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LA Times: …. President Obama brings to the 2012 campaign one strategic advantage that previous Democratic presidential candidates would have envied: the money to compete everywhere.

Flush with more cash than all the Republican candidates combined, Obama’s reelection campaign envisions an electoral map every bit as expansive as that of 2008 ….. campaign officials say they are determined to use their financial clout to keep as many states as possible in play for as long as possible.

….  So Democrats are opening offices, airing TV ads and building up campaign machinery in the upper South, in Rust Belt Midwestern states and across the Southwest.

…. Obama is raising money in buckets, packing in half a dozen fundraising trips on quick sprints west. So far, he has collected $89 million, while his nearest competitor – Mitt Romney – has picked up $32 million….

…. Obama’s advisors cite population trends showing growth of the Democratic-leaning Latino population. In Virginia, for example, the state grew 13% as a whole from 2000 to 2010, but its Latino population nearly doubled. The Obama campaign also has recruited volunteers and begun to register voters in Arizona, where Latinos have gone from 25% to 30% of the population over the last decade…..

Full article here

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Michael Tomasky (Daily Beast): …. The most important and interesting poll question asked in recent memory is the one Suffolk University finally thought to ask last week …. Floridians were asked if they thought the Republicans were “intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not re-elected.” In response, 49 percent said yes, and just 39 percent said no.

…  this is a shockingly large number considering that we Americans are supposed to believe that no one in our great and celebrated system of government would ever do such a thing. But people are starting to believe it, and it will be the GOP’s worst nightmare if it gets to the point that 58 percent or so of the country agrees. Given that majorities of conservatives and Republicans will never agree with this, a number like 58 (or even 55) will mean that a substantial majority of independents think it’s true.

…. the GOP’s reputation is so low, and its image (and reality) as obstructionist so steadily solidifying, that it’s going to hang like the stink of garlic around the nominee’s neck.

…. what a beautiful thing it would be if the GOP’s obstructionism were the factor that buried its candidate next year. It’s the Democrats’ job to make sure that one year from today, as voters are doing their last-second sizing up of things, the behavior of the GOP over the last four years is one of the things they think about. If it is, Obama will win, even if the economy is ho-hum…..

Full article here

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Chris Cillizza: …… A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that President Obama is narrowly getting the benefit of the doubt (on the economy) – at least, at the moment.

Fifty percent of those tested agreed with the statement that Obama is “making a good faith effort to deal with the country’s economic problems, but the Republicans in Congress are playing politics by blocking his proposals and programs” while 44 percent said that the president had not “provided leadership on the economy, and he is just blaming the Republicans in Congress as an excuse for not doing his job”.

…. In a bit of a boost for Obama, 54 percent of independents – that most coveted of voting blocs – said he was making an effort on the economy while 40 percent said he had not led as required on the issue.

…. It’s why the president has signed a series of executive orders aimed at unilateral action on the economy under the “We Can’t Wait” mantra, and focused more and more in his public speeches on Republicans’ unwillingness to back plans and programs that they had supported in past years.

These latest numbers suggest he is winning that argument – albeit narrowly…..

Full article here


158 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody else. I am off until tonight so I get to spend a little time on the blog this morning. Please make sure to get the Presidents message out…it seems we have some VERY SMART people that post here. Hit some other sites and news blogs so we can fight the GOP Spin.

    • 2 dotster3
      November 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Yes, I have often urged people to adopt news websites in numerous states, register and comment to inject needed truths into the conversation. With all the slanted reporting, this is vital. Not everyone is tweeting away, and this is a way to influence political interested voters in key states.

  2. 3 anameti
    November 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Good morning TOD family!

  3. November 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Good morning everyone. I thought my computer had problems again when I saw no one posted since last night. Have a terrific Monday ya’ll!.

  4. November 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

    P.S. Chips that is one of my favorite pics of our President. He is hot, hot, hot!

  5. 6 Tulips
    November 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    G m i heard this report will now include tax credits and food stamps that was not included and the poverty rate is not as bad. I live in the poorer area of chicago. I find in talking to ppl in grocery stores and other places they are pleased and more has help then before.

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Great feedback, Tulips. Funny, how people often ignore actual reports from the ground when making assumptions. How hard is it to say, “how’s it going?” I’ve also found over the years that people get in tough circumstances and don’t know how or where to ask for the help that is actually there for them. When they get pointed in the right direction, it makes a difference. This happened to my sister, who suffered through much illness and an inability to keep a job, until she found the right services to help her. She’s here today because the support system worked.

  6. November 7, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Good morning everyone!

  7. 10 Fred
    November 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

    good morning TOD family.May God watch over;guide;protect the President and First Lady as they will have a very busy week ahead with trips to Washington, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii…

    http://obamafoodorama.com/

  8. 12 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Not political, but this child sexual assault case at Penn State involving the long time famed defensive coach and other college officials who looked the other way for decades is just outrageous and huge. This Sandusky had been sexually abusing young boys connected to his charity for at risk children for years. Unbelievably, the DA in 1998 decided not to pursue charges in the first known instance and then disappeared, his computer found in the Susquehanna River, and this year was declared legally dead. Did he commit suicide, was he paid off and disappeared? Finally charges were brought after a 2 yr. Grand Jury investigation and now the Athletic director and the VP of the university have stepped down. Famed coach Joe Paterno said he was “shocked”, but no, he wasn’t—–many of the charges have been known for years. Penn State may end up paying out as much as the Catholic Church before all is said and done. This is just disgusting to me. By their negligence and brushing aside these charges, they allowed the abuse and damage of vulnerable young boys to go on for years in order to protect the reputation of their football program.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-penn-state-ad-administrator-step-down-amid-scandal-20111106,0,7963686.story

    • 13 Bill
      November 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

      This will be the biggest scandal in the history of college sports. It is beyond words.

      • 14 dotster3
        November 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

        The details are as horrific as can be and far-reaching. So many connected to the university failed those kids and did not report suspicions and accusations of child abuse as required by law.

    • 16 desertflower
      November 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

      You’re right. It is repulsive and criminal. As long as college sports is run like a business, and the only glory is winning at all costs, this is what you see.Granted, I would certainly hope that this is not the norm, and I’m sure it’s not, but covering up for this guy, was all about the reputation and winning for this football team.Sick. sick.sick.

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

      A lot of people were complicit in hiding this hideous scandal. The school put sports success and all the rewards that come with it over the welfare of the children, at least one of whom was as young as ten. They made a disgusting and unforgivable choice that will soil the school’s reputation for a long time. Too bad, because there are smart students and good programs there.

  9. 18 lovingandlaughing
    November 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for posting the Ed Show clip Chips. I do not watch news shows regularly so I find it helpful when you post important not to miss clips here.

    • November 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

      I’m not into polls, especially this early out. But I just saw a number that 40% trust President Obama to create jobs and 40% trust Republicans. Are people just not paying attention. I didn’t see the internals of the polls, but it could be that people are afraid that as long as President Obama is President., the Republicans will continue to obstruct and he will not be able to create jobs?

      • 20 Obama Grandmama
        November 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        “…as long as PBO is President the Republicans will continue to obstruct and he will not be able to create jobs.”

        I have worried about that for quite awhile now as it seems so many voters are not observant about what is actually happening and if they don’t like the way things are they just vote for the opposite party with no clue. I thought there needs to be someway to get the message out and have felt the OH, WI, MI, and FL states complaints with their Teaparty Governors would help along with the OWS movement. I think the lack of proper journalism and corporatist control of the MSM is a big part of the problem. Also the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court is not helping. GREED is ruling.

        • 21 Obama Grandmama
          November 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

          I’m looking for an analogy for those thinking voting for the GOP will change things. I think of if a teenager breaks all of the rules and stays out past curfew, drinking and driving and wrecks the car the parent should not let him off scott free and even buy her a new car to boot. I would like to hear other comparisons as maybe something like that would get through to those tempted to vote for a GOP President. Although I thought the analogy Obama used with “You don’t give the key back to the person who drove the car into the ditch” was a good one but didn’t work in the midterm vote in 2010.

      • 22 nathkatun7
        November 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        What if we framed it the other way around: As long as the teabag Republicans control the Congress no jobs will be created. The solution: vote out the obstructionist Republicans and give the President members of Congress who will put the interests of the country above the interest of ideology and party. If we framed it this way, the obstructionists would be the ones to be punished for what they are doing to the country. In other words, why punish the President who puts the interests of the country above ideology and partisan politics and reward people who are simply motivated by ideology, and deep and irrational hatred of one man?

  10. 23 joyce
    November 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I attended an Ofa work shop this past Sat here in Nash Tn and came away very hopeful. There is something going on here that makes me and others think that even in Tenn. that our president may carry this state. Maybe things are more hopeful in the south than is being reported or at least in the past. May God continue to bless and protect our wonderful president.

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

      That’s encouraging news Joyce. I think the more the media reports the negative just means they are losing the battle.

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Wow joyce. TN really ? Guess peeps in south are finally waking up ?

    • 26 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Tn? :shock:

    • 27 57andFemale
      November 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

      As long as Democrats don’t listen to likes of Michael Moore and VOTE. None of our horrific problems would have happened if Democrats voted with the same reliability that Republicans vote. The country has been shifted to the Right by about 25% of the available electorate because not enough Americans vote, and it’s mostly Democrats who don’t bother.

      A little advice to the know-nothings like Michael Moore: form an alliance with legislators and candidates. Use your few brain cells to understand that ‘change’ takes time. Commit to Democrats, continually fight to elect better Democrats but DON’T damage Democrats if it will mean a seat will turn Republican. Show that you are more than a whiner and a responsible, progressive VOTER, and the party will become more and more progressive.

      Duh.

      • 28 57andFemale
        November 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

        Actually I will modify my statement a little bit: we are better off with a Republican in the Senate than the DINO’s that make it look like we have a filibuster-proof majority (Michael Moore, use a few of those brain cells, please, to understand that Obama didn’t placate Republicans, he had to placate the likes of Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, etc.) I’d rather Obama not be blamed for not getting us Medicare of All with a ‘filibuster-proof’ majority that never existed.

        We need many more better Democrats. How did the Republicans get their batshit crazy dream Congress? They kept voting in large enough numbers, no matter what Republicans delivered for them, moving the ball ever so slightly and consistently to the Right. It took them 30 years. Progressives can’t wait 30 days without withholding their vote. What ‘message’ does that send? That Democrats are flaky and unreliable at election time. Why target your message to people who don’t vote if they don’t get their basket of puppies, the exact breed they want instantly?

        • November 7, 2011 at 10:31 am

          57Female, you are on a roll here. Perfect analogy. The lesson–get off your fking butts, zip your big mouths, and vote.

        • November 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

          I’ll take a Democrat any day. Nelson, Landrieu and a few others and better than any Republican. They can get on your last nerve but I cut them slack understanding places like Nebraska and Louisiana are deep red. But even with that you’re going to get their vote most of the time. HCR, FinReg and the stimulus does not happen if the DINO’s don’t vote for it because a Republican sure wouldn’t.

          If Reid had 56 votes right now Nelson, Tester, Pryor and Lieberman would give him the other four. He doesn’t have anything close so he lets them go but keeps enough to say there’s a majority . I recall Landrieu and Webb making noises about not voting for AJA. They have. Just to make sure Harry covered the spread.

      • 31 hopefruit2
        November 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

        THIS!!!!!

      • November 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

        I read a statistic that said approximately 29 million people who voted for the President in 2008 did NOT vote in 2010. Had they voted, we’d be looking at quite a different scenario.

    • 33 desertflower
      November 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Nice! They say that about AZ too….makes me wonder what THEY know that I don’t :)

    • 34 a4alice
      November 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Wow Joyce TN – that’s great thanks for reporting back to us about what’s going on there in TN.

  11. November 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Good morning TOD’ers. So what’s the good news?

  12. November 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Just ahead of Veterans’ Day, Obama plans to meet Monday with leading veterans’ groups as he discusses steps his administration is taking to help veterans who have struggled to find work.

    The actions are part of a larger effort by the White House to draw contrasts with congressional Republicans who have opposed Obama’s jobs legislation a year before the 2012 election. Obama has signed executive orders aimed at spurring job growth and helping homeowners and college students in recent weeks, saying he does not want to wait for Congress to act.

    Obama administration officials said the president would announce that veterans can download a “Veteran Gold Card” (DoL link below) issued by the Labor Department that allows former military members to get six months of personalized case management, assessment and counseling at career centers. The White House estimates it could help more than 200,000 unemployed veterans who served after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Obama will also promote a new government website that allows veterans to find specific jobs they’re qualified for along with a jobs bank that lists openings from companies looking to hire veterans.

    The initiatives are aimed at reducing unemployment among soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Labor Department estimates that about 12 percent of veterans who served in the military since 9/11 are unemployed, higher than the national average of 9 percent.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/07/obama-welcomes-veteran-groups-to-talk-jobs/?test=latestnews

  13. November 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    The White House announced Monday morning that President Obama will speak in the Rose Garden at noon to talk about helping veterans get jobs.

  14. November 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Romney, seen as most electable, still struggles to break out of pack, poll shows
    By Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Published: November 6

    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has a significant advantage over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in only one area — electability — and will approach the next round of candidate debates with several potential liabilities, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    Often described as the candidate to beat in the GOP race, Romney remains stuck in place in national polls — he is at 24 percent in the Post-ABC survey — despite the fact that one of his main challengers, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has stumbled and several high-profile potential candidates decided not to enter the race to challenge President Obama…..

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-seen-as-most-electable-still-struggles-to-break-out-of-pack-poll-shows/2011/11/06/gIQAFZW3tM_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

  15. November 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

    November 07, 2011 8:40 AM
    There’s nothing ‘good’ about losing jobs
    By Steve Benen

    On ABC’s “This Week,” George Will said there were “two bits of good news” in the monthly jobs report released Friday. “The 80,000 [jobs gained] is a net number,” the conservative columnist noted. “The private sector created 104,000 jobs. The public sector happily shrank by 24,000 jobs. Both of that’s good.”

    No, actually it’s not…..

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/theres_nothing_good_about_losi033318.php

    • 44 nathkatun7
      November 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      So, George Will is happy that teachers, police, firefighters, Social workers, and other government workers lost their jobs? Obviously he has no clue about economics. All government workers also happen to be consumers. If they can’t buy goods and services, owners of private business won’t make money. Moreover, those government workers who loose their jobs are responsible for the high rate of unemployment. Why is this guy paid so much money to write rubbish?

  16. 45 L3
    November 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning everyone. Just wanted to report on yesterday’s Open House at OFA Detroit. I have been trying for weeks now to assemble my first neighborhood team with some hits and many misses. Recently, I’ve had more success getting my recruits to attend our volunteer orientation. So far 19 have attended. I invited 16 of my 19 recruits (I was unable to contact the remaining 3) to the Open House fully expecting about 12 to show and to my great joy 11 showed. Some of them helped host the event while the others participated in the various activities.

    One of our local TV stations was there to get video of the event and the camera man saw me talking to some of our guests about making a committment to volunteer and put a camera right in my face for what seemed like an eternity. I was so nervous and a little annoyed because I hate to be photographed without my permission and prefer the anonymity of working behind the scenes. My RFD knows this and when she saw what was happening she told me later that she thought “Oh Lord, she’s going to have a fit.” But, because I am a pro and would do just about anything to get PBO re-elected, I did not flinch. I maintained my composure, contined talking to the attendees in a knowledgeable, professional and welcoming way and got through it very well. Overall the event was better attended from 4 – 8 than it was from 12 – 4 and we were all generally happy with the outcome. I will be training many of my recruits this week on how to phone bank, register voters, recruit volunteers and do data entry.

    On a funny note, when I first arrived I went straight to the restroom which is around the corner from our offices and while I was there I could hear what I thought was the loud male voice of someone who was starting trouble and I thought what is going on out there. As I approched the office I realized I recognized the voice. It was a recording of PBO’s speech to the CBC near the end where he raised his voice to tell the CBC to kick off the bedroom slippers, put on your marching boots….press on! I though that was so funny.

    • 46 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

      that bathroom story was funny L3 :lol: thanks for working hard and being great in front of the cameras ;)

    • November 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Getting 11 people to show up this early in the cycle is a great response. Good for you for not letting the camera get to you. I would have been a nervous wreck. Keepin’ the struggle alive!

    • 48 GGail
      November 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Great news from Detroit L3! I have friends in Detroit that I’m feeding information to and I would love for them to get involved! Where is your OFA office in Detroit?

  17. 50 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    THE “DO NOTHING” CONGRESS

    With their two weeks on / one week off “work” schedule in the House, the GOP is keeping millions unemployed to put one man out of work.

    Republican Job Creation?

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    Shortly after gaining the House of Representatives in 2010 the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, made the welcome claim that the primary purpose of the Republican Party was to increase employment. His exact words were:

    “We’re going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs.”

    The following, therefore, is a chronological list of legislative activities by the GOP beginning 2-10-2011. I’m sorry to report that none, so far, have resulted in a single new job being created in America.

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    http://www.republicanjobcreation.com/

  18. 51 a4alice
    November 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    We were talking last night about the Faribault Woolen Mills story and just wanted you to know that I talked to the owner of our busines and submitted an article for our newsletter so that they gain some exposure. In case you missed the story, here it is:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45169565/ns/nightly_news/#.TrcvXPT8WjM

    Proud: You’re right. That’s a great idea – in addition to us putting our names into WIW’s pot for media work, we should find some local blog to post PBO things to. Hmmm…. I’ll try to find something like that.

    Going to my first OFA_MN meeting tonight so I’ll let yez know how that works out. If anyone wants to meet me it starts at 5:45. Keith Ellison and the Mayor of MPLS RT Ryback will be there. It’d be fun to meet a fellow TOD’er.

    OK back to work I go. Have a great day everyone.

    l8r

    • 52 Ladyhawke
      November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

      MAKING IT IN AMERICA – FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL COMPANY

      http://faribaultmill.com/

      I am still beaming from this marvelous story. The comeback of Faribault Woolen Mills is inspiring and so utterly American. Their blankets and throws are absolutely exquisite. This is a good news story that needs lots of attention. I would love to see the orders pile up for these beautiful hand made products so that full employment is guaranteed indefinitely. I sent an email to Minority Leader Pelosi asking her to showcase this company as part of the Democratic Party “Make It In American” initiative. I am bursting with pride.

    • 54 desertflower
      November 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

      great job, alice! keep the ball moving on this great story!

      • 55 HZ
        November 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

        Good Morning Chips and my TOD family.

        I would like to confess that I read that story about the late last evening as I was catching up on all of the great news from our blog yesterday. I was gone from 2:30 PM until 7:00 PM my time in Cali.

        I was touched by the story and the comments, so I stopped and went to the site and really got excited after reading the story. I went on to the link that Desertflower provided and saw items that I wanted as well.

        Then I started to think how POB always speaks about keeping jobs and starting them with companies that are making them “Made In America.” Remember TOD family. So I write to Senators Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar, and President Obama. Yes, I did it again.

        I plan to call the company as soon as I finish my work here etc. I am not tired yet. I woke up ready to go again. Laid my head on the pillow at 3:00 AM this morning and woke up with the music playing. Ready move. I decided to come here first because I have some great news that I will post on the newest post that Chipsticks has up. Read please. We will see what will come of this thanks to Desertflower, Ladyhawk, and a4alice. I am so excited.

        I asked both senators to maybe contact these business men and give them some face, phone time , and lastly share with POB about this business and may they can feature this business with in invite to the WH with both senators and others who are willing to come forth with businesses like these and let the American people see what is being done and what can be done in the Made In America World.

        Lets make our orders, pray and medidate hard (holiday season coming up,and some may want to purchase some wool socks, throws blankets jackets etc for friends who are out of work, homeless and of course for your family , friends and self. Get the economy going for these workers and two gentlemen. I believe in my heart that Senators Franken and Klobuchar will get back to us. And of course someone from the WH. We would love to see these gentlemen in the Rose Garden with others talking about jobs. Pray, think good thoughts. We can make good things happen for others. HZ

        • 56 a4alice
          November 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

          That’s fantastic HZ – I didn’t even think about contacting mn senators great idea!

          • 57 HZ
            November 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

            Hi a4alice, why not go ahead and do so. The more the better. I really think that would get more power to our sincere interest for this wonderful business. Please do it. The more contacts in a positive will help so many people in the state for so many people. That is what we are about, right. Go for it a4alice.HZ

        • November 7, 2011 at 11:45 am

          You are a wonder, HZ! Bless you!

          • 59 HZ
            November 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

            Just trying to help and be who we are on this beautiful blog. Just think of how many people we can help not only at the factory, but if there is more business, that means more families to help get jobs and children to get back with their lives in homes, towns getting people buying, not to mention of word of mouth to generate more business for so many in our economy now.

            We are the ones who can help in so many ways. I love seeing people make progress, live a decent life and other made productive in this nation and world. Keep supporting our President.HZ

    • 61 desertflower
      November 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

      I saw that, Jackie:) The chances are slim to none (as the legislature/senate here is overrun with crazies!) However, a recall NOW, might work….didn’t the last time, but as people get wind of this strong arm, illegal act, they may be more inclined to recall this pompous ass.

      • 62 HZ
        November 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

        Good Morning Desertflower, thanks for your information yesterday about the Faribault Mill in Minnesota. See my comments above. So excited about this. Love you very much.HZ

  19. November 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Iowa Is A Must-Win For … Romney?
    Pivoting off John Heilemann, Ed Kilgore makes the case:

    [A] long primary season is a very bad thing for the Republican Party. At this point, Barack Obama’s best, and perhaps only, strategy for re-election is to make this a “two futures” choice, in which the extremism of the GOP gets as much attention as the current state of the economy. Nothing will play into this strategy quite like months of Republican candidates barnstorming through Tea Party-dominated state primaries accusing each other of being reasonable instead of right. The “quick-kill” scenario may be the only way out of this trap, and only Mitt Romney can trigger it by hunkering down for an intense holiday-season drive through the right-to-life fundraising banquets and local-supporter potluck dinners of Iowa. We’ll soon know whether he has the stomach for it.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/11/iowa-is-a-must-win-forromney.html

  20. 64 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Critics are already popping up re. Obama’s trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia, departure Friday. They said he should be here for budget fights. Carney said he’s perfectly capable of being engaged no matter where he is. There’s something about Obama and Hawaii that just drives some people nuts.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-apec-obama-poliitcstre7a60xm-20111106,0,3144491.story

    • 65 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

      funny how they bitch about the President going overseas yet Congress is out of vacation every 2 goddarn weeks.If anyone can find the nutbags schedule please post it and it shut them up.Yes the President will work when there is no effing body around willing to work with him since they obstruct and they are absent :roll:

    • 73 Bill
      November 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

      On a Sunday morning show Cokie Roberts once said President Obama should vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC instead of an “exotic” place like Hawaii.
      She either did not know Hawaii is a state or that President Obama is from there.

      • 74 Fred
        November 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

        this was just wanting to make the President seem “foreign” like he was the “other”. Roberts knew exactly what she was doing when she said that

      • 75 anniebella
        November 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

        You think people like Cokie Roberts have sense till she says something like that. Hawaii is the place where President Obama grew up, and it is the 50th state.

        • 76 anniebella
          November 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

          Fred, I agree with you.

          • 77 HZ
            November 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

            Goodmorning my TOD family. Just remember, no matter where he goes, they are going to b….. We are going to continue to work just like he is, and we are going to shut their mouths up because of our focus and hard work.

            They knew that he was going to make this trip. Do they think we are crazy? Shame on them. Well, yes some of the other people are out of their minds, but not us.

            When President is in town, they do not work with him and the people, What the hell. Excuse me, I just finished my devotions and meditations. But enough of the windbags with nothing in the bag but foul wind.

            We are going to lift him up in his travels, his work, and move on with him. These people are so miserable in their lives. Plus they are so little in their thinking. Believe me people are fired up and ready for this reelection and young and old are with our President. Let him travel, get his job done, and we will support him all the way.

            I read an article about an interview with our FLOTUS, and one things that she mentioned was this:” Focus on the things that you can change.” So that is my commitment. If we can change the ‘noise’ that we are hearing, then we focus, if we are unable to exposed these hateful and disruptive attitudes by writing a letter to our local newspaper, make a call to the right person to help us change the message to a positive and workable one, text, tweet, call our senators and reps., with a clear focus, then we must move on. There is a lot of fresh sweet water out there ready to partake of , believe me. Love you all so much,.HZ

      • 80 desertflower
        November 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

        Holy crap…this one has Gloria Allred as her attorney. Cain is gonna wish he kept his inappropriate behavior somewhere else. she’s a pitbull!

        • 81 hopefruit2
          November 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

          she will be giving her press conference at 1:30PM. Cain is toast.

        • 84 HZ
          November 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

          Desertflower, you are the power. Thanks for this one. This is what I am talking about. Share and reveal. I just screamed at the tv last week and said out loud, “Oh, just leave it to Glorid Allred, one of them will have Gloria as her attorney by next week and someone will be talking and bringing this circus to an end in a good way.

          At least the women are approaching it with an attorney(no matter how one may feel about Glorid Allred), these women need attorneys who will help them tell their story and hopefully help many other women who are afraid to come forth.

          Remember this is the party who are trying to get into our bedrooms, places of worships, schools disruptions, and just all of our family values to comply to theirs. Enough is enough. Remember, all of this stuff is coming to light. They are trying to destroy the works of a good decent hardworking POTUS, (trying to dig a hole for him) and their holes are swallowing them up. The Bible that they mocked and use for their own selfish good , well, the word is slapping them all over the globe. Do not mock God and his word. Plain and simple.HZ

    • 85 hopefruit2
      November 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

      When will they start focusing on Mitt Rom-no?

    • 88 halo
      November 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

      They got their orders from the GOP establishment.

  21. 89 Debz
    November 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Good morning everyone!! Chips, thanks for posting my favorite photo of POTUS :-)

  22. November 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Hey chip,
    Jen Psaki on chuck Todd show is deputy communications director at WH!
    She is good!

  23. 92 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Good morning TOD!!!!!!!!!! Great day — looks like PBO’s visit tomorrow is going to be in my backyard (4 miles up the road)!!!!!!!!!! Rumor has it ( http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20111107_Delco_Dems_to_get_boost_from_prez_.html ) that he’ll be visiting a Head Start program. Looks like I’ll be crawling out of my sickbed to try and get a glance.

    Loving that PBO will be here tomorrow, however, what rocket scientist scheduled him for a visit the morning after Eagles vs Bears??? Come on folks this is suburban Philly, we take our sports seriously, win or lose there will be some good natured ribbing going on. However, tomorrow’s politico headlines will either read “Obama Mocked in Philly” (Eagles win); or “Philly Disheartened — Obama Losing Base” (Bears win)

    • 93 HZ
      November 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Enjoy it Alycee!!! Get out your ‘I Am In’ sign and wave a hello, if you can. Love it. Lets move with our POTUS. Give him all the support that we can.

      This is getting exciting each and everyday. We need to contact the WH and find out what brand of batteries POTUS is using each. Oh, the energy our President has. However, we also know that we are the brand of batteries that he is moving on.

      Our Love,

      Our intellect

      Our prayers and meditations

      Our donations

      Our fortified booths on the ground

      Our spirits of love, and respect for out President and Vice President and his entire team, Plouffe, Valarie, Melody Barnes, Messina, Arne, Hilda, Holder, Gibbs, Jay, and of course his Rock, First Lady, Michelle Obama, his beautiful daughters, Malia, Sasha, First Grandma, and our loving serious, BO. We are going keep it moving, Mr. President with you.HZ

  24. November 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Vice President Biden has no official business on his public schedule for the day, but he does have two campaign events scheduled in the South.

    The White House says Biden is expected at a fundraiser in Atlanta at 11:30 a.m., and then at another one in Nashville at 2:15 p.m. No word on whether his speeches will be open to the press

    Pool-

  25. 95 Don
    November 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning T.O.D family.

  26. 96 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    THE MITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM

    You Don’t Know Mitt – 99 Facts About Mitt Romney

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

    In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the media has focused on a succession of colorful Republican contenders and pretenders: Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain.

    Meanwhile Mitt Romney, still the odds-on favorite to capture the GOP nomination, has entered the “Mittness Protection Program,” avoiding scrutiny whenever possible. As a result, his actual views and record are still largely unknown.

    To solve this problem, ThinkProgress has compiled 99 key facts about Mitt Romney. Some examples:

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/romney-facts

  27. 98 Tulips
    November 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I just created a petition on white house .gov called No pay raises for congress. Pleas sign the petition and tweet. https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/no-pay-raises-congress/6B80tPq2

  28. November 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, TOD family. It will be a busy, busy day following the Day of Action yesterday. In my area, two teams held Voter Registration events with many of our core team members and also an exciting mix of new volunteers. We got a good number of registrations and I’m in cards, but the best part of the day was having conversations with a lot of people. It was a treat to watch one of the new volunteers, a woman who runs a hair salon, take apart the myth that the Obama administration’s policies are bad for small business. Another one of our volunteers who does payroll and taxes for a construction company chimed in about the significant savings her company was able to achieve by hiring long term unemployed workers. People were listening to these two and I am sure more than a few went away thinking about the discrepancy between these women’s experience and the lies they are fed daily by the media.

    And then there was another new volunteer who told me that she had become withdrawn and reclusive after the death of her husband and was pushed by her daughter to get back to doing something outside of her family. She had been active in political campaigns in the past. At the end of the day she thanked me for calling and inviting her. She not only wants to continue with us, she wants to help organize her own city, starting with a house meeting in her home. Another new volunteer, an 80 year old woman, wants to get involved with Grandmothers for Obama and organize other senior citizens. Most of the volunteers in both teams want to be notified when OFA-MA organizes the next canvassing event in New Hampshire. Several others are going to arrange for future Voter Registration drives in their own neighborhoods.

    So there’s a lot of follow up – happy work for an Obot like me. Fortunately I have some good data people to help with keeping the database up to date and can concentrate on making connections for volunteers and getting the planned house meeting and other events set up. On December 8 we are planning a holiday party to bring together old and new volunteers and set the course for next year. The number I’m focused on right now is not a poll number but the number of volunteers we can recruit between now and the beginning of 2012.

    Thank you Chipsticks and TOD family for providing this space for sharing our thoughts and finding inspiration every day from people who share our passion.

  29. 104 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    OT: When Al Flowers was born, his grandmother brought him home in a shoe box and sat all night by the wood stove to keep him warm.

    When he was 10, he went to the tobacco fields with the adults, “cropping” leaves by hand and dumping them in a cart drawn by two gray mules.

    He lived in a tin roof house with no running water and bathed in a No. 10 washtub.

    Coming of age, he thought: There must be something more.

    There was.

    This month, Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, 63, retires from the U.S. Air Force as the military’s longest-serving active-duty general.

    Full story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/defense-depts-longest-serving-general-and-african-american-retires/2011/11/01/gIQAgVCXmM_story.html

  30. 109 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Now That America Is Fighting Back, The GOP Is Crying Class Warfare

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-crying-class-warfare

  31. 110 hopefruit2
    November 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Did anyone here experience a brief outtage of their internet about half an hour ago? I think I did! For a moment I couldn’t refresh the TOD page and I thought something was wrong with the site or my browser…but apparently it was a country-wide internet phenomenon!

    http://www.businessinsider.com/weird-the-internet-just-died-for-about-30-seconds-around-the-country-2011-11?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+businessinsider+(Business+Insider)

  32. 116 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Great new release of Souza photos, don’t know if all of them have been posted here or not:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/sets/72157627919719269/

  33. November 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The president has a fundraiser tonight, donations mean more ofa offices will be opening shortly!
    The right hates him fundraising, so they say he gets more money from wall street than anyone.
    So what! They are employees at a company like the GAP. Which is big business, and part of wall street. Many democrats work at these stores and presumably donate to the president.
    So, this criticism, is thereby a Smear.

  34. November 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Eric Kleefeld November 6, 2011, 10:38 PM
    A new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) shows Ohio Democrats and public employee unions likely to win a big victory on Tuesday in the referendum on Republican Gov. John Kasich’s anti-public union bill, SB-5.

    The poll shows only 36% of Ohioans will vote to support the law, while a decisive 59% oppose the bill and will vote to repeal it.

    Kasich’s own approval mirrors those numbers, with only 33% approval and 57% disapproval. Kasich was elected in the 2010 Republican wave, defeating incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland by a 49%-47% margin. However, when asked if they could vote again, the respondents in this poll chose Strickland by a 55%-37% margin.

    From the pollster’s analysis: “Democrats are almost unanimous in their opposition to SB 5, supporting repeal by an 86-10 margin. Meanwhile there’s division in the Republican ranks- 30% are planning to vote down their Governor’s signature proposal while only 66% are supportive of it. Independents split against it by a 54/39 spread as well.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/poll-ohio-set-to-vote-big-against-kasichs-anti-public-employee-union-law.php?m=1

    • November 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

      This is what I do not understand- why don’t people line the health care law-

      The news isn’t all bad for Ohio Republicans though. Issue 3, where a yes vote is being framed as a rejection of Barack Obama’s health care plan, is leading for passage by a 49-35 margin. That represents a significant tightening from 3 weeks ago when PPP found the measure ahead by a 55-24 margin, but it might be difficult for the ‘no’ side to make up another 14 points in the final 36 hours before the polls open.

      Sigh!

      • 122 donna dem 4 obama
        November 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

        Although the reform started out in 2009 very popular with the public and polled very well the Republicans did a masterful job of demonizing it as a big government intrusion (the mandate) that we couldn’t afford (even though it was paid for). The sad thing is that although parts of the bill has been implemented and people benefit from it they still don’t get it. All they hear is government spending and that Obamacare is bad. Most people have health care through their employer and so they didn’t see a big need for the reform. If you hadn’t been a victim of the broken system we were under frankly I just don’t think that people cared about the reform. It only became an issue in your life if it touched your personally. We live in a generous Nation but at times we can be very selfish about the needs of others and the negativity towards the Presidents Health Care Reform is a clear indicator of this IMHO.

  35. 124 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    102 THINGS NOT TO DO IF YOU HATE TAXES

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

    The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th. The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life. So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind…

    “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/11/07/102-things-not-to-do/

  36. November 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    PBO’s strategy with all 50 states is good news for all Democrats for this election — he’s building a structure they can use in the future too. He’s truly a leader of the Democratic party.

    Pelosi and the DCCC are doing a great job of retaking the House. This was from an email from Leader Pelosi:

    “We have recruited a groundbreaking 60 Democratic candidates to compete in Republican-held or open seats. Many of these districts are held by Republicans who voted to destroy Medicare to fund tax cuts for Big Oil and Billionaires.

    With just 25 Republican-held seats between us and a Democratic Majority this achievement represents a giant step down the path to victory in 2012.”

    I haven’t heard anything at all about the Democrats in the Senate though. I’d like them to be as organized with their boots on the ground, too.

    A lot of good news today and great comments here — like about adopting local blogs. This is a powerful strategy.

  37. 126 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

    test

  38. November 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Regarding the Michael Tomasky article where he says GOP is trouble if Independents and Moderates believe they are sabotaging economy on purpose, I just say this on twitter from ThePlumLineGS:

    54% of independents and 57% of moderates believe GOP’s sabotaging Obama jobs policies for political reasons

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/independents-and-moderates-agree-gop-deliberately-sabotaging-obamas-jobs-policies/2011/11/07/gIQAPMfSvM_blog.html

    • 128 Ladyhawke
      November 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

      THE GOP SABOTAGE MEME GOES MAINSTREAM

      It is encouraging to see that the Republican Party attempts to sabotage the economic recovery has finally gone mainstream. It is being talked about openly by the likes of David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Senator Schumer, Jim Messina, Senator Durbin, Majority Leader Reid and now The New York Times editorial board. The train has left he station. I hope the Democrats will run with this. It is interesting that the Republican Party does not seem to be that anxious to engage this meme. How could they possibly defend it. It’s so Un-American and un-patriotic.

      The growing acceptance of the ‘sabotage’ question

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

      The New York Times editorial board had a piece today on the importance of unemployment benefits, and made an observation in passing that stood out for me.

      “Tragically,” the editorial said, “the more entrenched the jobs shortage becomes, the more paralyzed Congress becomes, with Republicans committed to doing nothing in the hopes that the faltering economy will cost President Obama his job in 2012.”

      The point was made in passing, but it’s nevertheless striking. As far as the editorial board of the nation’s most important newspaper is concerned, it’s simply accepted as fact that congressional Republicans want to hold back the economy, on purpose, to undermine the Obama presidency.

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

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/the_growing_acceptance_of_the033320.php

  39. November 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Just read that Halperin was on Morning Joe arguing that it’s not too late for Huntsman to come good in the GOP race. Huntsman is on 1% in most polls. Does Halperin even take himself seriously as a political pundit?

    • November 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

      That is their no labels candidate. Ariana endorsed him in the bill maher show.
      While greenwald and hamster endorsed Ron Paul.
      Quite a group of far lefties voting for far righties!

      • November 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

        Huffy, Greenwald and Janie haven’t a principle between them, their only interest is self-promotion to fuel their ‘look-at-me!’ egos. They’ve no interest in Ron Paul either, only in President Obama’s defeat next year. It’s beyond me how some ‘lefties’ still don’t get what frauds these people are.

      • November 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

        I think most of us who have been paying attention know that these folks weren’t progressives – they weren’t even Democrats. These people are grifters and libertarians, which means they are Republicans but like to get high. I’ll add Michael Moore and Cornel West to the group.

    • 133 dotster3
      November 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

      I’ve concluded that all that hair dye has done great harm to his brain. It has triggered some horrible mix-up in wiring which results in damaged Halperin being wrong about everything.

    • 136 Me4obama
      November 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

      GoodMorning TODville, I think Mark Dick Halpern has lost his damn mind. I have no idea what his thinking is. Mr. 1% will never be President.

    • 137 anniebella
      November 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Speaks volume as to where Halperin brains are. He has none.

  40. November 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Bloomberg channel says that republicans threatening yet another shutdown.
    Over riders! Here we go again!
    Guess they did not learn anything.
    Unbelievable!

  41. November 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Just found out the Carrier game on veterans day will be televised on espn(POTUS will be attending)-

    Schedule for the Week of November 7, 2011
    On Monday, the President will meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
    On Tuesday, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Women’s Law Center’s Annual Awards dinner.
    On Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.
    On Friday, the President and the First Lady will host a breakfast with veterans at the White House. After, the President will visit Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and deliver remarks; the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President and the First Lady will travel to San Diego, California for the Carrier Classic and Honolulu, Hawaii for the start of the APEC Summit. The President and the First Lady will spend the weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii at the APEC Summit.

    • 141 Me4obama
      November 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Busy Busy week for our President and FLOTUS. I don’t care what the haters say, they will travel wherever they want. #obama2012

      • November 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Busy week indeed. Thanks for the information, Jovie. Keep up the good and positive thoughts, prayers, and meditations for him as well. Thank so much, Jovie.HZ

  42. 143 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    What is Michele Bachmann doing still running for president when it is obvious she needs to be in a facility somewhere getting much needed mental health care help? She told supporters that they need to get on their knees and pray and to fast and that will help to repeal the health care law. And that it is true there are death panels who will decide which old people get health care and therefore bye bye to the losers. She also said God has chosen her to be in position to repeal Roe v. Wade.

    http://minnesotaindependent.com/42612/bachmann-prayer-and-fasting-will-help-defeat-health-care-reform

    • 144 Obama Grandmama
      November 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I wish there was someway that WE the public could demand that the House GOP leaders need to take Michele Bachmann off the intelligence committee as it is evident that she does not have the right qualifications to be on that committee.

  43. 145 dotster3
    November 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

    And Whoopi and Sheri Shepherd have got to stop defending physical punishment of children. It’s not controversial.

    • 146 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I know right? hate to remind Sheri but despite all the spanking she got she didn’t turn out that well (since that’s her reasoning :roll: ). I mean if on the air you can yap about the # of abortions you’ve had :shock: :roll: and the # of times you’ve cheated on your ex-husband and your past arrest . . .

  44. 147 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

    MEDIA MATTERS

    Fact Checking The Sunday Shows – November 6, 2011

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

    With much of the airtime on this week’s Sunday political talk shows devoted to discussing the Herman Cain scandal and Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) antics, the substantive issues took a back seat. Yet a few key Republicans still managed to squeeze in a couple of standard GOP attacks. On This Week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that the stimulus “has not worked,” a falsehood echoed by presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Meet the Press. Boehner also found time to inflate the effect of a millionaires’ surtax on small-business owners, and to deny that congressional Republicans have gone after America’s social safety net. In fact, one major Republican initiative — the House-passed GOP budget plan — proposed to upend major safety net programs for children, the poor, and seniors.

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

    http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201111070004

  45. 150 Ladyhawke
    November 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

    BUYING AND SELLING PUBLIC POLICY

    Jack Abramoff Explains How He ‘Owned’ Members Of Congress And Their Staff

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

    Yesterday, CBS News’ 60 Minutes aired a segment with infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff, released from prison and promoting a new book, expressed remorse for his role in buying and selling public policy. During his interview with Lesley Stahl, Abramoff talked about how he used gifts, campaign contributions, and other legal and illegal bribes to influence members of Congress.

    In a simple explanation of how the revolving door, Abramoff said he would use promises of jobs on K Street to lure Capitol Hill staffers into his pocket. He would let a chief of staff know that he was interested in hiring him or her. The promise of a high paying job — Abramoff made $20 million a year at one point — would entice the staffer to give Abramoff control over the congressional office. In Abramoff’s words, at that point he “owned them”:

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/07/362392/abramoff-owned-congress/

    • 151 Fred
      November 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

      I saw Abramoff’s segment on 60 minutes last night.This was simply infuriating

      • 152 anniebella
        November 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

        I am shock at what Abramoff said. Not Congress. They wouldn’t be brought like that. Please. I believe every word he said.

        • November 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          Good Morning TOD family ,

          Missed it, but my best friend in another state shared with me when I called. Hope everyone is having a beautiful day wherever you may go today. Look up, and around and give some good thoughts, praise, and just be good to yourself and family and friends. We are going to make it, okay. Yes, We Are!!!

          A little update on yesterday’s meeting. Oh, I am so excited. First it was a ‘One Year To Go’ event held in a beautiful college town out here. The couple who hosted it was just beautiful. The Regional Team Director was there, lovely person. First I was told there were going to be about a half dozen people there when I received my reminder call in the AM. Oh my goodness there were at least 35 people there.

          It was raining when I woke up. I stopped and prayed and as I was getting written directions to the home, a burst of sunlight came through the window, and I just cried. It turned out to be beautiful weather up to the end. However, we went on about the task of what we were called todo.

          We were making phone calls to Nevada. Yes, It was a lovely home and large enough to go all over in different spots. I had to go out on the deck where the noise level did not affect my hearing aids. Yes, I have hearing aids. But not to worry, I keep moving on. It was wonderful. I made at least 65 or more calls. People are ready to help, ready to move with POB and ready to get out there and get involve. However, there were a few people who were no longer with us., but we focused on what we could change. Key. There are also having a Democratic Presidential Caucus on Sat., Jan.21st at 11am. So if you know or have family or friends in Nevada, get your buns in motion and help please.

          Met some beautiful people at this event. Also will be going to another one in a different location. Weather, stop raining for now. However, this is a must share. The regional director mentioned something while were were collecting our platters etc., to get out of there, and our TOD blog came up. She was elated about TOD. She said that she cannot start her day with starting with TOD blog. I jumped up and down in the lovely kitchen where we were getting ready to depart, and I listend(so she could say all of the great things about us), ten you all know what happened next. Right? Ofcourse you do. HZ went to town in the conversation.

          The host and hostess didn’t know about our blog. plus at least 5 other people. They wrote down the name, Chips name came up from the regional director. Ready: She stated to the listerners: We have the best blog. We tell the facts. We are respectful of each other. Chips does not play around with the blog, We are serious, and well informed. We work together like a beautiful family. We are soooooooooooooooooo positive!!!! We are so caring, We share about each others concerns as far as some of our personal sharing, we are up on what POB is trying to accomplish, we are very, very very focus on positive conversation about information and most of all our President. We have great links to support our comments. We do not tolerate bullies, disrespectful people and comments, we allow each other to comment and respect the difference within those comments. Chips keeps it clean and very respectful for our support of POB.

          We are just a “beautiful, support, intelligent, funny, and serious group of people who show the love a a very special family.” Hey, never know who is watching us TOD family. So watch out for some new people. I know Chips will keep an eye open. They were professional and great people. We are working daily to get this win in 2012. These people are serious, loving, caring, crazy about their President!!!
          I love it also because it was filled with so many cultures, age groups, and very informative and wanted to know even more. We worked our butts off.

          It did rain as I was departing. The host and hostess were beautiful. They made sure that we all got back to where we needed to get home. Just a beautiful loving group. I am looking forward to working with them and many others. I prayed and brought that little sporty home and it was GREAT!!!!. I am NOT tired, althought I should be, BUT I realize what is keeping my energies high, my TOD family and our beautiful Chipsticks. The Almighty, is so good to us. The Higher Power energy that we all possess is beautiful. We Will Press On, and we will win this one also. Love you all so very much, and thanks for your thoughts and prayers, , I made it. I am a fighter at heart, believe me. Lets move on with our FINEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee beautiful energy bunny.HZ

        • November 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

          I saw the 60 minutes piece also. I thought it was great. I especially liked the fact that every example of a corrupt elected official that Abramoff bribed was a Republican. I am sure there were some Dems on the payroll, but he did not mention them by name.

          I was also happy to see a story about Veterans who go back to Iraq to heal. I had listed a shorter story about that last week. This is the kind of thing we need to do more of to help the troops, it isn’t just the medical stuff it’s the mental stuff. I thought Scott Pelley did a good job with the troops.

  46. 157 SueBee
    November 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

    WOW! Campaign offices in all 50 states! The GOP is so not ready!


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