Rise and Shine



Today (all times ET):

10:0: President Obama, VP Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden depart Charlotte en route Portsmouth, N.H.

11:45: Arrive in Portsmouth

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

2:30: Depart Portsmouth

5:45: Arrive in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

8:35: President Obama departs Cedar Rapids en route St. Petersburg, Fla.

10:55: Arrives in St. Petersburg


President Barack Obama’s post-convention bus tour of Florida this weekend will include a speech at the Kissimmee Civic Center Saturday afternoon and Melbourne on Sunday …. The bus tour also will include a stop in Seminole on Saturday and Melbourne and West Palm Beach on Sunday. The President begins Saturday with a visit to the St. Petersburg College-Seminole Campus. From there he will be busing around Florida for the weekend…..



NYT Editorial: President Obama’s dilemma has always been that he has been far more successful a president than his opponents claim, but far less successful than he needs to be at making voters see that. Powerful speeches by former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and others did a lot to fix that impression during the convention. But it was up to Mr. Obama to make the case for another term, with a speech that was every bit as fraught with uncertainty and risk as his 2008 convention address.

Just as he did then, Mr. Obama rose to the occasion.

…. Mr. Obama went into this convention with an actual record at governing – not just the Republican posture of saying “No” to everything. He has far better ideas about how to create jobs, make Americans’ tax burdens more equitable and improve ordinary Americans’ economic prospects than the tired, failed trickle-down fantasies served up by Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

….He blunted the extreme message of the Tea Party by offering an alternative vision of government’s obligation to help the neediest, provide everyone with the basic structures of society and the economy and end unconscionable discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. He has protected women’s constitutional rights and liberties, despite his own misgivings about abortion. He ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden…..

Full editorial here



Politico haz a sad:

Roger Simon: I wrote a few days ago that if the Democrats could maintain the enthusiasm they showed on the first day of their convention for all three days, Mitt Romney would be in serious trouble.

…. Democratic enthusiasm – real fire-in-the-belly enthusiasm – is a killer for Romney for one big reason: There is no sizable pro-Romney movement in this country…. There never has been….. his campaign is fueled by dislike for and disappointment with Barack Obama…. It is harder to turn out a vote against someone than a vote for someone.

Anger is not a movement. Disappointment is not a cause. And passionate support is an antidote to both.

….. the Democrats staged a masterful convention. It went from Michelle to Bill to Biden and Barack. The emotion built every nigh tand something very unusual was revealed.

There has been a shocking transformation in the American political landscape. As Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times tweeted Thursday night: “A striking difference between conventions: Military service, patriotism are center stage at Democratic convention and nearly absent at GOP.”

Virtually overnight, the Democrats have become the party of strength and loyalty to country. This is a huge role reversal…..

More here



See the link for the rest of the calendar – thank you CarolDuhart












Morning everyone 😉

164 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    September 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    let’s go!!!

    • 2 Roberta in MN
      September 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

      GM 4morefor44 congrats on 1st. Yes we are getting organized in MN. This week has been awesome. I want to thank all of you for your prayers for my Daughter in law. She has some damage to her foot, she is still in the hospital, but they plan on taking all the tubes out today and physical therapy is going to come in and do an evaluation. More stuff going on than she let anybody know, even my Son. He will be home today and get the full boat. I thank you all again.

  2. 3 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    GM 4More! 😆

    Good Morning, Everyone! 😀 😀 😀

    TODobots, I was so sleepy last night, pumped but tired, I didn’t take time to THANK YOU for your company over the past days! It has been a blast to be able to participate in this historic experience in an environment without acrimony. THANK YOU ALL!

  3. 4 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    • September 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Amen!! While some are whining that the number of jobs created is small, at least it’s in the positive territory.

      We need to ask Republicans in the House what they’ve done to create even one job.

    • September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

      without the help of the Republicans.

    • 7 Obama Grandmama
      September 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I knew something was phoney when I heard the ABC news report on the radio this morning. They did say the 96,000 jobs but did not mention the unemployment rate going down and only talked about it as a disappointing report. Then they played Romney’s message. They always paint it as disappointing. The day before the report the numbers are always amped up so the next day they can be less than expected then at the end of another month the statistics are rounded up. Nothing new is said about the previous number report being increased. My thoughts are if they are less something would be said. This time as I am reporting I heard the report came in “weaker” than July.

      • 8 Obama Grandmama
        September 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

        President Obama was right when he said WE were the ones that have to keep HOPE and CHANGE alive. I say that pertaining to the media in particular. They frame everything in a negative light. 30 straight months of job creation is a better way to look at it.

  4. September 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

    awake at last… Good morning Chips. Hope you had a restful night GM TOD

  5. 10 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:41 am


  6. 11 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:42 am
  7. 12 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:43 am
  8. 21 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:43 am
  9. 22 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:44 am
    • 23 Ladyhawke
      September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

      QUESTION: Are you better off now than you were four years ago.

      ANSWER: Heck yeah. Four years ago George W. Bush was president. (next question)

  10. 24 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

    That’s all folks.

  11. 25 cluny
    September 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    GM to all – and to all the tweeters out there – please push back on the jackals who are going to try to kill all talk of the successful D convention by trolling about the jobs numbers. Let’s remember in the 08 Sept jobs numbers we lost almost 90’000 – 4 years later we are adding jobs.

    • 26 amk for obama
      September 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Egg.Sack.Lee. So why are folks freaking out even here ?

    • 27 anniebella
      September 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

      duny, I don’t tweet, what can I do?

      • 28 cluny
        September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

        me neither – I email or phone sometimes to complain but it seems that people look to twitter first and I think that it has a powerful effect on ‘journalists’ who are basically cowards and can suffer public humiliation on twitter in a way that they can’t on email, etc. They are so used to people sucking up to them that I suspect they get a bit of a shock when there is a flood – especially when one particular person is targeted. it’s kind of like bullying but they deserve it. I plan to get a new phone soon and start before the campaign ends but in the meantime I continue in the old fashioned way and many of the wonderful people here are always ahead of the game and tweeting furiously. For what it’s worth I suggest we (as an experiment) target one jackal who has said particularly awful/dishonest stuff and send a deluge to see if it has any affect. Any one agree with this?

  12. 30 Pamela
    September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    BonJour! 🙂

  13. 31 forus50
    September 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

    The unemployment going down to 8.1% is HUGE!!! Huge, huge, huge. Everything going FORWARD. I think POTUS should reintroduce his Jobs bill again in a Rose Garden speech and then go out and campaign on it.

    • 32 57andfemale
      September 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      It’s because of less participation in the job market. It looks good and we can use it, but it’s easily explained and God knows Repubs and MSM are looking for ways to make this administration look bad.

      It’s a small jobs number. The answer from us, I think, rather than touting the 8.1%, is to push the fact that PBO’s jobs bill is collecting dust on Boehner’s desk.

      Another thing we have to start pushing: the layoffs R&R propose. What will that do to UE?

      • 33 theo67
        September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        How come every time the unemployment rate goes down, it’s because of people leaving the job market, and when it goes up, it’s somehow because of something President Obama has/hasn’t done? The GOP have stopped the jobs bill from coming to the floor – so we’re lucky to even have that 90,000 number – some businesses are still hiring. If the media wants to moan about the jobs number, they should forget about repeating an unprovable claim that people have left the job market, and start talking about how this is the result of GOP intransigence and refusal to do one thing to help the American people. We’re lucky to have 90,000 new jobs.

        • 34 57andfemale
          September 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

          I actually tweeted Boehner about the jobs bill. I actually read about 10 of his tweets. I cannot believe I can still be shocked by the lies they tell.

  14. 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

  15. 36 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

    We are not going to let the pundits hijack this positive news.

    • 37 anniebella
      September 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I’m with you ut. It just about kill the media these last 3 days. To see how well the Dem convention was carry out. Are we doing better? What if we were losing 96,000? But instead we are adding, and everyone know it is not fast enough.

  16. 38 anniebella
    September 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

    So how is everyone doing now that the jobs numbers have come out?

    • 39 hopefruit2
      September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

      I’m doing just as fine as I did the last three days!!! NOTHING is going to discourage me over the next two months. NOTHING. The media is in PANIC MODE today…and I feel damn good about that.

    • 40 theo67
      September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      I feel good! The unemployment rate went down and 90,000 people now have jobs. Good news!

    • 41 Puddin'
      September 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      I am still flying high, the DNC Convention was amazing…I have been satisfied with the jobs number for the past 30 months…I know what the media/repubs are up to…as my 99 yr old granny would say, “I ain’t studin’ them”!

  17. September 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Please, Chips make this a sticky:

    This is the Reed Calendar of Early Voting…North Carolina starts today!

    • September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Carol, that’s terrific – just added it the post. Thank you!

    • September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

      North Carolina starts today. Now we know why they pushed hard for the convention to be there.

    • 45 amk for obama
      September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

      • September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

        For those who have never early voted, you will love it. I’ve early voted since 2008 and the ability to take my time and read my ballot is precious. I could make sure I made all of the required marks in the right holes for the right people. Plus, the lines were short (in my case non-existent). I knew that my ballot was in and would be counted if only because it was already in the bin.

        • 47 kathryn kivett
          September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

          Absentee voting only starts today in NC..personally I want to be there and SEE my ballot go in the machine so I’ll wait until Oct. and do it in person…..Sorry, just don’t trust the Repugs who control our gov’t here…

    • September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

      FYI: the early voting dates for Oregon and Washington (at the bottom of the chart) are the actual voting dates. Both states are exclusively vote by mail.

    • 49 Puddin'
      September 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      No wonder they held the convention in North Carolina…and Rachel had a hissy fit because of the non-union jobs issue…don’t mess with the Obama Team!!!

  18. September 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Nice Rise and Shine. He gets great local press. That is a fact!

  19. 53 amk for obama
    September 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

  20. September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Found in my spam folder this morning: ‘How to become a fast, young millionaire’.

    So, not only a promise to make me rich, but to make me fast and young too? 😎

  21. September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Rising and Shining with my O peeps sharing in this wonderful afterglow of a great convention with all us TODdies!!! Hats off and much kudos to our Chipsticks whose convention coverage was on par with any live production we’ve seen in the last two weeks. There should be an award for this.

    I am happy and content with the job numbers, they were anticipated more than almost anything in the news. Since when is 96,000 jobs not considered a growth? That’s 30 straight months, not to mention the rate drops to 8.1%. All segments except manufacturing gained in job numbers. That can be contributed to the retooling of the automobile industry.

    My political take away today starts with a question. Did you know that states with Dem governors have twice the number of job growth in the public sector than states with Republican governors? Democrats value teachers, firefighters, sanitation workers, crossing guards, librarians, police, streetlight bulb changers, community parades and fireworks, county health services, insect abatement treatments for West Nile causing mosquitoes, animal rescue centers, etc. Republicans value……give me a second, there’s bound to be something. June and July numbers were revised downward due to losses in public sector jobs. Public sector jobs were also loss in August .

    Today, is it possible to continue in the feelings of the last 3 days? Is it possible to remain upbeat and positive? Must we report on every single word that we hear by pundits in a manner of dismay and discouragement? If you really care, or are shocked, or outraged, or even discombobulated by what they say, do you need to tell us the obvious? Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem hearing what’s been said, by whomever says it. I have given information that I’ve heard as well, but I make a special effort to pass on the good stuff. If it’s bad news, then I at least make it about the subject matter, not the TV personality who said it. It’s all in the way it’s relayed. Who needs the almost obsession with TV and twitter personalities whose opinion (not investigative journalism) seem carry more weight than our push to move FORWARD.

    Just asking………… while ducking……… but still happy dancing.

    • 64 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Good point, cookemon. People will conspire to bring us down. We don’t have to help them.

    • 65 donna dem 4 obama
      September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I was trying to think of a way to say what you said so no ducking from me. I’d love to see us concentrate on this President’s message and not some pundits wim. It’s like we hate what they say but we can’t wait to repeat what they say.

      It’s all about GOTV at this point. I expect zero help from our media to assist in informing the public of the truth so it never surprises me when they don’t.

  22. 66 99ts
    September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    What amazes me – the President is up and running again to campaign – Mitt is at one of his homes directing the PACs where to place their ads – he seems to want to outsource the campaign.

  23. 67 57andFemale
    September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

    • 68 anniebella
      September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

      So President Obama have fired how many people? As Bill Clinton said it is all about the math. Who have put more people into poverty? Bain Capital man……Mitt Romney.

  24. 69 99ts
    September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Nate Silver is a statistic nerd – he is not a good pundit – and since joining the NYT tries so hard to say nice things about the GOP – so look at his stats, not his blog pieces – and for the past 2 weeks the President has gone onwards and upwards. Some of this is based on Romney getting virtually a nil bounce from the convention and from his VP – so there could be fluctuations based on the aftermath of the Dem convention – but R&R are going to have to do something well out of the box to win on these figures. Don’t believe they have a chance.

  25. 70 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Joe Kennedy III won his primary bid for Congress in Mass. He will run against a Repub businessman to replace retired congressman Barney Franks. Another Kennedy on the rise.

  26. 71 xtine
    September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    A Lovely Day to All! Happy Friday too!

  27. September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, TODville!

    Still high from a fantastic week of DNC and today – TODAY! – we get to see our POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and SLOTUS all together on the campaign trail. It’s going to be another GREAT day for us. I’m extremely proud of our party and our POTUS. Our First Family makes me smile.

    PLEASE, if you are not feeling the momentum, I urge you to step away from the talking heads and find your nearest OFA office and pitch in. You will see how excited people are to elect this President. You will feel GREAT about what you are doing to help. I promise you that!

  28. September 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    G’morning CHIPS, TOD, everyone!! Oh my..what an AMAZING night last night. I could not even post, I was just absorbing it all in!!!

    Don’t let the media and their bullshyte framing about jobs numbers get us down. As Patrick Deval, we will NOT allow this President to be bullied out of office by media/Republican operatives being lobbied by Big Oil, Koch $$$, etc

  29. September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

  30. 77 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

    When there were months where more jobs were added, but the unemployment rate remained high or grew, it was all about the unemployment rate. Today, with fewer jobs added in August, but a lower unemployment number as well, it’s all about the lower than expected job number, not the drop to a 8.1% unemployment rate. Do not worry, it’s gonna be this way for the next two months. The September numbers will be anticipated more than anything so far. The October numbers will be presented as if the earth’s axis depended on it. This will not be for the squeamish, or the faint of heart

    Our biggest challenge in October will be the GOTV, because no matter what the numbers (unless 500,000 jobs were added and a 4.5% unemployment rate), the spin will be a negative one. We will have to guard against a major let down in enthusiasm, or any feelings of defeat. We’re going to have to lift folks up who may believe that the number, whatever it is, will not change PBO’s vision to move us FORWARD.

  31. 80 desertflower
    September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am


    Barack Obama, all in

    Charlotte, N.C. — “First shot, straight through, that’s how you perform under pressure.” said Barack Obama said in 2008. They played the quote with a video clip of Obama making a basket at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
    Obama knew how to make it look easy, even though it wasn’t.
    When he spoke at the last two Democratic conventions, he was a challenger. “I’m no longer just a candidate,” Obama declared. “I’m the president.”
    On the political front, Obama has some impressive victories. “Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did,” said Obama. “I promised to refocus the war on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over.”
    Those are popular accomplishments. What has impressed me Thursday night is that he isn’t running away from his unpopular decisions.


    Thursday night a young man named Jason Crow introduced himself to the Time Warner Cable Arena as “an Eagle Scout, and I was raised by two moms, Jackie and Terry.”
    Barack Obama is not backing down. He is not moving to the center. He is not going to reach across the aisle. He is not going to try to unite the country.
    This convention was on fire because the Democratic base knows: One way or another, he’s all in.

    • 82 susanne
      September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      this is a terrific article–tods must read!
      i’ve been dismayed (but shouldn’t be surprised) that this morning, the major news outlets are saying pbo’s speech was meh. that isn’t how i remember it at all! the article linked here is a wonderful counter to that falsehood.

  32. 84 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’m hearing again the Mitt is very hands-on with the campaign. Is it any wonder that it’s such a clustershuck?

  33. September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I am doing a little preemptive pushback for David Gregory “nuzzling gently”* in Mitt Romney’s lap on MTP this sunday.
    (*Jonathan Chait’s apt description of how the MSM coddled Paul Ryan.)


    • 86 cluny
      September 7, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Ha! Brilliant strategy.

    • 87 4morefor44
      September 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

      great idea! twitter brigade activate! start hammering him now, especially since he and his republican friends are such fans of pre-emtive strikes.

    • 88 Obama Grandmama
      September 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Speaking of giving Paul Ryan easy passes on his talking points/lies I recorded the Dem Convention on both MSNBC and CNN but watched C-Span live. (Guess I have turned into an ultimate political junky!) When starting to watch CNN I could not take it any more and deleted it. They had the speakers in the background while speaking over them just as MSNBC but CNN brought on Paul Ryan and interviewed him on what he thought letting him get by with all his talking points. I thought WTF!! It is the Dem Convention and they are interviewing the GOP?

      • 89 theo67
        September 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        Just hearing this story makes my blood boil! CNN is a lost cause – people just need to stop watching that garbage. They are working so hard to become as misleading as FOX. It’s a waste of brain cells.

  34. 90 anniebella
    September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing POTUS, FLOTUS, Biden, Dr.Biden today in N.H. and Iowa. To hell with the media.

  35. 93 cookemom
    September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

    HAHAHAHA!!! $arah Pay’em does it again. When asked about John Kerry’s reference to her in his speech last night, she responded (paraphrased), ‘He diminished himself by even mentioning my name. I’m a nobody and why would the elite know who I am?’ This said from her in-home TV studio.

    My ears!!!! The noise!!!!

  36. 95 1jam4pbo
    September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Good morning Miss Chips and fellow inhabitants of TOD-ville. Oh what a night! What a great Convention. I am sure that this will fire up people to get out there and vote. The choice is clear even to me here on my little Island.
    Have a great day everyone, the best days are ahead.

  37. 96 squarepeg
    September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

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  41. 111 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am



    “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.”

    — Ronald Reagan

    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    — Ronald Reagan

    • 112 sherijr
      September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Ronald Reagan’s type of government was the problem 😉 problem w/ gop is they want all the govt $$$ for themselves… we pay them to shaft us. POTUS wanting to put us in the gameplan.. for him it’s about us, for Romney it’s about Romney & the top one percent- nothing new w/ gop.

    • 113 4morefor44
      September 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

      wow. so reagan thinks the u.s. constitution is the problem then, since that document is all about setting up the government, in detail.

  42. 114 Sharon
    September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Air Force One just now leaving NC. Girls were shown but they were headed in a different direction (back to school?). Kind of cute when they were going up the stairs, you could see Michelle picking up speed and the President scrambling to keep up. I’ve seen her race him before.

  43. 115 cluny
    September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I think media push back is absolutely vital. If people (including other media people such as Steve Benen, Greg Sargent) hadn’t pushed back/ discussed RR’s predilection for lies we may not have seen the pushback from AP etc. It doesn’t have to be personal or mean but by calling people out en masse they may reign in some of their more flagrant lies. I think the Lyin’ Ryan meme has harmed Ryan and helped O and Joe. Ryan will have to be a little more careful in his debate and the moderators will have to be a little more careful about not letting them get away with so much. My feeling is (as Lawrence O’Donnell has reccommended so many times on his show) that the debate moderators should be receiving a steady stream of tweets as of now. Here are the addresses if anyone is interested:
    @NewsHour (for Jim Lehrer)
    @crowleyCNN (for Candy Crowley

    • September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Also – here are more specifics so we can focus our timing for pushback on the debate topics.

      2012 Presidential Debates: Dates, Topics, Moderators

      Debate #1
      Wed, 10/3
      University of Denver – Denver, CO
      Domestic Policy
      Jim Lehrer, PBS

      Debate #2
      Tue, 10/16
      Hoefstra University – Hempstead, NY
      Town Hall Meeting Style, Domestic and Foreign Policy
      Candy Crowley, CNN

      Debate #3
      Mon, 10/22
      Lynn University – Boca Raton, FL
      Foreign Policy
      Bob Schieffer, CBS

      Vice Presidential Debate
      Thur, 10/11
      Centre College – Danville, KY
      Domestic and Foreign Policy
      Martha Raddatz, ABC

    • 117 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Yes, this is a good strategy. You know they’re already working the refs. We must do the same, especially Candy Crowley. We must let her know we’re watching and will hold her accountable. This is a much better way to make our voices heard by the MSM. This will get us a much better bang, if we can be of any influence.

      • 118 carolyn
        September 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

        I saw Jim Lehrer interviewed by Marvin Kalb last week on the Kalb Report. Jim (my cousin) has moderated more presidential debates than anyone else. He is a careful preparer, and genuinely has no ax to grind.
        Kalb asked him if he got mail from people concerning questions for the debate. He responded YES! Last time his office received 20,000 emails with suggestions. Kalb asked him what he did with them. He said his staff categorized them by subject so they knew what subjects were the most popular. He does not read individual emails, so the point is to make your voice heard in numbers on specific subjects. He said he prepares long and hard for these, I know he does. The only person who knows what he might ask is his wife, Kate. She doesn’t know until just before the debate, when he will read her a list of questions and get her critique.
        I don’t know how the others prepare, but this is what he said in the interview, and knowing Jim, I believe him.

        • 119 cookemom
          September 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

          Jim is and imo has always been an excellent newscaster/interviewer. His method is precisely what a professional journalist would do. He seems more interested in the pulse of the citizenry (important subject), rather than the demand by some to slant or ask questions skewed by individual/ideology thinking. I believe we should send tweets and emails on those subjects near and dear to us (stand on women’s issues, falsehoods on PBOs record, lies about Medicare/Medicaid, etc.). I wish the others would be as conscientious as your cuz, somehow I don’t get that from the others. Though Schieffer can be a defender of truth in advertising, not the hyperbole that we hear. I’m afraid Candy may be a lost cause, but she does need to know we’re watching.

          • 120 Sandee
            September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

            Cluny, Meta and all this is a great idea. Right about the ugly, just push fact. With your encouragement, I now am on twitter. I still have no clue but I do hit the retweet button on those you post here, and I hope that in some way is helpful. So appreciate Chips, and all the dedicated TOD-ers here.. You all keep the rest of us informed and fired up! Love you all! FORWARD

  44. September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

  45. 122 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    People spend when they FEEL good about the economy. And consumer spending in turn helps to stimulate the economy, which creates a virtuous cycle.

  46. 123 lamh35
    September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The goal post moving this morning is fascinating. First Romney needed to have a good June, after the primary was over. He didnt, contrary to CW, Obama cleaned his clock. Then Romney needed a better summer leading up to the convention. Aside from Paul Ryan pick, Romney had a bad summer. Then Romney needed to have a great convention and therefore increase his fortunes, but he didn’t the convention was a disaster, first cause of Isaac, then Ann Romney’s overrated speech, then all the speakers who talked more about themselves that about the nominee, then the drab stagecraft, then Paul Ryan’s lying acceptance speech, then Romney lukewarm speech that was a big ole whiff of nothing, with no mention of the war or the troops, oh and less we forget…Clint Eastwood! Now he needs to over perform in the debates. Which is a lot of pressure & Mitt doesn’t seem to do well under pressure. Also, personally, I think more people are underestimating Obama’s debating skills by comparing them to 2008, & they are overestimating Romney’s debating skills by comparing them to that clown show that was the GOP primaries.

    • 124 cookemom
      September 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I say keep the goalposts moving for Mitt. It only builds up expectation and sets the bar far too high for him to reach. That’s exactly what happened to Ann. Everyone felt that of all the speakers, she and Christie were going to catapult them into the 21st century. She helped by inserting her view on policy, and saying that he’s nothing without her. She failed miserably and so did Crispy. The Ryan pick, also thought to be a stroke of genius, or at least a shout out to the teabutts, resulted in a negative bounce actually.

      They’re doing it again with the debates. Setting him up to fail. He has to win every one of them overwhelmingly or he’s toast. All PBO has to do is show up and say, I’m not a candidate anymore, I’m the President.

    • 125 57andfemale
      September 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I’m all for building extremely high expectations for R & R both in the debates. They are FANTASTIC. They are BRILLIANT.

  47. 126 squarepeg
    September 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

  48. 127 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Our indefatigable President is already back on the campaign trail while Willard is trying to cram for the debates. New Hampshire and Iowa are gonna be rockin’ today — they’re so lucky to get PBO, VPJB, MO and JB all together the day after the Convention!

    Soooo…..how much of our wonderful Convention and our wonderful speeches do you thing Willard and crew are gonna try to copy? We already know they want a do-over. We already know they neglected to mention our service men and women and the war. It will be interesting to see how they try to back and fill over the next few weeks. 😆

  49. 128 cindysweatt
    September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

    For some odd reason I watched Morning Joe (I guess I wanted to see how he would make fun of the President’s speech) and was surprised at how they were going on and on about how the President did such a marvelous job. They said the jobs report would be out shortly and that would either upstage the President or help him. I waited(really needed to leave for work) and they announced- “Boy, this is looking good for President Obama!” Good start to my day. On another note, I am still worried that Dems will sit back and be complacent. In my extremely repug area we are not doing well. I canvas four times a week, and it is not good news. We have very few volunteers willing to go knock doors. Out here we need to be speaking to voters at their doors just like we did in 2008. The change we made in our area of Colorado was what changed our state blue. We have to get out there now, and not stop until Nov. 7th.! Heck yea the convention was great, but how many people were watching? What kind of people were watching. I hope he wasn’t just preaching to the choir. We all need to get out there and knock on the doors. No, it is not fun, but if the President can put up with what he puts up with, we can too.

  50. 134 donna dem 4 obama
    September 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    GM TOD,

    The battle for our President’s reelection truly begins today. After this phenomenal Convention week in Charlotte the Right is going to throw everything they can at us. You think the racist tinged ads were bad before…you just wait!

    Local OFA offices need your help so badly. Answer the phone, data entry, setup the office, phone bank, and drive elder volunteers to their local OFA office to volunteer, donate food for the volunteers. There are many ways that you can contribute to the success of this campaign.

    This Beautiful Man Needs YOU!

  51. 136 anniebella
    September 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    The Democratic Convention on a scale of 1-10, was a 25.

  52. 137 utaustinliberal
    September 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    This is so freaking cool. The power of Obama. Damn!

  53. September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

  54. 139 Ladyhawke
    September 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    The American Jobs Act — One Year Late

    By Steve Benen


    Follow this pattern of events:

    1. With the job market struggling, Obama unveils the American Jobs Act, a State of the Union agenda filled with economic measures, and an economic “to-do list.”

    2. Republican lawmakers ignore the proposals, and the job market deteriorates.

    3. The GOP then blames Obama for the failure his policies, which Congress didn’t pass.

    The accepted truth this morning is that weak job numbers are absolute, concrete, incontrovertible proof that the president’s jobs agenda isn’t working. News flash: we aren’t trying Obama’s jobs agenda.



    REPUBLICAN JOB CREATION: http://www.republicanjobcreation.com/

  55. 141 CindyH
    September 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I’ve never cried so much (both with joy and just being MOVED) at a convention and I loved all the speeches, but I cried the most when Rep. John Lewis spoke. Tears of shame for the hate that has lived in our past and is still present in our country mixed with tears of joy for having lived to see President Obama lead our country forward. President Obama will continue to lead us forward – I know he will be re-elected because of how he inspires us to work with him. And I know he will continue to lead even after his 2nd term has completed.

  56. September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    This is your best post yet. Thank you!!!!

  57. September 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Speaking of campaigning; Miss Ann is channeling Rafalca:

    And here’s to the laid-off teachers, firefighters and other local community servants:

    • 146 4morefor44
      September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

      some estimates put it in the 6% range if republicans weren’t firing public workers all over america.

      • 147 cluny
        September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

        It’s amazing if you look at the jobs numbers released Sept 08. 84,000 jobs were lost but just over 70,000 were added in the public sector to try and mitigate the fallout. So – in other words IOKIYR to boost the govt sector during a downturn but let’s keep PBO from doing it. The Repubs are gross and one of the biggest culprits is Olympia Snowe who demanded that monies be cut from the states during the crafting of the stimulus bill otherwise they wouldn’t get her vote so they had to take extra money away from the states that would have been an enormous help. She should be so ashamed and I’m suprised she has the gall to complain about a lack of bi- partisanship as she’s sailing out the door. What a shameful final term she had in Congress – she could have really helped so many people but instead she bowed before Mitch McConnell’s orders. Coward.

        • 148 anniebella
          September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

          duny, I say the exact same thing about Sen. Snowe. She bow down to McConnell orders and now she wants to complain. All the Republicans are dirty low down rats.

  58. 149 cluny
    September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Can I suggest that if we tweet the debate moderators we do it as separate tweets to each individually rather than a group tweet to all – puts more pressure on them this way and easier for them to hide behind each other if it’s sent as a group thing.

  59. 150 Anya
    September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    It might be imposible to comprehend but I feel more fired up than I did in 08. This is a MUST WIN election. We cannot let the republicans and their collaborators in the media con Americans into being complacent.
    I actually feel Mittenz is much worse than John McCain. For all his faults John McCain had a moral compass.

  60. 151 Dudette
    September 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Good Morning Family! I wanted to serenade you with something uplifiting! Can’t sing it to you myself, so here are some surrogates. 😀

    Love, love, LOVE you!!! 🙂

    • 152 HZ
      September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Good Morning TOD Family. Beautiful day to greet this day, because we have Never Seen This Day Before! So sit quietly(if you can) and meditate how you would like to use it.
      Remember, you have Never see this day before, so: Enjoy; Re-group; Get a nice cup of tea/coffee; laugh at something today; stay in your PJs for at least two hours more today; and sip on your coffee/tea; dance to a favorite song and Move Around the Floor; do not forget to eat a piece of chocolate later in the day; put on one of your POB’s Tees, pins, or hats; light a candle, and say a “Thanksgiving Prayer/Meditation for POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, SSLOTUS, and all of our Military and their families. Finally, get out and do something special for all of the beautiful women in your life because your beautiful women will be affected by your “Choice” on Nov. 6, 2012!!

      ((((((((((((((((((((I love our Chips so much, and I want to thank you for being here for me and all of our TOD family members all this week. You are the Best, Chips!!!))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  61. 153 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I think the media is in serious panic mode today after what they witnessed in Charlotte the last 3 days. They are truly unhinged right now.

    • September 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

      The reason the Press is not having a good time, is because they do and say everything the Robney Camp wants them to, and yet, Robney is still behind.
      It is evident, they are getting yelled at by the Robney Folks, behind the scenes. HELP? They are saying… The Press looks stressed out!

  62. 155 JER
    September 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Stream is up for President Obama & VP Biden At Strawberry Bank Museum – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  63. 156 hopefruit2
    September 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

    What a gorgeous dress from Ann Taylor!

  64. 159 Dakota
    September 7, 2012 at 11:49 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!


  65. September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Morning all. What a wonderful 3 days of ‘democraticness’…

    I feel like I took a trip on the CURIOSITY to mars and I am just coming back

    to earth this morning.

    I will not let the naysayers steal my joy. WE gained jobs, thats a positive.

    From the analysis I read, manufacturing jobs fell, partly because August is when

    the auto companies re-tool but should pick up in Sept. FORWARD!!!

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