Rise and Shine



9:0: The President and First Lady host a breakfast with veterans; the Vice President and Dr Biden also attend

11:0: The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery; the First Lady, Vice President and Dr Biden also attend

11:15: The President delivers remarks at Arlington National Cemetery


Mike Thompson

Thank you Relellit – I ADORE this!



There’s a surprise, Gallup the least accurate polling company during the campaign 🙄

Read Nate Silver’s article here



NYT Editorial: The millionaires and billionaires who gave nearly $500 million to independent groups in the race to elect Mitt Romney and other Republicans not only bet on the wrong party, they bet on the wrong tactic. They believed that an endless drumbeat of television advertisements would be enough to drive voters away from President Obama and Democratic policies.

It did not work…..

…. the biggest-spending conservative groups were trounced. American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, spent $104 million in the general election, but none of its candidates won. The United States Chamber of Commerce spent $24 million backing Republicans in 15 Senate races; only two of them won. Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul, spent $53 million on nine Republican candidates, eight of whom lost.

… A backlash against the damaging power of big money cannot come too soon.

Full editorial here


Steve Benen: First up from the God Machine this week is a look at the 2012 presidential election, and the differences along religious lines….

….. the results among Roman Catholic voters are arguably the most electorally significant. In every recent cycle, Catholics have been considered a key swing constituency and President Obama narrowly won their support, 50% to 48%. It suggests Republicans’ efforts to focus on contraception and reproductive rights had limited success, and the Bishops’ lobbying largely fell on deaf ears.

Also note, while many on the right hoped 2012 would be the year that Jewish voters abandoned Democrats, that didn’t come close to happening. Though Obama fared slightly worse among Jewish voters as compared to 2008, he still enjoyed overwhelming support.

Read full post here



Deaniac (The People’s View): The Impact of A President: A Personal Reflection on Equality

Four years ago, on election day 2008, I was a poll-captain for the No on 8 campaign in California. After working day and night trying to beat back California’s attempt to ban marriage equality, election day was finally upon us, and my job was to lead my team of volunteers to speak to voters in the parking lot of the polling place about voting No on 8. The team of volunteers rotated throughout the day, in 2, 3 or 4 hour shifts. Some stayed even half a day. I was there all day. From the break of dawn before the polls opened till they closed…..

Read full post here


Oooooh, cruel!


Yahoo: It was an intimate snapshot of a sweet celebration: Minutes after the networks called the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama on Tuesday night, the Obama for America campaign posted a picture of him hugging his wife along with a simple message: “Four more years.” Within minutes, it became the most popular post in the history of Twitter and the most-liked image in the history of Facebook….

…. no one was more surprised than the woman who took the photo back in August, Scout Tufankjian….

…. The President is “so much happier and more relaxed” when he’s with his family … he and the first lady are so focused on each other. The way that they play off each other and get energy from each other… when I was shooting the president during the 2008 campaign I would watch them greet each other on stage and I used to text-message my boyfriend, now my husband: ‘Do you love me as much as Barack loves Michelle?’ and he’d be like, ‘Probably not, no’.”

More here

Thanks BWD


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Morning everyone 😉

94 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Right place, right time?

  2. November 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Sorry, I have to gloat . . .

    • November 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

      For months we’ve been told not to get cocky or complacement, etc. etc. WE WON! so yeah, gloat away.

    • November 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

      That’s a hoot Marlz, I hope you can all understand the accents!!!

    • November 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

      It’s obvious they truly think that their future has been destroyed. I would be thinking the same thing if Romney had won. Of course I think I have more facts on my side.

    • 15 Pamela
      November 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I almost didn’t watch this, waste of data; but I must say, or ask, “what were these people thinking”, I mean really, they thought Myth was going to be good for this country, for this planet, in so critical a time as this? Maybe I need to stretch my compassion a little more, but it is difficult to imagine what their daily lives must be like, to be so tragically wrecked by President Obama maintaining his Office, when the whole damn WORLD needs him to stay right where he is, doing why only he will be able to do. I look at these faces, and see minds filled with closed doors and windows. Bye bye, my dears, love youse all!

    • 17 Ceb
      November 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I know that PBO says that he does not believe in “spiking the ball” and part of me feels for the people in this video when I think how devastated we would be if PBO had lost. However, there is the other part of me that is in agreement with the lyrics of the song ” you might of won some, but you just lost one.”. We democrats have lost for much of my lifetime, and now it is our time to see our world view become policy. For thosenRomney voters who were motivated by hate and disdain, they deserved what they got. The good news for them is that they have a president who loves and works hard for and respects all Americans whether they voted for him or not. He truly believes, as he re-affirmed election night that “there are no red, states, no blue states; there is the United States of America.” PBO will treat them much better than R and R would have treated us.

      • November 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

        Couldn’t agree more, Ceb. Initially I gulped a bit, I thought the gloating was a bit too much, but as you said, these people were largely motivated by hate, never by any enthusiasm for Romney – and for that, they definitely got what they deserved. I’m sure PBO wouldn’t welcome this kind of ‘gloating’, but it’s very hard for his supporters to resist!

      • November 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

        My gloating is not towards the unfortunate Repub voters who were duped because they were too stupid (or mentally imbalanced) to realize that the RW media, MSM and corporate overlords were fooling them. My gloating is towards these corporate overlords (KOCH, Big Oil, Rove, Wall Street, etc), the MSM pundiots who have ran the biggest misinformation campaign, and enabled the GOP in their total disrespect of our President. They DESERVE our gloating as far as I’m concerned.

        • 20 Ceb
          November 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

          This is my hit list for gloating as well.

        • 21 Oxfarm
          November 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

          I remember when post-debate Gallup showed a 52 approval rating for PBO, AND a strong gain in likely voters for Romney, and I scratched my head and thought well, someone recognizes integrity in a candidate, but someone is also getting snowed or oversampled. And then went back to Nate Silver as I’ve done since 2008.

          I feel bad for these people working off of bad information, for their campaign machine giving them so much snow and not much preparation. The Obama team always advised people not to get complacent, and urged them on in such a way that there was built-in emotional preparedness for all outcomes. Well, all except the 332 bit, which blew me away. A far superior effort all around.

        • November 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

          Same here!

          YES.WE.DID, Again!
          Press On, #FORWARD 2012 & Beyond, Together!
          #TrustBarack (As Bobfr says) 😉

      • 23 desertflower
        November 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

        I might add that PBO will treat them better than RR would have treated THEM! Clueless souls

        • 24 Oxfarm
          November 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

          Yup! I feel badly for them in that I have empathy for when someone falls short of a desired goal. But not much more than that in this case. I’m not gloating. But damn, I am SAVORING.

      • 25 theo67
        November 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        The reason I can’t feel bad for these people and their loss is because they’re wrong. If you ask them for the reasons that they were voting for Mitt, you’ll hear a lot of nonsense – they don’t want other people to get anything that they think they deserve, they hate the President for a variety of reasons, they are deluded into thinking that the provably flawed Republicans policies will amount to anything less than disaster. There is not one valid reason for supporting Romney, simply because nobody can have a single idea what he actually stood for – after six years of campaigning. They are just wrong. And their wrongness could have resulted in harm to people of this planet for generations to come.

        • November 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

          THIS!!! Just like the sign in the window of that store front claiming “THEIR WHITE” forefathers gave them the keys to America for eternity and that anyone that does not look like them or THINK like them is not worthy to lead America. I have no sympathy for them because they will benefit more when the country gets more prosperous because of President Obama and his policies.

          • 27 theo67
            November 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

            I can’t believe that someone put that stupid sign on their store front. Don’t they know that this country did not belong to those fore fathers, but to the first Americans who lived here for generations before any white person stepped foot on the continent? And just like those first white men and women and children were immigrants, every other generation that has called this place home was descended from immigrants, as well? Those racists with that store front notice need to learn how to celebrate diversity, instead of celebrating hate. Ugh – that story leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    • November 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

      GLOAT, your ass off!!!!! I know I’m doing it.

    • 30 anniebella
      November 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Martz, Boy my Republican sister look mad as hell.

    • 32 globalcitizenlinda
      November 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

      maybe everyone should just be allowed “one gloat”

  3. November 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I Have Risen.

    Good morning all.

  4. 36 Pamela
    November 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hung out waiting a bit, just to say Hi, Good Morning, and have a great day! Thanking all those who have given so much to bring us this day! {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}. {{{{{tod}}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}}

  5. 37 Ceb
    November 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Good morning everyon; still basking in the glory of a second term for the best POTUS ever. Thanks be to God and to all of our fired up citizens who put “feet to faith” and got this done. Thanks again to all of the supporters from all over the world: your positive energy helped to lift us up.
    I am soooooooo happy!!!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing George Will eat crow for his ridiculous wishful thinking, fact-less EV prediction; EPIC FAIL

  6. 38 Melissa
    November 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Morning everyone!
    Lol Chips, I see that Roger Simon of politico retweeted ur tweet about the “Obama wins, planet relieved” editorial from an Indian paper. How true tho!
    Chips, you put those so-called journos to shame. You should have your own show! Lol (after all, Nate Silver was just a blogger at Dailykos 5 years ago, and I think you’re much better IMHO)

  7. November 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    But but but the fiscal cliff, the fiscal cliff, please don’t raise our taxes, Grover Norquust told me so, immigration is a republican idea, war of women is a myth, and…

  8. 44 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Good Morning TOD family. Congrats on 1st Mary1…what a few in 24 hours being 1st…I am impressed. Well off to work in a few. Just wanted to say, “Have a great Obama Day”.

  9. November 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    ‘Do you love me as much as Barack loves Michelle?’ and he’d be like, ‘Probably not, no’.” OUCH!!! but LOL!!!!!…sigh
    off to church….

  10. November 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Good morning TOD. Happy Veterans Day.

    Oh, to only have half that love from my husband.

  11. 48 auntsis522
    November 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning, All: First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day to my shipmates and compadres out in TODland and Lurkerville!! I am still grinning from ear to ear. I went shopping yesterday and lady noticed my grinned AND stated that I must be in love. In love. Yes, indeed. Finally, my state has finished counting and guess what, we did it!! MIAMI DADE went to PBO as did the state — ITS OFFICIAL. I am so high right now. And for a special bow, I hear that PBO won the Cuban American vote. I am just overjoyed to hear that because the older ones I work with were for Romney. LIFE IS GOOD. Perhaps I will come down off my natural high sometime on Monday – it being a week and all. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 49 desertflower
      November 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

      :0 It’s a wonderful thing! Wonder what LL’s thoughts are on the Cuban American vote? He must be proud:)

  12. 50 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2012 at 9:52 am


    Amazingly, Before He Died Ted Kennedy Tutored Democrats on How to Beat Romney

    By: Jason Easley


    The impact was devastating on the Republican nominee. All summer long Priorities USA and the Obama campaign each followed Kennedy’s advice. By the time Romney got his act together, it was too late to push back effectively. Romney lost swing state after swing state in the summer before the election, and these ads were a main reason why.

    Nearly four years after he passed away, Ted Kennedy helped engineer one last Democratic victory. Kennedy originated the road map for beating Romney in 1994, and much to the shock and dismay of Republicans the exact same strategy worked again in 2012.

    Ted Kennedy passed on years before this election, but political genius lived on and played a critical role in reelecting Barack Obama in 2012.



    Be sure the check out the videos included at the link below. They contain an amazing compilation of campaign ads produced by Priorities USA. These ads were absolutely devastating in defining Mitt Romney before he could do otherwise.


    • November 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Love that Ladyhawke, thank you!

    • 52 theo67
      November 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I hope the GOP understand that these ads were a true reflection on the man, Romney, and the life that he had lived. It wasn’t swift-boating, it was just describing who he is, the character and values with which he is imbued and the lack of core that he would bring to his decision-making in the White House.

      • 53 0388jojothecat
        November 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        Yes, Ted Kennedy is looking down from Heaven and smiling on the defeat of Robme and the election of Elizabeth Warren.

  13. 54 squarepeg
    November 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

  14. 55 Don
    November 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. President Obama and a few surrogates and the voters made this victory possible.

  15. 57 dotster3
    November 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thought this article was interesting about Iowa becoming a reliably blue state in presidential elections. Includes the map results showing a split almost in half, all the Dem votes from the eastern half, where most of the cities of any decent size exist and the western more rural half almost all Repub. Gives as reasons developments true elsewhere also—–increased mobilization and increasing education levels, mobility exposes population to other cultures, more accepting of diversity. Said Iowa is not an angry state (which I knew from growing up there and from my 100’s of phone calls there), that Iowans tend to be more pragmatic and do not share the hostility to govt. which is prevalent in the south. And cultural changes—-Evangelical church communities exist mostly in the rural areas and those areas are losing populations.
    (lost my link—back in a sec. 🙂 )

  16. 59 Ceb
    November 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    To all of our veterans: a great thank you from a more than grateful nation. We join our CIC in support of you and your families in war and peace. Two of my three brothers served (Army and Navy) during the Vietnam era, and several cousins during the periods after this. Our latest offering is a recent high school graduate who is the son of a cousin who also served.

  17. 60 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Happy Veterans day to all our veterans/military members; especially to our TOD veterans. Looking at you Yardarm! 😀

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      November 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I’ll join that! Enjoy your Veterans Day, TOD veterans, including Yardarm! 🙂

    • 62 daisydem
      November 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Yes, happy Veteran’s Day to all of our veterans and to the military still in service. Special thanks to those in my family who served:my uncle, father, father-in-law (retired military), brother-in-law , and my husband, the latter two served in Vietnam era, my brother-in-law was in Vietnam. We appreciate your service.

  18. 63 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I am saving that list of poll accuracy for all time. We knew Gallup was crap but damn…..Gallup is CRAP!!!!!!

  19. 65 cluny
    November 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    GM all. Please, let’s keep gloating a little longer. I wish I had the MSNBC coverage to watch – I was too scared/superstitious to watch the broadcast on election night. I ‘watched’ from TOD but I kinda feel like wallowing in the win now. An extra plus for PBO – the nastier members of the WHPC better watch out now – PBO is a two termer and doesn’t have to tolerate their nonsense nearly as much. If they’re not careful they’ll be up for some more of this. My favourite PBO smackdown – just deadly.

  20. 67 hopefruit2
    November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Happy Veterans Day to all (and especially) to our TOD veterans!

  21. November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Good morning TOD. Thank you to all of our Veterans.

  22. 69 cluny
    November 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    To all veterans here/or military family members – happy veterans day.

  23. November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Man, I think the GOP has finally had an epiphony after getting shallaced this past week. I for the first time watched FOX Sunday show in over 2 years and I didn’t have to mute, or turn off or curse out their guest. They have realized that they are in trouble and they have no choice but to work with democrats and either moderate or be wiped off the map forever. I think Obama will have a pretty good second term with working with the republicans. Boerner has lectured his teaparty base and told them to F_OFF with playing these games anymore especially with the debt ceiling. He knows that he is lucky they still control congress because of GERRRYMANDERING because had that not happened we would control all three branches of government. Congress got half million more votes that gop in congress but the reason we didn’t take back the house was because of the redistricting. So Obama has the upper hand.

  24. November 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Mornin TOD. Arizona is still in play. So many votes still not counted! Ron Barber was said to have lost his re-election bid for Gabby Giffords’ Congressional seat but he is now ahead by 400+ votes. Jeff Flake (Kyl’s senate seat) is only ahead by 4% and Penzone trying to unseat our racist Sheriff Arpaio is still in play. Arizona has turned purple folks and on its way to blue!

    Rich Carmona 4.25 4 Points Down, Kyrsten Sinema Gains, and 524,633 Votes Left Statewide (w/Update)

    • 72 hopefruit2
      November 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

      This is great news Jackie. Dessertflower had hinted at this yesterday. If any of these Repub seats actually turned to DEM seats – I will be psyched!!!

      • 73 desertflower
        November 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

        Maybe Krystin Sinema, maybe Barber. I’m hoping! Would LOVE for the evil, racist Arpiao to get the giant heave ho….in the paper today, he’s “all about” reaching out to the Latino community here…what BS. They know it, any thinking person knows it. He’s insulting. I detest that evil man.

    • November 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Good morning, Jackie. Thanks for this report. I’m really hoping for everybody’s sake that Dems can pull this off. It would be such an important practical and symbolic victory.

  25. 75 Vicki Green
    November 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Gloating for a while is appropriate. And so is celebrating the facts:

    President BO re-elected. Yay!
    7 out of the 11 Governorship races were won by the Democrats. Yay!
    22 out of the 23 Democratic Senate seats up for a vote were Won by Democrats. Yay! Best defensive record ever.
    House still unfolding, but Dem gains of at least 7 and West and Walsh are gone. Yay!
    Marriage equality wins in 3 states. Yay!
    Pot de-criminalized in a few states. Yay! for all the unnecessary arrests avoided. Double Yay.

    We are a group of happy campers here on TOD.

  26. 81 prettyfoot58
    November 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Very important discussion taking place MHP about Poverty….

    i wish i had UTs recap capability….

    take a listen ….


  27. 82 relellit
    November 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Good morning all thanks to all veterans for their service to this country. Happy Veterans Day to them and their families. Happy Veterans Day to all our veterans here @ Todville as well.

    Thanks for the link Ladyhawke. In the article Ted Kennedy had old MYTH pegged when he said Romney will say anything. No wonder he called MYTH “multiple choice”! 😆

    President Obama sends Donald Trump his college transcripts

  28. 84 yardarm756
    November 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Top o’ the morning mates. It’s Veterans Day and I think I know some well enough to share this video. It is a view of how I lived for the better part of ten years. It was on one these vessels that I first went to sea and later combat.

  29. 93 utaustinliberal
    November 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I admire David Axelrod’s non-gloating restraint on Face The Nation especially when Schieffer was spinning nonsense. I’d have brought fireworks and a megaphone and responded to every question with “WE WON! WE WON! WE WON!”

    He did push back on Schieffer’s nonsense that Pres. Obama’s victory was a narrow squeaker. Guess Schieffer doesn’t grasp the concept of arithmetic 332-206 is a LANDSLIDE. Axe was fantastic.

    • 94 theo67
      November 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      They should be ashamed of trying to spread that “squeaker” nonsense. It just makes them look stupid and uninformed – or corrupt.

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