A Video or Six







Catching up with the news, will have more soon 😉


Oh, another one:

176 Responses to “A Video or Six”

  1. 1 Betsy
    October 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Am I first?

  2. 9 Betsy
    October 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    How excitng.

  3. 11 japa21
    October 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Okay folks, Gallup is busy slowly adjusting their numbers.

    Current PBO favorability 53/42 gain of 5 points from yesterday
    Regitered voters O48/R47 gain of 2 from yesterday
    LV R50/O47 gain of 2 for obama from yesterday.

    Here’s the thing, no incumbent with 53% favorability is going to lose. Just isn’t going to happen.

    • 12 Betsy
      October 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      How is Romney up with LV’s?? Doesn’t make sense.

      • 13 japa21
        October 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        He was up 7 points just a couple days ago. The thing is this is a 7 day tracking poll, so gains like that are really quite significant as it means the last couple days have been really good. Yesterday especially.

    • 23 FoxfireTX
      October 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Exactly, and the three day approval rating still has 1/3 pre-debate. I expect this to go up further tomorrow. And the RV number is a 7 day screen so the full gain there won’t be known for another five days. Funny, before Chuck Todd fell all over himself getting on the Romney bandwagon he said for MONTHS that you can expect PBO’s share of the popular vote will mirror his approval rating just before the election.

      • 24 japa21
        October 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        All of which means, relax folks. If we do what is necessary, PBO will do what he needs to do and we will be smiling the night of November 6. And it won’t even be a very late night.

      • 25 57andfemale
        October 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Approval is 3-day, not 7-day? Well, then ignore my comment above.

    • 26 Jeff
      October 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      I agree. Gallup is just not making any sense whatsoever. I hate the new format they are using as it seems like they are trying to play to the conservative side and this was the one way they would do it.

      • 27 EricFive
        October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        It’s not that it “seems like they are trying to play the conservative side”. That is EXACTLY what Gallup is doing with its “likely voter” screen which takes between 5-7% from PBO’s support. Gallup sacrificed its credibility to create polls showing Mitt with 7 point lead using its likely voter screen (while the race was 50/50 among registered voters). The MSM used this bogus polling from Gallup to feed its desired meme of Mitt’s “momentum”. Similar to Dick Cheney feeding bogus information to the NYT to support war with Iraq, and then going on Meet the Press to cite the NYT article as justification for war. Since Americans have a short attention span, and are far too trusting of its media (despite being burned again and again), Gallup thinks we will forget its shameful behavior once the election is over.

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Gallup is feeling the pressure from a lot of critics for it’s lousy LV voter screen. They may be beholden to the GOP, but there is a lot of reputation on the line here.

  4. 29 debz
    October 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I like that ad with Bush Cheney. If that isn’t enough reason to vote, nothing is.

    • 30 Carolyn
      October 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      That ad gave me chills! I remember that time too vividly! Should never have happened.

      • 31 NurseShar
        October 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        I agree, the 537 add really spells out that EVERY vote counts. I especially want him to not only win the electoral college vote but the popular vote as well!!

  5. 32 Lorraine
    October 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Beau Biden is amazing!!!! He was just on Andrea Mitchell’s show.

  6. 34 Betsy
    October 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Check out this post from Smartypants. She’s amazing: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/

  7. 40 Allison
    October 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Chips, thank you for the videos.

    Do you know what happened to Snarkknoller? I miss him on Twitter. Thanks.

  8. 50 FormelyFRED
    October 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    hi TOD family.I won’t be long but was curious about The Carnival Barker’s other publicity stunt and the Obama campaign (If THIS link can be tweeted to Obama’s folks on tweeter can counteract) with this

    Donald Trump’s personal experience with questionable Ivy League admittance standards
    The prospective candidate accuses the president of being unqualified for the Ivy Leagues — like his son-in-law was

    Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 03:30 PM CDT
    By Alex Pareene

    Donald Trump added a blatantly race-baiting component to his already racially charged campaign against Barack Obama’s Americanness this week when he claimed — based on things he’s “heard” — that Obama was a “terrible student” who got into Columbia and then Harvard based solely on affirmative action:

    “How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records,” he said, without providing backup for his claim.

    Trump added, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard.”

    Leaving aside the fact that Obama, who went on to graduate Harvard Law magna cum laude, seems like he was probably a very good student, Mr. Trump might need a refresher course in how unqualified people actually do manage to get into the prestigious Ivy League Universities .

    Let us take, as an example, the story of a student so obviously unqualified, so transparently unworthy, that a book was written about what his admittance into Harvard said about the sorry behavior of supposedly elite colleges.

    That student — that dull, below-average student who somehow made his way into Harvard — was Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    Kushner’s father, real estate developer Charles Kushner, bought Jared his Harvard acceptance. It cost him $2.5 million. (Kushner later went to jail for tax evasion and witness tampering, so it was also, technically, dirty money that bought Trump’s daughter’s husband’s entry into the Ivy League.)

    Wall Street Journal education writer Daniel Golden’s book “The Price of Admission” explores the Kushner donation at length. An official at Kushner’s (expensive, private) high school told the author: “There was no way anybody in . . . the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard. His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought, for sure, there was no way this was going to happen.”

    But it did.

    And that is how things actually work at “elite” schools.


    • 51 carla4obama
      October 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      So why does the media simply not ask Trump about how his son-in-law got into Harvard? Are his school records available to the public?
      Did he graduate in the top of his class? Simple questions really.

      • 52 57andfemale
        October 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        I don’t want the media to spend 2 seconds on Trump. I want them to DEMAND that Mitt Romney show us HOW he made his millions, how much he is actually worth, and WHERE that money is located. We know nothing about this man. We know nothing about is governorship — he destroyed the hard drives. We know nothing about the Olympics — he destroyed all records and emails. No one does that unless there is an unbelievable record of damage to hid. NO ONE.

        He believes he is beyond any honest scrutiny and half of America appear to believe it, as well as most of the MSM. It’s an utter disgrace.

        • 53 carla4obama
          October 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm


        • 54 edp4bho
          October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          And they totally dropped the ball on the issue of taxes. He is exempt from scrutiny on this yet PBO had to prove he was actually “born”.

        • 56 jackiegrumbacher
          October 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          X1000, 57. Trump is hot air. Not worth a nanosecond of anyone’s time. The media has been absolutely missing in action re Robney’s finances and background. He is a made up figures, nothing about him is real and yet he is treated as a serious candidate. This is beyond outrageous.

    • 57 EricFive
      October 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      No offense, but who gives a shit what Trump thinks or says? He wants publicity for his TV show. In addition, any voter swayed by Trump would not vote for PBO in the first place. We must stop falling for the media’s bullcrap. Trump’s supposed “influence” is a media creation, just like Mitt’s “momentum” (which is the 2012 version of 2008’s “good news for John McCain” mantra the MSM beat to death). Expecting impartial and truthful coverage of the state of the Presidential race is a fool’s errand. Expect the MSM to spin everything under the sun as a positive for Mitt (just like they did for McCain in 2008). Just like in 2008, they will have egg on their face come election day.

      • 58 theo67
        October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        Indeed this latest Trump act of racism should simply spur people on to make sure President Obama gets an overwhelming mandate for a second term, and a worthy Congress.

  9. 59 a4alice
    October 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    tweeted all your vid’s chipstah! (quietly goes back to work undetected……) 😉

  10. October 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm


    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      October 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Jovie, thank you. My dream has been that these criminals would be identified and captured before November 6 and PBO could make the announcement in the Rose Garden. Maybe this is the first step.

  11. October 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  12. 64 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  13. October 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  14. 69 FoxfireTX
    October 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    For those who are into the economics, there is an excellent diary on DK entitled “The Economist Pounds Romney on the Economy.” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/24/1149430/-The-Economist-pounds-Romney-on-the-economy

    It is an interesting read leading up to the mag’s endorsement. Of particular note is a survey in the last couple of weeks of several hundred academic and business economists regarding who would be the best steward of the economy going forward.

    “Our main finding should hearten Mr Obama. By a large margin they rate his overall economic plan more highly than Mr Romney’s, credit him with a better grasp of economics, and think him more likely to appoint a good economic team.”


  15. 70 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • 72 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Chips, thanks so much for posting this awesome interview. It’s a fantastic read. I could just hear that beautiful baritone voice answering every question thoroughly and with conviction. President Obama never ceases to amaze me with his brilliance. I loved the way he ended the interview explaining why he felt he deserved a second term AND their endorsement.


      I got to tell you, I feel very strongly that I have a record that justifies a second term. But I guess, more importantly, what you also know is that I’m somebody who keeps my word, that I don’t read the polls, that I do what I think is right for the American people, even when it is profoundly unpopular politically. And I think that’s worth something. I think that’s the kind of leadership the people of Iowa want.


    • 73 utaustinliberal
      October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Fantastic interview.

    • 74 dudette9t9
      October 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      THE PRESIDENT: “Thank you, guys. I appreciate you taking the time. I want your endorsement… You’ll feel better when you give it. (Laughter.) ”

      I love that man so much! 🙂

    • 75 theo67
      October 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      This is an excellent interview. He’s just brilliant, and it must drive him crazy that half the country can’t appreciate how amazingly lucky the country (and the world) was that he stepped forward at just the right time. He needs a second term, without re-election hindering his movements, with a decent, workable Congress, and with full the chance to get full credit for the awesome work he has done. Incredible man!

  16. October 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  17. 77 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  18. 78 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  19. 79 Esmerelda
    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Sorry if this has been posted. Newsmax/Zogby 3 day tracking poll (21-23 Oct) shows President Obama with 3 point lead in Virginia 49-46 and Kaine also having a narrow lead in the Senate race.

  20. October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  21. 82 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  22. 83 lamh35
    October 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Chips, it’s the boys at buzzfeed (bleh) but still you gotta add this video of Biden teling a crying baby in the audience “Don’t cry…Romney won’t win”…


  23. October 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  24. 87 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I hope Republicans keep trying to defend Mourdock’s comment from now until the election, don’t you?

    Mourdock’s OUTRAGED that we twisted his words — by showing the clip, uncut, unaltered. He says that EVERYONE can tell what he meant.

    “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

    I know what he meant. Do we all know what he meant?

    I have a few questions for Republicans, and Mr. Mourdock and his endorser, DimMitt and his raving loon of a running mate: will that child be in the 47% that you don’t care about? If that mother is an unwed teen, will we condemn her for her moral failings? Will you just send that woman to an ER to deliver that baby and then kick her out? Will you deny her health benefits? Is $8.00/hr too much to pay that moocher who is raising that “Gift from God”?

    Please, Repubs, spend at least three, four news cycles defending Mourdock. Please.

    • 88 theo67
      October 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      These people do more damage to Christianity than anything else. Will an atheist be held to the same standard? Whether a person believes in this “gift from God” business, does not mean that their belief should dictate the actions of all people. They’re free to believe what they want – just keep it out of the business of government.

      • 89 57andfemale
        October 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        Well, Mourdock’s daughter can keep her ‘gift from God’. He has no right to demand that any other woman do the same. NO EFFING RIGHT. As Randi Rhodes just said, “How dare they demand that a woman keep any freak’s baby?”. The baby they would abandon, as matter of policy. Effing bastards I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around 62 years.

  25. October 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Given the nature of my work I don’t have time to canvas in the traditional sense, but I come in contact with all kinds of folk who are not colleagues, business associates, clients, etc. When I do, I simply ask – have you registered or voted depending on the location and have largely focused on asking voting age females that question. Have yet to any respondent state that either they aren’t voting or that they vote(d) for Willard. Just asked 7 today – all voting for our President.

    #TrustBarack – He’s Earned It

    • 94 dudette9t9
      October 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Love that hashtag Bob!

      I’ve gotta say, it is truly an honor being associated with you here on this wonder blog. Just like President Obama, you make me proud EVERYDAY! Thank you for everything you do to support our President!

      … and Thank you Chips for bringing us all together!

    • 98 a4alice
      October 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Yesss! Thanks Bob!!!

    • 99 57andfemale
      October 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I’m finding this engagement very meaningful and satisfying these days. Even if you’re talking to a like-minded person (like the conversation I had in the parking lot yesterday with a father and his 14 year old son). I gave him an argument to use that he hadn’t thought of, and he did the same for me. His 14 year old son was just upset that he couldn’t vote for Obama. I told him he was the future, that we’re fighting for a good world for him and he said, ‘thank you’. No, I didn’t change a Romney supporter to an Obama supporter, but it was a satisfying experience for three people who did not know one another but were connecting as citizens.

      My husband has changed some minds of late. And as Bobfr says, even urging someone to vote could make an enormous difference.

      • 100 Left-Indie
        October 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        57, please show a young person like that the pic of that kid who was making calls at an OFA office.(It was posted on TOD a while ago). Every time I ran into an underage person who wishes they could vote I mention that they can do something even now. Volunteer at OFA, knock on doors. Actually, I think a young person with convictions at your door is irresistible.

        • 101 57andfemale
          October 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

          I didn’t think of that, Left-Indie. That’s a GREAT suggestion. In fact, my friend’s daughter is 18 and voting for the first time (she’s a good liberal and Obama supporter). I will suggest that instead of the stupid stuff she does on the computer, she could be making calls and helping. Great suggestion.

          It is so true — to see these young people engaged is, as you say, ‘irresistible’.

    • 102 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Yay! Go Bob! :mrgreen:

  26. 103 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  27. 104 Allison
    October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    How Mitt Romney gets so tanned

    “A knowledgeable source tells BuzzFeed the answer is in a bit of cosmetic technology used commonly by celebrities: spray tanning. The Republican nominee has made a habit of spray tanning before major speeches, debates, interviews, and other events that have a chance of getting wide TV coverage, the source said. He pays for the process out of pocket — sparing his campaign the expense, and the task of masking it on public campaign finance reports — and steers clear of public salons where he could be recognized. Instead, he gets misted down in the comfort of his own home or hotel suite.”

  28. 105 xtine
    October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    From Booman:

    “… after five days of early voting there are no signs of depressed turnout. In fact, the evidence suggests that turnout will be higher this time around.

    Second, in 2008 blacks made up 22% of the North Carolina electorate. So far, they are 35% of the early voting electorate. In fact, if I am reading this correctly, 12,000 more African-Americans have voted in North Carolina than have white registered Republicans.

    Third, it looks like about 55% of early voters are women and that about 60% of those women are registered Democrats. Those are two numbers that should concern Team Romney because, in combination, they suggest that left-leaning women are pretty fired up about voting in this election.

    Fourth, and this is the only bad news, Monday was the first day that the Democrats didn’t exceed their numbers from 2008, but Republicans and unaffiliated voters stayed above the 2008 watermark. This could be a blip, or the first indication of a problem.

    I’m not willing to sign off on MattTX’s methodology, but he presently estimates that Obama has banked a 93,000 vote lead in the Tarheel State. But, remember, he only won the state by 14,000 votes the last time around.”


  29. October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    • 107 theo67
      October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Most kids look President Obama in the eye. Even babies – I noticed this a while back. They connect with something there.

  30. 108 collegekay
    October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    HI everyone.

    If anyone is in the MD/DC area can take off work Saturday, 11/3 until Election Day, we can use your help in VA. You’ll be provided with transportation and housing. I’ll give you more info if interested.


  31. 109 forus50
    October 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I KNEW he would stop in to the OFA office in Davenport!!! He’s so good to do that. This is so cool!!

  32. October 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  33. October 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  34. 120 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    • 121 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Richard Mourdock Believes A Child Born From Rape Is ‘God-Intended,’ As Does Much Of The GOP

      By Jason Sattler


      Mourdock defeated Indiana’s incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the primary and is facing a tight race—and is the only Senate candidate in the country for whom Mitt Romney has filmed a commercial, a fact the Democratic National Committee has pointed out in this new web ad:
      Mourdock’s belief that there should be no exception that allows a woman to end a pregnancy is shared by the GOP platform and at least 40 Republican candidates for the House and Senate including Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP nominee for vice-president, and Rep. Todd Akin. Akin tried to justify this belief earlier this year by claiming that in cases of “legitimate rape” women do not get pregnant.



      • 122 57andfemale
        October 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Romney can parse that he doesn’t agree, but this RWNJ would be voting on Federal judges and SC Justices.

    • 123 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Romney stands by Mourdock despite rape comments

      By Steve Benen


      Team Romney has said he “disagrees” with Mourdock’s comments, but that’s really only the first in a series of questions. Will Romney ask that his ad supporting Mourdock be taken down? So far, no. Will Romney pull his endorsement? Apparently not.

      Greg Sargent added:

      This is only going to snowball from here on out. Dems and women’s groups are launching an all-out attack on Mourdock’s comments, arguing that they illustrate a deeper problem within the GOP. This comes even as the battle for the female vote is intensifying, with Obama and Dems hammering Romney daily for his positions on abortion, contraception, women’s health, and pay equity, in an effort to paint the candidate and his party as hidebound, reactionary, and fundamentally untrustworthy on the issues that matter to women.

      I’d just add that the Todd Akin flap is illustrative. In August, Romney denounced the Missouri Republican and called for his withdrawal. Mourdock, however, still enjoys Romney’s support.

      Until Romney can explain why, these questions are likely to continue.



      • 124 57andfemale
        October 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        NOW: “Mourdock is Romney Unmasked”. Does Mitt support the RWNJ of his platform or not? Is he not the leader of his party? There is no momentary pandering that makes up for his unmasked support for the TPGOP.

  35. 125 Lorraine
    October 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    From Mr. Abram Powell to President Clinton (that man just gets better looking ever time I see him) to President Obama, I’m loving these videos!!! Chips you rock, love. God’s blessings continue to be upon you, love.

  36. 127 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  37. 128 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    THIS is how it’s done, guys:

  38. October 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve been watching this blog for several weeks and here we are two weeks away…I wanted to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for theobamadiary.com To Chipsticks for faithfully helping me to start my morning with a positive message and remind me of the true POWER of HOPE. I’ve had a rough last few years, took care of my lovely and wonderful Mom before she passed (she was able to see Barack Obama get elected — she was Italian and she loved our President. I loved to hear her say “Barrrrrrr-ack!” with her accent). And being a freelance graphic designer, I’ve felt the crunch of this economy. In fact, freelancers in creative professions will tell you we feel it before everyone else does (I saw a real shift as far back as 2001), and unfortunately we are the last to feel it when things get better again. But I won’t let it discourage me and believe so strongly in a robust Democracy and a healthy and thriving middle class. My Dad was a veteran — a POW with the Japanese, got home, recovered from beri beri, then reinstated his service to serve again in Korea. Mom grew up in Italy during WWII, so us six kids have a strong understanding of history, and a deep and abiding love and respect for our veterans. But also a sobering understanding of what war does to people. So, when Dubya sent our men to Iraq, I remember Mom shaking her head at the TV and saying, “no…this is very bad, very bad.”

    I’ve always been a Democrat, always voted — I’m 52. I shook hands with Al Gore in Iowa (the day after I left my good-for-nothing husband), worked the Kerry campaign and was crushed when they both lost. I’d moved back home to Colorado so I started to get involved in grassroots activism in earnest — we have an amazing “tribe” of people who work hard to get people involved. I’m in our local Democrats group and have designed the voter guide put out by our County party — one of the most effective tools we have to GOTV — we started them in 2008, and print about 90,000 of them, mobilizing volunteers to drop them at Dems households. I’m thinking we will shop the model of this guide to other county parties in the state. Our mantra is VOTE THE WHOLE BALLOT because when you OWN your whole ballot, you see how those local ballot issues affect you in your backyard, then further up the ballot with the state senate and state house seats — CRUCIAL in Colorado. We fought hard to get our Dem majority (hadn’t had it since the 70s and finally got it in 2006), then LOST it in the fall of 2010 by ONLY 300 votes. When I message to people I say, “this is where every single vote counts, YOUR vote counts. If more Dems had voted in the fall of 2010, we could have had Civil Unions here in Colorado — twice already, and President Obama would have had a Congress he could work with.”

    I’ve worked the farmer’s market booth for the Dems for weeks now, and I’ve practically told EVERYONE about theobamadiary.com I say, “when you get sick of the negative media go here. You’ll see PBO and FLOTUS speeches the mainstream media doesn’t show!” I’m always designing messaging tools, like a quarter page card of Obama 50 First Term Accomplishments from the brilliant Washington Monthly article a few months ago, along with small handbills with talking points, and of course, on every one, a nudge to theobamadiary.com I’ve knocked on many many doors in the last several months, including during our primary last June. Only had one woman slam the door in my face just a few days ago…(I went back and left her a note…I should share it sometime!)

    So even though this is my first comment on this wonderful blog — and it’s a long one, thanks for bearing with me! — I just had to show you my appreciation, give a bit of my background for context, and let you know, that all of what ALL of you do makes a difference. It builds a community that is not measured by the old, stodgy models of traditional media. It reinforces all of what’s truly great about our country. Ideals embodied in a President that I’m very proud of. I will keep working to get him elected, and I will always work to get more people involved.

    Blessings to all of you! OBAMA 2012!

    • 133 utaustinliberal
      October 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks for the lovely words Marubione and welcome on board! 😀

    • 134 forus50
      October 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Chipsticks does such a wonderful job of uniting the country and world around our guy. Thanks for sharing your great story. (And I don’t know what I would do without this refuge.)

    • 135 AnitaW
      October 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Nice words Marubione and welcome. Since you’ve been lurking for a couple of months you already know that you are going to love it here.

    • 136 dudette9t9
      October 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Welcome marubione! Tears of joy streaming down as I read your first comment. It reminded me of the excitement and the relief I felt when I discovered TOD and still do to this very day. There’s nothing like finding your “tribe.” We’re glad to have you with us on this journey.

      Love that “VOTE THE WHOLE BALLOT” mantra. It’s something that my local volunteer group has been emphasizing as we canvass the neighborhood and engage people out in the community.

      Bless you. Keep doing your great work and come back to comment often.
      Just so you know… You were already family, even before you commented! 🙂

    • October 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Welcome and thanks you for sharing your story and letting Chips know the gift she gives to all of us with this site.

    • 138 theo67
      October 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Welcoem, marubione! What an excellent first comment. Hope to hear more from you – your writing and passion is lovely. 🙂

    • 140 cookemom
      October 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Hiya marubione!!! I was just catching up with the threads and read your wonderful post. How lucky we are to have another TODdie in our midst. Now, since you’re here everyday, you might as well join in on the comments. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

      • 141 marubione
        October 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Thanks everyone, for the warm welcome and encouraging words right back! And yes, I’m feeling the family vibe for sure from the other TODdie’s. I also felt very good having PBO in our fair state of Colorado today. I did not go — had access to tickets, but I’ve seen our President before and wanted to be sure someone else had a chance. And boy howdy, the pics of the Denver crowd are fantastic! He even hinted at a another possible visit before the election. I LOVE reading the comments, not sure I could add anything better, but I like to talk so you’ll probably hear from me again. Have a beautiful evening, everyone!

  39. 143 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Can you feel the Mittmentum?

  40. 144 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This ad hits home.

    The patented Bubba smile cracked me up.

    • 145 Ladyhawke
      October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      The 537 ad is spot on and it hits the GOP where they live. It’s a punch in the gut. This has to be the GOP’s worst nightmare (Bush/Cheney starring in a campaign ad). If this ad doesn’t convince the American people of the importance of their vote I don’t know what will. The wreckage from the eight years of the Bush/Cheney administration haunts us all. And now the Republican Party is essentially blaming President Obama for not cleaning up their mess fast enough. After delaying, obstructing, filibustering, sabotaging and taking hostages they think they should be rewarded with the keys to the Oval Office. The ad with President Clinton is beyond brilliant. A very hard hitting message delivered with authority and gravitas. Very effective. Nicely done OFA team.

  41. 147 dudette9t9
    October 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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  44. 150 utaustinliberal
    October 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Early voting is working for us. Yippee!!!!

    The latest Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll finds President Obama had a lead of 53% to 42% among the 17% of the surveyed registered voters who said they had already cast their vote.


  45. 153 overseasgranny
    October 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    We have a poll going on one of our Irish political blogs. Who would you vote for 2 weeks out from the US election? 3,441 votes so far. President Obama 90% Romney 10%. No enthusiasm at all.

  46. 156 collegekay
    October 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  47. 160 collegekay
    October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm


  48. 162 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    2012 General Election Editorial Endorsements by Major Newspapers

    Top 100 Newspapers Based on Daily Circulation

    Last Updated on October 24 @ 17:10 GMT


  49. 163 JER
    October 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    LIVE | President Obama arrives in Denver, CO: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  50. 164 Ladyhawke
    October 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    “The Choice”

    The New Yorker Magazine endorses President Barack Obama


    The choice is clear. The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and backward-looking vision of America: the privatization of the public good. In contrast, the sort of public investment championed by Obama—and exemplified by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act—takes to heart the old civil-rights motto “Lifting as we climb.” That effort cannot, by itself, reverse the rise of inequality that has been under way for at least three decades. But we’ve already seen the future that Romney represents, and it doesn’t work.

    The reëlection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in Mitt Romney—a first-rate political temperament and a deep sense of fairness and integrity. A two-term Obama Administration will leave an enduringly positive imprint on political life. It will bolster the ideal of good governance and a social vision that tempers individualism with a concern for community. Every Presidential election involves a contest over the idea of America. Obama’s America—one that progresses, however falteringly, toward social justice, tolerance, and equality—represents the future that this country deserves. ♦


    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/10/29/121029taco_talk_editors#ixzz2AFUWhUwn

  51. 165 Dakota
    October 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ok guys, here’s my story. I’m on a blood pressure medication that I receive a 3 month prescription for. For years I paid $5.00 for my prescription. Then the insurance company (BC/BS) raised it to $25.00. Needless to say, I was not happy about this, but hen last year, it was raised to $40.00! Well, I screamed bloody murder to no avail! Well, hubby went into the pharmacy to pick up my presrciption yesterday and when he showed me the receipt, I looked at it in disbelief! I asked him how much he paid for for it. He said $10.00. Then it dawned on him that we were paying $30.00 LESS than we had been before! Then he shouted “THANK YOU OBAMACARE!!!”

    May I just repeat…THANK YOU OBAMACARE!!!

  52. 170 collegekay
    October 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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  54. 172 collegekay
    October 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  55. 173 forus50
    October 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  56. 174 57andfemale
    October 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  57. October 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    A lot of these state polls have 10% undecided with 13 days left?????-

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