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rise and shine – heads up for michigan speech (9:50 ET)

The front of the line – about 3,000 people will pass through the doors of Al Glick Fieldhouse this morning to see President Barack Obama speak

AnnArbor.com

Freep.com: Long lines of people wait on the outdoor football field outside the Glick Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Michigan hours before President Obama was to deliver his speech about education to over 3,000 people inside today

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9:45 ET  PBO delivers remarks at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

11:00: Departs Michigan en route to Joint Base Andrews

12:25: Arrives at Joint Base Andrews

12:30: Departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Cambridge, Md.

1:15 PBO address House Democrats at their annual retreat (Listed for live coverage by C-Span 2 and CNN streaming)

3:00: Arrives at the White House

3:30: PBO and VP Biden meet with Secretary of State Clinton

4:30: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event

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Jonathan Cohn (TNR): President Obama visits the Detroit area on Friday, and his timing couldn’t be better: Today’s Detroit Free Press brings more good news from the auto industry:

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all plan to add jobs in Michigan, which stands to benefit more than any other state. Nissan, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Mercedes-Benz also are hiring. Suppliers are looking to add engineers and technical people, but at a more gradual pace.

About 15,000 auto-related Michigan jobs could be created this year….

More here

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President Barack Obama greets people following his remarks at Buckley Air Force Base in Denver, Colo., Jan. 26, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Nation: It is hard to read Remedy and Reaction, Paul Starr’s remarkable chronicle of the hundred-year effort to legislate universal health insurance in the United States, without recalling Robert Gibbs’s tortured quip that Democrats who’ve denounced the Obama White House for having knuckled under to Republican principles or intimidation “ought to be drug-tested.” Nobody with a sense of history – that is, nobody who reads Starr’s book – could doubt how sensible and brave was the president’s effort to drive the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 through Congress. Nobody with a feel for the present moment should doubt how imminent is the threat to the act, how urgent it is for progressive Democrats to rally around Obama – and without all the condescending qualifications that “independents,” who flock away from allegedly weak or incompetent leaders, interpret as contempt.

More here

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Greg Sargent: …. At an event in Las Vegas (yesterday), Obama offered his most extensive rebuttal by far to the bogus GOP charge that the push for higher taxes on the wealthy is about “class warfare” and “envy”. The whole thing is worth a watch – the tone was not one of outrage, but one laced with a good deal of mockery and derision:

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Washington Post: The Obama administration finalized a rule Thursday governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development.

The guidelines – which will take effect in early March and apply to all 155 national forests, 20 grasslands and one prairie – represent the first meaningful overhaul of forest rules in 30 years….

Several environmentalists and scientists praised the guidelines … “The vision is laudable, and this is no small shift in how the national forests will be managed, from one of commodity extraction into a vision of protection, restoration and water preservation,” said Dominick DellaSala, president and chief scientist for the Oregon-based Geos Institute.

More here

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National Journal

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The Week

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Morning everyone ;-)


170 Responses to “rise and shine – heads up for michigan speech (9:50 ET)”


  1. 1 itgurl_29
    January 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    First?!

  2. 14 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    OH BLESS ALL THOSE PEOPLE WAITING FOR PBO! HE’S WELL WORTH IT! HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL IN ANN ARBOR!

  3. 15 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

    ME TOO WHEN HE COMES TO INDIANA!…AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OUR AMAZING PBO WILL ALWAYS BE ON TOP! WE HAVE THE BEST AND WE OBAMA KIDS ARE GOING TO DELIVER HIM FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS.!!!!!..:)

    • 16 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

      CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR HOW MANY HAVE TURNED OUT FOR THIS ONE…GREAT JOB SECURITY FOR THE LONGJOHN BUSINESS! LOL…BRRR!

  4. January 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Good morning everyone! I usually only lurk, but read everything that is posted. Just wanted to thank our Ms Chips for her incredible coverage of our president, and for this happy place to come and get informed about everything! Love seeing all the young folks lined up to hear President Obama speak, it is good for the soul!

  5. 21 collegekay
    January 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Good morning. Wow! Look at all those people waiting in line.

  6. 24 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

    PLEASE PRAY FOR ME TODAY THAT I GET THRU LUNCH LATER WITH MY NEPHEW TODAY…MY SPINE DISEASE IS REALLY KICKING ME EVERYWHERE. BUT HE GOES BACK TO THE BASE THIS WEEKEND AND I MUST DO THIS TODAY!

    • January 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Oh Sue, we’ll be thinking of you, look after yourself, I hope it goes okay. Take care.

    • 26 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

      WILL CHECK BACK LATER WHEN HE’S READY TO SPEAK…BLESSINGS!

      • January 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Sue, I am sending healing thoughts your way! You contribute so much to TOD, it is always a joy to read your posts.

      • 28 collegekay
        January 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Sending positive thoughts your way, Sue. Take care of yourself!

      • 29 miss pat
        January 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Sue, please talk to your doctor about calcium caltrate with zinc, I have very bad pains in my shoulder and it is helping me. It also help with arthritis in my fingers. My fingers no longer curl over. All the best and thanks for your contribution here.

        • 30 Pamela
          January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

          Vitamin D can also be beneficial for general body pain, but talk to a medical professional for dosages first..

    • 31 isonprize
      January 27, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Prayers going up!! Sue, you do so much for others. You are so goodhearted. I’m sure your nephew appreciates that you are having lunch with him before he goes back to the base. Enjoy!!!

      • 32 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

        THANX EVERYONE…AM GOING TO WATCH PBO BEFORE I LEAVE…CNN AND MSNBC ALSO BROADCASTING. BLESS YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR ME TODAY!..:)

    • 33 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Sending healing energy today. may your time with your nephew renew your spirit.

    • 34 miss pat
      January 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Please ask your doctor about Calcium Caltrate with zinc. I have pain in my shoulder and that helps me. I also used to have bad arthritis in my fingers with them curling over. That is gone. Thanks for your contribution here.

    • January 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Sue I hope that you have strength and that your pain settles down so you can spend time with your nephew

    • 36 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

      *~*~*~*~*~*healing vibes (((((SUE)))))*~*~*~*~*~*

  7. January 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I’m not sure which amazes me more – that willard lies so easily or that the msm let’s him get away with those lies so easily ? Pathetic.

    • 38 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Don’t get me started amk. I spent the entire day yesterday posting items about the feckless media and the Republican Party pathological lying. It is infuriating that the pundits are so averse to pointing out the facts. They just look the other way when Willard lies and just makes stuff up. If the media thinks they are helping him by not calling out the lies, just wait – his arse is going to nip a nail eventually. It will with be by a version of the “Katie Couric” interview where a “real” reporter challenges his crap. Or he will walk into the buzz saw that is President Barack Obama during the debates. I can’t wait.

      • January 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Good Morning TOD

        I have come to the conclusion that the so-called journalists and pundits are stenographers. Where are the investigative journalists? Do any of them really fact check anything. Ever so often on of them may say something is not true. But as Debbie Wasserman-Schultzs tweeted last night (paraphrasing) the lies Romney told last night rose to new heights. Did anyone hear the media call him out on any of the lies he told? NO! They want Mitt to be the nominee because they believe he’s the only one who can beat President Obama. They will be proven wrong, AGAIN.

  8. January 27, 2012 at 8:57 am
    • January 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Well, Bain isn’t strictly a Venture Capital firm, which invest in new ideas and helps to launch new, mostly risky, businesses. Bain is a private equity firm. Their purpose is to make money for their investors; to return huge returns via restructuring companies. They increase the projected worth of the company by reducing costs (including massive staff reductions) so they can leverage them (i.e. take out loans) at the projected value. They then pay out those loans as returns for their investors, and they also charge massive management fees to the privilege of this “restructuring”. The don’t make anything. If the company is fortunate enough to survive this onslaught, and some do, then Bain sells out, and often sells a lot of the assets of the company, too – making even more money for their investors.

      A venture capital firm sees a good idea, and invests in the hopes of huge returns for taking the risk on a new thing. Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose. But their main goal is for the idea to succeed, so they make money. Remember, Romney was so reluctant to invest in Staples, and initially turned it down – because it was risky given that it was more venture capital aligned than private equity aligned. There were other investors, and finally Romney was convinced to join them. He sat on the Board, but wasn’t involved in the actual management of the firm, and most of the growth happened after Romney left.

      • 45 prettyfoot58
        January 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Thank you Theo for this explanation…

        just as so many of us do not know how our country actually works (i have learned so much since PBO has been office)…so too many of us do not know how our economic system works…

        thank you for explaining this in plain language…

        Presssssssssssss ON!

      • 46 nathkatun7
        January 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        Thank you so much Theo for this informative comment. It’s knowledgeable people like you that make this site so rewarding. Just imagine where this country would be if the vast majority of Americans had a chance to read educational comments like yours! The mainstream media have totally failed the American people. All we get from them ( with few rare exceptions) is hype, gossip, sensationalism, and horse races.

  9. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Hey Chips…It’s Friday and Friday’s Good ;)

    Congrats on the Fundraising. I’ll be doing some this weekend. We are going to reporting monthly numbers vs quarterly and we want a great showing for the month.

  10. January 27, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning! Good Morning! Good Morning! :lol: :lol:

    I’m in house somewhere, rushing through the rooms to try and catch up on family news I overlooked during my cursory sweep last night. I’ll return to this gathering room in time for the President’s speech a little later. Please, everyone, do try not to inundate this room in the meantime. ;) I hate not being on top of the info, &/ feeling left out. So, wait for me. ;) VC

    • 52 Betsy
      January 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I know how you feel. I can’t check in during the day, so I come first thing to see briefly what’s going on, then I come back after I get home from work, and there’s so much to read LOL, I can’t keep up. Bless you Chips for doing such an amazing job so that I always have good news to give to my students everyday about what’s happening here in America.

  11. January 27, 2012 at 9:00 am
  12. January 27, 2012 at 9:01 am
  13. January 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good morning TOD community. It is a beatiful day in the NW suburbs of Chicago, the home district of the smart, charismatic, and soon to be one term Congressman, Joe Walsh (and yes, those trwo descriptors were meant as snark). Bright clear sky and should get into the 40’s. Can’t ask for a better day this time of year.

    There are so many things to respect and honor about our President and First Lady: their intelligence, their rapport with people, their (and yes I will say it) patriotism, their ability to have a vision and willingness to search for th most practical way to achieve that vision.

    Yet, without a doubt, the single thing that most impresses me is their grace under fire. Specially PBO (although Michelle also has this ability) who almost nver uses anger as a means of repsonding to the most vile, racist and stupid criticisms. His ability to undercut the opposition without ever resorting to name calling. And his ability to be willing to settle for less than the perfect, because that is the only way to achieve something, without whining about the unfairness of it all.

    And I truly believe that it is this grace and humility (real not false humility) that causes people, even those who may disagree with his views, to respond to him the way they do. And that is why I am confident about the election (although I will never be complacent). And I also strongly believe that, because of his ability to show the public what the current Republican Party is really all about without turning people off by using name calling, that he will bring a bunch of new Representatives and probably some new Senators into the fold. We won’t have 60+ in the Senate, but the public demand for real governance will result in some of the Republicans being more willing to at least allow actual votes on legislation.

    One final point. I was listening to Ed Schultz’s radio show the day after the SOTU speech. Now, Ed has been a blowheart and has been overly critical of the President, but he has changed his tune a lot recently. He was effusive in his praise for the SOTU speech and was dismayed at the lack of response from the Dems on some of the things the President said. He actually said, “The Dems need this President’s back more.” I think Ed has finally realized that by having the President’s back, the Dems help themselves. And I think this fall, we will see more Dem candidates speaking up loudly for a lot of what the President is promoting.

    • 59 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

      I’m going to be a bit radical here and say that we often speak about messaging on this blog and my critique isn’t so much directed at the WH as it is the Democratic Party as a whole.

      Someone needs to corral the Party and tell them that in an election year there will be no criticizing the President on cable or in interviews. Full.Stop!

      We are a big tent party that is open to all opinion but IMO we need to show some discipline and fall in line during election years. Save the criticizing for after we win. Too much is at stake and the Dems should know by now that all the media is doing is waiting for someone to say something negative so they can pounce.

      The President’s coattails will win some of these Congressional Districts this Fall so they need to have his back starting right now. I feel if they wait until the Fall to have his back it just might be too late for them.

      JMO.

      • January 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

        Donna, I would hardly call that radical (at least to us here, although it might be to some otherso-called progressives). I will go a step further and say that not only does the criticism of the President need to stop, but there has to be more vocal support of the President. And when there is criticism, it should be directed where it rightfully belongs: at the Republicans. For example, a Dem could say, “I wish that we had been able to get X (public option, more stimuluis funding, etc.) and I know that the President also wanted that but those Republicans are the ones that stopped it. Gosh, one would almost think the wanted the economy to be bad.”

        • 61 Betsy
          January 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

          I heartily agree with this, in fact, when Ed asked DWS about this when she was on his show, she said they’d come out strong, and I also think Chuck Schumer was asked the same thing, but I think it should be starting now, while he’s getting some positive press. They need to demand equal time on those talk shows as they still are watched by 3 million or so, still a lot of people. I agree that they should stop criticizing PBO and start having his back.

      • January 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

        It’s not radical. It’s just fucking common sense. Pahdon my FF.

        • January 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

          You’re right, but it’s not the way we do things in the Democratic Party. What’s so ironic is that Dem politicans preach all about Americans helping each other out, but then turn on each other, while the GOP’s philosophy is all about “You’re on your own,” but they (normally) stick together like complete co-dependents.

          This year might be different, though, because the GOP is doing the self-sabotage things, so hopefully the Dems will embrace this turnaout by actually supporting the guy guy who is going all out to support them.

      • 65 L3
        January 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

        Donna, have you contacted the DNC about your concerns?

    • 66 gn
      January 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

      by having the President’s back, the Dems help themselves.

      Full stop. During the weeks before the elections in 2010, the GOP is 100% on message, with Reps repeating the same talking points from coast to coast, like a mantra. While I certainly would not want to replicate such brainlessness and dishonesty, Dems finding and all repeating a set of core messages is what this electorate needs to sidestep the confusion which the GOP specializes in spreading.

      Excellent comment, japa.

  14. 68 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Good morning everyone! How are all of my little CHIPadees doing this morning?

  15. January 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    President Obama is proposing a financial aid overhaul that for the first time would tie colleges’ eligibility for campus-based aid programs — Perkins loans, work-study jobs and supplemental grants for low-income students — to the institutions’ success in improving affordability and value for students, administration officials said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/education/obama-to-link-aid-for-colleges-to-affordability.html?_r=2&hp

  16. January 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Silver Lining Alert:

    Re: Obama vs. the Wicked Witch of the Southwest

    “The run-in, captured in a photograph of the governor wagging a finger at the president as they discussed her book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” lit up Hispanic radio stations and blogs all over the state. While it is difficult to judge whether the moment will have any lasting impact, Hispanic leaders said that what is being dubbed by some as the “dustup in the desert” could play in the president’s favor given the unfavorable view many Hispanics have of the governor for her advocacy of tough immigration measures.

    For that incident alone,” Robert Meza, a Democratic state senator from Phoenix, said Thursday, “85 percent more Latin people will gravitate toward the president.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/us/politics/in-airport-run-in-democrats-see-help-for-obama-among-hispanics.html?_r=1&hp

    • 74 TrumpDog
      January 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I was told by the OFA Regional director her that AZ could be a blue state if more Hispanics and minorities get out and VOTE. That’s the key.
      I’d love to see Brewer voted OUT. I despise that woman.

  17. 75 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

    SECRETARY GEITHNER ON THE KEY TO U.S. GROWTH (Europe, Gulf Oil, Republican Party)

    In an interview with Fareed Zakaria, Secretary Geithner said the biggest driver of how fast the unemployment rate comes down is how fast we GROW. And that depends on these two fundamental factors:

    1) What happens in the world, meaning in Europe and the Gulf (Oil).

    2) To be blunt: Whether the Republican Party in congress will decide to legislate things that are good in the short term.

    Davos 2012: Timothy Geithner on key to US growth

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    The US Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner has stressed the importance of new legislation and fiscal reform to stimulate growth in the American economy.

    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said global events and domestic investment would determine the rate at which unemployment would fall.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16761265

  18. January 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning All from Michigan. We are just so excited Obama is here we bout to bust a gut!

    http://annarbor.com/news/president-obama-to-speak-on-college-affordability-at-university-of-michigan-today/

    • 79 TrumpDog
      January 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

      One thing you have in your favor; your shitty governor wasn’t on the tarmac pulling dumb publicity stunts.
      I still can’t believe she marred his visit here. I bet no one even knows why he came.

      Anyway, enjoy our president in your state.

  19. January 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Reporting from Las Vegas— He’s confronting Republicans in the House chamber and on a sunny tarmac in front of the cameras. He’s singing Al Green and busting out corny jokes. He’s trying out his Spanish and taking off the necktie.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-attitude-20120127,0,3299919.story

  20. January 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Good morning everyone, and do have a great day. I’m off to the GYM, trying to get rid of some of these Holiday pounds, :-( It’s so hard for me to back away from the table, which Is the main problem, lol. Okay, I’ll be back later, Tally Ho :-)

  21. 89 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The great state of Maryland I friggin hate you! ( no…not really) Governor Martin O’Malley is the BEST thing since sliced bread. When PBO wins a second term, I sincerely hope he begins grooming him to take the reins of the Democratic party. He is one of the BEST spokespersons for PBO and the Democratic party. He was on Morning Joe and he shut Joe down. It was the sweetest 5-6 minutes of my political junkie life. Joe Scarborough didn’t raise his voice or attempt his usual rudeness. Gov. O’Malley was joined by Delaware Gov. Jack and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn. They all talked about the jobs that have flowed in droves to their state because of the actions taken by PBO. They talked about how their states have all increased exports beyond their wildest dreams because of the actions taken by PBO. O’Malley and Quinn talked about how the local auto industry in their respective states have more than tripled. How third and fourth shifts are being added at manufacturing plants, how in 2008, Groupon in Illinois had only 8 people working at their HQ and now they have over 8,000 people because of the tax breaks provided by PBO. They all had PBO’s back but Gov. O’Malley was the main spokesperson. They all looked to him and he had his facts down pat. He was phenomenal! He waxed effusive praise about PBO. He went on and on about GOP obstruction and said when PBO wins in 2012, the GOP will have to learn to come together with the Dems and work with PBO and end their intransigence.

    I sincerely hope during the 2012 campaign and in PBO’s second term, they begin to use Gov. O’Malley more and raise his visibility profile. He’s freaking amazing! He speaks softly but he is lethal with his facts and he just nails republicans to the wall with FACTS. I can’t stop waxing poetic about him because he blows me away everytime! Seriously if H. Clinton isn’t running in 2016, then it has got to be O’Malley all the way. He’s bloody great!

    • January 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I’m so happy that dem surrogates are out there punkling the punks like moron-joke.

    • 91 collegekay
      January 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

      ((((Governor O’Malley))))

      He’s been leader of MD for most of my life. Before he was Gov. he was our Mayor in Baltimore. Truly an amazing person. I hope he’s being groomed for 2016.

    • 92 Ladyhawke
      January 27, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Thanks for that awesome update ut. I can’t wait to see the video of this interview. By the way, did you happen to see our amazing Elizabeth Warren last night with Lawrence O’Donnell. She was magnificent as usual.. Every time I see her it just brings a smile to my face. I love that woman.

      • January 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

        She has a lot of the same qualities I mentioned upthread in regard to President Obama. She has intelligence, a vision, practicality. But again, one of her biggest assests is that grace under fire, never letting herself stoop to the level of the opposition. And she definitely has the President’s back.

  22. January 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The Vice President will be on cspan 2 at 10:30.

  23. 96 carolyn
    January 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I agree with donnadem about the president’s coattails. I think a fair number of Democrat reps and sens don’t realize yet that the best thing they have going for them is President Obama! They’d better align themselves with him if they want to be elected or re-elected. Also, the so-called liberal media…MSNBC, etc. better get with the program too, or they will see the destruction of everything they hold dear. I’m glad to see Ed coming around. More of them need to. After all, FOX wins by being consistent and supportive of their people. These guys need to get over the “present two sides fairness” drivel. I’m beginning to think, as others have mentioned, that they are happiest when things are going against them, and they can complain…..I mean you MMore, KOlbermann, etc.

  24. 97 joyce
    January 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I pray that those people in line to see our wonderful president get the blessing that they come for today. May they be filled with hope and encouragement for the future. May our president touch each one at their hearts. Most of all may the good Lord continue to protect and bless president Obama especially while traveling. Love to everyone here.

  25. January 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    2.8% growth for 4th quarter is doom and gloom, according to the pundits.

    • 99 desertflower
      January 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

      The American economy grew at its fastest rate in over a year and half. The Department of Commerce announced Friday that the U.S. gross domestic product grew 2.8 percent between October and December despite continuing turmoil in the global markets. The three-month period was the fastest pace of growth since the second quarter of 2010.

      Yeah. Doom and Gloom. They’re pathetic liars.

    • 100 halo
      January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

      WHICH PUNDITS? THE ESTIMATE WAS 3%!

  26. January 27, 2012 at 9:44 am
    • January 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

      The conservatives and Robney are making the argument that he put GM into bankruptcy.
      But what they don’t tell you is, they would not have been able to come out of bankruptcy without the bailout and the restructuring.

  27. 103 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    A WEASEL FINALLY CORNERED BY ANIMAL CONTROL

    Newt Loses It

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    By virtually everyone’s account, he just plain blew it.

    Earlier in the day, shortly after his old rival Bob Dole went completely medieval on him, Gingrich had delivered a podium-pounding speech in Florida that accused Romney of conspiring with Establishment figures to take him out as a threat to their power. He must have burned himself out, because that fiery Newt Gingrich was not apparent during the debate. He sounded bad, he looked bad, and generally came across like a weasel who had finally been cornered by Animal Control.

    For very, very long minutes, Romney beat him up on the immigration issue, managing simultaenously to appeal to nativists and to suck up to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who had already done him the enormous favor of criticizing Gingrich’s ads accusing Mitt of being “anti-immigrant.”

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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_01/newt_loses_it035035.php

  28. 104 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

    C-SSPAN2 will air VP @House retreat live @10:30

  29. 107 prettyfoot58
    January 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

    3000 folks….awesome…..

    PRESSSSSSSSSSS On…..

  30. January 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

    2.8 growth is more than what we have. I could careless what the pundits say. This is just spinn, Potus expectations will always be higher than the norm. This is good and we are in a recovery.

  31. 109 criquet
    January 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Stop the presses, Ed Henry has actually managed to practise a few seconds a few seconds of journalism!

  32. 113 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The music is awesome. Totally rocking out!

  33. 114 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    They’re playing my jam —- “There’s HOPE” :-)

  34. 115 collegekay
    January 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I can never get cnn to work.

    • January 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

      I always had trouble with it too Collegekay, but a recent update from Firefox fixed the problem. Still don’t know what it was though, maybe a flash issue??

  35. January 27, 2012 at 9:55 am

    what is this theobamadiary about ?

  36. January 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    WTF?!!! what’s going on? WH.gov, c-span and cnn got nothing. WH.gov has a black screen, cnn won’t give access and c-span airing something else.

  37. 124 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    CHIPS THE EOCNOMY GREW AT 2.8%!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

  38. January 27, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Growth in the US economy quickens in fourth quarter

    The pace of US economic growth increased in the three months to December, according to new figures.

    The economy grew at an annualised rate of 2.8%, the Commerce Department said.

    This was up from the 1.8% annual rate recorded in the previous quarter, although it was slightly lower than the 3% rate predicted by analysts.

    The growth rate was the fastest in 18 months, helped by more businesses stockpiling goods, but pointed to a slower rate in the current quarter.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/business-16760575

  39. 130 Proud of Obama
    January 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hey, everybody. Isn’t our President just awesome?

  40. 134 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Blueprint for AN AMERICA BUILT TO LAST

    It’s blue, i planned it that way. I love it when President Obama uses props. Let’s hope all of those students print out a copy for future reference.

  41. 135 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    WHY THE HELL WOULD ANYONE VOTE FOR ANYONE ELSE? THIS GUY IS AMAZING!

  42. 136 Cheryllou
    January 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    President Obama:”We didn’t come from wealthy familes.The only reason that we were able to achieve was because we got a great education.”

  43. 138 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Race to the top for colleges now. Freaking awesome.

  44. 139 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

    KNOW BEFORE YOU OWE on those student loans. That was a nice shout out to CFPB Director Richard Cordray. Nice.

  45. 141 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    IS THAT FAIR? DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO YOU?? Those are the critical questions of the day.

  46. 142 Ladyhawke
    January 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

    COMMON SENSE WINS THE DAY EVERY TIME.

    Common sense is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”[1] Thus, “common sense” (in this view) equates to the knowledge and experience which most people already have, or which the person using the term believes that they do or should have. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as, “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sense

  47. 143 lovingandlaughing
    January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    YES, a podium tap at the end!

  48. 145 57andFemale
    January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Holy shit, I love my President. He knocked it out of the park.

  49. 146 collegekay
    January 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    WHO ELSE CAN FIRE UP A CROWD LIKE BARACK OBAMA????????? NOBODY!

    • 147 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I LOVED IT WHEN THE STUDENTS STARTED YELLING 4 MORE YEARS!!!!!!! HE’S GOT ALOT LEFT ON HIS PLATE TODAY…AND I’M GLAD IT’S FRIDAY…HE NEEDS SOME RELAX TIME WITH THE FAMILY!

  50. January 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I loved it! Education junkie that I am! Very good speech, excellent rousing closing!

    • 149 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

      AND………………….ARNIE DUNCAN IS SOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME…WHAT AN UPLIFTING,CARING SOUL HE IS. HE LOVES ALL OF AMERICA’S STUDENTS AND WORKS HARD FOR THEIR FUTURES!

  51. 150 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! PBO WAS ON FIRE………HIS SHOES WERE SMOKIN!!!!!!!AWESOME…I LOVE HOW HE CONNECTS WITH THE YOUNG GENERATION! THAT’S MY AWESOME,AMAZING PRESIDENT!!!!!! THIS MADE MY MORNING INDEED! I’M PUMPED!..:)

  52. 153 LunarSea
    January 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

    OMG I’m home today and finally got to see PBO speech in real time. I cannot believe how he never ceases to amaze me. That speech was potently spot on. I am riding the crest of the wave of these past few – it’s been awesome ie full of awe!

  53. January 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Gah! c-span lost the feed.

  54. January 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    That’s the Campaign. College affordability, because it touches so many other areas of out economy and government.

    That’s it. He has got the message. Hope he keeps it.

    Yay!

  55. 158 itgurl_29
    January 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    “Ann Arbor” is now trending on Twitter.

  56. January 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Sometimes I look at PBO and just marvel. I think, what must it be like to be Barack Obama? President of the United States living in that glorious White House surrounded by first-rate people who serve your every wish and command. World leader beloved by so many all over this planet. Married to an outstanding woman and father to two beautiful and bright girls who will no doubt go on and make their own mark on the world. Access to the best of everything life has to offer. Acquainted with some of the most interesting and important people of our time and one who puts ordinary people first. A leader in every sense of the word. And what we all know in our hearts is that he is a very good man who deserves every bit of this and more.

    • 160 57andFemale
      January 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

      “Luck”, my ass. The new disgusting theme from the creaky old sages of times gone by, like Tweety, Fineman and Rendell.

      No one of his color and his name has a “luck” advantage in this country, where the states south of the Mason-Dixon line still believe in the Confederacy. It is his pure genius of mind and authenticity of heart that has brought him to where he is, working against the most disrespectful, dangerous obstruction we have ever seen leveled against an American President.

      The frames and vision of today’s speech were especially potent and compelling.

      • January 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

        No one of his color and his name has a “luck” advantage in this country, where the states south of the Mason-Dixon line still believe in the Confederacy. It is his pure genius of mind and authenticity of heart that has brought him to where he is, working against the most disrespectful, dangerous obstruction we have ever seen leveled against an American President.

        The frames and vision of today’s speech were especially potent and compelling.

        X 2 (VC)

  57. 162 dotster3
    January 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Agree with peeps on msnbc. There is no one better than President Obama on the campaign trail. No one. Period. Watch the faces. They are with him all the way. He brings them along to his final crescendo where he stirs the souls. He is superb at this.

    • January 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

      The energy that materializes everywhere he goes is impossible to put into language. MAGNETIC.

    • 165 anniebella
      January 27, 2012 at 10:54 am

      This is what scared the sneaky underhanded lying Republicans who pushed all those voter ID bills, seeing the way the young people like this President they are so afraid the young would turn out again like in 2008, so they are just trying to suppress voters of all kind, it had nothing to do with voter fraud.

  58. 166 halo
    January 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Government spending contracted a whopping 7.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 — lead by big cutbacks in defense spending. Had it not been for these cutbacks, the data suggest, growth in the last quarter would have been 3.7 percent.

    THE GOP WANTS THE US TO FAIL

  59. January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Oh I missed it, I really wanted to see him speak this morning and then got busy and forgot the time.. I’ll bet the crowd was on fire- now off to read all your comments to see all the fun I missed. Happy Friday all of you~

  60. January 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

    House Democrats raised 61 million in 2011.

    That is a good figure.

  61. January 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Love the “Friday I’m in Love” video!


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