179 Responses to “who’s that girl?”


  1. 1 nintendowii10
    April 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    First?

  2. April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, soooo envious :)
    But this is so freaking awesome. You´ll have to give us ALL the details as soon as you´re back, Collegekay.

  3. 5 4morefor44
    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    college kay, correct? how cool is that video!

  4. 6 GGail
    April 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    collegekey, collegekay, collegekay!!!!!!!!!

    • 7 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Not only did she get to meet First Family in person, she might be talking to PBO on the phone soon! :)

      collegekay, collegekay, collegekay!

  5. 8 collegekay
    April 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    :D :D :D :D :D

    thanks chips! i gotta show my mom

  6. 14 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Mitt Romney is the Most Cynical Republican Candidate Ever

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    Romney is easily the most jaded, cynical presidential politician since Richard Nixon. He operates with the hubristic attitude that voters expect him to be shifty, and therefore he’s allowed to be shifty. The expectation gives him permission to be that caricature.
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    Romney has entirely broken down any facade of having a core set of, well, anything. He doesn’t need core values. Core values are an abandoned genetic trait — a worthless vestigial organ — lost in the, ahem, evolution of the party. Mitt Romney is The Modern Republican. He’s an empty suit who has streamlined Republican campaigning down to an even thinner and more corrosive process than Lee Atwater, Karl Rove or Ed Rollins could have ever envisioned.

    And it’s helping an already thin, sketchy, marginalized Republican Party become even more anemic, and anyone can see where the trend line is heading. The Republicans, even though they had few accomplishments to ballyhoo after the Bush years, at least claimed some sort of core beliefs. Romney is making that unnecessary. And who cares? People expect politicians to be rudderless automatons. So why struggle against that? This is the height of political cynicism and it’s the centerpiece of the Romney campaign strategy.

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    http://www.thedailybanter.com/2012/04/mitt-romney-is-the-most-cynical-republican-candidate-ever/

    (h/t Bob Cesca)

    • 15 theo67
      April 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      This is completely true. Didn’t we hear Grover Norquist saying that their criteria for a President is that he can hold a pen and sign his name? They’ll tell him what to do, how to think. In that case, Romney’s their ideal candidate. GOP are willing to abdicate their rights to a functioning democracy that truly represents the people.

    • 16 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Not only does Mitt make no effort to hide his cynicism, any notion of post-racial or acceptance of equal status for women in America are now exposed to be far, far from reality.

      Those of us who’ve been paying attention knew when Nixon emerged that a few very wealthy white folk were not about to allow their control over finance and governmnet to ever go further in the direction set in motion by FDR and significantly boosted by the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. No matter how it might have appeared, since 1968 they have been on an inexorable path to ensure that a white plutocracy persisted.

      When Glass-Steagall could be repealed under a Democratic President you knew they were playing for keeps.

      They literally stole an Election, via their narrow control of SCOTUS, and ushered 8 years of absolutely unvarnished government of, by and for the wealthy few. They made sure their control of SCOTUS was solid and thought they had the perfect way to purchase elections by engineering Citizens Unitied.

      A big chunk of that transfer of wealth being enabled by their launching an illegal war and charging it to future generations of the majority of Americans to pay. The few not paying, of course, are the ones who now, because of avariciouos tax breaks and loop-holes, gained enormous wealth and had the ability to extract an oath that is a total violation of the Oath of Office of members of Congress and candidates for President.

      What they did not anticipate was Barack Obama and the social netowrking power that the Internet enabled.

      However, their cynicism being so totally infused with racism, they perceived in his Presidency an opportunity for rolling back America to pre-1932. What they thought would be their greatest opportunity ever to drive the final nails into the casket of the Promise of America is also what reveals their inbred, fatal flaws – racism & avarice.

      You see, they thought that they could actually effect so much damage to the American economy, with a ‘n….’ as President that they’d be able to destroy Medicare, Social Security, public education, voting rights and an equitable tax structure all in a period of four years by intentionally preventing the economy to recover and that the anger among the sizable number of racists and misogynists would be such that before folk realized what they’d actually done, their deeds would be irrevocable. The net result would be a minimum wage (at best) work force, a really abundant and cheap supply of military recruits, zero regulation of financial markets, subjugation of women, and unrestricted access to national lands and resources to be exploited with zero regulation of toxic and climatic hazards.

      What they didn’t anticipate was just how smart President Obama is and how increasingly aware the majority of Americans are to their scheme. The Kochs, ALEC, and their ilk certainly never anticipated the bright lights that are now being shined on them.

      In their cynicism, championed by hate-monger extraordinare Rush Limbaugh, they didn’t think women were paying attention to the massive efforts to enslave them. Their cynicisim is so unbounded that for the past 3+ years they are not even trying to hide it their war on women. The same applies to their exceptionally transparent and destructive policies and practices directed at Hispanics. And, of course they hate black people – always have and always will – and denying them the ability to vote, massive efforts to disrupt public education, accelerated foreclosure of homes all share the same core objective – ‘put blacks in their place.’

      Now they are beginning to get a hint that they’ve miscalculated and that more and more Americans actually like President Obama for the person he is. But, that other fatal flaw – avarice – has them thinking that others value money as much as they do and they’ll be able to buy the outcome. They think that with Citizens United all they need to do is pour a bunch of money into hateful advertising on their totally owned propaganda networks and disrupt voting rights and they will prevail. What they failed to realize is that Citizens United also enables Unions and rich folk whom don’t happen to be greedy bigots to participate, big time and in ways, for the Unions, that had been restricted.

      What they didn’t get is that WE would realize that that’s all they’ve got – money and a few broadcast channels of hate which we have the ability to completely circumvent. That’s how weak they actually are. They are no match for us if we all recognize, FOR REAL, that we are now the final line of defense between all that is good about each other and our America and these few, actually rather lame, plutocrats and the #NEWSTAINERS & #KOCHSTERS whom they own.

      On 6 Nov 2012, we are going to deliver them a message they should have gotten the last time they tried this stunt, in the 1920s, and this time we are not going to stop until they do not have the ability to destroy America and our planet.

      #AmericaThisIsNotATest

      #PRESSON

      • 17 HZ
        April 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        Bobfr, this is excellent. I wish this could be a Word from Bobfr featured. Thank you so much. I hope everyone will read this piece. Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!! HZ

        • 18 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          April 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

          Thank you HZ so much. Happy for folk to spread it any way they’d like. I had a 15 min break this afternoon so I thought I’d jot more than my typical 140 character tweet :)

          #PRESSON

      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

        Bob, this is so real and so true that it sends shivers down my spine. We are confronting a decades long attempt by the rich and big corporations to derail democracy and funnel all of the nation’s resources into their own pockets. It’s the biggest and most frightful attempt to overthrow our system of government in American history.

      • 21 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        April 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

        Thank you rikyrah & jackie,

        Jackie, you are correct. That is exactly what they are attempting to achieve after an unrelenting pursuit since the day Nixon was sworn to the Office of the President. It is also what both FDR and Eisenhower warned us would happen – both from positions of total purview of the powerful white few.

        If you don’t know your enemy – if you fail to bring your enemy fully into view and comprehend every aspect of their objective and strategy you will LOSE, ALWAYS.

        President Obama knows this and he knows that it is ONLY through ALL OF US that we can prevail.

        It is not a rhetorical tool that, since 2007, he has relentlessy stated ‘this campaign is not about me it is about YOU.’

        If the vast majority of us are not willing to recognize how truly brittle, fragile, vapid and evil the several HUNDRED wealthy WHITE few are and are not able to take them down hard and permenantly then we deserve the outcome.

        We know the enemy. The enemy is actually very afraid of us. The enemy has ‘everything to lose’ because they base all their sense of value on money. They cannot stop us if we mobilize, solidify, focus and deliver the most overwhelming victory for democracy this Nation and the world has ever witnessed.

        We can deliver that outcome on 6 Nov 2012 if we decide to let nothing stop us.

        Yes We Can … DO More Together

        #AmericaThisIsNotATest

  7. 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Attempting to be crystal clear on just how real the #WarOnWomen is in the context of the total lack of real freedom these #KOCHSTER minions are:

    Moreover, the lesson plan for the next 7 months needs to bring as many of these folk to the realization that President Obama is fine with them keeping their gun, but would also like them to have health care, the right to organize for fair work conditions, as well as their wife, daughter, mother, sister …. being treated with the dignity and equality every person deserves.

    #AmericaThisIsNotATest

    #PRESSON

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Terrific, Bob. The concerted actions against women makes me so angry I see red. I’m taking to the streets for the March 28 march in Harrisburg, PA. Anybody have an idea for a pithy poster I can make?

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      April 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      GUTTMACHER INSTITUTE

      CHART: Enacted Abortion Restrictions By Year

      States Enact Record Number of Abortion Restrictions in 2011

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      January 5, 2012

      By almost any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. (Note: This analysis refers to reproductive health and rights-related “provisions,” rather than bills or laws, since bills introduced and eventually enacted in the states contain multiple relevant provisions.)

      Fully 68% of these new provisions—92 in 24 states—-restrict access to abortion services, a striking increase from last year, when 26% of new provisions restricted abortion. The 92 new abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of 34 adopted in 2005.

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      http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2012/01/05/endofyear.html

  8. 26 debbyeOh
    April 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Wow oh wow! Congrats, Collegekay, you go! :)

  9. April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Collegekay, you’re in the background in this one too, from about 0:28:

    • 28 collegekay
      April 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      wow thanks chips… i’m trying to find more

      btw Pete Souza was there (of course) so I’m sure he got some cool pics

    • 29 4morefor44
      April 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      it’s like the “where’s waldo?” game!

    • 30 HZ
      April 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Chips and TOD Family. I am so excited. I just placed a call to the Chicago office to have a correction to something to do with my personal information, and I had the most beautiful young man, Adam take my call. He was so attentive to my call in that he was very up, and very much into what and who he represents. It is a joy to hear these young and older people be so mindful of the fact that they represent not only the campaign, But The President of the United States of America. Adam did just that.

      We were talking as he was very professionally taking care to get everything correct for me, and you all know me, I got on the topic of our beautiful site, TOD. I asked him if he knew of our site, and he did not, but he was so gracious with his time and allowed me to share who we are and what Chips is doing with her blog. I gave Adam the name again. Shared how we are not just ‘any’ blog, and told him how Chipsticks runs a tight ship. He was very impressed.

      I mentioned how we are not just a blog, but a ‘family blog’ who supports and respects POB. We are people of intellect, who share information of importance, tweet information, facebook, make calls to Congress (even before POB makes the request), make phone calls, and all the good stuff. He was so sweet and grateful. I told him how much we all appreciate what they are doing there in Chicago and that we support them for giving up their time especially those who are not paid, but are sacrificing so much.

      While we were talking, he had navigated to our site. And he said,”I see it right here.” You guys are really doing it! I take it that he was so impressed. I asked him to visit and tell Mr. Messina, Axe, Stephanie and others to visit our site because they would not be disappointed. I also stressed that when a photo (s) (like today’s photos) of POB comes up, the ladies can get carried away and may have to go to the ‘naughty mat’ But we do it with All RESPECT to our President. He got a kick out of that. I also mentioned the men with our beautiful FLOTUS. I shared that because I told him that we have a lot of fun as well as being very, very serious about what we stand for on this blog.

      He was such a delight. I bragged about our leader and all of our family members. He said, yes, I can see. He loved the photos, Chips. He said that he will spread the word, and have others check it out. I said tell David Axelrod, and Jim Messina and others to check us out because there is none like us.

      We had a nice talk. I asked him if I could share his name, and he said that was just fine. He was so impressed and sooooooooo nice. He sounded like he was very cute as well. It was so much fun sharing with him. He asked if we knew each other, and I shared that some of us have met each other, but we feel so close that we feel like we all have met. However, after getting POB re-elected, hopefully we will be able to meet.

      He was sooooooooooooooooooooooo nice, and sooooooooooooooooooooooooo IMPRESSED, Ms. Chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He loved the format of the site, Ms. Chips. So we may have some very special visitors(Again) coming to dinner!!! Love you all.HZ

      • 31 collegekay
        April 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        This is excellent HZ! Thanks for informing him about TOD!

      • April 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        What a fun convo, HZ!! I’ve interacted three times with HQ and they are always very professional and sweet.

      • April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        Ah, you’re lovely HZ, we really are going to have to start behaving in case any of them drop in :lol:

        • 34 Pamela
          April 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

          “We are people of intellect”…. you do us proud, HZ! I can imagine Chips surging well past 9,000,000,000, and straight onto 10 million +, during this very exciting week! VaHoo!

        • 35 vcprezofan2
          April 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          I volunteer to give YOU ‘behaving’ lessons, Ms Chips. :lol:

          HZ, I love the way you described us! You are a great TOD ambassador. Well done!

      • April 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Fun phone call, HZ! Laughed and loved that you gave fair warning about the naughty stuff. Also thought it was “very cute” that you thought he sounded like he was “very cute”. Made me wonder if I sounded “very cute”. Probably not. Maybe just “slightly cute”. :) Sounds like you did a fine job describing this little oasis that chips has created, this sanity-saving meeting place of like-minded souls supportive of our most wonderful president and dedicated to his re-election. Good job!

        • 39 Dudette
          April 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          I totally agree, well done HZ. I love that “we are people of intellect” line — you are so sweet! :-)

          But gosh, Chips,does that mean no more Wet POTUS pictures for us to drool over? What if we drool calmly and quietly? ;-)

          • April 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            Our wet days are over for a bit, Dudette. For a while, there will be no photos at all, just discussions about budgetary matters, foreign policy, etc. Everyone must be fully clothed when they log on and must address each other as Mr or Ms, there’ll be no informal greetings like “Hellooooooooooooooooo”, “Hey dude!” and the like. Once we’re certain there’ll be no more visits from higher powers we can get back to normal, and post stuff like this:

            Until then, though, we have to try to pretend we’re mature, serious people. Quite how VC, utaustinliberal, Donna, GGail and Hopefruit will manage I don’t know, I may have to put them in pending for a while. Do you think you can do it Dudette?

  10. 41 Tally
    April 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    OMG HOW FUN!

    Go Collegekay!!!

  11. 42 Hachikō
    April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Is that Kayla?! Awesome! I’m so happy for her! Our little family is going places! :-)

    • 43 collegekay
      April 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      More importantly, how are YOU?

      • 44 Hachikō
        April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        i’m good. Thanks to my TOD family, including you. :-) I miss Tucker, though. I’ve been banned from seeing him until it’s time for him to leave. I was all ready to go see him today, when they called me and yelled at me. Complained that he won’t stop crying and howling no matter what they do. They think my visiting him is aggravating the situation. I wish I could find a home for him to stay in until it’s time to leave. He’s going to make himself sick the longer he stays there.

        Anyway, enough of me. I’m so happy you’re spending the day with the our wonderful first family. What a blessing. You’ll have those memories forever, Kay! Enjoy the day! :-)

        • 45 collegekay
          April 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

          Oh my :( poor Tucker. I hope you two can get reunited very soon.

          • 46 Pamela
            April 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

            Dear Tucker, hang in there little man, you and your mama will be together again soon. We can all surround him with Light, and maybe it will soften the time for him. Hachiko, when I was in Australia, my kitty utterly refused to acknowledge the cat sitter, never showed her face, sulked and isolated herself for three weeks! The poor lady was heartbroken, she had so wanted to play kitty games, brush her and have her sitting in her lap. For some animals, it’s just hard to be apart from the human they love! Hopefully you two will be reunited soon. We have you in our prayers. ((((((((:)))))))

  12. 47 prettyfoot58
    April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    how AWesomeeeeeeeee is this……hehehehe…Gooooooooooo girl……smilin big time

  13. 48 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    GOP: THE WORD “WAR” IS OFFENSIVE & UNPATRIOTIC WHEN USED BY DEMOCRATS

    The RNC’s war on metaphors

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    “I find it offensive that the Democratic National Committee is using a term like that to describe policy differences,” said Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.
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    But we can go a little further with this. Poking around Mitt Romney’s campaign website, for example, we see the likely Republican nominee expressing concern about Obama waging a “war on the entire coal industry,” a “war on carbon dioxide,” and a “war on the Catholic Church.” Romney has also said the Obama administration has launched a “war on free enterprise” and a “war on religion.”

    I’m curious, does the Republican National Committee believe this is “downright pathetic,” too? Or has Sean Spicer concluded that only one party’s patriotism deserves to be questioned, even when Republicans are using the identical metaphor?

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/09/11103661-the-rncs-war-on-metaphors?lite

  14. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    That’s our Collegekay. You’re a Rock Star Girl. I’m glad I knew you when….. :)

  15. 51 whatisworking
    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I am brigning this oer from the previous thread because it is just so cool.

    for folks who are struggling financially and can garden where they live, this is something to consider.

    Urban Homestead – Using 1/5th of an Acre to support a family of 4 (ABC Nightline)

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/04/urban-homestead-using-15th-of-acre-to.html

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      This is really an excellent idea. Families can grow quite a lot of vegetables in a small space with vertical gardening. I once saw a Depression era photo of a family that had its whole back fire escape twined with pole beans on strings. Some communities and even some churches offer garden plots for a really small fee. It’s amazing how much you can grow if you plan it right.

    • 53 pugeretto
      April 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Enjoyed it, wow, on such a small piece of property. However, in Chicagoland, it would be hard in winter! You’de need to have lot of canning going on, etc. You’ve got to hand it to them, especially the father.

    • 54 Dakota
      April 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I saw a great program on PBS last week about urban gardens. It focused on NYC (rooftop gardens), Oakland, Ca (my hometown), Detriot (gardens built on vacant lots where houses once stood) and Milwaukee. Giving people with little or no access to supermarkets the ability to get fresh produce. Excellent and very exciting!

    • 55 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      April 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you for posting that. I enjoyed it very much. Love my garden although it’s not a year round activity here in MN. I have my seedlings started now. In another month I can plant them outside. Nothing tastes as good as homegrown!

  16. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    April 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I think of it as my civic duty that I bring this video over to the new thread. It was a labor of love to do so but I didn’t want to deny you all the opportunity to see how “interactive” PBO was today at the Easter Egg Event. ;)

    • April 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Donna, you are so incredibly selfless – thank you :lol:

      PS That’s TOD’s back-up YouTube channel, I put videos there that are likely to get taken down. So far so good…. gulp.

    • 60 HZ
      April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      A+, Donna. You have moved us closer to the ‘naughty mats.’ Thank you. We just have to get our POTUS re-elected on Nov. 6th.

      What will we do without this brilliant, compassionate, loving husband, father, and President? Plus, Chips will have to sell those ‘naughty mats’ off to Newt. Did I say that? Shame on me. HZ

      • 61 hopefruit2
        April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        HAHAHAHA!

        HZ, I have to confess to you and TOD – that I don’t know what I will do come 2017. I absolutely do not have a plan B as to how I will enjoy these events when our First Family is no longer in the WH. And as much as the media tries to pretend otherwise, they too are obsessed with this President and First Family, even when they report snarky stuff. Reuters has posted a gallery of today’s Easter Egg Roll.

        • 62 Pamela
          April 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          Me either, Hopefruit, I guess I’ll move back to Australia to live near my daughter….. Or maybe we could all buy a big farm and set up a community of intellectuals… I helped my mom raise goats and chickens on our little farm when I was young, but it would be big enough for all of the TOD family!

    • 63 hopefruit2
      April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Donna, glad to see you are so dedicated to doing your civic duty in taking the time to post this video. I can tell it took a lot from you to make this at all possible :)

  17. 68 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    • April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Michigan poll today had the President up 47-43 over Robney.
      Strangely, Michigan is always close.
      Me thinks, the President wins there by 6-8 points, it’s that close only because Of George Robney!

      • 70 theo67
        April 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        I have to question those 43% of people in Michigan, who would vote for a man who was fine with decimating their economy, ending their major industry, destroying local families and actually declared, “let Detroit go bankrupt”. What’s wrong with those people?

      • 74 COS
        April 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        What’s wrong with Michigan? PBO should be over “Let Detroit go bankrupt” by 15 points or so. Michigan voted that Gov. Snyder in office and I thought they were living to regret voting for any republican. George Robney is dead and gone and his son doesn’t seem to be anything like him.

        • 75 L3
          April 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

          First of all, there is nothing wrong with Michigan that isn’t wrong with any other battleground state. I can say as a lifelong Detroiter and Democrat that if Bush, Romney or any Republican had saved the auto industry as PBO did, I still would not vote for them because I am a Democrat and while I might appreciate that singular gesture, I do not agree with them on anything else. I can only assume that there are Republicans who may feel the same way about PBO. Also, that’s only one poll posted with Jovie’s usual flare for the dramatic. There are other recent polls that have PBO much further ahead than that. Most people in this state do not remember or care about George Romney. I’m 48 and all I remember is the name and pretty much nothing else about his terms as governor. I can assure you MI will be blue in November.

          • 76 hopefruit2
            April 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

            I’m thinking along the same lines as you are L3. I see absolutely no reason for the current angst where MI is concerned.

          • 77 theo67
            April 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

            But, I have to ask this question: if one person actually saved the economy, saved the entire US manufacturing industry, saved the auto industry, took a huge gamble despite many voices screaming for the opposite – versus the other person who so callously was willing to let that all go to hell in a handbasekt… then why on earth would anyone not take that into consideration? I would have to ask what the purpose of voting is, then. Is it just to belong to a party, or is it to actually effect change; make people’s lives better; advance the goals of the country? I find it astounding that anyone wouldn’t take the consequences of a vote into consideration when making a voting decision.

            This isn’t just about passing some bill to allow some minor event. This was a matter of dire consequence, with the future of the country hanging in the balance. The situation could not have been more serious, more uncertain, more ambiguous. And it bothers me to think that people would say “whatever” in those circumstances. That’s why the GOP are passing 1100 bills against women. Or why they are not hiding in shame after not lifting a finger in three years to help this country recover from one of the most severe economic collapses in our lifetimes. Because they can rest comfortably knowing that no matter what they do, or no matter the jeopardy in which they place this country, people will always vote for them – not thinking past that point to the consequences of their vote. That baffles me.

            • 78 L3
              April 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

              I agree with you but I can’t answer that. Thank God I don’t know very many Republicans personally and the one I do know very well we do not discuss politics. We’ve been friends for over twenty years and the first time we discussed politics was in 2008 and she left no doubt that she would not be voting for PBO. I did not press her and we have not had any political conversations since. If she has a question about PBO and or his policies I would be more than happy to provide an answer but I am strong in my views and she is strong in hers and unless that happens we won’t have any such conversation because I fear if we ever did we would no longer be friends and I don’t want to lose her friendship.

              People are different they don’t see things the same way often times because they aren’t even operating with the same set of facts. She is a FOX news viewer. She may not even believe PBO saved the auto industry, considering her news source.

      • 79 anniebella
        April 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        George Romney didn’t save the auto industry, did he? Michigan voters better turn out for POTUS.

  18. April 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Collegekay, isn’t that you on the right? Grr, pity the quality of the photo isn’t good.

    http://news.daylife.com/photo/06DxgRF9gI9hp?__site=daylife&q=obama+2012+9

  19. 90 collegekay
    April 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I’m really feeling some type of way about sasha being taller than me… and it wasn’t her shoes b/c we were both wearing converse. this is unfair lol

  20. 102 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Someone has already made an animated GIF of our President reading “Where the Wild Things Are”

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/04/barack-obama-reads-where-the-wild-things-are-the-animated-gif/255653/

  21. 106 whatisworking
    April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Obama pushes Congress to increase taxes on millionaires News DeskApril 1, 2012 00:50

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120331/obama-pushes-congress-millionaires-tax

    • 107 desertflower
      April 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Maybe on the stump, they can play this for the crowd before PBO even steps put on the stage! That would be awesome!

      http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/09/460853/new-video-president-reagan-backs-the-buffett-rule/

      Then PBO could say that the AGREES with Reagan….he was right! All those St. Ronnie lovers would absolutely crap. He could take THIS argument away from them, too :)

      • April 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Desertflower, I love it when POB and his team show how brilliant they all are. I was thinking about his upcoming trip to FL., and Leader Reid bringing a vote to the floor on the “Buffet Rule” this week, and darn, how smart is all of this right at the final days of filing taxes.

        We have a brilliant POTUS!!! Get the message out there and frame it around the closing(mostly for everyone) date, when most middle-class Americans will be thinking about taxes and how much they had to pay or are getting refunds, and then think of all of the Mittens etc., who are doing otherwise. Just makes great sense. I love my POTUS.

        David Plouffe and POB are too much brains in one room. Lawd have mercy. But we love it. Not comlaining, Lord. Thank you for the measure of grace and brilliance. Now let’s go and make sure we have his back. We Got Your Back, Mr. President. HZ

  22. 109 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Now this is fun. Some of us TODers loved it when PBO did some push ups. Most of the media got tingles up their leg to see him read “Where the wind things are!” :)

    HEADLINE: President Obama Growling for 30 Seconds

    // President Obama didn’t half-ass his reading of Where the Wild Things Are during the White House’s annual Easter extravaganza today. When the wild rumpus began, Obama proudly showed off his inestimable growling skills, which we’ve placed on a loop for your enjoyment. For those who can’t watch the video, here’s a rough transcript: //

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/04/president-obama-wild-things-easter-growling.html

  23. 110 collegekay
    April 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I found the vid of me talking to them! chips can u make a video out of this so I can download it? pleaseee

    It starts at 4:05.. or you can do the whole thing LOL
    http://www.veoh.com/watch/v306167712CdwKgFf

  24. April 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    News :: Politics
    Obama to Attend Fla. LGBT Fundraiser
    by Michael K. Lavers
    National News Editor
    Sunday Apr 8, 2012

    President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with LGBT supporters of his re-election campaign in Hollywood, Fla., on Tuesday.

    Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz; DNC National Political Director Jeffrey Lerner; Jaime Citron, national LGBT vote director of the president’s re-election campaign; Obama for America National Finance Director Rufus Gifford and Obama for America Florida State Director Ashley Walker, are slated to brief supporters before the president’s remarks. Obama will then attend a general fundraiser at the Westin Diplomat Hotel.

    Tickets start at $2,500 per person.

    “This is a unique opportunity for those who can afford to take part in it,” said one Obama re-election campaign official during a conference call on April 5. “We all know on this call that Florida is the key to winning the re-election-all roads lead through Florida. And so if we all do our part, we can win this thing. That being said, this is an opportunity to ask your questions.

    This fundraiser will come a little more than two months after Obama cited the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers as his administration’s most important LGBT-specific accomplishments at a private fundraiser in Washington, D.C., that raised $1.4 million for his re-election campaign. The president also spoke to nearly 700 LGBT supporters in Manhattan on the eve of the passage of New York’s marriage equality bill last June.

    Obama has faced increased pressure from a growing number of LGBT activists to publicly endorse marriage for same-sex couples and to issue an executive order that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 22 U.S. senators are among those who have backed a proposal that would add nuptials for gays and lesbians to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform.

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker and other Obama supporters are among those who have said they don’t expect the president to endorse marriage equality for same-sex couples before the general election.

    National news Editor-

  25. April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    What happened to the markets today? It’s all about that stupid jobs report?

    • April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      That’s what they said—-since mkts closed on Fri., this is a delayed reaction.

      • 121 hopefruit2
        April 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        The markets will be back up. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. ABC was only too happy to jump on this story. Notice no mention of polls now that PBO is doing well.

    • April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      I’ve made it a habit over the last year to occasionally ask people who own various small businesses in my neighborhood or cab drivers, etc., “how’s business going?” They all have nothing but great things to say about this year. Except last week, a few said March and April are always kind of slow due to tax season. So this may be just a temporary seasonal blip.

      • April 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        I’m laughing because I do that all the time too——ask “How’s business?” ——to all the small store owners in my town etc. Once in a while I’ll get a “slow today”, but I almost always get an optimistic answer. I’m always observant everywhere I go too—–are the parking lots full—–at malls, restaurants, local stores— have new businesses moved into empty spaces—-etc. etc. Did that all the way to Florida and back to illinois too—-saw lots of positive signs—-it was busy everywhere.

        • 124 theo67
          April 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

          Oh yeah, parking lots at malls and waiting lines at restaurants have been happening for years. There’s been positive news for years, and it’s only when it became undeniable that the media reluctantly started to report positive news, even though they still plug a little negative twist into all the positive news. I haven’t asked any businesses how they’re doing, but always noting how busy the malls and restaurants are.

  26. April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    • 126 Dakota
      April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Whoa…

    • 127 desertflower
      April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      :) GOOD! Another one bites the dust! ALEC must be exposed for the democracy stealers that they are!

    • 128 theo67
      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      What were they doing supporting ALEC in the first place?! It’s not like the group has changed missions.

      • 129 Diane
        April 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

        Eggsactly! I think a lot of donors are like rats jumping ship now that ALEC has come into the light. I’m not surprized that Bill Gates of Microsoft would be involved with an organization that seeks legislation friendly to their corporation. Microsoft has always titred to be a monopoly. Howevewr, non of these guys want people to know how the really operate.

        • 130 theo67
          April 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

          I think you’re right. They do good things philanthropically, but when it comes to the bottom line, they’re all after the money and will do what it takes.

          • 131 desertflower
            April 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

            From TP: This is why:

            The Gates Foundation said it supported ALEC on issues regarding “teacher effectiveness and school finance.” Lee Fang reports the funding could potentially have benefited “Microsoft as privatized charters adopt more technology in the classroom.”
            Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Color of Change, among others, had targeted the Gates Foundation for giving more than $375,000 to ALEC over the past two years. PCCC garnered more than 28,000 signatures in a matter of hours.

            • 132 theo67
              April 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

              ALEC is dangerous. I saw an article that said some of these organizations didn’t really understand what ALEC was doing and they thought it was just another lobbying group. I don’t believe it, because which billionaire company stakes their reputations on a group that they don’t fully understand? Anyway, I’m glad the word is getting out and they’re even having to appear on Fox to deny the allegations.

    • April 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      About frickin’ time.

    • 134 Cha
      April 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Amazing! ALEC must be flagrantly bad.

  27. 135 Linda
    April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    CBS Affiliate Will Stop Airing Limbaugh |

    Philadelphia CBS affiliate WPHT will no longer broadcast Rush Limbaugh’s show, replacing the hate radio host with the far more moderate talker Michael Smerconish. While “the move does not appear to be directly related to the recent ad boycott” against Limbaugh in the wake of his sexist attacks on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, it’s latest sign that Limbaugh’s dominance in the talk radio world may be waning. Limbaugh will likely move to an AM station in the city.

  28. 139 sherijr
    April 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Sooo as I’m walking into my local corner store.. theres a couple of guys at a little table posiitioned outside asking for donations to prevent teen suicide.. I said I could give $5. on my credit card as I never have cash.. so while they were warming up their machine it dawned on me that they may well be a religious group.. and yep when asked they said they were. I told the man- young college age- that I don’t give usually to religious stuff as it is generally rightwing. He said we’re Christians.. I said that doesn’t seem to mean the same thing to all of us.. I said that some Christians are out telling lies about my President, calling him filthy names. He says like what…? I tell him I think theres room for all religions, such as Muslim.. and then he goes and foolishly tells me that our nation was founded on “Christian principles” I said no our Founding Fathers believed in seperation of church and state. Now after saying that his was not a political organization- he then pulls out a Constitution book and to tell me to show him where exactly it says seperation of church and state. He then tells me my President is breaking the LAW.. and I tell him to show me in the Constituition where it shows my President is breaking the law?? he ignored that… finally I realized I’m still living in a rightwing town w/ a bunch of oil lovers.. and thus told the guy, since I’d promised the $5. to him I’d donate it.. but I disagreed with everything he believed in.. and as I was walking away they all laughed at me.. aww hurt my fweeelings ;) for about a minute.

    • 140 joyce
      April 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      I’m proud of you

      • 141 sherijr
        April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        I’m not.. I wish I’d thought of finding out who they were before I agree to the money ;) but thank you Joyce. I’m not good at arguing w/ these people because they’re so full of the propaganda they’re fed through their churces/organizations. I told him that too.. that you’ve been programmed prolly since birth to see only yourselves as what represents Christians. He was a true believer… and did it all with a smile on his young face. What bothered me more was the AA man standing next to me.. buying into his bs and preparing to give money too. These folks will take his money, but trust me they see him as a second class citizen at the same time.. same way they do me. I didn’t even get started on how much they’re probably against gays. It dawned later that they may well be driving kids to suicide if they push an anti-gay agenda too.

        • 142 theo67
          April 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          If you’re really upset over it, you could cancel the charge and just donate directly to that teen suicide hotline:The Trevor Project.

          • 143 sherijr
            April 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

            I thought of that… but I agreed to it and gave my word, so its okay. But I learned to make sure WHO/ What I’m really donating to before doing that again.

            • 144 desertflower
              April 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

              If you donated that money to the Trevor Project, you WOULD be keeping your word:) Just saying…
              Don’t beat yourself up over it though :)

            • 146 hopefruit2
              April 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

              The fact that you support PBO, yet you still were generous enough to donate to their cause should weigh in on their conscience, whether they want to admit it or not. It will bother them…they may have laughed as you left, but it most likely was a nervous laugh. Their conscience is bothering them.

        • 149 aquagranny911
          April 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          Sherijr, I’m proud of you for standing up to them but I wish you would have kept your money. Lord knows what they are actually doing with the donations but you done good Sweetie. Speaking out even when people may not be listening is important.

          • 150 sherijr
            April 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

            thanks aq.. appreciate that :)

          • 151 0388jojothecat
            April 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            I am proud of you too sherijr, you are also a person of your word and that counts a lot in this day and age. Those so-called-christians might have laughed at you but the laugh is on them when they are judged in the end by the almighty….bearing false witness against this president.

        • 152 Cha
          April 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          It’s a good forewarning story though to all who read of it. Teen suicides wouldn’t seem to be a priority to the Orwellian hypocriticla world of the gopropaganda Hate machine. Which tells lies about PBO.

          I just read your last sentence, sherijr, and I thought the same thing before I started posting. It’s a real thing.

    • 153 theo67
      April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      They just don’t get it. It’s going to be an interesting day when they finally bring about the Rapture, and the whole lot are wondering why they’re still on planet earth… I love that he pulled out his little Constitution – you should have asked him if he’d actually read it.

      • 154 theo67
        April 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Should have asked if he’d read his Bible, too.

        • 155 sherijr
          April 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

          I did mention how folks in Texas were rewriting the Bible to suit what they liked and agree with.. and that is most likely the sort of education he’s been getting… to be fair- our exchange got kinda loud, but it was respectful and we both smiled throughout. There were several other people standing around which is when I realized I was just becoming a spectacle to them.

          • 156 aquagranny911
            April 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

            You know, some of those people may have actually heard what you said & did some thinking. You will never know. Ripples in a pond. I’m glad you spoke your truth to lies ♥

            • 157 sherijr
              April 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

              Thats a good attitude.. one never knows, I hope you’re right. I do believe strongly in speaking out.

          • 158 theo67
            April 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

            The good thing is that you might have made one of those spectators think twice about blind allegiance. So, even if it got loud, sometimes we have to be loud to rise above the nonsense being shouted by the other side. They have a confidence that defies reason – and no shame at their ignorance.

            • 159 sherijr
              April 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

              boy did you nail it w/ their confidence level.. I was amazed at his belief in his ‘knowledge’ and certainty. I finally said.. look I’m 54 yrs old, I’ve read a lotta things and I had a pretty good education.. so please don’t pretend to think I haven’t read things or have some bevy of experience and education- that wasn’t all one sided.

        • 160 sherijr
          April 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          oh theo, he was quite a smug little Christian soooo I’m sure he lives on the Bible.. the parts he agrees with.

          • 161 geeja
            April 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

            Perhaps this will help you the next time! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state
            Main article: Separation of church and state in the United States
            In the United States, the term is an offshoot of the phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” as written in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802. The original text reads: “… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” Jefferson reflected his frequent speaking theme that the government is not to interfere with religion.[7] The phrase was quoted by the United States Supreme Court first in 1878, and then in a series of cases starting in 1947.[8] The phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the United States Constitution. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Supreme Court did not consider the question of how this applied to the states until 1947; when they did, in Everson v. Board of Education, all nine justices agreed that there was a wall of separation between church and state, but a majority held that the present case (a local authority paying to transport parochial students to school), the benefits to the children outweighed the Constitutional objection.[9]

        • 163 sherijr
          April 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

          What I’m learning is that these “Christian” groups use the needy, more helpless – to get their donations but mostly just as a part of their actual political agenda. It makes me hurt, because all I really cared to give to was some teens who might need support.

      • 164 sherijr
        April 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        oh yes he said hes read it all of course.. also all the letters from the found fathers.. I swear he was 22 at the most. But of course well versed in all things Christian, Constitutional. I honestly never thought I’d have to revisit the Constitution everytime I disagree w/ someone. Its ridiculous.

    • April 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      For future reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States This makes you correct sherijr because you said our Founding Fathers, not the Constitution. Pretty sure Thomas Jefferson was a founding father.

  29. 168 aquagranny911
    April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Congrats, collegekay! What an experience for you, I’m green as Kermit with envy but so happy for you. BTW, you are a cutie with a great smile & you are an inch taller than me & I say that the very best things come in a small package!

  30. 169 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Poll: Romney Not Doing Well Enough Among Men

    // President Obama leads likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the latest IBD/TIPP poll, thanks to a gender gap. But Obama’s large margin among women may be less important than his slim edge among men. The poll shows Obama beating Romney, 46%-38%, with 10% undecided among eligible voters. Obama leads, 48%-35%, among women overall and a whopping 56%-25% among single women.

    But Democrats have traditionally had an edge with the female vote. More striking is the fact that Obama narrowly leads Romney, 44%-42%, among men. Romney led this group, 47%-42%, in March, but Obama led, 45%-43%, in February, suggesting that Romney is vulnerable among male voters. //

    http://news.investors.com/article/607100/201204091758/obama-romney-poll-gender-contraception-women.htm

    • 170 theo67
      April 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      I think a lot of men are shocked by this war on women, too. Plus, Romney is not trustworthy.

      • 171 L3
        April 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        Men have sex too and I’m sure they would prefer not to have to worry about the risk of pregnancy with each encounter. The Republicans are dumb not to consider that. Given that a good number of them are engaged in affairs, you would think someone would have thought of that. Oh well, let’s hope it’s too late to correct.

  31. 172 lisalovesobama
    April 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    So after going through all the photos and watching the vids of today’s EGR, I realized how much these girls have grown up. I wonder if PBO will be doing ‘Daddy-Daughter Dates’ with his girls and if so when? A friend of mine started going on Daddy-Daughter dates when she was 14. She said she loved them. They continued till she was 17 and went off to college but her dad would still take her out for special date nights once in a while.

  32. 174 0388jojothecat
    April 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    oh oh oh….I know the answer to the question: For $100 Chips…Who is Collegekay?

  33. April 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Collegekay, I am SOOOOOOOOOO pleased for you. I watched the video and you looked amazing! What an experience meeting the wonderful Obamas, it is so amazing, and thank you for volunteering, these events could not happen without people like you.

  34. 176 desertflower
    April 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Oh dear….maybe they should have investigated their choice for Neighborhood Watch captain a little more….

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/09/zimmermans-homeowners-association-could-owe-millions-in-martin-case/

  35. 177 GGail
    April 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Chipsticks – you’ve done an eggcellent job today of covering our First Family and the Easter Egg celebrations!

    That one photo of POTUS doing push-ups makes my temperature rise – whooo wheeeee!

    Collegekay – I’m so excited to see you interacting with the First Family. Thank you for your service on behalf of TOD. You took one for the team gurl :-)


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