Next stop Virginia. Fired up again?

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Folks outside the Siegel Center in Richmond cheer as doors open for Virginia’s Ready to Go rally this afternoon.



4:00: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Richmond, Virginia

4:55: Deliver remarks at a campaign event at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, Richmond


195 Responses to “Next stop Virginia. Fired up again?”

  1. 1 collegekay
    May 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm


  2. 4 LOL
    May 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Ready 2 GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. May 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Fired Up 2.0 Two rallies a day are better than one. Church of Obama will bring da house down again. Amen!😆

  4. 10 Debz
    May 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Look at that enthusiasm gap!!!

  5. 11 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    OFA’s grassroots team is on fire. In VA right now, they’re getting people to call one or more people and hook them up with a volunteering team an event through texts and other other venues.

    Holy Smokes! Shaka Smart, the coach of VCU is at the rally. He’s introducing Tim Kaine and he also gave a 100% enthusiastic support of PBO.


  6. 12 xtine
    May 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Somebody please tell me that MSNBC will cut off the Tattoo Guys, Hoarders, Prison Doods, etc., and cut to VA speech! What time is VA event?

  7. 14 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    they are showing old vids of PBO’s speeches and the crowd goes wild! hahaha

    • 15 proudofobama
      May 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Isn’t that awesome? Running on his record. Eff, you pundits. Eff you, mittens.

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  9. 17 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    passing out Obama/Biden2012 signs!!!

  10. 18 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    they played the clip of PBO singing “So in love with you” the crowd loved it!!

  11. 19 collegekay
    May 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    PBO is closing in on 15 million twitter followers.

  12. 25 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    there is a really cute and smart guy talking on the cbs feed. I see a future politician.

  13. 28 xtine
    May 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Where are you watiching this? I can’t find VA event. Help!

  14. May 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love that picture. I love seeing the crowds so much. That is what America (and the world) looks like. That’s us, right there. The diversity of President Obama’s supporters just warms my heart.

  15. 34 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The guy who’s on stage right now (he’s an organizing fellow) is pretty damn good!

  16. 35 Debz
    May 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Life is interfering with my POTUS watching Enjoy the rally!!!!

  17. 37 collegekay
    May 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This guy speaking now is hot. I love his voice.

  18. 39 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This new guy is good too!!! he’s such a cutie!!!! All these hot guys on the O-Campaign! Yikes!😉

  19. 42 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    No – still fired up from the first session! 😆 😆 I haven’t done anything else today, well except going to buy top soil as a friend is supposed to come help me spread it a little later this afternoon.

  20. May 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Oh, my. These crowds are so disappointed in President Obama. {snark} #2012!!!

    • 44 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Give MSNBC alittle credit, they did show all the speech from Ohio, FLOTUS and POTUS. I turn to TeaNN and the anchor woman was telling us what was being said. After I saw that I never turn back to TeaNN.

  21. 45 Linda
    May 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    They are doing the WAVE with their signs…..Cool.

  22. 46 desertflower
    May 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    People are getting their WAVE ON around the arena!

  23. 47 Claire
    May 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    My niece is going to VCU next year. We are fired up and ready to go!

  24. 48 Dakota
    May 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    They’re doing The Wave! LOL!

  25. May 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Man…it’s like one big ‘ole party at the Virginia rally! The wave looks amazing…

  26. May 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    For info on Twitter. . . check here. It will give you up to date information on the two candidates.

  27. 55 LOL
    May 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Why are all the attractive people on Team Obama…Life is not fair for Team Romney.

    • May 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      It’s not the outside beauty. It’s whats inside that shines through.
      Notice how ugly the people surrounding Mitt are. Their hate is so strong it emits from their body!

    • 57 utaustinliberal
      May 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Haha. You noticed that huh? Shaka Smart and then the two guys who spoke after him. Democratic guys are so HOT! They have this free laid back air about them and they don’t walk around as though they’ve got a pole shoved up their asses. Plus, they’re wicked smart and have a delightfully warped sense of humor.

    • 59 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      It’s not all about looks LOL, a ugly vote count just as much as a attractive one does. We need them all.

    • 64 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Birds of a feather, you know. It’s like there’s a loadstone drawing all the hot people to one place!!

  28. 66 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The VA crowd is so pumped right now! Chanting “4 MORE YEARS, Obama, Fired Up Ready To Go!”

  29. 67 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    “your love keeps lifting me….. higher!!”

    • 68 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      this is my jam!!!! I think I’ve heard it a million times following PBO around. this new beat is awesome too!! Can’t stop moving.

  30. May 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  31. May 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Totally OT: Um…we went to see The Avengers last night. That movie was THE SHIT!!! Give yourself a treat and go see it. Monster fun…

  32. May 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Where can I find the live broadcast. nothing is working.

  33. May 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Somehow I think that the Obama campaign will never have a shortage of great music for their rallies.

  34. May 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Chuck T. only seems to care about attendance numbers. Now tweeting there are 6,000-7,000 in Va., “near capacity”. I noticed the Oh numbers went from 8,000 to 14,000 over time.

    • 79 Linda
      May 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      He wear Brown Suits……That is a dead give-a-way to me that he is a Republican…..

      Reagan wore Brown Suits….so does Newt.

    • 80 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      doesn’t anyone take what that overripe banana says seriously?

  35. May 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  36. 83 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    this song sounds like fly 70’s music and I feel like I need to “work it out, work it out, work it out.”— in Beyonce’s Foxy Cleopatra voice.

  37. 84 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    David Plouffe just soundly pimp slapped the Romney Camp.

  38. 85 sherijr
    May 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Oh I am loving the music they’re playing.. woohoo!

  39. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    May 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm


    I do not know if you saw it but among the Day Life photo collection, there is one photo from AP which you may consider adding to your collection (I know you cannot take all).

    the specific photo you may want to your selection is one in which a gentleman is holding up the photo taken of the Situation Room during the OBL raid – you know the iconic one.

    what is even more striking about the photo is the expression of the gentleman who is requesting PBO to sign it. From the “badass” look in his eyes and the general physical appearance and posture, I would not be surprised if he is maybe a veteran or an active member of some branch of the US Millitary or law enforcement or intelligence. if not from the armed forces, he seems to have a special appreciation of the events of that night.

    I do not know if PBO got to sign it

  40. May 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Will c-span wrap up that big exciting libertarian convention? There are some real characters there. Yikes.

  41. 97 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    28 Million folk viewing just on CBS Live Stream!!!


    • 98 itgurl_29
      May 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      You gotta be kidding me! That’s incredible.

      • 99 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        May 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        No joke – it’s in the panel below the video feed and they are reporting 18,031 in the arena!!


    • 100 4morefor44
      May 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      bob, i see that number there too, but guessing it’s for total views all-time of the cbs ustream channel. i could be wrong, but letting you know.

  42. 101 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    POTUS and FLOTUS are in the building I believe. I always know cause that’s when the SS start lining up around the stage.

  43. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    May 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    POTUS & FLOTUS were running a little late at OSU earlier. i do not know if this will affect the timing in VA

  44. 103 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    in case snark knoller reads here, i have a scoop for him:

    i’m standing here on the floor before the obama speech starts with my trusty decibel level reader. when the crowd erupts into spontaneous “four more years chants” as they’ve been doing the whole time, the decibel levels are a good 2-3db lower than when obama was in virginia in 2008 and chanting “yes we can.” i will embargo this scoop just for snark, since it’s so damaging to the obama campaign, i’m sure snark will want to be the one to break it. clear enthusiasm gap today from these two rallies @chucktodd.

  45. May 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    • 105 COS
      May 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      I am loving everyone’s sense of humor on the thread.🙂

    • 106 lisalovesobama
      May 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      It’s funny cause it’s true!!!—Karen Walker ‘Will & Grace’

    • 107 LOL
      May 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Yup…how pathetic. This is the closest Mittens will ever get to a large crowd. Once again PBO leads, and Mittens follows. I thought the American People were fed up with PBO…so why do they show up at his rallies? The only excitement Mittens will have is when he selects Vanilla Yogurt, I mean, Wonderbread, I mean Rob Portman for his VP. I’m betting by the summer the Right Wingers will tell him to pick the VP before the convention so he can inject some excitement in his campaign.

    • 108 Esmerelda
      May 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Can’t blame him. It’s the closest he’ll ever get to the Presidency.

    • 110 Cha
      May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Hey, I referred to romney following PObama around like a lost little dog..and speaking of dogs. DOGS Against Romney! WOOF WOOF!

  46. 111 barbaea
    May 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    At the Richmond event. Packed,enthusiastic crowd. He should be out shortly.

  47. 112 sherijr
    May 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’m still FireUp and I even took a nap😉 I predict this second rally will be even better than the first.

  48. May 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    We should show this to Chuck Todd and Ed Henry! Mitt Romney’s rally in NY!

  49. 114 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    “fired up” video starting! oh yeah!

  50. 115 sherijr
    May 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Fired Up Lady.. Edith video on now.. I love this whole story.. she’s adorable and he tells the story so beautifully and it really inspires. I’ll never tire of hearing it.

  51. 116 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Here we go …. it’s cool that they are starting these events with the story of “Fired Up …. Ready To Go”!!


  52. 117 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    mog, the crowd is going crazy for the video. oh wow!!!

  53. 118 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm


  54. May 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    FIRED UP!! RET’ to go! Ooooo Lawd, I LOVE POTUS and FLOTUS!!

  55. 120 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm


  56. 121 Linda
    May 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

    “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just
    pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
    than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
    for re-election.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2012–or 2013:

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.
    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
    pay when they’re out of office.
    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
    Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
    the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
    American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
    Americans do.
    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
    Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
    5. Congress loses their current health care system and
    participates in the same health care system as the American people.
    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
    American people.
    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
    effective 1/1/13.

    The American people did not make this
    contract with Congressmen/women.
    Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
    Congress is an honor, not a career.

  57. May 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  58. 125 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    what’s funny about todd chuck and henry ed and friends with the incessant need to talk about #s whenever they’re bad for PBO, is that i spent literally an hour looking for photos or info on how many students were forced into that college auditorium in ohio last week for mittbot’s blathering. never found them. hyper-spewing of PBO #s, and active cover up of mittbot #s/photos. why is that upchuck?

  59. May 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    How many people in VA?

  60. 131 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Crowd is FIRED up for FLOTUS and POTUS!!!!!

  61. 132 itgurl_29
    May 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    POTUS said something cute about FLOTUS and that station was playing some stupid music and I couldn’t hear a word.

  62. 133 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Fact ….


  63. 134 GGail
    May 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love the energy both FLOTUS & POTUS are displaying today for AMERICA!!!!

  64. May 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I’ll say it again: I am so glad to have lived to see this day. Michelle was even better this time, if that is possible. I’m starting my own drive today!

    • 136 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I agree that Michelle was even better the second time around. Our President and First Lady are terrific! They really do get it! 😆

  65. 140 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    i’ve noticed several people behind the stage have been tearing up and wiping eyes from being so moved by michelle and barack. can you ever imagine that happening with the mittbot?

  66. May 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    CSpan TV was finally able to break away from all the excitement at the libertarian convention and have joined PBO belatedly.

  67. 143 prettyfoot58
    May 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm


    telllllllllllll it Mr President….

    Tellllllllllllll it!!

  68. 144 ourmanflint
    May 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    My fave from the President: corporations aren’t people, people are people!!!!!

  69. 145 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    May 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Forward …


  70. 146 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    WOW – and I thought the Ohio crowd was pumped!!! The VA crowd is even MORE PUMPED!!!

  71. 147 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    We did (a whole series of things)….TOGETHER! Tha’ts why I’m running for president of the USA.

    Chants: 4 more years!!!!

  72. 148 GGail
    May 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I LOVE IT when he says “that’s why I’m running for President”

  73. 150 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    The crowd is so funny. Guys and Girls keep screaming “I Love You” “We Love You”

  74. May 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I notice people are agreeing with me, thinking it’s weird that no TV channel, other than cspan who joined late, is bothering to air Obama’s Va. rally, especially since it’s at a time when more people might be home and able to watch. Wonder why CNN can’t be bothered? Lemon has too many important things to say right now? What could be more important and why are they hiding this from their viewers?

    • 152 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      They got their marching orders from Romneycorp. AKA Karl Rove & Koch Brothers.

      The thing is – that won’t matter. They can black out as much as they want. We know what’s happening…and they can only black out so much because they will begin to lose ratings at some point.

    • 153 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I tried asking CNN/ Think they will answer?

    • 154 4morefor44
      May 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      still nothing on daily kos either. there is a little thing buried a few pages down in the righthand sidebar with a brief mention about ohio, but nothing at all about virginia.

    • 155 yardarm756
      May 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Three guess’s. The first two don’t count and the last one is wrong.

  75. 156 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    HAHA! I could have sworn I heard our Political Junkessa yell “I love you Obama!”

  76. May 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    But wait. I thought everyone hated healthcare reform. /snark

  77. 158 prettyfoot58
    May 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    the President is on Fireeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

  78. 159 # 1 obama fan
    May 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Virginia LOVES PBO and First Lady Michelle..We had your back in 2008..and you know we have your bck in 2012..ain’t nothing changed..nothing but love for you..in my Heavy D voice

  79. 160 4morefor44
    May 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    kind of sounds like his voice is getting a little overworked already. pace yourself, buddy!

    • 161 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Yes that’s expected…he’s been hoarse before but he will be resting it tomorrow and the next day.

      But America is ready to go forward with our President!!!

  80. 162 Ladyhawke
    May 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This needs the TOD tweetment to go viral. Love it! Spread it far and wide.



    Are you better off now than you were a Grover Norquist ago?



  81. 163 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Was My President emotional at the end or what! So were we Mr President…we were tearing up with you…

    • May 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Yes, he was very much so, hopefruit2. I saw that and with my emotional state and the help of my meds.(much pain today, but not stopping) I was able to get through it. Yes, he was choked up at the end. Many thoughts and emotions for him in VA. HZ

  82. 165 Linda
    May 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Are they playing Luther ????

  83. May 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Wow. That was powerful. I even teared up a bit at the end. Missed FLOTUS and POTUS in Ohio. I’m am so happy I got to see the Virginia rally.

    The world is a much better place with Barack and Michelle in it. 4 more for 44!

    May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm


  85. 168 yardarm756
    May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Mark it well, shipmates. We are looking at a great man. It will become evident over time…….Water works here. ‘cuse me.

  86. 170 lisalovesobama
    May 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Okayy, was it me or did something happen with PBO at the end of his speech. Did he seem extra choked up to you? I swear I think the momentousness of the occasion and what he was saying and the crowd’s response were really sinking in,

    • 171 hopefruit2
      May 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      YES!!! He got very emotional…and so did many of us viewers on TOD, in the crowd, on Twitter, See My comment above!!!

    • 172 desertflower
      May 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Yes..he was little choked up…my daughter came by the computer and asked why the President was so small….and proceeded to give me a full screen view of my PBO….he was very passionate and a little choked up. Saw it myself on the big screen. If it’s even possible, I love him more.

    • 173 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      lisa, I didn’t notice it, but I’ll check it out at 8pm when C-Span re- air it.

      • 174 lisalovesobama
        May 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

        it’s subtle but something different goes on. It’s like when he did that speech at AZ after the shootings. If you pay attention you’ll see something happen like a lightbulb goes off. I was like: WAAAAAAH? you’ll see.

        • May 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

          Lisa, it is so true. It is so wonderful that we know our POTUS so well that we can catch these moments. They are priceliess. As yardarm stated above, we are seeing a great man and will go down in history as a great POTUS indeed. So happy to be alive and a part of this great time in our history.HZ

          • 176 Pamela
            May 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

            It’s his Heart. It is so big and so loving, I think he just fills up with love, and all the vibration of the love coming toward him, covering him, lifting him up (where he belongs), on a massive level … It must be a tremendous feeling of Universal Good. We can feel it, and we are only watching on YouTube! Gcl, pj, you tell us, we feel it, we believe. We all want what PBO wants, he wants what is best for us all! God Bless and Keep Him!

  87. 177 desertflower
    May 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    No matter what else I do this weekend, no matter what else happens…my weekend is complete. 2 rallies/ 1 day. Life is good. I’m Fired Up!

  88. 179 mtmarilyn
    May 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Oh what an exciting day. Getting to listen to him twice in one day was breathtaking!!!! Maybe I couldn’t be there but sharing it here and on twitter is so inspiring.

    Now off to get ready for our local Democratic fundraiser tonight.

  89. May 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I feel sorry for Mitt [NOT]!!!
    Look at how Pres. and First Lady are interacting with the crowd!

  90. May 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    CSPAN will rehear the rally tonight at 8:00 pm!

  91. 183 Dakota
    May 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Did you see him with the baby? Amid all that pandamonium, she was as calm as can be with him. Amazing day, just amazing!

  92. 185 anniebella
    May 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’m proud to be an American, and I don’t give a dam how the right wing takes that. I am proud to have Barack Obama as our President and Michelle Obama as our First Lady.

    • 186 anniebella
      May 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      We have to fight hard, do whatever we can to re-elect President Obama and VP Biden for 4 more years.

  93. 187 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  94. 191 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    • 192 COS
      May 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      BTW, what happened to that TPM wet blanket on both rallies? I kept searching for it but never found it.🙂

  95. 193 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  96. 194 utaustinliberal
    May 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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