President Obama stops for a photo with neighborhood residents on his way to a fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia
8:25 ET: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta
CBS (streaming has started)
CNN live streaming
You rock, chica!!
I wondered why refreshing was taking so long…….you were building a new thread Chipsticks
POTUS is speaking on CBS – nothing yet on CNN
I simply MUST bring this over from the previous thread:
Poll: Obama Even with GOP Candidates in Georgia [article plus short radio segment]
Holy carp!!! Go Obots! If this holds through November, we’re looking at a blue tidal wave. 2010 will be the blip I’ve been saying it was.
I know we shouldn’t get too shaken up over polls, but this one has me shimmying, ‘sho nuff!!!
Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue!!!
Am I seeing and hearing right? Ed Schultz is saying that the WH is now proposing/requiring all colleges must cover birth control for students.
Thank you, Mr. President!
Booyah! Take that GOP woman-haters!!
PBO’s leg has got to tired from kicking so mucn rwnj azzzzzzz……!
HHS spells contraception coverage rule options
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that they’re considering three options to implement President Obama’s requirement that women employed by religious instituions get free, no-copay birth control.
J. Lester Feder reports:
- Require the companies that self-insured plans hire to manage their employee benefits, called third-party administrators, to cover the cost of these benefits out of revenues not connected with the religiously affiliated employer.
- Cover the cost of the benefit by having the new reinsurance program established by the health care reform law pay rebates to third-party administrators.
- Have a separate insurance company provide the benefit to these employees.
The proposal also suggests giving the exemption to religious organizations that cover some, but not all, FDA-approved contraceptives.
HHS also issued a final rule on Friday regulating student health plans offered by universities. They spell out that religious universities will largely have to follow the same rules for providing contraceptive coverage for their students that they will have to for their employees. But self-funded student plans will be exempt, because HHS does not have the authority to regulate them under current law.
Props to Kathleen Sebelius along with PBO for her leadership of HHS. She’s done a phenomenal job.
Tes KS has been extremely brilliant a brilliant choice from PBO for HHS!!!!!!Bravo Ms Secretary
for standing for all the women in the world.
That is fantastic. BRAVO.
The speech already is in progress…CNN is streaming now.
OBO in Atlanta was fantastic, and this is a new one PBO challange the GOP running that if
the want to TALK about MORAL value to bring it on PBO has values I love this man PBO doe has
a tons of moral values. ED was showing part of the speech ED is doing a great job.
PBO is speaking now on the CBS stream.
Tyler takes the stage to introduce Obama. Very moving. http://t.co/NJkZV39k— Kent Faulcon (@kentfaulcon) March 17, 2012
He is talking now!!!!
You want to call it “Obamacare”… that’s okay, because I DO care!
— President Barack Obama, 3/16/2012
That was great! I’m so glad he finally said it b/c he does care…
Cool, Dudette!! And, so true!!
USA – "You want to call it ObamaCare – that's OK because I DO CARE" #PresObama 16 Mach 2012 – theobamadiary.com/2012/03/16/hea… #LandslideOBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 17, 2012
USA – For 3+yrs @BarackObama focused on EVERY American on a #RoadTraveled Together – youtube.com/watch?v=2POemb… – & Did Change the World, for GOOD— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 16, 2012
Way to go Bob!
That’s a bumper sticker….Call It Obama care…..That’s okay, He does care!!
Great line from ATL mayor: "Don't go comparing him (Obama) to the Almighty. You need to compare him to the alternative!" Welp…— Kent Faulcon (@kentfaulcon) March 17, 2012
…and the alternative just doesn’t stack up!
It’s FRIDAY!!! Hope everyone had a great day
"Mommy, I shook his hand!" a 6-yr-old girl said as President went to his 1st Atlanta fundraiser at the home of businessman Mack Wilbourn— West Wing Report (@WestWingReport) March 16, 2012
Howdy, pb!! Meant to tell you last night I was sorry to see the comments @goldietaylor made to you yesterday.
Ah thanks meta!! Yeah I’m always surprised when other liberals are snide to each other. I think I always take tiffs with liberals more seriously than RWNJs. Because I don’t expect any better from them! But I do expect some modicum of respect between liberals.
But I got over it, and I realized it really wasn’t productive.
But thanks for asking ((((( hugs)))))
What did goldie taylor say to you pb?
It was related to Andrew Sullivan Post on the South, and racism in the south. I agreed with Andrew Sullivan on the extremely racists attitudes in the South, especially toward the President. Goldie Taylor said that I am ignorant in my opinion, and apparently I’m assuming all this because I watched too many movies. She also said I should get out of Los Angeles, implying how would I know anything about racism, being from a big urban liberal city, and not knowing anything about the South.
First of all. I never denied racism was only in the South, only that it was worse in the South. Based on statistics for unemployment, imprisonment, death penalty, standard of living, opportunities etc.
Second, I was ticked off by her comment, because I only lived in LA for 3 years, I’ve lived in many different places, and I know very well that racism can be found anywhere. I grew up in south west Ohio, near Dayton, and went to grad school near Cincinnati, having Kentucky across the border, and having been there, it’s a completely different environment, and it’s only 25 miles away! So I had some anecdotal experience as well. But Goldie Taylor had NO CLUE about my backround. Only that my twitter profile says that I’m currently in Los Angeles, and therefore as en “elite” asian american liberal, what the hell would I know about racism!
But especially after the polls released from Mississippi and Alabama, on President Obama being a muslim and not believing that interracial marriage is accceptable, that polling was, for me, one more thing that showed that the South is more overt in its racism.
I’m not implying rednecks are racists, as there are racists to be found everywhere, but I have yet to have anyone show me proof that it isn’t worse for African Americans in the north eastern states vs. the south.
Wow! That Goldie is something else. I’ve gotten into it with her once and she blocked me. I had to laugh at her a few weeks ago when she announced on twitter that she was willing to unblock some folks she blocked before. LOL….As if it was some kind of big prize to be able to follow her.
In any case, I agree with you. Racism is everywhere but it is more overt in some places.They may be more polite in the South but Goldie should not pretend like the hatred behind those smiles doesn’t burn hotter.
LOL! So I’m in good company
After initially being taken aback, I wished her luck in her career, then I just blocked her on twitter and unliked her facebook page. I have NO interest in ever hearing what she has to say.
especially after she was on Lawrence defending Andrew Breitbart, and mourning his death. It was the last straw! Though I’m sure she could care less if I ever follow her
She was kissing Andrew’s butt before he passed. I saw her write on twitter that she wasn’t going to block him. I forgot what reason she gave but I recall thinking it was lame and that she just wanted to keep him on because of connections. She wouldn’t block a lying hatemonger like Andrew but she blocked me for pointing out that she got her facts wrong on Pres.Obama’s job record.
Well that explains it, she’s so desperate to be part of the #MSM inner circle, so soon she’ll start to bitch about President Obama to show how “fair and balanced” she is!
I saw that program. The more she talked, the less I thought of her character.
PBO is on fire! “Change is healthcare reform. You want to call it Obamacare? Go right ahead. I care for children; I care for people.”
That really is a plus to see the administration starting to go this route publicly. I know people on this site and others have said things like “Obamacare because Obama Cares” but this is the first time I have heard him or othrs in the administration go that route.
I, to riff up something said upthread, really do believe that he has a chance in GA. For a while they thought it might be in play in 2008 then pulled back. This trip alone shows they think GA can turn blue, at least for the Presidency.
The President used a variation of that line last year, and rightly so.
He said it last year
Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue!
POTUS says “the folks who are RUNNING for President” LOL!!!!!!!
It sounds like church. Preach on President Obama.
This pictures says it all about the moment….#obama2012 http://t.co/Y92AmwoU— Mike Muse (@iammikemuse) March 17, 2012
"They can call it #Obamacare because I do care!" – Pres. Obama #Obama #Obama2012 #FB— Ramona Houston (@ramonahouston) March 17, 2012
Speaking of Hot-lanta, I’m watching Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta, it’s one of my fav versions of the show. I love the NYC version too, but I’m a Southern girl at heart, so SYTTD:ATL speaks to me…lol.
All I need now is David Tutera’s wedding show and I’m gonna be in hog-heaven…lol.
My cousin is having her fitting filmed for the show next month! We’re so excited!
I told y’all the crowd in ATL was gonna be just as on fire as POTUS.
I love her too!
I love when he goes off script and starts whispering to us. it’s so intimate and effective.
He’s gonna make me start crying….thinking about the sacrifices…
GGail, I am sitting here doing just that. I see the tenderness that we all here see and know of about our President, and I just start crying to see that we really are so bless to have such a beautiful soul as our President.
Thank you, Mr. President. We love you and we appreciate you, and We Are Going To Get the Vote Out for 4 more for 44.HZ
Hi HZ! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
HZ, Be sure you see my reply on previous thread. (((HUGS)))
@edshow I will never get tired of listening to this President!! #yeswecan @Obama2012 #Obama2012— Courtney Dillard (@mrscorie) March 17, 2012
I love it how he talks about the American ideal. All those Republican President who were believed in building this country.
This crowd is really fired up about PBO’s speech. I could definitely see Georgia going blue in 2012
Me too hopefruit2. My AA family members and other AAs are beginning to BELIEVE in President Obama.
They too are FIRED UP!
“beginning”? Where have they been, for heaven’s sake?
I never stop believing in President Obama. But to those who did, we welcome you back with open arms.
I bet it’s hot in there – I see a shine on his forehead
Where’s the Church Usher with the fans or handkerchief?
I DO BELIEVE IT WAS WARM IN THERE…POOR PBO..STUCK TO THAT TIE. I FEEL SORRY THAT MEN HAVE TO WEAR TIES!
You will never see the diversity you see in PBO’s gatherings at any Republican gathering, I don’t care who it is for. Which is why, of course, they consider themselves real Americans, bcause the definitio real American is White, over 60, Christian, straight and (btw, to build suspense I will say that up to this point I am by their definition a real American) and, to get back to the qualifications, dumb as an ox. I like to think I don’t meet that last criteria.
Oh japa21, confession is good for the soul, but we know where your allegiance is !!!!
LOL! The only criteria that requires confession is the last one – which he doesn’t meet.
Thank you for that reassurance.
Well you do need to confess for making chips post naughty mat pics of Dr. Jill Biden and FLOTUS!!
But I only do that for the benefit of other posters. It is a selfless act on my part, trying to maintain the moral of the entire community.
Oh sure…sure…definitely…I see you are taking the words of the great PBO to heart. “We all feel better when we look out for one another.” LOL!
Thank you Japa for your courage and selflessness in sticking your neck out to express how some of us men feel about FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden. Didn’t they both look so gorgeous at the State Dinner? If the women at TOD can have their naughty mat then it’s only fair that the men do too.
LOL! You are so far from “dumb as an ox” Japa. There are some really great white, 60ish, straight men that I have known.
Japa21, you got the virtual hots for Michelle Obama (her brain, of course, her brain!!) That counts for SMART in my book!!!
Of corse her brain, same as with Jill Biden. What else could it be?
Let’s go to the men’s locker room and I’ll enlighten you. You appear to have forgotten sir.
Well, I am getting up there in years, but now that I think about it.
Yeah, riiiight! Go change your gym socks.
I told a rightwinger today that who was trying to say that the libs were hateful that all he had to do was look at the facial expressions on the Repub crowds versus the ones at PBOs appearances. They all remind you of the mob scenes from the 50s.
geeja, tell your friend that a liberal crowd have never cheer because a Governor have put to death over 200 hundred people, they have never cheer when ask if a young man who refuse to get Health insurance when he was healthy, that they should let him died if he gets sick and have no insurance, a liberal crowd have never boo a gay soldier who was over in Iraq fighting for his country.
The Crowd erupts in “four more years” chant with the music.
You’re crazy funny. That was a really good analysis.
Reporting from Fairfax, Va., and Washington— As President Obama tore into another campaign-ready speech on gas prices in Maryland this week, the real work of his reelection campaign was happening across the state line, far from the spotlight.
In a strip mall in Fairfax, Va., a group of suburban women gathered in an Obama campaign office to work the phones, trying to lure more volunteers, update voter information and just make contact. One remarkable note in the busy scene came from a sign on the office wall.
“Days to go: 225.”
Eight months from election day, while Republican presidential contenders still battle in a protracted fight for their party’s nomination, the Obama campaign is up and running — determined to make the most of its head start by reactivating the much-vaunted organization that prevailed in 2008.
What do they mean “activating”? OFA has been at this for over a year building support in 50 states. Is the media just waking up from a stupor? Where have they been?
Jackie, whatever…. Let ‘em keep sleeping the Obama campaign. We were out doing voter registration last fall in November.
I hope Pete got a picture of PBO giving the guy a fist-bump in the crowd.
Keep on Marchin’ by Raphael Saadiq
I LOVE THIS SONG, especially the LYRIC!
When There’s Nothing You Can Do
When There’s Nothing You Can Say
’cause Everything Just Ain’t Gonna To Go Your Way
If You’re Feeling Kind Of Strange And You Want To Lay It Down
And It’s Hard For You To Keep Your Feet On Solid Ground
You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
Keep Marchin’ On
You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
Keep Marchin’ On
Keep On … Keep Marchin’
When A Poor Girl Shines And A Rich Girl Cries
And The Clown Is Wearing No Make Up
You Got To Get Up And Run, You Got To Get Up And Strive
You Got To Put On Your Pride Into Making It
DARN…I GUESS IT WAS TOO HOT FOR MADEA TO BRING HER WIG AND HER PURSE. I WAS HOPING SHE’D GIVE THE SS A ‘HELLER’ AND WHAT FOR!!!!!
I COULD JUST IMAGINE THE ‘SS’ TRYING TO SEARCH MADEA’S PURSE!!!!LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…:))))))))
LOL. Sue, you are too funny. Does your husband appreciate at all, despite your political leanings, the treasure he has in you? Kind and funny. He’d better wake up or someone else may snatch you up
Oh now, I am remembering the contents of that purse – not pretty at all !!!!
Sue – I was hoping Madea would make a brief appearance too!!!!
Oh man, I missed it, but I feel like I heard it just from reading the above comments! Thank you all!
But but but the Bishops…
1 @edshow POTUS can be comfortable speaking because he tells the truth! Not campaigning on lies to get votes like the #GOPliars #Obama2012— Monroe Jackson III (@MONROEJACKSON) March 17, 2012
East Elmhurst Dem. meeting = full house! Organizing #fridaynight @OFA_NY #fellows2012 #Obama2012 http://t.co/0X0rBIOQ— Jenny Alcaide (@alcaidejenny) March 17, 2012
tuned in at the official time but Prez was already speaking – really liked what I heard. I will need to listen to the whole speech again
Press pool reports Pres Obama got a rock star reception at fund-raiser at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 17, 2012
And Mark Knoller is crying into his 60th Double whopper. While loudly demanding his 61st burger.
Maybe he could join Mitt in CA for his “grab a bite o burger with Mitt” PBO- copycat fundraiser!
but the MSM tells us AA are not enthusiastic
They just can’t stand it!!!
President Obama ROCKS!!!
OMG—–just got polled by “Life and Marriage Movement” for Santorum. They were trying to tell me that Lil Ricky was the only “consistently conservative candidate and the only one who could DEFEAT OBAMA. My responses could not have pleased them much. Like, at all. I said “NO!” real real loud to all their questions. And will Romney quit robocalling me—-I got 3 today, a couple yesterday and a couple the day before that, wanting me to stick around and listen to his “urgent message”. Got one from Rep. Aaron Shock (sp?) for Romney today too. Get this primary over with!!
Dotster, good for you. They must have lousy phone lists or they wouldn’t be calling Democrats. I hope all this constant robocalling backfires on them. We are next in the annoyance shute with an April primary and I’m truly dreading it. Back in 2010 I got two calls asking me to support Pat Toomey. I told them that if they were calling me their lists stank. They didn’t call again.
We got those calls before the primary here but I think they have me on speed dial because I’m always faxing and emailing McButthead & his little pal BooBoo kyl. The last person who called me I told to stuff it, & take my name off their list or I would report them to the harassment police. Goatfiggers!
Hi, ag I had written to McLame some weeks ago regarding the GOP assault on women…I just got an email from him today….he cited something from USAToday and I nearly choked my birthday computer!! I am formulating my response to that moron as I type this. Condescending POS! Anyone that calls their wife a cu**, among other things, will get NO respect from me in my response.
Keep kickin’ ass!
Hola Sweetie! How’s by your casa? I’ve been thinking of you & sending the good vibes your way.
McButthead is such slime. He has no respect for women. He treated his first wife shamefully. I can’t wait to kick him out. Give him a good one & add an extra from me. I don’t even read his stupid email responses to me because they piss me off. I think he probably has some poor scruby intern churn them out. I’m sure the great man is way too important to do it himself.
Have you seen Carmona’s responses to this War On Women? I think I will help Sis work on his campaign. I’m liking him better & better. He’s really popular in Tucson.
Tyler: "Never thought I'd see the day the Presidential motorcade roll thru south-west ATL. Giving these ATL children a glimpse of destiny."— Kent Faulcon (@kentfaulcon) March 17, 2012
Obama: " Only in America could you have a Barack Obama. Only in America could you have a Tyler Perry. Only in this great country." Real talk— Kent Faulcon (@kentfaulcon) March 17, 2012
That’s so Sweeeeet! All Verklempt here!~
Reflecting on 2nite's Obama event. A blk man US President speaking at another blk man's movie studio @tylerperry – wow http://t.co/8Dz52HIt— Kent Faulcon (@kentfaulcon) March 17, 2012
Wisconsin GOP Loses Majority
Posted on 03/16/2012 at 5:00 pm by JM Ashby
Today brings very good news for the citizens of Wisconsin.
Following the resignation of State Senator Pam Galloway, who was headed for a recall election, the Republican party will no longer hold a majority in the state senate.
Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway (R) is resigning from the chamber today, citing a family health situation. Galloway was one of the targeted incumbents in upcoming recall elections.
This also means that as of now, the Republicans have officially lost their Senate majority, leaving the chamber split 16-16. The recall elections to come will determine who takes the majority.
Obviously a Democratic majority would be preferable, but in this case an evenly divided government is a positive step toward reclaiming Scottwalkerstan.
Tyler Perry: “Never thought I’d see the day the Presidential motorcade roll thru south-west ATL. Giving these ATL children a glimpse of destiny.”
I am so bummed that I missed Tyler’s introduction. I hope someone posts video of that.
Yeah me too! I want to see Tyler’s intro too.
POTUS just mentions Michelle, and the crowd goes crazy!!
don’t tell me we don’t love our FLOTUS!!!
rikyrah, I heard that, and POTUS said I know you love Michelle, then he said I love her too. That’s the real stuff that Mitt doesn’t have, never will.
Yea when PBO mention FLOTUS the crowd realy went crazy and PBO loved it!!!!!
Don’t know if the following will post properly but I thought ya’ll would like it:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son,
The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment
Inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
That’s right! Great story yardarm – thanks for sharing.
Thanks, I like this and the wisdom it contains…
This is a keeper!
very sage wisdom Yardarm756..when you feed the characteristics that does not benefit anyone including yourself, we all lose.
Case in point — Rush Limbaugh actually stated on air a few days ago that the Republican message is of fear and anger.
Yet another case:
I’ve read that before that’s one of the “Sleepman” teaching tales for children. I have the book and have read it to my grandkiddos. Thanks for sharing that here. It’s a great message for us all.
The truth always stands ag. It always stands.
May I use that at my next OFA meeting?
Of course Judith. You are always welcome.
I have posted this many times before…started posting that on BWD’s site…it is SO apropos. Thanks for posting that again. I have mine posted on the side of my fridge:)
Mine has graphics to go with it. I don’t know how to get them on here though.
Love this. You’re a wise man, teaching us young’uns
Thank you, I will share with my father’s family.
Yardarm, thanks for sharing this. This Cherokee story/parable contains deep moral wisdom. It’s indeed a challenge to all of us humans: Do we choose to feed the “Evil Wolf,” or do we choose to feed the “Good Wolf”? The tragedy, of course, is that people who are busy feeding the “Evil Wolf,” are also the ones that profess to be the guardians of the “Good Wolf.”
Dotster, Little Ricky has lost his mind. If he’s so riled up about internet pornography, how exactly would he stop it?
In fact, since he’s so PURE, how does he even know about it? HHHhhhhmmm? /snark.
What an idiot. Now I see why he’s against higher education. It obviously didn’t do him any good.
Santorum spends way too much time thinking about sex and sex-related deviance.
AMEN to that! I think he’s twisted. I can’t imagine how his wife stands him & I wonder what he does in his spare time? It’s probably creepy whatever it is.
theo, right??? There is something very disturbing about his obsession with pornography, and sexual activity, specifically homosexuality. Something, like that needs a closer observation and more than a few conversations with a competent therapist.
He’s likely a closet perv. You don’t talk about something incessantly without some knowledge of same.
Larry David just says it all right here.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago on Friday to see old friends, give his supporters a pep talk and toss a few verbal darts at the Republicans who will do battle in Illinois’ presidential primary on Tuesday.
But mostly, Obama came for the cash.
In a reflection of Democrats’ increasing concerns about Republicans’ financial strength in the November 6 election, Obama went on a fundraising spree on Friday. He attended two events in Chicago – a public one for which tickets were $2,500 each, then a closed, $10,000-a-head fundraiser for a few dozen wealthy supporters.
Obama was scheduled for three more events later on Friday in Atlanta, including one hosted by actor and director Tyler Perry for which tickets were $35,800 each.
For the day, Obama was projected to raise at least $5.5 million for his re-election campaign.
This article mentions this fact as if there is a problem with candidate running for president holding fundraisers. What did they think he would do — Come by and tell the good people of Chicago, IL and surrounds to KEEP their donations?
I’ve chosen not to make their standards, my standards. They have a completely thwarted sense of reality, and the things they value, the things they fear – they’re not real. The things they should honor and uphold – they ridicule and try to kill. I think they (the GOP and their media puppets and ignorant followers) are setting too much of the direction and topic of conversation. They are insignificant nats in the grand scheme of the universe. The add nothing to the conversation. They contribute nothing positive. They build zero. I don’t need any of what they’re offering in my life. Including their irrational opinions.
Wow theo67 — This is so profound –”the things they value, the things they fear – they’re not real. The things they should honor and uphold – they ridicule and try to kill.”
This is prose, quite beautiful. Thank you for this and I totally agree with the entire sentiment.
Talk about Theooo…
I’ve chosen not to make their standards, my standards. …..
just makes me work harder….
Bingo! That’s exactly the way I feel, Theo67!
Dont you know??? It’s perfectly normal, acceptable, expected when Romney goes off to do it!!! But it is a travesty and somehow very wrong with very negative undertones when it is President Obama!!!
May God punish all these evil newstainers and their master puppeteers!!!
DANG! I wish I was that rich. I would host a fund raiser for him & Michelle at my casa they would never forget! They would have to bring Granny & the girls too because my granddaughters want to play with Sasha & my grandson is totally in love with Malia.
How old is your grandson?
14, & being that he’s a teenage boy that’s probably more like lust but he thinks she’s gorgeous &since he has shot up to 6feet in the last year he’s convinced she would like tall boys best. His heart is in the right place because he’s a huge Obot and plants to do GOTV with me. He’s already been to a fund raising house party where he practically turned people upside down & shook them for loose change!
OMG! LOL that was so hilarious imagining what your grandson was doing
Good for you & your grandson! He sounds sweet!!!
This was probably talked about but I’ll post it anyway:
“Obama Campaign: New Documentary Breaks Traffic Record”
Ari Melber on March 16, 2012 – 3:31 PM ET
“a seventeen-minute exploration of the mess that greeted the new president when he came into office. People are tuning in: the video’s debut on Thursday drew more visitors to Obama’s campaign website than any time this year, which Obama officials confirmed to The Nation on Friday.”
Remember the explanation given for the punditry meme for this week: “President Obama down in polls” was that there is no enthusiasm among African Americans? well that Atlanta event takes care of that foolishness
President Obama will embark on a four-state tour next week to highlight his energy plan amid intensifying GOP attacks on the White House over soaring gas prices.
The tour comes as gas prices continue to rise, reaching a national average of $3.83 Friday, according to AAA.
Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday, and will deliver remarks in all four states.
On Wednesday, the president will visit a solar facility in Boulder City, Nev., where he’ll “focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar,” according to the White House.
Later Wednesday, Obama will tout the administration’s efforts to expand domestic oil-and-gas production at oil fields in Carlsbad, N.M.
I love that the President is almost training for the rigors of campaigning by doing a lot of travelling now. It’s going to be extremely hard, physically, for him to campaign AND run the country at the same time during these next few months. It’s good that he’s “easing” into it (as much as an energizer bunny eases into anything).
Lucky, lucky Hotlanta! I love Atlanta! Now back up to read the comments!
OMGoodnes – Duke just lost to Leigh!
More photos from the arrival:
Fundraising info for today’s Atlanta visit:
The first event will take place at the home of Mack Wilbourn in northeast Atlanta. Wilbourn is a longtime Atlanta political operative and was a major fundraiser for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The private event is expecting 75 attendees, paying $1,000 each.
From there, President Obama will head to a public reception at Tyler Perry’s studio, where 1,000 people are expected to pay $500 to attend. Musician Cee Lo Green will perform.
After that, the President will head to Perry’s home in Vinings for a private $35,800-a-plate dinner at Perry’s home.
The money raised is divided between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“Atlanta is probably in the top 10 cities in the country where the Democratic National Committee is able to raise money. There’s a lot of very wealth Democrats here,” said Georgia Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon.
Georgia Democrats contributed more than $1 million to President Obama’s campaign in 2008.
Traffic is expected to be affected when he leaves a little before 11 p.m.
I hope the 75 attendees pay more than just 1000 dollars! That is a low fundraiser. Usually, a good one is a million bucks, not 75k!
George Clooney released from jail
WASHINGTON (RNN) – Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney and his father have been released from jail following their arrests Friday morning outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
“We’re trying to bring attention to an ongoing emergency,” Clooney said. The Hollywood A-lister said he was drawing attention to alleged war crimes in the African nation, which include the starving, raping and killing of innocent citizens. “We need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world – immediately,” Clooney said earlier Friday as he was being dragged away from the embassy in handcuffs.
Clooney was officially charged with the disorderly crossing of a police line, according to CNN. If convicted, he will have to pay a fine. Clooney’s father, a journalist, told reporters he and his son were standing with the Sudanese. “If we are who we have always said we are as Americans, we should be standing here together, beause what we know is that there are people who are in danger now,” Nick Clooney said. “We will stand with them as long as they are in danger.”In addition to the two Clooney men, Democratic Reps. Jim Moran, D-VA, and John W. Olver were both arrested, according to CNN.
Obama to speak at Joplin HS graduation
JOPLIN, MO (KOTV/CBS) – President Barack Obama will deliver the graduation speech at Joplin High School, one year after powerful storms destroyed the building.
Graduation day is May 21, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the F-5 tornado that devastated the town.
With their old high school turned to rubble, students now learn in makeshift classrooms at the local mall. [more in the article]
That is a graduation day you’d remember forever!
Wow the article was not very positive. Those students are ungrateful! Damn, if ANY President, but especially a President who viewed the devastation after the tornado, came to speak at your HS Graduation, you should be excited and grateful!
Forgive the really long post, but Georgia Repugs are up to no good… just like the rest of them!!
More than 40 groups plan ‘mass action’ at Gold Dome to oppose anti-protest legislation
Groups including Occupy Atlanta, the Sierra Club, Southern Center for Human Rights, labor officials and others plan to rally at the Gold Dome tomorrow to protest legislation which would stiffen the penalties for acts of civil disobedience, prohibit protesting outside private residences, and potentially curb unions’ abilities to organize, among other measures.
“Throughout history, there have been visionaries who are called to confront, nonviolently, powerful institutions of violence, oppression, and injustice,” says the release announcing the protest. “Such actions may engage us in creative tumult and tension in the process of basic change. We seek opportunities to help reconcile conflict and to facilitate a peaceful and just resolution of conflict. This approach to social change must not be criminalized.”
The proposal, which was introduced by state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, has been met with stiff opposition from union groups and earned criticism from Martin Luther King III and Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson. The bill’s even landed Balfour and the legislation’s co-sponsors on Keith Olbermann’s worst-persons list. [more in the article]
Some notes on the legistration from one of the commenters:
“Some of you know that I’ve been active with the local flavor of the Occupy movement. I’ve stormed in and faded out a couple of times now, with some new outrage by our fearless leaders in government drawing me in … and some new outrage by my fellow Occupy-ers forcing me back to the sidelines. I’ve been focusing my interests lately on the Occupy the SEC working group out of Occupy Wall Street, and less on Occupy Atlanta. To date, I’ve been reluctant to subject myself to arrest because I’ve questioned both the rationale and the intellectual rigor behind civil disobedience in the local movement.
That changed tonight.
It’s not Occupy, exactly, that’s moved me. There’s a bill under consideration in the Georgia Legislature — SB 469 — that is both plainly unconstitutional and deeply damaging to civil liberties in this state. It’s both an attack on union organizing and an attack on nonviolent protest itself.
If it passes, SB 469 — http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/ful… — would make organizing a protest that occurs in front of a residence (think about protesting near condos downtown in Atlanta) or threatens to disrupt access to a business an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable as a “conspiracy” with a $1000 fine and jail time. Despite the constitutionally-overbroad definitions of “mass picketing,” “threat” and residences, it strips judges of latitude in sentencing around its provisions, and directs the fine to be paid to the complainant. It requires an injunction against protest to be granted when requested — a prior restraint on speech.
The bill also makes collecting union dues and maintaining a union organization in this state much more difficult, essentially de-certifying local unions every year and preventing union dues from being automatically deducted from paychecks in the same way deductions like United Way contributions are handled.
If it passes, it will make it materially more difficult for anyone — liberal or conservative — to take issue in protest later. Occupy is the target here, but it will whack anyone with the stones to picket in public. Anti-abortion protestors at clinics. Illegal immigration protestors in front of the local Home Depot. Tea Party folks protesting offshoring jobs…” [more in the article]
Thanks for sharing this here. These goatfigging Repugnants are trying to do as much damage to us as they can before we boot kick all of them to the moon along with the Fig Newton.
It’s fine with me if they want to say Obama cares, it’s true I do care. If the other side don’t want to care, that’s fine. I love when the President said this.
Wassup Fellow Tarheel!! Did you hear Duke got their asses handed to this tonight? Ha ha!!
Sports Note: Holy Crap! Bet you did see this one coming!
McCollum leads Lehigh to 75-70 upset win over Duke
[Witness gleefully UNC alumni across America doing the happy dance!! Yes, we really hate Duke!]
So glad I didn’t do a bracket this year. Mine would be effed up already!!
Didn’t PBO pick UNC over Duke? I don’t follow sports but I remember seeing his picks but not sure which teams.
He did indeed! Last time he picked my Tarheels, we won the Big Dance baby!!
Some of us did!! L-E-H-I-G-H!!!!!
I saw that Duke lost, it was a wackie day. Missouri lost too. Looking forward to today games.
I saw a guy peeling off his "McCain/Palin 08" sticker from his bumper and putting an "Obama 12" sticker. Beautiful. #letsgoAmerica— Rahul Sharma (@Rahooligan92) March 17, 2012
Love that tweet!
That’s so cool.
Hope this isn’t a repeat, but if it is, it’s worth it.
Romney’s Plan to Explode the Deficit
Here’s a more illustrative graphic:
Have any of you heard the 911 call in the Trayvon case? Its the kid who was killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch guy and the cops aren’t cooperating with the family.
Here listen: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/videogallery/68870555/News/911-call:-yelling-&-gunshot-heard-in-background
I’m not even related to Trayvon and I can’t listen. I.JUST.CAN’T. Lord, we have come so far in this country, but we have so much further to go.
I’ve been following this & it has made me heartsick. I don’t live in any fancy gated community but we have our own neighborhood watch. No one is armed with more than a cell phone. We do watch out for crime but mostly we watch out for each other, keeping eyes out for our kiddos walking to school, our elders, searching for lost pets, making sure no one in need goes without. That’s what we do.
This is such a perversion of what a neighborhood watch captain should be. This man should be prosecuted. I just weep for Trayvon’s family.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WTW) — Michelle Obama praised Minnesota and its efforts to help military families during a stop at the state’s Air National Guard base on Friday.
During her visit, the first lady held a round table discussion with local military family members and representatives of support groups. The event was part of her Joining Forces initiative, which aims to connect and promote support and resource groups for military families.
Mrs. Obama called Minnesota “a model” when it comes to providing resources and support to military families.
Lots of oustanding stuff from OFA blog today on the Affordable Care Act:
Friday Facts: How the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans with pre-existing health conditions
Thanks to President Obama’s health care law, insurance companies can’t deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions—and soon that rule will apply to all Americans with pre-existing conditions:
48 percent to 86 percent of adults between the age of 55 and 64 have some type of pre-existing condition.
15 percent to 30 percent of people in perfectly good health today are likely to develop a pre-existing conditon over the next eight years.
Starting in 2014, all Americans with a pre-existing condition can no longer be denied coverage… more in the blog
Did you see: “CBO update shows lower costs for the new health care law”
[Powerful video here. Chips, this looks like a front-pager to me. ]
“I criticized the Affordable Care Act and then I got the news that I had breast cancer. When you’re uninsured, there’s no hope for you. I thought I would just fall right off the face of the earth. One of my dear friends discovered the pre-existing condition insurance plan, PCIP. Ten days after applying, I had health insurance and I’m in treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer. The very thing that I criticized is going to save my life.”
It’s wonderful. Please watch…and pass along.
It’s like everything df. Stuff is no good til you need it. And most times you need it in a hurry. I hope the cancer was caught in time.
I watched this last night – there’s a couple of great videos on YouTube from the same post. She was a Democrat who stopped believing – and when she said she stopped listening – that struck a nerve. I try to watch everything and note everything that is happening with this Administration, just like a lot of people here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out a fact or figure that has made someone question their previously defiant assertion about some falsehood they heard from Fox News or another ignorant source. I can’t explain how satisfying it is to question someone who claims the President has done nothing, or who criticizes the Affordable Care Act, and to see their face when they realize I’ve read these bills (which they haven’t); I know my facts, and I won’t back down. It’s wonderful to me when friends send me links to videos we saw here on TOD weeks or months ago, stating “I thought of you when I saw this” because they know I’m all about President Obama, and they want to be sure I didn’t miss something.
This woman in the video started criticizing the ACA when she stopped keeping herself informed and listening to the President. So, a message came to her in a format that she couldn’t ignore, and it opened her eyes again. I won’t stop listening and watching the President until he leaves the White House (and probably not even then), because the issues he’s dealing with are so critical to life and matters of the world – I can’t imagine someone not paying attention at this critical time in history, especially those with children who will someday have to inherit this world.
Absolutely, theo! I actually thought that I was posting the entire video…this is good, but NOT the one I watched the other day. We all have to know the issues..that’s why this community here is so important…we fill in all the gaps and pass along all the useful info that we need to be able to talk to others…(Ie, all the one’s that say he hasn’t done anything…how can they even SAY that with a straight face?)
You’ll want to “#FF” – that’s “follow Friday” for the non-Twitter crowd — the first family today as they fly off for a frenzy of fundraisers, with First Lady Michelle Obama landing in Minneapolis and President Obama in Chicago and Atlanta.
The six events combined should net at least $5.6 million for Democrats and the president’s re-election campaign, according to estimates provided by an Obama campaign official.
Mrs. Obama will host an afternoon reception with 350 supporters in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center. The invitation for the event lists tickets starting at $250 to attend and up to $10,000 to mingle with Obama and take a photo with her.
Meanwhile, the president will start his day in Chicago, headlining reception at the Palmer House Hilton with more than 600 guests. Tickets for the event start at $2,500, a campaign official said. Obama will then head behind closed doors for an intimate roundtable discussion with 60 supporters who have each cut checks for $10,000.
For anyone still up, here’s a link to a video tour of Tyler Perry’s studios, he even has a chapel onsite:
thanks a lot – exceptional!!
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone may raise the combined lending power of its bailout funds to close to 700 billion euros from 500 billion in a trade-off between German opposition to committing more money and calming markets, euro zone officials said.
Euro zone finance ministers and central bankers will discuss the size of their bailout funds – the temporary European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the permanent European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Copenhagen on March 30-31.
The 440 billion euro EFSF and the 500 billion ESM now have a combined lending ceiling of 500 billion euros, which means that in the 12 months from July 2012 when they co-exist, they cannot lend together more than 500 billion euros.
Eurozone chatter has calmed down!
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