Golden Gymnasts

President Obama talks with members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15. Pictured, from left, are: Steven Gluckstein, Savannah Vinsant, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber (Pete Souza)

From left to right, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber wave as President Obama departs the White House via Marine One


12:15: President Obama views storm damage in New York, talks with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanks first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities

CNN say the President will make remarks around 1:30 ET – but it’s only an estimated time


219 Responses to “Golden Gymnasts”

  1. 1 lisalovesobama
    November 15, 2012 at 11:50 am


  2. 11 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

  3. 13 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Chips…you called Aly Raisman (wearing black) Jordyn Wieber. Your caption is wrong. 😀

    • 14 Nena20409
      November 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      It’s the ankle pain…..effect.

      Borrowing from the late Tatoo(sp).

      The Pain, the Pain.

      Sorry about your ankle Chips. Be well.

      Lisalovesobama…….Congratulations on being First.

  4. November 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Just catching up on old posts and saw Jeff’s news yesterday about his dog Tilly being injured. I really hope she’s OK, but it sorta jumped out at me because that’s our dog’s name too. And unfortunately we are spending this week watching our Tilly fade away. Our Tilly is a 14 year old cocker spaniel who had the misfortune to spend the first 2.5 years of her life as a breeding bitch in a puppy mill. Who knows how many litters she was forced to have or why they got rid of her, but we are happy she ended up with us. “Mommy tummy”, shyness with low-voiced men, weird allergies and all. If only she would eat something, but I think it’s just her way of getting to the end. Godspeed Tilly, but it sure is hard on us. 😦

    • 16 veryslowwriter
      November 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Brutal. All spaniels are lovely. I’m a hospice volunteer for humans and sure enough, unwillingness to eat means the end is near. I hope your darling can go in peace. (Owners of puppy mills are the scum of the earth, but you know that.)

      • 17 carolyn
        November 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        We too had a darling spaniel we got from a rescue place. We named her Bonnie. She also had been used as a breeder in a puppy mill. We had the privilege of cherishing her and caring for her for three years, before she too got sick and stopped eating. After all she had been through, she was incredibly sweet and loving. I called her “My sweetness.”
        Sometimes I think we as people don’t deserve dogs, but then I know that most of cherish them. They are truly a gift to us.

    • November 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Meant to add – I’m thankful for this TOD site and the wonderful news, contributions, and comments contained therein. It helps me get through my day in a sane manner. Get well soon wishes to Chips!

      • November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        ((((hugs & love))) to you and your lovely Tilly. I know it is a comfort that you are there with her. My heart ached when I read about Jeff’s yellow lab that was attacked…hope she is doing well too and is on the mend. I am just a animal lover, what is wrong with people who would do such a thing to animals for their financial benefit.

    • November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      If you haven’t seen this photo yet (I suspect all dog lovers have) and the story that goes with it..please read this.
      Take care.

    • 21 ber6964
      November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm


  5. 22 dotster3
    November 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    President Obama’s good friend, Dr. Eric Whitaker is leaving U. of Chgo Medicine for the private sector. There was speculation he may be joining the Obama administration, but he denied that. He has been friends with Obama since both were grad students at Harvard.

    • November 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      That’s just brilliant Yardarm, the conclusion is particularly sublime. Thank you!

    • November 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      It’s a remarkable letter, and one, obviously, several of my very white male friends and I would readily co-sign, sailor! We had an all white folk celebration Saturday evening – folk at that table, including myself, have family histories not dissimilar to the author of the letter you linked. In my case, on my maternal side, a signer of the Declaration of Independence 🙂

      I hope everyone reads the letter and agree with the three choices he offers the GOP. A two party system is essential to democracy, but both parties have to be sane, relevant and NOT MEAN, to be of any value. Until the GOP manages to structure itself to be sane, relevant and NOT MEAN, they’ll be looking at defeat after defeat.

      For those who don’t have time to read the entire letter – you are definitely missing a thing of beauty – please enjoy this concluding paragraph:

      “If you want to know exactly where you failed in 2012, and will continue to fail, here it is. Look you assholes, I’m as traditional an American as it gets, and I do not “want free stuff.” I am a taxpayer, and ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. I got my first job – dragging bags of cow manure, horse feed and fertilizer around a farm store – when I was 12. I started my first company when I was 28. I have followed the vast majority of the rules set out for middle class white males (for good and for ill.) And if it weren’t bad enough that your policy positions are a complete clusterfuck for the reasons I lay out in great detail, you manage to follow up the whole exercise with insulting me, my wife, and my friends of every stripe who didn’t vote for your political party – all of whom are hard-working, taxpaying, job creating, law abiding, great AMERICANS of EVERY COLOR AND CREED.”

      #FORWARD Together!

    • 28 Dakota
      November 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      It was a great read. Loved it!

    • November 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Wow! What a scathing indictment of the Republican party.

  6. 31 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    WASHINGTON — As Elizabeth Warren walked through the marble corridors of the Capitol on Tuesday, she tried assiduously to keep a low profile. Walking arm in arm with Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Warren passed paintings of historic politicians, busts of former vice presidents, and the doors to the Senate floor they will enter once sworn in.

    A small gaggle of reporters awaited one of the rising stars in Washington, and Warren knew it. She leaned into Baldwin and was overheard saying, “Pretend you’re talking to me.”

    She answered no questions, and strolled into a luncheon as reporters from the biggest news organizations in the country scolded themselves for not getting more information.

    It was a completely different feel from the day 2½ years ago when the last new Massachusetts senator entered the building. Legions of reporters awaited Scott Brown, who seemed happy to accept the mantle of stardom that Washington was offering. He shook hands with nearly everyone who extended one. Reporters and camera crews fought for space and congressional aides applauded and snapped photos as he walked the hallways.

    Warren seems eager to avoid any type of similar atmosphere. She does not seem interested in taking any advice from Brown (they have not had a meeting yet, and none is scheduled), and it was Brown on Tuesday who held the press conference in the Capitol, not Warren.

    Article w/ photo of Warren/Baldwin: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2012/11/13/elizabeth-warren-makes-return-washington-this-time-senator-elect/Ap4iXUeTiwd7xivslV6dOP/story.html?s_campaign=sm_tw

    • 32 TrumpDog
      November 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I am so happy she won 🙂

    • 33 TrumpDog
      November 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Oh and it’s more delicious that had she been confirmed as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she’d not have run for Senator and Brown would most likely still have his job.

      Well played, Professor!

  7. 34 amk for obama
    November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Doing the work of the lazy bones aka the blog tyrant.

    Gunnite folks. Ho, Ho, Ho.

  8. November 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  9. November 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Chips, I am just catching up on the threads and want to wish you a speedy recovery. Thanks for being there
    for us all through the election season. Could not have survived without the TOD family.

    Now I am just trying to catch up on real life as everything was put on hold during the election season.

  10. 43 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    [This racist’s IQ is in the negatives. R-Stoopid in Maine]:

    “In a phone interview Wednesday, Webster told the BDN that he plans to send “several thousand” postcards
    with a photo of the State House to the addresses of voters who registered on Election Day as a way to
    investigate potential voter fraud.

    “They’ll go out in first-class mail,” he said. “I don’t expect people to respond to the question. The
    concept behind this is to see if they are returned. This is a reasonably inexpensive effort by me to settle
    the question” of whether people travel to Maine communities to vote fraudulently.

    If cards come back as undeliverable, Webster believes it will prove his theory that people travel to Maine
    to vote fraudulently.

    “I see. The scourge of mysterious black voters in rural Maine is so serious that the chairman of the state GOP has cooked up a scheme based on vote caging.

    Webster added that his efforts are not racially motivated. No, of course not. Why would anyone think that?”


    • 44 jacquelineoboomer
      November 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I’m not a mysterious black voter, or even serious, but I travel to Maine every election to vote, because I like the height of the trees. And it throws off the stats. I also like to send myself a postcard from Maine every couple of months. It’s a hobby of mine.

      Are these bigoted people certifiable, OR WHAT!!!

  11. 51 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    [Steve Benen on yesterday’s presser]:

    “This wasn’t laying the groundwork for caving; this was giving Republicans a homework assignment they can’t complete.

    In effect, Obama was establishing the parameters for the rest of the debate — if congressional GOP leaders are so desperate to shield millionaires and billionaires from paying a higher top marginal rate, they should try to find a comparable amount of savings from loopholes and deductions. But therein lies the point: there aren’t enough loopholes and deductions to make up the difference. The arithmetic just isn’t there.

    Which makes Obama’s proposed solution — Clinton-era rates on income above $250,000 — practically unavoidable. As a consequence, Republicans’ challenge isn’t to find imaginary savings in the tax code, it’s to decide whether to force higher taxes on everyone because they’re so committed to tax breaks for wealthy people who don’t need them.

    What’s more, Obama already looked to the next step, arguing yesterday that if/after Republicans agree to freeze lower rates on the middle class, then policymakers can tackle a larger, comprehensive tax-reform plan, which he said he’s eager to do.

    There just isn’t much in the way of wiggle room here; Obama said the top rates have to go up, and also said there’s no math that would allow an alternative. As best as I can tell, the president seemed quite resolute on this, leaving the ball in his rivals’ court. Indeed, over the next six weeks, there’s really only one driving question that needs an answer: just how much damage are Republican lawmakers prepared to do in order to protect the wealthiest 2 percent?”


    [My favorite sentences:

    “This wasn’t laying the groundwork for caving; this was giving Republicans a homework assignment they can’t complete.”

    “Indeed, over the next six weeks, there’s really only one driving question that needs an answer: just how much damage are Republican lawmakers prepared to do in order to protect the wealthiest 2 percent?”]

  12. 52 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  13. 55 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    [In case you need to LOL! 🙂 ]:

    “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle,” by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former journalist who wrote for The Stranger, a weekly alternative newspaper. He was hired by the police department earlier this year.”

    [Some of the Q&A in the guide]:

    Q: SPD seized a bunch of my marijuana before I-502 passed. Can I have it back?
    A: No.

    Q: What happens if I get pulled over and I’m sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk I’ve got in my trunk?
    A: Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container. Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle.

    Q: December 6th seems like a really long ways away. What happens if I get caught with marijuana before then?
    A: Hold your breath. Your case will be processed under current state law. However, there is already a city ordinance making marijuana enforcement the lowest law enforcement priority.

    Whitcomb said officials wanted people to realize that cops have a sense of humor, too. “I think this is an example of us really hitting the appropriate tone for our audience,” he said. He even came up with one of the most humorous parts of the blog, a clip from the film trilogy “Lord of the Rings,” showing Bilbo and the wizard Gandalf smoking what Bilbo calls “the finest weed.”


    • 56 Don
      November 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      As a teenager I smoked marijuana severely, but I just can not get behind marijuana being legalized. And no, I do not believe that it is a gateway drug to other drugs more dangerous drugs. I am so against the government legalizing marijuana.

      • 57 xtine
        November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Don, I’m genuinely curious about your position, can you explain?

        • 58 Don
          November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          Maybe I’m being unreasonable about legalizing marijuana, and if I am, I’m sorry. But I don’t want my government acquiescing to marijuana use to placate a large segment of society that sees nothing wrong with marijuana. And no, I don’t believe it is a dangerous drug, as I said I smoked it liberally as a teenager and in college. I have no problem with being proven wrong about this subject, but for some reason I just can’t shake the uneasiness I feel about the government legalizing marijuana use.

          • 59 edp4bho
            November 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

            I have strange tales to tell of a few people I know who smoked quite regularly. The roads would be ripe with space cadets, that’s for sure. Scares the shyte out of me personally.

        • 60 Pamela
          November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          I understand in countries where mj has been de-criminalized, the process took all the street money out of play. Possession no longer created a criminal record, but there are limits in usage and driving etc under the influence. Growing a small amount at home, and recreational use gave people a little more personal freedom, but is not an excuse for abuse or recklessness. 99ts might comment on how this worked out for Australia, as it took effect after I moved from there.

  14. November 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Another cool video from election night: Mitt’s concession speech, as witnessed at McCormick Place. Then they transition right in to the “Fired Up” video

    Bonus: 10 minutes of watching people dance in the audience before the speech starts.

  15. 64 Dakota
    November 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Bringing this over from the previous thread…

    My hubby is now the president-elect of our local branch of the NAACP. One of the first things that the he and the branch is dealing with is the location of our regional conference. It’s to take place in Shreveport, LA. In light of Louisiana’s leading the succession movement in direct response the election of our 1st African American President, we are demanding that our regional conference be moved. As an African American organization, we do not wish to bring revenue into a state that is openly declaring their bigotry. We will also be encouraging longstanding revenue producing African American events like the Essence Jazz Fesival to strongly consider relocating as well.

    Keep talking succession and under-estimating the power of Black dollars…you think you’re broke now…just wait.

    • 65 theo67
      November 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Congratulations, Dakota. Good work happening there!

    • 66 dudette9t9
      November 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Congratulations to you both on the new post and the excellent work you’re doing!

    • 67 Sharon
      November 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      And right now, in Louisiana, this administration’s Justice Department, headed by an African+American AG, is announcing the biggest settlement ever with BP, which will go to compensate losses there. Don’t forget the initial amount exacted from BP by President Obama that went to the people there quickly after the spill. Without him, most of those people would still be waiting. You would think they would be grateful.

  16. 74 jeff
    November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Well an update on my labs condition. She has a limp and seems out of sorts a little. I’m hoping this is just temporary and she’ll recover from this soon… 😦

  17. 79 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    [Benen on Jindal]:

    My concern, though, is the depth with which Jindal is making this appeal. His advice has superficial appeal, but the governor runs into trouble just the below the surface.

    Jindal says Republicans can’t simply protect the rich “so they get to keep their toys.” Does that mean he’s open to slightly higher tax rates on income above $250,000. Well, no, actually, he’s not.

    Jindal says Republicans need to appeal to a broad national audience. Does that mean he’s open to more moderation on hot-button culture war issues? Well, no, actually he wants the right to soften its “tone” while keeping the exact same policy positions.

    Jindal says Republicans need to make meaningful inroads with minority communities. Does that mean he’s open to comprehensive immigration reform? Well, when asked, he dodged every question about his position and refused to share details about his preferred approach.

    Jindal says Republicans need to stop being the party of Wall Street. Does that mean he supports tougher regulations to prevent financial industry excesses? Well, he said he’s open to the “Volcker rule,” but doesn’t appear to understand what the rule is.

    Meet the Republican Party’s new idea man; he’s the same as the Republican Party’s old idea men.


  18. 80 squarepeg
    November 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  19. 81 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    [Ahoy, Chips! Did you get your invite? My mailman is holding mine hostage until I promise him 30 pieces of WH silver! I cried out NEVER! :)]

    “President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have welcomed family and friends to their White House Thanksgiving celebration each year since 2009. Next Thursday, Nov. 22, with four more years to be thankful for, the First Family’s holiday will be even more special, and the White House for the first time has released the recipe for the glorious, brine-soaked Thyme-Roasted Turkey and Turkey Gravy that Executive Chef Cris Comerford will cook for the feast.


    Multiple organic turkeys will be cooked for the Presidential feast by the White House chefs, because Comerford’s recipe calls for a twenty-pounder to serve sixteen, and the First Couple have a large guest list. It includes their adult siblings and spouses and their children, friends from Chicago and Hawaii, and White House staff and their families. The First Wingding has always been closed to press.”


    • November 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      “Ahoy, Chips! Did you get your invite? My mailman is holding mine hostage until I promise him 30 pieces of WH silver! I cried out NEVER!”

      😆 Still waiting for mine Xtine, but I suspect they know I’d eat all the turkey – so I might be waiting!

      • 83 xtine
        November 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        Nah, Chips, they’ve got your back: “Multiple organic turkeys will be cooked for the Presidential feast by the White House chefs …” Just don’t wander into the Oval Office after your feast & curl up in that chair & snore away! 🙂

    • 85 susanne
      November 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      oh oh oh–did that say friends from hawaii? well, i better run down to the mailbox right this minute! oh wait….over 70% of hawaii’s voters are pbo’s friends. maybe we can all just show up?!

  20. November 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    • 99 xtine
      November 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for all your tweets!

    • 100 anniebella
      November 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks to Anderson Cooper for seeing the truth and not being afraid to speak it. I will be sending A. Cooper an email.

    • 101 Lovepolitics2008
      November 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      WOW, even Anderson Cooper is calling out McCain. Can we envision the day where FINALLY, FINALLY, the media will say goodbye to their infatuation with the supposedly “maverick” John McCain ??!!

  21. November 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  22. November 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  23. 106 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Pres. Obama is LIVE NOW on C-SPAN One.


  24. 108 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Is that Beast-SUV? Didn’t know they had SUV style!

  25. 109 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    A parking meter covered up w/ Presidential Seal! Damn!

  26. 111 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    • 112 utaustinliberal
      November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm


    • 113 xtine
      November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      What a nice thing to do! I felt so bad for them! Wounds that never heal.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      November 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      He’s talking about this family now….

    • 115 anniebella
      November 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Bless those parents, they truly lost what really matter, their children. And bless the officer who was there for them. This is what let us know that despite the Lindsey Grahams and John McCains of the world,there are decent caring people out there.

      • 116 anniebella
        November 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        John McCain may have been a hero from the war pass, but that John McCain we see today is no hero, he is a bitter old senile man. Who hasn’t dealt with the fact that Barack Obama defeated him in 2008.

    • 117 dudette9t9
      November 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      I can’t imagine how horrible that must’ve been for them. God Bless this family and all the people who are helping them during this devastating time.

  27. 118 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    This is insane.

  28. 125 Don
    November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Bloomberg runs to be the first one to the microphone, President Obama as always was gracious by letting Bloomberg proceed. Bloomberg is such a tool, he refused help from FEMA when it was first offered.

    • 126 Lovepolitics2008
      November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      To be fair, I think it’s protocol. The President must be the LAST to speak. And what a perfect little speech he gave. Everything in that speech: information, thanks to workers, empathy, hope, emphasis on unity and community.

  29. 127 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  30. 128 Don
    November 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    WOW! did everyone just see President Obama lay down to hammer with Senator Schumer, they had a lively conversation.

  31. 137 theo67
    November 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Isn’t it just like the President to appoint someone (HUD Secretary) who can relate to the people he’s supposed to help, and has actual relevant experience? The people ravaged by Hurricane Sandy should rest assured that they’re in good hands with this Administration. How wonderful. I guess Romney and the GOP will say that giving these victims support is another example of “gifts” from the President?

  32. 145 thoughtful3
    November 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Just watched the wonderful words from the president on c-span. Appreciated Gov. Cuomo’s remarks as well. The re-building effort will be long and tough, but I have confidence in the leaders heading it and the people there supporting it.

  33. 146 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  34. November 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  35. 152 cookemom
    November 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Calling all TODsters!!! I need your help. Not too long ago there was a letter written by an AA similar to the one Sarah’s letter on the last thread. I thought I saw it posted here as well. I just tried to find it, but alas, my investigative skills are lacking. The letter is written to say all of the reasons the person didn’t vote for PBO because PBO is black, but rather because the writer is black. Does anyone know the letter of which I speak?

    • 153 japa21
      November 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I believe it was posted by Yardarm.

    • 155 dudette9t9
      November 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I posted it last night:

      Someone tweeted Chips found a clever image of it as if written on a notepad. She posted it in this morning’s Rise & Shine.
      Here’s the image file: http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i354/MiniRtist/LettertoMitt.jpg

      • 156 cookemom
        November 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        dudette thanks, but the letter I’m referring to is similar to the one Chips posted on the last thread.

        • 157 dudette9t9
          November 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          Ohhh… I missed that. Sounds good.

        • 158 japa21
          November 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

          Here it is:
          Just Because He’s Black (author unknown):

          A white man asked his black friend ” Are you going to vote for Barack Obama just because he’s black?” The black man responded by saying, “Why not? Hell in this country men are pulled over every day just because they are black; passed over for promotions just because they are black; considered to be criminals just because they are black. Thousands of white voters won’t be voting for him just because he is black! However you don’t seem to have a problem with any of that! This country was built with the sweat and tears of black slaves; and now a black man has a chance to lead the same country, where we weren’t even considered people, where we weren’t allowed to be educated, drink from the same fountains, eat in the same Restaurants, or even vote. So yes I am going to vote for him! But it’s not just because he’s black, but because through his leadership several of Americas most elusive enemies were brought to justice; our economy, health and environment improved; and our good reputation around the world has been restored. He is hope. He is change. He is wise. He is a man of integrity and intelligence. He is a man of faith and perseverance. A man of maturity and good judgment. He is a faithful husband and father. And he now allows me to understand when my grandchildren say they want to be President when they grow up, it is not a fairy tale but a short term goal. They now see, understand, and know that they can achieve, withstand, and do ANYTHING that they can dream for themselves.. So no, I am not voting for him because he is black… I’m voting for him because “I’M BLACK.”

          • 159 jacquelineoboomer
            November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

            Whoa. Warn a person.

            Am I right in thinking everyone in this country – those who can say “I’M BLACK” and really have lived this to their core, and those who can’t – who supports President Obama can start to FULLY enjoy the fact he was elected in 2008, because – of course – our FULL enjoyment was delayed in some measure by lesser beings over the last four years. Then maybe we can START to enjoy the fact he was re-elected in 2012, as well. I’m reaching for the joy, as soon as I get over the delightful shock that WE WON.

          • November 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

            Thanks so much Japa21. I had to leave for awhile. I come back and you’ve dug it out of the TOD tombs. Graci.

  36. 162 japa21
    November 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    According to CNN web site 2 BP officials are being charged with manslaughter.

  37. 164 Susan F
    November 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hello Chips. I know I’m new to your site, so don’t expect this to be posted, but just wondered if you had seen the latest in the series of
    videos of Hitler reacting to Obama, this one to his re-election. I saw it posted on Talking Points Memo today,

  38. November 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  39. November 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Chips, everyone, take at look at the image in this tweet … says it all ….

  40. 173 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Wow! Over @ Booman:

    “Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, is a man who feels entitled. His team lost the election, but he is not going to let the votes of a lot of “little people” get in the way of demanding the Federal Government do what he wants, or else. In his own words:

    “The American people are going to suffer because we’ll lay them off–because we know how to respond to these kinds of situations,” Mr. Bertolini warned at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council event.

    Yes, that’s right, one of the highest compensated chief executives in the country is threatening to make you suffer unless he gets a deal that eliminates tax increases of roughly 3% on the income of people who earn over $250,000 a year. Oh, and he also wants to delay (if not eliminate) implementation of the provisions of Affordable Care Act.”


  41. 176 Bill R.
    November 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  42. 178 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Booman’s Casual Observation:

    “I thought I would be happier to be seeing the end of Joe Lieberman’s mostly pathetic political career, but it is just making me impatient to see John McCain go away and sell some boner pills on teevee.”

  43. 180 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    [From Ed Kilgore]:

    “… Paul Waldman has offered his own theory about the Benghazi Frenzy at TAP, and it’s certainly plausible:

    ‘So what’s going on here? I can sum it up in two words: scandal envy. Republicans are indescribably frustrated by the fact that Barack Obama, whom they regard as both illegitimate and corrupt, went through an entire term without a major scandal. They tried with “Fast and Furious,” but that turned out to be small potatoes. They tried with Solyndra, but that didn’t produce the criminality they hoped for either. Obama even managed to dole out three-quarters of a trillion dollars in stimulus money without any graft or double-dealing to be found. Nixon had Watergate, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Clinton had Lewinsky, and Barack Obama has gotten off scott-free. This is making them absolutely livid, and they’re going to keep trying to gin up a scandal, even if there’s no there there. Benghazi may not be an actual scandal, but it’s all they have handy.'”


  44. November 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  45. 186 Melanie
    November 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    John McCain missed Benghazi meetings because he was doing interviews to criticize PBO and Amb. Rice. Called it scheduling error. What a joke!

  46. 189 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    [Here’s another entitled SOB]:

    John Metz, the Florida businessman who runs 48 Hurricane Grill & Wings locations, 40 Denny’s locations, and several Dairy Queen locations has a message for customers attending his restaraunts in the future; it’s okay to tip your waiter less.

    John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours.

    “If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare,” Metz told The Huffington Post. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”


    To make matters worse, Metz also claims he’s going to cut employee hours so he doesn’t have to cover their healthcare. Meaning he’s planning to raise prices and cut costs at the same time. Meaning he’s a greedy, two-timing asshole.


  47. 191 Pamela
    November 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Soup today: Cauliflower Stilton. How does that sound? (hint:delicious)! 😆

  48. November 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  49. November 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  50. 201 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  51. 202 squarepeg
    November 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

  52. 203 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    HEADLINE: McCain skips Benghazi briefing, gets testy when questioned by CNN

    // When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.

    “I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said. Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

    When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.” While McCain refused to shed light on why he didn’t show, his spokesman Brian Rogers emailed CNN a short time later with an explanation. He blamed it on a “scheduling error” but wouldn’t provide any more detail. //


  53. 206 utaustinliberal
    November 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  54. 209 squarepeg
    November 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  55. 210 hopefruit2
    November 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  56. 212 xtine
    November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    [The lunatics need to put on their straight jackets already! With regards to those GA GOPers who held that secret meeting … from Atlanta Journal Constitution]:

    “We have not checked their accounts, but we’re told that several senators claimed their per diem for attending the session. Long said his group delayed release of the video to avoid the media clutter of the presidential campaign.


    The program also featured a video by Dick Morris, the political analyst, who declared that President Barack Obama was attempting to drive populations from the suburbs to urban cores in order to further Agenda 21 concerns.”

    More here plus that video: http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/11/12/georgia%E2%80%99s-own-52-minute-video-on-agenda-21/

  57. 214 Bill R.
    November 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Okay, who broke Twitter??

  58. 217 Bill R.
    November 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    McGrumpy gets grumpy with media:

  59. 218 Bill R.
    November 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  60. 219 squarepeg
    November 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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