Rise and Shine


Today (all times ET):

9:45: President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

10:0: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cincinnati, Ohio

11:30: Arrives in Cincinnati

12:25: PBO delivers remarks at Eden Park’s Seasongood Pavilion, Cincinnati

2:25: Departs Cincinnati en route Columbus, Ohio

3:00: Arrives in Columbus

3:0 First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the University of Florida in Gainesville

3:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Port of Burlington

4:20: PBO delivers remarks at Schiller Park, Columbus

6:40: Departs Columbus en route Joint Base Andrew

6:55: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

8:05: PBO arrives at the White House







In case you missed….

Washington Post editorial: For several weeks, we’ve been asking Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to explain how he can cut taxes, as promised, without adding to the nation’s debt, as also promised. Now he’s effectively let the cat out of the bag: He can’t.

Mr. Romney’s tax plan calls for reducing income tax rates by 20 percent. The top bracket would go from 35 percent to 28 percent. He has said that he can do this in a revenue-neutral way by eliminating loopholes. While the rich might pay more, he has said, the middle class would pay less.

… In other words, we are back to counting on magic — to “dynamic scoring,” the voodoo economics of the Reagan era, the wishful thinking of President George W. Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that helped turn a surplus into the deficit now weighing the nation’s economy. Cut taxes and hope the economy grows faster than predicted.

At a time when the nation is already on course to build up a debt so large that interest payments alone will begin to drown us, Mr. Romney wants to reduce taxes further, with — it now appears — no plan to make up the difference. It almost takes your breath away.

Full editorial here






Michael Tomasky: Mitt Romney’s Last-Ditch Strategy: Inflame the Base

Why is Team Romney slamming Obama’s foreign policy as Americans die overseas? Michael Tomasky says they can’t win the swing vote, so they’re going with Plan B: Rile up the base.

They keep piling on. You’d think Mitt Romney and team would have stopped with the foreign-policy attacks — if not because of the political costs, then at least because real, living Americans are now under very serious threat in a number of Middle Eastern cities. ….The longer they keep at this, the more they’re heading into dangerous territory indeed, because the only way they can win this argument is for something horrible to happen overseas, which will set them up to say we told you so.

…. Americans are seeing the real Romney, a man with exactly the wrong proportions of ambition and core. I would guess that we’ll see in the next round of polling that these attacks, too, didn’t quite work. And then they’ll try something else desperate, and something else. They’ll wake up on November 7 wondering why America rejected them, without realizing that the candidate and his surrogates showed America why every day of the campaign, and never more so than during this past, disgraceful week.

Full post here





3:30 ET First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the University of Florida in Gainesville

6:55 ET: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center

The Gainesville Sun: Students fill the sidewalks outside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Thursday, Sept. 13 in Gainesville, Fla. to get free tickets to see Michelle Obama speak. The line formed at 10:30 a.m. for the First Lady’s appearance on Monday


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Morning everyone 😉

123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 7 Martha
    September 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Gm first yea

  2. 9 collegekay
    September 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Good morning.

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, everyone, and congratulations magapie and Martha for 1st! 🙂

  4. 11 pugeretto
    September 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Morning Chips & TOD family

  5. 12 Martha
    September 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    GM chips, I think the media is finally waking up to who that spineless Romney is. About time

    • September 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Morning Martha, lots of encouraging news today, but the worse things get for the Romney campaign the more desperate and ugly they’ll become – although, it’s hard to imagine how they could get any uglier. I think we’re in for a bumpy, nasty ride between now and the election. But: Forward!

    • September 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I see the opposite happening! What channel are you on?

      • 15 ctgirl7
        September 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

        Morning Joe was something to see this morning. Joe is a piece of work! One minute he was frothing in his rage against Romney and later he was gleeful about all the money support Romney has. He even said “WE have more money…”

        That man is amusingly toxic!

    • 16 hopefruit2
      September 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Unfortunately, I haven’t noticed – if anything I see the MSM doubling down on their anti-Obama, pro-Romney reporting.

  6. 18 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Morning TOD and Chips. Everyone has got to watch these series of interviews the author Michael Lewis gives about the Vanity Fair piece he wrote on Pres. Obama. They’re all so bloody wonderful. It was very helpful for Michael Lewis to spend 6 months with Pres. Obama and get some insight into the man. Not just the leader, but the man himself. These interviews are a must watch.




    As you keep watching, there are more videos that link you to more of his interviews. Very fascinating.

  7. 20 utaustinliberal
    September 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

    • 21 Nena20409
      September 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Lewis said it was 8 months that he spent with pres Obama. I heard him say so twice now, yesterday with Fareed Zakaria and on one MSNBC show last week.

  8. September 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

  9. 23 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Nancy Pelosi Explains How Romney is Helping Democrats Retake the House

    By: Jason Easley


    Nancy Pelosi did everything but send Mitt Romney a thank you card and a fruit basket, while discussing how the GOP nominee helped House Democrats by picking Paul Ryan.
    Nancy Pelosi could barely contain her joy on CNN’s State of the Union as she discussed what the selection of Paul Ryan has meant to Democratic prospects for retaking the House. It turns out that Ryan was a game changer after all. He gave Democrats a potent issue and a powerful message to run on in November.



    Pay close attention to Candy Crowley’s absolute obsession with the number of phone calls PBO makes to the GOP. And the sly comparison of President Clinton with President Obama. We can always count on CC to parrot the tired old GOP talking points. My question to CC is what about the GOP’s responsibility to govern and do THEIR job?? Nancy’s response was terrific. We don’t use number of phones calls as a measurement.


    • 24 FoxfireTX
      September 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

      This woman is an absolute abominstion as s “journalist”. I cannot stand listening to her for even a second which makes me wonder how I’m going to get through the debste she moderates. I’ve thought she was terrible since the time she interviewed PBO in Israel during the 2008 campaign. I am shocked she was selected as a moderator. I expect this will be the worst moderated debate of the four.

      • 25 Ladyhawke
        September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

        I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to hear that Candy Crowley would be one of the moderators for the debates. It’s just shocking. At the root of most of her questions is some GOP complaint, talking point or criticism. It’s as if she is incapable of formulating original questions on her own.

        The only debate moderator that has any credibility with me right now is Jim Lehrer. I think Candy Crowley, Bob Schieffer and Martha Raddatz were very poor choices. I would love to have seen Bill Moyers and Rachel Maddow selected. They would do their homework and be able to challenge outlandish claims. I don’t expect Candy Crowley to do that.

        • September 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

          The Right wing says she is a Liberal, and criticized the selection as liberal media bias.

        • 28 ChristiMTL
          September 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

          I was extremely disappointed but not surprised at all….anyone who think she’s a serious journalist don’t watch her regularly. She is the worst.

          Her and Bob Schieffer……bad choice!

    • September 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

      What about the fact that all those calls between Bill Clinton and the GOP resulted in the end of Glass-Steagall, DADT, DOMA, tightening of welfare reform? That the budget surplus was created without much help from the GOP? That those calls didn’t prevent the GOP spending ten times more money to impeach President Clinton as they ultimately spent trying to investigate 9/11? She’s ridiculous.

  10. 31 FoxfireTX
    September 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Good morning TODs! One of the time lines with fundraising that I haven’t seen here is the Sept 30 date. This is particularly important to the csmpaign because it will be the last quarterly fundraising report before the election. Chips, perhaps you could do something that gets repeated on each thread of a countdown clock with respect to this deadline? In addition to being the last quarterly report, it will be the best estimate for the csmpaign as to what it csn expect in the last 36 days. So let’s all dig deep between now and Sept 30, cut other expenses wherever possible and give as much as we csn. We all know that with the Romney campaign’s current desperation the misleading ads will only increase in the last 50 days. The Obama campaign needs the resources to fight back.

  11. September 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning TOD family. I have missed you all the past few days. I have been working 12 to 14 hours shifts and am exhausted. I first want to wish all that celebrate with me ” L’Shana Tova!” WE are very lucky to have President Obama keeping us safe.

    Have a great day all, and to those that contributed to my fundraising page..THANK YOU! I can no longer log in to OFA to find out who made donations but with Chips posting my link here….I know it was my TOD family.

    • 34 cookemom
      September 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Are you going through DISqus to log onto your page, or are you going straight to your page via its URL? I can’t log on via OFA, but I can get on via my page’s URL.

  12. September 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

    The gunny thing is, MSNBainC had on Joe Klein to trash Bibi, only they never even brought up His Name, which is what all the News was talking about!
    So, unless you agree with Bibi, you ate not allowed to bring up his name.
    And Chuck Todd keeps saying how great Robney Ground game is, comparable to Bush of 04, but better(his words not mine).

    • 37 theo67
      September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

      If Romney can’t pull it together with all these right wing media machines working so hard to distort reality, then he’s even worse that we think he is.

  13. 38 Ladyhawke
    September 17, 2012 at 9:23 am



    Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled


    Stevens was a big, early advocate of a bland vice presidential candidate, privately talking up former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and pushing the idea of an outsider, anti-Beltway ticket. But Stevens is hardly to blame for what many conservatives consider a campaign that is specifics-free and lame. That blame goes straight to the man running his own campaign: Romney himself, according to a number of people in and out of the campaign.


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81280_Page5.html#ixzz26jVZkrCm

    • 39 cookemom
      September 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Stevens is also the speech writer and the ad guy, in addition to being the senior campaign manager. That would be Axelrod doing his job plus, Plouffe’s and the writer Flaveau(sp). Mitt’s staff had actually hired speech writers for the convention Mitt and Stevens fired them and wrote it themselves. the original version did mention the troops.

  14. September 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This series of tweets from David Frum breaks down the Politco article about the Romney campaign:

  15. September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

  16. September 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

  17. September 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Robney giving a speech today to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
    He says, this is an outreach to Hispanic voters in swing states.
    No it is Not, it’s an outreach to Hispanic Business Owners, and to give Him more Cash!
    But, the Media will gush all over the speech, defining it as a Huge accomplishment, etc.

  18. September 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

  19. September 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Your going to have to change your fundraising Goal of 30k!

  20. September 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Good morning all!

    David Frum is letting it rip on Twitter.

    This from First Read:

    The finger-pointing begins: Last night’s Politico story — describing disorganization inside the Romney campaign, with most of the attention focused on campaign strategist Stuart Stevens — isn’t surprising in a presidential campaign. After all, when the going gets tough, campaign advisers and consultants start pointing fingers. But what IS surprising is that such an article is coming so soon, before the debates and before this race is truly decided. But the Politico piece is more than a story about Stevens and other Romney officials; it’s a story about Mitt Romney. How could someone who has campaigned on his managerial experience run a billion-dollar enterprise where — in Politico’s telling — even something as basic as the writing convention acceptance speech seems so chaotic? As the article even quips, the campaign structure has become so unwieldy that it badly needs a consultant from Bain & Co. to fix things. Bottom line: This kind of article doesn’t get written about winning campaigns. Then again, this race isn’t over. But oh, what a bad narrative it feeds at the start of this week.


    • September 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Around August of 08, McDame hired Steve Smith to take over, even Hillary fired Mark Penn. Not so much, for Robney Camp, sticking with the manipulating Stevens?

      • September 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

        This is why we need to prepare ourselves for a level of nastiness we have never seen. Rove, Koch brothers and all the dirty players are going all in – more dishonest ads, voter supression and intimidation, you name it! They will try to get in our heads. We are in for a fight but I know we are ready! There is something about being on the right side of history 🙂

  21. 50 ChristiMTL
    September 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    GOP Congressman Blows Up At CNN Host: ‘I Don’t Care What Fact Check Says,’ Obama Apologizes For America!

    As the Washington Post put it, “the apology tour never happened.” Rather, shortly after becoming president, Obama traveled to the world introducing himself and differentiating his foreign policy from that of President Bush.

    Peter King….yuck…!

    Of course they never let facts get in the way

    No difference with Romney….this is his first line of attack when it comes to foreign policy.


    • 51 ChristiMTL
      September 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Soledad O’Brien can be quite good….at least she challenge these liars at time….

    • 52 theo67
      September 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

      I wish someone would ask them “what do you think Obama is apologizing FOR”? Maybe an apology is needed for the GOP failed policies that caused a global financial collapse, from which many around the country and the world are still trying to dig themselves out. Or the wars that the GOP caused, one illegal, that they couldn’t be able to figure out an exit strategy either before or during the wars. Or maybe the hundreds that were incarcerated in Gitmo under the GOP – many who were innocent men just picked up from the streets or from their enemies? Or maybe the GOP arrogance that claimed that the US can do whatever it wants, where-ever it wants, regardless of global opposition? I could go on…

    • September 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

      “I Don’t Care What Fact Check Says,’ Obama Apologizes For America!” That right there is Cognitive Dissonance in black and white.

      • 55 EricFive
        September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        On a deeper level, I think this cognitive dissonance exists because it is not anything PBO says, it is the fact that PBO is President that is the problem. In other words, the GOP/Tea Party see the election of PBO by the American people as being an apology to the world for GWB’s disasterous foreign policy decisions. The fact that PBO was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize further feeds this belief. Since the GOP wants to pretend GWB never existed, they have to create this bizzaro world where PBO apologizes to terrorists.

        • September 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Apologizing to terrorists is something Bush did and they have become almost fanatical about accusing the President of every bad thing done by the GOP. Apology just happens to be the meme right now because they’re trying to score points on foreign policy in advance of the debates. What I was referring to is that any embedded talking point like this one is completely resistant to facts in their universe. They will ALWAYS say that facts don’t counter their belief system/talking points. Facts actually make them dig in even deeper to their fantasy in an effort to preserve their ‘sanity’. That is the true function of Cognitive Dissonance: to preserve the ‘sanity’ of the person whose belief has been challenged.

          At this point there is zero reason to be armed with facts when dealing with these people. They are in full-on-panic denial mode right now and will continue to be long after the election. It’s pathological at this point.

    • 58 japa21
      September 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Not to quibble, he doesn’t own the Cubs, his kids do. And his daughter, one of the actual Cubs owners, is a big PBO backer and fundraiser.

    • 60 ChristiMTL
      September 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

      ..pragmatic, capable manager? I must have missed that.

      • September 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

        my second tweet to Frum:

        Pragmatic? Yes, at changing his positions to fit whatever situation he’s in. Capable manager? He left MA w/high unemployment

      • 65 theo67
        September 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Yes – where’s the evidence of this, other than the media repeatedly telling us that it was so… From what I gather, he didn’t actually run any of the companies they took over – he just managed the cold-blooded burdening with debt and then stealing people’s livelihoods to pay for his toys and treasures.

      • 66 Obama Grandmama
        September 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        I read an article on this blog that Romney was really never a CEO type but was more a financial fund raiser for Bain. Getting funding was more his gift like getting money for the Olympics from Congress and private investors.

  22. 67 Melanie
    September 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Michelle Obama is on Rachel Ray now.

  23. September 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hey everybody,

    Home sick today. Been up since 4 a.m. Can’t keep anything down, achy tummy, too. Thank God for my computer and TOD. At least I get to keep up with the happenings. Have great day everyone!!

  24. 76 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

  25. September 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

  26. September 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    A full schedule today for Obama Team, they are all spread out all over the Swing States.
    But, I have heard nothing about what The President and his Team are doing Today, it’s like He doesn’t exist, except to say His policies are a disaster. LOL!

  27. September 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

  28. September 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hey everyone, I’ve updated today’s schedule in the post

  29. 83 ChristiMTL
    September 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    NBC’s Chuck Todd: Events In Middle East Raise Questions About Obama Promises

    Chuck Todd spoke with Today anchor Savannah Guthrie and discussed how he thinks the ongoing crisis in the Middle East would impact the 2012 presidential race. Todd said that this crisis could be an inflection moment in the campaign and became a point at which public perception turns against President Barack Obama.

    I can see that’s he’s working overtime for this to happen.

    He’s wrong as usual and a liar…..he should quit and work for the Romney campaign.

    He’s getting a lot of pushback…..


    • 84 Linda
      September 17, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Is Chuck still waiting for the Romney Convention bump he claimed would come two weeks after the Convention ?

    • 86 dotster3
      September 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Inexcusable for Todd to say that on the Today Show—that the unrest in the Mid East is one of those events that could change the direction of the presidential campaign, planting that suggestion in the minds of viewers. If he isn’t a Romney campaign operative, he sure is playing one on teevee. Outrageous. And it’s mostly insignificant that he gets push back on twitter. The damage has already been done.

      • 87 ChristiMTL
        September 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

      • 89 amk for obama
        September 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        what damage exactly dotster ? Is there anything that phuck toad in the last three years that started or even changed a narrative ? What events he predicted in all these years that has come into fruition?

        PBO was right. Cable noise is just that and not worth listening and he doesn’t.

        So let’s not elevate two-bit hacks in the cable noise and third rate pundtwits into game changers, which they definitely are not.

  30. 90 squarepeg
    September 17, 2012 at 10:40 am


    Ok, there’s a messageboard I belong to called “MT Stars” (it’s for Medical transcriptionists). There’s a section on the page for “politics” and right now, it’s basically RedState.com. We need to change this. I’ve already posted two things opposing RW lies. If you would like to sign up for this board and start sharing stuff, you can. It’s easy to open an account. Here is the URL: http://general.mtstars.com/politics/

    We need to spread the truth as far out as we can.

    • 96 lisalovesobama
      September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      that was very indelicate on Harvey’s part. he could have just said, “a british official……………………” he shouldn’t have called Cameron out like that.

  31. 97 99ts
    September 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Mention at BJ that Ryan seems to be missing in action. Seems that Ryan has 2 problems
    1. If he doesn’t campaign for his congress seat he may well lose it
    2. If he does campaign for his congress seat it will be obvious he is not expecting to be the VP any time soon

    Good chance he will lose 2 elections in November.

    • 98 japa21
      September 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I was one of the ones who commented about Ryan focusing on his House seat. Apparently the last internal Ryan poll shows him up by 25 points. On the plus side, a month previously he had been up 35 points, so the gap is narrowing. And that, itself, is probably why he is reducing public exposure re VP. However, looks like he will win reelection.

      • 99 99ts
        September 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

        I didn’t really think he wouldn’t japa – but it’s nice to dream – I thought there was a poll around with his opponent doing well – but according to Nate Silver there has been little President Polling in Wisconsin – last one 21 Aug – so maybe I have it wrong.

  32. 100 ChristiMTL
    September 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Joe Scarborough On The Entire Muslim World: ‘They Hate Us Because Of Their Religion’

    This morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough accused every single person in Muslim and Arab world of hating the United States. According to Scarborough, “if you scratch the surface, and if you gave every street vendor to prime minister in that region a chance to throw a rock at the U.S. embassy, they would.”

    His level of ignorance is sickening….

    3 hours of this buffoon every morning on the ”left leaning” network.


    • 101 theo67
      September 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

      If the shoe was on the other foot, and the Arab world accused the US of hating Muslims because of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Gitmo, drone strikes, protests against the NY “mosque”, violence and hate crimes – Scarborough and his ilk would be the first to start whining in the streets. It’s the height of hypocrisy.

    • 102 cookemom
      September 17, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Who cares what Schmoe has to say? Do you think that any of the pundits could remain relevant if they didn’t say outrageous stuff? See how well it works? He’s being discussed on a cyberspace blog site. That’s as good as getting ‘likes’ on your FB page, thousands of followers on Twitter, hits on your website, Nielson ratings, etc. It’s never abut the content or quality of the programming or individual, it’s strictly the quantity. These are the measurements by which they get their paycheck.

      PBO has long since shifted back to the economy. He’s shifting to trade and China. He has left the MSM and Robme in the past of the Middle East. This stuff is so last week. Contrary to the talking heads, it’s on Mitt to keep up with PBO and as we’ve seen, he’s not that flexible.

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  34. 105 Melissa
    September 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hahaha am loving the finger pointing and blame game in the GOP camp this morning.
    When you lose David Frum and Erick Erickson from RedState…lol It wont last obviously but these are maybe 2 days worth of news cycle they are not winning and they are running out of time. Yeah I know the gazillion of corporate cash and mud slinging are yet to be fully unleashed but there will come a point when ppl have made up their mind and nothing will change that, bare a catastrophic mistake from the Chicago Team. And if there is something we know over the last 6 years of watching that team, is they rarely make mistakes…. hehe

  35. 106 cookemom
    September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Up and at ’em all you Osters!!! Time to faced another great getting up day in TODdyville!!! The grass is ris, and the birdies is. Thanks Chippa for posting my fundraiser page.

    My political take today is the meme for the Middle East conflicts is that PBO misjudged how Muslims feel about Americans. I saw on two different stations a replay of him speaking where he said, ‘having lived in the Muslim world’, as if that was proof he got it wrong. This is a pure tactic of taking a person’s biggest strength and turn it into a weakness. After last week, they know Mitt can’t touch PBO on foreign affairs. They know PBO scores really high in that category. It’s classic Karl Rove.

    Then there’s the meme of PBO should be losing cause Mitt’s so awful. This is a deliberate attempt to make his next term that of happenstance, almost accidental. This may meant that they’re almost conceding the election, but want to make sure that PBO gets there fully tainted as a weak non-leader, anti-Israeli, with two black fathers. Having one wasn’t enough to dis-sway the voters.

    This tells us that he will continue to have a hard time governing, unless we give him the House and Senate to move the country FORWARD.

  36. September 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

    (Thank you David) .no country can allow another to impose the conditions under which it will go to war. The Israeli leader wants a tripwire that would trigger military action. But presidents don’t turn over that power of war and peace, even to their best friends.” David Ignatius 9/14/12

    When Obama Win He going to stick it to that asshole Netanyahu.

    WASHINGTON – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal Sunday to American voters to elect a president willing to draw a “red line” with Iran, comparing Tehran’s nuclear program to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and reminding Americans of the devastating repercussions of failed intelligence.

    His remarks were an impassioned election-season plea from a world leader who insists he doesn’t want to insert himself into U.S. politics and hasn’t endorsed either candidate. But visibly frustrated by U.S. policy under President Obama, the hawkish Israeli leader took advantage of the

    week’s focus on unrest across the Muslim world and America’s time-honored tradition of the Sunday television talk shows to appeal to Americans headed to the polls in less than two months.

    Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. Netanyahu said the United States would be foolish to believe that, using football metaphors and citing examples of past terrorist attacks on U.S. soil to appeal to his American audience.

    “It’s like Timothy McVeigh walking into a shop in Oklahoma City and saying, ‘I’d like to tend my garden. I’d like to buy some fertilizer. …’ Come on. We know that they’re working on a weapon,’ ” Netanyahu said.

    • 108 theo67
      September 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

      There were a lot of tweets yesterday about Netanyahu making the same claims back in 1992, and Shimon Peres making same claim that Iran would have nuclear capability in 2003, and Donald Rumsfeld making similar claims that Iran would be able to hit the US several years ago – the right wing recycles their attacks over and over, and the media falls for it every single time.

  37. 109 hopefruit2
    September 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Serves them damn right – FOX and Friends get punked on National TV by a “Former Obama supporter.” HAHAHA! Serves them damn right- they will pluck any old crank off the streets who indicates a willingness to bash President Obama without first ascertaining the veracity of that individual’s story…they are sooooo desperate. ROTFLMAO!!

    • 110 Linda
      September 17, 2012 at 11:20 am


      Did he reference ” Alex Jones ” ?

    • 112 donna dem 4 obama
      September 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

      O.M.G. 😆

    • 113 cookemom
      September 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

      didn’t they say this kid has moved out of his parent’s house now? well, that tells me he either got a job or is independently wealthy. What college student doesn’t come back home after they graduate? they have to line up jobs and find a place to live. Some are able to do so, before they leave school, others take a break. college students are still very much above the average in employment.

    • 114 theo67
      September 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

      These FOX people – that was painful to watch. I don’t know how anyone can watch FOX news on a daily basis – it’s a steady diet of hate and deception. And arrogance.

      First – in what year have young people outemployed more seasoned professionals? Hasn’t unemployment for young, college-age people always been lower than people in their 30’s and 40’s? And then, who caused the unemployment to start dropping in 2007, anyway? Shouldn’t they be the ones being blamed, especially since they want to return to those failed policies? FOX makes my brain hurt.

  38. September 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Hey everyone, that ‘Donate’ picture/link near the top of the right sidebar will now take you to page with a list of all the TOD fundraisers – so, if you’re ever looking for one in particular, that’s where you’ll find it.

  39. September 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I Can’t See Your Face Right Now’: ‘Fox & Friends’ Pranked In Wild, Nonsensical Interview”

    The gang at “Fox & Friends” thought it had landed an interview with a young, disillusioned, out-of-work former Obama supporter who had shifted his allegiance to Mitt Romney. Instead, the hosts found themselves on the receiving end of a practical joke…

  40. 119 Rita
    September 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning TOD! Busy with twitter rebuttals already!

    Reince Prober is trying to claim Dem supermajority for two years… again! My rebuttal below, which I also tweeted to news orgs. Spread the word because this is a myth that a lot of people, including Dems, believe.

  41. 121 desertflower
    September 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm


    Romney proposes to convert Medicaid to a fixed allotment of money from an entitlement tied to economic indicators and a state’s caseload. Payments from the federal government would grow at 1 percentage point above inflation a year, creating the funding reduction, in exchange for fewer rules on how states use the money, according to the study released yesterday.
    The Medicaid proposal has drawn less attention in the campaign than Romney’s ideas for Medicare, the U.S. health plan for the elderly and disabled. The Medicaid plan could be implemented as soon as 2014 and involves more money. Romney has said Medicare beneficiaries wouldn’t face changes until 2022.
    “The impact on our nation’s low-income children, people with disabilities, and seniors would be devastating,” said Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, Washington-based group that concentrates on children’s issues, and a former aide to Senate Democrats. Losing $1.2 trillion “will eliminate coverage for millions of people, reduce access to necessary care and create a system of health rationing.”

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