Heads Up: President Obama & Michelle in Davenport, Iowa

@brianwellner: Long lines to see the President

6:35: President Obama & Michelle Obama deliver remarks at Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa

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148 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama & Michelle in Davenport, Iowa”

  1. 10 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Okay, I’m bagging a front row seat to see if I can get a dual handshake before or after POTUS & FLOTUS speak. I even have my water bottle handy; you can pour it on me in case I faint.

  2. August 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  3. August 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm


  4. 19 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    if you need any further evidence that hyperventilating over the Biden non-treversy, here is is, I think this is the “jumping shark moment” of that bullshit.

    McCain Suggests Dumping Biden

    Sen. John McCain said he thinks “it might be wise” for President Obama to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Politico reports.

    Said McCain: “I think it might be wise to do that. But it’s not going to happen…If I were Hillary Clinton, I’m not sure I’d want to be on that team.”

    BWHAHAHA… They’ve got nothing. This whole Biden “chains” bullshit is just trying to change the subject and it ain’t working. The Romney camp still seems unhinged and no one is fooled by their Obama is divisive B.S. The Romney camp is whining to the refs and what they look like are whiners.

    Replace Biden with Clinton…Grandpa ‘Cain needs to go back to shouting at clouds and telling kids to “get off his lawn”…

  5. 36 Linda
    August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like Ryan is having a rally at the same time on the TeaNN link….. I would love to see the crowd size.

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Three or four, maybe, plus all those brought in on a charter flight to add to the size of the crowd. It’s the opposite of outsourcing, methinks.

    • 38 99ts
      August 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Strange that no-one ever shows the “crowd” at an R or R event. Guess they don’t like the comments on the size and/or color of the those attending.

  6. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    August 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Look at all of those smart folks lining up in Davenport!

  7. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    August 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    DOD: U.S. Forces’ Role to Change in Afghanistan

    • 41 Linda
      August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Good because I just read this today.

      WASHINGTON — Almost a quarter million American troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury are at risk of developing a degenerative disease that causes bursts of anger and depression and can lead to memory loss, difficulty walking and speaking, paranoia and suicide, according to military researchers.

      At present, medical officials cannot diagnose or prevent the disease, called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and there is no known treatment for it, said Army Col. Dallas Hack, director of the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program.

      But researchers are hot on the trail of new procedures to detect and diagnose the disease, and there is hope that early detection of brain injury among troops exposed to blasts from improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan could prevent them from falling victim to CTE.

      “We don’t fully understand the incidence of CTE with the occurrence of traumatic brain injury,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Randall McCafferty, chief of neurosurgery at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. “But we may be able to learn that early treatment of the initial acute [brain] injury may avoid this cascade from brain injury to CTE.”

      • 42 hopefruit2
        August 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Well if Willard and his allies in congress are allowed free reign, there will be no money for the NIH to do it’s medical research. I say block Willard and get those Republican bums outta congress!

      • 43 jacquelineoboomer
        August 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        So tragic. War is, obviously, hell.

  8. 44 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Good news:

    • August 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Hot damn! Due to the lawsuit, no doubt.

      Now to fix PA.

      • 46 isonprize
        August 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        Come on, Karma…. It’s going to the PA Supreme Court.

        • 47 prettyfoot58
          August 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          yesssssssss yessssssss…

          we need to march about this…it is time to take to the streets….we cannot allow them to take away our voice …our vote!!

          • 48 isonprize
            August 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

            Prettyfoot. ABSOLUTELY!!

            One of my good friends is running the PA Voter ID coalition office (in the same block as the Chelten OFA office)

            They are working hard to get people aware of the law and get their ID, but something MUCH MUCH LARGER is needed.

            I’m going to see what some of the local organizations are doing, and then see what National Action Network is doing. It really does need to be BIG, HUGE, RIDICULOUS, GIHUGENORMOUS!!!

            • 49 prettyfoot58
              August 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm


              you are right something GINORMOUS has to happen….i feel so helpless…i feel so sad…about the GOP paln to steal our vote…we can’t let them get away with it…

    • 50 Linda
      August 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Yippee !….

    • 51 Claire
      August 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm


    • 52 utaustinliberal
      August 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Friggin awesome!

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      There is HOPE and it’s alive and well in Ohio, but we still must keep our eye out for corruption and suppression everywhere. It’s not paranoia, it’s acknowledging today’s Republicanism.

    • 54 57andFemale
      August 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Not so good, after all: He made the voting hours uniform, but upheld the restricted voting hours. No weekends, and very limited evening voting.

      The effing bastard.

    • 55 Ladyhawke
      August 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm



      For Immediate Release
      Sunday, January 9, 2011


      As Secretary of State, Husted serves as Ohio’s chief elections officer. His highest priority is to collaborate with local elections boards to improve the overall administration of elections. As Ohio again looks to be the heart of it all in the 2012 Presidential Election, Secretary Husted wants to ensure a fair, transparent and efficient voting process in which all Ohioans, and voters across the nation, can be confident.

      Text of the Oath of Office:

      I, Jon Husted, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio, and will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all of the duties incumbent upon me as the Secretary of State of Ohio according to the best of my ability, and understanding. This I do as I shall answer unto God.



    • 56 Obama Grandmama
      August 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Actually, I heard it as the OH Sec of State changed everyone to the shortened voting hours and no weekends. It is the same for all but without any extra days or hours. Maybe the info I heard was incorrect. I hope so but Rachel is usually correct. So it really is not something to cheer since ending the vote at 5pm and having no weekends is not helpful.

  9. August 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  10. 60 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm





    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


    While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility, the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit–their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.


  11. 73 Linda
    August 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Erin McPike is a Steve Forbes hack…..

  12. 74 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I have two screens open. One with CBS 1, and the other with CNN. CBS 1 is showing a Paul Ryan speech. They keep the crowd well hidden. CNN is livestreaming PBO’s speech – they show the crowd. The difference between the two crowds is STUNNING.

  13. 76 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  14. 79 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm


    “We Haven’t Run The Numbers:” A Startling Ryan Admission That’s Getting Little Attention

    By Media Matters


    Last night, newly ensconced Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sat down for his first solo interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume and let slip an admission about Mitt Romney’s budget plan — an admission that’s receiving surprisingly little press attention. Asked by Hume when the Romney plan would balance the budget, Ryan said he didn’t know because “we haven’t run the numbers on that specific plan.”
    But there’s been no print coverage, and no coverage on network news. Ryan’s comments really should be getting more attention, for a number of reasons.

    First, Mitt Romney has been going around telling everyone that, if elected, he intends to balance the federal budget by the end of his second term, or shortly thereafter. Ryan says that they don’t know when Romney’s plan will balance the budget. If Ryan is right, then what is Romney basing that claim on?
    Fourth, how can you claim to have a budget and also to have not “run the numbers?” Isn’t that all a budget is? Numbers that have been run?

    The bottom line is that, by Ryan’s admission, the Romney campaign is promoting a budget plan despite not knowing what it actually accomplishes. If that’s not grist for the media grinder, then what is?



  15. 81 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Here’s another photo of the fired up crowd in Davenport IA waiting for our President!

  16. 83 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Rev Al is interviewing Congressman Barney Frank right now. They are talking about Boy Wonder.

  17. 84 Sharon
    August 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    C-Span will be televising the speeches on TV but they do have a livestream going with sound. I’m not getting any sound on CNN live.


  18. 86 FiredUpInCA
    August 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Could someone please tell me what’s going on over at Associated Press? They’re suddenly telling the truth a few times a week this election cycle. What is going on?

    Romney seeks to undercut Obama’s likability lead

    By By CHARLES BABINGTON – 20 minutes ago
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney is portraying the outwardly calm President Barack Obama as a man seething with animosity and power lust as the Republicans seek to undermine one of the Democrat’s greatest campaign strengths — his personal likability.[…]

    Whether by calculation or not, Obama highlighted his most genial side as he campaigned in Iowa, joking with voters about the pleasures of state fair junk food, and joshing with his wife, who made a rare campaign appearance with him.[…]

    While some GOP strategists question whether Romney’s tactic will work, they agree that he is vulnerable among voters who find Obama more personally appealing.


    • 87 dotster3
      August 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I know what happened. Ron Fournier, who interviewed with the McCain campaign, former head Washington Bureau Chief, left the AP. He was an unfair political partisan, all their stories were skewed rightward. Much more objective and objective since his good riddance departure.

  19. 88 Linda
    August 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Very tepid applause at the Ryan rally in Ohio for Rob Portman….

    • 89 hopefruit2
      August 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      That “rally” is just so lame that they barely show the audience!

    • 90 4morefor44
      August 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      i’ve been checking in with zeke miller’s twitter feed since he’s at the event…sounds like the usual republican major fail:

      they don’t have to worry though…zeke and his mainstream media friends will sufficiently prop up the failbots of the mittbot when they file their “reports.”

  20. August 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This Marine is CRUSHING #RomneyRyan!!!!!

  21. 94 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Here they come – FLOTUS and PBO!!! Crowd chants “Four More Years!”

  22. 95 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Looks like TODers are riveted as our FLOTUS is speaking because the comments are so few now….I know I am!

  23. August 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    More things I love about Barack’s stump speeches (continued from 8/14):
    1. Generosity
    2. Expressed appreciation
    3. Humor
    4. Humility
    5. Sincerity
    6. Consistency
    7. Role model for men who respect women – including mothers in law!

    Yesterday I wrote more about the content, it’s specificity. Today I’m focusing on the “tone” – which is the exact opposite of what he’s been accused of by the R&R liars.

  24. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Just sayin…

  25. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Obama Defends Biden On ‘Chains’ Remark

    President Obama on Wednesday defended Joe Biden’s remarks in North Carolina yesterday, in which the vice president said that Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the GOP would “put y’all back in chains.”

    “Joe Biden has been an outstanding vice president,” Obama told PEOPLE magazine.

    He said Biden’s words needed to be considered in context; that he was only saying “you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these [Wall Street reform] laws as the other side is suggesting.”

    “In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that,” Obama added.

    Pressed to say whether Biden’s wording was unfortunate or something he’s okay with, the president sighed. “The truth is that during the course of these campaigns, folks like to get obsessed with how something was phrased even if everybody personally understands that’s not how it was meant,” Obama said. “That’s sort of the nature of modern campaigns and modern coverage of campaigns. But I tell you, when I’m traveling around Iowa, that’s not what’s on people’s minds.”


  26. 100 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    President Obama: No Apologies, No Scolding for Joe Biden’s Remark

    // PEOPLE sat down with President Obama one day after Biden’s remark to voters in Virginia on Tuesday – that GOP running mates Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are “going to put y’all back in chains” – and asked the President if he’d spoken to Biden about the controversial comment.

    “Joe Biden has been an outstanding vice president. He is passionate about what’s happening in middle-class families,” he said. “So I will be talking to him a whole lot about the campaign generally.”

    Biden’s comment sparked Romney to call the Obama campaign one of “division and hate and anger.” But Obama, speaking to PEOPLE in Dubuque, Iowa, seemed unrattled by the controversy. He said Biden’s words needed to be considered in context; that he was only saying “you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these [Wall Street reform] laws as the other side is suggesting.”

    “In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that,” Obama added. //


    • 101 FiredUpInCA
      August 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Mitt is such an thin-skinned amateur. His reaction to Vice President Biden’s comments has prolonged this story, made him appear to be unpresidentially unhinged and provided his opponent the opportunity to reaffirm, in his usual calm, cool and collected way, that his team is fighting for the middle class.

      • 102 Obama Grandmama
        August 16, 2012 at 1:31 am

        I am thinking Mitt’s complaining (whining) about remarks by the other campaign make him appear weak. Who would want a President whining to a foreign leader about something not being fair?

  27. 103 Dudette
    August 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “What kind of arrogant bastard thinks he should just be entitled to be handed the most important job in the world and thinks not only should he NOT have to answer questions about his supposed qualifications, but no one else should be allowed to talk about his background either?”


  28. 104 LunarSea
    August 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I got here just in time to see the end of FLOTUS intro. Awesome as usual. Finally catching a live feed of PBO speaking. Yeah!

  29. 105 Dudette
    August 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Broadway and musical theatre performers Sean Smith, David Burnham, Kim Huber, Christina Saffran Ashford, Damon Kirsche, David Engel, Jennifer Shelton, Emma Ashford, Matthew Ashford, Ali B. Olmo, Johnny Pastor, Bubba Dean Rambo, William Martinez, Flora Rubenhold, Takako Gregg, Teri Yates, Mason Keane, and Paula Keane sing from their heart with the lyrics of Don DeMesquita, in a parody of One Day More from “Les Miserables”. For more info and facts, go to http://www.OneTermMore.com

  30. August 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Do you Guys Know Who picks up the Rightie Talking point of: replace Biden with Clinton?

    Wolfe Blitzer. He asks everybody about that, falls for it all the time.

    Maybe, that is why the right always says that, to give Wolfe a H**d on?

  31. 117 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    ROTFLMAO! It’s amazing when washed-up, has-beens need to feel relevant, they almost always feel the need to invoke PBO’s name somehow, even if it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!

    Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) now sez that PBO staged the Aurora and Sikh Temple shootings just to push his gun ban!! WOW…teh crazy never ends…

  32. August 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Listening to our dear Prez and looking for images of the crowd (not shown on CSPAN) Found this one:

  33. 121 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Okay, PBO is done – wiping off my hand on my pants as I get ready for the hand shake. Once again another stellar presentation of facts. ‘Love you, First Couple!’

  34. 124 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      August 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

      When Romney says he will return the $716 B when he kills Obamacare does that mean he will return the help for seniors with the donut hole and the no copays for physicals, mammograms, cancer screenings to the insurance companies, and hospitals? Also what about the fraud discoveries? Would Romney let the businesses create fraud again?

  35. 126 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  36. 127 anniebella
    August 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Did you guys hear what POTUS said about FLOTUS? You know as a wife that has to touch her heart.

  37. 129 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  38. 130 Dudette
    August 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    If you’re surprised by this money-grubbing, weasely turncoat, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

  39. 133 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  40. 134 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  41. 135 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

  42. 136 cluny
    August 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Trying to make Joe Boden seem incompetent is a desperate attempt on their part to distract from Romney’s/conservative pundit’s hiring of disaster pick Ryan.

    • 137 nospin
      August 15, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      won’t work because WE LOVE VP JOE BIDEN!. Love him.

    • 138 Lovepolitics2008
      August 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      And they have seen Joe’s speeches. Like Hopefruit said, they are afraid of him, because he is very very good. Hence the obvious attempt at discrediting him. Better perpetuate the stupid meme that Joe is … you know… not that bright and everything. While in reality he is extraordinary; knowledgeable, honest, and effective.

      ( They destroyed him in 1988 because he would have been a formidable opponent to George Bush Senior…)

  43. 139 anniebella
    August 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    That lying Romney better back off from my man VP Biden.

  44. 143 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  45. 145 desertflower
    August 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is what happens when all you have is smoke, mirrors and lies. Hey Gillespie! F off!

  46. August 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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