Rise and Shine

What a journey…..


More clips below



12:0: President Bill Clinton campaigns for President Obama at the University of New Hampshire at Durham

2:0: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Reno

2:25: President Obama departs Henderson, Nevada

3:55: Arrives in Denver

9:0: The Debate



Bloomberg: Companies added more workers than projected in September, evidence the labor market may be perking up, a private report based on payrolls showed.

The 162,000 increase in employment followed a revised 189,000 jump in August. The median forecast of 38 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 140,000 advance.

More here


Flying over a Romney rally at Wings of the Rockies Air and Space Museum, October 1


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Maddow Blog: …. The states in yellow are important swing states. The ones with the red X marks are the important swing states where the RNC had hired Nathan Sproul’s firm exclusively to handle their registration drive. With the contract cancelled, and no back-up plan, the RNC misses out on the final push before registration closes in these crucial states.




Ari Berman (The Nation): In a major victory for voting rights, Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that voters in the state do not need to show government-issued ID in order to cast a ballot in November. A full trial is scheduled for after the election to determine whether a permanent injunction will be issued against the state’s voter ID law. By my count, Pennsylvania is one of eleven voter suppression laws passed by Republicans since the 2010 election that have been invalidated by state or federal courts in the past year, including in crucial swing states like Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin

More here




Steve Benen: Two interesting videos were released late yesterday …. this one strikes me as the more interesting one….

In the clip, we see Paul Ryan, speaking at an American Spectator event less than a year ago, explaining his distinctly Randian vision of American society…

…. Though the language is clearly different between Romney’s video and Ryan’s, the right-wing congressman’s sentiment is eerily similar – Ryan also looks at millions of his fellow countrymen and looks down on them….

What’s less clear – and what deserves additional scrutiny – is exactly which group of people Ryan disapproves of so strongly. Are America’s seniors little more than overly-dependent “takers”? How about military veterans? The disabled? Students? Low-income families crushed by a recession generated by Paul Ryan’s own policy agenda?

More here




Cincinnati, Oct 2

Cincinnati.com: The first lady stressed the importance of Ohio – and President Barack Obama’s supporters here – in a rousing speech to 6,800 supporters in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

“We won Ohio by 262,000 votes,” Michelle Obama said. “That may sound like a lot, but when you break that down … it’s 24 votes per precinct. Take that in for a minute. That could be a couple of votes in your neighborhood, on your block. That could be a single vote in your apartment building, in your dorm room…..”….

….. Michelle Obama also talked about the man she married 20 years ago Wednesday.

“He was handsome – still is – charming, talented and extremely smart,” she said. “But that is not why I married him. So fellows, I want you to listen up. What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character. I loved that Barack was so committed to helping others.”

More here


AP: … A new initiative being launched Wednesday by first lady Michelle Obama and the vice president’s wife, Jill Biden, is designed to better prepare educators instructing military-connected children. “Operation: Educate the Educator” already has a commitment from more than 100 colleges offering teaching degrees.

The Obama administration has partnered with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Military Child Education Coalition to help military children as they face social, emotional and learning challenges in the classroom while having an active-duty parent.

The colleges that have signed on have agreed to incorporate information about military children in the training curriculums for student teachers, push faculty and student teachers to do research on military children and require student teachers to work with military children as part of their final clinical experience or internship.

More here


More clips from the show here

Michelle Obama will be on the show today – check here (Thanks UT)




Nick Anderson


Morning everyone – it should be a quiet enough day,  nothing much happening 😕

242 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family.

  2. 4 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    GM folks.

  3. 5 Nena20409
    October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    GM all Happy Anniversary to Pres Obama and Mrs. Obama.

    Great job Chips.

  4. October 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Good Morning to Ms Chips and the TOD family. Are we excited or what? Today is going to be a fantabulous day!

    • October 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

      very exciting day…..all eyes on the wonderful leadership & words from PBO but also on whether Zinger Romney reaches blow out point and crumbles before our very eyes

  5. October 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Morning Everyone…final few minutes before I lay down for some kip.

  6. 9 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

    They basically look the same as they did 20 years ago. What a gorgeous couple.

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      October 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

      UT, you were really going after MJ show today on twitter. I was reading and responding to some. My brain just can’t wrap around the crap that is going on. I just urn the TV off, even C-Span is going right lately
      Thank you for all you do and everyone else on twitterf, TOD and anywhere else that we can make a difference. ((((hugs to all TOD’ers))))))

  7. 12 Nena20409
    October 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I am home today and I have going to spend most of my time here on this site. I also plan on having a happy day today. I will not let any bad vibes from the media nonsense affect my state of mind.

    Oh What a beautiful morning.

  8. October 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    GM Everyone. Happy Anniversary FL0TUS & P0TUS!

  9. 14 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Great pics, great toons, great graphics, great vids

    Well done, Chips.

    Shall we all ignore the chaff and concentrate on the wheat today ? Thanks.

  10. 25 Nena20409
    October 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    The Job that Chipstick does here 24/7 is unbelievable. Thank you very Much.
    To all those TOD Tweet brigades, a tip of my hat to you all. You all help make this site a Joyful Place.

  11. 28 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for all you do Chips. This new Rise & Shine is awesome. ((((((hugs))))) just getting me legs back. It’s been really busy for me the last couple of weeks. I have only been lurking some. I’m hoping to catch up today, maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday. 🙂

  12. 29 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

  13. October 3, 2012 at 8:23 am
    • 31 Roberta in MN
      October 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Chicago has a beautiful shore line. Lived inm Indiana for years and used to go to Chi town often. Loved that city. That is one awesome picture. 🙂

      • October 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

        You know, for some reason I’ve never been to Chicago. Would love to and it’s on my list. Definitely seems like my kind of place.

        • 33 Roberta in MN
          October 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

          Meta, it ROCKS

          • October 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

            I’ll have to plan something soon!!

          • 35 daisydem
            October 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

            Meta, the people in Chicago are so friendly; hubby and I got turned around downtown the night we took our bikes (on the train, no less) to ride along the lake from the Navy Pier and north) and a lady in a deli that we went into to ask directions, actually put down her purchases and left the store with us so she could point the way instead of just trying to tell us. Awesome. She was just representative of the cordial treatment we got everywhere! It was not until I was back home from that trip that I read somewhere that Chicago’s residents are so friendly … and I said, yep, I can vouch for that!!

        • 36 57andFemale
          October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

          Call me! I’ll take you to lunch!

    • 38 57andFemale
      October 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

      I love this photo. I love our waterfront in Chicago.

  14. 39 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Don’t forget that FLOTUS will be on the Steve Harvey Show today. Check your local listings here: http://www.steveharveytv.com/watch/

  15. 42 57andfemale
    October 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Michelle Obama has done more to help people in one week than Queen Ann has done her entire life. She is the best FLOTUS since Eleanor Roosevelt.

  16. October 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, everyone. Happy Anniversary to our amazing First Couple!

  17. 48 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    She is one of the BEST First Ladies our generation and future generations will ever have. She has set the standard very high for the next ones to follow, the same for the President of the US after PPOTUS leaves office in 4 yrs. Happy Anniversary to our First Couple. Mr. President and Michelle. Man I love this site, first thing fix.

  18. 50 lovingandlaughing
    October 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness, those clips of Michelle Obama speaking totally got me all teary this morning and those cartoons completely made me laugh! Happy Anniversary POTUS and FLOTUS!

  19. 52 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    • 53 57andfemale
      October 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I can’t get excited about ADP. They’ve been wildly wrong (although I wonder, when things are readjusted later on). But we all got excited over ADP numbers in August and they were terribly wrong. I’ll wait for the BLS numbers.

      • 54 hopefruit2
        October 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

        Actually, it turns out that they (ADP) are probably closer to being right than the BLS department. Just last week we found that that the BLS undercounted upwards of 360K+ jobs in the past year!!

        • 55 57andFemale
          October 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

          I just read a substantive article on this and you’re right. Unfortunately, it takes about 12-18 months to shake out the actual numbers, from both sources. Over an 18-month period, it ended up that BLS and ADP were very close in their numbers on average. But for the last 6 months, BLS numbers have been lower than ADP and no matter how it shakes out in the long run, it’s a talking point in this election cycle. We made a huge deal out of the ADP numbers last month, got all excited and cocky and then BLS dashed our dreams. So I’m going to wait until the end of the week before I crack open the champagne.

      • 56 collegekay
        October 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

        Agree. I can’t get excited about ADP. I do expect numbers to be at or above 100k though.

        • 57 hopefruit2
          October 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

          They are probably more accurate than the BLS – even though people give the BLS more credit. The BLS winds up doing a great deal of revision months later (as we saw recently).

        • 60 Roberta in MN
          October 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

          Working for companies all my life, beleive me they can hold back reporting new hires or rehires any time they want to. That would make it look like POTUS isn’t doing his job. Until the Labor department gets on their case to report. That’s how it works folks.

    • October 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    October 3, 2012 at 8:35 am


  21. 66 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    • 67 amk for obama
      October 3, 2012 at 8:43 am


    • October 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

      I shall come right out and say it. Jake Tapper is a racist, race-baiting monger!. There…..I feel much better. Add George Will, Klannity, *ucker Carlson, et al, to that list. And, no apology will hold up or be accepted.

      • 69 anniebella
        October 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

        I agree with you ladyjazzfromtrinidad, People like Tapper, David Gregory, Chuck Todd is doing all they can to keep Mitt Romney in the race, that is all they are trying to do.

    • 70 dudette9t9
      October 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Wow! Is that confirmed? After that shit that he rolled out last night? He should be fired!! What’s his excuse gonna be … “Uh, sorry, I forgot I”?

  22. October 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Morning Chips and everyones everyones.

    Can’t wait to see the Prez mop the floor with Robot tonight in the debate.
    Can’t wait to see Robot stumble over his words.
    Can’t wait to see Robot fail at delivering his “zingers”


  23. October 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The so called Liberal media is twisting themselves in knots this morning, spin baby spin.
    Robney could win, would win, should win, Obama supporters hate him yada yada blah blah!
    Gotta love our Liberal media bias…

    • 73 theo67
      October 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Stay away from the media today, Jovie. They are out of their minds with spin, and it won’t be good for anyone to dip their toes into that cesspool. They’ve been given a shiny object to drool over in that non-tape, and they will analyze the speeches long before President Obama even lands in Denver. Best to stay here, on twitter or go outside and do something fun. It’s a long time to 9pm EST.

  24. 74 VaCat
    October 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I just love our First Couple – they make my heart sing!! Happy Anniversary to the Obamas and may they be blessed with many, many more!

  25. October 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    In a new memo released in advance of Wednesday’s debate, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter issues a prebuttal hitting Mitt Romney on a lack of specifics in his policy proposals:

    Mitt Romney comes to this debate in a different position. He doesn’t have any specific plans to move us forward – only tired repeats that will take us back. On job creation, deficit reduction, and the middle class, Romney’s promises are nothing more than platitudes covering up a collection of contradictory positions. In short, they aren’t serious steps to move our country forward. So, Romney can use tonight’s debate to fill in those details and finally, for the first time, explain his proposals or readjust his positions. Or he can spend 90 minutes doing what he does best: attacking the president, distorting his own record, and avoiding any and all details on his plans for this country

    • 76 amk for obama
      October 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

      That’s what is called the meme reinforcement. Peeps hear this beforehand and when the scum does exactly as what she said, they will agree with her.

      So, Romney can use tonight’s debate to fill in those details and finally, for the first time, explain his proposals or readjust his positions. Or he can spend 90 minutes doing what he does best: attacking the president, distorting his own record, and avoiding any and all details on his plans for this country

  26. 77 LDS
    October 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Good morning, everyone.
    Thank you Chips for all the hard work and sacrifice that you do here to make this home.

    Happy Anniversay to our President and First Lady!

    Augustine(A.D.354-430) said this about love:

    It has the hands to help others.
    It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
    It has the eyes to see misery and want.
    It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
    This is what love looks like.

    That is a challenge to all of us.

  27. October 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

    A total of 84,640 ballots have been returned in all states and localities for which I have statistics.

    CALIFORNIA reports 512 ballots cast as of Tuesday evening (only 11 counties reporting, excludes LA and other large counties)
    IOWA reports 43,856 ballots cast as of Tuesday morning.
    MAINE reports 48 returned ballots as of Monday morning.
    NORTH CAROLINA reports 16,357 returned ballots as of Tuesday morning (with 7 non-reporting counties).
    OHIO 46 counties report 15,942 returned ballots as of Tuesday evening.
    SOUTH CAROLINA reports 1,753 returned ballots as of Thursday afternoon.
    SOUTH DAKOTA reports 6,172 returned ballots as of Tuesday morning.

  28. 81 JER
    October 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

  29. 82 Pamela
    October 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    G’day from a very cool morning in Seattle, but the moon is shining!

  30. October 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Will somebody explain to me, what does Chuck Todd mean when he says, Obama supporters are disappointed?
    Based on what facts?

    • 84 Carolyn
      October 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Toady is disappointed because there have been no scandals in this administration for him to pontificate upon and expose. He is merely announcing his own feelings, after all, the president hasn’t walked on water or turned tea partier congress critters into reasonable people. He always says such foolishness with that Ultra serious, pompous look on his face. Whenever BriWi says he’s going to have Chuck Todd “political” guru speak, I leave the room. He spews nothing but silliness.
      There are two senior citizen white middle income people in this household who are completely NOT disappointed in President Obama, and are scared to death of a Romney reign. So there Toad!!!
      I think he has wanted scandal upon scandal to emanate from this White House. Ain’t gonna happen!

    • 85 hopefruit2
      October 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

      At this point Chuck Todd is just saying whatever he feels like. He’s not about facts anymore. He is desperate. He just repeated that LIE again that Blacks and Hispanics are not enthusiastic to vote. The guy is in meltdown mode!!!

      • October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Which blacks and hispanics, pray tell? The ones he has never met? Chuck has already had a seat in my book. Next, moving along!

        • 87 anniebella
          October 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

          How many blacks and hispanics , have Chuck Todd spoke to? Come my way Chuckie and you will see that I am ready to vote for President Obama. Then get anyone else that I know to the polls to vote too. Every black person I have talk to is ready to vote for the President. Todd has become a lying GOP bastard.

    • 89 dotster3
      October 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

      No pony. No miracles. All I know is he keeps pushing the enthusiasm gap as if his life (and livelihood) depend on it. Are Dems really telling NBC pollster that they are only planning to vote if they happen to be strolling by the polling place on election day? Because that is what he is insinuating. Or is there some funny business going on with the LV tabs? —–making the meme you are pushing the truth? I see evidence of Obama enthusiasm all over the place. When Gallup asked me to score my enthusiasm for voting on a scale of 1 to 10, I shouted 10! Are there really Obama voters who are saying, “I dunno, maybe a 4 or 5”. I don’t believe it.

    • October 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Why oh why do we all continue to dissect whatever Chuck Todd says, does, intimates? We really expect a lot from these corporate slaves,don’t we! Big bucks,the Repugs and trying to play devil’s advocate is Chuck’s master. Chuck will continue to say what he says, because it gets him attention, …..and he loves it!

      • 92 veryslowwriter
        October 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        As my granny used to say: What do you expect from a pig but a grunt?
        It’s his nature and his job to keep that “horse race” theme going. Obviously he’s never looked at the crowds turning out for the President & First Lady. Or the people camping out overnight to be the first to vote. (Now THAT’S entusiasm!)

  31. 93 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

  32. 94 Bill R.
    October 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Happy Anniversary to President and First Lady Obama! My wife and I just celebrated our 39th last month.

  33. 98 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I say we judge Romney’s performance based on how convincingly, and with how much specificity, he backs up that one sentence — on how convincingly he demonstrates that his “economic plan will get America back to work and strengthen the middle class.” Those are his words. If he fails to persuasively back them up, little else will matter.

    Here’s why. As many have noted, the pressure is on Romney, and not on Obama, to use tonight’s performance to change the basic dynamics of the race. Those dynamics are as follows: Romney does not hold an advantage on who is more trusted on the economy. Romney no longer enjoys the presumption of economic superiority based on his business background and on the fact that he represents an alternative to disappointment with Obama. Romney has failed to persuade voters to base their choice solely on their dissatisfaction with the status quo or on whether they are better off than they were four years ago.

  34. 99 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    The times are a-changing. Yay!!!!

  35. 101 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Morning!! Happy Debate Wednesday! I found this VERY interesting little diddy over at DK…but it came from the WSJ:

    A majority of voters want one party to control Congress and the White House next year, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll, a remarkable opinion shift that suggests deep frustration with Washington gridlock.

    The Journal survey of registered voters, to be released in full at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on WSJ.com, found 52% want effectively one party to rule Washington, with 39% wanting a divided government. It’s the first time a majority of voters supported the idea in the Journal poll going back to the mid-1980s.

    • October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

      OMG, this is what we need to break the spell of what passes for modern “bipartisanship” as it exists today in the House and the Senate. We need a smackdown of McConnell, Cantor, Boehner and the rest of the posers and frauds.

    • 103 Nena20409
      October 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

      How come Chuck Todd and Co were not talking about that? Chuck Todd finally admitted that they undersampled Dems…..but he left the impression that it was on the OH poll with pres Obama leading by 8% points. Really? Then he said that using RV, the president leads Romney nationally b 51% to 43%. But he hyped LV numbers? Yet Nothing has changed in the last 2 weeks? If people feel better about the economy and they want one party to govern in DC and there was the 47% tape hurting Romney then how come Romney is inching up in the polls? Oh yeah….his explanation is that 79% of the TBGOPers are more energized to vote and Dems ONLY 73%? But Todd never said is Dems were undersampled on this question. That is odd Todd.

  36. 104 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am


    A New Kind of Democrat:Team Obama Smacks Down Karl Rove for Ignoring Reality

    By: Jason Easley


    When a master of dirty politics like Karl Rove is reduced to simply inventing his own statistics, things are bad. This attack ad is very un-Rovian. Where is the smear? Where’s the swiftboating? It looks like not even Karl Rove call sell Mitt Romney as a viable option, so he has been reduced to campaigning against the right’s imaginary Barack Obama.
    The Rove ad managed to cram four lies into four sentences. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy has added 5,080,000 private sector jobs since February 2010. More jobs have been created than lost since Obama took office. Obama signed the Budget Control Act which will cut discretionary spending to its lowest level since 1962.

    Karl Rove used to be one of the most feared men in politics. Now, the Obama campaign is smacking him around with impunity.



    • 105 theo67
      October 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

      They believed their own lies. And now they’re remembering who President Obama really is. And how he beat the Clinton machine and then the McCain “war hero”.

  37. 106 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

  38. 107 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

    http://atr.rollcall.com/dccc-cancels-three-weeks-of-buys-in-seats-it-feels-are-safe/ So the money they save HERE, can be put to better use elsewhere…I like it!

  39. 108 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am


    The mask of sanity is slipping from the GOP
    Romney’s not the only one in trouble, as the GOP’s senate prospects have soured significantly as well,

    A popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. Returning the American financial system to its unregulated pre-New Deal state and expecting everything to work perfectly would certainly qualify as insane under this definition. So, too, would Ron Paul’s “solution” of abolishing the federal reserve and returning America to the gold standard, effectively returning us to the 19th century, with its repeated pattern of financial panics, prolonged recessions and enormous concentrations of wealth. Equally insane, by this folk definition, is the path of today’s Republican Party as a whole, trying to unseat President Obama by offering America, in essence, a third term of George W Bush.

    It isn’t working.

    And because it isn’t working, we’re seeing signs of increasingly bizarre behaviour on the right. Most recently, large swaths of the GOP faithful have swiftly embraced the delusional fantasy that national pollsters – even Fox News – are deliberately skewing polls to favour President Obama and the Democrats, when Romney is actually leading by more than seven points! To understand how the GOP got to this bizarre place, we need to consider a variety of different perspectives, including more technically precise ways of defining insanity and related cognitive deficits.


    • 109 theo67
      October 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Yup – whatever gains they got from denouncing Todd Akin’s comments have completely disappeared after their whole-hearted embrace of his misogyny. I just don’t know how any thinking person can vote for this incarnation of the Republican party – the people who didn’t lift a finger to help the country through a recession they caused; the same people who are feverishly trying to deny people their democratic right to vote; same people who have talked about taking women’s right back 100 years and erasing Civil Rights from the map; who are re-embracing torture. Who are these people?!

  40. 113 1jam4pbo
    October 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Happy Anniversary President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. May today and all your days be Blessed.

    Good Morning Miss Chips and my TOD Family. Looking Forward to tonight.

    I plan to watch live (scardy cat that I am)and trust me that is a big thing for me, but with you all supporting PBO that is the least I can do to show my support too.

  41. 114 Bill R.
    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    • 122 amk for obama
      October 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Ah, cutie potatie.

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      October 3, 2012 at 11:08 am



      Stephanie Cutter is my hero. She is fierce beyond belief. The woman does not play. Mitt Romney has been lying, distorting and making stuff up from day one. Stephanie is putting him on notice big time. She is previewing the lies and distortions we are likely to hear reiterated tonight and arming everybody with the facts. Stephanie is enlisting all of us to be fact checkers. I have forwarded this video to everyone on my email list. By the way, shouldn’t all journalists, pundits and gasbags be fact checkers too?? They need to stop outsourcing fact checking and just do their jobs.

      Mitt Romney has already demonstrated his disdain for the media and the voters. But tonight his pathological lying will be the focus of attention. Either he continues to lie and confirm his mendacity or he changes his tune and reenforces the flip flopper charge. And he can’t continue providing generalities about what he would do while blaming President Obama for the results of Republican Party obstruction. This has to be Mitt’s worst nightmare. Also, it’s going to be difficult to watch the debate with thinking about the comment from Ann Romney that she would be concerned about Mitt’s mental health if elected.

  42. October 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

  43. 128 Debra
    October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Happy 20th Anniversary to President and First Lady Michelle Obama

  44. 129 Linda
    October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial
    Foundation Dinner

    Thursday, October 18, 2012
    The Waldorf=Astoria
    Keynote Speakers:
    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney

    This will be better than any of the debates.

    Can’t wait to see Mitt try to tell jokes about himself.

  45. 132 sherijr
    October 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, Happy Wednesday Chips & all of TOD.. A Lovely & joyous Happy 20th Anniversary to President Obama & First Lady Michelle- I’ve no doubt they’ll enjoy many many more loving years together.

    Do not let the bs- and it will be plentiful- get to you today. WE know the media will be working overtime to build up Romney and pull down POTUS- Fight back where applicable, but otherwise don’t let them take away what WE know will be a night where President Obama will shine. He is outstanding at his job, he is an exemplary human, a kick ass politician.. and he knows their games even better than we do… and moreover he’s had Romney’s number for some time now. So … Don’t worry because “He’s Got This”. Lets just all be there – tune in with HUGE numbers watching & supporting him. I always figure that as he can get out there day after day doing all that he does, the very least I can do is pay attention.

    As for the media… keep in mind: NOBODY actually likes them 😉

  46. October 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

  47. 135 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

  48. 136 daisydem
    October 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Happy Anniversary to our President Barack Obama and his lovely, wonderful First Lady. Wishing them all the happiness they so richly deserve.

  49. October 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wishing Michelle and PBO a very happy anniversary. My 44th is in two days time. There is somethingabout autumn weddings that fill the heart with joy. There is a colourful and ever changing landscape to the marriage. I wish them all the best.

  50. 141 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

  51. 142 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Greedy assholes! Their greed is what got us into this mess!!!


    In the last four quarters, the six largest Wall Street banks have made $63 billion, the most they’ve made since 2006. Despite having pushed the nation to the brink of economic collapse, and after receiving billions of taxpayer dollars, the banks are back to where they were when the housing bubble inflating.
    However, according to Bloomberg News, a return to sky-high profits isn’t enough for the banking industry, which reacted to the numbers by whining about regulation and “a backlash against bankers“:

  52. 143 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    HA! Hard to talk about it AT ALL…when it’s BOGUS!


    Romney Adviser: It’s Hard To Talk Tax Deduction Specifics In A Debate

  53. 144 desertflower
    October 3, 2012 at 10:39 am


    You know how Romney claims his business experience at Bain qualifies him to be president? If an article in the Boston Globe is accurate, Mitt Romney claimed in a 2002 campaign ad that he “never managed” Bain Capital and “just invested in it.”

    Why has no one picked up on this? Even the reporter missed the significance of the quote.

    With about three weeks to go before the vote, O’Brien ran an ad about Bain Capital, resurrecting attacks on Romney’s role downsizing the paper company Ampad Inc. and asking voters, “Now Romney wants us to trust him with our jobs and our economy?”
    “Mitt and I had talked about it a million times after the Kennedy campaign,” Manning said, referring to the attack ads Senator Edward Kennedy used so successfully against Romney in 1994. “We said, if we’re ever in a campaign again and they go after Bain Capital, we’re going to go really hard back at them.”

    Romney responded with an ad that criticized O’Brien for her tenure at a failed health care company. “O’Brien is attacking Mitt Romney for a company he never managed, just invested in,” the ad began. . .

    The full link is here: http://www.boston.com/

  54. 145 LDS
    October 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Before I go out enjoy this beauttiful day(even though it is cloudy and looks like rain) I still paln to take in the sights and sounds of NYC. For those who live here and those who visit, you know what a vibrant place this is. But I have noticed a quiet peacefulness with growing anticipation as a need, almost an urge to vote. People are expecting long lines are envious of the states who can vote early. The polls near me will open at 6:00. Some people are planning to be on line at 4:00 or 5:00. So this debate nor weather conditions will deter people who have been listening and paying attention to what is at stake here. This is different than 2008. We know more about the lies, the cheating, the $$$$ spent to make this a “one-term President.” How hard he has had to work alone.

    My plans are to come back home this evening fully rejunvinated, relaxed, sit back and watch this husband/ dad/ great debator/ teacher/coummnity organizer/ President move this country FOWARD with grace, humility, class and words of wisdom.

    I just want to share one thing: I have just finished studying this week Sunday School lesson and the topic is, “Courage to Speak.”
    The Golden Text is from Acts 6:8 the main character is Stephen.
    After reading, studying and meditating, I thought how similar tonight’s debate.

    Our President is a man of faith and Stephen’s example demonstrates that a bold witness in the face of opposition comes from God as we rest our faith firmly in Him. The lesson concludes that the one who understands the dynamics of faith is the one who will find the courage to speak the truth in the face of opposition. Opposition is the work of the enemy, the devil. He will seek to undermine everything we do. God gives us the courage to speak boldly and defy the enemy. The antidote to fear in such cases is to trust God in faith. He shows us how to respond with boldness at a time when we need it most. Our words have power as God works through our faith.

    Tonight, I have no doubt that our God will give his servant, this vessel the words of wisdom he will need to help take this country FORWARD where we are predestined to be and have been denied, all of us for so long.

  55. 147 squarepeg
    October 3, 2012 at 10:48 am



  56. 151 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    So what time is the debate ? EST please.

    I need to decide whether to stay up or come back after a nap.

  57. October 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

  58. October 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Good morning TOD. Got up and lit several candles, (today is not a 1 candle day 🙂 Also said special prayers on behalf of

    our President’s debate performance tonight, that he will be guided and blessed with even more strength, wisdom and intellect

    than he already has.

    I am looking forward to following along on this blog tonight with all our wonderful PBO supporters.

    Thank you Miss Chips for providing this venue. It gives us an alternative to the ‘talking heads’.

    Happy anniversary to our First Couple, may they be blessed with many more years.

  59. October 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So, I’ve blocked 3 knuckleheads over my Tweet yesterday about the devastating secret Obama tape. One I can only assume was a 5th grader, as he called me a “retard”. My tweet must’ve been good.

  60. 160 dudette9t9
    October 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Sooooo sweet! I’m verklempt!!

  61. 164 Nena20409
    October 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Is there a way to know when a Tweet is sent? You know, like a time? I see the dates, but not marked time. I was just wondering when POTUS and FLOTUS both sent out their Tweets.

  62. October 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Sirens Blazing, Red Light Flashing … DRUDGE OCTOBER SURPRISE ….

  63. 171 Bill R.
    October 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

  64. 172 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2012 at 11:16 am



    Our economy is recovering and Iran’s is crumbling. Your thoughts, Governor Romney?


  65. 173 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2012 at 11:18 am



    Why does it surprise people that the guy who couldn’t beat John McCain could do worse than John McCain against President Obama?


  66. 174 debz
    October 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Happy Anniversary to our wonderful first couple!!

  67. October 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Quick poll: Who’s going to join me and NOT watch the debate? 🙂

    • October 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I won’t be able to resist BWD, but I know it will send my blood pressure through the flippin’ roof. Even the thoughts of PBO having to share a stage with that weasel makes me feel ill, and I can only imagine what the ‘moderation’ will be like. Half dreading it, half can’t-wait-for-it, but I understand your feelings!

      • 177 daisydem
        October 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Me to, exactly my situation … I do have to watch my bp, but moveon.org has a Debate watch 2012 dashboard, may open that as on tab; The Obama Diary of course as my other tab, tv either on the debates but muted, or on a sitcom on TV Land; chardonnay, Thai food, pj’s, comfy pillows and my cats!

      • October 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

        This weasel can’t touch PBO’s pinky finger, yet somehow they’ll declare him winner.

    • October 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Guys, I have a technique, I’ll watch it on Cspan, listen to the moderator, and the president, and hit the mute when Mitch speaks. Later I go on the Internet and read about the Mitch. That’s how I was able to watch the 2008 debates. I promised watching it like this hardly raises ones blood pressure.

    • October 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

      I can’t watch it but I will read live blogs

    • 187 utaustinliberal
      October 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Heck No. I’m watching. I will be glued to the screen. 😀

    • 189 anniebella
      October 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I have not made up my mind if I will or won’t watch the debate. Right now I’m leaning to not watching.

    • 190 sherijr
      October 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

      sorry BWD, but I have to watch… if I hear it all myself then I can combat the media bs afterward… also will call out the moderators if I see nonsense coming from them. Not too worried about Leher tonight.. but I trust zero media. Anyhoo.. I’m just too curious to not watch 😉

    • October 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I’m watching because after all this time it will be so incredible to see them go toe to toe. I’m very confident POTUS will show the world what he’s got. He’s been president for nearly 4 years so he automatically speaks with authority and he beats Romney on everything that matters – superior intellect, command of the issues and the facts, extraordinary compassion, inordinately strong strategic thinker, a great record on all measures that demonstrates that he stands on his principles. AND he emanates HOPE.

      I COULDN’T CARE LESS how the pathetic MSM spins it.

    • 194 amk for obama
      October 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

      I’ll be watching it.

      And I am 100% confident he will blow mittbot out of the water scum pond.

    • 195 carla4obama
      October 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      I understand those feelings BWD. These past few days leading up to the debate tonight have been visceral in so many ways. The rapid heart, the nausea, the insomnia…yet when I think of not being there for our President because I can’t handle it, I have to ask myself.”Do I have his back?” Even when it hurts me, will I stand with this President? He is there standing up for us, yet some of us can’t stand there with him because it hurts us. That is something I am trying to wrap my head around. Can we imagine how hard it is for Michelle to sit there and watch the lies and vitriol spewed at her husband? She will be there, she will give him her big embrace afterwards and stay and shake hands with the people in that room. Why can’t we all be there with them both, experiencing this moment with them? We each need to do what we need to do, so if some of us can’t watch….what if that was your husband, your son up there?
      Just my 2 cents.

    • 198 japa21
      October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      As I mentioned yesterday, I will not be watching.

    • October 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I’ll join you…gonna ‘watch’ via the above mentioned @LOLGOP who is already on a roll today. Twitter is better than TV any day.

  68. 200 daisydem
    October 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Now I woke up this morning with the thought that we are nervous about the debate, and for a while we were hearing that Romney would make up some ground in the debate(s) because he had more recent experience in a debate situation, but really folks …. were those debates? I don’t remember during the Republican primary that very many details about the issues were forthcoming. When the 7 or 8 (or was it 20?) clowns were all standing upon stage, it was a bash each other party and then let’s all rally around and see who can bash our President the best? Remember the editorial cartoons with the clown car bulging with caricatures of Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Newt, Romney, et al.? Remember some of the just totally outlandish things they said? Does anyone remember anything critical to domestic policy or foreign policy?

    So, actually I think our President has had the upper hand in debate preparation: he has been debating this Congress, this media, and those clowns (GOP candidates) for almost two years! And getting stuff done at the same time! After remembering the “debates” from the Republican primary this morning, I don’t feel so nervous!

  69. 201 yardarm756
    October 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Good morning all. I’m late to the party but that I’d bring a little sumpin’.

    I would like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving.
    As you well know, some of us have been lucky not to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the various social sessions over the years.

    A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many beers and then topped it off with a margarita. Not a good idea. Knowing full well I was at least slightly over the limit, I did something I’ve never done before: I took a taxi home.
    Sure enough I passed a police road block but because it was a taxi, they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise. I have never driven a taxi before and am not sure where I got it.

  70. 211 itgurl_29
    October 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

  71. 216 donna dem 4 obama
    October 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Happy 20th Anniversary to our Wonderful, Loving First Couple

    Always keep in mind that President Obama;

    Risk’s more than others think is safe.
    Care’s more than others think is wise.
    Dream’s more than others think is practical.
    Expects more than others think is possible.

    He is a gifted, talented, brilliant man who we have been blessed and honored to watch serve our country. All the theatrics and hype that the media has placed on this one debate tonight IMO has been sickening. Then, if you think for one moment that if Romney does not do well that they won’t move the goalpost again you just haven’t been paying attention.

    This is a time when our candidates for the highest office in the land are asked to answer to the public just exactly what their policies will be for this country going forward. It is not some game or reality show but cable news and for the most part the network news is certainly treating it as if it is.

    I know President Obama’s character. I’ve watched it on display since I started following him in 2007. Nobody can tell me what or how I should feel about anything he says or does (speaking directly to the cable talking heads). I am praying that his message will enter the hearts and the minds of all who hear him tonight and that the incompetence of Mitt Romney will be on full display so that the public can see for themselves that he is not the right man to lead this great country.

    When the Republicans had their convention twitter drove the narrative. As much as the media wanted to portray Ryan/Romney the twitterverse would have none of it. They called out Ryan’s lies in his speech and the next day the papers followed suit and questioned just about everything he said. Then by the time cable was ready to declare that Romney gave a great convention speech, twitter was already changing the narrative with the “empty chair” meme. His speech never got the opportunity to gain any traction because the twitter brigade didn’t allow it to take hold.

    It showed that we have the power to set the narrative and bring the public along with us so please #PressOn tonight and drive the narrative that PBO should be and will be re-elected this November. #FORWARD

  72. October 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Bill Clinton starting soon at University of New Hampshire:


  73. 223 utaustinliberal
    October 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Watching FLOTUS on Steve Harvey! Freaking awesome.

  74. October 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    This is a pump up for all the nerves out there!! Remember who we are!!

    • 226 carla4obama
      October 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Our President knows who he is. Romney? Hell how do you debate someone when their position changes daily? I hope the Prez calls out Romney on his many positions, which Romney will be there tonight?

  75. 227 Rita
    October 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Chips, for you:

  76. October 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Well good morning O folks! How’s it going on this great getting up 20th anniversary debate day? I’m trying to decide if I’m going to cook a healthy, nutritional meal to enjoy during the debate, or if I will order out and have some really over the top, high caloric, decadent meal. I must admit to leaning toward the latter. Either way, this will be a very interesting evening.

    My political take today is that this debate has been pushed down our throats as if it is more important than the actual election. People who are so against the media and know it’s worthlessness, are allowing the same media pundits to make tonight’s debate cause angst and blood pressure increase before one word is even spoken. Whatever the outcome, however the media calls it, I don’t think it will change anyone’s vote, including the so-called undecideds, who are relishing in their 15 minutes of fame.

  77. 233 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  78. 234 xtine
    October 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    [LOL! Oh my, LOL! Sides hurting …]:

    National Review has an insider’s preview of Mitt Romney’s debate performance tonight. The preview’s upshot–this is my take, obviously, and not NR’s–is that Romney is being so overloaded by advisers and consultants with so many distinct incompatibilities and indeed human impossibilities, he’ll be lucky if he remembers his name.


    • 235 cookemom
      October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Well he sure didn’t remember it during the primaries when he said his first name was Mitt. Poor dear, do robots cry? Maybe Annie can oil him up to prevent rust.

  79. 236 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  80. 239 amk for obama
    October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  81. 240 yardarm756
    October 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  82. 241 Rita
    October 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Bill Clinton!

  83. 242 vitaminlover
    October 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Happy 20th wedding anniversary President and First Lady Obama. God bless your union forever.

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