Rise and Shine

A boy listens to President Obama speak at The Community College of Aurora, Nov 4


Today (all times ET):

11:45: President Obama delivers remarks at MLK Boulevard, Madison, Wisconsin

12:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

12:55: PBO departs Madison

2:05: Arrives Columbus, Ohio

3:15: Michelle Obama in Charlotte

4:10: PBO delivers remarks at Nationwide Arena, Columbus (need to check time for this – some schedules say 2:25 😕 )

6:10: Michelle Obama in Orlando

7:0: VP Biden and Jill Biden deliver remarks at the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va.

8:25: PBO departs Columbus

10:0: Arrives Des Moines, Iowa

10:50: President Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks in Des Moines

12:0: Depart Des Moines

1:05: Arrive Chicago

(President Obama (and Romney) will both participate in interviews to air during halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. The interviews with ESPN’s Chris Berman will be taped earlier Monday)





Steve Benen: The voting fiasco in Florida reached truly farcical levels yesterday, with Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida, explaining, “We’re looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads.”

…. The early-voting debacle in the Sunshine State is deliberate …. Florida Republicans designed the system to work this way.

…. I’ll just conclude with Rachel’s conclusion: “It is frankly an outrage that there are forces at work in our politics right now that not only make this type of situation possible, but that make it inevitable – who see problems like this and go out of their way to try to make it worse…. If you are one of those people being forced to stand in those long lines tonight or tomorrow or on Election Day, honestly, your country needs you to do it. Your country needs you to do it, not only because it’s your civic responsibility, but also because there are people trying to profit politically off of you not doing it.”

Full post here



Michael Tomasky: Whatever the result tomorrow, voter suppression is one of the big stories of this campaign and its enduring scandal. The Republican Party before 2012 was a party that certainly did not want black and brown and poor Americans voting, so it’s long been officially racist and classist in this particular sense.

But up to now its measures were local and somewhat haphazard … now, though, in these past couple of years, the GOP strategy has been institutionalized …. For example, read here about what the secretary of state in Ohio is trying to do right now. It’s rather incredible.

…. Republicans: Are you really proud to be in a party that tries to rig the rules so that people who vote for the other side have a harder time voting? …. This is really a disgrace. The new Jim Crow, enforced not with burning crosses but with fountain pens, to paraphrase Woody Guthrie.

Full post here



Aventura, Florida


Charles Pierce: It appears that, while I was watching the president this afternoon, I missed another big moment in the ongoing mess that is the early voting being conducted here in the World’s Greatest Democracy, when all hell broke loose down in Miami-Dade county. The nonpartisan, but very conservative, mayor of Miami jumped in with both feet, with entirely predictable results….

Elections officials, overwhelmed with voters, locked the doors to their Doral headquarters and temporarily shut down the operation, angering nearly 200 voters standing in line outside — only to resume the proceedings an hour later….

…. Nearly all the voters stayed in line until a campaign worker reported her car had been towed from a private parking lot across the street. Scores of people ducked out of the line to check on their own cars. A second car had been towed.

My head may explode…..

Full post here







President Obama hugs 99-year-old Colorado resident and volunteer Marie Greenwood who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Aurora rally

The Community College of Aurora, Nov 4



‘Faces in Cincy’




Morning everyone 😉

160 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Carol
    November 5, 2012 at 9:01 am


  2. 4 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 5, 2012 at 9:01 am


  3. 5 Martha
    November 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    1 more day till elect our Pres. To 4 more years.

  4. 6 Pamela
    November 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    WTG, Carol! Someone here going to to work… LIGHT THE CANDLES! Stay together! Love you guys, love you Chips!

  5. November 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good morning everyone from the East Coast. Fired up and ready to go.

  6. 9 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2012 at 9:05 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc! Congratulations Carol and PFWHI!

    Yes, 1 more day to 4 more years 🙂

  7. November 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    For some reason I thought that the First Lady would be in Charlotte, NC today.

  8. November 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

    A great good morning to you, Chips and everyone at TOD! Way to go, Carol!!

    The fact that NC and FL are too close to call in PPP’s latest poll is really horrible news for Willard!! And, you know it was bone crushing for them late yesterday when they learned of the early voting tallies in NC – especially AA turnout!

    And, let us all remember Mitch McConnell and the harm he has intentionally caused Americans …


  9. 21 japa21
    November 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good morning to the entire TOD community. 1 day to go and we will all rest easy knowing our President will be serving another 4 years with his fantastic VP at his side.

  10. 23 amk for obama
    November 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    GM chips. Late night ?

  11. 47 Niliathiel
    November 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Good morning everyone, or rather: afternoon here. 🙂
    Making definite plans to stay up tomorrow night despite work on Wednesday. Whoot 😛

  12. 50 desertflower
    November 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Thank you, Chips:) Last day. Everyone reading this from regulars to lurkers,needs to get out and work in some capacity today for this amazing President. No excuses, no regrets. BE the change we want to see. Leave it all on the road. We do not get a do over!! I am NOT going back! Be part of history, be the change that you want to see in the world…do not let fear rule you or keep you from doing something positive for this President. It’s bigger than any one individual….we need you. Every last one of you. Call your local Dem office, call your local OFA office, but get off the couch and participate in this election and make your voices heard! Your heart will be happy and well with pride. Promise.

    I can’t believe I actually have to go to my REAL job today and pretend to concentrate. Let’s do this thing, in a big way. This is history in the making and I will not let my President down!

  13. November 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Morning Ms Chips and the TOD warriors. Delurking to wish everyone a spirited and fantabulous day all the way from Trinidad,and an even more fantabulous and spirited election result. I am with you all every step of the way, in spirit and energy for the next 48 hours, and will be glued here, as usual, for all things Obama until the final tally. Onward,Forward!

  14. 56 dudette9t9
    November 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

  15. 57 miss pat
    November 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good morning folks. One day to victory. Today is going to be a good day. We are going to keep being positive, sending good vibes to the President and his team in Chicago and to the people out there in the trenches on this final day.

    And remember to pray folks! The other side is praying too but our prayers will cancel out theirs because good overcomes evil,light overcomes darkness and there are some evil people and some dark forces on the other side.

    So I am not putting on the television at all today, not even to look at Rev. Al. I am going on Youtube to find some music to lift my spirit and stay here with you folks.

    Soon we will not have to see or hear the flip-flopper or his mate. As for squirrel head he will never go away,so all we can do is ignore him and take him for the puppet show he is.

    Love you all. Love Chips even more and I thank God for her.

    • November 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Morning Pat – we’re nearly there! I think I’ll follow your example and turn off the TV today, the GOP shills are getting more unbearable by the minute.

    • 59 daisydem
      November 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

      I am praying miss pat: and please pray for me. I need to feel some calming spirits. I am tense, very close to tears, do not want to have to greet our clients today (but I must). So pray for me to have peace.

      • 60 miss pat
        November 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

        I sure will pray for you and all of us here to have peace. You will be fine because your spirit is pure. You have a clean heart and a pure mind so that will take you through.

  16. 61 dudette9t9
    November 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

    GM Chips and Family! Keep moving #FORWARD, we’re almost there!!

  17. November 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    OMG. When I opened this thread and saw the first picture I was blown away. That first glance — this child looks SO MUCH like our granddaughter. Yes, this child is older, but WOW!!!

  18. November 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Rachel Maddow was on fire last night. And, she was totally correct. Florida is what VOTER SUPPRESSION looks like in action.

  19. November 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    This guy Flake has GOT TO GO:

    Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) Senate Candidate Robocalls Democrats And Tells Them To Vote In The Wrong Place http://thkpr.gs/RLj5iS

  20. November 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

  21. 74 sherijr
    November 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

    WooHoo.. happy this is almost finished … hope HOPING that we as a nation are not only smart enough & determined enough to keep our brilliant President but also to give him a working Dem led Congress. YesWeCan 😉 FiredUP over here in MD 🙂

  22. 75 Betsy
    November 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Good morning all. Was up at 5 am due to time change, so had a chance to catch up. Feel sick to my stomach about the voter suppression. Here in CA, we might even have less people voting because they think Californians won’t bother. As I watch others who have to wait in long lines, it makes me so mad that we don’t realize that ALL elections matter, especially the Secretary of State. I hope this gets fixed somehow. I really believe PBO will win, but these stories about voter suppression will be a major legacy of this election and that makes me sad.

  23. 76 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Those long voting lines are simultaneously an affront to our democracy and at the same time democracy in action. They are an affront because we have a party (republicans) trying to deny its citizens the right to express their choice. Cutting down early voting hours, reducing the amount of polling locations etc. On the other hand, they are an expression of democracy in that citizens are refusing to be brow beaten into not casting their vote and making their voices heard. They will fight to their last breath to cast their vote. The world is watching and the GOP is the scourge of the earth.

    • 77 vjordan
      November 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

      UT Austin, I applaud your analysis

    • 78 amk for obama
      November 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Spot on, ut. The people standing in line for so long are to be admired and applauded despite the wanton provocation. As you, two facets on the same coin.

    • 79 sherijr
      November 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

      well said ut, an excellent way to say it.

    • 80 hopefruit2
      November 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Well-stated UT. I’ve found that too many people stress the voter suppression part without emphasizing the determination on the part of voters – which is the triumph of democracy over oppression.

  24. 81 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

  25. 82 amk for obama
    November 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hey look. Anyone wanna join in ? 🙂

  26. 86 Bill R.
    November 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

  27. 90 forus50
    November 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

    woo hoo! surprising it’s that good!! C’mon Colorado you have a reputation to live up to!

  28. 94 amk for obama
    November 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Hey look, gallup now galloping to cover its sorry ass.

    Voters in swing states are evenly split between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new poll from USA Today/Gallup.

    The poll released late Sunday finds 48 percent of likely voters in the nation’s key battlegrounds backing Obama and 48 preferring Romney.

    The numbers show a 4-point bounce for Obama from the last USA Today/Gallup Poll of Swing States in early October, taken days after a disappointing first debate for the president.

    Obama also leads by 4-points among registered voters at 50 to 46, which the poll notes is the largest margin and the first time either candidate has hit 50 percent since Romney clinched the GOP nomination in the spring.

    The poll shows Obama regaining a strong edge with female voters who had drifted towards Romney after the first debate, boosting the GOP challenger in national polls.

    Obama now leads among women by 16 points, while Romney holds a 10-point advantage among men.

    Read more at http://themoderatevoice.com/166574/usa-todaygallup-poll-swing-state-voters-split-48-48-between-obama-romney-and-obama-bounce-since-october/#xCgAAOLFejvGKqKs.99

    • November 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

      As someone said yesterday Amk, Gallup were lucky they were knocked out by Sandy, at least they stopped embarrassing themselves for a few days.

      • 96 amk for obama
        November 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

        At least all these fuckers are now scampering to cover their sorry a$$es to reflect the reality.

        • November 5, 2012 at 10:04 am

          How Gallup still have any credibility is beyond me, but I hope there’s a serious effort to mash them after this. The ****ers have been shilling for Romney every step of the way. Mittmentum! 🙄

          • November 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

            Tampa bay times front page has the gallup numbers.
            They are heavily respected, which could explain why the Republicans lobbied them?

            • November 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

              That’s the thing Jovie, Gallup always had a big status in the polling world, but then they started shilling for the GOP. They more than any supposed neutral polling company have tried to drive the narrative of this election – Mittmentum! They produced outlier after outlier, and, needless to say, they were the ones reported all over the place.

              • 100 forus50
                November 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

                If it wasn’t for 538 and some other state poll aggregators (sp?) we would be done in with the narrative. I think they should eliminate national polling for 50 state contests.

  29. 101 desertflower
    November 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Obama edges into slight national lead: With a handful of national polls now showing Obama with a slight lead — Pew has Obama up three — Nate Silver says there’s enough evidence to surmise that the national polls are now coming into alignment with Obama’s slight edge in the electoral college. This reduces the likelihood that state polls are wrong.

    Silver now puts Obama’s chances of victory at over 86 percent, and Romney’s at just over 13 percent — meaning Obama may have climbed back to where he was just before the Denver debate. The RCP and Pollster averages both have Obama slightly ahead, too.

  30. 104 cluny
    November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    SUGGESTION: can some of the tweeters send the rachel clip to people with many followers – eg. michael moore, jay z, Cher etc and ask them to retweet. She makes the case well for holding the line today. send it to other journalists too and ask them why they areen’t reporting or equally outraged. Call them out now – this is the scandal of the 2012 election. I just have to say that for us watching in other parts of the world were this sort of thing is not tolerated and clearly criminal we are (and I know I speak for many shocked and appalled). I’m sorry I don’t tweet otherwise I would have sent the message myself. I wish I could be more useful.

  31. 108 JER
    November 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

  32. 110 Allison
    November 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Who is he referencing?

  33. 113 FoxfireTX
    November 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Good morning peeps! It’s a great day to be an Obama supporter! From DK, FLOTUS schedule:

    Michelle Obama — Charlotte, NC, and Orlando, FL

    Flight Operations (Charlotte)
    3:15 PM ET

    Southport Park (Orlando)
    6:10 PM ET
    Then on to Des Moines to join PBO there.

  34. 115 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

  35. 118 dotster3
    November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am
  36. 119 Uche
    November 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Last day, Final push. I feel GOOD. I’m FIRED UP!!!. Rick Scott’s shenanigans inspiring more people to GOTV in FL.

  37. November 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

    i don’t give a damn what anybody says, i don’t give a damn what the polls say — this election will NOT be close. Obama will have a clear and convincing victory. i can’t wait to laugh at Robot and the rethugs fall apart and wonder what went wrong lmao. What went wrong?! Your PARTY and ridiculous candidate is what went wrong!! i can’t wait to see the joy on Obama face as he gets re-elected. #FORWARD!

  38. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    November 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Okay, who isn’t weeping a little inside over the glorious look on the little boy’s face, as he hears our President!

    Thank you, Chips, for giving us these visuals because I just watched a little too much of early morning b.s. on MSNBC, and I needed something sweet to get over that!

    • 128 99ts
      November 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Think everybody IS having a weep – but also smiling, jacqueline – the picture is almost as wonderful as the child.

      (I watched a little of MSNBC on line – loved that Maggie Haberman (Politico) gave Virginia & the election to PBO – the look on Chuckie’s face – he wasn’t expecting that)

      • 129 jacquelineoboomer
        November 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Crying and laughing at the same time – you are right – about the photos. And, quite frankly, all the great images!

        (Sorry I missed the Chuckie take down by Maggie. Chuckie is struggling with his b.s. – he’s practically choking on his words!)

  39. 130 daisydem
    November 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    My son just sent me this; must see if you are a Neil Diamond fan; good to see anyway (some of the comments though are horrid, and stupid; this does lift my spirit but TODers, I am not in a good place today; I am getting tense and I need some bolstering up; I know I will find it here, and thank you, sorry I digress) GO SEE THIS: http://twitter.com/NeilDiamond/status/265300433738821632/photo/1
    I don’t twitter so can’t imbed for you guys. Love to all; keep me grounded please!

  40. 134 daisydem
    November 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    And P.S. the rapt look on that young boy’s face is priceless.

    • November 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

      I love all the pictures! Those with children are generally my favorites, but I melted when I saw the above picture of PBO so tenderly hugging-holding an elderly woman. His expression is one I have never seen on Romney’s face, an expression I doubt Romney could fake.

  41. 136 dudette9t9
    November 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

  42. 137 dotster3
    November 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What??? Could delay results for days???

  43. 148 Bill R.
    November 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

  44. 149 amk for obama
    November 5, 2012 at 10:31 am

    What did god say to himself after he created Eve ?

    Practice makes perfect.


  45. 151 daisydem
    November 5, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I am going to light a candle for AMK and for Chips today.

  46. 153 hopefruit2
    November 5, 2012 at 10:43 am


  47. November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

    So, the press is watching? Excellent!

  48. November 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

  49. November 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Florida polls are open until 5 pm today, absentee in person early voting.

  50. 157 Rita
    November 5, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I’ve been super duper busy this last weekend with GOTV activities and am just catching up. But I had to write here just to comment on these pictures…. especially the one of the little boy. I have tears streaming down my face just looking at it. His hope, and our hopes, will all be realized tomorrow. I know this because we made 9,000 calls over the weekend. Yes, 9, 000… just our GOTV sight. I’ve never seen so much enthusiasm, and dedication and determination. Both on the part of the volunteers coming to make calls and that of the people being called. We had a 97 year old lady, with amputated legs, telling us she had to get to the polls and wanted a ride. We had people telling us stories of how long they had to wait in line for early voting. We had a lady come in with food for us after she heard that her friend of 30 years was making calls.

    In the last four years I got to know an America that I barely knew existed, that of overt racism and bigotry. But over the last two days I got to see the side of America that shines and is a beacon for all immigrants like me. That of neighborliness, kindness, respect and grit. That’s the America that our President inspires and that’s the America I want to see going FORWARD.

  51. 160 1jam4pbo
    November 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Good Morning Miss Chips, Good Morning to all TOD Family. I will be here with you all through tomorrow when we all celebrate 4 More for 44.

    May i as an International supporter just say “Thank you” to all the Volunteers who have worked so hard to get President Obama re-elected. I feel, in fact I know that President Obama in the White House for another 4 years will have an impact on my Country and our People.

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