Nope, still no enthusiasm

St. Petersburg, Sept 8 (Oliver Knox)


An oldie ….. but hey, we’re all feeling like this today:


President Obama shakes hands with former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist prior to speaking during a campaign event at St. Petersburg Seminole Campus

A young supporter of President Obama leaves after attending a campaign rally on the campus of St. Petersburg College, September 8

You can see the speech at C-Span


More from yesterday:


VP Biden gets out of his limousine to greet President Obama after his arrival at Portsmouth International Airport, Sept 7


Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 7


Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sept 7


The University of Iowa, September 7


President Obama applauds First Lady Michelle Obama as he waits backstage before addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

President Obama and VP Biden shake hands after signing official papers as candidates following Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, September 6

…. walking to their car following President Obama’s speech in Charlotte


Lots more speeches from Charlotte are now on the DNC YouTube channel



4:30 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Kissimmee Civic Center

159 Responses to “Nope, still no enthusiasm”

  1. 4 Don
    September 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Go President Obama!

  2. 5 Don
    September 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 6 kathryn kivett
      September 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      You know, even though we don’t think so, it will be argued about who has the best candidates, ideas, etc; but the one thing I dare them to argue about…..we play the best damn music at our rallies…..that was random but I just wanted to say it b/c it always makes me smile.

      • 7 isonprize
        September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Oh yeah!!! That DeeJay was the absolute best!! The music had me cracking up. I know that folks were dancing all over that Convention! LOVED IT!! And the DJ had a sense of humor. For instance, he played Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna be starting Something” when Rahm Emanuel walked on Stage.

        • 8 Dudette
          September 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

          I caught that ison! I burst into laughter when Rahm came out and that song played.
          The DJ picked great music that represented each speaker perfectly. I’d love to see his playlist. 🙂

          • September 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

            You’re always going to have better music when the other side keeps getting cease and desist letters.

            • 10 isonprize
              September 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

              Yeah, ain’t that a trip!! Plus, I’ve been following Krispy Kreme’s sad because Bruce Springsteen won’t let him use any of the Boss’ music. HAHAHAHAHAHA Apparently KK has an encyclopedic knowledge and love for Bruce’s songs. It’s obvious that KK never actually listened to Bruce’s lyric.

            • 11 susanne
              September 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

              and you’re always going to have better music when the other side is a bunch of grumpy old prunes!

    • 12 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      😆 Congrats, Don!

    • 13 Pamela
      September 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      DON! you OWN this thread! 😆

  3. 14 Don
    September 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Is anyone here?

  4. 17 Dudette
    September 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Don! You’re on FIYAH!!! 😀

  5. 18 pugeretto
    September 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Nobody is here.

  6. 19 pugeretto
    September 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Congrats Don on 1st,2nd,3rd & so on & so on!

  7. 20 lamh35
    September 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Good Morning guys!

    Romney Got a Negative Bounce

    The Princeton Election Consortium finds Mitt Romney actually got a negative bounce coming out of his convention…

    Big Bounce Coming for Obama?

    Nate Silver says tracking polls are pointing toward “a decent-size convention bounce” for President Obama and says it’s “unlikely, in fact, that the movement in the polls reflects statistical noise alone.”

    “What’s a bit more worrisome for Mr. Romney is that Gallup’s reporting of the head-to-head results in its poll occurs over a lengthy seven-day window, meaning that only a minority of the interviews in the poll were conducted after the major speeches at the Democratic convention. In fact, most of the interviews in the poll were conducted just after the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., a period in which Mr. Romney should have been enjoying a convention bounce of his own.”

    • 21 4morefor44
      September 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      i’m not going to get too excited by this trending yet. seems like they’re already setting up their next false narrative to justify their weighting changes to the polls, so polls can magically show the mittbot gaining steam next week. they say it’s because “the disappointing jobs numbers.” of course, none of “the news” will report that this latest jobs report from bls is approx 370,000 more jobs than august bls in 2008, so the answer to “are we better off than 4 years ago” is a resounding yes!! in every way one tries to slice and dice it. so naturally again, a mittbot gain in polls by monday. ignoring them is the best strategy. we know what they’re going to do.

  8. 22 Dudette
    September 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the DNC video link Chips. The CSPAN one is a bit cumbersome to navigate and they don’t have the cool backstage clips.

    Can’t tell yet, are the musical performances on the DNC site as well? I’d love to see those.

  9. 23 fisher5
    September 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    We need to translate ALL those beautiful faces into votes. This is a weekend of action. I made calls for 8 straight hours yesterday. It was a great honor to represent President Obama. One young Republican man said he had changed his vote to the President because he was able to refinance his home sving $400/mo. He thanked the President and will vote for him in November. That is what CHANGE looks like.

    • 24 desertflower
      September 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you for your long weekend of calls! I have had those conversations myself….people can actually feel first hand what his programs have done:) The best thing we can all do when making our calls is to listen…and then tailor the conversation and FACTS around their concerns. I had one Republican agreeing with me so often, that he decided to volunteer for PBO:) Took me 45 minutes of talking (NOT a problem!) but I did it! He was fired up, ready to go!! Nice job, fisher:)

  10. 25 Pamela
    September 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Well, nevermind. Here on TOD, enthusiasm shakes the heck out of my iPad sometimes, the commenting is so fast! 🙂

  11. September 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for the picture of the little boy with the home made t shirt, you’ve got to love him, I set it as my desktop, he’s going to remind me of what we’re fighting for, for the next 59 days

  12. September 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The BBC’s US correspondent wrote a piece saying that Obama’s rhetoric was “no game changer”. Methinks Mr. Mardell has spent too much time in Georgetown cocktail parties.

  13. 31 Don
    September 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    How do you hold a convention and come away with a negative bounce? I’ve always thought that President Obama would win reelection, but I’m starting to sense a landslide victory of epic proportions.

  14. 40 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I just finished re-watching Michelle’s speech, then I come here and see all these incredible pics. The photo of the boy with the “Kids love Obama” t-shirt just did me in; what beautiful photography. Now I am a blubbering mess, dammit! 😆

  15. 46 daisydem
    September 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Can I ask a question. Did the President take his hands off Michelle O’Bama anytime yesterday? Because from the photographic evidence I see posted here, he pretty much had his hands and/or arms on/around her all day! Not that there is anything wrong with that!!!

    • 47 isonprize
      September 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Daisydem. I don’t think so… 😆 😳 😆

      But that’s what I love about them. It can’t be faked. They are so comfortable with each other. So ridiculously in love with each other… And he’ll take care of the country just as well as he takes care of his precious wife and daughters and Momma Robinson.

    • 49 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I know, right? I noticed the same thing. He just loves him some Michelle!

    • 51 1jam4pbo
      September 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Well you know we say it all the time here at TOD. “Once you get hold of a good thing you never let it go”

    • 52 Pamela
      September 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      They are each others inspiration! And lucky for us, they share it with everyone who has the Heart to join in! What a tremendous gift, what a relief!

  16. 53 Dudette
    September 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Chris Matthews documentary (Barack Obama Making History) is rerunning on MSNBC now.

    • 54 desertflower
      September 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Yes…started watching last night…and fell asleep. Not ‘cuz it was boring, it isn’t…just a long week at work. I’ve DVR’d it…so I’ll watch it all again later. If you haven’t seen it, you should. They should run this on a loop all weekend…instead of those awful “Lockup” crap things they run. Waste of air time

      • 55 Dudette
        September 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        I’m with you. I’m so disappointed that MSNBC runs the ridiculous Prison TV lineup most of the weekend, when there are so many more American stories they could be telling to educate the people. Hard to imagine they’re making money from this crap, but clearly they must be or they wouldn’t continue. It really makes me sad.

  17. 56 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Look at Joe swaggin’ out of his car! 😎

  18. September 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I think the media is about to have its worst nightmare realized: a race which is increasingly beyond the reach of them to affect. If we take what Nate Silver says about Gallup’s rolling poll — that most of the data is from before the major speeches at the DNC — then PBO is about to get a bounce of major proportions. Such a bounce, this close to November, would be almost impossible to surmount. Factor into this the fact that Romney would have to have the planets align in order to overcome Obama’s EC advantage, and we have the beginnings of a landslide.

    This is NOT to say that we can be complacent. We have to work and donate as if we were down by 4 points. There’s still the little matter of wresting control of the House from the GOP, and keeping the Senate so that we can undo the archaic fillibuster rules. But, that being said, success builds on success, and I’m the type of person who gets spurred on by good news.

    • 68 Dudette
      September 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      THIS! THIS!! THIS!!!

    • 71 desertflower
      September 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      YES! A million times over. I think the RNC is really seeing the writing on the wall and is pushing REALLY HARD to get the Senate and keep the House. We need to be vigilant and really push for Dem tickets all the way.

    • 74 isonprize
      September 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      This is NOT to say that we can be complacent. Yeah, and the HUGE matter of Re-thugs rigging the vote and suppressing voter turnout.

      So, here’s the deal — WE MUST VOTE IN SUCH MASSIVE NUMBERS that it just can’t be stolen!

  19. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Pundits and reporters who say our convention was NO Game Changer are stupid fools.

    Kos is reporting on twitter that so far the President has gotten a bump from Rueters/Ipos, Raz and Gallup tracking polls. His approval rating is now 52-42 on the right leaning Gallup. Now check this out in comparison….

    The Princeton Election Consortium finds Mitt Romney actually got a negative bounce coming out of his convention.


    • September 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      It was the best convention I’ve ever seen, It was funny, spontaneous while being remarkably disciplined and our fact based speakers blew the doors off anything the GOP had in Tampa. The enthusiasm just kept growing. Dems came in at a fever pitch and took it to the next 20 levels. People didn’t want to leave the hall.

      They know it was a game changer.

  20. September 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    The crowd loves our Prez. I love our Prez. Charlie Crist has seen the light. Hope other Pubs will wake up too.

    I pray for Divine strength for our PBO. He is working his heart out for us. I will work my heart out for him the best I can.

    Thank you Miss Chips for the wonderful pictures. They warm the heart and the soul.

    • 79 57andfemale
      September 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Excuse me, but what kind of sick mind does that?

      • 80 donna dem 4 obama
        September 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        These fake stories pop up on Facebook and Twitter all the time and yes it is sick!!

        When I see them I always go to a reputable news site like MSN or CNN to see if they have posted it. If not, I conclude its probably fake.

        • 81 57andfemale
          September 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          I’d never gotten caught up in one of these storied. I’ll be vigilant from now on.

          • 82 lisalovesobama
            September 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

            It’s okay 57. Two months ago, I was in the same position when it came to Arnold Schwartzenegger. I came on this site to ask about it and everyone told me the same thing as they told you.

      • September 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        Believe it or not, celeb death stories are a staple of the Intertubes. Just like stories that gangbangers drive at night with their headlights off, and if you flash your lights at them they’ll shoot you. The ‘Net has allowed bad information to circle the globe at the speed of light.

  21. 84 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm


  22. 85 57andfemale
    September 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Now I’m hearing it’s a rumor? Love/hate twitter

  23. September 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    When is the next Event?

  24. September 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  25. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Heading out to do my shift at OFA. My fundraising Challenge is alive and well but if you would like to drop a few coins in the bucket they would be greatly appreciated.



  26. 115 lamh35
    September 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    WTH, Romney today: “I will not take God off our coins!” Who in da hell threatening to do that? Is this dude insane?

  27. 120 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Once again, the pundits are full of crap.

    p.s. Joe Biden’s aviators are sick as hell!

  28. 121 desertflower
    September 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Tweeters please Tweet:)


    Infographic: The Economic Impact Of The Republican and Democratic Immigration Platforms

  29. 125 desertflower
    September 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Well…look here.

    TPJustice Voter Purges in Florida and Colorado Find Almost ‘No Confirmed Noncitizens’ thkpr.gs/RUbKwz
    21 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  30. 128 lamh35
    September 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    here’s the exact quote: Romney: “I will not take God out of our platform, I will not take God off our coins, & I will not take God out of my heart.”

    Then he led the crowd into an impromptu reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Jeez, the polling must be bad for Romney that now they are playing the cultural stuff?

  31. September 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  32. 134 Dudette
    September 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    WordPress weirdness is back. Replies to specific posts are showing up as independent posts.

  33. 136 lamh35
    September 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Hmm, so Ann Romney will be on MTP with Mittens tomorrow.

    Not that I expected any hard-hitting journalism from David Gregory, but we can surely NOT expect anything now, unless Gregory has the balls to ask Romney hard questions even if Ann is sitting next to him.

    But I doubt. I expect softball questions from David and then having all the MSNBC crew, yes even Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, all saying how Gregory did a “hard-hiting” interview.

    I expect nothing less than the worse from Gregory..ugh

    • 137 lamh35
      September 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      ETA: One of the guys at TPM asked and it seems that they will both interview together and then Romney is also supposed to have a one on one interview.

      So expect the whole hour to be a Romney soft-sell.

  34. 138 carolyn
    September 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Like others have said, the boy with the handmade Kids love Obama sign really touched my heart. Kids sense that this is the president who will build their futures. THEY need him to get enacted all his proposals which will build the country, and by so doing build a good future for them. Kids are not influenced or bought by the Koch brothers or other corporations. They see the real deal.

  35. 139 57andfemale
    September 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I just realized something. After 911, the trauma was so great that we needed a stimulus. Then we needed another tax cut. Then even 7, 8 years later there were Repubs saying we needed time to have the economy recover because of 911. They could use 911 as a prop to shove through their destructive policies and continue to use it as a prop for all of W’s two terms. But PBO is supposed to fix aglobal economic meltdown in a few years with no Republican cooperation and bear responsibility from Day One.

  36. September 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I know where this is, good Cuban Sub!

  37. September 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  38. September 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    OH Jaysus, WP is being dickish again.

    • 149 Obama Grandmama
      September 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I remember in the GE campaign McCain and Obama did an interview with questions by a well-known pastor. I watched. They were both to receive the same questions and Obama went first. They said neither had seen the questions ahead. That was true for Obama but not for McCain. McCain had very short concise answers while Obama’s were somewhat long and rambling. Everyone said McCain won. It was later discovered McCain was listening to the entire Obama interview and forming his answers with his team. It was kind of played like he was in this sound proof room. Expect every benefit to go to the GOP in the debates and none to Obama. Lucky our guy can play without a handicap. (I’m trying to use golf analogy but don’t know anything about golf) Ha ha ha.

  39. September 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    An early heads-up everyone – partly because the CBS streaming has started, partly because I’m hoping the comment glitches will disappear in the new thread 😕


  40. September 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Michelle Obama’s Speech Gets More Online Views Than The Entire RNC Convention – Forbes:

    • 152 pkayden
      September 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Wow. According to that article, the Dem Convention completely blew away the Repub one. If their convention was meant to humanize him, it certainly failed Romneybot 2.0. Poor thing.

  41. September 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Trying again (think this might have posted upthread); agree with commenters that WordPress has her diva hat on today.

    Michelle Obama’s Speech Gets More Online Views Than The Entire RNC Convention – Forbes

  42. 154 purpleshoesla
    September 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    What ho TOD Peeps! Still basking in the afterglow of the DNC Convention and Miz. Chips’ spectacularly fantabulous coverage of same.

    Off to phonebank today but checking in quickly to share this great article at Politicususa re the Myth of our illustrious Prez’ enthusiam gap and the Repugs’ “jihad against job creation”; such an appropriate description on the one year anniversary of the Pres’ attempt to get the Repugs to do their job and pass his American Jobs Act. Have a good day all… #FORWARD


    “But we never hear the media ask Republicans about their jihad against job creation. The media lets Republicans rattle their well-rehearsed talking points about blaming Obama for the economy and jobs, but they never ask why Republicans ran on jobs in 2010 and then never proposed one single jobs bill, and indeed killed Obama’s jobs bill — forcing Obama to break it down into little, itty, bitty parts so that Obama could at least force them into voting yes for jobs for veterans. They didn’t want to be on record as voting against jobs for veterans, but Republicans were happy to let the rest of America burn for their cause. By the way, the jobs bill for veterans has been exceptionally effective. Kinda makes you wonder how well the rest of the country might be doing if only Republicans had signed the actual Obama jobs act.”

  43. September 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  44. September 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    If that was me that made a mistake and posted fake stuff, that Bell/Alarm would have gone off on Twiiter.
    Then, People we have not seen in Months come to this site, to have a Cathasis, a Emotional let go.
    The Target, who knows?- Something I said 4 years ago, on another Blog?
    Yet, it happens far to often, to be a coincidence.
    Just saying.

  45. September 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  46. 159 coop
    September 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus did a great job this morning. We here on I-4 Corridor are ready to deliver Florida to the President. Obama-Biden 2012!

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