Rise and Shine



9:20: The President departs the White House

10:35: Arrives Green Bay, Wisconsin

10:40: Delivers remarks at Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay

11:45: Departs Green Bay


1:15: Arrives Las Vegas

2:10: Delivers remarks at Cheyenne Sports Complex, Las Vegas

3:25: Departs Las Vegas


5:55: Arrives Denver, Colorado

7:0: Delivers remarks at Coors Events Center, Denver

8:45: Departs Denver


1:05: Arrives Columbus, Ohio where he will stay overnight



Steve Benen: If the White House hopes to see initial unemployment claims drop just before the election, officials got their wish. The new figures from the Department of Labor – the last report before Election Day – show a move in the right direction:

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000 in the week of Oct. 21-27, keeping them in a range that indicates little change in U.S. hiring patterns over the past few months. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to fall to 365,000. Initial claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 372,000 from an original reading of 369,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

More here




Toledo Blade: In the fi­nal few days of the pres­i­den­tial con­test, Mitt Rom­ney ev­i­dently rec­og­nizes that his op­po­si­tion to the fed­eral res­cue of Gen­eral Mo­tors and Chrysler is costing him voter sup­port he needs in Ohio and Mich­i­gan. So the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­nee is con­duct­ing an ex­er­cise in de­cep­tion about auto-in­dus­try is­sues that is re­mark­able even by the stan­dards of his cam­paign.

…. Mr. Rom­ney’s own words make clear he is no friend of the auto in­dus­try, on which Ohio re­lies for one of ev­ery eight jobs. Vot­ers in Ohio and Mich­i­gan — and the na­tion — need to re­mem­ber that.

Full editorial here




NYT Editorial: When General Motors tells a presidential campaign that it is engaging in “cynical campaign politics at its worst,” that’s a pretty good signal that the campaign has crossed a red line and ought to pull back. Not Mitt Romney’s campaign. Having broadcast an outrageously deceitful ad attacking the auto bailout, the campaign ignored the howls from carmakers and came back with more.

Mr. Romney apparently plans to end his race as he began it: playing lowest-common-denominator politics, saying anything necessary to achieve power and blithely deceiving voters desperate for clarity and truth.

….. Mr. Romney is providing a grim preview of what kind of president he would be.

Full editorial here





Greg Sargent: The chatter continues this morning about GOP Governor Chris Christie’s astonishingly effusive praise of Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy. After they toured the damage yesterday, Christie thanked Obama for their “great working relationship” and claimed Obama “sprung into action immediately.” The day before, Christie praised Obama’s storm response as “outstanding,” adding: “He deserves my praise, and he will get it regardless of what the calendar says.”

What’s striking about this is how directly it undermines one of the central arguments Mitt Romney is making against Obama, with only five days left until Election Day … Romney has been closing out the campaign with a series of ads claiming that he will work with Democrats to get things done in Washington and arguing that Obama utterly failed to persuade Republicans to work with him….

Now Americans are being treated to images of a Republican Governor extensively praising Obama for working with him cooperatively and displaying leadership and a propensity for quick action at a time of crisis.

More here


President Obama and Gov Christie talk with local residents at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J., Oct. 31


Okay, this one’s a bit unfortunate…..


Morning everyone 😉

109 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 9 Nena20409
    November 1, 2012 at 9:21 am

    GM all. I hope the day goes well.


  2. 10 lamh35
    November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Ok, they are so wrong for the “thick & thin” headline, but still gr8 front page reviews Chips

    • 11 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Yes I could have done without that and the “odd couple” reference. But I believe that most readers in PA and NJ will ignore the snark of the headlines and instead appreciate what the photo itself conveys – true leadership and cooperation at a time when NJ most needs it.

  3. 12 JER
    November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Live | President Obama departs for Wisconsin | http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  4. 14 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Hi, TD!
    THIS top 10 finish is only to show CC that her faith in me is justified. As PBO knows, a helping hand does do wonders! 😉

  5. 21 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Oh my..these front pages are incredibly moving. Somebody is peeling a lot of onions around here.

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, and everyone 🙂 Congratulations to TrumpDog on #1!

    • 22 TrumpDog
      November 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks hopefruit!
      I think the article that hit me most was the one the one that talked about how Chritie’s praise took away Romney’s claim that Obama is not bipartisan. I had not realized this but this is HUGE.
      Thanks, Gov Christie! 😀

  6. 24 Pamela
    November 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Gas prices are down $0.30 per gallon from 2 weeks ago. I never quite get it, but that doesn’t matter! Good morning Chips, TOD, tout les monde! Back later. Obama~Biden, oh, yes we can, you just watch! 😆

  7. 25 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

    • November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I read on twitter that UAW is filing a lawsuit against Romney for his profiteering in the auto bailout. Sorry I don’t have any more details but I wonder if this could be what this tweet is referring to?

    • 27 desertflower
      November 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I posted this the other day…have they actually FILED these against him?

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      November 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

      All I can say, HF, is WOW!!!

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      November 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I’m not normally the nervous type (at least not out loud) but I confess this action at this time makes me a wee bit nervous from point of view that I envision it ramping up some sympathy votes for the Willard. You know the type that may feel the unions and ‘liberals’ are ‘ganging up’ on him, so they have to be supportive? Hopefully there are not too many of those around. While I’m pleased attention is being brought to Mitt’s persistent abuse of the system, I’m simply saying I’m leery of the nature and timing of the attention.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        November 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

        I wouldn’t worry too much about this vcprez. There are enough people who are seriously pissed off at Romney for what he has done to them – outsourcing their jobs, while making enormous profits. Romney also has the MSM planted firmly in his corner which is why he has already gotten away with SO MUCH, e.g., releasing only selected parts of just 2 tax returns. I estimate the number of sympathy votes ramped up by this ethics charge to be in the area of 10-15.

        • 31 vcprezofan2
          November 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

          {{Hopef}} Thanks. Not really majorly worried, but I confess to having this weird glitch in my makeup where Mitt & his campaign seem so consistently pathetic that at times I’m genuinely embarrassed for them, and I’m a liberal. Was thinking briefly that there might be a handful of caring repubs who feel similarly and without the same restraint I have. 😉 Mitt’s clearly a defective human being IMO, yet I can’t seem to loathe him – his actions and policies, yes; him, no. I reason it out that I wouldn’t hate a mentally slow person, and I don’t care how many degrees Mitt has or how much money, he is mentally, cognitively, neurologically, or whatever, deficient. There, I’ll print my ‘diagnosis’ degree off the internet later, when I have time. 😉

      • 32 57andfemale
        November 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

        It isn’t going to change one single vote in Mitt’s direction. Your scenario reinforces those that are already voting for him. It may open an eye or two to yet another example of Mitt’s unfitness to be Pres.

        I’d like to see this get some traction: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/01/1152938/-THE-TRUTH-Romney-Lied-He-did-not-work-with-MA-Democrats-he-tried-eliminate-them-all

  8. November 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    These days have reminded me once more why I would volunteer the heck out of PBO if I were an American. Such a kind, caring, compassionare, genuine guy. The world needs more leaders of that format.

    • November 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Thank you for seeing what we see and feeling that he is a world leader for all time as we do. I’m feeling very good about Election Day, very similar to the way I did in 2008. We are gaining momentum at just the right time and the campaign is handling itself beautifully. Our ground game has been masterfully orchestrated. It may have felt like a huge slog 10 months ago when we had to phonebank at times when people were sour, but the payoff is coming soon. Very soon.

      • 35 vcprezofan2
        November 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

        momentum at just the right time and the campaign is handling itself beautifully

        GM, Meta! Ain’t that the truth! This has been such a beautifully run, focused campaign, with leaders at all levels who organized, executed, AND LISTENED WISELY! They have worked diligently towards their goal with very clear intent, yet at the same time they listened to the voters, adjusting when they had good input and ignoring when feedback was ‘silly’. IMO it’s notable that in the final analysis the O’campaign will leave a legacy of very confident, competent (community) leaders all over the country. O’campaign’s execution of their mandate has IMO frequently painted the inadequacies of the R-campaign in stark relief, and the latter looked all the more pathetic in comparison. Go #ObamaBiden, the end is in sight!

  9. November 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

    God morning TOD Family. Very touching moment with PBO and a NJ resident that’s being affected by Hurricane Sandy. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/gallery_img_full/image/image_file/p103112ps-0960.jpg

    • 38 Jennifer (from SM)
      November 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Love that photo. An elderly woman in a wheelchair in an evacuation center. I shudder to think what kind of terror she must have gone through to get there safely. Prayers for all who suffer.

  10. November 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Good morning, TODville. I hope everyone is safe and sound.

    PBO’s schedule for the days ahead:

    THU — WI, NV, CO
    FRI — OH
    SAT — OH, WI, IA, VA
    SUN — NH, FL, OH, CO
    MON — WI, OH, IA

  11. 45 Melissa
    November 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Morning Everyone!
    5 days left, full speed ahead, We got a president to reelect!!

  12. 46 squarepeg
    November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

  13. 48 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good News.

  14. November 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

  15. 50 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    More good news.

  16. 51 lamh35
    November 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Hey, Chips is the clip of Rev Al shooting down that Stengal guy on Morning Joe up yet?

  17. 53 Smoothscotch
    November 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good morning TODers, trusting everyone is well. Been a few days so I’m away yay behind but I hope everyone spirits are up.

  18. 54 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    In pathetic desperation news:

    Yet Romney wonders why he’s losing.

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Mitt and his campaign are so insulting to voters. I bet they think the latino community is unaware they are professional liars so it’s okay to lie in Spanish, because of course Spanish speakers won’t be able to understand the discussion in English media. Somewhat like Mitt thinking if he had been born in Mexico he’d be sitting pretty with hispanic voters. Mitt and his handlers are sooo politically smart! 🙄

  19. 56 desertflower
    November 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

    THIS! http://www.nationalmemo.com/the-superstorm-blows-away-political-pretense-and-ideological-nonsense/

    The ruin and hardship inflicted by a natural disaster can reveal truths that political propaganda tends to obscure. When Hurricane Sandy destroyed swaths of the Northeast, darkened our largest city, and plunged a huge section of the nation into crisis, the anti-government ideology of the Tea Party Republicans—and of its panderers like Mitt Romney—was exposed as pretense and nonsense.

    Suddenly responsible for saving their communities and their people, politicians of every stripe reached out for help from the big Washington government and the liberal Democratic president many of them had previously reviled. They were duly impressed by his alert, active, and concerned response.

    None of this should have surprised us. What we learned from Sandy is the same lesson that Katrina ought to have taught us years ago: The right-wing disdain for government can imperil your health, your family’s safety, and your nation’s security.

    Yet we clearly needed to learn it all again—and the events of the past few days have been starkly instructive.

    • 57 Smoothscotch
      November 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Yes, it is amazing that NOW we need big gubmint. I am not hearing the usual BS stay out big gubmint, we don’t need you.

  20. November 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Good morning TOD, another new day to push Foward to reelect our President and a new Democratic Congress.

  21. 59 utaustinliberal
    November 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Whoa…..that Colin Powell ad packs a wallop.

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  24. 67 jackiegrumbacher
    November 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

    GM all. Today the GOTV marathon goes into high drive. We’re gathering supplies for our empty store front GOTV staging area, marshaling tables chairs, coffee pots, and everything under the sun that will make the place welcoming. Big GOTV meeting tonight. Then tomorrow we start the set up so we can open bright and early Saturday morning, ready to go with all systems in place. Then it’s long, long days and nights, ending in election day marathon. Trying to conserve energy and stock up on back pain pills. My biggest concern is stamina. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to work long shifts. We were counting on some bi-lingual support from NY, but I think that’s not going to happen now, so we’re looking into other sources. Everybody to the battle stations. The final drive is NOW!!

    • November 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Take good care of yourself, jackie. We need you!!

      SF has TWO offices now, a first for us. Rents are so high here that we don’t get an office until the later stages but now we have TWO!! Travel into NV has been very successful. We will win there.

    • 69 cluny
      November 1, 2012 at 10:03 am

      where are you jackie? in pennsylvania?

    • 71 Jennifer (from SM)
      November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I’m with you on wondering how I’ll handle the long hours. I can work long hours but it’s those chairs and my back! Planning on standing up and stretching every hour, walking around at shift change, and taping my back. Good luck!

      • 72 Cman
        November 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Yes. There is absolutely no need to sit till your back gives out. Take stretching breaks, or even dial a number and walk around as you talk. Then return to your desk, enter data, dial again and take another walk. This will all give you more energy and keep you working longer.

      • 73 cluny
        November 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

        See if you can get a fold out cot so that the volunteers can lie down for 15-20 minute breaks to rest the backs. Sitting in chairs is the worst but I find that I can mimimise pain, etc if I take short ‘lie down breaks’. Plus a coupe of cushions to raise the legs so that more pressure is taken off the back. I don’t know if your respective stations have the room but I am certain that it will help you and enable you to see out the long days in greater comfort – not to mention safely.

        • 74 jackiegrumbacher
          November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

          Cluny, the fold out cot is a great idea. I’ll put a call-out to friends and mention it at the meeting tonight.

    • November 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Hey Jackie, if you can, please publish Pizza places and other take-out establishments telephone numbers so we can send you food and drinks for this marathon GOTV run. God Speed.

      • 76 jackiegrumbacher
        November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Thank you, Ran man. We’ve got four staging locations in our county and the call has gone out to bring food for all of them, so I
        think we’ll be okay.

  25. 79 57andfemale
    November 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    • 80 Obama Grandmama
      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I read on here awhile back that the 12 million jobs Mitt is claiming he will make as Prez is the same number that the CBO has forecast to happen going forward with the present economic policies Obama put into place. So no matter whom is Prez if the same policies are in place we’d have the 12 million jobs. I do not get why that has not been used to counter Mitt’s claim.

      • 81 57andfemale
        November 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        It has been, some. there is so much to counter with Mitt,and we all have the things we wish were more front and center. It’s very difficult.

        I have serious issues with the way the campaign and the administration have informed the public on ACA. Message has been better but nowhere near as effective as it should have been, going back to 2010.

        As good as the campaign has been on the auto bailout, bonuses were one of the trade-offs the unions made for lower benefits and wages in order to get the industry jumpstarted. It gave them a sense of ownership of the success, and last year there were nice bonuses for all workers at Christmas, yet you never hear that mentioned.

        Campaign strategy usually relies on choosing a few ideas instead of a confusing litany of different slogans and ideas.

  26. November 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Joe is here in Iowa for an event in my hometown later this morning, but apparently he’s been out and about meeting the faithful in the Quad Cities. And PBO will be in Dubuque on Saturday! Wish I could be there:

  27. 83 xtine
    November 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I saw the most wondrous thing this morning on my way to work. The National Education Association (NEA) building has a huge banner over it’s main doors: “NEA is Fired Up!” then the “2012” PBO logo below! I tried to take a picture w/ my cell but not clear as bus was moving. Will try again on on way home. Can you believe the absolute coolness of that — had the biggest grin on my face! P.S. NEA building is on 16th St., NW, DC, 3 blocks from the White House!

  28. November 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love our President.
    Fired up and Ready to Go…2012

  29. 89 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Just got my Internet back on my phone. Still no electricity. Good morning TOD family. Off to read some old news. I have been lost these past 3 days without reading or looking at any news.

  30. November 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

    How cool is this??!!

  31. 98 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Good Morning all. Just wanted to let you know how it is going in FL. I just got back from taking a few to the polls to vote early before my afternoon shift at work.

    Lines have been long everywhere. All those I registered are voting early. Some even today. There are some things that they had to pledge to me before I would register them to vote. They had to pledge that they would vote all the way down the ticket. No more just voting for the President. I told them to research all issues and vote on the amendments too. I am turning registered voters into LIKELY voters.

    The first Amendment on the Fl. Ballot is a constitutional amendment to ban the AHCA! I am scared that we will lose out on the Public Option for our state in 2014. We do NOT have the brightest voters here in this state. I can only hope they do a little research.

    On another note. I get calls all day and night from candidates and pollsters. Tuesday night I got a poll call and one of the questions was, “Did you vote early and who did you vote for”? I told them I DID vote early and for the “Greatest President Ever”!. It is now Thursday and I have NOT had a candidate call or a pollster. What a great feeling. Off to get ready for work now.

    Have a great Obama Day!

  32. November 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Consumer confidence surged last month to highest level in 5 years.

  33. November 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Okay, now I’m hopelessly confused about today’s schedule – some sites say PBO is speaking at 10:40 ET in Green Bay, others say 11:40 ET. Help!!!!

    • 101 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

      You don’t think it might be 10:40 Central time (11:40ET)?

    • November 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Ah, I’ll go with the WH schedule which is just up – 10:40 ET it is.

      • 103 hopefruit2
        November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

        My goodness ..AF1 is super fast. Methinks Gov Christie would love a position in PBO’s cabinet. That way he gets to ride in AF1 just like he did in Marine One yesterday. Also, he won’t have to go thru the rigors of campaigning for gov next year and would have a shot at the WH in 2016.

  34. 104 Smoothscotch
    November 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Have a great day guys, check in later,

  35. 106 desertflower
    November 1, 2012 at 10:21 am


    Let’s not forget THIS! GWB goes to GRAND CAYMAN today to talk to investors!!!

  36. November 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Greece, Greece! We are just like Greece, you hear me?
    Ummm, no, not even close. Nice try!

  37. November 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Rove says 279 electoral votes for Willard, at least.
    What’s he supposed to say? He just took half a billion from investors, and Robnry is clearly losing.
    Rove might be in some trouble, with his investors.

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