107 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama in Detroit (2:0 ET)”


  1. 1 marachne
    December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Really?

  2. 3 COS
    December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Chips and friends.

  3. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Afternoon. Hope PBO’s visit goes well. I’m sure there are other people here, but don’t see them right now.

  4. 5 marachne
    December 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I’m wondering if I’m just in limbo. I barely ever post (and should be working right now). Could I have made first w/o trying? Waiting to see all the others prove me wrong.

  5. 6 marachne
    December 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    In case anyone was wondering how the heck to deal w/that mess that is my screen name, try “M. Arachne.” I am, among other things, a weaver. The M is from my first name and the arachne is from the weaving bit.

  6. December 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Don’t know if anyone else has seen this: New fish named after Obama.

    He already had the presidential seal. Now comes the presidential fish. Researchers have named a newly discovered species of freshwater fish after Barack Obama.

    The honour may not have quite the heft of the Nobel peace prize that Obama picked up at the start of his first term. And it doesn’t convey the sheer raw power that goes with riding in Air Force One. But it does put the Obama brand on an all-American fish, and it also puts him in good company.

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      December 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Yeah, Dudette told us about this a while back. But it’s still cool to read about it again. :D

    • 13 dudette9t9
      December 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Yep, he’s also got a cool lizard named after him too. Kinda neat that he’s blue in the artist’s rendition.

      • December 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        But it’s extinct. ;-) It’s from the ages of the dinosaurs.

      • 15 susanne
        December 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        this is wonderul! i love that the science community is honoring the president this way. i once worked with a bunch of botanists, and heard them discussing the naming of a plant–it was very serious business, and they approach it with reverence. for the fish and the dinos to be named for pbo means he’s truly esteemed by these academics, who tend to not get political.

  7. 16 xtine
    December 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    [Does this mean there's going to be a special election in SC?]:

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said Monday that she would not appoint a “placeholder” to fill the seat of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) when he leaves in January for the Heritage Foundation.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/10/nikki-haley-i-wont-appoint-a-placeholder/

    • 17 theo67
      December 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I wonder if she’s considering it for herself? Curious.

    • 18 prettyfoot58
      December 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      she maybe worried about who ever would challenge in that seat…

    • 19 Eleroy
      December 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      I think it means she will be appointing someone to it who can win it beyond serving out what’s left of the Demint term!!!

      A placeholder would be similar to the guy who was appointed to Joe Biden’s old senate seat. He wasn’t really interested in running for the seat but was appointed as a placeholder when at first they thought Beau Biden might run for it after he returned from Iraq!!!

  8. 20 Bill
    December 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan just said Grandpa McCain wants to join the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations which would hold the confirmation hearings on Secretary of State. He loves the spotlight.

  9. 32 xtine
    December 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    “Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) administration “used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts — a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws despite Jindal’s pledge to bring more transparency to state government,” the AP reports.”

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/12/10/jindal_aides_use_personal_email_to_avoid_scrutiny.html

  10. December 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Fred (Formerly Fred) Sooooo great to hear from you. Glad you’re improving every day and hope you’re back to feeling super very soon. We’ve missed you!

    I am so excited about this speech. My days without PBO’s campaign-style speeches have felt empty.

  11. 39 sherijr
    December 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    woohoo- thanks for the reminder Chips!

  12. 40 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Our President is speaking!

  13. 41 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  14. December 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The WH has joined Pinterest!!

  15. 45 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Honest Ob.

  16. December 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Good Morning TOD

    I wanted to update you on what the group called theaction.org is doing to promote the Presidents agenda. Please help if you can.

    LOCAL EVENTS
    Phone Banks – We will be calling Democrats in Republican districts where there is a lame duck or the President carried the district. We are asking Dems to call Congress and voice their support for raising taxes on the top 2%.

    STATE EVENTS
    Sacramento Rally for the Middle Class
    Join us to rally for the 98%. If Congress fails to act before Dec 31st, every American family’s taxes will automatically go up. We want Congress to act now and extend middle class tax cuts and not put millionaires above the middle class.

    Date: Sunday, December 16
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Machinist Union Hall
    49 Sunrise Blvd
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

    http://find.theaction.org/events/rsvp/2906

    NATIONWIDE EVENTS
    We have been asked to participate in a Thunderclap What is a thunderclap – you may ask? (I didn’t know either :->)

    A “Thunderclap” is a coordinated social media post intended to make a maximum impact within a social network.

    What Thunderclap does is allow us to time our tweets/Facebook posts for the same moment for maximum effect within our social networks. It only authorizes the post if a critical mass of “Thunderclappers” is reached.

    • December 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      I am a part if the Action in MI. We have had rallies, phone banking and help with writing editorials to local papers. I love being able to stay active to support and push Our Presidents agenda!!

  17. December 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Woo Hoo, he went’ there. “we shouldn’t take away your right to bargain for better working conditions and wages!”

    BIG applause.

    “These right to work laws…have everything to do with politics…they have everything to do with making you work for less money.”

    Way to go POTUS!!

    • 50 MB32
      December 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I thought it was great! That is why I couldn’t believe Steve Kornacki when he said that they were led to believe this morning that the statement would be stronger but this would do???? What else was he expected to say? That he was going to run for MI gov to punish Synder if he signed the bill? I mean really….the President gave a strong statement that should have satisfied all progressives. Just goes to show that some folks will never be satisfied.

  18. 51 whatisworking
    December 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    CALL TO ACTION

    Referencing the information above – here is how EVERYONE can help.

    Join the Thunderclap

    Click on this link and “donate” your Twitter account or Facebook status for one post only. After you sign up the facebook and twitter posting will be done automatically. Share the link through your networks and build our virtual megaphone. Our first Thunderclap will be at 9am PT on 12/12/12 :

    https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/789-join-the-action-california

  19. 59 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Pres. Obama is swinging hard at these atrocious Right to Work laws in Michigan.

  20. 60 Melanie
    December 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Pretty Willie is what they call him.

  21. 61 sabreen60
    December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD.

    I just called several Congressional Representatives and asked them sign the disclose petition. Please take 5 minutes and call as many as you can. If you put the mouse over the picture, the phone number comes up.

    • 62 whatisworking
      December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks sabreen60. This is the group I am working with also. Forward….

    • 63 sabreen60
      December 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Oops. I wrote “disclose” and I meant “discharge” petition to bring to the floor the vote on middle class tax cuts.

    • December 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Stephanie Cutter also sent an email out with a link to the call tool on Dashboard so we can contact PBO supporters and urge them to contact any holdouts.

      • 65 HZ
        December 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Thanks for posting this meta. Received the email from Stephanie Cutter this morning and called my Rep. and gave the feedback to the link that Stephanie also included in that email.

        We must stay with the program in helping move FORWARD with POB in getting the job done. Keep up the great work TOD family.

        Good Afternoon to my Chips and my TOD family. Doing a lot today. Made the phone calls, then went to work on getting my computer set up for person family. Stressed and gut having a party, but will put that to rest in a few hours.

        How is our wonderful Fred doing? Anyone heard anymore? Still praying and meditating. I have two new fountains as gifts to myself, and they are called “restful peace.” I think of our TOD family when I pass them in the livingroom and in my Master BR. Nice to practice that lovely meditative action daily as well.

        (((((((((((((((( I love My Chips and our TOD Family So Much)))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  22. December 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm
  23. 67 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pres. Obama showed exactly whose side he’s on in the Right to Work debate. He came out swinging hard.

  24. 74 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    • 75 utaustinliberal
      December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I saw his tweet too. He works for the Washington Examiner. I say it’s a case of sour grapes. People love Pres. Obama and love him even more for empowering them with the tools to fight for a fair share at the table on Capitol Hill and these so called “journalists” are mad that they no longer have a monopoly on all Americans.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        December 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        Yes, they can’t stand it when PBO takes his message on the Road. It so disrupts their little “narrative.”

    • 77 sabreen60
      December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      My Reply to Byron

    • 79 anniebella
      December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      If it’s so pointless then why is Byron York talking about it? Must not be that pointless. Washington Examiner is a right wing rag, right. Get use to it our re-elected President is going to go to the American people who he is working hard for. Let Boehner and his crowd continue to go to the rich who they are working hard for.

  25. 80 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    He’s still got it. Such a charmer. :D

  26. 81 57andfemale
    December 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm
  27. December 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Back later ;-)

  28. December 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This working class crowd sure LOVES our POTUS. So proud of him and his willingness to support the middle class should leave NO DOUBT who he advocates for each and every day.

  29. 84 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    • 85 theo67
      December 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I loved it when he started chatting to the audience and they started answering back – like when he said “you don’t like that, do you”? (about collective bargaining being under attack).

    • 86 xtine
      December 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Oooh, I haven’t seen that look before! Did he eat Orange Man’s breakfast & lunch, then get his cool plane to Detroit? :)

  30. 87 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  31. 89 xtine
    December 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    [OT, PM Carpenter on Chait's article re: Firedoglake...]:

    [.....] It was a pleasure [reading Chait's article] simply because I don’t like FireDogLake for the same reason Jonathan Chait doesn’t like FireDogLake: It’s “committed … to producing the mirror image of redstate.com analysis in which your party can always win if it just fights harder.”

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/12/chaits-counteroffensive.html

  32. December 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    The story of PRETTY WILLIE and then seeing PBO embrace him after the speech had me crying like a baby.
    TOD, I thought I was out of tears after the election. But oh no, today was so special and precious, had me
    in tears all over again. PBO…what a man, what a mighty fine man. Fighting for the the everyday guy and gal.
    We are truly blessed. I loved how he touched on all bases, including Union rights. The people loved it because
    they can feel deep down that he is fighting for them. Four more years, lots more tears….of JOY.

    Can’t wait to see pictures of him and pretty Willie together. Imagine working 60 years in one place. Thank you in advance Miss Chips.

  33. 94 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  34. 97 proudmemberofglobalzero
    December 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I now know why HuffPo is such a rag. I saw a tweet by one of their “editors” miss quoted what the President said about “right to work”. She left out : “right to work FOR LESS” I was the only one that fought her. Everyone else was all over PBO on what she tweeted.

  35. 98 xtine
    December 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    [Why do they report this stuff earlier as if it were fact? I think, McC was just trying to bulldoze his way onto the Committee.]:

    UPDATE: McCain spokesman Brian Rogers writes in to say that next year’s committee assignements are not yet final and the leadership has the final say.

    “Senator McCain has expressed interest in joining the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but no final decisions on committee assignments have been made,” Rogers said.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/10/mccain_to_join_foreign_relations_committee_just_before_sec_state_hearing

  36. 100 Bill R.
    December 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    The Biggest Political Story of 2012 http://t.co/wForh4Xv

    Dan Froomkin: “Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues.”

    “But according to longtime political observers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, campaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.”

  37. 101 yardarm756
    December 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Thought I’d share an uplifting e-mail I got today. Enjoy ya’ll. Back to my ‘lurkmobile’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLOsbDVR-p0

  38. 102 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm
  39. December 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Senator Hatch just said that the President should repeal the death tax.
    First of all- the President cannot repeal anything Mr Hatch, but their is more…
    He said because the Estate Tax goes from 5 million at 35% to 1 million at 55%. He then says something extraordinary, even for Him… He said, that all Farmers in America will have a death sentence as a result of this sunshine law.
    Thus, once again, Hatch proves he needs therapy!
    That is all!


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