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Chat away

President Obama shakes the hand of Madeline Jennings, 10, from La Grange, New York, after he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport, July 30

Back in a bit 😉


183 Responses to “Chat away”


  1. July 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah – new post!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Theo! I had to repost

    • 3 ChristiMTL
      July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Hey Theo félicitations!….new post you say? How many comments on the last one? lol…
      I had to give up…it took me forever to refresh the page.

      • July 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        I was refreshing, and saw a notice come through. Couldn’t believe my luck! I saw VC looking over her shoulder on the left, and I snuck past on the right – like that bike rider in the Olympics!

        • 5 ChristiMTL
          July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          I’m actually surprised that Vic is not first, she’s good at this lol

          • 6 vcprezofan2
            July 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            Hi Christi, I was first, but zagged slightly to the left and Theo pushed sneaked through on the right! 😉 😉 Such is life when sneak-ers are all around you.

            • July 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

              hee hee! You should have heard me huffing and puffing right behind you, VC. Might want to check your hearing, or stop singing so loud as you run towards the finish line. 🙂

              • 8 vcprezofan2
                July 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

                Ouch! (No singing – I usually only dance after the fact.) The hearing comment hurts. You young people have no respect for age! 😦
                …………………………………..
                Actually my laptop keeps cutting out often when I go to answer and it’s very frustrating, so I’ve taken up the habit of typing my answer in Word and cutting and pasting. I saw the ‘new post’ note and instinctively clicked then was scrambling to erase it when I saw what I’d produced. 😆 This first place scramble is really, fun. Good finger exercise!

    • 9 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Go Theo!!

    • July 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Congrats on first place!

      Sounds like you and I hail from the same neck of the woods (I’m just northwest of LA too).

  2. 12 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    hi

    • July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I got you today, VC… 😉

      • 14 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        Congrats, neighbour! Was chuckling as I saw who I was in a race with. Brought back memories. I posted a dumb message that was on cut & paste and had to erase it and repost ‘hi’ quickly! 😳

  3. July 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    bronze is good for today Congrats gold and silver!

  4. 20 cookemom
    July 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Missed 1st by only [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[this]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]] much. Congrats theo67.

  5. 21 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I know it’s the sun, but the baby’s eyes look like they are favouring the Pres with deep contemplation.

    • 22 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      It’s is “aura”. Babies can see it. 🙂

      • 23 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        /whisper – Don’t tell anyone Dudette, but../ There are moments when I honestly believe that PBO communicates with them specially and wordlessly. Even the youngest of babies look him in the eyes with such focus,, and he looks back. I often feel they have to be dialoguing, but it sounds so foolish and fanciful, and *I* am so sober, so don’t go telling anyone I said this. Okay?

  6. 26 Anna Twiselton
    July 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Love Madeline Jennings expression, that would be me if I were in her spot, if only I could be in her spot…………sigh.

  7. July 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

  8. 28 Gail
    July 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    That little girl’s face is priceless.

  9. July 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  10. 38 Martha
    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hey TODs

  11. July 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  12. July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  13. 56 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Gotta mention this for any Georgia TODers out there…

    Tomorrow, July 31st is Election Day for us — county commissioners and execs, judges, school board members, plus some ballot initiatives:

    1. Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally-elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?

    2. Do you support ending the current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?

    3. Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?

    4. Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on Made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?

    and others that are region-specific including the TSPLOST referendum on 1 penny sales tax for infrastructure improvements in metro Atlanta.

    Georgia Democrats (http://www.georgiademograts.org) has set up a Hotline number for people to call if they have any problems voting.
    Email from them today says: ” if a problem arises,we have a staff of dedicated professionals ready to address it. If you are not allowed to vote, have to fill out a provisional ballot, or unsure of your polling location, call the Democratic Party of Georgia at (678) 278-2012. You can also reach out via email at “rashad@georgiademocrat.org”.

    Remember, the polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, July 31st) and if you are standing in line at 7 pm you must be allowed to cast your ballot.

    Voters in Georgia elections are required to show one of the following six forms of photo ID when voting:

    A Georgia driver’s license, even if expired.
    Any valid photo ID issued by the state or federal government, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar or Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
    Valid U.S. passport
    Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, the State of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state.
    Valid U.S. military photo ID
    Valid tribal photo ID

    • 57 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Guess I should have said this is PRIMARY Election Day. This includes races for the state legislature primaries too; and state judicial posts.

      In case you need it, you can find a Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters of Georgia here:
      http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/ajc12/

      You put in your street address and zip code and it gives you the candidates running for races that will be on your ballot, some biographical info and candidate responses to questions about issues pertinent to the position they are seeking (or trying to hold).

      • 58 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        That is very thorough, Dudette, and a terrific idea to lay it out here. Go for it Georgians (that right?), a full slate of Dems, please!

    • July 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  14. July 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I saw this video mentioned on Twitter this afternoon – has it been aired already as a commercial? If not, it should be – during the Olympics:

  15. 69 Melanie
    July 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Just saw FLOTUS on Access Hollywood with Billy Bean. They were standing on a balcony for the interview and they gave her a few pieces of Access Hollywood swag and she threw them down to the people waiting below. It was done in a very cool, cute way the way rock stars wave to fans when they’re in a hotel and the fans have gathered below. It’ll probably be available online somewhere.

  16. 71 carolyn
    July 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    This is a tacky comment, but I can’t help it. Ann Romney needs a fashion adviser, or if she has one, she needs a new one. I just saw the video from NBC nightly news of Myth and Myth Ann arriving in Poland and going to the war memorial…..he even had to hold her hand doing that! Anyway, whoever put her in the too-busy-patterned clingy dress did her no favors. If she’s doing it to herself, we need to get those two hosts who teach people how to dress to get hold of her…….for her own sake. The Republican stylists did better by Sarah four years ago.
    I can tell Ann’s hair and eyebrows have been changed.

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Trying too hard to make her sexy like Michelle Obama.

    • 73 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Why do you care whether she dresses “better”? She’s got enough money to dress any way she likes.
      Is your point that you WANT people to see her as their First Lady?

      I wish she’d dress more like the Cruella DeVille character that she seems to work at keeping hidden just beneath the surface.

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        Probably a residual feeling of female empathy even towards one of the species that’s not very likeable. You want to see her at least looking presentable when she’s in the media’s eye. That way you can focus on her character and not be distracted by how frumpy she sometimes look even with all that money at her disposal. Then again, maybe she tithes most of it to her church and nobly lives on a pittance. ;).

        • 75 carolyn
          July 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          You got it vc. I guess I’m just amazed that a woman with so much money can look so “not ready for prime time.”

        • 76 Dudette
          July 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

          Admittedly, I don’t know her personally, but from what I’ve seen of her, there isn’t a thing about this woman that would make me think she’d appreciate the slightest bit of empathy anyone outside her circle might feel for her. She also doesn’t strike me as someone who would take kindly to “constructive” criticism, no matter who well-intentioned it might be.

          So as long as she doesn’t represent me (and I pray that she never does), I wouldn’t give a gnat’s gonad about how she presents herself in the media’s eye.

          • 77 vcprezofan2
            July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

            You have access to gnat gonads! Wow, the things I learn in TODville! What are you saving them for? 😉

            Seriously, I do have the same reading of AnnD that you do – nothing about her suggests ‘she’d appreciate the slightest bit of empathy…’ Nevertheless, there is just some feeling when we look at her that makes some of us – even the most fashion challenged as I – think that she should/could present herself with greater panache. Her appearance evokes a certain pity at times, I think, even though her outfit might actually cost more than I earn in months. Yeah, it makes no sense; what can I say?

        • 78 Dudette
          July 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          I might also remind you that the makeover they did on Sister Sarah, in some ways successfully so, helped some of the less discerning parts of the electorate see her as a serious contender for VP (or even higher office). So I say let the American people see Mrs. Romney as she really is without any shiny, new sparkly window dressing. Let the frump roll.

    • 80 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      ” YOU PEOPLE” should be ashame of yourself.

  17. July 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  18. 82 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Remember this one from 2008?

    Insert Romeny’s name. Second verse same as the first!

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I saw McCain speeches during 2008, yet never absorbed the fact that he was constantly PROMISING there would be other wars. He looks even scarier now in that video! What an escape!

  19. 84 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    VIDEO: MITT ROMNEY IN A NUTSHELL – A LIAR WITH A MEANNESS AT HIS CORE

    1) Gingrich: Romney Is a Liar, But I Could Support Him

    ——————————

    At a Monday campaign event, Gingrich had complained about Romney refusing to speak out against attack ads being aired by a pro-Romney Super PAC.

    “Here is my simple tag line: Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president,” Gingrich told suporters.

    In an interview Tuesday morning, CBS correspondent Norah O’Donnell asked Gingrich if he was calling Romney a “liar.”

    “Yes,” Gingrich replied.

    “You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?” O’Donnell pressed. “Why are you saying he is a liar?”

    ———————————–

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/gingrich-romney-liar-i-could-support-him

    2) Barney Frank: Mitt Romney Has A ‘Meanness At His Core’

    ——————————-

    “You know, he ran ads. I never thought I would feel some sympathy for Newt Gingrich,” said Frank. Frank famously called Gingrich a “lobbyist and liar.”

    He went on, “But Mitt Romney, with enormous amounts of money at his beck and call from people who want him to treat them right and protect their riches, has run the most relentlessly savage campaign against anybody who dared get in his way.”

    Frank then detailed Romney’s past campaigns. “He ran an abusive personal campaign against Senator Kennedy. He ran a demeaning personal campaign against a first-rate woman who ran against him, [former state treasurer] Shannon O’Brien. When he wanted to be governor, he undercut the then Republican governor, Jane Swift,” said Frank.

    ————————————-

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/barney-frank-mitt-romney_n_1389365.html

  20. 85 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    The World From Berlin
    ‘Romney Has Already Disqualified Himself’

    // Republican contender Mitt Romney heads to Poland on Monday, the last stop of an overseas tour that has already taken him to England and Israel. So far, German newspapers have not been impressed with his performance, citing embarrassing verbal blunders and superficial political posturing.

    Center-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

    “Travel educates. As a result one should assume that Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger of Barack Obama, wants to learn something during his visit to Israel. Wrong! Almost everything that the candidate organized in Jerusalem fuels the impression that he doesn’t want to try understanding how complicated the Middle East situation is. Instead, Romney paints the crisis region in black and white: Israel is good and the rest — the Palestinians and the mullahs in Iran — are lumped together. This one-sided world view is less dumb than it is coldly calculated. Romney is soliciting campaign donations in Jerusalem (the minimum price for two plates at breakfast is $50,000.) And he is ensnaring Jewish voters at home.”

    “The trip to Israel may help Romney in the short-term. But in the long-term the Republican has done damage. The Middle East needs the US as a mediator. As such, the presidential hopeful has already disqualified himself.” //

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/german-media-slams-mitt-romney-s-tour-abroad-a-847155.html

  21. 88 lola
    July 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Romney praising israel for their health care system that includes and individual mandate http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/30/604111/romney-individual-mandate-israel/

  22. 91 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Is there a live feed for the President’s speech?

  23. 92 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Hint: Not good.

    • 93 edwina3
      July 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      When you google “Romney” a lot of negative headlines come up, he really has screwed the pooch on this one (with all respects to dear Seamus who could tells us a thing or two about that)

    • 94 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Good! The Tampa is not apologizing for mitt…au contraire!

  24. July 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  25. 97 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    THE ED SHOW

    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just eviscerated Mitt Romney’s trip overseas. It was brutal. She was hitting on all cylinders. It should be required viewing for every Democrat in congress. A must see.

  26. 99 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I was gonna preface this by saying it’s unbelievable, but on second thought… nope, it’s not.
    ———————-
    #NBCFail: Journalist at The Independent has Twitter account suspended after complaining about NBC’s coverage of London 2012 Olympics
    Twitter account was suspended after Guy Adams published already public email address of the President of NBC Olympics

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nbcfail-journalist-at-the-independent-has-twitter-account-suspended-after-complaining-about-nbcs-coverage-of-london-2012-olympics-7987906.html

    • 100 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      I read that earlier and thought that NBC went after him because they couldn’t really go after regular viewers who were critical of their dumb monopoly of the games here.

  27. 102 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  28. 109 Claire
    July 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    New campaign slogan: Mitt Don’t Know Shit

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Claire: Mitt Don’t Know Shit.
      LOL! how true! ☺

    • 111 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Welp, that pretty much what the Germans think of him too.
      ———————————————————————————————

      German Media Writes Mitt’s Obit: ‘Romney Has Already Disqualified Himself’
      http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021047991

      ‘Romney Has Already Disqualified Himself’

      “Travel educates. As a result one should assume that Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger of Barack Obama, wants to learn something during his visit to Israel. Wrong! Almost everything that the candidate organized in Jerusalem fuels the impression that he doesn’t want to try understanding how complicated the Middle East situation is. Instead, Romney paints the crisis region in black and white: Israel is good and the rest — the Palestinians and the mullahs in Iran — are lumped together.”

      “This one-sided world view is less dumb than it is coldly calculated. Romney is soliciting campaign donations in Jerusalem (the minimum price for two plates at breakfast is $50,000.) And he is ensnaring Jewish voters at home.”

      “The trip to Israel may help Romney in the short-term. But in the long-term the Republican has done damage. The Middle East needs the US as a mediator. As such, the presidential hopeful has already disqualified himself.”

      The rest:
      http://www.spiegel.de/international/german-media-slams-mitt-romney-s-tour-abroad-a-847155.html

  29. July 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  30. 113 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Tomorrow’s payday!! End of the month money-bomb coming!! Weeeeeeeeeee!

  31. 115 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Awwww… Cheney’s not going to the convention either.
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/cheney-to-skip-republican-convention/

    So sad we won’t get to see his slimy grimace ….NOT!!

  32. 118 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Hey, another one bites the dust! Is this a seat we can pick up?
    ———————————————————-

    Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) is retiring after nine terms in office, Republican sources confirm.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/rep-steve-latourette-r-ohio-retiring/2012/07/30/gJQANczGLX_blog.html

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the veteran lawmaker is not running for re-election because of a dispute with party leadership over committee assignments. His sudden decision means Republicans will have to scramble to find a replacement; the state’s primaries were in March. LaTourette was on the transportation committee for 14 years, but now is on the powerful appropriations panel.

    If his resignation as the Republican nominee is made effective on Aug. 8 or thereafter, party committee chairs will choose his replacement.

    • 119 cookemom
      July 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      It’d be a stretch:

      “The Dem nominee, Blanchard, is a perennial candidate who lost 65-32 to LaTourette in 2000 and 72-28 in 2002, and hasn’t filed any FEC paperwork indicating any fundraising activity. That suggests that the Democrats aren’t really in a position to contest this seat so long as Blanchard is on the ballot.”

      The orange site for more info

    • 120 57andFemale
      July 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Very swing district.

      This guy actually voted against his party a couple of times. That’s the end of his career as a Republican.

  33. 121 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    The Republican candidate is due to lay a wreath on Tuesday, to mark the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939.

    But trade union movement Solidarity has distanced itself from the visit.

    Mr Romney has just travelled from Israel where comments he made about the Palestinian economy angered a senior Palestinian official.

    ///

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Mr Romney’s statements were racist and betrayed his ignorance of the region and the conflict in the Middle East.

    Mr Romney’s campaign spokeswoman said his comments had been “grossly mischaracterised”.

    The first leg of his tour, in London, had also proved controversial when the UK media reacted angrily to comments he made about the readiness of Olympic Games organisers prior to the opening of London 2012.

    ///

    Mr Romney was met in Gdansk by Mr Walesa – Solidarity’s first leader and Poland’s first democratically-elected president – and by Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

    “He’s very open, and brimming with values, his wife is always by his side, he’s got five kids — we’re very much alike, I really like him and am pleased we met,” Mr Walesa told reporters.

    But the trade union movement, which originated in Gdansk and toppled Poland’s communist regime in the late 1980s, said it had nothing to do with Mr Romney’s trip to the city.

    “Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of AFL-CIO (trade union in the US), which represents more than 12 million employees… that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement.

    Mr Walesa and Solidarity have not seen eye to eye for some years.

    • 122 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I wonder what a Romney ‘brimming with values’ looks like?

    • July 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

      He’s got five kids? Aren’t those kids parents themselves? These “kids” are always referenced as though they’re still young children, being nestled by their parents. I’d be embarrassed; especially if I was a grown, married man. Even ten year old boys ask their mothers to kiss them goodbye around the corner from school, so people don’t see them as babies.

    • 125 veryslowwriter
      July 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Remember, Walesa is the guy who bragged that he had never read a book. He’s also a staunch Catholic which is why he’s impressed by five kids. (If he actually knew what a mormon is, he’d be less enthusiastic.) For all his heroism at the beginning of the Solidarity movement, he’s still an idiot.

  34. 126 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Ok…I spent some time hugging PBO today:) It still counts if it was only a lifesize cardboard cut out, doesn’t it? Went to a Women for Obama event in Phoenix…made lots of calls and heard from Gov. Gregoire from Washington state. She’s a fabulous surrogate for our President…got us all FIRED UP! Mitt may have money, but he doesn’t come close to having the passion, intelligent citizens working together for his re election. PBO’s ground game is a sight to behold! Heading out again soon for my Monday night date night….making more calls:) Tomorrow…voter reg! Giddy UP!!

    Ps…I wonder if my husband would get upset if I wanted that life sized PBO in my house? 🙂

    • 127 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      “PBO’s ground game is a sight to behold!”

      VP Biden said essentially the same thing after stopping at the Chicago HQ! He was fired up 🙂

      • 128 desertflower
        July 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        It’s true, hf 🙂 True, true, true! AND I met some wonderful women…always a great thing:)

    • 129 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Df, sounds like you are having fun as you work. Way to go! If I were you I wouldn’t bring the cut-out home because then you may have to share it. 😉 😉 Enjoy it at its current location so hubby has no reason to feel cheated.

    • 131 nathkatun7
      July 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you so much desertflower for sharing this story. This is the kind of story that is a must read for all Americans, and especially those who oppose the ACA. By the way, just because some one is young does not mean that he/she won’t get sick.

  35. 132 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    More news from the Bigoty Chicken front
    ——————————————————————-
    Chick-Fil-A Owner Fires Woman In Order To Make Her A Stay At Home Mom
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/30/chick-fil-a/

  36. 133 betseyc
    July 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Great post from Andrew Sullivan: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/07/what-happened-to-the-obamacons.html

    Good to send to any sane conservatives, if you can find any.

  37. July 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  38. 138 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    WHEN YOU ARE ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE, WORDS MATTER

    Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest responds to a question about Mitt Romney and remarks he made while in Israel.

    Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/30/2012

    ————————————–

    Q Two topics. The first one, in Israel, Governor Romney said that culture is a factor that accounts for economic disparity between Israel and the Palestinian Territory, and Palestinian officials have characterized the remarks as racist. I was wondering does the President or the White House have a view on Romney’s remarks? And two, what does the President believe accounts for that disparity?

    MR. EARNEST: Well, Jim, I saw the reports of those remarks. I didn’t see the full context of them. One of the challenges of being an actor on the international stage, particularly when you’re traveling to such a sensitive part of the world, is that your comments are very closely scrutinized for meaning, for nuance, for motivation. And it is clear that there are some people who have taken a look at those comments and are scratching their heads a little bit. But I would leave it to Governor Romney to further explain what he meant and what he intended when he said that.

    ————————————————-

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/30/press-briefing-principal-deputy-press-secretary-josh-earnest-7302012

  39. 146 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    via BJ, sully

    Mitt has been a $250 million virtual dictator in his own bubble for decades. He isn’t used to asking people, he is used to telling them. So he told the Brits they were unprepared for the Olympics and he told the Palestinians that their culture is inferior to Israel’s. He’s like a Bain consultant arriving at a new company each time he visits a new country. Generally speaking, the arrival of a consultant is not a source of great joy among a company’s employees. Ditto countries and people.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/07/romneys-private-equity-past-bad-diplomacy.html

  40. 147 isonprize
    July 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Does anyone have a link to watch the Olympics?

  41. 148 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Happy Hour Roundup

    By Greg Sargent

    ———————————

    * Sam Stein on yet another Romney-supporting business owner who Did Build It — and kept on building it with the help of taxpayer dollars. Anyone else notice a pattern here?

    * Andrew Sullivan on why Obama is the true candidate of moderation and balance in the presidential race.

    * Kevin Drum on the real Obama versus the fantasy Obama, and on the unwillingness of Obama’s critics to cop to basic political realities when assessing his first term.

    * The Romney camp is pleading for context, but his suggestion that Israelis are doing better than Palestinians for cultural reasons may be the latest sign of his inability to navigate the subtleties of international politics.

    ———————————-

    Lots more here……

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  42. 149 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Randi Rhodes Homework

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    ————————————–

    Romney Courts Sheldon Adelson and Other Big Money Donors in Israel

    Romney Reverses Course, Decides To Open Israel Fundraiser to Media

    Romney Is A Moron And Lets Israelis Know

    Whoops! Romney Comments At Fundraiser Also Outrage Palestinians

    Not Ready for Primetime: Romney Campaign Muddles Iran Stance

    Meanwhile, Obama Signs Joint U.S./israeli Security Bill

    —————————————————

    Lots more here….

    http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/homework.html?feed=364336&article=10305636

  43. 151 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  44. 152 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    🙂

  45. 154 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    • 155 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      While I love pretty much any picture of PBO, isn’t it against the law, or at least against *some* kind of protocol, to use a sitting US president on goods for sale in the US? (I have no idea where sfpelosi is, so I don’t assume she’s in the US…)

  46. 157 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  47. 158 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) is fed up with the GOP.

    Hanna singled out Michele Bachmann’s “suggestion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin be investigated to see if she has ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood” as an example of a party that has gone off the rails.

    The Syaracuse Post-Standard has the story:

    “I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” he told The Post-Standard editorial board.

    …“We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…” he said. “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.”

    …“I would say that the friends I have in the Democratic Party I find … much more congenial — a little less anger,” he said.

  48. 161 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm
  49. 162 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm
  50. July 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    My fundraising page . . . please up it just a little for me! Thanks in advance!
    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/IfNotNow

    • 167 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      That’s fine, you don’t have to like him, but it’s irresponsible and ignorant not to vote for him. Staying home and pouting, or voting 3rd party, is just as bad as voting for Mitt Romney.

      Edwina,

      The above quote was worth a click to Dkos. I usually don’t hang out at the Orange Satan, but I’m a sucker for picture of PBO and FLOTUS, so I took my chances. There are plenty of firebaggers, left-wing handwringing whiners and plain old haters over there, but I hope, hope, hope they will take heed to the above statement.

    • 168 carolyn
      July 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Wow! I read the pictures…..the five reasons…..then about 30 comments…..not one negative comment. They sound like us…..many of the same reasons we write. That was, I have to say, very encouraging. Those men really love Michelle and Jill too!

      • 169 57andFemale
        July 31, 2012 at 4:51 am

        It’s really been tons better over there recently. There are still a few cranks and there are certain diarists I never read, but it feels much more like it felt in 2008.

    • 170 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Well Done in PICS! Thx edwina~ PObama is the Whole Enchilada~

  51. 171 donna dem 4 obama
    July 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama Finds Inspiration In Serena Williams & Queen Elizabeth II At The Olympics

    The First Lady, who cheered on the over 500 athletes of Team USA during Friday’s Opening Ceremony, said she always feels welcomed by the English.

    “Our relationship with the UK is beyond my time. It’s a solid important alliance and the people are so welcoming — especially during this time,” she said. “Everyone here is so proud and so energetic about being the host of these games, so I enjoy my visits… it’s always a treat to be here.”

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/first-lady-michelle-obama-finds-inspiration-in-serena-williams-and-queen-elizabeth-ii-at-the-olympics_article_67830

  52. July 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    • 175 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      BOBfr, I can’t even begin to express how much I like this tweet. I have been laughing for what seems like hours… 😆 😆

      Wouldn’t you just love it if they just quit? Does he even know how bad his trip has been? What a whistlehead…

      • July 31, 2012 at 1:26 am

        So glad it brought you some enjoyment, ison 🙂

        In a twitter exchange earlier this evening, I asked the simple question of @edshow – ‘Do you think @MittRomney will be on the ballot Nov 6?’

        I don’t think it’s the least bit certain that he will be … that’s also why I sent the Tweet, posted up thread, to #BainMitt & wife.

        #FORWARD

  53. 177 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    • 178 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 1:17 am

      This is IMPORTANT ’cause willard’s going around Lying that PObama wants cut medicate.

      • 179 nathkatun7
        July 31, 2012 at 5:10 am

        It is indeed! Obviously I am biased because I am on Medicare. Looking back when I was just 19 when Medicare was enacted I never paid that close attention as much as I did about other Civil Rights legislations. But I still remember the dire predictions by right wingers about the country moving towards socialized medicine. Guess what, 47 years later nothing that the right wingers predicted has come to pass. On the otherhand, millions and millions of older people have been kept alive by Medicare. For most people in my age group, Medicare is indispensable! So, I say YES to VP Biden: “Let’s keep it that way.”

  54. 180 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  55. July 31, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Thank You for keeping this blog a pleasant and happy place for Obama supporters! It’s one of my last stops before I end my day because there’s always something here that gives me a chuckle, affirms my convictions, and generally makes me feel good. I ❤ OBAMA

  56. July 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I would also love to thank you for such a wonderful blog and great source of information. I have a website ( by invitation only) for progressive /liberal members who love to gather and share information and ideas. We are all dedicated to the re-election of President Obama. I come here daily to read and enjoy all the comments. We are so fortunate to have the entire First Family in the White House. I really wish we could elect him for 8 more years. He still remains our best hope. 🙂


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