Woodbridge, Virginia, Sept 21
See President Obama’s speech at C-Span
President Obama poses in a batting stance prior to speaking during a campaign rally at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia
… with Senator Mark Warner
More photos in a while
Thanks jacquelineoboomer, just lucky. I was on the computer for the first time today.
Good afternoon Chips. I was on the last thread trying to catch up. HI TOD’ers. Have a gret afternoon.
Rolled up sleeves,baybee.
Macho man, eh?
No, men at work.
Non-news of the day: Mitt releases 2011 tax returns and a statement from an accounting agency about his previous 20 years of returns, saying he had an average annual tax rate of 20.??% – or something like that. Ho hum.
Since he’s so concerned about people who don’t pay income tax – maybe he can tell us if he’s part of the 47%. He hasn’t had a job in ten years, so it’s likely that he hasn’t paid income tax in ten years, either. All his income comes from capital gains, which he wants to eliminate all taxes on capital gains …for the good of the middle class, of course…
Of course. The dear middle class, otherwise known as “you people.”
Excellent photos, as always, Chips!! Thank you. Congrats on 1st, Roberta.
Just saw the ‘break the fever’ comment by Stef Cutter ….
Yes @stefcutter 'Break the Fever' caused by the treacherous GOP virus that infected Congress on 20Jan2009 & has harmed millions of Americans— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Please be sure to thank Chris Mathews for calling it was it is – 21st Century Jim Crow resurrection and all the racist hate mongering associated with GOP Voter Suppression …
TY @hardball_Chris Lots of 'white people' saw it from the start, as well, Chris. Go after the WHITE #NEWSTAINERS who're enabling "Jim Crow.'— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Thought they should know just how clear their message to our fellow citizens is …
Yo @MittRomney @AnnDRomney @Reince @KarlRove @GroverNorquist here's your message: 'I’M ENTITLED; #YouPeople be happy I trickle' cc @Lawrence— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
So, not to toot my own horn, but…
Aah! @stefcutter just confirmed my suspicions. Pres Obama is not just running to win but to "break the fever"(aka CRUSH Repubs). GOTV folks— zizi2 (@zizii2) September 21, 2012
Love it when I’m right. Happens very rarely.
At a press conference this morning, a reporter asked Boehner whether Republicans were “eventually going to have to raise taxes in some way” if the president wins in November.
“No,” replied Boehner. “Raising taxes, according to Ernst and Young, would threaten our economy with a loss of 700,000 jobs. Now why would I ever be for something like that? I’m not.”
This is why the DNC needs to campaign on throwing out the “no compromise, just say no, do nothing congress members.” They have got to make the no compromise repub candidates the bad guys.
The people that didn’t understand Obama’s inside/outside comments are clearly dumb with zero common sense! He meant that the American people have the power to change Washington! Change this country! Cuz the people IN Washington are too hard-headed to get stuff done, mostly cuz of the repubs.
Yep. To have any hope of change, people have to throw the bums (GOP) out. I have every confidence that PBO’s coattails are long enough to pull along a Democratic congress.
Oh my. That batting stance pic is ….. DELICIOUS! Damn!
Gird your loins, Willard and AynPaul, you’re about to be rolled.
Love Joe re: Robme: “How could he be so profoundly wrong about America and Americans…Not in my hometown…not the people I know!” Audience loved it, too.
It's just not us, Republicans don't like him either. Avalon:Mitt's Likability Problem
thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/… cc: .@Reince .@chucktodd .@thefix— Edwina (@NJedwina) September 21, 2012
I see that Willard has kindly released his 2011 tax return. Friday afternoon dump. Guess he felt he had to do something. No real details, just a summary accounting.
Meta, not sure if you’ll see my response in the previous thread, so here it is
That’s the first thing I thought yesterday, too. Punkd and pwnd.
He has evidenced knowing how to push #BirtherMitt’s buttons for quite some time.
Yesterday, it was like – ‘just how obvious do I have to be before you clowns catch a clue’! …. answer is, Mr President, you could explain it to them in simple sentences and they still would fall for it the next time
Moreover, meta, it’s also obvious #NEWSTAINERS and a bunch of ragging emoprogs still don’t get how dangerously clever our President is.
Barack Obama is a masterful politician. A man like him comes along only once in a lifetime. I’m thankful to God Almighty that I am alive at this moment in human history to witness him in action.
I was just thinking the same thing, squarepeg. And he’s working hard to transform the American electorate into an active, involved citizenry that can’t be duped by the MSM because there are so many other channels for information and activism.
Indeed. It will be his most important legacy I think.
me too squarepeg.. so glad I didn’t miss any of this
Couldn’t agree more, Squarepeg. In 2008 I told a friend I thought Barack Obama was a political genius. Have never changed by mind.
I think of Barack Obama as more of a grand statesman vs a politician. He is more into changing things because they need to be changed. He wants us to advocate for ourselves and be the change agent just as he helped the people in the tenements learn to advocate for themselves during his Community Organizing days.
Being a Community Organizer, a college graduate majoring in foreign relations, the president of the Harvard Law Review, a Constitional Law Professor, an IL State Senator, an author/writer, and a US Senator all add up to the perfect background for the office of the US President.
Another reason why I wanted him to be President is his whole life has been about helping people. His reasons for progressing up the political ladder is because of being in a position more likely to be able to help, not just for personal gain or stature. He tries to do what he promises and keeps promises that he is able to do. His achievements are great even when the odds are so against him.
PBO’s temperment shows him being civil in his mannerisms, being thoughtful and reflective, listening to others, gathering information and hearing opinions before making critical decisions. These traits add to his ability to make good judgements. His church values show through actions and volunteerism, being a good father, husband, and citizen and wanting to promote peaceful interactions. He does all while staying tough on those doing harm against us to keep us safe. He genuinely cares about people and consoles us effectively. Those character traits are exemplary and make him the best President I have been able to vote for in my voting lifetime. I was not able to vote for JFK due to not being voting age then and consider PBO in line with JFK.
I am with you all the way, squarepeg! President is, indeed, a once in a lifetime politician. He is self confident, serious, sincere, articulate, calm, knowledgeable, but above all very caring and compassionate.
HaHaHa Romney just go home. Arizona: Romney 48%, Obama 45% (Purple Strategies) If PBO is this close in AZ its over
politicalwire.com/archives/2012/…— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) September 21, 2012
Holy freaking shit! This is from Purple Strategies and if Purple Strategies is reporting this, Romney’s electoral map is in chaos. This is freaking Arizona! I know Team Obama was making a play at AZ and whoa they are succeeding. This will hopefully help down ticket Democrats.
Team Obama have taken the 2012 electoral map and blown it up!
Still good news for John McCain?? Better resuscitate Dick Halperin…
Calling desertflower, TrumpDog and others in AZ! We may be able to flip Arizona! I especially want to win that Senate seat being vacated by the despicable Kyl.
Oh nathkatun7, wouldn’t that just be the SWEETEST thing?!
Why are we getting a summary of 20 years of Mittiful’s returns? That will tell us nothing. In the time it took to put a summary together, he could have just released the actual returns. I’m sure they’re copies sitting around somewhere.
Enough trickle down crap – he should release 10-12 years of complete returns.
If the past is an indicator of the future, how could we believe a summary of Romney’s past taxes? Romney told MA that he was eligible to be their governor and to take his word on it. It was found out later he had indicated his Utah home as his main residence to receive a tax deduction there, not his MA home. He amended his taxes retroactively to pay MA when push came to shove.
Mitt Romney has continuously lied making up things about Obama and repeating them even when the fact checkers said the accusations were untrue. His campaign said they were not going to let fact checkers dictate to their campaign. How can we believe years of tax summaries based on these lies? We need to see the details not have someone tell us what they want us to hear.
Homer votes, guess who he picks?
That Mormon for Obama wins it.
Yeah – I stopped on that one for a few seconds, too.
@billburton716 Since Romney's accountants certify there's nothing untoward/controversial in 20yrs of his tax returns WHY NOT RELEASE THEM?— (@Only4RM) September 21, 2012
Hey @MittRomney NO WAY us people are going to believe ANYTHING you say about your taxes. RELEASE THE RETURNS cc @davidaxelrod @SenatorReid— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Honestly, he does think we’re all a bunch of rubes doesn’t he, Bob? A man without an ounce of credibility wants us all to believe what his hand-picked and well paid accountants say. Well a lot of big name accounting firms gave us rosy financial pictures of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and we know how that turned out. Willard has no idea that he has reached used car salesman category with the American people. Nobody’s buying what he’s selling.
I just listened to Ann Romney talking about how “hard” it is to listen to fellow Repubs being critical of Mittens. She told them to “stop it”. If you look at what Michelle has had to hear over the years–the racist sick crap. Well Ann, you have no clue of what hard is–and Michelle and the President bore it with grace. God bless them–some of it had to hurt.
Hey @AnnDRomney @MittRomney it is definitely way past time for #YouPeople to #StopIt – halt the lies, the condescension, the bigotry, & hate— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Auni, Queen Ann is a whiner without any class. Political wives since the dawn of time have endured insults and threats to their husbands and vicious insults against themselves–that’s part of the territory. Look at the nasty and despicable things that were said about FDR and Eleanor; look at how much Pat Nixon had to bear or how much utter racist, disrespectful crap Michelle Obama has to suck up day after day after day. If Ann and her husband are so thin-skinned that they can’t stand attacks, there’s nothing keeping them in the race. They can go home, sit on one of their many decks and make more millions. Nobody would care or miss them.
Stephanie Miller on Current TV was all over the “Stop It” comment. Step’s a comedian so she had a ball. But really, Ann sounded like she was talking to the “help”. How many times has FLOTUS asked anyone to stop being mean to her husband? President Obama has been called everything but the child of God by Repubs and far left wackos. If Ann thinks it’s so “hard” then she and her lying husband should go back to one of their gazillion homes and play like they are king and queen.
Auni, it’s just another illustration of Miss Ann’s & her husband’s narcissistic entitled beliefs. It’s all about them. Poor Me. Poor Mitt! Please. My first memory of “presidential/first family grace” was learning about the death of John K. Kennedy in elementary school; watching film and looking at pictures and seeing REAL GRACE with which Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John-John conducted themselves during that unspeakable tragedy. Particularly, when they knew that there were factions of our country that thought the solution was to brutally end JFK’s presidency and take their husband/father from them. THAT’s HARD. Our illustrious Prez and our lovely First Lady know too well what’s hard. They withstand the racist emails,the birther “jokes”, the watermelon and bbqs at the WH jokes, the sick and ignorant caricatures/cartoons of them, the daily disrespect from factions of the MSM and portions of the American electorate that are still to this day trying to de-legitmize his presidency. THAT’s HARD. Yet they get up every day and dedicate themselves to trying to make life better for all Americans. THAT’s GRACE. PBO and FLOTUS have more grace in their pinky fingers than the entire Rmoney clan put together. We can end their misery for them by re-electing our illustrious Prez and FLOTUS and getting as many Repugs out of Congress on Nov. 6. That way they can return to their bubble and continue playacting at being King and Queen of Rmoneyland.
Ann Romney is not ready to be FLOTUS, if she is going to whine about criticism of her husband. She should ask Michelle Obama all the nasty things that have been said about her husband, not only from the right and the left, but also from a few in the AA community. She should also ask Hillary Clinton what she had to endure for eight years when right wingers were accusing her and her husband of being murderers.
Erin McPike……. Another new hair color…….??????
Any Psychologists here?
Madonna had Obama’s name tattooed on her back
Cute. But I don’t think it’s a real tattoo. Her support is still appreciated.
Just her vote is all we need. Just her vote.
yeah, but we’d appreciate it if she’d wear the tee shirt next time.
He fails even by his own standards. twitter.com/MichaelSkolnik…— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) September 21, 2012
Mitt Romney and his campaign are fundamentally stupid. He thinks a Friday news dump of his cleaned up 2011 tax returns will distract voters? He gave $4M to charity yet took $2.25M in charitable deductions. How can that properly be called “charity?” His effective tax rate was about 14%. That is way lower than what middle-class Americans pay and way lower than what the so called 47% pay even without them paying federal income taxes. The 47% who don’t pay federal income taxes pay about 15% in other kinds of taxes.
He then says he’s only releasing a tax summary from 1990-2009 (20 years) and that the average of those tax returns is 20.2%. Still way lower than than what everyday Americans pay. Does he really think that voters will view that as him being transparent? Hahahahahaha….who the hell is running this campaign?
Since those prior tax returns have already been prepared and are readily available (several of which were provided to the McCain camp – prompting them to pick Palin), the only reason he’s submitting a summary only has to be because he’s got something to hide. It has to be. Even more curious now – although, I’m tired of his lies on this subject.
Looks like a lot more than 6k?
Dear @SenatorReid please urge your source to disclose fully what they know about #BainMitt's tax returns. Americans have the right to know.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Mitt Romney. Closing the week strong by reminding everyone about his lack of tax transparency. Well played.— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) September 21, 2012
@rkref As if Fri is any different than Tues in the Twitterverse The guy is profoundly clueless. As #PBO said, he should 'get out more.'— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
"It's never been a good bet to bet against the American people. Never, ever." –@JoeBiden at @Dartmouth College instagram.com/p/P2NQ93PKMO/ #VPinNH— Obama for America NH (@OFA_NH) September 21, 2012
Joe Biden is a national treasure. He keeps getting better and better.
ROMNEY'S LARGEST WRITE OFF — 47% of the country.— Sans Doute (@peoplematter101) September 21, 2012
Needs to be retweeted millions of times! Brilliant.
@chucktodd @edshow We've had an 'inside job' in DC since 20Jan2009 – the GOP committed to destroying our President no matter harm to the USA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Go ahead @BarackObama Knock this race out of the park! Volunteer with us~here: my.barackobama.com/page/s/become-… #MNVOTES #OFA_MN http://t.co/KogZKNYA— (@a4alice) September 21, 2012
#BainMitt's biggest write-off — The TRUTH.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Let me get this straight: Mitt gets all kind of shit for not releasing his tax returns, files for an extension for 2011, and presto magico — the tax return for the ONE YEAR is good? Who with a straight face can fall for THAT?!?!
The previous years: His accountant promises — pinkie swear — that the other years are just dandy. Move along.
Who in their right mind would send this lying yahoo to negotiate with foreign leaders?
Oh, wait. The only negotiation is “do it my way or I’ll bomb the hell out of you.” Such a great mind for the 21st century.
Looks like they released the 2011 returns at this hour because Ryan was getting killed at AARP.— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) September 21, 2012
Good one, Brad! Keep ‘em coming. Loved the boos at the AARP for Lyin’ Ryan, Medicare Killer.
I’m waiting for Lawrence O’Donnell to eviscerate Mitt Romney on his phony Friday release of his cleaned-up 2011 return, and “summaries” of 1990-2009 returns.
Sadly, it’ll have to wait until Monday. LOD doesn’t do his show on Fridays.
That’s the only drawback. MSNBC needs to shift their Friday programming to include Lawrence. We don’t need two hours of Tweety on Friday. One hr will do.
Me too, hf
@hardball_chris @Lawrence #BainMitt must release his returns. All Americans have the right to know the facts. We already know he LIES.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
The numbers are in, and the title of most watched speech of either party’s national convention this year belongs to Vice President Joe Biden.
Nielsen estimates that there are roughly 289.7 million TV viewers in the United States. Of those viewers, 14.7 percent watched Biden’s speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
President Obama came in second with 13.7 percent. Mitt Romney ranked third with 12.5 percent. And former President Bill Clinton came in fourth with 10.9 percent.
FIRED Up and Ready for Joe!
Uhm….Mitt Romney third??? I don’t think so.
First of all, these numbers don’t tell the whole story because they’re only about TV viewing. Furthermore, the actual numbers of people who watched get obscured in this formula because it doesn’t take into account grassroots watch parties, where a group of people gather at a single location or house. Democrats tend to have more internet viewers as well as more grassroots watch parties. I would wager that taking into account internet viewers, watch parties, etc., Obama, Biden, Clinton and FLOTUS ALL had far more viewers than Mitt Romney.
He’s just not that bright. He releases his tax returns 10 days before the first debate. What does he think will be discussed between now and then? PBO’s inside/outside remark? Nope, PBO just answered that one. Ryan’s overwhelming support by AARP….duh? So he may succeed in changing the conversation, but by then I’ll be debate time. Shouldn’t he have waited to release them after the debate, just in case he bombed and needed to change the subject then?
Oh Mitt. Just when I thought your week couldn't get any worse… thinkprogress.org/election/2012/…— Krystal Ball (@KrystalBall1) September 21, 2012
When Repub strategist Alex Castellanos is not buying it – you know Willard’s got a problem on his hands….
Alex Castellanos on tax summary: Is this a joke? politico.com/blogs/burns-ha… #tcot #TeaParty— SpreadTheWord (@word_34) September 21, 2012
That’s pretty much the consensus I’ve been getting on the Twitterverse. This was another failure on the part of Boston.
BTW @MittRomney with this tax stunt not only do you dishonor the memory of Gov G Romney you confirmed your disdain for the #47Percent, today— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
@maddow @edshow with #BainMitt's tax stunt he not only dishonored the memory of Gov G Romney he confirmed his disdain for the #47Percent.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
I just heard a woman, in tears, on Ed Schultz with a welfare application in front of her:what she had to divulge and give and prove before she’d get $600/month. and this monster of a human being will not tell the American people what they need to know before turning over leadership of the free world to him. I have no words to express how much I loathe the Romneys.
So, the Girl who covers the WH Kristen Welker, was asked fir an update in the WH and the Administration.
She Only discusses what the Robney camp can do, is doing and will be doing.
If these Reporters want to cover the Robney Camp, then go ahead, but get the Hell away from the WH.
That is all!
I sent them an e-mail about that…..pretty much exactly what you said….I included Mike Viquera (sp ) too.
Amazing! The WH press is disgusting
I just want to share this personal experience… I mentioned several weeks ago that the guy who bought my house here in ND was a tea party/ repub/ mormon.. and a Romney voter.. and a bigot to boot. Now mind you when he first agreed to buy my house, I allowed him to move his camper to the back of my lot/yard to live- as there has been few places to rent here w/ the oil boom/ influx of job seekers… anyhow so from June til now, he & his wife have lived in their camper.. hooking up to my electricity & water until the end of August. In the meantime, the house I was trying to buy took forever in MD to get approved- thus I’ve stayed way longer here than I ever wanted or intended. My buyers here want to move my house & build a new house- but have allowed me to remain so I didn’t have to go elsewhere and pay rent. Thus my point is- how POTUS is always telling us that we have more things in common than different… this is my example of that. Because of me, my buyers have had water, internet & electric free for about 3 months… because of them, I’ve had a home rent free for 2 months… and we’ve not merely been civil to one another- but friendly & kind. Though theres no way we’d ever agree politically- we’ve managed to live side by side w/ respect toward one another. And the truth is- we all do this on our jobs in our neighborhoods, our schools- we interact with one another in common ways- on that level – the majority of us DO take care of one another, imo. And it shows again, how bloody brilliant and wise our President is.
Lovely story, and very astute assessment of President Obama’s message.
thank you theo… yep he is just so right about so much.
Does your buyer
know your political leaning?
yes indeed.. we had that convo early on.. plus I mention POTUS, have bumper stickers on my car… and the day she received her rebate from her insurance company I proudly informed her that was thanks to “Obamacare”.
Originally Mitt had an effective rate of 9%, not 14%. However, to bring it up to over 13%, which he said during the primary was the lowest he’d ever paid. He even said that if he’d paid more than he owed, he wouldn’t be qualified to be president. So, what does he do? He goes back and gives more as charitable to raise his actual effective rate to 14%. Wow, too bad I’d sabotage him, or I’d run his campaign for just a portion of the bonus money.
I sometimes need extensions too, but if I were Mitt Romney, this wd have been 1 yr I’d have ensured my returns were finished in April.
How the Bidens do fall (with a 36-pound pumpkin): http://t.co/qvCfv0lZ— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 21, 2012
Gorgeous. I love our Second Couple.
I love our Second Couple also. What a beautiful brilliant and caring team we have running our country.HZ
Last week, I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience: I taught President Obama how to speak some Korean.
I was one of the lucky Nevadans who got to meet the President backstage before his grassroots rally at Cashman Center in Las Vegas. He greeted me and other supporters with a beaming smile and a big hug. After shaking his hand and telling him what an honor it was to meet him, I asked President Obama if he knew any Korean. He immediately replied, “An-young-ha-se-o,” each syllable drawn out and enunciated in a way I’d never heard before. Surprised and delighted, I asked him if I could teach him a new Korean word. “Sure,” he said.
“Manseh! Manseh!” I shouted. He repeated it back to me. I told the President he could shout that out on Election Day – “manseh” means “victory” in Korean. He grinned and pumped his fist in the air. “All right, manseh!”
There are few moments in life where the span of passing seconds can be recalled with such vivid, crisp clarity; that’s one of them for me. The whole experience was so meaningful, I know it will live in my heart as a memory I will always cherish.
“Manseh” can replace “Yes, we can”!
UT, you are so lucky to have met him. I can only dream!
That’s not my story. Look at the link.
President Obama Nominates Openly Gay Judge for Federal Court in Oregon — bit.ly/OJrHdU— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) September 21, 2012
That’s wonderful news!
Latest forecast from http://www.electoral-vote.com
Electoral College: Obama 328, Romney 191, Ties 19 (NC and NH)
Senate: Dems 53(!!!!!!), GOP 46, Tie 1 (I think it’s Maine, as Angus King is leading, but he’ll caucus with the Dems)
If you haven’t done so, GIVE MONEY. We have to crush the GOP this fall.
Indeed. I’ve been giving to the DSCC and the DCCC.
LL how many electoral votes did POTUS win in 2008 please? and yes, have been giving to OFA, DNC DSCC.. and all the other Ds
It was 365 for President Obama, 173 to John McCain.
thank you !
54 doesn’t stop the filibuster does it? I’m guessing that are not that many pick-up opportunities to get him a super-majority.
The filibuster rules can be changed at the start of a new Congress. I somehow think that if Dems retain control of the Senate, they will change those rules.
LL, This looks so promising! An appeal to all, but especially Californians: lets help Arizona and Nevada elect Senate Democrats. Dr. Richard Carmona (AZ) and Rep. Shelly Berkley (NV) are both in striking distance. I will be sending a few dollars to both of their campaigns. May be we can also make phone calls on their behalf. I also think that a large Obama voter turn out may put them over the top.
I totally agree with with your plea: ” GIVE MONEY. We have to crush the GOP this fall.”
Abby is advising us to vote for her father’s former boss instead of voting for Mitt Romney. I will take Abby’s advice.
3 qualities voters look for in a candidate are likability, trust, & a consistant message. Romney's in drivers seat & strikes out on all 3.— Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) September 21, 2012
“Romney’s in driver’s seat”?!? What does that even mean? Has she not been paying attention?
Means he is driving the campaign (his) which he is. Plus, it lays the groundwork for it not being the conservative phil;osphy that failed, but Romney.
Could she mean “of his campaign”? I know I don’t really care what she thinks or what her father (the turncoat) thinks, but just sayin’.
Plus, I’m thinking Malia and Sasha know how to spell “consistent,” so I’m glad they are the first daughters – not Abby and crew. (Such high standards, I know!)
I know, right? LOL!
@HuntsmanAbby #BainMitt drove his campaign and the John Birch Party (former Republican Party) over the cliff the day he selected #LyinRyan.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
What does Abby mean by vote for her father’s former boss? Who is her father’s former boss? Does not compute.
These are my words, not Abby’s. By “her father’s former boss” I mean President Obama!
Okay. Good interpretation!
You have now DISQUALIFIED YOURSELF @MittRomney withdraw immediately or you provide the final proof you're a fraud cc @maddow @hardball_chris— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
I have missed so much the last few weeks because of work. If I could afford it, I would take a leave of absence until after the election. Thank you Chips for helping to keep us informed. You are such a treasure!
I feel the same – there’s just way too much going on! Not enough hours in the evening to catch up on everything.
So @Reince your FAIL of a candidate @MittRomney, by his own terms, has disqualified himself. Whatch'ya @KarlRove & @GroverNorquist gonna do?— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
[Mitt's stuck on the numbers 4 and 7]:
‘….At the same event, Romney boasted, “When I was governor of my state, the state of Massachusetts … we brought unemployment down to 4.7 percent.”
Well, in reality, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped because so many people dropped out of the state’s workforce. The fact of the matter is Massachusetts’ job creation record during Romney’s term was “one of the worst in the country,” ranking 47th out of 50 states.’
47 is definitely his unlucky number. Any numerology experts out there?
It's Fall. Unless you're Mitt Romney, & then it's freefall. #Forward2012 #GOP2012— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) September 21, 2012
Wish they’d release it on 2 Nov, instead.
We will certainly know by 9 Nov if we are on the path of finally ending the Civil War or ….. it is for each of us to realize that that is our responsibility.
Yes We Can
@stefcutter @maddow By 9 Nov youtu.be/qiSAbAuLhqs we will know if we are finally on the path of ending the Civil War. That's what's at stake— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
One day, they’ll make a movie like about President Obama.
Without a doubt they will.
That looks like it will be a fantastic film. Love DDLewis.
The Endeavor has landed safely!
Sununu starring as the Henchman in The Rolling Calamity Tour:
Juan Percent’s as window dressing.
Mitt puts out doctored tax returns and thinks it’s going to be the end of his tax problems? As Rupert Murdoch would say ‘unlikely’.
Hope all of you will extend your thanks to James Carter IV if you haven’t done so already …
@JECarter4 Congratulations on your persistent effort to bring that video to ALL Americans. Many of us wanted it to happen; you did it!! TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Joshua Green @JoshuaGreen
Reminder: Romney’s 2009 tax returns — not 2011 — are the big (and still-unresolved) mystery http://buswk.co/NGFv1G via @BW
Jilly cracks an inadvertent joke!
You’re too quick for me Meta!! This was a hoooooot!
LOLz. They are such a cool couple!
that was hilarious.. the more she said the funnier it became.. “His BIG Strong Heart”… still laughing, so cute.
"I've seen Joe close up." Jill!! #Biden youtube.com/watch?v=OXo_Ol…— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) September 21, 2012
@TheObamaDiary HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA … that's gonna be a classic just as that little remark at the signing of #ObamaCare, for sure!— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Cheap shot warning against a candidate’s wife (eh, who cares):
Is it too cynical of me to think Queen Ann will be planning a “rest” due to stress or her waning stamina when the campaign gets even worse for Mittens between now and election day (ala Hillary’s tears during ’08, I believe in NH, which I thought was planned then, even though I’ve forgiven her by now) to garner sympathy for him? She already has made it known that after the primary, she had to step back and rest due to her medical issues and because of al the “stress.” I mean, we’re “lucky to have him” and all that, but he might need the sympathy vote as a push over their imaginary finish line (he’ll no doubt be finishing last), and this cynical thought came to my mind since I wouldn’t put it past the throne-seekers.
ONe TODer (it might’ve been sherij (sp?) said earlier today that Ann is acting like a spoiled debutante who cannot believe people are speaking bad about her and her husband. While MIchelle Obama has been enduring UNSPEAKABLE hate-filled and venomous insults with dignity and grace.
Idon’t know if I said it or not… but I certainly do agree with it
Beautifully said! Role model = Michelle Obama. How not to act as a woman = Ann Romney.
Some of us “suffered through” women’s liberation (gladly) so future generations of women could (a) be whatever they wanted to be and be treated equally, and (b) act as confident as a whole separate entity as our dear FLOTUS does every day – and as the debutante-wife clearly does not.
Ann Romney is out of touch with ordinary americans and is certainly not helping her husband. However, I’m genuinely concerned about her health. It’s obvious she’s very stressed and let’s be honest, seeing the man you love being humiliated on the national scene isn’t fun for anybody.
Mrs. Romney isn’t an evil person. She has a lesson or two to learn, but she’s not evil. I don’t want her to get sick, that wouldn’t be charitable.
If she can’t stand the heat, she should have her upstairs maid go get her downstairs maid. Then she could ask the downstairs maid where the kitchen is so that she could stay out of it.
Yes, it all makes one dizzy. Maybe I need to go rest and have someone feed me a grape, now.
Who would feel so sorry for Romneybot if Lady Ann took a “rest” enough to vote for him? I don’t think that would be a winning strategy. I don’t think she’s as well liked as some on the Right (cough **Politico** cough) would like us to believe.
I have to admit – I had the same thought yesterday about the sympathy vote. I can feel it coming. Now, if she genuinely becomes unwell, then I hope it doesn’t become serious and I’ll wish her a speedy recovery – I know she’s battled cancer and has MS. But, I actually (uncharitable or not) believe that it’s not beneath her to pull a stunt for the sympathy. It’s just about all they have left.
Yes, of course, I wish no harm on her, either. I’m with you on the “But … it’s not beneath her” part. So very transparent, it’s sick-e-ning.
@MittRomney, Did you receive Amnesty from the IRS in 2009, Ever? cc @chucktodd @bwilliams @WolfBlitzerCNN @hardball_chris @maddow @edshow— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) September 21, 2012
Wow. One of the guests on Bashir just told Ron Christie (Republican hack) he has the same problem Romney does. He’s cold. This was repeated several times. They were talking about the 47% and Christie was arguing “facts” and trying to justify Romney. Did that shut him up! He looked stunnned for a bit.
I saw that too! He told him off good.
It was Ari Melber. What was more striking was when he told him that they were “cold,” Chrstie simply shook is head in agreement. He did not really try to contradict what Melber said. Wow!
Yes. Saw that. Martin was right–Ari’s parents raised him right. He waited patiently for stupid Ron Christie to finish, then BAM KABOOM!!! Air was some awesomeness!
Is there a reason why MSNBC has Christie on several shows to yell his support of Repubs? I cannot stand him. Does nothing but sneer and yell and interrupt other speakers.
Tnmtngirl, good to see you here. Yes, Ari is very smart. He made his point to Ron. I love to listen to Ari Melber. I wish he and Krystal Balll could haave a program together. Ron is always “attitudal frozen.” Good to see Ari tell Ron to his face.
Tnmtngirl(((((((((( To you and mom)))))))))) Love you.HZ
Correction, I miscontrued the facts upthread about Mittiful’s taxes. What actually happened was he paid more points in taxes than he should have. He gave 4M in charity but took less in charitable deduction credits than what was due him. By doing that, he was able to keep his effective tax rate at 14% rather than the 9% it would have been under the full deduction credit he was entitled to. Earlier he had said that doing something like that would disqualify him for the presidency. Even though he engineered it so that he’d pay more taxes, he cheated on his taxes. Plus, the intent was not to be generous, but to keep his tax rate above the 13% he’d previously said was the lowest he’d ever paid. He purposely did not file them according to the tax laws.
I hope the pundits (ALL of them, not just the night crew at MSNBC) will have the guts to talk about this !! And I can’t WAIT for Colbert of Stewart to make fun of the situation !!!
The Romney campaign is making history. Seriously, one of the most disastrous presidential campaign EVER !!
thanks for explaining this cookemom. i hope everyone gets to see and understand this–his ‘charitable’ donations that he doesn’t like to ‘brag’ about, are really manipulations of the tax code to benefit himself, not others.
So, since he technically overpaid – is he getting a refund?
I believe he paid 1.2M in taxes. His only goal was to get the effective tax rate to over 13% during this election.
He didn’t overpay, he didn’t take the full tax credit due him under his charitable deductions points.
Thanks for clarifying!
He will probably file and amendment next year and take the deduction….. color me cynical.
He has 3 yrs to amend his taxes.
Still, and all, not a bad take home for someone who is UNEMPLOYED! For cryin’ out loud…….
Homer Simpson is voting for…… youtube.com/watch?v=ArC7Xa…— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) September 21, 2012
By their own boisterous admission, the Romney’s intentionally overpaid by $1.75 million to avoid paying a tax rate lower than 13 percent. He intentionally overpaid $1.75 million in taxes to avoid contradicting himself.
His effective tax rate if he chose not to overpay would have been roughly 9 percent.
14.1 percent is still lower than most Americans pay and, needless to say, not everyone has the luxury of overpaying nearly two million dollars in taxes just to avoid making a gaffe.
One should never underestimate Mitt Romney though, because he still managed to pull a gaffe out of the hat.
He did not pull this gaffe out of the hat. He reinforced the question, what won’t he do to become president? He hides his money overseas to avoid paying taxes, yet this year he doesn’t take all the tax credits due him, just because he’s running for president. This is like him saying he fired his landscaper cause he’s running for president fer gosh sakes.
Martin Bashir is a ninja pundit. What makes anyone think they can go head to toe with him? He slices and dices without leaving a scar. You don’t know you’ve been cut until you see the blood pooling around your feet.
Martin……Martin…. Martin is the devil!!!!! he is soooooo wrong, but soooooooo funny. he just showed a clip of the back of a Romney puppet’s head and identified the puppet as Gov Romney, then apologized when he ‘suddenly’ realized that it wasn’t the real Romney, but a puppet!!!!! hahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahhahhhhahhahahhaha!!!!
He started that yesterday, and I laughed so hard, I thought the neighbors were going to come knocking. It was the funniest thing! Lawrence played the puppet again on his show.
I laughed hard again today. That joke is priceless.
New post everyone:
Guess what folks, I JUST SAW THE SPACE SHUTTLE fly over my school a half hour ago. It was AMAZING!!!
As a senior on Medicare, I find Paul Ryan’s attitude at the AARP event in New Orleans to be offensive and condescending to the point of nausea. How dare that little twerp in his ill-fitting suit insult the intelligence of seniors with blatant lies about the president and the ACA? Who does he think he’s talking to? I think the audience was amazingly disciplined to just boo, because I would have walked out of the place after telling the idiot to mind his manners. As Nancy Pelosi said the other day in her interview with that silly Crowley women, seniors “know.” They get it. Ryan is a disaster. He is such a turnoff to older voters, women, minorities, young people and anyone with two brain cells, that he might as well call it a day and go back home to Janesville right now. He makes Dan Quayle look like a charming genius.
Yes – I find him highly offensive. He thinks we’re all idiots – seniors and everybody else.
12,000 ADORING supporters greeted PBO in Woodbridge today. WOOT! WOOT!
“President Barack Obama spoke to thousands of cheering supporters Friday at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, saying he’s going to continue to work for the nation’s working class.”
OT. Sometimes there are perks to working in a high rise office building in Downtown LA; saw the Endeavor shuttle flying in from my office window. Vereee kewl! Happy Friday TOD Peeps!
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