106 Years Old and Voting for President Obama



Coming up (all times ET):

Sunday: The President departs the White House (11:15 AM); Arrives Las Vegas (3:55); Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Desert Pines High School, Las Vegas (9:30)

Monday and Tuesday: The President will remain in Henderson, Nevada.

Wednesday: He will travel from Henderson to Denver where he will participate in the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. The First Lady will also attend. The President and the First Lady will remain overnight in Denver.

Thursday: PBO will deliver remarks at campaign events in Denver and Columbus, Ohio. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.

Friday: PBO will deliver remarks at campaign events in Vienna, Virginia and Cleveland, Ohio. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.




270 Responses to “106 Years Old and Voting for President Obama”

  1. 3 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm


  2. 4 collegekay
    September 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    We had an awesome canvass today. VA going to stay BLUE!

  3. September 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    “Barack Obama is honest and I love him for it”!!!

    That is such a fine video, Chips.

    “The only gift my grandmother wants for her 106th birthday is for Barack Obama to be reelected.”

    And, the Truth issue, is central, for sure.

    September 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  5. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    September 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    My aunt passed away in ’09, but the year before she proudly called me to say she had voted for President Obama! Of course, she rhymed his name with “Alabama,” but I never mentioned that little glitch when I was congratulating her for her wise choice!

      • 20 jacquelineoboomer
        September 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        🙂 I forgot to mention the most important part that went with the video – my aunt was 94 when she voted for him!

        • 21 theo67
          September 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

          I absolutely love hearing about older people having made the historic vote for President Obama in 2008! What a moment that had to be. In one lifetime, to see so much change – how incredible and inspiring. Well done to your 94 year old late aunt.

          • 22 jacquelineoboomer
            September 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

            Thank you, theo67. She was wonderful, my mother’s older sister, a “coal miner’s daughter.” She only lived in two small towns in her life – one in Pennsy, one in NJ (after she got married – Ha – in 1939), and I never heard her say a negative word about anybody. Her main interest in life was … er … shopping (it would have been wise not to get in her way in a department store!). It gives me great joy to know she voted for Barack Obama, another sterling gift to “my” world! Because it’s, really, ALL ABOUT ME!

  6. 25 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Awesome! h/t to Political Carnival and Think Progress

  7. 27 collegekay
    September 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    106? Wow!

    • 28 globalcitizenlinda
      September 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      if this lady who is 106 years young can put in the effort to vote then I can do my part without complaint

  8. 29 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    The so called great Red Devils lost….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    First, Chelsea aka The Blues won and now Man U lost? This day officially ROCKS.


    Chips I love you but….your team SUUUCCCCCCKS!

    (Trash talk over for now)

  9. September 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Republicans just lost a talking point from their playbook.

    Attacks against President Obama’s record on job creation lost their zing after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released revised data showing massive job creation under the president’s tenure that suggests signs of a more robust economy than had been previously estimated. Approximately 386,000 jobs were added to the economy from March 2011 to March 2012, giving a total net positive of 125,000 jobs under the Obama administration.

    The job gains could boost what has already been a strong month of polling for the president’s re-election campaign. Both Obama and Mitt Romney have zeroed in messaging to the middle class, but how will voters, particularly those within the white working class, respond to signs of a more robust economy?


    And this news finally hits the MSM!

    • 50 hopefruit2
      September 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      I was wondering when they would report it. I guess they just had to, because PBO will surely talk about it in the debates.

    • 51 hopefruit2
      September 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Also…It’s not just the Repubs who lost a talking point. It’s also the debate moderators (Candy Crowley I’m looking at you), who now have to scramble to find a different question to replace their canned GOP talking point about jobs disguised as a debate question!!

  10. 52 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    My goodness, if this centenarian can do her civic duty, why can’t the rest of the American people who simply stay home on election day? VOTE!

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      September 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Yes, Hf, I wish every person who’s too busy or too lazy to vote could see this incredible woman. I hope she gets put at the front of the line on election day and gets the first chance to vote for her president.

    • 55 nathkatun7
      September 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Many have no idea about the importance of government. The other day I was talking to this Libertarian at work who was absolutely convinced that government is totally irrelevant in his life. Then I asked him if he took a freeway (an interstate) to come to work, and he answered yes. Then I asked him if he personally built the freeway and he said no. But he was so sure it was built by a private company. Right there I realized the total ignorance of many Americans, including those with academic degrees.

  11. 56 LDS
    September 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    106! What a blessing! She is truly amazing and to live to see PBO…….there are no words to describe how this makes me feel.
    I wish my family members who struggled so hard during those times were here to experience this special time. These are days that I dreamed would come true.
    God bless her with many more birthdays!

  12. September 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  13. 59 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Today just got sweeter. The freaking amazing Foo Fighters and The Black Keys are performing LIVE NOW:


  14. 64 Dudette
    September 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Love that video of Mrs. Harris… just wonderful!

    • 65 anniebella
      September 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Bless this 106 year old young lady. 🙂

      • 66 HZ
        September 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        What a glorious joyful blessing to see her and hear her. “Red,White and Blue going FORWARD.” What an inspiration to all of us. Love this beautiful 106 year old “jewel” of this nation.HZ

        • 67 jackiegrumbacher
          September 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

          HZ, she’s beautiful and I am blown away by the 88 great grandchildren. She has certainly been fruitful and multiplied and isn’t wonderful that her children and grandchildren share her wonderful spirit.

  15. 68 debz
    September 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    If no one has seen this yet, it’s pretty cool. Both POTUS and VPBiden on Mars.


  16. 72 Carolyn
    September 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I’ve just been rolling the Romney advisers’ statements about giving him some zingers to memorize around in my head…..That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. That has to be satire…..there is no way this is prepration for a debate. I debated in college, and it consists of total immersion in your subject, good knowledge, and the ability to adapt to your opponent and think on your feet. Those reasons are why I have NO fear about the president. He has COMPLETE command of his subject, and he CAN think on his feet, and his responses are appropriate.
    Remember Romney’s off the cuff responses….”Wanna bet $10,000?” “I’m running for President, and I can’t have illegal aliens working for me.” I sincerely doubt that one of his advisers made up either of those lines and told him to insert those where he felt appropriate. Those are remarks he comes up with when he’s not scripted. I think they’ll have to have him memorize chunks on various subjects…..but “zingers” that doesn’t work.
    I’ve even heard it suggested by “pundits” that the President maybe should respond “There you go again.” or “I knew (insert name here) and you are no …….” Those are absolutely stupid. Those are reruns and never effective a second time.
    Think about when you were younger and wanted to impress someone. Did you ever, in anticipation of a party, or a meeting…..imagine what someone else would say, then what you would respond…..and of course it would be scintillating and sparkling……but of course the occasion never arose, and you could not have remembered your beautiful bon mot anyway.
    I see that President Obama has Monday and Tuesday to totally prepare and practice. John Kerry will be doing Romney’s part and he is a FIERCE and always well prepared debater. (He showed that winning a debate or debates does not guarantee winning an election.) Rob Portman can’t hold a candle to him. Those two days will be all the president needs, because he KNOWS the subject matter so well
    I am sometimes in awe of the stupidity of the press members. .

    • 73 yardarm756
      September 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Make it plain Carolyn. Make it plain!

    • 74 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Beautiful post, Carolyn – I agree with every word. Romney is lacking the most basic values, character and integrity. It will be very difficult for him to hoodwink the country with a couple of “zingers”. He’s got his 43% locked down, who are fueled by hate or greed – and he could stand there and say nothing and they’d still call him a winner. He’s up against an authentic candidate, who people have learned says what he means, and means what he says. He keeps his promises, and works hard every day. He’s been President for four years (nearly), and he was born for the job. He studied international affairs, and he’s been working every day for every one of the last ten years that Romney’s been “unemployed”.

      Romney is ill-prepared for office. He’s inauthentic. And he doesn’t have a clue whom he’s up against. The media will still declare him a winner, but there are millions of people who will finally see him for the fraud that he is, and that he’s been lying with almost every living breath he’s breathed in this campaign.

      • 75 HZ
        September 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Carolyn and theo67, thank you both for this beautiful insight which is on the mark. HZ

      • 76 jackiegrumbacher
        September 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Theo, the media told us that Romney’s convention speech was terrific and would be a game changer. They even told us that it would be tough for PBO to match it. The media also tried to convince us that Queen Ann’s speech was so wonderful it would change hearts and minds. And then came the Democratic convention and they all looked like fools for their stupid assessments.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      September 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, Carolyn, John Kerry did show that. He did brilliantly in the debate with George W. He was the master of the subject matter and his delivery was concise and clear. He was also wonderful in the town hall style debate. I didn’t think it was even a contest, but it didn’t move the needle. The debates are over rated. The other big factor when it comes to political debates is authenticity. If you appear to be a phony or are trying too hard to insert canned one liners, people don’t see you as real and that pretty much cancels anything you have to say.

    • 78 nathkatun7
      September 30, 2012 at 1:26 am

      Very well said, Carolyn! I think Romney will be trying to feed the sensationalist press with his “zingers.” But, as we saw in 2008, viewers at home are way smarter than many of the overpaid, clueless, media pundits that Romney will try to impress. I am quite sure President Obama will let Romney make a fool of himself while staying classy and focused on the issues as he always does.

  17. 79 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    BOOM! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/27/1137022/-Ohio-sees-ripple-effect-from-manufacturing-rebound

    Here’s one reason manufacturing is so important in an economy: manufacturing jobs create more jobs, in a ripple effect than can transform communities. So, in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, where manufacturing has rebounded to where it was in late 2008, that’s led to more manufacturing, to trucking jobs, to training opportunities:
    Intelligrated in Mason hires 300 new workers to design and build conveyer systems, and Mazak in Elsmere hires 75 new workers to make industrial cutting machines.
    Total Quality Logistics in Union Township, Clermont County, adds 200 jobs to move truckloads of manufacturing supplies and finished products.
    The University of Cincinnati Clermont College gets a $250,000 grant to train 100 new workers in advanced manufacturing skills.

    I think this is Boner’s district…GET RID OF HIM OHIO!!!

    • 80 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I heard someone on Randi Rhodes last week saying that Boehner doesn’t even have a challenger. He’s not going anywhere, unfortunately. But hopefully, he’ll be handing over that gavel.

    • September 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Oh Chip, did you catch the first few seconds, when he just enter, he recognize the University Basketball players and the guys go wild?? He’s awesome.

      • 83 Carolyn
        September 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        I have to say, seeing this wonderful event at Kent State blesses my heart. I am old enough to remember when the two words Kent State conjured up the horrible events on that campus during the Viet Nam War…….this is so good and positive, and fortunately, most of the people in that audience only know Kent State the way it is now. This shows how we can heal and come together.

    • 84 globalcitizenlinda
      September 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm


      Chips, did you catch a video clip that was among the ones coming up (after this one you provided) and the title is “Line when Obama Visits Kent State” – in case you need additional proof of that “enthusiasm gap” the media tells us about PBO supporters

  18. 85 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    And the RWNJ’s bash community organizers….


    Michael Taeu, a Working America organizer, was out talking to people in Oregon City, Oregon last night when he saw something he doesn’t usually see: smoke pouring out of the windows of one of the houses in the neighborhood.

    Michael could have turned around, but he didn’t. Instead, he went into the house, helped rescue a woman trapped inside, and put out the fire.

    Here’s the story as reported by the Oregonian:

    Taeu said the door was open, so he called out to see if anyone was home and heard a woman yell for help. He went into the smoke-filled home and discovered the woman on the second floor.

    “I couldn’t see her when I got upstairs because of all the smoke,” said Taeu, who works with the Oregon branch of Working America. “So I asked her to call out to me a few times and was able to find her.”

    He escorted her to the stairs and she left the home. Taeu then grabbed the hose, stayed on the balcony so he could see into the home and put out the flames.

    Brandon Paxton, a spokesman for the Clackamas County fire department, praised Michael for his quick thinking.

    “I know that woman is grateful for what he did,” said Paxton. “It was definitely a courageous and selfless act.”

  19. 86 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    OFA needs to see this and use it:) !!

  20. 87 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  21. 91 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Had a phenomenal Obama Victory Counsel voter protection training today. If you have ever given a dollar or a minute of time to Obama For America, I’m here to tell you your money is WELL spent. This campaign and the people involved are top-notch.

    I will be working the polls on Election Day and I’m so excited about helping to make sure that the day goes smoothly and that Virginia voters are able to exercise their rights freely and easily.

    OBAMA 2012, Woot!

    • 92 susanne
      September 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      thank you poju!

    • 93 nathkatun7
      September 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      PJ, I totally agree with you! I was planning to go phone banking today but I am home with a nasty cold that feels like flu. Any way, my experience volunteering with OFA has been quite fulfilling. This is the most well organized, and technologically savvy, campaign I’ve ever came across. Even more gratifying is the enthusiasm and diversity of the people working to re-elect the President. I have not given very much money, but I was so impressed with OFA that I know the little that I gave is being put to good use.

  22. 94 magapie
    September 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Looka like The MSM is ignoring queen anne’s mental health comment and the implications. Anyone seen anything?

  23. 108 dotster3
    September 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Love that this sweet 106 yr. old is voting for Obama, and that all she wants for her birthday is that he is re-elected. I wrote earlier about my 95 yr. old mom, not yet 106, but we think she might make it—-other than some short term memory loss—–no ailments, no meds. She will be voting for Obama for the 2nd time. I just kindly remind her that she’s voting for Obama because he’s wonderful, and she says, “Ok, honey.” Her 94 yr. old boyfriend is “all in” for Obama too—–we brought him over from the dark side with threats of a break up, no more hand holding and other shenanigans. 🙂 Two more Fl. sr. votes for Obama.

    • 109 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      What a sweet story!

    • 110 HZ
      September 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Dotster3, this is a beautiful comment. Thanks for sharing. I love the part about her boyfriend. That is precious. You are certainly doing your part in keeping POB in for a second term with these two votes, and from FL., plus keeping romance going for two precious lives. Love it.HZ

    • September 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      I hardly ever comment but she brought tears to my eyes. May she be blessed as she casts her vote for President Obama. She reminds me of my own mother (gone but not forgotten). I took her picture and my father’s picture into the voting booth with me the first time I voted for Pres. Obama. I know our vote did not come easy and each time I vote I pull the lever for the souls that are no longer here who fought and died for our rights. Much luv to her and her family.

  24. 112 Dudette
    September 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    John Legend on the Global Poverty Project stage now. Speaking about Jonas Salk and other scientists’ work on vaccines. Wow!


    Thanks again UT!

  25. 114 Dudette
    September 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  26. 116 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Guys….The Foo Fighters are LIVE NOW!!!!!


  27. 118 FoxfireTX
    September 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    This from the link posted in the tweet by Hopefruit:

    Beyond efficient time management, the bigger problem for the Romney/Ryan ticket is that voters aren’t turning out to see them.

    Paul Ryan was supposed to bring the conservative star power to the ticket, but hundreds are showing up for his events. In contrast, Joe Biden and Barack and Michelle Obama are drawing thousands to their campaign stops.
    What’s even worse for the GOP is that Vice President Biden is outdrawing their presidential nominee. More people are coming out for Biden than are showing up to see Mitt Romney. It is difficult to believe that more people would show up to hear a sitting vice president than would come out for one of the two men who could be our next president, but this seems to be exactly what is happening. http://www.politicususa.com/2000-turn-biden-florida-725-show-ryan-hampshire.html

    Love it!!!!!!

  28. 119 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Foo Fighters performing ‘My Hero’ reminds me of DNC 2012 when they performed it for VP Biden. Ahhh…..memories.

  29. 120 FoxfireTX
    September 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Interesting opinion piece:

    Do the Romneys Suffer from a Siege Mentality?

    Their recent comments reveal a real resentment of the social changes that have helped former outsiders gain a toehold in society


  30. 121 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hilariously true. Romney will be trying to pretend RomneyCare is not the mom and dad of ObamaCare.

  31. 122 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Obama’s fault!

  32. September 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  33. 126 utaustinliberal
    September 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    OMG! OMG! The Foos are performing ‘These Days’ now. I am in heaven.

  34. 129 magapie
    September 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The President and his great team will know exactly how to deal with willard’s (ahem) “zingers”. But one idea I have:
    The President: “Gov. Romney just said: [He repeats the line smoothly but VERBATIM]. Great LINE Governor and well delivered!!! { I think he should even walk over and offer a high five ;>) ) But what does the Gov.’s punch line REALLY mean? How does it help our country move forward and build the middle-class?” Then the President deconstructs and destroys the line with facts and what our nation really needs.

  35. September 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Meet the Press: Chris Christie, David Plouffe

    Face the Nation: Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Marsha Blackburn, Bob Shrum

    This Week: Chris Christie, David Plouffe, Haley Barbour, Howard Dean

    State of the Union: John McCain, David Axelrod, Roy Blunt, Martin O’Malley

    • 134 globalcitizenlinda
      September 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Why is chris christie every where this sunday? Of course to promote himself instead of the candidate he claims to support

    • 135 hopefruit2
      September 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      What’s with the Christie fetish on the Sunday Republican talk shows?

      • 136 globalcitizenlinda
        September 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        see, we are both thinking the same thing at the same time

        • 137 Nena20409
          September 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          He is massive enough to fill the air space?

          • 138 hopefruit2
            September 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            Good point. But the media might not have had that in mind. Last week, the Republicans were all flailing and off message, contradicting each other etc. I’m guessing this week, they’re hoping to have a more coherent message, even if it’s just Christie using foul language on every show that he appears.

      • 139 yardarm756
        September 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        I keep telling you ppl there is gonna be a shortage of bacon!

        • 140 hopefruit2
          September 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

          LMAO! You’re probably right.

        • 141 nathkatun7
          September 30, 2012 at 1:38 am

          You know, yardarm, I think you’ve zeroed in on the real problem here. My question to you, however, is: looking at Chris Christie and PBO, which one of them should be blamed for the “shortage of bacon”?

    • 143 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Luckily – David Plouffe, Bob Shrum, David Axelrod and Martin O’Malley will make short shrift of them. Good match-up, finally!

      • 144 nathkatun7
        September 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

        My problem, theo, is how come a moderator, picked to moderate presidential debates, picked three Republican right wing politicians to go against one Democratic consultant? This is exactly what Bob Scheiffer did with his upcoming line-up on Face the Nation.

        • 145 theo67
          September 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

          The good news is that it TAKES three right wingers (who have no facts, no ideas and act like lemmings) to challenge even one Democrat.

    • September 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      I love Bob Shrum. He’s going to eat Christie, Gingrich, and Blackburn’s breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and he’s going to burp in their faces after he finishes!

  36. 149 Cman
    September 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I usually use dashboard to make calls from home. I have not been able to do that the past few days. Any time I go to make calls it says page cannot be displayed. Has anyone else been getting this?

    • 150 hopefruit2
      September 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      What browser are you using? I’ve been using Google Chrome and able to get on just fine.

      • 151 Cman
        September 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        I’ve even tried a separate browser (Internet explorer) and the same thing happens. Something may be wrong with my account…Since you are able to log in at least I know it is not the site.

    • 152 Cman
      September 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I’m using chrome. When it happened at first I thought maybe just site maintenance, but now it’s been almost a week and the same thing…

      • 153 hopefruit2
        September 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        Yea I would try resetting your account and see what happens, or perhaps you can contact the Dashboard web team if they have a contact email or number. Good luck getting your access restored.

  37. 154 vitaminlover
    September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank You in advance for the decisive victory in the upcoming debate between President Obama and Romney. Thank You, Sir for giving our Beloved President insight and the ability to be so dominant in this October 3, 2012 debate and also the other 2 future debates. Thank You that it will be so obvious that President Obama is the One that it or he cannot and will not be denied. Let Romney be totally put to shame. Thank You also that Vice-President totally dominates in his deabate. Thank You, Lord for complete and total favor in all of the debates for both President Obama and Vice-President Biden.In addition as a final request in this prayer, Lord keep both of our men (Obama, Biden) completely safe, guuided, guarded and protected from here on out.AMEN!

  38. 160 magapie
    September 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I have been unable to discern A SINGLE FUCKING ATTRIBUTE about GV. Chris Crisco that is appealing or impressive or remarkable or charming or intelligent or original or charismatic or factual or accomplished or………… HE IS a COMPLETE ?WTF? to me.

    • 161 susanne
      September 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      he’s ….large.

    • 167 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Yup – I can’t think of one positive things about Chris Christie – he’s totally offensive to me, not because of his size, but because of him being a bully and the size of his ego.

      • 168 susanne
        September 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

        sorry–i don’t mean to malign large people at all. just thinking of one reason folks are attracted to him, made me think of olive oyl singing about bluto–he was a bully but,,, he was large.

        the magneto kid just reminded me that magnetism is an ‘attractive force’, and in a poor attempt at humor, i thought maybe that was the ‘attraction’.

        • 169 theo67
          September 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

          My comment wasn’t aimed at your post – sorry if I gave that impression. The thing about Chris Christie is that even if he lost 200 pounds, he’d still be stuck with a horribly obscene personality. And someone as obese as Chris Christie, but with a lovable personality, would engender a completely different reaction.

          The reason I don’t like Chris Christie is because he is the poster child for the problem of bullying in America. His behavior is teaching kids that bullying your way through life is a viable option. He’s highly offensive, and his personality disgusts me. It’s the worst kind of person – and coupled with his embrace of inhumane GOP policies – just makes him thoroughly repulsive to me.

      • 171 EricFive
        September 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

        Chris Christie is the “anti-Obama” (i.e., he is PBO’s polar opposite). That is one reason for his appeal to right wingers. He is the ugly American personified.

  39. September 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  40. September 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Libyans are truly striving for a better life and they will not be denied …

  41. 174 hopefruit2
    September 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    The Obama truth team debunks Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama “2016” movie.

    // Right-wing author Dinesh D’Souza has recently released “2016: Obama’s America,” a movie that falsely smears President Obama as having a hidden agenda bent on realizing “anti-colonial” ambitions. A self-proclaimed expert on the President, D’Souza bases the film around his own past works, which were previously described as “the worst kind of smear journalism,” and riddled with “lazy” errors. The result is what Variety calls a “cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling” and what the L.A. Times labels a “badly disguised and overly long attack ad.” A look at D’Souza’s record is a look at a history of demonstrably false and ridiculous claims about the President, and “2016” is no exception. In fact, admitting President Obama was born in the U.S. is what Bloomberg calls “as close to moderation as this nutty film gets.”

    “2016” promises to show viewers what they “don’t know” about President Obama, but instead reveals what Newsday called a “ranter” peddling conspiracy theories. In place of an actual documentary, D’Souza employs “pseudo-scholarly leaps of logic” to invent an imaginary character who has inherited “anti-colonial,” “Third World” views from his father—whom he last saw when he was 10 years old. The first third of the movie is dedicated to D’Souza’s own life story, baselessly claiming his supposedly similar background gives him a special insight into the President’s thinking. //


    • 175 nathkatun7
      September 30, 2012 at 2:07 am

      Dinesh D’Souza is a con man. He realized early on that he can make lots of money by being rabidly anti-black, simply because he was a person of color. D’Souza knows very well the game he is playing. In order to be able to make good money, he has found his niche among right wingers who have rewarded him generously. I doubt that there are many people of color whom buy his BS! Except, may be, people like Allan West, Artur Davis, Bobby Jindal, and Justice Clarence Thomas.

  42. 176 Dudette
    September 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  43. 177 forus50
    September 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Ann Selzer – Des Moines Register poll tonight shows Obama leading Romney 49-45. Poll of 650 likely voters. 🙂

  44. September 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  45. 179 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Now this is a freaking scary thought! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/29/1135881/-Mitt-Romney-transition-team-now-hard-at-work

    You’ll be glad to know that Mitt Romney is making sure he’ll be ready to effectively transition into the presidency, if by some miracle he manages to convince America that would still be a good idea.
    The GOP presidential candidate’s Washington team is intensifying its efforts, moving into official office space and holding meetings on Capitol Hill. The team has also begun reaching out to K Streeters and former Republican administration officials to get guidance on the Senate confirmation process and recommendations for jobs in a possible Romney White House. […]
    The transition is being led by former Bush Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, a fellow Mormon who is expected to play a senior role in any Romney White House.

    Gettin’ the old Bush team back in town. Because the only thing more unappealing than Mitt Romney might be the thought of Mitt Romney surrounding himself with the crew of George W. Bush’s personal iceberg.
    This, though, may be the best blind quote in a week:

    “Their task is doing their job no matter what,” said a source close to the campaign. “Just because the guy had a crap week last week, doesn’t mean they stop. This is a very volatile presidential race. They have to prepare as if he wins.”


  46. 184 forus50
    September 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Love and Paragraphs. Kind of fits you Chipsticks!

    • 185 theo67
      September 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      What an interesting video (lovely music, too). Made me want to find a good old-time movie and watch it tonight. I think I have “An American in Paris” on my DVR. Lovely!

    • 186 Dudette
      September 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      LOVE IT! Will be checking out more from Mr. Standing soon. Thanks so much!!

  47. 187 desertflower
    September 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Can someone Tweet this video of Scott Brown begging David Koch for $$$$$$$$$$$$$ to Elizabeth Warren?

  48. September 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    DES MOINES — President Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney 49% to 45% in the battleground state of Iowa, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll has found.

    Iowa is familiar turf for both candidates. They each campaigned heavily here four years ago during the caucuses. This year, each candidate has visited the state a half-dozen times or more, has sent his vice presidential running mate for repeated visits and dispatched his wife to rally support.

    And from April through August, the candidates and groups that support them bombarded Iowa with nearly $30 million in television ads.

    The result: Almost all likely voters in Iowa have made their choices. Four percent support someone other than the two major party candidates. Just 2% remain undecided, the poll shows.


  49. September 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    hi Folks,
    I got back from canvassing dooor-to-door in Cincinnati, Ohio a short while ago. I tell y’all it was an exhilarating experience and even more so for me as this was my first time doing this as my previous work has been data entry at our local OFA office and phonebanking. Physically exhausting? Yes. I can say I got two weeks of aerobic exercise notched on my belt today.

    The Obama for America office we converged at was brimming with local volunteers as well as those of us who went there from various parts of Kentucky. I learned that OFA offices all over the state got “troops” coming in from New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Indiana & Kentucky each contingent arriving at the OFA office nearest their state border.

    The local Ohioans were really glad we came to join then GOTV. We simply let them know that we from non-competitive states would do our part but were expecting Ohio to bring home the big bacon come Nov 6. Cuz without Ohio Romney is thoroughly toast.

    I drove up with a diverse group including Romney’s 47%, and boy I tell you there isn’t a single Obama supporter, regardless of income status who doesn’t know the issues that our President stands for inside out. And everyone is doggedly determined to show Romney the campaign exit door come Nov 6.

    One unexpected high point of my canvassing beat was when I got a young guy who will turn 18 on Monday, to register to vote and commit to volunteer at the local OFA office, At least that neutralized the one woman who adamantly refused to vote ever again and angrily asked me to leave. She voted for POTUS in 2008 but says she’s “disappointed”. She would hear none of my efforts to explain the crucial work PBO did saving Ohio’s auto industry, Obamacare, which her children definitely benefit from. But alas. I hope for a change of mind before election Day.

    But the rest of the beat was really interesting for me and my team, including a visit to a boarding house for challenged people. You’d be surprised how much they were aware of the stakes of the election and their commitment to vote. I also had a rollicking time at a beauty parlor where I went to clarify directions. I got everybody there to commit to vote even though they were not on my list. They all said they know the stakes were high . Some already had gotten absentee ballots. I registered someone who had changed her address

    FLOTUS is going to Cincinnati on the first day of Ohio early voting Oct 2 to hold a rally slated to turn out the vote. We were given choice tickets to attend but unfortunately I cannot go as I’ll be in class teaching that entire day. ( 😦 )

    I think I’m gonna do this again in two weeks.

    Folks i hope we all do whatever we can. Romney’s plan to “win-by-zinger” would be hilarious if the Republicans’ venality and dirty shenanigans were not so frightening. As we are working to build up support, they mail nasty vulgar videos insulting PBO’s mother to households in Ohio. yet it is Romney’s Mormon cohort who claim to be fasting for him to win the debate.

    Lord help us all.

    Good nite folks

  50. September 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Mitt Romney’s Real Agenda
    If you want to understand Romney’s game plan, just look at what Republicans have been doing in Congress


    That, at heart, is the twisted beauty of the plan being championed by Ryan and Romney: The higher Republicans manage to drive up the debt, the more ammunition they have in their fight to slash federal spending for the needy. And the more time they waste trumpeting their “fiscal discipline,” the more the nation’s infrastructure will continue to crumble around them. Squandering two full workweeks of the congressional calendar on votes to repeal Obamacare has cost taxpayers $48 million. That’s nearly the same amount of money now needed to repair cracks in the Capitol itself – spending the House GOP has refused to authorize, out of anti-governmental spite. “If the House wants the dome to fall in,” said Senate Appropriations chair Ben Nelson, “I hope it falls on their side.” If the Republicans experience a crushing blow as a result of their hard-right agenda, of course, it won’t be caused by the laws of physics – it will be delivered by the voters on Election Day.

  51. September 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I received a request to repost a link to the Election Survival Kit blog I wrote awhile back: http://otrainofthought.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/election-survival-tool-kit/ It’s actually still relevant, so I’m pleased.

    • September 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Love this paragraph, Tien Le …

      “Let us not forget a very subtle, yet amazingly vital tool: Faith. I’m not religious at all, but I know faith because I never, not even for one moment, doubted that Candidate Obama would become President Obama. My unwavering belief was a source of strength for many of the volunteers with whom I worked. As organizers, probably the single thing we spend the most time doing is reassuring volunteers that the work they are doing will not be in vain. That we will prevail. That the garbage they listen to on television and radio and read online is just background noise. We must keep our eyes on the prize and never, ever let up for a moment. We can’t afford to.”

      And, yes, it is a valuable resource for folk to have right through 6 Nov!!

      Thank you.


    • 208 nathkatun7
      September 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Yes, TienLe! Your “Election Survival Kit” is still very relevant. Thank you so much for reposting it.

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  55. September 29, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • 218 desertflower
      September 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      If you think your right to vote has been
      denied, call the ACLU Voter Protection
      Hotline at 877-523-2792

      From the link above…

  56. September 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    So, I usually enjoy David Ignatius Pieces, but… As such, I have a couple of questions, for this beat Writer.
    What does he want the President to say about Foreign policy?
    Why is it so surprising to him, that the President is Not ONLY talking about Foreign policy?
    Why does he think the President is AWOL on Foreign policy and not Robney?

    These are the things i need to know, before I consider his new hit piece, legitimate.

    That is all!

  57. September 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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  59. September 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    The Obama campaign will deploy a group of surrogates to go after Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital record in the days surrounding the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, a campaign official said Saturday.

    Among those surrogates will be multiple ex-employees of companies owned by Bain. Randy Johnson, the former Ampad worker who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, will campaign in Wisconsin on Oct. 2 and 3. Former Dade Behring employee Cindy Hewitt will appear in Florida on Oct. 3 and 4. And David Foster, who was a union negotiator for workers at the Bain-owned company GST Steel, will visit Ohio on Oct. 3 and 4 and join some of Johnson’s events in Wisconsin.

    Said the Obama official: “It’s these men and women, who lost their jobs because of Bain, who can best express what Mitt Romney is referring to when he talks about his business experience, and, just a few days out from the first presidential debate, why he must not be president.”

    The president’s campaign has revived Romney’s business background as a target in the run-up to the leadoff general election debate, putting up a new website about Romney and Bain and releasing a web video on the same subject.

    Whether Obama himself carries that line of attack in the debate remains to be seen, but given that Wednesday’s face-off is focused on domestic policy, it would be surprising if Bain didn’t end up getting significant play.

  60. 225 Dudette
    September 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  61. September 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    How come Halperin Tweets solid information to Kevin Maddon, Romney adviser, and Jake Tapper?
    I don’t see any Tweets to David Axelrod?
    That’s fair? The thing is, he is all over NBC, who has more Republicans than democrats, yet is called a Liberal Station.
    NBC is no longer Liberal.

  62. September 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

    On OFA website, the campaign is saying to help get to 10 million donations, by Sunday midnight.
    10 million? Wow.
    Let’s see, average donation is 100?
    So, we ate going to reach 1 billion raised. And to think we were mocked for it, by Rove.

  63. 235 99ts
    September 30, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I have been reading “Fear of a Black President” by By Ta-Nehisi Coates. I had not seen it before – most of you probably have – but it was linked in a link posted on one of today’s threads.

    It explains so much about the Obama Presidency – As someone outside of the US, I have never understood why the country could elect a black President – and then not allow him to be President – this so explains it.

    I also think it explains why the single demographic of “white men” are those who will always vote against the President –
    A quote “For most of American history, our political system was premised on two conflicting facts—one, an oft-stated love of democracy; the other, an undemocratic white supremacy inscribed at every level of government”

    When “white supremacy” was at its highest point – women, like African Americans did not have the vote – and I wonder if this is one of the reasons white women are so much more inclined to vote for PBO based on policy, not skin color – and one of the reasons the current GOP wants to keep women in their role of pregnant homemakers.

  64. 236 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 1:15 am


    The Last Stand of the Modern GOP

    Jonathan Chait wrote a nearly perfect piece back in February for New York Magazine. It was an attempt to explain the strategy (and a bit of the psychology underpinning the strategy) that the Republicans adopted in the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. Why go for total obstruction? Why move to the right on immigration? Why nurture the most far right elements of the party? Why embark on a massive voter suppression plan? Chait covered it all, and I think he nailed it. At it’s simplest, they know that the America they once knew and dominated is slipping away. They know that the GOP, as it has existed since 1980, is going to have to adapt or die. But they decided they should roll the dice on one more chance at glory. If they could pin the economic downturn on the president and gin up enough racial and class resentment, they might be able to take back the House in 2010 and the Senate and White House in 2012. With the trifecta for at least two years, they could make their last stand and perhaps stall the coming progressive revolution for a decade or more. Here’s a particularly good part of Chait’s piece:

  65. 237 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Chait’s piece in NY Mag

    http://nymag.com/news/features/gop-primary-chait-2012-3/ 2012 or Never
    Republicans are worried this election could be their last chance to stop history. This is fear talking. But not paranoia.

    • 243 susanne
      September 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

      her concern, ‘obviously’ would be his emotional well-being. OBVIOUSLY?

      • 244 99ts
        September 30, 2012 at 1:40 am

        I guess if you live with someone for 43 years you get to know about their mental state. I wonder about the state of their marriage? Ann’s statements are weird in the extreme.

        • September 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

          And, we should all reflect that on Leno she admitted making a video telling #UnstableMitt ‘never again’ after he lost in 2008 …

          “Ann also revealed that, four years ago, she’d made a video for her husband saying she never wanted to go through a campaign again… only to have her husband point out she’d said the same thing after each of their five sons.”

          Now, let that statement sink in ….


          This is a guy who went to work while his wife was having a miscarriage. The co-dependent, uber-pathology between these two people is off the charts. These are people you want to isolate from any influence on ANYONE’S life, let alone a Nation’s.

    • September 30, 2012 at 1:40 am

      • 247 99ts
        September 30, 2012 at 1:43 am

        So true Bob – but it also would have exploded all over the news and twitter. Fortunately – even without Miss Ann’s comments, the people seem to have the measure of Mitt Romney.

        • September 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

          Yes, 99, but it is incumbent on all of us to full court press this issue of #UnstableMitt and we should be forever grateful to Princess Ann for speaking the truth, a truth many of us have recognized about this truly ill dude for a very long time.


      • 249 99ts
        September 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

        PS I had serious nightmares in 2008 about the Palin impact on the world – let alone the US. I have never before had such a concern about a US politician – despite the disaster of President GW Bush

        • September 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

          My nightmares began on that 1964 night that Richard Nixon was elected, they became real when SCOTUS stole the election for #GWB, worsened when we learned OH had been compromised and Kerry lost. But, I’m with you. Had President Obama not prevailed, America was on the verge of total dissolution with a Palin VP.

          That said, and you know we have all been discussing this for more than a year – no matter who the John Birch Party nominated, if President Obama does not prevail not only will we not finish the Civil War, not only will the promise of America be dead, but we will witness a world hither to unseen in human history. That is not hyperbole. That is fact.

          We are the ones who determine the outcome. We must not fail.

          #OutPerform1936 as if your life depends on it, because it does … and so do the lives and hopes of generations yet to be born

          Yes We Can

          • September 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

            Correction ^^^ 1968 not 1964 … need some sleep!

          • 252 desertflower
            September 30, 2012 at 1:56 am

            you mean 1969…Johnson was President in 1964 🙂

            • September 30, 2012 at 2:11 am

              note my correction, df … just typing too quickly … btw, I was one of the few folk in South Texas in 1968 supporting RFKjr … reflect on the day we lost him, all the time, but never more so than now.

              • 258 nathkatun7
                September 30, 2012 at 2:44 am

                Bobfr, I too will never forget the day we lost RFK! I had met and shook hands with RFK in Portland, Oregon, less than a month before he was killed. And I was watching and euphoric after he had won the California primary when the euphoria quickly turned to disbelief and indescribable grief. Sometimes it’s difficult to communicate with people the depth of what many of us went through in just two months having lost both MLK and RFK. This is why I am at times surprised that many people in my age group are not supporting President Obama, who, in my humble opinion, ignited hope and optimism represented by both MLK and RFK. Thankfully, we still have you Bob. Your devotion to President Obama, and your fearlessness in telling the truth reminds me of those glorious days of the 1960’s.

                • September 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

                  Your sharing those experiences with me, nath, is quite touching. The emptiness I felt with the loss of both MLK and RFK is indescribable even to this day. It was not until I began to get to know Barack Obama that the exceptional inspiration and hope, that so many of us had felt before those tragic events in 1968, reignited. My hope is that more and more will come to realize the profound change of spirit and substance he has already delivered. We must be unyielding and tireless in delivering that message to every person.

                  Thank you!


                  Yes We Can

        • 260 desertflower
          September 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

          If it makes you feel any better, there were lots of people having serious nightmares…..

          • 261 99ts
            September 30, 2012 at 3:10 am

            I keep having dreams of “what if” – since I saw the movie sliding doors
            What if JFK had not been assassinated, What if Al Gore had not lost to SCOTUS – I wonder if someone will ever be brave enough to make such a movie?

            Thankyou Bob for your words – I sometimes wonder if I have problems when I think the world will erupt if these hard right, women hating racists ever get to lead the US again. Romney is a perfect example of how someone who had relatively sane ideas (well that is what he showed the world) can be led by the nose down a path no sane person would go. Blind desire – much more than Blind ambition – has led him to where he will be defeated – and he will take many GOP members with him

    • 262 EricFive
      September 30, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Sounds to me like Mitt is already cracking under the pressure. He looked disheveled during his late night presser to address the 47% video. I have long thought that he would begin to mentally unravel as the campaign wore on. His constant lying lead me to doubt his mental stability. Also the weird dependence he has on his wife to handle stressful situations speaks to his emotional/mental fragility

  66. 263 desertflower
    September 30, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Ryan has now dragged out the “Obama is gonna take your guns” meme from the scum pond that is his worped mind….Considering that he’s only EXPANDED gun rights …this is fear mongering

    • 264 99ts
      September 30, 2012 at 3:18 am

      I’ve just done the weekend shopping – I’m sure if we didn’t have to eat I might never visit a supermarket again. The older I get, the less I like to shop. Maybe that is Romney’s issue (he is my age) – spending his millions doesn’t entertain him any more. Getting to play with the red button is his next heart’s desire.

      Ryan is only talking to the base – those that would hold their guns as their children died in wars that no-one wants. His fear mongering only reverberates with those who will never vote for PBO. I believe he will lose more votes with that strategy.

      On Nate’s statistics, the President is now 84% likely to win in November – and if the vote were today 98%. Ryan with his great knowledge of the arithmetic will tell us next week why the polls are wrong – you can depend on it.

  67. 265 99ts
    September 30, 2012 at 5:40 am

    For the early risers – I just adore this – says it all

  68. September 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

    With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, Warren appears to be inching ahead in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll.

    Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Globe’s last poll in May, when Brown held a 2-point lead. But the race remains within either candidate’s grasp, with 18 percent of voters still undecided, said Andrew E. Smith, the Globe’s pollster and the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

    This survey is the sixth of eight public polls taken this month that show Warren ahead.


  69. September 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I’ve been in France and now heading to Rome. Came across this sight that Robme should NEVER approach…for that matter, neither should RAyn!

    The Mouth of Truth – the “first lie detector” eats the hands of someone telling a lie!

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