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afternoon all

President Barack Obama holds Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office, Feb. 1, 2012. Arianna’s mother, Angela Holmes, is a departing Special Assistant in the International Economic Affairs office of the National Security Staff. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Text of the President’s remarks here

President Obama holds up a book that he was given by author and keynote speaker Eric Metaxas at the National Prayer Breakfast

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Steve Benen: The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, though there have been setbacks. Last week, for example, was a step in the wrong direction. This week’s report, however, was a little more heartening:

U.S. jobless claims dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ended Jan. 28, the Labor Department said Thursday….

…. when these jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape. When the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are actually being created rather quickly.

More here

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The Week

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Washington Post (editorial): Higher education is both crucial to America’s economic competitiveness and hard for many students and their families to afford … As President Obama quite rightly insisted in his State of the Union address, institutions of higher learning must do more to hold down their costs if college education is to remain affordable for the next generation of young people. What’s more, he’s talking about using the federal government’s financial clout to encourage cost containment.

…. he is proposing long-overdue reforms to existing formulas for distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in campus-based aid, such as Perkins loans and work-study funds. Current policy skews in favor of better-off students at relatively pricier colleges. The president wants to shift dollars in favor of schools that restrain tuition and graduate more low-income students. Meanwhile, he would establish a $1 billion fund to encourage cost-saving innovations, complemented by $55 million for research, evaluation and dissemination of the best practices….

Needless to say, a lot depends on how the president and Congress would end up defining what constitutes a good value in higher education … what’s important is that the president has put the prestige and power of his office behind this effort.

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Jonathan Cohn: Romney’s political strategy here seems clear to me: He’s trying to drive a wedge between the poor and the middle class, convincing the latter that they lose out to the former when Democrats are in charge. And the strategy may work. It’s certainly helped Republicans before. But the big beneficiary of Romney’s plan to reorder fiscal priorities is not the middle class. It’s the very wealthy, who would get substantial tax benefits and who will usually be fine with weakened public services.

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TPM

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MSNBC: ….. presidential hopeful Rick Santorum took a hard line on Wednesday against government getting involved in offsetting the cost of drug prices. Before exiting the stage, Santorum was prodded by members of the 300-person crowd to take one last question from a young boy standing in the front row. The child asked what the candidate would do to lower the cost of medicine. But the former Pennsylvania senator said it was the cost of drugs that allowed for the innovation that keeps Americans with life-threatening illnesses alive.

“People have no problem going out and buying an iPad for $900. But paying $200 for a drug they have a problem with – that keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned in thinking health care is something you should get and not have to pay for. Drug companies, health care companies need to have a profitability, because if they don’t, then how are we going to regulate costs?…..”

While some of in the audience applauded Santorum’s tough stance against government involvement in drug prices, others protested. The mother of the child yelled out that she was going bankrupt just to pay for her child to keep breathing.

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Charles P. Pierce (Esquire) read a a swooning piece about Fox ‘News’ in Politico…. he didn’t like it very much:

“Stuff in Politico That Makes Me Want to Guzzle Antifreeze…. I say only that, in my own, personal, constitutionally protected opinion, this may very well be the worst bag of pulverized, unexpurgated, beat-sweetening chickenshit in the history of American political journalism. It makes Peggy Noonan read like Thuycidides….

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Charles P. Pierce (Esquire): No matter what Willard Romney said on Tuesday night, a tough primary can really damage you. If these latest PPP numbers are in any way accurate, the rockfight between Romney and N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization’s Rules and Leader (Perhaps) of the Civilizing Forces, has pushed Romney’s unfavorability ratings in Ohio northward toward 60 percent……

….. Eighty-four percent of the respondents are white and, even with that, Romney is six points down with a 57 percent disapproval rating. He better tack like hell, is all I’m saying.

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308 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    February 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Our President Looks Great!

    First

  2. 5 gn
    February 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Oldie but goodie: “Day in the Life of Joe Republican.”

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    Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

    All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

    Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; his bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

    Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medicals benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

    Its noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the depression.

    Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

    Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark).

    He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

    He turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have”.

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    Happy Thursday!

    • February 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      @gn:

      THANK YOU for such a good AND true comment about the WRONG attitudes some “working class Republicans” have. That is the best example of an OXYMORON I have ever read. Anyone who has to work for a living (has a job/boss) is CRAZY to vote for the Repubs. SMH!

      Little Arrianna is such a CUTIE. She probably reminds President Obama of his girls when they were that age.

      Even though I believe in the doctrine of seperation of church and state, I LOVED President Obama’s personal testimony. He is so RIGHT, most of us DON’T go looking for God, but HE DOES look for us to “get our attention”!

  3. 8 Brian
    February 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I spit out my coffee at the line “It makes Peggy Noonan read like Thuycidides.” Mitt Romney is beginning to make Newt Gingrich sound like Jane Addams. (And as a former Chicagoan it make my heart break to hear that Hull House had to close its doors. We need to honor the memory of Jane Addams and her work.)

    • 9 57andFemale
      February 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Me, too!

      I too was heartbroken about Hull House closing — they led the way.

      And by the way, evil Republicans — charity did NOT work, it did not help people enough or in meaningful ways. That’s why the government got involved — because relying on charity had failed society,

  4. February 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    i agre with Donna – POTUS LOOKS FABULOUS :)

    • 11 MeaBloom
      February 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

      I too agree that PBO looks pretty snazzy. And you can’t forget our FLOTUS. That woman is gorgeous.

      • 12 utaustinliberal
        February 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

        They both do indeed look gorgeous. But I gasped when I saw FLOTUS’s skin. It’s so gosh darned beautiful and smooth. Wow. :)

  5. 13 vero804
    February 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Haha…the president looks thrilled to be holding up that guy’s book. Not the best pic if you’re trying to sell it…he seems like he’s forced to make nice with it. In terms of the kiss on the cheek to Nancy – sure looked genuine. Definitely not one of those side cheek kisses. Lucky lady.

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Yes, I enjoyed the president’s bemused smile, too! Maybe he has plans to “re-gift” it!

      Speaking of kisses, agree that the kiss on the cheek to Nancy and her sweet smile seemed genuine. I shouldn’t say this, but I saw Romney and his wife give each other a quick kiss on the mouth yesterday. I shouldn’t say this, either, but it was like their lips didn’t touch, or they touched for a nanosecond and I missed it, or she wasn’t “allowed” to get lipstick on him, or they were both wooden people, or something. I shouldn’t say that.

      • 15 vero804
        February 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Awww…don’t fret. What you wrote was true. Romney and his clan are wooden people. They take pride in the fact that they appear so perfect and stone-like.

  6. February 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    What’s is the idea behind this national prayer breakfast ? Isn’t american government supposed to be secular ?

    • 17 AJ
      February 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

      It’s the same uniquely Amercian paradox that allows us to have a congressional chaplain, as well as military chaplains. Church and state are seperated, but not so rigidly that PBO and previous presidents can’t light a Christmas tree or a menorah, host a Passover seder or a Christmas in Washington TV special. It’s why there we’ll see a rabbi, a priest, a minister and/or an imam present at a Presidential Inauguration We’re not so much a “secular” government, as much as one that is constitutionally prohibited from promoting one religion (or ANY religion) over another.

      I know it seems contradictory, but it all has to do with this country’s Puritan/Pilgrim beginnings, as well as other historical goodies. It’s a facinating subject, and I will stop for now before I recount every college course I ever took on American Civ. ;)

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

      It’s hosted by members of Congress and some local group – it’s not a “government” event, per se, and is open to all religions. They’ve been doing it since Eisenhower’s time. Each President is invited to speak, and they usually have at least one other headliner.

      Whether or not it should occur is open to individual interpretation, but most people just consider it a way to get various groups together that wouldn’t ordinarily be sitting down for breakfast in the same spot. Sometimes they have guest speakers who promote good causes – like fighting global poverty and the like.

        • 23 jacquelineoboomer
          February 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

          By the way, I think your question was a good one, of course, due to the guaranteed separation of church and state. Some people totally cringe when they see religious events like this (or even just prayer itself) attached to government, but there are so many “eyes” watching that we don’t become a theocracy, I think we’re okay in that regard.

        • 27 anniebella
          February 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          I just love that picture of POTUS with that little beautiful little girl, and soon to be Speaker again had to come get her a kiss. When she was speaker she always had POTUS back, and of course the picture of POTUS and FLOTUS looking at each other, those pictures of them are always so special.

    • 28 dotster3
      February 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      And it is my belief that we would all be better off, and less divided, if our government was entirely secular. No National Prayer Breakfast, no nothing. Causes conflict and trouble. Too many differing opinions, degrees of beliefs or non-belief. Religion should remain personal.

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        February 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        I agree ~ only because once religious beliefs are brought up, it’s human nature to go too far and become too invasive. Everybody can pray quietly – nothing can stop that – but once you try to push any religion on someone else, it’s almost as bad as saying religion is prohibited.

      • 30 prettyfoot58
        February 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        I do understand where you are coming from….

        …great deeds of humanity as well as great deeds of horror have been committed in the name of God…

        It is as the President says….God (the Creator) is infallible…human beings are not…

      • 31 57andFemale
        February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        It would be my preference, that’s for sure. There are religious litmus tests and they make me uncomfortable.

  7. February 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    • February 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Wow – Mollie Williams, the Komen official who resigned has a lot of class with her statement to the Media.

      Can’t say the same about Susan G Komen, and the idea that they’re peddling the PR that this was not a political decision is such BS.

      It’s their foundation, if they want to cut off PP then that’s their right, but then it’s our right to call them out for being ASSHOLEs! What were they thinking? That they could cut off PP and have everyone still love them?

      What a load of crap!

  8. February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Food stamp use declined, thats right declined, .2% in December.

  9. February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    CNN Political Director Mark Preston is reporting that Donald Trump will endorse GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Thursday. This comes after some speculation on Wednesday that Trump may back Newt Gingrich. Trump will make the announcement in Las Vegas in advance of the Saturday caucus.

    Who, what, where, when? Which way did he go, which way did he go?
    LOL!

  10. February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Charles Pierce is funny

  11. 39 itgurl_29
    February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What I wouldn’t give to be Nancy Pelosi today! Sigh.

  12. February 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 02/01/2012
    Romney: Context for me, but not for thee
    By Greg Sargent

    Get this: At a press gaggle just now, Mitt Romney defended his gaffe this morning — in which he said he’s “not concerned about the very poor”— by pleading with reporters to look at the larger context of his remarks:

    “No no no no. I — no, no. You’ve got to take the whole sentence, all right, as opposed to saying, and then change it just a little bit, because then it sounds very different,” said Romney. “I’ve said throughout the campaign my focus, my concern, my energy is gonna be devoted to helping middle income people, all right? We have a safety net for the poor in, and if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that. And if there are people that are falling through the cracks I want to fix that. “

    You’ve got to take the whole sentence? Interesting. That rule did not apply when Romney personally approved an ad attacking Obama that lifted his words out of context in a hilariously dishonest way, implying that Obama said something about himself he’d actually attributed to a McCain adviser. The Romney campaign subsequently boasted about all the media attention the ad’s dishonesty earned.

    Nor did Romney’s call for context apply when he blasted Obama for not believing in American exceptionalism by cherry-picking a line from an Obama speech in which the President actually did proclaim his belief that America is exceptional. Romney has a whole history of decontextualizing remarks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-context-for-me-but-not-for-thee/2012/02/01/gIQAFh85hQ_blog.html

  13. February 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I am watching Bernake House hearing, he said we can eventually have 5.2-6% new normal unemployment rate.
    First, the Republicans freaked out, now they want him to say that it is because of austerity.
    Bernanke says that cutting now would hurt recovery, over long term cuts would be good
    Republicans are freaking out, asking the same question 5 different ways. LOL!

    • 51 gn
      February 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Simple common sense: look to Europe–austerity is hindering rather than helping economic recovery. Thanks for the report, jovie.

  14. 52 TrumpDog
    February 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Thanks, Chipsticks!

  15. February 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    what a coreless convictionless mofo.

  16. February 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    anyone know if

    Osama Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive is a t-shirt?

    it should be.

  17. 62 Lorraine
    February 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Chips, you rock! I lobster love these pictures. Vice President Biden reminds me of the Deacon/Trustee at my church, he is way cool.

  18. February 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Debbie says when Trump endorses whoever that it is like Bugs Bunny endorsing someone!

    Then, she said it’s a non media event, that is when they cut her off and the Pundit told the audience that msnbc will have that endorsement live.

    LOL!

  19. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Hi, all. Enjoying catching up with all of you this morning!

    Last night, I happened to stumble on a website where a conscientious writer was dissecting the President’s SOTU, mentioning he had watched it, liked it, watched all the news coverage around it, read various newspapers on it – I guess to “come to his own conclusion” – and could only find a few things to criticize, since it was basically a good speech. Grrrrr. So I left this comment for him, which isn’t all that new and unique, but it made me feel better:

    “I appreciate what was written, but I am just so tired of everyone going to all the trouble of researching each and every word of President Obama, merely to (what appears to be) belittle him in some way. Seemed as though you tried real hard to find what you could criticize, if you’ll forgive me for writing that. He is a Christian man, doing his best for our country. He certainly cares about the poor, about the troops, about all of us. No one else in politics at the federal level is trying as hard as he is, with so much negative pushback from all quarters. It’s a shame, but I’ll keep praying for him and his family, every night. God knows we need prayer.”

    • February 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Good of you, Jacque! It wouldn’t be so bad (in fact it would be totally acceptable) if they spent an equal amount of care and time researching each word of all the candidates as well, and sharing their finds. Then we could have a decent dialogue on the merits of each. However, like in the grueling 2008 campaign, our guy can stand before them fearlessly because he has nothing to hide, and when they have muddied themselves trying to find dirt/weaknesses, if they were honestly seeking they have to come back to the conclusion that PHO is the only viable choice for the country AS A WHOLE! Chin up! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 – The only real answer for America!! :lol:

    • 67 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Bravo, Jacqueline O! I really appreciated your thoughtful comment.

  20. February 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Just added part 2 of the speech

  21. 69 gn
    February 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Lawd HAM mercy…Donald “media whooa” Trump is going to be endorsing Mitt Romney. Wasn’t he *just* contemplating an Indie run because he wasn’t happy with the GOP candidates? lol!!

  22. 79 57andFemale
    February 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I had the same sinking feeling that Jonathan Cohn had about driving a wedge between the middle and lower classes — ‘it’s us or them'” has worked before for Republicans. They turned seniors against ACA with precisely this kind of tactic (still blame the administation and the DNC for not explaining ACA more effectively, and they’re still not doing a very good job).

    While continuing to nail Romney for his heartlessness, it is vitally important to pivot to what his actual policies are. He’s lying — again about who will benefit from his privileged mindset.

    • 80 LOL
      February 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

      The president and his team aren’t stupid. They see that. Just like race, the GOP will use anything to divide Americans. Problem is it won’t work. Have you ever seen places in West Virginia and the Appalachian hills. They are what the president calls the least of these…but yet because of social reasons they vote GOP. The problem for Mitt, is a parent without a job takes a middle class family to poverty. So in effect, the middle class is one pink slip away from poverty. But he wouldn’t understand that.

    • 82 gn
      February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

      I’m getting to a point where I’m having to agree with this. I want Dems to develop a coherent, simple, strong and effective messaging strategy targeted towards informing the public about Obama Cares. Right now, discussion is being dominated by cranks (“death panels!” “public option sellout and betrayal!”)–so much so, that the electorate really does not have an opportunity to take a rational look at this legislation. I agree that Dems need to fix this, and ACA messaging needs to be something beyond “well, Mitt Romney did it too.” Mitt Romney didn’t expand Medicaid; Mitt Romney didn’t create and fund community health centers. We need to do better in this regard; Dems got so much right with the actual legislation that it would be a shame that they continue to be derided (on both the right and the “left”) for one of the best additions to the safety net of this generation.

      • 83 57andFemale
        February 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

        Thank you. I think we should be ahead of this, driving the narrative instead of just responding. We need to change CW on this very important issue.

        I forget where I read it a week or so ago, but the non-profit choice that must be part of the exchanges is actually close to a public option or at least a back door to public option. Medicare and Social Security were nothing like they are now when first implemented.

        I am still astounded at how many seniors I still have to school on the benefits they received from ACA.

        The timidity on the part of Democrats on this just baffles me. Of course I understand the focus on jobs, manufacturing, etc. But you know what will drive job growth, make workers more productive because they will be healthier, catching illnesses early? Health care because of ACA! This is what I mean by driving the narrative — job growth, skilled careers that benefit individuals and society in general should be woven into the jobs narrative. And it will reduce the deficit and offer a level playing field to Americans.

        I don’t understand why this isn’t happening. Yes, we hear about kids staying on their parents policy until 26, pre-existing conditions being covered. But there are a myriad of ways to stand proud behind ObamaCares — it would change perception dramatically.

        Just don’t get it.

        • 84 gn
          February 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

          I disagree slightly. I don’t think that Dems are timid, I just think that they need to focus on this as a problem area and develop messaging accordingly. I have faith that they’re going to do exactly that. In my opinion, there’s so much going on, and they’re doing so much to try to help people while focused on actual results rather than optics, this is slipping through the cracks. It will be rectified IMO. Great discussion!

          • 85 a night owl
            February 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

            I also think timing is an issue: the Supreme Court will be addressing the ACA mandate this summer, right? The campaign is probably biding its time until we know more about what the landscape will look like after the decision, closer to the election.

            Besides, there is the Romneycare angle. If Romney’s the nominee (as it’s looking more and more likely), the campaign probably doesn’t see much to gain from banging away on ACA if Romney is reluctant to bring it up. They can get more traction with things like the auto bailout, bin Laden, and Romney’s wealthy detachment from middle-class reality.

            • February 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

              I think this is right, night owl. There will be a great deal of focus on ACA when the Supreme Court ruling happens and that will be the time when messaging becomes focused. A SC decision will put an end to all the frivolous lawsuits and make the ACA settled law.

            • 87 57andFemale
              February 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

              I really don’t buy the ‘timing’ issue. You don’t allow conventional wisdom to build up against you. The reason the numbers have been tepid at best for ACA (albeit a little better of late) is because people have no clue how it will help them. If prioritizing is going on, I see no reason why the job growth from ACA and its immense positive effects for small business are not part of the jobs discussion.

              Democrats ran from ACA and it contributed to our huge losses in 2010. I frankly don’t see a reason to set a positive tone for this huge step in the right direction.

              You’ve all heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again: I follow this stuff closely and didn’t know the benefits to Medicare recipients until four days before the 2010 election when my husband got his Medicare booklet. I can’t tell you how many intelligent seniors I’ve had to school on the fact that their increased benefits are from ACA; that there is innate security for people moving from job to job if they don’t have to be a prisoner to employer health care. That coverage is available and will be increasingly affordable for people with pre-existing conditions. That insurance companies will not be able to gouge the way they’ve been able to gouge in the past.

              It’s time to pivot from the few facts that are finally getting through American brains: kids can be covered until 26 under their parents’ policies; pre-existing conditions cannot bar you from coverage. That’s all well and good. But what is vitally important is to make the case that all of that will go away if Barack Obama and more and better Democrats aren’t elected in 2012. You don’t wait to do that. You don’t let Mitt Romney’s and Santorum’s lies go unanswered. You make it part of the vision for how America will help rebuild its economy, create jobs and secure health care for all citizens.

              • February 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

                You know, 57female, I don’t really engage in most of the informative and ongoing conversations that take place here, as I do not want to incur the wrath of people whose opinions I admire, but I have seen your suggestions. I know the Obama administration frequently encourages the public to send in their ideas. I wonder if you have done this? I also know that even a good idea can get lost in the volumes of mail, so I wonder if you’ve thought of other ways to draw DNC attention to your point of view?

                I read where the Governor of Maryland suggested that the DNC should focus more on Romney’s governing record than just his time at Bain and I thought that was a great idea that should be added to the campaign mix. Of course, he’s in a position to make his voice heard. The point I’m making is that great, inventive ideas and strategies for joining this battle-of-the-century election must be pushed as creatively — rather like those great videos that went viral during the 2008 campaign. WiW website is an excellent example of an individual taking the initiative, joining and expanding the messaging base.

                Sometimes blog-talk goes viral, but if enough people are holding a particular constructive view they may need to make a larger effort to get it off the ground.

                Well, that’s my two-cents. Sorry I cannot express this better right now.

            • February 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

              I SO AGREE…I’VE ALWAYS FELT THE DEMS AND PREZ ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE SUPREME COURT TO MAKE ITS JUDGEMENT REGARDING THE ACA LAW….THEN WE WILL HEAR MORE …IT JUST MAY TURN OUT IN THE PRESIDENTS FAVOR!!!
              IM STAYING IN PRAYER OVER IT!!!! IT IS ONE OF THE PRESIDENT’S AND DEMOCRATS BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENTS…IT MUST STAND!!!!

        • February 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. My take on why the Administration has not been beating the drums for the ACA yet is that as more and more of this far reaching plan has been implemented, people are themselves experiencing its benefits. This is powerful. The case repugs try to make for repealing ACA is showing to be more and more weak. I think the Dems are holding out the big guns of pushback till the campaign begins in earnest against whoever becomes the official republican nominee.

          • 92 L3
            February 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

            Excellent point. Many people in this country are not going to believe anything PBO says about ACA but when the benefits are actually realized it makes them more receptive to a pro-ACA argument than before. Also, the campaign has not officially begun yet for PBO. the Repubs are good at messaging because they are horrible at actual policy and work. The Democrats are busy working on policy and will be ready when the campaign begins.

            • 93 57andFemale
              February 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

              The vast majority of benefits don’t kick in until 2014! How does that help us win in 2012?

              How about something like this: “We know we are still in uncertain times. But once ACA is fully enacted, you will have the peace of mind of affordable, available health care. Major job opportunities will be available once health care is affordable and available to everyone. You will have a choice from a number of different plans to suit your needs. You will not have to live in fear that an asthma attack will cost you health coverage. You will have ‘health care security’ that will spur small business, entrepreneurs and be affordable and available to everyone.”

              My point is that it is not about ‘waiting’ for the campaign to begin. This should have been ongoing from the beginning, seen as a strength and sold to the American public as such.

              • 94 L3
                February 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

                Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda. Sorry for that, but there’s no point in talking about what should have happened. If you don’t feel the White House is doing a good job promoting ACA maybe you should let them know. Send them an email. And there are benefits happening right now like 18-26 year olds being able to remain on their parent’s insurance, insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, free contraceptives and decreased prescription prices for seniors and lower premium increases. PBO and his adminstration can’t be expected to spoon feed an ignorant public. If many of us can take the time to find out what’s going on, others can too and if they don’t then they’ll deserve what they get from a Romney presidency.

        • 96 halo
          February 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

          Thye have to do this on Keystone or else they will be pummeled since the public does not understand it.

    • 97 L3
      February 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

      It won’t work because many of the new poor today were middle class yesterday. Almost 4 years ago I could have been considered poor because of a sudden illness and a failing economy which nearly destroyed my business. Today, I would be considered middle class again, however, with my own recent memory of what it’s like to be poor. So you can’t pit one group against the other when circumstances are such that since the recession the two groups can be interchageable at any given time.

      • 98 L3
        February 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

        “interchangeable”

      • 99 57andFemale
        February 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I completely agree, but it’s something we need to be aware of and counter it effectively.

        This will be a 46/46 election and the rest decided by the low information independents. Also, Republicans are highly motivated out of hate to vote; Democrats have to “be in love” and their tendency to not vote cannot be ignored. There are a lot of center-left voters who do not know what they need to know about ACA – there is no reason to be ceding the battleground to those who say it cuts $500B from Medicare; that you can’t get brain surgery over 70; and have no idea that affordable health insurance is just around the corner, full of choices and the ability to keep your policy no matter what your employment status is. That small businesses will thrive because entrepreneurs will be able to start out on their own without undue health care burdens; they will be able to nurture a small work force because health care will not be a burden. The biggest job growth will be in the health care field, helping our economy and our citizens.

        This will all go away if we allow Republicans to be elected. John Soltz from the veterans group was excellent last night — there will be no withdrawal from Afghanistan if Barack Obama is not elected to a second term. It will all go away.

        People get that — the entire country is war-weary. They should feel the same peril with health care.

        Stand proud, damn it! Own it, sell it, make it part of conventional wisdom that the country will prosper because of ACA.

      • February 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

        The GOP, as is usual lately, is overstepping. What they expect middle America to do is not what reality is any more. Cases in point:
        1. The Ryan plan. Because they said seniors would not be impacted, they felt that those on Medicare wouldn’t object. But a majority of seniors were angry not because the changes would affect them, but because they would affect their children and grandchildren.
        2. The public union busting attempts in Wisconsin and Ohio. They felt the regualr non-union public would be on their side by creating envy of the public union benefits. While it worked to some degree, most peopel saw it for what it really was and rose up against those moves.
        3. The attempts to limit Medicaid benefits, thinking that middle class Americans wouldn’t object and would turn on the poor. Yet poll after poll shows Medicaid is highly popular among all classes of people.

        The GOP has totally misread the public mood and will pay the price for that.

        • 101 L3
          February 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          They expect that everyone is as selfish and greedy as they are. If I am doing well and my friends or family members are not, that is a problem for me too. Because what people forget is when or if these services are eliminated your friends and family will look to you for support. So basically, it’s pay now in the form of taxes for social services or pay later when you lend or give money to struggling family or in a worse case scenario move them into your home.

        • February 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          Totally right-on, japa.

          Except now we can add Indiana to the mix. So much for the former Bush deficit buster and current Governor to be the next Great White Presidential Hope.

  23. 106 Pamela
    February 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Bye everyone, will check in later! Be blessed!

  24. 107 JoJothecat
    February 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I just read what Rick Santoruim said about the price of drugs when the little boy asked about what he would do to lower the price of drugs. This guy is bitter, hateful and greedy. The cost of drugs did not skyrocket until drug companies got the go ahead to earn a profit. Much of the research of new drugs is done by universities and when there is no profit incentive, that’s when drug prices come down. Just think if the guy who invented the cure for polio had not given it away, did not earn huge profits, what our world would be. Santuruim is no christian and does not believe in jesus christ. I was thinking about how when JFK ran for president, all the protestants were worried that he would get all his direction from the Pope, now we have all these catholics in public office and they are dictating to all of us in a very bad way.

    • 108 57andFemale
      February 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

      That was perhaps one of the most despicable things I have heard in recent memory. His daughter has beat the odds because his health care is covered. That he would accuse people like this boy’s family of choosing iPads over prescriptions, is despicable.

      • 109 jacquelineoboomer
        February 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        Totally agree. How these people can sleep at night is beyond me. I thought Newt was bad, and Mitt was bad, but Ricky takes the prize. He has such hatred in his heart, it’s palpable.

        • February 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

          He is a sick and twisted man who needs to get out of the public view and analyze his own terrible inadequacies. If that young boy succeeds in hastening Santorum’s presence in this campaign, I will sent him a thank you card.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Don’t forget, JoJo, that at least 40 Catholic leaders in this country have chastised Newt and Rick for their awful statements that go far against Catholic social teaching about helping the least of these. They don’t represent American Catholics, or any other religious groups. They represent their backers and are representative of their own greed and warped minds. There are lots of Catholics in public office – Democrats like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi – who don’t bear false witness to their church’s teachings like these two jokers.

      • 112 JoJothecat
        February 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Forgive me Jackie and anyone else I may have offended regarding my comment about Catholics. Yes, just like JFK, his family (Teddie) and numerous catholics in public office who do not push their catholic beliefs on on others when they make public policy.

  25. February 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Last part of the speech (video) added plus more pics

  26. February 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    President Barack Obama holds Arianna Holmes, 3, before taking a departure photo with members of her family in the Oval Office, Feb. 1, 2012. Arianna’s mother, Angela Holmes, is a departing Special Assistant in the International Economic Affairs office of the National Security Staff. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

  27. February 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 02/02/2012
    The Morning Plum: Romney’s millionaires and billionaires
    By Greg Sargent
    Let’s get started with this excellent scoop from Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam:

    One of Mitt Romney’s strongest assets as the GOP presidential front-runner is also a potentially serious liability in the race: his heavy reliance on a small group of millionaires and billionaires for financial support.


    A quarter of the money amassed by Romney’s campaign and an allied super PAC has come from just 41 people, each of whom has given more than $100,000, according to a Washington Post analysis of disclosure data. Nearly a dozen of the donors have contributed $1 million or more.
    Four of the $1 million donors are hedge fund managers, and Dems will surely point to this as evidence that the very rich are fueling Romney’s campaign because his tax policies protect their financial interests. The loophole that Obama’s Buffett Rule would close keeps their tax rates lower than those paid by many middle class taxpayers.

    Exacerbating this picture, of course, is the fact that Romney himself is a member of this class that benefits so handsomely from the unfairness of this tax structure. The Dem strategy is to paint Romney as the walking embodiment of everything that’s unfair about our economy and tax system, and all the ways it’s rigged for the wealthy and against the middle class. The fact that a tiny handful of extremely wealthy individuals who are reaping so much from the current structure — as is Romney himself — are investing so heavily in his candidacy will only strengthen the case.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-romneys-millionaires-and-billionaires/2012/02/02/gIQAM4RGkQ_blog.html

    • February 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Bill Burtons super PAC only raised 4.4 million in the last 6 months of 2011.
      Afl-CIO super PAC raised 4 million.
      We are falling behind in the super PAC race.

      • 129 Desraye
        February 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        What is your point?

      • February 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        BUT, WE ARE WAY AHEAD IN THE BODY COUNT of donors! If all our bodies vote, and people with ‘money’ in the race won’t want to see their investment wasted, we can’t lose. Come on and let’s put our combined confidence vibes out into the atmosphere! Whoever it was who said ‘Money isn’t everything’ has a point. Consider, oodles of money hasn’t yet given Willard a personality, nor has money improved the character of Leroy, Boehner, or Cantor. Need I go on? VC

  28. February 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Man, I just read these women/men comments on this Susan G Komen forum that is listed under great non-profits organizations and they are getting HAMMERED!! I believe that Susan g Komen will pay a huge financial price for making this into a political warfare between anti-abortion pro choice fight. They are done because folks don’t like belonging to a political agenda that is brought about by either sides when it comes to charities. This organization was supposed to be NON POLITICAL but now they have probably permanently ruined their reputation and I believe it is irreversible. Why would they do something like this? I hope they have enough pro-life, upper income folks to carry them thru from now on cause they money raising will take a hit.

    http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/susan-g-komen-breast-cancer-foundation-inc-national-office/page:1

    • 132 57andFemale
      February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Especially after the devastating revelations today that the ‘rule’ was made up expressly to de-fund PP.

    • February 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      I was listening to the radio early this morning before the Prayer Breakfast and the callers were very upset. some were saying that they wish that they could ask for their donations back. This war on women by the republicans need to stop.

  29. 135 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    FLOTUS looks smashing as usual — love that dress!

  30. February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    that picture is precious

  31. February 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Trump is endorsing Romney because he covets his hair.

  32. February 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Love the pic of Joe and MO.

  33. February 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/02/obama_campaign_memo_mitts_nega.html#more

    Stephanie cutter memo on Mitt Robneys negative campaign.
    Very insightful! Love Her!

  34. February 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday the House GOP’s highway spending plan is “the worst transportation bill” he’s seen in decades.

    “This is the most partisan transportation bill that I have ever seen,” LaHood said in an exclusive interview with POLITICO.

    “And it also is the most anti-safety bill I have ever seen. It hollows out our No. 1 priority, which is safety, and frankly, it hollows out the guts of the transportation efforts that we’ve been about for the last three years,” LaHood added. “It’s the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public service.”

    The $260 billion, five-year House bill would cut Amtrak subsidies and increases truck weight limits, leading safety and environment advocates to assail the legislation.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72369.html#ixzz1lFMLiWmX

    The rethugs are bent on destroying america

    • 146 Lovepolitics2008
      February 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      I think that Ray Lahood must be thinking of becoming a democrat or at least an independant lol…

      He must be beyond disgusted at what his party has become…

  35. February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Come on, give Harry some love, he just negotiated another deal on the stock act, it will pass later today.
    You know, after his election, Harry has been very supportive of the President, he is no longer on my shit list.
    That is all!

  36. 150 halo
    February 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    What a photo, especially with ole Abe Lincoln watching over.

  37. February 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    WASHINGTON — Echoing President Obama’s State of the Union call for an “all of the above” energy strategy, the Department of the Interior today marked a major milestone for offshore wind energy along the Atlantic coast.

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that the department’s renewable energy initiative has cleared an important environmental review, allowing Interior to move forward with the process for wind energy lease sales off Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.

    BOEM’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessment found that there would be no significant environmental and socioeconomic impacts from issuing wind energy leases in designated Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas off the mid-Atlantic Coast. Today, BOEM also published Calls for Information and Nominations for Maryland and Virginia to solicit lease nominations from industry and request public comments regarding site conditions, resources and multiple uses of the Wind Energy Areas.

    http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Obama-Administration-Announces-Major-Steps-toward-Leasing-for-Offshore-Wind-Projects-in-Mid-Atlantic.cfm

    This is great!

  38. February 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I blame the third rate, fourth estate fifth columnists for the present state of rethugs party.

  39. February 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Chip$, you should promote this her.

  40. 158 vero804
    February 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Another crazy Virginia state legislature move – they want to allow people to be able to buy an unlimited amount of guns in one day, all at once, rather than the current law, which “only” allows someone to buy one gun/month.

    Bills to end Va. gun cap advance

    http://www.newsleader.com/article/20120202/NEWS01/202020321/Bills-end-Va-gun-cap-advance

  41. February 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  42. February 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    suck on it, van jones

  43. February 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Newt Gingrich just made Mitt Romney’s “poor” comment a multi-day story, Ginger Gibson reports from Las Vegas:

    “I really believe that we should care about the very poor, unlike Gov. Romney. But I believe we should care differently than Barack Obama,” Gingrich said Thursday.

    “Both Gov Romney and Barack Obama seem to believe that a quote safety net is all the poor need. I don’t believe that. What the poor need is a trampoline so that they can spring up… So I’m for replacing the safety net with a trampoline.”

    A trampoline? You see, it is a Circus!

  44. February 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Good morning all.

    Again, thank you for all the good comments from yesterday. You know how to inflate a guy’s head. If my piece served as a bit of inspiration for the coming months, then the work was worth it.

    Just getting to reading everything, but I’m rather glad that The Donald is endorsing Willard. From TPM:

    A Fox Poll Found He’s A Net Negative To Whomever He Endorses: In September, a Fox News Poll asked respondents if an endorsement from Trump would make them more or less likely to support a candidate. The results? Just 6% said they would be more likely to vote for a Trump-backed candidate, while 31% said they would be less likely. The rest said it would make no difference at all.

    Story here: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/reminder-donald-trump-is-a-birther-whose-endorsement-wont-help-the-gop-nominee.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    My report on last night’s phonebanking: It was weird energy, to say the least, but overall productive. We were focused on drumming up volunteers, basically building the infrastructure now to deal with the flood of volunteers we’ll get as the election looms closer. Most of the people we called weren’t home. From my data entry, we had about 6 or 7 people who wanted to volunteer. There was another gentleman doing data entry, so I don’t know what his statistics were.

    Now, about the weird energy. The other gentleman who did data entry was a bit doomy and gloomy. When I told him about the latest poll numbers from Ohio and Florida, and PPP’s generic congressional poll, he was surprised; he hadn’t heard those numbers. Obviously, he doesn’t read the prag blogs, and instead relies on MSM for his information. In general he was very pro-Obama, just a bit disheartened with what he saw as the enormity of the task.

    Now, the really weird part of the night happened at the beginning. Another gentleman showed up who’d been invited by someone who wound up not coming to the event. He sat and listened to the team leader’s opening remarks, and then as the rest of us went to work, he talked to her for what seemed like 10 minutes, arguing about something printed on the OFA talking points sheet. He had Something Of Great Importance to relay to Obama, and was incredulous that none of us could provide him with PBO’s direct email or phone number. He pretty much left in a huff after the team leader said she couldn’t spend the whole night talking to him, as it *was* a phonebanking event, but that he should email his concerns to the White House, as PBO reads hundreds of emails a night. That was just the oddest interaction.

    So, yes, weird energy last night, but overall productive. I’ll definitely do it again.

    • 165 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks for all you do, LL.

      But just two questions, which I didn’t notice answered in your post:

      Did they have food, and did you get your wine? (I think you said you were counting on that?) :)

    • February 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      LL, these events often attract people with tunnel vision who have so little grasp of reality that they think every volunteer has direct access to the president. They really have no intention of coming in to help, they just want to argue or whine. Happens a lot in every campaign. When you man a Democratic booth at a public place–like a fair– the weirdness accelerates. But there are always the good encounters that compensate.

  45. 168 Fred
    February 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    good morning tod family.May God continue to guide;bless and protect Potus and Flotus.

    Mom’s rehab is going well;she is having trouble bending that knee to a 90 degree angle and until she gets the green light from her doctor she won’t be allowed to go back to work although she is planning on going back to work in the middle of March

    I have been resting these past few days and letting mom do some cooking because fatigue is killing.My brother left for his gf’s last week :roll: .Definitely will see a doctor as I had chest pains yesterday :eek: ( yes I know you are wondering how can a 31 year old woman can have chest pains) but it took my breath away .Thank God mom was sitting next to me …

    as for the Carnival Barker endorsing Slick Mitty this is imo another WIN for Potus:

    A 1%er endorsing another 1%er and both have a history of buying;making profits;firing employes and filling bankruptcies.

    This is what DWS should run with;from today forward

    Chips once again thank you for this site .
    Until next time.
    Fred ;)

    • February 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Fred please take care of yourself as well as your mom. So glad to hear that she is improving and that her rehab is going well. My mom goes into hospital for a hip replacement in a couple weeks time, she is 85. She goes in on what would have been my second son’s 13th birthday (we lost him just after birth) I know she will be ok but it is playing on my mind a lot at the moment.

      Please take care of yourself Fred and see a doctor about your chest pains, please don’t ignore them.

      Sending you a big hug.

    • 170 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Fred – You can do it! But, I agree with what’s been said; please take care of yourself. Although you are doing the right thing in helping your mom, it is stressful and – sad to say – others around you, helping or not helping, can make it more stressful. (I know you know all this – so I’ll just say we’re with you and your mom, in spirit!)

    • February 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Fred, so please check with your doctor and let us know how you are. You have pushed yourself very hard and your body is probably rebelling right now. You need R&R for yourself and a chance to recover your strength. Good luck to you.

  46. February 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    A great tweet

  47. February 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I have to admit, the Obama campaign is doing a very good job of defining Myth Robney as someone who only cares about the filthy rich!

    • February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      It’s sort of like Captain Obvious at the helm. He’s a complete jerk and only those who are mesmerized by the RWNJ would want him to be POTUS. He’s completely unqualified both intellectually, morally and temperamentally. HUMPH.

  48. 175 donna dem 4 obama
    February 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Our Chair of the DNC is awesome ;)

  49. 178 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    A new poll from Rasmussen shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with a fifteen point lead ahead of Michigan’s Feburary 28th Republican primary contest

    . Romney gets 38 percent in the snap poll conducted on Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sees 23, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is at 17 and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gets 14

    How is this possible after what he said about the auto industry ?

    • February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      His Dad was governor there!

      • 180 Debz
        February 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        His Dad was governor in the 60’s or 70’s Not sure why that matters to the people of Michigan, how many even remember him. It’s a dumb reason to vote for someone, but that is what you get with gop voters.

    • 181 donna dem 4 obama
      February 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Linda,

      Short answer: His father was Governor of Michigan so Williard is considered a favorite son of the state with the Republican Party.

      Long Answer: I have read many articles over the last week about why Republicans are choosing Robme and the one common theme that I read consistently is that because of conservative talk radio and tv as well as the social networks that they hangout in they have been convinced that President Obama is the worse President to ever walk the face of the earth. Therefore, they will vote for whoever the polls say has the greatest chance to beat PBO. They don’t care who he is, what he stands or how he acts they just want a winner. They don’t like Robme. In fact they can’t stand him and don’t trust him at all but they believe if they give him a rabid conservative Congress and Senate they can force him out of his moderate beliefs. Pretty scary heh!

      • 182 Linda
        February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Well…. I guess they are more forgiving than I am then…. I remember the 1967 riots in Detroit when George Romney was Governor.

        Was Mitt in France then ?

        • 183 Bill
          February 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          He was in France from 1966-1968. For Mormons who do not drink wine or coffee or smoke to think they were going to convert the French to give those things up was very ambitious.

          • February 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

            Hilarious comment, Bill. Was Romney also trying to convert the French from bringing their dogs into restaurants/cafes? Maybe he was promoting strapping their caged dogs on their car roofs for a 12 hour journey?!

      • 185 jacquelineoboomer
        February 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

        Donna – Looking back, I remember “ABC” – Anybody but Clinton – but that was only half as bad as the hatred these people openly have for President Obama. In the George W. Bush days, I could not wait to keep him out of or, later, not return him to the role of president, but – like a gazillion others – my vote in ’00 and ’04 was FOR someone, not just AGAINST Bush. Of course, I just described what we all know is the long-standing difference between Democrats and Republicans.

      • 186 halo
        February 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        “They have been convinced that President Obama is the worse President to ever walk the face of the earth. Therefore, they will vote for whoever the polls say has the greatest chance to beat PBO. ”

        Exactly. They’ve been brainwashed so hard, it’s actually really amusing. They are SO convinced that when they hit reality and PBO wipes the floor with Robney, it’s going to be so amazing to look at their faces.

  50. 187 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Here are the lyrics from the cd the Dems made for President Obama…..

    “We’re … We’re so in love with you …

    We’re going to help you make it through …

    By turning the red states blue …

    You make us feel so darn proud …

    We want to shout it out loud …

    Let’s bring the country together …

    Supporting you whether … whether times are good or bad … happy or sad

    Let’s bring the country together …

    Supporting you whether … whether times are good or bad … happy or sad

    Let’s … Let’s stay together.”

    Lyrics by Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) and Terisa Griffin, with “apologies to Al Green.”

  51. February 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I just googled Trump’s idiot show and sure enough, it debuts February 19th. He’s just hawking attention for himself.

  52. 200 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Jan Brewer Recall Possible As Arizona Collective Bargaining Has Democrats, Unions Planning Protests

    Arizona is the latest front in the war on public employees that has swept the country in the last year. After Wisconsin’s approvals, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) had similar legislation passed only to see it overturned in a public referendum last year. Last month, New Hampshire’s Tea Party-dominated legislature took up a legislative package similar to that in Arizona.

    Many of the bills have been connected to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative organization which has been providing model legislation to state legislatives nationwide. “We’re fighting ALEC and the Goldwater Institute,” Friend said of Arizona’s battle. “The Goldwater Institute has filled the hearing room with Tea Party folks.”

    One idea receiving consideration is a recall campaign against Brewer similar to the one currently underway against Walker in Wisconsin. This is not the first time the idea of a Brewer recall has been floated. The group Citizens for a Better Arizona, which led the recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce (R) last year, also indicated a possible move to recall Brewer in November.

    A recall against Brewer would be tough, with 432,000 signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot. Only one Arizona governor — Republican Evan Mecham in 1988 — has faced a recall. Mecham’s recall was canceled after successful impeachment measures by the state legislature.

    Friend said there are a variety of reasons a recall campaign could be launched.

    “Not taking care of the state, not balancing budgets,” Friend said. “She didn’t make sure our education system is strong. Going after unions is just one piece of the puzzle.”

    Campbell said that outside of a recall, he could see the collective bargaining helping Democrats in their effort to end the long Republican dominance of the state legislature this year.

    “I don’t know who is left in terms of who they want to upset [ahead] of the election cycle,” Campbell said of the GOP.

    —-

    Sorry…this from HuffPuff

  53. 201 a night owl
    February 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The World Has Changed, Mr. Romney
    by Fareed Zakaria

    This is a new world, very different from the America-centric one we got used to over the last generation. Obama has succeeded in preserving and even enhancing U.S. influence in this world precisely because he has recognized these new forces at work. He has traveled to the emerging nations and spoken admiringly of their rise. He replaced the old Western club and made the Group of 20 the central decision-making forum for global economic affairs. By emphasizing multilateral organizations, alliance structures and international legitimacy, he got results. It was Chinese and Russian cooperation that produced tougher sanctions against Iran. It was the Arab League’s formal request last year that made Western intervention in Libya uncontroversial.

    By and large, you have ridiculed this approach to foreign policy, arguing that you would instead expand the military, act unilaterally and talk unapologetically. That might appeal to Republican primary voters, but chest-thumping triumphalism won’t help you secure America’s interests or ideals in a world populated by powerful new players.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-post-american-world-demands-a-new-approach-from-the-us/2012/02/01/gIQAba5ziQ_story.html

  54. February 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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    • 207 susanne
      February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      very witty. must be targeting the young voters, though, because my old eyes can’t quite keep up reading the quotes!

  55. 208 taiping1
    February 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    For all tweeps follow @DrJillBiden. She’s funny.

  56. 219 ChristiMTL
    February 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Martin Bashir is great, I so enjoy watching his show…..

  57. 225 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    THE PRAYER BREAKFAST THIS MORNING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL…OUR FIRST COUPLE LOOKED AMAZING…AS ALWAYS AND THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH WAS FANTASTIC! I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS BEING PLANNED ON THE ‘AD’ EXPOSURE END…BUT WE COULD CERTAINLY USE MOMENTS LIKE THIS MORNING TO STRIKE AT THE HEART OF WHERE FAMILY VALUES BELONG! I LOVE MY PRESIDENT…GET YOUR OWN!..LOL!

    • February 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      It sure was beautiful and touching Sue. I really, really enjoyed it. It is so unfortunate that the media including “The Hill” is trying to make it into some attack and response to Romney. They have no idea of what was in PBO’s mind when he delivered this message. They love to try and read PBO’s mind, and make something out of nothing.

      • February 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        The President’s message has been consistent over many years of public service. He has been talking about the Golden Rule and about being “my brother’s keeper, my sister’s keeper” ever since I first heard him speak. He is a good, decent, compassionate man who seeks to carry out the best of what faith teaches us in his daily work. Those who interpret his speeches and his actions as mere political moves do not understand him and probably have never listened to him. It’s not the President expressing his faith at a prayer breakfast that points to the stark difference between him and his detractors, it is the selfishness and greed of his opponents that make it clear what real faith is and isn’t.

  58. 230 Annie Neroda
    February 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for putting up those prayer-breakfast clips. Made my day!!!! :-))

    • 231 susanne
      February 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      mine too! my husband and i watched while we ate breakfast, and we both had tears in our eyes–again! i’d already misted up looking at that beautiful child hugging our president! what a precious moment caught on camera. to think she was born with pbo leading the country, and she’ll grow up in a world he has done so much to shape for the betterment of her future. okay, i’m tearing up again. thanks chips, for taking us there–every single day!

  59. 232 defytheodds
    February 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Jan Brewer Could Face Wisconsin-Style Recall

    Arizona could become the next Wisconsin as plans for protests, Capitol sit-ins and a potential effort to recall the governor get underway in an effort by progressives to block the passage of sweeping legislation to ban collective bargaining.

    State Democrats and union leaders said that plans are in place to launch Wisconsin-style measures in an effort to block the collective bargaining ban measures currently headed to a vote in the Republican-dominated Senate. Among the plans being considered are rallying large groups of public employees around the Capitol complex in Phoenix, lobbying moderate Republican legislators and potentially exploring a recall campaign against Gov. Jan Brewer (R). With Republicans’ large majorities in both legislative chambers, Democrats believe rallies and public pressure may be the only way to block the passage of the bills.

    “You may wake the sleeping giant of Arizona, between attacks on the schools, unions and the Latino population,” state House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) said.

  60. 235 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Good Grief…

    Before I got to the mute button Trump was dissing OPEC.

  61. 236 LOL
    February 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Have I said how much I love Team Obama/the A Team?

    Jay Carney on the hairy situation, er mane event, er Trump’s endorsement.

    When asked if Obama sought endorsement, Carney quips, “I’m not going to comb over that question.”

  62. 238 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Is Capehart a Republican ?

  63. February 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    ok chipstick just donated to your page. OBAMA/BIDEN

  64. 243 57andFemale
    February 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    It appears that Steve Benen is THE blogger at The Maddow Blog. At least today all of the posts have been from him (which does this old broad’s heart a lot of good).

    • 244 Linda
      February 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Yes….he works there now as a producer for her show…..She mentioned it , I think on Monday.

      • 245 57andFemale
        February 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        Oh, I knew that. But the first few days he wasn’t the only one posting, but appears to be the only one posting now. I’m assuming Rachel posts but I honestly don’t know. I only went to Maddow Blog to follow Benen.

  65. 246 lockewasright
    February 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    “People have no problem going out and buying an iPad for $900. But paying $200 for a drug they have a problem with – that keeps you alive. Why?”

    Because you have a CHOICE whether or when to buy an iPod nitwit! People don’t have a choice where life sustaining treatment is concerned. They MUST buy it and they must buy it NOW or they die! If they haven’t got resources they’re just not worthy of life, eh Santorum? How’s that “pro life” you bonehead?

  66. 247 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Dr. Kathy Plesser, a Manhattan radiologist on the medical advisory board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s New York chapter, said she plans to resign from her position unless Komen reverses its decision to pull grant money from Planned Parenthood.

    “I’m a physician and my interest is women’s health, and I am disturbed by Komen’s decision because I am a very strong advocate for serving under-served women,” Plesser told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating this funding will mean there’s no place for these women to go. Where are these women to go to have a mammography? Do they not deserve to have mammography?”

    With her decision, Plesser joins Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, and the executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter, Deb Anthony, both of whom also resigned in protest.

    • February 2, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Got this from Balloon Juice who picked it up from D-Kos: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/02/02/komen-tastrophe-beating-a-dead-mchorse/

      “In 2000, when I first became a breast cancer activist, one of my first assignments was contacting the senators and members of Congress in my area to encourage their support for the Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment Act. The bill was to provide Medicaid coverage for uninsured women diagnosed through the Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Screening Act, which had been passed several years earlier. IOW, the Treatment Act was necessary because uninsured women were getting no-cost breast cancer diagnosis, but still had no means to pay for treatment.”
      ………..
      “Upon calling my GOP senator and speaking with his aide, I was shocked to hear her tell me “Sen.__ can’t sign on as a co-sponsor to the bill because all the breast cancer groups aren’t in agreement on it.” Shocked, I asked her who was opposing it. She told me that Komen opposed the bill. When I asked her why, she explained that Komen felt that treatment for uninsured breast cancer patients should be funded through private donations, like the pink ribbon race. I was speechless, in shock. A phone call to another activist confirmed it was true – Komen was lobbying behind the scenes to kill the bill. A moment later, Sen.__’s aide called me back and begged me not to repeat our conversation to anyone, that she had given me the information by mistake.”

      “Thus my lesson about Komen began in 2000. They spend a lot of money lobbying for a very different agenda.”

      • 250 57andFemale
        February 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Double wow………….

      • February 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        This is terrible! I am signed up for an Avon marathon in July (someone on twitter said that Komen sponsors the walk – waiting for confirmation). I have started training, but something has been holding me back from starting all my fundraising. I think I’m going to withdraw, and it’s such a shame – because it’s for such a good cause. But, if the agenda and the funding really isn’t going to further the real cause for which so many of us participate, then I don’t want to be a part of it.

  67. February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  68. February 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    A reader asked us about Rubio’s statement, saying, “I do not recall Obama being overly negative in his campaign.”

     But it appears to be an article of faith for Republicans. Joe Scarborough, a former GOP member of Congress who hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” declared on Wednesday: “Barack Obama won ugly in 2008; he ran more negative ads than anyone else in the history of television.”

     But is this really the case?

    The Facts

     The nasty campaign of 2008 actually was raised in one of the presidential debates at the time. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Obama’s Republican rival, complained that Obama had “spent more money on negative ads than any political campaign in history.” Obama responded that almost all of McCain’s ads were negative. 

    The exchange gets to the crux of the issue. Obama had raised more money than any candidate in U.S. history, so he was able to spend significant amounts of money on negative ads—and positive ads. (From September on, Obama and his allies had $380 million to spend, compared to $195 million for McCain and his allies.)

     But the truth is that McCain had a higher percentage of negative ads, and quite likely matched or even exceeded the number of negative ads aired by Obama. So his campaign, on a percentage basis, was more negative.

    Wa Post-

    Ooops!

  69. 260 Linda
    February 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    WASHINGTON — North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler won’t seek re-election to the House.

    The former professional football player, a frequent critic of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, announced in a statement Thursday that he will not seek a fourth House term.

    Shuler says he and his family have discussed his running for governor, but Shuler’s statement does not reveal any decisions. Shuler says he intends to spend more time with his wife and two young children.

    Republicans in the North Carolina legislature redrew the state congressional lines, making Shuler’s district more friendly to the GOP.

  70. February 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    In the “Really? You Have That Much Money To Waste?” Department:

    Apparently gluttons for more movie critic punishment, the producers of the first Atlas Shrugged movie have announced that production on Part Two will begin in the spring.

    John Aglialoro, who independently produced and funded the first movie to the tune of $20 million, and Harmon Kaslow, another producer, announced that they would begin principal photography on the sequel in April, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    Ever attentive to timing, Aglialoro and Kaslow said they chose to announce the movie on what would have been Ayn Rand’s 107th birthday and are shooting to release it this October, right before the presidential election.

    According to the Reporter, “for Part 2, [the producers] have brought on Duncan Scott, who produced We The Living in 1986, a three-hour long foreign film also based on a Rand novel.”

    If Mr. Aglialoro took that $20 million and put it to a worthwhile charity, he’d do the world much more good than wasting it on a movie that no one will see based on a book that only emotionally and intellectually stunted people have read.

    By the way, “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” cost $20 million to make, and earned $4 million at the box office. What would Ayn Rand say about that waste of money?

    Story here: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/atlas_shrugged_part_two_will_likely_hit_theaters_r_1.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

  71. February 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    http://www.barackobama.com/

    The link above is to the OFA website. They are hosting a fundraiser for President Obama’s ” Second Term Fund”. It seems Mitt Money has one on his site for his first term. We are trying to beat his. Any help would be appreciated.

    • 264 Marsha
      February 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Donated $25.00 today.

    • 265 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      I think Mitt’s is to make President Obama “one term.” That’s why our own “two-term” fund is so great (and important!).

    • 266 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Done. A little for me. and a little extra for those that want to but can’t…

      • February 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Thank you. I did donate myself too. I also gave to the Charlotte convention, DNC, DSCC, and a big check to the IRS. I sent a note stating no monies should go to congressional salaries or war. I just want my taxes to go to Peace, education, and GREEN ENERGY!

        • 268 jacquelineoboomer
          February 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          I just went to look up “the regs” – you had me curious – and found this on a “peace tax return” website:

          “The IRS regulations state that you should not write messages on their official forms, such as the 1040 form. There is no policy against enclosing a note or letter of protest. War tax resisters have many years of experience with this. At times the IRS has disregarded its own regulations and charged people who send enclosures with their tax returns with a ‘frivolous filing fee’ of $5000. IRS attempts to impose this fine can be protested successfully. (Option: send your peace tax form or protest letter in a separate envelope.)”

          http://nwtrcc.org/peacetaxreturn.php

  72. February 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Why do I get the feeling that Fed Chair Bernanke would like nothing more than tell the House GOP “Suck it” when he gets told he shouldn’t worry about joblessness? Just a random thought…

  73. February 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Senate voting now on insider trading!!

  74. February 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Look at the clock counter for tge presidents fundraising for a second term

    http://www.barackobama.com/

  75. February 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    The little girl hugging PBo is just too adorable…You can feel the comfort.. just melts my heart.

    Donated to the 2-Term 2-M campaign

    as of 2:23 PM P/Time Mitt was only at 750,000

    PBO is at 1,356450000

  76. 275 susanne
    February 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    on another topic, am i alone in being nervous about china and germany pairing up to ‘help’ europe? maybe because of the two horrific world wars in the 20th century threw such a long shadow on my generation’s youth. or maybe i’m just generally concerned about china’s economic power and political goals. maybe it’s this photo?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/business/global/china-considers-offering-aid-in-europes-debt-crisis.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

    • 276 Bill
      February 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Susanne, I do not think Germany and China are a military threat at all. What would they have to gain fighting us? We are all too interrelated economically. They would also have to deal with the problems that the Republicans have created in our country as well as the Republicans themselves.

      • February 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        Germany’s constitution forbids it to deploy its military in an offensive posture unless it’s part of a NATO mission, as it is in Afghanistan. There’s no stomach in Germany for military adventurism of any kind.

        China has been through several cycles of being a superpower for the past 2,000 years. During those 2,000 years, mostly it has been concerned with its near-abroad, containing threats on its borders. China’s posture in the wider world is definitely one of multilateralism and non-intervention.

        So, you’re right, China and Germany are far from military threats. Really, the only state actor from which the US faces a threat is North Korea, and that’s a very minor one.

        • 278 susanne
          February 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

          thanks, friends. i just got a bad feeling, and needed a talk-down. i knew the good people here would have the info on this!

          • February 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

            Actually, China investing in Europe is a good thing, both for Europe and for itself. Europe needs the cash, and China needs to park its currency reserves somewhere. And the more China helps, the less pressure there is for the US to step in in some fashion.

  77. February 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This was in my email, which I only check periodically mostly if I am expecting something, and I think it might give you a chuckle or two. Yes, I know it’s embarrassing to a certain extent, but what to do? They make sense. VC
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    The following is from The Week, a weekly journal that is neither liberal nor conservative. They quoted several respected foreign newspapers regarding US GOP politics which I found interesting:

    THE GERMAN PRESS

    The Republican presidential contest in America is a freak show, said Marc Pitzke in the German Der Spiegel. The candidates vie with one another to spew the most outrageous hard-right positions, denying evolution while endorsing torture and joking about electrocuting illegal immigrants. How did a major party in the world’s sole superpower become a club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites, and ignoramuses? These know-nothings are enabled by a U.S. press that has been neutered by the demands of political correctness so that it can’t say what’s obvious: These people are daft! Instead, it proclaims one clown after the next to be the new front-runner. The current favorite, Newt Gingrich, is actually considered an intellectual merely because he can create sentences with multiple clauses. Scarcely a one has even the most basic grasp of foreign policy. One said Africa is a country, another that the Taliban rule in Libya. Collectively, they expose a political, economic, geographic, and historical ignorance that makes George W. Bush look like a scholar.

    THE FRENCH PRESS

    That’s the scariest part, said Lorraine Millot in the Paris Liberation. The only GOP candidate who knows a thing about diplomacy, Jon Huntsman, is dead last in most polls. The others careen to extreme positions that include starting new wars and abandoning old allies. And that’s when they even have a position. Herman Cain, now thankfully out of the race, was the front-runner even though he couldn’t find a single coherent word to say about President Obama’s policy on Libya. He even boasted of knowing little about foreign countries. And yet it was his adultery, not his astounding ignorance that brought him down.

    THE ENGLISH PRESS

    There is a simple explanation for this bizarre phenomenon, said Max Hastings in the London Daily Mail. In the lunatic, gun-toting badlands of America’s Hicks-ville, Tea Party country, it’s considered suspiciously elitist to show any interest in modern science or the world beyond America’s borders. Say what you like about British politics, no MP of any party would dare to offer themselves as town dog-catcher while knowing as little about the world as the Republican presidential candidates. We take public service seriously. Yet we in Britain, and everyone in the rest of the world, will suffer if one of the lunatics vying for the nomination makes it to the White House. The American political system has seldom, if ever, looked so inadequate.

    Don’t worry, said Matthew Norman in the London Independent. The fact that Gingrich is the latest threat to Mitt Romney’s inevitability just confirms how inevitable Romney’s nomination is. The thrice-married, ethically challenged Gingrich is unlikable in the extreme. Which means the nominee will be Romney, the slimiest, phoniest opportunist to run for president since…well, ever. So sit back and enjoy this circus passing for a presidential election. It can’t possibly end in a GOP victory. Can it?

    • 281 Bill
      February 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Loved Matthew Norman’s quote about Willard.

    • February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Those last words, “So sit back and enjoy this circus passing for a presidential election. It can’t possibly end in a GOP victory. Can it?” – this sentence is running through the mind of every thinking person,especially those outside this country, and leaving a cold chill in people’s spines. We’ve seen the unthinkable happen before – twice. And the thought of the chaos that would ensue if one of these lunatics was to win sends fear into the hearts of all thinking people.

  78. 283 vero804
    February 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Where has SaintRoscoe been?

    • 284 57andFemale
      February 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I think there was a bit of a kerfuffle a few weeks ago. Usually s/ he comes back, but s/ he hasn’t this time.

    • 285 Betsy
      February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      He was asked several times not to be so negative; then there was a misunderstanding between Chips and SR, so he’s left. Chips has apologized, but he’s not been back. It’s too bad as we need every voice we can get for PBO!

      • 286 yardarm756
        February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        Not to worry. I think there’s one amoung us to take his/her place. I won’t mention any names until I’m sure.

  79. February 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Vero…I saw him on Twitterland…but not here..was wondering ??

  80. 289 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  81. 290 carolyn
    February 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I’m WAY late to the party today…..just got in from teaching. But…when I saw the book the president was given, I thought…..”He’s read Bonhoeffer. He quotes Bonhoeffer.” Obviously this man doesn’t follow the President very well. I have a feeling he thought he was giving him something he didn’t know…..PBO is WAY ahead of that man. The President can QUOTE sections from Bonhoeffer’s writing. I don’t know of ANY other person in public life who can do that!

  82. February 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Politico is complaining about the Presidents fundraising, saying it is not that good and that republicans might be able to outspend them.

    BS!

    • 293 nintendowii10
      February 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      With all due respect Jovie, I would not worry about anything GOPolitico says about the President. They’re afraid of the power that the Obama campaign will wield this year, why the hell else have they said they don’t want the President campaigning?

      • February 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Truth. And just look at the Two Term Fund. It’ll probably reach its $2 million dollar goal by tomorrow. Mittens hasn’t raised even half that amount for his One Term Fund.

        • February 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

          Is that right? LOL. Tweet that to Jim vandehei?

          • 296 Linda
            February 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

            Who funds and runs the Politico?

            In the middle of an article by The Politico‘s Mike Allen regarding last night’s GOP presidential debate, one finds this paragraph:

            She [Nancy Reagan] was escorted out of the hall by Frederick J. Ryan Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, and president and CEO of The Politico.

            So the President and CEO of The Politico, Frederick Ryan, is also the Board Chairman for the Reagan Library. And that makes sense, because Ryan is a long-time, hard-core Reaganite. From a November 1987 Press Release:

            Appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., as Assistant to the President

            November 4, 1987

            The President today announced the appointment of Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., to be Assistant to the President.

            Since February 1985 Mr. Ryan has been responsible for the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives as well as serving as Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan began serving at the White House in February 1982 as Deputy Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. In February 1983 he was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling. Mr. Ryan was previously an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer and Burrill. While engaged in his practice, he published several articles on various aspects of the law.

            Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of Southern California (B.A., 1977) and the University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1980). He was born April 12, 1955, in Tampa, FL. Mr. Ryan is married and resides in Washington, DC.

            So the President and CEO of The Politico worked in multiple positions in the Reagan White House, and was continuously promoted until he rose to the level of Assistant to the President. And his close connection to the Reagan family and the Reagan presidency continues through today.

            http://www.salon.com/2007/05/04/politico_funding/singleton/

    • 299 anniebella
      February 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Jovie, I don’t think their is one person here who gives a dam what Politico thinks. I know I can’t speak for everyone, and I won’t try too. But really to heck with what Politico says.

      • 300 halo
        February 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I donm’t think we should dismiss the power of outside money is going to have in this eleciton. It’s going to be BIG. Not in a national sense, but in the way Ronmey carpetbombed Newt. Locally. This election will be very close unless the economy accelerates and the votes in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, NH will turn on who can persuade low info voters. We as Dems must be ready. Negative ads WORK. That’s the bottom line. And the GOP outside groups funded by big business billionaires and millionaires are going to play a huge role in trying to smear PBO. That’s the reality.

        Romney SuperPac raised HUGE amounts of money from just 41 people. That’s just for the primary. The general election is going to be a fight and bloodbath. Not becaues Romney is a good candidate. He’s not. BUt because he has big money on his side.

    • 301 halo
      February 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I don’t thin GOPolitico means Romney vs. PBO. PBO wins hands down. GOPolitico means the GOP outside groups vs. Dem outside groups.

      Just look at Romney’s SuperPAC and Rove’s SuperPAC. Combined they raised almost 80 million dollars. That is big money and it’s only the beginning.

  83. 304 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

    SAP will add 500 jobs in Newtown (With Video)

    “The growth of the company as a whole was very strong in 2011 and these jobs in Newtown Square are part of a larger hiring of about 2,800 people across North America,” said company spokesman Atle Erlingsson. “They will be filled by a broad spectrum of people, from those with 10 or 15 years of experience to interns and those looking for their first job out of college.”

    http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/02/02/news/doc4f2a0f7c9fd44296402877.txt

  84. 305 anniebella
    February 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    For anyone who think VP Biden should be push aside for anyone else, look at the picture of President Obama and VP Biden, and First Lady Obama and VP Biden. It shows a real friendship between those people, it shows VP Biden has their back.

  85. February 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    The Obama Admin & AA community

  86. 307 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm


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