Rise and Shine



Morning everyone, will be back a little later with another post – meanwhile, chat away 😉

256 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 JER
    July 31, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Congrats & Good morning Jer!

      Good Morning Chips Chica! Are your chilling days on hold yet? I can’t figure out if you’re back in harness or still gallivanting.

      Good Morning all other TODobots!
      It really promises to be a good Tuesday.

    • 3 Dudette
      July 31, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Good Morning JER! 🙂

  2. 5 gn
    July 31, 2012 at 7:13 am

    With classless remarks in Poland, Romney’s press aide just made sure that Romney’s campaign had major fails in every country visited during the foreign policy tour:

    Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland

    Warsaw, Poland (CNN) – The traveling press secretary for Mitt Romney lost his cool and cursed at reporters who attempted to ask questions of the Republican presidential candidate in a public plaza near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw Tuesday.


    NYT: “We haven’t had another chance to ask a question…”

    Gorka: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”

    Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.” About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.



    Not ready for prime time. As negative as the coverage has been of President Obama (Pew found that he only receives 9% positive press), I don’t know why Romney’s staff is so upset; he’s gotten many free passes.

    • July 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Irony is that he says it is holy site and then goes on to use profanity. Totally not ready for prime time. They manage to insult people in all three countries they visited. Wow. Classy, real classy.

      • 7 gn
        July 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

        And this is the *press secretary* and not even a random aide. The press secretary on a bona fide foreign policy tour designed to buttress Romney’s “credentials.” These guys look like fools. China’s official news agency released remarks today condemning Romney’s Israel/Palestine nonsense too. He’s a terrible politician who appeared sane simply because his GOP primaries competition was so incredibly weak. Facing President Obama, the wheels on that campaign are coming off. Romney fundamentally doesn’t get just how difficult is PBO’s job and the enormous skill and sacrifice which he has brought to bear in order to do that job competently and properly.

        • 8 Grab a Mop Grace
          July 31, 2012 at 7:49 am

          Well said gn!

          Obama/Biden 2012

        • July 31, 2012 at 7:55 am

          I am telling you GN, I keep scratching my head. Were it not for the MSM not really telling the truth, I don’t think this guy would be anywhere in the polls. But it was really good for him to go abroad and show his incompetence — not just him, but the folks around him as well. Notice that they’ve caused nothing but controversy and have had to correct themselves or whine that they were taken out of context. Moreover, the whole world got to see their incompetence on display.

          I was just telling my sister yesterday that I am confident that as long as we are working grassroots for PBO registering voters, phone banking, etc. this guy with all his money will be crushed. I feel it in my bones.

          GM, GN, by the way. Have a great day.

          • 10 nospin
            July 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

            “it was really good for him to go abroad and show his incompetence”

            you are right about that. And he chose to remove his buffer filter (msm). So that was a bonus. It was clear to see globally that the emperor has no clothes.

        • 11 desertflower
          July 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

          This! And his arrogance gets in the way.

        • July 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

          But, but, but the NY Times tells us that the Romney campaign is “disciplined and analytical!” Yessirree!

        • 13 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

          President Obama is the best President in the history of this country. He had massive issues to deal with, an economic car crash, two wars, detractors on both sides and STILL managed to make it look easy.

          Thank you for this. It is great

          • July 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

            Yes he is, but you wouldn’t think so the way the press is having a wet moment over Bubba is in prime time at the convention. I am sick of hearing how Bubba saved us; Bubba didn’t take on a depression and a congress that said they wanted him to fail. The POTUS has worked harder and smarter than any president in this century.

      • 15 globalcitizenlinda
        July 31, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Yes, the one thing that stands out of the report is the cursing after giving the excuse that it is a holy site so no questions. you cannot make this stuff up

    • 16 anniebella
      July 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

      WOW!!!! Gorka want someone to show respect, where is his respect? Romney and his campaign is beyond something else.

      • 17 anniebella
        July 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

        Wake up America. Mitt Romney has shown he is not ready for prime time. He and his people have shown they can’t be trusted. Mitt owe his soul to every rich billionaire, millionaire. He has no core, he will be push around by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and the extreme right wing nuts. The only people he has stood up to is we Americans by telling us we are not going to see what he is hiding in his tax returns.

      • 18 gn
        July 31, 2012 at 7:39 am

        Isn’t that something? Cursing people out while demanding a show of respect! That sort of hypocrisy is actually pretty consistent with what we’ve seen from this campaign.

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Morning Gn, nice to see you! 😆

      Mitt and his aides = 3 for 3, a perfect record! My feeling is that (a lack of) class shows….eventually. Hence my consistent message, ‘let Romney (and his entourage) be Romney’ because even when he doesn’t say much he is revealing of his true self. I’m hoping that someone with media ‘power’ will start emphasizing, and re-emphasizing, the very noticeable fact that Mitt’s leadership skills as reflected in his choice of representatives are abysmal. Anyone voting for this guy for president has axes to grind and none have anything to do with ‘American exceptionalism’ or success!

      • 20 gn
        July 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

        Nice to see you too! Fish rots from the head down. These gaffes by both Romney and his campaign happened because he’s a terrible politician. I see why the MA electorate ended up giving him such dismal approval ratings after seeing him in action.

    • 21 amk for obama
      July 31, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Loving this.

      Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to “shove it.”

      Only yesterday, this mitt a$$ kissing hack with zero self-respect had a 24 point headline trumpeting how walesa was ‘in solidarity’ with mittbot (while the original solidarity said FU to both of them).

      Ah, Karma.

      Does anyone have the twitter handle of martin ? I would love to taunt this shill.

    • 28 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

      OMG. The part that you didn’t post, that was at the link…was that Romney has taken ONLY 3 QUESTIONS from the press…THE ENTIRE TRIP!!! Maybe they’ll finally get half a clue and start hounding him to answer. Not just to them, but to the American people he says he wants to represent.

      Nice to see you back here,gn 🙂 Morning!

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      These idiots have so much CU money,they don’t even care any more. Kiss my ass? Excuse me, but that’s what CNN,Politico have been doing all along, this is their just deserts for all that obscene groveling. Team Romney is worse than Baby Bush.

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      The first time people show you who they are, believe them. ~~Maya Angelou

  3. 33 ber6964
    July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Morning Everyone!!

  4. 34 prettyfoot58
    July 31, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Goooooooooood Morning …chipsssss…GM TOD….

    yesterday when i read that Democratic Party had decided to add same sex marriage to its platform, i was reminded when the 1964 Democratic Convention decided to add the issues of Civil rights for African Americans to the party platform…

    there has been discussion of the pros and cons of what this will mean…this was the same kind of discussion that took place 48 years ago as they debated the impact on the party..the exodus of the dixiecrats.

    but the DEM Party..had courage and forged ahead….without them doing so…there would not have been Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965…

    This is not to downplay the massive and tumultuous civil and human rights movement being led by Dr King….because that movement pushed and prodded the country forward….

    on another note….

    the Press in the 60s also played a pivitol role by showing the grim images of protestors who were being brutalized and murdered…without those images the rest of the country would not have have known…..

    on still another note…

    earlier in the year i watched on cspan ….the life and times of Hubert Humphrey..it outlines his push for civil rights of African Americans to be included in the party platform at the 1964 convention….


    so fast forward to today…

    The Democratic Party is on the cusp of another moment in the civil and human rights history of our country…..


  5. 35 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

    That Ap thingy is just too cool for me, but I’m tickled pink that our campaign is soooooo ‘modern’. They sure are doing everything they know to reach out; we just have to do the same day after day. #PRESSON ObamaBiden2012!

  6. 36 LOL
    July 31, 2012 at 7:30 am

    The Democrats make their choice of convention keynote clear – it’s San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will speak the same night as Michele Obama.

    The Democrats are lacking a fleet of governors who could ably fill a slot in which the party was always expected to go with a choice that could appeal to at least one key demographic.

    From the Univision story:

    In a video announcement, Castro recalled being inspired by Obama’s speech four years ago, especially his “the promise of America where everyone has a decent shot at life.”

    “Being the keynote speaker at the convention this year is an honor I don’t take lightly,” Castro said. “I know I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

    He praised the president’s first-term record on healthcare and the economy, saying that Obama deserves a second term to see his policies through.

    “We’ve come so far over the past three and a half years under Obama’s leadership. And I know he’s not done yet. We got a lot more work to do,” he added.

    From Politico

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

      What? Not Gov O’Malley? I’m surprised, but what do I know? At first reading I thought ‘who is he?’ but even as I was thinking it a vague memory of a young Democrat (part of a twin, mother also in politics, twin also has political bent) is surfacing. I’ll have to go check if the memory is valid … later….when my brain wakes up fully. I guess O’Malley was too obvious? Ah well, I trust the Obama Admin under PBO’s leadership though I am a tad disappointed I was ‘wrong’.

    • 39 itgurl_29
      July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

      This is the guy that Dems have been saying could be the first Latino president. If he knocks it out the park, Marco Rubio’s done. Just like PBO killed Harold Ford’s career. The press deemed Harold the future “first black president” and that all changed when Barack Obama gave the keynote address. They are definitely making a point to give him the keynote.

      • 41 Cha
        July 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Thx Bob! And, this is from 2010..you can imagine all that’s happened in two years in Julian’s World. He probably is fluent in Spanish by now.

    • 42 utaustinliberal
      July 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Super excited Mayor Juliàn Castro was chosen as the Keynote Speaker. Pres. Obama always takes the long view and Castro is going places. He’s very popular in San Antonio, is beginning to gain some national attention, and with the way the Latino vote is going; Texas could soon become a purple state if not blue.

      Very insightful pick.

  7. July 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Hello everyone, I need a little clarification in the insurance rebate. My sister who lives in Maryland and works for Walter Reed said she got a letter that said that her rebate was going to her group insurance instead of coming directly to her. Anyone here about this?


    • 44 proudmemberofglobalzero
      July 31, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Africatimes2, does she pay for her premiums? The School Board paid for my insurance only. I paid to add my family. If she has no out of pocket expense….. okay wait, I still don’t see how they could cut a check to themselves. I would make sure she asks her HR person.

      • July 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

        She tells me that she pays her own premium for her and her daughter. Thanks for responding proudmember!!

        • 46 EDP4BHO
          July 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

          Morning TOD. Africa, I received a similar letter, and my understanding is that the company I work for will get the reimbursement, and whatever percentage I paid would be either reimbursed directly to me or a future premium will be proportionally reduced. Hope this helps.

  8. 47 LOL
    July 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Video of Julian Castro announcing he will be the keynote speaker

    • 48 anniebella
      July 31, 2012 at 7:44 am

      I think he is going to be a good choice to be the keynote speaker. Looking forward to hearing from him.

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 7:52 am

      My memory was right! It’s the twin. Well I wish him well, but I need to whisper to him not to refer to my President so often as ‘Obama’ as to some of us old folks it shows a certain amount of presumptuousness and disrespect which I doubt he intends.

      • 50 Bill
        July 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

        Agree about “President”.

      • 51 Dudette
        July 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

        I’m with you on that too, vc. It really makes me cringe when people, especially so-called surrogates, don’t refer to him by title. I tell my nephew, you address your teachers and Mrs. and Ms. as a sign of respect. The President should be addressed with the same respect as well.

        Anyway, Mayor Castro sounds like an excellent choice for the keynote. I hope he knocks it out of the park!

        • 52 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

          Since I do believe in trying to reach out to the person who can fix a problem when the opportunity presents itself …

          You guys can help, even modify the message if you will. This is something we might be able to nip in the bud if enough of us ‘old fogeys’ make it known to those to whom we are passing the torch that respect matters, and that they can in fact help to set the tone in a simple effortless way by modeling the behaviour they expect.

      • 54 JER
        July 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

        I agree with you too. Here is how to contact him: MAYOR’S COMMENT LINE (210) 207-2280; EMAIL THE MAYOR’S OFFICE –

        • 55 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

          Thanks Jer! TODobots, please help! This is not meant to be negative in tone, just a gentle reminder that …
          … simply showing respect matters to some of us voters [Isn’t respect for age important in many cultures?]

          ….if we can’t show respect in word to OUR leader, why should the mealy-mouthed reporters?
          … he should start how he intends to go on.

          Don’t forget to congratulate him as well!

          • 56 Dudette
            July 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

            Absolutely! We should show respect for The Office and respect for the man. That includes respect for Mayor Castro. 🙂

        • 57 Vicki
          July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

          Done. I hope mayor Castro gets a ton of messages. I titled mine “Respect.”

      • 58 LOL
        July 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

        I kinda disagree…to me, it’s okay IF they started out with the proper name…President Obama…or President Barack Obama. It’s like writing an essay, you first write out the full name and then throughout the remainder of the essay you can be informal and just say the last name . Only my opinion..though. And it is VERY different if you never said the full and proper name to begin with.

        • 59 Dudette
          July 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

          I see your point grammatically. If it were an essay the Mayor was writing, no problem. But I look at it this way – he’s not just President Obama in the morning, he’s President Obama all day and all night. He’s deserves respect at all times!

        • 61 Bill
          July 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

          Even if it is OK with you, it obviously bothers others. First impressions matter greatly whether it is fair or not. However, he is a terrific choice.

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

          Hi LOL, I hear you about how you start out in an essay but, without listening to him again, I believe Julian started out with ‘Obama’ a couple of times BEFORE making the switch. In any case, essay or not, they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and calling THIS President of the United States ‘Obama’ just jars for me….EVERY. TIME! It might have something to do with the fact that the media does it regularly, that it reeks of condescension, that I hate the way many treat him like a ‘boy’, whatever the reason I cannot deny that for me it JARS. EVERY. TIME! [It might even also be that I have certain decided views about youthful arrogance/effrontery versus confidence, but that’s another story.]

        • 63 nospin
          July 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          I think it is okay too LOL. There is a level of respect that is apparent. Once is fine and then a switch to Obama is okay depending on tone. His (tone) hit all the right chords for me. Not just your opinion, mine too.

        • July 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

          The preference might be related to socialization. I’m 64 and the ONLY place I’m careful to use PBO is here. It’s just plain odd to be always ways preferencing the surname with President in any social circles I deal with other than here. It doesn’t bother me a bit. Could also be related to demograpics and locality. It would make an interesting little sociological study.

      • 65 nospin
        July 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        I think it is fine. There is respect in his tone toward the President and that is the feeling I got from the video.

    • 66 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 7:54 am

      He is 37 years of age, has an identical twin brother, and both are graduates of Stanford University and Harvard Law. Wow!

      • 67 LOL
        July 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

        Yup…Marco Rubio Eat your heart out 🙂

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        July 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Do we have a sharp Administration, or what? :

        Intelligent…………………..  {This is supposed to be a check mark – hope it works.}
        Hispanic………………….. 
        Mayor of a LARGE city… 
        Leadership record ……. 
        No lying history ………… 

        Anyone to compare GOP? 😀 😀

        • 69 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 8:56 am

          After all that ‘research’ my check mark  didn’t work! Oh well, TODville use your imagination. 😆 😆

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Amazing young speaker with a lovely voice and manner. He will appeal greatly to youth, Hispanics, women, etc. etc. Big future ahead for him.

    • 71 dotster3
      July 31, 2012 at 8:47 am

      i see he’s got all the right stuff—-Stanford grad, Harvard law. Very appealing personally. Likely a very bright future.

      • 72 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Very impressive. The media is going to go after him angrily, because I’m sure there’s no one that Willard could pick who would top him…

  9. 73 Me4obama
    July 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Excellent choice. Bravo team Obama for selecting this young blood to carry the democratic dream. It’s a big FU to Marco show me your papers Rubio & Christie.

  10. 75 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Compare & Contrast

  11. 76 Ceb
    July 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Good morning, Chips and TOD ohana.

  12. 77 Lorraine
    July 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Great choice for Key Note!!!! Mayor Castro will be great!!!

  13. July 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    In Warsaw speech, Robney praises Pooe John Paul II.
    This Guy is Weird!

    • 79 99ts
      July 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      talking to the catholics perhaps – very diverse with the religion on this trip.

    • 80 Sharon
      July 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Pope John Paul II grew up in Poland. When he returned as Pope, millions turned out to see him. Bad comparison for Mitt.

  14. July 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Also, big stirrup in the WSJ, taking a shot at the Presidents Slogan Forward.
    If It bothers the GOP this much, it is ok in my Book…

    • 82 Dudette
      July 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      We’re not going back, we’re moving FORWARD!!!

    • 83 Nena20409
      July 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I have noticed that you post more negative stuff here. Why?

      WSJ is a Ruppie Murdoch paper, nothing in that paper would ever favor pres Obama.

      Romney is imploding, how about stuff on Romney for a change. I know that I will be OK with that.

    • 84 nospin
      July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      you are right Jovie, when their heads explode we know PO’s team is doing it right. lol

  15. July 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Had a conversation with my daughter yesterday.

    My daughter who attends University of Central Florida in Orlando had originally gotten a ticket to see President Obama in Orlando prior to the Colorado shooting. As this event was cancelled, and she was not sure when the other will be, she made plans to come home this Wednesday (08/01).

    She called me and then told me that President Obama will be in Orlando on Thursday (yay)! We continued chatting away and I (stupidly) stated that I am dying to see her (as it has been a month) and I cannot wait until Wednesday. She replied, “Mom, THURSDAY” I said (forgetting) “Why Thursday?” She said I have to see President Obama! I said, you love President Obama more than me? She said “YES MOM … I will see YOU Thursday”

    Sorta feeling jealous, but I will accept that. . .

  16. 88 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Is anyone able to sign in on Twitter? I’m having difficulty – I’m not sure why.

    • July 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Mark Knoller broke Twitter, he is tweeting that the Construction has stopped at the WH, then very rudely conveys, no more Secrecy!

    • 91 sherijr
      July 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

      I can’t get in to twitter either hf.

      • 92 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

        It’s working for me now, but I did it switching to a different browser, from Google Chrome to IE. Now it’s fine even with Google Chrome. Don’t know what’s the story with Twitter!! Hope you can get back on soon 🙂

  17. 93 cluny
    July 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    GM all – Yesterday I had a bit of a panic attack after watching a Morning Joe segment and posted remarks which Chips rightly identified as ‘deflating’. So apologies if I made anyone here feel down. I will try not to be so reactive – I understand that it is important to remain optimistic. Thanks.

    • 94 Sharon
      July 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

      If you want to keep from getting down, I’d suggest you quit watching Morning Joe. That’s what I did 3-4 years ago and I’m a much happier person now.

    • 95 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

      cluny, it’s not just about remaining optimistic, it’s also about knowing what the facts are, and being able to discern fact from Republican Propaganda/GOP PARTISAN SPIN which is mostly what shows like Morning Joe are about.

      So its incumbent upon us do our own research and not simply repeat GOP spin. E.g., many TODers on Twitter take time to correct all the false information from that show by assembling and presenting facts that can be widely disseminated.

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Totally agree – those shows can be addictive, but once you realize how destructive they are, you’ll thank yourself and your sanity by not watching them. If you have to watch something – watch Stephanie Miller on Current. Morning Joke has an agenda, and it’s not to inform anyone or promote what’s best for the country. If you still want to know what the right wing take is on any given day, Stephanie presents the right wing talking points, in a humorous way – although I usually mute or change the channel during most of it. I don’t need to be informed of right wing lies.

      With the summer still to come, it’s best to preserve your energy and sanity for the real work to come. Avoid the toxic stuff. You won’t be sorry. And you won’t be missing anything.

  18. 97 Dudette
    July 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

    REEAAALLLY OFF-TOPIC: Sorry, I simply MUST share this story! ROFL 😀 😀 😀

    New Zealand man hospitalized after lighting fireworks in butt

    Enjoy the article, enjoy the comments, then have a nice day! 🙂

  19. July 31, 2012 at 8:54 am

    GOP blocks judicial nomination, says it’s too close to presidential election

    By Ramsey Cox
    Republicans said it’s the Senate practice not to approve judicial nominations close to an election

  20. 104 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Knoller is pizzed about the Obama Campaign’s keynote selection. He didn’t see that one coming and can’t find anyway to criticize him, so he snidely frames it as a “pandering to Hispanics” move.

  21. 106 dotster3
    July 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Anyone wanting/needing a good laugh today, here is Stephen hilariously wading into the “blue collar” “sport” of dressage.


    • 107 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

      OMG. dotster!! That was Must SEE hilarity! I sent that off to my horse riding gf…she’ll just laugh herself silly over this:) Thanks

  22. 108 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Looks like they don’t have an original thought in their heads:


    Emulating a 2008 Obama campaign gimmick (which replied on the much simpler and less invasive text message), Team Romey’s announced a new smartphone app that will enable its lucky owner to become among the very first to read the exciting names of “Rob Portman” or “Tim Pawlenty” as the next vice president of the United States once the decision is released at some point in the next few weeks.

    In return, the Romney campaign will get to go on a data harvesting expedition, according to The Hill’s Justin Sink:

    [D]epending on how the Romney app works, it could provide even more demographic information to the Romney campaign. Upon instillation, the application asks permission to access data about where a user is located, and urges supporters to log in using social networks like Twitter. That could allow the campaign large-scale data harvesting, an invaluable tool for campaign staff looking to tailor advertising and fundraising efforts.
    But for Romney supporters, giving up some privacy is a small price to pay for the joy of first, intense injection of pure vanilla goodness when the ticket that will take back America for its rightful owners becomes complete.

    FREEDOM! 🙂

  23. 112 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I wonder where we could find out the actual number of press conferences and press avails that Obama did on his Euro tour. I also wonder when the press will get tired of being Romney’s bitch.

    • 113 Sharon
      July 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

      I don’t know how many, but I know he gave a full press conference in Jordan after coming out of Afghanistan. Andrea Mitchell was moaning about something in either Iraq or Israel while he was in Afghanistan. Also took questions in front of 10 Downing from American reporters.

  24. 115 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    So funny, Walsea saya Romney lacks charisma, ya think?

    The Wall Street Journal reports that after their meeting Walesa appeared on TVN24, Poland’s first 24-hour news channel. He said charisma is something Romney “doesn’t really yet have, but he’s very observant. He gets it fast and draws conclusions, which means he has all the traits of a good leader. But he still needs to do some rallying.” Apparently the Bill Clinton School of Undermining Endorsements has a study abroad program.


  25. 116 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 9:16 am


    ‘Kiss My Ass’: Fear And Loathing In The Romney Campaign

    Joe Conason


    On the trip’s final leg, the world saw the most unattractive side of the Romney campaign when the traveling press secretary loudly told reporters to “kiss my ass” and “shove it” in a display of the attitude that trickles down from the top.

    Contempt toward the press is an important aspect of this attitude. For most of the campaign so far, Romney has pursued a media strategy that has become increasingly typical of Republican presidential candidates: Speak with Fox News and avoid the rest of the national press corps. That is because Fox journalists (an oxymoron?) are far less likely to ask questions that the candidate doesn’t wish to answer, such as the inquiries shouted at Romney in Warsaw on Tuesday.

    Why were they shouting at him? Because during the entire trip, he had essentially refused to engage with reporters at all.



  26. 117 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 9:28 am


    Netanyahu Breaks With Romney, Cuts Spending But Increases Taxes
    They agree on foreign policy, but not how to handle deficits.

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Republican policies are a complete failure. Nobody wants to follow them, and those who have (i.e. Great Britain) are paying the costs. It’s too bad 43% of voters are so blinded by hate that they can’t see this.

  27. July 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Rahm Emanuel to speak at Democratic National Convention
    By Lynn Sweet on July 30, 2012 7:25 PM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–Mayor Rahm Emanuel–President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff– will speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention–one of a string of high profile Democrats getting the spotlight in Charlotte. The convention committee is starting to roll-out the speakers, on Monday officially announcing former President Bill Clinton will deliver the prime-time nominating address on Wednesday Sept. 5.
    Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren gets a high-profile speaking assignment–she will speak before Clinton–in order to boost her race against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)
    Biden will speak at the Bank of America stadium Sept. 6 before Obama accepts his second nomination. Clinton commands the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
    The download from the Obama team: “The VP will speak Thursday because that night is the focal point of the Convention. He and the President will speak to tens of thousands of people at the stadium. He’ll build toward the President’s speech by giving unique insights and perspective of the President’s governing character and the challenges/decisions over the last four years in a way that only he can. This is a standalone speech, not an intro.”

    • 120 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Something tells me that the GOP is scrambling…the only thing I’ve heard about the RNC convention so far is that Gov Christie might be the keynote speaker, but other than that, all I’ve heard is who will NOT be attending!

    • 121 Lorraine
      July 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I adore this man so much, that’s all folks.

  28. 122 japa21
    July 31, 2012 at 9:34 am

    GM TODers. This is a test, as the computer is acting up this more and one of y usual highly perceptive and analytical comments got swallowed up and went who knows where. If this posts I will retry later.

  29. July 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I like this quote i found on the internet.

    USA, you really need to steer clear of Romney a.k.a. Bush Lite. He will be bad for you. Bush took a healthy national economy and put it in a wheelchair. Romney wants to heave that wheelchair down a Mormon mountain.

  30. 124 carolyn
    July 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

    A few thoughts about President Obama’s choice of Mayor Julian Castro as keynote speaker. The best thing John Kerry did in 2004 was pick then State Senator from Illinois, and candidate for the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama to give the keynote address at the convention. President Obama was just 43 years old, and Kerry knew that he needed to look out for the future of the Democratic Party…..which he did. I don’t think he is given enough credit for this. (I voted for him, and proudly) So, President Obama is looking out for the future of the Democratic Party, but more than that, he is looking at the future of the country.
    Now we have an idea about his trip to Texas, and why he said it will be in play in a few years. San Antonio is the unofficial capital of Hispanic U.S. It is a great city to visit, and according to my college students, a great place to live.
    This decision has taken all the thunder out of any decision Mitt makes about any VP candidate. Univision, which is based in Dallas, will work this to the farthest reaches of the U.S. Univision has great power in the Spanish speaking community.
    An intersting note about Texas….the mayors of Houston, Austin and San Antonio are Democratic. Dallas, I don’t know. I looked it up, and there is no mention of party on the mayor’s page. Texas is really two states: the corridor from Houston, up to Austin, San Antonio and Dallas…..not Fort Worth. Then, there is east Texas, which is in many ways an extension of Louisiana, the part Karl Rove catered to, and West Texas which is dry land, oilies and ranchers.
    Once again, the President and his team are forward looking, and Mitt’s caution and opacity will hurt him. No one expected this…..but, why are the noisemakers surprised? They always are.
    Tweety got all gushy yesterday about Clinton’s nomination of President Obama, saying this was just the precursor to Hillary’s nomination in 2016, calling him again, “President of the World”…gag. Tweety has this all wrong. In 2016 Hillary will be too old for the Democratic party to run as a candidate. She’s smart enough to know this. The Democratic party will nominate someone who’s forward looking, and looks like the future, not the past. Tweety betrays himself all the time. I am an older white woman, but I know I am not the future…….
    So, I am proud of the President for this decision, and know it will help the future not only of the party, but of the country. It’s a real acknowledgement that our country is changing. I know the RWNJ’s heads will explode, but they are a dying breed.

    • 125 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Well said. I agree with you about Hillary. Tweety is in his mid 60’s and looks at everything from the perspective that his generation dominates the world.

      • 126 itgurl_29
        July 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

        Exactly. Politicians and pundits of the baby boomer generation simply refuse to let go and move on. Bill Clinton is 66 year old. Hillary is 64. They are TOO OLD! It’s a sheer miracle that Barack Obama was able to ease on in their and change the guard. We’re certainly not going back after him. It’s time to move forward. And if Hillary does lose her mind and decides to run, it’ll be another primary campaign where she will not be getting my vote.

    • 127 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

      So nicely said, carolyn. I agree. Totally!

    • 128 amk for obama
      July 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Good points carolyn. What did idjits like tweety know ?

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Thanks for your insights and the background on Texas. I first heard about Julian Castro about 5 years ago. When I read up on him, I knew we should keep our eye on him. POTUS has called on him to serve in a couple instances at the WH. Bold move by Team Obama. I hope he lives up to the challenge and inspires the next generation.

    • 130 sherijr
      July 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

      thank you Carolyn for that interesting insight- I agree so much with you view here!

    • 131 purpleshoesla
      July 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Brilliant! Dems are trying to turn Texas blue y’all! 🙂 It’s so fascinating to watch this all unfold at the hands of our illustrious Prez and his team. To paraphrase Charlton Heston, we are pulling the levers of power out of their “cold dead hands”. #FORWARD

      • 132 HZ
        July 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Morning Chips and TOD family. Thanks Carolyn for your insightful comments. This is a brilliant and precise move by our brilliant President and Team.

        I knew that they were going to drop loads of precious gold. I woke up pre-dawn this morning because all I could hear and feel in my spirit was this. I will stop here with that thought because someone may want to commit me to the loony house. But not now!! We are on a roll. I told my dearest friend a few month ago,”You better have your ‘angel wings’ on because POB is about to blow the wind against our “better angels” and make some more brilliant moves and history for generations to come.”

        This is how a brilliant president leads his party. He looks forward for sure. It was a beautiful forward moving group of young people who gathered, stopped, listened, and for sure, were moved by the orator for this time, then Senator Barack Obama. And change happened! They brought him into his presidency!!!. When POB and Team chose “FORWARD”, they were using it in two precise ways: inclusiveness, and look straight ahead with No looking back or thought of having anyone take us back. Go, and listen to his Keynote Speech. He was looking straight in the eyes of Hope and Change then. And as president, he delivered on Hope and Change, and he will continue to move us FORWARD in his second term!!!!!

        He knows our party will have to move forward with a generation of young people to lead this country with fresh, and brilliant ideas. Those of us who have been the foundation, will keep it steady, but it will be up to our younger generation to keep building upon the foundation, and we will not disappoint them. I am elated!!!

        He also realizes that the political tapestry is changing rapidly in our nation, and Texas is one of those states that we can turn for generations to come. We as a nation have to remove from our eyes the hues of complete “taupeness” and embrace with true convictions, a beautiful and forward moving country that will continue to embrace wearing proudly all hues. And these being blended together for a beautiful nation of
        power built on
        freedom for all and with all within our party. Choosing every fabric and then proudly be able to say to the world, ” We are a beautiful Tapestry with All, of All, and for All.” POB

        also thinks way ahead of the sloppy thinkers that we have had to endure during these tough times, and he continiously tell us how he wants every American to have a bright and full future in our country.

        What a knockout move!!!! Hold on to your seats for the finale. This is going to be great. I love our beautiful President, Barack Obama. HZ

    • 133 sabreen60
      July 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Carolyn, if you mean that “I am not the future”, did you mean because of ‘age’. Is so then, well yes, we who are older are not the future. However, if you mean because you are ‘white’ then I have a problem with that. On this, I am an idealist. I would like to believe that in the future whether one is “mixed-race” (whatever that means ’cause most AA’s are something other than pure African), white, Hispanic or whatever, it simply will not matter to most people. I doubt if white folks won’t be around as your sentence seem to imply. I am sure there will be people of all ethnic backgrounds in high positions in government. As the vast majority of CEO’s are white men then diversity may take longer.

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      An excellent post!

  31. 135 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

  32. July 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

  33. 137 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Ha! When even GOPolitico thinks your trip is a PR disaster, than u know it’ didn’t go well

    Roger Simon:

    “Maybe Mitt Romney should have just stayed in London and watched the dancing horses.

    Or just stayed home. Even though his recent trip to England was largely a public relations disaster, he made a more serious mistake in his next stop, Israel, and got a major rebuff in his last stop, Poland.
    The whole trip reminds me of Richard’s Nixon pledge in 1960 to campaign in all 50 states, forcing him to waste the weekend before the election flying to Alaska (whose three electoral votes were hardly critical) instead of campaigning in states that might have given him a victory over John F. Kennedy.

    Romney’s trip abroad in the waning months of this presidential campaign had three goals: establish his credibility on foreign policy while in England, woo the Jewish vote while in Israel and entice Catholic voters while in Poland.

    In retrospect, he should have spent the time in Ohio, Virginia and Florida, all of which I think he needs to win in order to beat President Barack Obama.

    In England, Romney didn’t show any particular foreign policy expertise. He did manage to insult his British hosts by criticizing the London Olympics, but that won’t lose him any votes in the United States.

    And his campaign did get in one dog whistle, which was so obvious it was more like a dog baying at the moon: A Romney adviser told a British newspaper that Obama was incapable of fully appreciating the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” between the U.S. and Britain. “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special,” one said.”

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      It’s funny how the media thinks these are the “waning months of this presidential campaign”, when most of America hasn’t even started paying attention yet. If these are the waning months, then when will Mitt start talking about his actual policies and their consequences to the people of the country?

  34. July 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – Anonymous Hacks IRS Database — Publishes Romney Tax Returns

    • July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    • 142 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Is this a joke?

    • 145 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

      I have serious doubts about this.

      • 146 99ts
        July 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

        It’s a satire site – http://www.freewoodpost.com/disclaimer/
        “Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within FreeWoodPost.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.”

      • 148 purpleshoesla
        July 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

        What ho TOD Peeps! Good morning from Sunny Cali. Please be aware that Free Wood Post.com is a SATIRE site. Nothing posted there is true. Here is the disclaimer from their website from the link on their front page that says “Satire Disclaimer”. I know it’s a little difficult to separate truth from fiction where Mittens is concerned these days but this site is not a legitimate place for actual news about him.

        Satire Disclaimer
        March 7, 2012
        By Sarah Wood
        Free Wood Post is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within FreeWoodPost.com are fiction, and presumably fake news.

        Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

        FreeWoodPost.com is intended for a mature, sophisticated, and discerning audience.

  35. 149 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Romney’s Racist Visit to Israel

    By Ben Cohen


    By Ben Cohen: Whatever you might think about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, there are certain lines of argument that are completely unacceptable regardless of which side you are supportive of. Mitt Romney has weighed in on the debate with typical insensitivity, and in his recent trip to Israel, outright racism. Not only did Romney refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (it isn’t), he sought to dismiss Palestinian territorial claims as irrelevant due to their lack of economic success. The Guardian reports:
    Mitt Romney’s speech was designed for his audience back in the US, and he likely won’t care whether he is viewed as a racist or not. He is doing his bit to pander to the pro Israel lobby in America and line up Jewish votes for the election, and just as he is willing to use subtly racist language against African Americans to rally his white base, he is willing to denigrate Palestinians due to their unfortunate economic predicament to get Jewish support. It’s politics at its most grotesque, an increasing speciality of Mitt Romney who seems to know no limits when it comes to sacrificing personal dignity for his Presidential ambitions.



    • 150 Nena20409
      July 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Lying for the lord is what Bishop Willard Mitterrand Romney knows too well.

      That is why he lies so effortlessly and flagrantly. Our MSM is the most pitiful bunch.

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I hope people are starting to realize just how lucky this country is to have President Obama in the White House, representing this country (and everyone associated with him). They make this stuff look easy, but they’ve been working extraordinarily hard. Definitely, the ‘A’ Team.

  36. 152 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 9:58 am
  37. 154 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

  38. July 31, 2012 at 10:04 am


    US Consumer Confidence Surges To 65.9

    U.S. consumer confidence surged above expectations in July and hit the highest levels since April, new data from the Conference Board shows.
    The key sentiment index advanced to 65.9 in July from 62.7 a month earlier.
    Economists had largely expected a decline of 50 basis points.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/consumer-confidence-july-2012-7#ixzz22D0riKcx

    • July 31, 2012 at 10:13 am

      FED meeting today to discuss further Stimulus. The CNBC guy on Morning Fart thinks the FED and Cingress should only act after the Election. Barnacle then asked why wait? Then he said because of uncertainty in the Market.
      Which is why the FED is acting now…
      Me thinks, he meant to say, because we want the Economy to suck! Right?

    • 160 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Wooo hooot! 😀 😀

  39. July 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

    The Hill website has an article that says Team Obama is worried and anxious, due to the high dollar fundraisers or has planned in the Fall!

    This has to be a Joke? Is their any mention, of Robney high dollar fundraisers overseas?

    Again, Rovian Politics, before somebody accuses you of something, make sure you accuse the Other Guy of the exact same thing.

    It’s getting old!

  40. 163 Bill
    July 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

    If Willard was ever thinking about having Rubio as his keynoter it would be difficult now. He would be accused of trying to mimic and combat the Democrats, and the comparison between Castro and Rubio for the Republicans would be a disaster.

    • 164 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Yes, it would be seen as strictly reacting to the Obama Campaign’s keynote choice. Not at all what you want in a Leader. I’m glad that the Obama campaign is releasing their primetime line up of speakers.

      Now the RNC is scrambling – I can tell. Their convention is just 4 short weeks away, and Romney is gaffing all over the place while his aide is cursing. Meanwhile, neither the President nor Vice President of the last GOP administration are going to be at the convention. And the big STAR of the last GOP convention, Sarah Palin, is not even invited to this year’s convention!! Very disorganized indeed!

      • 165 vcprezofan2
        July 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

        All of this also shows the lack of depth in the GOP. The Democratic Party actually has CHOICES of qualified, intelligent, AND QUALITY people with something to offer in public service. We are so well-positioned for the future, and all WE have to do for now is give #44 4 more years!

    • 166 Linda
      July 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Maybe they could get Ricky Ricardo….

    • 167 Nena20409
      July 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Now, they might go for a woman (the late Anne Richards) or for an American whose ancestors originated from India. The Romney camp can’t help but to copy cat, some how.

    • 169 Obama Grandmama
      July 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Not so sure that copying PBO would be seen as a problem by Romney as he has been copying most things PBO has done all along the way.

  41. July 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The Reporters asked Robney a question and Robney traveling Press secretary just said, this is a Holy Site show some respect, now kiss my ASS…!

    Oh Lordie! CNN is all over it!

    • 171 amk for obama
      July 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

      why ? teann has been kissing his ass all the time.

    • 172 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Yeah, well…we’ll see how “really pissed” they are for being dissed the entire time on this Mitt Apology Tour….if they all start doing their jobs and vetting this moron for the American people. I won’t hold my breath. They were just used and abused by Romney and basically given the big finger salute.Let’s see if that snub finally makes them so mad that they start acting like the journalists they say they are.

      • 173 desertflower
        July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

        IRONY ALERT! Isn’t it odd that Mitt’s book is called “No Apology” and that’s all he’s BEEN doing? That, or “walking back comments”…what a bs excuse for incompetence. Kind of “retroactive” don’t you think?

      • 175 Debz
        July 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

        They are only temporarily pissed. Once Lord Romney returns they will be back to shilling for him.

  42. July 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Imagine a WH Press Briefing in a Robney presidency? If a question is asked that they don’t like, the SPOX migh tell them all, to Fuck off.


  43. 177 cluny
    July 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    For the record – i’m not a ‘troll’ – i had a fairly human reaction to a negative story I heard and apologised for having upset anyone. It was certainly not my intention. No need for such gracelessness.

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Their is a lot of Purity on this site. Some People cone here because no other place has any good News! Others(like me), use it as a Democratic blog to discuss the issues of the Day, good or bad.
      Hence, the friction…
      Me thinks, we should all remember we are on the same side, before laying into People like they are a rightie, or something.
      That is all!

      • July 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        No purity! just leadership, Keep up the good work Chip.

      • 180 joanshaw
        July 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Ii love the word, “methinks” which is often more to the point than many alternatives. However, it’s spelled solid, without a space. I also love your comments which provoke so many dustups. (which this site’s spell check thinks is misspelled).

  44. 181 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

  45. 182 sherijr
    July 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

    and who are you? It appears you’re referring to Hachiko as a troll? Really? Please explain.

    • 183 cluny
      July 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Are you referring to me sherjr?

      • 184 sherijr
        July 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

        no, cluny.. I think our comments to Divasmom posted at the same time… I’m sorry, it was definitely not meant for you.

        • 185 cluny
          July 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

          ok – thank you sherijr.

          • 186 sherijr
            July 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

            no problem at all 🙂

          • 187 Sharon
            July 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

            But, cluny, you really need to stop watching Morning Joe. No need to subject yourself to torture. Then you won’t slip up and do it to the rest of us. This place is a refuge from places like Morning Joe.

            • 188 cluny
              July 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

              I don’t as a rule watch Morning Joe – I am aware of the stupidities emanating from Joe Scar and the crowd. I was concerned by a comment John Heilleman made – who is usually level headed and who knew PBO at Harvard and can usually be relied upon to give a sensible analysis. But I agree Sharon – MJ has become so toxic that maybe it is best to avoid altogether. Still, one of my all time favourite MJ moments was when Mika’s father, the brilliant, Dr Brezinski, cut Joe down and basically called him a moron on national TV. I wish they would have him on to talk about Romney’s international travel gaffes.

              • July 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

                Dr Brezinski was one of the first old establishment foreign policy guys to come out in support of PBO so I’m gratified to hear that he put Scarborough in his place.

                In general, I think we all fall into the habit of posting outrageous things said by the RW. It’s a way to share our frustration and sense of wrongdoing and a way to release some of the outrage. But I think the larger point is that we are now 98 days from our election and we have to do all we can to motivate and inspire others to join us in our efforts to re-elect PBO. This means signing up to become a volunteer, phonebanking, fundraising, tabling at local events, canvassing, donating, data entry – whatever we can to make this important election go in our favor. So we just need to keep in mind that sometimes constant posting of all the negative stuff can have a defeating effect. If we keep it all in perspective, I think we’ll all be able to rally our team to do whatever we can to support PBO.


                • 190 Nena20409
                  July 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

                  That was some yrs ago. But that show JScar not to mess with Dr. Brezinzski. Now his one son who is a Dem is serving as an Ambassador in one EU nation.

                • 191 amk for obama
                  July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

                  + gazillion. Donate your money/time/effort.

              • 192 Nena20409
                July 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

                I watch Mourning Joke. Not everyday. One of my siblings can’t stand MJ. I do it for one reason. So I may learn and know what the right is thinking and what made Up pres Obama they have cloned and I am better equipped to go as hard as I can for pres Obama. I called the Chitown headqtrs some weeks ago and told them that they needed to go to bat for pres Obama whenever the righties and their meme are attacking pres Obama with bigotry verbiages, dog whistle and all. This was around the time of the Cub’s owner wanting to fund the Rev Wright crap. They took my comments. And I feel a tad better that the Obama Team is defending pres Obama better when it comes to bigoted commentaries. I also told them that being of MJ is OK, if that is what they want to do. However, when they appear on that horrific show without forcefully setting him and his clowns right, why go to the show. Well, I have seen Gibbs and Axelrod on that show lately and I was very pleased.

                My inflated ego say, I must have helped some how. I doubt that sincerely. But it comforts me and inspires me to work harder.

        • July 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

          Hi sherijr, I’ve just been alerted to the comment by Divasmom, which I’ve deleted. Sorry I didn’t see it last night. Divasmom? No more comments like that here, please.

          • 194 sherijr
            July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

            whoa comments are scattered all over the place, first time I’ve encountered that.

            Chips, my dear, no apology necessary from you.. I felt a response to DivasMom was required, and thus I hope you don’t mind me putting my two cents to her/his insensitive comment.

            I did see your post this morning about requests for $ other than the reelection not allowed. And that my response to Hachiko’s request last night was deleted- I understand your pov. Please know that all I’ve ever done is be concerned about one of us- and wanting to help as much as I was able to, no offense meant on my part at all.

  46. 195 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

    That’s a great example of how we can push back on MSM on Twitter. Challenge them and and expose their tricky, dishonest behavior. Thanks @LiberalPhenom AKA Proud of Obama!!

    • 196 anniebella
      July 31, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Thanks to LiberalPhenom for giving these so call journalists the truth.

    • 197 purpleshoesla
      July 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Love this. Chuckles Toddster is really drinking his own kool-aid, isn’t he? “Why would i ever misrepresent my own polls?” he twits so self-righteously? NEVER ask a question you don’t know the answer to Chuckles. You might get burned. So when’s NBC and Twitter going to suspend LiberalPhenom’s account? :eyeroll:

      • 198 proudofobama
        July 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        Hey TOD fam. Isn’t old Chuck a hoot? Guess I struck a nerve. And even old Erin McPike had the nerve to get into the act. She got mad because I tweeted John King made a jerk move when he revealed Biden was PBO’s VP pick before Team Obama could announce it by text. He did this on purpose. She accused me of being a “parody account.” I told her she didn’t want me to get started on her biased reporting. She did not tweet me back after that.

        I just feel we have to let them know, we are not stupid. We follow what they say and do. We know they’re in the tank for Romney. We have watched them lie for him and GOP for the last four years.

        Love your comment, purpleshoes, about NBC suspending my account. That would be admitting the truth, wouldn’t it?

        • July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

          love this text, that what I;m talking about, take it to the media, our fight is with the media, not mitt the robot, the media trying to make him look good and Obama look NOT ONE OF US. Kick their butt, email, text, facebook, call, fax what ever. Everyday, Everyhour, Everymin.

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      This is excellent!! Facts- can’t argue against them.

  47. 201 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2012 at 10:35 am



    Debbie Wasserman Schutz was interviewed on The Ed Show last night and she had a few choice words for Mitt Romney’s gaffe prone trip overseas. The amount of facts she gets out in a little over eleven minutes is remarkable. Of course, it helped that Michael Eric Dyson did not interrupt her as she responded to his questions. Democratic strategists and members of congress should watch this segment and learn.

    DWS talked about then Senator Obama’s trip to Israel and how that informed his policy positions. She said President Obama has been a friend of Israel. Israel leaders praise PBO’s support. He signed US/Israel Security Act. She talked about the biting sanctions on Iran and much more. She made a clear contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Below are some of the points she made about Mitt Romney:

    – This was a fundraiser disguised as a foreign policy trip
    – He was like a bull in a china shop
    – He was amateurish and not ready for prime time
    – Not ready to be chief diplomat
    – Rule number one do no harm, trip was a disaster
    – He was not careful about how he chose his words in sensitive Middle East region
    – He said nothing about the dispute between Israel and Palestinians
    -There is no clear understanding on his Iran policy
    – If he thinks there should be military option in Iran he should tell the American people that.
    – Romney should come home and stay here.



  48. 202 LaDonna C Love
    July 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hi everyone. OK…long-time-lurker taking the plunge. TOD is responsible for a LOT of personal firsts: 1) first political contribution(s) EVER, 2) signed up for Twitter (intrepid93) and 3) first blog post EVER.

    Hope I make the cut, Chips!

  49. 203 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

    O/T…but SOOOOOOOOOOOOO freaking awesome! He means so much to so many…

  50. 206 LaDLove
    July 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Chips — This novice lurker would prefer “LaDLove” as my name.

  51. 207 Linda
    July 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney says he wasn’t criticizing Palestinian culture at a fundraiser in Jerusalem on Monday.

    Palestinian officials accused the Republican presidential candidate of racism for suggesting that culture helps explain the economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians

    On Tuesday, Romney told Fox News that he wasn’t specifically talking about Palestinian culture and doesn’t plan to during the campaign.

    He’s downplaying a series of perceived missteps and instead blaming the media. Romney says reporters are more interested in “finding something to write” than about reporting on the economy and national security threats.

    Romney prompted angry headlines across England last week when he questioned London’s readiness for the Olympics.

    He says the media is trying to “divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country.”


    • 208 japa21
      July 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Well, he can explain his comment one of two ways. Either he was being racist and saying that Arabs (i.e. Palestinians) are unable to develop a thriving economy or he was being racist and saying Jews are grubby money handlers.

      Of the two, both of which are despicable, the first does him the least harm and actually provides a slight upside for him politically in this country. The second would basically destroy him in this country politically. Mayhaps we shoudl start promoting the second interpretation.

      • July 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Or, he can just keep his mouth shut – or better yet, withdraw from public life. Go enjoy his ill-gotten millions. He’s such a disaster – and this is without the power of the most important job in the world.

  52. 210 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Bobfr, if you’re here…the Dollar/Day for OFA that I posted on Dashboard…is growing wings! People are spreading the news!!!

  53. July 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    My comment last night caused quite a stir. I got up this morning to an email from Chips, then I came on the site and saw her new rule about personal fundraising on the site. I’m so sorry it had to come to this. I truly am. Chips couldn’t have been nicer and more diplomatic in her email. I completely understand her decision and I respect it.

    Coming to Maine was a colossal mistake. For someone who was homeless, penniless and alone, it was the worst thing I could have done. I never admitted that before, because I didn’t want to create a shadow around all the help you guys rallied to give me to get here. I blame myself. I’m a grown woman and should have done what was necessary to ensure your kindness and sacrifice would not be wasted. I didn’t do that, and I’m terribly, terribly sorry.

    I know that many people are living on the edge and in desperate need. I don’t think I’m more worthy than anyone else. It makes me all the more grateful for everything this community has done for me.

    I don’t want to be a continued source of contention and disrupt the cohesiveness and good spirit of the community, so this will be my last comment posted here. We have a lot to do between now and November to ensure POTUS gets re-elected. Nothing should distract from that. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be around, but I’ll be joining the lurkers. 🙂 Those of you who follow me on the twitterz will see my updates and I’ll keep in touch with those of you with whom I’ve developed a personal relationship.

    Best of luck to all and Obama2012! 🙂

    Keep up the great work, Chips!

    • 213 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Hachiko…I wish that you would reconsider this. It seems to be a permanent solution to a temporary problem. (your reason for leaving here to lurk and not have your voice heard) You are a vital part of our TOD family. What happened in the past, happened. As much as you are a grown up, so are we…and we gave the hand up, not out, because our family member needed it. I was too busy yesterday to see all the commotion. I have no idea what happened, I can only guess from a comment that was posted here this morning by someone that I don’t recognize as ever having been here before. I found ot to be insensitive and callous…rather “Romneyesque” in that they decided to come into our home and promptly bash a long time family member. I found that comment, offensive but chose to ignore it and not respond. Didn’t feel like getting into a pissing match first thing in the morning.

      Don’t you dare let whatever happened make you leave! Those that helped, did so because WE CHOSE to do that! For someone to try and shame you…is disgusting. Chips, bless her heart…has done what she must do for her blog. In light of where we are in this election season, all our time, efforts and energy can only be devoted to all things PBO. As it should be. New people are coming to TOD in droves, it seems…and they have no idea about the long ago forged relationships and bonds of long time posters to this site. Chips has to be strict in her oversight and that’s why we all love being here. She means what she says, and she says what she means.We love the tight ship…

      I, for one, would like to keep in touch and still brainstorm…contact Chips and please let her know that I would be fine with her passing along my email.I don’t Tweet, FB or any of that…so that’s out of the question for me:) In fact, I’d be honored if you would do that for me. We take care of our own.Better we have a conversation out of earshot of everyone. Hope you take me up on this, and I also hope that you reconsider…hugs to you and Tucker. I do believe a brighter day is around the corner waiting for you:)

      • 214 Pamela
        July 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Me and you, DF, and Hachiko and Tucker! Our One Voice is so much clearer and more resounding than any single voice can be!

    • July 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

      You’ll always be welcome here Hachikō, I think everyone appreciates your contributions to the place. Thanks for being understanding about my email and accepting my explanation for why I made that decision, I hope everything works out for you.

    • 217 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Hachiko, please don’t leave. This is a family and we are all needed. No one blames you for anything. Life happens and bumps appear on the road. You’re doing what you can and we all understand that. The reason we all love and support our president is because he has a caring heart and he never gives up. He and all of us don’t want you to give up either.

    • 218 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Hachiko, I have no idea what is going on internally, but I wish you would reconsider. I look forward to your always insightful, intelligent comments and your updates on Tucker. I wish I had more I could say.

  54. 219 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

    How about it? Today let’s reach out to somebody at the White House, or the Obama campaign ,and give them a pat on the back. [Especially if you have one of the team in your local address book. 😉 ] We used to media bomb the douchebags; we can do some positive ‘bombing’ today by patting individual people/offices on the back and encouraging our followers to do the same.

  55. 220 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Abby Huntsman (Jon Hunstman’s daughter) does not seem to like Romney very much. In fact I would wager that she actually likes PBO a lot more than she likes Romney. Out of curiosity, I went down her Twitter TL and noticed that she tends to post mostly negative tweets on Romney but hardly mentions PBO except to report when he’s doing better in the polls relative to Romney. I think there is under-reported rivalry or outright enmity between the Romneys and the Huntsmans.

    • 221 dotster3
      July 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

      The 2 wealthy Mormon families were the Hatfields and the McCoys of Utah. Much animosity between them. Not sure about the roots of that, but it is obvious the Huntsmans do not respect or like Willard in the slightest, closer to hate.

    • July 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Huntsman seemed like someone who had a relatively decent head on his shoulders (given that he’s a member of the Republican party). But ever since he got the idea of being disloyal to his boss and trying to steal his job (i.e. the Presidency), knowing full well that his party was hijacked by racists and ignorant people, I lost all respect I had for him. Maybe he’ll find himself again. President Obama not only made him an ambassador, he also gave him the most important (and trickiest) international relationship that exists right now with the United States. He must have trusted something in him. But Huntsman decided to spend his time as ambassador propping up his own family fortunes, rather than working for the American people. And then he got into bed with people who convinced him he could be president. Karma.

  56. July 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

  57. July 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Hello TODville!!!! Okay Mayor Chips, I am going to put out one of those ABC thingy on you…you know the thingy where all of TODvillage searches for you!!! Unless of course, you are just relaxing and hiding from the TODvillagers 😛

    Hiya Everyone, lurkers, tweeters, family worriers (VC…looking at you). BTW VC thanks for the inspiration…when I enter vacation mode next week, across the pond in OR…will be going to the OFA office to do some volunteering!!!

    Have a great yoga day TODville!

  58. 226 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

  59. 227 Linda
    July 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Romney did NOT “save” 2002 Olympics. Lost his cool. Likely breached his contract. Profiteered.


    This is really good…


  60. July 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Science alert: this trailer for the Mars landing on Aug 5th is amazing: http://youtu.be/Ki_Af_o9Q9s

  61. 229 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Is WP misbehaving again?? I think these same comments are reposting down thread… poltergeists!

  62. 230 BigDaddyRich
    July 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hey TODers:
    I caught these posts on The New Republic yesterday that may be of some interest to the rest of you cats and kittens:


    http://www.tnr.com/blog/105493/pennsylvania-obama-romney-voter-id (a VERY interesting read, and contains a link to this earlier post: http://www.tnr.com/blog/electionate/105411/campaign-scaling-down-in-pennsylvania)

    and here’s an extra bit of goodness I just spotted: http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105384/love-classic-republican-foreign-policy-vote-obama. The money quote: “He’s playing a long game and doing it pretty well.” (Sounds like Deaniac wrote this, huh?)

    Enjoy, everybody!!! (And prayers to Hachiko!!)

    • 232 hopefruit2
      July 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Notice how quickly the Rainman persona disappears once it comes time to tell us how many tax returns Willard has failed to release…

  63. July 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    PBO made a $5000 donation to his campaign.

  64. July 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Oh, noes. WordPress is funky again today…….

  65. July 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    More info on Julian Castro from Univision:

    Castro, the son of Mexican-American political activist Rosie Castro, was raised in a working-class neighborhood in San Antonio, and went on to graduate from Stanford University and Harvard Law School with his twin brother Joaquín, who is running for Congress. He won the position of mayor in 2009 and won reelection in 2011 with nearly 83 percent of the vote and is currently the youngest mayor of a top 50 U.S. city.


  66. July 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This whole thread, several People are talking about Chuck Todd, Mark Knoller and Joe Scarborough.
    Several People, in fact…
    I made one reference to the WSJ and got chewed out for being negative.
    Now, if that don’t beat all!

  67. 239 Melanie
    July 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Don’t know if this was already discussed but FLOTUS is speaking opening night with Mayor Julian Castro. I am really trying to get to tix to the convention speeches. Does anyone know the best way? I heard the volunteer system is already closed and I don’t live in Charlotte.

  68. 240 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Oh ho! Lightning and thunder and lights blinking! Storm imminent. Don’t know if I’ll be knocked offline.

  69. July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Lieberman was NOT invited to DNC or RNC conventions.
    A Man without a Party!

    • 242 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Since he is no longer going to be in the Senate….the GOP doesn’t need him anymore and he left the DEM party. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

    • July 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Isn’t he the one who declared that the public option was wrong, and that he would filibuster any legislation that included the public option? I notice the emoprogs never had anything to say about that…

      So, Lieberman single-handedly killed the public option. He didn’t volunteer to support any legislation and didn’t whole-heartedly support the President’s agenda, after being so graciously embraced back into the fold by the President after he infamously endorsed (and campaigned with) John McCain and Sarah Palin. He has no more power. Good riddance.

  70. 244 Melanie
    July 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Don’t know if this was already discussed but FLOTUS is speaking opening night with Mayor Julian Castro. I am really trying to get to tix to the convention speeches. Does anyone know the best way? I heard the volunteer system is already closed and I don’t live in Charlotte.

  71. 246 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Ok..where’s my comment? WP is having a no good, very bad day! Did Mittens break THIS TOO???

  72. 248 Jessica
    July 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve been waiting for an OFA app. Don’t know what took so long.

    • July 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Did you offer to help OFA create the app? These things take time. One more thing: Of the relatively few comments that you post here, too many of them are prefaced with an implied, usually snide criticism of either the President and or his team. If that’s your way of being funny, then you need to make that clear, otherwise knock it off. Sorry but I’m being honest here.

      Chips, feel free to to delete my comment to Jessica if you deem it inappropriate.

  73. 250 edwina3
    July 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Walsea says the Romney lacks charisma, ya think? Even charisma is offended.


  74. 253 Rita
    July 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Well… I decided to do it. So… TOD family, this is my first ever grassroots fundraising. I’ve set myself a modest (very) goal. I hope, with your help, I will be able to raise the stakes! Check it out here:


    And thanks! Even if you can’t donate at this time, I know that we’re all working very hard, in our own ways, to re-elect the President. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this community!

  75. 255 Obama Grandmama
    July 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I haven’t read todays blog yet, but wanted to thank 99ts for responding to my tax inquiry percentage rate on yesterday’s blog. I was not sure about the GOP person that spoke of Obama having a low tax percentile rate too. I figured it was another GOP lie, but not.

    • 256 99ts
      July 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Not sure if you will see this OG but if you look at the detail (the devil is in the detail) the President gave a large % of his earnings to charity that year. The problem with Romney is we don’t see all the returns and all the detail (every year there are multiple returns for trusts etc) so have no idea why his rate is low.

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