President Obama on Star 102.5, Iowa

Star 102.5


Coming up:

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

1:25: President Obama & Michelle Obama deliver remarks at Alliant Energy Amphitheater, Dubuque, Iowa

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

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President Obama sits for breakfast at Riley’s Cafe with U.S. military veterans in Cedar Rapids, August 15

110 Responses to “President Obama on Star 102.5, Iowa”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Cool waiting on Michelle to hit the stage.

  2. 2 sherijr
    August 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I just finished listening to this fun interview… it was great- he’s so personable, down to earth and HUMAN in all respects.. I’m prouder every single day to be on his side.

  3. August 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

    • 4 utaustinliberal
      August 15, 2012 at 11:13 am

      I’m so chuffed to bits that Jen Psaki is back on the “O Team” I know she was part of the communications team in the white house with Dan Pfeiffer and she left the white house for a little break….went on political shows and was a wonderful champion and advocate for Pres. Obama and now she’s once again part of the campaign press team. Awesome.

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I’m just tickled that PBO is at a restaurant I’ve actually been to as well! One of those funky, non-chain kind of places. Probably be even more popular after this!

  4. August 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Candidate leading Rep. Stearns in primary wants to abolish Energy Department

    By Ben Geman
    Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) hasn’t been gentle on the Energy Department when leading the House GOP probe of Solyndra — he has even called for the firing of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

    But Ted Yoho, the political novice who has apparently upset Stearns in Tuesday’s close GOP primary, is equally tough on DOE. in fact, he wants it to vanish entirely.
    Oh Boy.! Can’t wait. No DOE? What a novel idea???

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Missed it! Oh well, you can’t have everything. Keep you run going, PFI! 😉

  6. August 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Now see, this is crap! Halperin now thinks, that we are being outspent in ads, and it has Obama Team worried. That is why Joe Biden said what he said.
    Just yesterday, Halperin was saying, their is no way that Robney can pivot from the Ryan plan while giving tax breaks to the rich.

    My head is spinning. His analysis is wishy washy, trying to please both sides arguments?

  7. 11 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Here is the “huge” Willard contingent in Dubuque. One woman is actually holding a sign saying “Obama is scary”. BOO!!!!! She should be holding a sign saying “I am unbelievably ignorant and bloated with hate”


  8. 20 isonprize
    August 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Questions and CHANTS for Myth R-money and the zombie-eyed Granny killer Lyin’ Ryan




  9. 22 Mae who love our CIC
    August 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Don’t know how you do it but so glad that you do. Wonderful radio message to Theo and the other children for a wonderful school year. Thanks.

  10. August 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I am waiting for this big ad buy from Priorities USA or OFA. Still waiting…
    Will let you know if anything comes in, or is everything now going to local OFA offices?
    I think they should split that money.
    Just saying.

  11. August 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    OMG – Chuck Toad actually acuses our idiot Iowa governor of lying about the welfare waivers: http://thinkprogress.org/

    I don’t know which person I dislike more, but I never thought ole Chuck would follow through like this. Probably wouldn’t if it was Mitt.

  12. 25 FiredUpInCA
    August 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Saw this comment over at Dkos:

    “I got a call late last night from our local Obama HQ. They want me to speak on Medicare and SS today for our local TV station. Wonder if this is country wide…..I’m in Ohio….”

    So the campaign is apparently doing grassroots outreach to have people talk about Medicare.

    They just released a web ad directly rebutting Romney’s false Medicare ad and specifically calls Mitt out for lying about the President’s plan to shore up Medicare.

    In Iowa today the President will “lay out the choice between his plan and the Romney-Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it, leaving new retirees with nothing but a voucher in place of the guaranteed benefits they rely on today.”

    A calm, focused roll out on multiple fronts.

    Meanwhile, Willard appears to be losing his Mitt on an epic scale and Paul Ryan is in the middle of a marathon, post-Olympics workout by running from his budget.

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Thank you for this info FiredUpInCa. Can’t wait to hear PBO debunk the lies. Just posted my concerns
      about this at the end of the last thread. I have been very anxious and saying a prayer that the Dems would
      straighten this mess out. Prayers answered.

      • August 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Hiya Hope44, I haven’t said helloooooo in a long time, how are you doing?

        • August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          Helloooo Chips. Thanks for asking. I am doing well, working in whatever ways I can to Get PBO re- elected.
          I had just left you a thank you on the bottom of the last thread for all you do for us. My timing was a little off though
          cause the thread changed as I posted. 🙂 Anyway, I’ll say it again . Thank you so much for all you do. It’s greatly
          appreciated. Most important though, it keeps me sane!! Luv Ya.

    • 30 amk for obama
      August 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks firedup.Good to hear that the team has got it under control.

    • 31 Cha
      August 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      And, Running from Ayn Rand like a little scaredy muenster.

  13. August 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Nice interview. So down to earth. So ‘in touch’. 🙂

  14. August 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

    SEE? Halperin just changed His mind again.


    LOL! Where it stops, nobody knows…

  15. 35 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’m not sure I like that 2nd video. I don’t know if it was a sincere question or just another “joe the plumber” in the making. It’s something about the laughter of the guy holding the camera.

    Now if that was one of our fellow TOD’ers, then I’ll take back my comments above.

    STill I will say that was some sound advice from POTUS.

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Hi Lamh, yeah, we were all wondering about the motives of the two guys, but whatever they were, the answer was superb …. so if they hoped to embarrass PBO they failed kind of miserably!

      • 37 lamh35
        August 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

        POTUS answer was pitch-perfect. And it was off the cuff, short and succinct from along the ropeline.

        If that dude was serious, I hope he takes that advice and he could show the video to station and they may be interested enough to have a segment on it and if dude was enterprising sort of fellow, he could parlay that to an internship or PA job.

        But I honestly think he was trying to trip up POTUS an did get the answer he thought

    • 38 isonprize
      August 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

      lamh35, Naaa, I think that laughter was the happy, nervous kind of laughter. I’m telling you, meeting PBO in person makes you do some silly stuff. The laughing guy also said “that was awesome.”

      • 39 LaDLove
        August 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

        I agree, isonprize. I think both were nervous and…let’s face it, a little goofy that comes from being young. I also think the guy asking the question was stunned that he got a specific, sound answer about finding a job from THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

      • August 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        I’m with you. It seemed like they were genuinely pleased as punch that the President of the United States took the time to give them job search advice.

      • 41 lamh35
        August 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        I don’t agree isonprize. I’ve seen people who’ve met POTUS like that lady from Iowa yesterday who just kept giggling and said POTUS smelled nice that Chips posted the video for yesterday.

        Something just doesn’t sit right with me. But that’s just me. Like I told Chips, POTUS answer was on point and great advice whatever the young man’s motive, he got some sound advice from POTUS he should try to use.

        • 42 isonprize
          August 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

          POTUS answer was on point and great advice whatever the young man’s motive, he got some sound advice from POTUS he should try to use.

          And isn’t that just the best?!? Whether they were cool or trying to be slick, they still got a great answer. PBO is the best. And that’s what pisses off Re-thugs. WE MUST RE-ELECT THIS MAN!!!

    • 43 Cman
      August 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      I don’t think it matters if it was a republican plant. The whole exchange was actually quite remarkable. One, the president had an excellent response. Two, he did it, while not missing a beat shaking hands. And three, there were no standard talking points in this exchange, it was real and honest. Truly remarkable. This should go viral or at least get tweeted!

      • 44 lamh35
        August 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        please read my reply to Chips. I said that while I’m skeptical the reasoning for asking the question, I agree that POTUS answer was pitch-perfect.

  16. 45 jackiegrumbacher
    August 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Pennsylvania has just been handed another blow as the disgusting voter ID is upheld by Commonwealth Court Justice Robert Preston. The ACLU is appealing it to the PA Supreme Court, but the decision will come too late to make a difference. I feel sick about this and can’t begin to estimate the numbers of people who will be disenfranchised on November 6, particularly in the PA area. Please tell everyone in PA who has a problem with IDs to register and then vote absentee and please do everything you can to make people mad about this. Maybe if people get angry enough about having their right to vote taken away from them, they will redouble their efforts to register and not let anything stop them on election day. This is really a bummer.

    • 46 isonprize
      August 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Jackie. The ACLU is taking it to the PA Supreme Court.

      HARRISBURG, PA – Today Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson rejected a request to issue a preliminary injunction that would stop enforcement of the state’s voter ID law. A copy of his decision is available here. The ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter will be appealing to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


    • 48 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      {{JG}} Sorry to hear that JG. Puts more pressure on you and your team as you educate at your upcoming ‘fair’, yet I feel sure the will is there. GOP cannot win on Nov. 6th!

    • 49 donna dem 4 obama
      August 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      GM Jackie!

      This is just awful but the PA Supreme Court is going to take it up and I’m hopeful it will put a stop to this.

    • August 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      jackiegrumbacher, I am very disappointed to hear that news. In my phone-banking sessions we have been making calls
      to PA since I am in NJ. Ok, so now I’ll just have to double or triple my efforts in phone-banking to PA. We get knocked
      down but we get up again to fight another day. We absolutely cannot let them defeat us. HOPE! Let’s keep it alive. You have
      been such a hard worker for the campaign. I am so impressed when I read your posts and see all that you do. Keep the Faith jg.

  17. 52 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Medicaid Cuts Ryan Doesn’t Tout Would Cut Aid to Seniors

    By Brian Faler


    Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare wouldn’t affect today’s seniors. His Medicaid proposal would.

    While the Republican vice-presidential candidate is careful to avoid touching Medicare benefits for anyone at or near retirement, his budget would impose immediate cuts to Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor that funds nursing-home care and other benefits for 6 million U.S. seniors.

    “It’s very easy to forget about these people,” said Howard Gleckman, a resident fellow at the Urban Institute, a Washington-based policy research group. “It’s a big, big cut.”

    The proposed Medicaid changes are often overlooked amid the debate over Ryan’s Medicare plan, which has taken center stage in the presidential contest since the Wisconsin congressman was chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate on Aug. 11. It’s politically important because those 65 and older are a crucial voting bloc.



  18. August 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Used Car Salesman?

    • 55 Ladyhawke
      August 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      And what was Bob Schieffer’s response? Let me guess. He just sat there and nodded his head and went on to the next question. A junior reporter that had done a little bit of homework would have know to ask Mitt Romney but you have said you want to repeal Dodd-Frank. Dodd-Frank is all about regulating Wall Street after the financial meltdown of 2008. Please explain……

    • 56 Linda
      August 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Maybe he does not know what Congress does.?

  19. August 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

    President Barack Obama greets supporters after eating breakfast at Riley’s Cafe with U.S. military veterans in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 15

    Added some more pics to the post.

  20. 60 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

    link from politico so proceed cautiously.

    Boehner holds call to calm House GOP

    Jolted by concerns over the wave of Medicare-themed Democratic attacks sparked by Paul Ryan’s vice presidential nomination, House Speaker John Boehner held a Tuesday evening conference call aimed at soothing jittery Republican members, POLITICO has learned…

    • 61 donna dem 4 obama
      August 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

      😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • 62 xtine
      August 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      What was Boehner’s advice? “Cheers, have another shot & just say no!”

    • 63 majiir
      August 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks, lamh 35.
      I posted the article to my FB page with the question, “If the republicans are so sure that the Romney/Ryan Plan is good for the nation, why did Boehner have to call and “calm” them down? Since I’m in GA, a lot of my FB friends are faux conservatives, and I’ve been trying to shake them out of the stupor of lies that Fox News and the republicans have trapped them in for years.

  21. August 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

  22. 66 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Love the Star 105.5 radio interview. Wish everyone could hear it. President Obama is always excellent at these, so natural and at ease. Likability to the max.

  23. August 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Simple messaging for family gatherings, chatting in the line at the market, etc.

    #RomneyRyan are selling a few cents on the dollar COUPONS. Tell your grandparents, tell your parents, tell everyone. COUPONS.

    “Voucher” is a code word for RIPOFF.

    • 68 Nena20409
      August 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Bobfr, is it Not true that We Americans Love COUPONS? Voucher? Not so much. But a majority of Us want COUPONS, clip them and use them whenever possible. I think that the Team Obama should stay with the VOUCHER theme. I am sure that they did a marketing polling on the words already.

  24. August 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  25. 75 Zekke LyDonna
    August 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  26. 77 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Insolent B.S.

    by BooMan

    Our aspiring Galtian Overlord made Sheldon Adelson’s casino one of his first trips since being placed on the plutocrats’ ticket.

    In keeping with Mr. Adelson’s penchant for staying below the radar, Romney aides refused to say who attended the meeting with Mr. Ryan, though the location (a private room at one of Mr. Adelson’s hotels) and leaks from the Romney camp left little doubt. And in keeping with laws that prohibit elected officials from explicitly asking donors for super PAC money, aides to Mr. Romney insisted before the event that the meeting was not a fund-raiser.

    “It’s a finance event, not a fund-raiser,” an aide told reporters. Asked if people were paying to attend, he repeated, “It’s a finance event, not a fund-raiser.”

    “It is not dinner; it is cuisine.”

  27. 78 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    It seems like VPBiden isn’t being featured live today, is he? Ante up this info if you have it. 😉

  28. August 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been one of the harshest critics of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. But months after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion package, the Wisconsin lawmaker was trying to steer money under the program to companies in his home state.

    Rep. Ryan wrote letters in 2009 to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis seeking stimulus grant money for two Wisconsin energy conservation companies. One of them, the nonprofit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp., later received $20.3 million from the Energy Department to help homes and businesses improve energy efficiency, according to federal records.

    In a letter to Chu in December 2009, Ryan said the stimulus money would help his state create thousands of new jobs, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That contrasted with his public statements denigrating the stimulus program as a “wasteful spending spree.” It also conflicts with his larger federal budget proposal, which would slash Energy Department programs aimed at creating green jobs.


    Is that the longest link in the history of links? 😕

    • 82 FiredUpInCA
      August 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Whether it’s being a Social Security recipient as a kid or being paid by taxpayers for 13 years, Paul Ryan is such an expert on government spending because he’s a lifelong recipient of it.

      “Several major economic development projects financed by federal money are underway in Ryan’s home town. There’s the Janesville Innovation Center, which will “provide entrepreneurs with commercial space in which to launch their ideas.” This is being funded by a $1.2 million stimulus grant, Lizza notes.

      That’s not all. As Lizza notes, the federal government is contributing more than $10 million to a new facility in Janesville that will produce a medical tracer that used to be made outside the United States. The new plant could employ some 150 people.

      John Beckford, the head of a local economic development group and a Ryan supporter, explained to Lizza how Janesville is reinventing itself after a GM plant closed in the town. The town — which is near a ring of major cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, Des Moines, and Minneapolis — is remaking itself as a “redistribution hub for major companies,” Lizza reported.”


      • 83 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        I like this suggestion made on Twitter – it wouldn’t surprise me to find Ryan benefited repeatedly from the federal pot.

  29. 84 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Crowd gathering in Dubuque, which mr. dotster has always pronounces as “Doo-bew-Q”—-whenever Dubuque has come up in conversation, which isn’t often. I think he thinks he’s funny.

  30. 86 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Obama motorcade has made a stop at Cascade High School. Football practice?

  31. 87 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Paul Ryan Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the VP Candidate

    By ProPublica


    Want help going beyond the horse race? We’re gathering the best stories out there on Congressman Paul Ryan, his positions, and his background. Have other stories to share? Add them in comments.


    Fussbudget, The New Yorker, August 2012
    This sweeping profile is a great introduction to Paul Ryan and his politics. Starting in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, it lays out the evolution of Ryan’s economic beliefs, and his rise through the G.O.P – from his early affinity to Ayn Rand to failed attempts at privatizing Social Security, to his Path to Prosperity budget plan, which would make radical changes in Medicaid and other social programs. The article also looks at the ways that federal-funded projects have helped Ryan’s hometown–and notes that Ryan’s plan “would drastically reduce the parts of the budget” that are funding exactly these kinds of projects.


    See reading list here…..


  32. August 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Pretty good live updates at http://www.kcrg.com/streaming2 ahead of PBO speech.

  33. August 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  34. 97 cluny
    August 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Priceless – if you haven’t seen it already Ms Ann at her obnoxious, entitled best. Great textual analysis by Atlantic Wire:


  35. 98 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Just listened to the radio interview and boy does POTUS sound “angry and desperate”…pufft! Mittens is an idiot.

    • 99 cluny
      August 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I watched the Romney CBS Gayle King interview. He DOES seem unhinged! He spills out the most incredible gibberish and looks shifty, nervous and like he’s obviously lying throughout the interview. Then they let up on him about 2/3rds through – aware that he’s made himself look ridiculous so they don’t push anymore. I think it was a good move – Gayle is well known as a personal fiend of the Obama’s so she had to go carefully. I think she did a good job – plenty of time over the next couple of weeks to keep at him.

  36. 100 criquet
    August 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Could someone from TOD tweet or email one of the Obama campaign communications people to remind them that Romney was pushing vouchers for the military for health care. The story was at Talking Points Memo some time ago. This could be important since Romney is trying to run away from Ryan’s plan when he has the same and HAS TALKED about it.

  37. 102 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Young supporter in Dubuque

  38. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Ummmm Overflow area…I’m sure our media will find a “gap” somewhere in that crowd 😉

  39. 104 lamh35
    August 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    dude is slowly losing it. First calling POTUS “angry and desperate”, now this.

    A Paranoid Romney Accuses Obama of Making Voters Jealous of Him

    POTUS has gotten into his mind with some jedi mind trick stuff.

  40. August 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    TOD.. I see that cspan 1 will be airing PBO/flotus at 1.25pm

  41. 110 carolyn
    August 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    After seeing and reading the pathetic performances by Mitt and Ann…..I think my prediction about Romney may come true: “MELTDOWN”!

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