‘There was a rustling under the blanket…..”

Time: Pete Souza – “This was one of the most poignant moments of the President’s first term. He was visiting wounded warriors in the intensive care unit ICU at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. He had just presented a Purple Heart to Sgt. Chase Haag, who had been injured by an IED just hours before. Sgt. Haag was covered with a blanket and it was difficult to see how badly he was injured. He was also seemingly unconscious so the President whispered in his ear so not to wake him. Just then, there was a rustling under the blanket and Sgt. Haag, eyes still closed, reached his hand out to shake hands with the President.”

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299 Responses to “‘There was a rustling under the blanket…..””

  1. 8 theo67
    October 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Good evening.

  2. 9 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm


  3. 10 vitaminlover
    October 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    How Precious!

  4. October 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Okay, try that again: First?

    • 12 nathkatun7
      October 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Congrats maryl1 UT, Theo and Vitaminlover for sharing first. I suppose that makes me second, a rare achievement for some one who is always coming in last. I hope everyone is having a good evening!

      • 13 nathkatun7
        October 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        O.k., may be not second but at least 3rd or 4th.

      • 14 desertflower
        October 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Now, now…you’re never “last” with us:)

        • 15 nathkatun7
          October 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          Thank you kindly, desertflower. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you how much I love your beautiful and inspiring screen name. By the way, we are counting on you guys to turn AZ blue on Nov. 6th. The recent polls have been very exciting. I especially want to see Dr. Carmona take theSenate seat now occupied by that vile man, Jon Kyl. I have this feeling that on Nov. 6th, AZ will be glowing, like a “desert flower.”

          • 16 desertflower
            October 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

            Why, nathkatun….I do believe you’re flirting with me:) Kidding! Thank you for the compliment…I have no idea how I chose that name, been so long now…but it seems to suit me. Nothing would make so many of us here in AZ happier than to have PBO win AZ…and also to have Dr. Carmona become our senator. Like I said yesterday, I might never wipe the smile from my face if we can pull that off. We’re all working hard!

    • October 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Congratulations to ALL of us! We’re all winners on TOD

  5. 18 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm


  6. October 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Way to go, Mary!!!

    Just knew someone would do this 😀 😀 😀


  7. 26 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    What a poignant moment.

    Whoa….TIME magazine needs to correct their grammatical error.

  8. 29 theo67
    October 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    That is a heart-wrenching picture. I totally understand that soldier’s wish to shake this President’s hand – and it probably did him a world of good to do so, no matter the struggle.

    • 30 Pamela
      October 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Isn’t it truly remarkable, that even in his condition, and no doubt suffering more than we can imagine, he knew who was there, he knew by the magnificent power of the Heart of the Man, the President. President Obama.

    • 31 pkayden
      October 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Brought tears to my eyes. Very touching. Hope that young man is able to recover from his injuries.

  9. October 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  10. 33 utaustinliberal
    October 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  11. 38 Jessica
    October 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so proud to serve him. I’m only doing one enlistment so he’ll be my only Commander-in-Chief.

  12. 49 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Not Sensata and no blankets, but my favourite election video master has another one ready

  13. October 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  14. October 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    If that’s the best Robney can do in NC after his alleged surge, this is actually good news.

    • 57 nathkatun7
      October 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Wow! that’s really good news. Keep it up Ohio! I have friends in Cincinnati and Cleveland and they are all convinced the President will win Ohio. They and their four grown children have voted already.

  15. 58 forus50
    October 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks –such a great picture. And it was a good story aside from the typo in the picture caption that, at best, was distracting and at worst is an unfortunate mistake given they are writing about the president and a wounded soldier. In the second sentence it s/b visiting not visited. I mean, TIME doesn’t have enough editors to catch these things? That’s their whole business – words on paper…

  16. October 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Interesting that Pam Grier has begun tweeting about #Sensata …

  17. 61 Pamela
    October 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Any wagers on how soon Chips reaches 14million hits? I have been slammed busy today, hardly a moment to look in to see if VC has successfully baked that cheesecake I’ve been thinking about all damn day! 😆

    • October 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Jeepers creepers Pamela, we’re getting mightily close … is time just flying, or does it only seem like, oooooh, a day and a bit ago that we hit 13m?

      You know what this means: I’m going to pester the living daylights out of you all to donate $14. 🙂

    • 67 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      I was wondering where you were earlier, Pamela, because I couldn’t find the permission slip allowing you or Dudette to go wandering off the home place! Anyway, you’re back safely so all is forgiven. Now I just have to await Dudette’s return. Cheese cake is finished but not yet picked up – says she’ll come by tomorrow. I tell you I ain’t making another one for another couple of years! I’ve come to the happy conclusion that .. I don’t like cooking, or baking . Actually these days I don’t like anything that takes me away from what I really want to be doing. 😉 Did you put on any weight from thinking about it? This particular cheese cake recipe is the only one I eat because it’s not cloying like others are.

      • 68 Pamela
        October 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        Oh, VC, I am blessed with that lovely, lithe (tho short) metabolism that rarely puts on weight, and certainly not from thinking about food! My top weigh in was 105lbs, until about age 36, when my daughter was born, now I’m massing in at around 116-117… But I am intense! 😆 Gotta go put some change in TOD piggy bank, then I’ll post my linky! 🙂

        • 70 vcprezofan2
          October 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Pamela, just lost my long answer to you, and am currently too grumpy to redo!

          • 71 Pamela
            October 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

            VC, never mind, I heard you! Hey now, girl, I seem to have some extra camping buttons here, and this morning I really felt some of them must find their way to you ~ BEFORE the election, preferably! Would you et me send them, please, please, please? 😉 tell Chips if it’s okay to give me your email, so you an get an address to me. But hurry! 🙂

            • 72 Pamela
              October 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

              *campaign buttons
              *let me
              *can get

              I must be really tired tonight. I think it’s over for today
              Sweet dreams y’all!

              • 73 vcprezofan2
                October 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

                Do you have a twitter account? I always hesitate to add one more straw to Chips’ load as I feel she has enough to do without acting as go-between. If you have a twitter account we could exchange email via Direct Message (DM).

  18. October 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    • 75 utaustinliberal
      October 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      When was this?

    • 77 anniebella
      October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      You never saw the respect and friendship like this between G.W. and Cheney.

    • 78 amk for obama
      October 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      These guys genuinely enjoy each others company. A great A Team.

    • 79 TrumpDog
      October 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      They were probably discussing the reality-based, professional leftie’s conspiracy theory that Obama would drop Biden and have Hillary as his running mate


      • 80 nathkatun7
        October 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        You are too funny, TrumpDog! I remember how they were all so convinced that President Obama was totally doomed if he didn’t dump Joe Biden and replace him with Hillary Clinton. I’ve been around for a number of years. From my vantage point, President Obama and Vice-President Biden are the best. They are comfortable with each other. They respect each other. And they have two brilliant spouses who support them.

  19. October 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  20. October 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  21. October 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Fun email from Rufus Gifford for PBO …

    Because you’ve stepped up for me and this campaign in a big way, I’d like you to join me on a special call this Wednesday, October 17th, at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

    Can you make it?

    I’m looking forward to the chance to give my view of how the second debate went and our plans for the third. We’ll also talk about your role in the final three weeks of this election.

    RSVP to join me on the phone on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Time:


    Thanks again,


  22. October 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Just saw the Morgan Freeman ad on AMC walking Dead.

  23. 88 vitaminlover
    October 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I have never in my life seen such a compassionate, real, genuine, loving, caring, likeable, loveable, decent,anointed, handsome, kind person such as this very special President Barack Obama. When we get him back in office, we must definitely continue to support and encourage him and uplift him. He will still very much need this from us. Do I have a commitment?

  24. October 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Just to clear up some claptrap coming from foxnoise …

    • October 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      That’s still not good, the right will say it’s a wash! Damn!

      • October 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Doesn’t matter what they say, Jovie. The difference is vast.

      • 99 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Jovie, it’s not the same thing. Far from it, as Bob indicated.

      • 100 nospin
        October 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        Jovie it is not a wash. Mitt Romney owns 51% in shares. The average state retirement plans gives you what???? Even if you have .0002% in stock you are still a share holder. Can you make any decisions? Hell no. But you still own some stock. So there is no equivalency between the two. Bain and Mr. 51% makes the decisions on whether or not to sell off the company and ship those jobs overseas. and #Sensata is just one of many for Romney.

        • October 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

          I know that, but for the media to push it… Well, I think you get my drift?
          The Media is having problems pushing anything bad for Robney, giving Him a pass, it would have to be pretty bad.
          However, This still might do it.

          • 102 nospin
            October 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

            actually it is moving. Especially on the local level. Folks accessed WIW’s website and utilized her media page on the state and local level. When you google Sensata you get a lot of articles popping up all the time. So our voices are being heard.

      • 103 nathkatun7
        October 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        No Jovie, It’s not a wash. Individuals have absolutely no say in these Retirement Plan investments. I remember my retirement plan here in California had invested in Enron, but I had absolutely had no idea or say so in those investment decisions. The only time I learned about this was when Enron was exposed. The same is not true of a former Owner of the company that is now outsourcing jobs. Please let’s stop letting them off the hook with these false equivalencies!

    • 104 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Bobfr. I would have missed this explanation as I’m not currently on Twitter.

  25. 105 amk for obama
    October 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    At 1342 km/h, the crazy guy did break mach.

    GM folks. So any further fantastic endorsements after vc pushed me off the stage ?

    • October 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Amk, am I bad to feel “bla bla-ish” about Felix doing his fasty fly-ie thing?

      • 107 amk for obama
        October 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        I watched that moment with my daughter at around midnight here. Had both my laptop and teevee on. The tntertoobs feed was faster by about 5 minutes. It was a scary as a thrilling moment.

        The science, the research, the guts, the sweat and the efforts and finally man’s desire to push boundaries – Yeah, it was fantastic. Unlike the stupid hot dog eating and beer chugging competitions that are televised Live, this is inspiring.

        • October 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          Ah, okay, now I feel bad. I was kind of …. zzzzz. But maybe that’s because I’m used to seeing Wayne Rooney’s extraterrestrial relationship with a football, everything seems bla bla after that. /Scampering

          • 109 amk for obama
            October 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

            extraterrestrial relationship indeed. I mean the squirrel and the ball are rarely seen together.

            • October 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

              Huh. Here’s Wayne closing in on goal. True, there’s no ball, but enough of your fussiness amk.

              • 111 amk for obama
                October 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm

                He missed that frigging goal, didn’t he ?

                The Pope met with the College of Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Shimon Peres, the former leader of Israel.

                “Your holiness,” said one of the Cardinals, “Mr. Peres wants to determine whether Jews or Catholics are superior, by challenging you to a golf match.”

                The Pope was greatly disturbed, as he had never held a golf club in his life.

                “Not to worry,” said the Cardinal, “We’ll call America and talk to Jack Nicklaus. We’ll make him a Cardinal, he can play Shimon Peres … We can’t lose!”

                Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made and, of course, Jack was honored and agreed to play.

                The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of his success in the match. “I came in second, your Holiness,” said Nicklaus.

                “Second?!” exclaimed the surprised Pope. “You came in second to Shimon Peres?!”

                “No,” said Nicklaus, “second to Rabbi Woods.”

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      October 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      You’re not back already! 🙄
      /whispering very, very softly ….Seems I’m not the only one who pushed you away/ //ducks and rapidly hobbles away //

      • 114 amk for obama
        October 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        Nah, this is my alter ego, whom I have trained to haunt this place. From now on, expect the unexpected.

        • 115 vcprezofan2
          October 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          Of course, I just had the thought that if you sleep the expected 8 hours that doctors recommend it means there are times I actually spend 6-8 uninterrupted hours in TODville!!! Put like that I’m shocked! I definitely have to start making changes.

          • 116 amk for obama
            October 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

            See, he (my ae) is already working. On you.

            • 117 vcprezofan2
              October 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

              😆 Took two of you to slap me up the side of the head, eh? Provided the needed balance, I guess.

              • 118 pugeretto
                October 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

                VC, Spiderwort52 here, I just did a long response back to you, but I think wordpress ate it. I don’t know what happened. Anyway I dont know why I have 2 names…was new to twitter & everything…FORWARD…

                • 119 vcprezofan2
                  October 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

                  Okay, will check for you on Twitter. WordPress takes great pleasure in eating my stuff too, and mostly when I’ve spent some time writing! Drives me crazy, but I persevere because I don’t want to admit to being bested by a machine. 😉

              • 120 amk for obama
                October 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm


  26. October 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  27. 122 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Andrew Sullivan has an unhealthy obsession with our President. He’s still on Twitter having conniptions over the first debate. And it’s barely 2 days before the second.

  28. 124 dudette9t9
    October 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  29. October 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

  30. 130 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

  31. October 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    They can’t shake their EtchaSketch fast enough ….

  32. October 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – President Obama is making no more jokes about how much he dislikes debate prep.

    Asked by a reporter during a pop-in at a Williamsburg campaign office how his studying is going, the president responded with a quick: “It is going great!”

    The difference is palpable compared to what he told supporters outside Las Vegas while studying for his calamitous Denver debate.

    “Basically they’re keeping me indoors all the time,” Obama said then. “It’s a drag. They’re making me do my homework.”

    If Obama is interested in playing hooky from his debate practice — where aide Anita Dunn is playing the role of Candy Crowley and Sen. John Kerry is reprising his role as Mitt Romney — he doesn’t have to go far. The president’s hotel here, the posh Kingsmill Resort, is also hosting a Ferrari car show Sunday. 

    The day’s message from Team Obama continues the campaign’s vow of contrition from the first debate and vows to do better Tuesday night at Hofstra University on Long Island.

    “The president is his own harshest critic and he knows Mitt Romney had a better night at the first debate,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “The American people should expect to see a much more energized President Obama making a passionate case for why he is a better choice for the middle class.” 

    • 136 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      The media is obsessed with this President. I haven’t seen a single media report about Willard’s debate prep. No tweets from Mark Knoller who wanted Axelrod to say exactly what PBO was going to do in the debate, etc. None of yer damn business, Mark!

      • 137 Left-Indie
        October 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

        When I first read that joke “they’re making me do my homework” I thought it was just a misdirection, that he was playing them, head faking and then BAM! he would get that sucka. But I guess he wasn’t. With so much hate to defeat and so many Obama supporters giving both of time and money, he gave some (Andrew and others) the fits if only because Romney’s supporters stopped being demoralized. Maybe the Prez is better under pressure cuz now there’s pressure on Tuesday. I’m gonna pray, and I ain’t even the praying kind.

        • 138 Lovepolitics2008
          October 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

          The expectations for President Obama are getting insanely high, I’m afraid. I have no doubt that President Obama will be energized and will make a strong case for his policies, and will try to score some points against Romney on taxes, Medicare, women’s rights. However, we can expect that Romney will be well prepared too. President Obama can “win” the debate, but it’s possible that it will be a slight win, or it’s also possible that the debate will be declared “a tie”. Look at what they did with the VP debate.

          It will be very important for supporters this time to work hard at winning the post-debate, and FIGHT HARD against the media who will try to establish the narrative that President Obama “didn’t do enough”.

          • 139 nathkatun7
            October 15, 2012 at 4:03 am

            “The expectations for President Obama are getting insanely high, I’m afraid.”

            Who are these expectants? I hope it doesn’t include all of us who support the President and know exactly who he is and what he has been able to accomplish in the face of vicious and hostile opposition. Speaking for my self, I really could care less about the corporate media pundits’ evaluation of the debates. I don’t care how well Mitt comes across. I don’t care who Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, Brian Williams, and the rest of the media, declare to be the winner. I am sure, like all con artists, Romney has his game perfected. Like a glib-talking, used car salesman, he will probably sell the American people, and the idiot pundits, a lemon. All I will say, before and after the debate, is shame on all the people who will buy into Romney’s lies and con games. For me, I am voting for a President and not for a first talking, glib, used car salesman liar. I just can’t imagine that anything would happen on Tuesday that would lead me to stop supporting President Obama enthusiastically. That’s why I am not going to buy into the media hype about this or the next debate. Clearly, the media are in Romney’s/Ryan’s corner. Nothing will happen on Tuesday, unless Romney wets his pants, that will change the media hostility towards President Obama. Otherwise, they (the bulk of the media) would not have reacted the way they did to the Biden/Ryan debate. I pray, and hope, that some of the pants-on-fire freak outs, that took place on this beautiful site last week, won’t happen again on Tuesday.

            Again, for me: Rain or Shine, I am with President Obama 100% I refuse to be part of the superficial media games about who won and lost the debates, so long as there are no trained, objective, judges scoring the debate. My refusal to enable the false media narrative, about the winners and losers of the debate, and my steadfast support of the President, are the only way I know of that will help President Obama win re-election.

            • October 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

              nathkatun7, this is a most excellent comment, and one that should be front-paged as a reminder that we’re not about to be dictated by the media or anyone else what our expectations should be or how we react to our President’s performance in those debates. We KNOW the pathological character that Romney is, and we KNOW our President. Our support for him is not fleeting -it’s rock solid, and our minds are not changed by a scripted, one-sided 90 minute “debate” or by the theatrics of narcissistic and overpaid cable TV pundiots or Internet bloggers.

              Thanks again nathakatun7 for your great contribution to this wonderful blog.

  33. 146 nospin
    October 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This link contains everything anyone needs to know and provides a strong starting point if they want to share what is happening with #Sensata

    and for Jovie or anyone else who had questions regarding Fox’ latest spin on PO’s position on having shares . . .

    This merely means that the state of Illinois has a partly-private retirement plan for its elected officials. As part of its shared investments for all of the employees eligible under the state retirement system holds shares of Sensata. This has nothing specific to do with President Obama, other than that he once held a job which contributed to the state retirement system.

  34. 150 pugeretto
    October 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Well, I tried twice now to respond to you VC, hopefully this will take….either WordPress or computer issues. Spiderwort52 follows you, if you just got a retweet from me. Good sleep to all! FORWARD

  35. October 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I am telling you, their is some serious Racial politics going on.
    First, the Medicare ad, then mentioning the birth certificate, then Sunnunu out there saying the President is lazy etc.
    Well, I just looked at the internals at PPP NC poll, and Florida poll.
    Well, the President is bleeding support from White People, independents frankly.
    This is gross! People need to wake up and stop being Willie Hortoned!
    That is all!

    • 155 nospin
      October 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Jovie I hear you but at this juncture who cares? They know what this election is all about and if they waffle, let them. For every one of them that can’t bring themselves to vote for PO but will vote for Romney against their best interest, 10 more will cast their vote for the President. So I wouldn’t worry about it. You do what you can, educate as much as you can and keep it moving.

    • October 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

      I just got back from NC and I am from a GOP county in NC. On my way from Greenville SC to Moore County NC, I literally saw 1 Romney/Ryan yard sign. I saw many Obama/Biden signs and bumper stickers. I went to Apex NC to visit some family and the neighborhood I was in had not one Romney/Ryan sign, but did have Obama/Biden. Now I am not saying this means the President will undoubtedly win NC, but I know for a fact that the Republicans are way less enthusiastic about Romney/Ryan than they were for McCain/Palin. I spoke with my family in NC and they are fired up and ready to early vote. People are awake in my opinion, and the polls are not capturing what is really going on on the ground IMHO.

  36. October 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

  37. 162 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  38. 167 Aja
    October 14, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This photo just takes my breath away…brings a few tears to my eyes as well…

  39. 168 amk for obama
    October 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    A vacuum salesman appeared at the door of an old lady’s cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her clean carpet. He said, “If this new vacuum doesn’t pick up every bit of dirt then I’ll eat all the dirt.”

    The woman, who by this time was losing her patience, said, “Sir, if I had enough money to buy that thing, I would have paid my electricity bill before they cut it off. Now, what would you prefer, a spoon or a knife and fork?”

    Lesson ? Never mess with old wimmin.

    • 171 nospin
      October 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      lolol Jovie, you got me to click the link before I saw “Halperin” that was enough for me to hit the back key with the quickness. Don’t need to see any of that. Will focus on getting the word out on why we should re-elect the President and pushing #Sansata until debate night so I can see and judge for myself.

    • October 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Crowley is a control freak!

      • 174 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        That’s why I told amk to sleep tite and not her bite as he was saying gunnite earlier today.

      • 175 Lovepolitics2008
        October 15, 2012 at 12:38 am

        I think that If Mrs Crowley plays a bigger role, it is good for President Obama. He’s much more consistent on policy, and hasn’t anything to hide. Moreover, he has a VP who is totally aligned with him in terms of policy. As for Romney, I hope Mrs. Crowley points out some of his inconsistencies, and the differences between him and Ryan. One can dream.

    • 177 amk for obama
      October 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Excellent. I want this election to be a two-fer for this fucker.

      • 178 desertflower
        October 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        Yes. Yes. Yes!

      • 179 nathkatun7
        October 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

        Totally cosign you desire, AMK! This Ayn Rand devotee, masquerading as an Economics intellect, needs to be thoroughly defeated. Although I am strictly a red wine drinker, I may, on Nov. 6th, consider indulging in a few shots of gin, or vodka, or rum, or whisky, if the results show that Paul Ryan has lost both the VP and his Congressional seat. Now if both Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor lose their seats in Congress, there is no guarantee I will be in a position to go work on Nov. 7th, because there is no telling how much of the good stuff I would have consumed in celebration. By the way, the same is true if my neighbors in AZ turn the state blue by voting for President Obama and for Dr. Rich Carmona for the U.S. Senate.

  40. 180 Dakota
    October 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Well Family, I just finished crying for almost two hours straight watching the First Graduating Class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy. So heartwarming, such a triumph! If you get the opportunity to see it, please do. It will fill you up with such pride for the these amazing young women. They will be the future leaders of South Africa and the world.

    • October 15, 2012 at 2:06 am

      I remember watching the opening of the Leadership Academy, and really having so much hope for those young ladies. So glad to hear they have graduated the first class – especially after the horrible scandals with the headmaster there. I hope they go on to do great things for their communities.

  41. October 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    George Carlin on CONSERVATIVES . . .

  42. 183 purpleshoesla
    October 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Has anyone already sent any of the Sensata clips/info to Randi Rhodes or Stephanie Miller?

  43. 185 FoxfireTX
    October 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Although I usually agree with dissing Halperin, his piece is worth reading. Crowley has stated publicly that her view of her role as moderator is far broader than either campaign agreed to and both campaigns have expressed concerns to the Commision. This could be an utter fiasco!

    • October 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      And what’s interesting is that both campaigns want her reined in. Ms. Candy has an inflated sense of herself. Maybe she saw Martha’s performance and wants to replicate it. The problem is that Ms. Raddatz was good, while Crowley has never shown the type of temperament to pull it off.

      • 187 FoxfireTX
        October 15, 2012 at 12:19 am

        What concerns me is it doesn’t sound like there is any agreement between her and Commission to hold her feet to the fire. And she is an utter GOP flak. I’ve always had the sense she truly hates Obama and would love nothing more than to try to humiliate him. I truly cannot believe these debates have become such a nightmare. This was the LAST thing I was worried about when thinking about the campaign earlier in the year. And I believe that Romney will do just fine in all three debates. His entire professional life has been peddling lies to anyone who would listen. He is the slick used care salesman.

        • 188 Lovepolitics2008
          October 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

          I think Mrs. Crowley is nervous and knows that her reputation is on the line. She will be afraid to appear biased. She may surprise us.

          I agree with you about Romney though. I’m sure he has worked very hard on foreign policy. He doesn’t have the depth of thinking of the President nor his knowledge of history but those debates are somewhat pretty superficial and boy he can sell his stuff. I remain confident though that President Obama will be able to score a few points against him. Wanna bet that the Obama team has worked on a strategy for confronting Romney’s dangerous positions and not letting him run from them ? Moreover, President Obama will surely point out that Romney’s foreign policy team is packed with neo-cons.

  44. 189 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

  45. 190 vcprezofan2
    October 15, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Haven’t read it yet, but figured you would be interested

    /One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.



      • 192 vcprezofan2
        October 15, 2012 at 12:34 am

        I missed the date Inga, sorry. Finished reading it and discovered someone on twitter was trying to be funny???? Too much time on his/her hands, maybe.

    • 193 vcprezofan2
      October 15, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Thanks Inga – I never noticed that as I was so busy reading it and trying to find the connection to the tweet. Seems someone was having a lark, and I fell for it. Oh well, time to go give my brain a rest I think.

    • 194 cindysweatt
      October 15, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Even though that was last election, the OFA office in Denver was shot at two days ago. No one was hurt, and they have a suspect. Crazy people are out there.

      • 195 vcprezofan2
        October 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

        Hi Cindy, I knew about the recent shooting which is why I followed the link originally – for updated info. The lead in the tweet implied the info was current but it turned out it was a red herring to stir up…….whatever it was they were trying to stir. Luckily I didn’t retweet before reading, tho I did share it here. (So I contained my red face in the family but have to apologize to you guys because I couldn’t delete once I realized it was old news and not relevant to the recent shooting.) I’ll be more careful, guys. In the words of a famous and powerful U.S. president ‘Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.’

  46. 197 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

  47. 199 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

  48. 200 Lorraine
    October 15, 2012 at 12:59 am


    New ABC/Washington Post poll
    President Obama 49
    Romney 46 (-1)

    Swing States
    President Obama 51
    Romney 46

  49. 202 FoxfireTX
    October 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

    There is an enormouns discrepancy in the way these results are being reported between the WP and ABC. WaPo doesn’t even give a link to actual results and crosstabs. For the full scoop see it here:

    PBO up 50-43 amongst RV. Also, 52% give Obama at least some credit for the improvement in the jobs numbers, contrary to the way WaPo reported this.

    • 203 Bill R.
      October 15, 2012 at 1:26 am

      * [new] Best stat is the ground game question (13+ / 0-)
      37% of swing state voters have been directly contacted by a representative from OFA; only 27% of swing state voters have been directly contacted by the Romney campaign. This means Obama is smoking Romney in terms of ground game organization

  50. October 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I’m back home after two days in Iowa canvassing for the Obama campaign. I just wanted to stop in to say that we had some really positive responses of many people who have already voted for the President and others who are excited to do so. This is unfortunately the last weekend that I can get away but I plan to make phone calls across the country over the next three weeks. I’ve stayed away from cable news and social media for pretty much the past three weeks. I have to say that it does wonders for one’s attitude and provides great perspective. The thing that struck me about the team that I spent the weekend with was their optimism and good cheer. It was infectious. I am looking forward to hopefully celebrating again in Grant Park on the evening of November 6th. I can’t wait. Good night to all!

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  63. October 15, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Time for some rest … please keep #Sensata trending … thank you.

    Yes We Can

  64. 232 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 3:46 am
    • 233 nathkatun7
      October 15, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Great sign, AMK! This should be twitted over and over again. By the way, where is that sign displayed? It should be duplicated all over the country.

  65. 234 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 3:47 am

  66. 235 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 3:55 am

  67. 236 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

  68. 237 forus50
    October 15, 2012 at 4:07 am

    what the hell, just to make it fun this Monday morning how ’bout a little GOP media rounding up from 4.6 to 5!. 😉

    • 238 forus50
      October 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

      • 239 utaustinliberal
        October 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

        Good one. Looks like all the polls are returning to pre-debate levels. Romney’s uptick was merely a sugar high. The GOP has a sad.

  69. 240 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 4:29 am
  70. 241 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 4:32 am
    • 242 miss pat
      October 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Number of sips he took from his water glass at the debate? 22. If I was a lotto player I’d go buy those numbers. Maybe not, the man is a loser.

  71. October 15, 2012 at 6:02 am

    It has been several weeks since i last worked a full night shift and had time to read TOD in full by 6 a.m. Great to catch up on comments from all the familiar names and a few new ones. What a great set of pics and surely Chips has made it possible for us to see 99% of them here. There was hardly one I had not seen before. have a great day everyone. PBO is a shoo-in. No one person can generate so much love and affection and not be elected.

  72. 244 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 6:09 am

  73. 245 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 6:24 am

  74. 246 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 6:37 am

  75. October 15, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Politico battleground poll- Obama up 1- 49-48.
    Wa Post national Poll- Obama up 3- 49-46.
    The Race has stabilized, all set up for the President on Tuesday night.
    But, Somehow, someway, the press spins this as good news for Robney.

  76. 252 kathryn kivett
    October 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Good Morning All….up early with a burning question….how does caller id play in the polls….I never answer the phone unless I recognize #…except the one time I was polled and that was b/c I was expecting a call and just reached and did not look…….everyone I know does the same thing…so how do they know who is voting if so much of the electorate doesn’t answer the phone?….it seems to me that the only people who answer a phone is…1..a fluke, like me….2..refuse to have caller id, age, expense…or…3…someone who is so lonely they are sitting by the phone just waiting for political calls…..doesn’t make sense to me how they would get a picture of the electorate……early morning musing…

    • October 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

      The polls have bounced back, stabilized, just barely favor the President.
      And I think the President will do great Tuesday night, Townhalls are great for him.
      I am a little concerned with that Witch Crowley, though

      • 254 kathryn kivett
        October 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

        I understand that and I’m not concerned about CC, or PBO….what I don’t understand is how you get a true picture of the electorate…I personally think that there are a LOT of elderly concerned about medicare, ss who would tell anyone that they were going to vote PBO if their life depended on it….I think there are a lot of people who only have cell phones, and not just young people…and I think there are an enormous amount of people who just don’t answer the phone…so if you only poll old people what kind of #’s do you get?

        • October 15, 2012 at 7:46 am

          Unfortunately, a lot of elderly watch Fox News and are very suspicious of this President.
          Therein lies the problem, issues are secondary to some of them.

  77. 256 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 6:57 am

  78. 257 dudette9t9
    October 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

  79. 260 dudette9t9
    October 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

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    October 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

  84. 267 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

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  86. 271 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

    With most recent polls looking more encouraging, Today opens with “Romney inching ahead in the polls”. NBC/Today has been on a partisan mission, day after day.

  87. 273 criquet
    October 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Morning all.Please spread this to all esp.any undecideds you know.

  88. 274 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Saying Romney leads in “the 3 major national polls”, Peter Alexander, Charles Todd and Tom Brokaw piling on. Brokaw pushing “a different Mitt Romney now”, a more appealing candidate, one who says he understands you, knows what youpre going through, just loves the 47% now. Todd saying Obama not connecting now. What a bunch of BS.

  89. 276 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    btw, did mittbot release his sep fr numbers ?

  90. 281 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

  91. October 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

    But but but don’t believe this poll only the politico battleground poll that has robbery up 2 and…

  92. 284 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

  93. 285 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

  94. 286 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

  95. 287 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner smashed a number of records with his “edge of space” stunt – including for live streaming.

    More than eight million people flocked to their devices to watch the 43-year-old break the speed of sound live on Google’s YouTube site.

    It is the largest number of concurrent live streams in the website’s history, Google UK confirmed to the BBC.

    Mr Baumgartner also broke the record for the highest freefall.

    He jumped from a capsule taken to 128,100ft (24 miles; 39km) above New Mexico in the US by a giant helium balloon.

    It took nine minutes for him to reach the ground.

    Footage from a camera on Baumgartner’s chest shows out-of-control spin

    The adventurer plummeted at an estimated 833.9mph (1,343km/h), hitting Mach 1.24.


  96. 288 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

  97. 291 desertflower
    October 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yikes! People REALLY need to think about this! There really is NO QUESTION.


  98. 292 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    A good question.

  99. 293 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

  100. 295 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

    FLOTUS will be having two campaign stops in Ohio later today

    Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware)
    2:45 PM EDT

    Cuyahoga County Community College (Cleveland)
    5:45 PM EDT

  101. 298 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

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