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rise and shine

President Barack Obama participates in a college affordability roundtable with college presidents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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9:35 The President departs the White House

12:25 Arrives Kansas City

1:55 Delivers remarks on the economy

4:25 Departs Kansas City en route to Andrews

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AP: President Barack Obama is channeling President Theodore Roosevelt, embracing a mantle of economic fairness for the nation’s middle class Tuesday that draws parallels to the progressive reformer’s calls for a “square deal” for regular Americans more than a century ago.

Obama intends to use a speech in small town Osawatomie, Kan. – where Roosevelt delivered his “New Nationalism” address in 1910 – to lay out economic themes of giving middle-class workers a fair shake and greater financial security, concepts the president will probably return to repeatedly during the 2012 campaign.

…. The president will be speaking at a high school about 50 miles southwest of Kansas City, not far from the presidential electoral prize of Missouri, which Obama narrowly lost to Republican John McCain in 2008.

More here

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Thanks PoliticalJunkessa

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Spike Dolomite Ward (LA Times): ….. I want to apologize to President Obama. But first, some background. I found out three weeks ago I have cancer. I’m 49 years old, have been married for almost 20 years and have two kids…. We’re good people, and we work hard. But we haven’t been able to afford health insurance for more than two years….

…. Fortunately for me, I’ve been saved by the federal government’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, something I had never heard of before needing it. It’s part of President Obama’s healthcare plan, one of the things that has already kicked in, and it guarantees access to insurance for U.S. citizens with preexisting conditions who have been uninsured for at least six months …. for me it’s been a lifesaver – perhaps literally.

….. Which brings me to my apology. I was pretty mad at Obama before I learned about this new insurance plan. I had changed my registration from Democrat to Independent, and I had blacked out the top of the “h” on my Obama bumper sticker, so that it read, “Got nope” instead of “got hope.” I felt like he had let down the struggling middle class. My son and I had campaigned for him, but since he took office, we felt he had let us down.

So this is my public apology. I’m sorry I didn’t do enough of my own research to find out what promises the president has made good on. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that he really has stood up for me and my family, and for so many others like us. I’m getting a new bumper sticker to cover the one that says “Got nope.” It will say “ObamaCares.”

Full article here

Thanks BWD and Donna Dem

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USA Today: More than 2.65 million Medicare recipients have saved more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions this year, a $569-per-person average, while premiums have remained stable, the government plans to announce today.

That’s because of the provision of the health care law that put a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the “doughnut hole,” the gap between traditional and catastrophic coverage in the drug benefit, also known as Part D.

And, as of the end of November, more than 24 million people, or about half of those with traditional Medicare, have gone in for a free annual physical or other screening exam since the rules changed this year because of the health care law…..

Full article here

Thanks Meta

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Steve Benen: Politico will host an awards dinner tonight, honoring “Policymakers of the Year” in a variety of categories and fields. That wouldn’t be especially interesting, were it not for the news organization’s choice for “Health Care Policymaker of the Year.”

…..House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan….

…. It’s been several months since the political world debated Paul Ryan’s approach to health care in detail, so perhaps Politico has forgotten some of the more important realizations from the debate. Let’s remind the publication of the relevant details….. (see post)

To know all of this, and give this guy an award “Health Care Policymaker of the Year” anyway, is madness.

Full post here

Thank you FiredUpInCA!

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Steve Kornacki: President Obama’s remarks this afternoon captured how dramatically his posture toward congressional Republicans has changed since this summer …. he is shifting the battle to a new, more promising front: the looming expiration of payroll tax cuts.

On this subject, Republicans are increasingly nervous and divided ….. This set the stage for Obama’s appearance this afternoon, where he struck a confident tone and sought to make the GOP squirm even more. Just behind the president was a countdown clock that indicated a tax hike is just 26 days away unless action is taken. He called on Congress to “keep your word to the American people, and don’t raise taxes on them right now,” and belittled the GOP for its seemingly selective devotion to tax relief. “I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live,” Obama said. “How could it be the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes for middle-class families?”

….This is a new phenomenon in the 112th Congress: Obama and his party seem to have the upper hand – and they know it.

Full article here

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They’re eating each other alive, part 36,278:

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Statement from the Ron Paul campaign:

“We agree, of course, with former Speaker Gingrich – this is a country of people of enormous talent. Those who deliver thousands of babies like Dr. Paul and those who spend their time focusing on promoting themselves for profit. We even have those who lobby, but don’t call it such because, as they say, they can make $60,000 per speech. While those of us in the Paul camp might disagree with Newt Gingrich about whether Donald Trump is the right man to host a serious political debate, we do agree New York is a wonderful place to go at Christmas. We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany’s, we hear it is quite nice this time of year and given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit.”

Ouch!

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Reuters: Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.

…. The effort to purge the records was made a few months before Romney launched an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

… Theresa Dolan, former director of administration for the governor’s office, told Reuters that Romney’s efforts to control or wipe out records from his governorship were unprecedented.

Dolan said that in her 23 years as an aide to successive governors “no one had ever inquired about, or expressed the desire” to purchase their computer hard drives before Romney’s tenure.

Full article here

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LA Times: ….. Romney says his Bain experience shows he knows how to create jobs …. But a closer examination of the prospectus paints a different picture of Bain’s operation …. Bain expanded many of the companies it acquired. But like other leveraged-buyout firms, Romney and his team also maximized returns by firing workers, seeking government subsidies, and flipping companies quickly for large profits. Sometimes Bain investors gained even when companies slid into bankruptcy.

…. Four of the 10 companies Bain acquired declared bankruptcy within a few years, shedding thousands of jobs. The prospectus shows that Bain investors profited in eight of the 10 deals, including three of the four that ended in bankruptcy.

…. Bain formed GSI in the early 1990s by spending $24 million to acquire and merge steel companies with plants in Missouri, South Carolina and other states. Company managers cut jobs and benefits almost immediately. Meanwhile, Bain and other investors received management fees from GSI and a $65-million dividend in the first years after the acquisition….

Full article here

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Morning everyone ;-)


103 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 desertflower
    December 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Morning everyone:) Excited beyond words for PBO’S Kansas speech today! Here’s some Newt Reminders…

    http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/01/appalling-moments-in-newtspeak

  2. December 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Good morning, TODville. Excitement for today’s speech!!

  3. December 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Some news on the health care front:

    More than 2.65 million Medicare recipients have saved more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions this year, a $569-per-person average, while premiums have remained stable, the government plans to announce

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-12-05/Medicare-prescription-drugs-health-care-law/51663580/1

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Tightening the Screws on Unnecessary Procedures in Florida and 10 Other States

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryhusten/2011/12/04/cms-tightening-the-screws-on-unnecessary-procedures-in-florida-and-10-other-states/

  4. 9 collegekay
    December 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Good morning! :D

    I’m anxiously anticipating PBO’s speech.

  5. 10 desertflower
    December 6, 2011 at 8:44 am

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-06/heartbreak-awaits-republicans-who-love-gingrich-ramesh-ponnuru.html

    There’s no guarantee that any Republican will win next year, of course. But Gingrich would be a riskier choice for the Republicans to nominate against President Barack Obama. The last time the country got a good long look at him, he turned very unpopular very fast. His decades in Washington, some of them spent essentially as a lobbyist, would muddle the party’s message. So would his unfortunate marital history.

  6. December 6, 2011 at 8:49 am

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    Hope is what led me here today–with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America.

    –from Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, January 3, 2008

    Have a great day, everyone! :-P

    • December 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Thanks so much for these quotes, I am having such a wonderful time collecting them, adding a video and making a page that holds all the quotes. Here is the video I used with todays quote about hope.

  7. 13 FiredUpInCA
    December 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    S&P, the ratings company that gave positive ratings to subprime loan-backed derivatives but recently downgraded the full faith and credit of the U.S. — even though they were made aware of a $2 trillion error in their accounting — is insinuating itself into politics again:

    S&P Jumps Into Politics Again With EU Outlook Warning

    Standard & Poor’s, rebuked by Warren Buffett in August after downgrading the U.S. over government gridlock, is again injecting itself into the political process, just as European leaders are poised to meet for a summit aimed at ending the region’s sovereign-debt crisis….

    The outlook change is “disastrous for Europe,” Mark Grant, a managing director at Southwest Securities Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said in an interview yesterday on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart” with Lisa Murphy and Adam Johnson.

    “Every bank now in Europe is also going to be downgraded as the sovereigns are downgraded, many corporations in Europe will be downgraded, the euro is going to come under tremendous pressure worldwide,” Grant said. “There’s just a whole lot of dominoes that are going to fall because of this report.”

    Regulators have tried and failed to rein in credit-rating companies, which the U.S. Congress has said helped fuel the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression by assigning top grades to subprime mortgage bonds, Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York, said in a telephone interview.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-06/s-p-jumps-into-politics-again-with-basis-for-cutting-eu-outlooks.html

    • December 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

      With it’s terrible track record, why do people take S&P seriously anymore. They are not giving reasonable ratings they are manipulating events for political purposes.

      • 15 prettyfoot58
        December 6, 2011 at 9:17 am

        yanno Jackie…i was thinking the same thing …as i listened to the news yesterday…wondering just how credible they are….and i kept asking myself…WHO AREEEEEEEEEEE THESE FOLKS….and who are they beholding to…

      • 16 donna dem 4 obama
        December 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

        BINGO Jackie!

        2 figgin days before Lehman Brothers went belly up they had them rated A+. These rating companies are a joke!

      • 17 JoJothecat
        December 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

        Exactly, S&P is a joke…who the “F” cares what they think. When someone tried to sue them over the derivative grading their argument was they are in the business of giveing “opinions” not based on facts, much like Rush Limballs, Glenn Beck, Faux Noise or anyother RW blowhard.

  8. 18 symmetry11
    December 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Good morning all

  9. 19 FiredUpInCA
    December 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

    “The cleanup of records by Romney’s staff before his term ended included spending $205,000 for a three-year lease on new computers for the governor’s office, according to official documents and state officials.

    In signing the lease, Romney aides broke an earlier three-year lease that provided the same number of computers for about half the cost – $108,000. Lease documents obtained by Reuters under the state’s freedom of information law indicate that the broken lease still had 18 months to run.

    As a result of the change in leases, the cost to the state for computers in the governor’s office was an additional $97,000.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/06/us-usa-campaign-romney-computers-idUSTRE7B500X20111206

  10. December 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Nice video on PBO’s Kansas connections:

  11. December 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    This sounds like it might fly:

    * New bipartisan jobs-creation proposal spares the “job creators”: This is going to get interesting: With Republicans opposing any millionaire surtax to pay for the payroll tax cut extension on the grounds that it will harm “job creators,” two Senators are set to introduce a proposal today that would tax millionaires while taking care to avoid any impact on said job creators.

    Senators Claire McCaskill and Susan Collins are proposing to pay for the extension with a two percent surtax on income over $1 million, but with a “carve out” that would exempt people who pay their business tax through individual income tax returns, Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley says.

    Additionally, the plan would have a jobs-creation component in the form of additional infrastructure spending, something that multiple Senate Republicans have previously said is a valid tool for jump starting the economy. How will Senate Republicans receive this, now that their concerns about job creators have been directly addressed?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum/2011/12/06/gIQAI2LFZO_blog.html

  12. December 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Deaniac has written an excellent piece to ACA and how the lobbyists for insurance industry are being knee-capped by it.

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/12/defeated-health-insurers-cut-lobby.html

  13. 41 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    GoodMorning TODers. ObamaCares Everyday. It’s such an emotional trip PBO is taking today. I guess his mother Ann Dunham will be on his mind & i wish she is here to see how incredible her son is.

  14. December 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    The LA Times article should be must reading for anyone who says the health care battle was a waste of time. This battle was fought because the first year of the Obama presidency was the ONLY time it could be fought or the issue would be been postponed indefinitely and absolutely nothing accomplished. Now the president is focusing like a laser on jobs and because people have short memories that will be how people define him in the months ahead.

    • 43 FiredUpInCA
      December 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

      It takes every sinew in my body not to be ticked off with listless Democrats and a clueless electorate that did not pay deep attention to the healthcare fight. I know that I am supposed to applaud this person for seeing the light now in 2011, but seriously? Changing your sticker from hope to nope — based on what exactly? The President and Nancy Pelosi were alone in Washington, with little to no messaging help from their fellow Democrats and were only seriously backed by Obambots and the OFA. Despite that we were able to do what was elusive to 60 years worth of Presidents — stop pre-existing illness discrimination, extend healthcare to millions of young people up to age 26, demand through the medical loss ratio that money is spent on healthcare for the patient and not wealthcare for the industry.

      How could this person not get that? How could they get so obsessed with professional left hysteria that they missed all of what was achieved?

      I expect ignorance from the far right but I am burnt out on the emo ignorance on our side.

      • 44 donna dem 4 obama
        December 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

        FiredUp you should go back and read my response to this article in the previous thread. I went through so many emotions reading this piece. At first elated, then confused and finally pissed. She changed “hope” into “nope” and then it became “ObamaCares”. Where is our media????? She bought into all those false statements by the emoprogs about that reform and the media did nothing to dispel them. The thing that pisses me off is throughout the internet we encounter the likes of her more often than we should. Sigh!!!

      • December 6, 2011 at 10:18 am

        I can’t even talk about this without blowing up. I actually had an argument with a couple of relatives last week because they are so ignorant of the content of PBO’s actions and yet they have a very strong opinion about how he’s failed us. GEEZE, I just lost it. In the end, they understood, but I really can’t stand how little attention most people pay to things that greatly affect their lives. It’s not just “politics”! It’s health care, taxes, JOBS.

      • December 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

        And she campaigned for him. Wouldn’t you be paying closer attention to his accomplishments if you campaigned for him? Why do people have to wait until a crisis hits home before they realize what this administration has done?

        • 48 utaustinliberal
          December 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

          Ignorance Gobrooklyn; pure ignorance. I believe she like many others who campaigned for PBO in 2008 felt since he had won the Presidency, their job was done. They didn’t realize or want to realize that the real work had only just begun. They didn’t realize or want to realize that they had to keep abreast of all the accomplishments he and his administration had achieved. They didn’t realize or want to realize that it is not “Yes I Can” but “Yes We Can.”

          • December 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

            this was my comment in response to Donna’s on the previous thread:

            THIS! I am saddened by her situation but it really turned me off when she talked about how she campaigned for him, then turned the hope into nope on the bumper sticker. Then I guess she feels that she’s making some sort of amends by basically saying ‘next time I’ll do more research before I turn on him.’ to me this just reeks of another case of Magic Negro Syndrome. It’s good that she recognizes the good in ObamaCare but I don’t like the underlying message and it doesn’t exactly put her in a good light. She’s just another liberal who now likes Obama because something he did affected her. I know PBO would be more gracious in his response to her op-ed, but hey, I’m no Barack Obama. Best wishes to the author though. Cancer , like AIDS is a horrible diseases that I hope will be cured soon. They devastate too many good people who don’t often get the chance to fulfill their wonderful potentials.

            • 50 edp4bho
              December 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

              Thank you FUiC, Donna Dem, UT, Meta, Gobrooklyn, and Lisa. For expressing my exact sentiments. Another person dropped back and waited for PBO to do all the heavy lifting. I wonder if she, who “campaigned” for him, made any phone calls, wrote any op-eds, contacted any legislators to affect the fight for HCR when PBO asked us all to do so. She is like too many who expected Jesus aka Barack, to transform and tailor-make their world. Until next time. SMH :roll:

  15. 51 rikyrah
    December 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Why Is Fox Attacking Republicans?
    Gabriel Sherman thinks “the network plans to tack toward the center for the general election”:

    While CNN has slipped again to third-place in the cable ratings race, Fox recognizes that the network still poses the biggest threat if it gets its act together.

    During the 2008 election, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer surged to the top the ratings for their respective time-slots and CNN scored wins on big news events. Since then, CNN has flailed and ratings have dived. But CNN’s brand remains powerful at big news-making moments — and Presidential elections are about as big as they get. Which partly explains why Fox wants to distance itself from the overt championing of Tea Party politics that defined its post-2008 coverage of Obama. Dominating as much of the election as possible means appealing to viewers beyond the conservative base and being perceived as a credible news outfit

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/why-is-fox-attacking-republicans.html

    • December 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Good luck with that Fox. It’s too late, your brand is tarnished beyond repair. Fox is faux and that’s all there is to it.

    • 53 majii
      December 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      IMO, Fox has damaged its brand beyond repair. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that the network not only supported the TPs but also actively promoted them. Fox is an opinion network, NOT a news network. A recent poll showed that Fox viewers are the most ill informed of all Americans on a wide variety of topics. I see this as a move by Ailes to try to repair the damage done by Fox’s blatant GOP partisanship. It’s strange to me that Ailes, in his attempt to be both head of a national news network and political king maker, had no clue that some Americans would eventually catch on to the fact that Fox is Propaganda Central for the GOP, and that it would hurt the network. Rupert Murdoch’s shenanigans also focused unwanted attention on the network. Ailes and Murdoch may view this as a negative, but I view it as a positive for Americans. No national news network should be able to abuse journalism the way that Fox does and still be seen as a credible source for information on any subject.

  16. 54 rikyrah
    December 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  17. 55 anniebella
    December 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    So Mitt the flip flopper liar Romney has flip flop again. That man can’t be trusted.

  18. 56 Chi
    December 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    May God continue to bless, protect, guide, guard and defend our extraordinary and all around amazing President Barack Obama…

  19. December 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Yay — you put the vid up. :mrgreen:

    That article from the woman who is now benefiting from the ACA is powerful. I expect to see stories like this featured all through out 2012, and during the campaign. Gonna be exciting — perhaps people will finally start paying attention.

  20. December 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I honestly thought this was a joke …. but it’s not:

    Steve Benen: Politico will host an awards dinner tonight, honoring “Policymakers of the Year” in a variety of categories and fields. That wouldn’t be especially interesting, were it not for the news organization’s choice for “Health Care Policymaker of the Year.”

    Paul Ryan!!!!!

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/an_absurd_choice_for_a_health033923.php

  21. 68 rikyrah
    December 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Only Obama Stands Between The GOP And Millions Losing Unemployment Benefits

    President Obama made a statement today in defense of the 1.3 million Americans that Republicans are considering throwing into poverty by killing their unemployment insurance.

    Obama said, “Now, I know many Republicans have sworn an oath to never raise taxes as long as they live. How can it be that the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and yet, barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for one hundred sixty million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense.”

    The president called out the GOP tax cut hypocrisy, “Now, some Republicans who have pushed back against the idea of extending this payroll tax cut have said you’ve got to pay for this tax cut. I’d just like to point out they haven’t always felt that way. Over the last decade they didn’t feel the need to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which is one of the reasons we face such large deficits. Indeed when Republicans took over the House earlier this year, they explicitly changed the rules to say tax cuts don’t have to be paid for. So forgive me a little bit of confusion when I hear folks insisting on tax cuts being paid for.”

    …………………………………………….

    Republicans accuse Obama and the Democrats of class warfare on a daily basis, but President Obama pointed out the real tactics of America’s true class warriors. Why is that trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy did not have to be paid for, but a tax cut of a thousand dollars for working Americans does? The truth is that the Republican opposition to the extending the payroll tax cut has nothing to do with debts or deficits. The GOP does not want to do anything that might make life easier for the American people before the 2012 election. This same rationale is why they are poised to throw 1.3 million people off of unemployment insurance.

    ……………………………………………………………………….

    What all Americans need to understand, even those who grumble about Obama from the left, is that this president is the last line of defense that working Americans and the unemployed have. If he is not reelected, there will be no one in power in Washington who will speak out for both working people and the most economically vulnerable in our society.

    Can you imagine a Republican president saying that we can’t take money away from those who are struggling most and give it to those who need it least?

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-protects-unemployed

    • 69 utaustinliberal
      December 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Good morning rikyrah. Thanks for the article. :) Absolutely concur with the sentiments expressed in the article. Voters need to wise up and realize that President Obama really and truly is the only one on their side. Some Democrats act wishy washy sometimes and have to be dragged to do the right thing for their constituents but PBO always puts himself on the line for the middleclass over and over again. Without him going toe to toe with the GOP last year, unemployment benefits and the pay roll tax cut would not have been extended and millions of people would have been left out in the cold. 2012 is around the corner and voters need to educate themselves and realize that he’s the only one fighting tooth and nail for their fair share of the pie. That’s another reason why I am happy that he keeps circumventing the mainstream media and conducting interviews with local stations and holding town hall events in various cities both rural and urban. People have to wake up!

  22. December 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I see the amazing president of University of Maryland, who was featured recently on 60 Minutes, is in the photo at the college roundtable. Getting things DONE!

  23. 71 dotster3
    December 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Osawatomie “amped up and happy” about Obama’s appearance there today. All set. Saw some Repub comment, asking why is the media making such a big deal out of this, we’ve had lots of presidents visit this area. That certainly isn’t the worst Repub comment I’ve ever read, far from it, but it made me think that the GOP should be renamed the Sourpuss Party. It’s always grumble, grumble, no matter what. Read that 2 groups applied for protest permits there today—-the vile, despicable Westboro Baptist “Church” and some contingent representing “4 or 5 Republicans”. The rest of the town is “amped up and happy”.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/05/3303528/osawatomie-amped-up-and-happy.html

    • 72 dotster3
      December 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

      And you can add Mark Knoller to the GOP Sourpuss Party who just tweeted that it was snowing in Kansas, sticking to the roads, adding “so much for a warm welcome.” Grumble, grumble, Sourpuss. Sourpusses—-not attractive, no one likes them, no one wants to spend time with them. Be happy.

      • 73 utaustinliberal
        December 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

        Mark Knoller needs to google the nearest Lifetime Gym and shut his yap up.

        • 74 jacquelineoboomer
          December 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

          Oh, I’m so enjoying your “hits” this morning, utaustin. Later, I’ll check to see how you’re taking on Twitter. Glad you’re on our side. Go get ‘em all!

  24. 75 Fred
    December 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    good morning TOD family.May God protect and bless the Potus and may He put the right words in his heart and on his lips

    boy as for the flip-flopper-in-chief Mitt watch him walk his band-aid flop or is it flip right back before the end of the day :roll:

  25. December 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    This a stunning morning mishmash, Chip. You leave me speechless.

  26. December 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

    ARGH, did they move the speech up? Yesterday all reports were that it was at 1pm. Looks like I’m going to miss it. WAAAAAH. Thank goodness for TODville.

  27. 82 halo
    December 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204397704577074351071536684.html?wpisrc=nl_wonk

    So the plaintiff int he health care suit in the Supreme Court, a 56 year old obese, smoking female (not that there’s anything wrong with that), thinks health care is a personal responsibility but is now bankrupt, unemployed and living off the government dole for unemployment insurance and may perhaps have to get on Medicaid. I’m glad that she has a safety net, but it’s people like her who have a higher chacne of getting sick, show up to the emergency room, demand medical care, and then have the rest of the taxpayers pay for her. The ACA is meant to help people like her!!

    How does she live in such an alternate reality?

  28. December 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Darn, I didn’t sign in so I guess my response to DF goes into la la land.

    Hi everybody. I so miss being here. Just a quick stop before I head into training. Hope to take sneak peeks on my breaks.

  29. December 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Lots of good snippets of economic news. PBO is masterful and those who underestimate him do so at their own peril.

    Gas prices going down!!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45543303/ns/business-oil_and_energy/?utm_source=web&utm_medium=twitter

  30. December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Boyoboy, just barely wiped the sleep outa my eyes and thought I’d take a little sip of TOD and pre-Obama speech nuggets before getting down to business. Yikes, it’s chock full in here…! Now what was that business I was supposed to be doing….?

    Chips, you’re a dynamo of the positive kind and so’s the rest of your unofficial supply team. Thanks everyone!

  31. December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Pawlenty trying to convince people he’s some kind of macho: “Teddy Roosevelt was a rugged outdoorsman, a hunter. The only thing President Obama has shot is 18 holes of golf.”

    • 90 utaustinliberal
      December 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

      A guy whose nickname is “T-Paw” should not be throwing stones while living in a glass house. He surely does not want to start the who is macho war because by the time I and others are done with him, he’ll be joining his weeper of the house buddy at the nearest bar wondering why their balls shrank to the size of peas.

  32. 92 Ladyhawke
    December 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    NEWT GINGRICH – THE SNEERING, SNARLING EXPERT ON EVERYTHING

    Springtime for Gingrich

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

    Gingrich should not be underestimated. He could win the nomination. He presents himself forcefully and with great confidence, and he brings with him an air of authority. Having gone toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton, he will be able to face President Obama on an equal basis (maybe too much of an equal basis–Gingrich will have trouble looking respectful, and not looking like a condescending know-it-all.) But it says here that long before the election, Gingrich will implode. Seldom have we ever seen a public official more self-impressed and self-satisfied, more in love with his own voice and his own clever formulations, than Newt Gingrich.

    He will blow himself up. He nearly did it the other day when he said “child labor laws are stupid.” Lurking with in that remark was the not unreasonable idea that teenagers could be given part-time jobs to teach them a work ethic, pride and responsibility. But Gingrich could not make that simple proposition. He had to throw a bomb. He had to insult a century-old accomplishment of the Progressive Era. He had to assert his own intelligence over all those who spend their lives thinking about children and education and work and poverty. He had to put himself forward as the sneering, snarling expert on everything. Why? He cannot stop himself. He believes he is the smartest man in any room in which he stands.

    And that is why he is an idiot.

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

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2011/12/springtime_for_gingrich033907.php

  33. 93 Ladyhawke
    December 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

    ‘The Republicans’ Farcical Candidates – A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses.’

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

    When a political party suffers a “political lobotomy” in public during election season, the entire nation’s reputation suffers.

    Top international news magazine Spiegel (think Europe’s version of Time or Newsweek) ran an article written by Marc Pitzke calling the Republicans a farce who are ruining our country’s reputation. The article is entitled, ‘The Republicans’ Farcical Candidates
    A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses.’ In this article, Mr. Pitzke writes what our press here won’t:

    The US Republican race is dominated by ignorance, lies and scandals. The current crop of candidates has shown such a basic lack of knowledge that they make George W. Bush look like Einstein. The Grand Old Party is ruining the entire country’s reputation.

    We knew it was true, but it hurts to read it. We won’t often read such stark condemnations in the mainstream press here.

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

    There’s much more here…..

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/media-republican-party-humiliation

    • December 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      THANK YOU, Ladyhawke. This is the most astute, articulate and comprehensive description of the Republican candidates and the complete lack of clarity in media coverage. It goes in my collection of articles to read and re-read.

  34. 95 JojoRaze
    December 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Good morning to all! I’ve always been proud of the president but yesterday’s press conference was amazing. He is so in counterpunching mode right now. So proud of the president for making the Repubs squirm with facts and evidence while remaining a thorough class act. Loving the countdown clock on the WH webpage to make the country and Repubs know the blame will be squarely on them if the payroll tax cut doesn’t remain. Always watch for the silent ones because while the Repubs have showed out over the past 2 1/2 years PBO has been watching and waiting to pounce. Loving the publicity blitz on the Cordray nomination. And I know that Liz Warren will be in the mix in that as well to buttress her fight for the middle class bonafides and putting Scott Brown in a bind to vote for the CFPB head.

    I was giddy when I heard about the Ossawatomie, KS speech. I didn’t know that Teddy Roosevelt made a famous speech there, but I knew it was famous for John Brown and I knew PBO was gonna do something big by making a speech at a place that made John Brown famous. Also loving Gibby Gibbs and Battle Ax(lerod) for going in on Romney repeatedly on the Sunday talk shows. I think Gingrich will get the nomination and will promptly make a fool of himself on the campaign and fold like a cheap suit. Gingrich can’t help himself–he’s just an undisciplined, hot-headed hack.

  35. 99 Don
    December 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Let me apologize to you personally chips and to the T.O.D family for the language I’m about to use. Where are the fucking adults, man. Where the fuck are they, and I mean that literally. Donald Trump is now in charge of picking the next republican candidate to face President Obama in the general election. A fucking guy that runs a reality show has now been tasked in finding the next leader of the free world. Has the United States gone insane? My god, what must the rest of the world think of us? Whatever one thinks of John McCain, at lest he was lucid most of the time. But this bunch my goodness, adulterators, flim flam artist, long and short con, book sellers and religious fanatics. This is a fucking circus, I mean barnum and bailey can learn something from these motherfuckers. I’m at a lost for words, this entire thing is both sad and pathetic. Sometimes I envy my son, he’s six years old and cartoons are his addiction, maybe I should join him.

  36. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    December 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Ha! If I’m correct, it’s Arne Duncan – the hardest-working Secretary of Education ever – who’s the only one with his jacket off at the education meeting, ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work for America’s children!


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