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Thanks

President Obama departs the White House for Fort Belvoir, Virginia for a round of golf, June 9

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Thanks for all the comments on the last post, I’m working today so won’t have a chance to reply, but will catch up asap. Special thanks to those who argued it out, even when they disagreed; to those who read my own comments as a suggestion that PBO isn’t doing enough ….. oh boy. I think he’s done more than enough, that’s the point.

See you tomorrow.


303 Responses to “Thanks”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    3rd?

    • 2 Liberal Librarian
      June 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I’m a soldier in the anti-vcprez/amk front! Collusion on being first!

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Wowee! Third shall be first! :lol:

      • 9 amk for obama
        June 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        My nutty pardner, ladies and gentlemen.

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          June 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

          Amk, are you doing a Boomer/Rendell on me? Okay, I **may** sometimes be nutty, but as a member of the team you’re expected to be loyal at all times when in the public sphere, and not go out of your way to call me names. I’m not too pleased with this comment!

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Hey Chips! Get back here with my picture! None of this ‘see you tomorrow’ stuff, I can’t wait that long! You know how far away tomorrow is? And another thing, how is it I usually (well often enough) win when you are away? ( I shall have to look more closely into this.)

    • 12 Pamela
      June 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Hardly 3RD, looks more like first to me!

    • 14 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Way to undersell the team, pard. GM vc.

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        June 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

        No, no that wasn’t underselling! It was (false?) modesty. It’s just not good strategy to be puffed up like Mitt.
        A very Good Afternoon to you! Did you notice that Ms Chips hasn’t yet rewarded our efforts? As I’ll be working you;ll have to remind her tomorrow in your gentle way,

  2. June 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    We cannot control the Obama campaign, the media, the Romney campaign, or most of the other things that will influence the election from now until Nov.

    We have absolute control over ourselves and our reactions to events.

    Here is what I plan to do.

    I will attend every OFA event in my community. The only thing that will cause me to miss is a family commitment or illness. I will go to trainings that end up being boring, I will speak to folks at markets that are irritating, rude, or insufferable, and when I run into “disappointed” or “frightened” Democrats I will express my support for PBO in a confident voice (even if I am scared inside).

    I will make phone calls even if it we don’t win (like In Wisconsin) because that is what members of a team do, they trust their leaders and do the work. Everyday – I will do the work.

    I will never give up, no matter how discouraging the job numbers, the fund raising totals, or the media hype. The President’s “boring” stump speech that some have alluded to has the following phrase. “if you have an ounce of fight left in you – I have a ton of fight left in me”. I will continue to contribute my ounce of fight until Nov 6.

    I will contribute $$ to Chips or Donna every month, and I will trust that the money will be spent on effective ads and hard working staffers.

    When I post to this blog I will make my comments constructive, positive, and helpful. I WILL NOT use this blog as a dumping ground for every worry and insecurity that comes my way.

    I will manage my negative emotions in my own way. For me that means gardening, eating chocolate or veggie potato chips, and walking my dog. I will not expect this blog to reassure all my fears, explain every negative story that is published, or pump me up emotionally everyday.

    I will post CALLS TO ACTION and would hope that those here respond in any way they can. Monday I plan to post a CALL to contact Congress about the jobs bill.

    I thank all the folks who responded to the open letters with supportive comments about the campaign, candidate, and OFA.

    I am extremely grateful that many provided a summary of what they have been doing at OFA. For months I have posted notes asking folks to share this information, and frankly have gotten very little response, other than “thanks for what your are doing Linda”. Note to group – I don’t post these notes to get an “atta girl” , I post them to get all of you to pile on with your accomplishments. I do it because reading this information makes us stronger and more confident. I do it so that anyone who is not yet in an OFA will ask for help either by posting to the blog or sending me an email. whatisiworking@gmail.com

    If this blog thread causes us get into the habit of posting what we are doing EVERY WEEK then it has been a productive exercise.

    Now I am off to edit the 22 minute speech by Governor Patrick, the middle part of the speech needs to be viewed by each of us – EVERYDAY.

    • 17 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      You are a force!!! And, I agree with you about that portion of Gov Patrick’s speech. Great that you are creating a YouTube focused on it. Let me know when it’s ready and I’ll tweet it to a variety of folk!

      #FORWARD

    • 18 0388jojothecat
      June 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      I am following your lead WiW…..this is more constructive for me. Thank You!

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      This ‘thank you’ is not an ‘atta girl’, but an advance for a clip of Gov. Patrick. :lol: I was planning to post the speech to Twitter but after listening myself felt there were parts which I didn’t want to include. Please let us know when it’s ready?

    • 20 lovingandlaughing
      June 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Wow, thank you wiw.

    • 21 GGail
      June 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Linda, I have good intentions of bringing what me & my OFA team does, but sometimes, I am dog tired when I finish inputting the data into Dashboard & Votebuilder plus working, that I forget until someone fires me up. I’ll try to do better :-)

    • 22 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Absolutely brilliant, WIW! Thanks for these words of wisdom. Thank you so much also for everything you do to make sure that your words match your deeds. We must all heed your “CALS TO ACTION.”

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      June 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      WIW, best advice ever. We can’t control the big picture. We can’t control either the Democratic or Republican parties or world events, but we can control what we do. Which means we can take a productive step each day by reaching out to people and being the best possible ambassadors for our beloved president. I am raising both my thumbs to you!

    • 24 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Great post wiw. And you have the gravitas to support it. Thanks for all the hard and sometimes unpleasant work you do.

  3. June 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I have got his back!

  4. 27 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you Chips!

    You inspired me to write the President a letter. Just wanted him to know many of us have a clue what he’s confronted every day and our admiration for what he has achieved in spite of it. Haven’t written one in quite a while. I drafted most of it in a comment in the previous thread.

    #PRESSON

    • 28 Liberal Librarian
      June 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      My faith is in Team Obama. Willard really doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike. And the things the GOP is doing, as Jackie stated in the previous thread, are going to destroy them. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :D

  5. 29 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    What’s up Mr. President? You are playing golf with your IPAD/Laptop?!?!? :) :) :)

    Congrats Vc on #1!

    • 30 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      hf :)

      I remember the last time I saw him with his iPad after a golf game … bad day for OBL …

      #PRESSON

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      June 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      He’s about to order a flushing out of the dumbass who’s been leaking stuff and trying to taint his WH. ;)

      • 32 HZ
        June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        My thoughts exactly. Someone is going for a long vacation paid for by the “People of Do Not Mess With Our POTUS.” Love our President.HZ

      • 33 Linda
        June 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        I would put a bet on the leak coming from one of the Intelligence committees..

        Most likely the House. Since Boehner put some TeaCups on it……

      • 35 Zekke Lydonna
        June 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

        NEVER FORGET. The Bushies turned many politically appointed jobs into Civil Service positions, to keep Obama from getting rid of them. On top of everything else, PBO has to deal with moles in every agency.

        If there is ANYONE on this planet, who thinks he or she would have or could have done more than PBO, under these poisonous circumstances, PLEASE, run for office. If not, PLEASE give this man credit for doing a GREAT job, not just a GOOD job. Look beyond the headlines at the governance. FACTS matter.

        • 36 Zekke Lydonna
          June 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

          Also, the Repugs keep congress in technical session, to keep PBO from making recess appointments. The totality of obstruction by the Repugnants is breath-taking. ‘Liberals’ who think PBO would be able to clean-up this mess are in denial about the scope of the problem. They must stop this magical-thinking.

          • 37 utaustinliberal
            June 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            Hey Zekke you asked me how to post a tweet on TOD. Here’s how you do it.

            1. You’re already on twitter so I’ll assume you’re already familiar with the tweeting process.

            2. When you place your mouse over the tweet or your tweet you’ll see things like “View Conversation” “Reply” “Retweet” “Favorite”

            3. Click on the tweet to “open” the tweet.

            4. You’ll see the time, date, and mode of electronic device the tweet was sent from, and you’ll also see “details”. Example: 6:39PM – 9 Jun 12 via Web – Details.

            5. Click on “Details” It will take you to a separate webpage where you can see a bigger version of the tweet.

            6. Click on the URL in the address bar. It becomes highlighted. Right click. Click on “Copy.”

            7. Then come to TOD. Click in the comment box. Right click. Click on “Paste”

            8. When you click “Post Comment” your tweet appears in a box like everyone else’s.

            9. If your tweet doesn’t fully appear, Refresh the page and voilà it appears like everyone else’s.

            If this is confusing, please let me know and I’ll walk you step-by-step again. :D

          • 43 joyfulmeme
            June 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

            I have to aske why Harry Reid let them get away with doing that? Recess appointments are the only way to get his people in.

    • 44 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you, Hf for your unwavering support! I would also like to thank .. … :lol:

  6. 45 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Continuing to spread the word on #chickenhawkMitt ….

    And, amk’s neat idea ….

    #FORWARD

    • 46 Liberal Librarian
      June 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Gave my first week’s contribution last night, and will do so every Friday, in addition to my usual monthly donation.

      • 47 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        So, cool, LL!!!!

        I’ve been doing a monthly $19.36 and I’m sure you know why that particular amount ;) And, will boost it, to reach the $1 per day level :)

        #PRESSON

        • 48 HZ
          June 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

          Thanks for all that you did alongside of amk last night Bobfr. I made my donation for the remaining of the month for our new donations. I do a monthly already along with my Obama Store Shopping for family and friends. HZ

      • 50 vcprezofan2
        June 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        I can’t donate, but I can certainly remind the twitterverse of this splendid plan periodically

        • 51 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

          Great Tweet Vick!

          #TweepsForOBAMA2012 Let’s Get it Trending!!!

        • 52 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

          #FORWARD

          • 53 vcprezofan2
            June 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

            Bobfr, I like your style. :lol:

          • 55 nathkatun7
            June 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

            Bobfr! You are the rock! I will join a pledge to give at least $3 a day to the President’s re-election. We the people can certainly defeat the moneyed interests who claim that a corporation is a person. Thank you for your fighting spirit that’s reflected in all your tweets.

            • 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              June 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

              Fantastic nath!!!! Very generous of you – not just the $ but your spirit!!!

              #PRESSON

            • 57 amk for obama
              June 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

              nath!!! That’s very generous of you. Thanks a bunch. Our team of TOD’ers alone could raise easily 100,000 dollars.

              • 58 HZ
                June 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

                Yes, we could amk. Thanks for your brilliant idea. I have made mine for the rest of this month, and looking forward to next month plus my monthly. I also started my first Grassroots Fundraiser Page today. Happy to step out of the box. You all inspire so many of us. Thank you so much.HZ

                • 59 amk for obama
                  June 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

                  Yes We can, Hz. I am glad that you started your own grassroots fund raiser and wish that you raise your first 1K soon.

                  Come on TOD’ers a dollar a day for Hz.

    • 60 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you Bob for your tireless #PressOn. And thanks to TOD’ers like LL, sheri, Hz et al for setting the ball rolling.

      Yes, we can do this and Yes, we will.

    • 62 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Here is one more Bob that just came in.

      • 63 HZ
        June 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        Amk, this is exciting!!!! Thanks to you and Bobfr last evening. We Can Do This. Oh, I am so excited. Great work, amk and Bobfr.HZ

        • 64 amk for obama
          June 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          The full credit goes to Bob for popularizing it Hz. He is one tireless advocate for the campaign.

  7. 65 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    The Ladies are back to weigh in:)

    http://margaretandhelen.com/2012/06/04/am-i-wearing-orange-colored-glasses-or-did-john-boehner-just-pretend-to-care-about-women/

    Margaret, the Republicans are trying to get into my vagina again. I wish I knew what was up there that they find so interesting. This time it was about sex-selective abortions with a bill sponsored by Trent Franks of Arizona. In spite of the pressing issues with the economy, Speaker of the House John Boehner justified Congress spending more time worrying about a woman’s womb by saying, “This is an important issue to the American people. This type of sex selection most Americans find pretty repulsive, and our members feel strongly about it. That’s why it is being brought to the floor.” Am I wearing orange colored glasses or did Boehner just pretend to care about women?

  8. 66 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Bringing it over! It’s TIME!!

  9. 67 susanne
    June 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    thanks for the photo, chips–i love to see pbo in sandals. anyone raised in the islands has feet that are not made for shoes!

  10. June 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      could this be anything related to the wedding of BFD Biden’s daughter a few days ago?

      • 73 globalcitizenlinda
        June 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        sorry for the lazy question. i should have followed the link first and would have known that it had nothing to do with the wedding.

        I actually thought there is a possibility that it is a real beach at the Naval Observatory

  11. 74 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Speaker Pelosi …

    A recommendation …

    #PRESSON

  12. 75 Me4obama
    June 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    THIS IS TO BWD we know you support our President 100%

    http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/happy-birthday-mr-president/

    • 76 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Yes we can! #PRESSON :)

    • 77 vcprezofan2
      June 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you for that lovely reminder Me4O! We are so busy trying to keep on top of the current posts that we forget to look back at the goodies – and there are such wonderful goodies both here and at BWD’s. Maybe during the heart of summer when things are much slower, and when we are not G-ingOTV etc, we could all highlight a favourite that inspires us?

  13. June 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  14. 79 desertflower
    June 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Don’t look now, but some of those journalists are digging deeper..

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-romney-budget-massachusetts-20120609,0,3451443,full.story

    When Romney took office in 2003, Massachusetts, like many other states, was reeling from a sharp drop in tax collections in the aftermath of Sept. 11 and the dot-com bust. The state constitution required a balanced budget, and its shortfall had ballooned to $3 billion.

    But Democrats controlled both houses of the Legislature, as they had since the 1950s. Philosophically, they were sharply at odds with the Republican Romney, an outsider and corporate takeover executive who had campaigned on a pledge to “clean up the mess on Beacon Hill,” the site of the gold-domed state Capitol in Boston.

    In Massachusetts, the governor proposes a budget, but a Legislature dominated by the opposing party can ignore it and adopt its own. The governor can veto spending, line by line, but lawmakers, unbowed, can then assert their power to override — a ritual of Romney’s tenure.

    Romney was unsparing in his vetoes, risking political fallout far and wide. He reduced allocations for state police and local sheriff’s departments. He deleted spending on suicide prevention, emergency food aid, job training, higher education, treatment for gambling addiction and services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. His rationale was simple: The state couldn’t afford it.

    snip/

    Just before Thanksgiving, plans for Romney cuts targeting the homeless, mentally ill, deaf, autistic and others led to a blast of bad publicity. Fearing it could get worse, Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s communications director, asked the governor’s budget team whether the Goodwill hall where Romney planned to serve turkey to the needy might be facing cuts.

    “The safer bet is to have the Gov serve meals in NH,” Romney’s budget director, Thomas Trimarco, responded to Fehrnstrom in an email obtained by The Times. Romney spends some holidays at a family vacation home in New Hampshire.

    By then, Romney had long established austerity as his default position. He had blocked retroactive raises for state university employees, resisted extensions of unemployment benefits and refused to sign a measure to sweeten the pensions of school nurses.

    “While it is important to acknowledge nurses’ contributions in the lives of our children,” he wrote in a letter to the Legislature, “it is equally important that we not pass along new unfunded financial liabilities to those same children when they become taxpayers.”

    • 80 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      yes the details in this article do not bode well for us if this same mitt the bullying pathological liar were to be placed in the Oval Office.

      I also notice that the same dude, Eric Fehrnstrom,was also the Romney’s communications director so lying comes quite naturally to these guys because they have been at it for a very long time.

    • June 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      No wonder Mitt hightailed his sorry azz out of Massachusetts with the hard drives in tow. He was a worthless governor. The local radio host was trying hard to remember just who Mitt reminded her of this morning, when all of a sudden it came to her; Herman Munster. Poor Herman was oblivious to the fact, that he looked, and sounded like a creep to most people. I don’t know, Herman was much more likeable, and Grandpa remembered to give him a heart when he put him together.

  15. June 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    That Horse that was supposed to win the Belmont(triple Crown), is going to be put down, instead?
    Really? Did I hear that correctly?

    • 84 Aja
      June 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      WHAT?! I thought the horse was going to be retired, not put down! Please tell me that’s NOT True!?!
      I

    • 87 sherijr
      June 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      not to worry Jovie, I’ll Have Another is being retired :)

      • 88 Pamela
        June 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        This story broke my heart, they ran him too hard. At first I thought he was being out down, then a following paragraph explained he is worth a fortune as a stallion, so his services will be used as such. A relief, but still very sad. He is a beautiful young thing!

        • 89 sherijr
          June 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

          agree.. he is beautiful and what a heart. Horse racing is about money, unfortunately, and it can all be very sad Pamela, agree so much w/ your comment.

  16. 90 overseasgranny
    June 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    LL, Have been catching up on all debts Spanish. Spain asked for €146 billion and got only €100 billion. Bloomburg says they need at least €350 billion and someone else says up to €700 billion. If the market is up on Monday, it is even more corrupt than I thought.

    • 91 Liberal Librarian
      June 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Well, holy crap. Man. Who the hell was doing the accounting? Arthur Andersen??

      • 92 overseasgranny
        June 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        No one was doing the accounting and that is a big part of the problem. It makes sense. If Ireland already has a €60 billion loan and needs another €20, for a total of €80 billion, then why would bigger Spain only need €100 billion when they had exactly the same problem as Ireland but on a much, much larger scale. My guess is that somewhere north of €600 billion is what they need.

        • 93 Liberal Librarian
          June 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

          God, what a complete and utter cockup. The EU bit off more than it could chew with letting countries like Spain and Greece—and even Italy—join the currency without a common monetary and fiscal policy. I really fear for the future of the EU.

          • 94 overseasgranny
            June 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

            And youth unemployment in Spain is over 50%. There are only 2 viable choices now and they have been the same for quite a while. Either the EU inflates the hell out of the Euro such that we carry around the phone bill money in a wheelbarrow, OR the EU breaks up. There are no other choices. Angela must be on some happy drug.

  17. 96 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

  18. 97 Liberal Librarian
    June 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    A little bit of Monty Python silliness to cleanse our palates and piss off homophobes.

  19. June 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This country music video version of “it gets better” will make you smile.

  20. June 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  21. June 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  22. 106 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    !@#$%^&*())(*&^%$#@&WILLARD@#$%^&*!)(*&^%$#@!@#$%^&*()

  23. 109 whatisworking
    June 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    IMHO the strongest part of the Deval Patrick speech

  24. June 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  25. June 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  26. June 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Interesting site—-“Winning words”—–with tips like, ‘stop using the word “regulations” (which bad me just used in last post) and instead use “public protection policies”. Our Luntz.

    http://www.winningwordsproject.com/public_protections_and_heirs_oh_my_two_more_redefined_terms

  27. 128 whatisworking
    June 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This one might also be useful. If there is a different portion or editing pattern folks would like to see, send me the time code for the start and finish whatisworking@gmail.com

    • 129 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      That is an excellent segment. The one that follows as he describes “This President …” is so essential for everyone to see!!! If you can include it, it would be great.

      Thank you!

      • 130 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

        This is my tweet of the entire speech. It really would be helpful to have the “This President …” segment for all to hear. Thank you!

        #PRESSON

        • 131 whatisworking
          June 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

          HI Bob

          I think this is what you asked for (it is the one higher up in the thread with the front cut off.

          If this is not it, then send me the opening phrase, and the closing phrase.

          Thanks

          • 132 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            June 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

            Thank you Linda. As, noted in my earlier apology, I just hadn’t seen that you had posted it upthread when the request was made. It’s perfect!!

            #FORWARD

    • 133 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Oh, dear WiW!!! I did not see your other post, up thread! Please disregard my comments below ;)

      Thank you. Thank you!!!!

    • 134 Cha
      June 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Thank you for vid of Gov Patrick, WIW(Linda)! Let’s hear it for a strong backbone for all Dems. They have the FACTS on their Side!

  28. June 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  29. 138 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    #TweepsforOBAMA2012 Let’s Get it Trending ….

    As Vick tersely summarized it $1-a-day-to-OFA until Nov 6!!

    The #KOCHSTERS are no match because all they have is money and hate.

    We have love, each other and the ‘deepest pocket’ that has ever matter in human history – unbending, persistent integrity.

    #FORWARD

  30. 140 whatisworking
    June 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Another great idea from the campaign

    A “State Dinner” just for kids

    Calling all kid chefs: Here’s your chance to share your favorite delicious and nutritious lunch recipe with First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Let’s Move!, the First Lady’s initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, is looking for parents or legal guardians of creative kid chefs from all over the country to submit their child’s recipe for a healthy and nutritious lunch.

    So if your kids have some skills in the kitchen, we hope you’ll take the time to share their recipes. We’ll invite a winning child and their parent or legal guardian from each state and territory to join us for a Kid’s “State Dinner.”

    http://www.letsmove.gov/kids-state-dinner?utm_source=email164&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=kidsdinner

    • June 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks WIW. I was just trying to bring this over. I am still learning. This is so great. When I received it, I sent it to my friends immediately. Another great gem from our FLOTUS. HZ

    • 142 GGail
      June 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Yes it is. I’ve already sent it flying :-)

  31. 143 Linda
    June 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    LEBANON, Ore. — After nearly 47 years, friends and relatives in the Willamette Valley town of Lebanon, Ore., have been able to bury a Vietnam War airman killed in action on Christmas Eve 1965.

    Chief Master Sgt. Arden Hassenger was laid to rest with full military honors Friday.

    Hassenger joined the Air Force and served as a gunner on several missions during the war. He was 29 when he died in a plane crash in Laos. An investigation team recently found the crash site and his remains.

    Hassenger’s wife, Sherrie, called it “a beautiful day even though it rained.” Now 73, she recalled her husband as “very sweet, very loving, very honest and everything he ever did was done perfect.”

    —-

    It just never ends, does it ? When my brother got off the plane..he kissed the ground…..

    • 144 Bill
      June 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Howard Dean’s brother, Charlie, was killed in Laos in 1974 and his remains were found in 2003. Howard said his brother was his inspiration for public service, and he wore his belt everyday during his presidential campaign.

      Stories such as these are one of the many reasons draft dodging French missionary Willard cannot ever become POTUS.

  32. 146 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Any reports on the lucky winner (s) of the “Grab a bite with Mitt” contest?

  33. 151 lmrj
    June 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  34. 155 Bill R.
    June 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    After the last thread I am hoping the focus of this forum can remain positive and optimistic. There is every reason to be so.

  35. 157 sabreen60
    June 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Brought this over. Twitter is very important y’all – especially to younger people. Do not underestimate the power of a tweet :)

    • 158 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      really the gop thinks it is best to attack the people who jump into the fire and take a bullet for you without asking for your name and papers/id/political party affliation?

      instead they prefer to protect those who destroyed the economy due to a need for a quick profit!

      wonders never cease

  36. 159 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    President Obama’s message to NetRoot Nations 2012 ….

    Yes much CHANGE has been accomplished ….

    #FORWARD

  37. 160 TrumpDog
    June 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    WE need to be the media.
    Also I suggest we get a list of media orgs/people that are on Twitter and make it a habit or rather mission of tweeting them relevant news articles WE’D like to see addressed. Maybe if enough of us bombard these people they will start to take notice.

  38. 164 TrumpDog
    June 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Wanted to add that we all need one clear consistent message that we all need to repeat/retweet over and over.
    Lets try to beat them at their game.

    • 165 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      We are dedicated to preparing a better America for the next generation irrespective of the sacrifices each and EVERYONE of us must make.

      #FORWARD

  39. 166 sherijr
    June 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Dear HZ – if you’re still around, please post your fundraiser link to OFA.. I would like to donate $10. Then I’ll have given my $30 for the month.. the $1/day that Amk & Bob have been advising. Thank you.

    • 167 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much Sheri!!!

      HZ, if you post your link, I’ll happily donate some additional $$

      #TweepsforOBAMA2012 Let’s Get it Trending!!! :)

      #FORWARD

      • 171 sherijr
        June 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        thank you meta.. that was so easy, it came up with all my info already there.. piece of cake. Thanks much for her link!

        • June 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

          You’re welcome. I’ll keep it handy in case anyone wants it. I think Chips was going to start a page for everyone’s fundraising pages, so maybe it’s on her long To Do list.

        • June 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          OFA has integrated the whole dashboard so that fundraising and donating are super easy.

          • 174 sherijr
            June 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

            I knew that, but I didn’t realize it would come up when I donated to specific folks fundraising links, Now THAT is ultra cool :)

      • June 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

        Meta, you are going to make me cry. I was trying to follow your directions and cookemon’s directions to get it over here for sherjr and Bobfr, and there you did it . This is why I love you all so much on our site. We are a very special group. Please do not ever forget what we have here.
        ((((((((((((((( Thanks to you, meta, cookemon, Bobfr and our beautiful Chips.))))))))))))))))))

        To all of you who have donated since I stepped out of the box this morning, I am sooooooooo grateful to all of you for taking this senior on one of the Best rides of my life. Thank you.HZ

    • June 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Hello sherijr, I am back. How do I post it to OFA? Here is the link. I am not tech smarts like all of my sweet TOD family. I am going to try now.
      Thank you. HZ

    • June 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Here is my fundraising page TOD Family. Thank you so much. This is stepping out of the box for me. Thanks for your generous help. I am excited about my first in this area. Love you all so much.HZ

      https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/dashboard/2012/HZ.

      Hope this works.

      • 179 sherijr
        June 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        Well done HZ.. you are amazing :)

        • June 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          Thank you sherjr! You all are so amazing and loving. You have given me so much to be so grateful to be a part of this family. I am learning everyday. Thank you so much. I do my personal donating and have always wanted to try the fundraising, so all the writing was on the wall this morning for me to jump in and fulfill several of my dreams during this journey.

          ((((((((((((((((( Love you all so much.)))))))))))))) HZ

          • 181 sherijr
            June 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

            oh sweet lady YOU are truly the best.. thank YOU for putting together a fundraiser, I really appreciate your hard work HZ and your loving spirit. My best to you always~

      • 182 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        WELL DONE HZ!!!!!

        My standard $19.36 donation coming your way shortly :)

        #PRESSON

        • June 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

          Thank you, my wonderful ‘Twitter King’. You all are teaching me so much, and I am so grateful to each of you. Thanks so much, Bobfr. We are moving FORWARD for a great President, Barack Obama.HZ

      • June 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        Oh my gosh, that’s terrific, HZ!! That’s one of my favorite photos of PBO. Congrats on your successful launch!!

        • June 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Meta, speaking from our wonderful POTUS and keeping the theme of our wonderful teachers; I must give recognition to my two wonderful teachers today, Meta and Cookemon. This grateful student of yours is a very happy one today. I learned a lot from your classroom today. Thank you my dear teachers. I am serious. Love you so much,HZ

      • 186 Pamela
        June 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        Okay, HZ, I had a plan, to donate to you and to Chips. Now, I donated to TOD first, but it got confusing (unusual) and ended up making two donations to TOD. Then I was sent to BarackObama.com to sign in, but I can’t remember my password at the moment! So I have been trying to get to your page to donate, but seem only to be directed to BarackObama.com. I guess I’ll have to go and find that password! But I will make a donation, so soon, to your brand new page! :)

  40. June 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    So, ummm, Politico front page has a big picture of Alex Gagner. Saying, she broke the mold.

    Yes! I hope they broke the MOLD!

    • 188 carolyn
      June 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      What mold are they talking about? That is a cliche that says nothing if ever I read one! Lazy writing.

    • 189 Linda
      June 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      All this time I have been trying to think of who she reminds me of…….The one on the left…

  41. June 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Well, Chips, it sounded like you and BWD thought PBO and his team aren’t doing enough TO WIN. The fact is, as well know, it’s a non-stop effort, a constant slog day after day. There will be corrections over the next few months. But it’s my opinion that he and his staff are prepared and completely up to the task and are doing what it takes to govern as well as campaign in very difficult circumstances.

  42. 191 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    A letter to our President. Am posting it for you to read and to have a TOD URL that I can include in a series of Tweets that I’ll be sharing with various folk. Hope you will find it helpful.

    9 June 2009

    Dear Mr President,

    The scale of the threat to the Republic is obvious. Today, America faces a threat at least as dangerous to the Republic as the outbreak of Civil War in 1861.

    The threat is the coordinated assault on every right and social compact that are the foundation of the unique promise that is America.

    With the Supreme Court’s abdication to secretive, ultra-wealthy individuals a vast financial resource now is poised to buy both politicians and elections.

    With willful and persistent support of various State Governors the core principal of democracy – each citizen’s right to vote – is being destroyed.

    With near unanimous participation of Republicans in the Senate and House, a singular objective, was plotted on 20 Jan 2009 and has been on full display ever since – destroy your Presidency as to obliterate any chance of your re-election irrespective of the cost, even if means hurtling the Nation into a global great depression.

    With almost all broadcast and print media doing 24/7 attacks on him and providing unrestrained support of a person who is recognized, world-wide, as a pathological liar motivated by a lust for power characteristic of the world’s most deplorable dictators, the ’4th Estate’ is corrupt. It is owned by and in service of a small number of plutocrats.

    In the face of their assault, you have achieved a record of spectacular successes.

    We must be the ’4th Estate’ – relentlessly, through every form of media we can access, and by conversing with as many citizens between now and close of polls on 6 Nov 2012, to ensure victory.

    We need every American to face the reality of how grievous a threat to the Republic the Koch, Romney plutocrats are. They have avowed to dismantle every aspect of the American dream. Their actions are totally consistent with their vow. We have never faced a more dangerous or persistent enemy (they’ve been at this since the day Nixon was inaugurated in 1969).

    We don’t get a second chance to win this defining battle. We either do it on 6 Nov 2012 or America may exist in name, but not in the spirit of the just, empathetic and equitable society you, FDR, Lincoln, the Founders and countless millions have envisioned and dedicated their lives to achieving.

    Thank you,
    Bob

    #PRESSON

  43. 198 criquet
    June 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Don’t go to Huff fluff but some info about a new poll from a right leaning pollster:

    • 199 Nena20409
      June 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      What right leaning Poll?

      This president is still doing very well in many battlefield states. I like his chances.

  44. 200 JER
    June 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This campaign is ramping up, and the decisions we make right now will shape our path to victory in November.

    That’s why I want your input, because you are the ones building this campaign on the ground in your community. We want to know from you what’s working, what we could be doing better, what you care about, and what you’re hearing about the President and this campaign.

    Take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

    Together, we’ve done some amazing work building this campaign so far. But I know that we’re in for a tough fight ahead, and we’ll need your voices and leadership if we want to win on Election Day.

    Click here to fill out the survey:

    http://my.barackobama.com/Share-Your-Feedback

    Thanks for making this campaign the best it can be,

    Messina

    Jim Messina
    Campaign Manager
    Obama for America

  45. 203 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    • 204 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Excellent reporting, UT. All RT’d. We are the 21st Century media, real time, for real!!

      #PRESSON

    • June 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Full of WIN. Thank you, ut!!

    • 206 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      ut on a roll. All RT’ed.

    • 208 nathkatun7
      June 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      UT, Thank you very much for sharing the thoughts of this honorable rich man who puts country above selfish personal interests. Like Mr. Buffett, I’ve observed President Obama’s leadership and I trust him. It’s so sad that we have such dishonest media which are not telling the American people the truth about President Obama.

  46. 209 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  47. 210 utaustinliberal
    June 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  48. 211 vcprezofan2
    June 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Good night TODville, I’ve had enough for the night. Catch you later.

    • 212 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Good night vc. Sleep tight. Don’t let Politico bite.

      • 213 vcprezofan2
        June 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Not likely. I never get too close to the Politicos of this world. ;) Sweet dreams when you decide to call it quits yourself.

        • June 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm

          Good night vc. Be restful and have a great evening. Thanks for all that you do.HZ

          • 215 vcprezofan2
            June 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

            GM, HZ }! Even though I can’t contribute, I peeked at your fundraiser before checking my messages and it looks like you need to up your goal. :lol: :lol: What a good start!

  49. 216 globalcitizenlinda
    June 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    this week, PBO made an appearance on CMT in a recorded message. I think I missed what he said and if it was reported here or else where

  50. 217 Ladyhawke
    June 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    DJ JAY SMOOTH: MITT ROMNEY IS LIKE “ZELIG” – BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID

    DJ and Social Commenter Jay Smooth Says People Should Be More Afraid of Mitt Romney

    _______________________________________

    DJ and social commenter Jay Smooth, whose work can be found at WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, illdoctrine.com, YouTube and NPR, argues that people should be much more afraid of Mitt Romney than they currently are. In his latest web video, Smooth makes the case that Romney is comparable to Woody Allen’s character in the movie Zelig, in that he morphs into a copy of the people he is surrounded by.

    _________________________________________

    http://crooksandliars.com/kenneth-quinnell/dj-and-social-commenter-jay-smoot

  51. 218 Nena20409
    June 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Having concerns are great, but always loosing hope and beating one down really is silly. Messaging needs to improve and quick. That I agree. I have said so for almost 4 yrs. The media will not help has not helped and never will help. The Obama Team has got to get 10 to 12 true surrogates who do nothing but sale this president and defend him unequivocally. Bob Shrum, Steve Cafenis(sp), the former gov of OH, etc need to be out there speaking and countering the lies 24/7. Doing it alone is good and well, but not when $3-4B would used to attack the president.

    Calling out Wiilard’s Lies need to be stated with the media. No more being too nice. Summers 2009, 2020, 2011 were not very good for this president. Not enough time to make it up. Let Us not get in this we have got time. The urgency is now. Let us put the TBGOPers and Romney in defense for the Summer and Fall.

  52. 219 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    one thing that’s happened today is everybody’s had a chance to define their beliefs, re-commit to trusting our leaders, and make positive public statements about how we’re going forward together to win this election.

    sometimes we need that ‘devil’s advocate’ to energize our thinking. we can get that here, as well as getting the happy news and the mutual support, knowing that the ‘devil’s advocate’ is also on the side of pbo. our conversations are constructive, and built to support the president. – from susanne in the last thread.

    A smart point from a smart lady.

    GM folks :)

    • 220 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      now be honest AMK, exactly how much sleep did you have tonight (use you actual clock/watch and do not “borrow time from NZ or Down Under)?????

      First you said your usual goodnights (not that I was counting – wink, wink),

      -then you came back into the discussion to make your voice heard (very much appreciated),

      – then you said you were going to sleep in comments that lasted another 2 hours or so (during which time you were sending your messages of support of PBO here and on Twitter).

      Of course I am just smilling as I write this because your support and tenacity is quite impressive.

      Please keep it up and we can all go to sleep happy on Nov 6 when my ultimate swing state of Ohio is called for PBO once again and he is re-elected with a landslide.

      • 221 amk for obama
        June 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        Y’day I went to bed at midnight. My first gunnite. Got up around 1.30 am and then “the thing” and the resulting meltdown happened. Went back to bed at around 3.00 am. My second gunnite. Now it’s 7.30 am.

        Going to be cranky day. Wifey unit better watch out.

    • 224 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      GM amk …. agree with you and Susanne, as you know :)

      Seems your idea is attracting some donations to our President Obama … thank you, again, for the idea!!

      #TweepsforOBAMA2012 Let’s Get it Trending!!

      #FORWARD

      • 225 amk for obama
        June 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Yes, Bob. Just saw some tweets and posted them above to you. Thanks for all your continuous pushing of that idea. Hope it catches on and the real people power is unleashed on the despicable CU and turd blossom and superpacs.

        • 226 susanne
          June 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

          aloha amk. you are the real people power, dear one! each of us is making our best contribution, and all added up–unleashed on the despicable–we’ll get our president re-elected.

  53. 227 anniebella
    June 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I have sent emails to the news stations CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, and I ask them to please explain to me when did teachers, policemen, fire fighters become non Americans? Mitt Romney said in his comment Friday that we need to help the real Americans. What’s not real about being a teachers, policemen, fire fighters?

    • 228 carolyn
      June 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Glad you caught that too Anniebella. He left us out (I’m a lifetime teacher) as “Americans” We need to point that out to the mouthpieces. Who does he think does the actual work of this country? It’s sure not vulture capitalists!!!

    • 229 anniebella
      June 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Who work harder for this country than teachers, policemen, fire fighters? So I ask the media please explain to me how it is that the media can ignore such a slap in the face to hard working Americans who love this country just as much as any one else. I want This Week with George, State of the Union, Face the Nation, Today show, and the other media to explain that degrading and disrespect of teachers, policemen, fire fighters by Mitt Romney. And explain why the media completely ignored his comments.

      • 230 hopefruit2
        June 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        The media is too busy trying to look for the slightest thing to make a huge issue for the President. They have precious little time to do anything else. This must be the EASIEST job – just say whatever you want and get paid hefty 6-figure salaries.

    • 231 globalcitizenlinda
      June 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      this calling of teachers, police, fire-fighters Americans is coming from a bullying serial liar who

      – dogded the draft after promoting the war,
      – destroys American companies for personal profit and ships jobs overseas
      – does not pay his fair share of taxes, and
      – hides his immense wealth in Swiss banks and Cayman Islands,

    • 232 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

      I agree with you, Anniebella! I’ve been asking the same question. The last time I checked, teachers, cops and firefighters were working hard raising families, buying groceries, paying mortgages/rent, buying cars, paying for their children’s education, sending their young adult children to the military, saving their money in banks, and, overall, playing a major role in “promoting the general welfare” of the country in accordance with the preamble of the U.S. Constitution.

      In my humble opinion a teacher, a police man/woman, and a fire fighter, is more valuable to this country than a vulture capitalist. We all need to remind Romney that being President is not the same thing as being a CEO of Bain capital or Koch industries. The government of the United States, as well as State and local governments, cannot function without the labor of public employees. Right now Willard Romney is being protected by public employees, better known as the Secret Service. Romney himself is running to be a public employee; and so are all the Republicans holding/running for office at all levels of government, local, state, and federal.

  54. 233 ChristiMTL
    June 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Ok this need some pushback….I can tell you guys one thing, after the reelection of President Obama, I am done with the media….I’ll follow the President in all he does, his speeches and all that but the rest…..*click*

    But for the next 5 months…..we need to get the truth out…..

    Just saw this on Twitter…..

    CBS:: “Liberals Threaten Not To Vote In November Over Disappointment With Obama.”

    Ok the approval rating is ” Obama’s approval with liberal Dems? 89%”

    Their source: Netroots Nation! They must have interviewed Jane Hamsher……..geezzz…..they are not supporters, never were supporters.

    • 234 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Christi, you and me both. This is just ridiculous..since when 89% is indicative of “liberal dissapointment?”

    • 235 amk for obama
      June 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Ah, the nutrroots. So many navels. So little time to gaze.

    • 237 sabreen60
      June 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Maybe Jane. But check out what the one and only Van Jones had to say. At first he mentions a few of the good things PBO has done and then….”we have been crushed by the President.” Lord Van Jones giveth and he taketh away.

  55. 238 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    This is a fine example of how the media tries to manipulate people with their false memes. If 89% of libs approve of Obama, the headline CBS chose does not match the data. And this has been the problem with the media where PBO is concerned. The headlines and propaganda are negatively spun and do not comport with reality.

    Willard still cannot get more than 75% of the conservative votes, while he twists and turns, flip-flops, hangs out with racists, spew teabagger rhetoric just to make nice with the RWers, yet you hardly hear anything in the media about low enthusiasm for Willard, or conservatives still not really accepting.

    Only “bad” news for PBO as far as the corrupt media is concerned.

    • 239 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thus, hf, the sentence in my letter to President Obama:

      “With almost all broadcast and print media doing 24/7 attacks on him and providing unrestrained support of a person who is recognized, world-wide, as a pathological liar motivated by a lust for power characteristic of the world’s most deplorable dictators, the ’4th Estate’ is corrupt. It is owned by and in service of a small number of plutocrats.”

      We know the situation. So does he.

      We are the ones to be the media, 24/7, and we now have the tools. Let’s use them, maximally!

      Thank you.

      #PRESSON

    • 240 carolyn
      June 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Those liberals need to listen to Gov. Patrick’s speech, and grow the heck up! All they do is whine. They don’t work for progress, they just write, always preaching to the choir. I wonder if any of them have called or canvassed or………I doubt it.
      Let’s take a poll: How many of us are disappointed in these so-called Liberals? I bet that would be about 99%!

    • 244 ChristiMTL
      June 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Retweet…..I read the article, it’s @CBSWashDC…..and AP……..

      89% approval ratings and this is what they come up with…….

  56. June 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Send this video to any of your friends, family or co-workers who say, “meh” when they hear Mitt Romney;

  57. 251 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  58. 252 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  59. 253 Claire
    June 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    If you can’t donate it would be great if all twitter followers would try to register at least one new voter this summer. Everybody knows a young person who isn’t a registered voter. GOTV!

  60. 255 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  61. 256 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    France goes to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections expected to determine the extent and pace of reform under new President Francois Hollande.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18381312

  62. 258 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

  63. 261 Tally
    June 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    ok – I’ve been offline all day, reconnecting with an old friend I worked with at Disneyland, whom I hadn’t seen in……. a long time.

    I missed out on the last thread, but I’d like to briefly jump in.

    I didn’t read the Tomasky piece, but I thought the press conference was was beyond obvious: To remind everyone just how much of a SERIAL LIAR Mitt Romney is. Romney runs an add saying President Obama hasn’t had ANY JOBS PLAN EVER, which even the GOPMEDIA points out is a GROSS, BLATANT LIE. Mitt continues to run the ad. President Obama has a press conference to REMIND those with goldfish memories, ESPECIALLY Mitt, about President Obama’s AMERICAN JOBS PLAN that the Congress has only passed part of, but the Republicans have mostly BLOCKED for no other reason than to tank the economy.

    It was BRILLIANT. It was SIMPLE. It was a GIFT. Where is the confusion???

    Keep Calm and Carry On.

    However. The LA Kings are making my hair fall out.

  64. 271 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    • 272 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Indeed! I just can’t imagine where I would be without all the teachers who taught and inspired me throughout my life. A society that devalues teachers while elevating greedy money makers is on the road to ruin. This worship of money makers goes against the idea of good citizenship. I hope the American people will not vote for a man who wants to turn the U.S. government into a business who sole purpose is to make money for a few lucky people.

  65. 273 GGail
    June 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    GM amk and Good Night Chipsticks & TOD family.

  66. 275 Renegade522/AuntSis
    June 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    hello everyone. I just got an interesting message awhile ago. Apparently, someone is spreading rumors about me in Twitterland. If you see this, please direct message so I can see what this is all about. I did have a big to do with someone named Wynner4life on Tuesday. My handle is @AnotherSignUp1…. many thanks, Aunt Sis.

    • 276 desertflower
      June 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      WHINER 4 Life? Lord! I see that you all have been VERY BUSY while I stepped out on “a date” with my handsome son…I went to see a lacrosse movie with him…(lacrosse player that he is..this one was easy!) Had a nice time, good, enjoyable movie. No Academy Award winner, but it was nice to have the game of lacrosse showcased in a movie like this. Great sport.
      For those couple hours, i thought of nothing else but the movie….and my son sitting next to me. He’s 17, so we won’t get too much more time like this. Mamma bliss.

      • 277 susanne
        June 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        aloha df
        i can just picture your mama-bliss. gotta tell you though, one of my sons now has three boys, and when we go to the movies together, with my son on one side of me and my grandsons on the other, it’s beyond bliss! these happy times just keep getting better–even if the movies become inexplicable.

        • 278 desertflower
          June 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

          Thanks, susanne:) I’ll take my mamma bliss any way I can…I LOVE my babies (not so baby…but they’re always MY babies) My son will still kiss me in front of his friends or tell me he loves me in the presence of others….I am happy:) Too early to mention ANYTHING about grand babies…please no, not now. Maybe 10 years….. Anyway, I had fun, and I think that he did too, and that’s good enough for me.

    • 279 Liberal Librarian
      June 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Auntsis, if you got a DM saying “someone’s been saying bad/nasty/awful things about you”, it’s probably not true. It’s a phishing scam. If there’s a link, don’t click on it.

      • 280 Renegade522/AuntSis
        June 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        thanks for the quick response. No, I didn’t click on that link but I will block that person going forward. thanks,
        df – LOL. Yes, some of have been extremely busy. Glad your date with your son went will. Enjoy the time that you spend together. :)

        • 281 Liberal Librarian
          June 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

          If it’s a DM from a person you know, you should DM back and say that his/her Twitter account has been compromised. If not, block away.

        • 282 desertflower
          June 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

          It did, and I savor ever moment of every day with my kids…they are the best, most wonderful kids ever.

      • 283 TrumpDog
        June 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

        Got that too but I did not bother clicking link. In fact, I don’t click links from anyone I don’t know. Plus it sounded silly anyway ( “someone’s been talking about you”) :roll:

    • 284 Tally
      June 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      No one is spreading rumors about you. That is from a hacked twitter account that gives you a link that leasds you to a place that looks like twitter, but wants you to relog on – yes? If you did, GO CHANGE YOUR TWITTER PASSWORD RIGHT NOW, and ANY OTHER PASSWORD FOR ALL PLACES YOU USE THAT SAME EMAIL AND PASSWORD COMBO. You just got phished.

      • 285 Renegade522/AuntSis
        June 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        oh wow, thanks for the info. I couldn’t log in. I just change my password just in case. Luckily all of my email/password combo’s are different. I am anal that way. Many thanks.

  67. 286 Liberal Librarian
    June 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Ok, I’m going to be in hog heaven tomorrow: switching between the Formula 1 race in Montreal and the Ireland – Croatia match. Sighs. Bliss.

  68. 295 lisalovesobama
    June 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Sooooooooo…………. how’s everyone been?

    • 296 hopefruit2
      June 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Hiya Lisa, we’re well. Today’s been one of those Up n down days – you know how things tend to get after the MSM goes after our dear PBO. But we’re fine otherwise. PBO is doing well. People are more resolved to work as hard as ever to get him re-elected (and he will!).

      • 297 lisalovesobama
        June 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Glad to hear it, hope. We’ve all got a common purpose and an important goal. There’s nothing wrong with airing differences as long as, at the end of the day we recognize that despite disagreements, we’re still family.

    • June 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Hi Lisa, I was just walking back upstairs and saying to myself(no one else here) ,”Where is Lisa?” So glad to see you. Miss you when you are not here. Hope your day was lovely.

      I am going to stop and take care of stomach and read a little. It has been a great day for me here with my TOD Family.

      I started a Grassroots Fundrasing Page today, Lisa. First step out of the box. Thanks to meta, cookemon and many beautiful family members, I am good to go. Spread the word for me, please. This has been a dream of several that I have since coming to Chips. Starting off low , but I am so excited. It is so much fun to move out of the box.

      Have a great evening my dear one, and have a peaceful and restful evening. Love all of you very much. ((((((((( Good Night)))))))))HZ

      • 299 lisalovesobama
        June 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Hey, HZ!! I hope you are feeling a little better todayl, I miss you too. there’s been so much going on i don’t even know if i’m going or coming. the fundraiser page is an awesome idea. Hope things get better and better, lots and lots of love and hugs. :)

  69. June 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I’ve have deliberately gone off the media grid this past 6 days, and boy has the whole world gone bonkers. Going through the last thread just made me so sad.

    All I can say is, it is likely Pres. Obama is just exhausted. He’s been running on this hamster’s wheel since before he took office just trying to save this hell of a country from falling off the cliff. And he’s done this facing unprecedented headwinds from the Repugs and the whiners in his own party. At this point if I were him I have gotta be wondering why the hell am I all alone fighting this corporate tsunami when the American people themselves don’t care to fight themselves. For example the exit polling from Wisconsin annoyed me more than the actual vote tally. Why? What the heck were those Wisconsin union households thinking voting for the very guy going full throttle to take away their worker rights? And don’t get me started on the stupid argument that they were against the idea of “recalls” BS! This is a governor ACTIVELY taking away every damn rights people have had since the era of FDR, and he didn’t flinch that it was “improper” to gut people’s rights. So why are the voters being polite? It tells me that people in this country have turned helplessly nihilistic under the phantom assumption that acquiescing is the best way to make “peace” with the corporate overlords than to fight them. So this is the current shape of the rank and file American public. They don’t know what they want except some vague notion of “freedom”, “cut spending”, ‘get government out of our lives”. Well there you have it. Americans are gonna have to learn the lesson the hard way. SUFFER till they bleed.

    Unfortunately many of us will be undeservedly caught up in the dystopian wave ready to descend on us whether now or in 2016 (if Pres. Obama prevails this time). the Democratic party is utterly decrepit. I wrote this way back in 2010 that PBO winning in 2008 delayed the day of reckoning for American liberals who ceded so much public persuasion real estate after the Vietnam war and sat back while the virulent movement right wing forces bought up every damns megaphone in sight. When PBO won there was no liberal movement in place to amplify his voice. HE CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO CARRY THE ENTIRE LOAD ALONE!!!!! So rightfully the guy is damn tired!! Saving a country from self-destructing all by himself. He’s human after all, not a superhuman. Romney can skate by because he has a whole armada of wingnuts carrying his cause from every conceivable direction, and amplified by a dutiful corporate media. What do Democrats do when they do get on the public airwaves? They selfishly undermine the President and shamelessly promote themselves, from Cory Booker to Bill Clinton. If I were Pres. Obama why would I continue to care about a fucking party and country that myopically fails to see the apocalypse that the repugs WILL certainly ring upon us. why?

    Of course I don’t have the large heart & smarts that PBO has (which is why he IS President and I’m not). But let’s cut him some slack, it’s just the beginning of summer and we ourselves have got to want this real bad cuz it is we who WILL suffer not PBO if things don’t go our way in Nov. As for him the world will just snap him up pronto for bigger and more appreciated causes. He will do fine. We will not.

    So the fight is entirely ours. He’ll fight as hard as he knows how but we can’t sit back and expect him to work miracles when many of our fellow Americans are spouting wingnut bullshit backed by gazillioin $$$. It’s on us.

    • June 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

      You know ZiZi2, I think it is time that we call out all the Democrats in the House and Senate to stand up and be counted this Election otherwise next time round they will be replaced. I cannot understand how when they get the opportunity to appear in front of the cameras they can’t seem to articulate their and President Obama’s achievements. They allow themselves to be drowned out by the others and they leave with no impression as to what they as a party have done and will do for the People.

  70. 302 amk for obama
    June 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Ok, sunday joke (well, it’s sunday for me). jovie – you may not want to read further. You have been warned

    A couple, Uncle John and Jane, were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Since it was a BFD, all near & dear were at the party and were asking the couple what’s the secret of their successful marriage.

    Uncle John said

    We went on our honeymoon and wanted to go horse riding together. So we got ourselves two horses to ride. Mine was a docile one and didn’t make a fuss when I got on it. Your aunt Jane’s horse was a hopped up young mare. The first time she tried to mount it, it threw your aunt down. Your aunt said “Oh, it’s ok. It’s the first time”. She dusted herself and tried to get on the horse again. And again the horse threw her down and your aunt said “Oh, it’s ok, it’s only the second time”. When the horse threw her down for the third time, she pulled a gun and shot that horse. I was horrified and shouted at her, “Jane, what’s wrong with you ? Why did you shoot that poor animal down? Are you nuts? “. Your aunt Jane looked at me and calmly said “It’s first time”. After that, our marriage worked famously.

  71. 303 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 12:03 am


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