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coming up

Monday

In the morning the President and the First Lady will host the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.

In the afternoon, President Obama will host President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil for meetings at the White House.

Tuesday

The President will travel to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton for an official event on the economy. While in Florida, the President will also attend campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC, in the evening.

Wednesday and Thursday

The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday

The President will travel to Cartagena, Colombia, to attend the Summit of the Americas. He will return to Washington, DC, on Sunday.


219 Responses to “coming up”


  1. 1 GGail
    April 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Happy Easter

  2. 18 GGail
    April 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Today has been a beautiful west coast day!

    I hope everyone is enjoying today – wherever you are :-)

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      April 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Hi GGail, It was a wonderful warm and beautiful day in SoCal. Get ready for some wet cold weather starting Tuesday.

  3. 20 Pamela
    April 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    GGail gets the Easter Egg! Congrats! A beautiful and warm Eater Sunday in Seattle! G’day to YOU, Chips, so close to 9 million hits, should be this week, eh, everyone? Hear all the $9 donations ringing bells! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

  4. 24 Pamela
    April 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    *Easter! Not Eater… How embarrassing! Sheesh….

    • 25 hopefruit2
      April 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Well, if you are an eater, you’ll definitely be eating at Easter.

      • 26 Pamela
        April 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        I am not really much of an eater, but I surely enjoyed the grilled halibut and fresh asparagus served at brunch today! (Hey, Hopefruit, I couldn’t help but notice you left the party early last night, after I checked back in, the others were dancing up a storm and you were nowhere to be seen!)

        • 27 hopefruit2
          April 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

          (Sheepishly) …I fell asleep – almost immediately after teasing you for falling asleep. :)

          • 28 Pamela
            April 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

            I know, and I laughed all the way to the Land of Nod! It was pretty fun, though, and as I come from a family of 11 children, I now how much love there is in teasing! Hee!

  5. 29 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    BOB SCHIEFFER (CBS) SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF

    The first principle of journalism is to tell the truth. Schieffer is parroting the lies and distortions of Rush Limbaugh. This is just outrageous.

    Bob Schieffer Falsely Claims Health Reform Forces Churches To “Buy Birth Control Pills For Their Employees”

    ————————

    In an interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS, falsely claimed that the Affordable Care Act required religiously-affiliated institutions — including churches — to “buy birth control pills for their employees.” In fact, churches are exempted from the mandate, and contraceptive services will be provided by health insurance plans, not religiously-affiliated employers.

    Schieffer is misinforming his viewers when he says that the mandate for contraceptive coverage applies to churches. The rule regarding contraceptive coverage specifically exempts actual houses of worship
    .
    As Sibelius made clear in her statement, Catholic universities and hospitals aren’t going to be buying birth control for their employees any more than they will be buying blood pressure tests and dialysis. Institutions that provide health insurance as an employment benefit are offering just that – health insurance. When a person with employer-provided coverage goes to the doctor or pharmacist, we normally think of their bills as being paid for not by their employer but by their health insurance plan.

    ———————–

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204080003

    • 30 anniebella
      April 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Email Bob Schieffer and tell him he need to get his facts straight. I’m getting ready to do so right now.

      • 31 anniebella
        April 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        I just sent Schieffer a email at Face the Nation.

      • 32 Ladyhawke
        April 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        I sent my email to ftn@cbsnews and I got an error. Which address did you use?

        • 33 anniebella
          April 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          I type in CBS News, then I click on to CBS NEWs and went to bottom of page and click Contact. And there is where I found it. I hope that helps.

          • 34 Ladyhawke
            April 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

            Thanks anniebella. I just sent my email expressing my dismay at his sloppy reporting on ACA, contraception and religious institutions. Looks like it went through ok. As a reminder of what is expected from the media, I included a link to the first principle of journalism which is to tell the truth ( http://www.journalism.org/ ). I hope he gets hammered. There is no excuse for such inaccuracies. A simple search at whitehouse.gov would have provided all the details he needed.

    • 35 GGail
      April 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      On this beautiful Easter Sunday, I’m not gonna give any of my pleasantness away to negativity.

      I’m gonna keep a smile on my face and a song in my heart today :D

    • 36 a4alice
      April 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      i just tweeted face the nation and said we expected a correction……

  6. 37 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Well hello, everyone. Am I to assume you’ve all finished your Sunday/Easter dinner? ;) Hello Ms Chips! I trust you are having a productive, if busy day! Happy Easter to you! :lol: :lol:

  7. 38 collegekay
    April 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    good afternoon all. i’ll be at the egg roll again this year. i’ll try to sneak some pics for y’all like I did last year lol. shhh

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      April 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Can I trade places with you, just this once? I would love to see the Obamas, in the flesh. PL-EEEA—SE!

  8. 41 desertflower
    April 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    And so it begins…..http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/04/08/and-so-its-begun-pastor-rick-warren-puts-romneys-religion-on-display-evangelicals-starting-to-support-obama-video/

    I don’t care WHO it is, religion shouldn’t factor into this, but since the RW has been the one to raise the issue…….

    • 42 vcprezofan2
      April 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      IMO it’s pathetic that Evangelicals reduce their focus for voting to such a narrow one, since a natural result is that they seriously consider folks like Perry, Bachman, Alaska Barbie, Cain, etc just because they SAY they are Christian.

    • 43 anniebella
      April 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Those right wing nuts can’t have it both ways, they can’t question President Obama religion, then when someone question Mitt Romney religion they all of a sudden say religion shouldn’t be discuss. It’s off the table, well you guys are the ones who put it on the table.

    • 44 Lockewasright
      April 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I agree. There should be no religious test to hold public office and that includes in the decision making of the voters. Still, it’s hard for me to muster much sympathy for Mittens. As a mormon, fully aware of the history of his people chased and murdered as they fled west, Willard should have known better than to throw in with the party of intolerance. The religious right’s insistence on taking a bottle of white out to the 1st amendment should have been a deal breaker for him. When the evangelicals in his own base stab him in the back for not being exactly like them in every way, it will be him something he should have seen coming.

    • 45 Diane
      April 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      DF–Maybe it’s becuase I live in the bible belt and I have had religious laws forced down my throat for years–I think the religion a person practices should be vetted just as any other area of someone’s identity when they run for office. If people could believe and not try to force their beliefs on others then religion shouldn’t factor into politics. Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world and the “Leaders” of this country in the oval office (in the past) and in congress many times do not seperate church and state. I want to know who I am voting for. Am I voting for someone who will be unable to seperate their personal beliefs when making decisions affecting me? Religion is the great divider and the more I know about a candidates religion the better prepared I am to make voting decisions.

  9. 47 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Bo has a message to share

    • 52 theo67
      April 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      This is quite a courageous video. All the “it gets better” videos are quite stunning, and I hope they’re saving lives.

  10. 53 pinkbunny92
    April 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Happy Easter All !! Loving pics of our beautiful First Family! :-)

    I’m so thankful for all of you & The Obama Diary!! It’s such a wonderful haven from all the stupidity, hate & ignorance out there!

    Hope everyone has a safe holiday!

  11. April 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Hiya everyone,

    Thanks to all of you who have helped Hachiko the past few days. An amazing number of people – including so many who are not in good financial situations themselves – have donated, either directly to Hachiko through the account numbers she provided, or through the website that has been set up to help her.

    Hopefully the funds that have poured in will help Hachiko get back on her feet, she deserves this fresh start and I wish her nothing but the best.

    I’m going to step back from it now and leave it to https://everribbon.com/ribbon/view/5881 for anyone who still wants to donate.

    One last request – I promise. As you know, the incredibly kind Miss Pat has paid for the hotel Hachiko is staying in, so myself and a few others are clubbing together to help Pat meet that cost. If anyone would like to contribute please email me at theobamadiary@gmail.com.

    I should have the final cost to Miss Pat on Tuesday, so I’ll be able to coordinate it all.

    Other than for the Obama/Biden campaign, I really hate asking anyone here to part with money because I know money’s tight for everyone, but I hope you understand these have been exceptional circumstances the past few days.

    Thanks again everyone.

    • April 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Chips, contributed a little thru the evenribbonwebsite. It was so easy and they charge very little to process.

    • April 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      None of my beeswax but i would think paying back Miss Pat would be the first obligation of any funds collected.

      • 57 L3
        April 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        No. The first obligation is to address the crisis and stabilize Hachiko’s situation. If not, then what was the point. Chips I contributed through evenribbon but would be happy to kick in a few bucks for Miss Pat.

      • 58 Hachikō
        April 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        The monies that have been donated to my paypal account are untouched, and I will do whatever it is Chips tells me to do with the money. I’ll even give her access to the account so she can use it as she sees fit. The everribbon account was set up by capecodgurl on twitter and those monies are also untouched and can be used to pay back Miss Pat.

        The last thing I want is any controversy or hard feelings, or HARDSHIP over this.

        I really appreciate the kindness everyone has shown me, especially Miss Pat who is of little means herself.

        • 59 theo67
          April 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Hachiko – I can’t speak for everyone,and I hope I’m not overstepping my bounds, but I would certainly think that anyone who sent some help your way did it with an open heart, and with the understanding that once they sent that help, it was yours to do with as needed. The act of giving itself is its own reward. So, please don’t feel like you have to account every move to us. Just knowing that things are moving positively is enough. And I’m sure Miss Pat will be taken care of. I’m sure everyone wants you to feel like you’ve got control again, given the speed with which everything unfolded. We know you’re grateful, that you appreciate the open hearts and open hands, and I hope people would do the same for me if I was in the same situation. It’s been a wonderful experience watching everyone reach out to help.

          • 60 jackiegrumbacher
            April 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

            Theo, you’re absolutely right. The money donated to Hachiko is for her and that, I’m sure was everyone’s intent.

          • April 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

            What theo said. This money is yours to do with as you see fit. Only you know what you need to get where you need to be.

          • 62 sherijr
            April 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

            Absolutely spot on theo.. in my case, most definitely. I am amazed at the generosity of everyone and so very very happy for you marabout/ Hachiko.. you really are going to succeed here, just thrilled that this is coming together for you.

          • 63 susanne
            April 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

            beautifully said, theo.

          • 64 amk for obama
            April 9, 2012 at 7:40 am

            +1, Theo.

          • 65 Hachikō
            April 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

            Thank you, Theo. I was telling LunarSea that while am immeasurably thankful for all the help and everyone’s kindness, I also feel a deep sense of guilt for being in this situation and accepting the money.

            Please know that I did not ask Miss Pat to put me in a hotel. I would never dream of doing that. She insisted. She actually packed me up and moved me out of her apartment! LOL! I told her, you must really want to get rid of me! Of course she didn’t. I was just teasing her. She lives in a one bedroom subsidized apt and not even her daughter can live there. She was hoping that LDS might have had a spare room so that I could stay with her, but when we met LDS for lunch on Friday, she said she had no room because her family was staying with her.

            The hotel I’m in is the cheapest we could find on a holiday weekend, and it’s one Miss Pat knows because she and her daughter had stayed here once.

            I told Miss Pat that I would give her the money from what has been donated to me, but she told me no. She said that she’d spoken to Chip and Chip was planning to raise separate funds to pay Miss Pat.

            However, whatever the TOD family thinks is best is what I will do.

            Thanks for your kind words, Theo.

            • 66 MsKitty (@michelec64)
              April 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

              No need to explain or justify yourself at all. Like others have said the help is freely given, and only you know what has to be done to get your financial house in order. End of.

              Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

        • 68 miss pat
          April 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

          Is who that calling my name? I did it from my heart and was glad to be able to. I used a credit card that was for emergency only and this was an emergency. It was a pleasure to meet Hachiko and Linda and I tell my daughter that this is a good honest kind loving group.
          No teabaggers, scammers and evil people allowed on here. We sniff them out and banish them.
          I will be there for Hachiko as long as she needs me.
          Love to you all and thanks for being the wonderful people you all are.

        • 72 taiping1
          April 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          I want you to use the money I donated to get back on your feet with Tucker. I have emailed Chips about Miss Pat.

          • 73 Hachikō
            April 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

            Thank you, taiping. I can’t wait to get back Tucker. The boarders called me this morning and said I can’t come visit him any more while he’s there. I’m so distraught about the whole thing. I need to get him back sooner than later.

            Thank you and god bless.

            • 74 miss pat
              April 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

              Just concenetrate on you for now. We will send prayers up that Tucker settles down soon and you will soon be re-united. I hope you are feeling better now. See you tommorow.

  12. 76 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’d forgotten how much I love the Ocean – 11, 12, 13 – movies with George Clooney and the gang!

    • 77 collegekay
      April 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I think Ocean’s 11 was the best. are they on right now?

      • 78 utaustinliberal
        April 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Yeah Ocean’s 11 was most definitely the best because every moment was unexpected and the scene where they made off with that casino mogul’s money and revealed the behind the scenes of how they ripped him off was insane. :lol:

        Actually Ocean’s 12 is on right now on Spike TV. I don’t know if they were/are doing a marathon of the three movies. I only lucked out when I was flipping channels and caught Ocean’s 12. It’s still on right now.

  13. 80 goldendreamer
    April 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi all, hope you’re having a great Easter! =D Love seeing the Obamas dressed up in their Sunday best…on that family swag for real, lol!

  14. 81 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    CNN CANDY CROWLEY PARROTS GOP TALKING POINTS

    DNC Chair: GOP ‘Callous and Insensitive’ Towards Women

    —————————–

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) on Sunday ripped the Republican Party for “turning back the clock for women.”

    During an interview on CNN, host Candy Crowley asked asked the congresswoman from Florida if it was unfair to call GOP policies a “war on women.”

    ——————————

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/dnc-chair-gop-callous-and-insensitive-toward

    • 82 theo67
      April 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Someone should ask the Candy Crowleys of the world “what would they call it?” – these so-called journalists are pretty pathetic.

      • April 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        CNN is the Traditional press coverage! Whoever has the WH, CNN will favor the opposite Party.
        Even if that means facts be damned.
        I think it is irresponsible and like the Republicans need any help with Media exposure?

      • 84 Ladyhawke
        April 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        You can’t this stuff up. The RNC Chairman says talking about anti-woman Republican policies is ‘unpatriotic’. They just don’t think the use of the word ‘war’ is acceptable. Imagine that. In fact, they liked it better when we just didn’t talk about their concerted efforts to invade our bodies, redefine rape, dismantle Planned Parenthood, restrict access to contraception, on and on.

        If Candy Crowly and the RNC Chairman think the use of the term “War On Women” is so offensive, I wonder what they think about the use of the terms THUG, STUPID, SOCIALIST, BULLY being used by the GOP to describe President Obama. Where’s the outrage about that?? Disrespecting President Obama is just expected in the normal political discourse these days. The media just takes it for granted. But perish the thought of the word “war” being used to describe the Republican Party attacks on women.

        • 85 nintendowii10
          April 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

          And this Republican Party has apologized to the misogynist in chief, Rush Limbaugh… and no one besides John McCain, Ron Paul, and Mike Huckabee has told him to jump off the highest cliff. Also, no one other than John McCain has even attempted to take a stand against the bigoted and racist attacks on President Obama… as much as I despise John McCain as a politician, I do have to applaud him when he called out that woman who said Obama was an Arab in 2008 and said that Barack Obama was a family man with whom he had deep political disagreements with.

        • 86 L3
          April 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm

          Except when they say PBO is waging a “War Against Religion.” They are trying to shame Democrats into not telling the truth about their policies. For those so concerned about White House messaging Cleaver would be a great person to tweet or email. The Republicans are on the ropes with women voters, Democrats have a great message that oh, by the way happens to be true and he goes out right after DWS and contradicts that message. He is truly an idiot. I recall him saying once that he was just a minister. Well, I say to him go back to the pulpit and leave politics to the politicians who know how to stay on message. I will be sending him an email to that effect.

        • 87 elo4obama/biden
          April 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          Here we go again with the ‘unpatriotic’ crap. This sounds sooooooo familiar! Anytime repubs did not like a reasonable critique of Bush or his policies, such as the war with Iraq you were dubbed ‘unpatriotic’ Funny, that is the exact word I have thought many times in the last 3+ years- all the routing for failure!
          Anti US auto industry, Brietbart complaining that the president paraised the troops too much in his speech to them after the Iraq war ended. All of their undermining of the democratic principles at the heart of this country dispite our many imperfections!

          Yes! The republican party is making a war on women, immigrants, unionized workers, federal and state employees and education! Or at least affordable education for the masses. They say they favor choice, but they really do not want you to have any choices, whether it’s reproductive choices for a woman and her family, or choices of insurers ( they want the insurance company free to cherry pick, and the insurer just grateful no matter the cost! Your choice would be to do without or pay through the nose for subpar benefits, and sure uncertainty that it would be there if heaven forbid you should need it.

          Don’t even get me started on the blatant lies, hysteria and dispicable behavior shown this president! It’s a sure testimony to his drive and determination, smartness about staff choices and creativity and critical thinking that so much has been acommplished. I was just wondering today how much more could have been done on our domestic and foreign fronts if we’d shown some UNITY and patriotism in what is one of our most trying times. Foreign front we face questions about many countries in the middle east including Iran and Isreal. We’ve been dealing with that and N Korea for years now! It’s unreal how republicans try to lay this out as though it just showed up on President Obama’s door!

          • 88 elo4obama/biden
            April 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            I watched for the second time Amb. Rice’s testimony for the UN budget. She is a dynamo, and so knowledgeable. She’s able to stand her ground with a grace and dignity unmatched by many. It was a thing of beauty to see her not allowing the administration to be defined by some of the bufoonze(sp) in congress. She gave example of the ways in witch the Obama admin has benefited Isreal with admittance to various organizations, as well as contribut more to it’s security while pressing for a peace with the palestinians.

            The republicans want us to cut funding for Unesco despite the good it does around the world because of it’s support of a home for the palestinians. She pointed out that Isreal has not cut it’s ties, because as she explained most eloquently many times- you do not cut off your nose to spite your face (my words :smile:) Bless her all who work for diplomatic solutions first for our many issues! She would make a fine Secretary of State!

            Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the day whether you celebrate Easter or not. The first family looked so at peace and happy this morning. Another wonderful (marvelous) picture for my file! :smile: :smile: :smile:

          • 89 Ladyhawke
            April 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

            Awesome comments elo. I could not agree more.

        • 90 0388jojothecat
          April 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

          They don’t like the term “War on Women” because independent and republican women are turning to the Democratic party. Whenever they are losing they will just get a DINO to back down or get the DEMs to back down…only this time we have Debbie Wasserman Schultz who won’t back down.

        • 91 57andfemale
          April 9, 2012 at 4:06 am

          When the RNC chair compared our President to the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship he forfeited any right to call Democrats unpatriotic. The treatment of PBO by these nut jobs has bordered on treason. Has Priebus or any party leader drawn a line of decency? Have they respected the office of the presidency under PBO? He and his traitorous gang can STFU.

    • 92 hopefruit2
      April 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Ques: Who would you like to see try to roller skate and fall?
      Ans: Candy Crowley.

    • 94 jackiegrumbacher
      April 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      If the Republicans don’t want to be accused of a war on women, how about passing the Violence Against Women Act, condemning vaginal probes, speaking out forcibly against Limbaugh’s misogyny, calling out Scott Walker for repealing women’s rights to equal pay and making a big deal about a contraception policy that was common in GWB’s time, for starters. The GOP attacks on women are endless and they stink. Not all the perfume in the world can cover up that smell.

  15. 96 Elly in Maryland
    April 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Back during the Clinton years I had a chance to take my daughter to the White House Easter Egg Roll celebration – it is one of my best memories. We got up super early and drove downtown, got in line, were told by the Park Service ranger there was almost no chance of getting in, but we persisted and we got our timed ticket for a few hours later. We had a fancy breakfast at a hotel downtown, went to one of the art museums, then back to the White House. For anyone who lives in the DC area, even if you don’t get into the event, you can watch from the sidewalk in the front of the WH – on the plus side, you wouldn’t have waited for eons in line for the security check (hard to do with little kids; back in my day it wasn’t that brutal).

  16. 97 nintendowii10
    April 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I just read how Emmanual Cleaver said that it’s “wrong” for the Democrats to use the term “war on women.” If this were not such a critical election season, I’d say primary his ass, because he has put his foot in his mouth almost as much as the Republicans have!

    • April 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Why do you think David Gregory had him on tv?

      He knew that HE personally needs to quash the War in Women meme.
      Gregory is such a Republican insider and not a journalist.

    • April 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      this is why the President cannot depend upon those ridiculous Democrats

      • 100 nintendowii10
        April 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        He can however depend on Debbie Wasserman Shultz, she has his back even with sellouts like Emmanual Cleaver and many others throw him under the bus!

    • 101 Brit
      April 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Many of the CBC are being challenged this year, and I hope that their challengers win!

  17. 102 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    April 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I’M BETTING ‘BO’ IS SUPER EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW…LET THE EGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGS ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  18. 103 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    White House Correspondent’s Dinner this month: Saturday April 28th

    // WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA’s 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

    “Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,” said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner.”

    The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession. //

    http://whca.net/

    • 104 lisalovesobama
      April 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Jimmy Kimmel? good. But he seems like a safe bet. I want some Stephen. That would be fricking hilarious!!! :lol:

      • 105 Diane
        April 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Remember what happened the last time Colbert did this gig? He shamed the media for not doing their job. He spoke truth to power. The media couldn’t handle the truth. I don’t expect Stephen will be invited back very soon, but I would love it! Wish I knew how to imbed as Colbert’s speech was unbelieveably courageous and perfect!

  19. 106 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Can’t wait for tonight’s Harry’s Law on NBC at 8PM. It’s going to be intense. And tonight’s 2 hour episode of GCB (Good Christian Bitches) on ABC 9PM ET – 11PM ET is going to be insane as only the faux holier than thou Christian South can get.

  20. 107 criquet
    April 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    If Melissa Harris-Perry continues the way she started her shows, she may not be on long. I have heard so many complaints about her show and the pre-dominant comment is that loads of people are turning her off because she seems to bring on lots of Republican hacks and will not confront their lies and push back.

    Has anyone else had feedback on her show and/or seen any ratings?

    • 108 nintendowii10
      April 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      It’s just me personally, but I’m glad that MHP allows these Republican stooges and allows them to spew their insanity. Look at what has happened to Keith Olberloon, who invited NO ONE who disagreed with his ideology and thought only his opinion mattered. We need the stupidity of Republicans exposed and not pushed under the rug, and the last thing we need is an emoprog echo chamber like it is with Keith Olberloon, Cenk Uygar, Jane Hamsher, Glenn Greenwald and others.

      • 109 hopefruit2
        April 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        It’s one thing to expose the Republican lies and stupidity by politely presenting them with the credible but easily understood facts to counter their spew – it’s a completely different thing, however, to just allow them to make all kinds of wild claims knowing that low info voters might actually believe what they say and base their voting decisions on lies and RW propaganda. I believe that’s where people have issues with MHP. Her stance is way too intellectual as if she’s in the classroom and needs to stand back and hear “both sides” of an argument. She needs to stop being professor and start being the host of a nationally televised political talk show.

        • 110 criquet
          April 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

          This is spot on HF, IMO.

        • 111 nintendowii10
          April 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

          If you think that MHP is too much of a softball with the right, then you haven’t seen Fox News, or David Gregory when they are practically slobbering over the Republicans.

          And personally, I believe we have to delve away from the culture of “bruising the other side,” that’s the culture that Olberloon promoted and it’s destroyed his career and his credibility. I’m glad that MHP is a teacher and allows both sides to talk and present their ideals, that’s the kind of culture that our President wants us to have, and frankly, we should be embracing it.

          • 112 hopefruit2
            April 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

            David Gregory and Fox News explicitly promote the Republican agenda. I am not comparing MHP to FOX NEWS and Gregory, I’m comparing her to what I believe an objective political show host should be. I never said or implied that MHP should be a female Keith Olbermann. Presenting facts to counter lies doesn’t mean you’re “bruising” the other side.

        • April 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          I don’t have a problem with hearing both sides, but I do have a problem is letting Republicans spit lie after lie and she just sit there, saying nothing. This is not an honest debate and hasn’t been in years. She should know that by now. I like her very much, I enjoy some of the discussions, but she’s being very naive and we can’t have that now. This time the elections just too crucial.

      • 116 hopefruit2
        April 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        I will also add that Uygur, Olbermann, Greenwald and Hamsher in the last 2 years have been spending more time bashing PBO from the so-called “left” than countering Republican lies. They were definitely not helping our cause, but neither is MHP with her GOP guests.

        • 117 nintendowii10
          April 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

          Like it or not, many political shows are going to have their share of Republicans… all of them have at one point or another, except for the emoprog echo chamber like Olberloon who allowed NO ONE who countered his point of view. Even Rachel Maddow has had Republicans on: from Rand Paul to even the racist Pat Buchanan.

          • 118 hopefruit2
            April 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm

            I don’t have a problem with a show having a Republican guest. I do have a problem with a host allowing their show to be used as a platform for GOP manufactured propaganda at the expense of our democracy.

            • 119 amk for obama
              April 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

              Yup. It’s one thing to invite the thugs for getting their point of view (which I frankly hate since they have monopolized all the other fucking channels and shows). It’s another thing being stupidly dumb by not pushing back against their lies, slurs and insults.

          • 120 hopefruit2
            April 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            Obviously, MHP is losing viewers for a reason. A very good one at that. In an election year, people want information – not lies or one-sided propaganda. We already have enough of those kinds of shows – damn near all of the Sunday morning political shows, all the shows on FOX NEWS, Morning JOKE, and some MSNBC afternoon and evening shows. With all of those GOP oriented shows, MHP show is seen as redundant and viewers are tuning out.

          • 121 criquet
            April 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

            But look what happened to Rand Paul. Rachel Maddow did question Rand Paul and push back and he he got trashed by all and sundry thereafter. He then avoided any media but Fox and friendly local media.
            Same with Pat Buchanan and after a while he stopped coming on at all.

    • 122 Hachikō
      April 8, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      That is my problem with her show as well. Do we really need to provide Republicans with ANOTHER platform from which to spout their lies and misinformation?

      Even when Chris Hayes has Republican guests on, he always prefaces the discussion with a statement of the facts, and then he takes the conversation from there. Melissa fails to do this and it’s frustrating!

      • 123 criquet
        April 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        That is exactly the point Hachiko. Additionally, I’m glad that you have got something sorted out temporarily .
        I live outside the US but if there is a way to help from overseas, perhaps Ms Chips can let us “awayers” know how by email.

        Take care and good luck.

      • 125 hopefruit2
        April 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Exactly. The deck is already stacked with one too many GOP-sided shows. Why add another one?

    • 126 Brit
      April 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      I haven’t seen the ratings. I stopped watching her show for the reasons you wrote. When I watched, she would just sit there and let outright lies get spewed without saying anything. The show IMO is dull.

      • April 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        I have the exact same complaints—-dull and is either not prepared or unwilling to push back on all the lies of her rt.wing/libertarian guests. We have no time for that now, this indulgence or whatever it is.

    • 128 prettyfoot58
      April 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      yanno …i am not surprised that folks are disappointed in her show….she has forgotten to ask those on the PL what she say and think…and she does not genuflect at their altar…

      i must say….i am disappointed…but not surprise at the weekly backlash about her show….

      • 129 hopefruit2
        April 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        It’s not the PL who are criticizing her show. It’s the viewers.

        • 130 prettyfoot58
          April 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          still…from the beginning…folks did not like it…it is not what they wanted to see….i hope that her program does not become a casualty…

          • 131 hopefruit2
            April 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

            I would hate to see her lose the show, but I can’t help but feel that her show is scripted from bossman at MSNBC. And it’s losing the viewers’ interest.

            • 132 prettyfoot58
              April 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

              tell me HF…what did you expect …or should i ask…what did you want?

              • 133 hopefruit2
                April 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

                What I don’t want is a show that allows Republican lies to go unchecked. That’s all. These guests aren’t simply expressing opinions – they are actually spreading outright falsehoods. Why should that be acceptable? It’s hypocritical to call Mitt Romney a liar on one hand, while so many Republicans are all over the TV screen spreading similar lies and not called out on it.

    • 134 miss pat
      April 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Grand opening, grand closing, good riddance.

  21. 136 criquet
    April 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Sorry predominant….

  22. 137 isonprize
    April 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I didn’t really know much about Bobby Kennedy, only what I learned in school.

    Thanks to Pragmatic Obots United – POU and, by extension, SmartyPants – On Growing Up, for expanding my knowledge. A lengthy, yet imminently worthy, read. Be sure to click on the “North Star” blue link in this ‘Growing Up’ article.

    “On the Mindless Menace of Violence” by Robert F. Kennedy, April 5, 1968, after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bobby would be assassinated in June of that same year. The accompanying video is poignant.

    • 138 prettyfoot58
      April 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Ison….what a powerful piece….this could have been written today….

      we have struggled mightily in this country for human rights and economic justice…many have died so that others could live with dignity…
      here we are at another crossroad/

      the assault on liberty and justice is fierce…..but we have faced this before……..and thru perserverance and struggle………righteouness will prevaile……i mentioned in a previous post………that rights and liberties have to be defended…..so it is true that we have to defend ours now….

      Our President is being assailed from all sides….the so-called left…..and the right….I pray each and every day…for the Creator to guide his steps and mine…

      to grant myself as well as the President…the courage…and wisdom necessary to face this fierce opposition…

      Thank You Ison…for this eloquent reminder…of where we have come…and where we have to go…

      Presssssssssssss On!

    • 140 jackiegrumbacher
      April 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I believe that Bobby Kennedy would have been elected president in 1968 and the whole trajectory of this country would have altered for the better. Instead we got Richard Nixon. After the assassinations of King and Kennedy, I actually felt as if I had been gutted and the good things had been erased from the world and replaced with the dark and ugly. Can’t look back on that era without shuddering.

      • 141 jacquelineoboomer
        April 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

        I’m with you, Jackie. Although I always paid attention to presidential politics after that, it never really meant as much again until the Bill Clinton election (and even he later disappointed – SC – 2008 – still can’t get over that). President Obama helped to bring back many of the pieces of our hearts that we lost back in the ’60s, but it’s not something you can forget and I would never want to go through that again or have any of my grandchildren go through it.

    • 142 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I remember it all like it were yesterday.

      • 143 isonprize
        April 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

        JackieG and JO’B, it seems that the same kind of hatred and mean-spiritedness that was present back then in the 50’s and 60’s is coming back up to the surface now. I don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer” but I sincerely hope that we can learn from our mistakes of the past.

        As I’ve been reading up on Robert Kennedy and the subsequent election of Richard Nixon after Bobby was killed, it is plain to see how Nixon’s hateful “Southern Strategy” led to the hatred we are seeing now. That hatred and meanness just went “underground” for the next 25- 30 years. That hatred was ‘mainstreamed’ into policies and procedures – unspoken, but hateful, nonetheless. Recently, the “Tea Party” allowed it to bubble back up to the surface, like a nasty boil.

        I hope that we can finally lance it and drain all the nastiness out and allow our nation to heal. I hope and pray that we can make it thru this summer. I hope and pray that cooler heads will prevail. There is some really nasty stuff going on right now.

        The ‘media’ isn’t really covering the simmering unrest, the desperation of people being cut-off from medicaid, running out of unemployment, dropped from cash assistance rolls with no jobs in sight. The media only wants to perpetuate hate and lies for Rethuglicans spouting non-sense.

        I want us to learn from our mistakes. Make this a more perfect union. WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO!!!

        • 144 geeja
          April 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          What a beautiful speech! I put the written version on my Facebook status, Thanks for reminding us. So timely!

        • April 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

          It’s all do able. Look at all of the things our Community has done. I am so grateful that I was brought here to see so many who embraced the words of our President and turn it into action.

        • 146 jacquelineoboomer
          April 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm

          Even just hearing RFK speak those beautiful words, knowing how long ago he gave us all the admonition, knowing he lost his own life after that, is enough to make one physically ill – so many years later. Thanks again for sharing this. So much more work to do, as you wrote.

    • 147 isonprize
      April 9, 2012 at 12:06 am

      edited to add:

      I’m not sure if the above video is the complete speech. Even so, it is needed, now, more than ever before. Here is the text as printed for a press release of RFK’s speech at the Cleveland City Club, April 5, 1968.

      http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/RFK-Speeches/Remarks-of-Senator-Robert-F-Kennedy-to-the-Cleveland-City-Club-Cleveland-Ohio-April-5-1968.aspx

  23. April 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Can’t believe that NBC is touting yet ANOTHER appearance by the Baby-A-Year Duggar family on the Today Show tomorrow. This is irresponsible programming, glorifying this selfish, religious extremist family who belongs to a sect that believes they need to populate this country with as many of their brand of whacko Christians as possible in order to save this country, to make it a Christian theocracy, Taliban style.

    • 149 hopefruit2
      April 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Where are they getting the funds to support this freak show?

    • 150 anniebella
      April 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Well dotster3 this is the same show which went crazy over that racists quitter from Alaska last week. Today show has gone to the dumps. Except for the weather guy.

    • 151 miss pat
      April 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Rhat lady’s womb is going to drop out with the next baby. Mark my words.

  24. 152 lisalovesobama
    April 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t forget, 2 Hour GCB on tonight on ABC!!!! Starts at 9pm eastern

    • 153 utaustinliberal
      April 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      I am right there! Are you excited? I hope the relationship between Carlene’s brother and Amanda progresses.

      • 154 hopefruit2
        April 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        I’ve never watched the show and if I start now I won’t understand what’s going on, so perhaps I should wait until next season?

      • 160 lisalovesobama
        April 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        It’s started!! I love Carlene and her stupid charity’s name:The Children With Sumptn’

        • 161 utaustinliberal
          April 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

          Hahaha. That was funny. Now they’re going hunting? I swear they have these Dallas uber Christian women down to a T. I stepped out of the room for a minute after Carlene agreed Amanda could be her matron of honor. Was there a vibrator scene?

          • 162 lisalovesobama
            April 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

            Yeah! Sharon mislead Amanda. Said there was a girls only party and the theme was : His rod and his staff {{{wink, wink}}}} so everyone came with a statue of Jesus or Moses with a rod or staff. Amanda’s gift was accidentally on and wriggling all over the place. Carlene seemed truly shocked. It was hilarious!!

      • 163 lisalovesobama
        April 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        I love Amanda’s ‘rod and staff’ gift!! Hilarious!!

        • 164 utaustinliberal
          April 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

          Sharon is such a bitch! She’s trying to ruin Luke and Amanda’s relationship all because she got shafted from the matron of honor position. :lol:

          These women are insane. They’re actually hunting.

          • 165 lisalovesobama
            April 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

            I can’t believe Cricket is so into hunting! I like her. I really like all of them even though they are *itches!

          • 166 lisalovesobama
            April 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

            ZOMG!!! Can’t stop laughing! Carlene’s been livin’ in sin!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: hahahhahahahahahhahahahhaaha!

            • 167 utaustinliberal
              April 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

              Hahahaha. Amanda just pulled a Dick Cheney and when the doctor asked Carlene “Can you clench your butt?” And she did… and then her husband said “Hallelujah!” I just cracked up!

              • 168 lisalovesobama
                April 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm

                her husband is so damned funny! I love their relationship so much, even though they are crazy.

              • 169 lisalovesobama
                April 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

                Carlene’s stoned off her ass. She’s highly entertaining. Is it bad that I find Carlene and the Gang and Amanda’s mama more entertaining and like able than Amanda? I think she’s okay and everything, but I’m really more into the others.

                • 170 utaustinliberal
                  April 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

                  I like all of them..but yeah, Carlene and her band of wackos are definitely funny. Amanda’s mom, Gigi is insane.

                  Amanda: How do you apologize for shooting someone? Gigi: Hmm….I don’t know. I have Dick Cheney’s number. Let me call him. :lol: :lol:

                  • 171 lisalovesobama
                    April 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

                    ZOMG!!!!!!!!! Cricket and hubby are looking for a surrogate and the last person they interview is asked by Hubby: “you took a year of from college in 2008, why.”
                    Quite proudly the girl says: ” I took it off for the campaign. I campaigned for OBAMA!!!!!!!!!”
                    Shocked the shit out of Cricket!!!!

                    • 172 lisalovesobama
                      April 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

                      what was really hilarious was the fact that the girl met all their requirements till she confirmed that she was a democrat!!!! I laughed my ass off based on the look on Cricket’s face and Blake’s face was like: “oh no she didn’t just say that. Damn!” I really like this show! :lol:

                • 173 lisalovesobama
                  April 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

                  The men in that church surely were happy with the preacher’s homework!! Hey hey now! ;)

  25. 174 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I have a lovely Easter gift for anyone who wants a gift right now. Here it is! :)

  26. 175 desertflower
    April 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    LItte factoid…..wonder if his parents knew he was going to grow up to be a little &^%I&^^

    If you remove all the vowels from the name of RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, you are left with something amazingly coincidental: “RNC PR BS.”

  27. 181 Suzette
    April 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    It is going to be a very early Monday morning. I just checked the Whitehouse web-site and the Easter Egg Roll starts at 7:30 a.m. (6:30 for me) and I am looking forward to it.

    Maybe I will be first on TOD, again (lol).

  28. 185 LDS
    April 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Happy Resurrection Day, everyone here. Hachiko, so glad that things are coming together and whatever God has for you, it’s for you.
    I am so glad that we met and I pray that Tucker is doing well. I left a message with Ms. Pat for you to call me or e-mail me. I hope we can meet up again before you leave.

    Your son is right, you are more than a great blogger….you have a beautiful soul. I am grateful and humble to have been able to help.
    Unfortunately, after breakfast with you I learned that a dear friend of mine is going through similar situation. She is about to loose her house and she has a young daughter. They had no food in the house. I am helping as much as I can.

    I did not mean to bring sad news on such a glorious day, but it just keeps me aware and focused of the fact that so many people are still struggling and pressing on despite their temporary circumstances. We must not get weary or discourage during this election because there are so many people who need this presidency a lot more than we realize. And most of all, a lot more than they realize.

    We must vote like our lives depend on it……..it does!
    God bless everyone here. God bless the United States of America. (as POB walks away, slams the podium) BAM!!!!

    • 186 theo67
      April 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      LDS – you have a good heart.

      Just think what could be happening in this country if the GOP and their minions were following President Obama’s lead and calling for people to care for each other like they do their brothers and sisters? What more vibrant recovery would there be, and how much less silent suffering would be going on? Your friend is lucky to have you, and I hope things look up for her soon.

  29. April 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    AFP’s new Kerrey hit: ‘Not in my house’
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 4/8/12 9:04 PM EDT
    The campaign to take down Bob Kerrey isn’t letting up.

    The national conservative group Americans for Prosperity, which has spent several hundred thousand dollars pummeling the former senator on the air over the last few weeks, is up with a new spot this weekend. The commercial, produced by the GOP admakers at the Strategy Group for Media, is a twist on Kerrey’s own advertising — which features ordinary Nebraskans welcoming the Democrat back to his home state.

    Except the Nebraskans in AFP’s ad have a different message: “Not in our home”; “not here”; “not in my house.” The narrator reminds viewers: “After living in New York City over a decade, Kerrey supports government-run health care, refusing to repeal Obama’s mandate. And he endorses the job-killing cap-and-trade plan.”

    Kerrey is almost certainly the best recruit Democrats could have fielded for Nebraska’s open Senate seat. But his viability over the long term may hinge on how he’s defined at the start of the race: as a centrist, 1990s-vintage Democrat and Vietnam war hero, or as a carpetbagger with a worldview right out of Greenwich Village. AFP has been at the forefront of pushing the second narrative.

    It figures!

  30. 188 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Oh snap! Amanda just shot Carlene! Hahahaha ~ GCB

    • 189 lisalovesobama
      April 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Amanda called good ol’ Dickie Boy for help! **** Dickie= Dick Cheney

      • 190 utaustinliberal
        April 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        I like all of them..but yeah, Carlene and her band of wackos are definitely funny. Amanda’s mom, Gigi is insane.

        Amanda: How do you apologize for shooting someone? Gigi: Hmm….I don’t know. I have Dick Cheney’s number. Let me call him. :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • 191 utaustinliberal
        April 8, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        Oh shit! Did you see that? Show me your tata’s. Ok…this is for Carlene and then she flashes her boobs! :lol: :lol: :lol:

        • 192 lisalovesobama
          April 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

          “this is for Carlene!!:
          ——boob flashing——
          guy: it was worth it.
          hfahhahahhahhahahahhahahhaha!!!

          • 193 utaustinliberal
            April 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

            Hahaha. And yeah it was hilarious that the girl was perfect to be considered as their surrogate until she said she took a year off to campaign for Pres. Obama. Hahahahahaha.

            It’s hilarious how they expose the prejudices of Bible thumpers and rightwingers in such a hilarious manner. I find it even more hilarious because Kristen Chenoweth (Carlene) is a Democrat and Annie Potts (Gigi) who plays Amanda’s mother is also a Democrat I believe.

  31. April 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Dionne is doing well on EverRibbon. . . raised $2152.50 so far!
    Congrats. . . and thanks to all those who have chipped in.

  32. 201 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    MEMORY LANE VISIT: Here is the Easter thread approx one year ago (April 2011) with our First Family. It was also a pleasure reading the comments from our TOD family!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/04/24/happy-easter-people/

  33. 203 auni
    April 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    theo–you sent some good words Hichiko’s way and I second it. Every cent I sent is a gift and sure doesn’t have to be accounted for–needs have to be met and if one of our sisters has a need then enough said.

  34. April 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It’s “Game On” In Chicago

    One year in, the Obama campaign unleashes itself on America. Confident, cool, digitally dynamic. But are they getting cocky?

    CHICAGO, Ill. — On the evening of April 4, campaign manager Jim Messina gathered more than 300 staffers into a large room on the sixth floor of One Prudential Plaza in Chicago, the nerve center for the President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. The occasion: the one-year anniversary of opening the headquarters in the president’s hometown. Messina grabbed a microphone that was set up for him to address his army of twenty-somethings, who were seated at his feet on the floor, spilling on to the filing cabinets, stretching far out into the vast floor they occupy in the office tower. The staffers knew it was a night to party — the plan was to head to a nearby bar for drinks to celebrate — but first they had to listen to a speech from the boss.
    Messina ended the talk with a presentation of “Fired Up, Ready to Go,” a web video that takes viewers from the story of one supporter to the final rally of Obama’s campaign in 2008. The video hit at the inspirational core of the president’s historic victory four years ago, and a few of the staffers were moved to tears. For Team Obama, watching Fired Up offered a nostalgic release, carrying them away from the corporate feel of their Chicago office tower and to the movement that captured their imaginations in 2008. It reminded them of why they were grinding away now.

    “There is a very, very good feeling here,” David Axelrod, Obama’s senior advisor, told BuzzFeed.

    // more here:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hastingsmillersmith/its-game-on-in-chicago

    • 206 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2012 at 12:17 am

      ” The video hit at the inspirational core of the president’s historic victory four years ago, and a few of the staffers were moved to tears. For Team Obama, watching Fired Up offered a nostalgic release, carrying them away from the corporate feel of their Chicago office tower and to the movement that captured their imaginations in 2008. It reminded them of why they were grinding away now.”

      Excellent!. Game on, indeed. :)

  35. April 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Crossroads GPS now is Barbour/ Rove, as Gilespie joined the Robney Campaign!
    They are going up with another million dollar buy, saying we need jobs not taxes!
    These guys are running ads against Bob Kerrey in Nebraska, as well!
    The nasty Campaign has begun!

    • 208 globalcitizenlinda
      April 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I read tha they are planning to unload a huge attack on President Obama. I trust that our Team Obama is prepared with a huge pushback

  36. 209 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Happy Easter Monday Everyone!

    Just in case….here is the livestream for the WH Easter events today.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    Everyone have a great productive O’Day and I just want to say how proud I am of everyone here at TOD who has pitched in with either kind words of support and prayers or funds to assist Hachikō. I shared this story with my family yesterday at the Easter dinner and some were moved to tears with the outpouring of support.

    Bless you ALL…now on with the Easter Bunny!!!

  37. April 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Wow! Searching the article database, 90% the World is doomed articles.
    Some of the articles are Iran and North Kirea related. Which cannot be good for economic confidence.
    Some of the articles are about Housing and about the Debt deal, and why money is drying up for job training.
    Some articles are about the Bishops basic disdain towards this President.– Boy oh Boy!
    Thus, I am looking forward to Rise and Shine!

  38. April 9, 2012 at 8:10 am

    60.3% is the Re election chances on intrade for POTUS!

  39. April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Tim Tebow gave an Easter Day service to 15k Evangelicals!

    Oh my. Soon, Mr Tebow will be in line for the Next Pope.

    Nahh, don’t Evangelicals have problems with Catholics? So, that is out.

    What about a Minister in a Mega Church, maybe take over for Rick Warren, who is overrated.

    Nahh, he is in Ny trying to get New Yorkers to be Born again.

    Right? Right?

    • April 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

      at the nail salon? Saw him getting a mani-pedi——maybe he’s beginning his ministry with the beautiful nail crowd—-next up, hair salon.

  40. April 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    President Obama has sustained recent gains in his job approval rating, logging his highest monthly average in almost a year, according to data released by Gallup on Monday.

    In March, the president averaged a 46 percent approval rating, versus 46 percent who said they disapproved. That’s up from 45 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval in February.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/220483-president-obamas-job-approval-numbers-continue-upward-trend

  41. April 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

    President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will have energy on their agenda when they meet at the White House Monday.

    The two presidents in March of 2011 announced a “Strategic Energy Dialogue” when Obama visited Brazil, one of several joint initiatives.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/220469-obama-brazils-president-plan-energy-talks-monday


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