Make Some Calls – Like This Fella

Columbus, Nov 5


Visiting a campaign office in Chicago today




172 Responses to “Make Some Calls – Like This Fella”

  1. 1 japa21
    November 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

    We care going to win.

  2. November 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Something unexpected happened to me as I voted this morning – Democratic Underground http://demu.gr/10021726427

  3. November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      November 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Actually Josiah, that may sound good, but decisions are also made by those who don’t show up, so maybe you should qualify what type of decisions those who are engaged make. Just saying.

  4. 19 japa21
    November 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Look at those pictures. Does that guy look worried to you?

  5. November 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Um, about those Romney internals from yesterday? Yeah, just as I suspected.

  6. 27 JER
    November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

  7. November 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

  8. November 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

  9. November 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    “Today I vote for the belief that health insurance is a human right not a privilege. Today I vote for the millions of young adults who are still on their parents health insurance. Today I vote for the little girl who has cancer that has health insurance now because of Obamacare! Today I vote for Planned Parenthood! Today I vote for the 47%! Today I vote for all human beings that deserve equal rights. Today I vote for the woman’s right to choose. Today I vote for the wealthy paying their fair share (this includes Romney). Today I will/have vote(d) for President Barack Obama and there isn’t a line, no matter how long, that can hold me back.”

    โ€” Marina McRae, First Time Voter

    • 31 vcprezofan2
      November 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Amen, Marina! ๐Ÿ˜†

      • November 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        Don’t kids like this just give you faith in the future? I spoke to a 17-year-old today who has been working full out for months at his local OFA, was left in charge for the weekend! He’s too young to vote by about 24 days, but with a person this dedicated before he can even vote, you just know he’s going to be a powerhouse!

        • 33 vcprezofan2
          November 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

          Donโ€™t kids like this just give you faith in the future? – Yes, and there are more of them around than you’d be able to tell if you only watched the news.

    • 34 susanne
      November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm


  10. November 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hey Chips >>>>>


    This is the Chrysler exec who told Trump that he’s ‘full of s&it’ ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. November 6, 2012 at 11:23 am

    All right family….Off to vote now! love you guys!

  12. November 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

  13. November 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Think I could make a request for today, please? Can people refrain from posting video of random stuff. It makes is very difficult to load the page and refresh the page. So do too many embedded tweets. Iโ€™m going to be using a little laptop from a Dems party tonight and it doesnโ€™t have nearly the capability of my home computer. So between trying to read this site and watching twitter crash, my poor little puter is gonna be exhausted. So letโ€™s keep the videos to only stuff we must know today and the embedded tweets limited to pictures of people voting. What do you think?

    • November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

      THIS! Thank you. As I told Chips earlier: I am poll watching and have my iPad so the less pics and video, the better…….and shorter threads. No, I am not whining…….just sayin’. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 45 Esmerelda
        November 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        I find that on my iphone, just press the x to stop loading when the url ‘bar’ reaches around 3/4 helps a lot. The pics and videos won’t load completely but it also prevents Safari from crashing, especially on the long threads.

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      November 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Okay, I can handle that request by restraining myself, Tien & TM. It may be difficult when I see any goodies, but I’ll try. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 52 nospin
      November 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      C’mon. I don’t mean any harm Tien Le but today is a crummy day to ask for that. Today is election day. D-Day. Folks are excited and I for one want to see all the thoughts, tweets, vids (even of random stuff) expressed here on this very site. There will never be another day like today. 5 to 10 years from now I will be searching through Chips archives to relive the moment and I want to be able to capture all the excitement.

      I get that it causes some trouble to a few and that is very unfortunate but gosh to suppress all the goodies in terms of insights and posts from everyone else on this very important Election day of all days just isn’t fair.

      sorry but I want to see it all.

  14. November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

  15. 54 JER
    November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    In PA, voters were called and told that their polling place had moved. BEWARE PENNSYLVANIA!

  16. 55 amk for obama
    November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thx Chips.

    So who is the fella we are talking about again ?

  17. 57 amk for obama
    November 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Sam Wang at PEC

    Briefly, my predictions are
    President: (mode) Obama 332, Romney 206 EV, (median) Obama 309, Romney 229 EV. Two-candidate popular vote: Obama 51.1%, Romney 48.9%.
    House: Democrats win 2-22 seats. D 205+/-10, R 230+/-10 seats, Republicans retain control.
    Senate: Democrats win 1-3 seats. D/I 55 +/1, R 45 +/- 1 seats.

  18. 58 criquet
    November 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

  19. November 6, 2012 at 11:36 am
    • November 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      What a jarring photo. That happened in the lifetimes of many of the same people who are trying to suppress the vote. The best revenge really is to vote – in absolutely massive numbers. The GOP haven’t lifted a finger to move this country forward these past 40 years – and specifically in the last four – and they put forward a complete charlatan to run against an absolutely spectacular President Obama. They deserve to be crushed!

  20. November 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    This is a great piece of writing, and although we, of course, are all convinced, it lays out the choices of this election in the clearest possible way.
    “Hope and change? In 2008, it was an aspiration. In 2012, it is a work in progress. On Tuesday, we’ll find out if the progress continues.”

  21. November 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    YES WE CAN!!!!

  22. 67 ctgirl7
    November 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    There is such satisfaction in casting a vote for President Obama :-). I was #17 in line! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • November 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Wooooot, congratulations CTGirl!

      • 69 ctgirl7
        November 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        It felt so good! I walked out in tears…I just felt a great sense of accomplishment … and I am in a blue state ๐Ÿ™‚

        Chips, thank you for keeping me sane for the last many months – well, ok, a bit sane :-).

        • 70 vcprezofan2
          November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          ‘well, ok, a bit sane’

          I can so identify with this, CTGirl, especially the ‘bit’ part! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ What with Chips helping to keep my blood pressure down as well, I’m almost tempted to call her ‘Dr. Chips’.

            • 72 vcprezofan2
              November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

              Oh, you’re already certified, Dr. C? I see. Explains your excellent job here lowering blood pressure and providing prescriptions of the best medicine (laughter). / psst. Looks like you need a little more body flesh to balance the weight of your head though. You have to know it’s not healthy to be too skinny./

        • 73 andogriff
          November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          Good for you, ctgirl7!

  23. 74 57andfemale
    November 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I voted in my completely blue Chicago northside precinct. No real surprises, except they said turnout was really good this morning (we voted about 9:30). They were surprised it was that heavy since early voting was very good in our county.

    My husband screwed up his ballot and got all upset and had to do it again. I can’t imagine how awful it is for other seniors who have to wait in line to vote and have to put up with intimidation. The head guy at the polls has been at every election we’ve voted in in this precinct — that’s 25 years. Calmed him down, gave him another ballot. We’re so blessed that there are polling places every three blocks in Chicago so we’ve never had to wait very long to vote.

    The good news: young people working the polls. Dedicated, enthusiastic young people. I’m accustomed to ancient poll workers, and it was delightful to see these young people taking part in their democracy.

    We called friends and family to see if anyone needed a ride to the polls. My disabled brother-in-law had voted early or we would have driven him to the polls (even though he may have voted for Romney. It’s southside Chicago, after all. Although he has a gay son and hopefully that has helped him look at things differently).

    My husband will stop by the senior center later in the day. I have to work, but if he’s needed to drive people to the polls he wants to help.

    Wish I could do more.

  24. November 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • 76 japa21
      November 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

      The student vote will be critical in places like FL and VA and NC. In 2008, this group was expected to vote at a higher level than normal but didn’t. From what I have been seeing, appears this year they are following through.

  25. November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Me and Mom are holding signs at the polls!

  26. 82 debz
    November 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I just voted for our wonderful President in my very red town!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • 89 japa21
      November 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

      I see three there. Is the other one Joe Biden?

      • 90 amk for obama
        November 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        You want me to get his/her burt sert for you ? No probs, piece of cake. Just wire me 10,000 bucks…. No, ‘murkan.

        • 91 vcprezofan2
          November 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

          The newborn they haven’t mentioned is the one whose birth was announced yesterday in a newspaper in one of the States. He/she will be the president of the USA a few years down the road. Better get DT to check through the newborn section in all papers in all states to stop this potential repeat.

    • 92 amk for obama
      November 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

  28. November 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

  29. 94 Ahero62
    November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hi everyone, this morning while driving to work I turned my car radio on and it was on KIIS FM, the Ryan Seacreast Show and then I had a voice saying โ€œIs that Ryan Seacrest?โ€ and Ryan answered yes and then the voice said โ€œthe next voice you will be hearing is that of the President of the United Statesโ€. You can imagine my shock and then the PBO came on the line and Ryan asked him a number of questions. PBO said everyone should go out and vote no matter who you are voting for. He said our democracy depends on the people and if more and more people vote, then the people always gets it right. Then Ryan asked if PBO wins will we see Malia dating! PBO answered that โ€œany young man who would be able to pass through the secret service deserves a hearing!โ€ But he said all he wants is for his girls to grow up like normal children. It was a fantastic interview and I could feel the confidence in his voice. If we all do our part today i.e. vote then, I think we got this.

    • November 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      You know, people think Ryan Seacrest is an idiot. I was of the same opinion. But from I’ve seen, he’s a pretty decent interviewer.

    • 96 amk for obama
      November 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      PBO said everyone should go out and vote no matter who you are voting for.

      That’s my man. Always classy.

      • November 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        Now, if that was me, Amk, I’d have said:

        “If you’re a Republican – stay at home, dick.”

        That’s probably why I’m not President of the world. ๐Ÿ˜•

      • 101 Ahero62
        November 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        You are right LL, the interview was pretty good and I agree with you that Ryan Seacrest is not an idiot. He had better questions than the so called journalists. He even asked how PBO was feeling today and PBO said that anyone who tells you they are not feeling anxious at the beginning is a liar. That as the day progresses he gets calmer because the people will have spoken and you have to accept the people’s verdict but he was confident we will prevail.

        • 102 vcprezofan2
          November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          Thank you for sharing this ‘real’ bit of news, Ahero. For some reason reporting from on the ground obots always warms ‘the cockles of my heart’, whatever those might be.

  30. November 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  31. 104 amk for obama
    November 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • November 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      They’re insufferable Amk. I love travelling – but the only downside is that ****ing channel is on in every hotel. ๐Ÿ™„

    • 106 Esmerelda
      November 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Still not in bed, amk? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 107 amk for obama
        November 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        It’s just friggin’ 11 pm here and I still have a bottle of BS to finish. (Google BS ๐Ÿ™‚ )

        • 108 theo67
          November 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

          When you get up tomorrow morning (your time), the party will just be starting here. I hope you’ve taken the day off, so you can drink at breakfast, amk! We need you at our celebration!

          • 109 amk for obama
            November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

            Hi theo.

            My friggin’ doctor’s (which would be my only daughter) strict instructions – “Only strictly, liquid diet”.

            But heh, liquids cover a whole range of things liquidy liquorey, right ?

      • 111 vcprezofan2
        November 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        So unFair and unBalanced that he will probably be one of the few rested bodies following the final countdown! Maybe I should cover my head with a couple of pillows and try to get some sleep before evening sets in here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 112 theo67
      November 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      TeaNN International is usually much better than TeaNN US – sad to hear that they’ve also gone downhill.

    • 113 Joy
      November 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      I’ve never used my mute button on my remote so much. EVER! Yes, CNN/teaNN are dimwits. The only reason I have it on is to see PBO.

      But I have to say a big thank-you to whoever discovered the MUTE button. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 117 Grab a Mop Grace
    November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Just voted for my President and VP!! Savored the moment.

    I’m in PA so I was curious about how the ID issue would be handled.
    Those around me offered their driver’s licenses to the poll workers. I did not.
    Said my name and voila, signed my card and along I went.
    You do not HAVE to show your ID. It’s the law.

    Fired Up….Ready to Go!!!!

    Obama/Biden TODAY!

  33. November 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Okay. I have a poll that will make you smile. It isn’t our very important state of Ohio, or Wisconsin, or Pennylvania or Florida. It is Arizona. It is not scientific. I listen to 99.9 KEZ with Beth and Friends on my way to work. I know Beth is for Obama, but the ads have been non-stop for Flake, Sheriff Arpaio and trashing our President. They have a poll on their blog asking who their listeners are voting for. Obama, Carmona and Penzone are leading. That, my friends, is very positive. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 122 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I love this tweet. She’s white and from Pennsylvania and was not asked to show a voter ID but an African-American man was asked to show ID. She (as an Obama 2012 supporter) knew what the laws were for her state and she made sure he wasn’t subject to discrimination and voter suppression tactics on her watch. Be on the look out folks and help people!

  35. November 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Tweet this to Lis Smith and DOJ


  36. November 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Looks like Obama is going to take Guam. http://www.kuam.com/link/597763/decision-2012-general

    The candidate who’s won the Guam straw poll has won the presidency every single time dating back to ’84. Bush won it in ’04.

    • 126 Obama Grandmama
      November 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      That small city in NH or some NE state that has votes counted first ended up being a tie 5 to 5. That had me set back as it usually gets the vote right on who wins. It may be close. Hope not.

      • 127 57andfemale
        November 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        One town. The second town went for PBO big: 18-7 or something like that. Ended up PBO 23-12, or 2-1. The indies went for PBO.

        And this may be one of the silliest conversations I’ve had in a long time.

  37. November 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    • 129 nathkatun7
      November 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Taking two more than two hours to vote is really absurd. It took me less than half hour to vote including the ten minute drive to the polling place.

  38. 130 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  39. November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    GAH, Romney has run a truly pathetic and incompetent campaign.

  40. 133 lovingandlaughing
    November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I voted early this morning and stood at the Democratic donut and coffee table in the parking lot afterwards. It felt good to be there talking to other voters and feeling proud of PBO and the vote I just cast for him. I am so wanting to hit fast forward on this day. I am curious about what will happen in Ohio…Florida…PA! I hope we hear in a very clear way that Obama/Biden won big tonight…and that we do not need to wait 10 days for the Ohio provisional ballots to be counted. Last night my dear husband wanted to be snuggle with me after the kids went to bed. Yeah that did not happen! Oh my who could relax the night before election day…and there was no way I was going to miss listening to Michelle and PBO speak live last night from Iowa! My poor husband! LOL! Love you all here at TOD, but most especially you Chips. Thank you so much for all you have done and all you continue to do to highlight this journey of Barack Obama. I check in here everyday although often I do not take the time to write a comment. I will always remember these years of the Obama Presidency as some of the very best times of my life. I can’t wait for and am so happy and hopeful for the next four years that are about to begin…we just need to wait a few more hours to start the celebration. In the meantime, let’s do all that we can to make sure people are voting! I think I will send some friends a text message now reminding them to vote today! happy election day everyone!

    • 134 andogriff
      November 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Great stuff, lovingandlaughing!

    • 135 dotster3
      November 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Mr. dotster recently asked me in a sad, pleading tone, “Will you go out with me again after the election?” ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s been a mostly good sport about my singular obsession, but I think he’s just about out of patience. Election has arrived in the nick of time. Better be positive outcome too, or I won’t be going out with anyone anywhere—-I will be under sedation somewhere. (well, almost that bad)

  41. 136 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm


  42. November 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The college kids are voting!!

    • 141 daisydem
      November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      I love, love, love college kids .. the lines are getting longer because they are probably just waking up, lol …that’s it kids, wake up, roll out of bed and go VOTE! This President and this administration are for you!

  43. 145 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Be on the look out Pennsylvania. The GOP is up to their dirty tricks.

  44. November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Ed Rendell just said that black turnout is up 20% in Pennsylvania. They’re mad that the president is not getting the credit he deserves. Says there is no way Obama loses the state!

  45. 148 xtine
    November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    LIMA โ€” Using maracas, coca leaves and a hallucinogenic brew, shamans in Peru got down to business Monday using pre-Columbian traditional ceremonies to pick a winner in the US presidential race.

    โ€œThe apus (gods of the hills in indigenous mythology) tell us (Barack) Obama will be reelected,โ€ predicted Juan Osco, known as the Shaman of the Andes on San Cristobal hill overlooking Lima.



  46. 150 amk for obama
    November 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Ok, TOD’ers, before I say gunnite, I am gonna leave you pondering this.

    In my friggin’ cable teevee,

    BBC is channel no. 911


    teann is channel no.538.

    I better be fucking wake up to this, on both 911 and 538 :

    bbc/teannn – Obama wins 347 EV and +5 PV

    or Chips gets it.


  47. November 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  48. 155 utaustinliberal
    November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  49. 156 Vicki Green
    November 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome, almost unbelievable: i’ve been voting at the same place and at the same time of day for the last decade and it is usually a breeze. In 2008, the wait was 10 minutes. Today, TWO hours.
    This is in lower Manhattan where the participation rate is generally about 37% of RV show up. Everyone is showing up today. I think the voter suppression antics have awakened a sleeping beast and our victory will be bigger than predicted.

  50. 159 Eveingeorgia
    November 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Checking in to report my few calls to Florida voters. I made 25, which is precious few, I know, but the anxiety level in me was sky high. Maybe it’s me, but I find this harder than anything I’ve ever done. I made more calls this time than the last and I’m glad I did. Just wish I was braver.

    To all of you who have made calls, my hats off to you. You deserve medals. And if you’re knocking on doors, all I can say is you are awesome!

    It is amazing journey. It is revealing things about myself and others, some good stuff and some not so good. But it is real and honest, everything coming to the light. Amazing.

  51. 161 Ahero62
    November 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I’m so happy my company is giving everyone 2 hours off paid to go and vote. I’m excited because it’s going to be my very first vote as an American and the fact that it’s going to be for PBO will make it all the more memorable in the years to come!

    • 162 Jewelz
      November 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Congratulations on your first time voting as an American. How cool is it that you’ll cast that 1st ever vote for the magnificent President Barack Obama? Let’s go and win this.

    • 163 susanne
      November 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      amazing memory for you! congratulations, and welcome aboard!

    • November 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Congratulations! On your citizenship and your vote! I cannot understand people to do not take this right and privilege seriously!

  52. 165 itgurl_29
    November 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Just voted. I live in Republican country. A total wingnut precinct. It was empty. I didn’t even have to wait. My neighbors are not turning out for Romney like they did for Bush. Not even close.

  53. 166 Claire
    November 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Took off work last week and yesterday to work for OFA in VA. I live in MD. I am physically exhausted. Volunteered to work until noon today. I drove elderly folks to the polls this morning. I sure hope we win VA. I have worked my hump off and donated over 10K to this campaign. We will win!!

  54. November 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    And we are going to win ANYWAY!!!!!

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