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Chat Away

(2011 – Photo by Pete Souza)

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For those living in countries where it’s already 2013, how does the future look?? :-)

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President Obama delivers remarks about the fiscal cliff negotiations in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec 31


467 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 20 Betsy
    December 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. December 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    So can we assume UT is 3 sheets to the wind by now?

  3. 25 Joy
    December 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I can’t believe these idiots in congress and the republicans! This is pure insanity. First they manage their bullshit with pulling PBO away from his family and vacation with his family. It doesn’t stop there, they want to take it to the strike of midnight. What a crock of f’n bullshit.

  4. 26 FoxfireTX
    December 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    This should bring a smile to everyone’s face from Politico:

    Democrats win key tax fights in emerging fiscal cliff deal

    The package being negotiated by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden amounts to a defeat for the GOP on multiple fronts. It not only raises tax rates, but also extends stimulus-era tax policy, prolongs emergency unemployment benefits, maintains targeted tax breaks derided by the party as corporate handouts and revives limits on deductions for the wealthy that have been dormant for almost a decade — all policies that the GOP has fought. It’s expected to raise $600 billion over 10 years.

    Above all, the emerging deal would shatter 20 years of Republican orthodoxy on taxes, undercutting a core part of the party identity that had been built around giving no quarter to any tax increase — ever.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/democrats-win-tax-fights-in-emerging-fiscal-cliff-deal-85625.html#ixzz2GgVBoxqX

    In other words, TRUST BARACK!

    Happy New Years to everyone!

  5. 27 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Ha! I just came back to go through the rest of the previous thread and remembered to refresh first! :-)

  6. 28 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I called my brother tonight. He is living in the future. He says it’s pretty good and they have fireworks! And booze!!!!

    • December 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Fireworks and booze?! Woooooot, 2013 sounds lovely!!!

      • 30 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        December 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        Can’t wait Chipsticks!!!!!

        The President is going to kick some GOP butt next year and I look forward to watching you report said butt kicking. For which I look forward to being eternally grateful. Happy New Year!!!!!!

        And thank you for election coverage 2012 Chips! You made the suspense bearable!

    • 31 desertflower
      December 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      :) Yeah!! Count us in!

    • 32 GGail
      December 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Fireworks AND booze!!!!! I hope I can stay awake here in Los Angeles so I can experience the beginning of the NEW Year!!!!
      Whooo Hooo!!!!

      • December 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        Oh, you California people are so last year! Happy 2013 GGail!

        • 34 GGail
          December 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm

          I KNOW Chipsticks…..we’re the LAST to the dance, but we get there……eventually – HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO my dear :D

          • 35 nathkatun7
            December 31, 2012 at 10:51 pm

            “.we’re the LAST to the dance, but we get there…..” That’s so true, GGail! But then again no one parties like us! Can you imagine a world without California? It just wouldn’t be the same.

            Happy New Year Chipsticks! And Happy New Year’s eve GGail! We still have four hours before ringing 2013!

  7. 36 Nurseshar
    December 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Not 2013 yet on the West coast. Night all

  8. December 31, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Then they call him names. Im so proud of our Pres.The Gop just didn’t like that he won’t play games with the debt ceiling.

  9. 38 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I am DEFINITELY saving that picture Chips! Wowie-wow! #Purrrrrr!

  10. 42 vitaminlover
    December 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Happy New Year, Chipsters!!

  11. 43 carolmaewy
    December 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hello, is it party time? Happy New Years! Thank you for the blog….Almost 7:05 pm here in WY. 🎉

  12. 44 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    A little something to keep the party going!

    Brothers Johnson ~ Stomp

  13. 45 taiping1
    December 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Happy New Year everyone. Proud of our President. Thanks to Chips for all your magnificent work, passion, and fierce advocacy. You have created a true community and a refuge from all the madness on the internet. Thanks to all the members of this community and to everyone who worked so hard to reelect our President. We do have his back! And we will keep working in 2013.

  14. 46 CEB
    December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Still here, TV on,( enjoying the PBS program I mentioned last thread) lap top and other e-toys nearby, but I am getting sleepy.

    Hi Chips. You and this lovely blog have sustained me throughout the year, I lurk more than I comment, but I am here every day. The happiest of New Years to you my dear.

  15. 47 desertflower
    December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Let’s see if I can get the right song posted…..

  16. December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Just in case I don’t get to say Happy New Years at midnight, I’ll take the liberty now to say Happy New Years Chips and all the TOD family.

  17. 51 amk for obama
    December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    So to start the new year with a new joke or to end the old year with an old joke.

    The pert and pretty nurse took her troubles to a resident psychiatrist in the hospital where she worked. “Doctor, you must help me”, she pleaded. “It’s gotten so that every time I date one of the young doctors here, I end up dating him. And then afterward, I feel guilty and depressed for a week.”

    “I see”, nodded the psychiatrist. “And you, no doubt, want me to strengthen your will power and resolve in this matter”.

    “No!” exclaimed the nurse. “I want you to fix it so I won’t feel guilty and depressed afterward!”

  18. 55 yardarm756
    December 31, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    It’s getting close.

    • 56 COS
      December 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Early Happy New Year to Chips and everyone from the west coast. Chips, a special thanksto you for all you have done in keeping up this wonderful site. Also thanks to everyone for all of the tweets and updates.

  19. December 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  20. 58 amk for obama
    December 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm
  21. December 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey TOD family, you can view the Time Square activity at http://www.Earthcam.com (as well as other states and countries) if interest.

  22. December 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm
  23. 61 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  24. 62 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm
  25. 63 lisalovesobama
    December 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Joey B. at the Hill!!!!!!

  26. 64 Kreen
    December 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Happy new year from west africa! The future looks awesome, especially under PBO’s leadership! A blessed 2013 to you all friends.

  27. 69 lamh36
    December 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Question: so I thought the outrage was over cuts of SS/Medicare, but I don’t see those cuts. So that has been completely forgotten over the $400K bit?

    Reports saying that Pelosi and Reid both signed off on the Biden deal. So how soon before the Pelosi sell out memes start. Shouldn’t Pelosi WANT to kill the bill if it’s as bad as has been reported?

  28. December 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm
  29. 71 Joy
    December 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds like a deal. VP Biden, said Happy New Year

  30. 72 criquet
    December 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Happy New year TODers and families. Best wishes for good health, happiness and continued economic improvement!

    Keep the faith and move forward in 2013.

  31. 73 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm
  32. 74 lisalovesobama
    December 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Chuckie Toad on MSNBFOX freaking everyone out about possible debt ceiling crisis in March. Idiot. He’s such a Repuke. Makes me sick. Fucking ass. Trumpka? Complete ass.

    • 75 Bill R.
      December 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Apparently Chuckie Toad wasn’t listening when the President said “No more hostage negotiations with terrorists” .

      • 76 anniebella
        December 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        Todd and the media wants there to be a knock down drag out fight, it’s good for them and that’s all they care about. But I believe Todd and the media will be surprise because POTUS meant it when he said he was not going to play that same game over again. Not this time.

    • 77 miss pat
      December 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      You forgot the hole. Ass and hole goes together.

    • 78 Dudette
      December 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Don’t let that creep get you down. We got celebratin’ to do!! :-)

      • 79 nathkatun7
        December 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        Dudette, I don’t know how to do it, but I think we could use Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” at this time. We do no need to celebrate the New Year because we were able to re-elect a great man. I hope you, yardarm, or desertflower can do it.

  33. 80 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm
  34. 81 yardarm756
    December 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Top song from yardarms college days.

    • 82 yardarm756
      December 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      This was the wrong one I screwed up. Here’s the one( damn sorry ’bout that):

      • December 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        Yardarm, you and Dudette need to start a DJing business, you’re fab! I’ll hire you for my 21st birthday (shut up Amk).

        • 84 yardarm756
          December 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          Oooo Chips my pc just ignited! :lol: :lol:

        • 85 Dudette
          December 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm

          LOL! 21st… alrighty then. My next one will be my umpty-umpth! :-)

        • 86 nathkatun7
          December 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm

          I am with you Chipsticks about Yardarm’s and Dudette’s musical versatility. You may want to hire them for your 21st BD, but I wouldn’t mind hiring them for my 70th birthday because they would certainly make feel as if I were 21. On top of that, I would hire AMK for stand-up comedy. They all bring so much fun, love and joy to your already wonderful blog.

  35. December 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm
    • 88 HZ
      December 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      To our President, our VPOTUS, keep it going. I am trusting in our president. He is a man of his word and he is one who does not have to be in the limelight to kick behinds for that which he strongly believes in. POB believes in helping the middle class. VPBiden believes in the middle class, and what a face to put on all of this for ‘the peoples’ face.’

      We have two men who fight for us all the way. POTUS served up the meal first by having the people who he and VPBiden fought so hard for during this campaign, and who did he surround himself with this afternoon, ‘the people.’

      I love our president for standing up for his core. President and VP Biden have a great New Year because we are with you. Harry has a smile on his face.

      Chips, you give us so much to be so grateful for on this site, and I want to ((((((((With Much Love))))))) You and all of my TOD Family for making this a joy in my life. We worked hard to be able to say to each other all over the world here within our family, “A Beautiful Blessed New Year.”

      Let us enjoy our Chips and give thanksgiving for all of the beautiful and difficult work of keeping this beautiful have free of the crap. I love all that you do for me daily, Chips. You bring so much joy to my life on this site. Now we pray and think good thoughts for a great vote. Put out within your space, good thoughts. Our POTUS and VPOTUS need us. We worked too hard to let up now. Now enjoy your celebrations, those of you all over the world. I love you all. Still give Nancy and Harry a big hug as well. We have a gem in our president, and let us continue to move FORWARD.HZ

  36. December 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm
  37. December 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I LOVE OUR VP JOE BIDEN.

  38. 102 Joy
    December 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Happy New Year TOD and a very special Happy New Year to PBO, VPBiden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all that got this through. I feel confident that whatever this deal is that whatever they have to overcome in the next 4 years the dems will deal with it and have the power to put it forth. I would say don’t pay attention to the negative dems on whatever this deal is. I have faith this presidency and his team have a few tricks up their sleeves to come.

  39. 103 99ts
    December 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I wish you all a Happy New year – I slept through my version of same, which is my usual celebratory style. Meanwhile the Media in my world is being seriously stupid. My husband, knowing of my interest – dragged me in to watch a news report which said

    Majority Senate leader Harry Reid, and Minority House leader Nancy Pelosi have reached an agreement. So it seems, according to the media, the democrats are agreed – sigh

  40. 104 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I love Joe, but do we know for sure that Boner will hold a vote? I don’t trust him or the House Repubs.

  41. December 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm
  42. December 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Lets be prepared for the irrational emoprogs and PL throwing a temper tantrum. Their bread and butter as well as their perceived relevance come from manufacturing controversy just like the RepubTeaTalliban,

    • 111 Dudette
      December 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      I’ve sworn off cussing for the rest of the year (a little over 30 minutes), so I won’t speak my mind about the PL and emoprogs for now. :-)

      • 112 nathkatun7
        December 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        Dudette, out of respect for you, and the TOD family, I will also bite my tongue about the way I feel about these spoiled emoprogs who have absolutely no idea what it takes to govern a diverse country. For heavens sake, the United States is not exactly a replica of Bernie Sanders’ tiny state of Vermont! If the emoprogs were really serious they would be spending all their money, time and energy organizing and mobilizing voters to make sure that we elect far left progressive super majorities to Congress. The last time I checked the vast majority of members of Congress, including Democrats, were not far left progressives. Given that reality, how in the world do the purity progressives expect the President and Democrats to govern if they are not willing to compromise? The purity progressives offered a candidate, Ralph Nader in 2000, and 2004! The best he could was about 4% in some states. Until the purity progressives are able to elect a holier than thou Progressive President, and a holier than thou majority members of Congress (Something that’s never happened in the 223 years of American presidency), they need to STFU!

  43. December 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Sounds like a deal is close. Happy New Year everyone!

  44. 114 cookemom
    December 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Happy New Year! I don’t know exactly why I like this song. Maybe it’s the beat, or the confetti, or maybe I just like to say, ‘ho, hey’

  45. 115 squarepeg
    December 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I’m alone at home spending NYE with you guys. :)

  46. 134 Vicki
    December 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Sounds like a very satisfactory deal has been reached. Unemployment Insurance extended, Middle class tax cuts protected, and GOP broken on tax stance.
    ( Don’t let the MSM confuse you. The GOP tax holy wall has been breached. And won’t be able to rise again.)

    These 3 things alone are great PBO/VPB victories. And there are other wonderful features,
    Happy New Year TOD.

  47. 135 donna dem 4 obama
    December 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    It maybe the wine I’ve been drinking since noon today that has me in a really confident mood but remind me why we care what the emoprogs think? Really, what harm can they do to this President? I absolutely could care less about them. I’m feeling that we give them way too much importance.

    We will get a deal done and tonight’s gonna be a good night.

    • 136 cookemom
      December 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Thank You GF, you know this is one of my theme songs. Now ‘cuse me while I twist and shout!!!

      • 137 cookemom
        December 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        btw, what the hell is an emoprog? I haven’t figured that out yet. Every time I see that word, I wonder if they are people I should know and if so, why. I mean, who appoints them emoprogs and why are they important? It took me too long to figure it out so I just keep dancing.

        • December 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

          “Who is an emoprog?” I’ll take a swing at that. For me, an emoprog is a “progressive” leaning person
          [a human being, we might remember] whose
          got a weak gizzard about things as they come up, and they start hollering “fire, “fire” if somebody strikes a match
          and they tend contribute to the nervous energetic chaos of things, emotionally, and then actually.
          I think of an emoprog as somebody who would do well to keep their mouth shut until they have read some history
          and gotten some perspective and matured in their emotional behavior.

    • 142 Pamela
      December 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      We don’t care what they think, DD4O!

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      “I’m feeling that we give them [emoprogs] way too much importance.” – so true Donna. As you know, I give them zero.

      Happy that you are enjoying the wine and the wonderful music so many of our friends, and you, have been sharing with TOD, today.

      Cheers!!!!

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      WORD!

      As far as I’m concerned, they can whine all they want. It doesn’t mean squat. So sick of their noise, all in service to calling attention to themselves.

      Let’s enjoy our wine!!

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Donna, the emoprogs and PL are just like the RepubTeabaggerTalliban in that they profit from manufacturing controversy. They are irrelevant. Happy New Years to you.

    • 146 cookemom
      December 31, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Now that I know who they are, it seems we waste more pixels on them here, than I would have ever read from them on their own sites.

    • 148 nathkatun7
      January 1, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Donna, I love the song! I am also with you about the “emoprogs.” They are nothing but paper tigers. They are, of course, emboldened by our corrupt media that gives them a platform to attack the President while pretending to be his supporters. I don’t think the President pays them much attention. And I think you are absolutely right that we should stop giving them too much attention, which implies that they are so important. There is absolutely no evidence that the loudmouths emoprogs contributed anything to the re-election of President Obama. Genuine supporters (and I mean genuine supporters) of President Obama trust and respect him. Speaking for my self, there is absolutely no way I would ever rely on media rumors to make me believe that President Obama has betrayed us! Absolutely no way! By the way, that includes rumors spread by people like Ezra Klein and the other so called liberal/progressive pundits on MSNBC!

  48. December 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Sorta fascinating watching all the frenzy in the face of the reality that not one word has emerged from Boehner, Cantor, etc., as to whether they House will even vote, let alone have the votes to pass whatever the ‘deal’ is. And, of course, we don’t know if any Senator will filibuster the ‘deal’ – wouldn’t surprise me if one of several Rs as well as Sanders does just that.

    For those of you already in a 2013 Time Zone – Happiest of New Years!!!

    Fascinating next 24 h, for sure …

  49. 151 vitaminlover
    December 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Where is our Beloved President? Do we have a deal, yet?

    • 152 Bill R.
      December 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Apparently we have a deal, Senate vote still this evening and the House next.

      I like this tweet addressing the “hair on fire” crowd.

      • 153 vitaminlover
        December 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Well,as long as the GOP are upset we are headed in the right direction. Is President Obama in the vicinity?

      • 154 nathkatun7
        January 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

        Bill, all I can say is AMEN to Ken’s twit! The holier than thou progressives believe that President Obama can dictate legislation to the teabag controlled House of Representatives and a Senate where Republicans routinely use the filibuster to defeat almost everything associated with President Obama. Somebody please educate me why we are led to believe that the holier than thou progressives are smarter than the tea baggers! Surely, these smart, holier than thou, progressives must know the complexity of governing in a system which is based on the doctrines of “Separation of Powers,” and “Checks and Balances.” Most so called smart progressives resort to mythology when attacking President Obama. They some how suggest that President Obama, like FDR and LBJ, could use the dictatorial powers of the president to force Congress to enact laws they favor. In attacking President Obama for not using the so called “bully pulpit” to force Congress to enact policies they favor, they conveniently leave out the fact that both FDR and LBJ dealt with Congresses controlled by Democrats.

  50. 155 WilTal
    December 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Lurker in to wish everyone all the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year! Chips, thank you very much for all of your hard work and dedication to this wonderful blog. You and your regulars are awesome! You all go above and beyond every day – it’s appreciated! Thank you!

  51. December 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Hey LL, how are those Parisian cukes?? We’re havin’ heirloom Spam over here!! (AND, switched from IPA to Makers Manhattens!)

  52. December 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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  54. December 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Mike Vicquera has been drinking, sounds like he knows Negative Nancy!

    • 166 COS
      December 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I agree Jovie. I always take what Vicquera say with a grain of salt. He is always wrong on a lot of stuff. He always try to make things sound worse than they are. I had to turn him off.

  55. December 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm
  56. 169 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    i like it when a self identified “progressive” deals with a reality based universe:

  57. 171 hgerhard
    December 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    To Chips and all the TOD family – Happy New Year!
    I haven’t been able to participate in a while due to computer problems. But now the old monster is fixed or so I hope.
    I am looking forward to the New Year and the years following. As long as Barack Obama is our President, I will always remain confident and optimistic.
    We have a lot of work to do, but if we just remain vigilant and actively participate in government, we will steer the ship of state in the right direction.
    My special wish for 2013 is that we will see extremism diminished, that we will experience a new sense of cooperation and reason.
    To all of you – my thanks for all you do to build our community, to support our President and to share your ideas.

  58. December 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    All sounds good to me. Thanks to everyone who has worked LLOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGGGG hours. Boehner and Co. better now screw this up.

    I’ve had a busy day but have been around lurking. HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. May your blessings and joy be in abundance in 2013.

  59. 174 hopefruit2
    December 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    LMAO!!! That Crimson place is in full meltdown mode with a distorted pic of PBO with dollar bills in his hand, accompanied by lamenting article headlined

    “Oh MY: Tax Hikes, Green Pork Stimulus, Fiscal Deal.”

  60. 177 betseyc
    December 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    A very happy new year, Chips and TOD family. I’m doing something entirely new this NYE — writing this in a very pleasant hotel room at Ruby’s Inn just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, one of the most magical of the many magical parks in Utah. (Here’s a great winter pic: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/bryce-canyon-national-park/) We’ve been roaming the west in an RV for the past year and a half, but left it to get some work done and drove to Denver for Christmas with my sister. I don’t think there’s been a month since my sister moved there that she hasn’t mentioned snow, so I assumed I could get some cross country skiing in before we head for the Anza Borrego desert for the winter. But no! So on the way back we stopped here, where they have just enough snow, and a lovely trail to the rim of the canyon. This is the first time I’ve cross country skied in several years, and I took a wrong turn and ended up going for 7 miles, so I don’t expect to have a working muscle by morning. But it was great! And if I can still stand I’ll do it again tomorrow.

    Thank you all for a wonderful year of information, laughs, links, encouragement, analysis, and fun. Chips, you are a phenomenon. Bless your beautiful energy.

    • December 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Happy New Year Betseyc, have a gorgeous time in Utah!

    • 180 Pamela
      December 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Sounds fabulous betseyc! Long ago, when I still skied, my dream was to start in the Northern Canadian Rockies, hire an RV, and ski every area all the way down to New Mexico following the transcontinental divide, then drive on down to the beach for a swim! Hey, maybe I will still get to do that one day! If I ever retire! Happy 2013! :)

    • 182 mtmarilyn
      December 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Oh Betseyc, you are in one of my most favorite national parks. My husbands family lives in Phoenix so every year, sometimes several times a year we would drive to Phoenix. Many times we would stop at one of the parks in the area just to enjoy the views. Have a wonderful safe time.

      And Happy New Year. Also thank you for all the work you did in Las Vegas for the OFA.!

      • 183 betseyc
        January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

        Thank you, mtmarilyn! Happy new year to you, too. Bryce is utterly amazing. I love southern Utah (though not politically!)

  61. December 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm
  62. 185 lamh36
    December 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    @WeGotEd
    President Obama got 99 percent of what he wanted. How ironic !

    uh oh, unless this is snark, both Pelosi and Ed Schultz seem to be on board? Will shouts of shut up Ed join the Pelosi ain’t a truth liberal outrage?

  63. December 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Just to highlight how infantile the MSN is – yet again for the 100000000000000000000x

  64. 189 andogriff
    December 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Over 4 hours into 2013 here in Germany… and yes, there was booze and lots of fireworks! Happy New Year Ms. Chips, happy New Year everyone! Think it’s time for bed though.

  65. 194 Eveingeorgia
    December 31, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    This has been an exciting, nerve-wracking, and finally jubilant year. I could not have survived the ups and downs of this year without the joy and perspective that CHIPSTICKS and all of you here at TOD. It is absolutely the nicest place to be.

    I am so grateful for this site, all the hard work, the humor, the wisdom and the love.

    Happy New Year wonderful family!

  66. 203 Lorraine
    December 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Before I leave for church I want to say…..Happy New Years ODF!!!!!! I pray your latter days are better than your former. Also, Chuck Todd is a doofus and Ryan Grimm was great in his interview just now on MSNBC.

  67. December 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm
  68. December 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Fox News is funny! They could actually become a comedy news show, like the onion.
    That is all!

  69. December 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm
  70. 212 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    THIS IS MY THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR…I’D LIKE TO TAKE ALL THIS POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE AND KICK THE REPUBLICANS OUT ON THE STREET WHERE THEY BELONG. THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS SHAMEFUL!

  71. December 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Yay! My wind Tax credit is in the deal!

  72. 218 squarepeg
    December 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm
    • December 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Wonder if someone hacked Ed’s twitter account ….

      • December 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm
        • December 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm

          This may be harsh, but I strongly believe that any journalist/reporter that has worked for Faux News, should not be hired by other mainstream media as visible journalist or reporters, that includes Major Garrett.

          • 222 4morefor44
            December 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm

            totally agree with that. it’s very easy to make an evidence-based case showing that faux snooze is not a journalistic operation, and clearly a propaganda machine for a specific ideology. they should be booted from the white house press corps immediately too. it would also be nice if so many obama supporters wouldn’t fall into the trap each time one of the faux-people says something that seems sort of reasonable every once and while, and say, “shepard smith doesn’t seem so bad” or whatever, and remember that these faux-people are literally the scum of the earth. they gleefully cheerlead america into unnecessary wars killing hundreds of millions of innocent people, and still promote these kind of policies today. shepard smith for instance is one of the only people who has been with faux snooze since the first day. anyone who takes a paycheck from faux should be blacklisted from any journalistic job for eternity!!!

      • 223 yardarm756
        December 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        Nope. He just said it on MSNBC.

        • December 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm

          I think he left Faux news b/c he was ashamed, said he wanted to spend time w/ family then started showing up on MSNBC a month later. He also took a job w/ National Journal writing columns and now works as WH reporter for CBS. The reason I posted his tweet b/c it rang some inconvenient truths.

          • 225 anniebella
            January 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

            Well guys the problem with that is the guys from the other network is just as bad as the ones from Fox, Todd, Gregory, Henry Tapper, just to name a few.

            • January 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

              Quite frankley I thought it was an innocuous tweet didnt really pay attention to who posted it. Its pretty obvious nobody respects the Acela corridor i.e. NYC->D.C. media, they all live in a echo-chamber and have self interest above all. I guess we got all meta on who actually posted the tweet. All good HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  73. December 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm
  74. 228 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I suspect I’ll be wandering off to bed soon (in the hope of some sleep before the firecrackers start), but I want to send out New Year’s hugs to a few people first, so they know they’re in our thoughts.

    {{CTGirl}} {{Fred}} {{CJ}} {{ProudofO}} {{VC}} {{Donna -video}} Greetings to all of you, and the very best of wishes for 2013!

  75. 238 cookemom
    December 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    So Bonehead has no choice but to bring this up for a vote tomorrow? Nancy Smash waiting in the wings to help the poor fella out. Another milestone, the bill passes by a majority of the minority.

  76. 243 Ceb
    December 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    The chess master has done it again. Why do some still doubt him?

    • December 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      This time he has even left his ardent supporters flummoxed, including David Corn. Why are we the only ones who get it? Are we so drunk on the koolaid? as a practical person I always like to bag my victories. There was never any guarantee that the House would have come after Fiscal Cliff to restore the middle Class tax cuts ONLY. The emoprogs forget that any deal would have to go through the House. PBO knows that so he’s taking his winnings NOW off the table while he can still save the unemployed and maintain Child tax credits, Education credits stimulus for energy. That is hard stuff compared to the mirage of an ideological win that leaves the vulnerable with an empty bag and a raving mad House prancing about. See how he took advantage of Boehner’s AWOL to get stuff done.

      Norquist has got nothing tonight and his stranglehold has been quashed. Kornacki & PL can squeal all they want, but they are not the ones in the unemployment insurance line

      • 245 anniebella
        December 31, 2012 at 11:29 pm

        Rev. Al said the very same thing zizi2, all the ones complaining and running there darn mouth about what a bad deal this is aren’t the ones who is struggling to put food on the table, or pay the rent, or pay for their kids college, or depending on unemployment benefits and were concern about it being cut off tomorrow, it’s clear that the left, some of the left is just as much of a pain as the right wing nuts.

        • 246 anniebella
          December 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          Kornacki is getting a dam good check each month, for what I don’t know.

          • 247 nathkatun7
            January 1, 2013 at 2:57 am

            Anniebella, Kornacki, like Ezra Klein, “is getting a damn good check” for appearing to sound intelligent as a progressive liberal. But neither Kornacki nor Klein have an idea what it means, in practical reality, to be without a job and without the meagre unemployment compensation. In my humble opinion, they are what my grandmother called educated fools!

        • 248 nathkatun7
          January 1, 2013 at 2:49 am

          That’s it in a nut shell, Aniebella! The holier than thou progressives probably have six figure incomes. They certainly are not facing the trauma of having zero income once the UI payments terminate;nor are they worried of having to pay $2,000 in income taxes that may make it difficult for them to to pay for food, shelter and auto expenses. For them, it’s all about ideology and not the practical reality that a President, with any decency, must always view as his number one goal.

  77. 249 cookemom
    December 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Senate waiting for the $$$$ score from the CBO before they bring the deal to a vote. Senate will still vote tonight though.

  78. 250 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Well, I was reading twitter and a tweet from Markos said, what he wanted was for the Dems to act like they won. I replied what I wanted was for him to STFU. I wonder if he will block me. Have I said how much I hate these emoprogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 251 majiir
      December 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Fruck him!!! He is a major reason why some on the left get so worked up in the first place. He spends a lot of time second guessing PBO and passing it off as if he knows exactly what the president’s thinking and what his intentions are. Thanks for telling him to STFU, mtmarilyn. Good job!! If he blocks you on Twitter, consider it a badge of honor for telling him something someone should have told him a long, long time ago. I’m sick of these armchair quarterbacks who aren’t involved in any of these negotiations acting as authorities on them.

      • 252 mtmarilyn
        December 31, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        I am one who keeps giving people second and third chances. During the election DK was ok, now they are back to whining about everything. I have decided I will voice my opinions for often. I am tired of this President always getting the blame.

        • 253 catrst
          January 1, 2013 at 6:28 am

          I am one who has stayed at that site. During the run up to the election there were fewer occasions to have the President’s back. It seemed even the worst cynics kept their thoughts to themselves. Very different from 2010. Now I am back at the task of setting the record straight if I can. Only difference is I don’t bother to even enter into a “diary” discussion by certain writers at this point. I just grin when I see the author and the topic line and think how predictable they are.

  79. 254 vitaminlover
    December 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Well, well, well, President Obama made those hard-headed, knuckleheads DO THEIR DARN JOB!!!!

  80. 255 yardarm756
    December 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Just the tip of the iceberg. The real nut cutting will start on Friday or maybe before.

  81. 256 GGail
    December 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’m trying to stay awake to welcome the “East Coast” New Year, but it’s getting difficult. Must drink MORE COFFEE!!!!!

  82. 257 majiir
    December 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I can finally write a comment after catching up on all of today’s other TOD posts. My oldest brother’s wife and their granddaughter dropped by for a surprise visit today, so I was not able to log on until late. I enjoyed their visit, but I don’t like having my day’s plans disrupted by “surprise” visits. Wish she had given me a heads up. Moving on. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a blessed 2013. I’ve deliberately decided to ignore all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from the left and the right. I always remind myself that no matter what deal is reached, there is always going to be someone who isn’t satisfied with it, and that these folks don’t have the very difficult job of having to negotiate with politicians who have zero interest in governing. Most of the complainers couldn’t do what PBO and VP Biden do. If it were left up to them, they would allow the country to go to hell as long as they were able to maintain their “purity.” Purity doesn’t solve problems, is not a good model for governing, and is incapable of moving the country FORWARD. I cast my lot with PBO a long time ago, and I knew there would be many difficulties when I signed on. I also know that nothing can be accomplished if I’m always ready to take my ball and go home when the going gets tough. Adults are willing to face and deal with adversity, whereas, those who are unable to deal with adversity act like kids and cry, suck their thumbs, and whine. Thank God PBO is in the former category, because that’s where I am and where I will stay. I refuse to allow the whiners and complainers on the left and the president’s “fair weather” supporters to depress me, and I adamantly refuse to provide support to his opponents by launching ad hominen attacks against him about this deal that the right can (and will) use as ammunition in the near future for their evil march toward turning our democracy into a corporatocracy.

  83. 260 Soca Sweet
    December 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Hi all,

    It is January 1, 2013 in Trinidad. Happy New Year to all.

  84. 265 symmetry11
    December 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Happy New Year TOD!

  85. December 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    The Senate will vote on legislation to extend tax rates on annual income under $450,000 on New Year’s Eve. 

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the vote would be held after a Congressional Budget Office score was received on the bill, which would prevent looming tax hikes on most households and put off for two months spending cuts scheduled by the sequester. 

    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted a strong Democratic vote behind the deal negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), while Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) predicted the vote would be held before midnight. 

    The House could vote as soon as Tuesday on the bill, though it is uncertain whether it would draw significant GOP support. 

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/275063-senate-democratic-opposition-holding-up-biden-mcconnell-fiscal-cliff-deal

    They are scoring it?

  86. December 31, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  87. 269 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm
  88. 271 Carol in KY
    December 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Dear Chips thank you for all your hard work this year, for keeping us all up to date and allowing us to
    share our feelings all the time. Even though I don’t often comment, I read the site almost every day
    and am so proud to be a part of this wonderful crowd. It’s been a great year, most of all because our
    dear president won!! Happy New Year everyone :-)

  89. December 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm
  90. 273 Soca Sweet
    December 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you everyone one. I am looking forward to spending the next four years with Chips and all of you here at TOD

  91. 274 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Well, sounds like Ed Schultz is pleased with the deal.
    Phew, what a relief, I guess VP Biden got his message. Thank goodness! :roll:

    • 275 TheWorld4Obama
      December 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Dudette,

      I had the same reaction as you listening to Ed on MSNBC. I thought “Ed likes the deal, so it must be good!, since he is always bitching and all” LOL

      Some of those folks really think they are smarter than PBO and VP Joe. NOT!

      HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 to Chips and All here on TOD from wherever you log in around the world!!!

  92. 277 ruri
    December 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Happy New Year everyone…I’m 12 hours ahead of East time…have a blast!

  93. 279 a4alice
    December 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm
  94. 280 miss pat
    December 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    My eyes are closing down. Happy New Year. See you all in 2013.

  95. 282 Dudette
    December 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Listen up, Mick’s got something to say… He wants us to do the Harlem Shuffle! Get your strut on people!

  96. 284 FoxfireTX
    December 31, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Ya know, the biggest problem with these commentators/”analysts” is they have no actual experience in anything other than criticizing what someone else does. I spent my career negotiating mult-million dollar settlement agreements and negotiation implies give and take. There were other issues at stake. I always believed the $250 would go up simply because of small business owners but PBO was smart enough to set it lower than where he wanted to end up. Further, from the beginning one of his major concerns was the expiration of UI benefits. Do these idiots believe that the GOP was simply going to “give” those to the Dems along with all of the other stimulus tax credits that PBO wanted to continue? And that he got in this deal? From my perspective, what PBO got here is exactly what he wanted for a short term fix. Of course, he would have preferred a grand bargain but that was not going to happen. The outstanding issue is the House. Given the weakness of Boehner’s leadership, I am not convinced this will make it through the House. Personally,from my perspective this is a huge win for PBO. And believe me, he could care less if McConnell wanted to negotiate with Biden as long as he got what he wanted. He is very results oriented. A great way to start 2013!!!!

    • 285 TheWorld4Obama
      December 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Well said, FoxfireTX!!

      HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 to you!

    • 286 nathkatun7
      January 1, 2013 at 3:09 am

      Thanks FoxfireTX for this excellent, reality based, comment! I don’t know why people think that in negotiation you should always get 100% of what you want. If that were the case then there would be no need for negotiation. We desperately need some grown up media pundits on both the left and the right!

  97. 287 a4alice
    December 31, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    nitey nite TOD

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • 288 Left-Indie
      December 31, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Do yourselves a favor, stay away from HuffPost tonight. They done gone nuts with this fiscal cliff, even someone with a fine mind as PM Carpenter is hollering about it. Probably will revise themselves when the dust settles. Happy New Year everybody.

  98. 289 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Happy and blessed 2013 to Chips and everyone here at TOD. Just returned from church where we welcomed the new year; couldn’t wait to get home to greet you all.

    Hello there Soca Sweet in T&T. Best wishes for 2013.

  99. 290 sherijr
    December 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    woohoo 15 minutes to go… See Ya 2012 its been a hoot ;) milestones & changes… looking forward to BFD of 2013, seriously cannot wait to see what the world does next and what that Kenyan socialist Obama has in store for us :) Happy as hell to see another year all bright & shiny & New.. Change baby~ its whats good

    Happy New Year TOD ~ you are the most amazing people I ever hope to meet some day! Love you much~

  100. 291 anniebella
    December 31, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Now if everything goes well, the deal is passed and sign, which it ain’t done till it’s done. But I wonder if POTUS will get on Air Force-1 and head back to Hawaii with Michelle and the girls. He will have some free time till around January 20th.

    • 292 anniebella
      December 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      The Inauguration will be the 21st, I forgot Sasha and Malia has to go back to school soon.

      • 293 anniebella
        December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm

        So I guess that answer my question about POTUS maybe heading back over there. :(

        • 294 Pamela
          January 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

          Anniebella, if my prayers carry weight, I too am praying PBO can get at least a few more days away, to be with the ones he loves so much, and who sacrifice so much for us because their beloved BHO is president. Sharing him must be a piss-off sometimes!

          • 295 susanne
            January 1, 2013 at 12:15 am

            that’s my prayer, too! we haven’t heard a peep about the obama women here in hawaii, so i’m guessing they’re still enjoying their vacation. i hope pbo joins them again before they go back to washington.

            p.s. here’s what’s outside their door:

            http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/slideshow?widgetid=70193

          • 296 anniebella
            January 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

            I’m sure it is a piss off because he work so hard, that he rarely gets time off and to have this vacation cut short because of the down right stupid foolishness in Washington. The Republicans refusing to work out a deal.

  101. 297 CEB
    December 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    10 minutes to 2013 on the East Coast. I will say it now then sign off: Happy New Year to Chips and the TOD ohana. Welcome to the new frontier!

  102. 298 sonjiaduncan
    December 31, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    New Year to all. Stay safe and enjoy this night.

  103. 300 lamh36
    December 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I’m still awake. Looks like I will make it to midnight, thanks in no small part Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN’s NYE broadcast.

    I love the way Kathy Griffin says crazy thing and Anderson Cooper pretends that he’s so uncomfortable. I find Cooper a bit of a phoney but when he’s with Griffin, I find him tolerable.

  104. 302 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

    MJ always knows exactly what to do on these occasions! :-)

  105. 306 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR’S TO THE EAST COAST from the WEST COAST!!!!!
    TOOOTTTTTT TOOOOTTTTTTT!!!!!

  106. January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Happy New Years to all those in the Eastern Time Zone.

  107. 308 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    HAPPY 2013!!!!

  108. 309 Lana
    January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Happy New Year to all at TOD! I’m so grateful to have this to come home to after a long difficult day!

    Big Smile from Washington State.

  109. January 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Less than two hours to go to 2013 here in Arizona. Happy New Year to everyone on the East Coast.

  110. 311 Pamela
    January 1, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Happy 2012 to the EST people! Firecrackers going off here, but hours to go for fireworks…. iPad is on overload, signing off, see you next year! And Thank You ALL, from the deepest place in my Heart, for re-electing Obama~Biden! You are all just so good and so smart! {{{{Chipsticks}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}} {{{{TOD}}}} :lol:

  111. January 1, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Happy New Year Chips, TOD Family and Bo Obama!

  112. 313 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  113. January 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Happy New Year to all from the shore in NJ. This is the greatest place. Thanks Chips.

  114. 315 anniebella
    January 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

  115. 317 cookemom
    January 1, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Happy New Year east coasters!!!! Trying my best to stay awake long enough to celebrate my own New Year rising. It’s not looking good though, cause the eyelids are mighty heavy right about now. It has to be all that dancing I did today. So with much aplomb, pomp, and circumstance, I bid you all a fond goodnight. May each day of 2013 be better than your best day of 2012.

  116. 318 anniebella
    January 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Happy New Year President Obama, VP Biden, Dr. Biden, and of course Bo. It’s to early to wish FLOTUS and the girls a Happy New Year.

  117. January 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I will repeat this tweet a few times in the next 72 hours.

    #FORWARD

  118. 331 GGail
    January 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Good night TOD family. I know I won’t be awake to see the new year come in here on my Coast. See you all in 2013 :-)

  119. 332 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

    well, we’re just about to eat supper here in hawaii–it’s just after 7 pm. i am wishing all you east coast tods a very happy new year! i know you’re seeing us all into 2013 in style! i’ll keep celebrating for the next five hours till the clock strikes 12 here– it’s my job and i just have to do it!! :)

  120. January 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Happy New Year everyone! I won’t be able to stay up till midnight here in MT. I’ll just celebrate with NY. See you all in the morning.

  121. January 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Happy New Year TODers!!!

  122. 336 prettyfoot58
    January 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

    May The Creator bestow Blessings on us all….Happy New Year!!!!…Ms Chipsssss and TODville…..

  123. January 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

    —Other tax changes: Extends for five years Obama-sought expansions of the child tax credit, earned income tax credit, and an up to $2,500 tax credit for college tuition. Also extends for one year accelerated “bonus” depreciation of business investments in new property and equipment, a tax credit for research and development costs and a tax credit for renewable energy such as wind-generated electricity.

    —Unemployment benefits: Extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for one year.

    —Cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors: Blocks a 27 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors for one year. The cut is the product of an obsolete 1997 budget formula.

    —Social Security payroll tax cut: Allows a 2 percentage point cut in the payroll tax first enacted two years ago to lapse, which restores the payroll tax to 6.2 percent.

    —Across-the-board cuts: Delays for two months $109 billion worth of across-the-board spending cuts set to start striking the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week. Cost of $24 billion is divided between spending cuts and new revenues from rules changes on converting traditional individual retirement accounts into Roth IRAs.

    AP-

  124. 338 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Happy New Year to Chips & TOD family :)

  125. 339 Rain
    January 1, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Happy New Year from the East Coast! Hats off to PBO, he won! Yay! Wish we could all be there to see his face, and give him a big fat bear hug and say THANK YOU!

  126. 340 Bill R.
    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Happy New Year from the green Pacific Northwest (Oregon)! We have two and a half hours to go still. It’s going to be a good year with a wonderful leader in our President and new hope for the America that is being born anew.

  127. 341 Soca Sweet
    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Best Wishes to you also Prayer Warrior. May all your wishes for 2013 come through. Hoping to see you some more on TOD

  128. 342 PamfromCalif
    January 1, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Thank You Chips for this site. I read it every day and mostly lurk. I wanted to compliment you for a very excellent job keeping us updated and upbeat. Happy New Year from the West Coast.

  129. January 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Happy New Year Everyone!!

  130. January 1, 2013 at 12:41 am
  131. January 1, 2013 at 12:43 am

    The Obama administration negotiated an excellent deal: Your fiscal cliff deal cheat sheet http://wapo.st/10HeHda

  132. 348 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 12:44 am
  133. January 1, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Well, looks like someone’s hair isn’t on fire for a change.

    Ed Schultz: “This Is A Big Win For The Democrats”

    “The middle class tax cuts are protected, the big 3 (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security) are protected, the wealthiest Americans are going to pay more”…..”To go from $250,000 to $400,000, Liberals need to realize that is a small move”

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022107974

    Happy New Year dearest everyone!

    • January 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

      Happy New Year Edwina!!

      As to Ed, his behavior is rather bizarre since the Senate hasn’t even voted (and we have no idea if they will) and then there’s the House and we’ve had zero response from Boehner or Cantor since this ‘deal’ began being revealed.

      In any event, the one certainty is that President Obama knows exactly what he is doing and he is doing his best for all Americans.

      #FORWARD

  134. 351 anniebella
    January 1, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Good night everyone. Bless our President, his family, VP Biden, and his family, bless SOS Clinton, and bless you all. Night . 2013

  135. 352 sabreen60
    January 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Happy New Year TOD and Ms. Chips. I am so thankful for President Obama. I love him and am thankful that I have lived long enough to experience his light in our universe.

  136. January 1, 2013 at 12:57 am
    • 354 FoxfireTX
      January 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

      Bob Wapo is reporting that in a memo released by House gop leaders they will allow a vote to go forward on the Senate bill and possibly put it up for amendment. No commitment to try to shepherd it through. My guess is Nancy will be working hard to get enough gopers to vote for it to pass but I am not optimistic. Thanks for all you do for PBO and those of us who support him. Happy New Year to you!

      • January 1, 2013 at 2:00 am

        Thank you Foxfire!!! The next 24 h are going to be very interesting. My hope is that Leader Pelosi will be able to convince at least 7 Rs elected to serve in the 113th to flip – that would be the most effective way to blunt the damage of the GOP because then Senator Reid and colleagues would have even more reason to adjust the Senate rules on Filibuster, substantially. We’ll see – we certainly don’t have long to wait because these next three days will spell much of what we can expect until we capture the House and expand Ds in the Senate in the 2014 mid-terms.

        Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  137. January 1, 2013 at 1:22 am
  138. January 1, 2013 at 1:24 am
  139. 372 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Happy New Year, Chips, TODville, and all the ships at sea! Love you guys!

    CanadaBarb – When you get here, Happy New Year, BCFF!

  140. 375 LunaSea
    January 1, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Happy new year TOD village. Yes we are living in interesting times, no? I am in b’klyn NY and just got back from fireworks in prospect park with a couple of my brothers and their significant others. I love fireworks. Crowd was in good spirits. They had live entertainment and as midnight approached car horns and noise makers started going off almost in unison with the fireworks. What fun. Now back at sis house and coming down with glass of wine and guacamole.

    Just had to stop by and wish everyone a great year ahead and while I’m not the praying type my prayer for the new year is that ChipsChica find the strength and determination to keep the little oasis functioning. It’s clearly THE place to be. My Obots family stayed in the know the last few days really the republican cliff by visiting here. So a big thanks from all here!

    Anyway love you all and looking forward to spend quality time with you all in 2013 even if only in lurk mode.

  141. January 1, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Happy New Year, Chips! May the blessings be!

  142. 378 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Hey West Coast, we all jumped and the fiscal cliff is AWESOME. Where are you?

    • 379 theo67
      January 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

      Just landed back on the West Coast, watching the future rolling in. Looks like it’s going to be a doozy! Happy New Year to those on the East Coast and Central Time!

  143. 382 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Last one from me for the night…

    Hoping 2013 brings Good Times for everyone! Love you guys! Happy New Year!

  144. January 1, 2013 at 1:51 am
  145. January 1, 2013 at 1:53 am

    This is going to pass by a significant margin. That puts a lot of pressure on Boehner.

  146. January 1, 2013 at 1:53 am
  147. January 1, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I heard Bernie Sanders voted yes…true?

  148. January 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Tomey former head of Club for growth just voted Aye this is gonna get 90 votes I think

  149. 393 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Senate has passed the budget deal.

  150. 394 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 1:58 am
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  152. 398 desertflower
    January 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  153. 399 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

    For the first time in 20 some years, republicans are voting to raise taxes on the wealthy. Well played, Pres. Obama. We have their votes on record.

  154. 400 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:06 am
  155. 401 anne
    January 1, 2013 at 2:07 am

    358!!!!! oMG! What an amazing place this is. a very happy New Year to all the wonderful folks at the Obama Diary. And Chips, you are truly the master. You bring out the very best in everyone here. It is an honor to just be lurking in the company of your educated funny, so well informedcompassionate following. Bobf. I love you…. we all do! All the very very best to all this new year and always!

  156. January 1, 2013 at 2:07 am

    The garden gnome sessions just voted AYE I cant stand that leprechaun 89-8 final vote

  157. January 1, 2013 at 2:08 am
  158. January 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Sessions the garden gnome voted aye 89-8 final vote senate back on the 3rd

  159. January 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Reality ….

  160. 409 Dudette
    January 1, 2013 at 2:11 am
  161. 411 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:17 am
  162. January 1, 2013 at 2:17 am
  163. January 1, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Dear TOD Friends, A very happy new year for all! Praise God that we have President Obama for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!! He is blessed and highly favored and NO weapon formed against him will prevail. Thanks to everyone here for your companionship on the roller coaster that was 2012. You advanced my education in politics, music, and bad jokes (bad, in a good way!). I found support and comfort here. I spent the evening with two very good and devoted friends; first dinner and then my friend and I took out our spinning wheels and spun our way to the new year. Now I’m home on the couch and my cat has fallen asleep purring with her head on my hand (typing is a bit slow…). She also especially dear to me after losing my dog after 14 tears of faithful companionship. I am so grateful for friends old and new, furry an d not-so-furry, virtual and IRL. Love you all, Mary Lynne

  164. January 1, 2013 at 2:27 am
  165. 425 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:28 am
  166. January 1, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Never, ever forget that progressive champion Senator Sanders voted YES.

    • January 1, 2013 at 2:35 am
    • 428 Cha
      January 1, 2013 at 4:49 am

      Yes, I am so Happy to talk about that! Wondering why Bennet and Carper didn’t? I know about Harkin and his view on it.

      • 429 susanne
        January 1, 2013 at 5:31 am

        aloha cha! haven’t seen your postings much lately, but glad to know you’re here, celebrating the new year, the new new deal, and the new hawaii delegation. hope your christmas has been full of family and food and fun. aloha oe my dear~

        • 430 Cha
          January 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

          ALOHA, susanne! I haven’t been posting here.. just reading it everyday and passing interesting things on to DU. More and more supporters of the President are learning about TOD. :)

          HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS, SUSANNE, AND ALL OF TOD..CHIPS!,

          Very Excited about our New Hawai’i Delegation! So, Appreciate You All & reading the most interesting Political News on the internet.. right here on TOD.

  167. 431 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:33 am
  168. January 1, 2013 at 2:40 am
  169. January 1, 2013 at 2:40 am

    POTUS: Neither side got all they wanted. “Agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay” Obama argues in stmt that the deal sets precedent for further deficit reduction thru both cuts and “new revenues” “This agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way.”

  170. 434 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:42 am
  171. 435 utaustinliberal
    January 1, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Pres. Obama’s statement on the fiscal cliff deal passed by the senate.

    Office of the Press Secretary
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 1, 2013

    Statement from the President

    Leaders from both parties in the Senate came together to reach an agreement that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support today that protects 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small business owners from a middle class tax hike. While neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay.

    This agreement will also grow the economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way – by investing in our middle class, and by asking the wealthy to pay a little more.

    What’s more, today’s agreement builds on previous efforts to reduce our deficits. Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut spending by more than $1 trillion. Tonight’s agreement does even more by asking millionaires and billionaires to begin to pay their fair share for the first time in twenty years. As promised, that increase will be immediate, and it will be permanent.

    There’s more work to do to reduce our deficits, and I’m willing to do it. But tonight’s agreement ensures that, going forward, we will continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest Americans. And as we address our ongoing fiscal challenges, I will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not from the top down.

  172. January 1, 2013 at 2:50 am
  173. January 1, 2013 at 2:55 am
    • January 1, 2013 at 3:06 am

      GN Bob4r going to catch some ZZZ’s before the drama starting at noon tommorow. HNY

    • 442 HZ
      January 1, 2013 at 3:22 am

      A loving Happy and Blessed New Year to my Chips and all of my TOD Family. What a joy to see the 2013 New Year come into our lives.

      May our hearts be filled with thanksgiving, our minds be channels of much knowledge that is carried with grace, our cores be the reservoirs or our souls to be held in honor to help those in need as we make our journey through this new year.

      May we stand alongside our president and vice-president with strenght, wisdom, and true support for the betterment of our nation and those in it.

      Bless please Divine One the works of our hands, the thoughts of our minds to do good to all mankind, and to be ready to defend with collective strength our president as he graciously take the helm again for service for the good of this nation. Protect, provide, and perserve his mind, body, and soul to stay the course of honest works for the purpose of making this nation more united. We thank you for him and his administration, and ask for your favor to be upon all of them. Amen

      Have a wonderful year everyone and put those beautiful fragrances into your space when possible. Take very good care of our Chipsticks and reward her with your grace and blessings to continue to be a blessings to so many who grace this site. Thank you my dear Chips. (((((((((( Lots of hugs of Appreciation))))))))))))HZ

      • 443 Dudette
        January 1, 2013 at 3:38 am

        Thank you for that beautiful prayer HZ. Your warm and soothing words are always the rights ones at the right time. I am grateful that your loving spirit is a part of this family. Have a Blessed and Happy New Year. {{{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}}

      • January 1, 2013 at 3:43 am

        Highest having and blessings to you, HZ. You are such a gift to all of us!!

      • 445 susanne
        January 1, 2013 at 5:44 am

        me ke aloha pumehana~ (((((((hz)))))))

  174. 446 nathkatun7
    January 1, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Finally it’s New Year here on the West Coast! I had to steal away from the celebrations to come wish all the members of the TOD family A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is indeed a special year! President Obama begins his second term as President this year. For me that is very special because many powerful people were so determined to make sure that he is not re-elected.

    • January 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

      And a Very Happy New Year to you too, nath. I am looking forward to an amazing four years to come!

    • January 1, 2013 at 3:33 am

      Happy New Year, nathkatun7 and all West Coasters!!

    • 449 theo67
      January 1, 2013 at 3:33 am

      Happy New Year, West Coast!!

    • 450 Dudette
      January 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Cannot not believe I’m still up! About to crash now though. Happy New Year to you nath and all of our West Coast family! How cool will it be to wake up on the first morning of 2013 with the knowledge that Barack Obama will be our President for another four year? As cookemon says, it’ll be a Great Gettin’ Up Morning indeed!

      Goodnight/Good Morning everybody! :-)

      • January 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

        Goodnight, sweetie pie, Ms Music-Maker, soul-stirrer. I’m just getting up, catching up on the overnight,
        putting on the coffee, brewin’ the tea for the peoples. Here we are. Fabulous. xoxox

  175. January 1, 2013 at 3:35 am

    It seems that the Repub congresscritter themselves saw this as an opportunity to free themselves from the shackles of tea Party extremism. If they can break the grip the TP has then they can go back to being prima donnas in their own right cutting deals to advance their own vested interests rather than fearing the bloated buffoons like Limbaugh & the yahoos in their states

  176. 453 purpleshoesla
    January 1, 2013 at 3:46 am

    A very Happy New Year TOD Peeps from the Left Coast. Don’t forget your black eyed peas for good luck and prosperity. :smile: Thank you Miz Chips for all that you do. Looking forward to 2013 and the next four years with our illustrious Prez at the helm..

  177. 454 susanne
    January 1, 2013 at 5:14 am

    wooooohooooo!!!!!!!!! happy new year from hawaii !!!!!!! we’re the last, but we’re having a blast !!!!! dancing around to all your good music, dudette, and watching the neighbors burn up their money in big sparkly sky flowers. i ran out on the porch and banged a pot with a wooden spoon, just like my mother taught me to do. no demons coming around here, no way!!!!

    aloha oe, and happy happy 2013 tod peeps! :)

  178. January 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow, missed quite a party last night. Stopping in to send very sincere wishes for a New Year full of joy to all TOD peeps and, as always, thanks to Chips for the community you’ve made possible.

  179. 458 canadabarb4obama
    January 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Aloha oe…..the lovely and gentle spirit lives inside PBO

    • 459 susanne
      January 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

      yes it does, barb! every time he smiles, i see his island home in his sweet face.

      and now i think the morning team is stretching into the new day, the new month, the new year. time for me to find my bed!
      mahalo chips and all the tod ohana~

  180. 461 Titti
    January 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Happy 2013 to Chips and the TOD community. Shame I missed the party but I glad I didn’t miss the most important one – Nov 6! Blessings to all for 2013!

  181. January 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Good morning All. Late night for TOD. Have a great first day in the new year.

  182. January 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Happy New Year to Chips and all of the TOD family from Donna of the lovely island of Trinidad. God’s Blessings always. :D

  183. 465 globalcitizenlinda
    January 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for helping me remain sane these past few year. Here is hoping for a fantastic year for POTUS & First Family, Team Obama & all the people who treasure equality, opportunity, & shared prosperity for all

  184. January 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Happy New Year, TODville. Wishing everyone a year full of satisfaction. Now I’m off to tweet my opinion on just about everything. ;) Oh, P.S. I recommend Les Mis to anyone who doubts the invention of the social safety net was a gift to the world.


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