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At the Palace

First Lady Michelle Obama and Ambassador Louis B Susman arrive at Buckingham Palace

… with the Duchess of Cambridge

… with Prince Albert of Monaco

More soon


478 Responses to “At the Palace”


  1. 7 cookemom
    July 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    howdee O folks!

  2. July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Beeeeauuuuutiful!!! Our fantastic first lady giving Mitt the twit a lesson in diplomacy and GRACE!

    • 10 PhillyinJA
      July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Hey you are excited about the Olympics

      • 11 PhillyinJA
        July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        OH and FLOTUS looks AHMAZING 🙂

      • July 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        Not really. I’m filled with glee at Romney fail, though. LOL.

      • 23 Dudette
        July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Bursting with excitement!

        Family is having a party to watch the opening ceremony tonight. Big family tradition! Can’t wait!

        • 24 PhillyinJA
          July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          I know what you mean, the entire country of Jamaica will be at a standstill as soon as it starts. Its going to be amazing watching Usain Bolt carrying the flag.

        • 25 vcprezofan2
          July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          Uh ho! Dudette, family and party in the same sentence? Now, Dudette, take it easy, please. Remember last time?

        • 26 veryslowwriter
          July 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          (NO spoilers) Watching them now LIVE — Like all openings, spec tack u lar. Amazing mixture of history and modern themes. The Queen’s arrival is effing hilarious. She has quite the sense of humour. Lots of music. Still don’t know who will light the flame. Sentiment is for Bradley Wiggins who just won the Tour de France a week ago — but who knows. You will have a ball.

      • July 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        I have to admit that until twit robme gobbed off about us not being prepared I hadn’t given the games much thought apart from seeing the Olympic torch relay pass my son’s school, but now I am making a point of watching as much as I can.

  3. July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Yes you are, and congratulations!. Another stunning outfit! Three elegant ladies 🙂

  4. 29 Dakota
    July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    First?????

  5. July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    So excited for her! I adore her entire ensemble. She is flawless.

  6. 31 Dakota
    July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Beaten by a minute!!!

  7. 32 Lorraine
    July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Chips, you agree good. Keeping up with POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, SLOTUS , Secretary Clinton, General Holder and the other very important people in the Administration is a full time job for you. God Bless your heart.

  8. 33 Lorraine
    July 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Chips, you are good. Keeping up with POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, SLOTUS , Secretary Clinton, General Holder and the other very important people in the Administration is a full time job for you. God Bless your heart.

  9. 34 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Bringing over.

    Romney Advisor Guy Slamming Obama For ‘Leaks’ Was Same Dude Who Leaked On Valerie Plame

    http://wonkette.com/479161/romney-advisor-guy-slamming-obama-for-leaks-was-same-dude-who-leaked-on-valerie-plame

    Shame on Diane Feinstein…..

    • 35 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      There should be some jailtime in that bastard’s future… retroactively.

    • 36 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Linda, I don’t know what to say about Democrats like Diane Feinstein. They are traitors. She knew by opening her dam mouth the Romney camp would use what she said. But yet she open it anyway with no proof who was leaking anything. She has been around long enough, she knew better. Freaking old witch.

      • 37 joanshaw
        July 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        I read the Wonkette piece about this leaker of Valerie Plame’s job. It’s a good piece and the first time I saw what the leaker looked like. I recommend the oftentimes witty comments. They could be collected and published, sound like a long list of tweets.

    • 39 joanshaw
      July 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      The queen was never tall but she’s become, over the years, inevitably shorter. I love the way Michelle smiles down on her. A perfect, respectful attitude. It’s no wonder the queen truly likes her.

  10. 40 Dakota
    July 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    My FLOTUS is Flawless!!! I just love her!!!

    • 41 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      I’d run out of adjectives trying to describe how wonderful she looks and how proud she makes me!
      My goodness, I’m tearing up!

  11. 42 Cman
    July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Wow. That is quite the dress. She looks like a princess about to become a queen in that outfit. Nice.

  12. July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    TOD, how do I bring over a comment from the last thread without re-typing it?

    • 44 utaustinliberal
      July 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Hope44 I brought your comment over. It’s a very nice summary. 🙂

      Hi TOD…My daughter had the most wonderful experience and surprise a few weeks ago.
      She had just graduated college in May and came home and started job hunting. She got a temporary
      3 week job back in DC ( where she went to college). She was a camp counselor/mentor….this is her story.
      As she pulls up to the camp her supervisor urgently texts her to come to the office immediately…of course she thought
      she had done something wrong. Then the supervisor said in the sternest of voices …You have to sign a confidentiality
      agreement now cause Sasha will be coming to our camp for a week. Well she got all excited, after the shock wore off
      and the first thing she said she blurted out was “Can I tell my Mom”. The answer of course was a firm NO.

      I cracked up when she told me her reaction because she is normally so mature and balanced…but she knows
      what an Obamamama I am so that was her reflexive response. She honored the agreement however so it was
      not until she came home a week ago that I got all the stories…

      She had the honor of meeting our First Lady who came to the kids performance at the end of the week.
      She kept saying ,Mom, Michelle is soooo beautiful in person and so down to earth and nice to all of us. It was a small
      group so she was able to talk with the FL and they took group pictures, which finally convinced me…because it all seemed
      too good to be true. Also the SS were nice and friendly but always on the job. Got a lot of other little stories but will
      keep it brief 🙂

      What a great experience to have as her first job out of college! I hope her future will be equally blessed. Just thought
      i’d share with my TOD family especially since we are now witnessing this magnificent First Lady in action on the world stage.

      • 45 0388jojothecat
        July 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

        Thank you for such a lovely story. Your daughter will have a lovely memory and story about her first job, meeting the First Lady and First (2nd) Daughter. OT: Does that make Malia, First First Daughter?

      • 46 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Thanks Hope44 for sharing with us this endearing account from your daughter! Congratulations on her graduation from college and I wish her continued success in her job search 🙂

      • 47 Tally
        July 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        That is so AWESOME!

      • July 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        I’m so glad they’re able to keep this stuff private, so the girls can have a real life while their parents are trying to lead/save the world.

        • 49 dotster3
          July 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          Very cool! What a fun and wonderful surprise for your daughter!

          • 50 HZ
            July 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

            Thanks for sharing an awesome story. Hope44, your lovely daughter has already been placed in the “line of blessings.” Just tell her to keep her arms open to the parts of the world where there are beautiful people holding beautiful opportunities for her to share in her life as she makes this wonderful journey. HZ

      • 51 prettyfoot58
        July 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        What a niceeeeeeeee story…you daughter will never forget this experience….yayyy

      • 52 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        July 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        That’s brilliant!!!! What a wonderful experience for your daughter.

      • 53 EDP4BHO
        July 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Beautiful story hope44. And TOD, note how graceful and charming FLOTUS looks. She will effect a very positive impression of our First family and its entire administration. Mitt who?

  13. 54 sherijr
    July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I guess there is no live stream thats ‘free’ or for folks who don’t have cable- of the opening ceremonies?

  14. 59 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    PA voting officials are steaming mad!! http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/elections/20120727_Delco_election_official_vows_to_defy_ID_law.html

    Even as the fate of Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law plays out in a Harrisburg courtroom, an election official in Delaware County is vowing not to enforce it.

    Christopher L. Broach, a Democratic inspector of elections in the tiny borough of Colwyn, said he would not ask voters to prove who they are on Election Day.

    “To ask me to enforce something that violates civil rights is ludicrous and absolutely something I am not willing to do,” Broach said Thursday in an interview.

    snip/

    Though Broach is the only official publicly taking such a stance, Philadelphia’s nonpartisan Committee of Seventy received a call from a Pittsburgh poll worker saying he, too, plans not to demand photo ID from voters he knows. The law has set off defiant talk among voters as well, with a few vowing to vote without the required forms of photo ID.

    “If I get turned away from the polling place,” said Democrat Jean Yetter, 65, of East Stroudsburg, “I will never vote again.”

    The talk isn’t all from Democrats. In Radnor Township, Jane Golas, a Republican inspector of elections, said she wondered how she could ask anyone for identification when she will have to count ballots of absentee voters who are not held to the same standards.

    “This is a move by people to suppress the vote in the city of Philadelphia,” Golas said. “We never had an issue with people coming in to fraudulently vote.”

    • July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      “In Radnor Township, Jane Golas, a Republican inspector of elections, said she wondered how she could ask anyone for identification when she will have to count ballots of absentee voters who are not held to the same standards.” Exactly!

      “If I get turned away from the polling place,” said Democrat Jean Yetter, 65, of East Stroudsburg, “I will never vote again.” That is rather a stupid response, Ms. Yetter. Isn’t that giving Rethugs what they want? If you get turned away, raise hell about it!

  15. 62 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021026771

    Obama Administration Rescues Defunded Planned Parenthoods”

    Planned Parenthoods Rescued By Obama Administration With Large Title X Grants

    YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Miss Chips I was not fast enough so you changed threads while I was talking to myself 🙂 Is there any way to bring over
    my comment on the previous thread without re-typing it? Thanks

  17. 67 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Mitt Pander…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/9431144/Mitt-Romney-declares-himself-a-guy-from-Great-Britain-after-Olympics-gaffe.html

    Mitt Romney has emphasised his English ancestry after a gaffe-filled day in London, declaring himself to be “a guy from Great Britain” who is “married to a girl from Wales”.

    A GIRL FROM WALES??????????????? Ah…..NO!

    Ann Romney was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_was_Ann_Romney_wife_of_Mitt_Romney_born#ixzz21qxMNAf2

    Are you fucking KIDDING ME! That’s like me saying I’m a Sicilian! Is there ANYTHING THIS MAN WILL NOT LIE ABOUT????

  18. 85 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Did I say that I love my President?? http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/27/us-usa-israel-obama-idUSBRE86Q02S20120727

    Obama signs Israel security bill on eve of Romney visit

  19. 92 ctgirl7
    July 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic would like for Mitt Romney to mind his own business.

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama’s administration this week for abandoning Poland and the Czech Republic by altering plans for an American missile defense system in Europe.

    But the Slovak foreign minister, in Washington this week for meetings with U.S. officials, said Thursday that Europe has fully embraced the new approach to missile defense and said Mr. Romney was dredging up settled debates.

    “People have moved on,” said Miroslav Lajcak, the minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We are in a different situation now. We are discussing a different project. I see no reason to revisit discussions from three years back.”

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/07/the-embarrassment-tour-continues.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      is there any country that is not angry with mitt the entitled pathological serial liar?

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      And here’s the key to Mitt – ‘I see no reason to revisit discussions from three years back.’ He is woefully out of date in his awareness of world issues, in his ideas, and in his ‘planning’. I can so see why he’d be comfortable with a group that wants to take America BACK, that way he wouldn’t have to expend time or energy to update himself.

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Oh goodness. I’m starting to feel bad for enjoying this so much. If this is the mess he’s making with his words only, and no power, then what disaster will ensue if he ever gets to be the most powerful man in the world? It really shines a light on how brilliantly President Obama has navigated the power he has, and kept his ego in check – because to have that much power, and yet remain humble – that takes a special person. Last week, we saw him take an older lady’s hand and tell her not to be nervous to ask questions of politicians, because she’s his boss. He’s the most powerful man in the world, and yet, he takes his responsibility for every person whom he serves very seriously. What a remarkable man.

      • 98 carolyn
        July 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        theo, you’re kind. I don’t feel a bit bad for enjoying this!!!! It’s our turn, to quote Lady Ann.

      • 99 nathkatun7
        July 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        “Last week, we saw him take an older lady’s hand and tell her not to be nervous to ask questions of politicians, because she’s his boss. He’s the most powerful man in the world, and yet, he takes his responsibility for every person whom he serves very seriously. What a remarkable man.”

        Thank you so much, theo67 for highlighting this. This shows President Obama fully understands the meaning of democracy from which he derives his position of power. In a democracy, the people, and not the ruler, are sovereign.

      • 100 smoothscotch
        July 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        Good evening, theo7; I am positively GLEEFULL.

        Flotus looks fantastic, the ambassador with her has a reuful look on his face, he’s just accessory. lol

  20. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful story reposted for:

    HOPE44
    July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi TOD…My daughter had the most wonderful experience and surprise a few weeks ago.
    She had just graduated college in May and came home and started job hunting. She got a temporary
    3 week job back in DC ( where she went to college). She was a camp counselor/mentor….this is her story.
    As she pulls up to the camp her supervisor urgently texts her to come to the office immediately…of course she thought she had done something wrong. Then the supervisor said in the sternest of voices …You have to sign a confidentiality agreement now cause Sasha will be coming to our camp for a week. Well she got all excited, after the shock wore off and the first thing she said she blurted out was “Can I tell my Mom”. The answer of course was a firm NO.

    I cracked up when she told me her reaction because she is normally so mature and balanced…but she knows
    what an Obamamama I am so that was her reflexive response. She honored the agreement however so it was
    not until she came home a week ago that I got all the stories…

    She had the honor of meeting our First Lady who came to the kids performance at the end of the week.
    She kept saying ,Mom, Michelle is soooo beautiful in person and so down to earth and nice to all of us. It was a small group so she was able to talk with the FL and they took group pictures, which finally convinced me…because it all seemed too good to be true. Also the SS were nice and friendly but always on the job. Got a lot of other little stories but will keep it brief

    What a great experience to have as her first job out of college! I hope her future will be equally blessed. Just thought i’d share with my TOD family especially since we are now witnessing this magnificent First Lady in action on the world stage.

    • 102 donna dem 4 obama
      July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I’ve seen her in person as well and what you see on the screen is exactly the beauty she is in person. She is as nice and warm and approachable as any person you could ever meet.

      This was an awesome experience for your daughter.

      • 103 japa21
        July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        “I’ve seen her in person as well” …sigh…

        • 104 donna dem 4 obama
          July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          You would just die right on the spot japa21! She is georgeous in person. Tall, fit and stunning. So it’s best that you just look at the pictures cuz we need you alive and well to help get them 4 more years 😉

          • July 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

            Haha!! Yes, we need the men to calm down!!

            One of the first things you notice about FLOTUS is her glowing, radiant skin, her height and those big gorgeous eyes. And as great as she always looks in photos, she is much, much more beautiful in person. I hope our TOD guys get to see her up close some day.

          • 106 desertflower
            July 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

            We’d have to pick japa off the floor.

          • 107 Dakota
            July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

            Donna, I’ve had the pleasure of meetin our Beloved FLOTUS also and I concur with everything you’ve said. She is so down to earth…she makes you so comfortable…just like a girlfriend you’ve known forever. Japa21, you’ll get your wish to meet her some day.

        • 109 vcprezofan2
          July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          😀 😀 😀

    • 110 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I’m so happy for you and your daughter. Thanks for the lovely story.

    • 111 desertflower
      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      How wonderful for your daughter!!! She’ll have that memory for the rest of her life:)

    • 112 globalcitizenlinda
      July 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      great event for your daughter! she was doing something dear to her and my what a precious reward to mentor these First Daughters

    • 113 a4alice
      July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Happy for your daughter what a thrilling experience she’ll treasure forever!

    • July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      HOPE44, I’m speechless!! WOW!!

    • July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Now that is really cool!!!!! What a great experience for HOPE44’s daughter.

    • 116 vitaminlover
      July 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      How nice for your daughter, hope44!

    • July 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      That is awesome. I’d be smiling non-stop for a week if that was me. What a great experience for Hope44’s daughter. It’s something neither of them will ever forget. 🙂

    • 118 Judith Fardig
      July 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      This is such a cool story. I hope your daughter had fun with Sasha!

  21. 119 anniebella
    July 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    There isn’t a one of you who doesn’t know what I think of First Lady Michelle Obama. I am so proud that she is our First Lady. She looks beautiful.

  22. 123 pugeretto
    July 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Wow Chips! Love the pictures!

  23. 124 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    U.K. Cabinet Minister and Conservatives say” Our head is with Romney, but our heart is with Obama. Romney would be a fantastic CEO president but in our hearts there’s connection that we all have with Obama”

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/27/598521/uk-cabinet-minister-spurns-romney-our-heart-is-with-obama/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

  24. July 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much Utaustinliberal and Donna Dem for bringing my post over. Glad you enjoyed the story.
    I’m pinching myself looking at these gorgeous pics of our FL on the world stage and thinking how lucky my girl was to meet her
    so up close.

  25. 132 globalcitizenlinda
    July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Fantastic representation by the First Lady! Why did mitt the entitled pathological serial liar think that he would out-shine Mrs Obama on any day? or maybe they were counting on ann (the dancing horse lady) to compete with FLOTUS

  26. 133 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha!! More goofs from the Republicans… could they be dumber than a box of rocks? Hard to tell! 🙂

    ————————————-
    OOPS: Anti-Obama PAC Features Commander Who Thinks Obama Is ‘Fantastic’
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/07/27/598511/anti-obama-pac-mccraven-obama-fantastic/

  27. 134 isonprize
    July 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Anybody got a live linky to the Olympics opening? The earlier one didn’t work for me? Thanks much!!

  28. July 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    LOL! Mark Knoller has Personality disorder.

    • 144 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      His obsessive-compulsive personality disorder only shows up when it comes to PBO. There is no checking, counting or listing when it comes to Willard’s gaffes, lies, offensive remarks, jobs outsourced/lost at Bain, tax returns not released, etc.

  29. July 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I just noticed that the British have some “skin in the game” for the dressage competition – Princess Anne’s daughter Zara is competing with her horse, High Kingdom, on Sunday. I wonder if she’ll be up against Mitt the Twit’s horse? And will the British get some revenge, at least vocally, here? 🙂

  30. 150 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    A HUGE point needs to be made about this!

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/27/596751/gdp-jobs-act/

    New data released today shows that the U.S. economy grew by 1.5 percent last quarter, following a revised increase of 2 percent in the first quarter. Republicans, of course, leaped on the middling number, with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) calling it “a troubling sign for the future of our economy.”
    But GOP’ers neglect to mention that they repeatedly filibustered President Obama’s American Jobs Act in the Senate, after several independent economic analysts estimated that the bill would boost GDP by one to three percent.

  31. July 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    GALLUP busted!! And lameass excuse-

    By DONOVAN SLACK | 7/27/12 3:13 PM EDT
    A highly touted Gallup poll released Thursday suggested that business owners had soured on President Obama with their approval of him dropping 6 percent in just three months.

    The poll concluded second-quarter approval had fallen to 35 percent from first-quarter approval of 41 percent.

    But Gallup did not take into account party affiliation in its samples, and according to data provided to POLITICO by the polling organization, more Republicans and fewer Democrats were surveyed for the second quarter results.

    The change — 4 percent more GOP business owners and 2 percent fewer Democratic owners — would seem to cancel out the entire difference in approval. In any case, it certainly puts any difference well within the margin of error of 4 percentage points.

    Gallup told POLITICO that it sees party affiliation as an attitude and not a demographic and therefore doesn’t take it into account when drawing its conclusions.

    • 152 donna dem 4 obama
      July 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      What a crock of do-do!

      “Gallup told POLITICO that it sees party affiliation as an attitude and not a demographic and therefore doesn’t take it into account when drawing its conclusions.” – then why the hell bother to poll anyone? They might as well just draw their own conclusion and post it as bible.

      Geesh!!!

      • July 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        Wow, is Luntz writing their PR scripts now? Ridiculous!

        • 154 donna dem 4 obama
          July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

          The outrageous thing is that our awful media lets them get away with saying things like this and will breathlessly report their polls as gospel knowing full well its bogus. It’s just pathetic!

          • 155 nathkatun7
            July 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

            Donna, “our awful media” has become a propaganda arm of the GOP. Their reporting on polls is to shape people’s views.

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Gallup explanation for messing with Party ID? Attitude? Attitude???

    • 157 Virginia
      July 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I don’t believe that. I’m POSITIVE that Gallup just like all other polling entities, uses party affiliation for some of its polls. How could they claim to be a reputable political predictor, WITHOUT using party affiliation for some polls. I’m going to check out Gallup now, and prove they are lying.

    • 158 Virginia
      July 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I’m back from checking Gallup. They just used party affiliation to prove that Republicans are more “enthusiastic” about voting this year than Democrats are.

      Now, besides the fact that they DO use party affiliation as a demographic, and not just as an “attitude”, how do they “measure” the amount of enthusiasm one group has over another? And, doesn’t enthusiasm grow and wane in some people from day to day, and in some cases minute to minute?? How can they measure that, and not peoples party affiliation??
      In fact, in many states, party affiliation is NOT an attitude, because you have to REGISTER in one party or another, so that’s where you are counted and you Have to vote with them..

  32. 159 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Lovely picture display, Ms Chips. Thank you.

  33. July 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    W.H.: ’12 deficit is $116 billion less than expected
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 7/27/12 2:00 PM EDT
    The Obama administration has lowered its estimate of the size of the budget deficit for fiscal 2012 by $116 billion, the Office of Management and Budget said in its Mid-Session Review to Congress, released Friday afternoon.

    The administration now projects the deficit for the year to be $1.211 trillion, down from the $1.327 trillion estimate it made in February — 7.8 percent of the gross domestic product, down from the 8.5 percent projected in February.

    Some on the right have criticized the Obama administration for being slow to release its budgets and supporting documents, including the Mid-Session Review. Though it is being released nearly two weeks after its mid-July deadline, the review is still coming out far earlier than last year’s, which was released on Sept. 1.

    “Congress and the American people have never had greater need for concrete budget proposals, and the president should seize this as an opportunity to provide them,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in a statement a few days before the deadline. “Given the historic depth of [the country’s] financial challenges, the administration must submit their budget update on time and in the manner the law requires. Failure to do so would only further damage the president’s credibility on the great challenge confronting our nation.”

    The review shows projections of the federal deficit for the next decade falling slightly, by a total of $240 billion over those 10 years. The lower estimate is based on lower projected spending on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and net interest.

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      NPR reported it as being higher than estimated, and only said that the deficit will have been above $1 trillion for all four years of PBO’s presidency, without showing that he’s actually reduced the deficit – without any help from the deficit hawks – and paid back the money he borrowed to rescue the economy.

      The Senator is in such a hurry to see the budget, but has absolutely no intention of passing them. They just want a bludgeon to use to complain about defense cuts. It’s unconscionable the way these Republicans treat the American public.

  34. July 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Fact Check: The Bust of Winston Churchill

    Chips, you’ll love the photo … for lots of reasons 🙂

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/27/fact-check-bust-winston-churchill

  35. 171 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, they weren’t kidding about the opening ceremony being “quirky”!

  36. July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    FLOTUS looks amazing, vibrant and healthy. So natural, and yet extraordinary. She took my breath away when I opened the page. Lovely. What a relief after yesterday’s debacle. And to top it off, her and POTUS are always so thoughtful of their surroundings and their company – her outfit is an homage to Britain, and the old page outfits from Royal Courts. Lovely.

  37. July 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Jennifer Rubin haz a big bad SAD!

    THE PROPER CONSERVATIVE PATRIOT’S TAKE ON THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONIES

    http://wonkette.com/479439/the-proper-conservative-patriots-take-on-the-olympic-opening-ceremonies

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      So despicable. So sour. So cynical. And she’s young, so she’s got the rest of her life to become more bitter, and have to live with the monster she’s creating of herself. And her face will get ugly with all that snarling.

    • 175 nospin
      July 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Meta – my favorite excerpt from this article.

      “Jen Rubin is sad today. Just a few days ago she was crowing, “The Obama campaign can’t bear the thought that the well-traveled Mitt Romney will make a nice impression on his overseas tour” — that the foreigns would instantly fall in love with Romney, a born diplomat. Unfortunately, within his first day or two of his arrival in our Special Friend country of England, Romney managed to insult the nation badly enough to earn a public rebuke from the conservative Prime Minister, the Mayor of London, and every newspaper and television station in the United Kingdom. ”

      lolol

    • 178 donna dem 4 obama
      July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Ha! I’m loving it!

      Can you believe that piece of crap article she wrote? Well good old Mitt made her eat those words 🙂 🙂 🙂

  38. 179 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    James Bond!!!

  39. 180 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    No wait… it’s Dame Edna!!! I’ll say no more!! 😀

  40. July 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Obama Surprise?

    • 183 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      These are some sad, sad, little people!

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Paranoia!

    • 185 nospin
      July 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Jovie this is hysterical.

      “When asked why Romney’s camp expected a sneak attack from the Obama campaign, the advisor said their guard was up because of “how they’ve conducted themselves in the past.”

      The Obama campaign, meanwhile, says they’ve got no surprises coming, accusing the Romney campaign of paranoia.

      “We’ve already announced what we’re doing this weekend, which is holding more than 4,700 organizational events across the nation mobilizing voters 100 days out from the election,” said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt. “This is dog-wagging that would make David Mamet blush – a campaign reacting to a rumor they invented to try to pivot from their diplodisaster”

      too funny.

      • 186 carolyn
        July 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        This psychological reaction is called projection. Always accusing the other of what you yourself do.

    • July 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  41. 188 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Staff of the UK National Health Service is participating in the ceremony… Mitt just choked on his cup of tea! 😀 😀 😀

  42. 190 isonprize
    July 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Queen Elizabeth has a sense of humor. The scene was set up as if she and James Bond parachuted into the Olympics opening ceremonies!! Hilarious!!! BBC one live link is upclose and personal: You may have to wait for a commercial to clear…

    http://atdhenet.tv/45736/watch-olympics-2012-opening-ceremony

  43. 192 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I forgot which show I was watching this morning but on one of the msm programs the conversation was about about Romney’s schedule for preparing for the November elections. They broke it down to phases.

    Phase I: The first phase was to win the nomination and so it looks like he did that.
    Phase II: The next phase was to unite the party. That is still a work in progress but he is getting there.
    Phase III: This is where he should be today and his focus is supposed to be on defining himself to voters BUT the assessment was that Pres Obama removed that option and was doing the job of defining Romney. Because of PO Romney is still stuck at having to explain away his refusal for anyone to look at his tax returns, BAIN which is now the thorn in his side and today he has a bigger mess because of his decision to step out to present himself on the world stage as the better choice to the Global community and to voters because of his Anglo-Saxon heritage which we all know ended up a complete disaster.

    All that for them to say, this isn’t going to have long term negative effects for Romney and he can still pull this off.

    • July 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Romney doesn’t have anything left but the hardcore base. He can’t move to the middle because he’ll those 27%ers. He’s a complete mess and I think it shows. He looks terrible in all the photos I’ve seen. He’s not aging well. I think that’s how you look when you’ve lived a lie all your life.

    • July 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Phase I is still in question. Phase II will still oust him out of office in 2016, if he pulls of the theft of the presidency (we already heard Christie chomping at the bit – no pun intended). As for Phase III, so true.

  44. 195 isonprize
    July 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    MR. BEAN!!! LOLOLOLOL(OLOLOLOLOLOL

  45. 196 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Have the opening ceremonies begun already? I know NBC is going to show it at 7:30PM/6:30PM CT but will that be LIVE or are they LIVE now?

  46. July 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    You all know about the Saturday Obama Surprise, right? RIGHT?

    Team Romney Readies For “Saturday Obama Surprise”
    What’s the surprise? BuzzFeed doesn’t know yet or even know if it exists. But Boston is sure one is coming tomorrow.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/team-romney-readies-for-saturday-obama-surprise

    These people are certifiably nuts.

  47. 207 sherijr
    July 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I admit it – I love the Olympics… and am enjoying the ceremonies 🙂

  48. 209 sabreen60
    July 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The fact is Mitt Romney has denigrated all of Europe. He is constantly saying that President Obama is “trying to turn American into Europe”. So Europe must be total crap. How does he go to the heads of countries in Europe and have any kind of positive interaction with them? The man is an idiot.

  49. 210 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    The music is BANGING!!! 60s to current day! Awesome!

  50. 211 TrumpDog
    July 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Our First Lady looks FANTASTIC.

  51. 212 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The Torch is coming! The Torch is coming!

  52. 213 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Wow Knoeller is going after Pfeiffer. He just posted like 5 tweets in a row about this…

    • July 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Wow, he’s on a tear:

      • July 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        This is highly irresponsible journalism.

      • 216 nathkatun7
        July 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

        Some one please tell me if I am wrong to say: Mark Knoller is ACTIVELY engaged in the campaign to defeat President Obama. As far as I am concerned he is no different from those so called journalists working for FOX.

  53. 217 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    BECKHAAAAAMMMMMMMM!!!!

  54. 222 Grab a Mop Grace
    July 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Sorry to interrupt the Olympic conversation, but I just read on the MSNBC that the next “Dancing with the Stars” cast has been announced.
    Wait for it….Bristol Palin is among the contestants!
    Ugh. Why don’t they all just go away?

    Ugh!

    • 223 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Good, so I’ll no longer have to wonder whether I’ll watch any of the next season. The answer is a resounding “NO”!

    • 224 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      WHA? Can someone be a contestant on the same show twice? Are you sure you read a current announcement – what is the date of the MSNBC article?

      • 225 Grab a Mop Grace
        July 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Yep hf, this time they’re inviting former contestants to give it another go.
        All of the “stars” have been on before.
        And naturally they’d invite this nitwit back.
        She has nothing better to do.

        • 226 hopefruit2
          July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          Okay, I see. It’s another desperate ratings ploy. Something tells me that “fool me twice shame on me” will apply with viewers this time around.

    • 227 Linda
      July 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      MSNBC ? I thought NBC took over that website last week.

  55. 229 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  56. 235 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Parade of Nations STARTING!!!! Yay!!!

  57. 236 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Good to see Afghanistan fielded a team!

  58. 238 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Knoller has become out right hostile towards the Administration and needs to be sent packing……

    He just posted a picture of Marine

    In the meantime, Pres Obama boarded Marine One to fly to McLean, VA for 2 more fundraisers this evening. pic.twitter.com/D0odg3Ta

  59. 239 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Here come the athletes!!! Has anyone spotted FLOTUS yet??!!!

  60. 241 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Did anyone catch FLOTUS. What was she wearing exactly. Couldn’t quite make it out. Just got a brief flash.

  61. 242 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    So glad there are no commercial breaks!!

  62. 244 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the link Isonprize!! SO great to watch in real time Teams are coming out right now. Australia and now Austria just announced.

  63. 245 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Yay, Bangladesh! 🙂

  64. 249 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Can’t wait until they announce USA! and then we can see FLOTUS.

  65. 250 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The whole world is “watching” on twitter. Pretty cool.

  66. July 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Ugh, a much larger share of GOPers in my work neighborhood. Nice area, but if I hear “He’s a Marxist” one more time, I might have to slap someone. I’d say 60-40 Dem.

    • 252 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Ask them do” Marxist” mean BLACK??????

    • July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      There has to be an 80/20 split in favor of right wingers in the town I work just North of Los Angeles. I love driving around with my 2012 bumper sticker, but the outside of my car bears witness to the lunatics with all the scratches, dents, etc. It’s such a relief to drive home to civilization each night (along with seeing the beautiful Pacific Coast).

      • July 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        Where I work is represented by a Dem congress critter, and most of the people who engage me on politics are libs. But the RWers have been coming out more recently. Desperation, I think.

  67. 256 carolyn
    July 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I looked at the picture of our FLOTUS in her radiance and I admit tears came to my eyes. I LOVE it that the “little girl from the south side of Chicago” is our representative with the hereditary and elected heads of government from all over the world. She and the President represent the best of America, and truly ARE the American story. People who don’t see it are blind. Never have I loved a president and wife before…I have liked, respected, heartily disliked, but love is totally new. I feel sorry for the people so filled with hate that they cannot see her true beauty and rejoice in what she is doing for our country. She outshines all the others at that gathering.

    • 257 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      carolyn, I agree with you 100%.

    • 260 vitaminlover
      July 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      This is such a lovely expression, carolyn. She does radiate and she exudes that dream come true expression on her face. I see it.

    • 261 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 28, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Absolutely Carolyn. When I think of the odds stacked against this couple…that they would eventually rise to be the President and First Lady of the United States is almost a miracle. It’s a great testament to their character and commitment. They are both brilliant in their own way. Michelle is so warm and loving. We should all wrap them in prayer every day.

  68. 262 isonprize
    July 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Yeah, I won’t be able to watch NBainC, but I’ll be curious to know how much they cut out…

  69. 267 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Yay! Botswana! [Home of the “Number One Ladies Detective Agency”… anyone? anyone?]

    🙂

  70. 272 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Canada in da HOUSE!

  71. 275 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Cayman Islands! I don’t see any of Mitt’s money tho!

  72. 278 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Did he just say Cayman Islands? Mitt shit a gold brick?

  73. 279 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    they are rockin the tunes the Pet Shop Boys West End Girls!

  74. 281 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Adele!!

  75. 282 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    nice rippling muscles on the Fiji flag carrier jus’ sayin’ 🙂

  76. 285 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Fiji…Bee Gees:) Those Brits have a great sense of humor!

  77. 286 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I’m in love with Fiji’s flag bearer! Thank you, Sir!! 😉

  78. 289 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Allez! France!!

  79. 290 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Ghana in the House!

  80. 293 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Yay Deutschland!!

  81. 294 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Look how beautiful we are. Humanity at it’s finest:) They make me proud…all of them! What a beautiful tapestry.

  82. 295 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Anyone here know the total number of countries representing @ Olympics 2012?

  83. 297 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Woot! Haiti!!

  84. July 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The former state attorney general leads her GOP opponent, 50 percent to 44 percent, in the Democratic poll.

    Nice!

  85. 300 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Rev Al called Romney Sir Flubs-a-Lot

  86. 302 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    INDIA in the hizzy!!!

  87. 303 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Nice to see Iraq there

  88. 304 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    IRELAND!!!!

  89. 305 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Nice grouping of “I”s there Iran, Iraq Ireland and Italy

  90. July 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    New RNC ad, no seriously vote Him out.
    That is lame!
    But, they will run it on cable news for 2 weeks, every segment, like the last one.
    With the scary, caustic voice!

    • July 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Is it the one that states that Obama tried? It’s okay to make a change.

      If it is, don’t discount it. That add is psychologically powerful, and subtle. That kind of ad works at a level people do not realize, do not understand. There was major research behind that ad. It aims at the reptilian and old-mammalian parts of the human brain.

      • 308 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        It’s a racist ad. The ad basically says in not so many words that the Black guy is “nice” but not smart enough to manage the economy (as we know to be true about Black people and have always suspected about this guy). But It’s okay to have confidence in and vote for the white guy despite no evidence of his ability to strengthen the economy, and still not be thought of as a racist.

        There’s nothing subtle about that kind of racism no matter how it’s packaged, and which is what the GOP/RNC have relied on for decades to help them win elections.

  91. 309 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I like the Israeli flag bearer’s mohawk.

  92. 310 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Yah mon! Jamaica!

  93. 311 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  94. 312 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    JAMAICAAAAAAAAA!!!!! 😀

  95. 313 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I like that circular grassy hill where they are planting all of the countries’ flags with a beautiful spacious tree at the top.

    • 314 susanne
      July 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      i do too–they’ve done a wonderful job of expressing humanity’s place in the natural world.

  96. 315 Bill
    July 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Tweety, David Corn, and Ron Reagan, Jr. just had a very serious discussion on the blatant lies that the Mitt the Twit campaign is running in its ads and the fact that very few in the MSM are calling them out on it. This is something that is going to increase in his campaign and must be addressed. It took the Brits two days to figure out Willard and 50% of Americans still have not.

  97. 323 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Has Team USA made their entrance yet?

    • 324 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      They’re coming in alpharetically. Up to “L” now.

      Gotta roll out for the party guys! It’s been fun! 🙂

    • 325 purpleshoesla
      July 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      not yet we are up to the “L”s

    • 326 desertflower
      July 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      NOt yet…alphabetical order…we’re on M’s

    • 328 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Okay great, thanks Dudette and Purpleshoes. I will tune in to the livestream when they’re on “T” just to see USA team and my FLOTUS live. I will watch the whole show on NBC – the Obama ad “I believe” will be airing at some point during that time. 🙂 🙂

  98. 329 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    OT: RIP Butterball. Groundbreaking Philadelphia DJ ‘Butterball’ Dead at 70

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/07/27/famed-philadelphia-dj-butterball-dead-at-70/

    Butterball’s Rap (of course, the version set to Sex Machine isn’t on youtube…)

  99. 330 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Upcoming on fox news……….wait for it.

    Does the British press have a bias against Mitt Romney.

    You can’t make this stuff up ! What next , change the name of English Muffins to ” Freedom Muffins ? “

  100. 335 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I seriously need to pull out my atlas So many countries I’ve never heard of like Lethoso. Mexico in da house!

  101. 339 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Senior Democrats accused Romney of embarrassing the US and himself and said that press criticism wasn’t limited to foreign newspapers. The New York Daily News called Romney’s visit to the UK “flub-filled”.

    “At this rate, Mitt Romney may provoke an international incident with the United Kingdom by the weekend,” it said.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/27/mitt-romney-gaffe-strewn-london?CMP=twt_gu

  102. 342 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Up to the “P”s Panama

  103. 343 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Mr Blue Sky!

  104. July 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  105. July 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    They’re onto the “S” countries now.

  106. 347 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Wow love the outfits on Senegal team

  107. July 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love how even the leaders from the most conservative countries (like Saudi Arabia) are giving thumbs-up signs and cheering with wide smiles. Definitely a good vibe.

  108. 350 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    This is idiotic and irresponsible of Jonathan Capehart. He suggests this Romney ad could tip the election to Willard??????? Capehart——not even close to an adequate or decent replacement for Bashir. Infuriating.

    https://twitter.com/BashirLive/status/228976185877622784

    • 351 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      He’s talking about the racist “It’s OK” ad that he believes is designed to manipulate white people who have an inherent distrust of black leadership. The ad won’t be effective if people in the media see it for what it is and call out the not-so-subtle racism in the ad.

    • 352 prettyfoot58
      July 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      I think that pundits try too hard to make themselves relevant/that they think that will have the killer analysis that no one else has/that somehow they have discovered something that no one else has seen before…

      they leave me saying…WHAT THE F***…

      and SMH….

      this was one of those moments….

    • 353 Linda
      July 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I cannot stand Capehart…..

    • July 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      We would like to believe it is idiotic. That would be foolish of us.

    • 355 Cha
      July 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Oh really? that’s counting on people to be as dense as JCapehart.

  109. 356 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Spain in da house with Pau Gasol carrying the flag

  110. July 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Heads up – they are in the “U” countries!

  111. 359 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    getting close Thailand in the house

  112. 360 lamh35
    July 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Ok, I don’t have internet or cable here at my moms’, so I’ll see you guys tomorrow. I don’t want to hear or read anything about the opening ceremonies.

    Could we kinda all agree to at least put a “spoiler alert” before talking about the rest of the games, I mean like who won what event?

    If not, then I’ll see you guys after I get back to DFW in 7 days.

  113. 361 prettyfoot58
    July 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    danggg…when i went to that website that Ison.provided..my virus protection said…danger danger…Will Robinson…so i guess i will have to wait to view it on TV… 😦

  114. July 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  115. 367 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    GO TEAM USA!!!

  116. July 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The Americans look so cute! (Even with the berets). 🙂

  117. July 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Oh NO!!!! Teabagger, KKKer, …. heads exploding all over America as they suddenly realize they’re wearing FRENCH berets 😀 😀 😀

  118. 372 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Smilin’ Kobe!

  119. 375 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    YAY USA *waving flag * in front of my monitor

  120. 376 Melanie
    July 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    FLOTUS wearing yellow!! Who was our flag bearer?

  121. 380 globalcitizenlinda
    July 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I do not understand when a person who grew up priviledged cannot even perform the basics of interacting with different people. I thought that at least one thing the very rich have is access and networking circles.

    can only imagine if President Obama had made the same mistakes as mitt the entitled pathological serial liar

  122. 381 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Saw my first Healthcare commercial from healthcare.gov. A senior citizen was talking about the benefits of the law and the fact that because he was able go get wellness checks at $0 cost he was able to find a medical problem before it became a problem and now he is there to see his grandson and will be there to see his second grand child.

    It was pretty good. I expect to see more commercials celebrating Obamacare leading up to the election.

  123. 383 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The Queen was picking her fingernails and ignoring Great Britain. Hahahahahahaha. She cracks me up.

    • 384 purpleshoesla
      July 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      that was pretty funny hope that’s not a front page photo on any of the British papers tomorrow

      • July 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        I know – it would be a shame for them to mar their games with silliness like that. She was caught off guard. Plus, she’s witnessed a lot in her years – including a prior Olympic ceremony… 🙂

      • 386 veryslowwriter
        July 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Hey, it’s past midnight there and speaking as another lady of a certain age — I don’t do midnights.

    • 387 susanne
      July 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      i’m thinking she’s pretty tired and the noise is making her shut down. my mom at that age couldn’t even sit up that long, let alone act interested. sad that she doesn’t have someone nearby helping her prepare for the inevitable camera moments.

    • 388 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      LOL! She just wants to be in a room somewhere enjoying a cuppa tea with FLOTUS chatting about the veggie garden, the girls, her grandsons, and why she’s getting impatient with Kate & Wills to give her her great-grandson.

    • 389 nospin
      July 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      She was probably tired. At 86 years old she lasted longer than I thought she would. And the Brits were being very deferential to her. Glossed over it.

    • 390 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

      She was tired after the parachute jump.

  124. 391 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    cool!

  125. 392 purpleshoesla
    July 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    So far these ceremonies are pretty spectacular. I’d say London was ready and then some TAKE THAT MITTENS!!

    • 393 Sharon
      July 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Waiting for the opening ceremony on NBC so I’ve been subject to some advertising. Saw (twice) a Chamber of Commerce ad against our Democratic candidate for US Senate. She is running unopposed in the primary. Tempted to vote for a weaker Republican candidate–would be my first Republican vote in 20 to 30 years. We have an open primary.

      Also had an event somewhere in our state about the “didn’t build it” business. Seemed to be headed by a State Senator. Was very fair and balanced and felt to me that it favored President Obama–but I am biased. None of the snide, cynical stuff you get nationally. Refreshing.

  126. July 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

  127. 395 susanne
    July 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    ‘The three girls will present them to the Commission on Presidential Debates on Tuesday in Washington and ask the commissioners to appoint a woman moderator for one of three 2012 U.S. presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

    “Visibility equals equality in many ways, and by supporting the call for a woman moderator, both presidential campaigns and the Commission can send a strong message that they value the input and wisdom of women,” Tsemberis said in a news release.

    A woman hasn’t moderated a debate between presidential candidates since 1992, the year that was proclaimed the year of the woman.’

    ‘On the petition’s Web site, possible moderators include Christiane Amanpour, Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, Leslie Stahl, Diane Sawyer and Ifill. The Web site points out that the commission, which has 17 members, includes only three women.’

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/three-teen-girls-petition-for-female-moderator-for-presidential-debate/2012/07/27/gJQAM4FeEX_blog.html

    • 396 susanne
      July 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      oops–post is about the effort to have a woman moderate at least one of the three presidential debates. i vote for rachel!

      • July 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        If Christiane Amanpour hadn’t turned into a douche, she would have been good as a moderator. I fear Rachel is afflicted with the same disease of being afraid to call out Republicans for fear that they won’t return to her show. I could be wrong.

  128. July 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  129. 402 susanne
    July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    and the queen declares it open!

  130. 403 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    The poor queen had to stay up late just to say two sentences!

  131. 404 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  132. 407 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Michelle looks absolutely stunning!!! That outfit is perfect and so classy. Perfect!

  133. 408 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Finally, NBC graces us with Olympic coverage decades after the LIVE event.

    • July 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      If I’d been home, I would’ve watched it online. TV will die out like the dinosaurs. That being said, NBC is doing good in that you can watch events online at nbcolympics.com (depending on your cable set up). If you can’t, well, again, there are ways. *raises a fist in revolutionary defiance*

  134. July 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    All the heat that the President took and is taking from the media,birthers and the islamophobes should not come as a surprise. Every time an African-American person has broken into an area of our national life previously tacitly reserved for “white only”, s/he has had to endure vilification and slander. Rosa Parks did when she sat at the front of the bus. Jackie Robinson did when he dared to play major-league baseball. The lunch-counter protesters did when they sat in the whites-only section. James Meredith did when he dared to enroll and attend Ole Miss. Etc., etc., etc. After we have elected our 5th or 6th African-American President — not in my lifetime — race will no longer matter, and the term “White House” will only refer to the Executive Mansion’s exterior paint pigment. Same is true of religion: someday it won’t matter. But until then, we will have to endure the thinly — at times, not very thinly — veiled racist rants of the bigots and islamophobes to whom it does. The media is the one who is fuming the veil rants about Obama, they can put a stop to this but will not for greed and some racism.

    • July 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Now, it’s Alaskas turn, trying to get Him off the ballot. What are they so afraid of? It’s a waste of time!

    • 412 Zekke LyDonna
      July 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      The Radical Right is gathering their forces to push back against the criticism of Michele Bachmann. I wonder how far they intend to take this. Could this also have implications for Mitt’s visit to Israel and Palestine? He plans to meet both leaders.

  135. July 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I have goose bumps over the lighting ceremony.

    • 414 susanne
      July 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      wasn’t that fantastic?! i was actually in tears.

      then when sir paul sang ‘and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make’, well, best ever opening!

  136. 415 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Pink Floyd !

  137. 416 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    SIr Paul!!

  138. 418 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    WOW..I was thinking the EXACT thing..then I go on Twitter and see my thoughts represented by tweet… LOL!

  139. 420 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Great pics of the Olympics and I believe this link includes the clip of the simulation of the Queen parachuting into the games.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179920/Olympics-Opening-Ceremony-Spectators-pour-amid-tightest-security-operation-London-seen.html?ITO=1490

  140. July 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Okay- I did not want to post it here, but many of you did not see the new RNC ad that Capehart was talking about-

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/07/rnc-ad-no-seriously-you-can-vote-him-out-130337.html

    Well? Is it really that powerful??? I think it is average, not as good as the Moses ad of 08 or the Paris Hilton ad of 08! But Capehary says this ad has just won the election for Willard. Huh?

    • 422 Linda
      July 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      That ad plays here in Atlanta all day every day……I think it is lame.

      • July 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Me too! But, MSNBainC is convinced the uniformed voter will fall for it.
        Who is the uninformed/undecided voter? I would like to know?

        • July 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

          You note what is important about it. We need to make the attempt to understand it not from our own consciousness, but from the various levels and states of the spectrum of consciousness. Just as when we are speaking about politics to others we must speak to their level and state of consciousness, not from our own. If we speak from our own, we are much more likely to trigger their own defensiveness and that is likely to accomplish the opposite of what we intend.

          Liberals are often more educated than conservatives, but we are less likely to use our knowledge of how the human brain and society actually operate. Partly that is because we tend to think rationally and expect others to do so as well. But politics is much more emotional than rational. We often hesitate to “manipulate” others because we think that is unfair and indecent. So we leave the “selling” of politics to the conservatives. And they hire the best and brightest of psychologists and sociologists in their endeavors. They have very skillfully utilized what we’ve learned about neuroscience in their ads for 30 years.

  141. 430 isonprize
    July 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    This has been a very eclectic, very diverse Olympic Opening ceremony. I’m not sure why I like it, but I do like it. Still doesn’t beat Beijing, but it definitely showed the character of London, and probably dispelled myths about it being a stuffy, boring city.

    Na, na na nanana naahh, nanana naahh HEY JUDE!!!!

    • July 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      I totally agree. It captured the character of London so well. A very vibrant, eclectic, youthful city, but with so much history and beauty. I didn’t see the whole thing, but what I saw, I liked.

      • 432 joanshaw
        July 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

        I really enjoyed Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude” after many, many decades and laughed at myself for it, because when I kept hearing The Beatles’ music back when it was playing everywhere, on everything, I thought it was the most repetitious cliche-ridden stuff I ever heard. Now, after decades of rock, hard and soft, banging and clanging and hooting and plain hollering, beating my ears into the earth, The Beatles’ stuff really sounds like MUSIC! It’s what happens, I guess, with 82 years’ worth of listening when I should have been stopping up my ears.

        However, I do like a couple of Eminem’s songs, especially if I can’t quite make out the lyrics. I certainly love Bruce Springsteen’s songs, notably,”We Take Care of Our Own,” and many other new songs by others. Perhaps they’re changing a little? Or perhaps *I’m* changing a little.

        • 433 Theo67
          July 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

          Hey, my 72 year old Dad fell in love with “Call Me Maybe” when I forced him to sit and listen to the original version and then the version made from President Obama’s speeches. He loved it!

    • 434 nathkatun7
      July 28, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Have you ever been to London? There is absolutely nothing stuffy or boring about London! Who ever came out with that myth has never been to London.

  142. July 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Also, Tweety had yet another ad lying about what the President said in a speech. Slicing and dicing his speeches, now this is swiftnoating.
    Ed gilespie is doing this shit, I am sure of it!

  143. 436 sherijr
    July 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Oh man that was so wonderful… enjoyed every single second.. and Ali was there, that made me cry ~ and the Flame was amazing and the 7 billion bits of paper representing all of us on the planet. Just Superb !

  144. 437 sherijr
    July 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    And the announcers on BBC were perfect, they didn’t talk over each other or say anything rude (as the pundits do here) and NO commercials. I really loved the whole thing- it was funny, touching, inspiring and unifying… and I LOVE the USA outfits, they were classy and a nice hat tip to the Brits.

  145. 439 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    How about we head over to this morning’s Rise and Shine…less comments over there! This is getting slow for me…and those poor iPads! Someone tell Chips so she can find us!

  146. 441 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Nice write up of Flotus Olympic style

    FIRST LADY OF STYLE: MICHELLE OBAMA WEARS U.S. LABEL

    Michelle Obama remained true to her patriotic fashion theme today in a dazzling white top and skirt for this evening’s reception at Buckingham Palace.

    The U.S. First Lady, who has stuck to a palette of red, white and blue since she arrived in London this morning, opted for an ensemble from the resort 2013 collection of American label J Mendel.

    It was a strong choice that saw her hold her own against the UK’s reigning fashion princess, the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Her top, which was almost armour-like in style, was embroidered in shimmering silver. The cap sleeves showed off those toned arms, while the high neckline kept the look demure.

    The lightweight fabric of the sharply-pleated skirt made for a soft contrast, while the silver court shoes added polish, and co-ordinated with the look perfectly.

    BY TAMARA ABRAHAM

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2179787/Michelle-Obama-gives-Team-USA-pep-talk-ahead-Olympics-opening-ceremony-London.html#ixzz21s1RJ5b9

  147. 442 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    One more thing…GREAT JOB, BRITS!!! You know how to put on quite a show!!!

  148. 445 Lorraine
    July 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Please Chips please put up the clip of the USA and Israel’s entrance with the First Lady. Thank you, love.

  149. July 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    The slow growth reported for the second quarter is enough to allow President Barack Obama an edge in his re-election bid, according to a forecasting model based on the economy and polling data.

    The U.S. economy grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate from April through June, in line with forecasts and slowing from a revised 2.0 percent rate during the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department reported today.

    “It puts Obama just barely above the break-even point,” said Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta and developer of the forecasting model. “Mainly it tells me we’re heading to a very close election and Obama is a slight favorite.”

    Abramowitz said today his model projects Obama will receive 50.5 percent of the popular vote in November and has a two- thirds probability of winning. The model doesn’t project the Electoral College outcome, and it is possible to win the popular vote without an electoral-vote victory, as occurred in the 2000 contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush.

    http://mobile.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-27/slow-growth-leaves-room-for-obama-to-win-re-election

    That close???

  150. 448 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Matt and Meredith need to STFU. The Olympics are NOT about them.

  151. 449 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  152. July 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Just finished watching the opening ceremony, it was awesome! I LOVED what FLOTUS was wearing, it was great to see her. What a classy, beautiful lady, inside and out.

  153. 451 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!

  154. 452 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    David Corn is funny on Twitter..this is his first time seeing the Olympics in HD (as i suspect is the case for the majority of us here), and he’s super excited. He must have parked himself in front of the HD Screen with popcorn, drinks and other snacks for a night of viewing and tweeting. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 454 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you!

    • 455 isonprize
      July 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Could you ever, in a gazillion years, see any other First Lady of the United States doing ANY OF THESE THINGS? The tug of war? letting the lady weightlifter pick her up? Letting the kids just crawl all over her?

      Wow, she is so real, so down to earth.

  155. 456 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    FoxtrotUniformCharlieKilo the washington post. View their slide show of the opening ceremony; shots of Will & Kate, the Queen, Mittiot & Missy Ann, BUT NOT A SINGLE SHOT OF THE LEADER OF THE OFFICIAL US DELEGATION, FLOTUS MICHELLE OBAMA. wapo can KiloIndiaSierraSierra MikeYankee AlphaSierraSierra!

    • 457 hopefruit2
      July 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Do you have a link for the slideshow? If that’s true, then they did this on purpose and need to be called out. This is blatantly disrespectful and not remotely funny or trivial.

  156. 458 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    HEADS UP Folks, we’ve now moved over to the Rise & Shine thread (linked below) because this one is too long.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/07/27/rise-and-shine-249/#comment-436706

  157. 461 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Watching the Olympic opening ceremonies. National Health Service. Wait for it! On Monday Rush will be saying “Look! In British Hospitals they have two kids to a bed!” NHS! In your face right wingers!!!!!

  158. 462 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Mr. Bean!!!!!!!!

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  161. 469 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Some of us are on this morning’s Rise and Shine:) Getting too hard to post here

  162. July 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    What’s Mitt The Twit hiding?

  163. 472 collegekay
    July 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Good evening everyone. I just got polled for the first time (on my cell phone). Most of the questions were about climate change. They also asked if I was better off financially than last year. No direct question about PBO, but they asked for my party affiliation and my age.

  164. 473 anniebella
    July 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Our First Lady Michelle Obama look like she had the time of her life today. Plus she looked beautiful, she made us very proud.

  165. 474 susanne
    July 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    okay, going back to ‘rise and shine’–just came over to see what cool stuff was getting posted here!
    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/07/27/rise-and-shine-249/#comment-436706

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