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Feb
12

out west

President Obama walks off of Marine One and heads to Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport en route to San Francisco

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President Obama is greeted by, from left, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris upon his arrival at San Francisco International Airport

Jodi Fisher of Cayucos, Calif., who has inoperable cancer, reacts to her daughter Callie, 11, after meeting President  Obama at San Francisco International Airport. Fisher was able to meet the President and fulfill a dream on what she calls her “wish” list.

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President Obama greets diners during a stop at the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco

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Patch: President Obama has arrived in the Bay Area for a series of fundraising events in San Francisco for his 2012 re-election campaign.

Air Force One touched down at San Francisco International Airport at 12:39 p.m. The president’s first stop will be at a private reception at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel on Nob Hill at 2 p.m.

Obama will then head to a private fundraising dinner at a Pacific Heights home, and then give a speech at an 8 p.m. fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center featuring a performance by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell


283 Responses to “out west”


  1. 1 Dudette
    February 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Chips, you’re a ON THE BALL! I’ve been waiting for these pictures! Thank you!

  2. 8 Robert
    February 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Wow,,, a first for me

  3. 10 Robert
    February 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    well…almost first

  4. 13 yardarm756
    February 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Oh well. As long as i’m close to the top.

  5. 17 Robert
    February 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    congrats Dudette

  6. 25 Dudette
    February 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    My girl California Atty General Kamala Harris – love her!

  7. 30 Debz
    February 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I am so glad that Jodi Fisher had a chance to meet the President. Bless her.

  8. 38 GGail
    February 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    We just LOVE our President Obama!!!!

  9. February 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    POTUS GOT SWAGGER IN THAT FIRST PIC!! :)

    Chips, YOU ROCK!!

  10. 41 defytheodds
    February 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    • 42 Dudette
      February 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Press on Indeed! Way to go PA! Hmmm, isn’t that a swing state?

    • 43 lisalovesobama
      February 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      sweet!!!

    • 44 GGail
      February 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I think that number (47,000) ought to do it.

    • 45 Geeja
      February 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Wow~ Pa ROCKS!

    • 46 meabloom
      February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      That is Awesome!

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Wait until the voters show up – he might even be able to sweep the Republican primary all by himself.

      Now, that would be an act of bipartisanship !

    • 48 isonprize
      February 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      This is what I’m talking about!!! We ROCKED IT!!!

      We did churches, apartment buildings, knocked on doors, stood on train platforms and in front of grocery stores. We are going to turn out voter registration too! WOOO HOOOOO!!!!

      • 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        Read thatand was thinking “Ison probably got 2,000 all by here lonesome…”

        • 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          February 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

          that — and — her

        • 51 isonprize
          February 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

          Thanks Alycee!! :grin: :grin:

          What can I say? We go hard when it comes to PBO. Philadelphia is the largest city in the state. We know, if we can bring Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, PA WILL GO BLUE!!!

          But you also have to remember (I am loathe, LOATHE to admit this) PA also gave you Little Ricky Santorum. So, it’s not exactly smooth sailing outside of the metro Philadelphia area.

      • 52 EDP4BHO
        February 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        Isn’t it time you got a call from PBO ? You’ve been working it. Congrats :-D

        • 53 isonprize
          February 16, 2012 at 7:54 pm

          EDP4PBO :lol: :lol:

          Your mouth to God’s ears!! You would hear me screaming from Philadelphia to Hawaii and back! But it’s not just me, we have some hardcore volunteers. When I say hardcore, I mean, folks are already blocking their calendars to make weekly phonebanks. Folks are deciding what they are going to cook to bring into the campaign office to feed volunteers. We’ve even got volunteers who aren’t even old enough to vote working to re-elect President Obama.

          FOLKS GO HARD FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA because they know that he is working for the good of country.

    • 54 lovingandlaughing
      February 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Amazing! Love hearing that! Way to go OFA!

  11. 55 Desraye
    February 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Where’s Gov. Jerry Brown?

  12. 62 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    THAT’S OUR AWESOME PBO…THE TIMEX THAT JUST KEEPS ON TICKIN!’…THANK YOU FOR THE PHOTOS…HE’S OBVIOUSLY FIRED UP AND I’VE NEVER SEEN HIM NOT READY TO GO!..:)

  13. 63 Ladyhawke
    February 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    SCOTT BROWN STUMBLES ON POLICY BASICS

    By Steve Benen

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    As Adam Serwer reported this week, the Blunt Amendment would make the moral exemptions so broad, no employer would have to cover anything they had a moral objection to — period.

    Brown thinks the proposal is little more than a modest plan to ensure a religious exemption. There are really only two options here: (1) Brown didn’t read the amendment before endorsing it; or (2) he read it but didn’t understand it.

    As a result, the senator is taking a beating from reporters who know better. Brown not only looked foolish during this NECN interview, but the Boston Globe’s Yvonne Abraham asked, “What is Senator Scott Brown thinking? … Can it really help Brown to suddenly go all Santorum on us?” The Boston Herald’s Margery Eagan added that the senator “has sided with nuts.”

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/16/10428236-scott-brown-stumbles-on-policy-basics

    • February 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Speaking of nuts….how ’bout that Issa? No wonder those crazies are walking around with teabags on their heads….they’re angry cause they’re not suppose to have sex with contraceptives or preventative measures. Being horny makes you angry enough to hang teabags from your ears

      • 65 kacy
        February 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        Thank you!!!!! This is the first time I’ve laughed all day—-too much reading about the “War on Women” that is going on these days. I’ve been reading this blog and others since 08 and never commented. Was getting myself so upset over the crazies and I needed to calm down—–your comment did it for me. Thanks again!!!

      • 66 L3
        February 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        Cookemom, I almost choked on my tea after reading your comment. Too funny!

  14. February 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Two comments.

    The pictures above and the videos from the previous thread are definitive proof once again that the Obamas, including Bo, have absolutely no ability to connect with or relate to people.

    Secondly, Chips, I need to revise a request I made earlier. If I am ever first again, I would like, as my reward for my perseverance, a picture of FLOTUS, Jill Biden AND Kamala Harris. And a lifetime supply of naughty mats

  15. February 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Kamala Harris was really happy to see President Obama. Lavender hat girl was thrilled to pieces to meet him, her best day ever. Put these observances on the Not Shocking list.

  16. February 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I know FLOTUS is a role model for many women everywhere but there is a certain generation of women who could never imagine meeting the first lady in the White House, that she would be African American and that she would give her hugs so generously. That brought tears to my eyes.

    • 74 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      almablanca, it brought tears to alot of our eyes. I’m usual not one of those who tears up so easy, but to watch those people meeting FLOTUS, to see the wonderful response from them, and how she welcome them. It was wonderful. And some of the elderly women who I knew they never thought in their life time they would walk through the WH and there standing to greet them is a lovely African American woman, who is the First Lady. Wow!!!!

      • 75 anniebella
        February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

        By the way, I love that picture of President Obama sitting in his car, YAWNING. As for the dirty old Grandma, I’m sure Granny didn’t mean to reach for POTUS’s butt. FLOTUS will forgive her, and the lady will never live it down. If she have kids, I’m sure her kids will have a picture of it just for her.

      • 77 Alma Blanca
        February 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        You bet! She’s one in a million.

    • 78 lovingandlaughing
      February 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Well said, almablanca. Just beautiful. It was amazing to watch that footage of FLOTUS today greeting the wide range of visitors to the White House. She did it so happily and joyously and graciously. No one will ever top Michelle Obama in the role of FLOTUS, no one. I am so proud of her.

  17. 79 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I think I want some Chinese food tonight :-D …..

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I really can’t believe he stopped off in Chinatown. That particular area is kind of off the beaten track. Just boggles my mind. He’s always really shaking it up. And now The Beast smells like Chinese takeout. HA!!

    • 81 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Not a fan of Chinese food. :(

  18. 82 ChristiMTL
    February 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Darrell Issa Compares His All-Male Anti-Contraception Panel To Martin Luther King

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/16/427571/darrell-issa-compares-panel-mlk/

    • February 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      I so hope the ‘pubs keep the conversation about women’s health issues right up until Nov. 6th. I can’t believe how this is playing out. Issa is forcing the candidates to speak openly on this issue. They have to cater to their looney tune crazy followers and lose the female vote. Hmmm, could that be why neither front runner is going to debate before super Tuesday? Carry on ‘pubs, you do self-destruction really well. Thank Norquist, Rove, Fox, and company for creating and unleashing a teabaggin’ monster.

      • 84 Lovepolitics2008
        February 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        The GOP knows that the more their candidates debate on tv, the more people are horrified and the more President Obama’s numbers are climbing. So they’re pulling the plug.

    • 85 Robert
      February 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      These despicable, moronic toads have no shame!

    • 86 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Darrell Issa is a dam jackass.

  19. 89 Dudette
    February 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for posting the restaurant pics Chips. It’s so great to see another small business getting some good exposure.

    BEST BLOG EVER!!
    BEST POTUS EVER!

  20. 90 defytheodds
    February 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    • 91 GGail
      February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Yes, that’s what I want to know…..WHERE ARE THE WOMEN in the GOP??????

    • 92 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Just like a Republican, when they want to talk about racism, they give five southern white men, when they want to talk about women’s issues they get five white men.

  21. February 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    ROFLMBO!

    X-D That lady is Cop-a-feeling our President.
    in the lat picture.
    She needs a naughty mat!

  22. February 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    LMAO! woo hoo. The little lady has a really good hold on the backside of POTUS. Secret Service guy is giving it a thorough look-over.

    • 99 Dudette
      February 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      She is gripping Presidential booty! And has evidence that will go in history forever. That bitch. I hate her! :-)

      • February 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        Yeah, they’ll hang that photo near their cash register! She’s got a solid squeeze going on. His pants are indented from her grip. Hilarious!

      • 101 EDP4BHO
        February 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        “That bitch. I hate her!”

        Hahaha….Dudette, I’m here with tears in my eyes. That was too funny. I knew when I scrolled down, I’d find the faux pouting. Yeah, little mommy wanted to know if it was real. :-D

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Yes – Secret Service is definitely looking and wondering if they need to take action… They’re probably thinking of Mrs. Obama and what she’ll do to them if she sees that… :)

  23. 103 collegekay
    February 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Lol @ the lady practically grabbing his ass. You ain’t slick lady! :D

    • 104 Me4Obama @Me4Obama
      February 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Ok, am losing my mind over that picture. She really grabbed his behind. ROFLMAO

      • 105 collegekay
        February 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        It’s starting again. During the 08′ campaign he used to get frustrated with woman grabbing his ass. I remember reading an article about it. LOL hilarious.

        • 106 Jessica
          February 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          I’m giving the Chinese lady a pass because of her height and because she’s older (not really an excuse though). I genuinely think she didn’t realize she’s grabbing his ass.

          • 107 lovingandlaughing
            February 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

            I completely agree Jessica. I am sure in the excitement of the moment it didn’t even register with her what she was squeezing she was just probably in another world being shocked the President was right next to her and she was having her picture taken with him and yes, she is so short compared to PBO.

        • 108 Proud of Obama
          February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

          That photo is just too funny. Grabbing the Presidential booty.

  24. February 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’ll have what that lady is having
    with a side of coco butter!

  25. February 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Tweety is again expressing his sad that President Obama doesn’t hang out with him. In discussing Romney’s detachment from known conservatives (and everyone else), Tweet said that President Obama ‘doesn’t really hang out with us on the center left either’, we of the brilliant pundit class—-and said at least he wasn’t getting invited. I am tired of this lament. Were all these guys used to being invited to the WH for the Fri. night BBQ, to being pandered to, to being buttered up? If so, I welcome the change. It might have been a big part of the problem.

    • 151 Dudette
      February 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      I say this in all seriousness: F*#k Tweety!

    • 152 Linda
      February 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Did you notice that his motor mouth went silent when Congresswoman Spier brought up that vasectomies are covered ?

      He pretended that he did not hear her.

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Basically, he is admitting the media is full of prostitutes who will write or say nice things about a person if that person pays the price. McCain played that game, which is at least partially why he still gets invited on all the Sunday shows.

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Because McSame did, thus the DC press loves him.
      You now know why they say that.

    • 155 anniebella
      February 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      What is up with these people, as busy as the President is, and if he does have free time, don’t these idiots thing he might to spend the time with his family. His wife and 10 year old and 13 year old daughters. Come on Tweety get real.

  26. 156 ChristiMTL
    February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Michael Steele…again,..

    • 157 ChristiMTL
      February 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      I love Rev. Al but I don’t like the regular ”analysts” on his show….Dana Milbank, Michael Steele, Alex Wagner….grrrrrr

  27. February 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Did anyone else notice that the woman in the 18th pic, while shes posing with PBO…. her hand is kinda… squeezing the side of his butt cheek? (omg I have to have good thoughts) :lol: Damn she’s lucky :lol: :lol: *gets ice* Oh my :o Damn shes lucky!

  28. February 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I’m laughing here… I didn’t realize I had a huge grin on my face from viewing that pic of PBO and the woman squeezing the side of his butt… until my girlfriend asked ‘what the hell are you grinning about? it has to be a President Obama and not your husband… because you have cheekiness written all over your face’ LOL :lol:

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      You missed us all further up commenting and taking our seats on the naughty mats. Yours is already set up right here in the corner.

      • February 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        LOL theo67……… I just noticed after I posted. I have 2 tabs open of TOD….. one tab shows me the comments and the other tab has it focused on the pic when i flip from tab to tab :lol: Talk about being distracted! *Wheww*

        • February 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

          That’s smart – I keep flying up to the top to take another look, although now that Chipsticks has posted a close-up, I’m only having to fly up halfway up the page. **Making myself even more comfy on the naughty mat.**

    • 166 Pamela
      February 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Pretty crowded on these mats today! This must be Chips’ fault, trying to slip a photo like that past everyone, pretending she didn’t notice! I just came through peak hour traffic laughing my head off – one good thing about it was the other cars gave me plenty of space for once! Hee! ;)

  29. February 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I took some comfort in seeing the President yawning. He really is human, after all, and gets tired just like the rest of us…

  30. February 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for these beautiful photos, Chips. Great!!! Also a beautiful greeting from our wonderful Attorney General here, Kamala Harris who is a great, great supporter of POB. Great to see Lt. Governor there also. That is how you greet the POTUS.
    Do not know where Governor Brown was today, but he may have been out of the state or chose to pick those two to go and meet the President. It was a happy photo and greeting to see.

    Love that Jodi got to hug the President.

    The lady with her hands on the President’s behind is reaching a little too close. SS was watching very serverely.HZ

  31. February 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Did we have more baby-whispering today? Or did the baby not stop crying? :???:

    President Barack Obama holds a crying baby as he meets diners at the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco

  32. 177 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Mmmmhmmm — “ladies of a certain age” always get away with copping a feel on our Prez. They grope him, grab him, cuddle him — all while having that sweet, innocent look on their faces. It ain’t fair, I tell ya! :roll:

    • 178 collegekay
      February 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      I know right. If someone his age did it, she’d be in big trouble with Miche. LOL

    • 179 JojoRaze
      February 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I totally co-sign this statement. Remember that 107 year old lady who said she’d kiss him every evening even if he ate garlic? If you are a woman eligible for Social Security you can get away with groping PBO.

    • 180 Pamela
      February 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      That might be me tomorrow, I am a lady of a certain age, tho she appears a wee tad more innocent than me! Don’t I wish!

    • 181 Beauzeaux
      February 17, 2012 at 1:25 am

      Stand aside. I’m 70 years old and it’s my turn!!!

  33. 182 itgurl_29
    February 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Don’t Kamala Harris and POTUS look like they could be sister and brother?

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      She a very interesting and rich backgroud:

      Kamela Harris was born in Oakland, California. She is the daughter of a Tamil mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan – a breast cancer specialist who immigrated to the United States from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1960 – and a Jamaican American father, Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris. She has one younger sister, Maya Harris. While she grew up in a household that blended Hindu and Baptist teachings, she is currently a practicing Baptist.

      She’s been a great public servant for a long time. She has the same sweetness that PBO does. GO Kamala!!

  34. 187 MTmarilyn
    February 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Good evening everyone!!!! It’s been a long day for me and I noticed I have alot of catching up to do. The President has had a busy day. Can’t wait to read all the news. Love those pictures of the President

    I do believe that the President is going to win. We all will need to do all much work to make it happen. Then we all must work hard on all our local elections. We must give this President a congress he can work with. Also we must take our states back. I am very concerned about my state of Montana. I plan to work on local elections and to get Tester reelected as Senator. I have had lots of disagreements with him but the alternative is Rehberg and that is a non starter. He is a rich repub who toes the party line.

    Off to read of the days events.

  35. 188 Dudette
    February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I was spitting nails earlier today over that Foster Fries fool and Darrell Issa’s boys club hearing, then Chips posted these wonderful pictures and I calmed down.

    TOD — it’s like therapy! Doctor Chipsticks is on the case!

    Okay, I’m still a little worked up over that woman copping a feelski on My President, but really who could blame her?

  36. 191 Geeja
    February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I had to pause the videos and go get some kleenex. You outdid yourself today Chips. So much joy and pride!

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Thrilled you enjoyed them Geeja, really loved watching that today. Still waiting for the complete video to show up on YouTube, will post it when it appears. Thanks Geeja.

  37. 193 donna dem 4 obama
    February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Okay the SS guy is a hoot in that picture with the lady that is grabbing a good hold of the Presidents tush! :lol:

    He’s looking at her as if to say, “whoa let it go, let it go”! ;)

  38. February 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    One woman was totally groping the president

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I think she’s just so short that when she went to put her arm around him that’s what she came up with. What a riot!!

      • February 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        That’ll be my excuse when my turn comes..

        • 199 prettyfoot58
          February 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          hahahahahahahahahahaha……won’t work…theo….

          • 200 anniebella
            February 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm

            I am not tall, and I don’t think the woman meant to do that, but it will never happen with me. I don’t want to touch POTUS butt. I’ll settle for a hand shake, a hug. I don’t want to see any woman touch POTUS’s butt, anymore then I want to see some man touch FLOTUS’s behind. All about respect with me.

            • 201 prettyfoot58
              February 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

              i understand….annie…i do not really think it was intentional…and you are right..if i was place in that position i would not do any inappropriate touching…being in his presence and having his gaze on me ..would be the experience of a life time…

        • 202 lovingandlaughing
          February 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          Oh my goodness theo, you are too funny!

      • 203 Pamela
        February 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        We all know you are exactly right meta, she being just a little bitty lady… Still, we are having a wonderful time with the whole tickly incident!

      • 204 lovingandlaughing
        February 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        I agree meta!

  39. February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  40. 207 Andy46
    February 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Hello TOD,
    wow I am watching CBS Evening News right now, what’s with all the good news? LOL

    President Obama is kicking ass and taking names.

    America you are also set to out grow Canada for the first time in 4 years.

  41. 211 desertflower
    February 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    What LL mentioned is coming to fruition.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/poll-republican-party-political-death

    A new Democracy Corps survey has found that the Republican Party has begun 2012 by falling into state of near collapse, as over 50% of those polled gave the GOP a negative rating.

    The Democracy Corps poll found three reasons for the Republican decline. The candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, the unpopular Republicans in Congress, and the GOP’s attempts to revive the culture wars with the religious liberty and contraception issues. Fifty percent of those surveyed gave the Republican Party a negative rating. A majority of both seniors (54%) and Independents (52%) now have negative feelings towards the GOP.

    The Republicans in Congress have set the tone of negativity towards their party. Sixty eight percent of voters had negative opinion about congressional Republicans, which is a 22 point increase over the past 12 months. Seniors have made the biggest move against congressional Republicans going from a 45%-43% net positive rating to a net 28%-66% disapproval of congressional Republicans. Independents have also turned on the congressional Republicans. Last year, 45% of Independents disapproved of congressional Republicans. Today, that number has jumped to 71%.

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I just hope this isn’t happening too early. People have already forgotten most of the excellent work done these past three years – who caused the economic crisis and how scared everyone was, the Gulf oil spill response and the $20 billion “shake down”, pirates, Trump take-down, OBL… With attention spans so short, will they remember the war on women by November?

      • February 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        Just have to chime in after finishing a new essay for TPV.

        I understand the threat of “peaking too early”. But I think this is a tidal wave that will just keep coming and coming. There’s literally nothing the GOP can do in the next 9 months—almost down to 8!—that will get them in the public’s good graces again. Especially now that the President’s major policy for 2012—payroll tax, UI extension, and doc fix—is out of the way, he can ignore the GOP Congress—except when he’s hammering them for being abject failures at legislation. If I’ve learned anything over the past 3 years, is that PBO is a master at milking the moment, and at timing.

        • 214 JoJothecat
          February 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

          I am with you LL, I don’t think it PBO policies are “peaking too early”, they are happening as he planned it they would. Actually, if not for the GOP/TEA obstruction, the recovery would have occured last year. I think that after the 2010 elections, he started doing things to turn the economy around that did not need the dysfunctinal congresses permission.

    • February 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Obama’s cunning plan is coming to fruition. :)

      • 216 desertflower
        February 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        I could not agree more, LL :) This won’t go away. They just keep ramping up the crazy. People won’t forget all that has happened (or NOT happened) because of them. They will need to have it all come crashing down around them and regroup from the ashes. I hope, into a kinder, more intelligent,pragmatic party…without the ideologues running the show.
        In the mean time, PBO plods along, slow but steady. I also believe that the stimulative programs that he is able to put through on his own, will have a domino effect throughout these coming months, and things will just keep getting better and better. It will feed off itself, and snowball…for the good of the country.
        Republicans can’t govern. They never could. I think as more and more people pay attention, and see what’s actually happening around them…many will see that they have been lied to for a long time. The rhetoric from Republicans doesn’t match with the reality. Are people going to ignore what they actually see right in front of them? I don’t think so. If they keep going, and pissing more people off…the climb back is going to be long and “severely” :) slow. Republican version of a colon cleanse! Enema! Aw…they should just put an asprin between their knees and call us when they’re done screwing themselves!

  42. 217 Dakota
    February 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Ok, I was homesick when they said the Prez was staying at the Mark Hopkins, but seeing him in Chinatown, San Francisco??? OMG, I’m missing the real deal Chinese food big time! Oh and BTW: Screw Jerry Brown…Screw him!!! I’m much preferring to see the VERY FINE looking Gavin Newsome (who I have seen in person once) and the fabulous Kamala Harris. Let’s here it for the dirty ol’ ladies! LOL!

  43. 219 vcprezofan2
    February 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Hi TODville! How are you all? I’ve cooked and eaten and I’m signing in though I’m not even going to pretend to catch up as I’m guaranteed to go into a funk if I try. I’ve peeked in hastily this past week, enough to know that I’m thoroughly lost as to family news and that I’ll be lost for another week! Grr! :( Anyways, I’m here now :lol: :lol: till sleep takes over, so I intend to make the most of it. A special shout out to Chips Chica, whose pictures have gone a long way to quieting my discontent when I was too tired/late to read and could only check the day as told by the pictures.

    By the way, on one of those peek-ins I noticed that LL is now a ‘celebrity’ – Congrats, LL – and zizi is gearing up to join him – Congrats zizi! And, of course, I have to add another shout out to Tally! :lol: May you talented cyber siblings continue to touch more and more minds as you add your words of insight to this very important political dialogue. Who knows who will be impacted by which ideas on which day when we put ourselves out there to share our views? In fact, thanks to all contributors to TODville. You probably don’t realize how valuable your contributions here are, but I sure realized their value while I was unable to keep up. I actually hear news while I am in the car to & from work, and I AM UNABLE TO TELL THE STORY IN MY HEAD BEFORE THEY GET TO IT!!!! Not to mention that I don’t much like their slant and wonder what they are leaving out.

    • February 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      VC!!! Missed ya, how are you doing?

      • 221 vcprezofan2
        February 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        Miss you too, CC! A whole lot! I’m fine except that I’m working full time, can’t check in at work, and when I come home have to chauffeur the offspring and cook and work on stuff from work, etc. Have one more week of guaranteed full time, then it’s back to on-call. (Counting the days, I am! ;) ) The good news is that I can ‘put aside a little’ towards my Inauguration fund and encourage myself daily with that thought.

        • February 16, 2012 at 7:44 pm

          Ouch, that sounds intensely **BUSY** VC. I hope you’re finding enough time to rest and sleep, and all that crazy stuff? Sounds to me like you have endless energy – can I borrow some?

        • 223 Pamela
          February 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          Oh, VC, that is so so good, and makes it a little easier to bear the hectic schedule. We are thinking of you, we’ve all been there from time to time! Good to see you!

  44. 224 desertflower
    February 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    PBO’s current budget would create 1.5 million jobs THIS YEAR…of course Republicans don’t want it.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/02/16/427447/obama-budget-jobs-created/

  45. February 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Uh ooooooooooooooooh!!!!!

    President Barack Obama greets patrons during a surprise visit to Great Eastern Restaurant for dim sum in San Francisco’s Chinatown on February 16, 2012.

  46. 244 Cman
    February 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Wow, these women are all coping a feel

  47. 246 Andy46
    February 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    FLOTUS is on CBS News surprising guest at the White House, wow she greated 500 guest today

    so jealous

    *sigh*

  48. 247 Dakota
    February 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    LOL! Our Asian sistahs are too much!

  49. February 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Sweet Dreams Obama-Knights
    Toodles for know.

  50. 254 Linda
    February 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    They are trying to give Scott Brown credit for the payroll tax cut not having to be paid for.

  51. 255 ber6964
    February 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    There appears to have been quite a bit of grabbing today………..those lucky ladies!!

  52. 256 auni
    February 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Oh geez! Love the picture of our wonderful President getting a bun squeeze. That dear lady will be reminded of that forever. The look on the SS guy is priceless, “Hey, hey, get your hand otta’ there”.

  53. February 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This is effed up:

    Pilot who breached Obama airspace ignored air traffic controllers

    Air traffic controllers repeatedly tried to contact the pilot of a Cessna 182 who strayed into President Obama’s airspace Thursday morning, prompting defense officials to scramble two F-16 fighter jets, authorities said.

    The pilot did not respond, the sources said.

    The fighter jets intercepted the plane and it eventually landed without incident at Long Beach Airport, where it was met by law enforcement officials.

    Authorities told The Times that they seized as much as 10 kilograms of marijuana on the plane.

    The White House said it would not comment on the matter. After his morning fundraisers, Obama left from LAX at 2:45 p.m. en route to San Francisco, according to the White House.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/pilot-who-breached-obama-airspace-ignored-air-traffic-controllers.html

  54. 264 Melanie
    February 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Wow can’t wait to see what Michelle has to say about these pix; this is hilarious. He ordered the Chinese ribs but instead he got butt rubs!!

  55. February 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Is it because President Obama is so tall and Chinese women are so short that in two of these pictures two different women are grabbing the President’s tush? Yeah. That would be my excuse. ;-)

  56. 268 Me4Obama @Me4Obama
    February 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I think we should have an ass grabbing thread & let these ladies know they are not alone.

  57. February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Can I just say that my CA Atty. General is smoking hot? That is all.

    • 270 isonprize
      February 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      LL, Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your thoughtful articles over at The People’s View. I can now say that “I knew you when…”

      As for your Atty General, I’m a girl, and I agree with you! She came out to Pennsylvania back in ’08. She impressed me as smart, sharp and very personable. I suspect that you won’t be keeping her for long…

    • 274 nathkatun7
      February 17, 2012 at 1:50 am

      LL, I agree with you 100% that my Attorney General “is smoking hot.” But even more important, she has the brains. I hope she runs for Governor in 2014.

  58. 275 Lorraine
    February 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    The Network News was pretty good this evening. The lead was of automobile industry! The economist interviewed by CBS and who I’ve seen before and who has been very optimistic said that he thought unemployment would go down another percentage point this year! 7.3 here we come.

  59. February 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    New post everyone ….. wait til you see the White House photo of the day :lol:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/02/16/evening-all-38/

    • February 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      LOL…I scroll through the pictures before going to comments. I noticed THE HAND right away and smiled. Now I’m going to be very bad…

      These are still pictures. I wonder if there was any hand movement. LOL rub, rub, rub. :) Especially the woman looking up at PBO and grinning. Not sure if I could resist a slight little rub if my hand ended up there. (by accident of course) :D :D :D

      Good night all. I will certainly have sweet dreams now!!!! ;)

  60. February 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Ok, it’s not like we haven’t had enough good news today. So, I’m adding more.

    Obama poised to win 2012 election with 303 electoral votes: The Signal Forecast.

  61. February 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Great campaign pics. Thx chips. From kidz to momz to gramps – everyone smiles when this man is around.

  62. 282 yardarm756
    February 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    TOD ville I have a keepsake copy of Whitney Houston’s keepsake obituary. Anyone that wants one can e-mail your request to me :nelsondyer@sbcglobal.net.

  63. 283 Titti
    February 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Burst out laughing when I saw the azz grabs. Poor bloke having to be ‘pawed’. That 2nd lady should have been taken down – that’s a blatant copping a feel, whilst the 1st was a ‘convenient accident’. God Bless Jodi.


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