More Pete Souza photos from the visit here
Today (All Times Eastern):
11:10 AM The President visits Northern Virginia Community College
11:30 Delivers remarks on the importance of training and preparing our workforce to compete for manufacturing jobs across the nation.
3:0 Delivers remarks at an event honoring Auburn University’s 2010 BCS National Championship
4:40 Meets with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Attendees dine during the State Dinner with President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, on the South Lawn at the White House
Thank you Proud!
Good morning TOD family,
Chips new poll out today showing PBO beating Romney by 6 points in line with all the other polls except that ABC/WAPO press release for the republicans. Just thought you’d want to share with those who get antsy about polls.
Aaargh. Okay something is really screwy with this new format. I posted a comment that didn’t show up. Will try again.
New poll out showing Obama beating Romney by 6 points in line with every other poll except that ABC/WAPO mouthpiece for the republican party. Thought you’d want to post for those who may have gotten antsy yesterday.
Don’t know why I’m coming up as “anonymous.”
Hi Proud, had you not logged in?
Is that the problem? Now we have to log in first? Oh, and another comment I tried to post was waiting moderation. Oh well.
Good morning Chips and TOD family. I don’t know how the President keeps up with his schedule. I know he seems to thrive on it. I have been reading how Pawlenty is getting pawned for economic speech yesterday and Ed Rollins Bachmans new campaign manager is promising to fact check her before she talks. This I can’t wait to see.
Have a great day everyone.
Morning Marilyn Oh my, Rollins is going to be a very, very busy man! Before he does any checking he should introduce her to the facts first.
TOP OF THE MORNIN’ CHIPS…I DON’T THINK ROLLINS HAS EVER BEEN INTERESTED IN FACTS…HE JUST WANTS TO BE A REPUBLICAN! THEY DON’T BOTHER WITH FACTS!
And make money. Don’t forget that.
great comment chips. you made me laugh!
Last night, Lawrence O”Donnell eviscerated the Tim Pawlenty economic speech. It was a thing a beauty. And you know, Lawrence O’Donnell knows about taxes because he was legislative aide to Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Anyway, I hope this segment goes viral. Lawrence educates his viewers and at the same time makes Tim Pawlenty look like an idiot. It makes you wonder who proofread his speech. It seems he was trying to one up the Paul Ryan “Path To Prosperity”. You can’t make this stuff up.
It really amazes me that the MSM continues to report on the Republicans Party as if they are a “credible” opposition party. We all know they are nuts.
You can check out the Tuesday, June 7th show segment entitled: REWRITING THE PAWLENTY’S TAX PLAN at
That was absolutely brilliant Ladyhawke, just uploading it now, will post it so that it can be shared – thank you so much.
This is really astonishing. THINKPROGRESS goes into more detail about the Tim Pawlenty economic plan:
Georgetown University Professor Adam Levitin put it pretty succinctly in his headline:
Tim Pawlenty’s Plan to Destroy the World
While Ezra Klein is right that the Pawlenty plan is entirely unserious, the impact it would have on everyday Americans is no laughing matter. There’s a lot in the plan, so let’s boil it down to what matters most: the middle class will pay more in taxes and won’t have anything resembling Social Security and Medicare to rely
on, all while the very richest Americans and largest corporation will pay even less in taxes than they do now.
How egregiously slanted toward the richest Americans is the Pawlenty plan? Billionaire hedge-funders would pay virtually nothing in taxes thanks to the permanent exemption the plan would give to their income, they could pass on that wealth tax-free when they die, and those who inherited it could continue to live off of it — without ever paying any taxes on that income.
In short, if you thought the Ryan plan to end Medicare in order to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy and Big Oil didn’t go far enough, then you’ll love the much more radical Pawlenty plan.
I don’t think this professor is overstating the title at all. The plans that Republcans have will defnitley negatively impact the global picture, from aid to security to the global economy to the competitive race for the future – the very balance of power itself.
These people don’t give a damn…they are playing with our lives!
He made one mistake, hexsaid the public blames Obama for thececonomy… No, that is not true. They still overwhelmingly blame bush…
morning TOD family.May GOD guide the President so that he makes the right decisions for our country so that the folks can see results as soon as possible.May He protects and blesses the President as well.
good day everyone
AMEN…AND BLESSINGS TO YOU FRED…:)
morning Chip and Sue.May GOD bless you both and everyone here
GOOD MORNIN’ TOD FAMILY…I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE CURRENT FIELD OF CANDIDATES FOR THE GOP…AKA…’GREED OVER PEOPLE.’ I’M WAITING FOR THEIR ‘STEALTH CANDIDATE’ AND THE OTHER MOVES THEY ARE HIDING IN PANDORA’S BOX! HOWEVER…NOT TO WORRY…THE PRESIDENT IS QUITE AWARE OF THEIR TREACHERY!
Shhh, don’t tell Joe scarborough, mark halperin and the rest of the lame media… And qunnipiac is one of the best!!!
One more thing, palin is second in all there polls, which tells me she will run!
FRANKLY…I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING SHE IS AWARE OF IN PLANS FOR A STEALTH CANDIDATE. SHE’S EITHER BACKING THAT CANDIDATE AND FISHING OR SHE WILL RUN AS VICE WITH THAT PERSON. THERE IS TOO MUCH COOKING IN THE KITCHEN GOING ON HERE! HER MOVE TO ARIZONA IS ALSO BASED ON CERTAINTY OF SOMETHING. AND DESPITE WHAT HE SAYS…I’M STILL NOT LEAVING OUT MARCO RUBIO! SOMETHING STINKS IN THE HARBOR…IF YOU GET MY DRIFT!
i agree sue about palin and AZ.
You see, they will not tell you that the public sees it as more than just the economy, like the msm tells us. Jedi mind tricks!
My new tag for Romney: Job-killing, corporate raider.
ROMNEY REALLY DOESN’T HAVE A SHOT. THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE BIASED BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION. HE’S BEEN ON THIS TRAIL BEFORE. HE’S NOT THREAT…HE’S MERELY A DISTRACTION.
His own party is working against him. Former Gov. Granholm was really good on slamming Romney yesterday on Lawrence O’Donnel’s show.
Yes, she was good. I’m glad she’s still a voice we can count on.
Good Morning everyone
And the John tester bill today, who is going up against durning, wanting to delay a lessened of debit card fees!
What is with John tester???
THERE IS A GREAT PYRAMID SCHEME OF ECONOMIC THIEVERY GOING ON HERE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE BUSH WAS IN. THEY MANIPULATED HIM AND USED HIS LACK OF INTELLIGENCE TO BUILD THEIR FIELD. PRESIDENT OBAMA PUT A HAMMER IN THEIR WHEEL…THEY ARE MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO OUST HIM SO THEY CAN CONTINUE WITH THEIR PLANS FOR STRICTLY CONTROL BY THE WEALTHY IN THIS COUNTRY. PLAIN AND SIMPLE…THEY BELIEVE THE MIDDLE CLASS DOES NOT EXIST AND BELONGS IN ECONOMIC SLAVERY!
THE ECONOMY IS BEING MANIPULATED BY THE SAME ONES WHO WILL PRODUCE THEIR STEALTH CANDIDATE…THE KOCH BOYS AND FRIENDS HAVE BEEN BUSY IN TRAINING CAMP. THEY ARE ALL PART OF A HUGE PLAN TO OUST THIS PRESIDENT. OUR AWESOME PREZ…HAS EYES IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD…HE KNOWS!
The banks are pissed that Dodd frank is coming to fruition. So, they are pulling back some of there lending!
SUE…THANK YOU FR CONFIRMING WHAT I BELIEVE TO THE TRUTH!
WE WILL HAVE TO STAY TUNED AND BE VERY WATCHFUL OF WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND US. THINGS ARE NOT RIGHT. PLAIN AND SIMPLE…WITH ALL THE CORPORATE GARBAGE GOING ON HERE AND THERE…DON’T THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT THE POWERS THAT BE BEHIND THE GOP IS WILLING TO SETTLE FOR A DRAB FIELD OF CANDIDATES. NO WAY…..
THIS GOP FIELD IS MERELY A DISTRACTION FROM WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON BEHIND THE CURTAIN!
And yesterday bernanke said the economy will pick up after June! He said no qe3 necessary but did admit to a downturn in the economy.
Of course, the msm ignores anything good and only reports the negative out of his mouth!!!! Sigh!
Jovie, I follow you daily, here and at BWD, because you actually make it easy for me to read the news, without attempting to open up some of these sites. Thanks for what you do everyday. Not to mention Chipsticks and BWD, provides a forum to make it doubly easy to avoid some of the craziness out there. Here and at BWD, I can glean a lot from the robust discussions we share.
I’ll like to note that in my view, the beauty of the media failing to report any good news is that, it makes them look stupid time and again. They want to dictate the narrative, but I do believe that reasonable people see this president out there doing everything he can to make things right for the American people. Yet people in the media — the Beltway media — many of these same people that are clueless about what’s going on in the country entertain themselves, by talking to each other and trying to sound smart. When I used to watch TV, my husband and I used to laugh at Howard Fineman, because he was always proclaiming to have talked to someone on Capitol Hill and always knew what was going to happen about this and that. Often they guess at what they think is going to happen, sometimes they get lucky and lots of time they are left with egg on their faces. And day after day, they come back doing the same thing — sorta like carnival barkers — to my mind.
Many of these same people never leave the confines of D.C., yet they claim to be experts on every single issue.
During the primaries, I used to enjoy watching them telling us how PBO lost each debate, only to find that the people in the country thought differently. I know there are a lot of issues that President Obama is facing, including the high unemployment, but at least people see him doing something. I have made it a point not to get too high or low about any poll these days — even the good ones — or listen to the people who work hard to keep up the narrative that President Obama is doomed.
The one thing I do is that for those whose e-mail addresses I have, I tend to send them nice little notes reminding them of their various predictions and I ask them how it squares with the new ones they make. And believe me these are some thin-skinned people. Sometimes, I have actually gotten responses from them. To my mind, there are only very few people in the media who actually knows what they are talking about because they do their research before opening their mouths. Most of the others are sheep. Even some of those who laugh at the woman from Wasilla, I bet you if they were questioned critically about the issues they cover, may not have a clue about what they are talking about.
I continue to be inspired by PBO.
Africa, what a great post. i agree with you 100 %. I’ve realized in the last two or three years how CLUELESS about policy many of the pundits are.
africa, I also continue to be inspired by PBO, but I tell you it is people like you who really know how to keep things in perspective and so plainly state (for people like me who are new [since 2008] to the world of politics) what the real deal is, who keep me inspired by our great President! May GOD continue to bless you with courage, wisdom and a voice to speak the truth!!!
THE PLAN IS TO CREATE NEGATIVITY…PESSIMISM IS OUR WORST ENEMY AND THEY WANT TO USE IT TO BRING DOWN THE HOUSE!…AND OF COURSE…OUR PRESIDENT. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE MEDIA TALKS ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT THE STATUS OF THE ECONOMY CONTROLS WHETHER OR NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS RE-ELECTED. CONVENIENT LOSS OF MEMORY WHEN THEY FORGET THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ‘NOOOOOOOOT’ AT FAULT FOR THIS ECONOMY. THE BAD BOYS ARE QUITE AWARE OF WHO IS AT FAULT…THE KOCH BOYS ARE PART OF THIS MANIPULATION TEAM! THESE ARE ALL INTENTIONAL MOVEMENTS TO BRING DOWN OUR ECONOMY.
THIS IS A SERIOUS WAR MOVEMENT WITHIN THIS COUNTRY AND HAS BEEN IN PROCESS FOR SOME TIME. PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY…HIS ATTACKS ON WALL ST. AND HIS ABILITY TO HOLD OFF THE PIPER HAS REALLY TICKED THEM OFF! AND TRUST ME…THERE ARE ENEMIES WITHIN THE HOUSE…THEREFORE I WORRY AND PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT’S SAFETY. I ALSO KNOW THAT GOD IS WATCHING OVER HIM. BACK LATER FRIENDS…HAVE WORK TO DO!
Thank you Sue. I and so many who lurk here are deeply grateful for your clear headed comments. You give to what I now is heavily on our minds. We must keep writing, donating, attempting to educate/awaken. our countrymen/women.
“give voice to what I know”
Good morning everybody!!
Here is what I found this morning….
GOP freshmen spend big on offices
By: Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
June 8, 2011 04:54 AM EDT
They rode into Washington on an anti-spending wave, but some House Republican freshmen are already enjoying one of the perks of incumbency, spending their office budgets on everything from $1,000-a-month car leases to pricey online advertising contracts.
At least 15 GOP freshmen have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on mass communication — or franking — designed to boost their exposure back home, even as they call for budget cuts and pared-back government spending, according to quarterly disbursement reports released by the House.
The biggest newly elected spender in this realm is Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who authorized spending $78,518 in taxpayer money on “mass mailings and communications” — just under $900 for every day he was in office during the first three months of his congressional career. Kinzinger sent a pamphlet to his constituents explaining “some of the ways we can help” in interactions with the government. Kinzinger also advertised the “state-of-the-art multimedia section” on his website.
His office told POLITICO in a statement that it has no more plans for franked mail after it sent a mailing to 217,000 houses across the district.
“Because many constituents were unaware of the assistance a congressional office can provide, the mailer our office sent informs residents that their congressional office is here to serve as a valuable resource for them on issues ranging from Medicare and Social Security to veterans’ benefits and immigration. Constituent services are our office’s top priority,” said Brook Hougesen, Kinzinger’s spokeswoman.
But the spending doesn’t stop at constituent communication — GOP freshmen have also spent big money on car leases and consultants.
Texas Rep. Francisco Canseco spent $75,000 on a one-year contract with CampaignGrid LLC, a company that describes itself as “the online advertising platform for candidates and causes.” Canseco’s staff said the costly expenditure is meant to advertise town halls and telephone town halls and has served to publicize the congressional art competition for the West Texas lawmaker.
“This service allows Congressman Canseco to communicate with his constituents,” said Valentina Weis, a spokeswoman for Canseco. “We have been able to inform constituents of services offered by the office like help with federal agencies, [the] time and location of events such as town halls and how government legislation will affect them.”
Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack, who unseated longtime Iron Range Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar, spent $1,700 on an automobile lease in March. His office said the price tag is inflated because of initial purchasing costs, but the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox AWD will cost taxpayers “roughly $1,000 [per month] for the remainder of the lease.”
Congressional car leases have been a significant source of controversy in the past — Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faced criticism for a $777 a month Cadillac lease a few years ago — but Cravaack’s office said he needs the car because of the size and climate of the district, frequent trips home and “an extensive mobile office constituent outreach program.”
The spending habits of freshmen like Kinzinger contrast with those of other high-profile rookie members who spent nothing on congressional franking during the first quarter, including Republican Reps. Allen West and Sandy Adams of Florida, Rick Berg of North Dakota and Larry Bucshon of Indiana. Some Republican frosh have so far decided against leasing cars on the taxpayer dime as well. Many lawmakers don’t send mailings in the first quarter, insiders say.
The office spending by some of these freshmen shows that, despite their rhetoric — Republicans are talking about cutting trillions of dollars from the federal budget — some are already enjoying the perks of their congressional office budget early in their term.
To be clear, all of these expenditures — especially mailings and car leases — have a long history in Congress. Franking is a privilege of congressional lawmakers dating back to 1775 and the Continental Congress. Members are permitted to use government resources to communicate with their constituents on policy but are prohibited from using the mail for campaign or partisan purposes. Communication must be approved by a bipartisan panel. Members receive upward of $1 million in taxpayer money to operate their offices at home and in Washington. It goes to staff salaries and overhead costs, including flights back to the district, among other things.
But the spending, in some cases, opens the freshmen — who vowed to shake up Washington and slash spending — to criticism.
And it’s not only freshmen who are spending big bucks on constituent communication. So far, the king of franking in 2011 is Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan. He doled out $142,198 in taxpayer money in the first three months of 2011 — equal to over $1,000 every day.
One “veterans update” Buchanan sent out asked, “in the aftermath of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona” — which left Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with severe injuries and six others dead — “should Congress approve new gun control measures?” On another mailing targeted to seniors, he asked whether Social Security and Medicare should be “exempted from spending cuts aimed at reducing the deficit.”
Max Goodman, his spokesman, said, “We really make it a priority … to listen to people and stay in touch.”
Freshman Rep. Richard Nugent, another Florida Republican who represents a senior-heavy district, has spent $64,292 since Jan. 3. Records indicate Nugent, who didn’t respond for comment, sent out 12,768,697 pieces of communication — among the highest amounts last quarter.
But it’s not limited to Republicans. In the same time period, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Rush Holt spent $79,795, and veteran Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) spent $60,766.
New York Rep. Thomas Reed wasn’t far from the lead for GOP freshmen, spending $69,439 in the first three months of 2011, according to disbursement reports filed with the House.
“We were sort of in an unusual situation because the seat was vacant for nine months before Tom took office,” said Tim Kolpien, Reed’s spokesman. Reed replaced Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, who resigned because of a sex scandal in March 2010. “So when Tom took office, we did a massive mail piece … that basically let people know they did have a representative in the House again.” Kolpien said that “one mailing was responsible for the overwhelming majority of the amount of franking that we have done.”
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who spent $51,506 on mass communication, printed a pamphlet that explains “How a House Bill Becomes a Law,” illustrating in flow-chart fashion how legislation snakes through Congress — just one of his pieces of communication.
Courtney Whetstone, a spokeswoman for Stivers, said that “constituent service is a priority for our office, and teletowns, e-newsletters and survey mailers are all great ways for our office to have an open dialog with the citizens of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. We have a responsible office budget and are on track to return a significant portion of those funds at the end of this year.”
Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, who spent $60,585 last quarter, told his constituents in upstate New York that he “cut $100 billion in government spending.” Hanna also said he “voted to reform the health care law to make it more affordable and accessible.” House Republicans, in fact, missed the mark to cut $100 billion in spending. Hanna’s office did not reply to requests for comment.
In his mailings, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) wanted to know how his constituents rank issues such as national security, abortion, illegal immigration, crime and jobs and the economy.
He also asked 11th District residents whether they would “like to receive periodic email updates so we can communicate without spending money on printing and postage,” adding that he “voted to eliminate a law that required all laws to be printed, saving taxpayers $7 million per year.”
He didn’t mention the $18,358 he spent on mailings last quarter.
Marin Cogan contributed to this report.
© 2011 Capitol News Company, LLC
Didn’t they run on cutting spending etc…..??!!
I believe their motto is ‘do what I say not what I do’ – effing hypocrites
I don’t mind too much the spending on informing constituents of the service and support they can get froom their Congressman, although, isn’t that what they’re supposed to be spending time on when they take a week off every other week to be at home with their constituents? Why can’t he speak with them directly about what he offers during those weeks at home..? The actual problem I have is the tens of thousands spent hiring people to advertise their duplicitous town halls, etc. Isn’t that why they have permanent staff in their offices? What are those staff members doing and getting paid for, since the Congressmen aren’t bothering to do any actual work.
Good morning. Gonna be 97 degrees with a heat index of 103 in the DC/MD area today. Stay cool folks.
I don’t think there is a stealth Republican candidate, and that is why they are so panicked. They know this is all they got. The realistic ones want to wait until 2016 when the field will be clear with no incumbent. Sarah Palin does not want to work, and actually putting together a campaign and actually running is work. She is lazy. Chris Matthews put it clearly and succinctly in his “Let me Finish” segment last night. She just wants to stir up distrust and hatred FOR government. She has no desire to actually govern. Look at her record….the only job she didn’t actually quit was being Mayor of Wasilla, and that was because she ran for and won another job. As long as she pretends to be running, she gets free publicity and press time. The moment that suspense is gone, she disappears. Look at Donald Trump…no more press time for him. She’s kept this suspense going for 2 1/2 years, and will continue for another 6 months.
Yes, there are economic forces at work we know nothing about, and that is frightening, which is why it is necessary for us to stay informed and work for good candidates in every level of election.
Spot on Carolyn. And what bothers me more, is that the press is so obsessed with her they can’t see straight. What has become of the media in this country is disgraceful. Back in the 80s when I first came to this country the media was of a different breed. When I used to live in D.C. and rode the train to work, the Washington Post and New York Times were part of my daily read. I read from front to cover, including the editorials. You had the likes of Dan Rather and Peter Jennings giving the news, with reporters out in the field giving you actual information.
A person like the woman from Wasilla, would have been laughed off the stage. The circus and parade of clowns presented to us as people who could actually run this country is unbelievable these days.
Take Donald Trump for example, running around challenging the birth right of our president and saying stupid things that made no sense without being challenged by any reputable, so-called persn in the media. People like Bob Scheiffer only came out to castigate him after President Obama had taken him to the woodshed — some profile in courage. The whole process is laughable.
The Republicans have no credible person for this race and knowing that, they want to use people like the woman from Wasilla to decry government,and push hate. But I do believe, just like they tried with the birth certificate, the socialist meme, the death panel meme, etc., they won’t have it that easy. They will have a fight on their hands.
I agree with you all about the sorry ass media.
While I think she may not be able to resist a “Draft Palin for VP” movement, you’ve hit the nail right on the head, carolyn! Palin wants the fame, the buzz and the cash…much easier to be a bus-ridin’, reality starrin’, Faux News commentatin’ celeb than a serious candidate.
I can’t help it. Every time I see Chancellor Merkel, I think about President Bush and the “back rub incident.”
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