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rain or shine

President Obama and President Sarkozy participate in a Franco-American alliance ceremony in Cannes, Nov. 4

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Meanwhile – woot!

Thank you QuietObserver ;-)

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President Obama boards Air Force One at Cote D’Azur Airport after attending the G20 Summit in Cannes

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:lol:

Thank you Symmetry!


162 Responses to “rain or shine”


  1. 1 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    What can we grateful Americans say? Our Cammander and Chief’s BRILLIANCE is on display 24/7. His re-election is only a year away folks. Let’s keep working. :wink:

  2. 4 NinaCecily
    November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    my eyes welled up at the pure, natural and sincere LOVE POURING OUT TOWARDS OUR AMAZING PRESIDENT!!! i can’t help but weep… they love him so…as do many of us… but for the haters that be, there is no sweeter retribution than to see photos like this… thank you Chipsticks for once again, making my entire day with this rain or shine posting…..

  3. November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Impressive!!!! France Loves Pres Obama Too!

    • 6 Mel
      November 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Yes they do my son in law is French and he loves PBO the Freanch people think that PBO has been one of the best POTUS
      of our country. The GOP should be call the AN AMERICAN PTY and they should listen tp Holly Petreus
      she testified in Congress she has beeen fighting for the military families . The Senate still has not confirm PBO”s
      nominee to lead the CFPB + Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , this is how much the GOP cares
      about our soldiers and families.

  4. 7 EDP4BHO
    November 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Bonjour Chips and TOD. Off work today……doing chores. You know I had to check in to see my President. Loving that 3rd pic showing that fine form. May God continue to bless him and his buddy Sarkozy…..they look so cute together :-D Also, check out the guy in the blue beret. He’s got PBO in scope. Just delightful seeing the response of the French.

    • 8 EDP4BHO
      November 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      One more. The pic of him alone, soaking wet……..uuummmmhhh… sexy, n’est ce pas? Back to seriousness now :-D

    • 11 Sue in Minnesota
      November 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Mr. Blue Beret can’t take his eyes off our fine President!

      EDP, I need some of your initiative…..my chores list has become a mountain that I continue to attempt to ignore. Keeping up with our President is much more satisfying than scrubbing my floors.

      • 12 EDP4BHO
        November 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        Hahaha….I know about this. I have let a lot of things slip in my home and personal life, trying to keep up. I will certainly be glad when 2016 gets here, yet, who’s to say what we will be partaking of then Mr. Barack Obama, private citizen ? Whatever it is, I will always be engaged as he is a very fascinating person. Also, Sue, don’t you dare try to do housework right now. You need to pamper yourself a bit more. Just my unsolicited advice :-D

        • 13 Sue in Minnesota
          November 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          You enable me ;) But no one does it better than moi (by the way so impressed with yours and others command of the French language.
          I think one of the many reasons I love TOD’s is I get to hang with so many SMART people, my own IQ benefits by association..so thanks :D

          In my heart I believe he will be even more of a force once he is freed from the constraints of his position and the divided political forces in this nation. I suspect we will always have our eyes on him, I know I will.

      • November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Sue in Minnesota,

        We are so in sinc. I’m the real cleaner in my house and the floors and baseboards are so neglected that my partner gives me the side eye because I spend so much time in this community. Plus, I procrastinate in my errands.

        NEVER in my life have I given my heart and soul to a politician. PBO won my heart when I first saw his speech at the ’04 convention.

        • 15 Roberta in MN
          November 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

          :) I do house work and used to house cleaning for move outs. Not fun, but put a little money in the pocket. I still do some, but the ticker just gives me a warning now and then, that I am not as young as I used to be. :0-

  5. 16 Sue in Minnesota
    November 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Beautiful photos…..when President Obama leaves the WhiteHouse after serving his second term, the world will be his stage. The last picture in this sequence moves me to tears…….so many recognize what we see so clearly, that President Obama is truly a great man and a man for the ages.

    May God always be your strength and your shield President Obama. Together we will Press On.

    Namaste

  6. November 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Wow! Good thing chip tells me the President is in France, who would know? The media only reports things, if it is bad mews for Obama.

    Anyways, nice pictures chip.

  7. 27 Fred
    November 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    those are some high heels Napoleon is wearing :shock:

  8. November 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Oh she is such a hoot!! :) :) lovvve Michelle dancing- that is just too wonderful, you have made my day doubly nice – w/ both POTUS & FLOTUS charming the world.. thank you Chips.

    • 29 Mel
      November 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Was our FLOTUS dancing? she has some moves!!!!No FLOTUS will ever compare with this
      one you go FLOTUS Michelle.

  9. November 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Ummmmm, nice pictures Chips, niceeeeeeeeeeee, I like :D Thank you :-)

  10. 37 EDP4BHO
    November 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    OMG, I just saw that video of FLOTUS dancing. She must be the life of any party. Just love her !!

    • 38 anniebella
      November 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      EDP4BHO, I just watch the video of our wonderful First Lady also, she is just the best. I look at the video and all I could say was get down Michelle, with your bad self. I love her too.

  11. November 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    As i have always suspected, PBO looks good wet. :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • 40 anniebella
      November 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      And lisa, I thought the same thing too, President Obama even look good in the rain. Forgive me First Lady I mean no harm.

    • 41 hopefruit2
      November 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Me4Obama, here are some more naughty girls to go on your naughty mat!!!!

    • November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth Lisa. That photo made me want to grab a big fluffy towel and ……… (Slap on hand and sit on the naughty step Sam. Write 100 times ‘I must not drool over President Obama’!) Exit room sulking!

      Seriously he does look GOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDD! Apologies for out of control hormones!

  12. 44 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    What a hunk !

  13. 46 ChristiMtl
    November 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    OMG can he be more handsome? wow…..

    And yes the French love him, that young woman’s expression is priceless!

    Although did you guys notice the 4th picture (same pic) from the bottom-up, the guy with the black bérêt or whatever he has on….NOT a friendly look ewwwwww….I’m always paranoid about that.

    I can’t help worrying when he’s with a crowd.

    FLOTUS is hilarious…..haha what a hoot….

  14. November 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Okay…not to be fawning…but I am SO proud and in love with this President.

  15. 49 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Elizabeth Warren Heckled By Ignorant Teabagger

    Watch and listen how the crowd tries to shut the bagger up and how Warren holds her ground… she will be an excellent Senator! :smile:

    • 50 tally
      November 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      ha. Door much?

    • 51 JoJothecat
      November 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      People like him scares me. When I saw that I thought of Gabby Giffords whose attacker was crazy like this guy. He’s angry but won’t confront his own party who caused him to be unemployed.

      • 52 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        The irony of it all is that his party’s frontrunner Herman Cain said that if you’re unemployed and don’t have a job, BLAME YOSELF!!!! :lol:

  16. 53 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    WET OR DRY…PBO IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. November 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    See I was trying to be a good girl with the pic comments but some of you just had to go there :) :)

  18. November 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This post is a follow up on the great news posted by creolechild about folks moving from big banks to local banks. Our Occupy Santa Rosa group is holding a rally and day of passing out flyers on Saturday with the purpose of encouraging folks to move their $$. We have a speaker from the “Shop Local” group who will talk about the benefits of using local banks, credit unions, etc. Then we are breaking into large groups that will go to the shopping centers in our area that have “big banks”. We plan to pass out informational literature that encourages folks to move their $$.

    The first action our Occupy movement participated in was to ask the City Council to move it’s money to a local bank. They did not win that day, but will continue to pressure the council to form a committee to study the proposal. I am glad to see them using their media power on this issue. Of course I would also like them to encourage folks to register to vote, endorse PBO and every other Democrat on the planet, but we take baby steps.

    My husband and I left Wells Fargo last month. (customers for 30 years). It felt wonderful. Now I know our money is not feeding the greed on wall street. Although the move was motivated by politics, it has turned out to be a smart move for financial reasons. They charge less for a bounced check (22 vs 35). They have more free services, the board of the credit union are volunteers (no big salaries here). There are ATMS we can use in every 7-11 in the country. They offer car and home insurance, the list of cool things goes on and on.

    I encourage everyone to consider talking to the folks at a credit union and seeing if moving your $$ would work for your family.

    Also if you are feeling super militant, contact all the groups you belong to and ask them to move their $$. Ask the Sierra club, your local union, and your local gardening club to bank locally. If you are working with a national group the Union bank is a nationwide bank that is not part of the bad big bank group .

    When I go into a store I now have 2 comments I make to the manager.

    1. Please buy products made in america (if it is a grocery I encourage them to buy local produce)
    2. Have you considered banking at a local bank it can really save you $$.

    http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/

  19. November 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Radio ads from Dems will target 25 GOP House members
    By Josh Lederman – 11/04/11 05:00 AM ET
    Democrats on Monday will start attacking the Republican majority in the House with radio ads airing in 25 Republican-held districts — the same number Democrats need to flip in 2012 to take back control of the House.

    Republican Reps. Steve King (Iowa), Dan Lungren (Calif.), Vern Buchanan (Fla.), Sean Duffy (Wis.) and Joe Heck (Nev.) are among the 25 Republican incumbents to be targeted.

  20. November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm


    :lol: Thank you Symmetry!

  21. 69 collegekay
    November 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Why is he so fine? Omg he’s so sexy when he’s wet. Lord bless this post.

    Side note -It’s hilarious how you can tell Sarkozy is trying to stand on his tippy toes when he’s next to PBO. Ha.

  22. November 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    That last baby pic is really rotflamo stuff.

  23. November 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Friday, November 4, 2011
    The Federal Election (Out Of) Commission
    Posted by Zandar

    If you’re wondering why all the Obama administration’s efforts to combat Republican voter ID disenfranchisement laws are going through Eric Holder and the DoJ, it’s because the Federal Election Commission has all but been eliminated by the GOP…….

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2011/11/federal-election-out-of-commission.html

    • November 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Hi rikyrah, thanks a million for all this good stuff! Would you mind, though, only posting extracts (or two-ish paragraphs) from articles so that everyone will visit the blogs where the articles are from? Otherwise I’ll get in to trouble with the blog owners! Thank you! ;-)

      • November 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        sorry chips

        no problem.

        I will follow these directions from now on

        • November 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

          Thanks a million rikyrah, no need to be sorry at all! I often include too much from posts on other blogs, so I’m cutting back! Thanks again for all your brilliant links, appreciate your great work ;-)

      • 76 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        Wow!! Chips you have asked this of rikyrah several times. And she has not responded by adhearing to your request. All her linked articles or posts have been gloom and doom. I guess we need to see these realities, but it doesn’t promote enthusiasm. :???:

        • 77 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

          Ooops, just saw your post rikyrah. SORRY!! Press On…… :wink:

        • November 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

          That’s absolutely untrue Keith, rikyrah’s links are terrific – often from the brilliant Steve Benen. I only asked her once before to shorten the linked posts, she obviously didn’t see my message until now. Please don’t call out fellow TODers like that, thanks.

          • 79 nathkatun7
            November 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

            Chipsticks, I totally agree with you about the “terrific links from rikyrah.” I personally have benefited greatly from reading her posts and her commentaries, both here and at “PragamaticObotsUnite” I understand the concern about the importance of restricting the amount of work posted from other blogs. But, as far as I am concerned, most of rickyrah’s links have been spot-on and eye opening.

    • November 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Snd frazzled is blocking the other two Obama
      FEC Nominees!

  24. 81 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    November 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Well, TODers this election comes down to wether Americans will hold the Rethugs accountable for their overt obstruction and sabotage. This in effect is obvious TREASON. We will need Democratic legislators coming out and calling it for what it is. There is a part of me that still has some faith that the American people can see (inspite of MSM propoganda and distortion) what is really going on and why the economy is not growing faster. Romney, Cain, or Perry is not a viable option. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 82 Mel
      November 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      The Rethugs can not longer blame PBO for the high unemployment or the Economy, I hope the
      country just witnessed how much the GOP cares about our country they do not give a Shit they want our
      country to down in flames the GOP are pathetic and have no SHAME.

  25. November 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Everything You Need To Know About Iowa Republican Caucus Voters
    by Zandar

    The “but Republicans will never tax me, just those other people” scam is arguably the most successful example of wishful thinking and voting against your own self-interest that I’ve ever seen. From the Des Moines Register:


    Two-thirds of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers earning less than $50,000 a year believe they personally would be better off or in the same situation under Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan, The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll shows…….

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/11/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about-iowa-republican-caucus-voters/#comment-2858354

  26. November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I see all the bad girls are out in full force today.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      November 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Me4Obama’s naughty mat can’t hold everyone, so I’m helping out by ordering a second naughty mat from Amazon….

      • 87 Me4obama
        November 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Hope, these girls have been UNLEASHED by the wet PBO. Poor Michelle, She will squeeze them with her biceps until they cry for help. I am in a committed relationship, soon to be married to my Sam Kass.

  27. November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    As Mitt Romney continues to sell his tax cuts disguised as an economic recovery plan, the Obama campaign pointed out that Romney’s plan would cut taxes for those making $40,000-$50,000 a year by $54.

    Romney plans to give corporations and millionaires $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, but as Obama for America pointed out, he plans to give the middle class much, much less.

    According to the Obama campaign: “Tax breaks for corporations and millionaires, forcing the middle class to pay a higher share. Romney has proposed additional tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans. Families with over $1 million a year in income would receive nearly half of Romney’s tax break for corporations and two-thirds of his proposal to eliminate all taxes on inherited estates. And while his tax break on unearned income is limited to families making less than $200,000 a year, a typical middle-class family with $40,000 to $50,000 in income would have gotten a tax cut worth only $54 in 2011. These regressive tax cuts for corporations and unearned income would shift a greater share of the tax burden onto wages earned by the middle class. Romney has also supported Republican budget plans that protect tax subsidies for oil and gas companies.

    ~snip~

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/mitt-romney-54-dollar-tax-cut

  28. November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    November 04, 2011 1:30 PM

    The ‘real drivers of our debt’

    By Steve Benen

    At a certain level, I should find the more buffoonish congressional Republicans more annoying — than the more “serious” GOP officials on Capitol Hill. After all, clowns like Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann are far more likely to say something offensive, come up with some wild conspiracy theory, introduce a ridiculous piece of legislation, etc.

    But the opposite turns out to be true. I’m far more bothered by a guy like House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) than his clownish colleagues because so much of the political establishment actually believes Ryan is credible. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he’s perceived as some kind of “wonk,” whose opinions should be taken seriously.

    The problem, of course, is that Ryan has no idea what he’s talking about. He fabricates claims, presents plans with numbers that don’t add up, and makes laughable policy arguments, and yet, Ryan’s reputation is impenetrable. Peggy Noonan’s nauseating love letter to the right-wing lawmaker last week — she praises Ryan as a “thinker” who “reads” — still linger as outrageous a week later.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/the_real_drivers_of_our_debt033290.php

  29. November 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s fortunes are improving slightly, although he would face a tough struggle for re-election next year if Mitt Romney were the Republican nominee, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Friday.

    Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president, up from 47 percent in an October poll.

    Obama’s disapproval rating held steady at 50 percent.

    While still low, the percentage of Americans who believe the country is headed in the right direction also increased, to 25 from 21 in the previous survey. The percentage who feel it is on the wrong track slipped to 70 from 74, the survey said.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7A359D20111104?irpc=932

    This Cain stuff has helped Romney with head to head matchups with the president, not much, but a little!

  30. November 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Obamacare Is Working

    In one respect at least: the ACA is fast getting the under-26’s – the least insured, most healthy segment of the population – into the system:

    The provision of the law that permits young adults under 26, long the largest uninsured demographic in the country, to remain on their parents’ health insurance program resulted in at least 600,000 newly insured Americans during the first quarter of 2011. Wellpoint, the nation’s largest publicly traded health insurer with some 34 million customers, reports adding 280,000 new members in the first three months of 2011. Add in the results of some of the other large health insurers including Aetna, who added just short of 100,000 newly insured to their customer base, Kaiser Permanente’s additional 90,000, and Highmark’s 72,000 new customers, and we begin to sense our health insurance pools are filling up with some badly needed young blood.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/obamacare-is-working.html

  31. November 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Romney’s General Election “Strength”

    Gallup’s latest numbers somewhat minimize one of his strongest arguments. In two-way match-ups, Romney’s lead over Obama is well within the margin of error, and Obama’s lead over Cain is the same. Even with Perry, Obama’s lead is only 5 points, just outside the margin. If Cain can show he has as much general election appeal as Romney, then one of Mitt’s key primary arguments evaporates.

    The other factor the poll brings to the fore is the enthusiasm gap. Republican hostility to Obama currently outpaces Democratic excitement in the election. Which is why, I suspect, some truly nasty, populist negative ads will be unleashed to damage Mitt if he gets the nod. And not from the Obama campaign directly.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/romneys-general-election-strength.html

  32. November 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    PITTSBURGH — Vice President Joe Biden will be at the University of Pittsburgh to push Congress to pass what the Obama administration is calling a jobs creation bill and to discuss efforts to make it easier for students to manage and repay their student loans.
    Biden is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the university’s Alumni Hall.
    Biden is the latest, and highest-profile member of the administration to visit western Pennsylvania pushing for passage of the American Jobs Act.

    Wpxi-

  33. November 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Good grief:

    There’s embracing the Koch brothers, and then there’s Herman Cain.

    “I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother,” Cain told a crowd at a Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity gathering in Washington Friday.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/herman-cain-i-am-the-koch-bros-brother-from-another-mother.php

    • November 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      no.he.didn’t.

      no.he.didn’t.

    • 100 hopefruit2
      November 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Tell KochCain I said to go to hell!

    • November 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Bashir just showed it on tv.

      Btw: this I phone and it’s spell check is giving me a hard time.

      Skynet?

    • 110 Me4obama
      November 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      This man is totally funny. In a bad way.

    • 111 nospin
      November 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      where is that hole in the ground?

    • 112 nospin
      November 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      his poll numbers are going to go up for that one. lol wait and see

      • 113 Obama Grandmama
        November 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        With all that has been said by Cain and character revealed with the charges and his blunders and lies I am scared that his poll numbers remain high. If he won the Presidency it would be a TOTAL embarrassment, not to mention a total calamity.

    • 114 JoJothecat
      November 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Did you see the disgust in one of the guys face, the one that was not clapping? WOW! Comedy material for the next two months. He’ll be gone after January.

    • 115 nathkatun7
      November 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      What an amazing idiot! Actually, I take that back! Cain’s is indeed typical of some oppressed people who always side with their oppressors, so long as they think that they will individually benefit from the oppressor’s approval and largess. No wonder, Ann Coulter regards people like Herman Cain, Allan West, and Clarence Thomas as “our blacks.” Once again, our own perceptive hopefruit2 was right on target with her clever name :KochCain. Now that Herman Cain is on record saying that he is Koch brother, albeit a Koch step brother, lets not hesitate following hopefruit’s lead by calling Herman Cain, KochCain. Well done Hopefruit2!

  34. November 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    one of the best comments EVER about the GOP Field over at Balloon Juice:

    Hunter Gathers – November 4, 2011 | 1:47 pm · Link

    I keep hearing that conservatives will accept Mittens as the nominee, but I’m not seeing it. Voting starts in 2 months. And Willard can’t break 25% against a grifter (Cain), a moron (Perry), an asshole (Gingrich), a couple of strange Bible thumpers (La Bachmann and the Frothy Mix) a bat-shit crazy libertarian (Paul) and a nobody (Huntsman).

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    • November 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      He is as flat as a flip-flop.

    • November 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      I don’t know why anyone thinks that Romney’s poll numbers now are an indicator of who will win the nomination. McCain’s poll numbers on 11/4/07 were worse than Romney’s are now:
      29.7 Giuliani
      16.0 Thompson
      14.7 McCain
      11.1 Romney
      7.4 Huckabee
      2.3 Paul

      • 120 JoJothecat
        November 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        So whoever’s third from the bottom in 2011 will be the nominee? I think it will be Romney, he’s the only one with the money like McCain. Perry is too stupid and most people still remember “W” and the country is not in the mood for another Texan. The others hardly have any money to continue after January.

        • 121 nathkatun7
          November 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm

          Actually McCain didn’t have the money when he was in third place; Romney had the most money. Giuliani and Thompson sucked as campaigners, leaving McCain, Romney and Huckabee to battle it out. Romney was distrusted by the evangelicals, Huckbee was distrusted by Wall Street Republicans, so the party ended up compromising on McCain. I am Tien Le, the jury is still out about Romney being the Republican party nominee for 2012. However, there are two people that I am absolutely certain will not be the Presidential nominees of the Republican party: Herman Cain and Ron Paul. Cain might get a nod for VP, but that’s about all he might gate.

      • 122 Lovepolitics2008
        November 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        I would point out that this poll was in april not in november. But I get your point and I totally agree. Romney doesn’t has it in the bag, far from it. Important to note is that a very high percentage of republicans are not satisfied with ANY of the front runners. That means they’re searching for someone else. I’ve said it a few times, I’m concerned that the GOP power brokers will abandon Romney and push for some other candidate who could be stronger in the general. Making “the base” accept this new candidate if he’s not radical as them? Easier than we might think. They have a large propaganda apparatus and the whole media who can work with them in selling their “Great White Hope” . And they’ll give the base a bone in putting a tea party favourite on the ticket as the vp candidate. Worked perfectly in 2008: in circumstances very difficult for republicans, they still got 47 percent of the vote.

        I’m not saying this to discourage anybody, but we have to be very aware that 2012 will be a tough battle, not an easy one. President Obama himself thinks so.

        Last thing: I still have hopes though that the power brokers will take a risk and settle for Romney, because they know he’s not that bright nor knowledgeable. They know that he doesn’t have any strenght of character and they could control him. Romney is not the kind of guy who’ll ask difficult questions. He would do what he’s told.

        • 123 hopefruit2
          November 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm

          In case the GOP implodes with the current frontrunners, the establishment is trying to push John Hunstman – and with some PL emoprogs full endorsement, they will form the Independent “no labels” party.

          • 124 Lovepolitics2008
            November 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

            Read that yesterday I think. Are you talking about Lady de Rotshild and co? I’m not sure the PL would go along because the “no labels” organisation is much too connected to Wall Street. Conservative democrats on the other hand…

            It’s certain that Wall Street and the big lobbies are preparing an alternative if the Tea Party becomes too uncontrollable. Talk about being destroyed by your own creation…

            Anyway I hope that the strategy of democratic operatives to attack Romney harsly right now doesn’t backfire. They probably think that attacking Romney would help less electable candidates like Perry or Cain, but what if it ends up opening the door for someone else ?

  35. 129 Ladyhawke
    November 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    196 House Democrats Sign Letter To State Election Officals Opposing War On Voting

    A massive 196 House Democrats — nearly their entire caucus — signed a letter to state election officials asking them to “put partisan considerations aside and serve as advocates for enfranchisement” during this unfortunate era of voter disenfranchising state laws:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/04/361435/196-house-democrats-sign-letter-to-state-election-officals-opposing-war-on-voting/

  36. November 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    November 04, 2011 12:30 PM
    ‘As consistent as human beings can be’
    By Steve Benen

    Several weeks ago, in one of the more amusing political claims of the year, Mitt Romney boasted, “I stand by my positions. I’m proud of them.” Given Romney’s record of abandoning every policy position he’s ever taken, it was hard not to marvel at his shamelessness. Soon after, Romney reversed course, acknowledging he has changed his positions, but insisting that this is a good thing. “In the private sector,” he said, “if you don’t change your view when the facts change, well you’ll get fired for being stubborn and stupid.”

    Now, Romney has reversed course again.


    Mitt Romney, under fire from all sides on the strength of his political convictions, said Thursday he has been as consistent as a person can be during his political career.

    “I’ve been as consistent as human beings can be,” the presidential candidate said in a meeting with the editorial board of New Hampshire’s Seacoast Media Group.

    Just so we’re clear, Mitt Romney is now flip-flopping on flip-flopping. How very meta of him.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/as_consistent_as_human_beings033288.php

  37. 131 Ladyhawke
    November 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    House Republicans: No Infrastructure Funding Without Drill, Baby, Drill

    Boehner this week tried to claim that “nobody” has crafted a bill that would fund infrastructure projects, even as Senate Democrats were bringing a bill to the floor that would pay for those projects with a miniscule surtax on the very wealthiest Americans. Instead, Boehner and the rest of the House GOP want to hold the nation’s infrastructure hostage to their Big Oil agenda.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/04/361462/gop-infrastructure-drill-baby-drill/

  38. November 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    New air traffic control tower creates jobs, keep Cleveland’s Airport on the cutting edge

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/10/new-air-traffic-control-tower-creates.html

  39. 136 criquet
    November 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/updates/1649

    Romney Calls For Cuts To Amtrak, NEA, CPB
    Mitt Romney at the Defending the American Dream Summit on Friday called for budget cuts to Amtrak, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.

    • 139 nospin
      November 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      thanks for posting.

      I love this clip. Friday IS good

    • 140 Obama Grandmama
      November 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      WIW-
      Thanks for reposting this video clip. I remember seeing it last time around but was trying to catch all the news in a short time I skipped it. This time I had been spending all morning working on my Mom’s healthcare statements and my own plus calling labs to get them to send copies of claims so I can send them onto the next insurance. After hours of this I finally checked my emails and this blog. I noticed my face relaxing and the catchy Friday song with all of the smiling Obama clips bringing a smile to my own face. Thank you for giving me a smile today!!!!

  40. November 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Ben stiller says he is disappointed in Obama.

    So what, I am disappointed in Ben stiller sequel to night at the museum.

    Btw- stiller has a new movie out- I see a pattern- bash the President to either sell books/movies!
    Uh huh, uh huh…

    • 142 Debz
      November 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Why does everyone need to give their opinion on the President? Actors, comedians, singers, dancers, seriously, does any one give a shit what these people think?

    • 143 criquet
      November 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      When will Ben Stiller be on Piers Morgan ‘s show? I need to know so I won’t even flick past CNN at that time.

      Mr Morgan will be booking him all like now. Yuk.

    • 144 anniebella
      November 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Ben who said he was disappointed in Obama.

  41. 145 jacquelineoboomer
    November 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t believe I’m going to add this, but President Obama looks better in a wet suit than President Sarkozy. :)

  42. November 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Love the raindrop hanging off of PBO’s ear…kinda like a cool earring ;-)

  43. 148 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Oh lord… :roll: :roll:

    Cain: ‘I Am The Koch Brothers’ Brother From Another Mother’

  44. 150 tally
    November 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Off Topic….. sorry, I’ve been making a habit of that recently…. but this is worth sharing.

    For all the Steve fans:

    http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/10oiuhfvojb23/event/index.html

  45. November 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Who is the Napoleon that you all are speaking about in this context or photos?

  46. November 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – College education continues to play a larger role in career placement and progression within the military.

    Despite being deployed, solders of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Advise and Assist), 1st Cavalry Division, soldiers are staying competitive in their careers by continuing their college education.

    Sgt. 1st Class James Dawson, a current college student, and Gordon Nero, the director of education service support on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, have a few tips for taking classes successfully while deployed.

    First, do some research using the GoArmyEd.com website, explained Nero, a 24 year Army veteran. This website allows soldiers to find information about various colleges, which have been vetted to ensure they comply with Army standards. Soldiers can also use it to research different degree plans and pick one that suits their interests, explained Nero. “The degree plan is kind of a map of where you want to go.”

    After finding a college and degree plan that suit the soldiers’ needs, Nero advised, if possible, that soldiers talk with education counselors at an education center on their base. The education counselors can give them more in-depth information about the process of enrolling in classes and completing them online.

    Even if soldiers don’t have access to an education center while deployed, everything can be done virtually through the GoArmyEd.Com website, he said.

    Soldiers, unlike the majority of their civilian college counterparts, can take classes and complete a degree at no cost.

    While on active duty, soldiers qualify for $4,500 a year of tuition assistance, at a rate of $250 per semester hour, explained Nero.

    To put these funds toward their education, soldiers need to fill out a Statement of Understanding for Use with Army Tuition Assistance, which must also be signed by their company commander, he stated. Education councilors can help soldiers submit this paperwork to the Army, ensuring the monetary requirements for taking classes are met.

    http://www.usf-iraq.com/news/headlines/soldiers-educators-offer-tips-on-taking-class-while-deployed

  47. November 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    IS IT 2012 YET? — Courtesy of Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt, another barb thrown in the direction of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney:

    “The fundamental challenge of our time is how we rebuild our economy so that hard work and responsibility are rewarded and that economic security is restored for the middle class. Mitt Romney’s proposal takes us in exactly the opposite direction: it places a great burden on the middle class and the elderly, and instead of asking all Americans to do their fair share it continues to offer special breaks for large corporations, millionaires and billionaires. Much of Mitt Romney’s plan is a carbon copy of the House Republicans’ budget: it would wipe out investments essential to creating jobs and promoting growth and would leave millions of older Americans to fend for themselves by privatizing Medicare.”

  48. November 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Senate Dems will push jobs bill for vets
    By Daniel Strauss – 11/04/11 12:48 PM ET
    Senate Democrats plan to roll out the next piece of President Obama’s job-creation legislation — this part on veterans — next week.

    The bill is aimed at incentivizing companies to hire war veterans. It includes a tax credit to encourage companies to hire veterans as well as additional tax credits for hiring veterans with “service-connected disabilities.”

    Are they really going to vote against Veterans?

  49. 156 JoJothecat
    November 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I can’t wait to see the iCarly with FLOTUS dancing….their girls must be so jazzed their mom is on a popular tween show. Flotus looks so cool and cute.

  50. 158 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Grover

  51. 160 CEB
    November 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Came late to the how-fine-is-our-president party, but dayum! he is even better wet. I’ll bet Sarkozy really wanted an umbrella, but he could not afford to look like he could not man up; especially against a man who has campaigned and carried out his duties as president in all kinds of weather. Did you notice that even PBO’s suit held up better in the rain than Sarkozy’s? However, in all seriousness, I am glad that their relationship has grown better each time they meet (Sarkozy has made snarky comments about PBO in the past); they often have each other’s back.

  52. 161 carolyn
    November 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I bet Sarkozy learned that snark about President Obama didn’t win him any friends in France! He is in electoral trouble now, and needs all the Obama magic he can get! Look at the faces of those people when OUR president is there! Sarkozy does not get the same kind of reaction. Many Americans need to know that our relationship with the French goes back to the Revolutionary War. After the Battle of Saratoga, the French sent military trainers to help whip our rabble into shape. They sent Lafayette to help, and Cornwallis surrendered because he saw the French fleet steaming into Yorktown Harbor, and knew he didn’t have a chance when they joined us. Our relationship is long and Americans would do well to learn it. It has not at all been one sided. in 1916 when General Pershing arrived in France, he supposedly said “Lafayette, we are here.” in other words we are paying a debt.

  53. 162 vitaminlover
    November 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    These pictures will make great photos for the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 calendars that will be on sale during his second term…especially that one with him smiling and his suit has a little rain on it. Yes, yes indeedy.


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