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Barnard – more photos

President Obama with Barnard College president Debora Spar (L) and Board of Trustees chair Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald

President Obama is presented with the Barnard Medal of Distinction by Barnard College President Debora L. Spar

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after he received the Barnard Medal of Distinction during commencement at Barnard College

Denver Post


189 Responses to “Barnard – more photos”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    FIRST!

  2. 3 carla4obama
    May 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The serial bully, from a U.K. web-site OnLine Bully The serial bully:http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/serial.htm
    Do these characteristics fit anyone we know?Talking to you Sir Romney
    • is a convincing, practiced liar and when called to account, will make up anything spontaneously to fit their needs at that moment
    • has a Jekyll and Hyde nature – is vile, vicious and vindictive in private, but innocent and charming in front of witnesses; no-one can (or wants to) believe this individual has a vindictive nature – only the current target of the serial bully’s aggression sees both sides; whilst the Jekyll side is described as “charming” and convincing enough to deceive personnel, management and a tribunal, the Hyde side is frequently described as “evil”; Hyde is the real person, Jekyll is an act
    • excels at deception and should never be underestimated in their capacity to deceive
    • uses excessive charm and is always plausible and convincing when peers, superiors or others are present (charm can be used to deceive as well as to cover for lack of empathy)
    • is glib, shallow and superficial with plenty of fine words and lots of form – but there’s no substance
    • is often described as smooth, slippery, slimy, ingratiating, fawning, toadying, obsequious, sycophantic
    • relies on mimicry, repetition and regurgitation to convince others that he or she is both a “normal” human being and a tough dynamic manager, as in extolling the virtues of the latest management fads and pouring forth the accompanying jargon
    • is unusually skilled in being able to anticipate what people want to hear and then saying it plausibly
    • is self-opinionated and displays arrogance, audacity, a superior sense of entitlement and sense of invulnerability and untouchability
    • is a control freak and has a compulsive need to control everyone and everything you say, do, think and believe.
    • displays a compulsive need to criticize whilst simultaneously refusing to value, praise and acknowledge others, their achievements, or their existence
    • refuses to be specific and never gives a straight answer
    • is evasive and has a Houdini-like ability to escape accountability
    • undermines and destroys anyone who the bully perceives to be an adversary, a potential threat, or who can see through the bully’s mask
    • is adept at creating conflict between those who would otherwise collate incriminating information about them
    • is quick to discredit and neutralizes anyone . is also quick to belittle, undermine, denigrate and discredit anyone who calls, attempts to call, or might call the bully to account
    • gains gratification from denying people what they are entitled to
    • is highly manipulative, especially of people’s perceptions and emotions (e.g. guilt)
    • when called upon to share or address the needs and concerns of others, responds with impatience, irritability and aggression
    • is arrogant, haughty, high-handed, and a know-all
    • often has an overwhelming, unhealthy and narcissistic attention-seeking need to portray themselves as a wonderful, kind, caring and compassionate person, in contrast to their behavior and treatment of others; the bully sees nothing wrong with their behavior and chooses to remain oblivious to the discrepancy between how they like to be seen and how they are seen by others
    • is spiritually dead although may loudly profess some religious belief or affiliation
    • convinced of their superiority and has an overbearing belief in their qualities of leadership but cannot distinguish between leadership (maturity, decisiveness, assertiveness, co-operation, trust, integrity) and bullying (immaturity, impulsiveness, aggression, manipulation, distrust, is constantly imposing on others a false reality made up of distortion and fabrication.
    • knows the words but not the song.

    • 4 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Damn, Carla – you mean business today! :)

    • 5 terim
      May 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Mitt Romney to a “T”

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      The only part that doesn’t fit Willard is the “charming.” I’ve never seen that aspect of the guy. When he tries to be friendly he comes off as stiff and phony. Maybe he saves the “charm” for nonpublic appearances.

  3. 7 Proud Former White House Intern
    May 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Cool

  4. 8 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Chips slow down fer cryin out loud or I’ll sic Ron Paul on you!

  5. 9 terim
    May 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Chips these photos are wonderful!

  6. 10 desertflower
    May 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Goodness sakes, Chipster! I can’t keep up woman! You’re on fire today….just got home from work and have to go to my son’s lacrosse banquet tonight (bittersweet…he’s a senior…may very well play in college, but we will see) End of an era with this team. Sad.

    May have to listen to all the goodness for the speeches when I get back…thank you, thank you, thank you:)

  7. 11 vcprezofan2
    May 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    WHAT on earth did Chips take today??????? Jeez Louise!

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      May 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      THANK YOU for the pictures! Notice how my President looks totally comfortable, totally at ease and happy among ALL THOSE WOMEN!!
      In one pic he even looks like the cat who got all the cream! This very aloof president sure is experienced in holding himself apart from others.

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        May 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

        Pity SnarkK won’t be able to find and then share one of these on Twitter. :(

      • 16 veryslowwriter
        May 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        There aren’t that many men who are completely comfortable being in a room with a whole bunch of women. PBO is one and my dear husband is another. I truly love how relaxed and happy he looks — while still having to worry about all the problems of the country and of the world.

        • 17 jacquelineoboomer
          May 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

          I think he’s so comfortable surrounded by women or any other group because he’s that comfortable with himself. And he doesn’t have to change his persona when he’s out and about — same man. We are so lucky to have such a fine President and absolutely have to keep him around until 2017. Absolutely.

          • 18 HZ
            May 15, 2012 at 1:19 am

            Oh jacquelineboomer, you have just sent chills all over my being. So true. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful gift. I was looking at the photos and just cried with chills all over my body from the beautiful being of this great man coming into the space of all of the wonderful young women. What a moment for all of them. It is so beautiful. Yes, we Must keep him. Please Divine Spirit, I pray.HZ

  8. 19 Dudette
    May 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Okay #8 (Seated with the billion watt smile) and #11 (3/4 profile with the college seal behind his head) — WINNERRRRRRRSSSSS!

  9. 20 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Cathy McManus Rogers is a horrible spokesperson for the Republicans.

    They need to put her out there more and more…

    teehee

    • 21 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      LOL – Linda you are baaaaaaaaaad….

    • 23 Ladyhawke
      May 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      That interview was brutal. But when all you have are canned, tired, worn out talking points you start to sound like a broken record. She was robotic and seemed really nervous. Tweety was spot on when he said as a woman, how do you go back to your district and say you voted against the VAWA? Apparently, for the GOP, the VAWA should only be enforced for women in “traditional marriages”. The addition of Native Americans, Lesbians and Immigrants was just totally unacceptable for the Republicans. Unbelievable.

      • 24 isonprize
        May 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        I didn’t see this particular interview, but how ANY woman can justify voting against the violence against women act (VAWA) is beyond my comprehension. She was actually speaking in favor of other woman NOT GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED if they are abused. I don’t even want to know how woman can justify that. It’s horrible. Just horrible.

        • 25 Ladyhawke
          May 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

          Violence Against Women Act Shouldn’t Cover Same-Sex Couples, GOP Congresswoman Says

          ———————————-

          WASHINGTON — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the vice chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus, said Monday that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) shouldn’t include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people because “those are side issues.”

          During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” McMorris Rodgers was asked why the House GOP bill to reauthorize VAWA doesn’t include protections for the LGBT community. The Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of a VAWA bill last month that would update current law with LGBT protections, as well as provisions protecting Native American women and undocumented immigrant women against domestic violence. The current VAWA bill expires at the end of September.

          “Those are side issues that have been attached to this bill,” McMorris Rodgers said of the LGBT protections. “There’s nothing under federal law that currently recognizes same-sex couples. So if we’re going to have that debate in Congress, it should be a separate debate from the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.”

          ——————————-

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/violence-against-women-act-same-sex-couples_n_1516281.html

          • 26 isonprize
            May 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

            Wow, so a woman who is physically, verbally or emotionally abused by a man is MORE worthy than a woman who is physically, verbally or emotionally abused by a woman.

            A white woman who is physically, verbally or emotionally abused by a man is MORE worthy than any other woman, not white, who is physically, verbally or emotionally abused by a man or a woman.

            WOW, just wow…. And another woman said this. That is just so foul. And there is no “War on Women” Yeah, okay…..

            • 27 jackiegrumbacher
              May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

              This is how a person sounds when they are so filled with hate, they can’t see straight. What part of violence against women does this Rodgers woman not understand? How can a bill founded on protecting women have exclusions so that it essentially says, you can’t hit these woman, but you can hit those? How can you twist your mind around to make that reasonable?

              • 28 HZ
                May 15, 2012 at 1:31 am

                Jackiegrumbacher, I just had to not look at his woman as she was speaking, because I could not comprehend how a person could sit there and think like that. I do concur with you on this point. When hate completely takes over your mind, and your entire life means nothing to a person like this woman.

                It is so painful to listen to some of these people and know that they have been given the power to write the laws that will rest upon helpless women lives. It hurts so much, but I do believe that even more of a reason for all of us to work even harder to get POB re-elected and also get the House back and keep a solid majority in the Senate. That is a prayer that I cry out each and every day during my prayer time. Let us keep meditating, prayers the prayer for a better person to show up in the lives of these people like her.HZ

          • 29 Pamela
            May 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

            She is a pain in the ass.. I can’t believe she represents Washington State..

        • 30 yardarm756
          May 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

          Perhaps you’ve made some erroneous decisions about rethug’s gender? Hmmm? :-(

      • 31 Puddin'
        May 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        She is not used to talking…she usually is the one or one of the women standing behind the repub men…just standing not speaking…seen but not heard.

        • 32 HZ
          May 15, 2012 at 1:49 am

          I have noticed that also Puddin, and I thought that her standing there has always given me the thoughts of, there stands a woman who does not even know why she is standing. She just follow those ugly spirits of those small-minded men in her party. It is sad to watch.

          However, I feel in my heart that the young ladies all over our country are getting tired and they will fight for their rights with all of their might in this election. They realize what these people are trying to do to them, and I believe that they will not allow it to continue. I am currently meeting with young women and their mothers discussing how these issues will hurt them, and these young women are fired up and are not willing to allow the rethugs to take them down a path of this nature. Not now, they say to me. It is very beautiful to see how they are fired up and working within their corners of their communities to get the word out of how important this election will be for their futures and for their children’s future. I am so encouraged.

          My evening with them was so rewarding. It was a total time of sharing how they fit into this cycle of this election and how women before them had to go through so much to get to the successful point of where we are now as women in our country.

          They were from all different backgrounds which added so much beauty and appreciation for their woman-hood while enjoying their individual contributions., and we had a great time brainstorming. We will meet again in July to see how much progress we have made, and hopefully be able to bring other young women to the table at that time. It is so exciting. I love them because they allow me to take the journey again through my college days and activitism and at the same time also appreciate them and still be able to remain in my space of my beautiful golden years with a positive position. It is wonderful.HZ

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      May 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Interesting ………..

      GOP scrambles to assuage women’s groups

      —————————

      The House GOP leadership is moving swiftly to try to change the Violence Against Women Act to earn support from outside groups and gain passage on the floor.
      .
      .
      The last-minute moves to change the bill came after Republican leadership quietly invited key women’s groups — including the National Organization for Women and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence — to the Capitol to find out how to win their support.

      The courting of the groups underscores the Republicans’ sensitivity about being painted as anti-women in the heat of an election year.

      ————————–

      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76294.html

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        May 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        It’s too late, GOP. You should have thought of this three years ago. And by the way, all those nasty anti-women Republican governors and state legislatures have already tainted the Republican brand beyond repair. Women aren’t stupid and they don’t have amnesia. We know who has been on our side and who hasn’t.

  10. 35 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    • 36 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      hah! Has anyone attacked the crosstabs yet?

      • 37 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        They didn’t even include the racial breakdown, and apparently they re-interviewed 562 of the ~800+ respondents from last time – when the demographics were slanted to white/evangelical/conservative voters.

        • 38 Liberal Librarian
          May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

          And it seems as if they interviewed a whole different set of people for the approval ratings, one can infer.

    • 39 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Basically, a President with 50% approval DOES NOT LOSE to a schmuck no one likes. God, they undermined their own poll results right off the bat.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      You come up with a poll like that, HF, when a pollster is willing to pull it out of a very dark place.

  11. 43 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  12. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    May 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    That last photo is like a little piece of heaven on earth. Maybe it’s the robes (or my still-kickin’ imagination!).

  13. May 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Huh? Bain bought a steel mill, built it, then fired everyone and tore it down? How does that make sense?

  14. May 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    You need to tweet Jefferson Obama with the Ny bunk poll?

    • 48 Liberal Librarian
      May 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I don’t tweet, but others who do should send to @jeffersonobama. My feeling is that he’ll be on it like white on rice. It’s such a ridiculous poll, derived from a previously debunked poll.

      • 49 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        Oh yes, he’s been contacted by several of our TOD Friends. I think he’s out at the moment but hopefully we’ll be hearing from him soon. More and more people are calling BS on that poll. The face validity is so low – that it’s obvious even to a normally unsuspecting poll watcher that this is garbage.

  15. 50 vitaminlover
    May 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I hope that the young lady in the first 3 pictures has come down off of her Obama high. Of course I would have probably reacted the same way.

    • 51 veryslowwriter
      May 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      My dear, she’ll be flying for weeks. She just earned a very prestigious diploma and got a big hug from PBO. Gawd knows, I’d be hysterical.

  16. May 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    The Senate on Monday approved two district court nominees.

    In a voice vote George Russell was confirmed by the Senate for U.S. District Court judge. John Tharp, for the Northern District of Illinois, was confirmed 86 to 1. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was the one dissenting vote.

    “He’s an extraordinarily talented individual,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of Tharp ahead of the vote on the nominees. “What is interesting about Jay Tharp is that every aspect of his nomination has been bipartisan.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/227317-senate-confirms-district-nominees-for-maryland-illinois

  17. 53 utaustinliberal
    May 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Just studied the new CBS/NYTimes poll and wow is it full of crap. Romney is leading Pres. Obama amongst women voters despite Pres. Obama having a 50% approval rating and an increase people saying the economy is getting better? Plus I noticed they used the same people who were polled in that flawed April 13-17 poll and everyone knows that poll had so much flawed methodology, the cross tabs were basically BS. The majority of those polled in the April poll – same people they used in this new poll – are white conservative evangelical voters. How the hell isn’t that a skewed and biased poll? The BS is as clear and bright as a sunny day.

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Robney camp is lobbying pollsters all over the place.
      OFA better take notice and start doing the same! It drives the narrative, our media does not care if poll is skewed, they just report it!
      Sigh!

    • 59 Lovepolitics2008
      May 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Romney leading with women ? Doesn’t make any sense. President Obama has had a double digit lead for weeks…

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      minus 300 from the last poll, those who didn’t want to participate again. The whole thing has no credibility.

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      One of the recent bs Wisconsin polls showing Walker ahead by nine was done and paid for a group of manufacturers in Illinois — well, I suspect the Kochs were the REAL financers.

    • 62 theo67
      May 15, 2012 at 1:44 am

      The GOP and their cohorts are trying to set the stage for stealing the election, so they can point to these bogus polls and say ‘see – we told you the race was close’.

  18. May 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday agreed to Republican demands for votes on five amendments to legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. 

    Reid’s concession on the amendments will allow the Senate to proceed to the bill on Tuesday, but it remains unclear whether the upper chamber can finish its work on the legislation by May 31, when the bank’s charter expires. 

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/227291-reid-agrees-to-gop-demands-to-move-ex-im-bank-reauthorization-forward

    Reid has agreed to ALL GOP demands on this bill??? Weak! Very Weak!

  19. May 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Chips, I can’t keep up with you! :-). Loving it! Thanks for the great posts :-)

  20. 66 vcprezofan2
    May 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    This is a tweet that I’d encourage those with a large following to pass on. No one should be encouraging citizens not to vote for whatever reason

    • 67 isonprize
      May 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I’m bringing a post over for POU

      http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/monday-open-thread-african-american-trailblazers-nba/#comment-528760704

      H/T Miranda.

      I think what people are sick of, is someone like Jamal Bryant, or any pastor or person for that matter, being naive enough to fall for this okeydoke. I know its too much to ask that those that have a microphone put in front of their face be more astute, but its irritating nonetheless.

      I would like for the black pastors that are asked about SSM to answer like this: “where was your curiousity about my position when it came to healthcare reform, the foreclosure crisis, subprime lending theft, my views on contraception for women in healthcare plans (oh, only the Catholic bishops get a say?), etc.

      If you didn’t need my opinion and thoughts on those issues, why do you need it now? See because we just took up a collection for Keisha and Jamal so they can go to Savannah State this fall and praying their pell grants are not cut. We just prayed over Sister Bernadette and thank God that she can finally get insurance for her youngest because she has diabetes and it was a struggle to find coverage for her.

      We have been trying to get help for Sister Hazel and Bro Fred to save the home they have lived in for 30 years. I’ve been helping the children of late Bro. Alphonso Jenkins fill out their claim form – see Bro Jenkins was a farmer and he died 8 years ago – had 70 acres down outside of Waycross and his children still remember his face whenever he attempted to get a loan before he eventually had to sell it for half its value to Cargill Corp.

      You didn’t want to talk to me about the myriad of pressing issues that if not for this President, would have decimated the lives of nearly all my congregants but you need to talk to me about this?

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        May 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Pity we don’t have the skills, or means, to put this in a memo and forward it to the pastors who are suddenly being sought out so diligently for their take on SSM.

      • 70 jackiegrumbacher
        May 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        Isonprize, this is beautifully stated. I wish we could send it to every pastor in the country.

        • May 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          Simply…if the Pastor of your church is black, send it to him/her…or if you know someone whose Pastor is black, send it to them or ask them for their church email address. We only have our voices…the other side have $MILLIONS.

          • 72 vcprezofan2
            May 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

            Good, and simple, solution Andre. Whoever said one thinking head is better than my 1/4 was right. ;) ;)

      • 73 nathkatun7
        May 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        Absolutely, absolutely, brilliant! Thanks isonprize, for sharing this. Great thanks to Miranda for speaking TRUTH!

    • 74 Puddin'
      May 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      I think people who encourage voters to stay home are this plain foolish and as my mama used to say, “they are biting their nose to spite their face” (I think that is how that goes)…this is stupid because a none vote is in essence a vote for the repubs. And besides the down ticket candidates are important to, hell, it is the Congress and Senate who pass laws the President just signs them. I am not a violent person but these people make me want slap all of the black off of them!

  21. 76 whatisworking
    May 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    U.S. Posted Budget Surplus of $59.1 Billion in April

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/05/us-posted-budget-surplus-of-591-billion.html

  22. 78 whatisworking
    May 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    An Inconvenient Lawsuit: Teenagers Take Global Warming to the Courts

    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/05/alec-loorz-global-warming-lawsuit

  23. 79 collegekay
    May 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Can someone link me to the Hardball segment with Cathy Rogers?

    TIA

  24. 80 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Robert Gibbs has won Jeopardy! Yeah Go Robert, go Robert..

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Oh, how great! I’m guessing everybody on the President’s team could win Jeopardy!

      • 82 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

        Yup, and guess who lost – Tweety. Very symbolic I would think.

        Obama wins. Media loses. America wins.

      • 85 HZ
        May 15, 2012 at 2:19 am

        Oh jacquelineoboomer, you said a mouth full in that statement. That is a truth for sure. This is one of the things that frustrates Tweety and Friends about POB. The fact that POB has made sure that he has surrounded himself with the best and brightest young men and women to be a very important part of his Administration. Tweety is going to fall out of his chair before this election is over because everytime a “brilliant one” appears on the “Brilliant Stage”, Tweety wets his pants, I am sure.

        POB is a very brilliant man who thinks for himself and controls his time and space in his presidency, and Tweety just can’t figure POTUS out. Some this elections is going to drive Tweety and Friends up a wall as we progress onward with the journey. The stops will be pulled out as we continue with POB. They have not seen anything yet. I am loving it, and that is one reason why we need to continue to pray for Chips, and keep Chips in our beautiful moments of prayer, meditations and total support on this site. We need each other, and this is the focus of making sure that we stay together with complete focus on moving FORWARD with the positive and not get sidetracked.

        I love you all so much, and I love Chips so much for the support, hardwork that she does each and every day for POB and for all of us.
        This is a very important election, so let us make the best of our time and continue to come here and take good care of our space here.

        Good night to my TOD family and to our dear Chips. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( We Appreciate you, Chips, and we love you))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  25. 87 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    HAHAHA!

    Both things can’t be true….

    • 88 CaliCat
      May 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Actually, Independent doesn’t necessarily equal moderate so it could be true. However, we have a lot more campaign to go and polls are going to be all over the place for a while so I’m not too concerned at this point.

      • 89 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

        I agree that Independent doesn’t mean moderate..but people who do not identify as either DEM or Repub tend to be lean dem or Repub and overall, it tends to balance out somewhere in the center. Most “Indy” polls tend to confirm that notion.

        • 90 CaliCat
          May 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

          I hear you and tend to agree but Independents can be unpredictable and we should be careful not to make concrete assumptions about them as a group. Their amorphous nature makes them hard to pin down.

          • May 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

            Especially if you poll indes from say west Virginia, as opposed to new York or California.
            Hello!

            • 92 hopefruit2
              May 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

              That’s my point – if you poll a skewed sample of Indies to begin with, you will get a skewed reading – which leads me to believe that the sub-sample of “Indies” was not extracted from the same source population as the sub-sample of “moderates” in this poll. The results are diametrically different for each.

  26. 93 CaliCat
    May 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I watched Tweety just now thinking he was going to take down that GOP woman on the War on Women but instead he let her off the hook. It started out okay but ultimately she got in her talking points and they went largely undisputed. She pushed the lie that the War on Women is a myth conjured up by the Democrats for political purposes and that birth control is only about preventing pregnancy hence a religious matter. As we know, the pill is used for many other medical reasons which is why it is so stupid for the GOP to claim letting women have access to it under their insurance is and infringement on religious freedom. Neither Tweety or his other guess were able to bring up this hugely important distinction regarding the pill’s use. Even worse, no one objected when the GOP liar said “it’s scary” what else Obama could do if he could attempt to “take away religious freedom”. Seriously? The GOP woman (I don’t remember her name) had such a smug smirk on her face at the end of the interview because she knew she got away with her phony talking points. The entire segment was very disappointing.

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Leaving us to be reminded that Tweety is no longer in the journalistic game, doesn’t ask any hard questions, and certainly doesn’t have a clue on fake women’s issues, fake religious freedom issues, don’t get me started …

      • 95 CaliCat
        May 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        So true. I normally don’t watch him anyway and I don’t understand how he gets any ratings. Does anyone outside the Beltway really watch him on a regular basis?

        • 96 jacquelineoboomer
          May 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          Somebody must watch him enough to keep him on. I don’t get it. Think last week, Rev. Al beat out CNN and HLN at his time slot – would love to see him in prime time, but it’s also good for him to kick off the evening. All of the has-been-wannabe-never-were people on MSNBC are really getting ridiculous.

    • May 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      I don’t think he let her off the hook at all. She was spluttering!! She could not respond to his questions without weakly returning to her talking points..

    • 98 utaustinliberal
      May 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I don’t know what segment you were watching but he didn’t let Cathy McMorris Rodgers off the hook. He made her look like a fool. She was sputtering, stammering and making dumb points that even an amoeba could ascertain were 100% wrong.

  27. May 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

  28. 100 Linda
    May 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Someone throw a bucket of water on Ed Schultz…. he is a raving lunatic sometimes.

    • 101 hopefruit2
      May 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      What is he blowing a gasket about this time? Lemme guess..Wisconsin and the DNC?

      • 102 Linda
        May 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Yes….he was freaking out….I am going to send the Wisconsin Dem Party a little money..

      • 103 Dudette
        May 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        Must be about this:

        Wisconsin Dems say DNC stalled financial backing for Walker recall election

        http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/14/wisconsin-dems-say-dnc-stalled-financial-backing-for-walker-recall-election/

        • 104 hopefruit2
          May 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

          I think the DNC has made a calculation that WI residents are either too stupid or too stubborn and therefore are not worth the invest of any money against Walker’s superpacs trying to take him down, especially when they have other house and senate candidates who are a better investment.

          • May 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

            And yet ofa is involved big time.

          • May 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            The DNC would be damned fools to think that.

            There is no doubt we are in a civil war. I don’t know a family, a set of friends, or a workgroup that hasn’t been divided by these issues.

            Walker told a billionaire backer he intended to divide and conquer. Well, he’s certainly divided us. And Walker has raised about 12X the money as all four Dem candidates for governor combined.

          • 107 Puddin'
            May 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

            Ed is one of the people who convinced people to not vote in 2010…day in and day out he screamed and yelled about POB and the Dems were not doing enough for the “working people”, blah, blah, blah…and then when it looked like people (including those people in Wisconsin) were going to do what he and some other were telling them and that meant we were going to lose the House, Ed started to encourage people to vote, but it was too late then…so they got what they got…SCOTT WALKER AND A REPUB CONTROLLED STATE!

  29. 108 Dudette
    May 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This is how low Baba-Wawa has fallen off the real-journalist platform:

    Barbara Walters Grills Obama On Pop Culture

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/barbara-walters-grills-obama-on-pop-culture

    In a Monday evening excerpt from ABC’s The View, scheduled to air Tuesday, Barbara Walters said she quizzed President Obama on pop culture, including Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson:

    “He didn’t know that Kim Kardashian had a brief marriage because she had married a basketball player,” Walters told ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “He did not know that Jessica simpson had had a baby. And he did say that he was sure he was going to win.”

    • 109 Linda
      May 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Walters is overrated and a friend of The Greek Fraud and Newt.

      • 110 COS
        May 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Is Barbara Wa Wa getting senile? Is this what she want for her legacy? My goodness,why would PBO have time to think about these 2 women? I am ashamed of her. Give me a f%%%%%% break.

    • 115 anniebella
      May 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Honestly, who cares about Kardashian and Simpson. To think that Barbara Walters once stood so tall, now look at the questions she is asking. The President is busy, he is running a country, running for re-election, and he has a family he spends time with, so excuse him if he doesn’t give a freaking frat about pop culture.

    • May 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      BW makes me GAG. She trivializes everything and takes up PBO’s time with that crap? What an embarrassment.

      • May 15, 2012 at 2:42 am

        Meta, you are so insightful. Barbara has slipped so badly that it downright shameful. Who is hell cares about Kim and Jessica. He is the President of the United States. She has , in my opinion and observation has always tried to ask these dumb questions to our president. She does not get to the meat in her questioning of POB.

        Have you all noticed that? She does not ask these stupid questions of any other president that I know of all of my years, and I am very old. But it seems like she does not want to give POB the proper place in history. Just a little black man that she can’t sleep with this time.
        Yes, I went there. I know all about that history, believe. Barbara is a very jealous person of this president. Plain and simple.

        Let her go her way. Why is the hell she sits down with the POTUS and ask such trivial questions? Just think about it. This woman in her prime has interviewed some of the most powerful people on the planet or for that matter, gone from the planet, and in this great time in our nation’s history she ask POB about this crap. This smell is Not right. Never is with Barbara, when it comes to POB. That why I do not like Barbara Walters. She wants to minimize this president as the POTUS, and she will do everything in her power to do so. But POB is onto the likes of Barbara. Trust me.HZ

  30. 119 Don
    May 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I mean seriously, did the Romney campaign do any sort of strategic planning when it came to challenging President Obama on any issue? Romney is like a ghost, no form or substance, unless he’s talking about his time at Bain Capita which is becoming an albatross at this point, or either he’s talking about saving the Olympics. I just don’t see any forward thinking with the Romney campaign, they are always being caught flat footed, they don’t have any sort of focused response to any issue that comes up. It is as though they think they can go around the country promising to cut taxes and ending a woman’s right to choose and that will magically take them to the white house.

  31. 123 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    The O-team is certainly aware of the GOP media shenanigans.

    • 124 isonprize
      May 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Hopefruit, how do you copy a tweet so it will show up here?

      • 125 hopefruit2
        May 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        First you click on the tweet – and it will expand. Then you click where it says “Details” (see below) and It will open up the tweet to take up the entire page. Then you simply copy the URL in the browser window , hit the back button on Twitter and close the tweet. Then you paste the copied URL in the comment box here.

        SAMPLE TWEET:

        Ben LaBolt ‏ @BenLaBolt
        Latest CNN poll showed @BarackObama up 16 among women. State polls show big advantage among women. Be wary of any poll that doesn’t.
        Collapse
        Reply Retweeted Favorite 40 RETWEETS 3 FAVORITES
        8:16 PM – 14 May 12 via web · Details <——–(THIS IS WHERE YOU CLICK)

        • 126 isonprize
          May 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          Thanks hopefruit2. Is there something special that you do to get the picture to show up? I’m feeling all techy this evening!!

    • 130 anniebella
      May 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I want CBS/NYT to explain how President Obama lost his lead among women. There must be a reason for such a turn around, so I would like for CBS/NYT to explain that turn around.

    • 131 jacquelineoboomer
      May 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Ben LaBolt does an excellent job. Haven’t seen him fail, yet.

  32. 132 Dudette
    May 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    More goodness from Deaniac. Wish I could post a link to the cool graphic accompanying this article (GOP Translator)
    —————-
    Tax reform, GOP style: You pay more, so the rich can keep more

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/05/tax-reform-gop-style-you-pay-more-so.html

  33. 150 desertflower
    May 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I tried a couple of things…none are working. I have seen this before and it’s worth seeing again:)

  34. May 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Obama leads Robney by 20 in Ny-

  35. May 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Romney using targeted Google ads to zing Obama around the net https://twitter.com/#!/TheNextWeb/status/202119170110918656

    • 153 Don
      May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Mitt targeted the communities around Barnard College with his Google ads, unfortunately Mitt brought more attention to himself than he planned with his homophobic ideas about marriage and his opposition to cutting student loan interest rates. But hey, I guess he was throw something to the wall and see if it sticks.

  36. 154 hopefruit2
    May 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Now Markos at Old Orange has adopted BWD’s term to describe PBO :)

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/14/1091667/-President-Obama-is-the-Adult-in-the-Room

    • 155 Dudette
      May 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Plagiarist

    • 156 Don
      May 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      I saw that and laughed, I guess all the purist are jumping ship now that they have realized that President Obama knew what he was doing all the while.

    • 158 nathkatun7
      May 15, 2012 at 12:30 am

      Hey Hopefruit, I am glad Markos is back on board! Obviously BWD, and all of us who supported her, should be celebrating for winning the battle by convincing Markos to come to our side. Lets be magnanimous in victory by welcoming back people who strayed, while at the same time we remain vigilant in exposing the misguided PL who continuously undermine President Obama and refuse to recognize his impressive accomplishments..

  37. May 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Came home a bit late today because I HAD to get the New Yorker w/ the rainbow WH and Newsweek w/Pres.Obama on the cover. Then I had to make sure they got home safe and sound w/o bending or tearing.

    Every the President comes to NYC I never ever get to see him. I don’t even get to see the traffic he causes. :(
    One day I tell ya. ONE DAY!!!

  38. 161 desertflower
    May 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    “I think I’m better suited to stay where I am in the Senate. The folks in Ohio expect me to stick around and do my job.”

    — Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), quoted by The Hill, giving the preferred answer to questions asked of possible vice presidential running mates.

    Well, I guess it’s not THIS boring white guy for VP….

    • 162 desertflower
      May 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Now I compliment that with:

      “To pick a VP thinking it will be a game-changer is highly unlikely.”

      — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), in a CBS News interview, downplaying expectations for Mitt Romney’s running mate search.

      I suggest Spongebob…..

      • 163 Dudette
        May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        Spongebob would alienate the climate change deniers.

      • 164 isonprize
        May 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Actually, wouldn’t Patrick be a better candidate for the job?

        SpongeBob actually has a couple taps of sense. Patrick is as dumb as a box of rocks. He’s MUCH better qualified to be Myth R-money’s Vice Presidential candidate.

    • 166 TrumpDog
      May 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      It won’t be a boring white guy. Watch.
      The media is being played big time on this one. EtchaMitt NEEDS someone excitng to get the base excited.

  39. 167 isonprize
    May 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks Hopefruit… This is HILARIOUS!!!

  40. May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  41. May 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Look at Gibbsy-

    • 172 Dudette
      May 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      That’s my Gibsy! OMG, if someone could tweet the video of him winning, I’d need a paper bag to catch my breath in.

  42. 174 Don
    May 14, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    When I was in high school my father would ask me how my grades were, I told him not to get his hopes up. With that being said, how the hell does the Romney campaign let slip that they are looking for a Vice President that is not a game-changer? I mean seriously, do they know the gravity of such a pick? I mean I barely passed lunch in high school, and these people want to run the United States of America with a Vice President that is “ barely passable?”

    • 175 carolyn
      May 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Well, their presidential candidate is”barely passable” and he can’t choose one to outshine him, so I’d say they’re looking for one lower than barely passable….is that possible???

    • 177 isonprize
      May 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Here ya go, Don. Patrick Starfish did go to community college. LOLOLOL (just incase anyone’s sense of humor is taking a vacation, I am NOT busting on community colleges…)

      http://spongebob.nick.com/characters/patrick_character.html

    • 179 jackiegrumbacher
      May 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Think how far they’d have to go to find someone with less charisma than Robney. Willard wouldn’t want to be outshone by his VP pick so it would have to be a pale Caspar Milquetoast, who would fade into the background next to him. Insomniacs could use this person”s speeches as sleep therapy.

    • 180 Cha
      May 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Maybe they’re Shiteing everyone ’cause they want to pull off a big surprise? No one could be that dull and moronic as to want someone who is another dull old white guy..could they?

    • 181 nathkatun7
      May 15, 2012 at 1:12 am

      My prediction: Romney is going to pick New Jersey Gov. Chis Christie! My reasoning: he is a bully like Willard “Mitt” Romney and he has the support of the Koch brothers! Besides, because of his size, (my apology to myself and all of us big sized people) Mitt will still look good next to him according to conventional standards of looks.

  43. 182 nospin
    May 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Go Gibbs

  44. 187 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Worth sharing, widely ….

    #PRESSON

  45. 189 Pamela
    May 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Maybe I’m okay… Weird, but okay!


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