313 Responses to “Heads up: Presidential Medal of Freedom”


  1. June 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Crazy idea alert:

    Remember Romney made that $10,000 bet with Perry during one of the debates?

    You know the way the ever-magnificent Steve Benen has been listing Romney lies every week?

    I’d severely love to see a series of PBO campaign videos offering to pay $10,000 (from donations to the campaign) to a charity of Romney’s choice if he/his people can produce proof to back up his various lies, eg that PBO “apologized” for America.

    I’d choose, say, 10 of his lies (although there are 100s to pick from), devoting a 30 second video to each.

    No problem Mitt, if you provide the proof, the money will be handed over.

    If you can’t, the money will be donated anyway, eg to a Vets’ charity.

    Dunno, I kind of like my bonkers idea, it might put a little bit of heat on Mitt and his ceaseless lies??

    • June 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Hey, I’m first!!!!! :cool:

      • 3 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 4 LOL
        June 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that’s a great idea. I just cannot for the life of me understand how he gets away with BLATANT PANTS ON FIRE LIES And he never has to answer for them. Prime example, “I’m not going to discuss the fact that I said we don’t need firefighters, teachers, etc.”– And the press moves on?!?!? At least Sarah had to answer for her word salad jumbles. And by the way, when was the last time Romney went on a Sunday show (other than FOX)? Mark Knoller gets his panties in a wad about the frequency of the Presidents press conferences….. But he blows bubble kisses to Romney, who hasn’t set foot on any set except Fox’s.

      • 5 Pamela
        June 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Insider Trading a bit today, eh, Chips? :lol:

      • June 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        You are always first with us Chips!

      • June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        First, eh? Just like Wall St., this site is rigged. :)

      • 8 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Where is your award?

      • 9 Pugeretto
        June 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

        Hey yourself, very funny…being first. Good morning Chipsticks, Thursday AM, did you catch John Stewart last night, so funny with the $ donation skit!

    • 10 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Congrats Chips on #1!

      Does Willard have a charity (apart from the top 1%)? Maybe the money can go towards PBO’s favorite charities instead :)

    • 15 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Excellent idea Chips. I’d suggest that the money be donated to Joining Forces.

      Go for it!!

      #FORWARD

    • 16 isonprize
      June 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Highlight Pres. Obama’s accomplishments in each video and I’m all for it.

      Chica, you know good and well that the Myth R-money camp would just make up some more lies to “justify” the original lies. That’s what liars do.

    • 22 yardarm756
      June 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      I dunno Chips. I personally wouldn’t stoop to that buttholes level. You only do that stuff when you run out of ways to articulate your argument and wish to terminate the conversation or you’re arguing with an idiot.

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Congratulations on first, Chipsticks! :)

  2. June 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  3. 26 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Genghis Khan and #BainMitt ….

    #PRESSON

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      I had no idea Genghis was in private equity.

      • 28 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        He ‘privatized’ everything he touched (or burned it to a crisp) … nice guy, really ;)

        #PRESSON

        • 29 Liberal Librarian
          June 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm

          It can be safely said that the Muslim world’s advance was stopped by the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols. It’s never been the same since.

          • 30 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            June 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

            Yes, LL!

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Baghdad_%281258%29

            What Genghis’ grandson did to Baghdad indeed ended the “Golden Age of Islam” and the comparison to #BainMitt and the #KOCHSTERS is apt, given what they will do to the USA if we allow them to prevail. Thus, my tweet to David Axelrod and others earlier today ….

            #AmericaThisIsNotATest

            We must crush the #InaugurationInsurgency and those who fund it.

            #PRESSON

            • 31 Liberal Librarian
              June 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

              It’s still a scar on the Muslim — especially Arab — psyche. One of the prerequisites for a more peaceful world — and there are many — is for them to somehow move past that awful event.

  4. 33 ourmanflint
    June 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Exploiting the inside track again Chips?

    • June 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I’m hurt by that allegation, OMF, severely hurt :cry: (Even if it’s true)

      • 35 Pamela
        June 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        There There, Dearest Chipsticks, if I had read through this cruel and heartless accusation, I should never have posted almost exactly the same thing! Please, forgive us, we just love to be first, we can’t help ourselves! (not that I was even in the top 25 on this thread, but oh well, that doesn’t trouble me at all!) I took off from work early, came home and had a little nap, yes, a nap. It was just what Dr. VC ordered! She will be so proud of me!

  5. 38 cat48
    June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/frank-rich-democrats-premature-panic.html This is pretty good by Frank Rich

    “Is it time for Democrats to panic?” was the lead of a front-page Washington Post story Wednesday morning. Is it?
    Not in June. The proximate source of this alarm is a memo written by James Carville and the pollster Stanley Greenberg, and seconded by another old Clinton hand, Douglas Schoen, a persistent Obama basher who months ago called for the president to abdicate after one term and let Hillary run in his place. The point of their angst is that Obama needs a new economic message, more like Clinton’s. Perhaps. More effective might be a stronger anti-Romney message. The Republican candidate avoids the press (Fox News aside), largely ducks the public, and offers only standard issue party boilerplate as

    • 39 utaustinliberal
      June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Bob Shrum was on Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton and he soundly and sharply called out the likes of Carville, Greenberg, and Schoen for their panicky headless chicken crap. He was fantastic. Said he’s been in the strategy business for a looooong time and Pres. Obama is doing fine and should continue as he is. That he should continue not listening to the armchair quarterbacking of hair on fire feckless so called strategists. It was awesome!

      • 40 LOL
        June 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        They say that crap because it gets them on the teevee. The media only books Dems who disagree with PBO.

        • June 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

          No I think it’s more than that. This bunch has been trying to get people to panic since 2009. They hate being on the outside looking in.

        • June 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

          Not to mention they all have their own agenda. On thing I notice is that all the people who are yapping are old Clinton supporters. IMO, none of these people want PBO to have a second term. They are afraid of how he would go down in history compared to their past boss. Call me cynical, but I believe this in the depths of my heart.

          I

          • 43 Puddin'
            June 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

            And they want Hillary to run/win in 2016. I have to constantly remember, “If God is for you, who can be against you?”

      • 44 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        Bravo for Bob Shrum! Thanks UT for sharing this. What exactly does panic accomplish? Defeatism as far as I am concerned. I played team sports and the surest way to loose a game is to go in fearing the opposing team. This panicking is, in my judgement, engineered by the media to demoralize us. We should follow the example set by the President: he is absolutely confident that he will win. I’ve never been impressed by James Carville. I am not even sure he could be trusted.

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Did I see this movie somewhere before? Was it a couple of monts ago that Carville sounded the panic button? I will try to google and see. But I am almost sure he did this before.

  6. 46 ourmanflint
    June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    But great idea. Put that lying sack of crap on the spot!

  7. 47 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    C-SPAN One is showing the event LIVE.

  8. June 13, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I think this is a must read——how all the stalling in the Sandusky case can be explained by—–yup—–big money, lucrative investments, involving Paterno and others connected to Penn St. and the 2nd Mile charity——-and leading up to the involvement of Pa. Repub Gov. Corbett, then AG. They chose greed and political power over the lives of those kids as they stalled and ignored and the abuse continued.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/06/13/bernstein-penn-states-crimes-beyond-sandusky/#.T9i-2EOVkmE.twitter

    • 50 isonprize
      June 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Gov “Cut it” Corbett used the whole Penn State situation for political gain. NO QUESTION!! It happened under his watch as Attorney General. What a mean, hateful, nasty man.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        June 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        Corbett covered up and slow walked the Sandusky problems because he didn’t want to stir up anything that would risk his chance at being governor. Instead he spent his AG time and resources going after Democrats in headline grabbing cases. He’s completely immoral and ruthless and has no business running the state. You’re right, isonprize–he IS a hateful, nasty man and he deserves to get his rear handed to him in 2014.

    • 52 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Disgusting! Where is the media outcry to investigate Corbett?

  9. 53 susanne
    June 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    not sure if the rethugs wouldn’t turn the ‘bet’ idea to a semantic scuffle that distracts from our message. you’re right that we need to highlight their lies, though!

    • June 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Maybe, Susanne, but it’s really not about semantics, it’s about the truth.

    • 55 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Why are we so afraid of challenging what you call “rethugs?” Why should Mitt Romney be allowed to continue to lie in attacking the President? The challenge is very simple: ask Willard “Mitt” Romney to cite concrete evidence to back up his assertions.

      • 56 susanne
        June 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        i’m no expert on campaigning, so am responding from a funny feeling i have about this particular challenge. i just don’t trust them to play fair with this–and i say ‘play’ because they treat it as a game, consequences be damned. the ‘bet’ angle, though funny, de-stigmatizes both robme’s having offered that bet to perry, and the very notion that this is a poker game (or possibly roulette for robme)–entertainment.

        and their ‘facts’ are distortions and misquotes. reliably. i think we’d be arguing with them about their hair-splitting interpretations and spins, which could take attention from what the president is doing and saying every day.

        and remember the outrage we felt when robme made that $10,000 bet so glibly–he has so much money, he can casually bet that amount on a whim. we’re not that casual about money, and campaign funds are hard won. not that he’d be winning anything in this contest, of course. but the appearance of frivolity hurt him then, and it could hurt us now.

        sorry, chips–love your creativity and enthusiasm, and certainly their feet need to be held to the fire. just not sure this is the way. only my humble opinion, offered in the spirit of todism.

  10. 58 LOL
    June 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Just caught a glimpse of Michelle’s dress…….Knock out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 59 vitaminlover
      June 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      You know what,LOL, we will have to get President Obama re-elected just so we can continue to see what lovely ensembles First Lady Obama will be wearing(smile) In addition to all of his stellar quallifications to remain in office (which he will) he also has a fly wife who can really style.

  11. 60 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    My President is looking quite handsome as usual :)

  12. 61 xtine
    June 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Just watched Al’s show and it actually had some pretty good segments tonight. He’s on a roll re: voter suppression. That’s what the attack is on Holder. Al also had that Nun from Nuns on the Bus, she was pretty good too.

    This is for Dudette: in the FL segment, a picture of Gov-R-FL flashed across the screen & I ended up cracking up laughing. Can’t look at that R-Idiot w/out thinking, “Gubna Powda.” Thanks again, Dudette! I might just get thru some news cycles! :)

    I’ll now go apologize again to the movie “Powder.” :)

  13. June 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This has been on my mind- we all know that no matter how much we like the Presidents speech Thursday, it will be disected and parsec, not enough, not enough People will have seen it to take it in context.
    We have seen this Movie before, we like the speech, the RNC puts out it’s talking points, the Whole Gosh Damned media goes with what the RNC tells them, hence speech gets taken out if context. And for some People, a net negative. It’s happened before, over and over and over…
    So…,

    I got a question- what do you all think about the President giving a speech Thursday?

    • June 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      I agree with your assessment of what will become of PBO’s speech, as I also have seen this movie over and over and over. It’s frustrating beyond belief. No truthful reporting, everyone looking for something they can twist or condemn. I’m not sure what you mean about “Thursday”. He can’t give all his speeches in prime time, even tho that would be fine with me. It would just be nice, to put it mildly, if we had a speck of integrity left in our news media so that there would be more honest reporting. They all are more interested in stirring up controversy, no matter how convoluted or falsely constructed.
      I do agree with something Tweety just said tho—-that the Obama campaign needs to sharpen their message, up their game, seize control of their messaging again, which has been somewhat derailed recently, much of it thanks to the supposed supporting cast. This is going to be a humdinger of a dirty election. Their campaign has not looked to be on their A game, imho, looks disorganized. Need to step it up.

      • June 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        It’s because he ain’t out there everyday. He starts to campaign, things will change.
        Also, 52 million in ads from OFA and pro Obama super pacs now to keep him even.
        I see what is going on, but he is vulnerable, until he starts to campaign, whenever that may be!

      • June 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Tweety and the rest of us have to realize that the Obama campaign or any campaign is not going to win every news cycle until election day. It will never be like that. Every time Mitt Romney gets a positive news cycle, everyone starts saying the Obama campaign is off message. No, it just means Mitt Romney won the news cycle and the campaign will have to adjust a for a short period and then continue with their long game. They have a message. They have a message and they will push it and hone it along the way if and when unexpected events force them to.

      • June 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        Also, you know who doesn’t have a message? Mitt Romney. Can anybody here tell me what he stands for? What’s his message? Not even his own so-called supporters can answer that. I can shoot off a nice long essay right now about Pres.Obama’s message. No one can do that for Romney.

        • 67 vitaminlover
          June 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

          Willard will never have a message, gobrooklyn. He has whipped cream for brains. What a complete and total airhead. He is also a jerk and sneakily cruel. He is a buzzard and I flat don’t like him. He has loser all over him and that is that.

          • June 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

            That is that is that. Right on.

          • 69 theo67
            June 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

            I totally agree with you, and I was saying something similar tonight. I think Romney is pretty much a dunce – a closet idiot. And now that he’s being propped up by the right wing, his idiocy is coming to the fore. His record at Bain, and how much he resisted taking the job that was being handed to him on account of Bain’s admiration for Romney’s dad – doesn’t sit right. He’s had everything handed to him on a silver platter. He’s had teams of people around him who’ve made up for his shortcomings. and he’s a fool. This explains why he thinks he can lead the world without even the slightest clue how to do it. He’s extremely dangerous in his ignorance and lack of integrity.

      • 71 prettyfoot58
        June 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Their campaign has not looked to be on their A game, imho, looks disorganized. Need to step it up.

        ****************************************

        and what would you suggest that the President and his campaign do as you say to….Step it UP??

        • 72 theo67
          June 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

          I guess President Obama has to be on his Super AAA game, while Romney can be on his F game the whole time. There’s only one side that is totally unqualified to be President and should be ashamed to even be running on the same stage as President Obama. The other side has President Obama.

        • 73 Mae who love our CIC
          June 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

          I guess this is why the media is peddling Dems discontent.

          Are each of us doing every thing in our power to change the messaging? Other than expressing our dislike of how things appear to be, are we making sound suggestions of how we think they ought to be.
          It is never quite right with some of us.
          We have some monster blog writers, twitterers, commenters on this site and I applaud you. I am speaking from where I am personally and I am so sick of the tv pundits who props up Willard Romney because he is white. No other reason. He offers no ideas of how he will help the American people. He tells us in our faces that he will destroy jobs, programs, our lives and every thing remotely close to a decent livable standard in this country. We here knows he is not joking. I worry about the future of this country if the likes of Willard Romney is ever given another chance at governing. He has shown us he is not capable.

          We all know that President Obama is doing everything in his power to help us. We are family and we don’t let others disrespect family. If we have a grievance, we should not tell every family member how displeased we are with one member. Take it to one that you have a bone to pick. Everyone does not need to know the family business.

          TOD is a media barometer. TV pundits come here to get their scoop for the news cycle. Let us be more diligent in airing our personal grievances. They are listening.

      • 74 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        “I do agree with something Tweety just said tho—-that the Obama campaign needs to sharpen their message, up their game, seize control of their messaging again, which has been somewhat derailed recently, much of it thanks to the supposed supporting cast. This is going to be a humdinger of a dirty election.”

        What specifically would suggest they do? All i hear from critics are glitteing generalities. For example what is meant by this;

        1. “needs to sharpen message.” my question is exactly what message needs to be sharpened?

        2. “”up their game.” Once again what does upping “their game” specifically entail?

        3. “seize the message again, which has been somewhat derailed recently….” What message is “Tweety” talking about that needs to be seized and “which has been somewhat derailed recently.”

        I don’t mind constructive criticism of the President and his campaign. But what I abhor are criticism of him that are based on cliches.

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Whatever he does or doesn’t do will be dissected to death. Don’t worry about it. If the MSM could, they would nitpick at the way he breathes.

  14. 78 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm
  15. 82 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm
    • 83 theo67
      June 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

      I heard Randi Rhodes earlier today mention that Romney called his dressage horse “Rafalca” to try and appeal to the Jewish vote. President Obama genuinely has worked to defend Israel, and gives President Shimon Peres the Medal of Freedom. Need I say more?

  16. June 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    • 85 LOL
      June 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      The media is like a game of wheel of fortune. It’s like spin the big wheel….”Who hates Obama this week” Is it the Gays? The Blacks (or Blahs)? The Jews? The Arabs? The Young? Women? White women? White women who eat at Applebees and drive a Prius?

      • June 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        It’s all RNC stuff Propaganda!
        This is scary. What is happening now, has not been done in over 70 years!

        • 87 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          June 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          The President is leading Romney in spite of the barrage of Republican propaganda that has been unleashed for over three years now. If you look at it from that point of view the President is like an unstoppable force. Think about it. Is there any other leader who would still be standing tall after everything that’s been thrown at him? He knows how to swat flies.

      • 88 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        June 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        The white women who eat at Applebees and drive a Prius are fully behind the President! :)

  17. 89 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm
  18. June 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Why in the world is Stephen Hadley there?

  19. June 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Dear Mitt Romney-

    http://dearromney.tumblr.com/

    From Ben Labolt.

  20. 93 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm
  21. 94 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    From a local AZ blog that I frequent, talking about Barber win and Kelly’s loss.

    In 2010, Jesse Kelly came within a hair’s breadth of unseating Gabby Giffords, a popular incumbent. Jesse was full bore Tea Party back then, unnuanced and militaristic, and it worked, or nearly did. But in 2012, the district is no longer in the throes of an anti-Obama backlash, and the Tea Bags have been steeped in boiling rhetoric a few times too often. They’ve lost flavor for more mainstream conservative voters. Kelly’s team understood things were different, so they tried to soften his message and his manner. The re-messaging probably saved him from a 12 point blowout, but it wasn’t enough. CD-8 almost bought what Jesse was selling in 2010, but it wasn’t buying this time, even against a relatively unknown, low key opponent.

    Kelly’s indecision about how to present himself has become a nationwide Republican problem. The party-animal fun of seeing candidates go full bore gonzo could only last so long. Savvy Republicans realize crazy-base rhetoric may work fine to stir up the 25% who make up their crazy base, but it’s beginning to make the rest of the Republicans and R-leaning Independents uncomfortable. “Crazy” was on full display in the Republican presidential debates, and the voters, after becoming enamored with a string of gonzo flavors of the month, discarded them one by one until only Mitt who-knows-what-the-hell-he-stands-for Romney was left standing.

    That second paragraph is precisely right on. The MSM won’t speak about this, but more and more people are coming to see that the Grand Teabagger Experiment didn’t work, and they are ALL wearing out their welcome. Quickly.

    • 95 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you df for posting this. What happened in AZ-08 is actually a harbinger of what is to come in November. Obama is on track to win and he will because the voters are increasingly TIRED of the Republicans and their MESS. Did you notice that the MSM refuses to tie this election in anyway shape or form to Romney or the GOP – yet if the results were the other way around we would be hearing story upon story upon article upon opinion piece upon “analysis” about how this spells disaster for Obama and the DEMS in November?

      Paging Coward Fineman…..

      • 96 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

        You’re very welcome, hf…I think people are just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired. Romney offers no help for what ails them…and will bring us all back to what made us all sick and tired in the first place.

      • 97 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        “Did you notice that the MSM refuses to tie this election in anyway shape or form to Romney or the GOP – yet if the results were the other way around we would be hearing story upon story upon article upon opinion piece upon “analysis” about how this spells disaster for Obama and the DEMS in November?”

        Well said, hopefruit2. The media has no problem asking the President questions based on Republican talking points, but I’ve yet to see any one in the media ask Romney what he thinks about criticism from Democrats. For example: I would like someone in the media to ask Romney if its true, as some Democrats like me assert, that Romney is serial liar. They had no problem asking President Obama if the Republicans were right in accusing him of always blaming Europe for his failure, despite the fact that the President had never done that.

  22. 98 vcprezofan2
    June 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Good evening, TODobots, I’m finally in the house, though I’m going to roam the neighbourhood for a bit. Hope everyone had a good day today! {I noticed in passing that Chips co-opted first place in this thread. Maybe she wanted a picture for her very own self, then couldn’t decide on one.} ;)

    • June 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      VC, I was tempted to post a photo of myself…. eg:

      …. but I’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too modest.

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        June 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        A lonerV/del> …. stallion ….champion? Not accusing you or anything, but I notice you’re modestly stal-lion about your appearance. You’re way taller and much slimmer than the last time you shared your picture with us! That’s some major plastic surgery you’ve had!! :shock:

    • 101 Pamela
      June 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{VC}}}}}}}}}}…. you WENT there, after I resisted! :lol:

  23. June 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Mitt Romney has debuted a new talking point on the campaign trail, arguing Obama is out of touch with the negative impact Obamacare is having on small businesses. This is designed to reinforce the larger case that Obama is detached from Americans’ economic difficulties.

    Romney’s claim is based on a local interview Obama gave in Iowa, in which the president was told by a reporter that a local company had closed and was moving jobs to Wisconsin because of Obamacare. Obama reacted with incredulity, noting that the law’s provisions impacting such a company haven’t been implemented yet. That led Romney to remark that Obama “didn’t understand that Obamacare was hurting small business,” and “you have to scratch your head about that.”

    ABC News did a good fact check of this claim, noting that Romney had distorted what Obama said. But it gets better still. It turns out that the company didn’t close because of Obamacare at all, according to a company spokesperson. What’s more, the company sees lack of demand as the key problem — a lack of demand that is partly due to the drive to repeal or modify Obamacare, not to the implementation of the law itself.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/company-at-center-of-romneys-latest-attack-didnt-move-because-of-obamacare/2012/06/13/gJQA49iKaV_blog.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  24. 108 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm
  25. June 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    President Barack Obama talks with President Shimon Peres of Israel following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, June 13, 2012. President Peres gave President Obama a copy of his book. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  26. 110 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Woohooooo!!!! So You Think You Can Dance is on and some girl is kicking ass!

  27. 111 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    #BainMitt’s and the art of Pillage Economics ….

    #PRESSON

  28. 112 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Lawrence is teasing us :)

    • 113 desertflower
      June 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      YOU HAVE ALL GOT TO WATCH THIS! If he’s talking about “sport” it could only mean Colbert! It’s “laugh till you snort” kind of funny!

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Well tweedy said, that in the next few months, their will be no good news and he sees the Presidents job approval continuing to dip.
      Tweety can tell the Future, he is a Jedi.
      Darth Tweety!

      • 115 Carolyn
        June 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        And when has Tweety been right in his forecasting? He’s a reactor, not a prophet.

      • 116 anniebella
        June 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        Jovie, who really gives a dam what Tweety says? Really come on.

      • 120 hopefruit2
        June 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        On the first part of the journey
        I was looking at all the life
        There were plants and birds and rocks and things
        There was sand and hills and rings
        The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
        And the sky with no clouds
        The heat was hot and the ground was dry
        But the air was full of sound

        I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
        It felt good to be out of the rain
        In the desert you can remember your name
        ‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
        La, la la la la la la la la la la…

          • 122 hopefruit2
            June 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

            No, but here’s the thing..

            After two days in the desert sun
            My skin began to turn red
            After three days in the desert fun
            I was looking at a river bed
            And the story it told of a river that flowed
            Made me sad to think it was dead

            You see I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name
            It felt good to be out of the rain
            In the desert you can remember your name
            ‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain
            La, la la, la, la, la,la la la …

      • 123 criquet
        June 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        But it has gone up in the Gallup poll, for Pete’s sake and we know how pro PBO Gallup is!

      • 124 nathkatun7
        June 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        Don’t worry, tomorrow he will be having that tingle in his leg about President Obama.

  29. 125 vitaminlover
    June 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Slightly off-topic, but is it my understanding that our Beloved First Couple is going to attend Ms. Jarrett’s daughter’s wedding?

  30. June 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I see AP is out with a new post tonight saying Dem strategists are increasingly concerned (that’s how I’ll put it) and are urging the big money donors to step up NOW, that they’ve been too complacent. I sincerely ask—-anyone know —-who are these big donors who are sitting on their dollars and refusing to cough it up? Must be familiar former donors. I think many are (rightly) worried about a huge money disadvantage.

  31. June 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Was this posted already? Well too bad, here it is again :)

    • 133 Pamela
      June 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Off to FB it goes! (have I mentioned how much I cannot stand the sight or sound of this mofo?)

    • 135 LunarSea
      June 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I tried to click the play button, but I just can’t listen to that ‘man’. I’m sure it’s good however.

      • 136 Pamela
        June 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        You are wise, LunarSea. Sometimes I only hit mute, then share as I believe it helps the campaign for all of us to get this stuff out there. The really good thing about this one is the music! It almost erases the putrid sound of his voice all the way through!

      • 137 theo67
        June 14, 2012 at 1:14 am

        Yup – I’ve barely heard Romney’s lying voice in days – and it feels great! The mute button is my new best friend…

  32. 149 Liberal Librarian
    June 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    PBO on ESPN2 talking about women in sports.

    • 150 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      darn I missed it..they had already gone to commercials when I tuned in. :(

      • 151 Liberal Librarian
        June 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        I only caught the tail end. It’s halftime of a WNBA game. Of course, he talked about Malia and Sasha.

        • 152 hopefruit2
          June 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          I knew that’s what he would be talking about. I’m thinking he’s going to live through one of them in some sport after he’s done with politics.

          • 153 theo67
            June 14, 2012 at 1:24 am

            Don’t forget that his niece (Michelle’s brother’s daughter) is a renowned athlete, too. He’s got a lot of female athletes in the family to enjoy, it appears!

            • 154 hopefruit2
              June 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

              Yup – that’s right theo! Forgot all about his niece who he once described as “one the best athletes” in BB that he knows.

  33. 155 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    In about 3 hours, off to son’s college admission leaving a burning hole in my wallet.

    • 156 desertflower
      June 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      We all thank you for what you will give to the world with his knowledge to leave this world a better place for all of us. I’m certain that your money will be well spent:) Think LONG TERM!

    • June 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      And pride in your heart :-). Congrats!

    • 160 vcprezofan2
      June 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      You’re ONLY giving the kid a hole from your wallet to take with him! Cheap-o. :( On the bright side, the hole will mean less wallet (material) for you to tote around, therefore less strain on the side of the body where you carried it. See, whoever said ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ was right. ;)

  34. 161 FiredUpInCA
    June 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Inspired by BobFR’s tweet: Mitt Romney’s new campaign slogan is It Takes A Pillage.

  35. 165 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm
  36. 170 anniebella
    June 13, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Can anyone tell me what time is the President speech tomorrow? I have a doctor’s appointment and I don’t want to miss the speech. It will be in Cleveland, right?

  37. June 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    John Cole:

    • June 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      A Reminder From John Cole:

      “Haven’t blogged much today, because everywhere I look is just an unrelenting stream of bullshit about Obama. Then, in a moment of clarity, I remembered at this point in 2008, we were still dealing with the PUMA crowd and the incessant nonsense of Lanny Davis, Terry McAuliffe, and the rest of the idiots with the Clinton campaign, all ginned up by a press corps who was more concerned with ratings, controversy, and pageviews than actual delegate numbers.
      And then I calmed down. I still do not feel good about this election, but until the conventions, I am just done with the “some democratic strategists say” pieces in our failed and worthless MSM. The irony of America that our “free” corporate press is the biggest threat to our democracy does not escape me, though.”

      http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/12/about-election-2012/

  38. 176 LunarSea
    June 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Good evening all. Per usual I missed the speech. One of these days I’ll make it in time.

    I have been searching for the vid of his campaign event yesterday (or was it day before) in Phillie. The one with report of him touting ObamaCares. Has anyone seen this that can point me in the right direction?

    Much thanks. I’ll be back later to check.

  39. June 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    FLOTUS on Food Network in 15 minutes :-)

  40. 179 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    photo/1

  41. 180 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm
    • 181 LunarSea
      June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      It’s a huffpo link. I’ll pass

      • 182 hopefruit2
        June 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

        Oh no Lunar..I’m not encouraging anyone go to HuffnPuff..just posting the tweet so we can have a chuckle or two :)

        • 183 LunarSea
          June 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

          It’s okay if others click. Not judging your motives hopefruit2. You’re good people. I just posted out loud what I was thinking. I stopped clicking them right after the election when all my positive posts disappeared and vile excrement remained. LOL

          Besides I hate what she did to all those bloggers. When I come across info on him elsewhere I’ll be sure to check it out.

          It’s all good

        • 189 LunarSea
          June 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          Thanks for the link LL and for bringing to our attention HF2. Had me LMAO. ‘Barry, pick up. I know you’re there’. Funny in a weird sort of way.

          Be forewarned and don’t read the idjit comments.

  42. 190 Pamela
    June 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    “I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.” ~ HHDL
    @DalaiLama 13 June 2012

  43. 196 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    So Willard is also going to give a “big” economic speech tomorrow in Ohio – must copy everything that PBO does. Has no ideas of his own. Stupid little boy.

    • 197 jacquelineoboomer
      June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Yes, and the “big” part – the big economic lesson from him – will probably be that he earned “big” money after he got money from his father to stay afloat, while he and Annie were attending college. And, in this economy, everybody else, whose parents can’t give them the money, can attend school by earning money as a school janitor. Something like that.

  44. 200 Liberal Librarian
    June 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    On the menu for tonight:

    Mediterranean chicken – Cubed chicken cooked in a tomato/wine sauce with onions and olives
    Pasta sauteed briefly in hot butter, with salt and pepper

    Back to cooking I go.

  45. 206 snowbird42
    June 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hi all. Loved reading the comments. I have a question. Do you think Twitter does any good? I have been twittering a lot and its fun. Someone said its the new MSM and Ive been thinking about that. Can we effect change that way? I kind of think so. I made a comment to Jonathan Capehart and he answered me. Tweeted right back when I said what I thought of Dylan R, said they had been friends. So what do you all think?

    • 207 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I think Twitter is great snowbird. A lot of the truth that the MSM is too dishonest to report gets widely disseminated on Twitter. And I think that’s one of the reasons the media is having a much harder time swiftboating PBO than they anticipated.

      • June 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        I think twitter is very helpful also, but I worry that it’s mostly preaching to the choir. The problem is—–and I’m one who think we still are in desperate need of an honest media—–I don’t see twitter affecting the reporting by the news media—-at all. Anyone notice any news personality backing down or issuing a correction or changing their partisan reporting? At times, it seems to make them more belligerent.

        • 209 hopefruit2
          June 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

          The media thugs are being paid by corporate $$$ so nothing will keep them honest until the money dries up (which it will eventually) However, in the mean time, I think Twitter DOES provide competition for the dishonest media because people who have access to Twitter will then repeat info that gets disseminated to their friends/relatives/acquaintances who may not be on Twitter.

          There was a WaPo article a couple months ago asking whether Twitter and YouTube are hurting Romney. I believe they certainly don’t help him. I also believe that the Internet (which includes Twitter, Youtube) is a huge part of why some cable news ratings have gone down the drain in the last year.

          • 210 Pamela
            June 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

            Twitter is so fairly recent, was it even in play in ’07 and ’08? I know iPhone was not available until ’07, and nows there’s iPad, so lots of fast and mobile devices to swat the peeyew out of Myth.

    • 211 isonprize
      June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      absolutely. Especially for rapid response “pushback” on nonsense. If tough for folks to back pedal on foolishness when folks have IMMEDIATELY seen or heard what they said. In many ways, twitter will keep ‘em honest. ALL OF ‘EM!!!

    • June 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

      My point of view is that twitter is good for spreading news quickly and it also builds community. I am hoping it will play a part in getting the left to UNIFY. We need to get on the same page and get behind the President and I think it’s part of team building. I try to connect with as many progressives, unions, and Obama supporters as possible. I hope that having a large number of Obamabots on twitter is helping to get some of the previously despondent lefties on board for the election. I don’t just stick to ardent Obama supporters. I try to connect with any potential supporters who state common values and then gush love for the President and push out positive re-enforcement. I saw someone post here a few days ago that if you think you are too small to have an effect imagine trying to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

      I can only do this in the evenings after work. I don’t think it has all that much impact on the media. I agree with dotster that it often makes them more belligerent. I like that I get important updates at the speed of light and like you said – it’s fun!

  46. 213 snowbird42
    June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    http://t.co/LbrVQjW6 Michelle is on TV. Saw it on twitter.

  47. 214 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  48. June 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    But but but J. R. Ewing said…

  49. 222 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm
  50. 226 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Why is michael jordon being trashed in teh twitter ? What did he do ? Seen similar tweets like this

  51. June 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I so agree with Richard Wolfe. I think this is what he was saying anyway——that President Obama should spend less time saying he knows things are still bad, it’s going to take time etc., where he’s trying to be honest and connect, but it puts too much emphasis on the negative——-and spend his entire speech being positive, tell his story, how he took the economy from the brink of disaster and brought it back to life, that we are better off now than 4 years ago when we were losing 800,000 jobs a month etc., brag about his accomplishments, tell the encouraging, hopeful story, talk about the positive vision for the future. Make people feel good, not bad—–and now that I see some of that “I feel your pain” stuff comes from Carville who I don’t trust—–it’s just that I never feel that goes over very well—–gets real quiet——I just think it’s always best to put all the emphasis on the positive, especially now. People will vote for the person who makes them feel most hopeful for the future

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Totally agree, dotster. Totally agree!

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Maybe this is the first step, have to tell this part first…

    • 230 Bill R.
      June 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Carville is a self-serving jerk who is trying to work is way into the limelight. He’s mad because he’s not on the payroll.

      That said, I totally agree. As much as I disagreed with Ronald Reagan his success as a politician came from optimism. Our President is the leader of Hope and he should stay with that identity. Say where we’ve been, acknowledge the work to be done, and where we are going as a country to make life better for everyone not just rich folk. The opposition has only fear, they have no hope, no inspiration, no vision, and no policy.

    • 231 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      I like and respect Richard Wolfe, but what he said is absolute nonsense. When is the last time Richard Wolfe run and won a national election? I am sorry, but I think it’s waste of time listening to media criticisms that have no basis in reality. President Obama and Vice President Biden have, in numerous speeches, highlighted all the positive achievements of his administration. The fact that the media choses not to broadcast their speeches must not be used as criticism of the President. I know the administration has been telling the story about the President’s positive achievements by visiting this site and other progressive sites. So, how come Richard Wolfe doesn’t know what I know. The answer is very simple: the MSM media either refuses to cover the President’s message or distorts it. I actually feel smug that a person like me who doesn’t watch t.v. news knows more about what the President and his administration does than a well paid MSM pundit.

      • 232 hopefruit2
        June 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

        Nathkatun7 you are spot on. I am getting SICK and TIRED of hearing these pundits “advise” President Obama to do stuff that he has already been doing. I understand they need to justify their 6-7-figure salaries, but surely, in today’s world there are 101 other things they could be doing to justify those salaries rather than spending half their day in front of a TV camera idly obsessing about the President and giving their viewers false information about his campaign!!!

    • 233 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

      I do agree with this. Drop the negatives and emphasis only the vast improvements that have been accomplished. The President took those Bush Administration lemons and made lemonade:

      Losing jobs at a terrifying rate to – steady job growth.
      OBL on the loose – to – OBL sleeping with the fishes.
      Rampant abuse of the healthcare system by insurance companies – to – millions more with insurance and coverage available to all by 2014.
      Horrifying war in Iraq – to – troops home for Christmas.
      Discrimination against active duty military service members – to – respect for ALL who are brave enough to serve.
      Auto industry in the shitter – to – better than you could possibly have dreamed of success.
      Country dependent on foreign oil – to – country finally making strides to break that dependance and become self reliant.
      County with serious image problems abroad – to – country who’s Presidential leadership is envied throughout the globe.

      There’s a lot more but I’m sure you can all add to this list.

      • 234 Betsy
        June 14, 2012 at 2:39 am

        BUT HE HAS been doing this. He HAS been focusing on the positive, constantly. I don’t get how so many people here think PBO is not already doing what you all suggest he do. Now, I think a team that won in 2008 have a very good handle on what to do this time around, but maybe I’m just being a pollyanna, but I absolutely trust the Obama/Biden team. They have been posting great ads, PBO has been getting down to business in a clear and concise way. This other crap is just the MSM trying to distort the truth and have us Dems pit up against each other. Divide and conquer. We must remember our only goal is to get PBO re-elected and for the Dems to win back majority in the House and build our majority in the Senate. That’s it!

    • 235 theo67
      June 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Yup – he has a stellar record of achievement in a sharply toxic environment. We should all be proud of what he’s accomplished. Especially since the other guy has no real plan, except to repeat the horrific mistakes of the past.

    • June 14, 2012 at 5:21 am

      Good grief can we all just let the campaign roll out and test its tactics. It is June.

  52. 237 anniebella
    June 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I bet POTUS is always telling FLOTUS how beautiful she looks. He usually gets the first look, and after he finish looking and telling her how beautiful she looks, FLOTUS walks out there feeling like a Queen.

  53. 240 vcprezofan2
    June 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Michael Stafford, a Republican Party officer in Maryland
    /….
    As a local GOP official after President Obama’s election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.

    In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner. Climate change- a reality recognized by every single significant scientific body and academy in the world- is a liberal conspiracy conjured up by Al Gore and other leftists who want to destroy America. Large numbers of Republicans- the notorious birthers- believe that the President was not born in the United States. Even worse, few figures in the GOP have the courage to confront them.
    …./

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      There’s some truth-telling about the horrifying, democracy-demolishing transformation of the Republican Party. They have become unhinged, crazed, just beside themselves with devouring hate.

      • 242 theo67
        June 14, 2012 at 2:09 am

        They’re setting the stage for Jeb to run in 2016 – free from Grover and the tea party. Hence the online battle between Jeb and Grover.

    • 243 LunarSea
      June 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      It’s a good read. Came from a former repub who’s had enough. See the original post here:

      http://www.cagle.com/2012/06/why-i-gave-up-on-being-a-republican/

      Hint: the teabaggers were bad for GnOP

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      Evening friends, Back from our church’s annual conference. Been very busy since getting home……still much to do.

      Re: vc post about Michael Stafford. Someone else shared that earlier this afternoon. We were driving home when I saw it soooooo…….I decided since I had a captive audience, I would read it to hubby. I read the short bio first and he immediately began asking “Who is he?” Asked it 2 or 3 times, little aggressively too. I remained calm and said, “Let me read it.” Soon as I finished, he asked me to Google his name and see what I could find about him. I did that……..looked and looked. Most of what I found was other sources of this article, but did find a couple other things and one a picture of Michael Stafford w/a nun. He had given a speech about climate change; talked about his Catholic background/faith, etc. After that, I asked why he wanted more info on him. Get this: He said to see if he was “real”. Can we say CYNICAL??????? Also totally turned off to hearing anything truthful about the GOP. I am taking baby steps w/ him…….making short but pointed comments when opening occur, etc. He has heard me on the phone making plans to phone bank so he knows I am going to be doing more and more for the campaign.

  54. 245 Bill R.
    June 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Back in 2004, my father ill from kidney disease, a life long Republican got out of his sickbed and changed his party registration because of the extremism and hatefulness of the Republican Party.

  55. 247 LunarSea
    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    OKay TODers. Final plea before heading to bed. Anyone have a link to PBOs speech in Phillie or the earlier one on the same day?

    I will be eternally greatful to the one who provides the link -hehehe FWIW

  56. June 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Restaurant Impossible is very good tonight :-)

    • 250 utaustinliberal
      June 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      It was amazing. Their twitter handle is @Hortons_Kids and the chef is @robertirvine1. They and @FoodNetwork have been inundated with tweets. Looks like a lot of people tuned in because of FL Michelle Obama and she is getting a lot of love on twitter. Food Network is encouraging their tweeps to donate to the worthy after school program.

  57. 251 Tally
    June 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Just because:

  58. 254 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    #BainMitt’s latest campaign slogan “It Takes A Pillage” …. (do check the link :) to one of our very creative TODers!!)

    #FORWARD

  59. June 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Busy-

    10:00 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    11:40 AM
    Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    11:55 AM
    Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Ohio.
    1:00 PM
    Biden delivers the commencement address to Tallwood High School graduates in Virginia Beach.
    1:05 PM
    Obama arrives in Ohio.
    1:45 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    3:25 PM
    Obama departs Ohio en route New York City.
    4:35 PM
    Obama arrives New York City.
    5:15 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama visit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s World Trade Center site, and receive a briefing on construction progress.
    6:30 PM
    Biden attends an event for Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden in Wilmington, Delaware.
    6:45 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    9:55 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama deliver remarks at a campaign event.
    11:35 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama depart New York City en route Joint Base Andrews.

  60. 258 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Here is the video of “Dining Dads” I found at The Political Carnival. What insight and thinking outside the box these folks have! just listen to the conversation….

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/06/13/video-president-obama-visits-kennys-bbq-smokehouse/

    • 259 Pamela
      June 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Kenny’s BBQ had better brace themselves for the Obama magic which will follow… They are about go watch their little place turn golden!

  61. 260 ChristiMTL
    June 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm
  62. 269 utaustinliberal
    June 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm
  63. 270 lisalovesobama
    June 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    hey guys. sorry I’ve been out of the loop, so much has been going on, I don’t know whether I’m going or coming. I got home, turned on my computer and found several updates that I couldn’t install, called Dell, spent over 2 hours trying to fix the problem, the got switched over to the hardware folks who promptly bilked me out of $240 in order to get software coverage for a year. then the guy– nice though he was– tried to bilk me out of another $180 because my hardware warranty is about to end in a couple months. when I explained to him I was a struggling student, he said he understood, but continued to harangue me about what a good deal it is and that I shouldn’t pass it up. It didn’t help that I’m having a headache and my bladder was so full I thought I was gonna bust. anywhoo, I convinced him politely that I’m too poor to drop another dime on Dell after dropping my next paycheck on them for the software warranty. I shudder to think of all the money I’ve spent on dell: 2 dell computers (netbook and laptop) in 4 years, two dell printers in the space of 4 years, an anti-virus/cure-all software, hardware warranty and now the software warranty. {{SMDH}} Shoulda just bought a Mac. I almost told the technician that the reason I wasn’t pawing over another $180 was because I was saving up to buy a Mac in another couple years. When this baby goes, it’s gone. I’m going straight to Mac.

    ps- PBO looked so cute with that military Dad. He’s so adorable.

    pps- Oh, i almost forgot. so Dell has this thing where the technician can gain remote access of your computer to fix it, and after 30 minutes working on my computer, the technician finishes up and closes out all the programs and pauses over my desktop. My background pic is the one of PBO in Brazil from behind. All you see are his shoulders and the back of his head, he’s wearing a suit and the background is white (stole it from Chips.) So the technician—- won’t bother with his name because it’s obviously false, how many Dave’s are there speaking English with thick, barely comprehensible Indian accents?— goes “that’s Obama.” Then he adds: “why is it of his back?” and I laughed and said: ” It’s one of my favorites, plus I like watching people try to guess who it is.” He says: “there’s no guessing about it, it’s pretty obvious it’s Obama, couldn’t be anyone else.” I laughed and agreed. The fact that he recognized PBO immediately put him back in my good graces which he’d fallen out of because of all his haranguing: “don’t worry about paying it off all in one shot, you can make payments for at most $20-$25! It makes more sense for you to do this! This is just my opinion.” Me: ” I get what you are saying, but my point is, I’ve got other obligations, not just these payments, I’m a broke student.” Him: “I’m not debating that, I’m just saying you paid $240 for the software, what’s the difference of paying $180 for the hardware?” Me: “Ahhhhh… the difference is $180. I don’t have $180 to pay for something that may or may not happen….” and on and on and on. :roll:

    anyway, hi guys. how you doin’?

    • 271 lisalovesobama
      June 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      the thing about that pic is a lot about my gratification. I’m gratified when people of all stripes and walks of life can identify PBO from behind. the same doesn’t go for all people. take celebrities. which celebrity can you guess from behind? Not many. as much as I adore Clooney, not many people could guess it was him from behind. It says a lot about PBO that most people I’ve come across who’ve seen this photo can guess him from behind, even though they hate politics or couldn’t care less.

      • 272 Pamela
        June 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        PBO would say it’s the ears! I kinda hope they leave his ears in when they carve his face onto Mt. Rushmore! :lol:

      • 274 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        What a day you had! I think we need some shrimp here:) Kidding!! Kind of cool that he knew it was PBO:) He’s very distinctive. I agree. Sorry you had such a crazy day…you need to commiserate with LL…he had a day too! Breathe….

        • 275 lisalovesobama
          June 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

          I’ll eat the shrimp as long as its cooked!! :lol: I’m now decompressing. Today was too long. Sorry to hear about Lib Lib’s bad day :( I’ll take a deep breath for him too. :)

    • 276 Pamela
      June 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{lisalovesobama}}}}}}}}}….. 3 years ago, I threw my Dell laptop across the room…. Hmmmm… A week later I went out and bought a MacBook, two years ago iPad1, sold that for an iPad2, then Denea gave me her old 3G iPhone, and I will never ever look back! I feel your pain. But over here, students at UW can get really good deals on Mac laptops in all ranges, at the U Bookstore, have you looked into that idea?

      • 277 lisalovesobama
        June 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

        I’d heard about that. Will give the dell a couple more years though– I want my money’s worth– then ill dump it for Mac. ;)

  64. 278 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    A bit upthread, you all were having the conversation about PBO not talking so much about people still having a hard time and concentrating on the positive. I agree. That said, he needs to give America a little refresher course in WHAT GOVT IS! The gov. is US! We the people, so when Mitt says that he’s going to get rid of govt, going to slash things that aren’t necessary…it means US, and families and programs that everyone likes and that we all depend on. THIS is what I want the President to remind everyone of!
    We need to replace the narrative that “govt IS the problem” to one of We the People are the govt…and that govt is here to serve ALL Americans…and explain things in those terms…we can ALL relate…and then it becomes harder for the republicans to paint the govt as some evil entity. It is NOT! I think that message is empowering and positive and one that this nation needs to have. For too long the role of govt in our lives has festered under the radar…THAT’S what this election needs to be about…and I can’t think of a better, more articulate person to explain this to America.

    That said, I found this that said it better than I could. Just my 2 cents
    http://crooksandliars.com/jill-w-klausen/defining-government-and-how-mitt-ro

  65. 279 canadabarb4obama
    June 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I was wondering where Suzanne has been. She is the lady who helped the homeless. She typed in caps. I hope she will come to terms with PBO’s support of gay marriage and return to this blog. Can anyone reach out to her?

  66. June 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

    re. Willard not recognizing a doughnut (willard world is weird)

  67. 283 Geeja
    June 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Listening to the Mike Malloy show with guest host. Topic is What are the Ron Paul Delegates up to for Tampa? Sounds like a big polwer playin the making agoinst Mittens.

  68. 284 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    #ItTakesAPillage ….

    Expect #ItTakesAPillage and #InaugurationInsurgency to dance together in the days/weeks ahead :)

    #PRESSON

    • 289 desertflower
      June 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Very good website…I think Ladyhawke or a Jackie is a frequent visitor! They have brought over MANY goodies from there:) Thanks for reposting, sabreen.

      • 290 Ladyhawke
        June 14, 2012 at 6:33 am

        GOVERNMENT IS GOOD

        DF, you are right, I am a frequent visitor to the government is good site. I periodically like to post the link because it has so much good information. It’s a great resource. The Republicans like to say that government is the problem. They are flat out wrong and that is a big part of the debate that we should be having with the American people. In fact, one of the reasons they are freaking out about the way President Obama governs is that he is showing that government can and must be a positive force in the lives of the American people. The last thing the GOP wants is for people to see smart and efficient government in action.

        By the way, I was very happy to see the link you posted yesterday from Jill Klausen at Crooks and Liars called “The Government Is Us”. Her posts on framing are always very informative.

        The ‘Government’ is Us

        http://crooksandliars.com/jill-w-klausen/defining-government-and-how-mitt-ro

        (Thank you for posting sabreen.)

  69. 291 desertflower
    June 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I think that we should know what Mittens ideas are…I clicked on “Medicare” HE LIES. I didn’t go further.

    http://www.mittromney.com/issues

  70. 292 susanne
    June 14, 2012 at 1:36 am

    hey toddies
    driving home from visiting mom this evening and i heard a terrific program on npr: counterspin. all about turning the tables on mainstream news, and exposing the lies and spin that have been hogging headlines all week. came home and searched for it on the npr site, but no dice. finally just googled it and found this site, that is its home. looks like they’re determined to set the record straight and counter the bs being spouted on the news programs.

    give it a look, and listen, and see what you think.

    http://www.fair.org/index.php

  71. 293 anniebella
    June 14, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I want to make this a bumper sticker, Despite what Mitt says, a good teacher, a good policemen, a good fire fighter is a real American who deserve our respect. and need their jobs.

  72. 295 susanne
    June 14, 2012 at 5:48 am

    fascinated by david cameron’s live televised testimony at the leveson inquiry into press standards. apparently, he’s being subjected to 5 hours of public questioning about his relationship with murdoch and the phone hacking scandal, as well as the bribery scandal.

    cameron: ‘it’s a forlorn hope to think you can separate news and opinion any more.’

    is he cynical, jaded, or a complete sell-out?

  73. 297 prettyfoot58
    June 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Gooooood Morning TOD…

    what time is the President’s speech

  74. 301 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Good Morning TODobots!

    Had a desperate, impractical need to see what the village looks like before getting ready for work AND an after-work retirement party for 3 colleagues. The party is at a golf club and I don’t really want to go as it’ll mean I’ll be even later getting to TOD, but I already paid and at least I won’t have to cook when I get home.

    WISHING ALL of you, including the very horse-y Chips, a very lovely Thursday! :lol: :lol: :lol:

  75. June 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Of course, I am over Moms Hoyse , so she has on Morning Ass.
    Ariana interiors General Odierno and says their are behind the scenes conversations of the Military wanting to escalate in Afghanistan without anyway Out!
    General Odierno, politely, put Her in Her place, like only an Officer could. And he gave praise to the President, in doing so, all Ariana could do was bat her eyes.
    What a Beeeatch! Seriously! No respect, what so ever, for anybody…

  76. 305 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Rev Al is getting a humanitarian award.

  77. 309 pugeretto
    June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Morning TODs! Did you catch J. Stewart’s sarcastic (as usual) skit about donations? So funny, and unfortunatly true, but loved how he can express all with his humor. Overturn CU & get our country back folks. Have a great Thursday everyone.

  78. June 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Liz Warren was on moanin Joe, she sounds exactly like the President when she talks. Exactly!

  79. 311 vcprezofan2
    June 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Chips, I was hoping to catch you posting ‘Rise & Shine’, but I have to go without that coup! :lol: Enjoy the thought today that you outsmarted me …. again!

  80. June 14, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hey Hopefruit,
    My 80 year old sweet mother just said- Fuck Donnie Deutch and His wavering support!
    LOL! Now that is funny, my Mom does not swear!

  81. June 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Robert Reich coming up on cspan!


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