Rise and Shine



5:0 EST: President Obama departs West Palm Beach, Florida

7:30 EST: Arrives White House



NYT: The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.

The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.

Scientists with the highest hopes for the project also see it as a way to develop the technology essential to understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as to find new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses.

More here


@ReignOfApril‘s response to Melissa Harris-Perry here

I’ve added a link to April’s blog in the blogroll on the right, I’ve noooooooo idea why I didn’t do it before



That was short – mooOOOooorning!

286 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Nena20409
    February 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

    GM all TODville Villagers 😉

  2. 7 JER
    February 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Everybody!

  3. February 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good morning Chips congrats Nena.

  4. 12 Nena20409
    February 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

    GM Chips….I am not going to be shy, I was hoping to be 1st with others on this President’s Day. Thank you for all you do. I hope that I have co-pilot firsts today. It makes the journey much more fun.

    It Monday, Happy Monday and Happy President’s Day, You, All Lovely people.

  5. 13 swbluega
    February 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Congrats Nena20409!

    There was a lot going on over the weekend. Thanks Chipsticks for all the info and for the FANTASTIC photos in the previous threads. And thanks to the TODers who keep those of us who of social media deficient in the loop by sharing the comments in FB and Twitter.

  6. 15 cookemom
    February 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Well, hidee ho all you O’s!!!! So wassup on this great getting up day on TOD avenue1?1?1?!

    Chips, my dear, at the risk of being banned forever from TODville, I just have to say that the picture of PBO and your version of Tiger (with a) Wood is one hilarious piece of work. Imagine logging in for the first time this morning and seeing one of those scary things standing over PBO? Silly me, before I read the caption, and before I knew it was Tiger, I was actually trying to figure out how………. anyone would have a head that much larger than his body; how could he be so tall; who could be taller than trees; did PBO know there was a giant was looming behind him; is Sousa drunk; is Chips drunk; and…………. how the hell did he slip by Mark Knoeller?

    Then I had my first cup of coffee and read the comments. Whew! That had me going for a minute.

    • February 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

      😆 “Is Souza drunk”??? You’ve cracked me up Cookemom!!!!

    • 17 99ts
      February 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

      “how the hell did he slip by Mark Knoeller” – LOL – Mark has been somewhat more subdued than his compatriots over the weekend – but still counting those rounds of golf.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      February 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Woot, Cookemom, you are back on the morning shift! A bit ‘slow’ as per your report above, but back. Suh-weet! 😆 😆

      • 19 cookemom
        February 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        Oh you can’t keep a bad girl down. Ooops….that should be a good girl down……I mean a girl down……er, uh check that….. you can’t keep a cookemom away for long, Even if she does return to a firestorm of push back, challenges from all quarters, and a general nuh uh, you just wrong chile.

        • 20 vcprezofan2
          February 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

          Er…bad…uhm…good….ah down…er..away…ur…whatever, . it’s good to see you and hear you chirping away, Cookemom!

  7. 22 desertflower
    February 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Morning:) Happy President’s Day!

  8. February 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

    • 24 amk for obama
      February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Excellent. Well deserved. It was one of the pivotal moment of 2012 nightmare called mittbot campaign

    • 25 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I am mighty glad for David Corn. Congratulations.

      The Videographer and James Carter IV…..what did they get? I hope that somehow, they were rewarded for their efforts…..financially.

  9. February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      February 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

      LP, there are lots of D candidates lining up to run against Corbett. It should be a lively primary. My chief concern with Schwartz is that she is NOT an Obamacare supporter. If she doesn’t show some serious change in that direction, she won’t get my vote in the primary. Sure, she’ll be better than Corbett–a stray dog would be–but PA is already behind in healthcare and we don’t need a Dem making it worse. So..we’ll see where she stands as she fights her primary foes.

      • February 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

        I think that was more of a function when she was VIce-chair of DCCC electing congressional D’s, her range was limited. That 3.1 million in the bank will clear the field, only person to watch for is the Wooly Mammuth Ed Rendell see if tries to cause trouble!

    • 30 Nena20409
      February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Great news. That gov in PA needs to be voted out ASAP.

  10. February 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

  11. 32 99ts
    February 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

    What a fabulous positive video about the golf day – I hope the WH Press Corps get to understand why the President likes to have his (very few) recreation days without their stupid comments and reports.

    • 33 Bill
      February 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

      The Golf Channel was far more positive and showed more respect for PBO than the MSM ever does.

      • 34 99ts
        February 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

        They did Bill – they respected that he didn’t want to comment & spoke of how much everyone enjoyed having him to visit – a wonderful “good news” video – Chips finds them all!

        • February 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

          I second that, really appreciate Chipsticks posting this video. Golf Channel is owned by NBC, would not be suprised if Today Show had him on. On a side note, Tim Rosefort, the reporter is a member of the Floridian. Which is why he had access on the course up to the clubhouse. So if the WH press wants to b*tch, pay you member ship dues at a club and hope the President shows up!

    • 36 dotster3
      February 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

      They seemed to understand that Obama and Woods would not love Chuck Todd and Ed Henry popping up from behind the bushes shouting inane questions. In fact, I think everyone understands that except Chuck Todd and Ed Henry and the other whining babies of the WH press pool.

  12. 38 utaustinliberal
    February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Pres. Obama isn’t leaving Florida until 5PM? Hahahahahahahahaha. The way he gives a big F U to the press who have been griping about everything under the sun leaves me in awe. He doesn’t have to say anything, but the message is well received.

    Happy President’s Day Barack Obama!

    • 39 Bill
      February 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

      As much as we all wish we could see photos of PBO golfing, I am now happy his privacy is being protected from the MSM. It will be fun to hear Tiger’s comments tomorrow on the experience.

      • 40 Nena20409
        February 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

        Tiger Woods would not say much…..he is kind of that personality. I have not turned to ESPN today. I have no doubt that the topic came up there too.

        The fascination is that pres played with Tiger Woods. These WHPC are just shameless.

        • 41 anniebella
          February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

          I’m glad POTUS got a chance to work on his golf game, and he got the chance to play golf with Tiger Woods. From listening to the golf guy, POTUS show improvement and he enjoyed himself.

      • 43 cookemom
        February 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Well, Chip’s pic was good enuf for me. If that Pulitzer Prize winning shot didn’t settle any urge to see PBO in action, then nothing will. As a matter of fact, that pic would serve to remedy any urges for anything ever again in life.

        • 44 99ts
          February 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

          You might not recover from this cookemom – best head back to bed and start the day over 🙂 🙂

          • 45 cookemom
            February 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

            You may be right, that image is mighty hard to shake. I mean….I still get the shivers…..it’s kinda like Chuckie (queue the scary music).

    • 46 CEB
      February 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

      I love it. I am so glad that he is truly enjoying himself and that he is taking all of the time that he can and that, for once, there is no great emergency to interrupt his few precious days. Happy Presidents’ Day to our beloved POTUS.

  13. February 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  14. 48 amk for obama
    February 18, 2013 at 9:20 am


    rafa wins the brazil open.

    I still say his left arm is a freakishly large.

    • February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Did he?! Missed that! Woooooooooot, Rafa’s back! (Is his right arm still not catching up with his left?)

      • 50 Bill
        February 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

        I just hope he is ready for the French Open, his best tournament. Four more victories at the French Open would move him into second place in all-time Grand Slam victories and only two behind Fedex.

    • February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Something doesn’t seem right to me about Rafa. He loses to a very low rated player in a high profile tournament and then can’t play for 7 months. I wonder how mentally tough he really is. I know he has had knee problems but something seems fishy to me.

  15. 53 desertflower
    February 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    He’s such a good writer….well worth the read.


  16. 57 hopefruit2
    February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

  17. 58 amk for obama
    February 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Ok CA guyz. I got some clients from that kenyan muslin’s ‘real’ country coming over to my place on wednesday. They like red wine.

    What’s your rec? Keep it under $100 a bottle.

    • 63 cookemom
      February 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

      In my day ripple was the vin du jour. Then we graduated to Boone’s Farm, a small step up, but served the purpose none the less. However, if they actually enjoy wine, stay far away from the two aforementioned brands. If however, you want to cut to the chase of the visit, have right at it.

      • 64 amk for obama
        February 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

        Cut to the chase ? Hallooo, I am trying to impress these clients.

        • 65 cookemom
          February 18, 2013 at 10:01 am

          Oh well then, so much for having a rip roaring, knee slapping, rolling on the floor, LOLing good time. Too bad, it coulda been a whole lotta fun. Whether your meeting is successful or not, you’ll find celebration and/or comfort in the Ripple/Boone’s Farm.

          Good Luck!!!

      • 66 carolmaewy
        February 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

        He ignored my question about Strawberry Hill. 😉

      • 67 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        Cookemom, did you forget TJ Swan? “Mellow Days” “Easy Nights” “After Hours” and “Stepping out”

    • 69 GGail
      February 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Good full body red wine
      Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

  18. 70 utaustinliberal
    February 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Found out this morning that the WHPC filed a complaint about not having access to Pres. Obama and Tiger Woods’s golf game. Hahahahahahahaha….and now POTUS is leaving Florida at 5PM?

    Call the whambulance Ed Henry (I believe he’s the president of the WHPCA). Call the whambulance.

  19. February 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

    That top video, from the Chicago Sun-Times, is really powerful – have a look when you get a chance.

  20. February 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

    • 83 utaustinliberal
      February 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much for the reminder. I’ve been fascinated by the series since I saw clips.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Hmm..I’m smiling here. Let’s talk about FLOTUS, who happens to be the most interesting by far and will give us the views, but let’s come up with a general series about First Ladies so folks won’t have ideas. It’s all good CSPAN, and all the First Ladies are interesting in their own right, so I will be tuning in.

      Thanks lovely Plains for the reminder. Off to set my DVR.

  21. February 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Howard Kurtz:

    Still, while the press corps merely wants to be able to do its job, I have to say:

    The president’s on vacation.

    He’s entitled to a few days off.

    He’s not making any news.

    It’s not him, it’s you.

    Give the guy a break. You’ll see more of him soon enough. Or at least your designated poolers will during the next photo op.


  22. 87 swbluega
    February 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Over the weekend, I’ve relied on TOD to keep up with what is happening. Watching the evening, and weekend shows has become extremely frustrating. Getting that information indirectly and getting the balance provided by this site helps a lot.

    It was annoying to see that the MSM/WHPC were indignant that they did not have access to the President during his down time. Why aren’t they indignant that Congress is delaying confirmation of the President’s choices for cabinet positions with make-believe concerns and superfluous and unprecedented requests? Why are they not indignant that Congress is on recess while they pretend to be concerned about the pending sequester? Why are they not challenging Congress as to why they are putting the blame for not legislating on the President when it is THEIR job?

    It’s infuriating that the MSM is creating the distractions from REAL issues like gun control, immigration reform, climate change, JOBS, EDUCATION, the budget, etc. by focusing on petty things like sound bites taken out of context, or being stuck on Benghazi? It’s not a filibuster just because some Republicans say that it’s not? A rose by any other name…. If it looks like a duck…

    It is aggravating that the MSM allows the Republicans to belittle the progress that has been made over the last few years without challenge. It seems to be a bad thing to report any positive economic information. It’s a no-no for people to know the good they can get from the ACA.
    It is scary how they have carried the idea of transparency to the point of putting our national security in jeopardy. Yes, we should know about some situations TO A POINT. When you start broadcasting details that can put operations at risk and people’s lives in danger, then the first amendment has been abused.

    It is irritating that many of the pundits – RWNJ’s, PL’s and those in between – were relatively unknown a few years ago. In fact, many of them probably rose to fame due to President Obama’s candidacy and administration. Initially, some of the ones we had come to rely on for political information came across as credible, analytical, and reasonable. At one point the information and opinions they presented seemed to be derived mostly from fact. Now, they have seem to have either bowed to corporate pressure and have no problem passing on misinformation and creating drama, or they have become so full of themselves to the point that what they say now has to be taken with a grain of salt – and that’s if or when you can stand to listen to them.

    It’s heartening to know that I can come to this site get what so-called journalists and political experts don’t consistently provide…truth and reasonableness. I typically lurk rather than comment because I learn so much just by reading. (Plus my timing is lousing when it comes to keeping up with the pace of the threads.) I appreciate the eloquence of people on this site who can say the things am thinking so much better than I can say them.

    Again, thanks to Chipsticks and the TOD regulars.

  23. February 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

    There was never this much interest when ole Shrub had his celebrity brush clearing lesson with Jim Varney. I bet you wish you coulda seen some video of that!!! Or no….the audio would have been the best part!

  24. 103 cookemom
    February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    “the eloquence of people on this site who can say the things am thinking so much better than I can say them.” You’re kidding, right? Did you read what you just wrote? Who could be more eloquent than that? Please continue to comment.

  25. 115 desertflower
    February 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Gentle reminder that we all either need to engage the DVD or watch the Iraq special that RM will narrate tonight during her regularly scheduled show…..

  26. February 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Here is the Potomac two step that the Republicans are playing.
    Anytime a policy demands to be done by the Public, the Republucans put pressure in the President for details.
    The moment, the split second the President puts any details on any policy( like Immigration reform, the Republicans shoot out a statement saying that the President is a radical socialist that will not work with us and this policy is DOA.
    And the media is complicit.
    To be clear, I don’t think any if the Preaidents proposals will pass, unless WR take the house back in 2014. And to get there, will be difficult because of gerrymandering.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

      A very depressing but realistic portrayal of the Republicans’ toxic governance 😦

    • 121 57andfemale
      February 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Under Boehner the only legislation written has been to name post offices (which they intend to close) or anti-choice.

      Why isn’t the MSM concerned with the fact that the House of Representatives no longer writes legislation but expects the President to do so, but they’re soooo concerned over ‘transparency’ of a golf game?

  27. February 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

    • 123 hopefruit2
      February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

      I feel like giving that man a hard slap across his face, but the better angel in me is exercising constraint.

    • 124 99ts
      February 18, 2013 at 10:15 am

      It is rather sad that such a large percentage of the congress is part of the partisan rage that failed to bring down the President – so they now would bring down the country. The world looks on in utter disbelief.

    • 125 desertflower
      February 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I am composing an email to him in my mind as we speak….it WILL be sent! I’m working on tempering my “tone” down from FUCK YOU, YOU STUPID, DELUSIONAL, BITTER, PARTISAN HACK….to a combination of THAT plus HZ’s wise and measured words for him to find a quiet place and examine his soul. I’m not there yet….

      • February 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

        😆 I think we both need HZ to help us with our anger management!!!

        All I wish is that the man’s bitterness will eat him up one day – literally.

        • 127 desertflower
          February 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

          Trust me…he’ll be reminded of all of this in my email…and the multiple embassy bombings under Bush that nothing was said about, and the cut off funding for the embassies that Repubs thought was such a great idea…..it’s ALL swimming around in my head. The problem is, is I detest this man, deep in my soul, I detest him…that will come out in my writing, no doubt.

          • February 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

            He’s despicable DF, and I genuinely think he’s become completely deranged – eg that clip of him with Gregory yesterday. How he ever believed he was stable enough to become President, I don’t know, but one thing’s for sure, he’ll never, ever forgive PBO for beating him and denying him his ‘rightful’ place in the White House. Can you just imagine how dangerous a President he would have been, for the whole world?

  28. February 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

  29. 146 Tally
    February 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

    And for those of you watching Downton Abby – if you haven’t been following @pattonoswalt along with… you’re missing out on some serious awesome sauce!

  30. February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    • February 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

      That looks amazing. Even the water.

      • February 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

        That must be photo-shopped. Socialists can’t swim!!!

        • 158 anniebella
          February 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

          Hay Ed Henry, I was in Hawaii, then I stop by Aspen to see FLOTUS and the girls,here’s a picture of me skiing. You thought I was in Florida, fool you fools.

          • 159 daisydem
            February 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

            Wouldn’t that be great? Except being a golfer’s wife and the mother of a golfer, I really would not want him to miss the weekend he had … but just for an instance it is fun to imagine that they could bunker the WHPC in some hotel somewhere, then the Prez and his group could fly to an undisclosed location or locations and have their privacy! Haha!

        • 161 anniebella
          February 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

          It seem POTUS work to improve his golf game, and he had a good time. I’m glad he did. With all the B.S, he has to deal with from those crazy racists extreme radical I hate Obama Republicans, it’s nice he can get away and chill. Work on a sport he loves and by the way play golf with a great golfer.

    • February 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Maybe the President even used the secret weather machine that seems to conjure up hurricanes to cool the temps in Florida this weekend, just to make the WHPC even more miserable! That would be lovely.

    • 168 dotster3
      February 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I see NBC News is tweeting about Obama’s “secret round of golf with Tiger” and the press being miffed about it. Real secret—–Golf Channel was blabbing away about it all day and the Big News about the Big Game was on every news site in the country. A not so secret “secret”, NBC. You are dumb.

  31. February 18, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Don’t forget Rachel Maddow special tonight at 9pm. what ever this is it going to be tied to Obama and drones. I bet it going to be negative about obama comparing him to bush, Bush lie about the war, comparing it to Obama killing american with drones, She going to do a job on Obama in this special about selling the war,Title should be Obama selling drones killing, Rachel, chris hayes and MHP are Obama basher. They says 5 nice things to 25 negative thing about obama, so we supporter will think they are for obama. They are not Obama supporter

  32. February 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    A short note to McCain:

    The election is over,
    the talking is done.
    Your party lost, my party won.
    So let us be friends and let arguments pass.
    I’ll hug your elephant, you kiss my ASS! 😀 🙂

  33. February 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Chris haye was invite to speak at CPAC, Why? My guess is because he bash obama every saturday on his show so the tea party wanted to hear more.

  34. 184 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning everyone. Enjoy Presidents’ Day, Mr. President. Stay an extra day, for the pc. We’re having such a good time watching their heads spin. The Golf Channel was very professional in their coverage of the week-end. Very nice to see real journalism.

  35. February 18, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Reading the interaction between Reign of April and Mqsawyer on twitter. mqsawyer says there were “cues” in POTUS’s speech that make people think single mothers/absentee fathers are the cause of poverty. April pointed out to him that only the “researchers” like himself and MHP took that from the speech. April’s doing a good job. I personally think MHP went in with preconceived ideas about the President and his speech and reacted from there. These researchers aren’t taking into consideration what POTUS has done policy wise and don’t seem to remember that ALL his speeches on uplifting the middle class go like this: “these are our problems, this is how my administration (the gov’t) will help and this how YOU the individual can help because there are holes the gov’t can’t fill”. Over and over he’s done this. Yet two mentions of the word “marriage” and a few lines on single moms on how they need help and WHAM Pres.Obama is trying to push forced marriage? How did you go from A to crazy like that?

    • February 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

      I’ve been trying to think about the same question. “How did you go from A to crazy like that?”
      All I can come up with is gross insanity in the minds of so many, and they have no idea what
      it is costing them, and the impact it can have on others. We need a healing, is all I can think
      of. Maybe that’s what the 7 mile-wide stream of dolphins is about. I don’t know.
      We must educate our peoples because the cost of ignorance is just too great.

      • February 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

        I also see an attempt to make Pres. Obama ‘just like bush’ or a secret Republican (see MHP’s comparison of Pres.Obama to Romney).

        It’s a thing I’ve seen since he took office. Every crisis is compared to some major fuck up in W’s term. One of MHP’s guest sent a link to a follower on twitter about W’s marriage act to prove a point about her critique of his speech. Uhm, where in that speech or in any speech did she think that Pres.Obama was going to “force marriage”?

        this is what he said:

        “So we should encourage marriage by removing the financial disincentives for couples who love one another but may find it financially disadvantageous if they get married. We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children.”

        Sounds like he’s proposing more tax breaks for people who are ALREADY in love and WANT to get married. That doesn’t sound like forced marriage to me but whatever. I’m not a researcher.

        • February 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

          You know, I think PBO is so excellent he simply does not fit into research/analytical methods of inquiry.
          Too bad for them. They miss the whole thing. what a bunch of crap.
          I think vows of silence would be helpful. A 3 year vow of silence for each one of them.
          Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yes And I am not kidding about this.

        • 191 Lovepolitics2008
          February 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

          About the constant reference to George W. Bush….

          Republicans were profoundly humiliated by the Bush presidency. Democrats, liberals, and progressives were traumatized by it. I’m not versed in sociology, nor in social psychology, but I wonder if the intensity of the emotions related to anything “Bush” has made the reactions to the Obama presidency more emotionally “charged” than they would have been if he had followed a “more ordinary” presidency. Granted, the first black president was condemned to a higher level of scrutiny, but I keep thinking that it’s even worse because Barack Obama was the successor of one of the worst presidents in history. Republicans want revenge and can’t cope with the fact that Barack Obama is admired and loved all around the world and will go down in history as a great president. On the other hand, some part of the democratic coalition has hoped, unrealistically, that President OBama would wave a magic wand and repair all the damage in a few short years.

          • 192 EDP4BHO
            February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

            ” anything “Bush” has made the reactions to the Obama presidency more emotionally “charged” than they would have been if he had followed a “more ordinary” presidency”

            This has been my contention all along. People were psychologically traumatized- intelligent people, that is- from such a dumbing down of America blatantly played out in the media during this time, not to mention made to feel insecure, that anybody coming after Bush was hoped to be the total opposite, and when they found that PBO was not the extremist they were seeking, they pounced. Their expectations were always very unrealistic. You can’t undo years of degradation by an administration in an instant. People’s seeming disregard for law in governing and wanting instant gratification revealed how skillful the prior bunch were in its propaganda.

            • February 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

              Okay, yes, EDP, this reads true for me, that intelligent people were psychologically traumatized
              by the dumbing down and gross abuse of government, the executive part, especially.
              Yes, traumatized. How do we address that? Maybe this awareness is in the public domain already.
              Are you aware of it? Who do you see, for example, as a person who is commenting at this level?
              Maybe it’s ~you~. I am not kidding, here. We need good thinkers that, far as I can see, are most
              available right here on TOD. The peoples’ consciousness calls for it.

          • February 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm

            I think you are right. They are on hyper alert and look for any sign of another bush. It’s a lousy way to judge or analyze Pres.Obama’s policies but that’s the way they do it.

            Look at the issue of drones. bush left POTUS with 2 wars, tortured detainees, lied about why we went to Iraq, came up with these alerts to terrify people every day but the guy who had to clean up ALL of that is now worse than bush? Really?

          • 195 vcprezofan2
            February 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

            LP2008, to extend your ‘Republicans were profoundly humiliated by the Bush presidency’, it therefore makes some sense that they are trying to draw a parallel to PBO’s actions to take some of the shame out of their eyes. ‘Hey Bush wasn’t all that awful. Look Obama is doing something similar!’ Of course their ability to make comparisons is up there with their ability to choose ‘leaders’. OTH, what’s the ‘explanation’ for the left-leaning idjits who make a similar comparison? Irrationality? Envy? Need for attention? …?

      • 196 jackiegrumbacher
        February 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Sara, the question I’ve been struggling with is whether this insanity and unwillingness to listen to facts has always been true in this country, or whether we’re just more aware of it because of the internet. There were always closed-minded people and God knows, there were far out loonies in the “old days” but they seem to have bigger forums now and they seem more anxious to be aggrieved at just about anything. This country is long past the need for a healing. The only encouragement I feel is that younger people seem more open to common sense.

        • February 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

          Yes, Jackie, thank you for this. I say a “healing” because I just can’t think what else. A bunch of people dying will help.
          And the younger people coming up: yes. And for people like me [in my 70’s ecstatic to see such amazing leadership as PBO,
          at last, leading the peoples] . . . for people like me, it is to keep my eyes on the horizon, the younger people, and give them all that’s
          possible. It’s what PBO is doing, after all. He knows it’s with the children, not with any of the old farts that screech around
          and obstruct things in the MSM, in Washington, DC, wherever. And I hear you, we’ve probably always had closed-minded people,
          far out loonies in the “old days” [like forever], and we DO see them more now. I think, actually, that we here on TOD could do a
          better job of not repeating the ignorances, not dwelling. We could ignore a lot of it. Thank you again for responding here.

        • 198 vcprezofan2
          February 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

          JG & SCC, I’d say the unwillingness to listen to facts has always been there, but yes modern technology makes it more easily visible, PLUS PBO’s different style of politicking brings it more starkly into contrast. In the past, I think, pols regularly wrote facts to suit their narrative and almost all of them did it. PBO won’t play by those rules and the others haven’t caught up to him yet, so they follow their old paths while reviling him for not playing by the accepted rules and not compromising. We here already know that even the media is used to the old way of doing things hence their willingness to write the story before it’s been acted out.

  36. February 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    LOL!!! So good.

    • 200 desertflower
      February 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his “unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.”

      RWNJ translation: Obama hates Israel. Heads exploding everywhere…did anyone watch 60 Minutes last night about Iron Dome? I taped it, but haven’t watched it yet…

    • 204 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      This makes me smile. 😀

    • 205 Lovepolitics2008
      February 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      I’m happy to see President Obama being recognized for what he did for Israel’s security. And it’s pretty clear that Shimon Peres, who’s much more rational than Netanyahu, has a deep respect for President Obama. However, I’m concerned that President Obama receiving that medal will make things difficult for him when it comes to dealing with the Arab world. Sad, because the president really respects both sides, and wishes to make advances on the peace process. His dedication to Israel security is, in my opinion, part of a long term strategy. He understands that one of the biggest impediments to peace in the Middle East is Israel’s FEARS. So he has worked diligently to lessen those fears, in hope that it will make Israel finally more open to serious peace negotiations.

      • February 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        “I’m concerned that President Obama receiving that medal will make things difficult for him when it comes to dealing with the Arab world.”

        That crossed my mind too Lovepolitics, although, to be honest, I think most/all of the Arab world would see any American President as being on Israel’s ‘side’ in all of this, so it might not make much difference.

        Staying ‘firm’ with Netanyahu is the key, that will go some way towards earning some Arab trust.

        • 207 Lovepolitics2008
          February 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          You have a good point, Chips, with the President’s attitude towards Netanyahu having the chance to earn “some” Arab trust.

      • 208 Lovepolitics2008
        February 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        Despite the concern I just mentioned, It will be fun to watch republicans’ heads explode. They have criticized President Obama for months if not years because he hasn’t visited Israël during his first term. Now that he is going, he’s going to receive a medal that NO OTHER SITTING PRESIDENT has ever received !!! He’s going to be honored in a way that NO OTHER SITTING PRESIDENT has been honored !!

        Isn’t that a sweet revenge ??!!

        • February 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

          AND, when PBO receives that medal, he will set the context for it, using words to move the whole
          thing to a level that creates the greatest opening for humility, peace, and the future for our children.

          • 210 Lovepolitics2008
            February 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

            Yep. I look forward to a fabulous speech, full of truth and knowledge, nuance, empathy and understanding, yet a speech that will be an advocacy of courage and generosity, a plea for getting over the old fears and working towards a TRUE peace.

          • 212 carolmaewy
            February 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

            Enjoy your wisdom Sara. 😀 Our main organizer for our OFA was 72. I wish I had her energy. She is even up for the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award in WY. She is so humble and sweet.

    • 213 anniebella
      February 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      I always like Shimon Peres’ better than that other one Netanyahu. POTUS and FLOTUS had a State’s Dinner for Peres’.

  37. 214 daisydem
    February 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I just have one thing further to say about our President’s golfing weekend: next time he should take me. I drive a mean golf cart! I love the things, you plop a cooler with a bottle of cold wine on the back, some fruit, veggies and hummus and pita chips … and away we go!

  38. 216 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    11:59am – Made it! Good Morning, TODobots! Morning Chips, short is good, particularly when you stroll in late. 😆

  39. February 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Dreams that occur after you wake up and fall back asleep are the WORST! I dreamed that I lived with my mother….and Jay Z (my brother) and Kim Kardashian…his girlfriend. OY!

    Kim was soooo annoying in the dream. LOL!! 🙂

  40. February 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Oh and that guy who slapped a two year old on the plane and said ‘shut that nigga baby up’? I would have busted out his eye socket with my elbow. And I would do that even if it wasn’t my child.

  41. 229 Linda
    February 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Mike Johanns is not seeking re-election after just one term….

    I wonder if he was threatened with a primary challenge for saying he will vote YES for Senator Hagel….and just said ” F-This Bulls*it. “

  42. February 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Back from my run, thought I’d check on my little furry friends to see what’s up on the prairie path. There was a lot of chirping about some guy they call Renegade (married to Renaissance), who was out golfing with this guy with an ENORMOUS head. I settled them down by letting them know that it was only Chips scaring the bejeebus out of us all.

  43. 231 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Trivia, the wealthiest President was also our First. In 2010 $ Washington was worth $515 million. The wealthiest of our living Presidents is Pres. Clinton with an estimated $55 million. Oh, the TPgop heads will pop in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 🌋

    • 232 Lovepolitics2008
      February 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      I’m surprised. I thought George Bush Senior was the wealthiest, with all his assets in Carlyle Group, etc.. ??

      • 233 carolmaewy
        February 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        So much for Reagonomics! Bush has probably set up trusts for his kids. Or bailed them out too many times. 😉

  44. 234 carolmaewy
    February 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I really want to honor President Barack Hussein Obama on presidents today. Chips, would you take time to let us know what it was like to be at this concert? Thank you.

    • 235 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      No, how did that happen. I ruined everything! Please take it down now. I’m crying, I’m ashamed. How could I? Please forgive me Chips. 😥 cry: cry: cry: cry:

    • February 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Huh?? Carol, I’m confused!!!

      • 238 carolmaewy
        February 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        Does that mean the video I posted only shows up to me? The one I posted was for Andrea Mitchell on golf with Tiger, was trying to post a video of the Concert the day before PBO’s First Inauguration. Did I do something wrong or technically wrong, or am I still on probation? I thought you once said you were there.

        • February 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          Ah! This was the video that showed up Carol 🙂

          • 240 carolmaewy
            February 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

            Please, that was for Andrea M and her stupid questions of the NBC WH reporter, Kristen Welker. I was going to post another video. I’m so upset with myself, let me see if I can remember what she said that ticked me off. Did they not want a picture of him with Tiger Woods because of his past, etc. and not with family. Blah, blaw, blaw, blaw. TV mute! I’m in control of what I hear, bitch. Oops!

    • 243 Dudette
      February 19, 2013 at 3:13 am


      • 244 carolmaewy
        February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        I posted the wrong video! I was going to post a beautiful song sung at the concert. I laid low for awhile. You stayed up late I see. I’m still going thru your posts.

  45. 246 GGail
    February 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family (it’s only 10:13am pst).

    You guys are very deep today. Me? I’m enjoying this paid day off and I’m now eating giant Cheetos Cheesy Puffs.

    Happy Presidents Day 🙂

  46. 247 dotster3
    February 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Andrea Mitchell is concerned! No access to the president for 2 1/2 days! Was it because he was golfing with naughty Tiger Woods and the association there and all that implies? Was it because he was golfing while the sequester and other big problems loom??? Was it because this is his 2nd term and he’s doing things he always secretly wanted to do and to hell with everyone??? Where are the pictures of President Obama and Tiger Woods on the golf course???? The poor, poor White House press pool!—-being treated so shabbily!—-why weren’t they allowed to be lurking just beyond the greens, cameras flashing and pre-putt shouts of “What about Benghazi?”

    • 248 anniebella
      February 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      I watch alittle of Alex Wagner, after that I turn the tv off because I knew Mrs. Greenspan was coming up.

    • 249 Bill
      February 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      We know what Jay Carney will be faced with tomorrow.

    • 250 Vicki
      February 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Uhhuh.. WHPC receiving the treatment they have earned.

    • 251 yardarm756
      February 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Slow news day.

    • 252 carolmaewy
      February 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      I watched a video of Boner playing with POTUS and VPOTUS. The camera clicks were very annoying. Why should he be bothered on His Presidents Day weekend? Boner had varicose veins big time, I think and no hair on legs. Ew.

    • February 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Hmmmm .. let’s see, spending the weekend getting golf lessons and then golfing with a loved, and respected celebrity golfer who has, yes, made a mistake in his personal life but who sought therapy for it and who maintains a low-profile pretty much, and conducts himself with grace and dignity OR …. spending the weekend going off into the brush and woods of “the Texas Whitehouse” with a vice-president who shoots your friends in the face and who never seems to have any dignity but just hate spewing rhetoric? I vote for the golfing President!

  47. 255 kasai
    February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    ** Happy Presidents Day Tods***

    Ok Chips get to grooving:-):-)

    Have a Wonderful Day!!!

  48. 258 jacquelineoboomer
    February 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Afternoon, TODville! Lookin’ forward to a great Obama day!

  49. February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  50. 260 Eveingeorgia
    February 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    THis qualifies as Divine Justice. Re: The guy who slapped the AA baby on a flight to Atlanta.


  51. 262 yardarm756
    February 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Ready,aim,fire……Call WHATEVER you hit the target. Even if the wrong one….Wolfiwitz should be in prison!

  52. February 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  53. February 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    This is so true.
    its amazing that thanks to wall street, and all the dirty tricks and cheating.. Our economy took a dive. Thanks to the rich heading for tax shelters and taking jobs off shore for bigger profits.. We are in a revenue vs spending problem.
    So ‘Instead’ of come up with jobs and revenue.. Which might cost a rich corp a few unnoticed dollars..
    The “only” way to fix the revenue problem is in cutting SSI to the elderly and the vets.. Most vets and elderly live on less than 1200.00 a month.. Which means as things cost more, these people will have to cut even more of the things that are necessary to ‘survival’..
    While the rich cheat, sneak and hide their money.. Because of course a millionare-billionare would miss a few thousand more in taxes a year.
    Better the poor find another way to eat, heat their homes, stay cool when it is hot and of course the “least important” cut their medications out .. Deciding which medication they can live longest without

    • 274 swbluega
      February 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Why is it that so many of the ones who want to get rid of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, theones who don’t want to raise minimum wage, the ones who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and say they don’t believe in affirmative action are often the ones who talk about themselves and their families having benefitted from it at some pont in their life?

  54. February 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Jose Diaz Balart of Telemundo all over Msnbc blaming the President for that leaked memo on immigration.
    All Republicab talking points.
    He must be a social conservative?

    • 276 Linda
      February 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Díaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three brothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (a former US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro’s first wife. His uncle, Waldo Diaz-Balart, is a Cuban painter. He is married and has two daughters

  55. 277 Karlene
    February 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Good morning here, 11:33 here pst..good afternoon also too..Glad PBO was able to enjoy a few days off..

  56. 279 lockewasright
    February 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I love getting an additional day off with the kids and my wife! We’re doing a bunch of cooking together and getting our groove on. Right now we’re chopping veggies and measuring spices.

  57. 281 theo67
    February 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    It’s the height of hypocrisy that some Republicans complaining about the Tiger weekend and making comments about “measure of the man can be told by the company he keeps” when the GOP just finished hosting Ted Nugent at the SOTU. I have no love for Tiger Woods, but I’d take him over that vile Ted Nugent any day!

    • 282 anniebella
      February 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Ted Nugent, and let us not forget the Republican Party is fill with racists, bigots, I mean you have Republicans who hate this President for one reason and one reason only, he is black. They hate women, they are haters of poor and middle class folks, and they got the nerve to talk about who President Obama played golf with once. Someone better remind them to sweep around their own back door before they try to sweep around anyone else.

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