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Rise and Shine

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10:0: Jill Biden joins the National Association of Social Workers to announce a major Joining Forces commitment

12:25: President Obama departs Seattle en route New Orleans

1:0: VP Biden travels to Philadelphia to deliver remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters 51st Convention

4:25: President Obama arrives in New Orleans

4:50: Attends a campaign event, private residence

6:45: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the House of Blues in New Orleans

8:0: President Obama speaks to the 2012 National Urban League Conference in New Orleans

Returns to Washington, DC

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Harold Meyerson (Washington Post): Suppose Mitt Romney ekes out a victory in November by a margin smaller than the number of young and minority voters who couldn’t cast ballots because the photo-identification laws enacted by Republican governors and legislators kept them from the polls. What should Democrats do then? What would Republicans do? And how would other nations respond?

As suppositions go, this one isn’t actually far-fetched. No one in the Romney camp expects a blowout; if he does prevail, every poll suggests it will be by the skin of his teeth. Numerous states under Republican control have passed strict voter identification laws. Pennsylvania, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee and Georgia require specific kinds of ID; the laws in Michigan, Florida, South Dakota, Idaho and Louisiana are only slightly more flexible. Wisconsin’s law was struck down by a state court.

….. And what should Democrats do if Romney comes to power on the strength of racially suppressed votes? Such an outcome and such a presidency, I’d hope they contend, would be illegitimate — a betrayal of our laws and traditions, of our very essence as a democratic republic….

More here

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Morning everyone ;-)


154 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Michele
    July 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

    GM, Chips.

  2. July 25, 2012 at 7:32 am

    GM Michele….congrats on 1st, Berny on 2nd….

  3. 6 japa21
    July 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Third, congrats to the gold and silver winners

  4. 7 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

    GM folks. GM chips.

  5. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    July 25, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Hey Michele, congratulations on being first. I can’t wait to hear the president’s speech to the Urban League. And I hope Joe Biden repeats what he said in his statement about the president’s foreign affairs accomplishments when he speaks today. It’s beastly hot here, but today is the first day of the PA Commonwealth Court hearing on the voter suppression law. All fingers crossed, candles lit, all day prayers.

  6. 13 LOL
    July 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Morning folks….Maureen Dowd has a good column on Mitt’s secrets today
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    The Republican speaker at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., was slashing the president with jingoistic jingles: Obama is ashamed of America, an apologist sapping the greatness of a country that is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, a weakling marring the American Century by gutting the military and the economy. And, on top of that, the Obama White House doesn’t know how to keep stuff secret.

    Prodded by conservatives to attack the president more aggressively, the ever malleable Mitt Romney obliged Tuesday at the V.F.W., spouting chest-thumping clichés about putting “resolve in our might.” That resolve evidently doesn’t include Mitt, who passed on Vietnam, or his five strapping sons, none of whom have volunteered for the volunteer military.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/opinion/dowd-hiding-in-plain-sight.html

  7. 14 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    GM Everyone!

    Wanna know what a real statesman looks like? Here ya go!

    • 15 taiping1
      July 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Mitt has not done his homework. Sky high approval ratings in UK, Ireland and Europe (smarter people than Mitt and GOP racists); first US President to deliver address to British Parliament in decades, rapturous reception in the land of his great-great-great grandfather

  8. 16 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Morning Jerk is yelling at Axelrod now that “It is very obvious that the WH is leaking classified information!” And he is talking over and rudely interrupting Axelrod’s denial. And now he’s yelling at him to “tell Burton to take down that Olympics ad”, saying “he’s not helping you, man”. Thanks for the tip, friend to friend, right?

    • July 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Jerk really is a grade A dick. Morning Dotster.

      • 18 dotster3
        July 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

        The Jerk is especially crabby today because of his network’s latest poll showing the Obama lead, in spite of all his hard work. No one is paying any attention to the Jerk, and he’s lashing out at this injustice.
        And morning, chips. Hope you’re continuing to enjoy your breakaway.

    • 21 Dudette
      July 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

      I hope the TOD Twitter Brigade severely tweets the hell out of the Olympics ad!

      • July 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

        Very severely!! :-) Morning Dudette ;-)

        • 23 Dudette
          July 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

          Top of the Morning to you, Chips-Darling!! :-)

        • 24 taiping1
          July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

          Hey Chips! Morning! Could you post the Ireland & British parliament speeches with the photos and newspaper blurbs from your May 2011 posts as a rebuttal? I tweeted them separately but if together in a memory lane post we could tweet all together.

    • 25 Lorraine
      July 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

      When Jerk gives advice do the opposite.

    • 26 Linda
      July 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Poor Joke…….

      Burton runs a pack…….they are not allowed to ” Co-ordinate “, right Morning Junk ?

    • 27 Michele
      July 25, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Morning Jerk knows Axelrod can’t communicate with a SuperPac because it would be illegal.. I guess the truth hurts and when you connect more dots people began to scratch their heads… and think beyond the pundits and the sound bites..

    • 28 Bill
      July 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Morning Joe should know PACs and campaigns aren’t allowed to be talking with each other. He is telling David Axelrod to break campaign laws.

  9. 32 JER
    July 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    • July 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Morning JER, a million thanks again for all the live streaming links, whenever I was missing in action the last couple of weeks you came to the rescue. Hugely appreciated ;-)

    • 34 carolyn
      July 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

      And of course the loss will have nothing to do with him! Someone else will be retroactively responsible!

  10. July 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    The only thing about these voter I’d laws, is they are getting serious pishback by the Public and the DOJ.
    What made Ohio of 04 so effective was, nobody knew until after the Election, the suppression of Vote.
    So, half the battle has already been won, it’s called disclosure!

  11. 37 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I’m posting this one again, because is there anything sexier than him speaking Portugese? [Sigh!] Not in my book. :-)

  12. 39 ChristiMTL
    July 25, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Morning everyone….Morning Joe is like the Anglo Saxon campaign……lies, deception and distortion.

    First of all…..they were not fooling anyone when they said they liked the President’s ad yesterday because obviously they hated the ”attack adds” on Romney.

    ….why are they blaming the President since it’s an ad from a SuperPac?

    I just watched the ad and I don’t like it at all…not for the same reason obviously….the lies, tax evasion, etc have to be exposed and I hope it will be so till the election but the ad has a positive feel to it.

    It reminded me of Romney’s copycat ad where the President was singing and we could her the cheering. It’s similar to me.

    The Olympics images and the cheering are distracting and the message get lost, ……my opinion of course..

    • July 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

      The super PAC ad from bill Burton us fine. It’s an Olympic ad, the figures of Robney in the Olympics and his offshore accounts and tax havens, mist People have no idea about.
      Joe is concern trolling and the GOP wants the negative ads to stop!
      I see their Patty Hearst efforts are somewhat working! Sigh!

      • 41 ChristiMTL
        July 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

        I don’t care what Joe Scarborough think, he’s a RWer pretending to be a conservative moderate….he’s a bully and a liar. My opinion about the ad is not influence by this idiot at all, I’m not even watching the show.

        So…..it’s ok if people like it but me personally, I don’t……it take away the seriousness of what Romney did with the images and cheering.

        Without the cheering, it would have had a very different feel to it.

        I guess it’s only me since everybody seem to like it lol

        • July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

          Its the Olympics! An Olympic feel. It’s a metaphor!
          Aiiight!

        • 44 hopefruit2
          July 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

          The fact that Joe Scarborough hates the ad tells me that it’s effective. I believe that the likes of Scarborough and Karl Rove work in tandem behind the scenes to set a media narrative. Scarborough is an idiot but he’s a dangerous one because he comes off as “moderate” to naive TV watchers and “independents” but he isn’t. He is one of the arch GOP propagandists who needs to be challenged frequently, promptly and aggressively.

          • 45 carolyn
            July 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

            I never watch Morning Joe, or any other morning show. But from the above descriptions of JS, it sounds to me like he is on the way to a stroke or heart attack! Such reaction on the air is outside reasonable limits. He seems to have lost all control. And, what someone else said is no doubt true: these ads are working, that is why he is so angry. He is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, and though he calls himself a moderate, he isn’t. He’s a rich elitist who wants the Republican tax breaks.

    • 46 Tosan1212
      July 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Morning ChristiMTL – emerging from lurking to just say that we should all tune out most of what these pundits say. These people live and breathe and work politics and they are not representative of the average voter, least of all the average voter that is persuadable to vote for either RMoney or POTUS. The reason the campaigns and the SuperPACs mix up the ads from the hard hitting contrast ads to the mocking sarcastic ads to the sincere “let’s have a serious discussion” type ads is that its different strokes for different folks. One ad, one type of ad, and one issue is highly unlikely to grab the attention of all persuadable voters and even less likely to move all of them. And then sometimes some people need the information constantly provided to them in different formats. So tune out the ones you don’t like, the ones you do like and think are effective spread them far and wide to everyone in your personal email address book, facebook contacts etc.

      Completely off-topic, but I got polled by Quinnipac University on Sunday and Tuesday. For the first time ever so I was pretty excited on Sunday. Not so much on Tuesday. The experience has convinced me beyond a shadow a doubt to ignore all polls. So they call on a Sunday evening and I only pick up the strange number on 4th ring because I’m a political junkie and know Quinnipac does polls. They ask questions about governor, senator, POTUS and RMoney. Approval ratings etc. Ask about potential candidates in 2016 and fracking. Not all the questions give you the option you would like which is I prefer X to Y. It’s yes or no. Approve or Disapprove which is kind of annoying. No wonder our politics is black or white. Then they ask the hilarious question of if you’re a republican, a democrat or independent. I select independent because in my state I’d like to believe that I’m more liberal than the average democrat. Never voted for a republican but I still “feel” independent. Lol. Quinnipac hang up. That call took about 12 minutes. They call me back on Monday. I don’t pick it up. They call back on Tuesday. I finally pick it up and they are like they need to call back for data checking purposes before they can include my responses in their final poll results. This call took about 2 minutes. So basically any non-political junkies that are too busy to spend approximately 15 minutes over two calls answering pollsters questions are far less likely to be included in these polls. It’s no wonder that sometimes the polls are so way off from reality.

      OK. Back to lurking.

    • 47 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

      I don’t think the “cheering” in the Olympics ad conveys a similar effect as the cheering in the Al green ad. It is already known that Romney engaged in deceptive shenanigans during the Olympics and the ad is simply building up on something that has been out for some time, so people are already viewing his words (despite the cheering) in a very negative light.

      That was not the case for the Al green singing, which was an EXTREMELY well-liked song with good melody, lyrics, showed our President with a good singing voice, the effects of which HELPED the economy (sales of the single shot up by 490% in just one week!).

      • 48 ChristiMTL
        July 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

        I see what you mean about the cheering but…I don’t know , a lot of people still think he saved the SLC Olympics….I just hope that the cheering doesn’t take away from the seriousness of what he did…

        I wasn’t shocked yesterday when I read about that Romney’s Olympics records had been destroyed. ….I had to laugh at the statement from his campaign….”he had nothing to do with it because he already left.

        Ha…it’s always the same response….

        • 49 hopefruit2
          July 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

          Luckily, the Obama campaign is not just relying on this one ad to convey the entire message of Romney’s deception at the ’02 Olympics. I would wager that due to the effective ads over the last several weeks, Romney’s name has quickly become associated with someone who destroys, outsources, lies and is secretive, so just about any ad portraying him as such will work.

  13. July 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Joe was a Bastard on those leaks, and He did mention your favorite, Diane Feinstein.
    Feinstein is a old political pro, her staff talked about that, before they released Her Statement.
    Something is going on that we all ate unaware of, but She seems to be doing the old bait and switch.
    What She said, does not compute, it’s stupid for Her to believe that this would not end up in a speech or an ad! What is Her Game? She is causing the President problems!
    And Joe is an Ass, for this nasty line of questioning!

  14. 53 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Peace Be Unto You…

  15. 54 utaustinliberal
    July 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

  16. July 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    And of course, Ed Rendell backs up Joes claims saying, that nobody pays any attention to Priorities USA website and the are irrelevant.
    Ohhhkay! Always Clintonites fucking with the President. Coincidence?

    • 59 Linda
      July 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Ed Rendell is irrelevant and needs to be booted as a surrogate….geesh.

      • July 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

        This whole morning has been about getting the Obama Camp to stop being so mean and Stop these ads!
        Must be a strategy!

        • 61 joyce
          July 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

          If the ads were not working they would not be so concerned about them. I love our president and cannot stand the Romneys. Good morning to all.

        • 62 hopefruit2
          July 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

          It means that the ads are effective and the MSM hates when Obama exposes Romney.

      • 63 ChristiMTL
        July 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

        …and this is why he’s a regular ”analyst” on MJ….

        I have a question, do they ever talk about Karl Rove super pacs ads or other SuperPacs ads for Romney ? at all?….

      • 66 jackiegrumbacher
        July 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

        Linda, I doubt that anyone outside of Ed Rendell’s immediate family gives a damn about what he says and thinks and his family have probably learned to tune him out. He is a has been. His days as a politician are LONG over. He’s being used by the people who pay him and he’s too stupid to realize it. Inflated egos–they always get you in the end.

    • 67 Bill
      July 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Some one needs to tell Rendell nobody pays any attention to him and he is irrelevant. The fact MSNBC pays Rendell and Steele to analyze their parties is a joke.

    • 68 relellit
      July 25, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Yup, once a Clinton-ite always a Clinton-ite the jealousy runs as wide as a river and as deep as an ocean. I bet they all have Hillary blow – up plastic dolls they worship.

    • 69 itgurl_29
      July 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

      The Clintonites still, to this day, do not understand the internet. It’s part of why they lost in ’08. And with Rendell’s attitude, if Hillary runs for ’16, she’ll lose again.

  17. 70 Dudette
    July 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Thoughts on Romney’s VFW speech: it’s about domestic politics, stupid.

    http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/07/24/thoughts_on_romneys_vfw_speech

  18. 71 Michele
    July 25, 2012 at 8:13 am

    If no one is paying attention then they shouldn’t be concerned. Ed knows this is a lie because the built the stage ad is very popular.

    Since Robney wants to paint the President as foreign, I think the ad shows how foreign Robney’s money is around the world.

  19. 73 dotster3
    July 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Re. all the efforts to combat voter suppression actions————I still worry about all these Repub controlled states pulling the same dirty tricks as happened in Oh. in ’08. The tricks would have the same results as any new voter ID laws. It was all about access to voting machines/locations. They had liberal Kenyon college students standing in line for 10 hours waiting to vote on 1 machine, while the conservative Christian college down the road was amply supplied. College kids made a party of it and most waited it out, but others could not——like in Columbus where 15,000 left without voting and an estimated 8000 black voters in Youngstown did not get the opportunity to vote. I remember all kinds of problems in Cleveland also with limited access to machines and people had to leave without voting due to work and family issues.

    http://www.kenyoncollegian.com/opinion/let-everyone-vote-repeal-ohio-s-hb-194-1.2580376#.UA_gbLQeMut

    • 74 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Yet PBO still won Ohio with all these dirty GOP tricks. And he will STILL win Ohio in 2012. I believe the O’campaign will be on top of it. They have their own monitoring systems, lawyers, DOJ officials, etc and will not be leaving election day up to the Republicans in those states.

      • 75 jackiegrumbacher
        July 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

        That is the truth, hf. There will be a virtual army of lawyers and watchers on election day and they won’t let any shenanigans pass. And we will all be part of the army on the ground and watching the polls. This year is it. We either continue to have an American democracy or we sell the country to a handful of billionaires. Once it’s sold, we won’t get it back. That is the dimension of the war we’re in–as crucial as any that’s come before it in our history. As Bobfr so often tells us, it’s 1860 all over again and we’re fighting for our very survival.

  20. 76 a4alice
    July 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Mornin’ TOD!

    How is everyone today? I’m good – busy busy busy. Phonebanks, canvassing, we’re starting our Week of Action today so it’s all PBO all the time!! :D We are starting our first women to women (or as AMK would say ‘wiimmin’ ;-) ) phonebank tonight and I’m excited for that. I think it’s like a persuasion phonebank which I’ve only done one persuasion phonebank so I’m kinda nervous – but, we’re all working hard to get out the word for the President so I must do my part!!!

    Hope everything is great for you guys. Keep up the great work y’all. Sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed or just like – is there anyone out there? – I come over here and get a big boost!

    Have a great day!

  21. 80 Bill
    July 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Another example of the seriousness of the MSM, or lack of, “The Hill” has published a list of the 50 Most Beautiful People on the Hill. Michele Bachmann is #10. Maybe her crazy eyes put her on the list.

    • 81 anniebella
      July 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Okay this is America, everyone can choose who they want. But to me what kind of heart someone has makes them a more beautiful person. Bachmann is ugly inside and out.

  22. 82 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

  23. July 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  24. 85 ChristiMTL
    July 25, 2012 at 8:40 am

    I didn’t read that yesterday ….I read about their Anglo Saxon racist comment but this?

    @ABCPolitics: Romney Advisers Tell Brits Obama ‘Comfortable With American Decline’

    One adviser also told the paper, He doesn’t value the NATO alliance as much. He’s very comfortable with American decline and the traditional alliances don’t mean as much to him. He wouldn’t like singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory.’”

    I must have miss that part yesterday.

    Yep and the pundits have a problem with the ”tone” of the President’s campaign. What a disgrace

  25. 86 pugeretto
    July 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Morning, & just got an iPhoe. I “liked” TOD on it, came oer here, & it wasn’t showing. ??? Hi Chips, loved that picture of Michelle yesterday in the red dress in the stands. Good videos Dudette!

  26. 87 Ladyhawke
    July 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

    WHAT THE HECK HAS OBAMA DONE SO FAR?

    http://whattheheckhasobamadonesofar.com/?q=25

  27. 89 hopefruit2
    July 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I didn’t know that PBO was going to be on a Fallon special tonight?

    • 90 hopefruit2
      July 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Okay…PBO will NOT be on the show, but the show will feature previous appearances by different people at different times, and I’m guessing that includes PBO’s “slow jam” appearance earlier this year.

  28. 91 cluny
    July 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Hi all,
    The Burton ad is great and the reason MJ is trashing it is because it’s going to derail The Romney family plan to hijack the high energy American patriotism thats going to be going on because of the Olympics. The Romneys want to co opt that feeling – through the idiot’s ties to the Olympics and Ann’s dressage horse. Burton is cutting that off at the knees – or at least the talk generated by the ad is going to show Romney as less than a patriot – certainly not the intention of the Romney team for the next two weeks. Get ready for the battle of the Olympic themed photo ops and bet Michele comes through big time and steals the show. send Burton some love.

    • July 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Agreed! Priorities USA has been nothing short of brilliant.

      • July 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

        I watched both the Olympics ad and the Lawrence video. I never listen to Romney so it’s really the first time I’ve seen him in motion for more than a minute and OMG, his body language and his gait are hideously stiff and awkward. UGH.

        • July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

          Morning GF. That is my impression of Romney also.

        • 96 Pamela
          July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

          Right on, meta. I have been wrestling with this, feeling as if I should watch the ads so I am in the loop, and also to spread them around, but I come away feeling like I’ve been vampired by Myth, and it takes some real focus to move past that. All solar plexus stuff, no Heart Centered like PBO, watching and listening to Myth just creates an emptiness. Perhaps it is because I have no choice to make, it is Obama~Biden for me all the way. Pretty sure I am not the only one who gets this from Myth Robney.

  29. 98 relellit
    July 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

    GM Todville family and Chips

    The United States Cannot Afford a Romney Presidency; The World Cannot Afford Endless war.

    Republican billionaires Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are firmly embedded in the extremist wing of the party. They are contemptuous of labour unions and the provision of social justice by government. They seek to enrich themselves through processes that impoverish society.

    These are the men with private access to the Republican presidential candidate. With their extraordinary campaign donations, they could hold the key to the Oval Office. And in a United States where corporations are people, these men represent the largest threat to fairness, social justice and a reasonable quality of life in a generation.

    Most urgently, they also represent the threat of war. Judging by Romney’s own pronouncements, his presidency will tend towards the “creative destruction” that Niall Ferguson eagerly, breathlessly wrote about. A US strike against Iran would surely be the worst outcome for Americans, Iranians, the Middle East and a fragile global economy. And it is mainly for that reason that many should hope and work for an Obama victory this November.

    David Bromwich made the sharp observation that the coming presidential election pits a centrist Republican against a representative of the far right. It is a sad fact that there is no good choice for liberals in November 2012. There is, however, a bad choice.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/07/2012715121236211572.html

    ==============================================================================

    I know that’s right!!

    Michele….congrats on being 1st

    Have a beautiful day everyone :) “F’ Moaning Joke and the rest of insane Right Wingers

    • 99 Pamela
      July 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

      “pits a centrist Republican against a representative of the far right”…. How does this make sense? Is he referring to PBO as a Lincoln Republican? Tho I agree the world cannot afford a Robney presidency.

      • 100 nathkatun7
        July 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        Pamela, this is the same nonsense from purity progressives who show no real understanding of history and politics. Of course by referring to President Obama as “a centrist Republican” they are trying to dampen the enthusiasm of Democrats. I’ve been around for some time, and in my humble opinion, President Obama is one of the most liberal Presidents. He is a liberal realist who wants to get things done instead of spouting purity ideology with nothing to show for it.

  30. July 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

  31. July 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

    You see? The 6 point lead by the President is not the story! What Chuckie wants us to believe is it’s the negative tone that matters…

  32. 103 Bill
    July 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    The photo-op comparisons are going to be beautiful. FLOTUS will be treated as the international rock star she is, and Willard will be ignored. We will see FLOTUS being greeted by the Queen while there will be a generic photo of Willard being greeted at Number 10 Downing Street as every politician visiting London is.

  33. 104 JER
    July 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

    ***TWEET THIS SOMEBODY***

    THE U.S. LOSES $280 BILLION A YEAR IN TAXES FROM OFF SHORE ACCOUNTS:
    July 22, 2012

    A new report released Sunday estimates that the United States Treasury loses $280 billion a year in tax revenue from wealthy Americans and companies keeping their money in off shore bank accounts in tax havens. The report estimated between $21 trillion and $32 trillion is held in these offshore accounts.

    The Tax Justice Network report says this means that the income inequality in the U.S. is far worse than economists suspected. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-u-s-loses-280-billion-a-year-taxes-from-off-shore-accounts

  34. July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    The Obamas Move to the White House

    http://po.st/zhn0l5

    Join Parents for Obama!

  35. July 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

    The Robney Camp is putting their whole Campaign on the gaffe that the President made! They are holding 24 you did build it events Today, across America.
    I don’t see it, but they must think they have something! At least, the President has an answer to this, Robney has no answer to the tax returns and Bain.
    That said, it might be wiser to go back to the tele- prompter, if the Press is going to be this Rabid. Just saying!

    • 110 amk for obama
      July 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

      what gaffe would that be jovie ? stop buying into the stupid meme spun by msm and rethugs. And your teleprompter comment indicates that you are taking these rethug talking points seriously.

      • 111 Betty's Girl
        July 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

        how many times has the Romney campaign got anything right…how many times have they seemed to have the upper hand in the media and there candidate messes it up…he is already on record saying what he is accusing the President of…I think if this becomes an issue for Obama the campaign has more than enough immunition to push back on this…I am loving the ads with the President speaking directly to the camera…it is something new and I think will be highly effective.

      • July 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

        The President was the one who put 2 ads out hitting back against that rhetoric. They obviously don’t want that to stick.
        I am just reittetatibg what the Obama Camp sees as a potential problem, with a desperate Robney campaign, they will blow this up and are doing so.
        By getting out in front of it, is wise.
        Also, way to early for Me to be arguing. I am sick of arguing with you all. I argue more with Obama supporters, than my brother, who is a tea bagger! LOL! We ate All supporters here, if you don’t like somebody’s opinion, do you have to jump on it like we are Not a supporter? Really? This happens far to often!
        If you want to argue twitter is that way——–>

        • 113 amk for obama
          July 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

          shorter jovie – peeps have to agree with what I say. Not gonna happen. I will call out bullshit whether you want it or not.

      • 114 57andFemale
        July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

        Exactly! I hear that on ‘progressive’ media all the time — the President’s ‘gaffe’. He made NO gaffe! The ‘gaffe’ only exists when Romney lies about what he said.

        • July 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

          Maybe so! Still, we had them in the ropes and no Bain or tax return talk fir the whole week! The subject has been changed. This is now the subject, rightly or wrongly!

          • 116 99ts
            July 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

            I think events in Colorado changed the conversation more than anything else that happened. The President has a job and sometimes has to come away from campaigning – Mitt Romney hasn’t had a job in years – campaigning is his full time occupation.

    • 117 99ts
      July 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

      24 events – are they going to get 30 people at each one. Michelle Obama had 4000 people at 2 events in Ohio – while the Romney campaign got 30. The President gets more folks at one event than Romney sees in a month. Haven’t seen any pictures of the Romney crowds – probably because there are no crowds.

      Whatever the President says, his opponents will cut and paste – it’s all they’ve got. I don’t remember too much about 2008 but I think John McCain was doing way better than Romney at this point in time. I can remember being worried he might win – no such worries about Mitt.

    • 119 Cha
      July 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Hello! The President Did NOT make a “gaffe”…Fucking romeny sliced and diced PObama comments. It’s in Pro Obama ADS Already. They are holding events BASED ON LIES. big fucking surprise.

  36. July 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

  37. 122 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

  38. 123 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

  39. 124 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

  40. 126 OkeyO
    July 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I am just getting so frustrated with our spineless black guests and commentators in the public discuss, Where is Ben Jealous where is NWAACP, Where are all the black leaders in congress why are they mute . We have Romney call the President corrupt, we have romney surrogate indicate they want anglo saxton relationship and they all sit on there behind and no outrage is shown. Had the President people make the same it will be all over the air waves and with Fox trumpeting it and all the other network foloowing in thier stead. Where Is MHP. Where all the CNN host that followed the Tea Party all through 2010. Dr King did not keep quite . I was just enraged when I hear Clkarence Page being so spineless that i just didn’t want to hear from him.

    • July 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I think it is Because, it’s the old guard and a power struggle within the AA community. You see, The President would not have won the Presidency, without that Remarkable race speech. He also had to distance himself from Rev Wright! It is obvious that people like Tavis and Cornell and the entire CBC did not like the President doing that and telling Parents to do a better job with their Children! It’s a divide within the Community! IMHO!

    • 128 Betty's Girl
      July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

      very frustrating isn’t it…that’s one of the reasons I am so excited to see what the President will do when he is no longer in office. I believe he will provide the leadership our community has been needing for the last 30 years. I think the Romeny campaign knows exactly what they are doing. They want controversy and using racism as a distraction has become their #1 weapon. They have figured out the media is going to let them get away it since they own corp and beltway media anyway. So I think this time it’s has kinda not worked to his benefit since it has not caught on in the media. Priority USA hit him hard. The media is discussing rather or not the ad is fair but in the meantime all Rmoney’s record is being advertised to the everyone. I say this is a win for Team O.

    • 129 4morefor44
      July 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

      many are speaking out. please keep your focus on the problem, which is the media. ben jealous has no control over whether he appears on any tv show. groups like his would be on everyday if they were invited, and everyday they send out press releases with so-and-so is available for media interviews. the media only puts on these people that are annoying you because they’ve made a deal either implicitly or explicitly, that they won’t stray from the major manufactured theme of the day in the media, hence clarence page. anybody who might speak truth-to-power is kept far, far away from any billionaire-owned microphone.

    • 131 Nena20409
      July 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

      NAACP not NWAACP…..FYI

  41. July 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Romney ‘Advisor’: Mitt Will Bring a White Man’s Touch

    Josh Marshall- July 24, 2012, 9:36 PM

    A racial subtext certainly isn’t foreign to the Romney campaign’s critique of Barack Obama. But putting it so front and center may raise a few eyebrows.

    What the London Daily Telegraph calls one of Romney’s “advisors” told the paper that Romney was better positioned to understand and respect the ‘special relationship’ between the US and Great Britain than President Obama, whose father was from Kenya.

    Said the advisor: “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

    It’s all of a piece with the constant refrains that Obama is an outsider to whatever is essential about the American experience of simply being an American. But it’s getting closer to the surface. And I suspect we’ll hear much more of it — from ‘advisors’ if not from Romney himself — during the trip abroad.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/07/romney_camp_mitt_will_bring_a_white_mans_touch.php

    • 133 carolyn
      July 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

      This kind of talk is treading on very dangerous groune. Mitt must not know anything about the history of Europe between 1930 and 1945. This talk of racial purity and superiority caused a world conflagration. Europeans do NOT want war, and they will recognize this talk. He shows his ignorance all the time. He should have traveled incognito around the world and listened to average people talk. He moves in a bubble of yesmen, and has no idea what reality is. I firmly believe this kind of talk will backfire on him.
      President Obama is the most popular U.S. president in Europe since JFK! They know what he has done for them and for the world.

      • 134 Nena20409
        July 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

        Mittens knows. He is effing 65 yrs old. That is why he embraced Trump. His one son in ME or NH was equating pres Obama’s college transcripts and his birth certificate when he was asked of his father’s tax returns. This was earlier this year. Romney had the Owner of Cubs ready to go bat age on Rev Wright, birther etc. The Romney knew about that. Romney since 2011 has been associating pres Obama a Foreign, European and not to remind UK that pres Obama is Not Anglo-Saxon?

        These people are desperate. Chuck Todd, Mourning Joke, all of them. They are once again thinking, How in the world Can this Black man be leading? Same way the Clintons acted in 2008. My late mother always said always told Us Not To Equal, But to Excel. They have always undermined this president. That is why, he is the ultimate Energizer Bunny……it keeps on going. A Timex that takes a licking and keeps on Ticking…….and his distractors are hopping mad. Nov 6, just seconds after 8:30PM ET, the Victor will be Pres Barack Obama.

    • 135 Cha
      July 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Guess what, romney advisor? We don’t want a Dirty Ol LYin’ White Man’s Touch. Fucking turns everything to Shite that he Touches.

  42. 136 amk for obama
    July 25, 2012 at 9:35 am
  43. July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

  44. 143 japa21
    July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Interesting article on economists’ views of the GOP jobs plan. Key quote:

    “The economists interviewed agreed more with environmental advocates, who argued that the GOP proposals were more likely to kill people than create jobs, than they did with Republican claims that the bills would lead to job creation.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/24/576761/senior-economists-feel-that-gop-jobs-package-is-more-likely-to-make-people-sick-than-create-jobs/

  45. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I likt the olympic ad.

    I think it gets out the message for people who are not political junkies like most of us

  46. July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Chuck Todd is really hitting the President for the negative tone, desperately trying to pin the economy on the President and tell Voters to pin the blame on the bad horrible Economy, that is obamas fault! Check!

  47. 148 socasweet
    July 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good morning everyone. Are there any live feeds of Jill Biden? Have a good day.

  48. 150 desertflower
    July 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Morning! Someone ought to tell MItt before he makes an even BIGGER fool of himself…if that’s even possible…

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/25/12947924-about-those-defense-cuts

  49. July 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Clarence Paige is an asshole! That is all!

    • 152 Nena20409
      July 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Not an asshole, just getting paid for bashing pres Obama. It’s all in a day’s job. He was paid $20K and was flown to Paris to speak before an Iranian group USA considers as a terrorist sympathizer. When found out weeks ago, Clarence Page was forced to apologize, return the funds and pay back the Plane Tickets.

      In the Era of pres Obama, other than Rev Al Sharpton, there has NEVER Been anyone on TV, Cable or Print who has not savaged pres Obama.

      Consider the source, one of my siblings always tells me.

  50. 154 Anna Twiselton
    July 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Mittens, aka Willard, must have a large, HUGE payroll to meet, as in all those talking, babbling, bobbing head so called poitical know it alls that I have stopped listening to. Then again he can afford it. My primary source of information for this election is TOD.


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