Rise and Shine



9:15: President Obama departs the White House

10:40: Arrives in Columbus, Ohio

1:00: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus

1:30: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Depot, Minneapolis

2:50: PBO departs Columbus

5:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds, Rochester, Minn.

6:55: PBO arrives in Reno, Nev.

8:00: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno

9:40: Departs Reno en route Las Vegas



NYT Editorial: New Frontiers of Extremism

Republicans are frantically trying to get Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the United States Senate race in Missouri after his remark about abortion and rape, but not because it was offensive and ignorant. They’re afraid he might lose and cost them a chance at a Senate majority next year. He would surely be replaced by a Republican who sounds more reasonable but holds similarly extreme views on abortion, immigration, gay rights and the role of government because those are the kinds of candidates the party nominates these days in state after state.

Like many Republicans, including the vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, Mr. Akin opposes abortion even when a woman has been raped….

…. The principal difference between Mr. Akin and most other Republican candidates is that they would be more decorous in inventing reasons to stripping women of their abortion rights….

…. The Republicans pressuring Mr. Akin to leave the race didn’t seem to care when he said he doubted that Medicare was constitutional or warned that same-sex marriage would destroy civilization. If the party wanted to end these kinds of embarrassing moments, it could return to the days when it nominated mainstream candidates.

Full editorial here




TPM: Politico has pulled Dave Catanese from the publication’s Todd Akin coverage over the reporter’s tweets about the embattled Missouri Republican Senate nominee. After Akin ignited a firestorm by claiming women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy, Catanese took to Twitter to defend the tea party candidate “for argument’s sake.”

More here










First Cameraman: The first official White House videographer, Arun Chaudhary, chronicles his time capturing behind-the-scenes moments of the president and his administration in his book “First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time.”


First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud as Big Time Rush performs during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)


Morning everyone 😉

240 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Ha. First thanks to twitter. GM folks.

  2. 15 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    TRENDING: First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform


    Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for “a human life amendment” to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan sharply condemned Akin’s remarks and pledged that under a Romney administration, abortion would be allowed in the case of rape.

    An exemption for rape, though, is not included in the platform set to be adopted by the party Romney will officially lead when he accepts the Republican nomination next week.

    And Ryan, his vice presidential pick, has opposed exceptions for rape and voted alongside Akin in the House, though Ryan now says he defers to Romney’s position on the matter.



  3. 26 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Todd Akin: Just Another “Pro-Life” Republican

    August 20th, 2012 11:01 pm Jason Sattler


    The crusade to ban all abortions includes many if not most elected Republicans. The runner up in this year’s GOP primary Rick Santorum endorses it, along with Rick Perry. Even soon-to-be vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was anti-abortion rights without exception — until he became Mitt Romney’s running mate. Romney once bragged about having the support of the man who helped Akin come up with his views on “legitimate rape.”

    Romney now claims he believes in exceptions for rape and incest — yet when he was pursuing his party’s nomination, he supported the Human Life Amendment, which promotes a ban on all abortions and certain types of birth control.

    That outrage you hear from the right — the noisy clamor to drive Akin out — has nothing to do with his beliefs, but everything to do with people starting to pay attention to what the Republican right really believes.



    • August 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Absolute truth!
      That outrage you hear from the right — the noisy clamor to drive Akin out — has nothing to do with his beliefs, but everything to do with people starting to pay attention to what the Republican right really believes.

  4. 28 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    It Isn’t Just Medicare: Don’t Forget Paul Ryan’s Vision for Medicaid

    by Harold Pollack Aug 21, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    We can’t debate Paul Ryan’s vision for Medicare without also understanding his vision for Medicaid, says Harold Pollack.


    Last week, when Ryan went to a Florida retirement development to defend his plans for Medicare, it probably wasn’t a coincidence that he chose a pretty upscale location. “Residents living in The Villages have an average income that is almost double the U.S. average,” brags the development’s website. (It also touts the area’s 29 executive golf courses.) Of course, not everyone who lives in The Villages is rich. Still, watching Ryan speak there, the entire matter of Medicaid seemed very far away.

    The dual-eligibles include millions of low-income seniors, elderly nursing home patients, and homebound disabled people. Many were once ordinary middle-class people. They just lost life’s lottery by losing a job, outliving their savings, getting sick, or tripping down the stairs. I hope these men and women—people who rely on both Medicare and Medicaid—won’t be forgotten in this year’s election.



    • 29 57andFemale
      August 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I’ve been screaming about this since Ryan was chosen. Medicaid cuts are going to seriously impact seniors RIGHT NOW.

      My next door neighbor, at 76 years old, went into the hospital for gall bladder surgery right after Christmas. He has yet to come home. There were complications, he had a mini-stroke that was not detected, he couldn’t eat or swallow for months, he’s been in and out of long term care and long term physical therapy rehabilitation. Once he comes home (he is finally doing better) he still will need comprehensive therapy.

      Who pays for that? Medicaid. he would be without the vital health care he needs without Medicaid.

  5. August 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a brief Monday explaining its decision to deny a petition that would have exempted refiners from part of a biofuel blending mandate, according to documents obtained by The Hill.

    The documents filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reveals the reasoning behind EPA’s move to shoot down the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) challenge of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). EPA determined that enough advanced biofuels – generally understood to be made from non-food products – existed to meet that portion of the RFS for 2012.



  6. August 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Dave Catanese, Politico Reporter, Defends Todd Akin Rape Comments.
    Dave keep his job but Williams lost his job for telling the truth about mitt. Why?

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Excellent question, Dun. But that’s Politico for you. They take him off the Akin campaign, so now he’ll just take his GOP bias to another one. 🙄

  7. 33 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Clarity here on this ‘rape does not cause pregnancy’ thinking. Akin did not “misspeak”. It’s common thought with the religious right nutcases. It is used to justify banning all abortions——no rape pregnancies, no need for abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. (I noticed those 2 exceptions did not make it on the Repub platform this time)

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Also hoping truth teller Frank Schaeffer will speak out more on religious-right-speak:

  8. August 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning . . .
    Hopefruit, I tweeted your poetry:

    Democrats’ faults are many
    Republicans have only two
    Everything they say
    And everything they do.

  9. August 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

    How many fundraisers is that? By my count, This is Knoller’s 53rd time he has had a hangover this year.

    • 38 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

      HAHA! Knoller must be secretly hoping that PBO wins in Nov because what else will he do with his time…”President Willard” certainly won’t give any information to anyone about his whereabouts or WH activities.

  10. 39 Dudette
    August 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    LOL! Love the cartoon with the box of rocks, bag of hammers and doorknob!! Love it!! 😀

  11. August 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    That Morning speed read by Byron Today, is World net daily/Drudge Report and Daily Caller stuff.
    Just who is He trying to impress?

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Hiya Jovie, I replied to you in the last post about our pal Byron, he’s been on an anti-PBO roll the last few days, even linking to Fox Nation!! He improved for a while, but that probably got him to trouble with his bosses – they can’t be having balanced reporting at Politico. I have to say, though, next to Donovan Slack he’s Walter Kronkite. My, she does not like PBO – or Michelle.

  12. 45 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that a significant proportion of PBO supporters has his name, picture, campaign logo or some aspect of him in their Twitter or blog gravatars, whereas this is not the case for ANY of Willard’s supporters?

    • August 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I have noticed that Hopefruit and I have followed each one that I see as they pop up on Twitter. I have also noticed that here in Phoenix I am seeing more Obama bumper stickers on cars as I travel back and forth to work. That is a BFD. 🙂

  13. August 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    OMG, I LOVE love love the backstage reel video 😀

  14. August 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I just found out, OFA has 853 Paid staffers, Robney Camp has 350.
    That says a lot…

    • 50 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Well, Robney has some extremely well- paid staffers in the MSM that are not counted in this 350 number – David Gregory, Bob Schieffer, Candy Crowley, S.E. Cupp, Mark Knoller to name a few.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        August 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Well said, HF. Add up all the Fox staff, CNN, and all but a few at MSBC and you’ve got quite a cadre of Mittbots.

    • 52 utaustinliberal
      August 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

      350 paid staffers and yet he still runs a BS campaign. It’s not about size Jovie, it’s about quality.

    • 53 Pamela
      August 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Oh, that PBO ~ just a job creator in chief!

  15. 54 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I read on the previous thread a post from (i think Dudette?) that said that Rupert Murdoch’s newscorp donated 59K to PBO’s re-election because PBO in power is good for their business, and if Willard wins, business will drop.

  16. 55 Carol
    August 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I think it’s important to note that Ryan’s extreem views are important. If anything happens to Romney he becomes President. He is not ready to be president..

    • 56 Obama Grandmama
      August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Carol, that is exactly what I was thinking too. I posted something on the next blog ahead of this one inviting someone to parse my words and get it out there. Tweet, facebook whatever.

      Romney keeps saying Ryan is on Romney’s plan since he is the head of the ticket, but Ryan’s own ideas are important to take into consideration since he would be a heartbeat away from the presidency if something happened to Romney.

      Judge a person by their actions not what they say they will do. We have 14 yrs of Ryan being a severe Conservative in Congress to judge from. Romney has done whatever whenever it suits him to get elected and cannot be counted on for behaving a certain way. Romney is a loose cannon and turning Ryan into same. Let Ryan loose on his own and what do you have? Just look at his record for a clue.

  17. 57 JER
    August 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

  18. 58 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    David Catanese tweets bigoted opinions that support the idea that there are different kinds of rape and women have a way of repelling “rape sperm” and what does he get? Pulled from a story. Joe Williams speaks truth about Romney and what does he get? Fired.

    And yet Politico claims it’s race neutral and non-partisan.

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      (Politico claims it’s race neutral and non-partisan.) We know that’s not true, in most of the News org. They are own by big business and least people of color work there.

  19. 60 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Surrogates Admit Romney Will Cut Medicare Benefits For Current Seniors

    BY Brian Beutler


    As outlined in a memo the campaign released Saturday, Romney plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and thus to spend over $700 billion more on the program in the coming decade than the government would spend if the health care law stands.

    That commitment would leave Medicare poised for insolvency in 2016, years before he proposes to phase in the voucher system. Which means Romney would have two options: find new Medicare cuts or taxes to extend the life of the program, or preside over its demise.
    These admissions rest on top of the fact that by repealing the Affordable Care Act, Romney would wipe out new Medicare benefits included in the law. Repeal would result in higher payments to doctors and hospitals, and the restoration of overpayments to insurers participating in Medicare advantage. But for beneficiaries, it would re-open the Medicare prescription drug donut hole and eliminate coverage for preventive services and annual checkups that the ACA created.



  20. 61 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    PBO will speak on education today in Columbus and Reno, making clear how his policies and college affordability plans compare favorably to Willard’s whose only advice on that is to “shop around” and “borrow from your parents”. (in Willard World there are no parents who don’t have an extra $100,000+ for their kids to borrow)

    • 62 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

      The schedule has PBO speaking at 1PM, but something tells me that he will be speaking a whole hour earlier, more like 12noon. If he’s landing at 10:40, according to the schedule, how can he be speaking at 1PM if he’s not making a scheduled stop somewhere? I think we need to be on the lookout from about 11:30AM!

      • August 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

        Hmm, you’re right Hopefruit, that’s a big gap, unless he’s dropping in somewhere. The official schedule isn’t up yet (http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president), will keep an eye …. we don’t want a repeat of last time!

        • 64 hopefruit2
          August 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

          Hmm..our friends at C-SPAN have him down for 1PM ET, but I guess they just copied that off somewhere (reminds me of someone who shall remain nameless at the moment).

          • August 21, 2012 at 9:14 am


            This is the official schedule from Lynn Sweet’s blog, that big gap is still there. I might post a heads-up four hours before, just in case!


            9:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

            9:30AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Columbus, Ohio

            10:40AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Columbus, Ohio

            1:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event

            2:50PM THE PRESIDENT departs Columbus, Ohio en route Reno, Nevada


            3:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Reno, Nevada

            5:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event

            6:40PM THE PRESIDENT departs Reno, Nevada en route Las Vegas, Nevada

            7:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Las Vegas, Nevada


            • 66 hopefruit2
              August 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

              Okay – cool. Thanks Chips. We will have to be on the look out once our President lands on Ohio.

  21. 67 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

  22. August 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

    GM Ms Chipsssss…GM TOD….

    on vacation this week…so nice to be able to leisurely read and enjoy TOD…with my coffee…

    there is NO other place ..as good as TOD…hands down!!

    RM has ben on point and on fire!…some times i just want to stand up and cheer…

    this clip from Maddow on how the anti-abortionists’ extreme policies have become mainstream GOP politics..is simple awsome…and how
    Paul Ryan is the poster boy for these extreme policies…

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Good to see you, pf. Have a wonderful vacation. Thanks for sharing Rachel’s link. I saw that……a “slammer” for sure!

      BTW, for you folks who shared my “downer” last night. Today is much better. Thanks for your love and support.

      Blessed and peace-filled day to all. I’m off to serve in our food pantry and then have lunch with friends.

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Moooooooooooorning prettyfoot58, have a blissful week off! I missed some of Rachel last night, so off to check your link now – thank you!

  23. August 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Wassup O’s!!!! How’s this for a great getting up day again? I’m proud of Atkin for sticking to his guns. He’s the only one who has the conviction to remain principled. Gotta love that in him. The actual official GOP platform has the same language in it as what Atkin said. He won’t fold under pressure and he ain’t taking the blackmail. He’s cut off all communication with the Bozo’s who are demanding his resignation. There is no leader of the Pub party. It’s every man for himself (women purposely excluded). btw, they Atkin can still resign (be forced out) after today. The difference is that a judge has to hear the case for it.

    My political take today is the Pub convention in Tampa next week will be in competition with the horrible weather forecast for the area. The impact could make a big difference in what/how the reports come out of Tampa.

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

      In 08, the Republicans held a tele-thon and raised money for victims. Expect the same this year from them.
      They are all about Robney convention speech and will let nothing stand in the way.
      Just saying, they are ruthless and insincere!

  24. 76 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    If you missed it, here’s the great Nightline segment on the Kids State Dinner


  25. August 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Living down here near Tampa, I can tell you the News is really, really promoting the RNC Convention.
    My cconcern is, that while the MSM really props up Willards Convention speech, they will only throw barbs at the DNC Convention.
    That is already happening.

    • 82 jackiegrumbacher
      August 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Happens every year, Jovie. It becomes more and more obvious as time goes by. The difference now is we have a way to fight back through social media. We can let the idiot media know we’re on to their game and we won’t put up with it.

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

      I said 3 years ago it Obama vs Media, The media is the evil one, they help bush take this country to war, and other bad things. We have to take down the media in order to take down the Republican party, Our fight is with the media not the republican, but we keep focus on what the Republican is doing, and not enough on what the media does. How to fight the media is to call them out about their lies, fax, email, call, tweet, every day, every hour, every min. We need to set up a staff on this, The president cannot do this he will be call out as trying to ban the media. Mitt have a staff of mormon working on this every day, They out in community and on blogs spreading his words.
      I see them in my community almost every day but not Obama people.

      • 84 0388jojothecat
        August 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

        The only way to “hit back” at the media is through their pocket book. That means advertisers that sell products we use, cars, soap, clothes, office supplies…you name it and turning off the teevee, cancelling cable teevee, and using the Internet for all news and televsion.

        Also calling them out in the opinion pages across the country just like that lady did to Brian Williams. That is how we strike back in a meaningful way.

  26. 85 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 9:05 am


    WIth a handy dandy, easy to understand how Romney will screw America, chart

  27. 86 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Don’t they teach college students to be critical thinkers anymore????


    This Girl Had The Chance To Ask Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan Anything She Wanted…

    and it finishes with…and She LIked What She Heard !!!

    • 87 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

      The audience at those things are friendly to the candidate. She was not going to ask anything that wold cast him in a negative light. Not to mention, she would not have escaped alive had she put him on the spot. She would have been booed and yahooed, wrestled to the floor, hog tied, then sent to that undisclosed location. The one where you know who use to hide out and currently home to Seamus (he knows stuff).

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

      DF, Have you ever heard of a “plant?”

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

      I understand that that many NH people who had tickets and were not Republican received an email saying their tickets were no longer valid, or they were denied entrance to the town hall meeting when they arrived. Instead Romney bussed in supporters from Massachusetts.

  28. August 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Crikey, Mrs Akin must be a delight:

    ….a source with ties to Akin’s political operation tells First Read that the GOP congressman most likely won’t quit the contest, saying Akin believes this race is “providential” and even if Akin was ready to get out, his wife would never let him quit. The person with knowledge of Akin’s political operation adds: “She makes him seem like the reasonable one.”


    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      August 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      We have to make sure everyone knows this. Most people are expected to retire at 65 and many who work in physically taxing jobs are too tired to go on. What are they supposed to do between the time their employee sponsored health insurance ends and the distant Medicare ends. I swear the GOP is trying to cull the US herd of old people.

      • 108 57andFemale
        August 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

        I gotta tell you, at 62 years old and doing a job that uses my brain and skills that I’ve used my entire life — it is so much harder now than it was 20 years ago. I can’t imagine how people doing physical labor can be expected to work full time past 65. I don’t think I can do it, and my job is not physical.

        A friend of mine took early retirement from teaching (she’s my age), but has to work at Coldwater Creek to make ends meet. Standing on her feet all day is torture. I didn’t have back and knee problems until I worked in a quilt shop and was on my feet all day for the first time in my life.

        Unless you have a staff of people to work for you and think for you (like my boss), working past 65 is tough, no matter what job you have.

      • 109 desertflower
        August 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

        Well…what people have to understand is that many of these people will be completely WITHOUT ANY HEALTHCARE! Who’s going to insure these older folks, many with preexisting conditions? He has promised to get rid of the ACA…so you have a bunch of older Americans, who would have to wait longer for Medicare, on a fixed income, with no healthcare. How is THAT going to work out? Mitt doesn’t give a shit! He’s got HIS!!

        • 110 0388jojothecat
          August 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

          I just don’t understand peoples dislike of the ACA especially with all the good information coming out about it….insurance companies have to spend 85% of your premiums on your care, no more limits, they can’t kick you off, your kids can stay on your HC until they are 26yrs old, no co-pays for seniors for rountine and wellness care, etc. Even if prices go up a small amount they will come down just like car insurance did after there were more people required to have it and more competition. Without ACA the price of health insurance was gonna go up anyway at least now if they do the insurance company has to pay you back if they don’t pay 85% on your premiums on healthcare.

          Even people who get healthcare through their jobs, this has to benefit them too.

  29. 111 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

  30. 115 ChristiMTL
    August 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Morning everyone,

    This should be an interresting day….will he quit or not….

    No matter how much the GOP establishment pressure him, I’m sure there’s as much support from the religious right for him to stay in the race.

    There’s no way the GOP can hide Ryan’s record no matter how much they try.

    • 116 cluny
      August 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Good morning all – yes I agree about the pressure from the religious right. These people are religious zealots rather than hardened political players. It would be a terrible betrayal for him to drop out now. They will have great sway over his decision and as someone said on MSNBC last night if he can hang on and it’s still close in Missouri, Karl Rove, etc will have to chip in with money for his Senate campaign (if not I’m sure they will be able to funnel it to him somehow on the QT).

  31. 120 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

    A book I saw that was recommended: http://www.susanfaludi.com/terror-dream.html

    In this, the most original examination of post-9/11 America, Susan Faludi shines a light on the country’s psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her laser-sharp observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged but bedrock societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. Why, she asks, did an assault on American global dominance provoke an almost hysterical summons to restore “traditional” manhood, marriage, and maternity? Why did our media react as if the hijackers had targeted not a commercial and military edifice but the family home and nursery? Why did an attack fueled by hatred of Western emancipation lead to a regressive fixation on Doris Day womanhood and John Wayne masculinity, with trembling-lipped “security moms,” swaggering presidential gunslingers, and the “rescue” of a female soldier compulsively recast as a “helpless little girl”?

    The answer, Faludi finds, lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation that in recent memory has been least vulnerable to domestic attack is also a nation haunted by a centuries-long trauma of assault on its home soil. For nearly two hundred years, our central drama was not the invincibility of our frontiersmen but their inability to repel invasions of non-Christian, nonwhite “barbarians” from the homestead door. To conceal the insecurity bred by those attacks, American culture would generate an ironclad countermyth of cowboy swagger and feminine frailty, which has been reanimated whenever the nation feels threatened. On September 11, Americans were once again returned to an experience of homeland terror and humiliation. And, once again, they fled from self-knowledge and retreated into myth.

  32. 121 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 9:33 am

    • 122 desertflower
      August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Obama is such a Socialist!

      • 123 anniebella
        August 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

        desertflower, let’s clear it up, the people who are always calling Obama a socialist, are racists.!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • August 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

        Hi DF, your sarcastic comment reminds me that this morning on NPR some reporter used the excuse that they went to some state fair to “listen” to peoples’ decision making processes as they contemplate the election. Some idiotic woman made the claim that our POTUS was a socialist giving too many handouts. The reporter never asked a question such as, “what is the government handing out today that hasn’t been handed out under Bush?” LAME

        I then had to get out of the car so I don’t know if POTUS got equal time. I’ve even given up on NPR…

  33. 128 JER
    August 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Happening Now – President Obama departs for Ohio and Nevada – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  34. 129 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

    A lady calls the police to report her husband is missing. The police arrive and ask for a description. She tells them he’s 6 feet 2 inches tall, blonde wavy hair and has a smile that makes everybody love him.

    The police then go to the next door neighbor to verify this report and the lady next door tells the police, “You can’t believe her. He’s 5 feet 4 inches tall, has no hair and he wears a perpetual frown on his face.”

    The neighbor then goes and asks the lady why she gave the police such a false report. She replies, “Just because I reported him missing, doesn’t mean I wanted him back!”


    I am off to dinner with family. Play nice.

  35. 131 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 9:41 am


    Soros invests in man u .


    What a loser.

  36. 132 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 9:42 am


    What Romney Wants You to Forget

    Jonathan Cohn


    Ryan also co-sponsored (with Akin, again) a bill that would have modified the existing ban on federal funding of abortion. Presently, the law allows federal funds to support abortions in case of rape and incest. The bill would have narrowed the exceptions to cases of “forcible rape” and, for incest, cases involving minors. The legal implications of the proposed standard were unclear. But, as Nick Baumann of Mother Jones explained at the time, abortion rights advocates feared (reasonably) that victims raped while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, victims with diminished mental capacity, and victims of date rape might not be eligible if the new definition ever took effect. (For more background, see Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress.) The bill was so controversial that House Republicans withdrew that language.

    Romney would like us to ignore this part of Ryan’s record, just as he’d like us to ignore Ryan’s advocacy of immediate cuts to Medicare and his crusade to privatize Social Security. Under different circumstances, Romney might have a point.



  37. 134 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 9:42 am


    The truth, of course, is that Ryan’s premium support plan would devastate Medicare because it would slow the increased spending to a rate well below the rate at which health-care costs have been rising in recent years. In polls like one the Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned earlier this year, even majorities of Republicans don’t want Medicare restructured along Ryanesque lines. These guys may not be able to count, but they can read polls, and so they know very well that if they gave the county the honest debate we were told we were going to have about Medicare, and for that matter about taxation, they’d wake up Nov. 7 with about 120 electoral votes in their pockets and conservatism in tatters.

    They know this. They know that the truth would crush them electorally. And so it follows that they know they must lie. They must lie about their Medicare plans. They must lie about the effects of their tax plans on average people and rich people. And they must tell a number of lies about Obama, all the better if they involve race, as the welfare lie does.

    So this will be the entire point of the Romney-Ryan campaign. Lie lie lie. Muddy the waters. Turn day to night, fire to water, champagne to piss. Peddle themselves as the precise opposite of what they actually are. That is clearly the m.o.

  38. 137 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

    • 138 utaustinliberal
      August 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Hahahaha….good news for McCain!

      • 139 hopefruit2
        August 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

        LOL! Yes, I do believe that McCain secretly wants PBO to win. He does not want Romney to achieve what he couldn’t do in ’08.

    • 140 japa21
      August 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for this HF. People tend to forget things like this. By all rights, Romney should actually have a lead right now, and will probably, after the convention get a bounce. That should rapidly dissapate after the Dem convention. The fact is, despite what many believe, McCain was actually a likeable old curmudgeon and the twit had, to some, not me, sex appeal. Romney is not likeable at all and Ryan has virtually no sex appeal.

      So to all those that tend to freak out when new polls come out, cool down. As PBO says in that one poster, “I’ve got this thing.”

  39. 141 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    A parody…In Mitt’s Own Words…..

  40. 142 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 9:52 am


    (Be sure to watch the body language and expressions on Mika B. face.)


    GOP12.com: Scarborough: Romney’s welfare ads are “completely false”



    Joe Conason ‏@JConason

    If you missed @JoeNBC telling the truth on Romney’s welfare ads this morning, here it is http://bit.ly/PC638W

    • 143 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

      He’s a concerned troll. This was just his way of pretending to be fair and balanced. He only says this because the facts speak for themselves. He’s trying to take credit for investigating and finding what Romney said was false. It was also an attempt to divert attention from the Atkin discussion.

      • August 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

        I wouldn’t doubt it but the breathtaking lies coming from Romney imo are starting to wake up a few people in the media. Not enough right now but there’s something brewing.

  41. 145 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    LOL! “cucktodd”

  42. 147 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

    HAHAHA! Hey Chips…our friend….


    Poor Mimi doesn’t realize that she’s being taken…

  43. August 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    And now for something a little, not completely, off topic. Ladies, you may be surprised to learn what else Todd Akin ‘thinks’. Jovie, yardarm, (and other males) you had best avert you eyes.


  44. 150 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 10:05 am



  45. August 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Ok, so I hear there was a blow-up or meltdown or something on Morning Joke. I know our resident show watcher saw it, so what happened? UTAustinLiberal isn’t that your beat…lol.

    • 152 cookemom
      August 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I watched and saw nothing out of the ordinary. same ol’ stuff, imo. A group of men sitting around giving opinions about women issues. Meka outnumbered and disregarded as usual.

    • 153 utaustinliberal
      August 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Joe almost had a mental breakdown because every guest – Rev. Al, John Heilemann, Mark Halperin (to a weak extent), Richard Wolffe, John Harwood – and Mika correctly tied Paul Ryan to Todd Akin. They are one and the same. They believe in the same thing. Scarborough didn’t want to believe that Ryan cosponsored a bill that redefines rape between “forcible” and “fake” rape, bans most forms of birth control, grants personhood rights to a fertilized egg, and bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest. He kept screaming that he’s tired of everyone connecting Paul Ryan to Todd Akin. He was almost psychotic. But he got shut down by the truth. I haven’t watched Morning Joe in forever so I was stunned to see Mika basically telling him to fuck off in his defense of Paul Ryan.

      • 154 cookemom
        August 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

        Yes, that part was his MO. He got so animated with tying Ryan to Atkin, he brought up Bill Maher giving a million to the PBO campaign, which had nothing to do with anything. Then, toward the end of the show, he said that he didn’t know RAyn was such a social conservative. He only knew him as a budget wonk, yeah right.

  46. 155 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    A spate of anti-democratic actions in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain have turned an unflattering spotlight on a six-year-old U.S. free trade agreement sponsored and promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president.

    Ryan was the House GOP point man for the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which Congress passed by a wide margin in 2005. By finalizing the deal, Bahrain landed the biggest prize in global economics: unfettered access to American consumers, the largest market in the world.

    In return, the oil-rich kingdom agreed to reform labor practices and improve conditions for workers. Ryan and foreign policy leaders said they hoped an economic relationship would help stabilize the Middle East by spurring democratic reforms and improving the region’s human rights record. The 9/11 Commission also said trade deals may improve counter-terrorism operations in Bahrain.

    But the hoped-for reforms never materialized. And rather than help change Bahrain for the better, the trade pact is making it difficult for the U.S. to discourage recent misbehavior.

    In recent years, Bahrain has repeatedly resorted to brutal tactics to put down a democratic uprising in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring. Numerous accounts said the regime imprisoned and tortured doctors who had treated protesters.


    The trade pact with Bahrain not only took a powerful economic carrot off the foreign policy table, it also eliminated a critical economic stick. Any economic sanctions that the U.S. might seek to impose on Bahrain would violate the terms of the trade deal.

    “We know that free trade agreements lead to offshoring and job loss to the detriment of middle-class American families,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) “What may be less known by the American public is that these agreements, supported by the Romney-Ryan ticket, allow global institutions to impede our ability to exert economic leverage over nations with whom we sign FTAs when they do not play by the rules, or act against U.S. interest. In the case of Bahrain, rather than any move toward democracy, we are witnessing gross human rights abuses, including against workers’ rights, with little leverage to change the regime’s behavior.”

    Ryan declined to comment.

  47. August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Ron Mott needs to be spoken to. This Guy promotes Ryan, like his life depended on it.
    Maybe it does, who knows?

  48. 161 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    The Big Lie Of The Day: Fabricating A Failed Obama Presidency



    he Big Lie: President Obama’s tenure has been marked by a failure to fulfill his own promises to grow the economy and cut the deficit, while squandering his historic opportunity to lead the world.

    The Truth: President Obama’s critics must fictionalize his record in order to justify supporting Republicans who have failed in every way the president has succeeded.

    How do you attack a president who prevented a Great Depression? A president who saved the auto industry and passed student loan, credit card and health care reform while securing trillions in deficit cuts? How do you bring down a president who oversaw the capture of Osama bin Laden and the destruction of most of the leadership of al Qaeda? A president who ended one war and convinced the nation to responsibly end another?

    If you’re a former John McCain adviser with a huge crush on Paul Ryan, you simply make up a different president to attack.



  49. 162 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    NEW YORK — Daily workouts at 6 a.m.? Not bad, Paul Ryan. But there’s another influential political figure who’s apparently often finished with hers by then: Michelle Obama.

    Especially during the school year, the first lady gets up at 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. to work out before her kids wake up, she told iVillage, the women’s website where she is serving as a guest editor this week, with a theme of “Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine.”

    “Barack and I work out every day,” the first lady told the site in an interview to appear online this week. “I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end. And we’re watching ‘SportsCenter’ and we’re catching up. That’s why I know so much about sports … and you start having an opinion about (New York Jets quarterbacks Tim) Tebow and Mark Sanchez.”

    If she’s on the road, Mrs. Obama often brings a jump rope, she adds. “If I don’t have a rope or space, I might do a 30-minute routine that includes a minute of jumping jacks alternating with a minute of push-ups, then some sit-ups. You take a 30-second break and do it again.”

    The first lady also tells the site what her family’s food weaknesses are.

    For Malia, it’s juice: Her mom has suggested she cut back by drinking water or mixing it with seltzer. And for Barack, it’s chips with salsa and guacamole — or nuts, like peanuts, almonds and pecans. “He kind of shakes them in one hand and creates, like, a little dispenser with his index finger where he can just pop them in his mouth. And I kind of imitate him when he does that. But he’s a nut guy. That’s what he’s munching on all the time.” As for the first lady? “French fries, which is good because you can’t just have french fries around, so that’s helpful,” she says. “But if there are french fries in the vicinity, I’m done. It’s over.”


  50. August 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

    WASHINGTON — Two of the top progressive groups in politics are teaming up for what their leaders say is a historic effort to aid President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
    MoveOn.org Political Action, the 7 million-member liberal advocacy group, and Workers’ Voice, the super PAC arm of the 12 million-member labor union AFL-CIO, will announce on Tuesday morning a joint get out the vote venture for this and future campaigns.
    “This is a major partnership,” said Michael Podhorzer, executive director of Workers’ Voice. “Our goal was to make this as broad a movement as possible and go well beyond the traditional union universe. This is a major step in that direction. … We are going to be contacting millions of people and we will see as this develops how potent this is. It hasn’t been done on this scale before by independent groups.”
    The joint effort is yet another indication that Democratic groups are banking heavily on grassroots operations to nullify a major and expanding cash advantage enjoyed by conservatives backing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In the past, both MoveOn.org and the AFL-CIO have been big players in the television advertising game, using member donations to create vaunted political war chests. They have flexed their political muscle on the ground as well. But the designs for the 2012 alliance are to make grassroots efforts the focal point.


  51. August 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

    This is good for a chuckle: Someone filed a FOIA request for the WH beer recipe.

    That last paragraph is a hoot!

  52. 170 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don’t really want a `great debate’ – – (PLEASE READ THIS.)

    By Greg Sargent


    Ever since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, it’s been widely claimed that this ensures a “great debate” pitting two starkly different ideological visions over the future against one another. But it’s now clear that the GOP ticket doesn’t want a great debate at all. Their entire strategy is designed to obscure the true ideological differences between both sides.

    Many media figures have pointed out that Romney has refused to detail his positions on issue after issue. What’s less appreciated is the real reason he’s doing this. The GOP candidates don’t really want that much-ballyhooed “great debate.” If they did want a contest between two grand visions, they wouldn’t be shying away from discussing the true nature and implications of their own vision. Yet they are doing just that.

    This explains why the Romney campaign has been campaigning so heavily on two falsehoods about Obama’s policies




  53. August 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Morning, Noon and Night, Nia Malika Henderson is on MSNBainC, every Show, it seems.
    What’s Next?
    Putting Her on those Prison Shows? Gee.

  54. 177 desertflower
    August 21, 2012 at 10:52 am


    As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — the campaign arm of the Senate Republican minority — Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was among the first in his party to suggest Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) ought to get out of the Senate race after his Sunday comments that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to become pregnant. But as a candidate and as NRSC chair, Cornyn has been only too happy to take money from former Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee Clayton Williams Jr., who lost his 1990 race to then-State Treasurer Ann Richards (D) after making infamous comments defending rape.
    At a cattle roundup on his Texas ranch, the oil and gas tycoon told ranch hands, campaign workers, and reporters that bad weather was like rape. “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” His double-digit lead in the polls evaporated and he lost the election.
    A ThinkProgress review of campaign finance records reveals that Cornyn took $2,400 from Williams in 2009 and another $2,400 in 2011 for his own campaign account. Additionally, as NRSC chair, Cornyn took $2,500 from Williams in 2009 and another $30,400 in 2010 — the legal maximum donation.

  55. 178 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

  56. 179 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Rep. Todd Akin’s Empty Chair


    CNN’s Piers Morgan was left holding the bag tonight when embattled GOP congressman Todd Akin cancelled as Morgan said, “at the last possible moment, leaving us and you looking at an empty chair. It’s a very nice empty chair, but it remains an empty chair.” He then extended a further invitation for Akin to appear, albeit laced with some venom:



  57. 180 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    • 181 anniebella
      August 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Who is the woman who is the editor of Newsweek? I can not think of her name. She is just as responsible for that lying piece of trash she allow to be put in that Newsweek. The media have sunk so low, they are just as bad as the tabloids.

  58. 184 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

  59. 185 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:10 am
  60. 187 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

    A good line by Josh Marshall:

    “The effect of talking about the Religious Right Rape Scale (i.e., judging all rapes on a scale of 1 to 10, with slut rape being a 1 and ‘legitimate rape’ being a 10).”

  61. 188 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    OMG..I was just watching a clip of a GOP campaign event in PA – a guest speaker was on and they copied PBO’s “Yes we can” slogan, leading the crowd in chants of “Yes we will!”

    • 189 edp4bho
      August 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Morning TOD. Hopefruit, take it as a compliment. They can’t get PBO out of their pea brains. He is forever singed into their psyches, and even they can’t help but quote him. Bring it on, fakers 😀

      • 190 hopefruit2
        August 21, 2012 at 11:31 am

        Yes, a lot of their resentment of PBO stems from envy. They wish they could be like him and try to copy damn near everything he does.

    • 191 99ts
      August 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

      But have you heard Ryan saying “I love you too” before anyone says “I love you” – that was the weirdest thing I have ever heard at a campaign event – absolutely forced – and went down like a lead balloon

    • 194 Ladyhawke
      August 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Whether the Republicans want to admit it or not, IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY. They bash President Obama all the time and then copy everything he does. The problem is you can’t manufacture charisma and class. President Obama is a natural. He’s comfortable in his own skin. He just has an elegant and classy way of doing things. You either have it or you don’t. You can just tell this drives the Republicans crazy. Poor babies.

  62. 195 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    • 196 4morefor44
      August 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

      looks like he corrected that and realized it was from a few months ago. a thing i like seeing now though is that president obama is ahead of his polls at this point in 2008. he had a massive surge at the end, and many states that were considered kind of close (probably because of the phony polling), president obama won by large margins. it’s interesting to see the results here (the 14% win in wisconsin is interesting since the “news” was “reporting” that could stage an upset there):

      we’ve got to make this a massive landslide win, so we get a strong democratic majority in the house and senate. forward!!!

      • 197 57andfemale
        August 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        The surge had a lot to do with the implosion of the economy. I’m completely confident of a PBO healthy win, but we have a lot of work to do to dispell the lies and the damned apathy of our majority.

        There are many people more comfortable with PBO now than in 2008 but there are also the ‘disappointed’ who have no clue as to why PBO’s common sense policies were not enacted enough to really bring down the UE rate. I think the haters are still the haters and there aren’t more of them than in 2008. It’s just that they vote.

        Remember the recall election in WI: our side was energized and their side was energized more. It’s vitally important.

        I am going to give as much money as I can this month and in September. I think if we can up our donations in August, our message will get through.

      • 199 criquet
        August 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        PPP is reporting today that the GOP RR ticket is up 1 in Wisconsin due to the Ryan pick and this lead comes from over 50% support by seniors.

  63. 201 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • August 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

      WOW! Good old Harry skewered them…and as true today as then.

      • 203 4morefor44
        August 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

        imagine the surge in sales for fainting couches at the headquarters of all the news channels if a democrat said that today! they’re still talking about the completely made up issue with the biden remarks that they took out of context to create the so-called issue, even asking the president about it yesterday in the few precious moments of a presidential press conference.

        meanwhile, republicans can say things as mean as truman’s comments every single day, and not a peep out of the news commentariat. disgusting people.

  64. 204 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

  65. 209 amk for obama
    August 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

  66. 211 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    President Obama is making an unscheduled stop at Ohio St. U. before his scheduled speech at Capital U. A woman at the rope line told Obama she had never voted but is voting for him in this election. He said—-good—“I’m gonna need you on this one.”

  67. 213 57andfemale
    August 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    • 214 99ts
      August 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Mitt Romney hid his record as Governor by removing computer disks when he left Pennsylvania – but Washington has rules about such things – Paul Ryan can’t hide his record from public view.

      • 215 57andfemale
        August 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        If at all possible, we need to donate as much as we can this month. POTUS and the Dem’s need to set the narrative and that takes money. If I could afford to max out this month, I would, but that’s just not possible. I really wish I could.

    • August 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Might want to edit the ‘t’ from end of @MittRomney or he won’t receive it … #PRESSON

  68. 218 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Checking all the media outlets in Columbus for any speck of Obama news—-thought it was interesting that ABCColumbus had no mention of his visit to their fair city today at all! CBS had a vid report which included the latest Oh. poll which showed Obama leading 50-44 there.

    • 219 JER
      August 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Obama To Zero In On Ryan’s Education Plan During Columbus Visit
      Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:05 AM
      UPDATED: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:06 AM

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – President Barack Obama is back in Ohio for the second time this month.
      Obama will start in Ohio and launch a two-day education swing when he visits Capital University Tuesday afternoon.
      To coincide with speeches in Ohio and Nevada, the Obama campaign will issue reports detailing how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s education policies would affect “the wallets of students and families.”

      With an average annual cost of $18,190 last school year at state universities, Ohio remained one of the most-expensive states for in-state residents to go to college. The national average was $17,131.

      Ohio also ranked seventh in the nation in student debt, with more than $27,000 per student.

      Obama plans to also tell voters that Ryan’s budget proposal would cut $115 billion from the Education Department, remove 2 million children from Head Start programs and cost 1 million college students their Pell Grants.

  69. 220 Ladyhawke
    August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm



    IT’S THIS SIMPLE: Under Ryan/Romney’s Medicare plan, seniors pay more NOW and pay WAY MORE later


  70. August 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    PPP polling now has Robney up in Wisconsin.
    I am so mad at Wisconsin, that I really don’t care.

  71. August 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

  72. 228 vcprezofan2
    August 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Good Morning! Has PBO started speaking? Where’s the link? Knoller was on Twitter with his summary. Tell me I haven’t missed PBO!

  73. 229 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The GOP is going down in flames. It’s official: They’ve lost the women vote.

    Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. On Monday, King signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

    King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

    “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”


  74. August 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Court strikes down soot and pollution rule from the EPA.
    Better Lawyers?

  75. 231 edwina3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Todd Akin has really unleashed the beast, this young woman has written a very amusing song about it.


  76. 232 dotster3
    August 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Knoller the Horrible is good for something once in a while—-tweeting Obama’s activities at Oh. St.——made a lunch stop, worked the tables, students were chanting “Fired Up! Ready to Go”——told students they had to get registered. One girl said her group registered 3000 in 2 days! And then Knoller’s prime interest—–Obama ordered a reuben sandwich and buckeye pie (peanut butter and chocolate with whipped cream)——and his sandwich came with potoato chips!!!

    • 233 vcprezofan2
      August 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Sigh of relief! Phew! This means the speech really hasn’t started yet, thanks, Dotster. 😆 On Twitter Knoller commented said PBO said something about Malia starting high school and I had kittens while rushing over thinking the speech had started while I was cruising on Twitter all unawares. 😆

  77. 235 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    President Obama’s livestreaming event has begun!


  78. 238 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hey guys….it’s not good to spread LIES about Pres. Obama. After NewsWeek put that horrible full of CRAP article by Niall Ferguson as their cover page, Pres. Obama decided to conduct and exclusive interview with TIME magazine today.

    Can you say BURN! 😆

  79. August 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    That “Million Mitt March” comic was HILARIOUS! Had me laughing out loud and bending over.

    That needs to be on a tweet!

  80. 240 Sally Davis
    August 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Please don’t miss this pro-Obama musical video a la Le Mis: “One More Term” : http://www.onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html

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