Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching a TV commercial during Super Bowl 43, Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, in the family theater of the White House on Feb. 1, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)





Brian Beutler: GOP’s Obamacare fiction series: Latest horror story a creation from start to finish

Republicans keep coming up with flimsy Obamacare horror stories, because they created the “victims”

A lot of people have made a lot of relevant points about “Bette” — whose Obamacare “horror story” figured prominently in the official GOP response to the State of the Union address delivered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash: Greg Sargent notes that Bette’s story reflects the GOP’s reluctance to help constituents navigate the law, even if it means making their lives worse; Steve Benen adds that it’s a sad comment on the GOP’s Obamacare “train wreck” narrative that they have such a hard time finding horror stories that stand up to scrutiny.

These are related observations and both very true. But I think I’d take each of them one step further.

For one thing, I don’t think the epidemic of bunk Obamacare horror stories necessarily speaks to the law’s success so much as it reveals the bad-faith nature of Republican opposition — and this very opposition has in turn fed the stream of bogus horror stories that Republicans are systematically promulgating.

More here



In case you missed it – it’s fabulous:


Steve Benen: ‘Approximately 50 total employees’

Last summer, President Obama sat down for a lengthy interview with the New York Times, which noted that congressional Republicans talk about the Keystone XL pipeline “as a big job creator.” The president was incredulous.

“There is no evidence that that’s true,” he said. Obama noted temporary jobs would be created during the construction of the pipeline, but after that, “we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in an economy of 150 million working people.”

Republicans were outraged. PolitiFact labeled the president’s comments “false.” But a new, comprehensive, long-awaited State Department report on the pipeline project suggests Obama’s assessment was pretty accurate.

… Note, the report is an important step in the overall process, but [the] release is an “Environmental Impact Statement,” not the final word on the project. The State Department will continue its investigation, and prepare an additional analysis that weighs Keystone’s environmental, economic, and diplomatic effects.

Full post here



TPM: NJ Editorial Board On Christie: Impeach Or Resign If He Knew

The editorial board for The New Jersey Star-Ledger is calling for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to either step down or be impeached if new accusations are proven true.

The editorial board made the call in an editorial published Friday afternoon shortly after The New York Times reported that the former executive that ran the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York said he had evidence proving that the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge were directed by Christie’s administration.

“Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor,” the editorial began.

More here



Michael Tomasky: Revenge of the Nerd: Wildstein Rats Out the Boss

Remember what Chris Christie said about David Wildstein in his endless Jan. 9 press conference? No? This:

It is true that I met David in 1977 in high school. He’s a year older than me. David and I were not friends in high school. We were not even acquaintances in high school…We didn’t travel in the same circles in high school. You know, I was the class president and athlete. I don’t know what David was doing during that period of time.

I remember hearing those sentences and thinking gee, that’s not very nice–and not very smart. What if Wildstein is sitting on some goods? Is he going to be happy being dismissed as too geeky for Christie to waste his time on back in high school?

Apparently he’s not…..

More here



Steve Benen: Wildstein lawyer: there’s evidence Christie knew

From the outset, much of Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal has evolved around David Wildstein …. known as the governor’s “eyes and ears inside” the Port Authority before his resignation in December.

His last major public appearance came a few weeks ago, when he took the Fifth in response to questions about the controversy by state lawmakers investigating the scandal. It quickly became apparent that Wildstein and his attorney were looking for an immunity deal in which he would have all kinds of interesting things to say, just so long as he knew he wouldn’t be prosecuted.

But what exactly does Wildstein have to offer in exchange for immunity? According to a new letter, quite a bit.

More here



ThinkProgress: The Bone-Chilling, Heart-Wrenching Process Of Counting The Nation’s Homeless

It was 1 a.m., three hours since I’d last felt my toes, and the four of us stood over a man who may have been dead.

“Are you okay under there?” Catherine asked the pile of blankets tucked away in a building alcove on the corner of 23rd and I St. NW in Washington, D.C. It was the type of spot where most pedestrians wouldn’t even know a homeless person was there.

He didn’t move. She asked again. No answer. She repeated a third time. Nothing.

The three of us held our breath, looking to her for some simple explanation why this wasn’t what it seemed. Maybe he was ignoring us. After all, we were uninvited guests to his makeshift home in the middle of the night….

More here



Politicususa: First Lady Michelle Obama Shows Her Love And Admiration For Nancy Pelosi

Michelle Obama made a speech on Friday during the DNCC Women’s Luncheon held in San Francisco at the Fairmont Hotel. Prior to the First Lady speaking, folk legend Joan Baez performed to the delight of the entire audience. But, as is usually the case when she is there, the First Lady rocked the house and warmed the hearts like only she can. In her typically gracious manner, she made sure to give some real props to a true living legend of the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who was also in attendance.

Almost immediately into her speech, Mrs. Obama had this to say about Nancy Pelosi….

More here




On This Day:

President Obama holds his hand on his heart as the National Anthem is played on television in the East Garden Room of the White House prior to Super Bowl game kickoff, Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Feb. 1, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Congressman Mike Doyle and his family celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 27 to 23 victory in Super Bowl XLIII. The Doyles watched the game at the White House as guests of the President, February 1, 2009


President Obama talks with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the preparations for the severe winter weather impacting a large part of the country during a phone call in the Oval Office, Feb. 1, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the future site of a Northgate Market in Inglewood, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres dance during a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” marking the second anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” initiative, in Burbank, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012

President Obama shares a laugh with Pastor Joel Hunter, center, and Joshua DuBois, Director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in the Oval Office, Feb. 1, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

164 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 5 Roberta in Mn
    February 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny Boy and all other who have joined this morning.

  2. February 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good Saturday Morning Chipsticks…TODers!!!

    I hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend. 🙂

  3. February 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good Morning!

    I’m up early watching Steve Kornacki and Melissa Harris Perry on my computer. I tell ya, if Chris Christie goes down, Steve is going to get a Pulitzer or something.

  4. 15 forus50
    February 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks! Thanks for the R&S!! I don’t always watch “This Week in the West Wing” but this one was sooooo cool!! “POTUS on board!”

    Am thoroughly enjoying the takedown of Christie. Man, his whole thing on Sandy – meeting POTUS and the hug, etc. seemed genuine at the time that a Governor does care about his state but now in hindsight when you see he didn’t give Sandy funds based upon true need but to pals for political purposes you really have to wonder. I think he totally did in Romney for purely political reasons — ensuring that there was no chance that Romney would be running as an incumbent in 2016. Nothing else makes sense. LOL, and now they are both out.

    I still can’t stand MHP (what the hell is she quoting a Ted Cruz editorial for?? It isn’t even worth the time to laugh about it). But Steve Kornacki has been doing a bang up journalism job on this story.

  5. February 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow, thanks Chips! I was about to get up and do some work, but now I MUST sit and read this juicy Rise and Shine post. Saved by the blog!

  6. February 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Good morning all. A busy week for them. They are a hard working couple.

  7. 22 GGAIL
    February 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Good West Coast Saturday morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    So much good stories to read I don’t know where to start! (sorry, bad sentence) 🙂

  8. February 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I love seeing clips of FLOTUS (and POTUS) having fun. It always brings a smile to my face. 😀

    I cannot in my lifetime recall a POTUS/FLOTUS who routinely interact with people from all walks of life — from the youngest to the oldest, from the famous to the not so famous, from the wealthiest to those in need. They can sit at a kitchen table with everyday families as well as a banquet table at state dinners. They are so approachable and have the gift of making everyone around them feel comfortable.

    It is also a joy to see the camaraderie and the working relationship between POTUS and VPOTUS. And I cannot recall a FLOTUS and a SLOTUS working together as well as Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden. They are the light of hope that shines in the midst of the darkness that is our government/politics.

  9. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine.

    Happy Black History Month, America. Wooohooooo! Go follow this astounding and amazing hashtag and learn some fabulous history —-> #BlackFemStory

  10. February 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    This is how excited I am about all the developments involving Chris Christie:

    • 33 forus50
      February 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

      lol. Perfectly illustrated happiness.

      • 34 vcprezofan2
        February 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        George’d be a good dog for me to have – I wouldn’t have to take him outside for a walk to get his daily exercise; I’d simply find a TV tennis game in which he could participate. 😀

  11. 35 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Wonderful hashtag.

  12. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 10:52 am

  13. 46 yardarm756
    February 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Something To Think About!

    Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest:

    Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in
    your private account for your use. However, this prize had rules,
    just as any game has certain rules.

    The first set of rules would be:

    Everything that you didn’t spend during each day
    would be taken away from you.

    You may not simply transfer money into some other
    You may only spend it.

    Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your
    account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

    The second set of rules:

    The bank can end the game without warning; at any
    time it can say, It’s over, the game is over! It can close the
    account and you will not receive a new one.

    What would you personally do?
    You would buy anything and everything you wanted,

    Not only for yourself, but for all the people you
    love, right?
    Even for people you don’t know, because you
    couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
    You would try to spend every cent, and use it all,


    Each of us is in possession of such a magical
    We just can’t seem to see it.


    Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds
    as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is
    NOT credited to us.

    What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.
    Yesterday is forever gone.

    Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank
    can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.

    SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
    Aren’t they worth so much more than the same
    amount in dollars?

    Think about that, and always think of this:

    Enjoy every second of your life, because time races
    by so much quicker than you think.

    So take care of yourself, and enjoy life!

    Here’s wishing you a wonderfully beautiful day!!!

  14. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      NW, these stories are so inspiring. It would be great to feature them once a day throughout the month. Thank how much smarter we would be when March comes!

  15. 53 MightyPamela
    February 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hey y’all!

  16. 56 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Focus, Focus, Focus (Bridgegate is not about bully Christie alone).

    Financial transparency must be included as a part of 2014 platform:

    My conclusion as political strategy novice: Christie’ woes can be the narrative on which to run many political cockroaches out of government – this similar pattern exists & especially in the red states where power has been in a few hands for a long time)

    Proposal: How Christie’s troubles can be used to play a crucial role in 2014 and in changing politics in DC and around the nation (by re-orienting voters to focus on politicians’ integrity & why they elect them)

    Problem: gop rhetoric always emphasizes HOW MUCH they hate gov’t;

    Reality: all across the nation, gop uses government resources to reward donors – through huge corporate taxes & privatization on community resources;


    (1) Democrats need to get this Christie story & nationalize it with the theme that – gop is always using their power to abuse those who did not support them & reward their friends in business with funds that are collected from people;

    (2) Democrats : need to link the lack of funds for schools, social safety-net, infrastructure etc to the problem of allocation of the collected taxes. taxes are collected, who does not pay and where do the collected taxes go to leave schools and vital services unfunded;

    (3) Democrats pledging financial transparency at ALL levels would enable them to clean their own ranks and to restore people’s trust in election officials who are held in such disgustingly low regard;

    (4) Democrats pledging financial transparency will enable them to get at:

    (a) corporations that dodge taxes

    (b) reduction of waste and abuse and hence attract moderates who worry about deficits

    (c) cleverly introduce campaign finance reform by breaking the link between huge political donors who expect huge returns to their investment in form of corporate give away

    Bottom-line: Democrats need to act fast & use chrsitie’s woes as template to restore people’s trust in their government and do some house cleaning

    • 57 globalcitizenlinda
      February 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Democratic politicians can also pledge that for large sums of money that they need to give to specific sectors, they will always seek the input of voters by holding public forums/votes before approval and encouraging open criticism from the people;

      if the proposed investment is good for the voters, then pledge to demonstrate it to them BEFORE allocating their taxes/resources to it

      • February 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm


        I agree with all you have said…but sadly DEMS do the same….

        On the issue of transparency…the NJ legislature…unanimously passed a law to help ensure that the Sandy Relief funds were not mishandled…it appears that the Christie administration did not follow the law…the law was to be implemented immediately…my question:…why didn’t lawmakers make sure that the law was implemented…where was the oversight to ensure that happened… the law that was passed in May/2013 is only now being implemented…where were the lawmakers all this time….(and I think that it is only being implemented because of all the recent fallout…

        and where were the citizen groups on this…

        Look at the recent farm bill….while decrying that the poor do not deserve to eat….this same Congress lined their pockets with farm subsidies…in addition…these same legislators stripped from the bill…the clause calling for transparency…

        it is a heavy lift for We The People…to regain control of our democracy…but PBO has shown us the way…Organize…Organize…Organize….

        YES WE CAN!

        • 59 globalcitizenlinda
          February 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

          yes you are right – Dems also do it; I have mentioned here a couple of times that Christie’s mess has the collusion of prominent Dems and that in the end he will not go down alone but will take a number with him.

          but with the politician who can recognize the value of financial transparency and includes first in their election-reelection platform will reap huge benefits;

          if the new crop of Dems who are trying to unseat Reps in the swing districts could collectively adapt this as a priority issue

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Global, this is a great idea, even if only a few Dem candidates follow it. People are sick of being denied basic needs because the rich want more breaks. And they do want to know where their taxes and federal dollars are going. It’s past time for Dems to be aggressive about promoting good government and democratic principles and may have the added bonus of keeping Dems themselves honest.

  17. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 11:33 am


  18. 62 mtmarilyn
    February 1, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Good morning all fellow TODbots from snowy Montana, finally. What an inspiring R&S, then all those wonderful tweets that NW has shared. It is truly humbling what all these beautiful women have done. In spite of all that they encountered they persevered.

    Also Donna dem 4 Obama posted this on the previous thread and I think it needs to be featured.

    In honor of Black History Month I’ll be doing a “Did You Know” Series for February

    Did You Know…

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on friend Maya Angelou’s birthday, on April 5, 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for years afterward, and sent flowers to King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, for more than 30 years, until Coretta’s death in 2006.

    I so appreciate all that is brought here for us to learn.

    Have a great day everyone.

  19. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 11:45 am

  20. 64 dotster3
    February 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I really wish President Obama “could” put a halt to the obligatory attendance of U.S. presidents at the National Prayer Breakfast. No president belongs there. In fact, no government official belongs there. It’s creepy. It is organized by The Fellowship Foundation, “The Family”, an ultra conservative, evangelical Christian organization which is intolerant, secretive, has done much damage to people and countries around the world. They are responsible for all the idiotic ugliness in Uganda currently, condom burnings and law proposals of death penalty for gays. Etc. etc. etc. Their goals are to make world governments Christian theocracies, they work against the concept of separation of church and state. And last year’s key speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, was denigrating of President Obama, tried to embarrass him, calling Obamacare worse than slavery—-and other off the charts insanities. It’s time to wrap this annual pilgrimage up—-stop this religious nonsense now.

    • 65 forus50
      February 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      I agree. We have gotten way off track in the last 20 years with almost no separation of church and state anymore. It’s dangerous as any country that doesn’t have that separation is ruled by the majority religious organization, either publicly or behind the curtains. Unfortunately POTUS has to prove his “Christian values” for these assholes. If Hillary Clinton were to get elected in 2016 she would get a TOTAL pass on it –as she did in the primaries in “08 and as her husband did when he was president. So that might be a positive of her getting elected as she doesn’t appear to be the slightest bit religious. Maybe she woulld get a backbone about it and actually enforce some separation.

      • 66 theo67
        February 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm

        Actually, Hillary is quite religious. She spoke at a prayer breakfast a while back, and mentioned that she participated in the prayer groups quite regularly when she was senator. It’s what got her through her hard times. I don’t have a problem with the prayer thing – each President should be able to worship just as anyone else. I have a problem with the obligatory part of it all. I wonder if these religious politicians would be just as open with a Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim prayer breakfast.

      • February 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        HRC was a member of The Fellowship all the years she was in DC.

        • 68 HZ
          February 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

          Indeed, meta. The book: The Family, by Jeff Sharlet has a section on Bill and HRC amongst others we are familiar with in politics.

          Knowing POB and FLOTUS, their personal faith walks louder than it speaks, and I love that about them. I admire our president totally because he personally respects all faiths and has shown it by accepting all faiths while he has been our president. His beliefs are pure and his politics do not allow him to get wrapped up in the mess that others have demonized their so call Evangelical faith system which causes so many to really hate these hypocrites. Believe me, I do understand your point dotster.

          I think he can attend as president and represent us as president and still maintain his personal, very personal faith status humbly and boldly that is private in his space. I just continue to pray for him, FLOTUS, VPBiden and Dr. Biden and the entire Administration.

          President Obama will not abuse his faith or shame a nation by being a self-serving fanatic. (IMHO). But believe. Trust him. HZ

  21. 69 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Who needs the GOP when some “Liberals” are busy manufacturing reasons to be riled up against the President. At a time when we have an important midterm election coming up, and the President has laid out and begun to implement his renewed vision to help ordinary Americans, we have a bunch of gripers trying to distract (as usual) with Keystone pipeline crap. The Keystone pipeline, whether or not it’s approved is no where as important as many of the other issues facing this country. And of course, the media sees this as a wonderful opportunity to demoralize Dem voters for the midterm, and will make this a bigger issue than it is. In the next few months, watch the media try to make this THE central theme of the midterms. The ACA is no longer a vulnerable issue, and all the other “scandals” that they tried to dredge up in the last year have pretty much fizzled out.

    So just like DADT was supposed to be the defining moment of PBO’s legacy at one time, now it’s the Keystone pipeline….

    • 70 Layla
      February 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

      I say let them blah blah…PBO will inform the American people on this matter in due time. I will not set my hair on fire.

  22. 71 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 11:54 am


  23. 72 forus50
    February 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Please retweet and if you have time send your own tweet to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell with #ChangeTheMascot hashtag. It would be great to have it on Twitter trending as a public shaming of him during the Super Bowl.

    • February 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Oh, oh…this is where Senator Cory Booker comes in. No wonder his utter silence!

      • 76 forus50
        February 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        Yup. from the artilcle: “… Booker’s Senate campaign office in New Brunswick was on the ground floor of 120 Albany Street, another Boraie building. Representatives for his campaign and Senate office never responded to questions bout how much, if any, rent was paid for the office.”

    • 77 99ts
      February 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      The building is currently under construction – who knows when it might be finished but

      “Anthony Marchetta, the head of NJ’s Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, told NBC that the building deserved the funds because 48 of the 238 apartments will be affordable and advertised to Sandy victims. ”

      How many years do these Sandy victims have to wait for such an apartment? Starting to sound more and more like Katrina.

  24. 78 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It is tonight at 8Pm ET. 🙂

  25. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    someone needs to remind the people who have “already decided” that they know how PBO is going to decide on the Keystone Pipeline this inconvenient truth:

    before SoS Kerry took over the State Department, he was the Dem’s point person on the environment & helped to write the environment bill that was filibustered in the senate.

    it would therefore be important to remember that given his past environmental record, SoS Kerry will give his best advise to PBO

    • 82 dotster3
      February 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      I have my fingers crossed. I cannot believe that PBO would approve this pipeline. In addition to all the resultant, potential environmental disasters, affecting plants, water sources, wildlife, it is also estimated that it would be a $100 billion profit for the detestable Koch Bros. They are heavily invested in all aspects—-Canada land and energy—–and have donated $50 million to think tanks and congress people to push the pipeline. I would also like to know who in any govt. position/congress might also profit—–whose stock portfolio stands to get a big jolt.

  26. 83 Jovie
    February 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Sometimes I watch the news and the evidence that comes out in Christie is compelling.
    Then, they have in certain individuals who Then end up sticking up for Christie, evidence be damned.
    You gotta wonder, just how string was Christie to control people like this? And the media too??

    • 84 99ts
      February 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      We are learning Jovie – what those still supporting Christie have yet to understand – the floodgates are currently being pushed – they are going to open to a massive flood

  27. 85 dotster3
    February 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    • 86 hopefruit2
      February 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Chernynkaya needs to relax. She’s singularly focused on that pipeline and that is unhealthy as it unproductive. Doesn’t she think that Kerry and PBO know whatever they need to know before making decisions? And what if they DO approve the pipeline?

      Given this President’s history of decision-making over the last five years, and given his stated and demonstrated concern for environmental safety and population health, I think it’s safe to say that he is making an INFORMED decision – whichever way he turns. Until I’m ready to run for office, get elected and do things “my way or the high way” I voted for this man twice – not to lecture him and project my unmet emotional needs on him, but to do the things I believe will help move this country forward. So far, he has demonstrated that he has the best interests of the voters – and within the current economic, social and political constraints faced by ANY President, he will take the path with the BEST outcome for the majority of the people that can be had at a given time.

      • 87 nathkatun7
        February 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        “Given this President’s history of decision-making over the last five years, and given his stated and demonstrated concern for environmental safety and population health, I think it’s safe to say that he is making an INFORMED decision – whichever way he turns.”

        Hopefruit2, I agree with you 100%!

        • 88 HZ
          February 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

          Nath, you just made me shout. You picked up the same part of HF’s comment that sent chills through me. Hopefruit’s entire comment is like, “Is HF inside my mind and soul?” Lord have mercy, we have a TOD family that is so amazing here. I love you all so much. We know our president so deeply that it is so refreshing to live through his presidency with all of you here.

          Trust me, President Barack Obama is not a perfect man, but he does think of all of the people he represents in this country. His wisdom goes a very long way, trust this. Thanks Hopefruit for you words. (((((((((( TY, Hopefruit.))))))))HZ

      • 89 vcprezofan2
        February 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

        ‘And what if they DO approve the pipeline? ….I think it’s safe to say that he is making an INFORMED decision – whichever way he turns.”

        Where do I sign on this one, Hopefruit? I started choosing little bits to quote before realizing I could comfortably put my signature on the entire thing, as this is truly how I feel.

  28. 90 Layla
    February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I am presuming Christie will be at the game..

    • 91 JER
      February 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be attending the Super Bowl tomorrow — paying for his own $2,000 ticket with campaign funds, the Associated Press reported. … Christie will be watching the game with his family, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other guests, according to a report from The Record. They will be in the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s luxury box. … New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week he will not attend the game, partly because of the high price of the tickets. Instead, he said he will watch the game at home with his teenage son. …

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Recently saw some footage of Christie, walking into some gathering, where it appeared he had about four civilian guards walking him through the crowd. Not sure how old the footage was or even where they were. But it almost looked like he had some “pretend” Secret Service guys escorting him through … maybe they were part of the NJ State Police, which I think would be his protectors as governor, but it looked way, way overdone … like he thought he had “enemies” on every side.

      And, turns out, maybe does!

      • 93 99ts
        February 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm

        Seems to be 🙂 – I know I shouldn’t – but the first thought – he is not a small target – probably needs the four.

  29. 95 dotster3
    February 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  30. 96 Don
    February 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Maybe I should be more concerned about PBO’s decision about the Keystone Pipeline; I know some will use it to reinforce their notions about PBO good or bad. I can live with whatever decision he makes because it will be made after deep deliberations, and isn’t that what we hired him to do? We hired him to make the tough decisions.

    • 97 Layla
      February 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      You are exactly right Don! PBO will make the correct decision and will explain it to the American people. All this superficial talk means nothing!!!!!

    • 98 theo67
      February 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      I’m with you, Don. He hasn’t let down future generations yet – and I don’t expect him to do so.

    • 100 Nena20409
      February 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Good Afternoon TOD.

      Could Not Agree With YOU More, sir, Don.

      Whenever I see tweets or comments or hear people speak and Claim to be supporters of pres Obama, but are the VERY Top Firsts to spout how disappointed they are or how if POTUS did this or that they are done with him or his presidency is Over or his Legacy would be destroyed…..Blah, Blah, Blah……I go what the Eff?

      Who are you people and Who died and Made You all Judge, Jury and Prosecutor of the 44th pres of the US?

      Conditional support of this president has Got to STOP. Those doing it are Not supporters, but those who wish to have a Puppeteer presidency that they wish prejudicial micromanage control. Pres Obama is president. Once the decisions are made……Like it or not, Move on and stop with the endless Negativity and the constant Lecturing of pres Obama.

      • 101 hopefruit2
        February 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Well-said Nena. All this lecturing and issuing of ultimatums does not represent “support” to me. These same individuals do not spend time lecturing or issuing ultimatums Hilary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Sanders, etc – with all their imperfections, but always imply that their “support” of PBO entitles them to lecture him as if he were a clueless 5-year old.

        • 102 Nena20409
          February 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

          POTUS won 70M votes in 2008 and in 2012 65.9M Voters respectively, the Largest number of Votes for any POTUS in our 237 plus years. Enough is all I am saying.

          Thanks HF2. The POTUS earned the Trust and Respect as our beloved Doc Bobfr says 24/7 😉

    • 103 JER
      February 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      I trust President Obama and the decision he makes.

    • 104 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I’m totally with you on this, Don, and I thank you for expressing what I (and others, of course) pretty much have felt since day one of PBO’s presidency. I don’t remember any disappointments, either.

    • 105 Vicki
      February 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, Don. And Yes.
      Did I mention Yes, Don?
      Oh and yes Don, you have Nailed it.

    • 106 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Well said, Don.

  31. 107 Dudette
    February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Good Saturday Afternoon TODaroonies! 🙂

  32. 112 LDS
    February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Good morning TOD!
    Trying to catch up before I go out for the day. So many people in NY for the Super Bowl.
    I just want to express how great it is to see Christi’s lying face on all the NY papers. Being that the Super Bowl is in NJ,this guy would have made it his own personal triumph with his Dems friends(yes, Corey Booker, talking to you) as trophies kissing his arse in the best seats in the house.

    Talk about timing! I am so glad this happened. He did not get a chance to respond to The SOTU speech nor will he get a chance to parade around as if he was a large version of Napoleon. It is a such a joy to know that he cannot upstage the Super Bowl and give the GOP ammunition to hate and refuse to work with our president. He gave them notice that he is not playing games with them any longer.

    Loud, obnoxious Christi being quiet is truly a blessing this weekend
    Wonder where is Corey Booker is hiding out?

  33. 113 Ladyhawke
    February 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Barack Obama: Climate Realist

    By Bill Scher


    Obama and Moniz are approaching the matter as climate realists: There’s a lot of natural gas out there. Most of it is on private land and not regulated by the federal government, so it’s going to get tapped. It’s helping us cut carbon without causing energy price shocks. Let’s maximize it for our short-term advantage while trying to solve the potential long-term problems.
    McKibben and the Sierra Club are approaching the matter as climate purists. Let’s not take any chances and keep every bit of greenhouse gas pollution as possible in the ground.


    Read more here ……


  34. 114 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Pete Souza is AWESOME.

  35. 115 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  36. 123 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  37. 125 Jeff
    February 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I have to call out all of our social media on the keystone pipeline. They’ve been painting this as all of President Obama’s fault and Chris the dipshit Hayes has tried to accuse Obama of being addicted to oil. The audacity of Hayes and his dipshit ilk is that if this were true Obama would have approved the pipeline faster than you could blink. He did no such thing and thus it’s even more ironic that they throw in an ad at MSNBC that is pro-fracking and pro-pipeline. Interesting enough, this proves in my mind that Hayes is a complete and utter fraud.

  38. 130 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Awwwwww…….he is truly a wonderful human being.

  39. 131 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

  40. 134 Nena20409
    February 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Later TODable TODs 😉

  41. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I’m just posting this, to remind me of that thing they call “the Sun”!

  42. 140 anniebella
    February 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Who’s going to win the Super Bowl? Any opinions.

    • 141 Jeff
      February 1, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      The Seahawks. I’m biased though cause I live in Seattle.

      • 142 mtmarilyn
        February 1, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        I think it’s going to be a close game but I am hoping the Broncos win out. We use to live in Boulder and attended some games. Still like Elway even though he is a RWNJ. When it comes to football he knows what he is doing.

      • 143 anniebella
        February 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        I’m from North Carolina and I think I will pull for the Seahawks.

  43. 144 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    • 145 Don
      February 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      What is this Super Bowl you speak of, and do you think a certain someone in New Jersey will be thinking about the Super bowl?

  44. 146 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Heading off to stimulate my entire human brain. Later, Obamabots!

  45. February 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Some of you know my passion regarding the benefits of bamboo and the important science that has enabled propagation of numerous species of bamboo. Just noticed this twitter account and suggest all of you consider following it:

    Yes We Can

    • 148 Layla
      February 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      I love this Bob! When we lived in Florida we made a complete huge (around the backyard)fence out of bamboo. It took no time to grow! Loved it!

    • 149 Lynn
      February 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      It is invasive Bob, but, like hemp, has been supporting civilization for thousands of years.

  46. 150 Don
    February 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Poor Corey Booker, his first time on the world stage and he spit the bit by joining some ragtag group of Senators hell bent on doing Netanyahu’s dirty work, only to get told to go to the chalk board and write “I will never cross President Obama again” one hundred times.

  47. 155 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm


    • 156 forus50
      February 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hey NW, ok I’m dumb — I’m not understanding how this picture was taken! Is the finger pointing a framed picture or a mirror? I’m not understanding why that would be a framed picture….

  48. February 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    As mtmarilyn said about Elway, Peyton is right-wing but that will not stop me from supporting him, pulling for his team and most definitely respecting his football knowledge and dedication. So, go Broncos.

  49. 162 hopefruit2
    February 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    That was exactly my take on this year’s SOTU! 🙂

  50. 163 criquet
    February 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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