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Rise and Shine

The Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, October 7 (MSNBC/Reuters)

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Today:

PDT / ET

8:50 / 11:50: President Obama departs Los Angeles

9:45 / 12:45: Arrives Bakersfield, CA

10:35 / 1:35: Tours the Memorial Garden at Chávez National Monument, Keene

11:15 / 2:15: Announces the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument

12:35 / 3:35: Departs Bakersfield

1:40 / 4:40: Arrives San Francisco

4:0 / 7:0: Attends a campaign event at the InterContinental San Francisco (closed press)

7:15 / 10:15: Delivers remarks at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (print pool coverage)

9:40 / 12:40: Delivers remarks at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (pooled for television)

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(Kevin Winter/Getty)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Jay Clendenin, LA Times)

Nokia Theater, Los Angeles, Oct 7 (Kevin Winter/Getty)

Text of the President’s remarks at the Nokia Theater here – the video should be up on C-Span today

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OFA

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Longer video here

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Paul Krugman: If anyone had doubts about the madness that has spread through a large part of the American political spectrum, the reaction to Friday’s better-than expected report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics should have settled the issue. For the immediate response of many on the right – and we’re not just talking fringe figures – was to cry conspiracy.

…. The U.S. economy is still far short of where it should be, and the job market has a long way to go before it makes up the ground lost in the Great Recession. But the employment data do suggest an economy that is slowly healing, an economy in which declining consumer debt burdens and a housing revival have finally put us on the road back to full employment.

And that’s the truth that the right can’t handle. The furor over Friday’s report revealed a political movement that is rooting for American failure, so obsessed with taking down Mr. Obama that good news for the nation’s long-suffering workers drives its members into a blind rage. It also revealed a movement that lives in an intellectual bubble, dealing with uncomfortable reality – whether that reality involves polls or economic data – not just by denying the facts, but by spinning wild conspiracy theories.

It is, quite simply, frightening to think that a movement this deranged wields so much political power.

Full article here

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ThinkProgress

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Thank you DrDaddy

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OFA

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Cagle

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@BarackObama

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Cleveland, Oct 5 (Scout Tufankjian)

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NYT

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A rare early start – morning everyone ;-)


239 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    GM folks.

    One day, the phone rang, and a little boy answered.

    “May I speak to your parents?”
    “They’re busy.”
    “Oh. Is anybody else there?”
    “The police.”
    “Can I speak to them?”
    “They’re busy.”
    “Oh. Is anybody else there?”
    “The firemen.”
    “Can I speak to them?”
    “They’re busy.”

    “So let me get this straight — your parents, the police, and the firemen are there, but they’re all busy? What are they doing?”

    “Looking for me.”
    :)

  2. 40 ourmanflint
    October 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    good morning TOD , Chips

  3. October 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

    So, we basically have George Bush Campaigning again, in the form of Willard Robney? Will America be fooled, again?
    Stay tuned? Same Bat Channel, same Bat time.
    Good Rise and Shine, Chips!

    • October 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Hey chips… I thought the jobs numbers would change the news cycle? Nope! It’s like the debate happened last night. LOL!

      • October 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

        I reckon the jobs numbers will have changed the story for most real folk Jovie, but not so much for the GOP shills in the MSM.

        • October 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

          I reckon you are correct. They are really playing that debate out.
          Also, the Gallup poll is a dead cat bounce.

          • October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

            Even if Romney had confessed that he’s a worthless weasel who hates half of America, they’d still have called him the debate winner. If they’re not GOP shills, they’re just dicks trying to generate a too-close-to-call race to keep their ratings up, it’s all a game to these tosspots.

    • 48 Jewelz
      October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Perception Jovie, perception. No one except the racist teabaggers are going to trust Willard when it comes to foreign policy. Unlike Bush, who at least had proven records of failed results on FP at the time of his re-election bid in 2004, Willard has no proven record to speak of. I don’t care how many speeches Willard gives on FP from now until election day, the fact shows that he has no idea what foreign policy entails. He is nothing but an inept neophyte who has done more damage on the campaign trail insulting our allies than any other US Presidential candidates in history. Honestly I can’t wait for him to debate President Obama on foreign policy. I’ve always told people that President Obama greatest strength is on FOREIGN POLICY. The President is a student of history and the world around him. And I think that has served him very well in his position. I would rank him in the top five (after Monroe, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and FDR) of the greatest American Presidents with bonafide foreign policy credentials. President Obama has great results on foreign policy, and Willard Romney has ZERO. Case closed.

  4. 49 amk for obama
    October 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

  5. 50 amk for obama
    October 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

  6. 51 1jam4pbo
    October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning Miss Chips, Good Morning Tod Family.

    Well it seems that the media have created the horse race that they want. We know better. I am sending the “Power of Love” to all you hard working TOD-ers and a simple message, we know who they are and what they are up to and will not allow them to destroy the lives of millions of Americans and by extension millions more around the World.

    Keep moving FORWARD my Friends towards the re-election of this extraordinary and gifted man, President Barack Obama. Have a great day.

  7. 52 amk for obama
    October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

  8. 56 ourmanflint
    October 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    After watching the clip about the New york volunteers pounding the pavement in Pennsylvania, I am reminded of the force that is required to carry the President bake to the White House in November. Thank you so much all you OFA volunteers , donors, Chips, one on one engagements; it definitely is not automatic. One would have thought that just the evidence of President’s accomplishments themselves and the repub obstruction and lies would be enough.

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

      They’re a real inspiration, OMF, whenever we’re feeling gloomy we should just watch those videos – so many people working so hard for PBO, wonderful.

      • 58 ourmanflint
        October 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

        It sure is. It helps too that PBO believes so much in the American people and doing what is right for all, that it inspires many to similar aspirations. And it helps to enjoy the success he has as well. I know that he was not lucky…. he just planned well and executed his office well.

  9. October 8, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Oil futures are 88 bucks this morning. Everybody’s gas prices should go down, except for California.

  10. 61 desertflower
    October 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Chips…to go along with the theme this morning…maybe you should post this!

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/10/repeat-after-me-obama-cut-the-deficit-and-slowed-spending-to-lowest-level-in-50-years.html

    Better link!

    http://thedailybanter.com/2012/10/repeat-after-me-obama-cut-the-deficit-and-slowed-spending-to-lowest-level-in-50-years/

    With a CHART YOU OUGHT TO POST:)

    Repeat After Me: Obama Cut the Deficit and Slowed Spending to Lowest Level in 50 Years

    With the end of fiscal year 2012, the Congressional Budget Office announced the 2012 federal budget deficit: $1.1 trillion. Taken purely at face value, this number is enormous. Yet every Democrat, and especially the Obama campaign, ought to be telling anyone who will listen: Not only has the president cut the deficit by $312 billion during his first term (so far), but he’s cut the deficit by $200 billion in the past year alone. And the CBO projected that the 2013 Obama budget, if enacted as is, would shrink the deficit to $977 billion — a four year total of nearly $500 billion in deficit reduction.

    Okay, yeah, I get it. It’s risky to mention the deficit, but not when you couch it in math and the facts.

    As I’ve documented before, the CBO reported in January, 2009 that the federal budget deficit for that fiscal year, which began on October 1, 2008, was already $1.2 trillion. President Obama’s additional ’09 spending added another $200 billion to the deficit, bringing the total to $1.412 trillion. Unprecedented and huge, but given the enormity of the financial crisis and the depth of the recession, there weren’t many other options on the table. Add two wars into the mix and there you go.

    But nearly every bill signed by the president has included offsets to make the spending deficit neutral. Why? Because it’s been the law of the land ever since President Obama signed the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act in February, 2010, which mandates that new spending be offset with spending cuts or new revenue. Yes, a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress passed this legislation. Guess how many congressional Republicans voted for the law. Zero. Not one. Perhaps during this week’s debate, Vice President Biden could ask Rep. Paul Ryan who voted against the bill. Mitt Romney should also be asked about it.

  11. October 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I don’t like it, when the President is in California doing fundraisers, with 4 weeks to go!
    Just my opinion.

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Every dollar counts Jovie, and I’d guess there are more dollars in Ca for the campaign than anywhere else. He’ll be in Ohio and back to DC tomorrow, hang in there!

    • 68 Grab a Mop Grace
      October 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Jovie,
      If you think you’ve seen a lot of secret SuperPac money so far, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
      In the next month we are going to be BOMBARDED with poison from secret money. Bank on it!
      All the down ticket races too.
      The President knows what he is doing. Bank on that!
      Don’t worry….he’s got this.

      Obama/Biden 2012

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

      The funds raised help the down ticket races as well. And that’s just as important. Without a half-decent congress, what good is a second term?

    • 71 lamh35
      October 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

      the President actually spends less time campaigning in Cali than it seems. it primarily for fundraising. as you know the majority of his campaign schedule are in swing states. also aside from FLOTUS, POTUS is the biggest fundraising draw. so yes he has to go to them. besides doesn’t the Cali market bleed into the Nevada & Colorado markets? so he gets local & state coverage.

      also the Cali volunteers will be integral parts go GOTV in Nevada & Colorado I bet. why begrudge them the opportunity to see POTUS up close?

    • 72 lamh35
      October 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I see the expectations game has begun for the VP debate. please let’s not play that game. I think that’s what caused the “meltdowns” last week. because despite all saying to the contrary & the Obama team trying to lower the expectation the Romney team won the expectations game. Some of us got so caught up in the laughter at all the stories about Romney’s debate prep, but the bigger story was a poll showing that a majority of those who planned to watch the debate had bigger expectations that POTUS would wipe the floor with Romney. and when your expectations are sky high and the bottom gets kicked out, then the fall from on high is harder and longer.

      all this to say lets NOT let the expectations game ’cause anymore meltdowns. I think Biden is a good debater. I’m really not sure what kind of debater Lyin Ryan is, but I don’t think he’s dumb and I suspect he does have stamina being a younger guy. So I expect Biden to be his usual “ride or die” Joe and I honestly don’t know what to expect from the lying team. which after the lesson learned from last week is probably the best way to go into thinking for VPdebate.

      so lets all pledge to not play the medias expectations games any longer. me personally I won’t be linking to. any such articles anymore.

  12. 76 amk for obama
    October 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Apparently, the canucks are having their thanksgiving day today. Why do the damned canucks have to copy everything from the damned yanks ?

    /ducks and runs

    • October 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Good morning to Ms Chips and the TOD family. Amk, I just know you will congratulate heartily the West Indies for that win over Sri Lanka in World T20 cricket…gangnam styling! What a match.

    • 85 ourmanflint
      October 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

      amk you better run!!! Canadians have been celebrating since the 1800’s to commemorate different occasions.

      I can still see you…….

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      October 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Copy? COPY? One’s in October, the other in November! :roll: :roll: Go to bed early, Amk! A little EXTRA rest MIGHT do your spirit a world of good.

      Dia uit, Chips! Who pushed you out of bed this Monday, and in such chipper spirits too? :lol:

      • 89 amk for obama
        October 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

        See ? the damned canucks couldn’t even copy and paste.

        • 90 vcprezofan2
          October 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

          :roll: Creativity, Amk, creativity! Independent thinkers? :lol: :lol: Go drink some more warm milk, you trouble maker, you!

          • 91 amk for obama
            October 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

            gin and milk !!! How is that for creativity ? I am gonna call it vc mix.

            • 92 vcprezofan2
              October 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

              Dear me, no! Please, Amk! Whatever I might have said to offend, IF it offended you I shouldn’t have said it.** My name attached to an alcohol beverage would be the final indignity!
              ** – /a reasonable ‘copy’ of a GOP apology?/

      • 93 Pamela
        October 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

        There you are! G’day girlfriend! I have been off the blog more than on, but was looking around for you… ;)

        • 94 vcprezofan2
          October 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

          GM, Pamela. I noticed and left you a message when I came in last night. All’s well – ran out of steam what with my running around due to Thanksgiving and my FINALLY agreeing to go by a friend who regularly invites me. :???:

          • 95 Pamela
            October 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

            Good to see you enjoying the fine weekend! Relax a bit for both of us today! Happy Thanksgiving! {{{{{Canada}}}}} I miss Canada.

    • 99 Smoothscotch
      October 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Good morning Amk! From a Canuck, gobble, gobble. Have a pleasant day, don’t forget to wipe that milk moustache off. :-)

  13. October 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

    If you have any Republican friends or family, please share this video:

    “Why Republicans say you SHOULDN’T vote for Romney”:

    Have a great day!

  14. 104 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Today Show is disgusting once again. I have never seen such a one-sided effort day after day. They showed the one clip of Obama “apologizing” for his debate performance—-grrrr—–and then multiple clips of Romney’s “new confidence and enthusiastic crowds” and “showing his compassionate side”. That was Peter Alexander’s report. Then Kelly O’Donnell did a report from Hamilton Co., Ohio—-Cinnci?—-saying it was traditionally Repub, went for Obama in ’08, it will likely decide Ohio this time, and showed interviews with women who voted for Obama last time and aren’t planning to vote for him this time, pushing the “disappointed” and “enthusiasm gap” themes. So transparently partisan with not one speck of objectivity or fairness.

  15. 108 Michele
    October 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Is it going to be a chickenlitte non-stop day today? Or shall we all put on our big girl panties and reach for articles and comments that lift us up and move us forward.

    • 110 amk for obama
      October 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

      +1. CL’ing never did jackasquat except just reinforce the meme.

    • 111 TrumpDog
      October 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Is it going to be a chickenlitte non-stop day today?

      Sure looks that way.

    • 112 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Really. I was in such a jovial mood when started here on the last thread where I left off last nite and I’m greeted with anxiety attacks and meltdown.

      Maybe some should just back away cause paying attn must be doing a number on the ole blood pressure.

      It’s time to STOP giving the sunday talking heads so much damn power! Also. Too.

  16. 113 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Look at these old photos of our ‘lovable’ tv talkers—–worth the look for just Chuck Todd’s unrecognizable photo alone. Tweety—-not a real blond.

  17. 116 99ts
    October 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    TY Chips for all the good news and pictures – they are always good for the soul (and the eyes)

  18. October 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Lower Unemployment, Lies, and Big Bird.

    Shake, rinse, repeat (and reTweet)!

  19. 119 Carolyn
    October 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    One last thought on the downer last week…..which really wasn’t. Does anybody remember four years ago when Preident Obama lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary? He had won Iowa, he was supposed to breeze through N.H……the press was with him, carrying ihim on their shoulders, practically, then boom…..Hillary won. He gave a great speech after that loss, recouped his resources, went on to work hard and win the nomination, and of course the presidency.
    After that primary, all over the airwaves was Can he do it, was he a flash in the pan…..et cetera,ad nauseam. Well, frankly, I know he will come back stronger than ever, he ALWAYS surprises people, and this will keep any Democrat or Independent who might have been starting to become complacent working harder than ever.
    Think about who are the audience for the morning shows…….not young people. It’s about the same demographic as FOX. People who can be at home, who don’t have children they have to rush to school, or long commutes to work…..you get my drift. I haven’t noticed that those morning shows are heavily influential.
    Anyway, this was one blip in a pretty nearly perfect campaign so far, and you can be sure there will not be any more!
    We had lunch with my daughter’s in laws yesterday, and their take on the debate was just like that expressed by most of us here. Jody….the aunt, said she’s followed everything the Republicans have done, and watched Mitt’s flip flops and reversals, she was totally unimpressed. This is in solid red Oklahoma. You would have thought the conversation was on this blog! People who bothered to watch can make up their minds, and pretty well saw through Romney.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      October 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Good points Carolyn.

    • 121 amk for obama
      October 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Yup. What’s the total no. of dweebs who watch these morning shows and the cable noise ? five million tops ? Heck, we have 10 million donors alone to match their idiocy.

      • 122 dotster3
        October 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

        Yes—Today has about a 5 million daily audience (currently losing to GMA)——that’s still a big chunk of voters being influenced every day. Morning Joe has about 500,000, unbelievably. I want to know EVERYTHING that is going on, who’s saying what—– not just the Good Ship Lollipop news—–in order to know where to respond and push back—–and to generally be aware of —-actual events, reports, reality.

        • 123 amk for obama
          October 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

          The assumption that the entire 5 mil are gonna be influenced seems to be erroneous, don’t you agree ? Well, the ‘reality’ is that the entire msm are even lower than repubs in popularity ratings. So their spin is gonna work for those who are already non-obama voters and may be some wishy washy indies. That is the ‘reality’.

        • 124 LunarSea
          October 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

          It’s one thing to want to know what’s going on, another altogether to dart around on an emotional roller coaster as a result of it.

          Going from extreme highs to unfathomable lows in the span of 24 hrs reminds me of my bipolar ex -just one reason he’s an ‘ex’- and then to spread that around and drag others along… it’s exhausting! What was it Einstein said?

          And I’m not talking about being concerned. I’m talking week in and week out reacting to the same -THE SAME- damn pundits playing their same damn games to the point where there is a definite and well structured pattern.

          Exhausting I tell ya.

          • 125 4morefor44
            October 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

            YES x1,000!! plus, don’t we all know what all the media will be saying already? democrats bad, republicans good. there, i saved some people a bunch a time and emotional energy. no need to watch, listen, or read the big “news” channels now.

          • 126 Nena20409
            October 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

            Thank you. It is How we respond to things that Matters. We are in charge of our emotions. We control our bodies and minds. Thank you…

            There is a saying that goes……like Misery deserves or attracts company……I might have messed it up some.

            I am not calling for a happy clappy either. But a measured approach or alt least……We must at least consider the source.

  20. October 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Have a great Monday!

  21. 136 hopefruit2
    October 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    People aren’t stupid.

  22. October 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Good morning, TODville. Please pass this info on to anyone you know in these states:

  23. 138 lamh35
    October 8, 2012 at 9:10 am

    dang Chips, my last comment wasn’t a response to jovie could you move it if u can…thanks

  24. 141 99ts
    October 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I just watched the video of Caroline Kennedy on the last thread – she sounded so lovely and positive – and seems to look more and more like her mother in recent years. Despite the family sadness, she has continued to lead such a positive life – caring about others – and supporting her father’s dreams.

  25. 142 Don
    October 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I was watching “60 minutes” last night and Leslie Stahl profiled a company that pretty much took over the eyeglass wear market and raised their prices across the board. Leslie Stahl was complaining that the company should at the very least drop their prices and be more competitive with other eyeglass wear companies. I just about fell off the couch in laughter, Leslie wanted this company to start thinking about their competitors. What happened to all that free market bullshit that Republicans crave?

    • 143 Obama Grandmama
      October 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Anytime someone says to me let the free market do its thing. I say their thing is to collude and conspire together to raise the prices and we the consumer lose out.

  26. 144 lamh35
    October 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I see the expectations game has begun for the VP debate. please let’s not play that game. I think that’s what caused the “meltdowns” last week. because despite all saying to the contrary & the Obama team trying to lower the expectation the Romney team won the expectations game. Some of us got so caught up in the laughter at all the stories about Romney’s debate prep, but the bigger story was a poll showing that a majority of those who planned to watch the debate had bigger expectations that POTUS would wipe the floor with Romney. and when your expectations are sky high and the bottom gets kicked out, then the fall from on high is harder and longer.

    all this to say lets NOT let the expectations game ’cause anymore meltdowns. I think Biden is a good debater. I’m really not sure what kind of debater Lyin Ryan is, but I don’t think he’s dumb and I suspect he does have stamina being a younger guy. So I expect Biden to be his usual “ride or die” Joe and I honestly don’t know what to expect from the lying team. which after the lesson learned from last week is probably the best way to go into thinking for VPdebate.

    so lets all pledge to not play the medias expectations games any longer. me personally I won’t be linking to. any such articles anymore.

    • October 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Good for you, lamh. I wholeheartedly agree.

    • 146 Margie James
      October 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

      The only expectation I have about the VP debate is that Paul Ryan will forget all about his; Path to Prosperity plan, the GOP platform, Ann Rand, and the Medicare vouchers, and lie like a rug. Little Paulie will feign amnesia on debate night.

  27. October 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    STEP UP: http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

    PLEASE do whatever you can to help re-elect President Obama.
    29 DAYS TO ELECTION DAY.
    Register voters.
    Phonebank.
    Canvass.
    Fundraise.
    Enter data.
    Pass out flyers.
    Talk to friends, family, neighbors, service encounters.
    Wear a campaign button or T-shirt.
    GOTV.

    STEP UP.

    • 148 amk for obama
      October 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

      +100000000.

    • 149 utaustinliberal
      October 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

      I’ve been getting people registered to vote and it makes me haaaaaaaapy! Also, donating is very crucial and it makes me happy to see that my money isn’t wasted and actually bears fruit. Team Obama really uses those funds wisely. In addition to that, it’s wonderful to talk to people over the phone, email, and face to face about Pres. Obama and the Democrats and why they both deserve their votes and when you finally convince them, it’s the best feeling ever.

      We’re going to win this. Step by step, day by day, we will WIN this.

  28. 154 JER
    October 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    KEENE PREPARES FOR PRESIDENTIAL VISIT
    President Obama expected to draw big crowd

    KEENE, Calif. – Preparations are continuing for President Obama’s visit to Keene… Mr. Obama will be in town to establish a Cesar E. Chavez National Monument.

    So many people want to attend the event the organizers had to shut down the online sign up. The UFW wanted a crowd of about 7,000 but they say more than 10,000 people have already signed up. … http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/keene-prepares-for-presidential-visit

    • October 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    • 156 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

      They just better get their butts to the voting booths. LOL

      Seriously with all the crowds he’s been drawing if it translates into votes it will be a sweep on election day.

      What was it? 30,000 to 10,000 crowds the day after the debate? The media can crow all they want but it’s all in the ground game baby. And while many thugs will hold their noses and vote the Vulture/Voucher ticket, I also think many of them will vote dem.

  29. 157 utaustinliberal
    October 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

    If I could favorite this Team Obama “The Greatest” ad over and over again, I’d do it a million times. It’s freaking amazing.

    Thank you for the voter registration reminder Meta.

  30. 158 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Courts block most Repub voter restriction efforts. Don’t doubt that Repubs will still try whatever dirty tricks they can. Just learned that Ohio threw out 14,000 votes last time because voters who showed up at the correct polling place went to the wrong precinct table. Pretty unbelievable.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-voting-laws-20121008,0,1380995.story

    • 159 vcprezofan2
      October 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

      voters who showed up at the correct polling place went to the wrong precinct table.

      This makes absolutely no sense to me. Wouldn’t they just be directed to the correct table INSTEAD of, and BEFORE, being given a ballot? Isn’t that one of the jobs of the election workers stationed in the polling station?

  31. October 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Obama vs the media the game is heating up. They have to come out of hiding for mitt (cause mitt is so ugly on the inside) and every one will see the End of the Media as we know it. Obama vs The Media round two. Who will come out on top, I bet on Obama

    • October 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Who will come out on top? We the media, ( if we do what we are supposed to, which is challenge the msm at every turn on the various social media), and, additionally make sure our assertively strong voices voices are heard.

  32. 163 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Nice to know

  33. 164 utaustinliberal
    October 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

  34. 165 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    • 166 utaustinliberal
      October 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

      This from a GOP poll? Wow. The ground is shifting and the republicans are afraid.

      • 167 anniebella
        October 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Even though the two bit media harp on that liar performance in the debate, good news about the economy will be important than Romney lying debate.

  35. 168 relellit
    October 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Good morning, Chips and Todville. Fantastic pics this morning. :)

    A Really Weak Argument for MYTH

    ~snippets from Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune

    President Barack Obama has never done anything that could compare to Reagan’s limp response to this wanton slaughter of innocents. But conservatives with short memories regard Obama as the most feeble, weak-kneed president since … well, since Jimmy Carter.

    But in the aftermath of the violent protests this past week, Romney’s campaign reverted to type. “It’s a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values,” he said. His foreign policy adviser, Richard Williamson, insisted the demonstrations erupted because “the respect for America has gone down, there’s not a sense of American resolve.”

    Really? So why was there a wave of fierce anti-American protests across the Middle East in 2003, as President George W. Bush was preparing to invade Iraq? The State Department was so alarmed it advised Americans to avoid 17 countries across the region and beyond.

    Our diplomats have nothing to fear when we’re strong? Under Bush, there were violent attacks on American embassies in Yemen, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, India and Turkey. A U.S. diplomat was assassinated in Sudan. Another was murdered in Pakistan.

    Certainly they did under Reagan. A U.S. Army major carrying out routine monitoring in East Germany, as allowed under a U.S.-Soviet agreement, was shot to death by a Soviet sentry. An American reporter was arrested on phony espionage charges in Moscow, forcing Reagan
    to negotiate to get him released.A barracks in Beirut was blown up, killing 241 American military personnel.

    But somehow, these episodes did not discredit Reagan among conservatives or the broader public.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-0916-chapman-20120916,0,1262358.column

    Every one have a beautiful day :)

  36. 169 JER
    October 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    • 170 utaustinliberal
      October 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

      I was flipping channels this morning and stumbled upon this conversation. OMG…it was an eye opener. Romney’s people don’t know what the hell Romney’s foreign policy plans are. They have no clue how to defend him when presented with evidence of his constant lies and just blaming President Obama will not fly for millions of voters. It was embarrassing, concerning and hilarious to watch.

    • 172 amk for obama
      October 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

      aarrgghh. She is an indian ? What a disgrace.

      h/t soledad for not putting up with her utter gibberish. Jeebus, where does mittbot campaign find such idjits ?

    • 173 amk for obama
      October 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

      • October 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

        Soledad has been absolutely knocking it out of the park these past few months.

        • 175 amk for obama
          October 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

          True. She has been a revelation. Hope she doesn’t get fired for doing some real journalism.

        • 176 LunarSea
          October 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

          We should all send her thanks. So Robme is now the guy who will bring peace to middle east by having a free and independent Palestine next to Israel. The big questions is how? using what borders? And how will he get the neocons of Israel to go along with it? with his boundless charm? Be prepared for this folks. Lots up for smackdown

    • 177 Obama Grandmama
      October 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Wow! This was telling. It needs to be forwarded to OFA or someone making commercials. Talking points only not able to address stands.

  37. 178 desertflower
    October 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/10/how-did-this-slip-through-the-cracks.html

    Mitt Romney held a rally in Denver last Monday in which he accepted the endorsement of John Elway. Thousands of supporters gathered to see Romney and Elway and, as a special added attraction, the rally included an invited guest performer, Laurie Morgan.

    Morgan is a country singer who entertained the crowd of cheering Romney supporters with a stirring rendition of “Dixie” — the “de facto” national anthem of the Confederate States of America. I’m not making that up. A Romney rally included a performance of the Confederate national anthem. Yeah. Of all the country songs, I wonder why this one was featured at a Romney event — in Colorado no less.

  38. 180 FoxfireTX
    October 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Good morning everyone. Well, nothing has changed in the lyi ng Romney campaign. In excerpts released of his foreign policy speech he will state:

    “The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. I will reverse that failure.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/08/mitt-romney-and-the-foreign-policy-vision-thing/

    This is a lie! On October 23, 2011 PBO signed new trade agreements with Souh Korea, Columbia and Panama.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-gets-win-as-congress-passes-free-trade-agreements/2011/10/12/gIQAGHeFgL_story.html

    Tweeters, can you get this out as a prebuttal to the Romney speech set for this morning? Ya know, you’d think they’d be a litte more subtle in their lies. Apparently, they think that 99% of us simply too stupid to know the difference. Has any campaign ever been more insulting?

    Forward!

    • 181 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Our preparations should include any quotes/clips of ppl discussing this, particularly media ‘personalities’ and pols from both parties

  39. 182 lamh35
    October 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hmm, can’t wait to hear from the Obama….DRONES crowd on this one.

    Romney Could Send Troops To Libya

    JANESVILLE, Wis. — Mitt Romney will not rule out deploying U.S. troops to Libya, aides told reporters in advance of the Republican nominee’s foreign policy speech today…

    “While drones and drone attacks are worthwhile — it’s great to kill bad guys — you fundamentally misunderstand this struggle if you think that’s the answer to it,” Williamson told reporters, an intended contrast with Obama’s policies..

    • 183 EricFive
      October 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

      I pray Mitt really does say he wants to send U.S. troops to Libya. He is reading the public wrong if he thinks there is this hunger for another war. I knew it wouldn’t be long before his latest fuck up. He is surrounded by the GWB foreign policy crowd. He probably doesn’t want to appear too dovish to his base, so he is going to go all war monger. This is good news, imho.

  40. October 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

  41. October 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I don’t watch the media news. I told my mom that all you will see is the media talking up Romney and talking down PBO. That she must not listen to them and know that they want Romney to win so that they can get big tax breaks. ALL the media owners and pundits are millionaires whose taxes will go up under President Obama but will go down further under Romney. The people who appear to be “liberal” will be talking up Romney even Whoopie. We no longer have a 4th Estate News Industry who wants to bring you the news….they want to create the news.

    • 189 Michele
      October 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

      0388, you hit it right on the nail the majority of the con job news media don’t want the status quo to change for themeselves. It would be nice if the rule was tell me what you’re making in salary b4 you start trying to spin me.. All the major broadcasters especially in NY are making more than $250,000…

      • 190 EricFive
        October 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

        Totally agree. Does anyone remember the hammering Charlie Gibson gave PBO about raising the capital gains tax during one of the 2008 debates? His self interest as a 1%er was on display for all to see. These TV personalities and their corporate owners don’t want their taxes to go up.

    • 191 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Remind her also that Bain is a major stockholder in NBC and he has proudly admitted he ‘likes to fire people’ so many in the media are afraid of loosing their jobs.

  42. October 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

  43. 194 utaustinliberal
    October 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Wow….this is so interesting. There are two Obama brand gas stations in America. One in Columbia, SC and the other in Detroit, MI. Check them out.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/america-has-two-obama-brand-gas-stations

  44. 196 lamh35
    October 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    BTW, I’m calling bullshhhh right now on all the Romney “who knows what his FP views” are stories right now. Romney and advisors are playing expectations game, once again lowering it so much that anything substantive, even if wrong is enuff for the village and stupid voters (I’m no longer calling them low-information voters. With new technologies and darn near everyone having access to computers at the library at least, there is ALMOST no excuse to be a low-information voter. PLEASE NOTICE I SAID ALMOST!)

  45. 198 lamh35
    October 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    In foreign policy speech, Romney will encourage military spending, Syria intervention

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – In a major foreign policy speech Monday Mitt Romney will attempt to stake out a more activist public position than President Barack Obama on supporting the rebels in Syria’s civil war. Romney plans to say that he believes in working with partner nations to arm rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad…

  46. 199 utaustinliberal
    October 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    More good news.

    General Motors Co. and the state are expected to announce today that GM will create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan, beginning with up to 1,500 at a new information technology innovation center in Warren.

    The automaker and the Governor’s Office are expected to make formal announcements later today.

    Thirty percent or more of those 1,500 hires could be recent college graduates, as GM plans a large recruiting initiative with southeastern Michigan colleges and universities, Mott said. He expects some people who left Michigan for other jobs will return for the new opportunities.

    Last month, the automaker announced it had opened an innovation center in Austin, Texas, where it plans to hire up to 500. The company plans to open two more information technology innovation centers in addition to Austin and Warren. Mott said Friday that GM isn’t ready to announce those locations yet.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121008/AUTO0103/210080340#ixzz28iWnxn9G

  47. 200 desertflower
    October 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    CHIPS PLEASE ADD THIS TO THE POST! He’s practically ENDORSING PBO! h/t Steve Benen This is from his time as Gov…..Holy Moly!

  48. 203 Margie James
    October 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Picture #3 of the President………Lord why did you have to make him so fine.

  49. 212 utaustinliberal
    October 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • 213 debz
      October 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I truly hope Romney’s foreign policy speech gets all these “Obamaphiles” off the debate bullshit. I can’t believe every bloody “liberal” blog, including those like Bob Cesca are still bitching about the debate “performance” by the Prez. Disgusting.

  50. October 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi to all you O’s!!! It’s a sunny but chilly great getting up day in my part of the TODville neighborhood.

    I’m listening and watching CSPAN and they have on one of the best programs on the Obama 2008 campaign called ‘Lessons From 2008 Presidential Campaign’. It’s Henry De Sio who was Obama For America COO and former Deputy Assistant to President Obama. He is giving his synopsis of inside the 2008 campaign. He is capturing every nuance and smallest detail of what went on behind the scenes. He goes from how they brought everyone together, to bringing on Biden as VP choice, to looking over their shoulder at the Clintons, to managing expectations, to Rev Wright which was handled in crisis, to the ‘no drama’ mantra, and how they’re now handling the current campaign compared to Romney’s.

    It’s still on now if you want to join, but it’s worth seeing in it’s entirety. Here’s the link: http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

    My political take today is for those who tend to get squeamish about the campaign, watch this CSPAN show. When we hear ‘I got this’ about PBO, it’s evident that the campaign believes it.

  51. 218 Don
    October 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Oh please let it be on teevee!

  52. October 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    The Media looking more silly than usual, The whole world will learn that the USA media is bought and pay for by big business. The media is trying their best to keep the spot light on Obama negative. They are on a roll but They will over reach just like they did with the, tea party, birther, racism, anti Obama theme and so on. Oh! the world is watching the USA and their treatment of the men who save the economy, Who had OBL killed and who pass ObamaCare for it’s people. And they may ask, What’s the hell is wrong with America. Some will say we are stupid, lack of knowledge, the old black tax is in play (no matter how much a black person do its not good enough=some democratic) or we still have too much racialism in our country even though we elected our first black/white man, who skin is more black. In other words Racism beat out ObamaCare, OBL death, Economy rebounding. Name one other President who ever did all this in his first term and the country look at it and said he failed. WTF! I can only think of one A. Lincoln. Why he failed: because he free the slaves. We have came a long way, but have a long way to go. Vote Obama/Biden and let’s move forward.

    • 220 EricFive
      October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

      The MSM is just back at its job of propping up Mitt’s candidacy. Events like the Libya gaffe and 47% video literally FORCED the MSM to portray Mitt in a negative light. The debate was their opening to return to business as usual and they are back with a vengance. The MSM is attempting to SHAPE reality not report reality (propaganda). We need to understand and accept the game that is being played and stop falling for their bullshit. The polls still have PBO in the lead and any post debate bounce for Mitt seems to be small and shortlived. It is the MSM/GOP’s goal to demoralize democrats and energize republicans. My suggestion is don’t let them play you by getting all scared and anxiety ridden. Continue to get the truth out there, register voters, donate, pray/send out good vibes, or any other positive thing you can do to help PBO win reelection. I repeat, we must realize and accept the game being played and not let propaganda shape our views or demoralize us.

      • October 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

        EricFive you’re alright, you know it not the republicans that Obama is in a fight with its the Media.
        I like the MSM/GOP’s.

    • 222 4morefor44
      October 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

      yes, dun!! i do think a big reason so many so called liberals jump on president obama at the first sign of weakness, whether real or made-up such as this debate performance nonsense, is that there’s some deep racial superiority feelings embedded far down in their consciousness. they don’t really know it, but there’s a part of them that is a little uncomfortable that a man that looks like president obama has so much power over them. i’ve actually had some more enlightened white people admit this about themselves and how they consciously try not to let this happen within themselves. notice how most of these liberal blogs that have been anti-obama since the beginning are 99% white in terms of writers and readers. funny enough too, most of them also were big supporters of john edwards, even though the guy was a proud member of the dlc for years, and had a ben nelson-type voting record in his 6 years in the senate. some will probably come around over time, and some will not. it’s all about the staying the course and helping that “arc of justice” bend faster and faster toward justice!

      • 223 LunarSea
        October 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

        I think it is the result of 4 yrs of programming the electorate to believe that any news re Obama is bad news. Hell, even winning the Peace Prize and 53% of the vote in 2008 was NOT good in their reporting- a fluke or white guilt or some such.

        The lower deficit, higher consumer confidence, lower unemployment is still somehow not good news, in that it’s shady Chicago politics at play. Go figure

  53. 224 4morefor44
    October 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

    with mittbot’s major fail of a debate performance last week and that whole “big bird” disaster, jim henson’s creations have been on my mind. here’s a new video with another one of his creations, the fraggles, and it has a good message for getting out there to your local o.f.a. office:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrfFwf3rI

  54. 225 yardarm756
    October 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Good morning everyone. Another on the right side of the grass is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
    I’ve been pondering something since the debate and have a question. We think we know what will eventually happen to Christians that lie. What about Mormon leaders? Do they go to heaven too? (snark)

    • 226 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I believe the answer is yes. AND they have a harem of wives waiting for them when they get there. Winning for their cause is what matters and lying is an acceptable way of getting there, from the excerpts I’ve seen floating around.

      I know, shocking isn’t it.

    • 228 cookemom
      October 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Mormons believe in a policy of ‘Lying for the Lord’. It means that it’s ok to lie if there’s a justified reason to. The ends can justify the means without religious impunity. Also, there’s not the heaven of Christianity, it’s a planet that will be inhabited and run by the Elders of the Mormon church. There is a reason that Mormonism is off limits in the campaigns. As a Bishop, Mitt has many responsibilities to the church which may or may not be in conflict with holding the position of the presidency. There are secrets he holds that we will never know about.

      • 229 yardarm756
        October 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

        I have some rather negative thoughts about that,which I’ll keep to myself and file it next to Moslem extremest.

        • 230 cookemom
          October 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

          I agree and shouldn’t have posted it as fact. It’s what I’ve gotten from various sources, but like any religion, including Christianity, there are zealots and fanatics who don’t speak for, nor represent the great majority of it’s members..

  55. 232 donna dem 4 obama
    October 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Big Bird ;)

    • 233 LunarSea
      October 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

      hahahaha paraphrasing: “if saving us from a depression, giving millions health care, getting OBL, etc etc ain’t enough, do it to save big bird.”

      Great one

  56. 234 dotster3
    October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Souza!

  57. 236 xtine
    October 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Wow, Mittster is going to talk FP! Jeebus! OK, go ahead & do the usual GOP overreach, why dontcha! My mouth fell wide open this morning, then I just plain got the chuckles. One thing tho that has been on my mind. With Mittster getting briefings, I’ve always thought he’s so unprincipled as to use that information to his end. Is there a penalty for such actions? Can he & his team be shut out if they use the information on those briefings in speeches, etc.?

  58. 237 Margie James
    October 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Mitten’s has the team who committed one the biggest military/ foreign policy blunders of all time, what could go wrong?

  59. October 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The media, both left and right, is a huge problem in our political discussions in this country. When Donald Trump, someone with NO political bonifides, is asked to opine on political matters, we know that the media doesn’t want a fair fight, and instead is looking for a Romney win.

    We should not have been surprised at the media’s sudden turn on the Presidential race. For months, Romney would either fuck up in some grand way or some revelation would come out and hold his numbers down and boost the President Obama’s standing. And yet, each time, the media would seem to forgive Romney, opining that the race wasn’t over and it was still time to change the narrative.

    However, one debate nearly four weeks before the polls close where the President wasn’t in tip top game, but adequate and his opponent was a bellicose, bullying, imbecilic liar, and I’m supposed to now, according to our media, tag Mitt Romney president-elect now. One debate. Damn how the past worked in which debates didn’t weigh in as much. Damn how Mitt Romney egregiously adopted more Democratic policies while leaving Republican ones out to dry. Damn how Barack Obama actually talked substantially of how he would conduct domestic policy and many voters got more of that out. Our media saw fit to characterize a Presidential debate like a prize fight and unemployment numbers be damned, the prize fight in their mind matters more to them than the concern of the voters.

    We should never believe that the media pisses in the wind. They make have a more weaker stature, but they still have influence to change a person’s mood. It was shameless how the media suddenly abdicated its fact-checking status, blaming the President fully for that instead of doing their job to fact check post debate. It was shameless in how they aimed to tell people what they were supposed to think.

    What this should teach us, is that the media has NEVER been on our side as a whole. We should have learned that when the BP Oil Spill happened, the Skip Gates affair, the passing of the ACA, the election of Scott Brown, and the whole 2012 Presidential election. They have ALWAYS tried to give Romney an out.

    What we need to do is keep focus on voter turn out and in voter information. Not the media reaction of over paid pundits and Republican fluffers. Let the Republicans be concerned with winning the news cycle. They did that every time in 2008, and what happened then?


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