This and That


David Beckham

… with David Beckham, Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and Brandi Chastain

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at Winfield House



217 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 10:00 am


  2. 12 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    See pics on last thread

  3. 13 Ladyhawke
    July 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full

    Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he’s really outdone himself in London


    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.



  4. 14 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Bringing this over:

    ESPECIALLY for PA voters…but maybe EVERYONE should check this out just so it WON’T be an issue! Pass this along!


    When states put in a voter ID law in a big hurry, one really common problem voters and poll workers encounter is “address mismatch”. This is where your voter registration address does not match the address on your driver’s license (or other photo ID). People generally don’t update the address on their driver’s license until it’s time to renew the driver’s license, which didn’t matter prior to the voter ID law but does matter now. You must fix this mismatch if you hope to vote a first class ballot in Pennsylvania. If you go to the PA site for voter ID info, you will find this, under “person who has recently moved”:

    If you read this link…there are LOTS OF HOOPS to jump through if you’ve recently moved…please know the voting rules and changes for your state! Find out NOW, so you can take care of anything that may be a question.

    • 15 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Thanks DF. Here is link to OUTSTANDING resource for PAVID: http://www.pahouse.com/documents/2012/Voter-ID-Education-Guide.pdf

      This guide was produced by the PA House Dems. For a free printed copy, call the nearest PA House Dem district office.

      • 16 desertflower
        July 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

        Great,Alycee! Everyone needs to do this though…not just PA voters! This entire voter suppression has me crazy.

        • 17 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          July 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

          Oh, you are absolutely correct! I’m going to forward link to W-is-W. Would be great if we could each gather USER FRIENDLY resources for our states.

        • 18 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

          Additionally, establish a relationship with your county voter registration office, the ID issuing office, and your state rep’s office. The employees in the voter registration office and PennDOT are facing a lot of the same frustrations that we the people are — a new law where they are tweeking the rules daily and NO increase in personnel to handle the increased workload; treating these folks with repect and common courtesy will create allies rather than enemies. If a worker can’t fullly answer your inquiry, ask for the supervisor/manager/director. These things are working for me…

  5. 19 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    David Beckham needs to lose the tie bar…:) Glad that he’s there with FLOTUS though…very awesome!

    • 20 yardarm756
      July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Slow your roll on the tie bar df. Some of us old school fuddie-duddies grew up with those. Besides they keep the tie out of the food when one sits at a table.

      • 21 Pamela
        July 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        I was going to say just what the Skipper said, tho I’ve never worn a tie bar, they might be coming back into fashion after these pics go round ze webz!

  6. July 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The first lady continues to do just what she has always done….be herself, be beautiful, be gracious, be involved and be welcoming. Just can’t see Annrom doing that.

  7. July 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

  8. 26 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    After you win re election…KEEP TALKING ABOUT GUN CONTROL, PBO! This nearly made me wretch this morning! Stand Your Ground on fucking steroids! Is this the kind of country we want to live in? Where people can’t even talk to each other? Where you are presumed to be a threat? Where batcrapcrazy people do this stuff?? OMG. OMG. OMG.


    • 27 a4alice
      July 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

      that is just sad. and it’s sobering and scary. I do canvassing. i’m going to keep my eyes peeled for tresspassing signs.

  9. July 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

  10. 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Good Morning TODFam! Yesterday, was blur — on the go. Came home to find that little Mitty is making an ass of himself on the world stage. Sure, it’s good for a laugh; however, I see it as a big distraction (possibly by design). Think about it, yesterday, did you hear ANYTHING about TAX RETURNS, OUTSOURCING & OFF-SHORING $$$, LACK OF POLICY SPECIFICS? Let us keep our eyes on the mission and not be drawn off course by the bright shining bauble… FORWARD!!!!!

    • 30 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

      No, Mitt making a darn jackass out of his self was not by design.

      • 31 Pamela
        July 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        Agree, ab. He is not smart enough to orchestrate so many perfect eff-ups… Yesterday seemed to me part of a Higher Plan for MythMisTruth. Willard the Wannock! Hee! Still chuckling!

  11. 32 desertflower
    July 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I have voter reg all weekend long…I hope that lots of you will be taking some time to work on the Weekend of Action this weekend..no matter how big or small….:)

    • 33 cookemom
      July 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Good on you df. I volunteer Mon and Wed, or at least one day a week at the local office. It clears the cobwebs and puts stuff in perspective. It helps ignore the MSMs attempts to make this a nail biting, photo finish, over the top, election. Slow and steady is winning this race.

    • July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Me too! I collect them from ten others and turn it into my local OFA office within 48 hours, so they can turn it into the State!

    • 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      July 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Trying to be 5 places at once on Saturday — funeral, 2 graduation/college send-off parties, OFA day of action and a Women Marines meeting… will be working for PBO at all five (I’m shameless). For things like church, funerals or dress-up events, I wear my little jewelry type pin — its always a conversation starter!

      On Monday evening, I’m running a Voter ID Info Workshop; target audience are those without VID, and folks that want to be trained to assist others in obtaining VID.

  12. 40 Ladyhawke
    July 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Here’s how Crossroads GPS has spent nearly $86 million in dark money

    Kevin Koehler – July 27, 2012, 9:15 a.m.


    Since the start of this election cycle in 2011, Crossroads GPS has put out dozens of press releases about its ad buys. We have compiled the dollar figures from its website and totaled up $85,683,000 in announced spending so far. Of that, over $64.9 million has gone or will soon go to ads exclusively targeting Barack Obama and more than $13.7 million was directed at Congressional candidates. (For $7 million, the proportions spent were not disclosed.) See the table below to explore the data.



  13. July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Cnbc chick said it means the Uncertainty of the fiscal cliff means that companies are not hiring.
    In other words, cnnc said, give me my tax cuts or else!

    • 42 Nena20409
      July 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Well the how come stocks all over the world mostly are Up today?

      How come Stocks in USA is Up over 100 points today, as of 10:51am CT?

      Because CNBC was up until 7-26-12 were forecasting GDP to be tops, 1.2%.

      12 consecutive quarters with GDP growth. 28 consecutive months with private JOB growth. In spite of TBGOPers obstructionism.

  14. July 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Reveille O Os!!!! Up and at ’em this great getting up day!!! Well, it looks like Mitttwit the Pitiful has left quite the Saxony stain on the little island that makes stuff nobody wants with his attempt to paint PBO as just another blah person. Couldn’t have happened to a better Anglo. Don’t mess with Karma, she’s a real B when angered.

    My political take today is PBO can save some of his arsenal until later in August. Pittiful has sucked up the oxygen on his own for awhile. Then, he has to relive the trip when he comes back. Then he still has those tax returns. That’ll take care of August. By September, he’ll be running from his own shadow.

    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      July 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Oh, cookemom – The best image today, so far, about Romney – *he’ll be running from his own shadow* – I love it!

  15. July 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Oh my gosh, it looks like FLOTUS is having so much fun!! Love the photos and David Beckham is clearly enjoying himself.

    Last night on local news they did a piece on Jessica Chastain because she is a local girl and she said she is so proud of FLOTUS and so thrilled to be with her in London and wants to do anything she can to promote Let’s Move. BRAVO, team!!

    • 47 whatisworking
      July 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Great article DF – gives us facts instead of hysteria. Please share with everyone you know.

  16. July 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I just came across this strange article about how one of the U.S. Olympian female wrestlers actually picked up FLOTUS and they took a photo of it: http://www.press-citizen.com/usatoday/article/56528798?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|NationWorld|s.

    I’m not sure how I feel about that – seems pretty strange. It does show that FLOTUS is always a good sport.

    • 49 isonprize
      July 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I’m sure the rightwing crazies will have something to say about it. You’re right, FLOTUS is a good sport. And the lady wrestler isn’t crazy– she asked permission. Permission was granted and she did her thing. I’m sure if FLOTUS had said no, Lady wrestler would have laughed and still had a moment to remember her entire life.

    • 50 lamh35
      July 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I read the story and it was very nice what the wrestler said and as Isonprize said RWNJ will say what they want. I say FUCK ‘EM.

      You can’t make sense of crazy people, so why live your life is constant worry over what they say (which I’m not saying you are doing, btw)

      In fact, it’s because the pic is a cell pick and not a professional pic like from Peter Sousa that it probably looks weird, but I bet at a different official angle it was a nice pic.

    • 51 anniebella
      July 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      What’s strange about it. We know we have a First Lady who is like no other, she is herself, she is down to earth, she is about fun, being real. No you would not see Laura Bush doing that, but that’s because Laura Bush is not like our FLOTUS. The female wrestle said she didn’t just want a hug, so she asked if she could pick her up, FLOTUS said yes, no big deal. And since when did we care what the right wing have to say? FLOTUS can act like a angel and they still will fine fault. So to hell with what they think.

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      I love that she felt comfortable enough to even think about lifting up the First Lady, and that she asked for permission before she tried anything. Sweet story!

  17. July 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    FYI – stock up on grains of salt.

  18. 60 utaustinliberal
    July 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    We’ve got good news. 😀

    • July 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    • 62 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      UTAL, I wish I could get my hands on info as effectively and pithily as you do. Congrats, I am so glad you are an active participant on our side! That middle tweet with the ‘Who Grew our Economy’ graph is just perfect IMO; a terrific example of the kind of tweets I envision us all producing during these final months before Nov. 6. YOU GO, ‘GIRL’!!!!!!! 😆 😆 😆

      • July 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        So true – UTAL makes it so easy to retweet her marvelous information – as do so many great TOD tweeters! Thanks for all the hard work. It’s hard to do lots of research during the work day when so much of the news happens. Much easier to retweet and feel like I’m still contributing to the pushback.

        • 64 vcprezofan2
          July 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

          Isn’t that a great informative tweet! I keep coming back and re-reading it because it encapsulates relevant information so neatly, AND it includes a visual. I love visual links because I’m too lazy to read a lot of print. 😆

          Hi Theo, old girl, you are contributing to the pushback, and it’s good to have people from all the time zones, as well as all the spectrum of work time scenarios represented. 😉

  19. 65 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Gotta love Michelle. She really jumps in there, gives it her all, has fun! Somehow I can’t picture Miss Ann doing the same. I did laugh when I heard that Miss Ann tried to improve the sour taste Willard left in the mouths of the Brits by saying that both of them just love Downtown Abbey. So there! Doesn’t that count for anything and make things all better? (answer: that’s just desperate and no, it doesn’t)

    • 66 cookemom
      July 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Annie Oakley is more prone than the Mittwit to make a gaffe. They should never be interviewed at the same time. Neither knows how to talk off script. She’s worse than him imo. However, they do make for some entertaining kerfunkles (sp).

      • July 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

        One of the things that depressed me most about a Dem friend’s recent conversation is that she said she found Ann Romney to be a very strong and charming woman. Oh, and now she thinks Dems lie as much as Republicans. UGH.

        • 68 hopefruit2
          July 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

          I would put that friend in the “used to be DEM” category. Just sayin’

          No true Democrat talks such nonsense. She probably voted for McCain/Palin in ’08.

        • 69 cookemom
          July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

          Bet her $10,000.00 that she can’t name one thing Annie Oakley has done that makes her strong and charming. Her physical impairment doesn’t count, nor the ability to dressage and dance with a horse whose purpose is another tax sheltered write-off.

          • July 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

            I asked her that and she said that Ann raised 5 children – with lots of help, but still. She’s a worrier and her main gripe is the economy and she’s scared to death about it even though she’s very safe financially. I ended the convo because I was very shocked and taken aback, she’s been a friend for 15 years, I was getting too emotional and I was an overnight guest in her house. I’m fairly certain she’ll still vote for PBO but will see what happens the next time we talk and take it from there.

            • July 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm

              You should ask her some specifics. Which lies does she think the Dems have told? Which lies does she think the GOP have told? And then both of you research to find out who’s actually telling the truth. If you have the energy for all that. There are some friends whom I’ve just written off, and left to their delusions. I’d rather focus on those who still have a chance to be moved to reason.

            • 72 anniebella
              July 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

              meta, tell your friend that if we re-elect President Obama, get rid of those tea party members, elect some folks in Congress and Senate who is willing to work with this President, who will put the country before party, the economy will improve faster.

    • 73 miss pat
      July 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Downton Abbwy? Is there such a place?

  20. 75 Jeff
    July 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I’m sorry but Rasmussen can’t be correct about Romney’s lead, it’s not matching what the state by state polls are saying at all. If anything the polls should be showing president Obama’s lead by 4 to 5 and that’s being very lenient given that polls can be inaccurate.

    • July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Fox says the lead from Rasmussen is because of the you didn’t bulks that remark. Fox feels this remark, is the whole campaign and are using Rasmussen to push their meme!

  21. 77 amk for obama
    July 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Just picked up an award for export performance from indian gobinment.

    5th year in a row. 🙂

  22. 94 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Wonder if any mainstream media outlets will disclose all the shenanigans that went on during Willard’s Olympic stewardship—-personally intervening for Mormon friends to secure tax breaks for giant shopping/office/housing plazas and steering multi-millions of tax money to friends’ resorts for development and improvements. These friends are now donating big money to the Willard campaign. Haven’t politicians gone to prison for this kind of stuff?

  23. 95 dotster3
    July 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Ha Ha! And true!

  24. July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am


  25. July 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Knoller is off message. How many fundraisers is that? LOL!

  26. 116 ouapiti
    July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love our President and I have to say that I think Michelle Obama is the best First Lady ever and that we are so damn lucky to have her representing the U.S. at the Olympics. The joy, enthusiasm, openness, intelligence and compassion she brings to her work is incomparable. Brava!

    • 117 cookemom
      July 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

      She along with Eleanor Roosevelt are the only two FLOTUSes who vested themselves in the interest of the people in the country. They don’t hide behind some tea set with their pinky fingers placed ever so delicately in the air among their well coiffed ladies a calling. Rearranging the furniture in the WH is noble (I guess somebody has to do it). Having reading as an initiative is admirable as well, especially when you do it about once a quarter as a photo-op. Just look at the accomplishments of Michelle and Eleanor, no one else comes even slightly close.

  27. 118 lamh35
    July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Alright guys, help a sista out. I’m here in Cincy and of course my mom DOES NOT have cable, so I’ma have to get video and stuff online. Thank God for the Olympics though, or I’d be bored out of my guord!

  28. July 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    #RmoneyWreck …

    • 120 a4alice
      July 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Ha! Bob! That’s funny! 🙂 #wailingwallmitt and #kielbasamitt ! 😀

      • July 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Glad you enjoyed it, Alice, and thank you for all the RTs. I so regret I don’t have time to thank all the wonderful folk who RT my tweets, but am just dealing with a constant struggle between all my work and trying to contribute a little something to #PBO and our democracy.


  29. July 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Very strange – my paper newspaper has a story about Jindal and McDonnel visitng the Romney Victory Center (ha!) in our town yesterday. Yet on the web version – nothing. Usually the stories are repeated verbatim from the paper copy. I love to go on-line and read the comments. I’m sure that’s what they were trying to avoid – this is a pretty liberal town, so the comments might be pretty over the top. Darn.

    On a funny aside, I did a search of the site for “Jindahl” and it returned “Did you mean ‘genital’?”

  30. July 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Folks, Mark Knoller is Back! That is all!

  31. 135 carolyn
    July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

    We take the Toronto Globe and Mail online……my husband is a big hockey fan, and it’s good to get views from outside our red state:)
    They were SCATHING this morning on Mitt the Twit! Mitt truly hacked off the ENTIRE British commonwealth by his horrendous statements. Does he not know how much of the world is still part of that Commonwealth, and love the queen? Any slur against England, is a slur against them all, and they will not like that. His ignorance knows no bounds! Speaking of “Anglo-Saxon heritage”…….

  32. 136 lockewasright
    July 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I just got a bonus at work. I am in for a buck a day between now and November 6th. Who’s with me?

  33. July 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Look at how these assholes jump on these GDP figures?-


    They are like Scavengers!

    • 142 japa21
      July 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Yeah, those awful GDP figures are why the markets have dropped so low today…What, the markets are up? They are up due to the GDP numbers being better than expected?

      Despite everything the Republicans have done (or more accurately not done) in order to scuttle the economy, it still manages to move forward.

  34. 144 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Olympics Update:

    The Queen will be making remarks in about 45 minutes to start off her reception heads of state including FLOTUS, who’s expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace in a few minutes.

    A couple of BBC live streams from the UK here:

  35. July 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

    launched yesterday – http://www.myoonet.com — without comment … am sure most of you will grok why & whom … just wanted to share … #FORWARD

  36. 150 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Reuters stream of Heads of State arrivals at Queens Reception
    (raw video, no commentators)… not sure whether FLOTUS has come through yet


  37. July 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Folks, by my count, Mar Knoller had to take a Piss 1474x in the WH Mens Room, since Jauary 20, 2009!

  38. 157 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Oh boy…. TeaNN….Karma…..

  39. 164 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Follow First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2012 Olympic Games in London @LetsMove

    FLOTUS’ most recent tweets:

    3 hrs ago
    Had so much fun playing at the @nickelodeonpr @letsmove event! Beckham, spongebob, power rangers and olympians getting active w kids! -mo

    2 hrs ago
    Still all smiles! Thanks again to @nickelodeonpr and all our partners for an amazing @letsmove event! #olympics #teamusa -mo

  40. July 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    McDonell and Jindal basically said the foreign press does not matter, we don’t own them.

  41. July 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  42. 167 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown not getting involved for Obama

    The Democratic mayor says he’ll play no role in the presidential race.

    Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-07-26/story/jacksonville-mayor-alvin-brown-not-getting-involved-obama#ixzz21q7sDD86


    Why can’t Democrats keep their mouths SHUT ! GRRRRR

  43. July 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Boston Globe finally does a story on Robney London gaffes-


    American press is a little slow, but this will do!

  44. July 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    VC, I promise to check in more often and drop word or two…these days I am just speechless thanks to the crap for media we have, plus the misinformed/do not want to be informed voters not to mention all the other craziness…

    Hiya Amk…so where is a good place to come and do a yoga retreat…yes, I am expecting you represent India’s tourism and given that the gov’t has given you an award and all the least you can do is promote 😛

    Later TODville!!! Mayor Chips, you there…not kidnapped are you?

    • 173 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      ‘I promise to check in more often’ 😆 😆 I can’t ask for more than that, CJ! Well………… just kidding! 😉 😉

  45. 174 Nena20409
    July 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I wonder who is the Embarrassment to America now? Yeah, one, Willard Mitterrand Romney.

    The question is, had this been then sen Obama in 2008 in this kind of predicament, the press alone would have started asking if the Senator was ready to be president. Why are We Not hearing that question asked of Mitt the Twit?

  46. July 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    LOL! Fox News is just irate with the British Press. They are losing it with the coverage of Robney, over there!
    Seriously in melt down mode. I love it!

  47. 177 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm


    Whoopi Goldberg speaking live at the International AIDS conference
    CNN live stream now…


  48. 178 nospin
    July 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is funny as heck. 🙂

    How bad was Romney’s first day in London?

    “It has been widely reported already in the US that Mitt Romney’s first foreign trip as a US Presidential candidate… did not go well.

    But my suspicion is that a lot of my friends in America who are accustomed to “he said, she said” news coverage might suspect that this disaster is being blown out of proportion by the schadenfreude of delighted Obama supporters.

    As your woman on the ground here in the UK, I want to assure you: IT REALLY IS THAT BAD. Here below are the Romney headlines in every British Newspaper this morning.”


  49. 180 japa21
    July 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Just had to share this. The following is a letter to the editor in mty loacl paper. This is the entirety of the letter (other than the writer’s name):

    “Interesting that the same media that is consumed with Romney and Bain had no interest in Obama and Wright.”

    The writer is getting reamed in the comments.

    • 181 Dudette
      July 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Yet another person living in that alternate universe.

      • 182 donna dem 4 obama
        July 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        WORD Dudette!

        For two straight weeks that mess was looped on every cable channel non-stop and he says the media showed NO interest in Obama and Wright. SMDH!!!!!!! 🙄

  50. 183 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Well all, I was suppose to be off today but I got called in to work because we are so busy. I am so happy about the extra shift. I will sorely miss the opening ceremony tonight! I just keep thinking about college tuition and new care payments I am responsible for. Happy I can now cover both.

    Love you all. Have fun at the opening!

  51. 186 Dudette
    July 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Just discovered another UK stream for CCTV/BBC4:

    No FLOTUS or Olympics coverage, but they are showing Star Trek Deep Space Nine right, so all’s forgiven!
    I get my Captain Benjamin Sisko fix. 😀

  52. 188 Bill
    July 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Willard has told a right wing Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, that if PBO had followed George W.’s “freedom agenda” the Arab Spring might never have happened. He said the reforms would have been more peaceful under W.’s policies. The interview took place in Reno but was released today, therefore he was not criticizing PBO while abroad. I am speechless.

  53. 192 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Mitt Romney: Arab Spring Could’ve Been Avoided By Bush’s ‘Freedom Agenda’

    In an interview with the right-wing Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, Mitt Romney said that the Arab Spring might never have happened had Bush’s “freedom agenda” not been prematurely halted by President Barack Obama.

    “President [George W.] Bush urged [deposed Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture, but President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner,” Romney said.

    Romney argued that with the rise of democratically elected Islamist governments in some of the countries undergoing revolutions — Egypt and Tunisia in particular — the Arab Spring has turned out to be less of a boon for Western interests than it initially appeared.

    “Clearly we’re disappointed in seeing Tunisia and Morocco elect Islamist governments. We’re very concerned in seeing the new leader in Egypt as an Islamist leader. It is our hope to move these nations toward a more modern view of the world and to not present a threat to their neighbors and to the other nations of the world,” he said.


    oy vey.

    • 193 Linda
      July 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      That paper is owned by Sheldon Adelson…..

    • July 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      “Clearly we’re disappointed in seeing Tunisia and Morocco elect Islamist governments. We’re very concerned in seeing the new leader in Egypt as an Islamist leader. It is our hope to move these nations toward a more modern view of the world …”.

      What disgusting comments about Islam. Democracy is only good when it elects the guys you like, hey Willard? Bigoted twat.

      • 196 japa21
        July 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        It shows that he really doesn’t care about people, just “Western interests.” The Arab Spring is a bad thing? People, on their own, overthrowing dictators is a bad thing? I guess he wanted a bunch of Christian leaders in Arab countries. While the Ann Coulters of the world may agree, responsible people can see how bad this thinking is.

        PBO has gone a long way towards having America more respected in the ME. There is still a long way to go, but talk like this can set us bad. I guess he forgot all the US flags being waved in Libya.

        This guy is more than an embarrassment, he is becoming dangerous to our national security.

        • July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

          I agree Japa, this guy is hugely dangerous, I used to laugh at him but not so much anymore. That kind of inflammatory language is extraordinary, all in the interests of gaining a few hardline Jewish votes – never mind the wider cost.

      • 198 Dudette
        July 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        Um, excuse me… that’s “Mitt the Twit”.

      • July 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Indeed – why wouldn’t an Islamic nation elect an Islamic leader? It’s the height of arrogance to think anything else about someone else’s country, especially all the while the GOP proclaim the United States to be a “Christian Nation”, when that just isn’t true.

    • 200 ChristiMTL
      July 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      If I get this right, since he didn’t do this interview on foreign soil, it’s ok?….but it’s publish today?…so he’s getting his message across just the same…I read the article and I can’t believe how dangerous and ignorant he is…he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about….neocon on steroids…..

    • July 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      he’s actually saying the Arab Spring was a BAD THING

  54. 202 Bill R.
    July 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    One of the most significant wins for PBO this week in addition to the total implosion of Willard in his clown trip abroad is the announcement from the President of the European Central Bank that the Euro will be supported at all cost. That means stabilization of European and World economy and support for continued growth in U.S. economy. The Dow has skyrocketed on expected economic gains long term.

  55. July 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Stocks hit 13k! Rally under way! The investors are anticipating FED QE-3 buying of Mortgage Securities and more bond buying to boost hiring. But, not until September.
    Why the wait?

  56. 208 Linda
    July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I just saw a clip of Robme meeting Enda Kenny. Yuk !

  57. July 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Olympic fans – BBC1 live streaming here, opening ceremony build-up starts in 50 mins:


  58. July 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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