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Fired Up? Sizzling.

President Obama talks on the phone with members of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team during a phone call from Air Force One, Aug. 1. The President called the women to congratulate them on their gold medal in the team competition

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First lady Michelle Obama acknowledges cheers from the stage during a campaign stop at Fleming Gymnasium on the UNCG campus in Greensboro, N.C.

Text of the First Lady’s remarks here

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The First Lady’s schedule…

Thursday:

1:35 Holderness, NH – Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event

3:05 Laconia, NH – Speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event

5:20 Manchester, NH – Speaks to grassroots supporters at a campaign event

Friday:

2:35 Springfield – Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event

5:0 Pittsfield, MA – Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event

6:45 Richmond, MA – Attends a campaign fundraising dinner at the home of Governor Deval Patrick Richmond, Massachusetts

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Raleigh, N.C., August 1

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A President Obama supporter listens as the President delivers remarks during a campaign event in Mansfield, Ohio

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The John S Knight Center in Akron, Ohio, August 1

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… returning to Joint Base Andrews

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The Volunteers:

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Virginia field office

Jonathon Del Arco in Detroit, Michigan

Registering voters in Colorado

Don Cheadle speaks to a group of local volunteers in Durham, North Carolina

The new field office in Harrisonburg, Virginia

OFA Flickr

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See here

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Jacksonville, Florida (OFA Flickr)

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Thursday:

11:05: President Obama departs the White House

1:15: Arrives in Orlando, Florida

2:40: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

4:30: Delivers remarks to the Blog’Her Conference

7:50: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Va.

8:50: Departs Leesburg

9:0: Arrives at the White House

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TOD Fundraisers:

a4alice * Alycee * BWD * CollegeKay * Cookemom * DonnaDem4Obama

Hachikō * Hgerhard * HZ * Judith Fardig * Mae Who Love Our CIC

Marlz * Meta * Pamela *prettyfoot58 * proudmemberofglobalzero * Rita * Theo67 * The Obama Diary

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Evening all ;-) Another couple of dozen gazillion apologies for not replying to all your emails yet- will do, asap!


239 Responses to “Fired Up? Sizzling.”


  1. August 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hellooo! Did I make it in? :lol:

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Yo! Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! :grin: :grin: Thanks Ms Chips, have to take my time to appreciate these, especially since I missed a couple of speeches this aft.

    • 3 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      HAHAHA…Vc are you sitting on top of the computer ready to leap at a moment’s notice?!?!? :) :) You are on a roll here, with the #1s! Congrats!

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        Camping by the door with my entire weight leaning in HF, so that as soon as the door is opened I can fall over the threshold. If Chips ever switches things around to an outward opening door I’m in big trouble! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • August 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Congratulations, VC!

      • 7 vcprezofan2
        August 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        Thank you Ms T! I’m enjoying my last couple of days of complete self-serving freedom. Offspring returns from summer ‘internship’ on Friday and next Wednesday I will have 2 young guests for 8 days. Definitely won’t be able to hang out in the house untroubled, doing what I want when I want then. Sigh! This having company thing is overrated, I think. ;)

  2. 8 Nena20409
    August 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Love the pics. Great job.

  3. 9 Tally
    August 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    love x ∞

  4. 11 Pamela
    August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{CHIPSONFIYAH}}}}}}}}}} VaHoo!

  5. August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Looks like they are having too much fun.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    August 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I was Not honestly trying to get to be up there. I usually wait a solid 3-5 minutes to make sure that I was not 1st.

    I just love the pictures. Love them. My goodness. I love them.

  7. August 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Nice to see Don Cheadle back on the reservation and not talking smack about PBO.

    • 17 isonprize
      August 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Glad you’re taking up for him, LL, ’cause I wanted to reach thru the screen and smack him upside his head… :evil: :evil:

      I’ll give him a break, but only because you did….. :mad:

    • 19 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      HAHAHA..he got so much push back on Twitter and elsewhere, he had no choice but to shape up and get in line. Methinks DL Hughley will be following suit soon :)

      • August 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        Oh Jaysus, what did DL say?

        • 21 hopefruit2
          August 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

          That when Joe “You lie” Wilson yelled during PBO’s SOTU address, PBO should have personally ordered Joe’s arse hauled out of the arena (right, like PBO would unprofessionally interrupt his speech to give that loser any more attention.). By not doing that, PBO basically gave Joe the right to disrespect him, and from that time on, PBO yielded his presidency to the Republicans.

          • August 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

            smacking my damned head…. that is one of the most ignorant things I’ve heard in a long time from “our” side.

            • 23 hopefruit2
              August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

              It really was an ignorant thing to say. You should have seen the explosion from the O’bot Twitter brigade. It was a sight to behold.

              • 24 Chi
                August 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

                Sorry, but that’s what we get when we cede punditry to high school dropouts turned bitter, token unfunny comedian who’s actually bought into his long faded hype and feels qualified to deconstruct, judge and instruct our brilliant, dignified and all around amazing President…

                D.L Hughley is not even worthy to lick the dirt off President Obama’s shoes little less opine about him…

            • 25 Puddin'
              August 2, 2012 at 1:56 am

              dl is ignorant…he is just as ignorant as joe wilson. Needless to say I wouldn’t read his book if somebody paid me to.

    • 27 nathkatun7
      August 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

      What did Don Cheadle say? I must have missed that. I thought he had always been an Obama supporter.

  8. August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Menu for tonight:

    Tilapia dusted with Hitching Post Magic Dust and poached in white wine
    Wild rice
    Sauteed squash, green onion, green onion, and garlic

  9. 46 LOL
    August 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Not sure if it was discussed…but in David Brooks opinion piece a few days ago, he took shots at PBO, blah, blah deficit, blah, debt, blah…but the BIG NEWS is tucked in his blatherings…was this little gem

    “The Republican coolness toward Romney is such that he’s having trouble recruiting people to work on the campaign.

    This had me thinking….if you look at any of the pictures of Romney rallies..they never veer from elderly white people (more or less Republican activists in the community), whereas the Obamas’ rally is like opening up a bag of skittles. You never SEE any one waiting in lines for his ticket…rather they are probably handed out at local Republican activists. Further, we NEVER see any of their campaign offices OUTSIDE of the one in Boston (where they have hired folks). Michelle is getting 2000K folks and if Romney gets 500, it’s a good day.

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

      If Romney’s getting 500 in a crowd shot, methinks there’s some photoshoppin’ going on.

    • 48 Puddin'
      August 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

      Romney’s campaign has always felt FAKE to me…I believe he (and the GOP) know/knew he didn’t/doesn’t have a snowball in hell chance of winning (unless they steal the election) he is just a pawn to collect money from his billionaire buddies for the RNC. His campaign is a JOKE!

  10. August 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    On Thursday, Good Morning Joe and up way to Early Willie, will again tell us all their is no difference between these two candidates, and that they don’t tell us what they want to do.
    Then, an issue will come up, say taxes.
    And Joe will flip out on the President and how can he propose that- blah blah blah!
    Then, he will say, that he much prefers Willards position.
    Now, his whole Show is like this, he actually walks back his remarks, about their being No difference between the President and Robney.
    It’s actually very convoluted and disjointed.
    I wonder, sometimes, if he is ON something!

    • 50 anniebella
      August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      jovie141, do you think Morning Joke and Rush Limbaugh have been hanging together? You know Rush had a problem with those pain pills, maybe still do, something has him acting the fool that he is.

  11. 52 anniebella
    August 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Looking at these pictures, there is so much love for POTUS and FLOTUS. I wonder how they are doing with Malia and Sasha at summer camp, well Bo is still around.

    • 53 anniebella
      August 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      When will the Obamas be having a birthday gathering at their home in Chicago for POTUS? This week-end or next.

      • 54 Pamela
        August 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        I have a feeling I am not on the guest list :(, although I made a massive donation! I so wanted to go, to share some cake and ice cream! Oh well, one must have dreams!

      • 55 isonprize
        August 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        Anniebella, I’m pretty sure it’s this weekend. His actual birthday is Saturday, Aug 4.

      • August 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        This isn’t what you asked. But, ….: ;)

        “Sign Barack’s card”…

        First Lady Michelle Obama sent this note to supporters today:

        Barack’s 51st birthday is coming up.

        I hope you’ll wish him a happy birthday by signing the card we’re putting together for him.

        You’ll be adding your name and state alongside thousands of other supporters’ names—folks from across the country and from all different backgrounds. Together, all those names will be impressive—they’ll show the strength of this campaign and our support for Barack.

        And I know he’s going to love it.

        Add your name today—and then ask a friend to join you.

        These last few months until Election Day won’t be easy—so let’s show Barack we have his back every step of the way.

        – Michelle

        http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/sign-baracks-card

        By the way, maybe, in an area near you, this Saturday (Aug 4th), there will be a Barack’s Birthday Bash. I will be attending one, here, in San Antonio, TX… HAPPY 51st PBHO! :) You can go here to locate one. Good Luck:

        http://www.barackobama.com/

        YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
        YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
        WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK… So, LET’S STAY/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012 & BEYOND!
        HOPE over fear & CHANGE over racism!
        PRESS ON, FORWARD! ;)

    • 59 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I think PBO is missing them.

      • 60 anniebella
        August 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        hopefruit2,I’m sure they both are, because those girls are their pride and joy. You see that when you see them together, remember the pictures of POTUS, FLOTUS, and Malia at that basketball game, I just love their interaction. Look it was Malia telling her Dad that the Kiss Cam were back on her Mom and Dad, she was encouraging Dad to go for it. Most 14 year old would be acting all embarrass.

  12. August 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Possibly a straw in the wind: I am ‘friends’ on Facebook with a woman who works in the business office of my school district. I believe that she does not hold the same political views as me and since I usually post a lot of political stuff I generally make the post “custom” so she can’t see it. She has posted some tea party stuff (although she usually doesn’t post much political stuff) and I remember last year or maybe 2010 she was talking about Ayn Rand quite a bit. She has certainly sent me a couple of emails that would put her on the other side of the fence politically. A few weeks ago she posted a sort-of pro-ACA post. Today she posted a definitely pro-Obama post! I think she’s come over to the light!

  13. 65 amk for obama
    August 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    What the heck you are apologizing for, chips ? For the great pics ?

  14. August 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Chips you are the BEST. No words can tell you how much I enjoy the amazing pictures, especially lately. I usually only have time to lurk, but the pictures made me do it today! I’m in Charlotte, so you can imagine how busy we are. We are working our hearts out, many, many of us. Pursuasion calls almost every night, voter registration and lots of canvassing (sometimes its 100 degrees out) but I am PASSIONATE about 4 MORE YEARS! Hope lots of you can do the 51 Knocks for Barack this weekend! Many thanks for all the intelligent comments posted here.

  15. 75 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Looking at the pictures alone is enough to make me feel fired up. The vibrancy of each person who reaches out to the Obamas is just so…so…so…VIBRANT! Half of me wishes the election was this week! :grin:

    • 76 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Vc you know this place will reach 104-degree fever the week of the election. Actually, America will be even more fired up than in 2008.

      • 77 vcprezofan2
        August 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

        That’s part of my ‘fear’ Hf. I’m not sure I’ll be able to withstand the heat! ;)

        • 78 hopefruit2
          August 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

          I will do my part to bring cool and calm to TOD on election night. I will have a hippo-sized cooler of ice packs, popsicles, iced tea, cold compresses, cold beers, ice cream, shave ice, iced coffee, etc.

          • August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

            :lol: I hope you have several thousand cold beers, methinks we’ll need them!

          • 82 vcprezofan2
            August 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

            What a splendid idea! You seem to have everything cool covered, but maybe I can help by contributing some snow….if weather cooperates. And don’t forget CC also has the cold shower on standby. I feel better already…bring on the heat, Mitt! We are ready.

    • 83 hgerhard
      August 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Hello TOD family – these pictures are priceless. I am missing more and more speeches because of the increasingly busy campaign – so it is always such a pleasure to catch up at night before I turn in. Thank you, Chips, you make me feel like I was part of that happy crowd. Nothing like Romney’s grim faced entourage and non-plussed spectators. No matter how much they try to twist what’s happening- they simply cannot deceive all of us about how the President is “losing” support. I just love the way the President expresses his confidence in the American people, his belief in our ability to “cut through the nonsense”. And I think he is right – people will complain about the slow recovery and about some policies they don’t agree with – but in the end the majority will understand what is at stake and make the right decision. And there is no question that he is on the right side of history when it comes to economic justice and a fair shake for everyone. And then seeing so many people so happy to be there listening to him – it’s reassuring. A good way to end the day – thanks!

  16. 85 Judith Fardig
    August 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Love the pictures of our gorgeous First Couple and all the many-hued and aged volunteers. We are trying to figure out how to paint a huge Obama logo on our garage door like the one on the barn in the new video, “100 Days.”

    Thanks to all the donors to my fundraising page and all the other TOD fundraising pages! We will do this together!

  17. 86 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I’m listening to Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” right now. And I’m enjoying it thoroughly.

  18. August 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What a Team!!!!!!!

    And, Chips, please, you never need to apologize!!! Just look at the fine community you’ve created and sustained.

    #FORWARD

    • 97 Pamela
      August 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Yes, indeed, bobfr, and zooming in on 12,000,000 hits, so everyone be ready to drop some big ones into TOD FR shortly! Fantastic! :lol:

    • 99 nathkatun7
      August 2, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Bob, I second your comment 100%. This is an amazing community! It’s So full of life, humor, creativity, wisdom, and fearlessness! I hope POTUS and FLOTUS know about this TOD community.

  19. August 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    4 Obama Ads on the CW tonight! 3 believe ads and 1 about pro choice!
    They are targeting their audiences, People who may not be paying attention.
    Also, the Campaign, Priorities USA, DCCC and the DSCC are all reserving major ad time for the Fall.

    • 101 amk for obama
      August 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

      I bet plouffe and co have the best pollsters in the business advising the campaign where to hit mitt. All the bain ads poutrage from the fucking media, the fucking rethugs and the fucking corporatist dems didn’t mean a squat in the end.

  20. 102 vitaminlover
    August 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I love OUR President yes I do I love my President-how about you. I also love OUR First Lady too. And she looks really cute in blue!

  21. 106 lisalovesobama
    August 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Stephen Olbert taking birth control and washing it down with a beer on his show!! Hahahahahahaha!!!

  22. August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    You are astonishing, Chip. Astonishing.

  23. August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Sec Tim Geithner was on Charlie Rose last week. I always learn something when I watch him – he knows what he’s talking about. It’s worth watching this.

    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12468

    • August 1, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks, theo. I love listening to him; his incisive mind is fascinating to me.

      • August 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

        I always seem to catch him by accident, and every time I’ve been captivated. A little more context about this program – he talks about everything! His critics (he’s very forceful about this), the LIBOR scandal, the decision making behind the financial rescues, the opposition and obstruction, Simpson Bowles, his admiration of the President… and more. I’m going to have to watch it twice to get the full effect. It really is a wonderful interview.

    • 118 nathkatun7
      August 2, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Thank you so much theo67. I am glad I am not alone in having the highest regard of Sec of the Treasury, Tim Geithner. What really amazes me is the amnesia of Geithner’s critics. At the time President Obamat took the oath of office, this country was on the verge of total financial collapse. In my book, Tim Geithner was a major force in helping President Obama save this country from a total financial melt down, which would have resulted in the Second Great Depression. I don’t care what any one says, but Tim Geithner is one of the unsung heroes of the Obama Administration. Obviously President Obama agrees because fought hard to keep on his team despite Geithner’s desire to quit.

      • August 2, 2012 at 1:46 am

        And remember, he was doing it pretty much all by himself at the beginning, because Congress refused to appoint his nominees – in the middle of a depression-level recession! They are horrible.

  24. 120 desertflower
    August 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I can finally sit for a moment..and share my afternoon with you. I registered 5 new voters in 2 hours….I had a conversation with a 19 woman that is the gf of my son’s best friend. I stopped by to pick up my son, and registered my son’s best friend and then I asked her if she was registered. She is…and my son’s bf’s dad mentioned that she’s a Republican and that he didn’t understand how a woman COULD be a Republican! (me either:) I said, “Well, that’s ok. Tell me, what about what Republicans stand for, do you agree with?” She said, “Well, I really don’t know the issues, but I know that I think more like a Republican. ” My passion got the best of me and I began to ask questions that made her think…the girl is IN COLLEGE! No critical thinking skills have managed to kick in yet! We did have a passionate conversation, and in the end, I told her that it was imperative to educate herself about the issues that will effect her. Ignorance of issues is no excuse. She dragged out all the RW talking points that her parents told her were true….I told her that she’s a big girl and she needs to think for herself and research the issues. Long story short…she broke out in hives. I gave this poor girl HIVES! Maybe I was too harsh??? Sometimes I can’t help myself..I’m too old for this shit..seen too much in my lifetime and I’m NOT going back!

    • 121 desertflower
      August 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Sorry…19 year old woman:) 19 women would have been ok, too…

      • 122 joanshaw
        August 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

        Hives, flower! Good grief, you must have turned her value system right side up for the first time in her short life. Congratulations!

    • 123 hopefruit2
      August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Don’t worry. You did fine df. And congratulations on registering 5 new voters! This girl is obviously not used to thinking for herself, so when challenged with an opportunity for some critical thinking, she became stressed out. Well, either she is stressed out NOW, or she’s stressed out later and in a WORSE way when President Willard and other GOP prez cuts out all her preventive health benefits, forces her to pay for cancer treatment for herself or a loved one, forces her to pay for abortion after being raped, forces her to take out hefty student loans with no promise of good paying job after wards, forces her as an old lady to work 2-3 jobs because medicare and SS ran out.

    • August 1, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Maybe those hives were the Republican demons fighting to keep their hold on her? Power (even dark power) never concedes without a fight. Hopefully, one day, she’ll realize how clueless she is – and hopefully it won’t be too late.

      I’m not sure what “thinking like a Republican” means in this day and age, when the Republican thought leaders are Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann, Beck, Cheney, Norquist. That’s really not good.

    • August 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      df, there are days when I simply can’t do the talking. I get too impatient with the toxic combo, stupidity and arrogance. I mostly have to deal with emoprogs and some days I don’t know which is worse. So I definitely sympathize. It’s good that you made the woman think. It’s too bad she’s about to give up her rights. UGH.

    • 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Hives!?! Damn DF, and I thought I was rough! You should buy a bottle of calamine so that the next time you chat with her, you can give a little relief and continue the conversation. LOL

        • 128 desertflower
          August 2, 2012 at 12:21 am

          Seriously guys! (hf,theo,meta, Alycee,joan) It was something..I think I scared the shit out of her. She IS a college student! One that doesn’t think that she needs auto insurance because she’s never had a wreck (true story). And why does she have to be FORCED to get health insurance if she’s not sick? (she asks) Are you fucking KIDDING ME!! OMG. Clueless. Nice girl, but totally clueless. AND she is studying to become a nurse. Irony anyone??

          I do like the calamine lotion idea…that would freak her out. “Here’s the calamine. Let’s talk politics!”

    • 131 amk for obama
      August 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Well done df. If I were in your place, I would have literally smacked the head of the stupid gal.

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

      She broke out in hives because you challenged her and she couldn’t defend what she believed.

    • 133 Tally
      August 2, 2012 at 1:35 am

      NO. You might have SAVED HER LIFE if you got through to her. Hives is NOTHING compared to her legal right to birthcontrol, cancer screeing, annual well-woman exams.

    • 134 nathkatun7
      August 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Df, I am really in awe of your energy and commitment. How do you juggle, family matters, activism in OFA, and searching the net for the voluminous information you share share with the TOD family all the time? Thank you for a wonderful job well done.

      • 135 desertflower
        August 2, 2012 at 3:50 am

        Love…you are my biggest fan:) You do what you got to do. If it’s important enough, you just make the time….should get REALLY fun when I have to go back to work next week:) Thank you, nathkatun…as always.

  25. August 1, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    OMG, will you just look at the magnificence in all those photos? People of every age, ethnicity, men, women, WOWOWOW. I love this time of our lives!!

  26. 137 hopefruit2
    August 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Now I’m listening to Dr. Hook’s “Sharing the Night Together” and enjoying it thoroughly! The good ol’ songs are the best…

    • 138 isonprize
      August 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      PASSION!!! I love it! That young lady probably never had anyone engage in the type of discussion you provided.

      My belief is, if you are old enough to vote, you ought to be able to articulate who you are voting for and why.

      • 139 isonprize
        August 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm

        Desertflower, this comment was about your 19yr old Re-thug young lady… WordPress is trippin’ on me…

        • 140 desertflower
          August 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

          got it, ison:) I agree. If you’re old enough to vote, that comes with responsibility…why is that part always lacking?

        • 141 desertflower
          August 2, 2012 at 12:36 am

          LL spilled the wine on the keyboard and WP is totally buzzed. That must be what happened:)

  27. August 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I’m enjoying the show “Drinking Made Easy” way too much. And I’ve polished off most of a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Yet, while definitely mellow, I’m not buzzed.

  28. August 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

  29. 154 carolyn
    August 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

    LOVE those pictures! Thanks, Chips. I too love the great variety of people at Obama rallies and meetings. I don’t think Republicans get it yet that the variety is a GOOD thing. Sad.

  30. 155 isonprize
    August 2, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Before autotune, when, you went to a show, you got performers who actually could sing and sounded better than the ‘record’ because they were actually musicians who honored their craft. There was a full band, sometimes with string sections, brass sections, etc.

    I present to you Mr. Gino Vanelli. (His hair was as famous, if not moreso, than he was….)

  31. 160 sabreen60
    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

    For those who may want to know more about Romney and his place in the Mormon religion – a good read.

  32. 161 susanne
    August 2, 2012 at 12:16 am

    what’s that sauce? hate!

    “It’s so spicy it makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire—like a gay couple in hell,”

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2012/08/chick-fil-a-introduces-new-hate-sauce.html#ixzz22MJqaDgK

  33. 162 proudofobama
    August 2, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Hey, Ms. Chips. Popping in to say OUTSTANDING photos as usual. Just too beautiful for words. I “stole” a few and posted them on Twitter. Think I’ll post a few for Moaning Joe tomorrow, especially the one of the white guy with the “O” painted on his forehead. You know, since PBO struggles sooooo much with white male voters. SMH.

  34. 163 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Earlier I was fiddling around, looking into PBO’s ‘past’….just to find ‘meat’ for my retweet thanks tweets. My experience has always been that PBO’s past clips show his sincerity and consistency. I like to include a little bit of pertinent info or message with these tweets, rather than just a list of twitter handles.

    Here’s my first bit of his ‘past’

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

      He’s amazingly consistent. This country is lucky to have him.

      • 165 vcprezofan2
        August 2, 2012 at 12:36 am

        They are incredibly lucky. Earlier on (2007/8 or so) I thought of trying to inveigle him over the border to spice things up here, but I’ve concluded you need him more down there.

    • 166 isonprize
      August 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

      VC, I thought I had seen them all. He could give that same short and sweet message TODAY! Imagine that, consistency in an elected official!!!

      • 167 vcprezofan2
        August 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

        Pres O vs Willard R = The difference between a President who knows where he wants to lead his country and a pretender with little idea what he’s getting into! May Willard still have enough oil in his hinges to bend and pick up his dusty and crumpled hat as we bid him a definite and final farewell in Nov!

        • 168 ourmanflint
          August 2, 2012 at 1:08 am

          VC that’s just cold!!!

          • 169 vcprezofan2
            August 2, 2012 at 1:31 am

            Not really. He’ll get the chance to put his crumpled hat back on his head and in a slow dignified shuffle find his way back to count his millions. He has enough millions to warm himself if he does feel cold and rejected.

    • 170 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

      What a beautiful idea, vc!

      • 171 vcprezofan2
        August 2, 2012 at 1:23 am

        Hi there JO’B! :lol: TY, and I hope you’ll feel free to use it whenever you can. The idea arose because I often get frustrated on Twitter reading hundreds and hundreds of tweets that moan, groan and repeat irrelevancies far more than they inform or even praise. OTH, there are some very committed and informative twitter participants that really educate and inspire me. Because I only joined twitter to help the TOD brigade push the idea that PBO is the only solution I sometimes get impatient with some of what I read. I know myself, so with a specific goal it’s easier for me to keep myself ‘honest’ and focused and lessens the periodic urge for me to tell someone to cut the trivialities and say something sensible more often. (I did once and irked this guy in my timeline who told me all I had to do was unfollow him if I didn’t like his conversation. I told him I was still there because he did say pertinent stuff from time to time but he should consider the sensibilities of his readers.)

  35. August 2, 2012 at 12:30 am

    There are many days when I wonder how such a decent and wonderful man like PBO can get up every morning and deal with this huge and crazy beast that is the United States of America. I don’t know how he does it.

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

      He was born for this role, at this time. He and his wife are just extraordinarily strong and wise and true.

    • 175 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

      I’m with you, meta (and you, theo67) – he is amazing. “Decent and wonderful” would be enough, but he has about a gazillion other qualities that make him a great man and a great President. Can’t wait to get him re-elected.

  36. 176 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Nine minutes of our President holding court…..seriously/

    Get a load of this! Can you ever see Willard talking with such knowledge, insight, and command of any situation, especially defense related? We’ll see.

    • 177 amk for obama
      August 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Tweet it.

      • 178 ChristiMTL
        August 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

        I remember how they attacked him about his ”lack of experience” in 2008….

        The man is brilliant.

      • 179 vcprezofan2
        August 2, 2012 at 12:51 am

        You can if you want, Amk. :lol: (I was saving it for tomorrow as) I’m ‘researching’ tonight, building my arsenal so to speak. As I said, I dislike ‘empty’ tweets so I’m stocking up.

        BTW Hopefruit, I don’t know if it’s because you mentioned it, but I did notice the barrage of negative stuff that floated to the top when I googled for info re the President. I had to go to the back pages to find what I have so far.

        BTW again, do you folk realize it’s mostly the middle of the night? I can’t believe how relaxed you all are, with that sitting in the backyard or on the front porch feeling, nattering away without a care in the world. GO TO BED, you addicts!

        • 180 ourmanflint
          August 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

          Kevinn o’leary was on Strombo tonight and said that regulations were keeping small business from succeeding in US. So I tweeted him to ask exactly which regs were to blame!

          • 181 nathkatun7
            August 2, 2012 at 2:28 am

            Besides, which regulations were responsible for plunging the country into almost total finical collapse? What’s is wrong with Americans that they have no memory of where the country was when President Obama took office? It’s really a shame that people in this great country are easily manipulated. The forces that almost destroyed the country are the same ones that people are listening to now. In any other society, people would be shunning Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and all the neocons who, eight years ago, almost destroyed this country. Sometimes I think Gore Vidal was absolutely spot-on when he argued that U.S.A. now stands for the United States of Amnesia.

            • 182 57andfemale
              August 2, 2012 at 5:35 am

              I think you’d be terrified at how few Americans understand that it was deregulation and lack of enforcement during the Bush years that caused the economic collapse. I’d be surprised if it was more than 20%.

              As much as I’m a critic of lousy Dem messaging, the deregulation issue is a problem for us since Bill Clinton signed the legislation and did nothing to curtail it. In fact he was fine with it.

              But its terrifying how few Americans understand why the banks and Wall St were able to tank the entire world economy.

    • 183 desertflower
      August 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

      That was amazing to hear. his grasp of the very complicated foreign policy issues of that unnecessary war..and the questions he raised….seeing that HE got us out of there, and really understood all that this war encompassed….was nothing short of stunning. I don’t think that Crocker and Petraus were expecting what they got from then Senator Obama.

      • 184 Chi
        August 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

        You could see the stunned look on Petraus’s face…

        He actually started off idly doodling – seriously underestimating the young black junior Senator- clearly not expecting the brilliant and incisive summary of the entirely tragic and misguided war…

  37. 185 Lorraine
    August 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Some observations……..FirstmLady Michelle’s dress in those first pictures is bad!!!!! 1960’s and 1970’s BAD!!!! She is working it too. The comment about Mr. Cheadle being ” back on the reservation” is racist!!!!

    • 186 lisalovesobama
      August 2, 2012 at 1:09 am

      No it’s not. In political terms it means someone who left the herd but finally made his way back into the fold. The person who made the comment was right, Cheadle and his big ass mouth went off the reservation a while back and having seen what’s outside the reservation (Nasty Willard and the psycho repukes), Mr. Cheadle is back where he belongs— on the Dem reservation.

    • 188 99ts
      August 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

      Mrs Obama always looks elegant and so suitably dressed for each and every occasion. Although you might like some dresses more than others – your comment is way beyond suitable.

      Many thanks Lisa for your response about Mr Cheadle.

  38. 189 ChristiMTL
    August 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I watched Jon Stewart earlier, he wasn’t happy with Harry Reid…..big deal, I love it…..he’s not backing down.

    As as I saw on Rachel, what a surprise, Romney was lying again to the ABC reporter about getting back to him on his tax rate.
    ————————–

    Reid doubles down on tax claims

    Earlier today, he doubled down on the unsubstantiated claim with reporters in Nevada:

    “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.”

    • 190 Tally
      August 2, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Yeah, I watched Jon – kind of pissed me off – especially after he BURIED Romney on his Eruo trip. (I watched last night’s and tonights back to back…)

      I guess he doesn’t remember Harry – quiet, calm, to the point Harry. Harry, who would NEVER mention anything without something to back it up. HARRY DOESN’T BLUFF.

  39. August 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

    HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEFEAT BILL TO EXTEND BUSH TAX CUTS ON INCOME BELOW $250K | House Republicans today — by a vote of 170 to 257 — defeated a Democratic proposal to end the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000. 19 Democrats joined all the Republicans in voting down the bill. The House Republican plan would instead extend all of the Bush tax cuts, as well as fast-track “tax reform” that includes more giveaways to the wealthy and corporations.

  40. August 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

    1 August 2012 summarized:

  41. August 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

    #MittManUp

    Would love to see that hashtag trend :)

  42. 199 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Okay, I can’t party anymore without falling down so I’m gone. Sweet dreams when you each pull yourselves away! G’night all!

    • August 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Since when is an 11pt lead an “edge?” Or even a 6 pt lead for that matter? If the situation were reversed we would not see these lukewarm headlines…it would be something like: “Romney Continues to Crush Obama in Key Battleground States”

  43. August 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

    This so called “Expert” Panel on Morning Joe is missing a key ingredient- Expertise!

    They are saying, the Youth is not going to Vote and that they Alll feel doomed!

    What a bunch of Hooey!

  44. 207 susanne
    August 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Richard Trumka, the most powerful U.S. union leader and an important bridge between the White House and blue-collar America, sees two solutions to Obama’s problems: mount labor’s largest voter outreach effort ever, and keep up the attacks on Romney’s business record.

    “We’re absolutely going to do good work on the ground, mobilizing workers. We will have 400,000 volunteers this cycle,” Trumka, a former coal miner who is president of the 12-million-member AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, told Reuters.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/us-usa-campaign-trumka-idUSBRE8701JT20120802

  45. August 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

    A new ad from OFA is a supposition ad, based on what Robney has laid out in his tax plans.
    But, the Washington Post immediately gives it 2 Pinnichios, because it is not specific, siting that is because Robney is not specific.

    Doy! That is the purpose of the ad, to fill in the blanks and define Robney. I have
    No problem with an ad like that, it is doing the math of tax cuts for the wealthy…

  46. 209 amk for obama
    August 2, 2012 at 7:05 am

  47. 212 amk for obama
    August 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

    • 213 57andFemale
      August 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

      And as I added in a reply to this tweet — the lawyers and doctors offices with one employee are ‘small businesses’, but it’s a lot harder to bury income. So they whine about having to pay the lowest taxes in modern history.

      I do think, however, that we need to blow the lid off the way many large, extreme rich corporations are able to bill themselves as ‘small business’.

  48. 215 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I don’t know if Chips has posted this on a previous thread but here is a newly released ad from the Obama Campaign called “Stretch” hitting Romney on his outrageous tax plan!

  49. 219 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    He posted this yesterday around noon :)

  50. 220 57andFemale
    August 2, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I think it was PM Carpenter just yesterday who said that there was nothing Mittens could do to lose Jennifer Rubin.

    Until the auto bailout ad:

    The new Romney ad on the auto bailout is so bad, he even does the impossible… he loses Jennifer Rubin.

    ” In short, I don’t get the point of the ad. It seems to be written for the Obama campaign team and not the voters. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being Reagan’s “Morning in America,” this is a 2. Maybe a 1.”

    • 221 LOL
      August 2, 2012 at 7:49 am

      I think she wants to replace Ms. Ann. I go there for the comments…hilarious stuff. It’s like she wrote the articles in a vacuum.

    • 224 Bill
      August 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

      She may not like the ad, and it is remarkable she criticized him, but Willard will never lose Jennifer Rubin. She is the greatest sycophant in the history of punditry.

      • 225 57andFemale
        August 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

        Oh, he’ll never lose her. She has a sick fascination with him just like Greta van Susteren’s husband’s crush on Sarah Palin.

        But it takes a lot for her to put in print any criticism of Mittens.

  51. 226 lisalovesobama
    August 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    In Florida I’ve been seeing Willard Olypics ads. I guess he’s gonna try to run on his Olympics bailout “success”—- can’t run on Bain, can’t run on being gov of a state that went from 35th to 47th in job creation. {SMH}

  52. 227 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    DRIP….DRIP…DRIP…

    HEADLINE: Reid doubles down on Romney tax charge

    // WASHINGTON – Sen. Harry Reid caused a stir this week when he told an interviewer that Mitt Romney hasn’t released more of his tax returns because “he didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.” On Wednesday, Reid doubled down on the charge. In an interview published Tuesday, Reid said an investor in Bain Capital, the former private equity firm of the Republican presidential candidate, told him in a phone call that Romney had paid zero taxes…
    …On Wednesday, Reid stuck to his story, and broadened it.

    “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.” Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me. I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?” //

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/reid-doubles-down-on-romney-tax-charge-164680576.html

    • 228 57andFemale
      August 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Harry’s got the goods on Mitt. Bet on it.

      Rachel’s segment last night on how Romney ‘retroactived’ his taxes in order to lie about — oops, I mean ‘prove’ — his residency issues before running for Governor.

      Is he filing amended returns a we speak?

      This assertion by Reid would blunt any effort of Mitt to again lie about what taxes he paid, and when.

      • 229 hopefruit2
        August 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

        Definitely. Senator Reid is not the type to flit around spreading unsubstantiated rumors – particularly during an important election. He KNOWS something. And that’s a big, big problem for Romney that can’t be just etch-a-sketched away.

      • 230 yardarm756
        August 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

        Yup. Good morning y’all. Rachel shot Willard thru the grease!

    • 231 ourmanflint
      August 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

      I have a large stash of snacks, and assorted cold drinks: cant wait to see the complete annihilation of Mitt the Twit. How about those taxes Mitt?

  53. August 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Jobless claims up 8k to 365k. Still below the mark that needs positive jobs growth. Now, they say pay no attention to that figure.

  54. 234 57andFemale
    August 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    One of the best soundbites I’ve heard in ages. Pass this around:

  55. 235 Ladyhawke
    August 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

    GOP: “TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHY OR TAX BREAKS FOR NO ONE”

    House sets stage for tax showdown

    By Steve Benen

    —————————————————-

    For his part, President Obama has already issued a veto threat, vowing not to sign the Republican plan, and the White House issued a statement after the House vote: “At a time when we need to make tough choices to reduce the deficit, we can’t afford another massive tax break for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. We’ve tried this approach, and it didn’t grow the economy or strengthen the middle class…. [The president] will continue to call on Republicans in the House to stop holding the middle class tax cuts hostage and the House needs to follow the Senate’s lead and get this done.”

    The references to holding tax cuts “hostage” is of particular interest, because it helps summarize exactly what Republican lawmakers are arguing: tax breaks for the wealthy or tax breaks for no one. That’s the message the GOP is taking into the August recess and the 2012 election season.

    ————————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/02/13084799-house-sets-stage-for-tax-showdown?lite

  56. 236 yardarm756
    August 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Margaret and Helen have put up a new post.They sure tell it like it is. http://margaretandhelen.com/2012/08/02/i-morally-object-to-being-morally-objectionable-to-republicans/

  57. August 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Morning everyone. Lookong forward to another good day for PBO.

  58. 238 nospin
    August 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    “You got to believe and you got to believe strong”

    Chips, please consider posting this video on one of your cover pages. This barber’s words are still true today and we can all benefit from hearing it.


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