The Same


President Barack Obama meets with Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, right, in the Oval Office, Aug. 17, 2012.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

139 Responses to “The Same”

  1. August 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  2. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    These two are worst than Freddie and Jason

  3. August 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Great ad! Moreover ….

    • 8 majiir
      August 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Cover for him, Bobfr. They seem to have a huge capacity for denying the truth, even when it’s staring them right in the face.

  4. 9 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Excellent ad!

  5. 13 Dona McNealy
    August 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Hey everyone! My name is Paige and my mom is a huge user of TOD! I was glancing at the page and noticed I was the first person. I’m going off the college for my freshman year tomorrow! Wish me luck TOD! I read this page to stay updated about the issues and what I can do to get POTUS reelected.

  6. 36 Dona McNealy
    August 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    *off to college

    • August 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Good luck Dona, I wish you all the best. What school ae you going to?

    • 38 sherijr
      August 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Best wishes Paige ~ enjoy your college years.. come back brilliant & ready to move us further forward 🙂

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      August 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Hello Paige, welcome! 😆 Like Pres O, we here at TOD love to hear of our ‘youngsters’ pursuing post-secondary education. Best wishes for your first year; you are so lucky to be entering college in the age of Pres Obama. After the first month or so of newness and excitement dies down, I hope you’ll give some thought and a little help to the campaign wherever you are at college. Good luck and best wishes!

  7. August 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

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  9. August 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    • 51 anniebella
      August 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      My hope is that there are lots of Republicans out there who feel that way. And they will end up voting for President Obama. They won’t tell anyone, but they will do it because this is not the Republican Party they knew.

  10. August 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    • 53 Dudette
      August 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      YES! Can’t get enough! 😀

      • 54 vcprezofan2
        August 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Neither can I, but now I focus on the subtitled version you provided. THANKS, {{Dudette}}! This is the one video that I’ve actually returned to on my own over and over and over (ie. without anyone posting or reminding me of it, and I’m generally not a ‘music’ person). I truly love it.

  11. 55 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  12. 61 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Zekke, I can’t believe i actually listened to those (with a picture of Mitt and AnnD in my mind)! 😆

  13. August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Whereas the campaign ad makes me mad about Romney / Ryan politics, the slo – motion swagger at the end always brightens my mood again considerably. 🙂

    • 63 donna dem 4 obama
      August 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I love the ones where it starts off with his swagger (I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message). It puts a big ole smile on my face right from the start.

    • 64 forus50
      August 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      That slo-mo walk of PBO is so lithe (effortlessly graceful) and athletic. Whenever I see a marathon with Kenyan runners I see that same beautiful graceful stride.

  14. August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  15. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    My company is a little late with this but today we all got our little rebate checks because of ObamaCare. The Repubs in the office avoided eye contact with me today. I thought it was hilarious.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      August 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      HAHAHA! I’m sure they happily pocketed the checks.

      • 68 donna dem 4 obama
        August 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        You should have seen them HF2. They were madder than a wet hen but couldn’t say a word 😉 I told the payroll manager to let me know if any of them gave them back (none of them did). I was so proud to tout that we had President Obama to thank for those checks today.

        • August 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

          That is just so cool, Donna!!! 🙂

        • 70 hopefruit2
          August 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

          LAWD…I feel sorry for these people. It must take a very miserable existence to make somebody “madder than a wet hen” after receiving a rebate check from their health insurance company.

          • 71 donna dem 4 obama
            August 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

            It’s sad. They’ve been programmed to have so much hate toward him that they refuse to give him any credit. I actually got a couple of them to vote for PBO in 2008. They are a loss cause now. Fortunately they are a small group and in the minority politically speaking where I work.

    • 74 majiir
      August 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      You go, girl! One of my FB friends contacted me yesterday after I said that Romney/Ryan are lying their behinds off to say that PBO lies. I didn’t respond, but boy, did this particular FB friend get a huge surprise when it was revealed that Ryan has been lying his azzz off since the stimulus bill passed. I haven’t heard a peep out of him at all today. The republicans in your office have probably been saying all kinds of ugly things about PBO and the ACA, but the one thing they didn’t do today was hand back those rebate checks. The checks are proof that the ACA has lowered the cost of their medical insurance. I wonder how long it took them to take those checks to the bank and cash them? ROTFLMBO

    • 75 nospin
      August 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      lololololol. Donna – I KNOW that was so sweet. The best feeling you EVER had in quite some time. lolololol

      Thanks for sharing. Hysterical.

  16. 77 hopefruit2
    August 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I notice every night on Twitter, there is some foolish anti-Obama hashtag based on RNC talking points. I know Romney/ROVE/KOch camp is behind this but why is Twitter allowing itself to be hijacked by RWNJS?

    • 78 donna dem 4 obama
      August 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      I noticed the same thing the last couple of nights. Koch pays these fools to do this stuff.

    • 79 itgurl_29
      August 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      It doesn’t matter. While Mitt’s twitter “supporters” spend all their time obsessed with making anti-Obama trends, Obama supporters are challenging “journalists” to tell the truth and spreading real information to help get him elected.

      This is certainly one thing not to be bothered about. Let them waste their time making up stupid hateful trends on a social media site that’s already dominated by Obama supporters. They aren’t winning a single voter over to their side doing that. Not one single voter. Let them keep coming up with their hateful hashtags. Because they’re going to be in tears and on suicide watch the night of November 6th.

    • 81 isonprize
      August 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Same way that R-money bought Twitter followers. You know, there were 20+ that all had made up names and the same picture!! 😆

  17. 82 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I think I may have to read this book:) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/29/how-obama-got-bin-laden-a-detailed-account-from-showdown-by-david-corn.html

    During the 2008 campaign, when Barack Obama bluntly vowed “we will kill bin Laden,” he did not know that one of the most consequential moments of his presidency would be deciding whether to make good on that vow. In fact, his fierce campaign pledge to resort to unilateral action to get Osama bin Laden, should he be hiding in Pakistan, was slammed by both Hillary Clinton and John McCain as reckless talk. But Obama took the promise seriously. Five months into his presidency, he sent a memo to Leon Panetta, then the new CIA chief, signaling that he considered finding bin Laden a high-priority task. He requested a detailed operation plan for locating and “bringing to justice” the mass-murderer. Yet for a year, Panetta did not have much to report to Obama on this front. Then in the summer of 2010, the agency informed Obama there was a lead: bin Laden might be in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, about 35 miles north of Islamabad. He could be within Obama’s reach.


    Obama nixed the idea of commandos hunkering down to await diplomatic rescue. He worried that the Navy SEALs conducting the mission could end up as hostages of the Pakistanis, and he told McRaven to ensure that the U.S. forces could escape the compound and return to safety, whether or not they encountered Pakistani resistance.

    “Don’t worry about keeping things calm with Pakistan,” Obama said to McRaven. “Worry about getting out.”


    On Friday morning, April 29, before flying to Alabama to inspect tornado damage, Obama called national security adviser Tom Donilon, White House chief of staff Bill Daley, deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, and John Brennan to the Diplomatic Room of the White House. They had expected to brief Obama again on the bin Laden options. But before the aides proceeded, Obama interrupted: “It’s a go.”

    “I’ve never seen a decision that courageous done without any sense of drama,” a top national security aide subsequently observed.

    None of the decisions that land on his desk are the easy ones. He is a calculated risk taker…not one of those Republicans can EVER match what this man has done. They are all talk and no action…unless it benefits THEM PERSONALLY. I have the utmost respect for this President…

    • 83 HZ
      August 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Desertflower, hope all is well with you. You will enjoy this book tremendously. David Corn did an excellent job, IMO. Great read. Get it and you will not be disappointed. HZ

  18. 84 LaDLove
    August 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I am struck by the music and performance videos in support of PBO that just spring up organically in the media. I’m not being sarcastic, but has anyone seen comparable odes to R&R? Really, I want to know.

  19. 87 Tally
    August 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you President Obama

  20. August 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    #BainMitt business credentials condensed:

  21. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Ryan is a Big Fat Liar!!!

  22. August 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Nia Malika Henderson? You know something? MSNBainC is going to be nicknamed, the black Republican Station.
    That is all!

      • 102 anniebella
        August 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        Linda, I had enough of her when she was on Martin Bashir today.

      • 104 Nena20409
        August 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        Nia Malika Henderson was pathetic. Her comments about the TBGOPers winning the Medicare ads was so pathetic. DC media echo chamber.

        • 105 Obama Grandmama
          August 18, 2012 at 12:59 am

          I feel like the entire morning on MSNBC is the Republican side, starting around 1pm with Martin Bashir is Dem and Obama supporter. Then you come to Chris Mathews who is both sides all by himself switching on any given day. Rev Al is another loyal Obama supporter Dem. i usually like Rachel due to her digging and detailed info. She can get sidetracked on her own specific issues which can be critical of PBO but she is usually supportive. I like Lawrence O’Donnell too and wish he was on Fridays instead of Hardball Twice.

      • 106 dotster3
        August 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        I’ve decided she is a paid Repub shill. She even choked on her lying words today as she was making the case that the lying R/R team was really winning the Medicare argument. She had zero believability. It sounded so fake,defying facts and logic. I have zero respect for anything she has to say. She’s a waste of air time. Somebody harmed her somewhere along the way.

        • 107 hopefruit2
          August 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

          dotster please tell us how you feel about Henderson!

        • 108 yardarm756
          August 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

          She must have been dropped as an infant.

        • 109 Cha
          August 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          And, then there’s Solidad O’Brien who I’ve been reading about who’s been calling out Sununu and the Birther/Swiftboater/Idiots.

          How could the gops be “winning” \the Medicare argument” when they’ve been lying their damn ugly asses off about it? Riddle me that,Henderson?

  23. 112 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    In 2010 Paul Ryan paid an effective tax rate of 15.9%. In 2011, 20%.

    Coupon Paul Ryan is right up there with LaDeeDa Willard Romney when it comes to displaying a sense of entitlement and outward disdain toward voters. And just like Willard, Coupon Paul is only releasing two years of tax returns (although Willard has really only released part of his 2010 return and an estimate of 2011). And again, like Romney, he’s paying a lower rate than most middle class families do. And yet they want us to pay more so they can pay less.

    Oh…and this, because..you know….he wants to be VP for goodness sakes!

    The Ryans filed a corrected return in 2011 after their original return understated their income by $61,122.

    • 113 Linda
      August 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      The Ryans filed a corrected return in 2011 after their original return understated their income by $61,122.

      Some sites have decide not to report that part of the story……..HP is one .

      • 114 desertflower
        August 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Figures! He’s running for VP you know:) That’s the ONLY reason he did that. how do you “underestimate your income?”

  24. August 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm


    for Tally – just saw your comment on The Hobbit FB page – I’m a fellow LOTR/Hobbit lover. LOVED all the LOTR things I did in NZ this summer. Not sure I have a favorite dwarf I’m looking forward to. Whose voice are you anticipating?

  25. 116 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    THIS!!!!!!! http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/11679-paul-ryan-shrugged-romney-running-mate-pens-sequel-to-ayn-rand-book

    the Paul Ryan sequel to Ayn Rand’s famous book, “Atlas Shrugged.” The book encapsulates Rand’s theory of “objectivist” indifference to the “parasites” of the earth, those who get in the way of the “rational selfishness” of the masters of the universe. This is a philosophy avidly embraced by Ryan over the years.

    Grandma couldn’t afford medical care to treat her colon cancer and passed away – and Paul Ryan Shrugged

    Poor children had nothing to eat for lunch at school. Blaming the teachers, Paul Ryan shrugged.

    Workers in the US ended up competing with Mexican maquiladoras, receiving $7.50 cents a day without benefits – Paul Ryan Shrugged.

    Women were forced to carry babies to term, even if raped – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    Gays were beat up by gangs of skinheads – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    Taxes on what was left of the middle class were doubled to provide increased tax breaks for the top ten percent who owned the majority of American assets – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    Seniors lost their money as Wall Street “takers” ravaged the voucher investments of the elderly in Sheldon Adelson-style gambling schemes – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    America’s roads and infrastructure fell apart leaving all but the rich living in a dystopian society that was a step back toward the stone age – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    US cities became armed camps of gated business and communities protected by police and private security guards from the rabble of impoverished citizens without aid or hope of employment – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    Paul Ryan accepted Social Security survivor payments to cover his college costs and then became dependent on tax payer dollars for a salary of more that $170,000 a year, a lavish pension covered primarily by hard working Americans, and top of the line healthcare. His extended family’s company got fat on government contracts – Paul Ryan shrugged.

    There’s more where this came from……

  26. 117 utaustinliberal
    August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Paul Ryan just released 2 years of tax returns ( too few in my opinion) and thought because it’s a Friday, it would go by unnoticed. He’s a millionaire yet only paid 15.9% in taxes and made sure to use capital gains loopholes. Who the hell is running the Romney campaign? Now the news week is once again going to be dominated by “WHERE ARE ROMNEY’S TAX RETURNS?”

  27. 119 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Did someone post this already???

  28. 120 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm


    Pennsylvania Democrats have long claimed that the Republican-supported voter ID bill was a bid to deliver the state to Mitt Romney. Now that it has cleared its first legal hurdle, they’re working to ensure that the law doesn’t have that effect.
    Those party-based efforts — focused on identifying and assisting voters who lack ID cards — are occurring alongside a continued ramp-up of state outreach work, which will include a full slate of community events, links on public library computers to information on ID requirements, and television ads poised to hit airwaves next month.

    You know, I heard this on the radio today. We (supposedly) have the greatest democracy in the world. Why don’t we have a day to celebrate that fact…and on that day…which is ELECTION DAY or a weekend day right BEFORE ELECTION DAY…we have a day off, like another 4th of July…vote, gather with family and friends and cook out and celebrate our right to vote in this country. Pay it the honor that it rightfully deserves…instead we have an entire political party and their cronies trying to STOP voting from happening. This needs to change!!

    • 121 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Of course the problem with all these efforts is they come too late. The deadline for DMV issued photo IDs is December 12. Voter registration ends on October 9. If all these outreach efforts by the state had come sooner, they might have helped. However there have been many groups and churches in Phillie working overtime to register voters and get proper ID.

    • 123 Obama Grandmama
      August 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

      I like Oregon’s vote by mail system. No waiting in lines. You can send it in when you get it or wait awhile till election night. You can send it in the mail or take it to the county courthouse drop box or take it in yourself. The forms are online and at post offices and libraries. I could access it on computer and change my party registration online but needed to print it off and send in with signature.

  29. 124 anniebella
    August 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    POTUS will be in New Hampshire tomorrow. Any info?

  30. 126 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Awesome! http://www.randirhodes.com/pages/rrnews.html?feed=393046&article=10351425

    CHART: Who Really Cuts Medicare?
    Both the Ryan Plan and the Affordable Care Act make cuts to Medicare. But only one cuts Medicare benefits.

    The chart above explains simply that the cuts to the cost of Medicare, that are included in Obamacare, come from three places:
    Medicare Advantage payments – This cut from the cost of Medicare is the Federal government not paying a private company to do what Medicare can do.

    Hospital reimbursement rates – This cut to the cost comes from the Federal government not having to pay hospitals for the people using the ER as primary care. Since most everyone will have insurance, the government will no longer need to reimburse the hospitals.

    Everything Else – This slice to the cost of Medicare is a group of cuts to smaller programs, like the Medicare Disproportionate Share Payments, that will become unnecessary as most Americans gain health insurance.
    Yes, the Affordable Care Act cuts the COST of Medicare by saving American taxpayers $716 billion. But you can search that chart all you want. You’ll never find anywhere the ACA – Obamacare – cuts the benefits of Medicare users.

  31. 128 anniebella
    August 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Ed has shown the lies R&R has told this week. I think Ed has missed afew other lies from R&R.

    • 129 anniebella
      August 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Ed showed this guy who stood up at a Ryan event today and ask Ryan why did he accept the Stimulus , the crowd started to boo him and the guy pick up his Romney campaign sign and rip it to pieces.

  32. 131 desertflower
    August 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This photoshopped photo creeped me out….


    Welp, it’s official. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have decided to run on a campaign of “We’re totally going to fix shit, but we’re not going to tell you how because if we do, we might lose and we don’t wanna lose because if we lose how will we take your money and give it to rich people?” (It’d be funny if about half the country weren’t going to vote for them, while the other half struggles to figure out in the next 82 days whether Republicans will even allow them to vote.)
    The Obama campaign, on the one hand, has got all these different tools that you can use to figure out how Obama’s policies will affect you: as a woman, for example, (The Life of Julia) or as a taxpayer (you can calculate your tax rate with his nifty tax calculator).
    Romney and Ryan, on the other hand, have no nifty tools—Whiteboard of Fail, notwithstanding—and are willing to tell voters exactly two things: Jack and Shit.

  33. 133 dotster3
    August 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    This has likely been posted but for anyone who hasn’t seen it—–an important read about these scummy birther swiftboaters. Think politicususa is right that this whole smear job is an attempt to stop the Obama campaign from reminding voters of one of PBO’s great accomplishments, getting bin Laden. These are disgusting human beings. I hope PBO keeps mentioning it as he did this week in Iowa, as one of the promises made to the American people and a promise kept.

    • 134 sabreen60
      August 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      There are over a million Youtube views of this video. It has gone viral. This group will not let anyone post who disagrees with the video.

      • 135 hopefruit2
        August 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        I actually signed up on Youtube and posted that the creators of this video had ties to Republicans and one of the funders was a self-admitted birther…my comment went to “pending approval” I will check back tomorrow and see if it got posted.

        I also believe that the number of views is artificially inflated (there’s likely some paid operation behind the Youtube popularity).

  34. August 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I listened to a conference call this afternoon. It was for OFA donors from the last election and this one.The president emphasized the need for everyone to dig deeper as he said and contribute as much as you can even up to the $2500 maximum. The need for the contributions is now so air time can be booked and more offices opened. The Romney campaign is awash with money and OFA can’t keep up. The president said he’s been outspent before but the gap can’t be too large. So bottom line, we need to step up to the plate and give. I really sensed a degree of urgency.

    • 137 0388jojothecat
      August 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Done, I was going to contribute a big chunck this month and got a call from the campaign and donated over the telephone and will send more before the end of the month. I told the guy that I contribute alittle to several other OFA donors as well and they were very grateful. I planned to be on the call but I was working on something and the time got away from me.

      When my deadline is reached the end of this month, I am non-stop phone banking for PBO re-election and local democratic races as well.

  35. 138 Paige
    August 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Hey guys! I posted earlier on my mom’s account about going to college! Thanks for all of the well wishes. I’ll keep in touch with the TOD community from Yale University! Thanks Chips for letting me in!

    • 139 Judith Fardig
      August 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Hi Paige,

      If you or your mom sees this, I wish you well at dear old Yale (I went to grad school there). Spend some time i nthe beautiful Beineke Rare Book Library.

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