Rise and Shine

Senator Barack Obama announces his bid for the Presidency, Springfield, Feb 10, 2007 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern):

1:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:50: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

3:15: The President and President Hollande depart Joint Base Andrews

3:55: Arrive Charlottesville Airport

4:30: Tour Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

5:15: The President and President Hollande deliver remarks

6:05: Depart Charlottesville

6:55: Arrive Joint Base Andrews

7:20: The President arrives the White House


Tuesday: The President and First Lady will officially welcome President Hollande with an arrival ceremony, after which the Presidents will have a bilateral meeting and press conference. That evening, the President and First Lady will host a State Dinner for President Hollande.

Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will deliver remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Following the conference the President will depart for Rancho Mirage, California, for a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate.


Seven Years Ago Today:


Text of the speech here



NYT: Obama Formally Enters Presidential Race

Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, standing before the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln began his political career, announced his candidacy for the White House on Saturday by presenting himself as an agent of generational change who could transform a government hobbled by cynicism, petty corruption and “a smallness of our politics.”

…. It was the latest step in a journey rich with historic possibilities and symbolism. Thousands of people packed the town square to witness it, shivering in the single-digit frostiness until Mr. Obama appeared, trailed by his wife, Michelle, and two young daughters….

…. The formal entry to the race framed a challenge that would seem daunting to even the most talented politician: whether Mr. Obama, with all his strengths and limitations, can win in a field dominated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who brings years of experience in presidential politics, a command of policy and political history, and an extraordinarily battle-tested network of fund-raisers and advisers.

…. “If a campaign is premised on personality, then no, I don’t think you can stay fresh for a year,” he said. “But if the campaign is built from the ground up and there is a sense of ownership among people who want to see significant change, then absolutely. It can build and grow.”

More here



February 10, 2007: On board a plane flying to Iowa after Barack Obama announced his bid for the Presidency in Springfield.


Washington Monthly: The ACA makes it possible for workers to quit jobs they hate. This is awesome.

There’s a very interesting story in today’s Washington Post about workers who are now able to quit their jobs because of Obamacare. For example, here’s the story of a woman named Polly Lower:

It happened in September, when her boss abruptly changed her job description. She went from doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed. At another time, she might have had to grit her teeth and accept the new position because she needed the health benefits.

But with the health-care law soon to take effect, she simply resigned — and hasn’t looked back.

“It was wonderful. It was very freeing,” said Lower, 56, of Bourbon, Ind., who is now babysitting her 5-year-old granddaughter full time. With the help of federal subsidies that kicked in Jan. 1, she is paying less than $500 a month for health coverage for herself and her husband.

More here



TPM: Job Lock

The affordable care act is going to allow me to finally start my own law firm. For 15 years, I’ve been working at big and mid-size law firms for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest was the benefits. My husband is 17 years older than me and has a pre-existing condition. I have been reluctant to start my own firm – be a “job creator”, because I would have had to enter the private insurance market and probably pay a fortune for coverage – if I was able to even get coverage for my husband.

More here

TPM: Actual Lives

On the issue of disincentives to work, “job lock” and Obamacare, TPM Reader EH has a story about how this actually plays out in real peoples’ lives …

This whole idea that the ACA now creates a disincentive to work makes me physically angry. I’ve been arguing with conservatives since its passage that this was a feature of the law – not a bug. My wife has a genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis, and until the ACA my career and job options were completely limited by where I could obtain the best group health care coverage.

More here



Steve Benen: Refusing to take ‘yes’ for an answer

Initially, congressional Republicans told Democrats, “We won’t consider immigration reform unless President Obama starts taking enforcement seriously.” The White House agreed and deportations reached a record high.

Soon after, congressional Republicans added, “We won’t consider immigration reform unless there’s a bipartisan bill.” Congressional Democrats agreed and a bipartisan compromise agreement took shape and passed the Senate.

Congressional Republicans then said, “We won’t consider immigration reform unless we can break up the legislation into chunks and approve the provisions piecemeal.” Democrats again agreed.

Finally, congressional Republicans concluded, “We can’t consider immigration reform because we perceive President Obama as an out-of-control radical who ignores federal laws.” Yesterday, Democrats signaled a willingness to accommodate this concern, too.

More here



ThinkProgress: 15 Photos From The Massive Progressive Protest You Didn’t Hear About This Weekend

Somewhere between 80 to 100,000 people from 32 states turned out to protest four years of drastic state Republican initiatives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Saturday.

The “Moral March on Raleigh,” organized by Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ), marched from Shaw University to the state capitol to push back against the “immoral and unconstitutional policies” of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory during the 2013 NC General Assembly session. Since North Carolina Republicans took over both legislative chambers in 2010, legislators have eliminated a host of programs and raised taxes on the bottom 80 percent, repealed a tax credit for 900,000 working families, enforced voter suppression efforts, blocked Medicaid coverage, cut pre-Kindergarten funding, cut federal unemployment benefits, and gave itself the authority to intervene in abortion lawsuits.

Activists have gathered at weekly protests, called ‘Moral Mondays,’ in North Carolina since 2013 as a way to give voice to individuals whose rights were under attack by the Republican-controlled legislature.

More here



ThinkProgress: The Complete Guide To Everything That’s Happened Since The Massive Chemical Spill In West Virginia

It’s been one month since a leak was discovered at a chemical storage facility operated by Freedom Industries on January 9, spilling an estimated 10,000 gallons of crude MCHM — a chemical mixture used in the coal production process — into the Elk River and the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.

Despite assurances from federal and state officials that the water is safe, residents and experts remain concerned as the black licorice smell characteristic of crude MCHM is still being detected in homes and schools.

“The scariest part is that we really just don’t know what’s going to happen,” 21-year-old Charleston resident Kellie Raines told ThinkProgress. “All of us are using the water now and we’re okay now but in 30 years — I’m young, I don’t want to in 30 years realize that I have cancer because of this water.”

Here is a look at the major events that have shaped this ongoing crisis….

More here


On This Day:

Bo plays in the snow during a blizzard on the south grounds of the White House, Feb. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks out over the snow covered Rose Garden from the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama edits his remarks before addressing an audience at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., Feb. 10, 2011. Pictured from left are: NSC Executive Secretary Nate Tibbits, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Presidential Speechwriter Cody Keenan (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama strikes the Heisman pose while greeting Dallas Cowboys football players, from left, Miles Austin, DeMarcus Ware, and Felix Jones at the Kleberg Rylie Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10, 2012. The players joined Mrs. Obama and chefs from past seasons of “Top Chef” for the “Schools and Chefs Working Together” cooking competition to help promote the “Let’s Move!” initiative (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama and Vice President Biden talk with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, after the President signed H.R. 3801, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2012. The bill was the last piece of legislation that Giffords sponsored and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives (Photo by Pete Souza)



128 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    ♫Monday, Monday, la-la, la-la-la! ♫ (I’m guessing it’s still Monday all over the world, for a bit longer anyways?) 😀 😀 Happy Monday, everyone!

  2. 9 desertflower
    February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am


  3. February 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Sweet start to a wintery morning. Thanks Chips.

  4. February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Wait, did I miss the formal arrival ceremony for Hollande?

  5. 22 anniebella
    February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    FLOTUS will be giving a speech concerning Veterans Employment at 11:15am, I don’t know if it will be so we can listen to her or not.

  6. 27 Roberta in Mn
    February 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning Chips, DF, VC & Almablanca just finished the last two posts, great reads. And have a good day everyone at TODville. Darned cold again today -14 wind chill -33, what a Monday morning. 🙂

    • 28 hopefruit2
      February 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Stay warm friend! I visited MN last summer and needed a jacket on some days. I don’t think I could visit in the winter…just can’t! 🙂

  7. 29 Layla
    February 10, 2014 at 10:04 am

    GM all! The football player on the right in pic number 24 looks exactly like my oldest son! Gorgeous!

  8. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    February 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Great pictures, Chiparoo!

  9. 32 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Thank you Ms Chips, for your dedication (and that of your side-kick, Nerdy) in always refreshing our O-memories in such a timely manner! You are real jewels in the Obama crown! 😛 😛 This R & S is great, and IMO is just what the doctor ordered for this chilly winter day.

    “But if the campaign is built from the ground up and there is a sense of ownership among people who want to see significant change, then absolutely. It can build and grow.”


  10. February 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Too funny –

    • 35 dotster3
      February 10, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Repubs don’t even try to disguise their lies any more, just ridiculous, outrageous lies—-ever more brazen—probably because the news media almost always just reports the lies, never calls them lies.

  11. 36 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 10:18 am

    “congressional Republicans concluded, “We can’t consider immigration reform because we perceive President Obama as an out-of-control radical who ignores federal laws.” Yesterday, Democrats signaled a willingness to accommodate this concern, too.

    what the frack?

    • 37 Linda
      February 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

      thanks to Shumer’s big mouth.

    • February 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

      It’s breathtaking, no words.

      • 39 anniebella
        February 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

        I sent Sen. Schumer a email too.

      • 40 Vicki
        February 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Sickening. First opposing POTUS on Iran negotiations, now questioning the President’s honesty. Something very rotten here.

        • February 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

          This one just beat all Vicki, still cannot believe it.

          • 42 hopefruit2
            February 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

            I keep trying to tell myself that there may be something up Schumer’s sleeve, and this is just a decoy. One thing that seems a bit reassuring is that the media didn’t jump on it as they normally do when a Dem seems to throw PBO under the bus. I actually checked the Twitter TL’s of the major outlets (CBS, NBC, ABC, etc) and there was very little mention of Schumer’s remarks. This may be a sign that that there’s more to it than meets the eye, and the media is also confused about what Schumer said and why he said it (or they already know that there’s more to it and it’s not good news for the GOP). The other top Dems like Pelosi, Reid, DWS, seem rather quiet on this issue…unusually so.

            I recall something similar back in 2010 when then Senator John Kerry appeared to go on TV and throw PBO under the bus – only to find out that it was part of a coordinated Dem master plan in pushing some important policy legislation through – I don’t remember exactly what the policy was about.

            • 43 vcprezofan2
              February 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

              You may have a point, Hopef. I read something from Benen earlier today that somewhat implies what you are suggesting – basically that Schumer’s gambit was maybe helping to underline the fact that Repubs move the goalposts each time the Dems. express willingness to accommodate them on immigration. I went looking for it after I first read your comment, but as usual I can never find what I’m looking for without hours of searching. I gave up after a few minutes. 😉

              • 44 hopefruit2
                February 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

                LOL – don’t worry vc, it will be sure to pop up when you’re NOT looking for it. That’s how these things work!! 🙂

            • February 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

              Oh Hopefruit, I hope you’re right, although even if there is method to this madness I still can’t get over Schumer’s comments. The disrespect, contempt even, was just mindblowing.

              • 47 hopefruit2
                February 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

                No doubt Schumer probably is still resentful about the Iran sanctions issue…

              • 48 Vicki
                February 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

                Yes, Chipsticks. A strategy which implies PBO is not trustworthy is absolutely NOT acceptable. Period.
                Strategize in some other manner.
                POTUS said he’d get OBL and stop 2 wars. Restore the auto industry, put us on the path to universal healthcare, improve the treatment of our veterans, stabilize the stock market, repeal DADT and end DOMA and on and on.
                President Obama says what he means and means what he says. I trust him.

                • 49 hopefruit2
                  February 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

                  I won’t argue with you and Chips on that point. But was he saying/implying that PBO is not trustworthy – or was he paraphrasing the GOP’s latest “excuse?” To me it sounds like he was saying (almost sarcastically) “well look at the GOP’s latest excuse – Obama is not trustworthy!”

                  The problem is that I fail to see the strategy (if there is one) of doing that, and of course we all KNOW that PBO is trustworthy.

            • 50 idon
              February 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

              Yep. As a matter of fact, President Obama and Sen Reid may have asked him to do exactly what he did. The President is very strategic and takes the long view.

            • 51 vcprezofan2
              February 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

              Ta-da! /adding with pride/ Only about an hour later. 😀


        • 56 Cindy
          February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

          Good morning Vicki,
          Happy Monday!

          Where were the Dems when we were lied to about Iraq? How could they question President Obama’s honesty, after all the repukes have done to this country? Would they do the same to Bill Clinton?

          Instead of supporting President Obama, they are already falling in to place for Hillary. Some of them (Dems) are just weak, with no spine, to stand for anything.

    • 57 57andfemale
      February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Schumer is one of those Dem idiots who must qualify everything he says with a RW meme. He eats up time on the TV by ‘agreeing’ first with RWNJ’s and calling them friends and colleagues. By the time he’s ready to make a point, they move on to the RWNJ guest.

      This display of idiocy was especially egregious. How about saying that our POTUS is the most lawful president in recent history? HOW ABOUT CHANGING THE MEME?!?!

      It’s astonishing we win any election, with Dem’s like this.

      • 58 Cindy
        February 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

        Good morning 57andfemale…
        Happy Monday to you!!!!

        This is the biggest problem that the Dems have always had; they never know when they have a good thing going for them. There is always one Dem, and often times more, who are on TV undermining the President. They have “TONS” of good things to run on and they would rather get on national TV and speak against President Obama. The repukes set out to destroy this country and the Dems want to attack President Obama…..go figure.

        They are more concerned with supporting Hillary than they are with supporting President Obama. He works his rear end off to make this country better, and they can’t seem to find something productive to do, and speak truth to the repuke lies. Sometimes I just feel that President Obama is never appreciated and it hurts. He never gets the proper credit for all the good that he is doing, and trying to do for the future of this country. It’s just heart breaking at times. I often wonder how he feels when the Dems do such foolish things against him.

        P.S. While I blow off steam, let me not forget 57andfemale; how is Mr. Nickelby doing? I’ve been away for awhile due to work and haven’t followed much, so forgive me if you have already addressed this. How is Miss pretty girl Pearl and Mr. Kasper? Has Mr. 57 learned parenting skills yet for Mr. Nickeby : ) I know how gentle you are…..women just do it better. : )

        • 59 57andfemale
          February 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

          A righteous rant, Cindy! I’m in total agreement.

          Mr. Nickelby seems to be fine. I gave him free reign over the weekend to go up and down the stairs. I should have held out for another week but he hates it, we all have cabin fever Big Time here in Chicago. And after the last snowfall last Tuesday – although it wasn’t the worst we’ve had – everyone has just had it. My body does not bounce back anymore – my shoulders still hurt from hurling snow onto piles that are as high as my shoulders. So carrying Nickelby up and down the stairs – it was getting soooo hard.

          Usually if he’s going to relapse he would have done it by now. I caught the problem a lot earlier than I did when he first had the issue, so he never got as bad. I hope we don’t have to go through another round of no stairs/etc. send us some positive energy, Cindy!

          The lovely Miss Pearl went to the vet on Saturday for tests and shots and her exam. Everything looks good except her (few remaining) awful teeth and her ‘baldness’. We should get the results today to see if it’s thyroid (wasn’t in the past but we’d sure like to treat it if possible). I swear she’s been growing more hair this winter but it may be my imagination. She has her pretty golden yorkie hair on her head and belly – it’s just big bald spots on her sides. When you figure she lived the first 7 years of her life pushing out babies for a puppy mill in deplorable conditions, if that’s all that’s wrong, we’re blessed. Her sweet heart was ticking just fine, her lungs were clear, and of course she turned on the charm and won hearts.

          Kasper is, well, Kasper. Sick of being cooped up and into trouble. If he wasn’t, I’d think he was sick!

          Thanks for asking. My little fur baby family can feel the love and caring from my TOD family!

      • 60 Vicki
        February 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

        Changing the meme is a first rate idea. If only Schumer and co. weren’t 2nd rate, 57

  12. 61 criquet
    February 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Morning all. Been very busy with work so I have not been on as much as I’d like but this maybe a bit of encouraging news:

  13. 62 criquet
    February 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Should be may be …

  14. February 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats vc on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for another lovely R & S roundup. Looking forward to President Hollande’s visit 🙂

  15. 64 criquet
    February 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yeah, FLOTUS!

  16. 65 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

  17. 66 dotster3
    February 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I remember watching that day in Springfield in 2007 with near delirious joy. So many braved the bitter cold—-similar to today in Illinois, by the way—–to support this charismatic, brilliant candidate for the presidency. They would not be denied. People were so thrilled and excited, which was evident in their facial expressions. And—-like most here—-I’ve been with him every minute since. I so love and admire this president—–everything about him and the kind of calm, determined, honorable person he has proven to be.

  18. 68 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I kept looking at the signs/placards on the NCMoralMonday March and here are some of the things I saw:

    Voting rights
    Public Education Funding
    Women’s Health
    Justice for Trayvon
    Domestic workers’ rights

    Here are some of the things I did NOT see:
    Keystone pipeline

    Any questions?

  19. 73 hopefruit2
    February 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

    No Jonathan – there is no “work disincentive” it’s simply freedom of WHERE , what and how one works.

  20. February 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    “If a campaign is premised on personality, then no, I don’t think you can stay fresh for a year,” he said. “But if the campaign is built from the ground up and there is a sense of ownership among people who want to see significant change, then absolutely. It can build and grow.”…then Senator Barack Obama….


    This is the lesson that Dems should learn from PBO…yet to many are still immersed into big boss..top down politics….Where are the massive voter registration drives…where are the grassroots efforts…and GOTV strategies….

    All is not lost…we can still win….


    • 81 Don
      February 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Spot on Prettyfoot, I was listening to Morning Joe this morning and they were talking about Hillary’s Superpac. Robert Gibbs made the observation that you had better have a message to go along with your boat load of money. I’m seeing the same signs in Hillary now that I saw in the run up to 2008.

      • February 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

        From the NYT article listed in the rise and shine…remarking on how formidible Hillary Clinton was in 2008…

        The formal entry to the race framed a challenge that would seem daunting to even the most talented politician: whether Mr. Obama, with all his strengths and limitations, can win in a field dominated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who brings years of experience in presidential politics, a command of policy and political history, and an extraordinarily battle-tested network of fund-raisers and advisers….

      • 85 derbingleguy
        February 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        I think it depends on how she uses Jim Messina. He’s grassroots.

  21. 86 JER
    February 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

  22. 87 Nena20409
    February 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Good Morning in the CT. Good Afternoon in the ET. Good Day TODable wonders.

    Sochi…..oops, TOD Gold for our VC. Congrats.

  23. 88 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Forgive the topic, but I felt the more ‘poetic’ among us would appreciate this. 😀

  24. 93 yardarm756
    February 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    • 94 Nena20409
      February 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      There a Tape now from 1953, the senator Kennedy said US should not be sending troops to fight in Vietnam. 1001% statement that had he lived, ‘Nam War might not have happened this was in a Docudrama presented as Something To Talk About. Kennedy Betrayed. I might have had the Title wrong.

  25. 95 Nena20409
    February 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm


    The commander of an Iraqi militant group accidentally killed 22 members of his unit Monday who were training to become suicide bombers after he conducted a demonstration with live explosives, the New York Times reported.

    The Sunni militants belonged to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, according the Times. They have been engaged in fighting with the Iraqi government army and conducted suicide bombings throughout the country.

    Karma? Poetic Justice. Providence. Hmm?

    It could Not have happened to a Greater Terror Group? 😆 😆 😆

  26. 96 carolyn
    February 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    My husband and I were talking this morning of where the country would be if PBO had not dared to challenge all the powers that be and run for president. To us it is a frightening picture. We would in fact be Kochistan. The Supreme Court would be even further to the right….all the lower level federal judiciaries would be terribly right wing. I believe we would be at war with Iran, our Social Security and Medicare would be shredded, the insurance companies would be totally running medicine, women would have NO control over their bodies, minorities would not be able to vote anywhere, what was once public education would be totally for profit, run by the Kochs…….this is the country we would be after five years, and I do not think I am exaggerating. So…..made a terrific sacrifice to run, and to continue to keep working for us, not the corporations.

    • February 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      You aren’t exaggerating, Carolyn. It likely would have been much worse than even you describe. Imagine a 21st Century global great depression + nuclear weapons …..

      • 98 0388jojothecat
        February 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

        I agree. This was their plan keep the USA in perpetual wars, three or four, .our young men would have to go to war because college is too expensive. Bush and banisters stole the treasury and was eyeing SS and ready to destroy medicare. They are furious we have med ins, we vote inspire of the tricks, and we are paying attention.

  27. 99 57andfemale
    February 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    So General Petraeus thinks Hillary would make a ‘fantastic President’. Why – because he’d be able to wage any and all wars his little heart desired?

    • 100 Don
      February 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      What is more remarkable was how President Obama was able to keep all of these “snakes” under control, you too Bob Gates.

      • 101 57andfemale
        February 10, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        Which is why they grumble. He didn’t genuflect at the warmongers’ feet. He actually understood his place as POTUS and his place in history. He listened to them plenty but not enough to please them. A POTUS should follow the Bush norm: just do what the generals tell ya because you should be too lazy or engaged to understand civilian leadership. God.

      • 102 amk for obama
        February 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        DC is full of corrupt cobras. Hence all the attempts to kneecap the honest man.

  28. 104 JER
    February 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    LIVE NOW: NY Mayor DeBlasio State Of The City Address – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 105 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great pushbacks on that chait stupid tweet

  30. 106 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    • 107 0388jojothecat
      February 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      We need to emphasize “people can quit dead end jobs they hate to keep their employer provided insurance….they can WORK FOR THEMSELVES now they can BUY their own affordable insurance. Families can decide if one parent can stay at home with the kids and still have affordable insurance. People will have more disposable income due to affordable healthcare. All this is good for America. The GOP hates this.

  31. 108 Nena20409
    February 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm


    “Hillary Clinton wrote me a nice letter — after I lost,” Buono said.

    Buono also said she received a phone call from Vice President Joe Biden after losing to Christie. She also called out New Jersey’s most prominent Democrat, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D).

    “No no no. No, no,” said Buono. “I didn’t get help from a lot of people, and he was one of them.”

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Could this be more about Buono than about the folks who did not stump for her….perhaps there is a reason….that has not come to light

      • 110 Nena20409
        February 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Those who left her hanging. Dems truly left here without strong support. That was on the Dem Apparatus in NJ and some extent, nationally.

        • 111 0388jojothecat
          February 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

          It seems to me NJ dems were afraid of getting cut off at the knees by a tyrant Gov. If he does not like you he punishes your constituents. I prayed we did not have an earth quake in CA after what Cheney did to our energy.

  32. 112 Nena20409
    February 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    So Now the Media wants to taint POTUS with Cheating? Wow. This is Low. Next Rand Paul would be saying crap.
    By WashPo having this nonsense, they are inviting some crude comments.

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      😆 WashPo isn’t having this nonsense Nena, that’s the point!! I love this ODS insanity!

      • 114 Nena20409
        February 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        I get it Lady Chips. My objection is why even address it…..when they know it was a fatuous huge lie. The US media refused to touch GHW Bush’s case even after Hillary brought up about the affair. Here there is No there, there. I stopped my subscription to WashPost over 10 yrs ago. I am glad that I did.

  33. 115 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    World moves whether the thugs and their billionaire mofos want it or not.

  34. 116 amk for obama
    February 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    If the voters don’t give him the congress deserves at least now, then they deserve all the social and economic ruins brought about by the current corrupt neanderthals.


  35. 121 Gazelle
    February 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    [I love seeing young people w/ such talent!]

    […..] Emmanuel Houndo, a 16-year-old violin player originally from West Africa, was lucky enough to get a Facebook endorsement from Beyoncé for his version of the popular song.



  36. 123 Vicki
    February 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    DeBlasio’s State of the City speech highlighted what had been done in the past month—–expanded Sick Leave pay to 500,000 more workers and moved the starting date to April 1 from the 2016 date Bloomberg left us.
    What is happening this week—-expanding Living Wage to more people working for contractors hired by NYC. Will use Executive Order to expand program to tens of thousands of workers. Living wage is $10 with benefits and $11.50 (?) without benefits.
    Next week—-introduce minimum wage increase that will affect all 5 boros.

    Other great notion—municipal ID cards for undocumented residents. Giving everybody access to library cards and other city facilities. This part of the speech delivered in very decent Spanish.

    Strong Progressive very encouraging message and a change from his Tale of Two Cities campaign, now to “One City. Rising Together.”

  37. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    February 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Feb. 10, 2007 – I remember it as though it were YESTERDAY! Cried like a baby!

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