Chat away

President Barack Obama reads briefing material while meeting with advisors inside his cabin at Camp David, Sunday, Oct. 21 (Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama convenes a conference call at Camp David with Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Chief of Staff Jack Lew to discuss the shooting at a Wisconsin shopping mall, Sunday, Oct. 21 (Pete Souza)

102 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. October 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

  2. October 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’m number 2; I try harder!

  3. 5 Jeff
    October 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I will personally blame the media if PBO loses or it’s a close election.

    • October 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      He’s not going to lose, Jeff and the dude who’s in for some ultra-major-league blame is Willard 🙂


    • 7 yardarm756
      October 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Don’t even think aboutit! Take that stinking thinking some where else! 😦

  4. 8 Ladyhawke
    October 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    President Obama’s Undeniable Record



    Only a Democrat could prevent a Depression, end a war, capture and kill Osama bin Laden, double the Dow — and then hear constantly that he can’t run on his record.

    If President John McCain were seeking a second term with these undeniable accomplishments, the GOP would skip the campaign and spend the money on carving his grimace into Mt. Rushmore and onto the dime, while renaming every federal everything in America after the man.

    In 2004, after George W. blew the surplus, didn’t prevent 9/11, let bin Laden get away at Tora Bora, and invaded the wrong country, Republicans still proudly ran on that record. Of course, that was before Bush tried to privatize Social Security, gave up on his Orwellian terror alerts, and let New Orleans drown, driving his approval rating down to Nixon-during-Watergate-era levels. Since Herbert Hoover, has any president had a worse tenure? But who said, “George W. Bush can’t run on his record!”



  5. 10 theo67
    October 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    President Obama is president all the time. Preparing for debate, and dealing with domestic crisis, too. I’m so glad he’s the one in that chair.

  6. October 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  7. 12 vcprezofan2
    October 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    #10 Wowee! (Or first after the last person.) 😉

  8. October 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This is Nathan Sproule’s group in 2004

  9. 14 Lorraine
    October 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I love these pictures of our President.

  10. 15 Carolyn
    October 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I am so glad that the info about voting machines in Ohio, Tagg Romney’s involvement, Sproul, voter intimidtion….all these tactics are brought to the light before the election this time. In 2000 and 2004 we (Democrats) appeared totally taken by surprise. If anything shows how the Obama party is different, these incidents do. Before, we just sat back and let things happen to us. Now…..these incidents don’t get by. I have read (no link) that the campaign has deployed hundreds of lawyers and observers to certain states on election day to prevent the kind of skulduggery that the Republicans are so good at. They do so much under the radar, while certain people yell. They are the hardest working campaign committee, and will train the hardest working party in the next four years. President Obama is indeed re-shaping American political life.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      October 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Carolyn–this is so true. The states will be crawling with lawyers and OFA will be sure that legal help is just a phone call away for any poll worker on the line.

  11. 17 Ladyhawke
    October 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Embattled GOP Consultant’s Firm Took In More Than $400,000 From RNC In September

    DNC blasts Republicans for relationship with company.


    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized the RNC’s association with the firm in a statement to BuzzFeed, citing a “lengthy history” of voter registration fraud accusations
    “The RNC’s decision to continue to employ a consulting firm with a well-known history of registration fraud and other election-related irregularities is unconscionable, and it is a clear breach of public trust.

    “Unfortunately, this is nothing new. Firms led by Sproul have long been associated with allegations of election fraud – including destroying Democratic voter registrations as far back as 2004. Yet RNC Chairman Reince Priebus continues to hire Sproul, showing his disdain for an honest electoral process.

    “These allegations undermine our free and open elections. It’s clear that Republicans cannot be trusted with voter registrations at any point in the process. The Democratic Party will call out these deceptive practices at every turn and continue to ensure elections are accessible and secure.



  12. 19 dotster3
    October 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Charles Todd is on NBC news touting the Dem “enthusiasm gap”. I so hope they have to eat those words and that books will be written about this Big Fail. They showed lots of clips of the beach football game with Romney and staff against the press—–good time was had by all. Todd even came back to it later with more film clips and to say that Miss Ann scored a TD and all were whooping it up with her. It was sickening. And then here’s Gregory saying something about “America’s standing in the world” and how Willard is really “going to take the fight to President Obama in tomorrow night’s debate”. Todd/Gregory are blatantly partisan in their reporting, no shock to any of you I know, but it is deeply disturbing.
    Today’s Ia. calls summary—–most I talked to had already early voted for Obama and seemed proud to announce it——mostly small town and rural folks.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      October 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I have no doubt that Chuck Todd and David Gregory along with certain other pundiots were promised some goodies if Willard wins, and so they have a vested interest in the outcome of the election. Because they are so unprofessional and entitled at the same time, they are taking the liberties to be openly disrespectful towards our President and towards Obama supporters, while fawning over Romney.

      I look forward to seeing the look of utter disappointment on both of these men’s faces when Obama wins – and when practically the entire whole world is rejoicing about Obama’s victory, except for the American mainstream media and those racist Republicans who voted for Mitt Romney.

      • October 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Romney is playing them like a cheap violin. He has shown open disdain for the media and blatantly lied to them over and over again. If they think Romney would actually follow thru on giving them any goodies their stupider than I thought.

        • 22 hopefruit2
          October 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          It may not have been Romney himself who made the promises, but the Koch brothers, Rove, Big Oil, Wall Street, etc

          • 23 anniebella
            October 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

            It is clear Chuck Todd is garbage.

            • 24 anniebella
              October 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

              hoprfruit2 I agree with you 100% about Todd, Gregory, being in the hip pocket of the Koch Brothers and Karl Roves. Todd is the worse kind of journalists there is. Meaning he is a pretender. I remember how doing POTUS first campaign event all Todd talked about was the empty seats, but he never said a word about the lack luster crowd Mitt was drawing. Chuck Todd is garbage.

      • 25 theo67
        October 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        I think they want book deals to set them up for life. They think if they pander to Romney, that he’ll want them to write these biased versions of his story if he manages to steal the election. They have placed their bet on Romney, and they haven’t learned that Romney only plays for himself.

    • 27 Esmerelda
      October 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      That’s ridiculous given the early voter numbers. He’s either lazy or deliberately trying to dampen enthusiasm, both of which are despicable. I hope this backfires and motivates Dems to vote in huge numbers.

      • 28 nathkatun7
        October 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        He is “deliberately trying to dampen enthusiasm.” The best way for us to fight back is volunteer for GOTV or donate what ever we could, and, of course, vote.

    • 29 99ts
      October 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      The media personalities – large salaries – like Romney’s taxes – self interest all the way – don’t give a damn about their country – or the world – happy for others to die a long way from home while Romney’s alter ego is bombing the world. They seem to lose the idea that if everyone is doing well – they would be doing better.

    • October 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Chuck Todd was getting a whopping on Twitter today for his dumb ass comparison of Tagg Romney’s purchase of voting machines to Trump’s birtherism. Got so bad he had to respond but he should have kept his trap shut because he sounded even more ignorant.

  13. 31 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I love that even when he’s not in public, he’s still wearing the pink bracelet that honors breast cancer awareness month.

  14. 34 proudmemberofglobalzero
    October 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I am going to the debate tomorrow. I will have credentials to get on the Lynn Campus but not inside. I hope to get behind Tweety and say why this 54 year old Jewish mother is backing PBO.

  15. October 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I love this video so much. . . must have watched it hundreds of times!

  16. 43 utaustinliberal
    October 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    For the fans of The Big Bang Theory, your guy is a Democrat. Woot! Woot!

    His tweets about republicans are hilarious.

  17. 44 desertflower
    October 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    PLEASE Twitter team…make this go viral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! h/t to Political Carnival

  18. 51 yardarm756
    October 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  19. October 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I love this part of the Asheville Citizan-Times endorsement: “With Obama, we know what we are getting. He has consistently embraced the concept of community. Obama believes we are not just a bunch of individuals but a nation, and that we must work together to address the challenges we face.”

    A nation, not a bunch of individuals. Thank you.

  20. 54 desertflower
    October 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm


  21. 66 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    That’s what I’m talking about 🙂

    • 67 idon
      October 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Kudos to your sister 🙂 I’m doing a seniors to the polls on Thrusday, which giving rides to and from their early voting place. They also asked me and my husband to give them guidance who they should vote for besides PBO. We recommended the straight DEM slate because this help PBO get his policies enacted and funded by Congress.

  22. 70 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  23. 74 vitaminlover
    October 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    My beloved President looks very comfy. I am glad that he is just chillin’ (sort of).

    • 75 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I was happy about that, too. Lots of comfy pillows behind him. If he has to work on a Sunday, then he should be comfortable. Especially since the electorate is forcing him to compete for his job against someone so unworthy, like Romney.

  24. October 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  25. 79 yardarm756
    October 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

  26. 80 hopefruit2
    October 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    HEADLINE: Bruce Springsteen to Hold Free Concert at Virginia Obama Rally

    // Bruce Springsteen will be playing a free concert at an Obama for America rally on Tuesday, October 23rd in the swing state of Virginia, the rocker announced through his website on Sunday. He will be performing at 2 p.m. alongside volunteers and local elected officials at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville.

    Springsteen made his first 2012 campiagn appearances in two other swing states last week, joining Bill Clinton on the stage at a rally in Parma, Ohio, followed shortly by a set in Ames, Iowa. Earlier that week, he outlined the reasons for his support for Obama in a letter on his website. //

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteen-to-hold-free-concert-at-virginia-obama-rally-20121021#ixzz29yx7Vzte

  27. 81 99ts
    October 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    While Romney is playing football with his so called press – President Obama is running the country – that is all.

  28. October 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  29. 84 Bill R.
    October 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    • 85 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Anyone who thinks Romney has the slightest clue about Foreign Policy or National Security hasn’t been paying attention. Romney couldn’t even navigate a friendly trip to the Olympics without causing a national incident that the First Lady had to clean up. This poll is frightening.

  30. 86 Bill R.
    October 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    • 87 Bill R.
      October 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      These two measures are good news for President Obama. And they should be the takeaway from a poll that shows him winning registered voters by 5 pts.

  31. 88 Bill R.
    October 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    IBD/TIPP Presidential Daily Tracking Poll
    Sponsored by:

    IBD/TIPP 2012 Presidential Election
    Daily Tracking Poll

    Day 13: Oct. 21, 2012

    Obama: +5.7
    Obama 47.9% | Romney 42.2%

    Obama has opened up a 6-point lead over Romney in our latest poll, his largest lead yet.
    Some 8.1% of those polled said they were “not sure” whom they would vote for, also the largest percentage yet.
    Obama’s lead seemed to build after the second debate, which many mainstream media pundits believe Obama won.
    Self-described “moderates” now prefer Obama over Romney by 22 points, the second largest margin since we began polling.
    Obama holds a hefty 35-point lead among urban dwellers, and a comfortable 5-point lead in the suburbs.

    Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/special-report/508415-ibdtipp-poll.aspx#ixzz29yzwiHIT

    • 89 Bill R.
      October 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      More good news you won’t hear on Sunday morning political talk shows. But it’s real.

      • 90 forus50
        October 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        Thanks Bill – that’s good stuff. And I saw hopefruit posted above about Springsteen in VIrginia. The campaign wouldn’t be wasting any resources there including Springsteen drawing a crowd —if their internals showed that the state wasn’t in play.

        With that HUGE gender gap I wonder who all those men are that aren’t supporting their wife/girlfriend/daughters against the GOP war on women’s right to healthcare, reproductive rights, equal pay. Unless they are all single with no daughters — which seems unlikely.

        • 91 theo67
          October 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

          That’s the right way to phrase it. A vote for Romney has real consequences for women – and everyone else. They are willingly voting against their best interests.

  32. 93 Bill R.
    October 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    NewsmaxZogby Poll: Obama Widens Florida Lead With Post-Debate Bounce
    Friday, 19 Oct 2012 11:14 AM
    By Jim Meyers

    President Barack Obama appears to have enjoyed a slight bounce from his performance in Tuesday night’s second presidential debate, widening his lead in Florida to 6 percentage points, according to the third of three NewsmaxZogby Tracking Polls.

    Obama leads Mitt Romney 48 percent to 42 percent in the poll of 842 likely voters conducted from Tuesday through Thursday. That is up 3 percentage points from his lead in the first Florida poll conducted from Sunday through Tuesday, before the second debate.

    But there is no telling how long the bounce will last — 10 percent of Florida voters are still undecided and there are 2 1/2 weeks remaining before the Nov. 6 election.

    “The president had a stronger second debate by most accounts, including my own,” pollster John Zogby tells Newsmax.

    “But make no mistake about it, they are still close.”

    Florida is crucial to the election with 29 electoral votes.

    The new poll shows that 50 percent of Florida voters “strongly approve” or “somewhat approve” of the job Obama is doing, up 2 points from the first poll, and 46 percent “strongly disapprove” or “somewhat disapprove.” But only 24 percent “strongly approve,” while 34 percent of respondents “strongly disapprove” of his job performance.


    • 94 theo67
      October 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Is it really a “post-debate bounce” or the electorate finally taking a look at what’s been happening for the past four years? A four year bounce?

    • 95 anniebella
      October 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      That piece of garbage Chuck Todd will never say anything about this.

  33. 96 Bill R.
    October 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    More good news you won’t hear on MSNBC

  34. October 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  35. October 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm


  36. 99 forus50
    October 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  37. October 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Hello TOD family – we’re almost there, it’s GOTV time. I spent two glorious days in New Hampshire, talking to voters and urging them to make their voices heard in this election. Our targets were mostly voters expected to support the President and the responses were predictably favorable. But the unexpected contacts were even more encouraging. A family had moved and new people had just recently come in. They were enthusiastic Obama supporters and so grateful for the information about voting in New Hampshire and the location of their polling place. Coming from a different state, they did not know that they could register and vote on the same day and that they did not need an ID with their new address, but could simply sign an affidavit and be allowed to vote. There were four adults in the household and four votes for President Obama! I might have been a little tired after walking for hours, but when I left their driveway, I felt like skipping down the road (quite a picture with this white haired canvasser!). Then there was the young woman who overheard my conversation with her neighbor and shouted to me that she, too, and her boyfriend were voting for the President. Another woman who had just recently relocated to New Hampshire seemed unhappy and told me that she was not going to vote this year. She explained that she simply could not believe anything she heard and that politics had become too ugly for her to participate. I pointed to her children who were playing in the yard and asked her if she wanted them to have the best education possible . She answered that, of course, her kids’ future was the most important thing for her and that she would do anything to keep them happy. So I wrote the OFA web address on a piece of literature and suggested that she look up information on education and health care. She took the pamphlet and said that she would check it out. She may still sit out the election, but at least I gave her something to think about.

    Will we win in New Hampshire? I think so, and the reason will be the conversations that hundreds of volunteers, from several states, are having for the next 16 days. There is no poll and no pundit that can ever predict how this “ground game” can shape the outcome of an election.

    • 102 nathkatun7
      October 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Hgerhard, thanks for the uplifting news and for all your hard work in New Hampshire. You are doing a wonderful job. I especially like your coment: “There is no poll and no pundit that can ever predict how this “ground game” can shape the outcome of an election.” Although here In California we are confident that the President will win the state, many of us have also been calling people in Nevada and Colorado, both to urge them to register and to vote early. I am sure we will win both Colorado and Nevada. I also have friends in Cleveland and Cincinnati who have been working very hard on the ground. They are absolutely confident we will win Ohio. Again, Bravo for the great job you are doing on the ground.

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.



Blog Stats

  • 41,565,291 hits

%d bloggers like this: