211 Responses to “Live now: President Obama Press Briefing”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Woah

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Chips.

  3. August 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Whhaaaat PBO at the presser!!!!

  4. August 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I hope the jackals like getting their tummies rubbed.

  5. August 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    “patently false.” As close to saying Robme’s lying as ever. You Go POTUS!

  6. 8 ranman11
    August 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    The jackals are going to embarrass themselves.

  7. 9 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    August 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Can’t waait

  8. 10 cookemom
    August 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Okay so now will they STFU about PBO giving interviews to the scrubs of journalism caste like Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, and local media outlets. The beltway elite thinks they’re the only ones worthy of access to PBO. PBO has more patience than me. I would not have given them this presser. Then again, I highly doubt anybody in that room would want to talk to me anyway.

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      August 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      That’s only because they don’t know you like we do, cookemom. :)

    • 14 Nena20409
      August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Make No mistake about it folks…..The Obama Team did this tiny presser to (a) continue with the tax question on Romney. (b) to make sure that the fawning of Romney on Akin is not overplayed, again by the media. (c)…This president is Already inside the head of Romney. And Just seeing a bout 8 minutes of this presser……This president Looks absolutely Relaxed and you can tell in his mannerism. Pres Obama is AAA plus in his way of brushing off fairy dusts off his shoulders. The pres is just Wickedly playing with the lying bishop and I am tickled to pink.

      • 15 cookemom
        August 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Nena20409 you are correct. Mea Culpa. I know PBO doesn’t make a move that’s not carefully thought out. This was to keep the Atkin creep front and center, make Mitt be more forceful in condemning him. Keep the tax issue alive and kicking. I join you in being tickled, the pink may be slightly more difficult.

        • 16 Nena20409
          August 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Oh, we are all Rainbow in this wonderful Village that Chipstiks built. I am loving every nanosecond of it. Love PBO when he is just without missing a beat……just mowing them down….. softly with a deadly punch. They never see it coming. Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly is what I am trying here….metaphorwise.

  9. August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Darn, I can’t see presser at work and can’t get on twitter unless I used my Iphone and that’s a no-no in the lab. What is POTUS saying?

  10. 18 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Pres. Obama says of Romney’s disgusting welfare ad: “You can’t make stuff up. You learn that as President of the United States.”

  11. 19 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Pres. Obama takes on this female reporter shilling for Romney. Says he’s not running a campaign based on anger and hate. Compares Romney to his dad who released 12 years of tax returns.

    • 20 dotster3
      August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Who was that? Nancy somebody? Just so typical of the skewed, partisan questioning. Shameful.

    • 21 vcprezofan2
      August 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I missed this, but Press Corps ticked me off so much in the first half of Jay’s reign that I finally gave up watching them. I couldn’t quite come to terms with the fact that they would ask the same thing over and over, even immediately after he had answered the very same question. IMO they weren’t even smart enough to reword the question, and I considered excessive repetition a waste of my time.

  12. 23 japa21
    August 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I am sure that there will be those that criticize the President for crashing the press conference. How dare he do this and not give them time to prepare the “serious” questions. In other words, how dare he not give them time to go to their corporate overlords to find out what questions (meaning criticisms) they can throw at him.

    And of course, the Romney campaign will accuse him of using the press conference as a campaign stunt which the MSM will pick up on.

    Wonder why nobody mentions that Romney refuses to give press conferences.

    • 24 lisalovesobama
      August 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I’m so glad he did it! I was expecting crap questions but except for that woman in the front whose question I missed and just caught the last 20 seconds of PBO’s answer, it was a decent presser.Tapper asked good, relevant questions and surprisingly, Toad Boy’s first question about Syria was too. I think he should do more unscheduled pressers in the future. It gives the asses no time to come up with stupid questions. I honestly thought Tapper would ask about Seamus. Was damned surprised when he didn’t.

      • 25 vcprezofan2
        August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        So Tapper is turning over a new leaf? Good to hear. I really was surprised when he answered my tweet last week. It sure would be nice if the Press Corps members continued this better-late-than-never effort to present info in a relatively neutral manner.

        • 26 lisalovesobama
          August 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          I wouldn’t go so far with the new leaf bit, more like he was so unprepared for this presser that his brain accidentally fell back on his Journalism 101 training.

    • 28 daisydem
      August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      He crashed it because he can … he IS the President of the United States! Right wing news pundits …. get over it!

    • 30 Nena20409
      August 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Well screw Romney. He is a wannabee.

      The president is after all, POTUS.

      WH presser wanted a press conference…..well…..PBO gave them one with both his hands behind him. The ease….that he single handily walked all over them. That Jay Leno tape with a photoshop PBO dancing as he approached the podium is so funny. Jay played it just last week when FLOTUS was on.

    • August 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      “I am sure that there will be those that criticize the President for crashing the press conference.”

      Don’t you remember unscheduled tests by your teachers in high school ?

      Q. “But you didn’t tell us there would be a test !”

      A. “It only contains questions about stuff you have already learned.”

      Or the best one:

      Q: “Can we make the questions in any order ?”

      A: “No, in that case I would have written them in any order.”

      • 32 Nena20409
        August 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        Well then, If they are real reporters, then….they were trained and they should be ready to earn their pay than Talking Points TBGOPer memes.

        They are all paid well. The least they can do is earn their pay.

  13. 33 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh boy…Chuck Todd is shilling for Willard.

  14. 35 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    PAGING UT! Once you go live blogging you can’t go back. I am searching for your live tweeting on Twitter because I can’t watch now. Please

    • 36 utaustinliberal
      August 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Hahahaha….I did live tweet and I put it on TOD. :D

      • 37 theo67
        August 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        So true, UT. Your live blogging of these events is what helps to keep me current on latest happenings while at work – and I can easily retweet. Thanks for doing that!

  15. 38 4morefor44
    August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    what a f-ing toad chuck todd is! he used the horrors in syria as a shield to ask more about rmoney tax forms?!? chuck clearly doesn’t give a damn about all those dying in syria. damn, these propagandists are evil.

  16. August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  17. 40 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Pres. Obama says it’s not personal or mean for him to want Romney to release his tax returns. It’s what Presidential candidates have done for decades. It’s standard practice.

  18. August 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • 43 jacquelineoboomer
      August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Excellent. And that might be 1870 “reported” rapes of women.

      • August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        True, Jacqueline. We have much to fear that the actual number is well in excess of 1870 per day. BTW, even in Syria and other places of revolution and war where rape is constantly occurring, 1870 rapes a day would be up there. So, #WarOnWomen in the USA needs to be viewed as not a hash tag or hyperbole but harsh reality. And guys like Rush, Beck, Romney, Ryan, Akin, Ron Paul, etc., are doing everything they can to enable it to continue.

  19. 46 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Pres. Obama says that when you run for POTUS your life is an open book. The American people want to know who you are. He’s not asking for Romney to release his medical records, even though candidates are supposed to do so, he’s just asking that he be honest with the American people.

    • 47 Nena20409
      August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Secrecy…….well….Secretive Romney. The press should chew on that, should they not?

    • 48 yardarm756
      August 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Forget aboutit! Royal monarchs don’t have to reveal a damn thing…………. Prepare the throne for the king and his queen! :-(

  20. 49 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    POTUS just made Chuck Todd look like a moron on his shilling for Romney. BOOM! That’s how you do it.

  21. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Refreshed the page, saw zero comments, computer froze. I haz a sad. I coulda been a contendah!!! I might have gotten an image of Joey. :(

    Isn’t President Obama superb at these appearances before the “press”? He manages, also, too, not to GAG when the Romney tool Chuck Todd is lookin’ at him.

    Noticed MSNBC is having two “specials” on the candidates. Yuckie Chuckie will moderate the look-see at his boy Romney. Chris Matthews got PBO’s special. Chris should be gettin’ that feelin’ up his leg, soon. Yuck. Sorry. Nobody wants to go there.

  22. 56 Don
    August 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Damn! I missed it. Fuck you Law&Order, fuck you!

  23. 58 theo67
    August 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Wow – I caught about 8 minutes of that press conference. I’ve missed seeing POTUS smack down the jackals, and just give us a glimpse into his awesome mind and how he’s running the world – literally. He moves seamlessly between issues, discussing foreign affairs (and actually naming countries that actually exist and are current news), and economic issues, dealing with the jackals and their stupidity, looking gorgeous all the while. Nice…

  24. 59 Don
    August 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Somebody tell me, did President Obama kick ass? I didn’t get a chance to see it.

  25. 65 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    The media once again tried to get Pres. Obama but he PWNED them big time. This is what will be playing all day. Pres. Obama telling Romney to release his tax returns if he has nothing to hide. Pres. Obama talking about the swiss bank accounts, Pres. Obama telling Romney “you can’t just make stuff up” in terms of the disgusting welfare ad.

    Team Obama is fucking genius. The next couple of days will be dominated by Todd Akin, and Pres. Obama once again smelling like roses.

    p.s. Pres. Obama in response to Todd Akin, said Rape is rape and trying to differentiate doesn’t make sense to the American people.

  26. 66 anniebella
    August 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    And you take notice that Romney and his people talk about McCain only releasing two years of tax returns, but wasn’t there something about more of McCain tax returns being release because he was in the Senate.

  27. 69 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Tamron Hall will have Sandra Fluke on her program. Rush is getting all stirred up, I’m sure. Somehow Akin’s comments will be because of Sandra Fluke or PBO or the left or progressives … or … his mommy.

  28. 73 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    For those who missed the presser:

  29. 74 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  30. 77 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  31. 81 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I missed itoo. Can’t believe these folks here expect me to work when PBO is speaking. :-)

    Anyway, I take solace in knowing that video of the press briefing will be on whitehouse.gov later. It’ll be on cspan.org too.

    • August 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      “Can’t believe these folks here expect me to work when PBO is speaking. ”

      Move to Europe. Most of what the President of the United States does happens in the evening here.

      • 83 Dudette
        August 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Interesting idea, but I’ll stick with catching up later on. :-)
        Have been on 4 of the 7 continents. Love to visit, but for me, there’s no place like home.

  32. 85 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    WH Press Jackals openly hostile toward PBO. It is their role to hold those in power accountable, not spit out angry, hostile, accusatory questions at him, looking very much like an arm of the opposing party. President Obama always handles everything they throw with calm, sensible, patient answers. Don’t know how he does it. He has miraculous inner strength.

    • 86 lisalovesobama
      August 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      They’re lucky they got what they did. Under a Willard/ rAyn administration, they wouldn’t even be let into the white house. Bunch of losers. That April woman from BET or wherever she calls a hovel was complaining about how short the presser was. She was calling to Jay:” is that it?” and asking if he was going to continue but it looks like PBO and Jay just dropped the mic and walked out. Good for them!

    • August 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      He has their number!

    • 88 Cha
      August 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Yeah, why would you want to be “a stranger” to a pack of openly hostile gopropaganda pushing JacASSals?!

      Freaking morons.

    • August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      I hope everyone will “take a gander.” I particularly laughed at this, LL.

      “And I often find myself thinking: ‘Surely, the GOP has hit rock bottom. Surely, it can’t sink lower, can it?’

      And then Todd Akin come along and blows shit all over my white sheets.”

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Great read. . . tweeted!
      Thanks. . .

  33. 92 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Tamron reporting what I read on Twitter—-that Rove’s Crossroads pulling out of Mo.——don’t know if that’s pressure on Akin to drop out or what.

    • 93 donna dem 4 obama
      August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      His staying in the race will I think pretty much ensure that McCaskill keeps her seat (Conservadem and all) so I hope he doesn’t bow to the pressure and stays in the race.

      • 94 Nena20409
        August 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Unfortunately, he will bow out. The Tony Perkin guy from the family research group said for Akin to quit, now. You see, Akin said what they have been saying quietly amongst themselves on TV. They have until 8-22-12 to get a replacement. RNC is saying that if he doesn’t pull out, then he is on his own. So yes, they are putting too much pressure on him to step aside.

  34. August 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    h/t ThePoliticalCarnival.net

    Further words by POTUS on Akin and “legitimaterape”: “The views expressed were offensive… And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.”

    • August 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Oops, didn’t see the clip above.

    • 97 hopefruit2
      August 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      What an outstanding expression of our President’s leadership and compassion! I would love for Chips to front page just these words so that all can know and see why we need this man in the WH for FOUR MORE YEARS.

  35. 98 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  36. August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    THANKS! for the laugh from Laffy’s dad. I needed one.

    “MITT was hoping to energize Republicans by announcing PAUL RYAN as his running mate. That’s like trying to spice up a bowl of oatmeal by adding MORE oatmeal.”

    More comedy here: http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/08/20/time-for-another-stand-up-political-comedy-blog-85/

  37. 101 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I still want to know who that 1st lady questioner was—–I thought someone referred to her as Nancy, but I see no Nancy on WHPC list. She had me seething with her Willard hand-off question—–taken verbatim from Willard’s dishonest ads.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      August 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Yes, her line of questioning was bordering on disrespect, and most importantly, it was based on mischaracterizations and downright falsehoods.

    • 103 Nena20409
      August 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I didn’t see that part but my guess is that she is from the AP. They typically would get the 1st question.

  38. 104 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    August 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    It was so nice that the president didn’t give the jackals a heads up so try can collect their GOP talking points.

  39. 105 edwina3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I know many of us have issues with Sully and I am not shilling for him but anybody who smacks down that cretinous, smug Niall Ferguson deserves a plug. Tina Brown should be ashamed.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/08/fisking.html

    • 106 Cha
      August 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks edwina! From your link..

      “More to come. The piece is sadly so ridden with errors and elisions and non-sequiturs it will require a few more posts.”

  40. 107 anniebella
    August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I was reading were some of these right wingnuts want POTUS to release his college records, first it was birth certificate, so these dam idiots won’t never give up. No other President have been ask to release their birth certificate before. Tax returns yes.

    • 108 57andfemale
      August 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      There was an April Fool’s joke about how PBO got into college, which has become ‘truth’ to the lunatic RWNJ’s.

  41. 109 FiredUpInCA
    August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  42. 110 edwina3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I think stopping by the press briefings impromptu is BRILLIANT! PBO is so much quicker than the press on his feet at these things. The formal press conferences gives the press too much opportunity to grandstand for the cameras.

    • 111 cookemom
      August 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Actually, the formality of it gives PBO the chance to be even more Presidential. Now the local, network, and cable media will cover it in some form or another because of the spontaneity of his showing up. They had to stand up for him for gosh sakes. BRILLIANT!!!!

  43. 113 57andfemale
    August 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  44. 118 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    RNC said to be putting huge pressure on Akin to bow out—–said to be in panic mode—–thought he was their chance for the Senate—–telling him if he stays in he’s on his own, no help from RNC or super-pacs, only his base of illegitimate rape true believers.

  45. 130 Tally
    August 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  46. 134 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hey TOD, I know Pres. Obama has been recently conducting interviews with local stations. I need some help in finding them.

    Here are a few leads I believe.

    • 135 hopefruit2
      August 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      I read somewhere that the interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM Eastern and are closed press, so we will have to wait until then to find links.

  47. 137 Linda
    August 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My e-mail to UpChuck Toad.

    Wonder why the President does not interact with the White House Press Corps often ?

    Watch a replay of all of you acting like fools today.

    Do it as a group in-service.

    The questions are laughable and you are all shills . Yelling out as he leaves the room is juvenile.

    • 138 cookemom
      August 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I missed Chucks turn at the mike. What was his question to PBO?

      • 139 dotster3
        August 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        A double—–first a question about Syria, which someone rightly described as sortof a fake question cause Todd didn’t look like he was really interested in any explanation about Syria——-and then to the real question which was —–why do you want to see Willard’s tax returns, do you not feel he is “playing by the same set of rules”? (Why are you so nosy about Willard’s super secret money stashes?) PBO answered smartly, sensibly and sanely, as is his constant habit. Todd looked dumb in comparison, as is his habit.

        • 140 Dudette
          August 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm

          Excellent synopsis. Thank you!

        • 141 cookemom
          August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          That sounds like Chuck gave him a lob and PBO got a chance to continue to hammer away at the tax issue. I didn’t get the same take I guess, but then again, I didn’t hear it. I can’t wait until PBO can talk more about foreign affairs. Of all the topics, this is Mittiful’s weakest field. I appreciate any attention the media brings to foreign affairs.

  48. 142 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Pres. Obama’s interview with WMUR-New Hampshire. There’s video on the website and more stuff to read.

    Obama said he’s ready to battle over Medicare.

    “I’m happy to have that debate. I’m looking forward to having that debate. Look, Congressman Ryan was the author of a budget that calls for turning Medicare into a voucher system,” said Obama.

    “The toughest thing about being president, and obviously it’s the biggest privilege somebody can ever have and I love the job, but you are in this bubble in Washington, and during the campaign, you get out, you go to diners you go to bars… You’re talking to families and kissing babies, and it just reminds you of how decent and hard-working and resilient the American people are,” said Obama. “And it reminds you why what you do is worth while because if you meet that one person who says ‘You know what, my kid has health care now because of your health care bill,’ or somebody tells me, ‘My cousin works in the auto industry and wants to say thank you,’ it really makes all the fights we go through. It’s what its all about.”

    WMUR also asked the president about the controversial remarks made by Vice President Joe Biden last week, when he told a crowd the Republicans are “going to put you all back in chains.”

    “The truth is, if you look at what he was talking about, he was talking about if Governor Romney reversed all the reforms we put into Wall Street to make sure we don’t have another taxpayer-funded bailout, and he did not at all mean this in some sort of racial connotation, but one of the things that happens during the course of the campaign, there’s always a focus on parsing folks’ words and perceived gaffs. That’s part of the process,” said Obama.

    Read more: http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/Win-or-lose-this-is-Obama-s-final-election-campaign/-/9857858/16192760/-/qajdmq/-/index.html#ixzz2472cHWaf

    • 143 theo67
      August 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      President Obama has to answer the stupidest questions (VP Biden’s non-gaffe, GOP lies about healthcare and welfare), all while he’s actually dealing with thoughts of Syria escalation, Iran-Israel, Israel-Palestine, Europe financial instability, Afghanistan casualties and ending the war there, keeping the government running once the GOP come back and start negotiating for their 1% tax cuts, executing all the cabinet positions, election tom-foolery, preparing for the conventions… It’s astounding – and that’s not even including what’s going on in his own life! And in the midst of all that, he made time to go greet the children at the kids state dinner. There’s no-one else like him.

  49. 144 dotster3
    August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Even tho every Repub but the most delirious pro-lifers are pressuring Akin to drop out—–stay strong, doofus!——even Willard told him to take a hike, in so many words(take 24 hrs. and do what’s best for your party)——–our news media is doing their best to protect the poor unfortunate fella and going way overboard in trying to distance Willard/Voucher from his remarks——busy today protecting the Republican Party—-it’s their job!

  50. 147 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Karl Rove’s disgusting Super PAC have pulled ads out of MO now that Todd Akin has self-imploded.

    Also, Sen. John Cornyn told Akin that the GOP would be pulling back the $5M they had originally intended to spend on ads for him.

    Hahahahaha……sweet Schadenfreude.

    • 148 57andfemale
      August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      He’ll quit. I read somewhere where he has 48 hours for the RNC to replace him? Think that’s what I read. That was Saturday I think. So he has today to get the hell out of Dodge.

      Of course that would require critical skills, like counting to 48 hours, which I don’t believe he possesses.

      • August 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

        He’s not quitting ….

        http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-i-have-not-yet-begun-to-fight.php

        Evan McMorris-Santoro August 20, 2012, 2:06 PM 2718

        Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) apologized profusely, said he understood how pregnancy works and invoked Sept. 11 in his first interview since he unleashed a firestorm with a Sunday statement that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” can biologically fend off pregnancy.

        He also vowed to stay in the Missouri Senate race, despite calls from more than one Republican senator for him to drop his bid.

        “The good people of Missouri nominated me. And I’m not a quitter. And my belief is we’re going to take this thing forward,” Akin told Mike Huckabee on his talk radio show Monday. “To quote my old friend John Paul Jones, ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight.’”

        • 150 FiredUpInCA
          August 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

          He may be saying he won’t quit but just like Romney claims he picked his VP, I don’t think it’s his decision to make. I could be wrong. But I think Akins’s out of there he co-sponsored 8 anti-abortion bills with Ryan and that fact would way down Romney/Ryan and all those GOPers running for re-election in the Senate and the House.

        • 151 Dudette
          August 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

          I’m almost curious what the “good reverend” Huckabee had to say about his rape comment, but never mind. I’m sure he, if not outright, tacitly absolved Mr. Akin of any transgression.

        • 152 57andfemale
          August 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

          There are some ‘sources’ saying he will quit. hey, I want the crazy son of a bitch on the ticket. And the frightening thing is, he still stands a good chance of winning.

          Poor people from rural states who rely more on the Federal government voting against their own interests — it’s terrifying.

    • 154 theo67
      August 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      The interesting thing is that this Akin fellow has held these beliefs for a while. He didn’t just turn into a douche. And the GOP have been supporting him this whole time, knowing what his priorities would be if he ever got to the Senate. And their distancing from him has nothing to do with doing what’s right, but only with doing what’s politically expedient. They could care less what happens to women, as long as it happens after the election after those women vote against their best interests.

  51. 155 cookemom
    August 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The RWNJs are trying to make Atkin’s comments about rape to be about abortion. It’s not. It’s about that fool thinking that a woman can persuade a rapist sperm to not impregnate her. So now it seems that he does believe in pro-choice. A woman can choose to become pregnant from a rape or she can choose to ‘shut it down’. Who knew?

  52. August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Drats! I tuned in just as he was talking about Syria.

  53. 158 57andfemale
    August 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Akin has until 5:00 p.m. to Tuesday to withdraw or he must remain on the ballot:

    “115.359. 1. Any person who has filed a declaration of candidacy for nomination and who wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall, not later than the eleventh Tuesday prior to the primary election, file a written, sworn statement of withdrawal in the office of the official who accepted such candidate’s declaration of candidacy. ”

    I believe that ‘primary’ in this case means the major election, not the party’s primary.

    • 159 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      So, he let out the crazy right before the deadline. As Mr. Spock would say “Fascinating” (right-eye brow raised).

      • August 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        He said he’s not quitting … TPM covered it … quote and link up thread … and, I assure you the person most surprised by the reaction to his comment was him because all he did was speak the way he always does to his pals Ryan, Rove, etc … but just happened to forget where he was when doing so …

        • 161 Dudette
          August 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

          That is messed up on soooo many levels. Oh well, good news for John McCain — and hopefully, Claire McCaskill.

  54. 162 Don
    August 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    So Akin was up almost double digits on McCaskill before this thing exploded in his face. How the fuck is that even possible, how can this motherfucker hold a double digit lead? What the fuck is going on in this country that a slime-ball can get elected for office and hold such vile views? And if he would have kept his mouth closed and kept his ignorance to himself he could have sailed into the senate.

    • 163 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      That’s the scary part. This creature is ALREADY in Congress (has been since 2001) and sits on the Budget Committee and the freaking Science, Space and Technology Committee! What the hell is wrong with voters in Missouri? It’s like they all got drunk before going to the ballot box and said: “Hey, let’s hire the most extreme batcrapcrazy fuck and send him to Congress — wouldn’t that be a hoot?”

    • 164 Eveingeorgia
      August 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      What you just said, Don.

      That press conference was sheer genius.

    • 165 FiredUpInCA
      August 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I asked that same question. How did he have such a lead? The fact that he and others like him were elected is why I give no quarter to rabid right wingers. They have permanently discredited themselves as honest brokers. They yell READ THE BILL and seemed to have skipped the bills that Akin and Ryan co-sponsored. They fly in the face of precedent and demand to see the President’s birth certificate and shrug when Romney flies in the face of precedent and refuses to show as many tax returns as previous presidents. They yell ACORN VOTER FRAUD and a mute about the national voter purges going on in the country.

      They are hard-headed ideologues who don’t take a long view or all-inconclusive view of the country. We must and will out energize and outnumber them in November.

  55. 166 Don
    August 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    It’s not the Republican Party that’s the enemy; we are the enemy against ourselves. On a daily basis I have to fight motherfuckers that want to cut their own throats, I have to try and explain to people that live paycheck to paycheck what a Romney presidency would do to their asses, and I’m getting fucking tired.

    • 167 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I know. The other night as I pulled up at a stop light, right behind a beat-up white van with ladders and equipment, clearly that of someone who works hard for a living. Back door and bumper was covered with all these ugly anti-Obama stickers on them. I just shook my head as I had to ride behind him for a mile or so, then watched as dude turned down a street that leads to a big trailer park. Sad thing is these folks aren’t just in Georgia and they’re not just in the South.

  56. 168 lisalovesobama
    August 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Is Martin coming back? This is getting ridiculous! He’s been gone too darned long!

    • 169 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Remember he switched to 4PM ET. @BashirLive says he’s back today.

      • 170 lisalovesobama
        August 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        I remember he switched to 4. I’m juggling my schedule to see if watching is worth it. It’s a go if Martin is back, if not, I’ll do something else. The host of a program matters. Nothing against Karen, but I prefer Martin.

  57. 171 Tally
    August 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  58. August 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    • 175 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      They’re all sociopaths.

    • 176 susanne
      August 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      my opinion: men who think it’s their right to define rape for women, are men who think it’s their right to have sex with women who don’t want sex with them.

      deal with it–no means no, on a date, in a marriage, if you’re drunk, if she’s drunk, if she is wearing sexy clothing, if she said yes before, or if she uses softer language (ie headache, tired).

      they parse rape because they want what they do to be outside the definition.

  59. 177 Tally
    August 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  60. 180 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Saw this on Martin Bashir’s twitter timeline
    ——————————————————–

    Garrett Haake‏@GarrettNBCNews

    Romney calls on Obama to regularly address Afghanistan & our role & plans there. Obama did that on national TV in May: http://nyti.ms/Rwy4SW

    Retweeted by Martin Bashir

    • 182 lisalovesobama
      August 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?!!!!!! He’s a good candidate for Claire M to crush! :/ Stupid republican peer pressure! :x

    • 183 Bill R.
      August 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Wrong. He has said he is staying in and just sent out a fundraiser tweet!

  61. 185 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    For those who missed Pres. Obama’s press briefing here is it is:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/48727152#48727674

    The woman who pissed everyone off by shilling for Romney looks like CBS’s Nancy Cordes. She normally covers Capitol Hill but must have been filling in for Nora O’Donnell.

  62. 190 edwina3
    August 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    NYM has a nice collection of Niall Ferguson smacks-downs, so satisfying.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/niall-ferguson-smacked-down-over-obama-newsweek-cover.html

  63. 191 Dudette
    August 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Deval Patrick on MSNBC now
    Watch here if you’re not near a cable TV: http://blog.livenewschat.tv/rockinroosters/

  64. 199 Don
    August 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Sometimes I wish I were insane, then everything would make perfect sense to me.

  65. 201 cookemom
    August 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Atkins said he’s in it to win it and is not dropping out. He also issued a better veiled apology. Sen. Claire McCaskill hinted this morning that if he drops out she’d make it about the national RNC coming in and influencing their local elections by demanding Atkins drop out. I don’t think the folks in Mazzura would cotton too much from those outsider elitist telling them who they gotta vote fer.

    • August 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      He was the least favored candidate in the Republican race and the Dems purpopsely tried to elevate him. We don’t want him to drop out so that that crazy woman Sarah Palin endorsed comes in at the last minute.

    • 203 Dudette
      August 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Let’s hope she knows her constituents well enough to convince them she should keep her job.
      They didn’t seem convinced before Akin leaked some of the sewage from his brain.

      • 204 cookemom
        August 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        She was hoping for an Atkin victory during the ‘pub primary. However, she was also the person who had the most money from ‘pub superpacs spent against her in all races nationwide. She had an uphill battle at best, but she was going against the opponent who she was most likely to beat.

    • August 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  66. 206 cookemom
    August 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    tell it Toure!!!

  67. 207 Lorraine
    August 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Martin is back!!!

  68. 208 utaustinliberal
    August 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Martin Bashir is BACCCCCK! Thank you sweet baby Jesus!

  69. 209 jacquelineoboomer
    August 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Nice takedown by Toure on MSNBC of Artur Davis, newly minted Republican in VA, former Obama endorser.

    Toure called him part of the Republican “1%” – who’ll provide the “allusion of inclusion” at their convention. Yep, more AA speakers at their convention than on the convention floor, unless Romney’s hiring another charter plane.

    Martin’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. August 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    College back in session-

    Should go to local junior college and register voters!


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