Coming up

Coming up:

11:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Lordstown, Ohio

CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN


2:15: President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with service-members and military families

3:00: President Obama delivers remarks to troops

White House Live * C-Span * CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN


Hey everyone, I hope to be back in time for PBO’s 3:0 speech, if not then regard this as the earliest heads-up. Ever. Catch ya later 😉


President Obama waves to visitors as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House before his departure, August 31

242 Responses to “Coming up”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 31, 2012 at 10:18 am


  2. 4 desertflower
    August 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Can’t you just hear what Joe Biden is saying in private about talking to the chair? 🙂

    • 7 desertflower
      August 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Whom I have to disagree with on this one….

      • 8 amk for obama
        August 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Yup, Pierce seems to bought into he bw wisdom he so derides everyday.

        Chips, it that pic for real?

        • August 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

          Of course! Well….

          President Barack Obama reacts to a picture presented to him of a younger Robert Gibbs, who played soccer at North Carolina State, following a town hall meeting at Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. on July 29, 2009.
          (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

          • 10 amk for obama
            August 31, 2012 at 10:32 am


          • 11 COS
            August 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

            Good morning Chips and friends. Chips you are to good. That photo is hilarious.

          • 12 utaustinliberal
            August 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm


          • 13 vcprezofan2
            August 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

            🙄 I thought it looked familiar and I couldn’t see the Pres laughing so at a misguided senior citizen, yet I couldn’t spot anything amiss. I was hesitant to ask as I’ve been making so many bloopers lately, so thanks, Amk. 🙄 🙄 Of course knowing for sure when I went back to look I could more easily see the hitches. Chips you are playing tricks with my eyes and eroding my visual confidence.! 😉 😉

    • 14 Pamela
      August 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Who is this person, and what has he done with Charlie Pierce?

  3. August 31, 2012 at 10:28 am

    • 16 desertflower
      August 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Was this a sexual reference? WTH does that mean? That was the end of the statement?

      • August 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

        I think it is her thinly veiled racist attempt to refer to PBO as “boy.”

        • 18 0388jojothecat
          August 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

          I don’t think that’s what it is, I think it’s just the Robme’s inability to “think” and “make sense”. They are “older” and “mature” yet she always talks about his playful side….that’s pretty immature to me. Then they pick the youngest Vice-President in history who has not distinquished himself until 2009. Ryan is younger than President Obama…..I think they just say crap that just comes out of their mouths without thinking.

        • 19 anniebella
          August 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

          This is the Mormons who have no respect for black people.

          • 20 nospin
            August 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

            hey, I know a few families who happen to share the Mormon faith and they are great people with wonderful families.

            Willard Romney is an anomaly.

      • 21 JER
        August 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

        For me it refers to the time when all black men, no matter who or how old, were called, “Boy.”

        • 22 JER
          August 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

          And that is what they want to take America back to. Along with a lot of other things.

        • 23 daisydem
          August 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          I disagree … I don’t think it is racist at all. I think she has read or heard how we call President Obama the only grown-up in the room; she has latched onto that phrase and is trying to make it hers. Only problem … she is dealing with juveniles. President Barack Obama really is a grown-up.

          • 24 isonprize
            August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

            DaisyDem, if you are of a certain age, or were raised by folks who lived in the early part of last century, (the 1940s 50s 60s) you would recognize that “Grown up” comment as a veiled reference to when black men were called boy by white people of all ages. A white teenager would address a 60 yr old man as “boy”

            You might disagree, but it really was that way. Phrases like this are called “dog-whistles” because certain people know exactly what that mean yet there is ‘deniable plausibility’ meaning it can be explained away as something else.

            • 25 nathkatun7
              August 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

              You absolutely right isonprize. For Black men, well into the late 1960’s, age or position didn’t matter. We were all called boys.

      • 26 Tally
        August 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        HAAAAAAAAAAAAA! omg – ouch. I think I just injured myself.

    • 27 COS
      August 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Love your tweet Meta.

  4. 28 amk for obama
    August 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

  5. August 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Democratic National Convention organizers on Friday released the names of more expected speakers in Charlotte, and the lineup reflects a heavy focus on women and minorities.

    Not unexpectedly, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are among the newly announced speakers, CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports.

    Pelosi will lead a special presentation of other female House members, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.), and Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.), according to CNN. It’s unclear if they will have full speaking roles.

    The announcement brings the number of female participants to 28, out of a total of 61 people who will take the stage identified so far.

    Also added to the roster are Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, chair of the congressional Hispanic Caucus; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

  6. 40 relellit
    August 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Good morning Chips & Todville

    Fundraisers, I’m retired and don’t have much but,I ‘m giving a little to each of you. How’s that ?
    I loved the President’s tweet last night. He got it straight to that old senile geezer. 😆

    Everyone have a day. 🙂

  7. 48 99ts
    August 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

    She just opens her mouth and insults someone – is she going rogue?
    Ann Romney … urged Latinos to get past “some of their biases” and come to their senses:

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      August 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Whats wrong with thinkprogress….you have to belong to the site to read their articles? It wouldn’t let me skip the “sign up” to read the article.

  8. 50 Pamela
    August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Off to work now, I hope everyone has a roaring good day! I leave you with a hug and this wonderful link!: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/Pamela?mobile_optin=1 Obama~Biden2012 😆

  9. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    August 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Today is another important fundraising deadline. After that mess of a convention last night and Clint’s Chair moment I am pumped to raise some big bugs for our campaign so that they can keep ads running in the battleground states. after checking my page this morning, I’ll have to raise up my goal. 😉 We are off and running. Please donate what you can to the Obama Campaign today.


    Thanks to all who have already given today!

    Have a great productive O’Day Everyone

    • 52 57andfemale
      August 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I donated today and will donate again tonight (transferred some funds). As I said earlier, my husband delivered a job to his Rush Limbaugh-informed friend and I’m using that entire paycheck to send to PBO (and I sent a little to Tammy Duckworth and Elizabeth Warren). I can’t think of a better way to spend this jackass’ money.

  10. 54 redbird45 (@redbird45)
    August 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

  11. 57 ourmanflint
    August 31, 2012 at 10:59 am

    birther candidate r-money also implied that the country is ready for an American to take charge

  12. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    August 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    hahahahahahah More K-A-R-M-A!!! 😆 😆 😆

    A local conservative effort to hold a concert rally in opposition to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte has fallen through.

    Entitled “Rock the Red,” the concert was actually to feature three country acts: Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, and Lee Brice. Announced in June, as reported in the Charlotte Observer, it would have been held at the 11,000-seat Bojangles Coliseum, and was the brainchild of area political consultant Jason Lambert. But something went wrong.

    “They didn’t meet their financial obligations by the deadline we require,” said Kimberly Meesters, director of marketing for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which sent organizers the cancellation notice Wednesday. People who did buy tickets can obtain refunds.


  13. 64 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2012 at 11:02 am


  14. 66 Linda
    August 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The Biden venue looks teeny tiny……..what’s up with that ?

  15. August 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

    😀 😀 😀 😀

    And, thank you again, to all of you who wished me a happy birthday and for all the fun comments!!

    Last night was a HOOT and I’ve never said that about any Convention – and I’ve been watching ‘um for decades 🙂

  16. 75 redbird45 (@redbird45)
    August 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

  17. 79 Claire
    August 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Repub convention theme:

    Kyl’s office put out a clarification, saying the Senator’s statements weren’t intended to be “factual.”

  18. 83 amk for obama
    August 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

    A Bible study group was discussing the unforeseen possibility of their sudden death. The leader of the discussion said, ” We will all die some day, and none of us really know when, but if we did we would all do a better job of preparing ourselves for that inevitable event.”

    “Everybody shook their heads in agreement with this comment.”

    Then the leader said to the group, “What would you do if you knew you only had 4 weeks of life remaining before your death, and then the Great Judgment Day?”

    A gentleman said, “I would go out into my community and minister the Gospel to those that have not yet accepted the Lord into their lives.”

    “Very good!”, said the group leader, and all the group members agreed, that would be a very good thing to do.

    One lady spoke up and said enthusiastically, “I would dedicate all of my remaining time to serving God, my family, my church, and my fellow man with a greater conviction.”

    “That”s wonderful!” the group leader commented, and all the group members agreed, that would be a very good thing to do.

    But one gentleman in the back finally spoke up loudly and said, “I would go to my mother-in-laws house for the 4 weeks.”

    Everyone was puzzled by this answer, and the group leader ask, “Why your mother-in-law’s home?”

    “Because that will make it the longest 4 weeks of my life!”


    A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”

    The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying”.

    Gunnite folks.

  19. 86 xtine
    August 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Interesting comments @ the NYT Editorial in last thread. Here’s one:

    Joe From Boston Massachusetts

    This week has been amazing in the number and extent of the deliberate fallacies (otherwise referred to as “lies”) uttered by Republicans.

    You called it: “Mr. Romney Reinvents History” (as in “makes it up”).

    Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech yesterday has been so thoroughly dissected and analyzed and found to be one lie after another that additional commentary is simply piling on.

    So what do the Republicans have left? Lie again and again and again, and hope enough of the American public is too stupid to figure out that they are a bunch of empty suits selling hot air.

    We will soon find out who is stupid. Is it the American people who will swallow this nonsense, or is it the Republican party for nominating two such obvious prevaricators?

    If the Republicans letting Clint Eastwood debate an empty chair and watching him lose the debate is an indication, I expect the stupid ones are the latter and not the former.

    As Einstein once conjectured: “Only the Universe and stupidity are INFINITE, and I’m not 100% sure about the Universe.”


    • August 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Last night John Huntsman on Colbert said that if the repugs lose this year they’ll have to go into the wilderness to figure out what’s next. He then talked about the legacy of Roosevelt who preserved the parks, Eisenhower who gave us the interstates, etc. (I’m going from memory and might not be exactly correct). Anyway I hope they take their lying selves into the wilderness for a very LONG time!

      VPOTUS live stream up with audio

      • 88 Lovepolitics2008
        August 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

        I think Huntsman is still working on a plan to become president. Either as the savior of the republican party, or as the leader of a new coalition of “sane” ex-republicans and conservative democrats. We’ll see…

  20. 89 Linda
    August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Billionaire Adelson’s Daughter Pushes Journalist, Seizes Camera at RNC

    When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed his video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The incident was caught on tape, shortly after Burke questioned another billionaire GOP donor, David Koch, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele.


  21. August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Jan Brewer, conservative Governor of my state (Arizona), actually endorsed President Obama at the Republican Convention last night!! Click here if you don’t believe me. (P.S. I’m saving this clip forever!!!!)

  22. 94 99ts
    August 31, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I’ve lost the CNN link for VP Biden – is it working for anyone else?

  23. 96 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Keep the focus on the dishonesty

    By Greg Sargent


    I don’t really know if continuing to point this stuff out will ever sink in with voters. Obama campaign advisers seems to think it will; they are planning a new offensive designed to more aggressively highlight the falsehoods coming out of the Romney camp, pointing to them as evidence of the two mens’ lack of character and integrity. But in truth, the target audience for this offensive may well be the news media, not the voters.

    Ryan in particular continues to enjoy an undeserved reputation as a very serious wonky sort with reporters and commentators; continuing to point out his serial dishonesty and dissembling about his own plans could perhaps bring him down a bit with this crowd and lead them to treat him with a bit more skepticism. Indeed, that may already be happening. Romney, meanwhile, seemed to dial back his mendacity a bit in last night’s speech. So who knows, perhaps all the negative coverage calling out their falsehoods is having some kind of impact.

    Either way, it’s good to see that there is at least a bit of debate stirring about what’s happening here, even if we’re not yet seeing anything approaching the response it deserves.



  24. August 31, 2012 at 11:39 am

    #BirtherMitt … yes he did it …

  25. 100 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    The Morning Plum: How Obama will respond to Paul Ryan’s speech

    By Greg Sargent


    The core message of Paul Ryan’s convention speech is that he and Mitt Romney can be counted on to make the tough choices Obama wouldn’t. That message is tailored to public anxiety about the economy and the deficit, and while Ryan spent a fair amount of time attacking a version of Obama that may not exist in the minds of many swing voters, the speech seemed like a political winner for the GOP.

    But it’s also worth noting that it has provided Obama and Democrats an opening for a potentially effective response at their own convention.

    The crux of Ryan’s argument was that the GOP ticket will have the courage and responsibility to level with the American people about the difficult choices required to salvage the nation’s ecomomy and finances.

    Obama and Dems will respond by trying to transform the debate into one about priorities, seizing on the priorities undergirding the Romney/Ryan plans to lampoon their idea of what constitutes tough and courageous choices.


    Read much more here. This post contains a plethora of political goodies.


  26. 101 symmetry11
    August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    From NBC Nightly News ~ President Obama will visit Louisiana on Monday to assess the damage from Hurricane Isaac.

  27. 102 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Five Republicans Who Don’t Buy Romney’s False Welfare Attacks

    By Henry Decker


  28. 103 99ts
    August 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I like this small town in Ohio and its people & they have a congressman called Tim Ryan – he is cute and was introduced as the “only Ryan with a chance to ever live in the white house”

    • 104 Linda
      August 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I saw him speak on c-span about this.

      Both inspiring and pragmatic, A Mindful Nation shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to the current challenges that affect each of us in our own lives and in our communities, and thus have implications for our society as a whole. With a hard-nosed understanding of politics, government budgets, and what it takes to get something done, Congressman Tim Ryan connects a practical approach—lead with the science, show the savings and show how this can help us educate our children to be competitive in the world arena—with a hopeful vision for how mindfulness can reinvigorate our core American values and transform and revitalize our communities.

      • 105 99ts
        August 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Thanks Linda – I’ll watch it after VP Biden has finished his talk. He sounded like a great guy when he spoke.

    • 106 57andfemale
      August 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      He’s fantastic. He’s part of our ‘weak’ bench, Chuck Todd, you tool. As opposed to ‘your’ weak bench. Yes, Todd did say ‘they’ when referring to Dem’s and “we” when referring to Republicans.

  29. 107 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    USA TODAY FRONT PAGE HEADLINE: We Deserve Better” blazing beneath the photo of Romney and Ryan.

    Stuart Millar Stuart Millar ‏@stuartmillar159


    Don’t think USA Today’s Romney front delivers quite the message they think it does pic.twitter.com/Q4GQHEfg


  30. August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    So, how did everyone else’s night go?

    I lost a fight with an empty chair… =P =)

  31. 109 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm



    How long before Paul Ryan blames the President for Clint Eastwood’s speech?


  32. 110 sherijr
    August 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    JOE! All the nasty comments about VP Biden at the repub convention makes it clear they really fear him… I suspect his FP experience will put them away rapidly 🙂

    • 111 99ts
      August 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      He is making a great speech now – explaining what Paul Ryan has done since he entered congress.

      • 112 sherijr
        August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        yep.. after listening to all the fake bs the last two days… how refreshing to hear the genuiness of Joe Biden.

        • 113 Obama Grandmama
          August 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

          I hated that the GOP paint Biden as really dumb. I know he does sometimes make gaffs but he is no stupid person.

          I know the GOP paint Paul Ryan as their brightest bulb and as a policy wonk. It amazes me that an extreme ideologue without numbers in his budget that add up can be hailed as their intellectual leader. It seems more that he is extremely dishonest and the media buys the GOP legend about him so just let it all go. Maybe they will check things out better now. We can insist on it!

        • 114 nathkatun7
          August 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          I love and respect Joe Biden. He was my second choice during the 2008 Democratic primary. He is authentic! He calls out Republican BS without fear. I know the beltway media and the GOP hate him, but most people who listen to him come away very impressed with his no nonsense, down to earth, message. But even more importantly, Joe is truly a warm and gregarious person who loves people.

          • 115 sherijr
            August 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm

            yep he was my second choice too have Obama… and I agree wholeheartedly nath with your assessment of him… a good soul our Joe.

  33. 116 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm


    igorvolsky ‏@igorvolsky


    RT @JuddLegum: Surprised this moment, where Eastwood pantomimes slitting Obama’s throat, wasn’t more controversial http://imgur.com/EABKP


    • 117 sherijr
      August 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Ijust saw that on twitter… I didn’t even realize it had happened, as I tended to not watch the speakers, just listen while tweeting. I think Clint made himself very clear last night.. his treatment of ‘invisible’ Obama – was downright racist on many levels. Like I tweeted last night… Clint Eastwood is a creepy guy.

      • 118 Obama Grandmama
        August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        I am having a senior moment about the name of the movie that included a car in the title about one of Clint’s more recent movies he directed, produced and acted in that I so liked. It had a real message in it about people moving into this racist man’s neighborhood and his hate being changed by getting to know the boy next door. I thought from the message in that movie that Clint Eastwood must be an aware person, instead it seems he is the old racist man from before in his own life.

        • 119 CindyH
          August 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

          El Camino I think… was very moving and I was so shocked to learn he was going to the RNC – I know he’s a repug, but I thought he had some decency, particularly because of that movie. Was I ever wrong!! unless he truly has lost his mind to alzheimers

        • August 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

          It was “Grand Torino.”

    • 121 Lovepolitics2008
      August 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      The moment was absolutely disgusting. It was overshadowed by how surreal and bizarre the WHOLE episode was. Human nature. Just look at all the comments on boards where there was liveblogging… people were simply in shock to see Eastwood making a fool of himself. Not a lot of mentions of that particular despicable moment, even in real time. And you are right to point it out. It should make the rounds this morning. Especially because this is the kind of thing that the majority of voters find revulsive. The anger, the hate, the resentment, the ugliness on full display. Sad that Eastwood is the poster boy for it.

  34. August 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Good VPOTUS is taking RAyn and Robme to the mat!

  35. 123 Dudette
    August 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Waiting in line to see if I can get tix to see PBO s

  36. 132 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch Moment

    By E. J. Dionne


    Speaking a few hours before Romney’s address, Andrew Kohut, head of the Pew Research Center, said the surveys pointed to three imperatives for Romney: He had to make himself more likable, more credible and more empathetic.
    “I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour,” Romney also said. “President Obama began with an apology tour.” There was no apology tour.

    Romney’s was not a great speech, but it did at least familiarize those who heard it with aspects of his personal journey of which they were unaware. He is likely to get some bounce out of his convention, but it will be short-lived as media attention shifts abruptly to the Democrats’ conclave in Charlotte right after Labor Day.

    And there will be a jarring contrast between the Romney who spoke of uniting the nation and his exceptionally harsh, relentless and divisive advertising campaign that includes factually challenged spots on welfare plainly aimed at stirring resentment.

    The stark disjunction will inevitably keep alive the question that his convention speech did not answer: Who is the real Romney?



  37. 135 Jessica
    August 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I tried to go see the President but I won’t make it. I’m going to Fort Bliss anyway just to shop with my Obama shirt.

  38. 136 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Did Anyone Else Think This Romney Line Was A Bit Rich Coming From A Private-Equity Guy?

    Henry Blodget |

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/romney-two-jobs-2012-8#ixzz258r61RUK

    • 137 susanne
      August 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      love this article–really, robmey cannot speak to the pain of the unemployed with his record of closing businesses for profit. nobody buys it.

  39. 138 Lovepolitics2008
    August 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Joe Biden fabulous once again. A shorter speech than last week. It was mostly about the folly of what R&R are proposing. I’ll be candid I would have preferred the more complete argument I saw last week, which ends with his praise of Pres. Obama’s character.

    Oh well, the campaign must have its reasons. Tight schedule is probably one of them. Or they want to make sure the news reports concentrate on his arguments against Romney/Ryan’s policies.

  40. 139 betseyc
    August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been traveling in northern British Columbia, so had no internet for a while, and came back to cyberspace to find the “live blogging” of the RNC here. I laughed so hard last night I got to that point where you can’t stop. My husband said he’s never seen me in such a state. So thank you all for your presence here, and, as always, thanks to Chips for creating this wonderful place. The last time I donated to everyone my bank freaked out and assumed my credit card had been stolen. I guess phishing robots test cards with small charges. So I’ll do it more slowly, starting with celebrating Chips’s 21st birthday, a little late.

    • 140 sherijr
      August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      yep it was quite a fun night.. considering all the lies & mayhem the repubs attempted… I laughed myself silly – even pulled my 13 yr old son outta bed to show him “invisible Obama” and #Eastwooding~ He appreciated the humor too 🙂

    • 141 canadabarb4obama
      August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Wish I’d known you were in BC. I live in Steveston, the quaint little fishing village in south Richmond.

      • 142 jacquelineoboomer
        August 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

        Barb – Nice to see you on the blog early! Good morning/afternoon to you!

      • 143 betseyc
        August 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Next time! We did the northern loop — 16 to 37 to 97, back to Prince George. Now heading to Jasper. what a great place you live in! So gorgeous.

  41. 144 cluny
    August 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Is it difficult to get tickets for the big Obama convention night speech?

  42. August 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    This is what passes for American journalism – a headline featured in news roundup:

    Sen. Scott Brown to cameraman: ‘Your arms are bigger than my calves!’

    • 150 sherijr
      August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      So Texas, Florida & now Ohio… is that all the states that were trying to pull this crap? How about PA?

      • 151 57andfemale
        August 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        I’m going to check into that. I think it’s still bad, and I don’t know if the DoJ fought that one. Don’t quote me. I’ll see what I can find.

      • 152 57andfemale
        August 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        The PA law stands, but I have seen a number of tweets that there are organizations helping people get the proper ID.

        I find yesterday’s TX ruling particularly helpful: sure, states can require ID, but it must NOT be a burden, financial or otherwise, to get the proper documentation.

        • 153 sherijr
          August 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

          thanks for that info 57. I think this is all the states that were pulling this crap right?

          • 154 57andfemale
            August 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

            PA’s still the biggest problem. There are a slew of new voter restrictions/suppression laws now on the books throughout the country from Republican legislatures. I’m pretty happy with the quiet, steady work on the part of the DoJ. They were cautious with which states they chose to litigate. Frankly, I would not have minded a more full-throated attack on this issue. This is a national crisis but it is not part of PBO’s campaign to talk about it.

          • 155 57andfemale
            August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

            I would also add, that even with the decision in FL, we lost ground. Jovie says the CW reports on how bad voter registration is in Florida does not reflect what she sees first hand (and she’s in the trenches, fighting the good fight to get Floridians registered). She sees good success at registering voters. But outside registration groups were virtually neutered for many months. I’m also not up to date on the voter purge — I think it’s still in force but they had to behave a little bit.

            There is no question that legitimate voters will be disenfranchised across the country. Voting is harder to do now and this is the first significant rollback of voting rights since the Voter Rights Acts. As I said, I think this should be front and center in PBO’s campaign, but we all have our issues that we would like to see better highlighted. How much damage remains to be seen.

        • August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          Well, the PA law stands for now. Supreme Court hears the case in a few days.

          • 157 57andfemale
            August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

            There will be efforts to stay the TX decision as well.

            God damn it, Americans should be crawling over broken glass to vote in this election, and for every down ticket race. It all starts on the local/state level. I do not understand 90M Americans who can’t be bothered to vote; but if they voted they’d vote 2-1 for PBO. What the hell is the matter with people?

        • 158 donna dem 4 obama
          August 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          Yep, OFA and other groups are going to be working really hard to get people the proper ID’s. Dems registered over 1 million new voters and the Romney super pacs are pulling their ads in PA because its no longer considered a toss-up/battleground state.

          BTW 57andfemale way to go with spending that money made off of Limbaugh. The campaign and I are very appreciative! 😉

          • 159 sherijr
            August 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

            thanks both of you for the added info.. so grateful for all that OFA does! and excellent way to spend that Limbaugh lover’s money ~ awesome thing to do 57 🙂

          • 160 57andfemale
            August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

            I cannot begin to tell you how GOOD it feels to just transfer that money to the FR pages of my TOD family! We certainly could use the money to, you know, live our life, but I figure investing in this campaign will save me Medicare Hell if God forbid R&R got anywhere near the WH.

            I’ll donate again tonight. I don’t like to do it on my office computer.

      • 161 Obama Grandmama
        August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Thought I heard that 19 states were working on some sort of voter suppression. I know I heard something about CO too.

    • 162 Linda
      August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Looks like all that voter suppression is being neutered by our Federal Judges.

      Thank goodness !

      • 163 57andfemale
        August 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        Not all of it. Not by a long shot. PA law was upheld. It is harder to vote in 2012 than it has been in half a century. We’ve won some good fights but the assault on the voting rights of poorer Americans, working Americans and and black and brown people is still in force.

        The precedence of the TX decision is very important; but with this SC God knows what will happen.

  43. 164 57andfemale
    August 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  44. 169 donna dem 4 obama
    August 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Federal Judge Restores Early Voting In Ohio After Obama Suit

    A federal judge in Ohio on Friday restored early voting rights in the three days before the election, ruling in favor of the Obama campaign.

    U.S. District judge Peter C. Economus ruled that “restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive UOCAVA voters from early voting.”

    “Instead, and more importantly, it places all Ohio voters on equal standing,” Economus ruled. He said the state “fails to articulate a precise, compelling interest in establishing the 6 p.m. Friday deadline as applied to non-UOCAVA voters and has failed to evidence any commitment to the ‘exception’ it rhetorically extended to UOCAVA voters.”


    • 170 Lovepolitics2008
      August 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      This is GREAT !!! Three wonderful news this week. Florida, Texas, and now this ! Now waiting for the ruling in Pennsylvania…

      So refreshing to see that the judicial system is not as corrupted as those republican officials…

  45. 171 Dudette
    August 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Still here. They just announced 100 more tix available so my chances are improving. 🙂

  46. August 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Good Left Coast morning, folks. Man, last night was a hoot and a half. How has the MSM fluffing progressed?

  47. 179 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Bill Burton is coming up on Andrea Mitchell’s show to talk about #eastwooding. Guess I won’t have to mute that.

  48. August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    OMG THX to ThePoliticalCarnival.net for this

  49. 181 Bill R.
    August 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    The is a BFD!

  50. 182 Bill R.
    August 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    No bounce for RomneyRyan:

  51. August 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Email I sent to supporters in my area last year. The Republican convention has not changed anything, so I’ll share my thoughts again with everyone on my list:

    Today we find ourselves at a crossroads. On one side there are those who seek to roll back all the progress we have made, not just during this administration, but going back almost 100 years: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, affordable health care for all, worker protections such as unemployment benefits, the minimum wage, health and safety standards on the job, paid leave and paid vacation time, regulations on child labor and fair hiring standards as well as all legislation to protect our environment and to control the excesses of the financial sector – in short, everything protecting the lives of all Americans. All of these basic components of our social safety net are at risk today. The Republican Party and their extremist tea party segment have declared war on America’s middle class.

    On the other side is President Obama who has worked hard to avert another Great Depression, to bring our economy back and build it up for a new century with different challenges as well as vast opportunities. He is a firm advocate for the rights and responsibilities of every citizen and believes in a country where we work hard and succeed, but where we also look out for one another. His vision of America reflects a country where everyone has a chance to live his or her own American Dream. As commander in Chief, he has stressed our responsibility to our men and women in uniform and their families and has upgraded services and benefits for veterans and military families. At the same time, he has instituted changes in our foreign policy and encouraged international cooperation which will have long-term results and make us safer and less likely to engage in costly wars. President Obama has been and continues to be a world leader for freedom and democracy around the globe.

    We are fortunate to have such a gifted and hard-working President. Let us do what we can to give him four more years.

  52. 187 Rita
    August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    As the RNC and the Romney/Ryan campaign gloss over the details, and fill the airwaves and newsprint with lies and distortions, it’s worth remembering what President Obama really faced when he took office. It was beyond the capabilities of one man and one party, but he and the Democrats steered us through the worst of it. The GOP, and Romney himself, as we heard in is his acceptance speech yesterday, like to say that the country came together to address these, almost insurmountable problems. But we should remember the intransigence of the GOP, the avowals to make sure the President had a one term, to plot amongst themselves on how best to derail his presidency, and the 4 years of sustained disrespect, birtherism, attacks against his religion, race, creed.

    President Obama did not stoop to these lows. His focus was steady and determined. He understood the pain of those who needed help, even as he understood the promise of America, not only to Americans, but also to immigrants, as a place where one really can succeed with hard work. Where patriotic, thoughtful and enlightened Americans work, each and every day, to make this a more perfect union.

    President Obama, I am grateful.

  53. August 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  54. 197 Tally
    August 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    • 198 0388jojothecat
      August 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yep, they say “Well you VOTED for me, what do you expect?…you know what we’re all about. It’s not our fault you believed OUR LIES”.

  55. 202 edwina3
    August 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  56. 203 nospin
    August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Okay – just got paid, I will donate to PBO’s campaign via the first two folks to post a link to their donate page. Trying to be fair.

  57. August 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    De-Lurking to wish > Bobfr A Belated Happy, Happy Birthday! Thanks for all you do my friend…You truly are a soldier, a warrior that gets the “Truth” out in tweeterland….May you have many, many blessed years of joy and happiness. Glad that you’re on our team.#PressOn! (hugs) ~ K

  58. 219 Tally
    August 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Romney going to NOLA today to upstage PBO going o MOnday. The GOP is going to be using this until NOV. Just BE AWARE.

    • 220 Claire
      August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      willard needs to stay away from the area and let clean up efforts continue.

    • 221 nospin
      August 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      How many people are they going to bus in this time?

    • 222 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Exactly, this is to be expected. Mitt Romney is morally bankrupt. But I wonder if they really want to start comparing notes between the actions FEMA Director Fugate with the likes of Heckuva Job Brownie.

  59. 223 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm


    After a Gunslinger Cuts Loose, Romney Aides Take Cover



    Aides said Mr. Eastwood does not like teleprompters and was trusted to deliver an on-message endorsement.

    “He made a last-minute decision to ad-lib, and I don’t think people knew,” said Ari Fleischer, a former adviser to George W. Bush, who said he had spoken with people involved in planning the convention.

    Two aides said that Mr. Eastwood had been booked weeks ago and that the expectation was that he would deliver a more standard endorsement, as he did earlier this year in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    After that endorsement, Mr. Romney himself asked Mr. Eastwood to come to the convention, one of these people said.

    As they hopped from party to party late Thursday and early Friday, celebrating the end of the Republican convention, Romney advisers tried gamely to find an upside. Several said that the Eastwood appearance offered a moment of improvisation in a convention that was otherwise surprise-free.



    • 224 Cha
      August 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Ladyhawke, said “Clint spoke from the heart”..which is shown to be cold.

      He sure showed his ass to Liberal Hollywood which are my Peeps!

  60. 225 Tally
    August 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  61. 227 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    The 5 Biggest Lies In Mitt Romney’s Acceptance Speech

    By: Jason Easley


    Mitt Romney delivered an acceptance speech that stretched, massaged, distorted, and flat out violated the truth. Here are the five biggest lies uttered by Romney in Tampa.

    1). Mitt Romney Goes Birther

    What Romney Said, “Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon. And I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.”

    The Truth: Ah yes, what would a gathering of more than four Republicans be if somebody didn’t suggest in the most sly way that Obama is not American. Romney’s statement can also be viewed as when you need really big stuff done, you need a white man. It was subtle, but it was there. Romney was doing his best Ronald Reagan all-American impression. If Romney is Captain America, then what does that make Barack Obama?



  62. 229 ChristiMTL
    August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Who’s that Jimmy Williams?..He’s supposed to be a Democrat,…..I see him often enough but never really paid attention until today….what an idiot, another one disappointed with the President but willing to give him a second chance…..can they stop with that BS? It’s so annoying. Of course the Republican had only praises for Romney and attacked the President……fair and balance…

    • August 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Is he the one that is a former Republican? Think I heard that few days ago, but I could have him mixed up with someone else.

      • 231 ChristiMTL
        August 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        I just checked his bio…..he made me so mad on Tamra Hall……

        IMMY WILLIAMS is the MSNBC Political Contributor. He is the former Senior Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

        This tweet says it all

        FedUp_Mom ‏@Fedup_Mom

        @INDIGOSKYY @jimmyspolitics I know I’m just a blind PBO sycophant but I don’t get how effectively calling PBO a 1st term failure works.

      • 232 Nena20409
        August 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        Yes. He converted to the Dem in 1992. He is a Gay American. And in the 1980s and 1990s, he could no longer stand the Gay bashing by the GOP, so be converted to the Dem.

    • 233 theo67
      August 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Most of those people who are “disappointed” can’t name a single accomplishment because they haven’t bothered to check. they base their current level of disappointment on their feelings alone. They want to feel something, and have forgotten that getting to the Presidency created opportunities to DO stuff, not just to wallow in the accomplishment. I’ve challenged a lot of people who’ve said that, and then asked them if they know that the 111th Congress was one of the most productive, and that President Obama’s legislative accomplishments were historic in his rate of success of those that he championed. Most have no clue.

      I kind of wish that they could reserve some time at the Convention next week to just play video of all the nastiness and obstruction and outlandish nonsense that has occupied the GOP these past four years, starting with some footage of the chaos in September of 2008 – when the crisis was finally becoming public after over a year in recession. A lot of people don’t know that the recession actually started in 2007…

  63. August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    My feed from that local station is AWFUL. Is he going to be on anywhere else?

  64. August 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I thoroughy enjoyed the blogging of the GOP convention last night and didn’t even watch a bit of it on TV. I felt like I experienced it the best way of all, so thanks to everyone for their comments and observations! And chair pictures – I’m a big fan of @InvisibleObama and his comments.

    My question: isn’t there some sort of Jewish symbolism behind an empty chair at the seder meal? I was sort of expecting someone to be offended by Clint’s use of it, but I haven’t seen anything.

    • 238 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      For the Navy, and probably other services, I know there’s also a symbolic empty chair and place setting at a table, in recognition of POWs and MIAs.

  65. 239 COS
    August 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    What kind of bogus poll is it that gives Robney 50% or so support from vets and 38% to PBO? Isn’t that an old bogus poll? I just heard the reporter say this.

    • August 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Really burns me that the soldiers would prefer a draft dodging idiot who would do nothing for their welfare. GRRRR.

    • 241 57andfemale
      August 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      There is always going to be an edge for Republicans because they love and glorify war. Now, they don’t take care of their veterans, they send them on unnecessary wars, but the ‘strong military Republican’ is not about to die quickly.

      Remember, it was George H.W. Bush who instituted the wholesale sending of national guard units to foreign wars.

    • 242 EricFive
      August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      SInce Mitt failed to mention the troops at all during his acceptance speech, that number is sure to drop. Many in the military are reflexively pro-GOP, at least this has been the case in the past. Also the abolition of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” may have rubbed in the military the wrong way. Other than that it is hard to understand why the military would support a draft dodger who spent Vietnam in Paris over a Commander in Chief who has restored America’s stature around the world (including the stature of our military).

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