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rise and shine

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A gazillion congratulations to Collegekay on her fantastic fundraising effort – and to everyone here who supported her.

The leaderboard is gone from the OFA site, but last I looked – near midnight – she was way ahead.

Collegekay, when you can, will you confirm you finished top?

Either way, you’re a winner!!

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Deborah Dauman and Viacom President/CEO Philippe Dauman at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31 in Los Angeles

…. greeted by host Will Smith

… congratulating singer Taylor Swift after presenting her with The Big Help award

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Monday: The President will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) in Washington, DC.

Tuesday: PBO will deliver remarks at the AP Luncheon during the ASNE Convention.

Wednesday: PBO will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House. Christian leaders from across the country will join the President at this breakfast for a time of prayer, reflection, and celebration of Easter. Also on Wednesday, the President will sign the STOCK Act, which makes clear that Members of Congress are subject to the same insider trading laws that apply to everyone else. This was legislation the President called on Congress to pass in his 2012 State of the Union Address.

Thursday: PBO will sign the JOBS Act, which includes key initiatives the President proposed last fall to help small businesses and startups grow and create jobs.

Friday: PBO will deliver remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy. Later, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

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Morning everyone ;-)


213 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Go Kay. Go TOD’ers. Well done.

  2. April 1, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Posted this in the last thread, but thought I should post here again.

    Chips, this is an excellent read onthe Health Care Debate in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court GOPers themselves are on trial here. The NYT editoral states clearly:

    ………”If the conservatives decide that they can sidestep the Constitution to negate Congress’s choices on crucial national policies, the court’s legitimacy — and the millions of Americans who don’t have insurance — will pay a very heavy price. Chief Justice Roberts has the opportunity to avoid this disastrous outcome by forging even a narrow ruling to uphold the mandate and the rest of the law. A split court striking down the act will be declaring itself virtually unfettered by the law. And if that happens along party lines, with five Republican-appointed justices supporting the challenge led by 26 Republican governors, the court will mark itself as driven by politics. ”

    No truer words spoken. I would hope that if they struck down this law, Americans will open their eyes and see the Roberts Court for what it is. An extension not only of GOP, but the Teaparty.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/the-roberts-court-defines-itself.html?hp

    • April 1, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Thanks a million for the link Africa, I’ll be back later today and will add it to a post. Thanks again.

      • 15 utaustinliberal
        April 1, 2012 at 8:07 am

        Chips are you flying back to Korea again? This rise and shine thread is uber early. ;)

    • 16 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Does the Court care? Does Roberts care about his ‘reputation’? did they care about Bush v. gore (yeah, yeah, before Roberts’ time but he epitomizes the mindset of turning the law on its head for partisan gain), Citizens United. Do they care? I think the ‘younger’ justices like Roberts and Alito in their own way actually believe that their dark vision of a darwinist America is the right vision. They were chosen not because they were smart, thoughtful legal scholars, but just because of their ideology. Are they capable of shame?

      What can work to our benefit: Citizens United has not become ‘business as usual’ in the American mind, but a symbol of something deeply wrong with our system and the courts. There are Americans putting together Citizens United and Bush v. Gore and a third similar decision represents a disturbing pattern that could galvanize voters in November. If the image of ACA had been clearer in public perception up to this point, this wouldn’t be as heavy a lift. Could we still use it as a means of getting voters to the polls? You bet we can — but it would be easier if people like Chris Hayes and the rest of the media had had the kind of conversation he moderated yesterday on his show on the condition of health care in this country and the immense benefits of ACA and what will be lost if the bill is struck down. Imagine if there had been that kind of message for the last three years, from a responsible media and from the administration who underestimated the effort of the American people.

      I’m more hopeful the law will survive because insurance companies are now balking at repeal. I’ll try to find the link to what I read yesterday. They have already made adjustments that will be complicated to undo and the easiest path to profit for them is actually insuring more people. Even they recognize that there is just so much you can wring out of the people if your pool becomes smaller and smaller. One can hope.

      Something ironic occurred to me the other day: corporations are ‘people’ who not only get the benefits of being a corporation like immunity from personal liability,lower taxes, but all of the other benefits of being an individual. What is ironic is that if the personal mandate and ACA are struck down, actual people don’t have the rights and benefits as enshrined in the Constitution. It is unconscionable beyond words.

      Now our one hope is that the five Republican justices decide to read a newspaper instead of redstate as their source of information.

    • 20 a4alice
      April 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

      whoa africa that’s a good one. tweeted thx

    • 21 Betsy
      April 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

      You should read the misinformation in the comments. It’s tragic. Here is another article that I posted late last night in the other thread about this. It is also an interesting read.

      http://www.nationalmemo.com/the-high-courts-supremely-unethical-activists/

  3. April 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Congrats to Kay also. Well done.

  4. 23 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Chips, one way to speed up the site is to get rid of the recent comments list. Now that wp devil has this pop-up spawn informing the peeps about their posts, it’s redundant.

    (Of course, I have killed that pop-up spawn with adblock plus and just use ctrl+F to find what I want.)

    • April 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Ah, thanks amk, I’ll give that a try. I didn’t know anything about this pop-up thingie, why am I not seeing all these, eh, delightful new WordPress features?

      • 25 utaustinliberal
        April 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

        No. Please don’t get rid of the recent comments lists. Sometimes WP messes up and the recents comments list allows me to see that you’ve put up a new post and that’s the only way I can get into the new comments thread.

        • 26 amk for obama
          April 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

          New posts (the last 10 posts by chips) will still be there, ut. The recent comments utmost lists the 10 comments and pretty much useless, imo.

          • 27 utaustinliberal
            April 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

            Sometimes WP acts funky for me and I don’t see the last 10 posts by Chips so I need her to leave the recent comments lists as is.

            Chips please leave the recent comments lists because WP is not reliable sometimes about showing new posts.

          • 28 Pamela
            April 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

            amk, not all of us are sure about ctrl+F, and we struggle a bit more than you do, see?

    • 30 Pamela
      April 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

      G’day all! Som of us don’t have the magic boxes, and the recent comments list is very helpful, mostly for seeing who is where, as at times those of us slow-coaches are trying to catch up. On the other hand, as the list only captures a few recent posts, maybe it is not so important. One thing I like about it however, on a really lengthy thread, it can save a great deal of time scrolling to the end of the comments.

  5. 31 Linda
    April 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Good Morning…

    Malia’s braces are gone ?

  6. 33 gn
    April 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Wow, FLOTUS looks terrific! Congrats to CollegeKay.

  7. 34 anameti
    April 1, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Congratulations Kay!

  8. 36 criquet
    April 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Very well done CollegeKay.
    Sorry I could not help as I am overseas but was rooting for you with long distance vibes.

    Hope all is well with the TODville , morning all.

  9. 37 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

    photo/1

    • 38 anniebella
      April 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Great cartoon, I still wonder if Cheney didn’t get special treatment because of who he is. I think he did.

  10. 39 ctgirl7
    April 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Gooooooood morning!

  11. 40 collegekay
    April 1, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Good morning everyone. Thank you Chips for everything and thank you TOD family. I’ll probably find out sometime within the next week or two.

    FL Miche looked amazing last night and the girls are growing into beautiful young ladies.

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      April 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Congratulations Kay!!!!!!

    • 43 amk for obama
      April 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Congrats collegekay.

      You are hereby ordered to have a videographer to 24×7 on you to record the moment.

    • 44 Pamela
      April 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Ck, that was just so much fun!

    • 46 a4alice
      April 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

      way to go CollegeKay!

    • April 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

      YAYAYAYYYYYY!! Congrats to you, ck!! I hope you’re prepared to have POTUS on the line!!!! Can’t wait to hear about your convo, if you can remember all of it!!

      • 48 HZ
        April 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Beautifully done, CK. I am so proud of you. Help as much as I could. Felt good to be a part of your success. Waiting for the baritone and luscious voice, “The President of the United States.” Then The Moment where the luscious baritone voice comes in: ” Hello there ______________, and how are you? Well, I called to say…………………………..” Great!!!! You will let us know, right? ((((((Hugs of Joy)))))

  12. 49 LDS
    April 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good morning, Chips and everyone,
    Congratulations Collegekay! Job well done. These pictures of FLOTUS are just too gorgeous for words. she is absolutely beautiful and the girls are growing up lovely as ever.

    What wonderful pictures to wake up to and thank you Chips for making it possible. Off to Sunday School and wishing everyone a joyful Palm Sunday. This whole week I will reflect on “change”. Change is both inevitable and necessary. If everything stays the same, no one is growing.Getting there maybe difficult. Not all change is pleasant, but when we are being led to a better place by someone who loves us, we don’t need to fear it.

    Take note SCOTUS: Change is here. We are the change we have been waiting, anticipating, needing and looking for. Embrace this change or get out of our way.

    • 50 gn
      April 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Yes, the WeeMichelles, Sasha and Malia, look absolutely adorable as well. And I agree re: change.

    • 51 lovingandlaughing
      April 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Love your comments this morning LDS! God morning! Get out of our way SCOTUS! Change is here!

  13. 52 jackiegrumbacher
    April 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Congratulations College Kay–great win! I can’t wait for you to get “the call” and give us a word for word report.

    FLOTUS seems to top herself with every new look. She has really come into her own in these last several years with her successful initiatives and her growing self-confidence in herself and in her role as first lady. I think that confidence just glows in her and makes her a luminous presence in any setting. Everyone else on any stage just shrinks in comparison to her the way they do when PBO is there. It’s always a joy to see a beautiful, intelligent person blossom like Michelle Obama has. It’s what every mother would love to see in her children. Mrs. Robinson must be very, very proud of her as are we all.

    • 53 anniebella
      April 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

      jackiegrumbacher, you are so right in what you said about our First Lady. I know I am so proud of her also.

      • 54 HZ
        April 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        Anniebella and Jackiegrumbacher, both of you are so observant in your take on our beautiful FLOTUS. Many of us have seen many a First Ladies, but FL Obama is one of a kind in my lifetime. She lights up her space and others space(who are willinging to allow her energy to enter) with some much focus, intellect, calmness, excitement, beauty, and compassion that make us all so proud that we worked so hard to get POB elected as our 44th POTUS.

        She performs the duties as ‘Mom-In-Chief’ so beautifully. We could not ask for such grace, intellect, and compassion, and beauty to represent us here and all across the globe.

        POB and FL Obama are a team. I love her graciousness. We know that Mrs. Robinson is so proud of her and of POB. What a joy for Mrs. Robinson to be able to live with them and see Sasha and Malia growing up to be such beautiful and intelligent young ladies.

        ((((((((((((((( We Love You FLOTUS and POB)))))))))))))) Thank you for being a part of our lives. We will continue to make sure that we work as hard as possible to make sure that you are re-elected on Nov. 2012.HZ

  14. April 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Congratulations CollegeKay you did it. This is proof that you can get it done and don’t be afraid to ask for help to get it done. Hip hip hooray!!

  15. 56 lovingandlaughing
    April 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Super cute bib for babies from the OFA store….http://store.barackobama.com/featured-15/obama-baby-bib.html?source=ems

  16. 58 necie4010
    April 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations to CollegeKay!!! WOOT! WOOT! Chips I would once again like to thank you for this site, amd all the wonderful information and beautiful photos that are posted here each day. This site is my go-to place for all things concerning our President and First Family! I know when there is something going on that I have an interest in, or when I am at work long hours, I can come here and be reassured that this great site has the information that I need—a one-stop place of pure perfection for all things Obama!!!!! You just have to love it—I know I do! I just wanted to pop in and see how much CollegeKay won by…I a off to church to repent for my evil thought toward any and everything Republican:)….and especially Mittens and his league of liars! Have a blessed and beautiful day everyone! Oh, I almost forgot, I am following this site on Twitter now, and some of my friends here. I am Necie5040!!!! Be blessed!

    • 59 necie4010
      April 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Almost forgot to comment on how beautiful all the Obama women looked last night on the KCA!!!! First Lady was rocking that outfit, and both girls looked so adorable! I watched the whole show with my grandson Jordan, even though I did not know many of the folks on there. My grandson, he’s nine, kept telling me I need to watch Nickelodeon more so that I will know who all those young kids were:)…. I did enjoy the show, although I would have hated being sprayed with all that green goo…chat with everyone later!

      • April 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

        Hi necie, your grandson has a great name! My 29 year old son is also named Jordan. He would have been Jordan if he had been a she.

        Super congrats to collegeKay. We’re all so happy and proud.

        Good Sunday Morning to the rest of the TOD family.

        • 61 necie4010
          April 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          Good Sunday to you too Pamela! And yes we all are so happy and proudof our First Family…I am also proud of this wonderful site, and of our very own Chips who thinks enough of us that she takes the time and energy to provide us with such great information! Good evening to all my TOD family…back to work tomorrow at 6:00am….have a blessed day tomorrow everyone! much love to all!!!

      • 62 anniebella
        April 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

        necie4010, don’t feel too bad, I didn’t know who alot of the people were, but I watch the show because FLOTUS was going to be up there.

  17. 63 lovingandlaughing
    April 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Chips you are much too funny/thoughtful/supportivewith that first pic with the President smiling so much while on the phone and your addition of College Kay’s name and the arrow! So many congrats College Kay! You raised a ton of money for OFA! Way to go! I am so proud that TODville was able to ban together and be a part of the effort.

  18. April 1, 2012 at 8:45 am

    The Obama women are just spectacular. Sasha and Malia growing up right before our eyes, beautifully. Smart, beautiful family. I just love them to pieces.

  19. 65 Don
    April 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Chips, I love your sight and I think you provide a wonderful place for the true believers of President Obama to congregate. I speak for some of the male members of this sight, some of whom feel like there is a double standard when it comes to pictures of President Obama versus pictures of the First Lady. Some of guys here would like to see more pictures of Michelle, seeing as she’s so fine and sexy. We have kept quiet long enough, we demand more pictures of Michelle.

    • 66 trinisamba
      April 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

      @ Don, you can check mrs-o.com for a daily fix of MO………………..ENJOY!!!

      • 67 conlakappa
        April 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

        That site isn’t as kept up as it had been. The most recent photo is from the cherry-tree planting, which was Tuesday IIRC. Sadly, there seems to be no shortage of trolling there.

    • 68 globalcitizenlinda
      April 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Don and the male members of TOD, are you “demanding a recount”??

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

      ‘We have kept quiet long enough, we demand more pictures of Michelle.’

      Don, we the ladies of TOD (who gave me NO authority to speak on their behalf ;) ) have no problems with more pics of MO, but that ‘demand’ of yours? You are just outnumbered….Sorry. Tee hee hee! :lol: :lol:

    • 70 anniebella
      April 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Don, I love the pictures of them both, POTUS and FLOTUS. Specially when they are together. But I must say Chipsticks does a good job in giving us pictures of FLOTUS. Whenever FLOTUS have a speaking engagement, I come right here because I know Chipsticks will have pictures and videos if there is any.

      • 71 anniebella
        April 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Chipsticks is fair about that.

      • 72 HZ
        April 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Don, we will have a ladies summit with Chips and see what we can come up with for the wonderful guys on our site. We love you all so much , and we definitely do not want to leave you all out in Any way. Be patient. We will check in with Chips and see what we can do.

        We do appreciate our guys wanting to see all of the beauty that we possess. And of course, our FLOTUS is the core of such beauty. One thing I love about a great man, there are many, but this is one that I totally appreciate: Men expressing their want and need to see more of their beautiful ladies walk in a room or walk across the street with elegance that sweep you guys off your feet. I love that in my man. It makes me smile so sexy. In other words, we appreciate and love that about our guys. Just saying.

        We will work on it Don, and all of our wonderful guys in our wonderful TOD Family. That is right, if you all do not tell us what you want, we do not know. ((((((Hugs of Patience)))))))HZ

    • April 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Message received Don!! Leave it with me ;-)

  20. 74 trinisamba
    April 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I do not comment very often but I sure visit the site every day and read the many comments as often as possible. Everybody says what I want to say so all is good.
    I just had to say today that MO looks fantastic.
    Congratulatons to CollegeKay. If I lived in the US I would be putting $3 every day toward your great president. If only he could stay for life.
    Tomorrow is my birthday and while I do not plan any real celebration I will be having a very relaxing day doing a lot of nothing.

    • 75 Pamela
      April 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Trinisamba! How wonderful that you are coming here everyday and now starting to post! If you delurk tomorrow, on your birthday, you just might find a cupcake or fireworks, or even a party going on to celebrate YOU! Welcome out into the sunshine, tho it s cool and lousy in Seattle today! ;)

      • 76 trinisamba
        April 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Pamela I am in Trinidad and the heat is on……….as usual. We humans can never be pleased because I was in NJ from December to early March and I was depresssed with the coldness. Now, I am steaming. LOL!!!

        • 77 Pamela
          April 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

          I figured with your perfect name you would be somewhere warmer than Seattle… Oh, wait, IS there such a place? But by sunshine I really meant the Light that shines from all of us here on TOD, while we work our hearts out for our dear POTUS!

          • 78 HZ
            April 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

            Welcome trinisamba. Hope that you will visit more often. Here’s to a very (((((((((((Happy Birthday Tomorrow))))))))))). When you soak in the rays of the sunshine, think of the wonderful TOD Family here who wishes you the very best on your special day.

            Happy that you enjoy this beautiful space. We love it as well. Have a lovely time today.HZ

  21. 79 Elle in MI
    April 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations College Kay!

  22. 80 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi wins landmark by-election.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17577620

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

      A definite step in the right direction! I daresay Pres O, SOS and the Admin have had their eyes on this, and there will soon be an easing of the European sanctions against Myanmar.

    • 82 a4alice
      April 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

      that’s great news for Burma! :-)

      • 83 HZ
        April 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

        That is good news indeed. We see why we need to keep our President for another 4 years(I wish that we could have him longer), but we are grateful to be able to work hard to get him another term so we can finish our work for so many people all across the world. Blessings be upon him and all of us to stay focus and give each other strength and love to keep PRESSING ON. HZ

  23. 85 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    via BJ,

    Fed Up, Obama Gets Drunk, Makes Biden President For A Day.

    http://afarmerinohio.blogspot.in/2012/04/fed-up-obama-gets-drunk-makes-biden.html

    Lotsa profanity alert. :)

  24. 86 amk for obama
    April 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Yikes.

    The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.

    Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.

    The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.

    Tory MP David Davis called it “an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people”.

    Attempts by the last Labour government to take similar steps failed after huge opposition, including from the Tories.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17576745

  25. April 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Is George Snufleopagas a Koch Employee!

    • 91 amk for obama
      April 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

      lol. one of these days you gotta tell us how you ‘really’ feel about the msm peeps, jovie. :)

    • 92 Linda
      April 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I think he is a Fox employee……I have seen him on Billo a couple time while flipping channels..

  26. 93 vcprezofan2
    April 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Good Sunday Morning, EVERYBODY!

    Holy Toledo! Wow! Wow! And ‘WOW’ again! Does that lady in the middle of the picture with the three adults realize she is 48 years old??!!!! I think I’d like to see her birth certificate. ;) ;) Looking way beyond ‘good’, FLOTUS! Looking way beyond ‘Good’! :lol: :lol:

  27. 94 vcprezofan2
    April 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations College Kay ……
    and appreciation to all your TOD supporters!
    It feels good to be a part of a family that is supportive of others… every time! Well done, you all! :lol: :lol:

  28. 95 Pamela
    April 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Morning all! Working a short day today, leave a little later, but home later than usual too… Hope it’s quiet enough to check up on you, er, I mean, check IN with you! ;) ;) ;)

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Morning Pamela! We actually don’t mind if you do both – check up on/in with. ;) Enjoy your day peeking in or hanging out!

  29. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    April 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I do not know if anyone else has done the childish thing this morning which was to go ahead and pause the video above (of the Kids Choice “slimefest”) at the precise moment where Malia and Mrs Michelle Obama dive for cover to dodge the slime.

    I could see that the Secret Service agents seated behind Malia and FLOTUS DO NOT dive for cover but instead have smiles on their faces even as they continue looking up at the green stuff coming down – the US SSS agents continue to do their job (thanks, a lot)

    that was a good laugh

    • 98 trinisamba
      April 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I di after reading your post……………Tee Hee!!!

    • April 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

      I definitely paused it several times!! Just had to catch the look on their faces, which were big smiles. Looks like they had a lot of fun. Especially the girls, who were likely quite entertained by all the latest teen heart throb guys.

    • 100 politicaljunkessa
      April 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Ha! I did the same thing last night — we sure do think alike. It was hilarious! :lol:

  30. 101 mtmarilyn
    April 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family!!!! Congrats to CollegeKay! So glad I was able to put in a small amount.

    Off to Palm Sunday services, have a beautiful day everyone!

  31. 102 Linda
    April 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Rep. Ryan: ‘I Really Misspoke’ When I Said The Generals Were Lying

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) today walked back his previous accusation that generals were lying about their support of President Obama’s Pentagon budget. On CNN’s “State of the Union” this morning, Ryan said that he had called to apologize to Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

    RYAN: I really misspoke, to be candid with you, Candy. I didn’t mean to make that kind of impression. So, I was clumsy in describing the point I was trying to make. The point I was trying to make — and General Dempsey and I spoke after that. I wanted to give that point to him, which is that’s not what I was attempting to say. [...]

    CROWLEY: You have apologized to him?

    RYAN: Yeah, I called him to tell him that

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    I hope Dempsey let this punk have it….

    • 103 amk for obama
      April 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

      With the rethugs, you never a full retraction or a confession. It’s always ‘misspoke’, ‘misquoted’, ‘I didn’t mean that way’, with these punks.

      • 104 Debz
        April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

        Or they are “sorry if anyone was offended” by their statement.

      • 105 conlakappa
        April 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

        True. Was he ever asked what he really meant to say? What sounds like “they’re lying” but “they’re lying?” A weasel weasels using weasel words.

      • 106 57andfemale
        April 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

        This was a serious walk-back, however, especially for the Eddie Munster of Republican politics. This was a biggie.

    • 107 globalcitizenlinda
      April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

      What is wrong with that rat ryan?

      • 108 Cha
        April 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Here’s a vivid description I saw in the comments section of TPM last week..

        “”I don’t get what it is that Republicans see in Paul “The Undertaker” Ryan. Yes, the ghoul-eyed zombie will be presiding over a corpse before too long, but it will be the corpse of the Republican Party, not Medicare. Why are they following this pompous nitwit toward the cliff? They evidently really are the party of the dumb and delusional”

    • 109 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Dempsey certainly did in public. I can just imagine what he said to this craven punk in private.

    • April 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

      So it’s okay for them to apologize but not the President? Typical.

    • 111 Pamela
      April 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Nice try, Ryan, you dumbass, guess what, we have been onto you for a loooonggg time.

  32. April 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Blessed Palm Sunday to each of you. Preparing for Holy Week.

    • 113 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Forgot it was Palm Sunday. Maybe that’s where my Catholic friend is instead of going to a craft fair with me. However, her usually sane parish is going batshit crazy along with Cardinal George here in Chicago. At least her two daughters are liberal, much to the consternation of their father. Ha!

      And what a fraud he is. He thinks his children will remain celibate until they’re 30. They are 13 and 17, and once they start to have sex he’ll crawl over broken glass to get them birth control pills.

      • 114 hopefruit2
        April 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

        The 17 year old is probably already doing just that.

        • 115 57andfemale
          April 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

          She’s a tad backward. However, she’s been cast as a serving wench at the Renaissance Faire this summer. No matter how much her parents have sheltered her, I expect a different kid after this summer.

          I was born late in my family. My brother was 15 years older than I. We had lost an 11 year old sister to an aneuysm 11 months before I was born. By the time I hit college, was doing theatre and pulling all-nighters at college putting on shows, my parents were done with raising kids. My mother encouraged me to find some roommates, move out so she didn’t have to see me wandering in at 5:30 a.m. She figured she’d done her job, I was going to do what I was going to do anyway and I had a good head on my shoulders and would assume the consequences of my actions.

          I was blessed with parents who raised me to a responsible adult. It was to my good fortune, because they were both dead by the time I was 21. I knew how to function and take care of myself, thanks to them. They didn’t leave me any financial security (although I benefited from Social Security survivor benefits until I was 22, thank God) but they left with me the skills to function in the world, and my good FDR-Democratic, social justice liberal politics.

    • April 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      A blessed Palm Sunday to you as well, tnmtngirl. Hugs to your mom.((((((((((((((((((( Love and Healing Mom))))))))))))))))HZ

  33. 119 1jam4pbo
    April 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning Miss Chips, Good Morning everyone at TOD-Ville.
    Congratulatione Collegekay, you are a winner. I look forward to hearing about your call with President Obama.
    FLOTUS was just perfect and Malia and Sasha looked so adorable. I enjoyed all the pictures thank you Miss Chips.

  34. 120 globalcitizenlinda
    April 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Looking at the photos of Will Smith with Mrs Obama reminds that Will previously implied that he has a crush on the FLOTUS (just like people on TODville who I will not mention – but with names starting with J–, Y — , D– etc – you know who you are).

    Didn’t one time Will asked PBO if it was okay for him to say that the Mrs O is Fine!!! If I recall correctly, there was a video of WIll and Jada interviewing President Obama during the Nobel Prize award Ceremonies and Will then asked POTUS that question. PBO replied in the affarmative and smiled

    • 121 Pamela
      April 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

      (don’t forget P- who also has a crush on this beautiful woman, she is bringing a whole new, bright standard to the role of FL!) (my crush might be of a little different essence than those mentioned above..)

  35. 122 57andfemale
    April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    We have to stop THEM:

    • 123 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

      damn! I thought I had that embedded tweet thing down.

      • 124 Linda
        April 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

        I think the CFPB may be able to get around that …..the people should contact the agency.

        When I received a new Credit Card in the mail ( for our business )…I called to activate and they wanted to know our Gross Sales numbers.

        I asked ” For what purpose ” and was told it was part of the new Credit Card Legislation…. I refused and called CFPB and was told it is completely voluntary.

        Thank goodness we have that Protection now.

        • 125 57andfemale
          April 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

          Somewhat encouraging. Thanks, Linda. However, let’s still kick all these Republicans out of office.

  36. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers! Last night, I was shadowing a couple of kids while their parents weren’t available, and was “forced” to watch the Kids’ Choice Awards for hours – and saw Mrs. Obama! Her outfit was to die for, and her presentation was great. Then they showed her dancing while sitting in the audience, with Secret Service agents up on their feet, too! Almost made it worth watching all that green slime and hearing all those cutesy songs, although I did recognize a couple of songs that I actually liked!

  37. 129 Manny oke
    April 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Good afternoon from England, TOD family and a Happy Easter to you and your family. Let us remember each other in our prayers this Holy week and of course, let us cover our most dear President and his family in our prayers. If God be with us, who can be against us

  38. 131 criquet
    April 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This is a perfect description of Mitt Romney:

  39. 134 lamh35
    April 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    BooMan lays out a great case.

    “Time for the DOJ to Expand Investigation
    by BooMan”

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/4/1/103613/2967

  40. 136 hopefruit2
    April 1, 2012 at 10:50 am
    • 137 lamh35
      April 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

      “blundering defense”…SEOD (Side-Eye of Death) at this turn of phrase.

      • 138 hopefruit2
        April 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

        That’s GOPolitico’s term – not VP Biden’s.

        • 139 Debz
          April 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

          “blundering defense” is a typical tea/firebagger term. They said the same about Kagan in the Citizens United case. She was “weak” “blundering” did a “terrible job” as if anything she said made a difference. The defense only sounded like a blunder to people who don’t listen to what is actually said, but would rather pick out soundbites.

  41. 140 57andfemale
    April 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    “If I do not borrow money from a bank to buy a home today, I pay more taxes. And this practice has not been seriously questioned for decades. The only related controversy that ever arises is when someone is pushing a flat tax policy, such as this past year when Cain was chanting “nine, nine, nine.” Then we heard people say, “but what about the tax break for home mortgage interest? What might its loss do to a sputtering housing market?”

    I could see panic in Cain’s eyes when he heard that question. He didn’t know much. But he knew how much we all love this particular tax deduction (or mandate to borrow money for a home).”

    snip……

    “But examine the logical difference between this situation and the mandate that has Supreme Court judges imagining big spoonfuls of broccoli getting shoved in their faces.

    With the Affordable Care Act, I must pay more taxes if I do not buy healthcare insurance.

    Thanks to long existing tax policy, I must pay more taxes if I do not pay interest on a home mortgage.

    Paying less when I choose to conform to one type of commerce is equal to paying more when I refuse another type of commerce. Logically these situations are identical and both policies are implemented by our federal government. We are quite used to one situation. Many are losing their minds over prospects of the other. We might even learn a majority of our Supreme Court has been duped.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/31/1079587/-Breaking-Home-Mortgage-Mandate-Ruled-Unconstitutional I think I’ve covered the salient points and hope I haven’t offended any fair use. Click to read the whole post if you prefer.

    The answer to the broccoli argument is the home mortgage argument. That the ‘choice’ to not buy a home has some effect on commerce and the economy has been readily accepted for generations, but the choice to not buy health insurance affects absolutely every citizen at some point in their lives. It is even more compelling than the home mortgage interest deduction.

    Hopefully Justices Sotomayor and Kagan are reading left-wing arguments today (yes, even though the vote has happened, minds can be changed). Hopefully, Scalia and Alito are reading some elementary text on how insurance works, since they were clueless.

    • 141 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

      When people were unhappy with Verrilli, this is why. If he had shot back the broccoli argument with the home mortgage interest deduction argument, there would be a lot less hand-wringing.

      • 142 conlakappa
        April 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Really? When have those prone to handwringing *not* jumped on any opportunity to do so? They don’t play fair or honestly. If it hadn’t been that, it would have been something else. /shrugs

      • 143 japa21
        April 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Thanks for sticking around. Unfortunately, this doesn;t really work. There is a difference. The mortgage break is a deuction which reduces your taxes. It does not increase your tax load. For the insurance mandate, there is an increase in your taxes. There is no mandate to get a mortgage. It only applies to homw owners. Apples and oranges.

        • 144 57andfemale
          April 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

          Damn. Thought we were on to something. I see the distinction. The rest of the post referred to the terminology used in the law, which seems to be a focus and is making my head spin this morning.

        • 145 0388jojothecat
          April 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          There’s really nothing that really compares to healthcare that affects commerce if everyone does not purchase health insurance or have some type of insurance for their healthcare. Not even car insurance but with so many drivers on the road, if everyone who drives but DOES NOT purchase auto insurance, it affects the cost of insurance to all drivers. Yes, people have the choice not to drive, but due to the lack of true mass transit in most states, people drive…adults and teens drive. This is like one of the courts talking about cell phones, could the government mandate everyone purchase one, I can borrow someone’s cell phone, I can’t borrow someones healthcare card when I get sick. Yes, I can go to an emergency hospital who will treat me but if I don’t have insurance, they can make me stable and as long as I can walk out on my own, they will release me even if I am still feeling sick. That’s what happened last year here in CA, they were releasing sick,poor, homeless patients and putting them in a cab and dropping them off on the streets.

  42. April 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Lol. Scarborough is doing MTP.

    I need a Beer…

  43. 152 hopefruit2
    April 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I read from our friends on Twitter that VP Biden is kicking some ass on “Face the Nation.” I would like to see that segment posted here if possible (Dear Chips, pretty please? :) )

  44. 154 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Man oh Man VP Biden is FANTASTIC on Face The Nation. He simultaneously draws you in by relating stories about how Pres. Obama’s accomplishments have real life effect while at the same time he is tearing Romney from limb to limb using FACTS. I pity the fool whom Etch-A-Sketch is going to pick as a VP nominee, VP Biden will rip that sucker from head to feet.

    • 155 hopefruit2
      April 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Excellent ut! I’m glad you watched that segment. I was just about to post one of your (and Proud of Obama’s) tweets about VP Biden. I didn’t even know that he was going to be on Face the Nation today.

    • 156 Debz
      April 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I hope someone will post the video of our VP because I don’t watch the Sunday shows, they make me nauseous.

  45. 158 donna dem 4 obama
    April 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Tell It VP Joe!! Tell It!!!

    • 159 a4alice
      April 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

      yay VPJoe! :D

    • 160 Bill R.
      April 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I’m wondering out loud if the VP’s confidence is buoyed by a leak of what the vote was in the Friday conference meeting.

    • 161 politicaljunkessa
      April 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Spot on. There really is no iron-clad relation of the oral arguments to the outcome of the case — it was a PITA to see hear about all these pundits creating drama by saying otherwise. Getting folks riled up and terrorized.

      Go Joe!

  46. April 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

    By Lynn Sweet on March 30, 2012 4:19 PM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday will take part in an Obama administration National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence–as Chicago police are grappling with the crime surge in the city.
    Among the participants: Attorney General Eric Holder, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske.

  47. April 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law would likely be thoroughly examined in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death.

    “I’m confident the people of Florida will debate and discuss whether or not this law, the Stand Your Ground law, whether is being applied as it was intended to be applied and whether or not as intended it makes sense,” Biden said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” which will air Sunday. “But that’s a decision for the state to make.”

    http://thehill.com/video/administration/219347-biden-gun-laws-likely-to-be-debated-in-wake-of-trayvon-martin-shooting

  48. 166 57andfemale
    April 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    There doesn’t seem to be a way to link to the one letter in the Chicago Tribune from yesterday, so I’m copying it:

    Health reform

    In the two years since the Affordable Care Act became law, many patients have already seen benefits: Seniors have received assistance with prescription drug costs and have greater access to preventive care, children with pre-existing conditions like asthma are no longer being denied insurance, young adults are receiving coverage under their parents’ insurance and insurers can no longer place dollar limits on health coverage. Many of the patients I care for are benefiting from these changes, even if they do not know that they are the result of the law.

    Health reform will reach its full promise in two more years, when 30 million more Americans will have health insurance, when women will no longer be discriminated against in their insurance rates and when states will create health insurance exchanges to help streamline the currently confusing and chaotic insurance marketplace.

    Beyond better health insurance, health reform has catalyzed a quiet revolution in the way hospitals and doctors are meeting their patients’ needs.

    Using a combination of carrots and sticks, the Affordable Care Act is fostering better teamwork and coordination among medical providers, improved use of information technology and a greater focus on the outcomes that patients value most.

    There are many provisions of health reform that will help us find and eliminate wasteful care, reduce medical errors and reduce health disparities.

    Ultimately, these changes will lead to more humane care for those who are sick and prevent illness in those who are healthy.

    The Supreme Court has now heard arguments for and against several provisions of the law, but the reality is there is no going back.

    The changes in the way we provide health care are long overdue, and health reform provided the needed kick-start.

    The expansion of health insurance and the regulation of insurance companies are necessary to keep people from going bankrupt because they are sick or delay seeking care because of cost. In future years, health reform will be modified and, it is hoped, strengthened, but as a physician and a patient, I can’t imagine going back to where we were.

    — Dr. Minesh Shah, assistant professor of medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

    • 167 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I have a funny to share. My 72 year old husband is learning the computer. Pretty much, he can’t seem to get past the Chicago Tribune site, although I’m trying to teach him how to get to blogs, etc. He can do a search but doesn’t understand what to click on when he gets there. This was particularly hilarious yesterday when what he was searching all came up in German, but I digress. He read me a portion of this letter and I wanted to post it but I couldn’t find it easily since it was from yesterday’s paper.

      “You go to Opinions, then look down, and you go to “Letters” and then you click the date.”

      My 72 year old husband, who still wants an answer as to how the info floats over the Intertubes into his computer, was telling me how to access a story.

      I’m so damned proud I could burst!

      • April 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Hi 57andfemale. I am excited to read your comments about your husband. I hate to make a comment and not have the article(since I did not save it) and make a comment. However, I was so elated to read your comment about your husband’s use of the computer.

        It brought joy to my heart because in the article the writer stated that it has been found that one of the things that is good for the brain/and memory is the fact that older people use the computer a lot during the day. They concluded that this is a most important task for the seniors. You deserve to be so proud!!! Great joy coming your way also. Love you back also,HZ

        • 169 57andfemale
          April 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          Thanks, HZ. I try to keep my patience with his incessant questions, and then I think of so many seniors that I deal with that aren’t even trying. I’m very proud. Love you, too.

  49. 170 a4alice
    April 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Jim DeMint says people w/preexisting conditions were better off before ACA. This is a short and concise takedown of that assertion

    tweeted. #PRESSON

    • 171 Linda
      April 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

      The peroxide from his hair color is seeping in to his brain.

    • 174 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

      The other insidious trick by Republicans: Scott Walker is blaming ACA for lack of job growth in WI. Their lies seep into American brains and we have to replace those lies with the truth.

      • April 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        And TRUTH for these liars,57andfemale is “Get Them Out Of Office.” Then they can go down into their basements or whatever and lie, lie, lie, and lie until their ugly lips and heart fall to the ground. These people are disgraceful with their lies, all the while hurting peoples families, childrens, mothers, and fathers, and our young men and women.

        I am tired of their phony faces, and I will continue to pray with no hatred in my heart, but speaking to the truth, that the words of Ps. 37 will come true to these wicked people. I did not call them wicked, their Bible called them just that.

        I do not “use” the Bible, but these phony liars do, and that is one thing that turn so many wonderful people off about the scriptures. These wicked people are mocking the God.

        I realize that there is a sweet, compassionate, loving, gracious, peaceful, caring spirit within each person’s space, and each has the choice to use that spirit to better their space in the world and those around them. NOT to hurt them ,or lie on them, or about them.

        That is where POB and the TOD Family rise above this type of “off-putting attitude” of these people. I do believe that we have the joy here, because we try to be open and turn to a “better spirit” that is within each of us. And we not only are true to it, we try to exercise it daily in our comments, and our love for a great team as our President and VP show us each and everyday. That is the company that I pray that my spirit will always be in the presence of, in my life.HZ

      • 176 a4alice
        April 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        hear hear 57

    • 177 anniebella
      April 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      We all know that Jim DeMint is wacko.

  50. 179 globalcitizenlinda
    April 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I know it is a tall order but those of us who support health care reform, PBO and common decency of one’s right to have health care MUST SHAME THIS SCOTUS.

    we cannot just sit back and let the rightwingers un-do ACA just because they hate PBO.

    In terms of affording and accessing care, PBO will be just fine no matter what the right wing SCOTUS does about the mandate and the law. The ones who are going to loose will be us ordinary people who need the health care reform to work.

    We have to confront this court with personal stories and our own arguments in order to amplify PBO’s arguments

    • April 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

      How? They don’t read our correspondence; they are completely removed from the realities of American life. Plus they have proven time and again they are immune to shame.

      • 181 0388jojothecat
        April 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        They are not immune to who we vote for. We need to vote out every Republican and gop policy across the country. Just like the gop did, it has to be grass roots starting with school boards, mayors, local legislatures, state governors, attorney generals, judges, secretary of states, on and on. We allowed the rich to buy our politicians in the pass 40 years and this is the result. We are smarting and paying closer attention now and we need to continue the fight.

        • April 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

          Yes they are immune to who we vote into office. They have their jobs for LIFE. Doesn’t matter who is in office in any branch of government at any level. The only recourse we have is keeping a Democrat in power in the White House and a favorable Senate for when these vacancies happen so they can be replaced with reasonable people who care more about the Constitution than who takes them to dinner.

    • 183 desertflower
      April 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Read what I have just posted below. Oh….and Jim Demint is an ignorant ass.

    • 184 hopefruit2
      April 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Just as a word of caution – besides the usual braying from the media, there is no indication whatsoever that the Supreme Court wil overturn the ACA. This has been all the media’s speculation. We have seen this movie before. We know what it’s about. I think we should wait until the ruling is announced to make a judgement and and if the ruling happens to be against the ACA, what the substantive impact of that will be.

      • 185 57andfemale
        April 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

        Of course we don’t know. But the questioning by the conservative justices cannot be ignored. We all remain hopeful but from mainstream conservative lawyers through liberal court watchers, the consensus is that the questioning was craven, political, partisan and phenomenally uninformed and uninterested in legal precedent and their own previous rulings. Their pattern is activism of using the pretense of law as a club against what was considered normal for most of our judicial history. We can’t ignore that either. We’re coming late to the game, but it is immensely important that we do our utmost to inform the public of what this law really does and how much it has already accomplished and will accomplish in the future. The stakes are very high.

        • 186 hopefruit2
          April 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

          “mainstream conservative lawyers through liberal court watchers”

          I would take my cues from PBO, Senator Reid and VP Biden than from any of these – regardless of what their consensus may be.

          • 187 57andfemale
            April 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

            I am hopeful and will remain so, but what would you expect the President and the V.P. to say in public? That they were worried? There is no serious reason to derail this law. There would have been a time when no Supreme Court would have bothered to hear this case at all. But this Supreme Court is rather unique in its blatant disregard for law and the Constitution over partisanship. I’m not taking my cues from the likes of Chris Matthews or Jeffrey Toobin, who has only played a lawyer on TV rather than actually be one for about 15 years, I’m reading serious analysis. A lot of it, and believe me, hopefruit2, I’m looking for all the good cues I can find. There is hope to be gleaned from some aspects of the oral arguments. And a derailment of this law plunges millions of Americans, including seniors, back into the abyss dramatically. But I can see them rationalizing that that’s Congress’ problem, not theirs. These Republican justices are looking for any and every opportunity to undo the government’s responsibility to regulate commerce for the general welfare. This is the kind of lawyer John Roberts was. I can see Boehner keeping the prescription drug fix for seniors in with a voucher or some such nonsense, and placating seniors. They are nothing if not crafty.

            I am hoping that the fear of political backlash will at least give Kennedy pause. I don’t have much hope that they have a shred of decency or concern for their ‘reputation’, when it is precisely a dismantlement of everything progressive since the New Deal that they crave as their legacy. I’m hoping that they understand that such a precedent could have unintended consequences on the profits of their corporate masters in other instances. I’m hoping that they are paying attention to the fact that the insurance industry actually would like to try it this way, although I am sure there are plenty of lobbyists who would rather derail ACA, gouge profits out of the system for the next decade and not give a damn what happens after that, while millions of Americans suffer.

            The most proactive things we can do is get the word out about how important this bill is and how much good it has and will accomplish in the future so that we have a solid majority of Americans either cheering its win or understanding the consequences of derailment and ready to remove Republicans from office with renewed vigor.

            • 188 hopefruit2
              April 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

              ” but what would you expect the President and the V.P. to say in public? That they were worried?”

              President Obama has openly and publicly criticized the Supreme Ct in the past, and he would not hesitate to do so if he felt that their actions would result in a dangerous situation for the American People where the ACA is concerned. Being so cavalier in the face of an imminent threat to the one piece of legislation that he fought so long and hard for is not consistent with PBO’s modus operandi.

              PBO has always been upfront with the American people when he felt that the Republicans (whether in congress or Supreme court) were attempting to derail progress by undoing important accomplishments. For example, PBO ALWAYS acknowledges when the Republicans are blocking important bills or siding with Wall Street, Big Oil, etc, and he keeps saying that this election is going to require even more work from us because the forces are even greater than they were in 2008.

              Why would he and VP Biden so naively and casually gloss over the ACA if they indeed felt that it was in grave danger (or were not sure what was going to happen)? Giving a false sense of security is patronizing and not going to help the millions of people who will be left hanging if they no longer enjoy the benefits derived from the ACA. I seriously doubt that our President is that kind of person – nothing in his behavior thus far has suggested that he is. Even on a political level – in an election year, why would he engage in that sort of behavior? This man is not naive, nor is he callous. Ditto for VP Biden.

    • 189 57andfemale
      April 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Precisely. The public must be made aware of how important this bill is. If they don’t know, they won’t fight to stop Repubs in November. It has never been more critical to not allow Republicans to take any more power. The courts are pathetic enough without giving Republicans more chance to ruin them for the next two generations.

    • 190 politicaljunkessa
      April 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      1) This SCOTUS will not be shamed.

      2) The oral arguments are theater and may or may not have anything to do with the eventual decision.

      3) Health care reform will go forward no matter what SCOTUS does.

      • April 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        Speak PJ. And let us Not forget Tally’s piece. Not to forget at all.

        I had a quiet dinner with a few friends who were on the fence about their lack of knowledge of the ACA, in my opinion. So I had a “Drink To Your Health Lite Dinner.” They had ‘choices’ of their drinks provided by me as well. The menu was Rack of Lamb, and Garlic Roasted Chicken. green with mixed fresh vegetable with lite Olive Oil, Rosemary Hot Bread.
        1.tea/ green, mint/ spearmint/Organic Camomile
        2, Coffee
        3.Organic Ginger Drink
        4.A Piesporter
        5. Itallian Amarosso
        6.Peachard
        7.Orchard Mist

        We had a lovely time getting to meet 4 people who were not of ‘our circle’. and everyone present had health issues and some had children who had children in college on parents insurance policy. It was an interesting group.

        I attached to each wine glass and tea pots (I collect tea pots for myself) one item that the ACA does. As they sipped their drinks they were asked what they knew about that item that was attached to the wines and the teas. Believe me, I knew that they did not have the facts, so it was laughable but yet sad.

        Then I gave a simple answer from my sheet for the lack of knowledge. When we finished the evening, they were so excited to know that they had a tool to go to: HHS.gov WhiteHouse.gov etc. to get the information and share with others. I had made a hostess gift favor for each to carry with them. It included a dessert wine(you notice that I did not serve dessert), little slips with HHS.gov, WhiteHouse.gov sites for them to go to. I also included the DOJ site. Some have friends with children in law school and soon will be looking for jobs, and want to work for the government.(DOJ puts out job openings as well on their sites.)

        We had a lovely non-confrontational evening(maybe a little tipsy) but they left with more workable knowledge than they came with to the dinner. The BIGGIE was some did not know that President Obama made this possible in the ACA. Remember I said up front that I noticed that some were on the fence, not knowing who or where to give the credit. I believe that because of the atmosphere that was created at the dinner. They are now more than ever ready to come back to the ship and really continue to work to help all of us get POB re-elected.

        We all may not be able to get a dinner with POB or our FLOTUS, but our friends can get a “Dinner With Us,” especially those who have given up a little or have been getting their news from unreliable sources. ‘We Can Help Make The Change We Need’ with a wine party, a dessert evening, a musical evening, a BBQ get-together, a jazz evening, a card night, a sorbet or ice cream evening, a favorite pie evening, or a plain ole ‘Let’s B Political Tonight.” Do you thing. I love you all so very much.HZ

        • 192 politicaljunkessa
          April 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

          Wow, HZ, what an awesome idea! What an awesome dinner! You are phenomenal! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  51. 193 desertflower
    April 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Morning family:) An absolute MUST READ and PASS story that will hit your heart….and make you think of yet another reason to praise ACA. As if we needed another! Please read. this mother’s personal thanks….and her fears.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/01/1078753/-Opening-Pandora-s-Box-Why-my-22-year-old-kid-needs-Mommy-s-insurance?showAll=yes

  52. 195 donna dem 4 obama
    April 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Yahhh!! and Congrats to our CollegeKay

    Just one tip for the next two months (or until you get that phone call)

    Don’t go shopping at the Mall without checking your email regularly. :cool:

  53. April 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Way to go, College Kay!!!!! Congrats to you and everyone here who supported the effort. This is one seriously amazing community.

  54. 197 57andfemale
    April 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    can someone inform this twitter novice? I just tweeted Jim DeMint but didn’t ‘follow’ him first. Will he get the tweet?

    • 198 collegekay
      April 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Yup you can tweet people without following them. Only time you can’t is when their tweets are on private.

      • 199 57andfemale
        April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Thanks. I had to call DeMint the liar that he is with a few facts on ACA. Hi, collegekay. Congratulations on all your hard work on behalf of PBO!

  55. 200 Dakota
    April 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Good Morning Family!

    I am so excited for Collegekay. Congratulations!

    What fun with the FLOTUS and the First Daughters at the Kids Awards. Michelle was jaw dropping in that outfit. It was cute to see her with Will Smith. She admitted to a little crush on him once when she was on the Ellen Show. She said she thought it was because of the ears! LOL!

    I may be late with this info, but it appears, according to experts, that the screams on the 911 tape were NOT George Zimmerman’s, but Trayvon’s, just as his mother said!

  56. April 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations CollegKay!

  57. April 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Its time for Meet The Press to be cancelled. I mean just look at today’s line up: NBC’s “Meet the Press”
    Panel: Joe Scarborough moderates with Tom Friedman, David Brooks, Jon Meacham, Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) and Mika Brzezinski.

    How much more insidery, smug and both sides do it can you get?

    • 203 carla4obama
      April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Meet The Repugs.

    • 204 Cha
      April 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      They should get an eyeful of Tweets(Bless the Tweeter Activists)..letting them know that there are many viewvers who would like to see some Reality Based Democrats on meet the press.

  58. 205 desertflower
    April 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Get the kleenex. This man, this band, is a national treasure. Thank you, Smartypants.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/04/this-is-for-trayvon-american-skin.html

  59. 206 57andfemale
    April 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I can’t stop laughing:

  60. April 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I watched this week, MTP and FTN, each one had the same questions for the democrats,and they played the same sound bite of Verilli suckIng eggs.
    Interesting.

    • 208 Linda
      April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      These shows have become like something out of the movie 1984…..Everyone of them use the exact same talking points.

      Pretty soon we will turn on the TV and see just one person giving us the news.. ” Big Brother “

  61. 209 EDP4BHO
    April 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Big congrats to collegekay. I wasn’t able to contribute (thus my head held low silence :-D ) as I was pre-dedicated to another fund raiser. But, I so wish you a great call from our great Prez. Maybe I can help with the next.

  62. 211 Linda
    April 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.

    Nicholas D. Kristof

    This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. Until now it has been unclear who the ultimate owners are.

    That mystery is solved. The owners turn out to include private equity financiers, including Goldman Sachs with a 16 percent stake.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/kristof-financers-and-sex-trafficking.html?_r=2&ref=business

    —–

    Not only TO BIG TO FAIL…..but also TO BIG TO KNOW WHAT THE HECK THEY ARE INVESTED IN ?

  63. 213 nathkatun7
    April 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Congratulations Collegekay for a job well done!


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