Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with law enforcement officials to discuss policies the President put forward last month that would reduce gun violence in communities across America, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 28 (Photo by Pete Souza)



9:20: President Obama departs the White House

2:25: Arrives Las Vegas

2:55: Delivers remarks on immigration at Del Sol High School

5:00: Departs Las Vegas

9:20: Arrives at the White House


Washington Post: The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said.

President Obama is expected to provide some details of the White House plans during a Tuesday appearance in Las Vegas, where he will call for broad changes to the nation’s immigration laws. The speech will kick off a public push by the administration in support of the broadest overhaul of immigration law in nearly three decades.

More here



Atlantic Wire: The gay community seemed to gasp in unison on Monday afternoon when the Senate revealed a much anticipated immigration plan that did not, in the end, include same-sex couples. But according to multiple reports Monday night, this is just the beginning: President Obama will include same-sex couples in the proposals of a major policy speech on immigration in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon that will seek to build on “momentum” from Congress for broad reform.

More here


Steve Benen: After a bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform, most proponents of improving the status quo, including President Obama and his team, were delighted. All eyes, however, quickly turned to House Republicans, who’ve long opposed reform and are in a position to kill it in this Congress.

More here


Liberal Librarian: So, the news of the day is that a bipartisan group of senators have a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. That’s all to the well and good. This country needs a sensible immigration policy that allows for the legalization of those undocumented immigrants already in the country, and for a rational method for immigrants to come in legally.

Now, don’t be mistaken: this Damascene conversion on the part of a few Republican senators is due more to the stranglehold that the Democratic Party has on immigrant voters, rather than to any true change of heart that maybe it would be a good idea to decriminalize 11 million US residents.

Full post here





Washington Post: The nation’s housing market is surging again after years of historic declines, and the unique forces powering its return could last well into 2013.

The number of homes for sale is at its lowest level since before the recession, sparking competition among buyers that has led to 10 straight months of price increases. The volume of activity is the highest since 2007.

Builders broke ground in December on the most new housing developments in four years. And interest rates on mortgages are expected to remain near all-time lows through much of the year, galvanizing once-skeptical buyers.

More here


President Obama hugs Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina, as he tours damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., Oct. 31, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Steve Benen: It’s taken far longer than it should have, but federal aid for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy is finally on the way.

…. it’s worth pausing to note the partisan split on Sandy relief – in the Senate, 36 Senate Republicans, including members representing coastal states like Florida, Texas, Alabama, and the Carolinas, voted against the federal aid. Or put another way, 80% of Senate Republicans opposed post-Sandy relief …. 78% of House Republicans voted against the emergency assistance.

….. it is now effectively the standard position of congressional Republicans to reject disaster relief unless the funding is offset by other spending cuts. So long, compassionate conservatism, we hardly knew you.

Full post here


TPM: The Senate is fast-tracking its reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to a floor vote expected by next week, two Democratic aides tell TPM.

But House Republican leaders remain silent on how they intend to proceed, which suggests that there has not been a breakthrough since last year, when the bill fell prey to the House GOP’s resistance to expand coverage to gays, illegal immigrants and Native Americans who have suffered domestic abuse.

More here


Business Week: Last week campaign disclosure reports revealed that Hillary Clinton had finally retired the debt from her 2008 presidential campaign—with a little help from the guy who beat her, Barack Obama. Clinton’s debt once totaled more than $20 million, although it had dwindled to about $250,000 by last year. That’s when a team of top Obama donors decided to surprise Clinton, and thank her for her loyal service, by raising enough money to pay off her bills. As secretary of state, she was forbidden from political fundraising.

More here


Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, feigns being a blocking back for President Barack Obama as he arrives backstage to meet with GOP House leaders before speaking to their issues conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 29, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

AP: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama’s first-term Cabinet, says he plans to leave the Obama administration.

…. LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois, saying he believes “you should go out while they’re applauding.”

More here






… with Darren Criss



290 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Heavily overcast where I am, cold, and unfriendly-looking, but still a ‘good’ day! Good morning, Ms Chips and ALL TODobots! We are alive in the Age of Obama-Biden.

  2. 20 swbluega
    January 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning TODers. My heart was touched by the last two threads. It hurts to know that there are so many people who care so little.

  3. 22 desertflower
    January 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Look at all this goodness! Morning, Chips:) Morning everyone:) Congrats, vc:)

  4. 24 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Looking forward to Pres. Obama’s immigration speech. Absolutely thrilled that he’s including same-sex couples in his immigration reform proposal. We keep moving forward in terms of fairness, equality, and justice under him and it warms my heart.

    Classy gesture on the part of Pres. Obama and his team to help HRC retire her campaign debt and leave her with a surplus of $205K. The world is a better place with Barack Obama here. What a decent human being.

    • 26 susanne
      January 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      aloha and good morning chips and tods~
      this just has me in tears. our dear president has so much on his mind, his heart, his shoulders. you can see that he is hurting for those people in syria, just as he hurts for the folks in newtown, and those whose lives have been devastated by hurricane sandy. we are so incredibly fortunate that he has the strength and courage to go forward, day after day, doing all he can to make life better for us all.

  5. January 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  6. 29 taiping1
    January 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Morning all! Looks like immigration, some progress on gun control will happen. GOP nervous about 2014. OFA firing up. And Chips has passed 17 million. A good day. Fired up and ready to go.

  7. 31 99ts
    January 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

    uh ah – first 25?

    Thank you for all the good news Miss Chips – looking at immigration reform & the losing VP candidate – I’m sure the McCain campaign promised health care and immigration reform and job creation in 2008 – McCain suddenly had a memory moment? – or maybe he reread that policy speech from his VP candidate.

    “we’re ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the….uh, oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track”

  8. 33 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I think batshit crazy beck is doing rather well in the wingnut welfare circuits making millions out of rwnj rubes than the tundra twit, who finally seems to have had her 15 minutes. Or has she ? Who knows with the clueless rubes?

  9. 42 Don
    January 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning TOD family, it’s a great day. President Obama will deliver his speech on Immigration today and it will set the course for this great country going forward. Funny how Barack always seems to be on the right side of history.

  10. 44 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

    • 47 lisalovesobama
      January 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

      ? Hillary is doing a townhall? How comes?

    • January 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      I wish the media had provided as much coverage for Hillary when she was logging those million miles doing her job as Secretary of State. Maybe the country, and Steve Kroft, would be more informed of exactly what the Administration has been doing around the world. The only place you could find info on her travels and work was through the State department website – and she did a lot! The only things I can remember the press covering were the misinterpretation of the “reset” button with the Russians, and the time she lost her temper in Africa when someone asked her what her husband thought about something. This is her last global forum – how many of her prior forums/fora have these media shown in full or even in clips? All in the effort of undermining the 2016 elections…

      • January 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        Absolutely true Theo, the ‘coverage’ of her work abroad has been pitiful, but it’s been similarly awful for PBO’s foreign trips too. The media is embarrassingly parochial, no interest in anything beyond, well, the beltway. No wonder so many people are uninformed.

  11. 51 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

  12. 52 Linda
    January 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Rachel Maddow – Left Wing Concern Troll……going after Organizing for Action


    • 53 lisalovesobama
      January 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

      don’t want to watch, but I’m curious, what’s got her bloomers in a twist now?

      • 54 Linda
        January 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

        She was complaining because they launched it on a Friday night telling supporters to contact Congress on a Friday when no one is there.

        He set her straight….telling her they are testing this to see what the response is they know what works and how to proceed….

        She continued to whine regardless……

        • 55 jacquelineoboomer
          January 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

          I only saw five minutes of it before switching the channel, where she told Bill Burton you can’t get a congresscritter on the phone on a Friday night, and he told her somewhere around 4:30 local time (think I recall) you could call, since they haven’t left for their happy hour yet. I’m just now seeing here what the context was. He wasn’t bothered by her idiocy AT ALL. None of his feathers were ruffled (as usual).

    • January 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Of couse, she is not a democrat. She may vote democratic, but that’s because her Guy Nader, is out of the mainstream.

    • 57 sherijr
      January 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

      not a shock, yesterday msn had an article about OFA that was totally bogus, they’re trying very hard to push this as something ‘scary’. Of course Maddow would jump on that bandwagon.

  13. 58 JER
    January 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Live now – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a global town-hall style forum at the State Department: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  14. January 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Lahood to step down… Ap-

    • 60 lisalovesobama
      January 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

      noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! I really like Ray. He’s such a decent guy.

      • 61 Bill
        January 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

        He is the only Republican I can think of that I like.

        • 62 anniebella
          January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

          Same here Bill. Most of them are lying heartless racists jackassess.

        • 63 dotster3
          January 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

          Same—–I always liked and respected him, seemingly the last Republican on the planet with a sense of decency. Obama and LaHood’s friendship goes way back to their Illinois state senate days.

        • January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

          Hagel and Powell are good too.

          • 66 carolmaewy
            January 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

            I have a hard time with Powell. If he hadn’t made the presentation before the U.N. things MAY have been different. That bullshit with anthrax took him over the edge. We haven’t even solved the mystery of anthrax here. What’s up with that? Someone conveniently committed suicide. And they ruined another mans life. Total incompetence on part of Bush administration.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

        He’s a good guy but let’s not feed into the media sensationalizing changes in PBO’s cabinet posts. This is another opportunity for PBO to hire someone just as good. These jobs are tiring and 2 years is a LOT.

        • 68 lisalovesobama
          January 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

          I’m not feeding into anything, HF. My response was an honest one. I really like Ray and I’m sad to see him go. He and PBO appear to have a very good relationship and he’s done an awesome job. I’m just as sad to see Ray go as I was to see Gibbs, Axe and the rest leave, as in politics, you can’t have too many honest, loyal and just people on your side. Ray is a good man and I regret seeing him leave, but I’ll always appreciate everything he’s done as a professional in PBO’s administration, but more importantly, I’ll miss the camaraderie between PBO and him.

      • January 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

        And he was always protective of PBO!

        Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, feigns being a blocking back for President Barack Obama as he arrives backstage to meet with GOP House leaders before speaking to their issues conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel in Baltimore, Md., Jan. 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

        Sorry to see him go too.

        • 71 hopefruit2
          January 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

          There was an article just 6 days ago which reported that LaHood said he would stay on indefinitely. Now there are reports that he’s leaving. Which is it? Is the media trying to make something out of this?

          • January 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

            Missed that Hopefruit, I hadn’t read anything about his plans,

            Here it is:


            Liked this –

            LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois, saying he believes “you should go out while they’re applauding.”

            • 73 hopefruit2
              January 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

              Yes, I agree. These cabinet positions are exhausting, and PBO runs a tight ship. Bravo and thanks to Mr. Lahood for an excellent job. Thanks Chips.

            • 76 jackiegrumbacher
              January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

              Bravo Ray LaHood. I totally agree with this and tried to live by it. I’ve known so many people in my life who hung on to a job or an illusion about themselves way past the time when they were useful and have seen them be regarded with pity or as relics of the past by those around them. I always admired the actress Alice Faye who refused to be relegated to lesser roles after her period of stardom. She drove off the studio lot, handed her keys to the gate guard and said to hell with it. She wanted to remembered for her good stuff and not pitied.

              • January 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

                It’s a great attitude Jackie, “you should go out while they’re applauding”, and love the Alice Faye story!

              • 78 vcprezofan2
                January 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

                ‘ I’ve known so many people in my life who hung on to a job or an illusion about themselves way past the time when they were useful and have seen them be regarded with pity or as relics of the past by those around them.’

                JackieG, are you ‘throwing words’ at maverick John McCain again? 😉 🙂

              • 81 veryslowwriter
                January 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

                And she was married to Phil Harris so her home life had to be amusing. They did a radio show together in the late 1940s. She did a little television in the 1960-1970s. They stayed together until his death in 1995. She was a real beauty.

  15. 82 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

  16. 83 Linda
    January 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Hillary also live here. ( CNN live does not work for me for some reason )


  17. 87 Sam UK Obama Supporter
    January 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Hi guys! I am looking forward to seeing PBO’s speech on immigration. I will probably catch a video of it later though. We’ve just gotten back from a funeral and will be going to spend the afternoon with the widdow and child of the friend who was burried today. Been a tough few weeks especially for my son. This is the second friend of his who has lost his father in the past 3 months. Please could you remember his friend in your prayers. I know i am asking a lot lately and giving very little back but I do so appreciate you all.

    • January 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Hiya Sam, so sorry about all this sadness you and your family are enduring, what a horrible time for you all. Look after yourself.

      • 89 Sam UK Obama Supporter
        January 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

        Thanks Chips. I appreciate you all here. We are ok I just want to make sure our friends are looked after, especially their precious little boy. I will hopefully be back to normal here soon. Love you all and appreciate you.

    • 90 Dakota
      January 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Sam, your son’s friend is in my prayers, as are you and your family.

    • 91 susanne
      January 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      sam, i’m sending prayers for your family and especially your son.

  18. 92 anniebella
    January 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    So POTUS is on his way to Nevada. Safe trip.

  19. 93 99ts
    January 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

    The President surely has width & depth in his Cabinet – Hillary’s answering questions on all aspects of everything – no notes written on hands!

  20. 96 jackiegrumbacher
    January 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, PA’s Corbett is tanking, especially among women. Now is the time for all good potential
    Democratic candidates for governor to come to the aid of their party. Two years before an election is a good time for statewide candidates to start making positive noises and get themselves noticed. This is the tactic Corbett pulled in the years before 2010, getting his name in the paper and photo in the public eye so people became “used” to him. I hope other states with weak or despised governors are actively grooming the opposition now. We can’t afford to have ANY non winnable, weak candidates in 2014 and that’s what happens when state parties wait until the last minute. I intend to write call, twitter and e-mail my state party on a regular basis to get them to act.


  21. January 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

  22. 100 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

  23. January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    John Kerry is confirmed. May he be able to carry out his duties to the best of his ability.

  24. January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

  25. 112 JER
    January 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

  26. 113 JER
    January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am
  27. 115 Bill
    January 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has challenged PBO to a skeet shooting contest. What a nasty woman of no substance.

    • January 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

      PBO should take her on and accidentally …… no, no, I’ll behave. Truly, this is like the Birth Cert Part II. He’s lying, he doesn’t shoot, therefore he’s not a real Murikan. Give me patience.

      • 117 lisalovesobama
        January 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

        hahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahhahahhahahhahahhahahahaha!!! 😆 😆

      • 118 Don
        January 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

        If I were President Obama I wouldn’t go awaywhere near Marsha Blackburn with a gun in her hand, then Michelle would have to go all “Sheba Baby” on the Republicans.

    • January 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

      I thought wimmin aren’t smart enough to handle guns and stuff that’s why they can’t be in the military….oh wait, it’s fine when you have guns for fun in mushy marsha brains.

    • 120 anniebella
      January 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Thanks but “No Thanks” Marsha Blackburn. Remember what Dick Cheney did to the old guy who was his friend. These people don’t like our POTUS. POTUS don’t go any where near them. They can’t be trusted.

  28. 121 Linda
    January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hillary Clinton was amazing…….

  29. January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

  30. January 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

    This Guy Senator Sessions, is just a mean spirited son of a bitch.

    That is all.

  31. 135 0388jojothecat
    January 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I hope this is the last we hear from $arah Palin on the political front. I was on the Orange site and someone posted a video of her in Arizona and I don’t remember how recent that video was but she looked awful. She was rail thin, obviously wearing a wig, she was wobbly that first dude was holding her up as if she might fall. It was a video from a camera so it was very shaky and short. I truly think she is sick, either cancer or some illness. I don’t wish her any harm but said and did some pretty nasty things for a Christian woman. I suspect we might hear some bad news about her this year.

  32. January 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

    • 138 Linda
      January 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

      They just hired Chris Cuomo away from ABC…. now with Tapper, that is two ABC Presstitutes.

      They are giving Guomo the 7 AM slot with Erin Burnett…… ( I guess Soledad was not right wing enough )

      • 139 anniebella
        January 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        Will not be watching Cuomo, Tapper, Erin Burnett. Sure won’t miss Carville, his wife Mary Matalin, Bill Bennett, Erick Erickson. As a matter of fact to heck with CNN. Have they gotten rid of Soledad?

    • 140 Don
      January 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Well James Carville has to rest up for his Clinton run, just the thought of all that slime coming back in 2016 is too much for me.

      • January 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Anything can happen of course but I still don’t think Hillary is running in 2016.

        • 142 Lovepolitics2008
          January 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

          I think that two years ago she had decided not to run. Now it seems things have evolved. Who can resist this mix of pressure and adulation that she’s receiving right now ? Being POTUS was her dream, and this time she doesn’t have a Barack Obama who can block her road to the nomination. And her popularity is higher than ever. She didn’t want at first to be SoS, but she “answered the call”. She’ll “answer the call” for the presidency; she won’t be able to resist. Mark my words.

          For the record, I see how knowledgeable and competent she is. She would be a good president, I have NO DOUBT about it. However, it’s some of her political entourage I feel uncomfortable with. The Mark Halperins, James Carvilles, Ed Rendells, etc… The whole group of traditional political operatives back in the corridors of power ? Gosh I don’t like the idea. I don’t want democrats to go back to “old politics”. I want a democratic party that will continue to evolve towards a more inclusive, participatory, modern party. And a party less beholden to corporatists.

          In short, I want Barack Obama’s legacy to last.

      • 144 Allison
        January 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

        If HRC wants a good shot of winning, she should consider dumping the losers from her ’08 campaign.

      • 146 hopefruit2
        January 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        Hillary is not running for President in 2016. Please get that out of your heads. The MSM is using this as a distraction and as an attempt to set up Dem voters to be emotionally invested in someone who’s not going to even be a candidate.

  33. January 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD! Hope everyone had a goods nights sleep, I had impure thoughts on my way to bed last night.

  34. 152 xtine
    January 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

    [Smartypants: “For the Mexicans living in those areas, it was the influx of European Americans who were the immigrants.” ]:

    As the debate about immigration reform heats up, it might be helpful to pay some attention to the history of how we got here. Lets face it – the real controversy in this issue is not about immigration in general – but about Mexican Americans. And though we don’t pay much attention to it – this conflict has been going on for a very long time.

    The whole thing can be summed up in two words…Manifest Destiny.

    [QUOTE] … the belief or doctrine, held chiefly in the middle and latter part of the 19th century, that it was the destiny of the U.S. to expand its territory over the whole of North America and to extend and enhance its political, social, and economic influences. [UNQUOTE]


    In reading about some of this history, its fascinating to realize how race has always played such an important role in the development of this country. For example, the people who opposed the Mexican American war and the annexation of these areas as part of the United States did so because they were abolitionist and were fighting the expansion of slavery. In addition, some who opposed it did so because, when they talked about “manifest destiny,” they weren’t talking about “those people.” Here is how that was expressed by Senator John Calhoun of South Carolina.

    [QUOTE] [W]e have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race—the free white race. To incorporate Mexico, would be the very first instance of the kind, of incorporating an Indian race; for more than half of the Mexicans are Indians, and the other is composed chiefly of mixed tribes. I protest against such a union as that! Ours, sir, is the Government of a white race. [UNQUOTE]

    So this whole thing was controversial from the start.

    Complete post here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/01/to-many-mexican-americans-we-are.html

  35. January 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Peeps, Lilly Ledbetter joined twitter yesterday. Show her some love:


    She follows back!!

  36. 172 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I was looking back to see what PBO has said about immigration before he became PBO. What do you think? Did the bipartisan 8 get anywhere near his ‘rug’ to touch it?


    • January 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      *running in* Helloooooooo VC! ((((VC)))) 😛 *running out*

      • 174 vcprezofan2
        January 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        Wait up, PJ! Can’t a girl be given enough time to say ‘Hi there!’

        Good lord, all this exercise on this site is tiring! What with you running in and out, Cookemom actually going running regularly .. in winter 😯 , CJ running daily, and DD4O periodically mentioning regular exercise, I’d almost feel guilty except for the fact that my fingers get LOTS of exercise trying to keep up. (Come to think of it, I don’t remember any of the min mentioning exercise. Hmmmmm.)

  37. January 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    • January 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Bo is such a schmoozer, love that in a dog.

      • January 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

        He is Edwina! I just wish he was a little more aggressive towards the press, in a bite-their-legs-off kind of way.

        • January 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

          Oh boy, “Bo-gate” would keep them busy for weeks. I could see the headlines now, “Does the president support dog agression?”
          Is Bo being trained to hate the press?” “Are dogs really man’s best friend?” Over to you, Chuck.

        • 181 Nena20409
          January 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm

          G’Day Chips ;)…..Love the way you wanted Marsha……You know…..and now, Bo to go get…oops bite-their-legs-off kind of way. Those pesky WHPC…… 😯 😯

          I love it.

  38. 182 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the President’s position has evolved since this …Floor statement of Senator Obama – April 2006

    To begin with, the agencies charged with border security would receive new technology, new facilities, and more people to stop, process, and deport illegal immigrants. But while security might start at our borders, it doesn’t end there. Millions of undocumented immigrants live and work here without our knowing their identity or their background. We need to strike a workable bargain with them. They have to acknowledge that breaking our immigration laws was wrong. They must pay a penalty, and abide by all of our laws going forward. They must earn the right to stay over a 6-year period, and then they must wait another 5 years as legal permanent residents before they become citizens.

    But in exchange for accepting those penalties, we must allow undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and step on a path toward full participation in our society. In fact, I will not support any bill that does not provide this earned path to citizenship for the undocumented population–not just for humanitarian reasons; not just because these people, having broken the law, did so for the best of motives, to try and provide a better life for their children and their grandchildren; but also because this is the only practical way we can get a handle on the population that is within our borders right now.

    To keep from having to go through this difficult process again in the future, we must also replace the flow of undocumented immigrants coming to work here with a new flow of guestworkers. Illegal immigration is bad for illegal immigrants and bad for the workers against whom they compete



    • 183 Vicki
      January 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Consistent POTUS. Fair POTUS. Diversity makes us stronger POTUS. Our POTUS!!!! YaY.

      • 184 vcprezofan2
        January 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        Vicki, isn’t it terrific how PBO never has to cobble his views together just before, or just after, an election? Real values formulated over a lifetime, that’s our President!

  39. 192 xtine
    January 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    With Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) likely to be confirmed as Secretary of State today, the Boston Globe reports on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) potential picks to temporarily fill Kerry’s seat.

    “Patrick has suggested he will choose a woman or a person of color to reflect the changing face of politics in Massachusetts. Top contenders are said by political insiders to include his former chief of staff, William ‘Mo’ Cowan, and Victoria ­Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy’s widow.”

    “Politically connected Democrats do not believe that Barney Frank, former US representative, who has openly urged Patrick to appoint him, will get the interim Senate job. Patrick and his political advisers have bristled at Frank’s public pursuit of the job.”


    • 193 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I want Patrick to fill the slot with someone who will back every one of PBO’s appointments without complaint. When Frank balked at Hagel, I no longer wanted him anywhere near that seat. Getting appointments through the Senate is hard enough without backstabbers in Democratic seats.

  40. 194 xtine
    January 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    [LOL! I’ll raise you Motel 6 for Super 8, David!! 🙂 ]

    David Brooks: “It’s probably futile to try to change current Republicans. It’s smarter to build a new wing of the Republican Party, one that can compete in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic states, in the upper Midwest and along the West Coast. It’s smarter to build a new division that is different the way the Westin is different than the Sheraton…”

    “Would a coastal and Midwestern G.O.P. sit easily with the Southern and Western one? No, but majority parties are usually coalitions of the incompatible. This is really the only chance Republicans have. The question is: Who’s going to build a second G.O.P.?”


  41. January 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    So what’s this I’m hearing about PBO calling out Fox “News”?

  42. January 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  43. January 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Hello friends, Been at our food pantry this a.m. Just saw on FB that Martin Bashir has a brain tumor. SO sorry…..devastated. I am out and about. Can some check further?

  44. 209 carolmaewy
    January 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    See you later friends. Hope there will be video of Pres. Obama. 🙂

  45. January 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    • 219 57andfemale
      January 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Well, look who thinks he has a chance of running in 2016……..

      • 220 theo67
        January 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        I do believe you’re right. I saw a bit of footage yesterday of that fool (Paul Ryan) touting his opinions on President Obama and the GOP way forward. He’s completely clueless. And if he thinks that his failed policies, and his dubious background and hypocrisy will get him into the White House – then he’s either deluded, or the country is deranged if that ever happens. He’s a dangerous person, because he just doesn’t understand how bad he is, and how utterly incompetent and unqualified he is. I think he came out of 2012 believing the lies that he should have been the nominee. Dangerous.

    • 224 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      And still nobody cares what he thinks. They might report what he says, but nobody cares what he thinks.

  46. January 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    With all the love feast of the Clintons we who reside in the South don’t see it. The Clintons has destroyed the ability of Dems on the South to win. Arkansas was used to be at least in Dems side but the Clintons did not lay good dround for them to prosper they just looked after themselves and their corp intrest like Wall mart and now there is no reasonable democratic party in Arkansas. Hillary has done a very good job and should be commended but the REtugs in the south would repeat would not vote for her they hate her husband deeply. So Dems lets be analytic about this things

    • 228 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      A lot will happen over these next four years. There will be many candidates to consider, and the Vice President will decide whether he should throw his very worthy hat in the ring. The media lives in campaign mode, and they are obsessed over this nonsense. But, common sense will prevail. If Hillary decides to run, then she will have to compete like everyone else, and her merits will be weighed as with everyone else – we don’t even know who will be the full competition. And the GOP endorsements are working against her.

      I heard a woman call into the Stephanie Miller show this morning, lamenting that yesterday’s show had dared to discuss challengers to the left of Hillary. There are plenty of people to the left of Hillary, and many of the things that the emoprogs attacked the President for are things that Hillary supported, or that her husband put in place. President Obama is to the left of Hillary. So, while it will be great to have a female President, it’s more important (to me) to have a person who will build on the foundation that President Obama has laid down these past four years, and will lay down over the next four years. For me, that person would be Vice President Biden, but again, we don’t know all the players who will put their hats in the ring. It may very well end up being Hillary. It’s just too early.

      • 229 jackiegrumbacher
        January 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Theo, I so agree. I’m sick of 2016 talk. Let’s get things done now and focus on the mid terms. Things will sort themselves out after that and the best man or woman will get the nomination.

  47. 230 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Admit It, Republicans: The Border Is More Secure Than It’s Been In Decades



    The political motives behind Republicans joining a bipartisan effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform are clear. Mitt Romney won less of the Latino vote than John McCain, who won less than George W. Bush. And if this trend continues, at some point Republicans will lose Texas and basically end their hopes of ever winning the White House again.

    This isn’t a ploy to win more more Latino votes. It’s a ploy to stop losing so many.

    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) pushed the so-called “Gang of 8″ to include a border commission in its plan. It will be made up of elected officials from the border region who have to certify that the border is secure before immigrants can proceed down the “tough but fair” path to citizenship. This means people like Arizona governor Jan Brewer could stop the whole process cold.
    But this fact is untenable to Republicans, who can’t bear the thought that the guy who got Osama bin Laden is also better at securing the border than Bush.



    • 231 57andfemale
      January 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      I particularly enjoy watching McCain repeating this over and over: the only reason we’re doing this is to get votes. We have no inherent interest or understanding of why immigration reform is a good thing (except to help low-wage paying employers get richer off their labor – and get votes).

      Especially since the Latino voter is a whole lot more savvy than Republicans are giving them credit for: they care about jobs, health care and education. You going to do something progressive about that too, Republicans?

      • 232 theo67
        January 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        The GOP have no idea that their policies are anathema to normal people. And it will be lovely to watch them do the right things for all the wrong reasons, and then still get a major smackdown in 2014. People aren’t stupid. They know when they are being used. The media might be fooled, but regular people know exactly what’s going on – as evidenced by the re-election of President Obama just last November.

        • 233 57andfemale
          January 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

          I watched the Latino polls pretty closely and it was clear to me that they would not be fooled by phony posturing. And here’s McCain — saying out loud that it’s phony posturing.

    • 234 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I’ve heard a lot of Democrats panicking over this commission, but the fact is that the border is more secure than it’s ever been, and inflow of immigrants has slowed to a net zero rate under this President. If the GOP want to highlight that fact by creating a commission that will try and spread lies, they will be met with the truth.

      (Plus, Mexico is getting universal healthcare… )

    • 235 veryslowwriter
      January 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      The thing I hated the most about GWB was his deep. profound, abject laziness. Also that he was smug, dishonest, self-righteous, uncurious, jingoistic, and a colossal dick. Just the polar opposite of PBO.

  48. January 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  49. 238 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    • 239 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Luckily, ol’ calls-’em-as-I-sees-’em Mark can take half a day off, now. Ya know ’cause he heard “what happens in Vegas … “

  50. January 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I have an appointment for some chocolate tasting so I’m going to miss this very important speech that I’ve been waiting for all week but I’ll be looking forward to the video and all your comments here at TOD. And I’ll just say: THANK YOU, President Obama for speaking up for all and giving folks who’ve toiled very hard for our economy an opportunity to come forward and become Americans.

  51. 262 Nena20409
    January 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Congrats VC for being 1st.

  52. 264 Bill
    January 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Mrs. Greespan just asked Ed Rendell if Hillary regretted the way PBO treated Israel at the beginning of his administration. This probably takes the prize for the lowest comment Mrs. Greenspan has said concerning PBO.

  53. 268 xtine
    January 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm


    […..] Brendan Marrocco was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War, and doctors revealed Monday that he’s received a double-arm transplant.

    Those new arms “already move a little,” he tweeted a month after the operation.

    Marrocco, a 26-year-old New Yorker, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. He had the transplant Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said Monday.

    Alex Marrocco said his son does not want to talk with reporters until a news conference Tuesday at the hospital, but the younger Marrocco has repeatedly mentioned the transplant on Twitter and posted photos. […..]


  54. January 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    From Patty Murray on the day Lilly Ledbetter joins Twitter and the anniversary of the FPA

    “Four years ago today, I stood by President Obama as he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law. It was the first bill he signed as president, and it was a huge step toward guaranteeing that all Americans earn equal pay for equal work.

    It was an historic day, and I was honored to be a part of it.

    Yet despite that success, loopholes that allow for pay discrimination still remain. In Washington state, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Over the course of a year, that’s a gap of nearly $12,000 that the typical hard-working woman and her family will never see.

    So today — four years later — I am proud to announce that we are taking our next step toward eliminating pay discrimination by calling for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2013. It’s a critical measure that will make it easier to identify discrimination, prohibit retaliation against whistleblowers, and help train women to negotiate a fair salary.

    Click here to join me, and call for an end to pay discrimination by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act!

    Paycheck fairness is not just a women’s issue. As President Obama put it, this is also “a family issue” and a “middle-class issue.”

    Today, women are participating in the workforce at a higher rate than ever before. That means that more and more families rely on a woman’s wage to pay for retirement, groceries, and their children’s education. When an employee isn’t paid what she deserves because of her gender, her family suffers too.

    That’s why we worked so hard in 2008 and 2009 to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It wasn’t easy — Republicans blocked it the first time — but we just couldn’t stand by while women earned less for doing the same work.

    That’s also true for the Paycheck Fairness Act. When my colleague Senator Barbara Mikulski first introduced it in 2010, Republicans blocked it, and they did so again last summer.

    But today — on the anniversary of our step toward equality with the Lilly Ledbetter Act — we’re reminded that if we raise enough support, and refuse to give up, we can take an even bigger step toward equal pay for equal work.

    Stand with me today, and call for an end to pay discrimination by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act!

    All Americans deserve to be paid based on the quality of their work, not their age, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The Paycheck Fairness Act is our chance to ensure that our daughters have the same opportunities as our sons.

    We won’t win this fight quickly, and it won’t be easy. But as we saw four years ago, our hard work will pay off.

    Thank you for your support,

    Patty Murray
    U.S. Senator”

  55. 278 kasai
    January 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    It’s Live now:-)

  56. 279 kasai
    January 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    You’re welcome:-)

  57. 280 Pamela
    January 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    http://www.democratsenators.org/o/45/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action Hey y’all! Hope this works, (hope my name isn’t in the field!) and now GOTTA RUN! (bye VC)

  58. 282 theo67
    January 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Ed Rendell is all over my TV. I wonder what Cabinet post he’s dreaming about in his future fantasy Hillary Administration… This is going to be a painful four years. And the fact that he threw VP Biden under the bus, a fellow and loyal Democrat, tells me everything.

    Hillary’s major weakness is the craven group of people who crowd around her with their own agendas. She should follow President Obama’s lead and surround herself with young people who are fresh-minded, dedicated, eager to learn and who have to live with the decisions they make. She’s a fierce role model, and many young people could learn a lot from her many years of wisdom. Toss these people like the Ed Rendells, the Andrea Mitchells and even her own husband (as a political force).

    • 283 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      We will not allow the media to detract from PBO’s 2nd term by pushing a presidential election season 3 years early. No Sirree. Not this time.

  59. 284 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    No matter how much you’ve seen and heard this President speak, you’re still excited to hear to the next one, and the next, and the next…

  60. 285 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks so much for the link Kasai. Wow…..huge crowd.

  61. January 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    FYI – CNN Live has a feed running without audio in preparation for the President’s remarks and whitehouse.gov/live indicates they will begin in ~ 22 min (current time 2:23 ET)

  62. January 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    PBO on stage early!

  63. 290 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    OMG….POTUS is live now. Early!

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