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New Jersey

… with Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate

(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Washington Post/ABC poll: Nearly eight in 10 say President Obama has done “excellent” or “good” job in response to Hurricane Sandy (see here)

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See videos of President Obama in New Jersey at C-Span

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(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Kevin Wexler/NJ Record)

….. greeted by Gov Christie upon his arrival at Atlantic City International Airport, Oct. 31

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(Doug Mills/AFP)

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(Kevin Wexler/North Jersey Record)

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Go to C-Span, click ‘President Obama Meets With People Affected By Storm in NJ’ in the menu on right, go to 4:0 in video to see his meeting with this woman.

(Larry Downing/Reuters)

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Back at the White House

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)


243 Responses to “New Jersey”


  1. 1 desertflower
    October 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 6 desertflower
    October 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Because what’s left of the “sane” Republican party will not endorse a RWNJ

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20121031/NEWS/121039908/1685#chuck-hagel-to-endorse-bob-kerrey

  3. October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  4. 14 Roberta in MN
    October 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Congrats DF on 1st. Awesome pictures Chips, thank you. I watched the coverage today, it should have been covered better than msnbc did. I will check out some of the other stations.

  5. 15 Beverly
    October 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my, thank you all for such a warm welcome!

  6. 20 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The pictures I’ve seen of the aftermath are devastating but in the midst of all that, there are these pictures that give hope. Thanks Chips.

  7. 21 Allison
    October 31, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  8. 23 PrayerWarriorforObama
    October 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Blessed evening to everyone. Be not dismayed about President Obama’s re-election. It is signed, sealed and delivered already. Governor Christie confirmed it in a just concluded press conference. Referring to PBO he said, “I look forward to working with him in the next few days and weeks”. His entire speech was punctuated with glowing praise for the president. If Christie knows, then Mitt Romney knows and the media know it. Four more years for PBO.

  9. October 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Governor Christi to Fox, Rush, Willard, etc … as of ~ 10 min ago on Twitter …

    … he’s correct, of course, and you can be sure come 2014, as he gears up for 2016, he’ll be reminding the GOP of that Tweet ….

    #TrustBarack

    • 28 utaustinliberal
      October 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      What the heck did Romney do to Christie? He’s been tweeting Pres. Obama’s praises all day.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        October 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        Notice that Christie has not campaigned for Willard? During the primaries he associated with him a lot more. It’s possible that Romney got pissed when Christie refused to be on his VP ticket.

      • October 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        My theory is Romney really leaned on him for a photo op and Christie knew it would be a complete waste of time and compromise his cred with his own people. It probably just infuriated him on top of everything else.

        • 32 Lovepolitics2008
          October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

          Yep, that’s what I think too. Christie is mad as hell at Romney right now. He sure has to be polite and dignified with President Obama, thanking him for the collaboration. But what he’s doing is MUCH MORE than that. The continuing praise is something else. Granted, the President and his team have indeed been fantastic. But if Christie was in good terms with Romney he would restrain himself a bit.

          • October 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

            Yes. I also think Christie is a highly emotional person and he is devastated about the catastrophic damage to the state. PBO’s presence and assistance must be an enormous comfort to him.

            • 34 daisydem
              October 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

              I do think based on a news report I just heard on the Weather Channel, that Christie is very emotional about Jersey right now, he apparently was born there. Like Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, it is their home. Christie is probably putting nothing, including politics, above the love for his state and its welfare, that is how I read it. And that is commendable. So maybe he will see as we do, that our President is truly bipartisan when it comes to the welfare and well being of each and every American, Democrat or Republican and that he puts aside all politics when dealing with something like Hurricane Sandy. How can you not respond in kind to this most gracious spirit?

            • 35 Mary Jones
              October 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

              Wasn’t there another visit that PBO made where Gov. Christie was very friendly? I can’t remember what it was about though.

          • 37 nathkatun7
            October 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

            I don’t know about everyone else but I think in the midst of such a devastating tragedy, politics play absolutely a secondary role with people with any semblance of humanity. Personally, I am sick of all the second guessing of these two men who seemed genuinely overwhelmed by the tragedy and were determined to take seriously their leadership roles without regard to political consequences. Yesterday was one of the most hallowing experience I’ve gone through in my life time. I am here in California and my only daughter is in New York. I had talked to her on Sunday, but I was unable to reach her all day Tuesday and didn’t know her whereabouts until 9PM (about midnight NY time). Thank God she was safe although she was without power for most of the day. As much as I support President Obama, the last thing on my mind was the election or which party was doing what. All I was interested in is to make sure my daughter was safe. I sincerely think that both Gov. Christie and President Obama responded as human beings in position of power who were genuinely touched by the enormity of the crisis and their obligation to serve people who elected them as their leaders. To be honest. I am really sick of all the armchair cynics who are more concerned about politics than they are about the incredible suffering that millions of our fellow Americans are going through in all the States impacted by this massive storm..

            • October 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

              nath … ” I sincerely think that both Gov. Christie and President Obama responded as human beings in position of power who were genuinely touched by the enormity of the crisis and their obligation to serve people who elected them as their leaders.”

              That’s it.

              #TrurstBarack

              #FORWARD

              • October 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

                To wit …

              • November 1, 2012 at 1:03 am

                And, nath, it took me a while to respond to this:

                “I am here in California and my only daughter is in New York. I had talked to her on Sunday, but I was unable to reach her all day Tuesday and didn’t know her whereabouts until 9PM (about midnight NY time). Thank God she was safe although she was without power for most of the day. As much as I support President Obama, the last thing on my mind was the election or which party was doing what.”

                That is the ONLY way any person should feel about someone they cherish, and certainly their daughter or son.

                From all I’ve witnessed, that is how President Obama FEELS about EVERY American.

                That is why we LOVE him so much.

                That is why you are the fine person that every single comment I’ve ever seen you post affirms.

                Hopefully you and your daughter will be in each others arms soon, just as hopefully that all Americans will be in the comforting embrace of Barack Obama that he shared with this fellow American – http://obamadiary.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/31out2012-o-presidente-dos-eua-barack-obama-abraca-a-proprietaria-da-marina-north-point-donna-vanzant-em-visita-aos-lugares-afetados-pela-passagem-do-furacao-sandy-em-nova-jersey-deixa.jpg?w=786&h=442 – for at least another four years.

                Thank you.

                • 41 HZ
                  November 1, 2012 at 1:26 am

                  Bobfr, those are such beautiful and comforting words to Nath and all of us. This is why I love our family here. I too have so much respect and love for Nath. He speaks with a heart full of compassion and a mind full of wisdom. I am so elated that he was able to connect with his daughter. That has to be a huge load to have in his mind. Let us all give thanks for Nath’s lovely daughter.HZ

                • 42 nathkatun7
                  November 1, 2012 at 3:41 am

                  Thank you so much Bob for the beautiful words about my daughter and for sharing President Obama’s words. Like you, the reason I passionately support President Obama is because he is genuine in his empathy for all Americans. I am sure that’s something you know about very well as a Doctor. As you know, you are one of the people on this blog who inspires me to keep fighting on behalf of our president. I am just amazed at your energy and relentlessness in making sure that people know the truth instead of relying on the ethically challenged media.

                  Thank you for understanding the anxiety I was going through about my daughter. It’s through love that we all experience our humanity and our connectedness.

            • 43 Chi
              October 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

              Thank you so much Nath, always the wise sage…

            • 44 theo67
              October 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

              I’m glad your daughter is/was safe, Nath.

              • 45 HZ
                November 1, 2012 at 12:22 am

                Nath, thank you for sharing with us about your daughter. I can certainly understand how you must felt when you could not contact your only daughter. That had to be a father’s heart beating with much pain. However, thank God she is fine. I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers and my thoughts.

                Nath, I also appreciate your beautiful comment. I have a very, very, very special man in my life through family bloodline, and he has some very dear friends in NY. My heart is still full because these dear friends are hurting now, and their lives are now turned upside down. But with calmness in our minds and actions, we both understand what we saw from Gov. Christie and President Obama.

                I saw deep concern in Gov. Christie’s eyes. The fact that I we know very dear and close people who knows POB personally, I completely knew that POB is behaving as who he is deep within his heart. He is real. I also believe that Gov. Christie is personally relieved to have POB personally come there. The governor saw POB for himself in action. He saw that POB is a man of compassion, intellect, and that he totally cares about the American people and that he has a very important duty as president to take care of the people in NJ. Gov. Christie saw this first-hand.

                This is very personal for Gov. Christie. Sometimes, life will wake you up when things get very “up close and very personal.” I also feel that this is something that is bigger than both men that has brought the governor to another level in his personal life as well as the governership of that state. Gov. Christie, has not ever been a favorite of mine because I do not spend my energies trying to appreciate attitudes that are a “put off, or put you down type person” on another human being. So sometimes the situation(s) will come into your space and you find yourself face to face with the very person that you have not been so kind to, and thus you are having a “real come to goodness moment” that is so real that the world that is watching cannot understand. I think deep within my spirit that is what is happening to Gov. Christie.

                POB by his very core being is a man of his word and he means what he says and he does what he means. He loves people; cares deeply about people, and he totally realizes that he has been very blessed and he is expected to give back daily to those who cannot do for themselves equally. He is a beautiful instrument of the “Better Angel with ones’ spirit of being.” So with the power of both men comes a very deep responsibility to the people that they serve. President Obama was taught that by his mother and grandparents. That is a fact. And the opposition has done everything in their power to try to blind peoples eyes to that fact. The goodness of our president. But there is a higher power than these people, and we are seeing that on display in this situation, I do believe.

                POB realizes that your daughter, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, little babies, disables all across this nations are moving around in a numbness now and he carries with him a salve of deep and pure compassion to try to help all to heal during this time. Now if they choose not to receive the beautiful salve for their wounds, that is not on POB, and he knows that. However, he will go to the very end to make sure that he give every ounce of his being to help them come to a healing place through all of this.

                So we can rest assure that as long as he is our president he will be that president. But more importantly, as long as president continues to be the beautiful soul that he is and always will be, people will find a peacefulness, calmness, sweet fragrance of goodness right before their very eyes that they will Never be able to shake. That is who POB is, and that is what being with him and in his very presence one will always take away. The president is centered deep within his core that is so full of pure compassion and love that leaves one in awe. We saw that on display today. Look at the photo of POB and the governor on Marine One. That tells it all.

                Now as you have said so beautifully, let us move on with much gratitude, faith, love, calmness, steadiness, and a joyful heart that POB will work with Governor Christie to help bring healing to NJ for the people. That is their job, but most of all we know that these two men have made a commitment to help the people who elected them to not only be in power, with power, but to work together to make that power a beautiful fragrance to come into the space of all of the people whose lives have been turned upside down.

                May God rest the love, compassion, and comforting spirit upon all of the people who have been touched by this time in our nation now. I ask for wisdom for our president, and I pray for both men to build on a beautiful relationship that will move them forward in such a way that the world will stop and take a sip of the beauty that will come out of all of this for all of us, especially to those who are hurting tonight.HZ

                • 46 nathkatun7
                  November 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

                  Thank you, HZ, Bobfr, Chi, Theo, for your strong words of support. I will always treasure them. Yes, yesterday was really a scary time for me and my family. I just can’t express the joy I felt when I finally found out that other than the distress of having no power for some time my daughter was fine. Again, I am so touched by the humanity of people on this site. Yes, HZ, I am also praying for all the people on the East Coast who lost loved ones or who have been made homeless. I am grateful that we have leaders who are willing to put aside political differences in order to respond to this immense human tragedy.

                  • November 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

                    Nath, I am very late to this convo but I want to echo everyone’s concern for you and your family. I really enjoy your comments here, always full of wisdom and great insight. Thank you for sharing your experience and bringing this important perspective to these events. PBO is the very best person to attend to all these crises our nation has faced. Best wishes to your daughter in these tough days ahead. Stay strong!!

      • 48 april
        October 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Now that’s the real question people should be asking. What did Romney do to Christie? My guess is he called him looking for away to use this tragedy for an opportunity to advance his own agenda, and to get a staged photop of him trying to look presidential, and Christie was shocked and appalled by Romney’s blatant disregard and disrespect for him and his the people of NJ. That’s why Christie dismissed Fox’s question about Romney coming to NJ to tour the damage and gave a full throttle praise for the President. He even at one point mentioned that the President was sincere and never mentioned the election. That was an extra dig on Mitt Romney. He really doesn’t care about the 47% and Christie saw it first hand for himself, and he didn’t like it.

    • 49 Anna
      October 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      I have not been a big fan of G. Christie, for obvious reasons, but do feel he is being honest about his feelings and actions now. He truly looks like he is very concerned about the people of New Jersey and appreciates our Great President and his leadership. Not a fake smile and smirk like you know who. Would like to hear what he really feels about Mitts ‘storm relief event’. It takes a big man, and he is a big man, sorry, to admit The President IS a GREAT LEADER.

      • 50 vitaminlover
        October 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Yes and he is very charismatic!

        • 51 jacquelineoboomer
          November 1, 2012 at 12:18 am

          For a minute there (gulp), I thought I was reading that you thought Gov. Christie was charismatic, and then I realized you meant President Obama!!!! (But I do appreciate Christie’s words and actions today, big time.)

    • 54 anniebella
      October 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Imagine if the Republican party had said that in 2009, when it comes to getting this country back on the right track, getting it out of the difficult hole it was in, we Republicans are going to work with anyone, from the new President or whoever. The responsibility we have is much bigger than politics, but we know the Republican Party didn’t say those words, we know the Republican Party plotted against this President, we know the Republican Party block and sabotage against this President, we know that they didn’t give a dam about the American people, all these Republicans cared about was making this President a failure, and if Americans suffer, well so be it.

  10. 56 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I love those approval numbers — there will always be that rump percentage that won’t give the President his due, but at least it’s more than who gave him props for getting bin Laden. Governor Christie’s vocal praise of PBO no doubt has helped those numbers since there are a lot of people who won’t believe something unless a republican says it.

    Bless our President who leads in word, deed, and example.

  11. October 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Obama Turnout Machine Gives Florida GOP a Heart Attack – “Democrats are Cleaning Our Clock!”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/10/gop-memo-in-florida-democrats-are.html

  12. October 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I haven’t posted in awhile. I just wanted to say that my heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the US and the Caribbean.

  13. 62 99ts
    October 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Always a new post while I am reading the old one – gm from my world – what amazing videos from NJ

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Views-Storm-Damage-in-New-Jersey/10737435459-1/ wonderful wonderful man – no adjectives to describe him

    I just watched this one – everyone wants to talk to PBO – Gov Christie so respectful, standing behind , smiling and agreeing. Ha – he eventually started talking to some people a little apart from the President & shared a little of PBO’s love.

    And one guy just couldn’t keep sitting – although a few people behind the President – showing respect despite the misery of what has happened

    Why does it always seems to take a disaster for people to be together help each other and support each other? It is wonderful to see – hope it lasts for the next 4 years

  14. 63 99ts
    October 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    And this one

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Views-Storm-Damage-in-New-Jersey/10737435459-1/

    Gov Christie keeps finding new descriptions for his love of PBO

    • 64 vitaminlover
      October 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      You know what, 99ts? I don’t think Christie realized what hit him concerning his relationship with our Beloved President. That’s why after he wins re-election and I get to finally meet him I will be wearing protective padding when I fall out.

  15. October 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Inept doesn’t even come close ….

    #TrustBarack

    • 66 desertflower
      October 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      He’s such a lying louse….lies to himself and others. He is nothing more than a desperate joke now

  16. October 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    You gotta smile ….

    #TrustBarack

    • 68 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Well Abby is an Obot – that much is obvious.

    • October 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      It’s a bromance. :)

      • 70 anniebella
        October 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        No bromance. Please :(

        • 71 anniebella
          October 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

          Gov. Christie putting politics aside and looking out for the people of his state.

          • 72 anniebella
            October 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

            And the President showing leadership and compassion for the people.

            • 73 nathkatun7
              October 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm

              By the way, Anniebella, Dr. King, who is my hero, always said that you measure the persons’ character (and I am paraphrasing now) not during times of relative comfort, but during times of crisis. As far as I am concerned, Gov. Chis Christie and President Obama showed a great deal of character by transcending politics to focus on dealing with this devastating tragedy that affected millions of people on the East Coast.

          • 75 nathkatun7
            October 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm

            That’s exactly the way I see it Annibella! I have family in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, D.C. and Boston. Right now I could care less about politics. I applaud all the politicians of both parties who are focused on helping people and not on making political points. I resent smug political pundits, sitting behind their cushy desks, who are desperately trying to reduce this immense tragedy into some kind of political game. I’ve not always agreed with Gov. Chris Christie because I always regards him as bully, but the way he reacted to this storm and it’s devastating impact on the lives of millions of people showed me that he has a heart capable of understanding the depth of human suffering. The same is true of President Obama who has demonstrated, over and over again, that his concern and compassion for the well being of people trumps politics. Frankly, I am fed up with people who are trying to politicize this tragedy by claiming to know the political motivation of both President Obama and Gov. Christie about the way they responded to this devastating storm. All I care about is that their response made every effort to save my immediate family as well as the families of millions of other people.

    • October 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Call me kooky, but I think the Huntsman clan will be pulling the lever for PBO.

    • 78 utaustinliberal
      October 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Ke-mo sah-bee, we’re living in a parallel universe.

    • 79 theo67
      October 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      It’s the same President who selected her father (Huntsman) to be Ambassador to one of the most important relationships in this 21st Century – that was a huge leap of faith for the President to take, even if there was some politics in there.

  17. 80 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I’m a bit superficial here but I’m thinking that my President looked extra handsome today.

    • 81 Pamela
      October 31, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Uh(yum)… And I have 55-60 relatives all in the storm areas, all seem to be recovering slowly, but PBO just can’t help being ‘extra handsome’!

      • 82 HZ
        November 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

        Pamela, ((((((((((((((((((((((((( I love you, dear one.))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) I will keep you in my candle moments also. Thanks for sharing. Our president brings out the beautiful spirits of all of us in our family here. We are very blessed. You know that one more person(me) is praying for you, okay. HZ

    • 83 theo67
      October 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      You are not alone in that observation. (Although, he looks pretty handsome most days…)

  18. 84 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    This is ICONIC

    • October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      We’ve seen this depth of compassion so very many times in the last 4 years as PBO faced countless challenges. He is a remarkable man of our time.

      • 86 COS
        October 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        I absolutely love PBO’s compassion.

        • 87 HZ
          November 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

          Meta and COS, you both are so right. I deeply believe that is why we love him so much because he exudes compassion, and those who are in his space cannot help but be move. POB is once in a lifetime, for sure.HZ

    • October 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      That’s is the exact same one who hugged Cristie yesterday, on the Pier!

    • 90 vitaminlover
      October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      She was holding on to my President too.

    • 91 theo67
      October 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      I loved how he rocked her back and forth. That was real.

      • 92 hopefruit2
        October 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Yes, that part was very moving.

        • 93 HZ
          November 1, 2012 at 1:50 am

          Theo67 and hopefruit2, that part also bought me to tears. I was already crying plus being a little tired(but a good tired) and sitting here trying to unwind and reading all of the comments just open up the floodgate. We are so bless even through trials and testing. There is a sweet, sweet spirit in this TOD Family, and POB brings out the sweet fragrance of humankind in all of us here.

          (((((((((((((((((( Thanks and many, many love filled hugs to our Chips))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  19. October 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I just saw another ad for that Bin Laden Movie Sunday night.
    This should get awesome ratings, I know I am watching and looking Forward to it.

  20. 101 desertflower
    October 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    You just CAN NOT make this shit up… http://www.nationalmemo.com/a-tale-of-two-presidents-clinton-stumps-for-obama-while-bush-heads-to-cayman-islands/

    Clinton will spend Thursday on the campaign trail in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Throughout the 2012 campaign — but especially since giving a universally praised nominating speech on Obama’s behalf at the 2012 Democratic convention — Clinton has been Obama’s most effective surrogate, forcefully endorsing the president’s agenda and gleefully attacking Romney and the Republican Party. Forced off the campaign trail by Hurricane Sandy with just six days until the election, Obama has become more reliant on Clinton than ever. In the past several days, the Obama campaign has dispatched Clinton to Ohio, Iowa, and Minnesota — where the former president blasted Romney for the faulty tax plan at the heart of his economic agenda.

    snip/

    Bush, on the other hand, will spend Thursday in the Cayman Islands, delivering the keynote address at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. As Romney struggles to convince voters that he understands their economic struggles, having the previous Republican president reminding them of the questions surrounding Romney’s financial dealings in the Caymans is beyond unhelpful.

    If MItt thought today was bad…wait till he gets a load of tomorrow!!!!

  21. 104 walter jackson
    October 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Hope all TODers who live on the coast are safe. A question; who collects cans of food for people that don’t even have a place to live?

    • 105 desertflower
      October 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Or electricity to OPEN A CAN!!!

    • October 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Red cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill etc.

      • 108 veryslowwriter
        November 1, 2012 at 1:06 am

        Red Cross no longer takes donations of food, clothing, etc. They want MONEY so they can buy what’s actually needed. In terms of disaster relief, the old model of collection donations of goods just does not work any more.

    • 109 EDP4BHO
      October 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Recall he told someone to go home and call 911 after a tornado?

    • 110 Mae who love our CIC
      November 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

      This is an indictment on Willard. If he had donated to the American Red Cross before now, he would have known that the preference is money for logistical reasons. His ignorance is evident. He probably does not give to other charities that he does not benefit directly. Everybody wants the money.

  22. October 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Go to C-Span (http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Views-Storm-Damage-in-New-Jersey/10737435459-1/), click ‘President Obama Meets With People Affected By Storm in NJ’ on right, go to 4:0 in video. He’s a gem.

    • 112 sabreen60
      October 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Ms. Chips I’m not a weepy person, but President Obama is so special and I couldn’t help myself. Thank you for making us aware of this and all the videos.

      • 113 HZ
        November 1, 2012 at 2:03 am

        Yes, yes sabreen60. I have been crying as well. POB’s ways will touch your heart in such a beautiful manner that one can only cry sometimes. It is one of many beautiful effects POB has on you. I love that about our beautiful president.HZ

  23. 114 forus50
    October 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I think he is one tired guy tonight but I bet he sleeps well as because my Dad would say he did “a tough day’s work”.

  24. October 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Good news!

  25. 125 desertflower
    October 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I am re reading The Audacity of Hope now…..this man is genuine and true. If you have this book, read it again now. If you don’t, you really owe to it yourself to read it . I love this man.

    • 126 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      I have the audiobook on CD in my car and every so often I pop in a disk while driving — I get to hear the genius in his own voice. Love it.

      • October 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        OMG!… PJ I do that too…I pop in a disk and just listen to that gorgeous soothing voice. And as a bonus the last disk has his 2004 DNC speech which I have listened to a million times. Have read the book a couple of times too.

        • 128 HZ
          November 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

          DF, PJ, and HOPE44 I do the same. At my age, I am so grateful to be living through his presidency. And knowing personal friends who are very close to him makes it so real. He is who we see every single day.HZ

  26. 129 yardarm756
    October 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  27. October 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The Deomoine Register is in trouble. A lot of people unsubscribed and wrote letters. Here is some of the letters. http://abetteriowa.desmoinesregister.com/2012/10/31/100-letters-reaction-to-the-des-moines-registers-presidential-endorsement/

  28. 134 xtine
    October 31, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    DWS on Ed: “At this point they’re going to go swimming in the kitchen sink . . . Let them continue to swim in kitchen sink, & we’re going to keep turning out voters.” She also sais how we’ve been running circles on R’s in FL & NC!

  29. 135 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    You MUST read this article. Very interesting. Here are snippets. The full read is much more in-depth.

    I decided to support Barack Obama pretty early in the Democratic primary, around spring of 2007. But unlike so many of his supporters, I never experienced a kind of emotional response to his candidacy. I never felt his election would change everything about American politics or government, that it would lead us out of the darkness. Nothing Obama did or said ever made me well up with tears.
    Possibly for that same reason, I have never felt even a bit of the crushing sense of disappointment that at various times has enveloped so many Obama voters. I supported Obama because I judged him to have a keen analytical mind, grasping both the possibilities and the limits of activist government, and possessed of excellent communicative talents. I thought he would nudge government policy in an incrementally better direction. I consider his presidency an overwhelming success.

    Bipartisan panels of economists had long urged Medicare to reform its payment methods to curb perverse incentives by hospitals and doctors to run up costs as high as possible; Obama overcame fierce resistance in Congress in order to craft, as part of Obamacare, a revolution in paying for quality rather than quantity. He eliminated billions of dollars in useless subsidies to banks funneling (at no risk) government loans to college students. By dangling federal public-education grants, Obama unleashed a wave of public-school reform, over the objections of the most recalcitrant elements of the teachers union movement. And he forced Wall Street to accept financial regulations that, while weaker than ideal, were far tougher than anybody considered possible to get through Congress.

    Obama can boast a record of accomplishment that bests any president since Roosevelt, and has fewer demerits on his record than any of them, including Roosevelt. The only president that comes close in gross positive accomplishment is Lyndon Johnson, whose successes were overwhelmed by his failures to such a degree that he abandoned his reelection campaign.

    What can be said without equivocation is that Obama has proven himself morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and strategically. In my lifetime, or my parents’, he is easily the best president. On his own terms, and not merely as a contrast to an unacceptable alternative, he overwhelmingly deserves reelection.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/10/barack-obama-is-a-great-president-yes-great.html

    • 136 nathkatun7
      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Thanks, UT, for sharing this excellent article. Slowly but surely more and more people are beginning to acknowledge President Obama’s achievements that make him a truly “great President.” At 67, I’ve lived under many Presidents. As a student of history I’ve studied the history of Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. I still consider President Obama’s record of accomplishments, in his first term, to be one of the best first term accomplishments of any President in the entire history of the 44 men who have presided over the United States since 1789.

      President Lyndon B. Johnston is always cited by progressives as an example of a President who used his will power to enact transformational legislation. I think this is a partial misreading of the history and the context LBJ was operating in. First, It’s absolutely important to note that LBJ’s first term was essentially the continuation second term of the Kennedy-Johnson administration. First, most of the transformational Civil Rights Laws had their genesis in the Kennedy Administration when LBJ was Vice President. Second, the assassination of President Kennedy, who had initiated many of these Civil Rights laws, made it difficult for members of Congress to oppose their passage. Third, and more importantly, was the relentless Civil Rights protests that had gone on for almost a decade. Marches, sit-ins, freedom rides, and violent uprisings in the cities pressured Congress to pass the transformational Civil Rights laws. By contrast, President Obama had no comparable protests and rebellions forcing the Congress to act.

  30. October 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Interesting read – I think the effect of Superstorm Sandy and Obama’s ‘Presidential’ fortitude over the past few days will do him more good than any campaign event. Romney remains as incoherent and irrelevant on yet another issue, as usual. Check my thoughts: http://goo.gl/FNOyM

  31. October 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Thursday:

    9:20 ET: President Obama departs the White House

    10:35: Arrives Green Bay, Wisc.

    10:40: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

    11:45: Departs Green Bay

    12:45: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa

    4:15: PBO arrives Las Vegas

    5:00: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Opera House at Fort Museum

    5:10: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas

    6:25: Departs Las Vegas

    7:55: Arrives Denver

    9:00: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

  32. 140 Pamela
    October 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Okay, I know, I know, but AHOY CHIPSTICKS! Any chance of getting a bit of Aussie Aussie Aussie, to go with my cheesy puffs, now that amk is on the lam? (how is it our President is too too hot?) (Pablo did no favors to the other governor….. Yikes)! :lol:

  33. 153 dotster3
    October 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I swear, some bad dumb disease has descended on the Des Moines Register. I was checking a story about President Obama being in Iowa this weekend, and the 2nd sentence began: “Obama, a Democrat, …….” —-like he was some unknown county politician, or something.
    Do they think Obama still needs that identifier? Do they have readers who go “Oh, he’s a Democrat? That’s interesting, never realized that.”
    Dum da dum dum.

    • 154 jeff
      October 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      They are experiencing a major backlash that will probably increase over time. It is very possible that they just gave their very last endorsement.

      • 155 desertflower
        October 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Jeff…I saw what happened with your dad. Sorry it had to happen at all, he’s your dad….but he chose a different path for himself. I hope that he gets the help that he needs to free himself of his addiction and I hope that you move forward with making your own life the best it can be:)

        • 156 jeff
          October 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

          It’s been like this for nearly my whole life. I can’t believe with all his drinking, smoking that he still looks young at 63! Of course his smoking was something that was rather more recent but it’s bizarre.

          I’m not sure why he chronically lies, that Brazil story set me off but I’ve let it go.

          • 157 desertflower
            October 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm

            Vow that YOU will do better…for you. Still, sorry it had to be this way. It all works out in the end:) Anyway, was thinking of you…

  34. October 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Awesome find by Roberta!!!

    • 159 desertflower
      October 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Tears are streaming down my face…what an honest and brave woman she is. I will share this.

    • 160 jeff
      October 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      very very sad

      As a guy I can only just imagine what this woman had to go through and even then it way pales to what she actually went through.

    • 161 jackiegrumbacher
      October 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      This is so unbelievably heart wrenching, Tally. To think that there are witless Ryan types who would condemn her decision makes me sick to my stomach. These people have no idea what real life is like. This woman made a fully pro-life decision by terminating her pregnancy. She is very, very brave.

    • 163 yardarm756
      October 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      HEAVY DRAMA – water works!

      • 164 HZ
        November 1, 2012 at 2:55 am

        Tally, this moved me in ways that I can’t even express. I am only able to allow the tears to have their own way within my space. Thank you so much for sharing this,Tally.HZ

  35. October 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Umm, Crowd at Robney rally in Jacksonville, inexplicably chanting 4 more Days!
    Until Sunday???

  36. October 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Too cute!!

  37. 170 cman
    October 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Where is everyone?

  38. 175 lisalovesobama
    October 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I’m still reading the letters to the DMR. These people are pissed!

    • 176 cos
      October 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Those letters to the DMR were amazing. I enjoyed reading the thoughts of the writers.

      • 177 lisalovesobama
        October 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        I loved them too! There were a few that were pro Willard, but overwhelmingly pro- Obama. Man were they outraged!

    • October 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Most enjoyable reading ever, Lisa! Those letters were BRILLIANT!

    • 180 Pamela
      October 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      So very grateful you posted this link, Lisa. I was almost too tired to read, but glad I went over there, as I now feel much more deeply that people all over are thinking, listening, and concerned. I would highly recommend to dotster and BWD, go over to this link, and relax, read, and feel the mood. People are genuinely concerned for each other, and know who is the right person to be getting all this done. We do Iive in interesting times. Obama~Biden 2012

  39. 181 forus50
    October 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  40. 182 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  41. 183 forus50
    October 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    A win is a win so but it kind of pisses me off that Michigan isn’t 99% Obama 1% Mr. Let Detroit Go Bankrupt. I mean really – you’re voting for a guy who wanted you to personally fail?

    • 184 99ts
      October 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      There is big GOP money going there Forus – Mitt just can’t buy the gap – he’s bought a few points

    • 185 lisalovesobama
      October 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Ha! So fricking true!!

    • 188 Mary Jones
      October 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      That does seem kind of close. However, Michigan is blue mainly because of the southeastern corner (Wayne County, Detroit) and Flint. There are a lot of Republicans out-state. We elected an entirely Republican government in 2010. And when I say “we”, I mean “all the crazy people”. Campaign appearances have been few and far between. I understand that and I’m glad Michigan is blue anyway, but it probably would have been bluer with more push from the Obama campaign.

  42. 189 99ts
    October 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Watching L O’D online – New York needs PBO – they Mayor needs to take some advice from Gov Christie

    • 190 99ts
      October 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      “their Mayor”

      • 191 lisalovesobama
        October 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        Their mayor is a complete ass.

        • 192 HZ
          November 1, 2012 at 3:03 am

          Lisa, I concur. I felt that his actions are so self-centered. There is someone in that city who just might need a hug, a smile, hear his voice of assurance for some peace during this time.

          How selfish and full of himself, the mayor seems to me. I am not judging, but I do feel that was not a judgement totally for him to call.HZ

  43. 193 amk for obama
    October 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    GM folks

    FL early vote update

    Total 31.6% (of 2008)
    Dem 42.5%
    Rep 40.7%
    None/Oth 16.7%

    http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2012.html

    This is the last chance for anyone to take on my 100 bucks wager on PBO winning FL by two points. Betting counter will be closed with this thread. Pony up, people.

  44. 216 jeff
    October 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m trolling Glen Greenwald on twitter. I don’t care if I get banned as I don’t really care about twitter.

  45. October 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Wow! Give it up for Florida ground game?

    Can I get a Woop Woop?

    • 218 amk for obama
      October 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      jovie, you in for my wager above ?

      • 219 Pamela
        October 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

        Nice try, amk, but we’ve all been donating our boot-tays off to the campaign, which ain’t no wager, cause we know our moolah is well invested! See? :)

    • 220 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Woop woop!

      Congratulations to you Jovie and the OFA-FL volunteers and staffer :)

    • 221 cluny
      October 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Jovie I am ignorant about the mathematical breakdown – can you or anybody else here explain the breakdown here – is PBO leading do you think and are there any projections about who plans to vote on the actual day and what the breakdown is expected to be? Sorry but I am anxious and love hearing stories from the field.

      • October 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Yes! According to the qunnupiac already voted 50-44.
        That puts 450k indes in our pocket, probably means college students coming out in droves for the president and not being picked up by polls.
        As for election day? The works us, drive up a lead in early voting that will be insurmountable.

  46. 223 lisalovesobama
    October 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Seems the media want a bromance between PBO and Christie. :roll: asses.

  47. 228 jeff
    October 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I tweeted to Glen Greenwald over his response on Ed Koch’s endorsement of the president: “Yeah, yeah I know you believe that the white race needs to be purified.”

  48. 229 forus50
    October 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Where is everybody?? I actually watched this whole press conference Christie had tonight – very informative. If you have time do a click on it.

  49. 231 majiir
    October 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve popped in from time to time today. I had a 9:45 AM doctor’s appointment, and I didn’t get back home until @ 2:00 PM. Today was also one of the days of the week that I cook myself a hot meal, plus, Winston, my chihuahua, refused to let me stay on the laptop much today. He was in one of those “Ima get in yo face and make you spend some time with me” moods. I’ve been around, but I’ve been trying to catch up. You all are two– three posts ahead of me!

  50. 233 99ts
    October 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Why Mitt is losing Number 3756

    ALL he had to do in Ohio was donate $$$ – preferably 1 million – but probably could have made it 1/10th of that – to the Red Cross & asked his supporters to do the same. Thing is – Mitt collects money for Mitt – He lost BIG this week.

    He really doesn’t have a CLUE.

    • 234 majiir
      October 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Romney keeps f*cking up, and the reason is because he doesn’t have a clue how anyone outside of his family and small group of “friends” live, 99ts. One would think that someone in his campaign would have thought about calling the Red Cross before hosting a campaign/”disaster” rally. This was another example of his campaign’s sloppy way of doing things.

  51. 235 lisalovesobama
    October 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    The Ohio sec of state can now throw out ballots supposedly cast at the wrong polling stations. I wonder how many Obama ballots will be discarded for this reason. Fuckers.

  52. 238 forus50
    October 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

  53. October 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  54. 241 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

    The financial election futures markets are putting their money on President Obama. Predictwise- aggregator of markets has him at 70+%

    http://www.predictwise.com/politics/2012presidentindividual

  55. 242 Bill R.
    November 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

  56. 243 Mae who love our CIC
    November 1, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Glad our President is home safely. One thing for sure the American people can trust him. He has proven himself time and time again. He understands that we human beings are the best there is. It is our loving hearts that keeps this country vibrant. President Obama does not let political differences sway him in doing what is right, what is just, and what is fair for the good of the people.

    Governor Christie shed a tear yesterday while listening to our President because in that moment he recognized the good in our President. He could believe him without a doubt, that President Obama is man of his word, that his word is his bond.

    Every politician needs to examine and reexamine their motivation of why they want to be in government. Some of them have lost their way. Just think where this country would have been without the best community organizer in the world. This is all a good government is promoting the people with their ability to recognize their abilities when we all stick together constructively to promote good.


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