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13

Eight years ago…..

January 2005, Barack Obama sworn in as US Senator

January 2009, the Inauguration ….. never saw that coming, eh Dick?

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will again administer the oath of office to President Barack Obama during his second inauguration this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Friday.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will take the oath officially on Sunday, Jan. 20 and again on Jan. 21 in a ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be the fourth woman to administer the oath when she swears in the vice president, the committee said.


268 Responses to “Eight years ago…..”


  1. 4 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

    LOL @ the last darth and luke pic.

  2. 17 proudmemberofglobalzero
    January 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning all. Resting with serious back issues before I go to work this afternoon. I did make a very important call this morning. I called my new rep in the House. I am in a new district. Yes, Florida 22 was suppose to go red but we got a blue rep. She heard from me this morning at 9:02am. I suggest we all call our reps and let them know we expect them to work for our President and us. Here is the link to find yours:

    http://house.gov/representatives/

    Remember to congratulate them and welcome them in your phone call. Love to all, Sue

    • 18 amk for obama
      January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Good idea. Put pressure on them from day one.

      • 19 LDS
        January 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

        Good morning. Excellent idea! Keep the pressure on all year.
        After viewing PBO’s video, he confirmed what I woke thinking this morning. Yes, we won the election. But WE must stay connected. I cringe when I think of the Congress that was allowed to get in office 2013. I get sick when I reminisce how complacent WE got in NY and allowed Bloomberg, The Short One to buy another term. My heart breaks when I read about how Michigan Gov. Rick Synder suddenly reversed his position on so called “right-to-work” legislation.
        It is those “suddenly” behind the scene, sneaky moves that gets me.

        Last year I and some others here felt that after the disrespect that was shown towards our president in the last four years and up until and including now, we would bow out of the political playground. Some even talked of moving out of the country if PBO did not win his deserved second term. Now, I have second thoughts. Too many people are clueless and helpless to fight the powers that be because we for decades were all brainwashed by the media and their rhetoric, some more than others. I seriously thought that PL and emprogs were for helping the poor instead of their own pockets(seriously, are these Hippies from the ’60’s who got happy with being wealthy?) I just don’t get what and why they are so disgruntled. Deep down inside are they really republicans and too chicken to admit it?
        So I feel this change and diversity that has been long over due in OUR country feels too good to turn in back in the hands of the “walking dead”. They are all evil and confused. We must not allow them to take us to their graves.

    • 20 57andfemale
      January 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Here in Chicago, a four-block carve-out in my district moved me from my reliable Mike Quigley to Luis guittierez. Yeah, he’s a Democrat but he can be insane sometimes. Contacting my congressman will now really be on my radar.

      these swingy districts in particular require vigilance on our part.

  3. 21 Rain
    January 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Awesome! That was a great day in history, and we didn’t even know he would be our President just a few years later! And look at those darling girl…so little then!

  4. 22 AJ
    January 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

    OMG, watching Sasha in that clip is crazy-fun….what a little superstar. And, did my eyes deceive me, or for a moment did it look like she refused to shake Dick’s hand? ;)

  5. 26 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Lady Chips you are A-mazing! Just yesterday I went a-looking for clips/photos of then Senator Obama being sworn in, and after coming up short meant to ask you whether you could find some of those. And Voila! Thank you :) :)

  6. 37 anne
    January 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Sasha is so cute!!

  7. 38 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I absolutely love memory lane indo on the Obamas. Thanks, CC. [Didn't know TOD was around 8 years ago! ;) ]

  8. 40 Linda
    January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    For the first 15-20 minutes of the MouningJoke show today was spent complaining about the President for not massaging anyone in Congress.

    Joe….Mrs Greenspan and Al Hunt all went after him because he , get this….

    ” Prefers to spend time with his family ” than svck up to the egos in Congress.

    The only one that did not pile on was Michael Steele.

    I guess the other 3 want to be the President’s social secretary…..

    • 41 Bill
      January 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

      I wish someone would ask these people if they think Congressional leaders would change their policy positions because of a few drinks. Boehner is controlled by his teabagger caucus and McConnell is controlled by big money doners. They no longer have pork to bribe members. The conversation is absurd.

    • 42 prettyfoot58
      January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

      It is just another way of saying that he is the “other”…that “he does not belong”

  9. 43 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Way to go, way up there, derbingle! What’s the view like?

  10. 44 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    million dollar question.

    why is richard a dick or robert a bob ?

  11. 47 Japa21
    January 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I was trying to figure out when reading the caption to the bottom photo if “Dick” referred to his name or the quality of his personhood.

  12. January 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Our beloved President Barack Hussein Obama, ever the warm and gracious participant.

    Cheney, just vile.

    What progress we Democrats have made in just a few short years. Thank you, all.

  13. 52 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Damn…..that look from Cheney is worthy of the name he is called; Darth Vader.

    It thrills me every time I think of Dick Cheney having to live with two terms of Pres. Obama. Ahhhhhh…….memories.

    • January 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

      And he will surely live with the knowledge that PBO will be proclaimed one of the greatest, most beloved presidents of our time while W is most certainly heading the category of most reviled and worst.

    • 54 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

      I noticed he hasn’t crawled out of his bunker since PBO got re-elected. The thought of having to attend yet another inaugural celebration for PBO must tick him off royally.

    • 57 a4alice
      January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

      k. kid you not. saw that pic of Cheney and right away Darth Vader theme music starts playing in my head. You can sing along:

      duh duh duh dum da dah, dum da dah— duh duh duh dum de dah, dum de dah—-

      That man gives me the heebie jeebies……. (shiver)

  14. 58 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

    BARNEY FRANK TELLS A BIT OF TRUTH ON MORNING JOE (MUST SEE)

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50362758/#.UOb0xLbJK_V

    NOTE: Be forewarned “ace reporter” Bob Woodward is on the panel and he is very concerned that President Obama has not done more “schmoozing” with members of Congress. You know, the members of congress who attended a meeting on the night of his inauguration and decided they would block everything he tried to do. As far as Bob Woodward is concerned it’s all President Obama’s fault that there is so much dysfunction in congress. Lack of schmoozing was a missed opportunity according to Woodward. smdh

    • 59 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

      They all wanted “a new Washington” until it arrived. They all wanted “family values” until PBO had more family values that all of the GOP in congress. They all wanted to get rid of earmarks until they found out they couldn’t get any more earmarks. It doesn’t matter what the GOP want – once they get it – they don’t want it any more.

    • 61 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      To hell with Bob Woodward.

    • 62 Chi
      January 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      When President Obama took office he invited John Boehner and other congressional republicans to weekly wednesday night socials at the White House, several super bowl parties, State dinners, etc and all invitations were declined by the Republicans who were too busy plotting to destroy him…

      The one or two who even bothered to show up did so mostly to find any nugget of gossip or misinformation to further insult and demean the President…tweeting photos of cookies they were served at the WH and wondering if the ‘acorn-shaped’ cookies were a salute to the now defunct Acorn group – you remember that all powerful group that stole the elections for the President…

      And now the beltway noisemakers want you to believe that the President never reached out, that it’s his fault for refusing to ‘socialize’ with the opposition…

      And in their all-knowing wisdom, the very same belt way gossips like Bob Woodard who are chopping at the bit for any hint of scandal that will taint the President, insist that until the President completely gives up the very limited family time he now has he would not have shown any ‘good faith’ effort at outreach to republicans…

      There is something incredibly insidious, dishonest, deceptive, unsettling and evil about ‘journalists’ like Andrea Mitchell who know the truth but still push such obvious lies to attack the President while protecting the most hostile and most destructive republican opposition in modern history…

      The biggest thing President Obama has going for him, the most attractive thing and what most Americans – even those who don’t support him – love and admire most about him, is his family. The love and bond he share with his wife and the amazing jib they’ve done with their daughters…

      That is now the prime target for the Republicans and their media mouth pieces like Bob Woodard and Andrea Mitchell…if they can destroy or taint the President’s marriage/ family life, they will have succeeded finally their mad push to take him down…

      The President has won re-election and gotten stuff done inspite of them all and knows too well that no amount of shmoozing in this late hour will make a chink of difference in negotiations with the devil…nor will the beltway gossips even give him credit if he for some crazy reason decided to out himself through the crap again…

      They’d be too busy guffawing about who snubbed the President and who humiliated him – and snooping out every last bit of made up scandalous gossip they can squeeze out from whatever minimal interaction had with the President to provide fodder for Bob Woodard to write yet another one of those ‘I really, really hate and despise that arrogant, weak, bully, hawkish, dovish, know nothing, know it all, wish he would cheat on his wife, why does he love Michelle so much, Michelle is too influential, Michelle has no input, Michelle just can’t be bothered, has no interest in policy, WH staff have no use for her, Michelle’s Harvard and Princeton degrees are wasting away while she prefers to play mother to those two girls, why can’t we have the girls complete schedule and print outs of every cell phone conversation, Michelle feels ignored and wants out, their marriage is in trouble, did I just tell you how much I really, really hate Obama, how dare he not bring me into his inner circle, his cabinet hate him and lead him around by the nose, oh for those wonderful scandal free Clinton presidency days again, why can’t Obama be more like the great husband and family man Bill Clinton was, did I tell you just how much I hate Obama’ hit job in hardback and paperback editions…

      • 63 Chi
        January 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        So many typos sorry…
        Chomping at the bit; love and bond he shares, job not jib…
        Bloody iPad…

        • 64 nathkatun7
          January 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

          Chi, typos or no typos, this a great TRUTH telling rant. Thank God, the so called mainstream media no longer exercise such a dominant influence on the American people.

  15. 65 Rain
    January 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Great news, had to share here first! Just got an art commission from a repeat client. She wanted to order late in 2012 but was waiting for the outcome of the fiscal cliff deal, because a lack of resolution there would have cost her quite a bit. Now that it’s been resolved, she’s more confident, and willing to spend! (((PBO)))

  16. 73 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Ok. Time for the rizzoli and isles gals.

  17. January 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in PBO and Justice Sonia Sotomayor will swear in VP Joe. Woot!!

    • 76 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

      T’will be a thing of beauty – this year’s inauguration.

    • January 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Sonia!!!!! Oh, the tears will flow! Thanks Meta!

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Twice! Due to the faux pas last time and the quiet do-over, the President will be taking the inaugural oath FOUR times. Works for me.

    • 80 miss pat
      January 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Morning folks. That man Roberts better not mess up the oath again. I think it was accidenetally done on purpose the first time. Folks, look at the evil picture of that evil dick Dick Cheney. Envy is pouring out of his pores. I bet you he is not going to be at the ceremonies on the 21st. I also don’t think the W Bush one is gonna be there too. He might claim that he has to be with his father. We don’t need them there anyway.

  18. 82 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

    A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET

    Obama spending binge never happened

    By Rex Nutting

    —————————-

    Over Obama’s four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%.

    There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear.

    Why do people think Obama has spent like a drunken sailor? It’s in part because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the federal budget.
    .
    .
    What people forget (or never knew) is that the first year of every presidential term starts with a budget approved by the previous administration and Congress. The president only begins to shape the budget in his second year. It takes time to develop a budget and steer it through Congress — especially in these days of congressional gridlock.

    —————————————–

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obama-spending-binge-never-happened-2012-05-22?pagenumber=1

    h/t JeffersonObama (The American Audacity)

  19. 83 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…THAT LAST PICTURE WITH EVIL MINDED CHENEY MADE MY DAY! MY HOW TIME FLYS. 8 YEARS AGO I WAS FIGHTING EVERY MOMENT TO BRING OUR FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO FRUITION. OH GLORY BE THAT DAY! I KNEW IT WAS TIME FOR US TO EMBRACE THIS ILLINOIS SENATOR WHO BROUGHT SUCH COMPASSION TO A STERILE AND COLD CANVAS THAT NEEDED CHANGE. EVER SINCE HE HAS HAD TO FIGHT SEVERAL EVILS BIRTHED BY CHENEY AND HIS DESTRUCTIVE CRONIES…TODY THEY ARE DISGUISED AS TEA PARTIERS AND PATRIOTS. SUCH FOOLS THEY ARE TO EXPRESS SUCH SELF CONSUMPTION AND DISTASTE FOR THE POOR AND THOSE IN NEED. WHAT FOOLS THEY ARE TO BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT NEED NOT EXIST OR DO NOTHING. INDEED…THESE ARE DANGEROUS TIMES WHEN THE EVIL FORCES OF OPPOSITION WILL DO ALL THAT THEY CAN TO UNSEAT THIS PRESIDENT’S COMPASSION. BUT, HE IS WAY AHEAD OF THEM AND WITH GRACEFUL STANCE AND ALL THAT CAN BE MUSTERED BY THE HANDS OF GOD…HE AND WE SHALL OVERCOME. FOR GOD HAS HIS PLAN FOR US…AND WHILE THIS PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO WALK THE HIGHER ROAD OVER SUCH EVIL SCRUTINY…I WILL HAVE HIS BACK. I MAY NOT BE HEALTHY…BUT MY PRAYERS AND MY MOUTH STILL WORK! MAY GOD DEEPLY BLESS PBO AS HE CONTINUES TO FACE THE CHALLENGES TO AMERICA!

  20. 87 No Child Left Behind
    January 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning Chips,

    Thiank you for this beautiful photo. I just love the people in it, save one.

    • 88 hopefruit2
      January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Besides the cuteness factor, this photograph symbolized a story that was unfolding but yet to be told. The ushering in of a new era, represented by PBO and his young, vibrant family, and Cheney representing the old and increasingly obsolete.

  21. 90 Linda
    January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Every time I see Dick Cheney I think of President Ford’s Executive Order banning political assassinations in 1976 when Cheney was his Chief of Staff.

    Fast Forward to VP Cheney who had a secret assassination unit and hit list.

    • 91 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I must admit my evil twin was going somewhere else with what you wrote, Linda. But, luckily, my good twin won out, and I’m moving along. That old hater has no power over us, and his evil daughter has less than that. We can all look forward with joy to seeing our President and Vice President both take the oath for a second time, on Inauguration Day!

    • 92 0388jojothecat
      January 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Are you serious? Cheney had a secret assassination unit and hit list? I wonder if Tom Daschel and Patrick Leahy were on it since they were the ONLY two senators and Democrats who received anthrax.

  22. January 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

  23. 95 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I DO HAVE TO ADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD….THAT PBO LOOKS MIGHTY AWESOME TODAY WITH HIS ‘SALT N’ PEPPER’ HAIR AND MICHELLE IS AS GORGEOUS AS EVER! AND THE GIRLS….WOW…THAT’S ANOTHER STORY…SUCH BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADIES…GOSH…I’M GETTING OLDER BY THE MINUTE!…:)

  24. 97 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

    LOL! Methinks Jonathan lurked here last night! And he was mighty happy with our “Joe” thread :)

  25. 100 GGail
    January 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    The new edition of Webster Dictionary has a picture of Cheney next to the word “evil”

  26. 101 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

  27. 102 forus50
    January 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

    ?? I’m confused how this is ok unless they are going to ask for more next week.

  28. 105 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • 106 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

      You guys are so right Dick Cheney looks evil in that picture, he looks like he is thinking how dare that “N” think he is qualified to be President of our country.

      • 107 forus50
        January 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        I read now that this was just for some flood insurance money or something related specifically to flood programs. Not sure of details but supposedly they are going to vote on a 2nd larger pkg in the next few weeks. And Paul Ryan voted against it. What a douche.

  29. 108 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Must See TV. Excited.

  30. 110 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    • 111 anniebella
      January 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

      9 billion dollars, but they needed 60 billion. I have never seen such heartless people like those Republicans. They have plenty of time to spend money for wars, for tax cuts for the rich, but they don’t give a dam about the poor and middle class.

      • 112 forus50
        January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        oops – posted this in wrong spot above.

        I read now that this was just for some flood insurance money or something related specifically to flood programs. Not sure of details but supposedly they are going to vote on a 2nd larger pkg in the next few weeks. And Paul Ryan voted against it. What a douche.

      • 113 57andfemale
        January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        They broke the bills up. This is flood insurance money that was expiring today. the other part of the bill comes up in a few weeks, and I can’t believe that there aren’t enough NY and NJ Republicans to pass it. But then again, they never cease to amaze me.

        • January 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          Note The Date:

          • 115 57andfemale
            January 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

            There is no question that this could create steady jobs for a decade. A tragedy of this magnitude should never be cause of any celebration, but the climate is changing and public works projects to rebuild for those contingencies are a major function of government in a civilized society.

            • 116 Chi
              January 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

              Indeed…

              As devastating as the hurricane incident has been, it does create an important opportunity to upgrade infrastructure and systems long overdue for updating…

              A chance to bring the affected areas infrastructure of the future…

  31. 117 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

  32. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Really enjoyed hearing Jimmy Williams on MSNBC, answering the bullcrap question, “Is Vice President Biden the most powerful weapon in the White House arsenal?” He said, among more truths, “Yes, other than the President, that’s true … the President is still driving car … the Vice President wasn’t sent to the Hill because the President couldn’t do it, but because the President had other things, as well, to do! … definitely a team effort … they complement each other … “

  33. 123 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

  34. 124 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

    More fantastic news.

  35. 125 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

  36. 127 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

  37. 128 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

  38. 129 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  39. 132 carolmaewy
    January 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Yea, I think I’m back after self-induced torture. Don’t mess with iPad settings! Missed everyone!

  40. January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hey!!! Our own Drunken Irishman (unless there’s more than one who hangs out on these boards) wrote an awesome piece that STEPHANIE MILLER read from this morning on her show!

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251270936

    • January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Good Morning to our Lovely Tally…….Hope you are feeling better. Hey want to get together for lunch or later?

      • January 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        Hey babe! I still have the plague – got z-pak from the doc yesterday, and am not allowed around humans until my fever breaks – but lunch VERY SOON!!!!

    • 136 57andfemale
      January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      great read, Tally.

    • 137 carolyn
      January 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      This is a superb analysis. The writer was spot on. Political realities dominate what is possible, and this essay points out the political realities. The way the President did it, he can start this term on a good upside. As he said, he always does the pragmatic, what is possible, and will take progress in increments…..like life.

      • January 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        exactly!!

        I was half asleep, fevered, and drugged (fucking plague won’t go away!) but I hear Stephanie Miller say, “Great piece by Drunken Irishman…” and I was wide awake thinking, I KNOW THAT DUDE FROM TOD!!! HOW AWESOME!!

  41. 139 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  42. 144 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    • 145 amk for obama
      January 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      even batshit crazy bachmann voted yes.

    • 146 kathryn kivett
      January 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      and it appears my whole area of NC voted NO….NO, mind you, when we get hurricanes they want help….and now they are threatening to shut the gov’t down over debt WE OWE……..sorry, I’m slipping, I feel it…… just sliding down that horrible cliff to pure Hate….I can find NO GOOD in that whole group of @#$$%^&*&^%$ing R’s…….well so much for that resolution………Personally, I think PBO should move the White House to Hawaii and just phone it in….it is beyond my comprehension of why he would EVER want to schmooz that evil group….

      • 147 Bill
        January 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        NC was badly gerrymandered. It has 9 Republican House members and 4 Democratic, yet Democrats received over 51% of the total vote in Congressional races.

    • 148 COS
      January 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I can’t imagine anyone, especially Florida or any coastal state, voting against any type of emergency disaster bill.

  43. 149 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  44. 150 57andfemale
    January 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Cool comment from LOD last night:

    ” If you’ve ever actually tried to get a Republican in the House or Senate to vote on an income tax rate increase, proposed by a Democratic president–if you’ve done that–and perhaps only if you’ve done that, then you understand how hard it was for President Obama to get a tax
    increase out of a Republican House of Representatives and out of a Senate where the Republicans can block anything.

    Most pundits and members of Congress for that matter have never negotiated anything more complicated than a car loan or a mortgage and some of them will surely continue to criticize the President’s negotiating skills but the President was playing a very long game here.

    Literally years of strategizing including allowing a two-year extension of the Bush rates in order to get strategically positioned, so that he could force Republicans to cast a vote they vowed never to cast.”

    • 151 Japa21
      January 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Something else I found out from LOD is that the 400K-450K threshold is basically what it would have been for the higher tax bracket if Bush had never cut taxes anyway. The Clinton taxes had 200-250 as the dividing line and the tax income levels rise with COLA configurations. By now that 200 would have been 399K anyway. In other words, the current level is at the same level as the Clinton rates. (This may have been reported before here as I think it was from Wednesday’s show.)

      • 152 57andfemale
        January 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        I had heard that earlier and heard it again from Lawrence last night.

        The other thing in Lawrence’s piece last night that he inferred if not said out loud: Clinton ‘caved’ on the environmental tax but got no grief for it, because that’s how negotiations happen to get shit passed. The same liberals who thought nothing of it in 1993, are screaming at PBO’s massive accomplishments now because they’re not perfect enough. Drives me nuts.

        • 153 hopefruit2
          January 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

          Exactly. And herein lies my primary objection to the word “cave” almost exclusively reserved for PBO and the DEM party under PBO’s leadership. It’s used as a derogatory term to perpetuate the negative stereotype of President Obama as a weak, and stupid negotiator.

          • 154 57andfemale
            January 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

            ain’t THAT the truth, hopefruit

          • 155 nathkatun7
            January 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

            That’s the absolute Truth, hopefruit! What infuriates me even more is the way some pundit or reporter starts a rumor about what the President gave up in negotiations, which then sparks the howling about the President and Democrats caving. I keep wondering what happened to claims that he “caved” by accepting cuts in SS and raising the medicare eligibility age? None of these were part of the deal, although they caused a great deal of commotion and unjustified attacks on the President.

            LOD was spot-on. A responsible president knows when to compromise in order to advance the greater good for all Americans. Even the Great FDR had to compromise, (with his own Democratic party at that), when the Social Security Act was enacted. To appease Dixie-crats, the SS act excluded Agricultural and Domestic workers. It took Congress 38-45 years before amending the SS Act to include Agricultural and Domestic workers respectively.

  45. 156 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  46. 157 amk for obama
    January 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Gunnite folks.

  47. 159 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    VP Biden is the one who picked Justice Sotomayor to swear him in. She’ll do it twice.

  48. 161 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    At 1PM ET / 12PM CT today, the Joint Session of Congress will count the electoral votes and will announce the new POTUS and VPOTUS. VP Joe Biden will preside.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Joint-Session-of-Congress-Counts-Electoral-Votes/10737436977/

  49. 162 edp4bho
    January 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TOD. Chips, chips, chips. Thanks so much for posting that video of PBO being sworn in. I lost track of it. My favorite part- Sasha skipping and hopping and waving to the cameras. She stole my heart long time ago, and still remains a darling to me. I’ve read people trying to determine which daughter looks like which parent. To me, Sasha has her daddy’s eyes, and Malia is Michelle all the way. Love that family :-D

    • 163 Obama Grandmama
      January 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      I think of physical resemblance the other way with Malia, the oldest looking like her Dad and Sasha looking more like her Mom. I do see that the personalities may influence some the other way around, but I see neither parent as shy. Malia seems quieter and more shy than Sasha.

  50. 164 Pamela
    January 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Good morning y’all! :)

  51. 167 LDS
    January 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Chips, you are really something else. The video of our President being sworn in as Sen.was too amazingly beautiful. What he has accomplished in such a little time is truly nothing short of miracles. The picture of evil Dick says it all. His heart must have skipped three beats……thump, thump, oh, shit! when he shook the President of the United States hand that day.
    Did he think he was next in line? Yes, he did even if they had to clone his evil ass.

  52. 168 Dakota
    January 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Oh my Chips, love the swearing in video! The First Daughters are just too adorable and Sasha is the biggest ham ever!

    On another note, George Lucas just got engaged:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-george-lucas-bride-to-be-2013-1

    • 169 cookemom
      January 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Engaged!!?!! They should have gone straight to the altar. They’ve been together for eons and neither one is a spring chicken. She sure is a patient one. Then again, maybe it’s her that’s holding up the works. She’s head of Arial Capital, no minor league investment firm at all.

      • 170 Dakota
        January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        Yeah cookemom, they have been together a while. They were maintaining a long distance relationship all that time. Now that they’re engaged, they’ve got to commit to living in Chicago or at the Skywalker Ranch in Cali. If it were me, and keep in mind I am a northern Cali girl, it would be the Skywalker Ranch hands down!

  53. 171 No Child Left Behind
    January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    At 1pm the votes are going to be counted. The President and the Vice-President will be officially re-elected. I wish Congress had invited both Mr. and Mrs. Mitt Romney to witness this moment that will never be theirs.

    Just saying.

    • 172 LDS
      January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      NCLB, Do you mean the “Start Packing” couple? HeeHee….
      She is probably too busy sending back her china and drapes orders that she placed after their interview when they made that comment and that silly laugh. Oh, and I am sure she had her Inauguration dress sketched and ready for the first fitting.

      Just saying..

      • 173 No Child Left Behind
        January 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        LDS, you may be right. But I wish I could see “her” face now thinking of the 47% and the “YOU” people that didn’t elect her hubby, Good Old Misty.

    • 174 57andfemale
      January 4, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      My new year’s resolution: to scrub the image of those two clueless, heartless, lying people from my brain.

  54. 176 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    LIVE NOW. Congress meets to certify the election and officially announce the POTUS and VPOTUS. VP Biden is presiding.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Joint-Session-of-Congress-Counts-Electoral-Votes/10737436977-1/

  55. January 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    My #2’s alma mater and College Kay’s current school, HBCU, Howard University is trying to get PBO to speak at their 2012/2013 commencement. Please help them out by signing the petition. https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-come-to-the-2013-howard-university-commencement-on-may-11th-2013?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

  56. 180 Bill R.
    January 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    • 181 Bill R.
      January 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Jerks in MSM need to pay attention to reality. “It’s the GOP’s problem.” Our President doesn’t negotiate with hostage taker terrorists.

  57. 182 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa — Mitty is winning the electorial vote………… OMG!

  58. 191 cookemom
    January 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    R Kelley, R. Kelly – I Know You Are Hurting (Tribute To The Newtown, Ct. Kids) http://youtu.be/rMd_hL4nQQM

  59. 193 Bill R.
    January 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Remarkable! The Rep. pronounced the state of Oregon correctly. Ore-eee-gun.

  60. January 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    • January 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      “Obama’s Hawaii vacation has cost taxpayers $7 million, due to the costs of flying Air Force One and an extensive security operation”……and worth EVERY PENNY for the crap this president has to take on a daily basis.

      Rest up Mr. President and get ready to kick some more GOP and Teaparty butt!

      • 196 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Why is this damn media so obsessed with “taxpayer dollars” when it comes to this President?? What the disingenuous media fails to report is that ALL Presidents are given a FLAT allowance of so much per year. Regardless of whether the President is visiting his home state of Hawaii with his family, or clearing brush on his fake Ranch in Texas, the same amount of tax payer dollars are going towards that allowance. End of story.

        My personal taxes have not gone up to pay for President Obama’s Hawaiian vacations. Maybe the ‘duly concerned’ media should instead worry about my tax dollars funding the health care, salaries and perks of Republicans in congress who do absolutely nothing but spend 6 months a year pushing useless legislation on abortion and post-office names, and the other 6 months on vacation.

        • January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

          Quite frankley I didnt even read the write-ups in the articles I was just so happy PBO was staying at a beautiful home with his family, relaxing, and wanted to share the pictures!

  61. 198 Nena20409
    January 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    In 2012…..pres Obama unequivocally issued a firm warning that any Person or Nation threatening OUR Cyber space, Electric Grid, etc would be seen by the USA Gov’t as an act of war.

    Al Qaeda attacked USA on 9-11-01 and USA went to war and eventually eliminated OBL.

    USA is the World’s Biggest Economy and our Currency is practically the World’s Trading Currency.

    So why is our National Media, Dems and Americans treating the TERROR that these TBGOPers have done in 2011 and Now as political Tactics? If Cyber attacks are acts of War……but shutting down OUR economy that would send the world and Us into depression is political Tactics? And those publicly, privately doing so TOOK OATHS to defend these USA?

    Speaking against GW Bush’s Iraq war and Most of Us were accused as Traitors, supporting the terrorists, and we were being unAmerican? yet NO Dem is forcefully using the same type of Verbiage to seriously explain what these TBGOPers are threatening to do? Come on, Dems……this is No longer a laughing matter. TBGOPers need to be called out, seriously and repeatedly. Those on twitter and those on FaceBook, etc should help Us make this the TOPIC to change how the media has been covering this story. Ruination of our ECONOMY is PART of OUR SECURITY as a Nation and the ONLY Super Power.

  62. January 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  63. 200 Bill R.
    January 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    It’s official. Our president for the next four years is Barack Obama and our vice president is Joseph Biden. Thank you, God.

  64. 204 Dudette
    January 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Electoral vote counting is done (per CSPAN). President Obama is officially re-elected!

  65. 208 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    At the intersection of recklessness and stupidity

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————————–

    It’s really not that complicated. Congress approves federal spending, the executive branch follows through accordingly. When the legislative branch spends more than it takes it, the executive branch has to borrow the difference.

    In the 1930s, Congress came up with the debt ceiling, mandating the White House to get permission to borrow the money that Congress has already spent. If McConnell, Cornyn, and their hostage-taking friends refuse to raise the ceiling, the administration can’t pay the nation’s bills. It’s that simple.

    Either GOP lawmakers like McConnell and Cornyn haven’t yet grasped these basic details, or they’re cynically hoping the public is easily misled by bogus rhetoric. Either way, there’s little hope of a sensible public debate if Senate Republican leaders repeat nonsense about a looming national crisis.

    ———————————————-

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/04/16349652-at-the-intersection-of-recklessness-and-stupidity?lite

  66. January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    • 210 miss pat
      January 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Almost 70 million people voted for a man who would not and did not release his tax returns. A man who lied, flip-flopped and didn’t think 47 percent of us were worthy of his concern. Karma bit him on the ass. Look at that 47.21. Can’t be rounded to 48. No weapon formed agaunst the Presudent shall prosper.

      • 211 Nena20409
        January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        When Mitt Don’t Fit,

        We must O-Mitt?

        Or

        D-Mitt?

        We, We Can. Yes We Did on 11-06-12 and affirmed on 01-04-13. Yes Indeed.

      • 212 57andfemale
        January 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Please don’t give that lying, miserable, heartless, stupid son of a bitch any more credit than he’s entitled to: only close to 61 million. Which is frightening and pathetic. the same idiots demanding PBO’s college transcripts voted for a proven liar who wouldn’t show his tax returns or reveal the extent of vulture capitalist wealth.

      • 213 hopefruit2
        January 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Unfortunately it’s hard to blame these 70 million voters when you had supposedly intelligent, (possibly) non-GOP analysts like Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes thinking that Mitt Romney was a good candidate and actually writing and/or punditing about it!

      • 214 nathkatun7
        January 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        Miss Pat, I think you have your numbers wrong! I hope you meant to say almost 61 million people voted for Mitt Romney. Even President Obama did not not get any where near 70 million people. Ironically, Mitt Romney may have looked down on the 47%, but he is the one who ended up with 47% of the votes. As they say, Karma is a bitch!

        • 215 miss pat
          January 5, 2013 at 4:50 am

          Thanks for clearing that up. I figured I was off but didn’t know how to correct it after I hit send. But 61 is way too many too.

  67. 216 hopefruit2
    January 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    John Boehner looked like he’d been crying or drinking (or both) all morning.

    • 217 Ladyhawke
      January 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I agree HF. He looked pathetic and weak. That hastily arranged and chaotic coup attempt was a huge embarrassment. It really makes me laugh when SINO Boehner has the nerve to form his lips to say that President Obama must lead. After the debacle of his plan b vote and throwing up his hands and turning everything over to the senate, it’s PBO who has a leadership problem. The contempt he has for the American people is astonishing. I heard just a little bit of his speech yesterday. What the heck was that??

      ———-

      “We are standing here not to be something but to do something or, as I like to call it, doing the right thing.”

      ——————-

      All the talk about the American Dream, jobs and the debt. Does he think everyone has been in caves since he took the gavel? The 112th congress was the worst of the do nothing congresses. We got his number. He’s not a leader or a statesman. He can’t even herd enough cats in his own caucus to do the right thing for the country. The tea party tail continues to wag the GOP. Unbelievable.

      • 218 anniebella
        January 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        So if the President must lead then that mean he must lead the House. Please tell me what was the purpose of electing him yesterday? Boehner is a first class disgrace.

        • 219 anniebella
          January 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

          Boehner want the President to lead because he can’t. He can’t because his caucus won’t allow him too. Where ole where is Speaker Nancy at?

  68. January 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  69. 221 desertflower
    January 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    All you Tweeters:) Found this on Bob’s TL….might come in handy!!

    http://legislationlab.wikispaces.com/Tweet+Elected+Officials

  70. 222 Ladyhawke
    January 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Senator Schumer is speaking right now on CSAN on the Sandy legislation.

  71. 223 prettyfoot58
    January 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  72. January 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  73. 232 Allison
    January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  74. January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    This story from Sam Stein basically says that the President got the tax framework he wanted in the first place: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/fiscal-cliff-averted_n_2410801.html

  75. 234 Bill R.
    January 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

  76. 243 forus50
    January 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    That’ damn vacationing Kenyan Socialist Muslim’s fault. :)

  77. 244 a4alice
    January 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

  78. 245 sabreen60
    January 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  79. 248 Bill R.
    January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  80. 249 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  81. January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I know this is o/t but I just had to share this with you all. Tonight my God daughter and I were talking about PBO’s election and she showed me a posting on her facebook/
    “Obama rhymes with ohana which means family, no one gets left behind where as Mitt rhymes with s**t.” Just goes to show that 13 year olds are very smart!

  82. 255 utaustinliberal
    January 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    • 256 4morefor44
      January 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      president obama is the worst soshulist EVAH!!

    • 257 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      This is a recovery that has happened no-where else in the world. Australia is supposedly doing well compared to Europe with its recovery – but our share market is still way below the 2007 high (main index got to 6873 in Oct 2007, low 3090 in March 2009, it closed Friday at 4742 – so still a long way back).

      The economics of the US recovery owes a massive debt to the President and his administration. It seems that business well understands that – hopefully that will belt some sense into the few remaining sane republicans in congress.

  83. 258 desertflower
    January 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Club for Growth and what their founder says…the voters that put these CFG endorsed idiots back in office, are fools.

    “I can say this because I’m not an elected official: the most selfish group in America today is senior citizens. Their demands on Washington are: ‘Give us more and more and more.’ They have become the new welfare state, and given the size and political clout of this constituency, it’s very dangerous. One of the biggest myths in politics today is this idea that grandparents care about their grandkids. What they really care about is that that Social Security check and those Medicare payments are made on a timely basis.”
    –Stephen Moore

    • 259 99ts
      January 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Club for growth expects the poor and disabled to work until they drop dead – like they had to do in the 1800s – they knew their place in those days.

  84. 260 xtine
    January 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Damn, Chips! I sneak in & see 2 pics of Mr. Buckshot MinusHeart! Have to go find my goodness shield! :)

  85. 261 99ts
    January 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Noticed that Paul Ryan voted against the Sandy relief – what is it about losing GOP VP candidates that they instantly lose all sense of reality. Ryan is going to attempt to do from within what Palin attempted to do through the media. They both speak to the lowest in society – who will always hate the black guy.

    It would seem all that Ryan’s opponent for 2014 needs to do is take a leaf from the NRA and “keep a scorecard”.

  86. January 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Can someone dare to answer this question for me: Ruth Madoff has paid a tremendous public price for her husband Bernie Madoff, dastardly financial scheme he committed on some American citizens. Why isn’t Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC (@mitchellreports) not paying a price for the disastrous financial crisis her husband Alan Greenspan perpetrated on this nation?

    • 265 Chi
      January 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      I too would love to know RanMan…

      But you’ve got to understand that as hateful and hostile and dishonest as Andrea Mitchell has been to and about President Obama, she’s been curiously one of the biggest defenders, protectors and cheerleaders for Hillary Clinton…

      As a matter of fact, when Andrea Mitchell isn’t too busy attacking and disrespecting President Obama, she could very easily be mistaken for Hillary Clinton’s spokeswoman, pr person and personal assistant…

      So there’s that too…

    • 266 nathkatun7
      January 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      RanMan, the obvious answer is that she is a member of the unethical mainstream media.

  87. 267 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

  88. 268 LDS
    January 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    So true, so true. The covers are being pulled off to reveal the vile, evil bs they have tried to cover up for decades.


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