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This and That

President Obama departs the White House en route to Charlotte, September 5

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All times ET:

2:45: President Obama arrives in Charlotte (live streaming – thanks JER)

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

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NY Mag

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John Heilemann: The opening session of the Democratic National Convention was designed to be, in effect, coalition night, with a lineup of speakers reflecting the assemblage of voting blocs that constitute Barack Obama’s base. Representing Hispanics, there would be San Antonio mayor and keynoter Julian Castro and congressman Xavier Becerra; representing African-Americans, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Newark mayor Cory Booker, and Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx; and representing women, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius, congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, and Lilly Ledbetter. And then there would be Michelle Obama….

As it unfolded, coalition night was successful as such and in many other respects. But what it will be — and should be — remembered for was the First Lady’s speech, which I can say without risk of exaggeration was one of the most extraordinary convention turns I have witnessed in more than two decades in this racket.

Full post here

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Michelle Obama speaks at the Human Rights Campaign luncheon in Charlotte, September 5

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TPM

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Duncan Wolfe for Obama for America

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Mary Seymore wears a tiny hat that reads “No Friggin’ Big Hats!” during day one of the Democratic National Convention

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175 Responses to “This and That”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    September 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I’m back 🙂

  2. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Hi

  3. 4 Melanie
    September 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hope this is an indication of good news for Friday’s job report.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/157268/job-creation-gets-slight-boost-state-local-gov.aspx

  4. 10 Roberta in MN
    September 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I want one of each of those buttons 🙂 I have such a headache, time to lay down a bit. Just an update on my daughter in law, she is being ,oved to a major hopsital because the clot thinner is not working. My sons car is ready and he is headed back home. Thank you all for your prayers. I know it helped. LOVE YOU GUYS Much.

    • 11 edp4bho
      September 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Just delivered my prayer for recovery of your daughter-in-law. Keep the faith.

    • 13 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      September 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Roberta, I’ve not been around much the last few days — mostly reading front page and posting comment here and there; so I missed news about your family. Adding you and yours to my prayer list. May the Peace of the Lord be with you.

    • 14 57andfemale
      September 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Healing energy sent to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. September 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Is it just my imagination, or are more journos actually doing their jobs?

    • 16 Roberta in MN
      September 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Of course they are, they question the Dems more to trip them up so they have something to talk about and demean our President.

      • September 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Oh, there are those type of journos. They have it in for Obama and Dems and always will. But — maybe it’s just my imagination — I think I’ve been seeing reporters doing actual reporting, not just doing “Dems say this, Repubs say that”. Even Knoller has been avoiding snark.

        • 18 cookemom
          September 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

          I agree LL, there seems to be a subtle, but recognizable shift in reporting lately. I think it’s because it’s next to impossible to ignore the lies without looking foolish. Also, Mitt isn’t treating them all that well.

    • 20 nospin
      September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      they are trying. I noticed it too LL. Where there is a serious effort, I try to say thanks so they know that we appreciate and really want truth and transparency and not made for tv drama.

  6. September 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Where are the girls?

  7. 23 utaustinliberal
    September 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    C-SPAN One is showing Pres. Obama’s arrival to DNC 2012. Sooo excited!

  8. September 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  9. September 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  10. 34 Tally
    September 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  11. 35 Linda
    September 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I just saw Axelrod on the tarmack

  12. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    September 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    PBO is holding someones baby. He is so good with kids.

  13. September 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    This was an interesting comparison of Michelle’s speech with Ann’s: “A Smart Politics review of prepared remarks delivered by the spouses of presidential nominees at national political conventions finds that Michelle Obama’s 2012 speech to the DNC was written at seven grade levels above Ann Romney’s as measured by the Flesch-Kincaid readability test.” Just, wow.

    Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/05/1128023/-Michelle-Obama-gives-the-best-convention-speech-ever-Seriously

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Not surprising at all. It was a barnburner. The author and speaker she did not shy one iota from third rail points of policy. In fact, if you only watched for an hour last night, you got lots of policy info as opposed to cheerleading platitudes. Wish more women with Michelle Obama’s core strengths would run for office.

    • 39 susanne
      September 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      well, miss ann was addressing a crowd of idiots and clowns, so of course she had to speak in short, simple sentences, and avoid big words or big ideas.

  14. September 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    5 Sep 1774 – 1st Continental Congress convened in Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia ….

  15. September 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  16. September 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Alright, work is done and now I got 7 Whole Days of no work ahead.

  17. 45 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    CHANGE OF VENUE

    By Ed Kilgore

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    So when Republicans offer their unsubstantiated claims that the weather is an excuse for cancelling a venue organizers might not have filled, keep in mind what would have happened had Democrats brought 75,000 people (or less, if the weather kept some people home or stuck in traffic) into a violent storm without shelter.

    If Denver ‘08 was the model for the planned event, disappointed would-be attendees will miss not only the chance for a soaking or worse, but some serious calluses. My hotel was within spitting distance of Invesco Field, but the security scheme required an endless walk to and from the stadium, with queues routed all over downtown Denver, or so it seemed.

    For the locals, the Obama campaign is currently planning enough North Carolina rallies down the home stretch to accommodate anyone turned away tomorrow night several times over.

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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_09/change_of_venue039670.php

  18. 46 Tally
    September 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    actually, the paid for TRENDING ONE is #FailingAgenda fail-ING not Fail-ED.

  19. 47 cookemom
    September 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Are they sure it’s gonna rain? It sure looks OK to me, I say go for it! Then again, I’m 800-1000 miles away inside my home watching the tv. Easy for me to say.

  20. 50 prettyfoot58
    September 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    who became the President’s assistant after Reggie Love…

  21. 55 57andfemale
    September 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m hit or miss here today and don’t know if this got mentioned: Because I have a job and don’t have the hardship that Ann Romney had, having to sell some stock so she could stay home with the kids.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/169757/exclusive-paul-ryan-quietly-requested-obamacare-cash

    • 56 susanne
      September 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      lyin’ ryan has become a joke and an embarrassment to the rethugs, and yet they still like him better than their chief candidate, myth robmey.

      oh, and 57, if you can’t sell some stock, maybe you should shop around for what you need, and then ask your parents for a loan, even. while waving the flag, of course. and mentioning god.

      honestly, i can’t wait for election day, to be sure we have our great president for four more years, but also because i’m sick to death of the rethugs filling the news! they’re despicable, and ugly, and just make me furious!

      • 57 57andfemale
        September 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

        Well, my dad died when I was 19 and my mom when I was 21. Social Security survivor benefits kept a roof over my mom’s head and helped keep a roof over my head so I could finish college. Oh, wait……….

  22. September 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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  24. September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  25. September 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    So, is it definitive that the speech will be held in doors tomorrow? I wish they’d at least hold out another 24 hours before making the decisions. The optics, even if the sincerity is honest (and I think it is), is going to hit Obama … how hard? I doubt hard. But it won’t be a flawless evening like in Denver four years ago, I’m afraid.

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I know how you feel, but like I mentioned above, they probably had to make the call today in order to prepare adequately for the switch. When all is said and done, I think it will be fine.

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Sorry to disagree, but it would be totally reckless, logistically & ethically, to delay until tomorrow. 65,000+ people requiring security checks will take hours to process. If, at anytime during that interval or at the event, should a thunderstorm happen, the ‘optics’ could be legitimately horrible if people were injured, or the event had to be canceled and people scurrying to get to the other venue – with all the attendant risks of vehicular accidents, etc. Substantial Presidential leadership is being displayed by this decision.

    • 74 EricFive
      September 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I think you are worrying about nothing. Of course Mitt and his MSM cohorts will pick on ANYTHING to nit pick and berate PBO. After the unmitigated success of the first night, do you think any rational person would believe PBO is worried about filling a stadium? This falls neatly into the “enthusiasm gap” narrative the MSM has been pushing especially hard this week. After PBO delivers a magfinicent speech tomorrow, I think we all will reflect on how silly this non-issue is. Don’t let them steal your joy.

      • 75 carolyn
        September 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Coming from another direction…..if the President and committee didn’t change the venue, and all hail and thunder broke loose, the Robney campaign would have tweeted about how the President’s ego and desire to have a bigger crowd than he (Robney) had led to endangerent of thousands of people…..as if they cared. This was a prudent decision. Someone earlier said that the campaign is planning events down the road for the disappointed people with tickets. The President won’t let all those people go disappointed! Those visits will give him more chances to turn NCar blue.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Heard on news that Secret Service would not green light outdoors event given the weather. Rerigging all the electrical equipment alone is a decision best made early so it can be done safely and correctly, and then properly tested. Everyone’s safety first even if it is a short term bummer.

  26. 78 Tally
    September 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    ZOMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here you go TODers – Allow me to be Jeannie:

    *blink*

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      WHOA, I think the site is crashing.

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Interesting ….

      “The group will release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012.”

      A follow up letter was also posted that states:

      “All major news media outlets are going to be sent an encrypted copy of the most recent tax years that your company had on file since you did not have them all in a convenient electronic form. The years before 2010 will be of great interest to many. If the parties interested do not want the encrypted key released to the public to unlock these documents on September 28 of this year then payment will be necessary.

      The deal is quite simple. Convert $1,000,000 USD to Bitcoins (Google if if you need a lesson on what Bitcoin is) using the various markets available out in the world for buying. Transfer the Bitcoins gathered to the Bitcoin address listed below. It does not matter if small amounts or one large amount is transferred, as long as the final value of the Bitcoins is equal to $1,000,000 USD at the time when it is finished. The keys to unlock the data will be purged and what ever is inside the documents will remain a secret forever.

      Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything.”

    • September 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I hope not. This stinks. If they get it through hacking, illegal means, it will turn Romney into the victim and everything released on those tax returns will become useless because the way it was released would be extremely toxic. Then you’d have to have Obama out there promising his campaign didn’t have anything to do with this … which I’m sure they would never do because, again, this stinks, and it just won’t look good.

    • 90 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      September 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Smacks of a “false flag” operation!

  27. September 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Robney does MTP Sunday.
    I don’t know what took him so long, Gregory is obviously pro Robney.
    That Sandra Fluke interview was Biased, But Miss Fluke handled herself well.
    It’s online at MTP…

  28. September 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      BWWAHAHAHAHAA!! Burnt to a crisp!!

    • 96 Ladyhawke
      September 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I love it when the OFA team responds like that. This reminds me of the time they told John McCain they didn’t need any advice from him about who the VP should be. This happened when John McCain was showing fake outrage at the “chains” comment made by Joe.

      FORD FIELD…that should shut Romney real quick.

    • 98 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      September 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Was probably in the Fox tv booth…

    • 100 Claire
      September 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      I only saw a picture of Barbara Mikulski… a great Senator from my state. She is the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress. She has worked tirelessly for Democrats, worker’s rights, and women.

      • 101 xtine
        September 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        If you hover over the right, middle side of the pictures, you’ll get an arrow. It’s a couple or so after Barbara’s.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I heard the former governor of GA (Seigleman…..one who was prosecuted, etc.) being interviewed by Thom Hartman. The governor is set to return to prison next week unless PO pardons or intervenes. Anyway, he said that Karl Rove walked up to his daughter yesterday and threatened her……some nasty comment about her and her dad.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Because even he wanted to go someplace where people were actually having a good time.

  29. 105 desertflower
    September 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/169757/exclusive-paul-ryan-quietly-requested-obamacare-cash

    Exclusive: Paul Ryan Quietly Requested Obamacare Cash
    Lee Fang on September 5, 2012 – 1:35 PM ET
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is barnstorming the country, promising to repeal every provision of the Affordable Care Act if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected. But a letter he wrote to the Obama administration may undermine this message.

    On December 10, 2010, Ryan penned a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a grant application for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan’s district. “The proposed new facility, the Belle City Neighborhood Health Center, will serve both the preventative and comprehensive primary health care needs of thousands of new patients of all ages who are currently without health care,” Ryan wrote.

    Original letter from Ryan at this link…..

    • 106 Ladyhawke
      September 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      The bloom has fallen off the ‘Lyin Ryan’ rose. This is like death by a thousand video clips and letters. Lyin Ryan has been discredited and shown to be a hypocrite time and time again. He is becoming a laughingstock. At this point, no one should believe anything he says about anything. And clearly that even includes his marathon time.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      What a hypocrite Lyan has turned out to be. First he attacks the stimulus and we find out that he demanded stimulus $$$ for his district, now we are finding out that while he trashed Obamacare, he sent a letter demanding Obamacare $$$.

      Dying for November to come so that we never have to see Lyan and Romneybot 2.0 again. No way Lyan is a strong Repub candidate for 2016.

  30. 108 prettyfoot58
    September 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    i took a few days off to just veg at the convention by way of cspan…TOD ….Twitter…and TV…and i have trully enjoyed the live blogging etal…the opening of the convention was so electric…i laughed…cried…stood up and cheered…..

    took a look at that new MSNBC program, The Cycle that comes on at 3pm….

    seems to be a mish mash…perhaps it will take time for all the personalities to gel…

    one more thing…why does the media want to create a rivalry between Clinton and and PBO…and when they talk about this rivalry itis clear that they find the President lacking….

    Is Clinton really all that special…and if he is what makes him so….

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Bill Clinton is not my cup of tea. I will leave it at that.

    • 113 pkayden
      September 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I love Clinton and thoroughly enjoyed the Clinton years. But I also LOVE President Obama and am enjoying his presidency. The rivalry between them is OVER. I am looking forward to President Clinton’s speech tonight. I really am enjoying this convention. Everyone is so on point. Even Harry Reid did an excellent job jabbing at the Repubs in his speech.

      Good times!

      • 114 prettyfoot58
        September 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        re: Harry Reid….

        I have never seen him so animated…from his explosive comments about Romney not paying any income taxes for 10 yrs to his speech last night…he is …umm…bombastic…

        i kinda like the new Harry Reid…hehehehe

  31. 115 Tally
    September 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  32. 120 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    MITT ROMNEY IS “MR FIX IT” WITH THE “SECRET SAUCE”

    Ann Romney Orders Women to Wake Up and Vote for Mitt

    By: Sarah Jones

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    Ladies, Ann Romney has some news for you! You thought you were looking for hope and change (also known as equal pay and rights over your body), but it turns out you should be looking for Mr. Fix It, ‘cuz nothing says independence like marrying well -er, voting for Mitt Romney who supports the Personhood Amendment.

    Speaking from the Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio today, Ann assured us that we’ve “come a long way, baby” (nothing says progress like invoking the 1968 ad campaign for Virginia Slims) and that we work harder than the guys do (how cute!). Mrs. Romney said, “I love the women of America. We’ve come a long way baby, we really have.”

    Also, Ann is still mad that someone suggested that she doesn’t work, when she works super duper hard. Yes, it’s true that she told the Boston Globe that she didn’t work, but that was years ago when Mitt was running for Senate. Back then, referring to being a mom as “not working” was cool apparently, and also a status thing.

    —————————————-

    http://www.politicususa.com/ann-romney-orders-women-wake-vote-mitt.html

  33. 121 Claire
    September 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hope Elizabeth Warren does well tonight, we need her get that senate seat for Democrats.

    • September 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      I guess Heircamp and mccaskil are winners for us, Liz Warren got swiftboated by Brown by saying She is not a Cherokee Indian.
      She is five points back, She needs better than that, that is what Brown won by, last time.

    • 126 susanne
      September 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      i felt the teddy segment last night was a boost for her–highlighting the importance of that tradition and that seat.

  34. 129 Linda
    September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Can someone tweet this to LOD…he said he can’t find it …..It it the letter from Lyin Ryan to GM dated June 3, 2008

    It took me two seconds on google.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/paul-ryan-sent-gm-ceo-letter-in-2008-to-not-close

  35. 132 xtine
    September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I’m so Fired Up for tonight!

    “About Last Night: Wow”
    “There was just a quantum leap of energy from the tamped-down Tampa Republicans last week, real joy in the hall as opposed to the barely concealed anger that has tainted the Republican Party these past few years.”

    Joe Klein: http://swampland.time.com/2012/09/05/about-last-night-wow/#ixzz25d0BX2rF

  36. 134 squarepeg
    September 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Help! Need stats on the number of reservations for seats taken at the B0 A stadium – pushing against a RW troll who’s saying Obama couldn’t fill seats.

  37. 139 Dudette
    September 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Wiping the tears away, everyone!!! It’s on!! Still waiting for an email or something about our credentials being canceled, but oh well.

    Sis and I have decided to drive to Charlotte anyway. We may not be able to get into the Convention Center, but we’re hoping there will be satellite stuff going on that we can hook into. If nothing else, we can make our own watch/pity party with folks in our hotel. We both need the getaway. Plus I got the name of a couple of restaurants to get some good NC barbecue in the area (a ritual whenever I roll through NC — flashback from college days). My mouth is watering already.

    So, it’s all good. We got our rain ponchos ready and we’re moving FORWARD!!

  38. 152 taiping1
    September 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/michelle-obama-2012-convention-speech. Very moving review of Michelle’s speech from Tom Junid at Esquire. Good read!

    • 153 xtine
      September 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      One of the comments over there:

      Megan Williams, University of Washington:
      It occurs to me reading your piece the real difference in the parties. To the GOP American Exceptionalism means restoring cranky white men to their ‘rightful’ place. To the Democrats it means letting all citizens of this country rise according to their ability and providing the structure to do it.

    • 154 carla4obama
      September 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      From the article…Ann’s job was to “humanize” Romney..Michelle’s to “Americanize” The President.

      ….”But she wound up doing something very different, and something far more rare, and something that not only answered the people who insist that she is not like them but also had to shame them: She was simply human, and so as American as any of us could hope or dare to be.”

  39. 155 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Tens Of Thousands Of Feminists Call On CNN To Fire Sexist Contributor

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/09/05/801441/erickson-sexist/

    • 156 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hmmm … I’ll try to write in “code.” Clicked on the link and spotted the photo of Erickson. Looks as though he hasn’t much experience seeing or hearing one, himself. I’ve got a monologue he could listen to, when he’s the last man left on the planet.

      Ha!

    • 157 anniebella
      September 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      TeaNN don’t have the guts to do the right thing.

    • 158 carla4obama
      September 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      “His offense? He referred to the Democrats’ packed list of female speakers at their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina as “the Vagina Monologues”:

  40. 159 Tally
    September 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  41. 160 FiredUpInCA
    September 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Charlotte, NC, United States (4E) – This week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina will feature people close to the heart of Mitt Romney’s business experience message: Bain Capital employees.

    Seen as a strategic move by the Democrats to raise questions about Romney’s business practices while at helm of the major private equity firm, several employees of companies under Bain’s control when Romney was the company’s chief executive will have their turn at the podium during the convention.[…]

    Among those that will possibly make a speech is Steve Pagliuca, who is a managing partner at Bain Capital and described by many as the firm’s unofficial head.

    http://gantdaily.com/2012/09/05/bain-capital-employees-to-appear-in-democratic-convention/

  42. 165 carolyn
    September 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I suppose others have written about this, but I just want to say I REALLY like the stage set. I directed plays for years and know how important a good stage set is to mood, effectiveness and also good performance. The Republican set, I read, was supposed to convey the warmth of Romney’s den…..it was the coldest, most sterile set I’ve seen; all sharp angles and squares, totally static.
    This one, in contrast is simple. First, the floor, a beautiful blue with a circle of stars is simply elegant. Then, the background changes with pictures for each speaker…..bespeaking that person’s life. It is beautiful, beautifully done, and enhances the speakers, does not detract from them. People look good against the backdrop, not washed out or gray. The deep color of the floor works wonders.
    For one thing, in almost every survey, blue is the American public’s #1 favorite color, and that unconsciously works on people. The floor is a color between a beautiful daytime sky and a deep nighttime sky. I am so impressed. Whoever…..all of them….who designed this, deserve kudos over the top.

    • 166 edp4bho
      September 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks for the synopsis, carolyn. It reminds me so much of English comp class wherein you learn the structure of the written language- mood, concept, characters- how they all blend to make a compelling story. Art is everywhere- more folks should enjoy the depth of it all.

    • 167 57andfemale
      September 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’m a director, too and yes — this set is fantastic.

    • 168 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Excellent comment. I agree with you, beautiful stagecraft. That’s what you get when you have a Party that is more creative, more artistic and more inspired. The GOP hates the arts, and it shows in everything they do.

  43. September 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Why is PPP and Ed Rendell pushing Hillary 2016?
    Really?

  44. 172 kathryn kivett
    September 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Gabby Douglas did walk through for leading Pledge to Allegiance tonight.

  45. 173 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Waaaaaaaaaaa — received call this afternoon that my community credential was cancelled; they asked if I’m already in Charlotte — I’m not, scheduled to fly in to Raleigh tomorrow morning. I asked that they still consider me for the lottery or my state’s allotment, however, I’m realistic — I’m still at home and there are folks from out of town already there. Just in case I get the call, I’m still going to decorate our gym tonight for the community watch party tomorrow!

    Chips — thanks for the picture of the program and lapel pins. I annotated it and sent it on to several delegates, hoping they’ll fulfill my request.

    • September 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Those have to be really hard phone calls to make – and to receive. But, everyone who has been disappointed seems to be taking it with a great attitude! Enjoy watching the President tomorrow – warm and dry!


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