Archive for August 15th, 2011

15
Aug
11

next stop…

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In case you missed the updated posts below, here are today’s townhalls:

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Ryan Rhodes from the Iowa Teabagger Revolution argues with President Obama during a town hall-style event at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.

Rhodes is a Bachmann groupie. Say no more.

Ryan? Go ***kkk yourself ;-)

15
Aug
11

“i have no problem with folks saying obama cares. i do care.”

Chatfield, Minnesota, August 15

ABC: At a town hall meeting on the first stop of his Midwest bus tour, President Obama brushed off criticism of his health care overhaul, which many Republicans commonly deride as “Obamacare.”

Today the president was referring to The Afffordable Care Act, which he pointed out is “also known as Obamacare.”

“By the way, I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care,” Obama said.  “If the other side wants to be the folks that don’t care, that’s fine with me.”

15
Aug
11

‘a good week for the tea party’

15
Aug
11

‘there is nothing too bats–t for these people….’

Rick Perry arrives for a campaign stop in Iowa City, August 15

Paul Begala (Daily Beast): I first met Rick Perry in 1985. He was a Democratic freshman state rep, straight off the ranch in Haskell, Texas. He wore his jeans so tight, and, umm, adjusted himself so often that my fellow young legislative aides and I used to call him Crotch. Even among state representatives, even among Texas Aggies (graduates of this cute remedial school we have in Texas), Perry stood out for his modest intellectual gifts. Hell, he got a C in animal breeding. I have goats who got an A in that subject. But lack of brains has never been a hindrance in politics.

… Rick Perry threw his hair in the ring on Saturday. His entrance into the GOP presidential field can be a game changer. Perry can raise money as well as Mitt. He can rally the base as well as Michele Bachmann, and he will say or do anything to win. And in today’s Republican Party, if you want to be the nominee you have to be willing to do some really crazy s–t.

You’d have thought that Mitt Romney was the guy who would do whatever it takes. Like the defendant in a Stalinist show trial, Mitt has renounced everything about his prior life: his positions on gay rights, abortion rights, TARP, gun control, campaign finance, immigration, etc. Abandoning nearly everything you have stood for certainly evinces a desire to win (if not a steely spine).

… Perry told The Daily Beast’s Andrew Romano that Social Security is “a Ponzi scheme,” and that both it and Medicare are unconstitutional… he has already flirted with secession. Secession? Even Jefferson Davis opposed secession when he was a senator from Mississippi. When you’re more open to secession than Jefferson Davis was a century and a half ago, well, you’ve gone pretty far.

…. Perry will claim that Texas leads the nation in jobs created. As a joke currently circulating in the Lone Star State puts it, “Sure, Perry has created thousands of jobs. I’m working three of them.” Texas does in fact lead the nation in minimum-wage jobs and in both the number of people who are uninsured and the percentage of the population that’s uninsured. Under the supposedly antigovernment Perry, government jobs grew at twice the rate of private-sector jobs.

… he presided over the execution of one of his constituents, Cameron Todd Willingham, who was probably innocent. But I’m not sure that’s a liability in today’s Tea Party–obsessed GOP. There’s a legend in Lone Star politics that one of Perry’s Republican rivals in Texas tested the Willingham issue in a focus group. One Republican man, the story goes, squinted and said, “Well, I like that. Takes a lot of balls to execute an innocent man.” At that moment, folks say, Perry’s rival knew opposing him was fruitless.

….he has the most important quality of all: the willingness to do whatever it takes. That’s truer than ever in relation to today’s Tea Party–dominated Republican Party. You’ve gotta be willing to do anything, say anything, accept anything, propose anything, endorse anything, pledge anything. There is nothing too bats–t for these people….

Full article here

15
Aug
11

decorah, iowa town hall

President Obama participates in a town hall event in front of a barn at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, August 15

15
Aug
11

child’s play

Children from public schools in the town of Chatfield, Minnesota, help President Obama get up after he sat down with them for a picture

15
Aug
11

lunch-break

President talks with, from left, Lydia Schaefer, 6, her grandmother Ruth Rebbe, and her sister Morgan Schaefer, 10, outside The Coffee Mill Restaurant, Aug. 15, in Zumbrota, Minn.

President Obama has lunch with five post 9/11 Minnesota veterans at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, August 15

President Obama hands off a dessert pie to his assistant Reggie Love at the Coffee Mill cafe in Zumbrota

15
Aug
11

it is the democratic party….

15
Aug
11

the cannon falls, minnesota town hall

President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn.

15
Aug
11

all aboard

President Obama is greeted by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as he arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

…. with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken

President Obama boards his bus at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, August 15

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In this Sept. 12, 2009 file photo, Igor Vovkovinskiy, 27, of Rochester, Minn, standing 7-feet and 8-inches tall, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after a health insurance reform rally in Minneapolis

Today:

Igor Vovkovinskiy, the self proclaimed biggest supporter of President Barack Obama, takes a photo with cheerleaders from the Cannon Falls high school prior to a town hall event at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park, in Cannon Falls, Minn. , Monday, Aug. 15

15
Aug
11

monday

Live here

President Barack Obama walks from Marine One to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Monday, Aug. 15, en route to Minnesota to begin a three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest

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Wolf Blitzer’s interview with the President will air at 6 p.m. ET. on CNN today




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