This and That



Coming up:

Sunday: The President will remain at Camp David and has no public events scheduled.

Monday: The President will travel to Boca Raton, Florida where he will participate in the third Presidential Debate at Lynn University. The First Lady will also attend. The President and the First Lady will stay overnight in Boca Raton, Florida.

Tuesday: The President will travel to Delray, Florida and Dayton, Ohio for campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.

Later in the week, the President will visit six states in two days. He will make stops in Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Illinois and Ohio, sleeping on Air Force One and spending time calling undecided voters and volunteers, the campaign said Sunday.

Adapting the campaign’s “Forward.” motto, the trip is being billed as the “America Forward!” tour.

He will begin Wednesday in Iowa, then travel to Denver for a rally and then on to Las Vegas for a late night grassroots event.

Rather than staying in a hotel, Obama will get back aboard Air Force One for a red eye flight to a Thursday grassroots rally in Tampa, Fla., and an event on the tarmac in Richmond, Va.

Then, he’ll travel west again to Chicago to cast his vote under Illinois early voting rules. The President will wrap up his travels with a grassroots event in Cleveland on Thursday night.








Thank you Mary



Helloooooooo everyone! Just a word for all the new people trying to join in on the chat the last while, including a few today – thanks a million, but in an effort to keep out the trolls please read here first: House Rules


299 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 taiping1
    October 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm


  2. 10 Nena20409
    October 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm


  3. October 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Congrats Taip[ing1 !

    Hey, Chips. Happy Saturday.

  4. 12 Nena20409
    October 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I came in and this was up. So I went for First. Did I make it?

  5. October 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Bill stumping for PBO

    And… Nena Romnesia is STILL trending on Twitter!

  6. 19 Pamela
    October 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Waddling in here, hey you guys! Gone again, back later! Well done taiping!

  7. 20 Nena20409
    October 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats Taiping1…..You did it. Being First…..Congratulations.

  8. 21 taiping1
    October 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I think the ground game will blow away predictions and polls of likely voters. OFA seems to be making it fungi vote and a matter if pride. Just as in the Iowa caucuses in 2008 the electorate will be expanded. I know I am more committed: got my donation total to the victory fund: almost 7 times what I donated in 2008, about a Monty’s salary. We can’t go back.

    • 22 Kreen
      October 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I agree with you taiping…these polls will b dismantled by the results of the elections. I gave $$$ twice this week and am getting ready to send another 50$ tonite. Then another 50$ on debate night. Every bit counts…

  9. 23 cman
    October 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Did you guys see this yet? The breakdown of the numbers for September fundraising. It seems PBO raised $126 million for himself ($182 for the whole victory fund). Romney raised only $77 million for himself (out of $171 million).


    • 25 anniebella
      October 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      jovie141, according to this poll in Florida, why would the Obama campaign listen to Nate Silver and give up on Florida?

  10. 26 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Romney is proving Pres. Obama’s case. Reporters on twitter are like WTF is wrong with this guy. Team Obama has been hammering him and his team.

  11. 27 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  12. 28 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  13. October 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    That’s so cool that The Head and The Heart supports Obama. They’re one of my favorite bands 🙂

  14. October 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  15. 32 Bill R.
    October 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    • October 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Just in time for the Monday debate. Perhaps the mullahs realize what a calamity a Romney Presidency would be for everyone.

      • October 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        Perhaps, LL. They may have begun to realize that being vaporized would be no fun.

        And, this is the 2nd time today Amy has been very aggressive in her support for President Obama …

        … interesting 😉


      • 37 FoxfireTX
        October 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        I think Bob’s comment about being vaporized under Romney is correct. Watch the Repubs set their hair on fire over the timing of this although they had no problem with Netanyahu basically endorsing Romney.

    • October 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Great comments over at Political Wire (follow link in tweet).

      Love our strategic, calm, AMAZING President. The country is blessed to have him

      “October? Surprise! If true, wow. If real, wow.”

      “Iran agrees to nuclear talks… Huge news just two days before foreign policy debate… http://pwire.at/OS6FJc

    • October 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think The Daily Beasts’ security reporter @elilake is conservative (but not a racist RWNJ):
      “I never thought I would live to see the day when peace would break out between #Iran and America. Should Obama get his second nobel? #ideas”

      “If u look Iran’s recent behavior–save for what their leaders say, the terrorism & the centrifuges–u could see this breakthrough coming.”

      Abby Huntsman’s comments are interesting, but most reasonable women voters don’t want the government in their wombs and bedrooms, so it’s not too surprising. A whole new unsavory heartbreaking underground economy would be created if Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

  16. 40 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Put one more MAJOR newspaper endorsement in Obama’s column!!!!!!!!!!!

    • October 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      “But which Romney would they elect? The rather liberal one who ran for the Senate in 1994? The pragmatic governor? The sharply conservative candidate of this year’s GOP primaries? The reborn moderate of recent weeks?

      All politicians change positions over time — Obama in 2008 shifted his position on health care reform more to the center. But Romney’s frequent changes raise questions about his core principles and make his lack of policy details all the more troubling. They make you wonder if he would stand up to the more extreme elements in his own party, especially to the House Republicans who undercut Ohioan John Boehner’s attempts to negotiate a deficit and debt deal.”

      #Romnesia defined by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

  17. October 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  18. October 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

  19. 44 Kreen
    October 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm


    I tend to agree with this article. I really think the polls are incorrect even for north carolina cos my sister early voted there today and tells me there is No way Romney’s ahead. There were lines and lines of voters, and nearly all were democrats…i think we r in for pleasant surprises as election day nears.

  20. 47 cman
    October 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Some fatherly advice from PBO to Jay Z

  21. 51 Bill
    October 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    New York Times is reporting that US officials say Iran has agreed to nuclear talks.

    • 52 Nena20409
      October 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      HP is reporting the same thing…..from NYT.

      17 of 23 NeoCons of Romney’s FP advisers would be sad. October Surprise that the Right has feared?

      First their Benghazi, Libya is taken away and Now Iran too? What to do?

  22. 53 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been calling Iowa again. Lots not at home on a nice fall afternoon. I would say the majority I talked to had already voted for Obama. There were a couple of “undecideds” that I had to try to talk back from the brink. Mr. dotster overheard one of my sales jobs and said he was mighty impressed, an objective observer for sure :), but he wanted to know if during future similar calls if I wanted him to save me all that effort and get on the phone and just say “C.mon, Romney’s a jerk”. I thanked him but declined his kind offer. 🙂 Understood the sentiment though.
    I would just urge anyone with an hour or two to make calls. There are people still who are uninformed, who need convincing and who can be convinced. Those votes could make the difference in some of these close states.

    • 54 Nena20409
      October 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Great job. I will be making calls tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday…..Sorry…Monday and Tuesday. Sunday is more yard word day.

    • 55 LadyTNT
      October 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Great job Dotster, I just finished making calls to NC through predictive dialer. However, when I get an undecided or Romney supporter, my script calls for me to thank them and hang up. I don’t get to persuade them 😦

      • 56 dotster3
        October 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        I have the same instructions re. Romney supporters—-and I have yet to hear Romney’s name, which is interesting. (too embarrassing?) I do get people who sound wishy-washy—‘I’m not quite sure yet, I need more info and probably won’t decide till the last minute’. Those are the ones I go to town on, try to give them a lot to think about.

      • 57 cman
        October 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        Add to your script. I do. The script is a frame work to follow but I usually add to it because I know a lot more than the script is saying to talk about. And I think you are supposed to chat with undecideds a bit to try and convince them. Strong Romney supporters on the other hand are all suffering from Romnesia so go ahead and hang up.

      • 58 Chi
        October 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        LadyTNT, I have been known to ignore that part of the script and actually chat with the R supporter…

        And have had great success in several instances, of getting them to see the progress made in the face of great obstruction by the very same folks who made the mess and are now looking to take back control…

        For those not obviously driven by racial malice, and there have been those, the chat is incredibly productive and I daresay positive…

        Several have actually changed their minds as we talked and I got one lady to go help out at her local OFA office…since I called with my cell phone, I told her to feel free to check in with me anytime she had any questions or concerns – or doubts…

        And she has…

        We’ve actually become distant buddies and she is working on her friends…

        We can do this…

        I use this analogy about turning over the rebuilding and restocking of the hen house back to the same foxes who raided and decimated the original hen house…

        I also go for personal connections…

        As a daily mass, rosary and novena praying cradle Catholic very much aware of the current shenanigans by the church hierarchy, I am informed and credible enough to gently rebut and reason with any pro Romney Catholics I encounter…

        There is also a joke about why families in our church pews are so much smaller…1, 2 kids tops…

        And it’s not thanks to the rhythm method…

        And the women mostly laugh and concur…

        • 59 cindysweatt
          October 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

          You all rock!!! We were out here in Colorado canvasing. With all of us working for the next 17 days, we will prevail.

    • 60 cman
      October 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Yeah, calling North Carolina and 30 calls so far no one hit…I’m about to switch to FL or something.

  23. October 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    • October 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Sorry to sound mean, but I actually think something is mentally wrong with Romney. He’s strange. All these public flip flops show that he cannot make up his mind. What type of President will he make if he can’t pick a position and stick to it?

      • 65 99ts
        October 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        His only goal is to win – he has NO idea how to actually be the President – and doesn’t care about the country at all. He will say what he thinks the media, listeners want to hear – then he checks with his campaign (well Miss Ann) about what he should have said – then he thinks he might have lost a couple of votes – etc etc

        He is insane about winning – his life has never been about anything else. Most folks like to win – but they accept reality – Mitt thinks he is the reality.

      • 66 vcprezofan2
        October 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        You do not sound mean, PKD, just observant. Even Mitt’s wife hints that Mitt is not quite stable.


      • 67 joyfulmeme
        October 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        I’ve been saying the same thing to my husband for months. I get the sense that something is not quite right with him. It’s like he doesn’t remember what he says. Or, is it he doesn’t feel strongly about anything? It’s just very odd to me.

      • 68 theo67
        October 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

        I think the whole family has some mental problems, because they are arrogant enough to be offended by being called out for their obvious lies. They are affronted by their own behavior, except they don’t actually realize that it’s their own behavior that is offensive.

  24. 69 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Love the website that the Tumbler picture in post header leads to http://30reasons.org/

    It inspired a bit of tweetage:

  25. October 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  26. 71 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  27. 72 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Who is country singer Mark Wills? Headline on Des Moines Register site proclaims ‘Country Singer Mark Wills joins Paul Ryan’—- campaigning in western Iowa. Never heard of him, not quite Bruce Springsteen, that’s for sure. Almost embarrassing.

  28. October 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    • 76 cindysweatt
      October 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

      I was out in Aurora today canvasing. Everyone agrees with this editorial. We sent them all over to vote early on Monday!!

  29. 77 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  30. 78 prettyfoot58
    October 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    International monitors at US polling places draw criticism..

    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 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…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.”


    • 79 yardarm756
      October 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Wonder how this is gonna be spun by the foreign policy experts on the right. “How dare they look at us. It’s our job to monitor them”! Talk about some funny shit.

    • 80 theo67
      October 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      The “criticism” is being drawn from the very people who are making the monitoring necessary -> the so-called “conservatives”. If they weren’t busy disenfranchising the citizens of this country, then monitors wouldn’t be necessary.

    • 81 nabsentia23
      October 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

      So, it’s come down to this? Thanks to conservative attempts at voter suppression, international monitors are coming?

  31. 82 57andfemale
    October 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  32. 83 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I use this tidbit in my sales pitch—-the states that know Romney best—-Ma. where Obama leads by 17+ points ——-and Ut. where the Salt Lake Trib condemned Willard and endorsed Obama—–are rejecting him in a loud, definitive, clear manner.

  33. 84 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  34. 85 cman
    October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    What do people say when you reach someone who say they do not plan on voting and they will not share why. I was so frustrated, cause i felt like this was probably an Obama supporter before. Dude was like, I’m not voting. I’m like WHY?! WHY? WHY?!!!!!!

    • 86 Chi
      October 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Then others will be making big decisions about his future and that of his loved ones for him…

      And he can’t complain…

    • 87 vcprezofan2
      October 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      It might be that he cannot legally vote, ie. he’s not a citizen.

    • October 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I try very hard to be respectful of people’s opinions. I might ask if he cares to share why or if I he has any questions I may be able to answer that might help him feel motivated to vote. If they say no, then I thank them and let it go. Some people are not going to be responsive. All you can do is try and then move on to the next possibility.

      Hope this helps.

      • 90 HZ
        October 21, 2012 at 1:45 am

        Meta, I concur with you about being respectful of the person’s statement to me. I have had that experience on some calls. I first tell them that I totally respect the fact that they shared that with me. “However, remember it is your right to make that choice, so if you think of something in your family’s life,or your friends’life, or the lives of children in your family, you might change your position remembering that your vote will secure some very important issues in this elections for their futures that will help them for generations to come. Maybe you will have a change in your mind about how your right to cast your vote is one that is to be respected and honored in this election. Thanks so much for being so open with me. I really do respect you for that, and you enjoy the rest of your day with much peace. Thank you again.” HZ

        • 91 jacquelineoboomer
          October 21, 2012 at 2:31 am

          Hi, HZ – Note down thread that meta and others were looking to hear from you! Glad to see you here, full speed ahead! Goodnight!

  35. October 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm


  36. 94 yardarm756
    October 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    A man died and went to Heaven. As he stood in front of the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, “What are all those clocks?”

    St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock move.”

    “Oh”, said the man. “Whose clock is that?”

    “That’s Mother Teresa’s,” replied St. Peter. “The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”

    “Incredible,” said the man. “And whose clock is that one?”

    St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abraham told only two lies in his entire life.”

    “Where’s Romney’s clock?” asked the man.

    “It’s in my office. I’m using it as a ceiling fan!”

  37. 101 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Has this been noted?

    • 102 utaustinliberal
      October 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Yeah. Chipsticks featured it a while back.

    • October 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      I have been tweeting this for a couple of days now and got some retweets because no one in the media cares to discuss this. They have their narrative that they are building that “the polls are tightening” so that is all they care about.

    • 106 99ts
      October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      It seems the majority of newspapers are endorsing the President – yet all the TV talk is about Romney. 99% of TV pundits would earn more than $1,000,000 – they don’t want to pay taxes – just like Romney – that is the reason they support the tool.

      • 107 amk for obama
        October 21, 2012 at 1:28 am

        egg.sack.lee. The cable noise hacks care only about the next bright object. Newsies on the other hand are more interested in the actual news and practice actual journalism. I am glad people in the states are seeing their local newsies endorse PBO and are more likely to believe them than the cable clowns

  38. 108 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    We’ve got more endorsements. 😀

  39. 109 Esmerelda
    October 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Great interview with VP Biden about President Obama and the 2008 election. I’m afraid Tweety is the interviewer but definitely worth watching. It starts with a touching story about VPB’s mother telling PBO that he was a good man and will be a great President before he went on stage on election night.

  40. 110 BigDaddyRich
    October 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    From the NYT article on US-Iran Talks:

    The question of how best to deal with Iran has political ramifications for Mr. Romney as well. While he has accused Mr. Obama of weakness, he has given few specifics about what he would do differently.

    Moreover, the prospect of one-on-one negotiations could put Mr. Romney in an awkward spot, since he has opposed allowing Iran to enrich uranium to any level — a concession that experts say will probably figure in any deal on the nuclear program.

    Beyond that, how Mr. Romney responds could signal how he would act if he becomes commander in chief. The danger of opposing such a diplomatic initiative is that it could make him look as if he is willing to risk another American war in the Middle East without exhausting alternatives.

    “It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said R. Nicholas Burns, who led negotiations with Iran as under secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration.

    Iran’s nuclear program “is the most difficult national security issue facing the United States,” Mr. Burns said, adding: “While we should preserve the use of force as a last resort, negotiating first with Iran makes sense. What are we going to do instead? Drive straight into a brick wall called war in 2013, and not try to talk to them?”


  41. 112 collegekay
    October 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    WH spokesman is saying the Iran talks are not true.

  42. 113 collegekay
    October 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  43. 114 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this Esmeralda.

  44. October 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Just in: Iran did not agree to nuclear talks, wh spokesperson says.


  45. October 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve been excited to hear people sharing their voting experiences, and seeing the pictures on Twitter of mariachi bands and tacos! People are so happy to be voting. Maybe we could push a Twitter hashtag #CelebrateTheVote and encourage others to vote by declaring that we voted, maybe with pictures? Twitter Warriors? What think you?

  46. 128 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This can be used to describe our media this election cycle; heck throughout Barack Obama’s presidency. Every time he accomplishes something they move the goal post.

  47. 129 Nena20409
    October 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    So where was the NYT getting this story about one on one talks with Iran?

  48. October 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  49. 134 utaustinliberal
    October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    For those who care: Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley version) is on E! tonight because Jane Austen freaking rules.

  50. October 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Great school pictures of Barack and Michelle:

  51. October 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  52. October 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  53. October 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Interesting stat … (apart from typo 🙂 )

  54. 148 lisalovesobama
    October 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I would not want to be that NYT journalist who broke that story. What a disaster. I wonder if they’ll fire him.

  55. October 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    According to this article, people are becoming more aware of Romney’s lies.

  56. 157 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  57. October 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    • October 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      What an absolute sweetheart. Ann Dunham must have been such an exceptional person. XOXO.

      I sort of feel that maybe the work of some of PBO’s biggest supporters after his presidency would be to honor her memory with a fund for cancer research. Just a thought.

      • 164 Ladyhawke
        October 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Meta, I agree. You just want to reach out and pinch those cheeks he’s so cute. I can’t tell you the number of times during the last four years when I have said thank you Ann Dunham for the gift of Barack Obama. Your thought about a cancer fund in her memory would be a wonderful gesture.

  58. October 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  59. 169 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Good time to pick up some Obama-swag. http://my.barackobama.com/Last-Call-Sale

  60. 172 carla4obama
    October 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Romney is ‘forgainst’ everything!!

  61. October 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Gotta chuckle that dredge is rumoring Gloria Allred is gonna do a ‘Whitman housekeeper’ on RomRom … 😀 😀

  62. 179 khyber jones
    October 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I am really looking forward to ending the debate season and getting on with the last 2 weeks of the campaign. I think the President has a big advantage in the last 2 weeks in terms of better and more energetic stump speeches, better turnout operation, better ads, and more clear reasons as to why he should be the choice instead of Romney.

  63. 180 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  64. October 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

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  67. 186 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • October 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      “Tony Tamer, H.I.G.’s founder, turns out to be a major bundler for the Mitt Romney campaign, along with three other directors of H.I.G. who are also big-time money raisers for Romney.

      Indeed, as fate would have it, two of those directors, Douglas Berman and Brian Schwartz, were actually in attendance at the now infamous “47 percent” fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida.”

      ibid …

    • 189 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Forbes is to be commended for writing about this. This story of Romney’s ties to people who voting machines needs to be thoroughly exposed. There is really no reason why private business should be allowed to own and operate voting machines.

  68. 190 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Miami County, Ohio Election Official Resigns Under Weird Circumstances

    // This is worrisome, not because a Republican election director resigned, but because it raises more questions than answers.
    Via Dayton Daily News:

    “Steve Quillen, Miami County elections director, on Friday morning submitted his resignation “due to the stress of the upcoming presidential election.” The Miami County Board of Elections held an executive session Thursday afternoon, and the board accepted Quillen’s resignation via a 4-0 vote at an emergency meeting Friday morning.” //


    • 191 99ts
      October 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Seriously trying to steal the election – sure reads that way to me. And the elections director – resigned rather than be part of the deal – shame is he doesn’t speak out.

    • 192 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

      The only thing that could have “stressed” him about the upcoming election was the effort of trying to steal it. He’s an elections director – one would assume that he’s used to running elections. They must be applying serious pressure for him to steal the election, and he’s had to back down. The whole thing is very dubious.

      • 193 hopefruit2
        October 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Along with the realization that Romney is going to LOSE Ohio.

        • 194 theo67
          October 21, 2012 at 12:38 am

          Romney needs to lose the whole country! I hope the voting momentum just gets out of control, and the streets have to be closed down as thousands march behind mariachi bands to vote early – and I hope it send a chill of fear down Romney’s spine when he sees the sight. He has to be crushed.

  69. October 20, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    HZ –

    It’s been awhile since you’ve posted and I just want to shout out that we are thinking of you and hoping all is well. You are loved!! Please phone home.

  70. 203 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  71. 205 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  72. 206 yardarm756
    October 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  73. 207 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    • 208 forus50
      October 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hi everyone, I just got back from a very fantastic day canvassing in Davenport Iowa. A whole busload of 56 of us headed down there today from Chicago (along with overflow in cars) and it turned out to be a really good day. I canvassed with someone I just met and together we got 6 VoteByMail cards completed and 2 new registrations!!! We were pretty excited about that. As importantly we had a high percentage of people who were home (about 30% of the doors we knocked on) and on all but 2 we got commitments on voting for Obama or they had just mailed in their ballots. The lists were really good and up-to-date so we knew if a ballot had been mailed out, if they were registered, etc.

      The OFA office in Chicago had it so well coordinated with the Davenport office and had good instructions and drivers ready for all of us when we got to Davenport to drive us around the area we needed to canvass. They then had pizza and Subway sandwiches when we finished AND as a HUGE surprise the mayor showed up at the OFA office and gave a short little talk and thanked us and took pictures with us. An additional highlight was posing with the Obama cardboard cutout — lol we all took turns doing that at the OFA office.

      One gentlemen we talked to (not on our list but outside in the neighboring house) was a Vietnam Vet and had already voted and shared with us that his aunt had been 100 in 2008 and had her picture taken with POTUS and was in the local paper. He said he so wanted to meet the president but didn’t think he ever would. We turned in a note to the OFA office to see if they could maybe send him a ticket for the rally that I think is going to be this coming Wednesday with POTUS in Davenport.

      Ok, off to check out Twitter and see what’s happened today. Go Blue Iowa!!

  74. October 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  75. October 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Now, I’ve heard it all ….

    • October 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      • 215 WilTal
        October 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Lurker coming in for a comment. Bob, thanks for all that you do in your support of PBO…really appreciated! Much love to Chips, you, and all of the other regulars! On your tweet above, no surprises here. Actually, it is one of two things that ShitMitt has been consistent about: 1) outsourcing US jobs (so that he can make mo money, mo money) and 2) refusing to release his tax returns. It’s mind boggling that ppl are considering voting for this piece of shit…where is his patriotism? Funny thing though, now he is concerned about 100%..hogwash!

        • October 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          Thank you for the comment WilTal. Yes, it is amazing anyone supports him, except of course his fellow plutocrats. But, more importantly, it’s an indictment of our education system and corporate controlled broadcast media and an indication of just how much work we have in front of us once we re-elect President Obama.


        • 217 theo67
          October 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

          Hey lurker! Good to see you – and a nice to see the word “hogwash” being used – brilliant!

  76. 218 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Ways to keep sane during the next so many days until the election:

    1. Visit Twitter accounts of the various unions who are helping re-elect Obama-Biden. Here are some tweets from @SEIU:

  77. 219 anniebella
    October 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I was in the mood for some laughter, so I just finish watching the First Lady on Live with Kelly and Michael. 🙂

  78. 222 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  79. October 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I don’t know if anyone here has a connection to Clemson. While I was on the treadmill, I was scrolling through dkos and found this. It literallyh made me fell sick and SO angry. Scrolled through a few of the comments quickly. Some good–and sad–ones. The disrespect and hate simply knows NO bounds!

    We MUST help him win this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. October 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    What ho, peeps.

    Taking a quiet weekend as I psych myself up to do a lot of volunteering for the final two weekends of the campaign.

    On the menu for tonight? Well, wifey cooked. She made her famous home-made chili, with her famous corn bread. I’m on my second gimlet. I’m fat, sassy, and happy.

  81. October 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  82. 232 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  83. 233 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    • 234 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Dudette for sharing this. This needs to be widely exposed. I may be accused of buying into conspiracy theories, but I really don’t like the way all of a sudden the polls are changing to favor Romney. I think these polls are setting us up to accept the stealing of the election. Clearly the enthusiasm, demonstrated by early voting, fundraising, and massive campaign rallies, favors the President. Yet the media and many pollsters are constantly suggesting the opposite. You see, as as long as the established media and pollsters are forecasting a close election, it makes it easier to accept a stolen election. Having said this, I still think we can overwhelm the system by showing up in massive numbers. So far the early votes in Iowa. Ohio, North Carolina and today in Nevada are debunking the pollsters lies about the so called likely voters.

      • 235 dudette9t9
        October 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        I’m with you Nath. The more exposure of this story better. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”

        • 236 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

          “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” That’s exactly true Dudette! Exposure will make them think twice about trying to steal the election. I reject those who equate exposure of the conflict of interest by Romney supporters who own voting machines with trying to demoralize Obama voters. What demoralizes Obama voters are commentaries that accept the polls and mainstream media meme that Obama is in trouble and is likely to loose this and that state because poll gurus like Nate Silver said so. Any way, I am really proud of you and other TOD twitter warriors who are relentless in spreading TRUTH.

      • 237 Obama Grandmama
        October 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        My thoughts too! Scary!

  84. 238 FoxfireTX
    October 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Well there is something going on with Iran, This is the way Reuters has the story as an “agreement in principle”. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/21/us-usa-iran-nuclear-whitehouse-idUSBRE89J0HE20121021

    With the number of fledgling democracies in the Middle East anc the issues with Iran and Syria I shudder to think of Romney trying to negotiate his way through the various scenarios. For all his supposed smarts he has neither the nuance or skill (or interest) to deal with this. I can just picture him and Bibi yucking it up about bombing Iran.

    • October 21, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Well, as he said in a clip I just saw, he would just pick one of the tens of thousands of people in the State Dept. who know about such things to take care of it, because presidents aren’t involved in foreign policy.

      • 240 theo67
        October 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

        Romney’s only interest in the presidency is as a vehicle to make as much money on the backs of the American people.

        • October 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

          That’s why he can’t go into details on his plans. He has no plans except to enrich his corporate raider buddies. I is totally not interested in anything else.

  85. 242 forus50
    October 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  86. 243 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Nice job, FL Dems!!

  87. 244 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Something for our writing afficionados out there:

    Your American Pundit presidential endorsement could be worth $250

    Write an endorsement of a presidential, Senate or House candidate for a chance to win $250 and advance to the next round of The American Pundit political writing contest.

    You may not have the influence of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times, but if you’re like most Americans, you probably have an opinion about the upcoming election.

    The current Writing Assignment for The American Pundit takes a page from the golden age of newspapers, when many loyal readers weighed their favorite newspaper’s endorsement before making their voting decisions:

    Write a column endorsing a presidential, Senate or House candidate, doing your best to persuade readers that your choice for president is the choice they should make, too. Ideally, endorsement columns will be 400-600 words. The author(s) of the best response(s) published Oct. 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize.

    In writing the endorsement, present the case for your candidate using the power of persuasion to get other voters to see things the same way you do. Links to Lee Iacocca’s endorsement of Mitt Romney, published in the Detroit News, and the Salt Lake Tribune endorsement of President Obama [linked in the article] to provide examples.

    If you find yourself more passionate about a Senate or House race than the presidential race, feel free to write about that contest instead or in addition to an endorsement of the presidential race.

    This particular segment of The American Pundit contest represents a good chance for those who want to raise their voice in support of a particular candidate to so and, possibly influencing other voters with words on the virtual page.

    If you are already signed up on Allvoices, just go through the normal publishing procedure and check The American Pundit box when prompted. If you are not yet signed up, just go to http://www.allvoices.com/write_now and follow the sign-up prompts to let your voice be heard.

    Good luck!

  88. 245 dotster3
    October 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Is this as ironic and nutty as can be? A big “pro-life” rally in Chgo today against Obamacare. Quintuple Sigh! at the idiocy. Catholic churches are really active this campaign against Obama. My town is swarming with pro-life signs, more visible than any other.

  89. 246 forus50
    October 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I’m not sure we need to demoralizing the electorate with fear tactics on voter suppression and raising 11th hour concerns about voting machines etc. We need to have 100% confidence that the Obama campaign Voter Protection Teams (which were volunteer attorneys were deployed in thousands all over the swing states in 2008) and Eric Holder will ensure fair elections. Talking about Bain “bundlers” and Tagg investing in voting machines may be accurate but I question why it is just being brought up now – perhaps planted to sow fear and discouragement of the electorate? I think it doesn’t help to pile on. Whatever news we have about that there is we can be assured the Obama campaign knows about it and if there IS an issue is working quietly behind the scenes to resolve it.

    • 247 nathkatun7
      October 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      I hear you forus50! I I don’t think raising questions about who owns and controls voting machines is a fear tactic. I see it as an awareness tactic that should inspire us to mobilize more voters to overwhelm whatever they come up with. I think people are talking about Bain bundlers and Tagg because this is new information that we did not know about before. Moreover, I am just puzzled as to why all of a sudden polls are favoring Mitt Romney. What exactly has he done for these drastic changes in poll numbers. I don’t like downers who take as valid the poll numbers peddled by the media. But there is an absolutely legitimate question about the conflict of interests posed by owners of polling machines who happen to be overwhelmingly supporting one candidate over the other. This is not demoralization. In my judgement, exposing these conflict of interests may act as inoculation to deter them from pulling a fast one on us. Right now I have my antennas focused on Cincinnati, OH, now that I know Mitt’s Bain bundlers own the voting machines.

      • 248 nospin
        October 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        good points Nathkatun7. It makes sense to point this out now and have nothing to show for it but a theory instead of a Willard winning based on the fact that the machines were rigged and crying about it after it is done.

  90. 249 yardarm756
    October 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  91. 250 dudette9t9
    October 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  92. 251 desertflower
    October 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm


    A man originally reported to have been working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by the Rockingham County, Va., Sheriff’s Office on Thursday and charged with attempting to destroy voter registration forms by tossing them into a dumpster behind a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Va.


    But there is more to the story, as evidence emerges to document that it ties into a still-expanding nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal that the BRAD BLOG first began reporting in late September , after we’d learned that the Republican Party of Florida had turned in more than 100 allegedly fraudulent and otherwise suspect voter registration forms in Palm Beach County. The story has continued to widen ever since, to a dozen Florida counties and several other states, now including Virginia, and even to the upper-echelons of the Republican Party itself.

    The man arrested today was 23-year-old Colin Small of Phoenixville, Pa. As it turns out, he does not only work for the Virginia Republican Party. According to an online profile, he appears to be working for the Republican National Committee and, prior to that, served as an Intern for Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Joseph Tanfani at the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Small was “working as a supervisor as part of a registration operation in eight swing states financed by the Republican National Committee.”

  93. 252 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Evening all. Long but productive day. My home is now the official Obama Staging Office for my community and the neighboring Township. Canvass and phonebank today went well. The faithful showed up; the posers called with excuses — we carried on. The faithful were initially kind of slow to get going; one was concerned because not only was the turf outside her neighborhood, it didn’t list party ID. I gave my little pep talk and mentioned my 90 yr old, hard line, never voted for a democrat, republican who is now voting for PBO and the down ballot dem ticket; I told them to be not afraid — there are some sane republicans out there. All gave me the “sure he is look” and out the door they went. My one phonebanker got a call with a fam emergency and took her call packet with her, promising to bring it back by 5.

    Well, will wonders never cease! Each canvasser returned with a sane republican story and then my phonebanker returned, apologizing because she had only accomplished 2/3’s of her list, but was excited to recount a conversation she had with a gouchy old man — “he answered the phone real mean like, scared her and she was about to hang up continued on, asked who he was going to vote for and was surprised when he spat out Obama; recalled I said don’t just take the the answer — engage and find out WHY, then encourage down ballot. Well WHY was all this guy needed and he went on to detail what he liked and didn’t like about the Pres; what he was most upset with in the Congress; he was really knowlegeable about the issues; said he was voting straight Dem because that was the only way he could see to keep us on course. She complimented him on being such a knowledgeable DEM and he says “Lady, I’m a Republican, but I have enough sense to vote for the President that cares about me!” Made our day! And then my data team showed up on schedule! Got several new volunteers and have added a canvass for tomorrow. All’s right in my Obama world.

    Could use your prayers and positive vibes; I’ve not been in the best of health and last weekend I ended up in the hospital. Went to a tax conference about two hours from home; half hour into the conference a women entered and sat behind me and I immediately started to get congested; each time she moved I started coughing, next thing you know, I couldn’t breath. Inhaler wasn’t working for me and when the EMTs got there my O2 level was just 50%; by time I got to the hospital, it was 80%; I was hospitalized until Monday afternoon. Scared the heck out of me — I have NEVER before required emergency medical attention for an asthma attack; my first thought was please don’t let me die because it would kill my Mom (conversation we had while on vacation); second thought was I can’t die yet — PBO needs my vote! Yesterday, on my way to OFA, I picked up my absentee ballot; looking forward to hand delivering on Monday morning.

    • 253 yardarm756
      October 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Hate to hear that. Take care of yourself. Do whatever it takes. We want your Mom to stay around awhile. 🙂

    • 254 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

      “sane republican story”? Will wonders never cease? Excellent report! I love this line: “Lady, I’m a Republican, but I have enough sense to vote for the President that cares about me!”

      I hope you’re feeling better – you’re a real Obamabot for thinking about the importance of your vote in the middle of a health crisis! 🙂 Take care of yourself – and thanks for your hard work. Will definitely send strong vibes in your direction.

    • 255 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
      October 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

      Alycee, I’m so sorry you have been sick. I’m glad you are feeling better. Congrats on your Staging Offices success. My home is also a Staging location for our precinct here in Chesapeake VA. Things are getting busy and our volunteers are very excited to be working for PBO’s campaign.

    • October 21, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Sounds like we’re walking over broken glass to vote for this guy. Take care of yourself Alycee!

  94. 257 dotster3
    October 21, 2012 at 12:20 am

  95. October 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

    • 259 Pugeretto
      October 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Wow, I just tweeted that hopefruit. Good evening TOD.

    • 260 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

      Excellent – and it’s about time. The rich wouldn’t be rich if it weren’t for the middle class, and it’s nice to see them donating to the man who’s fighting for the middle class.

  96. 261 dudette9t9
    October 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

  97. 264 Dakota
    October 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Hey Family!

    Just popping in to say that it was a great day at OFA and that Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples are cuttin’ it up on Austin City Limits!

  98. 269 purpleshoesla
    October 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

    What ho TOD Peeps! Another kick-ass GOTV battleground state phonebank by my team today making sure folks have all the info they need to vote and vote early. Even though it was overcast and cool today in the City of Angels, lots of volunteer turnout including a steady stream of walk-ins for all shifts! Yay! Today I had several Moms & Dads bring their teenage children with them to make calls. The family that phonebanks together, stays together, non? Made me proud to see all that citizenship in action. Double Yay! We had lots of positive support for our illustrious Prez on the over 3,000 calls made today; with many voters indicating that they had already mailed in their ballots for PBO. Triple YAY! That’s what I’m talking about. 🙂 Groundgame is the key and IT. IS. ON!

    There is now an easy tool just set up on the Prez’s website to find a friendly GOTV phonebank near you. Go to: barackobama.com/gotv. Put in your zipcode and get a list of locations in your neighborhood, click on the nearest location and sign up for a shift (or two). Easy, peasy. Come out and help with the final push of the President’s final campaign. 16 DAYS (and counting) to VICTORY. #4MoreFor44 #FORWARD LET’S DO THIS!

  99. 270 amk for obama
    October 21, 2012 at 1:55 am

    • 271 nathkatun7
      October 21, 2012 at 2:25 am

      Indeed, AMK! By the way, the Newspaper endorsements include papers that are from predominantly Red States like Arkansas, West Virginia and Utah. No wonder President Obama decided, early on, to focus on communicating directly with state and local media instead of being consumed with trying to please the incompetent national media that have been thoroughly intimidated by the GOP.

  100. 272 Jeff
    October 21, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Reading Grapes Of Wrath before going to bed. Will catch up with you all later.

  101. October 21, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Dear TOD friends,

    Beginning tomorrow, you will see an unceasing stream of “Dear President Obama” tweets from me that will continue until the polls close on 6 Nov.

    None of them will “tell him” or otherwise make any request of him.

    Each tweet will convey a fact in a manner that hopefully will convey awareness of what he has and is confronting, in an effort to convey that, yes, us ordinary folk have a clue.

    Wanted all you dear folk to know, in advance.

    Here’s the first one …


    • October 21, 2012 at 2:28 am

    • 276 nathkatun7
      October 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Dear Bobfr,

      Your past letters to the President, your voluminous tweets and your comments at this site and other blogs have, in my humble opinion, been passionate, inspired, and absolutely on the mark. I applaud many people on this and other blogs who are very passionate supporters of the President and who have contributed so much for his re-election. But there are definitely some people who really stand out for me, and you are one of them, Bob! I hope the President gets a chance to read your tweets just to know that he has a supporter who is fearless when it comes to TRUTH and who inspires many other Obama supporters. Looking forward to your tweets.

      • October 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

        Nath, I’m going to save this comment because it is truly touching and special. Thank you so much. All that matters is that each of us are standing next to our President Obama, every step of the way, as we forge a more hopeful future for humanity.


        • 278 nathkatun7
          October 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

          You are absolutely welcome, Bob! I know I am not alone in being grateful for all you do on our behalf and on behalf of the President. Your posts on Libya and Syria have not only been educational but they have also revealed the depth and breadth of your humanity and compassion.

          • 279 99ts
            October 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

            I am another who endorses your standout comment to Bob, nathkatun7 – he symbolizes all that is good in this world – caring and helping.

          • 280 amk for obama
            October 21, 2012 at 7:04 am

            +2. Bob has been our voice on twitter putting out facts and calling out the mittbot and the thugs on their lies, treasonous activities and destruction of honest politics.

          • 281 anniebella
            October 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

            nathatun7, no you are not alone. I am so grateful to everyone who is helping us do the right thing, which is to re-elect President Obama. And Bobfr is at the top of that list.

          • October 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

            Good day 99, amk, anniebella, Mae & nath,

            Your comments are very touching and please know I’m grateful for them and the friendships we have developed. Moreover, I’m forever grateful to Chips for creating this special place and enabling us to channel our efforts toward re-electing President Obama.

            #FORWARD Together

      • 283 Mae who love our CIC
        October 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

        I agree Nath, these accolades are deserving. Hats off to you as well Nath.

  102. October 21, 2012 at 2:54 am

  103. 285 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2012 at 5:05 am

    For anyone up at this ridiculous hour, Love Actually is on NOW on HBO. The PERFECT movie for all times.

  104. 289 dudette9t9
    October 21, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Cecile Richards shares what’s at stake in this election, how President Obama has stood with women and what you can do to make sure he’s re-elected for a second term.

  105. October 21, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Now this looks very credible.

  106. 291 dudette9t9
    October 21, 2012 at 5:57 am

    • 292 99ts
      October 21, 2012 at 6:41 am

      And that is what 99% of Australians support and believe

    • October 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

      That’s how I feel about this site, all of us here, are going toward the light and the future. When I first started lurking at this site, there weren’t may hits, and there weren’t many posts. Now look at it, over 14 million hits, andl the must come to site, for Obama supporters. Bravo Chips, job well done!

  107. 294 dudette9t9
    October 21, 2012 at 6:53 am

  108. 295 Esmerelda
    October 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Full documentary- Barack Obama: Making History

  109. 297 dudette9t9
    October 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

  110. 298 amk for obama
    October 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

    They got their pet peeves also against PBO but in the end seem to blame it on the teabgging congress.

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