Fired Up: From Ohio to Florida


I think the trees are the right height in this video 🙂


Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio, Sept 17

See the President’s Ohio speeches at C-Span



The University of Florida, Gainesville, Sept 17 – see the speech here


Gainesville.com: First lady Michelle Obama practically scolded students Monday at the University of Florida, telling them she wouldn’t take any excuses about failing to vote.

“Pretend I’m not the first lady. I’m like your mother,” she said.

Declaring it her “biggest event to date,” the first lady spoke before a crowd of about 10,750 at UF’s O’Connell Center. In making the case for President Barack Obama’s re-election, she recounted both her own history with him and his White House record.

…. Before speaking at UF, Obama danced and sang with girls at a Gainesville after-school program. She met with about 40 elementary school-aged girls at Girls Place Inc. off Northwest 39th Avenue, which provides programs for economically disadvantaged girls.

“You know I’m all about girl power,” Obama said.

The first lady danced and sang the educational song “Tooty Ta” by Jack Hartmann with one group of girls…..

“You will remember this day for the rest of your lives,” Girls Place Executive Director Renae Clements said to the girls.

More here


First lady Michelle Obama dances with children at Girls Place in Gainesville, Sept 17

123 Responses to “Fired Up: From Ohio to Florida”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm


  2. 2 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  3. 6 Lorraine
    September 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Governor Strickland is on Ed’s show now!!!!!

  4. September 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Ok, have to give my 2 cents.

    For those who think we’re getting punked by the Romney campaign — that this video isn’t so “secret” and was released to gin up the base — chill. Even IF this video came from campaign operatives, rallying the dead enders will NOT help. What the video shows is someone who is divorced from any feeling for his fellow citizens. IF it was an attempt at psyops, it has failed spectacularly.

    But, I don’t think it was leaked by the campaign. They’re just not that smart in Boston. The HQ is suffused with an air of entitlement, and it flows from the top.

    Chips, time to put up THAT picture of PBO. You know the one I’m talking about.

  5. 12 susanne
    September 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    love our president! love our first lady! four more years!!!!

  6. 13 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    How Jimmy Carter’s Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser Video

    The damning video of Mitt Romney telling a room of wealthy donors how he really feels about the free-loading 47 percent of Americans “who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” among other candid things, has been floating around online in bits and pieces for three months, but didn’t hit the big time until it was published by David Corn at Mother Jones today. Credited as a “research assistant” on the story is James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who has been toiling online as an opposition researcher and is “currently looking for work,” according to his Twitter bio. “I’ve been searching for clips on Republicans for a long time, almost every day,” said Carter this evening. “I just do it for fun.” But by connecting Corn with the mysterious uploader of the clip, Carter has uncovered his biggest story yet, one that could potentially affect the outcome of the election. (And get him a job.)
    Carter told Daily Intel that he first noticed a portion of the video in which Romney discusses using Chinese labor while working at Bain Capital. That clip, uploaded by a YouTube user named “Rachel Maddow” in late May, has since been deleted, but eventually made it to Buzzfeed and Daily Kos.

    Additional pieces of the tape were then added to a YouTube account called “Anne Onymous” starting three weeks ago. “There was a minor uproar about it on Twitter when I found [the first clip], so I kept doing research on it and that eventually led me to be able narrow down who it originated from,” said Carter. Via Twitter, he contacted the person who claimed to have secretly taped and uploaded the video, and then sought to help publicize the remarks. “That seemed to be the purpose of [the filming] — to get it to a larger audience,” Carter said.


  7. 15 Dudette
    September 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Wow Chips! This is a veritable POTUS and FLOTUS smorgasbord!! Thank you!!! 🙂

  8. 16 Lorraine
    September 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I love the pictures of First Lady Michellle and the Gators!!!!!

  9. 19 Nena20409
    September 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    If it was Jimmy Carter’s grand-son that provided the tape, I wonder who gave this tape to him? Those afraid that this is a trick, I don’t buy that version. The Romney camp is Not that bright, I am sorry.

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      The only way that I would have been suspicious is if he had made the comment about Obama supporters and that was it. I could see how that could play into getting his base, although it still would signal desperation as he should have been gotten his base support tied up. There is no way that he would want the part bragging about using child labor in China for Bain Capital to come out. This plays directly into the Obama campaign’s hands. A Bloomberg article is now up declaring “this is the day Romney lost the election.” We cannot get complacent. We still have to vote and GOTV plain and simple, but this is not good for Romney. This solidifies our base and gets us more independents more than it helps Romney in my opinion.

      • 21 daisydem
        September 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        I am confused. Just who is Romney’s base? I keep hearing how this might have been released purposefully to rile up the base, solidify the base or the independents …. is his base just those who make $250,000+ and don’t want taxes raised? Is his base the 1% like he is, silver spoon and all? Is his base (this is who I saw at there pitiful convention) the white, pasty faced middle class Americans who is ignorant, totally toting the water for the GOP, voted Republican all their lives, the men who would “put women in their place” and the women who enable them, the beneficiaries of Medicare who have not a clue as to what their health insurance will be like if Romney is elected, the crusty old goats who could care less about education or the arts, or a railway system in this country that works, or wind power … or, enough of my rant? Who is his base? Who would these horrible, unfeeling things he said be directed at? Please help me with this!

        • 22 0388jojothecat
          September 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

          If it’s the same tape, I heard about it last month on the “orange” place. A reporter who was invited by one of the attendees. They (Team Robme) KNEW she was a reporter but probably did not know she was taping it…..if fact I am sure of it. This is just like the GOP, they just don’t think. Just like when they allowed the cameras to tape President Obama when they invited him to their retreat…..GOLD!

        • 23 cookemom
          September 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

          The folks he’s trying to appeal to are the right wing nuts who don’t even like him. they will just stay home if he doesn’t keep feeding them the red meat. His base is also the 1%, but they really don’t care. They make tons of money, no matter who’s in office.

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Exactly. Karl Rove is not Machiavelli, no matter what he thinks of himself; and no one in the Romney camp can even aspire to the level of a Karl Rove.

  10. 25 Claire
    September 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Loving Ed tonight.

  11. 27 Claire
    September 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Every small business owner who has ever taken a government loan… just freeloaders according to willard.

  12. 29 Dudette
    September 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I have at least two things in common with the tatooed dude in the straw hat and cool sunglasses:
    — I have that same Obama button (got mine in Charlotte)
    — I want my President to stay in office for FOUR MORE YEARS too!!! 🙂

  13. September 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Rinse says Robney was on message…

  14. September 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Anderson Cooper is not helping. His Vanderbilt roots are showing:

    “Our reporter in #Libya is told US officials in Benghazi were warned three days before deadly attack. Details @AC360 8p, 10p”

      • 37 anniebella
        September 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        If that is true……what????? Just because A. Cooper says something doesn’t make it true. I trust Hillary Clinton a hell of alot more than I do A. Cooper.

    • 38 lisalovesobama
      September 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      🙄 I sincerely doubt that…… Does anyone watch this tool’s show anymore? PBO remembers W. and 9/11. No way would he ever be caught flatfooted when it comes to terrorism. I smell a ratings rat!

    • 39 LunarSea
      September 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      It was a spontaneous combustion at the release of the film clip so he needs to shut the fn@k up and go shit on his well padded golden cushion. There was nothing happening before hand.

    • 40 Cman
      September 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Yes, and in context, how many warnings of an attack do they get on a weekly basis?

  15. 41 Claire
    September 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Just looked at the photos again. First Lady Michelle Obama I love you!!!! She reminds me of the song, “I’m Every Woman.”

  16. September 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t even have the words for that clown Romney. A vile vile man.

  17. 43 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    When Kasie Hunt of the AP is tweeting this; Romney you are S-C-R-E-W-E-D.

  18. September 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Three days after POTUS’s first (domestic policy) debate.

    “Bill O’Reilly just announced he’ll be doing a 90 min debate with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. Oct. 6. Streamed online.”

    Also, MSM is actively involved in deceiving voters about the debates. I have not heard a single talking head make any claim other than “Romney is a good debater.”

    Oh yeah, here’s what happened during the GOP debates (just off the top of my head, not a complete list):

    > For Pete’s Sake, I’m running for President
    > Self-deport
    > I’ll bet you $10,000
    > I’m severely conservative
    > Let me speak

    He’s terrible under pressure, but MSM won’t say a peep, knowing their employees need to sustain voter interest for another month and a half.

    • 45 Don
      September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I could not care any less what these two media whores have to say. O’Reilly is vile, and Stewart has something negative to say about President Obama almost every other day.

    • 46 Nena20409
      September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      You are a great debater if the likes of your competitors were Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Huntsman, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, etc?

      Sen Obama had Biden, Dodd, Edwards, Clinton, Richardson, etc. Then pres Obama had all GOPer Congress at their retreat in Jan 2010.

      Sen Obama debated McCain. And per polls, won all 3 debates. I believe in pres Obama. When he is On, God help those who underestimate. I am with That ONE.

    • 47 Lovepolitics2008
      September 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      I have no problem with MSM raising expectations for Romney’s performances at the debates….

  19. September 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    LOOK at him!!! He is so sexy, so confident….that smile, that style. This man has it all. I love our President so much! Love the enthusiasm Ohio!!! Take it all the way to the polls!!

  20. September 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  21. September 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    To Nath & hopefruit:

    GOP strategists are gettin’ their spin on for Mitt:

    “Rove on leaked Romney tape: “sounded to me like deliberate:”

    Top GOP strategist on Romney tape: “He actually sounds refreshingly direct and candid, which some people will really like.”

    To which, Blake Hounsell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, responded: “You are getting spun.”

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Isn’t John Harwood generally smart? I can’t keep track of pundiots any more. But yeah, even the spin is half-hearted at best. Calling 47% of the populace moochers is NOT good. And then, there’s that little bit about the company in China.

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      • 55 Chi
        September 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

        These people have absolutely lost their minds…

        Callous, cynical, detached, sociopathic ‘observations’ offered up in the most clinically superficial and offhanded manner, in response to something so significant and so offensive that at once exposes and sums up Mitt Romney, his views, lack of humanity, and what generally guides his greed and …

        That my friends, is the general mindset and attitude that will drown out if we let them, all that is best about us as embodied by President Obama…

        His spirit of humanity, goodness, empathy, progress, excellence and success but not at the expense of others especially the disadvantaged, must prevail…

        We cannot and must not let Mitt Romney, his cohorts and their collective deranged and perverted minds pollute, take hold of and systematically destroy all that’s best about us…

    • 56 Lovepolitics2008
      September 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Harwood is simply reporting the response from the Romney camp. Doesn’t mean he believes it. Not the same as when a pundit uses a GOP talking point to question a democrat. Not the same as when a pundit repeats a GOP talking point as if he ACCEPTS it as truth.

    • 58 nathkatun7
      September 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Hey Arapho, I posted a comment about my suspicions on the previous thread but then had to go out to a condo meeting. I haven’t read hopefruit’s comment. I just read what LL wrote and he is probably right but I still don’t trust the Rove enterprise. I remember what they did to Dan Rather in 2004. The tweets you posted seem to back up my suspicions. After viewing the two video clips that Chips posted on the previous thread, I felt that Romney was hitting the exact points I’ve heard many right wingers make over and over again. My point was that Romney said everything that people who previously suspected him of being a moderate will eat up and be energized that he is truly one of them. He also said it in such away that undecided voters, who may be leaning Republican, would not find to be that offensive. Again, this purely speculation on my part. I hope people who think that these video clips will be a game changer are right. That’s also what I am rooting for.

  22. September 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    • 60 hopefruit2
      September 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Glad to see my President is safe and sound back home. There will be stormy weather tomorrow in the DC area and Maryland. I don’t know if he has travel plans for tomorrow.

      • September 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        He’s going to NY, Hopefruit:

        Tuesday: The President will welcome WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their 2011 WNBA Finals victory. In the afternoon, the President will travel to New York City for campaign events. While in New York City, the President will tape an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The President will return to the White House in the evening.

  23. 63 LunarSea
    September 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    good to see the trees are the right height in Ohio. Also. Too. hehehe

  24. September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Mrs. Obama just makes me cry….when she scolded them and said, “think of me as your mother.” She is the Mama in Chief of our country! I just love how those boys just had to give her a kiss! I’ve just never seen such genuine warmth from a First Couple. They are the real deal.

  25. 67 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  26. September 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden laid out in 28 minutes his version of the Republican platform and how it contrasts with what the Democratic presidential campaign is proposing.

    “We can boo all we want for their not-so-great idea, but if we don’t get out and vote, we’ve got a problem,” Biden said in his speech from the Port of Burlington Monday afternoon.

    Biden reminded nearly 600 southeast Iowans present that early voting starts in 10 days, and they should get engaged now, if they’re not already.

    Biden focused on health care for seniors, international trade and, of course, the federal support for the American automobile industry. He contrasted President Barack Obama’s positions on those issues with those of his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney


  27. September 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm


  28. 77 Dudette
    September 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  29. 78 dotster3
    September 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    In case edwina doesn’t post her tweet here……..
    “So——if you want your federal income taxes to be zero, be broke in Biloxi, elderly in Alabama or a hedge fund manager in Miami.”


  30. 79 Elly in Maryland
    September 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I wish I had time to read everything written since the Romney remark about “these are people who pay no income taxes” came to light, but I don’t. So I’ll just ask my question even though it’s probably been asked many times – isn’t this the perfect time to ask AGAIN Why Doesn’t Mitt Romney release his tax returns???? I’m thinking he’s the one paying no income tax.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      September 17, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      “So I’ll just ask my question even though it’s probably been asked many times – isn’t this the perfect time to ask AGAIN Why Doesn’t Mitt Romney release his tax returns???? I’m thinking he’s the one paying no income tax.”

      Elly, I am with you 100%! Now that Mitt Romney has denigrated the so called 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes and are, therefore, irresponsible people who are depend on government hand-outs, It’s time for Romney to release his tax returns and show the American voters how responsible he is.

  31. September 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm


    email from Campaign To Defeat Obama (http://bit.ly/gziB4a ) : “This week was not the best week of the campaign.”

  32. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    September 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    So the Romney Campaigns strategy is to play the media as him being a decisive leader while insulting half of the country. Well if our lousy, lazy, good for nothing media buys this act I will blow up their emails, phone lines and twitter accounts until they cry “Uncle”. I will not let Romney and this media sweep this under the rug. No way, No how!!!

  33. September 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Please note that among those that #SmirknMitt denigrates are all the Americans who have served in our armed forces, diplomatic core, etc., who also voted for and support President Obama. They are among #ThosePeople, the #47Percint that he despises as mouchers, etc …

  34. 84 Elly in Maryland
    September 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    While I’m here, I thought I’d react to some stories told about phonebanking recently, about how people started conversations seeming to be against Pres. Obama, but by the end had turned around. I have really found that if you just LISTEN, say something about how you understand what they’re saying, etc, that it’s not unusual for that person to end up on your side.

    I was canvassing in Loudon County, VA last weekend. One gentleman started out saying he was angry with Obama about deportations (the man is from Peru), said he volunteered in 2008 but didn’t feel good about him this year, and so we talked and after a few minutes, he was basically saying, yeah we have to win this thing.

    Another nice story (not about the listening thing but nice) – 2 days ago, again in Loudon county, I knocked on a door and the woman who answered said she and her husband are big supporters. She’s from Guatemala, her husband from Bolivia. I asked her to spread the word among her friends and she said, we’re all for him, we know he’s for us. I said I know he wants to pass good immigration reform but the Republican Congress makes it impossible. Her response: “We understand.” I thought that was so cool – she said it so sweetly.

  35. September 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  36. September 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    So good of @Reince to claim per Rachel Maddow that #BainMitt was ‘on message’ thereby verifying the vid’s story line 🙂

  37. 87 dotster3
    September 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    More info on the Romney tape, bragging about his top notch consultants who do races all over the world, have worked with Bibi on his race etc. I will agree that this is the only time I’ve ever heard Romney sound somewhat comfortable in a speaking role—–with his peeps, the 1%. Awkward when he is trying to conceal the Real Willard from the populace.


  38. September 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’m guessing he’ll be doing some Mother Jones reading tonight:

    President Barack Obama waves as he steps off of Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on September 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Obama was returning from a campaign trip to Ohio.

  39. September 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    • 92 hopefruit2
      September 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Even if there were no words accompanying this pic, you would guess that the young ladies were probably attending an “Obama” event just by their friendly, happy facial expressions.

      If you see a group of people attending a “Romney” event, they would have tense, angry snarling facial expressions.

  40. September 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    This only gets better ….

  41. September 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm


    “Fox prime time strategy for dealing with Romney fundraising tape? So far, not mentioning it.”

    • 102 majiir
      September 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      I’ve been noticing for a long time now that Fox doesn’t air what it doesn’t want its viewers to know about, Arapaho415. This makes it easy to understand why Fox viewers are the most uniformed on the issues of any group of Americans.

  42. 103 Claire
    September 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    David Corn has established his place in “breaking news” history. 🙂

  43. September 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I may hold off on writing my TPV piece until we see what tomorrow brings. There WAS that ominous endnote to Corn’s piece: “More to come”.

  44. September 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    For someone who doesn’t pay taxes, Romney has a lot of nerve.

  45. 110 Renegade522/AuntSis
    September 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Good Evening All: Just returned from a community action meeting. I know I am preaching to the choir, but just in case someone in lurkingland needs this info…
    1. New Registration: now until October 2, 2012 – 5PM
    2. Early voting: October 27 – November 3 (7AM – 7PM)
    3. This years ballot will be 5 pages (10 pages front/back). Maybe more depending on your precinct, community, county, etc. 2008 ballot was 2 pages or 4 pages front/back).
    4. Miami Dade County will have complete ballot online by October 5. Go to http://www.miamidade.gov/elections
    FYI: Ballots are counted in the following order (absentee, early voting, precincts)

    Ok, I am off to catch up on today’s postings. DID I MISS ANYTHING??

  46. September 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    So, if Reince thinks it was so ‘on message’ then we should certainly be expecting lots of ads incorporating segments of the video, right … 😉

    … NOT 😀 😀 😀

  47. September 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm


  48. 114 vitaminlover
    September 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I am loving First Lady Obama’s dress.

  49. 115 Don
    September 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Orgies? I thought he said oh geez.

  50. September 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  51. 118 susanne
    September 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    ‘ In what his campaign described today as a bold strategy to insure victory in the Presidential contest, Republican nominee Mitt Romney will undergo a procedure to have his mouth wired shut until Tuesday, November 6th.

    The decision reportedly was made in response to the release earlier in the day of rare video footage showing Mr. Romney saying what he really thinks. ‘

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/09/in-new-campaign-strategy-romney-to-have-mouth-wired-shut-until-november.html#ixzz26mWDiCn7

    (yes, this is snark!)

  52. September 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Rachel is so strange. She had 3 segments, really slamming Willard and then…
    She says(para-phrasing), we have to choose which candidate to Vote for, it is how our system works, lots of issues, but whoever you choose. Whatever we ate doing NOW is not working.
    Then, She talks about the Taliban attack at a Base I have been to.
    It’s really simple! Over there, in Afghanistan, the Taliban Kidnap Police officers, local Governors, And other Leaders. They only release them, if they pledge to help the Taliban.
    They threaten their Families, and give ultimatums.
    So, Rachel, getting into a fortified area in Afghanistan us not as difficult as you think, if you consider some Proson gurad has turned, etc., as a result of the aforementioned.
    Maybe, Rachel should stop being so gosh fn Ron Paul, on Foreign policy matters. It’s a little more complicated than that.
    That is all!

  53. 120 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Mitt Romney is the village idiot. He called a presser and said his words were not “elegantly stated” and then said this:

    WTF? He doesn’t even get that what he said was disgusting.

    • 121 Cha
      September 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Yeah, romney’s feeling like the money god now. I saw a pic of him going off stage and it looked like he still had the $mirk.


  54. 122 AnitaW
    September 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Who is that guy FLOTUS gave a kiss to in Florida today?

  55. 123 Cha
    September 18, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Thank you, Chips, for all your beautiful Enthusiastic Pics, today~

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