What an entrance! (Will have the full speech in a while)
12:45 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks at West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa (listed by CNN)
5:0 ET: VP Biden delivers remarks in Fort Dodge, Iowa
5:10 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Cheyenne Sports Complex, Las Vegas (listed by CNN)
9:0 ET: President Obama delivers remarks at Coors Events Center, Denver
Chat away, back in a bit.
What ho, peeps?
Congrats on being 1st LL.
How is the misssus?
Had to go in to work. One of the residents died, so she had to be on scene. She was not happy.
I absolutely LOVED that speech. It was about big things. It was about our accomplishments, about what makes America great, about what makes us stronger, about a vision where everyone is treated fairly and equally, about where we need and want to go over the next four years. Pres. Obama’s America is a great one indeed.
There should be some BEE—YOO–TEE–FUL photos from that appearance. PBO looking especially handsome in that leather AF1 jacket, sounding great, making the clear case for his re-election.
For those who missed the speech, here are a few snippets. It was awe inspiring.
Pres. Obama: "The folks at the very top don't need another champion in Washington." #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Pres. Obama: "The people who need a champion are the Americans whose letters I read every night." #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
POTUS: "The kids who are dreaming of becoming scientists, engineers, diplomats or even a President. They need a champion!" #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
POTUS: "In other words, their bet is on cynicism. But Wisconsin, my bet is on you. My bet is on the good sense of the American people" #WI— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Brava, UT. You’re amazing.
Thank you, UT. You feed us like we’re little birds.
POTUS: "We don't need a small govt. agenda or a big govt. agenda. We need a middle-class agenda that rewards hard work & responsibility" #WI— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Pres. Obama: "I will never allow politicians in Washington to control healthcare choices that women should be making for themselves." #WI— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Pres. Obama: "I'm proud I bet on the American worker and the American ingenuity and today we're making cars again." #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Pres. Obama: "You may not agree with all the decisions I've made…but you know what I believe. You know where I stand." #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
HUGS, UT! Thanks!
Wow, Chips, every time I go and come back to check in, a New Post awaits……Thanks you.
Congratulations LL for being 1st.
VC was 1st on the last post.
I listen to a goo portion of the speech……Wow….wow, WOW…..Just awesome.
Pres. Obama n #Sandy: "We mourn the loss of so many people….we pledged to help those whose lives have been turned upside down" #WI— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Pres. Obama on #Sandy: "There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm; there are just Americans." #Wisconsin— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Lady UT, what can I say? You are Rocking and Rolling here on TODville. Thank you.
President Obama delivered a powerful encouraging speech today in Greenbay, WI
Over at Princeton Election Consortium”
Probability of Obama re-election: Random Drift 96%, Bayesian Prediction 99.1%
But, but, but Chuck Todd sez..
Looking great. But We must vote and get this president a Working Congressional partner. Vote…..Vote….VOTE.
Yes …. Yes….YES! :)
Ah. I see you lot are stepping lively today. Congrats there LL.
The Morning Plum: Chris Christie drives stake into Romney closing argument
By Greg Sargent
Perfect timing ….
EXCLUSIVE: GREG PALAST FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Toledo, Ohio – Wednesday Evening October 31, 2012
For Mitt Romney, it’s one scary Halloween. The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon (November 1) he will be charged by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and other public interest groups with violating the federal ethics in government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bailout.
At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.
Mitt continues to terrorize Jeep employees with lies & profit from the auto bailout he demeaned. Now he pays bit.ly/WavnsB cc @edshow— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
We know Willard can’t go anywhere near this because he would totally screw it up:
“Mostafa Dolatyar, a career Iranian diplomat who heads the Iranian foreign ministry think tank, the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), was tapped by Iran’s leadership to coordinate contacts with American outside-government policy experts, including those with former senior US officials involved unofficially in relaying ideas for shaping a possible nuclear compromise, the analysts told Al-Monitor in interviews this week. The IPIS channel is for coordinating non-official US contacts, which in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, have formed an important, if not unproblematic, part of Iran’s diplomatic scouting and Washington’s and Tehran’s imperfect efforts to understand and influence each others’ policy positions.
The appointment is the result of a desire “on the Iranian side for a more structured approach to dealing with America,” Mark Fitzpatrick, an Iran nuclear expert at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, told Al-Monitor in an interview Monday, adding that he now doubts that there are agreed plans for direct US-Iran talks after the elections.”
President Obama has five days of full-time campaigning ahead of him, and aides say he will use them to make a “closing argument” for a second term.
“Middle-class security — which has been undercut by the policies and decisions of the last decade — is what’s at stake in this election, and the president will talk about our fight to reclaim it,” says a statement from the Obama campaign.
Bringing this over…
“We’ve come to far to turn back now. We’ve come to far to let our heart go faint…”
I Love America! That's why I'm Voting to re-elect President @BarackObama. h/t #Grobanites4PresidentObama. #Obama2012 http://t.co/26TdlruG— Alycee (@jazziz2) November 01, 2012
Ok, I just have to gush again. This speech was marvelous. Pure vintage Obama. His best speech of the campaign. A savant mix of realism and idealism. Dealing with the world as it is but always pushing for the world as it should be. I could go on an on…
LOL I think we all agree, don’t we ?
I agree, however I notice that every time PBO gives a speech – people come out and say “This was his best speech yet!” etc,. etc. It turns out that he gives so many of these top-notch campaign speeches – that we take them for granted and easily forget.
When he first started campaigning in 2008, every speech he made I listened to on the edge of my seat, and usually with tears in my eyes and/or yelling out yes, yes, yes … hasn’t changed. HIs speeches are awesome.
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CLOSING CHARACTER ARGUMENT AGAINST MITT ROMNEY
Mitt Romney’s Kamikaze strategy
There’s been quite a bit of consternation among reporters lately about Mitt Romney’s refusal to answer their questions. And rightly so. But let’s be clear on why Romney is refusing to engage reporters. If he did, he’d face questions about the mounting instances of dishonesty his campaign has resorted to in the final stretch — potentially tripping him up and placing all the dissembling into even sharper relief.
In the race’s final days, Romney has adopted what you might call a Kamikaze strategy. His campaign is cranking out a startling number of falsehoods and sleazy attacks, drawing widespread condemnation in the media that could ultimately crash his campaign, because that condemnation dovetails with Obama’s closing character argument against him.
“@LukeRussert: Kinda surprising, the Economist endorses #Obama economist.com/news/leaders/2…” @DWStweets @TheDemocrats @emilybazelon @Ted_Strickland— The Crisis Magazine (@thecrisismag) November 01, 2012
Dotster3, this tweet had me confused, esp. w/ Luke’s name in there. Went over & read the Economist sort of endorsement. What tripe! Here’s comment that sums up my feelings:
“This article insults my intelligence on so many levels. Obama “followed events rather than shaping them” in the Middle East during the Arab Spring is the kind of observation I’d expect from a third grader on Ritalin complaining about sharing play-doh with a classmate. What an incoherent disgrace. As if Obama is a tyrant who chose not to do more, rather than a president handcuffed by the most egregious abuse of power by the republican minority (filibustering everything) since the New Deal. Imagine if Obama could have passed bills with 51 Senators instead of 60? Every criticism in this article would no longer apply.’ — JayLouis
I didn’t want to link it but I just gave them a piece of my mind. Their endorsement was lukewarm and their premise for this “better of two evils” endorsement was based on a lot of factually incorrect details about PBO’s record in the last four years. Their first two paragraphs were nothing more than a shitty set of complaints about PBO’s “woefully negative campaign.” And this sentence right there tells you about the Economist’s agenda:
“A man who once personified hope and centrism set a new low by unleashing attacks on Mitt Romney even before the first Republican primary.”
In my opinion they should have just endorsed Romney like their friends at Des Moines Register and called it a day. But they are COWARDS and want to have it both ways. They don’t want to be on the wrong side of history, but at the same time want to get in a few digs at the President.
I should have read before I posted, I guess. Was too much in a hurry after I saw “Economist endorses Obama”. Sounds like they were trying to keep their friends on the right from being too angry about endorsing Obama. Not courageous. Get almost no stars for that endorsement.
Exactly, HF! At least for the Des Moines Register one could believe their nuts were being squeezed by Bain ownership. What’s the Economist’s BS here and who forced them to endorse anybody? Come to think of it, why do any papers/magazines have to endorse anyone?
All that matters is that they endorsed President Obama. You know Mitt’s gang did everything they could to get that endorsement, and they failed. ‘nuf said.
Actually this is a big deal! The Economist is a RW conservative publication. The fact they endorse PBO is a huge reversal for BainMItt. It means not even his own crowd likes him or believes him. Don’t expect this magazine to be an Obot.
Agree. More than endorsement of Obama, it is the scathing attack on mittbot that stands out here.
We read the Economist in my policy class. They’re VERY conservative. I’ll take it.
Echo the above sentiments — an Economist endorsement for Obama over a big-business candidate is a big deal, even if the Economist is annoying in some of their comments.
They are conservative but they endorsed him in 2008 (enthusiastically) over John McCain. But I guess the fact that they didn’t endorse Romney bodes well for PBO and poorly for Willard.
This is a very very conservative magazine. For them to endorse Barack, how ever tepid is is, it’s a BFD.
This is the first time I am saying this: For me,this is the best speech of the 2012 campaign; and I have listened to every one of them. Not his best speech ever. That would be too difficult to judge. But 2012, Yes I love the speech today very much.
Mitt Romney’s Kamikaze strategy wapo.st/UkUsKv— (@a4alice) November 01, 2012
mittbot's entire trashy campaign in a toon. http://t.co/B25I5Lo7— (@amk4obama) November 01, 2012
Obama campaign says Stevie Wonder to join Cincinnati rally on Sunday. His hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" an Obama rally staple— Dan Sewell (@dansewell) November 01, 2012
Obama: “As long as I’m President, I will never turn Medicare into a voucher just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 01, 2012
For the nerds among us!!
If you want to keep track of EVs on Election Night, Sam Wang has downloadable spreadsheet & 2 web interactive trackers: election.princeton.edu— meta (@metaquest) November 01, 2012
I see that silver boy now upped his ev to 300. I was there well before him at 343.
And, he evidently bet morningjoke 1000.00 that PBO would win :)
Bobfr, per DK post, it is now $2K. Mourning Joke responded and said to NS, why not both of them send $1K to Red Cross and NS replied, with a $2K bet.
New MD #earlyvote stats. Blows through 08 record of 208,201 early votes w/ 297,974 to date. State adopted in-person early vote after 2008.— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 01, 2012
And this was accomplished while we were in the midst of dealing with a hurricane!! Congrats to collegekay, donna dem 4, claire, and all my other fellow TOD Marylanders who voted early :)
Me too, me too! :)
YAY! congrats extine :)
We voted on Saturday before the hurricane. When we arrived in the morning it was so many people we decided to leave, do some errands and come back. That afternoon when we came back it was still a ton of people – not as many as in the morning, but we were in line for about 2 hours.
//Ssshh, Fox is the propaganda arm of GOP:
“Ailes sent the note, which I obtained from the State Department via the Freedom of Information Act, to Condoleezza Rice in March 2005, shortly after she was confirmed as Secretary of State in the Bush Administration. It reads in full:
Great first month. You handled hearing beautifully. If I can be of help off the record—just call.
[Hand written note at link too]:
What kind of “help” and why “off the record”? These people are so corrupt – I don’t know how they live with themselves. If I recall, that hearing was full of lies and nonsense. And her performance as both National Security Advisor and Secretary of State were abysmal.
PBO will land in Denver, but the event will be in Boulder! Very excited to go!
PBO HAS SHOWN SOLID LEADERSHIP FROM FINANCIAL MELTDOWN TO HURRICANE SANDY.
Chris Christie Outshines Mitt Romney in Wake of Hurricane
By Bob Cesca
By the way, we witnessed once again the president’s mensch-like ability to reach out to any political enemy who’s willing to return the handshake. It’s a character trait for which he’s never given proper credit by many in the press and on the right. Stack this up alongside his rock solid leadership and management of the crisis — his steady, constructive efforts to make sure federal emergency aid was expedited to the places that needed it most. But this should come as no surprise to anyone who’s rationally observed this president in action from the 2008 financial collapse on through Hurricane Sandy. The president has repeatedly proved his leadership skills and crisis management acumen while Romney bungled his response to the Benghazi attack and staged a phony food drive for a couple of hours in Ohio then resumed his campaign strategy of lies and shape-shifting. But because Romney comported himself well-enough for 90 short minutes in the first debate, he’s given a pass by voters who possess backwards priorities, and so the race has become much closer that it ought to be. A 90 minute debate performance (in which Romney mostly lied and shift his positions) should not be confused with actual leadership skills. Romney has displayed none of those skills and can’t even get a grip on his flailing staffers.
And when even the governor of New Jersey outshines the Republican nominee for president on overall comportment and willingness to set aside partisan disagreements during a major crisis, voters ought to take a very serious look at their ballots and vote accordingly.
The President is not “mensch-like” — he’s a mensch!
From the Urban Dictionary’s definition: A mensch is a someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible,
WATCH LIVE: First Lady Michelle Obama rallies supporters in Jacksonville – http://www.news4jax.com/news/WATCH-LIVE-First-Lady-Michelle-Obama-rallies-supporters-in-Jacksonville/-/475880/17055100/-/d60545/-/index.html
She just gets better and better and better!
'My Body, My Right, My Vote' #Obama2012 (Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov 1) http://t.co/AoUEWqVJ— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) November 01, 2012
If Baby Dragons Could Vote #Obama2012 (Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nov 1) http://t.co/mdMD859D— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) November 01, 2012
We have been Vindicated…Howard fineman issuing a mea culpa ? I thought I just saw some pigs flying outside the window….
New poll shows DMR endorsement in Iowa meant nothing — maybe even hurt Romney. My full Tweeta Culpa to follow.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) November 01, 2012
And for those of you who were not around when this happened – this is what Fineman tweeted when DMR endorsed Romney:
So DMR endorsed Romney. Obama deserves what he gets in Iowa for this case of Political sloth.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 28, 2012
It's not scientific or quantifiable by Nate Silver but Des Moines Register endorsement of Mitt first time it's' clear O may lose the race.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 28, 2012
And of course, when he got a lot pushback, he responded in his usual arrogant and smirky way:
Anger in my corner of Twittersphere cuz i said DM Reg Mitt endorsement bad news for Obama. It's' not fatal, but he needs all mo' he can get.— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) October 28, 2012
Now who’s sorry now? We know A LOT more than these overpaid pundiots who make 7-figure salaries being wrong 80% of the time.
I’m not clear what he was referring to with “this case of Political sloth” in the first tweet – can anyone fill me in?
who knows ? who cares?
Fineman was calling the President lazy for supposedly not meeting with the DMR editorial board in four years. We immediately pushed back on his crap and told him that in the last four years, PBO has been busy governing the country, bringing it back from the brink of a depression, rescuing the automobile industry, killing OBL, repealing DADT and implementing HCR. Therefore, meeting with the DMR editorial board was not particularly a priority for PBO OR the country.
thanks – I knew it was something stupid – enough said!
what the fuck does Fineman mean by mo’? Is this some way for him to try and sound black?
He means momentum but wanted to save character space. He’s wrong anyway.
Fineman is looking for attention, don’t give it to him
O’Donnell slams Des Moines Register endorsement of Mitt as ‘magical thinking’
I think I saw that segment a couple nights ago. It was EXCELLENT.
The Des Moines Register’s Practical Joke
In just 4 days……HF, a superficial pundit, flips flops like nothing he said before were ever said? They think that many of Us are stupid. Is there any wonder that their reporting skews that way? Is there any doubt that Romney is emboldened to blatantly lie and the so called Journo look away?
First lady Michelle #Obama speaks at a campaign event in Daytona Beach, #Florida. Watch live on http://CNN.com/live3
I forgot to mention that the huge uprooted oak tree that fell across my street in RI and rested on power lines was taken down by a tree company from Alabama. Thanks to FEMA and National Grid and POTUS for getting resources in place early!
A reader from Cincy writes to say his family is GOP, but 10 of them are flipping to Obama, because "flip-flopping" has killed Romney in Ohio— Erin McPike (@ErinMcPike) November 01, 2012
I think that scenario is more common that we think.
Yes, hf. And, that’s one of the reasons that all the early voting reports of % R & D could well be missing the fact that while people will say they are R that does not mean they voted R – particularly that R named Mitt :)
That’s right Bob.
I toldja. Reverse Bradley. For once, it will be proved right.
THE UGLY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
At long last, I certainly hope this flipping to President Obama is catching. It’s about time Mitt Romney paid a price for his mendacity. He has shown nothing but contempt for the voters. He needs a resounding defeat. His brand of politics is disgusting and repugnant. He has not earned an ounce of respect during the entire campaign. He has blown every opportunity to show any dignity or leadership. He started his campaign ugly and he is ending it ugly.
Romney was an ugly person long before his campaign started.
DAMN……..I bet there are many more all over the country who are quietly doing the same.
Vice President #JoeBiden speaks at a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa. Live: http://CNN.com/live4
Joe about to eviscertate Romney’s 2 closing ads. Way to go, Joe.
I missed a lot the last 3 days so apologies if this has been posted
Denver Post editorial on Robme’s lies about Jeep
“Beyond the ad’s veracity is a question about character. In a place like Ohio, where 1 in 8 jobs are in the auto industry, such a lie matters.
It scares people. It makes them worry that better economic times they are just beginning to see could dissolve before their eyes.
It bespeaks an indifference to the concerns of Ohio’s working class, and that is just as revealing as backing an ad that leaves a wholly untruthful impression.”
Read more: Editorial: Romney outsourcing the truth on Jeeps – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/romney/ci_21889924/editorial-romney-outsourcing-truth-jeeps#ixzz2AziiOOeH
FLOTUS is pouring her heart out. Stunning.
OMG what a huge crowd for FLOTUS!
Just read on Twitter that there were over 4,000 people there to see FLOTUS. That last time Mitt Romney was in Jacksonville, he only got about 1,000 folks out to see him.
And I also read on Twitter that Romney had a “small” crowd in Richmond Virginia, seeing that it was his 2nd rally of the day.
Dang, they cut-off the rope line at the Biden rally. Must say, in addition to the best Candidates and surrogates, we damn sure have the best soundtrack. Was sitting here jamming, playing my air-Hammond organ and they cut-off my sidemen… ;-(
anyone besides me see Bloomberg trying to speak Spanish? LOL Oh my god that guy is a complete idiot!
I hear there’s some Twitter account that’s making fun of him. Can’t remember the account name but that was funny too.
The day microsoft makes something that doesn’t suck is probably the day they start making vacuum cleaners. :)
You got that right. Good night, amk!
XBox is actually a really good product.
Well helllllllllllooooo O’s!!!! Wassup on this great getting up day on the TODmobile! PBO has outdone himself this week. He’s risen above the heights of expectations in his response to Sandy and in his ability to lead a non-partisan effort to help those in need.
The count down of my daily political takes has begun. Number 6 is the bell has rung indicating we’re in our last lap. It’s time to kick it into overdrive. Time to lean forward and break the tape at the finish line. We don’t want any photo finishes either, we want a win by mile, leave them in the dust, smoke ‘em, I tells ya!
Where are Willard’s surrogates – besides Ryan, Trump, Miss Ann?
Where are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mankini, Huckabee, Pawlenty, etc?
Where have all the surrogates gone?
Mankini=Newt Gingrich. Let Chips fill you in on this history when she gets back—perhaps with a photo.
Thanks, but no thanks, I’ll take your word for it.
You are a wise one. :)
Oh, great. You just want to see the pic again, Hopefruit, don’t you? ;)
No friend. Not now. Not ever….
He had Jeb Bush yesterday, today he has Cantor, in Ohio he will have Boner.
Interesting, how he has congress critters.
That’s a sign that Miss Ann and Ryan are INEFFECTIVE. And his crowds are getting smaller and smaller.
hf, your observation and question regarding Willard’s surrogates is on of those “ah ha” moments. IMO, the reason you don’t see them is because the Romney “campaign” (emphases added) can not afford to send them around the country. Remember, SuPac money can not go into the campaign. They can barely travel around themselves.
I was wondering that myself (wink, wink!) and then heard all that laughter at Bachman’s debate! That’s where she was, dunno about the rest of creapy gang!
chuck hagel endorses Bob Kerry in Nebraska’s Senate race.
chuck hagel endorses Bob Kerry in Nebraska’s Senate race.
politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/01/for…— (@amk4obama) November 01, 2012
@PhilipRucker @AshleyRParker I don't think Romney's crowds were ever that big. The campaign fudged their numbers and photoshopped images.— (@aspirational12) November 01, 2012
So you’re saying someone in Romney’s camp is a size queen?
UPDATE – UAW PRESS CONFERENCE at 2p EDT TODAY
Unions, good government groups to file ethics complaint against Romney for failing to disclose his big auto rescue profit
Groups urge Office of Government Ethics to make Romney disclose or divest
WASHINGTON — A coalition of community, labor and good-government organizations is calling on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for noncompliance with the Ethics in Government Act and compel him to either disclose his investments or divest them.
“The American people have a right to know about Governor Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” said UAW President Bob King. “It’s time for Governor Romney to disclose or divest.”
“While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.
The groups sending the complaint letter, including SEIU, UAW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Public Citizen, Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group, believe that Romney’s undisclosed stock holdings create serious conflicts of interest. They point to the auto rescue as a key example.
The Nation recently reported that the Romney family personally profited by at least $15.3 million from the auto loans of 2009 through his investment in the Delphi Corp. auto parts company. Yet Romney’s June 1, 2012, Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Government Ethics did not reveal this windfall because he did not disclose the underlying holdings of his private equity and limited partnership funds.
Here are details of a joint news conference to be held Thursday in Toledo, Ohio:
WHO: UAW President Bob King
SEIU Executive Vice President Tom Woodruff
Investigative reporter Greg Palast, author of “Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza” in The Nation, and the book, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.”
WHAT: News conference on Mitt Romney’s conflicts of interest with his investments, including his profiting from the auto bailout.
WHERE: UAW Local 12, 2300 Ashland Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43620
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.
As the UAW files complaint against Mitt's #Delphi profiteering, never forget Mitt's view of 'blind trusts' bit.ly/VfdRSH cc @Lawrence— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
Another straw man from Robney. Now, his whole campaign is saying that the President wants to appoint a Sec of Business!
No he does not! That was a sarcastic comment about naming Bill Clinton Sec of Explaining stuff.
This is a red herring and Ad Hoc attack wrapped into one.
Robney is being Specious again!
Also, Boner will have a GOTV bus tour this weekend, all over Ohio.
Just who is the strategist over there?
No, PBO did indeed say that it would make sense to consolidate many of the departments that impact businesses into a Secretary of Business to eliminate duplication and streamline services, reduce any unnecessary costs. I heard him, but can’t what the situation was.
Well, then Ribney is making fun of that saying he already knows business.
Big sound bite for media, so I guess I was wrong.
Our dear PBO can’t say anything that they won’t twist. If Robme said he wanted to create a Sec of Biz to streamline all government agencies serving businesses, they’d think he walked on water!
FLOTUS in FL pushing folks to vote early — find where at Vote.BarackObama.com Only 5 days til Election Day! #Women2012— The Happy Feminist (@HappyFeminist) November 01, 2012
Debating tonight in UCD wit @patallene at 7pm for the motion "This house would reelect President Obama" #Forward2012— Henry Healy (@henryhealy) November 01, 2012
The whole world has its eyes on Tuesday.
The change candidate?
Eva Longoria will introduce Pres. Obama at his Nevada rally.
Hi TOD, I wanted to share with you that I voted this morning in Georgia for Obama/Biden and Rep. John Lewis. Everyone was all smiles and waited in the cold patiently. I am the last to vote in my family. All my people in Florida and Georgia have already voted. I can tell you that the people in Florida are very tuned in to this election. If the president doesn’t win FL, it will be a shock to everyone. I work for the airlines and I travel all over the country. It’s my policy not to talk politic at work. However, I’ve had so many people commenting to me about how disrespectful they think Mitt was at the debate. The tone and body language of Mitt and the president made a bigger impression on folks than the media realized. The only other time I had people bringing up politic as much at work was right after that big tea “bagger” rally in DC.
I am tired of Mitt the liar. Now, he’s a “change candidate”. When he’s not lying, he’s copying the president. I’m excited and November 6th can not come sooner. I have not been able to volunteer like 2008 but I donate as much as I can and encourage others to get involved. My
family in Florida have been volunteering nonstop, and my mom is the only one of them who volunteered in 2008. #Obama/Biden2012
Nice to hear the personal stories of people volunteering for President Obama. It’s people like you and your family that will make a difference in this election. Thank you!
Very much appreciating your sharing that you and your family have voted! Could not agree with you more about the impression Mitt made during the debates – lots of folk saw his behavior and were offended by it. The contrast with the President’s calm and respectful tone could not have been greater.
2600 in green bay
Today, @MitchellObama had 4,700 come to see her in Jacksonville. Yesterday, Mitt Romney had 1,000 people show. #EnthusiasmGap— Eric Jotkoff (@Eric_Jotkoff) November 01, 2012
As Jodi Kantor would say – Hmmmm……
donna, Tell Chuck Todd about it okay.
The First Lady had 4700 show up for a rally, Mitt had 1000. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Eric_Jotkoff chuckles, morningjoke & all the other #NEWSTAINERS & Mittapologists are beyond desperate as enthusiasm for Willard plummets :)— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
Mitt Romney http://t.co/C7CR5tXN— Robert Padbury (@padbury) November 01, 2012
Any pictures of FLOTUS event today? I missed it, and I missed POTUS in Wisconsin. :(
Pres Clinton in Ohio ———-> http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4
He is having a ball and ripping Willard with enormous precision and force :)
Oregon and Washington are early voting, getting good solid numbers in areas fir Democrats.
FEMA to reimburse Ny for transportation and power costs, per US Senators.
RT @joebiden: First responders for Obama-Biden in Florida yesterday: http://t.co/UJZIzyYf— Politics TBTimes (@PoliticsTBTimes) November 01, 2012
Academic study finds polls work better when asking "Who do you think will win?" rather than "Who will you vote for?" pwire.at/PJMCOX— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) November 01, 2012
If this is true, then the PBO margin of victory will be even larger. Consistently voters predict his victory in polling, even Gallup.
Is rand still tracking or are they still suspended, because that is one of the ideas that they are testing.
Rand is still tracking. O 50%, R 44%
What the hell happened to Cindy McCain? She ballooned up about 50 pounds it looks like. Just accidentally clicked on ann romney speech up coming while searching for Clintons speech.
Sorry, I forgot to add, I am on C-Span
She was starving herself during the 08 campaign from stress. And then in the years before that, she was thin because she was on drugs. She’s naturally big boned to begin with so that probably the size she’s supposed to be. Look at Meghan McCain.
True, I had forgotten about the drugs she was addicted to.
UPDATE: After our report, Romney camp scrubbed training video falsely stating Iowa voters need photo id. We saved it thkpr.gs/SAlhxI— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) November 01, 2012
BREAKING: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorses Barack Obama for re-election— Alex Yudelson (@AlexYudelson) November 01, 2012
Beat me to it! This is a good endorsement. Mayor Bloomberg has some favor with indies, centrists, and the few moderate Repubs around.
Wondering if Bloomberg has a motivation behind this. Can he run again as Mayor in NYC? Or is he done? Regardless this is fantastic news for PBO. :-)
Here’s what he says, and I do believe Sandy had a profound impact on him, personally ….
“In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, and he announced that he was endorsing President Obama.”
“Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.”
snark, I assume? he was being pretty pissy, according to my TL.
In a surprise announcement, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign, and he announced that he was endorsing President Obama.
Not the warmest of ensdorsements – :roll: – but another blow for Romney. That’ll do.
Sorry for the duplicate Chips … am on a conf call and typing rather slowly so when I saved it yours appeared, as well :)
Noooooooooooooooooo worries Bob!!!
It really can’t be retweeted enough. This is NOT what Mittmentum looks like, 5 days before the election.
Holy shit. And a big WOOT!!!!!!!!!
@AlexYudelson Here's the NYTimes link on the surprise endorsement nytimes.com/2012/11/02/nyr… #TrustBarack— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
hahahahahahhahahahhahahaha!!! He’s still an ass.
I second that,
I knew you were gonan say that lisa! LOL
Lisa, that is why I love you so. We in NYC knows that he is not genuine. He is maybe looking for a position in the new administration. I say, appoint him dog-catcher. Man is so arrogant and nasty. He is looking for something,trust me. He is not going to just fade away. We shall see.
Aaah, Lisa, you made me LOL!
BREAKING: Mayor @MikeBloomberg endorses @BarackObama for re-election— Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) November 01, 2012
WTF?????? OMG! LMAOOOOOOO!!!!! Superb!
Ohhhhhhh, this is going to really hurt ole Mitt!
In a memo that readers should take the time to peruse in full, AFL-CIO political director Michael Podhorzer outlines the labor giant’s view of how Barack Obama can win Ohio, and reveals that polling for the labor super PAC Workers’ Voice shows Obama matching his ’08 support from labor there:
Ohio’s ethnic composition has not changed much in recent years (its Hispanic population is only 3%). Both of these facts mean President Obama’s fate in Ohio, and quite possibly the fate of his presidency, will be determined by working class voters, union and non-union.
It’s worth noting that our internal polling shows President Obama with 57% of the union vote, approaching the 59% of the vote he received from union voters in 2008 according to the exit polls. Without the union vote, President Obama would be trailing badly in Ohio. Our internal tracking shows that those non-union voters contacted by Working America or Workers’ voice, who hear the same economic message are favoring the President, doing much to explain why support for President Obama among blue collar voters is much stronger in Ohio than in other parts of the nation.
Early in the 2012 election cycle, some political prognosticators argued this year’s presidential race would be a demographic showdown, a showdown Obama could win by focusing on upscale voters in states like North Carolina at the expense of working class voters in states like Ohio. Despite these predictions, with only days left in the campaign, Ohio is the make or break state of the campaign …
Obama can win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes as long as he and his allies keep Romney’s margin among white voters to 10% or less, which they’ve managed to do up to this point by highlighting the auto industry’s recovery, the loss of U.S. jobs to China, Romney’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5, and Romney’s record at Bain Capital. If Obama’s current support levels hold, he can win the state by at least 2% or 109,000 votes, similar to George W. Bush’s 2004 margin of 2% or 118,000 votes.
2%??? That’s closer than I thought!
Now I more fully understand the lying Jeep ad. Hopefully Ohio won’t be misled.
RT @spettypi: MAYOR BLOOMBERG ENDORSES BARACK OBAMA FOR RE-ELECTION— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) November 01, 2012
Holy BLEEEEEEEEEEP. :shock:
Just heard that on MSNBC! Looking now for more details.
It’s lukewarm, and it takes some nonsensical pot shots at the President (PBO didn’t try to build a centrist coalition? Seriously, Bloomberg?!)
That being said, climate change was a big reason. He referred to Mitt’s ‘abandonment’ of moderate ‘principles’ (which is an effing joke if anyone pays attention to the hard right turn jackass Mitt took as gov.)
But reading between the lines, Mitt’s a dick, his cans of Dinty Moore stew are not going to dry out the NY subways.
This could influence a lot of independents. Wow. I have to say I’m surprised !!!
Hurricane Mitt …. an extraordinary storm path #Romney http://t.co/vcKF85oQ— The Obama Diary (@TheObamaDiary) November 01, 2012
Yep…the death knell.
They know they're losing on Nov. 6th. RT @EmilyABC: EERIE: no music playing as Romney does ropeline in VA…people filing out in silence— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
The truth prevails! :)
Mitt’s attitude in this video is unbelievable, The guy is a total jerk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMD02zU9SE
Retweeted this vid because it clearly demonstrates mittnocchio does not have the temperment to be President and just as importantly he plans to implment public policy based on his faith tradition.
Bloomberg must believe strongly that President Obama is winning, or he wouldn’t endorse.
He believes Mitt is a menace and a danger to the country and the world. He did not want to do this, and the endorsement is proof of that. But that’s how bad Mitt is. His gross incompetence in the face of Sandy was the last straw. His utter lack of interest in reigning in his party that was savagely attacking Christie for actually acting the way American elected officials are supposed to act was glaring proof that Romney would be an unmitigated disaster.
Afternoon, TOD-ers. I’ve been doing mostly lurking recently, but if you’ll allow me to say a few syllables…:
Since August, I’ve been spending at least a few days a week on average working with OFA here on the west coast, in the offices, over the phone, and most recently, in Nevada. Before last week, I had NEVER canvassed door to door for anyone or anything. (I joked with someone I met that the last time I knocked on doors was to sell girl scout cookies or school candy, I and I didn’t like it.) I went with a group of nine (out of around 1000 Californian volunteers that weekend alone) across state lines and into to the Reno area. We canvassed in Sparks, which is republican country for sure. It was an interesting experience, and those of us who went felt that we had really accomplished something, even if it was just to flip a few votes or help enthusiastic voters find their early voting places. I’m glad that, with 90 days to go, I decided to get actively involved in the re-election campaign. Last time around, I was just an observer- a “Quiet Observer,” if you will. :) I was definitely an Obama supporter, but not someone who contributed in any way directly to the Obama/Biden campaign. I was more interested in watching, listening, and chronicling what was happening and what could happen.
This time around, I was more compelled to protect what we had started, to keep this president who has already done so much, despite the walls of hate and obstruction from some, in the White House. I’ll admit, I had to get over my own wariness about getting to0 closely involved with political campaigns (even though I’ve been a registered voter since 18 and never missed an election). But this administration, this president, this man, means so much on every level- politically, economically, socially, historically, culturally. His work is not done by any means, nor is it safe if we allow Romney (or anyone else, for that matter) to take over now.
That all being said, I am really over this election news cycle. I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m tired of talking about it. So much nonsense, BS, and corporate-backed commercials posing as “news” and “journalism.” And an obviously unqualified and unworthy opponent to the incumbent pres who everyone continues to prop us as a serious and competitive candidate. (Let’s face it: if he was running against any other president who had done what our president has done, Romney would’ve already given his concession speech around mid September). As tragic as this hurricane has been, times like these highlight the smallness of the infotainment culture, but they also underscore that right now, we have a true leader representing us, here and throughout the world. President Obama is already a great president. He can help usher in even more positive progress over the next four years, and in the future, he will be hailed among the greatest.
So while I’m ready for the next 5 days to be done with, I’ll spend each of them helping, in whatever way I can, to get out the vote. The campaign chatter in the news bores me, but I’m excited about the future. And to move into to that exciting future, we have to re-elect President Obama.
In the final days, I’m really appreciating the truth and brilliance of the 2012 slogan: Forward!
Dear Jamila, I hope Chips posts your essay as a “WORD from …” Very, very fine!!! And, thank you for all you are doing.
Excellent post. I second Bobfr’s suggestion that this be posted as ‘word from…..’
thanks Jamila and I’m with you: #FORWARD #OBAMABYALANDSLIDE :D
THIS x 10000000000000000000
JamilaJP, thanks so much for posting this. It really captures my feelings about the horrid media and this horrid GOP candidate. What an abomination. And thank you so much for all the work you are doing for PBO, stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the job done. BRAVA!!
@Obama2012 I'm voting for a Democrat for POTUS for the first time in my life. Why? For my kids, wife, me and my country. AHA is a must!— (@ModerateinAZ) October 31, 2012
Obama: “I'm honored to have Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 01, 2012
.@BarackObama statement: "While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time."— (@TIMEPolitics) November 01, 2012
What a gracious and nice reply to this endorsement. Of course, would expect nothing less from our President. God, please let this re-election of this President usher in a time of cooperation, of truly working with and respecting one another and re-building this country in a way that it will withstand forces of evil and of nature for all time.
Went to a new restaurant here in town for lunch; met a waitress down here working temporarily to help set this new diner up; she is from NY and has relatives there now; they are okay but without power. We talked a bit about the resilience of New York and New Yorkers and she said NY will be ok .. it has to.
In Iowa, Biden stops motorcade to greet kids, twice: politi.co/YsS1tw— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) November 01, 2012
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is a sucker for crowds of kids and, as his motorcade drove past two schools, he couldn’t help but jump out of his SUV here Thursday afternoon to say hello.
In all, he spent close to half an hour working his way through several hundred elementary and middle schoolers — plus their teachers — offering greetings and posing for photos.
One young elementary schooler asked him if he was the president. Biden responded: “I”m not the president, I’m No. 2.”
After shaking hands and hugging those kids, he jogged across the street to in front of West Middle School, where the entire student body of 660 had gathered Some kids lamented leaving their cell phones inside, but those that had them took photos as the vice president made his way down the line.
Once he was done, Biden climbed back in his car, but only for a few seconds, until the motorcade pulled up in front of McKinley Elementary.
There, he posed for even more photos with teachers and kids. He also met a veteran in a wheelchair named Richard Hughes.
Biden gave Hughes a challenge coin and signed the newspaper Hughes had in hand.
This is almost surreal for me to read this – that’s my old elementary school and my old junior high school being mentioned on national press. And my parents are at their house just 2 block away (unable to go, but intense PBO fans in their 80’s).
How very special for you!!!! Neat!!!! Thank you for sharing it.
#Obama has a clear and detailed plan to create 1 million manufacturing jobs, double U.S. exports and cut college tuition growth in half.— Brittany (@FearlessBritt) November 01, 2012
Bloomberg on Romney in picking Obama: If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) November 01, 2012
wow! really sounds like republicans are turning on their own, a flip flopper. Sounds like they are trying to get their party back in line with a more moderate base.
When Bloomberg talks about the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney, is he making reference to a Romney who was not as dishonest as he is now ? ( He was dishonest and opportunistic, but I think he is worse this year….)
I’m wondering if the lie about Jeep has turned some business people against Romney. Romney LIED and didn’t give a damn about the damage he would cause to a big corporation. And all of that for pure POLITICAL GAIN. So cynical, so self-serving. Many business people may think that Romney won’t hesitate to throw them under the bus if necessary.
Bloomberg says President "has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption," that most scientists worldwide link to warmer temps— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) November 01, 2012
Chrysler Exec Calls Trump 'Full Of Shit' Over Jeep Claim businessinsider.com/chrysler-exec-…— SportsGirl101 (@Arianna8927) November 01, 2012
@realdonaldtrump you are full of shit!
— Ralph Gilles (@RalphGilles) November 1, 2012
According to the Detroit Free Press, Gilles is “viewed as a well-respected and talented executive who easily could have left Chrysler when it was struggling but opted to stay with the troubled automaker as it went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.”
This morning, Chrysler posted its best October sales figures since before the financial crisis and auto bailout.”
link in the sailor’s tweet, above ;)
Dear @RalphGilles thank you for your accurate assessment of Mr Trump. Mitt's terrorizing Jeep employees with his lies is beyond despicable.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
Don’t mince your words, Sir! :)
Sure it’s not one of my short suits, eh?
No reason to freak out over this push poll (there were some exploding heads in my TL:
Citizens United Victory Fund-Wenzel Strategies is a GOP push #POLLS pollster. They suddenly have miracle Romney poll leads in Ohio— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) November 01, 2012
This is so freaking COOOOOOOOOL.
Yes! Yes! Yes! RT @joevardon: BREAKING, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen will join Obama in Columbus Monday— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
First Ohio voter I meet went for Bush, Obama, and now Obama again, bc Romney coal "pander" turned her off.— (@daveweigel) November 01, 2012
Four years ago, the Obama-Biden grassroots team in VA put out this video as a pep talk—and it's still amazing: barackobama.com/news/entry/thr…— Obama2012McLean (@Obama2012Mclean) November 01, 2012
U.S. consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2008 | bloom.bg/SAQ11G— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) November 01, 2012
Gallup unemployment hits *another* multiyear low. 7.0%.— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 01, 2012
Gallup unadjusted numbers headed for 6% range.
Each week brings new data and renewed hope for a better economy. Thank goodness we have PBO at the wheel.
This number should be tweeted like mad tomorrow when the numbers from the Labor Dept. will be published and will be GOOD ! Because we KNOW the right-wing will scream “CONSPIRACY” again !!!
Bloomberg endorses Obama: "One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. "— Pema Levy (@pemalevy) November 01, 2012
This is the Bloomberg endorsement.
The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.
The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods — something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.
Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
But we can’t do it alone. We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.
If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.
When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.
One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision. One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.
One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.
On Monday, @springsteen and @BarackObama will barnstorm across Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, saying you gottavote.com— Stephanie Cutter (@stefcutter) November 01, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorses Pres. Obama. "A Vote For A President To Lead On Climate Change." bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-0…— (@utaustinliberal) November 01, 2012
Dear President George HW Bush, Mitt is a dangerous, dishonest person. Please join Gen Powell & support President Obama. TY cc @ClintonTweet— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 01, 2012
My gosh, Bob you are an optimistic guy… or you like irony ?
Their ignorance is bliss. Their silence speaks volumes
New post everyone:
QUESTION: what’s up with the MSNBC livestream?! It no work for me no more. WTH? Frigging MSNBC! Wanted to watch Martin! :x
Here’s the link
Hi, O’friends! Popping in to drop a message from “canadabarb4obama” from her cruise ship (from hell):
“Special news bulletin: Met Mrs. Sea (lovely AA lady from NY) when coming off elevator; we looked in each others eyes and at once clicked … she actually recognized my name from the blog!!!! Her hubby goes on as a lurker and pulls up important stuff for her to read! We only had about 7 minutes to chat and i ended up in tears; we held hands; how sweet it was…..please post on TOD for me”
Good for you, Barb!
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