24 Hours…. An Image Or Two

President Obama bear hugs his campaign manager Jim Messina today at campaign HQ in Chicago (Pete Souza)


Thanks Hopefruit!



Can’t stop listening to this:













Leaving Chicago, Nov 7



Andrews, Nov 7


More great Pete Souza campaign photos here








How’s everyone? This is me:

300 Responses to “24 Hours…. An Image Or Two”

  1. 19 Pamela
    November 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Up up and away, Chips! :lol:, I thought that was you away up there! Smiling!

  2. 23 Pamela
    November 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Okay, now I am scared, am I the only one left in the interwebz!?

  3. 32 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  4. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Beautful!!! Inspiring!!! Thank you, Chips.

  5. November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hello TOD. Victory is still sweet nearly 24 hours after the election!

  6. 36 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Chips, you gotta add that speech to the Video Vault. Please!

    • 37 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      I mean the Speeches page… oh hell, you know what to do. You run this town. Do your thang! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 38 yardarm756
      November 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Str8 up!

      • 40 dudette9t9
        November 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        I like the self-portrait up there. The clouds look good on you! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • November 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Thanks Dudette – only, as you can see from the pic, I’m very skinny from all the recent worry ๐Ÿ˜•

          • 42 dudette9t9
            November 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

            I know, poor dear. Eat a samwich or somethin’, would ya? We don’t want ya witherin’ away. You’ve got 4 yrs more work to do!
            And put a coat on — it’s cold up there!

          • 45 vcprezofan2
            November 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

            Shouldn’t you be wearing a coat, or something, Ms Chips? Where did I get the idea that it would be cold up in the clouds? I know you love the idea of Obamacare(s) and the fact Pres O might visit you in hospital, but don’t you think it’s a bit irresponsible to deliberately expose yourself to pneumonia or whatever way up there? Another possibility, suppose you fall? Doesn’t look like there’s enough flesh there to cushion your bones. I think you should make sure you’re not alone up there, or carefully make your way down to a more reasonable level. Just saying because I love having you around.

  7. 46 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm


  8. 48 susanne
    November 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    i love how sasha and pbo are racing each other up the stairs of air force one!! what a beautiful family–thanks for the pix, chips!

  9. November 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I’m sick of Winter already. Its snowing and wet and windy and FREEZING!!!

  10. 55 susanne
    November 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    also too i must say: i am sooo glad the fucking robmey fucking pop-up ads stopped appearing on every utube screen!! hallelujah, we are delivered!!

  11. 57 Asher in Boston
    November 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I am still wearing my wining smile. After all we have been through and what PBO had to endure, I will always be indebted to the right thinking Americans who trounced the buckets of evil/hateful money from the rwnj billionaires. We did it again.

  12. 58 vitaminlover
    November 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Party time!

  13. 66 daisydem
    November 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    And Joe and Jill are home safe too, I presume? So grateful for the two of them and the team that they are part of with our Prez and First Lady. It is just incredible. I have never witnessed a relationship like the four of have in the White House and the way they work with each other.

    • 67 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      They truly are something special. The REAL Fantastic Four!

      And aren’t we clever for putting them office twice? [pats on the back all around]

      • 68 nathkatun7
        November 8, 2012 at 12:42 am

        “The REAL Fantastic Four!” Yes indeed! I am always coming to the party late but I love the vibrations (I meat to say music selections) from you and Susanne. Coming to TOD makes feel young again.

  14. 69 MK
    November 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Hello TODers, just wanted to drop in to say THANK YOU. I found this place to be an oasis in the midst of the storm of election season. I was so grateful to be able to drop in here after a long day when I needed my spirits lifted. I thank everyone in this community who worked so hard for the re-election of the President. Now the real work begins again. I decided to go to the Obama Victory Party at McCormick Place last night even though I was still feeling ill. I thought that it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am paying for it today but I am not sorry. You won’t be surprised to know that I cried when the President started speaking. It was so moving and I felt to proud to be part of a large community of people who contributed to that moment. So I just wanted to drop in to say thanks to all of you and in particular to Chips for providing this wonderful space. FORWARD! Peace to all of you.

    • November 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Thanks for dropping in, MK. Take care of yourself – you fought hard for this campaign; you deserve the rest. It was a spectacular day and night and day after. Next stop – inauguration 2013! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. November 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    This is pure gold: โ€˜Unhingedโ€™ Conservative YouTuber Goes On Priceless Drunken Hyper-Rant Over Obama Victory


    DON’T watch if you don’t like your language fruity:

    • 72 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm


    • 73 desertflower
      November 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      YIKES!!!!!!!! hear those icecubes swirling? She needs to pass out now….or she may just stoke out…and need that “socialist” medicine:) Drudge. What poison.

    • 74 cman
      November 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      This shit needs to go viral. It is just too damn good! I listened to the whole thing. Just incredible.

    • 75 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

      hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Obamacare covers her conditions, and it sounds like she has multiple.

    • 76 theo67
      November 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

      So much hate – but so wonderful to see the exploding head. They deserve to have their heads explode because of their racism and nonsense that we’ve had to endure. I’m going to love watching them during this second term, because there’s absolutely nothing they can do about the state of affairs! I love it!

      • 77 nathkatun7
        November 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

        Go ahead and speak the TRUTH Theo67! For four years they hated and plotted for the destruction of MY President. Guess what? They all failed. The tea baggers and fire baggers failed. Rush Limbaugh failed. Glenn Beck failed. Donald Trump and all the birthers failed. FOX News failed. Glen Greenwald failed. Jane Hamsher failed. Above all, and more deliciously, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor, with all their obstructionism, failed. President Obama won and was re-elected for a second term! All of us who kept the faith in our President won. There is nothing they can do about it now. Absolutely NOTHING! If their heads explode it’s all their making, not ours. May be they will finally grasp this truth: “NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER!”

        • 78 theo67
          November 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

          And Rev Al spoke to this earlier today. He said that they threw every punch at President Obama, but he kept getting up and getting up – with grace and dignity. And he won. I can’t get over how happy I am about this win. It is so well deserved, and such sweet justice for so many. When I saw the Obama family on Marine One and Air Force One and then in the motorcade and finally entering the White House – I reveled in the fact that Romney and Ann will never know what that feels like. Never.

    • 79 idon
      November 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

      You forgot to include the word COWARD because this rightwing nutjob would not show her face.

  16. 80 ladyvader
    November 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Chips you’re such a card. And you’re the best…couldn’t have survived the last four years with out you. Personally I wasn’t worried yesterday. When the President went into that repub retreat they called the lion’s and he mauled the lion’s I knew this man was a genius. I just wished we’d gotten rid of both Smirky and Creepy…

  17. 81 lovingandlaughing
    November 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, love the images…especially the celebration image from India, the children in Indonesia and the image of the girl waiting for her parents to vote in Staten Island is absolutely amazing! So happy you ate on cloud nine Chips, we all are too! Oh happy, happy Day!

  18. 86 vitaminlover
    November 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Party rockin’ in the houssse tooonight!

  19. 87 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Okay, we gotta spread these out a bit… here’s something to hold ya for a little bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 89 lovingandlaughing
    November 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, just watched that Martin B. clip Chips posted above, that is outstanding. Martin has become my favorite on MSNBC. Hate lost! Love that. He makes a great point about how Romney’s America does not exist in reality.

  21. 91 vitaminlover
    November 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    From what I am understanding the Inauguration is on MLK Day which is a Monday, right?

  22. November 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States gave final approval on Wednesday to duties on billions of dollars of solar-energy products from China for the next five years, protecting U.S. producers against lower-priced imports and raising fears of Chinese retaliation.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 6-0 in favor of double- and triple-digit duties in a case filed last year by SolarWorld Industries America.

    Beijing has protested the case each step of the way, calling it a protectionist move that threatens the future of solar energy by driving up costs for consumers.

    SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, accused Chinese competitors such as Suntech Power Holdings of selling solar cells and panels in the United States at unfairly low prices and receiving government subsidies.

    SolarWorld’s German parent, SolarWorld AG, is pressing the European Union for similar curbs on Chinese solar products.

    Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld America, told reporters the unanimous vote showed “very clearly” that U.S. producers had been harmed the imports.

    The duties should allow U.S. producers to start adding jobs, but stringent enforcement is needed to prevent Chinese companies from circumventing the orders, he said.

    In the meantime, SolarWorld has invested $27 million over the past year in technology that is increasing the efficiency of its solar cells, Brinser said.


  23. 108 amk for obama
    November 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Look at those shameless friggin’ indians celebrating the re-election of a kenyan muslin usurper.

    tsk, tsk, tsk.

  24. 109 amk for obama
    November 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  25. 110 susanne
    November 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    looks like you got the last word on that, amk !

  26. 111 purpleshoesla
    November 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    What Ho TOD PEEPS!

    I’ve missed checking in here so so much these last couple of weeks as I decided to go “all in” with my local OFA grassroots team and do whatever I could, for as long as I could to make sure our illustrious Prez got 4 more years. Missed everyone here and all the goings on.

    I just got back home a couple of hours ago from Nevada. After working as volunteer coordinator staff for one of OFA’s So Cal HUMUNGO GOTV “phonebank on steroids” for 12 hour days the past two weekends, I went to Lost Wages, Monday night to be part of the Prez’ voter protection legal team that was being dispatched to polling places all over the Las Vegas area on election day. I spent 13 hours yesterday at a lovely little polling place trying to make sure that our voting process was not obstructed, compromised or just plain messed with by the Rethuglicans or anyone else who believed that that the path to victory lies in preventing others from participating in the democratic process. What an eye opening experience but in a good way.

    When I arrived at my assigned polling place at 6:00 am yesterday morning, my heart kind of sank. One because I was at a newly built school in a lovely and newly developed subdivision in the outskirts of Las Vegas proper. Lovely newly built homes, overly manicured lawns, pristine sidewalks, lovely white church in the background with rolling green lawns, with a huge steeple and the Nevada mountains in the background. PLUS a huge SUV parked in the school parking lot proudly sporting a large Romney/Ryan 2012 bumper sticker. It looked like something out of the movie Pleasantville. And two, I walked into the polling place and saw the electronic voting machines. All of Tally’s tweets and articles about the voting machines and the ability to tamper with them came flooding back in a further rush of anxiety. But the team leader at the polling place could not have been a more ethical professional along with the rest of the poll workers there. He took the time to explain to me how the machines worked, the paper trail that they created and reconciled with the voter signature books and the CPUs in the machines, the chain of custody process they go through to ensure votes can’t be tampered with. It calmed me down some, and then they opened the doors to the polls at 7am. I saw a line of people of all ethnicities, socio-economic status, waiting patiently to cast their vote. Some with their children in tow to expose them to “democracy in action”. Others (of all ages) voting for the first time or second time. All of a sudden a calm came over me and I thought to myself, “we got this!” There were never any long lines, picketers or other drama, just a steady stream of people of all walks of life exercising their right to vote.

    I met some other legal observers from Republican campaigns, (including Mitten’s campaign), all who came through the polling place at different times throughout the day. All of them were very polite and pleasant–but obviously hopelessly misguided! ๐Ÿ˜† One of them shared with me later in the day that it was likely the President was going to win in large part due to early voting. Of course I demurred and was politely non-committal. But you KNOW on the inside I was yelling “OF COURSE HE’S GOING TO WIN DOOFUS! HA!”. I was so tired at the poll close at 7:00pm that I went straight back to where I was staying and went directly to sleep without watching any results. But I went to sleep with the unshakeable certainty that I would wake up this morning knowing that our illustrious Prez would be our illustrious Prez for another 4 years. And of course that’s exactly what happened. Plus I JUST KNEW Miz Chips and TOD would have EVERYTHING that has happened and I could relive it all as if I watched it unfold last night in real time. And of course she didn’t disappoint. Thanks Miz Chips and all the rest of you TOD Peeps. Without this oasis, Randi Rhodes and my OFA neighborhood team, I don’t know whether I’d still have my sanity by now. Off now to catch up on all the posts.

    Happy & Exhaustedly yours,


    • 112 desertflower
      November 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you so much for this purpleshoes:) You really went above and beyond, just as so many others did to deliver this for the President. WE DID THIS!! Hugs to you….and thanks again

    • 113 susanne
      November 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      welcome home, purpleshoes!!!!!! thanks for all your hard work, and dedication! indeed, miss chipsticks has been keeping us sane here, and also setting up the party supplies. so glad you’re back in time for the good part—celebration!

    • 116 jey
      November 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Purple … that is a beautiful account. Thank you for all that you and others like you have done. Your tireless efforts is appreciated beyond words. My sister in Malaysia said how happy that PBO won, and so you have the gratitude of non-american citizens like us all over the world. We believe that the world is a much better place under PBO’s admin. Thank you, again.

    • 117 amk for obama
      November 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Wow, purple. That was an amazing read. Thank you for the dedication and all the hard work. You all made this magic happen.

      Now sit back and enjoy. A few shots of gin & tonic, perhaps ? My treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 118 dudette9t9
      November 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Purple, you were a Warrior Princess out there! I’m so grateful and proud of all the wonderful work you did on the President’s and OUR behalf. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Love you sooooooooooooooo much!!! {{{{PurpleshoesLA!!}}} Rest your bones, honey, you’ve earned a nice LONG, soothing rest! THANK YOU!!

    • November 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Lovely work, PurpleShoesLA! I did the same work at a polling place here in Richmond, and I second a lot of the details you shared — down to cluelessness on the part of Mittens’ legal observers, and their tone at the end of the night. ๐Ÿ˜† Overall I learned so much and was so encouraged at seeing our democracy (flawed and crazy as it is) at work. It was a beautiful thing.

      Job well done! Get some well-deserved rest.

    • 120 Betsy
      November 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Awesome account of your day. You done good! Enjoy your well deserved rest.

    • 121 nathkatun7
      November 8, 2012 at 1:23 am

      I hope you get some much needed rest PurpleShoesLA! We are all indebted to the magnificent work you and other volunteers did to ensure the President’s victory. I wish we could do more to express our gratitude. For now all I will say is: THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

  27. November 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    All of my friends have been so happy,full of hugs today, not because they understand or follow much of the US politics but because they have seen my enthusiasm and watch me every shift, following TOD between babies and seeing how many folks here are so faithful and true to PBO’s ideals. Thanks everyone for a great ride, especially you amk, vc and Theo who are always around at night and to you Chips for making this all possible.

  28. November 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    An estimated 66.8 million viewers watched election returns on broadcast and cable networks Tuesday, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday.

    The audience fell short of the record 71.5 million viewers who tuned in to the outcome of the 2008 contest and the historic election of the first African-American president.

    NBC came out on top among all networks, averaging 12.1 million viewers during the three hours of prime time, 8-11 p.m. Fox News Channel held the No. 2 slot with 11.45 million viewers, the biggest average ever in the network’s 16-year history.

    Among other networks, ABC drew 10.52 million viewers, CNN had 9.25 million, CBS had 7.92 million, FOX (broadcast sister to Fox News) had 4.93 million and MSNBC had 4.7 million.

  29. November 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    President Obamaโ€™s reelection, along with key wins by Senate Democrats, ensures that the federal government will press ahead with efforts to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency and to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.

    But the scope of these policies could be constrained by congressional opposition and by concern over their economic impact, making it likely that a second Obama term will deliver some, but not all, of environmentalistsโ€™ top priorities.


  30. 148 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    A little old skool rap for PBO (er, I mean Luther the Anger Translator) ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. 153 amk for obama
    November 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Looks like mad wimmin have taken over this asylum. Have fun ladies.

  32. 167 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Oh yes WE ARE… One Nation Under A Groove

    Come on amk, dance your way out of your constrictions! Woot!

  33. November 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  34. 176 jeff
    November 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    lol reading an article on HP about how they were wrong COMPLETELY about all the data that they collected.

  35. 177 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I love these Election Day pics. Earlier today, on the NYT website, I viewed a whole series of people voting in NY and NJ in the cold and without electricity, in tents and shelters, and it brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry they are still going through such hardship, but so proud and gratified at their perseverance.

  36. 178 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I feel another gloat coming on (thanks a lot, Tally). Here’s a little something for EVERYONE out there who voted for Mitt the Shit

    • 179 susanne
      November 8, 2012 at 12:17 am

      yessssss!!!!!!!!! that’s for myth, and lyin, and miss ann, and all the pox spews bots, and a whole lot left over for the rwnj voters!!!!!!!

  37. 180 dudette9t9
    November 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Okay, now that’s out… I’ll scroll back up and look at some beautiful pics of my first family and get back to the postive vibe!
    Thank you! Carry On! ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. 183 jeff
    November 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Man it’s great to see the president win so handily and to prove that I was worrying nothing over the polls. They were so wrong about the women’s vote about them being some mystical tie, etc. They were also very incorrect in believing that the minority turn out aka Hispanic, Black, etc would be smaller than 2008 when in fact it was MUCH larger.

  39. 184 vitaminlover
    November 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    By the way Ms. Chips, thank you for enforcing the “positively no drama rule” during the last couple of weeks before the victorious re-election. It kept us focussed and on point. We won!

  40. 189 dudette9t9
    November 8, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Last one from me tonight folks. Goodnight everyone!
    I love you and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it! So glad we’ll be together for another 4 yrs.

  41. 192 Bill R.
    November 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

  42. 195 desertflower
    November 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Ordinarily, I might have been angered by this bs…but as I read it tonight, well….I just ROTFLMAO.


    • 196 99ts
      November 8, 2012 at 12:38 am

      df – that is so funny – he actually spent time doing this BEFORE the election – when he had more than enough time afterwards. I am also ROTFLMAO – He really thought it was “his turn”

    • 197 99ts
      November 8, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Also – they have some fun comments over there – I liked No 16

      • 198 desertflower
        November 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

        That works! If I never hear his name uttered again, it’ll be too soon. Time to move FORWARD….and time to leave these cretins in the dust. Night all…I will sleep like a baby:)

  43. 199 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 12:29 am

  44. November 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Love seeing Chips in person…Where’s the little ‘9’ on that cloud, though? Seriously, girlfriend, life is good and you draw the same way I do! That makes you even more wonderful than previously realized with your all-powerful awesomeness. Chips (TOD) wins teh internetz.

  45. November 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Dear Friends,

    At the core of what we accomplished is the fact that on 6 Nov 2012 the majority of those Americans PARTICIPATING in THEIR democracy REJECTED HATE and affirmed all the values that countless brave and caring individuals, for more than 2 Centuries committed their lives to enable.


  46. November 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

    That sand castle is the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen.

  47. 210 jeff
    November 8, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I can’t believe that Mathews said thank god for the hurricane and how PBO won because of that disaster. I am done with that fake left asshole.

    • 211 theo67
      November 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

      To be fair, he did offer a heartfelt apology, and said he was looking at the situation from a political perspective, and lost sight of the real lives lost and harmed by the tragedy. It was a very decent apology.

      But, I won’t forgive him for the comments about President Obama needing to be beholden to Clinton, and share the night of his victory with Bill Clinton and the Democrats who won (instead of being more presidential and focusing on an inclusive message). I’m done with Chris over that.

      • November 8, 2012 at 6:57 am

        His apology wasn’t for insinuating that PBO got lucky (which was his primary objective with that comment). His apology was for his insensitivity to those victimized by the storm. And that was the only reason why his bosses probably forced him to come back and apologize the next day – because his comment ended up offending a whole bunch of people, not just the intended target.

        • 213 theo67
          November 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

          You’re right – he was only apologizing for the insensitivity of the storm comment. In any case, I’m done with Chris Matthews. He’s just offensive on so many fronts, and patronizing in his “support”.

  48. 214 goldendreamer
    November 8, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Is the party still going on? ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. 215 jacquelineoboomer
    November 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    One more little tearjerker, heard tonight on The Ed Show. The head of the United Steelworkers union was being interviewed, and Ed asked him if he thought labor helped bring it home for the President. The union chief said ALL the unions were on the ground getting out the vote, and then said (paraphrased), “The union that includes bus drivers … the bus drivers were talking to their riders to encourage them to vote for the President.”

    This President surely knows when he goes to sleep at night that so many regular, normal people – including those who get up every morning and hop aboard a bus on their way to work, or those driving the bus – appreciate his goodness and voted for him.

    We got our second term, America. Let’s not waste it. And I repeat what I posted earlier in the day: Don’t anybody try to ruin my joy for the next four years!

  50. 216 purpleshoesla
    November 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Ok gotta go to bed and I’m not caught up yet here at TOD. I guess all the adrenaline is dissipating out my body. Listened to the Prez’ victory speech 3 times in a row, and cried/clapped/hooted/hollered in different places each time I watched it. Then you all had me rolling on the floor laughing at all your posts. Plus all the PAR-TAY music. So missed you guys. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† Thank goodness I’m taking a few days this week so I can get caught up here at TOD. Nite all. Fais de beaux reves.

    • 217 theo67
      November 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Purpleshoesla – I’m right behind you. I’ve watched the President’s speech three times, and the third time, paused and rewound to see certain details again. I haven’t caught up, and at this point – I don’t know that I ever will. But I’m on Cloud 10, right next to Chips’ position on Cloud 9, and I’ll be happy to never come down again (although, I could do with a sweater). This was a very well-deserved victory. See everyone tomorrow!

  51. November 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

    It is essential that each of us do all we can to encourage our wonderful President Obama to GO DIRECT TO THE PEOPLE – be it in person or via the many ‘virtual’ modalities available to him.

    In that spirit, following is a little missive submitted to the President via the WH comment portal:

    Dear Mr President,

    Congratulations! You have achieved so much, of incalculable value to so many, and now you have >4 more years to inspire Americans and, with them, expand on policy and implementation of CHANGE.

    The following is a humble recommendation offered in the context of admiration and pragmatic awareness of the inertia and hate you will continue to confront.

    Simply, between now and Inauguration Day – Jan 2017, yes, 2017, please, no matter what – BE WITH THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA.

    Broadcast radio/TV and cable currently have distorted and usurped the fact that they only exist because WE THE PEOPLE allow them to have access to the public’s electromagnetic spectrum as shepherded by the FCC.

    Beyond FCC regulation of that spectrum on behalf of every citizen of America, is a more central issue – how you, as our President, leverage it to ensure that EVERY AMERICAN is truthfully informed as to what YOU are doing on THEIR behalf.

    In that context, the recommendation is that you do not allow others, be it your Press Secretary, ‘surrogates,’ or anyone else be the primary communicator to Americans. During the next 4+ years, YOU need to be ‘in our face.’

    Doing so is no longer a technological or logistical issue.

    YOU can CONNECT with ALL of US, easily and I’ll not insult your intelligence by listing all the options you have to do so.

    JUST DO IT, Sir.

    Not with staged YouTube videos, though those are useful, but use all the tools you have readily available to BE WITH US.

    Most importantly – GET OUT OF DC, OFTEN.

    You’ve got all you need on AF1, and in your various vehicles to be connected, constantly, with those whom need your guidance and authorization for ANY ACTION. That’s not a barrier.

    By being WITH THE PEOPLE, you not only will destroy those forces manically focused on destroying you, the middle class and our democracy, but also how you enable all of us to be shoulder to shoulder with you.

    Let’s Get This Done,


  52. November 8, 2012 at 2:43 am

  53. November 8, 2012 at 2:54 am

    now some sleep … after listening, one more time to our President’s words yesterday evening at OUR moment of victory …

  54. 224 anniebella
    November 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    What is wrong with Florida? They haven’t declared a winner yet.

    • 225 susanne
      November 8, 2012 at 3:45 am

      it’s just crazy. they can’t think we’re going to believe they are sooooo concerned for precision, and for honoring all the voters’ ballots. we’ve seen how their governor tried to suppress and disrupt voting. it didn’t keep the president from winning, so just give it up, florida!

    • 230 forus50
      November 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Because it’s so close (within 46,000) they have to count the provisional ballots prior to declaring winner. The other states didn’t have a close election so they declared winner before their provisional ballots were counted.

    • 232 0388jojothecat
      November 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

      FL has an incompetent Gov and SS that allowed a ten page ballot on one of the most heavily voted elections in hopes that people would walk away (people meaning Dems). This time many R’s walked away too. The people they wanted most NOT to vote stayed in line no matter how long the wait.

  55. 235 squarepeg
    November 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

    • 236 anniebella
      November 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

      That is something I hope Senator Reid can do something about, cause it is shameful what McConnell and his Republicans Senators did with the filibuster, their obstruction.

  56. November 8, 2012 at 6:43 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s election victory on Tuesday may give him the opportunity to deepen his liberal imprint on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A Harvard law graduate who taught constitutional law, Obama, a Democrat, named two liberals to the high court during his first four-year term.

    With his re-election, the retirement of one or more justices in the next four years could preserve the present ideological balance or, more significantly, move the bench to the left.

    The court’s nine justices are selected for life and their appointments can rank among a president’s most enduring legacies.

    Four are in their 70s. Two – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Stephen Breyer, 74 – are liberals. Two – Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy, both 76 – are conservatives. The biggest shake-up would come if either of the last two stepped down.

    A swing in the liberal direction could foster a new receptiveness to campaign finance regulation. The five-justice conservative majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, has ruled against such regulation, most notably in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission dispute.


  57. November 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I know, I know, it’s Huff Puff, but it’s also music to my ears


    However, figures like Viguerie have limited influence within the GOP these days. The real lightning bolts being thrown on Wednesday were by the party’s super donors, who played a historic role in this election after a 2010 Supreme Court decision allowed them to give unlimited amounts to outside groups.

    Many of the lightning bolts were aimed at none other than Karl Rove, the former Bush administration political genius who oversaw the deployment of nearly $400 million in campaign spending through outside groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS toward the presidential race and toward numerous Senate and House races.

    “The billionaire donors I hear are livid,” one Republican operative told The Huffington Post. “There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do โ€ฆ I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.”

  58. 241 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

    US election: Women are the new majority


  59. 242 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

  60. 247 vcprezofan2
    November 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Hi guys. This is silly, loud and now a bit outdated, and not really something to start a day with (it came up with something else I watched), but some of you might get a chuckle….who knows?

  61. 248 squarepeg
    November 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Did ya’ll see Colbert last night? The intro was so funny.

  62. 249 Esmerelda
    November 8, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Letterman does impression of Karl Rove on Tuesday night (1 min in)

    • 250 desertflower
      November 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

      That was great:)

    • 251 Esmerelda
      November 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Oh, he also called him a ‘tubby weasel’. You should watch this segment, I think people will do a better job if they watch Letterman for news analysis rather than these pundits.

      • 252 forus50
        November 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

        Brian Williams is the great pretender and artful dodger, always going for the easy laugh and whatever is in vogue. Notice how he replied to Dave regarding Dave’s statement that the news made it seem like it was a close election; “Oh but that would take collusion.” Yes, exactly it was collusion Brian Williams.

  63. November 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

  64. 257 hopefruit2
    November 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

  65. 259 desertflower
    November 8, 2012 at 8:39 am


    Reuters Top NewsVerified
    FLASH: U.S. jobless claims fall in latest week, down to 355,000 from 363,000 last week
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  66. 260 hopefruit2
    November 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Some great economic news!!

  67. 261 desertflower
    November 8, 2012 at 8:45 am


    Mitt Romney “began his retreat from public life Wednesday at a private breakfast gathering with a couple hundred of his most loyal and affluent campaign benefactors. The former Massachusetts governor, humbled by the thumping that ended his six-year pursuit of the presidency, reminisced about the journey and tried not to cry,” the Washington Post reports.

    • 262 99ts
      November 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

      So glad he’s disappeared – now if Chuck Todd could do the same

    • 263 utaustinliberal
      November 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

      It’s so telling that he didn’t sit down with campaign volunteers…..noooooo…the first people he hobnobbed with were greedy fat cat benefactors.

      • 264 hopefruit2
        November 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

        I read somewhere that Willard’s campaign “volunteers” were paid workers – as much as $16 per hr.

      • 265 0388jojothecat
        November 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

        I sure Robme cried for ALL the money he spent and paid to those workers and did not get elected. He was not going to allow any of those commoners to attend his inauguration anyway. It would have been a parade of the wealthiest 1%.

  68. 266 dotster3
    November 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Interesting that all these pundits who have been maligning President Obama daily for the last 2 years, at least, now find him the greatest thing since sliced bread, his team politically smarter, geniuses. All kinds of praise. It’s pretty amazing, this instantaneous turnaround, pretending all that constant anti-Obama pounding never happened, wiped clean from the slate.
    Also interesting in the Reuters post-election analysis that after the 2010 midterms, with the election of all those tea party crazies who seized control of the Repub Party, Axe told Obama that “they just sowed the seeds of your re-election.” They knew that their nominee would either come from that radical wing or would have to bow down to it in order to win the nomination——and that the majority of the electorate would reject that extremism.

    • 267 amk for obama
      November 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

      The lefty nuts ? Don’t worry, they’ll start bitching and moaning from today. As a matter of fact, the lefty limbaugh aka ed shultz, is already whining about the stupid holding the prez feet to fire nonsense.

      My prediction. – Obama is will be much more aggressive now and will push his agenda regardless of the teabaggers, firebaggers, stupid pundtwits, msm morons and even his own democratic party if they stand in the way. Just watch.

      • 268 57andfemale
        November 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Already heard it this morning. Not even 48 hours since the election. I think it will be a lot less, but it won’t be gone. the whiny left makes me insane.

        • 269 amk for obama
          November 8, 2012 at 9:18 am


          • 270 57andfemale
            November 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

            A-fucking-men. And I seriously believe they’re going to be marginalized this time. The Democratic party and progressives had better learn how to effect the change they allegedly want, and that includes keeping your powder dry, working with and supporting the existing Democratic President and realize if we fucking behave, we’ll undo a great deal of damage in about a decade.

            2010 was a major step back and I blame the whiny left and wimpy Dem’s for most of it.

  69. 271 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

  70. 272 dotster3
    November 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

    • 273 hopefruit2
      November 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

      LOL! I guess I would be pissed too if I had a 1% ROI….

    • 274 Ladyhawke
      November 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Jonathan Cohn โ€@CitizenCohn


      GOP donors are apparently angry at wasting so much money on failing campaigns. Wait til they realize it was also good economic stimulus.


    • 275 Ladyhawke
      November 8, 2012 at 9:12 am


  71. 276 ruri
    November 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

    those children in Jakarta, Indonesia, my country….are cute…aren’t they! told you they too wish PBO is their president too, just like me ๐Ÿ™‚

    thank you Chips for posting it..:)

  72. 279 desertflower
    November 8, 2012 at 9:10 am


    Vice President Joe Biden will make an appearance on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” Nov. 15 where the vice president will play himself, the newly re-elected vice president, reports the New York Times.

    The scene was filmed secretly this summer in Washington, D.C. If details had been leaked, NBC may have been forced to offer the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan a spot on a show as well in order to make sure they were not promoting one candidate over another.

    The scene was filmed assuming that Biden and President Obama would win re-election, but they filmed an extra line in case the vice president lost.

    The New York Times as the story.

  73. 280 Don
    November 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    If I were Karl Rove Iโ€™d think about going to the mattresses, there are a lot of irate billionaires out there looking for answers.

  74. 283 amk for obama
    November 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Bang, bang, bang.

    Chips, ’nuff with the beard trimming.

  75. 284 57andfemale
    November 8, 2012 at 9:27 am


  76. 299 dotster3
    November 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I join others in being fascinated by the impressive data mining of the Obama campaign——-what TV shows 29 yr. old females were watching in Miami and place an ad there, for example. I also experienced their “prioritized lists” which volunteers were operating from. When I first started calling Iowa voters, I got the “Of course I’m voting for Obama!” and “You betcha!” And then the last few times I called, I knew something was different because I was getting more of the denser “I’m not sure yet, maybe I’ll vote for Obama, maybe not”, and I think I reported here I was having to work harder during my calls the last few days. We—-the Ia. callers—–had already contacted the priorities—–and had reached the bottom of the list. My Chgo daughter felt she had to sneak in some calls from work the last few days and was surprised they had her calling Mn.! Since Mn. was not ever mentioned as a toss up, she rightly decided that everyone else in the critical states had already been contacted.
    A brilliantly run campaign——of course aided by a brilliant, charismatic candidate.

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