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Rise and Shine

Morning everyone, chat away 😉

PS I see the comments are still popping up all over the place – hoping WordPress get this very, very, very annoying glitch fixed SOON!


227 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 eyecandi
    July 29, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Good Morning

  2. 3 japa21
    July 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Close but no cigar GM and congrats eyecandi

  3. 5 globalcitizenlinda
    July 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

    morning everyone!

    how are you going to help President Obama get re-ecleted today?

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      July 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Morning GCL! I’m going to help by pushing back when I can today. What do you have up your sleeves? 😀

  4. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

    A very ‘Good Sunday Morning’ to everyone in, and around, TODville! A special ‘Thank YOU, O Tireless Blog Mistress’ to Chips Chica for her commitment rain or shine! It’s deeply appreciated even when we don’t say it out loud. {Today is my day to be thankful.} 😆 😆

  5. 8 Cheryllou
    July 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Good morning everyone and congrats eyecandi on being first.

  6. 10 Linda
    July 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney would respect an Israeli decision to make a unilateral military strike against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear capability, a top foreign policy adviser said Sunday as he outlined the aggressive posture the Republican presidential candidate will take toward Iran in a speech in Israel later in the day.

    Romney has said he has a “zero tolerance” policy toward Iran obtaining the capability to build a nuclear weapon.

    “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision,” foreign policy adviser Dan Senor told reporters ahead of the speech, planned for late Sunday near Jerusalem’s Old City.

    Senor said Romney is careful to note the governor believes preventing nuclear “capability” – not just a nuclear weapon – is critical.

    He later clarified his comments in a written statement, saying: “Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded.”

    Good Morning……Does Dan Senor think Iraq will let Israel use their airspace ?

    • 11 eyecandi
      July 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Saw something on msnbc this morning but turned the channel..

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      July 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Did Dan Senior mention that this** is virtually the President’s position so Mitt is bring nothing new to the Israeli-Iran table?

      **’it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded.’

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

      World War three, coming right up! Don’t look now, but His Foreign advisers are Senir and Bolton.
      Any Questions?

    • 14 Bill
      July 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Will any of Mitt the Twit’s sons join the military to fight in Iran?

      • 15 anniebella
        July 29, 2012 at 8:36 am

        Hell no none of Mitt and Queen’s Ann sons will join to fight, it will be the “YOU PEOPLE” who will do the fighting as always. You know the ones beneath, lower , not as good, as the Romneys.

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      July 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Mitt Romney and his foreign policy neocon advisers are fools.

  7. 20 ourmanflint
    July 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Good day to all TOD and all the clones iof Chips. I woke up today with the odd thought that there is more than one of you ! Lol:lol

    • 21 vcprezofan2
      July 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Hi there OMF, you may have a point. 😆 I used to think that Chips co-opted her mom to work for her in an unpaid capacity gathering pics, info, etc. Now I just think she is super, super organized, no matter WHAT she says to the contrary, and extremely committed to the cause. Whatever her secret, I’ll be forever grateful our paths connected!

  8. July 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mark Knoller spent the better part of His Morning Eating Donuts. By my count, that is the 100th Donut this week!

  9. July 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning everyone . . .

  10. 28 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Failure to Launch

    By Fareed Zakaria

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    Romney has tried to dredge up the standard-issue Cold War Republican attack on Democrats: the world is dangerous, our enemies are growing strong, and Obama is weak. The problem is, most Americans recognize that none of this is true. The world is actually quite peaceful right now; our adversaries–like Iran–are weak and isolated. China is growing strong but has not used its power to contest America in national-security terms. The one enemy Americans recognize and worry about remains al-Qaeda and its affiliated Islamic terrorist groups, and Obama has been relentless in attacking them.
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    Romney faces a tough problem. President Obama is the first Democrat in nearly 50 years to enter an election with a dramatic advantage in foreign policy. (The last time was Lyndon Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater in 1964.) Unless Romney can craft a smart, strategic alternative, that gap will only get wider.

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    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2120500-1,00.html

  11. 31 miss pat
    July 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Good morning everyone and a happy peaceful Sunday to you all.

    Lets pray for those who are hurting, those of us who have burden in our hearts too heavy to carry alone. Pray for Chips, pray for the President and his family.

    Pray for all those who despite the President, we have lots of those. Lift them up, ask for peace for them and for yourselves. When you have peace you have everything.

  12. 32 dotster3
    July 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Just saw a maddening, politically manipulative report by Matthew Dowd on GMA. He was slowly shaking his head like he was real sad to have to report that so many of President Obama’s ads are negative. He said he came into office with such hope and promise of change, hoping to change the atmosphere in Washington, and here he is, rolling in the mud with the rest of them (paraphrasing). It is just SO disappointing, and then a fake tear rolled down his cheek, I think.

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

      That is another talking point from the right. Play the victim of negative ads. It was Chuck Todd who gallantly stated last week that the President is swiftboating Robney!
      Meanwhile, not a mention, not one, of all the pro Robney super PAC and the RNC negative ads, that seemingly has taken over the tv box.
      So, this is another email to try and put the President in a box. They just want it to be all about The President, and don’t look at Robney mistakes, flubs and past statements/indiscretions! Nope, that doesn’t matter. Only thing that matters is, the black guy fucked up the economy. Or at least, that is what they are driving down our throats, every Damn waking Day.
      Paging the British Press? Where are you? We need you in America!

      • 34 prettyfoot58
        July 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

        The President and his team…have PUNCH and POWER….booooooooooooom!

        the MSM and the RW are crying the blues…..I liken this to when the bully who has harrassed and terrorized is now set back on his heels by the so-called victim who rises up and takes on the bully with vim and vigor…indeed….bests the bully in ways that was never perceived possible…

        HA!!!!!!….

        everytime they whine…i smile…..i smile…..

        and allllllso…to allllllll those folks on PL who talked about the weakness of the President…i smile at them as well….

        FORWARD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • 35 anniebella
      July 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Forgive me for my language, but f*ck Matthew Dowd. Have anyone thought that maybe the ads of the Obama Campaign aren’t negative, it’s what Mitt Romney did which look negative. Have Obama ads been lies like the ones of Mitt Romney?

      • July 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

        They are working, and this is the subtle pushback from the Robney folk!
        What irks me, the press does not even like Robney, yet they heavily favor Him. That is strange!

        • 37 anniebella
          July 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

          I just sent a email to Mr. Dowd ,GMA and told them some of the things were are talking about.

        • July 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

          What they favor is Romney’s ad money and the possibility of a DC full of RW enablers to carry out another round of W’s catastrophe, Chapter 2.

      • July 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

        The problem with many republicans is that they don’t want to know the truth about their candidates. They get angry when their candidates’ weaknesses and flaws are revealed. I’ve seen this on the internet this past week. Republican supporters are demoralized and striking out and saying that PBO made the same gaffes on his trip before the election in 2008 that Romney did, and I’ve been whipping their behinds with facts. When the president went to Europe in 2008, there were no reports of him making the gaffes that Romney did. It must burn republicans to know that many British conservative politicians say they prefer the president to Romney. They’ve built Romney up and have made him believe that he’s all that and ten bags of chips when he’s a big zero. They revel in their ignorance, and they don’t care whether the GOP candidate is competent or not. All they seem to care about is how they look, how much money they have, how rough they talk, how much money they can raise, etc. None of these amount to a hill of beans when there are real problems that need to be addressed. My attitude toward the RW MSM is the same as yours, anniebella, f*ck them. We have a nation that needs a competent president at its helm and competent politicians, not a wishy washy politician like Romney who has no principles of his own and no plan for governing that will work and republicans like the know nothing Boehner and his pals who take more days off than they spend in Congress working. I was reading The Guardian online last night, and I ran across some interesting information that isn’t being talked about by our RW MSM. The article mentioned a recent poll that showed that 56% of Americans know that republican obstruction in Congress has hurt our economic recovery. The RW MSM can talk about everything under the sun, except the role that republicans have played in hurting the country and its citizens. This is why I get all of my news on the internet. The guy who wrote this article for the Guardian says that Romney has nothing because his constant pandering to win the GOP nomination has him in a position where he can’t talk about anything he has done in the past. PBO and his campaign team knows this, the RW MSM knows it, but its “journalists” will continue to cover for Romney and attack PBO because they feel that Romney is “one of them.”

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/29/henry-porter-mitt-romney-cant-say-anything-right

        • 40 a4alice
          July 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

          “He’s all that and ten bags of chips” I am so totally stealing this line!

        • 41 prettyfoot58
          July 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

          The problem with many republicans is that they don’t want to know the truth about their candidates…

          hey Majii…

          i think it is deeper than that….i think they don’t care…their hatred for the President is irrational and deep…no matter what facts are presented they will be discounted….an example…the birthers and the folks who believe the President is a Muslim…

          what lies deep in the psyche of these folks….when it comes to the President…can they ever be turned around…i wonder….

          but what i do know is that the powers that be….use the feelings of these folks to divide us all…to grab and maintain power….to marginalize our democracy…

          i ask you who is MORE dangerous…..the folks who believe the racist ideology or the folks who manipulate them….

  13. 42 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Rise of the Smart Grid

    Obama’s plan for a state-of-the-art electrical grid is gaining power bit by digital bit

    By Michael Grunwald

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    But behind the scenes, Obama’s billions are gradually upgrading the grid. Utilities now receive updates on transmission lines 30 times a second instead of every two seconds. They are also expanding transmission, even though electricity use has yet to recover to prerecession levels. “You wouldn’t expect the industry to be building new wires left and right, but there’s a huge amount of activity,” says Peter Fox-Penner of the Brattle Group. Meanwhile, stimulus investments in sensors, auto-mated substations, “synchrophasors” and other unsexy electrical equipment are helping diagnose, pinpoint and solve problems before we even notice them so utilities no longer have to deploy battalions of trucks to troubleshoot entire neighborhoods. “People don’t see it, but it’s happening,” Fox-Penner says.

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    http://business.time.com/2012/07/26/obamas-smart-electrical-grid-plan/

    • July 29, 2012 at 8:48 am

      But my brother the tea bagger who is into individualism, believes we should All get tax credits and build our own electricity grids in our backyards.
      No, this is how they think, no Collectiveness, only individuals can solve problems and build stuff.
      Ayn Rand is not an American!

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        July 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

        Anyone who wants to build his/her own electricity grid is free to do so. Just move to a remote location somewhere and you can do it all–dig your own well, provide your own sewage plant, rig your own electricity grill. Have at it. It’s when people like your brother want to impose their ideas on all of us that I have a problem. Try all this individualism in a large city with high rise apartment buildings and what you get is massive chaos, wide spread electrical failures, huge business losses and threats to life and health.

      • July 29, 2012 at 9:27 am

        Have you ever asked him about moving to a place like Somalia, where he can pretty much play king of all he surveys, Jovie? Most of the people who think that they are capable of rugged individualism couldn’t make it in this country without all of the things they take for granted. Even Ayn Rand had to depend on the government before she left this world.

        • 48 a4alice
          July 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

          yes she did. everytime I hear of some person who exalts Ayn Rand all I can think is that they’ve been bamboozled by a true sociopath.

      • July 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

        Actually, it would be awesome if everyone who could build and install, say, solar panels would do so. We could stand some improvements in power storage, but if everyone who wanted to talk big about *either* the environment *or* individualism would take meaningful steps towards either in their power consumption, it would make the entire country that much safer, cleaner, stronger, and better.

        Of course, you might mention the renewable-energy tax breaks for home owners to your brother. He’ll be happy to know someone already took action on his demands… 3 years ago. =)

      • 50 Obama Grandmama
        July 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        Both my brothers are pains! I know what you are against. One of my brothers clings to his guns and bible like Senator Obama talked about in ’08. My other brother is a Ron Paul supporter and believes in No government everyone do their own thing. It is so discouraging for me. They think austerity is what it should be about. My oldest brother’s wife works as the head of a hospital lab and she told me, “You can have your facts, but I know what I believe based on my experience.” Absolutely no facts gets through to any of them. They think of me as the nutcase!
        Atleast my four grown kids and their families are on the same wavelength as me.

      • 51 Theo67
        July 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        You should ask him how he’ll build it and generate the power, and deal with the waste, maintenance and issues.

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

      And now some good, friendly, advice from this European: Bury your power lines underground. Every thunderstorm in the US seems to take out electricity in neighborhoods …

      • 53 isonprize
        July 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

        Yup!!! It’s like we have NO IDEA that thunderstorms come in the summer and snowstorms come in the winter. What a bunch of whistleheads!!! Whole sections of states out of power for days!!

    • 54 Zekke LyDonna
      July 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      PBO and his administration is doing so many things to shore up the underlying structures and institutions. Most of this goes unremarked upon by the MSM, which spends most of it’s time on souless, fact-free, ‘sensational’, or just plain made-up bullshit. That’s why an idiot like candi crowley can say to David Alexrod, that PBO has no accomplishments. The public is clueless, because those whose job it is to inform them are clueless and ridiculous. MSM priorities do not include imparting information that actually matters, in terms of our daily lives. Most annoying.

      That’s why I love the ‘What is Working’ website, and various other sites that list PBO’s accomplishments. The alternative energy sector is not discussed in ANY substantive way. Hours have been wasted on fake controversies (e.g. solyndra). The Federal Government, including the Military, is quietly going green. I would say that’s a BFD.

      As much as we ‘agonize’ over our educational system, there is hardly any real discussion about PBO current, and proposed, policies. Has anyone heard about his proposal to provide FREE online education? Probably not.

      His people are rebuilding and reorganizing all of our institutions, which were decimated by BUSHCO. They are redefining Veterans affairs and the Dept. of Defense. Many Welfare Queens, A.K.A. Defense contractors, want this administration OUT. Now.

      All the ‘little tweeks’ add up to BIG, life-changing, results.

      There is rarely reporting on the legal and budgetary obstruction, AFTER legislation/regulation has become law.

      Sometimes, I get very angry at the ‘ignorance’ of the general public, but deep in my brain, I KNOW it is a #MediaFAIL. Rupert Murdoch may have permanently damaged our Media, with his propaganda network of television-newspapers-radio stations.

  14. 55 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The Discreet Charm Of Willard Mitt Romney

    By Henry Decker

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    As the entire world now knows, Mitt Romney’s overseas trip — which was intended to burnish his diplomatic credentials — got off to a disastrous start when the presumptive Republican nominee managed to offend all of Britain in a matter of hours.

    Romney’s British gaffe-fest was not the first time that he has displayed a distinct lack of diplomacy. In fact, as his former high school classmate Micahel Barone once put it, Mitt can be “kind of a jerk.”

    What follow are five outstanding examples of the discreet charm of Willard Mitt Romney:

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    http://www.nationalmemo.com/the-discreet-charm-of-willard-mitt-romney/

    • 56 Zekke LyDonna
      July 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Now, he must PROVE himself. Maybe people in this country don’t pay close attention, but, as you say, the rest of the world, especially Europe, sees him as a clown. Don’t forget, Saturday Night Live is on the horizon. That’s why I laugh when the pundits pretend this will fade away. No way. It’s comedy gold.

  15. 61 GGail
    July 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family!
    I haven’t been around so much because of the hours and days (6 days/wk) I’m working. But I am still the Neighborhood Team Leader for my Jefferson Park Team here in Los Angeles and yesterday we participated in FLOTUS’ “It Takes One” Day of Action. Thirty-three people scheduled to attend and 22 actually came out! We had a great time calling the battleground state of Colorado and had success in getting positive responses to our phone calls. I’m not tech savy. I have a photo and I’m emailing it to Chipsticks in hopes that she will be able to post it.

    YES.WE.CAN!

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Good morning and YAY!! on your turnout!! I’m seeing very good numbers on all our battleground efforts here and the national numbers as well. We have an amazing army of volunteers who are determined to WIN 4 more years of President Obama!!

    • 63 anniebella
      July 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Keep up the great work, GGail. Thanks.

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Tweet the picture to OFA Colorado!

      • 65 GGail
        July 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

        Jovie141, I can’t tweet, heck I can’t even post the pics here! LOL!!!
        However, we have a digital fellow at our LA Hdqtrs and I emailed the photos to him so he can post them – keep any eye out on Dashboard or OFA LA Hdqtrs page.

        And thanks everyone for your words of support 🙂

    • 66 a4alice
      July 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

      GGail – that is a FANTASTIC turnout! Good for you!

      I hope we do as well as you today. We’re having an “It takes one” canvass event from 2-5 and 5-8. but it’s pouring right now. Hope it stops for later! today.

      • 67 GGail
        July 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Go get em a4alice!
        YES.WE.CAN!!!

        • 68 HZ
          July 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

          Good Morning Chips and my TOD Family. Thanks so much GGail for your work and the report. That is great news. I have an event next week and one on Aug. for POB’s birthday. Hope legs are stronger and things will go well. Keep me in your thoughts,please. Love you all so much.HZ

  16. July 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Robert Gibbs coming up on This Week. Maybe George will ask why the President is being so mean!
    All this, while the ONLY ads I see are all negative against the President.
    Where are all our ads? Did we run out of money!

  17. 71 Linda
    July 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has denied an Israeli newspaper report that the Obama administration’s top security official has briefed the Jewish state’s prime minister on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran.

    The Haaretz newspaper reported Sunday that U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon laid out the plans before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to reassure Israel that Washington is prepared to act militarily should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure the Iranians to abandon their nuclear enrichment program.

    But a senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting, said, “Nothing in the article is correct. Donilon did not meet the prime minister for dinner, he did not meet him one-on-one, nor did he present operational plans to attack Iran.”

    AP

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Of course, they want War and are trying to push for one.
      They want their military spending increase, which is already 1/5th of our budget, can we go for 1/3rd!

      • 73 Sharon
        July 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

        The people of Israel do not want a unilateral strike–overwhelmingly. Saw a recent poll on it. It’s the Netenayhu nuts who do, but the people are opposed. Romney is dangerous here. President Obama had managed to talk some sense into them on the last visit about their unilateral strike. Romney is trying to undo it. That is the reasoning behind tDonilon’s visit and leak. Also the announcement of more funds for the defense shield for Israel. Preemptive strikes.

        There have also been very recent visits by Hillary and Brennan. Wonder if President Obama has more up his sleeve to counter Romney.

    • 74 Sharon
      July 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

      I saw an article on that last night and the Israeli officials involved were asked and quoted by name that they do not discuss private matters such as this. Apparently they got together and decided to go the anonymous route: trying to appease Romney but not cut their own throats by angering the present White House on whom they are and likely still will be dependent. I’m sure that meeting took place and the plans were discussed. Leaking it takes some thunder away from Romney and it is not a national security issue. But Romney is helping neither Israel, the United States and likely not even himself. Puts Israel in a dicey position.

  18. 75 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:02 am

  19. 76 utaustinliberal
    July 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

  20. 82 jackiegrumbacher
    July 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Yesterday was the beginning of our week long county fair and I spent a busy night staffing our Democratic/Obama booth. There were the usual snide comments from Republicans in this uber red county, but I got lots of good reactions from Democrats who are committed to a second term for the president and absolutely disgusted with the way Republican policies are playing out in PA, The voter suppression law has set many Dems on fire with outrage and made them more committed to vote than ever. We’ve still got a lot of work to do getting the message out about the presidents’ accomplishments for those willing to listen, but this is a step by step, person to person process that all of us have to engage in. I had a few young people confess they came from Republican families before they secretively marked Democratic on their registration form. I gave them a thumbs up and told them I was proud of them. By the way, we make buttons locally which we give out for free to anyone who wants one. The biggest winner at any event I’ve attended so far?—Bo Obama’s cute photo with the words “I bark for Barack.” Kids of all ages want them and they go fast.

  21. 87 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:14 am
  22. 88 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

  23. 92 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    What will Romney say on his trip abroad?


    by Joel Rubin

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    So how will Romney distinguish himself?

    In Britain, will he denounce Obama’s attempts to withdraw all of our combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014? If so, that would be criticizing a position that the United States shares with Britain, a country whose leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, recently called our bilateral relations “rock-solid.” Would Romney call for the United States to break with Britain – and the majority of Americans – to keep our troops in Afghanistan indefinitely?
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    While Americans might not be paying as much attention to foreign affairs this election cycle as they did during the 2008 election, it still matters, as evidenced by Romney’s trip abroad. A candidate’s aptitude on foreign policy shows the character of the candidate. It also creates a baseline against which the American people can judge whether the next occupant of the Oval Office has what it takes to keep Americans safe.

    The sitting president has passed this test. Now it’s time to see whether his election opponent is up to the challenge.

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    http://www.thejewishchronicle.net/view/full_story/19590004/article-What-will-Romney-say-on-his-trip-abroad-%E2%80%A8?instance=news_style

    • 93 nathkatun7
      July 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Ladyhawke for sharing this excellent article by Joel Rubin. He clearly lays out President Obama’s foreign policy successes and the obstacles facing Romney to try to sell his non-coherent alternative policies with regard to Europe, Israel, Afghanistan, and terrorism. It’s really a must read!

  24. 94 Pamela
    July 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Rising and shining! Better late than later! 😆

  25. 95 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    FLOTUS on NBC now… Michele Tofoya interview at swimming venue!!!!

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Here’s today’s itinerary:

      Sunday, July 29th
      *Brunch at Winfield House
      In the morning, the First Lady will deliver brief remarks at a brunch at the Ambassador’s residence for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters. Afterwards, she will greet and thank members of the U.S. Embassy and their families. These events are closed press.

      *1:45 pm BST (8:45 am ET; 5:45 AM Pacific), Mildenhall Air Force Base
      Prior to departing the United Kingdom, Mrs. Obama will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base. Last year, the First Lady launched Joining Forces, a nation-wide initiative with Dr. Jill Biden to recognize, honor and take action to support military families. Closed to press.

      She’s coming home today!!

  26. 97 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

  27. 98 Ladyhawke
    July 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The Republican Attack on Your Right to Vote is Being Ignored

    By LOLGOP

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    If you have to stop people from voting to win, your ideas suck.

    Two startling admissions by Republican officials in the past few months have been noted and then allowed to fade into the torrent of information fed at us each and every day. We cannot let this undeniable proof that our democracy is being subverted be allowed to slip into our browsing history like a nipslip or hilarious Bill Murray sighting. This is one instance when the power of the Internet to share and reshare information must be utilized to spread what the media won’t or can’t.
    .
    .
    The GOP plot to disenfranchise voters has been exposed for what it is: an attempt to subvert our democratic republic and install those who will serve those who fund the Republican Party. The sacred right to vote, the most crucial civil right, must be defended.

    Look at the evidence. It comes directly from the mouths of Republicans.

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    http://eclectablog.com/2012/07/the-republican-attack-on-your-right-to-vote-is-being-ignored.html

  28. 99 utaustinliberal
    July 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    • 100 susanne
      July 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      i honestly believe this is a place of spiritual meaning for him, and he certainly should visit there while in the region. just keep it private, no cameras or press, and there’s no problem. myth’s problem, as usual, is he truly doesn’t care about the spiritual life of others, or anything else relevant or meaningful for others. he wants a photo op there, he takes it.

      all you rethugs and independents paying attention, please note that this is the way he treats his friends.

  29. 101 Melanie
    July 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

    FLOTUS is at the men’s basketball game this morning representing for TEAM USA.

  30. July 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Romney cancels Yachimovich meet after meeting with Netanyahu
    Circles close to opposition-leader Yachimovich say meeting cancelled over disagreements surrounding the economic measures the Netanyahu government is about to adopt.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/romney-cancels-yachimovich-meet-after-meeting-with-netanyahu-1.454425

    The details are hideous!

    • July 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

      • July 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

        • July 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

          Romney is already on record saying that, as POTUS, he would do what Netanyahu wants him to do, so this is no surprise to me. He should have gone to the meeting with Yacimovich. It would have been the right thing to do, and Romney should realize that it doesn’t leave a good impression when a politician cancels a meeting with a high level official of any foreign government simply because a member of the opposition party told him/her to do it. It makes Romney look weak, and it’s something that candidate Obama would have never done in 2008. He would have looked upon a meeting with Yacimovich as another opportunity to meet a member of Israel’s government. Romney is one dumb dude.

          • 106 Vicki
            July 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

            When then Senator Barack Obama went to Israel in 2008 he took a helicopter up to Sederot with Livni Abni (not sure about her last name.) PBO’s message was that he was commited to working with Israel completely whoever was in charge.
            The US MSM barely covered that meeting as it doesn’t fit into their warhawk agenda. Mitt is a perfect puppet for the warmongerers.

        • July 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

          She heard you-

        • 108 cluny
          July 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

          Pathetic! If he’s not bowing and scraping to the far right at home he’s rolling over for Netanyahu. What a spineless, cowardly pushover. He’s WORSE than Dubya. If Americans don’t want a repeat of the Dubya years, only worse, they better get out and vote for pBO. The only thing is qualified to do is make great gobs of money by wrecking and pillaging the nation. He has no business anywhere near the oval office. If only he would pay for a decent psychiatrist and find a less detructive way of working out his massive daddy issues.

    • 109 Zekke LyDonna
      July 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Not only did he totally diss the Labor Party. The former head of the party Shelly Yachimovich is a woman. Very Bad form.

  31. 110 Dudette
    July 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Some sauce for Mr. Romney’s goose… 🙂
    Here’s a funny re-edit of Mitt Romney “announcing” his endorsement for Presiendent Barack Obama’s re-election, from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, April 11, 2011.

    • 111 a4alice
      July 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

      send this to fox and see if they’re stupid enough to believe it (maniacal laugh)

    • 112 57andFemale
      July 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

      I really think this kind of thing is a bad idea. “Both sides do it” is something we don’t need. It can be used against us.

      Why bother? We have enough truth on our side for 100 campaigns. It’s a cute joke but the costs are not worth the distraction.

      • 113 Dudette
        July 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

        I think we can have a sense of humor during the campaign and still be focused on the goal. It’s a joke, people!

      • 114 susanne
        July 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        i agree–it feeds the ‘both sides’ monster, and it lets the rethugs off the hook for the ‘you didn’t do that’ insult. funny, but not funny enough for the damage it can do.

  32. 115 JER
    July 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

  33. 125 Pamela
    July 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    “Whatever you do, take a realistic view and think of the long term interests of humanity.” ~ HHDL 27 July 2012 @DalaiLama

  34. July 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Western Wall is trending.
    Went over the “dark side” #Western Wall … they are all praise for PRESIDENT @MittRomney!
    Read and tried to counter some, especially those in the media. Asked them to question the Tax Returns, etc.
    My little push back is not much as I could not stand the be there longer than I was.
    My head is hurting! 🙂

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Romney’s supporters are looking for any little thing to get their spirits back up after Romney bombed in London. I don’t pay much attention to them, Marlz, because they’re looking for any opportunity to boost that loser’s ego, and all they have to talk about is his photo-op. It just shows how shallow they are.

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

      That is because you just ran into the Far right Evangelical Base.
      Are you ok? Would you like a glass of water?

  35. 131 lamh35
    July 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

    wow so bibi slaps Current CiC w/Romney next 2 him & no one bats eye.  now what if candidateObama had done same??? int’l incident?

    BiBi- – Obama Sanctions Haven’t Stopped Iran..

    complete with pic of BiBi next to Romney

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Attack! We want War. The Crusade. We want Jerusalem! Blah blah blah!
      Me thinks, he wishes the Persians were still around!

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Those two turn my stomach. Bibi will not get away with this rebuke.

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Bibi is lying through his teeth and trying to show his support for Romney because he knows if Romney is POTUS, he can be the master puppeteer and Romney the puppet. When I want to determine whether a politician is lying, I do a bit of research.

      “Sanctions have caused a substantial setback in Iran’s nuclear program. According to an October 2011 report by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), “Iran’s nuclear program has been hampered by machine design flaws, equipment breakdowns and problems getting parts because of international sanctions.” David Albright, President of ISIS and a former IAEA inspector, stated, “‘sanctions have taken a toll and driven Iran to do things that are not normally done,’ such as using lower-quality local material for key centrifuge parts.”

      The report specifically notes Iran’s increasing difficulty in acquiring such sanctioned materials as maraging steel and carbon fiber. In short, “Constraints on Iran’s advanced centrifuge program have resulted directly from the effectiveness of targeted sanctions against critical goods necessary for the manufacture of centrifuge components.” A separate ISIS report notes that Iran’s shortage of key material is also preventing it from making more of its basic design IR-1 centrifuges.

      Albright concluded that “Without question, they [Iran] have been set back,” which has “hurt Iran’s ability to break out quickly” to produce nuclear weapons. This has been confirmed by Iran’s sharp drop in enrichment output in 2009 and 2010.”

      http://www.unitedagainstnucleariran.com/resources/executive-research-reports/effect_sanctions

    • 135 Ladyhawke
      July 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Joe Cirincione ‏@Cirincione

      —————————–

      @blakehounshell Bibi is flat out wrong. Iran’s program has been slowed, limited and in the case of the missile program, blocked.

      ————————————–

    • 136 Ladyhawke
      July 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Video Blog: Obama, Romney, and Nuclear Policy

      By Joseph Cirincione

      ———————————–

      We asked Joe Cirincione to give us his President’s perspective on the candidate’s foreign policy claims and what they mean for nuclear security. As he explains, their views on non-proliferation differ greatly from those of 2008, when both party’s candidates promoted a vision of a nuclear weapon-free world. Today, the divide is deep, with Obama and Romney agreeing on little. What have they been saying, and do they have it right? Watch Joe’s video blog to get the full report.

      ———————————————-

      http://www.ploughshares.org/blog/2012-07-26/video-blog-obama-romney-and

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Does he really think the AMERICAN people want to engage in another war with IRAN? PLEASE!! This country is war fatigued and is sick of BIBBI. If jewish folks had a problem with Obama and his Isreal policies, why is he beating romney by double digits amongts this group? Bibbi is a right wing thug and he has the same sick mentality that the right wing folks here in this country has. FOLKS ARE TIRED OF ISREAL!!

  36. July 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

    DWS coming up on FTN!

  37. July 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

  38. July 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Look at this Newsweekly cover? Hit piece on Robney-

    http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/28264293119/is-mitt-romney-a-wimp-thats-our-cover-this-week

    Perhaps this is why he is acting tough this morning!

  39. July 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Wow, they are setting up a very explosive mess.

    Romney Camp: No Right Of Return For Palestinian Refugees
    Top foreign policy advisor Dan Senor says Palestinians must give up that claim before a peace deal can be reached. First break with Obama on foreign trip.

    • 157 ChristiMTL
      July 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I just read this…

      RT @rudoren: Israeli press in an uproar, saying no Hebrew-writing reporters being allowed into #Romney speech 2nite”

    • 158 Pamela
      July 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

      They will be hearing from Hillary shortly, I imagine. She has worked too hard to let this mob of mental midgets eff with her and the higher ground laid by PBO.

  40. July 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    FTN added the interview with Robney. ATTACK!
    Good grief! Is that what the American People want? Another trillion dollar War? Really?

  41. July 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Posted: Sun, Jul. 29, 2012, 5:15 AM

    Latest voter-ID data add confusion

    Many more may have IDs as review questions Pa. numbers.

    The Corbett administration, accused of underestimating the number of Pennsylvanians who lack proper identification to vote in November, has recently provided flawed figures that may wildly overstate the problem and further muddle the impact of the new voter-ID law.

    The Department of State announced July 3 that as many as 758,000 voters did not have Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ID, the most common credential they will need to cast ballots in November under the state’s new voter-ID law. That’s 9.2 percent of the electorate.

    The department cautioned at the time that some people on the list might actually have driver’s licenses or other PennDot ID. A person using different first names on voter registration and a driver’s license, for instance, would likely turn up as needing ID, said the department’s chief spokesman, Ron Ruman.

    In fact, an Inquirer review of the state’s data suggests there are so many false hits – showing many people without PennDot ID even though they have had it for decades – that the list has little value informing the debate over voter ID, or even identifying who may need help getting credentials to vote.

    Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode is on the list as not having PennDot ID. He has had a Pennsylvania driver’s license for 50 years.

    ……………………..
    In Philadelphia alone, more than 10,000 people whose names begin with “Mc” were listed as not having PennDot ID. They included state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, a driver whose name is spelled Mc Caffery on the city’s voter rolls.

    ………………………………..
    A team of Inquirer reporters placed calls to 325 of those older voters listed as lacking PennDot ID. Out of 101 people interviewed, 76 said they already had PennDot identification, despite being on the state’s list. That’s 75 percent.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/state/20120729_Latest_voter-ID_data_add_confusion.html?cmpid=124488469

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

      In their zeal to place PA in Romney’s column in November, Corbett and the republicans have f*cked up, big time with this voter ID law. A state SC judge and a former mayor of Philadelphia’s names are on the list as not having proper ID to vote? You cannot make this stuff up!

  42. 162 99ts
    July 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Mitt was a joke in London – and now he is doing his utmost to start a new war with his visit to Israel. Will the media ever tell the truth about what Mitt Romney will do so he and Miss Ann can live in the White House? President Obama has done so much to heal the international disaster of the Bush years – and Mitt Romney wants to wipe that away to feed his own ego.

    • 163 cluny
      July 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I think you’ll find some in the media – like zuckerman and bloomberg – those who actually write the cheques may be sympathetic to Israels interests rather than interest in world peace or , even, uS interests. If PBO doesn’t get in then things are very, very, serious. Get ready for war.

      • July 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

        He is fundraising again. Everything he says is to get donations, in this case, from Adelson!

      • 165 99ts
        July 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

        I find it quite scary that someone who has NO knowledge nor plays NO part in the US administration can create such a stir on the international scene.

        On a slightly lighter note – it is disgusting that he does this when the world is celebrating the Olympic Games – long seen as a major world peace initiative. Romney can’t even get the timing right.

        OK – getting positive – everyone knows the President can handle this – it’s what he does.

  43. 166 cluny
    July 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This Palestine no right of return business is making my blood boil. Way to go Mitt – you stupid ass.

    • July 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Every American president since Reagan has believed that right of return should be a part of any negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, including GWB. Romney is making a fool of himself by trying to show how different he is than PBO. He has no idea what a hornet’s nest he’s poking a stick at. It’s easy to run your mouth when you don’t have to take any responsibility for your words. I’m with Charles Krauthammer on this: Romney needs to shut his yap.

  44. July 29, 2012 at 10:51 am
  45. July 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Debbie did very good on FTN, and Bob did not interrupt Her once!

  46. July 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

  47. July 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Never Enough War For Mr. Campbell Brown

    By John Cole July 29th, 2012

    Neocon hack Dan Senor, who is best known for bungling the Iraqi occupation under Bush, bangs the war drum:

    One of Mitt Romney’s top foreign policy advisors said Sunday that as president, Romney would respect Israel’s right to strike Iran to unilaterally prevent that nation from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    Dan Senor told reporters that Western nations partnering with Israel should “do everything we can” to stop Iran from developing weapons capability.

    “And if Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability the governor would respect that decision.”

    I do so love being an Israeli client state.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/29/never-enough-war-for-mr-campbell-brown/#comment-3510354

  48. 174 desertflower
    July 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Morning! I’ve just been drinking my coffee and reading all the goodies here this morning….here’s one

    http://www.theage.com.au/world/mitt-romney-give-the-man-a-medal-20120728-2336w.html

    It seems that Romney is not a politician in his marrow, which may help explain the acrobatic extent of the flip-flops in his career. Hard to credit now that he attacked Teddy Kennedy from the left over gay rights during their 1994 Senate race in Massachusetts and that, as governor of that traditionally liberal state in 2006, he enacted healthcare reform that was, if anything, more progressive than the Obamacare legislation he now opposes. By 2012, to win the support of the Republican right, Romney had turned 180 degrees, bowing to every aspect of their culturally conservative world view.

    Such drastic inconsistency is rare in someone with real political convictions. Which suggests that Romney might not have many of them. Romney stumbled in London because he has little apparent interest in the world beyond America. Last week he gave his first major foreign policy speech in nine months. His campaign has no senior foreign policy staffer. When Romney has offered a view, it has been either confused, undiplomatic or both.

    In this, Romney is fully in step with the party he leads. Today’s Republican Party is characterised by a kind of bellicose ignorance towards the world, contemptuous of Obama’s attempts to show respect to foreigners, crudely aggressive towards those deemed the enemies of the US, uninterested in its friends. Take the response of Romney’s allies to the London debacle, his surrogates professing that ”we’re not worried about overseas headlines”, while one media cheerleader dismissed Cameron as ”limp-wristed” and Britain as ”a second-rate, semi-degenerate nation”.

    This, remember, is the party that slammed John Kerry for the crime of speaking French. Its antics, like those of the man it has chosen for the presidency, would be funny were the Republican Party not aspiring to hold an office that is still mighty and, for the rest of the world, deadly serious.

  49. July 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Mitt Romney’s campaign has reversed a decision to not allow the media into a fundraiser hereMonday morning, bowing to reporters’ demand that they be allowed to record the Republican’s address to some of his top donors.

    Well?

    • July 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Oh, boy. This should be quite a mess.

    • July 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

      He’s staying true to form, Jovie. He allowed Netanyahu to push him into cancelling a meeting with a high level Israeli official, he had to backtrack on what Senor said about committing the U.S. military to helping Israel wage a war against Iran, and now he’s caved to pressure from the media. Incompetence and inconsistency, thy name is Mitt Romney.

  50. July 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Is Mitt Romney a wimp? That’s our cover this week, which asks if the former Massachusetts governor—who’s dodging the press, hiding his tax returns, and fearing the base—is too insecure to be president.

    http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/28264293119/is-mitt-romney-a-wimp-thats-our-cover-this-week

  51. July 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Susan Rice ‏@AmbassadorRice
    100 yrs ago, #Olympics founder called women’s sports “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic & incorrect.” Anybody disagree?

    Susan Rice ‏@AmbassadorRice
    Shout-out to the 269 women on #TeamUSA, outnumbering men for the first time ever. #2012LondonOlympics #TitleIX

    Now go here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/07/fierce-olympians.html

    I’m thinking that 100 years ago the Olympics founder had his head up his @$$.

  52. 193 57andFemale
    July 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

  53. July 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Happy 100 days till the election, y’all.

  54. July 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Something weird is happening with my log in. At first there were no icons for WordPress or Twitter, only Facebook.

  55. 197 ctgirl7
    July 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

    FLOTUS giving the men’s basketball team hugs!

  56. 198 Melanie
    July 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Awww FLOTUS just hugged and kissed every single member of the men’s basketball team and coaches. They looked honored to see her there.

  57. 206 Bill
    July 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    This Week has the nasty Dana Loesch on their panel today. How could they possibly think she adds any credibility? They must think it is worth it to get teabagger viewers.

  58. July 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

  59. 210 hopefruit2
    July 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I see that USA/Gallup and the media is pushing a narrative that the only thing standing in the way of Romney’s being elected is the “likeability” factor where President Obama trumps him by a wide margin. According to the media, President Obama is not perceived as being more competent, smart, or capable than Romney, actually, less so, but people are giving him a pass because they happen to like him… If only Romney was just a bit more nice we would have the PERFECT president, and he would solve all this country’s economic, social and foreign policy issues, because Mitt Romney is THAT much smarter, more knowledgeable and more competent than Barack Obama.

    Nice try, racist media. I know exactly what game you’re playing, and I’m not amused.

  60. 211 amk for obama
    July 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

  61. July 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

  62. 214 desertflower
    July 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105384/love-classic-republican-foreign-policy-vote-obama

    Pundits and, for that matter, the Obama campaign were right to ding Mitt Romney’s foreign policy address Tuesday for banging the table instead of putting anything substantive on it. But what could Romney do? Obama has given him almost nothing to work with. Foreign affairs won’t decide the 2012 election, but, if it did, President Obama would win walking away.

    Replying to Romney’s speech, Robert Gibbs, an Obama adviser, said this: “It’s widely accepted that President Obama has an exceptionally strong record on national security issues, and I think, quite frankly, Mitt Romney is having a hard time making an argument against President Obama on these issues.” It pains me, as a supposedly crankily skeptical journalist, to agree with a partisan spin doctor, but here goes: Gibbs is right.

    I never drank the Obama Kool-Aid in 2008. The then-candidate’s promise of “a new kind of politics,” I wrote in National Journal at the time, “borders on chicanery.” Replace partisanship with pragmatism? Set aside ideology to take the best solutions from both parties and ease the country out of its mess? Fat chance, I said. Well, for the record, I hereby eat half a crow. Whatever you may think of Obama’s domestic and economic records (which we can debate some other time), on foreign policy he has delivered the post-partisan, pragmatic, and generally successful policy he promised.

    • 215 desertflower
      July 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

      One more piece to this….then you can agree to disagree with the middle of his piece:)

      Obama’s quiet accomplishment, in foreign policy, has been to do just as he promised: take the best ideas from the other side, integrate them into his own party’s tradition, and put them to work to strengthen the country’s position. Being a dab hand at foreign affairs will not, it’s true, save him in 2012, any more than it saved Bush 41 from the soft economy 20 years ago. What it has done is kept him viable in a miserable environment, improved the Democrats’ credibility on national security, taken from the Republicans the foreign-policy real estate that they used to own—and left Mitt Romney standing in a puddle of his own shallow verbiage.

    • 216 Zekke LyDonna
      July 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I still don’t buy the narrative that has been pushed and assumed to be true, that republicans are ‘best’ on national security. They. Are. Not. They have decimated our military and made us less safe. The World Trade Center Bombing happened on THEIR WATCH. They ignored MANY warnings. #FAIL. Guiliani put his command center in the World Trade Center, despite the advice and warnings from professionals. Jerk. He has some responsibility for miscommunication and subsequent UNNECESSARY deaths of First Responders.

  63. 217 Linda
    July 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Scalia : The individual mandate is NOT a tax.

    Scalia : There are ” Undoubtedly ” limits to 2nd Amendment rights.

    HuffPuff

  64. July 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Oh, this is priceless.

  65. July 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

  66. 221 Lorraine
    July 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I hope someone DVR the USA vs France Basketball game and the hugs First Lady Michelle gave to the players and Coaches. Because I promise the last coach mouthed to the First Lady, “you are so beautiful,” right before she hugged him. Please Chip out this video up. Watching has made me late for Church. Smooches, love.

  67. 224 criquet
    July 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  68. 225 criquet
    July 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    What a role mode and an inspiration !

  69. 227 criquet
    July 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    What a role model !


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