337 Responses to “half-time in america”


  1. 9 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    You beat me (as usual) Ms Chips!!

    #PRESSON

  2. 25 CTGirl
    February 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks to President Barack Obama who ignored the “business expert” Willard Robme and refused to “let Detroit go bankrupt!”

  3. 27 defytheodds
    February 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    TD–Yes—Go PATS!!!

    • 28 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      TOLD YA’ TOM BRADY HAD A BONE ROLLING GLARE ON HIS FACE! YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH…PASS THE POPCORN!

      • February 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        I really like both teams and was not really rooting for one over the other until I saw on Twitter that Rush Limbaugh was sitting in the owner’s box. That did it. Come on Giants!

  4. 30 GGail
    February 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I’m disappointed in the commercial because when people in Detroit see it they will say that it doesn’t represent the people in Detroit and they will not connect with the message.

    That is so sad because the 90% of people (African Americans) in Detroit who are not represented in that commercial are the ones who stayed and fought for Detroit to survive.

    • 31 Michele
      February 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I found the commercial very diverse from the begining to the end.. Stop with the racial narrative which is deeming to me as a Black person. The message is America is coming back Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native American, men, women and children..

      • 32 dotster3
        February 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Thank you

      • 33 lovingandlaughing
        February 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        I watched it after I read the comment about it not being diverse and I thought it actually was rather diverse. If I remember correctly there was just one string of pics in a row…maybe 4 or 5 that seemed to be too Caucasian heavy but other than that I thought it to be very inclusive as well. I liked it and I am thankful to Clint Eastwood for his participation.

      • 34 GGail
        February 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        It is not a racial narrative Michele, but a fact that is being reported to me from the people who stayed in Detroit when other’s fled. Facts are still facts and we can’t ignore it just because we feel uncomfortable.

        Yes, we are striving to get there but we’re not there yet and they have every right to feel the way they do. They live it….we don’t.

    • 36 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      THAT TO ME WAS A VERY FORCEFUL,FEARLESS TRIBUTE TO THE AUTO MAKERS…THEY SHOULD BE PROUD!

    • 37 elo4obama/biden
      February 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      The thing about thie commercial is that it’s about MORE than detroit and it’s people, and more than about the auto industry. It’s Half Time in America. It’s about americans and the American economy coming back because of the strength, perserverance and unity of the American peoole. It’s the auto boses, the US tax payers and all those who support US manufacturing.

      Whatever Eastwood’s political party he is smart enough to know the underlying statement being made about this US presiden, Barack Obama. That restructuring, the hair cut that all parties took would not have happened without this president pushing for it. This speaks far beyond the borders of Detroit, or the auto industy.

      I’m old enough to remember how much I hated the Reagan years, and the “Morning in America” commmercials but I expect there will be comparisons. I apprefiate that the president is optomistic about the econ measurements, especially the recent days, but real about the struggles many familie will still face for a while. It was never going to happen overnight, but we are in half time and we will win! The president says we rise and fall together!

    • 39 LunarSea
      February 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      I loved it and will save it to play and post over and over again. Thank Clint & Auto industry. True patriotism transcends party line!

    • 40 Cindy Sweatt
      February 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

      @Gail, okay, I’ve re-watched the commercial several times, I truly think you are misunderstanding the message. I am sorry your family is so upset, but they are wrong. He refers to America-we see Americans, he refers to Detroit-we see people from Detroit, and of course don’t forget the autos-it is after all a commercial. Stop trying to make such a big deal and just enjoy the message that was intended.

    • February 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

      I think this commercial is MORE than just Detroit. It is really about America and how it is half-time for us, we have been knocked down, but the best is yet to come.

      It could actually be a re-election commercial for Obama that is how good it is.

      • 42 lovingandlaughing
        February 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

        i agree drdemocrat! i hope the obama campaign can use the “it’s halftime in America” line. some of what clint says in the ad sound so much to me like something PBO has said or would say.

  5. February 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Lawd, what’s up with my Giants? :shock:

  6. 44 Proud Former White House INtern
    February 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Good job President Obama and people said he was foolish…NOT MY PRESIDENT! Bring it on REPUNKS!

  7. 45 desertflower
    February 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Great commercial. Great .

    • 46 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      JUST THINK…YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS WERE LED IN A SUCCESSFUL MARCH BY…’DIRTY HARRY!’ YOWZA!

  8. 47 Me4Obama @Me4Obama
    February 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I swear that commercial made me tear up. It was written for PBO. It’s half time in America FOUR MORE YEARS.

  9. 49 desertflower
    February 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Another good one :)

    • 50 Jessica
      February 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      This had 99% overtones all over it.

    • 54 Proud Former White House INtern
      February 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I would have to agree that one was pretty cool.

      • 55 Obama Grandmama
        February 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

        I liked that the ad was bipartisan as I am sick of partisanship everything. If Clint Eastwood is Republican I hope he continues to not exploit that as I enjoy his movies. I also thought the showing of several types of races in the clip was good. I saw Black faces throughout but maybe not representing Detroit in real percentage of the city. I think the fact that the ad was nonpartisan gives our President even more support for the general public. If it were merely a Democratic ad it would have lost its impact.

        • 56 GGail
          February 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          I have been fielding calls and emails from my sister and other people in Detroit who have seen the commercial and they are screaming at me “where was this commercial made at? in Los Angeles or Canada because it certainly doesn’t look like Detroit people”.

          I have told them that you guys overwhelmingly like the commercial. They stopped talking to me.

          • 57 elo4obama/biden
            February 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

            yes! I saw many different cites in the US. Tell your sister and friends in Detroit that their story is a part of a larger story. The folks (US tax payers) come from all over the country. This is not just a story about Detroit, or even the auto makers! It’s about Americans, and the notion of ‘made in America.”

            It’s an ode to us. Maybe even a love story about the American people, and what was done in the name of saving a bastion of US manufacturing. Maybe a love story from Detroit to the rest of the country. We have much to learn from what was done by the owners, bosses and union workers, and investors and stock owners to saVE US manufacturing! :smile:

            • 59 Doreen
              February 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

              Elo, perfect response! That’s what I got out of it too. It’s not just about Detroit, it’s about all of us! Why do you think the wingers are upset about it — because taxpayer money was used to help accomplish this. Note I said “help” because it also took the the car companies, union, and the people of Detroit to make this happen.

              Also, I want to say that everyone should also go to youtube and “like” this video along with the Pepsi, because you can be sure the teabaggers will be disliking it.

          • 60 LunarSea
            February 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

            Seriously??!!

          • 61 LunarSea
            February 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

            So far all my friends and family that I have contacted -since you posted about this in an earlier post- have loved it. And I have asked people of all colors -spanish, black, white & jewish- in Brooklyn NY, Buffalo NY, San Fransisco, Golden, Colo & Philly. The only ones who have not liked it are republicans with their heads up their asses. These aren’t republicans you are referring to, is it? Or is it?

            And they stopped talking to you? ha ha ha That’s rich. Sounds like you needed new friends. Sorry but I’m tired of the old concern trolling of ‘people are emailing me negatives & while I know it’s not true I just have to bring it here because I don’t know what to say on my own, even tho I am on a blog that discusses these things all the time’. It’s getting old!

            • 62 isonprize
              February 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

              I’m in Philadelphia, and I loved it!! It was as diverse as a national commercial will ever be. Clint Eastwood, who has major cred as an actor, a badass, and a reasonable Republican, (if there is such a thing) brought the seriousness. It was an ode to America. It wasn’t a black thing, or a white thing. It was an American thing. It wasn’t a Republican thing or a Democratic thing, it was an American thing.

              ooooooh. I wonder who introduced that idea, back in 2004? Hhhmmm? He was a skinny kid, had big ears and a funny name.

          • 64 TrumpDog
            February 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

            You’re “fielding calls” about this?
            Really?

        • 65 lovingandlaughing
          February 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

          True, I agree with what you said about it being more powerful being nonpartisan.

  10. February 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Evening Chips! Good Evening TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    “Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don’t just give lip service to them; when we don’t just talk about them one day a year. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey.”

    –from Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., February 2, 2012

    Have a great night, everyone! :-P

    • 67 Julie
      February 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you for posting that. As a heathen I always appreciate when President Obama mentions us and evens goes so far as to say nice things about us!

      Julie

  11. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    February 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Tweeted, Facebooked and Emailed.

  12. 70 africa
    February 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Wow!! Thanks for posting this, Chips.

    I am not watching the Superbowl. I caught this here, I am watching it and I am balling, thinking about PBO and how he has fought for so much for this country, despite the massive obstruction and the overwhelming desire of some to see him fail.

    It was a happy cry. I don’t know why I got so emotional, but it just touched me so deeply. The more Eastwood talked, the more I imagined PBO urging us to come together.

  13. 71 donna dem 4 obama
    February 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm
  14. February 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Is Clint Eastwood a Democrat or pro-Obama? Half-time to me means 4 more years!!!! :)

  15. 90 Elly in Maryland
    February 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    As I was saying at the end of the last thread…..that Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial kicks off the 2012 campaign for me, reminds everyone about Detroit’s comeback and you-know-who we have to thank for that. And we know it will get replayed and replayed and maybe they’ll resurrect that beautiful Eminem ad from last year, another cool Detroit ad.

  16. February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Love the commercial, love Clint Eastwood (he’s a good actor and director). He’s repug by history but everything that came out of his mouth for this commercial are the things PBO has been saying forever. If Eastwood votes this year, it won’t be for a repug.

  17. 93 PurpleShoesLA
    February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Happy Super Bowl Sunday TOD peeps! Downloaded and made the Obama Family Chili Recipe today; pretty tasty.

  18. February 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I just love these commercials!!!

  19. 95 Sue
    February 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    What a wonderful inspiring “commericial” – good job Chrysler, keep up the good work. Current owner of a Jeep Wrangler since 1999! Clint’s not bad either, very Clint like!

  20. February 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Good idea to put GE’s Immelt on the POTUS’ Jobs Council.

  21. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    February 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Chrysler Super Bowl ad features Clint Eastwood, autoworkers

    {Snip}

    The ad says, ‘Look America, if you’re feeling down right now, look where we were – look where Detroit was and look where Chrysler was. Even you told us to go away at one point,” Kelleher said. “We fought back and we dusted off and we got help and now we’re here.”

    He said the message to Americans who are hurting or looking for work is simple. “If you’re trying to find where you need to go, just use us as an example. Nobody was more dead than we were.”

    Chrysler nearly collapsed in late 2008 and was rescued as part of a $12.5 billion bailout. After a bankruptcy restructuring, Chrysler is now 58.5 percent owned by Italian automaker Fiat SpA.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120205/AUTO01/202050336/1148/Chrysler-Super-Bowl-ad-features-Clint-Eastwood-autoworkers

  22. 98 Elly in Maryland
    February 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Watching the Chrysler commercial again, I really feel it’s got that pro-Obama feel. Half-time in America – he has finished one term, time for the second. About Americans getting up from the punch – “That’s what we do” – sounds like an Obama line.
    I heard Cong. Elijah Cummings last weekend at an OFA planning meeting, and he said that the Pres. of General Motors came by his office to thank him and the Democrats for helping out Detroit. I hope that company, that town, the whole state remembers how Obama went to bat for them.

  23. 99 susanne
    February 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    what an amazing, powerful ad. the message is so clear that it’s half time in pbo’s presidency, but it never mentions him. let the viewer realize that when they start to feel hopeful about america, there’s a reason, and a person who made that happen. i also love the obvious connection to the hard work that still will be done, in the second half.

    thanks for posting this. i usually avoid viewing ads, and i would have missed something wonderful.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I agree. It couldn’t have directly mentioned the President or it would have been a one-sided political ad, and more than just Democrats buy cars. But in every line, it reminds every American who is paying attention that we have President Obama to thank.

  24. 101 cece
    February 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Just got this in an e-mail and wanted to share with all of you.
    Spread the word… OBAMA 2012.

    I hope you find this uplifting!

    _________________________________________________________________

    Thanks Mr. President

    FOR
    . . .the “room-lighting” smile:

    FOR

    the mind that always thinks.

    For preventing a second Great Depression:

    For the humor:

    For bringing the number of women in the Supreme Court to 3.:

    For making the White House the “people’s” house:

    For1.1 million jobs created in 2010 alone, more than the entire 8 years of George W. Bush:

    For the love of people:

    For the love of family:

    For America’s First Lady:

    For Health Care reform:

    For leaving the past behind:

    For the world having respect for America , again:

    For quietly and calmly dealing with crisis after crisis, after crisis, after crisis, even if not being responsible for any of them:

    For being so “cool”:

    For being fierce – when need be:

    For having the intellect to be curious:

    For the capacity to know that you are, as we are, imperfect..

    For having the sense to not let it destroy you.

    For the capacity to be compassionate:

    For being an inspiration to so many:

    For saving the auto industry and at least 1.4 million jobs:

    For loving the troops:

    For understanding the horrible price of war:

    *
    For bringing 100,000 men and women back from Iraq :
    *

    For facing the most difficult and loneliest job in the world with grace, dignity, honesty and guts in spite of so many “Haters”:

    *
    For being, in spite of all the hate, pettiness, racism, corruption and immaturity around, the most progressive and ‘for the people’ president in decades:
    *
    And simply for this:

    For Being………………..

    “MR. PRESIDENT”!

  25. 105 cece
    February 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry but the pictures did not copy with the comments above.

  26. 106 anniebella
    February 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I really like that Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial. I listen to the words and it was right on to me. It’s halftime, and we have the right coach leading us. We don’t need a new crazy ass GOP coach. We need to stick with Coach Obama for 4 more years. Thanks to President Obama Detroit is on it’s way back.

    • 107 Bill
      February 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Orrin Hatch will probably complain about the commercial on the Senate floor the way he did PBO’s prayer breakfast speech.

      • 108 Cha
        February 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        Let Orrin Hatch whine about Clint Eastwood…Brawawawawawaawaa

      • 109 jacquelineoboomer
        February 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        Which person would you like to be, Orrin?
        Come on, admit it.
        Nobody ever even thinks about you.
        President Obama is the much-respected leader of the free world.
        You are a green-eyed monster!

      • 110 LunarSea
        February 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        Orrin Hatch lost his blankie :lol:

      • 111 TrumpDog
        February 6, 2012 at 4:08 am

        Orrin Hatch will probably complain about the commercial on the Senate floor the way he did PBO’s prayer breakfast speech.

        Are you serious???

        OMG
        :roll:

  27. February 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Hey Guys,

    At Chipsticks’s request I am reposting a link to a website found here: http://iamobamacare.tumblr.com/

    It is a place to put a face and story to all the lives that the healthcare bill has saved. It is a new website with only 5 stories so the guy who made the site is looking to spread the word. So if you have a story to share, please do, otherwise feel free to blog about it and spread the word!

  28. 114 #1 obama fan
    February 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    President Obama..We got your back ..please believe that ! Obama/Biden Landslide 2012..No doubt

  29. 115 anniebella
    February 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    How was Madonna halftime show?

  30. February 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hey hf & ut

    I have the crow ready, feather and all.

    Just lemme know when you are ready.

    • February 5, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      It ain’t over until the fat man picks his nose!!!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sans Rush Limbaugh.

    • 122 hopefruit2
      February 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      amk, I’m not eating any crow tonight. My GIANTS won as I wagered. No GOP love letter from me tonight!

      • February 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

        Paging ut, Your delicious dinner is served.

        Now the real fun begins

      • 125 nathkatun7
        February 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        You know hopefruit2, as much as I love UT, I was rooting with you for the Giants. I just had the feeling that they would pull it off because for quite sometime everyone was writing them off. Besides, the last time they pulled an upset in 2008, then Senator Obama won the Presidency. I know this is silly, but I regard the Giant’s win to night as a great omen the President’s win in November. I feel bad that UT has to honor your terrible wager! I just can’t see how any sane person can write a love letter to any of the morons in the GOP.

        • 126 hopefruit2
          February 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

          Thanks natkatun7 :) Re PBO, That is so true. In fact I think that UT was just fine with Giants winning just for that reason alone!

  31. 128 lola
    February 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    i want the script for that ad!

  32. February 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    ZOMG!!!! I’ve watched ET like a million times but I never realized how awesome it was. I just finished the scene where ET is home alone watching a scene with John Wayne and I’m guessing Maureen O’Hara. I think it’s that more where Duke goes to Ireland or was it Scotland? They meet and marry and their marriage is awesome. Well the kid repeats a scene where Maureen tries to flee from the Duke and he grabs her by the hand, hauls her in and plants one on her. Too cute! How have I missed these little things that make this movie so spectacular?!!

    ps- this is a different movie, it’s called McLintock, but it’s with Maureen and the Duke. I loved them in movies together. Women, it’s not PC so, watch at your own risk:

  33. February 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Ok, this just made me smile. Went to M&M Soul Food in Inglewood to pick up dinner. The place is COVERED in pictures of PBO. And the food smells delicious. So they’ll be getting my business again.

  34. February 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Don’t Read The Comments under that commercial!

  35. February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Bobfr…your tweets about #Syria are frightening. How can it be war if only one side has weaponry?

    • 142 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Significant defections, with heavy weapons like tanks, have been increasingly happening over the past few weeks. You can be assured that many ‘tourists’ are present, as well. Best to leave it at that for now.

      #PRESSON

      • February 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Assad will face Gaddafi’s fate. It’s just a matter of time. And when his regime is swept away, I hope that the revolutionaries remember who stood by them, and who obstructed a peaceful and quick solution to the crisis.

        • 144 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          February 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

          Agree, LL. And, what I’ve learned from my Libyan friends is that they have very long memories. In their case that’s bad news not only for Russian and China, but Brazil and India. Apparently, the Brazilians and Indians learned the lesson and voted with the US, yesterday.

          At this point, Assad should be searching for a sewer pipe, for sure.

          #PRESSON

  36. February 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t know if I can watch the end of this game….*peeks between fingers*

  37. 146 vero804
    February 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Ah well….it was a nice try. No one was rooting for the Pats except people from New England. Yet, they came in there and tried hard. They could’ve won this…didn’t convert the few opportunities they had to put this game to bed.

    • February 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      so who wins the bet? UT or Hope? Who writes this years: Love Letters to the GOP—- a scintillating essay filled with despair, dislike and disappointment, mixed in with some F U’s and a few yo’ mamma jokes, dedicated to the vilest creatures known to man: The Repug Party.

      • 148 hopefruit2
        February 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        the game is not over yet. 4 seconds is a long time!

      • February 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Since I didn’t watch the game and had the time, I’m offering my version of love & admiration to the ‘loser’. The rules didn’t say you couldn’t accept help – ;)

        Dear Mitt, Rick, Newt and Paul,

        I wanted to take this time to commend you on your 2012 campaigning. I feel sure you will all go down in history for running the most unbelievable primary ever! I believe there is no way the current president could have run a campaign such as yours. Thank you ALL for shedding such a powerful light on President Obama so that more and more people can see the obvious contrast between him and the GOP. I truly admire the work you have done in this area.

        Finally, I must say this letter comes from my heart. I absolutely ♥ LOVE ♥ the way you all use words. You have all made your opinion of the American people so clear that if we do not reward you accordingly, the shame is on us! Keep up your efforts and good luck to all of you in your life after campaigning.

        Sincerely

        ………………………
        per VC

      • 151 LunarSea
        February 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        like that description. Would make for some fun reading

  38. 153 donna dem 4 obama
    February 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Ha!! The Repubs are having a fit on twitter that one of their own did an ad for the auto bailout. :) :) :)

    • 169 elo4obama/biden
      February 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      That was lovely. The future looks bright! I will definitely visit the website, and I love the t-shirt. I’ve been fixated on the song “Let’s do it Again” by the staple singers since last September :smile: I play it all the time. There are also a couple of very wonderful PBO, Staple singer songs on youtube. Quite the love fest. Thnx for posting.

  39. 171 hopefruit2
    February 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    32 seconds left! Brady can still make it happen

  40. 172 GGail
    February 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    GIANTS WIN!!!!!!!

    WHOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  41. 174 desertflower
    February 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 175 hopefruit2
    February 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    OKAY THEN! :)

  43. 178 hopefruit2
    February 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    PBO did predict that this would be a close game. I thought both teams did pretty darned good but of course GIANTS won!

    UT, where’s the love letter? I’m waiting :)

    • February 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      yeah ut, where is that damned letter ?

      • February 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        I think those who bet for the Patriots should be released from their bet. It’s too cruel to make them say something nice about these crazy and dangerous GOP candidates!

      • 183 hopefruit2
        February 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        Vcprez penned a love letter upthread which I’m posting here:

        // Dear Mitt, Rick, Newt and Paul,

        I wanted to take this time to commend you on your 2012 campaigning. I feel sure you will all go down in history for running the most unbelievable primary ever! I believe there is no way the current president could have run a campaign such as yours. Thank you ALL for shedding such a powerful light on President Obama so that more and more people can see the obvious contrast between him and the GOP. I truly admire the work you have done in this area.

        Finally, I must say this letter comes from my heart. I absolutely ♥ LOVE ♥ the way you all use words. You have all made your opinion of the American people so clear that if we do not reward you accordingly, the shame is on us! Keep up your efforts and good luck to all of you in your life after campaigning.

        Sincerely

        ………………………
        per VC //

        • 184 donna dem 4 obama
          February 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Very good VC. I’m not sure that UT will be able to top your “creativity”.

        • 186 nathkatun7
          February 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

          Vcprez penned the perfect letter for the disappointed Patriot fans who still love the President. This was another excellent SB game. The Patriots have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of other than the fact that they once again came up a little short of clenching victory. Congrats. to Hopefruit2 for the win. I think UT is entitled to sometime off for grief about her team loosing a close one. But I am absolutely convinced that once she gets over the loss, she will effectively, and humorously, respond to hopefruit’s challenge.

  44. February 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ok, there has GOT to be a curse going on here.

  45. 189 Lorraine
    February 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    GIANTS beat the Patriots in 2008, President Obama wins his first term
    GIANTS beat the Patriots in 2012, President Obama wins his second term!!!!!!!!

  46. 209 defytheodds
    February 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Good game. Congratulations to NY Giants & all their fans. See ya next year.

  47. 210 jacquelineoboomer
    February 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!! GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. 211 LunarSea
    February 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Woohoo Giants win! Can’t wait to read that GOP love letter. This is gonna be good lol

    now to head upthread and catch up on what I missed.

    Everybody love the clint eastwood ad, no?

  49. February 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!! PLACE OF MY BIRTH!!!

  50. 213 donna dem 4 obama
    February 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    de ja vu

  51. 215 defytheodds
    February 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Nice UT & Lorraine

  52. February 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Ok, at the library this week I said the Giants would win 17-14. They won 21-17. That means I won a gentleman’s wager with one of my favorite patrons — he predicted a Giants win at 31-17.

  53. 219 defytheodds
    February 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  54. February 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Bigger question. Who did PBO back today ?

  55. 223 Lorraine
    February 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Okay a few more things, Eli Manning has always been less than his “great” brother, but he never let it bother him, he just went along and did his job. President Obama has been thought of as less than, his “great” democratic brother, President Clinton, but what has he done just went along and did his job.

    • 224 Lorraine
      February 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Eli NEVER gets raddled! President Obama NEVER gets raddled! 9 wins for the Giants, 9% unemployment at one time! :-)

  56. February 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Wes Welker dropped his first ball of his career, when the Patriots were leading. Wide open, might have even Been a touchdown, and then we had 2 punt.
    And The Tight end Gronkowski was no factor, he was hurt.
    Oh well…

    • 226 vero804
      February 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      And can’t forget the Brady interception that was totally unforced.

      IMO the Giants didn’t win so much as the Pats lost it.

      • 227 LunarSea
        February 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        spin away….ha ha ha ha

      • February 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        On that play gronkowski was wide open, but on the previous series, Brady reimburse his left shoulder and he was never the same.
        The Giants rush hurt him, his left shoulder was listed as separated.
        So, the ball to gronkowski, the only play he was open, was terribly underthrown!
        Anyways, Brasy has a 3 year window and then he retires!
        I would build the team around the 2 tight ends they have!

    • February 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      excuses, excuses,excuses, joive.

  57. February 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Our President never gave up on the American people…
    What a Leader :-)

  58. February 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Just got back from a super bowl party to watch the commercial again in the comfort of my home >>> DETROIT BABY WE ROCK OBAMA/BIDEN2012.

  59. 235 carolyn
    February 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Michele Malkin’s tweet proves she KNOWS the auto loans (bailout) worked! She and the rest of them can’t stand it! Think of where the country would be if Robney’s advice had been followed…..this just twists the knife. Good.
    Are there professional rightwinters who do nothing but comment on every article in cyberspace? Do they just spend their time attacking? don’t they WORK????

    • February 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      That IS their work. They get paid for doing stuff like that. Nice work if you could get it. It would eat MY soul, but I have strong doubts as to whether they possess any of those.

    • 237 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      The funny thing is … it seemed like an instant reaction from that horrible Malkin woman, without putting any thought into it. If she had thought about how her words would be received (like desperate, etc.), she’s such a faker I believe she would have not sent it.

      As Rev. Al would say to her: Gotcha!

  60. February 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    LOL…:-)

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  61. 242 susanne
    February 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    this article from the los angeles times is a very positive piece about the recovery of jobs for the latino community.

    ‘as the economic rebound picks up a bit of steam, latinos are scoring bigger job gains than most other demographic groups and proving to be a bright spot in the fledgling recovery.’

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-latino-jobs-20120205,0,510563,full.story

  62. February 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    LET’S HEAR IT FOR NEW YORK!!!

  63. 247 defytheodds
    February 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful website. Have a peaceful night everyone.

  64. February 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

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  65. February 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Well. Good Night, TOD’ville! Though I haven’t caught up by any means, I am feeling sleepy so I’d better go to bed.. I’m sure to fall further behind as I have a 2-3 week work stint starting tomorrow, So if you see me popping in late and grouchy for the next little while you’ll know why. I’m consoling myself that a part of this income will start my Inauguration travel fund **grinning at the thought**.

    Sweet Dreams!

  66. February 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Sweet Dreams VC..:-)

  67. 252 utaustinliberal
    February 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    As per our bet and to show I’m a good sport hopefruit.

    Ode To The GOP.

    O GOP. O GOP Party of the Clowns

    O GOP O GOP Party of the Attack Angry Muffin Newton Leroy Gingrich

    O GOP O GOP Party of the Weak Willed Lies Like Pinnochio, has no backbone Willard Mitt Romney

    O GOP O GOP Party of the rabies infected batshit crazy Ron Paul

    O GOP O GOP Party of the sweater vest rotund bellied Rick ‘oozing’ Santorum

    Why do I love you so much?

    I love you because you make me laugh at your stupidity

    I love you because you expose your ass like no other

    I love you because you show your dirty trashy underbelly

    I love you because you make for a good drinking game

    I love you because your idea of four sexy men is more disgusting than an enema.

    I love you because you make intra-party cannibalism oh so sexy

    I love you because at the end of it all, PBO is guaranteed another term.

  68. 266 #1 obama fan
    February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Oh yeah getting ready to put in vaca for inaugural week again !! whoot whoot

  69. February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Unable to control how its county parties count and report results, state Republicans were scrambling Sunday to explain why, almost 24 hours after most caucuses ended, the votes still have not been counted.

    Here in Clark County, home to two-thirds of the state’s population, officials counted ballots, by hand, until 4 a.m. before calling it a night. Counting resumed again at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m. local time Sunday, only half of the county’s ballots had been counted.

    “About midway through the night I said, ‘This is ludicrous,’” state GOP Chairman Amy Tarkanian said Sunday morning. “So I sent my state party people down there, including my husband, and said, ‘Go help them count, this is crazy.’”

    http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/0212/72480.html

    Iowa GOP, now Nevada GOP!!!

  70. 270 LDS
    February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    @kasai: I second that…….what a leader, indeed! It is one thing when God hears your prayers and you can be sure that He answers them.
    But “favor”……..now, that means you are in a whole different realm.

    The 2012 Prayer breakfast reaffirmed everything that I have been feeling about this wonderful man. His commitment to his faith by daily prayer, devotional and reading of the Scriptures. We are moving closer to where we need to be. The repugs will turn on each other and do us no harm.
    If I may,Chips:
    This is advice for the old repugs, young repugs and anyone in between:
    Prejudice is the product of a lazy mind. It’s contempt, prior to investigation. Your first impression of someone is incomplete, and often inaccurate.don’t assume your intuition is always right.don’t make lasting decisions based on insights. Your success in life will be adversely affected by prejudice, fear and any form of discrimination you allow to color your thinking.
    God so loved the world. But YOU don’t, how can you claim to be “godly”?

    Good night all. Thank you Chips for all the hard work you do. Sweet sleep….

  71. February 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you LDS…..
    No matter your beliefs..Loving the human race should be part of the equation…Anything else..is simply void. IMHO

    • February 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      I discovered this quote on Muhammad Ali’s birthday. I think it fits.

      We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people are part of one family. If you love God, you can’t love only some of his children.

  72. February 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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  73. February 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

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  74. 276 LDS
    February 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    P.S. If there are any 5 Heartbeats fans still up check out the Monique Show. A reunion of the most iconic movie of all times. I cannot believe it has been 20 years and I still watch it like it is the first time. Robert Townsend and Kinan Wynans out did themselves in this classic movie.
    I would love to hear Our President croon ………A heart is …….you know what I mean.

  75. 277 Ladyhawke
    February 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    THE WORLD’S GOING TO HEAR THE ROAR OF OUR ENGINES

    Thank you President Obama for saving the auto industry when others wanted them to go bankrupt. And thank you Clint Eastwood for saying what needed to be said so beautifully while you had the attention of so many Americans. This supberbowl ad is a masterpiece. It was inspiring and nostalgic. All we need now is for the ad to go viral. Every American needs to see this ad. I can’t imagine anyone not being moved by the message.

  76. 278 a4alice
    February 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Nitey nite TOD. Fun superbowl! :-)

    Zzzzzzzz

  77. 279 Ceb
    February 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Good night Chips and TOD ohana. Thanks so much for sharing your wit, charm, drive and helpful information.

    A special good night, good morning, good afternoon, or good day to our extended family members outside of the USA. Thanks for your love and support for our fabulous president and first family.

  78. 280 Marlz (@marjgra)
    February 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    It’s been about three years since the Tea Party first emerged on the scene, and the air of invincibility the far right has had in the last few years is finally starting to show some cracks. Now, before any conservatives have a stroke over that sentence, let’s look at the current political climate. Mitt Romney is the heavy favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination. Bachmann’s out, Cain’s out, Newt doesn’t have a shot, and Rick Santorum, is, well, just Google it. But weren’t those candidates the ones with at least some measure of Tea Party support? You’d think that such a passionate, organic, and widespread movement could get behind a candidate without Romney’s money and still have a shot to win. The question is easily answered, though, when you realize that the Tea Party is not quite all its often cracked up to be on Fox News.

    http://thecollegevoice.org/2012/02/05/watching-the-tea-party-fall-to-pieces/

  79. February 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Well, here it is. Poor Blue Bear.

    • 288 LunarSea
      February 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

      I just voted for the clint eastwood chrysler ad which is winning by a large margin:

      Chrysler, Eastwood — 23.4%(1,771 votes)
      the next closest is
      Volkswagen, The Dog Strikes Back — 13.8%(1,046 votes)

      I guess the Eastwood one resonated with lots of people, except of course for GGail’s sister and ex-friends

      • 289 GGail
        February 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

        :-)
        now we don’t live where they do. we must respect their perspective.
        and they are still my sister and friends :D

        • 290 Beauzeaux
          February 6, 2012 at 1:06 am

          My hubby and his family are Detroiters down to the ground. Word here is that they loved the Eastwood commercial. (They liked the tone of the commercial and didn’t count ethnicities.)

          • 291 L3
            February 6, 2012 at 10:31 am

            I’m in Detroit and I loved it too. Also, many auto plants are outside of Detroit in the suburbs where many white people live and work for auto plants too and the Chrysler and Ford Headquarters are both located in the sububs. Only GM is located in the city. I saw enough minority representation in the commercial and felt many of the shots in the commercial were supposed to be representative of the entire country and not just Detroit.

  80. 292 57andFemale
    February 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Hey, can anyone help me? There’s a new documentary about Steve Jobs and Apple and the working conditions. Bill Maher had the director on this week’s show but I picked it up late. I can’t find his name or the name of the documentary. You guys know anything about this?

  81. 297 desertflower
    February 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I LIKE IT!

  82. 304 GGail
    February 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Now I must say Good Night TOD family and Chipsticks.
    It’s been a gas, gas, gas!

  83. February 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Ok, just finished some work on another essay. Will probably be ready in a couple of days. I’m feeling a bit sniffly, so good night all. Sweet dreams.

  84. 306 Canuck Joyce
    February 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Hi TOD family,

    OT…my family and I are in need of your prayers and positive thoughts. My 85 year old grandma has been diagnosed with Alzheimer. It’s so hard to take as she’s been very strong and smart as a whip all her life. She also helped raise me and my 6 siblings when my parents separated.
    My mom tried to keep the news from me because she didn’t want to worry me knowing I was far away and it would just hurt me not to be there for my granny. But apparently, she’s declining fast. I have to find a way to visit her especially I haven’t seen her in 10 years. A flight to Paris isn’t cheap and the money is short!
    It’s been a tough week, I’ve been crying since I learned the news. The only bright spot was reading this blog between work and my long phone conversations with family.

    So once again, thank you Chipsticks for creating this beautiful place and thank you TOD friends for who you are and what you do to make this world a better place.

    I love you all!

    • 307 LunarSea
      February 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

      wishing the best for all. It’s a tough road to traverse.

    • February 6, 2012 at 1:41 am

      What sad news. Keep your head up. You’ll find a way to see her in Paris.

    • 309 ROH
      February 6, 2012 at 1:49 am

      I am so sorry to hear the news of your grandmother, my prayers are with Her and You. Just be happy that you are so blessed to have her in your life and to know that, so far, she has had a complete and beautiful life…She can’t ask for anything more. God Bless Her and You. Peace.

    • 310 TrumpDog
      February 6, 2012 at 4:16 am

      Sending positive thoughts to you and your family, Canuck Joyce,
      Many many (((HUGS))) to you.

    • 311 sjterrid
      February 6, 2012 at 4:29 am

      I’m sorry, Canuck Joyce that your grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 312 mtmarilyn
      February 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

      Dear Joyce, my prayers are with you. Both of my parents had alzheimers. It is a horrible disease! God Bless!

    • February 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

      May God give you the fortitude and peace of mind to deal with this, Joyce,

    • February 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Oh, Canuck, my heart goes out to you. I hope you find a way to visit your grandmother and share some time with her. It’s a difficult road for any family when a family members has Alzheimers. Will keep you in my prayers.

    • February 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

      So sorry about your grandmother. My mother had Alzheimers. I moved her with me in 2000 and had 8 years with her. It was a hard road, but I would not trade that time for anything. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • 316 lovingandlaughing
      February 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

      sending you and your gramdma love…

    • 317 Canuck Joyce
      February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you so much my friends for the positive thoughts and prayers. I can feel your love.
      Much love and gratitude back at you all :)

  85. February 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I really loved the Clint Eastwood commercial and agree with the many who found it to be diverse. Eastwood did a great job :) I didn’t watch the Super Bowl this year because the Steelers weren’t involved (lol), but I was throwing my support behind the NY Giants (like many others in the AFC North division, we would rather go for another team than the Pats LOL) :lol:

  86. 319 isonprize
    February 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I know it’s late.. I’ll repost this tomorrow also. I just ran across this AMAZING site re: “What’s going on” in America based on the landmark Marvin Gaye album of the same name. Sponsored by the Education Department of the Kennedy Center, and other arts organizations, it has the power to move young ‘uns and us older folk alike. (By older, I mean those of us who purchased the album, yes, I said album, back in the day. And may still have it in storage somewhere….)

    http://www.whatsgoingonnow.org/

  87. 320 susanne
    February 6, 2012 at 4:45 am

    good night chips ohana. it’s been a good day.

    and good morning to you early birds in the east!

  88. February 6, 2012 at 7:13 am
  89. 326 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Ezra Klein is beating up Morning Junk……..whack ! Smack ! Pow !

  90. 327 dotster3
    February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

    More of President Obama interview on Today. Matt Lauer is trying to get him on all the familiar dumb stuff. Why are people disappointed in you, why are you raising lots of campaign money, will you sit down with Romney and both agree to run positive campaigns etc. etc. No one can “get” Obama, including Lauer, he can answer any kind of question smoothly, sincerely and impressively. Coming up—-the tease—-Lauer will ask Obama how he feels about people who criticize his wife. Geez.

  91. 330 Bill
    February 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Chuck Todd did not like the “execution” of the Clint Eastwood ad. Whatever the heck that means.

    • 331 Linda
      February 6, 2012 at 7:35 am

      He started stuttering about the birth control dust up…..it was almost like he was trying to tell the truth without getting BabyJoe upset.

  92. 332 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I think the Admin is filing their case ( brief ) for Healthcare today.

  93. 333 Linda
    February 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Last night on Q & A …Sec. of the Navy Ray Mabus was interviewed and they played a clip of Romney lying about the status of our Military at one of the debates.

    Mabus almost laughed out loud and addressed it on every point. The video is not available yet, but I highly recommend it ….He gives the President high praise on his handling of the military and tells how the military will operate going forward with Special Operations instead of massive ground wars….

  94. February 6, 2012 at 8:06 am
    • February 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Benen

      Remember, Republican turnout was supposed to soar in these early contests because of the larger circumstances.

      GOP voters are reportedly eager, if not foaming-at-the-mouth desperate, to fight a crusade against President Obama, and they had plenty of high-profile candidates trying to stoke their enthusiasm.

      This, coupled with the boost from the so-called Tea Party “movement,” suggested energized Republicans would turn out in numbers that far exceeded the totals we saw in 2008, when GOP voters were depressed and it was Democrats who enjoyed the bulk of the excitement.

      But in four of the five contests thus far, that hasn’t happened.

      At this point in 2008, after Republicans in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada picked their preferred nominee, 2,793,538 GOP voters had participated. As of this morning, after those same five states have held their nominating contests, the total of Republicans voting is 2,679,841. Despite the strong showing in South Carolina, that’s still a drop off of 4% when party leaders assumed the opposite.

  95. February 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Wonder if Clint will have to come out and repudiate this ad. The Rethugs have come out and condemned him roundly for making it and he’s Republican-leaning.


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