“Rhapsody in Blue”

The New Yorker: “Since no one knew which way the election was going to go, I was trying to come up with as many cover ideas as I could, which was also just a great way to distract me from worrying about the election,” says Mark Ulriksen, the artist of this week’s cover “Rhapsody in Blue.” “And as I was sketching … I heard that CNN was going to light up the Empire State building according to whether it was a blue or red victory. I thought it was wonderful…

…. If it had been lit up red, I would’ve been disappointed …. I’m grateful that, as my mom says, ‘my team won.’”

More here

Thanks BWD

319 Responses to ““Rhapsody in Blue””

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    November 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm


  2. 4 susanne
    November 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    aloha chips and tods~

  3. 6 vcprezofan2
    November 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi y’all! What’s cooking? Hi there, PFI, AND Susanne! 😆

    • 7 susanne
      November 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      happy hawaii morning vc and proud! where’s everybody else? okay, some entertainment while we wait (silly alert!):

    • 9 Proud Former White House Intern
      November 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Hi how are you, I am just fine still riding high from the election. 332 is now my favorite number!

      • 10 vcprezofan2
        November 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        PFI, I’m still floating happily along above David P and whatever other garbage the GOP/MSM might throw into my personal space. I’m not sure either of them will be able to rattle me for a good, long while. 😆 😆 😆 😆

  4. 11 japa21
    November 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Top five again

  5. November 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

  6. November 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    An awesome cover. Almost as sweet as the victory itself.

  7. 18 FiredUpInCA
    November 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Ninth (or thereabouts)!

    Happy one week anniversary everybody!

    • 19 susanne
      November 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      it’s a beautiful world, with our potus in the white house!

    • 20 Ceb
      November 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I am still taking it in and enjoying all of the possibilities. Great things for the country and the world are in sight. Remember, everyone:’the latest shiny ball is a distraction; keep your eyes, hearts, and minds forward.

  8. November 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    How blue-tiful 🙂

  9. 23 TrumpDog
    November 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’d love a copy. I’d frame it.

  10. 24 JER
    November 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    • 25 utaustinliberal
      November 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      I want to laugh because……but that’s just mean. A lot of these staffers aren’t wealthy and were barely making enough to scrape by.

      • 26 veryslowwriter
        November 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        They are paying the staffers until the end of the month — but they don’t deny cancelling the credit cards.

    • 27 anniebella
      November 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Isn’t that nice of the rich guy Mitt Romney? Shows how much he truly care for the little people who put their lives on hold to try to help him get elected.

  11. November 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    The Senate passed a bill to increase cost-of-living benefits for veterans with disabilities by unanimous consent Tuesday.

    The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act passed in the House in July, which means the bill will now head to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

    H.R. 4114 directs the secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the rates of veterans’ disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for veterans with disabilities and dependency compensation for surviving family members by Dec. 1.
    Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) introduced the bill, and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee leaders, Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and ranking member Richard Burr (R-N.C.), supported the measure.


    • 30 susanne
      November 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      this is great news, jovie! thanks for reporting.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Wow. The good news continues.

      Amazing (although why would we be amazed) that this passed the House in July, but had to wait for Senate approval until after the election (not enough votes I guess to give that first-termer President another unanimous win, unfortunately also holding back announcement of the win to veterans with disabilities – the only ones who should have mattered in this).

  12. 32 susanne
    November 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    from sam wang’s wrap-up:

    ‘ Elementary statistical methods were all we needed to reveal truths about the 2012 race. Medians and other outlier-rejecting tools were enough. Adjustments like house biases and chewing over polling internals were not necessary. Good statistics can cut through the noise – if you have the nerve to ignore the chatter. I deeply believe this to be true for many problems in public policy and science – not just elections. ‘


    • 33 57andfemale
      November 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Sam Wang has not gotten anywhere near the credit he deserves. I understand that Nate was under attack and it’s perfectly justifiable to reiterate that Nate was ‘right’. But so was Sam Wang and he deserves accolades as well.

      • 34 forus50
        November 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        I agree. And add cabpolitical and votamatic site guy Drew Linzer. Of course having your site be on the NYT didn’t hurt Nate. I will give him credit for moving Florida light blue the last day or two so that he was correct on all states. I don’t think the other guys did that – they still had NC and FL as going to Romney. But either way, they all had POTUS winning in a landslide.

  13. 35 lisalovesobama
    November 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Tweety has some ass on his show that wrote that PBO should enlist the help of Clinton and Willard to come up with a plan for the fiscal curve…….er……..CLICK!!!!! Now watching Harry Potter on ABC Family.

    • November 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      You’re right lisa – Harry Potter is a much better use of your brain cells. Tweety has been peddling this bullshyte since last week. It’s beyond disgusting at this point.

    • 37 Vicki Green
      November 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Then he does an entire segmant on Hilary. To me this is a form of denial that PBO not only won but won BIG. Are these idiots going to try to pretend that the next 4 years are only important insofar they are a warm-up act for whoever comes next?
      The Blue Dogs and the GOP together in their denials

    • 38 anniebella
      November 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      To that ass on Tweety show, Hell No!

      • 39 anniebella
        November 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        We elected a President who knows what he is doing.

        • 40 Left-Indie
          November 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

          No, it’s not a denial of PBO’s big win. C’mon now, you all know this is what they do. Speculation of who’s gonna be the next horse to bet on is exciting to them, and to some viewers. They do it all the time at this conjuncture ever since 24hr cable news became the norm. Their lameness is enough without reading more stuff into it.

  14. 41 lisalovesobama
    November 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Wow. Isn’t there usually more traffic on here around this time?! Did TODbots get new hobbies after the election and forgot to send me the memo?

    • 42 symmetry11
      November 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Ikr…Where is everyone?

    • 43 57andfemale
      November 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I’m here! Of course, I could be, like, doing my job……..

    • 44 susanne
      November 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      i’ve noticed this, too. of course, i’d kinda sorta promised my husband that i wouldn’t spend all day with the tod peeps after the election, and that i’d get some chores done, maybe, go outside once in a while…. 🙂 i hope our tod buddies are having fun, shaking off the tension, and enjoying the blissful WIN.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Methinks TODbots are busy catching up at work, in the house, with friends/relatives – because God knows we hardly got anything done in the last two weeks and were glued to politics and nothing else!!! 🙂

      • 46 jackiegrumbacher
        November 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        That’s the truth, HF. I’ve spend the last two days getting quality time with our 2-month old granddaughter and tomorrow’s another treat day. Haven’t been around all day.

    • 47 vcprezofan2
      November 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      😆 😆 The memo’s on its way, and some of us are trying to give ‘get a life’ a shot at success, even if we are doing nothing more than reading (and a one-week day job).

  15. 48 forus50
    November 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  16. 54 prettyfoot58
    November 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  17. 61 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    States with the highest proportion of whites all went to Obama——wrecking many pundits talking points

  18. 62 57andfemale
    November 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

  19. 68 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  20. 72 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  21. 75 prettyfoot58
    November 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  22. 79 FiredUpInCA
    November 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    FYI: Elmo Puppeteer Cleared

    5:52PM EST November 13. 2012 – The unidentified man who accused Sesame Street’s Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse has recanted his account, and now says he was an adult at the time of their relationship.


    • 80 lisalovesobama
      November 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      🙄 way to ruin a man’s reputation.

      • 81 vcprezofan2
        November 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised if money was behind this – as in trying to wheedle a lump sum out of the puppeteer. 🙄 Sometimes it’s so hard to know who to trust.

      • 82 Cheryllou
        November 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        I’m sorry for Kevin Cash. It’s one thing to accuse a person of wrong doing, but this is beyond the pale. He’ll be lucky if Sesame Street takes him back.

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          November 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

          I hope they do. It’s far too easy for a disgruntled person to destroy another’s life by invoking sex IMO. Abuse, rape, etc is different, but when there’s been adult consent I really hate this publishing of people’s private sex lives.

    • 84 theo67
      November 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      The “adult” in this case was a 16 year old boy. I’ll never understand why they think 16 year olds should be labeled as “adults”.

  23. 87 prettyfoot58
    November 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Is anyone else tired of the outrage and disbelief of the GOP…….

  24. 89 squarepeg
    November 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  25. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Rhapsody in Blue! My team won, too!

  26. November 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Heads up, peeps:

    Pelosi to announce decision on minority leader run Wednesday

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday that she would announce her decision about whether to continue her 10-year run of leading her caucus on Wednesday morning.

    She deflected questions about whether she would continue in the minority leader position by saying she would hold a 10 a.m. Wednesday press conference to announce her decision.

    Heightening the anticipation of her announcement, Pelosi’s office sent a memo to the members of the Democratic Caucus asking the female Democrats of the current Congress, as well as those women who their first election Tuesday, to join her at the 10 a.m. press conference.


  27. November 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Congressman Peter King is a Dick!

    That is all.

  28. 112 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Don’t read if you’re sick of The Scandal, but this other other woman, Jill Kelley, is something else. With an army of reporters in front of her house today she sat in her front window with the drapes open watching FOX News. She called to complain about the reporters, telling local law enforcement she was an honorary consulate (self-appointed) and deserved special protection. Honorary consul is on her license plate on silver Mercedes. 20,000 pages of email exchanges with Gen Allen said to be “flirtatious” with the 2 parties calling each other “sweetheart” and “dear”. Broadwell accused her of doing something flirtatious under the table with the generals. She seemed to force herself into the social scene there and held multitudes of lavish parties for the military brass and top Fl. Republicans at her home (including horrible Fl. Atty Gen. Pam Bondi). This is in spite of the news that she and husband were in big financial trouble with multiple lawsuits and foreclosures pending against them. And weird that Petraeus and Allen both intervened in her twin sister’s custody lawsuit, a Pa. judge having awarded custody to the father, calling the sister “psychologically unstable”. And she was friends with, and sought out, the FBI dude who had already sent her half nude photos of himself who had a “world view” that was anti-Obama. Also concerning that she appointed herself a liaison between the military and her native Lebanon and other Middle Eastern leaders. On what authority? That whole deal there with her and the central command there in Tampa—-almost hard to believe.

    • 113 FiredUpInCA
      November 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Best soap opera on television right now, as sands through the hourglass so are the The Days of our Generals.

    • 115 forus50
      November 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      It’s going to be hard for the GOP to continue to ask for trillions for the Military Industrial Complex. I swear Barack Obama just makes people fold before he even sits down at the card table.

    • November 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      I am thinking she may be a Foreign spy! Her behavior in indicative of one!

    • 117 idon
      November 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      So now we have the final piece to the puzzle. The Middle East connection. John Sununu’s family is also from Lebanon.

    • 118 anniebella
      November 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      dotster3, I’m sick of it.

    • 119 Kreen
      November 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      This thing just keeps on giving…unbelievable!

    • 120 Lovepolitics2008
      November 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      OK is it just me or something smells fishy here ? “She appointed herself a liaison between the military and her native Lebanon and other Middle Easter leaders”. And that woman is the ‘friend” of the General in charge of operations in Afghanistan ???!!!!!!! Exchanging thousands and thousands of pages of e-mails with him ???!!!!!

      This whole story reads like a spy novel….

    • November 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      No, it seems as if they’re greedy, have a sense of entitlement, and it also seems that folks like Ward don’t care how much it costs the taxpayers as long as they get what they want, Jovie. Imo, it’s shameful behavior on the part of our military leaders-having affairs, abusing one’s powers, and the lavish spending are outrageous.

  29. November 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Good Evening Chips and TOD Family! Hope everyone is well!

    Thought I’d pop in a share President Obama’s 2012 Diwali greeting with you. Today, President Obama wished a Happy Diwali to the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the holiday here at home and around the world.

    “Today, here at home and across the globe, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. Diwali is a time for gathering with family and friends, often marked with good food and dancing. It is also a time for prayer and reflection about those less fortunate. It is a testament to the compassion of these communities that so many of them have helped those that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

    Many who observe this holiday will light the Diya, or lamp, which symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. As that lamp is lit, we should all recommit ourselves to bring light to any place still facing darkness. Earlier this year, we were reminded of the evil that exists in the world when a gunman walked into the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire. In the wake of that horrible tragedy, we saw the resilience of a community that drew strength from their faith and a sense of solidarity with their neighbors, Sikh and non-Sikh alike. We also saw compassion and love, in the heroic actions of the first responders and the outpouring of support from people across the country. Out of a day of sadness, we were reminded that the beauty of America remains our diversity, and our right to religious freedom.

    To those celebrating Diwali, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”

    From Obama Foodorama (some photos from the 2010 trip to India included):

    President Obama on Tuesday offered holiday greetings to those marking Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated around the world by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. In his message, the President said that Diwali is a time for “prayer and reflection” for “those less fortunate,” and noted both Hurricane Sandy and the deadly shooting earlier this year at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The President has in the past marked Diwali with a reception at the White House, but there is currently no reception planned this year. In 2010, he celebrated Diwali during his first trip to India (above, with the First Lady at a Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai).

    In 2009, President Obama became the first president to participate in Diwali celebrations at the White House. There’s a 15-minute video from that celebration on the White House blog here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/13/president-obama-marks-diwali

    Here’s the President’s first Diwali greeting from 2009:

  30. 124 lisalovesobama
    November 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Well, looks military brass, FBI and CIA are due for a thorough flushing out. These people are waaaaaay too much.

    • November 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      It appears as if they’ve been running hog wild, Lisa. They have underestimated PBO, and I’d hate to be one of the top officials having to explain to him how/why these messes happened. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and I do believe he’s going to get the answers he’s seeking.

    • 126 dudette9t9
      November 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I know, right? I read earlier today that General Allen was nominated to top military post at NATO. Pres put that on hold.

      Might just be me, but sending 20-30,000 pgs of “inappropriate” emails to anybody when you’re supposed to be in command during a time of war, kinda feels like “conduct unbecoming an officer.” But what do I know? Rules aint really rules when you’re part of the ruling class.

  31. 127 FiredUpInCA
    November 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    “Rather, Obama will present his 2013 budget as his starting point — a plan that sought to reduce borrowing over the next 10 years by $4 trillion.[…]

    Obama’s previous proposal called for raising $1.6 trillion in new taxes on the wealthy by allowing tax rates to increase, imposing a new special tax on millionaires and limiting deductions for the wealthy. He also proposed $340 billion in health-care and entitlement savings, continuing $1.1 trillion in spending cuts already passed into law and generating another $1 trillion in savings through the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes is far greater than Obama proposed in negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in summer 2011.”

    Mitch, Boehner and Cantor you lose. You should have taken the other deal when it was on the table. But you bet on the President losing re-election based on your obstruction and keeping unemployment above 8%.

    Now you’re negotiating with a President re-elected in an electoral landslide, who is completely and thoroughly sick of your shit, and is not playing and is not facing re-election.

    You lose. The country wins.

  32. 130 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Overheard: Homeland’s Damian Lewis really hopes President Obama gets irony (Homeland is one of PBO’s favorite tv shows)
    Signs box set of the show DVD for PBO “from one Muslim to another…” 🙂

    Here’s a funny video of his interview with UK talk show host, Jonathan Ross. Where he talks about a visit to the White House. I know Damian Lewis is Britsh, but he’s such a good actor, I forgotten that time & time again, then it’s still jarring to hhim speaking in his natural accent.[Note: There’s an abrupt cut in the video where a clip from the show would be. The poster said it was edited out, bcz Fox blocked it worldwide.]

    • 131 lisalovesobama
      November 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Hahahahahahahahahahhahhahahahahahahaha ha!!!!! This vid was awesome! I like Ross, he’s funny. Also, I don’t think Damian should worry about the joke, PBO would love that! It’s very funny.

  33. November 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    as AMK would say … Idjit!

  34. 136 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  35. 137 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    “On Friday, President Obama laid out his strategy for moving our country forward and reducing our deficit in a balanced way.

    Speaking from the East Room of the White House, the President was joined by Vice President Joe Biden – and 14 others stood behind him at the podium. So who were those 14 people anyway? One was Pam, a school administrator. Another, Sara, is a veteran recovering from open-heart surgery. Barry has six children and Steve is an orthopedic assistant. Estela recently became an American citizen and voted in a U.S. election for the first time on Tuesday.

    What they all have in common, however, is an interest in helping find answers to some of the big questions we face as a nation. Whether it’s how to create jobs or how to help responsible homeowners or how to balance investments in our future with cutting our deficit, all of these citizens want to participate in the process of getting things done here in Washington.

    Each of them had already taken the first step by speaking out about an issue that mattered to them, responding to requests for input on whitehouse.gov…” [read more here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/13/so-who-were-those-14-people-standing-behind-president%5D

  36. November 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Love this magazine cover. Clever way to keep to the New Yorker style but still remain topical.

  37. 139 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    48 women sexually assaulted

  38. November 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  39. 142 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Apologies if this is a repeat, but this is AWESOME!

    White Supremacists Get Trolled By Clown Protestors
    Klan chants of “white power” were countered with “dwight power”, “wife power”, “white flour” (and “white powder” according a radio report this morning on TJMS).

    Ha! Love it, love it, LOVE IT! 😀 😀 😀

  40. 143 yardarm756
    November 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

  41. 150 yardarm756
    November 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  42. 151 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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  44. 156 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm


  45. 158 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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  48. 161 amk for obama
    November 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    PV lead closing in on 3.5 mil. 50.6% to 47.8%.

    • 162 Nena20409
      November 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Did you see that a Judge in OH…..would allow the 300K provisional ballots to be counted after all. That could get the margin by about 5% points.

      Amk In 2009 pres Obama honored The Diwali Celebration. He also issued a wonderful statement for today commemorating Diwali.

      My wish is for Romney to be at 47.2-4% so the media Could never round it up to 48%.

    • 164 nathkatun7
      November 14, 2012 at 3:35 am

      You know AMK, I have been looking at the numbers and I think that it’s premature for us not to recognize that the Republicans succeeded, to a certain extent, in voter suppression. In 2008, President Obama received 69,456,897 votes. So far, his vote count in the 2012 election is 62,604,550 votes, which equals 6,852,347 votes less than what he received in 2008. On the Other hand, in 2008 McCain received 59,934,814 votes. By way of comparison, Romney’s 2012 vote count stands at 59,126,638, which equals only 808,176 less votes than McCain. Obviously all the votes have not yet been counted for 2012. It seems to me, however, that the GOP votes in 2012 are not drastically different from the GOP votes in 2008. So far, Romney has received less than 1 million votes than McCain received in 2008. In the case of President Obama, he has received almost 7 million less votes than he received in 2008. Even if we factor in the votes going to the other candidates, still the President’s vote count is down drastically without at the same time benefiting the Republican candidate, who is pretty much receiving votes comparable to what John McCain received.

      There is no doubt that in 2008 President Obama’s victory was massive as he beat McCain by more that 9.5 million popular votes and 192 more EVs. His current lead of almost 3.5 million popular votes and his 126more EVs over Romney is impressive. My guess is that if it hadn’t been for all the voter suppression or other shenanigans the President would have once again scored a massive landslide. Just my two cents. I of course await reasoned analyses that explain the President’s 7 million deficit in votes that did not seem to benefit the Republican candidate or the other third parties candidates.

  49. 165 dotster3
    November 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Now shady Tampa gal caught running shady cancer charity. Wow. Isn’t it against the law to use charitable contributions for private use, like for lavish parties to entertain military brass? because that’s what I suspect.

  50. November 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail subway is accepting orders for SmartTrip fare cards commemorating President Obama’s second inauguration.

    The organization that runs subway trains in the capital, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), said Tuesday that it was accepting pre-sale payments for cards that will mark Obama taking the oath of office again on Jan. 21, 2013.

    The cards feature Obama’s picture and include the phrase “America Makes History Again.” Metro is selling the commemorative cards for $15, which is $5 more than the price of a normal SmarTrip card. 


    That’s really cool!

  51. 173 prettyfoot58
    November 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm


    Thank you, Leo Gerard! Finally, someone gets the biggest failure of the progressive movement during the President’s first term: the failure was the movement’s, not the president’s. The President stuck his neck out and fought for us, and he got big things done, while too many on the Left concentrated on turning it up to 11 on the whine scale on minute details instead of getting the president’s back while the Republicans were smelling blood. While the Left was b*ching about a bigger stimulus and the public option, the president was left in the field alone. And that was a mistake. No more.

  52. 175 desertflower
    November 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Chips…do you have a picture of Cloud 9…because I was just on a conference call with the President 🙂 I swear he sounded like he was in the other room. So close. So clear. And he loves us. He REALLY loves us! We’ll be getting info soon via email how to engage in the next four years. He needs all of us, and I know that all of us here will answer the call. It was so awesome. I love this President to the depths of my soul.

    • 176 purpleshoesla
      November 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Me TOO Miz Chips!! I was on that phone call also DF and my heart is still beating fast and I’m grinning ear to ear. He does love each and everyone of us, truly, deeply, sincerely. WOW! WOOOT! And he’s going to be out and about amongst us this great land over the next 4 years, as it is “good for his soul”. So happy that they are going to keep us engaged to help out with our illustrious Prez’s agenda for the next 4 years. Already gearing up for fiscal cliff. They mentioned a website that’s been set up as well regarding the debt ceiling/fiscal cliff. So peeps can get active now: go to http://www.theaction.org I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!! 🙂

    • 178 hopefruit2
      November 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Whatever my President needs me to do to help move this country forward, I’m ready!

    • November 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I was on also. I kept wanting to say (and one time I did) “I Love You back”. It was a great call and to actually hear the WH secretary actually cut in have me goosepimples. I am so happy to be a part of his campaign and excited to get things done this term-more things!

  53. November 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  54. 182 a4alice
    November 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    wow just got off a phone call with the Prez. (OK….. me and 30,000 peeps… :-)) Group call thanking us for our service and not to give up the fight. We still have more work to do. We’ll be getting an email early next week telling us what we can do to help and we can go to this web site now if we want.

    Check it out: http://www.theaction.org/#intro

  55. 183 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Just off of conference call with the President. He thanks us, he loves us, now back to work… No rest for the weary, he’s called us to action — theaction.org.

    • 184 desertflower
      November 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Alice and Alycee were on the call too!! I was there with you:) I cried when he spoke. Did I say that I love him? 🙂

      • 185 a4alice
        November 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        Oh DF!!! All you guys were there too weren’t you!?! It was so neat!! I’m glad that it’s not over and that there is something going on! w00t!

        • 186 desertflower
          November 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

          I was there with you!! And Alycee, and purpleshoes and Wanda….30,000 in our cozy family:) i encourage all of us to sign up at theaction.org to move this country forward and finish what we started!

      • 187 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        Wow, would be nice if we could have a TOD Volunteers meet and greet with the POTUS in person! Funny, election night I told a friend that it would be nice taking time off until after the new year; forgot I was dealing with the T-bagger GNoP. Have already sent off letters to my gnop congresscritter; thing I’ll just start faxing him a daily “Dispatch from Alycée”

    • 189 purpleshoesla
      November 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Excellent! I was on that call as well. Just retweeted!

      • 190 desertflower
        November 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm


        • 191 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
          November 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm

          I was on the call too. It was simply awesome to hear his voice and to know how much he loves and appreciates us.

          • 192 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            November 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

            Hey Wanda! Great talking to you election day! Almost recovered from GOTV. My neighbor (owns commercial cleaning company) cleaned my carpet and furniture on Sunday, so I can finally enter the livingroom and dining room without risking an asthma attack! Will catch up with you this weekend.

            • 193 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
              November 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

              Hey Alycee! I’m glad you’re recovering from GOTV. I had boxes, clip boards and other stuff all over my kitchen and living room. I’ve finally gotten my house back to normal. Have a great week and I’ll talk with you soon!

        • 194 purpleshoesla
          November 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

          I literally gasped and screamed out loud, when the WH Operator broke in on the call and said “Hello? Hi this is the White House operator” Then cracked up when she asked, “is it just you and me on the call so far, sir?” Ah nope, just another 30,000 or so, probably screaming and having the vapors like I was, on the other end of their phones too! 😆 I LOVE MY PRESIDENT. So so glad they are going to continue to keep people engaged. This is what citizenship looks like.

          • 195 desertflower
            November 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

            I agree:) I thought that WH operator breaking in was the coolest thing! I cried when I heard him on the phone….this is my second conference call with him, and this one was surrreal. I LOVE MY PRESIDENT<TOO!

    • November 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  56. November 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    You have probably seen this:


    George Bush Accidentally Votes For Obama
    Nov. 06, 2012

    Former U.S. president George W. Bush accidentally voted for Barack Obama today at a polling place near his Crawford, TX home.
    According to local reports, the two-term Republican was confused by the instructions on his electronic voting machine and mistakenly cast a ballot he intended to discard.
    Witnesses say Bush argued with poll workers for several minutes afterwards in a effort to redo his vote, but in accordance with state law they ultimately denied his request.
    The embarrassing incident may have gone unnoticed if it weren’t for a local newspaper reporter who happened to be voting in the next booth. Suzanna Everett, a politics correspondent for the Waco Times witnessed the entire ordeal and crafted a cunning scheme to make it public.
    Left On Red
    Barred by ethics rules from using knowledge gained within a polling station, Everett waited for Bush to leave the facility and ambushed him with a trick question designed to fool him into revealing the news himself:
    “Mr. President Fox News is reporting that you’ve accidentally voted for Barack Obama. Would you care to comment?”
    Thinking that his mistake had already been found out, Bush sought to minimize the damage:
    “Yes unfortunately because of the incompetence of the folks who designed the ballot, my vote counted for the other guy,” Bush responded. He then attempted to explain exactly how the mishap occurred:
    “First of all, everything was very mismaladjusted on the screen. You shouldn’t put the senators and the congresspeople and the presidents all jumbled together like that. It’s too crowded. Just confuses folks.”
    Bush then explained that after marking the wrong candidate, he sought to correct his error by clicking the red “Cast Ballot” button, thinking that it was designed to ‘cast away’ the ballot and bring up a fresh one:
    “Usually red means stop and green means go. I thought I was stopping”
    A New Legacy
    Bush is no stranger to election day controversy, having been pushed into office himself by the Florida fiasco of 2000. In that election hundreds of votes intended for Democratic rival Al Gore went to protest candidate Pat Buchanan instead due to poor ballot design.
    In an official statement released shortly after the event, former President Bush said his experiences today have inspired him to make electoral reform the signature cause of his post-presidency:
    “Laura and I will be dedicating the next few years to fixing our electoral system. Every American deserves a clear, simple ballot when they go to the polling place.”
    However, the system Bush used has been deployed successfully around the country with little incident. A spokesperson for the company that manufactures the machines says they stand by their product:
    “Until today we have never had a single instance of someone confusing the “cast ballot” button for a “cast away ballot” button. This is a problem unique to Mr. Bush, and we have no plans to change our machines.”

  57. 203 a4alice
    November 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Here is something from Kal Penn (sorry it’s huffP) Telling us about what “The Action” is from the president and how we can help.

  58. 204 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm


    Dems short on votes for filibuster reform

    • November 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Don’t allow ‘The Hill’ to cause you any angst, Dudette. Senator Reid knows filibuster reform must happen. They’ll get this done one way or another. And, he can always elect to launch the ‘Constitutional option.’


  59. 208 forus50
    November 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

  60. 210 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    • November 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      See my Suzan? Hehehehehehehehe.

    • 212 susanne
      November 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      that’s my tulsi over there in the orange jacket! combat veteran, hindu, awesome woman!

      i hope nancy decides to stay in the leader position till 2014. she’s earned this, and she’s the one who can lead the new members during this critical time. then i hope she’ll stay on for speaker in 2014! after that, i’m fine if she wants to retire. 🙂

  61. 213 squarepeg
    November 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

  62. 215 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Question — what hotel are most of the TOD folks booked at for the inaugural?

    • 216 LDS
      November 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Alycee,
      I have reservations at the Normandy Hotel.
      And you?

      • 217 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        I’ve not yet booked; has just bubbled up on my to do list. Considered staying with a friend, however, I’ve reconsidered as she become very negative (emoprog…). Can’t stand the “PBO should…” crowd!

  63. 218 squarepeg
    November 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Non-Obama related, but wanted to share this video of an adorable baby panda at the SD zoo

  64. 219 anniebella
    November 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    What was I doing last week Tuesday around this time? Let me see, 🙂

  65. 221 a4alice
    November 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  66. November 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t care if he appoints himself Senator, becomes the next A.G (after Holder), or becomes the new Secretary of ‘Splaining Stuff (cuz Bill’s busy)… Deval Patrick needs to come on up to National prominence. I want to MORE…

    😀 😀 😀

  67. November 13, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    😀 😀

  68. November 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  69. 237 dudette9t9
    November 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  70. 239 amk for obama
    November 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    • 240 amk for obama
      November 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      A great read.

      • 241 hopefruit2
        November 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Art Student (showing his drawing to the Teacher): This Sir, is a cow grazing

        Teacher (smugly): Oh really. Where’s the grass?

        Art Student: The cow has eaten it Sir.

        Teacher (puzzled): But where is the cow?

        Art Student: You don’t think she’d be stupid enough to hang around after eating all the grass, do you?

  71. November 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  72. 245 Claire
    November 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    In 2010 ryan won re-election 68% to 30% for the Democratic challenger. This year ryan won 55% to 43% against the Democratic candidate. Let’s hope the trend continues.

  73. 247 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  74. 249 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Governor Rick Scott drops opposition to Obamacare

    // TALLAHASSEE (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it’s time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

    “The election is over and President Obama won,” Scott said. “I’m responsible for the families of Florida … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes.” Scott had previously stated that he would not go along with any parts of the health care overhaul that the state controls. But his newfound willingness to have a “conversation” about putting it in place in Florida comes at a critical time. //


  75. November 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  76. November 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    • 260 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      There really should be some national boycott day for Walmart … let them feel it in the money pouch, and maybe they’ll start treating their workers with fairness and dignity, give them proper wages and benefits, and quit union busting.

  77. November 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  78. November 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    So, my evening consists of this:

    Watching NCAA basketball
    Having my smashing Manhattans, which I’ve finally perfected
    And cooking: roast pork tenderloin, roasted veggies, and roasted red potatoes

    Don’t hate me because I rock.

  79. 278 Elly in Maryland
    November 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This socialite in Tampa who hung out with Petraeus et al – she and her husband remind me of that couple that crashed the first WH party way back when. They sound like rank social climbers, or military groupies, and she looks like she has had plastic surgery. It really makes you wonder how these military top dogs choose their friends. To give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it had a lot to do with raising money to help the troops?

  80. November 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  81. 283 amk for obama
    November 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  82. 286 amk for obama
    November 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  83. 289 Pamela
    November 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Can’t keep my eyes open any longer waiting for a new thread, this one too jumpy for my tired eyes! G’nite y’all! See you on Rise and Shne! 🙂

  84. 291 amk for obama
    November 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

  85. 293 utaustinliberal
    November 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Can anyone fully explain what “Join The Action” is? Is it a branch of OFA put together by the original OFA team? Or is it a band of unaffiliated OFA people? How does this directly connect to Pres. Obama? Will he, the white house or his OFA team be communicating through the “organization/group/club” or is this just another band of lefty people who like sending out numerous petitions ten thousand times a day screaming at everyone to yell at Pres. Obama and hold his feet to whatever fire happens to bug them at the moment?

    • 294 theo67
      November 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      It looks like it’s a grassroots movement – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – that is made up of top organizers from the Obama campaign, judging from their website (www.theaction.org). Apparently, Kal Pen has endorsed it in some fashion. I’ll support it, as long as it’s really an action movement, not a nonsense movement. But, I’m optimistic. It has to start somewhere, and there have to be multiple bodies working for change – we can’t leave it all to OFA. So, I’m cautiously in.

    • 295 purpleshoesla
      November 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      UT, Mitch Stewart (National OFA director) talked about this on the last OFA volunteer call earlier this evening (scroll up thread a bit as some of us TOD peeps were on the call and provided a recap) as one of the first “next steps” for OFA volunteers to help with the Prez’ agenda for the next 4 years. He also said that OFA was going to be emailing more materials top of next week about the fiscal cliff to share but in the meantime could start getting active through http://www.theaction.org which is all about ending the Bush tax cuts for the $250K and up crowd. He said it was made up of some top folks from the campaign. Prez also mentioned on the call that there were going to be ways for us to keep engaged over the next 4 years. Our work is not done.

  86. November 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012
    10:00 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    12:30 PM
    Obama and Biden meet for lunch.
    1:30 PM
    Obama holds a news conference.
    2:45 PM
    Obama and Biden attend a meeting with business leaders.

  87. 301 purpleshoesla
    November 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    From the “Yes I’m still gloating department”, a week ago TODAY at approximately this time, our illustrious Prez was declared the next President of the United States of America…. and Mittens’ was “shell shocked” and wandering around in Beantown HQ, conjuring up a last minute concession speech (out his A@#), and making the call to his money people to cut off his staff’s campaign credit cards ASAP for pete’s sake! 🙂


    • 302 theo67
      November 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      YIPPEEE!!! I’ll join you in celebrating – I have been noting the whole day of activities today. It just seems surreal! I’m still very happy. And I intend to stay this way.

      • 303 purpleshoesla
        November 14, 2012 at 12:00 am

        Me too Theo. Me too! I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate last Tuesday, as I was so exhausted from being a polling place observer in Nevada that I went straight back to my hotel after the poll close and immediately went to sleep. Just popped open a nice bottle of Pinot Noir, raising a glass to everyone here at TOD. #4MoreFor44 is DONE and DONE! Wahoo!

  88. 310 dotster3
    November 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Just mind-boggling—–this Jill Kelley gal and fam. The generals sure can pick ’em! Yowza!


    • 311 99ts
      November 14, 2012 at 3:01 am

      The strangest of reads – not a family General’s should get involved with – but the family appear to have worked at presenting a “we support the military” front. The debt level to support this approach itself leads to wonder why they do what they do. The Judge seems to have recognized the sister for what she was/is.

      The WH Press should be forced to digest every word of this report – their non stop attempts to bring GOP talking points and way out behavior to the feet of the President needs to be stomped on. The President’s chat with the press will be good to hear.

      The FBI/Cantor link is also interesting – as Bob tweets below.

  89. November 14, 2012 at 2:28 am

  90. November 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

  91. November 14, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Sources: Bennet offered DSCC chair job (Updated)
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 11/13/12 3:27 PM
    Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has been offered the DSCC chairmanship post and discussed the possibility with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, a Senate aide confirmed to POLITICO.

  92. 315 squarepeg
    November 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Good morning. So how did the conference call go last night? I signed up for it but fell asleep lol

    • 316 desertflower
      November 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

      It was awesome! See the comments above:) Wish you could have joined us….you would not have been disappointed:) We still have work to do these next 4 years. Go sign up at theaction.org to carry on our march forward!

    • 317 sherijr
      November 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

      I signed up for it too & also missed it… there is a recount of it further up the thread squarepeg 🙂

  93. 319 squarepeg
    November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

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