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just sayin’

November, 2007

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Funny, the President said the same thing to John Boehner today:

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President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2011. Nabors informed President Obama that a bipartisan agreement was reached to extend the payroll tax cut. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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313 Responses to “just sayin’”


  1. December 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Yes you did. Congrats amk. I am second!

  2. December 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Love his laugh and killer smile!

  3. 18 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!! YES WE CAN, YES WE DID, YES WE WILL AGAIN!! :grin:

  4. 20 africa
    December 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Can’t wait for State of the Union!!

  5. 23 Judith Fardig
    December 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Wow – our President shamed the Rs into doing the right thing. Hope he will repeat this feat in 2 months and have an extra Merry Christmas!

  6. December 22, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Funny, the President said the same thing to John Boehner today:

    • December 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      this baby is too cute. the dad asks: “do you know who that is?” the baby goes: “president” (i think!) nhahahhahhahahahhhahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahha!!! too darn cute! :lol:

      • 27 JoJothecat
        December 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

        awwwwwwh that is toooooo cute Chipsticks.

        • 28 HZ
          December 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

          Lisa, I think you are correct about hearing the cute baby responding to his dad’s question. I have played it over and over, and it is just beautiful. What a cutie!!!!! Our POTUS has such a way with babies, and this one is just a cutie and seems to know who he is saying bye, bye to. Thanks Chips for including this one.

          This one reminds me of the ‘crying cutie’ that POB lovingly quiet down on the WH lawn. I love our President!!!!HZ

          • December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

            Hiya HZ, how are you doing?

            • 30 HZ
              December 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

              Hi Chips. Thanks for asking. I am doing better. Coming here makes me feel like I am on top of the world with Hope. Remember that painting by George Watts that was so inspiring to POB. Well, that is what this beautiful have does for me. Thanks so much Chips. I love you back so very much.HZ

              • 31 HZ
                December 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

                that should be haven.HZ

              • December 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

                Stay strong HZ, you’re a treasure.

                • 33 HZ
                  December 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

                  Oh My, Chips. You are the best!!!!! I came back to see the cutie baby with the POB and there was ‘The Hope’ painting and my heart did a skip. I love this painting, and I have it in my library/music room. Thanks for including it in our TOD family, Chips

                  Chips, this is one of the many, many, many reasons that we love you so much here in this beautiful family. You create for all of us such a joyful, respectful, and intellectual space to be wonderful to each other.

                  Thanks so much for all that you do, Chipsticks. I love you back so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!HZ

      • 34 AnitaW
        December 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

        You are right. He did say “president”. Very cute.

    • 35 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      :D

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Bye, bye @SpeakerBoehner t.co/nZ45OmQf America can’t get rid of you & your fellow #KockServants fast enough. #ZEROGOP2012 #OBAMA2012

      #OutPerform1936

    • 36 dotster3
      December 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      That is the cutest—cute baby, cute obama, bye-bye baby, bye bye crybaby Boehner.

    • December 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      :-P ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ :-P

  7. December 22, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh, now Rusty is being all strong arm Daddy with his Teahadists, after they humiliated him and themselves for a week. From TPM:

    In a conference call with House Republicans early Thursday evening, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took no questions after making it clear to his members that the game was up and they would have to swallow the Democratic payroll tax extension.

    Boehner laid out the agreement he forged to temporarily renew the payroll tax holiday — one his members will hate — and said the goal is to pass the new bill by unanimous consent on Friday morning. That means if even a single recalcitrant Republican objects to his plan, the chaos will drag on for several days.

    At a press conference with reporters just after the call, Boehner admitted he has no assurances that the unanimous consent request will fly — but in a sign that he’s finally laying down the law with his unruly members, he vowed to force them to take an up-or-down vote on the issue next week if they cause any trouble.

    My guess? This isn’t over. There WILL be a vote, because there will be at least a few Teafascists who will not go along. And then we’ll see how many of the GOP vote to let the tax holiday expire. Keep your popcorn warm.

    Article here: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/boehner-takes-strong-hand-with-house-gop-after-payroll-tax-meltdown.php?ref=fpa

    • 40 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      The very best outcome will be an up-or-down vote. We want these folk on record and a few more video captures of their hatred of middle class working Americans will be so useful in the months ahead (though they’ve given us plenty of good stuff already – thank you very much Koch Bro for paying the bill, btw!!).

      #PRESSON #OutPerform1936

    • December 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Now he wants to get tough. He finally figured out the tire marks on his suit were clashing with the orange hue.

      • 42 isonprize
        December 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm

        He finally figured out the tire marks on his suit were clashing with the orange hue.

        oooooh, derbingle. THAT is too funny!!!

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Nah, it ain’t…

      I don’t trust none of the elected local/state and federal TeaPUBLICANS, “as far as I can throw ‘em,” I reported this ‘McConnell’ statement, w/some foods for thought/backstory(ies), to attackwatch.com: (It ‘s also on Twitter… @attackwatch #attackwatch)

      McConnell to Boehner: Time to come in from the cold

      …“Working Americans have suffered enough from the President’s failed economic policies and shouldn’t face the uncertainty of a New Year’s Day tax hike….” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/mcconnell-to-boehner-time-to-come-in-from-the-cold/2011/12/22/gIQAQDZaBP_blog.html

      The Dem win was a big one, but a reality check is in order… http://wapo.st/rzsZLU

      What happened here is that McConnell came out in support of the White House/Dem position, told Boehner to accept it, and he did.

      Mitch McConnell did not float a “compromise” between Reid and Boehner. He adopted the Reid/Obama position… http://wapo.st/t7GwIb

      @theplumlinegs: Bingo RT @DanRiehl @JRubinBlogger I read McConnell’s play. There’s nothing in there for Boehner. It’s basically the orig WH/Reid position.

      No, what happened is he endorsed the Dem compromise proposal RT @nytimes Senate Republican Leader Suggests a Payroll Tax Deal… nyti.ms/vbbIcWl

      Just to clarify what happened one more time, McConnell explicitly endorsed Harry Reid’s roadmap forward… http://t.co/ZcQyEkBI

      Why Boehner wants a conference committee… http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/why_boehner_wants_a_conference034243.php

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      PRESS ON!

    • December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Yeah – once you give these teahadists (like that word) a night to think it over, they get all bullish and decide to stand firm. Remember, they all thought they were “Braveheart” this week – they’re prepared to be drawn and quartered for the cause. It’s not over yet.

  8. December 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Who is this old nasty governor of Iowa with that tired old republican talking point, saying PBO can’t lead. My blood is boiling.

    • December 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Yeah. Ask OBL, Gaddafi… and John Boehner if Obama can’t lead.

    • 47 Linda
      December 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      He must have a pull string on his back …he said the same thing on both CNN and Hardball…almost word for word.

    • 48 smoothscotch
      December 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      That person has been on a anti PBO rant for weeks. I noticed that when he’s on with the pundits, they let him continue to spew but their jaws are a little unhinged because this guy looks and sounds like a rabid lunatic.

  9. 49 Ashley
    December 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love these videos. His interaction with kids are so adorable.

  10. December 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    how about this folks? I’d like to see every state turn blue

  11. 53 Jenny
    December 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    99 problems and Boner ain’t 1

  12. December 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm
  13. December 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Throughout Medicare’s 46-year history, monitoring the cost of the government health plan for the elderly has been a bit like the old joke: No one asked if spending would jump. They only asked how high.

    But in early 2010, the number-crunchers at Medicare headquarters in Baltimore saw something surprising: a sharp drop in the volume of doctor visits and other outpatient services. Instead of growing at the usual 4 percent a year, the number of claims was suddenly climbing by less than 2 percent. Was this a one-time blip, or a fundamental shift in how seniors were receiving care?

    At first, chief Medicare actuary Rick Foster thought it was a mistake, perhaps a glitch in data collection. No other explanation made sense. Congress had just passed far-reaching health-care legislation that mandated cuts in Medicare spending. But the law was so new that rules for implementation had not been written.

    As spring wore into summer, the trend inexplicably held. Spending growth on outpatient services, known as Part B, fell sharply.

    “We thought, ‘Wow, what’s happening?’ ” Foster recalled in an interview. “Part B cost growth has slowed down so much, we’re seeing virtually the lowest rates ever.”

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/c.jsp;jsessionid=676ADBF4EDF4AB55BE931F42357CB69B?item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fbusiness%2feconomy%2fmedicare-spending-growth-rising-slower-but-enrollment-will-rise%2f2011%2f12%2f15%2fgIQATcIMCP_mobile.mobile&cid=578815

  14. December 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm
  15. December 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm
    • December 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      I heard Old Fineman and the GOPolitico guy say that PBO is going into the 2012 election with the wind at his back, because there is nothing big on the agenda front for him to do right now. PBO knew exactly what he was doing when he got his major items passed in the beginning, like Health care, DADT, and other mess from the Clinton administration which he had to clean up. I can’t wait for him to get out on the campaign trail.

      • 63 Puddin'
        December 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        Exactly!

      • December 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        Jobs. It’s moving in the right direction but that’s still big on the agenda.

        • December 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          Well, pleading with the GOP to pass jobs legislation to speed up recovery, while the recovery is gathering steam – is probably the best setup for President Obama. The economy will continue to improve, people will continue to see the obstruction and will start realizing that recovery could have happened much faster if GOP were working with the Dems. The thing that is a problem is the media – we have to keep forcing them to report the truth, and not their false equivalency nonsense.

      • 66 smoothscotch
        December 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        Agreed, less for them to take hostage. Next there goes those Bush tax breaks. boo! hoo!

    • 67 Cha
      December 23, 2011 at 1:03 am

      LOL @ LOLGOP! By the Koch sucking tea bags.

  16. December 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    BBC FP top Headline

    House republicans retreat on tax.

    Inside page

    US Republicans in climbdown on payroll tax deal

    House of Representatives Republican Speaker John Boehner has agreed to accept a bipartisan deal to extend a payroll tax cut, in an abrupt U-turn.

    He had refused a vote on the bill, which was passed by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate last Saturday.

    Correspondents say the move amounts to a cave-in by House Republicans, and victory for President Barack Obama.

    Love it.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/

  17. December 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Yep, that’s the source of the Quote O’ The Day. That’s our guy :mrgreen: ! SisBoomBah!

  18. December 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    This song is dedicated to the American people from John Boehner aka Rusty Boner, Orange Boner, Orange Julius, Rusty the Drunk Hack, Johnny the Lush, Two Timing Johnny, and SOPA: Suckiest Old Prat Alive:

  19. December 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Winners of the art poster contest for JOBS:

    http://store.barackobama.com/artworks.html?

    Available for purchase!!

    • December 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I like all of them. I really like the first, retro-looking one. Visionary leadership brings out artistic expression. Love it!

      • December 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

        i knew the one with the american flag would win. That was my favorite

      • 81 Pamela
        December 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        PJ, I liked that one best too, just bought it, thanks to meta’s link! Have lost track of how much I have spent at The Obama Store in the last two months! Yikes! But I will do everything I can, including my monthly auto-donation and have a fantastic collection to leave to my grandchildren, if I ever have any! ;)

        • December 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

          They have a great thing going on with the store: made in America products, quality stuff, good prices, and of course…a good cause! Imagine how our economy could rebound if more businesses followed suit.

    • December 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      My favorite won – The Rebuilding America Poster.

      Oh I hope they have some left when I get some money.

  20. December 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    ;-)

  21. December 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This.

  22. 89 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Big thanks the Koch Bro & Norquist for all the $$$$ they’ve spent enabling GOPers to prove, on video, how much they hate the middle class.

    #PRESSON

  23. December 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Obviously I’m not a good sportsman. This one is dedicated to Boner and his teaparty compatriots!!!:

  24. 98 Renegade522/AuntSis
    December 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Went to the gym after work for a little cardio. Saw the breaking news on CNN. I was too far away to read the commentary but I knew my side did well. I saw Dana (Blinkie) King and her husband and that god awful Candy Curls. Faces all mean, looked liked they were huffing and puffing, lips perched together – my goodness it was frightful. I couldn’t wait to get home and log on.
    Just brace yourself because come tomorrow – the PL will say this Obama fault and some kind of way, the Republicans won and Boner is a true leader. Now, I never listen to Ed – ‘progressive republican’ Shultz radio program. But I was bored and he came on. He kept repeating that the Tea Party had to stand their ground. They had to prove to their constituents that they are doing what they were sent there to do. He stated that the tea party is counting on the public not remembering this. Eventually, they would not miss the $40 per week. The election is 11 months from now. He said that the ‘media’ will eventually move on to another story. The media can’t keep this in the public eye for ever. I tell you, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He kept saying that over and over and I was getting angrier and angrier. Reason number 2 way I had to get in my cardio for the day. Dotcha just love how the PL are always wrong and are made to be the talking heads they claim to hate.

    At any rate, the Obama Administration won, the Democrats won and finally – we the people won!!! Sure feels goods. Personally, I am going to give that $40 to the Presidents re-election campaign. Hope the President gets to Hawaii soon and enjoys some R&R with all of his girls.

    • 99 nathkatun7
      December 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Bravo for you comment, Renegade522! Like you, on Jan. 2 I will donate $40.00 for my first pay check, $20 to the President re-election and the other $20 to DNC. This of course means that I have to cut down on some essentials for at least one month.

  25. December 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    OMG. I’m watching coverage of Boner’s statement this afternoon. He’s mumbling and bumbling even more than usual. A hot, rambling mess. He needs AA in the worst way.

  26. 101 LOL
    December 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Okay let’s say the prez is the frog and the GOP is the guy with the phone.

    Don’t fcuk with the frog :)

  27. December 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm
  28. December 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Chips and TOD family, I am so grateful for all you do. After a being gone all day it is so wonderful to come home and find out all that has happened today. I didn’t think the Teapubs could stand up to the pressure. Now when can the President leave for Hawaii to be with his family!!! Can’t wait to see pictures of him surfing the waves again. I am drooling just thinking. Now that’s a Christmas present!!!! Have a great evening everyone!

  29. December 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Remember when the teabaggers were saying healthcare would be PBO’s “Waterloo?”

    My, my, my….how times have changed. Braveheart? Nah :-? More like Waterloo. Ha!

  30. December 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hah! Even Ed “Tool” Henry noticed…

  31. 118 Pamela
    December 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Boner has no business being SOTH, he should step aside before he is pushed aside, and he should STFU, IMO. Have a crappy Christmas, johnny boy, for all you haven’t done in 2011. (sorry everyone, sorry Chips) ( sometimes I can’t help myself!)

  32. December 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    President Barack Obama talks with Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, Dec. 22, 2011. Nabors informed President Obama that a bipartisan agreement was reached to extend the payroll tax cut. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  33. 134 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    OBAMATION HAS SPOKEN! ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS CAPITALIZE. WE ARE THE CHANGE WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE, YES WE CAN, YES WE DID, YES WE WILL AGAIN!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012. :grin:

  34. December 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., December 21, 2011 – Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) today celebrates completion of its second large-scale solar energy facility in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield. The facility features 8,200 solar panels and produces 2.3 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

    WMECo officials joined local and state officials in celebrating the transformation of the former foundry site into a clean, renewable energy facility. The Indian Orchard facility joins WMECo’s Silver Lake Solar facility in Pittsfield as one of the largest in the Northeast region and is the largest in New England.

    “WMECo continues to demonstrate that large-scale solar can be developed and delivered in a cost-effective manner for our customers,” said Peter J. Clarke WMECo president and chief operating officer. “These projects represent significant progress toward meeting the Commonwealth’s renewable energy goals and diversifying the region’s energy supply with non-carbon-emitting fossil fuels,” Clarke said.

    http://nuwnotes1.nu.com/apps/wmeco/webcontent.nsf/0/52E434AA8C14A4438525796D004A6D9A?opendocument

  35. 151 Elly in Maryland
    December 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I am thrilled about today’s events and glad my President can go take a well-deserved vacation. But I am looking forward to some analysis of how the whole thing evolved, why it went our way??? Why did the press cover it the way they did? Why did public opinion break the way it did? It’s not like they get it right very often – look at the health reform coverage…..Maybe it’s the way the WH fought for it? I wish I knew.

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      I want the behind-the-scenes gossip re: the GOP v. GOP smackdown.

    • 153 Betsy
      December 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I’d like to know that too. Maybe President Obama’s sheer force of personality intimidated the MSM forcing them to cover the story correctly.

      • December 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

        I think they just plain miscalculated the reaction of PBO , Reid and the House Democrats. This was a remarkable show of unity on everyone’s part and a perfect focus on message. They did not expect the White House to use the $40 approach and turn this whole thing into personal human stories. For once nobody was buying what they were selling despite their best attempts at spinning. And finally, when the big Republican guns from McConnell to Rove said do it and move on, there wasn’t any cover for them.

        • December 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

          Ever think we’d see the day when Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove would be the voice of reason? Man, when the ground shifts beneath their feet, it topples folks on their heads.

        • 156 LunarSea
          December 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

          I totally agree with this analysis. The Dems got out ahead and stayed there. They gave voice to millions of voices with the #40dollars on twitter and especially the websites where anyone was able to add their story or see the thousands of stories out there. It was the talk of the town and the pundits couldn’t spin it as hard as they tried.

          Like he said not to long ago, “Nothing can stop the chorus of a million voices calling for change”

          This is what happens when you cross a constitutional lawyer with a community organizer. Scoff at your own peril.

          Kudos to the President & his administration on a job well done. Now fire up AF1. He got his most important work ahead. (his family Christmas vacation)

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I think it boiled down to ideology, unfortunately. Republicans were taking a beating on being seen as raising taxes and the Dems were able to press this point repeatedly and consistently because it is a meat and potatoes issue.

      • December 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        I also have to say in very cynical terms that is this weren’t an election year coming up we most likely would not have won this moment.

        • 159 EDP4BHO
          December 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

          It’s also Christmas time. Think Bonehead and company got visited by Scrooge’s three ghosts?

          • December 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

            I also think that the media wouldn’t have been interested if it wasn’t a GOP vs GOP fight. Getting 89 Senators to vote “yes” on a measure is unheard of – especially after they were vowing to never vote for the bill. This tax cut extension was announced in August – the media hasn’t been interested in it, even though the President has been calling for the 1 year deal, with an increase in the tax cut. They have reported the whole deal incorrectly, stating that the House GOP wanted a one year deal, and everyone else only wanted two months – even though they’ve been reporting on the President’s speeches for five months now. If the GOP weren’t fighting amongst themselves, this never would have been covered by the media this way. They like to see blood.

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      President Obama framed this in a brilliant way with the $40 concept. People can really wrap their heads around what $40 means to them. Not only does PBO understand how important that $40 is to most folks but he obviously CARES how important that is. Repugnants were looking like Scrooge grabbing the food from Tiny Tim’s mouth. They had to CAVE!

    • 164 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Are you serious Elly? You have to go no further than to look at the number one source himself President Obama. He has been winning the messaging war ever since the debt ceiling talks. Just some folks have not been paying attention. He has been on the right side of most debates for almost a year. Living here on TOD will tell you that straight up. The American people have caught on to the Teathug lies thanks to the Whitehouse strong messaging. The meme that PBO is lacking good messaging can be put to rest. If folks are still stuck in the quicksand of the public option they have fallen WAY BEHIND on current events. :cool: Obama/Biden 2012

  36. December 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Even Erick Erickson is disturbed by Ron Paul’s newsletters **UPDATE: 1995 video shows Paul boasting about newsletters
    December 22, 2011

    Erick Erickson, of all people, asks the crucial question: Let’s presume Ron Paul did not write that. But I know many Ron Paul supporters, including some in my church, who cast aspersions on Barack Obama for attending Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years. They don’t believe Barack Obama didn’t know Rev. Wright believed the CIA invented AIDS to kill black men. They will give Ron Paul a pass, but they will not give Barack Obama a pass.

    Why?

    UPDATE: Redstate is a veritable goldmine this morning, including posting this video of Paul taking full ownership of his newsletters:

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/12/even-erick-erickson-is-disturbed-by-ron-pauls-newsletters/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reidreport%2FbHvp+(The+Reid

  37. December 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Sometimes you just have to laugh at this stuff…

    Citizens United Meets OWS: Occupiers To Pay Corporation For Free Speech Class
    By: Sarah Jones| December 22, 2011

    In case you were wondering where the Republican push for privatization of government services and the enrichment of the 1% meet at their most ironic crossroad, Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Atty William Carter says the Occupiers who pay for a class in “free speech” put on by a private contractor can avoid trial.

    I kid you not.

    The City says they are “offering” those Occupiers without priors (among the 350 arrested in LA) the “chance” to pay $355.00 to a private contractor in order to avoid trial. LA TIMES reports:

    ~snip~

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/citizens-united-ows-la

  38. 167 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    He won’t ever see it, but this tweet was not snark, it is an empathetic plea to the poor dude to just find a way to enjoy whatever life he has remaining.

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Psst @SpeakerBoehner give the gavel to @EricCantor, kick back, golf, arrange a cushy lobbyist job for 2013. It’s over for the GOP, so chill.

    #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether – We Must!

  39. December 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm
  40. December 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Youch! This is going to leave a mark…

    Gay community apologizes to Amy Koch for ruining her marriage
    By Kevin Hoffman Thu., Dec. 22 2011 at 10:23 AM

    “On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage,” reads the letter from John Medeiros. “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.”

    It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of “adultery.”

    Forgive us. As you know, we are not church-going people, so we are unable to fully appreciate that “gay marriage” is incompatible with Christian values, despite the fact that those values carry a biblical tradition of adultery such as yours. We applaud you for keeping that tradition going.

    ~snip~

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/12/gay_marriage_amy_koch_michael_brodkorb.php?page=2

  41. December 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I didn’t think I’d seen this yet so this might be interesting. This is the record of who in the SENATE voted AGAINST the payroll tax cut.

    The vote breakdown: Two Democrats, Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Va. and Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., voted against the bill. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., also voted against the bill.
    Seven Republicans who voted against the bill: Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Senator Ron Johnson, R- Wis., Senator Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Senator Jim Moran, R-Kan., Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Senator Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky. did not vote.

    It’s from this article:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/senate-passes-payroll-tax-cut-extension-sends-bill-to-the-house-for-final-passage/

    Makes you want to pay attention and see if these guys get kicked out of their seats.

    • December 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Just imho, but Bernie Sanders seems to have gone way past his “sell by date.”

      • 181 Cos
        December 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        It has gotten to the point where I mute My Tv when I see Bernie Sanders now. He says the same thing over and over and he can be equal to the fringe repugs; only he is a fringe liberal.

      • December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        To paraphrase Ben Franklin, congress people are like fish, they stink after 3 days. —- term limits for congress and yearly psychological evaluations, please.

    • December 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      aka extremists at both ends of the political spectrum. bet dkos loonies will hustify their dahling sander’s vote with pretzel logic.

    • 184 LunarSea
      December 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Not surprised at the dems named here. As for Sanders, I knew he would. By tomorrow all his followers will be making the excuse that he voted against it because it wasn’t pure enough, no chocolate hagan daas or pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow tacked on. Then all will be well in emoprog land and they can get back to the ‘Sander’s should primary PBO’ meme

  42. 185 dotster3
    December 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I see some are still nervous that some kookball tea party freshman—-say, Joe Walsh—–will want to grab some limelight and refuse to go along with this deal—–and they will have to call all back for a roll call vote. Hope not, really hope not, but there is a possibility. Talking about it now w/Melissa Harris Perry filling in for LOD—with Richard Wolfe. Saw it earlier with Josh Marshall on twitter telling PBO to not leave yet.

    • 186 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Dear dotster3,

      I so want them to have to do an up-or-down vote and have it all recorded on CSPAN video. We want these folk on record. Of course, if the unanimous consent happens, fine, but the best outcome would be for these terrorists to have to have their NO votes recorded.

      Onward.

  43. 187 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Skillfully, #PresObama rescued America from #Teabagger terrorists. End of tax cuts for wealthy, major DoD cuts now on autopilot for 2013 LOL

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Yo #KOCHMAFIA #NORQUIST your Keystone piple line has now been accelerated into never ever land. Thank you President Obama. #ZEROGOP2012

    #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether – We Must!

  44. 190 anniebella
    December 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I hope when the President were talking to Michelle and the girls, he was singing to them, I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me. I hope he will be there by Christmas.

  45. 191 dotster3
    December 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Sounds like many are thinking Christie might likely be Romney’s VP—–his “fighter”——as Heilemann said, and I do respect his opinion somewhat, that almost as much as Repubs want someone they think can beat Obama—-ha!—–they hate Obama so much that they want someone who would “fight” him, try to damage him during the campaign and debates. No matter what “fighter” they come up with, I’m betting on our champion.

    • 192 Cos
      December 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      If that happens, we will have 2 liars and a flipflopper. Btw, who did Alex Wagner suck up to, to get her show on MSNBC?

      • 193 Cos
        December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        I was impressed to see Tweety and Rev Al defend PBO’s shopping trip with Bo yesterday.

        • 194 LunarSea
          December 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

          More stupidity! there was absolutely nothing to defend!

          If he wanted to take a trip to Tiffany’s it’s because for all FLOTUS puts up with, she deserves it! This is the first couple and leaders of the free world and damnit but I am sick and tired of pundits and pricks alike acting like they need permission to shop, vacation, eat or hang out with whoever they heck they want to.

          More than the lies, the blatant disrespect makes me want to scream.

          Cos this rant is not directed at you, but at the fools who clog up our airwaves.

          • 195 Cos
            December 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

            No offense Luna. I feel ya. I knew it was not directed at me.

            • 196 Left-Indie
              December 23, 2011 at 3:49 am

              It’s all dirty politics and they are good at it. It’s the “death by thousand cuts” thing. Everytime he has a win of some sort, they pick a tabloidish thing to be outraged about, and some supporters feel compeled to defend against, and the defense gets debated, and the debate gets defended… In the meantime, what happened to that win by PBO? I’m still astonished by how little rise he got out of killing Bin Ladin. WE GOTTA LEARN THESE TACTICS FOR OUR SIDE ALREADY!

      • December 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        I could really be a nasty douche and take that “up to” off that part of the sentence, but I will be a good little boy tonight. Hee hee!

    • 200 Jessica
      December 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      A Romney-Christie ticket would be the strongest option for the Repubs. Interesting, I never thought about that. They seem to really like him.

      • December 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        Strong? Two unlikeable assholes running against President Obama and Vice President Biden? If you say so.

      • December 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

        Yeah, two wall-street douche-bags from librul north east is the ticket to win over the southerners. not.gonna.happen.

        • December 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

          Romney/Christie would be a fantastic ticket …… for PBO ;-)

          • 204 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm

            Exactly Chips. As much as you have hated my Romney predictions of a GOP nomination….even this Chrisite assumption for a strong VP and GOP ticket is laughable. Talk about demoralizing their base. LMAO!! The only person PBO has to fear is fear himself. PBO is the only man on earth that can defeat him in the general and I don’t see that happening. Obama/Biden 2012

            • December 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

              “As much as you have hated my Romney predictions of a GOP nomination”

              I’ve never hated your predictions, Keith, because 99% (appropriate) of folk have been tipping him to win the GOP nomination for at least a year. Including me. I could never get why you thought your prediction was unique.

              You know what our problem has been – thankfully I’ve had to delete less of your comments recently, so I think you’re getting the message: this is The Obama Diary. ;-)

          • December 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

            Yes, I would love to see Christie battle against VP Biden. In fact, anyone they bring up will be roasted alive by VP Biden – who has been working hard on so many issues. He knows what he’s doing, and these lowlifes will realize why President Obama picked him, and loves him.

          • 220 Lorraine
            December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

            God Bless America, we are a visual Country. I’m sorry but Christie would not look good on TV against Scanton’s on Joseph R. Biden. To tell the whole truth, he is not easy on the eyes at all and his meanest makes him look even worse.

            • 221 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              December 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

              OMG Lorraine I just posted the same thing not knowing you had posted your comment. Let that be confirmation…………. LMAO!! :lol:

          • 223 Cos
            December 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

            I agree with you Chips. Neither one has any foreign policy experience. Only Repugs respond to Bully’s. Also Christie belong to the Scott Walker, Rick Scott and Kaisch brand and class of governors.

        • 225 LunarSea
          December 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

          When I think of Christie anywhere near the ticket I think of PBO visiting NJ after the hurricane and someone in the crowd hands Christie the camera to take his picture with PBO.

          That’s what it will be like with him on any repub ticket. I laugh as I type…..LMAO

          Besides anyone who comes up against VPOTUS is coming up against the guy who effectively shut down the Iraq war for the US.

          What a team! One took out OBL and the other took down the US Forces Flag in Iraq. Think about it!

      • 226 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

        Strongest option? Are you a Conservadem or a Rethuglican?

        • 227 Left-Indie
          December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

          Yeah, Christie would be a strong option for them. Biggest reason, the rethugs are excited about him. I used to worry about Rubio (the whole shaving Hispanic vote off in tight states) but it seems he is receding. The thing about Christie, besides being a good attack dog, is he will make us spend money defending NJ, NY & Penn state. We need all the money to fight in VA, NV, NM, NC, FL, OH, CO, etc.

          • 228 Jessica
            December 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

            Thank you. This won’t be an easy election, Romney-Christie is a threat, beatable but a threat.

          • December 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm

            I’m not sure Left-Indie, I know nutjob sites like Free Republic are only representative of the bottom feeder section of GOP support, but still, the venom there towards Christie when the hype for him was at its peak was mindblowing. They hated him as much as they hate Romney – and that’s saying something. Of course, the final straw was when he (admirably) defended that Muslim judge in New Jersey, which fed in to their view that he’s a liberal. I know, I know.

            If their feelings towards him are any way mirrored in the wider conservative section of the party, then I can’t see them getting particularly enthused about a Romney/Christie ticket. Yeah, they’ll vote for them, but will they campaign in numbers and show up at their thousands at rallies? If they don’t, the optics won’t be pretty.

            So I just can’t see a Romney/Christie ticket firing up that conservative base, so I’d be amazed if Romney didn’t opt for a bona fide conservative (probably southern) to ‘balance’ the ticket.

            It’d also be a bit odd if Christie agreed to join the ticket after stressing he wasn’t ready to be President – if you’re not ready to be President, you’re not ready to be the VP.

            • 230 Left-Indie
              December 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

              Good points, Chips. Here’s the thing, any ticket that makes us work hard for traditionally reliable Dem state makes me nervous. Takes money to defend them. The rethugs, thanks to their neat Southern Strategy and current work on voter suppression, have pretty much sawn up the south. If I was a rethug, I would go for a VP, if not Hispanic, from one of the toss up states, who is a “family values” kind of guy. It’s gonna be Romney at the end and he needs a non-too-crazy Christian right-approved person. Again, my concern here is,given all the unlimmited corp money on their side, that we would be scrambling to defend NJ! What?!

          • 231 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            December 23, 2011 at 12:06 am

            If that is the case Indy why did he not run for President himself if he is so strong? What is the difference? A VP vs the President? He could attack at the top of the ticket. Now all the sudden he will be a formidible force as a VP candidate? Okay…………. :roll:

          • 232 MsKitty
            December 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

            I live in NJ and I can assure you that aside from a few affluent counties (Warren, Morris, Hunterdon) Christie is very unpopular here. One of the reasons why he decided not to run for President was because poll after poll had him losing to PBO by double digits in a head-to-head match. In addition he’s probably looking at the VP nod as a way to quit before he’s fired because his likely opponent in the 2013 gubernatorial election is Cory Booker, the current Mayor of Newark who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

            That’s not to say OFA and DNC won’t spend money in NJ but I doubt they’re losing sleep over the prospect of Christie as VP material.

      • December 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

        Ain’t nobody skurred of a Willard/Orca ticket. Nothing “strong” about it. :roll:

    • 237 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 23, 2011 at 1:47 am

      Oh, my! Please, please, pretty please! Can’t you just see our razor tongued VP slice Crispy Cremé into bite-sized treats… Rudy still cries a river at the mention of VPJB’s name.

  46. 238 Lovepolitics2008
    December 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that this whole circus hurts Cantor too ? He was probably the one who orchestrated the revolt against Boehner. And this power play hurt the republicans big time. So Cantor comes out as a very poor strategist, and has angered many in his own party. No?

  47. 241 donna dem 4 obama
    December 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Y’all I didn’t think I could love Jay Carney any more than I do until I read this article from WPost tonight about the “war” his team is waging behind the scenes on that awful White House Press Corp…hehehe “nastygrams” :)

    {Snip}

    The White House’s relationship with the reporters who cover it has blown hot and cold throughout history. And this year, some reporters say, things have taken a decidedly frosty turn.

    When a reporter gets something wrong or is perceived as being too aggressive, the pushback is often swift and sometimes at top volume, reporters say.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/journalists-complain-the-white-house-press-office-has-become-overly-combative/2011/12/20/gIQAvRnTAP_story.html

    • 242 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Donna – Just saw this on Twitter and was coming here to post it.

      Isn’t it WONDERFUL?!?!

      Go, Jay!

      • 243 Cos
        December 23, 2011 at 1:02 am

        Oh I love Jay. He is dealing with a room full of republican juveniles. Gibbs was to soft on them most of the time. And we were feeling sorry for Jay, but it appears he is holding his own really well. Maybe the juveniles will do more research before they carry the water for the republicans. GO Jay. We have your back!!

    • 244 LunarSea
      December 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

      And we all know how they have a penchant for ‘getting something wrong’. Let just keep helping Mr. Carney by keeping up the pressure of calling them out.

  48. December 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Seeing Pres Obama defeat the entire Republican machinery so they start eating their own (and even attacking Bo, the dog), must make Bill Clinton feel a little better at his defeat back in 2008?

  49. December 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Washington Post: Journalists complain the White House press office has become overly combative
    By Paul Farhi, Updated: Thursday, December 22, 9:09 PM
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    “The White House’s relationship with the reporters who cover it has blown hot and cold throughout history. And this year, some reporters say, things have taken a decidedly frosty turn.
    When a reporter gets something wrong or is perceived as being too aggressive, the pushback is often swift and sometimes at top volume, reporters say.”

    “They shoot first and ask questions later,” said Julie Mason, who has reported on the George W. Bush and Obama White Houses for the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Examiner and Politico. In one of the e-mails that reporters have dubbed “nastygrams,” White House press secretary Jay Carney branded one of Mason’s stories “partisan, inflammatory and tendentious.” National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, reacting to comments Mason made in a TV discussion, sent her an e-mail that included an animated picture of a crying mime — a visual suggestion that she was whining.

    “They don’t seem to realize or care that [e-mails sent from the White House] will become part of the official archives of the presidency,” says Mason, who last month became host of a national talk show about politics on Sirius XM Radio.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/journalists-complain-the-white-house-press-office-has-become-overly-combative/2011/12/20/gIQAvRnTAP_story.html?tid=sm_btn_tw

    • December 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      Translation: “They hurt our wittle feelings when they call us out on our lazy B.S. And we really don’t like that our stupidity will be saved for posterity in the archives!”

    • December 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Jay called out the loathsome Julie Mason? LOVE him!!!!

    • December 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

      I read this article twice and laughed so hard, my stomach now hurts like a mutha! Ow, ow owie, owie! I love that PBO’s people are secretly mean and send “nastygrams” to the poor wittle white house pwess corps. boo-hoo. Mmmmmm, I wouldn’t mind taking a gander at all those nasty, profanity laced emails with crying mimes. Reading this article led me to one of my fave episodes of Bugs Bunny with Elmer Fudd. Between our Clark Kent and the rubbish masquerading as journalist, guess who’s Bugs and who’s Elmer:

    • 254 FiredUpInCA
      December 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

      “National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, reacting to comments Mason made in a TV discussion, sent her an e-mail that included an animated picture of a crying mime — a visual suggestion that she was whining.”

      Can I say how much I love the White House. They want the President and the communications staff to be passive while they bombard them with right-wing framing, disrespectfully cut off the press secretary as he speaks, don’t bother to check their facts or do any original reporting, then have a hissy fit when the White House isn’t having any of it.

      They slept through the run up to the war in Iraq and were mute about the previous President’s sinking popularity. Then they second guess every foreign policy decision of the most successful foreign policy President ever and ignore his consistent high favorability.

      They have an opportunity to alert the American people as to who is working for them and who is working against them. Every single day they fail to rise to this opportunity. The “nastygrams” are appropriate until they change.

      • 255 jacquelineoboomer
        December 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

        Exactly. And if Jay must “school” them on what they should be doing, then he must.

        And I laugh again.

      • December 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Favorite line:
        ““They don’t seem to realize or care that [e-mails sent from the White House] will become part of the official archives of the presidency,” says Mason….”
        I miss Gibbs but I’ve truly come to LURVE jay. He is priceless.

        • 257 FiredUpInCA
          December 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

          I love that line too. Mostly because they do realize and don’t care. They are preserving these jackals in the annals of history. People are going to look back and say wow, this guy passed near universal healthcare, eliminated the world’s greatest terrorists, restored the nation’s reputation abroad and these idiots were partisan hacks masquerading as journalists. They missed history in the making. What idots.’

          Okay maybe they won’t say all that but I am.

    • 258 LunarSea
      December 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

      Wow, will emails from readers also become part of the official archives? I should email more. I tend to do phone calls when driving to and from work and on my lunch break but if I thought emails outlining their bias and untruthful reporting (ie lies) would stick around for the history buffs, I switch to writing more.

    • 259 halo
      December 23, 2011 at 1:05 am

      Julie Mason

      THATS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THAT!

  50. December 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Saw this and loved it.

    Speaker’s gavel: $350
    Bahama Bronze spray tan in a can: $14.95
    Getting tea-bagged by the members of your own party on Christmas – priceless..

  51. 264 donna dem 4 obama
    December 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I feel a new hastag coming on.

    #nastygram

    I cannot wait to use this on the White House jackals.

    Good Night TOD!

  52. 269 Oxfarm
    December 23, 2011 at 1:12 am

    That adorable little boy has more integrity than Boehner ever will, shouldn’t paint him with the Speaker’s brush at all. Love how he and the President are so in sync with each other.

  53. 270 FiredUpInCA
    December 23, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Yet again the President’s longview strategy prevailed despite all the hue and cry and rending of garments from his relentless critics on the Left:

    “Last December, liberal Democrats were outraged when Mr. Obama agreed to extend the expiring Bush-era tax cuts for the rich by an additional two years, after having campaigned to end them. The White House said that was the price to get Republicans, who were newly emboldened by their election victories, to support a one-year payroll tax cut and extended unemployment aid — without which, the administration and many economists believed, the economy could tip into another recession.

    Most galling to the White House, however, has been the lingering criticism from Democratic insiders and grass-roots supporters alike about the August debt-limit deal. In that compromise, Mr. Obama accepted deep spending cuts but Republicans blocked any tax increases.

    Mr. Obama had no choice but to compromise then, his aides argued; the nation risked economic calamity if it could no longer borrow to pay its debts, and Mr. Obama’s Republican adversaries professed to be willing to see that happen. Even so, administration officials said, the deal was not only better than the critics suggested but it helped set the trap that House Republicans walked into this month.

    The deal increased the debt ceiling through 2012, not to this month as some Republicans had wanted, and thereby removed the threat of default from Republicans’ end-of-the-year bargaining arsenal. With the stakes much lower, after August Mr. Obama was liberated to press a harder bargain. Starting in September with his jobs package, he did.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/us/politics/for-obama-payroll-tax-victory-was-aided-by-republicans.html

    Dear Professional Left,

    Please observe closely the skinny guy with the funny name. Consider what he has accomplished with his stratagems despite all of your incessant second and third guessing and your friggin’ petitions. (Also, take note of what has happened to his supposedly insurmountable foes, Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Donald Trump, John Boehner, etc.,)

    Now compare what he has achieved in 3 years to what you have achieved with your strategies in three decades. I’ll wait for you to do the math. I’ll wait for you to list what has substantively been achieved by your strategic heroes like Dennis Kucinich, Alan Grayson and Lt. Dan Choi.

    The guy representing me in the room also happens to be the smartest guy in the room. Now 160 million of us won’t see our taxes go up on January 1. Millions will receive unemployment insurance lifelines. This is all happening because of how this man negotiates.

    Sincerely,

    One of millions who is grateful to be represented by No Drama President Obama, a man who has mastered the art of the possible.

  54. December 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    LOL…BO sends Palin a Christmas card….hehehehe

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  55. 276 Patricia Walker
    December 23, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I am a lurker, a big one. I am here everyday soaking in the brilliance and goodwill. I consider myself a member of this family, a secret cousin that nobody knows.
    I follow the news here and consider this the only place I can read and understand what is really going on.
    I thank you all for wishing my daughter a happy birthday although you don’t know us. To Hachiko and HZ, Merry Christmas. And to Chipsticks I will try not to be a lurker anymore. To to each and everyone of you here, continue to pray for the President and his family. Continue to lift Chipsticks up also so that we can gather here and have serious discussions one minute and the next minute drag each other to the “‘naughty mat.” Stay focused on Obama?Biden 2012 and stay blessed and Merry Christmas!

  56. December 23, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Good gawd, I LOVE that Julie Mason is the one who’s crying in her beer about Jay!! People mistake Jay for a softie. He has a sweet general demeanor but he’s as tough as nails. Don’t forget he was VP Biden’s press secretary and I’m sure Joe was a great mentor!!

    Love Jay to the max. Love everything about him. Wicked smart, incredibly articulate, dry wit, handsome and cheeky when he needs to be. He’s the perfect person to handle the infantile and ignorant press.

  57. December 23, 2011 at 5:19 am

    gopolitico piece on how the goopers got knee capped – worth reading. WH & Plouffe played the thugs beautifully.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70803.html

    • 284 FiredUpInCA
      December 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

      That’s so weird. I just finished reading it one second ago. Plouffe is the one who championed this strategy. The way the story ended was intriguing:

      “Plenty of House Republicans, many of them freshmen, are hopping mad.

      Boehner’s plan, however, prevents most of them from doing anything about it. The House is scheduled to consider the bill Friday morning under unanimous consent rules — meaning any member could object and force a vote next week. But that’s not enough time for Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and some of the other dissenters to scramble back to Washington to nix the agreement.

      “Given the timing of the announcement, there are no flights available for Congressman Huelskamp to make it before noon,” the Kansas Republican’s spokeswoman, Karen Steward, told POLITICO after her boss derided the new bill as “yet another gimmick.”

      Still, at least two Republican freshmen, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, have left open the possibility that they will object to the unanimous consent request, forcing House members back to Washington.

      Boehner’s bad week is not over yet.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70803_Page3.html#ixzz1hM5qOqDg

      Boehner when you lie down with dogs, you wake up with teas.

      This is the caucus that you and Sister Sarah and McConnell and the media and irresponsible voters all helped usher into office. What have they given us in return?: The first credit downgrade in the nation’s history. A chamber of congress so dysfunctional that they can’t even vote on what they’ve agreed on. A round-robin reading of the Constitution. And not a single serious legislative initiative to create jobs.

      To all who enabled these idiots, you own this.

    • December 23, 2011 at 8:24 am

      I wonder if this didn’t figure into the strategy to have the PL over to the WH last week. Hmmmm.

  58. 287 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Good Morning……..I still have a smile on my face from yesterday’s total meltdown of the GOP. They are in a panic…So much so they are pushing Christie for VP on Morning Junk.

    • 288 Ladyhawke
      December 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Thanks for the update. I am surprised Morning Junk didn’t have Sharp Elbows Christie himself on the set this morning to continue criticizing President Obama for is lack of leadership. The Republicans are so flummoxed at the brilliance of President Obama that they are reduced to making inane criticisms that don’t pass the laugh test. Up is down, black is white. But President Obama is not a leader. I can’t stop laughing.

    • 291 LOL
      December 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

      I didn’t watch Morning Joke but Christie is a bully- just like the MSM were amping up Ricky Perry and his folksy way, no one gives two scoops about Chubby Lumpkins outside of the NJ NY DC crowd. No one like a bully and yeah, good luck getting those soccer moms on board. I read Halperins website where he states that Christie could get the Repubs on a 50 state strategy…hmmm who else did the MSM think could expand the map.

    • 292 Bill
      December 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

      The “optics” of PBO vs. Willard and VPJB vs. Christie in debates would be devastating for the Republicans. The idea Willard, the awkward stuffed shirt, is a good debater is a myth, and Christie, the loud over weight bully, has no likeability except to very few.

      • December 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

        Christie would NOT translate well in the South, West and Midwest. He is inherently unlikeable and looks too much like the tv idea of a mafioso. New Jersey will spit this guy out in the next election and he will attain the loser status he has so richly earned. If Romney is dumb enough to choose him, Joe Biden will eat his lunch (and get a stomach ache from the bulk).

  59. 294 LOL
    December 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I flipping love Joey. Every time I see this I just have to laugh out loud….literally. :)

  60. December 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I just read that Articlr that quotes Julie Mason. She says the WH is combative with the Washington post.
    Really?
    But, this explains why Ezra Cryin, has decided to push Mitt Romney as the viable candidate.

    Spoiled rotten Beltway jerks!

    • 296 LOL
      December 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

      But notice how more main stream journos said that this White House is on par with recent White Houses when it comes to press interaction. Julie Mason was rightly berated for all of her incendiary headlines and stories. Cry me a river and get over it Jules.

    • December 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

      ezra klein gone pl or rethug shill ?

  61. December 23, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Politico has yet another story about the girls in Hawaii!
    Obsseesion!
    Maybe the President should get a restraining order?

    • December 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

      And more slop from that twirp:

      Obama Hispanic support drops
      By BYRON TAU | 12/22/11 1:29 PM EDT
      A poll shows the president’s approval rating among Hispanics has dropped 30 points since April, 2009

      • December 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

        And Meta, his lead story this morning is another American Crossroads attack on the President! As I said to someone on Twitter yesterday, this guy just copies and pastes all his ‘news’ from Drudge, he’s the worst I’ve seen yet at Politico – even worse than Julie Mason!

  62. December 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Christie, please— a horrible excuse for a human being

  63. December 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    The importance of social media extends to the other global movement of the past year, the Occupy protests North America and Europe. That too has caught Eric Hobsbawm’s attention, and to a large extent his admiration.

    The movement dates back, he argues, to Barack Obama’s election campaign, which successfully mobilised otherwise politically inactive young people, largely through the internet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/magazine-16217726

    A good read on revolutions.

  64. December 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

    You will like this- Buden slams Mittens in the DES moines register, oped—

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011312230020

    Go Joe go.

  65. 306 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 8:14 am

    TeaPublicans in the House are blaming Mitch.

    One said they were run over by a bus and the bus had ” Kentucky ” license plates.

  66. December 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Emember the NFL is on Saturday instead of Sunday!

    That is all!

  67. 308 Linda
    December 23, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Santa Yoda says:

    Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the House
    Not a Speaker was stirring, that poor old souse
    The Senators were nestled all snug in their beds
    While visions of pork barrels danced in their heads

    And Cantor in his kerchief and Boehner in his cups
    Both felt like Obama had just held them up.
    When out on the Mall there arose such a clatter
    That they flew to the window to see what was the matter.

    When what to their wondering eyes did appear
    But a miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer!
    “You guys are all toast!” said the Jollye Olde Elve
    “Merry Christmas to all, and Obama in ‘Twelve!”

    h/t to butlercaddie at HP

  68. December 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    This is a great day!! A little schadenfreude with your tea this morning? HA!!

  69. 313 Lightfoot
    December 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Ha ha. Just love the diabolical laughter of the group following Obama saying, “…Just kidding; kind-a-sort-a.” :-D


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