, here is a link to Admiral McRaven’s interview with Wolf Blitzer. At the very beginning, Blitzer is saying that McRaven ordered the raid. McRaven kind of interrupted him to declare that it was the President who ordered the raid. Repeated that several times. Also gave Panetta and the CIA a lot of credit for their intelligence work. It’s an hour and 15 minutes, but he is an interesting, intelligent speaker. Still listening. The comparison of presidents must come later. Still waiting.


    • 62 Sharon
      July 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Also this statement from last year.

      “As Admiral McRaven recently stated:

      [President Obama] was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.

      I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        July 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

        I remember that quote about the President from the Admiral. Great to hear, then and now – they both make us proud to be Americans.

    • July 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Yes, Wolf trying to push the false narrative gets immediate pushback of the truth. Its an unbelievably stupid question because the military take orders. For a high profile raid like that, it can only be a directive from the President. Military of course advise like many others advising PBO at the time, but once order is taken, they simply execute it.

      What is still amazing to hear is that the second chopper in event of failure was PBOs idea. PBOs thoughtful leadership to plan for all contingencies is a rare gift and is well respected by those working around him.

      • 65 0388jojothecat
        July 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Also, PBO is not so arrogant not to learn from other Presidents’ past mistakes. He learned from Carter’s and Clinton’s mistakes in rescues knowing anything can go wrong and having a contingency plan helps.

    • 66 99ts
      July 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Thank you for the link. Wolf keeps trying to give McRaven the credit – over and over to no avail.

      McRaven:” But at the end of the day make no mistake about it – it was the President of the United States that shouldered the burden for this operation, that made the hard decisions, that was instrumental in the planning process because I pitched every plan to him – so any indication that Bill McRaven ordered this raid, led this raid, was the key piece of this raid, is just patently false.”

      And STILL Wolf Blitzer interrupts to say but but but.

  27. July 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  28. 69 Pamela
    July 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    “More important than being loved is to love.” ~ HHDL 25 July 2012 @DalaiLama

  29. July 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  30. 73 a4alice
    July 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    hey everybody today we had a big canvass – part of this week of action here in mn. had a huge turnout of young people to help us with our canvass! Thanks everyone for so many RT’s it’s great to get the word out about our President

    night everyone


  31. July 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Is Scott Brown Pro Gun? If so, Bloomburg endorsed Him today, but sure enough, left Him out of His scathing Op Ed, on gun control!

  32. 75 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Romney’s Five Biggest Foreign Policy Fails

    Henry Decker


    Foreign policy has always been a weak spot for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts has no diplomatic experience to speak of, and even fellow Republicans have described Romney’s foreign policy positions as “strangely amateurish.”

    On Thursday, the first day of Romney’s much hyped overseas trip — which was intended to burnish his diplomatic credentials — Romney’s foreign policy problems were crystallized. In a matter of hours Romney managed to doubt the success of the upcoming Olympics, question whether Brits even cared about the games, and offend Prime Minister David Cameron. What’s worse, the episode wasn’t even the Romney campaign’s worst foray into statecraft this week.

    Here are 5 more of Mitt Romney’s worst foreign policy fails of the campaign so far:



  33. 76 Dudette
    July 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    What a fun day today has been. Leave it to the Brits to speak the truth about Mitt, unlike our useless media. Great postings from our Chips, Diva of all media!!

    I’ll be tossing some coin in the respective fundraising buckets come payday next week!

  34. 77 Dudette
    July 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Ha! Doing a little channel surfing and stop on Eliot Spitzer’s show on Current TV. They’re having fun with Mitt’s Gaffe-gate Episode 52 too. And guess what? Joe Williams, that reporter from Politico who was suspended last month for saying Mittens appeared comfortable around other white people who are like him there to provide “analysis” today. Anybody surprised? 🙂

    They just referred to him as “Political Reporter, Joe Williams”. LOL!

  35. 78 Elly in Maryland
    July 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    It’s a beautiful Obama day – stock market up, Mitt making a fool of himself, and I just donated for the President’s birthday. Feels good, and good to stockpile the emotion for the inevitable down days. We will prevail…

  36. 79 Dudette
    July 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Everyone needs to be aware of this kind of stuff
    Dark money political groups target voters based on their Internet habits

    Lauren Berns was browsing Talking Points Memo when he saw an ad with President Obama’s face. “Stop the Reckless Spending,” the ad read, and in smaller print, Paid for by Crossroads GPS. Berns was surprised. Why was Crossroads GPS, a group that powerful Republican strategist Karl Rove helped found,advertising on a liberal-leaning political website? Looking closely at the ad, Berns saw a small blue triangle in the upper-left hand corner. He knew what that meant: this ad wasn’t being shown to every person who read that page. It was being targeted to him in particular. Tax-exempt groups like Crossroads GPS have become among the biggest players in this year’s election. They’re often called “dark money” groups, because they can raise accept unlimited amounts of money and never have to disclose their donors.

    These groups are spending massively on television spots attacking different candidates. These ads are often highly publicized and get plenty of media attention.

    But these same dark money groups are also quietly expanding their online advertising efforts, using sophisticated targeting tactics to send their ads to specific kinds of people.

    Who they’re targeting, and what data they’re using, is secret.

    Online advertising companies have amassed vast quantities of information on what individual people read, watch, and do on the Internet. They collect this data using small files called cookies, which allows them to track Internet users as they move from site to site.

    These anonymous profiles of information are used to customize advertisements2014like sending casino ads to someone who just bought a plane ticket to Vegas.

    But these profiles are also increasingly used by political groups, which can decide which people to target with a message2014and which people to avoid2014based on the kinds of articles they read and the kinds of sites they visit.

    Many Internet users who see these ads may not be aware they’re being targeted.

    As we’ve detailed, both the Romney and Obama campaigns are using advanced tracking and targeting tactics. Working with our readers, we found two examples of dark money groups using this kind of targeting, as well: one ad from Crossroads GPS and one ad from Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit linked to the politically influential Koch brothers. [… much more in the article]

  37. 80 dotster3
    July 26, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Willard is accusing President Obama and everyone else—–of “attacking success”. No one’s attacking success, but that doesn’t stop Willard of haughtily and disgustingly whining about it. Loved Drunk Irishman’s comment.

  38. July 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm
    • 82 susanne
      July 27, 2012 at 1:03 am

      oh, and the glorious ‘backside’ comment, too! this is the entire list, with ‘red-face ratings’ from a u.k. site (so far).

      ‘From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to “looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street”, Mitt Romney’s first foreign trip of his presidential candidacy hasn’t gone quite as well as he might have hoped. As the former Massachusetts governor continues to gaffe his way across London, here’s a round-up of Romney’s red-facers. So far.’


    • July 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Don’t forget – pretend you didn’t write a chapter in your book calling Britain a little tiny country that makes stuff people don’t like or want. Then try to hoodwink them by repeating the phrase “special relationship”.

  39. 84 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I can honestly say I have never been prouder of my birth country!!! It’s hate at first sight. 😀
    This is such a delicious guilty pleasure I can’t even describe it!!

    • July 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      I know, right? It’s like Christmas in July!

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      July 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Revel in it! 🙂

      • 87 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        July 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        I am! I am! I’m reading the stuff that Chips is posting and I’m laughing out loud and my husband keeps asking me what the heck???!!! And then I find myself having to explain what wazzock means. And it’s so delightfully fun because the MAYOR of LONDON is onstage leading a huge crowd in public disapproval of Mittens and an Admiral is telling Wolf Blitzer that President Obama is FANTASTIC and David Cameron gives the old put-down about the middle of nowhere and believe me, the Brits could make an Olympic sport out of EPIC put-downs. What a wonderful day!!! 😀 😀 😀

        • 88 jacquelineoboomer
          July 27, 2012 at 12:32 am

          Now, I’m reveling in it! Thanks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • July 27, 2012 at 1:06 am

          I know – nobody does sarcasm like the British. I think they invented it! It’s brilliant that Romney got his smackdown there – where the likes of Cameron were actually waiting with open arms to greet him, but he screwed it up.

        • 90 nathkatun7
          July 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

          It was such a delight to read your comment, Walking_on_Sunshine! David Cameron must have been (pardon the language) very, very pissed! I just loved the way he told Mitt to STFU by reminding him that Salt Lake City, Utah is not in the same league as London England. Besides, if I am not mistaken, Olympic Summer Games probably cater to twice as many countries, if not more, as the countries that participate in Olympic Winter Games. My read way that Mitt was trying to brag about his Olympic management experience, which seems to be the only credential he has left in his quest for the presidency. He can’t talk about his governorship in Massachusetts because of Romney care that he has abandoned; and he is on defensive about his Bain experience. I believe that’s why he was so eager to put down those managing the London Olympics. He was trying to impress Americans and, like a moron, forgot he was being interviewed in London.

  40. July 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    • July 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

      I am peeved at this one comment that the Press has latched onto. It’s like nothing else matters. I don’t believe this has blown up like it has!

    • 99 Zekke LyDonna
      July 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

      Personally, I don’t believe going on FOX is worth the trouble. You’re not going to change any minds over there. If they were open to facts, they wouldn’t be watching FOX.

      • July 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

        Disagree. Visit all the venues you can to get the word out. Second thing is those FOX polls for the last few months show PBO not only winning but increasing his lead. Finally what’s the difference between them TeaNN and Msnbc? Not much.

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  43. 107 4morefor44
    July 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

    once again, rmoney has a few days that you almost can’t believe how much fail is within this man. so what this means is, by the end of this weekend, there will be a big poll, probably on frontpage of usatoday or on cnn that will say a surge for mittbot in polls, which will then spawn the major narrative being “obama is doomed!!!” guaranteed. they’ll probably spin some story too that reason is tied to some nonsensical logic involving the olympics. watch for it and don’t let it change your mood. forward!!!

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Yes – you’re right. This day of Romney disaster will undoubtedly spur him to a 20 point lead in the polls, and a hero’s welcome back home.

    • 113 nathkatun7
      July 27, 2012 at 5:10 am

      You are spot-on, 4morefor44! Personally, I regard the vast majority of U.S. mainstream national media, and especially the broadcast media, as being a propaganda arm of Mitt Romney and the GOP.

  44. 114 Mae who love our CIC
    July 27, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Hey Chips, you really know how to work a story.

    Now the UK knows what we know that Romney behaves like a jack azz with no home training. Lacks basic common sense. Money has warped that brain of his. Gon hang out a minute here.

    • 115 Mae who love our CIC
      July 27, 2012 at 1:10 am

      I guess not.

      • 116 Mae who love our CIC
        July 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

        The American media won’t report the truth. Romney has to leave the country in order for most people outside of TOD to be reminded of how awful he really is.
        If Ronmey was a decent individual our national pride would have arose to his defense concerning his self inflicted punishment by the UKans But his only motive is to kill our country because of his incessant greed. And the reward could not have happened to a more deserving person.

        But the fact is, truth reveals itself no matter who tries to extinguish it. It happened today.

  45. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2012 at 12:51 am

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Yikes – people are having a blast. I didn’t know Romney’s visit would be so entertaining. I barely got any work done at home, and I was giggling all day.

      But, for me, I’ll be watching Michelle Obama tomorrow. I’ve had enough of Romney. Especially since the US media has been working hard all day to whitewash his gaffe-prone day, with barely a mention in any of the news reports.

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

      • 124 jacquelineoboomer
        July 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

        I’m glad you tweeted that, Bobfr. Some people might not understand the nuance in the previous tweet. I know I didn’t know of the practice (in particular, relating to victims of the Holocaust) until a few years ago, and I almost became physically sick.

        • July 27, 2012 at 1:54 am

          Jacqueline, it is one of the most disgusting ‘practices’ of any cult, ever, and #AngloSaxonMitt is both Bishop and participant in that cult’s tradition of ‘baptizing’ people after they are dead. It is impossible to fathom the psychopathological delusion of such creatures.

          • 126 susanne
            July 27, 2012 at 4:40 am

            i read on miss ann-toinette’s wikipage that her father was secular and refused throughout his life to be converted to mormonism (miss ann became mormon at age 17, when she fell in love with myth, and her mother and brother converted some time later). so daddy refused, in spite of all the pressure. when he died, however……you guessed it. r’money and miss ann had him posthumously converted. the level of disrespect, disregard, and plain old domineering in that act tells us all we need to know about that family.

            • 127 nathkatun7
              July 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

              This is bizarre! How do you convert a person who is dead? Is this for real? I suppose Mormons do not believe in free will. This is ironic given the fact that in secular life Mitt is all gung-ho about free enterprise and the idea that individuals do not need any body to create successful businesses.

  46. 128 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I didn’t think there was any more pissing off Romney could do in London…I would be wrong!


    The British media are also reporting that Romney has insulted their health care system and has repeatedly denigrated Europe throughout the primaries and campaign


  47. July 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

  48. July 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Thank you, Chips, for posting the donation pages again. So very much appreciated! 🙂

  49. 143 4morefor44
    July 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

    just thought to check cnn’s site to see how they are/not covering the rmoney gaffe-aplooza. not one mention on main page. tons of articles of all kinds, including a video still frame with text, “romney: talks about success.” and these:

    “Wife talks about last time Romney cried”

    “Romney: She’s my hero, I love her”

    huge catastrophic disaster from a major presidential candidate, on the world stage and at the opening of the olympics no less, and the “trusted source for news” determines there’s nothing newsworthy here…my god, the media is simply an extension of the republican party. it’s not about “horserace” since we never see complete coverups of democratic politician problems when republicans are leading a campaign. this kind of coverup only occurs in favor of republicans. always. someone care to prove me wrong? i can find nothing.

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:37 am

      I’ve avoided the news, because it was obvious they would be trying to hide Romney’s disastrous day. They played the video of the Beast getting stuck at 10 Downing Street over and over again, as though they could somehow use it against President Obama. Romney creates an international incident? Not a word. It’s quite pathetic, actually. I’m not sure why Chuck Todd was so upset that they didn’t get to ask any questions. They weren’t planning to inform anyone, anyway!

  50. July 27, 2012 at 1:33 am

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

      More on Romney …

      • 147 nathkatun7
        July 27, 2012 at 6:02 am

        Can you imagine having to invade Britain (because the people and their leaders refuse to act like real Anglo-Saxons), Iran, Russia, and the non-existent Soviet Union; all at once? Romney is absolutely convinced that it would definitely prove that United States is, and will forever remain the most powerful and the most feared nation on earth. And, the great Mitt Romney adds, we can embark on all these military ventures but still: cut taxes for the wealthy people; privatize medicare, medicaid and social security; repeal the Affordable Care Act, get rid of, or substantially cut, food stamps; fire government workers such as teachers, police and fire fighters; get rid of pell grants and re-privitaze student loans. The great Mitt Romney assures us that this approach will usher in great economic prosperity and a restoration of America as an indispensable nation that is no subject to international laws or international cooperation because of its military might.

        • 148 jacquelineoboomer
          July 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

          And that pretty much sums up the horribleness of the Romney candidacy … and the serfdom that America would become with his being anywhere close to the White House. LET’S WORK AS HARD AS WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT NEVER HAPPENS.

  51. 151 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I don’t think that any of these people should be unable to vote…but what if these voter ID laws didn’t do what Republicans thought they would….

  52. 152 carla4obama
    July 27, 2012 at 1:47 am

    A comment from the Guardian:
    26 July 2012 9:24PM
    i think i speak for the whole of britain here

    fuck off mitt romney

    we love obama here

    • July 27, 2012 at 3:02 am

      I ove this comment. Hopefully, Mitt will understand that President Obama has a very healthy approval rate around the globe – billions of us support him. Maybe Mitt should watch some of the footage of every single trip the President has taken, from 2008 in Berlin, to his Nobel Peace Prize, to his first international trip after becoming President, and beyond. He may delude himself in his “quiet rooms”, where money is everything – but for those who actually value people, life, community – it’s a whole different world.

    • 154 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

      LOVE IT!

  53. 159 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 2:01 am


    “He’s simply not ready for the diplomatic dance necessary when handling our nations’ relationships abroad, much less handling sensitive national security issues,” said Jacobson. “If he can’t handle the Olympics, how can he handle being commander in chief?”

    Murphy, the first Iraq veteran to serve in Congress, noted that Romney had not discussed veterans’ issues in his Tuesday speech to the Veterans of Foreign War conference. He also pointed out that Romney suggested a private sector voucher system for veterans’ healthcare in a speech last November,

    “He didn’t say anything about what he would do for our veterans. That was odd at best, insulting at worst. Vets are not props,” said Murphy. “Mitt Romney had an awful record on vets issue when governor, so it’s not surprising he avoided the topic.”

    The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    • July 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

      I wish more people would see this comment. What I’ve heard about that Veterans speech sounds horrific.Never mind the fact that Romney seems to have completely avoided talking about his plans for new wars, his reluctance to bring the troops home from Iraq, the fact that he’ll be taking his orders from Netanyahu, his position on Syria, his plans for Al Queda, his approach to diplomacy. None of that.

    • 161 Vicky
      July 27, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Love Wes Clark!!!

  54. July 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Chips – the last ~ 45 secs of this Jon Stewart clip is sublime ….

  55. July 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Mitt the twit certainly holds true once again! Simple idiot; hope more of the USA public will see it.

  56. 165 Zekke LyDonna
    July 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

  57. 166 Zekke LyDonna
    July 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Too goo to pass up:

    THURSDAY, JUL 26, 2012 09:44 AM PDT
    Here’s another note to the Romney campaign:

    The Clan Cameron has its own tartan.

    If your family has a family tartan, there’s zero Anglo-Saxon in your DNA.

    The Celts invented plaid. You can see where the Celts went in the world by the plaid they left behind.

    (Seriously — this actually matters in archaeology, because Celts were the only ancient people who wore plaid.)

  58. 167 amk for obama
    July 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

  59. 168 amk for obama
    July 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

    via BJ

  60. July 27, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Mika says that Robney gaffes no big deal, i just knew that you Guys were all over-reacting! LOL!
    Surprisingly, It’s Joe that is slamming Him…

  61. 171 Zekke LyDonna
    July 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

  62. 172 Nena20409
    July 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

    JScar said that USA has had in the last 4 yrs difficulties with UK. Meaning in his lying wicked mind that it all stems from Pres Obama some how? 80% of Brits see pres Obama favorably. It was the Conservative Paper the Daily Telegraph that questioned unnamed Mitt the twit’s adviser if the comment of Anglo-Saxon was not “racialist”. Mike the pathetic nothingness, Mike Barnicle and Howard Dean all said nothing.

    But it doesn’t bother me, for when they are acting this way, they have nothing. Just full of sound and fury, signifying.

    Wow, last year……the media and PUMAs were saying that Sec of the State, Mrs. Clinton was not being respected and was not getting the profile. Now Jim Van Derhide(sp) a rethug from Politico is saying that Mrs. Clinton is the reason pres Obama is doing well in foreign policy? And Mean JScar said the Mrs. Clinton is a Neo-Con. a Hawk and she is the most Hawkish of them all and that is why the Foriegn policy is more of and in sink with what the TBGOPers want? The same lying Joke who always bashes this pres on his stand on Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran and the use of drones, etc are saying what now?

    I love it as their collective heads explode. They have NOTHING. They have Nada.

    Like the McDonald as says: I ‘m Lovin it.

  63. 174 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 6:53 am

  64. 175 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

  65. July 27, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Friday Brit Headlines

  66. July 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

    And now they are Back into the you didn’t build that remark.
    This remark has gotten more scrutiny than Bain or Robney tax returns
    And now Scott Brown is releasing ads slamming Warren and coupling Her with the President.
    It’s AMAZING how before this one remark, we had Robney on the ropes.
    Now, the Press is really, REALLY driving this narrative- that Obama hates small businesses.

  67. 181 Obamas_Wing_Man
    July 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi Chipsticks,

    I’ve got a huge favor to ask. Can you shift the picture or President Obama waving to the crowd in Berlin over to the left a bit? If you can you will see my daughter on my shoulders waving a little dog she brought to give to Sahsa before they had Bo. I already see her shoulder. we have been trying to get a copy of this shot forever and have been unable to find it. You you can PLEASE PLEASE do that for us.


    • July 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Hi there, sorry I can’t help with this, the photo is as it is, it’s taken from Google Images. Have you tried searching there for one that includes your daughter? Best of luck.

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