Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama waves from the Colonnade to visitors as they tour the White House grounds and gardens, Oct. 19, 2012. Members of the public were invited to tour the grounds as part of the 2012 White House Fall Garden Tours. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


NYT: If Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, were to win next month’s election, the harm to women’s reproductive rights would extend far beyond the borders of the United States.

In this country, they would support the recriminalization of abortion with the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and they would limit access to contraception and other services. But they have also promised to promote policies abroad that would affect millions of women in the world’s poorest countries, where lack of access to contraception, prenatal care and competent help at childbirth often results in serious illness and thousands of deaths yearly. And the wreckage would begin on Day 1 of a Romney administration.

….. House Republicans want to cut the nation’s investment in international family planning severely. Mr. Romney’s record of bending to suit the most extreme elements of the Republican Party suggests that he may well go along on this critical issue as well.

Full editorial here





An Inch at a Time



NYT: Three leading Democratic “super PACs” raised more money in September than in any other month this election cycle, officials said, underscoring the growing willingness of wealthy Democrats to bankroll groups whose existence they had long opposed.

Priorities USA Action, the group backing President Obama, will report raising $15.2 million in September, thanks in part to aggressive fund-raising by party leaders like former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. The group has already reserved millions of dollars in advertising for the closing weeks of the campaign.

Majority PAC, which supports Senate Democrats, raised $10.4 million in September and has brought in an additional $9.7 million through mid-October, officials announced on Friday, a period during which the party’s chances of holding a majority in the chamber appeared to be improving. House Majority PAC, the Congressional Democrats’ super PAC arm, raised $5.9 million, a figure the group said it was on pace to double this month.

More here


Racine, Oct 19 (Gregory Shaver/Journal Times)

The Journal Times: Celia Poole was outside Memorial Hall at 4:15 a.m. Friday waiting to get inside to see first lady Michelle Obama. When the doors opened at 10:30 a.m. she was one of the first inside and she was followed by approximately 2,500 more people.

…. So many people were inside that approximately 400 people were directed to the hall’s basement, where they were told they could hear the first lady but there was no video screen to see her.

But the first lady did not ignore those supporters. Even before she went up to the main floor and started talking to the crowd there, she went downstairs.

Linetta Davis, 38, an 8th grade teacher from Milwaukee who was in the basement, said it meant a lot for Obama to go downstairs. “With all the political discussion going on right now, it’s easy to feel overlooked,” Davis said, “but for the first lady to be aware people were downstairs and to acknowledge them meant a lot.” If she had been on the fence about who to vote for, she said that would have been a turning point for her.

More here



Wausau Daily Herald: …. The first lady appealed to the crowd — 980 people, plus 600 more in an overflow room — at Friday’s rally to vote early, when early voting starts Monday. And she asked the audience to encourage others to vote for her husband, noting that an election can be decided by just a few votes in each ward.

Wausau, October 19 (Wausau Daily Herald)



Thank amk




Mooooooooorning everyone 😉

261 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 JER
    October 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

    • 2 pugeretto
      October 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

      GM back at you & congrats on 1st today!! I really liked that first video Chips, & pictures/articles on beautiful FLOTUS.

      • 3 veryslowwriter
        October 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        “But the first lady did not ignore those supporters. Even before she went up to the main floor and started talking to the crowd there, she went downstairs.”

        This is a perfect example of why we’ll win. We’re supporting beloved people.

        • 4 Puddin'
          October 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm

          veryslowwriter, this brought tears to my eyes (and a prayer for the First Family and of course four more years). The pictures are just lovely!

  2. 5 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    HOpe to see our President on Monday…

  3. 6 taiping1
    October 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Good morning! 17 days. Fired up.

    • 7 Chi
      October 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Good morning everyone…

      If you’ve got a Safeway grocery store in your area, this is important…

      Yesterday I met a woman who works at one of the stores in my City and she was furious…

      All Safeway workers she told me, recently received a corporate memo telling them they had to vote for Mitt Romney or else…

      Safeway stores is now owned by the Mormon church…

      She loves and will be voting for President Obama, but she is very concerned about some of her coworkers – a few recently naturalized immigrants who are simply petrified…

      We must counter this in our own quiet way by engaging people especially low-information voters who might get caught up in dubious work environments such as this…

      Remind them that their ballots are secret and sacred and nobody will ever know who they vote for…

      Most importantly, draw a clear picture of what a world completely taken over and controlled by oppressive, controlling slave masters like the management and ownership of Safeway would wrought courtesy of a Mitt Romney type…

      If these wealthy, entitled plutocrats are this brazenly manipulative, abusive and oppressive right now, imagine what life would be like in a world where they have free reign, without checks, balances or repercussions…

      President Obama is the only person standing between an America where everyone still has some semblance of rights and opportunity – and that being pushed for by Mitt Romney and the evil plutocrats and corporations desperately trying to buy him the presidency to do their bidding…

      • 8 pugeretto
        October 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

        Chi, that just needs to get out there. These looser manipulating Safeway owners have to be stopped. No Safeway where I live, but is that related to Dominicks????

      • 9 Pamela
        October 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

        I understand Safeway has been owned by the Mormin church for a very long time. I have avoided the chain for several years now. These employees ought to forward the memo to the DOJ, as I’m sure this s very much in violation of many rights.

      • 10 jacquelineoboomer
        October 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Is there someone who works there who would feel confident in calling the FBI? I’m pretty sure voter intimidation is a federal crime. The DOJ is going after these people, and that needs to occur before Nov. 6, not after, or we’ll end up with another election like we had in 2000.

      • 11 HZ
        October 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Good Morning Chi and TOD Family.
        I am trying to do so many things this morning, but I will keep moving with a wonderful grace that propells me daily.

        This disturbed me greatly, however, may I ask those who want to do something about this, please contact DOJ at this number and this person as the contact.

        Assistant Attorney General: Thomas E. Perez:Civil Rights Divison. (202) 514-4609. Fax: 202-514-0293.

        Please trust me on this. Plus as many as possible please contact this office. This is an important issue. They will give you directions as to what is being done or can and will be done on this contact. Thank you all for being so viligant in matters of this magnitude. HZ

  4. 12 taiping1
    October 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

    3 at 9:10. Congrats all!

  5. 13 Pamela
    October 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

    WTG JER! morning all, g’day Chipsticks!

  6. 14 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Morning! Congrats, JER:)

  7. 15 Pamela
    October 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Our First Lady, so so so beautiful!

    • 16 Pamela
      October 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

      And OH! the little girl with the braids, sitting on Mama’s shoulder, oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Children know, don’t they? The sign in place of the stolen signs is cracking me up too! 🙂 what a great start to the day!

      • 17 veryslowwriter
        October 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

        So adorable. Her expression says everything. (She’ll remember this day.)

        • 18 joanshaw
          October 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          I felt the same way the morning after Obama’s brilliant second debate. What came to me immediately (as a retired singer and still lover of choral music) “This is the day that the Lord hath made … Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

          It’s actually the 118th psalm and has been used in many choral works but the version I remember best is in The Messiah, with the voices doing a complicated fugue of “This is the day…this is the day…this is the day that the Lord hath made.”

          Of course Obama was the one who made that wonderful day for me, with perhaps the Lord and millions of prayers from religions and faiths all over the world helping. It’s a morning I’ll remember for a long, long time.

  8. 19 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I have to say, I was watching LOD last night, and he played a clip from the VA rally that PBO had…..you could clearly see a woman sitting behind PBO wiping tears from her eyes as he was talking about women’s issues….very touching

    • 20 EDP4BHO
      October 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

      And yet the newscaster on the video cookemon referenced down thread stated some women have abandoned PBO, so that’s why he’s there making his case. Senseless.

  9. 21 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:17 am

    GM folks.

  10. 23 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

  11. 24 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

  12. October 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    All this trash talking in tv right now, about how lousy th President is on Environmentsl issues.
    Well, I guess they didn’t read Robert restores endorsement, on the Huffington post?
    And a wonderful video at the end depicting what the Presudent has done..

  13. October 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Morning everyone!! Have to go wash my hair, I’ll back soon looking stunning (shut up amk).

    • 33 amk for obama
      October 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

      GM chips. Your hair looks hairy.

      btw, did you fix your FF ? No, the other one.

      • October 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

        I’m back, thanks for the lovely compliment amk. I went for the pink look, like the boy in that photo. Frankly, I look ravishing.

        FF is 10%-ish faster than it was, but it’s still RUBBISH.

        • 35 utaustinliberal
          October 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

          I’d just like to point out Miss hair washer, that Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2. Yet when your “mighty” Manchester United met Tottenham, they LOST.

          Have a happy Saturday because we’re going to CRUSH you when we meet.

        • 36 amk for obama
          October 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

          whaddaymean 10% faster. You using a clock to time this ?


          pink, eh ? I thought you all irish went green. Suits your envy.

          • 37 HZ
            October 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

            Amk, have I told you lately how much I love you. So are so much fun for all of us. You make me smile, and you make me think. I appreciate you so much.

            I am sure our lovely and brilliant Chips looks just beautiful. There are few things to the “wimmin” like having a freshly washed head of hair. I need a cut, but other arrangements for later.

            ((((((((((((((((((((( We All Love you Amk))))))))))))))))))) You bring so much encouragement to me, for sure my dear one.HZ

  14. 38 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

  15. 51 lisalovesobama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I hope Team O has PBO armed and ready to go on the issue of Libya, especially in light of what that fuckwit Issa did. Can you believe that shit? What the hell is wrong with these people? We need to regain majorities in both houses. This is some sick shit. SMH.

    • 52 hopefruit2
      October 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I have no doubt that he will be. Notice that the O-camp has been low key on this issue, while the MSM thrashes about…they’re not giving the MSM or Willard any clues as to what they know, or how they’re gonna approach this – they’re saving their cards for the debate when PBO serves Romney a nice 7-course dinner of STFU in front of the entire world. Then the DEM surrogates will be out on the TV screen to reinforce what PBO said.

    • 54 anniebella
      October 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

      lisa, don’t worry. President Obama will be ready.

    • October 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Lisa they are telegraphing everything. So, they will know what is coming and be prepared.

    • 56 57andfemale
      October 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I cannot believe PBO won’t be prepared. Repubs and R&R think they’ve laid the trap.

      Yesterday there was another story making the administration look bad on Libya. I literally had an anxiety attack over it.

      The other thing that sent me over the edge: the regular headline news service that they use on progressive radio in Chicago continued the LIE that PBO said on Jon Stewart that the deaths of four Americans was not ‘optimal’. I practically ran the car into a lightpost. He said communication was not optimal, and yet national news services pick up the RW meme.

      As my husband reminds me, it’s Barack Obama. But let’s not kid ourselves: They are out to take away PBO’s edge on foreign policy. and again I’m hearing from the left that PBO should crush on this issue, so if there’s one misstep will the whiny left implode again?

      • 57 idon
        October 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Read this 2009 story about BLACKWATER http://www.thenation.com/article/blackwater-founder-implicated-murder# LIBYA was designed to blemish PBO’s stellar record in foreign policy. Casino mogul Adelson pledges $100 million to mittnocchio campaign http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/06/14/499513/billionaire-adelson-pledges-unlimited-campaign-contributions-to-mitt-romney/ some of the ME protesters report they were paid http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/15/world/meast/egypt-us-embassy-protests/index.html I call this a SLO MO coup d’etat in the US, initiated by the GOPKKK. Their international plan was to wreak havoc in the ME and their national plan was to supress and deny the right of American citizens their right to vote. After PBO’s re-election, I imagine a lot of folks are going to jail.

      • 58 HZ
        October 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Morning/Afternoon 57andfemale. He will be prepared. He knows the slimes (my word not POB’s) he is working with in all of this. However, POB has to look at this issue from all angles of his Foreign Policy. Remember, POB is an attorney and a brilliant one. He is a thinker. He has to have the backs of the men and women serving him all over this country and in every corner of the world, and he really takes that jobs seriously, unlike the memories that we have as a nation of a previous Administration. Did you see the fire in his eyes and the fire in this words that he spoke to Mitten and the world last Tues., concerning the situation at hand. POB has this.

        He knows that the vile acts and mind of KR is never going to stop until God shut it down. I meant that. So POB moves on, thinks deep, and acts with a clear precision to protect the Intelligence Dept., the CIA in all respects, and protect the families of these men and women who are working all day and night trying to get to the bother of this. And they will. So we might do him a big service to focus our energies on putting into our space one of wisdom filled with confidence to prove these people wrong and as little evil, disruptive disgraceful small minded men and we as they are.

        There are 4 families trying to put their lives on a path of healing. They are waiting and listening to the contacts that they are receiving from POB and Sec. Clinton and when it is all done, POB will accomplish what he said he would do. “Bring whomever to justice.” Let us put our energies out for the families who lost precious love ones and for all of our men and women who are working to complile the facts for POTUS.

        Let the talking heads, the vile and ugly men and women like Issa go straight to hell because they are showing us their hellish ways. We have not time to even give them space within our space. We have to focus on getting POB and VP Biden re-elected and get the House back so Issa can take his seat in his hellish mind and leave us alone. “Fret not thyself of evildoers.” Yes, I know it is not easy to live, but it is sure easy to believe it in your faith. I have seen it even in this pass week.

        We are putting our energy around POB, VP Biden, FLOTUS, Dr. Jill Biden, all of the great surrogrates and each of our family members here to bring this home. We need the WH, back, the House, and a full and solid Senate. So let us do all that we can to make it happen. Pray, give, meditate, make calls, walk the streets, knock on doors, talk in the public spaces when opportunities arrive, phone family in other states, e mail friends and family in other states and tell them to get up and do something that will bring this home on Nov. 6, 2012 for sure.

        (((((((((((((((((( I love you all so much. Now I need to eat something before my brother calls and check on me and make my calls It is raining here, so the joints are killing me, but Do Not Worry, I will tear it up in a few hours.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    • October 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

      He was already ready for it in the second debate PLUS those documents have vindicated/backed up what the President and his cabinet members have been saying.

      • 60 lisalovesobama
        October 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

        I’m glad. I want it to be nov 7th already so we can say good riddance to that freaking creep. I’m so fricking over his shit.

  16. 61 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You’ve got to check this out.

  17. 64 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

  18. 67 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I see that the new PPP Virginia poll shows Obama in the lead 49-47, and VA voters trust Obama over Romney to stand up for the middle class 53-45. I can’t link their tweets directly because they blocked me.

    • October 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

      PPP blocked you? GAAH.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        October 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

        Yes they sure did, and here’s why they blocked me on Oct 9. I simply tweeted them a couple responses to their snarky remark that “Elizabeth Warren is not being dragged down by Obama’s Poor debate performance.” Here are my two responses which got them all pissy.

        • October 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

          WOW, that is some weird bunk right there. Why do people consider them a Dem leaning polling firm? This is outrageous.

        • 76 mophene
          October 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

          It looks like you put a wrinkle in their narrative, Good job HF.

        • October 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

          LOL!!! I called them out for that same tweet. Got into a twitter fight with a right winger over it too. Just checked to see if I was blocked too and I am. Didn’t know because I had unfollowed them first over a different tweet.

          Reason why I unfollowed them was because of their attitude. I saw them trying to do this ‘Both sides are attacking us’ bullshit along with snarky tweets. You are a polling firm and you are supposed to be professional. What’s with the nasty responses to your followers?

    • 83 anniebella
      October 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

      hopefruit2 consider it an honor that they block you.

    • 85 mb32
      October 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

      I unfollowed PPP the other day because their snarky comment about Dems needing to accept that PBO’s debate win wasn’t a game changer was a bridge too far. As Joe Biden said “that’s a bunch of stuff” them trying to tell me what I can and can not accept.

  19. 90 andogriff
    October 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    What wonderful posts this morning, Ms Chips! Already forwarded several to my mailing list… thanks for everything, yet again! (Especially important to pass the NY Times editorial EVERYWHERE possible!)

  20. October 20, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good morning, TODville, and happy weekend to all.

    Someone who was on the WH garden tour yesterday tweeted that when PBO walked out it was such a surprise appearance and everyone screamed and started chanting 4 MORE YEARS!!!! Squeeeeee!!

    There is so much enthusiasm for our POTUS and FLOTUS, it’s just astounding that our pitiful press is trying so hard to depress the turnout. They have no idea who they’re dealing with. NOT THIS TIME.

    This weekend is OFA’s first big GOTV staging, so lots of excitement in the air and lots of folks heading down to their local OFA office. It’s a perfect time to help out if you have some spare time for our President. FORWARD!!

  21. 95 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    The pink hair on the little guy is so freaking cool.

  22. 96 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

  23. 97 mb32
    October 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Pres Obama is really talking up the good economic news and that’s great because you know the media won’t focus on it. And I loved how in the weekly address he pointed out that Repubs in Congress were blocking progress on a bill to help homeowners. I think this is a great closing message strategy. Point to good economic news, remind voters of the measures he took and blame republicans for not helping, it helps not only him but down ballot Dems. Just think if Republicans had helped they could say they were partially responsible for the recovery. Now they can take no claim whatsoever, it was all done by Pres Obama and Dems. There are so many reasons why Pres Obama should be reelected and we all know what those are but not least of these is the fact the economy will continue to grow and get stronger (if we get past the fiscal cliff) and there is no way in heck I want a Pres Romney trying to take credit for what Pres Obama did. You know they will rewrite history. But I feel pretty confident that there will never be a Pres Romney!

    Also, media elites say that Pres Obama doesn’t have a second term agenda but I thought Jonathan Cohen had a great article about that saying that he has laid out a vision for a second term but the reason it seems so “small bore” to some is that its really about protecting and expanding the bold steps he took over the last four years.

    “To the extent Obama hasn’t laid out a “new” vision for the future, it’s because his new vision is the same as his old vision. As he’s said over and over again, including on Tuesday night, he believes government has a vital role to play in domestic policy—as a watchdog, guardian of economic security, and instigator of growth. The focus of his first term was enacting policies that would allow government to do this. Think financial regulation, universal health care, and the Recovery Act. His second term, necessarily and appropriately, would focus on pursing those same goals—whether by seeing the Affordable Care Act through to implementation or further boosting the economy through the American Jobs Act.” http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/108849/obama-hasnt-laid-out-governing-vision-agenda-debate-hofstra

    Think about it: building on health care reform, building on green energy alternatives, building on infrastructure initiatives, high speed rail, building on education reform and the list goes on. That’s a strong vision if I’ve ever heard one but the media is so superficial with their “Sputnik” moments: they can’t see the forest for the trees. Heaven help us but the death of journalism may be the death of our democracy and this morning I heard that Murdoch is trying to by the LA Times and Chicago Tribune!!! Some how we’ve got to stop the corporate takeover of our media but I don’t even now where to start.

    Sorry, this was longer than I intended…guess I had a few things on my mind 🙂

    • 98 EricFive
      October 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Great post MB32. The media likes to “play dumb” when it comes to PBO. Left, right and center, they have all accused PBO of not saying something that he clearly said during a speech or interview. Some are lazy and just don’t pay attention. Most, however, are merely engaged in spin or pro-GOP propaganda. PBO has a clear vision for America’s future, and those that claim otherwise are LYING. The MSM is still propping up Mitt and serving as his communications arm (free of charge). PBO’s consistent decisive edge in polling of “registered voters” and >50 approval rating, tells me that voters are attracted to PBO’s message. This is in many ways similar to 2008, when everything was “GOOD NEWS FOR JOHN MCCAIN”. Then as now, polls which showed Sen. Obama up by 2 points were spun as bad news for Obama. SOme “liberal media” we have, huh?

    • 99 theo67
      October 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Too right!

    • 100 Obama Grandmama
      October 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Keeping us safe and protecting ACA by letting it become fully implimented in itself is enough for me.

  24. 101 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

  25. 111 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

    • 112 theo67
      October 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      This is something that drives me crazy. I’ve heard a ton of them claim that President Obama and Romney are almost identical on foreign policy. I scratch my head and wonder when I’ve ever heard President Obama claiming that pursuit of peace in the Middle East is a lost cause. Or if I’ve ever heard President Obama advocating nuking Iran to stop it from getting even nuclear CAPABILITY – which is Iran’s right under international law – as long as it’s using nuclear capability for energy only. President Obama has never said he wants to end foreign aid. President Obama has advocated bringing jobs back to the US and eliminating tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. President Obama understands that there is value in embracing the emerging countries, because they represent new opportunities and a new world order – and accepting that fact is inevitable. President Obama believes in collaboration and building a working coalition to execute global security. President Obama wants to close Gitmo. President Obama understands that China and Brazil and India will rise, and that the US can provide some guidance to them on how to lead and be superpowers, caring for the well-being of people in those countries not yet as successful. President Obama doesn’t fear the changing political climate in the Middle East and he believes those countries should choose their own leaders and follow their own cultures (not elect US puppets).

      Romney believes in “American Exceptionalism”, whatever that means – since he doesn’t believe in making American lives exceptional. Romney believes in bullying the world. He believes in investing his money overseas, and not in his own country. He believes in hiding his money so he doesn’t have to pay his fair share of taxes. He puts Israel’s security ahead of his own country. He doesn’t value American lives – whether its the soldiers he would send into war, or the diplomatic personnel in harm’s way. He’s surrounded himself with neocons from the Bush era. He believes in torture. He thinks his lawyers will authorize him to go to war. Romney believes in sending trillions to defense contractors, instead of utilizing diplomatic and development tools. Romney thinks Russia is America’s “#1 geopolitical foe”. Romney surrounds himself with people who don’t know what countries exist on the planet. And Romney and his family equate mission work and running for office with enlisting in war.

      These two men are NOT alike, and the only reason why their positions are sometimes similar, is because Romney has no ideas of his own. He criticizes President Obama, and then when pressed, says he’d do the same thing as the President, only better because he’d be doing it. Same exit strategy for Afghanistan. Same approach with Syria. Same steps taken with China. Same trade agreements. No alternative to dealing with Libya.

  26. 115 anniebella
    October 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

    The pictures are wonderful to see. And it was so nice of FLOTUS to take the time to go down stairs and speak with the crowd in the basement who couldn’t get up there in the room she was to speak. To me that was just so sweet of her.

  27. October 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Our OFA team is brilliant. Here’s their latest brainstorm to get college students to VOTE – they’ve started a college leaderboard competition!! From Dashboard:

    Buffy Wicks, National Operation Vote Director, posted an announcement
    If you’re a student, here’s an easy way you can do your part to help get out the vote: Join Campus Callers, a group of high school, college, and graduate students who are spreading the word about this election through the call tool. https://dashboard.barackobama.com/groups/2148-campus-callers

    Join now, make some calls, and get your school on the leaderboard for the national campus call contest: http://www.barackobama.com/young-americans/campus-callers

    Help spread the word and lets go win this!

  28. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Well, thank you, Chips – this front page perfectly feeds my all-things-Obama addiction! The photos are glorious and that newspaper article about the reception FLOTUS received is unbelievable. Happy Day right back atcha!

    Good morning, TODville!

  29. 120 vcprezofan2
    October 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Good SATURDAY Morning Chips and TODville! Thanks for the pictoral delights, CC. I notice there was another little flirter making eyes at our President – so cute! 😆 😆

    • 121 pugeretto
      October 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

      VC – Good morning & yes, love todays pictures on TOD! I just wanted to see if you ever got my message that “Pugeretto” is a made-up name because I have 2 adorable 14 yr-old Pugs.
      I am leaving now to catch up around house, FORWARD VC!!!

  30. 122 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

    WTH? THIS is absurd! http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/10/they-arent-serious-3.html Of course we know they aren’t ever serious about the debt and defiicit, but this is laughable

  31. October 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Helloooooooo everyone, have to go our for a bit with my freshly washed pink hair, will be back later – chat away 😉

  32. 125 anniebella
    October 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I have my Romnesia comment. If he go before rich donors, tell them that 47% of Americans are free loaders, they always want something free from the Government, they don’t pay taxes, they won’t take responsibility for their lives. If he make statements like he is not concern about the poor, they have their safety net. All of a sudden we turn around and he is talking about how he care about the 100%. He think that we have forgotten what he said, but Mitt we don’t have Romnesia. It’s Mitt Romney who is suffering from Romnesia.

  33. October 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

  34. 133 EDP4BHO
    October 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Morning TOD. Was going out for GOTV, but came down with sore throat. Phone banking on Thursday went well- those I was able to contact (most were not home….? ) were very emphatic about why we HAVE TO re-elect PBO, and are very aware of the opposition. Just want to say- PBO will win Monday’s debate hands down. Besides his momentum, he’s got the facts and experience, and phenomenal foresight. To those going out today, slay a tiger for me :-D.

    One more thing, I post from work so my avatar is pink as opposed to this one. Just so’s you know. Be blessed 😀

    • 134 vcprezofan2
      October 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Hi, EDP take care of your throat. Introducing it to real, natural lemon juice may help. That always helps me. Be blessed, yourself. 😆

  35. 135 cookemom
    October 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Well howdie O’s!!!! A great getting up day again in TODdie town!! So great, that I’m going to do yard clean up work today. There’s brush on the north forty to clear and some battening of the hatches before the winter snow. I’ll be back later, probably sore, but invigorated.

    My political take today is that #2 did get in to see PBO and said that when PBO said Romnesia the place was up for grabs. Then when he went through the litany of what symptoms were Romnesia, everyone was howling. The final straw was when he said Obamacare would help, everyone was clapping and hollering so loud, it was hilarious. She was close enough to get some real good pics of PBO, and near the press pool so was interviewed by ABC, Telemundo, a web publication, and managed to get a picture taken by the White House photographer. Here’s the link to her ABC interview, she’s at 1:24 mark: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/10/president-obama-to-rally-in-northern-virginia-friday-81183.html

  36. October 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

  37. 137 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

  38. 138 mophene
    October 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I hope nobody steals my new Obama yard sign. They stole both of my sister’s signs last time, we both live in pro-Obama neighborhoods people covet those signs.

    • 139 hopefruit2
      October 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Here’s a suggestion for you and your sis. Put up a sign next to your Obama sign saying – “For every sign that is stolen/destroyed, we donate to the Obama campaign.” Some people have been already doing this to discourage their signs from being taken down. 🙂

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

        Of course, Hf, that could work both ways! An O supporter who can’t afford to donate (much) who might see this as an incentive to ‘help’ the campaign?? 😉 😉

      • 141 Jeff
        October 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        That might encourage PBO supporters to start stealing the signs though… 🙂

    • 142 pugeretto
      October 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

      mophene, I hope they don’t steal them. We have dispicable Joe Walsh signs around my neighborhood (can you believe it, seriously) & I need to steal those (didn’t say that)

  39. 144 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I recall on September 16 defending Ambassador Rice on Twitter and being angrily accused by some so-called Obama supporters of “always defending these surrogates” I cautioned them that the media did not have all the facts, yet they still continued lambasting the administration.

    As I said before, I have very little tolerance for Obama supporters who just run with MSM memes. I see them as a HUGE part of the problem.

    • October 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I agree 10000%. It’s all RW behavior to pounce for political gain before the facts are known and emoprogs are some of the worst.

    • October 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Very true. These CIA docs explain why Pres.Obama ripped Romney on his Libya attack during the debates. Pres.Obama knows his team is trying to do the right thing and to have their credibility questioned was beyond the pale.

    • 147 EricFive
      October 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I agree. I doubt they are really “supporters” of PBO. They seem TOO eager to abandon the President. Most of these people probably didn’t vote for PBO in 2008, for a variety of reasons, but are so quick to say “PBO has lost my vote” when the waters get the least bit choppy. These people crave attention and can easily get it by pretending to be a disappointed Obama voter (Squeaky Wheel Syndrome).

    • 148 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      I totally agree with you, hopefruit2. I also thank you for your fearlessness in challenging people who are quick to buy into negative stories about the President.

  40. 149 Don
    October 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Today is my birthday but I will celebrate it on Monday when early voting begins here in Austin Texas, I am so excited, I can’t wait to vote for Barack.

  41. October 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

    • 168 hopefruit2
      October 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

      So where are the pictures of happy and enthusiastic-looking Repubs voting for their guy?

      • 169 EricFive
        October 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        Great question HF. Other than polls with funky “likely voter” screens, what evidence is there of this ground swell of support for Mitt? PBO is above 50% in alot of the polls of registered voters and so are his job approval numbers. Glad I’m not the only one who sees the game being played. Once again, great question.

    • 170 idon
      October 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      From northern Nevada here 🙂 My hubby and me voted this morning at 9:10 a.m. at one of the 22 early voting polling places in Washoe County. When we arrived all the polling booths were full and then as we were leaving we saw a line. People were smiling at us as if to say, yeah we got PBO’s back too! I will be doing a seniors to the polls on Thursday, driving them to and from an early polling place.

  42. 171 CEB
    October 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Michelle shows in every speech and appearance why she is called “the Closer.” What a powerful, impassioned, and inspirational speech from WI yesterday. I admire her so much. In a little over 2 weeks, we will show the world that we get to keep PBO and MO for 4 more years.

  43. October 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    • 173 amk for obama
      October 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Good. It’s high time those in the military stopped listening to the pox news and the limp bag crap and start really listening to what’s happening to them. Of course the fact that PBO gets 2 to 1 fund raising advantage from the military members shows that the turnaround is already happening.

  44. 174 Pamela
    October 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Bye bye all my little Obama butterflies! I am away, but guess what? It really looks like I am to have Sunday AND Monday off, so I shall be in attendance when I am not taking naps! 😆 This Obama girl ain’t leaving the house! Well, except to do the bird baths…. Which goes without saying, eh? 🙂

  45. October 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Yet another fantastic ‘Rise & Shine’! Thank you, dear Chips ….


  46. October 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Opeeps, please show some love to Eva Longoria. She got vilified on twitter for RTing a comment against Romney.

  47. 182 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Well, my SEIU tweet above brought out this animal:

    Carl Gottstein Jr. ‏@NYPatriots4Life
    .@SEIU @JOBoomr Is that your unbiased opine? What an evil lie you are. Suck it Communist, America is awake. Your ilk are FIRED! OUT you go!

    His other tweets are just as obnoxious. Talk about an angry ugly disgusting excuse for a human being, no doubt an NRAer. I don’t normally bring out these types, but I blocked him … any other ideas as to how I can shine a light on him? If it were just a regular troll, I wouldn’t give him another thought, but this guy seems like he’s aiming to do something about his positions.

  48. October 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

  49. 191 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Great news!! Campaign to bring back “Stage” ad in certain states. That one was devastating!!

  50. October 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    What ho, peeps?

    Before I dig into the goodies, a little celebration for Chelsea’s smashing victory over Tottenham this morning. I’m sure Chips won’t mind.

  51. 195 Bill R.
    October 20, 2012 at 11:50 am

    In Oregon it’s 100% vote by mail. We received our ballots yesterday, and this morning in the comfort of my kitchen table with my voter pamphlets and other material beside me I filled out my ballot. President Barack Obama, very first name on the ballot. So proud and happy to fill in the box next to his name. I will drop it off this morning at the post office.

  52. 202 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

  53. 203 LunarSea
    October 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Morning all. Haven’t gone through this post yet. Trying to catch up on previous posts and simultaneously on twitter but wanted to post this for Theo as it was taken from a comment of his on prev thread:

  54. 205 Bill R.
    October 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  55. 208 Kreen
    October 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Did u guys c that we got the biggest campaigning fundraising day EVER after the second debate!!!! Wooohoooo I love this!

  56. 211 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  57. 212 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    you betcher.

  58. 214 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    jeebus, it had to come this. fuck the banana ‘republic’ans.

    United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-leaning group combating election fraud.

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers around the county on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places.

    Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

    The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”


    • 215 theo67
      October 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      This is what the Republicans have wrought with their vile plans to destroy American democracy. What an embarrassment.

  59. 216 FoxfireTX
    October 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Good morning peeps! Just in time for the foreign policy debate, this is hilarious (if it wasn’t such a serious subject).

  60. 218 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  61. 219 squarepeg
    October 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  62. 220 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    AW…some folks in the media are having a sad because the #Romnesia trope is so effective. Kinda reminds me of the Bain ads.

    Of course, @politicoroger got a tremendous amount of push back on Twitter for posting that crap.

  63. October 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    The pro-President Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is out with a memo this morning detailing its plans for the final days, including the return of one of its toughest spots about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain.

    The full thing is after the jump, but from the memo:

    As we head to Election Day, Priorities USA Action is reinvigorating the discussion of Mitt Romney’s time in the private sector and the devastating impact he had on middle class Americans. For thousands of workers, the promises Romney is making to America today resemble the promises they heard from him when he took over their company. The result was devastation for middle class families while Romney and his wealthy investors made millions.

    Throughout the summer, Priorities executed a $20 million campaign to expose Romney’s business record, where he and his partners made millions, even when they drove companies they took control of into bankruptcy, employees lost their jobs, and promises for health and retirement benefits were broken. The result was that Romney’s business experience became a significant liability.

    As the campaigns are, the group is putting a premium on Ohio, and says their focus groups last week there showed that voters remembered well that particular Bain spot, in which a laid=off worker described building a stage by which officials told everyone the plant’s future, and described it as like building “my own coffin.”

    Also notable is the group, which had planned to peel out of Florida and Wisconsin, has both states on its lists where the spot will run.


  64. October 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I love the guy’s sign about stealing his signs! Right on! Someone stole my Obama sign off my lawn….got another one and put it closer to the door and they haven’t dared to come that close!
    Obama Biden 2012!!!!!!!!!!!! Volunteer your butts off, People!!!! Show them this is about what the people want, not what the billionaires and corporations want!

  65. 226 amk for obama
    October 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  66. October 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Excellent blog!! We are on the same page which is something I of course like to see. #Obama2012 Do wish I had come across your blog a bit earlier but hey, I am here now. I will follow you on twitter as well. Check me out, @tracysolomon Together, we can continue moving our country forward with @BarackObama having another four years in the White House! As we all know, the other way, just won’t work!

  67. 228 auni
    October 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Just heard that Wal-Mart is moving to our little town. I can’t stand that store. I read that 80% of their employees are on food stamps. The tax payers have allowed Wal-Mart to pay lousy wages by spending $2.66 billion dollars in food stamps and other govt. programs to keep their workers afloat.

  68. 229 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

  69. 230 Dakota
    October 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family:

    The son of a good friend of mine is very ill and has been on life-support for two days. Humbly requesting prayers and positive thoughts for him and his family. His name is Malachi.

  70. October 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    From the Obama campaign, a post-debate schedule that falls into the category of “You know it’s the final two weeks when …”:

    On Wednesday in Davenport, Iowa, President Obama will kick off a two day, around the clock campaign blitz across six battleground states.  The “America Forward!” tour will crisscross the nation, reaching as many voters as possible about the critical choice in this election — moving America forward toward an economy built to last with a strong middle class versus going back to the same policies that crashed our economy in the first place. 

    The President believes we have to work for every vote, and so every door knock, every phone call, and every volunteer could mean the difference between continuing our path forward or going back.   On the “America Forward!” tour, the President will rally supporters, meet with volunteers, talk to undecided voters and cast his own ballot in this election.

    After leaving Iowa on Wednesday, October 24, the President will rally voters in Denver, Colorado at the Meadow at City Park, followed by a late night grassroots event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The President will travel overnight to Tampa, Florida for a grassroots rally, and a tarmac event in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday.  As the President crisscrosses the nation, he will spend time on Air Force One calling undecided voters, rallying National Team Leaders and volunteers and continuously engaging with Americans across the country about the choice in this election.

    Following the event in Richmond, the President will then travel to Chicago to cast his ballot and make history by being the first sitting President to vote early in person.  The President will end his two-day tour with an evening grassroots event in Cleveland, Ohio.

  71. October 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  72. 239 JER
    October 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Stream is up and with great sound now for Vice President Joe Biden Rally In St. Augustine, FL – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml
    also: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1 (no sound yet)

  73. October 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  74. October 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Three leading Democratic “super PACs” raised more money in September than in any other month this election cycle, officials said, underscoring the growing willingness of wealthy Democrats to bankroll groups whose existence they had long opposed.

    Priorities USA Action, the group backing President Obama, will report raising $15.2 million in September, thanks in part to aggressive fund-raising by party leaders like former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. The group has already reserved millions of dollars in advertising for the closing weeks of the campaign.

    Majority PAC, which supports Senate Democrats, raised $10.4 million in September and has brought in an additional $9.7 million through mid-October, officials announced on Friday, a period during which the party’s chances of holding a majority in the chamber appeared to be improving. House Majority PAC, the Congressional Democrats’ super PAC arm, raised $5.9 million, a figure the group said it was on pace to double this month.

    “Democrats know that this race is even closer than we thought it would be, and if we’re going to close this deal everybody has to get involved,” said Bill Burton, a spokesman for Priorities USA.

    Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee said they raised about $181 million in September, slightly more than Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee, which raised $170 million, according to officials. Mr. Obama’s campaign, filing on Friday, reported spending $115 million in September and ending the month with about $99 million in cash on hand for the rest of the campaign.

  75. October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I love the pictures at Michelle Obama’s events. Young, old, in between. Everybody seemed to be really touched. And I particularly loved the number of enthusiastic seniors in those photos – that is the best part! Lovely.

  76. 243 bjw2
    October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    WHere is why Roger Simon AKA @politicoroger is wrong about the President Romnesia attack.

    This is the last salvo fired at Romney, which has garnered widespread attention right before the last debate on Monday. This will almost garuntee a question regarding this line of attack from the president’ which will present the president a full throated opportunity to nail Romney on every position change throughout his career.

    Remember, this president is calculating, he would not fire a shot like this if he didn’t have something up his sleeves.

  77. 250 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Pres. Obama is going to be busy and that’s putting it lightly.

  78. 251 JER
    October 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    VP Biden speaking now – CBS and CNN.

  79. 252 LadyTNT
    October 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Cookemom, Yardarm, 57andfemale, J’OB, and any other Chicagoans and Illinoisans(not sure if I’m spelling those right), I am helping my grandparents fill out their absentee ballots. Can you guys help me with the parts about the proposed amendment to the 1970 Illinois constitution and the public questions about if the city should arrange for the supply of electricity for it’s residential and small commercial retail customers that opted out. The one about if the state should provide funding for the normal costs of pensions for Chicago teachers as the do for other teachers in the state and the one about if the U.S. congress should pass a bill adopting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, empowering the fed gov and states to regulate and limit political contributions from corps. I have no clue about this stuff and I hope it’s not illegal for me to be asking y’all. Should they vote no or yes for these things or at least explain it to me, so that I can explain it to them. Thanks!

  80. 255 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

  81. October 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  82. 257 theo67
    October 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Folks – I have two right-leaning friends, both new citizens since the last election, both started out not wanting to vote for President Obama because of the nonsense they’d been led to believe by their right-wing sources. I have been working on them all year. They both rushed to tell me this week that they had voted early, and voted for President Obama. And they were both very proud and quite overwhelmed casting their first votes. I’ve got one more right leaning friend whom I am holding out hope for – another new citizen just this year, and I plan to turn all my attention to her this week. (Her husband is a lost cause). They’re all right leaning because they’re all in the top 2%, and they’re all afraid of their taxes going up, and don’t want to “pay for people who are sitting at home, living off their tax dollars”. I just don’t understand this kind of short-sighted thinking. A society that ensures an acceptable living standard for the poorest of its citizens has more stability, more security – because everybody has something they want to protect. That’s the value of a strong middle class – it’s supports those fighting to get into the middle class and creates more opportunities for wealth across a broader base. It’s what a community is all about.

    Anyway – two more votes for President Obama cast this week!

  83. 260 idon
    October 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Have you seen this? This song is a parody of a song from Les Miserable. It brought tears to my eyes. It is made of awesome. Please listen and RETWEET http://vimeo.com/48155075

  84. 261 idon
    October 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Okay whoever made this did an awesome job. The ending is priceless

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