Rise and Shine


Times Republican: As President Barack Obama walked across the Miller Middle School gym floor arriving at the podium and saying “Hello Marshalltown,” an historic moment was made Tuesday.

Obama is the first sitting president to visit Marshalltown since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.

A crowd of an estimated 555 people were on hand, including recent Marshalltown High School graduate TJ Miller, 18, who was the third one to shake the president’s hand when he entered the gym. Miller seemed surprised that it has been 72 years since a sitting president visited town.

“That’s kind of amazing,” Miller said. “That kind of proves that he’s a personable guy and that he cares.”

…. After his speech, Obama walked around the crowd, shaking hands with dozens of people and even had something special for 100-year-old Mabel Coulter, of Marshalltown. “I said to him this lady is 100 years old and he said anybody 100 years old deserves a kiss and he kissed her,” said Betty Wehrman, Coulter’s daughter.

…. Miller Principal Jacy Large got to talk to the president before his speech, along with other area educational leaders.

“For me, it was breathtaking,” Large said. “He was very down to earth.”


President Obama kisses the forehead of 3-week-old Ethan Muhire during a campaign stop in Marshalltown, Iowa



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

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

10:05: Arrive at the White House





Paul Krugman: So, let me clarify what I believe is really going on in the choice of Paul Ryan as VP nominee. It is not about satisfying the conservative base, which was motivated anyway by Obama-hatred; it is not about refocusing on the issues, because R&R are both determined to avoid providing any of the crucial specifics about their plans. It is about exploiting the gullibility and vanity of the news media, in much the same way that George W. Bush did in 2000.

Like Bush in 2000, Ryan has a completely undeserved reputation in the media as a bluff, honest guy, in Ryan’s case supplemented by a reputation as a serious policy wonk. None of this has any basis in reality….

…. But a large part of the commentariat decided early on that they were going to cast Ryan in the role of Serious Honest Conservative, and have been very unwilling to reconsider that casting call in the light of evidence.

So that’s the constituency Romney is targeting: not a large segment of the electorate, but a few hundred at most editors, reporters, programmers, and pundits. His hope is that Ryan’s unjustified reputation for honest wonkery will transfer to the ticket as a whole.

So, a memo to the news media: you have now become players in this campaign, not just reporters. Mitt Romney isn’t seeking a debate on the issues; on the contrary, he’s betting that your gullibility and vanity will let him avoid a debate on the issues, including the issue of his own fitness for the presidency. I guess we’ll see if it works.

Full post here





NYT Editorial: If you live in Butler or Warren counties in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Cincinnati, you can vote for president beginning in October by going to a polling place in the evening or on weekends. Republican officials in those counties want to make it convenient for their residents to vote early and avoid long lines on Election Day.

But, if you live in Cincinnati, you’re out of luck. Republicans on the county election board are planning to end early voting in the city promptly at 5 p.m., and ban it completely on weekends, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The convenience, in other words, will not be extended to the city’s working people.

The sleazy politics behind the disparity is obvious. Hamilton County, which contains Cincinnati, is largely Democratic and voted solidly for Barack Obama in 2008. So did the other urban areas of Cleveland, Columbus and Akron, where Republicans, with the assistance of the Ohio secretary of state, Jon Husted, have already eliminated the extended hours for early voting.

…. In Ohio, as in other states, the Republican Party is establishing a reputation for putting short-term political gain ahead of the most fundamental democratic rights.

Full editorial here




Jonathan Capehart: …. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul claims that “President Obama’s campaign keeps sinking lower.” What was the offense? Vice President Biden said the word “chains.”

…. This is the campaign that seemed perfectly fine with Sununu saying he wished the president “would learn to be an American.” …. This is the campaign that continues to be a-okay with supporter Donald Trump’s racist birtherism …. This is the campaign that has been mute in the face of Rep. Allen West hyperbolic assertion that Obama would “rather you be his slave.”

…. Newt Gingrich is fond of calling Obama a “food stamp president.”A wicked phrase that has more racial baggage than a klansman’s El Camino … This is the campaign of the candidate who uttered the equally racially fraught “if they want more stuff from government … more free stuff” when talking to supporters in Montana about what he told the NAACP about his desire to repeal Obamacare.

This is the campaign that is running a completely dishonest ad about the Obama administration’s welfare policy…. …. this is the campaign of the candidate who could only muster, “It’s not the language I would have used” after Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut,” a “prostitute” and much worse…

So, rather than rail against what they claim is Obama’s “desperate campaign based on division and demonization,” the Romney campaign and Romney himself ought to spend more time cleaning up the garbage littering their glass house.

Full post here



Morning everyone 😉

124 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    1st: Hi, Ms Chips! Good to know you are home playing with the broadband. 😉 😉
    2nd: A very ‘Good Morning’ to the ‘locals’ in TODville! Good Afternoon to those ‘far-in’ relatives around the world! 😉 😉 CJ!
    3rd: It’s Wednesday! At least I hope it is. 😆 :lol

  2. 14 vitaminlover
    August 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good morning to you too, vcprezofan2.

  3. 16 Melanie
    August 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    83 Days To Go!!!

  4. 18 pugeretto
    August 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Morning Chips, congraats VC! Mitt’s is on CBS & lying about medicare again…he’s such a pathetic liar. I am amazed. Oh good, now it’s over so have a great day all!

  5. 19 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I am going to let Google know that we’re on to their deceptive search results practices:

    Google Inc.
    1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    telephone: +1 650 253 0000
    fax: +1 650 253 0001


    I believe they need to be confronted with that extreme pro-Republican bias in search results.

    I typed in “Rick Santorum they will put you in chains called Obamacare” and ALL of the headlines on the first results page are about Joe Biden’s comment, with a few articles referencing Santorum’s remarks (after focusing primarily on VP Biden) but no direct links to Santorum. Not one of the results headlines had Rick Santorum in the headlines.

  6. August 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Well, Good Morning to All. Worked the polls yesterday in Palm Beach County Florida. Proud so many showed up to vote. Just wanted to say that there were last minute Ballot corrections on the Republican side. There were several candidates on the ballot that were no longer running. They pulled out of the race after the ballots were printed. We had an amended paper that was given to each (R) with instructions that several of their candidates that were on the ballot were no longer running and a vote for anyone of them meant their vote would not count. They recommend that they chose someone else. Needless to say I check the voter totals this morning and YES, several of those candidates got thousands of votes. George LeMieux was one of them.


    I don’t remember all the other names but from what I can see is, many (R)’s don’t think reading is fundamental.
    There were several others that also got thousands of votes.

  7. 23 57andFemale
    August 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Lynn Sweet is an effing idiot and I have to tweet Bill Press yet again that he gets no ratings from me when he has her on. I listened to a few minutes and this twit said she really didn’t know anything about Paul Ryan because she’s been sooooo busy covering PBO. What a jackass.

  8. 26 Melanie
    August 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

  9. 30 xtine
    August 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The Self-Entitled Speaketh (aka Liars Inc.):

    The criticism that plagued the Romneys during the 2008 campaign has continued, particularly in regards to their reported $250 million fortune and the issue of their tax returns.

    When pressed by Morales, Mrs. Romney stood her ground. “We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” she said. “There’s going to be no more tax releases given.”

    Mrs. Romney said if they release any more information, “it will only give them more ammunition.”

    In regards to their finances, she said “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”

    “It’s been managed by a blind trust since before Mitt was governor, you know, 2002 forward,” she told Morales. “And so, you know, I’ll be curious to see what’s in there too.”


    • 31 Cheryllou
      August 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Good morning. The more the Romney’s talk about their finances, the more we want to see them.

      • 32 xtine
        August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

        I think at the end of every sentence we should put MITT-TAXES instead of a period; e.g, “Fires raging out westMITT-TAXES” 🙂

  10. 33 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 9:03 am



    Rachel Maddow outlines the extreme positions Paul Ryan has taken on women’s reproductive rights, from his support for a federal forced ultrasound bill to his support for a federal parenthood bill that would ban some kinds of contraception as well as in vitro fertilization.



  11. 34 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Okay, here is a link to an article which directly references Rick Santorum’s remarks to Iowa voters last year. Not that NONE of the MSM outlets picked this up, yet they are running with VP Biden’s comments yesterday.

    // Turning his ire to the incumbent administration, Mr. Santorum warned against the perils of the national health care law approved by Congress last year. He said that if it were allowed to take full effect, “it is the end of liberty.” The measure would create a dangerous sense of dependency on government, he said. “They will put you in chains called ‘Obamacare,’ and you will never break away.” //

    Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/11225/1167149-176-0.stm?cmpid=elections.xml#ixzz23cTWqzCe

    • August 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Oh, you noticed that MSNBainC is covering for Robney again? They are trying to make the Republucans out as victims and we keep giving them Ammo.
      The thing is, with the media in the tank for Robney, we have to be more careful. Otherwise, they will twist what Joe said, and get the desired effects.
      Because, later on in the Campaign, we all know the ads will be every five minutes, and the media will not care that Robney is lying.
      That is their Plan! It worked in 04, and they are just dusting it off.
      I know it’s not 04 or 2010, but does the GOP?

      • 36 hopefruit2
        August 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

        How exactly are we giving them Ammo? By pointing out that one of their own convention speakers who endorsed Romney has done the very thing they accuse Joe Biden of doing?

        • August 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

          How exactly are we giving them ammo?
          Oh, I didn’t watch any news shows this morning. All I sea was one clip of Joe saying that remark, and I thought that was going to be on every channel and every segment?
          My bad!
          I am actually at OFA office doing organizing!

    • 38 Claire
      August 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I have sent the santorum comment to so many media outlets. I am not a tweeter, so I had to send email. I am so sick of it being ignored.

      • 39 daisydem
        August 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

        Claire, if you have the capability, type or write it out and fax it to the media outlets. You can usually get the fax numbers from their websites. A piece of paper will then actually arrive in someone’s office and though there is no guarantee the right persons will read it, it may be more effective than an email which as you know can be one of thousands in someone’s email box. If all else fails, type or write it, send it by snail mail … even registered if you can afford to. I have done this … in 2008 and in 2010 when we fought so hard to keep the tea partiers out.

  12. 40 amk for obama
    August 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

    GM folks

  13. 41 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 9:11 am


    When ‘anger and hate’ replaces ‘jobs and the economy’

    By Steve Benen


    Look, this is just crazy. Romney has disgraced himself with nearly-uncontrollable lying, so he’s accusing Obama of being a disgrace. Romney is lashing out angrily, so he’s accusing Obama of being angry. Romney will do anything to win, so he’s accusing Obama of being willing to do anything to win. Romney is running a sleazy, substance-less, integrity-free campaign, so he’s accusing Obama of taking the campaign into the gutter.

    To be sure, I’m not suggesting Obama is pure as the driven snow, but there’s hardly anything the president’s re-election team has done that pushes the boundaries of decency. There’s been plenty of spin and borderline shots from the Democratic campaign, but nothing that warrants Republicans and reporters to reach for the fainting couch.

    Ultimately, I have to wonder whether Romney thinks he’s helping himself with this garbage. Does he think voters want to hear less about jobs and more about Romney’s perception of Obama being a big meanie?



    • 42 amk for obama
      August 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Typical rethug tactic – Falsely accuse dems what the rethugs themselves do all the time. They have been getting away with this bullshit too long thanks to the rethug ass kissing media.

      • 43 Ladyhawke
        August 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Exactly, I thought Paul Krugman nailed it. So glad he called out the feckless media. They should be embarrassed.

        So, a memo to the news media: you have now become players in this campaign, not just reporters. Mitt Romney isn’t seeking a debate on the issues; on the contrary, he’s betting that your gullibility and vanity will let him avoid a debate on the issues, including the issue of his own fitness for the presidency. I guess we’ll see if it works.

    • 44 Obama Grandmama
      August 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Seems to me that crying and whining over such small matters over and over again certainly show a thin skinned candidate. Could you picture such Mitt standing up to foreign leaders? Or do you see him as just whining and sniffling that isn’t fair? His campaign tactics alone should eliminate him as a credible candidate.

  14. August 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Good morning, TODville. Chips, you’ve done another amazing job on this bus tour. Thank you!

    And thanks very much for pointing out that Scout Tufankjian is back on shooting for the campaign. I’ve seen her at events over the last few weeks and was hoping we’d get to see more of her work. BRAVO!!

  15. August 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

    It sure is nice to watch my local news here in Iowa this morning and see lots of coverage of what PBO has been doing in my state! And one more day to go. I hope this is NOT one of those PBO successes that Willard thinks he needs to copy. Ugh.

    I enjoyed the photos in the last segment – “Willard? Meet Your Waterloo”, but alas am getting to this too late to add comments. I did want to point out that one of our great Iowa natives is in photos 13 and 14. The AA man in the yellow tie holding up the PBO sign – that is Simon Estes, a world-renowned opera singer who had a great career in Europe, etc. – but now lives back here in Iowa, teaching voice. I think he sang the national anthem, which I was not privileged to hear on my connection (but it woulda been great!). More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Estes

  16. August 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

    As the GOP tries to LIE on the President and what he’s done for Medicare, while trying to hide that the Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into a COUPON Program, here are some videos that should make it plain as day.

    From Hardball – Tweety truly did try and nail it, and Ezra Klein gets on my nerves by trying to be so smart, but Tweety nailed it anyway.


    From The Ed Show – He had on that terrific former Insurance Guy- Wendell Potter, who told all the business about what the GOP wants to do.


    From the Rachel Maddow show, Rachel had on how the Congressional GOPers are trying to run as fast as they can away from Ryan, even though the Congressional ones voted TWICE for it.


    Finally, Lawrence O’Donnell, who had on Robert Reich and Jonathan Cohen, who broke it down quite well.


    • 52 cluny
      August 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

      I know he is awful but Elliot Spitzer also explains it very well in simple terms on his Current show. Thanks for all those links.

  17. 53 cluny
    August 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Ugh – Ms Ann announcing that there will be ‘no showing of the tax returns’. What a grotesque, entitled whiner. Whilst campaigning with her husband and family Ryan over the weekend she looked as if she’s been rummaging through FLOTUS’ laundry. She had on a pink cardigan, wide belt and sundress. I mean how unoriginal are these people? Whoever is styling her is making a terrible mistake copying Michelle’s style. There’s a big difference between a beautiful, 40 ish woman with a slamming body wearing that style as opposed to a bloated, 60 year old over botoxed Grandmother. Ms Ann looked younger when she was doing the red white and blue pants/jacket combinations early on in the Republican primary. Now she just looks ridiculous.

    • 54 carolyn
      August 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

      cluny…..right on with your fashion analysis. I can’t imagine who is “dressing” her! The Repub women were so anxious to get hold of Sarah four years ago and sharpen her up…….Ann needs to fire the stylists, if that’s who’s messing with her! Remember the dress she wore in Poland! It was awful too……..She looked much better during the primaries.

      • 55 carolyn
        August 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

        By the way…..didn’t FLOTUS look absolutely smashing on Jay Leno’s show!!!

        • 56 cluny
          August 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

          Yes, – divine – so elegant, chic and graceful. Mrs O understands colour – she really knows what suits her. She rarely, if ever, makes a fashion boo boo.

      • 57 cluny
        August 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Oh boy Carolyn – the Poland dress! That was so hideous i’d blocked it from my memory! Yes – what a mess she was – too much bad colour and very unflattering lines. And they seem to have done something new to her hair – I think you pointed this out in an earlier post. I wanted to reply but fell asleep (different time zone). happy to have found a fellow Ann outfit hater!

    • August 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

      My PC monitor was in imminent danger as I read that “rummaging thru FLOTUS’ laundry” line whilst sipping my morning soda. 😆 Then I had to actually find the outfit you described – ugh, I definitely agree with your assessment! Now I have to erase that image from my PC.

  18. August 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have a sister who recently moved to Ohio, and when I told her about the Governors dirty voter suppression tricks, she said she hadn’t read anything about it in the papers down there. My sister is even more politically active than I am, and did not even know about it. She’s really fired up now, so look out Ohio. Luckily for my sister she still has residency in Michigan and has a MI DL so she will do an absentee ballot here. I can’t stand the Governor of Michigan, but at least he hasn’t joined our Secretary of State in her desperate attempts to suppress the vote. She still hasn’t done a damn thing about the Republican speaker or the house and his stupid election fraud scheme.

  19. 60 Linda
    August 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters.

    Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wouldn’t grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID. Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms.

    • 61 cluny
      August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Jesus! I can’t believe this.

    • 62 Cheryllou
      August 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

      OH MY GOD!! What is wrong with this judge. There’s no proof whatsoever of in person voter fraud in the past or will be in the future. This is terrible news.

    • 63 Claire
      August 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

      OMG, I am shocked. This is appalling.

    • August 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

      That law has been in effect for Michigan for years, but if you don’t have an ID, you can sign the affidavit on the back of your election form, and get a provisional ballot anyways. I’m thinking that’s not the case in Pennsylvania. There are still too many Dems turning out in the elections, so our GOP congress is still plotting and scheming to supress the vote. I hope the Supreme court does the right thing.

      • August 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Someone called into one of these morning shows and said that they don’t count the provisional ballots – they really only serve as registration forms to get you on the rolls for next time. Is this true? The guy said he worked at the polling places, but I haven’t heard this from anyone else.

  20. 67 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I know there are no arguments here that we already have the best President, best people-person, best children-potential-seeker in the White House. We IS lucky, I tells you. Lucky and blessed! GOP cannot match or top that, certainly not in 2012! 😀

  21. 68 desertflower
    August 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I posted this late last night…I LMAO 🙂 h/t PoliticalCarnival

    • 70 utaustinliberal
      August 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Thanks so much for this Chips. It was so much fun. I know I say this all the time but you really are the BEST! 😀

    • August 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

      That was awesome! He’s so completely down to earth. I laughed all the way through the first six minutes. One has to be blind not to see how incredibly warm and human this man actually is.

  22. August 15, 2012 at 9:48 am


  23. 74 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Lots of lying on all news outlets this a.m., all mostly in a dither about Joe B.’s chains comment. No mention of all the ugly Repub accusations against Obama. Reince Priebus, who may be the most unappealing political operative ever, was lying all over the Today Show re. Medicare cuts——“both sides the same”. Savannah Guthrie did not have any facts or truths at her disposal—–NBC must not have access to computers—–and allowed him to lie to his heart’s content.
    And I think that we need to step it up in the ad dept. I’m only seeing Willard lies. This latest one I saw today could be harmful—–an attempt to take away Obama’s likability advantage, his greatest advantage in my opinion. People are saying Obama is a wonderful person etc. but he doesn’t deserve a 2nd term. Need some serious rebuttal and truth telling ads.

  24. 76 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Paul Ryan: Walking the Party Line Against Women

    By: Becky Sarwate


    But ok, women are about more than just the question of whether or not to procreate. We care about jobs, equal pay, a stable and thriving economy and oh, oops…

    What’s that you say votesmart.org? Representative Ryan voted against equal pay for women, the enforcement of hate crime legislation and adjustments to employment discrimination law a total of six times during his tenure in the House? Well that is um, concerning.

    In short, Ryan is for tax cuts, deregulation, cynical deficit hawking that starves the social safety net while fattening the pockets of big business and the one percent. Corporate entities are to be treated with more esteem and consideration than the bodies and minds of female Americans and even Romney doesn’t appear to want to associate himself with Ryan’s plans to reinvent Medicare as a voucher program that exposes seniors to the whims of the private sector.



  25. 77 desertflower
    August 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Just an observation but, the Romney’s always say that they will not release more tax returns because then people will have more to bash them with…well, if the tax returns are on the up and up…then no one would be bashing anyone. I think they have tipped their hand….MUST BE SOMETHING IN THERE! SHOW US YOUR TAXES< MITT!!!

  26. 78 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I see the Willard campaign is stalking Obama again—-plan to hold an event in the parking lot of Port of Dubuque before Obama’s appearance, concentrating on Medicare (both sides the same) with featured speakers a cafe owner and “a former Obama supporter”.
    Serious security at all Obama’s stops—-here is the precautions at the Cedar Rapids Marriott where PBO spent the night. (why is he often staying at Marriotts, by the way? Bill Marriott is a big Mormon buddy of Willard and donates mucho dinero to his campaign.


  27. 79 desertflower
    August 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Mr. Noun, verb, and 9/11 is projecting again:

    thinkprogress WATCH: Rudy Giuliani questions whether Biden has the “mental capacity” to be President, says “he isn’t bright” thkpr.gs/QBxAnG
    15 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  28. August 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Bonjour mis amies O’s (sp)!!!! Hola mi amigos(sp)!!!! What a great getting up day for us TODdies again!!! Thanks Chips for the thread pics and articles. I especially enjoyed Jonathon Capehart’s. He could hardly hold his temper on the show we love to hate this morning.

    My political take today is that I think there’s a desperation in the ‘Pub party that we may never know about. I can’t imagine what’s going on behind the scenes as the cartel try to keep this together. One thing about getting what you wish for…a person who JUST knows how to hold a pen as Norquist said…. is that you get a person who ONLY knows how to hold a pen. They can’t train him to think on his feet, or talk of preset points.

  29. August 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

    That unhinged statement from the team Obama is really working on them.

  30. 84 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    President Obama gives job search advice

    • August 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Wow, he handled that brilliantly, I assumed it was a (GOP) set-up – but maybe not?

      • August 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Yeah – I didn’t get the feeling that it was legitimate; especially with his friend cackling. I could be wrong – but something seemed off.

        • August 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

          Well, if they hoped to embarrass PBO, they failed miserably – his response was excellent. Can you imagine Willard trying to handle a situation like that? 🙄

          • 88 donna dem 4 obama
            August 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

            I’ve watched this a few times and honestly I think it was sincere and that they were impressed with PBO’s response. He even says at the end that he is going to the TV station and get an internship. Heck, I thought it was pretty good!

    • 91 Claire
      August 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I hope he followed though with the President’s advice.

    • 92 0388jojothecat
      August 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Wow, the kind of advice he would give anyone even his own children. Huh, I wonder what Robme/Lyan would advise?….Does your dad or family member own a television station?

    • 93 edp4bho
      August 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Morning TOD. Well, I don’t even feel the need to view the vid since I would say assuredly that the question was from some smarmy oppo trying to get PBO in a clinch. As supporters already know, the job situation has been stymied by rethugs in congress, and PBO has instituted major changes that do and will affect positive economics for the health of the nation.

    • 94 Cman
      August 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

      That’s actually quite a remarkable exchange. 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!

  31. 96 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The Big Lie Of The Day: Medicare Cuts



    Here are the facts that should serve as antibodies against this deadly falsehood:

    -ObamaCare ends a private insurance subsidy and uses some of the savings to extend the life of Medicare, close the Medicare prescription “donut hole,” and add free preventive care for all beneficiaries.

    -ObamaCare has cut no Medicare benefits.

    -Millions of Americans nearing retirement will have health care because of the bill.

    – The Ryan budget — which Romney’s campaign said the candidate would sign as presidnet — includes the same cuts Romney has accused President Obama of making.

    – Romney and Ryan’s budgets both slash trillions of dollars worth of benefits for future beneficiaries.



  32. 97 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Ana Marie Cox ‏@anamariecox


    RT @daveweigel: To recap: Voter ID law that old black people worry will block their vote: Inoffensive. Saying “chains”: Horribly offensive.


  33. 98 cluny
    August 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

    One thing we need is more money – they are going to blanket the airwaves with lies in their ads – big time. If there is not so much money we can’t push back. I wish more rich O fans would throw in more bucks – the campaign needs the money now. Does anyone know if OFA is allowed to sell from the shop to OS people? Is that legal as opposed to a donation.

    • August 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I tried to buy from the OFA shop before I was a permanent resident, and I wasn’t able to because of the restrictions. There are shops that sell Obama gear, but I don’t believe they contribute to the campaign. I think Donna Dem said that you can start a fundraising page on barackobama.com, even if you’re not American or a permanent resident. You can then solicit donations from people.

  34. August 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

    After the Ryan pick, who would have thought it’s the Republicans attacking The President on Medicare?
    What a strange Election!

  35. 102 criquet
    August 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This is the GOP argument on Medicare that needs to go viral:

  36. 103 criquet
    August 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Good morning all. I have not been around much lately due to family issues (dying uncle who needs care and help) and a number of other things so have been trying to catch up.

    Happy Bday belatedly to Chips and congrats on the new landmark in visitors to your rocking house! Great job.

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Morning criquet, so sorry to hear about your uncle, I hope he’s peaceful and comfortable, wishing you all the strength to get through this. Thanks so much for the kind wishes, take care of yourself.

      • 105 criquet
        August 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Thanks so much Chips. Even though I may not post, I still try to check in to get the real unbiased news.

        • 106 criquet
          August 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

          Sorry -will try to check in……. I meant to type.


          Thanks so much Chips. Even though I may not post, I will still try to check in to get the real unbiased news.

  37. 107 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Selfishness As Virtue: The Narcissistic Politics Of Paul Ryan

    By Joe Conason


    Then there is Ryan’s longtime obsession with abolishing Social Security as a public insurance system, which first drew attention to him during the Bush administration in 2005. The Bush White House suffered political disaster by pursuing a privatization plan as he urged them to do. Strangely, while Ryan is decades away from retirement age, he has already collected Social Security in the form of survivor benefits. For two years he received a check every month, following the tragic early death of his father when the future Congressman was only 16 years old.

    Thanks to Social Security, Ryan was able to save money for college – a story similar to that of Senator Al Franken’s wife Franni, who lost her father at an early age and attended college thanks to federal survivor benefits. But while Franni Franken’s experience ensured that she and her husband became staunch defenders of Social Security, Ryan is eager to deprive future orphans of the guaranteed support that he received.

    If selfishness is truly a virtue, then Ryan is without peer. His ideas comprise a taxonomy of narcissistic public policy – from taxes to climate change, infrastructure, and social insurance — that would surely gratify his idol.



  38. 108 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Six Republicans Who Are Fleeing At Top Speed From The Ryan Budget

    By Jason Sattler


    Politico sampled the views of Republican insiders and found their assessment of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate isn’t as positive as Fox News would like you to believe. Sure, Ryan is bringing out big crowds and bigger donors. But Romney’s choice has also shined a bright like on a very disturbing part of Paul Ryan’s record, which also happens to be the only thing he’s known for: The Ryan Budget.
    As Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic describes Ryan’s radical vision of America: “Many millions of working-age Americans would lose health insurance. Senior citizens would anguish over whether to pay their rent or their medical bills, in a way they haven’t since the 1960s. Government would be so starved of resources that, by 2050, it wouldn’t have enough money for core functions like food inspections and highway maintenance. And the richest Americans would get a huge tax cut.”
    But nobody has to tell House Republicans in swing districts that Ryan’s budget is a loser. Several Republicans of them are already running from it at top speed.



  39. August 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

    The DSCC has added at least $2.3 million to its air time in Wisconsin, bringing the total invested for the fall to $5.2 million from Sept. 11 through the day before the election, two sources tracking the air wars tell me.

    That is wise.

  40. August 15, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Obama to talk Medicare in Iowa
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 8/15/12 10:42 AM EDT
    President Obama will hit Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Medicare during events in Iowa Wednesday, according to Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

    “The President will talk about how his reforms have strengthened Medicare, saved millions of seniors on Medicare hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs and cut the cost of Medicare by cutting wasteful spending out of the healthcare system—without impacting the benefits Medicare recipients receive by even a dime,” Psaki said. “And he 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. This kind of plan forces people with Medicare to pay an extra $6400, all so Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.”

    The Obama campaign released a video earlier Wednesday featuring the same Medicare attacks.


  41. 111 dotster3
    August 15, 2012 at 10:57 am
  42. 112 isonprize
    August 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Well, on to the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania.

    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.


    • 113 edp4bho
      August 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

      He is a lazy, contemptuous bastard. Didn’t even bother to “hear” the arguments. I need the Lord to help me today on this ’cause my heart is not kind….:-D

  43. 115 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am



    (H/T tweet from Jed Lewison ‏@jedlewison)

    This is what Obama was doing while Romney was plotting his path to the White House. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/30/1087508/-New-Obama-campaign-video-Forward

  44. 116 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS


    Indeed MT @Adamserwer Cons who deny racial association w/”welfare” or “food stamps” are Africana studies majors when it comes to “chains.”


    • 117 isonprize
      August 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

      If that weren’t true it would be funny. Like these Re-thugs haven’t MAJORED in Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”


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  47. August 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    G’morning TOD. I was thrilled to see that push-back ad at the top of the thread re the R’s medicare lie.
    I have been livid about the deception and even tweeted Stef Cutter two days ago thanking her for
    debunking the lie and begging her to continue spreading the truth. My fear is that this will become
    the ‘ Death Panels’ of 2010 if it is not addressed promptly and aggressively.

    This Ad is to the point. Does anyone know if it’s made only for the web or is it being shown on TV?

    O/T… That pic with PBO kissing the baby is just absolutely superb. Tears.

    Thank you Chips for these wonderful pictures. We are blessed by your devotion and hard work
    in support of our wonderful PBO. Luv ya.

  48. 124 idon
    August 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

    My remarks refer to the Krugman piece. I just finished reading Summers’ book on Nixon, the Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon and truly there is NO daylight between Nixon’s moral compass, personality, and political style and Romney – NONE. I agree with Krugman, we should all question Romney’s fitness for office. In Summers’ book, it was made very, very clear, Nixon was mentally disturbed. I call Romney and Ryan (L2 = Liars)/D2 (Deceivers) as evidenced by their most recent ad claiming FALSELY that PBO is taking away Medicare benefits from seniors. Mind you, sections of the AHA have been in effect for the past two years and Medicare remains the most popular safety net program in the country. AHA makes cuts to Medicare on the service provider end rather than the customer (seniors) end. This is consistent with addressing the spiraling cost of Medicare without harming the people who use the program. L2D2’s budget will make cuts on the customer end, while allowing costs on the service provider end to continue to spiral upward. Just like the 99% don’t have a right to see L2D2’s tax returns, we also don’t have a right to health care and in essence, life.

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