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four americans

The first family walk together to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, Jan. 29

The Obamas were visiting the gallery to view the ’30 Americans’ exhibition – they also toured an exhibit on Civil War photography and contemporary art.

30 Americans is a wide-ranging survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. Selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Often provocative and challenging, 30 Americans focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture. It explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

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270 Responses to “four americans”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My President is in jeans and sneakers–looking relaxed Mr. President with your lovely family :)

  2. 2 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Fab!

    • 3 Pamela
      January 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Love these photos, to see them all relaxed and smiling after last week being so intense! I hope they enjoyed the Corcoran, it is a wonderful gallery! (I was born and raised in Maryland)

      • 4 vitaminlover
        January 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        They do look so relaxed.

        • 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          THANKS FOR THE TOUR OF THE GALLERY…SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK. THIS IS WHAT I LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTRY…USING SO MANY BEAUTIFUL AND VIBRANT COLORS. JUST LIKE THE WAY FLOTUS DRESSES…I LOVE COLORS. THEY WERE MEANT TO BE USED!

  3. 6 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    #PRESSON

  4. 15 anniebella
    January 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    How nice. Look at my First Family. I see myself walking with them right between POTUS and FLOTUS holding their hands. :)

    • 16 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Just to get out of the house to take a stroll. Guys I’m sorry, but I love my First Family. Bless them.

    • January 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Anniebella, is this YOU, wanting to walk BETWEEN POTUS and FLOTUS?!! What have you done with my real Anniebella who never wants to ‘separate’ the First Couple and who speaks up immediately when any poster even hints at ‘coming between them’? Speak up! Where is the real Anniebella? ;) :lol:

      You are right tho, they look nice together, as always. :lol:

  5. 20 GGail
    January 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    That wonderful family endures so much for our viewing pleasure.
    Thank you Obama family!
    4 more for 44

    • 21 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      4 more years! 4 more years! 4 more years! 4 more for 44!

    • 22 Mel
      January 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      I would like Romney and Newt to just take a LOOK at PBO how physically and mentally this
      man looks so Mitt and leroy you do not come close to our PRESIDENT and by the way Mitt
      you have nothing on our president PBO will out smart you every step of the way. and Mitt
      your millions of $ will not compare with the landslide in 2012 Yes we can.

  6. January 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    You are home!! So let’s walk away from the others for a brief minute. …. / whisper so they won’t hear **What’s his name?** :lol:

  7. 25 Pamela
    January 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Really have done tons of stuff today, makes up for slacking a bit yesterday! Now.. To catch up with all o’ y’all!

  8. 26 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Is the commenting problem fixed, Chips?? We were all over the place!

    • January 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Really desertflower? I wasn’t able to be here most of the day so didn’t notice that, flip. It happens sometimes out of the blue, and then fixes itself. I hope we’re back to normal :???:

      • January 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        Chips Chica, are YOU back to normal? I’ve hardly seen you all weekend. Come on, you can tell me HIS name. You know *I* won’t tell the others. ;) ;) ;)

        {Imitating former colleagues who ALWAYS thought there had to be a ‘he’ (or a hot date) in the picture when my routine, or manner of dress, or hairstyle, or whatever (like too many smiles, from their perspective) changed!}
        :lol: :lol:

        • January 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

          Yikes, my secret is out! It’s true VC, I had a very hot date with a guy who’s working in Florida at the moment. I don’t have a current photo of him, but here’s one from a few years back:

          Isn’t he just gorgeous?

          • 30 utaustinliberal
            January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

            Holy mother of shipoopi! You spent the weekend with Newt? You hussy! I knew you had a particular fondness for the Mankini!

            • 31 hopefruit2
              January 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

              ROFLMAO! I honestly would not have known that this was Mankini if you hadn’t mentioned his name.

              I have to say that all this hate, anger and hostility over the years has not served Mankini well in the looks department….

              • January 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

                He looks like a nice, young man, Chips! Isn’t he a little young for you? Did he give you a reference? You have to be careful with these long distance relationships, you know.

                Hf, I had a similar reaction. For the first time I could partially see why he might have played young Lothario! Pity his inner self has taken over as he aged.

                Now UTALib, where do you get off calling names! **eyes lowered piously ** We women have to be understanding of each other. Ahem! Maybe you don’t understand, but we can’t always determine/control whom we will love. Some of us see good where others can’t. Look at Mrs. Romney, Mrs. Cantor, Mrs. Cain, Mrs. McCain, Mrs. Clint….. Heck, look at Newt’s current spouse! Plus, Chips & I were having a private conversation. Now because of your criticism of her choice she probably won’t confide in me again. :-(

            • 41 Obama Grandmama
              January 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

              I could recognize his nose and mouth but not his eyes. He has hardened and become cynical in his eyes over the years.

          • 42 GGail
            January 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm

            I see the perspiration forming on his top lip. :-)

          • 43 amari10
            January 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm

            He looks like Dwight from The Office.

        • 44 Pamela
          January 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

          I know you were a guest at the Alfalfa Club last night, so perhaps you might be persuaded to let us hear about the floor length red gown? And your own gown, we would l-o-v-e to hear about it, maybe even see it?

      • 45 desertflower
        January 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Seems to be ok now…was a little wild there!

  9. January 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I think so….let’s see if i’m next

  10. 47 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The lies and the liars that tell them.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/boehner-keystone-xl-jobs

    John Boehner Admits That Keystone XL Won’t Create 100,000 Jobs

    • 48 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      amazing–boner means to say that actually, if you look at the next 100 years, there might be that many jobs involved. so that’s 1000 jobs a year, right? oh, and only 10% to 15% would be ‘local’. does ‘local’ mean americans? so maybe 100 or 150 americans would be employed each year, if i’m reading this correctly.

      has he responded at all to the reports of his owning shares in the companies involved? i’d like to see what his personal profits would be, projected over the next 100 years.

    • 49 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Well, well, well, John Boehner is a liar. I’m shock. Not.

    • 50 Dudette
      January 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      He’ll “recant” that tomorrow after Cantor speaks to him and a phone call from Rump Limbaugh comes in.

  11. 53 isonprize
    January 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    They are such a good looking family. And Malia, WOW!!! So smart, so tall, so stylish. That coat is just fabulous!

  12. January 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Added to he post:

    The Obamas were visiting the gallery to view the ’30 Americans’ exhibition

    30 Americans is a wide-ranging survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. Selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Often provocative and challenging, 30 Americans focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture. It explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

    http://www2.corcoran.org/30americans/explore

    • 55 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Chips for that lil’ bit O history! Will probably visit when I have some time later in the year :)

    • 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Chipsticks,

      I can imagine what you might consider doing – a la photoshop – to this particular image:

      Just change “NBA” to “GOPTea” :)

      #PRESSON

    • 57 isonprize
      January 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Chica, love, love, LOVE that you retitled this thread “Four Americans” I just LOVE that!!!

    • January 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Chips, I like It :-)

    • 59 GGail
      January 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Chipsticks thanks so very much for adding the Gallery. The tour of paintings – especially “Sleep”, I couldn’t stop looking at it….the details are just amazing!

  13. 60 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    30 Americans. Wow that sounds fascinating. I may go check it out on Friday.

  14. January 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Sasha is going to catch her sister pretty soon. Wow, where does the time go? I don’t want to see 2016 come. I will miss them terribly. :(

  15. 63 Ladyhawke
    January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    What a breathtakingly beautiful family. How anyone in this country could not be proud and inspired by them is a mystery to me.

  16. January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Funny we should be looking at art today, the day I discovered this site on Twitter.

    http://www.kasaicreations.com/

    We have such talent and beauty all around us, and sometimes we are so busy being distracted that we miss them.

  17. 80 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    In the first pic, it looks like PBO is cracking silly jokes …

    • 81 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      they seem to have such fun together. i think it’s remarkable how well our beloved pbo and first lady have maintained a healthy family life, with so many pressures on them, and on their time. they’re such good people, and they make me so proud and grateful!

      • 82 Pamela
        January 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        He looks a wee bit tired, and oh so relieved to be walking with his beautiful women, wearing jeans and sneakers… What a dear man he is! :)

  18. 83 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Aren’t they just the most gorgeous perfect First Family we’ve ever seen? I so love how the Obamas have embraced the arts and made it a focal point in the administration. I also appreciate how they’re exposing their kids to diverse cultures, foods, languages, people. It makes for a well rounded and compassionate human being. Bravo! Go POTUS and FLOTUS!

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      In my generation, JFK’s family (including the dear Caroline and John Jr.) would have looked like this, were circumstances different.

      Which is why I can DOUBLY enjoy seeing the beautiful Obama family, out and about! Such a bond they have!

      • 85 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        THE POOR KENNEDY FAMILY HAS SUFFERED SO MUCH TRAGEDY. JFK WAS MY FIRST INTEREST IN POLITICS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS DRAWN TO HIM. WHEN PBO CAME ALONG…I FELT THE SAME WAY. I WILL ALWAYS FEEL MUCH SADNESS FOR WHAT THE KENNEDY FAMILY HAS SUFFERED IN LOSS ALL THESE YEARS.

        • 86 jacquelineoboomer
          January 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Me, too, Sue. I used to rush home from high school to watch JFK’s press conferences on our black and white TV! Also used to try to dress and look like Jackie Kennedy! Well, my teenaged version, of course.

          After JFK, MLK, RFK, and others, politics were never the same – for quite a while. Aren’t we so lucky to see President Obama, in all his glory?

        • January 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          Same here, Sue. We must be close to the same age since I, too, was in HS and JFK was the first president who inspired and excited me. Before him there was a long series of white-haired old men that looked and sounded boring. JFK really got your attention. Wowza!

  19. 88 L3
    January 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Just watched the Panetta interview on 60 Minutes It was very good and reflected well on PBO’s decision-making and leadership.

    O/T I’ve been listening to a 100 video playlist on You Tube of Al Green’s wonderful music and much to my chagrin the playlist has been infiltrated with that damned Solyndra ad which appears after every 2-3 songs. All I can say is that Rove’s deviousness can never be underestimated.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I would not worry too much about the Solyndra issue. Most Americans are not going to be voting in November based on Solyndra – and if they do, they would HAVE to know twhat role the Repubs played as well. So this is a waste of ad space and money in my opinion. They’ve been talking about Solyndra for months now and it hasn’t eroded PBO’s approval ratings. I suspect that there will come a time when these anti-Obama ads will begin to seriously backfire because they simply don’t jibe with the reality of what folks are seeing or experiencing when it comes to this President.

      • 90 jacquelineoboomer
        January 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

        You are right. They have talking points – all negative, with little truth to them, if any – and we have President Obama and Vice President Biden, the kind of people we want at the helm, representing America.

        #PressOn

  20. January 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    The first family looks absolutely gorgeous!

    President Obama looks like a teenager. So young and handsome among other things. ;)

    Naughty mat please.

    • 92 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      I was also thinking that PBO looks very youthful and relaxed in these pics.

      • 93 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        WHAT A TREDMILL HE WAS ON THIS PAST WEEK…MY FEET STILL HURT JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        He’s with his family. I think that’s what renews his spirit every day and keeps him working for all of us. I give thanks for Michelle and the girls who love and support him and sacrifice their time with him so he can continue his work. Blessings be upon all of them and on the houses that have raised them up.

  21. 95 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I love this family. I can sleep peacefully tonight.

  22. January 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Sarkozy announces French financial transaction tax

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced plans to introduce a tax on financial transactions.

    The 0.1% levy will be introduced in August regardless of whether other European countries follow suit.

    The tax is part of a package of measures set out by the president to promote growth and create jobs.

    Mr Sarkozy faces a presidential election in April, but is currently trailing in the opinion polls behind his Socialist rival, Francois Hollande.

    In an interview with French television, Mr Sarkozy said he hoped the tax would push other countries to take action.

    “What we want to do is create a shockwave and set an example that there is absolutely no reason why those who helped bring about the crisis shouldn’t pay to restore the finances,” he said.

    “We hope the tax will generate one billion euros ($1.3bn, £0.8bn) of new income and and thus cut our budget deficit.”

    Mr Sarkozy gave no further details on the tax, but a government source later told Reuters news agency it would target shares and not bonds.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-europe-16783520

  23. January 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I love those pictures! You see, that is much like my husband, myself and our two children .. that is what we have done/would do as a family. You want family values? Just look at our President, the First Lady and their relationship to each other and with their children. Enough said.

  24. January 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    11:15 AM
    Michelle Obama joins Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to announce new proposed rules regarding health care for veterans and injured service members.

  25. January 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders will sign off on a permanent rescue fund for the euro zone at a summit on Monday and are expected to agree on a balanced budget rule in national legislation, with unresolved problems in Greece casting a shadow on the discussions.

    The summit – the 17th in two years as the EU battles to resolve its sovereign debt problems – is supposed to focus on creating jobs and growth, with leaders looking to shift the narrative away from politically unpopular budget austerity.

    The summit is expected to announce that up to 20 billion euros ($26.4 billion) of unused funds from the EU’s 2007-2013 budget will be redirected toward job creation, especially among the young, and will commit to freeing up bank lending to small- and medium-sized companies.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE80S0SR20120129?irpc=932

    Phew!

    • January 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Good to see that a realization has hit that austerity by itself isn’t enough.

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm

          Honestly, the ECB and the IMF are fully cognizant of the need to spur growth. The problem is that the Germans basically want the troubled nations to flagellate themselves like Shi’ites mourning the death of Imam Hussein before they release any more money. Plays well to German politics, but is stupid macro-economically.

          • 105 LunarSea
            January 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

            Actually, Germany was doing great with their closed monetary system. Their econ was really prospering and they had no trouble meeting their heavily funded science & social needs. They were pressured to join the Euro. They did fight it, I remember hearing quite a bit about their resistance. This is exactly why they were balking. They saw how things were run with their neighbors and had doubts about their long term viability.

            So they gave in and now they have been dragged down by all these countries. So really I can’t blame them for not wanting to put their necks on the chopping block again. Of course they want more assurances. Once bitten twice shy and all that.

            So I wouldn’t be too harsh on them. They had a really good thing going until they were pressured to do something they saw as risky -and which proved to be just that. I don’t fully know the ins and outs of what has happened, but I remember they were doing good before, had reservations about going to the Euro and their worries have come to fruition.

            • January 30, 2012 at 12:07 am

              But they’ve made out like gangbusters with the Euro, mostly because the now-indebted nations bought their goods with the easy credit on offer. Most German exports go to other EU member countries. But yeah, the Euro started off on the completely wrong foot when it had a monetary union without a closer fiscal/political union. The example I put forth in discussions of the Eurozone’s troubles is that it would be as if each of the 50 states had the dollar as a common currency, but each state had its own central bank and fiscal policy.

              Now, what worries me is this push to encode balanced budget laws in all the Eurozone countries. Sure, balanced budgets are a good idea, but all governments are financed to one extent or another by deficit spending. In the end, a stronger political union, with both more power and more democratic transparency shifting to Brussels, is the only thing that will save the EU. And, after 2000 years of war, I don’t think that European countries want to return to pre-EU days. (The UK, as always, will be the exception.)

              • 107 LunarSea
                January 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

                Does not negate what I said tho. Which is they were doing just fine and didn’t want to join, but did so only under duress. Now they are being pulled down but the rest of the gang -as they foresaw- and so I don’t blame them wanting some assurances, or being even more reluctant this second time around.

        • 108 57andFemale
          January 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          Jovie, can you elucidate for me why you approve of Geithner? I admit I am nowhere as informed as you are on a great many things, but I don’t think he’s served our President very well. I would really appreciate if you could enlighten me on his actual accmplishments.

          Has he fought austerity in any meaningful way? Has he enunciated why austerity would be wrong in these troubled economic times?

          I’m not being snarky — I’m really, really asking.

      • 109 LunarSea
        January 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        My thoughts exactly. Wonder if it’ll rub off on the party of Hell No.

        Ha, won’t hold my breath

  26. January 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    What an Inspiring Family picture of our First Family. They are Mentors for the entire world to see. It just doesn;t get any better than this. This Is a beautiful,educated, brilliant, and an attractive Family. I just love the Obamas, they are special :-)

  27. January 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Lucas Papademos sought backing on Sunday from leading Greek party leaders for painful and unpopular reforms that the near-bankrupt country must negotiate now that a long-awaited debt relief deal seems almost secured.

    Attention is shifting to negotiations with Greece’s international lenders who want proof that the Papademos coalition will take action on reforms before they hand over funds from a 130 billion euro bailout.

    Greece needs the money to avoid a chaotic default when big bond redemptions fall due in March. However, in a sign that the talks will be tough, German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler openly called for Athens to surrender control of its budget policy to outside institutions if it cannot implement the reforms required under the euro zone rescue package.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idUSTRE80P0DE20120129?irpc=932

    Well, well, well…

  28. January 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    gopolitico reports that Gibbs is back in campaign team.

    • 119 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      AAAH YES…SEND GIBBSIE PIX…FAN HERE!!!!! HE IS MISSED. I LOVE JAY BUT I STILL MISS THE GIBBSIE! I’LL NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE TOOK OVER THE CELLPHONES IN THE BRIEFING ROOM. STILL LAUGH OVER THAT ONE! LOVE HIS HUMOR!

      • 120 LunarSea
        January 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        My favorite episode of ‘Gibbs the BadAss’ was at the G20 when the Chinese tried pulling a coup on PBO.

        There was a couple incidents including one where they said the ppl that were supposed to be meeting were catching their planes when in fact they had started the meeting without them. Obama, Clinton and the US contingency burst into the room and took the head seat.

        The incident where Gibbs really shined was when they didn’t want to let the WH press into a meeting, even though the Chinese had tons of media in the room and there was shoving & pushing and Gibbs didn’t back down. They finally let them in. I was like ‘Yes! Go Gibbs’

        • 121 jacquelineoboomer
          January 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          That was definitely great. I also remember seeing him TAKE DOWN Sean Hannity during the ’08 campaign. He was brilliant.

          Good times.

          I’m thinking Jay Carney will have those moments, too. Really, really appreciate him.

  29. 122 LunarSea
    January 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Great pics of the first family.

    Shame on the pundits and DC insiders who would rather they spend time smoozing them, than together -as a family- like this. Wonder what invites they turned down in order to have this family time and who was offended in the process? Well tuff noogies to them. :lol:

    Did Malia get rid of her braces? Can’t tell for sure but remember what a great moment that is, to finally ditch them, at least during the daytime.

  30. 126 vero804
    January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Nate Silver should’ve kept his blog. He’s so boring now that he’s at the NY Times. I remember he used to have non-poling topics on his blog as well. It added more to his number-crunching.

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I so agree. And he had a couple of other guys who also posted on his blog who were interesting bloggers. Not to mention all the comments, lol. He is so boring now I am barely even interested in his tweets. He seems to have an obsession about Intrade that he tweets about as much as other polling.

  31. 128 anniebella
    January 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I wonder did POTUS watch his Bulls lose that close game to the Heats. It was a good game. James had a good game and so did Rose. I think Rose must have been alittle tired because at the end of the game he miss two free throws and a game tying shot.

  32. January 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    What beautiful pictures of this family. I love the way they interact. They are always talking to each other. You don’t see any uncomfortable silences that sometimes happens in families. This family takes advantage of the time they are together. Can you imagine the Gingrich family strolling together down the street. Maybe the ex wives in the back. We know that will never happen. We are going to win!!!!!

  33. 130 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Yes We Must

  34. 131 TrumpDog
    January 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Obama looks tense and depressed and Michelle looks like she wants to pack up and leave the White House.

    :roll: /snark

  35. 133 susanne
    January 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    here’s some interesting news from new mexico. the league of women voters gave a forum on the voter id issue, and when the repugs whined it wasn’t ‘fair and balanced’ (hmmm–wonder where they got that language?) the league ladies said, that’s right. we’re here to give info, not to debate. love it! also, the native american rep on the panel states that these laws are seen as targeting the first people. correct– there’s another group the repugs don’t want at the polls.

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Forum-presents-downsides-of-voter-ID-laws

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Oh, my.

      I was so proud (and yet disgusted by the thought) that the League of Women Voters pulled out of Florida. They said the new laws put their group in jeopardy, because there are ramifications hidden inside.

      Go, DOJ! To Florida and all the other states.

    • January 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      That is great news! We have had problems here in AZ with limiting the vote of Native peoples. We are working on this issue but evil never sleeps.

  36. 136 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Mankini voicing his support for Obamacare in 2009.

  37. January 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I’m so proud to have a beautiful first Family! I can’t remember seeing photos of the Bush family doing something like this, or maybe I just didn’t care.

    I suspect that Sasha & Malia are sweet and well behaved girls, who don’t give their SS a hard time! Unlike the spoiled party Bush girls!

  38. January 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Question for you guys here on the issue of the GOP candidates referring to POTUS as “Obama”. I think that’s disrespectful but I do believe that saying Barack Obama is the same as during the 2008 campaign, then Sen Obama referred to the then POTUS as “George Bush” (and his VP as “Dick Cheney” ) quite often during his stump speeches. Is my memory incorrect on that?

    • 139 collegekay
      January 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Correct. He said “George Bush” and “George W. Bush” a lot.

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Thanks collegekay. I think it’s something we need to acknowledge when Republicans don’t refer to him as President Obama. Personally, I would have preferred for POTUS to have always have addressed George Bush as Pres. Bush rather than George W. Bush. I think however it would have showed too much deference and thereby not giving some the “emotional push” to vote for the non-president. Just my thought…

    • 141 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      i don’t remember specifically, forus, but i know i personally never thought of bush as ‘mr president’.

      however, it seems that in a forum where everyone calls neut ‘mr speaker’ and mite ‘governor’–knowing these two hold no office, represent no state or district, and only receive those former titles as an honorific–in that context, the president should also receive his title. since they’re so formal and respectful of titles!

      • January 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        Agreed. But a neutral party would say that the Dems did the same thing in “08. They referred to each other as Senators and yet said George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Like you, I think it’s ridiculous that political titles last beyond their elected term. Particularly those who resign in disgrace!!

        • 143 L3
          January 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

          I think the difference is in “intent.” Does anyone honestly think that PBO intended to disrespect the President of the United States? Most reasonable people would say no based on the person we know PBO to be. However, because Repubs have shown the country and the world in ways big and small that they do not respect PBO it’s easy to make the leap that is their intent.

        • January 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Agreed Forus, but I think some of this focus on titles is just another Repug and MSM way of denigrating President Obama. I make it my absolute sworn duty to give my current President his full title because so many people disrespect him and his office. I never remember doing that in the past. I know that I called ex-president Bush “Bush and even “shrub” on occasion but when I sent him emails I addressed him as President Bush in respect for his position.

          I get so angry that my blood must boil when pissants like Maurine Dowd and others in the media call PBO “Barry”

    • 146 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Here’s a Washington protocol website, on how to address the President and others:

      http://www.formsofaddress.info/FOA_president_US.html

      This answers some of the issues brought up earlier:

      Former officials who hold a position of which there is more than one at a time — retired judges, retired ambassadors, retired generals, retired senators, retired bishops etc. — use their “title” in every situation for the rest of their lives.

      But officials of which there is only one at a time (The Governor, The President of the United States, The Speaker of the House, The Secretary of State, The Surgeon General …) don’t continue use of their former title.

      They use what they were entitled before taking the one-at-a-time position. e.g., Dwight Eisenhower in retirement went back to “General Eisenhower” He was no longer The President”. Same with Colin Powell … he’s no longer “Mr. Secretary” or “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff” … he’s General Powell.

      Bill Clinton is now “Mr. Clinton.” When you hear a TV journalist saying “President Clinton” it’s a short-hand third-person phrase to quickly tell the viewer who is being discussed. It’s not a form of address.

  39. January 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This is a must read web site, IMO. If you don’t know about ALEC, this web site has it all. ALEC is worst than the Koch brothers. They are corporations, politicians (mostly Republicans) on the state and federal level. They write bills and/or tell legislators what bills should contain that will affect their bottom line.

    http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

  40. January 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
  41. 153 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    #PRESSON

  42. 159 GGail
    January 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Just saw the West Coast feed of 60 Minutes and Leon Panetta did our President and the Country proud. Of course the interviewer was…..wait for it……Scott Pelley.

  43. January 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    This one is going viral:

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/jake-tapper-calls-out-rnc-chairman-for-comparing-obama-to-italian-cruise-ship-captain/

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2012/01/priebus-obama-is-capt-schettino-112711.html

    We’re having a big twitter fight and I sent Bob Schieffer a note: he should apologize to his audience for allowing Reince Priebus to tell that “joke”

    • January 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      There was a DISGUSTING Conservative mother of 3, who wrote to Jake Tapper on Twitter and said that it was ok, because it was a metaphor and not a joke. As if that makes any difference!

      I always thought that women were more circumspect, especially mothers, but I’m finding ALL Conservatives are just disgusting and ugly!! I’m sure if she had family on that boat, and it was a DEM who made that comparison she would have screamed bloody murder!

      This is almost as bad & ugly as the comparisons of President Obama and Hitler.

    • 162 yardarm756
      January 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      A lot of “jokes” got a lotta folks hung/shot or houses burned down. The only laughter heard came from the perpetrators.

    • 163 Cathy from MN
      January 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      I wrote to the MN Republican Party ; figured it was a waste to send to RNC

    • 164 jacquelineoboomer
      January 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      I just sent a “Bravo” to old Jake!

    • January 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hi aamom,

      Hope your twitter fight points out how stupid it is of Priebus to compare PBO to the Italian cruise ship captain when it was dubya who really did go AWOL and let citizens of New Orleans drown.

    • 167 FiredUpInCA
      January 30, 2012 at 12:13 am

      Thanks for this link Tien Le. Fox hasn’t just declared war on President Obama’s right to govern. They’ve declared war on the rest of the country by declaring a war on facts. It is nearly impossible to have a non-partisan conversation about the most intransigent social problems of our day from climate change to wealth inequality to extending healthcare to millions without it devolving into a national brawl because Fox has been in the middle of all these conversations broadcasting lie after lie in service of a political party rather than the country.

    • January 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

      And, Tien Le, there’s this:

      Roger Ailes’ Reality Show… http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/09/26/roger_ailes039_reality_show_264228.html

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK…So, LET’S STAY TOGETHER 2012!
      PRESS ON!

  44. January 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Check this out – way before Occupy was on anyone’s tongue our Prez-to-be had his mind fixed on income disparity.

    Priebus can try to pretend he’s topical but we all know it’s just pretense and that he’s way out of his league. Priebus’ inappropriate comment was him trying to show his world news creds, IMO. A stark example that these GOP ‘leaders’ have no in-depth understanding of anything, just throw away comments they hope will cover their ignorance – if they even realize they are genuinely ignorant.

    SENATOR OBAMA on rich/poor Nov 29 2007

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Oops! I forgot to mention that this video has stability issues, but it still makes the point our Prez has always had oomph.

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Well look at that! EVERY WORD in that video has been repeated all throughout his presidency. ALL THROUGHOUT! Listen to it folks and tell me I’m wrong.

      • January 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

        Of course, GoB, it also shows us why he’s not fazed by their cries of ‘class warfare’. He already reads them so well, he could predict their every response. As I’ve said before elsewhere, ‘It’s great to be A-LIVE at such a time as this in American politics!!’ I have never enjoyed politics more, or before, frankly. :lol: :lol: I feel sure you all know what I mean when I say if feels good to not only be alive, but be on the right side of history! ♪♪ I’m, sooo in love with him ♪♪ (as a politician, Anniebella)…. ;)

      • January 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

        You are absolutely correct. If fact he has said the same things since writing his books – maybe before that. President Obama is not a flip flopper. His core has been the same. He may modify some policy stances if circumstances require, but he has been true and steadfast.

    • 178 LunarSea
      January 30, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Thank you for this. I haven’t had the time to go scouring for vids of him talking about this, but have been similarly outraged at the latest mame that PBO only started talking about this issue as a result of OWS. So thanks to you and FiredUpinCa for finding these links.

      This is part of their strategy tho. I had bookmarked a piece where a rethug spokesperson was saying they don’t care about saying lies because it keeps us busy debunking them. By the time we’ve debunked they are already on to the next lie. I’ll have to wade through my bookmarks to find it.

      This is exactly what they do. And Hamshire and GGreenwall et al have been employing these same methods. urrggghhh

      • January 30, 2012 at 1:18 am

        Don’t worry about finding it, LS. If this is THEIR FOCUS, I’d wager that after a while this avowed ‘strategy’ will backfire.

        We have got to be reaching people each time we debunk, and as long as we admit to ourselves that we won’t reach everybody, the ones we reach make it all worthwhile. Plus, I’m a firm believer in ‘reach one teach one’ as an expanding thing, not to mention the confidence we build in ourselves when we can reaffirm the value of the president we support.

        I had a discussion with an #OWS supporter last night on Twitter, and I was secretly amazed at how calm I felt as I pointed out why I was not impressed with the Oakland OWS destructive behaviour. I didn’t feel angry, I didn’t feel like we were in a confrontation, and I felt quite comfortable sharing my point of view. I would not have attempted that a few months back. in fact, it was that conversation that made me go look up Senator Obama’s position on financial inequality, as the writer seemed to believe that OWS started the argument with their protests, and they wouldn’t give up til they achieved their goal. I wanted to have the real information should such a situation presented itself again.

        • 180 Uche
          January 30, 2012 at 5:55 am

          Good job VCP….I tweeted that video already and also found another where he was giving a speech on the same topic prior to the ’08 elections. There’s a huge trove of resource people here and I think we’ve all benefitted one way or the other from participating in this site.

  45. 181 FiredUpInCA
    January 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Thank you very much for this. This video… It is quintessential President Obama. It’s ahead of the curve of the national conversation. He starts it with a dose of smart humor. His indomitable consistency is on display, ‘I’m not an ideologue so I won’t approach this ideologically’ and then he proceeds to clearly describe the roots of the problem and how he would fix it.

    Thanks again for this. Who he is and how he thinks is always refreshing to see.

  46. January 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks Vcprez
    I have tweeted Fareed Zakaria twice about his statement that PBO started talking about it in SOTU. Thanks so much for this video which I just sent to FZ. Katrena and the other PL have tried so hard to make it be about OWS! That is a lie!

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      No problem, SL. My total pleasure. It irked me too when they don’t give him his due. Here’s some more ammunition, if you need it. Our guy is, and has been, way ahead of #OWS.

      Senator Obama’s speech on the economy Sept. 18 2007

      http://www.brookings.edu/events/2007/0918elections.aspx

    • 188 FiredUpInCA
      January 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Repost:

      The Huffington Post wrote this headline about Larry Summers on Nov. 16, 2008 when they thought he was in the running for Treasury.

      “Potential Obama Treasury Secretary: Income Inequality A Crisis”

      They declared that on November 16, 2008.

      Now here’s the same rag on November 28, 2011.

      “Larry Summers Denounces Inequality — But Why?”

      “Why is Larry Summers suddenly so worried about inequality?…” So begins the snarky piece of crap article that passes for feet-to-the-fire journalism at HP.

      http://theobamadiary.com/2012/01/22/believe-in-america-hide-your-money-in-the-caribbean/

      The Professional Left is in the business of pushing readily available facts down the memory hole in order to advance their agenda. I will never understand the practical objectives behind the strategy of the PL. They claim that they agitate for progress but then they routinely alienate natural allies working toward that progress by disparaging any incremental advancement that they achieve or by just outright lying about them as they have done repeatedly with President Obama and his team.

      The PL and OWS did not invent the conversation about wealth inequality and neither of them as far as I can tell are doing anything seriously to address it or form alliances with others who have been engaged in that conversation long before them.

      • January 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

        FiredUp, as the evidence Chips highlighted here last year showed, several of these guys are really only agitating for their own financial PROGRESS. Smartypants has also shared some pointed examples of their lack of true progressive creds. It’s obvious the Professional Left couldn’t care less about truth, progress for the country or the Democratic party! They care about only the ‘professional’, i.e. money aspect. They were/are running a business. IMO, there is a lot of truth to the comparison often made between them and the Extreme Right. They both seem impervious to FACTS; they both are deaf to any arguments but their own. They both cannot admit when they are wrong. In short they are full of themselves. Fortunately for us we live in an age where they cannot hide the truth even while making up their own stories. It would seem that some of them haven’t even clued in to the fact that in this age they CANNOT push facts far enough down any memory hole. They are so irrelevant, that I believe people are going to step around or over them to vote for this president.

    • 190 TrumpDog
      January 30, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Katrina actually made the comment that Elizabeth Warren wrote his SOTU speech.
      :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

  47. 191 Pamela
    January 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Goodnight TodObots, get some rest, thank you Chipsticks, thank you everyone, for a fact filled weekend! Sweet dreams all!

  48. 193 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

    #PRESSON

  49. 198 susanne
    January 30, 2012 at 3:15 am

    any toddies in the ny area? a dramatization of langston hughes’ poems and stories feb 10 and 11–sounds wonderful.

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/event/1007

    • 199 Alycée (@jazziz2)
      January 30, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Susanne, does sound wonderful; but, I think the event is in Chicago.

      • 200 susanne
        January 30, 2012 at 4:22 am

        yikes, you’re right! sorry, i also didn’t pursue the link to find it’s sold out! well, i guess that’s good, and maybe some chicago toddies were quick to get tickets. now i truly am going to bed!

  50. 201 susanne
    January 30, 2012 at 4:18 am

    good night chips and tods, and good morning, too. (still no prize for last?!)

  51. January 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Here we go again- yesterday the President was killing Robney in Florida in that NBC poll. Weel, as expected, Today, USA today Gallup has him down 1 point in the battleground state poll.

    All so predictable. The GOP is so worried about the news cycle, that they always, Always call their friends.

    Lol!

    • 203 halo
      January 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

      OF COURSE! THEY WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO IF PBO WAS KILLIN ALL OF THEM, WHICH HE IS!

      • January 30, 2012 at 6:45 am

        I know. But it’s like they panic over at the RNC, when a good poll cones out for the President.
        I mean, how can you get an actual barometer in a State when you only call 61 voters per state? 61??? And then, what are those crosstabs for the 61 voters per state? Plus or minus 5 percentage points. That is an inaccurate poll.

    • January 30, 2012 at 6:39 am

      737 likely Voters in 12 swing states=
      61 voters per State!

      Really?

  52. 207 CEB
    January 30, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Up to get ready for work and catching up a bit. So glad the first family got a chance to get out a bit together, but any idea that their lives are normal is negated by the crowd of nervouse, watchful agents who surrounded them (I counted at least 8 and who knows how many more were out of sight and perched on buildings with assault rifles). The Obamas do all that they can to create what normacy they can in the bubble, but what must it be like for the girls to know that there are as Michelle said, “men with guns on top of the house.” I have so much respect for the entire family regarding how they handle this and so much gratitude for their willingness to put up with this for us. The entire family is serving us. May God continue to bless, protect, guide and give his abundant love to this family.
    Time to get ready to go. Have a great day Chips and TOD family.

  53. January 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

    The president is scheduled to participate in the first-ever virtual interview this afternoon on social media site Google +. He will answer questions submitted and voted on my some 225,000 people via You Tube, according to the White House.

  54. January 30, 2012 at 6:26 am

    8:30 AM
    Biden delivers remarks at the Conference of Chief Justices in Wilmington, Del.
    10:45 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:15 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.
    Michelle Obama joins Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to announce new proposed rules regarding health care for veterans and injured service members.
    12:15 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    2:15 PM
    Obama welcomes President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia to the White House.
    3:15 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama host the Diplomatic Corps Reception.
    5:30 PM
    Obama participates in an interview with YouTube and Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address.

  55. 210 halo
    January 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

    “n Friday night, after a Romney rally in a cavernous warehouse in Orlando, the Duncan family from nearby Orviedo gathered to leave. The Duncans had heard Romney describe Obama as someone who wants to turn America into a European-style welfare state.

    Robert Duncan, 60, thought the description was apt, and he had no trouble understanding it.

    “Like Cuba, for instance. Nobody is motivated to do anything there, and I’m afraid that’s what Obama is really pushing for,” he said.

    Having watched the debates, they had also heard Gingrich utter the phrase “Saul Alinsky radical” many times.

    “I don’t know what Saul Alinsky was,” said Duncan’s son, Michael, a 34-year-old Web developer. “But I can infer what he’s talking about. It’s not a good thing.””

    This is waht we have to put up with. These f-ing idiots.

    • January 30, 2012 at 6:51 am

      None of these people would vote for the President.

      • 212 Bill
        January 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

        Jovie you are so correct. There are certain demographics that will not vote for PBO under any circumstances. We all know who these groups are, and there is no need addressing them in any manner.

    • 213 LunarSea
      January 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Great I’m going to start calling them (Newt & Robme) as Castro like and saying they want to create another CUBA here in America where the few control all and the masses have no rights. Where they few make rules that rob the masses of everything this country holds dear including the right to vote, earn a living wage & speak out against corruption and inequality. Where the media is controlled by the few and used for brainwashing.

      That isn’t hard to do. Everyone just needs to keep saying it and then maybe the cubans will understand what a vote for today’s republican is all about!

    • 216 anniebella
      January 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

      halo, How about just putting it plain english, those f-ing racists idiots.

  56. 217 LunarSea
    January 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

    s/b ‘where the few make rules’

  57. 219 Bill
    January 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Warning to anyone thinking about turning on Morning Joe. He is off his meds and ranting more nonsense than normal. Among other things he said the cornerstone of PBO’s economic program is taxing the rich.

    • 220 donna dem 4 obama
      January 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

      He is a Republican. I would expect no less.

      Soledad O’Brien has a decent show on CNN very similar to Morning Joke. I wonder why Dems don’t support her show?

      • 221 Bill
        January 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

        Thanks, I was not aware of it.

      • 222 L3
        January 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

        I’ve stopped watching CNN and if you’re not watching, you probably miss the promos for their new shows. I found out from this blog a few weeks ago about her new show during that Jodi Kantor mess. I’ve also gotten use to not turning the TV on in the mornings because of the incessant negative news coverage about PBO on all the morning shows.

  58. 224 donna dem 4 obama
    January 30, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Our President and family look fantastic. It’s always a breath of fresh air to see them out and about the city together. I can’t remember one single time that GWB took his family anywhere in this city in the whole 8 (awful) years they were here.

    • 225 Bill
      January 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

      GWB was on his sofa choking on pretzels when he was in DC.

    • January 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Good morning Donna. I was just thinking the same thing. The Whitehouse has been warm, inviting and alive since the Obamas moved in. It is so great to see.

      • 229 donna dem 4 obama
        January 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

        That’s why the whole “he doesn’t connect” crap is so stupid. It’s not about connecting with party members and the media. Its about a connection with the people. People want to walk in his footsteps and experience what he experiences. He sings a song and record sales skyrocket. He visits a pizza or hamburger restaurant and the sales double. I guarantee you that once the word gets out that the Obama Family was there last night the visits at the Corcoran Gallery will increase tremendously (whether or not the press reports on it). That’s the real sign of connection. And its not just here in DC (where he is loved without trepidation) but every city he visits.

        Its the thing that the Republicans fear the most about President Obama and why they spend so much time trying to tear him down.

        • 230 hopefruit2
          January 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

          Exactly donna! I don’t think anyone gives a rat’s patootie what restaurant Chuck Todd ate at over the weekend. Or what hit single Wolf Blitzer downloaded on to his Ipod, or what was on Sean Hannity’s summer reading list, or what designer clothes Ann Romney wears at her husband’s sparsely attended rallies, or what David Gregory bought for his kids at Christmas, or what brand of laxative Glen Greenwald takes every morning.

          They are all interested in what our President and the First Family are doing, wearing, eating, watching on TV, etc. The American People are attuned to their First Family because for the first time in their whole lives they ALL see themselves reflected in the Obamas’ nuclear AND extended family.

        • January 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

          He connects with just the sort of people we have hoped he would. The DC cocktail circuit and the mindless press are not among them. Unfortunately they have control of all the bullhorns but just you wait and see. We will show them all how very connected we all feel to our First Family.

        • January 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          AND THATS WHY THE RETHUGS ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO CHANGE VOTING LAWS…THEY ARE SCARED!!!!
          TRUELY C.O.W.A.R.D.S….CANT WIN AN ELECTION FAIR AND SQUARE…IF YOU LIE,YOU’LL CHEAT,IF YOU CHEAT,YOU’LL STEAL…AND THATS WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO IN THIS COMING ELECTION…..THATS THE NAME OF THEIR GAME!!!
          FOLKS, WE’VE GOTTA REALLY FIGHT HARD FOR OUR PREZ AND TO GIVE HIM A CONGRESS HE CAN WORK WITH…
          WE MUST!!!!

      • 233 isonprize
        January 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

        The Whitehouse has been warm, inviting and alive since the Obamas moved in.

        The people’s house.

  59. 238 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

    That tells me that Jeb Bush will NOT get into the race this year.

  60. 239 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 8:33 am

    But, but..but..

  61. 241 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Our President way surpasses other two clowns who are in negative territory. Those superpac Ads and the antiObama hate speeches they give at the end of each primary are not even helping their favorability with the general public.

  62. 242 Pamela
    January 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Good morning, already! That was a short night somehow…. Anyway! Check out http://www.gademstore.com They are working so hard trying to hold their heads above water. I’m sure there is no link with my entry, but go there anyway, k? Off to work shortly, will be lurking when I am free!

    • 243 Pamela
      January 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Ha! There is a link, that must have been Chips wordpress working on our behalf!

      • 244 isonprize
        January 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

        Pamela, love, love, LOVE that “Obama Y’all” Button. May have to order that one. The “Obama Cool” ones are also fabulous!!

        • 245 Pamela
          January 30, 2012 at 10:11 am

          Plus GA Dems have an uphill battle, I admire them greatly for keeping on! They can use the help! Donna Dem linked me there a while ago, that Obama Cool limited edition print is absolutely WoW!

  63. 246 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Bobby Jindal is PIZZZED.

  64. 250 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trillions-in-tax-cuts/2012/01/26/gIQAGrwxaQ_story.html?hpid=z3

    Republicans only PRETEND to care about the debt :) But WE knew that!

    THE REPUBLICAN presidential candidates claim to abhor debt, yet propose tax cuts that would add trillions more.

    Yes, trillions.

    • 251 Bill
      January 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Though this is in the Washington Post the MSM is not showing responsibility with this very important point. The candidates are never asked in debates or interviews about their deficit reduction plans.

      • 252 JoJothecat
        January 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

        The MSM only wants to know “what is your favorite color”?, “what will make your wife a good first lady”?…these are the important questions for the american people (snark).

  65. January 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    found this comment over at Balloon Juice:

    12.jl – January 30, 2012 | 2:16 am · Link

    I think Romney’s ratings will dive as more people are exposed to his style. As I said before, he comes off as a bad swindler breaking out in a flop sweat and getting angry with the mark who doesn’t quite believe the pitch.

    Most successful politicians are good orators. Take your FDR, your Reagan, your Clinton, our Obama.

    Willard is more like a hectorator.

    You can see him going ‘Aw hector, I don’t think they believe this BS’ inside his head. And he comes off like he is trying to intimidate and threaten, in his manner and subtext.

    I think that is because that is what he was trained to do as a take over artist at Bain. After the deal closes, you have them by their money, and you can start intimidating, with a smile. I think Romney has internalized that down into his bones. He cannot ‘maintain’ all the way to the election. His limbic reflex center tells him that the deal should be closed by now and he can start with the heavy manners on the marks, who can’t do much. But long election campaigns do not work that way. The deal is closed after election day.

  66. 254 carolyn
    January 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I read the above comment from Balloon Juice to my husband, and he said “Is he like The Music Man?” “Yes, I said, exactly. He is a swindler.”
    I think that pretty well sums up Romney.

    • 255 Pamela
      January 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Carolyn, tell you husband that is a great analogy, we use it around here as well! Doubt MythRobney will have any happy ending, if there is justice in this world!

  67. 256 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Hey..I thought base R voters HATED “elites”! Can’t get more “elite” than Mitt :)

  68. 257 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I notice that Gallup & the GOPMEDIA are out this week busy concern troll polling at the Republicans’ behest. First of all, their slanted troll polls are supposedly showing Romney & PBO “neck in neck” in key states. Secondly, they have a concern troll poll saying that most voters find the payroll tax extension that the President has proposed “of no benefit” to them. Meanwhile the Hill has an article claiming that voters favor Repubs’ tax policy over Dems. I am asking (1) who exactly are these pollsters sampling, and (2) what exactly do they mean by “tax policy?” What specially about “tax policy” are they asking voters about?

    Because Repubs are all for tax cuts on everyone including the wealthiest Americans (which by the way includes the payroll tax cut), and Democrats are for tax cuts on the 98-99% while raising taxes on the top 1%. How can voters favor Repub tax policy when poll after poll shows that they support raising taxes on the 1%. And just a month ago, they were in favor of payroll tax cut,which they were getting all year in 2011, but now they claim it doesn’t benefit them?

    Oh PLEASE. Spare us all the troll poll BullSHYTE!

  69. January 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I see that noot is threatening to go all the way to the convention.Good for him.Go noot.

  70. 259 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good morning MUST READ:) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/30/romney-and-gingrich-set-the-gop-on-a-path-toward-self-destruction.html

    The solution to the puzzle may be to admit that the GOP has forfeited 2012 before the general election even starts. How did this happen so suddenly?

    “That’s the great mystery of 2012,” a senior Republican journalist told me while watching the brouhaha in Florida. “We have the weakest incumbent president in 32 years, running on the weakest record in 32 years… and who’s taking the stage in South Carolina and Florida? It has to be the weakest field I can remember. Each of these candidates has in his character, in his history, in his idea set—never mind disqualifying—a guarantee for self-destruction. If Newt is the candidate, he’ll lose badly. If Mitt is the candidate, he’ll lose slightly less badly … So what you have is an almost complete guarantee that if these are the candidates, Barack Obama will be reelected.”

    One thing wrong….the weakest incumbent in 32 years? He’s wishing.

    • 260 Betsy
      January 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

      two things wrong, “running on the weakest record in 32 years”? NO WAY that’s true.

    • 261 L3
      January 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Republicans are either deluded, breathtaking liars or both. If PBO is so weak why are the so-called “stars” of the Republican Party sitting on the sidelines. Rule of thumb to understanding Republicans, whatever they say believe the opposite is true.

      • 262 desertflower
        January 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

        Oh YEAH! PBO will run on his record. An amazing one, at that. They know they have nothing….and so do we.

    • 263 Pamela
      January 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

      He is deluding himself, typical of any GOP, senior or otherwise! Shame shame shame…to speak so I’ll of so great a man as PBO. History will prove otherwise!

  71. 265 LDS
    January 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Good morning TOD:
    Just wanted to say what a beautiful first family we have. I pray today for their safety, health and more love.

    Off to get more signatures for POB to be on the ballot for New York State. But before I do that I urge everyone to call, email and tweet that so-called Gov. of Arizona and let her know how disrespectful she was to the President of the United States.

    Let her and her klan know that his name is not Barry, nor just Obama. It is Mr. President or President Brarack Obama. since they have a difficult time accepting that in their psyche.(probably never will). So we will keep reminding them for the next four years.
    He is Michelle’s husband and Malia and Sasha’s father…….Bo’s too.
    Treat them with respect, We the People, demand it!

    Everyone around the world loves and respects this family and if she points her finger again, we will boycott visiting that state. I am so glad Michelle was not on that plane with her husband…….well, sort of .Have a blessed day everyone. Love you.
    Thank you, Chips, I can never thank you enough. Thank you leaves room for more.
    PEACE.

  72. 266 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Mr Big Shot! Who do you think you are? http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/30/414199/gingrich-refused-work-student/

    Newt, who avoided Vietnam with student and marriage deferments, resisted taking a job. During his college years, Newt called up his father and stepmother to ask for financial help. His stepmother, Marcella McPherson, can still hear his exact words: “I do not want to go to work. I want all my time for my studies…Bob Gingrich told me he will not help me one bit. So I wondered, would you people help me?” Big Newt began sending him monthly checks.

    AND his first wife put him through school! All the way until he got his PhD! Seriously, I would slam the hell out of him for this!

  73. 268 # 1 obama fan
    January 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    GM TOD ! Luv luv the First Family..great pics of a Sunday afternoon enjoying each other..I so think Let’s Stay Together shld be President Obama’s campaign song..I think its no coincidence President Obama picked tht song to serenade the audience at The Apollo fundraiser..I believe It’s the President’s love song to America..”in good times and bad times..let me be the you come running to..I’ll never be untrue” each line I believe expresses how he feels about us..and for sure how we love and support the First Family.. Anywho guess I over analyzed rather impromptu rendition of Al Green’s song..:0)


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