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Rise and Shine

Ohio University, Athens, Oct 17 (click the photo at the OFA site to see the huuuuuuge version, it’s gorgeous)

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Today:

9:35: The President departs the White House

11:10: Arrives Manchester, New Hampshire

11:35: Delivers remarks at Veterans Memorial Park, Manchester (Live on C-Span)

12:10 Bill Clinton, Bruce Springsteen Campaign for President Obama in Ohio (Live on C-Span)

1:05: President Obama departs Manchester

2:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Events Center (listed by CNN)

2:10: President Obama arrives New York City

3:30: Tapes an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”

4:20: Attends a campaign event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City (Closed Press)

7:55: Delivers remarks at the 67th Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner (Live on C-Span)

(Need to check this time, it says 7:55 some places, 9:0 others)

10:35: Departs New York City

11:45: Arrives the White House

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(Messenger/John Halley)

Athens Messenger: Most of the reaction from President Barack Obama’s speech on the College Green Wednesday evening was that it was an inspiration, energizing and positive.

Around 14,000 people packed elbow-to-elbow in the Green while the president stood at his podium at the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium. Reports of a mile-long line to get onto the Green stretched from the corner of Court and President streets, down Richland Avenue, around Walter Hall, up University Terrace and ending on the corner of Park Place near Gordy Hall. The wait for many was worth it.

More here

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(Associated Press)

Ohio University, Oct. 17 (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

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Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa (Jason Reed/Reuters)

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@TheObamaDiary

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Bruce Springsteen

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Mooooooooorning everyone 😉 I haven’t time now to catch up with the news, but will do later.


186 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    October 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning TODobots young and old!. 😆 It’s Thursday of an excellent week! Life’s good!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      October 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

      I love to see the unabashed enthusiasm of our side! Thanks, Ms Chips. I can’t get enough.

      • 3 Pamela
        October 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

        WTG, VC! Lookin’ at you!

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          October 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

          Morning, P! How’s it going this morning? I noticed you had a technical glitch last night, but see that you are back on track today.

          • 5 Pamela
            October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

            Did I? Am I? Well, all I know for sure is around 8:30 I thought my head was going to roll off my neck, and had to do an emergency shut down to get onto that long track towards wrapping up the day, then it was bye bye iPad! We are both recharged this morning! 😉

      • 7 TrumpDog
        October 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

        I love to see the unabashed enthusiasm of our side!

        Pfft. Don’t you wish. 🙄
        Chuck Todd said Obama supporters are not enthusisatic.
        So there.

    • 8 Proud Former White House Intern
      October 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Hi how are you,

      What is this foolishness that I hear about Tagg Romney wanting to take a swing a President Obama? It was all over twitter last night. Is it true?

      • October 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

        • October 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

          Has he ever listened to what his father has said about and to the President of the United States? Disrespectful idiot!

        • 11 anniebella
          October 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

          Tagg can’t because he isn’t man enough to do, once again it shows that money can’t buy class.

        • 12 vcprezofan2
          October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

          BTW, as Meta shared last night, Tagg Romney is Mitt’s chief strategist. 🙄 I find the second paragraph I shared below quite telling. It makes me ask myself…AGAIN….what’s wrong with Mitt that causes his wife and sons to be so protective? Echoes of that ‘mental well-being’ comment made by AnnD?

          /…..
          If Romney wins the presidency, his five successful, well-educated sons could provide the necessary building blocks for a political dynasty — and no one is more valuable to that future than Tagg, according to advisers, family friends, and campaign insiders. Already, his advice to his father is beginning to supersede what’s coming out of the Boston campaign headquarters — and many believe his influence will only grow going forward.

          “He’s very protective of his dad, both behind his back and in front of him,” said one person close to the campaign. “He’s always been sensitive to it, but he’s become very assertive recently in making sure people aren’t doing his father harm, or not living up to their responsibilities to him.”

          One adviser added, “If he ever did want to go into politics, he’d make a fabulous candidate.”

          More than any of his brothers, Tagg modeled his life after his father’s — and demonstrated a unique willingness to put that life on hold to aide in Mitt’s ascent to power.

          …/

          http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/romney-son-tagg-takes-charge

          • 13 theo67
            October 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

            No way he’s got a future in politics after threatening and insulting the President of the United States. No way.

            • 14 vcprezofan2
              October 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

              Now Theo, this is American politics. I bet you’ll find enough people who would choose Tagg in the future just because of his comment – shows he has cojones, don’t you know?

      • 17 vcprezofan2
        October 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

        I’m fine, PFI. Nice to see you in our past shared hunting ground. Tagg made the comment in response to a radio announcer’s question on his feelings during the debate. While I agree it shows disrespect to the President and I’m not surprised by it, I think it shows more of who Tagg is – low class and not fit for the national limelight. Hopefully more voters will see this.

        • 18 Proud Former White House Intern
          October 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

          That is shameful it shows money does not buy class. Not only do I want to win this election I want to crush The Romney’s so bad it’s not even funny!

          • 19 vcprezofan2
            October 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

            The crushing part I totally agree with! I’m thinking #LANDSLIDE daily. It’s the best counter-punch I can think of.

            • 20 yardarm756
              October 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

              Howdy everyone. As I said yesterday, If Tagg had tried a stunt like that, MO would have administered a Chicago beat down to him and his mama!

    • 21 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

      G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers everyone, and Congrats VC on # 1! Soon you will be needing a special award just for coming in 1st the most among TODers 🙂

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

        Morning Hf! Feels good to start the day with you. Seriously the only appropriate award would be the ‘Addicted Idler’s Award’! I wasn’t going to sign in until around 10:30 but then decided I really didn’t feel like doing anything strenuous like house cleaning, and since I wasn’t doing anything I thought I might as well see what TODobots were doing. See, one can always justify one’s actions. 😆

        • 23 hopefruit2
          October 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

          LOL! Who wants to clean house when you can be on TOD having fun?!?!? 🙂 🙂

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            October 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

            In the ‘words’ of Amk … ‘Egg-sack-lee!’ /Hope I got it right this time. Last time I used it he wasn’t too pleased with my spelling./

            • 25 amk for obama
              October 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

              egg.sack.lee

              egg.sack.lee

              egg.sack.lee

              • 26 vcprezofan2
                October 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

                Oh dear! Does this mean I wasn’t supposed to use a capital letter, or is it a three tiered note of approval that I got it right? Sometimes you are just too cryptic for my wittle brain.

                Afternoon/Evening, Amk. Hows ya doing? Practised your gentlemanly behaviours today?

                • 27 amk for obama
                  October 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

                  Yeah, went out for shopping spree with wifey unit. Big festival of Diwali next month here which makes wimmin very happy this month and makes men cry next month when their cc bills hit their mail boxes.

                  • 28 vcprezofan2
                    October 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

                    😆 poor widdle min! I saw a video some time ago talking about a whole lot of gold purchases for an Indian festival but can’t remember if it was for Diwali. It was roughly saying that gold was taken very seriously and a women’s gold jewellery could tell a lot about her, so to speak. Was it related to Diwali, do you think, or is there another festival that emphasizes this aspect? Refresh my memory, please (even though you haven’t a clue what I saw – irrational, I know).

                    • 29 amk for obama
                      October 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

                      Everyday is diwali for indian wimmin when it comes to buying gold. 🙂

                      Serious. You should see all the indian newspapers. The first page is no more about news. It’s all full pages ads about someone peddling gold. I have stopped buying newspapers. Enough with the brainwashing as it is.

                      indian wimmin/smh

                    • 30 vcprezofan2
                      October 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

                      So THAT’s the reason you chose me as #3! I have always wondered. Come to think of it, I remember now your eyes lit up when you discovered that I’m not really fussy about jewelry. Hmmmmm.

                  • 31 Jey
                    October 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

                    hey amk … from a fellow south-asianer, I wish you Happy Deepavali as it was called where I grew up. Aside from the shopping, I hope you are keeping busy in the kitchen making lots of ‘palagarams’ like Murukku 🙂 … just don’t forget to share 🙂

                    • 32 amk for obama
                      October 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

                      Hey Jey!!! Happy deepavali to you too. Nice to see a Tamilian here. (fiiinally).

                      You at Chennai ? We should meet up,

    • 33 pugeretto
      October 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Congrats VC! You rule the roost! Morning to Chips & TODS & a BIG GM to THE BOSS!!!

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        October 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

        Isn’t it the rooster who rules? Really? Whatever…. GM & TY, Pugeretto. ( Every time I write your name I’m puzzled by the origin. That’s me, my mind never seems to stop churning which is why I don’t sleep well. No sweat as I can always hang out in TODville)

        • 35 pugeretto
          October 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm

          Hey VC – you must try to get some good sleep. You are always faithfully pounding away here & on your twitter, but soon it will all be rewarded. Pugeretto is a name I just made up, relating to my two 14-yr-old Pugs. They are always close by watching me. Don’t forget to get some rest soon, I know it’s hard with all the excitement, & it seems that if you leave for several hours, it’s like WOW, look at all I missed!! Anyway, that’s me always. My computer doesn’t keep up with those debates/twiiter feeds….but I do the best I can to catch the news. You go girl!

          • 36 vcprezofan2
            October 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            In truth I can’t blame TOD, or Twitter or excitement for my sleeplessness. I haven’t slept through the night in decades and I can’t nap in the day. I wake up every 2/3 hours every single night. It’s just part of the VC packet. So in a sense the advent of TOD in my life is a blessing and the perfect gift from my BFF, Chips Chica. 😉 😉 😆

  2. 37 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good

  3. 38 kathryn kivett
    October 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Glorious Morning in NC!…Voting today for PBO

  4. 44 forus50
    October 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD – Happy Thursday! Great photos!

  5. 45 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

    It was freaking insane this morning.

    Damn…..Cher was fired up this morning at the condescending assholes on Morning Joe trying telling Mika that she knows nothing about what women want in the election. Halperin, Willie Geist, and Joe were assholes. They basically did all but pat her on the head and tell her she belongs in the kitchen making dinner. They defended Romney’s comments about women on the show. They apparently got flooded with calls and emails and tweets from women who were ANGRY and then they began to back down. Joe even replied to Cher’s tweets on twitter. Cher was rightfully MAD.

  6. 46 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Mika of Morning Joe grew some spine this morning. I just caught some of her on Morning Joe and the Today Show this morning and she went to toe-to-toe with Joe, Mark Halperin, Willie and Steve Rattner on women’s issues. She kept reeling off accomplishments of the Obama administration in regards to women and the economy. She skewered Romney and his lack of pro-women policies when he was Gov. of MA and now.

    I’m glad that the Today Show skyped her and Joe in this morning to a broader audience. She pointed out the bigger picture about Romney’s Binders Full of Women comment and why it’s offensive, she pointed out that under Pres. Obama unemployment has gone down, housing foreclosures are down, housing prices are up, consumer confidence is up, manufacturing has increased, he signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he created a council on women and girls, she just went on and on and on.

    My jaw dropped. She was trending on twitter like fire.

    • 47 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Thanks ut – I saw little bit of the ruckus on Twitter and was wondering what it was all about. So Mika finally got tired of being treated like a dumb bimbo on that show. She must have been reading the tweets about her all along! I know she’s not as stupid as she pretends to be. Methinks a lot of reliably Republican-voting women will be re-evaluating their votes for President this year. For e.g., the Huntsman daughters are unabashedly rooting for Obama – despite what claims they may have made earlier this year.

    • 48 joyce
      October 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

      You are so good UT. I’m thankful that you have the stomach to even turn over to these shows but also that you keep us informed like you do so well. bless you

    • 49 theo67
      October 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

      I second Joyce’s praise, UT. I would never have the wherewithal to watch Morning Joke – and this is an important development. I completely missed the twitter action this morning.

  7. October 18, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Moooooooooorning everyone, back in a bit 😉

  8. October 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Morning all. On the day of the presidential debate, I took a bad fall on my back and life has been painful for the last two days. Of course, during the debate itself, I was so enthralled, I didn’t feel any pain at all, which leads me to believe I should just keep watching the debate over and over again until my back heals–it’s better than pills. I am in charge of a staging area on the four days leading to the election and have got to get better by then. Arrgghhh. Oh and positive polls for PBO also improve the pain, so I’m hoping they keep coming, too. Love too all and let’s keep working our hearts out, pains and all.

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Oh, so sorry to hear about your fall, Jackie.

      Yeah, our president is an antidote to all kinds of ills!!

    • 53 57andfemale
      October 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Take care! Rest is what you need, but if something doesn’t feel ‘right’, get ye to the doctor.

    • 54 Pamela
      October 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

      {{{{{{jackiegrumbcher}}}}}} oh no Jackie… I have found a topical cream, called Topricin, at the Super Suoplements stores. I pulled a muscle in my back a couple years ago, oh my, that was a bad idea… The clerk recommended Topricin and I was back in action in a very short time. I haven’t let myself run out of it since! Try it, you’ll like it. And it is better than taking pills.!

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      October 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Oh JG, what a bummer! Take good care of yourself and as 57 suggests, REST! {{{{JackieG}}}} Happily, PBO and VPJoe are working hard to provide your pain relief of choice.

    • 60 edp4bho
      October 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Take care, Jackie. We in Pennsy need your fire.

    • 61 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 18, 2012 at 9:59 am

      (((((Jackie))))) Feel better, hon. Sending healing vibes*~*~*~*~*

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Jackie – please rest and take care of yourself – we need you here!

    • 64 theo67
      October 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Back ache is one of the worst injuries because you quickly realize how much you use your back and how debilitated you are when your movements are restricted. Make sure you use ice to reduce the swelling – it makes such a difference. Eat watermelon, too – reduces inflammation. I hope you get better soon!

    • 65 Obama Grandmama
      October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I am so sorry you are in pain, Jackie. I know what you mean about the debate taking away pain. I had heard that my Mom’s cancer had gone to her bones and was waiting to talk to her Oncologist the next day so found the debate a welcome happy distraction.

  9. 66 Melissa
    October 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Morning everyone!! It’s a great day today 🙂
    2 things :
    1) Not sure if any of you follow Cher on twitter but she went full- on rant this morning against that chauvinistic crew of Morning Joe, who ridiculed Mika for daring to say that that binder story from the Mittster wasn’t even true. Cher called them out righteously, it was beautiful! They backed off afterwards…

    2) Speaking of binders. Please if you have time to read (And laugh!), this is the actual Amazon customer reviews for their most popular binder ( I swear I haven’t laughed this hard in ages). It restored my faith in the American electorate, people TRULY get it. Women TRULY get it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Durable-Binder-EZ-Turn-17032/product-reviews/B001B0CTMU/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  10. October 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good point from a Buzzfeed commenter,Jack Gordon Mills:
    “Funny how “Tagg” never wanted to punch all of the other GOP contenders who repeatedly called his dad a liar throughout the Republican primaries.”
    I’m stealing this

    • 69 57andfemale
      October 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • 70 LDS
      October 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Good morning everyone. Love you much, Chips!

      If I just may add one thing. I was too upset to comment on Tagg’s tweet last night because I refuse to let anyone steal my joy while we are moving FOWARD. So I am thinking this morning that this 42 year old man probably has so much raged stored up from his father smashing their faces in food as a joke when they were kids, it is probably “his father” he really wants to punch.
      Having so much money and looking so scary is scary!
      The whole family looks like a horror movie. I read two comments last night that made me laugh describing them as the “The Adams Family and “Sarah Palin’s family with money.
      If those bullies ever got in the White House, the name would have to be changed to “The Haunted House”

    • 72 theo67
      October 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Excellent point!

  11. 73 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Pres. Obama is full of WIN.

  12. 75 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

  13. 76 idon
    October 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I got up this monring as ai always do and took my daily trek through the awesome TOD. Looking all the pictures just gave me goosebumps. I loved PBO’s GottaVote WI ad. Today is Thursday. On Saturday, I get to cast my vote President Obama & Vice President Biden and every Dem down ticket so we can move FORWARD!! I’m so excited, I can barely sleep. Also, tonight I will talk with two of my neighbors who want guidance on the best choices down ticket. Everybody needs to understand that after electing PBO and VeepBiden, the next most important thing is to give PBO & VeepBiden a Congress that will help implement their policies. That is all 🙂

  14. 78 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

    If you live in North Carolina, it’s your day today. Get out and VOTE.

  15. 79 collegekay
    October 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Mika and Morning Joe are still trending on twitter.

  16. 81 57andfemale
    October 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

  17. 82 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

  18. 83 desertflower
    October 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Morning all! If you haven’t read this, you must. The ending is a thing of beauty.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/10/counterpunch.html

    By the way, last night was phonebank night…so many upbeat, happy, engaged people on the phone:) These folks are fired up! Most have already voted….yes we can!!

    • 84 xtine
      October 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

      One of my favorite comments, this one by Deaniac:

      “Think about the rope-a-dope here. It involves the debate timeline. There were 2 weeks between the first debate and the second. But the second and the third are 6 days apart. Obama needed to rattle Romney’s cage on the second debate so he would not have time to recover before being hit again in the third. That’s what’s going on here.”

    • 85 xtine
      October 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

      And this one:

      “And there’s another thing that the president did last night that Romney failed to. The President of the United States asked for our vote. Romney, Mr. Entitled, never did.”

  19. 87 desertflower
    October 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Look at this “after the debate” pic. Holy shit. I hadn’t seen this before….

    • October 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Crikey! It looks like she’s about to punch him!!! Morning DF!

      • 89 desertflower
        October 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Morning, Chips! Punch him is an understatement!! She looks like she knows that her “entitlement to the WH” is fast slipping away…..two peas in a pod, those two. Yikes…these freaks are scary.

        • 90 Pamela
          October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Indeed, chips and DF, they frighten me. And many others, I am sure.

          • October 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

            She is worried about his mental health, she saw him almost get unhinged right in front of the world. She knows him, he almost snapped during the debate.

          • 92 miss pat
            October 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

            “Honey,how did I do?”
            “We are not going to ever get to the White House now.”
            He looks like he is waiting for her approval and she looks like she is not going to give it to him. Weird couple. Then the son wants to punch the President. Weird family.

    • 93 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Miss Ann has been campaigning with Mitt for 25 years and still can’t control her facial expressions. Imagine her on the international scene – what a disaster.

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

      There are times when Romney seems to be a small, sad, fearful child.

    • October 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

      It’s Tagg’s expression that worries me. If I didn’t know who these people were and I just looked at this picture cold, I’d think the young man in the picture was the older man’s lover. Just sayin’.

  20. October 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

  21. 102 ourmanflint
    October 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Good morning Chips And TOD. Thanks for the amazing coverage of the Prez. Later

  22. October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    People for the American Way is putting $1.2 million behind two Spanish-language swing state ads, one criticizing Mitt Romney’s position on the DREAM Act (below) and the other featuring Romney’s “47 percent” comments.

    As we’ve noted here before, Obama is far ahead with Latino voters, but the stronger his support is among the demographic, the better chance he has of winning key Latino-heavy swing states.

    The PFAW ad buy is for five weeks in Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia, and for three weeks in Nevada.

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/10/progressive-group-launches-m-spanishlanguage-ad-campaign-138803.html

    • 104 japa21
      October 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

      The important thing in 2 of PBO’s most supportive demographics, latinos and students, is not just to get them to prefer PBO, which they already do, but to get them to the polls. Much as I hate to see fear being used as a motivator,the more they are afraid of what a Romney presidency would mean, the more they are motivated to actually vote.

      • 105 vcprezofan2
        October 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

        I think of it more as facts than fear, Japa. I genuinely believe if Mitt gets into office he is going to do what he has said. Nothing he has done or said suggests he wouldn’t. There is no reason why he wouldn’t. He would have the support of the crazies in his cabinet, the crazies on the ground to hold his feet to the first, plus his obligations for the millions KOCH types poured into his campaign. Mitt would also have his natural inclinations and his greed. And let’s not forget he could claim that the voters knew what they were voting for. So instead of thinking of it as using fear, I’d think of it as facilitating their predictive skills. Better they think of these possibilities now while they still may be averted, than wait until they start materializing. They need only look at those GOP governed states to see what has been happening to realize that the predictions are not farfetched.

  23. 106 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    GM folks. GM chips.

  24. 108 57andfemale
    October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • 109 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I laughed myself silly last night going through all those binder reviews. I swear, liberals are the most spontaneously funny folks. The whole thing is HILARIOUS. 😆 😆 😆

      • 110 57andfemale
        October 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

        Even my nut job Republican friend, as the father of two teen-aged daughters, is a tad horrified about Mitt. I think he’ll vote for him but in IL it won’t matter.

  25. October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    A crowd estimated at more than 150 people stood in line Thursday morning outside the Hal Marshall Annex on the north side of Charlotte’s uptown, waiting to participate in the start of North Carolina’s early voting period.

    About 350 sites across the state feature early voting until Nov. 3, and the Hal Marshall Annex was the first to open in Mecklenburg County, at 8 a.m.

    Among those who arrived to vote early was a group from Obama for America, which marched from the organization’s Charlotte headquarters on East Ninth Street to vote early. A half-hour after the doors opened, dozens of people were still waiting in line outside the building.

    Four years ago, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry North Carolina in 32 years. And he won it before Election Day.

    Early voters that year gave Obama a 305,000-vote cushion heading into Election Day, helping him squeeze out a narrow 14,000-vote victory in the state.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/18/3605252/long-lines-as-nc-early-voting.html

  26. 113 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    What a beautiful crowd.

    • 114 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

      What is so wonderful about those crowds – other than the size – is the complete mix of colors, ages, sexes. President Obama is something to everyone.

  27. 115 sabreen60
    October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning TOD. It’s good to get here so early – not a usual occurrence for me. Love you Ms. Chips and TOD. The pictures are great and the articles are amazing!

  28. October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    • 117 desertflower
      October 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

      GREAT!!!

    • 118 amk for obama
      October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

      What is with the pink with both ladies ? Is annbot now copying mittbot’s copying of the prez ?

    • 125 LDS
      October 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

      L-O-V-E Won the debate!

      Good over evil every time. Even after the first debate FLOTUS greeted PBO with love. You can’t fake it, you either you have it or you don’t.
      You don’t turn it on and off like a faucet. It flows freely from the Obamas to all of us and to this country. They stayed around and signed programs and greeted people who asked questions and those who did not. They took the time to stay while the “privileged” family scurried out.
      What gets me every time is… he asks for our vote, that just tugs at my heart.
      After all what he has had to put up with and the disrespect, he still ask.
      Okay, I am done. Need more tissues. Have a great day everyone.

  29. 127 57andfemale
    October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Is there a clip to James Lipton on Hardball yesterday?

  30. 130 desertflower
    October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Wrap your head around the fact that the ENTIRE WORLD is holding their collective breath about this election…..People Power! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

    • 131 57andfemale
      October 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

      There was a call on Stephanie Miller a few minutes ago: If PBO does not prevail, he did not fail. We failed him. Wow.

      • 132 cos
        October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

        She also interviewed Nate Silver. Apparently he has a new book out.

      • 135 amk for obama
        October 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

        Yup. I agree.

      • 136 theo67
        October 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        This is absolutely true. The fact that Romney is so close in the polls is a reflection on the electorate – not on President Obama. He’s governing to the best of his abilities. 2010 showed us that there is a part of this country that just doesn’t pay attention, and were willing to hand the keys back to a corrupt group of people who are in it for greed and could care less about this country. If the GOP steal this election, it will not be because of President Obama – it will be because half the country didn’t learn the lessons from 2000-2008, and from 2010 to now.

  31. October 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

  32. 141 JER
    October 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Awaiting President Obama’s departure for NH – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. October 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Whoa!

  34. 149 ctgirl7
    October 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

    The Boss is a BFD! I love my POTUS, and I can see that I am not alone 🙂

  35. October 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    But but but Gallup…

  36. 152 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 18, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous — it’s all gorgeous!

    That letter from Bruce is one of the best encapsulations of PBO’s term that I’ve read — so clear and passionate. Thanks Bruuuuuce!

  37. 154 relellit
    October 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good morning TODville & Chips
    LOL, so little Tagg is worried about the SS, otherwise he deck our President. Hey, He should be worried about Our President knocking him out

    vcprezofan2 congratulations on 1st

  38. 156 desertflower
    October 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh for damn sakes! My aunt just sent me an email that was a conspiracy theory…that took me 2 seconds to debunk….I sent her back a fact check and told her not to send these to me, or any of her friends anymore….WTF is wrong with these people?

    • 157 relellit
      October 18, 2012 at 10:08 am

      desertflower

      Also tell her to send it to Attack Watch

      • 158 desertflower
        October 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

        Oh no…you misunderstand. SHE was the one spreading this misinformation!! Nothing about PBO…it was about the ACLU and the US Marines…saying that the ACLU was trying to stop the Marines from being able to pray. WTF? That doesn’t even make sense (to a thinking person) on its face! The ACLU is ALL ABOUT religious liberty and freedom to worship as you choose! I hate that she did this….I detest willful ignorance.

  39. 161 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Via bj, great vid of shuttle endeavor’s curtain call.

  40. October 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I am still reeling over Tagg’s comment about the President! (I don’t even know what he looks like, I don’t pay any attention to his kids) – I hope the media talks about this and asks Willard to apologise or have his son apologise directly to the President. I am sick to death of people getting away with the ‘wagging of the finger’ in his face, calling him a ‘dick’ on Morning Joe and now saying they wanted to ‘rush the stage and take a swing at him’. What disrespectful animals they are! Makes me so furious, I really hope something gets done about this!!!! So bloody mad!! 😡

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

      you have to force the media to cover the tagg statement. email, text, blog, fax, call. they not going to do it on their own. I keep telling people obama is fighting the media not the republican party, the media is the republican party. You have to push the media to tell the truth,

  41. 166 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    NH Crowd for PBO 🙂

  42. 171 57andfemale
    October 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

  43. 172 edp4bho
    October 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hey, all you Sam Kass lovers. He’s going to be in Philly on Friday as part of the Tom Joyner “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day”. Of course, I won’t be there as I have to work, but should something change, and I go, will let you know if he is really as cute as you guys say he is. 😀

  44. 173 Jeff
    October 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The fact checkers are all over the Libya statement by PBO and are trying to say ‘half-true’ while Washington Post is being their usual idiot selves. I dislike fact checkers because they often use the both are equally dishonest false-equalivancy and cherry pick their findings to give them away to empower this narrative.

    It angers me.

    • 174 xtine
      October 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Don’t just get mad, send them Tweets, emails, etc. Push back!

    • 177 Cman
      October 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I am definitely writing politifact. I just read their explanation and it is the most stupidest thing I have ever seen

      http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/17/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-waited-14-days-call-libya-attack/

      They evaluate the statement Romney made, where he specifically singles out the president ( not his administration as a whole, but the singular president) and says you did not call the Libya an act of terror. Politifact looks at the statement and said no Obama did say that the next day. However, they continue, noting that the administration was not completely clear on whether this was an act of terror or an uprising the days following. And thus a rating of half true is rendered.

      What kind of nonsensical reasoning is that? Either Obama called it an act of terror the next day like he says he did or he did not. It is immaterial what his administration says afterwards because the event has either taken place (him calling an act of terror) or it has not.

      • 178 Jeff
        October 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

        I’ve given up emailing them after calling them out so many times. I will be writing this book and put the media to task like they haven’t been been given for some time. Politifact = a shitty site.

  45. 184 dotster3
    October 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I think this should be getting more attention——–In the state that knows him best, in the state where he was governor, Willard Mitt is not even competit

  46. 186 yardarm756
    October 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm


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