Rise and Shine

Two years ago: President Obama shakes hands with a young girl after arriving at Miami International Airport, April 29, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:30: The First Lady speaks at a White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing (White House live)

10:50: The President delivers remarks at the National Academy of Sciences 150th Anniversary (White House live)

12:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:10: The President makes a personnel announcement


Tuesday: As part of the Joining Forces initiative, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will make a significant employment announcement for veterans and military spouses. This event will take place at the White House

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Thursday: In the morning, the President will depart Washington, DC for his visit to Mexico and Costa Rica

Friday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Mexico for Costa Rica

Saturday: In the afternoon, the President will depart Costa Rica and return to Washington, DC

Sunday: The President will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University. He will return to Washington, DC, later that day


ABC: President Obama will nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new Transportation secretary on Monday, a White House official said.

Foxx, who has served as mayor of Charlotte since 2009, has overseen several major infrastructure initiatives in the city and rose to prominence after bringing the Democratic National Convention to Charlotte last year.

More here

Anthony Foxx holds up his son Zachary to the microphone after being sworn in as Charlotte’s new mayor

…. with his grandmother Mary Foxx after mid-morning services at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on August 5, 2012. Anthony was raised by his grandparents, Mary and James Foxx, Sr., who led him into politics, and his mother Laura

Mayor Foxx at the 2012 Democratic National Convention:



AP: One of the architects of failed gun control legislation says he’s bringing it back.

Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said he would re-introduce a measure that would require criminal and mental health background checks for gun buyers at shows and online. The West Virginia Democrat says that if lawmakers read the bill, they will support it.

More here



E.J. Dionne: The policy mystery of our time is why politicians in the United States and across much of the democratic world are so obsessed with deficits, when their primary mission ought to be bringing down high and debilitating rates of unemployment.

….. I’d add a second mystery: Why is it that conservative Republicans who freely cut taxes while backing two wars in the Bush years began preaching fire on deficits only after a Democrat entered the White House?

Here is a clue that helps unravel this whodunit: Many of the same conservatives who now say we have to cut Social Security to deal with the deficit supported Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security — even though the transition would have added $1 trillion to the deficit…..

In other words, deficits don’t really matter to many of the ideological conservatives shouting so loudly about them now. Their central goal is to hack away at government.

Full article here




Steve Benen: …. the fact that President Obama may look for “excuses” not to use the U.S. military to intervene in an another Middle Eastern country is a growing point of conservative consternation, as opposed to relief. On “Fox News Sunday,” Brit Hume sounded pretty disappointed when he described Syria as “a costly military enterprise of the kind that this president now seems to loath to undertake.”

As if that were grounds for criticism.

…. John McCain, making his ninth Sunday show appearance of the year – the most of anyone in the country – …. has the misfortune of being wrong about nearly every foreign policy conflict of the last few decades …. he does not want the U.S. to invade Syria, but prefers to give “assistance” to rebels fighting the Assad regime.

Many of those same rebels, it’s worth emphasizing, have already pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, a detail McCain generally prefers to overlook when he argues we should give them resources and weapons.

Full post here


Jonathan Cohn: Max Baucus thinks it might be a “train wreck.” David Brooks is predicting chaos. And Democratic senators are telling the White House they are panicked. They’re all talking about Obamacare and what happens next year, when it starts making insurance coverage available to nearly all Americans.

Believe it or not, the conversation represents progress. Instead of talking about whether we should have a health care reform law, we’re talking about how well (or not well) the law is going to work. So let me spoil the surprise for you: It’s not going to work as well as many of us would like, and the initial adjustment may not be easy. The whole enterprise is going to be a work in progress. And that’ll be ok—because it will still do a lot of good and make life better for most people, particularly with the passage of time.

More here


TPM: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that despite the criticism he’s taken from some on the right for his embrace of President Barack Obama following Superstorm Sandy, the popular Republican wouldn’t have done anything differently.

….. Christie said that while he was a supporter of Mitt Romney — and disagrees with Obama virtually across the board — he has to tip his hat to the President’s response to Sandy.

“Listen, the President has kept every promise he’s made,” Christie said. “What I was saying at the time was, I was asked how the President was doing, I said, he’s doing a good job, he’s kept his word….”

Full post here


SI – thank you LovelyPlains


The toon people are still producing the goods on GWB’s ‘library’:


Washington Post: A conservative backlash threatens immigration reform

The backlash has begun against immigration reform, specifically the provision that would legalize the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants and ultimately give these people a shot at citizenship. Led by conservative Republicans and whipped into a froth by right-wing radio talk-show hosts, opponents of reform are banking on derailing the measure with a strategy of delay and dismemberment.

The focus of these efforts is the House, where many Republican back-benchers remain unsold on immigration reform despite the party’s disastrous loss of the Latino vote in 2012.

More here


Greg Sargent: Leading Republican officials who are advocating for real immigration reform are now all in. There’s no more hedging from the likes of Marco Rubio. The sense is unmistakable that there’s no going back. And with Members of Congress on recess this week, conservative foes of reform are gearing up for their last stand.

Full post here





Tumblr: “Second term, you need a burst of new energy, try some new things. And my team and I talked about it. We were willing to try anything. So we borrowed one of Michelle’s tricks.” — President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.


MoooooOOOOoooooorning! Huuuuuuuuge thanks to our blog tyrants for their work over the weekend, including our newbie, Betsey!

208 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

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    GM folks. GM Chips.

  2. 15 desertflower
    April 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    no politics here,,,,just Monday smiles! Love Diane Keaton…she’s a little tipsy here, but this is hilarious! ” I love the kissing of the men.”

    • 16 desertflower
      April 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Congrats, amk….this tantric sex talk should keep you up..er..never mind!

    • 18 daisydem
      April 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Loved this. Thanks for sharing! I will go and see that movie, but I think I will play this interview again too – it is a hoot. This is good for me today as I could not sleep last night. I had some worried thoughts in my head and I actually made a conscious decision to stay awake as long as I could (lasted til after 4 am); so on my iPad I watched “Something’s Gotta Give” (Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson)-possibly my favorite adult comedy movie; so to see her having this much fun talking about her latest film too is wonderful!

  3. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD!

    Best line from President Obama at the WHCD: “I know Republicans are still sorting out the 2012 election, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities. And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello?”

    This was soooo funny!!!! 😆 😆 😆

    • April 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

      That was a howl Donna, I snorted uncontrollably!!! So many great lines, I’ll have to pick out a few for a post later, just to relive it all!

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

      That line, the Mitch McConnell line, the entrance music, the “bangs,” just about killed me. He brought his A-game and he delivered from start to finish.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      April 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      This line was perfect, donna, and I even saw Gingrich mouth to someone that it was true. Not that anyone cares what Gingrich mouths, but it shows that all the R’s are very conscious of what they’re doing. They want to destabilize the government, as Dionne says, and they want to ensure that PBO’s legacy is destroyed. Trouble is they’re too obvious about it. We all know what they’re doing and we’re not going to let them get away with it.

  4. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Oh Oh…and so it begins!

  5. 30 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats amk on #1! 🙂 🙂

    Here are some more good economic news.

  6. 31 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Does anyone know when PBO is scheduled to make a decision on the pipeline?

  7. April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

    GM Chips, TOD!!! Congrats AMK……Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

  8. April 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Chips I saw this doozy and thought of you immediately, it’s a tour de force….

    The Erik Wemple Blog has been working on this blockbuster scoop for some time, and here’s how it’s shaping up:
    In fall 2011, author Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” alleged that the Obama White House had been an inhospitable place for women. A female Politico staffer at the time had been assigned to look into the story, yet a strange thing happened when she started reporting. “I would ask about these allegations of sexism and they [sources] would respond with some variation of ‘When are you going to do that story—the story on sexism at Politico?’ And so I went to my editor and said we don’t have a lot of cover on this story and shouldn’t pursue it too hard.”

  9. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    So Chuck Todd goes on MTP and says that PBO hates social media. What a putz. I swear it infuriates me that someone like him gets to rise to the level of responsibility in that news station that he has. It’s pathetic.

    Yes Chuck Todd he was making fun of YOU because the whole lot of you all are worthless, sloppy, newstainers that have put a blot on journalism as it once was.

    According to NBC’s White House correspondent Chuck Todd, President Obama “hates” social media and how it has contributed to the “buzzification” of political discourse.


    • April 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

      I guess nobody told him about that Reddit server meltdown when PBO did Q&A. Or the fact The President and his team pioneered the use of social media in his campaign. Or that he’s in like the top three when it comes to followers on Facebook and Twitter.

      That’s not sloppy. That’s a flat out lie and Todd knows it.

      • 44 hopefruit2
        April 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

        Exactly derbingle – I had even forgotten about Reddit. But your excellent post just reinforces my comment. When I think of social media I think of PBO and vice versa! 🙂

        • April 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

          Todd was just projecting his own feelings onto the President. He doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about, if anything the President hates him and the news media editorialization of what is happening and them not holding republicans responsible but always blaming the President. Chuck Todd should go to hell

    • 46 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

      If I may add something – it’s PBO who has made social media what it is. PBO is the one politician who has made the most efficient and extensive use of social media. Many people who support PBO BEGAN to use FB, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, etc as a result of their support of his campaign, presidency, and desire to be updated on what he’s doing, etc. PBO is the #1 politician on FB & Tweeter, and in the top 5 (of anyone) in terms of followers.

      Sounds like Chuckie is engaging in a mighty case of projection here – it’s the traditional media who hates social media because they have less control over their desired narrative. It’s not social media that PBO hates – he hates LIES & distortions from traditional media who abuse social media with the same corrupt agendas as they do traditional media.

      • 47 proudofobama
        April 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

        Excellent points, hopefruit. I was never on any social media until POTUS. I let Todd have it on twitter this morning and tweeted that stupid Mediate article that quotes him so he could be mocked. Todd just lies 24/7 on POTUS. Shameful.

      • 48 jackiegrumbacher
        April 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

        HF, I don’t think even Chuck Todd is so stupid he doesn’t know this, but he’s throwing out bait to catch fish and the smellier the bait the better. If anything, he’s talking to his fellow right wingers who feel threatened by the president.

    • 49 anniebella
      April 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      donna I heard the clown Todd say that early this morning, MTP was repeating and I was turning the channel and I came across clown Chuck saying that and I usually would turn soon as I saw his face, but I guess I was still alittle sleepy or something, but I ended up turning away from clown Chuck and his B.S.

    • 50 yardarm756
      April 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Good morning donna and all youse in TODville. It’s a wonderful day here but started to cloud up when I read about ole Chuckie. I am convinced now, more than ever, that Chuckie doesn’t have a belly button! He was probably found in an alligator nest. 😦

      • 51 donna dem 4 obama
        April 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Good Morning Mate!

        I’m hollering 🙂 🙂 at “He was probably found in an alligator nest”

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      April 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Chuck Todd likes to mouth lies, donna, pure and simple. His hatred for PBO consumes him and he’s going to try everything he can to spread it around. Fact is, nobody listens to him. He’s been spreading his ugly around for years and we still re-elected our president and we still plan to go on supporting him. I’ll bet if you did a random street poll, you’d be luck to have one person in a hundred who even heard of Todd. He’s a nonentity.

  10. 53 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    those bangs will forever crack me up.. thanks for including them this morning Chips 😉

    • 54 MightyPamela
      April 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I know, I am laughing to think if this should become a craze, PBO will never live it down! Priceless! He’s just so danged cute! I wonder what the girls said about this! 😆

      • 55 sherijr
        April 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

        Ha.. I’ll bet his girls laughed and teased on this one. Yep this is one of those photos that I’m going to print & frame for my POTUS collection 🙂 Perfect example of the humor he’s injected into his entire Presidency.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Sherijr, back in the olden days of vauldeville, there was a comedian named Ish Kabibble that my mother used to love. Part of his humor came from wearing his hair in the exactly the same way PBO did in this spot–dark, straight hair worn in long bangs over his forehead. It was funny then and it’s funny now.

  11. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    DF, this ones for you 😉

    • 58 desertflower
      April 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

      You are a GODDESS!! I LOVE THIS! Monday’s good:)

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Woohoo, that’s good news, donna, although Flake isn’t even the worst of them by a long shot. I’d like to see Cruz, that simpleton Johnson from WI and the other far right uglies go lower than that and, of course, my favorite bad guy ,Toomey, should be scraping the barrel. Instead the creep got a boost from his slight head tilt to center on the gun bill and his ratings improved. I just have to give it time.

  12. April 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

    A few items…no clue if they were posted?

  13. April 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

    A really nice story about the kindness of everyday citizens..One 19yr. old wanted to send *love mail* to counter any mean spirited…

  14. 62 MightyPamela
    April 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

    YO! mornin’ y’all!

    • 63 donna dem 4 obama
      April 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Morning MP!

      How ya feeling today?

    • April 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

      It’s Paaaaaaaamela! How are you doing Ms Mighty, improving I hope?

    • 65 MightyPamela
      April 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Pretty good off and on, just so busy (!). Beautiful weekend with visitors from overseas, family here for the final scattering of ashes and closure for the dear lady I took care of for so many years. It was an honor to be included, and though a bit worn out am hosting a final tea here at home in another hour or so, so must give a quick hug all around and hope to be back later. Seeing ortho on Wednesday, do not know what will go forward from there, but something has to change! {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{PBO}}}} {{{{TOD}}}}

  15. April 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

    OK last one off to school……Pass this around if you like, this man is taking weapons of the streets. Really cool stuff here.

  16. April 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good morning all. Lots of interesting reading this morning.

  17. 68 anniebella
    April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I hope Anthony Foxx’s Grandmother is able to be there today.

  18. April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am


    Sucky most of yesterday, then my sister’s family sent me a private video with them singing a song for me. REALLY so helpful. Right now I’m just okay. I have to wear this brace all around my upper body and I’m trying to have a sense of humor about it. OY!!! I’m 1/4 plastic right now.

    Tomorrow is the next and hopefully final surgery for my spine so send all your love, shout outs, good lucks, ‘hood signs, prayers. Whatever it is you do. I’m really gonna need it.

  19. April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I see now that White House live says PBO will speak at the National Academy of Sciences at 10:50, not 11:20


  20. April 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Well hidde ho all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up day on this fine morning around TODdytown!!!! Fingers crossed, we’ve broken the back of winter finally in my neck of the woods. I’ve even taken the indoor plants outside for the next few days to get them acclimated to the great outdoors.

    So it looks like the gun issue has morphed into actual polling results. Initially, it was felt that 2nd amendment rights advocates were more passionate than the gun control advocates. Senators felt safe in voting no, betting that the 2nd amenders would outvote the controllers. Well, according to the latest polls, not so. Kelly Ayotte is down 15 pts for her vote, and Toomey is up because of his lead on the issue (not that we want him re-elected). In other words, we may see some movement in the other direction, now that the poll gods have shed light on how their votes will directly effect the Senacritters.

  21. 88 Virginia
    April 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Anthony Foxx is yet another rising star in the Democratic party. Very impressive young man (41 years old). They just keep on coming in our party. I think he compares favorably to politicians like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz AND Marco Rubio.

  22. April 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

    CBS have ‘Michelle Obama White House Forum’ listed for 10:30 AM ET


    Is that ‘White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing’ listed at WHL for 10:00 AM??


  23. 103 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    That comment that Gov Christie made lauding PBO’s handling of Sandy is going to hunt him when he tries to secure the Teabagger vote in the GOP presidential primaries in 2015-16. He may have some walking back to do, making him seem like Flip-flop Romney-part II.

    • 104 anniebella
      April 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Where were Bob Woodward Saturday night?

    • 106 theo67
      April 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I certainly hope it haunts him when he tries to seek the Democratic vote, too. He may praise the President because the President did his job for him in cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, but he wants to have his cake and eat it too, by still espousing the same failed GOP policies that he held while wholeheartedly supporting loser Mitt Romney.

  24. 107 cookemom
    April 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I was so impressed with Anthony Foxx during the Dem Convention. His on air appearances and speech were very spot on. He strikes just the right tone, that would appeal across the spectrum of voters who count (independents, undecideds, swing voters). So PBO and I are once again on the same page. I’m so glad he takes my counsel to heart.

  25. April 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The First Lady speaking now at a White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing


  26. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    We can’t take anything for granted and Dems/Indies still need to GOTV but things are looking pretty good in MA

    • 113 Nena20409
      April 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Have you heard today that Lynch has fallen ill today and would Only make one appearance later today?

      Real or Reel? Hmm?

    • 115 hgerhard
      April 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      It looks promising but we can’t take anything for granted. So I’m off again for another round of canvassing and doorhangers tonight after 9:00 p.m. to remind everyone that the primary election is tomorrow. If all goes well, we can take some momentum into the final battle with the Republican nominee. Congressman Markey has been my Congressman for more than 30 years and I am really looking forward to having him in the U.S. Senate. He is a reliable Democrat who started this campaign by saying that he was running to help move President Obama’s agenda forward.

  27. April 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Both Stanford grads (twins) he did not tell his brother until a yr. ago. Both still in the NBA

  28. 135 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 11:36 am

    my gawd he is funny ~ love his comment… “certainly I wouldn’t be here”

  29. 136 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh, he still has jokes! LOL

  30. 137 sherijr
    April 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    “a fidelity to facts” perfecto, Mr. President!

  31. 138 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

    • 139 theo67
      April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I woke up to a spider on my ceiling – one of the little jumping ones… I could have used this little dog in the battle…

  32. 140 proudofobama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Got to say it: Pres Obama has the best voice in the world.

  33. 144 amk for obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Did any of the sunday talk show gop shills ask mcangry about the allegiance of some of the syrian rebels to aq?

  34. April 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Classes cancelled so TOD is stuck w/ me for a few hours…..

  35. 148 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

    • 149 anniebella
      April 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Whoopi and Sherri said the same thing about POTUS’s humor. Barbara she rather complain about the amount of Hollywood stars showing up, back there in her days , around the 1800’s it wasn’t like that. I don’t know or care what Elisabeth said.

      • 150 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

        That made me roll on the floor, anniebella, especially your “around the 1800s it wasn’t like that”!

      • 151 symmetry11
        April 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        If Barbara has a problem with the number of “Hollywood stars” being there, then should should complain to her media friends. The invites come from them.

  36. 152 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I miss the podium slaps (from the campaign) and I think he just gave us a mini-slap at the end of his speech. 🙂

  37. April 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Won’t post the toon here, but this is the link: http://www.cagle.com/2013/04/obama-plugs-abortion/

    How disgusting and hate-filled is this?

    • 154 mtmarilyn
      April 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      That is so discusting. How can people be so hateful.

    • 155 donna dem 4 obama
      April 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      It’s sick and demented. This despicable crap was tried in 2008 and it didn’t work and it didn’t work in 2012. You’d think they would learn from their defeat (two times) but a leopard can’t change its spots.

      • April 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        There’s no end to their ugliness, Donna, just no end. I look through the toons every day and it’s always so striking how hate-filled and often utterly racist the RW efforts are. They truly are representative of that wing of society, so depressing.

        • 157 japa21
          April 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

          They have to be ugly and racist, it is all they got to work with. They definitely don’t have policies.

          • 158 anniebella
            April 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

            I read afew comments in the Washington Post after I read a article about FLOTUS speech today. One comment said why was Michelle out there speaking about this, she has not been elected, or part of the cabinet, why is she the one out there speaking about this, why not the head of the V.A. Someone replied to that comment and told them just as long as someone is out there trying to help the soldiers and their families what different does it make who is out there. But I guess it makes a difference to those Obamas haters.

            • 159 hopefruit2
              April 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

              The comments section of these online media outlet need to be taken with the appropriate amount of salt – I think many of them are either paid GOP operatives, or GOPers who work at those media companies.

        • 160 donna dem 4 obama
          April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

          And you know I have a couple of associates (I won’t call them friends) that call themselves Blah Republicans and vote that way and when I point this stuff out they swear that both sides do it. I call BS and let them know it because 98% of the time when you see or read this stuff its from some RWNJ racist!

          Simply disgusting!!

        • 161 amk for obama
          April 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          You gotta quit visiting cagle. I toldja before.

  38. April 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    ” I admire CNN’s ability to cover every side of a major story…..just in case one of them happens to be right! ” –PBO-WHCD

    • 163 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      This is an excellent article LP! (although I disagree with the part about him being polarizing – which is more likely due to the MSM).

      But I like this part 🙂

      // “If we’re only focused on profits or ratings or polls,” he admonished an audience focused on profits, ratings, and polls, “then we’re contributing to the cynicism that so many people feel right now.” The last quarter of Obama’s remarks Saturday night received little coverage from media organizations because reporters tend to be biased toward conflict and the familiar–in this case the president’s traditionally humorous and self-conscious monologue (“I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be”).

      But it may stand as one of the best rhetorical moments of Obama’s presidency, a clearheaded indictment of four national institutions (the media, the entertainment industry, big business, and the political system), coupled by a prescription for revival.” //

  39. 165 japa21
    April 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  40. 166 Nena20409
    April 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I sincerely hope that Collins at 34 gets a solid Team to pick him up now that he is a free agent. I wish him the very best. No B-Ball fan can chide his performance for 12 seasons…..a Solid player.

    Had POTUS not Come out for Solid LGBTQ support last May in 2012…..these shifts would still be years off. Thank You AGAIN, Pres Obama.

  41. April 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Jason Collins is gaining twitter followers at a rapid pace, this morning.


  42. April 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Okay, some WHCD-related light relief coming up….. soon-ish

    • 170 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Can’t get enough of the WHCD 🙂 Looking forward to it – thanks Chips!

    • 171 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Chips I beg you ever so humbly – could you add LP’s article from the National Journal to the post – it’s directly related to PBO’s WHCD speech. Never mind the paid trolls in the comments section – the article itself is golden.

  43. 172 Linda Perry
    April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    state of the country is the fault of the GOP/FOX and the so called msm that refuses to speak the truth and call out the crazy.

  44. 173 Jovie
    April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Report: Obama signature on FAA bill held up by spelling error
    By Keith Laing
    President Obama has not been able to sign the measure passed by Congress last week to end air traffic controller furloughs because of a typo in the bill, according to a report.

    ABC News is reporting that a word in the legislation is missing an ‘s,’ delaying Obama’s signature on the bill until Tuesday.

    Congress hurriedly passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill last week before they left Washington for a weeklong recess as frequent airline passengers complained about delays the agency attributed to the sequester.


    Congress fucking up again! They have to come back and pass another bill, meanwhile…

  45. 176 japa21
    April 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Pierce, as usual, being Pierce.

  46. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    April 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    • 179 Nena20409
      April 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Once again, a Teachable Moment for those who care enough to pay attention or not, for their loss is greater.

      • 180 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        Yes, more and more of us are paying attention, but whole herds of us are not. The voice of the people is getting louder, though, so I am not giving up!

        And there’s “an endless supply of paint.”

  47. 181 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Gentle reminder

  48. 182 daisydem
    April 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Getting off to a very late start this morning; finally at the office and logged onto TOD to see a magnificent Rise and Shine of gargantuan proportions … my eyes cannot take it all in. So back up to read some more and read the comments. Good morning/midday TODers!

  49. 183 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  50. 184 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  51. 185 Linda
    April 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I cannot agree with this part of the National Journal Article .

    ” Elected by voters who had the audacity to hope for change and unity, Obama is instead the third-straight president known more for polarization than unification. ”

    The citizens/nasty pundits create polarization, not the President’s. ( except for Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld )

  52. 186 Jovie
    April 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hit piece by John hardwood

    • 187 Jovie
      April 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    • 188 jacquelineoboomer
      April 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      I think I’ll borrow your “hit piece” words and tweet the buzzard back!

    • 189 Linda
      April 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm


      The same was said about Medicare Part D.

    • 190 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      John Harwood was the same HACK who seemed to agree with Maureen Dowd’s tragic column about PBO in the NYTimes. Tells me all I need to know about this FOOL.

      • 191 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Yeah, they lunch together, over their hateful conversations filled with what they both fail to realize is potus-envy. Therapy might work on both of ’em, although probably not.

    • 192 jacquelineoboomer
      April 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      • 193 hopefruit2
        April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Thanks Jacqueline! RT’d and Fav’d. And I’m heartened to see that others (besides the TOD brigade) are on to their bullshit as well:

        • 194 jacquelineoboomer
          April 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

          Thanks – R/T’d and fav’d that one, as well! We’ll have to keep our eye on little John Harwood today. He’ll no doubt start defending himself soon. That’ll be fun. What a goon!

  53. 195 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    • 196 jacquelineoboomer
      April 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I’m sure they’ll love McConnell’s “soft side” at the retirement home, back in KY. And I laugh.

    • 197 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I’m sure PBO has seen his flabby, hanging turtle neck if that’s what he’s referring to as his “soft side.”

      • 198 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        I don’t know which of these McTurtle responses are better, but I am enjoying EVERY ONE. I don’t want to “go there,” but I’m thinking his back side is his real soft side, because he hasn’t been off it since being elected. Yuck.

    • 199 anniebella
      April 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Maybe he isn’t seeing McTurtle soft side, but we all can’t but help seeing his ugly side. Ugly bastard.

    • April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      How can anybody see his soft side when his shell is covering it

  54. April 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve missed a lot this morning, hoping for videos from Chips or YouTube. Have you discussed Syria?

  55. 202 Jovie
    April 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm


  56. April 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    New post in seven-ish minutes 😕

  57. 205 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  58. 207 Nena20409
    April 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Tammi Terrell would have been 68 today……

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