Rise and Shine

Des Moines, September 1 (Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)


Today (all times ET)

12:30: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio.

3:10: Departs Toledo

5:25: Arrives in New Orleans

6:00: Receives a briefing at Emergency Operations Center, Saint John the Baptist Parish, La.

6:50: Tours damage caused by Hurricane Isaac

7:20: Delivers a statement at Saint John the Baptist Parish, La.

8:15: Departs New Orleans

10:45: Arrives at the White House



Des Moines, September 1 (Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America)






The University of Colorado, September 2 (Denver Post)


The Buff restaurant, Boulder, September 2 (Denver Post)








Morning everyone 😉

240 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    September 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Good Morning Chips and welcome back. ((((hugs))))

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    September 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Watching The Daily Rundown. He is such a tool. But Stefanie Cutter is going to be on shortly.

    • 5 Linda
      September 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

      I cannot even stand his voice……so I cannot watch.

      I left it on after the Matthews report on the President and heard UpChuck say

      ” Are you better off than four years ago ? The answer changed in just 24 hours ” ( paraphrasing ) before I clicked it off.

      • 6 Lorraine
        September 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

        It’s O’Malley’s fault that this is even a question. He’s been reading to much of his own press. He should sit down and shut up.

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Morning Roberta!

  4. 9 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Good Monday Morning, Chips Chica, and all TODobots! Are we all sitting around together on this 2012 LABOUR Day? Pamela, I’m saving a spot for you right beside me, so don’t say you planned to work today!

    • 10 Pamela
      September 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Here I am, VC, thinking I was first again…. Love the seating arrangements, and Uh, yes, m’dear, cup of tea, clean the birdbaths, breakfast and I’m away! Great thing about workng on a holiday, NO TRAFFIC! 😆 {{{{{VC}}}}}

  5. 11 Roberta in MN
    September 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Womderful pictures Chips. He is so awesome. Thanks thanks thank.

  6. 12 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    OOOOO, PICTURES! Thanks, Ms Chips! Some of us don’t like to read (well …political stuff) 😉 so we just lurve the pictures! You should save that PBO senior citizen ‘cuddle’ to contrast with MItt and the coffee lady ONE DAY NEXT WEEK when we need a chuckle. 😉 THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!

  7. September 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Good morning TOD family. It’s so good to see a new thread to start my day. Chips welcome back to the battle to save our country.

  8. 14 ChristiMTL
    September 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Morning everyone,

    Good to have you back Chips!

    This is going to be a very exciting week…..

    Here’s a short video of the President’s visit at The Buff


  9. September 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Good morning, Chipsssss!! Good morning, TODville!!

    Happy Labor Day to all hard workers who love America!!

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      September 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Welcome back, Chips! Good morning meta and TODville!

      Happy Labor Day, also, to all retired hard workers who still love America and still love unions! I.Know.Plenty.Of.Them.

      And has everyone noticed in these group photos, that President Obama can fit into any American family portrait? He’s one of WE THE PEOPLE aka US aka THE VOTERS WHO WILL GET HIM RE-ELECTED!

  10. September 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, and congratulations Roberta for #1!! 🙂 🙂

  11. 28 Elle in MI
    September 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Good morning TOD! Welcome back Chips! Just watched (most of) the Chris Matthews special on our beloved president, not bad, not bad at all. Actually, it was pretty good. I am so distrustful of the media, hence I tend to be a little skeptical. Have a great Labor Day TOD!

  12. 33 Eveingeorgia
    September 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Welcome back, Chips! I was so glad to read about your rebound, though you deserve a break whenever you feel like it.

    Anyway, thanks for the beautiful pictures. I hope to read some of your selected articles today. You always steer my reading.

    Have a great day with both of your families.

  13. 34 ChristiMTL
    September 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I just read this on Mediaite…..unbelievable!

    Do Journalists Now Represent The Left On Meet The Press Panel?

    Today’s panel offering was particularly interesting: former Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich, former Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, NBC analyst Tom Brokaw, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

    The roundtable discussion was not only interesting for its subject matter, but because it begs the question: was the show effectively putting up two journalists (Friedman and Brokaw) as representatives of the left?

    Tom Brokaw represents the left??? ….what a joke.


    • 35 Linda
      September 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Brokaw is what I call a phoney ” Limousine Liberal….”.. He thinks he represents ” Boomers ” His documentary by the same name was a laughable flop.

      • 36 ChristiMTL
        September 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

        Phoney is right Linda…..he represents the 1%, that’s all he represents

      • September 3, 2012 at 8:43 am

        He’s a good newsman when he wants to be. But unfortunately it’s been awhile. Now he’s falling into that elder statesman he said/she said mode and convinced himself of the whole Boomer myth he’s seems to have constructed.

  14. 42 Linda
    September 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Clint Eastwood Berates Chairs: A Retrospective (VIDEO)


    This is funny…..and it seems that our President bought ad time before and after AOL videos on Huff Puff….

  15. 44 ChristiMTL
    September 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    So from what I can see, this week will be completely different than last week.

    Last week in corporate media it was all about making Robme and Lying Ryan look good.

    This week will be the opposite…how can we make the President look bad in every way.

  16. 45 99ts
    September 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Hello Chips – what fabulous pictures – how I laugh to see Mitt & his offsider, lyin’ Ryan – trying to copy every last thing the President does – they just fail – miserably and totally.

  17. September 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    FLOTUS’ itinerary for the DNC. If any TODers are going to the convention, locate a greeter and get the room numbers for where these caucus meetings are being held and GO to as many as you can. You’ll be able to see FLOTUS up close and her message will invigorate you!!

    10:35 PM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the Democratic National Convention
    Location: Time Warner Cable Arena

    10:50 AM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the African American Caucus Meeting
    Location: Charlotte Convention Center

    11:20 AM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at the Hispanic Caucus Meeting
    Location: Charlotte Convention Center

    12:40 PM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Remarks at the Human Rights Campaign/Victory Fund Luncheon Honoring LGBT Elected Officials
    Location: Marriott City Center

    Evening: First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Democratic National Convention Evening Program
    Location: Time Warner Cable Arena

    Morning: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Participate in USO Service Project
    Location: Charlotte Convention Center
    Details: The First Lady and Dr. Biden will help pack care packages containing comfort items like shampoo, razors and wash cloths for service members returning from overseas deployments who often don’t have access to these types of items on their first nights back in the United States. The service project, organized in cooperation with the USO of North Carolina, is part of the 2012 Democratic National Convention’s commitment to service and active participation in the local community. In March 2012, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the “2,012 Hours for DNCC 2012” program, a commitment by the DNCC staff to perform at least 2,012 hours of service before the start of the convention.

    11:35 AM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Speak at the Women’s Caucus Meeting
    Location: Charlotte Convention Center

    Evening: First Lady Michelle Obama Attends DNCC Evening Program
    Location: Bank of America Stadium


  18. 53 taiping1
    September 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Happy Labor Day everyone. And cheers to our wonderful Chips! Anyone know why Cousin Henry is at Charlotte2012?

  19. 64 xtine
    September 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Am I 25th&1st? 🙂

  20. September 3, 2012 at 8:46 am
  21. September 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I know there are many “West Wing” devotees here, so I wanted to post that the “Complete West Wing” series is today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day on Amazon. $299.98 on sale for $88.99 (70% off)!

    Here’s the link:


    • September 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Wow, that is very tempting. Thanks, maryl1.

    • 72 57andFemale
      September 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

      I own the whole series, and I suggest anyone who can afford it should own it, too.

      My only problem with it: once I start watching it I cannot stop and have to watch the whole thing. Singularly the best television series ever.

    • 74 Elle in MI
      September 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks for the heads up Mary, just went and got mine, what a deal! Didn’t see the show when it aired, I look forward to viewing it on DVD.

  22. 75 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning all. If you wish to watch all the DNC coverage from gavel to gavel, watch it here:


  23. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    September 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Morning Chips!

    Because you Chips are so much appreciated by so many of us, you have always been in our hearts whether you are actively updating this site or trying to live your daily life.

    We know that what you do here is a work of deep love and respect for a kind, smart, hard working, very accomplished but astonishingly under-appreciated human being we are all lucky to call POTUS.

    it takes a special level of personal patience and deep creativity to keep so many thousands of diverse people happy and following your perception of these complicated life events.

    Yes we are ready to keep on pushing with you holding our hands and all of Our Eyes on the Prize

  24. 82 ChristiMTL
    September 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions
    Speech gets lowest ratings of any Gallup has measured since 1996

  25. 83 Linda
    September 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    In their latest book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalism team of Barlett and Steele argue that Washington and Wall Street have dismantled the foundations of America’s middle class through a series of actions over several decades. Chief among those destructive actions, they say,was deregulation of various industries and outsourcing of manufacturing jobs. They discussed the plight of the middle class with Juan Williams. ( Williams does an excellent job….he needs to get off of Fox )

    I saw this last night and it is excellent…( I did not know that Deregulation began under Jimmy Carter )


    • 84 57andFemale
      September 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Yes, deregulation started under Carter and ballooned under Reagan and also under Clinton. And of course the Bushes.

      I truly wonder how kind history will be to Clinton’s presidency. He could have been the more ‘business-friendly’ President that the public needed from a Democrat (historical context), but he didn’t act much like a Democrat in many ways. The reason the RW media is the behemoth it is is because of Bill Clinton’s telecom bill that deregulated ownership. He was at a juncture where he could have reinstated the anti-trust laws that Reagan ignored, but he didn’t. For all the whining from the emoprogs, by the time PBO became President it was all but impossible to change the direction of that — not with all the battles he had on his plate.

      Privatization of many government functions went on steroids under Clinton, and Al Gore was the one charged with overseeing that. God, I wish I could remember the excellent journalism I read about this during the Bush presidency. It was a writer that Al Franken had on his radio show. There is no way I can remember this guy’s name but I’ll try to find it. This writer made the case that turning over government functions to a profit sector was the beginning of dismantlement of the government that we need: companies don’t look for civil servants who serve the people, but attract an entirely different type of employee; and the tentacles of that have led to complete undermining of the function of government.

      So, yes, Carter started some of it, Reagan put it on steroids (as did the Bushes, of course). But it was Bill Clinton who could have struck a sensible balance and he chose not to.

  26. September 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I am so glad to be back… Dottie

  27. 89 pinkbunny92
    September 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Morning all!!! Looking forward to seeing great coverage of the DNC2012 here! I’ll be on the road all week, but hope everyone has a FANTASTIC time here!:-D

    • 90 vcprezofan2
      September 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

      PB ‘on the road all week’? Oh dear, little niece has another pink bunny to look forward to – does she have one dressed in an Obama snuggie yet? Just kidding, have a productive and safe week, and try not to miss any of the DNC celebrations. 😉

  28. 91 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I’m bringing this excerpt from a comment posted yesterday by anotherslyfox. It’s very important for this week’s events.

    // “Ok, so the 2012 Republican National Committee has ended. The Republican nominees for President and Vice President have been chosen. Now, in the words of Ann Romney, “It’s our turn” This week, the Democrats have their turn to rebuke and debunk the cesspool of lies and distortions that the Republicans have put out in the U.S.

    This time, our focus should not be on the Democratic speeches. We know that they will be fact based, cogent, eloquent and opulent. We know that former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama will be the great speakers which will make the Republicans look like the cavalcade of the best of Ringling Bros, Barnum, and Bailey. Our focus should be on the U.S. Press Corps, because some tricky crap is coming. …

    …This week, Barack Obama will lay out a real case of what has happened, what needs to happen, and what would happen if Romney were elected. The media, however, will try and turn their cameras from the festive gallantry inside, and try to find chaos outside.

    The Republicans, along with the Professional Left and the Press itself, will try to highlight disappointment to the highest this week. They know the Republican convention was an outright failure, barely pushing up the approvals of the Republicans, so they will highlight the deficiencies of the Democrats tenfold. Whereas the Ron Paul supporters at the convention and their treatment were basically suppressed by our media, expect the Ratfucking contingent of the Professional left, and their golden child, Occupy to be amplified.

    Expect that any and every word of the convention speakers along with the President and Vice President’s words to be analyzed and parsed for any readings of misstatement or if any word is different from what Mitt Romney actually or the Republicans “actually” said. Even if they actually did say it, expect the media to start the, “Well, this is what he actually meant.” Phase of it all. They always do.

    I’m telling you, they will do all they can to make this narrative stick and find anything to tag as an equivalent to the GOP Convention mishaps and plain bad judgment calls. They will try and downgrade every single barnburner Democratic speech the way they are trying to upgrade every single Republican drizzle speech. It’s going to be tough and sickening, but I have the greatest hope that we will not only stick it out, but we will KILL their narrative. ” //


    I agree with anotherslyfox because it is extremely important that we keep this in mind when listening to the punditry this week more so than at any other time. We MUST NOT allow their vapid, disingenuous, and biased “analysis” to deflate us. Our Twitter brigade will be ready to counter any BS spin, and we will help Chips, and the other genuine pro-PBO bloggers out there to mount the most effective pushback that the MSM has ever had to deal with.

    Now, ONWARD and FORWARD!! Let’s go get President Obama and VP Biden re-elected!!! #PRESSON

  29. 92 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    It’s so hard to ignore that the MSM is predisposed towards negative framing…even to the point of predicting it. Not that I intend to let them taint our week of festivities in my mind/eyes.

    • 93 hopefruit2
      September 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Vcprez – just about EVERY report on President Obama and the DNC convention will be framed from a negative angle. I just posted a relevant excerpt above from another TODer’s comment yesterday.

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        September 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Thanks for drawing that to my attention, Hf, as I had missed it previously! However, 😆 I’m happy to see that I had unconsciously fallen into my role. 😉
        Very well said, AnotherSlyFox, and very clear! WE. CAN. DO. THIS. TOD media team! Let’s push back with force, facts, and with CLASS, DIRECTED SEVERELY AND DIRECTLY at the media where deserved.

        I’m almost tempted to suggest that TODobots put a hiatus on Dem criticisms for the entire week (even if we feel it’s merited – they lie; we can delay criticism) and just concentrate on calling out negative or lying pundits, AND ON PRAISING DEM EFFORTS! My suggestion is that whatever we ADDRESS DIRECTLY TO DEMOCRATS this week BE PRAISE elements. CAN WE? Only for the week? Think of it as another type of donation – not monetary sure, but maybe almost as effective this week.

        Okay, there! I suggested it. …..Just saying……strongly…:grin: :grin; Some TODobots can be so pushy! 😉

        • 95 hopefruit2
          September 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

          “I’m almost tempted to suggest that TODobots put a hiatus on Dem criticisms for the entire week”

          This is an EXCELLENT idea vc!!! We do not want to give the MSM any fodder. They troll liberal/pro-PBO sites for narratives, and we don’t want to enable them in this nonsense.

          • 96 vcprezofan2
            September 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

            Ta, Hf. 😀 Not just on site here though, but also those of us who phone / TWITTER / facebook / E-MAIL / whatever.

            Let’s LET THE MSM DO THEIR dirty NEGATIVE WORK ALL BY THEMSELVES while WE TRY TO BALANCE THE SCALE to the best of our abilities. It would be nice if when we push back we try not to repeat their evil memes but instead reword them to fit the truth. Although we may not be as powerful as the MSM, we have the ability to make some impact. Remember how quickly the RNC empty chair business took legs?

            Let’s do it, TODobots!
            /Okay, WHERE are my pompoms?/
            /shake right/ LET’S DO IT!
            /shake left/ LET’S DO IT!
            /wiggle the waist around/ LET’S LET THE MEDIA HEAR IT!
            /right/ YEAH!
            /left/ YEAH!
            /right/ YEAH!
            /jump(or do the splits) while spreading both arms/ GOOOO, TODobots!

            Pamela?…pant, huff! Pamela, you there? huff, gasp, pant – Can you give me a hand, please? Don’t…know…what…I was…thinking…

    • 98 99ts
      September 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Great reply vcprez – just look at the photos above – so many positive people – only reason folks won’t vote is because the GOP is doing all in its power to make it difficult and/or impossible.

    • 99 cluny
      September 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

      bravo Vick – the one that gets me mad, is so stupid and now seems to be robotically repeated by every dumb journalist is the ‘are you better off than you were 4 years ago’. DUH! If you count the fact that the financial industry is no longer in melt down mode, jobs are being added as opposed to losing close to 800,000 per month, 401k/s have bounced back, the markets are way up, the auto industry is going gangbusters, Al qaida is nearly kaput – with OBL gone, Iraq is done, troops are starting to come home from Afghanistan and manufacturing, new energy source production is up then OBVIOUSLY things are better. I HATE the way they speak about what happened as a ‘typical’ recession. I’m no economist but even I know that it takes at least 10 years to come right back from a financial crisis. So, sorry for the rant but YES let’s all push back when we hear these dumb, lazy questions. I’d like to hear the assholes ask Republicans (principally lyin’ Ryan) just once about the responsibility he and his buddies bear in Congress for obstructing JOBS bills while the country is in crisis and how many points that contributed to the UE rate.

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        September 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

        A twitter member suggests that the media needs to ask why the GOP hasn’t voted on the American Jobs Act, and I agree that’s a more relevant question that goes beautifully with ‘are you better off?’

      • 101 sjterrid
        September 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        It’s a question that is designed to get a negative response. It doesn’t matter how it was answered either way they would have attacked the answer. Didn’t the whole media take the President’s remarks about the private sector out of context, and use it to say how many people were still suffering.

        I agree Vicky, let’s not attack dems this week. We should focus on the message that we are moving together forward as a country.

    • September 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

      That’s such complete BS! They are basing their entire narrative on some article showing that if non-voters vote en masse for Pres.Obama he can win in a landslide. He can win w/o those folks, he has before. These aren’t disaffected people who voted in 2008 but won’t vote for him now. Totally different and they should stop selling it as such.

      • 103 57andFemale
        September 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

        The point is, the RW votes and our side does not vote in sufficient numbers to make this the no-brainer it should be. ALL of the RW votes — people who lean in our direction stay home at a higher percentage. It’s disgusting and I don’t have a problem having that discussion.

        Now, when that morphs into all of those non-voters being ‘disappointed’ PBO voters, that’s b.s. They don’t vote no matter what. And never have their way of life been more at risk than this election.

        Because this time the RW means it. they will do everything they say they will do, if given the chance.

  30. 104 cluny
    September 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Good morning Chips and welcome back! I was depressed to think that you wouldn’t be leading the convention festivities from the get go so it’s wonderful to see you back in fighting top form. Totally off topic, I understand that it’s traditional to chant ‘4 more years’ but I miss the ol’
    O-BA-MA chant. Love the story about about the spontaneous ‘ready to go chant’ breaking out at the baggage claim. Krugman has a brilliant column today on the lies of RR. I can’t link to it B/C I don’t have a NYT account but a very good read and hight recommend it.

  31. 111 1jam4pbo
    September 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Happy Labor Day Everyone.Welcome back Miss Chips, good to see you.

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  34. September 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Gooooood Mooooooorrrrnnnnniingg OOOOOO’s!!!!!! Hey, hey, what do you say? Another great getting up morning today!! In honor of Janes Taylor performing at the Dem convention in North Carolina. Here’s my tribute to both of them.

  35. 130 GGail
    September 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Goooooood West Coast Morning Chipsticks and TOD family!

    WHOO HOOOO, I have the day off from Laboring – YEA!

    Chipsticks, I have been with you from the beginning and I know in your heart of hearts that you can’t walk away from us, so take strength from us and keep on keeping on. We’ve come to far to turn back or stop now.

    I’m hosting a Watch Party this Thursday and I’m so excited at the amount of people who have RSVP’d in just 2 days! OMG!!!!!


  36. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    September 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Happy Labor Day to all workers everywhere!

    Thank you members of Unions and Labor Movement for making it possible to celebrate the working person and yes to enable my otherwise sore body to take a day off to try and rejuvinate

  37. 132 ChristiMTL
    September 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    he Romney campaign indicated in a press release that the Republicans would “bracket” the convention with a new emphasis on the question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

  38. 134 collegekay
    September 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Romney got NO convention bump. Remember when they were predicting 10 points? Hilarious.

  39. 139 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Morning and Happy Labor Day!! Workers of ALL stripes make this country run!


    Joe is going to KICK HIS ASS! 🙂

  40. 140 Claire
    September 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Looking even better today:

    Nate Silver has President Obama’s electoral vote at 307.8 up 9.8 since Aug. 26. Romney is at 230.2 down 9.8 since Aug. 26.

    President Obama’s chance of winning is 74.5% up 5.1% since Aug. 26. Romney’s chance of winning is 25.5% down 5.1% since Aug. 26.

    • 141 0388jojothecat
      September 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I am gonna keep working and talking to get close to 90% 🙂 I want this to be a blow out, so one one can say the election was stolen or blame it on another organization.

  41. 142 JER
    September 3, 2012 at 9:47 am


    President Obama is spending Sunday night at the Toledo Hilton.

    The hotel’s owner Grace Kellogg was at Toledo Express Sunday night to welcome Obama as he stepped off Air Force One.

    She says having the President stay at her hotel is surreal.

    “So excited… I’m sixty-two years old. I never dreamed in my life when I came to this country that I can see the president stay in my hotel. It’s a dream of my life.”

  42. 147 a4alice
    September 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    hey good morining everyone! Hope everyone is getting today off! I am – we are having a cook out at our house today and then on the 6th we’re hosting a watch party – should be fun!

    have a great day everybody 🙂

  43. 148 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Remember when Andrea Mitchell and even Lawrence O’Donnell were trying to tell us that Romney’s acceptance speech was “excellent?” Well, voters no longer need pundiots to tell them what to think. They’re quite capable of using their own judgment, thank you very much.

    According to right-leaning Gallup, Voters rated Romney’s speech among the lowest since Bob dole in ’96.

    • 149 utaustinliberal
      September 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Hahahahaahahaha……the pundits need to know that voters know BS when they hear it; no matter how much the pundits try to polish it up and make it shine.

    • 150 susanne
      September 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      we’re not the only ones looking at these pundits, thinking, those guys are idiots.

  44. 151 sherijr
    September 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I know we’re all very savvy here about the media and the BS they pull to cover for repubs & to sabotage POTUS & anything dem… so with that in mind here is the beginning of the bs headlines on our convention : (Yahoo) “Democrats In North Carolina Cobble Convention Crowd Together Bit By Bit”

    I read the first couple of lines… which consists of how Dems are supposedly busing folks in from SC black churches.. and college students from around NC. THIS is the crap we need to be prepared for.

    Oh & Good Monday Morning TOD… and thank YOU Unions 🙂

  45. 154 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 9:55 am


    I know:)

    In the Fall of 2008, Bush was running around—“ahhh, ahhhh, America’s going bankrupt.“ Ben Bernake was sweating like he just ran a marathon, McCain yelling “incoming, incoming, git off my lawn” – OBL making videos while Americans were dodging bullets in Iraq.

    America was the laughing stock of the world with shoes being thrown at the president. Stock market crashing, banks failing while Paul Ryan was borrowing the money from China that he’s railing about now.

    And then, in steps the hated Kenya, Communist, Socialist, Muslim and look at what he’s done in four years…people:

    1. Saved the banks
    2. Brought the stock market from 6,500K to 13,000K
    3. Saved GM
    4. Repealed DADT
    5. Ordered a Mini Dream Act
    6. Created 4.3 million jobs
    7. 27- straight months of private-sector job growth
    8. Passed Healthcare
    9. Ended the war in Iraq
    10. Drawing down from Afghanistan
    11. Doubled the Number of Border Security Agents
    12. Appointed First Hispanic Justice
    13. Restored America’s Standing in the world
    14. Dealt effectively with the BP Oil Spill
    15. Dealt effectively with the Pirate Crisis
    16. Dealt effectively with H1N1
    17. Kept America Safe
    18. Passed Financial Reform
    19. Passed a Credit-Card Bill of Rights
    20. Passed Equal Pay for Women
    21. Nearly Wiped out Al Qaeda
    22. Killed OBL
    23. Added Eight-yeas of solvency to Medicare
    24. Quit smoking
    25. And got a dog

    All of this was done with a republican opposition to every single thing he tried to do.
    So yes, not only are we better off now, we’ll be even better four years from now with Obama’s leadership!!!

  46. 164 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 9:58 am



    While the source is not clear, someone developed a simple way to identify incompetent news reporters. If you hear a reporter ask people in President Obama’s administration, ideally in a belligerent tone, “are the American people better off than they were four years ago?,”the reporter is trying to tell you that they are not qualified to do their job.

    The reason we know that the questioners are incompetent reporters is that this is a pointless question. Suppose your house is on fire and the firefighters race to the scene. They set up their hoses and start spraying water on the blaze as quickly as possible. After the fire is put out, the courageous news reporter on the scene asks the chief firefighter, “is the house in better shape than when you got here?”

  47. 166 utaustinliberal
    September 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Jeff Bridges is rocking out at DNC 2012!

  48. September 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    • 168 Obama Grandmama
      September 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I was thinking we should develop a theme and list of what the GOP has done to sabotage the economy so we could not say we were better off. It could be detailed including which bills they blocked and how many times blocked like the American Jobs Act. It could show their stalling and blocking efforts that ended in the downgraded financial ratings and Simpson Bowles report they then tried to blame on Obama. The many empty appointments and judges appointments needing approval that were anonymously blocked. The historic statistically high number of filabusters in the Senate and on and on. It could be simplified yet inclusive of all obstructive efforts to try to be sure the economy was not better off. It could be listed like the one showing why we are better off.

  49. September 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Stephanie Cutter‏@stefcutter

    To the over 3 million Americans who own a part of this campaign: Thank you. http://OFA.BO/zRWPEU


  50. 170 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    This is what REAL journalism looks like!


    We are nearing the culmination of a cunning and fanatical drive to dismantle the political institutions, the legal and statutory canons, and the intellectual and cultural frameworks that were slowly and painstakingly built over decades to protect everyday citizens from the excesses of private power. The “city on the hill” has become a fortress of privilege, guarded by a hired political class and safely separated from the economic pressures that are upending the household stability, family dynamics, social mobility, and civic life of everyday Americans.

    Socrates said to understand a thing, you must first name it. As in Athens then, so in America now: The name for what’s happening to our political system is corruption — a deep, systemic corruption.

    How did we get here?

    Let’s begin with the judicial legerdemain of nine black-robed magicians on the Supreme Court back in the l880s breathing life into an artificial creation called “the corporation.” An entity with no body, soul, sense, or mortality was endowed with all the rights of a living, breathing “person” under the Constitution. Closer to our own time, the Supreme Court of 1976 in Buckley vs. Valeo gutted a fair elections law passed by a Congress that could no longer ignore the stench of Watergate. The Court ruled that wealthy individuals could spend unlimited amounts of their own fortunes to get themselves elected to office, and that anyone could pour dollars by the hundreds of thousands into the war chests of political action committees to pay for “issue ads,” clearly favoring one side in a political race, so long as a specific candidate or party was not named.

    Money, the justices declared in another burst of invention, was simply a form of speech.

    There’s More…..

  51. 174 forus50
    September 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Hmmm how did this sneak by? Florida changed from light pink to light blue on Nate’s graph? 🙂 I swear it was light pink just a day or two ago. http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

    • 175 desertflower
      September 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

      PBO up one in FL

      • 176 hopefruit2
        September 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

        PBO is up by 4 pts as per the PPP poll. The realclear politics average which is right-leaning and owned by Steve Forbes has him up by one pt. It’s also useful to remember that PBO decisively won FL in 2008 by a 3-pt margin, and at this time in 2008, John McCain was LEADING in FL.

    • 177 utaustinliberal
      September 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Something’s stirring in the air! 😉

    • 178 isonprize
      September 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

      And Pennsylvania in SOLID BLUE!! Woooo Hooooo! Even with all of the voter ID shenanigans. I’m still skeptical though. STILL WORKING HARD to get people registered with the right ID.

      • 179 forus50
        September 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

        Ok I just posted a comment on his blog (still in moderation) asking Nate that if he shows Florida in light blue the electoral votes for POTUS is 332 not 307. ?! And Romney would then be down to 206. So we will see – all other light blue are in Obama’s column so I don’t know why he didn’t add Florida.

        Here’s how you can do your own counter on this elecoral vote interactive map. Just click on a state and it will change from blue to red or vice versa and update the tally. http://www.270towin.com/

  52. 180 utaustinliberal
    September 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

  53. September 3, 2012 at 10:14 am
  54. 182 utaustinliberal
    September 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    This stupid meme by the msm and GOP as to whether we’re better off. It’s simple: Yes We Are.

  55. 183 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

  56. 185 sherijr
    September 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

    OFA store is having a 30% off summer sale… the code is: summersale heres the link: https://store.barackobama.com/summertime.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_content=img+srchttpassetsbostaticcomimagesemail20120902merchcjpg+alt25+off+purchases+of+10+or+more+border0+height450+width580&utm_campaign=em12_20120903_ofa_mb&source=em12_20120903_ofa_mb

    I bought two shirts last month, one is the shirt with the US map with “there are no red states, there are no blues states…” It is a beautiful colorful shirt 🙂

    • 186 Linda
      September 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I don’t see the shirt you mentioned . 😦

      • 187 sherijr
        September 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

        You’re right, I looked & can’t find it either… it was one that won the design contest they held,. maybe it was a limited run?? I’m sorry, because its a lovely shirt…. I wore it all over my right wing town a couple of days ago 🙂

  57. September 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Just want to report on the way the OWS protest was reported on the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia — The protestors want more bank reform and more attention to the environment. No anti-Obama message at all. If that’s all they’ve got, it’s no big deal.

  58. 190 cookemom
    September 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    On CSPANs Washington Journal’s call–in show, they talked about how the local newspapers are covering the OWS in Charlotte as more of a parade than a protest. I think the national news outlets are going for the tabloid reporting style on this. My question is did OWS protest the RNC convention, or did Isaac send them packing? I didn’t hear any newscasts about them.

    My political take today is that while I do try to stay neutral on the MSM coverage of political stuffs, I do have one observation. It seems they are highlighting the Repubs ‘Are You Better Off’ meme. They are asking that question of Dem guests, advancing the Repub narrative, instead of asking about what the Dem narrative will be this week. I do object to the pundits who are trying to put their Dem guests on the defensive based on the Repub attempts to discredit the Dem agenda. This week they should be asking those Dem guests about the Dem plans to go FORWARD.

    I still will not let them get me bent out of shape though. They are doing the job as it’s been defined by the corporate news industry. I’m able to separate that from the reality of what we need to do, regardless of the punditry. We gotta GOTV. Our votes trumps any money they spend and anything they have to say.

    • 191 jacquelineoboomer
      September 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      cookemom – I heard a bit of coverage of OWS yesterday on CNN. Yes, they were at the RNC convention with a lot more people than headed to Charlotte. Their numbers dropped from “thousands” in Tampa to “hundreds” at the Dem convention – one of the OWS New York organizers said they lost a lot of the group between the cities because people couldn’t afford to travel to NC. The signs I saw were not anti-Obama but anti-Bank of America and Wall Street, and the group marched outside of B of A in Charlotte – also heard there were only a couple of arrests yesterday among the OWSers. Hope that’s all we hear about them this week.

  59. September 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

    When we respond to the negative press, we have to try to do so without repeating the negative statement.

    • September 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

      • 194 Linda
        September 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

        media trying to cause trouble.

        blah !

      • 195 desertflower
        September 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

        There’s an easy fix for that…NC needs to vote for PBO, he needs to win handily with majorities in BOTH Houses, and we can seriously address the issues of unions and workers in America. If they have an issue with “Right to work” states (and they should)…then they should work on electing the man that thinks workers deserve to be at the bargaining table…..not the guy that wants to ship their jobs overseas so HE can make more money. I really don’t want to hear this BS…they know what they need to do…

        • September 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

          Sorry, I meant to post it with my reply and that didn’t show up. Most union people understand their choices and are for him. Living in what is now a state wit 100% Republican government, and belonging to a public employee union, the choice is clear.

      • September 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

        For some reason this didn’t show my reply which was: “Union people are behind President Obama 100%!

      • 198 0388jojothecat
        September 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Funny how the media also kept quite about the GOP Delegate fight and dirty trick played in Tampa…….the media is in the tank for the GOP. They didn’t even want to report the bad behavior of GOP Delegates against the AA camerawomen.

  60. 199 andogriff
    September 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Good morning everyone, and thanks for these wonderful photos and videos, Ms Chips!

  61. 200 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 10:44 am


    Compare college loans…and see what you can afford…..of course there is Romney’s solution included…have your parents pay….

  62. September 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hellooooooooooooooo everyone, just checking: did anyone have trouble logging in today? Overseasgranny let me know she can’t get to the log-in page, it’s just not showing up, so she’s unable to comment. You know me: clueless. Did anyone else have similar problems before logging in?

  63. 219 desertflower
    September 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I wanted to post this here again…this is a MUST READ/PASS… Excellent article


  64. 220 pugeretto
    September 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Dear Chips, thanks you for really outdoing yourself with these beautiful pictures today. You are the best!

  65. September 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I hadn’t seen this picture of PBO before and I love it!

  66. 223 vcprezofan2
    September 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

  67. September 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The Warrioress is back. Life may resume. Welcome back, Chips.

  68. 227 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

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  70. 232 hopefruit2
    September 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

    The President is getting ready to speak in Toledo – Crowd is FIRED UP & Ready to GO!!!


  71. 235 JER
    September 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

  72. 236 Dudette
    September 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Labor Day Everyone!!

  73. 237 FoxfireTX
    September 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    VP Joe currently is speaking live in Detroit and he is fired up! http://www.wxyz.com/subindex/news/news_livestream2

  74. 239 Geeja
    September 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Dear MS Chips. I had to let you know how happy I am to see you posting today. The thought of losing you even for just a few days was very unsettling. Thank you does not begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me and I am sure there are a lot of others who feel the same way.

  75. September 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’m playing catch up on the posts. I’m so excited you are back. We were all sending positive energy and prayers towards you. My schedule is super busy between work, school, and preparing for a state exam. I will not be able to volunteer like 2008 but I will do my part; and also donate as much as I can. I’m fired up and ready to go. The whole world is counting on us. Obama/Biden 2012!!!

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