Keep safe everyone

President Obama returns to the White House after cancelling a campaign event in Florida, October 29

12:45 ET: President Obama delivers a statement on Hurricane Sandy in the White House briefing room

(Tied up with work today, but back asap)

359 Responses to “Keep safe everyone”

  1. 5 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 29, 2012 at 11:39 am


  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    October 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Trumpdog you are really fast. 🙂 Congrats.
    Nice picture Chips.

  3. 7 cookemom
    October 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Yoo Hoo yous O’s!!!! Up and at ’em and let’s get this thing done on another great getting up day in TODville. Let’s put the pedal to the medal and wrap this up for the home team. Get to the dashboard, make some calls, find a local office and canvass. We gotta keep this thing moving FORWARD!!!

    My political take today is a question. So with all of the voting trend breakdown relative to early voting going our way, where is the data for folks who follow tradition and will vote on the 6th. Is there anything or any place that captures that. The reason I ask is because many, many folks are voting early. They outnumber Repubs by large margins. However, you only get to vote once. So where are all those folks who haven’t voted early and who are they most likely to vote for? What are those numbers. Has there been some consensus among Repubs to just wait? I don’t trust them and surely they will be voting at some point. So where do I go for that kind of info.

    • October 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

      You ask a good question. I would think that many who vote on Election Day may be older and perhaps Republican in a greater majority. But so many Americans are discovering the convenience of voting early and by mail where possible.

      But then I’m a weird case because I’m not voting early. My polling place is 2 minutes around the corner in a neighbor’s garage and I like the experience of voting in person and seeing everyone. So who knows?

      • 9 dotster3
        October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

        In a neighbor’s garage? That seems unusual.
        I would agree the conventional wisdom is that older people who like to wait to vote on election day would trend Repub. But I have heard so many Obama voters in Iowa say they like to go on election day too—–tradition, meet up with neighbors and friends etc. and many are in sparsely populated areas where long waits are not a problem.

        • October 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

          I live in SF, which places a strong emphasis on neighborhoods. So voting is distributed throughout the city and polling places can be located in various community areas, apartment lobbies, etc.

        • October 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

          Not at all unusual in California. Lived all my life in SoCal suburbs, and have voted in people’s garages (some really nice ones too). Now I’m about 8 doors down from my polling place, at a Methodist church.

        • 13 Puddin'
          October 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          I vote by mail…but when I did in person voting, the polling place was in my neighbors garage around the corner from my house. I live in Oakland, CA.

          • 14 Jennifer
            October 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

            I vote via mail, but that’s just cause I have a disability. I LOVED voting in person (ours was at the local school). And I miss my little sticker that says “I’ve Voted.” I would wear it all day at work!

      • 15 nathkatun7
        October 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        I am also voting on the 6th. My polling place is 3 minutes drive in UFCW local 135 hall. I get to see many union friends.

    • October 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      In a few polls I’ve seen, Romney leads on election day polling. Same thing happened with McCain though. Obama lead by huge margins in early voting, McCain lead with election day voters but Pres.Obama won the state. Not sure where you’d go for such stats. maybe Nate Silver’s at NYT – paywall down today due to Sandy. I saw these polls on Twitter.

    • 17 Betsy
      October 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I am one of those. This is my first vote for President Obama, and I am going in person to the polls to do so on November 6th at 7am, before work. I want my students to see my “I voted” sticker even if I don’t tell them who I am voting for. I don’t feel it is appropriate. I can not wait. And I am voting down ticket Dem all the way.

      • 18 cookemom
        October 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        Good job Betsy. You and others like the idea of voting on the actual vote day. There’s something special about that too. I think you’re right in just letting your students know the importance of voting. As they become more informed on the workings of the government, they’ll be able to make intelligent decisions on who best represent their interest. Thanks for your reply.

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    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Just like they want a larger Defense Department, so they can make money off wars and the military-industrial contract dollars and beyond. Any questions, America? Didn’t we learn this from W?

      Good morning, meta, and Chips, and TODville! Just barely made a morning post, here in retirementland – but I knew there would be prime-time-Obama supporters on TOD already!

      Be safe everyone! “canadabarb4obama” checked in from her re-routed cruise ship, off the east coast. She said the cruise is marred by Republicans, and she’s already been in an argument aboard with at least one tea-partier. One of them told her “You’re from Canada, it’s not your election.” Not sure if that “lady” is still standing, because Barb has President Obama’s back! She asks for your good thoughts and prayers that she doesn’t lose it around all of those tea partiers during the ENTIRE cruise! Thanks for standing up, Barb, and thanks to all of our other international O’friends! FORWARD!

      • October 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        OMG, YOU GO, Canadian Barb!! Good for her. Sounds hellish to be stuck for days with TPers.

        • 26 jacquelineoboomer
          October 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

          Don’t know how Canadian Barb will do it – because she does not suffer TP fools gladly! She’ll be calling me later and I’ll pass on your encouragement. Hellish sounds about right – hope she isn’t dragged bodily off the cruise ship, although she’ll be yelling back at the TPers if she is!

      • 27 theo67
        October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        She should tell that tea party person whether she’s willing to concede the title of “leader of the free world” and get rid of all nukes in the US. If she isn’t willing to do that, then she should admit to herself that the whole world gets impacted by the results of US election – so it is indeed “our election”, too. We just don’t get to vote – we have to leave that to the likes of the 43% who think Romney should be in charge of the fate of the world. Such arrogance.

        • 28 jacquelineoboomer
          October 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          Believe me, and you may know, too, I’ve heard all of Barb’s Obama pitch and she covers your points and then some. She’s well equipped and – instead of going down fighting for him – she’ll take down the TPers first. And then she’ll laugh, right along with me, when she does her “after-action” report! 🙂

          • 29 theo67
            October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

            Yes – she certainly does know how to handle these people. It’s just surprising how unmoved they are by facts and details – even those staring them right in the face. It really is like they are living in an alternate reality! She has more patience than I do, that’s for sure.

    • 30 a4alice
      October 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      kapowza! RT’d

    • 33 Obama Grandmama
      October 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Mitt’s campaign flipped his stand on FEMA today saying he supports it. I wonder if the Obama campaign should go to judgement like they used with McCain and use Mitt’s many changes in position and how many times he was wrong before changing as bad judgement? They could also make an ad using Mitt’s words about FEMA and saying there are somethings you cannot switch your views about. You cannot take back having the government handle FEMA when you have switched it to the states. You cannot take back sending troops into a dangerous situation that gets you into a war easily. etc.

  6. 37 daisydem
    October 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I am glad he is home safe! He will have lots of work to do there re: Sandy. I hope Bill Clinton hangs in Florida; safer than trying to make it back to NYC. What about Michelle; she is in Iowa right? When was she due to fly home?

  7. October 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wishing all my family and TOD’ers in hurricane’s path to be safe. We dont anticipate getting much up my way but ya never know. President’s priority is always the 100%.

  8. 39 cindysweatt
    October 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I talked to my daughter this morning. She is in Washington DC. She is ready for the storm. She has never been near a hurricane. We are from Colorado (safest state in the Union!) She is excited and worried. I joked around and told her that she was only one citizen and the real worry is all the votes in Virginia. The votes will make a difference for the whole USA. She didn’t think I was funny. I am trying not to be worried about her or the votes. I will go out in Colorado today and canvas some more. I have been out every day. I hope everyone stays safe and the storm comes and leaves fast and everyone can get back to normal again. Climate change is a hoax! NOT!!

  9. 40 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 11:54 am


    Press Wakes Up to Romney’s Lies, Says There’s ‘no excuse’ for ‘astonishingly misleading’ Jeep Ad

    By: Sarah Jones


    The Romney campaign has jumped the lie shark with their new ad slyly building on the lie that Chrysler is moving Jeep jobs to China. Romney told this easily disproven falsehood to Ohioans at a rally last week. Chrysler pointed out that a “careful and unbiased” understanding “would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”

    When asked to comment on Romney’s claims, the Romney campaign at first refused to comment and then defended the lie with an already debunked Bloomberg article that everyone knows is wrong. The press is not impressed. It seems they have finally met a lie they can’t excuse.

    Here’s a roundup of the brutal reaction:



  10. 43 57andfemale
    October 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

  11. 45 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    This is a fabulous news.

    In FL, the thugs have been leading by about 44-39 in early voting for the past few days.

    Today, that lead has shrunk to D-41.0 to R-42.6 with about 19% of 2008 turnout.

    And we are still maintaining a healthy 12 point in IA.


  12. 58 Melanie
    October 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

  13. October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Am I reading these maps correctly? Sandy is category 2 now?

  14. 65 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

    • 66 hgerhard
      October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Good morning TOD family – the wind is picking up here in my coastal home town in Massachusetts. We still have electricity, but the beach roads are already closed. There is very little traffic – almost everyone seems to be sitting out the storm at home. My grand old black cherry tree is bending in the wind – I hope it will survive the hurricane. I have stocked up on bread, peanut butter and cheese along with several large bottles of water and, of course, enough dog and cat food to last for several weeks. Flashlights and a transistor radio are also at hand and nice warm blankets. As long as I can, I will use the idle time to send out emails to recruit volunteers for next Saturday’s and Sunday’s canvassing in New Hampshire.
      Speaking of New Hampshire, Morning Joe’s description of the Nashua event doesn’t even come close to what actually happened there. I know because I was there. To start off, the Nashua event was the largest rally in New Hampshire history and hundreds of people were turned away after the facility had reached maximum capacity. The enthusiasm of the crowd was off the charts, far exceeding anything I have witnessed before, including in 2008. People were participating and shouting comments to the President. I remember one in particular. When the President said that we could choose to vote for the trickle down economics of the past, one woman shouted “No way – we want you!” And when he mentioned Romney’s dismal record as Governor of Massachusetts, there was a chorus of “That’s right!” after every sentence from the substantial number of Massachusetts residents at the rally. It was a fabulous and energizing event – the Romney crowd could never engineer anything to rival this rally.
      I am glad the President is devoting all his time to monitoring the hurricane and make sure that help will reach those who need it. The President of the people – in every way! He has more than earned a second term, and I believe that he will lead this country and the world in the next four years.

      • October 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Yeah, I watched the NH rally on TV – the crowd was super enthusiastic. I stopped the Morning Joke clip when Mika downplayed the crowd’s excitement. What’s with her…she seems cowed by the men she has to sit with.

        • 68 EricFive
          October 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          They are all “cowed” by their corporate masters. The spin they employed regarding the rally is par for the course (i.e., it is the same anti-PBO propaganda that flies in the face of reality the media has been spewing for years). Tune into Morning Joke if you want to get spun/ lied to, but don’t expect accurate coverage of anything concerning the state of the Presidential race.

  15. 69 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  16. October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Times for poll closings and the expected release of results for the Nov. 6 general election are listed state-by-state below. Please note that some states span more than one time zone. Also, poll opening hours may vary within each state, and voters should verify their locality’s voting hours with the state’s election office. The first poll closings are expected in Indiana and Kentucky at 6 p.m. EST. Expected times are listed in Eastern Standard Time as provided by The Associated Press on Sept. 11.


    Good info…

  17. 71 Allison
    October 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The Obama campaign deals with math and facts only!

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      You have to chuckle when Knoller gives a direct quote from the Obama team, so there’s somebody to point back to, ya know, if they’re lyin’, but tweets exact lies from something Romney’s team put out, as though he believes them and they are fact. I am glad, though, that he isn’t messin’ with the truth. I don’t plan on thinking about Mark Knoller after Nov. 6, so thanks for letting me get that out of my system!

  18. October 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I’m not really keen on verbally piling on the spouses of candidates, but Ann Romney is showing herself to be someone I’d like to hear about after the election…in specific from people who had to work with her during the election. We learned some pretty scathing stuff about the tundra queen last cycle. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the rush to blame Willard for all that ails the GOP that someone comes forward with a tell-all about his wife. I don’t think it will be pretty.

  19. October 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Team Obama to press: We’re going to win
    By REID J. EPSTEIN | 10/29/12 11:54 AM EDT
    President Obama’s top aides told reporters in no uncertain terms Monday that they are winning the campaign and are tied or ahead in all the swing states.

    “I don’t want to be ambiguous about this at all, We’re winning this race,” senior adviser David Axelrod said on a conference call Monday morning. “I say that not on the basis of some mystical faith in a wave that’s going to come or some hidden vote. We base it on cold, hard data based on who has voted so far and on state by state polling. So we just, you’re going to get spun and spun and spun in the next week and what I would urge you to do is to focus on the facts, focus on the data, focus on the trends in the states and if you do it will lead you to the same conclusions.”

    Both Axelrod and the campaign’s manager, Jim Messina, taunted GOP rival Mitt Romney’s team with suggestions that Republicans are “bluffing” when they claim momentum. Forays by Romney and his allies into television ads in Minnesota and Pennsylvania are merely distractions, they said.

    “If the Romney campaign put as much effort into its ground game as it did in trying to twist the truth, maybe they’d be better in shape than they are in eight days out,” Messina said. “The Romney campaign wants you to think that it’s expanding the map but it’s not.”

    Messina dismissed word of the pro-Romney super PAC Restore our Future going up with a $2.1 million Pennsylvania ad buy as desperation. Yet he said Obama’s campaign will respond and buy TV time in the storm-socked state as well. 

    And the campaign also announced Monday that it will send former President Bill Clinton to campaign in, among other states, Minnesota. Romney’s team recently bought TV time in Minneapolis, though part of the Twin Cities media market bleeds into neighboring Wisconsin.

    “This morning Restore our Future decided to go up in Pennsylvania. We’re going to go up as well. It’s because what this is, is they understand they’re not going to be able to win Ohio, and they’re getting desperate and wanting to put other states in play.”

    Messina added: “They are not close in Pennsylvania, we are going to win Pennsylvania. But we aren’t taking anything for granted and that’s what good campaigns do.”


    • 78 debz
      October 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Happy to see the campaign telling truth to the media. I also want to say that we are so lucky to have Bill Clinton to back up POTUS while he is doing his President job. We all love POTUS, but dems also love Clinton. The gop has no beloved figures to send out to help Mitt. That says a lot about us and where this election is going. I see victory!

    • 79 amk for obama
      October 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      I fully trust you, axe.

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  21. October 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Has this been posted yet?

  22. 87 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Relying on a foundation of falsehoods

    By Steve Benen


    Even for Mitt Romney, this level of mendacity borders on nauseating.

    It’s important, on a substantive level, for the public to understand that Romney is trying to mislead them about the underlying policy, but it’s also important to appreciate the larger context: Romney simply doesn’t respect voters enough to be honest with them. For the Republican candidate, it’s an era of post-truth politics, in which he no longer even cares about getting caught lying.

    As for why he’s so eager to deliberately mislead the public, Obama’s successful rescue of the American auto industry is a very difficult issue for Romney to deal with, especially in a state like Ohio that benefited so directly from the president’s accomplishment.
    Unsure how to proceed, Romney has been reduced to a gamble of his own: blatantly lying to voters and hoping to get away with it. In this specific case, it’s just sad to see what this candidate is willing to do to advance his ambitions. In general, it reinforces a larger problem — as Rachel noted on “Meet the Press” yesterday, “There’s been a truthfulness problem with the Romney campaign that connects even to the very basic issues.”



  23. 89 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm


  24. October 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    By the way, this site is freezing up. Has done so a few times. It could be my only window open or 5 others and it would still freeze. In fact, if I have other windows open, this is the only site that freezes.

  25. October 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  26. 101 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  27. 102 JER
    October 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Starting Soon – President Obama Speaks on Hurricane Sandy – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
    and http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  28. 103 dotster3
    October 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    2 days of door knocking in Wi. gets you a ticket to Obama’s election night event at McCormick Place in Chgo

    • 104 forus50
      October 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Yippee! 🙂 I just got a text from our campaign leader on our Saturday outing to Milwaukee. Seems we knocked on a record number of doors for 50 some people – it was over 5,000. She said “we are the buzz” of the campaign this a.m. I’m sure that’s a bit of a stretch but still a nice text to get!

  29. 108 Bill R.
    October 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Question for TOD pundits, when will Dems start running the Ads with Romney announcing his intent to abolish FEMA and that disaster aid is immoral???

    • 109 amk for obama
      October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Now is not the time to politicize this.

    • 110 amk for obama
      October 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      And the fucking msm do it for a change by playing his Kill FEMA vids.

    • October 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Let Romney attack Pres.Obama first on hurricane response. THEN our side can do that. Dems throwing first punch on this will be seen as politicizing.

      • 112 Virginia
        October 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        The President’s campaign shouldn’t touch it all. But that doesn’t mean one of the unaffiliated Pacs or the unions can’t do it……..

        • 113 vcprezofan2
          October 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

          I watched Mitt again on this and noticed that he was expounding his default mode …again! Pass the work/decision making/whatever on to someone else, or let it work itself out. IMO Mitt never disappoints. He want to get the top job, so pass the work on to the guys/gals below.

  30. 114 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm


    The Boston Globe Endorses President Obama Over Their Former Gov Romney

    By: Sarah Jones


    The Globe writes of many reasons to reelect Obama, saying that not only would a second term be a mandate against the Republican obstructionism, but it would curb the power of special interests:

    “Obama’s reelection would also curb the growing power of special interests, who so often hide their self-serving agendas behind a facade of fist-in-the-air patriotism and promises of low taxes. Anyone who lived through the crash of 2008, and now sees Republicans in Congress seeking to thwart the Dodd-Frank law’s protections, should sense the true impetus behind all the pronouncements about unleashing the job creators. The Supreme Court’s wrongheaded Citizens United decision, granting corporations unlimited power to influence campaigns, provided yet another weapon for the powerful to deploy against the general interest.”

    The Globe praises Obama’s diligence and bipartisanship, and calls out the Republican meme that it’s Obama who is divisive, “He stands between the divides in American society, so some say he must therefore be the source of division. But as president, Obama has reached out repeatedly to Republicans and shied away from the I’m-the-decider pronouncements of his predecessor. He’s been diligent and responsible — to a fault.”



  31. October 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Friday’s jobs report could be delayed by the shutdown of the federal government:

    The U.S. Labor Department on Monday said it hasn’t made a decision yet on whether to delay Friday’s October jobs report, the final reading on the labor market before next week’s federal elections.

    A Labor official said the agency will assess the schedule for all its data releases this week when the “weather emergency” is over.

  32. 119 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Watching PBO Live on BBC brief on sandy.

  33. 121 debz
    October 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Some idiot asks about the election.

    • October 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      That was Bill Plante. GAH.

    • October 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      • 124 Ladyhawke
        October 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        For me, the three biggest stories of this election are GOP voter suppression with bogus voter id laws, Romney’s unprecedented pathological lying, and the piss poor reporting of the mainstream media. Just hearing Bill Plante yell that stupid question at President Obama made me feel dirty. I am so fed up with the media coverage of this campaign. It’s been disgraceful and a disservice to the public. The best political commentary and analysis has come from blogs, cartoons, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. The mainstream media sucks.

  34. October 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    CNN has the ISS transmitting imagery as it passes over Hurricane Sandy – amazing view http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  35. October 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I love, love, love my President! Thank God he has our backs.

  36. 127 daisydem
    October 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Watched PBO on WhiteHouse.gov … he made a comprehensive and concerned statement. Who was the idiot at the end asking, “what effect will it have on the election?” Only questions POB took (probably because of what it was, stupid and uncaring); he answered it well as usual; said the election will take care of itself next week, right now we focus on the safety and welfare of those in the storm’s path. My point is that idiot reporter should be let go.

  37. October 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    • 134 pinkbunny92
      October 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      We have SUCH A GREAT President and Commander in Chief! And half the electorate are freaking ingrates. I thought he responded to the stupid ass question from WH Press very well! What a bunch of pathetic whiny idiots.

    • October 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  38. 136 pinkbunny92
    October 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Morning all! Hope everyone affected, is keeping safe indoors from Hurricane sandy.

    Romney & Ryan response to Hurricane Sandy and their desire to get rid of FEMA and privatise, it should scare the crap out of the American people! We need to make sure that they don’t get to benefit from this disaster and they get exposed for the frauds they are!

  39. 140 Don
    October 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    So where are all those assholes that want to privatize FEMA?

    • 141 majiir
      October 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Their asses are hiding, Don, and pretending that they didn’t call for privatizing FEMA. The Romney/Ryan camp sent some GOP “strategist,” Ron Bonjean, to CNN to downplay what Romney said about privatizing the agency, but he wasn’t making much sense:

      “Most people don’t have a positive impression of FEMA and I think Mitt Romney was right on the button. But I don’t think anybody cares about that right now. I think people care about whether or not their power’s on, whether or not their basement’s going to be flooded. And I think that if the president gets too far in front of this and something goes wrong, people are going to remember, hey, my power’s not out, and the president’s talking about FEMA. I’m not a real big fan of FEMA. That could sway their vote.”

      There’s so much stupid in this that I don’t know where to begin in trying to dissect it. That fact that some Americans don’t have a positive impression of FEMA can be tied directly to a republican president, specifically, GWB’s failure on Katrina—NOT to PBO, who even Chris Christie praised for his and FEMA’s preparedness on Sandy.

      • 142 majiir
        October 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        should be “The fact that”

      • 143 jackiegrumbacher
        October 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        So right, majiir. This is a word salad of nothing. Nobody has complained about FEMA since GWB, who ran a lousy, leaking ship. The FEMA under Clinton and especially under PBO has been stellar. People in this (red) county still commend FEMA for the terrific way they handled property damage issues during Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. So this guy can go suck an egg. He’s babbling. Thinks every one is a selfish prig like himself.

      • 144 theo67
        October 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        the reason why people may not have a positive impression of FEMA is precisely because of the failures under the GOP/Bush Administration. FEMA has worked under President Obama. And the very reasons that this Bonjean cites as reasons why people can’t be bothered to hate on FEMA right now (caring about power, water, safety, recovery), is the reason why FEMA exists. FEMA is beholden to the people and their safety – privatizing it would put it in the hands of those beholden to the mighty dollar!

  40. 145 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    • 146 daisydem
      October 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks for tweeting that amk … I don’t tweet. I felt like the Prez might have taken more questions if the first one out of the barrel wasn’t this stupid, stupid, unfeeling question.

  41. 147 Melanie
    October 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Florida early vote totals changed. I really hope that (1) we don’t see more of this and (2) that there is a better explanation for this other than a computer glitch.

    • 148 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I would take these reports with a grain of salt. The Obama camp has been keeping count and they have their own totals. From now on, I’m going ONLY with what Jeremy Byrd puts out.

  42. 149 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  43. October 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  44. 154 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The truth is closer to the RV model.

  45. 155 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Updated FL early vote count

    Turnout 22.1% of 2008

    Dem 42.0%
    Rep 41.5%
    None/Oth 16.5%


    dem.mentum baybee.

    • 156 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      What do they mean by “22% of 2008?”

      Do they mean 22% of the turnout AT THE SAME TIME in 2008, 22% higher than the 2008 turnout at the same time, or 22% of the total 2008 turnout?

    • 159 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Okay I found the answer it’s 22% of the total 2008 vote. That’s good.

      • 161 hopefruit2
        October 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

        Someone posted this upthread…I think we need to keep these reports to a minimum until we know for sure what’s going on.

        • 162 57andfemale
          October 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

          I don’t understand the criticism. The article links to the changes in vote totals, with one precinct looking very suspicious. The article refers to efforts to find out what’s going on. One precinct lost half of its votes in one day. Monitoring a situation like that seems reasonable to me.

          • 163 hopefruit2
            October 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

            My problem with reports like these (which may or may not be accurate) is that they could potentially depress turnout not just in FL but elsewhere. People figure, if my vote is going to not be counted or is going to be stolen, then why bother?

            I agree that the votes should be continually monitored and internal audits performed, but pushing these reports for wider audience consumption (at this time) is not the best idea in my opinion.

            For now I think I will stick with the official figures based on the link that amk provided or get updates on early voting from OFA Jeremy Byrd.

  46. 164 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm



    Anyone watching President Obama give the update on preparations for hurricane Sandy should feel proud and grateful that we are in such good hands. Just look at the competent team of dedicated public servants he has assembled. As the Republican Party rails against big government, President Obama is demonstrating how smart and efficient government can improve the lives of all Americans. President Obama is making government cool again. Today is the perfect time to re-post two of my favorite links about the importance of government. Good reading.


    Government is Good – http://www.governmentisgood.com/

    A Day In Your Life – http://www.governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=1

  47. 166 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  48. October 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  49. 171 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    fucking lying craven coward.

  50. 173 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Andrea Mitchell MISQUOTES the President: She needs to be corrected.

  51. 176 amk for obama
    October 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • 178 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      There really are no words, are there?

    • 179 jackiegrumbacher
      October 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Edwina, when everybody’s power is restored in the hurricane stricken states, I want an ad about this to run on every channel. This man makes me physically ill. Got another e-mail from our Dem county commissioner and she said county, state and federal relief works in tandem. County needs state and state needs feds. She said the feds are offering enormous backup, including people on the ground, to help out if things get bad. Said the power companies pledge immediate action to get electricity restored as soon as its safe for their workers to be outside.

  52. October 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  53. October 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Cross your fingers, but wifey just spoke with the discharge planner. So hopefully they’ll arrange everything for a home health nurse today and she can be released. She’s ready to tear her hair out from boredom.

    Best thoughts to those of you in Sandy’s path. I don’t remember ever having a hurricane/Nor’easter growing up in NYC, so I can’t imagine how frightening it must be.

  54. October 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    • 190 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Love them – R/T’d.

    • 191 WilTal
      October 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Enuf said! What’s my name? You’re the President, Mr. President! Who am I? You’re the President, Mr. President. Ok, now that we’ve got that straight..STFU!

      • 192 daisydem
        October 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        I like that …. that is my attitude right now and I know it is not his … he is so much cooler than me. I just wish we/he could just take this tack and say it like that. I am so freaking tired.

  55. 193 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Now the wind has started to pick up in my area (Montgomery county, MD). Nothing scary yet, but it’s definitely increasing.

  56. October 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    First tree went down in my neighborhood (central NJ)

    • 212 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Ouch. Hope it’s not too close. I’m from Trenton, originally, and have lots of friends there, and family in Medford. Fingers crossed for all of you.

  57. 213 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

  58. 214 jeff
    October 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    hope everyone is okay!

  59. 215 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Afternoon all!

    Email from the DCCC —

    Alycee R – we wanted to make sure you stay safe today.

    If you live in or around the path of Hurricane Sandy, please listen to the directions of your local authorities about where and how to take shelter . Also, please take a second to encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    For information on how to best stay prepared, you can visit Ready.gov.

    If you would like to make a donation to your local Red Cross chapter, you can do so by clicking here: http://dccc.org/Red-Cross.

    Once again, please be safe.

    Democrats 2012

  60. October 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I just saw a tweet from Zeke Miller saying that all Romney/Ryan signs are being taken down in Florida. Either they are confident they are winning or they know they are losing.

    • 217 anniebella
      October 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      We can’t believe everything we hear or read, so let’s not start anything either way.

    • 218 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      I think the latter is true. CNN released a poll today showing Obama up in FL by 6 among RV. (LV showing Romney up by 1). Historically, the RV models tend to be closer to the actual election outcome than the LV models.

      • October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        Correct, hf. If you’re not registered doesn’t make any difference how ‘likely’ or ‘enthusiastic’ you are – you ain’t gonna be able to vote. Recent, humorous case-in-point – meatloaf 🙂 LV is the refuge of #NEWSTAINERS and pollsters desperately seeking a Willard win. Ain’t gonna happen.


    • October 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      I think it was at a rally and they are probably concerned about the wind blowing and hurting someone?

    • 222 cookemom
      October 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      I read on a RWNJ site that the romney campaign sent out an email that reads in part:
      “Stay safe, give to the Red Cross, and GET THOSE ROMNEY-RYAN SIGNS INSIDE! High winds will turn them into deathtraps!”

      The site compared that email to PBO campaign’s email that was solicited money donations. The title of the article was ‘Comparing the Instincts of Mitt Romney to those of Barack Obama.’

      IMO, it was the only thing Mitt could do to seem relevant in this crisis.

      • 223 jackiegrumbacher
        October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Cookemon, every single campaign and every person with common sense knows to take in yard signs and any other potential flying missiles, including pumpkins, chairs, flower pots, flags and anything else not cemented into the ground.

  61. October 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  62. October 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  63. October 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    this youtube video is so good.
    The Real Mitt Romney Rap PLEASE STAND UP (Eminem’s Slim Shady Remix)

  64. 234 Joy
    October 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    To all affected by hurricane Sandy, please stay safe.

  65. 235 donna dem 4 obama
    October 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Monday is starting out great and Sundays numbers were apparently as good as Saturday in Florida.

    voting in Florida continues Monday with long lines


    The numbers for voter turnout on Sunday were released this morning by the election officials and they showed that Sunday pretty much had the same number of voters coming out as did Saturday. Voter turnout for today Monday is expected to be high as well.


  66. October 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  67. 237 Joy
    October 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    CNN reporting a highrise crane in NYC appears to be broken and dangling. Scary stuff if that comes down.

  68. 240 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Obama car czar drives over Romney’s rambling on Jeep jobs going to China

    By: John Michael Spinelli


    In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, the former head of the Obama Administration Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner, joined local UAW Region 2B Director Ken Lortz and Jeep assembly worker James Fayson, to highlight how Mitt Romney and his campaign are being dishonest with the people of northwest Ohio about Jeep and desperately trying to rewrite history and Romney’s opposition to the auto rescue and Ohio workers.
    Rattner directly credited Ohio’s recover from the Great Recession and its current 7 percent unemployment rate to President Obama. He rhetorically asked what would have happened had the president not done what he did, which saved a million jobs. ” I’m proud of what we accomplished together,” he said.

    Also on the call was UAW Region 2B (Toledo) Director Ken Lortz, a resident of Ohio. He said the TV ad the Romney campaign has put up, based on his claim that has now been shown to be false, is “indefensible and insulting,” a rumor he said is “patently false.” Lortz said Toledo home to the most modern high-tech auto manufacturing plant in America. Mr. Romney’s tactics, he said have only angered Ohioans. For Mr. Romney to “lie to our faces and try to deceive us is just too much,: Lortz said, adding, “Romney will pay a price on Nov.v 6.”



  69. October 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    • October 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • 245 jacquelineoboomer
      October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I was just wondering about that. Thanks, gobrooklyn! Is your immediate area affected by Sandy right now? Just saw that there are 70 trees down already in NY parks.

      • October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        I’ve looked outside my door twice. Light rain but strong winds and leaves all over my door step. I seem to be right in the middle because my area doesn’t get flooded. Now if this was a franken snow storm , I’d be buried in right now.

        • 247 jacquelineoboomer
          October 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

          So far, so good! Big snowy blizzard in WV today – glad not in your area – but I’ll still keep my fingers crossed for you.

  70. 248 donna dem 4 obama
    October 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Holy Moley this is Ocean City, MD scaryyyyy

  71. October 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Florida update, we surged ahead, 6%+ in 2 das. I told you…

    Party Reg
    Dem 42.0%
    Rep 41.5%
    None/Oth 16.5%
    In-person 27.5%
    Mail 72.5%

    • October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Yes but I just read an article that in Broward county an Obama stronghold, the numbers have been “revised” and votes taken away. What is the reason for this?

      Broward is a Democratic stronghold that Barack Obama is expected to carry by a large margin. But initial early vote totals reported by the office of the Broward Supervisor of Elections changed on Sunday, in some cases dramatically, causing some to question the numbers. http://thegrio.com/2012/10/29/florida-early-vote-totals-revised-raising-questions/

      • 255 jeff
        October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        If true it sounds like cheating. I cannot trust Florida with a man like Rick Scott in charge.

      • 256 hopefruit2
        October 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        I’ve warned folks about this article – please don’t spread this info unless you are absolutely sure it’s correct. The report is only coming from one source and no where else. Inaccurate info might have been deliberately leaked in an attempt at voter suppression. If people think their votes don’t count or are being stolen, or the election is rigged, then they are less likely to vote. The Obama folks don’t seem to be concerned, and they have their internal figures.

        I would wait and see what happens before taking this as credible.

        • October 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          Did you read the entire article hopefruit2? It clearly says the SOE admitted that the numbers had been changed and that she would “look into it.” People at the Board of Elections say it was a “computer glitch.” I am not trying to drum up concern, but this is not the first time funny business has taken place in FL and in that county. The numbers and totals are listed in the article with the changes that were made. No one has denied that the voting numbers were changed.

      • 259 Mae who love our CIC
        October 30, 2012 at 6:29 am

        Broward county consists

        D 594,721

        R 259,787

        O 286,994

        Total registered 1,141,502

        Dems have a little wiggle room

  72. 260 Bill R.
    October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  73. 263 Bill R.
    October 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    PBO calling out Romney on his Chrysler lies.. new Ad on the air:

  74. 266 JER
    October 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Live stream is up for President Clinton and Vice President Biden in Youngstown, Ohio: http://www.wfmj.com/category/239469/watch-wfmj-live

  75. 273 FoxfireTX
    October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    OFA response to the Jeep ad is up:

    Hope this get this on the air in OH.

  76. 275 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

  77. 276 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  78. 282 Bill R.
    October 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  79. 283 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Love our team. This ad will be airing in Ohio.

  80. 284 Allison
    October 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  81. 285 FoxfireTX
    October 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    LOL! Bill is having a great time campaigning. Read somewhere he will be all over for Barack this week, CO tomorrow and then on to MN and WI. I suspect it will be just fine with him if PBO is tied up all week and he can just keep going. In addition to just loving to campaign, it would be my guess that he loves feeling needed in this campaign. Kudos to him for pitching in so willingly.

  82. October 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Cspan crowd shots are funny. They only show People with serious faces, ones that are not clapping.
    A concerted effort?

    • October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Span crowd shots are funny. They only show People with serious faces, ones that are not clapping.
      A concerted effort?

      Oops- spoke to soon…, they just showed a Guy in a turbin clapping…

      This is ridiculous! Who is in control of the tv camera? Breitbart???

      • 289 hopefruit2
        October 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        They were doing the same during the DNC convention – showing repeated shots of Jesse Jackson wandering aimlessly around, or people on their cellphones, etc… during the most important parts of the speeches from our President, VP Biden, Clinton, etc.

  83. 290 EDP4BHO
    October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Being bombarded with rethug ads here in Pennsy. They take advantage of your discomfort during coverage of the hurricane. Listening to Rev Al show, a caller says rethugs are heartless. He’s a long-distance truck driver, was asked to tow a load along the eastern seaboard and he refused, citing the danger of impending storm. His directive then was to drive to Chicago, which he did, but once there, he received a call from his boss, terminating him- for looking out for his own safety. These are vile creatures, and they must be annihilated come next Tuesday.

  84. 291 jacquelineoboomer
    October 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wow. Snowy, blustery blizzard in West Virginia.

  85. October 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  86. 293 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Bill Clinton is doing a fantastic job. VP Biden is also about to speak in Youngstown, Ohio.


  87. 294 squarepeg
    October 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  88. 295 squarepeg
    October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Watching Season 1 of Breaking bad on Netflix. Never seen it before. Loving it. But Walt’s wife is annoying as hell.

  89. October 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  90. October 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Clinton and Biden are doing great!

    • 299 daisydem
      October 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Just tell them to hang where they are at unless they are sure they can get safely home. I have a canoe if needed. Lol.

  91. October 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Our Commander in Chief doing his job as he always does. Hopefully everyone is ready and the damage will not be horrible.

  92. 301 carolyn
    October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Called a good friend in Silver Spring, Md. yesterday…….she said they had food, but they’re fairly high,andt she was very glad she wasn’t in Ocean City, and seeing that picture, I sure understand. We in Oklahoma deal with tornadoes, which are horrendous, but they come, they strike, they go. We don’t live with DAYS of anticipation and then winds and water. My heart goes out to all the people affected.
    Our president certainly is on top of things, and FEMA in no way resembles what it did under GWB. There is no way any entity other than the federal government could handle a catastrophe of Sandy’s size.
    So glad Bill Clinton and Joe Biden are on the trail where they can help. I have been very happy with Clinton’s advocacy. I’m sure he’s thoroughly enjoying being on the campaign trail again, and hearing people’s shouts. He genuinely likes people, like Biden and the president do. People easily identify with Clinton….he has visible flaws, but keeps on going, and people admire that.
    Oh by the way…….I had said a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t been able to get yard signs at our OFA office. Well, we went to theDemocratic hq Friday and got a couple. So, now the sign is up in our yard, and the one we gave to our neighbor is up in his yard!
    My prayers are with all the people affected by Sandy.

    • 302 daisydem
      October 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I like Bill Clinton’s support of our President too. Bill Clinton, thru all the ups and downs, left office with an approval rating that was very high, very much unlike his successor (W, yuk). He is a man of the people. It wasn’t until he left office and was on some interviews that I realized how intellectual he is, how his intelligence is on many subjects …. because as a candidate and President I think he toned down that intellectualism to appeal to a broader base. Personally, I like the intellectual Clinton. But he has retained that charisma, that way of speakig “plainly” to the people and telling it like it is. This will get through to people. Joe Biden has a similar quality and his seems to come from personal experience, again a way of appealing to the common man/woman in the crowd without talking down to them. They are powerhouse surrogates/supporters in this election.

  93. 303 JER
    October 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    VP Joe is on fire!

    • 304 Ladyhawke
      October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Presdient Obama could not ask for two better surrogates. I can’t wait to watch the speeches of President Clinton and VP Biden again. They were terrific. I loved they way Joe called out Romney for the dishonest Jeep ad.

  94. October 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Bloomberg News: Romney ‘rented’ Mormon church’s exemption to defer taxes for 15 years

  95. 307 jeff
    October 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    rewatching Walking Dead. I love this show and it’s getting closer to Halloween so I decided to lay back and watching Season 1. Trying to take a break from election coverage as it seems like the media is just annoying the shit out of me and HP is filled with a bunch of right winged fuck nuts.

  96. 311 Tally
    October 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  97. 312 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • 313 japa21
      October 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      That is roughly equivalent to 1/3 of the votes cast in 2008, which mean, if true, that Romney would need to get 53-54% of the remaining vote.

  98. 314 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    VP Biden was on his game today. He did not go to Youngstown, Ohio to play. He was extra fierce.

  99. 315 utaustinliberal
    October 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Looooooove watching VP Biden work the rope line. He hugs everyone, hi-5’s everyone, takes a picture with everyone, fist bumps everyone, smiles with everyone. It’s so exhilarating.

  100. October 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    On a sunny and crisp 50 degree day in Iowa, where the hurricane will have no direct effect on the election, the first lady said “our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, and Barack has assured state and local authorities that he is going to cut through red tape” before launching into an emotional campaign speech that had echoes of her remarks last month at the Democratic National Convention.

    “This election is a choice about the America that we want to leave for our kids and our grandkids,” Obama said to a ballroom of supporters here Monday afternoon. She praised her husband’s record, citing his health-care overhaul, the end of the war in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    “Yes, while we still have more work to do to completely rebuild our economy, there are more and more signs everyday that we are moving in the right direction,” the first lady continued, citing more than 30 months of private sector growth.

    Late Monday afternoon she is scheduled to hold a similar event in Sioux City. Iowa is where the road to the White House began for the Obamas in 2008, and Michelle Obama said being back in the state brought her to a ”full circle” moment.


  101. 317 lisalovesobama
    October 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    That Frowsy Bitch Scott Brown pulled out of the last debate by citing Hurricane Sandy!!! WTF?!!!! I didn’t know MA. was in the eye of that storm! My geography must be fucking off,


    • October 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Pretty much the whole Northeast.

      • 319 lisalovesobama
        October 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        I know, but he’s acting as though it’s the eye of the storm and he’s canceling because of that. I have no doubt that it’s likely rainy and cold in MA, but that’s a bs reason to cancel. Why not wait for the debate committee to cancel or postpone the debate. why was he the one to chicken out?

    • 322 japa21
      October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Although MA is not going to get hit quite as hard as other areas, it will definitely be impacted in a severe way. It would probably have been better if the debate had just been cancelled. However, his macho man image may take a bit of a hit.

      • 323 lisalovesobama
        October 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        that’s what I’m talking about. MA isn’t the eye of the storm, increased inclement weather is likely but like you said, why was he the one to call it off. if the weather was dangerous, i’m sure the committee responsible for the debate would have cancelled or postponed. that guy is pure rubbish.

    • 324 jeff
      October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      what a pussy! I can’t believe this jerk.

      Warren will win or I will never forgive Massachusetts!

  102. 327 donna dem 4 obama
    October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Chips Chica. We could really use a new thread.

  103. October 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm


  104. 336 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  105. 337 lisalovesobama
    October 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Whoever said Willard cancelled his rallies for today was a liar. I just went to CNN to see if I could catch Joe walking the rope line and guess whose ugly-ass face i got greeted with? Obviously the media isn’t paying attention. running around saying BOTH PBO and Willard cancelled engagements. Idiots! 🙄

  106. October 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  107. 340 Ladyhawke
    October 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm


    Attention Mrs. Greenspan of MSNBC:

    Here is the transcript of President Obama’s remarks this morning about preparations for hurricane Sandy. Please view the video of his comments again and watch his lips closely when he responds to the stupid question asked by Bill Plant.

    Remarks by the President on Hurricane Sandy

    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room – October 29, 2012


    Q What about the impact on the election, sir?

    THE PRESIDENT: I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. I’m worried about the impact on families, and I’m worried about the impact on our first responders. I’m worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation.

    The election will take care of itself next week. Right now, our number-one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives, that our search-and-rescue teams are going to be in place, that people are going to get the food, the water, the shelter that they need in case of emergency, and that we respond as quickly as possible to get the economy back on track.

    Thank you, everybody.



    • 341 lisalovesobama
      October 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Mitchell hasn’t corrected herself yet? I wonder if she did it on purpose because PBO’s campaign used her in their ad?

  108. October 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Just loved President Clinton’s ‘equal opportunity Hosing’ of the American people …


  109. October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  110. 344 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    • 345 SAB
      October 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      This is the time of the campaign where my head starts to spin with all the different polls. But I am doing better than I was 4 years ago. Around this exact time, four years ago, I was having a nervous break down. 🙂

  111. October 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Some of Vice President Joe Biden’s campaigning this week is being scrapped “out of an abundance of caution” as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.

    Biden’s Tuesday rallies in Wooster and Gambier, Ohio, have been canceled, as has an event in his hometown of Scranton, Pa., set for Thursday. The changes in schedule are being made to” ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm,” the Obama campaign said.

    The vice president is still scheduled to travel to Florida on Wednesday, and to Iowa on Thursday.

  112. October 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

  113. 350 dotster3
    October 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t know where I’ve been, but I didn’t realize that African Americans were not allowed in the Mormon church UNTIL President Jimmy Carter threatened to revoke their tax exempt status. And also interesting that this same threat against segregated Christian schools gave rise to the religious right, infuriated by this threat that they had to integrate.


    • 351 dee
      October 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Dotser, that is not true. There have been blacks in the church since the 1840’s.. Basically they could not have priesthood authority. One of my daughters inlaws, joined the church in the 1970’s before the priesthood ban was lifted. They knew the restriction, but knew it was where they were supposed to be. As a AA member, it is something we had to pray about. The tax status had nothing to do with the lifting of the ban.

      • 352 cookemom
        October 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        “but knew it was where they were supposed to be.” Just wow, but mileage varies, I guess.

        • 353 dee
          October 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

          I am not sure what “milage varies” means, but it was something they prayed about. Blacks sang in the tabernacle choir, taught classes in congregations and other callings. There were groups of Africans(continental) who patiently waited and organized into church groups on their own prior to the ban being lifted. I joined 3 years past the ban, and felt it just was something that had to be accepted at that time, and the time was right for it to be lifted in 1978. Would I have joined before 1978, with my pride, probably not, I never had to be tested in that way.There were a lot of happy people , black and white. Of course there were bigots, who left too. Now AA serve in nearly all levels of priesthood responsibilities, including my hubby, and my daughters’ father-in-law. just trying to set the record straight.

          • 354 cookemom
            October 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

            ‘mileage may vary’ means that I recognize that folks have their own level of tolerance. However, the statement that “but knew it was where they were supposed to be.” rings of black folks knowing and staying in their place.

            Back of the bus kind of stuff.
            Water fountain kind of stuff.
            Brown vs. Board of Ed kind of stuff.
            Lunch counters kind of stuff
            Freedom riders kind of stuff.
            Emmet Till kind of stuff.

            There’s more of course, but you get my drift. I’m glad it worked out for you and any other blacks. You found forgiveness enough through prayer to join an organization that still was not accepting of all of their membership in all capacities well after the civil rights movements and laws put in place to address the very slights I’m talking about.

            I’m glad there are ‘happy blacks and whites’. There were happy blacks during slavery, or so it was said.

            I will have to work on my level of tolerance and not judge people with different views or outcomes than mine. Thanks for your response.

      • 355 EricFive
        October 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        “From 1849 to 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) had a policy against ordaining black men to the priesthood, and forbidding black men and women from taking part in ceremonies in LDS temples. Associated with this policy were various statements by church leaders tying the policy to their view of scripture, and opining that black men and women had inherited the curse of Ham. In 1978, President Spencer W. Kimball, the leader of the LDS church, declared in a statement known as “Official Declaration—2″ that the ban had been lifted.” This is from wikipedia. In short, blacks were treated as second class citizens until 1978. That is a racist policy and your pointing to a black person who willingly bought into that racism does not make it right. Why a black person would join a religion that views black people as inherently evil is a concept that I am glad I do not understand, but this is America and you don’t have to answer to me or anyone else about your religious beliefs.

  114. October 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  115. 358 Titti
    October 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thinking of you guys, please stay safe ((()))

  116. October 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    NBC Chicago reporting that Michelle is spending the night in Chicago. I know she had 2 events in Iowa today. They said she also might be here through tomorrow night.

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