Rise and Shine

Tuesday night at the 2012 Convention (Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)





E.J. Dionne: The most devastating attack on Mitt Romney at Tuesday’s Democratic Convention came from Michelle Obama, who did not mention Romney’s name and said not a single cross thing about him.

She devastated him by implication. If Romney was the son of privilege, she and her husband were anything but. What she said directly is that Barack Obama understands people who are struggling. What she didn’t have to say is Mitt Romney doesn’t.

…. A speech that was thoroughly apolitical on the surface carried multiple political messages, linking a very traditional message about parenting with a call for social justice.

And it was almost entirely done though personal stories.

….. she also said that for husband, “success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” Did any other presidential candidate come to mind as perhaps having a contrasting approach? Michelle Obama was much too polite to say. She didn’t have to.

Full post here


Steve Benen: …. There were several other worthwhile speeches delivered last night – unlike in Tampa, Democrats aren’t afraid to talk about their nominee – but it was the First Lady who stole the show.

“If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire … if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores … if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote … if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time … if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream … and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love … then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

Top that, Mr. President.

Full post here



Michael Tomasky: ….. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro …. towered over that pulpy blowhard Chris Christie, and he did what a modern keynoter is supposed to do — he sounded the themes, he attached the themes to the candidate, and he lit hard into the other guys. And he wasn’t alone – the theme of the night was that the Democrats are ready to fight and are, contrary to conventional wisdom, pretty pumped up.

…. I’ll leave Michelle Obama’s fantastic and deft and nuanced speech to others. It was one for the ages…

The surprise of the night? Deval Patrick. Where did that come from? Maybe he does that all the time and those of us outside Massachusetts don’t know it, but that was just an amazing delivery…..

In sum, a much stronger first night than the Republicans’. Better orchestrated. Better speeches. And far more excitement in the hall for the candidate. What was that about the “enthusiasm gap” the Democrats are suffering from, which has been conventional wisdom for months, or actually a couple of years? As of last night, the enthusiasm gap is quickly morphing into something that Mitt Romney needs to worry about.

Full post here



Charles Pierce: …. What the president did in allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to become citizens was Marco Rubio’s idea, but only Julian Castro got to brag about it at a convention. Only Castro got to make the incontrovertible point that, “In the end, the American Dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in one generation. But each generation passes on to the next generation the fruits of their labors…. My mother fought for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

Marco Rubio could say that, but his party won’t let him, because to admit that someone had to “fight for civil rights” is dissonant with the party’s message that the simple incantation of “America” is enough to make all the bad things in our history disappear….

…. Rubio’s party wouldn’t let him say that because the party’s mythology insists these days that the roads and the bridges, and the public schools and universities, essentially built themselves …. The difference is that Julian Castro’s party admits the existence of a political commonwealth, that there are some things we own in common, if only a “property in our rights,” as Mr. Madison put it.

Full post here


Tuesday night at the 2012 Convention (Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)


Steve Benen: …. Several months ago, Obama for America released a video featuring Stacy Lihn of Arizona, who explained that the health care reform law is saving her young daughter’s life. It was a powerful clip, featuring a young family facing not only a gut-wrenching fear about their daughter’s health, but also the fear that some politicians would destroy the law and take away their family’s hope.

Last night, the Lihn’s addressed the Democratic National Convention …. to put it mildly, [it was] powerful stuff …..I watched most of last night’s speeches, and just about every speaker I saw touted the benefits and importance of the Affordable Care Act. “For us Democrats, Obamacare is a badge of honor,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said…..

Democrats own this law; it’s to their benefit to offer a spirited defense, explaining why it will make a life-saving difference in the lives of millions of American families, polls be damned.

Full post here




‘The Best Signs, Buttons and Swag at the Democratic National Convention’ – see more at ABC (Thank you Susan)




1:15: President Obama departs the White House

2:45: Arrives in Charlotte, N.C.


5:0 – 6:0: Antonio Villaraigosa * Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie * Presentation of Colors * Pledge of Allegiance * National Anthem: Branford Marsalis * Luis V. Gutierrez * Diana DeGette * John A. Pérez * Thomas M. Menino * Judy Chu * Steve Westly * An Economy Built to Last Video: Small Business * John Larson * Ken Myers

6:0 – 7:0: Richard Trumka * Steve Israel * Patty Murray * Pedro R. Pierluisi * An Economy Build to Last Video: Energy * Tom Steyer * Charles Schumer * Karen Bass * Al Green (Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas) Emanuel Cleaver, II * Dannel Malloy

7:0 – 8:0: Denise Juneau * Nancy Pelosi * Tom Vilsack * Barbara Mikulski * Arne Duncan * Progress for People Video: Education * Johanny Adames * Jim Hunt * Remarks and Video Presentation in Memoriam presented by Harvey B. Gantt * Live Performance: Jessica Sanchez

8:0 – 9:0: Stronger Together Video: Women’s Health * Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce * Cecile Richards * Steny Hoyer * Barney Frank * American Heroes Video: Veterans * Ed Meagher * General Eric Shinseki * Michael Nutter * John Hickenlooper * Sister Simone Campbell * Jack Markell

9:0 – 10:0: Karen Mills * Progress for People Video: Small Business * Bill Butcher * Kamala D. Harris * Stronger Together Video: Immigration * Benita Veliz * Cristina Saralegui * Sandra Fluke * Austin Ligon * An Economy Build to Last Video: Auto-Industry * Karen Eusanio * Bob King * Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster (Former Employees at companies controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital) * Chris Van Hollen

10:0 – 11:0: Jim Sinegal * Elizabeth Warren * Antonio Villaraigosa * Bill Clinton * Benediction: Rabbi David Wolpe

Detailed schedule here


Morning everyone 😉

188 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    GM Chips and thank you for all you did last night. What a night.

    • September 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Morning Roberta, thank YOU for the company – what a night! Morning everyone 😉

      • September 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

        There she is!! I’m still stunned by that magnificent speech and her lovely presence!!

      • 4 Roberta in MN
        September 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Thank you Cuips. She was magnificent last night. I haven’t stayed up that late for ages. 🙂 This morning the spin is mind numbing. Everyone have a great day. I will be in and out today. BBL

  2. 5 Elle in MI
    September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    MorningTID! Wasn’t last night fantabulous?

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    September 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Gooooood Morning, TODobots! How’s that DNC for you? What a First Night! What a morning after!
    Chips Chica, you did an absolutely AWESOME job of putting things up …too fast for some of us, but awesome! THANKS …A … MILLION!

    TODobots, how about we swarm the twitterverse today with some (unpaid) DNC thanks? #Thanx #DNC #ThanxAMERICAN-(add name) or any other ‘thanks’ hashtag. We have a WHOLE LOT we can give thanks for!

  4. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    September 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Oh before I leave, I want to thank you all for the donations last night. Chips Chica, I owe you big-time. You know why 😉

    The Fundraising Challenge of 100 donations in 100 days is alive and well. I’ll have to increase my goal again!

  5. 15 pinkbunny92
    September 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Bringing my comment over from last thread:

    Good morning TOD Community!!! I accidentally fell asleep last night, after being up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a flight that day. So I was so mad that I missed the First Lady’s speech, but I woke up around 2 in the morning and caught the reruns, and OH MY GOD! I couldn’t stop crying. I desperately wished at that moment to be able to watch it with a group like folks on TOD, just so we could have a group hug!!!

    I LOVED the life video they showed of Michelle Obama and it just made me think how much she’s done and what an Amazing & CLASSY lady to do all this, despite the racist hatred thrown her way by Conservative Right Wing GARBAGE!

    She rises above and she shows how it’s done with grace & brilliance! I love our First Lady. I think that law about 2 terms should be abolished briefly. Because She is today’s Eleanor Roosevelt. We need both the President and First Lady to fix all the problems for our kids future.

    Given that I’m wishing for the moon…I’d like to temporarily abolish the GOP Party, as clearly they are a waste of taxpayer money! That should help shrink the deficit!!!


    CHIPS – Thanks for the awesome DNC2012 Coverage!!!

  6. 18 xtine
    September 5, 2012 at 8:29 am

    GM Chips, TODers! 6th&1st? 🙂

    Lovely Day!

  7. September 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

    All the speeches were so wonderful. Michelle – simply amazing. Do love how she took Robme to the toolshed without a single mention of his name.

    been reflecting on Deval’s definition of what it means to be a Dem. It should be studied by every dem in the country. Too often Dems act like we have to apologize.

    “The question is: What do we believe? We believe in an economy that grows opportunity out to the middle class and the marginalized, not just up to the well connected. We believe that freedom means keeping government out of our most private affairs, including out of a woman’s decision whether to keep an unwanted pregnancy and everybody’s decision about whom to marry. We believe that we owe the next generation a better country than we found and that every American has a stake in that. We believe that in times like these we should turn to each other, not on each other. We believe that government has a role to play, not in solving every problem in everybody’s life but in helping people help themselves to the American dream. That’s what Democrats believe.”


    enJOY the day TOD family and MANY thanks to Chips for last night – holy cow!

  8. September 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD everyone! Congratulations to Roberta in first place.

    Thanks Chips for the most amazing night at TOD yesterday and another fantastic mishmash this morning 🙂

    I believe that John Kerry, Jim Clyburn and Eva Longoria are also supposed to speak this evening (as per CSPAN). Excellent lineup of speakers as was yesterday! I’m IN!

  9. September 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Morning all
    Thanks again chips and the TOD community you are fab especially yesterday’s coverage. I felt I was amongs all those happy faces in the audience.

    What a difference to the hate fist in Tampa

    We have to start thinking of a really nice gift for chips once president Obama finish his second term!

  10. 32 Pamela
    September 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good Morning everyone! {{{{{{Chips}}}}}} {{{{{{TOD}}}}}}

  11. 33 donna dem 4 obama
    September 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I cannot wait until the new season of The Newsroom starts back up. Can you imagine what it will be like for the character Will McAvoy to cover the two contrasting Conventions?

  12. 34 Roberta in MN
    September 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Do any of you think that Bucerra is going to take Isreal’s place tonight, seeing as how his Father just passed away? Any heads up on that?

  13. 37 a4alice
    September 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

    ok really . must work. sigh….. (happy dance!)

  14. 38 57andFemale
    September 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

    there will be great lines but so far today, this is my favorite: “REAL class vs. the rich”

    All the money in the world can’t buy the values Michelle Obama learned in that tiny house on the South side of Chicago. Reince Prebus, you’re not fit to be in the same room as the Obamas.

    Julian Castro, Tammy Duckworth, ‘Zoe’,…. this is America.

    And the whiny left better stop whining: this was an opening to a convention filled with full-hearted, full-throated Democratic red meat as I’ve seen since 1968. get off your whiny asses and reelect this President and give him a Congress that will bring America back to its values.

  15. September 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Well yes we are better off. What an amazing start to the DNC!!!! Can hardly wait for tonight and tomorrow night!!!!!!! Morning Chips, TOD

    September 5, 2012 at 9:03 am


  17. 49 1jam4pbo
    September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Good morning TOD family and Good morning Miss Chips. Thank you for the excellet coverage of the DNC Convention yesterday and last night.

    I went to bed almost 3:00am this morning and was awake by 6:30 am and back at the computer to re-live the fantastic speech by First Lady Michelle Obama and all the other excellent speakers. I am starting out early this morning so that I can sit and enjoy tonight’s treats. See you all later.

  18. September 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Ok, I am in Charlotte, their are no protesters, Obama signs all over the place, Obama bumper stickers all over the place, no sign of the GOP what so ever.
    On my way to the arena, stopping for Breakfast at a Ma and Pa Thingy, got to go.

  19. 62 Vicki
    September 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This is a magical time to be a Democrat and an Obama devotee. I thought our convention would be good, but nothing could have prepared me for the carefully crafted inspirational celebration of our passions and strengths.

    The theme—this campaign is for the greater good of all of us—-that we all do better when we consider and include all of us—-restated expicitly by many but implicitly by every speaker. USA thrives when we take care of our own.

    No wonder E Ericksen is questioning whether we even need conventions. GOP botched theirs so now conventions are irrelevant. Yeah, right.

    There is no answer to goodness, kindness, generosity. They Can Not Stop Us.

    • 63 0388jojothecat
      September 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Yeah,,,,,they we’ren’t saying that when Palin was on the scene because that evil women breathed life into the dead bodies of the GOP. Now that all they can produce is a old aging souless Icon that yells at an empty chair, it’s “who needs conventions”.

        September 5, 2012 at 10:29 am


  20. September 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Steve Benen: …. There were several other worthwhile speeches delivered last night – unlike in Tampa, Democrats aren’t afraid to talk about their nominee – but it was the First Lady who stole the show.

    “If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire … if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores … if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote … if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time … if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream … and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love … then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

    Top that, Mr. President.


    • 66 Pamela
      September 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

      “Top that, Mr. President.” with this statement I am reminded that PBO himself has always said Michelle is a hard act to follow, he wasn’t kidding; and now we have our finest of fine President speaking tomorrow, giving me a deep seated and joy filled feeling he WILL top it, and the entire world will be blown away! Michelle wouldn’t have it any other way! How blessed are we with this beautiful, perfectly matched pair of the finest expression of human nature ever to walk this Earth! I am out all day, will not have iPad as I am too busy, but will be here tonight for the next chapter! Au revoir, tout les monde!

  21. 67 Claire
    September 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I am not a tweeter but if someone is could they please tell Chris Cillizza of the Wash. Post that he is a DICK. Yes, that’s how I feel. He actually rated the first half of the FLOTUS as a convention loser.

    Democratic National Convention day one: Winners and losers

  22. 77 japa21
    September 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Well, I have to admit, I had so much on my plate last night that I wasn’t able to watch most of the speeches. Thank you Chips for posting them so I was able to catch up later. The GOP is really going after Strickland but he is a big boy and can take it. After all their talking about how PBO needs to learn how to be an American, how Romney himself has pushed that meme, a little “right back at’cha” (to paraphrase the great Palin) is more than approrpiate.
    The first speech I watched on replay was that of my future representative, Tammy Duckworth. It was interesting. She is not the greatest speaker. She does not have the tempo and smoothness of most of the others. And you know what, that is what made her speech actually more effective. She didn’t come across as the usual BS con artist politican, but as a real person. I will be proud to vote for her in Novembr.
    Now, to be honest, there was a moment when I made sure everything I needed to do was done. Yes, I watched Michelle’s speech live. Wild horses couldn’t have dragged me away from the television.
    What is amazing is that, yes, she is a beautiful woman (gorgeous actually) but listening to her, you weren’t distracted by her beauty because her words meant so much. And yes, she slammed Romney all over the place without mentioning his name once.
    I would love to know what the ratings were for her last night. I can guarantee that if the enxt two nights are like the first, PBO will get a bounce out of this convention that will be insurmountable.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      September 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

      ‘..there was a moment when I made sure everything I needed to do was done. Yes, I watched Michelle’s speech live..’

      Japa, I love an honest man, and one who does what needs to be done! 😉 😉 😆 😆

      ‘she slammed Romney all over the place’ She sure did! Makes me think all that tennis playing paid off in lots of dividends. 😆 I remember grinning while wincing at those slices at him as I listened, because they were so cleanly administered and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this kind of fight. Harsh words tend to jar me so much that I end up feeling some sympathy for the object even when they ought to be put in their place. What can I say, I love that words can so subtly be used to good effect. Not for me the violent knock down drag out fist fight! I’m for the clean ‘kill’.

      Glad you got to do what needed to be done, Japa.

  23. 79 57andFemale
    September 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    My husband just made an observation: he noticed that Chuck Todd called Republican governors, ‘Governor’ but when he was interviewing ted Strickland, he kept referring to him as ‘former governor’.

    He watched some of CNN last night and thought he was watching Fox. I’ve been telling him to not give any ratings to CNN — he finally got the message.

  24. 80 utaustinliberal
    September 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech was all the more devastating towards Romney for its subtleness. She never once mentioned him by name yet she basically did the equivalent of mopping the floor with him and then dropping the mic. She was grace personified. She spoke to a nation about who her husband is; not a monster as the teabaggers and racists try to portray him. Not some foreigner who usurped the presidency as Mitt Romney and the GOP try to portray him. No; but a father, a husband, a human being, a leader, a fundamentally decent person who wakes up everyday trying to right the injustices of the world. She was perfection personified.

  25. September 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    What a beautiful night! I am still on that high!

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      September 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Me too, CTGirl. Me too. I support the Democratic Party and whatever they did last night I was prepared to be in their corner. THEY BLEW ME AWAY, one after the other!!! Everything seemed so well executed. I liked the way they moved things along. I liked the way all the speakers were sincere without seeming to be sharing talking points. I liked the way the Dem women came out together and the fact that a handful of them got a chance to address different issues while the others stood behind in support. I liked… I liked….. THEY BLEW ME AWAY, plain and simple. 😆

  26. September 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Omg! I just spoke to a Self described protester.
    I kept telling Her that the President is on Her side and she should be protesting the GOP.
    She said, then why does he use Drones?
    I said, oh I dont know, maybe it has something to do with Al Qaeda?
    She then said something extraordinary. But heir is NO Al Qaeda. I said, what?
    That is what Cenk and the young Turks told Her.
    Then I laughed and walked away. I should have taped this with my phone and sent it in to CNN. LOL.
    Also, not quite at the Arena yet, big ass City!

    • 86 desertflower
      September 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Wow! No AQ??? Then PBO did the job! Wonder if she would have preferred boots on the ground all over the world? I swear…I hate stupid. No critical thinking skills males me nuts.

      • 87 vcprezofan2
        September 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

        I know you do. 😆 I remember that episode with your son’s friend’s girlfriend. Not funny really, but Sometimes if you don’t laugh (inside, as you roll your eyes) you might feel like doing them an injury.

    • September 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

      I give you mucho credito for even trying. And it only proves that they are as uninformed as the teabaggers.

  27. 89 desertflower
    September 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Effing moron…http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/paul-ryan-obama-purged-mentions-of-god-in

    Wonder if we should send him the tape of Nancy Keenan from NARAL…..

    • 90 Claire
      September 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

      This from the boy who got his beliefs and values from a Russian atheist. Yeah, let’s talk about God.

      • 91 desertflower
        September 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

        🙂 Yeah. let’s! He’s such a liar. I’m thinking that must have been a prerequisite of Romney’s for his VP pick.

        • 92 vcprezofan2
          September 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

          GOP leadership is so shallow, it harks back to ‘ the stupid’ you mentioned earlier, Df. I bet you they were looking for a false equivalency to offset the point made that the Willard/RNC didn’t mention the troops. I bet also that they believe this ‘no God mention’ is meant to ‘fire up’ their ‘religious’ base. 🙄 It will, for their low IQ religious nuts, but anything Dem. would rile that group.

  28. 95 squarepeg
    September 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

  29. September 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family…….I can’t imagine that Chips were not here to bring us together and discuss last night. It was AWESOME! Everyone was just amazing. I happened to see two seconds of morning jerk and he had to say the first night of the DNC was better then all of the RNC hands down……then I turned the channel because his puppet Mika was about to speak.

  30. 99 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 9:50 am



    I figured out the @HowardKurtz formula. Democrats have a positive BUT COULD IT REALLY BE NEGATIVE? The GOP has a problem BUT IS REALLY GOOD?


  31. September 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    In just 7 minutes (at 9AM) they will start handing out tickets to see PBO/FLOTUS et al on Friday – right outside my building. I’m supposed to be working, but I think I will wander out there to see how long the line is. And just maybe I can get a ticket – they are only letting people have one. Wish me luck!

  32. September 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Somewhere in America this morning:

    “Four more years! Four more years!”

    “Honey do you mind?”

    “Sorry Willard.”

    “You haven’t called me that in 30 years.”

  33. September 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Obama supporters all over the place, and they are all happy.
    I heard that OFA is fundraising like mad at this Convention.
    Also, I am almost at Arena, going to have to find safe place to Park, and walk my Dog!

  34. 107 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 9:58 am


    Obama’s astounding success … considering

    By pm carpenter


    There’s “Hell yes,” and then there’s an equally aggressive answer to the “Are you better off?” question, which Barney Frank bestowed on CNN last night, although Erin Burnett didn’t exactly ask the question:

    George Bush came to us on the Democratic side in late ’08 and said, we’re in a crisis, we need your help–and we gave it to him, very openly, very fully. Then Obama comes in to try to deal with the terrible situation he inherited from Bush and the Republican media went into full partisan attack…. The Republicans weren’t prepared to be cooperative no matter what.



  35. 109 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    The Dems’ turn

    By pm carpenter


    Hers was a blockbuster. Real, honest passion delivered with real and manifest emotion. Again I come back to the contrast between tonight’s measured hope and last week’s immeasurable dreariness. If this election is decided on the basis of positiveness, it’ll be a slam dunk for the Obama campaign.


    The overall contrast between the Dems’ gathering and what little I saw of the Republican convention is striking. For a party wishing to unseat a presidential incumbent–which should mean upward and forward, right?–the GOP was surprisingly busy with passing out barbituates; what an ungodly downer, the whole dreary thing. Tonight is upbeat, all the way.



    • 110 0388jojothecat
      September 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

      From the article…..

      Nothing comes to my desk that is perfectly solvable,” Obama tells Lewis. “Otherwise, someone else would have solved it. So you wind up dealing with probabilities. Any given decision you make you’ll wind up with a 30 to 40 percent chance that it isn’t going to work. You have to own that and feel comfortable with the way you made the decision. You can’t be paralyzed by the fact that it might not work out.”

      GWB’s decisions didn’t work 70 to 80 pecent of the time because republicans can’t govern.

  36. 111 squarepeg
    September 5, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Ok here we go folks, it’s official: DNC is moving Obama’s speech inside because they couldn’t fill the stadium or something. GOP is going to milk this news for all its worth, so be warned.

  37. September 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Vanity Fair interview with PBO:

    Life in the White House: “The first night you sleep in the White House, you’re thinking, All right. I’m in the White House. And I’m sleeping here. There’s a time in the middle of the night when you just kind of startle awake. There’s a little bit of a sense of absurdity. There is such an element of randomness in who gets this job. What am I here for? Why am I walking around the Lincoln Bedroom? That doesn’t last long. A week into it you’re on the job.”


  38. September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Due to extreme weather, PBO’s speech has been moved indoors for the safety of everyone.

    • September 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

      I wonder how they’re going to deal with all those tickets. Wow, this will be a challenge.

      • 130 xtine
        September 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

        Beyond challenge! What’s the seat difference between the 2 venues?

        • September 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

          Just trying to look that up……

          • September 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

            I think the Time Warner Arena has around 20,000 seating capacity. Yikes.

            • 135 xtine
              September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

              Oh my! Thanks Meta! That’s a 50K seat difference! Just got this from DNC site:

              “More than 65,000 Americans obtained community credentials to attend the event. They will be invited to still take part in history as the President will host a conference call tomorrow afternoon specifically for credentialholders so he may address them directly. Call-in information will be emailed to community credentialholders. The DNCC also said plans will be made to ensure that those unable to attend the nomination acceptance will be invited to see the President between now and election day.”

              I’d be really dissapointed if I was there & couldn’t attend. But I’d gladly take that other meeting above.

    • 136 Obama Grandmama
      September 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thunderstorm is different than just plain rain for safety’s sake.

  39. 137 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The Democratic Party Finds Its Backbone

    By Bob Cesca


    Last night, the Democratic Party was, for the first time in memory, boldly and fearlessly related its core values — what it stands for, without attempting to trick Americans into thinking its merely the Republican Party With A Heart. Finally, one speaker after another — from Ted Strickland to Deval Patrick to the First Lady — described what it means to be a liberal, and they did it in a way that resonated as the obvious reflection of American middle and working class values.

    Of course none of this would be possible without world-class speeches, one after another, with hardly a dud in the batch.

    The most surprising address was Lilly Ledbetter, the woman behind the fair pay law, who, if you were only listening to the convention, could easily have been mistaken for the legendary former governor of Texas Ann Richards. She also had one of the most memorable lines about how 23 cents, the difference in pay per dollar between men and women, doesn’t mean much to someone with “a Swiss bank account.”



  40. September 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Ok just got out of Car, they have 20 foot Screens on side of Arena, just heard the news that it is moving indoors.
    They already got 65K tickets gone for that Event.
    Anyways…, this place is still very happy, lots if Businesses booming, Charlotte is happy.
    The Arena is amazing, don’t have a pass to get in and the Security is everywhere.
    Their is MSNBainC, can’t get near it, I need a pass for that, also.
    Me thinks, I need a pass to breath.

  41. 142 Bill R.
    September 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    The move indoors may actually be a good thing, in that the personal connection between audience and President is closer and the enthusiasm more palpable.

  42. September 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I slept like a rock last night. You know why? Because I knew I was going to wake up to a better Morning in America today. What a night – the speeches, the excitement, the TRUTH, and Michelle! FLOTUS, FLOTUS, FLOTUS – truly the best First Lady in my lifetime. I was tweeting all night so did not have a chance to come to TOD, but I know all of you kept down the fort. How do you guys manage tweeting and blogging at the same time?

  43. September 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Their is a whole Street blocked off for the media, Sat- Com on top of trucks everywhere.
    Police presence, everywhere, cement blockades and Constantine wire on a few Streets.
    It looks Safe…

  44. September 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Loved this –

    Michael Nutter on FLOTUS convention speech: “The prez could literally walk in Thursday and say, ‘what Michelle said’.”


  45. September 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Wonder if Dudette is out there and if she’s heard anything about how they’re going to deal with the ticket holders.

  46. 159 Linda
    September 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I kept flipping back to MSNBC after each speech and it was hilarious. After every one of them Tweety said it was the best speech of the night he every heard.

    Then the first thing this morning Mika had to read the nasty Maureen Dowd op-ed.

  47. 160 4morefor44
    September 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

    weather underground web site has charlotte at 40% chance of thunderstorms basically the next 3 days. moving indoors is smart, since no matter how much meteorolgists try to push the idea that they can predict weather to the hour, they can’t. if it’s 40% over a stretch of days, that means there’s some unsettled air patterns and there’s no telling what can happen then. can you imagine the night of the big speech and watching some giant storm cell of lightning moving in before president obama begins? much better to be safe than sorry, plus security will be much easier than in that stadium. he’ll unite a nation, and world for that matter, no matter where he speaks. forward!!!!

      September 5, 2012 at 10:42 am


      • 162 4morefor44
        September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

        if they were saying sunny and clear over the next couple of days, then they’d be comfortable holding it outside. smart move by president obama, and as always, they’ll make sure somehow that everyone is taken care of in terms of ticket holders.

    • 163 daisydem
      September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

      we are having the same kind of weather here; 30-40% chance of rain every day …. most days we get nothing but you never know, then a cloudburst comes up in the late afternoon with all most no warning. So hard to plan anything for outdoors.

  48. 164 ChristiMTL
    September 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

    DNC says 19k on WAITING list for stadium speech. No problem filling stadium,….

    • 165 4morefor44
      September 5, 2012 at 10:44 am

      what, is “the news” already trying to push their “enthusiasm gap” made-up story already, right after perhaps the most fired up convention night i’ve ever seen? typical.

      • 166 ChristiMTL
        September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

        I know! I didn’t believe it for a second…..they’re really pushing it hard.

        It’s so annoying….

      • September 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

        All I know is, Charlitte is For Obama, he can really push the Maximum vote in Charlotte.
        This Convention was a wise choice, their are OFA Volunteers fanned out all over the City, registering Voters, even those out of State(for their own State). It’s pretty amazing.

  49. September 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

  50. 174 prettyfoot58
    September 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Wow the President’s speech will be inside…danggggggggg….65, 000 folks were to hear his acceptance speech…what a bummer is that……

  51. September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I sat down on bench, take it all in, and found this online-

    Emanuel made the switch to work with the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA in the last two weeks, and news of it began circulating through Charlotte on Tuesday as the Democratic National Convention was getting underway.

    “There is already a lot of buzz about Rahm’s move among donors at the convention,” said David Rosen, a Democratic consultant and strategist who is in Charlotte and attending private sessions for donors and campaign insiders. “Rahm will turbo charge the fundraising for Priorities USA.”

  52. 176 LDS
    September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Good morning, Chips and TOD:
    Thank you for all the hard work that you did and will continue to do.
    I played Stevie Wonders Songs To The Key Of Life all night. I woke up humming. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green. Getting on the bus tapping my feet to Ain’t No Stopping Us Now…….
    It is cloudy here in NYC, but the sun is shinning inside. So glad to be alive!
    Thank God for sending us the Obama family. He knew just what we needed.

  53. 177 0388jojothecat
    September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I watch Ted Kennedy’s Tribute and I like that he told Robme, “Give him a few more weeks and he’ll be voting for me”. I hope our President uses that line on Robme. PBO then Candidate Obama used it on Hillary sort of……”you’ll be in my cabinet”, and she is.

  54. 178 whatisworking
    September 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Today is a day e can go to CBS and give them a click – this is hat many will read and watch

    First Lady: Obama’s work is personal, not political


    Julian Castro: Romney “has no idea how good he’s had it”


  55. 179 Mae who love our CIC
    September 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Last night was most awesome. Everyone was on one accord. Love and truth were welcomed and it was evident in all of the speeches. One of the most touching moments was when the little girl began to cry as her mother spoke about health care and the big sister began to comfort her. The video of Ted Kennedy, the story of Tammy Duckworth; her team refused to leave her behind when she was injured, the Congress women united on stage in solidarity, Ken Salazar, Deval Patrick, and last but not least First Lady Michelle Obama were heart tuggers.

    This is the best Democratic Convention ever. We are telling the truth. You can’t tell the truth when your character is void of the truth. Where there is love and unity, God is present. God does not want lip service CNN.

    Thanks Chips for an amazing job.

  56. 180 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Still basking in the afterglow. What a phenomenal night!

  57. September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Tens of thousands of ticket-holders for Thursday’s stadium speech will now have to settle for a conference call with the president.

    Campaign officials said Wednesday that they will only be able to admit the roughly 21,000 people who are officially credentialed to the president’s speech at the Time Warner arena, a smaller venue than the Bank of America stadium where the event had been scheduled. They said 65,000 would have attended at the stadium.

    Organizers said in a conference call with reporters that they will encourage those who can no longer attend to go to watch parties in their area and to participate in the call, which President Obama will do Thursday. There are no plans for the president to address them in person.

    The campaign had been giving out “community credentials” for the stadium speech to many area residents – who had to apply, pick them up at field offices and then activate them – who now will be turned away. The move may not play so well for Team Obama, who had been looking to use the speech as a major organizing tool to energize supporters and to sign up new ones in a state that is definitely in the toss-up column for November.

    Campaign officials said they made the decision to move the speech based strictly on severe weather forecasts and not because they had trouble filing the stadium. They said that they had a waiting list of 19,000 people.

    “If anything we were concerned about turning people away,” the official said.

    The Weather Channel is currently predicting isolated thunderstorms Thursday evening with a 30 percent chance of rain.

  58. 182 cluny
    September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Chips – thank you for this superb coverage. It has been moving to watch clips and read all the wonderful comments on TOD. Congratulations to the Democrats!

  59. 185 ChristiMTL
    September 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

    GOP Suggests Democrats Are Hostile To ‘God,’ Ignore Lengthy Passage On Faith In Platform

    The Romney campaign has now jumped on this issue, sending Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan out to bash supposed Democratic hostility to faith:

    ”It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision. I’d guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, these purges of God.”



  60. September 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Inspire,Inspire,Inspire! Last Night We Came Together.We Win! – Thank You Chips,For All Your Hard Work,Great Job.

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