Chat Away

Oak Harbor, Ohio, July 5, 2012


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282 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 19 vcprezofan2
    September 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    GM, CK!

    • 20 HZ
      September 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Good Afternoon CollegeKay. I just made a pot of ginger and peppermint tea with honey. I will think of healing sips for you as well.(((((((((((( Rest and Keep Your Body at Peace))))))))))))))HZ

  2. 21 martha
    September 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I Was a Welfare Mother http://nyti.ms/Scxloa this is a must read wow . this story is what makes American the great country it is.

    • September 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      So glad you brought the link over, Martha. It’s a great read!

    • September 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Martha

    • September 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      So was I (noted on last thread). For three years, while working full-time, raising three little girls, and just beginning college. Now a prof working with nontraditional students. And all three girls are college graduates as well as three children-by-marriage (aka step-children). Since that time I’ve contributed in the community and been engaged in humantiarian work in Latin America for 30 years.

      People who castigate the 47% don’t know what they’re talking about. They are projecting their own ignorance. Including Romney.

      • September 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        What a wonderful comment, pickle48, thank you!!!


      • 27 0388jojothecat
        September 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        There are millions of men, women, and children who benefited from their state and federal governments’ assistance. These people and their children have grown up to be responsible taxpayers. This is what a government does for their people. They do not turn their backs on their people and children. I do not want to live in a world that does that. I have no problem that people who need help who can go to school, get an education, then are able to work are given a reasonable time limit. However, there are some who may never be able to mentally or physically go to school and get a job. We should be able to help those people for the rest of their lives and help their children to become self sufficient and future taxpayers. This only benefits all society…rich and middle class. I find there are too many rich people and middle class people who are bitter and mean. Like this young ladies parents, people who received assistance even when they are provided to them for their military service think they are “on the public dole” and are “scum” until their loved ones NEED IT. There are people who believe it’s just “THOSE” brown and black people who are on the dole not whites. Even the white people who take advantage of government assistance tell themselves “IT’S NOT GOVERNMENT” assistance….WTF? We have a portion of Americans in our society who refuse to live in reality.

      • 28 daisydem
        September 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        I was a non-traditional student so thank you for working with them … got my first two years done at the “usual” time in my life (18-20 yrs. old); then married at 20; we tried for both of us to go to school but could not afford it, so hubby continued on for the undergraduate and master’s, I became stay at home wife then mother, then had to go into the workforce when two incomes became necessary. But one day I could not take it any more so I found out that if you worked for our local university, your tuition was free (you’d still be responsible for books and fees). I got a job there (it was where we both had attended anyway) and took one course per quarter in the evenings working on my degree. The department I worked in were over and above supportive. Hubby and my parents were supportive to the max. Then my mother died and I dropped out for almost a year … grief, and concerns about child care, etc. too overwhelming. One day I was on a work related errand to the liberal arts side of campus (I am a liberal arts major) and one of my professors saw me and came over; she said, where have you been, we have missed you. That is all it took … my eyes teared up; next week I registered for the next quarter of classes and I finished my degree about a year 1/2 later at the age of 36. I continued working at the University I love so much and owe so much to and left with 20 years service. Non-traditional students are some of the most committed students!

        • 29 vcprezofan2
          September 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          ‘Non-traditional students are some of the most committed students!’

          So true, DaisyDem, because more often than not they know exactly why they are there and what is at stake. President O was so right when he suggested that Mitt needs to get out more. And when he does he needs to listen, whether he asked a question or not. Fortunately more of the country is realizing that Mitt is not only not ready for 2012, the country will never be ready for him.

          • 30 daisydem
            September 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

            I am so afraid to get too hopeful, but I think that the country has shifted …. that the growing majority (growing being the operative word) – the values are shifting towards the democracy we have always proclaimed in theory. I hope so … then the country will never be ready for Mitt and the party he represents right now.

            • 31 Carolyn
              September 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

              We have an entire division at my university that serves nontraditional students, and the lives changed are too numerous to mention. This is a vital area.
              Isn’t this the area Dr. Jill works in? She is concerned with the non-traditional student, I think, especially at community colleges. What I love about the Bidens and the Obamas, is that they “walk the walk” they don’t just “talk the talk.” And Dr. Jill has continued to teach even since Joe becamse VP. That is commitment. I’ve noticed she does campaign events only on weekends.

  3. 32 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    This video is really fun.

    This week was all about Mitt Romney’s unscripted “47 percent” moment caught on video. But what about the president? It’s rare that we see President Obama in an unscripted moment, which may be why he has a reputation of being aloof. But those unscripted moments actually do exist, and there was one man capturing them, whether the president was ready to be filmed or not.

    Arun Chaudhary, the very first White House videographer, was a one-time New York University film instructor and began working with then Senator Obama in 2007 and stayed until 2011. Chaudhary joins Jennifer Granholm in “The War Room” to talk about his time as the White House videographer and what he’s doing with all that footage now.


  4. 38 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Reposting this from the last thread because Democrats came correct this Sunday and the republicans screwed the pooch as they say.

    If anyone has any free time today, I encourage you to watch Meet The Press. Deval Patrick and Kasim Reed were fanfuckingtastic! I watched all the Sunday shows and no republican….let me repeat that NO republican helped Mitt Romney today. It was a clusterfuck.

    On Meet The Press, Joe Scarborough and Bay Buchanan ended up fighting (not literally) and throwing barbs at each other. Bay Buchanan could not give one specific about Romney’s economic plan. Brooks was muttering crap and not helping Romney’s case. Kasim Reed was awesome. He took on all of them and punched holes in all their crap.

    On This Week, Ann Coulter dug in on Romney’s 47% remark and ended up insulting African-Americans, Immigrants, Latinos, and the LGBT. It was breathtaking.

    Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday ended up saying that Pres. Obama had turned around the economy compared to 4 years ago.

    Jennifer Rubin was her usual insane batshit crazy self on Howard Kurtz’s show on CNN.

    If you were a Democrat you were cheering your ass off. If you were a republican you were yelling STFU to your surrogates.

    • 39 pugeretto
      September 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Thanls UT…will do…glad to hear about the Sunday Shows. Good Morning all, have a great day. Yesterday’s posts were fantastic Chips & TODs, thank you.

      • 40 Zekke Lydonna
        September 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        Bill Clinton on Face The Nation was Totally Awesome. His clarity was refreshing. He was treated with deference, and allowed to speak his mind without interruption. As badly as they treated him during his term as President, that’s how well they’re treating him now. What a difference time and a 69% popularity rating will do for you.

        He has become, by far, PBO’s best spokesperson. The PBO Team are excellent surrogates, but they don’t get the same respect, and people don’t hang on their every word. Clinton has the inside track. It’s good to be king.

        • 41 Lovepolitics2008
          September 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

          In a few years, President Obama will be able to play the same role for another Democrat in the WH. Just imagine the credibility President Obama will have after saving America from a great recession and rebuilding the whole american economy on more solid grounds !!

    • 42 auntsis522
      September 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      great recap!! I have sworn off those shows since sometime after PBO was elected. Bay Buchanan. Bay. Buchanan. They are really scrapping the bottom of the barrel now.

    • 43 betseyc
      September 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      And I’m reposting my reply because I thought I was already on this thread :):
      I can’t thank you enough for your reports and live blogging, ut. I spent the summer traveling in Canada and never had internet strong enough for videos, so your tweets saved the day over and over. I was also going to respond to your post about “undecided” voters in the last thread. I was glad to see that SNL did a skit making fun of them, because the best thing would be for people to be embarrassed by the idea that they know so little they’re undecided, so the more we mock, the less cool it will seem to be undecided.

    • 44 prettyfoot58
      September 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thank You…Thank You so much for the recap….>>>>>>>Forward>>>>>>>

    • 45 TrumpDog
      September 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      WOW! I am shocked!
      Thanks for reporting on what went on on the Sunday shows. How refreshing that we have Dems fighting back and being heard.

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  6. 47 auntsis522
    September 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Good Afternoon All: I received a Beavis & Butthead mailing (RomneyRyan) on yesterday. There is absolutely nothing I did to get on their mailing list. If those two idiots think they can sway an Obamabot like me they are either delirious, desperate or both. I promptly wrote “return to sender…OBAMA 2012” and place right back in the mailbox. Felt good, if I must say so myself. Getting ready to watch the Yankees on tv and have an ice cold beer….you know some of us from the 47% like our beer and baseball!!

  7. 50 collegekay
    September 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Is there a video up yet of Mayor Reed taking on Bay and MoJoe? Would love to see that.

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      September 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      I cringed and tried to watch … the Mayor was phenomenal. Couldn’t watch the entire show, but – luckily – ut gave us the recap. All the Republicans bitch-slapped each other, if you’ll pardon the expression, and the Mayor and Dee Dee stayed calm and carried on, since they are obviously on the winning side.

      • 54 joyfulmeme
        September 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        For the most part Preibus, Buchanan, Ayotte brought up every talking point they’ve used all year. When they started to attach each other on MTP it was priceless. David Corn and the Editor of Time also did a stellar job with Peggy Noonan and David Gergen on Face the Nation who were both twisting in their seats when they pointed out how Romney showed his true self on the 47% comments.

  8. 56 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that the Repubs were flailing about today. They have no coherent message anymore. Their canned talking points are falling on death ears, and the momentum is on PBO’s side.

  9. 58 amk for obama
    September 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks chips.

  10. 59 Nena20409
    September 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    On the last thread, a suggestion was made to watch MTP. I have not seen that show in months. Because of my LOVE for TODwebers, I will try to watch today. You all are my net. I am walking on that rope line unprotected. Catch me, you have assured. I am thank you all in advance.

  11. 60 Nena20409
    September 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I catch up on Sunday shows, from YOU Beautiful PEOPLE here on TOD. I also visit HP and Jason blogs and those people there are pretty informative. However, I have not heard that MTP was a must watch there. So I am looking forward to it on MSNBC.

  12. 61 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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  14. 69 desertflower
    September 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Chips, you may want to give this a prominent place……Holy Moly.

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  16. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Good afternoon, TODville! (Actually, morning for me, since I just woke up!) Love the photo – too bad little children can’t vote, because PBO’s campaign wouldn’t even have to find any donors with all of those young voters!

  17. 94 amk for obama
    September 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Libya to disband illegal militias


  18. 96 vcprezofan2
    September 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    /brushing palms together/ Phew! I’ve read all my retweets and written all my thank you notes. Nothing else to distract me from TODville for the rest of the afternoon…. well, except for ironing next week’s clothes….later. 😆 😆

    Here’s a gift for sharing – nothing new, just info worth repeating.

  19. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    September 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I smile when I see comments that President Obama and Vice President Biden may be prepping for their respective debates of the know-nothings, Romney-Ryan. That’s like thinking how Leonardo may have prepped before starting the Mona Lisa. 🙂

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      September 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      ‘That’s like thinking how Leonardo may have prepped before starting the Mona Lisa.’

      😉 😀 😀 😀

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  21. 101 Desraye
    September 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Does anyone know how the Obama campaign chooses where they hold rallys? I think they should hold a rally in southeastern NC. They should send Big Dog.They could hold the rally at Trask Coliseum. I can also see the first lady doing a rally at UNCP. Tickets should be available at Democatic office in each surrounded counties.

  22. 102 Nena20409
    September 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    You all remember Charles Gibson? A day or 2 ago, he was speaking at a Quinnipiac Event and 23mins into the speech, he came out and called the election for pres Obama. Mediabistro.com/tvnewser had that on their site. The former ABC News man. Wow…..that was so much Tim Russert type of prediction in March of 2008….predicting the then sen Obama win over then sen Clinton.

    • 103 forus50
      September 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks Nena –here’s the link and he starts talking about it at 22 min.

      • 104 Nena20409
        September 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Bless your heart. You went and got the information. That is awesome. You did great. Thank you so much.

      • 105 carla4obama
        September 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        This is a great talk given by Charles Gibson. It’s well worth everyone listening to it. Touches many topics (politics, Grover Norquist, the failure of congress, ethics in life (cheating mentality in college) etc. He does not like what he sees in MSM today.

        • 106 forus50
          September 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          I didn’t intend to watch all of it but it WAS very good. I always like him a lot on Good Morning America and thought he was underutilized. Although he and George S. lost a whole lot of credibility with their horrendous moderation of one of the hundreds 🙂 of Clinton/Obama primary debates – the completely bullshit flagpin debate where they hammered Senator Obama about it FOREVER.

        • 107 0388jojothecat
          September 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          Thank you I really enjoyed the frank talk given by Charlie Gibson too and I watched the whole thing which I norally don’t do. I think every parent should watch this and take honest council in what they want best in their children. I think because a lot of us baby boomers grew up in the teevee age, there were so many television shows that I watched that spoke to morals, responsibility, honesty, and taking responsibility for others. Although 100% of the characters were white as an AA child these were universal lessons to be learned and it was reinforced in school and society back then. It seemed like when the 70’s and 80’s hit these shows were considered corny and not realistic. That there was a lot of disrespect to teachers, parents and authority. That being rich and having a nice house, cars, and money were more valued. Sadly even now, my eleven year old niece had a classmate who said in her year book that she wanted to be “rich”.

          I remember my first political science course in college and we had a discussion regarding gerrymandering and I told my professor that it was “cheating”. I could never get it in my head that this was OK…that a political party whose majority won could “fix” their districts so that they would always win until the next party’s majority won. I asked what if they cheated on the voting and he thought that could never happen….that was 1977/78. I like what Charlie said about parents wanting their kids to be “happy” and how dangerous that was without some moral standard on what it means to be happy…at what expense.

    • 108 prettyfoot58
      September 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      how much is Tim Russert missed

    • 109 Obama Grandmama
      September 24, 2012 at 1:09 am

      I especially remember Charlie Gibson with George Stephanopolis in that infamous ABC ’08 Primary debate where the questions and format favored Hillary Clinton. Most of us wrote in angry emails about it.

  23. 110 magapie
    September 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Willard and the reMaggotians “nuclear weapon” was going to be massively funded saturation bombing with false, negative ads. Problem? They’ve already been doing that and it ain’t workin’!!! Hmm ….What now? I hate to be PARANOID but I do wonder if their wall street operatives are pulling strings for this stock market run-up so they can trigger a tactically timed correction”???

  24. 111 dotster3
    September 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Clinton on FTN said Obama is winning but warns that Repub money advantage and all their voter suppression shenanigans could still threaten his re-election. Repubs counting on low voter turnout. With the huge crowds that both the president and first lady are attracting, I think the Repubs are going to be mighty disappointed if they’re counting on low Dem turnout. This is also the theme the media and pollsters have been pushing—-the mythical enthusiasm gap. I kept wondering if they were pushing that gap in order to help make it a reality. To spread malaise.


    • 112 hopefruit2
      September 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      The MSM pushed that meme because it worked in 2010. They are using the 2010 playbook, not understanding that it makes a huge difference who’s on the ballot.

      • 113 jackiegrumbacher
        September 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Exactly, hf. This is what we all said in 2010. The turnout among Democrats was okay for an off year, but it couldn’t match the wave of tea partiers who swarmed to the polls. The TPs would vote for any right wing extremist that got on the ballot. The Democrats had to fall in love and while a good many did vote, there were few lovers among them. When you put Barack Obama on the ballot the lovers start to swarm. They stand in long lines, spend endless hours on the phone, walk the streets til they drop and , yes, they crawl over glass to get to the polls. This is the man and a presidential election with President Obama on the ballot is nothing on earth like an off year one without him.

        • 114 dotster3
          September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          Agree, but I hope Dems have learned that it is so important to vote in ALL elections, even if you’re not in love. Not voting allowed the influx of all the tea party obstructionists which brought everything to a screeching halt. Change comes from the outside, as PBO would say.

  25. September 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    sorry if you’ve already seen this somewhere. It’s too funny

  26. 129 Linda
    September 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Alanta Mayor Reed said one of his GOP friends described Romney as a “defective candidate”. He went on to describe him as a NASCAR driver that could not drive and was the driver of a very richly funded team. He has the best car, the fastest car, the best pit crew and mechanics money can buy but the driver keeps hitting the wall so it is all for naught.

    Super analogy.

  27. 131 idon
    September 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Please post Sarah Silverman’s PSA here. It is totally awesome!! Take a look. http://www.letmypeoplevote2012.com/

  28. 134 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Glad to see that this issue is not going away!

    • September 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      In addition to the great takedown of Robme’s tax situation, I found this an interesting tidbit. No surprise to TODers…

      YOU WON’T BELIEVE US, BUT: A new survey from Gallup suggests that six in 10 Americans have little or no trust in the mass media to deliver the news “fully, accurately and fairly,” a record number since the polling outfit began tracking the trend.

      • 136 jackiegrumbacher
        September 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        Susan, this is really terrific news. This is the awakening of America. Once you realize that the pap being fed to you is inaccurate and unfair, you can no longer be propagandized into doing what the media (and its corporate owners) want you to do. This country has been abused by the right wing media for decades. I hope this means that people are finally seeing the light.

  29. 137 dotster3
    September 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Another cool photo from yesterday’s rally

  30. 139 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    • 140 donna dem 4 obama
      September 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Oh I’m gonna retweet that one big time!!!

    • 141 cookemom
      September 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      It’s the local news media that will keep the citizenry informed. We tend to get caught up in the beltway media, because we’re really tuned in to all of this. However, the average, regular, working, busy person who isn’t nearly as focused on what talking heads, surrogates, pollsters, and other inside the bubble media has to say, are more likely to listen to their local news folks. The debates will be key and it’s said that 85% plan to watch it, while 15% said they plan to watch little if any of them.

  31. 142 Pamela
    September 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    So, am I the only one out to lunch, or is this just a very slow day ’round ‘ere? Eh?

  32. 143 cookemom
    September 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Well how’s all my O peeps on this wunnerful, wunnerful great getting up day today around the TOD bonfire!?! Our surrogates are all looking good today and it’s been a very encouraging Sunday on the tee and vee box. Even the moderators were either left sputtering (Crawley), drop jawed (Wallace), or in an unusual hands-off mode (Gregory) as we watched the Pubbies continue to self destruct and turn on each other publicly. How they plan to make this coming week a turn around for Mitt is beyond me. It’s still going to be about the tape and taxes. Ovey!

    My political take today is although it was a chide at PBO’s “I can’t change Washington from the inside”, I thought Seth on SNL delivered it superbly. I like my political humor full of irony and sarcasm, even when it’s my guy in the bull’s eye. At least, Seth managed to make it about how badly Mitt was doing on his own, without PBO’s help. I’m not an SNL fan too much (since the days of Eddie Murphy), but I do appreciate their political skits.

    • 144 idon
      September 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      This was posted over at HP and was not well recieved partly because SNL did not include the whole quote, sort of like what the MITTNOCCHIO campaign did with “you didn’t build this”. I’m okay with it since I’m not a regular SNL watcher.

      • 145 cookemom
        September 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

        It was comedy political satire and I thought it was handled pretty well, all things considered. The segment was called ‘what are you doing?’ Seth used Mitt’s terrible week to say to PBO, you can just chill, not say anything and let him self-destruct. Every other political dig on SNL was against Mitt. They even did a spoof on Anne which was also good. I don’t look for SNL to give me serious politics. If folks don’t get that it’s entertainment, then that’s a whole different matter. As a whole, they’re way more unfriendly to Pubs than to Dems, but I do enjoy their political humor. Other than that, SNL hasn’t appealed to me in some time.

  33. 146 forus50
    September 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    “She even took a gentle poke at some of the folks Mitt meets on the trail: “We call the rope line now the advice line,” she said, laughing, explaining that “everyone cares and everyone wants to help and everyone wants to just give their piece—a little piece of advice—so I feel like my best advice is just to bring peace and calm to him and just trust in him and just say, ‘I know you can do it,’ but not to give him any advice because it gets too overwhelming.”

    Gentle poke? Yeah, if you call a poke in the eye “gentle”.

    • 147 Pamela
      September 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Hark, the distant sound of violins ~ wah, wah wah… Everything she says anymore, is wah wah wah!

    • 148 COS
      September 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Queen Ann is not helping. She is pissing folks off. She whines way to much for me and her constant meddling makes Robney look weak.

    • September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Wholly Crap….is this a “punking”? She really did not say that? Do we have it on tape? What…Who….Why would she say something like that to anyone?

      • 150 forus50
        September 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Yup she really said it. I just listened to the audio. This is also where she said ….”that during every debate Mitt looked at her face after each question…cuz like “Did I do ok Ann? Was that ok? And you know I just love that… and he measures himself on how he’s doing by looking at my face.”


        I am not friggin kidding she said that. On the debate comment I get it that a candidate might attempt get some body language feedback during the course of the debate but you don’t friggin advertise that you need your spouse’s immediate approval after each question. Sheesh. These two are just disgusting in their attempted power grab over the citizens of this country.

    • 151 dotster3
      September 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Even tho President Obama tries to move on down the line to shake as many hands as possible, I do notice some people gabbing away, and I always wonder what they thought they had to say at that moment. Obama always seems to engage and looks interested, but I can imagine he’s heard more than a few doozies in the hot tips department himself. But can you imagine if Michelle ever said anything similar?—–telling Obama supporters to shut up at the rope line? It would be a continuous loop.

    • September 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Soooo Anne & Willard are becoming “overwhelmed” with advice from the rope line, ie: PEOPLE who Vote. All I can do is shake my head at these folks. What if President Obama/ First Lady Michelle… asked Americans to stop chattering to them in the rope line.. or elsewhere- how the hell would they know what we thought? felt? wanted? And think how every single media kook would be stalking them right now harping on such a comment from FLOTUS or POTUS. Amazing.

  34. 153 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm


    So an excuse for Willard’s ineptness in running his campaign is sleep deprivation, so says Arianna Huffington – so what does she think will happen if he becomes President?

    • 154 Pamela
      September 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Those violins again!

    • 155 jackiegrumbacher
      September 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      This is hilarious, Hf. Of course the only one with the burden of campaigning for president is Romney. PBO doesn’t do anything at all except campaign six or seven days a a week, manage national and international crisis and oversee a massive campaign operation. He must get all the sleep he needs with such a “light” schedule. Only little Willard is overworked and under appreciated. So here’s an idea, Willard. Take a long break; chill out and sleep late. Nobody would notice if you ducked out of sight for a few weeks. In fact, you’d be doing yourself a favor.

    • 156 FiredUpInCA
      September 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Let’s all work together to give Mitt as much rest as he needs on Nov 6.

  35. 157 Pamela
    September 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Lunch is over, laundry is done for this day, back to work now ~ there’s an economy to bolster! Oh, and btw: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/Pamela There’s an election to win! 😆

  36. 158 desertflower
    September 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Is today 44 days until the election? If it is…then it’s the PERFECT day to donate! 4 more for 44!!!

  37. 163 desertflower
    September 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What a freaking dillweed! http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/22/boehner-ohios-success-not-helping-romney.html

    Like the success of Ohio is due to ANYTHING that Kasich has done!

    • 164 vcprezofan2
      September 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      You know, Romney isn’t the only Repub. who is socially dense. Now if those who vote for them would only listen carefully when they admit they really only care about their own jobs, and stop ensuring their jobs even when they do absolutely nothing, we’d be sitting pretty.

      • 165 forus50
        September 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        I don’t get it. With a congressional approval rate of around 15% he can boast the incumbents are in good shape? WTF. I can’t believe EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM isn’t voted out of office.

    • September 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I don’t do ‘conspiracy theorizing’ as you know, df, but when I read that statement in WaPo earlier this week it was like … the guy ate their lunch and he knows it, i.e., that wasn’t some stunt by a senile dude, but Clint making (his own) day 🙂

      • September 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        I especially loved President Obama’s polite response to Clint’s mess … He did not bash Clint, and that, I think, made a big difference.

      • 174 desertflower
        September 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        I thought that too:)

      • September 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        That really seems a bit far-fetched to me. B

        • 176 theo67
          September 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          YEah – as much as it would be lovely if Clint Eastwood was working for th eDems, he had a movie coming out. I’m not sure he would have put that in jeopardy that way. I think a lot less people are planning to watch the movie after that stunt. I heard the director being interviewed, and they asked him if he thought Clint Eastwood’s chair speech would negatively impact the movie. The director made a point of saying that him, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake don’t necessarily share Clint’s views, and that they all really worked hard at the movie. He also said that the movie isn’t a political movie, and shouldn’t be judged on that front. I dunno…

  38. 177 forus50
    September 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Recent Changes: Iowa moves from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Obama,” Wisconsin moves from “Leans Obama” to “Likely Obama,” Virginia Moves from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Obama”

  39. 178 Lb4Obama
    September 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Ah Gawed! Jennifer Rubin and her face that could stop a truck, with her Romney lies, is on Msnbc live now drooling her gums over miss Anne!

  40. 188 xtine
    September 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The students on that Student Town Hall (Education Nation on MSNBC) were really fabulous! MSM need to go hang out w/ these young people and learn lots.

  41. September 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I just finished listening to the entire Charles Gibson speech. As someone said above, very good. It was interesting to hear how forthright he was about so many different subjects.

    • 190 0388jojothecat
      September 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      The one thing that I disagree with Charlie Gibson on is that the Obama Ads are “negative”. I think a negative ad is one where someone is calling names with NO FACTS……the Obama ads are giving you “FACTS” that counter what one candidate is say his records is or was.

      • 191 forus50
        September 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        I would tend to agree with CG that a negative ad is one in which that candidate is saying something negative about his/her opponent. It can be a factual negative ad like the Obama ads. Of course the other type of negative ad is the smear ad with false or misleading information. I think ads that are considered positive are pretty strictly defined as those in which the candidate’s qualifications are spoken of positively.

      • 192 theo67
        September 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        Yes, one can’t call an ad a “negative ad” just because it accurately reflects reality. It’s just factual – and if Romney’s life is full of negatives, then that’s his problem.

  42. 193 dotster3
    September 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been calling Iowa voters, and I have to say that the enthusiasm has spiked. People are almost jumping out of the phone to make clear they’re voting for Obama. I am hearing “Obama—100% !!!” and “Obama FOR SURE!” etc., many referencing Romney’s 47% remarks. Others have said they hate to think what would happen to this country if Romney would win etc. I had a couple lean Obamas, and I think my excellent sales job brought them into the strong category—-pat on back 🙂 But the overwhelming responses have been determined, almost shouting, Obama voters.
    It’s so easy to help in this way—-on the OFA website, click ‘make calls’ and dial away from the comfort of your couch.

  43. 197 prettyfoot58
    September 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Is any one watching the Virgina Voter focus group on cspan….

    interesting how folks feel that Romney can turn the country around because he is a business man…

    • 198 xtine
      September 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Sorry, PrettyFoot, I don’t have the stomach for this today! Some neighborhoods in VA have big R-Money yard signs & when I was driving thru such a neighborhood it took all my willpower (and lack of bail money!) to not find the nearest hardware store & buy a lovely spray can and then draw pretty grafitti on those signs! The thought, though, made me laugh all the way home! 🙂

    • 202 hopefruit2
      September 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      CSPAN showed this same focus group about a week ago, and I think most of these so-called “undecided” people are Republicans. As others on TOD have noted, these voters are looking for excuses to vote for Romney and are not truly discerning, “Independent” voters as they or the MSM claims. They are right-leaning voters who are still searching for a reason to vote for Romney.

    • 204 Obama Grandmama
      September 24, 2012 at 1:31 am

      The Romney is a businessman comment reminds me of the church lady that said her pastor’s wife told them Sarah Palin was a good woman in ’08. She said she would vote for McCain because Sarah Palin being a woman would not want us to get into a war! Wow! Just wow! She got an earful of Sarah Palin facts from me but just thought I was an Obama freak and kept believing her made up reasons for voting for them.

  44. 205 desertflower
    September 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    We need to put this arrogant nutbag out of a job, too.


    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: ‘We’ve Got Specifics Coming Out Our Eyeballs’

    Stephanopoulos pointed out that many Republicans thought that the Romney needed to campaign on vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s budget and release “more bold and specific ideas.”

    “I mean, for crying out loud, we’ve got Paul Ryan on the ticket,” Priebus replied. “There can’t be anything more specific than a budget that we passed to get a hold of the 10-year debt window, the deficits that are out of control that the president promised that he would fix. As far as specifics go, we are the only one talking about how to save Medicare.”

    “I mean, we’ve got specifics coming out our eyeballs,” he added.

    Maybe these “specifics” he’s got “coming out his eyeballs” are only talked about in the quiet rooms….

  45. 211 LDS
    September 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Okay Chips, I feel much better now!
    Nose is still stuffy…but Let’s Stay Together was what the doctor ordered. Too weak to hit the button last night……but now, it is alll good.
    I still say I hope the couple will dance to that while Rev. Al Green croons.
    I saw it all at the Apollo, but that would just top it all off for me.

    Thanks everyone for helping out as much as you can here and your various places. $44 sounds like a winner to me.
    As I gradually start to feel better while in in bed, I was able to call people that I have not spoken to and asked them if they were registered, voting, volunteering.
    FLOTUS said it all. There is notihing left to say except vote Dem all the way. Vote in EVERY election from now on…I have felt for while this is personal for all of us, even people who are sitting out, blinded by hate, whatever. It is too much at stake. We have come too far to let these repugs tell us how much they hate us…in our face, mind you.
    POB is doing all he can to shake the shit out us all to help us to see what they have been doing for decades. I am glad “the enemy will be our foot stool”.


  46. 212 susanne
    September 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    talk about chilling–evidence of an increased rate of suicide tied to economic hardship, while a candidate for the presidency runs on a campaign of cutting benefits for the disadvantaged. hmmm, didn’t we rhetorically ask what robmy expects folks to do, if their jobs are outsourced, their health insurance is cut off and/or unaffordable, their homes are repossessed, their community’s services are shut down…? is this his answer? kind of like ‘self deport’–permanently.

    ‘ An extremely disturbing new study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that suicides have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S.
    And in the midst of this stunning evidence of overwhelming human devastation and tragedy, we have a major party candidate for president who seems to believe that America’s biggest problem is that too many poor people don’t pay enough income taxes. It chills my blood just thinking about it. ‘


  47. 213 joyfulmeme
    September 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Sometimes I’m a glutton for purnishment so I watched Chris Wallace on Fox this morning. As usual the petty rears it’s ugly head. Why is PBO going to The View instead of meeting with foreign leaders?

    My take is unless there is something pressing to meet with them for, Why bother? He needs to get re-elected. Foreign leaders don’t help with that. Especially a meeting with the jerk Bibi.

  48. 214 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Counting down until the Emmys. Gonna be fun tonight!

    • 215 0388jojothecat
      September 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I heard this morning that many “Hollywood” productions are moving out of California. That many of the award shows are moving to N.Y.? Did anyone else hear that?

  49. 217 dotster3
    September 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Can anyone help with this problemo? I remember running into this before. But a guy I called in Cedar Rapids, Ia. asked if I could help get him a yard sign. He said he had left a message at the OFA office but no one got back to him. I tried to call the OFA Cedar Rapids office but the phone # listed has been disconnected. I left a message at the Cedar Rapids Dem Party HQ, but I don’t know if that is sufficient. There is no way on the calling form to indicate this, and I didn’t want to disappoint him twice. Any other ideas?

    • 225 FiredUpInCA
      September 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I just saw a twitter from a Romney supporter that had 220 retweet and was favorited 54 times. It says WOW! Romney Ryan in Ohio must see! Then underneath is a photo of President Obama’s 2008 rally in Portland in which 75,000 attended.

      It’s really, really sad.

      This is not a contest. It’s a rout. Romney will be on 60 minutes tonight saying “we’re tied” We are not tied. We had a convention bounce. You had a convention concave. The President is rising in battleground states. You have cratered in just about all your home states.

      The President is campaigning and moving on to the ground game. You’re fundraising in California when you should be campaigning in Florida or any of your other must win states.

      The full impact of the 47% comments have not manifested themselves in the polls but when they do even Rasmussen and Gallup will have to deal with it.

      We’re watching the wheels come off the Romney for Plutocrat bus and all the delusional supporters of that quest are in for a rude awakening on November 7.

  50. September 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  51. September 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    • 233 Nena20409
      September 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      More Bounce To The Ounce, Bobfr……

      Over at Nate Silver…..DKos is reporting that president Barack H. Obama is current at 95.6% to Willard Mitterrand Romney’s 4.4% if the Nov 6, 2012 elections were held today. That is up from 77% plus.

      Wow……something is going On in these USA.

  52. 240 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    60 minutes will be played during the Emmy’s because of the football going overtime.

  53. 241 Nena20409
    September 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I taped FTN and the former pres Bill Clinton was just wonderful getting his digs in to Romney. That was great. I watched FTN after MTP. For the 1st time in months, I was Not screaming my head off. I also watched This Week on ABC. Wallace and Coulter were not my cup of tea.

  54. 242 desertflower
    September 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    http://www.businessinsider.com/how-tax-shelters-work-2012-9 I don’t know WHAT that “Desert Flower” shit was! BUt I DO know this is how the 1% bilks the US out of money they owe US!! Who’s the freeloader again??

  55. 247 utaustinliberal
    September 23, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Mitt Romney is losing it. 😆

    • 248 utaustinliberal
      September 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      • 249 Nena20409
        September 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        And we were told the bishop had the magic under garment? Wow…..the magic is No longer effective? It must be.

      • 250 lisalovesobama
        September 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        No way did he really say that!

      • 251 theo67
        September 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        I thought President Obama was the one who was supposed to be controlled by the ghost of his deceased father? 😕 Now, Romney is trying to make us believe that President Obama somehow put those “47%” comments in his mouth? The worst part of that statement is the victim-mode he’s put himself in, and also that he clearly doesn’t understand how offensive his words were to the thinking people of this country. I don’t know how he’s going to handle the defeat in November.

  56. 252 vcprezofan2
    September 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hey TODobots, I feel like dancing and don’t want to do it alone – I’ve already listened 3 times today. Want to join me?

  57. 256 Grab a Mop Grace
    September 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    LOVE IT! Thanks VC.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    • 257 vcprezofan2
      September 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      YW, GAMG It’s my most favourit-EST Obama 2012 song, guaranteed to have me bopping around whenever I play it, day or night! 😀 😆 Poor TODville is tired of me sharing it.

  58. 258 anniebella
    September 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    POTUS will be on 60 Mintues tonight. So will that other guy, the 47% hater.

  59. 261 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Some newly released polling data from FLORIDA!

    • 262 99ts
      September 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks hopefruit – hopefully the retirees in Florida now understand R&R policies and the damage they will do to all but the 1%

  60. September 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm


    President Obama 71%
    Romney 29%

  61. 264 yardarm756
    September 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The numbers tell it all. It’s up to us to get to the polls. http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

    • 265 99ts
      September 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Typical GOP action in Nebraska from Nate’s discussion
      “Nebraska’s Second District was the reddest electoral vote Mr. Obama carried in 2008 … after the election, Nebraska Republicans responded with a fairly simple strategy. They moved the Second District even farther behind the battlements, redrawing the district lines after the 2010 Census to make it more Republican”

      Change the rules – the GOP solution to losing an election.

      • 266 57andfemale
        September 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        But the whiny and lazy left who think they’re so smart to ‘send a message’ or were too lazy to vote didn’t know that 2010 was a census year as one of the many consequences.

  62. September 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I live in red state SC, and a GOP district/Greenville SC but I have not seen one Romney/Ryan sign or bumper sticker this entire campaign season. I have seen Obama/Biden bumper stickers on cars almost daily. Now I am not under any type of allusions, or denial, but I do know that during the 08′ campaign I was sick of all of the McCain/Palin stickers and yard signs. If nothing else, I think this shows that the base is not fired up for Mitt Romney. They are not enthusiastic about him, at least not in my area. Some weeks ago he did a campaign stop in Greer, SC not far from me and for the life of me I cannot understand why he would be campaigning in SC. I did not hear that he was here for a fundraiser, but maybe he was, but he did not have but a small gathering of people.

    • 268 susanne
      September 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      that’s an interesting observation, obamacrat. seems the rethug voters aren’t proud of themselves this time, or maybe they don’t trust their candidate not to embarrass them even more before election day.

    • September 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I’ve mentioned here in the past that I see very few RR stickers, either around town or when I make the 2 plus hr. trip every week to see my mom. Up until the past two weeks, I was seeing many more Obama or Obama/Biden stickers. In the past two weeks, I’m seeing a FEW more RR, but for this very red area–and the area where I go see my mom is even redder. It is definitely different than in 2008. As you said, they are just not “that into Romney.” hehehehe

  63. 270 hopefruit2
    September 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm


    Is Barack Obama a Tory?

    // Does Barack Obama’s style of leadership make him a Tory in the traditional British style? Several British political watchers debate. Though his American critics often accuse the US President of being a socialist or Marxist, some observers have recently come to another conclusion: Barack Obama is a Tory.

    Though President Obama is a Democrat, and thus more likely to embrace left-leaning political positions than the American Right, he’s drawn repeated comparisons to members of England’s Conservative party. For some expatriates, the president’s centrist response to an increasingly activist Republican opposition makes him a conservative in the mould of the Tory party. //


    • 271 Nena20409
      September 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Pres Obama must be the most reassigned and bestowed upon with, ideology, party affiliation, country, emotion, you name it……people here in US and the world have got their preferred pres Obama.

      Heck, even the Noble Peace Prize award group did their in 2009. I wonder why?

      It is has both pros and cons. It depends who the parties are.

  64. 272 lisalovesobama
    September 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Mitt Romney joke!

  65. 273 lisalovesobama
    September 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Jimmy asked the crowd who’s opting for Willard. There was a pause, some people said:”NO!” Then a few people began to cheer. Don’t know if they were cheering the booing or showing support for Willard because of the boos. Hahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha!! Jimmy’s response: ” so 40 people for Romney, the rest of you are godless homosexuals!”

  66. September 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    He’s clearly not stable ….

  67. September 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    At the get go Steve Croft has already gotten under my skin and on my last nerve with his attitude when questioning PBO.

    Don’t know if I can watch. Then add in lying Romney, ugggh!

  68. 278 dotster3
    September 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Looks like Steve Kroft is going to be a jerk with President Obama on 60 Minutes—–opening is accusatory question—–isn’t the failure of the jobs bill passing YOUR FAULT??? Oh sure, Steve, all Obama’s fault, no Repub opposition at all. We’ll see, but it looks too familiar.

    • 279 forus50
      September 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      I actually like those types of questions and the framing by Steve Kroft because they act as great set-ups for POTUS. Those are the types of questions that people who don’t follow politics closely would want to have sorted out and POTUS always fully addresses them.

      • 280 Sandy1110
        September 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        That’s how I see the questions too. They’re set up the way the GOP would LIKE voters to think, but POTUS gets to knock ’em down.

  69. 282 Obama Grandmama
    September 24, 2012 at 12:56 am

    There’s our PBO eyeball to eyeball with all those cutie patooties. Look how many kiddos are taking photos of him too! He knows how to relate to kids. They instinctively know who is good. Dogs and kids are instinctive about that. Ever hear a dog with a deep growl when a scary stranger approaches but wag its tail when the girl scout leader climbs the stairs to the house?

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