Catching up



President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the transfer of remains ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 14, marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya (Pete Souza)














President Obama talks with Mario Orosa, a native Ohioan, before dinner at the Smith Commons Dining Room and Public House in Washington, DC, on October 12, 2012. Orosa was one of the three winners of the final “Dinner with Barack” fundraising contest. The winners are Kimberley Cathey, Mario Orosa and Joe Laliberte (UPI/Pete Marovich)


More soon – still catching up with the news.

125 Responses to “Catching up”

  1. 1 dudette9t9
    October 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm


  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    October 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Dudes? Congrats! It’s me and I’m all ‘chatted’ out, Chips!

    • 9 Pamela
      October 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      I hoping to be first on the thread titled: Never Catching Up…. Then I’ll know I’m Home! I didn’t see my name up here with the other winners of the final Dinner with Barack. I sure was looking to introducing Chips to him as my guest! Sorry Chipsticks. The sun is setting.

  3. 10 prettyfoot58
    October 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm


    • 24 Pamela
      October 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Dave, I didn’t see you name up there with the winners, either. I recall you and went all in for that contest.

  4. 25 prettyfoot58
    October 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm


  5. October 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Congrats on First Dudette . .

    51M Watched the debates last night . . . forewarned . . . HuffPuff link:

    • 27 dudette9t9
      October 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, M.

    • 28 Lovepolitics2008
      October 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Yessssss….. wow. For the presidential debate they talked of 60 million people. The VP debate reached 5/6 of that ? Those are wonderful numbers. I’m sure Joe’s performance will have some good effects on the polls.

      • 29 FoxfireTX
        October 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        The first presidential debate was 68 mil. The number for the VP debate is down from 4 years ago but that was the Palin factor. This was pretty good, and even better 50% of viewers were age 55+. Hopefully they took Joe’s appeal to heart.

  6. 30 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Have you guys seen this? Congratulations Romney, you’ve gotten the vote of racists.

  7. 36 dudette9t9
    October 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    You’d think this was the President speaking in Ohio just this week. Nope, this is one of his “Closing Argument” Speeches during the last week of the 2008 campaign (Canton, Ohio – Oct 27 2008). Republicans are still running the same game plan. Watch the last 5 minutes. This is why we elected him. This is why we should keep him in the Big Chair.

    • 37 theo67
      October 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Wow – this man is the most consistent person I’ve ever been exposed to. This is a sign of someone who has thought about what he stands for, and embedded those values in his soul. It infuriates me that people ignore the fact that he’s kept his promises, where he’s been able to work around the obstruction, and that he’s got a successful four year record of achievement. They want to judge him on the last four weeks of the campaign, rather than judging the entirety of his presidency – man vs man; vision vs vision.

      He’s so consistent. He says what he means, and he does what he says he’ll do. That’s why people trust him. And you’re absolutely right – the entire speech is fantastic and worth listening to all over again – but the last five minutes are so relevant to today. He needs another term. He absolutely needs another term. WE need another term.

  8. 40 dotster3
    October 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Reminded again tonight by the horrible and disgusting situation at the Sensata plant in Freeport, Illinois, where Bain is closing the plant and moving it to China and forcing the soon to be unemployed employees train their Chinese counterparts. And this news—-that they have taken down the American flag there and hoisted the Chinese flag!—–should be blasted across the country. Why hasn’t our news media paid any attention to this story? The employees there are putting up a huge protest, but it’s going to end badly—-like when Bain made those workers build the stage for Bain biggies to appear and announce their plant closing and loss of jobs.


  9. 42 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    The picture of SoS Clinton and Pres. Obama at the transfer of remains ceremony just brings back the heartbreaking memory of that day.

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      October 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I find this photo quite touching. It suggests to my mind they are ‘holding up’ or ‘grounding’ each other and it also greatly brings to mind the fact that they are a team. This is the first US admin in which I have noticed such genuine, caring teamwork – Pres & VP; Pres & SOS, as well as between and among other staff when they cross the camera’s eye.

    • October 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      I love that Jay really pushed back on the WHpc today and their politicization of these deaths.

  10. October 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    My husband and I stayed up past 4:00 a.m. last night to watch VP Joe demolish Ryan, excellent! Thanks to you, Ms Chips for the lovely debate coverage, and to all of you for the fun comments! (Sorry about those German soccer players, Ms Chips!)

    • October 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Andogriff, thank you for your sympathy re Germany, I am now on my 85th glass of whiskey – and I hate the stuff. 😥

      • 49 andogriff
        October 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        My British husband would happily join you! He loves the stuff, but is sadly banned by a new diet for a couple of weeks. I’m sure Ireland will come back strong for the next game!

  11. 50 dotster3
    October 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  12. 51 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    • 52 dudette9t9
      October 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Scary. The work of some really delusional & desperate soul, who doesn’t understand this campaign, this President, is all about working to make things better for everyone.

    • October 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      I’m glad no one was hurt and pray that this will not be the start of any silliness of this nature during this election. We’ve gotten this far without activating the wackos looking for attention with guns.

  13. 55 Tally
    October 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  14. 66 yardarm756
    October 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  15. October 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Bringing over from previous thread (last comment).

    HOPEFRUIT2: See Chips response. She says the hate-filled troll accounts were set up the night before.
    BOBFR: It’s obvious these (paid?) trolls want to discourage tweeters who are truly sending out honest information.

    Here’s the post, with Chips’ comment:

    Just want to say “Thank you” to those brave tweeters who endure some of the most hate-filled responses I’ve seen. These (paid?) trolls seem to have really amped it up recently. I hate seeing these replies when I click on a tweet, and I’m sure the senders hate receiving them. Condolences to all.

    Here’s some cheery tweets for y’all:

    “After several days of big, loud rallies in OH and NC, today’s VA event seemed a bit flat. Romney tired perhaps and crowd less rowdy”

    “This new Obama ad signals a tougher message on Romney and the economy from here on out”

    “US government ran budget surplus of $75 billion in September, Treasury Department reports”

    The economy is undeniably improving. Here’s an article about home prices from today’s local newspaper (front page banner news):

    October 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    Arapaho415, it’s funny you should mention the hate-filled trolls – I tweeted earlier about this, I got a whole pile of tweets attacking VP Biden and defending Ryan, along with the usual RWNJ bile. Almost all of the accounts were brand new, presumably set up since last night. Methinks there’s a rather desperate Romney/Ryan effort going on to create a more ‘supportive’ presence on Twitter, especially to try to change the narrative after the crushing of Ryan by VP Biden.

  16. October 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Republicans cannot stand loses! Hoping Mitt Romney will say something about this!

  17. 77 dudette9t9
    October 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Feeling a little nostalgic… remember this four years ago?

    • 78 yardarm756
      October 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Imagine where we’d be if congress had worked with this President.

      • 79 dudette9t9
        October 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        I know. Damn shame. We gotta fix that and sweep the bums out!

      • 81 theo67
        October 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Especially when you see where the rest of the world is with their recovery, after following right wing policies of austerity. In the US – 32 months of constant growth. Consumer confidence up. Manufacturing up. Housing prices up. One war ended, another one on the way. Bin Ladin dispatched to hell. New industries launched. Auto industry recovered and thriving. Stock market doubled. All of this without a single helping hand from the right wing, and plenty of active and vile obstruction instead.

        And now, America puts Romney on a stage with President Obama and tells the President to “perform” or else. It’s astounding. I wish people could remember how they felt on Nov 4, 2008, and learn that President Obama has done his absolute best to keep his promises. It’s bittersweet.

  18. 89 yardarm756
    October 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  19. 90 forus50
    October 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Chipsticks, the first cartoon is such a hilarious PERFECT caricature of Joe Biden. Love it.

  20. 91 Tally
    October 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

  21. 92 anniebella
    October 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I just heard about the shooting at a Obama Denver Headquarter office. I’m so glad no one was hurt, but this is disgusting.

  22. 93 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    • 95 Tally
      October 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I was in the UK on election day in 2008. The next day everyone was buying me drinks and thanking me. It was AWESOME. I’ll never forget it. The days leading up, everyone kept asking if I was going to make it back to vote – they all knew how important it was for the GLOBE, especially how scary Palin was. I had to explain about voting my mail. 😀 😀 😀

      • 96 dudette9t9
        October 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Glad you were there to “represent” and soak up the goodwill for Americans abroad during the most momentous election in history!
        Still today, I get goosebumps thinking about that night.

  23. 97 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Romney camp has a sad. They were touting the CNBC poll saying Ryan had won until CNBC updated the poll with the true results. Silence from the Romney camp.

  24. 98 utaustinliberal
    October 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    • 99 Tally
      October 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      The GOP have lost their big boy pants, and are now deeply imbedded in their sandbox and throwing a giant tantrum because of their perma-sad.

  25. 100 Tally
    October 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    If you haven’t read Peter Berg’s full letter to Romney, you need to.

    • 101 lamh35
      October 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Question, I know Berg directed movie and tv show, but didn’t that Buzz Bissinger guy write the book? So is the “slogan” from the movie in the book and the movie, are was it written for the script?

    • 104 theo67
      October 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I love this particular video. They were all fresh faced, unsuspecting… At 6:57, POTUS-elect and FLOTUS-elect exchange a look that says everything. And the ending is amazing, too. I get teary-eyed whenever I watch this – and I must have watched it several hundred times over these past four years. The world is lucky to have this bunch of people.

  26. October 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Apparently, Robneys whole Campaign is about Benghazi.
    Man, they get stuck on one issue and they don’t let go.

  27. 115 desertflower
    October 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Was THIS posted earlier today??? This is a BFD!


    Romney’s Company Forces U.S. Flag to Be Lowered in Illinois

    It took place as Chinese workers replaced U.S. workers losing their jobs.

    Courtesy: Politico

    (WASHINGTON DC) – If Mitt Romney is elected president, the American flag itself may actually be restricted from flying in the United States. That word comes from employees losing their jobs in Freeport, Illinois.

    The Presidential Candidate holds major stock in a company called Sensata. The company recently made factory officials take down the American flag when they were forced to train their Chinese replacement workers, according to Tom Gaulrapp, with the United Steelworkers Union.

    Right now in Freeport, Illinois, some 170 workers at an auto sensor plant are sleeping in tents to protest Bain-owned Sensata Technology’s decision to ship their jobs to China.

    Romney claims he knows nothing about this. But the New York Times explains: “[Mitt Romney] owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds that hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares. If Sensata saves money by closing the Freeport plant, that could add money to Mr. Romney’s trust accounts, now or after the election.”

    This is taking place as Mitt Romney tries to convince people to believe that he doesn’t know about Bain’s shipping American jobs overseas. He is trying to distance himself from Bain Capital, a pioneer of outsourcing where Romney made a fortune as CEO.

    Another employee losing her job, Mary Jo Kerr, is a young mom of three. She’s heartbroken because she can’t afford dance lessons for her daughter. Another is Dot Turner, so close to retirement, but will not receive it. Instead Dot will get just 26 weeks’ severance for 43 years of work in the plant.

    Watch and share the Sensata workers’ story at http://www.usw.org/election2012.

    • 116 nospin
      October 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      yep. I watched that yesterday when that video yesterday. Can you believe that bs?

      • 117 desertflower
        October 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        Flag is bad…American jobs shipped overseas is bad….MSM, where are you???? Must be talking about VP Biden’s teeth….

        • 118 nospin
          October 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

          I was tweeting the crap out of that video yesterday. When I saw the above I sent a few more. Also forwarded to LOD and Rev Al. I think Rev Al will pick it up because the union worker specifically mentioned the fact that the flag was removed and replaced by the Chinese flag on Rev Al’s show tonight. Rev Al said he wanted to locate someone to talk to about that.

    • 119 Jey
      October 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      This should be an ad that is aired on tv constantly until election day as a reminder to the American people.

  28. 120 amk for obama
    October 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    GM folks

  29. 123 yardarm756
    October 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  30. 124 vcprezofan2
    October 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    We know that there are all kinds of people who are enthusiastic in their support for President Obama in this election. But recently Michelle Obama singled out one group that she knows a thing or two about.


    “So there is a seriousness about the direction of the country but let me tell you, older Black*** women love Barack Obama! Don’t mess with Barack Obama! There’s a lot of prayers going out and when you see the secret service, they’ve got to bolster up because they [Black women] are not going to let that go!”

    *** Here in TODville, she can just take out the ‘black’.


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