President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Monti of Italy aboard Air Force One, June 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
10:15: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills (CNN live streaming)
11:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at a private Residence, Beverly Hills (Print Pool only)
What a handsome man.
Hey, It’s taking the others a while to reach!
Yo! VC, whad’up? How many posts have I missed on this verrrryyyy loooonnngggg day?
Nothing new, Pamela. Life goes on I can’t say re missed posts as I can’t hang around the gate any more, at least for the next little while.
What’s this about your looonngg day? Where did I get the idea that you were going to tone things down a bit after Memorial Day? Seems like you have shelved that plan. Don’t forget that although you enjoy your work the body and mind need their ‘rest’ time. Just saying.
I did say that, blown away that you remember it! You are absolutely right about body and mind needing a rest… But if PBO can do what he does, surely I can figure it out! ? Of course, it did not feel like AF1 on those flights I was on! Amen VC, I take you’re kindness to heart, will try to create down time for myself and kitty soon, she has been asking!
What’s with this blown away bit? /frowning/ Nattering on does not prevent me from listening to my friends, you know. And for the record, much as we love him and are trying to emulate his calm approach to friends and foe alike, be it resolved there is only one PBO. ….. and one Chips (our other model for cramming several jobs into one day!
Yes to all the above! I only said ‘blown away’ cause I kinda forgot I had said that, about changing my outer life around, after Memorial Day! Despite a round trip across the country, I felt so refreshed and reinvigorated, I hardly noticed the first week back at work— today am feeling it a bit more. And no way am I in the same league as our PBO and our Peggysticks! Didn’t mean to puff meself up like that!
Hon, you have been in a league of your own too (no puffing up), and I’ve been impressed by that. Nevertheless I’m a big believer in listening to mind and body, which is why I heard you so clearly after MD. Some, like me, listen so carefully to self we hear squeaks even before we start the car, necessitating a rest stop. ‘Lazy’ was the word my mom used when I was a kid.
The handsomest of men!
He’s wearing a new shirt with cufflinks. Wonder if those were a gift?
Watch cufflinks start trending after this photo makes the rounds… Glad I have a few pairs now! Check the OFA store, they have some nice ones!
He’s so dapper – I didn’t know men still wore cuff links outside of tuxedos. That’s actually really nice!
The most handsome of all handsome men and then some.
Stupid computer. Only about a fourth of the comments I’ve tried to make all day have gone through, and they could have changed your world! And the world at large!
Mr. President does not look at all dejected after Wisconsin! Back hard at work, leading the example for the rest of the country. Love it.
Beautiful and they say does not work. Please if
People just had half of his work ethic the world would be a better place.
Romney unmasked: Top adviser undercuts his main argument
By Greg Sargent
Last night, CNN aired a terrific segment that spent a solid eight minutes taking apart one of the core arguments at the heart of Mitt Romney’s case for the presidency. It looked at Romney’s ongoing claim that the “net” jobs lost on Obama’s watch prove his policies failed — even though that metric factors in huge job losses at the start of his term, before those policies took effect. And it also looked at the Romney camp’s insistence on a different standard for itself — that his record should be judged by the job gains later in his term.
That’s good, but it gets better.
On the segment, a top Romney adviser inadvertently admitted, as clearly as you could want, that the whole “net” job loss calculation is thoroughly bogus, undercutting Romney’s whole case.
Hang in there, my fellow Obamaites! For some reason, I don’t feel as bad about Wisconsin as I did last night. At least the Dems won one Wisconsin Senate seat to flip control of that house.
I’m in the same place as you. It was, at best, a stretch. And I wish that my fellow Californians had felt about recalling a governor in 2003 the way that Wisconsintes did yesterday. And the exercise was worth it to expose the pernicious effects of Koch money, and, as you said, to flip the Senate.
Something still doesn’t sit right with me about yesterday’s election.
I still haven’t received a satisfactory explanation for why someone would go to the polls to keep Walker in office but be supportive of PBO’s election. It just doesn’t make sense. That is not how human psychology works. The action of physically going to a polling station, standing in line and voting requires much more motivation than just “I don’t like for recall elections” A person who just doesn’t like recall elections would simply stay home. The people who turned out either felt very strongly about Walker remaining governor, or Barrett replacing Walker. Therefore, the explanation put out there by the MSM that folks didn’t support recall election doesn’t fly.
The media’s eerie silence on the election for most of the day yesterday was another thing that unsettled me, sandwiched between two days of almost nonstop WI recall coverage (Monday and Today).
If the exit polling on support for Obama vs Romney is indeed correct, then Walker should have lost by approximately the same margin that Romney lags Obama in the WI poll. So either people are lied about their presidential preference, or there is some interference that created this discrepancy.
I know at least two dozen people that did exactly this – and it makes perfect sense TO THEM (including my mother-in-law – actually I probably know others if I knew how they voted).
They don’t like unions – we’ve had years, literally, of propaganda about unions. They respect Walker (again, this is their thinking) because he did something so brave and unpopular as to confront the unions. They perceive him in the mode of Ronald Reagan who had such courage in confronting the air-controllers strike. Again, I certainly disagree. This is their “logic” — not mine.
And they really like Obama. A lot. He is the FIRST Democrat my mother-in-law ever voted for — at the age of 88. She thinks the world of him.
Now, my mother-in-law was Republican all of her life. But a lot of Wisconsinites have tended to vote, over the years, for who they thought was the best candidate for the job — NOT for a PARTY. Although I’ve tended to vote Democratic more than any other party, I’ve voted Republican, Green, and a variety of other parties. I’ve gone door-to-door throughout the county for a Republican who was the best candidate for county sheriff.
This has not been uncommon in Wisconsin. Tommy Thompson won the governorship four times when we voted for Democratic senators and presidents, including Clinton. What has generally been uncommon is the extreme partisanship we’ve witnessed in recent years.
Heading home soon, see you guys a bit later!
Boo Hoo I missed AF1 and will miss the moyorcade again! Poor me. Help me out chips!
Make sure you catch the departure tomorrow, if you can. it’s pretty thrilling.
June 6 (Bloomberg) — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama called for an immediate plan to resolve the euro-region debt crisis, adding to pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ease the way to a deal.
Cameron travels to Berlin tomorrow for talks with the German leader as Spain pushes for European money to rescue its banks. The demand for action comes less than two weeks before Group of 20 leaders meet in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Obama and Cameron, who spoke by phone yesterday, “agreed on the need for an immediate plan to tackle the crisis and to restore market confidence as well as the need for a longer-term strategy to ensure a stable single currency,” the prime minister’s spokeswoman, Vickie Sheriff, told reporters in London today.
Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti also spoke with Obama in separate calls today, the White House said.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/06/06/bloomberg_articlesM578P06S972B01-M57M7.DTL#ixzz1x3vMgb6D
The eurozone doesn’t have me too concerned, if only because its collapse would have serious effects for Germany, so eventually Merkel will have to compromise. Conservatives in Europe are NOT like the ones in the GOP.
Someone was just asking about whether the President was talking to Europe. I don’t know how he juggles everything – but thank heavens that he does!
Any Country Music Fans??? I am not so I will rely on your reporting how amazing my President was. F**k U Wi*LIAR*D
I didn’t watch. I missed the beginning.
Oh No Hope! I was actually expecting you to be the first one to report.
Things have a way of working out.
I found this to be an informative article, reminding us that we cannot be complacent even though we know OFA has a good grassroots operation, BECAUSE THE OTHER SIDE IS IMPROVING THEIR on the ground efforts IN ADDITION TO HAVING UNLIMITED FUNDS!
Luke Hilgemann, Wisconsin state director of Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, said the group coordinated a network of some 100,000 local activists. Most of their efforts centered on 17 key counties.
Money alone doesn’t win elections. In the three weeks before the election, Walker benefited from a disciplined get-out-the-vote drive mounted by people associated with the Tea Party movement, which reviles President Barack Obama. Wisconsin could be a key battleground state in the November 6 election as Obama seeks re-election against Republican Mitt Romney.
A lot of the campaign cash bankrolled a wave of pro-Walker advertising. Exit polls taken on Tuesday, however, indicated the ads may not have been a decisive factor; nearly 90 percent of voters say they chose their candidate before the ad barrage.
“Not only is the Tea Party alive and kicking, those guys ran a great get-out-the-vote campaign,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist and chairman of the CivicForum PAC political group. “They have given away the secret recipe for what could win the election for Mitt Romney.”
Yes, the rethugs did turn out like they did in 2008. I don’t know whether teabaggers were behind it. But the rethugs do have the discipline to vote unlike dems who need to be fucking ‘motivated’ and cajoled every election..
Hi, old boy! Miss me yet,a la George Bush?
Hi young lady. Miss your 10 K a la mittbot.
The secret recipe was created by OFA. Couple of interesting points here, not from article but just in your paragraph above. First is their targeting of key counties and their bankrolling of this GOTV effort. They will run GOTV using Bain playbook. The SuperPacs are the investors. What they don’t have (yes, there is a long list), is strong moral, inspiring leadership or putting country first policies. This really is a ‘truth will set us free’ election.
The section above is actually from the article, however, I appreciate and am counting on the message of your last two sentences.
before the ad barrage…….BS!! The ad barrage for Walker never stopped. It’s been ongoing since 2010.
What most must mean by “ad barrage” (who chose that phrase? was that how it was worded on the exit surveys?) is the Barrett “barrage” which started about a week before the vote — and certainly couldn’t be perceived as a barrage.
I didn’t really focus on the discussion of the ads and their effect/non-effect. The part of the article that interested me was the reference to their canvassing and its potential impact. They seem to be saying that their GOTV efforts paid off big time. In other words they are learning to use our tactics with the potential for it to mute our edge.
When people go on vacation to Hawaii, what island do you mainly go to?
Honolulu. The Obamas go to Oahu though.
Honolulu is on the island of Oahu. The island is beautiful and interesting. Honolulu is a fascinating city, and there is much to do. Waikiki beach is all that you’ve dreamed, white sand, beautiful sunset, Diamondhead in the distance…the fascinating international market. The Iolani Palace is a must see….the only royal palace on U.S. territory. The story of the last Hawaiian kings is very sad.
The North Shore where the Obamas stay is wild and beautiful too. Of course, there’s historic sites to visit…..Pearl Harbor, the PunchBowl cemetery…..the most beautiful cemetery you’ll ever see!
Many people love Maui also. I’ve never been, so don’t know personally.
But, I do love Oahu. You step off the plane and the air is different….the smell, the feel…..I don’t know how to describe it, but once you’re there, you’ll know.
Are you seriously trying to suggest that Honolulu is not on the Island of Oahu? If you are you are you are misinformed. The last time I checked, Honolulu is still on the Island of Oahu.
Maui though we lived on Oahu for almost a year MANY years ago when hubby was in the Navy.
allow me to take this opportunity to put in a plug for ‘my’ island: the big one, hawaii island! we have fine beaches, wonderful hiking and fishing and waterfalls, and also an active volcano. and the island is big enough to hold all the other hawaiian islands twice! so you don’t get that cramped feeling.
having said that, i’ve visited the other islands on my vacations, and there’s not a bad one in the bunch! oahu is the most urban, so if you like the night life, and need a lot of stimulation, that would be the one for you. there are quieter areas there, too, and lots of beauty, but you have to go look for them. maui also has a busy feel, with some open stretches, and fancy resorts. kauai is the little gem, with lush mountains, iconic views, and awesome surf–but you might ‘feel’ the smallness. molokai is mysterious and not really tourist-friendly.
but i think the tourist bureau says most visitors go to maui, with oahu second. hope you get to visit our beautiful state this year! wherever you go, i know you’ll have a good time if you leave your cares behind.
Aloha, susanne! I’ve never been to the Big Island but would love to someday. I want to check out The Hot Springs! Nice summary you gave lof the Islands.
Mahalo from Kaua’i~
Big Island. Beautiful! Gorgeous!
Oahu is where the Capitol Honolulu is and Pearl Harbor and it’s the busiest Island where President Obama was born..so there’s that!
Kaua’i is the Garden Island and the furthest North except for the private Island of Niihau. I can vouch for Kaua’i being a beautiful uniique island to visit as I live here. For the second time. I was here in the ’90s for the Hurricane Iniki and stayed for 6 years. Went to New York for 12 and reitred to come back in 2010.
Kaua’i is the oldest Island and I’ll let the travelogue speak for itself..
hope you can visit moku o keawe some time soon! i’ve been to kauai several times, the first when i was 12 years old, for a camping trip. it holds a special place in my heart!
Rumsfeld is on Piers Morgan and of course he’s asking about President Obama’s presidency. Rummy looks like he had plastic surgery or maybe it’s the creepy lighting on the show (black and green background). Rummy is such a prick, talking about the Bushies spent ten years looking for OBL and getting Al Queda….this belongs in LO’s re-write of history. Rummy, Bush, Cheney all war criminals.
Yuck, imagine having Willard living next door:
Miss Chips, I didn’t get a prize for my 1st last night, Last blog of night. I know I’m whining pathethically.
Oh, thank you, thank you very much. ( Like a little kid clapping hands in glee)
No.Good article though:)
Even though first-grader Gianna missed class today to see Michelle Obama speak in Philadelphia, she made sure to get an absence note from the First Lady:
That is so nice, FLOTUS and POTUS are the best.
She is so cute. She even dressed a little like FLOTUS.
So cute..She’s FLOTUS’ mini-me:
Belt – check
Cardigan – check
Flower accessory/pin – check
Little Gianna is just precious, and the First Lady is amazing.
Our future heros…..God Bless the Children and our First Family.
that is so sweet
I love that Michelle Obama uses semi-cursive writing. Still a touch of old school.
Listening to RM….are the voters that stupid that they can be persuaded to vote against an issue such as I hate Cancer….to vote against the tobacco tax in Cali…..
if that is so….then facts mean nothing….and FOX is right…
I’m sitting here and want to cry. This is scary scary stuff. For the life of me, I don’t know why people would vote against their own interest.
The tobacco lobby spent $47M dollars on very negative non-stop advertising.
People have lost all critical thinking skills. That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it! Honestly, I really do think this is true. I see it everyday.
I’m with you. It’s like thinking is just too hard and they would rather be voting for the next American Idol or waiting in line to buy Nikes.
Exactly! Thus, part of my rant this morning We are a shallow bunch sometimes….(Americans as a whole. …not TOD’ers
THIS , THIS, THIS and THIS! I have this conversation with my boys , 21 and 15 all the time. Critical thinking is, well, critical. Mostly it is the ability to think big picture. To be able to see all sides before making the best choice or option presented. Our President has this ability in spades. The trouble is this takes some effort. And this country has become instant gratification and path of least resistance focused. We sit n front of our tee vees and told how to think. We sit in our church pews and are told how to feel and think about the issues of the day. We have been dumbed down. Not any of us, of course on TOD, but you get my point. There is a book called “The Fourth Turning”. Google it. It really explains a lot about history and what cycle we are going through. Fascinating. Check it out. It helps increase your critical thinking skills,
I remember when I was in the eighth grade we did a unit involving persuasive thinking skills which involved seeing the different ways people/media would use to try to convince us to do something. I do remember Jump on the Bandwagon and Everyone else is doing it in particular. When you recognized what was being used to manipulate you it was less likely to occur.
Dumbing down america by corporate media has worked.
yes meta..that is right…
but lets say that i am left handed…i have been left handed all my life….can a steady…intensive barrage of negative ads convince me that not only am i not left handed…but that it is wrong to be left handed
Yes! It’s total brainwashing. The media is engaged in high stakes propaganda, constantly carrying the deceptive lies of the GOP.
People who smoke are addicted to tobacco. It seems crazy that people would be divided on more medical research. Anyway, I just heard that they are still counting the votes because it’s still pretty close.
It’s funny all those ads for the past 3 months did not register until a few weeks before I voted. I looked to see who was behind those adds, the tobacco companys, and knew I need to vote yes, NOT “no”. The L.A. Times also said to vote “no”, however, it was not until on thee Sunday morning local tee vee shows encourged folks in CA to vote “yes”. The subliminal damage was done…all those “no” ads probably were imprinted in the psyche of the electorate unless they stopped and gave it a 2nd look.
Not to mention a cadre of lawyers that write the damn wording on the ballot! Yes is no and no is yes…it’s always so convoluted, They do it on purpose to deceive and confuse the voters. I’ve always said, that if I was a lawmaker, the wording of ballot measures and issues would have to be written so that a first grader could understand it. That’s about where we are.
California passed a law (imagine there had to be law) that these propositions had to be written where a “no” vote was against it and a “yes” vote was for it.
I was waiting all day to hear the results of Prop 29. The media blitz on that proposition was disgusting. And so deceptive. And if you’re saying that it failed, then I’m really beginning to wonder about the intelligence of the electorate. The ads were sponsored by the cigarette companies – for heaven’s sake!!!
Let’s see when Mitt will write his first note like this.
Hello TODvillagers!!! Mayor Chips (bow)! I am having a sleepless night here in the boonies, so thought I would check out what village life is like at this time. Hiya Miss VC, good to see you, hope the job s going well. To our village librarian, the one and only Mr. LL, have heard of or read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell? I have tarted t a couple of times but can’t get into it was wondering if it was worth the effort? Thanks
I cannot type at 3:41 am in the morning, who knew.
Who knew! If you haven’t, you must read, “Night” by Ellie Weisel. You’ll be haunted forever..
Thanks for the 3am typing pitfalls sympathies df
Yes, I have read “Night” and “haunting” is the right word.
If you stay up much longer, I say put the coffee on and take a nap later! We’re all here….and you’ll get to see PBO pretty soon from LA!
Mayor!!!!! So good to see you around the village, I hardly get a chance to see you! So I think I must be feeling what CGail is feeling getting to wave at President O
In case you cannot tell, I am waving like a mad person (mutters aside to self, “maybe you are a mad person?…hmm maybe?)
Are you alright there CJ? You sound, I dunno, a bit, well, crazy.
I swear Mayor Chips, it’s not my fault really. (Looks cautiously around the village and whispers), It’s all VC’s fault. Ssh
VC, VC, where are you
Hello, my dear Sleepless in the Boonies, nice to hear from you. I feel so special that you’d wait up just so you can share a personal greeting with moi!. Sorry I missed the chance recently to encourage you in your running, but I did note in passing that my sibling stepped right in and filled my place. It’s really, really good to have a family of such swell souls like ours. The job is fine, though it encroaches a lot on my personal TOD time. I’m grateful for it while at the same time I’m counting down the days to the end. Roll on, June!
Ha! There you are! Yeah the TOD family is great in encouraging each other! Yes, I will be putting in a request for lots of virtual leg boosting powers for the Frauenlauf (Women’s Race) this Sunday. It is always a fun event. On average 13,000 women and girls take over the city of Bern (all the fathers, husbands, sons and brothers get to play cheerleaders) it is great fun.
Glad to hear the job is going well, at least you do get the chance to drop in occasionally. It makes getting the 1st place trophy a bit difficult, I understand
Chips would say my difficulty in getting the 1st place trophy has little to do with my current job – she’d be wrong but we won’t correct her for now. Run for both of us on Sunday ………as I have no intention of going anywhere near a race. Have a good race, in case we don’t make actual contact again before Sunday.
Ellen Degeneres (and it looks like her mom) arrive at PBO’s event:
Yep! That’s mom:)
Oh, Hollywood and Teh Gays really hate PBO!
Spotted heading into Obama's LGBT fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cher.— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) June 07, 2012
Heh. I just recalled all the Obama loses Hollywood and Obama lost the gay vote “news” headlines. Now they (“news”) are whining he’s fundraising with them.
Haha Snark is just too funny!
Rachel doesn’t miss a beat when it concerns Robney. Rev. Al discussed Robney’s draft dodging and now Rachel is doing the same.
@Lawrence @thelastword Ohhhhhhh. Can't wait.— BWD (@theonlyadult) June 07, 2012
The little boy in this picture with President Obama will join me tonight @thelastword at 10pm. http://t.co/OTFSKWZB— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) June 07, 2012
You will have to post the video for us, Mayor Chips!
just for fun: did anyone have an incident with a gloating rightwinger today about the WI vote? I made sure to keep my politically safe distance from any drama
Yahoo! comments were full of them. I did not engage – mainly because the newest commenting system sucks.
POTUS is speaking already. On CNN
Yikes, I can’t get it?!
where is everyone? Did anyone see PBO on CMT? how was it? what happened?
Heads up everyone:
Check this out. I tweeted to the RNC chairman that Romney is a bold faced liar and a Romney supporter responded and asked me to name one lie that Romney has told and he’ll tell me the lies that Pres.Obama has told. I said, “oh please” and told him to go away with his RNC talking points. He then bragged that I didn’t have any examples of Mitt Romney lying – HA! I spent about 10 minutes tweeting him every volume of Steve Benen’s chronicles of lies that Romney has told. I sent him links from RedState and Newt Gingrich calling Romney a liar. I sent him links from the NYT and WaPo and told him to Google “MItt Romney lies about Solyndra”.
I sent these tweets yesterday. That Romney supporter is no where to be found. Hmmm…
LOL. Good going. I try not to engage because sometimes it feels like you’re just beating your head against a wall but really the lies need to be corrected.
Thanks for standing up.
Excellent! They really are obtuse.
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