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Heads Up: President Obama at the Alfred E Smith Dinner

9:0 ET (approx): The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

President Obama and …. if you have a weak stomach press mute …. Willard delivers remarks

C-Span * CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN


334 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama at the Alfred E Smith Dinner”


  1. October 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    • 2 Proud Former White House Intern
      October 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Wow

    • 4 mophene
      October 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Aint that bout a blip? After he told us to go Bankrupt, and go beg he private banks for cash, knowing full well they wouldn’t give us any, this jerk winds up with more cash in his coffers.

    • 5 Lovepolitics2008
      October 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      I’m so illiterate in finance that I didn’t understand much , only enough of the general idea for me to be so disgusted I don’t even have the words. Capitalism is out of control isn’t it ? Rattner is a pro and even he wasn’t able to prevent that; too much variables to control I guess.

      I hate Willard Romney. He is the perfect representative of the sickness of GREED that is destroying so many lives, in America and around the world.

  2. 8 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    PBO

  3. October 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Alright, you simply have to try this website. Absolutely have to. Yes, I know it says Romney, but even so.

    http://www.romneytaxplan.com/

  4. 12 vcprezofan2
    October 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Hey! Wait up! I’m putting on my shoes!

  5. 16 forus50
    October 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Hell no. I would rather watch Sean Hannity tonight than watch Romney try to tell jokes. I’ll wait for the black president guy who can actually tell a joke.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      He’s black?

      Oh, you should see the tense fake bullshyte smile on Mitt’s face right now, at the dinner, as the speaker is talking about him.

  6. 18 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hola everyone, I’ve been away with no internet for 7 days… FINALLY made it to Baltimore!!! woohoo & what a trip getting here.. I’ve missed you all so much. I heard our President was magnificent at the last debate too :)

  7. 31 vitaminlover
    October 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Just look at that handsome smiling face. Wow and we get to gaze at this man for 4 more years! Yowza!

    • 32 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      I think that’s a big part of why these dinners have become so popular since PBO’s been around :) His naturally charming and just so nice to look at.

  8. 33 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    He looks so handsome

  9. 34 Don
    October 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Look at Barack with his arm on the chair, chillin’

  10. 35 Proud Former White House Intern
    October 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I wish the First Lady was there! :(

  11. 36 99ts
    October 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    “Al Smith was a friend to all”

  12. October 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm
  13. 38 dudette9t9
    October 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Did I miss something? Where’s FLOTUS?

  14. October 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm
  15. 52 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    C-SPAN has live stream of the dinner and Romney looks uncomfortable.

  16. October 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    “We invited him here to convert”
    :shock:

    :lol:

  17. October 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This guy is GROSS. Newsflash: Romney doesn’t pay a lot of money to the federal government.

  18. 58 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    wow this guys not funny at all.

    • 59 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Not the speaker – it’s the rich folks who seem to be applauding Romney – I hate him with a vengeance – and can’t listen to him

  19. October 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm
  20. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, the President got a little annoyed with one of the jokes, had to take a sip of coffee, but it’s okay, he can handle it (because the speaker mocked Paul Ryan, while he was at it, and is now mocking Mitthead).

  21. 70 forus50
    October 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm
  22. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Great – Romney (who’s got to be his usual “nervous as a cat”) gets to go first, making him even more nervous, with the President having the final say of the program.

  23. 72 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    this crowd really loves Willard. Asses. :roll:

  24. October 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Whomever this fool is, he is way unfunny …

  25. 78 Betsy
    October 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Slamming Joe Biden.

  26. 79 99ts
    October 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Romney has a ghastly smile – creepy

  27. 80 Obama Grandmama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I cannot even stand Romney when he tells jokes.

  28. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Willard’s been “joking” for a few minutes. That oughta do it for his year.

  29. 82 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    He’s not funny, just spiteful… yet the crowd is cheering like he’s giving away money. Not liking this at all.

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I think part of that is because we love President Obama so much. The other part is that WILLARD IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL BECAUSE NOBODY COULD LOVE HIM. Notice how even the ol’ Catholics (of which I am one) aren’t laughing as much as they were at the beginning. Maybe because they all know any of them could become Mormons post-mortem (sorry – couldn’t resist).

  30. 86 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    ahhh……. I’m not laughing.

  31. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    President Obama really does not like Willard. He’s sipping coffee more than Ryan was sipping water. WILLARD IS THE MOST CRASS HUMAN ROBOT I’VE EVER SEEN.

  32. 90 Pamela
    October 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hi y’all! Thought I’d say Yo, and will be back in a while, after I eat supper AND VOTE! WooHoo! OUR BALLOTS ARE IN TODAY’S MAIL! :lol: :lol: Now, his shall I ever make up my mind, oh, I am SO DECIDED….. NOT! and I hope Myth gets his black&blue hyney whomped again at the dinner! Never mind how foine our PBO looks in that tux! MmmmMmmmMmmm…..Gotta Vote! :)

    • 91 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      cheered me up – ty Pamela

      • 92 Pamela
        October 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        Good 99ts, cause reading over the comments, I am appalled at how many typos I made, guess I really ought to be wearing my glasses.. especially knowing how iPad thinks it’s smarter than me, and changes what I want to say to suit itself! HaHa on me! :lol: I’m am sure you all knew what I tried to say, right VC? Right, Chips? :oops: :oops:

          • 94 Pamela
            October 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

            Actually, Chips, I am MORE worried as just now when I came in to laugh at your brilliant championship spelling, my comment was still in the reply field as if I had never posted it! Ai yai yai! Now, that is very spooky, and weirder than MythillArd.

  33. 95 99ts
    October 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Any racist/birther jokes yet? I’m not listening

  34. 96 cluny
    October 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Mitt not very funny – the Prez is gonna kill him. Romney’s jokes are kinda mean and bitchy – just like him. He’s not gonna rattle PBO

  35. 97 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Romney’s jokes aren’t really jokes sometimes. They’re kind of snippy They’re making the crowd kind of uncomfortable and people on twitter are noticing that.

  36. 98 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm
  37. 99 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    going for being nice to PBO. He sounds insincere.

  38. 100 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    what a load of bs. Romney telling us what a great guy he is… no ill will on his part… and what a nifty family POTUS has. not buying his nonsense.. but the crowd is sucking it up.. he’s their guy.

  39. 101 cluny
    October 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    romney’s campaigning for catholic votes – pathetic.

  40. 102 prettyfoot58
    October 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Mitt is not that funny but he is getting Thunderous applause…..but these are wealthy folks like him….Damnnn,,,pandering asking the folks for his their votes…is that how it is suppose to happen

  41. 103 dotster3
    October 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I think this whole thing is disgusting—it’s just gross—–the whole image of it. And they’re all pretending that Willard is a riot! What a fake farce this is! Now Willard is patting himself on the back—– and now the most insincere sounding gratuitous words I’ve ever heard. And the crowd is cheering Willard. Gross. Only Obama could keep me tuned into this thing.

  42. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Here comes the Muslim Kenyan to make everybody smile.

  43. October 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    So now Ryan’s fake charity photo op is costing the charity money. Rich backers are pulling out their support because Ryan was ‘embarrassed’. Well, if he’s embarrassed, he has only himself to blame.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/10/18/soup-kitchen-loses-donors-because-of-paul-ryan-what-you-can-do-about-it/

  44. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    First O’joke – perfect pitch. Second – same.

    You got the picture.

  45. 110 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    he’s so nice, he’s making fun of himself.. wow, he’s one of a kind our President. And cracking himself up.

  46. October 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hemant Mehta ‏@hemantmehta

    “Everyone take your seats or else Clint Eastwood will yell at them.” – @BarackObama at #AlSmith Dinner

  47. 112 dotster3
    October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Miss Ann is not finding any of Obama’s comments amusing—–not smiling, looking away from him.

  48. 114 cookemom
    October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    So there must be assigned seating. The guy in the last row is in the same seat as he was in ’08.

  49. October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm
  50. 117 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Romney clearly paid some people to cheer his tasteless jokes.

  51. October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    PBO is having a great time !!!!!!!!!

  52. 120 99ts
    October 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    PBO is pure class – he’s joking with everyone, not attacking Romney

  53. October 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    PBO wonderfully self-deprecating and warmly funny. Robme disgusting political attacks.

  54. 124 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    oh lord I love this man & I’ve really missed his goodness :)

  55. 130 LunarSea
    October 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    OH shit! ‘Spoiler alert’ !

  56. 131 dudette9t9
    October 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    “Spoiler Alert: We got Bin Laden”

  57. 132 prettyfoot58
    October 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Folks are laughing,,,,i thought that was funny about making Axelrod sweat…hehehe

  58. 134 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    GM folks. So the bot is telling jokes now ? Guess just stole them from stiff and then stiffed him too.

  59. 135 forus50
    October 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    He is as good as professional comedians with his timing! LOL debate prep like the 1st one.

  60. 136 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    he’s so classy.

  61. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Archbishop Dolan was laughing at the President’s joke so much, he almost lost his little beanie cap. As a Catholic, I feel I can say I hope his cap doesn’t come completely off, because I hear they have “hat hair” under it.

  62. 145 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm
  63. 149 sherijr
    October 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    okay I heard the only person I wanted to really hear.. done with that bunch.

  64. 150 cookemom
    October 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Good quips from both guys. Mitt was visibly nervous, but that’s because I think that he doesn’t like people to be so physically close to him. PBO was on point as always. He started a little slow, but gained momentum. Now imo, this is a useless piece of waste of time, that the candidates are pressured to attend. It’s all a front and staged with little sincerity. Oh well, here’s to seeing PBO at next year’s event.

    • 151 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      I think it’s been confirmed that Willard is definitely the weak link. Four years ago, John McCain was as funny as Barack Obama, and vice versa. Of course, that was back when McCain still had a partial soul, so never mind.

      • 152 cookemom
        October 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Yes that one was funnier than all get out. I cracked up at McCain’s jokes and you could tell that each of them appreciated each other’s humor.

        • 153 jacquelineoboomer
          October 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          Yes, I remember being ever so pleasantly surprised back then. Tonight, even with the headliner – our guy – it all left one feeling a bit queasy. I do fully believe that President Obama couldn’t wait to get the heck out of there, far away from Willard. Mostly because our President is a normal person with a beating heart.

      • 154 LunarSea
        October 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Yeah, McCain had those good ‘sailor jokes’ He had me laughing even though I didn’t plan to. This time I couldn’t even bring myself to hear Robme’s voice. It would’ve made me want to go down there and hit him :lol:

    • 158 cman
      October 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      I actually like this event. It shows the greatness of our democracy where two people can disagree vehemently and just about punch each on the debate stage can in the next night joke around with each other. We cannot forget that in some places political enemies are killed. There is really no place like the United States.

      • 159 cookemom
        October 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        I don’t think there is a place for our politicians to partake in religious events period. Of course we recognize our greatness and this dinner has nothing to do with that. Do you think we would see a televised charity event attended by our top politicians hosted by Muslims?

  65. October 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm
  66. 164 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Missed PBO speaking. Drats. Some prada dood speaking. At least he is gracious about FLOTUS eat right program.

  67. 165 dotster3
    October 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The lead-in was painful, but PBO was his usual charming self, funny and lovable.

  68. 166 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Romney needs to learn from the master. Pres. Obama killed it!

  69. October 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Romney = all ass, President Obama = all class. I desperately need 4 more years. I love my President.

  70. October 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm
  71. 177 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm
  72. 180 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Since when this dinner requires political analysis from these MSNBC pundiots?!?!? Rachel needs to STFU right now.

  73. 183 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’m sorry, but i didn’t laugh at WIllard’s jokes. I thought they weren’t funny. I’m mystified by the crowd’s reaction, though.

    • 184 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      They are mainly rich republicans – to be expected

    • 185 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Don’t forget they’ve all been drinking half the night. They would have probably laughed even if old Queen Ann had taken the microphone.

      • 186 99ts
        October 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        People laugh at Miss Ann – she is a joke of epic proportions – should have stayed at home rather than prove yet again that her husband cannot face anyone on his own.

    • 188 EricFive
      October 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      That crowd was probably drunk off their arses. PBO was funny and charming, as usual.

    • 189 Lb4Obama
      October 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Truly, during Willard’s attempt at stand up comedy I heard a lot more grumbling/moaning during the audience reaction more so than applause. But PBO’s routine, sincere laughter. IMO.

  74. 190 cluny
    October 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    tweety was cheering for the prez – funny – he still a little in love with the prez. pbo is just gorgeous – he knows how to pitch everything perfectly. the 2008 was 1000 times better – longer more jokes. you can feel the tension here – no warmth or respect at all. mccain and pbo had more respect for each other.

  75. October 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  76. 195 anniebella
    October 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I did not listen to Mitt Romney. I did listen to President Obama. And I did not listen to Rachel Maddow. I need a break from those people.

  77. October 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  78. 198 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm
  79. 199 jackiegrumbacher
    October 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Anyone who watched the whole thing is a hero. I just can’t stomach Willard and it’s hard enough having so see him during the debates. Would love to see the PBO portion excerpted. If anyone sees that portion on YouTube, can you let those of us with less fortitude know?

  80. 202 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    PBO’s joke about Tweety was so funny! I about died!!!

  81. October 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    It was a nice break. Very SHORT BREAK.

  82. 207 vitaminlover
    October 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I cannot help but think that whenever our beloved President and Willard are in the same room-let alone same city oand or state-that President Obama blows him away or eats him for lunch. Ole stupid needs to recognize that it is over. Done.Finished. Go ahead Willard…have that nervous breakdown!

    • 208 LunarSea
      October 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      LMAO at ‘Go ahead Willard…have that nervous breakdown!’

      • October 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

        We have a reasonably probability of Mitt totally losing it Monday night … and I’m not joking.

        #PRESSON

        • 210 LunarSea
          October 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

          I’m so hoping. Ppl need to see exactly what he’s all about before they go into that voting booth.

          I can’t remember hoping such ill will on people before. The GOPThugs HAVE gotten to me. We really need to kick them to the curb so the US can heal.

  83. 211 Carol in KY
    October 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    God bless the “Uns” . How can Paul Ryan be a good Catholic and not be willing to take care of the “Uns” ?
    I thought when the Cardinal was listing them, how proud I am of President Obama and how he works everyday
    to make their lives better.

    • 212 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      TY Carol – a lovely comment – There are only one of those “Uns” that the GOP care about – the Cardinal’s list was long.

  84. October 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    i thought Robot was funny, i laughed…..but i still hate him tho. *shrug*. He looked like wasn’t enjoying saying the jokes. ‘Ol awkward willard…

    PBO is just a natural at stand-up comedy tho. He was great as usual.

    • 214 cookemom
      October 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      My take too ObamaBoy. Mitt seems not comfortable in his own skin. Then again it could be the formal whitey tighties he had on. Like dress shoes and anything worn on special occasions, they must chafe a bit.

  85. October 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm
  86. 218 Allison
    October 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm
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  88. October 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm
  89. October 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Lawrence is totally on it ….

    • 236 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      That one tweet said about three things to me. First, Lawrence is self-absorbed and is trying to get attention on himself. Second, he’s a fighter. Third, he’s willing to stand up for President Obama (like the rest of us), which makes the first and second things not matter at all.

      Go, Lawrence!

      • 237 dudette9t9
        October 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        Know how we talk about FLOTUS’ Southside Chi-town background. The “fighter” in LOD comes from the Boston, Irish- Catholic background (he says that himself all the time). Kinda cliche’/stereotypical, but I see it in every dude I’ve met who was born & raised there.

        • 238 jacquelineoboomer
          October 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          I’m sure you are right! The first time I went to Boston and a group of us were trying to cross a street, in a designated crosswalk, I … er … happened to notice that a guy in a car coming down the street was actually aiming for us, because we were in his way (and I grew up in New Jersey, where nobody will let you get ahead of them, but that was even more scary!) It’s gotta be in the genes!

  90. 239 dudette9t9
    October 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm
  91. October 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm
  92. 247 99ts
    October 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Looking at Chips’ tweets and pictures – those with Miss Ann show how she cannot stop with the facial expressions of disdain and hate – come November she can go back to riding the car elevator
    https://twitter.com/TheObamaDiary

    • 248 Joy
      October 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I really got the feeling watching her interview today that she really hates this campaigning and can hardly wait for them to return to their rich priviledged lives. Campaigning is hard but you don’t hear from PBO and the first lady such negative thoughts about their job that they have to do for Americans. They really don’t deserve to be in that whitehouse.

  93. 249 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    LOD is going full throttle tonight.

  94. October 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm
  95. 257 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Scandal is coming up NOW.

  96. 258 Joy
    October 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I know this is a dumb question but is everyone referring to when they say tweety?

  97. 265 jacquelineoboomer
    October 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Just noticed (from a clip on LOD’s show) that when Queen Ann said “I’d just love it, if you’d get my husband on the couch, Joy” during this morning’s The View, she was subconsciously saying somebody should get some psychiatric help for her pathetic loser soulless awful ugly husband.

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Both she and her kid Josh doubled down on her statements on ABC a few weeks ago in which she blatantly questioned #UnhingedMitt’s ‘mental well-being.’

      • 267 jacquelineoboomer
        October 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Yep. Pretty unreal, all around. I know how much you’ve tried to remind people on Twitter about those family remarks, and what they mean, and I thank you for that, Bob.

    • 268 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Also just noticed that Mitt was wearing his flag pin on his tux tonight. I checked and so was the President. Mitt’s was garish looking, like a boardwalk souvenir; PBO’s was in good taste. I’m not sure why either was wearing the flag pin, but I guarantee you Mitt sent his scout out to see if PBO were wearing one, and then had another flunky pin his on, just like I’m sure he’s now wearing the pink Breast Cancer Month bracelet the President had on, earlier today, and will probably wear it to bed tonight, in case PBO does, too.

      Take me now, Lord.

      • 269 LunarSea
        October 18, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        Word has it that he got it from a cheap Chinese supplier. No proof but that was the word when he first started wearing it. Knowing how much he loves China goods, I’m not doubting

      • October 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        LOL… Mitt has it real bad – the obama derangement syndrome . He probably has posters around his rooms where his head is superimposed on PBOs body in front of those large rallies

  98. October 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    • 273 amk for obama
      October 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm
    • 276 Joy
      October 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Great tweet Bob!

    • 278 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      And they don’t even claim to be conscientious objectors. I think he got a deferment because of that missionary service, right? Their credo then was the same as now: It’s okay for all of “you people” to defend our country, but we’re not going under any circumstances.

      BTW, Lawrence is bringing up their lack of military service on his show in a couple of minutes …

      • October 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        You might want to read this ….

        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/10/09/mitt-the-strange-case-of-the-secret-vietnam-years/

        At some point, if anyone still cares, the truth about Mitt’s illegal escape to Paris and avoidance of military duty, as well as, refusal to take the legal steps to be a conscientious objector, will be documented. His escape to Paris was no less illegal than any US citizen, exiting the Country or hiding, to avoid the draft and service.

        • 280 jacquelineoboomer
          October 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

          Bob – I appreciate the link. Gotta learn more about it, just to satisfy myself on what a (fill in the blank) he is.

        • 281 99ts
          October 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Bob – the only people who don’t care are those who plotted to defeat President Obama from the day he was elected.

        • 282 99ts
          October 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

          “The question at hand is the character of Mitt Romney. Military service isn’t the answer to all things. John McCain, for those familiar with his record as a POW and his presidential pardon, are more than aware. Those who aren’t are unlikely to, at this late date; bother to learn what they failed to when it mattered most.

          Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, seems to understand the problem best when she expresses how the campaign has threatened Mitt Romney’s mental health. Mitt Romney is clearly talented but morally bereft of values, willing to say anything that he believes will help him get his way and, for those who watch carefully, slowly becoming mentally unhinged.”

          Which highlights your concern in stressing Mitt’s mental health – very informative article

    • 283 Lovepolitics2008
      October 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      I hope Romney lost many votes from active military and vets just with this remark from Queen Ann. How out of touch can someone be ?? Jezzz…

  99. October 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    • 285 jacquelineoboomer
      October 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      That also made of think of that old trick thingie kids would hold in their hand which gave a little buzz to the other kid when he shook hands. I could see President Obama bringing several tricks with him, just to scare Romney (the hand buzz thingie, brains, charm, you know the rest).

    • 287 Jey
      October 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      I wonder if Mitt is thinking, ‘please let this be over’,’I hope you crush me in the election’ because ‘my wife hates this gig’, ‘I’m only running
      bcuz someone had to, they (GOP) picked my name from the hat ‘ .
      Or maybe he is thinking, ‘wow, I got to shake PBO’s hand again’.LOL

  100. 288 cos
    October 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Bob Herbert can sit there on Rachel’s show and talk about how the Dems should have pushed harder on the ground against voter suppression. They have been pushing hard. My question to him is what did he do besides appearing on Rachel’s show talking about it? He could have been right there with Rev. Al and others.

  101. October 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm
  102. 302 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Scandal is sooooooooooo good tonight.

    Cyrus: “You’re happy. You’re ticking. That’s like seeing a Democrat with a bible.”

    Cyrus: “You’re a bomb in a teddy bear waiting to explode. You’re ticking Mr. President. Tick. Tick. Tick. How do I defuse the bomb?”

  103. October 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I was lucky enough to see President Obama speak today in Manchester! We had a 45-minute drive from the Boston suburbs, so my son (22 years old and a huge Obama supporter) and I set out dark and early, heading north. We joined the line around 8 AM. I couldn’t even see the beginning, but by an hour later, it stretched behind us for blocks. After going through airport-style security (we had to give up our water), we joined another line to get into the park. They handed us free water as we entered, which was welcome, as the early morning chill was turning into blazing warm sunshine. I couldn’t believe how close we were able to stand! Maybe thirteen rows of people back, right in front of the podium! The crowd was fairly quiet but happy as we stood waiting for the next two hours. Ben (a volunteer organizer), Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Gov. Lynch all spoke. Oh yes, the national anthem was sung by Sen. Shaheen’s granddaughter! Then, around noon, the big moment arrived and the quiet, reserved crowd went bonkers! As the president came onstage smiling and waving, I heard myself screaming like a teenager at a rock concert—and I wasn’t the only one. The energy was amazing.

    You’ve probably watched the speech posted here, so I won’t repeat it, but it was wonderful to hear it delivered live. The president mentioned how great the weather was, and then went into themes familiar to me from other stump speeches and the DNC speech. His energetic delivery had everyone there totally absorbed and hanging on his every word, clapping and cheering constantly. As has been said many times before, Barack Obama is a great speaker: so natural, warm, and engaging. Some highlights: he seems to get a kick out of the “Don’t boo—vote” call and response with the audience, and had big smiles when we started playing along. Some choice zingers referred to the recent debate, especially a mention of “binders.” As he spoke, lot of people called out “Yeah!” “Say it!” and whatnot, but one guy near me yelled “Thank you!” every time the president listed an accomplishment. It was sweet. People really appreciate all this president has done for them.

    Then it was over, or was it? We couldn’t really see, but I thought the president was shaking hands down at the front of the crowd, so we moved in closer. Yep, he was methodically working his way from one side of the crowd to the other. I caught glimpses of his hands stretching out to include as many people as possible. Sometimes I saw the top of his head, and once got a good look of his smiling face. He seemed a little shiny after being out in the warm sun! There was no chance of getting close enough to shake hands, but I couldn’t drag myself away for some reason—and I wasn’t the only one doing this. Finally, he reached the side of the stage near where he came in and everyone waved and yelled “Bye!” as he left. My son and I slowly headed for the parking lot, feeling so uplifted. Yet, it wasn’t quite over. People were lined up on the road near the lot to see the motorcade pass on the way to the airport. It did a few minutes later, and I saw the president go right by! We stood waving, and kept waving as the various cars in the entourage continued past, even waving at the press van and ambulance. Just feeling so happy and almost giddy.

    Sorry this is so long, but I also wanted to mention how diverse the crowd was. All races, all ages, men and women—it was fantastic. Many more old folks than I imagined; I guess it’s easy to buy into the older demographic = Romney voter cliché, but it didn’t seem true today. And there were lots of enthusiastic college-age kids. I just felt really good being part of this happy crowd.

    Thank you for letting me share my experience with you! And thanks to Chips for this great site!

    • 304 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      This is wonderful Beth. Congratulations to you and your son. I’m happy that you got to experience our President at a live rally, and thanks for sharing with us! #FIREDUP Obama/Biden 2012

    • 305 cookemom
      October 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      What a wonderful story. You told it so well, that I could imagine myself standing next to you. I was going to post a good night comment, when I saw this beautiful recap of what had to be a glorious day for you and your son. Thanks for sharing.

    • 306 amk for obama
      October 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for that wonderful field report Beth. I am very pleased the yung’uns are very engaged this election season. We need their votes positively.

    • 307 Joy
      October 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Awesome report Beth, thanks for sharing your first hand account of seeing your President. I would have been extremely excited as well.

    • 308 amk for obama
      October 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      even waving at the press van and ambulance
      :) :) :)

    • 309 LunarSea
      October 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      I was scheming about how I could skip work to be there, but in the end duty won out! I’m so glad to be able to live it vicariously through you. Thanks for the spirited recap. Much appreciated

    • 310 dudette9t9
      October 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Way to go Beth and son! Thrilling report. #FIREDUP

    • October 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      What a great experience for you and your son to share together! LOVE these stories. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • 312 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing that, especially in so much detail. I am glad you and your son had such a wonderful time and it is lovely to see so much love for our President in New Hampshire!

    • 313 vcprezofan2
      October 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you! Thank you, Beth F. The length is perfect…and it would have been perfect had you gone on for two pages. :lol: :lol: :lol: To share in the happiness of such an occasion with you is just great! You did a great job making me feel like I was there with you and your son. I hope he had the same sense of togetherness you had with the people around you. Thanks again. VC

    • 314 dotster3
      October 19, 2012 at 1:20 am

      Loved your sharing of your great day! Thanks for taking us along!

    • 315 theo67
      October 19, 2012 at 3:26 am

      I love these recaps, Beth – so, thank you for taking the time to document your encounter with President Obama. Some of us may never get a chance to see him live, so this makes all the hours, donations, worry worthwhile. So glad you had a wonderfully full adventure.

  104. 316 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I just read a first hand account on Old Orange of an NC voter who went to vote today, but didn’t get to vote because the LINE WAS TOO LONG!!! They stood for 90 minutes only to be told that the wait was going to be another 3 hrs!

    I won’t link the diary here but for those of you who visit Old Orange the diary is entitled “Problems voting in NC:Good News and Bad News.” And FYI – the bad news is that the person didn’t get to vote today as planned because the line was much longer than they anticipated.

    • 317 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      I live in a country where if you have to wait more than 30 minutes you call your representative – and the next election there are many more poll workers or an additional polling place is opened.

      I am in awe of “you people” who go through so much to cast your vote – this is what stops those who would deny that right – to their own advantage.

      • 318 nathkatun7
        October 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

        99ts, This also what bothers me about this country. This is a country the claims to be the leader of the free world. It promotes democracy throughout the world. Yet laws and practices make it so difficult for American citizens to vote. There is absolutely no excuse for making people stand in line for hours in order to be able to exercise the right to vote.

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  107. 322 forus50
    October 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    • 323 99ts
      October 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      When the Cardinal was speaking tonight of PBO and Romney preferring to be at home with wives and children – I wondered how many of these “children” live at home with Mitt and Ann??

    • 324 theo67
      October 19, 2012 at 3:28 am

      I understand that mothers will always see their kids as children – but she really needs to stop with the “boys” and “children” nonsense. It’s offensive.

  108. 325 amk for obama
    October 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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  110. 328 dudette9t9
    October 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm
    • 329 cos
      October 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Rev. Al sure exposed him using the homeless to wear his campaign gear. Republicans are lowdown. He fooled people with his pickup truck the last time, but I don’t think people are buying what he is selling this time.

  111. October 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Love this tweet from Jennifer Grey :)

  112. 332 lisalovesobama
    October 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Lawry going all Boston, basically said Taggrat should make his day and done on down and take a punch at Lawry. Lawry’s Boston accent was very present and he got outta his seat, walked around his desk and got in the camera’s face.

  113. 333 mophene
    October 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story BethF. I wish he would come here to Michigan, but then again I want him to go where he’s needed. I have yet to see an Romney/Ryan bumpersticker,& the only ad I see from Mittens is from a superpac. I don’t see any ads from Obama either, but that’s probally because he’s got it in the bag in my market. Oh yeah, Go tigers!

  114. 334 LDS
    October 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Beth, thank you so much for sharing you and your son’s wonderful day. I know that you will never forget that experience. You made me feel as if I was there with you. It is amazing what energy you feel when everyone is on one accord. I know you will sleep well tonight even if your body may be tired. Sweet Sleep.


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