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the speech

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First lady Michelle Obama greets Kelcie Fisher, a senior at Open High in Richmond, Virginia

…. with Rep. Eliot Engle, D-NY

Eric Cantor takes notes during President Barack Obama’s speech

Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La


538 Responses to “the speech”


  1. 1 collegekay
    September 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Yayyy it’s almost time <333

  2. September 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    From Booman: http://networkedblogs.com/mL19o

    “My impression after talking to senior White House officials is that the president is going a little larger than we’ve been led to expect. I’m not authorized to give details of the plan, but I think it will be worth watching his speech because he will be making some news. Keeping in mind that the jobs plan is kind of a hybrid between actually trying to improve the economy and the jobs situation on the one hand, and scoring political points on the other, I think they’ve done a good job.”

    • 6 lamh34
      September 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I just read this. I trust Booman’s analysis. He’s always very reasonable and realistics

    • 7 StR
      September 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      $300B was leaked, so the little less than $450B number rumored could be legit. The political points will come in the fact that it’s all paid for and all the proposals have had broad bi-partisan support in the recent past.

    • 8 hopefruit2
      September 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      gobrooklyn I posted this just after you did! :)

  3. September 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I am so nervous/anxious right now. I feel like one of my children is about to go on stage or something.

  4. 13 Fred
    September 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I will log off 20 minutes before the speech to get in the right mind frame and say a good prayer for the President so that he is inspired by the good Lord and that nobody disrupts him like Joe Wilson did

  5. September 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Tweety, rachel snd the rest of the pl will be on afterwards!
    These guys are under orders, to be mean and rotten!

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Here’s something from Booman:

    /// “My impression after talking to senior White House officials is that the president is going a little larger than we’ve been led to expect. I’m not authorized to give details of the plan, but I think it will be worth watching his speech because he will be making some news…The president is going to spend the next couple of months pushing this bill, and we can either support him in those efforts or we can stand on the sidelines flinging poo.” ///

    http://www.boomantribune.com/

  7. September 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Twitter folks – Join the discussion using @WHLive and #jobsnow

  8. September 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Joe B. just gave Boehner a real hearty greeting. Too hearty, imho. I don’t think I could hug Boehner, no matter what.

  9. 23 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Rachel….Lawrence…..Ed….

    The President should say……

    blah…blah….blah……

  10. 26 collegekay
    September 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hey guys, the WH feed is up.

    Here’s the HD version with the graph. http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

  11. September 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    CNN just listened into Biden and Boehner’s conversation. Boehner was thrilling Biden with his golf game, telling about his birdies, wished he could have played 9 more etc. Boehner’s golf schedule was probably the real reason Obama couldn’t speak last night.

  12. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Rev. Al has the MSNBC “prime time dead” opinionators on. Here are the words I picked up on, from their intros about the speech:

    Rachel: people are feeling “hopeless and that’s not a good thing for any country” (Debbie Downer)

    Lawrence: “attempt at a governing speech (attempt because he has to get Republicans to go along with him)” (Tried to Sound Intellectual)

    Ed: Wow – nothing much bad – even said “the President has the wind at his back tonight” and “this is not about solidifying his base; it’s about solidifying the economy” and “nothing wrong with his saying: Buy American” (What? Did somebody get to Ed?)

    Chris: (spitting) “A great leader has to be feared as well as loved … people don’t fear him” (The Third Reich is gone, Chris … so is Gaddafi, for all intents and purposes … welcome to the 21st century)

    • 30 Sue in Minnesota
      September 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Love is stronger than hate. I agree Jackie-O Chris has been left behind.

      Absolutely sick to my stomach….I’ll calm down as soon as he is introduced.

  13. 31 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Chris Matthews..

    STFU !

  14. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    caught a glimpse of President Obama and First Lady leaving the White House. I hope that the angry people protesting the President’s environmental record can be happy that our First Lady appears to be “recycling” her prior purple dress she wore when they first made many people across the world notice the fist-bump

  15. September 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Oh good grief! :roll:
    Shut up Tweety.

    • 44 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I can’t beleive you guys watch any of the cable news networks. Newsflash….MSNBC is not Progressive. I can’t do it. It is the same GARBAGE 24/7 add nauseam. We non watchers appreciate your reports even though it can be somewhat irratating and repetitive. Keep up the good work. Obama/Biden 2012!!

  16. 46 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Ed Schultz is complaining.

  17. September 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Wish I could watch the speech but I’m at school and have class at 6:30. I’ll just follow along on Twitter when my professor isn’t looking! Good luck to Obama! I know he’ll do amazing like always!

  18. September 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Ed Schultz is staying true to form, bashing Obama right before the speech. Is he a plant? I’m starting to get suspicious of people.

  19. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    have my mute button in action until I can see two of my most favorite people in the whole world – President and First Lady

  20. 53 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Are we ready!!!!!!!

  21. 54 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    The WH feed is choppy……

  22. 56 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I hope a Teabagger doesn’t unplug his Teleprompter while he is in the middle of the speech.

  23. September 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Is it my imagination, or is Boehner already slurring his words? :D

  24. 59 Marlz
    September 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The girl that Mrs. Biden hugged looked so happy and breathless! I would be toooo!

  25. 60 Marlz
    September 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I could never be a politician. . . after what Boner has done to smile like that with him! NEVER!!!

  26. September 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I’m soooo looking forward to this..

  27. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Chips – Thanks for posting the image of a previous Congressional address with Speaker for Life Pelosi in it! Thanks for giving us a place to hang during the speech!

  28. 63 collegekay
    September 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The First Lady looks gorge as usual.

    • 64 anniebella
      September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      I haven’t seen the First Lady that much here lately, I’m just happy to see her. My Lovely First Lady, okay our lovely First Lady.

  29. 65 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Wow, I love Michelle’s dress!

  30. 67 lamh34
    September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    for anyone who cares. FLOTUS is wearing the “fist-bump” dress, just with a smaller belt

  31. September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Whoa, I have to watch online via cnn.. w/o talking heads, but there was sound coming from Boehner and VP Biden.. Boehner says “I’m trying to have an adult moment for the rest of these people”. Ha!

  32. September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    NBC nightly news said something big happened in the mational security area the president has been briefed! and they will be reporting om it!

    I wonder what this could be???

  33. September 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Sit down already cabinet.

  34. 80 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    September 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Hey guys is there anyone that is acutally sayiing postive things about the upcoming speech? If not I was just log into TOD after it is all over. I can’t stomach the minute by minute reports of the HATING PUNDITS! :mad:

    That said I am at work and have my DVR set to CNBC for the Joint Session. I will watch in its entirety when I get home from work and while I’m watching PBO take it home I will be tuned into TOD. Have fun with the CRAZY PUNDITS!!!

    • 81 lamh34
      September 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      The President’s Speech

      by BooMan

      My impression after talking to senior White House officials is that the president is going a little larger than we’ve been led to expect. I’m not authorized to give details of the plan, but I think it will be worth watching his speech because he will be making some news…

      I believe the ideas in the president’s speech will be put into a Senate bill and it will move with Reid and Durbin’s leadership..

      The president is going to spend the next couple of months pushing this bill, and we can either support him in those efforts or we can stand on the sidelines flinging poo.

      I’ll let you make up your mind after you see the speech and learn what’s in the bill…

  35. September 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    The threat is directed towards ny and dc. Well, guess that steps all over his jobs message!

    Always something!

  36. September 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Bob Schieffer says the speech has a pugnacious tone – go Mr.President!!

  37. September 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    TODers – between you and me our guy is looing goooood. Love him in blue ties.

  38. September 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Alright Congress is a bunch of suck-ups.. you should hear them. Now some ARE saying “We’ve got your back” They’d darn well better.

  39. 92 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You are welcome sir.

  40. 93 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Standing and applauding

  41. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    here we go

  42. 98 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    There’s our guy looking wonderful. He’s just as sweet as he can be. I am crazy about this man. He is just good inside.

  43. September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    And awaaaaaayyyyyy we go….. So great that this was after last night’s debacle. This is the President right here.

  44. September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Ugh – Cantor – creep

  45. 101 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Bitch slapped the reporters.

  46. 102 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    COOL!!! ONLINE/WHITEHOUSE.GOV – they have corresponding facts & charts!!! WIN

  47. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    everyone does their fair shake

  48. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Cantor – wrinkled up face – from all the hate inside; practicing his pouty face

    President Obama – young and energetic and fired up – from all the love of country inside.

  49. September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Stop the political circus!!!!

    Yes!

  50. 106 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    THAT’S MY PRESIDENT!!

  51. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    The kids in the classroom are being quiet. The professor is talking.

    Nancy Pelosi is smiling from ear to ear!

  52. 108 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    the question is: can we stop the political circus and actual do something to help the economy

  53. 109 collegekay
    September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Guys OMFG. The storm just wiped out the power in my dorm so I can’t even get on the Internet or watch the speech. UGH!!! My WH
    iPhone app keeps crashing too. I couldn’t have worse luck right now. :(

  54. 111 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Congress can help. Lets see if they will do as he asks.

  55. 112 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Starts off with “I’m sending you legislation…….” so NONE of them can complain about “where’s the plan Mr. President?”

  56. 113 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Pass it right away.

  57. 114 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    you should pass this jobs plan right away

  58. 115 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Love how Boehner isn’t clapping for cutting payroll taxes………how is that possible? It’s a TAX CUT!

  59. 117 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    If you are watching on White House you see graphics. It’s cool.

  60. 118 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    OMG – tax breaks for HIGHER WAGES – let the GOP sit on that!!! :lol:

  61. 119 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    President Obama hit the ground running……

  62. September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    “You should pass it right away”! Yes, we agree Mr. President

  63. 121 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    God I love that he keeps repeating “you should pass this right away”…….awesome!

  64. September 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Boehner’s not listening, he’s too busy saying ‘hell no you can’t!” in his mind over and over…

  65. 126 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Is someome booing?

  66. 128 kittypat
    September 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    He’s on fire!

  67. 131 FiredUpInCA
    September 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I get the impression that the President would like Congress to pass this jobs bill right away. That’s just my hunch.

  68. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Just mentioned the bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky – isn’t Boehner from Ohio? Ha ha ha.

  69. 135 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Please make your voices heard. WE need an army on the phone during and after the speech:

    Call-In Numbers:

    
 Democrats: (202) 624-1111
    
 Republicans: (202) 624-1115
    
 Independents: (202) 624-0760
    
 Outside U.S.: (202) 737-2579

    Email: journal@c-span.org

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/cspanwj

  70. September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Boehner – is that a pink tie? – yeech it doesn’t suit you. It doesn’t go with orange.

  71. 137 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’m watching on whitehouse.gov and I love how they have the graphics to emphasize the points the President is making.

  72. 139 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    infrastructure made America a super power …… are we going to let infrastructure be built in China while our are falling apart

  73. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    People for “great schools” just stood. Everybody who didn’t go to school? Still sitting.

  74. September 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    MADE IT!!!!!!!!!! Was writing my clinical notes as I started watching. PBO is on FIYAH!!!!!!! I don’t wanna miss anything so I’m gonna stay in the clinic until he’s done.

  75. September 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hell yes, he roll called my city of Houston. Mr. President, you are on the right path!

  76. 143 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    No more bridges to no where. I love it!

  77. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    bridge between Ohio and Kentucky

  78. 145 57andFemale
    September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    My husband has stomach problems tonight. I picked up Kaopectate for him. I think Boehner needs it more than my husband — at least he certainly looks like he does.

    God, I love my President.

  79. September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Love the tagline – YOU SHOULD PASS IT RIGHT AWAY!!

  80. September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    LOVE the passion and determination in his voice. WOW.

  81. 150 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    He is on Fireeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr

  82. September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Trumka is smiling his ass off. He’s hearing stuff he likes.
    Pass this bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong.

  83. 152 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Did he just say again “YOU SHOULD PASS IT RIGHT AWAY” …. I am loving this.

  84. September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Ex—-cellent so far! Masterful! Pass this bill right now!

  85. September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    PASS IT RIGHT AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    KNOCK IT OUT THE PARK, POTUS!

  86. 155 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I am getting goose bumps. Haven’t in a long time, “pass this jobs bill…” like that opening…

  87. 156 SallyKat
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Obama to Congress: Pass the damn bill!!

    Now that’s what I’m talking about.

  88. 157 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Boner you had to stand up for that.

  89. 158 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    At least the Repubs stand on that.

  90. September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Pass this jobs bill so our soldiers, who risked their lives, can have a job when they come home.

  91. 160 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    The President:

    Pass this bill.

    Pass this bill.

    Pass this bill.

    Me:

    Yee-haw!

    Finally, Boehner and Rs stand when President says military shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they get home.

  92. 161 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    That’s my (excuse me ‘our’) president, hoisting them by their own petard by emphasizing how many aspects of the plan have already had bi-partisan support and that they (Congress) need to pass this bill NOW! I’m loving it. First standing O, way to go Mr President – I love you and how you love our country!

  93. September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Our guy is doing great isn’t he?

  94. 163 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    the last thing veterans should do is look for jobs after serving in harm’s way

  95. September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Paul Ryan writing his resignation as he listens to PO speak – I wish.

  96. September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Just showed Paul Ryan looking down and looking sad. Ugh.

  97. 166 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    “You should pass this right away, pass this jobs bill…” F—-g. Brilliant.

  98. September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Look at little Paul Ryan doodling…………HAHAHAHAHAHA…………he’s out of his league!

    PASS IT RIGHT AWAY! PASS IT RIGHT AWAY!!!!!!!!!
    :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

  99. 168 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    He really is boxing them in by explicitly calling out all the programs and bills that Republicans have supported or proposed themselves.

    Love it! Just keeps repeating “Pass this jobs bill”!!

  100. 169 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Go after Grover Norquist!!!

  101. 170 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Fire brand. What did he eat for lunch. I need some of it.

  102. 171 SallyKat
    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I can see the chant now when the President goes on the road:

    PASS THE BILL!

    PASS THE BILL!

    PASS THE BILL!

  103. September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    OH SNAP ——- HE JUST CALLED OUT THE OATHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Some asses will be hurting tonight…………………..LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    He called them out on the Grover Norquist pledge – good for you Mr.President

  105. 175 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    President: “I know that some of you have sworn oaths to never raise taxes on anybody for as long as you live. So … ”

    You could hear the Democrats howl at that one!

  106. 176 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Oh slam! “I know some of you have signed oaths to not raise taxes on anyone as long as you live……”!! Hahaha!!!

  107. September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    OMG—-he went there—-some of you have signed an oath to never raise taxes as long as you live!!!!!!

  108. 180 nospin
    September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    DANG!!!! PBO just knocked them out

    Ya’ll swore to never raise taxes on anyone ever — so don’t stop now. don’t raise taxes on the middle class

  109. 181 Andogriff
    September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    He is doing great!!!

  110. September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Have I mentioned today How Much I love this President? What a man what a mighty fine man. C O N F I D E N T~L E A D E R~L E A D I NG!

    Kicking all their asses. So glad America gets to compare those clowns from last night to the Master in charge tonight!

  111. 184 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    American Jobs Act is trending on Twitter (US)!!!

    PASS THE DAMN JOBS BILL NOW!

  112. September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Seriously?! PBO is the shiznit!!!! He just slammed their Grover Norquest no tax pledge.

  113. 188 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    OH baby – President Obama is on a roll. He is hitting on all cylinders.

  114. 191 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    some of you have sworn that you will never raise taxes in life; now is not the time to curve out exeptions and raise taxes

  115. 192 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    They pay for Medicare and SS so they earn it!!!!

  116. September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Revamp the tax code – yes!

  117. 194 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Fireeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr dam you sir.

  118. 195 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    We need a tax code where everyone pays their fair share.

  119. September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Boner has his donned his most constipated look just for the occasion.

  120. 199 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Increase the amount to decrease deficits, agreed to in July, to cover the American Jobs Act! He’s asking for increased cuts! Hey, Rs, what say you?

    PBO’s asking for gradual reform of Medicare and Medicaid. “We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.” Lindsay Graham just stood up (oh, no, Mr. President, you put Lindsay in range of the camera!).

    PBO mentioned Warren Buffet, again! (Good – many Americans in the viewing public haven’t heard what he said.)

  121. 200 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    tax code should reward companies that invest right here in America

  122. 201 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Companies should not get a tax cut for lobbyist!!!!

  123. 202 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    tax advantages to companies that invest in America by creating jobs, whoo-boy, what a concept!

  124. 203 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hillary’s clapping so hard, her hands must hurt. She looks good tonight!

  125. 205 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    loving the graphics on Whitehiuse.com

  126. 206 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    We have to ask ourselves “WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES?”

  127. 207 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    ooops, whitehouse.gov

  128. September 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Harsling (R-Texas) looks like he’s dressed for Halloween in his Dad’s suit.

  129. 210 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    this is simple math math and i know what Americans will choose

  130. September 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    DAMN, MY PRESIDENT AIN’T NEVERRRRRRRRR SCARED!!!!!

    He’s head and shoulders above every single imp that was “debating” last night. Can’t touch this.

  131. 214 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    outbuild, out educate, and out innovate every other country if we want to compete – THIS!

  132. 215 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    we must out-build, out-educate and out-innovate other nations

  133. 216 a4alice
    September 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    You guys he’s not done yet but I think he’s hitting it out of the ballpark I really like what he’s saying

  134. September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Pass this bill and John boner will cry! Lol!

  135. September 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Man, the whitehouse.gov site is the bomb. This needs to be the model for ALL future sites, seriously.

  136. 220 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Made in America. Dang

  137. 223 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    want to see companies sell more products stamped with three simple words “Made in America”

  138. September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Stamped Made in America..Go PBO! Not made in China like Maxine’s dusty wig.

  139. 227 TrumpDog
    September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this man.
    Love him love him love him.

    He’s (so far) knocking this the fuck outta the park.

    Wonder what the “progressive left” will complain about. :roll:

    • September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      fauxgressives will whine that it’s just a speech while they’re pissing on themselves.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Ezra Klein just gave Obama’s speech a B+——he managed to get out “it was a good speech”—-luke warmly —-guess he feels he could have done better—and in reality couldn’t even come close. These pundits—–worthless.

      • 230 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        September 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        :roll: I don’t understand why you folks expect anything different from these clown. Lets focus on getting this BILL passed.

      • 231 anniebella
        September 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        Honestly I don’t give a dam what Ezra Klien thinks, or any of the other pundits think. This President is working for the American people, those who are suffering. To hell with these know it all journalists and pundits. Excuse my bad language, please.

  140. 233 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    company internships and training for engineers? Just in time for my son, a sophomore at MIT

  141. September 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    This is a result of all the work Mr President and his Administration did when they were in office, this is why this speech has REAL substance.

  142. 236 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    President:

    “All of us will have to up our game.”

    (to the Rs) “I know you guys must be for this … ”

    Me:

    Just saw Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia not clapping with the other Democrats. Selling his soul to get re-elected, right in front of us.

  143. 243 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This is the man we know and love!!!!! This is why we support him.

  144. September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I hope this goes right to the top of the hour, bleed into 8pm even. Don’t give the talking heads any time to poison people by poo-pooing it.

  145. 246 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I just realized why Cantor and Boehner are not moving their facial muscles. They’re having a staring contest with each other. Like my grandkids do.

  146. 249 nospin
    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I REJECT . . . . go PO

  147. 250 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    A shout out for the unions!

  148. 251 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    President Barack Obama:

    Made in America!

  149. 252 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    lol job! Staring contest, like the grandkids….

  150. 254 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Collective bargaining Buyah

  151. 255 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    what we cannot do, what I will not do is to use this economic crisis to eliminate protections that have benefited people.

    we should not be engaged in a race to the bottom, we should be a race to the top

  152. September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    “WHAT I WILL NOT DO IS LET THIS CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS BE USED AS AN EXCUSE TO WIPE OUT REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BENEFITTED AMERICANS FOR DECADES.”

    “I REJECT THAT WE HAVE TO STRIP AWAY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY.”

    “WE SHOULDN’T BE IN A RACE TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE CHEAPEST LABOR AND MOST POLLUTION.”

  153. 258 FiredUpInCA
    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Full-throated support for unions. Dismantling the tea party nihilistic Libertarianism.

  154. September 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Watch Boehner’s hands when he does clap. It seems like he can barely lift his hands – poor thing! He ‘needs to’ hand back that big gavel which doesn’t seem to have strengthened his wrists at all in the last 8+ months.

  155. September 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Hey, I wouldn’t want to be a repubs/conservative/tea party/…..whatever right now….
    President Obama is telling it like it is!!!
    OBAMA / BIDEN 2012!!!!!

  156. 263 chiara
    September 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    How do republicans not cheer for the GI bill??

  157. September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This speech is a beauty! One for the ages!!!

  158. 265 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    And Rich Romney says we need a president who loves America. Well Mitt President Obama fills the bill.

  159. 266 majii
    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    PBO: President and historian!

  160. September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Way to slam them Mr |President

  161. 268 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This Speech is for the History Books.

  162. September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    “NO SINGLE INDIVIDUAL BUILT AMERICA ON THEIR OWN. WE BUILT IT TOGETHER.”

  163. 271 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    President Obama is preaching now. Congress DO YOU JOB ALREADY.

  164. 272 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Michelle Bachman is supposed to respond to this speech! She is insane if she tries. :)

  165. 274 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    It is time for Congress to meet it’s responsibility.

  166. September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Tell it, Mr. President!

  167. 276 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    where would we be if prior congresses had refused to fund rail roads, computer chips, research labs, land grant colleges ??????

  168. 278 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    4 more for 44 !!!!!!

  169. 281 SallyKat
    September 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Just spoke to husband. He’s listening to the speech in his car. I bet a lot of folks on the way home are doing this.

  170. 282 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    the people can’t wait 14 months! THIS

  171. 284 nospin
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “folks who hired Congress don’t have the luxury of waiting 14 mths”

    PO

    • 285 anniebella
      September 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      nospin, I love it when he said that too. The President was right on tonight. Now we have to help him fight. I’m ready.

  172. 286 TrumpDog
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I wish Nancy was behind Obama…and not Boehner. :-(

  173. September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “THE NEXT ELECTION IS 14 MONTHS AWAY. THE PEOPLE….DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF WAITING 14 MONTHS.”

  174. September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    We don’t have the luxury to wait 14 months!!!! Fuck Yeah! this is what I’ve been saying.

  175. 289 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    the people who hired us, sent us here do not have 14 months to wait

  176. 290 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    WE DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF WAITING ANOTHER 14 MONTHS TO GET HELP TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

  177. 291 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “The next election is 14 months away and the people who hired us … the people who sent us here … they don’t have the luxury of waiting another 14 months … they need help, and they need it now.”

  178. September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    The people who hired us do not have the luxury of waiting 14 months!

  179. 294 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    14 months = 56 paychecks!!!!

  180. September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    “The next election is 14 months away and the people who sent us here cannot afford to wait 14 months for action.”

  181. 296 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Bring it on.

  182. 297 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Its…..about to go down!!!

  183. September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    When you see a member of congress, I guess there is only one thing to say…

    “Pass The Bill!”

  184. 299 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    taking the message to every corner (how ya like me now?)

  185. September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Know this—-the next election is 14 months away—-the people who hired us, the people who sent us here—do not have the luxury of waiting 14 months for us to act.
    You should pass this bill right now—-and I intend to take this message to every corner of the country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  186. September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    “I INTEND TO TAKE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERY CORNER OF THIS COUNTRY!”

    “I ASK EVERY AMERICAN TO AGREE TO LIFT YOUR VOICE. TELL THE PEOPLE HERE THAT YOU WANT ACTION NOW.”

  187. 304 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    It’s on Mofos!!! —“I intend to take this message everywhere”

  188. 305 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    We will be on the phone!!!! All the lines will be down. Let’s burn them up!!!!!

  189. 306 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    you should pass the plan and I intend to take it to all parts of this country

  190. September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Yes Mr President you Rock!!!!!!

  191. 308 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Oh. My. God. Brilliant.

  192. 310 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Damn, damn, damn

  193. September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    ohh hell yes- POTUS asked us to get up and ACT NOW! Congress LOOK OUT.

  194. 312 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    contacting my congresscritters now

  195. 313 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    WoW, just WOW

  196. 314 jacquelineoboomer
    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    PBO says he’s taking this message to every corner of this country!

    He’s asking every American who agrees to “lift your voice” (I’m looking at you, America!!!!) ” … if we are one nation, one people, we have it in our powers to meet this challenge.”

    Okay, joy over. MUTE the imbeciles on MSNBC now!

  197. September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    “LET’S GET TO WORK AND REMIND THE WORLD WHY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS STILL THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.”

  198. September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I wonder what is wrong with Michelle? She didn’t seem too upbeat.

  199. 324 ber6964
    September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve big tears running down my face.
    Darn He’s Fucking Amazing!!!

  200. 325 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I have one word only DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  201. September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    fantastic ‘open for questions’ forum on whitehouse.gov – great action plan and support.

  202. 327 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    He just whispered to Coburn..

    Get it done or I will have you indicted. !

    Coburn said ” I willl….I will ”

    giggle

    • 328 Eleroy
      September 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

      President Obama even hugged that swine Coburn!!! See, that is why this President has great Karma. He is a saint!!!
      Just keeps killing all the backstabbers and detractors with love!!!

      The man ROCKS!!!

  203. September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    WE’RE LUCKY TO BE OBAMABOTS :mrgreen: !!!!

  204. 330 Manny OKE
    September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    GOOOOOOOOOO Barack, MY GOD He’s on FIRE!!!!!!!!!

  205. 331 TrumpDog
    September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    OMG he’s killin’ it.

  206. 332 Claire
    September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Let’s show the President that we support him by making a donation tonight. Even if it’s just $5, let’s show our support with our wallets.

  207. 333 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Oh my. What a speech.

  208. 334 FiredUpInCA
    September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Poll question: Was that speech awesome or fantastic? The kickoff for the 2012 campaign just happened 15 minutes before the other kickoff.

  209. September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    YOU SHOULD PASS THIS BILL CONGRESS

  210. September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    There is no one like him on this planet—-no one comparable. President Obama is the definition of amazing.

  211. 338 Linda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    O’Connell… already complaining….

    Yuk

    • 339 Linda
      September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      oops…meant O’Donnell

    • September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Do yourself a favor and turn it off. Instead call your rep and tell them to pass this bill right now.

      I do wish the Pres talked for 15 more minutes, because the pundits need to prove their worth by tearing this apart and now they’ll have 15 minutes.

      • 341 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        +1Exactly STR. Why the self torture? We already know what the pundits are going to say. They have been programmed to be negative and attack the President. We need to use all our positive energy toward getting this BILL PASSED!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

  212. 342 a4alice
    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    watching the live after question thingy on whitehouse.gov

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

  213. 343 zizi
    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    You heard him. We have our marching orders. Get hold of your congresscritter. Give them an earful

  214. 344 Bobfr
    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I think First Lady Obama was crying at the end of the speech … very touching … he is a spectacular Leader, as all of you know. She knows the pain of all the abuses aimed at him all these years.

    Perhaps everyone here could write her a thank you note.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      I thought she looked sad and dejected…..noticed an ever so slightly shake of the head. Heartbreaking!

      • 346 Sue in Minnesota
        September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        Yes she seems sad……..I’m a bit worried.

        Spontaneous clapping erupted several times in our little group, he hammered it home! Love our President and he loves us.

        Boehner looks constipated or drunk or both. F’in T-publicans sitting on there asses…..America are you watching?

    • 349 nospin
      September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      she was sneezing. Looks like she has a cold.

      • 350 anniebella
        September 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        Come on people let’s not start any rumors or anything concerning the First Lady. Do she have to come out and say I’m okay guys. She suppose to be in New York at the U.S. Open tomorrow, concerning Let’s Move.

  215. 351 CTGirl
    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    So, are we fired up? Are we ready to go? We have work to do because we are dealing withe some vicious folks!

  216. September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Did you guys seen Bonehead’s face after PBO was done?!!!!!! It said:” fuckity, fuckity, FUCK!!!!!!! We are doomed.”

  217. 354 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Watch now on White House, they have a panel on talking about the speech.

  218. September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    OMG!!! How could anyone not co-operate with this plan?

  219. September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    And jovie—–Homeland Security dialing back the national security concern.

  220. 357 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    GET BUSY EVERYONE!!!

    NOW IS THE TIME – CALL/EMAIL/TWEET/FAX YOUR FACES OFF!!!

    ALLEZ!!! GO GO GO GO GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  221. 359 Bill R.
    September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Great speech, good action plan! Now the pressure is on the GOP to do something more than give tax breaks to wealthy people.

  222. September 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Get on twitter and tell congress to pass this bill right now! Call your reps up now, tonight, tomorrow – every day until it’s passed. Email them, snail mail them.

  223. 361 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Ok guys, I can’t contain myself. I am on fireeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrr

    • 362 Chi
      September 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Wasn’t he absolutely spectacular…

      An intrinsically decent, dignified, authentic, brilliant, magnificent, once in a generation President…

  224. September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Yep! He did it! He did it! Yea, yea, he did it! :lol: :lol: And he did not seem in any way ‘afraid’ to lay it on the line in front of the people who need to do the voting. That’s one of the things I really respect about Prez O – he does not hesitate to speak DIRECTLY to his opponents. No ‘backbiting’ in his approach, so that when he points their recalcitrance out while campaigning it’s nothing he hasn’t said before their faces. Nothing ‘weak’ here.

  225. 364 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    TWITTER: #JobsNow

  226. September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I watched it the first time on WH.gov. re-watching now on c-span.

  227. 367 kittypat
    September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    fired up will be on the phone tomorrow, Pass this Bill!!!

  228. September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I can’t wait until it is posted. I want to watch the whole thing again. Screw football, I want to hear this again.

  229. September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Congressional websites are still up! Let’s make them crash!

  230. 372 Doris
    September 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Fabulous. Here we go.

  231. 373 CEB
    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Just finished watching the speech from the white house live stream. Loved the graphics that accompanied the speech and listening without the snarky pundit comments. Everything that PBO said was reasonable and easy to understand; no need for so-called professional analysis. This was a clear, no nonsense, call to arms for congress and the public. At the end, he reminded me of that scene from The American President at that final press conference. Let’s hope and pray, while we harrass our senators and representatives with various forms of communication, that congress will finally get its act together a get the job done.

  232. 374 TrumpDog
    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    UGH. Was that Howard Fineman?

  233. September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Pass the damn bill congresscritters!!

  234. 376 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    you know President Obama’s job speech was pretty good when the that dimwit Wolf Blitzer immediately came on and used a Breaking News: Terror Plot on 9/11 anniversary

    • September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      + 1,000,000,000,000,000,000

    • 378 hopefruit2
      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. ABC did the same thing – they spent more time talking about a possible terror alert than the President’s speech. They had nothing to criticize and they knew it. The GOP members looked terrible and the MSM is quickly trying to change the subject. Especially after that assclown show on MBNBC last night, our President is a CLASS ACT and the media knows it.

  235. 380 a4alice
    September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Hey just a quick reminder folks! In case you are looking for twitter addies or email of your representatives WIW has a huge bank of information quick links and such – it is very handy! Here’s the link

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/05/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter.html

    But What is Working is also a side bar link too

    thanks WIW and Chips!!!!!

  236. 384 GOVCHRIS1988
    September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I mean, how the hell can Romney and Perry beat THAT!? Really this compared to last night is just………….Republicans should be crying. I know the Speaker will.

  237. 385 Cos
    September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Did anyone hear PBO say that he was going to cut Medicare and Medicaid as Lawrence odonnell is saying or is he lying? Please confirm.

    • 386 Doris
      September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Something is wrong with Lawrence. He is more and more cynical.

      • September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        He’s bitter because he was made to look a fool twice – when he kept on crowing about the debt ceiling negotiations and when he picked Pawlenty as the GOP nominee.

        • 388 majii
          September 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

          And, we know how some of the “know it alls” hate to be wrong, but LO was wrong on the debt ceiling negotiations and when he picked Pawlenty as the GOP nominee.

          • September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

            I laughed when he was going on and on about all the changes they had to make today after Repub debate—–and then when Carney came on, he asked anxiously, “How much did you have to change in the speech today?” And Carney said, “Nothing.” I laughed. It was beautiful.

        • 390 Doris
          September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

          I was thinking the same thing. Sad that their egos get in the way. He’s too smart, talented and knowledgeable to fall to such petty weakenesses.

      • September 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        And I can’t gut Rachel one more minute either—–she keeps talking about Obama as “weak”. These people are so dishonest and do a great disservice to this country.

        • 392 Doris
          September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

          Yep, I read that too. She also has a giant ego. LOL, maybe she and her pack need to run for President.

        • September 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

          Of course Rachel is calling him weak, he just gave a fireup speech that will have this country rocking on it’s axis- but her response is ‘he’s weak’.. she’s telling you not to believe your lying ears & lying eyes.. believer HER instead. Shes a pos and isn’t worthy of all the kudos given her for her so called “smarts”. She is a pundit. nothing more.

        • September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm

          I stopped listening to her a long time ago. He passed HCR, ended DADT, got Bin Laden, more progressive legislation than Clinton and Carter got in 12 years, protected SS and Medicare, got stimulus out of the lame duck deal. She’s nuts, emoprogs. Time to bypass media, just like people in Libya, Syria, Egypt. I donate twice today and just received my 4 more for 44 teeshirt. Thanks Tally! Fired up! Great president!

    • 395 GOVCHRIS1988
      September 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      The little drip is lying. He did not say he would cut medicare or medicaid. Turn them off and turn to the game.

    • 396 GGail
      September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      OMG!@@@@@@!!!!!!!! The President said that Medicare and Medicaid need adjustments to last for years to come! How is it that his words can get TWISTED and then believed. Our President Barack Obama would NEVER EVER cut Medicare and Medicaid and no one should EVER believe ANYONE who says that he will.

      • 397 anniebella
        September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

        Didn’t these people hear what the President said? No cuts to the people receiving Medicare and Medicaid now, but there is afew things we can do to make sure it is around for future generations, that’s what he said.

        • 398 anniebella
          September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

          To me that don’t sound like he is trying to get rid of Medicare or Medicaid. He wants to make sure it is around for future generations. And people who are receiving it now will not be affected. Let me say this, I am still proud of President Obama, because tonight I saw someone who want to fight for the American people who are suffering. Forget all the pundits and know it all, but listen to the President who speaks of helping those who need help, those who are out there suffering. The Republicans can get on board or 2012 we will throw them over board. Same with Democrats.

    • 399 nospin
      September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      he is lying.

    • September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      President Obama has always talked about “tweaks” and “minor adjustments”——cutting waste etc. ——I’m thinking about all this week’s medicare fraud arrests of drs and other health care givers. And probably other gradual changes over time.

    • 401 CTGirl
      September 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      I just turned it off! Disgusted by the lot of them (except Rev. Al)!

    • 402 anniebella
      September 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Cos, hear me, Lawrence O’Donnell is LYING.

  238. 403 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    time to contact you congressional critter repeatedly and starting now

  239. 404 SAB
    September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    No, he never said that. He said what he’s always said, is that they need to be improved.

  240. 405 sam uk obama supporter
    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    What an amazing speech! President Obama has just kicked the republicans collective a$$! Awesome. Well worth staying up for.

  241. 406 a4alice
    September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Do we know what Repubs snubbed this meeting?

  242. 407 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    President Obama was on fire!!!!!! He took no prisoners tonight. He kept repeating “You should pass this right away!” He called out the aothers, he called out the GOP members from Houston, Kentucky, and Ohio who have poor construction and should be championing this bill. He called out the republicans for passing payroll taxes and unemployment benefits in past years and not doing it now. He laid down the gauntlet and told them he would take this plan to every corner of the country. Starting tomorrow he’s going to Richmond, Virginia, who’s from Virginia; Eric Cantor. He’s going to Ohio to sell the plan. Who’s from Ohio; John Boehner. He’s taking the plan to California and the East Coast. All the idiotic pundits who wrote this President off never seem to learn their lesson and end up looking like complete and utter fools. Never ever count President Obama out. Never.

    • 408 a4alice
      September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      YESSS! What you said!!!!

    • 409 globalcitizenlinda
      September 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      tues he is in my corner and I already had a day off scheduled – telepathy anyone?

    • 410 Ladyhawke
      September 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      He told Eric Cantor back during the debt limit debate that he was taking his case directly to the American people. You have imagine there were a few sphincter muscles tightening up on the GOP side tonight. It was obvious before the speech that they were getting a bit nervous. Clearly, the contrast between those 8 bunglers last night and the brilliant and elegant President Obama could not be more stark.

      President Obama is taking is show on the road. As I see it, the Republican Party has two options. They can put country before party and start acting like adults and real patriots or they can continue their attempt to sabotage the economic recovery and pay the consequences at the ballot box. Of course, we will have to work like hell to prevent them from rigging the election with their repulsive and illegal voter id laws. Fraud is the only way that they win.

  243. 411 ber6964
    September 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The line “twas a thing of beauty” springs to mind!!

  244. 412 tally
    September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This panel at whitehouse.gov that is doing the post conferene – just said “it’s up to YOU to TELL THIS STORY” (because they’re aware the MEDIA IS FULL OF SHIT- which wasn’t said…. but was inferred.)

    • 413 a4alice
      September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Yes – Jon Carson director of media or something – he said we could find lots of really pertinent info there. gonna go look as soon as i tweet some more

  245. September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Pres Obama is in Virgina tomorrow and Ohio on Monday. Cantor’s backyard and than Boehners.

    • 415 Doris
      September 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      That’s why their faces looked like prunes, lol. Tear them a new one Mr. President. Oh, they are worried. How do you like me now? BAM.

      • 416 majii
        September 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        I also think that is why Boehner wanted PBO to give a “preview” of his speech. I’m glad he didn’t do it. Now, Boehner and Cantor have been notified that they need to either act in the best interests of the country or look like fools. I’m sure they have their next set of talking points all laid out to lie about what the president wants.

    • 418 jacquelineoboomer
      September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      Yes, and with his reference to “bridge between Ohio and Kentucky,” during the speech, he got John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, and Denis Kucinich, among others.

  246. 419 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    The President plans to send the jobs plan to congress next week as a single bill. So starting on tomorrow we MUST put the pressure on, and HARD.

  247. 420 GGail
    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Hey Chipsticks, I had a GREAT vacation, except I was in rural Georgia and cut off from TOD! I’m playing catch up, but I see you guys have been holding it down pretty good!

    Boy have I missed seeing and reading about my President. He showed me how much he loves us by giving a WANG DANG DOODLE GOOD speech tonight! I was nodding my head yes right along with VP Biden and clapping just like I was in the Auditorium. BTW, I saw my Mayor of Los Angeles.

    That was a FANTASTIC SPEECH! WHOOP THERE IT IS!!!!!!!

  248. 421 mtmarilyn
    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I really like listening to these guys. They know what they are talking about. On White House.gov

  249. 422 Betty's Girl
    September 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Did I say excellent speech! So very proud. I am laughing at Rachel and crew saying the President has to change his perceived weakness. He hasn’t gotten things done! How wrong can they be. I just laugh now because I realize they know nothing. I will not even list all his legislative or foreign policy victories.The President realizes that the idiots would really destroy our economy because they know he would be blamed. Not only do they want to beat him but they want to make sure no other Obama get thru again. He stopped it! Americans were spared being victims and he would not have that craziness on his record. Now they are left with only jobs as an issue. The Repub congress will share all the bad right along with the President rather they like it or not.

  250. September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Great Forum on whitehouse.gov livestreaming now answering questions. Purpose of act is two-fold, the first is to provide additional support for get economic environment up in short term and address deficit problem in the long term.

    3 points of how individuals can help pass the bill.

    First, Get informed, there are fact sheets available on whitehouse.gov with legislation papers available next week. Secondly, figure out how to tell this story in your own community. What this Act will mean to them? Third, think of every means of communication to get the message out…blog, tweet, email etc. to get congress to pass the bill now.

    You can continue to submit your questions even after forum as the council will be monitoring and responding.

  251. 424 Claire
    September 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Who will join me? I made my donation, who’s next?

  252. 434 anniebella
    September 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Pass the bill or you will pay for it in 2012.

  253. September 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Tweety needs to STFU. He is unbearable. All these people so pale in comparison to President Obama—–not in the same ball park in the least, not even on the same planet. Obama is a billion heads and shoulders above all of them, which probably explains the frequent criticism.

    • 437 Ladyhawke
      September 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      They want so desperately to be relevant. In their heart of hearts, they can’t believe how brilliant President Obama is. He makes them feel small and insignificant. Their only defense is the power to set the narrative, to question everything he does. They have the luxury of sitting on their perches and telling PBO what he should be doing. They have some nerve. President Obama has the world on his shoulders and he is doing just fine without their advice.

  254. 440 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    September 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    PBO’S SPEECH WAS HIS USUAL…’AMAZING!’ AND FOR ONCE…I APPRECIATED THE RESPECT HE RECEIVED IN THE ROOM. THIS IS THE WAY HE SHOULD ALWAYS BE TREATED. HE IS OUR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF…NOT A DOORMAT!

  255. 442 Rita
    September 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    So we heard the President’s speech. What are YOU going to do about it?

    As past negotiations have shown, the American Jobs Act bill that President Obama is proposing, will either be shut down by Congress, or, will be cut back to a shell of it’s original intent.

    Question then is, what can WE do about it?

    In 2008, when the President ran with the slogan “Yes We Can”, he did mean “WE”. But did we follow through? We abandoned our responsibilities by not following through with our representative, buy not voting, and by handing over the majority in Congress to the Tea Party.

    Yes We Can, is a collective cry, so we have to act collectively. Let us do our part and support the President so that this bill passes. Call, email, tweet, write your representative. Tell them you support the President and you support the bill.

    As the President said, people are out of work now. They are hurting now. Elections are still fourteen months away and we don’t have the luxury to wait fourteen months. We must act now!

    Go here to find your representative and contact them now.

    Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    Congressperson: http://www.house.gov/

    Another site: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

    Tell the President you are with him: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/o2012-back-to-work-signon?source=20110908_BO_SN

    Do it.

    Yes We Can.

  256. 448 Xtine
    September 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    We The People are not on a Race-to-the-Bottom! We The People are not waiting 14 months! And, We The People are totally into The Cross Country Tour of the Plan! Oh Yeah! My merriment overflows!

  257. 458 elle
    September 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Contacted my congress critters, and posted on my fb page urging my friends to do the same.

  258. 459 Karen Sr.
    September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Evening, TODers. So glad to be back home in time to catch the President’s amazing speech. I am so proud of how this President rises to the occasion every time. Low key, cool, calm, collected, and then, BAM!

    Of course the media will find fault where there is none, but I always remember how they thought McCain won every debate until the polls came out…. Stupid MSM.

    The President made it clear tonight he’s fighting for working Americans and not billionaires like, ahem, the other side of the aisle.

  259. 461 Mary Gray
    September 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I am worried about FLOTUS. She clearly looked down tonight and really hasn’t been in the spotlight much recently. If I were her I would be like a tigress against all those that try to hurt POTUS. Maybe she has just had enough. Hope that’s it

    • 462 57andFemale
      September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      I, too, thought she didn’t look well tonight. But the dress was fab, and I’m sending healing energy her way.

    • 463 FTL
      September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I was just thinking that, but I don’t know. Especially since she has not been out much lately. I lover her but she is not good at hiding her emotions.

    • September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Mary, I have had concerns about her too. I raised the question of her health when she wasn’t as visible during their vacation, but folks here felt that she was just lying low with her girls before they went back to school. She has been such an active and visible FLOTUS that when we don’t see her it does make us wonder – in a caring way. All we can do is uphold her with prayers (for those who pray) and positive thoughts, I guess.

    • 467 hopefruit2
      September 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      I’m not worried about her and I wish folks would stop speculating. She wasn’t in the spotlight recently because her children were home for the summer and she spent time with them. She cannot act as though she is on the campaign trail because this was not a stump speech or a state dinner, but a solemn and urgent cry for congress to get people back to work. I believe that’s why she wore a dress that she had worn before.

      • September 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        yes we need to stop with the speculating, cause u know the media will take it and run with it.

      • 469 EDP4BHO
        September 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        Personally, I have concerns about her, but not worrisome. I noticed how unusually glum she looked once they returned from vacation. She is usually more upbeat, and now tonight she was a little solemn. I’ve deduced it to either 1.) she hates the attacks on her husband and wishes she could do something about or 2.) she may be going through early menopause. I began this cycle around the same age as she is and it was a shock to my emotions. Of course, if she is going through the change, then I would feel certain she wishes she can cuss somebody out about her sweetheart. Those mood swings are no joke.

        • 470 FTL
          September 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

          I agree about the vacation pics. Maybe she was upset because she feels they will not give PBO any rest. I am not sure about the menopause thing. Also the girls are getting older I am sure they have heard some of the ignorant mess that these fools say.

        • 472 Sue in Minnesota
          September 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

          I’ll give her permission to kick ass, in my head of course. I am not usually a worrier, not for people I can connect with physically. This is new territory for me, to care really deeply about people that you can’t exactly reach out and touch, or check in on or call up on the phone…..so now I find myself worrying a bit.

          OMG…how I have forgotten about menopause…..the 2 things that I had enormous difficulty with, nuclear meltdown hot flashes- my guy could feel the heat radiating off the top of my head :shock:, but even worse was the brain drain…..I had so much trouble with my thought processes, and my ability to focus. I hope reports of Michelle having a cold, or allergies are what we are seeing, and not menppause…that needs to wait until at least 2014…for her sake and probably the Presidents :D

      • 473 anniebella
        September 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

        hopefruit2, I am with you 100%.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I have concerns that are not health related.

      • 475 FTL
        September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

        What do you mean by that STR?

      • 476 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        STR what are your concerns? :shock:

        • 477 anniebella
          September 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

          StR, Here we are starting things concerning the First Lady. This is how rumors get started. Why not lay off unless we have some facts. I guess I didn’t see all this you all saw. Maybe she has been out of the spotlight recently because it was time for the girls to go back to school, shopping and everything, and maybe she just wanted some quite time with the girls before they went back to school. She is Mom before she is First Lady. Her girls are more important than being First Lady. Mom in chief, remember. And on vacation we did see her out with the President on their Date night, and we saw the family out on a bike ride.

        • 478 Eleroy
          September 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

          This conversation about the First Lady is so fucking out of line and crosses lines of decency and privacy!!!

          WTF are people doing speculating about this woman’s feminine and mental health from brief 2 second glimpses of a facial expression!!!

          Please cut it all out. Supporting the President DOES NOT give anyone the right to rummage through his wife’s ob/gyn history or to probe and speculate because she failed to grin to a house full of backstabbing, petty, stupid assholes!!!

  260. 480 halo
    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    BRAVO MR. PRESIDENT! NOW LET’S TAKE IT TO THE COUNTRY!!

  261. September 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Oh my God!
    Did you see this http://www.obamaisntworking.com from Mitt Romney….
    Lies, lies, lies….
    Just saw it, didn’t even go through it…

  262. 483 Brian
    September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    The to-do list:
    1. Email my senators and representative… Check!
    2. Make a donation… Check
    3. Say over and over, “I love my President.” Check
    4. Say how much I love and count on The Obama Diary… Check!!

  263. 489 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Questions: Who could be against anything President Obama said tonight??? He is a brilliant, charismatic and effective leader with a vision on how to improve the future of this country.

    Answer: A rabid partisan who only puts party before country. aka An unpatriotic and Un-American Republican Party obstructionist and saboteur.

    • September 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      The thing they didn’t expect that from the President and now they don’t know where to start except bashing it with all the lies they can! The President was “loud” and clear!!! There is no way someone in their right mind would not support this plan or at least be willing to discuss it in a constructive way…

  264. 491 FiredUpInCA
    September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t get the “Drilling = Jobs” guy. In what context is it ever appropriate for an elected official to bring a protest sign while the President of the United States is speaking. They forget they when the diminish respect for the presidency with this President, they diminish it for all future Presidents. And secondly, how many jobs would drilling create? Would it be enough to bring down the unemployment rate significantly? What happens after there’s nothing else left to drill? Would it generate enough jobs to justify you holding a sign at a joint session of congress?

    Tea partiers are spammers, who take advantage of the audience that the President attracts, to push their messages. If their movement is as big as they claim, then a simple plea to your hordes via a letter should do the trick.

    I am sick of these childish, disrespectful, lowlifes and their unprecedented tackiness.

    • 493 Ladyhawke
      September 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      I totally agree firedup. That sign is about as tacky as you can get. I don’t know if you have seen the post from Extreme Liberal about the rampant disrespect for President Obama by the Republicans, but it is worth a read. What is infuriating is that the MSM will never cover this aspect of their obstruction. It’s as if the MSM doesn’t report it, it didn’t happen.

      President Obama Deserves Nothing But Respect!

      http://extremeliberal.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/president-obama-deserves-nothing-but-respect/

    • 494 majii
      September 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Not only do they diminish the office of the president, but they diminish the US and themselves, too, but of course, they seem incapable of thinking beyond the second in which they find themselves. They don’t consider that billions of people may be watching the broadcast as long as they get their jollies by “showing Obama he isn’t all that.” They don’t seem to know that millions of people around the world respect PBO even if they don’t.

    • 495 Sue in Minnesota
      September 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Send this pitch perfect comment to this door knob!

  265. September 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Anybody know when the President wants the bill passed? I didn’t catch that part!………

  266. 511 collegekay
    September 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My boo was brilliant. I managed to view some of the speech, although a bit choppy, from my phone.

  267. 513 GGail
    September 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    As usual, Chipsticks is ON.THE.BALL!

    Chipsticks, you know we can’t get enough of our President’s speeches! Thanks for uploading it and the photos so quick!

  268. 514 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    let history record that this was a brilliant speech and was given by one exceptional President !!!!!!!!!! We are luck world to be led by President Obama at this time – simply top calliber!!!!

  269. September 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Actually, CNN is nicer to the president tonight than msnbc is! Just saying!

  270. 516 halo
    September 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I think he gave the speech in a way that shows the Teabaggers and the media, WHOS THE BOSS.

  271. 517 carolyn
    September 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Those of you who heard LOD lie about Medicare, write him and tweet the world about his lies. We watched on C-Span, I refuse to listen to any of those self-iportant talking heads. I turned the speech off as soon as it was over. You were absolutely right on what the President said about Medicare…..he wants to strengthen it. I have decided these people don’t LISTEN….they make up their minds what is going to be said and talk about that…….
    Thanks for the donation link…I donated too. That made it easy, I didn’t have to check back through my email…..which I would have done, but this was easy.

    • 518 sjterrid
      September 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      Carolyn, I did the same exact thing. That’s why I only watch his speeches on C-Span. I remember when I was watching the debates on HBO, and they would say McCain was winning the debates, but their own graphs would be showing the opposite.

  272. 519 Robert
    September 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow…your president is great. If commonsense prevail, he should win the upcoming election by a country mile. My enthusiasm however is dampen by the fact that your fellow countrymen voted for George Bush twice and Sarah Palin is still viewed as knowledgeable. (Excuse me while i try to control my laughter). I only wish I was over there where I could lend my support to this great man. Have you any idea how popular this man is outside of the US? Please, do yourselves and the world a big favor and elect President Obama to a second term. The world needs him to continue his great work. Have a great night everyone and an even better day tomorrow.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Hello Robert!!!!! I like you a lot. Thanks so much for saying this: 1. cause it’s true, but 2. because sometimes we need to be reminded that people outside of this country can see and understand what this man-PBO- is all about. It’s great to see him getting the love and appreciation he absolutely deserves -but doesn’t get here- from people like you. Thanks so much.

    • 521 Sue in Minnesota
      September 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for your support of our President Robert….we are blessed indeed. America has some problems, no doubt….one very big problem is our MSM….our major outlets are pretty much corporate run and invested in their bottom lines. What you see reflected through them is an alternate reality of sorts.

      Sarah Palin is a frickin joke…..look for her to be exposed in the days and months to come….she is a manufactured political celebrity brought to you by a collaboration of GOP tops hogs and the MSM. IMO, she is a lying, hateful, narcissistic opportunist…nope, I have nothing good to say about her.

      We are working hard to re-elect of President, for America and for the world. Thanks for being in our corner. We want a peaceful and mutually respectful world.

    • September 9, 2011 at 1:45 am

      Robert, my feelings exactly.

  273. 523 JeA
    September 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I had hope again. I felt proud to be an American. The pres. Brought us up to his level instead of allowing us to be brought down in the mud like the republicans have been doing

  274. 526 Mary Gray
    September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Already emailed, tweetted my Sen. Rubio!!!! Also Ander Crenshaw. Tomorrow its calling ALL of their offices. I want a bumper sticker that says PASS THE BILL. Where are the t shirts with 4 for 44? I am so on fire I can stand it. O and JOe 4 Mo

  275. 532 vitaminlover
    September 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    What I like is the pictures when he is smiling at his enemies before his speech. That gorgeous smile is deceptive sometimes. He was going in for the kill. That smile threw them off guard. This man is the ultimate strategist. What brilliance!

    • 533 EDP4BHO
      September 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      I thought I was saying good nite on the next thread, but in response to your comments. I was listening to a local sports talk show host, and he said he learned that in any sporting event, or fight, you have to be strategic….you may not get your shot just yet, you may have to pull back a bit and just wait for that moment…sort of like Ali’s rope-a-dope, which in this case, rope-a-“dope” is pretty apt. PBO has learned from the streets of Chicago, yet maintains that sincerety of purpose his mother instilled in him. One should never underestimate him.

  276. 534 Olivia
    September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Just got on my (new) Twitter account and tweeted my Senator, Marco (Come Mierda) Rubio. I told him to “PASS THE BILL. PASS IT NOW. I don’t have 14 months for you to get you head our of your ass.”

  277. 536 Olivia
    September 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    My Twitter handle is oma0977. I am a novice so please forgive my lack of Tweeting skills ;)

  278. 537 Olivia
    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Also Tweeted Sen. Bill Nelson from FLA. Burning the candle at both ends ;)

  279. 538 roh108
    September 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Obama: What a BEAUTIFUL Man/Person May God Bless Him.


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