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Charlottesville …. and more

Msg from The Obama Diary: Genuine bloggers who create their own posts are welcome to use anything from TOD – rebloggers, who only copy others in an attempt to up their traffic, are not. Like the reblogger who treats women like this – explicit – while copying TOD posts on women’s rights. He belongs in the GOP.

@NoShock

See the speech at C-Span

… with former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine

Charlottesville, August 29

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President Obama greets one-year old Noah Sabol after arriving at Charlottesville-Albermarle Airport in Virginia, August 29

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Actress Sissy Spacek waits to greet President Obama after he walks out of a local Obama for President office in Charlottesville

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Colorado State University yesterday

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At last…..

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218 Responses to “Charlottesville …. and more”


  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    What a day!

  2. 2 magapie
    August 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    FORWARD!!!!

  3. 3 FiredUpInCA
    August 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats Proud Former White House Intern.

  4. 5 collegekay
    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Love him to pieces.

  5. 6 collegekay
    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    That lady is getting a REALLY good hug in — got her hand on his head and everything LOL.

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    All the pics above confirm to me that the media knows that Romney is going to lose, and they are in major overdrive to make it seem like Romney has the upper hand, or his ads are working, or his supporters are more enthusiastic etc.

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      August 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      And the farther they go in overdrive, the more they motivate OUR supporters! Works for me! Hiya, Hf, how has your day been going? :lol:

    • 16 dotster3
      August 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Chris Mathews sounded like he thought Romney was going to win. It was the most disgusting Hardball I have ever seen—–talked about him pushing one big conservative legislation with an entire Repub Congress etc. Love fest with Kasich, who first lied and said that Obama was removing the work requirement in welfare, and then backtracked after being shown the Brownback semi-denial. But the rest of the interview was full of praise and goo with the Oh. gov. Interview with Christine O’Donnell!!! and some tea party person, let them ramble at will. Some other Repubs were sandwiched in there too—-blocked from my mind, but it was all just horrible. And Tweety seemed happy as a lark with all the “politics” that is going on, excited, doesn’t matter what kind of politics, it’s all a Fun Game. I give up on any real decency or core beliefs in any of these media jerks. I’m not sure any of them really care what happens—–they’ll all have their same jobs, same big money, just different things to jabber about.

      • 17 0388jojothecat
        August 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        Tweety was probably told to lay off confronting the GOP convention goers about the truth. This is THEIR party so be nice or they’re gonna ask you to go home.

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        August 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        And that, ladies and gentlemen, about sums it up. Well said, dotster3. What a bunch of losers they all are.

      • 19 EDP4BHO
        August 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        So in the end, how reliable is Matthews? Really, he is a pundit who gets paid ridiculous bucks to entertain. I am not a real told you so person, but I had my doubts a few days ago reading everyone’s praise of him -not you, dotster, as I don’t recall seeing you doing so. I see you as cautious. Once a snake, always a snake. Let’s never let our guard down. We know who the real journalists are, though few.

  7. 21 squarepeg
    August 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Oh yeah WJLA was totally right when they said things in charlottesville weren’t quite the same as before.

  8. 22 Tally
    August 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

  9. 38 4morefor44
    August 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    so “the news” is now trying to create an issue over smaller crowds sizes for president obama compared to 2008?!?! do they ever mention how much different security needs to be for a sitting u.s. president versus a candidate for president? since mittbot’s talks are beyond pathetic in terms of the crowds and their reactions, seems to me they’re doing one of their usual “turn one of president obama’s strengths into a negative,” which it seems they do now with basically any positive that president obama has. for cryin out loud, the day after bin laden was killed “the news” was already working to diminish the president’s accomplishment, and now we have that false super pac with their false claims about the bin laden raid, and now this guy with the book is talking and putting out quotes from the book already WHICH MATCH EXACTLY TO THE TALKING POINTS FROM THAT SUPER PAC AND OF THE REPUBLICANS. and of course this guy is going through fox news too. this stuff is coordinated.

    they say he doesn’t give enough press conferences (even though the fact that he’s given more than most presidents), and when he does one yet again, they mock him as he’s going out the door (chuck todd). president obama literally cannot do anything right according to “the news.” thankfully, he knows this and takes it into account when he does what does. forward!!!

  10. 39 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    wow Sissy Spasek looks fantastic

  11. 42 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like lots of love in Charlottesville! Prez is looking quite dapper with the loosened tie. Yum.

    How cute is little Noah — and he looks like a handful!

  12. 45 lovingandlaughing
    August 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Wow, I am loving all these pics!! what great energy! Sissy Spacek looks adorable waiting or PBO!

  13. 46 theo67
    August 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    It still amazes me that people are willing to stand for hours to get into an event, then stand for hours waiting for the event to start, and they are still so fired up when the President enters that the microphones quiver with the volume! Awesome.

    • 47 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I stood in line for 6 hrs on an early voting day to vote for one Barack Obama for President. It was exhilarating!
      I don’t remember feeling tired at all, except maybe that last half hour. :-)

  14. 49 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I think the Obama campaign is going to have to answer the welfare/work attack ads in some massive ad campaign. I think they’re doing a lot of damage. There are forces that have been trying to make him the black president for black and brown people from the beginning, and that ad is geared toward that effort. If they succeed, we lose. And it is interesting that PBO has had AA critics charging the opposite, that he isn’t doing enough for their causes. I think there is a need to tell some truths about the welfare ad and the Medicare ad, which is being used for the same purpose, that Obama is taking money from Medicare to give poor black and brown people free health care. Those ads are stirring up hate and anger and resentment in the low info voters, who have seen those ads airing continuously in the battleground states.

    • August 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      As you listen to the President speak to this issue it is clear he is ridiculing both the John Birch Party and much of the media. I expect to see considerable attention brought to the lies next week, live on broadcast/cable TV. Even more importantly is when this issue emerges in the debates. So, next week, hours of free airtime. The debates – again free airtime as the President confronts #BainMitt for all to see. Then, as necessary, spend the money on ads because you’ll have the most important content – replay of the President calling out #BirtherMitt, face to face.

      #PRESSON

    • 51 lamh35
      August 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I think the campaign is waiting for the end of the conventions in particular the end of the RNC because as you can see, none of the news orgs are doing anything other than fluffing Romney and doing softball interviews and programming on Mittens and Ann. The conventions are for partisans and I read a poll today that 20% of people say they are still not paying attention to politics. Could the campaign have started the ad camp early, maybe, but with the real fundraising “disadvantage” the campaign has, wasting money on ads while the people you want to hear them are not paying attention is a waste of money, that the campaign does not want to waste. Particularly with all the complaining about the “tone” of the fundraising emails.

      Plus the air in the room right now is full with the RNC and Hurricane ne’ Tropical Storm Isaac.

    • 53 forus50
      August 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      This is the same type of crap/different day that Palin got the low info voter all excited about. Scare the dummies. Seriously. Obama campaign knows how to deal with this and have their own internal polls going on every day in the swing states. Mitt hasn’t gotten a convention bounce.

      Most voters have made up their minds –including the low info voters — so it’s all about the 5-10% of independents in the swing states – seeing what polls well with them. It appears that what appeals to them (based on the strategy thus far by the Obama campaign) is: 1) light hearted but nonetheless truthful killer attack ads and 2) Obama talking up what he has already done and what still needs to be done by an Obama administration.

    • August 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      ICAM. I disagree with everyone saying that the polls lie and all that we have a bigger lead. The racist campaign is working and the Obama campaign push back ialmost non-exist. I think they decided there’s no point to fight the lies and from what I see on Twitter, Axe and the rest are way too nonchalant about the damage this crap does. Maybe they really know something that we don’t, but that’s not how I feel.

      • August 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        Sorry for the typos. This thing makes my blood boils.

        • 58 forus50
          August 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

          bwd, What polls are you referring to? I’m not disagreeing with ONE poll with the caveat that PPP is a dem lead pollster and Rasmussen and a few others are GOP leanding. But taking them at face value all the swing state polls show Obama leading in all of them but only by 1-6 points. The national polls are virtually tied. Virtually tied but scientifically MEANINGLESS. POTUS only needs to win 3 or 4 of the swing states and Mitt needs to win them all. As David Plouffe would say: “It’s close but I’d rather be us than them”.

          • August 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

            PPP, clearly Dem leaning, has PBO up only 3 in Nevada. Iowa is a toss up. Wisconsin almost too. All this happened since the racist campaign started. It’s a huge mistake to have our head in the sand, just because we simply can not believe that this tactic can win in the year 2012.
            Last week I met this couple. They have all the make up of a heart bleeding Liberals. Their education, life interests, life style. I didn’t even think twice before starting gushing all over PBO, just to learn that they are on every Obama-hate mailing list you can think of. The guy explained me that once he begun watching Fox, “My eyes were opened to the truth about Obma”. If this can happen to people like them, imagine the tens of millions of ignorant in this country. PBO, bless his great heart, have a belief in this country that Is misguided right now. This situation is so dangerous, that I think they shouldn’t rule out leaking Romney’s taxes in some way.

            • 60 forus50
              August 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

              It’s unnerving to see people who should know better. I always go back to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Y-Q9ZY5Ao
              Nothing has changed from this other than Wisconsin now being a harder state to win but it’s winnable. Whoever the VP pick is usually influences their home state. As Messina saiys: We have a lot of options to put as many in play as possible.

      • August 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        I hear you BWD, I keep reminding myself when all this hate becomes too much that America elected PBO last time, but the turn-out was huge and it needs to be again. The campaign frustrates me at times, but I just have to trust that they know what they’re doing and have a few surprises up their sleeves. I’m also convinced the debates will be a huge factor, when PBO destroys Romney it’s going to be very tricky for the MSM to spin it when most people will see it with their own eyes. I’m not remotely complacent about it all, an abysmal McCain, with the country sick of the GOP, still nearly got 46%, so Romney is probably guaranteed at least that. There are ****ing tough days ahead, but hang in there, we can do it. Sometimes – maybe not often – good wins out.

  15. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    August 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I think we have our answer. Steve Schmidt, who helped to bring us Sarah Palin, just said on Rev. Al’s show, more or less, “Most Republicans genetically get in the fetal position about Medicare.” So the problem is GENETICS! Where’s a scientist when you need one? Oh, that’s right, Republicans don’t believe in science.

  16. 63 Linda
    August 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    MSNBC beat TeaNN is last nights ratings Convention coverage.

  17. 64 Tally
    August 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    • 65 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Amen to that Tally!! They WILL use every trick in the book. We must do everything possible to stay a step ahead.

  18. 66 vcprezofan2
    August 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I really liked DD4O’s tweet so I decided to see if I could pass it on to Willard.

  19. August 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I don’t know how you could have heard the crowd when PBO stepped out and think for one NANOSECOND that the “magic is gone.” Pure BS.

  20. 77 utaustinliberal
    August 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Sissy Spacek! Love her!

    These images are so heartwarming.

  21. 78 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Just a gentle warning and reminder:

    Now that the GOP Convention is proving to be a major trainwreck, do not expect the MSM to have ANYTHING positive to say about our President between now and November 6. And that includes some of the traditionally more “Liberal” media. For e.g., I’ve pretty much written off people like Ezra Klein, Jonathan Capehart, etc. If Tweety says/does something positive one day, I expect him to taketh away with something negative the following day. That’s his modus operandi, and if it brings him ratings, he will continue to employ that method.These people have decided that their cushy well-paying jobs are more important to keep than getting this president re-elected. And if that means building up Mitt Romney while tearing our President, then so be it. Integrity no longer rules when it comes to the corporate media.

    The powers that be were truly hoping that Romney would’ve gained some ground with his VP selection, and the RNC/GOP convention, but it appears that neither event is helping and might actually make things worse. Meanwhile, PBO’s momentum is actually picking up on the ground, and NOW that young people are getting excited. The media is frightened because the propaganda that they’ve been trying to peddle about young people and others not “enthusiastic” is now being decimated by the optics of our President being extremely well received by increasingly LARGER crowds, more OFA offices opening with oodles of volunteers, and an ever-widening gap between Romney and PBO among key constituents and in KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES LIKE FLORIDA.

  22. 80 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

    By Matt Taibbi

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    How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill

    ————————————-

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829#ixzz24yV7dZue

  23. August 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    What was the Crowd size?

  24. 84 carolyn
    August 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    My husband was at his health club for his cardiac rehab. Most of the people there are “old white guys” like him. He talked to a few of them, and they said that Christie’s was the meanest, most disgusting speech they ever heard. They are supposed to be his demographic…..but I think if he had them, he lost them last night. They know enough to make their own conclusions; they don’t need to be told by “pundits” what to think. Those comments were encouraging to me.

  25. 87 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    • August 29, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Look, I am not even Black and this pissed me off. I probably would have said something, at least. Just saying!

      • 89 dotster3
        August 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        Every decent person, no matter the skin tone, should have been repulsed by this incident.
        I noticed Wolfe was anxious to say that all other attendees were “behaving beautifully”. Ummmm—–not the Ron Paul contingent, at least, who yelled “F___ you, you tyrants” at Boehner and Priebus on the stage, and then the “USA USA!” chants as the Puerto Rican lady was speaking, whether that was from the Ron Paul goofnuts again or Repubs who don’t like accents, either way, not “behaving beautifully”.

        • 90 prettyfoot58
          August 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

          The problem i had with the answer is that when you have a hate filled racist platform…when you carouse with birthers…when you use the racist welfare issue….

          this is the kind of ugliness that erupts…you cannot separate the two

          • 91 yardarm756
            August 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

            Now, now. We can’ focus on that. They were caught so lets move on. Bull shit. If you’re white it’s alright? PBO says ‘You didn’t build this’ misquote and they build a campaign around a lie but shit can the truth in a coupla minutes. Pisses me off…..Sorry folks.

            • 92 99ts
              August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

              Perfectly said yardarm – I noted wolf said this “Its an isolated incident”
              When the nominee is sending out racist messages this is NOT an isolated incident – every horror story, every racist comment – and it is just an isolated event – something is a common theme in all this isolation.

              • 93 yardarm756
                August 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

                You bet your ass. Post racial indeed. Bunch o’ b.s. Sorry 99 but I’ve been on the planet too long to buy anymore of it. I am tired!

          • 94 Dudette
            August 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

            I blame John McCain. I hope his conscience eats him up with it everyday. He opened the floodgates when he picked Wasilly Sarah instead of a serious running mate. She set the template and ever since then Rapepublikkkans have felt comfortable pulling their racist hate right on out from under the rock for all to see. And the MSM enables it whenever anyone tries to call them on it with their despicable false equivalency meme.

            Evil flourishes when “good” people look the other way.

          • 95 Dakota
            August 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

            Exactly pretty! I just said to hubby that the discussion should be about the environment that allows these people to feel comfortable doing something like this.

    • 96 anniebella
      August 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I think this was horrible on both ends, what was done to the woman and the way CNN did it’s best to cover up for the Republican Party. These people who threw the nuts and said what they said felt it was alright to behave this way in the Republican Party.

    • 98 TrumpDog
      August 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      That report was LAME.
      Seemed like Wolf was purposely trying to DOWNplay the incident. And this was a CNN employee!
      Yet Biden’s “chain” comment gets wall to fucking wall coverage.

      Unbelievable.

    • 100 xtine
      August 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Sent links 2 all my people all over the world ealier, who then moved it forward. Yes indeedy!

  26. August 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – President Obama had a little bit of fun at Mitt Romney’s expense Wednesday, saying his Republican rival prefers “the steam engine” to 21st century fuel-efficent vehicles.

    “My opponent called my position on fuel efficiency standards extreme,” Obama told about 7,500 people at the nTelos Wireless Pavillion on the edge of the historic downtown here. “I don’t know. It doesn’t seem extreme to me to want to have more fuel efficient cars. Maybe the steam engine is more his speed.”

    EPA and the Transportation Department put the final touches Tuesday on a new environmental rule that will double the average fuel economy of the American auto fleet to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The standards are arguably Obama’s biggest accomplishment on climate change during his term.

    Major auto companies, environmentalists and state officials negotiated the fuel economy deal last year with Obama officials, but it’s come under fire from Romney and some Hill Republicans who say it will cost Americans too much to buy new vehicles they may not want.

    “Governor Romney opposes the extreme standards that President Obama has imposed, which will limit the choices available to American families,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Tuesday after the new limits went final. “The president tells voters that his regulations will save them thousands of dollars at the pump, but always forgets to mention that the savings will be wiped out by having to pay thousands of dollars more upfront for unproven technology that they may not even want.”

    Speaking less than two miles from the University of Virginia — the final stop on a two-day tour of swing state college campuses — Obama countered that the new fuel economy rules will be met while also driving down U.S. dependence on foreign oil and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

    “I think that we set goals and we meet them. That’s what we do as Americans,” the president said. “Listen, what’s extreme about the idea that instead of giving $4 billion a year in tax subsidies to oil companies that are making a profit every time you pump gas? It make more sense to keep investing, using that money to invest in home grown energy sources that have never been more promising. That’s not extreme.”

    • 102 Dudette
      August 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      I’m so excited about these new efficiency standards!

      We have an awesome Administration working for us. Let’s keep them doing their jobs for another 4 years!

      FORWARD

  27. 103 edwina3
    August 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Because I live in NJ, Christie haunts my dreams that somehow he will rise to the presidency.*Shudder*
    So, the fact that his speech was widely criticized is like a healing balm for me. This article from NJ.com collects all the negative feedback that Christie has received (something he is not used to). BTW, fun fact, Christie went to my High Schooland in my brother’s class which incidentally also had Jason Alexander. Chelsea Handler also went to that high school, what the heck is in that water?

    https://twitter.com/NJedwina/status/240939621385637889

  28. 113 squarepeg
    August 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    • 114 veryslowwriter
      August 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Very good idea. The US Capitol building was constructed largely by slave labor. Most people don’t know that.

  29. 115 Claire
    August 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that.” – willard. can’t be more plain than that. That’s what he said hold him to it.

  30. August 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Me thinks, the President can win over the youth Vote, big Time. They like Him, and listen to His message. Me thinks, the President can win the issues battle, 2 months to go.
    Yes, the Republicans have lies, they have The Welfare ad, they have the ACA lies, but we have the truth and the debates.
    The Pundits keep saying Willard is a better debater. I dont see it that way!

    Just sayin…

    • August 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I confess I didn’t watch the debates but every clip I saw around the web Romney seemed either whiny about his time allotted or looking like a doofus because someone said something back at him that stung or flippant about stuff he didn’t have an answer for. I don’t call that a good debater. He looked WEAK.

    • 119 Lovepolitics2008
      August 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      I don’t have a problem with the Pundits saying Willard is a better debater. I want expectations high for him, and low for Pres. Obama. It’s better to be the underdog. Remember when John McCain was supposed to be “better” in the town hall format ? President Obama won that debate ( he won all three debates) and because of the expectation game, it gave even more value to his victory.

  31. 120 lamh35
    August 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    CNN maybe trying to contain this story so as not to piss off RNC, but other news org are picking up on this story and in their effort to not become “part of the story” they have now become part of it by trying to sit on it for so long and for not being forthcoming about who the “nut flingers” are.

  32. 125 Linda
    August 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Sarah Palin: Fox News Canceled My Appearances

    I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight. Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend.

    • 126 cookemom
      August 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      She may very well be the mystery speaker tomorrow. They may have made a big deal of her not speaking there to throw us off. Her show was cancelled, yeah right….

      • 127 hopefruit2
        August 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        Hmmm…as Jodi kantor would say.

      • 128 dotster3
        August 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        I thought someone said it was Clint Eastwood—–something about him on a flight to Tampa, or something.

        • 129 cookemom
          August 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          could be, whoever it is has been given an awful high bar to jump. Same as they did to Ann, built her up to a frenzy. No where to go but down.

      • August 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Well, it would be a big mistake on their part because she is not well liked outside the RWNJ circuit and I’m sure she’d make an ass out of herself. But whatever, I really don’t care who their mystery guest is. The only mystery I want solved is 12 years of back tax returns.

        • 131 dotster3
          August 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

          Even Tweety’s Repub audience at his all Repub show tonight booed when he asked if they wished Sarah Palin was speaking tonight. (I know he was sad about her absence—–he called her “magic” the other day, drooling about the way she walked, the say she moved etc.—it was sickening)

        • 132 cookemom
          August 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          Who knows, they eat the red meat whenever it’s thrown. The right wing sites are not luving this convention at all. With the exception of Haley, Davis, and Love, they think it’s a sham. They never did and still don’t like Mitt. Whoever it is, it won’t be good. Too much anticipation.

      • 134 veryslowwriter
        August 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        No. I’ll never believe it. The establishment hates her. She put on a show for a while but she’s a quitter. They can’t trust her to carry out any assignment. I think they’ll bring back Donald Trump telling a President Obama impersonator “You’re fired!”

        That’s the sort of thing these yahoos will find hi-fucking-larious.

      • 135 Lovepolitics2008
        August 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        She’s not the mystery speaker. The GOP is not suicidal.

        My bet is on Clint Eastwood or another celebrity. I don’t think the mystery speaker is a politician. Oh and by the way, I’m puzzled by the fact that Eastwood has endorsed Romney. When you look at some of the sensible, original, intelligent films he has produced recently, it boggles the mind that he would endorse a degenerate party, a racist party, a dishonest party, a party aligned with all the big lobbies that are corrupting the political process. Eastwood is a bit of an anarchist and probably hates government, but my goodness, what is he thinking ???!!!

      • 136 Dudette
        August 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        I wouldn’t put it past them at all. She probably lobbied for a cabinet position — Secretary of Moose Huntin’ — offering him money from her campaign war chest and “speaking fees”.

    • 137 Nena20409
      August 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Sarah Palin is on her 3rd yr contract at $1M a year with Fox. It was reported in 2011, right around the time of that horrible shootings in AZ that Roger Ailes gave Palin an advise on how to handle the situation and Palin did the opposite. Since then, Palin has been a collateral damage for Fox and Ailes in particular. Watch for TeaNN, NBC or CNBC to sign her up once her contract is up.

    • 138 theo67
      August 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Yeah, right, she wanted to talk about what happened to “John McCain” four years tonight – i.e. she wanted to talk about her “historic” introduction to the GOP loons four years ago tonight. She’s transparent.

  33. 139 vcprezofan2
    August 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    For those of you considering placing your trust in Willard after his wife’s impassioned character reference…..

  34. August 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Light relief, cracking up:

  35. 147 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  36. 150 dotster3
    August 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Haha—-chips—–I read this tweet as ‘the reporter wouldn’t recognize magic if I kissed him on his face’. Read it twice and read “I” each time—-smiled and thought—-way to go, chips! Got some cool confidence in your very special talents. :)

    https://twitter.com/___Chips___/status/240941970942484481

  37. 151 Linda
    August 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hours after Hurricane Isaac hammered its way through New Orleans on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted that her new home had been destroyed by the storm.

    Harris-Perry and her husband closed on the purchase of what one could fondly describe as a “fixer-upper” (the house lacked all four walls) just last month. She excitedly announced that she and her family planned to restore the New Orleans property that was destroyed and abandoned during Katrina.

    • 152 cookemom
      August 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      She has a picture of it up on the Twitter box machine.

      • 153 hopefruit2
        August 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        I saw the pic on Old Orange. That’s just sad. :( But I’m optimistic that they’ll be able to get insurance to fix it in their desire to help revive the neighborhood.

      • 154 Dudette
        August 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        Aw, her show has been getting on my last nerve lately, I’m truly sad to see the house this way. Relieved that no one was hurt.

        I’m a total reno junkie; was really looking forward to seeing the completed restoration. Knew this was a pretty ambitious project from the get-go, but I appreciate their vision and their mission to revitalize the surrounding area. I hope this is just a setback and they end up rebuilding afterall.

  38. 155 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Well here we go folks. It’s the PAyn Rand show. Front and center seats still available, popcorn at the ready, and the good folks of the Dumbo party are in their designated places.

  39. 157 prettyfoot58
    August 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Ezra Klein…i cannot listen to him anymore…mute

    • 158 cookemom
      August 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      If anytime yhou should have listened it was just now. He tore a hole in Ryan’s budget, he criticized Ryan’s inability to pay for his budget. He used charts and graphs and was very educational. If he continues on this vein tonight, then he’ll be a good resource. Don’t taze me, but what he said was not contentious.

      • 159 theo67
        August 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        I have to agree. I’ve been happily bashing Ezra Klein for his GOP-lackeying these past few days, but what I’ve seen of him today has been quite on-the-money. Worth watching (today only).

        • 160 hopefruit2
          August 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm

          That seems to a pattern with MSNBC pundits..positive today, negative tomorrow,positive the next day.. I find it tiresome, because it’s not done out of a genuine desire to inform, but driven by a mixed agenda to keep viewership/readership up and profits flowing while maintaining some semblance of credibility.

          • 161 theo67
            August 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

            Totally agree with you – and I’m usually one who permanently writes people off if they prove they are untrustworthy. My ears perked up during Rev Al’s show when Ezra was talking about the two Paul Ryan budgets – which I wasn’t aware of. It’s good to know that he’s watered down the middle class impact, and placed more of the load on the poorest and most needy in the country – and yet, he is still unwilling to add a penny to the burden of the rich.

            But, back to your point – the up and down of these pundits veracity is like a drug in the way it abuses you.

      • 162 prettyfoot58
        August 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        Lawddddd…yanno…i should just sit down……and chill before i respond….thanks cook

  40. August 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Chips … everyone … have been pondering the “We Built This” nonsense and wanted to see how best to encapsulate a personal message to #BirtherMitt & #PityPrincessAnn …

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  41. 164 FoxfireTX
    August 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Chips, I always appreciate you (though don’t tell you often enough!) but this week in particular you are outstanding. With all of the depressing stuff going on with the convention and the MSM carrying the repub water, to see these uplifting photos of PBO with supporters is so heartwarming. Please keep it up the next couple of days. And simply “thank you!”.

    • 165 COS
      August 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Chips, I just want to thank you for all you are doing also, and thanks a million for all of the wonderful photos for my scrapbook. I miss Daylife. :)

  42. 166 Proud of Obama
    August 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Hey everyone. Hope everyone is doing great. What a terrific post, Chips. Photos are fantastic. I love the pic of the lady in red and the sunglasses who’s hugging POTUS so tight, the Secret Service guy is trying to pry her off PBO. I would be that lady.

  43. 169 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    PAyn Rand must be sweating bullets. His first time under the big tent as one of the head clowns of the Circus. He has to be careful not to scare seniors. He can’t get too much into tax deductions and loop holes. Can’t say much about anything regarding his record in Congress. Gee, maybe he’ll just come out and take a bow.

    • 170 theo67
      August 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think that’s as far as he’s going to go. Didn’t the GOP campaign issue orders last week that nobody is allowed to offer any specifics? He’s not going to do anything bold; just more lies.

  44. 171 Nena20409
    August 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Ditto to comments by FoxFireTX and COS.

    The other thing is……The Good book said; O ye of little faith. Please hear me out. Pres Obama didn’t get to where he is by accident. He worked for it and he built it. I don’t panic easy. Why? We have The Product, as Weistein said. This is not bull. The media is showering Romney and clan with more than usual Lovefest and yet, they are still struggling. They have outspent the Obama crew 4 to 1, their Super PACs. And yet they are struggling.

    So let some of Us stop the Doom and Gloom and let us get with it. I like where we are. The Cablers will always fine something. But it is up to Us and how we react to things that make us Happy or Sad. Pres Obama looks very happy to me. He is Not anyone’s fool. Panicking every time the poll numbers tick down…..is really silly. Are We who we say We are? If we are, them Lets go get this thing done.

    • 172 cookemom
      August 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      exaaaaaccccttttlllly!! The MSM will do what they do. We just have to make sure we do us, GOTV!!

    • 173 0388jojothecat
      August 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I agree totally Nena20609….we have an excellent productm PBO = The Kings Speech and they have Robme = Ishtar. We must do everything we can to CONTINUE to counter the msm meme that PBO is not popular as he was in 2008, or not challenging the GOP lies, and propping up Robme so they can get their ad money.

      Wait until the world sees the DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – The Love, the diversity, the past successful Dem President, our great DEM Candidates and the Key Note Speaker, First Lady, and VP will blow this one out of the water. People will see the difference and make the right choice.

  45. 174 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Rachel says after the break she’s going to talk about the very public disagreement between Sarah Pay’em and her bosses at Fox regarding McWhoCares speech tonite.

  46. 175 Nena20409
    August 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Per AP, the Nielsen TV rating agency said that yesterday TBGOPers’ convention drew 22.1M. Lower than 23.6M or so in 2008. And the average age is 55yrs old.

    FBN and CNBC I don’t know if they did Conventions 4 yrs ago. And Current TV didn’t last year. I don’t know what the Spanish channels did in 2008. So with more covering, but less watching.

  47. 176 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    so now we get the history lesson about these old guys sitting around in the 1700s. Rand Paul is on stage and mimics the ‘You Didn’t Build That’ meme. There’s a Tang family baked donuts and they baked them all by themselves in their bakery. Little does the Cambodian Tang family know that Rand and Ron Paul say you shouldn’t be served in a bakery if the owner didn’t want to in his store.

    • 177 0388jojothecat
      August 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      The Tang family needs to learn American History to know that there were African American, Chinese, Japanese, Hispanics, who paved the way for them to be able to OWN their homes and businesses. If they had come here 50 to 100 years ago, they would have been denied these opportunities if not for the minorities who paved the way for them. In fact if it were not for the Japanese-americans who were interned in there own countries just because we were at war with the country they hailed from and American vowed to never to that again, they could have been interned or denied entrance in this country too.

  48. 178 prettyfoot58
    August 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    so Rand Paul talks about his immigrant roots…but he would deny others those same rights

  49. 179 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Where’s Bob?

  50. 180 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Expecting the rich to pay their fair share of taxes is a punishment cause you know……the secretary yada, yada. Here’s a guy who touts all the great stories of rising up in America, yet he did nothing to get where he is. He also said business built roads not the government…huh? Well that was Rand Paul, the old coots son……next

  51. August 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    In the afternoon, Biden attends meetings at the White House.
    10:30 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing in the Oval Office.
    1:00 PM
    Carney briefs the press.

    Slow day.

  52. 187 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    That Steve guy from McEh campaign must be getting paid a pretty penny. He has to stick up for the crazies, but of course he’s a crazy too. BTW, Ron Paul has left the building on his way back home to Texas. Ron Paul says he’s undecided on who he’ll vote for, even though the RNC ran a tribute video for daddy Paul in addition to giving sonny boy a prime time slot. Oh the elephants are coming home to roost.

    • 188 COS
      August 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      So Mr. fair pundit Steve Schmidt is on the panel to stick up for the Republican lies. I love how quick Rev Al is in responding to the nonsense. I am happy that he is on the panel.

    • 189 0388jojothecat
      August 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Robme can’t control his own party.

    • 190 smoothscotch
      August 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Indeed, and I hope the elephants trample all over them. Couldn’t happen to a better bunch.

  53. 191 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    George W only gets a picture shown behind the podium and a tribute film of his dad and mom saying they still like him. However, no one is expected to mention his name. Which will be a pretty good trick, since quite a few people that were in his cabinet have speaking spots tonight. Well, that’s more than he got last time.

  54. 192 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    If any are so inclined, victims of Issac will be long felt. Here is a place you can donate to make a difference:

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  55. 193 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Well, here we go McGeeThankYouForGivingThisOldGeezerOneMoreTimeOnStage is up now! My fellow Amurcans, I still coulda been a contender. Who knew that woman was batsh*t crazy!

    • 194 Nena20409
      August 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      McCain, doesn’t know when to LEAVE the stage. Scared to die….I know harsh….and aren’t we all someday. But I can’t stand the idiot. Amk has a better word, Idjit or something. McCain is playing behind me. I detest the man, immensely.

  56. 195 lisalovesobama
    August 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    McBitters is on. I feel so sorry for him. He’s giving a convention speech for a toolbag he hates. How insulting it must be for him to even entertain the thought that Willard– the gutless, clueless wonder– might beat Barack Obama. A man he couldn’t even come close to 4 years ago. {{SMH}} hahahahahhahahhahahhahahhahaha!!!
    ps- pushing lies that PBO leaked OBL info to the media. Fucking bitter lying sack!

    • 196 4morefor44
      August 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      that leak lie started surfacing a couple months ago, and has been really pushed by that swiftboat (the sequel) super pac. now the s.e.a.l. who wrote this book is saying the exact same sentences, and now mcbitter is repeating them verbatim too?!? it’s a giant switftboat operation, probably completely funded by the kochs or scaife, or that guy in texas again, and “the news” will dutifully repeat their lies without question. too bad for them president obama is way too smart for them. can’t wait to see how he handles this latest attempt to take away one of his accomplishments.

      • 197 lisalovesobama
        August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        The SEAL who the terrorists are gunning for because he wrote a tell all book about OBL’s killing, is saying the President leaked the story for gain?……….hm. Pot meet kettle? Dumb bastard. and it was his own right wing party over at FAUX that revealed his identity. Disgusting freak……… Karma, she’s a bitch.

        • 198 4morefor44
          August 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          yea, huffpoop has it on their frontpage, and everthing from this guy seems to be coming from fox news or huffpoop. he doesn’t seem too concerned about his identity being out there, and is now releasing statements, naturally complaining about the president. funny thing is, the “book” quotes say he was cool with the president’s decision to go after him, but that he thinks the president is using them for political gain…basically word for word what that swiftboat group is saying, now mcbitter today. they probably devised this p.r. plan (to take the bin laden success away the president…actually, to turn it into a negative for president obama) several months ago, and we’ve been seeing the roll-out over the last few weeks. this racist liar’s “book” is due to come out on sept 11, so we should all plan to see it everywhere then and breathlessly being talked about 24/7 on every single channel for days with no push back in “the news.”

        • 199 Lovepolitics2008
          August 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          The fact that many in the black op and intelligence community are opposed to President Obama concerns me a great deal I have to say. Oh I wish someone like Admiral McRaven will do something to counter the baseless attacks. He has enormous respect for Pres. Obama. I know he can’t do politics, but he just has to do something. This swiftboat operation is disgusting.

          • 200 lisalovesobama
            August 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            I’m actually not worried about this. OBL was too consequential a part of our history and so was his death and so was PBO’s role in it. It’s a dead issue. This will not make people who were going to vote or thinking about voting for PBO decide not to. Everybody knows OBL is dead and everyone knows who did it.

            • 201 4morefor44
              August 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

              yea, i think you’re correct about that. i was just noticing the development of yet another false theme in “the news” and why it was happening. as usual when they come after our president, it’ll backfire on them because of how he conducts business day in and day out. it’s like with their whole jumping on the “obamacare” thing, and he turns into a positive for himself. hilarious. president obama truly is a genius in my opinion. forward!!!

  57. 202 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

  58. 204 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    ‘That One’ leads from behind and I want war NOW!!! Bomb, bomb, Iran is still my on my top ten list of hit songs. There’s gotta be somewhere we can go to war, why by golly, where’s my parachute…..wait a minute , I demolished that plane, oops.

    The White House leaks defense stuff. Like Valerie Plame, those leaks?

    Enough of this old man, he’s blaming PBO for the Iranian women who died during their citizen uprising. Not much applause for that dig. As a matter of fact the longer he talks, the fainter the applause. He’s scaring folks.

  59. 205 lisalovesobama
    August 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Really?! Bringing in Iran from 2009? Then using that poor girl who was killed on camera for political gain?!!!! Seriously John McCain? Can see what bitterness does to the soul….. this isn’t the same John McCain of the Sistuh Soljah moment. This John McCain would have told as many lies as possible to win in 2008…….. wow.

  60. 206 lisalovesobama
    August 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    “People don’t want to see less of America… they want to see more.”———– yeah, right. Everyone remembers W. and they might like us more now, but they don’t want us in their business. Fricking repugs. Always trying to start a war somewhere.

  61. 207 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Another just trust Mitt speech, cause I do by McLawdIWantedThisSoBad. Now for the commentary and Chris says this man would have us in war in 5 different Islamic countries.

  62. 209 lisalovesobama
    August 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Damn! I was waiting for McCain to choke on Willard’s name throughout the entire speech. surprised he didn’t go into an apoplectic fit. ha!

  63. 211 Ladyhawke
    August 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    ThinkProgress Live Blogs The Republican National Convention

    I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR SENATOR JOHN KERRY (WHO IS A LEADER AND A STATESMAN) SPEAK ON NATIONAL SECURITY AT THE DNC CONVENTION. I HAD SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN ON MUTE. HE JUST LOOKS LIKE AN ANGRY AND BITTER OLD MAN OBSESSED WITH THE MILITARY AND WARS. I’M LISTENING TO TWEETY NOW AND IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE MCCAIN WAS BEATING THE DRUMS FOR WAR AND CONFLICT ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT’S JUST HORRIFYING.

    MITT ROMNEY HAS ZERO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE AND ALL THE PAUL RYAN CAN SAY IS THAT HE SENT PEOPLE TO WAR.

    —————————–

    8:13: What was missing from McCain’s speech? Any mention of the winding down war in Iraq or Obama’s killing of Osama bin Laden.

    8:11: McCain is attacking Obama for not doing enough in Syria. Yet Mitt Romney’s Syria policy isn’t any different from Obama’s.

    8:09: The military spending sequester wouldn’t be a “crippling blow to our military.” As the CBO has concluded, it would bring defense spending back to 2006 levels.

    8:08: McCain says that by committing to withdrawal from Afghanistan, Obama has “discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies.” Mitt Romney, according to his aide, would also “abide by the 2014 target for transitioning combat operations recommended by the military commanders.”

    8:07: McCain is serious about preventing defense cuts. He said he’d be happy to freeze all federal workers’ pay if it means keeping an overloaded military budget.

    8:07: McCain said Israel “doubts America’s leadership” under Obama. But Israeli leaders have praised Obama’s commitment to Israel’s security and Israeli President Shimon Peres recently thanked Obama for his leadership on Iran.

    8:04: McCain once again brought out the old trope of attacking Obama for “leading from behind.” We wonder if McCain and the Republicans would also criticize South African leader Nelson Mandela, who had once endorsed this particular leadership strategy. Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to speak later this evening, also said the U.S. “leading from behind” in Libya was a good idea.

    8:00: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has had a long career in the senate, but his presidential bid will be best remembered for his selection of Sarah Palin and singing abilities:

    7:56: Romney hopes to highlight national security tonight, but neither him nor Ryan have any foreign policy experience. They’ve surrounded themselves with Bush-era advisers and are still defending the Iraq war.

    ————————————————–

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/08/29/770001/rnc-wednesday/

  64. 213 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Even Steve Schmidt, McOhPlease’s former campaign manager is not buying what crazy old guy just said. I think geezer is up past his bedtime and still dreaming of unfought wars.

  65. 214 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Remember this from 2008?

  66. 215 anniebella
    August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Any info on FLOTUS appears on Letterman tonight. All the talk is about the GOPiss convention. Kind of tired of it.

  67. 216 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I didn’t hear McYouKnow mention the troops currently in harms way.

  68. 218 cookemom
    August 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Somebody get the hook, they tracked the old creep down to continue his the stooopid.


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