Heads Up: President Obama in Marshalltown, Iowa

President Obama tours the McIntosh family farm, which has been affected by the drought, in Missouri Valley, Iowa, Aug. 13 (Pete Souza)


5:0: President Obama delivers remarks at B.R. Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa

C-Span * CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN

Streaming has started at CNN, so just in case the speech is early…. heads up!


Next up:

8:45: President Obama delivers remarks at the Waterloo Center for the Arts in Waterloo, Iowa

121 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Marshalltown, Iowa”

  1. August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  2. 9 Roberta in MN
    August 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    First 2nd????

  3. 10 vcprezofan2
    August 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Bobfr! Not sure what CC is trying to do to my mind!

  4. 19 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Romney is so full of crap but luckily our side isn’t letting him get away with it. We fight lies with facts.

  5. 21 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hey Chips. My comment is in pending. Please free me 😀

  6. 22 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • 23 xtine
      August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      “I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. But if you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at MR’s stump speech where he basically calls the president ‘un-American,’” Cutter added.

      Senior strategist David Axelrod also denounced the controversy, tweeting: “Enough phony outrage from Team Mitt, while they pour millions into ads that blatantly, brazenly lie about POTUS record on welfare to work.”


    • 24 xtine
      August 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      [And ABL has a great rant]:

      Besides, maybe if your policies were not the rhetorical equivalent of putting almost every American back in chains (or in chains for the first time, as the case maybe), then Joe Biden’s comments wouldn’t have hit their mark.

      And maybe if your delicate constitution cannot handle such slavery metaphors, then maybe you shouldn’t have used one yourdamnself:

      Our first principle is freedom. If we remove the shackles of government, if we unburden ourselves from the mountain of debt that we have been saddled with, we can become the Opportunity Society that we once were.

      Or maybe you should’ve spoken up when Rand Paul was running around talking about universal healthcare being the equivalent of slavery.


      Certainly the asshats on the right don’t get to complain about it. Not with 3 1/2 years of Obama is Kenyan, Obama hates white people, Obama eats dogs, Obama is blackity black black black, Obama is giving the white man’s money to blah people.


  7. August 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    PPP has the President up 6 in Nh. That is a nice lead.

  8. August 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    LOL! What is going on today? Rinse just tweeted, next the President will say Robney ate a Dog or something.

    Like I said, what is going on Today?

    This is a strange Day.

    We might as well take shots at him being a Mormon. I think that would be funny, inheriting a Planet( when you die), is strange. Just saying.

  9. 32 carolyn
    August 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    The press better get used to being treated like poison by the RR campaign. They were blocked last night in Denver for a fund raiser, and they’re blocked tonight in Vegas for a fundraiser, or as the campaign termed it a “finance meeting.” That way they could give it a different cover. They will be treated like they were in England. Let them howl!

    • 33 Linda
      August 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      The Vegas one is at Adelson Casino. I would need holy water and a cross if I saw that Adelson in person….Yikes !

    • August 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      They want to tell their owners the truth about their demonic plans, without risk of losing the election. If anyone was to find out what they really have in store -t hen nobody would vote for them. Isn’t that what Mitt said to explain his lack of secrecy?

  10. 35 xtine
    August 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    [To save your keyboard, no drinks while reading following!]

    But CNN’s real selling point in the age of dueling partisan networks Fox News and MSNBC is this, from CNN’s senior vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist:

    As the only cable news channel that has not picked sides in this election, CNN has a unique lens with which to cover these conventions. In Tampa and in Charlotte, we will give both parties an opportunity to showcase their platforms while also asking tough questions of Republicans and Democrats. Coverage of the conventions will dominate our air over two weeks as CNN’s deep bench of anchors, political reporters and analysts help Americans make an informed choice about their vote.


    • 36 sherijr
      August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      oh good grief what utter bs from cnn ~ they really have no shame.

      • 37 daisydem
        August 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Isn’t the first step in Recovery to admit you have a problem? Obviously CNN is in denial. They have not admitted to being biased, partisan, and that they have a proclivity towards lying candidates and their surrogates!

      • 38 nathkatun7
        August 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        CNN sounds like the Romney campaign. It essentially says what we see and hear is not true.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      August 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      This is personally what I find insulting – the fact that this network, AND politicians in general, treat their audience like people who are too dense to form opinions. The ‘only cable news channel that has not picked sides in this election’ ???? That’s seriously funny.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      These media folks are ‘nuts’!

  11. 42 FiredUpInCA
    August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    The Romney for Plutocrat team has put out the first ad to scare seniors about Medicare. Distortions were expected. But this thing is beyond that. It’s a Ginormous Lie with a dose of class warfare dog-whistling.

    The ad says:

    “You paid into Medicare for years, every paycheck. Now, when you need it, Obama has cut $716 billion from Medicare.”

    The facts say:

    There were not cuts to beneficiaries of Medicare. There were cuts–savings actually–to providers of Medicare Advantage. No cuts to beneficiaries, just providers. Just like they stopped subsidizing the banks. They stopped subsidizing Medicare Advantage.”

    It’s up to Romney/Ryan to prove that any current or future beneficiary who has been paying into Medicare has been affected by cuts to providers of Medicare Advantage. Prove it or stop lying.

    The ad says:

    “Why? To pay for Obamacare. Now the money you paid for your guaranteed health care is going to a massive new government program that’s not for you.”

    Obamacare benefits all seniors, including those receiving Medicare. That’s why there was such jubilation in Florida when it was upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Seniors Win Big in Court’s Obamacare Ruling

    Medicare drug prices. This is one of the biggest direct Medicare benefits under health reform. Over several years, the law is set to reduce the amount of money that Medicare drug plans (Part D of Medicare) can charge for drugs when their coverage lapses in what’s known as the “doughnut hole.” Price reductions that have already taken effect have saved Medicare consumers billions of dollars in drug costs, the government estimates.[…]

    Preventive health services. Health reform greatly expanded the menu of free preventive services to Medicare consumers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said more than 14 million Medicare users get at least one free preventive health service during the first five months of 2012.

    In addition, the law includes potentially far-reaching changes that would make it easier for seniors to receive medical services in their homes instead of institutional settings like nursing homes.

    Senior rights groups were uniformly upbeat about the ruling. “You will get more and you will pay less for it,” said Max Richtman, head of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare. Seniors already have saved billions in drug prices, he noted. “The average Medicare beneficiary will continue to save about $650 a year,” he added. “That’s real money, especially to seniors.”


    I expect the President will have a lot of company, from senior rights groups, from us and others, pushing back on this attempt to bamboozle and hoodwink Medicare recipients.

  12. August 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Coverage coming up on http://www.kcrg.com/streaming2 – they’re showing an older speech right now.

  13. 45 Tally
    August 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  14. 48 Linda
    August 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    ok… I sent Jack Cafferty screen shots of what a crowd of 15k looks like compared to 5 k. and told him to stop repeating right wing blogs and asked if he is just another GOP water carrier like all the rest of his co-workers… ( I refuse to call the journalists )

  15. 51 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Reagan Official Blasts Ryan Budget

    “In short, Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices. And it couldn’t pass even if Republicans were to take the presidency and both houses of Congress. Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have no plan to take on Wall Street, the Fed, the military-industrial complex, social insurance or the nation’s fiscal calamity and no plan to revive capitalist prosperity — just empty sermons.”


  16. August 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    The Biden “chains” comment was just on the local Philadelphia NBC news. NBC will be carrying the GOP water tonight. What nonsense!

  17. August 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    The local new is not being honest in florida. hammering obama, giving mitt a pass.

  18. August 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, Todville! I got my Ladies Home Journal with Mrs. O on the cover today! I haven’t read the interview yet, but I am excited it’s with FLOTUS *and* POTUS! Oh, this is going to be a fun read.

    Chips, happy belated birthday! Here’s to many many more.

  19. 59 dotster3
    August 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Again, President Obama is the most beautiful human being ever—–in all ways—–I’m not kidding. At all. I could watch him interact with people from now until forever. He is so engaging and so appealing. No wonder he has bitter rivals. They can never even come close to comparing—-not even in the same ballpark.

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      August 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Dotster, Where is Mr. Dotster? I suppose the reason you are ‘waxing eloquent’ on the virtues of PBO is that Mr. D has stepped out for a while. When do you expect him back… before ‘forever’, I trust?

      • 61 anniebella
        August 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        I’m looking forward to FLOTUS joining POTUS tomorrow. Maybe no Kiss Cam, but I always enjoy seeing them campaign together. They still will be in Iowa right.

        • August 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          Hi Anniebella, they do two stops together tomorrow, in Dubuque and Davenport.

          12:00: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

          1:25: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks at a campaign event at Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa.

          6:35: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks at a campaign event at Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa.

          7:50: Depart depart Moline, Ill. en route Joint Base Andrews.

          10:05: Arrive the White House.

  20. 63 FiredUpInCA
    August 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

  21. August 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Meet Paul Ryan’s family:

    Brother Tobin, private equity and former Bain manager:

    Wife Janna, former tobacco and pharmaceutical company lobbyist:

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      August 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      So, another of these lobbyists who went to Washington to find ‘rich’ spouses? Wish I had known of this career option when I was younger.

  22. August 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Romney says he’ll put ‘the $716 billion back’ in Medicare
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 8/14/12 4:49 PM
    Mitt Romney embraced the campaign’s pushback on the issue of Medicare at a stop in Ohio earlier today, in a clip his campaign emailed around:

    Ha! This guy is all over the place!

  23. 69 cookemom
    August 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    The media will try to make this a horse race, even though everyone knows that Mittiful is sinking fast. The electoral college numbers are heavily in favor of PBO. Mitt has to win ALL of the swing states, especially Penn. Fla. and Ohio to get to 270. He can’t win without them. PBO has a path to 270 with about 3 of the 5 of 7 states. Keep looking at the electoral college numbers. The national polls, the individual state polls are good for conversation and lead news stories, but it’s the 270 we’re after. Both campaigns have internals that is telling them where they stand. BTW, both John King and Chuck Todd who are the numbers guys on CNN and MSNBC often highlight the electoral map. In all cases, Mitt is in deep doo doo.

    We can’t stop the GOTV, and we can’t relax in donating. We have to do these things as if we’re 20 points behind. In the meantime, we can take the MSM with a grain of salt. How else are they gonna get folks to watch, if they don’t make it seem dire for PBO. I say let them, it’ll make the teabutt heads explode even more on Nov. 6th.

  24. August 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Is it just me or does anybody else still tear up when the President is shaking hands at rallies and they are playing Only in America in the background? I tear up each time. I just ♥ that man dearly.

    • 72 Vicki
      August 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      It is not just you. When I hear and see the love flowing towards our President I am moved every time. PBO is an unstoppable field of lovng energy and audiences respond to him and reflect that love back to him.

      My first year in college Jack Kennedy came to my school and I was there to see and feel his charisma reflecting to and from thousands of students in the football stadium seats.

      There has been nothing like that from 1960 until 2004 convention.
      i am so glad to still be alive in The Age of Obama.

    • 73 0388jojothecat
      August 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I feel extremely proud of him, his family, his team that supports him and of all the people from all walks of life that will stand in line for days and hours to hear him and see him in person.

      • 74 Geeja
        August 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        When I need a lift with the election you guys are right there. Thank you for that. There is so much love and emotion in the interactions with this man and his team. The kids and the elderly affect me deeply when he engages with them. This too reminds me of the Kennedy years. We were in first grade and read everything we could get our hands on about the children in the Whitehouse. Remember The Weekly Reader?

  25. August 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I guess we are down in the mud, today? And the poor Republicans are playing the victim.

    What a script.

  26. 76 cookemom
    August 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    OK, who’s responsible for the picture that leads this thread? Lawd Chips, what are you trying to do to me? C’mon now, PBO slow handing a cob on the corn!!! Yikes!! I mean a corn on the cob…..but still….

  27. August 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Romney is focusing on fear. If Mitt were judged correctly on his records, people would not vote for romney. Some one have to help the American people subdue their growing fears of everything. We can’t keep going to war because of fear of other people, and destroying our country because of fear of blacks and other brown people.

  28. 78 Nena20409
    August 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Check out mediabistro.com.

    The Sunday 60 mins show showering bromance from the 82 yrs old Bob Schieffer to Willard Mitterrand Romney and Paul Davis Ryan garnered ONLY 6M plus viewers. 60 mins usually would get 10-15M weekly.

    • 79 0388jojothecat
      August 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      It was also shown during the London Olympics Closing Ceremonies. I wasn’t going to watch them anyway and I usually will watch 60 Minutes depending on who or what they are featuring. Most people probably felt like me, there’s plenty of time to see those two liars.

      • August 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        If people were really interested, they could have DVR’d it while watching the Olympics or vice versa. That would count in the ratings too. People weren’t interested in what Romney had to say. People don’t like hearing a pack of lies on a Sunday night when they’re already in a bad mood about having to go to work the next day.

    • August 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Couple of random comparisons:

      13.8M viewers during 60 Minutes’ interview with POTUS in May 2011 (OBL).
      16M in March 2009.

      • 83 Nena20409
        August 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Thank You. Romney as, I have said, is slowly being tuned out, no matter how much help the media has trying their level best to prop the defective product UP.

    • August 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  29. 88 Nena20409
    August 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Romney is slowly being tuned out…..no matter how much help the media gives him.

    Wienstein(sp) was right on TRMS weeks ago. Romney is a flawed candidate. Harvey said that Romney was a defective product. I would add, a lying rotten bishop.

  30. 92 lamh35
    August 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    When I see comments like this from Obama:

    Obama Compliments Romney … Sort Of

    In an interview with KXNO sports radio today, President Obama was asked to say something nice about Mitt Romney, Politico reports. Here’s his response:
    “He seems to have a great family. And I really think he had a great health care plan when he was in Massachusetts,” Obama said. “Seems to be working really well — One of the reasons why we set up the same kind of plan nationally and we’re implementing it right now.”

    I’m reminded of that video of then Senator Obama responding to the an editorial board about his temperament:

    I will crush them.

    . You know, if someone comes at me, I will knock ’em out. If not, then I’ll try to understand their point of view. That actually serves me well. I give the benefit of the doubt, I try to understand their point of view. If I perceive that they try to take advantage of that, then I will crush them.

  31. August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Broderick Johnson is also Michelle Norris’ husband (she took a leave from NPR while he is on PBO staff).

  32. 96 collegekay
    August 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    All Mitt has are lies. He keeps repeating the welfare lie and now this “Obama is cutting medicare” lie. This is unprecedented, blatant lying. Jesus Christ.

    • 97 anniebella
      August 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      What does being a Mormon mean? Nothing to Mitt Romney. Because with the religion that I know of lying is a sin. Must not be the same in the Mormon religion.

  33. 99 Linda
    August 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Gallup: Congressional Approval Hits 10 Percent, Its Lowest Rating Ever

  34. August 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    • 103 Nena20409
      August 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Bobfr……I love what you are doing. Reminding all the political coup ‘d tat plotted by Paul Davis Ryan, Tom Coburn, Eric Cantor and their crude wicked TBGOPers.

      • August 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Thank you Nena. People must be informed of just how treacherous and self-serving these people are. They literally have risked plunging Americans and the humanity into a global depression and all the horrible, impossible to imagine consequences that would have ensued.

  35. 105 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    And as for the likes of Cafferty, Kantor and others who seem literally tripping over themselves with the issue of crowd-size, PBO can go to any state or county– red state, blue state, purple state, Texas, Arizona, Louisianna, Georgia, Missouri, Virginia, and STILL get some large, enthusiastic crowds without trying. Mr. Romney can can only get enthusiastic crowds in solid red or purple states – with lots and lots of advertising, hyping, BUSING in people from various places, etc. When Romney can easily get a large enthusiastic crowd in blue counties of CA or NY…I will be concerned. Until then, tell those worthless MSM pundiots to just STFU.

  36. 106 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This takes a special kind of self-deception- @mittromney calls audio of his OWN WORDS “untrue” <a

  37. 108 lamh35
    August 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Paul Ryan Can’t Escape Own Budget Package In Debut Solo Interview

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have insisted they’re not running on the House budget plan Ryan’s best known for. Romney has his own economic plans, vague as they may be, and his campaign has tried to emphasize they’re different from Ryan’s.
    Ryan’s first solo interview as the Republican VP nominee suggested not everyone is persuaded.
    Ryan repeatedly tried to deflect attention from his own highly controversial budget proposal in an interview with Fox News’s Brit Hume Tuesday…

    Hume didn’t buy the suggestion that the Romney-Ryan ticket wasn’t running on Ryan’s budget plan, and the interview focused largely on Ryan’s budget package. In one exchange on balancing the budget, Hume objected when Ryan tried to talk about Romney’s plan — which has drawn fire for being vague at best. Hume insisted Ryan talk about his own economic vision, which doesn’t bring the budget into balance for decades.
    Ryan couldn’t predict when Romney’s plan would balance the budget…

    • August 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    • 110 lmrj
      August 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Ryan couldn’t even handle a BRIT HUME on FOX????? RR campaign is in deep, deep doo doo. VP Joe will destroy him come debate time. POTUS and VPOTUS are very good at getting their point across and bringing out weaknesses in the opposition even while they are handling the GOP stenographers.

  38. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    It’s day 18 of the 100 days of donations challenge. You good people have made 35 donations to the Obama Campaign via my fundraiser since I started this challenge. Can you help me to keep the streak alive with one $3.00 donation before the clock strikes midnight? Pretty please with a cherry on top ♥


    Thanks everyone for being so supportive.

  39. 113 lamh35
    August 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    More from Paul Ryan’s first solo interview and this is on FauxNews!!
    Ryan Pressed To Explain His Own Budget’s Medicare Cuts

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s newly selected vice presidential running mate, on Tuesday night struggled to explain why his budget, which has been embraced by both Romney and the GOP, sustains the same Medicare cuts of which his campaign is now attacking President Obama.

    “Doesn’t your budget also cut Medicare for the same amount?” Fox News’ Brit Hume asked in an evening interview.
    “Only President Obama raids $716 billion from the Medicare program,” Ryan responded. “He cut $716 billion from the Medicare program to pay for Obamacare. We don’t do that.”

    “You’re not saying you don’t contemplate in the budget planning significant savings of $500 billion in Medicare, though, are you?” pressed Hume.
    “No. We can get in the complicated baseline issues but that is the current law,” Ryan returned. “So what we do is we keep with the current law in our budget.”
    “But it’s the case that in the budget you passed through the House of Representatives, significant savings of upward of $500 million in Medicare,” Hume continued…

  40. 114 desertflower
    August 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Which one is it?? thinkprogress ROMNEY CHAIR 7:15AM: Romney’s Medicare plan “very different” from Ryan ROMNEY SPOX 9:30AM: “There are no differences” thkpr.gs/Nybhm6
    36 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    thinkprogress ROMNEY 8/13: “My plan for Medicare is very similar to [Ryan’s] plan” ROMNEY CAMPAIGN CHAIR 8/14: “It’s very different” thkpr.gs/Nybhm6
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  41. 115 desertflower
    August 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    His head would literally explode if he was forced to answer these questions…and then he may change his answers…several times


  42. 116 Tally
    August 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  43. 117 desertflower
    August 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Was this posted here already today? I love this man…

  44. 118 JER
    August 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This stream is up now: http://www.kwwl.com/Global/category.asp?c=195327

  45. 120 desertflower
    August 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I know…DK…but this is a good read…and SHOULD BE TWEETED:)


    Here’s a chart making comparisions to Romneycare….and Obamacare…PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO WHAT IT SAYS UNDER STANDARD BENEFITS PACKAGE……


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