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From Denver to Madison

Madison, Wisconsin, Oct 4 (NBC)

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Madison.com: The massive crowd of supporters started arriving before dawn Thursday and waited in a line that stretched forever up and down UW-Madison’s hilly Observatory Drive, all waiting to see President Barack Obama’s afternoon rally and praying that skies, gray and threatening throughout the morning, wouldn’t drop rain.

…. UW police estimated the crowd at 30,000, and what looked like thousands more, all with tickets, were denied admission after officials declared the event at capacity early in the afternoon….

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Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, Oct 4 (Denver Post / Yahoo)


263 Responses to “From Denver to Madison”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    October 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hi y’all!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      October 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      This Pres brings happiness and happiness follows him! We have such a happy campaign. :lol:

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      October 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Ms Chips, I’ve barely seen you in the last little while, (you didn’t show up when I was waiting for your company to the bus station last night) but I sure do thank you for your lovely compilation of pics and info! Muchas gracias / Go raibh mile maith agat. :lol:

    • 4 yardarm756
      October 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I se you’re up to your tricks again. Congrats. :-)

      • 5 vcprezofan2
        October 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        Just checking if the old legs were still up to the challenge, TY! ;) Seriously, was passing by, saw the open door and, before closing it again, wanted to make sure no stranger had wandered in. Gotta protect the home place, you know. :lol:

    • 7 dudette9t9
      October 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Hey there, vc! Congrats on another fine first! :-)

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        October 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        TY, Dudette! I have to tell you, girl, I do a double-take almost every time I spot your new ‘do’, not to mention your new look. You look so..so.. different and so, so mah-va-lous! I’m almost tempted to ask for a referral to your new cosmetologist/coiffeur.

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        October 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        Pamela! You’ve almost made it through your stay-at-home day. How’re you feeling now? ;)

        • 19 Pamela
          October 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

          A good friend suggested to me that I rest in a while this morning, and boy, am I glad I took her advice! I had to skip lunch as both take out soups I brought home were loaded with peppers, then after 3 hours in the dentist chair, I am worn out! I did enjoy the walk over and back to the office, about half an hour each way ~ the weather was just perfect! So, goodnight. I’m beat. {{{{{TOD}}}}}

          • 20 vcprezofan2
            October 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

            Good Night! Sleep tight! Will follow momentarily as I’m sleepy and am also expecting some workers here tomorrow (eavestrough & water tank replacements).

  2. 21 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wow momentum is down!

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      October 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Just as well, PFI, because if it were up there would be no place to put all the bodies! ;)

    • 23 yardarm756
      October 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Yeah. Fancy that. Where’d all them folks come from? Photoshop maybe? NOT!

    • October 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Does anyone know how many turned out in Denver. I was there, but could not judge the numbers. I know the lines were long, snaking back and forth. It was really early and cold. I got up at 5 a.m. The President’s speech was great. The crowd was very supportive. The sound system wasn’t the best. It was hard to hear at times. Wow, Wis. is huge!

  3. October 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I want to apologize to those who were offended by me last night. My opinion about the debate has not changed, but I acknowledge it was a mistake to express it here, especially when all was so fresh. So, my apologies, and with that, peace.

    • October 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Hey BWD, no need to apologize AT ALL, every single PBO supporter who visits here is entitled to his or her opinion, and is entitled not to be abused for expressing it. I haven’t changed my view from last night either, but I am encouraged by the response and pushback today. You’re welcome to share your thoughts here any time at all, ANY TIME ;-)

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      October 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Peace. We’re all together on the “day after,” moving forward!

    • 31 collegekay
      October 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      No need. Everyone seemed to be in the heat of the moment. Forward.

    • 32 terim
      October 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      I’ve found that many of us have different takes on the debate. All I know is that I will keep donating and volunteering.

    • 33 Betsy
      October 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Did you watch Rachel Maddow’s opening today. It might make you feel better about the importance of the first debate.

    • 34 LunarSea
      October 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      ((((BWD)))) I heard you.

      I was a little perplexed by the decision to not push back then I remembered when PBO went to the Republican retreat. That reminded me of the ‘shakedown’ of #BPOilSpill, Which made me think of his speech on race, which immediately made me think of #LyingRyan sitting in the front row when PBO addressed his newly unveiled budget, and his comments on Citizens United directed at the SC Justices at the SOTU address and the Bowles commission when Boehner smugly went to every camera crowing how he got 98% of what he wanted, to the 2nd stimulus during the lame duck session and Wall St Reform during the 99% protests.

      And who can ever forget PBO calling ‘The Donald’ a Carnival Barker ever so sweetly to his face while knowing he just ordered the trickiest mission in the history of our military and thought to myself, “I’ll will trust and watch the chessmaster at work.”

      Something about him smiling sweetly at his opponents that make me think he’s got this. I will stay focused and have faith in him and his team.

      By the way I really appreciated how deranged Robme looked next to him, pundits be damned.

  4. October 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Look at all those disappointed Obama supporters?

    • 36 lisalovesobama
      October 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      look how angry they are, yelling at him about how ‘weak’ he looked last night! Looks like they all gathered to break up with him 5 weeks before the election.

    • 37 anniebella
      October 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Yea, jovie141, look at all those disappointed Obama supporters. All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 38 LunarSea
      October 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Damn fools didn’t read the memo from Rove!
      /snark (hehehe)

  5. October 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, Chips, yet another spectacular post to complement another great day for Americans because of our President’s dedication to all of us!!!

    Those crowds, KNOW!!!

  6. 41 Marth
    October 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Did you see this video of Romney taking paper from his pocket. did he cheat? http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251119479

    • 42 achieve
      October 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Yep, it looks like a cheat sheet. I guess he did not know cameras are trained on the rear of the podium.

  7. October 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Friday Oct. 5, 2012
    Previous
    Next
    9:30 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    10:00 AM
    Obama departs the White House en route Fairfax, Va.
    10:50 AM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
    12:05 PM
    Obama departs Va.
    1:15 PM
    Obama arrives in Cleveland, Ohio.
    2:30 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.
    4:55 PM
    Obama departs Cleveland, Ohio.
    6:05 PM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    6:20 PM
    Obama arrives at the White House.

  8. 44 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Daggone, look at that CROWD! What a thing of beauty!

    And I see you put a couple of very nice “lick-the-computer-screen” pics of my Prez up there for me.
    Thank you, Chips! Thank you very much!!
    [digging deep into bottom desk drawer, tossing out crumpled up napkins and candy wrappers... "now where'd I put that lens cleaner?"]
    :-D :-D :-D

  9. 47 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    October 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    WOW, Chips thanks for these wonderful Pictures. :smile:

    • October 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Absolutely moving. I still believe very strongly in every way that President Barack Obama is a transformative President. His actions in so many areas of responsibility and the impact he has on ordinary people who cherish the chance just to touch his hand say it all. Watching him in crowds is exhilarating.

  10. 49 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Reposting this tweet, cuz this ad can’t be played enough.

  11. 50 vitaminlover
    October 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Here is what I know, President Obama is the deal. He is the stuff. I know for a fact to NEVAH underestimate him. This man is politically savvy and has bear-trap mind. I am not in the least bit worried about his losing anything. What Obama wants he will get. That is just the way it is. I will be tuning out these punidiots for awhile because they have lost their bloomin’ minds. They are not the President and they need to get a grip. Also, Willard is a weenie and so is Paulie. They are pure evil. However, I digress…First Lady Obama is the wind in President Obama’s sail. And as it is always said around these here parts “Chill the f*** out! I got this!” OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

  12. October 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I swear Ed Schutz just indirectly agreed with Sununu that Obama is “lazy”?! Really… WOW. #emoprogsheadsexplodes

    • 54 anniebella
      October 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Jay, if you are pist with Ed, then let him know that.

    • 57 dudette9t9
      October 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Ugh! What a blowhard! He needs to be blasted for that!

    • 58 yardarm756
      October 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Ed Schultz = school yard rough neck.

    • 59 lisalovesobama
      October 4, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      okay, I’ve always believed that Ed was one right turn away from a tea partier. He is what is known as a fair weather friend: there in good times, backstabber in bad times. It’s not surprising he would basically agree with Sununu. My advice, don’t watch. remember the lead up to the 2010 elections? didn’t he advise everyone to not vote because he was mad PBO didn’t do what he said? I don’t need people like Ed and some others contaminating my life and we as a party need to marginalize and remove these types of people from the party because in the long run, they are no good. they are like gangrene, festering away and spreading. We don’t have to be a party of yes men, but we can’t go up against the repukes while fighting the enemy within. who was it that said: ” a house divided against itself cannot stand”? Well a party full of kamikazes can’t survive.
      ps- Amazing how Lincoln’s words ring true 154 years later?

      • October 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        I don’t even watch him, I just wanted to see what guest he had on cosigning for him and caught that 90 seconds of that bullshit!

        • October 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

          Jay you saved me the bother of tuning in tonight. In fact, I watched the debate on C-span last night and after hearing the reactions of Maddow, Tweety and Ed, I didn’t watch their post debate show and decided to quit them altogether, again. I had sworn off them in 2010 but got sucked back in due to their faux support of the President. I am done, again.

      • October 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        As such, having Bernie Sanders on his Show every night, spewing shit against this President, has effected Him. I am sure of it. This Bernie Sanders character, is a problem.
        He poisons the Left, with his Socialist agenda.
        News flash, this Country is not Socialist, maybe 15% are open to it.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  13. 67 susanne
    October 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    chips, thanks for the great pictures (as always, you’re the best!)

    gotta say it–that baby making faces with pbo is so precious–could be my favorite of the baby pictures so far!

  14. October 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Last night was the perfect example of a man playing chess while a child played checkers. Rope-a-dope.

    • 69 LunarSea
      October 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      That was my take per my post above. I don’t know what the plan is but he didn’t look worried. He actually looked like he was expecting it. And his calm demeanor seemed to really get under Robme’s skin. I swear he escalated his twitching, thrashing, lying,the more PBO didn’t take his bait.

  15. 70 Michele
    October 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Dear God, my wish is for everyone who loves/likes/or supports President Barack Obama to take a deep breath before commenting for the next 33 days.

    Please re-read your comment and if it sounds offensive, please don’t press send. This election is so serious and could shape the lives of so many lets keep moving forward and trust and believe the President when he said he is a counter-puncher…

  16. October 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So, last night/today, I did my “serious” piece for TPV. I have a “mocking” piece percolating in my noggin.

  17. 74 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Family, it’s possible to not only keep LyinRyan out of the VP chair, but he could be beaten out of his congressional seat as well! Wouldn’t that be SWEET? Let’s make it happen!! Democratic challenger, Rob Zerban needs our support.

    Here’s his website: http://www.robzerban.com/
    Note there’s a petition there to get pressure on Chicken-shit Ryan to agree to a debate

    http://www.salon.com/2012/09/12/poll_ryans_race_closer_than_expected/

    —————–

    By the way, Rob is fundraising like a BOSS! Kicked Ryan’s ass for 3rd Qtr! Woot!

    This is just funny!

    https://twitter.com/Steffi5461/status/252535836564942849

    • 75 a4alice
      October 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Oh interesting Dudette. i had heard that Ryan had been buying some ad time to help keep his seat (That’s confidence for ya). I’m going to go check this guy out.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      October 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Dudette, it would be a thing of glory if Zerban could take this thing. Wasn’t Ryan ahead by some thirty points to begin with. Maybe the people in his district are finally seeing the real Ryan behind the act he’s been playing.

  18. October 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This is my view today on the whole debate. This stealth, ninja president had a strategy and i think what we saw last night was just that. I think he planed it that way knowing the backlash that would come from doing so. Remember he’s a guy who takes risks. He’s also good at keeping things secret. Look at the killing of Bin Ladin.

    The Obama campaign has something brewing and it’s going to be Romney’s goose that’s going to be cooked in the end.

    What President Obama did last night was throw out the bait and Romney steped right in it and lapped it up.

  19. 81 anniebella
    October 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    How was the crowd at the liar events today? Anything like what POTUS had in Denver and Wisconsin.

  20. October 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you, Chips!! Beautiful Coverage.

  21. 89 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  22. 90 ourmanflint
    October 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Wow. President Obama gets a huge reception from people who appreciate that he works everyday to make things better for all.

  23. 92 terim
    October 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Great photos!

  24. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Earlier, I emailed my friend a link to the article about Martin Sheen’s comments. She raised me five, and sent back more good news about Jim Cramer, which I’d like to share. (I think it was Jim Cramer whose elderly dad was recently told he couldn’t get his voter i.d. card because he didn’t have the proper documentation … after his state’s SOS saw that on CNBC, his dad all of a sudden got the card … and I believe Jim said too bad everybody’s son isn’t on TV, because how many others will this happen to … methinks Jimmy will be votin’ Obama!) Here’s the email response from my friend:

    I like hearing my side championed eloquently by someone on my side as much as the next guy.

    But what encourages me even more is what I just happened to see on today’s Jim Cramer Mad Money on the finance channel – a show whose audience is, I think, largely republican.

    Under the show’s theme of offering advice on which stocks to buy or sell, Cramer just took apart Romney’s comments one by one, saying for example, if you think Romney is going to win and you bought HMO and pharmaceutical stocks today because he’s going to repeal Obamacare you made a big mistake. Obamacare is actually far more profitable for those companies…and then he went on to explain why. He did that for Romney’s position on Dodd-Frank and bank stocks, for the criticism of $90B invested in alt energy and alt energy jobs forecast, etc.

    He also managed to work in that Romney had reversed himself last night on just about every topic and he pointed out that if Romney meant what he’s now saying it could have bad consequences for investors because a position closer to Obama’s but without the parts that make the arithmetic work are undoable. This of course brings you back to “uncertainty” as to what Romney would actually do, and that, as we all know, is the one word business hates most.

    Since this was clearly not a case of preaching to the choir (not that their spirits don’t have to be kept up), nor was it a case of a known liberal politico offering this info, I found it one of the most surprising and potentially useful post-debate TV commentaries.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Wow. That’s great info. I honestly thought investors would know this about Obamacare already. Baffles me how some business people let their ideology trump sound advice.

      • 95 jackiegrumbacher
        October 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        Go brooklyn, I think investor brains have a hard time admitting anything that might favor the president. It has to be hammered into their consciousness.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      This is very susrprising. And fascinating.

      Dems are usually better for business, because Dems take a more holistic approach whereas Repubs are more likely to focus on their friends in high places, which is inherently damaging to the economy as a whole.

    • 97 dudette9t9
      October 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Good. Let’s hope that slides more Republicans into the Obama column!

  25. 98 Carolyn
    October 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    To me many of the comments have been on style, not substance. The President was low key last night, which was fine, just not what his adherents wanted. We have also learned that just before this debate, he handled a NATO conference call about the trouble between Turkey and Syria. Now that is serious stuff. After that, he must have been totally disgusted with Romney and his lies, and his total noncomprehension about what the presidency involves. Sometimes the president’s face registered disbelief at Romney’s antics, and that’s what they were.
    We know that Romney is the total narcissist, and he shows it every time he opens his mouth. President Obama is NOT one. He has normal ups and downs, and real events affect him in real time, in genuine emotional ways like us. After that phone call, only a sociopath or a narcissist could have acted in a shrieking way. He had a lot on his mind, but he made his points. I respect him more because he did what he did and acted the way he did. Romnehy did not WIN anything…..he just yelled louder, and certain shallow minds considered that winning.
    Look at the crowds for the President today, compare them with Romney’s. Who WON last night???!!!

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      October 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Well said, Carolyn. The American people won, if they’re smart enough to see all that lying from Romney and all that class and substance from President Obama and re-elect Obama-Biden 2012!

    • 100 EDP4BHO
      October 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Agreed. And though I know Jim is your cousin, I was not pleased with the way I understand him to have handled the so-called debate. But it’s not personal. Things are more complicated than they appear to us, the viewing audience.

    • 101 4morefor44
      October 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      if you talk to your cuz, maybe you could ask what he thought about mittbot saying he would fire him and big bird right there in front of millions, and while giving his little smirk and chuckle at the same time. i thought people were being a little harsh on lehrer, since he like our president were clearly the only adults there, and by at least trying to keep mittbot on topic and on time, but eventually giving up rather than have a shouting match with him, viewers got to see what a true bully and spoiled child mittbot really is.

      any criticism directed at lehrer or our president is wasted energy and time, and a distraction from the real task at hand – destroying republican/mittbot’s ideology once and for all!

      • 102 Obama Grandmama
        October 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

        A pattern of Mitt’s bullying is forming before our eyes. I am sure there are many more in his life than the making fun of and chasing and holding down and cutting the gay boy’s hair. Also there is the leading by the arm of a blind teacher into a door to get laughs from his classmates. He also dressed up in a state patrol man’s uniform to leave some girls stranded thinking the driver of the car they were in was arrested. Then there was the tantrum a few weeks ago refusing to go on unless he got his own way at the Latino tv station live interview. Then there was the bullying of the moderator at the debate.

  26. 103 Smoothscotch
    October 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Obama

    Obama

  27. 104 Smoothscotch
    October 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oops.

  28. 105 Obama Grandmama
    October 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    On the lighter side, my second son (32 yrs old) has two kids one is almost 2 yrs old and the other is 4 mos old. He emailed me a little while ago with a short message about Mitt Romney being the first presidential candidate that wanted to kill Big Bird. He said it was too bad two year olds couldn’t vote and mentioned preschool t-shirts with a big bird and a message on it from a preschooler might be good. We were mulling around messages and I told him I’d put it on the blog to see what ideas it generated here.

  29. 106 vcprezofan2
    October 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Was thinking of Willard’s smirking face, and thinking what a weasel he really is – don’t know why I was thinking about him. :???:

  30. October 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  31. 110 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  32. 113 Lorraine
    October 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I’m not a Rachel Maddow fan but her first segment is divine!!!!!

  33. 114 Obama Grandmama
    October 4, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Rachel is doing a historical segment on sitting president’s first debate and out of the last 6 only one won the first debate.

  34. 117 Smoothscotch
    October 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I repeat, did somebody get played last night, lol

  35. 118 magapie
    October 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Next Debate
    PBO: The statement the governor just made is plainly false. But what is worse is he knows it. The facts are..

    willard: Are…are ARE you calling me a LIAR??

    PBO: No. What I said is you are missinforming the American people and you know that you are to try and get elected.

    • 119 Left-Indie
      October 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      These words you typed Mag is precisely what most of the president’s supporters wanted. Someone at work told me today that PBO did what he did to seem above it all, to come off presidential. But those words you typed get the job done without denting his likability or stature. That’s all. But, at any rate, FORWARD.

      • 120 4morefor44
        October 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        are you suggesting president obama didn’t realize mittbot is a liar coming into the debate? this wasn’t difficult to predict. do you not think president obama was keenly aware that mittbot would do exactly what he did, like anyone here anticipated would happen, and yet president obama chose to handle in the way he did? perhaps president obama knows exactly what he’s doing, you know, the first african american president that got there with his smarts and strategies?

      • 121 EricFive
        October 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        All your scenerio would have resulted in is a shouting match of “you’re a liar no you are a liar”. That too would have been spun by the MSM as a win for Mitt because it would be spun as PBO losing his cool or Mitt getting under PBO’s skin. That is why debates usually have moderators who keep things under control, which was not the case last night. I trust PBO’s judgment and I also realize that there are THREE debates not one. Look back on all the unnecessary hand wringing and second guessing that PBO’s “supporters” have engaged in over the years. Most of the problems arose b/c PBO did not follow one of their preferred timetables (i.e., he lost this news cycle, he is not responding fast enough, he is losing the messaging war, etc). I accept the fact that PBO is a much better politician than I am. I wish others would come to realize this fact too.

        • 122 purpleshoesla
          October 5, 2012 at 1:15 am

          This + a bajillion. Been saying the exact thing to folks in my circle over the last 24 hours. It would have been 90 minutes of I know you are but what am I, that’s not what I said, yes it is, no it isn’t, you’re twisting my words, ad nauseum. With the end result being no one having a clearer understanding what either of their plans were for moving the country forward. Right now, it’s still Mittens and only Mittens that no one has any clearer grasp on what he stands for because he lied and flip flopped again.

    • 123 LunarSea
      October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      willard: Are…are ARE you calling me a LIAR??

      PBO: Yes.

      (there I fixed it for you :lol: )

  36. 124 lisalovesobama
    October 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    turned to The Cow just in time to see Dan Rather. Rather said of course Willard won!!! No mention of blatant dishonesty. Click!!!! Back to FX.

    • 125 4morefor44
      October 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      just watched the first 10 minutes of our president’s talk in madison today, and it’s clear proof of the rope-a-dope strategy in full force. president obama is very animated and completely on point using all of mittbot’s answers from last night, to imply mittbot is a liar and airhead with no details in his supposed “plans.” he’s and his team obviously decided to embed the two themes in their messaging.

      of course, there are still “allies” of the president, even in this thread again, saying president obama is screwing up, yet again, and never seem to acknowledge the rope-a-dope strategy and how effective it is. i always wonder with these “allies” how they’d react if president obama ever actually did make a big mistake some day. how much caterwauling would they be doing then, when they’re already freaking out about president obama successfully executing his gameplan?

      • 126 EricFive
        October 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        I’m starting to think if REAL trouble came along, they would abandon PBO in a heartbeat. I wonder how they would feel if someone in their personal life treated them the way they treat PBO (you are great, handsome and smart so long as you do and say what I want when I want you to). If I’m not moved or blown away by one of your “performances”, I will slam you and go into great detail about how much better I would have done in your place. I think they really do think they are smarter than PBO.

        • 127 4morefor44
          October 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          good points. thanks.

        • October 5, 2012 at 12:27 am

          EricFive,
          I watched the scenario you just mentioned happen in 1980 with the reelection campaign of President Carter. The dems didn’t stick together, primaried President Carter (Sen. Ted Kennedy,) let Ronald Reagan’s campaign lies go unchallenged, remained docile while the MSM savaged President Carter about his failed attempt to rescue the Iranian hostages, and the end result cost us big economically, and especially, in the area of alternative energy development. President Carter had installed solar panels on the roof of the WH, and Reagan took them down as soon as he took office. I will always believe that the dems not sticking together to support President Carter opened the door for trickle down economics, the death grip Big Oil and Big Business have on our government, and that it allowed for the expansion of the role of religious fundamentalists in our government.

      • 129 sachet
        October 5, 2012 at 6:22 am

        These people who are having child-like temper tantrums because the President did not act like a jackass on drugs like Romney did, are like fair weather friends, I agree with you, they wanted the President to act ugly and aggressive like Romney. But instead President Obama acted like the dignified man he is. I don’t see why his so-called supporters cannot understand that.

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      October 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      I watched long enough to hear Danny Boy slip in the word “professorial,” and he wasn’t talkin’ Romney.

      So, to recap, do we want a decent, honest, hardworking, brilliant professor-type, the President of Explaining Things, or a lying idiot with no morals, in the Oval Office for the next four years?

      Yeah, gimme a minute.

    • 131 Betsy
      October 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      The first segment was the best part of her show 1/6 incumbent presidents won their first debate. 3 who lost, went on to win the presidency, one is yet to come.

  37. October 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Today is a monumental day in my life: I’ve just been followed on Twitter by MC Hammer :lol:


    :cool:

  38. 155 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Check this out!! Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate in 1969

    In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.

    • 156 lisalovesobama
      October 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Something tells me that the PBS staff will be voting PBO come Nov.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    • 158 LunarSea
      October 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Which means they’ve been at this sh*t for 43 yrs now and still haven’t given up! I mean really, $billions for a few oil tycoons a-okay but a few $mill for billions of kids is something eating away at them for 4frigging3 years and counting?

      Where the he!! are these cretians from? Jupiter!?? They are just not human. Not an ounce of humanity or what makes us human to be found.

      I GOT IT! That’s why they hate the thought of evolution. It will lead to the discovery that they are not from any point in the evolutionary ladder. hehehe

  39. 161 Eveingeorgia
    October 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Was it really? I swore off of all MSNBC today because of Chris and Ed last night.

  40. 173 FoxfireTX
    October 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    From FL to CO the ugly Repub mindset is once again in full display. This time it is a family-owned Mexican restaurant
    in Denver that refused to allow a Romney campaign event be held at their restaurant. Since this story broke, they have received
    hate mail, cancelled reservations, and even death threats. They are Morman so apparently the Romney campaign thought they could get this
    Latino family to look good behind them and instead they have brought misery down on this poor family’s heads.

    I am very conscious of Chips admonition that we not solicit for anything but OFA for the remainder of the election season
    and I agree with it. BUT we can kill two birds with one stone by doing a food bomb to the OFA office near this restaurant
    while helping out these people. I suspect they do not deliver but there is an OFA office just 2 miles away and I suspect
    someone would be happy to pick up the food. I intend to call both the OFA office and the restaurant tomorrow. If anyone would
    like to join me in this endeavor, let me know.

    The restaurant info is:
    Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe
    2005 West 33rd Avenue Denver, CO 80211
    (303) 455-0608
    The owner is Mr Aguirre

    The OFA office that is 2 miles away is:

    OFA
    3867 Tennyson StDenver, CO 80212-2157
    (720) 296-3447

    It would be nice for these people to know that not everyone is cut from the same cloth that these nasty Repubs demonstrate
    routinely.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Wow, thanks so much for this information. Let us know how it goes and whether OFA is game.

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Great idea …. maybe this will help get your wonderful idea implemented ….

      #FORWARD

    • October 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Ok, just talked to a delightful young lady at Rosa Linda’s and they are PACKED with customers and she knows that everyone is pulling for them.

      So, I asked her what time they open tomorrow – 9a Mountain Time.

      Then, asked if I called and ordered $50.00 of food and paid via my credit card, could they coordinate with the OFA office near by to get the food to the office and she said they’d be delighted.

      I’ll definitely be calling tomorrow morning :)

      Thank you Foxfire TX for this great suggestion!!

      #PRESSON

      • 177 jackiegrumbacher
        October 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Bob, you are a gem– a prince among men. This is a great idea!!

      • October 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        Oh, & Foxfire TX, when I call I’ll mention that others likely will be calling and that I’d happily let them charge the credit card but wait a few days to send the food so as to spread out the goodies going to OFA from them over the next couple of weeks :)

      • 180 dudette9t9
        October 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        A—W—E—S—O—M—E! I’m thinking of finding the nearest fire station and doing the same thing!!

      • October 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        Very nice, Bob. I wish I could do the same, but can’t right now. But we should get on twitter with this, so that more people can help, perhaps?

      • 182 FoxfireTX
        October 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

        Bob, let me check with the OFA office first, I suspect they will be running a canvassing operation on Saturday and that might work better for them. Also, let’s do this together. For a bulk food purchase I think we will get more for our money if we order $100 of food in whatever assortment they want to put together. If you’re agreeable, we can each call with our cc numbers Sat morning. Thanks for your help with this. It really bothers me that people are punished for exercising their right to keep the Romney campaign off their premises.

      • 183 FoxfireTX
        October 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        Bob, I will call the OFA office in the morning. I would guess they will have a canvassing operation going on Saturday and/or Sunday. And we might get more food for our money if we combine our orders for a bulk order. Will update after I talk to someone at OFA.

    • 184 sachet
      October 5, 2012 at 6:31 am

      It would be nice if Dems in the area would pay them a visit of support. And it would REALLY be nice if President Obama could pay then a visit.

  41. October 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you Chips for these fabulous pictures. I missed the whole thing today but these pictures tell a great story.

  42. October 4, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  43. 187 Suzette
    October 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I am telling you that not even a sardine tin is this packed (lol).

    But as my sister said, even if they didn’t see the President it is the fact that they were there. Obama/Biden 2012.

  44. 189 amk for obama
    October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    GM folks.

    What a pleasant way to wake up to. Wow, look at the fab crowd.

    Hello Wisconsin.

    • October 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I tell you it was one of the most uplifting things to see today. Denver turnout was also very large. And PBO’s speech was magnificent!

      YES WE CAN.

      • 191 amk for obama
        October 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        Great to see that the voters aren’t buying the bot’s bluster and lies. Did he hit the dishonesty of the last night mitt?

        • October 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          Before you start complaining:

        • October 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

          Oh, yes he did. He went into a direct but funny string of lines about the Mitt who showed up last night and the real Mitt. And he gave a powerful wind up that the audience LOVED. See the clip if you can.

          • 197 amk for obama
            October 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

            I will. Wonder if the liar had campaign events post-debate and the crowd turn-out.

            Can’t wait for the ‘polls’ post-debate.

            • October 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

              Oddly, he took most of the day off and then had a rally at 8pm. I’ve seen various reports of 7K – 10K attendees.

            • 199 EricFive
              October 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

              amk check out the smartypants link above. It discusses the first post debate poll by Reuters. PBO up by 5 over Mitt 48 to 43. The debate increased Mitt’s standing with GOP but hurt him with Independents which PBO won 54 to 44. The article ends thusly: “So just remember that while all the bleating goes on amongst the pundits and partisans about what a lousy job President Obama did last night. “

              • 200 amk for obama
                October 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

                Thanks eric. Just as we expected, it shored up mittbot’s declining support among his own base while doing diddlysquat with the rest.

        • October 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

          Pure gold, amk … watch the videos of the two speeches … he did just what we anticipated he would do and was hilarious in the way he delivered the smack down!!!

          #PRESSON

          • 202 amk for obama
            October 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

            Thanks Bob. I surely will watch the vids. I love it that the voters in Denver and WI said their FU to mittbot in their own way.

    • 203 vcprezofan2
      October 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      GM, Amk! I’m starting to think something is seriously wrong with me when you can say good night and later good morning to me in ONE session on my laptop. My friends (those I still respond to) may have a point that I need to ‘get a life’. Here, take the baton back so I can head on out the gate. G’Night.

  45. October 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Just for fun, Adele’s new song!

  46. October 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Willard just said he was wrong about the 47% remark.
    Must be hurting Him!

  47. 214 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I adore this woman!!

  48. October 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    More excellent post debate info: Romney helped himself with Republicans, but Obama dramatically increased his standing with Independents. Thanks, Smartypants: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/10/first-post-debate-poll-romney-gains.html

  49. October 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So, Chris Hayes says because of Willards new positions, OFA will have to figure out another way of attacking Him.
    Alex says, he hopes we have a lobotomy!
    These pundits are nuts.

  50. October 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Booman’s take on the same poll:
    “So, again with the caveat that this is just one poll, I don’t think Obama did as badly last night as many people assume. And every women I talked to or overheard today had something negative to say about Romney’s performance. Key words were: rude, bully, condescending, disrespectful, and overbearing.

    The comment about Big Bird is going to have a lasting impact, too. And the fact-checkers will be putting their articles into every nook and cranny of the media universe (that is not completely controlled by the right wing). A debate is not won or lost the night it occurs. It is won in the days that come immediately after. ”

    http://goo.gl/TbTOl

    Remember Romney needs to improve his standing with women and he did exactly the opposite.

  51. 225 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Coming up on Lawrence’s next segment: “Why Mitt Romney won NOTHING Last night.”

    • 226 anniebella
      October 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I hope those stupid pundits and news media listen to Lawrence O’Donnell in his rewrite tonight. I know the pundits won’t listen, because they think they knows everything.

  52. October 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    As you know, I avoid certain words/phrases in my own tweets and posts, but this is just too good not to share :)

  53. 232 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  54. 233 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love my President. That is all.

  55. 239 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  56. October 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    R&R had 10k tonight and their big message, Obama will raise your taxes.
    He takes our talking points and then denies everything he has been running on.
    This Guy is playing mind games.

  57. October 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Hey, Chips, can you just imagine the video & music accompanying all the folk who’d be more than willing to ….

    …. before or after they cast their ballot for #OBAMABIDEN2012
    :)

  58. October 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    • October 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      It would be rather touching, in memory of Seamus, if the tipping point for many Americans deciding to vote for President Obama after last night, was the fact that #Mitt was so callous to defend tax cuts for mega-profitable oil companies at the expense of destroying ‘Big Bird’ – PBS.

      That would be remarkably just irony!

      #PRESSON

  59. October 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    This is just soooooo typical ….

    • 247 achieve
      October 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

      I saw how sneakily he slide the paper out of his pocket and sneakily slipped it on the podium. It was a cheat sheet.

  60. 255 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Gotta keep banging the drum!!

  61. 256 dudette9t9
    October 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  62. October 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I don’t go on Hufpo often but I saw this post by Hank10303 and thought it was briliant:

    Debate: 1. To consider something; deliberate.
    2. To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.

    By the very definition of the word “debate” I’m having trouble with this narrative that Romney won the “Presidential Debate”. If the object is to discuss opposing views, and one of the debaters misinforms, mischaracterizes or blatantly lies about their respective position and assumes one entirely different from what initiated the “debate”, then clearly that person didn’t win the debate because he/she never discussed their respective “opposing points”; but those of positions that, by previous proclamation, are different and/or misleading on the points he/she previous stated. Then by the words very definition Romney could not have won the debate on the merit of his positions, with regards to the issues discussed. Did Romney give a good performance – yes. But, the responsibilities of the office of the President of these United States is not a talent show. That the media is now part taking in the dumbing down of America, again; is disturbing. That all media seem to be allowing the republican party to redefine what constitutes a quality debate has nothing to do with the content of the discussion, but only the performance of the participants is astounding. Especially when one considers that practically every journalist has had some form of higher education and several have had debates themselves. Shouldn’t you all know better and aren’t they condoning lying as a means to having the best “performance”?

    • 258 EricFive
      October 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing this Donna. I agree. The MSM decided it was going to declare Mitt the “winner” regardless of what transpired during the actual debate. This fact is borne out by CNN’s bogus telephone poll that only polled southern white men over 50 and this new aversion to calling out a politician for flip flopping and lying during a Presidential debate. They are changing the rules (moving the goalposts) to help Mitt’s floundering campaign.

  63. October 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Liberals slam Obama on Social Security

    Alexander Bolton – 10/04/12 05:20 PM ET
    Sen. Sanders strongly criticized President Obama for not taking a more forceful stance on Social Security in the presidential campaign.…

    Again?

    • 261 anniebella
      October 4, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      What is up with these stupid ass liberals? Do they want to win this election? I am just about fed up with Sen. Sanders.

      • 262 achieve
        October 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

        Liberal are notorious for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I can’t beleive they are doing this right before an election.

  64. 263 globalcitizenlinda
    October 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I love Madison WI for Loving Pres Obama. thank you everybody for showing up


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