Team Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, July 26, 2012.

Seated, from left, are: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Standing in the second row, from left, are: Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Standing in the third row, from left, are: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeffrey D. Zients, Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger, and Small Business Administrator Karen G. Mills. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

353 Responses to “Team Obama”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love it!

  2. 4 4morefor44
    July 30, 2012 at 11:51 am


  3. 5 Don
    July 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

    In my world number 3 is really number 1!

  4. July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    We do not forget …

  5. July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    The REAL Dream Team. They have worked so hard in very trying circumstances.

  6. July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Gorgeous photo!!

  7. 10 Mariele K.
    July 30, 2012 at 11:55 am


  8. July 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA … It’s the 99% Way …. #FORWARD

  9. July 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

    The toxicity of #GWB ….

  10. 13 Jessica
    July 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Nice picture but I see the President has yet to make an appointment with the tailor after 3 1/2 years. His pants are still too long and bunch up at the bottom but it’s ok he’s extremely busy and has more important things to concern himself with. I like Joe Biden’s light suit.

    • 14 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I didn’t even notice about POTUS pants. He still look nice.

    • 15 Bill
      July 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Some men prefer more of a break wirh their pants cuff. Maybe PBO does. I think he is always very well and appropriately dressed.

    • 16 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Jessica, I disagree. Pres. Obama has always worn a full break in his pants. Not only does it suit his height, it also conveys motion when pictures are taking of him walking.

      One of the worst fashion faux pas is for a tall man to have a tailored suit with pants that look too short, especially when he’s in motion.

      • 17 Jessica
        July 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        Good point about them looking too sort when he’s in motion you do have to leave a little room for that but I just feel like his pants look so baggy around the bottom.

        • 18 carolyn
          July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

          Also, if you look at Ray LaHood’s and Vilsack’s pants…..sitting in the front row, you see the problem. They look like high waters. His pants have to look good when he’s sitting too.

        • 19 dotster3
          July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

          That’s how all good tailors make mens’ suit pants.

          • 20 isonprize
            July 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

            Dotster, most American ones, anyway. But it does depend on the style that the man wants. Older men seem to prefer less of a break. British men seem to favor almost no break at all. Which is why, to me, Brits always look like they are wearing high waters!! 😆 😆

            I grew up with a seamstress and worked in a REAL department store, back in the day. You know… the kind that had alterations included — for men and women, no matter the cost of the item, not just for the ‘well-to-do.’ I must say, I miss that part of those ‘old days’…

  11. July 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    He does real harm …. Mr Kristof is one who has a profound understanding of such issues …

    • 22 globalcitizenlinda
      July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      yes, the person you have selected for your tweet has a real understanding of geo-political issues

  12. 23 Lorraine
    July 30, 2012 at 11:59 am


  13. 24 Cman
    July 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Aww. Chips you posted the answers. We were doing a name them all in the previous thread.

  14. 25 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    A very good collection of really smart peeps.

  15. 26 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Long list of preventative care COVERED by the ACA


    If this isn’t loving America and AMERICANS…I don’t know what is.

  16. 29 Cheryllou
    July 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Love the photo. When can we get one?

  17. 30 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Is Romney in Poland yet? Wonder what he can fuck up today?

  18. 32 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I named 6 (well 5, if I don’t count VP Biden 😉 ) by myself and felt enormously proud! I didn’t count PBO, everybody knows him! 😉 Probably more than I can name in my own country. 😳 Congrats, PFI

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      7! Well 6. I just spotted Eric H (all without peAking). What can I say, I’m brilliant in ‘American’!

  19. 34 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm


    I don’t know whether others have noticed this, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to find data, articles or general info on Google/Internet that put PBO in a positive light. Google is filled with hundreds of thousands of articles about PBO’s “plummeting polls” or “approval at all-time low” articles, but I’m now trying to find one or two articles which specifically report data on his current approval ratings in the UK and Israel (which happen to be much higher than Romney on both counts), and can’t find any. The thing is, even when I type positive or neutral search terms, Google brings up a whole lot of negative information, some times the exact opposite of what I type in the search box. The only reference to his UK approval rating is articles which discuss Romney’s trip abroad, and it’s just a bare passing mention.

    Just as an example, when I type in “Obama’s approval rating,” On the first page Google brings up 12 articles, 8 of which are NEGATIVE, 3 Neutral and only 1 positive.

    Whereas when I type in “Romney’s Approval Ratings” Google brings up 12 articles, of which only 3 are negative, 5 are neutral and 4 are positive. What’s more disgusting is that in the 4 “positive”, 2 of them are actually negative articles about PBO – which is strange considering the search did not have PBO’s name in it!

    I think this Internet bias and Google search bias needs to be exposed…there has to be some way to counteract this. It’s extremely frustrating when the Internet is pushing Republican propaganda while burying the facts. There needs to be more objectivity.

    • July 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      The first place I look is on the White House site. The GOP work hard to push all their nonsense to the top of search lists. I rarely use Google as my first source, when it comes to real information.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        July 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Good point theo – using the WH site, but I think it’s important that others are aware that the Internet search sites are riddled with GOP manipulators.

        • July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          I noticed that too hf, but then yesterday while I was reading a gardening article on the e-how website. A link about Romney’s departure a Bain Capital was inserted so seamlessly in the paragraph break, I had to look twice to make sure that it wasn’t in the main text. Clever move by Team Obama.

        • July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

          Right, we have to inform people on facebook and other site that the internet is rid, this is what I been saying for over 3 years, it Obama vs Media, We are too focus on Mitt, Obama fight is with the Media. Let get to work on the real fight the media, email, fax, write, the news station and newspaper newsblogs everyday, everyhour, everymin. We have to go outside our zone and fight for our right to truth media.

        • 39 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          Appreciate you pointing this out, Hf, (and Theo) because I always go first to Google. I don’t feel as comfortable with the WH site and I hate when I don’t know exactly where to find things. I’ll have to make more of an effort to get familiar now I suppose.

          • July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

            VC – I usually start at the blog page, to see the day’s current news and areas of focus. If I am looking up a particular topic, I’ll just type it into the search bar at the top of the WH page. It really is a treasure trove of information – reliably so.

            • 41 vcprezofan2
              July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

              I see i shall have to modify my research methods. Luckily there’s time for me to gradually familiarize myself with WH.Gov before November. Have you found out anything about WH visits at that all important time?

    • 42 susanne
      July 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      i have noticed this, too, and for a long time, i just stayed away from the google news site. i drifted back, though, because of it’s breadth and links.

      i now have other places i go for the positive, also known as truthful, news about our government and pbo. but the point is, the quick, handy, everybody-checks-it-every-morning site is very slanted toward the rethug agenda. and getting worse.

      if you have any ideas how we can counter this (can we even write to google news’ editors?) that would be a good piece of work for us.

  20. 43 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I could identify lahood, rice, vilsack, holder. solis, geithner, lew, hrc, panetta, napolitano, chu, sebelius, salazar & jackson.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Congrats amk!

      And just FYI, in case you were wondering, the tallish darker guy standing on the center left is Barack Obama, and the guy next to him is Joe Biden. Glad I could help out!

    • 46 Obama Grandmama
      July 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      You beat me. I got 12 and I am getting to the stage where I forget my own relatives names. (especially when they are Romney supporters) Hee hee

  21. July 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Hey – anybody know how Ann’s horse is doing at the Olympics? I’m kind of rooting against her horse (of course), but I can’t find any info specifically. I did see some news about the Japanese rider leading Day 1 and Zara Philips keeping in the medal race. Did Ann go back to London to see it or is she still holding Mitt’s hand in all them furrin countries?

    • 48 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Ain’t no kind of rooting against Queen Ann’s horse, I am rooting against her horse. Just like I am rooting against her lying wimp of a husband.

      • 49 Dudette
        July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        The entire Republican party roots against America, in general, just because they hate our President, so yeh, I’m rooting against them too.

        As much as I love the Olympics and Team USA, the Romney horse team is the only American participating in the Olympics that I’d actualy like to see defeated in the most humilating fashion.

        Good luck to the rest of the Team USA Equestrian Team though.

    • 50 Bill
      July 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I have mixed emotions about her horse. If her horse wins the gold it may gain even more publicity and be even more embarrassing.

      • 51 donna dem 4 obama
        July 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        The media will not portray it as an embarrassment. It will be presented to the public as “how the Romney’s are winners”. I can write the headlines should her horse win gold. They want to pump him up anyway they can.

        • 52 Obama Grandmama
          July 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

          Talk about flip flops! Watch what Romney says if her (their) horse wins a medal. He will go from, “That’s her horse. I don’t have time to watch.” to “Our horse made our Country proud.”

    • 54 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      She went to Poland to hold Willard’s hand and try to stop him from telling some bad taste Polish jokes—-or maybe she’ll join in—-she doesn’t seem any more aware of common niceties than he is. Then she’s going back to London to watch the horse dancing festivities—-but not Willard, as he keeps trying to make clear to everyone—-he has no interest in dancing horses, he says, he doesn’t know anything about them, he says, he’s just a regular guy who likes bowling, he says. (poetic license with last part)

      • July 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        It looks pretty bad that he can’t even be bothered to drum up an interest in his wife’s hobby, given that she claims she’s had a “lifelong dream” to see one of her horses in the Olympics. I’d be mighty upset if I had a husband who couldn’t be bothered to take an interest in my lifelong dream.

  22. 56 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  23. 61 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Wooohooo! I could identify everyone without looking at the info Chips provided. Gosh…I know too much about who runs the different agencies. Obot too much? 😉

    • 62 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Well done. Gold Star for you, ut! That makes you an well-informed citizen.

      I got everybody except:
      – Budget Acting Director Jeffrey D. Zients,
      – Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger
      – Small Business Administrator Karen G. Mills

      Not too shabby though!

    • 63 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Ut you are A-mazing. O’bot or not 🙂

  24. 64 carla4obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Compare the TEAM OBAMA picture with this picture of the GW Bush team:
    Remember this Annie Leibovitz photo? Evil personified with those smug faces…still makes my skin crawl.

  25. 65 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm


    • July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      What a great idea. It would be fantastic if they could set up a link on OFA, and have plenty of donations – maybe we could even add their link to the list of fundraisers that Chips always puts up? That would be fantastic if they could end up with a huge haul. I sent them a reply tweet asking them to get a fundraiser link on OFA. I hope they do it!

  26. 67 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • 68 Nena20409
      July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm


      C. The occupation and the walls around and the inability of the Palestinians to travel with their territory.

  27. 69 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Gunnite folks

  28. 77 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    From Benen: With Mitt Romney having wrapped up his trip to Israel, there’s renewed interest in the attitudes of Jewish voters in the U.S. The latest Gallup poll shows Obama up by 43 points, 68% to 25%,

    Go ahead, Adelson..waste your money!

  29. 79 nospin
    July 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Poland to Mitt Romney – We want Ron Paul

    “Romney Greeted by Ron Paul Supporters – 03:35 p.m. CET (8:35 a.m. EST) – Mitt and Ann Romney were greeted upon arriving for a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk by hundreds of people lining the narrow streets here, some of whom held signs for another U.S. presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

    The large sign read “Polish Choice – R. Paul” with a photograph of Paul.”


    • 80 desertflower
      July 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      HAHAHAHA. Willard’s Pathetic Trip

    • 81 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Interesting that ABC news only reported the part about Ron Paul, but conveniently left out the part about Obama – which was reported in a UK online paper:

      HEADLINE: LEAD: Pro-Obama crowd greets Romney during Poland trip

      // Romney arrived at Gdansk‘s city hall and briefly chatted with locals before meeting with Tusk. A group was heard chanting, “Obama! Obama!” as Romney later made his way to his next meeting with anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, the former leader of Solidarity. //


      • 82 donna dem 4 obama
        July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        WORD HF2!!!

        I just posted this down thread and came back to read what I had missed on the thread and saw nospin’s article and thought to myself WTH… There were also Obama supporters there!

        More media manipulation!!!

        • 83 nospin
          July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

          To be fair there were links within the page to the story about Obama but I cracked up at the people who I assume were supposed to represent conservatism and they were clear that they wanted Ron Paul and not Romney.

          One person told Romney they wanted him to be POTUS. Ms. Ann thought the scene represented what they see here in the USA. I cracked up because if that is true it must really SUCK being Willard.

          • 84 Obama Grandmama
            July 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

            In the photo with the Ron Paul support banner the people in the front did not look happy. If their glum faces is what greeted Romney and Ann thinks they look like the crowds in the US that is sad for them!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Even this article doesn’t state that the Polish government officials issued a statement telling Romney to keep out of the missile defense stuff, because that’s a done deal, and it’s been worked out to everyone’s satisfaction (at least, everyone who’s relevant).

      • 86 Cha
        July 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Again, why I only get my news from TOD, and other Reality Based Blogs on the net.

        My son seems to get a lot of facts on facebook. I know he doesn’t watch narrative “news” anymore..since 2008. I stopped in 2002.

    • 87 Debz
      July 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Why are foreign leaders endorsing any US candidates? First Nut-n-Yahoo, now Lech Walesa. Seems inappropriate for them to be involved in our election.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        I cannot understand Walesa, the leader of labor unions without which Solidarity would never have succeeded! Has he remained a cold warrior?!

        • 89 globalcitizenlinda
          July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

          I am confused. Did Walesa endorse or is this just a coursey call from mitt the liar who is wishing for moral decency to rub off on him?

        • July 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          I USED to think a lot of Walesa until he made those negative comments about President Obama and the missile defence system in 2009. I think he and nut-n-yahoo should keep their noses out of the election, especially as they know very little about robme. They only see what that lying scumball wants them to see. The more I hear of that pos the more determined I am to do whatever I can to help re-elect your great President – apart from the fact that he is the greatest POTUS in my lifetime, the alternative is not only unthinkable but scary!!

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        This is a good question. I seem to remember the foreign leaders being very careful not to go over the line of endorsement, even though many were very clearly fawning and besotted over President Obama (Sarkozy, King Abdullah of Jordan)…

    • 93 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      And I read that there were people in the streets there, not for Willard but for some local festival.

      • 94 jacquelineoboomer
        July 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Ha! Reminds one of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! Just jump into a parade route and tell the U.S. media it was all for you, and they’ll report it as truth. Better than following President Obama around our country.

  30. 96 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Great picture of the Cabinet, but I’m afraid Chips, you’ve mislabeled the image. 🙂

    “Team Obama” actually looks more like this

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Good one, Dudette! 🙂

    • 98 donna dem 4 obama
      July 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I’m in the picture way way way in the back on the right hand side. 😉

    • 99 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Dudette, can you see me? I’m under the second tree from the right!! 😆 😆 😆

      Seriously, that was the coldest day EVAH!!! I had on six layers of clothes, and needed every last one of ’em!!

      The best $4 I EVER spent was to buy hand and foot warmers before I took AMTRAK down there. (I treated myself to first class Acela accomodations for all the hard work I put in on that campaign since ’07!!) Handwarmers are NOT a common item in DC and I heard they were being sold for $20-25!!!

      • 100 Dudette
        July 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        My sister was talking about that very thing the other day — if we go to the Inauguration next year, we’ll need to stock up on some hand and foot warmers. Good to know you found them helpful. 🙂

        That must’ve been so exhilirating – being there for that moment in history.

  31. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    July 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    LEAD: Pro-Obama crowd greets Romney during Poland trip

    Romney arrived at Gdansk‘s city hall and briefly chatted with locals before meeting with Tusk. A group was heard chanting, “Obama! Obama!” as Romney later made his way to his next meeting with anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, the former leader of Solidarity.


    hehehe 😉

    • 102 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Donna, I read that some Ron Paul supporters greeted him also. Greta (most obvious face-lift ever!) VanSustern mentioned it while whining about how R-money treats the press.

  32. 103 relellit
    July 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Good morning Chips &Todville

    Checking in after a day and half of rest from knocking on doors in Iowa. God, Iowa’s really hilly. These Chicago legs got plenty of exercise.

    Uh Ohhh, trouble in Romney land! 🙄

    Challenge to election of Ron Paul delegates to GOP convention filed

    The news from Maine is that the Republican Party is bringing a lawsuit that alleges Ron Paul delegates took over Maine’s convention illegally. Maine’s elite Republicans are trying to bar Ron Paul delegates from being seated!

    What are Republican leaders afraid of? Do they really think Ron Paul is that big of a threat to Romney they are willing to estrange his supporters from the Republican Party?



    Wonder how much money did R-money leave in the cracks at wailing wall?

    I can’t wait to hear about “MYTH ” Romney nervous snickers and more Mitt-astrophes; in Poland. 😆 😆

    Everyone have a beautiful day. 🙂

  33. 104 Claire
    July 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Ancestry.com Discovers President Obama Related to First Documented Slave in America

    Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies

    PROVO, UTAH – July 30, 2012 – A research team from Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11thgreat-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family.

    The discovery is the result of years of research by Ancestry.com genealogists who, through early Virginia records and DNA analysis, linked Obama to John Punch. An indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, Punch was punished for trying to escape his servitude in 1640 by being enslaved for life. This marked the first actual documented case of slavery for life in the colonies, occurring decades before initial slavery laws were enacted in Virginia.


    • 105 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Have President Obama left for New York yet?

      • 106 hopefruit2
        July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Here is his schedule that Chips posted on an earlier thread :

        3:30: Departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

        4:40: Arrives in New York City

        8:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at the NoMad Hotel, New York City

        9:35: Departs New York City

        10:45: Arrives at the White House

    • 107 sherijr
      July 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Wow just wow, even his ancestors were remarkable… how very sad to know this.. what mixed feelings it must give our President.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        It don’t give him mixed feeling most AA have ancestors in this form. Most all AA have mix ancestor and every other race. He maked that statement on the view. AA know that because it is talked about in the family.

    • 110 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

    • 111 Nena20409
      July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Why the fascination to have pres Obama be related to Slaves? These were the White Slaves…..from his mother’s side. Do we care? No. If these people have to go that far to dig up this, my goodness, they have got to find better line of work. Honestly.

      • 112 hopefruit2
        July 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        It’s part of the general and never-ending obsession with this President. When he leaves office in 2017, they won’t give him a break. Everything will still be framed according to what it means or doesn’t mean for him. Every group will still want him to make a “statement” on their behalf, 20 years after he leaves office.

      • 113 globalcitizenlinda
        July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        the article seems to indicate that it was the African slaved so I am assuming it is probably a black slave

        • 114 PoliticalJunkessa
          July 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

          Yeah, I didn’t see any mention of “white slaves” in the article.

          Anyhoo. It was interesting to me.

      • 115 isonprize
        July 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        Yes, folks are obsessed with President Obama, but I thought this research was very interesting. Genealogy is fascinating to me. I think that it shows a common human thread among us all. I absolutely adore the show that Skip Gates does. The research, the intrigue, the (most times, unknown…) family histories seem to bring people closer together.

        I think, maybe naively, that if we all knew who we were related to, we would be more kind, more loving, more ready to not hate, maim and kill each other. sigh…… Yes, naive, I know…

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Surely President Obama has supplanted Kevin Bacon as the most connected person in the world, by now?

      • 118 isonprize
        July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        ooooh, ooooh, oooooh, Theo!

        We have a new game for TOD! 😀 ~~~~ SIX DEGREES OF BARACK OBAMA ~~~~ 😀

        Two of my good girlfriends (both attended Princeton and knew Michelle and her brother, Craig) I think that puts me at “3 degrees” from Barack Obama!!! Now what do I do? Drink? How is this game played anyway?? 😆 😆

    • 119 Pamela
      July 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      My goodness, I find this incredible!

    • July 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      That’s an uplifting article. I like the way they bracketed the story.

      • 121 Dudette
        July 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Exactly Tien Le. I think some people might’ve missed the significance of this paragraph:

        “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related,” said Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway. “John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream.”

        Truly amazing!

  34. 123 ChristiMTL
    July 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    ….outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.


    He meant what he said…..so their excuse is bogus as usual.

    For a campaign that keeps doing attack ads taking comments said by the President completely out of context…they have some nerves to issue any statement.

    He didn’t mispoke….he is as clueless as Palin and an ugly racist…..period

  35. 128 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  36. 129 edwina3
    July 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    From Andrew Sullivan

    “Relatedly, Juan Cole lists the “Top Ten Most Distasteful things about Romney Trip to Israel.” One obvious one:

    It is distasteful the Romney will not commit to a two-state solution within 1967 borders or demand Israel cease illegal squatting on and unilateral annexation of Palestinian land. If he is going to this Middle East hot spot, why doesn’t he visit a Palestinian refugee camp so as to understand the nub of the dispute, instead of hobnobbing with the uber-rich in Jerusalem.

    Because understanding the nub of the dispute would mean empathizing with Muslim Arabs and getting outside his comfort zone. Romney, alas, can barely empathize with his own dog.”


  37. 130 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm


    Syria’s Charge D’Affaires Quits London Post
    The Foreign Office says the senior diplomat’s departure is another blow to the government of President Bashar al Assad.

  38. 131 sabreen60
    July 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Good afternoon Ms. Chips and TOD.

    Someone on Twitter linked to HP. I do not post there, but I did go to read this article. Seems that Romney has absolutely NO understanding of foreign affairs as reflected again in his statement below.

    JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

    “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

    Mitt doesn’t seem to not know that Palestine has been under occupation and can’t even get basic supplies most of the time. Mitt is dangerous because he is ignorant and doesn’t know he is ignorant.

  39. July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    The American press gets punked again.

  40. 136 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Good News!

    Elizabeth Warren is up 40-38 against Scott Brown for MA Senate. At least a step in the right direction.

    • 137 carolyn
      July 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      I’ve been watching that one, and she has steadily moved up….a little bit at a time. For quite a while she was about 1/2 point behind him, now this good news. She is a steady hard worker.

  41. 139 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East.

    one Israeli professor pointed out that Romney’s remark could be seen as playing into anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money.
    It’s true that Israel has logged tremendous achievements, said Abraham Diskin, a political science professor at the Inter-Disciplinary Center outside of Tel Aviv. But “you can understand this remark in several ways,” he added. “You can say it’s anti-Semitic. `Jews and money.'”

    More Mitt Fail.

    • 140 Dakota
      July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      You know df, the first thing that I thought when I heard about this today was that his statement was as insulting to Jews as it is to the Palestinians.

  42. 142 cookemom
    July 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Well geez, here I was greeting the day on the last thread and everybody’s over here. So to conserve energy and let no pixel go to waste, I will paste the message here:

    “G’day TODdies!!! How about this great getting up day we have again for us Osters? Not much to report on today. It’s magnificent how much goodwill POTUS/FLOTUS spread where ever they go.

    My political take today is to start preparing now for the end of the week reports that we’ll be getting on the economy. Good or bad, someone will not like it. We can’t control how the MSM will portray it, but we sure can control our responses to them. The best way to do that is to volunteer and/or donate. Remember, we have every demographic but one on our side. We just gotta get them to the polls.”

  43. 143 ChristiMTL
    July 30, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    He’s suppose to give a speech tomorrow from what I read so far, dangerous lunatic….conflict and war that’s pretty much it.

    Mitt Romney is to round off his campaign to boost his presidential foreign policy credentials by returning to a cold war symbol of anti-Soviet triumph and western-backed liberty in Poland.

    The speech on the “values of liberty” at Warsaw University on Tuesday is expected to seek to rekindle the flames of US cold war righteousness by featuring a strong attack on Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s rollback of democratic gains, while also criticising the US president, Barack Obama, for allegedly sacrificing the interests and security of central European democracy in favour of realpolitik with the Kremlin.

  44. 145 Claire
    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    “I am pro-choice. My opponent is multiple choice.”
    Senator Kennedy on romney in 1994.

  45. July 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    So, The Hill has a poll out saying that Americans feel closer to Robney and His values than the President.
    Then, they gleefully suggest that all those ads trying to define Robney has failed.
    So, the ads have had a opposite effect and has actually helped Robney? According to The Hill poll? Really? Of course Politico picked that poll up and did a whole story on it!
    Remember, Obama is doomed and Robney is our Savior. Just repeat that 40 million times, and soon we will be kneeling when we see him.
    Unbelievable Patty Hearst bullshit!

    • 148 Bill
      July 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      If the values of the US are closer to those of Willard than PBO the country is doomed.

    • 152 nospin
      July 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      hey Jovie –

      I don’t mind the “Obama is behind Romney” meme or the efforts to rig the poll numbers in favor for Romney. Willard is such a loser it is easy for folks to relax and think that a win is in the bag for POTUS. That is not the case so these fake polls serves as a reminder to everyone, there is serious work to do, we have to hold the line and stay vigilant.

      • 153 hopefruit2
        July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Actually I DO mind that meme – because the effects of those memes actually discourage people and make them feel their efforts are in vain. Otherwise the MSM/GOP would not be doing it.

        • 154 nospin
          July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm

          we can agree to disagree. I think these twisted polls can be a great motivator. I am confident that just like in 2008, the Obama team will once again use it to win.

        • 155 carolyn
          July 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

          If I remember correctly, July/August constitute what is called the “silly season” in politics. People are on vacation, kids are at camp, people really aren’t paying close attention, all the crackpots come out. September is when polls just begin to mean something. However, if you look a little lower on the thread, according to one poll, forget which one, the President’s approval rating is 59% that is UP. I’m glad for the Olympics right now. People really care about those, and not politics so much this time of year. However, these polls keep us working and giving all the time. I don’t think any Democrat is relaxed about the election. As Joan Walsh said “Why is this EVEN close?”

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        Correct! But it’s kind of obvious what they are doing! Hypothetically, if you see a good looking actor/actress- but put a poll out that says they are ugly, People say WTF?
        You know?

        • 157 nospin
          July 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

          “it’s kind of obvious what they are doing”!

          Worth repeating jovie141. They aren’t fooling anyone.

      • 158 nathkatun7
        July 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        It would be a gross mistake for us not to mind. People pushing the pro-Romney meme are not fools. They know the power of suggestion. The more they hype Romney the more likely low information voters will begin to jump on the band wagon. People supporting the President are already highly motivated. It’s those undecided that these pro-Romney polls are aimed at. The people knowledgeable about polls and the way they are being misused and manipulated must push hard not to allow the anti-Obama mainstream media to drive this election.

        • 159 hopefruit2
          July 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

          Thank you nathkatun7. And that is exactly my line of thinking when I say that I am opposed to those “Obama doomed” polls. They are intended to discourage lukewarm Obama supporters who otherwise would be motivated to vote for him if they were assured that their votes would not be in vain.

    • 160 cookemom
      July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Same poll also says:

      “While The Hill Poll found Romney matches Obama overall, it showed centrist voters — who may well decide the election — still favor the Democratic incumbent.

      Forty-eight percent of centrist voters believe Obama is more honest and trustworthy, compared to 42 percent who cited Romney.

      Fifty percent of centrists said Obama most shares their values while 36 percent said Romney. The poll also found 48 percent of centrists consider Obama the stronger leader, compared to 43 percent for Romney.

      The Hill poll was conducted July 26 among 1,000 likely voters and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.”

      PBO leads in all demographics except older white males. No matter how they slice and dice it, them’s the facts. Our job is to get all those favorable demographics to the voting booth, or it won’t matter how much they like him. We’re going to read and hear all types of made-up, media generated hoopla. We gotta ignore that and keep getting people ready to vote, especially undecided moderates in swing states. That’s who PBO is talking to and who we need to help him with.

      • 161 nospin
        July 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        “While The Hill Poll found Romney matches Obama overall, it showed centrist voters — who may well decide the election — still favor the Democratic incumbent”.

        Thanks for this cookemom. I am with you that PO has an edge regardless of how you slice and dice it. You are also right that the key is to use every means necessary to help translate this into votes on Nov 6.

        Personally when I see a family member or friend who is not as active politically getting kind of lax in terms of whether or not they will vote in Nov, I post one of these fake polls and use it as a wake up call.

      • July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        Great points! But I am sick and tired of all these Psychological operations that the other side is using. That is illegal you know?

    • 163 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Except the little prob that Obama’s poll numbers are stronger in the battleground states than nationally——-where he has been running his ads. They’re just trying to get the Obama campaign to stop running their effective ads. I know their trick.

      • 164 nathkatun7
        July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        “They’re just trying to get the Obama campaign to stop running their effective ads. I know their trick.” I agree with you dotter 3. Thankfully, OFA must have their won internal polls that the rely on in assessing the effectiveness of their ads.

    • 165 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      And by the way, what are Willard’s “values”, other than greed?

    • 166 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      As far as I am concern the Hill belongs in the Hell.

      • 167 anniebella
        July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        Let me say this, I do my best not to follow every poll they put out every day. It seems there is another poll out every other day. Fed up with them.

  46. 168 Bill
    July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    TeaNN just reported that Lech Walesa said he wants Willard to win the election. I suppose that is why he went to Poland.

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Isnt he best buddies with Murdoch?

    • 171 nospin
      July 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      in that same setting the Polish people said otherwise. Support split between President Obama, Ron Paul with one vote for Willard as POTUS.

    • 172 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Who is Lech Walesa and who really gives a dam what he thinks? How much dealing do these people have with black people?

    • 176 Nena20409
      July 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      How Many Americans would Know who Lech Walesa is? OK then.

      TeaNN can report so can Fox and MSM, their cozy association and treatment of Romney would not save Romney. Willard Mitterrand Romney Shall and Must be defeated on Nov 6, 2012.

    • 177 Brian
      July 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Gee, it must be because of the GOP’s strong support of unions and workers… Lech should have asked Mittens how Solidarity would have fared under a Rethuglican regime.

    • July 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Didn’t he refuse an invitation to greet PBO when he was there? These international figureheads should stay out of U.S. politics and it’s unseemly for Romney to cultivate their endorsement.

  47. July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    He is raising 2.5 million tonight in NYC! Nice!

  48. 181 lamh35
    July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Just one poll, but still

    Obama tops Romney by 4, Approval Rating Reaches 59%

    • 182 carolyn
      July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Approval rating at 59% on even one poll is a big jump. That will be a foreshadowing of other polls I believe. I keep watching the President, the VP, Axlerod, Plouffe for signs of anxiety. I haven’t seen any. They are calm and focused. I have a feeling what their internal polling is telling them is very good. They won’t begin to release those figures at all until shortly before the election, but I remember from four years ago, their figures were entirely accurate, almost down to precinct.

      • July 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        My concern continues to be the voter fraud and disenfranchisement. If we don’t get that resolved, it could mean losing Pennsylvania and Florida.

        • 184 hopefruit2
          July 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

          I know that the DOJ has launched a full investigation of the voter ID laws in PA..and I would imagine they’re monitoring FL as well. I believe that the O-TEAM is on top of any possible fraud or dirty tricks that the GOPers in those states will try to pull.

    • July 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      So, that Hill poll can Suck it!
      That is all!

    • 186 nathkatun7
      July 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      “Approval Rating Reaches 59%.” lamh35, I think this typo. The article said 50% not 59%.

    • 188 lamh35
      July 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm


  49. 189 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm


  50. 194 anniebella
    July 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I guess FLOTUS will be taking today off to rest up, because she will be in Greensboro and Raleigh North Carolina Wednesday.

    • 195 carolyn
      July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I hope she gets really good rest today and tonight. Jet lag always hits me harder coming back than going. I’m glad she doesn’t have to sit up in economy class seats all the way home. I’m sure she can begin to get good rest on the plane. My, but wasn’t she terrific!!!

  51. 197 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm


    Those seeking their morning fix of conservative punditry at the Daily Caller today were greeted instead with hardcore porn ads, according to Fishbowl DC’s Betsy Rothstein. And as of 11:30 a.m., Google was telling would-be visitors not to call up the site at all. A message in Google search results warned users, “This site may harm your computer,” and clicking through in Chrome or Firefox brought up a warning page like the one shown above.
    Via Twitter, the Daily Caller is telling its readers to ignore the warnings and come on in: “.@DailyCaller came under malware attack. We’ve turned back the enemy & reclaimed our land. Site is safe to visit. Thanks 4 your patience.”

  52. 198 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    This is my favorite team photo! And my favorite team! Great “quarterback”!

    • 199 carolyn
      July 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I’m sure others have noticed how absolutely radiant and happy Hillary looks these days. Being SOS is what she was born for. Frankly, I believe her when she says she doesn’t want to run for office again. She has discovered how wonderful life can be without that stress. I bet she’ll be visiting professor at several prestigious universities, and hopefully will be nominated for the Supreme Court. She is a fantastic woman and I’m glad to see her coming into her own and happy.

      • 200 Pamela
        July 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Yes, Carolyn, I agree. She has come so much into her own. As SOS, she has accomplished far more than she may have done as POTUS. The GOP would have given her as bad or worse a time as they do PBO. I think she is a far more masterful SOS than many in recent decades.

  53. 201 57andFemale
    July 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Mitt is absolutely, Unbelievable. Have the Dem’s started hitting back on THIS one?

    Israel has universal health care that is mandated, heavily subsidized, and substantially controlled by the government. And Mitt Romney thinks the United States has a thing or two to learn from Israel on that front:

    “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? eight percent,” Romney told donors at a fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, speaking of a health care system that is compulsory for Israelis and funded by the government. “You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18% of our GDP on health care. Ten percentage points more. […] Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to find and manage our health care costs.”

  54. July 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Just in-

    Democrats will include support for same-sex marriage in their party platform this year, sources confirm to POLITICO.

    • 208 Bill
      July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Willard has said he supports an amendment to ban same-sex marriage, so I suppose the Republicans will have a plank banning it. This clear choice between the two parties is a wonderful contrast for the future.

    • 209 57andFemale
      July 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I knew they were considering it. Yea!

  55. 211 nospin
    July 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Just a curious thought – I was just thinking about why all the recent pics of Romney emulating Rafalca with the weird grimace/grin on his face. You know the ones with him showing his teeth with his head tilted to the side. The first time I just thought it was a bad pic but when I saw increased photos with him doing the same thing I started thinking maybe he is probably trying to copy President Obama’s smile. You know the one that everyone loves when the President cracks up at his own joke or someone shouts out an irreverent comment during a speech and POTUS can’t help but crack up just a little? That smile.

    Problem is that Romney instead of looking engaging like PO he comes off looking like Ann’s horse instead.

    Links to examples.
    Mitt –> http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d6KZ7ahUrxY/UBWxAIBcNpI/AAAAAAAABso/K_cLomLxlbE/s1600/Romney+Newsweek+Wimp.jpg

    Now PO

    Maybe it is a coincidence but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Romney camp wants him capture some of PO’s charisma and are down to trying to copy his smile to try to replicate his “IT” factor.

    • July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      You are so right, He is trying to copy Obama in charisma and in words.

    • 213 Obama Grandmama
      July 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      In my recent obsession in being able to read body language and facial expressions I am watching Lie to Me, the tv series that was on around 3 seasons. It used involuntary muscles and other cultural similarities in being able to predict when someone is lying. I became fascinated with the idea of being more aware of these signs. I already had used my own instincts that I sharpened over 22 years of teaching observing parents and others in meetings and workshops as well as day to day contact with kids.

      The comment about Romney’s smile fits one of the shows talking about needing to look at the eyes when determining if the smile was genuine or not. If it is forced and you looked only at the eyes it would show no smile. I genuine smile is reflected in the eyes too. I have seldom seen any signs of a real smile with Romney. Our President smiles with his whole body.

      • 214 Dudette
        July 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        Nail on the head again, OG!

        I’ve noticed that about other people on TV often. Case in point, Tavis Smiley. A girlfriend of mine used to go on and on about how handsome he is and how he was all about uplifting the people and blah, blah, blah. My grandma use to say there’s some truth to that adage about the eyes being the window to a person’s soul. I always thought Tavis had dead, expressionless eyes, like that of a shark or a snake. I don’t trust that poverty-pimp as far as I can throw him. He’s been hating on PBO ever since then-Senator Obama wouldn’t make come to Tavis little fake do-nothing conference during the ’08 campaign. Everytime I see him now, it reminds me how smart my grandma’s words were.

    • 215 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Yep, I see it too.

  56. 216 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Kristi Yamaguchi is a Willard fan???, appearing in his ads, not that it matters, but ugh! gross! I know for a fact that most of her fellow skaters would not share her rt. wing politics.

  57. 225 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm


    Rush Limbaugh is calling on his listeners to keep the election date a secret from the poorest Americans.

    “Ninety-nine days, folks,” the conservative radio host announced on Monday. “Ninety-nine days before the election. If you are a welfare recipient, that’s just a little more than three checks.”

    “Maybe we shouldn’t remind people,” he added after thinking about it. “We shouldn’t remind people on welfare when the election is. That may not be something we want to actually do.”

    Karma WILL come.

  58. 228 57andFemale
    July 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The administration needs to frame ACA exactly like this, and the campaign needs ads:


  59. 230 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Very creepy that British journalist’s twitter account cancelled for tweeting NBCFail on Olympic coverage.

  60. 232 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Gee..I wonder what that big “Saturday Surprise” was that Romney was worried about…..more diversion while he gobbled the blood lust money from his donors….

  61. 233 57andFemale
    July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am no great fan of Bill Press but he pushed back on a stupid Politico reporter this morning. Bill asked what evidence there was that PBO was not a friend to Israel, or in what way his policies were different from Bush? This reporter said that that’s what people say……

    Bill stopped her. Nooooo, I asked what exactly the Republican evidence was that PBO was less a friend to Israel than Bush.

    “I’m told that……”

    Bill: “I’m not trying to pick a fight with you, but as one reporter to another, “WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE? WHAT ARE THEIR ACTUAL OBJECTIONS?”

    “Well, I’m not a Mideast expert…….”

    It was pathetic. And good for Bill Press.

    • 234 desertflower
      July 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      That’s the way it ALWAYS should be done:) Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.

      • 235 57andFemale
        July 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        Days he’s good, days he’s really bad. I would like to turn on progressive radio and have all these yahoos understand how to build a strong coalition.

    • 236 donna dem 4 obama
      July 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Bills must be watching the new HBO series, The Newsroom, because that’s what a real journalist should do when other journalist make these unsubstantiated remarks.

      Good for him. The rest of these bozos could learn a thing or two!

    • 238 isonprize
      July 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I keep thinking that, at some point, any of these folks who actually went to school for journalism, or even did a decent stretch at a newspaper (before they all got bought out….) will actually use some of their schoolin’ to get a REAL STORY. Don’t they get tired of being stenographers?

      Naive, I know. Sigh……

  62. 239 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Hilarious! http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/07/30/13034560-mitt-romney-and-the-deathly-hellos-challenge-results?lite

    All Dressaged Up and Nowhere to Go: Romney Quickly Wears Out Welcome in UK —whaddya mean zeitgeist is not available?

    Mittish Invasion Fails…Brits Say Get Back to Where You Once Belong –Anita Valery-Brown

    Mitt the Twit in a sticky wicket! –Seraya Amirthalingam

    And, with sincerest apologies to Ms. Poppins:

    Super-callous-facile-richie-Romney-Mitt’s-atrocious –duvachristopher

  63. 240 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Going to listen to Gov Gregoire speak today, and do some phonebanking….I’ll let you know how that goes today. Looking forward to it.

  64. July 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Practicing how to copy and paste a tweet with this one:

    Did it work? Thanks to whoever put the tweet sharing instructions on TOD last week – I’m a slow learner.

    • July 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      That’s not quite what I was trying for – how do you make the picture of the actual tweet appear? This gets you there, but with an extra key stroke by the user…

      • July 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        When you get to the unique URL for that tweet, click again on the pic.twitter contained within the tweet. That will take you to another unique URL with a /photo/1 at the end. Cut and paste that URL and the photo will show up.

        Side note: I’ve found that only works with pic.twitter uploads, twitter’s own system. Not sure if I’m missing something….maybe someone else can help with instagram and yfrog?

      • 245 57andFemale
        July 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Here’s what works for me:

        Click ‘expand’
        Then click ‘details’ at the bottom right of the tweet.
        That should bring up the individual tweet.
        Copy the url in the top address bar
        Paste in Comment.

        This is what works on my PC but on my tablet it can be hit or miss.

  65. 246 desertflower
    July 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm


    Yes. AZ Repubs at their finest. Most corrupt bunch of pols I’ve ever seen in my entire lifetime. This is just one more example

    • 247 Obama Grandmama
      July 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      This seems to follow the GOP plan of accusing the opposition of what they themselves are doing. Voter fraud may be done by the GOP in trying to prove their claim that it exists. The problem comes in when they are caught showing there is a problem. The problem is created by them when any proof can be found that any exists.

  66. 248 ChristiMTL
    July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I had to laugh when someone retweet this,….

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump

    My @foxandfriends interview discussing @MittRomney’s sucessful foreign trip

  67. 249 nospin
    July 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Lying liars and the lies they tell.

    “Mr. Romney made that clear [that he’s most focused on the economy] at a July fundraiser in Montana as he rehashed the challenges Mr. Reagan faced when he took office. He recounted how [James] Baker, a former secretary of state, held a national security meeting about Latin America during the first 100 days of Mr. Reagan’s presidency. “And after the meeting, President Reagan called me in and said, ‘I want no more national-security meetings over the next 100 days—all of our time has to be focused on getting our economy going,’” Mr. Romney recalled Mr. Baker saying.”


    • July 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Romney and the rest of the GOP don’t understand that everything IS the economy. It’s the sign of a well functioning and civilized society; a community.
      1. International trade and commerce? Economic impact if you don’t grow these areas and make sure deals are fair to local businesses.
      2. Foreign relations with other countries? Economic impact if you can’t move/fly your troops and their supplies through certain areas; plus, war is expensive and it takes a toll on an economy.
      3. Education? There’s a steep economic impact If you don’t have a labour force that can compete with other countries or businesses, or supply the market with qualified people.
      4. Health? Cost of healthcare, missed work days, loss of productivity – all of these impact the economy.
      5. Infrastructure? You can’t do business if you can’t make your goods, get your raw materials, or move products to consumers. Big impact on the economy. This used to be a problem for developing countries – not having sufficient infrastructure to support the economy – but it’s now becoming an American problem. Just ask the states who are losing business because trucks can’t navigate their roads. (WARNING: This is from HuffPo, but it’s a very good article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/us-infrastructure-deficit_n_1250886.html )
      6. Laws and Legal Protection? Try doing business with someone you don’t trust, or trading in a currency that is undermined. What about building something or buying something without the protection of legal recourse to give you some sense of security that you won’t be cheated or taken for a ride?

      I could go on.

  68. 251 Obama Grandmama
    July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Romney’s campaign is now walking back his Israel/Palistein comparisons saying they were meant to be a cultural comparison.

    Talk about Apology Tour! Yet lets be fair as Romney was asked if he would like to take back anything he said in London and he said he Says what he believes. So while he apologizes in one instant he stands firm in the next. No core and flip flop is correct too. WOW! How can you stand for whatever whenever?

    • 252 57andFemale
      July 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Can someone explain to me how making it a cultural comparison in any way fixes things?

      He’s a menace.

    • 253 jackiegrumbacher
      July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      OG, how long did his nose grow when he said he “says what he believes.” That’s like the punchline in a joke.

      • 254 susanne
        July 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        have to give the full context now, ya know. probably it was: i say what i believe my handlers told me to say.

    • July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Didn’t he declare a couple of months ago that he “stands by what [he] said, whatever it was”! Fair warning.

  69. July 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    The White House called a report that President Obama called off the raid on Osama bin Laden three times a “fabrication.”

    In a new book previewed by the Daily Caller, author Richard Miniter alleges that Obama called off the raid three times at the urging of senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, before finally authorizing the mission.

    “That is an utter fabrication. It’s seems pretty clear that Mr. Miniter doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.

    “Ms. Jarrett, like the vast majority of the president’s senior staff was not read in on the operation on the mission against Osama bin Laden,” Earnest said.

    And as the liberal group Media Matters notes, Miniter’s report does not square with other reporting on the timeline of the mission. Miniter alleges that Obama called off the operation first in January, but the New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle reported that the plan to kill bin Laden was not even presented to the president until March.

    Here we go again!

    • 258 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Liar, liar, You know what the writer of that book is trying to accomplish. You have top notch Generals, you have ex-defense secretary Robert Gates giving the President praise for his call, all this is is some right wing ploy to attack the President strong hold.

    • 259 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Oh, the Daily Caller, of reporter interrupting and yelling at President Obama at press conf. fame, is a real respected news org. NOT!

    • July 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Is OBL still dead? Did President Obama authorize the missions? Was President Obama the one who prioritized the hunt for Bin Ladin? Then that’s all I need to know. Even if the President called off the mission 1000 times, he picked the right time to say “go!”, and that’s all I need to know.

    • 261 nospin
      July 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      I saw that article and dismissed it as BS.

  70. 262 Dudette
    July 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Do not take a shower with your Olympic medal.

  71. 265 edwina3
    July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm


  72. July 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  73. 281 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Romney’s Jerusalem fundraiser called ‘a love fest,’ but remarks on Palestinians prompt outrage

    By Matt Viser, Globe Staff


    Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, also criticized Romney, saying, “He’s said so many outrageous things that it’s very hard to decide which one to respond to.” She said it was unfair to compare the economies of the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    “You cannot compare the economy of a people who are in occupation — who don’t control exit points, who don’t control all of our land — to an economy in Israel that gets billions and billions of American dollars,” Ashrawi said in an interview with the Globe. “If we would get billions form the US, if we get presidential treatment, I’m sure our GDP would be at least 100 times what it is right now.”

    “He has to be careful because this can come back and bite him. It shows a lack of knowledge of reality,” she added. “Even in the heat of the moment and trying to raise money – sooner or later, if he becomes president, he’s going to understand life is not made up of rhetoric. Leaders have to make decisions.”



  74. 282 edwina3
    July 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    boo-yah, take that Romneyshambles, Israel deputy prime minister praises Obama

    (CNN) – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries’ diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

    Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel – said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama’s support, security-wise, is unparalleled.

    • 283 globalcitizenlinda
      July 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      guess your poster above was very timely – every one is now cleaning up after mitt the entitled pathological serial liar

  75. 284 anniebella
    July 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    If there were anything to Mitt Romney he would have met with the Palestine leader, instead of just going there to kiss Sheldon Adelson and Netanyahu’s butts. Newweek is right, Mitt Romney is a lying wimp and American better wake up and realize that.

    • 285 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      The man has no soul, no substance, no courage, and no character.

      He’s an arrogant punk, who’s unfit to lead. Just call him the Silly-Putty Candidate.

  76. 286 Titti
    July 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Can name 9 of PBO’s cabinet (excluding VPB) but ashamed to say I cannot name 9 UK MPs. Tut tut, I ‘blame’ Chips and the lovely peeps at TOD for all the plethora of valuable info. Will toddle off to see if there is a Cameron Diary – NOT!

  77. 288 Titti
    July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    ‘Christians’? US church in race row for refusing to wed black couple http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19047475

    • 289 anniebella
      July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Just because you go to church every Sunday doesn’t mean you know who Jesus Christ is. There are plenty of people who sits in church every Sunday and they think they are on their way to Heaven.

      • 290 anniebella
        July 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        I think the Pastor should have stood his ground and said he would leave if his black couple who was member of that church couldn’t be married there.

  78. 292 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    • 293 susanne
      July 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      yes, and what was on the hard drives of his staff in mass? and the documents from utah olympics?

  79. 294 edwina3
    July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    This! I totally remember how much Obama was available to the press during his 2008 pre-election tour. The WH is remembering too, good pushback


  80. 295 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Ehud Barak sings praises of Obama administration

    // (CNN) – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries’ diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel – said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama’s support, security-wise, is unparalleled. //


    • 296 dotster3
      July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I heard Wolf! report on this and the praise from Israel’s president, Peres. Both said the cooperation between the 2 countries had never been greater, through a long list of recent presidents. So—-looks like Willard has only Bibi on his team, which is nothing to brag about.

  81. 297 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Why is the entire news media obsessed with this ‘Obama related to ancient slave” story? I’ve seen and heard it everywhere. It comes from a Mormon research outfit.

    • 298 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      To make him seem more “black” in the hopes that he will appeal less to folks who liked him because he was also half-white. That’s the goal.

      Note they also don’t address the implications of this little finding which go well beyond President Obama – that many whites in the southern Midwest, of Kansas, Kentucky, etc including some rabid Teabaggers, probably have similar lineage from those isolated black ancestors.

      • 299 cookemom
        July 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        tsk, tsk, tsk, so what else is new http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_Eve

        “In the field of human genetics, Mitochondrial Eve refers to the matrilineal most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of modern humans. In other words, she was the woman from whom all living humans today descend, on their mother’s side, and through the mothers of those mothers and so on, back until all lines converge on one person. Because all mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is generally passed from mother to offspring without recombination, all mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in every living person is directly descended from hers by definition. Mitochondrial Eve is the female counterpart of Y-chromosomal Adam, the patrilineal most recent common ancestor, although they lived thousands of years apart”

        Smart folks make tea…..the other ones…they strap the bag to their body parts.

        • 300 cookemom
          July 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          oh yeah, small detail….. she was from Africa:

          “Mitochondrial Eve is estimated to have lived around 200,000 years ago,[2] most likely in East Africa,[3] when Homo sapiens sapiens (anatomically modern humans) were developing as a population distinct from other human sub-species.”

          Wingnut heads explode in 3, 2,….

        • 301 hopefruit2
          July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          Which goes back to Dotsters point – which is why the media seems to obsessed with this finding. It’s really meaningless when you think about it. If Obama’s father were white, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, because he would be assumed to be another white person just like his maternal relatives all were. It’s his recent African ancestry on his father’s side that makes the difference in how he views himself and how others view him, not this ancestral slave.

          • 302 cookemom
            July 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

            yep, what a yawn, but just think the hair on fire value when the teabutts discover we’re all from the same DNA traced back to Eve of East Africa.

      • July 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Seriously? You guys are reading something into this other than a human interest story? Ancestry.com did not set out to find anything other than lineage of the President. Going back to 1640 is nothing new in the business of tracing American ancestry. By the time you get to 11 generations away, the number of ancestors is quite large. Out of the 256 or so choices in Stanley Ann Dunham’s heritage they found one person of African descent. There was no intent here.

    • 304 Dudette
      July 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      As someone who is fascinated by geneology, unless it turns out this information has been manufactured or it’s grossly inaccurate, I think this is an interesting, poignant story with tremendous historical significance.

      This last paragraph from the article puts it in perspective:

      “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related,” said Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway. “John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream.”

      I am awestruck at what a truly extraordinary person our President is.

  82. 305 lisalovesobama
    July 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    does anyone know where i can find that TeaNN interview with McRaven? I think it came out last week?

  83. 308 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Polish Solidarity distances itself from Romney visit

    // (Reuters) – Solidarity, the trade union movement which led the Polish struggle against communist rule, distanced itself on Monday from a visit to Poland by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying he supported attacks on unions in his own country.

    “Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of (trade union federation) AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees … that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement. “Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney’s meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to visit Poland.” Romney has in the past complained about “union bosses” who he said have donated large sums of money to Obama’s re-election campaign. //


    • July 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      You mean Romney was going to try and go around to the other side of the world to meet with Union members, while he’s calling on the lay off of Public workers (Firefighters, police and teachers) here at home – saying it’s time to take care of “American” workers…? Does he really think that there are no consequences to his actions?

  84. 310 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Chris Cilizza has been disgustingly partisan this election season. This sounds like he’s almost giddy about bad job numbers Friday.


    • July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Only those who can only hold one thought at a time in their little brains. A bad jobs report will just reinforce the inadequacy of this man to lead the country or the world, since it’s his party that is slowing the recovery.

  85. July 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm


    Comments (4) By EMILY SCHULTHEIS | 7/30/12 5:00 PM EDT
    New polling data out from the firm Latino Decisions today finds that President Obama still has a huge advantage among Hispanic voters around the country.

    Across five swing states with large Hispanic populations — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia — Obama leads Mitt Romney 63-27 among Hispanic voters. The gap is even more pronounced in a handful of those states: Obama’s ahead by 52 points in Arizona, for example, and by 48 points in Colorado. It’s a closer race in Florida, though, with Obama taking 53 percent of Hispanic voters compared with Romney’s 37 percent.

    The poll also looks at whether Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would give Romney a boost with Florida’s Hispanic population — and finds that he would provide a modest boost. About a third of Florida Hispanic voters said Rubio as the VP candidate would make them either much more likely or somewhat more likely to vote Republican, compared with 17 percent who said it would make them less likely to do so. Still, almost half of those surveyed — 47 percent — said putting Rubio on the GOP ticket would have no effect on their vote.

    Romney has struggled throughout the general election to catch up to Obama among Hispanics; this poll is fresh proof that he still hasn’t found a way to do so.

  86. 314 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm


    Cheney Calls Picking Palin ‘A Mistake;’ McCain Plays The Torture Card

    By Jason Sattler


    The man who picked Palin, Senator John McCain — who recently said that the former governor of Alaska was a better candidate than Mitt Romney — responded to Cheney’s latest remarks with a riposte that sounded as if it had been on the tip of his tongue for years.

    “I’m always glad to get comments four years later,” McCain told Fox News. “Look, I respect the vice president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don’t think we should have.”

    “But,” McCain continued, “the fact is that I’m proud of Sarah Palin, I’m proud of the job she did, I’m proud of the job she continues to do, and so everybody has their own views and I respect those views, but I’m proud of what we did.”



  87. 317 Linda
    July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    The sensitive issue of Israeli settlement construction in the Palestinian West Bank is something that should be “discussed in private,” Mitt Romney said in an interview with CNN Monday.

    “I believe that the issue of settlements is something which should be discussed in private by the American president and our allies,” Romney told Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.” “When we show diplomatic distance between ourselves and our ally, I think we encourage people who oppose that relationship to seek other means to achieve their ends.”


    Good Grief……

  88. 318 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  89. 319 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Voter ID Law Battles Brewing in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Other Battleground States

    by Van Le


    Why should people care? As Reyes writes today, “The big deal is that boarding a plane or renting sports equipment is not a Constitutional right. Voting is.” NYU’s Brennan Center is estimating that more than half a million US citizens will not have the ID necessary to vote. Eleven percent of the voting age population lacks current, government issued photo ID. And Nate Silver of the New York Times’ 538 blog has said that voter ID laws can reduce turnout in an election by as much as 2% — more than enough of a game-changing margin in key battleground states like Florida.

    Digby at Hullaballoo writes this summary of why people should be more up-in-arms about unnecessary voter ID crackdowns:

    If there is nothing else that can convince thinking people that the Republicans are a malevolent, anti-democratic Party, this should. There is no evidence, none, that there is any election voter fraud, much less a systemic enough problem to turn elections, but there is ample evidence that if you make people go through ridiculous hoops to vote, a lot of them will give up. That’s the point, that’s what they’re trying to do, everyone knows it.



  90. 321 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    The International Tour of Shame & Embarrassment continues, Romney says Palestinians are culturally inferior to Israelis

    By Eclectablog


    Romney: the Anti-Statesman

    Well, this is sure to help Israeli/Palestinian negotiations. Mitt Romney basically came out and said Palestinians are culturally inferior to Israelis.
    This international tour, designed to show Mitt Romney can run with the big dogs on the national stage, has done exactly the opposite. He has shown all the grace of Godzilla on a stroll through Japan where every swing of his tail takes out another building.

    Not ready for prime time.

    Not ready for international politics.

    Not ready to be the president.

    Not. Even. Close.



  91. July 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    700? That is a good crowd for a fundraiser!

  92. 324 cookemom
    July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Rev Al on MSNBC. The guest, Pennsylvania Elections official, Christopher Broach, refuses to enforce ID law which impacts 9.2% or 758,959 voters. Pennsylvania governor can not name the documentation required to vote, and erroneously says only 1% do not have required ID. Court documents show that not one case of in-person voter fraud has been found. Also, there is no expectation of any voter fraud in 2012, but law is preventative. Smh, now this is one that we should be hearing about on the Sunday shows, 60 Minutes, and the other cluck cluck shows.

  93. 325 dotster3
    July 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    This made me laugh—out loud!

  94. 327 sabreen60
    July 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    • July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Will she be the keynote? I know lots of people were rooting for her.

      • July 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

        OK – I just found an article. The keynote hasn’t been announced, but Elizabeth Warren will speak right before President Clinton formally nominates President Obama.


        The one thing that annoys me more than anything these days is the assumption by progressives that President Obama wasn’t talking about the middle class before Elizabeth Warren “put the words in his mouth”, as they love to say these days. It’s so offensive. They clearly don’t know anything about President Obama’s life story. But even more importantly, why would they diminish good, cohesive, in synch messaging by two of the most visible Democratic stars, instead of celebrating that they are on the same page and amplifying the message that should be on the lips of every single Democrat? Isn’t that message of working together for the common good, and providing opportunities for all to succeed – isn’t that what all Democrats are supposed to stand for? Why would you bash the President for a message he’s lived by, just because it sounds a little like your current hero? It just drives me crazy.

        I’m glad she’s speaking, though.

        • 330 nathkatun7
          July 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          I totally agree with you, theo67! Both President Obama and Vice President Biden have been talking about strengthening the middle class from the first day they took office. In numerous speeches and Press conferences, President Obama always stressed his desire to strengthen the middle class. I wish I had the power to lock some of these purity progressives in a room and play for them all the President’s and Vice President’s speeches that focused on the issues Elizabeth Warren. They both were raising the issues of building the middle class well before any one knew that Warren was running for the Senate. This why I particularly resented one of Rachel Maddow’s show that purported to support the President but still slyly accused him of stealing ideas from Elizabeth Warren.

    • 331 cookemom
      July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      thanks for this. I tried to post it here…..all thumbs, no direction, short attention span, no stick-to-it-ism. I need the how-to-do manual.

    • 332 0388jojothecat
      July 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      She should be the keynote speaker since she could be the next candidate for President or VP.

      • July 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        I hope people give her a chance to win her Senate seat, and then actually build up some credibility in the Senate (and some friends). It’s too much pressure to consider her for the Presidency, when she hasn’t even managed to get into the Senate yet. She needs to get more name recognition, some legislative accomplishments under her belt, and figure out how to get stuff done in government. It’s not enough for her to have a strong progressive vote. She needs to appeal to the broader country before she’ll ever get her name on a Presidential ballot in any serious way. I hope she gets the Senate seat, and that she’s successful in the Senate and actually wants to pursue higher office. But, she’s not ready for presidential consideration yet. And the more people rile themselves up on this fantasy, the more the legitimate candidates (like Gov O’Malley) end up being undermined because they don’t make passionate speeches that lead to nowhere. Just my opinion.

        • 334 0388jojothecat
          July 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

          Agreed….that’s why I said VP. There a two good 2016 Dem presidential candidates if she’s not ready but she would make a excellent VP candidate. Unfortunately the Senate is so toxic right now.

  95. 335 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm


    ‘Quite Far To The Right’: Meet Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Team

    By Zack Beauchamp and Ali Gharib


    Mitt Romney turned attention to his foreign policy this week, with a largely substance-free and fact-challenged speech on Tuesday and a European tour that will eventually take him to Israel. While Romney has gone to great lengths to avoid talking national security, it’s no secret that neither Romney nor his advisers appear capable of outlining a clear vision of a Romney administration’s foreign policy. What little specifics we do hear sound suspiciously like the Obama administration’s positions. So for those wondering what a Romney presidency might mean for U.S. troops and diplomats, there’s not much to go on.

    But what’s troublesome about Romney on foreign policy is what’s cooking behind the scenes. Gen. Colin Powell recently complained that Romney’s foreign policy team is “quite far to the right.” Indeed, veterans of the Bush/Cheney administration “pepper” Romney’s foreign policy team and the so-called “Cheney-ites” are reportedly winning the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s ear. Here’s an in depth look at some of the key advisers a President Romney will hear from on foreign policy and what we might come to expect in a Romney administration:



  96. July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    McConnell urges Republicans to block judicial nomination

    By Ramsey Cox
    Senate Republicans said they’d block a vote on the nomination of Robert Bacharach to be U.S. circuit judge for the Tenth Circuit court in Oklahoma on Monday because they said it violates a common election year practice.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he urged a no vote because it would go against the Thurmond-Leahy Rule — a past Senate practice not to approve judicial nominations so close to a presidential election since a possible new president would want to make their own appointments.

    • 337 0388jojothecat
      July 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      McConnell: What about the long-standing-rule to GOVERN? What about the long-standing-rule WHEN YOUR PARTY LOSES YOU DON’T OBSTRUCT GOVERNING WITH UNPRESIDENTED FILIBUSTERS?

    • July 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      So can’t any future Senates simply block every nomination (like the GOP have done) until they get to an election year, and then say none of them can go through because of the “common election year practice”? I can’t believe Americans are just sitting back and watching this do-nothing Congress get away with this! And paying them!

  97. 339 cookemom
    July 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Michael Steele once again tries to cover for MIttfit. Steele still will back the GOP, even after they dissed him big time.

  98. 340 cookemom
    July 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    “Joe Biden ‏@JoeBiden

    I just made a stop at Chicago HQ today, which confirmed to me why we’re going to win. This is an amazing operation. –Joe”

    I wish I coulda been there, probably loads of fun.

  99. 343 Zekke Lydonna
    July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I haven’t gotten thru the entire thread, so someone may have already made this point.

    Didn’t RomneyShambles also insult the MEXICANS? Apparently, their culture is also inferior. OMG. This man is WORST than Sarah Palin.

    What next?

    • 344 cookemom
      July 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      the dressed up horse runs away? right out of the Olympic arena to the safe house where Seamus is hiding out.

    • July 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Yes, you’re right. He said something to the tune that he was comparing Israel and Palestine like you’d compare the US with Mexico.

      • 346 0388jojothecat
        July 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        He needs to take Krauthammers advice and just STFU….he keeps making it worst. Why would anyone think this man is capable of being POTUS when he can’t get ONE COMMENT RIGHT?

      • 348 susanne
        July 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        i hadn’t heard the mexico part–that is huge!! what a slimeball rmoney is. his father was born in mexico, he still has lots of family there, and beyond that, mexico is our neighbor, trading partner, ally, and ancestral home to a large number of americans. somebody please hook rmoney off the media stage fast!!!

  100. 349 cluny
    July 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I watched a segment of MorningJ where they were discussing the campaign and John Heilleman said that the Romny camp were very confident that they were going to win. Tweety looked like he was about to be ill. Heileman wasn’t bluffing or tib thumping for the Romney camp – those people really believe they are going to win and my question is why? Are they convinced that the economy is going to deteriorate further? Do they have the skinny on more elaborate voter suppression schemes?

    My biggest fear is turnout and money. There doesn’t seem to be the energy amongst young people out there. Anyone at TOd doing canvassing, etc with some more reassuring news. How can we fire up the base and make sure young people get out there to vote?

    • July 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Jeez Cluny, what’s with the effort to deflate everyone?? What else would anyone from the MSM say, it’s in their interests to promote this crap.

      Forward people, forward – we can do it 😉

    • 351 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      cluny you should know by now that Morning Joke is one big Romney infomercial. Why are you assigning any credibility to anyone’s behavior or opinions on that show, whether it’s Tweety or John Heileman?!?!?!?!?

      Maybe you should read Joe Biden’s tweet, after all, he’s been through a presidential campaign before. I think he knows a thing or two about what he’s talking about.

    • 352 nathkatun7
      July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Cluny, the base is fired up! There is energy among young people that I come into contact with daily. As Jodi said earlier the media is playing psychological mind games trying to scare you and me to buy the meme that Romney is going to win. If you look at the electoral map there is no way Romney wins. The President is leading in all the battleground states. Please stop buying the media propaganda which purposely aimed at making people feel exactly the way you are feeling. Finally the best way to fire up young people is to remain positive and confident.To repeat what I said, the base of the Democratic party (which must never be confused with the purity progressives, many of whom often vote for fringe third party candidates) is already fired up!

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