Rise and Shine



Michael Cohen (NY Daily News): Romney’s reprehensible reaction to the violence in Libya and Egypt ….. A couple of days ago, I wrote here at the Rumble that Mitt Romney was one of the worst national politicians I’d ever seen.

I spoke too soon; it’s even worse than I thought. His reaction to the violence in Egypt and Libya over a film mocking the religious beliefs of Muslims is truly one of the most brain-dead political acts that I’ve ever witnessed – and it speaks volumes about his personal character and fitness for the nation’s highest office.

…. what does it say about a candidate who would issue a statement based on incomplete information and then double down on it even after it’s been disproven? What does it say about a candidate who actually accuses the President of openly siding with those who would harm U.S. diplomats? What does it say about a candidate who would, in a moment of grief over the death of U.S. personnel serving overseas, take the opportunity to cravenly engage in a dishonest political attack?

What it says to me is that this is a man who simply is not up to the awesome responsibilities of being President of the United States.

Full article here

(There are dozens and dozens of articles like this out there today – literally)



USA Today: President Obama continued to criticize Mitt Romney for what he called an inappropriate and premature response to protests in Egypt and Libya.

“This wasn’t the time for politics,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish language television network. “I have observed that there’s a tendency to shoot before you aim.”

“As President, Obama added, “my obligation is to focus on security for our people, making sure that we gather all the facts, making sure that we’re advancing American interests and not having ideological arguments on a day when we’re mourning.”

More here




Gail Collins (NYT): Mitt’s Major Meltdown ….. Mitt Romney broke our deal.

Perhaps he didn’t know he’d made it, although, really, I thought it was pretty clear.

He could do anything he wanted during this campaign as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to be truly crazy.

…. It didn’t seem to be a lot to ask, but when the crisis in the Middle East flared up, Romney turned out to have no restraining inner core. All the uneasy feelings you got when he went to London and dissed the Olympic organizers can now come into full bloom. Feel free to worry about anything. That he’d declare war on Malta….

……We’re stuck with the task of evaluating Mitt Romney, who went for a cheap attack at a time when any calm, mature adult would have waited and opted for at least a brief show of national unity.

…. Two months to go and we’re rethinking our presumption that the Republican primary voters picked the most stable option.

Full article here


Erik Wemple (Washington Post): Fact-checkers say no to Romney ‘apology’ claims

…. Need yet more evidence that fact-checkers conduct their business in a silo separated from impact on politicians? Try the Romney apology-tour fact-check, Chapter Umpteen.

The fact-checkers seemed a bit fatigued by Mitt Romney’s latest round of allegations that the Obama administration goes around apologizing for America…..

…. A Romney pollster said a while back that the campaign won’t be “dictated by fact-checkers.” Now we have a clean shot at fact-checking that claim. If it’s true, expect to hear more “apology”-oriented attacks on the Obama administration in the home stretch of this election.

More here


NYT: … For the first time in three years, the share of Americans without health insurance declined, with the number of uninsured dropping by 1.3 million people from 2010 to 2011.

A major factor was an influx of newly insured young adults, many of whom benefitted from a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring insurers to let parents keep adult children on their plans up to age 26.

More here


by Rita

Attended an event in San Francisco yesterday where Valerie Jarrett was the speaker. It was held at the Laborer’s Local 261 center, a beautiful location. The event was a Victory Fund celebration organized by the Americans with Disability (Bay Area, I presume?), who have raised $180K for President Obama’s campaign. It was a very cordial, well-attended event. But Valerie was a revelation. I know that she’s referred to as the President’s right hand, that she has his ear, and his back :), but she is also a wonderful person in her own right. A Stanford educated lawyer (yay, Bay Area!), she has worked tirelessly for people with disabilities. Her first internship was in Chicago, advocating for children with disabilities.

Valerie is a dynamic speaker! She recounted how she met the President and First Lady 21 years back, when she was trying to recruit both of them to Mayor Daly’s campaign. She said that she was struck, even then with the inherent decency in both of them. She spoke forcefully in support of the Affordable Care Act and how events in the President’s own life, his mother’s suffering from cancer and her insurance woes, and his younger daughter Sasha’s grave illness as a child, made this piece of legislation so very important.

She recounted how the President said that when Sasha was so sick, he couldn’t breathe, like the world was closing in on him, but the fact the they had good health insurance was such a blessing. He thinks about parents who do not have that luxury and how important it is to stop the ACA from being repealed (won’t happen, PBO will be re-elected!!!). She also said that making sure the ADA is strengthened and followed is very important to the President. He believes firmly in the principle that everyone, including those with disabilities, want to achieve their maximum potential. And something I didn’t know, that he had promised to hire 100K people with disabilities into his administration in 5 years, and that they were well on the way to completing that goal.

All in all, a wonderful evening. And, did I say there was food… and wine? 🙂

And, if you’re ever in the 16th and Mission are a of San Francisco, take a walk around. So many wonderful murals!

Thanks a million Rita, what a gorgeous report!



12:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wis.

1:10: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Lions Park in Golden, Colo.

2:0 First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Carpenter Theater, Richmond, Va.

2:50: President Obama departs Colorado en route Washington, D.C.

5:0: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with grassroots supporters in Fredericksburg, Va.

7:05: President Obama arrives at the White House

8:15 (?? listed as 7:30 by CNN): VP Biden delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala

CNN have all these speeches listed for live streaming coverage




President Obama greets people after arriving at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, Sept 12


Morning everyone 😉

191 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good Thursday Morning, Everyone! Here’s to a more positive day than yesterday!

  2. 9 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hellooooo, y’all! I’m in this room over here. 😆

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      September 13, 2012 at 8:48 am

      A reminder..

      • 11 vcprezofan2
        September 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

        • 12 dotster3
          September 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

          I saw ol’ man McCain making the rounds today. I guess NBC/MSNBC decided we needed to hear his deep thoughts on President Obama’s “weakness” and “lack of leadership”. Savannah Guthrie did a terrible job with the interview on Today, just let him rattle off absurdities at will. Is she paid to just sit there? I see much of the rest of the main stream news media has come up with a whitewash of the Willard Fail of yesterday also, the NYT even accused of changing their original story yesterday, eliminating quotes critical of Romney, making it all nicey-nice for him. I’ve had a hard time finding any truthful accounts on news websites also—-it’s now all about “both sides”, as in “Obama and Romney campaigns attack each other” in response to Middle east events.

          • 13 hopefruit2
            September 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

            Last night, Liberal Librarian (and others) warned of this MSM switch… The temporary feigned outrage was simply to cover their asses and get people off their backs, but they were giving Romney a wink and a nod under the table. We saw right through their transparent BS. The media is up to no good. They are enabling and protecting Mitt Romney – which is why he continues with this outrageous behavior seemingly unfazed.

            • 14 Lovepolitics2008
              September 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

              I disagree. The outrage yesterday morning was real. But you can be sure that during the day, and last night, there has been a lot of pressure and pushback from the GOP, lobbyists, big money sponsors. Wanna bet that in each of those media organizations, the “boss” has sent a message to tone down the criticisms ? And to go back to “both sides do it ?” Wanna bet that some individual pundits have received clear messages that if they went too hard on Romney, they would lose “access” ?

              That being said, I’m confident that many people are seeing through the noise. Romney disgraced himself. His numbers will continue to go down. And the media will continue to look ridiculous in trying to prop him up.

              • 15 edp4bho
                September 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

                I agree with you here. Much of the outrage was fueled by fear of Bozo continuing to lose badly to PBO in the polls, and they were so hoping their candidate would have a redeeming moment. It did not happen. You could see the concern on the pundits faces and hear it in their voices and remarks. They know they have a very flawed candidate and are desperate to gain a foothold in conquering PBO. Hopefully, as the polls show, people are finally waking up. Let’s hope they stay awake and continue to recognize the bullshit coming from the right.

              • 16 hopefruit2
                September 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

                I agree with you about people seeing through the noise and Romney’s numbers continuing their downward spiral.

                But I disagree somewhat about the MSM’s outrage being real. If the outrage was real, then no amount of “pushback” from GOP, lobbyists, big money sponsors, GOP would change that in a few hrs. If the MSM had appeared to be delighted at the death of a US ambassador, don’t you think their credibility and trustworthiness going forward would have been severely and irreversibly damaged?

                As a matter of fact, Chuck Todd first BEGAN with usual snarky tweets about the Obama administration, and after he got some push back on Twitter, changed his tune and uttered his false words of outrage about Romney. Once he was on record as having condemned Romney, he quickly went right back to his making excuses for Romney/GOP while subtly condemning the Adminstration and trying to deflect from Romney’s behavior. Ditto for Andrea Mitchell, who brought on Mike Rogers under the guise of being upset at Romney but quickly turned the segment into a bash-Obama fest.

              • 17 donna dem 4 obama
                September 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

                Case and point. It’s obvious that by yesterday afternoon the NY Times was told to tone it down and it was evident in this “switcheroo”.

                “A number of media reporters have now followed up with reports about the Times switcheroo. And the answer from the Times is that it was part of the normal editing process and the preference for on-the-record quotes over blind quotes. The specific response we got from Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, reads as follows”


          • 18 vcprezofan2
            September 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

            Dotster, I don’t watch MSM and nothing they do surprise me even if they do it right, because that is what they ought to be doing. I do not trust the media and it’s my frustration with media that motivates me to participate in the TOD media brigade, in an attempt to share little bits of truth here and there.

        • September 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

        • 20 nathkatun7
          September 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

          Good response Vick C! McCain is a sorry loser! It’s now almost four years and he has never gotten over the fact that President Obama defeated him. I never heard him blame Bush for lack of leadership when the terrorist attacked us on American soil killing some 3000 people. I don’t remember him blaming Reagan for being weak when over two hundred marines were killed in Lebanon. As matter of fact Reagan cut and run out of there. I am sick of these self-serving Republicans. But I am more angry at their corporate media enablers.

  3. 21 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Good Morning…….

  4. September 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Good morning, Chips, TOD, Congrats VC !!!!!! Off to work.

  5. 29 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

    (There are dozens and dozens of articles like this out there today – literally)


  6. 30 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    ok…last night while surfing channels I saw Bob Woodward on TeaNN with Blitzer……..apparently , according to Woodward in his latest book of the week….he claims that ” Some high level Democrat on Capitol Hill has only met with the President twice, and is annoyed that PBO will not play patty-cake with him on a daily basis.

    Bob Woodward makes me sick.

  7. September 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Jake Tapper is a twat. PBO said to telemundo that he does not consider Egypt as an ally or an enemy because they are a relatively new government in progress. Jake basically left out half the statement to question why we give Egypt aid.

    MSM has a way to twist to make it seem like the President is incompetent. There is one thing, however. Our President is not.

  8. 35 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

  9. 36 hopefruit2
    September 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Don’t let Mark Knoller get away with his BS spin. He’s comparing Obama’s win on Election day ’08 to the polling in this month, while failing to acknowledge that Obama is doing even BETTER now that he was at the same time in 2008.

  10. September 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Quinnipiac poll shows Pres Obama leading Romney 62-34 in NY – he leads among independents by 21, men by 20 & women by 35.

    Too close to call?

  11. 41 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Michael Lewis was wonderful on Morning Joe today. I tuned in to hear him and once you get past Joe Scarborough’s BS and focus on Michael, it was a nice interesting segment. One could tell that after spending 6 months with the president, Michael has come to fundamentally respect, admire and understand on some level the man known as Barack Obama. He did not fall into Joe’s bait of trashing the president or saying the president is aloof and cold. At the end of the interview, watch his face closely; he was disgusted by Joe Scarborough’s constant interruptions and foolish assumptions about a man (Pres. Obama) that he does not know on any level.

    The video will soon be up.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      September 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

      If you get a chance to hear him on NPR radio he does a great interview about the President and his six months following him. The one thing I got from it is that this story was initially about the “Presidency – the job” and not specifically President Obama. He talked about how the job has changed so much due to the 24 hr news and how the President has to comment on EVERY event around the world. He talked about a coup that took place in the middle of the night and how President Obama had to address it. It was a fascinating interview last night that I had to keep driving around to listen to it.

      • 43 sabreen60
        September 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Good morning TOD.

        The article in Vanity Fair is on-line. It’s 9 pages and worth every bit of time it takes to read it.

  12. 44 FormelyFRED
    September 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

    good morning TOD family

    I just remembered these articles on Romney and IMHO this might be a great time to start dropping the hammer on his arse since this is very à-propos so if as many people can send these to Axelrod and co right now that would be terrific.Romney should not get away with THAT :

    Top Romney Adviser Tied To Christian Militia That Committed Atrocities In Lebanon’s Civil War

    Oct 27, 2011



    Romney and Phares

    October 12, 2011



    Top Romney Adviser Tied to Militia That Massacred

    How Walid Phares went from advising Lebanese warlords to counseling the GOP front-runner.

    Thu Oct. 27, 2011



    On The Same Day Romney Announces Advisers, One Of Them Appears In Ad Promoting An Iranian Terror Group

    Oct 7, 2011



    Romney Adviser Advocating For Controversial Iranian Terrorist Group

    Aug 23, 2011


  13. September 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Saw a clip of POTUS’ interview on Telemundo. Think he is either horse from campaigning or has a cold. Hope he is well.

  14. 46 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

    New York Times Wipes Story Detailing Mitt Romney’s Attack On Obama

    On Wednesday, the New York Times published a provocative story bylined by David E. Sanger and Ashley Parker, leading with the news that Mitt Romney had personally approved the blistering Tuesday night statement on the attacks in Libya and Egypt that landed his campaign in trouble.

    But hours later, the newspaper wiped the story out and replaced it with a significantly rewritten piece bylined by Peter Baker and Ashley Parker.

    The later version flushed out the controversy with more details, but no longer included a couple key anonymous quotes from people close to the candidate, one who offered the rationale behind Romney’s decision — to call out the Obama administration for supposedly “sympathiz[ing] with those who waged the attacks” — and another who criticized it.


  15. September 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Oooh, I like that OFA pic/ad for PBO’s NY event – see post

  16. September 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.


  17. September 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hmm, looks like we might hit 13 million views tonight – are my ‘please donate $13 to PBO’ appeals intensely annoying, or will I go for it later on?

  18. 72 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

  19. 77 dotster3
    September 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Mr. Dotster just emerged from working out in basement, angry, saying McCain is on every channel, in full war mongering mode. I’m so suspicious of who and what is behind this whole recent s__t stirring in the Middle East, who made sure that dumb film with questionable origins was dubbed in Arabic and posted to inflame. Nut un Yahoo is going around saying he wants Willard elected. Willard can be controlled and manipulated. A creepy situation. I want the public aware of all that is going on, and they’re not. The truth is not being told.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      September 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I agree dotster. This whole thing seemingly sprung out from nowhere but is a coordinated plan. And the MSM is complicit, just as they were when they enabled GWB into a dumb war in Iraq.

      I think it’s time we start demanding that those GOP war mongers and their enablers in the MSM to first sign up their children and grandchildren (including daughters and granddaughters) and send them to the war that they seem so eager to fight. Maybe when they have to greet their children’s corpses in flagged draped caskets in the still hours of the morning, they will think twice about their addiction to warmongering and the profits from Big oil and military complex spending.

    • 81 dotster3
      September 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Wow—–their little women are in their proper place, right? Lots of insecure men in the Republican Party. Don’t like their wimmins out in the work place, getting equal pay and the vote and stuff.

    • 83 Don
      September 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

      No, Govenor, your wife is probably home with the mail man watching you on t.v. making an ass out of yourself.

  20. 85 LDS
    September 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Good morning, everyone:
    Be patient. Be still. And know that all is well.

    Our President has already forewarned us that this would happen.
    Let us keep marching FOWARD and do not get distracted or distorted. I am going to donate my $13 today, register more voters, make more phone calls.
    PBO has got this and that! He has the heart of God. We’ve got his back!
    Just relax…

  21. 89 desertflower
    September 13, 2012 at 9:36 am


    Early on, in 1986, Bain formed Accuride to purchase the wheel-making division of Firestone Tire & Rubber, with some executives from the company. Bain structured the deal to have 40-to-1 leverage, according to the Los Angeles Times, meaning Bain and its co-investors put an enormous amount of debt on Accuride for every dollar they invested. Accuride had sales of $215 million in its fiscal 1986, according to the Wall Street Journal. Accuride was sold within a year and a half, earning Bain more than 20 times its original investment, according to the Times. (Bain revamped production and restructured executive compensation at the company, according to a case study by a Bain partner, cited by the Boston Globe.)

    “I didn’t want to invest in start-ups where the success of the enterprise depended upon something that was out of our control,” Romney was quoted as saying in the Boston Globe in 2007.

    The Wall Street Journal found that many of the businesses Bain bought went bust, even when Bain reaped big financial wins. The paper analyzed 77 businesses Bain invested in while Mr. Romney led the firm from its 1984 start until early 1999, finding that 22 percent either filed for bankruptcy reorganization or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested. An additional 8 percent ran into so much trouble that all of the money Bain invested was lost. But overall, the hits more than made up for the losses, and Bain recorded 50 percent to 80 percent annual gains in the period, the paper found.

    There’s WAY more….

    • September 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

      This is Al Qaeda, using that Film to garner support for their cause.
      It’s a full blown attack,! Yet, Rinse and Robney think it’s The President that is sympathizing with Al Qaeda?

  22. September 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    President Obama is crushing Mitt Romney in New York.

    A new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama leading the GOP nominee 62 percent to 34 percent among likely voters in the Empire State. He leads among independents by 21 points, men by 20 points and women by 35 points.

    “The only reason President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney will come to New York is to raise money,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Unless something unforeseen happens, the poll numbers say it’s an Obama blow-out.”

    The state has been good to both men in terms of fundraising, but moreso for Obama. He has raised nearly $19 million from New York donors, compared with Romney’s $13.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    The president is heading back to collect more next week, at a $40,000-head fundraiser hosted by Beyonce and Jay-Z.

  23. 97 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

  24. 98 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

  25. 103 desertflower
    September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Ok..it may not be suitable for leaving up on your computer screen at work…but it’s the truth!! Actually…this is VERY TAME for the Rude Pundit!


  26. September 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Btw- the last time the US Embassy was attacked by Al Qaeda, was Nairobi in 1998.

  27. 107 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

  28. 109 ctgirl7
    September 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    NBC News reported on Tuesday morning that Mitt Romney’s campaign was “throwing the kitchen sink” at President Obama: With prospects fading, the Republican challenger was trying any and all lines of attack to see what might stick.

    But the problem with throwing the kitchen sink is you might break a pipe — and then you’ve got a real mess.

    Such was the soggy condition Romney found himself in Wednesday morning. The previous night, his campaign had fired off a premature statement that falsely accused Obama of apologizing to the people attacking U.S. embassies in Libya and Egypt. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”


  29. 111 1jam4pbo
    September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning my American Tod-obots.
    Please accept my Deepest Sympathies on the loss of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. May he rest in Eternal Peace.

    Keep strong, I know that God is not sleeping.

    Peace and Love.

  30. September 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Politico has a whole article up, saying that we have to hand it to Ryan, as he catches catfish with his bare hands!
    We have to hand it to Ryan, because he is Grasshopper from Kung Fu???

    • 113 dotster3
      September 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I have no idea why GOPolitico thinks that is significant because it isn’t. And I’m guessing that is a Lyin’ Ryan exaggeration also. Just like his “marathons” and his one marathon time. And his bragging about climbing 40 Co. mountains, or whatever it was. He’s so used to inflating his resume’ that the lies just roll out easily, habitually.

  31. 114 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    If you’re on twitter, go and tweet George. He’s interviewing Romney today.

  32. September 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod

    For Mitt’s VP vetters, 10 yrs tax returns were good for the goose, but they still won’t give America a gander at HIS! http://bit.ly/OjE4r8

  33. 117 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    The National Police Union has a long memory – and will not be backing Willard M. Romney for President – breaking away from the Republican ticket for the first time in twelve years.


    There are 24,181 members of the Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio. And “as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

  34. 120 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    George is getting flooded with tweets. Go and Tweet him.

  35. 123 Sara
    September 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    If anyone missed the NPR interview yesterday with Michael Lewis, it is worth reading or hearing. http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=161003362 Although this paragraph made me sad. “And [the President] said that he recognized when he came into office that was the climate he was in, but he assumed that the American people would punish the other side for being so obstructionist. And he said that what happened instead was the approval ratings of Congress as a whole plummeted to basically zero, but individual politicians didn’t pay a price.”

    I don’t have words to describe my gratitude to Chipsticks’s TOD. Her site tirelessly supports the President, helps us ‘have his back’ and gives us information to make politicians pay a price. She is a lifeline, especially on a day like yesterday. God bless.

  36. 124 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

    There are 24,181 members of the Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio. And “as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

  37. 126 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

  38. 128 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

  39. 129 desertflower
    September 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    WTF???? Now YEMEN??????http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2012/sep/13/libya-attack-us-ambassador-aftermath-live

    This was planned.I feel it.


    The obvious, outward motive of such attempts is not difficult to discern: to show Muslims as irrational, violent, intolerant and barbaric, all of which are attributes profoundly inscribed into the racist anti-Muslim discourse in the West.

    And, it’s a very safe bet that there will be among us those who will readily oblige.

    I can guess at two additional motives, one of an immediate, narrowly targeted nature, and the other considerably more general and strategic in nature.

    America is hurtling towards presidential elections in which Barak Hussein Obama is running for a second term. For large sections of the American Christian Right (closely allied to rightwing Zionism), Obama is, if not the anti-Christ, then at the very least a Muslim mole planted in the White House.

    For his part, Obama, from the very start of his presidency, had set out to douse the fires of the “clash of civilizations”, then still raging curtsey of Messrs Bush and Bin Laden, among others. An editorial in the New York Times commenting on Obama’s famous address to the Muslim world from Cairo University, lauded him for having “steered away from the poisonous post-9/11 clash of civilizations mythology that drove so much of President George W. Bush’s rhetoric and disastrous policy.”

    To reignite “the clash” in some form serves to bolster the American Right as a whole, the American Christian Right (which is a mainstay of the Republican Party) in particular, while at the same time undermining Obama, who at best had acted to bring this clash to an end, and at worst is “a bloody Muslim” himself.

    A much broader motivation, which does not exclude Obama as target, is to tarnish, even to deny the very existence of an Arab Spring.

    Among the dramatic effects of the historic revolutionary upsurge of the Arab world during the past two years had been a sweeping reimaging of the Arabs in the eyes of the world at large, including the West.

    For nearly two decades the bête noire of the world community, represented by vicious madmen such as Saddam and Bin Laden, or by nasty decrepit dictators a la Mubarak, the revolutions brought forth a new and heroic Arab, whose face is that of the wonderful young men and women of Tahrir. So much so that Tahrir Square became an icon of democratic protest the world over, and the Egyptian revolution provided the self-conscious symbols of rebellion to protesters from New York to Tel Aviv.

    Certainly, this image had paled already, with disappointment, even disillusionment being felt widely both at home as overseas. With Islamists either taking over or becoming a major force in the new political configurations in post revolutionary Arab states, pundits in America and Europe reverted to type, proclaiming this the “Islamists moment”.

    Yet, for the most part, the Arab spring continued to get “good press”; both the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Elnahda in Tunisia were for the most part very favorably portrayed in the Western media, and well liked by governments in Europe and the US.

  40. September 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This is totally O/T but I HAVE to share with with the family here. As much as I can tell from following his GPS Spot, it appears my hubby has completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. He did the summit of Mt. Katahdin this morning. We were hoping he would have cell signal from the top of the mountain, but no phone call yet. 😦 I am SO proud of him. He will be 68 in October. One of the reasons he did this is in memory/honor and fund raiser for our grandson, Walker. Please pray for his continued safety……back down the mountain and the drive home.

  41. 138 desertflower
    September 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Obama holds advantage on Medicare: An interesting finding in the new Fox poll: Obama leads romney by 51-40 on who is more trusted to protect Medicare and ensure that it’s there for future generations. That is a significant lead, given that one of the core arguments at the foundation of Romney’s entire campaign is that Obama looted Medicare to fund Obamacare.

    Greg Sargent

  42. 139 Rita
    September 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Awww…. thanks, Chips, for including my little piece in “Rise and Shine.” Glad to know you enjoyed the account 🙂

  43. 142 hopefruit2
    September 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

  44. 143 99ts
    September 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’m watching the Pennsylvania court – the Judges all seem to be showing their bias – one way or the other

  45. 153 dotster3
    September 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

  46. 157 hopefruit2
    September 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

  47. 158 Rita
    September 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    A couple of mine.

  48. 160 pinkbunny92
    September 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Morning everyone! I have been upin arms and completely shocked about Romney’s incompetence and insensitivy frmo what happened in Libya. It’s truly stunning how tone deaf and idiotic that man is, and he’s the best the GOP can produce?!?

    Romney is a joke and he deserves to lose big time. I won’t be satisfied with a victory, I want a landslide in November! Seriously, to have an election polling this close with someone this incompetent and ridiculous means 45% of Americans are that STUPID!

    I’m in Nashville and it’s ridiculous how people who produce and sell uniforms to the Government are so anti-govt. I’m sitting in budget reviews and looking to see how one division will be doing in their 5 year strategy plan, and someone said that they are projecting safety uniforms, particularly for industry & oil rigs are going up. Of course! Because under Democratic Presidents and Adminstrations, we have more safety regulations, so people need to get protective gear! Duh! So one of our divisions is doing well, after a miserable period under Bush, but now we’re growing under President Obama!

    Anyway – I’m so pissed that anyone thinks that Romney is in any way qualified, but I’m trying to keep my cool, and just focus on getting President Obama re-elected!

    Have a great day all! 😀

  49. 161 hopefruit2
    September 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Money thrown at a dysfunctional campaign just makes it more dysfunctional.

  50. 163 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    • 164 donna dem 4 obama
      September 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

      GM Amk and TOD,

      THIS^^^ right here is the Republican and our lazy pundits biggest nighmare. All year long we heard nothing but lie after lie that the Dems were not enthusiastic about voting this year. Then we have a Convention that showed this party was not gonna stand by and let the Repubs bully our President out of office (to quote Gov. Deval Patrick) and bam now that people are paying attention even the polling is stating what we have known all year long. WE LIKE OUR CANDIDATE and will surely vote to re-elect him this November!

      Let’s see if this shuts up the pundits. I won’t hold my breath on that one!

  51. 166 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Mitt Romney Tax Returns

    The Daily Beast:

    As part of its vetting, the Romney campaign required at least some of the candidates on the short list–including the eventual winner of the GOP veepstakes, Ryan–to submit fully 10 years of tax returns, according to a knowledgeable source.


  52. 167 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Law enforcement has identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula as the man behind “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Islam movie that is widely blamed for riots around the world, the AP reports.

    Nakoula had previously claimed he had a role in the film’s creation, but insisted he was not the director. Earlier reports centered around a certain Sam Bacile, but many doubts have been cast on the existence of such a person. Cell phones tied to Bacile and Nakoula traced to the same address.


    • 168 99ts
      September 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I think I’m getting paranoid cause I wonder if this man has a relationship with the GOP.

      • 169 Linda
        September 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Police have been sent to the California home of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the purported producer of “Innocence of Muslims,” the anti-Muslim film that has caused outrage across the Middle East. According to authorities, the Muhammad film has called on local police in an effort to protect him and his family from potential harm.


        • 170 dotster3
          September 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

          He may have been the one who “managed” the film, or whatever he’s saying, supposedly a Coptic Christian from Egypt with gripes against treatment by Muslim majority—–religion again!—-but I want to know who plucked this crudely made film from obscurity and made sure it was seen in the Middle East, with intent to inflame.

      • 172 anniebella
        September 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

        I said early this morning that I had a feeling some supporters of Mitt Romney were behind the entire thing. It wouldn’t shock me if Mitt wasn’t involved. But something feel fishy about the whole thing, and that stinking fish could lead back to Mitt Romney. That’s my opinion.

    • 173 Don
      September 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Now this fucking guy is doing the “I don’t know no godfather” routine. Like most tough guys he wants to throw a rock and hide his hand.

  53. September 13, 2012 at 11:13 am
  54. 179 amk for obama
    September 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • 180 Ahero62
      September 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I would like to ask @RumsfeldOffice if American weakness was perceived when our embassies were attacked in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998?

      • 181 nathkatun7
        September 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        I would also ask Rumsfeld if the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center in New York, when Rumsfeld was Sec. of Defense, were “a result of perceived American weakness.” War criminals Rumsfeld and Cheney need to stfu!

  55. September 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I read something on Smartypants recently about how the GOP is having to come to grips with the idea they are losing. I am beginning to think that Republicans will come to accept that outcome long before the pundit class does. I think the pundits have a far greater stake in the horse race scenario than can be managed by reality. They simply cannot let go of it now or any time in the near future.

  56. 183 vcprezofan2
    September 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Sneaked out for a while and came back to this LARGE FONT email forwarded by a friend. Now this friend is an email forwarder EXTRAORDINAIRE so I usually delete them unread, but this one said ‘ DO NOT BUY – Obama T-shirt’. VC Red button alert!

    …Turns out it was warning that there are Obama t-shirts being sold with “Psalm 109:8” and the writer feared some people might be strutting around proudly in this t-shirt without realizing that the BIBLE verse is not blessing or praising the President. Of course we here have met the verse before on bumper stickers etc, and mostly buy our stuff from OFA anyways, but it doesn’t hurt to have this reminder heads-up. Wonder if it ever bothers the haters to be so consistently and deviously evil?

  57. 184 Linda
    September 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    The search for those behind the anti-Muslim film led Wednesday to a Coptic Christian in Southern California who was convicted of financial crimes and who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, pleaded no contest in 2010 to federal bank fraud charges and was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution. He was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Nakoula said he knew the film’s self-described filmmaker, Sam Bacile. But doubts arose about Bacile’s identity amid a flurry of false claims about his background and role in the film

    Steve Klein, an insurance salesman in Hemet (Riverside County), said he was the film’s script consultant. He is an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam and founded Courageous Christians United in 1977. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, its members have staged protests outside mosques and abortion clinics.

    For the last couple of years, Klein has hosted a weekly program on an Arabic Christian outlet called the Way TV.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Who-made-Innocence-of-Muslims-3861414.php#ixzz26MeIl9RT

    nothing further at the link

  58. September 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Democrats are riding a wave of enthusiasm. Republicans are dreading a Romney wipeout.

    President Obama has experienced a post-convention bump, whereas Mitt Romney saw none. A Tuesday Gallup report showed that Obama’s lead over Romney increased 5 points after the Democratic convention. That result echoed findings from a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

    This may be in part because Democrats bolstered their convention by huge ad spending to maximize exposure. As the Wesleyan Media Project pointed out:

    During the Aug. 26 to Sept. 8 period, Obama and his allies aired 40,000 ads on broadcast and national cable television, the vast majority of which were paid for by the Obama campaign. By comparison, Romney and his allies aired 18,000 ads on broadcast and national cable television during that same time period.

    There’s more. New fund-raising numbers released this week found that President Obama outraised Romney in August for the first time in months. This won’t make up for the mischief I anticipate from the Republican’s cash-soaked “super PACs,” but it’s an important turn.


  59. 186 cindysweatt
    September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Standing at the rope line to see the President in Golden.

  60. 187 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    September 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    i have cnn feed running in side window; just looked up to see mitt’s staffers passing out “cheerleader” pom-poms to the folks who will be the back drop for his lies… 🙄

  61. September 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

  62. 190 jacquelineoboomer
    September 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Chips – That cartoon of Romney’s sticking his campaign sticker over the tombstone of our ambassador says it all. Romney is one of the most despicable robots I’ve ever seen. Off to catch up with Joe Biden’s campaign trail today – I’m ridin’ with Biden, our VP! Thank God for POTUS and VPOTUS!

  63. 191 idon
    September 14, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Someone posted this on Huff Post in the comments section under this story heading:
    Romney: White House Agrees With Me On My Critique Of The President

    noaxe397 42 minutes ago (11:21 PM)
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    Just like Obama agreed with Romney’s position on the auto bailouts, too. Right?

    Here’s what needs to be done. some really good investigative journalists need to find the link between American conservatives and the production and distribution of this video.

    It is a known fact that a major attack theme of the Romney camp is that the president is weak on foreign affairs. And suddenly, right after the Dem convention bounce, this video surfaces and gives Romney a ammo for his empty attack line.

    It’s too convenient.

    If this connection can be made to, say, a Karl rove or Sheldon Addelson, FOR EXAMPLE, it would probably knock Romney from the race and give the election by default to Obama.

    It might just also get the Republican Party on the terrorist watch list. [end quote]

    This is exactly what I was thinking when I first heard about the ME protests and the subsequent deaths of the US Ambassador and the three other Americans. It is interesting that several seasoned journalists have referred to Romney as Nixon. Even Maddow ran a clip of Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech. But these journalists were not talking about Nixon’s watergate break-ins or his plumbers or his attempt to use the FBI and CIA as his secret police force. No they were talking about something so terrible, it was described in the Arrogance of Power as “treason.” It is what Nixon did during the Vietnam war while Johnson was still President. He sabotaged the Vietnam peace talks so he could extend the war and thus use it as a selling point for his election. It worked in 1968, partly because information could be controlled through access and timing. This is not so today. People have mutilple sources of information which is often available unfiltered through the Internet. People are also more sophisticated in evaluating the quality and timing of information. I have read several hundred posts on the above article and many comments have been along the same vein.

    I thought this interesting and wanted to share it. If it is not allowed, please feel free to delete it.

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