President Obama embraces cancer survivor Suzanne Black who introduced him at a campaign fundraiser at the Paramount Theater in Seattle
HA ha ha, That picture was taken right after he sang ‘sooooo in love with you’ to me – oh wait, that was me….
Helloooooooo backatcha Mr. Prez
****reaches for the smelling salts****
You are funny, LunarSea!
PS: TY ChipsChica
Ah! First! So that’s what you were up to!
Oh, go on then:
I’ll be wearing my Lampard #8 on the 19th.
Hell Yeah! Go Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love my boys!
Oh C’mon…..the guy who spent millions buying his hair and it still looks like a squirrel farted in the rug he calls “hair”
And oh yeah…..the guy who got crushed by CHELSEA!!!!!
Go buy real hair Rooney……go buy real hair.
I can’t believe you people, how can you not appreciate Wayne Rooney’s beauty?!
Is the guy that posed for the Scream painting?
You guys are just to much.
Chips don’t ever leave us. Scream, call us names, throw pie in our faces, take away our games, no desert for a week, no cell for a month, disappear with nary a warning….
but just don’t leave us. ‘K?
Well LunarSea, if Liberal Librarian and UT’s beloved Chelsea win the Champions League I will have to shut the blog for a month – I couldn’t cope.
Then we won’t let it happen.
You are allowed to take time off, just be sure to come back. You put smiles on too many face and that’s good medicine you just can’t withhold from us.
You’re way too kind LunarSea. No, if Chelsea win I’ll just have to be big about and warmly congratulate LL and UT.
You always find the most apropo pics
You’d better get ready to see those flying pigs and begin composing your letter of undying love for me, LL, and CHELSEA! Get to work Chips.
Long Live CHELSEA!
Long Live BLUE!
Uh Uh LunarSea don’t say that about my Chelsea. We are going to win so Chips better be prepared to find a dark corner to weep and weep like Romney on election night.
LunarSea, I am with you 100%! Life would be unbearable without Chips and the TOD family. I was out for almost a month with illness and tragedy in my family. I am just so glad to be back here.
((((((((((((((((((( Love you nathkatun7))))))))))))))))))))))))) I would not know what to do or where to go without our Chips. I know that Chips is one of my “Special Angels”, that I know for sure. My life is filled with so much that is good about this world because of Chips.HZ
I guess evening is my time of day…
sorry LL. We can share… A couple plc please ChipsCica
Wasn’t FLOTUS wonderful?
Chips, have you or anyone else seen this pic? I wasn’t around earlier so I’m not sure if posted already
Ah, that’s gorgeous GB, just gorgeous:
Oh my. I ♥ that middle pic (him peeking from the curtain backstage). Excellent photographic work.
Omg I didn’t even notice him! Good eyes.
Yeah me too, you should see us play ‘hide behind the curtain’ game when he’s here in Chicago. It’s complicated, and he should know by now that it’s hard to take it on the road.
PJ, collegekay, I noticed that immediately as well. I was thinking to myself that he was so into what she was saying and how she was holding up during her introduction. His eyes of compassion, I saw. I also saw thoughts of his mother written all over his face as he looked on. Thinking of her time while she was ill. All of this is so real for this beautiful soul, our wonderful president, POB. It is just so sweet to the spirit, I think.HZ
I posted at the end of the last thread that the PBO turncoat, Jamie Dimond, of JP Morgan Chase announced that his bank lost $2 billion trading derivatives in their London office. He said the loses could be bigger. Diamond along with Willard have been complaining about the new banking regulations. This is big.
Wow. Just so much karma.
Are they going to use that excuse to lay off workers while they pocket insane bonuses at the end of the year? I hope not.
probably. It’s their MO
They will certainly never concede that it was due to the austerity measures they were clamoring to enact here. Thank goodness for PBO and 111 congress (led by Nancy Smash of course) If we had this congress, we would be even worse off given our larger population and housing market.
LunarSea, I don’t think this was directly tied to the European austerity measures. Much of the international derivative trading is done in London, and these trades were done to hedge the bank’s own trading operations. It is the perfect argument we have been hearing against banks trading their in-house money.
Good to know. Will the new regs that the GOP have been keeping from full enactment shield us from fallout? I know it was designed to but with all the obstruction going on, I’ve lost sight of where things stand now with the wall st regs
Hard to say, but it should create more calls for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall.
Ha! never happen with this ‘do nothing congress’
Well alrighty then, made it to the new thread in time to be the 4th person to post. congrats on 1st LS.
TY -just got in a little bit ago and am trying to catch up but it’s a futile effort. Luckily from jumping back and forth trying to see what’s new while trying to go over what’s happened today, seems to get me in the right spot for first in the evening.
Makes missing so much during the day not so bad in the end. LOL
Um glad you found your way more quickly this time.
ObamaCares is better than NoOneCares
Somewhere I saw a bumper still with that saying on it. I wish I could remember where it was.
jeeze still s/b sticker
Willard is not ready for this.
Another vetting article, this time courtesy of our friend Charles Pierce at Esquire:
This paragraph alone is stellar:
Nobody who watched him use Massachusetts as a stepladder to where he is today can be surprised that, today, we have two garish examples of the fact that, for all his success in business and his well-manicured family raised on his well-manicured lawns, Romney is essentially an entitled fopdoodle who divides the world into two classes, Himself and The Help, and who is running for president because his golden life has taught him the essential lesson that there is nothing in the world he can’t charm and/or money-whip into his pocket if he really, really wants it.
Oh yeah, and there’s the little bit about how his son, Tagg, and his wife just had a kid via in vitro fertilization — while Willard is a supporter of those personhood amendments, which would ban such procedures.
The ugliness runs deep on this guy. Worst candidate ever.
Well I’m not holding out that all these vile revelations would do much to turn the GOP electorate against him. Whenever I think it should, I remember Scott in FL with biggest Medicare fraud fine at the time being voted in by all those seniors.
But I’m still full of hope!
We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us.
Yeah it probably enhanced him to the GOP Repubs
But at lease we will stop hearing that nonsense bullshit that he’s a moderate and there’s not a hairs difference between him and Obama.
The contrast is quite clear.
precisely. Keep the pressure on!
The UGLINESS NEVER ENDS WITH WILLARD THE LYLING RODENT.
Trending topics on twitter now…Airforce One is trending in the US for the awesome landing and takeoffs clips today that people are posting out of the west coast. Bristol Palin is also trending due to the awesomely stupid comments she made today about Sasha and Malia. smh
AF1 loves our President.
I can’t stand that little brat Bristol. I just wanna yank her hair and tell her to STFU!
Oh she burns me up.
I know. I can’t even bring myself to click the link to the article. She gives bitches a bad name
What ignorant bs did that “darling” Palin have to say? Been at work all day, just trying to catch up.
Melaine, what did that idiot Bristol say about Sasha 10, and Malia 13?
Why can’t those idiots leave those Obama kids alone?
Here’s the link…
That’s rich coming from the once pregnant, not married to the baby daddy, baby herself….and where IS that dad again? Oh that’s right! NOT HOME HELPING RAISE THE CHILD HE FATHERED.Now, I think that he’s moved on to the next woman he can impregnate. My, my…don’t think she should be throwing stones in that glass house Ms. Palin! Not to smart…but the rest of us already knew that about you.
I must admit I thought that took incredible gall. But in her world, people were voting for her on DWTS because of her talent.
Bristol Palin who???
An uneducated teen mother with no father in her life trying to give parenting advice to President Barack Obama? Just shut up. That little snot needs to go back to Alaska where she doesn’t have to deal with anybody different than her ilk.
The Romney Gay Bully story was on all the evening news. Welcome to the General Election Willard. You haven’t seen nothing yet.
Yep, the MSM really doesn’t care about who they have in their sights. They are after the most bang for their buck. Once they get you in their sights and it’s a news cycle winner, then tag…you’re it. The brilliance of the PBO campaign is to keep Willard in their sights by a slow leak of stuff Willard has to defend every other day. I’m just wondering why Willard’s campaign has put Anne on mothballs. She sure can’t ever talk about him being wild and crazy again. We know what he calls a barrel of laughs.
I love that Romney is on defense!
Not quite on mothballs -
full of bees I hope
Lilacs, huh? I have 70 lilac shrubs on our little farm here. They’re blooming right now, look lovely, smell even lovelier. My husband and kids and I planted them. Some of them are over eight feet tall.All of them are full of blossoms. Thanks for the reminder, Anne or Ann or Whoever. My husband doesn’t have to give me lilacs for mother’s day or my birthday, they’re here already, and so is he — a kinder more gentle man was never born.
And my husband never led assaults on schoolmates or shouted insults at them. In fact, if it had happened and he had been around, Mitt and his friends would have been the ones assaulted. He was awarded a runner-up as Junior Mr. Utah when he was 17. Ah, halcyon days! He still lists weights, Mitt, but he’s got a bit hairy, and he’s almost 20 years older than you, so just don’t be around when he starts fuming about your “youthful pranks and high jinks”. He tends to forget about being kind and gentle over some things.
Have any of you compared your husbands or brothers to this bully, Mitt? We’ve all compared him to our greatestPresidentIn70Years, Barack Obama. I can’t believe this loon thinks he can step into Barack’s shoes. He truly does have rocks in his head.
Mitt isn’t fit to be in the same room with my husband.
love lilacs Joan they are blooming here in MN when I go for a walk I love to linger just a bit by the lilacs as I’m walking by they smell so great. Also Lily of the Valley are blooming right now and I love them too.
Why do I find this woman so boring. She keeps talking about this mother thing as if she’s the only one who’s ever done it and the only one who found it difficult. I don’t care about her years as a mother anymore than she cares about mine or any other woman in the country. She’s like the person who sits next to you on a plane or a bus and can’t stop talking about themselves and repeating the same things over and over again. Yawn.
JG, I so appreciate your comments on this article. Notice I didn`t say anything about it? I read both it and the comments and was not moved in the least. In fact I could see no reason for some of the gushing comments so I figured her writing style was just too brilliant for the likes of me to understand. There was not one part of her ‘mother’ experiences that touched ANYTHING in me, and there was more than one time I felt somewhat critical of her actions/tale. Sorry, but AnnD just isn’t going to make it as my First Lady. I guess I’ve taken a visceral dislike to her much as I did the Princess Diana replacement. She is boring to the max, and the more she tries, the worse she seems IMO!
I’m not a fan of Camilla either.
There you go, I couldn’t even remember her name, so strong is mt dislike of her!
Nothing’s too brilliant for the likes of you. You’re an insightful writer and I love your posts.
Ta , JG. It’s ‘fun’ to write on a subject about WHOM I feel very, very strongly. I have NEVER BEFORE met a man like our President whose actions, and people’s reactions, provide a smorgasbord for insight!
She is one big yawn. What did mitt do, go out and hack some stuff out of the yard to give her?
Good. Willard ain’t ready. Ted Kennedy stomped his ass before, but this is gonna be a whole nutha level.
I’m gonna stock up on my popcorn, Goobers, sour cream & onion Ridges, chips & guacamole and crudite now. This will be a helluva show.
LOL and don’t forget to take the ‘stair master’ out of mothballs. hehehe
You trying to pull a Romney?
LOL the new action verb ‘to pull a Romney’
No friend. I’m claiming my #1 spot for the NEXT thread. Just in case Chips decides to start a new one as I turn my head from the computer or leave the room for a while. I’m getting a head start now.
New post Hopefruit:
Ack!! The Hoff!!! Ick.
See, now that’s just wrong! I trusted you and clicked happily thinking it was indeed a new post. Only to find out that I was punked. Now I feel worse than W____.
You and ut have done me wrong on this thread and I’m going to tell to my President what you did to me! Off to complain!
Hey, that must be from when he was still human. Good pic. I had forgotten he used to look like that.
Pentagon: No impact from ending gay ban – Reuters bit.ly/LtKioy— US Breaking News (@usbreakingnews) May 10, 2012
You mean, not even THIS?
Silly. And a little suspect I think
Monty Python warped me at an early age.
me as well….
Remember the Twit of the Year competition? The Mittster could win that in a minute.
Breaking? Looks like they’re recycling news. They reported this about a month ago. Still good to keeping putting it out there.
Huff huff puff puff, I was still yakking away back there! Here I am now…. Whew!
I’m glad it ‘s not just me who does this. Glad you made it over. It took me quite a while longer when it happened to me. I think I was 3 or 4 threads back.
Honey, I’m Home!
They just keep working.
On the subject of health care
MAP: Women Would Pay Higher Premiums Than Men If SCOTUS Strikes Down ACA
European leaders should read this article
Study: ‘Debt reduces growth, but only because high debt leads to panic and contractionary policies’
got ya linda!
Who’s excited about tonight’s Scandal? WHO’S EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT’S SCANDAL ON ABC? C’mon people……..I can feel the buzz!
I love it but have managed to miss the 4 previous episodes at time of airing, so thanks for the heads up. Thank goodness I can go watch it anytime online.
I have about three episodes recorded on DVD. I have not seen any yet and am curious about the show and why a lot of people seem to like it so. I’ll try to watch it tonite but my son is hogging the TV in there. May have to kick him out.
full episodes. Good to bookmark
It’s pretty clever writing and great characters. Sometimes it’s a little over the top but for the most part, the actors are really intriguing.
Anyone agree with me that POTUS was miscast? I don’t find him compelling at all.
Some of the writing drives me crazy, but now I’m hooked – and it’s really starting to get good.
“I can feel the buzz…..”
——- I suspect liquor at play.
OMG, that is hysterical. That would be all of us after a PBO rally.
Hey Chips. Cindy Sweatt hasn’t been receiving posts from TOD and she can’t get in. She wanted to know if there was a problem? I suggested she email you also. Thanks.
Me, me, me!
I love that show!!!!
OKAY….let me tell you. That show is ridiculous. i LOVE it!! Yup, if anyone missed pass episodes, go grab ‘em on Hulu.com
I hope you all got to see Tweety’s Let Me Finish. It’s like he talked from my mouth: This is Barack Obama, that’s the stuff he should do. It’s an awesome piece, try to catch it.
You beat me to it……exactly what I sat down to post.
Wasn’t it just marvelous? He had all that tingle thing going.
I thought it was an endorsement. It was fabulous.
Sounded that way to me too.
Thanks for the heads up
Anyone have a link on that?
Rich Americans/GOP would shit themselves
New French President Pledges To Tax Rich 75 Percent fb.me/1EnPlBOM4— Cain S. LaTrans (@snkscoyote) May 11, 2012
Shaking in their boots, I’d say. To think of how they fight against 31%, or whatever the hell it is
Well, to be accurate, he’s going to tax 75% on earnings over 1 million euros. But still. London is preparing for an influx of the French rich escaping that evil Socialist.
About as soon as the French get to London, Cameron will be unseated and the same thing will happen in England. This will be interesting to watch and see how it shakes out. From what I heard, Cameron is circling the wagons and vowing to stay on the austerity trail. The Brits will be sidetracked for a while with the Queen’s jubilee and the Olympics, but when the party’s over and the special occasion jobs are gone, it could get interesting. From my experience, costs are much higher in London than in Paris. Living is better in Paris.
The key will be if the backbench LibDems revolt. Basically the coalition was forced through by Clegg. A lot of the LibDem backbenchers weren’t too happy, but went along to get a taste of power. Now LibDem poll ratings are in the sewer, they were crushed in the local elections, and will be lucky to even make it into Parliament after the next general. The foot soldiers might look to save their own necks, bring down the govt, and take their chances with new elections after such an act of “bravery”.
Right!? There’s going to be a new class of refugee escaping the horrors of socialism. Do you think they will get a refugee camp going in Piccadilly? I can see it now: Arabian tents with flowing screens of eggshell coloured 400 thread silk, Persian rugs, dining tables with butlers serving Perrier in fluted glasses. They will be living the hard live in refugee camps.
I’d be running to London as well. 75 percent? That’s just far too much. This is the bad side of socialism that people talk about.
Well, he won’t be able to do anything unless he gets a majority in Parliament with new elections. I believe they’re due later this summer.
The tax rate is for people making over 1M Euros a year. The tax rate under Eisenhower was about 70% or so; so this is nothing new. The cost of living in London is higher. If they go to London it won’t help them. They should pay their fair share. The middle and working class can’t be made to shoulder all the burdens. It’s unfair on them.
I have a French friend who was freaking out the night of the election when her worst fears were realized. She is convinced it’s the end of France and her rich family. Claims they’re not really rich, but she grew up in the South of France. I’ve been working to calm her down.
Let the poop fest begin……aller!
you know what I’m wondering? “will log cabin repugs really, really and truly vote Willard this fall? I mean seriously, will they?” I can understand giving him lip service, but when they are alone at the ballot box, will they really vote for Willard? I’m pretty sure that many of them weren’t immune to bullying when they were growing up, so I really wanna know.
Party trumps principle for the LCRs. They are only interested in LGBT issues to the extent they can try to undermine or embarrass PBO. Their reaction yesterday was evidence of that.
Frankly their reaction to PBO’s comment was the last straw for me. I don’t give a rat’s patoodie how they vote. I don’t think they were ever going to vote dem anyway, so no loss there!
Answer: Yes. Yes They will. They voted for GOP in 2010. They’ll do it again. It’s called self loathing and cognitive dissonance.
Well, the House passed the Import/export bill and sent it over to Senate.
Today, Reid brought it up under unanimous consent, where it was summarily blocked by McConnell.
That guy is an absolute worm.
This guy more than Boehner is the real problem.
I heard a snippet of Lugar’s concession speech, saying he still hoped for a Senate majority for McConnell. All my sympathy I’d been feeling for his ouster evaporated immediately.
Mitt Romney = Once a bully, always a bully – boston.com/news/local/art…— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) May 11, 2012
ONce an asshole always an ASSHOLE.
“Romney, the Bully who Never Grew Up.”
First Lady Michelle Obama greets guests during a Mother’s Day Tea in the East Room of the White House, May 10, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)
That’s Japa12 at age 8.
How cute are all these kids? I loved her speech. She really went on about her own mom.
meta, I loved FLOTUS speech also, the way she talked of her Mother, the way she made people laugh, she just the best. And look at how she is with that little kid. Lovingly, like a Mom.
I could listen to her for hours.
awwww. Brings to mind the end of the 3 sister gardening clip. She’s sitting crosslegged IN THE MIDDLE of the garden hugging a little girl. Looks like she was comforting her maybe? Anyway the girl looked rejuvenated at the end when she gets up and scampers off.
The FLOTUS effect
She’s a healer, I swear.
President Barack Obama will be back in New York fundraising June 4, returning to a Great White Way venue he visited almost five years ago, this time with former president Bill Clinton in tow. From Capital’s Reid Pillifant:
The event is titled “Barack on Broadway,” which is recycled from an event Obama did at the same theater in September of 2007.
It’s a relatively low-dollar affair by fund-raiser standards, with maximum tickets going for $1,000 and discount $100 tickets for “Gen44 Young Professionals.” (The theater seats right around 1,800 people.)
Obama has reportedly profited from his endorsement of same-sex marriage yesterday, with one local bundler telling me it will be “immeasurably easier” raising money now.
Meet the two lucky women who are dining with POTUS and George tonight. Waaaaaaaaaaa.
So it’s just two women? Like a double date?!!! Team Obama is so freakin’ smart. Women all across the country are gonna swoon when they see the video of this.
It’s two women and their husbands. Not like a double date.
Time to go fix dinner and catch up on videos I missed….L8r
Attention people on LA streets, it's time to stop & grab a drink. POTUS arrives within the hour.— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) May 11, 2012
LOL! Ed’s “cellphone questions” are a trip.
Get your cellphones out folks and text “A” for yes , “B” for no: Do you think the President is a good guy?
Including the raffle, tonight total take- 17+ million quid!
Either this is her worst joke ever or Sarah Silverman has lost her mind. Not that she’ll get it, but I sent her link to Pres.Obama’s achievement on gay rights. No Sarah, he wasn’t rushed into anything. He’s been doing it for years.
Wait -so Obama felt 'rushed' into supporting gay rights? yuck. I can't wait for @CoryBooker to be president— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 11, 2012
Good lord, where the hell did she get that idea? Stop reading Firedoglake, freaking choad.
She is a comedian. I believe it was in jest! She organized the “Great Schlep”. This was the order for younger Jewish family members, travel to their grand parents house. I am older than Sarah but I did travel to Las Vegas to visit my 80 yrs old parents that wanted Hillary. We had a great weekend together. I “Baracked the Vote” from south Florida to Las Vegas. I passed out stickers all the way there and back.
I know about the GS, but it wouldn’t be the first time some hollywood nobody turned on Big O i.e.: Matt Dumbass Damon. I still hate that turd. This morning before I left I was flipping through stations and got to FX where I saw a movie with Meg Ryan as a soldier with Denzel and I watched 10 minutes of it before I realized that that ass was in it too so I flipped it back to Leave It to Beaver.
she can’t be for real. did she actually watch the interview? he said that he had already made up his mind, but he was trying to figure out a way to say it without it causing too much of a fuss. where is she getting that “Obama felt ‘rushed’” where is she getting her information?She had no problem supporting him when he was evolving, but now that he’s evolved, she has a problem with the supposed speed at which he backed gay marriage. Plus, he doesn’t have a problem with gay rights, he’s done more to preserve, protect and expand those. He was evolving on gay marriage. This heifer better not play with me. I’m calling some bull. I hope this is her stupid sense of humor and nothing else.
Yep. All of THIS.
I also sent her tweet saying “You better be joking”.
what are people saying to her about this on twitter?
I haven’t seen anything. Someone retweeted it into my timeline. I just had to say something.
There was a big article today (I think it was BuzzFeed) about how Hollywood absolutely HATES hates hates PBO. She must have read it and joined in the charade.
They are still pushing that lie? Or are there folks mad that Pres.Obama chose to do a big fundraiser with George Clooney and gave him equal billing?
No, it was a hatchet job about how very, very, disappointed Hollywood producers, etc, are in him as POTUS. Really over-the-top.
I just found the article again but I don’t want to link it. It’s at BuzzFeed and it’s called:
How Barack Obama Lost Hollywood
Last time they fell in love, volunteered, gave millions, but now “they hate him.” Can gay pride and a Clooney bash make his star twinkle again?
And did you notice Meta, the “they hate him” quote came from an anonymous ‘source’. In other words, the writer of the article made it up to fit his agenda.
Yeah, the whole thing was a big puff of smoke. Infuriating that these rags do this routinely. Sheer BS.
NPR was touting the same nonsense. They are now competing with CNN for Fox Lite status. I was able to listen to about 10 minutes total this week.
omg. gag me with a spoon. Losers and whiners.
seriously? so how comes they just paid a lotta money to go shmooze with him tonight? I can’t stand hollywood. Especially drive-by politics hollywood:They don’t really know anything about politics, they just latch on to what the new it-thing or it-person is. If this heifer isn’t joking–and this would be a poor joke indeed— then she would prove my point. There should be a sign on the ballot boxes at each polling place from Hollywood to Scranton: “Idiots Need Not Vote.” She can suck it. She isn’t even funny anyway.
I love Hollywood and I don’t agree that they know nothing about politics. I don’t understand why something so positive can suddenly become so negative …. innuendos, reading between the lines, hate, hate, hate … I will never make it to November at this rate!
it turned negative because Sarah doesn’t know what she’s talking about. If she were paying attention to this administration, she would know it’s the most pro-gay admin ever. She’d also know that PBO has always supported gay rights and even endowing the LGBT population will all the rights associated with marriage, only he didn’t support them using the word marriage as it has a lot of religious and cultural connotations. My mom is the same way. she thinks that the LGBT pop should get all the rights straight committed people have except she doesn’t want them to call it marriage. Sarah Silverman needs to educate herself before she starts lobbing bombs. she only winds up sounding like the biggest idiot alive. which I’m beginning to believe she is. Even Kim K. went all in for PBO’s support of SSM. Kim K of all people!!! Kim K!!!!!
IT was a joke!!!
Sarah Silverman…Yuck Yuck…Yuck
You could send her Rachel’s Reaction vid that Chips gave us yesterday. There’s always got to be someone or three who doesn’t keep up but act like they do.
Jennifer Granholm kicks Willard’s pathetic ass.
Ha! I read that! I think she’d literally punch him in the mouth if he was in the same room. Go Gov. Granholm!
I think she would:)
GRANHOLM ROCKS! THAT WAS AWESOME!!!! Watch this and ‘Like’ it on Facebook, Share it…SHARE IT! She needs to be in the 2nd term cabinet, methinks….
I read this today desertflower. It is awesome. I love her. I remember when our President (as a candidate) spoke in Michigan in 2008 and she was his special guest.
Obama departs Los Angeles, California en route Reno, Nevada.
Biden meets with Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain at the White House.
Obama arrives in Reno, Nevada.
Obama meets with a local family.
Obama delivers remarks pushing Congress to act on the ‘To Do List.’
Obama departs Reno, NV en route Joint Base Andrews.
Jill Biden addresses graduates at Southwestern Community College.
Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews.
Obama arrives at the White House.
Oh, by the way, guys… When North Carolina voted on a certain amendment this Tuesday, my county voted Against by 50.8% to 49.2%.
Our “demographics” are complex — we were one of about three mountain NC counties to go for President Obama in 2008, but are 90+% White, but have a large State University and have so few ethnic minorities in our town because…
We’re a somewhat secluded town that was a hub in the Underground Railroad. Our local Mennonite church was up to its eyeballs in the abolitionist movement, to the extent that their local branch became African-American. (Owing to the constant influx of people escaping slavery who thought Boone was a great place even if slavery was legal in the state, and a tradition that encouraged people to go and form a new church if the old one got “too large.”) Given that the outlying areas never had many slaves or slave-owners, the land wasn’t great for plantation crops, there were plenty of poor, hard-working White laborers and the county seat was so actively against slavery…
Well, plantations didn’t exactly take root here. But despite our relative homogeneity, our history is more complex than you might imagine.
We’ve been teaching interracial and cultural understanding and unity in the school systems up here for over a decade, and organizing a lot of events that tie into that theme (especially for kids).
These changes take time, but if you don’t put in the work, and the time, when do really expect to see a payoff?
Some real dumb mofos on Twitter tonight. What do you all think of his question? the word DUH? comes to mind.
Will be interesting to see if people are equally critical of Obama with the news details on his past in David Maraniss' forthcoming book.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 11, 2012
oh, should I expect that the idiot exes will reveal that PBO held down a boy and traumatized him while they were dating PBO? Is that stupid book going to reveal that PBO was cruel to blind teachers and called suspected gays and lesbians nasty names and mocked them with words like “atta girl” to gay boys and “atta boy” to lesbians? OOOOOHHHH!!! I’m shaking in my boots. Fuck off fucker.
It will be one of these — ‘Pres.Obama didn’t return some girls phone calls’. BOOM! He’s just as cruel as Mitt Romney.
um……. okay. Idiots.
CNN said he smoked Pot in high school.
Woopie ding dong!
He smoked pot in HS? lol. omg. This is news? Didn’t Pres.Obama admit to doing cocaine?
Wasn’t that already in his own book?
No, it was discussed to take focus off of Mitt.
They do this all the time, last time was when Mitt shitcanned a Gay spokesperson and then the Biden stuff happened.
Before that, it was the War on Mommys with Miss Ann, and so forth.
He’s an odd duck. He posts a lot of tripe and then every now and then he’ll post something that trashes the right. Don’t know what he’s doing. But yeah, DUH. He’s just priming the pump.
He’s doing his job: Inventing “buzz”.
@BuzzFeedAndrew Sometimes Andrew, you really tweet inane crap.— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
@BuzzFeedAndrew Really Andrew? What did Pres. Obama do? He didn't return a girl's call when he was 7 years old?— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
@BuzzFeedAndrew Is this book going to reveal that Obama abused a defenselss boy and cut his hair? That he led a blind teacher to hit a door?— BWD (@theonlyadult) May 11, 2012
Thank, BWD. It must be so excruciating to be a tool of AK’s calibre. You have to pretend you’re as dumb as a f**king rock..he is pretending, isn’t he?
I read the Vanity Fair piece. It seems Maraniss did several critical pieces and a book on Clinton while he was running for office. I never heard of them, didn’t read them, and hadn’t heard about anyone else reading them. I wouldn’t give the man another thought. The “juiciest bits” (supposedly) were included in the review. They sounded pretty tame and pretty much like any college kid’s behavior at that time. The fact that our future president used Brut shaving lotion sounds interesting. He dated a “white girl” for a time — his mother was white Maraniss, did you know that? Sheeze. What a way to earn a living, writing lame “exposes’ of a sitting president.
Why waste your time with that cheep? Go tweet a dog, or you were, it’s name Andrew Kaczynski.
I just tweeted a piece of my mind to this asshat.
@BuzzFeedAndrew – Obama has been "vetted" enough from even before he was born, dontchathink ? Dumb ass.— (@amk4obama) May 11, 2012
WHO WOULDN’T BE CRITICAL OF A VICIOUS BULLY, ANDREW? PObama is in a whole other league than mitt, the sociopathc, pathological Liar, mitt romeny.
Sarah Silverman is probably reacting to that crazy Ny Times story just published, Biden apologizes to Obama.
Now, how in the Hell does this get leaked to the Ny Times?
Tweety even briefly mentioned it today on his show in between lambasting Willard. Which dumbass in the WH leaked that bit of info? Either way, I don’t see what the big deal was. It was PBO’s choice to make when he wanted to voice his opinion. Much as I love Joe, his comments started an unnecessary shit storm, so yes, he apologized as he should. Whoever the idiot was who leaked it should be fired. I’m sick of these leaks. Everybody in the WH should be made to sign confidentiality contracts that can only be broken when they no longer work in the WH.
The wh does have a few Moles! This has happened consistently for past 3 1/2 years.
Do Republicans from past administration still work there?
No big deal. If stuff like this keeps happening the rethugs can not control the narratives. They can go wipe their butts with their talking points(TP).
President Obama Arrives in LA…Live Video
Watching now… thanks, Kasai!
Laughing at myself hunched over the keyboard in rapt anticipation as the picture moves from the gray tarmac to SS men in sunglass. Oooo, ooooo, there’s AF1. It’s landing!!!
It never gets old. A thrill every time.
Oh my effing God. Rachel is talking about incoherence from Republicans : Sarah Palin, McCain…. Rachel said that McCain sounded like “Miss Teen Usa South Carolina”. I’m wheezing from laughing so hard.
Security is Tight!!
Here He Comes
Black Eagle has landed!!
Landed!!! Yayyyyyyyyy Welcome To LA!!! His Excellency!!!
He is excellent.
Big Chief has landed!!!
Who’s the guy who shook his hand at the bottom of the stairs?
I bet Clooney is excited to have PBO, especially tonight. How incredibly AWESOME.
Jodi Kantor is such a hypocrite. She’s trying to play the false equivalency game regarding Romney’s assault on a gay student.
@jodikantor Romney assaulted a gay student. For you to condone that shows what a sick cretin you are. You're morally bankrupt.— (@utaustinliberal) May 10, 2012
@jodikantor There is no thought exercise needed. Romney assaulted a gay student, played cruel tricks on a blind teacher & you condone it?— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
I swear I will never understand how some of these folks have jobs on tv or writing.
The woman really doesn’t know how to handle herself on twitter. She’s ridiculous.
Oh heavens, a “thought exercise” is it now? What a jerk. And what a cliche.
Indeed. If I knew I had wickedly assaulted a teen in my past, I probably wouldn’t be running for President.
The United States launched airstrikes in Yemen on Thursday that killed as many as seven militants, the second American missile attack in the country since the CIA and other spy agencies disrupted an al-Qaeda airline bomb plot, U.S. officials said.
The strike came as new details surfaced about the foiling of the plot, including the disclosure that the operative who posed as a willing suicide bomber and later turned the device over to authorities was a British citizen, according to Western officials.
The operative’s background as a Saudi with a British passport helps to explain why he may have been selected by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to smuggle an advanced explosive onto a U.S.-bound flight. In reality, officials said, the operative was working as part of an elaborate espionage mission directed by the CIA and its Saudi counterpart.
The CIA declined to comment on any aspect of the mission or the airstrike. But officials confirmed details about the operative’s background, including that he held a British passport, and did not dispute accounts in the British press about his recruitment by MI5, that country’s equivalent of the FBI.
I don’t think any of the stories about this ‘spy’ is true. It’s a smokescreen and that’s how it should be. They are just playing the dumbass press.
@jodikantor If this was Pres. Obama who assaulted a gay student, you'd be the first to write a book excoriating him. Stop being a hypocrite.— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
@jodikantor wouldn't you remember your worst thing from high school?— Austan Goolsbee (@Austan_Goolsbee) May 11, 2012
ooooooh SNAP!!!!! you go Goolsbee!! You go!!!
Way to Shut Down A TOOL, AG!!! Mitt has a pattern of cruelty but jodi jodi jodi would rather lie about “PObama’s problem with women in the White House” and forgive willard’s vicious bully record of fact.
You’re WRONG, jodi. mitt is the Vicious Bully who Never Grew Up. So, don’t bef saying “none of us”. You’re dead wrong.
thanks for the vid, Kasai!!!
ps— I saw that they couldn’t resist interviewing two idiots who wondered if the president’s stance on gay marriage in relation to his visit to Cali wasn’t a ” manipulation.”
I know huh! They had to go and look for some idiots…. I am sure they were scared to ask the educated:-)
I think they have the idiots on speed dial.
They feel “maniputlated” they can go sit in willard the vicious bully’s corner..f**king idiots.
Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that is all. — Henry Ford
If this storm cuts off my cable and makes me miss @Lawrence I'm gonna be mighty pissed! I'm warning you storm. @LastWord— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
Rick Perry’s fault!
Always makes me laugh when I hear people on call-in shows etc. that are in my age group (50s- – IT HAPPENS OK?) and they’re talking about teen drinking; OMG these ….these KIDS are…are…ARE DRINKING!! Go FUCK YOURSELVES. When we were in H.S. in the 70s we went to HUGE drinking parties with kegs and 100s of us were doing it. Was it a good thing? NO. Should we discourage it and actively work aginst teen drinking? YES. but cut the gawd damn sanctimonious, faux shock and outrage, OK?
This is a good rant.
Today’s news conference from the Once-and-Future Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
I just love her!
@BarackObama is at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles right now. #boss— Kay R.™ (@KayDubzHU) May 11, 2012
Haha i’m not sure if it’s accurate now. the TMZ post now says there’s a meal named after him… don’t know if he’s there or not
Why would he go there is Wolfgang Puck is cooking dinner tonight?
OMG. Let’s not try to type in the dark again. Why would he go there if WP is cooking dinner tonight?
yeah I just said it’s inaccurate. TMZ had a misleading headline.
NYT: Romney questioned "whether gay men would make good Boy Scout leaders" implying "pedophilia could be an issue" thkpr.gs/JjqeVf— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) May 11, 2012
My bad. I actually meant to post this down below.
It’s already BEEN an issue Mittsy. (Where’s this man been for the past 20-30 years anyway?)
Is our President at that chicken place again? He loves that fried chicken, but I can’t blame him. I love fried chicken too.
Don’t tell FLOTUS on either one of us, okay.
Dear Chipsticks, I think this video is worthy of the top of the thread, or maybe even a new thread? (Assuming it hasn’t been posted in some earlier thread – I have been having too wild and great (in a very intense and stressful way) to be able to go back through all the posts).
Wow I didn’t realize it would embed! I feel cool
It would actually make a fitting start for a Mother’s Day post on the weekend, Marl1.
Every time I see this I just start weeping. It’s so thick with his poetry, his pain, his joy.
this is so sweet.
Oh my, surely the best and most loving tribute to a mom I’ve ever seen or heard. Thanks you, Mary 1.
Let’s get #MittTakesCredit to trend!!
@MittRomney takes credit for designing Eiffel Tower, 58 years before his own birth! #MittTakesCredit— Tally Briggs (@bardgal) May 11, 2012
Didn’t he design and commission the Statue of Liberty as well, when he was a simple missionary in France?
I have a happy ending, bedtime story to share: as I was signing out at the retirement center about an hour ago, the elderly couple whose son hosted PBO at his home today were sitting in the lounge, waiting for a car to pick them up. I went over to them, and said, “SO! You Two!” and they just lit up! Oh Oh, Pamela, they both said, (because we are already very friendly on a daily basis..). I sat down and said, Okay, which hand? Then the man took my right hand, the lady took my left hand, and they let loose a buzz that came straight up both my arms and directly into my heart center! Whoa! They were still ecstatic and overwhelmed that they had just shaken hands with PBO today! They were so happy to share it with me, and man, they were very fired up! I said, “He’s very good for the heart, isn’t he?”. The man said, oh my goodness, I thought he (PBO) was amazing in videos and on television, but to stand beside him and shake his hand, and to see him in person, WOW!, he is incredible! The lady said she hadn’t washed her hand yet, as she was savoring the contact! Then their car arrived, so we walked toward the door, and she said, Pamela, I have SO much more to tell you.. See you tomorrow! They were aglow, and I expect will remain so for a very long time. It was just so sweet! And that is it! By the time I reached my car about 2 blocks away, in the brilliant late sunshine, the air so clean and crisp and a lovely cool wind blowing, I sat down in the drivers seat and burst into tears, I was that moved by being even 1 degree of separation from PBO, I think I would be utterly hopeless if I was in the same room with him. Someone would have go carry me out!
That’s too sweet, Pamela. Thanks for sharing!
Wow Pamela. Hell of a narrative.
You okay now?
Wonderful! Just think….you touched the hands he touched them with:)
Way cool! thanks for sharing that story.
oh that is so cool Pamela! Thanks!
Aww, that brought the tears to me and I’m not even in the same state as you, Pamela. Beautiful story. Thank you!!!!!
Holy smokes. Why the hell is Quinn sleeping with a reporter? This girl’s gonna ruin everything. #Scandal
I’m watching, and taping. Hot damn!
UT….I beg you…..don’t reveal anymore, purrrrty please! I’m DVRing it to watch tomorrow, but if you must, I’ll just scroll past real fast when I see your name. Isn’t it an awesome show?!!! I heard though that it may not get picked up for another season. I truly hope this show makes it. I don’t watch much TV, but this show is gooooooood!!!
say the previews for that last week. I know right?! she is really something else. silly girl. SMH
Ahh…..so the President’s marriage is dead huh? I’m beginning to think the First Lady might have a hand in Amanda’s death. #Scandal
did you see that last week, where the president was talking to her in the WH and she called over the SS guys and asked them if they would risk their lives for the president and they looked at her weirdly and said yes then she dismissed them and she turned to the president and said that all the people in the WH would do anything for him. Then she gave him a creepy look and you could see how startled he was by what she said verbally and what was implied. that woman creeps me out. I also think she’s always known about the president and Liv because off hand in several episodes she’s said things like, “you’re always better when Liv is here” or something to that effect which she said was the reason she had invited Liv to that WH party even though she hadn’t been cleared by the prez. that wife is only in it for the power and the prestige. she scares the shitola outta me.
Forgive me if this is a repost. H/t to Pragmatic Obots Unite.
GOD BLESS Rep. John Lewis!!! He is on FIYAH!!! in the House Chamber!
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Political Insider
John Lewis objects, and Paul Broun backs away from attempt to gut Voting Rights Act
Thank you, isonprize!! Thank you, Congressman John Lewis!!
Yesssssss!!!! Reading the article just won’t do – you gotta SEE the video. Somebody please tweet the video of Congressman Lewis all over!
Wow, no kidding! RT @xtinahernandez: South Tampa #Women2012 house party packed in the I-4 Corridor. twitpic.com/9jlehl— Obama for America FL (@OFA_FL) May 10, 2012
Okay, just a heads up. When this guy releases his silly book and the MSM runs away with whatever “story” they’re gonna run away with – let’s not get hysterical on this blog.
Does it contain proof that he's black? That could be a game-changer. RT @BuzzFeedAndrew There's a lot stuff in the book people don't know.— Snark Knoller (@SnarkKnoller) May 11, 2012
Once again, Snark hit the nail on the head. That must be it! HAHAHAHAHA
I just told this to my group. We all laughed. Like the most scrutinized man on the planet has anything left to hide.
hopefruit2, what book are you talking about being released? And not getting hysterical about.
The David Maraniss book that was excerpted in Vanity Fair.
David Maraniss’ book featuring PBO’s former relationships with girlfriends when he was in college, etc.
DESERTFLOWER posted this earlier and I am SHAMELESSLY, with poor TOD etiquette re-posting it.
WATCH THIS PLEASE. Share it and ‘Like’ it ETC.!!! Granholm ROCKS. (ok, maybe we did this already in an earlier thread I missed? If so, MY BAD!)
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm is RIGHTEOUS!!!!
Then there is also Rep, John Lewis, D-GA who lights up a fellow colleague is trying to gut the VOTING RIGHTS ACT! Sparks flew!!
Lips don’t have to be gorgeous to say beautiful things. But when they are and they do….? Ok, what is that thing I need to do now? go to a……………… mat or sumthin?
Was talkin about Granholm but Lewis is awesome too….but……OMG what an ASS I am!
Magapie. No way, NOT BUYING IT!!! As my sweet mama used to say, it always helps when smarts come packaged ‘easy on the eyes’
I like the boys, but if I liked the girls? Jennifer Granholm would make that list. She’s smart, clearly doesn’t back down from a fight, and she’s a good looking woman. What’s NOT to like??
John Lewis is a national treasure. He’s been at the forefront of every civil rights struggle in the past fifty years and counting. In a decent world he’d be honored every day of his life. (Instead teabaggers spit on him.) He’s one of my heroes.
wow! she took him out!
This FLOTUS on #Scandal is cold blooded. This woman is manipulative.
see upthread to what I said about her. she is one scary mo. —–oooooooh!! Liv getting it on with the prez!! “take off your clothes!!” says the prez!!! you can tell he’s used to having his demands met!!! yowza!!!
Oh noes!!!! they’re being recorded!!!
Yeah, she seems to have some of willard romeny’s sociopathic personality.
Lots of “Yes I’m In” responses at tonight’s phone bank. Will post more.
YAY, YOU, LL!!
Thanks for the report LL Can’t wait to hear the details!
Yay!! LL. I did phonebanking tonight too! We knocked our call totals OUT OF THE UNIVERSE!!! Folks in PA are pizzzzed about this new Republican sponsored law that requires state issued IDs to vote.
We are recruiting volunteers and registering new voters!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!!
Thank You isonprize – you rock!
Hopefruit, You are pretty cool too! (((((Mutual Admiration Society))))))
w00t way to go LL!
Holy Sheeeeeeeettttt!!!!! #Scandal. O.M.G O.M.G O.M.G!!!!!!!!!
awwww!!! that’s so sad—–SCANDAL
OMG!!!!! OMG!!!!—– THAT GUY!!! Him and the VP are cooking up something!!!
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!——-# SCANDAL!!!!! WHAT THE FUCK?!!!
Yeah, I think it is a TV show, magapie.
Yes! With Kerry Washington! So good!!
Holy Shiiit!!!! Billy and Amanda were having an affair? Amanda worked for the rightwing VP’s campaign? Billy is the father of Amanda’s baby? Billy probably had Amanda killed? Billy just killed the reporter? Holy Shiiiiiit!!! Billy set the POTUS up? Next week is the season finale of Scandal? Nooooooooooo………
They set the prez up so he’d have to resign and the VP would assume the presidency.
Next week is the final episode?????????????????
That was a short season. 6 episodes? I hope it returns.
OMG! You didn’t even mention that you were about to spoil th whole episode for every one who was gonna watch it later. Not cool UT!
But… I love that show so much, I can’t wait to catch it On Demand.
TY 4 update @markknoller. I was lying here wondering how things were progressing with PresO. Great to have a president who is well-received!— Vick C. (@sonamie) May 11, 2012
Mark Knoller thinks friendly crowds greeting President Obama is news? Great response, VC.
As Mother's Day approaches, listen to how @BarackObama once beautifully paid tribute to his mother. youtu.be/lthyX-gScbY— (@utaustinliberal) May 11, 2012
any video from PBO in Seattle earlier? I didn’t see all of it.
New post everyone:
Chips, in case no one has alerted you yet, here is the local story of the lady (teacher and cancer survivor) who introduced President Barack Obama in Seattle earlier to day:
Seattle teacher’s ‘freakishly fantastic’ moment: introducing Obama
Seattle teacher gets to introduce, thank President Obama for health care
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter
The honor of introducing President Barack Obama to supporters at the Paramount Theatre Thursday fell to Inglemoor teacher Suzanne Black.
When the call came, Suzanne Black, a Seattle public schoolteacher, at first didn’t believe it: Would she be willing to introduce the president at The Paramount Theatre?
“When I told my husband, he was like, ‘The president of what? You mean, THE president?’” Black said.
The President indeed, and for Black, it was a chance not only to welcome Obama to Seattle, but personally thank the man who put her life back on track.
For Black, the health-care plan passed by Congress at Obama’s insistence isn’t an abstraction or some distant political debate. It’s the only reason she can continue to get coverage for the chemotherapy treatments that are keeping cancer at bay.
Black was 47 when she was diagnosed in March 2005 with stage IV ovarian cancer. Five years later, she received a four-sentence letter from her insurance company informing her she had exhausted three-quarters of her lifetime benefit limit.
“I would have to battle cancer and figure out how to pay for the medicines keeping me alive,” Black said. “How does anyone do that?”
But the legislation passed by Congress banned insurers from imposing such lifetime limits on coverage.
“Health reform, Obamacare — whatever you want to call it, it represents a chance at life,” she said, practicing on the phone the speech she planned to give on stage.
But first, she would need something suitable to wear for her big moment.
.Next came the problem of trying to sleep for all the excitement after getting the call on Monday.
“Teachers are hardly ever speechless, but when I got that call, I was just completely at a loss for words,” Black said. “I can see why they don’t tell you until a few days before; it totally derails your world. It is freakishly fantastic.”
Afterward, Black was still incandescent in her excitement. “He is so down to Earth,” she said in an interview just after the president’s speech. “I have so much respect for him.”
Black said she was very nervous before going on stage, but right before her big moment, “I felt this kind of supernatural calm.” Her introduction went off flawlessly.
As a biology teacher at Inglemoor High School, meeting the president is about the only thing that could keep her out of the classroom, Black said.
“To me teaching biology is more than what I do, it’s what I am.”
She says she has figured out how to return the favor to her students, for the light they bring into her life. She’s going to bring Obama’s handshake right into the classroom the next day.
“After he shakes my hand, I am not going to wash it,” she said of Obama. “I may even put it in a plastic bag.”
For the full story please see
A lot of people protect their hands after President Obama gets hold of it. Remember that soldier who kept his hand up in the air so no-one would touch it? Then Pamela has a lovely story about two elderly friends who met the President today. Now this. Very sweet!
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