The Audience Speaks








102 Responses to “The Audience Speaks”

  1. 5 Judith Fardig
    August 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Nice to see you in first place, Don! I’m way behind on TOD posts this week.

  2. 6 Vicki
    August 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    NBC and MSNBC are making moves designed to take them entirely out-of-contention for political weight.
    We NEED a real news network so badly.

    Locally, Bob Herbert has a 1/2 hour show following Bill Moyesr 1/2 hour show.

    • 7 Don
      August 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Please not Bob Herbert, Bob Herbert is a sleepy Eugene Robinson. All the times I’ve seen Bob Herbert on t.v. he has had nothing but negative things to say about President Obama.

  3. August 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I remember as a kid that every Sunday I would watch “Face the Nation” and then “This Week”. “Meet the Press” was always the red-headed stepchild. Glad to see that tradition is continuing.

    • 11 Don
      August 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      I remeber all the sunday talk shows, my father would make my brother and I sit down with him and watch them. Can you imagine a five and six year old watching the sunday talk shows? Funny thing is my son jumps in the bed with me on sunday mornings and we both watch them, I don’t make him watch he just does it on his own.

  4. 13 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You know the expressions, “easy as shooting fish in a barrel”? Well that is what mocking this new choice is. So many things to say, so little time. I am not even tweeting about this decision. Twitterdom is already overloaded with tweets describing the awfulness.

    Here’s the thing. Gregory always seemed to me to know he was just going along with the gimmick.

    Todd is actual sincere and thinks he is something that all Americans are craving in their news. He actually believes he is God’s gift to journalism. At least, if he is doing this, maybe he won’t be attending the press conferences any more. And when he fails, and he will, he will be tossed aside to the curb and forgotten as dogs piss on him as they walk by.

    A well deserved fate.

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      August 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      My question is “How come people like Chuckie (and Gregory) never know when they are hopelessly out of their league – when to say ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’?”

    • 15 Obama Grandmama
      August 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      I think Chuck Todd needed to stay in the role he occupied in 2008 when he was the numbers guy standing in front of the maps. He was promoted out of his niche after that, only he thinks he is deserving. I think he suits the managements needs of promoting the RW talking points. The fact that he is not intellectually curious and does not have a journalism (any) degree only means that will not get in the way of the management mission.

  5. August 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    In other news:

  6. 17 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    • 18 Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      I hope PBO gets full credit for this welcome news. Uh, no. No chance. As I wrote that same good news many days ago and have yet to see it anywhere else. Sigh…….

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      August 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      ‘Defying the historical norm, August gasoline prices nationwide are currently bumping along at $3.48 a gallon, a four-year low, according to the travel and leisure group AAA.

      It’s the peak of driving season and conflict is raging across the Middle East, but U.S. refineries have hit record production through access to “abundant supplies” of North American crude, AAA spokesman Michael Green said.

      Prices have fallen “almost every day for six weeks, which is highly unusual and the opposite of what we usually see this time of the year,” Green said.

      July and August are the busiest driving months of the year, he added.

  7. 21 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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  9. August 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Oh Ronan…

    • 24 japa21
      August 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      There’s smart, the ability to have knowledge, and then there’s intelligence, the ability to know what to do with your knowledge and the ability to distinguish between reality and what you think might be reality.

      Ronan is definitely not intelligent.

      • 25 jacquelineoboomer
        August 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        Nepotism gone bad. He probably believes what he’s saying, which makes him look even more stupid.

      • 26 Obama Grandmama
        August 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        Your definition of knowledge and intelligence fits my ongoing question of how my Architect brother believes practically every conspiracy theory and has been a long time follower of Ron and now Rand Paul. Your theory fits!

    • August 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      ..blackmotheritis…now it is a disease to be a black mother….i like to slap the itis out of Ronan…there is structural and institutional racism that continues to plague this country…yet it is the black mothers who have the itis….

    • 28 Nerdy Wonka
      August 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Someone seriously needs to tell him to shut up and not spewing crap.

    • 29 Linda
      August 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      My brother was a big black guy and he would run in the supermarket as a young teenager and she would say ‘you can’t do that,'”


      Why did he speak of him in the past tense ? ” was a big black guy “.

      I have never seen any teenager ” run ” in to a supermarket in my life.

    • 30 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Jane Fonda and her then former CA Assemblyman, Husband, raised a daughter who is an African American. Ms Fonda said one time, that she loves her daughter. She tried to protect and empower her, but she could never protect her as much as she tried nor could she fully live the daily life of her daughter’s “Blackness” in America. I hope I didn’t mis-speak here. The word “Blackness” is mine…… word inserted, not Ms. Fonda’s word. I just could not remember the exact word used by Ms. Fonda.

  10. 31 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh, the heck with it, I can’t resist joining in.

  11. 32 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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  14. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I come back after a wonderful birthday brunch to the news of Chuck Toad. Yuck. I think I’m gonna be sick!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. August 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    People are in a good mood today???

  16. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I cannot boycott MTP since I’m already boycotting it. What to do?

    • 60 susanne
      August 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      answer: of course! he was just waiting to be asked. in fact, a nice political cartoon is forming in my head, with upchuck in a pink frock and hairbow being twirled out onto the dancefloor, blushing and beaming, by the manly rethug macho big dog rover.

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        August 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        ohmigod susanne – you nailed the image! Get that cartoon out there! 🙂

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        August 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

        Hi Susanne, haven’t seen you in a bit! How are things in Hawaii re weather?

        • 65 susanne
          August 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

          aloha vc! right now, it’s clear, warm, beautiful–and muggy. lots of small branches, leaves, flowers, and whatsits to be raked up, but only one tree shed an actual limb. amazing to watch the trees bending to the ground in the wind gusts! our banana trees look like palms, their leaves totally shredded, but they’re still upright, and with big bunches of bananas at the top–thought for sure they’d go over. in short, we’re fine, and extremely grateful!

          • 66 vcprezofan2
            August 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

            That is an excellent review, and just what we needed to hear here! A couple of different folks here, wondered about you on the advent of the storms, so it’s great to get your feedback.
            BTW, at the mention of bananas, do people eat green bananas in Hawaii?

  17. 67 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Hello TOD.

    Wow….VC and her Gold Medals 😉 Congrats.

    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ Medalists since Saturday……10 plus post ago. No way to catch up, will not even try.

    The Marvin Gaye Posts were scrumptious LL…..
    So sad for The Brown Family. Their son was Gunned down by Cop assassins…..that is how I see it. It is happening more and more. When will the Killings of Black men stop in this nation….by those who are to Serve and Protect All Citizens.
    It’s indeed, thus far, a Manic Monday.

  18. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    What I’d like to see happen in Ferguson is for tons of white people to join the marchers. Some are, but many more need to get out there and show support. They should chant, “We’re mad as hell, too, and we’re not going to take it any more!” Let the police and the haters know it’s everybody involved in taking back their city and their freakin’ humanity.

  19. August 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    @owillis’ tweet was spot on.

    @chucktodd and @politico are single-handedly responsible for the crap the MSM now considers “political” reporting because they got so much attention during 2008, the once-in-a-lifetime, first-election-since-1968-where-no-incumbent/VP-was-on-the-Presidential-ticket. MSM now considers the horserace the only thing (literally) that you need to know to be a “political” reporter. Shameful.

    Repeating myself from R&S:

    Who wants to ruin their Sunday morning seeing the snarling upchuck? Would like to see a more avuncular (Charles Kuralt) type, such as Willie Geist or Thomas Roberts or Joy Reid. Think viewers would too.

    Aside: I still clearly recall seeing upChuck snarlingly describe President Obama’s “Firms” ad (the one which used the flapping American flag and R-money’s voice as it showed empty US company locations which moved overseas) as “nasty.” He spat the word out. This was on the old half hour Chris Matthews show that aired at 4:30 or 5:30 am Sundays in the Los Angeles market.

    • 70 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      You are So Kind.

      Nope. I am 180 of your assumption.

      The Tabloid-ish of the Media and the feverish 24/7 in politicking everything……was in Vogue from 1993-2001 Jan. The Media was checked into submission by the well organized rightie Media from Jan 20, 2001 to Aug 2005, after Katrina. The Media went on over-drive since Jan 20th, 2009. Unfortunately, the DNC is not a match for them. The Dems across the nation when they write and complain, they are ignored. Until wealth Dems find the need to push for change in the News Media to support the grassroots as Fox and the rightie mega echo chamber are doing for the GOP……The Media will not stilt back to a true factually based reporting.

  20. August 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Next Up…
    August 11, 2014 4:45 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks on the Latest Political Developments in Iraq
    Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

    • August 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Likely a portion of President Obama’s comments will be focused on ….

      “Change of Iraq guard: A new chance against Islamists
      Choice of Shi’ite Ibadi as premier may help heal rift with Sunni tribes, bring U.S. aid.

      The Islamic State’s systematic extermination of the Yazidi minority and the horrifying pictures of radical Islamists’ children carrying around the heads their fathers chopped off have been vying for attention with a political crisis that threatened to destroy the central government in Baghdad.

      In the north, Kurdish Peshmerga forces were beginning an offensive against those of the Islamic State, aided by the U.S. and Iraqi air forces, while in Baghdad, Shi’ite and Kurdish parties were fighting each other over the appointment of a new prime minister.

      The political war officially ended on Monday, when Iraqi President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, tapped the Shi’ite Haider al-Ibadi to form a new government. The move ended the reign of Nouri al-Maliki, who had been prime minister for eight years. Dr. Ibadi, 62, is a member of Maliki’s Dawa party and until Monday served as deputy parliament speaker. He won the support of a majority of the National Alliance, a parliamentary bloc comprised of Dawa and several other Shi’ite parties, and even of many members of Dawa itself.

      The choice of Ibadi stemmed from widespread public, political and international opposition to Maliki continuing in office. Maliki had acted like an elected dictator, putting his cronies in senior government jobs and freezing Sunnis out of the corridors of power.”


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  22. August 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Clever and true ….

  23. 76 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

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  25. 78 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

  26. 79 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  27. 80 susanne
    August 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    aloha chips and todies!
    lots of action here lately, with an earthquake on the morning the hurricane was to land–which it did. no real damage in our area, except to our frazzled nerves. i was a poll official for our primary election, and glad to see so many turning out in spite of the weather. sad, though, that governor abercrombie was not retained.
    thanks to all of you for keeping this news site alive and focused on the president and his powerful, positive presidency! i rely on you daily for the sane perspective, even when i’m unable to say hello.

    • 81 Layla
      August 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Sooo happy you are safe and well Suzanne…thought about you a lot!

      • 82 susanne
        August 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        thanks layla! it was harrowing, but the mountains protected us (tutu pele). folks in the south part of the island were not so lucky–still no electricity or water.

  28. 83 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  29. 85 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  30. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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  32. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    • 91 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Just one difference…..Yes Donna, I am going there….so snobbish of me 😉

      At least, DG finished college and graduated. Todd will be a complete disaster. Russert died 6 yrs ago. It took a while for MTP to sink to 3rd….after FTN and This Week on ABC. Todd, I am predicting now will soon be running neck and neck with Fox Sunday and eventually, depending on how long NBC allows Todd, MTP will be cleaning the ratings with the Spanish Sunday Talk show.

  33. 92 Nena20409
    August 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    • 93 Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Marvelous. A move in the right direction as the technology and skills needed are constantly expanding. Welcome, Mikey.

      • August 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        When most companies and corporations were becoming computerized in the 1980’s to 2008, we had Presidents who were not concerned with Government agencies becoming more computerized and efficient because our Government was run by computer illiterates like Reagan, Bush I, Bush II and when Bill Clinton was in office because Al Gore there was probably more so than the other three. I believe that if Al Gore had become President many of these agencies would be completely technology efficient. PBO is the first computer savy president.

        • 95 HZ
          August 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

          Amen, jojo. You hit it on the head. But they will never give his him and his administration credit. But that is where we will have to remind them and come to lay out the facts. It is sad, but we will continue to keep his back and stand with him. HZ

  34. 96 Vicki
    August 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I can’t wait to see PBO and hear what he has to tell us.
    Proving once again that this hard-working man can play golf, go to the beach and keep his eagle eye on our country.
    I love that we get to hear from PBO while he is vacationing and if that is very selfish of me I admit to being a bit greedy in this respect.

  35. August 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Rest in Peace.

    • 100 Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      A long life. Hope the President got these genes and has passed them on to Malia and Sasha.

    • 101 Nena20409
      August 11, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      The younger sister died in March 2014….I found the story by accident and I posted here weeks ago. So now one brother is left from Tutu’s siblings….I think. So sorry for the family.

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