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@petesouza: Pres Obama at Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn yesterday

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  1. 1 Obama Grandmama
    October 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm


    • 7 Dudette
      October 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      You again! Can’t keep a sistah down or out, can we? 🙂

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        October 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        Especially a sistah who ignores her ‘chores’ to hang out online. (What doesn’t get done today, will get done ….when I feel like it.’ 😉

  2. 13 Obama Grandmama
    October 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Just came on starting at the top instead of trying to catch up!

  3. October 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Well look at that – a 3 way tie!! 🙂 Congrats to all and to OG for making it through the door 1st. Kind of you to hold it open for her, VC 🙂

    Happy Birthday, df!!!

  4. October 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    The President’s weekly address is one of the best he’s done. Hope all of you spread it far and wide!!

    Yes We Can

  5. 20 Obama Grandmama
    October 26, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Not knowing the previous conversations puts me at a loss. Just skyped with my daughter who is living in Germany. So glad I can see her and talk to her regularly.

  6. 22 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Make the Coup Happen

    by BooMan


    And, guess what? The GOP is coming to the end of the line with being able to spin the sequester as a workable solution to our budget problems. The military’s service chiefs have already testified before Congress, and no one can deny that next year’s scheduled sequester cuts are too quick and too steep to be politically viable. I’m all for massive cuts in defense, but only as part of a coherent and well-planned strategy that is consistent with the strategic guidance laid out by the administration. And it’s not just defense; it’s everything. No Republican House majority can pass a transportation bill or a farm bill. If the farm bill doesn’t get done, we could be looking a $12 gallons of milk next year.

    So, the reality is, that the House Republican majority doesn’t really exist. It’s a mirage. They can’t keep going the way they have been going. Their cohesiveness will not hold because it cannot hold. There are things that absolutely have to be done that the House majority in incapable of doing.

    And those things will get done. All I ask is that the House moderates and the House appropriators come to their senses sooner rather than later and realize that, unless and until one of their own rank-and-file steps up to fill the void, the only viable leader in the House is Nancy Pelosi.



    • 23 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Tom Cole said yesterday that REVENUE is on the table. I don’t trust them. But Time will tell as to how serious these bat poops are….the TBGOPers…..

      • 24 LunarSea
        October 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

        If he’s GOP, he’s lying.

      • October 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Cole knows the GOP has to make a deal and the only thing that will pass the Senate and get PBO’s signature has to be Dem friendly. Yesterday was an opening salvo. The sequester is bad but the dirty little secret is it has the potential to wreck havoc on red states via those Defense cuts. I expect a lot of people are going to move off the ideological log to get a deal.

        • 26 Lovepolitics2008
          October 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

          That was the rationale for the sequester. President Obama said that the cuts were so harsh it would force people to make a deal. It looks as if it’s going to come true but only in the second year. The first year of sequester cuts wasn’t harsh enough for them apparently.

      • 27 57andfemale
        October 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        Revenue in exchange for entitlements. I keep seeing this tpm headline that does NOT tell the story and Cole getting credit as if gop was getting reasonable. Cole said closing of loopholes, no tax rate increases and all in exchange for ‘entitlement changes ‘. This is b.s. and yet the left is perfectly happy to give him credit as if he said he was ready to raise taxes to 50% on the rich. Lets not spread this crap at tod

        • October 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

          Well said, 57. The amount of covering up for Republicans is truly sickening. The media is desperate to raise Republican poll numbers; they are very, very uncomfortable when the Democrats are on the rise. The order has gone out to bring the R’s up and the D’s down and they are slavishly dedicating themselves to that task.

          • 29 57andfemale
            October 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

            What infuriates me is that even WE fall into it sometimes, and this is a perfect example. TPM had a misleading headline and within hours it became truth, even here at TOD.

            Let’s be clear: Cole wants to cut SS and Medicare, and he’s willing to close a few (I assume meaningless) loopholes to do it. He has ruled out tax increases, increases on the caps. Let’s also be aware that from the minute GOP backed away from (officially) destroying ACA, they began lumping it in with ‘entitlements’.

            I HATE when we get played. We have to be vigilant and we have to suck the air out of any and all of their nefarious efforts. I posted the truth of Cole’s proposals no less than three times in the last two days, and it prevails.

  7. 30 GGail
    October 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Congratulations to the three winners!!!

    Good West Coast morning to Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Glad to see that DF is enjoying her birthday today 🙂

  8. 41 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The Birth of Crisis Journalism™ – A Rant!

    By Extreme Liberal


    Prior to the “glitch” story, the media was clinging to the idiotic idea that President Obama should negotiate with Republicans who were holding a gun to the head of our economy, demanding the defunding of a law that took 18 months to pass through the legislative process, was signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in exchange for the Congress doing their jobs. The media acted like complete morons repeating the Republican talking point of “he won’t even sit down with us and talk”, as if that is what you do when one party completely circumvents the legislative process and acts like a 4-year-old kicking and screaming on the floor.

    Going back a little further, the media was freaking out about Syria and the “red line”, once again repeating the Republican talking points verbatim, as if Frank Luntz was behind them pulling their fucking puppet strings and lip syncing his focus group tested phrases. President Obama didn’t invent our position on Syria’s chemical weapons. The treaty that we are enforcing was signed by President Nixon in 1972 and can be found here. But the media wanted to pin it all on President Obama because the brain-dead GOP plucked the “red line” phrase out of a speech and proceeded to bastardize the context and history of the international treaty against the use of chemical weapons.


    Read the full post here …..


  9. 43 Obama Grandmama
    October 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I know that I have been first on a post at least one other time in my support of PBO from before he was elected. It may have been with the OFA site though as I started out there until it was so invaded by trolls it affected my mood. I am so glad for this site.

  10. 45 Linda
    October 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Teabaggers in the wild.

  11. 46 Nena20409
    October 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Congratulations to the TOD sprinters who earned the Gold today.

    Hello Ladies, Take a deserved bow. Congrats 😎

  12. 47 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Bad week for NC GOP on race relations

    Rachel Maddow reviews a string of racist comments and antagonistic actions by North Carolina Republicans while the GOP is trying to expand minority outreach.


  13. 48 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the heads up anniebella!

  14. 49 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sorry this is the tweet of the article that anniebella mention back one thread. Excuse my gitchiness! 🙂

    • October 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I managed to not only post duplicate tweets of my own downthread, but copied you as well.

      LOL. Also made me laugh that you RT’d my tweet with the same link (but understandable, since it’s got such a great photo of FLOTUS.

  15. 51 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  16. 52 hopefruit2
    October 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  17. 55 yesteryum
    October 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, desertflower. You share the same birthday as one of my darling fur babies.

  18. October 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Morning Obots! (The preceding exclamation point put there out of habit than as an indication of how I feel.)

    Having a spot of breakfast before I head back to bed. Last night was pretty much horrendous. Feel a bit better now.

    • 59 Dudette
      October 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Hi LL! Keep hydrating and medicating! Hope you feel much better soon. Looking forward to your next essay.

  19. 60 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm


    Yellen ‘most qualified,’ Rand Paul heedless

    Rachel Maddow explains why Janet Yellen may be the most qualified Fed chair nominee in history, so of course Rand Paul plans to block her confirmation.


  20. October 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Things move along so quickly here at TOD, but anniebella mentioned at the end of the last thread an article where Michelle Obama still has POTUS’s back. Nena provided a link; when I looked for the article came across this picture of FLOTUS, so tweeted out the article (photo from another article):

  21. October 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hmm… did my Michelle Obama tweet post twice? Sorry about that. BT if it doesn’t mess up the thread, please delete duplicate tweet.

    Loving the backlash against RWNJs going on now:

  22. October 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  23. 66 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Great picture up top! Love seeing the Secret Service Agents on the job.

  24. 67 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I feel the need to lighten my wallet!

  25. 72 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Is it just me?

    • 73 Vicki
      October 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Not just you, Dudette.

      Thank you Dudette for turning our outrage about Rob Brown into that powerful tweet. The blatant disrespect with the underlying negative assumptions are unbearable, no other word. unbearable—-has to stop.

      On another note I wonder if you and Liberal Librarian are Treme fans. I find the history and politics to be accurate but it is the music that really sets it apart from any other show. I’d be interested to hear your opinion about this show if you have been watching it.

      • 74 Dudette
        October 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Thanks Vicki!

        I’m sad to say that I’ve never watched Treme. I think that’s the next DVD set I’ll get once I get through Downtown Abbey. 🙂

  26. 75 Jovie
    October 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • October 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks Jovie.

      These stats are remarkable – and make it clear that the numbers reflect “households” not just individuals, a crucial distinction in the actual number of persons who will be insured. Do notice the response times, as well!!

      “How Many People Has It Helped?

      As of yesterday, nearly 700,000 Americans had completed an application through the Marketplaces – more than half of them through the federal Marketplace. This does not count applications directly to Medicaid and CHIP agencies that also can use the Hub.

      A few more stats of note:

      State-based Marketplaces and the Federal Marketplace are getting real time and accurate eligibility determinations from the Data Services Hub in less than 1.2 seconds.
      The Social Security Administration has reported 4.2 million transactions involving individuals or households who have elected to establish an account. The current overall verification rate for Social Security numbers is 96%. With respect to those we’re unable to verify, consumers are notified online with instructions for resolving their verification issues. The highest numbers of transactions continues to involve individuals and households in the following states: Pennsylvania (323,000), New York (310,000), California (290,000), West Virginia (240,000), and Washington (135,000).
      The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has received and responded to more than 1.3 million requests for historical household income and family size tax data from the hub. The number of requests received does not reflect the number of people about whom the requests were made (i.e., a single request can involve everyone in a household). Thus, the number of individuals about whom the requests were made could be higher than 1.3 million. The IRS has provided data responses electronically via the hub in “near-real” time (average actual response time is 0.37 seconds).
      The IRS also offers an advance premium tax credit computation service, which is optional for state Marketplaces. If a Marketplace chooses to use the IRS service, it sends a few data points, without identifying the applicant, and the IRS provides a math result in response. More than 330,000 requests have been received for the computation service with an average actual response time of 0.21 seconds. “

  27. 80 Anna
    October 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Another West Coaster checking in, late, we were doing our joint project of putting the beef stew together, in the slow cooker, hard part is now waiting for it to be ready. Chips, late on congratulating you on the new family member, looks like a bundle of love. Have a question, how do all those Republicans stand up and say ACA is a failure, to lie so blatantly with a straight face? Disgusting I tell you, just disgusting the whole lot of them.

  28. 81 Dudette
    October 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    • 82 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      They are so sanctimonious about the NSA and their “Spying” capabilities, right? So Why do they want to know? What business is it of theirs, other than to harass her and make her life another part of their wicked twisted hating games?

    • 83 GGail
      October 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      So very true Dudette

  29. 84 Nena20409
    October 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm


    Reuters) – The United States may have bugged Angela Merkel’s phone for more than 10 years, according to a news report on Saturday that also said President Barack Obama told the German leader he would have stopped it happening had he known about it.

    Germany’s outrage over reports of bugging of Merkel’s phone by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) prompted it to summon the U.S. ambassador this week for the first time in living memory, an unprecedented post-war diplomatic rift.

    • 85 Lovepolitics2008
      October 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I’m beginning to entertain the thought that the NSA has been out of control for years. That they lie, at least by omission, to the president of the United States. And to Congress.

      How, really, can elected officials know what’s really going on at the NSA ? Or at the CIA for that matter. There are entrenched cultures of secrecy over there.

      The more I think of it, the more I wished Snowden had sent directly all those leaks to the President himself, and to some responsible people in Congress. And wait to see if there would be some action.

      There is no way I’m going to believe that President Obama was aware of the abuses and didn’t do anything. I bet he’s getting more and more concerned himself that he isn’t able to control the intelligence agencies.

      What makes me SO furious is that President Obama is paying the price, AGAIN, for the mess created by others.

      • 86 hopefruit2
        October 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        The NSA is NOT the problem here. And if you think that the likes of Snowden et al are truly concerned about the NSA or spying, I have a bridge to sell you.

        • 87 Claire
          October 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

          Agreed, Hopefruit, this is all BS, no one has seen any documentation, it’s all stories reported without evidence.

        • October 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

          Appalling that MSM don’t mention that the “leaks” are from 2006.

          Articles tweeted by MSM do mention 2006, but on CBS radio news, not a peep.

          Airwave MSM supposedly bend over backwards to make sure we know “both sides do it,” but fail to mention that these Snowdenwald documents were written BEFORE Barack Obama was a US Senator.

          The worst MSM since the yellow journalism of 100 years ago.

          • October 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

            They mentioned it in the 10 paragraph article I read, Arapaho…in the 9th paragraph. Most people read the headline and a few lines, maybe.

            • October 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

              I think it’s unconscionable for the radio to NOT MENTION 2006 once in their reporting.

              Lots of people only get their news via radio in Los Angeles car-centric world.

              Assigning blame to this Administration for 2006 documents is beyond the pale, and certainly not informative.

              • October 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

                The entire story about the NSA is beyond the pale. Afterall, NSA surveillance was “Breaking News” in 2003 and became an all-out obsession in 2005. One has no where to go for a complete and competent story anymore.

    • 92 Claire
      October 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Most of these reports are based on word of mouth since no one has seen any documentation. She became chancellor in 2005, why would her phone be bugged for 10 years?

      • 93 globalcitizenlinda
        October 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        oh thanks for picking up on that blatant discrepancy on the time frame – if u don’t mind, someone needs to let Reuters know this doesn’t add up

  30. 94 Nena20409
    October 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm
    • 95 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I have a Love 😉 Hate 😦 fascination of the Empire State Building. I saw the King Kong Movie when I was about 10 yrs old. I have not seen it again ever since…..the movie that is. I have seen the Empire State Building at least 3X in NY…….but never had the courage to take the trip to the top.

  31. 100 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    What a wonderful world! (Something to make you smile)

  32. 102 Jovie
    October 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  33. 104 MightyPamela
    October 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Lunchtime check in! How’s the party going DF? Champagne flowing yet/already!?! 🙂

  34. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    • 106 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      there are a few interesting responses to this tweet but this stood out for me – people can be selfish

      • October 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        Unbelievable, global. Some people can see nothing beyond themselves. Marie Antoinette was condemned for these kinds of statements. Today Marie Antoinette would be the norm in gated communities.

        • 108 globalcitizenlinda
          October 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          I could not believe my eyes – even if I thought that (which would never happen) I would not say it

  35. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    okay, this I think is a great summary of the hysteria around ObamaCare

  36. 110 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Assad’s War of Starvation
    The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.
    BY JOHN F. KERRY | OCTOBER 25, 2013

    Just days ago in London, I listened with sadness and shock as Ahmad Jarba and leaders of the moderate Syrian opposition described how ordinary Syrians with no links to the civil war are forced to eat stray dogs and cats to survive a campaign of deprivation waged by the Assad regime.

    The world already knows that Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, indiscriminate bombing, arbitrary detentions, rape, and torture against his own citizens. What is far less well known, and equally intolerable, is the systematic denial of medical assistance, food supplies, and other humanitarian aid to huge portions of the population. This denial of the most basic human rights must end before the war’s death toll — now surpassing 100,000 — reaches even more catastrophic levels.


  37. 114 susanne
    October 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    check out the graph of americans’ life expectancy since 1880. nearly continuous increase, but a notable leap after medicare and medicaid instituted in 1965. same thing will happen with obamacare, and long after any 3-week glitches are forgotten, our great grandchildren will see the graph showing the obamacare leap and remember this president.


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