Arlington, Nov 11
Hi there, Chips. What a lovely photo. Happy day to you!
Today has been a wonderful day of remembrance
The BBC gets it. The female commentator is right on.
‘however close this victory is, it is nevertheless a big victory’.
important distinction. in this case, though, it was not close, and it was very big!!
They were calling it before all the states were in so they did not know how big it was going to be yet.
yeah, saw that on the screen. just can’t help myself, maryl– BIG WIN BABY!!
Can’t stop smiling!
I’m with ya, susanne – BIG WIN BABY – and we should never forget that!
Congrats on 1st Mary (and Proud & Susan) – three way tie so hopefully three wonderful pictures from Chips
Dear @SenatorReid @NancyPelosi It is long past time for legislation outlawing LYING 'on air' by any FCC licensed broadcast corporation.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
By a LANDSLIDE 332-206 President Obama has a mandate from the People. End tax breaks for the wealthy; protect the middle class. @SenatorReid— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Congrats to the 3 Firsts!
So the Chief of our Central Intelligence Agency doesn't know how to protect his email password. Lovely.— ForUS50 (@FORUS50) November 11, 2012
Strange story. More clarification In WP. Justice Dept. told dir. of National Intelligence Clapper at 5:00 p.m. on election night about the matter who asked Petraeus to resign. PBO not informed till late the next day when he returned from Chgo.
National Intelligence Clapper? Is that autocorrect or an actual thing? This story gets weirder and weirder.
lol. That would be James Clapper the Director of NIA.
Aha. I thought it might be one of those “As Seen On TV” products. Clap on, clap off..
love it!!! clap*intelligence on! clap*intelligence off
maryl1 – Too funny!
This is hilarious.
Dear @BarackObama & @JoeBiden you've earned a remarkable victory & on 1 Jan 2013 will have the GOP just where we need them — #OverTheCliff— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Dear @SenatorReid @NancyPelosi Let's all be sure the GOP goes #OverTheCliff on 31 Dec 2012. NO DEALS. You have the power & THE MANDATE.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Or, as LOD now calls it, “Over the Curb”
In honor of Veterans Day, all RTs this gets until 11:59pm CT I will donate that amount to Pat Tillman & wounded warrior project. #USA— Erik Johnson (@6ErikJohnson) November 11, 2012
Beautiful Sunday to my TOD Family. Just checking in to give my love to all of you,and to thank all of our TOD Family veterns and their families for there service and their sacrifices.
I am enjoying my visit with my dear brother here at home, and it has been such a sweet, sweet blessing to see him and have him pamper his sister.
He loves our TOD family and gives many thanks to all of you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful haven.
Everyone have a great day and enjoy your blessing one by one daily. I saw our beautiful president and VP and FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden. The pastor gave a beautiful sermon about our supporting our president now that we have 4 more years. It was so inspirational.
Enjoying the day with some visiting friends as well as my dear brother. Keep me in your prayers and thoughts. ((((((((((((((((((( Lots of hugs filled with much love))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ
Hello HZ, Happy Veterans Day to you and your family. Have a blessed day and be well
You are in my prayers, HZ.
Hello dear HZ! It’s so good to hear you sound so happy to have your brother and friends around you on this beautiful Sunday Veterans Day.
any of you vets like a pretty plane? have a happy day!
Happy Veterans’ Day, and special gratitude to those who have served their country in one capacity or another!
Pretty funny retrospective; The Trail Mix Awards
Best foreign policy disquisition:
Best tweet by an ex-candidate:
Strangest show of filial devotion:
Strangest show of filial devotion:
Best pundit tweet
Most devious bipartisan overture
And more! Funny and informative – I had not heard some of this before.
love this post-election humor. so many moments this past year were hilarious–especially in retrospect!!
General Shinseki did a very rare interview with HP about the progress he’s making at the VA and the goals he’s set. Sounds like he is doing a great job. It also sounds like he is willing to serve another term which would be terrific. A great read on Veteran Day.
Eric Shinseki, VA Chief, Charts Solid Gains For Veterans
Other defeated candidates compiled stellar records after they lost. Two of them later won the Nobel Prize—Jimmy Carter for international diplomacy, Al Gore for his environmental advocacy. John Kerry is still an important voice for the principles he has always believed in as a Democrat. Michael Dukakis carries on as the college professor he always was, with no need to reject or rediscover any of the policies he championed. Robert Dole joined with McGovern in international nutritional projects.
None of these men engineered a wholesale repudiation of their former principles. Romney, on the contrary, did not let earlier positions grow—enriching, say, his experience of health care legislation to give his approach greater refinement or focus. He just tried to erase the whole matter from his record. He began with a promise to be to the left of Senator Kennedy on gay rights and abortion—and ended up to the right of Strom Thurmond. He decided to hire more expensive lawn care only on the principle of “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake, I can’t have illegals.”
McGovern and Dole were war heroes. They asked what they could do for their country. Romney, who avoided military service as a missionary, said none of his sons of military age could serve because they were serving the nation by helping him, year after year, run for president. Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for your family.
Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor.
Scathing, DF. Thanks for the link. Loved this:
“Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor. “
Glad that you liked it. I’ve tried to post excerpts from this like 4 times and it never posts:) Just posted the link in hopes that someone would be curious enough to read it without them. Excellent little article
It’s an outstanding read, df. Thank you! The final paragraph is a gem …
“Many losing candidates became elder statesmen of their parties. What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His friends can only hope he is too morally obtuse to realize that crushing truth. Losing elections is one thing. But the greater loss, the real loss, is the loss of honor.”
Sorry, Susan, I didn’t see that you had posted the same quote!!!!
excellent read–thanks df.
I am not a vet but I love the rush of take off.
Tell me about it.
I think our Jovie has flown in one of those – I may be wrong.
Here, here! http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49780979/ns/local_news-phoenix_az/#.UKAnP-Tm5FY
Letter: Buck up, Republicans
Oh, it said “Buck.” Got it.
DF, went away for a bit and came back to find you stranded in pending. Very strange. Maybe WordPress just decided you’re a dodgy influence? (More likely – a word appeared in your comment that matches a name on the blocked list). Freed!
Did Jake Tapper switch to Fox News or did he announce he will run for GOP House Seat or Senate Seat?— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) November 11, 2012
So glad someone is asking this very pertinent question…
Jake Tapper has finally lost his mind and simply given up on any gratuitous pretense of being a credible journalist…
Observing him during the first press briefing since President Obama’s re-election with Jay Carney was very instructive and incredibly disconcerting…
Jake Tapper was visibly anxious, restless, obnoxious and acting out with full on rage…
Like a hurt animal…
He was probably promised the Press Secretary job by the Romney campaign in exchange for favorable coverage – which he more that delivered on…
Unfortunately not only did Romney lose, but there was never actually any such intention on Romney’s part to deliver for Jake …
Not only did Romney have his own trusty press sec. wannabe folks within his team who would have been tapped for the role in a fictional Romney presidency, but he’d aso made the same promise to Chuck Todd, Major Garret, Kelly O’Donnell etc in return for endlessly attacking President Obama, but turning a blind eye to the Mitt Romney’s lack of tax returns, outright lies and successful dodging of interviews even with the same ‘journalists’…
TODers, are you as pissed off as I am, by all these msm pundits promoting this DEMAND, that PBO Should include romney in his cabinet? Are you effing kidding me? Why do they always want to dictatate to PBO what he should and shouldnt do? After all the racism and virulent hatred that this Prez. has had to endure with no condomination from the lame msm and now he wins again by us right thinking people never abandoning him and again we have to deal with this crap again? I for one dont care or give a damn about romney, and I dont care to ever see his face again. Let him go babysitt his money say in Bermuda, caymans, Switzerland and so forth.
I’m not upset by that. When have you ever seen the President listen to the chattering class? That would be never. He’ll ignore this like everything else. Remember, before the debates, the President hadn’t even met Willard. Why on earth would he include someone like that on his Cabinet? We can’t overreact to this noise every day or we will never get anything good done.
That’s just an attempt by GOPMedia to soften the blow of Romney’s resounding and humiliating defeat – this little delusion of PBO hiring Willard makes the crow they’re eating a little tastier…and the egg on their faces a little less gooey.
Why would PBO appoint a chronic tax evader and job outsourcer to top financial position in his cabinet?!? If Tim Geithner had done any of the crap that Romney did, the MSM would not have given him a break…he would have to resign after week 1.
Romney will never be part of the President’s cabinet, since he has no ethics, morals, or core.
I’ve been tweeting as many MSM pundits as I can bear to STOP demanding anything from PBO, during his second term. Also have been responding to the “What do you think PBO should do … ” little gruesome surveys by saying “Whatever he thinks is best, which is why I put my faith and trust in him wholeheartedly when I gave him the g.d. vote” – well, I left out the g.d. part, dontcha know.
Keep up the good work, Jacqueline!!!
Gotta do more of it, Bob!
No need to waste my energy on being upset about nonsense. The “msm pundits” are trying to stay relevant although their collective idiocy has been exposed for every one to see. President Obama is going to be President of the United States until Jan. 19, 2017. From now until then, he will do what ever he feels is good for the country. I doubt that the loud mouths pundits will have any effect, or say so, in the decisions he makes. The pundits may not like the results of this election. Bottom line: President Obama won a decisive victory. Period. End of story.
Why didn't Eric Cantor inform his House & Senate colleagues & the White House of the Petraeus affair? @NancyPelosi @SenatorReid @whitehouse— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Why didn't Eric Cantor inform his House & Senate colleagues & the White House of the Petraeus affair? @TheJusticeDept @JoeBiden— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Time to make this one stick ….
Why didn't Eric Cantor inform his House & Senate colleagues & the White House of the Petraeus affair? @SenFeinstein @JohnKerry— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Dear @Lawrence wonder why Eric Cantor didn't inform his House & Senate colleagues & the White House of the Petraeus affair? Cover-up???— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
I heard he referred it to the head of National Security or someone like that. That’s as he should, imo. I’m not sure what Cantor did or didn’t do has to do with the investigation or Petreaus resignation. Please enlighten me. I’m the one my friends and family say you have to hit on the head with a ton of bricks before I get it. Then I have a ‘aha’ moment as the light bulb slowly brightens in my brain. This may be one of those times.
It’s an issue because various Republicans are already trying to claim a) the White House pulled the stunt to keep Petraeus from having to testify about Benghazi and b) the White House knew and were covering it up. Leading the charge is the House creep Peter King R NY.
As House Majority Leader he should have informed Minority Leader Pelosi and the leadership of the Senate and the White House, immediately upon learning of the issue because, at the time he learned about it, it was unclear if a National Security breach had happened.
Instead of allowing the GOP to get out in front of this, I want to place Cantor in as glaring a spotlight as possible.
Thank you for asking, cookemom!
Thanks Bob, I see where you’re coming from. I wonder though, if PBO would have needed that October surprise in addition to the RWNJs obsession with Benghazi at the time. Then again, they like Petreaus, so maybe it wouldn’t have been so disastrous a discovery. Cantor was busy trying to get re-elected himself. He didn’t want the end of his campaign tied up with answering questions about what he heard, while his opponent did what you are doing, questioning his motives. Ha, Ha, I think good ol’ Eric was between a rock and a hard place. He would have had to face the music then or after the election. He decided to cross the bridge when the stuff hit the fan. It was a good decision for him. For us, not so much.
As to them trying to make this about Benghazi now, it’s the same old retread stuff they’re hoping to get traction. They are not going to succeed. The world is standing on the edge of the cliff waiting to see if the Rethugs are going to push them off. The MSM and all of punditry is waiting with bated breath on who blinks first on a grand bargain. So I say, nice try Fox, King, and Issa, but you’re howling at the moon. We got real stuffs to do.
Gotta keep our eyes on Ohio:
Maybe if they spent less time plotting and planning to how steal, and more time governing and helping to move this country forward – they might have a better shot at actually winning.
(VIDEO) Melissa Harris-Perry’s Letter to Jon Husted on His Voter Suppression
Dear Ohio Secretary of State Husted,
It’s me, Melissa. May I call you Jon?
How are you feeling today? Still a little sore, I’d imagine. Getting beaten so forcefully with all that backlash had to sting a bit. Probably gonna leave a mark. After all, you spent the better part of this year throwing the full force of your power as secretary of state into restricting the right of some Ohioans to vote. And on Tuesday, it boomeranged back upside your head something fierce.
Latino voters also turned out in larger numbers, and made an even stronger showing for President Obama than in 2008. That’s all despite long lines that wrapped around blocks and hours long waits in frigid temperatures to vote. Because you see, Jon, those voters you tried to suppress have a long memory. They remember when people like them faced literacy tests and poll taxes and arrests and beatings and lynchings and burnings and shootings—all in pursuit of the right to vote. So they would not be deterred by a lack of patience or uncomfortable climate. And they certainly would not be deterred by you.
And Jon, there’s something else you should know about the memory of those voters. In 2014, when you’re up for re-election? They are also going to remember what you tried to do.
ohio is the only swing state where president obama underperformed the polling average on election day. in every other state (including florida and north carolina), president obama performed by 1-5% more than the average, yet in ohio president obama’s actual number was 1% lower than the average. seems like a rather odd coincidence, doesn’t it, considering the actions of husted and kasich trying to suppress voting and the history of republicans trying to still elections there a la ken blackwell, and how the auto bailout was a winning issue in ohio and there’s no reason to think that would be the only state he would underperform? seems clear to me they flipped or “lost” some numbers but weren’t able to gain enough to overcome the obama advantage.
it would’ve made perfect sense for president obama to win by 1% or more in ohio, so that could be a 2-4% change from the republicans cheating, so if president obama wasn’t such an incredible candidate with incredible grassroots support, husted could’ve swung the election with what they did. yes, i’d suggest this should be the number one focus over the next two years – to get these criminal secretaries of states out of office before they can try to steal the next big election.
I totally agree. I have been thinking that with the auto bailout, the early voting, the ground game, the unions involvement and Romney’s Jeep lie, POTUS should have won Ohio with a bigger margin. That is also the reason why Romney did not want to concede Ohio, he expected the cheating to give him the win. Fortunately, POTUS’ margin was larger than they anticipated.
AAs came out for PBO in larger numbers this year than in ’08. The PBO campaign identified those folks who weren’t on anybody’s radar and went and got them to vote.
“Analysts, voters and politicians said that a series of episodes here in Ohio — where exit polls showed black voters accounting for 15 percent of Tuesday’s electorate, up from 11 percent in 2008 — were seen by African Americans as efforts to keep them from voting, stirring a profound backlash on Election Day.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/black-electorate-responds-mightily-to-perceived-voter-intimidation-efforts/2012/11/07/d7596304-2900-11e2-b4e0-346287b7e56c_story.html
That whole suppression thing woke the sleeping beast and backfired. Now, they’ll be forever keeping a watchful eye out for the shenanigans. There will be more attempts, but I don’t think they’ll get away with them as they’d done in the past.
That’s exactly what I thought when I heard about Karl Rove’s meltdown on Faux News. Why would he think it impossible for Ohio to be called for Obama unless there was a ‘fix’ of the ballots planned?
Mary, one of the problems with this scenario as PA law makers reviewed it, they realized that tens of millions of dollars of revenue
would be lost to the state in a presidential election year and that would affect a whole array of businesses from hotels to printers. People didn’t like it and they made their voices heard. Seems to me there’s an election in Ohio in 2014. Time to clear the decks and get a Dem back into the governorship and a new SOS along with him/her. Power has gone to Husted’s head and he’s become drunk with it. .
Let’s not forget that Governor in Florida. His sorry ass need to go too. And I’m sure there were others who did all they could to suppress certain Americans vote. But thank God it didn’t. President Obama prevail.
Dear @charliecristfl TY for all your efforts on behalf of President Obama. Please lead a Nation-wide effort to expand easy access to voting!— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) November 11, 2012
Bob – That is ANOTHER great idea. And it would give Charlie the opportunity to be visible on the national stage. Perhaps PBO will appoint him to head a task force – or grassroots would be good, too. WE HAVE THE POWER TO GET THIS DONE.
New post everyone:
Hey Obama haters! THIS is what a real mandate looks like. It's called WINNING! http://t.co/8K7q0zb1— (@rolandsmartin) November 07, 2012
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