heads up: pbo in atlanta

President Obama stops for a photo with neighborhood residents on his way to a fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia

8:25 ET: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event at Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta

CBS (streaming has started)

CNN live streaming

206 Responses to “heads up: pbo in atlanta”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    March 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    You rock, chica!!

  2. 3 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I wondered why refreshing was taking so long…….you were building a new thread Chipsticks 🙂

  3. 4 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    POTUS is speaking on CBS – nothing yet on CNN

  4. 5 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I simply MUST bring this over from the previous thread:


    Poll: Obama Even with GOP Candidates in Georgia [article plus short radio segment]

    • 6 Liberal Librarian
      March 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Holy carp!!! Go Obots! If this holds through November, we’re looking at a blue tidal wave. 2010 will be the blip I’ve been saying it was.

      • 7 Dudette
        March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        I know we shouldn’t get too shaken up over polls, but this one has me shimmying, ‘sho nuff!!!

        Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue! Turn Georgia Blue!!! 🙂

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Am I seeing and hearing right? Ed Schultz is saying that the WH is now proposing/requiring all colleges must cover birth control for students.

    • 9 itgurl_29
      March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thank you, Mr. President!

    • 10 Dudette
      March 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Booyah! Take that GOP woman-haters!!

    • 12 defytheodds
      March 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      HHS spells contraception coverage rule options

      The Department of Health and Human Services announced that they’re considering three options to implement President Obama’s requirement that women employed by religious instituions get free, no-copay birth control.

      J. Lester Feder reports:

      – Require the companies that self-insured plans hire to manage their employee benefits, called third-party administrators, to cover the cost of these benefits out of revenues not connected with the religiously affiliated employer.

      – Cover the cost of the benefit by having the new reinsurance program established by the health care reform law pay rebates to third-party administrators.

      – Have a separate insurance company provide the benefit to these employees.

      The proposal also suggests giving the exemption to religious organizations that cover some, but not all, FDA-approved contraceptives.

      HHS also issued a final rule on Friday regulating student health plans offered by universities. They spell out that religious universities will largely have to follow the same rules for providing contraceptive coverage for their students that they will have to for their employees. But self-funded student plans will be exempt, because HHS does not have the authority to regulate them under current law.

    • March 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      That is fantastic. BRAVO.

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    The speech already is in progress…CNN is streaming now.

    • 17 Mel
      March 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      OBO in Atlanta was fantastic, and this is a new one PBO challange the GOP running that if
      the want to TALK about MORAL value to bring it on PBO has values I love this man PBO doe has
      a tons of moral values. ED was showing part of the speech ED is doing a great job.

  7. 18 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    PBO is speaking now on the CBS stream.

  8. 19 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm
  9. 20 mtmarilyn
    March 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    He is talking now!!!!

  10. 21 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    You want to call it “Obamacare”… that’s okay, because I DO care!

    — President Barack Obama, 3/16/2012

  11. 26 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • March 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    • March 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Howdy, pb!! Meant to tell you last night I was sorry to see the comments @goldietaylor made to you yesterday.

      • 31 pinkbunny92
        March 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Ah thanks meta!! Yeah I’m always surprised when other liberals are snide to each other. I think I always take tiffs with liberals more seriously than RWNJs. Because I don’t expect any better from them! But I do expect some modicum of respect between liberals.
        But I got over it, and I realized it really wasn’t productive.

        But thanks for asking 🙂 ((((( hugs)))))

        • March 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          What did goldie taylor say to you pb?

          • 33 pinkbunny92
            March 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

            It was related to Andrew Sullivan Post on the South, and racism in the south. I agreed with Andrew Sullivan on the extremely racists attitudes in the South, especially toward the President. Goldie Taylor said that I am ignorant in my opinion, and apparently I’m assuming all this because I watched too many movies. She also said I should get out of Los Angeles, implying how would I know anything about racism, being from a big urban liberal city, and not knowing anything about the South.

            First of all. I never denied racism was only in the South, only that it was worse in the South. Based on statistics for unemployment, imprisonment, death penalty, standard of living, opportunities etc.

            Second, I was ticked off by her comment, because I only lived in LA for 3 years, I’ve lived in many different places, and I know very well that racism can be found anywhere. I grew up in south west Ohio, near Dayton, and went to grad school near Cincinnati, having Kentucky across the border, and having been there, it’s a completely different environment, and it’s only 25 miles away! So I had some anecdotal experience as well. But Goldie Taylor had NO CLUE about my backround. Only that my twitter profile says that I’m currently in Los Angeles, and therefore as en “elite” asian american liberal, what the hell would I know about racism!

            But especially after the polls released from Mississippi and Alabama, on President Obama being a muslim and not believing that interracial marriage is accceptable, that polling was, for me, one more thing that showed that the South is more overt in its racism.

            I’m not implying rednecks are racists, as there are racists to be found everywhere, but I have yet to have anyone show me proof that it isn’t worse for African Americans in the north eastern states vs. the south.

            • March 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

              Wow! That Goldie is something else. I’ve gotten into it with her once and she blocked me. I had to laugh at her a few weeks ago when she announced on twitter that she was willing to unblock some folks she blocked before. LOL….As if it was some kind of big prize to be able to follow her.

              In any case, I agree with you. Racism is everywhere but it is more overt in some places.They may be more polite in the South but Goldie should not pretend like the hatred behind those smiles doesn’t burn hotter.

              • 35 pinkbunny92
                March 16, 2012 at 11:06 pm

                LOL! So I’m in good company 🙂

                After initially being taken aback, I wished her luck in her career, then I just blocked her on twitter and unliked her facebook page. I have NO interest in ever hearing what she has to say.

                especially after she was on Lawrence defending Andrew Breitbart, and mourning his death. It was the last straw! Though I’m sure she could care less if I ever follow her 🙂

                • March 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

                  She was kissing Andrew’s butt before he passed. I saw her write on twitter that she wasn’t going to block him. I forgot what reason she gave but I recall thinking it was lame and that she just wanted to keep him on because of connections. She wouldn’t block a lying hatemonger like Andrew but she blocked me for pointing out that she got her facts wrong on Pres.Obama’s job record.

                  • 37 pinkbunny92
                    March 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

                    Well that explains it, she’s so desperate to be part of the #MSM inner circle, so soon she’ll start to bitch about President Obama to show how “fair and balanced” she is! 😀

                • 38 sonjiaduncan
                  March 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm

                  I saw that program. The more she talked, the less I thought of her character.

  12. 39 utaustinliberal
    March 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    PBO is on fire! “Change is healthcare reform. You want to call it Obamacare? Go right ahead. I care for children; I care for people.”

  13. 45 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    POTUS says “the folks who are RUNNING for President” LOL!!!!!!!

  14. 46 sonjiaduncan
    March 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    It sounds like church. Preach on President Obama.

  15. 47 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm
  16. March 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Speaking of Hot-lanta, I’m watching Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta, it’s one of my fav versions of the show. I love the NYC version too, but I’m a Southern girl at heart, so SYTTD:ATL speaks to me…lol.

    All I need now is David Tutera’s wedding show and I’m gonna be in hog-heaven…lol.

  17. 51 itgurl_29
    March 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I told y’all the crowd in ATL was gonna be just as on fire as POTUS.

  18. 52 ctgirl7
    March 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I love her too!

  19. 54 collegekay
    March 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I love when he goes off script and starts whispering to us. it’s so intimate and effective.

  20. 56 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    He’s gonna make me start crying….thinking about the sacrifices…

    • 57 HZ
      March 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      GGail, I am sitting here doing just that. I see the tenderness that we all here see and know of about our President, and I just start crying to see that we really are so bless to have such a beautiful soul as our President.

      Thank you, Mr. President. We love you and we appreciate you, and We Are Going To Get the Vote Out for 4 more for 44.HZ

  21. 60 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

  22. 61 mtmarilyn
    March 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I love it how he talks about the American ideal. All those Republican President who were believed in building this country.

  23. 62 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    This crowd is really fired up about PBO’s speech. I could definitely see Georgia going blue in 2012 🙂

  24. 66 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I bet it’s hot in there – I see a shine on his forehead

    Where’s the Church Usher with the fans or handkerchief? 🙂

      March 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm


  25. 68 japa21
    March 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    You will never see the diversity you see in PBO’s gatherings at any Republican gathering, I don’t care who it is for. Which is why, of course, they consider themselves real Americans, bcause the definitio real American is White, over 60, Christian, straight and (btw, to build suspense I will say that up to this point I am by their definition a real American) and, to get back to the qualifications, dumb as an ox. I like to think I don’t meet that last criteria.

    • 69 GGail
      March 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Oh japa21, confession is good for the soul, but we know where your allegiance is !!!!

      • 70 hopefruit2
        March 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        LOL! The only criteria that requires confession is the last one – which he doesn’t meet. 🙂

        • 71 japa21
          March 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          Thank you for that reassurance.

          • 72 hopefruit2
            March 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

            Well you do need to confess for making chips post naughty mat pics of Dr. Jill Biden and FLOTUS!!

            • 73 japa21
              March 16, 2012 at 9:06 pm

              But I only do that for the benefit of other posters. It is a selfless act on my part, trying to maintain the moral of the entire community.

              • 74 hopefruit2
                March 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

                Oh sure…sure…definitely…I see you are taking the words of the great PBO to heart. “We all feel better when we look out for one another.” LOL!

              • 75 nathkatun7
                March 17, 2012 at 1:44 am

                Thank you Japa for your courage and selflessness in sticking your neck out to express how some of us men feel about FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden. Didn’t they both look so gorgeous at the State Dinner? If the women at TOD can have their naughty mat then it’s only fair that the men do too.

    • 76 EDP4BHO
      March 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      LOL! You are so far from “dumb as an ox” Japa. There are some really great white, 60ish, straight men that I have known.

    • 77 isonprize
      March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Japa21, you got the virtual hots for Michelle Obama (her brain, of course, her brain!!) That counts for SMART in my book!!!

    • 82 geeja
      March 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      I told a rightwinger today that who was trying to say that the libs were hateful that all he had to do was look at the facial expressions on the Repub crowds versus the ones at PBOs appearances. They all remind you of the mob scenes from the 50s.

      • 83 anniebella
        March 17, 2012 at 2:45 am

        geeja, tell your friend that a liberal crowd have never cheer because a Governor have put to death over 200 hundred people, they have never cheer when ask if a young man who refuse to get Health insurance when he was healthy, that they should let him died if he gets sick and have no insurance, a liberal crowd have never boo a gay soldier who was over in Iraq fighting for his country.

  26. 84 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The Crowd erupts in “four more years” chant with the music.

  27. 85 yardarm756
    March 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    PBO rocks!

  28. March 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm


    You’re crazy funny. That was a really good analysis.

  29. March 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Reporting from Fairfax, Va., and Washington— As President Obama tore into another campaign-ready speech on gas prices in Maryland this week, the real work of his reelection campaign was happening across the state line, far from the spotlight.

    In a strip mall in Fairfax, Va., a group of suburban women gathered in an Obama campaign office to work the phones, trying to lure more volunteers, update voter information and just make contact. One remarkable note in the busy scene came from a sign on the office wall.

    “Days to go: 225.”

    Eight months from election day, while Republican presidential contenders still battle in a protracted fight for their party’s nomination, the Obama campaign is up and running — determined to make the most of its head start by reactivating the much-vaunted organization that prevailed in 2008.


    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      March 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      What do they mean “activating”? OFA has been at this for over a year building support in 50 states. Is the media just waking up from a stupor? Where have they been?

      • 89 isonprize
        March 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

        Jackie, whatever…. Let ’em keep sleeping the Obama campaign. We were out doing voter registration last fall in November.

  30. 90 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I hope Pete got a picture of PBO giving the guy a fist-bump in the crowd.

  31. 91 isonprize
    March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Keep on Marchin’ by Raphael Saadiq

    I LOVE THIS SONG, especially the LYRIC!

    When There’s Nothing You Can Do
    When There’s Nothing You Can Say
    ’cause Everything Just Ain’t Gonna To Go Your Way
    If You’re Feeling Kind Of Strange And You Want To Lay It Down
    And It’s Hard For You To Keep Your Feet On Solid Ground

    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    Keep On … Keep Marchin’

    When A Poor Girl Shines And A Rich Girl Cries
    And The Clown Is Wearing No Make Up
    You Got To Get Up And Run, You Got To Get Up And Strive
    You Got To Put On Your Pride Into Making It

    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    Keep On … Keep Marchin’

    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    You Got To Keep, On … Keep Marchin’
    Keep Marchin’ On
    Keep On … Keep Marchin’

    March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm


  33. 98 lovingandlaughing
    March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Oh man, I missed it, but I feel like I heard it just from reading the above comments! Thank you all!

  34. March 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    But but but the Bishops…

  35. 101 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  36. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    tuned in at the official time but Prez was already speaking – really liked what I heard. I will need to listen to the whole speech again

  37. 104 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

  38. March 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    OMG—–just got polled by “Life and Marriage Movement” for Santorum. They were trying to tell me that Lil Ricky was the only “consistently conservative candidate and the only one who could DEFEAT OBAMA. My responses could not have pleased them much. Like, at all. I said “NO!” real real loud to all their questions. And will Romney quit robocalling me—-I got 3 today, a couple yesterday and a couple the day before that, wanting me to stick around and listen to his “urgent message”. Got one from Rep. Aaron Shock (sp?) for Romney today too. Get this primary over with!!

    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      March 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Dotster, good for you. They must have lousy phone lists or they wouldn’t be calling Democrats. I hope all this constant robocalling backfires on them. We are next in the annoyance shute with an April primary and I’m truly dreading it. Back in 2010 I got two calls asking me to support Pat Toomey. I told them that if they were calling me their lists stank. They didn’t call again.

      • 111 aquagranny911
        March 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        We got those calls before the primary here but I think they have me on speed dial because I’m always faxing and emailing McButthead & his little pal BooBoo kyl. The last person who called me I told to stuff it, & take my name off their list or I would report them to the harassment police. Goatfiggers!

        • 112 desertflower
          March 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

          Hi, ag 🙂 I had written to McLame some weeks ago regarding the GOP assault on women…I just got an email from him today….he cited something from USAToday and I nearly choked my birthday computer!! I am formulating my response to that moron as I type this. Condescending POS! Anyone that calls their wife a cu**, among other things, will get NO respect from me in my response.
          Keep kickin’ ass!

          • 113 aquagranny911
            March 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

            Hola Sweetie! How’s by your casa? I’ve been thinking of you & sending the good vibes your way.

            McButthead is such slime. He has no respect for women. He treated his first wife shamefully. I can’t wait to kick him out. Give him a good one & add an extra from me. I don’t even read his stupid email responses to me because they piss me off. I think he probably has some poor scruby intern churn them out. I’m sure the great man is way too important to do it himself.

            Have you seen Carmona’s responses to this War On Women? I think I will help Sis work on his campaign. I’m liking him better & better. He’s really popular in Tucson.

  39. 114 defytheodds
    March 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

  40. March 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Wisconsin GOP Loses Majority
    Posted on 03/16/2012 at 5:00 pm by JM Ashby

    Today brings very good news for the citizens of Wisconsin.

    Following the resignation of State Senator Pam Galloway, who was headed for a recall election, the Republican party will no longer hold a majority in the state senate.

    Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway (R) is resigning from the chamber today, citing a family health situation. Galloway was one of the targeted incumbents in upcoming recall elections.

    This also means that as of now, the Republicans have officially lost their Senate majority, leaving the chamber split 16-16. The recall elections to come will determine who takes the majority.

    Obviously a Democratic majority would be preferable, but in this case an evenly divided government is a positive step toward reclaiming Scottwalkerstan.


  41. March 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Tyler Perry: “Never thought I’d see the day the Presidential motorcade roll thru south-west ATL. Giving these ATL children a glimpse of destiny.”

  42. March 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    POTUS just mentions Michelle, and the crowd goes crazy!!

    don’t tell me we don’t love our FLOTUS!!!

    • 123 anniebella
      March 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      rikyrah, I heard that, and POTUS said I know you love Michelle, then he said I love her too. That’s the real stuff that Mitt doesn’t have, never will.

    • 124 Mel
      March 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Yea when PBO mention FLOTUS the crowd realy went crazy and PBO loved it!!!!!

  43. 125 yardarm756
    March 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Don’t know if the following will post properly but I thought ya’ll would like it:

    Cherokee Wisdom…..

    Two Wolves

    One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a

    battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son,

    The battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

    One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,

    greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment

    Inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

    The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope,

    serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,

    empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

    The grandson thought about it for a minute

    and then asked his grandfather,

    “Which wolf wins?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

  44. March 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm


    • 143 isonprize
      March 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Dotster, Little Ricky has lost his mind. If he’s so riled up about internet pornography, how exactly would he stop it?

      In fact, since he’s so PURE, how does he even know about it? HHHhhhhmmm? /snark.

      What an idiot. Now I see why he’s against higher education. It obviously didn’t do him any good.

    • March 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Santorum spends way too much time thinking about sex and sex-related deviance.

      • 145 aquagranny911
        March 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        AMEN to that! I think he’s twisted. I can’t imagine how his wife stands him & I wonder what he does in his spare time? It’s probably creepy whatever it is.

      • 146 isonprize
        March 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        theo, right??? There is something very disturbing about his obsession with pornography, and sexual activity, specifically homosexuality. Something, like that needs a closer observation and more than a few conversations with a competent therapist.

      • 147 EDP4BHO
        March 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        He’s likely a closet perv. You don’t talk about something incessantly without some knowledge of same.

    • March 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Larry David just says it all right here.

  45. March 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago on Friday to see old friends, give his supporters a pep talk and toss a few verbal darts at the Republicans who will do battle in Illinois’ presidential primary on Tuesday.

    But mostly, Obama came for the cash.

    In a reflection of Democrats’ increasing concerns about Republicans’ financial strength in the November 6 election, Obama went on a fundraising spree on Friday. He attended two events in Chicago – a public one for which tickets were $2,500 each, then a closed, $10,000-a-head fundraiser for a few dozen wealthy supporters.

    Obama was scheduled for three more events later on Friday in Atlanta, including one hosted by actor and director Tyler Perry for which tickets were $35,800 each.


    • March 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      For the day, Obama was projected to raise at least $5.5 million for his re-election campaign.

    • 152 isonprize
      March 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      But mostly, Obama came for the cash.

      This article mentions this fact as if there is a problem with candidate running for president holding fundraisers. What did they think he would do — Come by and tell the good people of Chicago, IL and surrounds to KEEP their donations?

      • March 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        I’ve chosen not to make their standards, my standards. They have a completely thwarted sense of reality, and the things they value, the things they fear – they’re not real. The things they should honor and uphold – they ridicule and try to kill. I think they (the GOP and their media puppets and ignorant followers) are setting too much of the direction and topic of conversation. They are insignificant nats in the grand scheme of the universe. The add nothing to the conversation. They contribute nothing positive. They build zero. I don’t need any of what they’re offering in my life. Including their irrational opinions.

        • 154 Diane
          March 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

          Wow theo67 — This is so profound –“the things they value, the things they fear – they’re not real. The things they should honor and uphold – they ridicule and try to kill.”
          This is prose, quite beautiful. Thank you for this and I totally agree with the entire sentiment.

        • 155 prettyfoot58
          March 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

          Talk about Theooo…

          I’ve chosen not to make their standards, my standards. …..


          just makes me work harder….

          Presssssssssss ON..

        • 156 nathkatun7
          March 17, 2012 at 2:37 am

          Bingo! That’s exactly the way I feel, Theo67!

      • 157 Eleroy
        March 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        Dont you know??? It’s perfectly normal, acceptable, expected when Romney goes off to do it!!! But it is a travesty and somehow very wrong with very negative undertones when it is President Obama!!!

        May God punish all these evil newstainers and their master puppeteers!!!

    • 158 aquagranny911
      March 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      DANG! I wish I was that rich. I would host a fund raiser for him & Michelle at my casa they would never forget! They would have to bring Granny & the girls too because my granddaughters want to play with Sasha & my grandson is totally in love with Malia.

      • 159 anniebella
        March 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        How old is your grandson?

        • 160 aquagranny911
          March 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

          14, & being that he’s a teenage boy that’s probably more like lust but he thinks she’s gorgeous &since he has shot up to 6feet in the last year he’s convinced she would like tall boys best. His heart is in the right place because he’s a huge Obot and plants to do GOTV with me. He’s already been to a fund raising house party where he practically turned people upside down & shook them for loose change!

          • 161 pinkbunny92
            March 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

            OMG! LOL that was so hilarious imagining what your grandson was doing 😀

            Good for you & your grandson! He sounds sweet!!! 🙂

  46. March 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    This was probably talked about but I’ll post it anyway:

    “Obama Campaign: New Documentary Breaks Traffic Record”
    Ari Melber on March 16, 2012 – 3:31 PM ET

    “a seventeen-minute exploration of the mess that greeted the new president when he came into office. People are tuning in: the video’s debut on Thursday drew more visitors to Obama’s campaign website than any time this year, which Obama officials confirmed to The Nation on Friday.”


  47. 163 globalcitizenlinda
    March 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Remember the explanation given for the punditry meme for this week: “President Obama down in polls” was that there is no enthusiasm among African Americans? well that Atlanta event takes care of that foolishness

  48. March 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    President Obama will embark on a four-state tour next week to highlight his energy plan amid intensifying GOP attacks on the White House over soaring gas prices.

    The tour comes as gas prices continue to rise, reaching a national average of $3.83 Friday, according to AAA.

    Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio on Wednesday and Thursday, and will deliver remarks in all four states.
    On Wednesday, the president will visit a solar facility in Boulder City, Nev., where he’ll “focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar,” according to the White House.

    Later Wednesday, Obama will tout the administration’s efforts to expand domestic oil-and-gas production at oil fields in Carlsbad, N.M.


    • March 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      I love that the President is almost training for the rigors of campaigning by doing a lot of travelling now. It’s going to be extremely hard, physically, for him to campaign AND run the country at the same time during these next few months. It’s good that he’s “easing” into it (as much as an energizer bunny eases into anything).

  49. March 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Lucky, lucky Hotlanta! I love Atlanta! Now back up to read the comments!

  50. 167 GGail
    March 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    OMGoodnes – Duke just lost to Leigh!

  51. 169 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Fundraising info for today’s Atlanta visit:

    The first event will take place at the home of Mack Wilbourn in northeast Atlanta. Wilbourn is a longtime Atlanta political operative and was a major fundraiser for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The private event is expecting 75 attendees, paying $1,000 each.

    From there, President Obama will head to a public reception at Tyler Perry’s studio, where 1,000 people are expected to pay $500 to attend. Musician Cee Lo Green will perform.

    After that, the President will head to Perry’s home in Vinings for a private $35,800-a-plate dinner at Perry’s home.

    The money raised is divided between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

    “Atlanta is probably in the top 10 cities in the country where the Democratic National Committee is able to raise money. There’s a lot of very wealth Democrats here,” said Georgia Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon.

    Georgia Democrats contributed more than $1 million to President Obama’s campaign in 2008.

    Traffic is expected to be affected when he leaves a little before 11 p.m.


    • March 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      I hope the 75 attendees pay more than just 1000 dollars! That is a low fundraiser. Usually, a good one is a million bucks, not 75k!

  52. 171 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    George Clooney released from jail

    WASHINGTON (RNN) – Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney and his father have been released from jail following their arrests Friday morning outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

    “We’re trying to bring attention to an ongoing emergency,” Clooney said. The Hollywood A-lister said he was drawing attention to alleged war crimes in the African nation, which include the starving, raping and killing of innocent citizens. “We need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world – immediately,” Clooney said earlier Friday as he was being dragged away from the embassy in handcuffs.

    Clooney was officially charged with the disorderly crossing of a police line, according to CNN. If convicted, he will have to pay a fine. Clooney’s father, a journalist, told reporters he and his son were standing with the Sudanese. “If we are who we have always said we are as Americans, we should be standing here together, beause what we know is that there are people who are in danger now,” Nick Clooney said. “We will stand with them as long as they are in danger.”In addition to the two Clooney men, Democratic Reps. Jim Moran, D-VA, and John W. Olver were both arrested, according to CNN.

  53. 172 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Obama to speak at Joplin HS graduation

    JOPLIN, MO (KOTV/CBS) – President Barack Obama will deliver the graduation speech at Joplin High School, one year after powerful storms destroyed the building.

    Graduation day is May 21, the eve of the one-year anniversary of the F-5 tornado that devastated the town.

    With their old high school turned to rubble, students now learn in makeshift classrooms at the local mall. [more in the article]

    • 173 Cathy from MN
      March 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      That is a graduation day you’d remember forever!

    • 174 pinkbunny92
      March 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Wow the article was not very positive. Those students are ungrateful! Damn, if ANY President, but especially a President who viewed the devastation after the tornado, came to speak at your HS Graduation, you should be excited and grateful!

  54. 175 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Forgive the really long post, but Georgia Repugs are up to no good… just like the rest of them!!
    More than 40 groups plan ‘mass action’ at Gold Dome to oppose anti-protest legislation

    Groups including Occupy Atlanta, the Sierra Club, Southern Center for Human Rights, labor officials and others plan to rally at the Gold Dome tomorrow to protest legislation which would stiffen the penalties for acts of civil disobedience, prohibit protesting outside private residences, and potentially curb unions’ abilities to organize, among other measures.

    “Throughout history, there have been visionaries who are called to confront, nonviolently, powerful institutions of violence, oppression, and injustice,” says the release announcing the protest. “Such actions may engage us in creative tumult and tension in the process of basic change. We seek opportunities to help reconcile conflict and to facilitate a peaceful and just resolution of conflict. This approach to social change must not be criminalized.”

    The proposal, which was introduced by state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, has been met with stiff opposition from union groups and earned criticism from Martin Luther King III and Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson. The bill’s even landed Balfour and the legislation’s co-sponsors on Keith Olbermann’s worst-persons list. [more in the article]

    Some notes on the legistration from one of the commenters:

    “Some of you know that I’ve been active with the local flavor of the Occupy movement. I’ve stormed in and faded out a couple of times now, with some new outrage by our fearless leaders in government drawing me in … and some new outrage by my fellow Occupy-ers forcing me back to the sidelines. I’ve been focusing my interests lately on the Occupy the SEC working group out of Occupy Wall Street, and less on Occupy Atlanta. To date, I’ve been reluctant to subject myself to arrest because I’ve questioned both the rationale and the intellectual rigor behind civil disobedience in the local movement.

    That changed tonight.

    It’s not Occupy, exactly, that’s moved me. There’s a bill under consideration in the Georgia Legislature — SB 469 — that is both plainly unconstitutional and deeply damaging to civil liberties in this state. It’s both an attack on union organizing and an attack on nonviolent protest itself.

    If it passes, SB 469 — http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/ful… — would make organizing a protest that occurs in front of a residence (think about protesting near condos downtown in Atlanta) or threatens to disrupt access to a business an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable as a “conspiracy” with a $1000 fine and jail time. Despite the constitutionally-overbroad definitions of “mass picketing,” “threat” and residences, it strips judges of latitude in sentencing around its provisions, and directs the fine to be paid to the complainant. It requires an injunction against protest to be granted when requested — a prior restraint on speech.

    The bill also makes collecting union dues and maintaining a union organization in this state much more difficult, essentially de-certifying local unions every year and preventing union dues from being automatically deducted from paychecks in the same way deductions like United Way contributions are handled.

    If it passes, it will make it materially more difficult for anyone — liberal or conservative — to take issue in protest later. Occupy is the target here, but it will whack anyone with the stones to picket in public. Anti-abortion protestors at clinics. Illegal immigration protestors in front of the local Home Depot. Tea Party folks protesting offshoring jobs…” [more in the article]

    • 176 aquagranny911
      March 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing this here. These goatfigging Repugnants are trying to do as much damage to us as they can before we boot kick all of them to the moon along with the Fig Newton.

  55. 177 anniebella
    March 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    It’s fine with me if they want to say Obama cares, it’s true I do care. If the other side don’t want to care, that’s fine. I love when the President said this.

  56. 179 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Sports Note: Holy Crap! Bet you did see this one coming!

    McCollum leads Lehigh to 75-70 upset win over Duke

    [Witness gleefully UNC alumni across America doing the happy dance!! Yes, we really hate Duke!] 🙂 🙂 🙂

    So glad I didn’t do a bracket this year. Mine would be effed up already!!

  57. 185 hopefruit2
    March 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  58. 189 lisalovesobama
    March 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm


  59. 190 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hope this isn’t a repeat, but if it is, it’s worth it.

    Romney’s Plan to Explode the Deficit

    Here’s a more illustrative graphic:

    More details:

  60. March 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Have any of you heard the 911 call in the Trayvon case? Its the kid who was killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch guy and the cops aren’t cooperating with the family.

    Here listen: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/videogallery/68870555/News/911-call:-yelling-&-gunshot-heard-in-background

    • 192 isonprize
      March 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      I’m not even related to Trayvon and I can’t listen. I.JUST.CAN’T. Lord, we have come so far in this country, but we have so much further to go.

    • 193 aquagranny911
      March 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      I’ve been following this & it has made me heartsick. I don’t live in any fancy gated community but we have our own neighborhood watch. No one is armed with more than a cell phone. We do watch out for crime but mostly we watch out for each other, keeping eyes out for our kiddos walking to school, our elders, searching for lost pets, making sure no one in need goes without. That’s what we do.

      This is such a perversion of what a neighborhood watch captain should be. This man should be prosecuted. I just weep for Trayvon’s family.

  61. March 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WTW) — Michelle Obama praised Minnesota and its efforts to help military families during a stop at the state’s Air National Guard base on Friday.

    During her visit, the first lady held a round table discussion with local military family members and representatives of support groups. The event was part of her Joining Forces initiative, which aims to connect and promote support and resource groups for military families.

    Mrs. Obama called Minnesota “a model” when it comes to providing resources and support to military families.


  62. 195 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Lots of oustanding stuff from OFA blog today on the Affordable Care Act:

    Friday Facts: How the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans with pre-existing health conditions

    Thanks to President Obama’s health care law, insurance companies can’t deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions—and soon that rule will apply to all Americans with pre-existing conditions:

    48 percent to 86 percent of adults between the age of 55 and 64 have some type of pre-existing condition.
    15 percent to 30 percent of people in perfectly good health today are likely to develop a pre-existing conditon over the next eight years.
    Starting in 2014, all Americans with a pre-existing condition can no longer be denied coverage… more in the blog

    Did you see: “CBO update shows lower costs for the new health care law”

  63. 196 Dudette
    March 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Spike’s Story

    [Powerful video here. Chips, this looks like a front-pager to me. ]

    “I criticized the Affordable Care Act and then I got the news that I had breast cancer. When you’re uninsured, there’s no hope for you. I thought I would just fall right off the face of the earth. One of my dear friends discovered the pre-existing condition insurance plan, PCIP. Ten days after applying, I had health insurance and I’m in treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer. The very thing that I criticized is going to save my life.”

    • 197 desertflower
      March 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      It’s wonderful. Please watch…and pass along.

      • 198 yardarm756
        March 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm

        It’s like everything df. Stuff is no good til you need it. And most times you need it in a hurry. I hope the cancer was caught in time.

    • March 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      I watched this last night – there’s a couple of great videos on YouTube from the same post. She was a Democrat who stopped believing – and when she said she stopped listening – that struck a nerve. I try to watch everything and note everything that is happening with this Administration, just like a lot of people here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out a fact or figure that has made someone question their previously defiant assertion about some falsehood they heard from Fox News or another ignorant source. I can’t explain how satisfying it is to question someone who claims the President has done nothing, or who criticizes the Affordable Care Act, and to see their face when they realize I’ve read these bills (which they haven’t); I know my facts, and I won’t back down. It’s wonderful to me when friends send me links to videos we saw here on TOD weeks or months ago, stating “I thought of you when I saw this” because they know I’m all about President Obama, and they want to be sure I didn’t miss something.

      This woman in the video started criticizing the ACA when she stopped keeping herself informed and listening to the President. So, a message came to her in a format that she couldn’t ignore, and it opened her eyes again. I won’t stop listening and watching the President until he leaves the White House (and probably not even then), because the issues he’s dealing with are so critical to life and matters of the world – I can’t imagine someone not paying attention at this critical time in history, especially those with children who will someday have to inherit this world.

      • 200 desertflower
        March 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

        Absolutely, theo! I actually thought that I was posting the entire video…this is good, but NOT the one I watched the other day. We all have to know the issues..that’s why this community here is so important…we fill in all the gaps and pass along all the useful info that we need to be able to talk to others…(Ie, all the one’s that say he hasn’t done anything…how can they even SAY that with a straight face?)

  64. March 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    You’ll want to “#FF”  – that’s “follow Friday” for the non-Twitter crowd — the first family today as they fly off for a frenzy of fundraisers, with First Lady Michelle Obama landing in Minneapolis and President Obama in Chicago and Atlanta.
    The six events combined should net at least $5.6 million for Democrats and the president’s re-election campaign, according to estimates provided by an Obama campaign official.
    Mrs. Obama will host an afternoon reception with 350 supporters in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center. The invitation for the event lists tickets starting at $250 to attend and up to $10,000 to mingle with Obama and take a photo with her.
    Meanwhile, the president will start his day in Chicago, headlining reception at the Palmer House Hilton with more than 600 guests. Tickets for the event start at $2,500, a campaign official said. Obama will then head behind closed doors for an intimate roundtable discussion with 60 supporters who have each cut checks for $10,000.


  65. 202 Janelle
    March 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    For anyone still up, here’s a link to a video tour of Tyler Perry’s studios, he even has a chapel onsite:


  66. March 16, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone may raise the combined lending power of its bailout funds to close to 700 billion euros from 500 billion in a trade-off between German opposition to committing more money and calming markets, euro zone officials said.

    Euro zone finance ministers and central bankers will discuss the size of their bailout funds – the temporary European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the permanent European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Copenhagen on March 30-31.

    The 440 billion euro EFSF and the 500 billion ESM now have a combined lending ceiling of 500 billion euros, which means that in the 12 months from July 2012 when they co-exist, they cannot lend together more than 500 billion euros.


    Eurozone chatter has calmed down!

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