Rise and Shine

(I have about three words of Spanish …. but even I get this)



10:45: President Obama departs the White House

1:20: Arrives Miami, Fla.

2:10: Participates in a town hall hosted by Univision (Live on Facebook – and here)

5:25: Departs Miami

6:20: Arrives in Tampa

6:50: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (private residence)

9:05: Departs Tampa

11:10: Arrives Joint Base Andrews






Michael Tomasky: ….. One of the things that really gets me is hearing people say things like, “I voted for Obama because I hoped he’d be able to unite the country, and he hasn’t, and I’m very disappointed by that.” ….. this is like blaming Sharon Tate for failing to make peace with Charles Manson. The Republicans operate from a mindset of wanting to crush and destroy the Democrats, and I bring this up today because the debate over the “freeloading” 47 percent is as good an exhibit as exists with which to make the case…..

….. it’s Obama’s fault that the tone in Washington hasn’t changed? It may have been idealistic and naive of him to promise it, but at least he tried, and I’ll take idealistic and naive over dishonest and cynical. It’s a sad thing to say, but the country will be united only when the liars and cynics see that their tactics no longer work.

Full post here





Charles Blow: …. So I’m inclined to take Mitt Romney at his word when he disparages nearly half the country to a roomful of wealthy donors on a secretly recorded tape.

…. There is no amount of backtracking and truth bending that can make this right. It’s just wrong. It’s not just the patently false implication that half the country is parasitic. It’s not just the bleak view that they wallow in victimization. It is also his utter dismissal of this group: “my job is not to worry about those people.”

Those people? Those miserable peasants scrounging around the castle entrance? Those lay-abouts with mouths open for a spoonful of rich folks’ bounty? Those fate-forsaken unwashed with dirty hands outstretched for help unearned? Those ingrates who bring in a pittance but reap a premium?

Only a man who has never looked up from the pit of poverty could look down his nose with such scorn.

Full article here





EJ Dionne: The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who e-mailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

A bit strong, perhaps. But the more you think about what Romney said, the more you wonder how he really feels about the country he wants to lead.

What kind of nation are we if nearly half of us are lazy, self-indulgent moochers who will never be persuaded to mend our ways? “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said, thus writing off a huge share of our citizenry.

From his perch high atop the class structure, Romney offered an analysis of political motivations that even Marxists would regard as excessively materialistic. He speaks as if hardworking parents who seek government help to provide health care for their kids are irresponsible, that students who get government aid to attend community colleges are not trying to “care for their lives.” Has he never spoken with busboys and waitresses, hospital workers and janitors who make too little to pay income taxes but work their hearts out to “take personal responsibility”?

More here





by Bobfr

Good morning Chips and all TOD friends,

Late Monday evening I posted a comment (see here) that noted that we’ve reached a moment worthy of folk taking a step back, out of the trees, be they the right height or not 🙂 , and recognize that we are all looking at a forest we’ve never seen in the history of US elections.

…. Well, you have all witnessed the past 48+ hours, and what you have primarily witnessed is just how powerful YOU ARE, how powerful TWITTER is, and how powerful THE TRUTH always IS.

In that 48h, #47Percent has entered the consciousness of almost all, if not every, American (and millions of folk, globally).

In that 48h, you’ve seen every corporate #NEWSTAINER attempt to defy the laws of physics to spin #BainMitt’s ‘off the cuff’ seething disregard for way more than the #47Percent, because as you reflect on all his comments during that shindig, he actually trashed most of humanity.

In that 48h, you’ve also witnessed how quickly Issa was exposed for his witch hunt against AG Holder, McConnell, McCain et al were pilloried for their continued obstruction of jobs, made even more despicable because the legislative intent was to provide jobs to Veterans, and …. actually a rather long list.

So, a simple recommendation.

During the next 48 days, if you spend any time listening to a pundit, #NEWSTAINER, opposition candidate, whatever, do so with one intent – you’re going to pummel them with the TRUTH.

Otherwise, save the energy and channel it to phone banking, registering voters, driving folk to a voting place wherever early voting is available or provide them transportation and any other assistance they need on 6 Nov, etc.

Do not allow polls or any of those paid to distract, disrupt you in any way.

The only poll that matters is the tally of VOTES.

To anyone who attempts to distract, dish the TRUTH.





First lady Michelle Obama meets students from Y.E. Smith Elementary Museum School after she arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Sept. 19


North Carolina Central University, Durham, Sept 19 – text of the First Lady’s remarks here


Morning everyone 😉

175 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    September 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Good Morning, TOD Family! Good Morning visitors! Good Morning OFA! Isn’t this a great time to be alive politically?
    Extra SPECIAL ‘Good Morning’ Chips Chica! {{{CC}}} 😆 😆

  2. 8 pugeretto
    September 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Morning Chips & TOD family!

  3. September 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Good morning TOD Family. Great photos to put a smile on my face. Thanks Chips!

  4. 10 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    G’morning, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congratulations vc on # 1!! 🙂 🙂

  5. September 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Democratic enthusiasm for this year’s presidential election has skyrocketed, with almost three-quarters of swing-state Democrats saying they are very excited to vote, according to a poll released Thursday.

    Seventy-three percent of Democrats in swing states are excited to call their ballots, up from fifty-three percent in June, according to a Gallup poll. The numbers and spike are smaller for Republicans, with 64 percent saying they’re excited, an increase from 55 percent.

    Poor Chuck Todd, who said that Republicans will walk over glass to vote???

    • 12 carla4obama
      September 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Oh Jovie…that statement made my skin crawl. I doubt the people that “support” Romney would walk through glass. They don’t love Romney, they hate our President. What would Obama supporters do? What we have been doing for a long time. We walk through bullshit.

  6. September 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    This is the only tweet this morning, that is not snarky!

  7. September 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    MSNBainC to release some battleground polls that Willard is not going to like, after break.
    LOL! LMAO!

  8. 23 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    SET YOUR DVR’s. PBO and FLOTUS to appear TOGETHER on “The View” Monday Sept 24!!!


  9. September 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Good morning all: at work pretty early due to PBO stopping by today for the UNIVISION event. Haven’t heard one word about tickets. This really sucks! Perhaps I will see his motorcade. 🙂 just knowing he is near is good too!

  10. 29 dotster3
    September 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Today Show opens up with “those dueling video tapes”——-BOTH SIDES, SAME, SAME, SAME. And aired a segment from Romney at a rally going on and on about the evils of the word “redistribution”, no equal time to an Obama appearance. Now they have “independent”—hahahaha—–Ed Gillespie on to comment who opened up with the deep thought that President Obama is the one who had a very bad week, cites Gallup poll. Some weak push back, but no basic truth or honesty on the Today Show once again.

    • 30 dotster3
      September 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Lauer just aired the 1998 Obama tape for the 2nd time—-no equal time to the Romney tape——and asks Gillespie “Why do you think this is so damaging to the Obama campaign?” Unbelievable, the manipulation.

      • September 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

        That is just stomach-churning Dotster, utterly disgusting.

      • 34 pugeretto
        September 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

        Gross…this is why I don’t watch, cannot stand that guy….for a long time now…he makes me want to bash the TV, soooo, until he leaves the show, I just find much better news elxewhere.

      • 35 57andfemale
        September 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

        And I assume they aired the edited tape, not the complete tape.

        This is beyond disgusting.

      • 36 anniebella
        September 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

        dotster3, did you email or tweet Lauer? Matt Lauer ought to have been the one to been pushed off the Today Show. I do not watch that show because the only one I respect is the weather man. How about an email or tweet to the Today show about this very thing.

      • 38 idon
        September 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

        I saw the 1998 PBO tape and thought it was awesome. It shows PBO has not changed his values. Back then he wanted everyone to have a fair shot just like he does now. I loved it.

        • 39 dotster3
          September 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

          Agree—-I liked it too—-Obama same now as then, same values. It is just outrageous when I see certain segments try to make something good into something bad, like the health care act. I am always amazed that there are people who will believe that up is down.

        • 40 Obama Grandmama
          September 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          We need to take down the negative connotations involved with the word redistribution. Relate it to how our taxes work and Social Security, Medicare, etc.

      • 41 cookemom
        September 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I didn’t get it that way at all. He played the tape as he should have cause Mitt’s out there referring to it as if it was something to be ashamed of. It wasn’t and I’m glad the public got to see it. It showed a very young Senator in 1998 addressing the state legislature about how tax money could be redistributed from the central/general funds to the agencies that would allow people to benefit more, rather than going to agencies where some people would not have access to the money. He said to give everyone a shot. Now that’s exactly what he’s saying 12 years later. It shows a steadfastness and conviction for what’s right. How else would the public see that? We shouldn’t be too hasty in our attempts to protect PBO. Media does serve a purpose and in this case, one that favors our team.

        I saw the question to Gillespie as a challenge for him to explain how is it that Mitt would think the video is damaging. Which I think the public should also hear, because it isn’t damaging and Gillespie couldn’t make it so.

      • 42 veryslowwriter
        September 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        The 1998 tape is not getting traction. It’s too obviously an attempt to take the heat off of R for the 47% remarks. There’s just no red meat there for the press to tear into.
        Plus, the Romney campaign is clearly sinking and the rats are starting to flee. When you lose Peggy Noonan, you’re in big trouble.

  11. 43 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Jodi Kantor must love lurking on this blog because we keep citing her over and over.


  12. 44 vcprezofan2
    September 20, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Here’s a simple reminder from the DNC time period that the President’s message of inclusion is getting through..

  13. September 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The fox news battle ground poll is devastating for Willard. Did you see it? Omg!

  14. September 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good morning TOD. Have a fired- up day.

  15. September 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I don’t like Katyy Zkay analysis about anything, tell Her to go Vote for Thatcher.
    That is all!

  16. September 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Morning Chips! Morning everyone! Here’s some morning humor to start your day off.

  17. 57 ChristiMTL
    September 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I saw it last night, it was so good., Stewart was angry.

    Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News Over Romney Video: ‘Chaos On Bullsh*t Mountain’

    The biggest problem with the denizens of Bullshit Mountain is they act like their shit don’t stink. If they have success, they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for ’em. If they get a break, they deserve it. If you get a break, it’s a handout and an entitlement. It’s a baffling, willfully blind cognitive dissonance best summed up by their head coach, in what is perhaps my favorite sound bite of all time.

    CRAIG T. NELSON (6/2/2009): I’ve been on food stamps and welfare. Anybody help me out? No!


    • 58 desertflower
      September 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

      This is a MUST SEE VIDEO! Stewart kicked ass in that piece…I’m sending this one all over the place!

    • 59 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Exactly: “they act like their shit don’t stink.”

      That’s what I was saying last night. They tell themselves myths about their innate goodness. Pure magical thinking.

  18. 60 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Take that – Chuck Todd & Andrea Greenspan!!

    • 61 57andfemale
      September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

      That sounds high to me. No?

      Another reason I was glad the teacher’s strike in chicago was settled: it would have gone into the unemployment numbers (but it wouldn’t affect the unemployment rate, due to the temporary nature). I guess there was a window and they settled before then.

    • 62 utaustinliberal
      September 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Plus, existing home sales and new home sales climbed to their highest level since 2010. As the housing market improves, so does the economy. Also, department stores are beginning to hire thousands of workers for the upcoming holiday season to deal with the huge backlog that’s apparently beginning really early this year. The difference in this hiring is that the department stores said that many of these new jobs will be permanent jobs because consumer confidence is on the positive scale.

      This is good news for the economy.

  19. September 20, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The Republicans are really lobbying the Today Show. I never see any Democrats on, just Republicans and their talking points.
    They must not think it’s that important?

  20. 64 ChristiMTL
    September 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

    @NBCNews: BREAKING: Tim Pawlenty to step down as national co-chair of Romney’s campaign.


  21. 67 4morefor44
    September 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    tomasky wrote: “and I’ll take idealistic and naive over dishonest and cynical.” it seems almost impossible for 95% of white pundits, even ones who are mostly supportive of him, to not talk about president obama without some sort of little dig such as that, calling him “naive.” huh? america’s first black president is naive?!?!

    perhaps tomasky and any other pundit could think a little more deeply and realize that president obama has changed washington immensely already, you know, that mess of backroom deals and graft that has been built up over 200 years? by his actions every single day of his life and how he carries himself every moment, president obama is marginalizing the republican party (and most of the mainstream media by the way), and notice how republicans seem to be boxed in and have nowhere to turn any more?

    when he gets a supportive congress and senate next year, they’ll see just how much washington has changed forever. he’s been planting the seeds all along for this to happen, and it was just a matter of time and a couple election cycles to see the result. president obama stays on the high road at all times, and lets republicans expose who they really are and gives them the rope to hang themselves. this isn’t “luck” as so many white liberals claim about barack and his accomplishments. it’s happening exactly as he planned so many years ago.

    the backslapping culture and exclusive d.c. cocktail circuits are becoming less and less influential, since the obamas mostly ignore that mess. this is not “idealistic and naive” as tomasky and so many others ingrain in their writing…it’s the realistic genius that is president obama.

  22. 71 dotster3
    September 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Weird—-theft of $50,000 at Obama campaign HQ in Chgo—–3 checks sent out to vendors “ended up in the wrong hands”, police investigating.


  23. September 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

    those pictures of the FLOTUS as so beautiful.

    • September 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Aren’t they just gorgeous Rikyrah? A beautiful woman in every sense.

      • 76 jackiegrumbacher
        September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

        What’s especially beautiful is the role model she presents to young women, especially young AA girls. You see the look of adoration in the eyes of so many young people. They love her and they’re inspired by her. I suspect someday we’ll hear a female presidential candidate or a Supreme Court Justice cite Michelle Obama as the reason they strove as hard as they did in their lives and followed their dreams. By being such a complete woman–warm, loving, a giving mother and spouse as well as a dynamic and brilliant professional, she’s shown every little girl in the world that they can be fully themselves and succeed. She will leave a big imprint on history, just as, in her own way, Eleanor Roosevelt did. There are very few people in the world who inspire you just by being. Barack Obama is one of them and so is his and our ‘Belle Michelle.’

        • September 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

          “What’s especially beautiful is the role model she presents to young women”

          That’s exactly it Jackie, the love and awe and inspiration on their faces when they see and listen to her is a beautiful thing to behold.

      • 78 Pamela
        September 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Jaoa and amk will be gasping for air! Haven’t seen or heard from Yardarm, it seems for a while, has he gone sailing the high seas again? (mind you, I’m not on all that much, just peering through a crack in the window frame!)

    • 80 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I agree. She is just glowing. Love her! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  24. 89 4morefor44
    September 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

    oh, and what bobfr said up top…times 1,000!!

  25. 90 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2012 at 8:58 am


    Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News Over Romney Video: ‘Chaos On Bullsh*t Mountain’


    Jon Stewart used the first act of The Daily Show tonight to look at how Fox News has reacted to a leaked video of Mitt Romney talking about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes. What became increasingly clear, according to Stewart, was that no one at Fox knew quite how to react, with hosts running the gambit from attacks on liberal media misquotations to full-throated defenses of what Romney said.

    Stewart reminded viewers that Romney’s campaign was supposed to undergo a reboot this week when the video was uncovered. Well, that didn’t last long. But as for Fox News’ coverage, Stewart said that the network’s “turd containment crews have been working overtime.”



  26. 91 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Muddling the message on health care (again)

    By Steve Benen


    Also note that Romney vowed to destroy the reform law and “replace it with” something new. Of course, that leads to the obvious question of what, exactly, the replacement policy would be, and how many families would lose out once the Republican kills the provisions that are already expanding coverage, lowering costs, and rescuing Americans from crushing bills.

    But Romney won’t provide any details on what he’d “replace it with.” That’s apparently a secret — vote for him first, then he’ll tell Americans what he’ll do with health care system.

    For that matter, even Romney’s boasts about Romneycare in Massachusetts struck an odd note. He’s right that the law has worked well and is quite popular with his former constituents, but if Romney’s proud of its success, why is he so eager to eliminate a comparable law that’s already in place at the national level?



  27. 93 squarepeg
    September 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Good morning TOD

    watching election night videos from ’08 – still does not fail to make me emotional. It was such a beautiful night. I want another one like it. 🙂

  28. 94 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2012 at 9:09 am


  29. September 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    What an ass!

    • September 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Complete GOP shilling dick:

    • September 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Good Morning TOD’ers I missed a whole day of good stuff yesterday and probably the rest of this week. OFA is openning a small office near my home today and I will probably go there after work.

      TO Mark Knoller: If there was a Debt Clock in the Oval Office during Bush/Cheney it would have been IGNORED! Dick Cheney “DEFICITS DON’T MATTER” and that was and is the mindset of the GOP when they are in control. It’s only when there is a Democrate in office that deficits matter and controlling debt, cutting people off welfare, food stamps, taxing waiters and waitresses tips (Ronald Reagan), taxing unemployment benefits, now they want to TAX social security and take away the earned income credit that the “liberal republicans” enacted since 1975.

    • 100 anniebella
      September 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Tell the journalists Mark Knoller to get off his butt and go fine out why Mitt Romney won’t release his tax returns.

  30. September 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The chuck Todd propaganda show has begun!

  31. 107 Soca Sweet
    September 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hi Folks,

    I am coming out of lurking to ask Chips to put up the part of the video that Lawrence highlighted last night where Romney and his friends are laughing at Ann’s family for working two jobs etc to send her Dad to college. It ends with Romney saying that he will never do that for his brother. Capehart’s mouth was stuck open when he heard it. All Romney’s friends laughed in agreement.

    I also find that the part of the tape where he talks about taking advantage of a crisis, giving the example with Carter where American lives were in danger, should also be highlighted.

    We do not need to wait for the presidency to reveal Mitt’s character. Michelle was so correct about that statement.

  32. September 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On Mars, a partial eclipse of the sun isn’t quite as rare as on Earth. So NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is snapping hundreds of pictures of the spectacle for the folks back home to ooh and aah over.

    Two moons zip around the red planet and they’re closer and faster than our lumbering moon, so eclipses are more common. Scientists say there’s even somewhat of an eclipse season on Mars, and it’s that time of year when those Martian moons take turns taking bites of the sun.

    Curiosity turned its cameras skyward to watch the action in three different eclipses, starting last week and continuing Wednesday, when a moon partially slipped between Mars and the sun.

    The rover has been beaming back a stream of photos of the Martian landscape since landing near the equator last month.


    That little Rover on Mars is a friend to TOD!

  33. 113 bison1
    September 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Rise and Shine! Students and community people staring were standing in line at 5:00 in Durham, NC to his Michelle Obama’s message. Michelle Obama rocked McDougald-McLendon gym at North Carolina Central University! They were enthusiastic and fire-up! They knew why they were there; they knew they were the ones who had to make the change! They are the ones who have to knock on doors, make calls, etc. Michelle Obama left the crowd with hope and inspiration!

  34. 115 sherijr
    September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD ~ Happy Thursday 🙂 FLOTUS is so wonderful… our Nation’s ‘mom’, best friend.. and nurturer… by the time the next 4 years is over, I do believe she’ll have hugged each and everyone of us~ hopefully we will do her & POTUS proud.

    Also, too 😉 Well Said Bob… either smack the pundits with the truth, or ignore their shenanigans… I’m ALL for calling them out. I haven’t watched tv in 4 years.. only get my news online- because I cannot listen to these folks lie day in and day out.. so better as Bob stated to use our energy to set them straight AND register voters, talk to voters about POTUS’ accomplishments. As soon as I get moved- my plan is to find my local OFA office and help out all that I can in the time left before election. I was actually going to buy a tv & get cable…. but may rethink that idea 🙂

  35. September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Obama in Tampa on Thursday for $20,000-a-person fundraiser

    By BAY NEWS 9

    President Obama will be in Tampa tonight for a private fundraiser at a home in South Tampa.

    The party is being described as a “small, intimate event” with about 50 people. Tickets were going for $20,000 each.

    On Wednesday, a party tent was visible in the backyard and trucks were dropping off supplies at the house all day.

    Neighbors said they are expecting a lot of activity.

    “I think it will be a little bit crazy,” said John Skemp. “I don’t think it will be like we saw at the convention but it will be neat to see Secret Service out here and hopefully the motorcade comes strolling along.”

    There will be a special performance by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the group Pearl Jam and the menu is being prepared by Chef Tyler Florence of The Food Network.

    Thursday’s event is expected to be the last private fundraiser the President attends in this area before the election but the campaign says more public campaign events are likely.

    President Obama’s schedule has him in Tampa for about 2.5 hours Thursday night.

  36. 119 cluny
    September 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Mittens has been using Trump’s tanning salon. As I said last night those ‘nails ladies’ /make up people got him good – what an ass. He’s orange.

  37. 120 bison1
    September 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

    To win in North Carolina is not impossible; it is just going to be hard! Work must be done in these last days! Michelle Obama reminded North Carolinians to stay focus!

  38. September 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Oil is way down to 91, it was 100 last week.
    Why the precipitous drop, in only 1 weeks time?

    • 122 Pamela
      September 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

      It’s not showing up on our pumps, $4.15-$4.19 pg for the cheap stuff… 😦

      • 123 japa21
        September 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Dobn’t know where you are Pamela, but in Chicago suburbs it is around 4.19-4.29, but just a week ago it was 4.39. It is always interesting that the same day oil goes up gas prices go up, but it takes longer for gas to go down afetr oil goes down. Most of thsi drop was yesterady and today, so by beginning of next week I expect to see a drop at the pump.

  39. 127 vcprezofan2
    September 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Bobfr, I bow my head in humble thanks! Beautiful summary of where we are, where we want to go and how to get there, WITH A PART FOR EACH OF US!

    “During the next 48 days, if you spend any time listening to a pundit, #NEWSTAINER, opposition candidate, whatever, do so with one intent – you’re going to pummel them with the TRUTH.

    Otherwise, save the energy and channel it to phone banking, registering voters, driving folk to a voting place wherever early voting is available or provide them transportation and any other assistance they need on 6 Nov, etc….”

    I missed this the first time around so thank you, Hopefruit AND Chips for the re-braodcast! 😀 😀 😀

    ps: Put our combined efforts and brainpower together and Mitt’s campaign team doesn’t even come close. {Hi, Ison, suddenly thinking of you and your team. Have no idea why. 😉 ]

    • 128 desertflower
      September 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Agreed vc! Thank you, Bob for your insight to this….it was a pretty awesome statement to we should all understand! WE have the power!!

    • September 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thank you vc and Good Day to you, Chips and everyone.

      I thought I had posted a response, so this may be a duplicate, but just want you to know that you are so correct about ‘a part for each of us’ being key. We each know our skills, time and resources and we have a community, thanks to Chips, of fantastic individuals who inform us around the clock that we are in this TOGETHER!


  40. September 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    PBO’s Univision townhall today will be streamed live on Facebook in English (2:10 ET) and air at 10 p.m. on Univision:


  41. 136 sherijr
    September 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Okay just watched the Lawrence video ~ good on him.. because there is little doubt- to me at least- that the nastiness directed at Eric Holder has always been about race. Although I would have liked very much for Lawrence to speak about the FACT that Eric Holder is NOT corrupt- how that is just one more bogus boogeyman charge brought on by lying repubs.

    A couple of other things about these tapes.. maybe I missed this, but has any pundit discussed the other lies: “President Obama is corrupt” right out of the mouths of at least one man in that room AND out of the mouth of Romney- has Romney been asked to explain just HOW President Obama is “corrupt”????? And then theres the fact that when Romney is talking about the 47%… he is talking about them (us) as the 47% who voted for President Obama.. I’ve noticed the punditry is lumping those who voted for POTUS as the 47% who don’t pay taxes.. in essence agreeing w/ Romney wherein that is total BS. The percentage of folks who voted for POTUS is higher than 47% AND many folks who are poor or living on fixed incomes… voted for both Obama & McCain.. so it may be a technicality.. but the fact remains that in his own words Romney is speaking about the Half+ Americans in this country who VOTED FOR Pres Obama.

    • 137 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Hi sherijr, Lawrence did in fact speak in detail about Eric Holder’s squeaky clean background. He spoke of Eric Holder’s positions held from the time he left Law School and how he was even appointed by Saint Ronnie (gasp!!!). He also contrasted Holder’s explemplary background with that of Nixon’s corrupt Attorneys General and highlighted the dishonesty of the comments made by the Rethug in the video. That’s how he led up to his conclusion that the GOP’s bogus accusations against Holder were nothing more than “Attorney General while Black” charges.

      • 138 sherijr
        September 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        I heard him speak of Nixon’s two corrupt AG’s & how Reagan appointed Holder the judgeship.. but missed anything about how ‘exemplary’ Holder has been, will listen to the video again. thank you HF.

        • 139 hopefruit2
          September 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Of course he didn’t use the term “exemplary” – but he implied as much when he gave the details of Holder’s academic background (from undergraduate through Law School), and the positions he’s held before being appointed in Obama’s cabinet. By giving all this detail he basically implied that there was absolutely nothing “corrupt” about Eric Holder.

          • 140 sherijr
            September 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

            Hopefruit, I just feel he could have clearly stated that no corruption exists.. it would have been easy and true. Thats all I’m suggesting.

            • 141 hopefruit2
              September 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

              Yes, he certainly could – I agree with you on that. But I’m willing to cut him some slack here because he’s the first cable news pundit who has openly and strongly called out the GOP for their unfair targeting of the Attorney General, and he has directly pointed to Holder’s race as being the reason for this targeting.

  42. September 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hi Chips and friends,

    Thank you and glad you found it useful! As vc noted … ‘with a part for each of us’ … is key. We all have ways to participate that suit our particular skills, time and resources and we have this great community to remind us that we are in this TOGETHER with a bunch of fantastic folk.


    • 144 purpleshoesla
      September 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      BobFr, RIGHT ON and THANK YOU for your additional inspiring words. I actually printed out your first post late Monday night when I saw it and pinned it up on my bulletin board in my home office so I would it handy to refer to as part of my 2012 Election Survival kit during this last push. I’m adding your words above as well to my bulletin board. Thanks again for the inspiration. LET’S GET IT DONE #PRESSON 🙂

  43. 145 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    David Corn is taking Chuck Todd to task for his false equivalency Bull shyte. Thank you David for your honesty & bless you, Sir

  44. 150 Linda
    September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I wish Lawrence would not call people “stupid ” It is an awful word.

    • 151 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

      When it applies to Mitt Romney and his GOP gang of frauds, I have absolutely no problem with Lawrence’s use of that word!!!

  45. September 20, 2012 at 10:04 am


  46. 155 kathryn kivett
    September 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good Thursday Y’all…..I’m just going to have to return to lurk mode and enjoy all that y’all have to say and post. This past two weeks of a roller coaster ride have just left me speechless…from the highs of hope, joy, and love that the convention provided, to the lows of being appalled, disgusted, and stunned by Romneyland has basically left me inarticulate….I don’t have anything else to add except to say that although the polls look very positive they scare me to death b/c I just don’t want the base to become complacent…The R base will not be complacent b/c they are motivated by HATE….how any woman and any man who loves and respects women could vote for any Republican is beyond my comprehension…………………………………………..p

    • 156 desertflower
      September 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

      I think that for the first time since 2008, Dems are more fired up to vote than ever before! The RW has stated what they really think…it is NOT what America is….and people of all stripes are waking to the fact that this is a game changer. We always have to work our butts off…but this awakened a sleeping giant. I really believe this.He basically said that half of America is pond scum…people don’t take to kindly to that!

      • 157 kathryn kivett
        September 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

        I so totally agree with you….but…I’m not sure I am quoting this right but I think Michelle said in NC yesterday that PBO won NC by two votes in every precint…TWO….I’m sure that was averaged…I’m not trying to be a Debby downer but I am a worry wort. I just want so bad for NC to stay blue b/c I live here so am going to try to do my part to GOTV..

        • 158 desertflower
          September 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

          Do your part. That’s ALL you can do…we don’t get a “do over” This HAS to be balls to the wall, urgent. Get your family, friends and neighbors on board….

  47. 159 Soca Sweet
    September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hi Chips,

    I am being asked me to log into youtube in order to see the link you provided.

    I saw the segment on the MSNBC tape last night because we do not get MSNBC on cable in Trinidad, so I have to look at MSNBC on the internet one hour after the show. I do not know if I can bring it from the MSNBC link. Please advise

  48. September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    hidee hidee ho and yo yo yo O’s!!!! gonna be another great getting up day for TODsters one and all!!! All systems go for the GOTV efforts. We’re having a Camp Obama Volunteer in political organizing this Sunday. They’re leaving no stone unturned. A great FORWARD thinking initiative. He wasn’t a community organizer for nothing.

    My political take today is that we are so fortunate to have a campaign that is so accessible. You call them in Chicago, someone answers the phone. Send an email and you’ll get a reply. There are rumblings on RWNJ sites of anger at not being able to contact the Robme campaign via email or telephone. There is no way to make comments to the campaign from their blog site. They are realizing that they are also the ‘you people’. They are really upset at being included in the 47% with the lazy, welfare slackers, cause they may use gubmint handouts, it’s not because they want to. It’s dawning on them that the guy they didn’t like in the first place is totally insulting them. They haven’t realized that they wouldn’t let him track to the middle which has caused these unforced errors. Mitt had in centrist messages memorized and couldn’t use them.

    • 163 desertflower
      September 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Exactly! Maybe they will come full circle and realize that the guy they have been TOLD to hate, is the one that is REALLY on their side!

  49. September 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

  50. 165 desertflower
    September 20, 2012 at 10:19 am


    The director of the charity where Mr. Pastrana turned for help, the Community Food and Outreach Center, said he saw many young people in crisis. “The economics they face dominate their political views, but they’re conflicted,” said Andrae Bailey, the director. “They don’t know if it’s Obama’s politics that failed them, or if it’s the Republican conservative platform that they’re told led to the recession. When the 20-somethings figure out who to blame, that’s going to shift the electorate for years to come.”

    WAKE UP!!

  51. 166 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I’m kinda feeling Fired Up today (okay yea I’m feeling better) 🙂

    Bobfr you get a STANDING OVATION! You were speaking my language!

    “During the next 48 days, if you spend any time listening to a pundit, #NEWSTAINER, opposition candidate, whatever, do so with one intent – you’re going to pummel them with the TRUTH. Otherwise, save the energy and channel it to phone banking, registering voters, driving folk to a voting place wherever early voting is available or provide them transportation and any other assistance they need on 6 Nov, etc.”

    “Do not allow polls or any of those paid to distract, disrupt you in any way. The only poll that matters is the tally of VOTES. To anyone who attempts to distract, dish the TRUTH.”


    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone!!!

  52. September 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

  53. 170 Soca Sweet
    September 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi Chips, I am not finding the segment on that link you gave me. I went back to the MSNBC website and the segment is entitled ” Can Team Romney recover before the debates?” He has Mark Mc Kinnon and Johnathan Capehart on as guests and after a little discussion, he plays this part of the tape that had not been played before. Capehart is in shock. Wish you could get it. Thanks for all the help.

  54. 171 amk for obama
    September 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    mittbo’t shit coming apart. Love it.

  55. 173 amk for obama
    September 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Cool FLOTUS pics. Ok, I better start my g&t now.

  56. 174 hopefruit2
    September 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

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