Rise and Shine

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House September 11, 2012

8:45: President Obama and Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

White House live * CNN * CBS 1 * CBS 2

9:10: President Obama and Michelle Obama depart from the White House to the Pentagon Memorial

9:30: Attend September 11th Observance Ceremony

1:45: The President departs the White House en route Bethesda, Md.

2:15: Visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center


Morning everyone, I’ll post again later.

185 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    September 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    GM TOD

  2. 3 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Good Morning to all. Today is my 54th Birthday. My thoughts are with those that perished this day and their families.

  3. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    September 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Good morning all. Thoughtful day with many sad memories of 9/11.

  4. 32 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Birthday, proud:) And a special shout out to ison for her amazing volunteerism and “appointment” as a field organizer

  5. 33 donna dem 4 obama
    September 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Congrats ISONPRIZE for your new “job” the next 8 weeks. It gives me comfort knowing you will be at the helm. I can only check in from time to time these days as well. I did phone banking on Saturday and canvassing on Sunday. 3-4 days a week I’ll be ALL IN as well.

    I’m still fundraising https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/donnanoshock3 and will be setting up an online group to make calls once a week from home starting next week.

    We have Romney on the ropes so we need to apply the pressure and knock him out politically. Big Reminder: we need nourishment when we spend several hours volunteering so please if you cannot volunteer call a local restaurant or pizza shop or whatever is in your area and have them deliver food to the volunteers or drive down and drop off some fresh fruit and a case of water. Your generosity is inspirational to those who have feet on the street.

    I don’t ever want to see Romney’s slimey face again after this election.

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!!!

    • September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

      I second that, Donna. If you’re too uncomfortable to make calls or canvass and can’t find a way to step out of your comfort zone, please consider delivering water and nourishing snacks to volunteers HQ in your neighborhood. It means so much to everyone. If you see a volunteer in your neighborhood, please thank them.

  6. 35 57andfemale
    September 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

    • 36 57andfemale
      September 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

      But there were other briefings, some seen by Eichenwald, that did warn of an imminent attack.

      On May 1 the CIA said that a terrorist group in the U.S. was planning an attack.

      On June 22 it warned that this attack was “imminent.”

      On June 29 the brief warned of near-term attacks with “dramatic consequences” including major casualties.

      On July 1, the briefing said that the terrorist attack had been delayed but “will occur soon.”

      On July 24, the president was told again that the attack had been delayed but would occur within months.

      These and other similar warnings were ignored by the White House.

      • September 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

        In fairness remember that ddubya was……………………… Oh, I was going to make a joke about that pathetic, incompetent nincompoop but this isn’t a good day for humor about such a catostrophic failure. I’ll save it for this evening at least…. ;>)

        • 38 57andfemale
          September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

          We don’t need to mock. We need to be outraged. And we need to highlight the fact that Romney & Ryan, who don’t give a damn about foreign policy, would outsource foreign policy back to these same people.

          Spread the word. This is Romney’s foreign policy and national security team.

      • 39 dotster3
        September 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

        Isn’t that mind-boggling? We’ve known they ignored the warnings for some time, but to see further evidence of W. and Condi & Co. ignoring such explicit and continuous warnings with no reaction is too much to believe. They went on vacation! If that isn’t dereliction of duty of the highest order, I don’t know what is.

        • 40 FiredUpInCA
          September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

          But Condi electrified Tampa with her foreign policy lecture at the team who eliminated the threats her team ignored from bin Laden, to senior members of al Quaeda, to Moammar Quadaffi and even pirates on the high seas, so all is well in opposite world.

    • 44 0388jojothecat
      September 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Everytime I hear the Bush team, Jeb Bush, and all the GOP say that GWB kept America safe I want to scream from the mountain tops that HE DID NOT KEEP US SAFE! He was the President under the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor and HE IGNORED ALL THE WARNINGS! If this had happened under PBO that would be part of his name. We should all refer to GWB as,president-under-the-worst-attack-in-american-history.

  7. 45 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 8:08 am


    Paul Ryan, the credit rating and ‘post-truth politics’

    By James Rainey


    One is that Ryan presented himself as a stubborn technocrat — less political than other politicians because he cared only about the bottom line, particularly in budget matters. Therefore his misstatements, Fallows wrote, seemed more unexpected than those from “someone who is seen as a run-of-the-mill partisan.”

    Then there was the matter of Ryan’s selective amnesia. He hit the Obama administration for Medicare cuts, when his budget included the same reductions. He attacked the administration’s failure to approve the Simpson-Bowles debt commission recommendations, when he rejected the same plan. He blamed the president for the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. credit, when the rating agency explicitly gave the Congress that Ryan helps lead much of the blame.

    CBS’s Norah O’Donnell prompted the discussion about truthiness when she confronted Ryan on Sunday on “Face the Nation.” She noted that Ryan had sharply criticized President Obama for the same prospective defense cuts that Ryan voted for.



    NOTE: (H/T Tally) Re-posting from last night’s thread.

  8. 46 squarepeg
    September 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    • 47 utaustinliberal
      September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

      They’re pathetic scumbags. They pay lip service to 9/11 heroes but never put words to action.

      • 48 auntsis522
        September 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Exactly! That is the thing that really get me hot with them. You have seen the video of Bush speaking to the 911 responders and his party are the culprits behind holding up this same bill. Such hypocrisy and lip service to those folks. I was watching a fairly new video where he is trying to redeem himself . I swear I wanted to jump up and smack my flatscreen in the face.

  9. 49 57andfemale
    September 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

    The bounce is real:

  10. 50 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 8:14 am


    Paul Ryan and the Post-Truth Convention Speech

    By James Fallows


    Paul Ryan’s speech was well-written, well- delivered, and well-received. All of that was evident to anyone watching on TV. It had a number of nice smilingly vicious hit lines — starting with the masterful “staring up at the faded Obama posters” riff — plus a note of encouraging uplift at the end.

    It was also profoundly dishonest in ways large and small.
    So I am impressed, in a bad way, that Ryan thought he could just brazen it through. But it is also impressive that, at least in the short run, parts of the press are responding as they must in an era when politicians don’t care. That is, they’re not simply quoting “critics” about things Ryan made up. They are outright saying that he is telling lies. For instance:
    To restate the larger points for the moment: The bad one is that a major party’s nominee for national office apparently just doesn’t care that he is standing in front of millions and telling easily catchable lies. The less-bad one is that parts of the media are noticing, and are trying to figure out what they can do in response.



  11. 51 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Five Reasons That ObamaCare is Pro-Life

    By Jason Sattler


    Today the conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports found that 45 percent of respondents want to keep the Affordable Care Act. This is the highest percentage to support the law since it passed, which suggests efforts to explain the law’s benefits at the Democratic National Convention succeeded.
    ObamaCare provisions like ending restrictions against patients with pre-existing conditions are extremely popular, because medical care is one thing all Americans know they’ll need — eventually. The provisions in the law not only make sense financially, they also save lives. According to a Harvard study conducted before ObamaCare became law, 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of insurance. Another study suggested that 85,000 lives could be saved (PDF) if disparities in health care were reduced.

    Here are five ways the Affordable Care Act can be classified as “pro-life.”



    • 52 globalcitizenlinda
      September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

      from a personal perspective, the ACA is a pro-life achievement because I NEED the changes it contains if I am ever to live a simple normal life

      ACA is Personal to me

      • 53 57andfemale
        September 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Your story is my story and millions of others:

  12. September 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Our thoughts are with those who lost their lost ones on 9/11/01.

  13. 56 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am


    But something snapped in the Republican mind after 9/11. We’ve now put a trillion dollars of war on our kids’ credit card, with Republicans leading the charge for tax cuts for the top the entire time.

    In a saner era, the big 2001 Bush tax cuts enacted a few months before September 11 would have been immediately revisited, because we were now a nation at war.

    In a saner era, it would have been unthinkable for a president to push for further tax cuts for the top in 2003, because by then we were a nation waging two wars. Instead, just two months after we invaded Iraq, Republicans, in a party line vote, enacted fresh tax cuts mostly benefiting high earners.

    Oh…there’s more! And I agree with him…maybe it’s time that Dems frame the tax argument JUST like this!

  14. 59 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am


    So now Mitt Romney actually likes parts of President Obama’s signature health-care overhaul – the same “Obamacare” that Romney and congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal on Day 1?
    What a difference the start of the fall campaign can make.

    In a move widely interpreted as a bid for undecided, middle-of-the-road voters, the GOP presidential nominee on Sunday said he’d retain provisions that assure young adults coverage on their parents’ health plans, as well as the pivotal rule that people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied coverage.

    Even so, Romney hasn’t offered much reason to believe that he’s become a man of deeply held convictions on health reform or any other policy question.

    If anything, the Romney course-change on health care only amplifies the problem voters have had in trying to grasp where the candidate stands on many issues, whether it’s tax cuts for the wealthy, balancing the budget, abortion, or the future of Medicare. After all, it was a Romney campaign aide who once compared his likely policy adjustments to fiddling with an Etch A Sketch.

    • 60 TrumpDog
      September 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

      He walked his support for some provisions back the same day.
      To be honest, I don’t really know what the fuck his stance is.

    • 61 57andfemale
      September 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Romney told one story to the MTP audience and another to a conservative audience. Then there was the ‘continuous’ coverage caveat which is, right now, the COBRA law.

      The ‘market will take care of it’. That’s the market that would gouge customers for pre-existing coverage. The ‘market’ that takes care of insurance company profits and shafts the customer.

      • 62 0388jojothecat
        September 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

        That is the problem…..THE MARKET can’t make money on just sick people. They need healthy people in the pool too to cover the sick people. The market decided that once you were paid a certain amount they were losing money and dropped you and there’s NOTHING that you could do. Robme just doesn’t get it because he has the money to pay for his wifes illness with or without insurance.

        • 63 Obama Grandmama
          September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

          I think Romney does get it! After all he was the inventor of Romneycare in which he told Obama he needed a mandate to make it work. He is just pandering to the people around him as well as his audience. He will do whatever it takes to get the prize, the WH. A man without conviction is a danger to all. It does not matter what he says because when you have no conviction everything can change on a dime.

  15. 64 Dudette
    September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning Family and Happy Happy Birthday Proud!! Do something silly just ‘cuz you can! 🙂

    • 66 Lovepolitics2008
      September 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

      The article reports on what Simas said at the DNC. I wonder if he’s surprised by the size of the post-convention bounce. I’m not sure he expected this. Before the convention, David PLouffe, who was surely aware of Simas’s findings, warned that the “bounce”, if it happened, would be very very small.

      • 67 Obama Grandmama
        September 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

        My yahoo mail page has news artlicles on it. Upon logging in I saw a title of an article saying Obama’s bounce was from unlikely voters. I did not open the article. Unlikely cuz the GOP states are actively suppressing votes or cuz we need to work harder to get all his voters out to vote?

  16. 68 Dudette
    September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

  17. September 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

    On the New ABC poll, their is quite a drop off in Registered/Likely voters.
    I would like to know how, what they are positing?

    • September 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

      @jeffersonobama is really great at deconstructing the bogus polls and this one is heavily weighted towards older, white Americans and less weighted towards minorities.

    • 71 FiredUpInCA
      September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

      ABC News poll report buries the lede: Obama crushing Romney in battleground states

      the big headline, which ABC buries deep in the 5th paragraph of the story, so as not to distract from their narrative, is that their own poll shows that Obama is wiping up the floor with Romney in the key Battleground States:

      Additionally, there’s been a shift in preferences in the eight tossup states identified by the ABC News Political Unit: Registered voters in these states now favor Obama over Romney by 54-40 percent, vs. 42-48 percent in these same states before the party conventions.

      Come on, guys, admit it: that’s not a “shift of preferences,” that’s a 20-point earthquake! And it puts the lie to your spin that the race remains “wide open”… The President is up by 14 points on average across the critical battleground states? That’s landslide territory! That’s a blowout of historic proportions!


      The Washington Post Lies About Its Own Poll

      A few hours ago the Post put up a front page story reporting the results of the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. And said story appears to be baldly misrepresenting — and by misrepresenting I mean lying about — the size of Obama’s post-convention bounce.

      Either that, or the story’s authors are too freaking incompetent to read their own polls.

      The story, by long-time political reporter Dan Balz and some guy I’ve never heard of before named Jon Cohen, says this:

      “The survey shows that the race remains close among likely voters, with Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 48 percent, virtually unchanged from a poll taken just before the convention.” (Emphasis mine)

      And indeed, The last Post-ABC poll, released Aug. 27 (first day of the GOP convention) had the race at Obama 46 / Romney 47 — a statistically insignificant difference from the latest poll.

      There’s just one problem: The previous head-to-head results (46 / 47) were among REGISTERED VOTERS, while the new ones (49 / 48) are for LIKELY VOTERS. Apples and oranges.

      In reality (i.e. apples to apples), the move towards Obama in the Post-ABC poll has been fairly substantial: from 46 / 47 in Romney’s favor in the last poll (again, among REGISTERED VOTERS), to a 50 / 44 lead for Obama now, a net swing of 7 points. Which isn’t quite outside the MOE, but is still highly unlikely to be just random noise.


    • 72 57andfemale
      September 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I’m reading that their likely voter model is more like 2004 than 2008. Deliberate, of course.

  18. 73 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 8:31 am


    A simple, useful guide to communicating climate change

    By David Roberts


    Whatever the reason, I’ve started hearing more buzz about politicians, local leaders, and businesspeople who want to speak out on climate. But if climate is going to re-enter the public conversation, it needs to be done in a smart way. And let’s face it, most politicians and local leaders don’t have a lot of great climate rhetoric at their fingertips. They could use help.

    On that note, let me recommend this “Guide For Engaging and Winning on Climate” [PDF], put together by the consultancy Breakthrough
    Strategies & Solutions with help from several climate thinkers and leaders. It builds on previous surveys and thinking from several other groups, but boils things down to a short and highly digestible form.



  19. 74 cluny
    September 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Happy birthday global zero!
    If anyone has the technical capabilities to edit/snip out a piece from LOD (in the Last, Last Word segment) where he specifically talks about the debate moderators could that be pasted into a tweet and sent individually to all the debate moderators? Also we could use Zeke’s trick and cc a scary, respected journalist on to it as well ( Frank Rich, Krugman, Andrew Sullivan, etc) ? I don’t have the technical capabilities unfortunately otherwise i would do it.

    Here is the piece from the show (it comes around the 38 second mark) :


    Here are the contact details for the moderators:


  20. September 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

  21. 76 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 8:35 am


    And yet here’s Mitt Romney, seeking the highest office in the land, offering himself to the American people as the sort of competent, business-savvy manager the country supposedly needs at this time of economic difficulty, criticizing even the extremists in his party who went along with the deal (like his own running mate), basically saying the country should have been allowed to go into default. And all because he wants to pretend he’s a tough guy?

    Look, this is the same guy who thought Detroit should go bankrupt. So it’s hardly any wonder he now says the U.S. should just have defaulted on its debt.

    It’s incredibly irresponsible as a policy position, showing that his business experience doesn’t mean he knows anything about actually running the country, and it’s just another pathetic attempt to bolster his image as something other than a recklessly out-of-touch, flip-flopping opportunist.

    Too bad for him it’s just so transparently obvious.

  22. September 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

  23. 81 LDS
    September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD:

    It is just amazing. While sitting quietly this morning and meditating after devotion and prayer, I was just thinking, why did this happen? I still have questions that are not answered. After viewing the above ignored warnings, one day the whole truth will be revealed. As like today, the Rethugs lies, schemes, crooked dealings are being uncovered in a masterful way. I cannot wait for mainstream media to be exposed.

    I feel safe and secure knowing that we have a President in office who works hard to serve us and vows to keep us safe peacefully and responsibly. I also read that on September 11, 2001, United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco a GTE supervisor called another supervisor from the plane and told her that he and the other passengers were going to jump on the hijacker who was on board. He gave her instructions to call his wife and kids to tell them that he loved them. But what really got me is that he asked her to pray the 23rd Psalm with him before the passengers last act of bravery. A co-worker’s brother was on that plane.

    All the warnings that were given were ignored…..it still saddens me for the families and innocent victims who were put in harms way because of Bush & Co. greed.
    But I have to be transparent. After four years I used to think, okay how long are we going to keep this 911 Memorial? But as long as Bush and Cheney continue to hide their faces, we should never stop. I do not think for one minute they are ashamed…..they should be. Instead the cowards send CR out in public to continue to do their dirty work. I hold her accountable as well.

    The contrast of how President Obama has cared for us in the last fours years opposed to eight years of mass destruction of GWB angers me to the point of donating more this morning and working harder to never let us be blinded by this evil plan for decades that threatens the good that is in us all.
    New Yorkers, encourage everyone to come out and vote in the Primary Sept. 13th. That is very important!
    Peace, everyone.”Be strong and of good courage” Det 31:6

    • 82 miss pat
      September 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Good morning LDS. I promised you breakfast and I am ready. One morning can we go walk in Central Park and then stop in Sylvia’s and put back the calories in our exercised bodies? Good writing, enjoyed every word and it’s all true.

  24. 83 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    On this solemn anniversary, a MUST READ piece about the inept and arrogant Bush Administration’s handling of 9/11….PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND! Remind everyone that these same Neocons that botched this, are the same ones that now advise Romney on foreign policy!


  25. September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    And now we get to watch the replay of that Horrific Day on MSNBainC.
    No thanks, I was in 2 Wars, as a result of, and now I am a Disabled Veteran, unable to work and have a Decent life, as a result of that horrific Day.
    No, I will Not be watching!

    • September 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

      We appreciate your sacrifice, Jovie. Thank you so very much and here’s hoping that no future president will ever make such a grievous mistake as Bush did.

    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      September 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Jovie, you do great work in this world and do have a decent life because you give so much to others. I hope you’re not in pain and, if so, my heart goes out to you. You have a great spirit and a deep love of the president and for that and your service to our country, I thank you.

    • 90 cluny
      September 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Jovie, you do an amazing job and are an inspiration to so many – what you are doing is going to help so many people – more than RR with all their advantages and money will ever do. I’m sorry that you are suffering in any way but know that you bring joy and fun to so many people. XX

    • 91 hopefruit2
      September 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thanks for your service Jovie.

      I’m not sure why MSNBC is replaying that day instead of showing the current ceremony at the pentagon where the President is scheduled to speak. I had to change the channel to CNN.

    • 92 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thank you for your service, Jovie. I think this country is still in the throes of post-traumatic stress that we can’t even begin to understand. And nobody has sacrificed more than you and your fellow service members. We appreciate you.

    • 93 Pamela
      September 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

      No, {{{{{{Jovie}}}}}, nor will I.

    • 94 cookemom
      September 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for your service Jovie. I hope you see that your life is decent. Because of your sacrifice, you’ve made our lives that much more decent. We are forever grateful. I appreciate you.

    • 95 Betsy
      September 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Jovie for your service then, and for all that you are doing now for President Obama.

  26. 96 57andfemale
    September 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’m so spitting mad I could scream! Bill Press had a Chicago Teachers Union rep on today saying Romney’s for us and PBO is against us, JUST BECAUSE ROMNEY SAID SO.

    I’m trying to be fair about this because I’m a strong union supporter,(it’s VERY complicated here with plenty of blame on all sides and that includes teachers and the School Board) but this teacher’s strike IS outrageous and now they’re going to hurt PBO in this election?!?!

    • 97 FiredUpInCA
      September 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

      They need to talk to the OH police union that has not decided to endorse anyone for the first time in 98 years, specifically because of Romney’s support for the OH anti-union bill. Or they could go to you tube and watch videos of Romney saying the President did not understand the less of Wisconsin, namely that we don’t need hire more teachers.

      Or they could do as they are doing and get played by a cynical, flailing politician desperate to say or do anything to shore up his desperate, doomed campaign.

      • 98 hopefruit2
        September 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

        The question is why is Bill Press allowing this to be about the President and Romney? It’s not, and the vast majority of teachers know that very well, and will still vote for Obama.

        • 99 4morefor44
          September 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

          i’ve long thought bill press was a republican “plant.” he’s been pulling this exact sheet for decades. he’s just doing what he’s paid to do!

        • 100 TrumpDog
          September 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

          I don’t think Press is a “plant” but I do feels he’s very Chicken Little-y, like Ed Schultz. Both are very reactionary and knee jerk and seem to latch on the the oddest things. Ed and Bill are ok as progressive show hosts, but I can only stomach listening to them for a very short period of time.

          Im curious if the union rep got any pushback for his claim that Romney is for unions???

          • 101 hopefruit2
            September 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

            At this point I think it’s beyond just “chicken littling.” Bill Press refused to push back on the rep’s preposterous claim that “Romney is for us” and “Obama is against us” when he knows better. I find that rather underhanded.

    • 103 cluny
      September 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

      I guess they are saying it because it’s the main/best bargaining tool they have – Rahm knows that and must be fuming. I can’t say I blame them – Rahm should have sorted this out earlier – now if he backs down he looks weak and if he doesn’t he mucks it up for PBO. I hope for all involved it gets sorted very quickly.

      • 104 57andfemale
        September 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

        It’s been a giant cluster f**k for months. So far CTU has gotten almost everything they wanted. It’s down to teacher evaluations (that’s a topic for reams of paper, and no obvious solution), and shit like a schedule for installing a/c in all of the Chicago public schools.

        I am a strong union supporter and no matter what, we fail as a nation without strong unions. But imagine it from my standpoint: I’m 62 and my husband is 72. We got a 50% increase in property taxes. $1,100, with $950 of the increase alone going to the schools. They have gone through all of their pension reserve (Chicago teachers do not pay into SS but have their own retirement plan), they raised property taxes to the legal maximum, the schools suck. That $1,100 burden (and that was after all the exemptions as seniors we could take) is hitting every bungalow owner in the city.

        Here’s the thing: we’d give up medications and pay quadruple if these schools were decent. Not even great, just acceptable. We have some of the lowest outcomes of any urban area in the country. Everyone needs to take responsibility. To jump to the conclusion, which has been the narrative since Rahm was elected, that Rahm just wants to bust public unions, is flat out wrong. He is NOT Scott Walker or John Kasich. He wants to restore some fairness and have everyone act like decent citizens. Everyone needs to contribute to fixing these broken schools.

        • 105 pugeretto
          September 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

          Yes, I agree with you 57, and there’s a study showing the Charter schools are having great results for low income kids, but lower pay for teachers & that is what is scaring them…so I read. I haven’t read anything since last night, but people need to note that Karen Lewis is a not a good rep for the unions. She is flat out disrespectful to others, etc. Rahm is looking out for the best interest of the kids, I believe. Rahm is looking for solutions & Lewis is looking for the spotlight…I hope they resolve today.

          • 106 57andfemale
            September 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            To hear the unions and most of the left, charter schools are nothing better than profit centers like the for-profit colleges all over the TV. I have friends teaching in charter schools, where the arts are more important, integrated into the regular curriculum and it’s helping them understand history, science and math better. My friends are happy to make a little less in order to do the job they love and do it more effectively. I’m not saying all charters are great but to demonize all of them is just plain dishonest.

            Thanks for agreeing with me. I AM a supporter of unions; but when you live in chicago you understand the abuses on both sides. Karen Lewis called this strike for political reasons. she’s not serving the kids or the teachers well. Now, the bureaucracy and the cronyism in the school board is also an issue. But Rahm is NOT scott Walker and that is how he is being portrayed, not just here in the city but all over the lefty blogosphere. He wants to pay people well, but he believes their employer is all of us, and he’s sick and tired of the citizens not always getting what they pay for.

            I have close friends and family who are Chicago teachers, firefighters, librarians, policemen, streets and sanitation. I know what goes on. I’ll side with the concept of public unions because we are screwed as a country without unions. But when Karen Lewis would have seniors lose their homes while children are still illiterate, the system is broken.


    • September 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Sorry but that’s just too stupid for words. And that person is a teacher?

    • September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

      You see? I told you this would have ramifications.

      Rahm needs to take care of this, Pronto!

    • 110 forus50
      September 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

      IMO, being in Chicago, it’s going to have zero effect on the general election. 1. It will be over in less than 2 weeks; more likely 3-4 days 2. Illinois is 100% Blue. 2. Only the swing states matter and the only swing state it might have some effect on is Wisconsin but the Obama campaign knows how to account for that and Wisonsin Lyin Ryan in their electoral strategy. Again, if it’s over in 2 weeks then it will be completely forgotten once the debates start.

      • 111 57andfemale
        September 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

        I’m not worried about IL. I’m worried about the national narrative that has been orchestrated by CTU and every progressive radio and TV show in America. When a union rep says “Romney backs us and PBO doesn’t”, that has national ramifications. When every progressive radio and TV show is talking about Evil Scott Walker-ish Rahm and union reps are saying ‘Romney supports us’, it has potential national ramifications.

        We just started to make progress with the white working class. We don’t need this. And Bill Press should have said, “Romney doesn’t support you, come on! He slashed education in MA and would slash it as Pres.” But he didn’t. And that’s why I’m so angry.

        • 112 0388jojothecat
          September 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

          They need to have their heads examined if they think FlipMitt supports them today he WON’T tomorrow.

          • 113 57andfemale
            September 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

            It was an outrageous comment from a union rep. The left can heartily support unions, but they can’t let something like this go unchallenged. Not right before an election.

    • 114 57andfemale
      September 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I live in the middle of middle class Chicago with grade schools and high schools within blocks of me. They are horrific. Everyone is culpable. But we do have (or did, until Rahm) the shortest school day of large urban school districts, some of the highest paid teachers. I understand how impossible the job is — it’s why my education degree is in the drawer and I’m not a public school teacher — I couldn’t in good conscience accept money and pass illiterate kids. I have friends who are truly dedicated teachers in inner city neighborhoods — but it is not true of all the teachers. And the school board is full of cronyism and bureaucracy. It’s a disaster. I’ve kept my tongue while progressive show after progressive show has blasted Rahm and acted like the teachers are walking 10 miles to get to their log cabin schools. I’m not going to persuade anybody of the complexity.

      I’ve kept pretty quiet about a union President who has made it more political than substantive. Rahm is right — they could be on the job and hammer out the last few issues. But instead, they’re striking before an election.

      Today was the last straw: when a union rep says Romney is for them and PBO is against them — I’ve had it. Even if you think the POTUS should come and walk the picket line (I”m waiting for Ed Schultz to say THAT less than 2 months before the election), it is UNFORGIVABLE to buy Romney’s opportunistic lie that he would back the union and PBO doesn’t.

      Bill Press couldn’t have at least referred to the slashes to education in MA under Romney? No comeback AT ALL?!?!

      yeah, I’m fired up big time about this.

      • 116 hopefruit2
        September 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

        I question both the motives of Bill Press and that so-called Union Rep in trying to make this about the Presidential race instead of keeping it locally focused where it should be.

        And, I’m sure for every one person who claims that “Romney is for us” there are at least 20 who KNOW that “Romney is not for us.”

        • 117 57andfemale
          September 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

          Bill Press should have said so. Hey, even ed Schultz would say THAT, if he was paying attention which is often lacking.

    • 118 TrumpDog
      September 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

      What nonsense. Romney is for Romney and his camp has already said sided AGAINST the unions.

      Well, I think the President ought to stand up and say that we ought to put the kids first in this country, and the teachers union goes behind,” Romney said. “Look, I think we’ve got to help the kids, help their parents, help the teachers, but the teachers’ union is opposed to many of the reforms in education that we know are critical to the success of our kidsLook, we know what it takes to fix our schools, and this strike in Chicago is a setting where I think you need to stand up and say look, I’m with the kids, and I’m with their parents, and I’m not with the teachers’ union. We need to pick our side.

      I did not hear the caller this morning, was it a call in or a guest? If it was a call in, it may have been a shill for Romney.

      • 119 57andfemale
        September 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

        It was a guest from the Chicago Teachers Union. That’s why I’m so mad. No pushback from Press on the Romney comment.

        • 120 TrumpDog
          September 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

          I guess shouldn’t be surprised. Press was one of the professional left who spewed doom and gloom stories about Obama during 2010. I do put a lot of blame on him AND Ed Schultz for the GOP gains in House.

          That said, I am disappointed Press did not pushback against what this union rep said. I feel Press should know better. Guess not.

          • 121 57andfemale
            September 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

            You’re absolutely right. he’s pretty good now concerning PBO but Press, Schultz, cenk and the rest did significant damage in 2010. I cannot forget that.

  27. 122 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am


    Matt Taibbi: The Secret to Mitt Romney’s Fortune? Greed, Debt and Forcing Others to Foot the Bill


    DEMOCRACY NOW: Amy Goodman interviews Matt Taibbi.

    A new article by reporter Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone sheds new light on the origin of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s fortune, revealing how Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, used private equity to raise money to conduct corporate raids. Taibbi writes: “What most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.”

    AMY GOODMAN: Matt, finally, what do you feel reporters here at the Republican National Convention should be asking Mitt Romney about his time at Bain?

    MATT TAIBBI: Well, I just think that the—

    AMY GOODMAN: And what his plans are for the presidency?

    MATT TAIBBI: Sure. I just think the one unanswered question that reporters just don’t ask either of these people is—they’re making their entire platform about debt. Paul Ryan, his entire political profile is based on this idea that he’s an enemy of debt and a, you know, budget slasher. And Mitt Romney has—again, he’s banked his entire campaign rhetoric on the sort of prairie fire of debt theme. And yet, this is a guy who spent—who made his fortune creating debt. Somehow, this question has not been asked to him. How is that not hypocritical? It hasn’t been asked of either of them, and I would like to see the mainstream press at least ask that question. I think it’s an ideal debate question that should be asked somewhere down the line.



    • 123 susanne
      September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      wow–this is info voters do not have. i’ll be checking out rolling stone regularly.

      ‘ In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.” ‘

  28. 124 Melanie
    September 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Cspan 2 is showing the Pentagon ceremony which POTUS and FLOTUS will be arriving at 9:30am. MSNBC carried the moment of silence live at 8:46am where they came out and bowed their heads. Mrs. Robinson was also in attendance.

  29. 125 Pamela
    September 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Curious how cold is it in DC this morning? Everyone in the photo above is wearing topcoats, and most are wearing gloves…..

  30. September 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

  31. 131 Melanie
    September 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

    They just arrived at the Pentagon.

  32. 132 utaustinliberal
    September 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    The Romney camp and certain pundits can try to deny it all they want but the polls are trending in a very positive direction for Pres. Obama. Doesn’t mean we should get complacent but this is even more good news.

    • 133 99ts
      September 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

      With the swing states – this is a very small sample as the total survey was, I think about 900 voters (so how many of them would be the 8 swing states? c. 150) – so the margin of error for the 54-40 would be very large. Everything else about the survey looks good.

    • 134 Pamela
      September 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Women Will Remember in November. Count on it! Bye everyone, blessings to all, Stay in the Light! {{{{{TOD}}}}

  33. 135 squarepeg
    September 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

  34. September 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Scott Van Duzer interview with Wolf Blitzer (video is directly from Scott’s Facebook page)

    • 141 Margie James
      September 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

      They got the right person to push back on that book! All that whining from the repubs and the retired navy seals about leaks, and letting our enemies see the “Big Board” was just a bunch of BS.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:04 am


  36. 144 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    September 11, 2001, like today, was also a Tuesday — bright, sunny and clear. My heart goes out to the victims, their loved ones, our service members, our first responders, and all the rest of us who will continue to be affected by that day in ways we can’t even understand. May we continue to heal, learn, and move forward.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:05 am


  38. September 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    That is a nice Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

  39. September 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Just in-
    Chicago School Board President expects a deal today.

    IMO- this is also pent up frustration, for Race to the Top program, which put Kids first.

    Just saying!

    • 150 dotster3
      September 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Dilemma—Rahm wants to improve schools, be able to get rid of teachers who have proven unsatisfactory in classroom. And there are bad teachers. Teachers do not like the evaluation process which seems to require all teachers in all kinds of different schools judged on same criteria. Ex. My daughter teaches algebra and geometry to classes with students with 14 different native languages. She has students who at the beginning of this year speak no English. And she is still expected to teach them algebra as successfully as a teacher in a wealthy homogeneous suburb whose students have had every advantage. There have to be allowances, compromises, on both ends.

      • 151 cookemom
        September 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        This is what the whole thing is about and no one on this blog would want their livelihood to depend on an unfair rating system, where the criteria for success is not in your control.

  40. September 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What is funny is, Robney would slash Public Schools, and yet, apparently, He is their Hero.
    What is wrong with this Country?

    • 153 hopefruit2
      September 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Romney is not their hero. That Republican-leaning union rep and Bill Press do not speak for the majority of Teachers in Chicago.

      • September 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

        Watch how your Luberal media latches onto this issue.
        Especially if it continues, however, a Deal is likely today.
        They ate renogotusting the terms of Race to the Top. That is the only issue left, the standard at which to grade Teachers performance.
        Fact is, this is deeper than you think!
        Btw- I live Race to the Top, it is a great program!

        • 155 hopefruit2
          September 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

          I agree with you that the Librul Media will attempt to make it more about the Presidential than it needs to be. However, the American voters won’t let them get away with this. They’ve tried other things in the past that didn’t work.

        • 158 Obama Grandmama
          September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

          There are some things about the education plan I think may need revision. I believe deeply in collaborative sharing of successful teaching strategies. I think some incentive pay programs discourage collaborative work. It may foster competition in a negative fashion such as keeping successful practices private so as to win the prize of money. I do believe incentive pay for those taking on extra duties and rewarding innovation and leadership is encouraging.
          I was listening to a Chicago teacher on strike, not the man referred to above, on a show yesterday and she spoke of the evaluation in question along with class size and more social worker help for students as reasons for the strike. I hate the timing of it being so near the election but controlling when negotiations are is not possible.
          One of the problems with basing success on statistics of the student testing results is that each class a teacher has is totally different. A teacher may have a highly motivated class with lots of parent support one year and a class with lots of disadvantaged kids without home support the next year. I feel the testing should follow the students as a measure of improvement not stay with the teacher who gets different groups of students each year. I also have doubts about tracking each child expecting continual growth rates to be constant in academics each year. My own four kids had sporadic growth in different areas each year. Some years they would have physical growth spurts, some years academic growth, some emotional growth and on and on. They never grew continuously the same in each area. Family problems, deaths in the family and even peer social problems would affect their achievement. It reminds me of trying to force a set of rules upon a situation that fluxuates greatly in nature.
          The make-up of the class can represent politics in itself. The students participating in the evaluation can result in a popularity contest of who they like best due to the least amount of homework or who is easiest. Many times a student cannot evaluate in the moment who is giving them the best preparation towards lifetime achievement. I personally know I had just dressed down my class for giving a substitute a bad time and getting in trouble with the principal followed by taking them to counseling class. I then found out upon picking the class up that they evaluated me in that counseling classtime. That little talk I had with them could directly affect their evaluation of me. I did not get to see those results but felt they would not be representative of the normal situation.
          The teachers involved in this strike also noted principal preference and class placement could affect their chances to achieve success. I know I always chose a project of improvement for my goal to measure for my evaluations but each district and state have different measures and outcomes as well as different types of evaluations. Just because teachers may complain about the evaluations does not mean they do not expect to be evaluated. They just want some say in how the evaluations are conducted as well as who does the evaluating based on what criteria.

          • 159 Obama Grandmama
            September 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

            I need to say I am a retired public elementary teacher. After 22 years of teaching in retirement I served on my Native American Education Committee. I am now totally retired from both. I always loved teaching kids and my classroom was always filled with student requests. My students went on to middle school and those teachers wanted my students. Those students knew their academics plus all of them knew how to work collaboratively, and independently able to complete reports and projects meeting a deadline.

            • 160 susanne
              September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

              thank you for your service to our country obama grandmama! those children, and their families, and their neighbors and communities–all will have better lives because of you!

    • September 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

      In some ways, he’s our reverse Joe the Plumber. Except he’s authentic – a real pizza man with a real heart. I think that’s why this story resonates so much with people. A man who works hard not only for profit but for the community, has an open heart and wants the best for our country.

    • 163 Lovepolitics2008
      September 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Not surprised this story has become big on the national stage. Mr. Van Duzer is a good and generous man. His energy and positivism is infectious. I hope he helps President Obama in the polls…

  41. 164 hopefruit2
    September 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

  42. September 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Please re tweet!

  43. 166 desertflower
    September 11, 2012 at 10:24 am


    LYNCHBURG, Virginia (Reuters) – Sheryl Harris, a voluble 52-year-old with a Virginia drawl, voted twice for George W. Bush. Raised Baptist, she is convinced — despite all evidence to the contrary — that President Barack Obama, a practicing Christian, is Muslim.
    So in this year’s presidential election, will she support Mitt Romney? Not a chance.
    “Romney’s going to help the upper class,” said Harris, who earns $28,000 a year as activities director of a Lynchburg senior center. “He doesn’t know everyday people, except maybe the person who cleans his house.”
    She’ll vote for Obama, she said: “At least he wasn’t brought up filthy rich.”
    White lower- and middle-income voters such as Harris are wild cards in this vituperative presidential campaign. With only a sliver of the electorate in play nationwide, they could be a deciding factor in two southern swing states, Virginia and North Carolina.
    Reuters/Ipsos polling data compiled over the past several months shows that, across the Bible Belt, 38 percent of these voters said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is “very wealthy” than one who isn’t. This is well above the 20 percent who said they would be less likely to vote for an African-American.

    • September 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

      One of the ladies that I work with at our food pantry said months ago she will NOT vote for Romney. Reason: Mormom. She ” doesn’t trust” PO, but will not vote for Romney.

  44. September 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Cairo, Egypt (CNN) – The brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri is proposing to mediate a peace deal between the West and Islamists.

    In an exclusive interview with CNN, Mohamed al Zawahiri unveiled his proposal for the first time, saying he is in a unique position to help end the violence and that both sides need to make concessions.

    As the al Qaeda leader’s brother, he says they are ideologically inseparable, and that if anyone can talk his brother out of violence it’s him.

    He is like so many former prisoners I’ve met — calm, collected, focused and utterly convinced by long held views examined, tested and re-forged in incarceration.

    Mohamed al Zawahiri is not a physically imposing man. His long beard is shading from grey to white, his features and figure drawn. Ramadan is long over but he still fasts until the sun goes down.

    Mohamed spent 14 years in Egyptian jail on charges including terrorism and involvement in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat 1981. He denies the charges.

    For five years he was in solitary confinement in a cell 180 cm by 180cm (6 feet x 6 feett) where, locked in with his own thoughts, he had plenty of time to plan what to do when released.

    That day came a few months ago in May. He wants peace, he says, between Muslims and non-Muslims and has written a proposal that outlines the terms.

    He says he’s offering to be an intermediary between Islamists and the United States and the West. “I don’t represent a certain group. My role is a mediator between the West and them.”

    A source with direct knowledge of Egyptian government talks with jihadists in the Sinai says Zawahiri is helping negotiations. The source says Zawahiri has the respect of the Islamists and the trust of the new government.


    I don’t know…

  45. 170 kathryn kivett
    September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am


  46. September 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Hewlett Packard to cut 2000 more jobs.
    HP, HP…, now who runs HP?

    Answer that, and you have a top down Business approach, screw the Workers. Just like…

  47. 174 sabreen60
    September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Happy Birthday Proud!!

    Good Morning Ms. Chips and TOD.

  48. 175 57andfemale
    September 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

  49. September 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I dropped in to the dark Teabagger side a while ago, just to see how the poor pets are holding up. Enjoyed this exchange:

    “I fear November will be a replay of 2008”

    “I think you are correct. At the primary polls this morning in NH I saw about a 3 to 1 ratio of dems to repubs… sad. I see no enthusiasm for Romney in NH.”

  50. September 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    State of Play: Capitol Hill Republicans are beginning their final waves of political attacks against White House energy and environmental policies ahead of the November elections.

    House lawmakers will hold an array of hearings and votes this week that will provide fresh chances to cast President Obama’s green agenda as an affront to the economy.

    Coming up first: The House Natural Resources Committee will take aim at Energy Department electricity policies Tuesday (more on that hearing below).

    A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will hold a hearing Tuesday on GOP legislation that would prevent Environmental Protection Agency grants for foreign projects and programs under the Clean Air Act.

    Looking ahead …

    The busy few weeks of congressional work ahead of the elections will also include a vote later this week on the GOP’s “No More Solyndras” Act, which would create new restrictions on the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program.

    Oh Brother.

  51. September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This is probably, the only time that Boner should be Crying, and he is not!

  52. September 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Nobody is wondering what Halperin is wondering?-


    Trivial nonsense.

  53. September 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Here goes Boner Crying, I spoke to soon. Balling like a third grader.
    Albeit, completely justified!!!

  54. 181 Ladyhawke
    September 11, 2012 at 11:20 am




    I’ve been following politics for many years; I’ve written a book on presidential campaigns and I’ve delved quite a bit into the minutiae of the 2012 campaign. And I’m increasingly convinced that Mitt Romney is the worst national politician I’ve ever seen.
    When asked by Gregory about the budget sequestration agreement, mandatory spending cuts, including to the Defense Department budget, that are part of the debt limit deal signed by President Obama and passed by Republican House last summer, Romney said this: “That was a big mistake. I thought it was a mistake on the – on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it.”

    This is a fascinating statement, not only because Romney attacks the White House (this is basically pro forma) but he is also attacking the 201 members of his own party in the House of Representatives who voted for the sequestration bill, including his own running mate.



  55. 182 0388jojothecat
    September 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Turned to CNN and the House Repubs are on the steps with flags in their pockets speaking about 9/11 dead right after they voted down helping the victims.

  56. 185 anameti
    September 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    After reading this NPR interview with the president, I have greater respect for president Obama. It is scary also to know that the shot fired at the white house last year hit a spot that he would usually sit at. http://www.npr.org/2012/09/11/160898373/inside-obamas-decisions-from-libya-to-lunch

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