Rise and Shine



2:45 ET: Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware

5:45 ET: Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event at Cuyahoga County Community College, Cleveland



NYT Editorial: There are many unanswered questions about the vicious assault in Benghazi last month that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. And Congress has a responsibility to raise them. But Republican lawmakers leading the charge on Capitol Hill seem more interested in attacking President Obama than in formulating an effective response.

It doesn’t take a partisan to draw that conclusion. The ugly truth is that the same people who are accusing the administration of not providing sufficient security for the American consulate in Benghazi have voted to cut the State Department budget, which includes financing for diplomatic security. The most self-righteous critics don’t seem to get the hypocrisy, or maybe they do and figure that if they hurl enough doubts and complaints at the administration, they will deflect attention from their own poor judgments on the State Department’s needs.

More here



Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, October 13 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


Washington Post: President Obama is regarded as significantly more honest and trustworthy than Mitt Romney in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll — a finding that could inform the incumbent’s strategy heading into the second debate of the general election Tuesday night.

Fifty-five percent of likely voters said that Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” while 41 percent said he was not. For Romney, on the other hand, 47 percent said he could be described as honest and trustworthy, while an equal 47 percent said that he could not.

…. But in the handful of swing states identified by the Post (along with Democratic-leaning Ohio), Obama’s lead is even more pronounced on the question. Fifty-six percent of swing-state voters said the incumbent is honest and trustworthy, while just 44 percent said the same of Romney.

More here


Virginia Gazette: …. The president arrived at the office, where he came into the lobby carrying a stack of pizzas …. he introduced himself to a small group of campaign workers in the lobby before heading into a back room, where 11 volunteers were phone banking. Obama introduced himself to the volunteers before taking a seat between Alexa Kissinger and Suzanne Stern to make his own phone calls to local volunteers. “I’ve got to get to work,” Obama said.

After joking with Stern about “old school” phones Obama …. then called Ellen and Chuck Hawkins. “Is this Ellen?” Obama asked. “Ellen this is Barack Obama.” Hawkins seemed not to believe she was getting a call from the president of the United States.

“It is. It is. Really, truly,” Obama said. “I’m over here in the Williamsburg office. They have told me some of the great folks that have been doing work, and I know you and Chuck have been working so hard.”

After making phone calls Obama, shook hands with and hugged a line of roughly 20 volunteers standing outside in front of the office, before heading back to Kingsmill to continue preparing for the debate.

With campaign volunteer Suzanne Stern at a campaign office in Williamsburg, October 14 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)



…. greeting supporters outside the Williamsburg campaign office (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


NYT: BOSTON — When the ceiling collapsed in the Big Dig tunnel here, Gov. Mitt Romney was at his vacation home in New Hampshire. When the Bush administration warned that the nation was at high risk of a terror attack in December 2003, he was at his Utah retreat. And for much of the time the legislature was negotiating changes to his landmark health care bill, he was on the road.

During Mr. Romney’s four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he cumulatively spent more than a year – part or all of 417 days – out of the state, according to a review of his schedule and other records. More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job, a New York Times analysis found.

More here



Reuters: U.S. retail sales rose in September as Americans bought more cars and gasoline, while a gauge of consumer spending pointed to stronger-than-expected economic growth in the third quarter.

Retail sales increased 1.1 percent, the Commerce Department said on Monday, beating expectations after an upwardly revised 1.2 percent rise in August.

…. The details of the report showed broad strength across retailers, with sales of motor vehicles and parts up 1.3 percent … Other categories were also strong, with sales at electronics retailers up 4.5 percent, while sales at food and beverage stores rose 1.2 percent.

More here – thank you DesertFlower


Melissa Harris-Perry interview with President Obama in the November edition


Mooooooooooorning everyone. I’m late starting today, had to go out and about earlier, but will check to see what news I’m missing. Happy Monday  😉

129 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 11 Mariele K.
    October 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Congrats, Pamela.

    Good Morning TOD

  2. October 15, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I am thankful to be living in a country with a President who understands my struggles because he lived them…student loans debt, mortgage loans, being looked at differently, I can go on and on…you can also add to the list. What are you thankful for today?

    If you are having a Misty Morning where you live,

    Please note the Sun is Shining…a New Day has Come

    Life Advice‏@ozlifeadvice
    Today u have 2 choices. Give in, or give it all u got. Successful people show up & get it done even when they don’t feel like it. #discipline

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      October 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      AndreT – Well, thank you for adding to our sunny day! I’m thankful I lived long enough to see President Obama in the White House! And I’m thankful I get to vote for him TWICE!

  3. 14 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Old school phones… kidder

  4. October 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

    More inspiration…

  5. 24 Roberta in MN
    October 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Goooood Morning Chips and TOD Family, Thank You allfor sharing my Birthday with me yesterday, I had a great day and went out to dinner with nephew and his wife last night. So I went to bed with a smile on my face and warmth in my heart. ((((((((hugs))))))):)

  6. October 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD,

  7. 30 japa21
    October 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Good morning all. Just a quick note. Probably later today, and definitely by about this time tomorrow, the magic 14,000,000 milestone is reached. Chips, get your cheese curls ready.

  8. 32 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

  9. 44 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

  10. October 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can help with this?

    An occasional poster here got in touch to say a friend’s son has recently been posted to Afghanistan and because he collects postcards his girlfriend had the idea of trying to get one sent to him from every state. She’s about 10 short of her goal – these are the missing states:

    New Mexico
    Rhode Island

    If anyone from one of those states would like to send him a card, just email me and I’ll put you in touch with the person who contacted me.

    Thank you!

  11. 47 desertflower
    October 15, 2012 at 9:38 am


    Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on health care.

    Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured.

    These are remarkable statements. They clearly demonstrate that Mr. Romney has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself.


    Among the lying liars, then, is the guy who, in 2009, described the Ryan plan as a matter of “converting Medicare into a defined contribution sort of voucher system.” Oh, wait — that was Paul Ryan himself.

    And what if the vouchers — for that’s what they are — turned out not to be large enough to pay for adequate insurance? Then those who couldn’t afford to top up the vouchers sufficiently — a group that would include many, and probably most, older Americans — would be left with inadequate insurance, insurance that exposed them to severe financial hardship if they got sick, sometimes left them unable to afford crucial care, and yes, sometimes led to their early death.

    So let’s be brutally honest here. The Romney-Ryan position on health care is that many millions of Americans must be denied health insurance, and millions more deprived of the security Medicare now provides, in order to save money. At the same time, of course, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. So a literal description of their plan is that they want to expose many Americans to financial insecurity, and let some of them die, so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income.

    It’s not a pretty picture — and you can see why Mr. Romney chooses not to see it.

  12. 51 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

    In a new ABC News/Washington Post poll poll released Monday, 49 percent of registered voters surveyed said they would rather leave a child with the president than Romney.

    That’s a 13 point spike for Obama; just two weeks ago, the rivals were dead even in the “babysitting” question.

    Obama’s reserved, less-confrontational performance at the debate could be a big reason for the upswing. The president suggested he might have been “too polite” during his meeting with Romney in Denver. But whatever that his demeanor cost him, it seemed to hit home with when it comes to caring and responsibility.

  13. 53 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

  14. 56 desertflower
    October 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

    How about those damn pesty regulations?!!!! For profits, not for people!! Romney’s World….


    Food sickens millions as for-profit inspection companies find it safe
    During the past two decades, the food industry has taken over much of the FDA’s role in ensuring that what Americans eat is safe. The agency can’t come close to vetting its jurisdiction of $1.2 trillion in annual food sales.

  15. 57 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

    My fav Indian PM.

  16. 59 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

  17. October 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

    With 284,000 Florida votes already in, absentee vote data more critical than polls
    As the public focuses on political polls, the campaigns in the nation’s biggest battleground state are concentrating on a more-important set of figures: Absentee-ballot votes.

    At least 284,000 people have already cast absentee ballots in Florida over the past week.

    The number grows hourly. About 2 million voters have requested the ballots, which are typically mailed.

    It’s a sign that we don’t have a single Election Day in Florida.

    We have Election Days.

    Polls tell us Mitt Romney’s winning in Florida right now. Absentee-vote data show us that’s probably true.

    But the numbers also show President Barack Obama’s campaign is closer than ever to matching Republicans in requesting and voting absentee ballots.

    “We very much like what we’re seeing in terms of absentee requests,” said David Plouffe, a senior Obama advisor.


  18. 62 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Has the Green Man Campus Takeover vid been posted?

  19. 64 Ladyhawke
    October 15, 2012 at 10:11 am


    Is Romney really a job creator? Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, takes a scalpel to the claims.

    By David Stockman


    Nevertheless, Mitt Romney claims that his essential qualification to be president is grounded in his 15 years as head of Bain Capital, from 1984 through early 1999. According to the campaign’s narrative, it was then that he became immersed in the toils of business enterprise, learning along the way the true secrets of how to grow the economy and create jobs. The fact that Bain’s returns reputedly averaged more than 50 percent annually during this period is purportedly proof of the case—real-world validation that Romney not only was a striking business success but also has been uniquely trained and seasoned for the task of restarting the nation’s sputtering engines of capitalism.

    Except Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way—out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale—the faster the better.

    That is the modus operandi of the leveraged-buyout business, and in an honest free-market economy, there wouldn’t be much scope for it because it creates little of economic value. But we have a rigged system—a regime of crony capitalism—where the tax code heavily favors debt and capital gains, and the central bank purposefully enables rampant speculation by propping up the price of financial assets and battering down the cost of leveraged finance.


    Read more of this very lengthy, detailed and scathing article (it’s like a small novel) here……..


  20. October 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Few people know better about the potency of political advertising that Alexandra Kerry, who watched her father’s presidential campaign decimated in 2004 by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

    The Republican group used a series of searing television ads to proclaim doubts about Senator John Kerry’s medal-winning exploits during the Vietnam War.

    Eight years later, his elder daughter sees the same thing happening again to President Obama, so she has taken the surprising step of launching her own super PAC.

    Dubbed by supporters as an “anti-super PAC super PAC,” We the People has a novel goal: to raise money to promote pro-Obama commercials made not by professionals, but average citizens.


  21. 69 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

    ABC/Wash Po might try to hide the good news hidden in their polls but when one delves into them, it’s good for Pres. Obama. The polls have basically swung to pre-debate levels and in 9 swing/battleground states Pres. Obama is leading. North Carolina which was always very close is polling the same as more blue leaning Ohio in the ABC poll. That’s not good for Romney.

    • 70 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Romney supposedly had a great, fantastic, earth-shattering, wondrous, stellar, historic, epic, and breathtaking performance at the debate 2 weeks ago. PBO supposedly had the exact opposite. Yet PBO is still leading?

      As Jodi Kantor would say – HMMMMMMMMMM…….

    • 71 Obama Grandmama
      October 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Just heard ABC News on my radio say “Romney should feel encouraged” and they downplayed anything Obama. The above posts are not concurrent with their own released news reports.

  22. 72 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

    a good read

  23. 73 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Students line up for tickies for Obama’s Wed. visit on the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Ia., Mr. dotster’s alma mater. He wanted to go to U. of Wi. Madison, both his parents graduated from there, but they thought he would have too much fun and sent him off to this small college in a small town in Iowa. (Mean! 🙂 or smart!) He ended up enjoying his 5 years there—:) (and the pool hall) and most importantly made lifelong friendships.

    And, by the way, no enthusiasm gap in evidence here again…..

    • 74 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

      WOW – that sure is a line! I read on Twitter that they handed out 500 tickets during the first 15 minutes of distribution. That’s how “unenthusiastic” folks are to see PBO.

      • 75 otter44
        October 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

        My niece got a ticket…..Yeah I am so excited for her. She promised to share pictures.

        • 76 hopefruit2
          October 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

          As a smart aunt (or uncle), and you will advise your good niece to hold on to that ticket. Save it so that she can show her kids and grandkids some day! 🙂 🙂 Looking forward to seeing pics if you get them!

  24. 78 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

  25. 79 relellit
    October 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    GM TODville & Chips

    Love Bob Marley 🙂
    Not Sure if anyone has seen this post.

    Why Won’t Romney Talk To Sensata Workers About Jobs Being Going To China?

    Romney insists that he has nothing to do with Bain Capital anymore (his tax returns showed that he gets more than $400,000 a week from Bain investments).

    While the workers and the town may suffer, Romney himself has done well as a result of Bain’s work with the company. According to his recently released 2011 tax returns, Romney transferred $701,703 worth of Sensata stock to the Tyler Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit controlled by Romney. The gift is listed on page 323 of the pdf, on form 8283 (below).

    Moving the stock to his nonprofit brings Romney twin benefits. First, he gets to deduct the full value of the stock. At a 35 percent tax rate, that’s nearly a $250,000 benefit. At 15 percent, it’s just over $100,000.

    Second, Romney is able to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the stock price increase. Romney’s returns list no cost for the stock, and indicate he obtained them as part of a partnership interest in Bain. Avoiding capital gains taxes on the full increase would save an additional $100,000. In 2010, Romney gifted $170,000 worth of Sensata stock to his charity, saving $25,000 in capital gains taxes that year.

    Cheryl Randecker, a Sensata worker facing an imminent layoff, said, “I could pay off my house with that [$25,000], and he doesn’t need it anyway.”



    BTW: If Romney amends his tax return after the election, he will be eligible to recoup the difference.

    Romney also transferred nearly $220,000 worth of stock in Dunkin Donuts, another Bain investment, according to his returns.

    How anyone can vote for a man who refuses to show all his taxes to prove he is not a felon not to mention sending jobs overseas? Not showing all his taxes along is a compelling reason along with all the other scandalous things Romney has done is enough reason to not put MYTH Romney and Lyin Ryan in the White House.

  26. October 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The Presidential election is less than a month away, and President Barack Obama spoke to the faith-based community on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show” about a variety of topics of concern to listeners. While President Obama didn’t speak directly about religion or faith, he did let Yolanda know that he was “blessed and highly favored” when she asked how he was doing.


    But but but Tom Brokaw said everybody loves Willard because he lied in the first debate and…

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I listen to Yolanda Adams on a local station and heard part of that interview. This black praise and worship station loves the president! Michelle has also been interviewed there.

  27. 82 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

  28. 83 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Early Heads Up: First Lady Michelle Obama will be on Live with Kelly and Michael (formerly called Live with Regis and Kelly) on Friday, October 19, 2012. Check your local listings.

  29. October 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    But but but the enthusiasm-


  30. October 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Goooood Moooorrrnnning O’s!!!!! How’s all my TOD peeps on this great getting up day!!!! I raised my fundraising goal because the good folks who helped me reach my previous one. I’m only $111.00 shy of my new goal. That’s 11 people giving $10.00 bucks. That’s 111 people giving $1.00. That’s 7 people giving $1.585. That’s 39 people giving $3.00. That’s 12 people giving $9.25. That’s……..you get my drift. Any amount of people giving any amount you want is greatly appreciated. https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/Cookemom

    My political take today is that I’ve been away remodeling the room where I keep my computer and watch TV. Mostly, at the same time. I’ve decided that if I finish today, then PBO will glide handily through the debate tomorrow and I will enjoy it in my newly decorated room. If I’m not done today, then Mitt will trip on his shoestrings, and fall on Candy Crowley. They’ll get tangled up and start rolling around, wiping out the entire first row of the audience. So in the interest of my fellow citizens, selected to participate in the debate, I will log off now and get back to work.

    • October 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

      “I’m only $111.00 shy of my new goal. That’s 11 people giving $10.00 bucks. That’s 111 people giving $1.00. That’s 7 people giving $1.585. That’s 39 people giving $3.00. That’s 12 people giving $9.25…”

      Impressive arithmetic Cookemom!!! 😆

    • 88 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I like your take. Either way, we win! 😆

  31. October 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

  32. 91 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

  33. 93 Lovepolitics2008
    October 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I LOVE the new 30 second ad. It’s all about “we’re on the right track”. When all is said and done, the election comes down to that: it’s getting better, President Obama has put the train on the right track and America has to “stick” with him.

    I would also love to see a tv ad showing the bikini graph, mixed with people saying they’ve found a job, small business owners saying they’ve hired people and business is coming back, etc… Always the same theme: it’s getting better, thanks to President Obama.

    As for the truth team ad, which is a web ad I assume, I LOVE it too. Love the music establishing the tone of mockery. Love how people express their feelings of distrust: it’s very effective I think. I wonder if they’ll use part of that ad and make a shorter one for tv…

  34. 102 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Some good news.

  35. 104 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This one tickled me pink. 😀

  36. 107 dudette9t9
    October 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Woot! I’m standing in line waiting to VOTE!!!

    • 109 amk for obama
      October 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

      How is the turnout? Any indications of party lean of those standing with you?

    • 110 hopefruit2
      October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

      BRAVA dudette! What state do you hail from?

    • 111 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Wonderful! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • 112 dudette9t9
      October 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Mission accomplished!!!!!

      1st day of early voting in Georgia!
      Limited polling sites open – only 1 in Gwinnett County until Oct 27
      Line wrapped around side of bldg down length of strip mall. About 45 mins for me but line is longer since I came out.
      Demographics look evenly mixed by race, age and gender.
      Hard to know politics- Strict rules about “campaigning or the appearance of it” close to or in polling places. Have seen people get kicked out line in the past because wearing t-shirt or button.

      Got some winks and smiles when they noticed my bumper sticker though!

  37. 115 amk for obama
    October 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

  38. 116 anniebella
    October 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Is that Don’t Be Fooled video on tv, or just on the web?

  39. 118 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

  40. 119 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

  41. 120 martha
    October 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

    early voting starts in GA today vote early

  42. 122 dotster3
    October 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

    What in the world is this? A “campaign escort”? In this country? Creepy.

  43. October 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Oh I see!

  44. October 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 10/15/12 10:21 AM EDT
    From this morning’s Latino Decisions polling update:

    ImpreMedia & Latino Decisions released the latest in a series of tracking polls today revealing support for President Obama slipped from 72% last week to 67% this week, suggesting that his debate performance also led some Latino voters to re-evaluate the President. Those who said they are certain to vote for Romney increased slightly from 20% last week to 23% this week. When asked how important the presidential debates are, 76% of all Latinos said a candidate’s performance in the presidential debate was important in how they evaluated a candidate. …

    When asked if they thought Democrats were doing a good job of reaching out to Hispanics, 53% said yes compared to 65% a week ago, again suggesting the President’s debate performance impacted support for the Party as well. However, there have been no signs of improvement in perceptions of the Republican Party with 17% saying the GOP was doing a good job of outreach to Hispanics.

    Obama’s smaller, post-debate lead is still 8 points larger than his victory margin with Latinos in 2008, when he bested John McCain, 67 percent to 31 percent. That 8 percent comes out of the Republican side of the poll —

    • 129 anniebella
      October 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      jovie141, I thought it was the policies which matter more than anything, like immigration reform, to name one.

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