Heads Up: President Obama in Boone, Iowa

6:15 ET: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event at Boone, Herman Park, Iowa





First lady Michelle Obama, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and host Jay Leno during a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, Calif.


Thank you Roberta in MN – a photo from today’s Rochester Roundtable

117 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Boone, Iowa”

  1. 23 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks you Chips for possting that picture. We had a good meeting today. I can hardly wait until the 21st. We have a campaign rally, I will let you all know who will be there. I sure wished we could have seen the President today, but after looking at his schedule, new it wasn’t going to happen. I would have loved to have had a SnowCone:)

  2. August 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’d faint if I saw that big black bus.

  3. August 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I’m so glad Gabby is being honoured there with the First Lady – I as irate when I kept seeing the other gymnasts honoured during the few Olympic roundups I saw yesterday – with no, or little, mention of Gabby – who actually won the All-Round. She deserves to be honoured.

  4. 26 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Vilsack is on the stage in Boone, saying he studied Ryan’s budget plan, that it would absolutely shred the safety net for farmers. (and, I might add, for everyone else)
    An enterprising farmer along the way posted a sign saying, “Barack, fresh sweet corn off the stalk”—–wanting him to make a corn stop obviously.

  5. August 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    OMG Robme is repeating again the lie about you didn’t build it. Wish CBS would switch over to PBO early. This is gross.

    • August 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      What an idiot. He said that if a kid gets on the honor roll she might have taken a bus, but she deserves credit for her grads. Ummm what about the school and teachers?

      “God gave us the rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness”…oops wasn’t that the Declaration of Independence, not the word of god?

  6. 30 AnitaW
    August 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I may have to watch Jay to catch FLOTUS and Gabby. Also, for folks on twitter, please make sure you are retweeting and interesting tweets that mention Romney and taxes. We want to make sure this stays in the conversation and doesn’t get lost in the Paul Ryan VP pick.

  7. 31 Dudette
    August 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Romney’s constitutional amendment disqualifies Ryan for no business experience

    A constitutional amendment suggested by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have barred Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) from serving as his running mate.

    Speaking to supporters in Las Vegas last May, Romney told the story of a man who said the Constitution should be amended to require three years of business experience to be qualified to be president of the United States.

    The amendment would say that “the president has to spend three years working in business before he becomes president of the United States,” Romney explained. “Then he or she would understand that the policies they are putting into place have to encourage small business to grow.”

    BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczsynski posted the video on Monday and noted that the amendment would have disqualified Ryan.

    The 12th Amendment of the Constitution states that the vice president must meet all of the same eligibility requirements as the president.

    “I think this reflects how dumb Romney’s proposed constitutional amendment is, not Ryan’s fitness for the presidency,” The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein wrote. “It also reflects Romney’s tendency to take positions strategically without carefully considering their long-term impact.”

    “When he made that comment, was it really so difficult for him to imagine naming a vice president without business experience? That would, for instance, disqualify career military men, like Gen. David Petraeus.”

  8. 33 Dudette
    August 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Durham meets Joe Biden
    By Grant Fuller on August 13, 2012

    “I’m here because Joe Biden fights for the middle class … and he’s the perfect person to get me fired up on a Monday morning.”
    —Joe from Raleigh

    “I brought my grandson with me today because this election is about his future.”

    “Joe Biden is just awesome, plain and simple. As a college student, I know that he is fighting for me.”

    Supporters in Durham, North Carolina gave Vice President Joe Biden a warm welcome today. At the event, a few folks shared why they look up to the Vice President, and why they’ll keep working hard for him in the final 85 days of this election.

    “In Joe Biden, I see the same working class background that my father came from. I admire my father for how he works for others, and I admire Joe Biden for that same reason.”
    —Rachel, a neighborhood team leader in Chapel Hill

    “You don’t have to be a billionaire for Joe Biden to care about you. He is for all Americans.”

    “Joe Biden is honest, and you see every day that he is working for people like us.”
    —Billie and Mozelle

    “In Joe Biden, I see the values that I care about. That’s why I work so hard every day.”
    —Chrissy, a neighborhood team leader

    “The choice couldn’t be clearer now, and Joe Biden is the one fighting for everyday Americans.”

    • 34 utaustinliberal
      August 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      These comments are just so wonderful. I adore, admire, and respect VP Biden a lot. He is genuinely a kind and decent human being.

  9. August 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  10. 37 Dudette
    August 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Gymnast Gabby Douglas to appear on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ later this month

  11. 38 Melanie
    August 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    He’s on live now.

  12. 39 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Our President is already speaking!

  13. 40 isonprize
    August 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Yeah, Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer is under indictment and he’s singin’ like a canary, but he’s only tellin’ what plenty of us already know. Folks need to listen to him.

    “There’s no doubt that what the Republican-led legislature in Florida and Governor Scott are trying to do is make sure the Republican Party has an advantage in this upcoming election by reducing early voting and putting roadblocks up for potential voters, Latinos, African-Americans to register and then to exercise their right to vote. There’s no doubt. I was in the room. It’s part of the strategy.”


  14. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More

    By Robert Shrum


    The Ryan-Romney ticket has its answers, contrived and unconvincing. Ryan, we’re told, is making “the tough choices.” Yes, tough on ordinary people—and easy on the top 1 percent. Indeed, he’s neither a serious economist nor a genuine intellectual; the life of his mind is rooted in Ayn Rand’s idolatry of selfishness. And his plan is a fiscal trick that wouldn’t balance the budget until … 2040—when Romney would be 93 years old. Talk about change you can’t believe in.

    This is a battle the Obama side will win. So is the contest over the claim that the Ryan plan would give seniors the option of staying with “traditional” Medicare. But if a bare-bones private plan could be purchased with a voucher—or as Ryan euphemistically calls it, “premium support”—and costs less than comprehensive Medicare coverage, recipients would have to pay the difference.

    Romney strategists know the danger here. The morning of Ryan’s anointment, they rushed out talking points that labored to create a little distance between the two men: “Gov. Romney applauds Paul Ryan for going in the right direction … And as president, he will be putting together his own plan.” But Romney repeatedly embraced the Ryan proposal during the primaries; he’s right there on tape saying it would be “marvelous” to pass it. That tape will prove far more persuasive than any expedient and mealy mouthed evasions. If Romney tries to run or tiptoe away, he will trip over his own flip-flops.



  15. 47 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    My President is on FIRE!

  16. 48 anniebella
    August 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    FLOTUS looks lovely. She always seem to have a nice time on Jay Leno Show. And now I see Gabby Douglas is up there too. Wow!!!!!!!

  17. August 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm


  18. 56 Rita
    August 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    We’ve still got so much more to do! We simply cannot go back!! FOUR MORE YEARS! PBO on fire!

  19. 57 isonprize
    August 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    What a colorful backdrop, both in the diversity of the people and the colorful shirts and blouses they had on standing behind PBO.

    I LOVE THIS GUY!! We’ve got to get PBO elected president!!! WE JUST HAVE TO!!

  20. 64 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Pres. Obama got me all choked up with how personal he was. His vision for America is so beautiful and so progressive.

    • 65 anniebella
      August 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Did you all get the chance to hear VP Biden early today? He was in Durham, N.C. And I listen to him on cnn.com/live. He was great.

      • 66 isonprize
        August 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

        I love me some Joey. He always tells a personal story. He always relates to the crowd. Different than Pres. Obama; he has his own style. But he’s so down to earth. So honest. I think they compliment each other very nicely.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Oh, I Just posted a link to VP Biden’s FULL speech down thread!! The crowd is PUMPED.

  21. 68 cookemom
    August 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    OK, so I’ve finally gotten this thing to work. some of you probably weren’t even here when I first posted about all of this. I wrote an article on a blog site about Mitt’s pick for VP. the site belongs to #2 and she asked me to take over the blog portion. I’m trying to write to the young voter about this coming election. This is the first in a series. I lost the original article (forgot to save the draft) and had to redo it. Anyway, here it is, many hours later for your perusal:

  22. 71 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  23. August 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  24. August 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    CSPAN sabotaged pres. Obama’s speech. I kept waiting ad instead they had NBC nightly news on instead. so I thought it had been delayed and kept checking back. Only now are they showing the end where he’s working the rope line. They also did not cover Joe Biden today, but covered Ryan. And CSPAN is supposed to be a public utility?

    • 75 Claire
      August 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      I watched it on CSPAN (tv). I didn’t catch the very beginning, but I did see the majority of the speech.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        They were showing his earlier speech (which they had already shown this afternoon at 12:25PM), not this current one that started around 6PM.

  25. 77 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  26. 78 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  27. 79 dotster3
    August 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I always feel sorry for the people 3 or 4 rows back with outstretched arms, all wanting to touch, to shake hands with this remarkable president, to connect. Some get lucky, and they turn around with a big satisfied smile, but not all.

  28. 80 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    My, my, my. I’d give anything to be able to ride on that Beast Bus —- well Air Force One, and then the Beast Bus.

  29. August 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Michelle Obama is teasing Olympic champion Gabby Douglas about eating fast food to celebrate her achievements.

    …. When Douglas was asked how she marked her stellar Olympic showing, the 16-year-old gymnast said she “splurged” on a McDonalds’ sandwich.

    Mrs. Obama responded, “You’re setting me back, Gabby,” which drew a “Sorry!” from the athlete.


  30. August 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  31. 85 JER
    August 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    • 87 anniebella
      August 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Counting the hours before Leno comes on. 🙂

    • 88 isonprize
      August 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Someone was savvy enough to have a yellow microphone to match FLOTUS’ yellow dress. HOW COOL IS THAT?
      (Yes, I’m a geek like that, I notice the smallest details sometimes…) She’s so real, so down-to-earth.

      For the life of me, I still can’t understand how people can NOT support Health Care for all. Have these people never gotten sick? Don’t these people know anyone who needs medical treatment more than a simple aspirin?

      • 89 cookemom
        August 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        They do love it and they take advantage o f it. They just can’t admit it for fear they’d get run out of their teabutt social circle. They all sit around with their crazy talk pretending that they wold rather die, than take any gubmint hand outs. Then they gladly send in their insurance premium payment which includes all of the stuff they complain about. Same with welfare and food stamps. Don’t let them fool you. They put up this facade to entertain each other. It’s called cognitive dissonance. It keeps them from having to admit to a much deeper and sinister reason for their views,

  32. August 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm


    A moniker so much better than “Fly-over country”. I’ve been there:

    1986: (New York), Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, (California).

    1996: (Massechussetts), (New York), … [ Canada ] …, Michigan (Upper Peninsula), Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, (Washington).

  33. 92 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  34. August 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm


  35. 99 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I haven’t been able to get any video of VP Biden’s full speech, but I got a little 2-min snippet from a local Durham network which also focused on the issue of Romney’s tax returns and showed a Repub trying to deflect from the issue by asking the reporter why he won’t release his returns – the reporter shot back “I’m not running for President”


  36. 100 utaustinliberal
    August 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks Chips. 😀

    • August 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      My pleeeeeeeeeeeeeasure Twitter Queen!!!

    • 102 itgurl_29
      August 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Remember back in the ’08 primaries where they had that First Lady “debate”. It was hosted by Maria Shriver. Well, each spouse was asked what political achievement of their hubby’s that they were the most proud of. Well, Ann Romney gave a wonderful answer about how proud she was that her husband passed a health care bill in Massachusetts. She seemed really genuine about it.

      But now, she can’t even talk about it! And it’s Michelle who can go out there and talk about how proud she is for her man doing what president after president failed to do! I love it. Ann must be pissed.

  37. August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  38. August 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  39. 105 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm


    I found VP Biden’s FULL 43-minute speech today in Durham, NC; here it is!! ENJOY 🙂 🙂


  40. 108 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Romney-Ryan Economic Plans Would Increase Unemployment, Deepen Recession

    By Ari Berman


    Much has been written in recent days about Paul Ryan’s plans to privatize Medicare, dismantle Social Security, massively cut taxes for the wealthy and drastically redistribute income from the bottom to the top.
    Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress calls Ryan’s budget “austerity on steroids,” while Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute dubs it “bizarro stimulus.” Explains Konczal: “These are arguments that doing things traditionally thought of as the opposite of economic stimulus will be the real stimulus and help bring unemployment down.” (Ryan’s also a fierce critic of actions taken by the Federal Reserve to reduce unemployment.)



  41. August 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    This Governor Sunoopy on Hardball is crass.

  42. August 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  43. 114 Sharon
    August 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    C-Span just announced they will be carrying Biden’s event in Virginia tomorrow at 10:15 ET. Wish they were showing today’s in their loop for tonight.

  44. August 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This is what Romney bought into by selecting Paul Ryan:

    I really hope this is the end of the wingnut GOP, and that the GOP Millennials bring back the “Rockefeller Republicans” that Mitt’s father represented.

    I made the mistake of watching Morning Joe’s panel discussion on the selection of Ryan, and really wanted to throw up afterwards. Joe was absolutely orgasmic and Halperin couldn’t contain himself. Andrea Mitchell and Jon Meacheam were no better. Only Al Hunt (at the very end) said something about the discussion would sooner or later return to how we’re gonna pay for lowering taxes on the very rich. Absolutely vile discussion.

    I’m taking the TOD community’s advice and quitting his show cold turkey.

  45. August 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I think that Jay L loves FLOTUS……

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