Rise and Shine


President Obama puts his shoes back on after meeting wrestlers on the mat at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, August 9

….President Obama, visiting the Olympic training center here, had slipped his shoes off to greet athletes on a wrestling mat.

When he went to retrieve them, he plunked right down to put them on, with a gaggle of cameras rolling and reporters standing in front of him.

One reporter, CBS’s Peter Maer, remarked, “Very presidential, sir,” according to a pool report.

“Thanks. No holes in my socks,” the president joked. “My grandmother would be proud.”







The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, August 9

Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pa, Aug. 9

Montgomery County, Pa, August 9


Grand Junction, Colorado, August 8 (Flickr)


Morning everyone 😉

201 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Carol
    August 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good morning

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    August 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

    There you are….FINALLY! 😆 😆 TWELVE MILLION!!!! 😀 😀 Oh, yeah! Good Morning, EVERYONE! #PRESSINGON Let’s roll!
    ‘Ain’t no stopping us now. We’re on the move…’
    So it’s Friday and time for the usual jobs kerfuffle? Pshaw! 😆

    • August 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thank you VC, I missed it – again!!!!! Morning 😉

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        August 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

        There’s much to be said in support of that BELL I want to attach to you! It could tell me when you are coming as well as provide a means of yanking you awake, or back, when TODobots need to celebrate WITH YOU, RIGHT AWAY!!! Give it some serious thought. We’ll need to move on this soon as the 80+ remaining days are going fast. 😉 😉 😛

      • 9 Pamela
        August 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

        I missed it this time Chipsticks, but am here now! Congratulations! And thank YOU! 🙂

      • 10 Tally
        August 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        Chips – Check your email. 😀

  3. August 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Anyone else having a problem with WordPress?

  4. 14 Carol
    August 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    What? Presidents don’t put on their own shoes? Romney would just have kept them on. He’s special..

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

      It did cross my mind when I saw those pictures to ask myself why the WH doesn’t have a shoe-putter-on-er for THIS president. He works so hard the country could afford to spring for that little bit of relief for him. Upon reflection, however, I realized that him sitting down like this while on the trail provides a brief moment of ‘rest’. 😉 😛

  5. 16 Elle in MI
    August 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Morning TOD! Loving all the posts. Fired up!

  6. 17 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning all. Have a great Obama Day. Turned in 3 more new voter registration forms yesterday. Work today but I will do what I can do.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

      A very Good Morning to you, PMGZ!

      ‘Turned in 3 more new voter registration forms yesterday.’ Because I’m not in the country these brief updates really, really are meaningful to see/hear. Thank you.

  7. 19 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am


    The Professional Left’s Weak Constitution

    By Deaniac83


    Did you see the bloviators on the Professional Left going into absolute freakout mode today over an ad released by the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action? Here’s the ad:
    So don’t give me this pious baloney about how Priorities USA is doing something wrong. Don’t give me this high-horse manure. This is a campaign to pick which direction America is going to take: investing in our country as a people or destroy the social compact. This isn’t the time to sit back and nitpick fights with the president’s supports. This isn’t the time to get horrified of the fact that – gasp – for once, the Democrats have a team that knows to hit back as well as it gets. This is the time to celebrate the fact that we have people supporting the president who can do this work.

    The response to being asked about this ad is not to recoil in horror because this is a “character attack” on Romney. The proper response is this: what this ad shows is Mitt Romney’s character – he cares about no one but people like himself. The ad is factually accurate. The conversation it is sparking is the most relevant one in this election. For goodness’ sake, Mitt Romney is still blaming President Obama for deficits and job losses caused by George W. Bush and his policies, and an ad linking Mitt Romney to the actions of a company he ran and was full owner of is what’s bringing out all the howling from the so-called “Left?” Give me an effing break.



    • 20 TrumpDog
      August 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

      They were outraged at the Bain attacks too.
      I’m sick of them bemoaning how Dems don’t fight back. But when they do, they start clutching their fucking pearls.

      They can suck it.

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        August 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

        Yes, they can, TD, because if the Obama team did not hit hard, they would be complaining about a “weak” response. They like to complain because perpetual pouting and outrage gives them a purpose. Waste of time to listen to them.

        • 22 Nena20409
          August 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

          They serve a purpose too. The right listens to them. Just remember in 2008, the PUMAs, and the far left.

          Utopia is great in a world where Only Rainbows are beautiful. In REAL life, not so much.

          It is maddening, but the reality is the professional lefties are not controlling what pres Obama does.

    • 23 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Another clip from the same article. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d like to second LadyHawke’s recommendation.

      /…The corporate media has no interest in a serious political debate. They are only interested in the horse-race. The debate about what kind of an economy we want – and what kind of an economy each of the candidates have advocated for throughout their lives – can only be introduced into this disgusting media culture by the means of shock. And ads that generate that shock will be the only effective ones to spark that conversation – not just on our TV screens but in our living rooms, over our kitchen tables, and in our coffee shops. That is what this ad does. …/

  8. 24 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Five Reasons That Paul Ryan Won’t Be Mitt’s Running Mate

    By Jason Sattler


    Mitt Romney is spending his summer doing exactly what a presidential candidate doesn’t want to be doing: wooing his base.

    The only groups of people among whom he’s confidently leading are married white men and women, and yet his attacks on welfare and the birth control mandate appeal pretty much only to married white and women. For a guy who was planning on being an Etch-a-Sketch, he’s only shaking himself further to right, trying to win over the people who are going to vote for him anyway. He’s badly in need of some improvement to his image and his running mate pick is his best chance.

    The problem is his base wants him to pick one man: Paul Ryan. The Wall Street Journal took the extraordinary step of endorsing the Wisconsin congressman as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee on its Wednesday editorial page: “The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election.”

    If that’s true, Mitt Romney is in trouble. Here’s why hewill never pick Paul Ryan to be the Cheney to his Bush. (And if he does, why it will be a terrible blunder.)



    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      August 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

      LH, I wish these articles wouldn’t try to be so helpful to Romney. Let him pick Ryan and then let Ryan talk. Sounds good to me. We’ve been down this “the VP pick is going to fix everything” road. No VP choice can fix a broken candidate.

      • 26 jacquelineoboomer
        August 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Yes, pick Ryan and let him talk and sport that godawful Eddie Munster widow’s peak. (Never hated anything so much in my life. Ha!) And when they both lose, Mitt can hold him down like the bully he is, and shave his head. Thanks in advance, Mitt!

      • 29 nathkatun7
        August 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        I agree with you Jackie! I am sick of the so called liberal journalists and pundits giving valuable advice to Romney. It appears that they want to see President Obama defeated.

    • August 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Please Willard pick Ayn Rand Jr.

  9. 31 utaustinliberal
    August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Video of Pres. Obama at the Olympic center and the cute socks moment.

    • 32 TrumpDog
      August 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

      He’s so damn cute..

      I caught SOME news this morning and they were talking about negative ads. Anyway, they showed various clips of Mitt walking out and waving to people. And what struck me is how unbelievable stiff and unnatural the guy is. I know people have in the past referred to him as a robot but that really is how he comes off. He looks so awkward and weird.

      • 33 Carol
        August 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

        What did he need a pail for in his hardware stuff? What a phoney! Tring to be cool like the oresident. He bought soda with caffine..oops

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Well what do you know, another video that’s not available ‘in my country’! This is discrimination, plain and simple. 😉

    • 35 isonprize
      August 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      I saw the still shot and thought ‘how considerate of him to take his shoes off. He knew gym rules and that he could damage the mats with his hard sole shoes.

      And now seeing the video clip, I can see that the “very presidential” comment was pure sarcasm. PBO flipped it perfectly with his ‘thank you’ and a comment that most men can relate to — not having holes in his socks. Topped it off with mentioning how proud his Toot would be of him. So down-to-earth, so charming. Who can hate on his sweet, cutiepie grandma??

      He’s so quick, so gracious and so LETHAL.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        August 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

        Yes, that pure sarcasm comment was uncalled for – but expected. Good thing I wasn’t there to wring that reporter’s neck, not that I’m normally inclined to even mild violence. But exceptions can be made.

      • 37 pugeretto
        August 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

        Lethal….good one to remember….perfect.

  10. 38 chitra
    August 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    In honor of Chips hitting 12 mil mark I like to donate through one of the nice people here. One of you care to put your link.

  11. August 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

    G’morning Chips and congratulations on achieving the 12m hit milestone!!! 🙂 🙂

    Good morning TOD, everyone, lurkers, and congratulations Carol on # 1!

  12. 49 amkforobama
    August 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    GM folks

  13. 50 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    12 mil already ????

    Congrats Chips and TOD’ers.

    Now where is my gimlet ?

  14. 54 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Ah, FLOTUS pics. Cool.

  15. 55 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 8:45 am
  16. 57 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 8:49 am
  17. 58 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 8:50 am


    FUSSBUDGET – How Paul Ryan captured the G.O.P.

    by Ryan Lizza


    In mid-April of 2011, in a speech at George Washington University, Obama once again decided to make an example of Ryan. Republicans were finally about to vote on the Path to Prosperity, and the President was eager to offer his opinion. Obama, for nearly the first time in his Presidency, emphasized the ideological divide between the two parties rather than offering bromides about what they shared. The White House invited Ryan to the speech and reserved a V.I.P. seat for him. Obama had personally called Ryan after Republicans won the majority in the House the previous November, and Ryan thought the two might have a rapport. They both liked sports and, because Ryan’s district runs along the Illinois border close to Chicago, knew many of the same people. “He’s a cerebral guy who likes policy, and he’s from my part of the country,” Ryan said. “At the beginning, I did have some hope.”

    Ryan sat in the front row as the President shredded his plan. “I believe it paints a vision of our future that’s deeply pessimistic,” Obama said. “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill.”

    Ryan seemed genuinely shocked.



  18. August 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Morning Everyone, we have this 30min weekly program over here on our ABC channel in Australia called Planet America. I don’t usually watch it, but when I do, I make sure to tweet them when I feel they are opinionating too much on the right. The young host, Chas tweeted back an apology one time when I said he unfairly portrayed PBO in a past segment.

    Anyway I saw an interesting graph last night which may be of interest to fellow TODers and Twitters. (Chips, if it is possible, no worries if not, I’m hoping that you OR perhaps someone else here can somehow edit the relevant section I write of below, or capture the picture of the graph itself so it is more tweetable. I did send a tweet to the show requesting an online copy of the graphs only, but haven’t received a reply…Thanks Chips).

    You can choose to watch the whole show or you can watch the section on the analysis of the US Job Figures only from about the 3:48 mark. The graph I found interesting is around 5:36. It shows exactly how deep the last recession in 2009 is in comparison to previous recessions dating from Jan 1959. The reason it is of interest is that the US media and GOP keep saying PBOs recovery of this recession is too slow etc. While PBO has said over and over how the GFC caused the greatest recession to the depression, this graph illustrates the significant achievements of PBOs administration to claw its way back up and what PBO inherited was about 3x worse than all previous recessions.

    Every month of positive job growth should be aplauded.


    • 62 Pamela
      August 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for posting this Berny, I will watch it a bit later when I have more time, but reading your comments, I cannot help but wish abc in America would just do the right thing and show this info. It is always easier to gain balanced views when reading it in another country! The bias in this country is truly appalling.

      • August 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

        You’re welcome Pamela. Further down below, when I have time, I will finish watching the webinar put out by Sunlight Foundation called “follow the money” They compile all this updated information and search tools mainly for…..reporters. The age of social media is maturing rapidly so that no matter where we are, we all have access to a wealth of information to make up our own minds.

        • 64 Pamela
          August 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

          I would like to watch that as well, but find I cannot open YouTube when it is imbedded in a tweet. Unless Chipsticks can put it up as YouTube only. Gotta get going!

  19. August 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Oh, I just read above..12M CONGRATULATIONS to Chips!…hip hip……..

  20. August 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “…the president joked. “My grandmother would be proud.”

    Indeed, indeed, indeed!

  21. August 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good morning Chips and everyone. These pictures warm my heart. The First Couple are so down to earth, and upbeat. Heir smiles light up the whole country. Great to wake up to. Thank you.

  22. 68 dotster3
    August 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    An amazing series of photos depicting news events from here and around the world


    • 69 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Wow…excellent collection. Thanks dotster! The one with the clouds and hint of sun against the Chicago skyline….captivating.

  23. August 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

  24. 71 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Dishonoring Dad: The Romney Campaign Blows Racial Foghorn

    By Joe Conason


    Perhaps stung by Clinton’s fierce statement, which described the Romney ad as “untrue,” “misleading” and “disappointing,” the Republican candidate has followed up by pointing out that Obama, as an Illinois state senator, once voiced doubts about welfare reform. But the truth is that the president reassessed that view openly and courageously in 2008, when he said that TANF’s results were better than he had anticipated – and that work should be a central part of any government assistance program for poor families.

    But this is not a policy dispute, because there is clearly no significant difference in policy between Clinton and Obama – and no real cause for concern that these new regulations would endanger welfare reform. There can be only one reason for the Romney campaign to focus on this tangential issue – the same old racial strategy, now used to recruit blue-collar white voters who otherwise find their candidate’s plutocratic profile repellent.



  25. 72 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Morning all:) 12 MILLION! That’s amazing…but not surprising. Congrats, Chips…for this special place. Love you bunches:) And to Carol…who must have been up before the crack of dawn!

  26. August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Good morning, OTeam!!

    Our DonnaDem made a pledge to get at least one donation per day until the election. While she’s away on vacation, let’s help keep her streak going. Just $3 will do the trick!!


    Only 88 days left to Election Day. Let’s help President Obama get his message out when and where it counts. Thank you.

  27. August 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Wow, Chipstarrrrr, over 12 million hits!! Congratulations to you and a round of thanks for all your hard work and imagination to bring us the very latest in news, video, photos, commentary and HOPE. Here’s to 12 million more!!

    Fist bumps all around!!

  28. 81 Nena20409
    August 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I would wish that Amk or BobF or any of the wonderful people who do amazing stuff with twitter and Facebook would have a combined picture of PBO as posted above, where he is putting his shoes back on and in a split screen have Romneyhood at the airport sitting down getting his shoes shone. I would love that sent out all over the twitter machine. It says a lot. Speaking of a picture as they say, is worth a thousand words.

    I am Thanking you all in advance.

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Great idea. Great contrast between the great man and the lesser man, and there’s no doubt which is which.

      • 83 carolyn
        August 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Actually, that picture of Romney with his foot up at the airport, shows him getting wanded for security. But, still a very privileged moment, as no one else gets that preferential treatment.

  29. 84 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 9:29 am


    Conservatives had been itching to enlist Romney more openly in just such a crusade, out of the same overweening ideological confidence that drove them to enlist the Republican Congress. And Romney’s campaign plan has begun to look increasingly shaky. Obama has successfully defined him as a self-interested agent of his economic class. Polls have shown that Romney’s perceived advantage in handling the economy, his only advantage, has dwindled to little or nothing. (The latest Fox News poll has Romney’s advantage on the economy dropping from 7 points to 3; in CNN’s poll, just 29 percent agreed that the economy will improve only if Romney wins — this is his entire campaign premise! — while 31 percent said it would improve only if Obama wins.)

    OK! Let’s put Mr. End Medicare on the ticket!

    • 85 Obama Grandmama
      August 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Upon logging in to come to this post today one of Yahoo’s news headlines was about a poll saying our confidence in the economy was down. I did not check the poll out but assumed they needed to find something negative to talk about after yesterday’s polls. More maniputlation.

  30. 86 sherijr
    August 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

    wowzer Chips, Congratulations on 12 million- AMAZING!! It couldn’t happen to a better blog or a better blog ‘mom’ 🙂 Thank you so much for continuing on for all of us~

    • August 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Hey sherijr,

      Although you’re movin’ from ND to MD, here’s something for you… Just like TX, and other “red” states, ND isn’t “all-red”: 😉

      By the way, have great, safe and successful travels and moves!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      HOPE over fear & CHANGE over racism!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_d9mntKvGM & feature=player_embedded

    • August 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Volunteers across America: North Dakota…

      My name is Gerri Fairfield. I taught for 28 years, and today I’m a volunteer for President Obama’s grassroots campaign in Fargo, North Dakota…

      I started a Women for Obama group here in North Dakota. We meet every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and talk about what’s been happening in the political world…

      What I’m finding is that people have all different levels of knowledge… I’ll tell you what: I live in a more conservative area, but I’m pleasantly surprised how many people have told me they support the President…


  31. August 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    PLEASE, give me a break.

  32. 95 Pamela
    August 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I must away, my dears, thank you for an enlightened morning. Just before I go: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/dashboard/2012/Pamela 😆

  33. 97 hopefruit2
    August 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I see that NYT is doing it’s best to boost Romney against the tremendous onslaught of damaging (but true) reports involving his tax evasion schemes and the bad national polls and electoral models. But what would you expect from a media outlet that gives PBO 57% negative coverage compared to 43% for Romney?

    First they print a “Romney-as-financial-savior” article about how Romney “saved” a couple who were in danger of losing their home by re-investing in the troubled asset. Then there is little Nate to put a B.S. spin on the recent polls by tweeting that they are no big deal etc, that Romney has no reason to panic and that his VP selection could sway the outcome of the election, blah, blah blah…

    Glad I’m not the only one seeing right through this nonsense!

  34. 101 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Charles Blow: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/the-welfare-gambit/?hp

    Earlier this week, Mitt Romney claimed that President Obama had moved to eliminate the work requirement for welfare recipients.

    In person, Romney has repeated this claim over and over.

    The only problem is that it’s not true. In fact, that assertion is misleading in myriad ways.

    Never mind that waivers from aspects of the federal welfare program were requested by the Republican governors of Nevada and Utah.

    Never mind that, as Talking Points Memo pointed out Tuesday: “In 2005, Romney and 28 other Republican governors wrote a letter to Congress requesting even more flexibility than Obama has offered, for the purpose of ‘[e]mpowering states to seek new and innovative solutions to help welfare recipients achieve independence.’”

    Never mind that “as governor, Romney offered welfare recipients free auto insurance, registration, inspections and memberships in AAA, ” as Joe Klein noted, also on Tuesday.

    Oh…there’s more! But did you know that Romney offered welfare recipients free auto insurance? Registration, inspections and memberships in AAA????????????????????????? WTH!

  35. 103 vcprezofan2
    August 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    No matter the environs OUR President is at ease. 😎

  36. 104 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    A BJ post

    This is a great feel good story for a Friday morning. The campaign to raise $250,000 to rebuild the Joplin Mosque has already raised $265,000


    • 105 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Very nice! Shows the real depth of humanity when people put aside pettiness for the common good. GOP in congress and elsewhere might want to take a page from their book in helping to move this country forward.

    • August 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

      What a beautiful thing for the good people in America to step up and rally around this cause. Freedom of religion is still a Democratic value.

  37. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    August 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Yes, Mr. President, your grandmother would be proud! So very proud.

    Good morning, TOD!

  38. 108 nospin
    August 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Romney Visits Iowa ‘Farmer’ Who Is Also A Millionaire Real Estate Mogul With A Spaceship House And Personal Car Wash

    If Mitt Romney wants to change perceptions that he’s out of touch with the average American, he might want to try a little harder.


  39. 110 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    OH! BAM!!! http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-real-reason-mitt-romney-is-losing.html Don’t be alarmed by the language! This is actually pretty tame for the Rude Pundit 🙂

    A secret source of the Rude Pundit’s (yeah, fuck you, Politico, the Rude Pundit’s got those, too) said they recently spoke to a bunch of Republican officials who are genuinely embarrassed that they have to support Mitt Romney. One can only imagine the pain of having to grit one’s teeth and say that the giant peckerwood next to you should lead the nation. Christ, Romney is such a stiff tool that he makes Bob Dole look like a charmer.

  40. 111 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Nice! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014189484
    Politico: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention

    Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and plan a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,” Democratic sources tell POLITICO.

    According to convention planning documents, the three-night convention in Charlotte, N.C., early next month will seek to “xpose Mitt Romney as someone who doesn’t understand middle class challenges” while also burnishing “the President’s image as someone whose life story is about fighting for middle class Americans and those working to get into the middle class.”

    Each night of the convention will include a star turn for what planners call “real people” — for instance, an auto worker whose job was saved, a student who benefited from college loans and an entrepreneur fueled by federal research-and-development funds.
    The most innovative — and harshest — element of the preliminary program is a nightly “social contrast” in which two people describe their personal experience with a hot-button issue — one person lauding the president’s actions, the other taking Romney to task. “Each paired-testimonial should have an ‘unexpected’ participant,” the documents say.

    • 112 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Wooooosh! This should be very good. Must-see TV; can’t wait!

    • 114 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

      OH MY! This is gonna be brilliant. I just *KNEW* we were in for some yummy surprises from this campaign. It’s gonna be awesome coming down the home stretch to November. The 2008 Convention in Denver was magnificent, and this looks like it may top that.

      CAN’T WAIT! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

      AWESOME SAUCE. Unlike the RNC, full of hatred, vitriol and arrogance, the DNC is going to be absolutely interesting and appealing to most of middle America.

  41. 116 hopefruit2
    August 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    HAHAHAHA! Now the MSM is having a major sad because alas, the Citizens United deal they all were so banking on just doesn’t seem to working out as planned. Romney’s campaign and super PAC ads aren’t helping him, while Obama’s ads seem to be extremely effective. That just doesn’t sit well with the MSM.

    • 117 amk for obama
      August 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

      • 118 hopefruit2
        August 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Right on amk! Was just about to post your tweet. The MSM is in a state of panic right now.

        • 119 whatisworking
          August 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

          OK – This is a chance to fight criticism with facts. I need some twitter help here. I can retweet so need someone to send these types of tweets to Mark Knoller.

          Ads that showcase the saving of the auto industry inspire me

          Ads that tell the story of how the ACA saves lives educate the public

          Ads that showcase the difference between the Obama and Romney tax plan help me decide who to vote for.

          If anyone would make these tweets I would happily retweet them.

          • 120 hopefruit2
            August 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

            Excellent idea WIW! I’ve done just as you’ve asked. If you’re not following me, just check my Twitter TL @aspirational12


            • 121 Roberta in MN
              August 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

              That’s who you are. You are on twitter a lot. Me too, but I don’t always post anything. Lurker.

    • 122 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

      One thing I’ve noticed about Willard’s ads is that they all have a bit of amateurism to them. They’re not up to par production-wise or message-wise. They have goo gobs of money, but no artistry, genius, or excellence.

      • 123 hopefruit2
        August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

        Exactly. The return on investment is poor because the candidate is inferior and the ads are inferior! All the money in the world won’t change that.

  42. August 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hidee Ho O’s!!!! Great getting up day today again. The polls out today, such as they are, and for what they’re worth is mightily in our favor.

    My political take today is:

    da da da dum…..snap, snap…. da, da, da, dum…..snap, snap.

    They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They’re all together ooky,
    The Addams Family.

    Mitt Romney as Lurch
    Paul Ryan as Eddie Munster (from the neighboring Munster family)
    Newt Gingrich as Uncle Fester
    Chris Christie as Cousin Cackle
    Bobby Jindal as The Thing

    da da da dum…..snap, snap…. da, da, da, dum…..snap, snap.

    The White House? A museum.
    No one allowed to see ’em
    If we don’t go and beat ’em
    The folks of Rmoney…snap, snap

  43. 125 pugeretto
    August 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Good Morning Chips, 12,002,267 hits, look what you’ve done! Hip hip hooray to you! Now to catch up (again!)

  44. 127 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 10:25 am


    Ah, Mitt…pissing off Republicans, too:)

    PBO in Pueblo:

    “At a moment when homegrown energy, renewable energy is creating new jobs in states like Colorado and Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers. Think about what that would mean for a community like Pueblo. The wind industry supports about 5,000 jobs across this state. Without those tax credits, 37,000 American jobs, including potentially hundreds of jobs right here, would be at risk.

    “Colorado, it’s time to stop spending billions in taxpayer subsidies on an oil industry that’s already making a lot of profit and let’s keep investing in new energy sources that have never been more promising. That’s the choice in this election.”

    The issue is every bit as relevant, if not more so, in Iowa. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) said this week he felt like “it was just like a knife in my back” when he learned Romney opposes the wind energy tax credit Grassley has helped champion.

  45. August 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Try to say it better than DougJ at Balloon Juice:

    “When Democrats were the dominant party, they ran ads accusing their opponents of causing nuclear war and they scared up votes from dead people in Illinois. They also defeated Hitler and the Great Depression, passed Civil Rights, and presided over the greatest economic expansion in human history. Let’s be that party again. Because I’m tired of the one that frets about being fair to its opponents while it watches the nation burn.”



    • 129 desertflower
      August 10, 2012 at 10:32 am


    • 130 Cman
      August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

      A comment from that post that I just had to bring over

      ‘I remember reading back before Obama won the election someone from Chicago was quoted. “He’s a very smart politician, so good in fact that he’ll cut his opponent off at the knees and make them belive they were born short” ”


  46. 131 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

    EXCELLENT NEWS!!! http://swampland.time.com/2012/08/10/a-new-wind-blowing-obamas-clean-energy-revolution/

    Before President Obama took office, the U.S. had 25 gigawatts of wind power, and the government’s “base case” energy forecast expected 40 GW by 2030. Well, it’s not quite 2030 yet, but we’ve already got 50 GW of wind. We’ve also got about 5 GW of solar, which isn’t much, but is over six times more than we had before Obama. Mitt Romney has suggested that wind and solar are “imaginary” sources of energy, but they can now power 15 million homes, and their industries employ more than 300,000 Americans. That’s real.

    On Thursday, Obama was in Colorado, a big wind state, talking about wind. On Wednesday, Romney was in Iowa, another big wind state, not talking about wind. But the media, for a change, were talking about wind, because Republicans in Iowa have criticized Romney’s opposition to tax credits for the wind industry. I would also point out, and not only because The New New Deal is coming out next week, that Romney and his party opposed the Obama stimulus bill that revived the wind industry and the rest of the clean-tech sector from a near-death experience. As I’ve written before, wind turbines the size of 747’s were rusting in the fields after the financial collapse of 2008; after Obama signed the stimulus, wind companies began pouring billions of dollars back into the U.S.

    More of this please!!! He is a visionary!! I love my President:) Friday is good!

  47. 134 hopefruit2
    August 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

  48. August 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

    A very (fucking) early good West Coast morning everyone. My library is a cooling center, and L.A. County has declared a heat emergency, so guess who’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, tomorrow, and Sunday. THIS GUY! A bit annoying, but, you know, public service, the public good, and all that stuff we love. Of course, my manager lucked out by being on vacation, so I’m in charge. I have to come up with a fair schedule so that we all have at least a bit of a weekend. However, OVERTIME!

    I see that the TPM poll average has PBO leading by almost 6 points! Ain’t no stopping us now, babies. Onward, and crush the GOP!

    • 136 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Good Morning LL! I guess you’ll be busy all weekend with the heat, but amk is already asking for gimlets to celebrate Chips’ milestone of 12M hits on TOD! Just a gentle warning 🙂

    • 138 desertflower
      August 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I feel your pain, LL! Yesterday it was 115 and felt like 150….I had to be out in that for part of my day..I came home and fell asleep on the couch until 8:30pm…the life was sucked out of me! The day before was no different…I unstuck the clothes from my body, tried to wrestle my suit on, and jumped in the pool. It’s TOO FUCKING HOT! ( But there’s no such thing as global warming!) Thanks for doing your part:)

  49. 139 japa21
    August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Absolutely fantastic article from Charles Pierce.These are some things the president of the United States cannot say but that I can say about him. Because he is a black man, he has an obligation to be grateful to the white people who voted him into office. Because he is a black man, he has an obligation not to use the full powers of his office in such a way as to alienate any of the white people who so graciously voted him into office. Because he is a black man, he has an obligation not to use the full advantages of his office in his effort to get those white people to reelect him as their president for another four years. Because those white people voted him into office, his primary job as president is to make sure his entire presidency is a demonstration of how far we’ve come as a nation on race, and that means he is not allowed to do anything or say anything that the white people who elected him can perceive to be divisive, because his primary function is to make them feel good about themselves. In theory, at least, all presidents are servants of the people who elected them. In the case of Barack Obama, it has seemed from the start that the idea as applied to him was more than mere metaphor. He is the first president in my lifetime whom the country felt obligated to remind that he know his place.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz239cBb0sa

  50. 141 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

    If Mitt Romney wants to change perceptions that he’s out of touch with the average American, he might want to try a little harder.

    In an attempt to show his concern for farmers hit by the devastating drought that has swept 78 percent of the country, Romney had a photo-op with Iowa “farmer” Lemar Koethe. However, Koethe isn’t exactly the rugged down-home farmer struggling to keep his operation going that you might expect.

    Or should I say operations — 54 of them. Yes, according to the Des Moines Register, Koethe owns 54 soy and corn farms. And that’s just one of his jobs.

    In previous reports on his activity over the years from the Des Moines Register, Koethe is also a described as a millionaire, a real estate mogul, and a former concert promoter who booked acts like Slipknot at his 24,000 square foot event center.

  51. 148 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 10:52 am


    Gingrich the Surrogate

    By Steve Benen


    Gingrich responded, “Well, let me say, first of all, I think that Mitt and I get along fine. We get a lot of stuff done together. And I don’t particularly dislike him as a person.”

    Remember, the former House Speaker was there in his capacity as a high-profile Romney supporter. Asked why so many people have an active aversion to Romney, best Gingrich could say is he doesn’t “particularly dislike him.”
    As the “Hardball” interview showed, it’s awkward to talk about, especially just a few months before Election Day, but it’s worth kicking the subject around, if only as an intellectual exercise. Romney was governor for a term, and he quickly became widely disliked. He ran for president four years ago, and he was the only candidate all the other Republicans held in contempt. He’s running for president now, and not only do voters find it hard to warm up to the guy, but his own surrogates struggle to praise him in public.

    This hardly seems like a recipe for success.



  52. 149 jacquelineoboomer
    August 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

    • 150 amk for obama
      August 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

      • 151 jacquelineoboomer
        August 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

        Keep ’em coming, amk!

      • 152 Obama Grandmama
        August 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        Too bad we value truth in product advertising by requiring honest ads more than we do political candidates telling truth in their ads. There is a law requiring products be advertised truthfully but none for political ads in the US. Canada has a law that political advertising needs to be truthful. If we had that law too most of the Romney ads would not be allowed to air.

    • 153 0388jojothecat
      August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Mark Knopeller must get all his questions from a two year old. If this is the best analysis of the difference between a “product” ad and a “political” ad he needs to retire while he still has one ounce of dignity.

      • 154 jacquelineoboomer
        August 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        Agree. But he really lost his last ounce of dignity with me the day he tweeted that President Obama’s Nobel Prize dollars went directly to charities, to more or less avoid paying taxes on them (or something like that). Who would make such a statement? Only a fool.

    • 155 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      HAHA…It seems that all of a sudden, Knoller has a problem with ads when he didn’t seem to give an ant’s ass about ads in the past…WHY???

    • 157 whatisworking
      August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      repeated from above

      OK – This is a chance to fight criticism with facts. I need some twitter help here. I can retweet so need someone to send these types of tweets to Mark Knoller.

      Ads that showcase the saving of the auto industry inspire me

      Ads that tell the story of how the ACA saves lives educate the public

      Ads that showcase the difference between the Obama and Romney tax plan help me decide who to vote for.

      If anyone would make these tweets I would happily retweet them.

  53. August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    And this is my first tweet this week. (Yes, it’s been that busy for me.)

  54. August 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Those Ny Times articles favoring Willard, are Leaks from their Campaign to Humanize Him.

    • August 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Also, I don’t care if the Ny Times made a Mask for Willard -portraying Him as Mother Teresa, he still is a Dick!

      • 165 anniebella
        August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

        I didn’t know Mother Teresa, but from what I did know she didn’t go around lying every time she open her mouth. She didn’t take from the poor to give the rich, so Mitt Mother Teresa, I think not.

      • 166 carolyn
        August 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

        I read an article this morning entitled “The Real Ann Romney” sorry, no link….when I finished, I still had NO idea what she is! It’s like trying to get hold of fog. As we often say, “There is no “there” there!”

    • 167 amk for obama
      August 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

      A single anecdote, probably staged, doesn’t erase years of history.

  55. 168 Renegade522/AuntSis
    August 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I just voted!!! YEAH!!!

  56. 171 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

  57. 172 anniebella
    August 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Isn’t that picture of FLOTUS holding that little boy face precious.

  58. August 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

  59. August 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations Miss Chips. We are proud of you and we thank you for this wonderful place. Well done TOD-obots you too desreve praise for all the positives that you bring here for all who visit. ONWARD and FORWARD President Barack Obama!

  60. August 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

  61. August 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I realize the warhawk position in Israel has been their drumbeat for a very long time but it’s getting entirely out of control.

    Ehud Barak Badly Overplays His Hand


    ‘Netanyahu, Barak mulling fall strike on Iran’


    They are trying to influence our election.

  62. August 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Chips, congrats on 12 mil! And congrats on Man U’s future new signing… USAIN BOLT! 😆

  63. 181 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 11:45 am


    How The Right Robbed Romney Of His Running Room

    By Brian Beutler


    Mitt Romney wants to boast about his signature policy achievement — universal health care in Massachusetts — but the right won’t let him.

    It’s no secret that Romney has an uneasy alliance with the conservative base. But the movement’s reaction when he nodded at Romneycare wasn’t an isolated freakout about the one issue they disagree on. It was a warning to Romney that he veers from orthodoxy at his peril.

    When it became clear that Romney would be the GOP nominee, the right, suspicious of his moderate past, undertook an effort to rob him of his governing agency. That’s included constraining his options on everything from tax policy to his vice presidential pick. The clamor when he claimed credit for Romneycare exemplifies what happens when he bucks those constraints.

    “We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” Grover Norquist told conservatives at the CPAC convention in February.



  64. August 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Postman says we picked a Celebrity in 08, now please please please pick me for VP. Really?
    And all Jon King could do, was nod His Head.
    These interviews are a lovefest.

  65. August 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

  66. August 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Robney adviser says polls don’t matter. That is scary. They still seem confident, down 9 points.
    Red flag!

    • 186 Linda
      August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      YIkes….that reminds me of this from 2004.

      • 187 Roberta in MN
        August 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

        And they did in Ohio, now the poll watchers are watching, so they are using the registration fraud as an excuse. You have to get out in the numbers +++++++++.

    • 188 jackiegrumbacher
      August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Jovie, they have to say that because that’s what campaigns do. They have months to go to collect their paychecks and to bring big cash into their campaign, so they have to give the impression that they’re on top of things and have got it covered. They have always believed that their big money could buy anything and, of course, they’re counting on voter suppression. We have to work hard to prove they’re wrong.

    • 189 Cman
      August 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Of course they would say that. What else are they going to say? We are losing?

    • 190 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Jovie, they do NOT seem confident at all. They are panicked. They are all over the airwaves trying to poo-poo the recent set of polls and ads from OFA and Priorities USA. They have advised their MSM pundits to try to boost Romney’s image by only posting “feel-good” articles about him, while attacking Obama’s campaign as negative.

      There is no sign of confidence coming from the Robney camp. NONE WHATSOVER!

    • 191 Lovepolitics2008
      August 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      This is not confidence. This is false bravado.

      Jovie, I understand it’s important to not get complacent and think the election is in the bag. But being optimistic is permitted too.

      • August 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

        Again, that would be true if I were not a Team Captain for OFA!
        I suggest everybody get out at least once per week, find tour local office and volunteer.
        They are very organized?

  67. August 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Congratulations Chips on the 12 Million milestone and thank you for this amazing community!


  68. 194 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 11:53 am


    The standards for ’embarrassment’

    By Steve Benen


    Right. Mitt Romney has spent the last several months arguing that President Obama is a corrupt liar, who hates free enterprise and religion, and who’s driven by an ideology that’s “foreign to the American experience.” One of Romney’s chief surrogates has said the president should “learn how to be an American,” and “has no idea how the American system functions,” in part because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something.”

    But Obama, we’re told who is “focused almost exclusively on personal attacks,” despite the inconvenient reality that the president has yet to attack Romney personally in any way.

    I’m not sure which thought is more disconcerting: the notion that Romney believes what he’s saying (in which case he’s burdened by deeply strange delusions) or he doesn’t (in which case he’s a profound cynic who perceives Americans are uninformed fools).

    Either way, I’m left with the same question: if the president were as awful as Romney says he is, shouldn’t the Republican candidate be able to stick to the facts?



    • 195 Obama Grandmama
      August 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Another lesson I learn from the false information in Romney’s attacks and lack of acknowledgement about them is if Mitt Romney were President he might give the American people false information about world affairs as well as insulting our allies and enemies. The lies in the ads, the world trip complete with insults of our allies on it are proof of the possibilities. This could dangerously lead to all kinds of International crisis as well as another war. That has happened in the not so distant past with Bush and we are still struggling to get out of that mess.

  69. August 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    RNC Chair Reince Priebus is so tired of talking about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, he said Friday he’s done discussing them.

    Not so fast, Rinse! Quick everybody tweet Rinse about Robney tax returns.

    • 197 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Well, the American people aren’t done talking about them so Rinse can say whatever he wants.

      As yesterday’s CNN poll showed, 63% of the voters want Willard to release his returns.

  70. 198 Dudette
    August 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama was a guest on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning on the radio talking about her girls, the Olympics, Eric Benet’s voice vs. PBO’s voice, and her “It Takes One” GOTV campaign for Obama 2012. Needlesstosay she was wonderful as always.

    Tom is a HUGE Obama supporter from way, way back. I love his pet name for The President — “Big Chief” 🙂
    You can listen to it here:
    Part One (button for Click Here to Listen opens an audio player. Takes a few seconds for audio to load)

    Part Two (button for Click Here to Listen opens an audio player. Takes a few seconds for audio to load)

    Or you can read transcript of the interview here:

    I’m desperately trying to find audio online of the TJMS jingle they played between the two segments where they mixed POTUS singing Let’s Stay Together with Jay-Z rapping. It was so nice. If anyone finds it before me, please, please, PLEASE post it!

    • 199 cookemom
      August 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I would listen to his show faithfully every morning, during my run. They changed stations and the radio wave frequency is so low now, I get no reception. The only place I can hear even the littlest of it, is if I sit in the car.

  71. 200 Nili
    August 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Haha, not even sure PBO was joking in that last clip on the West Wing Week. Because I have seen a phone in Washington DC that, much to my astonishment, DID have a pizza button. And it worked! O_O

  72. 201 Sue
    August 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    What a dear man President Obama is. Mr. President you are 100% correct – your grandmother would be proud! Very proud!

    4 more 4 44!

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