Catching Up

President Barack Obama talks with Council of Economic Advisers Chair Alan Krueger following a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, March 4 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen shreds Bill Keller’s column here


John Boehner: ‘There’s no plan from Senate Democrats or the White House to replace the sequester’ …. Pants on fire


Ezra Klein: This is why Obama can’t make a deal with Republicans – File this under “Jonathan Chait is right”


President Obama speaks alongside Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a Cabinet meeting in the White House on March 4


Senate poised to move first bill to curb gun violence since Newtown, will be named in honor of Hadiya Pendleton – see here


Only 6 Of Obama’s 35 Pending Judicial Nominees Are Straight White Men – ThinkProgress

(I love the fact that this could just as easily be a headline on a RWNJ site, in a ‘SHOCKER” kind of way)


GOP Congresswoman: I Opposed Domestic Violence Bill Because It Protected Too Many Groups – ThinkProgress



A few reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy – Ezra Klein


Look Who’s Feuding Now – A Map of Conservative Fingerpointing:

See more at The Atlantic


Watch the First Lady dance to Pitbull’s “Echa Pa’ Lla”:

The First Lady’s interview can be seen on Univision’s “Primer Impacto” on Wednesday, March 6


@ks44: Here’s a pic from the First Lady’s @letsmove Google+ Hangout in the Blue Room today

Thank you LovelyPlains!


Normal service resumed tomorrow. Hopefully 😕

297 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. 7 nathkatun7
    March 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Good evening! I love the Chart about GOP feud!

  2. March 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    So Chips….. your boy Keane got a goal yesterday….. and according to some Chicago fans, “Mike Magee can hopefully be prosecuted under the Violence Against Women Act for what he’s doing to us….” (hat trick!) It was a good opening to the season!

  3. March 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Ok, so PBO’s new nominee for Energy Secretary has the SAME.FREAKING.HAIRDO that my oldest brother had in the 70s. When, you know, he still had hair.

  4. March 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    And.. in about a half an hour, at 9pm EST tonight on Maddow:

    Chief Kevin Murphy, Montgomery, AL police (no doubt will discuss bestowing Rep. John Lewis with his badge) and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

    • 38 0388jojothecat
      March 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I am not a fan of SDO. She made the statement she was not going to retire as long as a Democrat was the President (talking about President Clinton). She is just as political as the current five conservative SCOTUS.

  5. 39 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Speaking of the Atlantic Wire – on Feb 14, they had the audacity to put up an article about the First Daughter going on a “Valentines'” date based on some vague comment PBO had made in a speech earlier that week, and they imagined four possibilities (you won’t believe this nonsense).

    1. Rick Santorum’s son
    2. John Edward’s son
    3. Finn (from the show “Homeland”)
    4. A “nice boy” from Sidwell Friends School .

    Really, Atlantic Wire, WTF ?!?!?!?

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Ha! Don’t they just wish……

    • 41 anniebella
      March 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Hopefruit2, this is a dam joke right. I don’t think Malia is dating, she is too young. Maybe at 16, but not 14.

      • 42 hopefruit2
        March 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        And even if she were – what business of Atlantic Wire’s is it to imagine the scenarios, let alone write up an article?

        • 43 jacquelineoboomer
          March 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          Because everyone wants to be President Obama, and they want to have his family, I guess. That’s the only “sane” reason, although that greenish shade of envy doesn’t look very good on them. At all.

        • 44 anniebella
          March 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          Agree hopefruit2. They never stuck their nose in Jenna and Barbara Bush dating or not dating.

  6. 45 desertflower
    March 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hey. Exhausting day.

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      How are you doing DF, had a crazy day?

      • 47 desertflower
        March 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        I did. Tough day at school and then off to tutor….my student was being less than attentive, shall we say…I don’t like wasting my time. Errands after that, now cooking dinner. My bed is calling my name and it’s only 6:38pm 🙂 I’ll be fine….it IS Monday after all!

        I feel like a missed a lot here…reading to play catch up. WTF is Marsha Blackburn doing running around the halls of Congress??? TN…boot her sorry ass out! SHE pissed me off today, too!

  7. March 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    So, because I’m on Van Morrison kick, I’m listening to “Astral Weeks” right now. Not to sound like an old curmudgeon (shut up, UT), but they really don’t make music like that any more.

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Ah, one of the greatest … I honestly can’t listen to Cyprus Avenue and Madame George without feeling faint. Masterpieces!

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Too right, LL, that was when music and the whole idea of music was all about CHANGE! and Moving Forward, and seeing the world through a different lens than anything previous to the time….. (Beatles really, wasn’t it…) and were we not the lucky ones to be shaped by all that!?

      • March 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        Now, this isn’t to say there isn’t good music being made now. I grew up on U2 and Elvis Costello and, of course, Springsteen. To be honest, the Internet makes good music able to be created outside of the studio system. But you have to look for it. And few bands approach the sheer ambition of works like “Astral Weeks”.

        I’m also a big proponent of contemporary classical music. My computer is often on Q2, WQXR’s contemporary classical music stream. Lots of good stuff on there.

  8. March 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Another wonderful round-up!! Lots of tweet-ables. Thank you, Chips.

    And isn’t FLOTUS terrific dancing to Pit Bull? She totally won the competition on that one!! Glad to see her taking the message to Univision. Brilliant moves, Mrs. O!!

    • 77 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      academics really do stay out of the hair style fashion scene – I’m sure he is a brilliant scientist – but it takes effort to get past the hair!

  9. March 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Well, it’s nice to see Politifact get something right, but – and maybe this is verrrrrrrrrrry picky – their headline annoyed me:

    ‘House Speaker John Boehner says Obama, Democrats have no plan to replace sequester’

    Why does Boehner get his title, but ‘Obama’ doesn’t?

    Why not:

    ‘House Speaker John Boehner says President, Democrats have no plan to replace sequester’?

    This kind of thing seriously pisses me off every time.

    • March 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Because they are All very rude and bad-mannered people, Chipsticks, with no sense of what is correct.

      • 80 99ts
        March 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Does it relate to the new print media “rules” that were introduced because it wasn’t fair that PBO had a better title than Romney (who I can just not respect with any title).

        Or could it be that everyone knows the title of “Obama” but it is necessary to remind people why Boehner even has a voice in the discussion. In my world I don’t think anyone I know has a clue as to Boehner – in fact most cannot work out why the President does not have the support of congress – weird politics.

        • March 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

          Good questions, 99ts.. I feel it is purely the juvenile nature of the people in question; we all know how thinking people the world over recognize the incredible leader President Obama is, and how right is it for him to be a world influence. These others, mental midgets, emotionally deranged, simply cannot allow themselves to recognize what the rest of the world sees. It must be a form of mental illness, because it is driving them to do incredibly stupid and irresponsible things which are hurting many people.

          • 82 nathkatun7
            March 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

            In my opinion the media simply disrespects President Obama because of who he is. I saw a headline in a local paper which read: “President Clinton comes out strongly for Obama at the Democratic Convention.” A former President is addressed properly, but not the sitting President.

            • March 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

              Sadly, nath, I know you are correct in this.

            • 84 99ts
              March 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

              How insane they are – then again President Clinton was a white guy – they hated him for 8 years – and now they love him!

              • 85 nathkatun7
                March 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm

                You are right 99ts. The Republicans hated President Clinton and tried to remove him from office using every means. They finally fixated on his infidelity and twisted that into “a high crime and misdemeanor” that justified impeachment. My quarrel, however, is with the U.S. media. Even when President Clinton was being harassed by Republicans, the media still respected the office of the Presidency by referring to him as President Clinton and not just Clinton. It’s the media’s routine disrespect of President Obama by refusing to refer to him by his title that is so blatantly reprehensible.

                By the way, I am amused by the hypocrisy of Republicans who hated President Clinton when he was in office, but are now so much in love with him. That includes people like Linsey Graham and Newt Gingrich, who voted to impeach him; and John McCain who voted in the Senate to convict him and remove him from office.

    • 86 cindysweatt
      March 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I agree. I see it all the time. It really makes me mad. He is the twice elected President of The United States of America. Give him the respect he has earned and deserves.
      I mean we are supposed to swallow the notion that Boehner is pronounced baner. Yea right. No way.

      • March 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        I know, I don’t speak all languages, but I did teach English for a long time, and I do not know of any dipthong ‘oe’ which is pronounced ‘a’. I have always held the suspicion he chooses to pronounce it that way, and in school he was Always called Boner. Because he is, a boner.

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Reminds me of a headline that read, “Kate Middleton attends wedding while pregnant”; doesn’t she do everything now while pregnant, and isn’t she a Duchess?

  10. March 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Evening TOD…..

  11. 99 vitaminlover
    March 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Jay Carney-he’s our man, so let’s give him a great big hand! Alright(clap, clap, clap,clap,clap).

  12. 100 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    china in we-do-the-effing-leadership-thingy-only-once-in-a-decade mode.


  13. March 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Um, any Spanish speakers here?

    Someone just tweeted me this in response to the Michelle dancing video:

    “MO es la verga.”

    Eh, Google Translate says that means:

    “MO is the dick”

    …. but I’m sensing it was a friendly tweet. 😕

    Solve. Mystery. Please.

  14. March 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    O/T: Pat Summit’s book, Sum It Up, comes out tomorrow. She’ll be on ABC tomorrow morning. Robin Roberts interviewed her a couple weeks ago. They are pretty ‘tight.’ Sally Quinn (WP) was the ghost writer. Not sure how I feel about that, but I am anxious to get the book and read it.

  15. 114 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Why is it that the MSM quotes Gallup, even after their abysmal record last election cycle?
    They now have the President upside down, and major publications are reporting on it.

    Here we go again!

  16. 115 japa21
    March 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  17. March 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm


  18. March 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love President Obama and all he stands for. FYI.

  19. 128 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Over 70% turnout and mile-long queues in a hot, hot day. No, it’s not in friggin’ florida.

  20. 149 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    A Dominican woman who was recorded claiming Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) had paid her for sex now says she has never before met the senator and was paid to make the claim, The Washington Post reported Monday.

    The woman says in court documents that she and a friend were paid to read from a script, in which they accuse Menendez of offering money in exchange for sex.


    Ah, the plot thickens… I wonder if this was Rove behind this!

  21. 158 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Sandra Day O’Conner — I won’t be buying the book retail; will wait until it is on the shelf at Dollar Tree…

  22. 176 jackiegrumbacher
    March 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    This day is ending with the best possible news–the same sister who went through a nightmarish health experience during Christmas underwent a dangerous, but SUCCESSFUL, operation to remove an infected kidney today. Doctors are confident she’ll recover. There is one more operation in her future, but she is proving to be one tough and absolutely indomitable lady. The rest of us are worn out with anxiety, but she keeps batting away at all these impossible odds and coming out ok. She sure has shown us how important it is to just never, ever give up.

  23. March 4, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Florida’s insane gun culture…..

    • March 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      He should be honored in a 3 day long PARADE! A teenager who goes to such a length to be helpful and protect others, hell, he should get to meet President Obama!

  24. 197 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    The House Judiciary are only considering an Immigration bill for High skilled and well educated Undocumented Workers.
    You know, the 30% that vote Republican?

    • 199 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Yeah, just like the credentials my old great grandparents had when they “came across” from Ireland and Germany, for a better life here in America. Not. (Although they truly were wonderful people to be anybody’s ancestors, of course!)

      However, there is a real need for highly skilled and well-educated men and women from other lands, since Republicans don’t really want us to educate our own children in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – in particular – since they’re “Liberal Arts” to them, I guess. And you know – you can’t be blinded by science if you’re blinded by what the RWNJs are teaching you. There’s that.

    • 200 anniebella
      March 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Jovie,But what happen to the ones who work in the fields, who pick the fruits, the vegetable, clean and cook for the rich folks,

  25. 201 globalcitizenlinda
    March 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    had one of those days so I missed the feedback on sequeshow much progress has been made about contacting the congressional critters about the sequester cuts?

  26. March 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Take that Dennis Rodman!! uhhh…. I guess?

  27. 203 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    “Good morning (night) America how are ya?
    I say don’t you know me, I’m your native son.
    I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
    I’ll be down 500 miles when the day is done.”

    Song by Arlo Guthrie.

  28. March 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Food for thought…..

  29. 207 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’m not sure how many replies to this will show up here, but some are ghastly – and exactly why we must VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS in 2014.

    • 208 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      This is the original The Daily Edge tweet that brought out the nasty in this SpreadShit tweeter evil fool and others:

  30. March 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    How are the storm predictions shaping up for all o’ y’all out east there?

  31. March 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    If you have kids, grandkids, nieces, nephew’s you have until 10:00 AM Tommorow to submit artwork, to be selected by Mrs. O http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/white-house-announces-theme-for-2013.html

    • 217 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      I was NOT sucessful in the ticket lottery. PBO & FLOTUS don’t love me any more….

      • March 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Um….cook something up w/ some crayons and attribute it to an un-notified relative….Win the contest…..and then show up as their “Guardian”…….best scheme I could come up with?

        • 219 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          March 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

          I’m not that artistic; my painting elicit the comment “well bless her heart.” Don’t want to make a kid look bad…

  32. March 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

  33. 223 Pugeretto
    March 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Good evening Chips & Tods. I just did a “like” experiment. On my computer, it wouldn’t take, but then I “liked” TOD on my iphone & wordpress let it go through right away. So, anyway, I don’t know why the problem.
    About the UniteBlue talk tonight, I just saw someone from Thailand with over 300, 000 followers ask to join UniteBlue. At this rate, the whole world will be on the list….

  34. 224 a4alice
    March 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    linda if you are about
    got home got off the call for the NTL’s. Sent tweets around to the different guys in MI, MN and WI and made sure to mention “commonsensecaucus”. Lame. I know.

    • 225 whatisworking
      March 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      HI Alice

      Not lame at all, totally helpful – like you always are. I am bummed I missed the call. I did not even know about it. My RFO left and I didn’t get an email. I hope they will have a taping of the call. Thanks for keeping me posted. You are the best.

  35. 226 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    RIDDLE: If amk drinks a full bottle of rum on Monday, and a 2nd full bottle of rum on Tuesday, how much rum will amk have drunk in all?

    The answer is none at all! 🙂

  36. 229 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm


    by Pili Tobar on 03/04/2013


    Despite the growing number of Republicans supporting immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, we know that some GOP holdouts still don’t get it regarding good immigration policy, politics, and the GOP rebranding effort to Latino voters. However, we never thought we’d have to count former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in that camp.
    As Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice said:

    If he stays with this new, ‘let them be workers but not citizens’ stance, it will be a political blunder of huge proportions. At a time when voters are looking for steady, principled leaders and Republicans are supporting citizenship in greater numbers, this should be Jeb Bush’s moment. Yet his disturbing flip-flop on immigration citizenship and tack to the right ahead of a potential presidential primary suggests that he’s misread the moment. By endorsing the failed concept of a permanent underclass for a mostly Latino group of workers, Bush will put a ceiling on potential Latino voter support. Let’s hope he clarifies his position in the coming hours to show that he will be a proponent of reform with citizenship in 2013 and not an obstacle.



    • March 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Yep he will…….Jeb needs the teabaggers vote and he won’t get it without bashing the mexicans, blacks, asians, muslims, wimmins, and anyone that is not white.

  37. 231 anniebella
    March 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Was it Rachel who just said the House Republicans is putting forth a bill to do away part of the sequester they don’t like, the defense cuts. Have you ever seen anything like those crazy ass Republicans? O’Donnell is talking to Jimmy Carter grandson who came up with that 47% Mitt’s tape. He talk of when he meet POTUS, and how POTUS thank him.

  38. 232 Lynn
    March 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    If anyone is around, Lawrence O is doing a re-write regarding the Senator Menendez business. I’ll be interested to see what he’s got in the way of video.

  39. March 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’m almost out of data, so am closing down for the night. Back with y’all tomoz…. Sweet dreams TOD. {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}}

  40. 239 99ts
    March 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Well I had NO idea about wordpress flagging replies to post until everyone complained it disappeared – my knowledge seems to be rather limited – wish the GOP would admit that their knowledge is zilch

    • March 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Do you know how to utilize the function?

      • 241 99ts
        March 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        I clicked on the message symbol top right & it told me “Pamela replied to your message on “catching up” – How cool is that – what else have I missed?

        • March 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

          2 options, click on Pamela, or Lovelyplains now, and reply from just there. Then you dont even have to refresh the TOD page. Another option is go to WordPress login page, click reader. You will see the same Orange symbol for new messages. It will give you an option to view all at the bottom. Then you can reply to people from 2 days ago or even 2 posts ago, never having to load the TOD page. Makes it easy if you are multi-tasking. You can do it w/ the last 9 replies when you are on TOD, but sometimes the button wont work, or stay grey even if you have new replies. I use the reader option in the morning on the WP page, for anybody I missed from the night. Then load “rise and shine” Got any more questions….let me know.

          • 243 99ts
            March 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

            Thank you lp – I will practice – and track you down when needed

            • March 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm

              Also when clicking on “lovelyplains” replied to your comment. Emphasis on “your comment” i.e. 99ts, you can click on that link in blue. It will load the exact post no matter which thread it was from, and it will go to the exact spot on that thread. Last thing if you are replying from WordPress/loging/reader page, just reply to all comments you feel like. Then click link to TOD thread and they will all show up in order. No refreshing, wasting cache or CPU usage.

  41. 245 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    For those interested in Kenya election results



  42. 246 Bill R.
    March 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Ever wondered how inequality in America looks on a graph?? Have a look! No wonder all those billionaires have so much money to buy protection against paying taxes:

  43. 247 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    CALLING UT and all the other super smart college students that post here:


    Jeopardy! College Online Test is March 6th. Details at the above link.

  44. March 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Staples is “restructering” & laying off 1500 employees in US-now-E coast wking West- reason-they can hire 2 PT emp&pay mim wage&no benfits
    this from a dear friend of mine. She makes UNDER 15. p/h and pays her own health ins. Her manager says tt its better to hire 2 part time employees and pay them mim wage with no vac pay or other bennes. Sad part she is in 60’s and cannot not work for many reasons. Corporations suck!

  45. 250 anniebella
    March 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Good night all.

  46. 251 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    The President should just ignore them when it cones to any of this cutting spending or else. If they don’t pass finding bills, it’s on them.
    Meanwhile, he should just push his priorities, and so should Reid. That includes immigration, gun control, minimum wage increase, etc.
    It’s the only way to discipline children, ignore them.

  47. 252 jacquelineoboomer
    March 5, 2013 at 12:10 am

    There’s always something to smile about, if you’re a Liberal!

  48. March 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Great post on Angry Black Lady:

    “And there was a time when Chicago’s good will seemed to be spread far and wide. From the Bears’ incredible 1985 season (culminating in a 46-10 win in Super Bowl XX, at the time, the most lopsided in NFL history), to Rich Daley’s impressive revitalization of the city through the 1990s, we entered the 21st century on a high note. Everybody seemed to love us…(snip)

    “All the sudden, Chicago was the city they loved to hate. All the sudden, Chicago was inhabited by thugs and gang-bangers and welfare cheats. Chicago was the city of Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky, not the city of Bill Veeck and Saul Bellow. Chicago was no longer defined by the architecture of Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe, by the University of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony, or the Art Institute of Chicago, but by its murder rate and the number of its politicians who went to jail.

    All because Barack Hussein Obama launched his career here, rising from community organizer, to state senator, to United States Senator, to President of the United States.”


    • 254 99ts
      March 5, 2013 at 3:07 am

      They hate that a black man could even consider being President – let alone win. I LOVE that Barack Obama is in the white house for 4 more years

  49. 256 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

    A laugh for you — ODS in all it’s glory!

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Does anyone else thing the wiper trail looks like a dinosaur about to eat something?

    • 261 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 1:15 am

      Amazing! Back in 2010, I asked this guy who hated President Obama so much to tell me what exactly the President had done to him that that affected his livelihood or the livelihood of his family and the the people he knew. He really could not come up with a coherent specific answer. His whole hatred was based on his belief that the President was a socialist radical who hates America, and who, in the future, secretary planned to destroy the country because. Right there and then, I realized how hopeless and unproductive it was trying to have a sane and rational conversation with this person, who based his hatred of President Obama, not on what the President had done, but on what he believed the President was secretly planning to do in the future.

      • 262 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

        All of which the person either heard on FOX or heard from another person who heard it on FOX. Totally time to walk away when we hear those types of comments … they are unreachable, as you said. It’s worse than talking to a wall, because walls don’t talk back!

        • 263 nathkatun7
          March 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

          You are exactly right, JO! I really sympathize with President Obama because he is trying his best to negotiate with similar minded people who are now exercising so much power in Congress. These people are not interested in having a sane conversation with the President and trying to reach sane compromises that may not be 100% satisfactory to either the Democrats or the Republicans, but may, nonetheless, be able to move the country FORWARD. The bottom line for these right wingers, like the guy I talked to in 2010, is to make sure that President Obama is no longer the President. PERIOD! End of story. As long as he is President they are determined to make his life miserable by making the country ungovernable. They hate President Obama so much that they don’t really care about destroying the country in order to tannish his legacy.

          • 264 jacquelineoboomer
            March 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

            I’m sure you feel the same as I do … I will never understand this phenomenon we’re experiencing, to my dying day … how anybody could waste their time and effort feeling those thoughts and taking those actions. Not only because of one man, but, in particular, this wonderful man who is our President.

      • 265 99ts
        March 5, 2013 at 3:08 am

        His attempted explanation – the truth – blahs don’t live in the white house

    • March 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

      This guy may seem funny now, but you wanna bet that the MSM will in fact make the 2016 elections ALL about PBO – even if he’s no longer running?

    • 267 anniebella
      March 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

      NO REPUBLICAN 2016 EITHER. Unless they steal it like in 2000.

      • 268 anniebella
        March 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

        That is what my sign will say. It also will say, ALL OBAMA WILL DO IS HAND IT OVER TO HILLARY 2016. I know that would eat the racists bastards alive. 🙂

  50. March 5, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Would someone reply with a hi so I can see if my orange button works. Thanks.
    Congrats LL on FIRST.

    • 270 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2013 at 1:20 am


    • 275 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Hi CarolMaeWY? I don’t even know what the orange button is all about! I always come to TOD late when most people on the East Coast are already fast asleep. Anyway, I hope my reply helps you with your orange button. If it does, them you must educate me about what the orange button is all about.

      • 276 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

        nath – In the bar at the top of the thread, on the right hand side, just to the left of your screen name, there should be a dialogue box which will light up to notify you that someone has responded to your comment(s). Then you click on the orange box and it’ll tell you who made a reply and you can click to see the reply (you can also click “your comment” in the box that opens and it’ll bring you directly to your comment on the thread and the reply, if you’ve forgotten the comment or prefer doing it that way, rather than working in the tiny opened box). Anyway, that’s what I do. Hope that helps.

        • 277 99ts
          March 5, 2013 at 3:10 am

          I am entranced – if it hadn’t stopped working I would never have known it existed! LP talks about all sorts of WP things up above – in answer to my somewhat dumb query 🙂 🙂

          • 278 jacquelineoboomer
            March 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

            There is no “dumb” among Obama people. We’re the smartest people on the Earth, because “we get it”! There are just things we haven’t heard of, yet. 🙂

      • March 5, 2013 at 1:45 am

        Thank you. If you sign in through WordPress there is a bubble in right hand corner; now that I’ve replied to you, you should see that bubble in orange. If no one replies, the bubble stays grey. Hope that makes sense. I’m on my way to bed. My condition is tired after catching up. I’ll check in a few minutes to see if this helped. Thanks again.

  51. 282 jacquelineoboomer
    March 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Goodnight, folks. What a great day, with President Obama as our President (just like yesterday and tomorrow).

  52. 286 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Well, MSNBC had his a hired gun to undermine Krugman. Granted, Krugman didn’t do as well as I thought he would, he made some mistakes, but he win that debate last night.
    But, Jeffrey Sachs tears into Krugman, even though he agrees with stimulus spending.
    This is stunning, Sachs says yes to stimulus and cutting spending at the same time.
    Do they even know how stupid they sound? 🙂

  53. 287 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Now, it’s Joe Klein turn. Head Start should be cut, it does not work, get rid of it.

    So, Joe Klein says Head start does not work, got it,?

  54. 289 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

    So, the answer, turn to Ryan budget?-


    See? They eventually will over reach… This will change the narrative.

  55. 291 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

    So now that the 2016 Presidential prospects for GOP dream boy Marco Rubio look increasingly unlikely, the GOP & Media have turned to Jeb Bush for a new round of pimping.

    My word of advice to Jeb: Be afraid, be very afraid.

    • 292 anniebella
      March 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Believe you me, no more Bushes. We have had enough of them. Jeb Bush sign into law that terrible “Stand your ground law in Florida. Now you have seen where Jeb have changed his stance on Immigration just to please the right wing haters. No more Bushes. American and the world is still trying to recover from the older dope of a brother of his.

      • March 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

        Don’t forget the young girl in a coma in Florida. The rethugs all flew back to D.C. to pass an unconstitutional law that W flew to Texas to sign. I’m sorry I forget the young woman’s name. That was embarrassing.

  56. 294 kathryn kivett
    March 5, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning….Not going to be around to participate but would like to start a discussion(and read later)….there is something bugging me and I can’t quite put my finger on it….and I don’t really know how to express it but here is my attempt…….there is something “different” in PBO’s and administration “handlers” “fact checkers” “message crafters” “advisors” or whoever….there have been too many hiccups lately…across the board…Now don’t slam me when I say this, it’s just so unusual that it disturbs me….I’m not blaming this on PBO but on whoever is handling his information…same with Arne Duncan…and now OFA….I also think Michelle is being over exposed…don’t get me wrong I adore seeing her but if every time the average citizen cuts the tv on and sees Michelle(in one week) they stop paying attention….Don’t tell me this is a long range plan or I’m not seeing the forest for the trees……this is different but I don’t know what or how…..What’s bothering me??????? His approval rating is slipping and R’s rising WHY?????

    • 295 anniebella
      March 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

      I’m not going to get on your case, but I will say that I disagree with you. If what you say is true, all it shows is POTUS and his administration is not perfect. Where is POTUS approval rating slipping, I have not seen it, nor have I seen the approval ratings of the Republicans rising. Please show me where you have seen that. As far as too much FLOTUS, I disagree there too. Usually you only see FLOTUS when she have a project she is pushing. It’s the third year Anniversary of “Let’s Move”.If you had something you are trying to get attention to it, what do you do? Hide or appear on tv. She is talking about her “Let’s Move” program. And anyone who don’t want to see FLOTUS, don’t watch her. As for those of us who enjoy seeing her, I’m going to enjoy it because 2017 will be hear before you know it. I got so dam piss off with the big deal the right and others made about her appearing on the Oscars. If they ask her to announce the winner, and she wanted to do it, I’m glad she did it. And whatever show she will be appearing on next, I will do my best to watch her.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

      What channel do you watch? I never see FLOTUS unless I search for her here or on YouTube.

      • 297 anniebella
        March 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        I saw FLOTUS on GMA, Dr. Oz., they comes on channel 12 ABC. Jimmy Fallon, channel 7 NBC, CBS Morning news channel 9.

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