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Michelle Obama, Bo Obama


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  1. 1 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    TY PBO!

  2. 4 nathkatun7
    July 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    G Morning/Afternoon, UT! Both POTUS and FLOTUS look like they are having lots of fun with BO.

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi there, Nathk! Nice to see you enjoying the’ morning air’! 😉

    • 7 HZ
      July 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Good Afternoon DF, and nath. Good to see Bo. I love our First Dog. He looks like he knows that he is our First Dog and will live up to his title with his beautiful spirit. I love how he seems to realize’ the presence’ of POB and FLOTUS when he is in their presence. It is so awesome to watch. I also noticed how he showed the same respect when he walked in and went directly to the Christmas Tree that was decorated for our military men and women. Watch it. Chills come over me when I watch that video of Bo.HZ

    • 10 arkluvspbo
      July 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      desertflower, in the history of this wonderful, complicated, great big world of ours, has their ever been a group of humans that have been more UNproductive and useless as this one? I mean really — at some point, they just have to say to themselves: ya know, this isn’t really working. But, I guess that would take some modicum of intelligence and self-reflection. These guys are vampires.

  3. 11 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    For those who missed the event.

  4. 15 Linda
    July 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    MSNBC resurrected Jane Hamsher to talk about the Manning verdict.

  5. 21 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  6. 22 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  7. 23 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  8. 24 JER
    July 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    LIVE: Awaiting the President’s departure from Chattanooga, Tennessee en route Washington, DC – http://www.wrcbtv.com/category/254193/live-video-stream

  9. 25 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  10. 26 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  11. 27 utaustinliberal
    July 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  12. July 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Their coverage after the speech is VERY positive too. http://www.newschannel9.com/ Top Video Stories, top red tab at the left side.

    CEO of Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce says it was very positive for POTUS to visit. Liked the manufacturing focus of the speech. He shook the President’s hand and told him welcome to Chattanooga. Says to POTUS, “Come on down.” to talk about jobs. Very positive for Chattanooga for him to visit. They are excited.

  13. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    July 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm


    This from a facebook friend of mine Chad:

    “I JUST SHOOK PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HAND!!!! I told him that I appreciated everything he is doing and he said “Thank you so much”. My life is now complete!”

  14. 52 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    New Fangled Texas Hold ‘Em (closer)

    • 53 arkluvspbo
      July 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm


    • 54 99ts
      July 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      This is yet another reason why the GOP dislike President Obama – he didn’t go into politics to grift for himself and his family – imagine if PBO did this – the GOP outrage would be another “scandal” – yet the GOP do it every day of the week with barely a mention.

  15. 55 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    • 56 ericfive
      July 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Great quote df. This sentiment is what leads many poor whites to vote against their economic interests and spout talking points written by and for the 1%, with no sense of irony. Many of these lost, brainwashed souls are also the first to call America a “Christian nation”, while worshipping at the altar of greed, selfishness and money.

      • 57 desertflower
        July 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        I totally agree with you. Sad, isn’t it? Sad to me because they will never reach their true potential and I often think that their narrow, myopic thought insulates them from responsibility and action.

      • 58 nathkatun7
        July 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Well said, Ericfive!

  16. July 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Hey friends, The appt. I had was to get a much needed massage. I knew my gal was a PO supporter. I mentioned right when I got there about missing his Chattanooga visit. She asked if there was a live feed. I told her Channel 9. She found it on her iPhone and we listened to it!!!!!!!!!! We said 1000x better than music. 🙂

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      July 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Great experience. I wish the day would come when Tennessee would do a magical turnaround and vote for a good Democrat for president. That would be a great day.

    • July 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Harmony and a massage, too!! I loved Channel 9 coverage before, during and after the speech. They did say they would be talking to GOP at some point. I would love it if all TV coverage was as positive and factual as theirs.

  17. 62 anniebella
    July 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    POTUS is willing to work with the Republicans, he just want to see their ideas which would put the middle class back to work, those who are trying to make it to the middle class, where are the Republicans plans? Speaker Boehner where are the jobs jobs jobs you promise you would focus on if you became speaker?

    • 63 57andfemale
      July 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  18. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    July 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  19. 65 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 3:41 pm


    Today, the White House released a new analysis of the relationship between the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and job growth on Tumblr in the form of an animated GIF.

    Recent news stories have cited anecdotes that restaurants are cutting employees’ hours and refraining from hiring workers due to the ACA. In reality, however, restaurants have had the fastest job growth of any industry in the retail and food services sector since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The GIF also shows that restaurants have had even faster job growth than what would have been predicted from their growth in sales. Furthermore, workers in the restaurant industry have seen their average weekly hours increase since the ACA was signed, contrary to the notion that there has been a widespread shift to part-time hours.

    During the four years since the recession ended in June 2009, 87% of the increase in employment has been due to a rise in the number of workers in full-time jobs. And looking at the period since ACA was signed in March 2010, more than 90% of the rise in employment has been due to workers in full-time jobs. Moreover, the length of the average workweek for private sector production and nonsupervisory employees has returned to its level at the start of the Great Recession.

  20. 67 japa21
    July 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  21. 71 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm


    Shutdown scheme pits GOP against itself

    By Steve Benen


    I put together this image to offer a lay of the land, because when it comes to the government-shutdown threat, GOP fissures are coming to the fore in a way we haven’t seen in a while. While Republican divisions are not uncommon, it’s rare when conservative GOP senators, asked about a prominent idea from other conservative GOP senators, say, it’s “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.”

    Indeed, even today, the divisions are becoming more pronounced. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — not exactly a New England moderate from the Rockefeller wing — told MSNBC the plan from his far-right colleagues is “silly” and not at all “courageous.” Around the same time, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, relying on a strained metaphor, argued that conservatives must “stop the train. Stop it dead in its tracks before more damage is done. If this means disrupting the quiet car that so many in the Republican establishment enjoy riding in, so be it.”

    No, you’re not the only one who found it amusing to see Bill Kristol — Bill Kristol! — complaining about the “Republican establishment.”



    • July 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm


      Did you see this video that Desertflower posted yesterday?

      Tom Cole (R-OK) hits the nail on the head; MSM should be informing the public what sane Republicans have to say, not the self-promoting whiners (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc.):

      • 73 Ladyhawke
        July 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Thanks, I had not seen this video. I just hope that more and more reasonable Republicans will join Tom Cole in pointing out the obvious. The only adult in the room continues to make his critics look petty and small.

  22. July 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm


    • 75 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Someone should send this to Howard… Definition of “shill” from the Urban Dictionary. It fits!

      A person engaged in covert advertising. The shill attempts to spread buzz by personally endorsing the product in public forums with the pretense of sincerity, when in fact he is being paid for his services.
      Who are you shilling for?

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      • 78 dotster3
        July 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        And to think I had a Howard Dean shirt once—–back in the day. Cute too, blue and white baseball style. I never really got to wear it though. He screamed and was gone —–presto/changeo—-before I got a chance to strut around and show my support. On to Kerry—-didn’t invest in a Kerry shirt—–thought I might jinx him—-guess I wasn’t the key factor.

        • 79 hopefruit2
          July 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 80 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

          😀 What did you do vis-a-vis shirts when PBO came on the scene?

          • 81 dotster3
            July 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

            A whole closet full—–hoodies and short sleeve t shirts and long sleeve t shirts and sweatshirts etc. etc. I felt comfortable doing this when I found out my shirt purchases really had nothing to do with election outcomes. And I was bound and determined to support Obama whole hog—-in every way possible. I was All IN—-still am.

            • 82 vcprezofan2
              July 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm

              ‘I found out my shirt purchases really had nothing to do with election outcomes’

              Wrong conclusion, Dotster – you just needed to buy ‘A whole closet full’. Glad you inadvertently found the shirt solution in time to make a difference in PBO’s campaigns. 😉 😉

  23. July 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Also this (posted earlier, but didn’t get much response).

    Conservative elite Byron York said yesterday:
    ” it may be that the Republican Party is too divided to have a real civil war. Perhaps chaos would be a better description…”

    Chaos. I like the sound of that. MSM is going to lose all credibility if they continue to tout the virtues of the self-promoting whiners as being the voice of the GOP, which will end of splintering even more.

  24. 85 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm


    The Unprecedented, Contemptible GOP Quest to Sabotage Obamacare

    By Norm Ornstein


    But to do everything possible to undercut and destroy its implementation — which in this case means finding ways to deny coverage to many who lack any health insurance; to keep millions who might be able to get better and cheaper coverage in the dark about their new options; to create disruption for the health providers who are trying to implement the law, including insurers, hospitals, and physicians; to threaten the even greater disruption via a government shutdown or breach of the debt limit in order to blackmail the president into abandoning the law; and to hope to benefit politically from all the resulting turmoil — is simply unacceptable, even contemptible. One might expect this kind of behavior from a few grenade-throwing firebrands. That the effort is spearheaded by the Republican leaders of the House and Senate — even if Speaker John Boehner is motivated by fear of his caucus, and McConnell and Cornyn by fear of Kentucky and Texas Republican activists — takes one’s breath away.



  25. 89 sjterrid
    July 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    UT, thank you for always bringing your magnificent tweets here when you cover a live event. I know that I don’t have to worry about watching the event live, because you make it seem like I was there. I’ m glad to read that you will be sharing the duties as bt with Chips.

  26. 90 Ladyhawke
    July 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Why would the GOP balk at a corporate tax cut?

    By Steve Benen


    I’ve spent some time this afternoon collecting Republican complaints about the new Obama offer, so let’s take them one at a time.

    * Republicans learned about the offer through the media: One of the first responses from Speaker Boehner’s office this morning was that the White House didn’t call them first about the idea. The White House claims they called Boehner last night, but he didn’t respond. But really, I have no idea why anyone would give a darn. What does this have to do with the economic merits.
    * The offer could hurt small businesses: That was the argument from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this morning, and I have no idea what he’s talking about. Why would lower corporate rates hurt small businesses?

    * The president’s plan isn’t bipartisan: This is another gem from McConnell, and unless he’s prepared to say cutting taxes on corporations is a Democratic idea, I’m hard pressed to imagine why anyone would take this seriously.



    • 91 99ts
      July 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      If Boehner keeps refusing to take calls from the President – he will have to use thewhitehouse.com – cause the media(R,USA) only tells him things he wants to hear.

  27. July 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    what up TOD peeps.

    Hope everyone had a great Tuesday

  28. July 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Alrigth X-MEN fans, the next X-Men First Class movie is gonna be epic!!! Not one, but 2 Xavier (young and old) but 2 Magnetos (young and old), Kitty Pryde, Wolverine (allegedly) and mutha-fruckin’ SENTINELS!!!! Can’t wait for this! This is a “commercial” for TRASK industries. This looks like a REAL commercial!!!

    here’s the thing too cuz…check out the website for TRASK industries! It’s a LIVE website, like it’s a read company…lol


    ETA: I loved old Magneto (Sir Ian), but damn if I don’t lust after young Magneto…Ooh boy I love me some Michael Fassbender, even if he do have shark teeth…lol

  29. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    July 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  30. 97 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  31. 98 anniebella
    July 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Next time any of you who talk to those right wing conservatives who is always talking about what POTUS have or haven’t done, ask them to tell you what have the right wing Republicans done? Just list their accomplishment one by one, show you what they have done to create jobs.

    • 99 anniebella
      July 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      That is if you can sit down and have a intelligent conversation with them. Most of them let their racists hate rule them that they act like they have lost all common sense.

    • 100 COS
      July 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      I agree Anniebella. Even better, keep a copy of PBO’s accomplishments in your handbag or pocket and hand it to them. It is hard to talk to people like that. Truthfully, it has nothing to do with what POTUS has or has not done. I don’t have to say the real reason.

  32. 102 Linda
    July 30, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Tweety just said that Ed Rendell should be Hillary’s Chief of Staff……

    If that even gets close to being true I don’t think I can vote for her

    • 103 Claire
      July 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      If she gets the Democratic nomination, just remind yourself that you are voting for supreme court justices. I did not want to vote for Bill Clinton, but that is what made me vote for him. To me the justices have more power than any branch of government obviously because of the lifetime impact they have on the nation. When you think that both bushs’ appointments had a hand in gutting the VRA, the future of the court is the most important branch of government in our lives.

      • 104 Linda
        July 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

        You’re right of course……

        I just cannot stand Ed Rendell……

        • 105 hopefruit2
          July 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

          LOL! If Ed Rendell is going to be the Chief of Staff in 2016, then Supreme Court Justices are the least of our problems….

          • 106 COS
            July 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

            Funny how Tweety has already picked Hillary’s COS and she has not said that she will run. It is something very unsettling about Ed Rendell.

            • 107 hopefruit2
              July 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

              Indeed. It is not lost on me that he was hired by MSNBC in the months leading up to the election to try to undermine PBO and help Willard win. Once the election was over, I stopped seeing him.

              The Romney thing didn’t work out, so I guess he’s still looking for a job (in someone’s cabinet). He’s a snake. Anyone who’s lived in PA, and seriously cares about the middle-class can tell you that.

            • 110 anniebella
              July 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

              I have come to the conclusion that some time Tweety will act like he has some sense, then there are times when wonder if he have any darn sense.

              • 111 anniebella
                July 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

                I know I talk about Hillary and Bill, sometimes I am not please with Hillary supporters who want to attack POTUS, but I know deep down that this country can’t survive a Republican in the White House. We here in North Carolina and others around the country have seen the destruction these Republicans are causing.

            • July 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

              Haven’t watched Tweety in months, but he’s been on the Hillary 2016 bandwagon since November 7, 2012.

              So much so, half the shows I’ve watched since then could have been infomercials for her (exaggerating, but not by much).

              His constant Hillary cheerleading has nauseated me; doubt if I’ll return to watching his show.

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  35. 117 Vicki
    July 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    To 57andfemale,
    I was away from computer all day so I just saw your ? about Christine Quinn.
    Short answer is that Quinnn collaborated with Bloomberg and other City Council members to “find” (invent) a loophole in the term limits law so that Q and Bloomberg could have 3rd terms. The people of NYC had voted twice for term limits so subverting the intent of all of us for their own continued terms was an overthrow of democracy.

    Bill DeBlasio led the fight against this disgrace.

    I first met him on the frontlines when he rallied with me and my neighbors to prevent our firehouse closing. We won that battle! Firehouse still working. We thought at the time that Bloomberg’s intent was to turn our famous—Ghostbusters set——-firehouse into condos for rich folks.

    • July 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Did 57andF have a question about Quinn? (If so, I missed it.)

      Here’s a couple of tweets from former Obama adman who is now doing work for Buonon (NJ) and DeBlasio now (the second tweet is a RT).

      • 119 Vicki
        July 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        Yes, Arapaho. 57’s ? followed your earlier posting and my reply to you. Hopefully 57 will see your newest entries.
        Good news re: Susan Sarandon and Harry belafonte. Howard Dean campaigned with Bill last night (is that good? I don’t know)
        At this point I am so happy that Bill is getting Press.

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  37. July 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    • 123 arkluvspbo
      July 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      “…the bridges that are old enough to apply for Medicare” “Not lacking ideas, just lacking action inside Washington.”

      I. Love. Our. President.
      Thank you Bob for posting this.
      The more he brings it to the people…the closer to complete obliteration for the GOTPs

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