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60 minutes to go

President Barack Obama’s motorcade arrives at the first 2012 Presidential Debate at the University of Denver, October 3

More pre-debate photos at The Denver Post


169 Responses to “60 minutes to go”


  1. 1 Allison
    October 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hello all

  2. 13 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Super

  3. October 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    So excited I’m about to burst!!!

  4. 16 Allison
    October 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    All the best Mr. President!

  5. 17 ChristiMTL
    October 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I’m so nervous…….

  6. 20 thoughtful3
    October 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m actually gonna watch this debate! Wasn’t sure at first with my schedule, or if I even wanted to. I won’t watch the others. I think this one will be the main one that counts, sets the tone, etc. Also, Jim Lehrer is the only one of the moderators this year that I think will be pretty much fair. Besides, at this point, I think the vast majority are “decided”. The election’s already over for me–I early-voted today! 🙂

  7. 21 sherijr
    October 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    thanks for the new thread Chips, it was tough getting on the last one. 🙂

    • October 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      No worries sherijr, I let that one get a little too long!

      • 23 Obama Grandmama
        October 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        I was waiting on the other thread for someone to post after me and thought Oh, no! Did everyone leave to watch the debate and left me alone? Glad I decided to see if there was a new thread. Phew!! I have my snacks and my pop ready and will watch C-Span while being on here with everyone.

        • 24 daisydem
          October 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

          I posted after you then got busy talking to a client (about the debate; she is so nervous, does not usually watch but is going to tonight! I thanked her, wished her well) but I just said hello, let’s party … this is our safe haven to watch or not!

      • 25 sherijr
        October 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        no problemo 😉

  8. October 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Screeeeeeeeech!!!!! Rounding the corner on two wheels, just in time to catch the all the fun. I didn’t have time to cook dinner nor order out. Looks like yesterday’s leftovers for me. Anyway, time to set the microwave, pour the wine, and kick back.

    Ooh boy, I hope I didn’t run over any old ladies or young children in my haste to meet up with y’all.

  9. 30 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The Grand Puba is in the hooooooooouse!

    My pre-debate preparation was watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (I freaking looooooooooooove the Harry Potter books and movies) and just like Harry, I am ready to kick ass.

    I am going to enjoy live blogging on twitter. Will also be bringing the snark.

  10. 36 smoothscotch
    October 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    This is awesome, I took off early from work too. lol

  11. 37 nospin
    October 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    FIRED UP!!!!!! I thought this night would never come.

  12. 39 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  13. 42 Melissa
    October 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Will be reading comments here and on twitter…cant watch live as I get too nervous ( yes, major wuss here) . Hope some kind souls keep updating on how everything is going. I know PBO will be kicking Butt!!

    • 43 nospin
      October 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      you can do it Melissa. PO will kick Willard’s hindparts. He will do it with such class, that it will take 20 mins to realize that PO took a chunk out of his hide. This will be totally awesome. Better than when PO went into the GOP house and mopped the floor with their faces. lol

  14. 44 Obama Grandmama
    October 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    U of Denver is where my oldest daughter went to law school and for her Masters. I enjoyed visiting her there and she liked being close to skiing in the winter.

  15. 45 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  16. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    October 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  17. 56 yardarm756
    October 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Ooops. here it is.

  18. October 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    If you can bear to watch CNN, there’s an interview with Michelle soon

    • 62 Rita
      October 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I had to change when they started analyzing Ann Romney’s response… the fawning was unbearable. And Carly? Why the heck is she even there?!

    • 65 Obama Grandmama
      October 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      My daughter-in-law got to go to Michelle’s rally yesterday in Reno on the quad at UNR. I’m envious as I live in Oregon.

      • 66 daisydem
        October 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        Yes but between your daughter-in-law and your daughter who went to school where the debate is happening … you got connections girl! Feel those vibes.

  19. October 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love the picture of the President’s Motorcade…by the way is that the train that kept Mitty awake?!? 🙂

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Remind me to send a thank you card to the person who schedules that train! Maybe a bottle of something. Bravo. 🙂

      P.S. Anybody getting sleepy? Mitt, how ya doin’?

    • 78 daisydem
      October 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Good one! Maybe they circled his hotel all night like his stupid buses circled President Obama’s rallies!

  20. 79 Betsy
    October 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I am so excited. I can’t believe Romney is +3 over PBO on the economy and +9 over on the deficit according to latest NBC Poll. What is wrong with this picture???

  21. 84 forus50
    October 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I try to like Chris Hayes and check my stereotype of the kid trying to always prove how smart he is, talking so fast that he doesn’t swallow resulting in words and saliva coming at the speed of light. And I then again realize exactly that drives me nuts and am grabbing the remote and hitting mute before he hyperventilates out another word.

  22. 87 dotster3
    October 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

  23. 88 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Watched some C-Span and they have some guy from Politico and the narrative is to watch and see if the POTUS shows agner because he really dislike Romney. Jesus they people are nuts.

  24. 94 nospin
    October 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    29 mins to go.

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      October 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      21 mins now. Ha!

      • 96 nospin
        October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

        lololol. JOB. I have been waiting for this day. I am counting EVERY second until 9 a.m. Will switch to CSPAN about 5 mins prior just to avoid any senseless gibberish.

        • 97 nospin
          October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          9 p.m. I am to excited. lololol

          • 98 daisydem
            October 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

            Go walk around the block, or pace up and down or mow your lawn. I have a neighbor, big Alabama football fan; used to be when I saw her out mowing the lawn during a game, I knew things were tight and her nerves were frayed. But hey, her lawn always looked good!

        • 99 jacquelineoboomer
          October 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

          Hope you meant 9 p.m. Otherwise, that’s a lotta countin’. (Sorry – I’m giddy – must be the gulps of pre-debate-fortifying wine I’m drinking – I’m not much of a drinker.)

  25. October 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    The latest Wisconsin poll suggests the state may not be in play after all.

    The survey by Marquette University Law School found President Obama with a commanding, double-digit lead over Mitt Romney.

    He bests the GOP nominee 53 percent to 42 percent among likely voters, and also beats him on every major issue polled:

    Federal budget deficit: Obama 49 percent, Romney 47 percent
    The economy: Obama 51, Romney 45
    Taxes: Obama 52, Romney 43
    Healthcare: Obama 53, Romney 42
    Foreign Policy: Obama 54, Romney 42
    Social issues such as abortion or same sex marriage: Obama 58, Romney 3

    • 101 nospin
      October 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      I am not a “poll” watcher because at the end of the day, voting is what counts.

      However, “Social issues such as abortion or same sex marriage: Obama 58, Romney 3”

      That was funny has hell.

  26. October 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I am one of those who does not have the ‘brass’ to watch it live. So thanks for being here TOD.

  27. 103 cookemom
    October 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Watching CSPAN and there’s a lady who’s looking mighty strange to me. But alas, she finally spoke, so I guess all is well in the room.

    • 104 HZ
      October 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Ready? Thanks Chips for all of the preparations for our family here. Have my candles on,, eyeglasses, hearing, snacks, meds, and good grace attitude throughout the house. Prayers said and meditations for goodness to surround POB and the entire team. Wisdom, Wisdom.

      We are going to be fine.(((((((((((((((( Hugs for my TOD family)))))))))))))))))))) I send love from my home space to your home space. Be joyful. HZ

  28. 105 sabreen60
    October 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  29. October 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    What do you think he will say?
    What do you think are his strengths and weaknesses?
    What is the toughest question he will face?
    Blah blah blah?
    Is this Journalism or Gossip Trash?

  30. 109 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’m here!!!! Got the gin and tonic ready to go…If I drink everytime Mitt lies, I might be down for the count in the first 10 minutes. My daughter said that she’s pinned a mustache on the tv and whenever the mustache lands perfectly on someone’s face, they drink:) I don’t want some damn mustache messing up my President’s face!

    Just remember, this debate really isn’t for us. It’s for the sliver of “undecided” voters….(how is that even possible?) I’m looking forward to it….just think of all the debate watch parties going on around the country! Our President’s got this…because he has truth on his side, he doesn’t have to stand there and make shit up. If I were PBO, I think I would simply ask MItt if whatever he said, was his final answer:) I hope MItt looses his shit and gets pissed….and PBO will just be calm as a cucumber…..in total control. Yeah, I’d like that.

    Anyway, I’m here…Fired Up, ready to go! Glad the family is here with me….wouldn’t want to watch this with anyone else 🙂

  31. 113 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    COUNTDOWN TO ‘YEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAH’….DUSTMOP FLYSWATTER TIME….AND PBO WILL JUST CRACK A SMILE! DUCK MITTENS! THE FLOCK OF GEESE ARE COMIN’!!!!!!!

  32. 115 dotster3
    October 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Excruciating. Too noivous, for some dumb reason. Wish I was just able to have a nice relaxing time enjoying The Voice again tonight. I’m not worried about President Obama. I just want all the other stuff to be honest and fair.

    • 116 theo67
      October 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I’m just sick because we’re going to be presented with 90 minutes of an alternate reality (remember, Mitt Romney is planning to “fact check” the President tonight, because the President says too many things that are “inaccurate”, according to Romney), and then we’ll be treated to endless spin. I snuck out of work, drove home and am now seated with a glass of preemptive wine to dull my nerves. I’m sure the rest of the bottle will soon follow…

  33. October 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    phones off in the hall…man, no cheering. GEEZ!

  34. October 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Mitt Romney Gangnam Style!

  35. 125 smoothscotch
    October 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Cspan spitting out the rules now for the audience.

  36. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    October 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Just realizing how much I’ve missed seeing Mike McCurry. Liked him a lot, and Robert Gibbs shares certain wonderful characteristics with him.

  37. 127 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Good luck Mr. President. Let this be the final nail in the coffin for the Romney campaign.

  38. 128 xtine
    October 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    What a fab photo!

    CSPAN saying there’s a trap door under every seat so misbehave & you’re gone! Do they have one for Mitt? 🙂

  39. 129 forus50
    October 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

  40. October 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

  41. 132 Eveingeorgia
    October 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I am evelynellis1 on twitter. How do I follow your comments and you mine?

  42. October 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    HI EVERYONE!!! I am SOOOO nervous! Pres.Obama always meets or exceeds my expectations but I can’t help being nervous at moments like this.

  43. 135 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Think Progress ALWAYS has a great live blog because they fact check the statements right away. Awesome site for everything, but especially on nights like this.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/03/953591/thinkprogress-liveblog-of-the-first-presidential-debate/

  44. 136 99ts
    October 3, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hello from Australia – it’s 10.43am here – I had to drive my man to work, stop at the store, rush home & put on some laundry, make the coffee and at last I can sit and watch my 2nd favorite man in the world.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO – candles from 4 countries – I’m not the only outsider

  45. 139 Obama Grandmama
    October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Soooo nervous for PBO. I know I don’t accept any criticism of him. That tells me I am beyond objective at this point in time. Criticism makes me feel mad, annoyed or incredulously dumbfounded at how someone can be so stupid. That is like a parent defending their kid. I feel like he is family and so are all of you.

  46. 142 sherijr
    October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    anyone have a live stream link that doesn’t include pundits pontificating??

  47. 145 1jam4pbo
    October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    May God Bestow His Richest Blessings upon President Barack Obama tonight in this Debate and on those yet to come. I ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

    Fellow Tod-obots let us rejoice this night because PBO will give it his all.

  48. 149 jacquelineoboomer
    October 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    FLOTUS in the house, looking beautiful, supporting her man! Queen Ann, also, too, looking like she’s not sure how she got there.

  49. 152 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    October 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    YOU ARE LOVED PBO…BY THE TIME THIS IS OVER…MITTENS WILL BE WEARING HIS PANTS BACKWARDS!!!!!!!!…:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  50. 153 theo67
    October 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Last round of candles for President Obama? It’s bad enough for us who have to listen to Mitt’s lies – he’s not even lying about us. President Obama is going to have to stand opposite Romney and watch his sociopathic smirking face tell lie after lie, knowing that half the electorate is stupid enough to want to vote for that joker. He’s going to need all our good thoughts, good vibes, good wishes and prayers. Join me.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  51. October 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Michelle hugged Miss Ann, I think she is now ready to move into the White House

  52. October 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I am ready and so very excited!

  53. October 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    my chest is starting to hurt and my stomach is aching…will be a quick 90 mins

  54. 160 vitaminlover
    October 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    When President Obama finishes with Willard there will be a cleaning crew with mops and buckets and bleach and lysol to wipe up willard’s crap. He won’t know what hit him. He WILL wonder “What happened?” O-B-A-M-A!!!!! I say O-B-A-M-A!!!!

  55. 161 cookemom
    October 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Lehrer laying down the rule of the road on CSPAN. I see two empty podiums. D’ya Eastwood’s on the premises?

    • 162 cookemom
      October 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      well, I blew that one. I meant to say D’ya think Eastwood is in the building. The two empty podiums and….you know….ah neva mind.

  56. October 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Gloria Borger; Well, maybe Barack can say what Joe Biden said, that the middle class is worse off the last 4 years.
    Shut up!
    Somebody should huck a louie right in her Face.
    She wants to be a wise ass?

  57. 164 LunarSea
    October 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Put on your seatbelts folks. Time to start the ride. woooooweeeeee. Sipping on my scotch, got sweet and salty snacks on the table and I’m here to have some fun!

    #ObamaBiden2012

  58. 165 cookemom
    October 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    New York Times is liveblogging and fact checking during the debates:
    http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/debates/presidential/2012-10-03?hp

  59. 166 yardarm756
    October 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Red and blue ties. How quaint.

  60. 167 prettyfoot58
    October 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  61. 168 yardarm756
    October 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Oooo Romney’s gonna do what PBO is gonna do. He threw trickle down out and trying to steal the Prez’s shit.

  62. 169 xtine
    October 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Damn I didn’t know Big Bird was getting food stamps from China, Mitt!


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