22
Oct
13

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama jokes with Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe backstage prior to the start of the third presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

****

Today:

The President has no public events scheduled

12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

****

Steve Benen: U.S. economy added 148k jobs in September, jobless rate ticks lower

The monthly job totals for September were scheduled to be released a few weeks ago, but were delayed as a result of the government shutdown. It makes the data seem somehow stale – we’re looking at month-old figures just as we’re nearing the end of October.

…. So, how’d we do? Not especially well. The new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September, below modest expectations. After years of public-sector layoffs serving as a drag on the overall economy, we’re starting to see a slight turnaround – the private sector added 126,000 jobs last month, while the public sector added 22,000 jobs. That may seem like a fairly modest number, but it’s the most in recent memory.

The overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.2%, which is the lowest it’s been since November 2008.

More here

****

****

The Columbus Dispatch: Medicaid expansion funding gets approval

Ending months of debate, a legislative oversight panel approved spending $2.56 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid coverage to about 275,000 low-income Ohioans.

Almost immediately after the bipartisan 5-2 vote, Senate Republicans said they planned to use the expansion to offer a $400 million income tax cut, about 4 percent, with money largely coming from Ohio hospitals that would see additional federal funds from the expansion.

Starting Jan. 1, mostly childless adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $16,000 for a one-person household, can begin receiving health care coverage under the state-federal program. The childless adults who would gain health coverage include many long-time unemployed, mentally ill, veterans and prison inmates.

…. Under Obamacare, expansion costs will be fully funded by the federal government for three years beginning Jan. 1, and 90 percent or more in subsequent years, bringing an estimated $13 billion to Ohio over the next seven years. Kasich says the funds will help treat those with mental illness, drug addictions and others, but conservatives opposed to expansion argue that the nation cannot afford to expand Medicaid and the additional spending will drive up the federal debt.

More here

****

****

Steve Benen: Ohio’s Kasich expands healthcare access through Obamacare

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is one of several Republican governors eager to expand Medicaid in his state, even though it means implementing the Affordable Care Act, though it hasn’t been easy. The Republican governor has faced unyielding opposition to the idea from state lawmakers in his own party, who are convinced it’s important to combat “Obamacare,” even when that doesn’t make sense.

Kasich tried nearly everything he could think, up to and including asking his party to consider what Reagan would do. Yesterday, however, the governor played the only card he had left: he circumvented the state legislature altogether and approved Medicaid expansion on his own.

More here

****

****

Alec MacGillis (New Republic): How Republicans Became Accidental Champions of Obamacare

Yes, it is awfully rich that Republicans and conservative commentators, after doing their utmost to undermine the Affordable Care Act these past few years, are now carping about the serious flaws in the Web sites set up to process applications for health insurance coverage. While the administration bears responsibility for the technological problems, there is no question that odds for success would have been greater if it had not been denied the funding it needed to set up such a complex new system, if it had not had to handle the new insurance exchanges in so many states that refused to build their own, and if it had not had to delay stages of the exchange construction to avoid political opposition. Then there’s the larger fact that the administration went with such a complex approach to expanding coverage precisely because of the political (and industry) opposition to the far simpler solution of Medicare-for-all single-payer coverage…..

More here

****

****

****

****

****

Greg Sargent: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage

The Washington Post and ABC News have released a new batch of polling that shows in quite striking terms just how badly the shutdown fight has damaged the GOP.

The question, however, is: Do Republicans actually think it matters that their image is in such disastrous shape, or is that rendered inconsequential by the degree to which the House GOP majority is believed to be invulnerable? The numbers:

See here

This line really jumped out:

Only 20 percent think Republicans are “interested in doing what’s best for the country,” while 77 percent think they’re “interested in what’s best for themselves politically.”

Are people finally waking up??

****

****

TPM: U.S. Carbon Dioxide Pollution Down 3.8 Percent

Federal officials said the United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990.

The only year with a bigger percentage drop was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. American cars and factories spewed 5.83 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, down from 6.06 billion in 2011. It is the lowest level for U.S. emissions since 1994. Carbon dioxide is the chief man-made global warming gas.

More here

****

****

ThinkProgress: Just 0.003 Percent Of Eligible Texas Voters Have Received A Free Voter ID

Texas’s voter ID law took effect Monday, as voting in the first Texas election since five Republican justices killed a key prong of the Voting Rights Act also began this week. By conservative estimates, this voter suppression law will prevent 2 to 3 percent of registered voters from casting a ballot, with left-leaning constituencies such as women, students, low-income voters and people of color all feeling a disproportionate share of this blow.

More here

****

@OFA

****

On This Day:

President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have lunch in the Oval Office Dining Room of the White House, Oct. 22, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama peers out a window with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the Doheny Memorial Library to scope out the crowd size at a rally at the University of Southern California Alumni Park in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama waits backstage before a rally at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 22, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Joe Biden and his daughter Ashley Biden watch the third presidential debate from a hotel room in Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by David Lienemann)

****

MooooOOOOoooorning! Huuuuuuge thanks again to UT for all the blissful posts and help with links for this R&S: legend.


118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. October 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good morning everyone. Congrats cookemom.

  2. October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Good morning and congrats Cookemom!

  3. 7 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I can’t listen to Jan Brewer talk. Can someone tell me what she said there?

    • 8 desertflower
      October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

      No takers…I don’t really blame you:)

    • October 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I took a deep breath and listened. She didn’t speak. It was a quote.

      • 10 desertflower
        October 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

        Brave soul you are, Jackie:) Thanks….as usual, I didn’t miss much from her then.

        • 11 HZ
          October 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          Good Morning Chips and my TOD family. Desertflower, you are such a joy. You gave me my first laughter in my space this morning. TY. I can surely understand you, my special DF. Thanks for the bravery of Jackie 4 Obama. (((( Blessings to you)))).

          Just getting to my TOD family. Up early but tummy stalled my actions of productivity for a little time. Relaxing with tea and catching up on my TOD family and news. TY, my loving Chips and UT.

          Chips, I hope that our cutie, Danny is doing great. What a joy for you. Enjoy every moment of his presence in your space.

          Everyone, please enjoy your day. Hello to our Fred, LNCB, Gobrooklyn, Layla and all of my TOD family members who are progressing so beautifully. (((((Lots of loving hugs and goodness of thoughts going forth for all of my TOD family.)))))) Let us continue to lift up our president and his administration in our quiet times and meditations. We all need to keep strong for all of the work that we will need to do to get through 2014. Stay focus because we will prevail. I love you all so much. There is a beautiful haven of such intelligence with the brightest and best in the world. Our POTUS is blessed to have our Chips and TODers. HZ

  4. 12 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

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

    Excellent R & S round-up – thanks Chips! That pic of VP Biden and his daughter – they are synced in body language 🙂

  5. 13 cookemom
    October 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Until/unless you hear a pundit ask a ‘pub guest what is their solution to healthcare issues in ‘murica, then disregard the entire interview and/or show.

  6. 14 Linda
    October 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

    See that table in the Oval office dining room behing the President ( with the curved leg ) ?

    I have one almost identical to it…but all four legs are curved.

    We call it our Library Table.

  7. October 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Morning Chips. How’s parenthood going? Danny Boy looks adorable.

  8. 16 Ladyhawke
    October 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

    HOUSE DEMOCRATS TO BUSINESS, REMEMBER WHO STOOD WITH YOU

    Democrats Reach Out to Business After Shutdown

    By JANET HOOK

    ——————————————

    The letter is being sent to over 1,000 business leaders, the DCCC said.

    The Democrats’ letter noted that in last week’s 285-144 House vote to pass the bill — which lifted the debt limit through Feb. 7 and reopened the government after a 16-day shutdown — two-thirds of House Republicans voted against it.
    .
    .
    “If you are as frustrated as we are, we hope you will remember that it is House Democrats who stood with you,” said the letter, cosigned by Rep. Steve Israel (D., N.Y.), chairman of the DCCC, and the committee’s finance chairman, Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.).”There is currently only one party in the House that is working to create an environment where our economy can grow and thriving businesses can create jobs.”

    ———————————————–

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/22/democrats-reach-out-to-business-after-shutdown/

    • October 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      This is true. A lot of the dysfunction was funded by those very businesses – via the US Chamber of Commerce – trying to destroy President Obama. The chaos they have wrought…

  9. 18 vcprezofan2
    October 22, 2013 at 10:02 am

    GM again TODobots! It is after all, still a very good morning. 😀

    Thanks for the R & S, CC. I see your leash has been lengthened for a little more ‘freedom’ today – do enjoy every moment of said freedom.

    Nothing but the truth ••►

  10. 19 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    h/t Political Carnival 🙂 If you are able, they’re doing some fundraising….

  11. 20 a4alice
    October 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Morning TOD ~ Stellar R&S Chipster!! 🙂

  12. 21 Vicki
    October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Feels a little bit sad to see old photos of Robert Gibbs with President Obama now that Gibbs is so loud and negative. What is wrong with Gibbs?

    • 22 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Gibbs no longer works for PBO; he now works for MSNBC, and behaves accordingly. This is another reason why I’m not all that keen on Joy Ann Reid getting a full-time permanent position at MSNBC. Because once your bread is being buttered by these corporate overlords, you have no choice but to toe their line.

      • 23 Vicki
        October 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

        I’m sure you’re right, hf2, business as usual for MSNBC, but it seems like personal betrayal to me

        • 24 hopefruit2
          October 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

          Yes, he could be personally resentful – for instance more people seem to think that Jay is doing a much better job as Press Sec than he did.

      • October 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

        Not sure if I agree with you since Rev Al and Martin Bashir don’t appear to toe any line when it comes to what they promote on their shows. I can’t see Joy Ann all of a sudden becoming highly critical of President Obama when she’s so even keeled. I’d love to see her with her own show. They should take out Chris Hayes and put her in the 8:00 pm spot.

        • 26 hopefruit2
          October 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

          What you said is true. But I also think it depends on her visibility, and I doubt that MSNBC will want to replace Hayes with someone like her. Rev Al and Martin are not in prime time slots, and at times even they too, have promoted the MSM narrative du jour much to viewers’ chagrin, but overall, they are light years better than most of the others.

          It’s not an accident that MSNBC’s best weekday slots are Hayes and Maddow. Two extremely privileged libertarians who play the role of “Liberal” but cannot relate to many issues concerning the present day middle-class. Griffin won’t change that any time soon.

          • 27 Vicki
            October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

            Late to respond, hf2, but you couldn’t be more correct.
            Martin displays his bought and paid for status especially clearly when he has Kristin Welker on and gives that substance free puppet camera time and respect.

            Not as much The Rev but how else can you explain frequent appearances by Abby and other repubs?

  13. 28 cookemom
    October 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Here’s the thing. The individual mandate doesn’t have to be delayed because there is no fine, nor penalty if a person does not sign up for OCare. It was purposely written in the law that the IRS will not, under any circumstances charge, nor place lien upon any person for failure to sign up. So this is much ado about nothing. Of course we already knew that.

    This shiny object has really dulled for me and I’m thinking I’ll be better served raking leaves in my yard.

  14. 30 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    What, no Danny pictures? Personally I expect at least one in every post by Chips.

    I don’t know about anybody else, but following politics is resulting in my having major mood swings.

    Happy because polls show GOP going down the drain.

    Anxious because I have lost faith in the American public to remember just what the GOP is doing.

    Sad because of the damage already done to this country by GOP.

    Hopeful because PBO and Dems appear to be standing together for once.

    Concerned because of how much damage GOP can still do just by doing nothing.

    Been a real roller coaster ride of late.

  15. 31 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

  16. 32 cookemom
    October 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Gov Besher (D. Ky) tells the media to take a deep breath. It’s too bad everything for cable is in terms of winners and losers, polls and trolls, but no coverage of the real news. Of course, if it was about real news, there wouldn’t be any cable political channels.

    This will surely ruin PBO’s chances for his 3rd term 2016 election.

    • 33 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

      ‘This will surely ruin PBO’s chances for his 3rd term 2016 election.’

      This very thought has been keeping me up at nights! You can check …I wander the TOD village, trying to find pre-solace for my anticipated desolation.

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

      😳 Totally forgot to say ‘Howdy & congrats on bursting the ribbon, CM’, before jumping in with my comment. Chips may have to send me to manners school along with Danny.

  17. 35 vcprezofan2
    October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    This Guy Created An App That Lets People Take A Break From Facebook, And Facebook Sent Him A Legal Threat

    A man named Cody Romano has not made a friend in Facebook.

    The social network’s legal counsel sent Romano a cease and desist email earlier this week, insinuating that Facebook could extract a fine of $100,000 from him for creating a tool called “Break Your Facebook.” Facebook doesn’t like it when other companies use the name “Facebook.”

    Romano’s app allows users to take structured breaks from their Facebook accounts.
    …………………………………//

    http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-threatens-to-sue-cody-romano-for-breakyourfacebook-2013-10

  18. 36 vcprezofan2
    October 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    SoS Kerry, working hard, as usual.

  19. 37 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    The Pope.

    “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. “And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people,” Francis added. “But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

    I’m not Catholic, but I like this man more every day….

    • October 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Indeed this is beautiful. Ted Cruz. and his father need a copy.

      • October 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

        Alma, Cruz and his father would scoff at the pope. Their own enormous egos make them blind to everything that doesn’t put them first in the world. In their eyes, the pope is a lesser human because he doesn’t recognize the superiority of the Cruzes. And. believe, me I’m not exaggerating about this.

    • 40 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      October 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

      My family and I aren’t Catholic either, however, while planning Uncle’s funeral, we had a lively discussion about this Pope. He reminds us of my Uncle.

    • 41 amk for obama
      October 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

      This dood may prove to be the redemption that CC has been waiting for decades. I am talking about the upper elite level. At the lower levels, they have been doing good job, at least in my part of the world.

  20. October 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Good morning everyone. Like cookemom I am sick to death of words like debacle, horrendous, blow out, failure etc ad nauseum. Thank God for TOD. Quick read and I am off to pay bills. At least when they are paid they are done unlike the GOP.

  21. 43 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Wonderful Rise and Shine, Chiparoo. You’re welcome; it was great and fun to help out while you dealt with other stuff. 😀

    Loving all the great ObamamCare news that’s proving the naysayers wrong every single day.

    Thanks for the debate pictures. Such great memories. Especially, this moment: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we’ve had since 1916, well Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.” 😀

    • 44 99ts
      October 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Romney was such a disaster waiting to happen – fortunately enough people realized – wish they had done the same thing in my world – some ghastly politics at the minute – state and federal.

  22. 45 Judith Fardig
    October 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Morning, all. Hope it’s as beautiful where you live as it is in Oregon today. Chips, have a good Danny day chasing leaves or tennis balls or whatever (not drooling on the keyboard).

  23. 46 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Will post vid of MSNBC interview as soon as it is available…

  24. 47 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

  25. October 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    The twitter machine tells me that President Obama and First Lady Michelle are at a parent-teacher conference at Sidwell Friends School this morning.

    What a wonderful respite for them.

  26. October 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    • 50 anniebella
      October 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I would like to haul every last one of the Republicans before the American people and ask them why did they shutdown the Government and try to destroy this country? Costing the economy 24 billion dollars. They need to answer for that. When I think of the Republicans all I have to say is 2014. Some are saying the Dems can’t take control of the House, I say with God all things are possible. I say never say never, and we need to do our very best to try to get rid of the evil racists Tea Republicans.

  27. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Of course, I posted this at the end of last thread…

    • 54 pkayden
      October 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Wow. Wonder why FoxNews allowed such a positive truthful account of ACA.

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

      This is the kind of reporting that would give any news outlet more credibility. Nice to see Kohn actually doing her job truthfully.

      • October 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        Maybe FOX is trying to use every even remotely critical word they can against Obamacare. In the post the words guinea pig were used and they usually are associated with negativity (I know that is unfair to guinea pigs). LOL

        • 57 vcprezofan2
          October 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

          Funny enough, I’ve always thought of the ‘being a guinea pig’ expression as indicating a ‘test case’. I must say I read the entire article and there is nothing negative in it (that I saw, or perceived). It was an honest recounting of Ms Kohn’s search for more affordable health care – which she found and bought.

        • 58 theo67
          October 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          Maybe they’re trying to make up for the Hannity outing with his lie-filled “witnesses” that he brought on last week. I’m not sure why it made so much news, since everything about Hannity is dishonest and deceitful and hateful.

  28. 59 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This puts the media-manufactured “ACA website disaster” narrative to rest.

    • October 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Hf, that’s until the next OCare manufactured crisis. Someone will stub his toe on a chair leg while signing up for ObamaCare, therefore the process is bad for your health. If it all goes smoothly with the actual signups, they will just make it up and introduce people who COULD have stubbed their tow if they had signed up, so they refrained from doing so. It’s never ending and my hope is that it becomes to transparently idiotic that even the slowest wits catch on to the Republican con.

      • 61 theo67
        October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        Indeed – didn’t we see a tweet from Ezra Klein this week asking about some strange hypothetical – whining that even though 500,000 people had signed up, how many people would fail to complete their Obamacare applications, or some such nonsense. Ezra and his ilk now report their wild imaginings as actual news, these days.

  29. 62 Dakota
    October 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    A gorgeous Southwest Good Morning to my TOD Family.

    Chips, Danny is delightful. I know you’re having a ball with him.

    I’m loving these stats/polls today and I’m so happy the President and Harry Reid are in sync again. I am saddened by Robert Gibbs however. Moving on.

  30. 65 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    LOL! Good. Let them freak themselves OUT of office permanently.

  31. 67 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

    • October 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Of course they can’t discuss the obvious story, Japa. They’re part of a massive media coverup of GOP failings. It’s reached comical proportions at this point–as if the only important thing is to save Cruz and his crew from looking bad and suffering the consequence so their actions.

  32. 69 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

  33. 72 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/22/obama-the-press-and-the-leadership-charade/196529

    Just days after the government shutdown came to an end, and with public opinion polls continuing to show that the Republican Party paid a grave price for its radical and shortsighted maneuver, Meet The Press host David Gregory wanted to discuss President Obama’s failure to lead.

    Pointing to a mocking National Journal piece by Ron Fournier, that was headlined “Obama Wins! Big Whoop. Can He Lead?” Gregory pressed his guests about when Obama would finally “demonstrate he can bring along converts to his side and actually get something meaningful accomplished.” Gregory was convinced the president had to shoulder “a big part of the responsibility” for the shutdown crisis, due to the president’s failed leadership. New York Times columnist David Brooks agreed Obama is at fault, stressing “The question he’s never answered in all these years is, ‘How do I build a governing majority in this circumstance?'”

    Gregory, Brooks and Fournier were hardly alone in suggesting that Obama’s a failed leader. Why a failure? Because a Democratic president beset by Republicans who just implemented a crazy shutdown strategy hasn’t been able to win them to his side.

    /////

    Good Morning TOD, Great R&S.

    Mediamatters.org breaks it down

  34. 75 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    DC/NY Pundits thrive on polls…..but their interest would NOT be on these Wash/ABC poll numbers. Hence their world and heads are imploding before our eyes.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/shutdown-damages-republicans-with-plenty-of-pain-to-go-around/2013/10/21/e3770fc2-3abd-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_graphic.html?hpid=z1

  35. 76 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-construction-spending-06-percent-august

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects rose at a solid pace in August, helped by further gains in residential building. Overall construction activity climbed to the highest level in more than four years.

    Construction spending increased 0.6 percent in August compared with July when spending increased a strong 1.4 percent, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The July gain was revised to show an increase that was more than double the initial estimate.

    Total construction rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $916.1 billion, the fastest pace since April 2009. The strength in construction should help the overall economy, which has been struggling this year with the adverse effects of government tax increases and spending reductions.

  36. 77 utaustinliberal
    October 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Yay!!!!!!!

  37. 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

  38. 80 AJ
    October 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    So I’m becoming obsessed with the “Stand with Obamacare” logo. First impression: whoa, way cool. Second thought: wait, where’s Massachusetts? I see New Jersey, the Vermont/New Hampshire duo, but where’s the Bay State? Don’t tell me that’s it, in the upper left of Alaska, cuz that’s waaay out of porportion. I suppose I should be grateful I’m not from Rhode Island and trying to figure out which spec is representing it.

    • October 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Isn’t Massachusetts just under NY in the upper left?

      Think WV is to the left of Alaska.

      This is a great graphic, especially because it looks like it is truly in proportion. You really get the sense of how enormously vast Alaska is.

      • 82 AJ
        October 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Yes! Thank you, Arapaho; that is indeed Massachusetts, teeny next to NY. I never would’ve found it w/o your sharp eyes. Thank you!

        And go, Red Sox! 🙂

  39. 83 japa21
    October 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  40. 84 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    See – the media loves to throw around wild criticisms and attacks, but HATES when Twitter folks push back on their nonsense. As many people have said, It is bizarre for the media to focus singularly on ACA website right after a GOP-induced government shutdown which cost the country $24 billion dollars.

  41. 86 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Daily-White-House-Briefing/10737442223/

    Live Jay Carney at the Podium……Has Econ POTUS advisor…….effects of the shutdown…..Here’s Jason

    • 87 Nena20409
      October 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      This is a Must see presentation by Jason with raw data and on WHTV…Visual display…….I trust that TOD Twitter Brigades would Love the information Jason is providing.

    • 88 Ladyhawke
      October 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      This is terrific. Everyone needs to understand the real impact of the REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN. And I am loving the fact that Mr. Furman keeps using the word BRINKSMANSHIP to describe their reckless behavior.

    • 89 anniebella
      October 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      I’m so sorry Carney has to deal with those jackasses.

      • 90 Ladyhawke
        October 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        Me too. You know all they will want to talk about today is the glitches at the website. There is so much going on but the jackals are fixated on the website. There were only a couple of questions for Jason Furman on the REPUBLICAN SHUTDOWN. It’s really pathetic and sad.

        • 91 anniebella
          October 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

          Lawrence O’Donnell asked the question last night are you smarter than a WHPC? You need to check it out, the WHPC he was talking about is Jonathan Karl.

  42. October 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

  43. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    October 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  44. October 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Hellooooooooo! New post in about 14 minutes, 16 seconds ish.

    • 96 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      I take it that Danny is having his midday pup-nap. 🙂 🙂

      • October 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm

        He was Hopefruit ….. but he woke up five mins ago …. which explains my missed target. As you know, I never missed a target before. #DannysFault

        • 98 hopefruit2
          October 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

          Now I’m going to have to scold you for blaming poor Danny, who had absolutely nothing to do with your missed target! Even amk will tell you that you are wrong! LOL 🙂

  45. 99 Ladyhawke
    October 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 3m

    ———————-

    GOP on shutdown/immigration: We just shot ourselves in the foot. Let’s get back at Obama by shooting ourselves in the other foot.

    Retweeted by LOLGOP

    ——————————————-

  46. 100 Linda
    October 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Ruth Marcus just told her story about going on the website Friday night and getting all the way to the sign up now page.

    Then she said…” Well I get my insurance elsewhere ”

    Then stay thef “f” off the site Ruth and let the people who need it get enrolled. I am convinces there are 10’s of thousands media people and political operatives jamming up the system adding to the problem.

    • 101 Nena20409
      October 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      She is a PUMA. She has Never Like anything POTUS says, does or is about to do.

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      October 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Something tells me you are right, Linda! Think I watched that same segment you watched.

      On a side note, I think I may have to turn off cable news for a bit today (again!) … I also noticed for the short time I’ve been watching that one story after the other is negative. Negative this, negative that. No wonder our country feels like it’s going slightly off the edge. Republican politicians and the media want us all to think everything’s going wrong. It isn’t. No reason to jump off the highrise because of their lot.

      Let’s not let anybody steal our joy, I say to myself. I mean, seriously, TODville, look who our President is! Yeehaw!

  47. 104 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The emoprogs obsession about Glitches on the healthcare.go site is like their reactions during the Oct 3 or 5th debate during the presidential election in 2012.

    Today it is like Mistakes are seen as failures and that makes them nervous. They jump quickly to be unhealthy critics instead of understand the situation, in and with Content and Context.

    These people are Only Calm when everything is Perfect……that is 1001% unrealistic.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      October 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Didn’t realize you had posted this, Nena, but I left similar thoughts in my comment above yours. You said it all with your “unhealthy critics” statement.

      • 106 Nena20409
        October 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        All Good….our Minds and thoughts coincided 😉

      • October 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        JO’B and Nena…

        This is another example of how PBO is held to a different standard than his predecessors. Throughout his presidency, the rules have always shifted; the bar has always been higher. In the case of the ACA website, it does not seem to matter that most major system roll-outs are rife glitches and issues that have to be resolved. It does not matter that for many systems it may take months for these issues to be resolved and that we are only into the third week of the website going live. You would think that NO ONE has been able to complete the application process and obtain insurance, when we know that is not the case.

        The President has always met or exceeded the hurdles that have been put before him. So now the measure of success is PERFECTION. Otherwise, they would have nothing to find fault with.

        • 109 jacquelineoboomer
          October 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

          Totally agree, swbluega – and I’m sure President Obama knows that, more than any of us. And, of course, the minute the lesser beings decide on the definition of PERFECTION relating to any issue and he meets it, again and again, they’ll change that definition, too.

          #Forward

        • 110 Nena20409
          October 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

          Yep….You nailed it.

    • 111 Jovie
      October 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I think it’s more them being passive aggressive and where’s my public option crap.?

  48. 112 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/new-mexico-supreme-court-won-t-immediately-issue-ruling-on-same-sex-marriage

    New Mexico’s Supreme Court won’t immediately issue a ruling in a case pertaining to the legality of same-sex marriage in the state when oral arguments begin on Wednesday.

    The state’s highest court is set to hear two hours worth of oral arguments in the case pertaining to New Mexico’s gay marriage law, which does not explicitly ban or allow for same-sex marriage, according to The Associated Press. The five-judge panel, however, will not immediately issue a ruling in the case, the court clerk told lawyers.
    /////

    Though NM has a GOPer gov…..the state house are Dem controlled.

  49. 113 amk for obama
    October 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  50. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    October 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    • 115 Nena20409
      October 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      But, but, but…..That would be bias, reporting with Context and with content.

      In the Era of Pres Obama…….Reporters are Skittish of the Truth, Facts and Accurate Reporting.

  51. 118 Nena20409
    October 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    This Might be helpful for explaining How the Economy Works for uninformed Americans…..teabaggers……Econ 101.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/22/economy-video-youtube_n_4143298.html#comments


Comments are currently closed.

@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • John Kerry: President Biden wants diplomacy first, not war first
  • Facebook comes under siege from lawmakers and litigants
  • Trump campaign knew voting machine claims were baseless: NYT
  • Sen. McConnell says debt ceiling will be raised by Democrats
  • 'Public safety is a prerequisite to prosperity': NYC mayoral candidate

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 43,103,267 hits

%d bloggers like this: