Heads up: President Obama in Orlando

Orlando International Airport, August 2

2:40: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Rollins College, Orlando

CNN live streaming

CBS live streaming

You know how some of these speeches have been starting early recently, so don’t trust that time of 2:40 just in case …. and having said that, it’ll probably start an hour late 😳


President Barack Obama’s signature and thoughts are shown on a steel beam prior to its installation on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center, August 2, in New York. The beam was signed by the president with the notes: “We remember, We rebuild, We come back stronger!” Since then the beam has been adorned with the autographs of workers and police officers at the site. It will be sealed into the structure of the tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2014



266 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama in Orlando”

  1. 1 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm


  2. August 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm


  3. 15 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    If anyone has the stomach, Mitt is on those streams now…I can’t listen to his happy horse shit

    • 16 Pamela
      August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Nope, me either, DF. Not only I can no longer listen to him, I am so done with it all, I am not even posting any toons or ridicule of him on my FB page. From now on out, it’s all Up and Forward with PBO for this middle-aged lady! 🙂

  4. August 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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  6. 20 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm


    One reporter shares his experience of covering yesterdays “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.”

    I have never felt so alien in my own country as I did today while covering the restaurant’s supporters. The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad. I can’t even print some of the things people said. …

    It was like broken records of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and a recitation of half-truths and outright lies.

    Conservatism is a mental illness.

    • 21 Bill
      August 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      The right wing today seems something beyond “conservatism”. I don’t think the conservatism of Edmund Burke or Barry Goldwater or William F. Buckley or old line Republicans in general had the hate, the religious fanaticism, the greed, and pride of ignorance that the right has today. I agree the state of the right today is a mental illness.

      • 22 isonprize
        August 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        Bill, I will say that with the ‘old-school Repubs’ that you mentioned, some of the prejudice hate was there, but it was masked, veiled, concealed. And, behind closed doors, they would do what it took to keep most Americans working and with food on the table.

        These current Re-thugs are ALL OUT FRONT with there hate and viciousness. They will cut off the own nose to spite the face. Their words, decisions, and actions are mean, spiteful, and vicious. They are selfish. They just don’t care.

        As VP Joey says: This ain’t your daddy’s Republican party.

  7. 26 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ugh…the CBS feed is showing Willard. No thanks. Will check back later.

    • 27 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I warned you!! Didn’t you see what I wrote?? What time is PBO supposed to speak…I keep running back and forth to the computer to check…silly hopefruit….I wanted to spare you from the Romulan!

      • 28 hopefruit2
        August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        LOL! Didn’t see your comment about Mitt until after I posted mine, otherwise never would have dared click on that CBS link. PBO is supposed to be up at 2:40PM ET, but they tend to start early at times, so Chips is taking the necessary precautions 🙂

  8. 29 yardarm756
    August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Willard is waving around his ‘sunshine’ pump and he’s looking to shove it up our butts. PapaIndiaEchoCharlieEcho OscarFoxtrot SierraHotelIndiaTango!

  9. 33 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Anything going on yet?

  10. 34 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Ms Chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a MUST POST!!! (sorry, you don’t need me to tell you what to do….this IS pretty phenomenal though)


  11. 38 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Oopsie! Went to check at CBS and Willard is doing his ‘not expecting government’ thingy so I beat a hasty retreat. I guess PBO won’t be on early there.

  12. 39 cluny
    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    must have bussed in some Mormons – honestly he is just awful and running scared with his new ‘Romney Plan’ for the middle class! It’s curious listening to it – you can see where the O camp can punch giant holes through his arguments now with all the tax revelations.

    • 40 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      You actually had the stomach to listen, cluny? He grates on me the same way that SP does…

      • 41 cluny
        August 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        yes desertflower – I watched the last 5 minutes. It is painful to listen to him but I like to be aware of all the arguments the enemy is making – easier to counteract their lies that way I find.

        • 42 Sharon
          August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          I was bored so I kept notes. If anyone wants to know what he said. Not as blatantly lying, but lies just the same and leaving out an awful lot facts. Seems to be an effort to put out a plan rather than just criticizing the President.

        • 43 desertflower
          August 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          You’re right, but I’d rather read a transcript…I just can’t stand listening to him

      • 44 Pamela
        August 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        I was thinking that while getting ready for work earlier, DF. I remember how that half term loser got so much press, then people became fascinated with her, and as repulsive as she was/is, couldn’t turn it off, (well I could, but a lot of folks couldn’t). That will not be the case with this current mofo, we were sold an empty sack of hot air once, ain’t gonna happen twice.

      • 45 Vicki
        August 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        The good news, DF is that after Romney is soundly defeated he will seldom if ever be heard from again.
        He’s not a pretty woman like SP.

  13. 46 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Mark Knoller is drooling over the President’s lunch

  14. 56 Dudette
    August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Oldest Olympian In dressage
    Japan’s Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71, first rode in ’64 Tokyo Games

    LONDON – Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan became the oldest competitor at the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday when his horse Whisper cantered into the ring at the equestrian dressage competition at Greenwich Park.

    The 71-year-old Hoketsu was also the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Games. An even greater feat may be that it’s been 48 years since his first Olympic appearance. He competed in equestrian show jumping at the 1964 Tokyo Games

    • 57 vcprezofan2
      August 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Wonder how young his horse is, since s/he is the one doing most of the work?

      • August 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        If I’m not mistaken, dressage horses are on the older side of things, just because it takes so much training.

        • 59 vcprezofan2
          August 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

          You mean there’s some hope for me over ‘on the older side of things’, LL? Could I have your signature beside that please?

          • August 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

            What I’ve noticed as I’ve grown into middle age is that life does get better. I wouldn’t go back to being in my 20s for the world. That’s my signature! 😆

            • 61 vcprezofan2
              August 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

              Oh yeah, I wouldn’t want to be a teenager/young adult again for anything, at least not mentally. I’ve often advocated that I’d like to keep my current mental savvy, but trade the chassis in for a newer model (without any surgery whatsoever of course). 😉 😉

            • 62 Pamela
              August 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

              Couldn’t agree more, LL, and moving into my 6th decade, haven’t seen anything this good yet! No looking back for this lady! 😆

  15. 63 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I think Mitt broke the CBS feed

  16. August 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    OT SPOILER, but this pic is too beautiful not to share!!

    Gabby Douglass on cover of TIME magazine!


  17. 74 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    What do you say, America? How about we just gut the regulations on the banks some more!


    Yesterday, the Senate released a report on HSBC’s ties to the darkest actors in global finance. Today, the details of the 335 page investigation are trickling out and shocking everyone…
    One of the most damning parts of the report details HSBC’s relationship with Saudi based Al Rajhi Bank, a member of Osama bin Ladin’s ‘Golden Chain’ of important Al Qaeda financiers. The relationship has spanned decades, perhaps that is why even when HSBC’s own internal compliance offices asked that it be terminated in 2005, even when the US government discovered hard evidence of Al Rajhi’s relationship with terrorism, HSBC continued to business with the bank until 2010…

    It doesn’t stop there: Al Rahji is also known for financial services to 9/11 hijacker Abdulaziz al Omari, who was on American Airlines flight 11.

  18. 76 anniebella
    August 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulation to Miss Gabby Douglas for winning the all-around women gymnastics title. Proud of you Miss Gabby. Go USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 79 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    • August 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Harry Reid is a lawyer. Lawyers never ask questions they do not already know the answer to.

      • 81 isonprize
        August 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        Any decent lawyer worth his/her law degree NEVER asks a question to which s/he does not already have the answer. Pres. Obama is an excellent lawyer, and he’s got a boatload of excellent attorneys on his side.

        People have talked about Harry being a ‘wimp’ but I don’t think so. He knows what he’s doing. Myth R-money, at this point, has one option to make Harry shut up. All he has to do is release his tax returns.

        NOBODY IS PLAYING WITH YOU, MITT ROMNEY. Welcome to a real campaign.

        • 82 Pamela
          August 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          Our beloved FLOTUS is a lawyer also, and I imagine a crackerjack one to boot! They know not who they mess with, despite this administration being more out front and transparent than any other in US history! I keep repeating, but if there was any dirt to be found on PBO, Hillary would have seen to it long ago. And don’t nobody mess with Hillary (another lawyer, as is her buffoon of a hubby)….

    • 83 Bill
      August 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      It is fascinating the way Harry Reid is staying on it and not backing down.

    • 85 FiredUpInCA
      August 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Mitt’s returns are likely politically and legally toxic for a number of reasons:

      Romney says he didn’t file as Mass. resident in ’99-’00

      Candidate amended returns after launching candidacy for governor

      “In addition to the revision of his statement on his Massachusetts tax status, Romney originally said he had not seen the property tax bills from Summit County, Utah, that showed he was receiving a deep discount because his primary residence was in Utah. He said the bills were addressed to his wife, Ann, and that she dealt with them. However, records show the bills were sent to him and that he paid the taxes in 1999 and 2000, while his wife paid the 2001 real estate tax.

      Romney also said he did not learn he received the tax break given to those with primary residences in Utah until he read about it in the Globe on Wednesday. However, Summit County, Utah, tax assessors sent Romney a “notice of property valuation and tax changes” for each of the three years, spelling out that he was getting a primary resident tax cut on his $3.8 million home. The issue is a hotly debated one in the exclusive resort area, where wealthy Americans have second and third homes.

      His status was also reported in an article in the the Utah newspaper The Deseret News, in which he said he had established his Park City home as his “primary residence for tax purposes.” The article pointed out that he would not rule out a run for office in Utah, where the residency requirement for governor is five years before the election. Having a permanent residence in Deer Valley beginning in 1999 could qualify Romney for the 2004 gubernatorial election in Utah.

      He faced attacks from his political opponents over his credibility yesterday.

      “He lied yesterday and he has different story today,” said James Roosevelt, the Democratic Party’s general counsel. “He signed the returns under pains and penalties of perjury. I think he made his intentions quite clear at the time he signed those returns.”


      ‘I didn’t know. I didn’t read it although I signed it’ ‘It wasn’t me it was managers.’ ‘It wasn’t me it was Ann’ ‘I fixed it retroactively.’

      Anybody notice a pattern from this smarmy, duplicitous, responsibility-averse, pathologically lying scumbag?

      • 93 desertflower
        August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        From this same article…the ever arrogant Willard says:

        “Go ahead and make my day,” he said at the press conference. “It’s a high-stakes game for someone to challenge me on the basis of residency.”

      • 95 0388jojothecat
        August 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        This is the man with “Business Experience” yet he has to read about his tax issues in newspapers? When in doubt, blame it on the poor stupid wife who failed to inform him of this big tax breaks. When Robme takes the United States to war he’ll undo it retroactively when it turns into a quagmire?

        • 96 vcprezofan2
          August 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          He throws blame his wife’s way so often it makes me wonder if he’d do the same if the courts were involved. It seems to me the only time he defends her is when he told/tells his sons not to argue/disagree with her.

        • 97 Obama Grandmama
          August 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          My thoughts are who wants a President that cannot recall, or doesn’t know what he is signing. The job is one that keeps one very busy so if Romney has experienced problems keeping things straight in his executive life how does he expect to keep things straight as the POTUS? No, I’d say he does not qualify to be the POTUS due to his inability to keep important things straight. Oh his handlers said he was too tired and misspoke due to jet lag on his International trip too? You have to go many places without rest up time as POTUS too!

      • 98 Pamela
        August 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        What, his chronically unemployed wife, paid all this without an income of her own? Really? Oh really?

    • August 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      For me, the fact that the campaign didn’t denounce it means that it’s true. They’re very quick to knock out rumours or silly games. They don’t waste any time at all. And unless I’ve missed something, there’s been no push back on Reid’s tactics or accusation. I think it’s true.

  20. August 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The Senate confirmed the nomination of Gershwin Drain to the U.S. District Court of Michigan on Thursday.

    The 55-41 vote came after Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said Drain had an “impressive” legal background.

  21. 102 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    they sang happy birthday!!

  22. 108 FiredUpInCA
    August 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

  23. 109 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Wonder how many people were at Romney’s quiet room chat today…

    • 110 Debz
      August 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      They never tell us about Romney’s “crowd” After all the msm screaming about 1 empty seat at a PBO event, we don’t get to see the same for Willard.

  24. August 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I came across this bookmarked URL about something nice PBO did in 1988 and thought I’d pass it along. You’ve probably seen it before:

    Not to be snarky, but I can’t imagine Mitt doing something like that. At least, not without first getting a notarized loan signed at 15%.

    • August 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Chips, please consider adding this to a blog post. It’s such an awesome story and conforims who this man is.

      Muscatinegal, thank you soooo much for sharing it!

    • 113 susanne
      August 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      i think that myth, at about the same time in his life, was dressing up in a police uniform so he could stop unsuspecting girls in cars at night–or, no, maybe he was older, and draft-dodging in france?

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  26. August 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  27. 116 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    “Trickle down fairy dust”…..

  28. 119 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Willard is having a delusion that he is Gabby Douglas and all of America is cheering for him…that he’s on Time Magazine’s cover….that he’s on Sport’s Illustrated cover, that he has just won two gold medals….etc…

    “Now TAKE THAT BARACK OBAMA!” imagines delusional Willard…

  29. August 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    “Tax cut fairy dust’!!!! LOL Mr President, that is gonna make for a wonderful hashtag!!!


  30. 124 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  31. 125 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm


    Fucking psycho. Seriously…there is something wrong with this man.

    During his testimony before the Massachusetts Ballot Commission, his attorney drew the waterworks. The Boston Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert reported on June 19, 2002 (“Romney Taxes Show No ‘Domicile’)”:

    A defiant Romney – who was on the stand for nearly 2 1/2 hours yesterday – grew emotional during questioning by his lawyer, when asked about Democrats’ suggestions that he has not been truthful about his personal information and residency.

    “Well, it really makes me feel sick, to tell you the truth. There’s nothing . . . ,” he said, then paused for about 10 seconds and looked down, appearing to tear up.

    “There’s nothing more important to me than my reputation for integrity,” he continued. “I inherited a great reputation from my mother and father, and I plan on giving one to my kids.”
    It’s hard to pass on such legacy when you’re caught out lying.

    Read the rest. There’s more where this came from.

    • 126 cluny
      August 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      thanks for this desertflower – I am as appalled as you are and absolutely gobsmacked that this isn’t a bigger scandal especially when you further connect it to his refusal to show the tax returns. This just has to catch up with him – what a filthy, filthy, liar.

    • 127 FiredUpInCA
      August 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      “I inherited a great reputation from my mother and father.” You do not inherit a reputation. Every individual creates their own reputation. “There’s nothing more important to me than my reputation for integrity.” And the evidence of that claim is where Mitt?

      Your entire career you have said whatever you need to say to get whatever you want in the short term and then disavow whatever convictions you deeply held to win a new prize. You are anti-integrity, hollow man.

      • August 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        It should not be necessary for one to say that they inherited a reputation and integrity from their parents. Action speaks louder than words.

    • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      He’s a total psychopath. I would love to see his crocodile tears in an ad. Good grief. Psycho!

    • August 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    • 132 Pamela
      August 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      BooHooHoo. Cry me a river. This has been going on far too long. When will it end?

  32. 133 anniebella
    August 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Any coverage on FLOTUS in NH today?

  33. 134 cluny
    August 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    desetflower has mentioned the opening segment of the Rachel maddow show last night as much watch. I agree – it is unbelievably damning for Romney – if all Americans saw this they would be appalled. Spread the word if you can.

    • 135 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      thanks, cluny:) You’re so right…did you happen to catch the crowd at the Romney thing today? Just wondering….if you saw the size,let us know.

      • 136 cluny
        August 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        It was in a space smaller than PBO spoke at – similar shaped room and it was full from what I could tell – anywhere from a few hundred to maybe 1000 tops. it was hard to tell cause they ‘cheat’ the room shot to make it appear bigger. He had some fancy graphics on a wall behind him and the placard in front of the lectern read ‘the romney plan’. He was trying to make an argument that things were bad under PBO but that he had the tools to resurrect the middle class and protect ‘freedoms ‘ ‘success’ ‘entrepeneurs’. It’s gonna be hard for him to make the argument with a price tag of $2,000 per middle class family so that he and his rich buddies can further enrich themselves. When you put all the crazy stories together- (half drunken hot chocolate, doping their previous dressage horse to facilitate a sale and all the chiseling over taxes) don’t you get the feeling that he has a really sick relationship to money? It’s almost clinical.

        Just a note – I heard about the half drunken hot chocolate here so I don’t know if it’s true – it may be urban legend so perhaps I shouldn’t repeat it but there you go …

  34. 137 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    • 138 57andFemale
      August 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      He retroactively signed them. Didn’t you hear?

      Literally. He went back and changed residence and paid the taxes. Any “you people” can get away with that, right?

  35. 139 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Taking my cue from Nancy Pelosi…maybe we should call this TINKLE DOWN ECONOMICS…BECAUSE WE’RE ALL GETTING PISSED ON!

    Romney as Rainman…pissing on the middle class

  36. 141 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Randi is on FIRE with AWESOME info on Bigoty Chicken right now:


  37. 144 Linda
    August 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations.

    According to “The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” which is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk, demonstrators will no longer be allowed to picket military funerals two hours before or after a service. The bill also requires protestors to be at least 300 feet away from grieving family members.

    This aspect of the legislation was introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who, at the urging of a teenage constituent, proposed new limitations on military funeral demonstrations as a response to a 2011 Supreme Court case that ruled such actions were protected under the First Amendment.

  38. 145 FiredUpInCA
    August 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    • 146 57andFemale
      August 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Interesting read. We need to work on those seniors. They are still confused and persuadable.

    • August 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Weren’t the pundits all saying that the President would be a contender only if his poll numbers exceeded 50%? Well, where are all those pundits now?

      • 149 FiredUpInCA
        August 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        They Mitt for Plutocrat water carriers in the village are no doubt trying how to spin that national polls don’t matter this far out except when they favor Mitt.

        This Pew poll not only exposes how weak Mitt is, but it exposes how wrong they were about the Bain ads and the Democrats counteroffense on the GOP’s War on Women. The poll shows PBO has just shy of a 20 point lead with women, 56-37%, and losing men by one point.) We were warned and scolded repeatedly that President Obama, would doom his reputation as a nice guy and LOOOOOOOOSE if he kept up with Bain and the counteroffense on the War on Women.

        What is also sweet about this Pew poll, is that this wide lead was recorded BEFORE Mitt’s disastrous trip overseas.

        This kind of a lead gives us almost the right amount of insurance we need to counter their nationwide voter suppression strategy. Almost.

        We still have to overwhelm them like we did in 2008, and then some. But this is some good news with less than 100 days before one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.

  39. 150 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I think that Reid’s timing of Willard’s tax issues….is the key to this. I think he has proof for his statement….but it will drip out…and the timing will be at Reid’s discretion. You all understand what I’m getting at?

    • 151 cluny
      August 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      yes – david cay speculated about something like that

    • 152 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      http://www.lvrj.com/news/reid-doubles-down-on-romney-tax-charge-164680576.html Look at what he says here:

      “What if he has paid no taxes, like I am saying he hasn’t,” Reid said. “What if he has all these moneys as we already know … in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Swiss banks. I mean, gee whiz, rather than ask me why I should do this, that is a story you should be writing.”

      LIKE I’M SAYING HE HASN’T! This will be big…at the moment of Reid’s choosing.

      • 153 57andFemale
        August 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Wow…… I just hope this isn’t rope-a-dope like the way they set up Dan Rather and the Bush National Guard fiasco.

        • August 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          Not sure how Reid could be getting set up, like Rather was.

          Reid is challenging R-money to release 10 years of taxes. R-money had doubled down on not doing so. If R-money finally relents, then Reid says, “Oops, my bad,” and goes out dancing with his (Reid’s) wife. No down side for Reid, no down side for POTUS.

    • 155 susanne
      August 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      well, i think you’re saying go pop some popcorn, and grab a beer–fun watching ahead!

    • 157 cookemom
      August 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I find it amazing that Mittfit thought he could run for the presidency without this stuff being accounted for. His arrogant entitlement personality is fed by those around him. They know that cain’t nobody bring him no bad news. It will send him and Anne off the deep end when he loses the election. I think the animals on the compound had better get to hopping, galloping, swimming, flying, running, and slithering on away from there. Mitt will be so mad, he’ll want to take a bite out of something……raw.

    • 158 Bill
      August 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      I agree. Senator Reid is staying on this to such a degree it must be significant. There are many ways he could have been given access to the information. It is also significant that it is coming from someone of such a high ranking and outside the campaign. With this information and the Brookings report on his tax proposals Willard must be quaking in his boots.

    • August 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      On a Daily Kos post (This is what Reid did) – underneath a screenshot of Faux snooze, it says that “He got Fox News to put in huge letters across the bottom of the screen that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. Well played, Reid, well played.” I love this stuff.

  40. 162 susanne
    August 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    ‘stuff nobody wants’

    MilanStyle.co.uk, an online men’s luxury goods retailer, celebrates HRH Prince Charles’ recent support of Britain’s luxury goods sector. With the worldwide luxury goods sector growing and a burgeoning demand for British luxury brands such as Burberry and Vivienne Westwood in America, he paid special tribute to the craftsmen and designers behind these brands., highlighting his passion for their commitment to British design and craftsmanship.


  41. 163 xtine
    August 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    ‘Dodgeball’ star campaigns for Obama
    One thing we do know is that actor Justin Long, star of the movie “Dodgeball” and one-time flame of Drew Barrymore, will be campaigning for Obama in New Hampshire today.

    He’s scheduled to referee a dodgeball game at Dartmouth College, and make a stop in Manchester as well.


  42. 164 xtine
    August 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    OFA-NH Releases ‘Veterans for Obama’ Video

  43. 167 Ladyhawke
    August 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    60 Faith Leaders Sign Letter Telling GOP Not To Raise Taxes On 24 Million Americans


    A coalition of faith leaders released a letter ahead of yesterday’s symbolic House tax vote telling Republicans not to allow the expiration of two tax credits that, together, would raise taxes on more than 15 million Americans. In the letter, the faith leaders called for extensions of the 2009 expansions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, two provisions Republicans allow to expire in the bill they approved.

    The GOP’s plan to let the expanded tax credits expire, the letter said, was “simply unconscionable“:



  44. 168 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    When was the last time you guys dropped in over at WhatisWorking? I strolled in and this very apropos tribute was awaiting…


  45. 169 lamh35
    August 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Back to Olympics for a moment, but finally someone says exactly what I’ve been thinking… Ryan Lochte is kinda a douche. I haven’t really been impressed with his attitude this whole Olympics.

    Also, a pet peeve of mine, I hate grillz on anyone, but Lord save me from white boyz wearing grillz! White boyz (not named Paul Wall) wearing grillz…DOUCHE!!!!

    10 Reasons Why Ryan Lochte Is America’s Sexiest Douchebag


  46. 170 Melanie
    August 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    FLOTUS at 5pm. Coverage has already started.

  47. 171 xtine
    August 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    KIDS, MY FAVORITE PEOPLE! See photo at link.

    US military families stationed at Mildenhall and Lakenheath US Air Force Base wave to USA’s first lady Michelle Obama at RAF Mildenhall, England as she depart on an Air Force jet after her visit to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, Sunday, July 29, 2012.


  48. 172 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    jackieg…are you here? 🙂 http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/pennsylvania_voter_id_trial_ends.php?ref=fpblg

    Closing arguments in the trial over Pennsylvania’s voter ID law wrapped up Thursday, and opponents of the controversial law are feeling pretty good about their odds of prevailing.

    “We think that the case is overwhelming, both on the facts — the factual record is just incredible — and that we’ve met the legal standard for preliminary injunction,” Penda D. Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, told TPM. The Advancement Project — along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Arnold & Porter LLP — filed the suit on behalf of 10 Pennsylvania voters.

  49. August 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Chipsticks, just wanted to say thanks for all you guys do here at TOD. I don’t comment ofen, but I sign on everyday.

  50. 175 Claire
    August 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Pa. Voter ID Opponents Expect ‘Slam Dunk Victory’ In State Trial

    …Among the reasons they’re feeling confident (according to an Advancement Project press release): state officials admitted they underestimated the number of registered voters without acceptable photo ID, admitted the law will disenfranchise voters, admitted the law will hold different voters to different standards, admitted voters casting an absentee ballot will be able to vote without ID, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State admitted she didn’t know details about the law’s requirements and Pennsylvania’s House majority leader made comments opponents of the law believe showed the law is politically motivated.


  51. 176 desertflower
    August 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Well..it’s almost time to recess for Congress. WOW. They really worked hard, what with naming post offices (that they want to get rid of) and now this , because..you know…this is important!


    Congress is leaving for vacation at the end of this week, but before they go, the House Republicans are considering legislation to make English the official language of the United States. And to support their cause, they’ve invited witnesses with clear ties to white nationalists to testify.

    A Republican witness at today’s House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on legislation making English the official language of the United States is from an organization with ties to racism.

  52. August 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Warning that this is a Tweet and not yet confirmed publicly by any reliable source ….

    However, some friends who are typically well informed are indicating that it’s true and the ship is a tanker registered to Iran. We’ll see, but maybe he was smart enough, unlike Gaddafi, to take SecDef Panetta’s warning 😉

  53. August 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Washington Post poll- 75% basically say they have no idea what Super PAC spending Is/does!

    That means they are not paying attention!

    • 192 Bill
      August 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Vanity Fair reported the other day only 40% of Americans know the correct number of Supreme Court Justices. A March 2011 poll showed 70% of Americans cannot define the Constitution. When it comes to the American electorate nothing can be assumed. That is the reason I think the election is all about turnout. Most anyone undecided at this point is so ignorant their decision making would be meaningless.

  54. August 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  55. August 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  56. 195 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Speaker, Meredith, is now introducing FLOTUS.

  57. 198 donna dem 4 obama
    August 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hi TOD!

    I’ve been thinking about how last week the R-Campaign leaked this story that the O-Campaign was going to release a “Surprise” over the weekend about Romney. Then this week Reid comes out with the story about Romney’s taxes. I think that they know that we have the “goods” on Romney and they are going to try and work the refs to soften the blow and the O-Camp played them last week to see how they would react.

    Things are getting mighty interesting!

    • 199 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Could be:) I was thinking that the only way we stop this crazy country right now is to vote in droves and take the house and keep the senate. When the next 4 years with dems in charge, doesn’t mesh with the batshitcrazy rhetoric…then people will understand that they have been lying to America. Don’t know why I put this in your reply, donna…it was on my mind as I listen to Randi Rhodes and type at the same time….

    • 200 vcprezofan2
      August 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      You may have a point DD4O, I had forgotten about the ‘surprise’. The no tax paid point of view has certainly added some spice to the discussion, and I particularly like the fact that Harry Reid told one reporter that the burden of proof was Mitt’s, not Harry’s.

      • 201 hopefruit2
        August 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        I think the biggest “surprise” of it was the source of the info. Harry Reid was the LAST person anyone could have expected and that includes the media and GOP. They were expecting something from people like Axelrod, Gibbs, DWS, VP Biden, or some other campaign surrogate, not mild mannered, under-the-radar Harry Reid (who himself is a Mormon by the way).

    • 202 nospin
      August 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      I thought the same thing yesterday Donna Dem. I figured someone tipped them off.

  58. 203 edwina3
    August 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Ha, Fox has ahuge chyron with “Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years”. Andrew Sullivan and Jon Stewart can suck it with all their high- horse complaints about Reid’s tactics


  59. 204 carolyn
    August 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Can’t the IRS RETROACTIVELY go back, audit him and charge him what he owes? Romney love things done retroactively!!!

  60. 205 JER
    August 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    FLOTUS is speaking.

  61. 206 jacquelineoboomer
    August 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted, but even ol’ Roger Simon is getting into the act:

    • 207 dotster3
      August 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      I can relate.

      • 208 jacquelineoboomer
        August 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        Somebody on Twitter suggested everybody just call it #ThatChickenPlace so the real scumbag place doesn’t get free publicity! Another tweet mentioned #ThatChickenPlace had record business yesterday, but Tums made a profit today. So funny.

    • 209 edwina3
      August 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      So funny

    • August 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    • 214 cookemom
      August 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      I think this is not the right fight for us. Let the Chickenman believe or say what he wants. No need for the government to jump in pre-emptively. They need to prove discrimination in hiring or serving customers before they deny a business on the grounds of the owners beliefs as horrible as they may be. We’re managing to increase the chickenman’s revenue unintentionally, not to mention play into the government being intrusive in private business. I am open to stand corrected, but I just don’t see why this fight is being waged so prematurely.

      • 215 jacquelineoboomer
        August 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        As usual, there are many insightful points in what you’ve raised, cookemom. The interest lies in the fact that it’s generally a case of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” as in Denny’s, but we shall see whether there is a reason for some branch of government to become involved. If a light is placed on some of these private businesses when they cough up the gems (and nobody forced the chickenman to speak up), usually the full story comes out. Already, I believe they’ve uncovered the fact that some of the chickenman’s profits are going to anti-gay groups, so that gives people more info as to whether or not they wish to chow down there. At this early stage, I think most people around the country are divided at least into three groups on this issue: (1) the haters; (2) those who think if they don’t speak out, they are joining in the hate through their silence, and (3) the largest group of people we all know is out there, wandering among us – the group who wondered, “Why the long lines?”

  62. 216 Claire
    August 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Love photos of the POTUS with children.

    Obama makes unscheduled campaign stop at Puerto Rican cafe in Orlando

    President Obama helps organize a group of kids for a photo outside the Lechonera El Barrio cafe in the Azalea Park neighborhood of Orlando, Fla. The president had stopped to pick up lunch and paused for photos with the children.


    • August 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      The media always take the most cynical view of every little thing that the President does, characterizing this lunch stop as “catering to Hispanics” or “generating more media coverage”. How about – he was just hungry and he wanted to meet ordinary Americans?

      • August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        I’ve noticed the same thing. They’re always ascribing some ulterior motive – but look at this man’s character, his words and interactions with people BEFORE he was President or even Senator, when there were no cameras, elections to be won or adoring fans around. NOTHING has changed.

        • August 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

          That story of him lending that crying woman money to get her luggage on the plane when he was still a poor community organizer tells me everything I need to know about this man’s character.

      • 221 anniebella
        August 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        theo67, My I say to the media, SO WHAT.

  63. 222 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Well FLOTUS wrapped up another one. I can’t remember any other politician’s wife doing such a good job as a speaker. America’s got two for the ‘price’ of one!

  64. 225 Squarepeg
    August 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    has anyone read David Corn’s “Showdown”? How is it?

  65. 228 Sharon
    August 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Mitt appears to have broken the CBS feed again. Strange event. A tiny town in northwest Colorado with I’d say between 2 and 3 hundred in attendance. People appear to know each other. But they have some heavyweights there. Sound and video was bad when they came in but I saw Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Bobby Jindahl, forgot her name–governor of South Carolina, and about 6 more that I didn’t get a good look at–and unless it is being carried in Colorado, there are no outside working feeds. Poor Willard.

    Also while waiting they played “Still the One”–still the liar??

  66. 233 Squarepeg
    August 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    OMG How awesome is Rev. Al??? His show kicks ASS! He breaks GOP obstruction and lies DOWN! I love it!

  67. 235 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Damn the US is crushing Nigeria in men’s BB. This is now the highest margin in Olympics history…139-68

  68. 241 Claire
    August 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    “It’s time for Harry to put up or shut up,” Romney said on Sean Hannity’s radio show.


    NO willard, you jackass it’s time for YOU to put up.

    • 242 lisalovesobama
      August 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      hahahhahahahahhahahhahahhahahahhahahha!!! Listen to little Boy WIllard acting tough on his own home court, in the presence of his idiot friends egging him on. hahahhahahahhahahhahahhahahahahahha!! bastard.

  69. 243 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Yesterday someone shared an article discussing how President Obama’s Administration has been working behind the scenes to improve the energy grid and the article implied that things are progressing in that area. One might add that the progress is ongoing with very little fanfare. Smartypants has an interesting post up that talks about the President’s Admin working without fanfare on another issue relating to suburban living. What struck me most while reading the post was the fact that this President has so many balls in the air, all for the good of the country and all while appearing almost relaxed. I can’t wait to see (spare me Lord) how far and in how many areas he will have moved America forward over the next four years. Conversely, his naysayers would have everyone believe he is doing nothing, golfing and campaigning and enjoying the perks of the presidency, because that’s basically what they are doing, or would have done in his place. It’s a slightly long post but, in the tradition of Smartypants, well-written, and sheds light on another area of what PBO is ‘up to’. 😉 😉 .

    Such was the case this week when I noted that they’re all excited about a recent book written by Stanley Kurtz on how President Obama wants to go after the suburbs in his second term. So today I noticed that National Review published an excerpt from Mr. Kurtz’s book that they titled Burn Down the Suburbs? When you filter through the paranoia, you find a really powerful progressive initiative on the part of the Obama administration.

    My ears perked up when I read this description at the beginning of the article:

    One of Obama’s original trainers, Mike Kruglik, has hived off a new organization called Building One America, which continues Gamaliel’s anti-suburban crusade under another name. Kruglik and his close allies, David Rusk and Myron Orfield, intellectual leaders of the “anti-sprawl” movement, have been quietly working with the Obama administration for years on an ambitious program of social reform.
    As you probably already know, by “one of Obama’s original trainers,” he means Kruglik is one of the people who hired and trained President Obama as a community organizer in Chicago.

  70. 244 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  71. 246 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm


  72. 258 Tally
    August 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • 259 hopefruit2
      August 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm


      Since when are other people responsible for releasing our own tax returns? When you apply for a mortgage and the banks ask for your last 2 yrs returns, you don’t tell the banks, “YOU release my returns!”

    • 260 anniebella
      August 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Isn’t Romney the one who need to put up. Reid doesn’t have to prove anything, it’s Mitt who have to prove it’s a lie and he can do that by releasing his tax returns.

  73. 262 lisalovesobama
    August 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    so ass who’s apparently a reporter says that bi-partisanship is more likely if Willard wins. 🙄 what an ass.

  74. August 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Halperin has a list of what could happen, which is bad news for Obama-


    He forgot, smoking gun on Bain/ taxes for Romney!

  75. August 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    President Obama will again urge Congress to pass an extension of middle class tax cuts on Friday morning, also giving him an opportunity to weigh in on the July jobs numbers, due out earlier in the day.

    The president is set to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and will be joined by people who would benefit from an extension of the tax cut, senior advisor David Plouffe said in an email to supporters.

    “As dysfunctional as Washington can be, this fight is far from hopeless. We saw that last week when Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agreed to allow a vote on extending the middle-class tax cuts, and the legislation passed. Now the House needs to follow the Senate’s lead and vote to ensure taxes don’t go up on the middle class,” Plouffe says.

    But the event is also a chance for Obama to what he always does on the first Friday of the month, a White House aide confirmed: comment on the Labor Department’s latest July jobs numbers. The rate stayed flat from May to June at 8.2 percent, with a gain of 80,000 jobs on nonfarm payrolls, adding to a several-month span of disappointing numbers for the administration.

    From Washington to Main Street and Wall Street — not to mention Obama and Romney campaign headquarters in Chicago and Boston — eyes are on whether the slugishness will continue or be supplanted by bigger gains.

    The numbers could turn out to be better. ADP, which has in recent months not been very accurate in predicting jobs numbers, said Wednesday that American businesses added 163,000 jobs in July.

    Jennifer Epstein-

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