70 Responses to “meanwhile, out in the real world…..”


  1. 1 Sue in Minnesota
    August 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Tell it! It is up to us to speak the truth.

    Thanks Kasai, good find.

  2. 2 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This is great!

  3. August 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Wow.. she really teared me up.. what an adorable effervescent intelligent down to earth human being and outstanding spokesperson for the tangible- real life, concrete ways this President has CHANGED lives for the better. Thank you Kasai and thank you @baratunde for the video.

    Now everyone please join me and send this to Maxine Waters, Mr. Conyers, Tavis & Cornel.. and all the news networks.

  4. 4 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you Kasai for this goldmine of a find. Chipsticks thanks for your Twitter share button. I am going to tweet the heck out of this. C’mon twitter and email TOD’ers brigade. We can tweet and email this to everyone in the media and most importantly to the people on the Obama campaign, this is re-election goldmine; because this is a real middleclass person who has been GREATLY helped by President Obama’s policies. Some twitter handles suggestions: @PressSec (That’s Jay Carney) @billburton716 @davidaxelrod @pfeiffer44 @BarackObama @OFA @Whitehouse @baratunde(he made the video) @MaxineWaters @CBC @repjohnconyers @repbarbaralee @DNC @DWSTweets (Debbie Wasserman Schultz) @NancyPelosi @DCCC, Steve Israel, @jeremybird @Archuleta2012. All the naysayers and fickle supporters have to see this evidence that President Obama needs to be re-elected because he FIGHTS for all Americans to get a fair share of the American dream. Thanks again Kasai.

    • August 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      thanks ut for all the twitter names.. I did do CBC and Waters, but what a great idea to do the administration and the campaign also. excellent!

      • 6 utaustinliberal
        August 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        You’re welcome sherijir.

        ps: For everyone, the correct twitter handle for the CBC is @OfficialCBC. As Sherijir said, we can tweet it to Smiley & West. @tavissmiley @CornelWest.

    • August 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      That’s actually not the hook-up for the DNC. It’s @TheDemocrats

    • August 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      I’ve tweeted this to Larry O, Don Lemons and others I’m saying these are the kind of people they should be interviewing and I also sent a tweet to Maxine Waters

      @MaxineWaters this lady doesn’t agree with you http://t.co/tpj98ZU /via @wordpressdotcom

  5. 10 halo
    August 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Associated Press reporters with the rebels coming from the west into Tripoli said they reached the city’s Janzour suburb at nightfall on Sunday. They were greeted by civilians lining the streets and waving rebel flags.

    GOOD NEWS!! LOOKS LIKE PBO’S STRATEGY TO HELP THE REBELS HELP THEMSELVES IS WORKING!!!

  6. 11 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    You’re welcome Chips….and all of you here:-):-)

    Just thought it would be good to hear from regular folks once in a while….and not these so called journalist out there…

    Peace and Blessings………Happy Sunday:-)

    • 12 prettyfoot58
      August 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you….

      i love this site…so many insightful…intelligent…caring…knowledgable folks…I LOVE IT….

      i sent that video to my email list and to the OFA_PA…..i also tweeted ny thanks to baratunde…i wonder if he has made other videos like this one…

  7. 13 GGail
    August 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks kasai and Chipsticks. This is a woman who is plugged in to what President Obama is providing for the American people. We need to send this to every person we know so they can SEE how the President’s programs work for the average person.

    GET PLUGGED IN!

    It would also be nice if President Obama was able to view this video for himself. It would make his heart sing! It made my eyes will with tears of joy for this woman and everyone else who was blessed through her and her awareness!!!

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      August 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      GGail – Let’s both not get greedy (ha ha), but I’d like to see a video of President Obama watching the video! I’d like to see that smile on his face! Now!

    • 15 prettyfoot58
      August 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      and yanno GGail…how many other folks could benefit from these things…

      sometimes it is in the knowing of things

      • 16 GGail
        August 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        prettyfoot 58, and in the sharing of information such as this and everything that Chipsticks posts here at TOD. some people just need to be shown that it can happen for them too. I encourage my family and friends to check out whitehouse.gov to see what programs and policies are posted. get to know the FACTS not the RUMORS.

  8. 17 cuphalffull
    August 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Our small family business (third generation) was almost taken out by the crash. The President saved the auto industry and that helped save us because a big part of what we make gets sold into the auto industry. We had B of A as our bank until last Friday. We had never missed a payment of interest or principle but with the crash of building values our structure lost a third of its value and the ratio of our assets to debt no longer fit the agreement we had with the bank (covenant) so they almost foreclosed. Also we became aware that they really didn’t want small businesses that made stuff on their portfolio anymore (really!) but thanks to the protest of workers in a large plant in the Midwest over a similar threat of foreclosure and I am sure the pressure the administration put on B of A (because of course they had been bailed out) the plant was kept open. About that time B of A gave us a “waiver”, however they jacked up our interest rates, imposed huge “fees” which we had to pay out every quarter for as long as we stayed with them (remember they want us out) and made us hire a multi hundred dollar an hour “management cunsultant” who we now know probably was there just to make sure B of A got the most out of us when we were foreclosed upon. At that time the medium sized banks were not in a position to take on new customers. However, when the administration spearheaded the semi-guaranteed loans for small businesses through the SBA, medium sized banks that had our info were suddenly coming out to speak with us. In the end we we didn’t need to actually get a loan from the program but it loosened things up so that we had over a dozen banks to choose from, could get much better terms and select someone who seemed to know about our industry. We signed on Friday of last week.

    Our small business supports my ailing mom, myself and my sibs, all of our children and the families of several people that have been working with us for their entire working life and now their kids are joining us. All of that would be gone today, all the expertise and know how and long standing relationships, if it weren’t for the President, his administration and the Dems that worked for these bills, IMHO.

  9. August 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hey, I remember seeing this about a year or so ago! Good find, Kasai! :lol: :lol: I wonder how/if she would add to this in 2011? America does currently have a smart, caring president who is a ‘keeper’.

  10. 24 Karen Sr.
    August 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This is my all time favorite video. I’m still smiling. Great find, Kasai. And if it weren’t for Chips….well, you know the rest. Off to tweet….

  11. 25 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    We need to remind ourselves that the pundits on TV and in the blogosphere are for the most part VERY affluent and would not suffer under a Republican Presidency. I believe that they are genuinely afraid that if PBO gets re-elected, he will implement policies that would force them to give up some of their excessive profits which will be funneled in the form of decent wages and meaningful jobs to those who are in the middle and working classes. So we cannot allow ourselves to be brainwashed by their drivel about President Obama. They are NOT for the middle-class, they are for the upper 2%. And we can expect that going forward until Nov 2012, the MSM will be increasingly vicious towards this president.

  12. 26 TrumpDog
    August 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    No mention of unicorns farting gold glitter and pissing rainbows.

    FAIL

    Seriously, and inspiring and uplifting video. The lady on it seems so happy and positive. Loved seeing that. :-)

  13. August 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Many thanks to Baratunde Thurston for this fabulous video. Loved it when I first saw it over a year ago, and it never gets old.

    • 28 HZ
      August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you Kasai for the video. How it puts things in a frame to reach back on and be quickly reminded how things were and can cchange with great people thinking and acting together. That goes to Chipsticks for making this a continued beautiful and positive and respectful have for our TOD family. Thank you so much HZ

  14. 29 prettyfoot58
    August 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I like that slogan….

    YES WE CAN
    YES WE DID

    YES WE MUST CONTINUE…..

  15. 30 ChristiMtl
    August 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I didn’t watch the morning shows this morning, it’s a good thing. I just read this from Jake Tapper interview with D. Axelrod.

    Jake Tapper: Are you aware of how profoundly disappointed so many of the president’s supporters are?” ABC’s Jake Tapper asked on behalf of Moore. “Do you realize that each time the president moves to the right, he picks up no votes and loses many? Or do you cynically believe that because these people have nowhere else to go, they’ll end up voting for Obama?”

    What a snake, what a vile RW tool. PROFOUNDLY disapointed. Please!

    I’ve been following american politics for years but I’m still in shock of how corrupt the media is, how RW control the airwaves, press, radio. I can’t believe how manipulative they are and how people fall for it. No wonder republicans have been in power a lot longer than Democrats.

    As a Canadian, it’s like 2 different worlds.

    Lying is Illegal in Canada(‘s news broadcasts)

    ”The Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission, announced that its regulation forbidding Canadian newscasters from broadcasting lies on the air will not be changed. The committee had discussed a proposal which would have softened the blanket prohibition on falsity on Canadian TV news; broadcasters wouldn’t be liable for lies that were accidental or harmless. But Canadians revolted, the commission relented, and the result is that the Canadian law against online fabrication remains strict”.

    There’s a right-wing channel now in Canada, Sun TV, I think they started in April this year

    Here what’s happening to them:

    Sun TV was in fact given a license to broadcast in Canada. This happened because some honest, rational authorities in Canada, knowing Sun TV had never broadcast anything anywhere before, these officials felt that they could hardly block the new channel with a pre-emptive strike (straight out of Bush II’s manual for righteous war making) based on what what they thought or had been told what Sun TV’s intentions were. Because the anti-lying provision is still intact, Sun TV has not become the Fox News-style, right wing propaganda machine it wanted to be. It can’t. Sun TV must play by Canadian broadcast rules or lose their license to broadcast in Canada.

    Journalists are suppose to tell facts, not lies, not spins, not fabrication, not propaganda. This is not journalism, it’s propaganda, it’s politics. It’s a different ball game and it’s controlling the narrative and it’s dangerous.

    No wonder they are responsible for the rise of the far-right.

    • August 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      What was Axe’s response?

      • 32 ChristiMtl
        August 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        AXELROD: Well, first of all, no one is cynically moving one way or the other. The president is not moving left or right; he’s interested in moving the country forward.

        And we’ve got a very, very sharp debate here. And the question is, are we going to take steps in the short run to help stimulate this economy, to help create jobs, to help create growth? And are we going to take the steps in the long run that will protect the investments that can grow our economy and, most importantly, Jake, can create good middle-class jobs in the future on which people can raise their families?

        Transcript: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-jon-huntsman/story?id=14350219&page=12

        • August 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

          He didn’t really answer the question..:)

          • August 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

            Well saying Firebaggers and PUMA’s can go suck a rotten egg may not go over so well.

          • 36 Karen Sr.
            August 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

            I think what Axe did was refused to take the bait about profound disappointment, rejected the premise that the President is looking at policies as left or right but forward, and pivoted to the message the administration wants to send about jobs, jobs, jobs. A nicely framed answer for a purposefully skewed question.

          • 37 prettyfoot58
            August 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

            “Do you realize that each time the president moves to the right, he picks up no votes and loses many? Or do you cynically believe that because these people have nowhere else to go, they’ll end up voting for Obama?”

            i think he changed the dynamics of the question…by asking another question…by posing his own talking point…..there is no answer to Jake’s question that does not lead to a trap….and Axelrod wisley poses a more important question…

            And the question is, are we going to take steps in the short run to help stimulate this economy, to help create jobs, to help create growth? And are we going to take the steps in the long run that will protect the investments that can grow our economy and, most importantly, Jake, can create good middle-class jobs in the future on which people can raise their families?

        • 39 TrumpDog
          August 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

          Good answer by Axelrod. Nice job.

          FU, Tapper.

  16. 45 Bobfr
    August 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Out in the real world, IN_DEED!!!

    ChangeInLibya Mhalwes ALEX CRAWFORD IS NOW IN THE CENTRE OF TRIPOLI. CIVILIANS POURING OUT OF THEIR HOMES HUGGING REBELS. CELEBRATIONS. NO GADDAFI FORCES

    2107 21 August 2011 – that is a major moment in history

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!!!

    • 46 Kasai
      August 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Wohooooooo!!!!!!!!! Bobfr…thank you so much for the great news!!!!

      Let it be known…that this is President Obama brilliant work behind the scene….his plan to involve everyone…with patience and wisdom, is something that a Great Leader does.

      Freedom for Libya could be closer than we think….Halleluiah!!

      • 47 Bobfr
        August 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        Absolutely, Kasai!!

        Alex is now broadcasting live!!!!!

        FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Thank you President Obama, thank you for your brilliant courageous leadership

  17. 48 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Maybe we should start holding their employer accountable for lies they spin…Hear CNN? MSNBC..If lying is an offense shouldn’t they be sued for misrepresentation to the American People…Like in any civil court? I mean Freedom of Speech doesn’t give you the right to willfully lie am I right?

  18. August 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Guys, follow #tripoli. It’s amazing.

  19. 53 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Al Jazeera reports: Rebels have entered Qaddafi’s daughter’s home.

  20. 54 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Rebels reaching #Tripoli from 3 directions: #Azzawiya, #Missrata and the Western Mountains. Thats a Game Over of the Gaddafi regime!

  21. 55 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Here’s more tweets coming frm Lybia

    “Whatever support Gaddafi had has melted. The ppl feel liberated, an amazing sight” – Alex Crawford #Tripoli #Libya

    Prisoners (from early protests) are being released across Tripoli by Freedom Fighters #Libya #Tripoli

    So emotional no words to describe this! Pure goosebumps!! Green square amazzzzingggg ya ALLAH tonight inshallah!!! #Libya #Tripoli

    As the fighters reach the west of #Tripoli at nightfall, they’re greeted by an outpouring of celebration #libya bit.ly/oe

    Gen Wesley Clark says Gaddafi is reaching a decision point. Either negotiate or plead for his life.

  22. 56 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    LPC from OppContact outside #Tripoli says he just received word from Tripoli Coalition that “it is over. rebels are now in control of city.”

    Caller on AJA is saying there is a rumor that Gaddafi has been captured. <- VERY UNCONFIRMED #Libya #Tripoli

    ndependence flag with tri-color is flying high on the castle of Martyrs Square in #Tripoli center. #Libya

    The live feed from sky is incredible Crowds of people welcoming the ff's into #Tripoli. No resistance anywhere. They're moving freely #libya

  23. 57 desertflower
    August 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Amazing day!! Sweet freedom is ever closer for the Libyan people. Kasai, thank you so much for finding that jewel of a video:) Perfect representation of some of the wonderful programs instituted by this President.

  24. 58 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Qaddafi’s son Saif has been captured (confirmed).

  25. 59 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    No Problem Desert :-)

    So glad for the Lybian people….The marched, they died..for Freedom to be within reach..
    What ever God they believe..Our values and human cause remains universal…Love, and the Freedom to exercise Democracy!!

  26. 61 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    From Twitter:

    BREAKING! AJA Breaking announces NOW: the katiba in charge of protecting Gaddafi surrenders #Tr

  27. 62 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    The militia that’s responsible for protecting Ghaddafi surrender and gave up their weapons.

    Al Jazeera: sources confirm arrest of Gaddafi’s two sons: Saif Gadafi and Sady in #Tripoli #Libya

    AJA sources: Brigade assigned to defend Muammar Gaddafi have given themselves up and laid down their weapons.

    • 63 desertflower
      August 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Holy Crap! Just a matter of time now before Daffy gets his due. Turned on CNN and someone for the rebels said that he wanted Daffy and all his cronies to stand trial before the people of Libya for his crimes.

  28. 66 Kasai
    August 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Egyptian Military analyst to Al JAzeera: The capture of Green Square in Tripoli is a great news for the revolution & a message to Gadafi.

    Al Arabiya: Coalition forces: The Gaddafi regime is crumbling in front of out eyes #Libya

  29. August 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Maybe this video should be sent to Maxine Water. :-)


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