Fired up in Virginia









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  1. 1 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    obamaad ON TBS

    • 2 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      ugh!! Obama ad on TBS linking Willard to Big Oil and their ads against him.

      • 3 hopefruit2
        May 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        I assume that your “ugh” is in response to Willard and Big Oil, and not to PBO’s ad!

  2. 6 LOL
    May 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Hypocrisy of the GOP on “Politicizing” Terrorism

  3. 9 GGail
    May 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m in a FIRED UP & READY TO GO mood and I ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around 🙂

  4. May 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    This has been one great afternoon. After spending this time with TOD and President and Mrs. Obama, I could care less about any other site. Thanks for your enthusiasm and your warmth, TOD. It makes the heart of this 65 year old sing.

  5. 13 Pamela
    May 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I’m fired up, hanging in here, youse guys are movin’ fast, like PBO & FLOTUS!

  6. May 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Guys, where can I see the Ohio speech? Missed all of it. Thanks.

  7. 20 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    • 21 Betsy
      May 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      That will stick it to Chuck Todd who was quibbling about the turnout in OHIO because the rafter seats weren’t all filled. Fuckin asshole!

      • 22 anniebella
        May 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Why was that dam idiot Chuck Todd there any way? Couldn’t MSNBC sent a real journalists to cover the event?

        • 23 Betsy
          May 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

          Couldn’t agree with you more, my friend. Chuck Todd is a nasty piece of work. He’s so biased it’s disgusting.

        • 24 Cha
          May 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

          Good Question for upchuckie.. query him on the twitter. 😛

      • 25 virginia
        May 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        I saw some woman on CNN saying the same thing this afternoon. I’ll bet the reason had more to do with controlling the size of the crowd rather than any lack of enthusiam in Ohio as these “journalist” are trying to imply. Even if you are a campaign volunteer in the Washington area, especially in Virginia where the President has appeared in just about every school at one time or another, you are STILL not going to be notified every time he is speaking.

        Most of the time you don’t learn where he’s going to until a couple of hours before he speaks. When he was running in 2008, as a campaign worker,you’d get invitations to be in the crowd nearly every time he spoke. But he’s the President now, and it’s not that easy anymore, especially if he’s appearing in more than one state in the same day. Think about the logistics and the security involved.

        I don’t believe that Todd and the others aren’t aware of the issues involved in protecting the President.

        Trust me people. Don’t believe the hype. The size of those crowds were limited for security reasons.

      • May 6, 2012 at 3:42 am

        The thing is, I remember rallies in ’08 that weren’t filled to the rafters. It happens. Let’s see Mitt pull in 2,000 people – let alone 14,000.

    • May 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Ya mean it wasn’t “near capacity” as Chuck Toad choked out, killing him to admit a full house?

  8. 28 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  9. 29 carolyn
    May 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    My husband and I watched the shaking hands part of the Virginia rally. He’s trying to watch the Derby, but they just keep jawing and jawing….all for a two minute race. Anyway, he turned to C-Span, and the president was in the crowd. My husband said “We saw him.” Yes, and in 2007 he already had the presence of someone of destiny. We both noticed the Secret Service in a cordon around him. We haven’t watched for several months probably, so I’m asking, is the Secret Service protection stepped up since Colombia? I’m sure they are on notice not to let ANYTHING happen near him…..those of you who watch regularly, can you tell me if this is more?

    • 30 LOL
      May 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I think it’s a bit more pronounced because both he and FLOTUS are there. Whenever it’s him and another official (Biden or FLOTUS) it’s like double the detail.

    • 31 Linda
      May 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      There seemed to be many more than usual.

    • 32 globalcitizenlinda
      May 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      the US SSS usually has a tight cordon around him. this time, there are even more agents because they are guarding both POTUS and FLOTUS.

      I saw some of them in person earlier at OSU and they are not kidding around. even the campus police were operating in a more no-nonsense fashion

      • 33 hopefruit2
        May 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        Sometimes when you “serious” looking faces in the audience while folks are laughing and yelling – they might be security decoys…

        • 34 africa
          May 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          There was a guy in a tan/orange looking shirt (casual) that moved when PBO and FLOTUS moved, I told my hubby that he looked creepy. Kept my eyes on him till the end. Then I saw him follow Pete out. It occurred to me then he was SS casually dressed. Whew!!

        • 35 Sharon
          May 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

          In 2009 when he began giving his commencement addresses that year, there was always a fellow, dressed in robes, sitting behind him who never clapped for anyone. Disarming at the time, but that was his main SS guy at that time, Sweeney.

        • 39 virginia
          May 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          I think I actually saw a couple of women secret service agents in the crowd today. Good move.

    • 40 isonprize
      May 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Carolyn, also remember that Secret Service are also in the crowd. There are non-uniformed SS who looks just like you and me. They purposefully blend in at large events like this one. Even with the foolishness of the Colombian trip where SS partied and didn’t pay their hookers, I have full confidence in the SS. A supervisor “inside” the SS exposed the prostitute story, and replaced ALL of them before PBO got to Cartegena.

  10. 41 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    One of my fave lines from PBO.

  11. May 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

  12. 49 ChristiMTL
    May 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Chuck Todd ‏ @chucktodd

    Three Romney staffers waited in line for tickets here in Richmond and are now doing mini-press avails for reporters.

    1h zizi2 zizi2 ‏ @zizii2

    @chucktodd @bluedutchess726 Make that 4 Romney staffers INCLUDING Chuck Todd. Sheesh, Chuck u r at #Obama2012 rally. Report on @BarackObama

    Hahaha, I loved the response….”Make that 4 Romney staffers INCLUDING Chuck Todd”

    • 50 globalcitizenlinda
      May 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      let these idiots waste their time as we out-organize them. PBO’s and our staffers are busy collecting names of voters and volunteers as these creeps show off

      • 51 GGail
        May 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Each week at my OFA Phone Bank, we’re adding more and more enthusiastic people who say they are In and want to participate! And at the Caucus last Sunday, we registered a whole lot of people in our District.

        The movement is growing!!!

    • May 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Yeah, they waited in line, but didn’t get in?

    • 53 Cha
      May 5, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      upchuckie getting BUSTED! He can’t deny it. freaking little toad for fascist media. Tell upchuckie to quit lying for mitt. Did he catch pathological lying from willard or did he already have it?

  13. May 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    chips, YOU ROCK!!!

    thanks for keeping us up to date on this kickoff day and all other days.

    TOD is a blessing.

  14. 55 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Chipsticks I may not agree with you on Manchester United and Chelsea, but I can agree that the coverage you provided today was beyond excellent. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. 😀

  15. May 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Plunging into his campaign for a new term, President Barack Obama tore into Mitt Romney on Saturday as a willing and eager “rubber stamp’’ for conservative Republicans in Congress and an agenda to cut taxes for the rich, reduce spending on education and Medicare and enhance power that big banks and insurers hold over consumers.

    Romney and his “friends in Congress think the same bad ideas will lead to a different result or they’re just hoping you won’t remember what happened the last time you tried it their way,’’ the president told an audience estimated at over 10,000 partisans at what aides insisted was his first full-fledged political rally of the election year.

    Six months before Election Day, the polls point to a close race between Obama and Romney, with the economy the overriding issue as the nation struggles to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s. Unemployment remains stubbornly high at 8.1 percent nationally, although it has receded slowly and unevenly since peaking several months into the president’s term. The most recent dip was due to discouraged jobless giving up their search for work.

    Romney has staked his candidacy on an understanding of the economy, developed through a successful career as a businessman, and his promise to enact policies that stimulate job creation.

    But Obama said his rival was merely doing the bidding of the conservative powerbrokers in Congress and has little understanding of the struggles of average Americans.


    • 58 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      ” over 10,000 partisans”? really? Not “over 10,000 supporters”? or “the over 10,000 audience members”? “partisans”? really.

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      If I stop to think about it, I have to admit it actually annoys me that there is supposedly ‘a close race between Obama and Romney’. What has Willard done to merit him even being in contention in the polls? The very idea almost makes me want to say some people really shouldn’t be allowed to vote! Yeah i know it’s a dumb comment, but that sentence struck the wrong way because I believe Mitt’s up there solely because of his ‘entitlement’ in the eyes of some, not for anything he has done or can realistically do.

  16. 73 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    so was mittbot and annbot at the kentucky derby today, as i thought i saw mentioned earlier around here? can’t find any mentions or photos online. is todd chuck and his buddies keeping it quiet because of the bad “optics” for mittbot?

  17. 74 LOL
    May 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Everyone hates Mark…LOL

  18. 79 vitaminlover
    May 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Father, God, in the Name of Jesus thank You for the continued success of President re-elect Barack Obama. Thank You that he continues to grow by leaps and bounds all during his re-election campaign. Thank You, Sir, that the people surrounding him always have his best interests at heart. I pray so strongly for his continued wisdom, courage and strength. Thank You, Lord, that the strong shield of Your Protection is always with him whereever he goes. He is always in the right places at the right times. Thank You, also that Vice-President Biden is also continually safe and sound. Knowing that You have Your Hand on him, guide, guard and protect him. Thanks for the blessings and protection of the Obama and Biden families. Please continue to be an enemy to their enemies and an adversary to their adversaries. Contend STRONGLY with those that would contend with them. Lord, let Your Love be shed abroad in the hearts and minds of so many people towards President Obama and Vice-President Biden. Let their lights shine strongly, brilliantly and so powerfully that this re-election cannot and will not be denied. Lastly thank you for the wisdom and valor and courage of the Secret Service in their care of our 2 dear leaders and that the mighty angels fill in when necessary. Amen.

  19. 89 Ladyhawke
    May 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm


    Mitt Romney is a “rubber stamp” for Grover Norquist, Rush Limbaugh and the deranged/unhinged Tea Party Republicans in congress. No taxes for the wealthy, no regulations for Wall Street, get rid of the EPA, get rid of Planned Parenthood, Repeal ObamaCare, war on women and draconian spending cuts. It’s back to the failed policies of the Bush administration that got us into this mess.

  20. May 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Not sure why PBO left Health Care Reform outside the speech. I want him to run much strongly on his record.

    • May 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Oooops, talkes too soon. 🙂 Still, not enough bragging about his awesome record.

    • 92 Linda
      May 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      What do you mean bwd ? He talked about staying on till 26…he talked about the benefits for Seniors.and closing the donut hole..he also mentioned no more recessions if you get sick.

      • May 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        Yea, yea, I lost patience before that part. My bad. I still feel like he’s holding back on talking his record up.

        • 94 hopefruit2
          May 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

          I think he’s saving the best for last BWD…why waste your best on a 14K crowd, when you KNOW that in 5-6 months you’ll be talking to 35-50K crowds. Don’t want to say too much too early so that people start tuning out of boredom after several months of saying the same thing…PBO is THE MASTER CAMPAIGNER!!!

          • 95 Betsy
            May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm


            • 96 LDS
              May 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

              This, this and this…..the people who are benefitting from this now should back this up with their OWN testimony. No one can tell it like the person themselves. Maybe that will be the stratergy…..I trust they have everything covered.
              I mean he portrayed poker faces at both WHCD proms. And We all know what happened……need I say more.
              Patience fellow Obots, patience

          • 97 jackiegrumbacher
            May 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

            Yes, HF, I think there will be many variations on the campaign speech, each with different kinds of emphasis and each slightly tailored to fit the audience. It will all get perfected in his acceptance speech at the convention. And this time the Democratic convention comes AFTER the R convention, so the president can step whatever little momentum Rombot gets out of Miami.

        • 98 GGail
          May 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

          I trust that President Obama knows what he’s doing and saying by now.

        • 101 Waltjack
          May 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm

          BWD, Stay out of the conversation, we are talking about a very positive day here.

  21. 118 sherijr
    May 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    It has been a hell of a day ~ I can hardly wait to Vote.

  22. 119 Ladyhawke
    May 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Deep Thought: We have the Romney campaign essentially crashing President Obama’s rallies to get attention and give press conferences. What’s wrong with this picture? I have never seen anything like this. There is just something unseemly about this. It really makes the Romney campaign look like fifth graders. Stalking your opponents rallies just doesn’t look presidential.

    • 120 LOL
      May 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      The only way anyone will pay them any attention….

    • 121 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I agree – it’s very unprofessional and childish. That’s not a quality I would want in my President. That’s not a model that any campaign should be putting on display. It’s a shameful behavior.

    • 122 ChristiMTL
      May 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Was it Breaking News on CNN? …..geeshhhh…….give press conferences………..idiots…..they know they have corporate media in their back pockets.

      Lets just imagine for one moment if it was the other way around…..oh boy……they would go after President Obama’s campaign 24/7

      • 123 jackiegrumbacher
        May 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        Whatever Rombot thinks he’s doing,it’s not working. Today at our Democrat/Obama booth at our spring street fair I saw lots of enthusiasm for the president and utter contempt for Romney. People see him and get that he’s not up to the task.

    • 124 amk for obama
      May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I’m waiting for the moment when Obama smacks down mehmney for his gutter tactics while simultaneously asking the mittbot supporters to “come and join us”.

      I saw in OH speech thread, John Glenn greeting PBO. Wasn’t he anti-Obama before ?

  23. 125 Linda
    May 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Romney…Chairman of the Bored.

    May 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm


  25. 128 anniebella
    May 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    The media think Americans are stupid. Yes we know there are still people are out of work, but we also know who is the one who have been out there fighting for those people. And we know the ones who have been sabotaging the economy, we know that if the Republicans had work with the President instead of against him things could be better. The President wanted to pass a jobs bill which would have put teachers, firefighters policemen, and construction workers back to work, but it was block by McConnell and the Republicans. And I want the media to tell us about one jobs bill that the Republicans have put forth. Maybe I need to ask Chuckie Todd.

  26. 139 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Mitt the #LOSER proved how big a loser he is today ….


    • 140 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Romney ran for Senator, he ran for Governor, he ran for President twice, not a career politician? Right.

      • 141 ChristiMTL
        May 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        That’s all he says, over and over and over….

        I’m not a career politician
        I won’t apologize for my success
        This President is a failure
        This President is a divider

        Ok what else?


      • 142 anniebella
        May 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        As Prof. Dyson said last night, the only reason Romney is not a career politician is because he keeps losing.

    • 143 Britt
      May 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Bob, he sure is a stalker, and I have a feeling that POTUS and team will begin to call him and Karl out for this BS.

      • 144 ChristiMTL
        May 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        It is their strategy and they have no shame about it.

        The Romney campaign has decided their best hope of being noticed is to crash Obama campaign events and hope to cause a disruption.

  27. 149 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Japa missed his First Lady giving a barn burner of an intro!!! We will have to rub it in when he returns here on Monday 🙂

  28. 150 nintendowii10
    May 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    So the weekend right wing talking point is that President Obama spoke to a stadium half full, that is what the trolls on HuffyFluffy have been posting again and again. That, and the “ooooooooh he’s starting off on Karl Marx’s birthday so he’s a Marxist” talking point as well.

    I’ve been posting over there, if President Obama is such a dismal failure and isn’t able to draw massive crowds, then why is Mitt Romney following him around? I get CRICKETS every single time.

    The media is going to make this a horse race, but it won’t even be close. Mitt only has big money buying him ads trashing the President, but that won’t translate into grassroots support. One HuffyFluffy poster from CA posted they live in one of the most right wing Republican areas of the country and have yet to see a single sticker or sign supporting Romney. Not even the crazy loony right is excited about Mitt’s nomination.

    Despite all that, TOD Nation needs to be out in full force to register voters and get them out to the polls. It’s not the time to be complacent and take victory laps. TOD Nation needs to promote President Obama’s successes and push back on the lies the right wing is attempting to push as the truth.

    • 151 Linda
      May 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      By the time they get done over there it will be 5 people in Ohio and 2 in Virginia..

      They are funny…They all say the same thing….

    • 152 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Oh Nintendo, we’re well aware of the MSM’s attempt to hijack the enthusiasm of the rallies by reporting on crowd size. But they’ve been getting a lot of push back and we aren’t falling for their nonsense.

      They all know that Willard would have to PAY folks to get a crowd size of 2K. And we will hit the media with this fact any time they try to distract from the fired-up response that President Obama gets by bullshyting about crowd size.

      • 153 nintendowii10
        May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        True, but the right wing are making this their talking point, along with the “Oh no, he’s starting off on Marx’s birthday so he is a MARXIST!” boogie man. They’re also complaining that he is campaigning and has been since 2008, I’m tired of the right wing and their fake list of phony complaints.

        • 154 hopefruit2
          May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

          So? They’ve been doing this since 2008, and he still won. What else is new? We’re ready. We’re prepared. We will DEAL WITH THIS and we will CRUSH THEM in November.

        • 156 theo67
          May 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          So, the med

          • 157 theo67
            May 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

            Typing on iPhone…

            The media has interpreted every action of this presidency through a political lens, but they want to put that cynical perspective on the President’s shoulders.

        • May 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

          Seriously nintendowii10, who gives a flying **** what the Tea/Firebaggers think or say?!

          • 159 nintendowii10
            May 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            Just giving a taste of what we will be dealing with the next few months. This stuff will be in ads, so just making a note of it so that when shit does hit the fan, it’s not that much of a surprise.

          • 161 nospin
            May 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm

            “who gives a flying **** what the Tea/Firebaggers think or say?!

            Not I said the cat.

        • 162 L3
          May 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

          Why do you care what they’re saying? It’s irrelevant and if it wasn’t crowd size it would be something else. We have truth on our side and as long as we get the word out nothing else matters.

        • May 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

          And, what have they been doing since 2008? Huh? Sorry,no crickets allowed, just answer the damn question. That has to be the in your face throwback meme!
          By the way, we have a ‘Snarl Knoller’ could we have a ‘Hack Todd’ says the non-twitterer!

        • 164 jackiegrumbacher
          May 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

          Okay, I’m going to ask how many people know who Karl Marx is and care about the coincidence of dates. If people think at all about May 5, they may associate it with Cinco de Mayo, so I think this attack will be met with a big ‘Huh?” Unless people are already Mittbots (God help them), they’re going to think this kind of stuff is pretty petty and stupid. Also, it’s a loser’s game to diminish the president’s crowed sizes because the evidence is right out there for all to see. Huff n Puff is being way too heavy handed and obvious. People with two brain cells are going to be wondering about the difference in Huff’s headlines and what they see with their own eyes.

    • May 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      “So the weekend right wing talking point is that President Obama spoke to a stadium half full”


    • 170 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      nintendowii10, unless I need glasses, the arena didn’t look half full to me. But these idiots have to say something to try to keep their hopes up. You know one thing they know how to do well is lie just like their candidate. Mitt Romney.

  29. 171 oneofthegirls
    May 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    PBO @ Virginia rally – spoke truth to power: “Corporations arent’ people: People are People!! It’s taken several months and now we have the conclusion to that awful declaration from WMR…YEA!

  30. 172 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    *runs in out of breath*



    ….I’ll be back! :mrgreen:

  31. 180 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    #LoserMitt drives the donuts-on-wheels express chasing after our President Obama …. and this is May 5th. Just imagine what this is going to look like in October. Wonder if he’ll even show at the debates.


    • 182 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      They had a very successful day and I must say the expression on First Lady Obama’s face as the crowds greeted her to the podium – in both OH & VA – was remarkably touching. I think she was truly overwhelmed at the love and enthusiasm being shown her. She has certainly earned it.

      As for the President, I suspect Mitt Romney is wondering why he did this to himself …. and it’s only May.


    • 183 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      today was a good day’s work. they’ll sleep the sleep of the just tonight, as my grandma would say.

  32. 184 lamh35
    May 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I love the pic of POTUS and FLOTUS, I always expect POTUS to give FLOTUS a “love pat” (as my dad used to call it when he hugged my mom) on her butt. It’s something my dad used to do to my mom after they hugged, not a slap, just a pat. I think POTUS has to remind himself not to do that. You can see him adjusted his hand so that is not too low on FLOTUS back.

    • 185 Ceb
      May 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Chris Rock did a bit about this on Letterman during the last election. It was funny and probably true.

  33. 186 carolyn
    May 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I just love having a President and first family who LIVE family values and don’t lecture others to behave in their narrow way. In all my years I have never seen a president and wife so obviously in love and happy with each other. What is nice this time around, is that they are relaxed and feel free to show their love. It was always there, but four years ago, they had to be so careful. Now, they are who they are, and we love them all the more for it.

    • 187 LDS
      May 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Carolyn, you expressed my sentiments spot on. FLOTUS seemed so free and vibrant today. They truly love each other and I am so glad they are not holding back. The chemistry there is so electrifying! My God, they still close their eyes when they hug and kiss. Talking about them “getting a room”. I need a room after watching these two together. I’m just saying…….. So passed the naughty mat stage.

  34. 188 ChristiMTL
    May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    There’s a photo diary on Kos about the rally….

    If you check the pictures….the one after Sherrod Brown…….title of the pic is SOCIAL MEDIA…..

    There’s 2 areas at the top (empty seats)….it looks like a closed area……..

    Is that what those jerks aka ”journalists” are talking about?

    It doesn’t make any sense, when you have empty seats it’s usualy all over the place, pockets of empty seats here and there….not an entire area?

    Sorry my english is really ***** today for some reason…trying my best to explain it.

    I keep looking at pictures from all angles and it’s packed!


    • 189 ChristiMTL
      May 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      For some reason, this BS really anger me! I know it’s It’s only the beginning of the campaign but still…….

    • 191 Linda
      May 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      yeah….but kos should not be claiming 20,000 it only seats 18,809.

      • 192 hopefruit2
        May 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        Kos didn’t claim that..the diarist estimated the size of the crowd to be ~20K. Now the arena might seat 18K but many people stood throughout the rally as is normally the case for PBO rallies. It may have been right around 18K, and not the 14K the MSM has been pushing.

        • 193 Linda
          May 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

          I hope so……

          • 194 nospin
            May 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

            I respectfully ask, why does it matter?

            Mitt can’t get 2,500 people to attend anything. He can’t get 10 staffers to sit on a bus his campaign declared would “surround” PO at his rallies today and folks are quibbling about 18,000 people vs. 14,000 people? Seriously.


      • 195 lamh35
        May 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        The 20,000 figures is the crown estimate from both the Va and Oh rallies. Let’s stay positive people. We know that the RWNJ will distort whereever they can. let’s not play their game.

    • 196 4morefor44
      May 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      i think it’s referring to the digital sign in that photo which says something about being on foursquare, which is a social media thing.

    • 197 EDP4BHO
      May 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      That’s what I mentioned on an earlier thread. Sometimes they close off sections. It may have to do with security. I’ve noticed that quite a bit in the last couple of years. Haters need to get laid.

  35. 198 theo67
    May 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    This is true. I live in a very blue part of California, but work in an extremely red part of the state, and for a very pro-GOP company. I’ve seen one pro-Ron Paul sign. Many McCain signs. Even a few Palin 2012 signs. But not a single Romney sign (or Santorum or Gingrich, for that matter).

    • 199 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      I agree. Living in a red area of Minnesota. I have seen Ron Paul signs but no Romney signs.

  36. May 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Regarding the crowd size in OH…Is it possible that it actually *was* at capacity since all the people on the floor were standing rather than seated in the stands. The crowd capacity figure could be based on numbers of available seats, not how many people were actually there. The fire marshalls might have put a limit on how many people could actually be in the venue, whether seated or not.

    • 201 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      I agree – it looked like there were many people standing and counting empty seats is a flawed methodology for crowd estimation.

  37. 202 lamh35
    May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Got this list from Dick Halperin, but it a good one for quotes:

    In Richmond, VA rally, POTUS praises Romney as “a patriotic American who has raised a wonderful family” before launching into extended takedown of his positions.

    Says the ex-MA Guv and former CEO “has drawn the wrong lessons from those experiences.”

    Read the entire blow-by-blow below.

    On the economy: “He sincerely believes that if CEOs and wealthy investors like him make money, the rest of us will automatically prosper as well…. The challenge we face right now — the challenge we faced for over a decade is that harder work hasn’t led to higher incomes. It’s that bigger profits haven’t led to better jobs.”

    On corporations: “I don’t care how many ways you try to explain it: Corporations aren’t people. People are people.”

    On Afghanistan: “My opponent said it was ‘tragic’ to end the war in Iraq. He said he won’t set a timeline for ending the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I intend to keep it. After a decade of war that’s cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, the nation we need to build is our own.”

    On taxes: “My opponent won’t tell us how he’d pay for his new, $5 trillion tax cut — a tax cut that gives an average of $250,000 to every millionaire in this country.”

    On DADT: “We’re not returning to the days when you could be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are or who you love. That would be wrong for our national security, and it would be a betrayal of our values.”

    On immigration: “It’s time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they’re the children of undocumented immigrants.”

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2012/05/05/bam-swings-big-at-mitt/#ixzz1u2h7DZmG

  38. 203 nintendowii10
    May 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    One funny thing about HuffyFluffy, I came upon an emoprog poster who stated that they are writing in Bernie Sanders on the ballot.

    We’ve all had our moments with Sanders, but Sanders has, for the most part, demonstrated that he’s an Obama backer. Even he knows that his agenda won’t be accomplished if Mitt Romney wins in November, and I am left wondering why a few emoprogs out there are willing to cut off their nose to spite their face because they didn’t get their Obama ponies over the past 3 years.

    And speaking of emoprogs, I’ve noticed that a majority of them have gone silent. For the past three years they were drumming up Alan Grayson, Ralph Nader, Bernie Sanders, Anthony Wiener, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton as people to primary the President with. Now that it’s election time, they are silent except for the one emoprog I noted above. They complain about President Obama supposedly having no spine, but they don’t even have the spine to put their money where their mouth is and find a worthy primary challeger against President Obama. I guess some will milk out the Ron Paul bandwagon for what it’s worth, some will do write in like the emoprog above, some will secretly vote for Obama, and the rest will stay home. But no more time wasted on addressing them.

  39. May 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love watching PBO work the rope lines at the end….I especially liked seeing PBO’s support team, Plouffe, Carney, Messina, Faveaux, Axelrod when he descends the stairs…you can just see the smiles from the 51:04 mark on c-span ‘ohio’

    • 211 aristac
      May 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      People need to stop believing this stupid MSM meme abot the crowds. Are we going to believe or eyes and ears or jealous, envious MSM and their lying candidate?

  40. May 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

  41. 217 Ladyhawke
    May 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm


    I just loved this section of the speech in Ohio. Especially when PBO started to repeat “Will we be better off if we (fill in the blank)? I thought it was a direct response to Romney trying to reuse President Reagan’s line – are you better off today than you were four years ago. If Romney wants to go there, I am sure OFA would be happy to discuss where we were four years ago and where we are today as a result of President Obama’s policies. That’s an easy question to answer. Hell yeah we’re better off and we’re moving in the right direction. FORWARD.


    OBAMA: “And that is why I need your help. Ohio, this election will be even closer than the last. Too many of our friends, too many of our neighbors are still hurting because of this crisis. I’ve heard from too many people wondering why they haven’t been able to get one of the jobs that have been created; why their home is still under water; why their family hasn’t yet been touched by the recovery.

    “The other side won’t be offering these Americans a real answer to these questions. They won’t offer a better vision or a new set of ideas. But they will be spending more money than we’ve ever seen before on negative ads, on TV, on radio, in the mail, on the Internet — ads that exploit people’s frustrations for my opponent’s political gain. Over and over again, they will tell you that America is down and out, and they’ll tell you who to blame, and ask if you’re better off than you were before the worst crisis in our lifetime.

    “We’ve seen that play before. But you know what? The real question — the question that will actually make a difference in your life and in the lives of your children — is not just about how we’re doing today. It’s about how we’ll be doing tomorrow.

    “Will we better off if more Americans get a better education? That’s the question. Will we better off if we depend less on foreign oil and more on our own ingenuity? That’s the question. Will we better off if we start doing some nation-building right here at home? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we bring down our deficit without gutting the very things we need to grow? When we look back four years from now, or ten years from now, or twenty years from now, won’t we be better off if we have the courage to keep moving forward?

    “That’s the question in this election. That’s the question in this election. And the outcome is entirely up to you. Now, sure, we’ll have to contend with even more negative ads, with even more cynicism and nastiness, and sometimes just plain foolishness. There will be more of that than we saw in the last campaign.

    “But if there is one thing that we learned in 2008, it’s that nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change. When enough of you knock on doors, when you pick up phones, when you talk to your friends, when you decide that it’s time for change to happen, guess what? Change happens. Change comes to America.



  42. 218 prettyfoot58
    May 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    cspan is rebroadcasting the speeches

  43. 230 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    C-SPAN One is re-airing PBO’s rally in Virginia right now!

    OT: Pride and Prejudice is on E! right now. Keira Knightley version. Darcy and Elizabeth…..love…love…love.

    • 231 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Ut is floating…on cloud 10!!

      • 232 utaustinliberal
        May 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        More like floating on Cloud 100! PBO’s awesome rallies today, Chelsea winning the FA Cup Final, and now Pride and Prejudice? Wooohooooo! 😀

        • 233 hopefruit2
          May 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

          LOL! Float to your heart’s desire!!

        • 234 donna dem 4 obama
          May 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          When he walks across that field at the end….talk about swag. 🙂

        • May 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

          Hey UT,did ya watch Scandal on Thursday? Wowee, just wowee, especially for the last knock on the door, opens it, ‘hi’ moment.
          I can’t wait for next week when apparently they show some backdrop to how the ‘Fitz and Livvie ‘thing’ got started!

          • 236 utaustinliberal
            May 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

            OMG Yes! Can’t believe the intern is dead, someone is blackmailing the President ( I have a hunch it might be the First Lady….what do you think?), and then the President turns up at Livvie’s door? Wowzer! Next week is going to be intense!

            • 237 GGail
              May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

              Scandal is OFF.THE.CHAIN!!!!
              I marvel at Shondra’s imagination. How does she do it?!!???!!!!

            • May 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

              I also loved that we got a deeper glimpse into Huck’s psyche. Yikes.

              • 239 gregsgyrl63
                May 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

                Oh, Huck is a beast.. he is the MAN!! I thought maybe the first lady, but now I think it might be the Vice Prez. She is conservative and he only picked her because he knew that it was the only way he could win. Believe me she wants to be President.

            • 241 Puddin'
              May 6, 2012 at 12:30 am

              ut, I think it’s the First Lady too…this show is sooooooo good.

        • 242 Pamela
          May 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

          AND! AND! AND! My finches are back, nesting under the eaves of my kitchen porch! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I thought I had lost them when the plum tree fell…. But here is that Daddy Finch, warbling his little heart out, and building up the nest for Mama Finch! Oh, happy day! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 244 donna dem 4 obama
      May 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Oh Thank You for the heads up on Pride and Prejudice. My day is complete 😉

  44. 246 ChristiMTL
    May 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    There’s an article on CNN from Jessica Yellin ………this about the crowd size:

    ”The Ohio arena, which holds around 20,000 people, appeared to be around two-thirds to three-quarters full,”

    One of the first comment I read following the article: OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN HALF EMPTY STADIUM

    So now I give up….I was trying to find out what the heck they were talking about because from the pictures and videos, it looked packed.

    It’s their theme…so be it……..they have nothing else.

    I’ll focus on the positive

    • 247 donna dem 4 obama
      May 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      You know I am so glad that I stay away from these sites and cable stations because I refuse to let these agenda driven people put any damper on what I know to be the truth. Like David Plouffe said, I welcome the Right or R-Money having a debate on crowd size. They’ve got nothing so this is what they resort too. It’s pathetic.

      • May 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        I’m with you Donna.

        To be honest everyone, I’ve seriously had it with people bringing Tea/Firebagger crap here about today’s attendances, this place is beginning to read like Drudge. I have no clue what the attendances were, I just know I saw huge crowds responding passionately to PBO and Michelle’s speeches.

        Please, if you want to comment on the size of the crowds, then link to trustworthy sources (if any exist), don’t quote fuckwits on HuffyPost, DK or other internet toilets.


        • 249 anniebella
          May 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

          Right On Chipsticks. You told the truth, nothing but the truth.

        • 250 donna dem 4 obama
          May 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm


          Thanks Chips!

        • 251 aristac
          May 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm

          Bravo Chips, it’s ruining the day for me coming here and seeing that nonsense parroted. I know what I saw with my own eyes, and I don’t need some lying envious freaks telling me what I saw wasn’t what I saw.

        • 252 itgurl_29
          May 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          I agree. The whole point of the “crowd size” meme from the msm was to get people talking about that instead of what the President said. They have nothing, so they have to lie and say he can’t fill a stadium. We know it’s a lie, we know they have an agenda, and we must not allow them to change the subject for Romney.

          • 253 amk for obama
            May 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            The whole point of the “crowd size” meme from the msm was to get people talking about that instead of what the President said.

            Here is your cigar.

            Chips is spot on. huffpuff, dailycrap, chuckytoad ? Really people ?

        • May 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          Amen Chips! Why, oh why after such upliftment must people try to dampen the aura with what others think and say from unhealthy web sites and unhealthy pundits bickering with their continued propaganda and dramas! What exactly is the pay-off for the Toders here? (scratches head and rolls eyes)!

        • 255 L3
          May 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          Hallelujah! That’s a perfect way to spoil a good mood. My view is if I want to know what the nuts are saying I can check it out for myself. I come here because I don’t want to know or care what they are saying.

        • May 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm


          This was a fantastic day for POTUS, FLOTUS, OFA and for all of us. PERIOD.

        • 257 nospin
          May 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          Anybody who would repeat dumb assed comments regarding crowd size and actually debate 14,000 vs 18,000 when Romney can’t bring pull enough voters to fill a studio apartment is full of shit.

        • 258 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          May 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm


          Thank you Chips. Needed saying, unfortunately.

          Thank you for the outstanding coverage today and for the community you have created.


          • May 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

            I just have to say this. I was about to close out for a few minutes because of pain, however, my spirit was not at ease. Then I read Chips message above, and my spirit was at peace.

            TOD Family, remember we love POB and FLOTUS. We love what they represent and what they have gone through for these past 3 1/2 years leads us to be even stronger in this time around. Now we are on another part of the journey. No, it is not going to be easy,, but we are better than what these people are spewing. Numbers in a crowd. What about message? What about this beautiful space to hear and interact with each other on things that matter? We are better, people. We are better.

            This is our haven. Yes, we have freedom of speech, but Chipsticks works so hard to make this such a beautiful site for all of us to come to each day. Why would we not be thankful for our site. Why not be thankful for the honor to be behind such a wonderful hardworking president as President Obama and his team. And lastly, why not refresh ourselves, get focus and let us Respect Chipsticks hardwork here. Can we just do this? Please, please.

            If I have mis-stepped, I apologize to Chips and all of you, and I will still love each of you; but let us not get sidetrack. We represent fun, beauty, intellect, love, empathy, compassion, and passion here, so let us focus of these and enjoy our space here.

            I am old enough to remember when we could only dream of a day like this, to see our great leader hold rallies where we could sit and enjoy, chat back and forth in real time, and support the agenda that we are trying to help him get through. Please, let us show him the love and respect, and Above all, let us be grateful to Chips and show the love and respect to our Chips. This is hard work. Let us light some candles, say some thank yous, and some grateful meditations and spirited prayers and give thanks and calm our spirits. This is going to be a long journey, but we can make it a wonderful one by staying positive, respectful to Chips and our loving hardworking POTUS on This Site, “The Obama Diary.”

            Respect, gratefulness, love, passion, and focus. No side-silly season for us here. I love you all so very much. Focus.((((((Love you all))))HZ

            • May 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm

              You know me out, HZ. Beauty in motion.

              Please take good care. You are loved and needed in our camp. xoxo

            • 261 vitaminlover
              May 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

              This is lovely, HZ.

              • 262 joanshaw
                May 6, 2012 at 12:36 am

                “I am old enough to remember when we could only dream of a day like this …” HZ you are so right! I’ve been sitting here drinking in all this wonder and hoping that I can live long enough, just these next four years (which will put me rather close to 90!) to enjoy President Obama’s second term, to admire what he will accomplish, and to see the country more or less united once more. May all the gods allow it!

            • 263 anniebella
              May 6, 2012 at 3:48 am

              Thanks HZ, well said.

        • 264 GGail
          May 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

          Thank you Chipsticks!!!!!!!!!!

        • 265 LDS
          May 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

          Thank you, Chips. I have had enough of that for one day. We should be rejoicing on the magnificent job our POB and FLOTUS did today. FLOTUS looks blissfully tired and POB is there to hold her up, love her and appreciate her for the both of them for a job WELL DONE!
          That is all needs to be said.

          • 266 Pamela
            May 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            Spot on, LDS, just want to add: Goodnight, and may God Bless and Keep the Both safe while they rest and rejuvenate. How special they are, how much we need them!

      • 267 lamh35
        May 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        Amen. The RWNJ are desperate and we know that they would be and will be until the end of the campaign.

        It’s gonna be a rough 6 months if we obsess on all of it all the time.

        Let’s not play the GOP game…!

    • 268 Dakota
      May 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I know it’s frustrating, but even if it was only 3/4 full, which we know is a lie, Willard hasn’t ever and probably won’t ever come that close to filling an arena. Most people know that the media tools are full of shit, but we must keep debunking them at every opportunity.

    • 269 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Excuse my english, but Jessica Yellin is just like Chuck todd, Ed Henry, Mark Knoller, and all the rest. They aren’t worth sh*t.

  45. May 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Long day for this girl…..was gone exactly 12 hours which is sort of weird. Had a good day with my childhood friends, saw my brother and stopped to see my mom. Missed ALL of the OH event but was able to park at McDonald’s and scroll through quickly and catch up. Got in my car right after PO began speaking in VA and am now watching on C-Span while I eat.

    Thank you, God for our President and FLOTUS–beautiful people, inside and out.

  46. 272 lamh35
    May 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Obama Rally Vs. Romney Rally: What’s Different?

    Size: The Obama campaign told reporters the president drew 14,000 to his first rally of the day in Ohio and 8,000 to his rally at VCU…

    Passive vs Active: Supporters at Obama’s rally in Virginia were given homework – the campaign and the speakers on stage (including Obama) urged them to sign up with the campaign and register voters. First Lady Michelle Obama even reminded the college kids in the audience to change their registrations if they’re moving over the summer. Everywhere you turned, supporters were being asked to hand the Obama campaign a phone number, address or social media account handle.

    This is not the scene at a Romney rally, generally. While campaign staff often sign up supporters with clipboards, voter registration booths and social media stations (both fixtures of Obama’s Virginia rally) are nowhere to be found. And Ann and Mitt Romney rarely, if ever, talk about voter registration…

    • Diversity: If the two Obama rallies on college campuses Saturday are any judge, the president is once again facing a capaign cycle where his crowds are much more represenative of America’s population than his opponent’s. All ages and races were represented in the thousands of faces at VCU and Obama got big cheers when he reminded the assembled of the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and his continued support for the DREAM Act. Romney’s crowds, by contrast, tend to be whiter and older. Romney has made a big push recently to appeal to women and has promised to do more to appeal to the Latino vote as well. But for now, the diversity is found at Obama’s rallies.

  47. May 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    The campaign seem very happy with the crowd size, PBO and Michelle looks like they had a wonderful day and felt the love. That’s all I need to know. All that Romney and the media has are damn lies. We should not play with them.

    • 274 itgurl_29
      May 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Exactly. Call their sorry butts out on twitter and leave it at that. They’re trying to create this notion that POTUS cannot draw a crowd. It’s a complete lie, they know it’s a complete lie, but they need us to discuss it because it changes the subject. We can’t give them that satisfaction.

    • 275 taiping1
      May 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      The crowd response in Virginia and Ohio was deafening. It really is not mere numbers but passion, excitement, the commitment to organize. Recall the picture of Romney speaking to the half asleep students. We are the face of America and as Michelle tweeted, we have their back. Thanks Chips and TOD for this haven to share and recharge. We will not be denied.

  48. 278 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    There are several positive diaries on Old Orange today featuring our President’s rallies (see links below). If you have working accounts and don’t mind, please tip and rec the diarists. We want to reinforce good behavior, plus it ultimately helps the President if these diaries are kept front and center on the rec list/front page.




    • 279 joanshaw
      May 6, 2012 at 1:16 am

      Read them all, hopefruit — read and recommended and commented. Happy to see some enthusiastic Democratic inspiration on dailykos again, and hope it keeps up.

  49. 281 EricFive
    May 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Great day and great speeches by PBO. Don’t obsess over Chuck Todd and his MSM cronies bullshit concerning crowd size. We know the game they are playing (they have been telling us how unpopular PBO is for the past 3.5 years, and rebel and act out when reality impinges on their biased proGOP worldview). Do they ever count the empty seats at Mitt’s campaign events? Do they speak of the lack of enthusiasm the crowds at Mitt’s rallies and speeches? The MSM has adopted Mitt’s strategy of trying to put his weaknesses onto PBO. I understand why this makes us angry, it is the patent UNFAIRNESS and BIAS that the supposedly “liberal media” shows toward our President. Our aversion to unfairness and bias is probably why we are Democrats and Obama supporters in the first place. Don’t let the lies and propaganda upset you and cancel out the REALITY of today: PBO and his supporters had a very successful kickoff to the 2012 campaign. Mitt is showing himself to be a political lightweight who fights PBO’s dignity, leadership and grace with lies, silly political stunts and assorted foolishness.

  50. 282 L3
    May 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    What’s most important is the vote in November not crowd size in May. PBO was fresh and new in 2008. He was novel, historic and in a heated primary with HRC. Most of the country had no idea who he was and wanted to check him out. Now everyone knows who he is and how they feel about him. For all these reasons, we should be prepared for the prospect that all of his venues may not be filled to capacity and that fact will mean nothing as far as turnout on Election Day. I’m willing to bet $10,000 that the total number of people who attended Williard’s events in the primary would not match those attending PBO’s event today in OH. I’m sure there are many people like me who love PBO, but hate crowds. I have never even tried to see him when he’s visited MI and will likely not try to this campaign season either. But guess what, I’ve sent hundreds of dollars to his campaign and I volunteer with OFA and will work this fall for his re-election.

    • 283 aristac
      May 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      We need to start talking about what the President SAID and not the stupid media meme, which we know is lies, lies and more lies, because that is all they have. We need to STOP questioning what we saw with our own eyes.

    • May 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Well said, L3, well said!

    • 288 EricFive
      May 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      No offense, but you seem to be accepting the MSM spin as being the truth. I watched the rallies and attendance at both looked good to me. I agree that attendance in May has nothing to do with vote totals in November, but I refuse to allow MSM propaganda make me doubt my own eyes. The MSM is not reporting reality, it is attempting to shape our perception of reality. Their goal is to depress PBO supporters and prop up Mitt’s candidacy. Don’t fall for the bullshit.

      • 289 aristac
        May 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

        Exactly, and we are helping them. We really need to stop this nonsense it happens every time.

      • 290 L3
        May 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        None taken. There are empty seats clearly visible in the OH pictures. I haven’t watched any media today nor have I been to any sites other than POU so my comment is based on what I can see with my own eyes in the pictures Chips posted. It does not matter to me either way. I was just trying to offer perspective on why those seats were not filled. There could be other reasons that I am not aware of but to deny there were empty seats is to deny reality. The campaign said 14,000 were in attendance. The stadium seats 18,000. I don’t have to accept MSM spin I only need to know basic math.

        • 291 EricFive
          May 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          Not denying existence of empty seats, just saying that when one is ignoring 14,000 seats filled with cheering supporters and concentrates on 4,000 empty seats, it seems one is “missing the forest for the trees” and viewing the rally through the “glass half empty” perspective that our media specializes in their coverage of PBO. If crowd size is the new metric, lets see how many empty seats are at Mitt’s next rally.

          • 292 L3
            May 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            I was not ignoring the 14,000 who did attend. Again, I was just trying to offer a reason for the empty seats and suggest that because we all know PBO now that it could happen again and that it was no big deal either way but for some reason you’re missing that point. This will be my last comment on the matter. If you get it, fine. If you don’t, that’s fine too.

        • 294 anniebella
          May 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

          L3, it wasn’t a sellout, so. If it was a 14,000 seat arena and only 4000 showed up, then we will have something to talk about. Are you sure it doesn’t matter? I am ready to go kick some ass. I don’t care if I would have been the only one in that arena. I plan to do all I can to re-elect this President, because America don’t need some lying flip flopping Romney winning.

      • 295 anniebella
        May 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        All this talk about the size won’t depress me one bit Matter of fact I’m sick of all the talk. Do anyone make this big of a deal out of Mitt Romney lack of crowd? To me the story of today is not that the arena weren’t completely full, it was that President Obama is ready to go after Mitt Romney, the crowd that was there was fired up and ready to go. And my spirit will not be damper by some to bit sorry ass media, or anyone else.

  51. 296 Don
    May 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    What a long day, I’m emotionally drained, now I have some friends coming over to watch the Mayweather-Cotto fight.

  52. 297 donna dem 4 obama
    May 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    The most used term in this thread is crowd, crowds or crowd size.

    It was a great day and I’ll have sweet dreams remembering it that way. Good Night Everyone!

  53. 299 vitaminlover
    May 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Welp, I have some frozen blueberries, some whole almonds and poured some Tropicana Orangs Juice without the pulp on this and I am going to rewatch the movie (documentary) ‘By the People’- the election of our beloved President for the 200th time,cannot get enough of that film. Be back later.

  54. May 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    We have to treat the MSM like trolls because that’s exactly what they’ve become. Their goal is to get you talking about their memes and their agenda. That’s what they get paid to do. So like trolls, they will say the most petty ridiculous inane thing to get everybody stirred up and focused on their BS. They are worthless.

    Eyes on the Prize.

  55. 301 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  56. 302 aristac
    May 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    “He sincerely believes that if CEOs and wealthy investors like him make money, the rest of us will automatically prosper as well…. The challenge we face right now — the challenge we faced for over a decade is that harder work hasn’t led to higher incomes. It’s that bigger profits haven’t led to better jobs.”-President Barak Obama

  57. 303 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  58. May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  59. 308 GGail
    May 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Ok people, you’ve pushed me out of here tonight. I refuse to let y’all damper my excitement with the on and on about size.

    Good night.

  60. 309 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Okay, TOD Family. Here’s my account of today’s rally in Richmond, Virginia. I’ll repost in case Chips changes threads….

    I arrived at the VCU Siegel Center at just after 12 noon. There was already a sizable, but not discouragingly so, crowd of people waiting in neat lines. The weather was very warm, however the cloud cover made it bearable. Thankfully, the first rain drops didn’t fall until *just* as we were entering the building — about 2:45pm.

    There were all kinds of people on line — I met some great people, including a retired, African-American, female AirForce vet and a fulltime Tim Kaine staff member who had taken two semesters off to work for PBO in 2008 and was in Grant Park in Chicago on Election Night. People had on all kinds of Obama regalia: hats, t-shirts, buttons, totebags…and the energy was high. A marching band from Virginia State University played for us outside and they were GOOD! The crowd got their groove on. The Obama Campaign Staff and Event Volunteers kept everything orderly and organized — they handed out water and kept the lines neat. Except for one duo that *tried* to cut the line, but got told off by a fiesty woman who ran and got a cop to remove them, everything ran smoothly.

    Once inside, I realized that having a so-called preferred ticket has it pluses and minuses. The plus was that I was seated earlier, and it was highly unlikely that I would have been turned away. The minus is that the preferred tickets were seated *behind* the speaking platform, probably because they want to make sure that these people(basically volunteers and staff) are the ones that are providing the backdrop for the President and other speakers. So, yeah, the general admission seats were actually the ones that faced the platform. Besides that, I was very happy with my seat — I wasn’t too far from that giant flag that was in one of the pics, which was hanging over the entrance into the stadium and runway that PBO used to access and leave the platform.

    I don’t know what the controversy is about regarding whether it was a full house or not. The Siegel Center was full to capacity, but no more. The ONLY empty seats were the ones directly behind the press corp and behind a huge “FORWARD” sign. There were a lot of cameramen and photographers stationed in the seats directly facing the platform, and anybody who sat behind them would not be able to see a thing, as would anybody sitting behind that sign. I am 99% sure that there was a cut-off point where no more people were let into the building. This was probably for safety reasons. I remember the doors being closed and the traffic in stopping cold once the seats were full. Another silly non-troversy! Anyway…

    VCU basketball coach and local hero, Shaka Smart, kicked off the program, Mayor Dwight Jones gave an awesome opening prayer, and the Boy Scouts lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Representative Bobby Scott said a few words. Former Mayor and Governor, and now candidate for Senate, Tim Kaine, was very impressive in his remarks — he has more gravitas and presence in person that what I have experienced from him on t.v. He is extremely supportive of the President, and he seems ready to run this race.

    The program was kept moving by lots of music, and some of the great videos we’ve all seen here: Forward, Fired Up and Ready to Go (the lady from SC), I’m In, etc. People loved these videos and cheered them with gusto. We did the wave, we danced, we laughed. Things started getting buzzed when we saw the campaign photographers enter the building — I saw Pete Souza, at one point he was standing a few rows down from me! Then more Secret Service personnel came in, and a security dog sniffed around the area where the Presidet would enter. Anticipation was high.

    Finally, around 5, we heard a voice simply say, “here to introduce the President of the United States, is the First Lady, Michelle Obama!” And the crowd went wild! She is even more beautiful and radiant in person. She is in absolutely tip-top shape and exudes a softness that come across even more in real life. It’s very magnetic. She spoke with no notes, no prompter, for about 10(?) minutes — extremely warm, heartfelt words about her background and how her story relates to all of ours as we’re trying to move forward in rebuilding the middle class and re-electing PBO. It is absolutely true what they say about Michelle — she is incredibly impressive on the stump. A fantastic aura, a strong yet warm voice, and an authenticity that can’t be faked. I can’t imagine a better partner for the President.

    Then the main event! Michelle brought PBO on, and the crowd went even wilder! PBO swag-bounced his way in, megawatt smile in place, waving to the whole crowd on all sides. He looks healthy, strong, and energetic in person. Trim, but not skinny. Because I was facing the back of the speaking platform, I can confirm that, just like his wife, he is in incredible shape, and everything is quite proper. *ahem* You all have the video and transcript of the event, so I don’t need to give blow-by-blow of what he said. I will just you that he was clear and forceful in making his points and that the audience was hanging on his every word. PBO made it clear that the campaign would require lots of work from all of us from now to November and beyond. He was interrupted continuously by applause, Amens, “we’ve got your back!”, “I love you!” — the crowd was totally fired up from beginning to end and exploded into cheers when he gave his trademark closing “……God Bless the United States of America!”

    Michelle joined him back on stage, and TOD, let me tell you, it is amazing to see them in each other’s space in person. We see still photos and snapshots of time, but truly, PBO’s face lights up when she comes into his space and they are extremely touch-feely in each other’s presence. It is a beautiful thing to see. He can’t keep his hands off her. Very warm, very loving, very genuine, very inspiring. They made their way to the floor and shook hands on the floor, from one side of the stage to the other. They eventually made it back over to my side where a funny thing happened. There was a man in my section who had the cutest, chunkiest baby girl. I don’t know how in the world he got to where he did, but he got PBO (who had already passed him on his way out) to backtrack and do his baby-whispering thing with the cutiepie, get a picture, and hand the baby back. It was adorable.

    There was lots of love and positive energy in the building. If you can at all get to a live event, I highly suggest you go. It puts you in a totally different frame of mind than the rut we get into looking at the talking heads, reading toxic internet sites, listening to poisonous lies. No, a rally is not the election. However, it is a reminder of the higher potentiality, the love, the joy that is accessible to all of us. These 8,000 or so people who showed up today know thousands of other people, and they know thousands of others, and so on and so on. It is a seed that will bear fruit, I’m convinced, and will help keep Virginia blue and keep this country moving forward.

    Sorry for the length. Feel free to ask me any questions 🙂 ….

    • 310 collegekay
      May 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks for the report!

      And the crowd hoopla is about the OSU rally. I refuse to delve into those memes. It was a great day.

      • 311 anniebella
        May 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        collegekay, I’m with you. It was a great day, and we have only just begun. To any Mitt Romney supporters, we will talk when Mitt draws 14,000. There isn’t a one of us who think things will be exactly like it was in 2008. But I still think President Obama can beat Mitt Romney Nov. 6th, and that is what matter.

    • May 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      thank you so much for your account

    • 313 AnitaW
      May 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      thanks for the update. How did Shakira Smart do? I am very impressed with him and his willingness to stay at a small school.

      • 314 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        He was great! Lots of cheers for him from the VCU-heavy crowd. He told of how his wife worked passionately for the campaign in Florida in 2008 and how happy she (and he) was when PBO carried that state. Now they have a new-born baby girl. Very sweet, progressive couple. When PBO began his remarks, he said that Shaka told him backstage that he would be coming to the White House when the Rams win the championship. As you mention, he is in very high demand from schools across the country. I know VCU is grateful they’ve hung onto him for the near future.

    • May 5, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      PJ, you are the BEST!! What a great experience and a wonderful description of everything that happened. Thank you so much for sharing all of that with us. I agree with everything you said about POTUS and FLOTUS in person. They are beyond description. CHEERS for PJ!!

    • 316 utaustinliberal
      May 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks for the first hand account PJ. So glad you enjoyed the experience. Did you say FLOTUS spoke without a teleprompter? The speech she gave was without notes? Wow…..that’s impressive, because her remarks blew me away!

      • 317 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        Nope, no notes. No prompter. I’m telling you, she is an extremely gifted public speaker. I now see what people have been saying about how she’s “The Closer.” When PBO got up, one of the first things he said was “I hate following Michelle, she’s just too good!” He was telling the truth!

    • May 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      That was an amazing summary. I have never been as I am not a “crowd” person. However, I will try to make it to one of his rally in the near future.

    • 319 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      WOW – thanks for this detailed account PJ!! I’m so glad you got to be there in person. Your report is making me all fired up again!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • 320 4morefor44
      May 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      thanks pj!! let’s get back the house and give PBO the congress he needs!!!

    • 321 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Very kind of you to provide such a lovely and compelling report of your experiences, PJ. Thank you!


    • 322 amk for obama
      May 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Sorry for the length? I’m sorry that it ended too soon. Great factual report. Thanks, PJ.

    • 323 Pamela
      May 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      PJ! way to go! I wrote a great reply, but it went pfzzt, somehow, when safari told me I had lost my connection! Thank you for your fantastically detailed, but too short, view of your Obama Day! Heavenly! May God hold them both close in His Love for Their Love, we need them so much!

      • 324 PoliticalJunkessa
        May 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        I wrote my post in Word first, then copy and pasted. I’ve had too many comments been eaten up on the internet to chance it, lol.

    • 325 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      PJ, don’t you dare say you are sorry for the length. With all the B.S. about the size of crowd in Ohio, I am so thankful for your words. Bless you.

    • 326 Ceb
      May 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Wonderful account and commentary. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a restful night

    • May 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Awwww, that is a beautiful report. Thanks so much.

    • 328 jackiegrumbacher
      May 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      PJ, that was a wonderful report. Thank you. You took us right there.

    • 329 prettyfoot58
      May 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh PJ/..
      what an awesome …awesome report…

      you were so clear…i felt it thru your words…what it must have felt like to be there…

      thank you so much…

      Fireddddddddddddddddddd UP….Ready to Gooooo!

    • 330 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      May 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

      Thank you so much PJ for the report. You put a big smile on my face 🙂

    • 331 joanshaw
      May 6, 2012 at 1:29 am

      Thanks for this excellent eye-witness account Junkessa. A joy to read!

    • May 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Ah, what a goregous report PJ, like others have said I felt I was there! You’re a gem, thank you SO much for this.

    • 333 geeja
      May 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      I read your greatly anticipated report and hung onto every word. It was anything but lengthy. I so want to attend one of these events, Thanks for the first hand acount,

    • 334 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks for reading, everybody. So happy i could share with you! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  61. 335 isonprize
    May 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    PJeeezy, my freeezy. You saw my Preeezy and Fleezy today. I’m so sure they were OFF THE HEEEEZY!!

  62. May 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Please do not be offended, but Chico Delainky is too funny. . .

    • 343 utaustinliberal
      May 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      I follow him on twitter and he follows me back. He’s hilarious. I know he’s a comedy writer. I’d really love to know which show he writes for. He’s a HUGE #Obama2012 nut! 😀

  63. May 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Rant alert.

    I’m gobsmacked by some of the miserable RW-mimicking comments on the blog today. Today was amazing and completely uplifting, there was so much goodness to talk about. I almost ended up feeling sorry for Willard (well, okay, I didn’t), because he won’t know what ****ing hit him when PBO gets in to full campaign mode. Today was just a delicious taster.

    But here we are, being treated to how the Tea/Firebaggers felt about it all – rather than discussing what PBO actually spoke about in Ohio and Virginia – as if we should actually ****ing care about anything these hate-filled scumbags think.

    And all they’ve got is that they reckon they spotted some empty seats.


    Any discussion from them on the substance of PBO’s speeches?

    Of course not.

    Because they’ve got nothing. Absolutely ****ing nothing.

    I’m going to take a deep breath and walk away for the night, and I need to take a very large deep breath.

    Please forgive me for being so monumentally cranky about this, but I just can’t believe how some are trying to shit on a beautiful day. As I said above, I felt like I clicked on Drudge tonight when I read some of the comments.

    Regulars here are free, and will always be, to share ‘concerns’ about any issue at all, but all I ask is that when you cite sources to back up your worries you choose semi-intelligent ones – not pricks who comment at HuffyPost, Daily Kos, etc, or other Tea/Firebagger infested sites.

    If you’re not prepared to play by that rule, then you’re gone from this blog – for good.

    The spell between now and November is beyond critical, I will NOT allow these bullshit attempts to demoralize PBO supporters on this blog.

    If you’re not happy with that, well, bye.

    See you tomorrow everyone. Today was just magnificent. Fired up!

    • 345 collegekay
      May 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I echo all of this. It was bit much for me. Today was great.

      I am retiring for the night as well. See ya tomorrow.

    • 346 nospin
      May 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Ready to frakking go.

      “And all they’ve got is that they reckon they spotted some empty seats.


      Repeated because it was worth saying again.

    • 347 isonprize
      May 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Chica, get a marguerita and CHILL OUT!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the work you do for all of us. Relax!

      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE }}}}}}}}}}}}}} for Chica!!

      • 348 isonprize
        May 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

        There were supposed to be hugs there too. (((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))) I guess I don’t really know how html tags work.

    • May 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      I had the same feeling when I checked back in after doing some work for a couple of hours. I thought I’d missed something when I started reading all about the vacant seats. But it appears that it was only MSM BS tripe being repeated. Geeze.

      Chips, I support your boundaries for this blog. We have a shit ton of work to do between now and November. We really, really have to hit the ground running and we have to do it with excitement and positivity if we’re going to gather the votes we need. PLEASE let’s stay focused on what really matters – PBO’s vision and his commitment to our agenda. We have to hang onto our enthusiasm tight and put our boots on and kick it.


    • 350 PoliticalJunkessa
      May 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      I posted my account of the Richmond rally, Chips!

      I generally log off when things get too chicken-littlish here, so I understand your rant. But try to read my post and feel better. I’ll repost tomorrow.

      Thanks for all you do, love. ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 351 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Good night Chipstick. Thanks for everything. It was a great day, despite the media and some trying to make like today was a disappointment.

    • 352 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Precisely, dear Chips, precisely!


    • 354 taiping1
      May 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Chips: a heartfelt thanks for all that you do and for calling foul! I watched both rallies online and had chills and tears by the end, moved by the passion of everyone, from POTUS and FLOTUS to the fired up crowd. We are truly a force to be reckoned with. I’m 65, was active in the ’60s against the war, but have never been so committed to a person and a cause. It is a very special time in our history, one in which ordinary people have the power to bring about change. You are such a force in your own right, a true warrior for hope and change. Thanks from the bottom if my heart. Yes we can, again!

  64. 355 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    regarding the latest non-issue drummed up by msm pundits: there’s a point in movements when you don’t want large rallies anymore. wisconsin over the last year is a good example. they had the initial rallies around their capitol to show how many people were onboard. after those really big ones, it becomes about doing to work in your communities. they shouldn’t have any big rallies there until they have a victory party and kick out their t-bagging governor. there’s no need to waste energy and time on a rally now when the hard work out in the streets of each community is what’s needed.

    with PBO, like so many fake msm-created “issues” before, it’ll probably come back to bite them in their butts when he does start having 100,000 rallies, but doesn’t matter this time. the organizing by ofa in communities is so much more advanced and bigger than last time, that i’d rather have people saving their energy right now to hit the streets through the summer. and like last time, the msm pundit don’t even realize that this is what is important and will keep pumping non-stories, which is fine by me! ready to go!!!

    • 356 nospin
      May 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I guess I am missing the issue.

      Mitt had 8 people “surround” PO’s rally.


      How many were at the VA rally?

      so 22,000 showing up to see our POTUS and FLOTUS vs. how many Romney supporters? Wasn’t the msm meme yesterday around the fact that Romney would usurp our Presiden’t rallies today? Didn’t TODers predict that it would be epic fail? Didn’t we all say that Romney would end up looking like an idiot? Well they were right.

      So whether PO had 100, 1000, 22,000 or 100,000 is not relevant. What is relevant is that today Romney got his ass HANDED to him by our President. Our President declared that today just like for years ago we are running on “Hope”. Hope in our future and “Change”.
      We are going forward, not backward. We WILL finish what we started.

      Our President ran on his record which was PLENTY.

      Everything else from our media is bullshyte.

      I am grateful for our President, FLOTUS, his family and his administration. He fights for us everyday and I remain committed to having his back.

      Obama/Biden 2012

    • 359 amk for obama
      May 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Good point. People need to stay engaged and focused well beyond the rallies. As Obama keeps saying GOTV, GOTV, GOTV.

  65. May 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Hey, look what I found!


  66. 369 Pamela
    May 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I have had two days off, IN A ROW, for the first time since end of February. Have worked 60-70 hours a week all through…. SO, have loved today, ignored all the silly stuff and focussed on the real reason we are TOD! am signing off, I think I shall just meditate and pray the rest of this lovey evening away! Sweet dreams, Chips, you are the finest, you are loved! Bye for now!

  67. May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    That Crowd Size thingy was purported by Ribney People who are paid to sow seeds of discord!
    This was the first time Robney Peeps did this, so the MSM seemed more fascinated with this, then the actual Rally!

    • 371 nospin
      May 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      if this came from the Romney team then they are dumber than I thought.

      • May 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Oh it came from them alright! Count on it!

        • 373 nospin
          May 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

          then they are flat stupid. Romney can’t pay people to show up at his events so his response is to say “hey look, the President had FOURTEEN THOUSAND people show up at one of his rallies. Really?

          you know what, Money can’t buy common sense.

          I didn’t think it possible but I am more committed to re-electing Barack Obama as President. For this childish display of ignorance and stupidity, I am dedicated to doing my part to ensure that we CRUSH them in November.

    • 374 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Robney – 0
      MSM – 0
      PBO – 100

    • 375 4morefor44
      May 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      “sow seeds of discord.”

      huh. just like most of the polling outfits too. just sayin!

  68. May 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

  69. 377 joyce
    May 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you very much for telling of your exciting experience. I felt as if I was there right beside you. Maybe one day.

  70. 381 amk for obama
    May 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    BBC on today’s rally. Just facts, ma’am, just facts.


    • May 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      BBC and al jazeera have good journalists!

      • 383 anniebella
        May 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

        jovie141, I don’t know what have become of our journalists, they have become nothing but cheap ass tabloid journalists. They are not respected. Name one that is respect like the ones from the old days. Instead all we have are the likes of Chuck Todd, Jake tapper, Ed Henry, Mark Knoller, Nora O’Donnell, and know it all pundits every where.

  71. 384 EDP4BHO
    May 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Before I retire for the night, I’m having my say about “crowds”. Up until today, the start of PBO’s actual campaigning for re-election, as we know, the msm has nearly 100% ignored his rallies, be they about policy or actual GOTV. Since the beginning of his 2008 campaign, PBO has produced rock star crowds, and everyone was amazed that this little-known black young man with a funny sounding name with his simple message of hope and change, could move a nation as he had then. They were astounded at the diversity of the crowds and the energy generated by his eloquence in speech. Thus, once he became President, we know what they have been up to, needless to say. They have tried to ignore his ever-present popularity because it doesn’t bode well for them to try and account for it. But now that 2012 is in full swing, they are forced to reckon with what their little beady eyes see, and the spectacle is back to haunt their wretched souls. So I say, let them lie, cheat and try to steal, for they are the thief spoken of in John 10:10- …..”cometh to steal, kill and destroy”. But we must not, we will not let him steal our joy, or kill this campaign, and certainly not destroy our President. Come hell or high water, we will keep our heads up and our eyes “forward”, just like the man who works his ass off trying to make a better life for all of us. Please keep him always in prayer, and as I always say, if you don’t pray, then keep the positive vibes flowing. And thank you Chips for your fortitude and your “rant” 😀

    • 385 prettyfoot58
      May 6, 2012 at 12:04 am

      But we must not, we will not let them steal our joy, or kill this campaign, and certainly not destroy our President. Come hell or high water, we will keep our heads up and our eyes “forward”, just like the man who works his ass off trying to make a better life for all of us. Please keep him always in prayer, and as I always say, if you don’t pray, then keep the positive vibes flowing. And thank you Chips for your fortitude and your “rant”



  72. May 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Btw- Ton Paul supporters are gaining on the selection of Delegates, in various States. Tonight, he did well in Iowa.
    They say he can cause a lot of trouble for Robney, in Tampa if this keeps up.
    MSM silent or ignoring this issue.
    The other issue is Gary Johnson, who will take a lot of Liberatarians with him from the right.
    You see, Robney has issues!

    • 387 amk for obama
      May 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I hope the paultards make a mess of the rethugs convention. I am betting the teabagging racist crowd will also join forces with these minons. Can’t wait for the fun.

  73. May 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Good stuff from Booman:

    just picked a random box score from last season’s Ohio State basketball season. Well, it wasn’t that random. I chose the Michigan game because I figured that was definitely sold-out. Apparently, 18,451 people can watch a basketball game at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. But, the thing about basketball games is that there is a court in the middle of the stadium with baskets and benches and a table for scorekeepers and there are cheerleaders. Those people aren’t counted in the official attendance and there’s only ten players and a couple of refs on the court instead of a thousand people or more crammed into folding chairs. That’s why there were several thousand empty seats in the upper decks for Obama’s rally today. Where would you rather sit? On the floor, or behind the stage in the nosebleeds? I swear they are so desperate to try to diminish Obama’s advantage in charisma that they’ll grasp at any straw.
    As for the Richmond appearance, the Washington Post reports that 8,000 people showed up. When Old Dominion played at Virginia Commonwealth University this past season, 7,617 fans attended. Maybe the jackasses at Gateway Pundit will call me when Mitt Romney can outdraw a college basketball game.


    • 389 EricFive
      May 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you for this info BWD. PBO is held to such an unfair standard and some try so hard to nit pick and “piss on his parade”. I rejected the premise of this fake controversy. It fit too neatly in the meme the MSM/GOP has been peddling (i.e., that PBO is unpopular, he’s lost the youth vote, etc.). Watching the rallies, they seemed packed with enthusiastic supporters who voiced their support of PBO’s vision for America. To quote Ice Cube, “It was a good day”.

  74. May 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Two administration-led, industry-driven efforts marked milestones today. The first will put Americans to work on more than $2 billion in energy upgrades for federal buildings. The second will offer 30 million households and businesses more control over their energy bills. And together, these efforts will support an economy that’s built to last, one that makes use of every source of American energy – more efficiently.

    Better Buildings

    In December, as part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, the President challenged federal agencies to make at least $2 billion worth of energy-efficiency upgrades over the next two years. Meeting the first of several milestones of the challenge, federal agencies have identified $2.1 billion of projects that will pay for themselves using performance-based contracts.

    Of the $2.1 billion in energy upgrade projects identified by agencies, more than $100 million in Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) have been awarded already, and an additional $1.2 billion in projects are in development – demonstrating strong momentum towards meeting the President’s goal.

    Dept of Energy-

  75. 391 proudmemberofglobalzero
    May 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Hi all. I just got home…well inside anyway. I worked until 10 and sat outside after with a glass of wine and stared at the moon for awhile. Y’all should go out and check it out.

    Chips, if it wasn’t for this blog…I would have missed the rallies today. I just want to say THANK YOU! Have a Margarita and send me the bill. You have my email.

    Okay just the facts! As a long time supporter and a volunteer for the campaign here in Florida…let me tell you about crowd size.

    Each stadium has a “Fire Marshall” capacity. I worked the rally in South Florida where the Ice Hockey team plays. The name has changed so many times in the past 4 years due to new ownership…I have no idea what it is called today.

    Back to capacity. Yes, capacity is due to the amount of seats in the stadium. It does NOT count anything on the floor due to each venue being set up for sports. When you put 2000-4000 people on the floor…you can NOT put more people in the seats. We left several areas blocked off in case of fire. The area above and behind the stage is always blocked off. The upper decks can NOT be filled because the amount of people on the floor need to be counted. So again let me say, half the floor can hold a few thousand people. We were only allowed to fill HALF of the floor. We met that goal in 2 minutes. All the seats on the lower, middle and PART of the upper deck were filled. WE had to leave upper seats empty. This is done at every rally. Please go back and look at some pictures from 2008. I do have some I can send to Chips later.

    Well, thanks for all the updates. I am so happy PJ got in. I still have ONE volunteer badged tucked away for history sake. The others I deputized several friends that helped me register voters in 2007-08. They each got one the day after the election. I would have given them out the day of the election but, I worked the polls instead.

    • 392 EDP4BHO
      May 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      This will be my third time posting this. Totally agree, pmogz. It’s due to safety/security. Thank you.

      • 393 anniebella
        May 6, 2012 at 3:25 am

        Thank you proudmemberofglobalzero. I feel like all this B.S. about empty seat came from two sources, the anti-Obama media and Romney people.

  76. 394 desertflower
    May 5, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I know it’s late for some here, but I caught Bill Moyers tonight, and it was absolutely riveting, and well worth the watch. His guest was Luis Alberto Urrea, a writer that has written many books that have been banned by the Tucson Unified School District (is this the America we want?) He spoke of his writing, his life, Arizona issues…just a fascinating and intelligent conversation.


    No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway, and his latest, Queen of America — each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations.

    Three of Urrea’s books were among scores of others removed from classrooms earlier this year when the Tucson school district eliminated Mexican-American studies on the accusation it was “divisive.” But there’s no ban on ideas in Bill’s studio, and Urrea talks with Bill Moyers about that episode as he unfolds the modern reality of life on the border.

  77. May 6, 2012 at 12:12 am

    A suspected U.S. drone strike killed nine people Saturday in an attack that targeted a militant compound in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region, authorities said.

    The casualties are believed to be members of the Pakistan Taliban, said Muhammad Amin, a senior government official from the region.

    A drone fired two missiles at a compound in the Shawal mountain region of North Waziristan, according to two Pakistani security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to the media.

    North Waziristan, one of seven tribal regions along the Afghan border, is widely believed to be a haven for militant groups and has been a repeated target of drone strikes.

  78. 396 Betsy
    May 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Read this on Politics USA in the comments that I find interesting:
    “What a different crowd from the one last week with Romney in Ohio. I know one of the professors at Otterbein University where Romney spoke last Friday. She said it was a disaster and students were refusing to attend. You could tell by the sleeper crowd he was not creating any enthusiasm.”

    • 397 anniebella
      May 6, 2012 at 3:17 am

      Oh, but the media didn’t mention that did they? Sometimes I feel like their are some who comes here to try to damper our spirit. To put doubts in our mind, to depress us, but we can’t let them succeed. We here already know that the media is anti-Obama. If Mitt had 14,000 attend a rally in a arena which held 18,000, the headline would be, “Romney has 14,000 Roaring Supporters on Fire.” So as for me yesterday was a great day, POTUS and FLOTUS were wonderful.

  79. 398 bjw2
    May 6, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Hey TODers last comment on crowd size in OHIO.

    Facts about the Ohio event.

    I volunteered for the event today, and believe me the only seats that were empty was last tier seating, which we call the nose bleed section, and there were even people in some of those.

    Zyke Miller from Buzzfeed tweeted a picture of empty rows of seats on the second tier, but what he failed to say in his tweet, that those seats were cordoned off because directly in front of those seats was the news media outlets platform stage for their camera operators, and the platform cut off the seats viewing to the actual stage. Being that I was sitting in the arena at the time when he tweeted that, I actually tweeted him back and called him on the misrepresentation….hehehe, I don’t think he was expecting this.

    We were blessed to get the 14,000 that we got, being there were three major events taking place in Columbus today.

    Just a bit of background on what was happening in Columbus today. There was a Marathon that had shut down major streets getting to the Schotts, and everyone coming complained they had a hard time getting to the venue because so many streets were blocked off. Also Cinco events were held today, which is widely celebrated here.

    A nice little story: As the last of the crowd was being ushered into the arena, four runners who had just finished participating in the marathon showed up still in their running clothes to attend the rally.

    On a Final Note: I have numerous of family members who weren’t at the rally, but guess what…I know they’re all voting for Barack Obama come November.

    • 399 desertflower
      May 6, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Thanks for the update AND the smack to Zeke:) Personally, I’m with Smartypants on this whole thing:

      And really? 18,000? 14,000? WHO CARES! People were fired up, and all contacted others…we know what we have to do. We have to fight the MSM lies, the Romney lies, the Koch Bro lies, the Super Pac lies….We don’t have TIME to worry about this petty shit. We have important work to do. My eyes will stay on the North Star.

      Fired UP!!!

      • 400 anniebella
        May 6, 2012 at 3:06 am

        desertflower, we know what all this empty seat is about, instead of talking about the people being fired up and ready to fight for this President re-election, all we are hearing about is empty seat. It the old get us off message tactic. Well it won’t work. he crowd that were in Ohio was fired up and ready to fight to re-elect President Obama. And so am I.

  80. 401 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 1:20 am


    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord’s bounty in return.
    The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world’s largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.
    Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch’s chauffeur.
    The twin sets of luxury homes only hint at the high living enjoyed by the Crouches, inspirational television personalities whose multitudes of stations and satellite signals reach millions of worshipers across the globe. Almost since they started in the 1970s, the couple have been criticized for secrecy about their use of donations, which totaled $93 million in 2010.

    that’s some collection plate.

  81. 402 amk for obama
    May 6, 2012 at 3:02 am

    A lmao read via bj. I am faving that site.


  82. 403 LDS
    May 6, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Dear PJ, I had to inhale and exhale before I read your play-by-play of what happened today.
    It is 3:00. I cannot sleep. I told myself that I wanted to see who won the fight just to make some sense of this insomnia. I am so glad that got up. I really do not care who won, but I heard Mayweather.

    Thank you for your account of what happened. Please , no apologies are needed. I probably should have read this before and I would be asleep by now. Your description of everything from the time you got on the line until POTUS and FLOTUS embraced on stage was just remarkable. You really should do a one woman show and replace those jackals who calls themselves journalists at the WH press. You covered everything…and then some. I, too do not have the time or energy for negative thinking. I am so glad our dear Chips set the record straight up above so that we can now enjoy, savor and appreciate the good days and not so good days because we are in this together.

    Four years ago I purposed in my heart that I would not let anything take away this joy that I have for this country since POB was elected. The first time I was able to look at the flag of the U.S. and feel like I really belong. That is saying a lot for a person who was born and raised in the south under Jim Crow. I am so grateful that God spared my life for a time such as this. I only wish others in my family were here to witness and share this experience.

    I have had the pleasure to see POB twice in person. But you captured what I have been saying for a long time. They are more powerful together. Yes, he is attractive. Yes, she is beautiful. Their love draws them closer to each other when thry are in the presence of it other,it is like a magnetic. They become one. The beautiful part about that is we are also drawn to that love. You just know the evil forces are terrified of that kind of love and will do every and anything to stop it from spreading and connecting to us.

    I am going to move FORWARD with that love not just for me and my family, but for everyone here and afar who are open to receive it.
    Thank you, again.
    Sleep has come…….at last.

  83. 404 LDS
    May 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

    It should say…..when they are in the presence of each other.
    Sleep came sinner than I realized…..sorry.

  84. 405 LDS
    May 6, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Oops…….SOONER! SOONER!
    You know, last is not bad at all.
    It is like talking to yourself like I usually do when Chips flashes a new post and pictures. And I am left playing catch up by my lonesome self for a whole day.

    Anyway, It is written……The Last Shall Be First.

  85. 406 desertflower
    May 6, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Woke up. Thought of this song…reminded me of SO MANY!!! I remember listening to this… times haven’t changed that much.

  86. May 6, 2012 at 4:40 am

    ALSO! I am so glad the campaign is using the opening to City of Blinding Lights again! I loved that from the ’08 campaign and we need a little ’08 mojo this go-around. Right?!? 😉

  87. 408 Obama Grandmama
    May 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Okay. Am checking my email and NO new TOD blog links posted this morning on my emails. Yesterday, I signed the Word Press confirmation and started getting a notice for each entry filling up my email. I remembered others complaining about it and unchecked the mark. Now I have NO notices. I cannot believe it is 9:36am Pacific time with no new blogs. If that is true fine but if I no longer am getting the new links BOO HOO! What am I to do?

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