Heads Up: Michelle Obama in NC

2:45: Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Chapel Hill, N.C.

CBS 1 * CBS 2 * CNN

Streaming has started – early!

I’ll be back later, I think there’s something on tonight …. chat away.


President Obama strolls on the grounds of the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 16 (Jason Reed/Reuters)

217 Responses to “Heads Up: Michelle Obama in NC”

  1. 1 FoxfireTX
    October 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    It’s a great day!

    • 2 yardarm756
      October 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Top 10 again.

      • 3 jacquelineoboomer
        October 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

        Hey, YA, maybe Chips will have a “Top 10” image of Miche for ya when she returns, since you’re trying so hard! Ha! It could be her “October surprise”!

        Afternoon, TODland – Getting a late start, plan to pace myself, sidle up with the wine, and watch only C-Span and hang on TOD and Twitter during the debate. The punditry class can KMA today.

        Go, Obama! “Billions of people are pullin’ for ya,” as Sir Paul McCartney once said.

    • 8 japa21
      October 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Congrats Foxfire

    • 9 Pamela
      October 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Yes, it IS! yay foxfireTX! !

  2. 10 japa21
    October 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Just missed.

  3. October 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  4. 16 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Let’s have a cackle at those TX repugs! 🙂 Check out these emails — start at bottom and work your way up, if you can close your eyes first to that first para:


    For background & full story, go here: http://juanitajean.com/2012/10/16/and-the-weird-just-keeps-on-coming/

  5. October 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Streaming has started! See you later.

  6. 19 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    FLOTUS already on CBS2!

  7. 22 Cman
    October 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Stream has started.

  8. 23 debz
    October 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    POTUS looks really stressed out about the upcoming debate and the fact that he might upset Chris Mattews. LOL

  9. 25 Rita
    October 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Love the smile on PBO’s face. Gives me strength and confidence!!

  10. October 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Holy shit! Look at all these People?

  11. 29 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Foreign-born residents in Nashville, Tennessee, lean to the Democrats in a state often dominated by Republicans.


    Twenty-eight per cent of new businesses in the US were started by immigrants, he says. “I don’t buy that they come here to take jobs and take benefits.”

    Karpagam Swaminathan is an Indian-American housewife who works weekends at the Sri Ganesha Temple of Nashville. “If you live in a place so long, you consider yourself from there … and even listen to country [music].”

    The 52-year-old sari-clad mother of four declares on November 6 she “won’t just vote for us and other immigrants, since our future is here.

    “We are all Americans and should think about the big picture.”


  12. October 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Gallup Judy did a poll of the Crowd size for Michelle Obama, in NC.
    They said their is 5 people, 1 lady showed up and Seamus Ghost!

  13. 33 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    The pattern on FLOTUS’ dress looks like eyes! They’re watching you, Willard! 🙂

  14. 34 GGail
    October 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Great West Coast afternoon Chipsticks and TOD family!

    Chipsticks!!!!!!! Congratulations on your landmark HITS!



  15. 37 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    [Extreme Liberal breaks down MittMath Lies]:

    Now just to be clear, the above justifications for the numbers came from the Romney campaign. The 7 million jobs number is a “10-year number” and was the only study cited by the Romney campaign that was even based on the Romney “plan”, such that it is.

    The 3-million-jobs claim came from a study that looks at 8 years and was based largely on policies that President Obama has adopted, some of which Romney plans to reverse.

    The 2-million-jobs, that Romney thinks will magically appear, will materialize by “cracking down on China.” It is based on old numbers and economic conditions and relies on China cooperating on intellectual property rights. If you really think that’s going to happen, I have a nice condo in the Cayman Islands, very near Romney’s tax shelter corporation, that I will sell you really cheap.

    With only 3 weeks to go until the election, it is astounding to watch the Romney campaign get away with the most shallow, fact free campaign for the White House that our country has ever known.

    Thankfully there are still a few great journalists around that also care about truth….because damn it, it will set you free.


  16. October 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama campaign a key victory and denied an application from Ohio officials that would have allowed them to shut down polling on the weekend before the election.

    The court also left in place a lower court ruling that found Ohio had to treat all voters the same and not give special voting privileges to military members, as the state had wanted to do in the final days before Nov. 6.

    • 39 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Now this is great news. Even the Supreme Court, which is full of conservatives wouldn’t go along with Ohio’s foolishness.

  17. October 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Former President Bill Clinton will campaign on President Obama’s behalf in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Obama campaign announced Tuesday.

    Clinton will do a campaign event for the Obama campaign on October 19th.

    It’s a measure of both how Clinton has emerged as a major surrogate for the president — and the degree to which the campaign is taking the threat of losing Wisconsin seriously.

  18. 43 anniebella
    October 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the “Boss” song, we take care of our own.

  19. 45 carolyn
    October 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Actually, the Supreme court handed Americans a win today. Voting is a precious right for all, not a privilege for a few. Bravo Elena Kagan and the court. Right again.

  20. 50 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Bonjour mes amis! Sorry this is off topic, but I’m home in The Red Tent on big pain meds (so thankful it’s now, and not this weekend during my show!!!!) And I just wanted to share…..

    SOMETHING WONDERFUL happened here this weekend:

    • 51 xtine
      October 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      That’s really amazing! Looks like it hit a diversity of neighborhoods along the way!

    • 53 theo67
      October 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      OK – so, I could have saved myself hours of watching that shuttle inch along, if I’d known I could watch it all in about 60 seconds and still get the wonder and splendor of the moment! 🙂

      It really was something wonderful, though…

  21. 54 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  22. October 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  23. 57 japa21
    October 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    According to PPP it could get ugly after the election no matter who wins. Expectation of voter fraud is high. My only disagreement is that I think the Republicans believe it would be fraud, and the Dems think it would be suppression or counting fraud.

  24. October 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Chips – Please consider featuring this before the debate. TY

    “What Romney’s Hiding: ‘It’s the Amnesty, Stupid'”

    i) Romney closed ONLY his Swiss UBS Account, not Caymans or Bermuda or Luxembourg. Hence, he cannot claim “bad optics for a campaign” as the alternative explanation;
    ii) Romney closed the UBS account during the time required to receive amnesty;
    iii) Romney omitted from his public disclosure of his 2010 returns the specific information about the UBS account;
    iv) Romney took six extra months to prepare his 2011 returns, disclosing them in the countdown to the election, whereas he could have disclosed 2009 immediately with 2010, getting all that bad news out at once, during the primary, so that it would be ancient history by now. That is strong evidence that 2009, that would have shown the amnesty with flashing lights, was too toxic.

  25. 59 utaustinliberal
    October 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    This made me chuckle because it’s true.

  26. 62 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm


    “Randy Duke, a 20-year law enforcement vet, only has a few weeks to spend with his family before heading back to Afghanistan to train police officers, and he definitely didn’t plan on spending most of it outside his son’s school holding a sign saying “Bullying Victims are Punished Here.

    But after Max, 13, was suspended for standing up to a bully and defending a special needs student, Duke felt he had no choice.”

    Story w/ photo here:

  27. 64 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  28. 66 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  29. 67 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  30. 69 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  31. 70 whatisworking
    October 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Greetings Everyone

    Sorry I have meen MIA lately. Last week I was unexpectedly asked to step in as our NTL (neighborhood team leader). Life is now crazy. I try and stop here everyday to catch up. I love you guys.

    I wanted to share this story that made CBS news front page

    Official: Paul Ryan “did nothing” at soup kitchen – includes a picture of him “washing up”


    • 71 theo67
      October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for the hard work, WiW! Good luck with the new campaign role. You’re good at that stuff. 🙂

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      October 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Hellooo Linda! Congrats on your new role. I can just imagine how involved you are, but then, you have always been. I’ve been thinking of you a lot lately, particularly as the #Sensata issue picked up steam. I remember that you were the person who initially brought the subject to TODville months ago and asked us to help to get the story out. I hope you have had a chance to notice how the message has become more widespread and thank you for bringing it to my/our attention.

  32. October 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Heads up everyone —

    So …

  33. 80 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    No negative tweets about Obama tonight. If you have a criticism, stuff it. As the twitter dude on The Cycle made clear, the media takes their clues from what “America” is saying on twitter about the debate. And for some reason during the 1st debate many of our friends felt the need to repeatedly tweet comments full of outrage and disgust at President Obama not responding in their preferred way. So tonight—-note the good and the positive or shut up. Sorry to be so blunt, but that was a big blunder last time—-gave the pundits free license to pounce —-big time.

    • 81 FoxfireTX
      October 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      And equally important for all who tweet is to call out Romney EVERY time he opens his mouth. You KNOW every thing he says is a lie so call him out on it immediately.

    • 83 carolyn
      October 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      So they’re not as independent and smart as they like to have us believe. Agree times 100! We need to take our mothers advice ….if you can’t say something good, don’t say anything. Sometimes silence is golden. Happy watching. I notice the attitudes seem to be very different this time….very upbeat and positive on part of campaign.

    • 84 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Tweet any and all of President Obama’s great soundbites. Make the story about Romney’s lies and President Obama’s accomplishments/plans. I agree that we need to keep our comments positive instead of freaking out and creating a negative echo chamber for the Rightwing and the mainstream media.

  34. 85 yardarm756
    October 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Martin Bashir has a jerk behind him with a Ron Paul sign.smh

  35. 89 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This is so cool – a formerly man from the bronx who resembles our President – “Bronx Obama”


    • 90 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Nice story. Love how the young man is so enraptured with President Obama. I could have done without that Romney look-alike at the end though! LOL.

  36. 91 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  37. 92 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

  38. October 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Fuck James Carville-

    Democracy Corps memo: Time for Obama to go bold
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 10/16/12 3:45 PM
    The James Carville-Stan Greenberg group Democracy Corps is out with a polling memo that is warning President Obama to go big or, potentially, go home.

    Whatever! Did he do this to all the Democrats?

    • 95 theo67
      October 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      So, if President Obama doesn’t “perform” to his satisfaction, then he’s willing to usher in a Romney presidency to undo everything that President Obama has done over four hard-fought years? No more support for middle class? No more Obamacare? No more financial regulation? No more defending of women’s rights? No more international cooperation or pursuit of peace? No more eroding the deficit and debt? This fool James Carville says one performance is worth giving up the Supreme Court and all the rights fought for, and died for, over the past century and more? He’s willing to usher in a group of thieves whose only mission is to steal the Social Security Trust Fund ($2 trillion) and bankrupt the government?

      What an absolute loser.

  39. 99 lamh35
    October 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Saw this comment at Booman Tribune and wanted to share it. I’ll admit to being a lil nervous. Not over PBO, but because I know Candy Crowley carries water for GOP and Romney ain’t nothing but a shhh-faced liar. So I wont’ be watching the debate tonight guys (plus, I work 12 hours today and I get off at 8pm. I’m bone-weary already and I’ve got 4 1/2 hours to go left, so once I get home, I’m just gonna get in bed and crash)

    (Lamh: THE STATMENTS IN QUOTES IS FROM ANOTHER COMMENTER. WaterGirl is responding to that commenter)“I’m very nervous about this debate.”

    Me, too.

    “Was confident going into Biden’s debate, and for that matter Obama’s first debate, but I’m afraid I don’t have confidence that Obama (and his advisors) will have a good plan for tonight.”

    That’s where you lost me. It would be crazy to think Obama and Plouffe and Axelrod and Cutter don’t know what’s at stake.

    This is one of the ways that people spin themselves into a panic. All the “What If”s are negative. What if they don’t have a good plan? What if Obama gets caught flat-footed again? What if Romney lies even more? What if this is a total disaster and Obama loses?

    Obama is GOOD in town halls. Romney, not so much. I am absolutely confident that debate practices were not skipped this time around and I’m absolutely positive that Obama will not be low energy tonight. History shows that Obama fights hard when he’s in a crunch. Have some faith.

    What if we try some positive “What if”s on for size.

    What if the people at the town hall see right through Romney? What if Romney is shown for the fraud he is? What if Obama connects with people at the town hall? What if Obama is at the top of his game tonight?

    We don’t know what will happen tonight. And I’m nervous, but I don’t think we do ourselves any favors if we spin ourselves into a panic beforehand.

    If I were Obama, I would be pissed as hell that after one bad night, some of my supporters lost their faith in me.

    by WaterGirl on Tue Oct 16th, 2012 at 12:03:25 PM EST


    • 100 TrumpDog
      October 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Gov. Granholm says Romney is actually good in townhalls. My hope is people don’t underestimate Romney.
      The rest of what that person said is superb and is something I could have written myself.
      Personally, I dont think the president is the problem, I think it’s his fair weather supporters.

      That said, I am very nervous that WE will fail him. The GOP will already spin the debate as a win for Romney, no matter how he actually does. We need to be on our game too

    • 101 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I’m kind of shocked too at how many people jumped off the Obama campaign just because of one debate. But it’s best not to focus on the negative. President Obama and his supporters are still fighting. We’re going to win this war.

  40. 102 dudette9t9
    October 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  41. 103 dudette9t9
    October 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    • 104 daisydem
      October 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      This video did not just make me tear up; it made me weep last night. It is so powerful; and to see and hear Billie Jean King (a hero in my era) talk about her life with her partner which they kept secret, oh my, she is so poised and so realistic, yet so emotional. This video is great.

    • 105 Bill R.
      October 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Wow!!! What can I say? Moving statements.

  42. October 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  43. October 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hello Tod…will try to follow debate with everyone here tonight. However my computers are a mess for the past two weeks. I have been in computer jail. Can anyone of the techies help with my following question. I have a Samsung wifi tablet and upgraded the software yesterday. After upgrade, I can no longer view videos posted on this site. Called Samsung and they told me that Adobe Flash no longer supports android tablets/products. Is there anything else that I can use, or am I stuck with being ‘videoless’ ? As fate would have it my desktop brokedown a couple of days ago also. Help! Thanks.

    Didn’t need this mess on this crucial day. Sigh.

  44. 109 Nena20409
    October 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    TPM is reporting that there are some issues with Denish D’Soza(sp) the rightwinger who once dated Ann Coulter and he has said awful things about pres Obama and he recently made a movie. TMP is reporting that there is a case brewing now that he was messing around with a female who isn’t his wife. I don’t like gossip. But this one Gossip that I will gladly welcome.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I agree Nena. We really have no control over Ms. Karma…

    • 112 dotster3
      October 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Read about that little tidbit—–never shocked about this kind of stuff about these kind of people. He was at a Christian Conference, of course, introducing a “buxom blonde” as his fiancee as they trotted off to the Comfort Suites, still married at the time, since filed for divorce—-as rumors spread about his new little “shack em up”.

    • 114 pkayden
      October 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      D’Souza hates Black people, period. His hatred was evident long before President Obama popped up on the scene. Cannot stand him and glad to hear that he’s joined the rest of his Rightwing hypocrite brethren.

  45. 115 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I mean, COME ON.

  46. 116 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This is the kind of stuff that makes it difficult, to put it mildly, to debate Romney. He just denied everything he had been campaigning on for the last 2 years. I couldn’t believe that people let him get away with that extreme makeover, but they did. Need to push back on twitter if he pulls this kind of junk again, as I suspect he will as I read the Moderate Mitt is the personality that will be in attendance again tonight—–where he pretends to love everything he hates.

  47. 119 xtine
    October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Chill, we’ve all got this! 🙂 I don’t have a Twitter account, but looking forward to reading all of those TODers who do! Thank you!

    “Chicago isn’t leaving factchecking up to the whim of the media; they’re doing real time factchecking on Twitter via @OFAdebates.”

    The Obama surrogates who will be in the house tonight are:

    • David Axelrod, Obama for America Senior Strategist
    • Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA-33)
    • Rep. Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31)
    • Stephanie Cutter, Obama for America Deputy Campaign Manager
    • Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), OFA national campaign co-chair
    • Patrick Gaspard, DNC Executive Director
    • Robert Gibbs, Obama for America Senior Advisor
    • Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
    • Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager
    • Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Chair of the Democratic Governors Association
    • Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA), OFA national campaign co-chair
    • David Plouffe, 2008 Obama for America Campaign Manager
    • Jen Psaki, Obama for America Traveling Press Secretary
    • Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta
    • Cecilia Rouse, Princeton University Economist
    • Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
    • Governor Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor and OFA national campaign co-chair
    • Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8)
    • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D, NY-12)
    • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles and OFA national campaign co-chair
    • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-20)


    • 120 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Oh my..this is great! They are not leaving anything up to the MSM – and that’s good. Thanks extine.

      • 121 utaustinliberal
        October 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        The team is super. Mayor Kasim Reed is on Bashir Live now and he’s being an excellent surrogate for Pres. Obama.

    • 122 xtine
      October 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      From same post:

      “Mitt Romney has to navigate the treacherous waters of talking to real voters tonight, but luckily for him, their microphones will be turned off after they ask their pre-approved questions. This will help him avoid throwing his “It’s my turn” tantrum, but if there’s one thing Mitt Romney has proven he’s good at, it’s ruining an easy thing with over-confidence and self-delusion.

      No matter how wildly Romney yaps tonight, Obama is ready for him and the media is awakening from their stenographer’s coma. Just in case, though, team Obama is standing at the ready to clarify the facts and yes, spin. Apparently our media and the public require spin to win. A calm discussion of the facts doesn’t make good TV and it won’t win you the job as leader of the free world. Oh, no — you’ve gotta spin those sound bites so the media has something to chew other than your hide.”

      • 123 japa21
        October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Because I have a nasty bent of mind at times, what is to keep a questioner, once his/her question has been approved, from asking a totally different question when his/her turn comes?

        • 124 Pamela
          October 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          I can’t see how this can be controlled, and I hope it happens. PBO can handle anything, that other pos cannot!

      • 125 dotster3
        October 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        Exactly—-sadly—–“our media and the public require spin to win. A calm discussion of the facts doesn’t make good TV and it won’t win you the job as leader of the free world…..oh no—you’ve gotta spin those sound bites…..”

    • 127 dotster3
      October 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm


    • 128 TrumpDog
      October 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      So we should set our Twitter account to follow @OFAdebates right now.

    • 130 prettyfoot58
      October 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      whooooooooooo hooooo….gotta follow these folks…don’t plan to miss a step

  48. October 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Chips, this is a fine graphic just released by OFA, though it is missing some key #BainMitt investments …

    And … seriously …

  49. October 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Put together by some great folks in Florida. By the way, he is a professor at “Lynn University” last debate here folks.

  50. October 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

  51. October 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I have scanned for crowd size at Rally, but they will not tell me! 😦

  52. October 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    That’s good news, Rubio is going after Robney tax plan-

    One of Mitt Romney’s top surrogates acknowledged Tuesday that the GOP candidate’s tax plan will only be revenue neutral if it sparks a degree of economic growth most economists regard as wildly implausible.

    At the same time he warned Romney against targeting popular tax benefits as sources of new revenue to help pay for his plan to cut taxes by $5 trillion.

    Taken together, the comments illustrate just how difficult it would be for any president to reform the tax code, and serve as a reminder that Romney’s tax plan is particularly dubious — and would likely require either increasing middle class taxes or tolerating significantly higher budget deficits.

    “There will be a very helpful debate about whether things like the charitable deduction, the health insurance premium, the home interest deduction should be part of the deal,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at a Bloomberg View event.

    “[Reducing the mortgage interest deduction] is troubling, because it really helps the middle class,” he said. “Do you really want to hurt charitable giving in a country when you are saying that you want to rely less on government and more on private institutions to deal with these issues? And how are you going to raise taxes on people on their health care premiums when you are saying you want there to be a system in place where folks can have more control over their own money?”


    MSM ignores it, they are to busy doing something else???

  53. 140 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Oh geez—-Tweety is in super duper hyper, over the top mode already. He spits out a long list of hoops Obama has to jump through tonight——or face dire consequences etc. Heilemann and David Corn are piling on about what Obama “has to do”. This has reached the ultra-ridiculous phase.

    • 141 TrumpDog
      October 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Good grief 🙄

      • 142 Cheryllou
        October 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        All the pundits want to tell President Obama what he should and shouldn’t say. WTF!! This is truly sickening!

      • 143 debz
        October 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        In other words, the pearl clutchers at MSNBC already have their attacks on PBO prepared, and won’t even bother to watch the debate. They will just attack PBO. This is exactly what they did last time.

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      MSNBainC has been Like that all day.
      We are watching cspan, I am sure I will get updates on how Tweety and Ed tears up the President.

    • 145 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I am not watching MSNBC. I’m not trying to put more money in these people’s pockets while they attack and insult our President, give that pathological liar a pass, and deflate and demoralize Obama supporters.

      Not this time.

    • 146 xtine
      October 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Switch them off & put on some great music, a glass of great wine or chat w/ a good friend! Or bring over some fun stories/links to TOD! 🙂

  54. 148 utaustinliberal
    October 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  55. 150 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Everyone follow OFADebates tonight on twitter—-take your cues from them.

  56. 151 Lb4Obama
    October 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Oh here we go. Corn, Walsh and Heilman on Hardball telling PBO he fucked up bad in first debate and he must do this, do that. Heilman exceptionally critical and acting like he will vote for Mitt the Twitt now. He and Corn are really going at it! Yuck!

  57. 152 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  58. October 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    What do you think the President will say? What if he does not say that? What do you think are the five things The President should do and say? What if he dies not do that?
    What about you? And you? How about you?
    And now to Hiward Fineman and His BS conference Call sources, he claims are his own…
    I don’t know, it seems MSNBainC is working OT to smear our President, forget Fox.

  59. October 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  60. 164 japa21
    October 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Well, I might as well jump into the group of people telling (not suggesting but telling) PBO what to do tonight.
    It consists of 3 things:

    1. Be yourself
    2. Be Barack Obama
    3. See 1 and 2.

  61. 166 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    OK, Tweety did make me laugh—–when he said he hoped the questions are good ones and not just something about someone’s brother in law.
    I imagine the questions are selected and pre-approved and not something about someone’s bro in law, right? Because I have frequently heard those kinds of too personal questions at town halls that only apply to the questioner and have no wider interest.

  62. 167 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Welp, I guess the request to not repeat every inane pundit comment here has fallen on deaf ears. All I’m seeing is regurgitated MSNBC drivel (whether related accurately or not). After the way Tweety and Ed treated the President, I’m surprised people are still glued to the channel. 🙄

    • 168 Bill R.
      October 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Not me…. I get my news from the web, sooooo fed up with the narcissists on TV. They don’t care one bit about what happens to this country. They have their 8 figure salaries and all the perks. That’s what they care about.

      • 169 PoliticalJunkessa
        October 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        You nailed it: it’s an exercise in narcissism and people just repeat these jerks’ words like gospel, ad nauseum. The blowhards don’t care, and I’m sure somewhere they’re laughing all the way to the bank because no matter what crap they pull out of their behinds, people wills till watch.

        • 170 donna dem 4 obama
          October 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

          THIS is you money quote PJ—> “The blowhards don’t care, and I’m sure somewhere they’re laughing all the way to the bank because no matter what crap they pull out of their behinds, people will
          still watch”.

      • October 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm


        I even muted my local news when Steve Handlesome (sp) NBC did his report. Focused on the Gallup/USAToday poll….how the President is behind…..yada yada yada blah blah blah. Muted as soon as it started though could see the stuff on the screen. I’ll be watching C-Span as I did for the previous two.

    • October 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I’m trying to recall the last time I watched MSNBC. I’ve watched LOD a couple of times this election season, but in general I avoid the cable “news” like the plague. The networks’ only concern is to drive eyeballs to their advertisers. My two stunningly brown eyes refuse to participate.

      • 174 PoliticalJunkessa
        October 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        I’m with you, LL. When I’m tipped off to a good LOD segment I may watch it, I’ll be damned if I put a single cent in the pocket of assholes who bat PBO around for sport. Enough.

    • 175 nospin
      October 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      not me. I refuse to watch ANY of them. I also cut back Rev. Al and Bashir tremendously. As soon as someone switches to the Obama shoulda, coulda, woulda . . . I switch the channel.

  63. 176 forus50
    October 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  64. 177 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful eye candy: Our FLOTUS in North Carolina today! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettmarty2012

  65. 180 dotster3
    October 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  66. October 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    But but but …



  67. 185 dudette9t9
    October 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Some very creative folks out there on the interwebs. One of them sent me this:

  68. October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So for anyone who doesn’t follow @pollbuster, you really should do so. He and @JeffersonObama are the go-to polling guys this season.

    And for those of us obsessed with polls, PBO is up 3 on Reuters/Ipsos, and up 2 on IBD/TIPP. Now I know IBD gets rightly flogged as a rightwing rag. But it’s partner, TIPP? Here’s what @pollbuster had to say:

  69. October 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Um, BFD alert:

  70. October 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    An Obama campaign strategist tells the L.A.Times that the president will focus first on economic progress and not on going after Mitt Romney during the debate in New York.

    “What we are looking to do now is make our case about where we want to take the country …and do it with some hope, because there is some good evidence that this is working,” said the advisor, whom the Times reported spoke on condition of anonymity. “We have a little bit of lift.”

    Outside political strategists, perhaps most vociferously James Carville, have cautioned against emphasizing the economic recovery. They have said the message would ring hollow — and maybe even anger voters — because too many people are still struggling financially.

    The strategist told the Times that the president will try to “thread the needle,” noting positive economic signs but not exaggerating progress.

    “Nobody is playing ‘Happy Days Are Here Again.’ This is not to say anyone is satisfied with the economy the way it is or will be over-blowing the progress. Just that we are headed in the right direction,” the strategist said, according to the Times.

    The rosy start – if Obama sticks to that plan – will surely disappoint Democrats who are looking for the president to come out swinging at Romney after he whiffed at the chance to do so during the first debate. But the strategist said the president would zing Romney soon enough.

    “The key is going to be making sure that people are grounded with the core direction he is advocating and the optimism he brings to that,” the strategist told the Times. “Once he has his feet firmly planted on that ground, he can pivot to take on other issues from a bunch of different angles.”

    • 195 anniebella
      October 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Jovie141, I could be wrong, but I hate these people who speak with no name, because nine times out ten they don’t know what they are talking about.

  71. 196 dudette9t9
    October 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Don’t hate me — I’m gonna miss the debate tonight. [Gasp!] Sacrilege, I know right?
    But it’s my Dad’s birthday and the whole fam is taking him out to dinner. Sorry, but I’ll have to catch up with the other Twitter warriors perhaps on the graveyard shift.

    • 197 Rita
      October 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Have a great evening with your Dad, Dudette. You’ve are an awesome warrior and I know a little break will do you good and make your family happy. A total win/win situation!

      • 198 dudette9t9
        October 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Thanks Rita! You’re very kind.

        Although I’m totally looking forward to celebrating my Dad, a little part of me is gonna be itching to find out how the debate’s going. 🙂

    • 200 hopefruit2
      October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Have a great time dudette and happy birthday to your Dad! Chips and the rest of us will hold down the fort while you’re gone and try to keep this place sane. I’m on Twitter right now trying to calm down someone who’s having one of their usual Twitter freakouts about one thing or another.

    • 201 TrumpDog
      October 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Happy birthday to your dad, Dudette. Enjoy your night 🙂

  72. 202 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    One thing these debates have highlighted for me are

    1. The American public has a huge emotional investment in our President.

  73. October 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  74. 206 donna dem 4 obama
    October 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Armed Forces Show Overwhelming Support for President Obama


    Foreign policy, military funding and plans for U.S. troops abroad are providing plenty of chewy campaign fodder for President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. But fundraising reports shed light on what the armed forces think about the the candidates.

    …the military’s support has shifted toward Obama. Romney has consistently received little financial backing from military donors.


  75. 208 Tally
    October 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  76. October 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  77. October 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Former Obama aide Neera Tanden took to Twitter on Tuesday to apologize for some choice words she uttered about her former boss.

    In an interview with New York magazine published on Sunday, Tanden had been trying to explain why Obama didn’t call former President Bill Clinton for the first two years of his administration.

    “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” Tanden said. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”

    Tanden, now president of the Center for American Progress, suggested in her mea culpa that it was a poor choice of words.

    “I was trying to say how President Obama, who I admire greatly, is a private person, but I deeply regret how I said it. I apologize,” she wrote.

    There was another revealing part of her interview that she didn’t address in her apology. Tanden also suggested that the president’s renewing relations with Clinton was not genuine, but rather a calculated political move.

    “Obama engineered this reconciliation, and I think the whole time he was, like, ‘Why do I have to do this?’ ” Tanden told New York. “He did it because he wanted to win, and this was the way to do it.”

    Clinton has been stumping hard for Obama, attending campaign fundraisers and rallies and appearing in a direct-to-camera ad. And while the renewed relations — genuine or not — have widely been a plus for the president’s reelection effort, they have also helped reinvigorate Clinton — or as Tanden noted in the New York interview, they’ve “made Bill Clinton the king of the world.”

    Does anybody know who the phuck this Person is? And why is She running her mouth?

  78. October 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  79. 212 ewok2
    October 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Romney’s tax plan, get the details. For those that are just tuning in here it is again. http://www.romneytaxplan.com/

  80. 214 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm


  81. 215 utaustinliberal
    October 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This is every college kid’s slogan.

  82. 216 hopefruit2
    October 16, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    LOL! The media is just so obsessed with this President that WaPo penned an article on what he ate tonight for dinner (Steak and Potatoes).

  83. 217 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
    October 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t post often. I mostly lurk…but I’m not a troll. I just wanted to say that I am so looking forward to seeing our wonderful President tonight. I know he will do a great job. I’m under a self imposed no MSM today. Not even Rev Al or Martin. I’m watching debate on C-SPAN…don’t wanna hear no spin. Go PBO!!

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