Rise and Shine


All times ET

11:55: President Obama departs the White House

2:35: Arrives in Miami

3:25: Delivers remarks at the University of Miami in Coral Gables

6:55: Delivers remarks at the JW Marriot Marquis, Miami

8:05: Departs Miami

9:0 The Vice Presidential Debate

10:30: PBO arrives at the White House

* Michelle Obama speaks in Castle Rock, Colorado today – don’t know the time yet *



You can see the interview here


NYT: …. When Americans go to the polls next month, they will cast a vote not just for president but for one of two profoundly different visions for the future of the country’s health care system. With an Obama victory on Nov. 6, the president’s signature health care law – including the contentious requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a tax penalty – will almost certainly come into full force, becoming the largest expansion of the safety net since President Lyndon B. Johnson pushed through his Great Society programs almost half a century ago.

If Mr. Romney wins and Republicans capture the Senate, much of the law could be repealed – or its financing cut back – and the president’s goal of achieving near-universal coverage could take a back seat to Mr. Romney’s top priority, controlling medical costs.

Given the starkness of the choice, historians and policy makers believe this election could be the most significant referendum on a piece of social legislation since 1936, when the Republican Alf M. Landon ran against Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal programs….

Full article here





Dana Milbank: When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover.

The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why “congressional intelligence” is an oxymoron.

Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.

More here



OFA: Ten things you should know about Romney’s extreme stance on women’s rights – see here


Boston.com: A day after Mitt Romney downplayed his plans to fight abortion, social conservatives on Wednesday offered the Republican presidential nominee a not-so-subtle reminder of his pledge to do “everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America”.

The head of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List distributed an article Romney penned last summer vowing to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood, while backing legislation that would “protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion”. In the June 2011 article, Romney also expressed support for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

…. In an interview Tuesday with The Des Moines Register, Romney said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected.

…. The Republican’s campaign walked back his comments almost immediately. “Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life,” spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. She declined to elaborate.

More here





TPM: Joe Walsh deployed a strange attack on his Democratic opponent, Iraq War veteran and former Veterans Affairs official Tammy Duckworth, at a debate Tuesday night – brandishing a photo of her picking out a dress for the Democratic National Convention.

The point that Walsh intended to illustrate was that Duckworth was a political insider and a handpicked candidate of the national Democrats.

…. At the very raucous debate in Rolling Meadows, Ill. …. Duckworth accused Walsh of trying to distract from the issues – and she got in a kicker of her own.

“And yes, I do sometimes look at the clothes that I wear,” she said. “But for most of my adult life, I’ve worn one color – it’s called camouflage.”

More here

Greatest response ever?






President Barack Obama talks with Alan Krueger, Council of Economic Advisers Chair, left, and Chief of Staff Jack Lew in the Oval Office, Oct. 10, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Fountain, Colorado, Oct 10 (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)


iVillage: …. The first lady revealed Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, also got a pep talk of sorts from their dad before the first family was introduced. “On convention night, when we were backstage, the one thing he was saying, ‘Just look like you’re listening, that’s all I want,’ Mrs. Obama told us as she laughed. “The girls still don’t have that focused, poker face so sometimes they’re at an event and they’re like,” she said, demonstrating a face that any mom of a teenager or tween would instantly recognize. “They don’t know to exude and they’re not thinking about needing to exude so Barack would just (say), ‘Just look like you’re listening.’ ‘They’re like, okay dad, okay, we’ll do that for you.”

Mrs. Obama admitted she had to help the girls along a bit convention night especially when they started to argue with each other. She would periodically look at them and smile and clap with the hint that they needed to do the same. “So Sasha, throughout was like, ‘Is this good? Is this funny? Was that a good joke? I didn’t really get it but I’ll smile.’ I’m like, that’s it, that’s my girl,” said the proud – and relieved – mom.

More here


I know, I know….. I posted it already – but hey, it’s worth posting again (Tumblr)



Morning everyone 😉

211 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 COS
    October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Good morning Chips.

  2. 6 EDP4BHO
    October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Good morning TOD while I wait for my ride to work.

  3. October 11, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Today is a gift….share it by getting someone out to vote or to register to vote.

  4. 9 LDS
    October 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good morning Chips,
    Just missed it by 5……. Getting closer….
    Slowly I turn. Step by step. Inch by inch.
    Watch out! I am getting there.

  5. 11 joyce
    October 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    GM family. I hope Biden kick some serious a$$. Have a good day.

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers,etc, and congratulations COS on #1 🙂

  7. 14 LDS
    October 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Even though I was last on the last thread, ” the last shall be first”.
    Chips, the picture of PBO and FLOTUS is becoming my favorite. The humor that they share is so remarkable. It helps me to stop worrying so much about them. She makes him laughs and that is so cool. Thank you for posting that again. It kept me smiling all day yesterday, I woke up feeling nice…..real nice.

  8. October 11, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Hit twitter, send Joe Our love, wish Him well.
    Well, I am already nervous… Not at Joes performance, but at what MSNBainC has been told to do.
    I hope they give Joe a fair shake!
    Anyways, Good Morning!

    • 16 hopefruit2
      October 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

      What I suspect they will do (and I posted the same on last night’s thread) is that if VP Joe has a good debate – instead of highlighting how well he did relative to Lyin’ Ryan, MSNBainCapital will turn it into a prolonged discussion of how much better VP was than PBO. They are not going to let last week go. And they’re going to try to keep the focus on PBO instead of Paul Ryan.

      That’s my thought, but I would be happy to be proven wrong. Meanwhile I will be watching on CSPAN.

      • 17 edp4bho
        October 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

        And no, you will not be proven wrong, as all I heard this morning is that PBO has lost his lead in “a” poll, the onus is on Biden at the debate, PBO’s lackluster debate, yada yada yada. They want this shit and they want it bad, and everybody in the media is complicit as though they were all promised big bonuses if they can convince the public that R’s the guy to be in the WH. Bunch of cheap hos. Good morning, by the way.

  9. 19 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    When MS-MBcile tries to spins stuff about PBO being doomed, we know the facts.

  10. October 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Why is Cory Booker on tv? It’s all about Cory Time.

  11. October 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Btw- that’s a very good rise and shine.
    One of the best…

    • October 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

      You’re very kind Jovie, thank you, lots of terrific material out there, I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of good stuff – will try and find it through the day!

  12. 26 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Will the MSM report on this? Or will they spend the rest of the election season only reporting polls and pimping Willard?

  13. 29 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

    another day, another chance to encourage people to support PBO by registering and voting.

    the poll that really matters is the results from the ballot cast by and on election day – others are just indicators of what could be

  14. 30 forus50
    October 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Jobless claims (weekly) lowest in 4 years – since Feb 2008. Great news.

  15. 34 57andFemale
    October 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

  16. 35 amk for obama
    October 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    GM folks.

    Everyone take their chill pills today yet ? No freaking out when our beloved Biden is up there tonight.

  17. 49 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Headline: Paid Right Wing Bloggers Posting on Liberal Websites

    // …Some on the progressive side are already well aware that the GOP is, and has been at least since 2005, mounting a large and well-funded campaign to plant phony ‘progressives sick of the Dems’ comments on various liberal sites to split the vote. Their masters know the psychology well: a percentage of the population, no matter what their politics, is ‘suggestible,’ meaning if they read a string of comments excoriating ALL Democrats as frauds and liars, that will become their opinion, if nothing to the contrary is offered. These ‘suggestibles’ are not necessarily stupid, but they do readily conform to whatever opinion is dominant. That’s why the GOP, through their paid operatives, flood progressive sites with so-called ‘former Democrats’ and ‘angry progressives’ who do nothing but harp on how horrible the Democrats and Obama are. It’s insidious and underhanded, but look at who’s doing it — the party of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. All of them were elected on a promise of jobs and better times, only to use their office to reward the wealthy with tax cuts and lucrative contracts privatizing public services at the expense of middle-class families who work for a living…

    …Incidentally, there is no comparable effort by the left: if you try to post comments opposing the GOP or corporatists at right-wing sites, in most cases you will quickly be banned from posting there and your comments removed. They aren’t about to let the other side play their game on them, even if we had the money to fund such slimy baloney and the inclination to do so.

    Our only protection against such ersatz assaults is to use our heads and common sense: if someone is a little ‘too’ enraged at Obama and the Democrats, be suspicious, especially if they never talk about Republicans. Ask them a couple of polite intelligent questions on the comment thread’s topic; if they respond by condemning or insulting you for questioning them rather than engaging you, they’re likely a sock-puppet troll; it’s in their nature to consider any question or disagreement as tantamount to treason. Also, if they keep reposting basically the same idea in one comment thread, they’re probably a sock-puppet troll; they’ve been instructed by their masters that repetition works. And don’t be swayed if they accuse you of being a ‘shill’ or ‘troll’ for questioning them — they are trained to do that.


    • 50 dotster3
      October 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

      It was so evident that this was going on on DKos—- it got to be so ridiculous—–all the nasty, hate-filled comments, Obama’s a Big Failure etc. on every BWD diary and on any other one which dared to post anything positive about Obama. They love the call in shows also and are laughable when they still try to use the tired refrain, “I’m a life long Democrat and no way can I vote for Obama this time” etc. I read somewhere that College Republicans are involved and likely all of Brigham Young this time, as well as paid posters. And I agree with chips, that it is still smart to remember that kos did nothing to stop all of that; in fact, most of their front pagers were piling on.

    • October 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

      I believe it but truth to tell on places like Dkos these paid bloggers don’t need much help. It’s the regulars that are ready to trash PBO if they don’t get there purple unicorn.

  18. October 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

    GOOD morning, TODville!! Are we FIRED UP? Are we READY TO GO?

  19. October 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up day once again in TOD town!!!! I say this with excitement and enthusiasm. I must also say though that it is so disheartening to read some of the negativity and non-issue issues that get posted. There’s only 25 days left until the election. I sure hope we don’t spend them on who said what in the media. Enough of the Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, and the like. Who cares at this late date. This has gone on way more since the debate and it’s a counter-productive way to try and enjoy the great team we have in PBO’s campaign. There are more comments associated with drive-by, negative, one liner posts, than those that are uplifting and positive. C’mon, let’s close out PBO’s last campaign with some good vibes.

    My political take today is I’m looking forward to tonight’s debate and without setting any expectation one way or another, except to say I’m thinking VP Joey got this. If you watch on CSPAN for the debate, keep in mind that CSPAN1 shows the candidates on split screen. CSPAN2 shows only the person who is peaking at the time, which imo is the better way to do it. Anyway, they will be sitting at a table and the visual will be more relaxed.

    • 54 FoxfireTX
      October 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks for this info, didn’t realize C-Span 2 did not do the split screen which I really don’t like.

  20. 55 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

  21. 61 Margie James
    October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good Gordon’s Gin. This is most incompetent, despicable GOP congress I have ever seen, my father is 84 years old, and even he’s never seen anything like it.

  22. 62 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 9:01 am


  23. 69 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Good morning TOD fam. Chips, thanks for posting the fundraising list; got several donations while I was gone. Had a meet up with WandaNVa4Obama; will send a pic and paragraph for you to post.

    Been back lurking for almost a week, however, didn’t comment because I didn’t want to offend anyone; seemed like anytime I had a moment to take a peek, somebody would be in full “hair on fire” mode… I once typed a response of “get a FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloIndiaNovemberGolf grip! If you can’t keep it together, shut the FoxtrotUniformCharlieKilo up and keep your AlphaSierraSierra up on the FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloIndiaNovemberGolf porch!” Though better of it and didn’t hit the send. Had enough on my hands calming the waters with folks on my team… Funny thing is, my seniors (70 and above) weren’t phased by the debate; 55-69 and 18-25 were moderately concerned; however, 26-54 were in full blown “hair on fire” mode! My solution was to register voters, knock doors, make calls. Thanks to all those folks that have the patience to calm the waters and talk folks down off the ledge.

    On my way out the door again, this time to a statewide tax conference; can’t wait, a lot of red county republicans to tick off, but more importantly, some red county supporters who love to see a friendly face with a briefcase full of swag…

    Keep the faith folks. PBO and VPB are doing their part; we just need to keep our nose to the grindstone and do ours!

  24. 76 criquet
    October 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

    GM all.

    Huge News from the new polls:


  25. 78 lisalovesobama
    October 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

    So are skewed polls drowning out all the good news today? I’m off the media. Have been avoiding them half heartedly since last Thursday, but with more determination since Monday. Will also continue to avoid them till nov 7th. They make me sick.

    • 79 forus50
      October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Take heart: even after Romney’s best lies/performance POTUS still has more than 270 electoral votes in all electoral polling and odds are 70% of winning. If Republicans weren’t so obtuse they would be completely demoralized right now.

      • 80 lisalovesobama
        October 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

        Oh, I’m not worried about PBO. my bullshit quota for 2012 has been met, so I’m not gonna tolerate any more.

  26. 84 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    They are effing traitors, all of them:

  27. 85 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

  28. 86 desertflower
    October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Oh for crying out loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    In 2009, Mitt Romney, who is now trying to campaign for president as a moderate, lent his star power to an unusual charitable project: celebrating right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck to raise money for an unaccredited Utah-based college, which was founded by acolytes of the late W. Cleon Skousen and promoted the work of this fringe conservative figure. Much-touted by Beck, Skousen was an anti-communist crusader, a purported political philosopher, a historian accused of racist revisionism, and a right-wing conspiracy theorist. He contended that the Founding Fathers were direct descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, claimed that a global cabal of bankers controlled the world from behind the scenes, and wrote a book that referred to the “blessings of slavery.” Skousen, who died in 2006, taught Romney at Brigham Young University.

    On May 30, 2009, George Wythe University (named after the first law professor in America, who was a teacher of Thomas Jefferson), held a fundraising gala at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Beck, who was then riding high as a Fox News host, was the special guest, tapped to receive the school’s annual “Statesman Award.” Romney introduced him.

    In a video message—obtained by Mother Jones—that was recorded for the event, Romney praised Beck and this school, which the US Department of Justice has called a “diploma mill.” He hailed George Wythe University and its supporters for “building statesmen” and “moving forward the cause of liberty and building men and women of virtue and wisdom, diplomacy, and courage.” He introduced Beck as a “man who is really making an impact in our entire country today.” Romney noted that Beck’s “approach is refreshing” and that he “tries to focus his message on action…on learning the principles of freedom and liberty, on standing up and making your voice heard, on reading and applying the wisdom of our nation’s founders to the challenges of today.” Beck, he asserted, was “a statesman in his own right.” Here’s the video:

  29. 87 lisalovesobama
    October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I watched the Diane Sawyer interview and had to skip some at the beginning. It looked like if she had her way, all she’d want to talk about was the debate. Talk about beating a dead horse. 🙄 these people have no decency or ethics. They wonder why people distrust the media. {{SMDH}}

    • 88 57andfemale
      October 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I did not get to watch the interview. Was the rest of it okay?

      • 89 lisalovesobama
        October 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

        It was a 6 minute clip, quite a bit of which I missed because she kept going on and on about that stupid debate. She was like a stinking vulture: circling, circling, trying to figure out if PBO was a dead carcass she could feed on. You can watch it if you want but she ruined the interview for me. I’m at the point where everything the media does is suspect and only makes me hate them more. You’re perspective may be different, so don’t make my ill will towards the media turn ou away from watching the interview.

  30. 92 criquet
    October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    More info:

    • 93 57andfemale
      October 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I wish we could stop calling them ‘independents’ and call them ‘uninformed by choice’.

      • 94 lisalovesobama
        October 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

        That’s not true, I’m an independent that never votes republican but won’t tie my name to the Democratic Party because I think that the party needs to be restructured with stronger blood that doesn’t have palpitations when things don’t go the way they think it should: prime example, debate night one week ago. Democrats are so in love with the idea that they are a party with many different minds and voices that when it comes to loyalty, it’s each man for himself (except for a select few, where the fuck has the democratic party been for the last four years? for a while there, all they did was complain about PBO, instead of standing with him and fighting like their lives and this country’s future depended on it.)They immediately jump ship or try to perform seppuku ( ie: EJ Dione quoting his polster friend: “if its a bad poll for republicans they cry skewed polls, if its a bad poll for dems they they committ suicide”). I believe in the party’s platform, but I won’t call myself a democrat till this party grows a backbone ( there’s nothing i despise more than disloyalty and fickleness). And that’s the same for other independents I know. They already know which side they favor and they wouldn’t be caught dead voting for the opposite side, the only reason they don’t have a D or R on their registration card is because they have some problem or another with how the party operates. So not all independents are uninformed. There are uninformed voters who have an I on their registration cards but that’s because they are idiots. My point is, don’t paint all independents with the same brush.
        Ps- this rant about democrats is more about elected officials than the general public.

        • 95 edp4bho
          October 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

          “I’m an independent that never votes republican but won’t tie my name to the Democratic Party because I think that the party needs to be restructured with stronger blood that doesn’t have palpitations when things don’t go the way they think it should…”

          I knew there was something besides your potty mouth I find a kinship with… 😀 My turn to independent came years ago when I did not want to be labeled for the sake of presumption. I used to split my ticket but after the last few election seasons, one would have to cut off my hand before I allow it to push a button for a rethug. Like VPB says, this ain’t your father’s republican party. And I have never voted rethug for any presidential contest, only locals. They blew it big time, and if Dems don’t “grow their spines” quicker, they might lose a lot of elections for complacency alone. I have been encouraged of late with their performance, let’s hope they keep it up.

        • 96 57andfemale
          October 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

          lisa, I believe your principled brand of ‘independent’ is sorely in the minority when independents are polled. there is, sadly, a high level of low information and unengaged voters who are swayed by the last thing they hear or a blustery, showy performance. There is no other way to explain dramatic shifts in these people over one news cycle.

          In no way would I ever disrespect you — you are a shining, bright light of principled thinking and support. I treasure your contributions.

          • 97 lisalovesobama
            October 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

            I don’t understand why, in a country where our right to vote was paid for in blood, sweat and tears, the American people don’t approach voting as seriously and as informed as they should be. I’ll never understand it. Unfortunately, low information voters give actual independent voters a bad name, as now the terms are used almost interchangeably. But, np, 57, I wasn’t offended, I just wanted to clarify the differences with some independent voters.

            • 98 57andfemale
              October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

              You’re absolutely right, on everything. We have turned over the decisions of our government to a small sliver of rabid, committed voters. ALL Americans should vote. Our problems stem from the lack of commitment to voting by so many on our side. I’d buy the ‘will of the people’, if 90% of Americans bothered to vote.

        • 99 nospin
          October 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

          “I’m an independent that won’t tie my name to the Democratic Party because I think that the party needs to be restructured with stronger blood that doesn’t have palpitations when things don’t go the way they think it should”

          that is me. but in State/local elections, I am open to looking at the record of the person regardless of affiliation and will vote Republican if they are really good at what they do and their record and policies make sense.

    • 100 desertflower
      October 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I’m not very good with this stuff…but if Mitt loses Ohio, does he lose the election?

    • 104 dotster3
      October 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

  31. 105 desertflower
    October 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Hypocrite Romney…breaking ground at PBS station on Boston….photo:)


  32. 106 amk for obama
    October 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Chicago Tribune poll y’day – Obama thrashing the bot by 55 to 36 in IL.


  33. 108 criquet
    October 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

    More good news to be spread far and wide:

  34. 109 criquet
    October 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    More truths:

    • 110 57andfemale
      October 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Downward trajectory on jobs numbers in the four-week average:

      • 111 57andfemale
        October 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

        FYI, numbers under 370,000 mean a pretty robust improvement in unemployment. Weekly numbers fluctuate (as the wonderful Steve Benen always reminds us); but if we’re looking at a month that is under 370,000 — that is good news.

  35. 112 LDS
    October 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I second that, amk!

    As I posted on the last post, Stevie Wonders’ “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” is a good go to song if you feel a rise coming on.
    Turn off everything and sing it out loud. We need positive people thinking and feeling positive thoughts from now on until Nov. 7th.

    Scripture commands us, Psalm 37:1 “Do not fret.”

    This is a divine command. But what does it mean to get? One person once defined it as that which makes a person rough on the surface, causing him to rub and wear himself and others away. Isn’t it true that an irritable irrational, and critical person not only wears himself out but is also very draining and tiring to others?
    When we worry and fret, we are a constant annoyance. This psalm not only says, “Do not fret because of evil men” but leaves no room for fretting whatsoever. It is very harmful, and God does not want us to harm ourselves or others.
    Any physician can tell you that a fit of anger is more harmful to your system than a fever and that s disposition of continual fretting is not conducive to a healthy body. The next step down from fretting is being quick-tempered, and that amounts to anger.
    We still have work to do. Voting booths to occupy. A country to unite. A planet to appreciate.
    It means so much to me that THIS vote is for generations to come know that we did not fall a part, we held on to one another, fought the good fight and did what we knew in our hearts was right not only for this country but for the world.
    We all ready have the victory! We have to walk, talk and think victorious. This is another level of evil. Let us rise to the occasion!

    May we set it aside once and for all and simply be obedient to the command,”DO NOT FRET”.

    • 113 betseyc
      October 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Wonderful comment. Love the description of fretting

    • 114 edp4bho
      October 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for the faithful reminder, LDS. Though we are human and tend to worry, we can see by PBO’s example that fretting does not get the job done. As I listened to his interview with Tom Joyner yesterday- the one with Sawyer, as much as I could listen, was helpful as well- his ease and confidence uplifted me and reminded me of all the good that has occurred on his watch so far, and I just can’t see how, after all the hard work and belief in the American people, he could lose this election- if we stay focused as prescribed. I contend that there are principalities at work and whether folks believe this or not, it is clearly the good vs. the evil. Must stay focused.

    • 115 Mae who love our CIC
      October 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Speak the truth, LDS. They, the evil one gon wither.


  36. 116 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

  37. October 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Of all the “Star Wars” characters, Mark Hamill thinks President Obama is most like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    “Well he’s very wise. He’s got a sort of, probably, a cross between Obi-Wan and Yoda,” the actor, who played Luke Skywalker, said on “The Young Turks”. “I so revere him, I’m going to have to go with the Sir Alec Guinness character, Obi-Wan.”

    Hamill has previously described Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as “not actually human” and “a snake oil salesman.”

  38. 118 dotster3
    October 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    A frightening proposition—-all set up for the Big Money takeover of this country

    • 119 CindyH
      October 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      reading that literally made me sick to my stomach – back to working even harder for President Obama’s re-election…

  39. 120 LDS
    October 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Correction: What does it mean to fret? ( up above)….. Sorry. Even fingers are happy.

  40. 122 japa21
    October 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I am feeling really good today. Well, not physically. Some really bad cold. Spent yesterday in bed. At work today but I don’t know how long. However, there is one really big reason I am feeling good.

    The drop in unemployment claims is extremely good news. In and of itself, it may not mean much to a lot of people. But, in general, 350,000 is considered the key number. Above that and employment is growing very slowly. Below that, and it generally indicates a lot of job growth. In other words, if this stays pretty much the same the enxt couple weeks, the employment/job growth picture for October looks pretty good. And when is that report issued? The Friday before the election.

    If, and this is a big if, the race is still close at that time, and the UE drops again and over 150,000 new jobs are created, it will, not may, but will swing the election PBO’s way.

    It is generally thought that news that close to the election doesn’t have much impact. But look at 2004. It was a very tight race and Kerry was given a very good chance of winning. But the weekebnd before the election a recording from bin Laden surfaced and the Bush adminsitration jumped on it as showing bin Laden wanted Kerry to win. It actually was pretty much the opposite, but that news carried the last couple days and I am convinced that it cost Kerry the electioon. So0 late news can make a difference.

    • 123 57andfemale
      October 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

      350,000? I thought is was 370,000. If I am strong, I stand corrected.

      • 124 57andfemale
        October 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

        I got the 370,000 figure from Steve Benen:

        In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are being created rather quickly. We’ve now been below the 370,000 threshold nine of the last 14 weeks.

      • 125 57andfemale
        October 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

        Jees. ‘wrong’. not ‘strong’.

        • 126 japa21
          October 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

          It could be 370,000 which makes this news even more special. At my age, the memory isn’t as good as it could be.

    • October 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      That’s why it was so great that PBO had OBL taken out. The GOP NEEDED OBL to stay relavent (sp) and scare the american people to vote against democrats although it was the republicans that allowed the worst attack on our soil since pearl harbor.

  41. 128 Sandee
    October 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Lite morning muse for you!

    “Maybe he will; maybe he won’t
    Maybe he do, but maybe he Don’t
    Is this Mitt for real, or only for show?

    We really can’t wait, then find out
    too late
    His message was nothing, just
    Lies based on hate.

    Consistent and steady, Obama has been
    Caring for All, again and again
    Show up at the polls;
    early vote if you can

    Support a proven leader;
    elect Barack Obama, for
    Four More Years, again!

    have a great day, all! And let’s GO JOE!

  42. 129 dotster3
    October 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

  43. 130 desertflower
    October 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    BOOM! Tweet this:)

  44. 131 FoxfireTX
    October 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Good morning everyone! Well, I think we have the October surprise! Nothing but GOOD economic news. Just in time.

    Watched the Nightline segment last night. Very little on PBO, just a short clip of his interview with Diane Sawyer. It was mostly about Michelle and of course they had to show the clip she was bashed for so badly in 2008 which really made me angry. BUT Queen Ann needs to take some lessons from our First Lady. She was pressed a couple of times on Romney’s positions and she refused to respond, said that was for PBO to do. Her job was to talk about what he’s accomplished. Oh wait, what could Ann say about Romney’s accomplishments? He made us a ton of money by destroying companies. In any event, showed just how classy Michelle remains.

  45. 132 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

  46. 133 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hopefruit2 this ones for you 😉

  47. 135 Vicki Green
    October 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    The excellent economic news continues today! Little noted yesterday was that the Debt, you know, that thing the GOP pretend is their Big Concern, well, it has shrunk dramatically. But have we heard a thing from the Repubs about that?
    So to recap: 1) Employment improving in all different metrics, 2) Debt going down 3) Home prices and sales improving in most markets 4) Stock market Doubled since PBO came to town.
    PBO and his administration have turned the economy around. Period.

    Now let them go after the “weakness” in foreign policy. HA. OBL dead, Iraq over, Afghanistan ending.

  48. 136 desertflower
    October 11, 2012 at 9:59 am


    Amtrak trains carried 31.2 million passengers in the fiscal year ending in September, the highest annual ridership since the railroad was formed in 1971, the nation’s intercity passenger railroad said Wednesday.

    Ridership grew 3.5 percent over the past 12 months compared with the previous budget year, and ticket revenue jumped 6.8 percent to a best-ever $2.02 billion, Amtrak said. Ridership has increased every year but one over the past decade, and is up almost 50 percent from 2000.

    “People are riding Amtrak trains in record numbers across the country because there is an undeniable demand to travel by rail,” Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in a statement. “Ridership will continue to grow because of key investments made by Amtrak and our federal and state partners to improve on-time performance, reliability, capacity and train speeds.”

    At the same time ridership has been increasing, Republicans have stepped up their campaign to end federal subsidies to Amtrak. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has accused Amtrak of “Soviet-style” inefficiency and held several hearings devoted to criticism of the railroad.

    The GOP platform adopted at the Republican National Convention in August calls for “the federal government to get out of way and allow private ventures to provide passenger service” in the lucrative northeast corridor between Washington and Boston — the heart of Amtrak’s operations.

    • 137 daisydem
      October 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

      No, no, no! We cannot let this happen and I did some posting on WhiteHouse.gov after the inauguration about my desire for better infrastructure, especially as regards the rail system in this country. There is no reason we cannot do this and think of the jobs it would create. It would provide a comfortable, easy alternative to flying (perhaps at a lower cost to the passenger) for those who don’t like to fly or cannot afford to or who simply want to take their time to go from city to city. And some high speed trains where possible would make rail even expedient. After he is sworn in a second time, and he will be, I will again give my input (one person’s voice) to the issue of infrastructure in this country. We need to move this country forward and transportation = jobs = progress!

  49. 138 kathryn kivett
    October 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have been giving some serious thought to wondering is it best to live in a world with only positive “news” and opinions or is it best to live in a world where negative “news” and opinions are pointed out, discussed and hopefully negated? I think for me, no negative news or opinions are going to sway my loyalty and support from PBO, on the contrary, it just stiffens my spine and makes me more inclined to fight harder…. However, if someone is reading, lurking and WAIVERING in their support for PBO, reading reactions from people about what “so and so” said, and our reactions, just might sway that person to reaffirm their support. We are all reading, seeing, hearing some of the supposedly “liberal” MSM , making very negative comments about PBO …pretending it does not exist, in my opinion, is not helpful to PBO….Do some of us react with “our pants on fire”, absolutely….BUT….does having someone tell us to “Chill the F out” help….YOU BET! THANK YOU, PBO… I disagree with supporters of PBO critiiczing each other for their opinions. In my world, I want PBO to be REAL…capable of making mistakes and correcting them, Honest, Compassionate, Moral and trustworthy…that’s all I ask of him.

    • 139 amk for obama
      October 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Nope. No need of frenzy feeding off media generated faux “negative news”. Not this close to the election. And definitely not here. I am sure there gazillion blogs to do that kinda navel gazing tripe.

      • 140 99ts
        October 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

        There is a big difference between real mistakes and media generated bull…t & I agree amk that the latter is not needed, nor wanted. I’ve seen 2 positive issues in the media attempts to bring Romney back into play
        1. The next person who calls the media liberal will be laughed out of the room
        2. The next GOP supporter who says “the polls are all wrong” or “the labor figures are invented” will be treated with the contempt they deserve.

        I think the political media freaked when Nate Silver had the President getting close to 90% chance to win. They HAD to change that to recover some relevance in the discussion. Most of the comments about the President after the debate deserved to be flushed down the loo. I watched on C-Span and still don’t see what sent the media into high5s for Romney – nor the left into despair.

    • 141 edp4bho
      October 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I have no problem with living in the “real world”, kathryn. You make great points. Thanks.

  50. 142 FoxfireTX
    October 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Huge shoutout to OFA-NC for keeping this state competitive this cycle! Romney originally was scheduled to be in OH today but instead is headed for NC. He must be worried about it. You NC folks rock! Whether PBO takes NC or not, you’ve accomplished a huge win by forcing Romney to spend time and money there. Forward!

  51. 143 vcprezofan2
    October 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

    A very ‘Good Thursday Morning’ to all TODobots! 😆 😆

    I arrived all ready to suggest we have a ‘Paul Ryan Afternoon’ heading into tonight’s debate but it looks like Mayoress Chips had a similar idea, only for the entire day. Her shared clip above of the guy fits right into what I had in mind. My thought was for us to channel any debate suggestions/advice we might think we have for VPJoe into reminders to our contacts of the nature of Paul Ryan. Let’s put the ‘burden of proof’ on Mr. Ryan. Anything that doesn’t work tonight – ‘It’s all Ryan’s fault!’

    HAPPY THURSDAY, everyone!

  52. October 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Good day friends!

    14+ hour day of meetings ahead with likely zero breaks so just wanted to say hi and note the remarkable consistency of the House GOP, during the past 3+ years – nothing but hate and harm, all the time ….


  53. 150 JER
    October 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

  54. 153 utaustinliberal
    October 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Early voting is bad news for Mitt Romney. It is crushing him. No wonder the GOP wanted to scrub it off.

  55. 155 utaustinliberal
    October 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    So basically, polls are returning to pre-debate levels.

  56. 156 desertflower
    October 11, 2012 at 10:25 am



    Romney: ‘We Don’t Have People Who Die Because They Don’t Have Insurance’

  57. 157 cookemom
    October 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    In regards to tonight’s debate. Remove all flammables so there’s no chance to set your own hair on fire. Wear mittens, it’s less likely you’ll be able to wring your hands. Keep looking upwards and you’ll find the sky firmly in place and will not fall based on either side’s performance. However, if neither of these solutions work for you…..don’t choke, go get out the vote!

    • October 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Tell Daily Kos, they lost their collective minds over there.

      • 159 cookemom
        October 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Jovie, please don’t reply directly to my post until or unless you apologize to the blog for your horrible behavior awhile back. You accused the best darn campaign contributer, Donna of using TOD only to collect donations for her fundraiser. You did a “I’m outta here”, while insulting all of us at the same time. Then you return within a few hours without so much as a word about your conduct. I understand folks go through stuff and you may have just had a bad day. I’m also not trying to rehash old stuff, but I can’t in good consciousness accept comments directly from you under those circumstances. That is all.

    • 165 dotster3
      October 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

      When I get nervous I just think of funny things my 3 yr. old grandson says, like yesterday after he’d had been jumping into piles of fall leaves, he told me he’d been “leaving”. And when he told me he had put fresh grated parmesan cheese on his pasta, I told him he was a snob, so now every time I talk to him he loudly proclaims, “Im a snob!”—–and laughs—–he has no idea what it means other than someone who puts parmesan on their pasta.
      So that saves me for a few minutes—–then back to curling my toes.

  58. 166 japa21
    October 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Further reason not to panjic. Rasmussen as of today has PBO at 48 to Romneys 47%. And with Rasmussen, we can extrapolate that out to really being PBO 1,000,000% to Romney -26%.

  59. 167 canadabarb4obama
    October 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Bringing this over from previous thread:
    It is our favourite Jacqueline O’Boomer’s birthday! May Joe Biden hit it out of the park, especially for her! (and us too)

    • 168 yardarm756
      October 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Cosign here. Happy, Happy Jacqueline.

    • October 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

      And where is our dear friend? Is she out partying or something?

      Well, how do you like that.

      • 170 jacquelineoboomer
        October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        Me? Party? Uhm. Thanks, guys!

        • 171 taiping1
          October 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          Happy Birthday! Unemployment claims down, debt down, Joe Biden up! Have a great day.

          • 172 jacquelineoboomer
            October 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

            Yes, all for my birthday! Ha!

            Keep Calm and Support Barack … love that!

            You have a great day, too.

        • 173 vcprezofan2
          October 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

          Wow, JO’B, did the campaign arrange for your guy to debate on YOUR birthday? What a treat! They must have read here that he is a favourite of yours. You are sooooo lucky that they chose to end your special day with VPJoe readily visible and in fighting form!

          Happy, Happy Birthday, JO’B, Have a Lovely Day! 😆 😆 😆 (pst: No chocolate cake, please, just a slice of lemon cake will be fine, thank you. 😉 )

          • 174 jacquelineoboomer
            October 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

            Lemon cake for you, chocolate cake for me!

            Thanks, vc. Yes, the campaign heard it was my birthday and arranged for Joey to surprise me (us) tonight with his brilliant takedown of Eddie M. Can’t wait!

            You have a great day, too! 🙂 🙂

  60. October 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Reince Priebus and CNN host Soledad O’Brien clashed Thursday over Mitt Romney’s abortion stance, with the RNC chairman accusing O’Brien of bias before backing down and admitting he doesn’t “hate” the anchor.

    On “Starting Point,” O’Brien played a clip of GOP presidential nominee Romney saying he would defund Planned Parenthood and asked Priebus if that contradicted the candidate telling the Des Moines Register he wouldn’t pursue any anti-abortion legislation.


    Soledad is the only one on CNN that asks Republicans tough questions. Look at this video?

  61. 177 anniebella
    October 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    With Mitt Romney it’s about one word…… TRUST. Can you trust Mitt Romney? When any voter step into that booth, they better ask themselves that question. If any parent had a child who tells stories like Romney does, who flip flop , who looks you in the face and lie like it was nothing, as a parent you would be very concern about that child.

  62. October 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

    1.4 billion dollars subsidies for Amtrak and Robney says, that he wants to get rid of it.
    Like that would cure the debt, or something?

  63. 184 amk for obama
    October 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    For firefox users. Don’t upgrade to version 16.0. Yet.


  64. 189 57andfemale
    October 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

  65. 190 canadabarb4obama
    October 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Hi Chips, any chance you could quickly bake a birthday cake for our Ms. Boomer? I think she’s headed over here.

    • October 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

      YAAAYAAYAYAAAAAY!!! I’ll get some streamers.

      Chips, pick out a giant photo of PBO and VPJOE!!

    • October 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Barb, did I miss ANOTHER birthday?!?!

      Have a perfect day J, thank you Barb!!

      • October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Happy Happy Happy!!!!!!!! Birthday, Jacqueline!

      • 196 donna dem 4 obama
        October 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Happy Birthday J’OB!!!!!!!!!!

      • 197 amk for obama
        October 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Happy b’day, job.

        • 198 amk for obama
          October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

          And this is for job.

          A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.”

          The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. “Is your bet still good?” asks the Irishman.

          The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back.

          The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement. The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, “If ya don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?”

          The Irishman replies, “Oh … I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”

      • 199 whatisworking
        October 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Happy B-Day Jacqueline – your present should arrive on the evening of Nov 6th.

      • 200 jacquelineoboomer
        October 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        Oh, Chips, thank you so much for the birthday picture (and you, Barb!), and to everybody for the b-day wishes. My son arrived to make me birthday coffee and play me some birthday music – life is good, eh? (My son mocked me once for some old rock ‘n’ roll song I was playing, and I said, “Hey, I’m the one who introduced you to music!” and he said, “Yeah, like I wouldn’t have discovered that all by myself!” Nothing like “attitude” from a Child of a Child of the ’60s! Funny, though, how he loves all the songs I was playing when he was “discovering music” for himself! But, as he would say, I digress. Again.)

      • October 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        Yep, you missed mine (9th). Luckily I love you too much to complain or to kick you straight to India!

  66. October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Planned Parenthood’s political arm saw an opening in Mitt Romney’s comments about federally defunding the group, which he made yesterday in a mop-up of a garbled statement about abortion legislation that appeared more to the center than he has been on the issue this cycle.

    This spot is airing in Virginia and Colorado, according to the group.



  67. 209 lamh35
    October 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    All the worrywart over tonight’s debate, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS NOW.

    Gawd I hate to link to Dave Weigel (I think he’s a douche), but this article on Biden is a good one. Seriously, read this and I’ll bet you’ll calm down after reading it.

    Can Joe Biden Save Barack Obama? People are underestimating the veep. They shouldn’t

    Today’s vice presidential debate makes us glad of one thing. The phony, irritating, made-for-Twitter era pre-fight “expectation-setting” is over. Republicans won’t even pretend that Joe Biden’s synapses still crackle. On Wednesday, after a modest amount of Internet buzz over a Ryan interview that ended poorly, the Romney campaign compared Ryan’s local TV schedule with Biden’s failure to do any national TV hits since he endorsed gay marriage back in May. The Weekly Standard gave anonymity to a “Republican source,” who gloated that “Joe Biden gets used by the Obama Campaign like Bernie from ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’ ”

    If Romney-Ryan tried to praise the veep, who would believe them? The three funniest syllables in any GOP stump speech are “Joe Biden.” The titters start at the mention of his name; they continue as some Republican quotes his latest “gaffe.” Back in the summer, American Crossroads blew some of its bottomless cash reserves on a Web video compilation of Biden missteps, thanking Obama for keeping Biden on the ticket. (The idea that Biden wouldn’t be on the ticket was a classic, baseless August political story.)

    According to Pew, only 34 percent of people expect Biden to beat Paul Ryan tonight, even though they barely know who Ryan is. Only 39 percent of these voters actually like the president. I’m not even sure that the “Bernie” joke is wrong. When I last asked the Obama campaign for Biden access, I was told that the veep’s plane was small and filled—literally, man—with traveling press

    So Biden enters the ring underrated, and Ryan enters it as a mystery. That’s obviously good for Biden. Ryan has outmatched mostly hapless Democrats in the eight debates he has competed in for his thoroughly safe House seat. Biden has lost two presidential primaries—one gracefully, one with maximum pain and humiliation—and coasted through some debates for his U.S. Senate seat. After spending some time with the Biden tapes, I’m convinced he’s being undervalued. He has a skill that now evades Barack Obama. He comes off like he actually cares about politics and wants to keep his job.

    The first televised Biden debates, the ones that nearly ended his career, date from 1987. He was 44…This Biden is barely recognizable to the modern audience. His voice was higher than it is now, which made him sound meaner… It was at the end of his debate that Biden accidentally failed to credit Neil Kinnock, the golden-throat British Labour Party leader, for a riff about why he’d succeeded beyond the ambitions of his ancestors…
    Biden quit the race and followed the pattern of senators who’d had their dreams crushed in front of national TV audiences. He focused on the work. In his subsequent debates, as he grayed and aged, Biden developed a debate technique that was half passion and half statistics, spit out as from a T-shirt cannon…

    The Clatworthy debates give us a better idea of Biden’s style than the Palin debate of 2008. That match-up was sui generis. Biden’s job then: Just don’t do anything that would make a swing voter root for the put-upon Hockey Mom. But Biden’s job, in his Senate races, was to humiliate Republicans by pointing out how cruel their policies were, and how little they knew. Abortion and women’s safety issues, which he could never deploy against Palin, are the tools he knows best. When Biden meets Ryan tonight, it would be out of character if he didn’t try to mire him in a discussion of pro-life bills and “legitimate rape.” Plenty of pols use soft language when they have to discuss those issues. Biden doesn’t…

    Paul Ryan is several leagues better than the businessman with the talking points. “He will spout figures with winsome authority,” predicts Jonathan Chait, “and Biden will come off an angry old man.”
    Absolutely, that could happen. Also possible: Biden could show the pulse that hairshirted Democrats wanted Barack Obama to show last week. Obama’s a bore when he talks about legislating. Biden can brag in detail about Democratic bills like they’re his grown children heading off for college. Presented with the choice to mellow out or to emote about the threat of Republicanism, he always walks through Door No. 2.

  68. 211 SAB
    October 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Just donated to the campaign. Wanted to kick in more, but forgot my student loan payment is due today. UGh! I have been donatnig every week since the convention. Anyway, will double down next week. 🙂

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