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Governor O’Malley at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention

 Gov. Martin O’Malley at today’s Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention – excerpts:

…. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of the cynicism. I’ve had enough of the apathy. I’ve had enough of us giving in to self-pity, small solutions and low expectations of one another.

Let’s remember who we are.

For 235 years, we have been the country that thrilled the world – and led the world – over and over again, in large part, by making ourselves stronger at home.

Don’t you think it’s time to do it again?

The patriots who made America great – did not pray for their president to fail, they prayed for their president to succeed.

Our founders didn’t belittle science and learning; they aspired to it.

They didn’t appeal to America’s fears; they inspired American courage.

And they would never — ever — abandon the war on poverty in order to declare a war on women,… a war on workers,… a war on immigrants,… a war on the sick,… and a war on hungry children.

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America is the greatest job-generating, opportunity-expanding nation ever created in the history of the free world.

But America cannot serve our children’s needs if our Republican brothers and sisters in Congress keep shutting us down and selling us short.

As Democrats – as Americans – we have an urgent responsibility today.

It’s about jobs.

It’s about a stronger middle class.

And it’s about giving our children a better future now.

The truth is, after Hoover, America needed Roosevelt. After Eisenhower, we needed Kennedy. After Reagan, we needed Clinton…

And after eight miserable years of George W. Bush, America needed Barack Obama.

No President since FDR inherited a worse economy, bigger job losses, as many wars, or as large a deficit as President Obama.

Thanks to his leadership – and to the leadership of Sen. Harkin and Congressional Democrats – America is moving forward again.

This month – our 51st month in a row of positive private sector job growth – the United States created 217,000 new jobs.

Job growth exceeded 200,000 for the fourth straight month last month, and businesses have now added over a million jobs so far this year.

But urgent work remains to be done.

And the cynical few who have hacked our democracy are digging in.

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Yes, these TEA-Party Republicans – funded by their wealthy economic royalists friends, like the Koch brothers – see America as a small place…

A business in decline.

A place of limited capacity and limited potential.

A place that can only afford to serve the interests of the privileged few.

We’ve seen this view before, haven’t we? Hoover called it supply side economics. Reagan called it trickle-down economics. George W. Bush called it…, “focusing on my base.”

Whatever they call it, it will not give our children a better and more prosperous future with more jobs and more opportunity for all.

To those who would prescribe this “future of less” for America’s middle class, we must ask the very real and serious question – how much less do you think would be good for our country?

How much less education will make our children smarter?

How many fewer college graduates will make our economy more competitive?

How many hungry American children can we no longer afford to feed?

Think about your parents and grandparents – picture their faces – they understood the essential truth of the American Dream.

The stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us; the more she gives back to our children and our grandchildren.

We will not solve our problems by doing less. We must do more.

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In Maryland, we have done more, not less, to create new jobs in new industries; to build a modern economy – an economy, with a human purpose.

We have done more to improve our children’s education…,

more to rebuild our infrastructure…,

and more to make college opportunity more affordable for all.

Like you, we believe the foundation of any growing economy is a stronger middle class.

Therefore, we increased the Earned Income Tax Credit…,

We became the first state in the nation to pass a living wage law…,

And just a few weeks ago, we increased the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Why did we take these actions?

Because when workers earn more money, businesses have more customers and our WHOLE ECONOMY GROWS.

Prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top. It never has.

A thriving economy – a growing economy – is built from the middle out and the middle up.

A stronger middle class is not the consequence of economic growth — it is the CAUSE of economic growth.

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I’ll leave you with this final story,…

My wife Katie and I have four children — two girls, two boys.

My son William, who’s 16 years old, is here with me today. When he was 9, we were together one evening watching the History Channel. It was a special about Rosa Parks, Civil Rights, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

And as William watched the story, he turned to me and said, “Dad, back then,” – by which he meant, sometime between the extinction of the dinosaurs and the invention of the 8 track tape – “somebody told you that some of you had to ride in the front of the bus, and some of you had to ride in the back of the bus,. . . and you guys actually listened to them?!”

And I said, “Well, I know it’s hard to imagine, William, but that’s the way it had always been.”

Then he turned to me with the clear wisdom of youth, and said “Dad,… didn’t you guys realize that you were all going to the same place?”

The truth is, we are all going to the same place.

We are all on the same bus.

Iowa and Maryland. California and Mississippi.

We will move forward or we will slip back together…

We will succeed or fail together…

And we will rise or fall together.

This is not a matter of wishing or hoping.

It’s a matter of belief and action.

We are Americans, we make our own destiny.

And we will not be the first generation to give our children a country of less.

It means that Iowa must stand up. It means that Maryland must stand up. It means each of us must stand up.

It only takes one person, then another, then another to stand up and say: enough.

Enough obstruction. Enough wasted time. Stop selling our country short.

Let us achieve like Americans again.

Let us lead like Americans again.

And let us believe like Americans again – in ourselves, in our nation, and in one another.

Together we can.

Together we must.

And together, Iowa, we will.

Thank you.

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Full transcript here

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163 Responses to “Governor O’Malley at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention”


  1. 1 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Woot!

  2. 10 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    • 11 Don
      June 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Yep, that was what struck me the most. None of the equivocating bullcrap, I think O’Malley might have found something.

      • 12 jacquelineoboomer
        June 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        I think you are right, Don. I think if he keeps THIS message as his message, he’s “found something.” I feel like voting for him right now.

        • 13 nathkatun7
          June 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm

          “I feel like voting for him right now.”

          Me too JOB! I think this must be our guy to succeed President Obama.

          • 14 HZ
            June 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

            Me three, jacquelineoboomer and nath. “I this must be our guy to succeed President Obama.” I surely can see that, nath!!! HZ

          • 15 jacquelineoboomer
            June 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

            Truthfully, I’ve got to ride with Joe first, but for some reason, I’m not sure in my gut that he’s running (HERESY!).

            So, right now, I agree that we may have found our guy to succeed President Obama.

        • 16 sjterrid
          June 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

          I so agree with you, JO’B. I would definitely vote for him. I’m so glad that chips posted his remarks, since I didn’t get on my computer, yesterday.

      • 17 nospin
        June 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

        He has always been that way Don. Gov O’Malley is the greatest. He gets it and he has accomplished so much here in Maryland for all citizens. He has addressed inequality for minorities and the poor alike in education and jobs. I can’t wait to see what he can do for this country. Well after my Ride or Die Joe Biden does his thing.

    • 18 zekke Lydonna
      June 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      His respect and support for what PBO is trying to achieve it what I want to see from ALL Democrats in Congress, but most especially from those who wish to run for the office. The fact that Hillary Clinton is trying to distance herself from Obama’s policies pisses me off. I am definitely looking elsewhere for a candidate who has our President’s back.

  3. June 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm
  4. June 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Just like my gut was telling me something about a young senator from Chicago 10 years ago, I’ve gotten the O’Malley bug as well. I hope he does rise up in the party. He’s a good one….we shouldn’t let him get a way. :)

    • 21 Asher in Boston
      June 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Tru Dat, Karihope. I’m not on the Hillary bandwagon and don’t plan to join it. Gov. O’Malley is a good guy.

    • 22 idon
      June 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Yep. I’ve get that realness and good guy feel from him. I hope he rises too.

    • 23 nathkatun7
      June 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Indeed, Karihope! Now I know why my niece who lives in Silver Springs MD, loves this guy so much!

      • 24 HZ
        June 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Nath, I think Donna Dem has spoken highly of Gov. O’Malley as well. This great. I watched him in a church service once and I was very moved by his body language and his appreciation for the young man that was being recognize. Plus, I remember his visit at the WH during PBO’s first term, and O’Malley was just a calm, serene spirit in the room with President Obama. There was that spirit of jealousy about him. More of the same spirit as PBO’s dear and best friend, Gov. Deval Patrick.

        Great team if Joe does not run?HZ

  5. June 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Good grief:

    Hillary fans really, really, really don’t help themselves.

    • 26 Don
      June 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      They never learn.

    • 29 Dudette
      June 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      They’re stooping to Tea Bagger jabs now. SMDH

    • 30 hopefruit2
      June 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Seems like a lot of the HillaryStans are embedded in the media…NBC? Hmm….

      • June 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        She sure does have friends in ‘high’ media places, Hopefruit

        • 32 hopefruit2
          June 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

          Sure seems that way.

          • 33 HZ
            June 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

            But she does not have us. So she needs to walk humbly and respectfully. Just saying. We will not take the 2008 again. Not going down that road with her. I wish her the best, but she and her friends better make sure that they do not take us, ‘we the people’ lightly. I would hope that she had learned The Lesson. We will see.HZ

    • 34 desertflower
      June 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Which is why when Bobfr sent that Tweet out about HRC doing some work like Gov O’Malley for the Dems for 2014….I thought to myself, “No way. She’s threatened by him and his positive, strong message. He’ll take the spot light away from her and she’ll never do that.” If I’m wrong, I’ll be pleasantly surprised and apologize to all that thought she would help in that capacity. She’s about her. Always will be. Her supporters overlook the things they don’t want to face or admit to…she’s a hawk, for starters. They are blinded by the fact that she’s a woman and that over rules everything else. I want to see a woman as POTUS before I leave this Earth…preferably, it will not be her, but Sen Warren. I really love Gov. O’Malley’s message…i think it will be well received by a huge swath of America…and I don’t just mean Dems, but Indies and Repubs who’s party has long ago left them for the swamp they live in now. I hope he goes after this…I’m with him all the way and will work as hard for him as I did for Barack Obama:) Yes. I. Will.

      • June 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        Beautiful, DF! He impresses me more every time I hear him speak, and what I will never, ever forget is his loyalty to and support for PBO through it all, good times and bad, when so many other Dems were disloyal cowards. I have mixed feelings about Hillary, but so many of her supporters would turn anyone off, and the fact that they don’t give a single thought to this year’s elections shows how selfish and vile they are. Screw them – they’ll regret it.

        • 36 desertflower
          June 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

          Anyone that has stood solidly with this extraordinary President, no matter what…has my full and undivided attention. He has done that and now I owe him the courtesy of listening to what he has to say and to support him in his efforts should he choose this difficult, thankless job of running for national office…hopefully, the next POTUS. He has a backbone and is not malleable like so many others….

          • 37 HZ
            June 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

            Amen, Chips and desertflower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is how I feel. I wrote in my journal for the ‘Goodness of the Universe’ to give us the best again, and I am keeping my prayers and meditations on this man.

            I did that with PBO after being informed by my brother and his friends who knew this great senator on another level, and I began personally searching and receiving everything I could find in reading matter about him. That is how my best friend and I made up our minds to following then Senator Barack Obama. The rest is history.

            My brother and his friends to this day, often remind me of that decision when I get a little down. They are my ‘Needles and Threads’ of calcifying every stone that is being laid by this great president and all of us. PBO is a beautiful ‘Human Goodness of Humanity’ that is always found in the greatest presidents of this nation. I do believe in my heart, that he will be the greatest president ever. I live daily on this thought. It keeps me going. That is one reason that I keeping saying to my TOD family: “We Will Make This Journey” with this great President to be a blessed one. As per Bobfr, #TRUSTBARACK. I will never stop. HZ

        • 38 hopefruit2
          June 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

          I have also observed a couple Hillary’s supporters on Twitter demonstrating racist and misogynist streaks that makes them no different from the RW Republicans – for example, one referred to PBO as “Barry” in the same tweet she called our @liberalphenom (also “Proud of Obama” on TOD) a “bitch.”

          And now this idiot from NBC is using outdated teleprompter memes to attack someone whom she thinks might be a threat to her preferred candidate. Hillary needs to start advising her “supporters” especially those in the media who should be more professional, to stop this crap. It’s only going to hurt her in the DEM primaries…and yield the SAME result as 2008.

          • June 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

            Methinks the NBC woman let the mask slip with that one Hopefruit, a truly pathetic comment. Some of the nastiest racist remarks I ever saw about PBO were from Hillary supporters at DU, astonishing stuff. There is that truly ugly streak running through so many of them, makes me ill.

      • 40 Anna
        June 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        I consider myself an Indie, I am with you 100% in your thoughts and comments.

      • 42 nathkatun7
        June 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Well said, DF! Like you I would love to see a woman president in my lifetime, but I am not happy with the political tactics of HRC’s supporters. Gov. O’Malley came across as a very authentic person who is genuinely focused on improving people’s lives. If he runs I will work as hard for him as I did for President Obama.

    • June 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm
    • 45 Linda
      June 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Why would she notes or a teleprompter to talk about a book she just wrote about her personal experiences ?

      Once again….her supporters are clueless……

    • 47 anniebella
      June 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Tell that Hillary supporters that they have had six years to grow up, it is ashame that they haven’t.

      • 48 anniebella
        June 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        Remember the last guy that they pick on for using a teleprompter. Hillary can be beating again, like 2008.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      This means Hillary fans were really, really threatened by O’Malley and his reception. when rattled, they strike out.

    • 51 zekke Lydonna
      June 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      This teleprompter shit is something Rethugs have used to insult PBO. It is stupid and demeaning. Her supporters got nasty in 2008. 2016, different race, same bullshit?

      Just say NO to Hillary. I think her time has passed. She ‘missed’ her chance in 2004, because she didn’t want to run against an incumbent President. The Country needs a real progressive. The Democrats need a real leader.

    • 52 nospin
      June 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

      so they are using “paper” in 2014 the age of technology and that is supposed to be a good thing? Who uses paper anymore?
      #FORWARD #nomoreclintons

  6. June 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Reality …

  7. 54 lockewasright
    June 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Why does the clock always run so much faster when I am on my break?! Oh well, back to fun with silicon wafers…

  8. June 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  9. June 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Just checked and Germany and Ghana are tied with 1 goal each. 35′ to go in regular time …. wish I could be watching but need to get back to work. bbl …

  10. 61 Anna
    June 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    OMG. I was spiraling down into depression cause President Obama on last term. Change You Can Believe in brought to you by President Obama, carried onward by Gov. O’Malley. That he openly supports the current President means much to me.

  11. 63 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm
  12. 64 carolyn
    June 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    What is the big deal about speaking without notes? She gives, and has given basically the same speech over and over again. Once she is actually on the campaign trail, and every word is parsed, and yes it will be, she will us notes or a teleprompter. The teleprompter is a good public speaker’s helpful tool. That is all……it does not write or give the speech.

    Frankly, I do not want the President or a candidate talking off the top of his/her head. We’ve learned the consequences of that!

  13. 65 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm
  14. 66 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
  15. June 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hellooooooooo MsChipsssss…NW….and all of TODvillleeeeeee….

    I have been waiting for a candidate to speak the words that OMalley spoke….Oooo wee…..how powerful they are…how full of promise they are….how full of hope and determination they are….This is the kind of candidate to inherit the Obama Coalition….because no Dem Candidate can win without the Coalition’s vote….and that candidate will need to engage and inspire the Obama Coalition….

    YesWeCan…AGAIN!

    • June 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      It’s a long way to go of course but he came in like a storm today. Not only does O’Malley have the right message but the man is outstanding at organizing and mobilizing. Something that anyone who goes up against him ignores at their own peril. His history is that he gets better and stronger the closer he gets to his goal.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        June 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

        Yes, and besides just “message” he has an actual record of governing with strong progressive policies – something that any self-professed Democrat should jump at.

        I still don’t know what Hillary’s record is since I don’t recall her doing anything much as a NY Senator. If someone knows otherwise, please fill me in.

        • June 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm

          Well there was that time she…..Oh wait that was somebody else.

          O’Malley came up through the ranks and I can tell you from watching him all these years he knows how to play this game. The Clinton camp’s snarky comments about the teleprompter smells like fear which means O’Malley is onto something and they know it. He’s got the message and the record to back it up.

      • June 21, 2014 at 11:48 pm

        Earlier on I was impressed with Gov. O’Malley thinking he would make an excellent VP running mate for Hillary. I thought he did not have enough recognition or experience to win himself. That was when I thought Hillary had redeemed herself when she was SOS. More recently I am having flashbacks of the dirty tricks, lying, omissions, and extreme selfishness witnessed in 08. The reasons I did not want Hillary then continue as she is the same person. My problem is under no circumstances do I want a Republican as President. Now I am thinking Martin O’Malley is the kind of man with the values and vision of helping people similar to PBO that I could proudly vote for although I would need to do further research to verify he is true to his word.

        • 72 Obama Grandmama
          June 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm

          O’Malley with the guy that was just appointed to head Housing might be a good combo. Hillary’s comment about all Presidents try their best in response to the question on how she thinks PBO has done swayed me away from her.

        • 73 nospin
          June 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

          “Now I am thinking Martin O’Malley is the kind of man with the values and vision of helping people similar to PBO”

          Obama Grandmama – yes he is. Always been that way. I live in Maryland and have seen all that he has done. Sat on some of his committees as it relates to education and bridging the education gap for minorities. He is a wonderful human being who recognizes inequality and fights to balance it. He has ALWAYS been that way.

          As a black woman I can truly say, he represents my interest as a woman and minority and the interest of the American people overall. It will never be 100% who supports him but he works for those people anyway. Just like our POTUS.

          I love him.

    • 74 sherijr
      June 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Agree PF, he has certainly inspired me.. managed to bring the tears too, and I love that he respects President Obama- I could never- will never vote for anyone that doesn’t praise and appreciate all that POTUS has done.

    • 75 nathkatun7
      June 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Prettyfoot for expressing so well what I felt after I watched Gov. O’Malley’s Iowa speech. My niece who lives in Maryland is so impressed with the governor and like you she thinks that he would be the perfect successor to President Obama to carry on the Obama agenda. I now know why she is so enthusiastic about him.

  16. June 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm
  17. 77 JER
    June 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm
    • 78 anniebella
      June 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Speaking of golf have anyone seen that 11 year old girl playing in the U.S. Women Open?

      • 79 0388jojothecat
        June 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        Yes. She’s very poised and is not falling for the media hype. She just wants to have fun and enjoy the experience.

  18. 80 carolyn
    June 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    So glad I listened and watched Gov. O’Malley’s entire speech. He has the right message for now……it’s forward looking, and built on solid experience. I so loved it when he said “We don’t belittle our teachers…..” That is about all the teachers in this state get……beelittling. He has a real record to run on, and a great message.

    I must say, his speaking is so much better than at the 2012 convention. What a wonderful improvement. He is natural, friendly, firm, and knowledgeable. Also, he has charm, that came through the computer screen. I was impressed. Substance, not flim-flam.

  19. 81 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  20. 84 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Chips’ man is on the Twitter-machine!

  21. June 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Did y’all see that performance by Ghana, my homeland against Germany? I just wish we had held onto the 2-1 lead till the end. We are still in the game!!!!!

    • 94 desertflower
      June 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      THIS!! I love him. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE him! Smart and talented, empathetic, compassionate and spirited. Using his celebrity for good.

      • 95 daisydem
        June 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        Me too!!! We can love him as friends. He can marry whom he wants, but we can love him too! He really is awesome!

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Now that, Dudette, is a patriot, among a lot of of other fine things.

      • 97 Dudette
        June 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

        Yes INDEED!

        • 98 HZ
          June 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

          {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ TY, my beautiful Dudette}}}}}}}}}}}}}} for sharing this one with the family. Mr. Clooney is really one of President Obama’s true friends. He is not in it to shine above POB, but he will always stand with him, around him and for him. He is another one of those true quiet friends of PBO, but will speak when necessary and on his terms. A quiet but powerful beautiful spirit just as his friend, PBO. Love Mr. Clooney for his expressiveness toward the president. HZ

  22. 99 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I think My President will be chanting this tomorrow! :-)

  23. 102 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Hey, I missed this… check it!

  24. 103 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Okay, okay…. what?!!!!
    :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  25. 112 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm
  26. 113 daisydem
    June 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I am posting this through heavy tears, need some love and support today please TOD friends … But not reason for post is: why can the TelePrompTer thing not be put to rest? Seriously … Is this still being talked about? The Teleprompter is nothing but the 20th and 21st century version of written notes. Get over it already.

    • June 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      They’re just pathetic Daisydem, loathsome people.

    • 124 Layla
      June 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      I offer you all of my love and support today and tomorrow..daisydem Layla

    • 127 Dudette
      June 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Don’t let ‘em get you down. PBO didn’t and Gov O’Malley won’t either. Gotta have nerves of steel and be ready for whatever comes at ya, to be in this game. Our guys can handle it!

      Remember this:

      • 128 nathkatun7
        June 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

        Oh, Dudette! Thanks so much for sharing this again. This never gets old because it really captures the true essence of our President. He refuses to let all the mud thrown at him bother him, or derail him from following his North Star.

        • 129 Dudette
          June 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

          Hi Nath! I agree. This is one of the things that drew me to President Obama in the first place. His ability to put things in perspective, see the big picture, understand the environment and stay focused on what’s important. That’s the first thing I look for in a leader.

          • 130 HZ
            June 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

            Dudette, these very thoughts of yours also were the thoughts and words in summation to me when then Senator was running for POTUS. Because those friends of my brother’s attended Harvard Law School with President Barack Obama; they knew the real person in this beautiful soul. And he will not change, Dudette. We have the real thing. I love the way George Clooney said it. Now Mr. Clooney is a man of deep and decent observations of the man, our beautiful and brilliant President, Barack Obama.

            DasiyDem, {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Stay strong. We love you .}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

            • 131 HZ
              June 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm

              Oh, Dudette, another great person in our lives, ‘The Queen of Soul,’ Ms. Aretha Franklin sang Amazing Grace , think it was at the ‘Celebration of Women of Soul at the WH, and in her closing acknowledgements, she used this same reminder. Look at that one. It is so moving. I still have it on my desktop, because when I get a little low; I bring that part of the performance up and just listen, watch(because, POTUS, FLOTUS, AG Holder and Dr. Sharon Malone Holder ) were all having a Sunday Morning Church Service. Watch it. I know you will be able to find it. It is one to keep. {{{{{{{{{{{{ Love you, my dear beautiful Maestro}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • 132 sjterrid
      June 22, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Daiseydem {{hugs}}. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. 133 desertflower
    June 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    As if PA needed another reason to get rid of Corbett…here’s another one!

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/former-pa-health-employees-we-were-told

    Pennsylvania, land of ethical giants! Nice corrupt little relationship the Corbett administration has with the fracking industry, don’t you think?

    Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling.

    One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development.

    “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years.

    Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that.

    Deasy, a former program specialist with the Bureau of Epidemiology, said the department also began requiring field staff to get permission to attend any meetings outside the department. This happened, he said, after an agency consultant made comments about drilling at a community meeting.

    In the more than 20 years he worked for the department, Deasy said, “community health wasn’t told to be silent on any other topic that I can think of.”

    Companies have drilled more than 6,000 wells into Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale over the last six years, making it the fastest-growing state for natural gas production in America.

    Amid the record-breaking development, public health advocates have expressed concern that Pennsylvania has not funded research to examine the potential health impacts of the shale boom.

    If you haven’t seen ” Gasland”…you need to see that documentary. ASAP

  28. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    June 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’m not promising anything on anybody else’s behalf, and I’m waiting to decide, myself, ’cause I’m always Ridin’ with Biden, but wanted to add to the “advice and counsel” that Governor O’Malley has been getting. His words are so refreshing to hear, when the words of HRC have been pounded into our heads for weeks! We don’t need to go back to old-school politics. #Forward

  29. 140 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    My day is MADE! :-D

  30. 141 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm
  31. 143 Debra
    June 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Did anyone listen to the Hillary Clinton tape from 1975 about a rape trial when she acted as the defense attorney?

    • 144 Layla
      June 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      I did, disgusting…

      • 145 Debra
        June 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        I had the same opinion the laughing was horrible. I know they are going to say she was doing her job but the laughing and gloating was disturbing.

        • June 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

          Not really.

          She said her client passed a polygraph test which forever destroyed her faith in polygraphs and laughed.

          Roy Reed laughed when she said the prosecutor didn’t want her to see the evidence.

          He laughed again when Hillary said this famous forensic expert had an office packed with detective magazines.

          Hillary laughed when she mentioned this expert was ready to come to Arkansas to prevent this miscarriage of justice.

          Roy Reed laughed when Hillary mentioned the judge did not want her to be present while examining her client. Out of disbelief mind you.

          That’s it. No laughing uproariously at the victim or anything of that nature. The case was disturbing. That interview wasn’t even close to disturbing and no it was pretty obvious she was not gloating either.

    • 149 nospin
      June 22, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I don’t even have to listen to know that there is no way in hell I would want to be subjected to a HRC presidency. No way I want to go backward from all the progress we have mad. Hillary is a hawk. Is unable to manage her finances and has no core values. She is the one who opened the gate to provide cover for all the racist remarks levied at our President. I will never forgive her for that. AND she never retracted those statement or tried to correct it.

      #nomoreclintons

  32. June 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Why we call them #NEWSTAINERS – reason #101395921087

  33. June 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Don’t know much about Taylor Swift, but this seems like a fine gesture …

  34. 158 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Want one? Here ya go!

  35. 159 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  36. 160 Dudette
    June 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Support from home! :-)

  37. 162 sjterrid
    June 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Chips, thank you for providing the highlights and the link from Gov. O’malley’s speech in Iowa. It was great. I will definitely support him, if he decides to run in 2016, providing Biden doesn’t decide to run. Then you could still be called TOD! It’s a good omen of things to come.


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