20
Sep
11

help?

Hiya people, hoping you might be able to help me out here.

There’ve been a whole bunch of MSM stories recently about Hollywood turning its back on the President, but apart from the odd tulip like Mr Damon I really can’t find much evidence.

If you’ve come across any stories/links on the issue – especially ones that help debunk it! – would you mind leaving them in the comments? I’m just curious about the meme and want to look in to it a little.

Thank you, you legends ;-)


135 Responses to “help?”


  1. 13 Pam Sloan
    September 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    This is Huff Po but good–Hollywood supporters in droves for PBO–unprecedented this early in a campaign: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/05/obama-celebrity-donors_n_919890.html

  2. 17 AnitaW
    September 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Chipsticks,

    Here’s one that’s not as on point, but it at least mentions heavy hitters in Hollywood still giving– http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/us-usa-campaign-obama-idUSTRE78J58C20110920.

  3. 19 Doris
    September 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Oh Chips I think I got it wrong, you wanted to debunk. I turned it around. Sorry. I haven’t seen any, but I’ll look.

    • 20 Doris
      September 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      But the ones I left do show the climate.

    • 21 anniebella
      September 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      No one miss Matt Damon at all. So long Matt.

      • 22 Doris
        September 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Yep. His arrogance has turned me off.

        • 23 Left-Indie
          September 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

          I think Matt was only upset about one issue having to do with teachers. No need to demonize him. He is one of the few good guys. Not everybody who critizes Obama on one thing or another is all of sudden a bad guy. The ones that make a living off hating Obama though…well, they are called the PL. Nuf said.

          • 24 anniebella
            September 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

            Why was Damon upset with the President concern teachers? What had the President done to harm teachers that made Matt Damon upset? Left-Indie you said it was all about teachers. Okay Damon was disappointed in the President because he did what, or didn’t do what for teachers?

            • 25 Left-Indie
              September 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

              Yo, Anneibella. I believe he was belly aching about the teachers dismissed in Rhode Island the week Obama was there. But he also complainted about the thugs in Wallstreet getting away with murder, etc. Look, I believe the guy is a good guy, just looking at the whole of what he does as a humanaterian and progressive. Matt, Clooney and Bono are in the same league in that. Also, you press any Obama supporter long enough and you will find something they don’t like, or rather see done better. But that shouldn’t be surprising. The president is a human being. There’s no perfection with human beings. I believe he is the best we’ve had in a long time, but voicing a concern about some policy he made, or didn’t yet make, doesn’t turn one an Obama hater, or PL. One has to jump the shark for that distinction.

            • 26 sjterrid
              September 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

              I think it was the President’s support for charter schools. I don’t think all charter schools are run the same way, but there have been reports of some charter schools that aren’t being run well. There were teachers that didn’t like it when the President said that teachers salaries should be based on performance of their students. Unfortunately since No Child Left Behind teacher’s were forced to teach to the test. I know that President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan plan on ending this law.

    • September 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      No worries Doris, all your links include more than useful information ;-)

  4. 29 GGail
    September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    A quote or two from The Hollywood Reporter:

    Some of the discontent may have been inevitable. Publicist and longtime Democratic activist Howard Bragman puts it this way: “Things are different this time around. Four years ago, it was a revolution. This time, it’s an evolution. The sequel is never as exciting as the original.”
    But even the most disenchanted of the Hollywood Democrats could be pushed into Obama’s fund-raising effort by the Republican nominee. “The more we see the Michele Bachmanns and the Rick Perrys, the more frightened we are,” Bragman says.
    When asked why he hasn’t deserted Obama altogether, Lear says: “The Republicans running for president are a bunch of clowns. We may be disappointed in a lot of things that are going on in the Obama administration, but whatever we say about him, he’s not a clown.”
    As the disenchanted executive who’s sitting things out so far puts it, if Obama “is suddenly in a competitive race with Bachmann or Perry, I’ll max out so fast it will make your head spin.”

  5. September 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Time for some stories to cheer us up.

    How about the drop dead gorgeous First Lady at Olive Garden promoting low heathly options.

    Includes video

    Michelle Obama Praises Healthier Chain-Restaurant Menus

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/michelle-obama-praises-healthier-chain.html

  6. September 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    SolarStrong: Military Installations Help SolarCity Double Panel Use In The U.S.
    installing solar panels on military housing – how smart is that?

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/solarstrong-military-installations-help.html

    “160,000 rooftop solar installations on 124 military housing developments in 33 states.”

  7. 39 Allison
    September 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Jane Lynch aka Glee’s Coach Sue Sylvester made a crappy remark about PBO on the red carpet at some event about a year ago. I was so bummed.

    We need a full court press to get her to kiss and make up!!!!

    As with Matt Damon … kiss and make up. We have all gotten frustrated with people we love. Let’s invite Matt and Jane to join and follow this blog?!?!?!?

    As Mike Myers said on SNL … Here’s a topic, discuss amongst yourselves… I’m veclempt (sp?)

    • September 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      what?!!! Sue did that?! Didn’t she contribute to PBO’s last fundraiser where he made $86 million? what did she say? I’m so surprised.

    • 41 ChristiMtl
      September 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      She criticized the President many times in the past about DADT.

      Lynch: ”Yes, we thought the great hope of Obama was going to magically change all that, and it doesn’t seem to have”…

      Lynch: ”He’s just nicely walking the middle”.

      THIS:

      ” was going to MAGICALLY change all that”.

    • 43 dotster3
      September 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      That was probably listening to the PL on the gay issue. She’s probably learned to trust Obama by now.
      I’m just real suspicious of all these seemingly planted stories. Not everyone in a demographic is going to be thrilled every minute with everything, but there has just been a steady march of ‘Obama’s losing this core group of supporters, Obama’s losing that group….etc. etc. etc.’ We’ve heard he’s lost AA’s, young, Jewish, Hispanic, women, Hollywood, gay, the left, the midwest etc. etc. etc.—–what’s next?—lost all left handeds in the northeast? It has seemed purposeful to me, an obvious attempt to chip away at his support. And is the point to have a lefthanded person in the northeast think, ‘Well, if all other lefthandeds in the northeast are unhappy with Obama, then I’m unhappy too and—guess I won’t vote for him.’? El Dumbo Gordo!

      • September 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm

        Yes, she was disappointed in the gay marriage question but I think I read somewhere that she’s supporting him now. I know she met him at the WH Correspondents Dinner last year.

    • 45 yardarm756
      September 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      xcuse me. Would you french kiss a rattlesnake in a phonebooth?

  8. September 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Keep the ‘Hollywood’ links coming people, there’s method in my madness – promise!

  9. September 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Okay, let’s see if we’ve got this straight. The Atlantic story lists four people, including Matt Damon, who was brilliantly disposed of by the president last spring, a grouchy Barbara Streisand, who will eat nails rather than ever support a Republican, and Gene Simmons, who obviously has a fantasy president in mind. On the other side you have big names contributing from George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and Will Farrell to some of the biggest name bazillionaire producers in Hollywood. And he’s losing Hollywood? Does anyone honestly think the vast majority of liberal Hollywood types are going to sit by and do nothing while Cardboard Mitt and Looney Perry run up millions? You know what, I don’t think so. People like Streisand may whine a little, but she’s not stupid.

  10. September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I assume they can tell from donations!

    • September 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      Terrific northanger, thank you!

      I’m still pondering Chris Harris
’s tweet:

      “At the end of speech Obama should of dropped the mic like sexual chocolate in Coming To America”

      :shock:


      • 54 Fred
        September 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        you know the dumb African man :roll:

        gawd why can’t these man realize that they are not funny at all once they go racial :roll:

        • September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

          :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

          • September 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

            Poll woes don’t slow Obama’s campaign money train | Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:13pm EDT

            http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/20/us-usa-campaign-obama-idUSTRE78J58C20110920

            “We’ve heard a lot of concern about the right wing Republican agenda, what many people refer to as ‘taking the country backwards’ or ‘in the wrong direction,'” said Andrew Spahn, a Los Angeles based consultant who is advising DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg as he raises money for Obama’s re-election campaign.

            Katzenberg, who hosted two sold out, big-dollar fundraisers in the spring, has committed to pumping $500,000 for the Obama campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

            Obama appealed to his base strongly on Monday by laying out a $3.6 trillion plan to cut U.S. budget deficits partly by raising taxes on the rich, which Republicans rejected as “class warfare” and a political stunt.

            Some major Democratic supporters, including big labor unions, have responded positively to the plan. Opinion polls also show voter misgivings about Washington’s handling of the economy extend to Republicans in Congress, as well as Obama.

            “In the end, every American is frustrated with the economy and the way governance works, but that all doesn’t fall on the president’s shoulders,” said Howard Bragman, a Hollywood publicist and longtime Democratic activist.

            “His base hasn’t left him and they’re the ones who are the organizational spine of this campaign,” he said.

            Hollywood’s got his back Big C. i got another link for you, let me find it!

        • 58 Doris
          September 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

          Lawd have mercy. Sexual chocolate, lol. Eddie at his best. :D :D :D

      • September 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

        this is from @Don (one of my favorite comments after Monday’s speech), here: *drops microphone, turns around and walks away*

        • 60 prettyfoot58
          September 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

          *drops microphone, turns around and walks away*

          ********************************

          **STands UP*…claps claps…claps…Loveddddddddddd it…

    • 64 Debz
      September 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Many of these Hollywood stories mention the same people. The fact is they supported Bill Clinton big time and i have no doubt they will support PBO. the complainers seem to have single issue complaints, the environment, but i do question any one complaining about LGBT issues. Any one complaining about that is clueless.

  11. 67 Fred
    September 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Rick Perry Compared Gays To Alcoholics In Book

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/rick-perry-compared-gays-to-alcoholics-in-book.php?ref=fpb

    Rick Perry’s Lesser-Known First Book Could Be A Distraction From Economy-Centered Message

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/19/rick-perry-first-book-distraction_n_970804.html

  12. September 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    PPP poll in Texas has perry up by only 7! 51-44!
    That state is in play!

  13. 70 hgerhard
    September 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    This is OT, but terrific news: In the first poll since her announcement, Elizabeth Warren leads Scott Brown 46-44!!

    • 71 Ladyhawke
      September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I know the election is more than a year away and I know a lot can happen between now and then but I find this poll so satisfying. I certainly hope this poll is causing a bit of AGITA for Senator Scott Brown (Wall Streets fair-haired boy) and his senate colleagues who were hell bent on blocking Elizabeth Warren and watering down the CFPB.

  14. 72 Fred
    September 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011
    “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ends: First Lady Will Welcome Gay Military Families To Joining Forces

    http://obamafoodorama.com/

  15. September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Reid just said that a government shutdown is un avoidable!
    Over disaster relief!
    Come off of it!

  16. 75 Fred
    September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011
    First Lady Michelle Obama In New York, Sept. 20-21: Two DNC Fundraisers, United Nations
    THE WHITE HOUSE
    Office of the First Lady
    ______________________________________________
    September 19, 2011

    UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

    Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
    In the morning, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee event covered by a print pool in New York City. Later that evening she will introduce the President at a Democratic National Committee event covered by the travel pool.

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
    In the morning, Mrs. Obama will attend the President’s address to the United Nations General Assembly. Mrs. Obama will attend a tea reception for spouses hosted by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of the Secretary-General of the United Nations at 4:00 PM. This event will be closed press. In the evening, Mrs. Obama will attend a closed-press UNGA reception with the President.

    http://obamafoodorama.com/

  17. September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I think it’s too early to come to the conclusion that “Hollywood,” in general (as if it’s a monolithic force), is turning its back on President Obama. As more political talk begins to filter into celebrity “news,” I think plenty of them will make forceful endorsements for President Obama, like the following:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/0611/Tom_Hanks_Im_voting_for_Obama_again.html

    • 78 hopefruit2
      September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      The meme that Hollywood is deserting Obama is as accurate as the meme that Blacks are deserting Obama. In other words, it’s nothing but another MSM ploy to create a perception of a movement based on a few individuals that can be counted on both hands. Matt Damon and a few others do not speak for “Hollywood” anymore than Cornel West, Smiley, Waters and a few others speak for the “Black community.”

      Do you notice that the MSM never, never, ever talks about how unpopular the GOP is with particular groups, yet they are always eager to put out a story about President OBama “losing support” from this group or that group? Going strictly by MSM narratives since 2009, PBO ought to be at 0% approval – yet he continues to be the most popular, liked and trusted politician out there (relative to the level of scrutiny and criticism he faces on a daily basis), with over 10 million Twitter followers. What does that tell us?

      It’s FALSE PROPAGANDA. Please do not buy into that narrative.

    • 79 Uche
      September 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Tom Hanks is one unalloyed and unwavering supporter of PBO. He has a very close relationship with the POTUS – in a very unobtrusive,behind-the-scene kind of way. If you look very well,he’s always invited to all the big social events the Obama’s host…including his state visit to the UK recently.

  18. September 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Good on you, Ms. Chips. Can’t wait to see what you pull out of your hat. My opinion is that Hollywood is a world of make believe. I could care less if they are disappointed in PBO. No offense to any actors and actresses, but PBO could do their jobs blindfolded, carrying 300 pounds with his legs tied to a chair. They however, couldn’t do his job with all the remedial politics classes in the world, and yet, they tell try to tell him how to do the job only a very few people have ever held. they are ridiculous……….. except for My 51st husband, Georgie Porgie ;)

    • 82 dotster3
      September 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      They’ve been great financial supporters of Dems and Obama. We need their big money bags to help fight back against the corporate billionaire money up against us. They’re mostly all liberal and they participate in our political campaigns, and I’m glad.

      • September 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        I don’t disagree that the majority are liberal. what I’m saying is that their “disappointment” is rooted in magical thinking. those who are disappointed refuse to see reality and somehow believed that PBO could wave his magic wand and suddenly all their pet projects would get done. That sentiment is utterly ridiculous. Just because you haven’t received what you wanted on your particular passion, doesn’t mean you should turn your back on or bad mouth PBO.

  19. 85 SarahT
    September 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    So sorry – also way off topic, but I sincerley ask that everyone say a prayer for Troy Davis & his family. As many of you probably know, the Georgia Parole Board has declined his clemency plea. Shameful, shocking, barbarous – but not really surprising. After all, why let a little thing like a man’s innocence interfere with the state of Georgia’s bloodlust ? Again, sorry to post off-topic, butplease keep Troy & his family in your hearts. Thank you.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/163498/tomorrow-georgia-murders-troy-davis

    • 93 JoJothecat
      September 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Reese Witherspoon is such a cutie pie. I saw that interview when she met the president for the first time. So, yeah I think she and PBO and Flotus are best buds.

    • 96 Debz
      September 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      There is a difference between confidential information and classified info. The New Yorker article on killing Bin Laden as well as the documentary that was on History channel, Probably had the same info that was given to the movie people. Also the movie covers the Clinton and Bush Presidencies that could be where any formerly classified info was given. Let’s not forget the POTUS can declassify what ever he wants.

    • September 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Jay was asked this in a presser (probably by Tapper) and he said that all administrations are approached by writers and film people when they do background for pieces or scripts. Kathryn Bigelow’s people were given no more and no less access.

  20. 99 Fred
    September 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Bachmann Tells Company That Depends On Infrastructure Projects She Opposed That Her Policies Will Help It Grow

    Bachmann’s campaign pitch is off-key

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0920-bachmann-iowa-20110920,0,362038.story

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/20/323793/bachmann-infrastructure-policies-growth/

    • 100 theo67
      September 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      I think these right wing “candidates” will find it hard to go anywhere in this country that wasn’t helped by President Obama’s policies, whether it was disaster recovery, Stimulus, military, health care, anti-discrimination, energy – whatever. He’s passed hundreds of bills and improved thousands of executive functions – and the GOP has said “no” to pretty much everything. It will be fun throwing all those “no” votes back in their faces – like this latest Bachmann gaffe. I hope the people of that plant who cheered her on get to hear the truth about their company’s dependence on President Obama’s policies.

  21. September 20, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Randy Babbitt to discuss Illinois transportation priorities including the O’Hare Modernization Program and FAA Reauthorization.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/09/durbin_meets_with_ray_lahood_f.html

  22. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    September 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Do you have this one, yet, Chips?

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disappointed-hollywood-giving-obama-cold-shoulder-236068

    Doesn’t appear to be a bad response from Hollywood, to me. Here’s a takeaway from the article; could be how they’re thinkin':

    “Things are different this time around. Four years ago, it was a revolution. This time, it’s an evolution. The sequel is never as exciting as the original.”

  23. 104 Rose
    September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks, Chip. Don’t know what you have up your sleeve, but I have thought for a long time that some really big celebrities should be encouraged and prodded to really speak up in favor of PBO and to out the biases of the MSM, PL, etc. Not just in a passing comment or two, but to really be on a mission – people would really have to stop and listen.

  24. 105 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan just doesn’t get the MATH …………….

    GOP Rep. Ryan: Americans Are Wrong To Support President Obama On Fairer Taxes

    ==================================================================

    When presented with information that contradicts his existing views, GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) doesn’t tend to handle it well. Sometimes, as with this year’s August recess, he simply flees from disagreements with his constituents. Other times, he tells reporters that people only disagree with him because they don’t know any better, as though misinformation or ignorance are the only things that could lead someone to oppose replacing Medicare with undervalued coupons.

    Ryan took the latter approach to polling on taxes in an interview today with Laura Ingraham, who pressed him for a response to President Obama’s observation that his tax proposal is “not class warfare, it’s math.” After Ingraham brought up the scores of polls showing Americans want higher taxes on the wealthy to reduce the deficit, Ryan explained that Americans just don’t know what they’re talking about.

    ==================================================================

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201109200007

  25. September 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    This doesn’t talk about Hollywood, but does talk about his standing in CA polls — it’s a thorough discussion comparing him with good numbers to the GOP prez candidates and talking about Latinos and other voters — this was 9/4/11 and I would think it would be even higher now.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0905-poll-presidential-20110905,0,4890984,full.story

    Obama strongly leads GOP candidates in California poll

    The president’s standing slips but is still high. Among Republicans, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney share a clear lead over other rivals for the nomination.

  26. September 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Chips, as someone who lives in California, I can tell you that PBO does PLENTY of fundraising in Hollywood. In fact, he’ll be there again next week to do the same. Here are some links:

    A recent analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics reported that the entertainment industry contributed $2.53 million of the $39 million Obama collected during the first half of 2011. Employees at CAA gave $111,900, while DreamWorks SKG contributed $107,400. Sony
    came in with $95,900 and Disney employees gave $84,600.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/president-obama-sets-two-hollywood-229498

    This one was hosted by FLOTUS:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/06/michelle-obama-fundraiser-hollywood-sasha-malia-universal.html

  27. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    September 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    From Harry Reid, today:

    REID: DEMOCRATS WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO PROTECT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND SENIORS

    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks today on the Senate floor marking the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and on President Obama’s deficit reduction plan. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

    Sixty years ago, this nation’s Armed Forces were segregated by race.

    Thirty-five years ago women weren’t allowed to attend our nation’s military academies.

    And until today, thousands of qualified, dedicated men and women were barred from military service or expelled from the Armed Forces because they were honest about their sexual orientation.

    Today, I am glad to say that the time has passed when Americans willing to give their lives to defend this great nation could be turned away from service because of who they love.

    Today, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is no longer the law of the land.

    For 17 years we have asked our soldiers to defend a flag that stands for liberty and justice for all and then required some of those soldiers to keep who they really are a secret.

    And in too many cases we have robbed them of the right to fight for their country altogether. More than 13,000 American service members have been discharged because of this law, which institutionalized discrimination against openly gay soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.

    And we’ll never know how many more capable men and women never offered patriotic service to their country because the law exposed them to career-ruining discrimination.

    The military’s highest commanders and a vast majority of service members agree our fighting force is better off knowing that we’ll have the best and brightest volunteers, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

    There is no place for intolerance in this great nation, nor in the Armed Forces tasked with protecting it.

    I am glad to say that today our military policies and our national values are at last in line.

    From today forward, no qualified man or woman willing to fight for a nation founded on the principles of tolerance and equality will ever again be denied the right to do so.

    On Wednesday the House will send us a continuing resolution to fund the government through November 18.

    I was disappointed to see that the House shortchanged the Federal Emergency Management Agency, by failing to provide the funding to adequately help Americans whose lives have been devastated by floods, hurricanes and tornados.

    Last week, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill granting FEMA and other agencies that help disaster victims an additional $6.9 billion. That funding will help rebuild after several costly natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene.

    Tomorrow, when the Senate receives the House bill to fund the government for six more weeks, we will amend it with the language of the Senate FEMA legislation. This year, President Obama has declared disasters in all but two states, and FEMA is quickly running out of money to help American families and communities recover.

    Of course, I know this amendment will enjoy the support of my Republican colleagues, as it did just last week, when a bipartisan group of Senators agreed that helping communities destroyed by natural disasters was too important to let politics get in the way.

    Americans have sent a message to Congress that no issue is more important to them than jobs.

    But for Republicans, job creation is less important than slashing spending on initiatives that create jobs and the Social Security and Medicare benefits seniors have earned.

    Democrats believe we can reduce the deficit without abandoning job creation.

    We can make smart, strategic cuts that won’t further slow down our struggling economy while protecting and advancing initiatives that create jobs. That’s why President Obama has released detailed proposals to create 2 million jobs now while reducing our deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade.

    But Republicans have criticized both proposals before even looking at their substance.

    They are more concerned with protecting millionaires, billionaires, hedge fund managers and private jet owners than fighting for the middle class.

    They claim it is class warfare to ask the wealthiest 400 Americans – who made an average $271 million apiece in 2008 – to pay the same tax rate as librarians, police officers and air traffic controllers.

    The truth is Republicans are just defending the economic policies that have besieged the middle class for years.

    It’s class warfare to ask middle-class Americans to get by on less while those same 400 Americans are paying less than 18 percent of their income in taxes – a lower rate than the secretaries and janitors who work for them.

    Let me be clear: Democrats will do whatever it takes to protect the middle class and seniors, even if it means the richest of the rich in American have to contribute a little bit more than they do now.

    We will fight for the policies that create American jobs, even if that means CEOs and hedge fund managers making hundreds of millions of dollars a year have to contribute the same amount or more as teachers and firefighters whose salaries are a tiny fraction the size of theirs.

    That’s simple fairness.

    With 14 million Americans out of work, we have 14 million reasons to put job creation ahead of tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

    As the economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said, “True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”

  28. September 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Solyndra CEO to plead the fifth at the hearing!

    Bastards!

  29. 116 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Elizabeth Warren Enters MA Senate Race and Immediately Leads Scott Brown

    ======================================================

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/elizabeth-warren-brown-poll

  30. September 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    You’re all brilliant, really appreciate your help on this, thank you.

  31. 119 ChristiMtl
    September 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Chips,

    List of Barack Obama presidential campaign endorsements, 2012………..so far.

    You have comedians, actors, directors, musicians, etc,..

    I’m sure the list will be a lot longer than this,..

    It’s still early

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Barack_Obama_presidential_campaign_endorsements,_2012

    • September 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      You. Are. A. Megastar. Thank you so much!

      • 121 ChristiMtl
        September 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        You’re more than welcome! I actually had to double check to make sure it was 2012 and not 2008, it looks the same to me. Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Julia Roberts, etc. Another ”base” that the President is losing.

        This is the truth,. They’re not going anywhere.

        • 122 TrumpDog
          September 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

          But one or two actors express disappointment and you get blaring, large font HuffPo headlines exclaiming how Obama has lost Hollywood!

          And by the way, I think the whole Matt Damon thing was overblown. Just like Al Gore. But of course the “liberal” media will look for any way to bash the president and make it appear he’s losing the _____ (fill in the blank) base.

    • September 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks ChristiMtl!~ Who knew that was out there!? I passed this on to DFP.

      What a chock full of info thread this “help?” has perpetrated..thanks Chips and legend!

    • 124 Olivia
      September 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Gloria Estefan, the Patron Saint of the Cuban exile community supports Obama!!! I wonder how that little nugget of knowledge will go over here in Miami…

  32. September 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Chips,
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, although I have zero talent when it comes to this, I wish we would put our heads together and consider doing a documentary/compilation of the MSM and its coverage of this president and push it to go viral.

    Some of us could help with the research, others with tech savvy could put the package together. Someone with chops to do it could be the narrator, showing clips after clips, tweets, after tweets, etc.

  33. 127 dotster3
    September 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    OT, but “Joe Walsh has been named one of the most corrupt members of Congress” just made NBC Chicago news. This was CREW’s list—saw it on Huff Po today. Congrats, Slimy Joe! You made the Top 13.

  34. September 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Schumer was the original one to call for the millionaires tax! The President, at first, was nit sure!
    The President thought about it and took Senator Schumer millionaires tax!
    Well, now that the President has come out for it, Schumer says to exempt his wall street friends and peeps on the upper east side, because of higher cost of living!

    You gotta be kidding me?

  35. September 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    The corporate media is pushing lies that so many have turned away from Obama. African Americans, Latinos, Hollywood, etc etc etc.

    Corporatemediawhore$$ are our mortal enemy.

    • September 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      No worries. I don’t believe that is true. That is what the corporate media wants us to believe but when you talk to people, they are still supporting him and it is evidenced by the huge crowds he draws everywhere he goes.


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