284 Responses to “Ian’s Letter: “Dear Mr. President””

  1. 1 ourmanflint
    October 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm


  2. 2 Allison
    October 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Hi all

  3. 4 ourmanflint
    October 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hey Chips. Busy night thanks for the coverage

    • 5 Betsy
      October 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      OMG Chips, that was amazing, just sobbing here! I just can not express enough how much I love and respect President Obama.

      • 6 nathkatun7
        October 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Betsy, I am a grown man who doesn’t cry easily but this video made me teary! Some times I think people who are quick to advocate war never think seriously about the impact of wars on children, like Ian, who are torn from their parents. We are blessed to have a president who takes war seriously and will never send young men and women to war unless it’s absolutely crucial for the survival of the nation.

        • 7 Betsy
          October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

          You are so right about that. I have a close friend who is in the military, so I see it up close. Thankfully her hubby is home right now.

  4. 8 LadyTNT
    October 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Top 10!! Woooohooo!!!

  5. October 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Such a moving video of a very sweet, smart child who is paying attention to the world. Wow.

    • 11 yardarm756
      October 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Major water works here and the kid gets to give his Dad a Presidential challenge coin. AWESOME SAUCE. My keyboard is wet!

      • October 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        Were they both challenge coins? They’re so beautiful. One has the Presidential seal and the other has PBO’s iconic signature. Really gorgeous pieces.

  6. 13 Lorraine
    October 1, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Okay Chiips why are you trying to make folks cry!??! That was the most beautiful video yet.

    • October 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      One thing President Obama always, always does is reach out to everyday citizens, seniors, children, women who are vulnerable. He touches them with respect, honor and compassion. And LOVE. He is such a gift to us!!

  7. 18 ourmanflint
    October 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hope all the war mongering macho people get to appreciate the impact of war on families and service people.

    • October 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Just think about all the hard work FLOTUS and Dr. Biden are doing to bring awareness to the experience of military families. It’s amazing how much they’ve achieved in such a short time.

  8. 21 vitaminlover
    October 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I really love the name Ian.

  9. 27 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    This campaign ad needs to alert the viewer that a box of tissues will be required. I’m in a puddle. I wanted to scoop this little guy Ian up in my arms and give him a big hug. What a sweet little man. Hearing him read his letter to PBO is so sweet and very moving.

  10. 30 forus50
    October 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    HI All,
    So I thought his Dad was back home? Then at the end it seemed he wasn’t?

  11. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    October 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Didn’t realize you guys were over here, so I’ll repost this from way back.

    I heard that David Gregory debated Elizabeth Warren tonight. What did Scott Brown do? Moderate? Cry?

  12. October 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  13. 46 dotster3
    October 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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  17. 52 Carolyn
    October 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Does Mitt REALLY have any idea what he’s doing? Does he have any idea what being president of the U.S. entails? He thought all he had to do was announce he was running,and he would be in the White House. He doesn’t like to work, he isn’t effective with people, he is truly pathetic. One thing you can say for little GWB, he made people feel important with his silly nicknames, and turned it over to Cheney who ran things. Romney has no one to run things for him, and he can’t do it.
    I’ve seen a couple of clips of GWB in the past two weeks, and I was reminded once again of just how AWFUL he was. I still don’t know how we survived eight years with him, and he left us with the awful supreme court as a legacy. That will take some time to undo!

    • 53 theo67
      October 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Just like Governor Deval Patrick said, Mitt has no desire to do the job – he just wants the title. And if he’s planning to turn it over to Grover or Paul Ryan – then everyone is in serious trouble. Paul Ryan was apparently issuing guarantees over the weekend that he, himself, would appoint people in relevant positions who would protect and understand the rights of gun owners and fishermen. Their priorities and values are all wrong.

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  19. October 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Smart grid: A top power industry official is giving thumbs-up to a major initiative in President Obama’s 2009 stimulus law.

    Thomas Kuhn, president of electric utility trade group the Electric Edison Institute, will give remarks at GridWeek, a Tuesday-through-Thursday conference on “smart” electric grid technology and policy.
    Smart-grid technology sends real-time power data — such as prices and energy use — to “smart” meters via the Internet, with the goal of encouraging energy efficiency and letting utilities defer adding generation capacity.
    Kuhn will discuss the state of “smart grid” efforts in the wake of the 2009 law that included programs to boost green energy and energy efficiency.He said about $3.5 billion in federal stimulus grants jumpstarted the industry, and that electric utilities are now starting capital-intensive upgrades on their own.
    “There’s a number of projects that have gone forward and continue to go forward without stimulus money,” Kuhn told The Hill on Monday. “Since these things have proven themselves and proven their cost benefit, I think you’re going to continue to see them roll out even without government support.”

    Click here for more on the conference.


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  21. October 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Perhaps more appropriate for the previous thread, but still worth viewing and sharing!


  22. October 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Some Gulf Coast states would get less money in the settlement shaping up between BP and the federal government for the 2010 spill that released more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a news report.
    “That deal, according to officials briefed by the Justice Department, would be structured to give the federal government more control over the billions of dollars in fines paid by BP as a result of the spill, shifting that authority away from the affected states,” reports Alabama.com.

    Here’s a bit more from their piece:

    The settlement, one of several alternatives proposed by the government in recent weeks, would divert a greater portion of the fines toward a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), reducing the amount paid in civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act.

    NRDA fines flow through the U.S. Treasury and have relatively strict guidelines requiring them to be spent on restoration of wildlife and habitats. They’re also tax deductible — a major incentive for BP.


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  25. October 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Watching that video reminds one of just how much our President has done to care for our troops and their families and how he would never send anyone into harm’s way unless no other choice was available to him.

    Beautiful story. Thank you Chips for sharing it.


  26. 71 squarepeg
    October 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    ooookay that video is a tearjerker.

  27. October 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    You do realize, that for this President to be up 11 in Swing States, and probably up more than 20 in Ny and California, that he would have to be losing the deep south by 40+ points? (In order to be only up 2 Nationally).
    That is impossible.
    Also, the CNN poll has the President leading the Women vote by 9 points, but only losing Males by 3. Yet, they claim that the President is only up 3 Nationally.
    You see, The Electirate favors the Ladies by 2, overall.
    So, it’s all about the math, the Algebra doesn’t add up!

    • 73 joyce
      October 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I don’t see how Mittens gained any ground with the women’s vote to be able to close that gap by so much. Last I remember it was a gap of 14-20 pts. in favor of our President. Just saying….

    • 74 hopefruit2
      October 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      The only state that the President is losing by 40Pts is Utah. No where else.

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  30. 79 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    GM folks.

    So, how did Warren-brown debate go ?

  31. 92 dotster3
    October 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I’m at the point where I have to change channels whenever Capehart is opining. Back to the Bears game.

    • 93 COS
      October 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Dotster, I am glad that Sam Stein set him straight for a change.

      • 94 theo67
        October 2, 2012 at 1:59 am

        Yup, I was pretty thrilled to see that. Jonathan Capehart is proving himself to be a shill, but I don’t think he realizes that he will gain nothing with that. He just looks foolish. One would think he’d have learned his lesson after his mother had to come and tell off Dylan Ratigan for him. (That was embarrassing).

  32. 95 Claire
    October 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Nate Silver gives Warren a 69.1% chance of winning.

  33. October 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

  34. October 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • October 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      You are such an ace with the video production, Chips!!!

      Thank you 🙂

    • October 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      OH, STUNNING!!!! Just absolutely beautiful!

      One of the things PBO and his team do really, really well is stage events and roll them out with class and innovation and excitement. WOWOWOW!!!!

      • 101 HZ
        October 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

        Meta, I have always felt that way about PBO’s team as well. The lighting, the music to move with every step of the events. I loved the music when he and FLOTUS walked out on stage at Grant Park the night we won. The music was so presidential.

        His team is a classy one indeed.HZ

    • 102 Betsy
      October 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Can’t watch this on my IPAD 😦

    • 103 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

      If that ain’t a Stand Up and Cheer video, I don’t know what is. Thank you Chips! That was beautiful!

  35. October 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    • 107 nathkatun7
      October 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

      I love it, AMK! I’ve got to find this debate! We must get behind Wayne Powell. He sounds like a winner. It would be so delicious to defeat Eric Cantor. I am sure John Boehner would probably be grateful if Cantor lost.

      • 108 HZ
        October 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

        Hi nathkatun7, Mr. Powell, in my opinion is wonderful. I really do believe that he can win this seat from Cantor. He called in one morning on the Stephanie Miller’s show, and she was impressed with him. Her friend “MudCat” (very nice gentleman) is helping Wayne in VA., with his campaign. MudCat is well known there and feels that the people are behind Mr. Powell. I really feel that Mr. Powell is one that we can help win this.HZ

        • 109 nathkatun7
          October 2, 2012 at 3:32 am

          Well HZ, it’s always nice to hear from you. I trust your judgement/opinion implicitly. I also finally got to see a replay of the Cantor/Powell debate on C-Span and I was very impressed with Mr. Wayne Powell. I am going to send Mr. Powell a donation because I nothing would make me happier than the defeat of Eric Cantor, the man who conspired with Paul Ryan and others, from day one, to undermine and derail President Obama policies.

          I fantasize this scenario taking place on Nov. 6, 2012: President Obama and VP Biden have been re-elected; Democrats have regained majority control of the House of Representatives and maintained their majority control of the U.S. Senate; and, both evil conspirators, Eric Cantor in Virginia and Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, have been defeated.

  36. 110 COS
    October 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    A little OT, but IMO, Ann Romney should be ripe for MSM picking. Unlike Michelle, she mentions PBO all through her speeches. Once the opposing candidate is named by any of the spouses, they are fair game. That’s why I am surprised that not one of the cable shows mentioned her statement about Mitten’s mental state tonight. Randi Rhodes discussed it today. She mentioned PBO several times in Henderson today in front of 1,000 friendly supporters according to an article.

    • October 2, 2012 at 12:05 am

      COS, Martin Bashir mentioned Queen Ann’s comment about her concern about Romney’s well being on his show, and ask Anna-Marie Cox to comment., She was very reluctant to touch the subject. I can hardly remember her response, I think she was almost sympathetic towards Ms Ann.

    • 112 99ts
      October 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

      She has 1000 friendly supporters? Sounds like the media has lost the maths again.

  37. 113 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

  38. 115 Claire
    October 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Tom Cole —a member of the Chickasaw Nation— the ONLY registered Native American in Congress, should moderate the next Warren/Scott debate so that Scott can tell Tom that he isn’t Native American because he is white.

    • 116 veryslowwriter
      October 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

      We have lots of First Nations people of every description here in Canada. Even some as “white” as Scott Brown. What a jerk.

  39. 117 Claire
    October 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Tom Cole – republican congressman.

  40. 118 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

  41. October 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  42. 126 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm


    This is for vc, who wants the positive and true campaign messages.

    Today is October 1, which means two important cost containment provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect today. Both promise to have a major positive effect on the entire health care system, by making hospitals more responsible for high quality care.

    One provision taking effect will penalize hospitals whenever a patient is re-admitted within a month of a visit for a condition that should have been resolved the first time.

    The other new provision will rate Medicare providers and provide higher payments to hospitals that consistently deliver better care. Eventually, seniors will have access to ratings of hospitals and doctors, so they can make more informed choices for medical care.

    • 127 vcprezofan2
      October 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you, kind sir! 😆 I do feel far more comfortable sharing positive info and stories. I’ve read it, but haven’t decided yet how to share it.

      Did you have a good rest, or are you like me who needs a few days to fall back into sleep routine after a long trip.

      • 128 amk for obama
        October 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        Being the baby that I am, I can sleep/unsleep anytime I want and anywhere I want. 🙂

        That was really good news about ACA that needs to be tom-tomed.

        • 129 vcprezofan2
          October 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

          Now there’s one thing I envy you – sleeping anytime/anywhere! I can’t. I’ll do my tom-tom routine tomorrow as my eyes will be clearer then. Right now I’m actually tired. 😉

        • 132 nathkatun7
          October 2, 2012 at 12:43 am

          I am in awe of people who can sleep any time. It’s been some time now, but the last time I went to Europe (Belgium) from California it took me two days to get over jet lag.

    • 133 HZ
      October 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Chips, you are such a very beautiful and special gem to cherish. I remember someone above making a moving and lovely comment about how our Chips is placing so many lovely, moving and thoughtful videos here for us tonight to feast upon.

      Then my spirit went to the thoughts of how we were discussing a few days ago how to prepare ourselves for these days leading up to the debate(s). I recall asking each of us to pray in your own private way; meditate in your own private way; think of good deeds that we all have tried to do with our POTUS and VPOTUS.

      Then I asked each of us to bring into your space some good music, some great foods; a favorite cup of coffee/tea/glass of wine/ candles(many); thoughts of the gentle spirit of POB; our military; wisdom for each day leading up to the debate night; good things that POB has done for the world; all of his accomplishments up to this point; filling our space with beautiful thoughts in our hearts about POB and VPBiden, our lovely FLOTUS and Dr. Biden; all of the phone calls made; donations made; sore feet from walking door to door; small group gatherings; house parties; seniors being better off now; children being better off now; college students doing well; and our journey as a family here, the TOD Family and our beautiful Chips.

      I said that we will think goodness with our minds, sweetness within our spirits(no matter what they try to say about POB and VPBiden), and we will hold our heads up and walk together towards the FORWARD sign because that is where we will go and want to go with POB’s re-election.

      And I can see Chips planning tonight with all of these wonderful memories coming together to bring us together for Wed., night and moving FORWARD to that victorious day, Nov. 6, 2012.

      So, thank you Chips for all of this. The tears are flowing and that is fine. The comments are thoughtful and caring, and that is what POB would want us to share. We do not need “zingers” to get us through, we will have a president who will talk to us about where we’ve been, and where we are going with him as our president for four more years. We are mature adults and very smart young people
      who are Fired Up and Ready To Go!

      *(((((((((((((((((( Thank you, our beautiful Chips for bringing us together to hear from our very special President, Barack H. Obama.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  43. 135 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Watching rebroadcast of The Ed Show. Ed just made this very salient point about the boy wonder better known as “:Lyin Ryan”


    • 136 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

      Exactly. Ryan is not only a liar, he’s also lazy and condescending to the American people. He should be fired from his Congressional seat AND not even get within a whiff of the Naval Observatory (VP residence & office).

  44. October 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

  45. 138 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  46. October 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    • 142 hopefruit2
      October 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      And when he got booed, he started naming judges randomly like there was no tomorrow…he ended up Sotomayor at which point even shill Gregory (who was probably very embarrassed by then) had to point out that Sotomayor and Scalia were on completely different ends of the spectrum…

      • 143 Dudette
        October 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

        Just like #BainMitt, Scott Brown is teenaged punk who’ll do or say anything to get applause or a vote!

  47. October 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    So, the Republicans think that the Al Qaeda killing of a US Ambassador, is a Gift?
    Because, they have CNN and fox to push their crap?
    Disgusting! And so is our Media, for being so desperate to jump on anything. Ruthless bastards.

    • 145 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Traitorous bastard. Off of whom should be fired, some of whom should be jailed for treason.

    • 146 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Okay, I was groggy. I meant to say “Traitorous bastards. Some of whom should be fired, some of whom should be jailed for treason.”

      Sheesh. Bad idea to comment on blogs with caffeine deprivation syndrome in effect. 🙂

  48. October 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    On a good note, Macy’s will be hiring 80k workers.

  49. 151 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    • 152 daisydem
      October 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Signed! Hope we make it and I hope with all my heart that we can make a difference.

      • 153 amk for obama
        October 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Thanks dd. Despite some misgivings, I think twitter is truly a mass media tool that should be used to call out the lying & corrupt pols and media. The ripple effect, if ti worked, can be awesome.

    • 154 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

      Hmm, when I click the link it says 80 more needed. Re-tweeted. Hope it brings in more than enought signatures.

  50. 155 dotster3
    October 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Isn’t it odd, and pathetic, that Jon Stewart’s most frequent target for attack and ridicule is President Obama? Stewart has issues. Psychological study needed.

  51. 156 dotster3
    October 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I hope President Obama is getting a chance to enjoy this Bears game. They’re giving the Cowboys a shellacking.

  52. October 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Jon Stewart’s most frequent target for attack and ridicule is President Obama. Obama won’t kiss Bibi butt.

  53. 163 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

  54. 165 anniebella
    October 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Ian’s letter video is so nice.

  55. October 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012
    2:00 PM
    Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Cincinnati.
    9:25 PM
    Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event in Seattle.

    Seattle is pretty. It also has a 19th Century underground City, they built over it and left it in tact. It’s like going back in Time. Anyways…

  56. 168 amk for obama
    October 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  57. 169 Ramona M Cavanaugh
    October 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Ok my turn for forwards.

    i love this blog. I have no idea who runs it, but is is just awesome for positive and up to date info about POTUS.

    If you subscribe you can get updates for things like speeches last minute and last minute place the Prez is visiting.

    Also I made it into the sept 21 or 22 blog roll with my anti Romney sign.

    Over and out for now Ramona

  58. October 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    brought me tears.. what an amazing video!

  59. 171 dotster3
    October 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    • 172 HZ
      October 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

      That is so awesome. The state Senator who will be standing with them is also awesome. That is a precious right that we all have, and surely we encourage each person who will be sleeping overnight on those streets in OH to be able to cast their vote on the first day of early voting is something so very special. Another ‘goodness’ effort to come out of something that was meant to hurt and harm people.HZ

  60. 174 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

  61. 177 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

  62. 180 carla4obama
    October 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Can anyone explain who these undecided voters are? What are they undecided about?

  63. 182 idon
    October 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    URGENT!! Please repost this here and RETWEET everywhere. Send this vid via email to everyone you know. Text it. Facebook it. The key is have it go everywhere as quickly as possible. This is why PBO told everyone to vote early. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmIYnmntVNo&feature=player_embedded#!

  64. 186 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

  65. 190 Sosena
    October 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Report: Romney Avoided Taxes, Profited From Offshore Accounts http://www.nationalconfidential.com/20121002/report-romney-avoided-taxes-profited-from-offshore-accounts/ via @breakingnewsusa

    • 195 99ts
      October 2, 2012 at 4:47 am

      The only thing I don’t understand is that Romney is still ahead in “reducing the federal budget deficit”. Do people still believe Paul Ryan when he says “the maths is too hard for you people”. R&R economics will add to the deficit with their massive tax cuts – what part of that is misunderstood?

    • 196 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

  66. 197 Smoothscotch
    October 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Have a good nite folks.

  67. October 2, 2012 at 1:41 am

  68. 199 Jeff
    October 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Okay it’s official. Scott Brown is a complete full blown idiot.

  69. 200 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 2:37 am
  70. 202 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 3:19 am

    And there are several other quotes from President Obama saying that while we have done serious damage to al-Qaeda and its leadership, they’re still out there plotting and planning.

    Misquotes happen, and when they do, “credible” reporters and their media outlets usually point out their mistakes, and when NBC and “Meet The Press” say nothing, that credibility quickly vanishes. Their viewers hear nothing but crickets from Gregory or NBC on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    • 203 nathkatun7
      October 2, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Bravo, AMK! for keeping the spotlight on David Gregory’s egregious lies! NBC should be ashamed for not responding to their anchor’s blatant lies of accusing the President of the United States for saying something he did not say. Obviously, David Gregory has elected to be a propaganda spokesperson for the GOP. The burden is now on NBC. NBC must decide whether it’s program “Meet The Press” is a credible, non-biased, journalistic program aimed at informing the public; or whether it’s a propaganda voice of the Republican party. If NBC decides that it is the former, then NBC has no choice but to get rid of the blatantly Republican partisan David Gregory.

      • 204 amk for obama
        October 2, 2012 at 6:10 am

        This scums like gregory need to be rooted out of msm and more honest people (I am sure there are still some left) have to be brought into the journalism. A complicit, corrupt fourth estate is the worst enemy of the people.

        • 205 jackiegrumbacher
          October 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

          Totally agree, AMK. More people are fighting back now. And many are turning off these incompetents.

  71. 206 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:07 am

    The New York Attorney General has sued JP Morgan Chase for allegedly defrauding investors who lost more than $20bn (£12bn) on mortgage-backed securities sold by Bear Stearns.

    JP Morgan bought the investment bank Bear Stearns in March 2008.

    It said that it would contest the allegations.

    This is the first action to come out of a working group created by US President Barack Obama looking into the causes of the 2008 financial crash.


    The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston said there were some “jaw-dropping elements” exposed in the suit.

    He said it disclosed “a manic and frenzied culture of procuring and packaging as many mortgages as humanly possible, to maintain the bonds spewing from the investment bank, to generate as much short-term profit as humanly possible”.

    “All this is a bit like the fifth instalment in a series of horror films, with each succeeding production gorier than the preceding one,” adds our editor.


    No wonder these fuckers are pumping money to defeat PBO.

  72. 208 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

    • 209 99ts
      October 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

      In this poll, as in others, R&R still seem to have the advantage on who can reduce the deficit – despite Ryan refuses to explain the maths that does not add up. I hope the President gets a chance to refute this in the debate. R&R have no clue how to reduce the deficit – the first thing they are doing is raising the deficit via tax reduction.

  73. 210 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Remember him ? The ‘we’re all georgians now’ comment from the moron mccain?

  74. 211 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:37 am

    The once revered AP.

  75. 213 Obama Grandmama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Thank you for this site. I am up at 3:27am due to severe mouth pain. Hope the Ibuprofin kicks in soon. Had my teeth cleaned and my gums are sore because of it. TMI?

    The video of Ian brought me to tears although I will say I was close prior to viewing it. Thank you for the opportunity to see it.

    I know this President has many haters which to me is astounding since he has so many people adoring him too. I feel fortunate to be a supporter from the beginning. I feel like I am on the right side of history. Wouldn’t it be awful to be one of the haters?

    I think we are so lucky to all be supporters. He has taught us so much. I remember thinking about how he worked in his community organizing in teaching the people he worked with how to advocate for themselves instead of just doing for them, a sort of teach a man to fish example. I think his community has spread to all of us and he is teaching us to be involved with our government and advocate for better governing. I know I had never called, emailed, wrote, signed petitions or donated to campaigns before I was inspired by this man. He has taught me not to just sit back and expect that voting alone is enough. He taught me to dig and find facts not just listen to the media or politicians. I see that they lie to us and we need to be vigilent and make them adhere to correct procedures.

    Ahh, my mouth is numbing so now I can go to bed. See you all later.

  76. 215 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:44 am


    • 216 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Scott Brown’s Palin imitation: Who’s your favorite Justice? All of ’em!

      😀 😀 😀

      • 217 amk for obama
        October 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

        GM Dudette. That one was funny, wasn’t it?. Wish I had thought of that. 🙂

        • 218 Dudette
          October 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

          GM amk!

          I saw that weasel throw out other justice’s names when the crowd booed him for naming Scalia as his favorite. What a punk!
          I hope PROFESSOR Warren pummels his ass into the ground on Nov 6.

          Have a lovely day! 🙂

  77. 219 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

  78. 220 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

  79. 221 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Chips – For R&S

  80. 223 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

  81. 224 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    This one is for our own Bobfr, the tweetanator.


    • 225 dotster3
      October 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Just saw that—-maybe slowly but surely this kindly warning by Miss Ann is being exposed. So far, the news media has been protective of Miss Ann’s grave concern, keeping it tucked away, decided ‘you people’ did not need to know about this.

  82. 226 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:07 am


  83. 227 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

  84. 228 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

  85. October 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    The president will remain in Henderson, Nev., while he preps for the first presidential debate. He has no public events scheduled. Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in North Carolina, with stops scheduled in Charlotte and Asheville.

  86. October 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    So, quinnipuac thinks we can’t add. Fact- 51-49% women to men Voters in America.
    Fact: in this new poll, the President leads by 18 points on the Women vote, and Robney leads by 10 by men.
    For a total of 8 points, seeing how the Women voters out weigh Makes, shouldn’t the lead be more than 4 points?
    Again, I can add, and this is not a conspiracy, it’s Math!

    • October 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

      THANK-YOU Jovie!!! I was just about to post the exact comment.

      Obama’s lead is really about 8pts, NOT 4pts as Quinnipiac is trying to suggest.

    • 236 99ts
      October 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

      I did the maths thinking it was wrong – but if men/women are 50:50 – it looks correct to me
      100 men 42O 52R 6 someone else
      100 women 56O 38R 6 someone else

      Add them up for 200 votes: 98O 90R
      Divide by 2 to get % (100 votes) 49Obama 45Romney

      There are slightly more women than men – but perhaps likely voters are equal. Even with 51-49% if would round to 49:45

      Stats are weird – they don’t always “look” right. I could have made a mistake – happy if someone can find the error.

      • 237 forus50
        October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

        You’re correct.

      • October 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

        In qunnipiacs mind, men out number women voters, at least that is what they are positing!

      • 240 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

        Aha, you’re right 99ts. I see what they did here. Jovie, we were not dividing by 2 (as we should have) to get the correct percent since men and women each comprise roughly 50% of the sample.

        Having said that, I’m surprised that PBO is STILL trailing by so much among men..and I’m wondering whether the pollsters are underpolling minority men. In 2008, PBO and McCain were dead even among male voters overall, but PBO trailed McCain among white males by 16 pts.

  87. 241 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

  88. October 2, 2012 at 7:54 am

  89. 243 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

  90. 244 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

  91. October 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Mites new reach out to Immigrants?
    Nobody will be deported with a 2 year Visa.

    No shit! I knew that. This is not a new policy, if you have a Visa, you can stay.

    This guy thinks we are stupid?

  92. 247 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Go wimmin. 🙂

  93. October 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Polls are open in Ohio!

  94. October 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

    O.M.G! I specifically did not watch the lead video posted by Chips. I read all the comments then went back to watch. Now I am understanding some comments about tissue needed. I am bawling like crazy. We need this to viral.

  95. October 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    So, the WH leaks out, Why, that they were concerned about Al Qaeda in North Africa before the Embassy attacks, and that they might attack Embassy.

    That sounds an awful lot like the PDB that Bush got.

    Their is something fishy going on, as in, this report is probably fabricated by the Republicans to make the President look bad.
    It is illogical to leak secret meetings that will hurt you. Duh!

    It does not sound right!

  96. 255 forus50
    October 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    In other poll findings, Obama leads Romney 49-45, the same four-poIInt margin as last week’s 50-46 findings. ////

    The Blue and Red states are each 30 percent of the sample (MoE 5.39 percent).That Obama leads in Blue states by 19 points isn’t surprising. But Obama losing the Red states by just 11 is. It shows that even in hostile territory, Obama gets significantly broader support than the other guy.

    It also suggests that Democratic down-ballot candidates running in Red areas will have a somewhat easier time getting to 50 percent than Republicans running in Blue areas (think North Dakota and Arizona Senate races, versus Massachusetts and Connecticut).


  97. October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

  98. 257 dotster3
    October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

    David Gregory and Chuck Todd teaming up on the Today Show to promote Romney, airing multiple clips of Romney and Ryan—–did manage to show Obama for 1 second, arriving with pizza at the campaign office in Nv. Todd had a preview of Romney’s “zingers”, where Willard says he will build the oil pipleline if he Has To Build It Himself! Wow, what a “zinger”! Now the Today Show has “O’Reilly” as a guest to opine about the debate. Today should be renamed Today’s Republican. No pretense of fairness or objectivity any more.

    • 258 hopefruit2
      October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

      I have always maintained that MSNBC is largely a right-leaning network, with a few centrist/liberals shows in the evenings to broaden their base of viewers. The entire MSNBC programming from 7AM through 1PM is unambiguously slanted towards the GOP. You feel like you’re watching a big Romney informercial when you watch MSNBC before 2PM on weekdays.

    • October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Yes! It’s so obvious that the Republicans have lobbied NBC. They are practically All republican!
      I bet their viewership declines like CNN, because moderates and liberals now have nowhere to go to get their side of the story.

    • 260 4morefor44
      October 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

      not sure what more needs to happen for people to see that david gregory and nbc and all the major “news” companies exist solely as propaganda arms of the super rich and their bank accounts (i.e. keep liberals out of government as much as possible). meet the press ratings have been on a constant downward spiral since david greagory took over, and yet he’s getting promoted more and more on the network. so all the time spent “pushing back” or keeping tabs on what they’re doing is a waste of energy and time in my opinion. we know why those people are there and why they do what they do. david gregory is doing exactly what he’s paid millions to do! they don’t care what “the public” thinks.

      clearly it’s not about some notion of ratings (there are many other examples of poorly rated shows/people getting promoted across all the networks too). they created the false “liberal media bias” theme to really mess with the public’s mind to top it off! i still see republicans to this day promote the idea that general electric, the company that pays david gregory somewhere around $7 million/year, is an out of control liberal juggernaut, and especially its ceo jeff immelt. would be hilarious if the results weren’t so tragic.

    • 261 Dudette
      October 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Journalism is dead.

    • 262 99ts
      October 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

      They really want a close race – that is why they keep promoting Romney. They also think they are King makers – but given the different media today – especially social media/the internet – they are fighting a losing battle.

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group.

      • 263 4morefor44
        October 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

        so if mittbot was far ahead right now, do you think they’d be promoting and lying for president obama in order to get a horserace? i don’t think so. the news doesn’t care about a horserace or ratings that much, since why does david gregory, and so many other republican shills in the media with terrible ratings, keep their jobs year after year?

        • 264 hopefruit2
          October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

          I agree 4more. This is not about wanting a horserace. The media is being directly lobbied by special interests who do not want President Obama to be re-elected.

  99. October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

  100. October 2, 2012 at 8:25 am

  101. 269 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    From the DNC Rapid Response Team 😀

    • 270 amk for obama
      October 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

      lmao. all those shills elevating mittbot to such a height that he is gonna have a humpty dumpty moment after the debates. look at upchuck toady’s ‘passion’ for mittbot.

      • 271 99ts
        October 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

        Mitt isn’t going to change – the guy is a carboard cutout – he’s not suddenly going to become a caring lovable man – he will be like Palin – learn the talking points – which may give him some good talking points but nothing else whatsoever.

        • 272 anniebella
          October 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

          We saw the real Mitt Romney in that Mother Jones video of him speaking to his people, the millionaires and billionaires. I know I’m not falling for any of his B.S., about how he care for people like us.

  102. 273 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

  103. 274 amk for obama
    October 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

  104. 275 Dudette
    October 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

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  105. October 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    No surprise here – move along, move along: the MSM will make the election a horse race because it’s good for business. Reality has set in, and the electorate is not in their favor. It’s time to buckle-up, put you adult pants on, and get out the vote. Because on November 7th, the meme will be that Obama did not win it, Romney lost it. That will be the GOP excuse for delegitimizing the outcome. You all can see that coming, right?

    • 278 4morefor44
      October 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

      i don’t think it’s about a “horserace” at all. if that was true, that would mean if rmoney was way ahead right now, “the news” would be dominated by stories about mittbot’s overseas bank accounts and miss anntoinette’s crazy and mean statements in order to pump up president obama’s numbers. no, actually to make a more accurate comparison, they would be making up completely false storylines against the rmoney’s in order to help democrats in general across the board.

      do those who think “the news” promotes all the republican craziness because they want a horserace really think “the news” would be promoting president obama 24/7 if mittbot was leading? i sure don’t.

      • October 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Not really interested in thinking about that hypothetical – it’s too risky.

        • 280 hopefruit2
          October 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

          It’s not a hypothetical. It’s a reality which we saw in 2010, when the DEMS were losing. There were NO efforts in the MSM to make it a close race. They kept beating up on the DEMS, trying to make it a referendum on President Obama, talking about the DEM enthusiasm gap 24/7. When the Rethugs won back the house, the media happily obliged Mitch McConnell when he presented his ugly mug on the TV declaring his wish to make PBO a one-term President.

          For the MSM, this is not simply a horserace and may the best man win. The MSM has a vested interest in Romney winning, PBO losing. The corporate overlords and their allies have given their marching orders that President Obama will lose, or his win will be de-legitimized.

      • 281 99ts
        October 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

        Other than Fox, I think there would be much more discussion on the positives of the President – if he was losing. Thing is, no-one will ever know because it is impossible for PBO to be in that situation. I believe the media want it close – they want to be the ones to “pick it correctly”. At the minute it is so obvious – anyone can pick the result.

        • 282 hopefruit2
          October 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

          The media has been negative on PBO from since 2009 and they have not let up. They have sought to make him a one-term President but have fallen short of their goal because of President Obama’s superior execution, campaigning and messaging (which bypasses the media). In addition, the voters are more savvy about the media manipulation of narratives and their vested interests, and have found alternative ways of getting info, so it’s more difficult to swiftboat this President.

  106. 283 Bill R.
    October 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Some comments regarding the absence of the father in the video above. A person in active service cannot appear in political publicity.

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