The Mishmash

Hello, good people

1. Daily reminder of Change That Matters project.

2. You may want to know that the number of nasty comments trying to get through is on a real rise. 🙂

3. Recovery (a): Orders to U.S. Factories Unexpectedly Increased in November

4. Recovery (b): GM December Total U.S. Sales Up 7.5% (The average estimate of  was for an increase of 4.3 percent).

5. Recovery (c): Sales at U.S. Retailers Increased 3.6% Last Week

6. Recovery (d): Dollar General to hire 6,000

7. Recovery (e): Chrysler December 2010 U.S. Sales Increased 16 Percent.

8. Recovery (f): Oh yea, Ford too.


9. He told you he was persistent: President Obama Weighs Move to Retain Control of Guantanamo Closure


10. Gallup: Looking at 2011 Economy, Optimists Double Pessimists


11. U.S. to detail $100 bln in Pentagon savings, cuts-sources


12. So much for “he’s anti-business” crap memo:

Benen has the story.


13. Big, big weekend is coming in Sudan. The administration is – obviously – all over it:

Senator John  Kerry in Sudan for referendum


14. Two good reads. One from Bob Herbert:

You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like to take a hammer to Social Security and a chisel to Medicare, is back in control of the House of Representatives with the expressed mission of undermining all things Obama.



Have we forgotten already who put us in such grave peril? Republicans benefit from the fact that memories are short and statutes of limitations shorter. It was the Republican leader in the House, Tom DeLay, who insisted against all reason and all the evidence of history that “nothing is more important in the face of war than cutting taxes.”

But that’s all water under the bridge. The Republicans are back in control of the House, ready to run interference for the rich as recklessly and belligerently as ever.


And one from Eugene Robinson:

If the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is serious about trying to repeal health care reform, there’s only one appropriate Democratic response: “Make my day.”Just to be clear, there’s no earthly chance that a bill repealing the landmark health care overhaul could actually make it through Congress and be signed into law. Even if Republicans managed to hold together their new majority in the House, they would face the inconvenient fact that Democrats still control the Senate. And even if a repeal measure somehow sneaked through the Senate, President Obama would veto the thing faster than you can say “pre-existing conditions.”So this exercise in tilting at windmills can’t even be described as quixotic, since that would imply some expectation of success, however delusional. The whole thing is purely theatrical — and woefully ill-advised.



15. And, a very funny Jon Stewart segment from last night:

Barack Obama Is Luke Skywalker


Welcome home, Mr. President. Good to have the adult back in town. Give them hell.  


102 thoughts on “The Mishmash

  1. Thank you for the sudan story. i hope the president efforts are successful. If so we should blast this all over.

  2. BWD, have you thought of having someone help you moderate the comments (not me, lol)? I just hate the thought of you having to wade through all that crap yourself. Nice roundup, btw!

  3. I don’t doubt that the awful comments are trying to get in over here. This is an oasis of sanity. I was just over at USA Today for their article that the President’s poll numbers were at 50% approval, and the comments were — well, really SAD!
    Unintelligent, inarticulate, blathering… and so many of them! A lot of repeats, the same people over and over, but really, I don’t know what’s the lower number, their age or their I.Q.

  4. Thanks for all the wonderful news BWD. I will get a reading.

    Great having the only adult in the room back in DC. They look rested and Malia looks cold.

    I am sorry about the nasty post.

    I will paying close attention to the Sudan situation over the next few days, fingers cross. Peace

  5. Welcome home Mr. President. Happy New Year, and thank you again for all your amazing, good, thoughtful and wise work so far. As the gentleman says…in response to the Republican balderdash “make my day”!

    Time reveals all.
    With warmest best wishes,

  6. They are losing when you have to repeat and just go all over to spread hate. Then that means you are losing the argument and the only way they know how to stay on top is to be negative.

  7. The right wing has a long and sordid history of using astroturf to amplify their voices and distort content; this strategy has also sadly been adopted by some lefty commenters in the more sensationalist media spaces. I’m grateful for the vigorous moderation policy at this blog, although I wish that BWD did not have to wade through the nonsense.

  8. Naa, it’s okay. At this point I’m en expert in not giving a damn. So far, no one of them (and they come from both sides, as you can imagine) was able to get through. I actually enjoy this game. They are so losing.

  9. Anti-POTUS partisans have been flooding the Internet with this type of content for a very long time. A relatively small yet determined group of people can destroy unprotected/loosely moderated spaces. Just part and parcel of the well-financed effort to destroy this Presidency.

    I just thank God that there is a grassroots response to these efforts as well as a base which doesn’t buy into the media’s excesses. 🙂

  10. Haters gonna hate! There would be no reason to spend energy hatin’ if someone was failing. So, take it as a compliment, BWD! You’re doing something right! I wish there was an easier way to filter out the junk. Let me know if you need a volunteer.

    Just keep high steppin’ like this guy in this gif

    LOL ^

    Great mishmash! Glad President Obama is back in town. That lame duck session has helped strengthen the Dems resolve and backbone, I think. And it’s done wonders for President Obama’s standing & image–he’s not to be trifled with or underestimated.

  11. That stock market graphic is really something. While it reflects the heavy market losses which arose during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the market at the time in which Bush left office was also quite lousy. Which is why Wall Street needs to drop the defensiveness and perpetual victimhood: POTUS saved their livelihoods and although the party is over for them, they are much better off than when Bush left office, and their previous practices were unsustainable. This is also why I found Velma Hart’s claims that she could not “feel” any progress even while noting that she has a 401K account to be so dubious–she should have felt improvements in that account alone.

  12. I posted this on another site and bringing it here as well…

    About the Republicans setting up a vote next week to repeal HCR.

    Word of caution. Nothing is JUST symbolic for them. We have a Corp Owned Media who will make a big deal about this. It will headline the evening news. They will quote polls that say the public is not in favor of HCR (although we know that those polls are skewered depending on how the question is asked) and they have the backing to bus in the Tea Party to make a big scene about this vote.

    Will this vote go anywhere…No! But that has never stopped the Repubs from putting on a good show that they will use as evidence to later on pick the bill apart piece by piece.

    They are cunning and shrewd and should not be underestimated.

    Look at this very procedure that they railed against last year when the Dems tried to use it and see what they have in store now that they are in the majority.

    They have the message machine in place to push their agenda to the public (look at how the Independents were bamboozled into voting for them in November). So IMO we have to be ready, willing and able to counter them at every turn.

  13. Not to be too sanguine, but I’m kind of looking forward to the GOP in charge of the House in 2011. It’s as if Americans have to be reminded how truly awful they are. I don’t think the GOP as it’s constituted right now would survive in any other Western democracy. A couple of more years of completely awful ideas might just be the last nail in their coffin.

  14. I love what Bob Herbert had to say about the Republicans. That was a good article.

    It’s beyond me why anyone would vote Republican, unless they are rich.

    But the Republicans and the Corporate-controlled media do a goood job of spreading lies and misinformation.

    It’s up to good blogs like this one and others (including mine!) to keep spreading the word about what’s going on in an accurate way.

    Thanks to BWD & everyone here who keeps fighting the good fight!

  15. So glad they had a good long vacation together, and were able to eke out a couple extra days. Delightful note — in the homecoming photos, our beloved President has his jacket buttoned cockeyed. Imagine!! Must be none of the women in the family gave him the once-over before they stepped out of the helicopter. I love that little bit of “oops”.

  16. Pres. Obama and the Democrats got most of the heavy lifting done during the first two years, as far as expanding the social safety net. While the loss of the House wasn’t fun, we at least kept the Senate, where the Dem caucus seems to be more unified. So two years of inaction, or of truly insane legislative attempts, will, hopefully, lead into major gains for the Dems in 2012.

  17. Excellent information as usual, BWD! All the hate mail only proves you are right on target.

    President Obama looks so rested and relaxed. I’m glad he had an uneventful vacation. But I’m so glad he’s home. I’m like Sasha in those pictures; I just want to hang on to him. Makes me feel safe.

  18. As my three year old son once said “bad guys are bad guys”. Some people are so messed up in their personal lives that the sight of someone else having their act together is painful to them so they feel a compulsion to go crap in someone elses punchbowl. Sad little people. The GOP has to have a lightening quick vote on HCR so they can say they did, blame Obama, tell all the Teabaggers “see,is why we need more republicans to win in 2012” then move on to something else.

  19. Donna is right. The R’s are going to make a lot of noise and keep repeating whole lot of lies so that low information voters become confused. Knowing this is going to happen, expecting it and working to counter it early will make everyone less anxious and despairing when it happens. Eventually, I truly believe people will get tired of all the bombast and start pushing for these clowns to do something positive. But it’s going to be a long year that will take a lot of fortitude on all our parts. My heart goes out to our president who has to bear the brunt of it. Thank God this site gives us a haven to come to.

  20. I don’t think the Republicans are even aware of what a hornet’s nest they are poking with an attempt to repeal HCR. They look at the polls and only see the overall 54% disapproval. They ignore the fact that at least 20% and perhaps more of the disapproval is because it didn’t go far enough. They ignore the fact that when taken component by component, every single aspect of the HCR is wildly popular with the exception of the mandate, and that is because people really don’t understand how it works.

    This is perfect for writing LTE’s to every paper you can. Send emails to everyone you know. Talk about how the Republicans want to bring back pre-existing conditions, how the Republicans want to bring back insurance companies being able to drop you at a whim,how the Republicans want to widen the donut hole for our senior citizens again, how the Republicans want to allow insurance companies to raise premiums so they can make obscene profits. Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    We need to preempt their getting out there and saying how the Senate or the President is ignoring the will of the people. Pre-emptive warfare, the policy that Bush articulated, is okay with me in this climate when it will prevent, not cause, the deaths of people.

  21. Yes it is interesting. Obama is so anti-business, yet businesses have been reaping in the profits since he came in. Another graphic I have seen is about the national debt and how it has always increased the most dramatically under Republican administrations (this current one being the exception, mainly due to the necessity of cleaning up a giant mess and the Republican hostage taking).

  22. BWD, I actually think you get a chuckle out of some of the hate mail. If nothing else, it shows you are hitting sore spots. The old saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” can be edited slightly to “hate mail is the biggest form of flattery” in that it shows you have become important big enough to matter.

  23. Like you, I wish she didn’t have to wade through it, although, as I mentioned above, I think some of it may provide her with a laugh or two.

  24. Herberts column is an interesting read. I think the most important aspect of what he said is that Americans have short memories. He is right on that. And part of that is because the Republicans do a lot of feaer mongering of one sort or another. When people are afraid, they are very much in the here and now and what they perceive to be the immediate future. The past, be it one week, one year or one decade ago doesn’t matter to them.

  25. Hello BWD, you should get a pair of boxing gloves and knock the haters out when you reject their posts… Try to get one with sound effects…. You must be getting under their skin because haha they can’t get in without posting something lovely about the President…..

  26. Hah! So true, japa. I picked up a troll recently and I consider it a marker that I have “arrived” as a blogger. (I probably haven’t but that’s what I tell myself ;^)

  27. I totally agree. The biggest concern I have is that the media is so fixated on the looming fights between the White House and the Republican leadership that they won’t report on the merits of what the Republicans are trying to do. They will just focus on process, the horse race, and the 2012 elections. This is catnip for them.

    What is needed is a clear picture about what each party stands for. Sadly, the media stenographers are too lazy to do the homework required to educate and inform the public. That’s why the Democrats and the White House have got to get out in front of the media narrative.

    Already, all I hear about is what President Obama needs to do to deal with the Republican leadership. I don’t hear much about the incoherent babbling coming from the Republicans. Bottom line, the Republicans don’t know how to govern. I wonder how long it will take for buyers remorse to finally kick in.

  28. Potus is smarter than the lot of them put together. That is a major weapon. And he has the perfect lieutenant.

  29. That S&P 500 performance graph is amazing. I will be showing that graph to some people.

  30. Thank you BWD for screening the meanies out and giving us a place to find inspiration. We have a lovely first family and I am so proud.

  31. Thanks for the great mish mash. Historically the economy has always done better under democratic administrations and with a healthy middle class since WWII. Why corporate and monied interests support the GOP strikes me as colossal stupidity. The GOP would have let the whole auto industry sink.

    Thanks for moderating too. It’s great not to have to skip over trolls.

  32. My question tends to be “Are you drunk or 15? I hope it’s one or the other, if not it’s too sad.”

  33. You’re right. But I really think the Dems have learned … e.g., Schumer, et al. are making a bold, tough public case for filibuster reform. And they’re “looking forward” to defending HCR – and it’s true (saw House reps on TV today). Someone said to me once, “If you’re good enough, you can’t be denied.” Hope that’s true with the Dems’ new approach – fingers crossed!

  34. John Boner says, in a sternly 65 worded letter, that he did not like the PHARMA BACKROOM DEAL in the hcr law!

    That was last year john, aint you got anything new? JEESH!

  35. Democrasts shopuld be all over the tv defedning HCR, but it seems the MSM will not let them! On the flip side, remember when HCR was ready to be debated, republicans on every channel, every five minutes!
    I wonder if the dems are trying to get on tv, or are they just lazy? HMMMMMM!

  36. Thank you so much for this website. I loved the way one poster described it as an oasis of sanity. What particularly disturbs me are the criticisms of the progressives, whatever that might mean. They act as if President Obama was elected by their vote alone and that they own him. Their criticisms have been so bad, that I do not visit left leaning websites as much as I did before the 2008 election. Then, our common enemy was the Repulicans, now their enemies are the President, Democrats and the Republicans. So, happily, here I am with people who are like minded who appreciate President Barack Obama and his many accomplishments.

  37. “We need to preempt their getting out there…”

    Well this is the big problem though. How do we do this? Normal everyday people such as ourselves are busy living our lives. We don’t have big news networks creating and promoting “teaparties” for us. We don’t have anyone paying us to troll all over the internet. What do we do when the nations news decided to blockade this administration, keep the American people pressed with irl concern trolling 24/7, and love up the GOP as if they are GOD’s gift to America? When a failed quitter Governor’s tweets are more important than the people’s business, what can the people do?

  38. I was reminded today (as I watched President Obama returning to the White House with his beautiful family) of a poignant article I read by Frank Schaeffer back in October 2008 entitled “Obama Will Be One of The Greatest (and Most Loved) American Presidents”. I am grateful every day that he is at the helm.


    Only a brilliant man, with the spirit of a preacher and the humble heart of a kindly family doctor can lead us now. We are afraid, out of ideas, and worst of all out of hope. Obama is the cure. And we Americans have it in us to rise to the occasion. We will. We’re about to enter one of the most frightening periods of American history. Our country has rarely faced more uncertainty. This is the time for greatness. We have a great leader. We must be a great people backing him, fighting for him, sacrificing for a cause greater than ourselves.

  39. I read this quote on another site and I think it answers all queries about dems and messaging. Pure truth.

    “~If it’s not sufficiently trumpeted, it’ll be criticized for poor messaging.

    ~If it IS trumpeted, it’ll be criticized for “bragging” about a) when b) wasn’t done.

    ~If the media fails to pick it up, it’ll be criticized for being poorly timed Usually on purpose).
    ~If the media DOES pick it up, it’ll be criticized for offering a shiny object to distract the media from some other administration outrage.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.”

  40. Oh, you’ve “been” arrived with your site/blog posts, Eclectablog ;-). You’re very good.

  41. Symmetry your link doesn’t work for me. Not sure if its just me or a bad link??

  42. This is excellent news. There was a lot of excellent editorials slamming the Republicans for their obstruction on the START Treaty. It will be great to see the same push back from editorial boards on ACA repeal nonsense. Let’s see how much attention the media gives to this.

    BTW, I am getting a page not found on your link.

  43. Absolutely right, Donna.

    R’s will make as much stink as possible about the “repeal” even though it’s quixotic.

    That sets them up for their game later in the session of trying to whittle the ACA away piece by piece, holding other things hostage to it, and doing their best to eliminate funding. Politics 101: spending bills must originate in the House, so anything to fund ACA must first pass there.

    They are going to get all the leverage they can out of that, both as a political issue and to destroy as much of the ACA as possible.

    D’s (us) better get their messaging ready. We’re going to need it.

  44. “It’s beyond me why anyone would vote Republican, unless they are rich.”

    Because a certain percentage of the population are of the authoritarian mind set. Because that’s how daddy voted. Because most voters aren’t informed. Because many cannot stand the fact that a black guy is President. Because they are afraid and disenfranchised from our speedily-changing world.

    Makes you want to give them a hug and buy ’em a beer, but they’d probably hate that as well.

    Be of good cheer,


  45. Heyyyyyyy, thanks for the lovely pictures & the chatter. I certainly enjoy reading all the comments here. However, moving right along, Yes Indeed, I love the Obama’s & even “BO”. Yeah, I got their back, & I keep them In my daily prayers. I’m so happy that they look like they had a great time, while on vacation. They probably had so much to chat about upon returning from vacation, until no one noticed that our “Prez” jacket was button upside down:-( Oh well, no biggie, I’m just glad that everything else was In check, you know what I mean? Lol. Okey dokey, later ~~~

  46. Of course, it will be criticized. If D’s can’t deal with that and counter it they need to look for a new line of work.

  47. Happy Tuesday!

    Love the Mishmash – It will take sometime to go through all but Benen article was very interesting but not surprising. Mr. Obama have been blamed for all things that go wrong but never get credit for things that go right. That’s why I love this blog because BWD accentuate the positives.

  48. You’re right. From the beginning, I’ve always thought that there was a well organized effort from the right to flood the internet with anti-Obama rhetoric. For example, even when President Obama’s numbers were in the 60s, I often noticed that in the comment sections on the NYT, WashPost, LATimes, at least three quarters of the comments were negative !!!

    As for blogs… sadly, if a non-conservative blog isn’t moderated, it often degenerates because trolls come in droves to make trouble. Respectful discussion becomes impossible.

  49. You arrived eons ago , E! You were EVIL in the brilliant opionions of the Shoutlouders of that idiot blog on which we met. THAT, my friend means you made it 🙂 Another one I was warned against as a newbie was Elise. who I completely respect. Christin who worked until she collapsed during the campaign is on their “Frown Faced List” as well. I was banned. Trust me, if the contempt of those who know nothing, is the gold standard, WE are now the “Kewl Kids” and BWD is our Queen.

    I have an out-there prediction – eventually we will have “face time” or at least shout-outs with and from some important and TRUE lib names out there. Orange blog’s traffic is way down, the Pragmati Blogs’ are up. WE have the “big mo.”

  50. Interesting email just received from Majority Leader Reid:

    “Starting January 1, insurance companies are required to spend at least 80 to 85 percent of premiums–the money you send them each month–on health care, not on overhead or executive salaries.

    For seniors, the Medicare Part D donut hole continues to close. Their costs for brand-name medications will be cut in half when they reach the coverage gap, and over the next decade, that gap will be closed entirely. They’ll also get free preventive care under Medicare like mammograms and colonoscopies.

    Meanwhile, new programs are going into effect to help improve the quality of care–and lower costs–by examining best practices and exploring innovative strategies for delivering care.

    All this is in addition to the reforms that went into effect last year–from allowing young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents insurance, to helping small businesses cover their employees, to stopping insurance companies from taking away your health care if you get sick or discriminating against kids with pre-existing conditions.

    Of course, the new year also brought with it a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and Speaker-elect Boehner has promised to repeal health care reform, taking away all these new protections and putting the insurance companies back in charge.

    So let me put this as clearly as I can: It’s not gonna happen. In fact, some of my colleagues and I sent Speaker-elect Boehner a letter making it clear that we will absolutely not allow him to hurt families, worsen the deficit, and raise taxes on the middle class by repealing health care.”

  51. All’s well that…The astro-turfing, enabled by the frustrati did create chaos at another blog. The suspicious motives of the owner and incompetance and ambivalence of management contributed to their self immolation. Which resulted in…U*S*. They might have accomplished their original goal, but the OT goes to Team Pragmati. Ironic, no?

  52. This power shift has given the Pres chance to say things like the quote from “Donna Dem 4 Obama”

    “I think that there’s going to be politics. That’s what happens in Washington. They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time. But I’m pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that we are creating a competitive economy for the 21st century. Not just for this generation, but for the next one. And so my expectation, my hope, is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job, this year, is to make sure that we build on recovery. We started making good progress on that in the lame-duck, and I expect to build on that progress when I get back.”

    He has shifted from being on the defensive to the offensive. Now the fun begins…

  53. Well, no problem Mr. Bohner. Come with a piece of legislation that goes against Pharma profits and make the House vote for it. We’ll see if you can talk the talk.

    The reason President Obama made the deal was because he knew very well that he had to neutralize some of the big corporate opposition. Because sadly, many in Congress (repubs and blue dogs) are always afraid of going against them.

  54. Those person-to-person conversations we initiate in our everyday lives can help debunk the lies of Fox “News” and other MSM sources. Right now, I am trying to talk to my friends and neighbors about support for filibuster reform in the Senate. There is a great segment on the Rachel Maddow Show from 1/3/11 with my Senator, Jeff Merkley, on the game plan for reform. It won’t all happen on the single opening day of the new session, January 5th, but it can and should be done in order for President Obama to see any further progress on his appointments and agenda for the next two years. I have found working with OFA to be a great avenue for protecting the President’s back and finding kindred spirits.

  55. The New Paradigm
    by John Cole

    In the last post on the Republican nonsense about the deficit, this comment:

    Why should the people call them on it since the media refuses to call them on it.

    The people, you and I, need to call the republicans out precisely because the media won’t. We need to stop pretending that it is the job of the media to inform their viewers. This may have been the case in the past, and there may still be a few hold-outs here and there. But for the most part, it simply isn’t, anymore, and most of the media players have been quite upfront about it. We’ve just refused to believe them, but they aren’t being shy about things. They know their job isn’t to inform us, but to draw viewers, and they’ve been telling us directly for a while. Have you watched tv lately:

    “Up next, the Obama administration says the sky is blue and the grass is green, while Republican congressmen claim this is just another lie from the most liberal socialist and possibly Muslim administration ever designed to cover their power grabs over the environment and that claiming the sky is blue hurts job creation. Who is right? Send us your thoughts via email, and don’t forget to take part in Rick Klein’s poll- “Who is most responsible for all this nasty partisanship?” Also, we’ll be checking Sarah Palin’s twitter feed live, hoping to see if she has weighed in on blueksygate, and we think we have more pole-dancing footage of the missing showgirl.”

    Here’s an actual story at the Politico:

    Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin – whose lips have been sealed about the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – is now hinting that she supports the move.

    Palin has not spoken publicly about the end of the ban on gays serving openly in the military, but she appeared to show support for the change via a retweet on Monday night of a gay conservative radio host.

    In short, quit looking to the media to inform people. Ben Smith and John Roberts and Steve Doocy don’t give two hoots in hell what you do and don’t know. It’s all about the eyeballs and the benjamins and getting established in the Beltway/NY party circuit.

  56. Welcome back Mr President,
    Give em hell. We stand with you all the way.
    Penny Benson

  57. Thanks again for a wonderful blog BWD. I am happy that you are able to keep the negative commenting trolls from clogging up this blog

  58. I second that RinaX. If you do not need help now you will soon. I think this site will become very popular. Thank you for all you do.

  59. You have to talk to every person you know, and some that you don’t. The grassroots approach actually works! I had a huge debate with my father about getting involved and looking forward to what the next generation will inherit. (He thought I was spending too much time following politics). I then saw him talking to an older stranger in the mall while they sat waiting on a bench, saying all the same things I had been talking to him about, and imploring the man to think about the world he wanted to leave behind for his grandchildren. Grassroots works.

  60. I always tell people to thank the haters because they are the ones that keep you motivated to do what you do while they continue to do the same thing they’ve been doing. Which is nothing but hate. Look at it this way, at least they contribute to page views..

  61. Excellent! They are in fighting form – if only those Democrats with bullhorns would use them for good, and not evil. I saw Weiner making the rounds the other day, and couldn’t listen to the Olbermann rant yesterday. What a waste of energy.

  62. Excellent collection of facts about this admin, bwd.

    I am pleased that the President is still keen on gitmo closure.

    You, TIMT and Eb are doing a wonderful work bringing out the reality from the delusions of PL.

    Keep up the good work.

  63. Yup.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.

  64. Thanks for the informative mishmash BWD. LOL, Malia and Mrs. Obama look suprised by the cold as the walk away from Marine One.

  65. Thanks for these mishmashes BWD!
    This site is just a wonderful way to start and end the day. Information and inspiration in one cozy little place!

  66. Thanks BWD for this wonderful blog/website (hell, I’m 65 and still don’t know what to call it)….BUT I really love to read it and thanks for the facts. I think it would be helpful for the administration to place factual/statistical ads on TV and the web informing the American public of the facts. I, too, feel that we have been bombarded with right-wing conservative rhetoric for far too long and that goes for the news stations also. That’s one of the reasons that we lost the seats in the House. It seems to me that David Plough, Obama’s campaign manager (soon to be appointed to the White House staff, I believe), should be creative enough to develop strategies to get the word out quickly and positively across our nation. I am forwarding this blog to my friends. Keep up the good work in support of our strong and principled President Obama.

  67. Thanks so much for that post of Schaffer. I had forgotten how prophetic it was. I posted as much as I could on FB and sent it to my Obama group. It lifted my spirits. I believe this President is everything in that article and more. Thanks again.

  68. Hasn’t there been a 24/7 news cycle yet, claiming PBO must be closely monitored by his doctors, for signs of Alzheimers? After all, he’s been photographed with his suit jacket buttoned incorrectly!!! lolol

  69. Beautiful post! Thanks so much for everything you do for us, so we can come here and enjoy this presidency!

  70. I love coming here also It has become to me a place to take in a breath of clean air and exhale when I’m ready. thanks BWD and all of you

  71. Kelly, agree totally with everything you said. I feel like “we” have so much/so many against us and I get discouraged. How do we combat the message machine the right-wing has???????? I am married to a Republican and, believe me, he knows all the “talking points” and he doesn’t even watch Faux that much or listen to it on Sirrus. (Usually on sports, thank goodness!) I do know he gets Newsmax emails and emails from other right-wing groups so guess that’s where he gets the “talking points.” Anyway, I do get very discouraged!!! Help…..give me some optimism about messaging. I also feel this is one area where the Administration is weak and could do a MUCH better job.

  72. I hope Bohner doesn’t waste too much time crying this 112th Congress.

    Thanks BWD for all the news.

  73. Is everyone here as pissed at Paul Krugman as I am? God, he used to be my hero.

    Don’t look at any good economic indicators. Oh, no. By all means, don’t be heartened, don’t let your emotional load lift a little. Don’t be at all enthused because Obama accomplished far more in two years than FDR accomplished in four years.

    His newest reason to stay depressed: construction has not improved to “pre-bubble levels.”

    “Pre-bubble levels”, Professor? What is a bubble but an artificially high number that is unsustainable? Maybe there’s a glut of houses and maybe we haven’t paved the entire country in strip malls from sea to shining sea, full of The Gap stores and dollar stores. Maybe we should be addressing how to re-build our economy where we don’t lurch from bubble to bubble.

    Wasn’t he the one warning about bubbles? Now, another example of Obama’s failure is that we’re not building strip malls and subdivisions at pre-bubble levels.

    It’s too early to need a drink, isn’t it?

  74. You are SO right on in your paragraph about why anyone stays a Republican! I’ve been looking for a total response to that question for years. Thank you for spelling it out. I’m going to copy/carry it with me everywhere.

  75. Again, thanks BWD for the mishmash. It is always so refreshing, informative, and just plain good to read each day. You have done a great job here.

    I am so grateful that we will have a place to come and read truths, here good news and share good news. I know now, I am trying to share with my senior friends information about healthcare. I think when we see the opposition daily spewing out the negatives about one of the great bills that was passed by the 111th Congress and his President, then we need to make posts and e mail our friends and family member the truth in a manner in which they can understand the facts. This way we hope to be able to be the “helpers” in the communication department of framing the message first. We will not allow them to frame the President’s message. Not this time.
    Thank you all for all that you are doing. We will bring back that spirit that we had in 2008 that will lead us to victory in jobs creations, and a victory for 2012. But let us speak up and help our brothers and sisters who need to get back to work and get their homes back, and be able to send their children off to college and keep them in college. Our President has the courage, so we can’t have anything less.

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