Heads Up: President Obama & VP Biden in New Hampshire (12:20 ET)

Departing Charlotte, September 7

12:20 ET: President Obama and VP Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Field, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden also attend

C-Span * CNN * CBS 1 * CBS 2


President Obama signs autographs for the children of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx while he and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to depart Charlotte


Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden board Air Force Two at North Carolina Air National Guard, Sept 7



6:30 ET: President Obama and VP Biden deliver remarks at a campaign event at the University of Iowa. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden also attend

349 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama & VP Biden in New Hampshire (12:20 ET)”

  1. 1 Allison
    September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Fired Up!

    • 2 proudmemberofglobalzero
      September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Congrats Allison. I understand that the President will be on one of the CSPAN channels too. I will get back with the channel later.

  2. 5 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Did I make it?

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Way to go Allison!

    How are things going, TODville? I am editing a document for a friend (whom I put on hold for 3 days due to the convention), so I can’t exactly keep an eye on you guys. Behave yourselves!

  4. September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • 10 carla4obama
      September 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

      What happened to Joe S.? Has his heart and eyes been transformed? Or does he see the choice as we do and Romney …even if he has an R after his name, is not the face and soul of America.

  5. 12 JER
    September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

    AF1 approaching.

  6. 15 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Dearest Chips, just wanted to say “THANK YOU” so very much for the phenomenal posts and community. Thank you seems such a small phrase for the incredible work you do, but here goes my hope that by globalizing it become a GRAND THANK YOU:

    Asante sana – Swahili
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    Matondi — Lingala
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    Wonder how many languages we all speak here or at least know how to say thank you.

  7. 27 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    WOW – here’s a very nice round up of 10 swing states local papers’ POSITIVE reception of PBO ‘s speech and the DNC convention last night.


  8. 30 pugeretto
    September 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Good morning everyone, & congrats Allison! What a great week this has been for PBO. Never will get over the amount of energy he has to continually not miss a step. 4 More Years!

  9. 31 Dakota
    September 7, 2012 at 11:51 am


    Good Morning TOD Family

    Can I ask for some prayers for my daughter. She is in the emergency room with what appears to be a kidney infection. She’s in Cali and I’m in NM. Thanks. Love you all.

    Obama/Biden 2012

  10. 47 carla4obama
    September 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

    A nice read from a businessman…and a gardner.

    Business Lessons from a Quiet Gardener
    William Rosenzweig is a strong voice in the field of ethical business. Much of his inspiration in the corporate world comes from a seemingly unlikely place — the garden. “A gardener sees the world as a system of interdependent parts – where healthy, sustaining relationships are essential to the vitality of the whole. In business this has translated for me into the importance of developing agreements and partnerships where vision and values, purpose and intent are explicitly articulated, considered and aligned among all stakeholders of an enterprise – customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and the broader community and natural environment.” Read more excerpts from the acceptance speech of this “quiet gardener” for the Oslo Business for Peace Award. http://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=795

  11. September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    And With The ECB signalling massive Bond purchases(why didn’t they do this earlier?), expect the FED to do the same shortly.
    Which means, the Economy will not get worse, between now and November. Also, X-Mas spending and restocking of inventories will push the Jobs numbers higher, they always do in the Fall.
    Robney needs it to get worse.

  12. 49 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • 50 xtine
      September 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Jeebus, Dood! Could this be the reason why the money people are packing & moving elsewhere — go mess w/ House/Senate seats? Wish they would all just go away!

  13. September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    If this is truly their strategy, then this campaign is dumber than a box of rocks (and I’m sorry for the insult to the rocks in this analogy)

    A Month of Mistakes?

    Matthew Dowd commented on Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy going forward for the month of September:

    “September is a month of mistakes. I think what they’re trying to do is force the president to make a few mistakes in September, release a bunch of ads, make him respond to it — and I think that’s what you can expect in September.”

    Um…ok. So the Romney campaign is gonna wait for the “No Drama Obama” campaign to make a series of mistakes and that’s a strategy??? Obama making a series of mistakes…oh like Mittens series of blunders on his European tour? Really? This is a Presidential campaign right, not amateur night at the Apollo, right

    If I was Repub, I’d be pissed. I’m not psychic, but my gut tells me they gonna be waiting a long time for those series of mistakes to come.

    • 52 nospin
      September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      “Um…ok. So the Romney campaign is gonna wait for the “No Drama Obama” campaign to make a series of mistakes and that’s a strategy?”

      that is funny as heck. We have what. . . approximately 3 weeks before the first Presidential debate? I am so looking forward to it.

  14. 53 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    • September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      GDP was also revised upward to 2.2%!
      it’s the Republicans that are freaking out, playing the Refs. That is why the Pundits/Refs are having a lousy time this Election cycle. They are probably being threatened by the RNC and Chamber of Commerce, and Big Oil, and Big Coal, and Big Banks etc!
      It’s kind of scary.
      Also, expect our monthly fundraising numbers, possibly today!

  15. September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Anybody else lose the NH livestream just as they were to deplane? ARGHHHH.

  16. 67 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Well watched the feed. Kept stopping at starting just as the president would have gotten off the plane.

  17. 68 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, some people in NH got in line at 2:00 a.m.:

    Some arrived at the Strawbery Banke Museum in the early hours of the morning to get a good seat for what they called a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Dave Saccagtti, of Newton, said he got in line at 2 a.m. He said he has seen the president before, but he believes Friday’s event will be special.

    “I’ve gone to other events that Obama’s done, but I’ve never gone to one where the vice president and their wives were with them, so it’s a little more significant today,” he said.


  18. September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    These jobs report are so very important because they give President Obama and VP Biden and ALL Democrats precisely the story that is TRUTH and so essential for everyone to focus from now until the polls close on 6 Nov.

    1. GWB Destroyed jobs;

    2. President Obama has created jobs;

    3. He has done so DESPITE TOTAL OBSTRUCTION by the #GOP.


  19. 71 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I think I’m saw a sneak preview of Mitt’s answers about the economy that we’re sure to hear in the debate. Mitt is held a press conference on the tarmac and I can see where an uninformed voter may be persuaded to his way of thinking. We must arm ourselves with the facts and make sure we give them to people we may encounter.

    • 72 Marsha
      September 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      At work, can’t watch, what did he say?

      • 73 cookemom
        September 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        To my ear it was the usual yada, yada, jobs, yada, yada, unemployment, yada, yada, lead, etc. etc. However, I could see where his presentation and delivery could be persuasive. We should not underestimate his debate and talking point skills. He’s much better on offense and we saw him in the primary debates.

  20. September 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  21. 78 Sharon
    September 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    CBS feed has been up for awhile. Ann Romney done with her event on C-Span. Obama/Biden event promised for next and there it is.

    • 79 nospin
      September 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Ann had an event? Did you watch Sharon – what was the takeaway?

      • 80 cookemom
        September 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        I caught some of it, actually only the very end. The banner read ‘women for romney’ (I think). I turned after I didn’t see one AA woman on the stage and seeing the average age group older than my daughters.

      • 82 Sharon
        September 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        I was waiting for the Obama event to start and Ann Romney came before it. I muted it because I can’t stand any of their baloney. She looked imperial when she spoke and very stiff while she made her way around greeting a few people. Must be taking lessons from Willard.

  22. 83 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    C-SPAN One is live streaming now on TV.

  23. 85 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    CSPAN1 broadcasting PBO/BIden live on the tee and vee machine. They’re also live streaming it here: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-VP-Biden-Travel-to-NH-and-Iowa/10737433862-1/ Starting any moment now.

  24. 86 anniebella
    September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Looking forward to seeing Fab Four, POTUS, FLOTUS, VP Biden, and Dr. Biden.

  25. September 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  26. 90 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    That crowd looks massive, and from reports, people were in line since 2AM this morning. When the MSM can show up people standing in line to see Mitt Romney from early morning hrs, only then will I buy their crap about enthusiasm gap. Otherwise they need to STFU about this one and for all.

  27. 91 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Oh, puh-leaze!

    Romney Responds To Obama’s Dig On London Olympics

    …Speaking to reporters in Iowa on Friday, Mitt Romney said that he was glad his own personal experience leading the Winter Olympics in Utah allowed him to talk frankly with other nations on the world stage, and that he wishes President Obama had the courage to do the same…

    Um, yeah sure Mittens, you were talking “truth to power”…good Lord this guy.

  28. 102 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    A blonde desperately needed some money, so she decided to kidnap someone. So she went to the park and she grabbed this kid.

    Then she wrote a note saying, “If you ever want to see your child again, leave 10,000 dollars in a paper bag in the northwest corner of the park.” then she signed it ‘THE BLONDE’ and told the kid to give it to his mom.

    The next day she went to the northwest corner of the park and got the paper bag. It had the money in it and a note from the mother that said, “How could you do this to another blonde?”


    A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

    The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?”

    The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

    “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

    Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

    The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game’s over!”


    Ok folks, joke time is over.

    • 103 amk for obama
      September 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Ok, just one more

      A one dollar bill met a hundred dollar bill and said, “Hey, where’ve you been? I haven’t seen you around here much.”

      The hundred answered, “I’ve been hanging out at the casinos, went on a cruise and did the rounds of the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?”

      The one dollar bill said, “You know, same old stuff … church, church, church.”

  29. September 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    CBS just dropped their feed. Switching now to CNN…..

  30. 106 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    VP Biden is not playing – he’s on FIRE!!!

  31. 107 lisalovesobama
    September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I love Joe so much!!!

  32. 108 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Right off the bat, VP Biden connects with people. Man oh man do I love Joey B.

  33. September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  34. September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    CBS not showing the crowd. CSPAN better for that – it’s immense!

  35. 113 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Someone on another blog posted that Romney said this on why he didnt mention troops: “when you give a speech, you go thru a laundry list, you talk about things you think are important”

    can anyone help me find a link to share and tweet?

  36. September 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Read upthread that Robme is very involved in managing his campaign… imagine what he would do to the country!

  37. 120 lisalovesobama
    September 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    he’s on!!!!

  38. September 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’m a boomer white woman who’s appreciating the optics of POTUS being adored by a mostly all white crowd in NH (where I first saw him)! Take that, you hateful bigots.

  39. September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    He’s having a blast!

  40. 126 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm


  41. September 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    tax cuts when time are good, when times are bad, to lose a few extra pounds, to improve your lovelife


    • 129 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Hahahaha! I absolutely LOVE the way PBO and his team flip the script on all these old right-wing memes by mocking them. It’s so effective.

  42. 132 lisalovesobama
    September 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    “tax cuts to improve your love life!”

  43. September 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Here’s the link to Robme on speaking about what’s important

    Romney also addressed criticism lobbied at his acceptance speech last week in Charlotte, N.C. Romney did not once mention the word “troops” — a fact Democrats highlighted repeatedly on the last night of their convention.

    “When you give a speech you talk about the things you think are important and I described in my speech and my commitment to a strong military, unlike the president’s decision to cut our military,” Romney said. “And I didn’t use the word troops. I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.”

    I REALLY need to get back to work!

  44. September 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Alright. I helped setup at St. Petersburg College, for the President. Banners and Staging and the Background Chairs. Secret Service already there, interestingly, they Scanned me.
    Now, I am back watching the President on CSPAN, this is a very nice Crowd, very big!

  45. 138 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This NH Crowd is more than FIRED UP!!!

  46. 139 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Deaniac is back:

    Speaking of health care – a subject near and dear to my heart – here too pragmatism was the president’s most potent weapon. But he got no votes from the Republicans, you say. And you’re right. But too often, we get into a frame of mind that compromise is only between political sides. It is not. Doing health care reform – something presidents have tried and failed at for nearly a century – wasn’t simply a job of bringing political factions together. It was about bringing interests together – patients and providers, hospitals and drugmakers, employers and individuals. Without strong reforms in insurance regulations, there would be no health reform, and the health insurance industry would always stand opposed to meaningful reform. Knowing that, the President had to bring together the rest of the groups, so that the insurance companies wouldn’t be able to derail reform. And guess what? He did. Hospitals agreed to save money for Medicare, knowing there would be more paying customers. Drug companies discounted Medicare Part D drugs for much of the same reason. The American Medical Association endorsed health care reform. Patient groups, advocates for the sick and the poor came together to push through health care form.

    You can take Wall Street reform, too. While the two respective political extremes were yelling either that banks continue to be left to their own devices and regulating themselves, or be nationalized and all of their assets seized by the government, President Obama had to forge a path of pragmatic compromise not simply because neither extreme had enough votes, but because neither extreme got it right. We needed to re-regulate the financial sector for the benefit of consumers who use financial products. So the president fought for the banks to fund any future bailouts themselves, empower regulators to wind down institutions threatening systemwide collapse, and to create the nation’s first federal agency solely focused on consumer financial protection.

    Lots more here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/09/clinton-and-obama-two-presidents-bound.html

    • 140 xtine
      September 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      “If, as Americans, we want to see our country succeed, we must reward pragmatic leadership, bold vision, and a results-oriented approach. No ideological dogma can be a substitute for a solution, for moving our country forward. …. When Americans re-elect President Obama in November, that is the message we will be sending.”

  47. September 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I was curious, flipped to CNN, they have Robney on instead!

    • 142 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      They are switching back and forth. Mitt just started. MSNBC is giving each equal coverage time. Like it or not, now that Mitt is formally the candidate for Repub president, we’re going to see coverage of him, egual to that of PBO. I can’t say that I’ve seen Mitt get more coverage of his speeches, prior to his awful pick of Ryan. Bring it on!! Glad you passed the secret service exam scan.

  48. 143 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Robme speaking now in Iowa. Once again, very close shot of him. No crowd shots, only the rosy cheeked folks strategically placed behind him so as to not upset the teabutts.

  49. September 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Pretty sure it’s Friday.

  50. September 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The citizenship theme!!!!!


  51. 146 4morefor44
    September 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    bump & grind.

    looks like we’re already getting the bump:

    and now it’s time to grind it out into november for a democratic house and senate!!

    • 147 japa21
      September 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Although that only represents approval rating, I don’t think an incumbent President with an approval rating at 50% or more has ever lost an election.

      Gallup’s latest on PBO vs Romney shows a gain of 2 pts for PBO based on 7 day rolling average. I would expect that to increase also as the days after the RNC drop off and the full impact of the DNC comes into play.

      • 148 4morefor44
        September 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        yes, and the key takeway to me is how they’re trending. everything’s moving in the correct direction, and we’re going to have to dominate across the country in order to win back the house and keep the senate, with all the koch bros and friends money going to down ticket races as they give up on the presidential.

  52. September 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    President Obama’s spokesperson Jen Psaki defended the president against charges that his speech to the Democratic convention was a flop.

    “He did what exactly what he came to do last night which is bring the choice and focus to the American people, lay out the path forward, talk about not only where we have been and the challenges we’ve gone through, the individual people who are impacted but also the path forward,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One.

    Obama’s speech was panned by some critics who believe the president failed to fundamentally change the narrative with his big prime-time address.

    “For three days of this convention you could feel palpable enthusiasm in the convention hall,” Psaki said.

    A FLOP?????? WTF?

    • 150 hopefruit2
      September 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I’m with you Jovie. WTF – “A FLOP?”

      Okay then, if the MSM wants to use Republican talking points because they’re in panic mode, that’s not our problem. President Obama’s job was not to change the narrative. The narrative had already been set since Monday night when our First Lady and other illustrious DNC speakers took to the podium. His job was to simply reinforce what was already stated and to inspire for the upcoming election. And he did a flawless job.

      I imagine that the same critics who thought that Obama’s speech was a flop, thought that Romney’s recital at the RNC was “excellent?”

      • 151 anniebella
        September 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        Who was the idiots who call the President speech a flop? I bet they were the same who call Ryan, Ann and Mitt’s speech wonderful,

    • 152 xtine
      September 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Anonymous “empty chair critics.”

    • 153 FiredUpInCA
      September 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Their analysis is a flop. The convention as a whole changed the narrative away from the celebration of hyperindividualism to celebrating what makes us great: that we take care of our own.

      In addition to that the President introduced the concept of citizenship into the campaign. It’s lays the groundwork for a devastating values and character argument when running against a guy whose only foreign policy experience is sending jobs and money overseas to tax havens.

  53. September 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Wow! That New Hampshire crowd is getting some great photos!

  54. September 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    They’ve got their Hollywood power players in Clint, Stephen Baldwin and Victoria Jackson. We’ve got Zach Braff, Wayne Knight aka “Newman”, Jeff Bridges and Jon Hamm FTW.


  55. 156 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm


    ‘A staggering shift’ on the politics of foreign policy

    By Steve Benen


    If you watched the third and final night of the Democratic convention, it was hard to miss the emphasis on foreign policy, national security, military policy, and international affairs. These issues represented more than a fifth of President Obama’s address, and speaker after speaker emphasized Democratic credibility on the subject.

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), in particular, seemed to be having a terrific time going after Mitt Romney’s foreign policy ignorance, inexperience, and general confusion.



    • 157 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      He would be a great SOS, if Hillary steps down. However, only if we don’t lose a Dem senate seat in the process.

    • 159 Ladyhawke
      September 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I was so impressed with Senator John Kerry during the START Treaty negotiations. He is a true statesman. It was just unfortunate that he had to deal with the likes of Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona who was just a thorn in the side of the administration. Can’t wait to see Kly exit stage right.

    • 160 Obama Grandmama
      September 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Gov Bill Richardson has been making the rounds on shows lately. I am thinking he would make a good Sec of State since I hate to lose an effective Dem Senator. Also Richardson endorsed Obama very early in ’08. I think it was in March when then Sen. Obama came to OR for an early rally. Richardson has a lot of experience. I remember hearing PBO was going to be asked to be in the cabinet the first time around but he had a lawsuit against him as governor at that time.

  56. 161 57andfemale
    September 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  57. 162 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Is that a fresh haircut? It looks shorter than last night, or maybe I missed it.

  58. September 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Several brewers across the country have announced that they will start making batches of the White House homebrews.

    The Obama White House released the beer recipes last week, after several beer enthusiasts petitioned for them. Obama has been carrying the homebrews around on the trail, handing them out to voters at various events. The beers were also served at several White House parties.

    Utah beer maker Wasatch Brewing told the Salt Lake Tribune on Friday that they planned to make the honey ale recipe released by the White House.

    “We’re going to call it El Presidente Honey Ale,” the brewer’s founder told the paper.

    And several D.C.-based brewers have also expressed interest. Local DC Brau brewery told the Washington City Paper they wanted to brew the beer, but were in the process of asking the White House for permission. And the local website DCist, in conjunction with several local brewing enthusiasts, will make their own batch.

    “Lutz and DCist agreed to team up in producing a replica of White House Honey Ale, using the recipe provided by White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass in Saturday’s announcement,” the website announced this week.


  59. 164 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm


    You can watch all of the speeches at the C-SPAN Convention Hub. This is a terrific resource.


  60. September 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The President is in NH and Iowa Tiday.
    Guess what States Robney is in?

    Yup, you guessed it…

    Also, Robney does the same tine to interfere with Tv programming, it’s all a ploy for messaging purposes!

  61. 166 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    watching CSPAN – guy who voted McCain in 2008 is now going to vote Obama after watching the Republican convention and then the Democratic job. Guy who sat out voting in 2008 will also now vote for Barack Obama. He lost his jobs in ’08 is still unemployed but saw what the Dems are trying to do and will vote Barack Obama.

    • 167 nospin
      September 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      corrections . sorry mufti-tasking

      watching CSPAN – guy who voted McCain in 2008 is now going to vote Obama after watching the Republican convention and then the Democratic convention. Another caller said he sat out voting in 2008 will also now vote for Barack Obama. Said he lost his job in ’08 but is still unemployed but saw what the Dems are trying to do and will vote Barack Obama.

      • 168 cookemom
        September 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        I heard several McCain or independent voters say this. The Pubs who called in, only gave talking points (i.e., show the college transcripts). The calls were encouraging overall.

  62. 169 Joy
    September 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’m watching CNN and what went from a fantastic speech in NH and PBO they flip to a bunch of lies with Romney talking in Iowa. This guy erks my ass, and what is up with his stupid stunned banana look with a half cocked smile turning his head from one side to another when people give him a cheer. It’s like he is saying to himself, yes, i know I am good. His lies are unreal, apparently he still doesn’t know what 2+2 equals and neither does his followers. Very sad that people allow themselves to be so uneducated as to real facts. I feel these Romney bots are republicans whether facts tell the truth or not, they purposely turn a blind eye to reality.

    • 170 4morefor44
      September 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      i really wonder how many in his tiny audiences are actually just local and/or shipped in mormons. mcain and palin were drawing 10,000 or more people regularly by this point. has the mittbot or lyin ryan ever topped a few thousand, and again, what percentage of them are there just to support their fellow mormon. mormons have long been excellent at organizing themselves and supporting themselves after all.

    • September 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Is CSPAN showing the Robme crowd?

    • 172 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      someone said he reminds them of a lawn sprinkler when he speaks with that head turning thing he does.

  63. 173 4morefor44
    September 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    looks like the mittbot got a new software patch, and is repeating its talking point about the president saving detroit by doing exactly what the mittbot said in terms of a bankruptcy. here’s the first sentence the the mittbot’s famous “let detroit go bankrupt” article:
    “IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.”

    that dog don’t hunt, mittbot! the obama administration did just the opposite of what you suggested by giving a huge bailout and getting really involved in the companies. the big name “news” people won’t call you on it, but wait for the debates, buddy. no soup for you, mittbot!

  64. 174 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Republican calling in on CSPAN and is asking for Mitt Romney’s taxes. lolololol Said someone is already blackmailing him, what would happen if someone else blackmails him after he is elected, it will be an embarrassment to the Nation. Said he wants 25 years of tax returns. hah!

  65. September 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I hope those NH folks let them go in time to catch their plane 😆 to Iowa! We are anxious to see them in Iowa City at 5:30 – that’s just 5 hours from now! There’s only a little coverage so far on Twitter at #obamaia, but I nosed around campus this morning and was impressed with the preparations. The gates open at 1PM, but my hubby has to work and we are going after 3:30. We’ll be in the back, but at least we’ll be there! Oh, and the massive rain storms moved through early this morning, so looking good!

  66. 177 japa21
    September 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Upthread, Susan gave the Romney quote about not using the word troops:

    “When you give a speech you talk about the things you think are important and I described in my speech and my commitment to a strong military, unlike the president’s decision to cut our military,” Romney said. “And I didn’t use the word troops. I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.”

    Unfortunately for Romney, the words military and troops do not mean the same thing. When Romney talks about strenghtening the military, he is really talking about the military-industrial complex. He is talking about spending money on projects even the Pentagon says they don’t need.

    There was no mention in his speech about honoring the troops for their sacrifices or talking about taking care of the troops when they come home.

    Trust me, the troops know, understand and appreciate the difference.

    • September 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Hey there, Japa21 you put into words what I couldn’t articulate. Thank you…now I REALLY REALLY have to get back to work

    • 179 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Martin Bashir played the video of Mitt’s speech to the American Legion. He used nine, that’s 9 words where he mentioned anything related to the feet on the ground.

  67. 180 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    guy calls in on CSPAN. sounds drunk. said instead of giving PO 4 more years, give him 2 more. lololol

  68. 182 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    DKOS has a diary up with the video from FoxNews. This needs to go viral guys.

    When asked why he didn’t mention the troops in his speech Romney said: “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things you think are important.”


  69. 191 Sandee
    September 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    HELP please…getting beat up by rw ‘friends’ and my own daughter re this. Convention riff re God in platform, and how clip circulating of so many cheering it not be there!? Saying DNC peeps are against God cuz they cheered….geesh

    • 192 lisalovesobama
      September 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      if that’s all they got out of 3 days of the convention, then there’s no help for it. Tell them those people believe in God just as much as anyone else. Dems don’t need to wrap themselves in the bible, quote scripture then go out and do the exact opposite of what the lord says. that’s what repukes do. if this is all they can come up with, it means they’ve got nothing else and they know they are on the losing side. ignore them, even your daughter.

    • 193 nospin
      September 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      I would let it go Sandee because it never happened.

      I suggest your daughter accept the fact that there are those who will vote against their own self interest. It is okay to say I simply do not like the President and refuse to vote for him. That is the great thing about being an American and having the right to vote.

      So if that is all they have, your daughter could choose to ignore it and keep it moving or call them out, tell them to prove it and keep it moving.

    • 194 nospin
      September 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      wait what? I just re-read that your daughter is also saying it. lolol

      I would ignore it and move on.

    • 195 FiredUpInCA
      September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Three responses:

      1) The delegates weren’t booing God. They were booing the fact that the chair did not have the required votes to change the language in the platform to change the word “faith” to God.

      2) We’re a Democracy not a theocracy.

      3) The President personally asked for God to be inserted in the platform language, instead of the word faith. The President is the standard bearer of the party and the one on the ballot in November, not some random booing delegates.

    • 196 carla4obama
      September 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Sandee..This is what I have to say (as an ex-Catholic but very religious). Number one, our founding father’s made sure there was seperation from church and stae, that has been mudded and personally I am not that keen on opening and closing prayers in these types of events…but I don’t let them eat at me either. A lot of the right profess their strong Christian beliefs but they are COINS…Christians Only In Name. And lastly something from the Dali Lama that has always meant so much to me:

      “Your holiness, what is the best religion?”

      I thought he would say:
      “The Tibetan Buddhism” or
      “The oriental religions, much older than Christianity”

      Dalai Lama paused, smiled and looked me in the eyes ….
      which surprised me because I knew of the malice
      contained in my question.

      He answered:
      “The best religion is the one that gets you closest to God.
      It is the one that makes you a better person.”

      To get out of my embarassment with such a wise answer, I asked:
      “What is it that makes me better?”

      He responded:
      “Whatever makes you
      more Compassionate,
      more Sensible,
      more Detached,
      more Loving,
      more Humanitarian,
      more Responsible,
      more Ethical.”

      “The religion that will do that for you is the best religion”

      I was silent for a moment, marvelling and even today
      thinking of his wise and irrefutable response:
      “I am not interested, my friend, about your religion
      or if you are religious or not.

      “What really is important to me is your behaviour in
      front of your peers, family, work, community,
      and in front of the world.

      “Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and our thoughts.

      “The law of action and reaction is not exclusively for physics.
      It is also of human relations.
      If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness.
      If I act with eviI, I will get evil.

      “What our grandparents told us is the pure truth.
      You will always have what you desire for others.
      Being happy is not a matter of destiny.
      It is a matter of options.”

      Finally he said:
      “Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
      Take care of your Words because they will become Actions.
      Take care of your Actions because they will become Habits.
      Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
      Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny,
      and your Destiny will be your Life
      … and …

      “There is no religion higher than the Truth.”

      • 197 Sandee
        September 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Oh thank you SO much for all these thoughts. And, yes I was inclined to blow off and move on until the daughter started in too. Used many of your same statements. Love the wisdom of the Dahli Lama! Some days it just gets to me especially after the joyful past 3 days. Am surrounded by folks like this here in rural Texas, but onward we go. Won’t let them get me down. Thanks so much guys.

        • 198 carla4obama
          September 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

          Sandee…my husband is from west Texas…I feel your pain and frustration. Believe in who you are, don’t let others talk you down, let your actions speak for you, speak not from a place of frustration but from compassion. And yes…there is NO religion higher than the Truth.

      • 199 Zekke LyDonna
        September 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        This was very beautiful and inspiring. I’m going share this with family and friends. Thank you.

  70. September 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Melbourne is right near Coco Beach, where I Dream Of Jeanie lives.

  71. 202 auni
    September 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I can almost (not quite) feel sorry for Mittens having to face our President in the debates. I think the contrast will really push the vote our way. I haven’t noticed who the moderators will be–anyone know?

  72. 205 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    On C-SPAN.org they’re showing POTUS/FLOTUS & VPOUTS/VFLOTUS working the crowd. SS look like they’d like to just simply scoop them all out of there!

  73. September 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    This freaks me out:

  74. September 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  75. 213 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    ok, I’m just gonna retweet this Think Progress tweet:

  76. 216 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Aquagranny911 in response to a Deaniac comment on OWS protestors @ DNC:

    “OWS can go sit on a cactus & rotate! They are useless especially when they whine about not voting. If they refuse to occupy a voting booth on November 6 they deserve to suffer which I’m sure they enjoy doing. I despise these people with the rage of 1000 suns!”

    [“… sit on a cactus & rotate …” Ouch, ahem 🙂 ]

  77. 220 nospin
    September 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    lolololol I am watching Mitt Romney after I watched POTUS, VPOTUS etc and Willard is just . . . bad. I can’t take it. lolololol He is talking about STAPLES and how he was one of the ones who first financed the STAPLES store.

  78. September 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Some good laughs here from J Stew who loved Clinton’s DNC speech, especially all the bits involving facts and math.

    • September 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Although, this is my true feeling about J Stew:

      • 224 0388jojothecat
        September 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        I stopped watching J Stew……he can’t make fun of President Obama because he’s just too cool. He has to use bits and pieces of his speeches to make him look stupid or made a gaffe and it just isn’t funny.

        • September 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          Me too, but when he does a good bit, like the one I posted above, he can still make me laugh. Mostly avoid him but j’adore Colbert.

          • 226 Zekke LyDonna
            September 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

            Me too. I was really disappointed with the Daily Show. I have often disagreed with Jon Stewart. I thought he’s been over-playing the aggrieved liberal, with his ‘criticism’ of PBO. I still look forward to the show, because it can often be searing and insightful. But, his convention coverage was SHIT. I have been drifting more toward Stephen Colbert for a long time now.

  79. September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I watched about 2 minutes of Mitt in Iowa on the CSPAN TV coverage and had to turn it off b/c I do not like him and b/c he was really making me PO’d. He started off by thanking our governor for making Iowa better economically – THANKING him? What’s it to you, Mitt? You don’t live here and you are only a private citizen. Then he went on to praise that idiot rep. Steve King and say that Iowa should reelect him, b/c he “needs” him in the House. Argh. Time to see what’s on HGTV while I wait for PBO to fly here!

    • 228 susanne
      September 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      it’s all about myth–if a rethug gov’s state does well, that’s to benefit myth. if a rethug candidate is elected, that’s to help myth. and it’s all thanks to myth, because he built it, with his money.

  80. September 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Reading through the week’s worth of newspapers now, since the DNC left me no time for reading this week. Anyhow, there was a very cute story about Iowa’s winner for the White House Kids’ State Dinner last month:

  81. September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  82. 231 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Smartypants on PBO speech re: citizenship:

    … Its going to be because we figure out the long game of what citizenship and self government are all about.

    “America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together.

    We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories. And we learn from our mistakes. But we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth.”

    In other words, he’s beginning the process of passing the torch to us.


    • 232 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      It would be wonderful if schools across the country could have discussions of citizenship, which they could then share with their parents. A good citizen actually cares about the well being his his/her community and government and doesn’t begrudge paying fair taxes as the price of living in a decent country. A good citizen always votes and makes an effort to understand what’s happening the country and in the world. The biggest con job ever perpetuated on Americans was convincing them they were consumers, not citizens. Think what we would be like as a society if people actually learned the facts about issues, discussed them intelligently, always voted and didn’t grouse about paying reasonable taxes.

  83. 233 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    On a totally frivolous note, I would have really loved to see Air Force One & Air Force Two side by side on the tarmac in NC, as POTUS & VPOTUS worked the tarmac crowd! Backgroupnd the planes, foreground the two men, etc.

  84. 235 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    CBS’ St. Louis affiliate:

    Todd Akin’s TV ads are, reportedly, being yanked from stations across the state because his campaign isn’t paying the bills.


    • 236 donna dem 4 obama
      September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      But I’m counting on him digging in. Come on RWNJ’s send him money so he can stay on the air. We wouldn’t want him to get scared and drop out. Not now while Clare has him on the ropes.

      • 237 japa21
        September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        I fully expect the PACs to come to his support. He will have the money, and with enough money he will, unfortuantely, win.

        • 238 donna dem 4 obama
          September 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          The PAC’s ala Karl Rove asked him to quit and pulled their money. The RNC asked him to quit and pulled their money. Other than the Tea Party PAC which don’t have a whole lot of money to spend on a so-so election who would come to his rescue?

  85. 239 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Both campaigns have internal polling, more accurate than the polls we see. Ad money is spent in states where the internals show the candidate close, within a few points.

    If Mitt’s internals are showing him ahead, then he/SuperPac wouldn’t be spending money on ads in Repub leaning states like No Car and Florida. He’d spend that money instead in PBO leaning states like Pa and Mich. That’s not what’s happening though, Mitt is spending a lot in No Car. He’s cancelled ads in Mich and Pa. So Mitt thinks Mich and Pa is going PBO. He must think No Car is worth spending money on cause it’s still a toss-up.

    So, two months out from the election and even less for early voting, Mitt is still trying to get the states he needs in his column for any chance at winning. He has to win not just Florida and No Car, but Va, Ohio, and Colo. If he loses any one of those, PBO wins.

    • 240 Desraye
      September 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Mitt been carpetbombing Obama in North Carolina for couple of months , and yet he’s still struggle. He’s stuggling in a state the he should be winning. They really don’t like Mitt.

    • 241 57andfemale
      September 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Just exchanged emails with my best friend’s husband — they live in rural PA. He maintains that indies will break for Obama. And after spending a good amount of the summer with elderly parents in Kansas and MS, there are evangelicals who REALLY have a problem with Mormanism. He figures enough of them will stay home to help our cause.

      He also said there are regular Republican voters who are as terrified of Mitt as they were of Sarah Palin. I’m not saying my friend’s a fortune teller, but when we were all wringing our hands at my goddaughter’s wedding right before the 2008 election, he was right about everything.

  86. 243 Tally
    September 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Guys – I just had a really weird epiphany.

    The Romney/Ryan campaign pulling their money out of MI & PA is a tell, and I don’t think it’s a good one. I think they believe the fix is in.

    PA – Has voter suppression in place, even though the laws are being fought. That doesn’t mean it won’t be in place in full force for the election, or that the ballots won’t be screwed up, the machines won’t be hacked, or there won’t be enough ballots on every day that is available to vote – if there is early voting at all.

    MI – Now has those totally wacky Emergency Manager laws where there are local dictators who can do pretty much anything they want, as long as they declare it’s an emergency. What’s to stop them from removing election workers, declaring whatever, and nullifying the precinct?

    Am I crazy? I don’t want to act like my hair is on fire, but I DO NOT TRUST THESE CRIMINALS AT ALL, and I know they know they have nothing. Their only recourse is to LIE, SUPPRESS, CHEAT, and STEAL.

    • 244 japa21
      September 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      No, I don’t think the fix is in. I think they realize that they can’t win either state, even with the supression.

    • 245 COS
      September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Tally, I hate to say it, but I totally agree with you. They may be pulling ads but as crooked as they are, they probably have something else up their sleeves, like stealing the vote in other ways.

    • 246 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      No, I don’t think that is why they pulled out of those states.

    • 247 EricFive
      September 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Wouldn’t dropping ads in those states now raise suspicions if Mitt were to win those states? Since money is not an issue for Mitt, he has no insentive to drop ads in those states (i.e., since PBO is at a cash disadvantage it would help Mitt to force PBO to spend cash n those states instead of concentrating on true swing states). Mitt realizes he will lose those states and is concentrating resources on states that comprise his only path to the White House. To further ease your concerns, look at how Mitt’s fellow republicans used their convention as a stage to launch their 2016 run for the presidency. That is not the way you act toward someone you believe has any chance of winning this election. In addition, the rank desperation of Mitt’s campaign is not emblematic of a candidate that thinks he has the election in the bag.

    • 248 donna dem 4 obama
      September 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Nope, they need to win all of the battleground states in order to beat the President. ALL OF THEM. If they lose even one we win. They tried to close the gap in PA and MI and it didn’t work so they are putting their money where it has to be in order to win this thing. If later polling shows these states tightening they can alway go back in.

      I understand why people are suspicious but the fact that they are pulling their ads isn’t stopping OFA from continuing to work just as hard in those states as we did when they were running there. The mission is the same. Win and win big. NY and NJ is still bussing in supporters to canvas PA and register voters. From what I am seeing on the OFA Dashboards nothing has changed as far as the Obama Campaign is concerned.

      • 249 cookemom
        September 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        this ^^^^^^ and unless PBO falls off of that chair during the debates, he wins the debate. Mitt has to actually, undoubtedly, indubitably, and unconditionally win the debates, or he will be thought of as the loser. No amount of spin will change that. The media, in an attempt to raise Mitt’s capital among viewers to make him interesting, has set his bar too high.

      • 250 jackiegrumbacher
        September 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Donna, you’re right. I’ve seen no evidence that anyone in PA is letting up for one minute–in fact, most are doubling down now that Labor Day is behind. I heard a talk by a senior OFA person from DC and he said that if PBO wins Florida, we can all go to bed because the election will we won. That’s why you’ll see a lot of presidential visits to that state in the weeks ahead.

        • 251 donna dem 4 obama
          September 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

          Florida has 29 electorial votes so yep if we win it its turn off the lights the party’s over for Mitt.

    • 252 purpleshoesla
      September 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Tally, someone else said it more eloquently last nite, think it was Theo and I agree. Two words: SUPER PACS. The PACS that I’m quite sure were raking in the cash at the Millionaire Fundraiser on that yacht flying the Caymen Islands flag that was parked in the Tampa Marina during the RNC last week. Super Pacs carpet bomb with lying ads, Mittens claims plausible deniability since of course the campaign doesn’t “coordinate” with the Super Pacs. Whether it’s an attempt to lull Dems into a false sense of security or a “tell” because the fix is in, it should imho be a signal for us NOT to let up our efforts across the country until we usher in a victory for PBO and all down ticket DEMS on Nov. 6

    • 253 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Tally, nothing’s impossible and I don’t have any idea how MI operates, but I have to say that a lot of forces are in place in PA to counteract your scenario. First, we’ve all been making sure that anyone we register to vote and all registered voters we contact have the right ID. In Phillie and Pittsburgh, the troops have been on the ground for months and steps have been taking to make sure all college students and senior care centers have appropriate IDs. Second, we have the absentee ballot option, which does not require an ID and is easy to do. Third, just about every county in the state has a different computer system, so there would have to be massive state-wide complicity among counties to change the vote and our biggest counties are managed by Democrats. Also people will be well trained as poll watchers, particularly those that stay in for the count. This state will be crawling with OFA lawyers and the SOS is going to be under special scrutiny because of the open suspicions about her from Democrats. And no, PA has never had early voting. People here only have election day to show up and it’s the only kind of voting they know. The strategy here is to make sure we turn out the cities with a big enough number that cheating will be very difficult to do.

    • September 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      they can only steal it if it’s close.

    • 255 Obama Grandmama
      September 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      I did have the same thoughts as you, Tally, but hope it is only my paranoia.

    • September 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

      The voter regs in Michigan are not bad. You do need a picture id, but if you don’t have one you sign an affidavit on the back of the ballot and your ballot is recorded. (NOT like a provisional ballot). If you lie on the affidavit it is a federal felony. My friend works every election and she thinks this will not be an issue.

  87. 257 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Love AMKs stories. Again, found my daughter on twitter and she is a hoot. She is 20 but stayed home to save for college tuition that the scholarships she was awarded didn’t pay for. She does have a work study program but, a little more spending money would be great. She went to a college jobs fair yesterday. The tweet she just posted was a real hoot: Booth told me they would love me at Hooters #ugh!
    Mind you she is 5 ft tall about 105 with waist length blonde hair and blue eyes. Yes, she was blessed where I was not but does not flaunt it at all.
    I could not be prouder of her.

    Listened to the callers on CSPAN after the President spoke. Only one on all 3 lines was not voting for PBO. That one was voting for a 3rd party.

  88. 258 Sharon
    September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Well, they are off for Iowa. I checked the link given way above on here to see if they might have video of the landing. Instead I got a live feed of their departure. It did freeze up though after they got aboard. Not as speedy this time, but he had his hand on her waist and was yakking to her all the way up.

  89. September 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Sitting home with the windows open, waiting for POTUS – it sounds like we’ve had a few miliary jets overhead. Totally not something we get in eastern Iowa – is it b/c of PBO coming? It really woke up the dog.

    Weather clouding up again, fingers crossed we won’t get rain just in time for the big event at 5:30.

  90. 260 Rita
    September 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Here’s a great article, from the world perspective, from Kolkata, India. Sandip Roy is actually quite a well known journalist having written in New American Media and HuffPo as a blogger. http://www.firstpost.com/world/the-most-moving-moment-in-obamas-speech-was-not-his-own-words-447462.html
    “I think it’s because he has never tried to be anyone but himself – somewhat cerebral, irredeemably sober, and terribly earnest. There is a fundamental decency about the guy that even his opponents cannot quite puncture. So they make an issue about his origins, his birth certificate, the preacher of the church he went to.

    In a speech that covered the usual checklist of a convention speech – love my wife and kids, America is the greatest country on earth, saviour of the middle class – Obama said something that jolted me awake.

    It had nothing to do with his achievements of the last four years or his promises for the next four. In fact, it was not even his own quote.

    He quoted a Republican president – Abraham Lincoln.

    “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

    It was profoundly moving because it’s been a long long time since I heard a politician admit to anything like that. George W. Bush famously said he had no sleepless nights over Iraq and that he could not think of one thing he had any regrets for. Over here, whether it’s Narendra Modi or Mamata Banerjee political leadership seems all about projecting that you are always indisputably right and that soul-searching is for weaklings.”

    • 261 FiredUpInCA
      September 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      It was a profound and rare insight on the personal toll that this Presidency has taken on someone who is unfailingly cool on the outside. It reminds us how seriously he takes the office. That seriousness and his statesman call to citizenship, puts in him in a different stratosphere than Romney/Ryan.

      • 262 Rita
        September 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        So true. We so easily forget what momentous decisions a President has to make, and I would say, especially, what President Obama has had to make, given the enormity of the challenges he faced. I am so glad that we have a person of his integrity and intellect in the White House. We need to keep him there for the next term.

        • 263 nathkatun7
          September 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

          Thanks Rita for sharing this and for highlighting the Abe Lincoln statement quoted by President Obama. Surely President Obama is a man who is very conscious of the consequences of his decisions — and especially when it comes to sending young people to war. This is unlike the chicken-hawks neocons, currently in control of Romney’s foreign policy, who think that war is some kind of chase game in which men and women in uniform are to be treated like pawns. It’s no wonder Romney, during his acceptance speech, never took time to recognize and thank the current men and women in uniform as well as the veterans.

    • 264 Zekke LyDonna
      September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      I have heard this sentiment expressed from other commentators. I also feel the same way. Those words brought tears to my eyes. It’s all about ‘the weight’. It’s part of what has angered me about criticism of PBO. How much do people expect one man to do? For some, nothing will ever be enough. He has accomplished more that ANY citizen in this country had a right to expect. History will right this wrong.

  91. 265 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    So is this another part of the Romney camp’s “series of Obama mistakes” strategy?

    Romney Endorses Ultraconservative Congressman
    Rep. Steve King takes a hard line on issues like abortion and Islam
    . The Obama campaign seizes opportunity to cast Romney as extreme on social issues

    Within an hour, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith issued a statement decrying the endorsement.
    “And, if his speech today praising Rep. Steve King—who has questioned whether women get pregnant from rape and incest and said hateful things about immigrants—is any indication, we know he wouldn’t stand up to the most strident voices in his party,” Smith wrote. “Bringing back the failed policies that crashed the economy and pandering to the most extreme voices in his party isn’t a recipe for strength and it won’t move us forward.”

  92. 268 susanne
    September 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    la times on pbo’s speech today:

    ‘ In his first post-convention event, Obama mocked Republican Mitt Romney’s economic plans by saying that, basically, they all boil down to five words: tax cuts for the wealthy.

    “Tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds!” he said. “Tax cuts to help you improve your love life!” ‘


  93. 269 donna dem 4 obama
    September 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Down On Early Voting

    After being summoned to court by a federal judge, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday backed away from his order that would have banned counties from planning for early voting.

    Husted’s original order had essentially ignored a ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Economus, who declared that early voting in the three days before the election could move forward. Economus sided with the Obama campaign, who sued Ohio to get the early voting re-implemented.

    In a court filing on Friday afternoon, Husted said he “apologizes to the federal district court” for creating what he called the “misimpression” that he was ignoring the order.


    Didn’t he fire those two voting officers? What happens with them?

    • 270 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      I thought he did, if so, I think Ohio may be paying for a hefty wrongful dismissal suit, if there is such a thing.

    • 271 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Misimpression, my foot. He was defying the order, pure and simple, and would have kept on doing it if he hadn’t been nabbed.

    • 273 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Bravo to Ohio and the DOJ!!! This is great news!!

      • 274 57andfemale
        September 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        The notion that this jackass could win the appeal is absurd. The polls will be manned and open those days — only just for the military, no one else. Jees, I don’t even think our stupid SC court could decide against this one.

  94. 275 susanne
    September 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    more good stuff from the la times, this about the debates:

    ‘ Knowing where each candidate stands on the issues isn’t necessarily enough for voters. They also want to see how candidates respond to pressure, how well they can articulate and advocate their positions, and how quickly they think on their feet. ‘


  95. 276 sabreen60
    September 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  96. 278 cluny
    September 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Who’s not surprised by what Romney said about the troops? He obviously doesn’t consider them important since he cheats on his taxes and leaves it to ‘you people’ to fund the wars and pay for the VA. What a creep.

  97. 281 susanne
    September 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    another positive piece, this on kerry’s terrific speech:

    ‘ “It took President Obama to restore our moral authority and ban torture,” Kerry told the delegates in a speech before network television began its nightly coverage. “This president understands that our values don’t limit our power — they magnify it. He understands that global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries.” ‘


  98. September 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Buzzfeed asks this question: Who is the breakout star of the DNC convention? I love this response from New York State Senator Tom Duane: “Michelle Obama had me because she was wearing that sleeveless dress, so she had me with her arms, but then I cried during her speech. I love her and I think she makes his presidency the real deal.”


    • 284 nathkatun7
      September 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      I think this convention had nothing but stars! I don’t know of any person who spoke who did not do an excellent Job. Putting aside the giants (POTUS, FLOTUS and Pres.Clinton) I thought VP Biden really stood out for me. His immense humanity and genuine caring for people really came through in his speech. I know for some his age might be an issue, but for me he is my choice for 2016. I think he would be the one fulfill Obama’s agenda. I also thought mayor Castro did an exceptional job. I was also very impressed with Elizabeth Warren. It will really be a shame if MA does not elect her to Teddy’s Senate seat. She embodies the same values as Teddy, and she is just as fearlessness in defending them. Lastly, the person who impressed me the most was Gov. D. Patrick. I thought he was an electrifying speaker. I think he will be a force in the Democratic party.

  99. 285 Rita
    September 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Okay, I’m not much for daily polls, but wanted to check the “convention bump”. This is quite significant: http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx – 52% from 46% !

  100. September 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Chuck Todd Just emailed me back from earlier. He said, the Robney camp had not released their internal polling and that they are winning, is just a rumor.
    He said, he expects a 3 point bump for the President, until the debates.
    So, why do you Guys listen to Rumors? That is funny.

    • 287 hopefruit2
      September 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Who said anything about Romney winning here? I don’t get what this Chuck Todd email is about.

      • 288 donna dem 4 obama
        September 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Scratching my head HF2. I just read this whole thread and I don’t have a clue as to any “rumors”???

        • September 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

          cookemom on September 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm
          Both campaigns have internal polling, more accurate than the polls we see. Ad money is spent in states where the internals show the candidate close, within a few points.

          If Mitt’s internals are showing him ahead, then he/SuperPac wouldn’t be spending money on ads in Repub leaning states like No Car and Florida. He’d spend that money instead in PBO leaning states like Pa and Mich. That’s not what’s happening though, Mitt is spending a lot in No Car. He’s cancelled ads in Mich and Pa. So Mitt thinks Mich and Pa is going PBO. He must think No Car is worth spending money on cause it’s still a toss-up.

          So, two months out from the election and even less for early voting, Mitt is still trying to get the states he needs in his column for any chance at winning. He has to win not just Florida and No Car, but Va, Ohio, and Colo. If he loses any one of those, PBO wins.

          That is from cookemom… Don’t scratch your damn head to much, it might leave a mark!

      • September 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Cookemom made a reference to it unthread, so I immediatel emailed Chuck Todd, because he would know.
        And I got a response!

        • 291 hopefruit2
          September 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

          Cookemom was not talking about winning overall, in fact she was referring to battleground states of MI and PA where Romney appeared to be losing – that based on the where the Romney camp is putting superPAC ads, it does NOT appear that he is ahead. Here is what she said upthread:

          //” Both campaigns have internal polling, more accurate than the polls we see. Ad money is spent in states where the internals show the candidate close, within a few points. If Mitt’s internals are showing him ahead, then he/SuperPac wouldn’t be spending money on ads in Repub leaning states like No Car and Florida. He’d spend that money instead in PBO leaning states like Pa and Mich. That’s not what’s happening though, Mitt is spending a lot in No Car. He’s cancelled ads in Mich and Pa. So Mitt thinks Mich and Pa is going PBO. He must think No Car is worth spending money on cause it’s still a toss-up. ” //

      • 292 57andfemale
        September 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        All I saw was a tweet from dick Morris (!) that said he had [the secret polling] that showed Romney beating PBO after the convention.

        I don’t know if that was the reference but that’s the one I saw.

        • 293 hopefruit2
          September 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

          Dick Morris is as delusional (and racist) as Erik Erikson of redstate. His basis for his tweeted claim that PBO “failed to move the needle” has nothing to do with Obama or Romney, but is based on some unscientific poll (that Morris never sourced) about whether respondents “would you rather that government get out of their way or lend them a hand” According to Morris, “Americans voted 54% to 35% for the government to get out of the way.””

          If that’s the best Morris can come up with, then Romney is one and done.

          • 296 EricFive
            September 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

            Wow, that is incredibly weak. By Dick Morris’ “logic” a poll finding 60%+ of respondents think the rich should pay more in taxes means that PBO will win in a landslide? They are desperate and really really dumb. They have to expand their base beyond dummies, woman haters and racists if they hope to win. The GOP and MSM are in a cold sweat. They are doing all they can to stamp down the momentum PBO has after his convention. That is why the MSM is portraying 96,000 jobs created last month as being “DIRE”, while never once calling out the GOP on its obstruction so it can be portrayed as “Obama’s fault”. Hard to find a mention of the unemployment rate ticking down to 8.1% in the headlines, only the anti-PBO spin that Mitt feeds to MSM.

          • 297 57andfemale
            September 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            Besides there’s one other thing: Morris is always wrong!

  101. 299 susanne
    September 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    bloomberg news article titled ‘politicians who deny climate change cannot be pro-business’:

    ‘ Climate change is basically accepted as fact the world over. But you wouldn’t know it watching our political conventions (or at least one of them). So while the world seems to be waking up to a fundamental, existential threat to our species (and not to “the planet,” which will be fine with or without us), the US policy debate remains mostly deaf, dumb, and blind. ‘


  102. 301 4morefor44
    September 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    been comparing some products from costco and home depot. costco carries much of what home depot has. costco is cheaper on every product i’ve tried so far, and costco’s ceo and founder speaks at the dnc loudly supporting president obama. home depot’s current leaders and founders are rabid republicans. hopefully everyone here will take this into account next time they shop for those kind of items at the stores or online, and let everyone in your life know about this. ideally, you have a mom and pop store you can go to first, but if you need the big box, the choice is clear.

    • 302 susanne
      September 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      plus, i’ve noticed the staff at costco seem happy to be there–they smile, they’re helpful, and they know what they’re doing. home depot is a very different experience–you have to search for any staff, and then they look bored and irritable. no reason to go there any more!

      we have always tried to support the mom&pop stores, but here in hawaii, the prices are soooo high we have more of an ‘all of the above’ style.

    • 303 otter44
      September 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Great point. Also Costco pays good salaries and benefits. So does Trader Joes. Becoming political has changed how and where I shop. WIsh I had been smarter sooner..

    • September 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Meant to include this. Talk about a #youpeople attitude

      Ann Romney: …So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there.”

      KWQC TV6: “Well, I don’t want to pull you off any message. You just told a reporter who was questioning you in Cleveland that you want women to have a secure and stable future. I asked you about marriage and whether lesbian mothers should be allowed to marry. Isn’t marriage a part of creating a stable future?”

      Ann Romney: “You know, again, I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.”

      • September 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        She sounds angry and afraid.

        • 307 COS
          September 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

          “it’s our turn”. LOL She is playing in the big league. Why can’t she give specifics of what her husband has done for women. Michelle can.

      • 309 susanne
        September 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        it’s actually pretty funny that they’re sending her around to speak to the ‘women’ issue. she’s horrible, and bizarre, and privileged beyond comprehension. this does not endear her to women who struggle with grocery prices and utility bills, getting their kids to doctor appointments without shirking duties at work, and constantly hearing that they need to make time for themselves.

        everybody knows by now that her husband’s idea of ‘economic prosperity’ is all about him and his class, and not at all about ‘you people’. you’d think his campaign would shelve her, but they don’t have much else to work with.

      • 310 EricFive
        September 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        SHe is a less likable, more shrill version of Sarah Palin.

      • 311 Obama Grandmama
        September 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        Ann will only answer the questions she wants to answer. That speaks to arrogance and elitism to me.

    • 312 57andfemale
      September 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      • 313 susanne
        September 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        hey, miss ann, we actually do all worry about the same issues! we’re worried about the unemployed in america finding jobs; you’re worried that your grumpy husband will be around the house all day if he isn’t elected to the presidency. same thing, only we’re thinking of others, and you’re just thinking of yourself.

  103. 314 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    KOS has a diary up on this, but I was wondering what you thought was up? Maybe it means nothingm, but?

    “Romney cedes Ohio TV airwaves to Obama (at least for now)”

    I suspect that maybe the are recalibrating their message, since there is other headlines saying they will be releasing 15 ads in swing states, but still 1 week can be a lifetime right?

    • September 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I’m afraid I will be a nervous wreck by election day. Heck, I am already!

      I will not cease worrying about what these fascist crooks might do…….

      Once we have the results, I will either be ecstatic or ready for an asylum.

    • 316 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      We know that the superpacs and Mitt’s campaign has raised over 100 million in each of the last few months. We know they’re going to saturate the ad markets thoroughly and ruthlessly. So don’t be surprised with anything they do. The good news? Mitt has to win all of the swing states to win, PBO has many paths to 270. Example, if PBO wins Fla he wins. Just hang on for a bumpy ride.

  104. 317 FormelyFRED
    September 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I won’t be long TOD family but I beg you PLEASE report this bastard to the Secret Service



    you’ll see the tweet about assassinating the President,dated September 5th

    • 318 FormelyFRED
      September 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      p.s: omg,omg,omg it worked,it bloody worked.I did it.I finally found a way to re-post a tweet 😮

      ok back to work
      see you darlings later 😉

    • September 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Hadn’t seen this one. Did all of you see/hear about the 16-year old girl in Cincinnati? I think she did it last night during or after his speech. Will we make it through this election without something awful happening? I keep saying the hate for him is way beyond logic or reason.

      • September 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        There was a young AA pothead arrested in Charlotte for the same stuff. Insane.

      • 323 hopefruit2
        September 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        tnmtngirl, we WILL make it. We won’t allow ourselves to be bullied by these cowards. Let them stew in their hateful bile. These are the kinds of people who will vote for Mitt Romney – psychologically disturbed, cowards, hatemongers, bigots, racists, losers, bums, scum, because his message appeals to them and to no one else.

        • 324 Obama Grandmama
          September 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

          They are the same gun toting, racist, cruel individuals mocking Obama with stuffed monkeys, carrying pictures of him looking like Hitler and such that attended Sarah Palin’s rallies.

        • 325 nathkatun7
          September 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

          I am with you hopefruit2! I will not allow fear mongers to dictate my actions. These people spew all these hate filled nonsense to try distract us. The President is right now well protected by the SS. Just because some coward sits behind a computer and, in his/her delusional state, advocates violence against the President must not be allowed to distract us from focusing on re-electing President Obama. I am sure the SS follows closely these imbecile hate mongers. It’s the SS that is charged with the physical protection of the President. For me, as a private citizen, there is very little I can do to protect the President. While I am deeply concerned about his physical well being, as well the physical well being of his family, I will never allow these cowardly imbeciles, the real merchants of fear, to demoralize me. Right now all I am focused on, between now and and Nov.6, 2012, is doing everything in my power to help re-elect President Obama. This means tuning off cowardly idiots who use the internet to threaten the life of the President. May be I am wrong, but I have the absolute confidence that the SS, which has protected the President and his family for five years, will continue to protect them. As long as my President is not afraid of these nuts, there is absolutely no reason for me to fear them.

  105. 327 0388jojothecat
    September 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I swear as God as my witness, if anything happens to one hair on that man’s head or VP Biden, SLOTUS, FLOTUS or anyone in the OBAMA team, I will be too through with this country. I will sell everything I own and renounce my citizenship. This nonesense has got to stop. The vote is the only weapon that should be used to get rid of any candidate. If your candidate doesn’t win you don’t destroy this country because you didn’t get your way.

  106. September 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Email just in from POTUS:


    If every supporter of this campaign steps up when it counts, we will win this election.

    From now until November 6th, every single day is going to count.

    We have a goal of reaching 600,000 grassroots donations during our convention week — which means we need 75,000 more before midnight.

    This week we saw how much is at stake in this election. Will you step up?

    Let’s win.



    If anyone cares to donate, I’m here for you. Hee.


  107. September 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    OH. MAH. GAWD.

  108. 336 susanne
    September 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    vanity fair’s piece on the staging of the dnc convention; worth a read:

    ‘ The visuals from Charlotte were better, too, than those from Tampa. Unlike the blocky R.N.C. stage, which was allegedly an homage to Frank Lloyd Wright but looked more like a Magnavox showroom, circa 1966, the D.N.C. stage was sleek, contemporary, and sweeping, clearly designed with widescreen TVs in mind—a backdrop that accentuated the drama of politicians’ speeches without upstaging them. ‘

    ‘ At the R.N.C. the sometimes undulating video backdrop suggested we were watching the world’s squeakiest, most uptight light show, and the bright primary colors tended to wash out speakers’ skin tones, or turn them a Trumpian orange. But at the D.N.C. someone was clearly taking care to complement speakers visually rather than fight with or upstage them. This was especially notable with women speakers, whose outfits came in a range of colors that could have been problematic. But a muted blue backdrop was perfect for Michelle Obama and her pink and silver dress, as was a muted gold for Elizabeth Warren’s royal blue suit. Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, wore white, which can be tricky on TV for all kinds of technical reasons, but a mottled rose-gray background set off her outfit without overpowering it. ‘


    • 337 Cha
      September 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks susanne!

    • 338 carolyn
      September 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      So glad Vanity Fair agrees with me 🙂 Yesterday I wrote almost this same piece on here. I was amazed at the beauty of the DNC background and floor, and stunned at the ugliness of the RNC. I had read before their convention about the high powered people hired to make the backdrop friendly, so that Mitt would look “friendly.” Well, superfail!
      The DNC backdrop flowed with pictures, colors, and the pictures represented the states the speakers were from often….just beautiful. Obviously, their designers were better than the others. I love the “Magnavox showroom circa 1966”! I just saw bare glimpses of the RNC because I could not tolerate it, but I did see enough to know how horrible it was. The DNC people were lighting geniuses.

      • 339 nathkatun7
        September 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        Carolyn, I read your post yesterday and it was quite educational for me as I know absolutely nothing about theatrical matters. You definitely know what you are talking about because I was so impressed with the visual beauty of the DNC convention. I am so glad to come to this site where smart and knowledgeable people, like you, help us understand what’s going on around us.

  109. 340 Sharon
    September 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    CBS is streaming Iowa event now. Sound is poor right now. Obamas should be landing right about now.

  110. September 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  111. 344 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    HAHAHA! So when a racist police union refuses to back Mitt Romney after supporting the Republican nominee in 2000, 2004 and 2008, you know Romney is in trouble.

    // Mitt Romney has been turned away by a large union whose endorsement he hoped to win.

    The 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, announced that it would back no candidate for president this year, the first time the group had passed on an endorsement in its 98-year history. The union backed the Republican nominees in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and backed President Bill Clinton in 1996. //


  112. 345 DIVASMOM
    September 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Delurking please when you have some time go to the Democrat Super Store on line. Very nice Obama banners, signs and t-shirts. And if I spelled something wrong so what ! You all know what I mean.

  113. 347 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The Republicans’ Shameless War on Voting



    There is absolutely no question that Republicans are trying to suppress non-whites from voting, throughout the Southern states, in an effort that has been accelerating since 2010. It is not difficult to catalogue this abusive Republican mission, which unfortunately has spread, in a few instances, to states above the Mason-Dixon Line as well.

    Nor is there any doubt whatsoever about why Republicans are doing this, since the demographics of the states where it is happening suggest that it is becoming increasingly difficult for white descendants of the Confederacy, with their puppet conservative politicians, and for conservatives in general, to retain control of government.

    Frankly, I find this voter suppression disgusting. Southern conservatives, who now control the GOP, have succeeded in destroying the party of Abraham Lincoln, with its once long and proud tradition of seeking to extend the voting franchise, not restrict it.



  114. 348 squarepeg
    September 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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