Rise and Shine


President Barack Obama greets a little girl following his remarks during the Irish celebration at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


BusinessWeek: Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), labeled a “loser” by Mitt Romney during the U.S. election, is giving President Barack Obama’s green-energy strategy its biggest win after almost two years of failures pounced upon by Republicans.

The maker of the electric Model S car as early as today will become the first recipient of a U.S. Energy Department vehicle loan to pay off its debt. The Palo Alto, California-based company will do so nine years ahead of schedule, with taxpayers making at least $12 million on the $465 million lent.

More here



People cheer as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are introduced during an Irish celebration at College Green in Dublin, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama’s 1979 Prom Photos

TIME Magazine: Tucked away in someone else’s shoe box of adolescent artifacts, there might be a picture of you in garish clothes and with an outdated ‘do, your arm around a high school squeeze. The President of the United States is no different. These previously unpublished photos, obtained exclusively by TIME from Obama’s schoolmate Kelli Allman (née McCormack), show a 17-year-old Barack Obama on the night of his senior prom.

More here (including pictures)


Tom Kludt: President Barack Obama on Thursday will outline his administration’s counterterrorism policy in a major speech to be given at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Obama will use the speech to announce new restrictions on unmanned drones.

According to the New York Times, the policy changes signed by Obama include a reduction of the “instances when unmanned aircraft can be used to attack in places that are not overt war zones, countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” The new rules will also establish “the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now used only for American citizens deemed to be terrorists,” the Times reported.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Henry Healy, the President’s distant cousin, after arriving in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. The President and First Lady were also welcomed by Counselor Danny Owens, Chair Offaly County, and Counselor John Kennedy, Chair Tipperary County, center. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Igor Bobic: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) will support a federal expansion of Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, Senate President Pam Jochum said Wednesday, according to the Telegraph Herald. Jochum, D-Dubuque, said an agreement was reached late Tuesday evening on an issue that has dominated the 2013 legislative session. Jochum said the compromise will be included in the Department of Human Services bill, which will be voted on Wednesday afternoon.

The legislation will be called the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. Jochum said the state will accept federal funding from Medicaid expansion to cover approximately 150,000 new enrollees.

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President Barack Obama greets a local resident on Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Tommy Christopher: Ever since a Monday Washington Post article revealed that the Department of Justice investigation into a national security leakincluded searches of Fox News reporter James Rosen‘s email and phone records, the media has been focused on fluffing up comparisons of that case with the unfolding Associated Press leak investigation. Lost amid the hype and hysteria over the searches was the actual content of the emails between Rosen and his alleged source, then-State Department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. In those emails, now confirmed to be from Rosen, the Fox News Reporter reveals his noble intentions for seeking secret information from Kim.

“Let’s break some new, and expose muddle-headed policy when we see it – or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.”

Wait, what? Is that what a News reporter is supposed to do, force the administration’s hand to guide American foreign policy to the reporter’s whim? Separate and apart from the DOJ investigation, this email seems to indicate that James Rosen is not just a News reporter, but an activist intent on pushing his own agenda, with the stated goal of manipulating U.S. foreign policy.

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets local residents on Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke to the Joint Economic Committee this morning, and as expected, much of the attention was on his expectations with regard to monetary policy. The Fed will, Bernanke explained, pull back from its quantitative easing, but not before the economy shows it can handle the departure. But as it often the case, what interested me were Bernanke’s not-so-subtle hints to lawmakers about their role in making the economy worse. To be sure, this is all very polite and professional in tone, and I suspect some of the members of Congress on the Joint Economic Committee didn’t fully appreciate what Bernanke was saying.

So let’s translate a bit: the Fed chairman was telling Congress that taking money out of the economy, as Republicans insist we keep doing, is the one thing holding an American economic recovery. While Bernanke is trying to make it easier for the economy to grow, his efforts are being negated by Congress, which is making it harder for the economy to grow by embracing austerity measures and focusing on deficit reduction. The unsatisfactory status quo is, quite literally, largely lawmakers’ fault.

He’d never say this out loud, of course, but Bernanke was effectively trying to argue, “While I’m trying to keep the water out of the boat to keep it from sinking, you guys are inexplicably trying to pour more water back into the boat. Please stop.”

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President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with a young girl during a walk along Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Steven Dennis: Sen. Rand Paul is still using an obsolete GOP talking point that Roll Call debunked back in March — and since then, he’s only gotten more wrong. “We are now borrowing $40,000 a second. We are borrowing $4 billion a day,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor, according to a transcript blasted out by his office. Neither figure is accurate.

Indeed, the latest Congressional Budget Office estimates show the deficit dropping to $642 billion this year — or less than $1.8 billion a day and about $21,000 a second. The debt will go up slightly faster — $755 billion or less than $2.1 billion a day or about $24,000 a second. That’s because programs like borrowing to finance student loans aren’t included in the CBO’s deficit calculation.

Roll Call reached out to Paul’s office to see if he intends to correct the record, and his tweet. We’ll let you know if we hear back.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen: When it comes to the IRS controversy, I’m starting to get the impression that the goalposts have moved rather quickly. The initial allegation raised by the right and other administration critics is that President Obama’s White House, if not the president himself, may have been directly involved. As this story goes, Team Obama sent word to an IRS office in Cincinnati to apply extra scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. When every shred of evidence suggested this allegation is baseless, the charges shifted from “Obama did too much!” to “Obama did too little!”

Jeffrey Toobin’s take yesterday rings true. White House officials seem to have engaged in the opposite of a cover-up. They let the investigation proceed, and let the Inspector General do his job. They let the process play out. They played by the rules, which is what lawyers are supposed to do.

More here



President Barack Obama greets local residents on Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

11:00AM: President Obama meets with senior advisors

2:00PM: President Obama speaks at the National Defense University on the Administration’s counter terrorism policy



President Barack Obama talks with pub-goers as First Lady Michelle Obama draws a pint at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Have A Lovely Chelsea-Like Winning Streak Day! Goooooooo BLUES! 😀

143 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

    1st ?

    GM folks.

  2. 9 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Morning, TODobots! Also, special ‘hel-lo’ going out to lurkers, known and unknown!

  3. 11 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

    moneygall was two years back ??? seems like just yesterday.

    Either I am getting old or the calender is playing tricks on me.

  4. 12 vitaminlover
    May 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Who the heck does Rosen think he is?

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      May 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hopefully, if possible, maybe he can think he’s a federal prison inmate in the future.

  5. 14 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Drat! Drat! Drat! I shouldn’t have answered the phone, but it’s supposed to be ‘safe’ after 8:15am! Got called in to work. Drat! See you later., 😦

  6. 15 prettyfoot58
    May 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

    If a woman can legally terminate an unwanted pregnancy, how can she be jailed for unintentionally ending a wanted one?


  7. 18 Linda
    May 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I had to laugh at one of the comments under the Time pictures….. ” Why is his skin darker in those pictures ” ? Really ?

    I guess some people don’t know that AA actually do get a tan…

  8. 19 vitaminlover
    May 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

    On the 7th picture down Barack and Michelle look like they are walking on air!

  9. 20 JER
    May 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

  10. May 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Thank you for the glorious pictures! The pic with the little redheaded girl is absolutely one of my faves–I’ll let you guess why. 😉

    And isn’t the note from the yearbook sweet? “Foxy”–hehe, so ’70s!

  11. 23 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Iran’s leaders of incompetence and ignorance, an opposition website reports.

    Mr Rafsanjani’s comments come two days after he and another candidate were disqualified from next month’s presidential election.

    “I don’t think the country could have been run worse,” he was quoted as saying on the Kaleme website.

    The Guardian Council approved only eight potential candidates to stand.

    They are all considered conservatives. The Guardian Council, a body of theologians and jurists, is loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.


  12. May 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Fantastically Awesome R&S ut!!! Love the intersection of 2 years ago photos and today’s news. Thank you.

  13. May 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers & everyone! Congrats amk on #1 :). As always, thanks UT for another excellent R & Shine. 🙂

  14. 26 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    • 27 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Kidding right. The Government doesn’t do anything for the people.

    • 28 misspat
      May 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Somebody please stop this man with his numbers! For some reason it sets me off. Maybe I am going crazy.

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Me, too, but I am now trying to “use it” to our advantage. Apparently, this joker is known for being the record keeper or some dang thing. News? Not so much; not so often.

  15. 30 anniebella
    May 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Maybe Mr. Ramsey won’t have a big mac everyday. Come to think of it McDonald could have made it a meal of his choice. Maybe one day Mr. Ramsey might want a salad instead of big mac.

    • May 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Or a steak egg and cheese bagel with an order of hash browns. For some reason I’m getting hungry.

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      May 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      At least McDonald’s came through, as they had hinted. I was afraid that after Mr. Ramsey wasn’t in the news every day, they’d ditch rewarding his heroism.

  16. 33 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

    More good economic news!

    • May 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

      That’s is good news but this part gets me:

      “…pointing to resilience in the labor market despite belt-tightening by Washington.”

      Places like Reuters have been writing a variation of this for close to three years now. The unemployment rate drops despite, growth in the third quarter despite, job creation exceeded expectations despite. Maybe I’m nitpicking but I’ve seen it for so long that it is just irritating.

  17. May 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning All!

    Hope everyone has a good day today.

    My little sister will be visiting later. Will be putting her to good use – errands and junk. Gonna treat myself to a slice or two of pizza and do my best to make it a pleasant day.

    Is it okay to ask what happened to symmetry1 or symmetry11 (unsure of spelling)? I RT’d a well wishing tweet to her but I don’t know what happened to her.

  18. 48 Jovie
    May 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

  19. 49 criquet
    May 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    GM eveyone.

    Morning treat!!

  20. May 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Wonderful post UT – I love these pics! Goooood morning all!

  21. 52 Jovie
    May 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    What ?

    Palin running for senate?

    • 53 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Sarah Palin running for Senate. Hay why not President, she is that dam stupid.

    • 54 prettyfoot58
      May 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Another Office for her to resign from…or is it just as fake as her run for President was?

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Why I get the feeling it’s a head fake to grift some more money?

    • 56 99ts
      May 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Palin is probably the only republican who would lose the 2014 senate race in Alaska

        • 58 99ts
          May 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

          The current senator is a democrat who won in unusual circumstances. He voted against the gun background checks and has not endeared himself to those he needs to win again.

          The state is very much republican – but Palin giving up her Gov job to become a media tart did not go down well. She has spent more time in Arizona than Alaska for the past few years & her approval rating in Alaska is very low.

          A good funded republican would win – except for Palin – her popularity – if it exists – is outside of Alaska. Check all the “fan” websites – nothing in Alaska.

          • May 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

            Would another Dem besides the current one have any chance of winning that seat?

            • 60 99ts
              May 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

              Not that I can imagine – he is the best the dems have got – and disappointing – unless there is a massive dem swing in 2014, I find it hard to believe the democrats will keep the seat. I would love to be proven wrong – Palin running there could save it for the democrats – but she will not run – she just wants people to donate to her pac – so will pretend it’s possible until the last minute.

  22. 61 dotster3
    May 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Cute prom photos of ‘Barry’ Obama and friends. His were more attractive than most—–I’ve got some embarrassing ones stashed away somewhere—–just had to think real hard to remember my date’s name. True Love! And that yearbook note was so typical Obama—–even then—-kidding and nice and thoughtful.

  23. May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville.

    This trip was one of the most anticipated and thrilling of PBO’s presidency!! And it was so much fun sharing it with all of you. So many great memories!!

  24. 65 proudofobama
    May 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good morning, TODers. Wonderful Rise and Shine, UT. That red-headed beauty is just the sweetest thing. And, of course, so is our president and first lady. Looking forward to POTUS’ speech. I know he will hit it out of the park, but the GOPers, corrupt media and emogs still won’t be satisfied. I despise those people.

    There are reports on Twitter that POTUS will involve Congress in drone strike decisions, I think. I never second-guess my president and will wait to hear what he really says, but involving this Congress in anything…I just don’t know. They cannot hold water, as my late beloved mother used to say.

    Anyway, hope everyone has a thrilling Thursday.

  25. 66 Don
    May 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Interesting letter that President Obama wrote to his friend’s girlfriend, passive/aggressive is what they call it nowadays.

    • 67 4morefor44
      May 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

      what? i read it as a remarkably nice thing for a 17 year old to write. he compliments her and suggests they have lunch since they always had fun together. if that’s “passive aggressive” then more 17 year olds and adults should be that way.

    • 68 utaustinliberal
      May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Then the 17 year olds you know must be really weird or dealing with some messed up issues.

      That’s not passive aggressive. That’s him writing a message in a friend’s yearbook.

      It’s a common tradition done by millions of students all over the country.

      • May 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

        Yeah, that’s not the vibe I get. I’m actually surprised at how incredibly articulate and formal his language is at that age. He sounds diplomatic to me!!

        • May 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

          I have to agree.. it was a really sweet note- especially from a 17 year old boy. And in no way did I get a vibe that he was hitting on her.. in fact I found it so thoughtful that he was pretty much putting out there that he was her friend also- and would be around if she needed anything while ‘Greg’ was away. He showed great respect for women even then, imo.

          • 71 AJ
            May 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

            sherijr, you nailed it… ESPECIALLY from a 17 yr old guy…a breed not usually known for their sensitivity, empathy and kindhearted humor. Yeah, he may have liked her, but you can tell there was no way he was gonna disrespect her by ignoring he fact she was “taken”. WTG, High School Senior Barry!!

    • 72 Don
      May 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

      A young 17 year old Barack was smart, thoughtful, and kind. And like most 17 year old boys, he was not opposed to getting some ass. One can be diplomatic as meta has stated, one can have lunch with a friend as 4morefor44 suggest, and you can write a thoughtful note in a friend’s yearbook as utaustinliberal has stated. With that being said, Barack was not above wanting “some,” and there is nothing wrong with that, but to suggest that Barack never had an impure thought in his head during his youth simply isn’t true. Furthermore Barack wrote that he smoked “weed” in college, and now I’m supposed to believe that he didn’t want some ass in high school.

  26. 75 Jovie
    May 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

    • 76 desertflower
      May 23, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Are those SMILES on their faces??? Govt WORKS!

    • 77 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

      What happen to the 51 people who died in the tornado? That’s why it is so important to wait for the facts, instead of jumping the gun. I believe the number was in the mid twenties, with ten being kids. I’m sorry one had to die. POTUS will be going to Oklahoma Sunday. It seem like he has had his share of these things, that’s why I always ask for prayer for POTUS and FLOTUS when they have to attend things like this.It can’t be easy.

    • 78 MightyPamela
      May 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Help is here ~ What needs to be done? I am sure her presence is reassuring, it has to be!

  27. 79 desertflower
    May 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Morning everyone! Happy Thursday:) Congrats, amk! Your timing was impeccable this morning:) Last day of school for the kiddos today…they’re SOOOO excited. What a great school year it’s been. Going to miss them, but I’m anxious to start summer…..

    Can’t wait to hear what PBO has to say about the drones…I happen to not have a problem with them, and I have to say, that this targeted use of drones, as opposed to boots on the ground, has been a success in my opinion. Smart strategy as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care that the hair on fire crowd says….if there was an actual war zone, without the use of drones, do they really think that innocent people wouldn’t be killed? Just something else to bitch about as far as I can tell.

    Love the pics this morning! Thanks, UT for all your hard work:)

    • 80 4morefor44
      May 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

      exactly. i’ve been making that point for years now with my supposedly “liberal” friends, who all happen to be white. it seems almost impossible for the white privilege liberals to give president obama credit for anything, since when i point out the incredible reduction of civilian deaths from unitied states forces from the time president obama came into office, they instantly and angrily shout back something like, “he’s increased drone strikes since bush!!” and so on.

      first of all, i don’t necessarily believe that since they can’t really provide good sources for that claim, and more importantly, i keep explaining to them that there were hundreds of thousands of civilians killed by the u.s. war machine prior to president obama, and now were talking about hundreds. massive, massive, reduction and improvement (yes, i know that’s not to diminish any innocents deaths now and it should be zero), but president obama has improved things incredibly in this regard, yet these “liberals” foam at the mouth and “same as bush.” i’ve concluded they are lost causes, and we just need to focus on getting sane democrats to the polls.

  28. 81 prettyfoot58
    May 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • 82 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

      When is the election? I’m hoping for the people of PA. to wake up and get rid of that mistake they made, get rid of Corbett.

      • 83 prettyfoot58
        May 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

        the election is in 2014,,,

        my concern is that PA is still mired in old style politics…that is why PBO has to bring in his own folks in 2012….if they…the party bosses… have not learned that it is about turn out and the ground game…about building coalitions with the so-called Obama Coalition then we may have Corbett for 4 more years…

  29. 84 desertflower
    May 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Well THIS is big news! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/us-korea-north-china-idUSBRE94M0HQ20130523

    North Korea says willing to take China’s advice to start talks

    • 85 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

      If true, that is good news desertflower. As long as you are talking there is a chance that something good can come out of the talk.

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I think the big thing since North Korea has stated they will develop nuclear weapons no matter what is to give them a way to save face.

  30. 87 Nena20409
    May 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning TODers.
    In 1979…..Mr. Barack H. Obama attended prom. Take a look folks.


  31. 88 Nena20409
    May 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The Gold goes to Amk and VC was there too ;)?

    Congrats. Back to catching up.

    • 90 Jovie
      May 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Well if they do it, I just hope that they hire an additional 100 inspectors. These inspectors should be on the job daily looking for leaks, etc.
      And EPA should be in charge…

      • 91 desertflower
        May 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

        Well…this decision belongs to the State Dept…NOT CONGRESS! They have once again wasted copious amounts of taxpayer $$ with their bs talking points and committee meetings over this mess! Injecting themselves into a decision that doesn’t even belong to them!
        I REALLY hope that PBO and the State Dept say a big NO to this massive, dirty cluster****. I can not believe that this administration will green light this mess while he has pushed green, clean energy for so long. I have hope that this will not happen and I will cheer that news.

  32. 92 desertflower
    May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    From Greg Sargent this morning:

    COULD GUNS BE WEDGE ISSUE IN 2014? The Fix crew says it just might, citing a new Post poll showing the following:
    Thirty five percent of registered voters say they could not support a candidate who voted against expanding background checks at gun shows and on the Internet — even if they agreed with him or her on other issues. By comparison, 14 percent of voters would rule out a candidate who voted for expanded checks.
    Strikingly, these results are almost the same in states where Senators have good NRA ratings, again confirming one of the basic dynamics that has bedeviled the gun debate: Even in red states, lawmakers may be overestimating the conservatism of their constituents when it comes to guns.

  33. 93 desertflower
    May 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

    More from Sargent:

    DEMS HOLD SOLID LEAD IN CONGRESSIONAL BALLOT MATCHUP: The Post poll also finds that Democrats hold an eight point lead in the generic Congressional ballot matchup, 48-40. This would seem to undercut the claim that the current ongoing “scandals” are damaging Dems in the context of the coming 2014 elections, though it is certainly early days when it comes to scandal season.
    Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman, who closely tracks House races, has said Dems would need to win 55 percent of the popular vote in House races to take back the lower chamber.

    • 94 Jovie
      May 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

      See ? 10 points? More like 8 where it is now, is the line. Anything over is gravy.

    • 95 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I don’t call them scandals, I call them made up phony GOP – media scandals.

      • 96 anniebella
        May 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

        I wish Republicans would fight as hard in creating jobs for we the people, as they fight to find and make up scandals.

  34. May 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Sorry if this has been posted already but Tommy Christopher does some actual reporting and discovers:

    DOJ Document Reveals Fox News Reporter James Rosen Wanted To Impact U.S. Foreign Policy


    h/t to Smartypants

  35. 100 Nena20409
    May 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Great Post UT. 2nd anniversary of the trip to Ireland in 2011.

    Sorry I linked the 1979 prom photo. I had not read this post then. I should have know that TOD would have had it already. I am going back to how I used to do it before……start from my last logout.

    • 101 AJ
      May 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Sometimes I think there’s a TOD Time Machine that allows this site to post links to stuff that hasn’t even happened yet.

  36. 102 Jovie
    May 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Coburn: Talk of tornado aid without offsets is ‘crass political game’
    Daniel Strauss
    05/23/13 09:13 AM ET
    Coburn calls the discussions and debate about an aid package “typical Washington B.S., quite frankly.”…

    But all conservatives feel this way… Heartless.

    • 103 Nena20409
      May 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Yes….it is Coburn. He knows better for he is that Alpha and Omega in the bubble fundamentalist world. He knows about how to pay off staffers of Ensign who had affairs. He knows how to stage a political Coup d’etat against a newly sworn in president when Our nation and our economy is spiralling out of control. Yep, Tom Knows it all. What a pathetic little wicked man.

      • 104 99ts
        May 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

        The word “wicked” needs to be used more when looking at what the GOP in congress are trying to do. I would love to see a storm flatten their homes & leave them with NOTHING except the clothes they are wearing. Many of the folks impacted by these events will never recover – physically, emotionally and financially.

    • 105 57andFemale
      May 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Coburn came out the day of the tornado and SAID he would demand offsets for aid. So how is this someone else’s fault?

      I so sick of this rank stupidity.

  37. May 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Now the RWNJs are going after Jay. They are such pitiful losers.

    • 107 Ladyhawke
      May 23, 2013 at 10:50 am


      The desperate search for a legitimate Obama scandal


      Part of the underlying cause for the apoplexy on the right is that they’re certain President Obama is a radical criminal up to no good, which means there must be some kind of scandal somewhere. That nothing has turned up, ironically, only reinforces suspicions — since Obama has run a scandal-free administration it means he must be hiding something awful.



      • 108 99ts
        May 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

        They know there is NOTHING – and just keep making stuff up with the help of the media(R,USA) – funny but the truth keeps ruining their pretend scandals.

  38. 109 dotster3
    May 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Got curious about PBO’s h.s. friend in prom photo, Greg Orme, since he and Barack were described as inseparable, like brothers. Wondered if they were still in touch. Yes. He’s one of the friends who Obama sees when they are in Hawaii—-in the golf group, was body surfing with him on that day of the ‘famous’ photos, was with him when he scattered his mom’s ashes into the Pacific. Orme was also in the Punahou friend group which was backstage at Grant Park in Chgo on election night ’08. Interesting from another friend—–altho all describe him as a bball nut in h.s., he was the only one who also worked on the school’s literary magazine—–and said to always have had a more worldly view than most classmates—-never talked of what kind of car or what big home he wanted—-it was always about how the world and relations between peoples could be made better—-those have always been his ideals.

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

      thanks for that dotster.. I thought I’d heard Greg Orme’s name before. Yep our guy has been quite consistent and evolved all along.

    • 111 itgurl_29
      May 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      That’s so nice that he still has childhood friends in his inner circle. As high as they have risen, the Obama’s remain grounded and surround themselves with people who truly know and care about them. This is what upsets those beltway village zombies. POTUS is not “aloof” at all. He just doesn’t wanna hang around a bunch of vultures.

  39. May 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

    McConnell Rejects Reid’s Nuclear Option Threats

    The battle over the filibuster escalated Wednesday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) jumped in the fray to lash Democrats’ threats to use the “nuclear option” to scrap the minority party’s ability to filibuster presidential nominees to cabinet and judicial positions. He and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) clashed in a heated floor exchange that led to hours of sniping between their offices.

    “These continued threats to use the nuclear option point to the majority’s own culture of intimidation here in the Senate,” McConnell said, making a case that Republicans are using the filibuster responsibly. “Their view is that you had better confirm the people we want, when we want them, or we’ll break the rules of the Senate to change the rules so you can’t stop us. So much for respecting the rights of the minority.”


    Lots of hot air.

  40. 121 Dakota
    May 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Good Morning TOD Family.

    Wow, I’m actually getting the chance to post early today! Thanks UT for the Moneygall pictures. I also can’t believe it’s been two years since that wonderful visit. Liked seeing POB prom pictures as well. Just got me to thinking though…I guess nobody was interested digging up GWB’s prom pictures,eh? While I enjoyed seeing the President’s pictures, I can’t help but feel that it’s part of the constant quest to dig up dirt on POB. People are already trying to say that his sweet note to his friend Greg’s date was an attempt to hit on her. Geez…

  41. 122 carolyn
    May 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    A weather note from OKC…..it’s raining hard, which is making personal household recovery efforts difficult. The Methodist Church had organized an interdenominational church help day today. A friend of mine was to go with a group of 35 from her church to help. It was a one family help one family organizational set up. It’s raining so hard right now, and has been since early this morning that I’m wondering if this will happen.

    This is a land of extremes: four years of drought, now so much rain there’s no place to put it. Either the crops are starving, or they’re flooded. After the bone dry 30s, the 40s were wet, at least the first part of the decade. Perhaps this is why there is a boom/bust mentality here….that’s the way the weather operates.

    Our neighbors are moving out today, what a horrible day for that! According to KFOR this morning, this should clear up by “mid-morning” well, it’s mid morning now, and the rain’s going strong.

    However, we need to fill the reservoirs for the future. We live right next to one…..a manmade lake. For the past two years it was possible to walk almost the whole way across it. Now, it’s full, and that’s good, because it will dry out again.

    Glad to read that a state senator from Rush Springs (a democrat) is going to propose legislation for a b

    • 123 carolyn
      May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

      I’ll finish my last sentence, since I accidentally posted too early. The senator is proposing a bond issue to raise the money necessary to ensure tornado shelters in every school, then these could also be used as community shelters. He states, this is an every year occurrence, and children should be safe at school.

  42. May 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

  43. 126 MightyPamela
    May 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Bye everyone, back later. Have a blessed day, will post candles when I’m on iPad. {{{{{TOD}}}}}

  44. May 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Tommy Vietor isn’t playing.

  45. 132 Linda
    May 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I have a Anwar al-Awlaki was born in the USA…yet his wiki bio says he had Dual citizenship with Yemen.

    His family moved back their when he was 7 years old…….

    Could he have denounced his American citizenship ? He came back here on a “FOREIGN” STUDENT VISA.

    • 133 Linda
      May 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

      oops… s/b I have a “question “

    • 134 Nena20409
      May 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Yes, he could have.

      Not that I am in anyway, shape or from comparing the two….but for an example, Tina Turner has now left his citizenship behind formerly and had chosen for another nation’s citizenship. Anwar al-Awlaki could have done the same thing. He didn’t. His son that was killed tow weeks later didn’t. Although in the son’s case, it was a bit off for the son was under age. He could not have been able to until either 18 or 21 yrs old.

      • 135 Nena20409
        May 23, 2013 at 11:37 am

        Two weeks….oops.

      • 136 prettyfoot58
        May 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

        He was a traitor…

        there would be no tears being shed for him if he had been an American born man of the Muslim Faith…the hypocrisy of this is astounding

      • 137 Nena20409
        May 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Too many typos.


        Tina Turner is a Her….oops.

        Answering a question posed, is Not an endorsement. Anyone Friend or Foe spouting out the demise of USA…..in my book, gets what comes to him/her.

    • 138 anniebella
      May 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I don’t consider people like Anwar al-Awlaki an American. Once you have join terrorists groups who want to kill Americans, you are the enemy, and it is them or us. I don’t give a dam what Rachel Maddow or anyone else like her say.

  46. 139 Linda
    May 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Little talked about fact about Coburn

    sterilization Coburn performed on a 20-year-old woman, Angela Plummer, in 1990 became what was called “the most incendiary issue” of his Senate campaign. Coburn performed the sterilization on the woman during an emergency surgery to treat a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, removing her intact fallopian tube as well as the one damaged by the surgery. The woman sued Coburn, alleging that he did not have consent to sterilize her, while Coburn claimed he had her oral consent. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed with no finding of liability on Coburn’s part.

    The state attorney general claimed that Coburn committed Medicaid fraud by not reporting the sterilization when he filed a claim for the emergency surgery. Medicaid did not reimburse doctors for sterilization procedures for patients under 21 and according to the attorney general, Coburn would not have been reimbursed at all had he not withheld this information. Coburn says since he did not file a claim for the sterilization, no fraud was committed. No charges were filed against Coburn for this claim

  47. 140 Ladyhawke
    May 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    GOP Hero Petraeus, Not Obama, Was Behind Changed Benghazi Talking Points

    By: Sarah Jones


    The bombshell that Republican hero David Petraeus was behind changes in the Benghazi talking points is another reason why Obama should not only clean out the Bush appointees, but should stop trusting Republicans in general.

    The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that the emails released by the Obama administration reveal a rather shocking surprise. No, the Obama White House did not craft the Benghazi talking points to protect their reputation or that of the State Department. Nor did the State Department protect their image with “changes” to the talking points.

    It was Republican hero, General David Petraeus, then the head of the CIA, who sought to burnish his image with demands to change the talking points. In fact, his version put him at “odds” with the State Department, the FBI, and officials within his own agency:



    • 141 Nena20409
      May 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      He came to a hearing at the capitol and said that he Knew it was a terrorist attack. TBGOPers in Congress know and have known that the Benghazi attacks, at that outpost was a 30 man CIA “gig”. Their game from day one was politics for the Nov 2012 elections and the 2016 elections……..nothing more.

  48. 143 kathryn kivett
    May 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Carolyn, I want to apologize to you in advance of my rant. I know that there are some wonderful people that live in Oklahoma that have a brain and a heart………but……..I just heard that it was unsure if PBO would attend a memorial service at Baptist Church on Sunday but would survey the damage from the tornado…..now….we all know he would attend if they did not reject him…….and as far as I am concerned, let Oklahoma pray their way out of their destruction….pull fema out of there….let them call their esteemed Senators for help….I’m sick and tired of hearing Tom Coburn’s mouth……..You reject MY tax $$ fine, send it to some state that has a disaster that appreciates them…..

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