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Before I sleep…..

I smiled at the whole ‘Is America better off?” business the last few days. There are countless reasons to answer ‘yes’, not least economically wise, but I think back to President Obama and Michelle visiting Ireland.

When Bush visited, it was the largest security operation in the history of the state, that’s what was required to protect him from the protestors – he wasn’t welcome. And he wasn’t allowed anywhere near the public, who had nothing but contempt for him.

And then President Obama and Michelle visited Ireland:

If that’s not change you can believe in, then there’s really no hope for you 😉

America needs PBO to be re-elected, but the outside world does too – and is right behind him.

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Night everyone, that was a lovely day.


165 Responses to “Before I sleep…..”


  1. 10 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Sleep well good night

  2. 11 isonprize
    September 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Now THAT’S what I call great minds thinking alike!! GoBrooklyn!! 😆 😆

  3. 12 amk for obama
    September 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    sleep already ? tch, tch, tch.

  4. 18 amk for obama
    September 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    RIP Michael Clarke Duncan, the gentle giant.

    • 19 HZ
      September 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Yes, so true of Mr. Duncan. Hope your trip is going fine. Thanks for all of your encouragement for keep going with my FR Page, amk. Your beautiful spirit kept me going. You are such a wonderful spirit. HZ

  5. September 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Oh my gosh, I couldn’t agree with you more. The trip to Ireland will always live large in my memory. Not just because the wonderful people of Ireland were so lovely and welcoming, but because of what it meant to PBO personally. The roots of his ancestors – all he really has left of the white side of his ancestry. I am so moved by those days, when he was so warmly enveloped with love and family.

    Best sleep to you, Chips.

    • 21 Claire
      September 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Meta for expressing my thoughts so eloquently! 😉

    • 22 COS
      September 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      THIS! Meta anChips. And Tweety topped the day off with that wonderful documentary. I am soooo looking forward to FLOTUS’ speech tomorrow.

    • 24 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      September 4, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Yes I admit I have tear in my eye right now. This trip was so lovely. Remember the little red headed girl and the older lady who held the President’s face in her hands and just gazed at him in wonder? Like a mother looking at a favorite son. Makes me all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

      • 25 HZ
        September 4, 2012 at 2:07 am

        Waling_on_Sunshine, I can see those two pictures in my mind right now. The open minds of the little ones, and the warmth of the hands of the lovely older lady touched my heart. I thoughts of POB’s grandmother.HZ

  6. 26 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 3, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks Chips for all your posts. I just got home from a long day at work and went here to get caught up.

    I just wanted to let you know that I am talking up voting and registering voters everyday. It is not just enough to vote for the President. He needs the votes for the people in congress. There will be NO MORE just voting for the president…Dems all the way down the ticket will be marked this time around. We again have 8 amendments on our Florida ballot…the word I got is NO TO ALL,

  7. September 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Just looked at blog stats. I know we celebrated 8 and 9 million hits but I didn’t see anything about 10-11 million. Now we are at 12million and growing. I’m just saying, confetti all around. Congrats Chips!!!!!

  8. September 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I am rewatching Chris Matthews’ documentary special of PBO. A lot was packed into one hour. Excellent!

    I am so excited for this inspiring Dem week. Fired up! Ready to go!

    • 30 0388jojothecat
      September 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Me too…just saw collegekay shaking the Presidents hand. I hope she tapes it and keeps it as a momentu of an historic time to show her future kids and grandkids.

    • 31 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      September 4, 2012 at 12:32 am

      Oh I loved it! I watched the CNN documentary too and it was hard to watch the first part but it did get a little better toward the end. The Chris Matthews special was a pleasure to watch.

  9. 32 prettyfoot58
    September 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Gooooooooooood Nigh tChippsss…rest easy

  10. September 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    MORON!

  11. 42 Judith Fardig
    September 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Sweet dreams to all of TOD, especially our indefatigable Chips!

  12. 43 amk for obama
    September 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Dick Cheney walks into the Oval Office and sees The President whooping and hollering.

    “What’s the matter, Mr. President?” The Vice President inquired.

    “Nothing at all, boss. I just done finished a jigsaw puzzle in record time!” The President beamed.

    “How long did it take you?”

    “Well, the box said ‘3 to 5 Years’ but I did it in a month!”

  13. September 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    They sound pretty excited over there.

  14. 49 0388jojothecat
    September 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Good Night all and Thank you Chips for a wonderful weekend of posts on the Convention, the Vice-President Biden and President Obama. I am so glad that our emails from your loyal and appreciative followers have you that 2nd wind, courage and confidence to face the bully and work around. I can’t imagine what you read each day and endure to keep this site going…..but know that for every hateful word, there are over 12 million and counting positive words of love, support, and encouragement.

  15. 50 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Ohhh, thank you soooooo much Chips!

    The trip to Ireland is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite events from PBO’s first term. The love that the people of Ireland showered on The President and the First Lady still warms my heart to this day. Our POTUS and FLOTUS represent us so graciously and honorably around the world. We have a safer, more wonderful planet, because of we put President Barack Obama in office.

  16. 51 a4alice
    September 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    good night TOD

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  17. 52 amk for obama
    September 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    what a fucking repulsive pos mofo.

  18. September 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    It’s gotta be 65 degrees outside. It’s freezing.
    Of course, I am from Florida, so…

  19. 61 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Another great one…

    • 62 susanne
      September 4, 2012 at 5:45 am

      thanks so much dudette. my husband and i watched this tonight, and were amazed and inspired, again, to hear this great man speak. i am so happy he’ll be president for the next 4 years, but also that he’ll continue to work and serve and transform this world.

  20. 63 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Beautiful! I loved (and love) that Ireland coverage. I know the world will breathe a collective sigh of relief the evening of November 6 when we re-elect President Obama.

    Although I was totally supportive of your need to take a rest, Chips, I am SOOOOOO GLAAAAAAD that this blog is up and running this Convention Week. It just wouldn’t be as much fun without The Obama Diary. Love and gratitude. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  21. 64 LDS
    September 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Okay, Ms. Chips, I see how you roll: You just had to put up one of my most favorite videos when I said on the last post I was going to bed.
    Now, I will be up for a long while……sleep will come when it comes. Thank You

  22. 65 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hmmm. Went to re-watch the Ireland compilation (last vid) and it’s blocked for me due to copyright grounds (or something like that). Drats. 😦

  23. 66 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    It WAS truly a Lovely Day! The unofficial TOD anthem seems appropriate:)

  24. 72 amk for obama
    September 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    • 73 anniebella
      September 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

      When you look at Clint Eastwood standing up there, how could you be offended? I have more pity for him, he’s a 82 year old senile man.

  25. 74 vitaminlover
    September 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Predident Obama is truly unique, much beloved and THE MAN!!!!

    • 75 HZ
      September 4, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Vitaminlover, when I see and hear words coming from POB like what he spoke about Mr. Eastwood, I thought of “The Measure of a Man,” by Mr. Poitier. We are so blessed to have such a lovely gem as our president.HZ

  26. 76 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 12:02 am

    BOOM! http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-disses-george-w-bush-hurricane-katrina-isaac-2012-9

    President Barack Obama took a veiled jab at his predecessor, George W. Bush, Monday during an appearance in New Orleans, where the former was touring damage caused by last week’s Hurricane Isaac.
    Here’s what Obama said, according to the White House transcript:

    I want to particularly thank FEMA and the state and local authorities, because sometimes in the past we haven’t seen the kind of coordination that is necessary in response to these kinds of disasters. This time we’ve seen it. We made sure that we had the disaster declarations happen quickly so that we weren’t behind the eight ball. We’ve approved individual assistance for this area, which means that these folks, if they’ve suffered additional losses beyond what they’re insured for, that they are potentially eligible for some help. We’re going to be providing St. John’s the Baptist Parish with help in debris removal, in some of the other losses that have been suffered.
    The remarks are an obvious reference to the Bush administration’s delayed response to Hurricane Katrina. Eager to avoid another Katrina-like disaster, the Obama administration ordered emergency supplies sent to New Orleans five days before the storm hit early last Wednesday night.

    • 77 HZ
      September 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Thanks for this, DF. You are so faithful in sharing great links with so much wonderful information. Keeping us informed on the great issues. Now we can spread this wonderful news. Thank so much dear sweet one. I so appreciate you.HZ

  27. 78 99ts
    September 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

    That introduction in Ireland – mentioned President Kennedy, President Clinton – BUT the 44th President IS the American dream – no matter how hard the old white men that live in the past try to tell you otherwise.

    It is truly hard for those of inherited wealth and empty hearts to accept that the American dream still exists – you have to live it, to know it.

  28. 79 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/125184138

    Mitt Romney makes $953.97 while hard boiling an egg
    Mitt Romney makes $13,008.72 while playing a game of Uno
    Mitt Romney makes $1,040.70 while clipping his toenails
    Mitt Romney makes $12,141.47 while baking a potato

    It would take me over 200 years to earn his yearly salary and an average work day for him to earn mine….

    Calculate your own at http://www.romneymakes.com

    Should you hate him because he is rich? No. Does it matter how he made his fortune and at whose expense? Yes. Should you question his priorities, loyalties, and motivations? Absolutely.

    • 80 isonprize
      September 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Df, and it’s the last part of the post that rings true for me. I really don’t care how much he makes. Most American want to do well and be able to take care of their families and obligations. It’s who he’s stepped on and how he has squashed other people’s way of life that is my problem with him.

      He’s mean, spiteful and doesn’t care what he espouses or who he hurts, as long as he makes money. THAT’S the issue to me. Same with Lyin’ Ryan. That he benefited for Social Security death benefits because his father died when he was underage is of no consequence to him when his budget reduces or eliminates similar benefits to other in the same position.

      What greedy, nasty, mean-spirited people they are. And don’t even get me started on their WAR on WOMEN.

  29. September 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Why Is He Still Smiling?

  30. 89 amk for obama
    September 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

  31. 90 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    We’ll be loving him……(PBO…ALWAYS!)

  32. 93 amk for obama
    September 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

  33. 94 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    40-hr work week, minimum wage, family leave, health ins., Soc. Security, Medicare, retirement plans. Thanx, Union Thugs.
    — @JohnFugelsang via web

  34. 96 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Night, all! See you tomorrow…maybe I’ll even get the chance to be first on Rise and Shine…have to rise at 4:30am….take the daughter to work….maybe I’ll get lucky! Fired Up!! Hey, Queen Ann…IT’S OUR TURN!!

    • 97 HZ
      September 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

      (((((((((( Nite, nite desertflower)))))))))) You are another one of my angels. Get rested because we have a date tomorrow night.HZ

  35. September 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

    To the Obama support on this blog: Chris Hedges and Rachel Maddow are not democrat, Ron Paul man is their man.

  36. 99 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Romney campaign can’t stop angering musicians (and their families)
    ———————————–
    Phil Lynott’s mother furious as Mitt Romney camp hijacks song
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/phil-lynotts-mother-furious-as-mitt-romney-camp-hijacks-song-16206328.html

    The use of the Thin Lizzy classic ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ at last week’s Republican national convention in the US has outraged the mother of the band’s lead singer, the late Phil Lynott. Philomena Lynott has strongly objected to the use of the song which provided backing for the arrival on stage of Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

    The song from the band’s 1976 album ‘Jailbreak’, written by Phil Lynott, was a major hit for the band. However, his 81-year-old mother says she is opposed to the use of her son’s music, by the Republican Party because of its policies on gay marriage… [more in the article]

  37. 104 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Borrowed DonnaDems poem idea — Happy Birthday to ME!

    https://twitter.com/jazziz2/status/242855242658627585

  38. 113 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 1:27 am

  39. 114 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

    • September 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Way to go, Dudette …. you’re really getting into the Twitter thing 🙂

      I’ve always admired the cogency of the abstraction – ‘Out of many, one’ but earlier this evening it occurred to me that many Americans may need it to be made a bit less abstract, a bit more explicit, thus …

      • September 4, 2012 at 1:40 am

        Good night dear TODers!

        #FORWARD

      • 118 Dudette
        September 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

        Thanks Bob! Still figuringit out. Man, is it addictive! Tomorrow/today I guess I’ll learn:
        – how to make short URLs,
        – how to retweet and add my on comment, and
        – how to tweet pictures

        Guess I need to study up on proper Twitter etiquette too. I’ve already blocked some woman with “SexyBlowJob” in her handle” (Really lady?… Why me?) , who decided she should follow me within 30 minutes after I signed up. I just didn’t want tweets from her in my timeline. Ew.

        • 119 purpleshoesla
          September 4, 2012 at 2:29 am

          Dudette, i’m following you. Here are two sites that Isonprize and Meta hipped me to in order to create the tiniest links possible; both work great. just copy & paste the original link into their shorten link box. Bitly will actually let you tweet the shortened link from their website so you don’t have to go back to your twitter page and copy and paste the shortened link. IMMEDIATE blocking of unwanted followers IS the proper Twitter etiquette! 🙂 I keep getting ones with the strangest sounding made up names that have 0 tweets but thousands of followers.

          http://tiny.cc/

          https://bitly.com/

  40. September 4, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Why , Ireland said a mouth full. They know a educator when they see one. They are color blind. Either you a native from Ireland or an American . Very A Shame they have manners and we don’t .

  41. 122 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 3:02 am

    This is for Alycee! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  42. 123 Sara
    September 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Many thanks to Chipsticks for the memories of President’s trip to Ireland … what a marvelous people. Quote from a CNN article: in “Western Europe, Obama could by some estimates count on nearly 80 percent support”. If it weren’t for Medicare, I’d reture to Europe.

  43. 124 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 4:28 am

  44. 125 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 4:37 am

    John Walsh‏@JohnEWalshDem

    As Republicans offer SO much to be against, recall why we’re FOR @BarackObama-tell it like @DevalPatrick #MAPoli #2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq8yVQv55hw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  45. 126 Mae who love our CIC
    September 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

    If you have to ask, is America better off, then you are really out of touch. Of course we are better off. Don’t ask a question when you already know the answer, news media.

  46. 127 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Found this gem of a video about Women’s Suffrage. Kind fits in the context of voter suppression these days too!
    H/T Mental Floss: 19 Videos That Make Learning Fun (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/140525)

    —————————————-
    Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage is a parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.
    [Parody of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance]

  47. 128 Chi
    September 4, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Can anyone please tell me where to find a political cartoon that was posted in the comments here …

    It had a medicare tree that had everyone covered under its shade and another with Paul Ryan handing out cut off chunks of the tree…

  48. September 4, 2012 at 6:43 am

    The Weather is ok, it is not terrible, it’s rained 2x since yesterday. Once for an Hour, the other for 25 minutes. It’s about 60, and during the Day, 80-85.
    My task for today- I am taking a Journey over to The Biltmore Estates, a whine brewery there that I must see.
    Good morning.

  49. September 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Madeleine Albright coming up on Morning Joke – thanks to all the TOD family who posted the RockinRooster link

    • September 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

      On the other hand, listening to Joke and Andrea’s repub shilling is making me sick. Wish there were an alert for when she comes on. Tim Kaine, is an unapologetic supporter of PBO – YAY!

  50. September 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Good Morning everyone!

    Finally caught up (to this thread). Will be lagging again as I need to go to work! This site is so addictive – work up at 4am just to finish. So much to read and I read everything!

  51. 137 donna dem 4 obama
    September 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I had lots of family in town for an end of the summer Labor Day weekend event. I missed so much but thanks to this blog I got up early today to catch up.

    It looks like we may get rain on Thursday in Charlotte. Pray for good weather on Thursday night. Our President knows how to give a speech in the rain (wet Obama is nice) but I’d love for it to be a clear and beautiful night on Thursday.

  52. September 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Good Happy Tuesday of Convention week! Wondering what’s happening at the convention? At work and not in front of your TV? Here are a few links:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/DemConvention2012

    http://www.barackobama.com/live (promoting PBO speech at 12:35 today)

    http://www.c-span.org/DNC/Live/

  53. September 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    OH NOES, guess what? The press haz a sad because they’re not enjoying this election. Yes, that’s right. They wish the candidates were more joyful and they just want the whole thing to be over. A couple of quotes for you……

    “Until the candidates restore joy, it’s impossible for us to be joyful,” NBC News senior White House correspondent Chuck Todd told POLITICO. “The campaigns are trying so hard to manipulate us, to work the refs, to withhold access. If these candidates were comfortable, the campaign might be joyful to cover.”

    Politico’s Maggie Haberman: “Neither side seems to be enjoying this race, not the Dems or the Repubs, and not the reporters.”

    Reporters: We loathe 2012 campaign
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80604.html#ixzz25V9qZWYZ

  54. 143 Linda
    September 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Morning Junk was pushing some report that Bill Clinton’s top aide is voting for Romney…

    What is up with that ?

    • 144 anniebella
      September 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Linda, you are adult, so I can’t tell you what to do. I wouldn’t try to. But can I ask a question, why do you watch that piece of crap Morning Junk? I don’t know who Clinton’s aide plan to vote for, but we know what Junk is trying to do. He knows that having Bill Clinton there to speak is a big deal, so he is trying to tarnish it.

    • 145 Ladyhawke
      September 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Joe knows the contrast between the two conventions is going to be stark. This is classic “Look At That Shiny Object” 101. Just imagine Joe’s disappoint that President Clinton in defending President Obama from the dishonest welfare attack, speaking at the convention, and he did a beautiful campaign ad that I think is very effective. Joe wants to stir up dirt because in his heart of hearts he is embarrassed at what happened last week at the RNC convention. It was all marketing and no substance. Totally devoid of any honesty or integrity. Just empty rhetoric and blaming President Obama for the results of GOP obstruction.

    • 146 criquet
      September 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

      The perfect reply is really? Just like Charlie Christ and numerous other Republicans are voting for PBO. Dah.

    • 147 Sara
      September 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I’ll just compare the previous Democrat president’s speech to the previous Republican president’s speech. Oh yeah, the second man is in hiding and Mittens never mentions his name and he can’t even travel abroad because there are warrants for his arrest.

  55. 148 globalcitizenlinda
    September 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Morning TOD,

    Today the Dem Convention Features First Lady Michelle Obama.

    I believe that this would be a very good day for us to send out messages of appreciation for who she is and what she has done to support the POTUS and also in her own right as a citizen of the US and the World.

    Please help me to make this trend today as we head into her speech later tonight.

    #ThanxMichelleObama

    • 149 globalcitizenlinda
      September 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

      what I have done is use this harshtag #ThanxMichelleObama to follow it with a reason why she deserves my thanks as human being in such a very public role.

      for instance:

      #ThanxMichelleObama for helping to make kindness in political office cool

      #ThanxMichelleObama for saying Yes to the Marriage proposal of a poor but kind “Skinny Kid With A Funny Name”

  56. 152 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/09/04/im-gonna-go-to-slidell-and-look-for-my-joy/ Yes, everyone say “AWWWWW”…Up Chuck haz a sad 😦

    If there is one narrative to anchor what often feels like a plotless 2012 campaign, it is media disillusionment. Reporters feel like both campaigns have decided to run out the clock with limited press avails, distractions, and negative attacks, rather than run confident campaigns with bold policy platforms or lofty notions of hope and change — leaving the media with little to do but grind along covering the latest shallow, sensational item of the day.
    “Until the candidates restore joy, it’s impossible for us to be joyful,” NBC News senior White House correspondent Chuck Todd told POLITICO. “The campaigns are trying so hard to manipulate us, to work the refs, to withhold access. If these candidates were comfortable, the campaign might be joyful to cover.”
    Todd also bemoans the fact that the campaigns aren’t talking about the economy, so the press corps can’t either.
    I say horseshit to all that. My diagnosis of Todd’s existential ennui is based on a couple of factors. First, he’s sad because the Republican lying shows that they have absolutely no respect for the press, and it’s Republican respect that the DC press has always craved. Second, the limited access to actual live candidates makes it clear the stenographic nature of the Chuck Todds of the world. It really does hurt deep down when some reporter from the NBC affiliate in Toledo or Wilmington is more likely to sit down with Romney or Obama than the senior White House correspondent. Hopefully this little Politico piece, and maybe a good cry into his softest pillow, will get Chuck back on track and he can do his fucking job without further whining.

    • 153 hopefruit2
      September 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I think Chuck Todd is sad because Romney is losing, and the media’s credibility among viewers is low and decreasing. That is true of the general MSM who thought that August was going to be Romney’s month. They are pissed off about it and now trying to get people to tune out because THEY do not want voters to be enthusiastic about President Obama’s getting re-elected.

      The “both campaigns are bad” is BS. They are playing the false equivalency game because they are angry that the Obama campaign didn’t simply sit back and allow themselves to be swiftboated by Koch $$ and Romney’s nasty race-baiting crap. The campaign is never joyful if you think your side is losing – which is exactly what’s going on with the MSM right now.

  57. 154 desertflower
    September 4, 2012 at 8:37 am

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106876/ryan-speech-dishonest-not-lie-romney-media-medicare-janesville

    Paul Ryan’s speech to the Republican convention last week seems to have been some kind of watershed moment, at least for the media. Many of us watching the speech felt it was full of deceptive statements. That wasn’t a new development. But this time reporters from the big, mainstream outlets said they agreed. That was a new development. Perhaps the most vivid and important instance was a story in the New York Times, by Michael Cooper, which told readers that several Ryan statements were “incorrect, incomplete or incompatible with his own record in Congress.”

    snip/

    Think of it this way: A Martian who came down to earth and heard Ryan speak last week would conclude that Obama had abandoned the auto industry; that Romney and Ryan would never cut spending from Medicare; that Obama is to blame for high deficits and the credit downgrade; and that Romney and Ryan are out to save the safety net. This poor Martian would have it exactly backwards.

  58. September 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Today’s schedule:

    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (LOCAL)
    Call to Order
    The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair of the Democratic National Committee
    Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
    Invocation: His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit

    Presentation of Colors
    Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard

    Pledge of Allegiance
    3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School, Concord, North Carolina

    National Anthem
    Amber Riley, Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress

    Remarks
    Stephen J. Kerrigan
    Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee
    Welcome Video

    Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
    Bishop Vashti McKenzie
    First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
    The Honorable Julián Castro
    Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

    Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
    The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
    State Attorney General of California
    The Honorable Martin O’Malley
    Governor of Maryland

    Appointment of Convention Officers

    Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
    The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
    Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
    Mayor of Los Angeles, California

    Remarks
    The Honorable Steny Hoyer
    Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
    Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
    Andrew Tobias, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
    Alice Germond, Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

    Roll Call for Attendance

    • September 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

      6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

      Platform Committee Remarks
      The Honorable Barbara Lee
      Member of the US House of Representatives, California
      Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)
      First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army

      Platform Video and Remarks
      The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

      Remarks
      The Honorable Bev Perdue, Governor of North Carolina

      American Hero Video: Education

      American Voices Remarks, Ryan Case

      Remarks
      Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

      Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
      The Honorable Charles Gonzalez
      Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
      Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
      The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez
      Member of the US House of Representatives, New York

      Remarks
      The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois

      Remarks
      Doug Stern, Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter

      Remarks
      The Honorable Tim Kaine
      Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia
      Former Governor of Virginia
      Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

      • September 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

        7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (LOCAL)

        Remarks
        The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx
        Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
        The Honorable Harry Reid
        Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada

        An Economy Built to Last Video: Education

        Women of the US House of Representatives

        Jimmy Carter Video

        Remarks
        The Honorable Ken Salazar
        Kennedy Family Tribute Video

        Remarks
        Joe Kennedy III
        Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts
        Live Performance
        Ledisi, Singer/songwriter

        Remarks
        The Honorable Robert Wexler
        President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
        Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

        • September 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

          8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL)

          Remarks
          The Honorable R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
          The Honorable Jared Polis, Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

          Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice

          American Voices Remarks, Maria Ciano

          Remarks
          Nancy Keenan
          President of the National Abortion Rights Action League – Pro-Choice America (NARAL)

          Progress for People Video: American Veterans

          American Voices Remarks, Nate Davis

          Remarks
          The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
          Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois
          Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
          The Honorable Lincoln Chafee
          Governor of Rhode Island
          The Honorable James E. Clyburn
          Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

          Progress for People Video: Health Care

          American Voices Remarks, Stacey Lihn

          Remarks
          The Honorable Xavier Becerra
          Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

          • September 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

            9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)

            The Honorable Ted Strickland
            Former Governor of Ohio
            The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
            The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
            Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
            Former White House Chief of Staff

            Remarks
            Kal Penn, Actor/Producer
            Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

            Remarks
            Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng
            Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama

            Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay

            Remarks
            Lilly Ledbetter
            Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
            The Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts

            • September 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

              10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)

              The Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland

              Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro
              Joaquin Castro, Brother of Mayor Julián Castro
              Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas

              Keynote Address
              The Honorable Julián Castro
              Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

              Michelle Obama Video and Remarks, Elaine Brye

              Remarks
              Michelle Obama
              First Lady of the United States

              Benediction
              Jena Lee Nardella, Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission

      • 161 desertflower
        September 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

        Thank you, meta:)

  59. 163 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

  60. 164 Dudette
    September 4, 2012 at 8:39 am


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