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11

a very good evening

Good luck in Michigan, Mitt ;-)

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Tuesday:

9:50 AM: The President departs the White House

11:20: Tours a classroom in Yeadon, Pa

11:45 Delivers remarks

12:35 Departs Philadelphia

1:35 Arrives at the White House

2:45 Michelle Obama visits Georgetown University in Washington

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President Barack Obama greets representatives from leading veterans’ service organizations in the Oval Office before delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act in the Rose Garden, Nov. 7, 2011. The President spoke about about tax credits included in the American Jobs Act and new executive actions that will help get veterans back to work. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Nate Berkus interviews the First Lady – original video here

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Yahoo interview – see original videos here


243 Responses to “a very good evening”


  1. November 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    It great seeing the President standing up for jobs for our veterans. Keep fighting President Obama we got your back.

  2. 3 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    President Obama is going to Pa. tomorrow and will visit a Head Start program outside Philly. Should be great photos with the little kiddles.

  3. November 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Good Evening, Everyone :)

  4. November 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    This is why the Soul Patrol has a sad.

    …………………….

    Poll: Black Americans more optimistic, enthused about 2012

    By Chika Oduah

    5:58 PM on 11/07/2011

    Nearly half of African-Americans remain optimistic, despite a stubbornly high black unemployment rate. And African-Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than in previous elections.

    A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal/theGrio.com poll finds that 49 percent of African-Americans feel the country is headed in the right direction, versus 38 percent who say the country is on the wrong track. That’s a sharp contrast from recent polling which shows an overwhelming majority of all Americans who say the country is on the wrong track.

    ………………………

    An overwhelming 86 percent of African-Americans said they approve of the president’s handling of the economy. By contrast, 57 percent of overall respondents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, versus just 40 percent who approve.

    http://www.thegrio.com/politics/poll-black-americans-more-optimistic-enthused-about-2012.php

    • 11 hopefruit2
      November 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      POP POP POP..CRASH.!..BOOM.. BANG!!! twist..snap… snag..yank…stretch..tangle..

      That’s the sound of Cornel West’s head exploding, his neck getting twisted out of shape in rage, and his unruly beard getting caught and snagged in the chaos….

    • 19 jeff
      November 8, 2011 at 1:24 am

      I think its because blacks tend to be more aware of what the republicans are doing and how hard Obama’s job is. Being a white man I’m very disappointed that so many whites have turned towards the republicans. :(

      • 20 anniebella
        November 8, 2011 at 6:42 am

        jeff, how can you turn to someone who was responsible for this mess this President is still trying to clean up, including two wars. How can you turn to some one who wants to destroy Social Security and Medicare? Who didn’t think teachers, firefighters, and policemen were worth a helping hand. Who knows that bridges and highways, need repairing. But they refuse to help, because they want to protect the rich. Now we will see what they will say when they block the part of the President’s jobs bill which helps veterans.

  5. 21 CTGirl
    November 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Congressional Republicans have been heartless, but if they fail to support our veterans that will be a new low.

  6. 25 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I see another part of the NBC poll which C Todd somehow forgot to mention. Dems viewed positively (+3), GOP viewed negatively (-14)

  7. November 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks to CU, kochbros are out to destroy democracy.

    The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of Americans who share their anti-government and libertarian views, a move that will further enhance the tycoons’ political influence and that could prove significant in next year’s presidential election.

    The database will give concrete form to the vast network of alliances that David and Charles Koch have cultivated over the past 20 years on the right of US politics. The brothers, whose personal wealth has been put at $25bn each, were a major force behind the creation of the tea party movement and enjoy close ties to leading conservative politicians, financiers, business people, media figures and US supreme court judges.

    The database will bring together information from a plethora of right-wing groups, tea party organisations and conservative-leaning thinktanks. Each one has valuable data on their membership – including personal email addresses and phone numbers, as well as more general information useful to political campaign strategists such as occupation, income bracket and so on.

    By pooling the information, the hope is to create a data resource that is far more potent than the sum of its parts. Themis will in effect become an electoral roll of right-wing America, allowing the Koch brothers to further enhance their power base in a way that is sympathetic to, but wholly independent of, the Republican party.

    Many of the causes backed by the brothers clearly chime with their own self-interests. To encourage the denial of global warming science is obviously advantageous to businessmen who have made their fortunes in drilling and piping of oil; low taxation suits billionaires wanting to cut their own tax contributions; a bonfire of state regulations over business and the environment would be beneficial to a multinational corporation like Koch Industries, which is the second largest private company in the US.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/07/koch-brothers-database-2012-election

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Themis vs OFA = Goliath vs David. Bring it on!

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      thanks for this info

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      The Kochs have been engaging in their dirty business of undermining the US government for years and it’s always been happening in dark corners and under rocks. Interesting how their activities are getting a lot of glaring sunlight lately and people are picking up on the idea that they brothers are sinister and Anti-American. If there ever were two people worthy of a massive FBI probe, it’s these guys. When I see shows on PBS funded by Charles and David Koch, I want to gag. They manage to apply a veneer of respectability about themselves by plastering their names on arts and history projects. But it’s like the Borgias acting as patrons to Renaissance painters. The painters may have been good, but their artistry couldn’t wash away the Borgia stink.

    • 30 globalcitizenlinda
      November 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      I somehow suspect that once this database is created, Anonnymous and other blogger will be going after it. I could be wrong but I suspect there will be a countervailling response to this because I there may be others who will make minced meat out ot this. stay tuned!

  8. November 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    IN-TOWN FUNDRAISER: President Obama attended a fundraiser Monday night at the home of Dwight and Antoinette Bush in Northwest Washington. Valerie Jarrett was also in attendance. According to the pool report, there were about 45 guests attending the event, which was held in the backyard.
    Pool-

  9. November 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Chip,
    Politico story on the NBC new poll-
    Obamas re election possible, but it ain’t pretty.

    Lol! Lmao!

    • 34 utaustinliberal
      November 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Hahahaha. LMAO is right Jovie. It’s hilarious to watch how desperate GOPolitico is becoming with their dumb doom and gloom headlines about PBO despite all the good news.

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      They are always so predictable, you can practically write the script for them. You are brave to go there, Jovie. Too much nasty hot air for me to tolerate.

  10. 36 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    WE OWE OUR VETERANS A BETTER FUTURE BECAUSE THEY SACRIFICED EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FREEDOM. MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL..PAST,PRESENT AND FUTURE!
    I ALSO DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE GOP FIELD OF UNQUALIFIED CANDIDATES…THE REAL PRESIDENT IS ALREADY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!

  11. 38 GOVCHRIS1988
    November 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Ok, this song is dedicated tonight to a sexual man who caresses and fondles buxom blonde women who I will not name. I just hope , like my blog buddy GN stated, he hides all the grits and frying pans in his house tonight.

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      November 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Wow – I never “went there” today, thinking how his wife is gonna feel. Since she’s never on the campaign trail, I momentarily forgot about her – as I’m thinking he has.

      • November 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        I don’ t think it’s possible for Cain’s wife not to know what he is. You cannot live with someone for any length of time and not see the crass behavior, the thinly veiled misogyny, the sleaziness. I’m not saying she doesn’t love the guy for qualities none of us can see, but I would find it hard to believe she doesn’t have his number.

        • 41 Sue in Minnesota
          November 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

          I feel sorry for her, but that is most definitely projection on my part ….I wouldn’t want to be party to that type of compliance. Everyone is different, but I agree with Jackie she must know, and has made the choice to stick it out.

        • November 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

          Jackie, I think you are absolutely correct. I never believed the old adage that “the wife is the last to know”. If the husband is a serial womanizer there is no way the wife doesn’t know. She doesn’t WANT to know.

        • 43 Puddin'
          November 8, 2011 at 1:27 am

          I am sure Gloria Cain does have him #…which is probably the reason why she is not seen her standing by her man.

        • November 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

          Well truthfully, Cain’s behavior Is such a turnoff for me, until, I feel that Only A Mother Could Love Him. He appears to think that he’s God’s gift to Women, and I have a problem digesting that kind of attitude :-(. However, Imho, his wife Is very attractive, but again I say, I just don’t see how anyone can love him, YUK!

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      November 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Hahahaha Chris. Hope he does hide the grits and frying pans tonight because as per Madea’s Family Reunion he has a world of hurtin’ coming his way. :lol:

  12. November 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Hi everyone, just added a couple of Michelle video clips to the post ;-)

  13. 49 utaustinliberal
    November 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    That ad about Willard and Michigan is spot on! oooooooh my twitter fingers are buzzing. Thanks Chips.

  14. November 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love that the DNC is coming out with these ads. Willard hasn’t the brains to realize the consequences of his words, so he’s strewn the landscape with ill-advised quotes that will come back to haunt him. There’s always been something out-of-tune and wooden about Willard, as if he was an android, living among human beings and trying to mimic them without understanding them. I don’t think it’s even possible for him to feel empathy, although I’m sure he’s going to try and fake it from time to time. Unfortunately for Willard, to know him is not to love him. PBO, on the other hand, seems to grow more loveable by the day.

    • 51 anniebella
      November 8, 2011 at 6:50 am

      Romney wanted Detroit to fail. He wanted the auto industry to fail. I hope the people of Michigan remembers that in Nov. 2012.

  15. November 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Monday, November 07, 2011
    Culture war battle lines
    by digby

    It doesn’t get any starker than this:


    It looks like the race to watch in Mississippi on Tuesday night will be the state’s proposed ‘Personhood Amendment,’ which would make the state’s laws regarding abortion and birth control the strictest of any state in the country. Right now it looks like it could go either way, with 45% of voters supporting the amendment and 44% opposed.

    Men (48-42), whites (54-37), and Republicans (65-28) support the proposal. But women (42-46), African Americans (26-59), Democrats (23-61), and independents (35-51) oppose it. The good news for those opposed to the amendment is that 11% of voters are undecided and their demographics are 58% women, 54% Democratic, and 42% black- those still on the fence disproportionately belong to voter groups that oppose the amendment. That suggests when those folks make up their minds the proposal could be narrowly defeated.

    Let’s hope so.

    That breakdown is a pretty clear illustration of who the friends of women really are, isn’t it?

    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/culture-war-battle-lines.html

    • 53 Sue in Minnesota
      November 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Praying this is voted down. I donate monthly via automatic charges to my credit card for both Naral and Planned Parenthood. When I think of the efforts underway to interfere with women’s reproductive health issues I literally feel like I am in the twilight zone. Trying to make my nieces aware of what they stand to lose if they don’t stand up for their rights.

    • 54 dotster3
      November 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      I see they’re trying to get this same nutty personhood amendment on the ballot in Florida now too. Anything to boost the right wing nuts on election day.

  16. November 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Chips and TODers, just checking in to say G’Night.

    Tomorrow will be a big day for us in Ohio, so please pray for our victory here.
    I will be working only a half a day tomorrow because I will be phone banking up until the poll closes tomorrow. Tomorrow all the unions that make up ‘We Are Ohio’, will be meeting up at a big hotel downtown to watch the numbers come in together, but I think I’m going to skip that event and come home to watch on TV.

    Well I’m going to turn in now to get my rest for the big exciting day ahead.

    Peace to all.

    • 57 Sue in Minnesota
      November 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Praying for the right outcome for the people of Ohio. Thanks for getting in there and contributing your time and energy……that is huge, an is such an inspiration to all of us whoa are trying to contribute in everyway that we can!

      Occupy the voting booth, tomorrow and beyond!

    • November 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Have a peaceful rest, Bjw2, will be thinking of you tomorrow and wishing that the vote will go the right way for the state of Ohio!

      • 60 HZ
        November 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        Praying for the very best tomorrow, Bjw2. Victory for the state of Ohio. My neighbor’s sons and their families live there , and they are very upset. Hoping for the very best. Try to rest and relax.HZ

    • 61 desertflower
      November 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Good luck tomorrow. We will all be watching the vote. Fingers and toes crossed.

  17. 62 DreamChaser57
    November 7, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Kudos to the DNC for putting together an engaging and dynamic ad – it’s long overdue! I hope they keep them coming thru the election cycle. Pres. Obama had faith in Detroit / American Auto Industry, and that should be duly noted. When you are vying to be president of The United States like Romney is you should be held accountable for a pervasive tendency to dismiss a sizable segment of the population, the working / middle class.

  18. November 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    UPS to hire 55k seasonal workers…
    Fed-ex to hire 25k…
    Must be lots of demand for x-mas!

  19. 65 a4alice
    November 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hey so you guys just got back from the grand kick off at OFA_MN. There were 200 ppl that RSVP’d and there had to have been at least that many there if not more. Keith Ellison spoke – he was very supportive of PBO and RT Ryback (Mayor of MPLS) gave us a rip roaring send off into this coming year. we got our names in, twitter handles etc. It was a great time. Now how do I tell my husband that 1. I’m not going to see him very much this year and 2. I think I signed our house up for a house party.

    hmmm.

    • 66 Sue in Minnesota
      November 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Alice I have been dying to hear how this event went. I wish I could have attended……transportation is a problem for me, and probably will be for a few more months.

      Re your husband , just make sure your extra good to him when you are together ;) Who knows maybe he ‘ld like to join in the fun!

      • November 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        Hey Sue in M, posted this to you yesterday, but you probably didn’t get it due to your computer woes.

        By the way, I am following you on Twitter. Have you sent your first message yet? I’ve learnt how to send a ‘personal’ (in other words a direct) message but you have to be following me (sonamie). So, here’s your ‘challenge’ to help you get started. If you find my name and check ‘following’, I’ll send you a ‘welcome’ message.

        Give it a try. ;)

        • 68 Sue in Minnesota
          November 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm

          Hey VC….boy did I ever have computer problems…..and I have no idea what the problem was……fought with this thing all damn day. The good news is it forced me to address some of the mess that was happening around our home. Took me 2x as long as it would normally, lots of sit downs as for some reason I would get really dizzy….but I did not get a headache which is a first. I’ve lost a lot of weight which might be part of it….hell I don’t know. But I am pleased that I finally got things back in order. Today I was busy with bills, and laundry and a sewing project for the girl’s basketball team my brother coaches. I finally got on the computer around 4PM….so much to catch up on.

          I have not sent a message on twitter…..I think people think I’m fooling when I say how dumb I am when it comes to technology….I AM DUMB!
          But I will accept your challenge, watch for me to follow you tomorrow. About time I catch up with the real world ;) Thanks for your help and encouragement…….I hate asking for help, even when I know I desperately need it :opps:

          • November 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

            It sure sounds like you accomplished a lot today. Good for you, but please remember to be careful. Of course, now I feel ‘guilty’ for the mess that’s been accumulating around me that I keep planning to take care of tomorrow. On the other hand, I often console myself with the old saw ‘Work doesn’t kill you unless it falls on you’, and since I’ve not been going it its way I should be alright ;)

            By the way, did your computer just decide today to be on its best behaviour on its own, or did you have to take it for repairs?.

            • 70 Sue in Minnesota
              November 8, 2011 at 12:40 am

              The struggles went on all day. I figured I would have to bring it in for repair. However, later in the evening I tried one more time to reboot the wireless terminal/port whatever you call it, I also flipped the circuit breaker even though I didn’t think that was a problem, and relocated the port….plugged in the mouse, which I don’t typically use. The computer had run a repair program earlier in the day. But even after that it kept freezing up on me . I have no clue what happened, what caused it, or really what happened to fix it. I was a bit worried that my lap top had bit the dust. I’ve only had this since fall 2009, so if that happened I’ld be pretty upset….it wasn’t cheap, more bells and whistles than I really need or use….but hey I always think someday I am going to become computer savvy. But then I am reminded of my Granny’s words of wisdom, “you can’t teach an old dog a new trick,”and now accept the fact that ‘old dog’ is me ;)

              This is just how unsavvy I am, last Friday I came home and my computer died, it was the battery. I took it in, and I learned a valuable lesson, I didn’t need a battery if my computer was plugged in to an electrical outlet…DOH…..my computer is almost always plugged in. I am sure the Geek squad was wondering what rock I had been living under….not my finest moment. They were very nice, and went out of their way to not embarrass me., which was a kindness I very much appreciated.

              I am prepared to feel a bit foolish tomorrow, but I really appreciate you helping me with twitter.

              • November 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

                Morning, Sue in M! Maybe one day I’ll tell you my battery story which is awfully similar to yours. :oops: (I’m getting more and more convinced that we are two sides of the same coin. ;) ) I signed on to Twitter before coming here just in case you had already sent me a message, but I didn’t see one. There is no need to feel foolish, me trying to help with Twitter is like the blind leading the blind, but, what the heck, holding hands initially might keep us both from falling. See you later, I hear wh.gov starting up.

      • 72 a4alice
        November 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        It was great! It’s almost kind of like a drop in center – you can go in anytime to do phone banking, office stuff what ever. I think it will probably get more cohesive as we go. It was a great shot in the arm for sure!

        • 73 Sue in Minnesota
          November 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

          Can a person just show up or do you have to register online or call ahead?

          • 74 a4alice
            November 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

            Sorry it took so long to reply! Yes I’m sure you can just show up. The more the merrier! Here’s something that RT said which made me stop and think. He said to pick 10 people in your circle of friends etc., The ones that are ‘dissapointed’. And makes those ten your personal campaign for the year. What do you think of that?

            • November 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

              One-on-one. Definitely where we can resonate, or plant seeds of truth. All 10 might not be reached, but, who knows? It’s always encouraging to see how energized people become whenever they go out into the field.a4A.

            • 76 Sue in Minnesota
              November 8, 2011 at 12:54 am

              Sounds like a plan. I actually started that approach with my oldest brother today. I won’t bore you with the details…….but he sent me video clip that he seemed to think summed up America’s problems….welfare abuse. I hope he was sitting down because what I sent back was a schooling of sorts. I’ll be interested to see what he has to say tomorrow when I see him in person……I told him if he thinks Republicans are working on his behalf, he is delusional. And if he votes Republican he will be enabling a destructive entity that will harm everyone of his family members, socially and economically. My other brother and I talked and agreed given the opportunity we would tag team him and see if we could get some facts into his head.

              • 77 theo67
                November 8, 2011 at 2:42 am

                You should also remind your brother that it’s the Republicans who voted down the measure that would have allowed mortgages to be negotiated by the courts. And that the Republicans voted against the 9/11 Responders for medical assistance. And that the Republicans have caused hundreds of thousands of firefighters and police (and teachers) to be laid off, resulting in insufficient resources to help people at the state level – like those people in Connecticut who are in week two without power. It’s the Republicans who are preventing refurbishing America’s infrastructure, causing another water pipe to burst in Los Angeles tonight – resulting in flooding.

                It’s also those same Republicans who spent billions/trillions in Iraq, sent troops in without body armor and hired Halliburton to electrocute soldiers and charge $60/meal for military meals. Republicans are the ones who have slowed down the economic recovery so that 240,000 vets are without jobs, and are now hungry for more war in Iran. I could go on.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      November 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us a4alice…I saw a pic of the MN_OFA on Twitter – very full house :)

  20. November 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    What caption would you put on the photo?

  21. November 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Tomorrow:

    9:50 AM: The President departs the White House

    11:20: Tours a classroom in Yeadon, Pa

    11:45 Delivers remarks

    12:35 Departs Philadelphia

    1:35 Arrives at the White House

    2:45 Michelle Obama visits Georgetown University in Washington

  22. 107 lovingandlaughing
    November 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Chips, I am trying to think of a caption that would let the viewer of the image know that President Obama is part of the dream of MLK (which I think the image portrays in and of itself) but to also point out that PBO can not keep the dream alive all on his own and that we all need to take part and support him, but not in so many words of course!

    • 108 lovingandlaughing
      November 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      President Barack Obama,
      We have your back to keep the dream alive in 2012.

    • 109 Sue in Minnesota
      November 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      He is the bridge to all that MLK initiated, we need to join the march and keeping moving forward, as we have not yet manifested the Dream….but we can and we will.

      • 110 lovingandlaughing
        November 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm

        Oh nicely said Sue!

        • 111 lovingandlaughing
          November 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm

          I particularly like the strong ending “…but we can and we will.”

          I am kind of joking with this idea, but how about:

          “Take Off Your Bedroom Slippers and Put on your Marching Shoes. Obama/Biden 2012″

  23. 112 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Jay Carney on Lawrence!!! Wow!!!

  24. November 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Our second sexy man is gonna be on Lawry tonight in the rewrite. Some may know him as Mr. Press Secretary, others ( i.e.: the pervs on this site), call him Clark Kent when he wears his sexy glasses. :mrgreen: hubba, hubba :twisted:

  25. November 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    But Nate Silver told me that PBO is toast.

    PBO is going to win in such landslide, it will destroy whatever’s left of the conventional beltway wisdom.

  26. November 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Stephen Moore likes this new plan for taxes- (he is nuts)/

    One positive development on taxes taking shape is a deal that could include limiting tax deductions, perhaps by capping write-offs on charities, state and local taxes, and mortgage interest payments as a percentage of each tax filer’s gross income. That idea was introduced on these pages by Harvard economist Martin Feldstein.
    In exchange, Democrats would agree to make the Bush income-tax cuts permanent. This would mean preventing top rates from going to 42% from 35% today, and keeping the capital gains and dividend tax rate at 15%, as opposed to plans to raise them to 23.8% or higher after 2013.

    What the fuck ever!

  27. November 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    And, in the new NBC poll, they only poll 11% for Hispanics and blacks.
    That is the definition of underpolling!

  28. 135 anniebella
    November 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I just enjoy the First Lady and Second Lady together.

  29. November 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Hey Jay Carney groupies, He’s on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show right now giving an exclusive interview.

  30. November 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Mr. Kent is on now, sexy glasses and all ;)
    ps- wish there was a leering emoticon. It’s so appropriate at this time :)

  31. 141 utaustinliberal
    November 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Jay is awesome. He just said with all due respect George Will aka buffoon speaks nonsense when he said on This Week w/Christiane Amanpour (a huge disappointment) that PBO wants the super committee to fail so he can crow and run against them. Jay said that PBO wants the super committee to succeed so that people know that their government works, that their government is listening to them. That there is a balanced deal which helps all Americans and not just the uber wealthy.

    Love Jay and his Clark Kent glasses.

  32. 145 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Breaking News as per Lawrence O’Donnell: Cain will give a news conference at 5PM EST tomorrow to discuss allegations of sexual harrassmen.

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      November 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      I just imagine what he’ll be tossing at the American people, during the news conference. Not sure I’m counting on the truthiness quotient to be present.

  33. 147 Betsy
    November 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Jay was awesome as usual and I appreciated that Laurence listened to him and heard him out. It was nice.

  34. 149 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Oh Boy. . . a big announcement by Herman Cain. . . I wonder what will he be “announcing?”

  35. 159 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..

  36. 162 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Cain pick up lines (on Twitter) – These are all by JeffersonObama (he is very witty)
    No Pain, No Cain #Cainpickuplines
    Wanna See My Creepy Smile? #Cainpickuplines
    The Hermanator Never Accepts No For An Answer #Cainpickuplines
    Meet The Nine Inch Cain Plan #Cainpickuplines

    • 163 Marlz (@marjgra)
      November 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      More . . .
      Excuse Me! Say Helloooooo To My Little Friend #Cainpickuplines

      • 164 Marlz (@marjgra)
        November 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

        I am having fun with these . . .
        Wanna See My Chief Of Staff Smoke? #Cainpickuplines
        This Old Man, He Came Home…. #Cainpickuplines
        Hop Onto The Cain Train…Now Pass The Salt #Cainpickuplines
        Wanna See an Old Man With A Creepy Smile? #Cainpickuplines
        Wanna Be My Lucky Number 9? #Cainpickuplines

  37. November 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Cain is toast! Friday presser! Nate silver doing some analysis, says he should survive the presser and a 51% chance to ask a female journalist for a ride home!

  38. 167 vero804
    November 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    While I was driving home I was listening to the Mark Thompson show on Sirius/XM. He’s super-duper professional left, and I seldom can stomach him for more than 5 minutes. Well, during the 5 minutes I stomached, he had some female caller who’s voice sounded all monotone and very ditto-headish, if that makes any sense. She didn’t strike me as highly educated. Anyway, at first I figured she was a disillusioned progressive because she went on and on about how the president hasn’t done anything for the “people out in real America” and how he’s had such-and-such days or years to do something and what is needed is someone who will shake things up and change things. She then proceeded to say that the thing with Cain is that they always want a controversy surrounding him, and that she didn’t believe his woman’s story – in fact it’s the other way around in her mind. This lady made advances on HIM and was rebuffed! She FINALLY acknowledged that she’s a Cain supporter, and wouldn’t hear anything about this sexual harassment/abuse stuff – it’s all just a ploy to knock him down.

    I know this is just one person, but I think this is how it will be for Cain for the most part. His supporters seem to have solidified around him and they will not let go unless he’s caught with his hand in the cookie jar. As long as they have a sliver of denial to work with, they will go with it. It’s like Palin. Everything is the media fault, or the mainstream of the party’s fault, or the Democrats fault, and so on. It wasn’t until she started writing notes on her hand and getting into fights with her daughter’s baby daddy did her core supporters start seeing the light.

    • November 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Vero,
      They also have paid trolls call into talk radio and Cspan!
      You can tell, because they all gave fix news talking points!

      • 169 vero804
        November 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

        Good point. That thought did cross my mind since she sounded so thoughtless. There is some poll out that says 50-something % of Republicans aren’t really prepared to change their minds on Cain based on these allegations. So, I do think this drama won’t hurt unless it just keeps dragging and/or he does something too off-the-wall.

    • 170 theo67
      November 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      There was a woman who called into my local NPR affiliate this morning. She said that Cain is the only one who is talking about the issues she cares about. That no-one else is talking about the issues, and Cain is speaking to her. She had a British-type accent. And she went on about how the scandal doesn’t impact her at all, she could care less about his “personal life” – and she claimed she’s not ideological. I wanted to know whether she would change her mind about Cain “speaking to her” if she knew his tax plan might have come from the Sim City game, or that he quoted Pokemon as an inspirational source, or that he doesn’t know the first thing about foreign policy.

      I’m sure she’s determined to vote in 2012.

  39. November 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    More politico hit job on cain. “report” of fifth woman.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67819.html

  40. November 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    damn sad news for boxing fans

    Joe Frazier has died.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/sports&id=8422638

    On Cain, I see this meaning he’s gonna drop out.

  41. 175 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Joe Frazier has passed.
    May he rest in peace.

  42. 176 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Another woman is now accusing Herman Cain. . . this will be he 5th . . . getting closer to the “999”

  43. November 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    So Bill Daley being “demoted” is what’s going round on twitter right now. Will it get past a possible 5th accuser for Cain or the debate tomorrow?

    • 181 vero804
      November 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      If that’s true, I won’t be mad. I haven’t been impressed with the Bill Daley’s handling as Chief of Staff. I think he was supposed to be a bridge to business and that hasn’t paid off, so it’s time to go back to the tried and true Pete Rouse.

    • 182 SueBee
      November 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      Yes he is, many people in Washington said he did a poor job of developing relationships with members of congress.

  44. November 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    The president said tonight at fundraiser-

    “My legislative record, our administration record I’ll put up against any President in their first term,” Obama told those in attendance. “But in terms of changing the culture in Washington, the fever has not broken yet. Not everybody has gotten the word yet —  that this is not how the American people want their government to operate.”

  45. November 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Well, this came out of left field-

    BY CAROL E. LEE

    WASHINGTON—William M. Daley was hired to help resuscitate Barack Obama’s presidency after deep Democratic losses in 2010. Ten months into his tenure as chief of staff, Mr. Daley’s core responsibilities are shifting, following White House missteps in the debt-ceiling fight and in its relations with Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

    On Monday, Mr. Daley turned over day-to-day management of the West Wing to Pete Rouse, a veteran aide to President Obama, according to several people familiar with the matter. It is unusual for a White House chief of staff to relinquish part of the job.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203733504577024443125874140.html

    • 185 vero804
      November 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      I’m not too surprised. I always got the vibe that he wasn’t going to last. I think he flubbed helping coordinate the negotiations on the continuing resolution early this year and definitely the debt ceiling deal.

    • 186 globalcitizenlinda
      November 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

      William Daley had already said he is leaving after the election so maybe his heart was not in it

    • 187 Jenny
      November 8, 2011 at 12:23 am

      This only means he won’t be doing the scheduling and heading staff meetings.

      He said when he started that he wasn’t into that.

    • 188 theo67
      November 8, 2011 at 2:36 am

      Which debt-ceiling “missteps” are they talking about? From what I remember, the Republicans are the ones who screeched for two years about wanting to cut the deficit, and then ran away from President Obama when he offered them a $4 trillion megadeal? I don’t buy this framing of events.

    • 190 halo
      November 8, 2011 at 3:54 am

      That’s Washignton speak for he’s been demoted. Let’s not kid ourselves, guys.

  46. November 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

    TOD’ville, thank you for a very good and joyful day. I laughed a lot today, and I also appreciated all the sharing that was done. Thanks, Chips Chica. Good night all and sweet dreams!

  47. 193 LDS
    November 8, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Hello everyone. Thanks for the warm welcome. I feel like I am home.

    Okay. Do you mind if I add my caption? “Living The Dream”. Did anyone say that? All the captions were great.

    I had the pleasure of seeing the MLK Memorial that weekend. And when I saw it, I thought to myself, I wonder what POB wouldl feel when he looked up? I felt that Dr. MLK would have been so proud of our President as he gazed down . The same feelings that President Mandela expressed. Mutual love and respect,
    @rikyah : Thank you for the above information. It helped me to calm down after reading in the November 2011 issue of Ebony magazine an article written by Kevin Chappell (who claims to be a Washington Insider). The section is labeled, The Radar. Which asks the question: Can Obama Count On Blacks In 2012? I was so furios that I had to take a walk.

    Basically, it quotes Maxine (troubled waters)…..as someone here called her on this blog. I totally agree ..

    What is disturbing is the kind of message that is being sent to people who depend on and is loyal to a historical institution such as this magazine and it is well known throughout the AA community. So I need your help TOD family. If anyone knows who this person is and why is he still stuck on stupid with this Maxine person. Please help me tweet, e-mail Ebony to push back this type of negative hype to discourage people from voting.

    I must add that during my phone banking and canvassing, a majority of AA are truly standing tall with POB. They have questions and by visiting this blog, I have been able to answer them in total honesty and speak from the heart. Most people just want the truth and they are hurt just as we are by the treatment and disrespect that the media and Congress have displayed. In the end, they agreed with me and thanked me for sharing insights that they never knew and the media is not reporting. They are behind the President 100%. The facts are not being reported acurately and they know it.
    I must admit that I did come face-to-face with an AA repug this weekend and “THAT” walk quickly turned into a jog. I felt my body stress level rising up to the point of no return. This is not the first time I have had that encounter and I just don’t get it. I do not want to hear their explaination that they try to force me to listen. I just politely leave and pray that I never meet them again……ever. Some I know and I avoid them and stay away from their arguments and debates. Why do they feel they have to justify that with me, I will never know. And the ones who do not vote…..well, I cannot tell you how that aches my heart. To the point of total speechless. If they even complain about the weather to me, I give them a look that they know that I know that you get what you deserve. And it is all because you did not or will not vote! Leave me alone!

  48. November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military is vacating Saddam Hussein’s ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month, but Saddam’s prison toilet is leaving with the Americans.

    The stainless steel commode and a reinforced steel door have been removed from the cell where the dictator spent two years before his 2006 execution and is destined for a military police museum in the United States.

    “We’re not taking anything that the Iraqis had. We are only taking stuff that we put in, we utilized, and when we didn’t need it any more, we took it home,” Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks, a U.S. military historian, said on a tour of the site on Monday.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7A63ZY20111107?irpc=932

  49. November 8, 2011 at 1:30 am

    White House: No proof of alien life
    By Peter Schroeder – 11/07/11 11:08 AM ET
    The Obama administration officially announced Monday that the government has found no evidence of extraterrestrial life.

    In response to a public petition, the White House said it has “no evidence” of alien life, or that extraterrestrials have “contacted or engaged” any member of the human race. Furthermore, there is no “credible information” that indicates that any proof of aliens has been covered up by the U.S. government or anyone else.

    “The fact is we have no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth,” wrote Phil Larson, who handles space policy and communications for the White House.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/192107-white-house-no-proof-of-alien-life

    Phew! I was worried…

  50. November 8, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Still thinking of a caption for the photo of Obama and MLK — “Two great men-one great dream”.

  51. 200 globalcitizenlinda
    November 8, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Chips, I do not know if you saw this. But in a local news report of the last time President Obama was on the road and visiting a daycare in Virginia, apparently one WH staffer told the people that they would find their photos on theObamadiary!!!

    I am not making it up but by this it seems as though you were being used as the official site. In any case many have taken a keen intere st in what you do and like us we are more appreciative. Here is the link to the story and it make a good detailed read of ordinary people’s impression.

    http://www.vancnews.com/articles/2011/10/26/brunswick/news/news01.txt

    • 201 utaustinliberal
      November 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

      This line just thrilled me “Feggins-Clary said someone from the President’s staff took pictures and said he would mail pictures to them. He gave them a website to view the pictures” – http://theobamadiary.com

      How freaking cool is that Chips. Your website is the hub and home for all things President Obama and the Obama administration. I knew people at the white house had to know about this website since we’ve been sending them emails about the fantastic work you do.

      Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thrilled for you Chica! :D

      • 202 hopefruit2
        November 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

        A few months ago, a local MN reporter came here asking for some daycare pics as well. And remember the pic of our Prez in the rain? That same pic ended up on some newspapers! Chipsticks is happening!

    • 203 Titti
      November 8, 2011 at 6:06 am

      Chips what a fantastic and well deserved acknowledgement of all your hard work by reps of the WH.

    • 204 donna dem 4 obama
      November 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

      That is absolutely fantastic. The word is spreading more and more. Six months ago I would see one or maybe two of the bloggers from here post links to this site on my Facebook wall. Now anywhere I go on Facebook people are linking to TOD.

      Chips you are our hero!

      I personally cannot thank you enough for the space that you give us to support this President.

    • 205 ChristiMtl
      November 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Thank you so much for this info Linda! I am beyond thrilled!!

      This is fantastic….

      WoW!! I’m so proud of Chips…so well deserved.

    • November 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Ah Linda, that’s a HOOT!!!! Thank you SO much for letting me know about it, what a lovely thing to wake up to! Crikey, we better all start behaving ourselves now that a WH staffer is dropping in – no names mentioned, apart from UT, Donna Dem, M4O, Lisa, ChristiMtl………

      :lol:

      • November 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

        All those baaad gals, better watch out.

      • 208 halo
        November 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

        This is amazing news, Chipsticks! At least they know their good works are appreciated around these parts!

      • 209 desertflower
        November 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

        OMG, Chips! You hit the motherload! We’re all so proud of you, and all the hard work and love you put into this home of ours everyday….it’s so nice that the WH is here and paying attention:) We really DO have to mind our manners now:) Thank goodness MY name wasn’t on the “Potty Mouth List” :) Ah, who cares…we’re passionate about the truth…and have a right to say what we think….we get to be ourselves here….Potty mouth list, be damned! Congrats, Chips. Job well done.

      • November 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        Dear Chips you deserve the recognition. To know that this site is an info source for the WH has gotta make you feel all warm and fuzzy. i guess it’s time to clean-up my language ( you too Tally). :-)

      • 214 nospin
        November 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        Don’t change. You bring awesome energy in strenuous times.

        You help everyone stay on track, encourage respectful debate and dissent and no matter how heated the discussion, you have a gift that calms us all and helps us refocus on what is important. You provide the tools and through the folks who participate on this blog, we have the resources necessary to do support this administration and to make a difference.

        Don’t change a thing.

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

      This is fantastic Chips. You are sooooo appreciated and I thank you for all of the hard work that you put into this blog. I expect to see you invited to the White House soon. :)

    • 217 a4alice
      November 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

      wow! you are in there! w00t! :-)

      • November 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

        Always late to the party I may be, but my words are no less sincere for being late…

        :cool: :cool: WAY TO GO, Chips Chica!! I am SSSOOO proud of you and your work for this president!

        PRESS ON!!!

    • 219 lovingandlaughing
      November 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Oh my gosh, that is wonderful! Congrats Chips and thanks for sharing globalcitizenlinda!

      • November 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        Good things happen to good energies that goes out from great spirits with good intentions!!!!! Our beautiful Chipsticks, you are to be commended for All of the beautiful work you do here daily.

        I have some confessions to you, but I will make them soon with your permission.

        Thanks so much, Chipsticks. Hard work, as my mother always shared with me and my brother “Hard work will always pay off, just be patient and continue to work.”HZ

        • 221 lovingandlaughing
          November 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

          HZ, you have me wondering about “some confessions.” I can’t imagine you have anything to confess…you are such an inspirational source of good and kindness and positivity!

  52. November 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

    file:///K:/BARACK%20OBAMA/Tee%20Shirt/The%20People%27s%20Choice.jpg

    I this picture shows up

  53. November 8, 2011 at 5:43 am

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama travels to suburban Philadelphia on Tuesday to tour a classroom and meet with students and teachers at a head start center.

    The president will visit Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-visit-head-start-center-outside-philadelphia/2011/11/08/gIQAZVz4yM_story.html

  54. 225 Titti
    November 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Sarkozy and PBO’s secret convo at G20 leaked. Sarkozy says Netty is a liar – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15635476

    • 226 SueBee
      November 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Obama remained diplomatic, but I am sure this will be spun in an effort to hurt Obama in some way. Our media is so predictable.

      • 227 Ladyhawke
        November 8, 2011 at 7:53 am

        A BREAKDOWN OF TRUST

        Exactly SueBee, this will be catnip for the media in America. But before they get too carried away, i hope they will remember the dressing down that Netty gave President Obama on camera in the Oval Office back in May. Also, I had such high hopes when President Obama appointed George Mitchell as Middle East Envoy. His resignation early in May of this year was such a disappointment.

        Amid Impasse in Peace Negotiations, America’s Chief Middle East Envoy Resigns

        —————————————-

        On his second day in office in January 2009, President Obama appointed Mr. Mitchell, signaling the administration’s desire to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace. But despite more than two years of shuttle diplomacy, the two sides appear further apart today than at any time in years.

        “His deep commitment to resolving conflict and advancing democracy has contributed immeasurably to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security,” Mr. Obama said in a written statement announcing the resignation and referring to American support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
        .
        .
        In the letter, Mr. Mitchell, 77, said he had initially agreed to do what the president called “the toughest job imaginable” for only two years. He largely abandoned his diplomatic efforts after a failed push last year to persuade Israel to freeze the construction of settlements in territories claimed by the Palestinians.

        —————————————–

        http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/world/middleeast/14mitchell.html

      • November 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

        Oh boy- it was just reported on the bloomberg channel that Both Presidents talked poorly of nut and yahoo!
        I am sick if nut and yahoo too.
        But, Of course the GOP will jump on this saying Obama hates Israel nonsense.

  55. November 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I saw this on eBay. Wonder why would anyone want to sell this? I have one and I will not ever part from it. I hope that this image comes through. It is going for $49.99 on eBay,

    I found this at an African store here in Alexandria, VA. I have not been able to find another one.

    http://compare.ebay.com/like/140625787666?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y

  56. November 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

    So, their is also. State senate seat that is up for grabs in Virginia.
    The republicans have spent 30 million on this race.
    Not 3, but 30!
    Man, they have money to burn!
    Msnbc has not even mentioned that we have lots of special elections today. Hmmm!

    • 231 hopefruit2
      November 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

      The media is downplaying the elections because it’s not looking good for the Repubs. All these foolish distractions e.g., Cain’s presser right at 5PM is designed to take the focus off the elections. I am not fooled one bit.

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

      Jovie, any place that is aggregating all the poll results today ?

  57. 233 Tulips
    November 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Good morning. Do anyone remember the title of the chipstick did abt the census report. I want to tweet abt it because this was a plus for President Policies.

    • 234 utaustinliberal
      November 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

      If you’re looking for the link to the Census Bureau data about reduction in poverty due to the Recovery Act and other policies like the earned income tax credit, etc. enacted by PBO, here is the link.

      http://t.co/HnnTaThZ

  58. 235 halo
    November 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

    LOOKS LIKE SLICK WILLIE IS ALL OVER THE AIR WAVES AGAIN!

  59. 236 utaustinliberal
    November 8, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Jee Wheez Bill Clinton is yawn inducing on Morning Joe. Blah blah blah…..my book. Blah blah blah…..my book. Let’s do wind energy, let’s stop using foreign oil, let’s improve the national electric grid……blah…blah..blah…..I talk about how to do this in my book. My book…my book…my book.

    Question: Why the fuck didn’t you do all this when you were President? Huh Bubba? My goodness he really has a HUGE ego. :roll:

  60. 240 a4alice
    November 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Like today is voting day! We’re voting for school board and city council and such but others have way more important votes happening! Good luck to all you Ohioans and I got something from the Pennsylvania democrats there must be something going on there but I don’t know what.

    Good luck everyone.

    am

  61. 242 desertflower
    November 8, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I see that Cain will make an announcement in Scottsdale today regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/11/07/20111107herman-cain-scottsdale-press-conference.html

    • 243 hopefruit2
      November 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

      That presser is well-timed to take the focus off the very important elections going on in OH/PA/NJ…where the voters will send a very strong message to the Republicans in congress, local/state governments, media and elsewhere. Of course, the media would rather that we be focused on minstrel show that is Herman Cain who fulfills just about every unsavory racial stereotype, instead of the issues that really matter to this country.


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