President Obama: “I told Republicans ‘You think I’m stupid?'”

Hi guys,

1. Some nice leaks from what was supposed to be a private conversation between the president and donors, last night in Chicago:

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 In the candid remarks, Mr. Obama complains of Republican attempts to attach measures to the budget bill which would have effectively killed parts of his hard-won health care reform program.

 “I said, ‘you want to repeal health care? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we’re stupid?'” recalled the president of his closed-door negotiations on the bill to fund the federal government until September.

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Mr. Obama bemoaned GOP leaders’ attempts to attach a measure to the budget bill which would have cut funding for Planned Parenthood. “Put it in a separate bill,” the president said he told Boehner and his staff. “We’ll call it up. And if you think you can overturn my veto, try it. But don’t try to sneak this through.”

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“When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant … This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for,” Mr. Obama told his supporters. “So it’s not on the level.”


2. I guess the president isn’t “missing” anymore, ah? Anyway, this is a must-read from Krugman:

Who’s serious now?

Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, sounds upset. And you can see why: President Obama, to the great relief of progressives, has called his bluff.

Last week, Mr. Ryan unveiled his budget proposal, and the initial reaction of much of the punditocracy was best summed up (sarcastically) by the blogger John Cole: “The plan is bold! It is serious! It took courage! It re-frames the debate! The ball is in Obama’s court! Very wonky! It is a game-changer! Did I mention it is serious?”

Then people who actually understand budget numbers went to work, and it became clear that the proposal wasn’t serious at all. In fact, it was a sick joke. The only real things in it were savage cuts in aid to the needy and the uninsured, huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich, and Medicare privatization. All the alleged cost savings were pure fantasy.

On Wednesday, as I said, the president called Mr. Ryan’s bluff: after offering a spirited (and reassuring) defense of social insurance, he declared, “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill.” Actually, the Ryan plan calls for $2.9 trillion in tax cuts, but who’s counting?

And then Mr. Obama laid out a budget plan that really is serious.

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What happened over the past two weeks, then, was more about staking out positions than about enacting policies. On one side you had a combination of mean-spiritedness and fantasy; on the other you had a reaffirmation of American compassion and community, coupled with fairly realistic numbers. Which would you choose?


3. Not sure I’ve ever seen anything like this. OP-ED written by US President, UK Prime Minister, and the President of France. But hey, this is the age of Obama.

Libya’s Pathway to Peace


Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya, and we are united on what needs to happen in order to end it.

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We must never forget the reasons why the international community was obliged to act in the first place. As Libya descended into chaos with Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi attacking his own people, the Arab League called for action. The Libyan opposition called for help. And the people of Libya looked to the world in their hour of need. In an historic resolution, the United Nations Security Council authorized all necessary measures to protect the people of Libya from the attacks upon them. By responding immediately, our countries, together with an international coalition, halted the advance of Qaddafi’s forces and prevented the bloodbath that he had promised to inflict upon the citizens of the besieged city of Benghazi.

Tens of thousands of lives have been protected. But the people of Libya are still suffering terrible horrors at Qaddafi’s hands each and every day. His rockets and shells rained down on defenseless civilians in Ajdabiya. The city of Misurata is enduring a medieval siege, as Qaddafi tries to strangle its population into submission. The evidence of disappearances and abuses grows daily.


There is a pathway to peace that promises new hope for the people of Libya — a future without Qaddafi that preserves Libya’s integrity and sovereignty, and restores her economy and the prosperity and security of her people. This needs to begin with a genuine end to violence, marked by deeds not words. The regime has to pull back from the cities it is besieging, including Ajdabiya, Misurata and Zintan, and return to their barracks. However, so long as Qaddafi is in power, NATO must maintain its operations so that civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime builds. Then a genuine transition from dictatorship to an inclusive constitutional process can really begin, led by a new generation of leaders. In order for that transition to succeed, Qaddafi must go and go for good. At that point, the United Nations and its members should help the Libyan people as they rebuild where Qaddafi has destroyed — to repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society.

This vision for the future of Libya has the support of a broad coalition of countries, including many from the Arab world. These countries came together in London on March 29 and founded a Contact Group which met this week in Doha to support a solution to the crisis that respects the will of the Libyan people.

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Britain, France and the United States will not rest until the United Nations Security Council resolutions have been implemented and the Libyan people can choose their own future.


4. West Wing Week:


5. Tons of photos from PBO’s night in Chicago. For those who needs some swagger refill, check out this raw video of the president arriving at OHare.




159 thoughts on “President Obama: “I told Republicans ‘You think I’m stupid?'”

  1. The Republicans are not going to know what hit them in the next year. Not that I feel sorry for them for a second.

  2. Words can’t describe how lucky we are to have this President. It’s sad that people don’t realize it.

  3. I so wanted to be at that rally at Navy Pier last night!!! Sigh…not in the budget. But I’ll be ready for the next one.

  4. You think we’re stupid?’”

    This is a message that could just as easily be asked of the many, many observers of President Obama, in the media and in the blogosphere, who still think this guy is a pushover.

    How in the world do they think that the guy who meticulously outmaneuvered and outnegotiated the Clinton campaign during the primary vote counts in Michigan and Florida has suddenly became clueless about how to be a hardball negotiator?

    One of the first rules of negotiation is that you don’t show your hand–something that certain Orange sites demand that the President do every single time a tough negotiation comes up.

    It’ would be like handing your tactical strategy away to the enemy in a military campaign. So, no orange site, he’s not going to talk to you about the details.

    At some point, you will have to learn that if he keeps winning negotiations where other Presidents have failed–without ever once implementing your diaried to death strategies–then maybe he deserves the benefit of the doubt about how to be an effective President.

  5. I read the Obama/Cameron/Sarkozy thing in the papers here but I didn’t realise they’d put it in Op-ed form. That must have been an interesting editorial meeting.

    “Hey guys, we got a submitted piece here.”
    “Who’s it by?”
    “Er… the leaders of three countries including this one. I’m thinking we can probably make a little space for it.”

  6. Good morning everyone. It a great morning. Yesterday was a long day for me. When I got home I watched the President’s speech. Then this morning BWD has this wonderful mishmash! It is a great time to be us. I feel so engergized. This place has restored my faith in people.

  7. Just wanted to add our President ain’t no dough boy, fat, lazy and doopy. He is lean, mean, and fierce.

  8. Leaks?


    Repubs are right: campaign season is upon us, but unlike others our prez can multitask.

    Beautiful speech. Equal parts historical context, policy detail, and…


    Good morning everyone!

  9. Paul Krugman was on the PBS Newshour last night and did a nice job of calmly and methodically ripping the Paul Ryan plan to shreds. Douglas Holtz-Eakin represented the GOP badly.

    Paul was excellent. He was knowledgeable and he focused on the facts. The last thing he said was President Obama stood up for the values of his party and I think ultimately for the values of the country.

    Douglas just didn’t have much to work with. I actually laughed out loud several times when he was trying to make his points and defend the Paul Ryan plan.

  10. Yesterday on Facebook I saw one of my acquaintances write one of those “that’s the President I voted for!” comments and I just wanted to puke. This guy is African American, well-educated, but loves to rant about how disappointed he is in Obama.

    I can see that I’m going to have to work hard at being nice and sweet and nodding my head to people like this instead of letting them have it.

  11. Thank you, bwd! I bet POTUS was on fire last night. As to the leaks, seems to me that POTUS is asking the GOP to grow the hell up, stop with the childish idiocy and tricks, and come to the table as a real opposition party. That “political party” is in desperate need of reform.

    Speaking for myself only (because I fully respect and understand the counterarguments), not reading the Krugman piece. I thought last night, why should I be a paparazzi for fauxgressives, paying attention to their constant flip flops, is POTUS hot or not? They always go back and forth with this, and they’re always behind, in the back of the class, holding everyone else back while they have to be taught the same lesson over and over and over and over again.

    Those rally pics are just priceless; thanks again. Happy Friday everyone!

  12. I think that it’s so cute that they collaborated on an op-ed. The age of Obama is just…beyond my ability to describe it. 2012!

  13. Good Morning all. This has been a wonderful week for the President and us as well. Let’s keep this going. Thanks BWD for leading the way for us!!!

  14. You can read the transcripts of all Obama’s appearances last night here:
    Each contained humor, intellect, compassion, the most “raucous” was the last one with the big crowd at Navy Pier, of course.
    He raised over 2 million bucks, most of which is said to be used to set up his campaign offices in the Prudential Bldg. in Chgo (overlooking Grant Park, site of the amazing, historical election niight) and to hire staff.
    And you’d think he would be exhausted beyond belief after that long day. But when he was on his way home last night about 10:20, he hopped out of the car to shake hands with a group of kids who had gathered to cheer his motorcade, one of several said to be lining the streets to welcome him home.

  15. Good Morning to all. I have just a new fact about our President and that is He is a lean,mean fighting machine with a heart to care for all.

  16. We’ve seen the president being strong, compassionate, loving, thoughtful, forceful, playful, dynamic and loved him in all these aspects, but in last night’s photos he actually looks like a warrior, so formidable as to strike fear in someone who opposes him. This is a man with an astonishing range of emotions as well as almost terrifying intellect. In short, he’s just plain awe-inspiring, but manages to convey the feeling that he’s also one of your family. I would so loved to have been in Chicago last night.

    The combined oped with the three world leaders not only sends a very strong, uncompromising message to Quaddafi, but a reassuring one to the rest of us. Basically, they’re saying we’ve got this–we know what needs to be done and we’re going to make sure it happens. Very powerful messaging.

  17. Wow. Just awed. I’m just in awe. And as an Obamabot, I’m simply honest enough to admit that awe rather than try to tear POTUS down to a size which an unbalanced ego can manage…

  18. BWD, thank you for another wonderful mishmash,keep them coming!

    PBO is on a serious roll this week (and many previous weeks). My favorite part was seeing a tweet from Boner defending the budget to teabaggers that ‘no really it did make significant cuts’.

    PBO is a genius, i love the fact he’s got Boner defending his budget that doesn’t really cut all that much with the crazy loons on the far right.

    Then he just moves ever so deftly to the next issue on which to own them.

    Also, shout out to ABL (although im neither) i really enjoy your site.

  19. thank you again so much BWD for lifting up our spirits ! I honestly don’t know how you do this day after day. Do you ever SLEEP ?

    This week has been GOOD.

    Now, Mr. President, for the love of God, get some rest this week-end !

  20. “With the help of 81 Democrats,the House passed legislation Thursday to fund the government through September and avoid a government shutdown. Fifty-nine Republicans defected from GOP leadership, leaving Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) woefully short of the necessary majority to pass the bill without Democratic help. The final vote was 260-167.”

    “The fact that Boehner needed nearly 40 Democratic votes to pass the resolution and avoid a government shutdown was a stunning blow to his leadership, especially after he shut House Democrats out of budget negotiations and just a few days ago dismissed the need to secure any Democratic votes.”

  21. Exactly right. Amazes me that people think he needs to be lead around by the status quo, unable to make a decision on his own. Hell, some if not most of these nitwits never read him- his thinking, his history- or they conveniently relegate his successes to luck or some mis-guided notion that they deserve the credit for the outcomes. When asked if he curses, PBO said yes, and I bet he has a plethora of adjectives for the beltway maniacs. Further, the presidency has always been a white man’s game and he bested them at it. Thus, the ranting and teeth-gnashing. Lovin’ it!

  22. “They always go back and forth with this, and they’re always behind, in the back of the class, holding everyone else back while they have to be taught the same lesson over and over and over and over again.”

    That’s such an apt way to describe them!

    Yes, they are whooping it up, talking about “This is the person I voted for”. But give it a week, after the Greens and DailyBarfs crank out a new issue to be outraged about. And these same people will be back to dooming and glooming.

    Same with Krugman.

  23. “Don’t let anyone tell you that President Obama and the Democrats have ballooned the deficit. They actually shrunk the deficit by $122 billion — that’s $122 billion lower than Bush’s final budget.”

    “The federal government budget deficit shrank in fiscal 2010, but the big gap was only $122 billion lower than the record high set a year ago.”

    “The U.S. spent $1.294 trillion more than it collected in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Treasury Department said Friday.”

    “The deficit amounted to 8.9% of gross domestic product. That’s down from fiscal 2009, when the deficit of $1.416 trillion was 10.0% of GDP.”

    “During the midterms, the Tea Party Republicans promised to reduce the deficit by $100 billion. President Obama topped that figure by an additional $22 billion.”

    “Bite me.”

  24. Yes, I hear a bit of that as well. Sounds like someone I know of on radio. Hhhmmm.

  25. Good Day to YOU ,
    WoW what a cool Hat you have Mr. President.
    Thank you sir for serving our country so well. I am so eager for the season of your re-election to arrive. The GOP does not stand a chance, and Mr. Trump is only using the Birther controversy for his own benefit of advertising free for his TV Show, he will not run for President, he enjoys his lifestyle of ultimate luxury far to much to stop and serve the country in the manner you do.
    Love Always, Your Biggest Fan

  26. “House Republicans aren’t worried about primary threats from Tea Party activists, who are unhappy with the level of spending cuts in the 2011 budget deal and the possibility of raising the debt limit.”

    “Mark Meckler, co-founder of one of the nation’s largest Tea Party groups, said votes in favor of the budget deal and raising the debt ceiling will make for a toxic electoral combination for House Republicans. “I’m literally getting emails by the hour from people talking about primary challenges,” Meckler, a leader of the Tea Party Patriots, said.”

    “But freshman members of the House don’t appear concerned. “It’s not that I’m not worried about them. And I would like to be all things to all people, but if you try to do that, you’re nothing to anybody. So I’m more inclined to just vote yes and move this in the right direction,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), a freshman lawmaker who’s a favorite of Tea Party activists back in his home district.”


    “….House freshmen said they’re not hearing complaints. “I have to tell you, I’m not getting that negative feedback about this [budget] agreement. I’m really not,” Kelly said.”

    “The people that I’m talking to are saying, ‘Look, this is moving us in the right direction and that’s what we needed to see,’ ” he added. “Is it enough? No, it’s not enough. But unless I see something that’s overwhelmingly against everything I believe in, I’m voting for it.”

  27. Maybe it’s finally sinking in to certain individuals and/or groups that the president is really trying to do what’s in our best interests. Maybe…it…has…but then again tomorrow’s another day.

    “No big tax day tea party rallies or misspelled sign regattas tomorrow.”


    “For the first time since the tea party movement began two years ago, its members have not announced plans to storm the National Mall with “Don’t Tread on Me” flags on April 15. No tea party groups have applied for permits at the popular protest locale that day, according to the National Park Service.”

  28. I’m so pleased with the president it’s difficult to articulate at the moment. He is just a happy warrior taking on a group of mean spirited, vile individualists who only seem concerned about themselves, aka the GOP. Yet he is able to calmly and happily take them on and outmaneuver them at every turn.

    I loved the interview with ABC News yesterday. The president almost appeared to have to suppress a smile during the whole interview as he eviscerated the wing nuts.

  29. President Badass Obama!

    To all the late bandwagon jumpers, I say “welcome!”…..but get to the back of the bus — we’ve been here the whole time, LOL!

    Have a great day, everyone :-).

  30. “Earlier this evening the Delaware House of Representatives passed a civil unions bill by a vote of 26 to 15. SB 30, which passed the state Senate earlier this month, will allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions giving them all of the rights, benefits, and obligations of marriage under state law, but will not allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses. Religious institutions may choose not to solemnize civil unions. The bill now goes to Governor Markell for his signature.”

  31. BWD what a way to start my morning :<)! Excellent information here all around. Some people say that "President Obama is back," but people that really study the way he operates, knows that he never left. The difference is patience. Some "shaky" supporters of the President as I call them are too inpatient. Instead of having the tension span to watch a great chess game, they prefer the speed of a checkers game. That's why they continue to look foolish as they jump the gun and give their perception of what they think his next move will/will not be.

    Aren't these people tired of eating crow? Anyway we have our work cut out for us, but President Obama has definitely threw down the gauntlet and is setting the tone nicely. Now all Democrats should follow his lead. The Democrats as a whole have a problem with unity. Too many defectors. Even when Republicans defect, you barely hear them say anything negative against one another. Although we "heard" that some Republicans weren't happy with the budget bill, we didn't see the 40 that defected come out all over the MSM saying they would. They have discipline as far as that goes, and Dems like Weiner need to follow.

  32. “For the fifth anniversary of Massachusetts’ version of the Affordable Healthcare Act, local ABC affiliate WCBV did a pretty good hour-long live panel program, which I hope will be posted online for further discussion eventually. As the host said several times, ‘the health care industry accounts for one in six jobs in Massachusetts‘, so a discussion including the heads of the three biggest local hospitals and of multiple insurance/hmo companies is more than a niche interest in these parts.”

    “One particular surprise, for me, was that Dr. Timothy Johnson, former Medical Editor for ABC, said that ‘single-payer will be coming’ to the US ‘within five to ten years‘… and none of the CEOs so much as flinched in disagreement. That’s a clip I’d certainly like to post.”

  33. What people are saying is true, but I kind of hope the crazy Republicans don’t decide they hate his leadership as much as we’re enjoying it right now. We certainly don’t want Cantor in there. I can’t imagine they would actually try to dethrone him in the middle of a term, though.

  34. Awesome mishmash BWD! I can’t thank you enough for what you do for us everyday.

  35. House votes on the Ryan FY2012 Budget today. I wonder if it will lose any votes from moderates. I can’t see any Dems voting for it, so if it lost 25 GOP votes it would fail.

    And if it doesn’t than every Rep will own the budget come the 2012 election. Though I’m sure they’ll try the “Gee, I voted for it but knew it would never pass the Senate so it was just a negotiating point”.

  36. They can try that, but they will still be held to their votes. My main concern is that Dems, as a rule, don’t do a good job of attack campaigning on real substantive issues. The Republicans are doing an all out kamikazi type push here. Its either win it all or lose it all. If the Dems do a oggd job for the next 18 months, it will be the latter.

  37. Happy Friday BWD, and thank you So the GOP think our brilliant president is stupid?LOL I think it’s the other way around the GOP are backwards.

  38. Have I mentioned that I love your new look?Fabulous!
    People underestimate this President at their own peril.He outsmarts them, in fact, he yanks their pants down in front of the crowd.I love this guy:)

  39. Their idea of a good negotiator is that the other party comes out with nothing and Obama gets even more than he asked for.

    They also complain that he gives away things before negotiations start. All I have to say is that if I walk into a negotiation where the other party is giving concessions before the process begins, my first thought would be, “what are these guys up to? NOT “this guy is bad at negotiations”.

  40. What’s with the latest crap “…the president is back!”

    Where has he been? I know Captain Obama has been on this ship all this time, and while some of the crew jumped ship the rest of us held strong in our belief in where he is taking us.

    I am fired up even when others are busy trying to douse the flames.

  41. lol, exactly, and they command disproportionate amounts of attention in this exact way. People hang onto every word waiting for the fauxgressive oracles to pronounce POTUS fit for governance. Whatever.

  42. That cp-out shouldn’t work because they counter to that is “So you vote for bills you don’t believe in?” “Do you represent your party or this district, because I can’t see how that bill helps this district in any way”.

    They’ve voted to defund PP, completely defund HCR (again) and now are voting on the 2012 budget that attacks the old, the young, the poor and the disabled. The Governors showed the GOP’s hand in attacking unions as well. I can’t see the strategy here for the freshmen who took over Dem seats, I mean if their district elected a Dem in 2008 (the last Presidential year) how can they vote so hard right and think that they’re going to be re-elected. Sure they gerrymandered their districts a bit, but that can only do so much.

  43. Thank you sheila, I don’t stand out amongst such wonderful people, but I thought this picture was perfect for bwd’s theme and background.

  44. The problem with many of the Dems is they are lazy and ungrateful …They expect Superman in the WH to do all the heavy lifting and they will hold on tight to his coattail to keep their seat, but as far as getting into the trenches to defend and support him… Well, you know how that goes.

  45. Elly just be cool, calm, and collected, toy will be better off by being positive peace.

  46. I read that one reason Boehner had so much trouble getting the 218 republican votes he needed was because the tea party caucus members didn’t want to be on the record as supporting the budget, and that Boehner needed the dem votes to provide “cover” for the tea party members. I guess they’re hoping that by voting “NO” it will help them retain their seats in the 2012 election, but I’m thinking in a manner similar to yours, St. Roscoe. If their district elected a dem in 2008, a move to a hard right position may not help them next year in a presidential election. Plus, they have to be aware of the bad examples of governance that Walker, Scott, Kasich, Daniels, and other GOP governors are engaging in. These governors’ approval ratings are much lower in three months than they were in January when most of them were sworn in. I would think that they feel that they would have to put on a brave face in public but would be cowering in fear behind the scenes.

  47. State investigating vote irregularities in Waukesha County going back 5 years

    The state’s investigation into vote irregularities in Waukesha County will stretch back at least five years, the head of the Government Accountability Board said Thursday.

    Questions over vote totals in Waukesha have lingered over the past week after County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced she failed to report more than 14,000 votes from the city of Brookfield in initial vote totals.

    The new total gave incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a lead of about 7,000 votes over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race. Official results in that race have not yet been announced.

    Now questions have emerged over Nickolaus’ published vote counts from as far back as the fall of 2006, when there were key statewide elections including races for governor and attorney general.

  48. I still can’t understand the math. 14,000 votes that supposedly had not been entered yet it only gave Prosser a 7,000 vote lead? Are we to believe that the votes were split evenly? I just don’t get it. Especially since this county is supposed to be heavily Republican. Am I missing something?

  49. Enjoy ur weekend everybody..!!

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

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  50. The GOP guy totally “lied” about Paul Ryan’s plan on solving medicare. He said it was not a voucher and more like the medical plan congress is getting. That is a total lie. You can’t have a debate with these people when they flat out lie!

  51. Donald “Chumps” latest hits:”I have a great relationship with the blacks,” Trump said. “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

    Referring to poll numbers that show enduringly high support for President Barack Obama among black voters, Trump pointed to race as a reason that he – like Hillary Clinton before him– would be unable to capture more African-American support.

    “Unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers,” he said.

  52. They got their “release” in the 2010 midterms and think they’re job is finished just like Dems in 2008. Elections are safety release valves in America and in Democracies in general.

  53. Thanks desertflower. I think that he simply steps back and allows people to expose *themselves* as full of hot air, trying to rescue them and tell them not to do it the entire time. Quite a sight to behold.

  54. It was 11,000 for Prosser and 3,000 for Kloppenburg. Comes out to about 7500 vote lead taking into account other adjustemnts and the original lead, just enough to make Kloppenburg pay for a recount.

  55. In 2012 Obama is like Ali, while the Repubs are Randall “Tex” Cobb. (congrats if you get the boxing reference)

  56. 7000 vote lead would mean the breakdown was 10,500 votes for Prosser to 3,500 votes for Kloppenburg.

    Now there should be a record of how many had voted, that should equal the total ballots counted and the vote total.

    It’s very strange to misplace 14,000 votes – in the very least she should be fired if it is completely on the up-and-up for her incompetence. But it’s very, very suspicious that these found votes give Prosser a 7000 vote lead, the exact number he would have needed to lad by to block an automatic recount. Did she panic because a recount would be done by different people and might find her irregularities? Or is she just so dumb she thought she could get away with it? I mean with the vote total so close and if you wanted to cheat, just find 1000 votes – but then that would lead to an automatic recount anyways and she’d be found out, so instead find 14,000 more and give Prosser a 7000 lead and hope that would stave off a recount.

    Either gross incompetence or criminal.

  57. Forget 11 dimensional chess. The man thinks like a wizard! If anyone believes he didn’t know he was being overheard by an open mic, they haven’t been paying attention. He knew exactly what he was doing when he made those statements, and he knew he was being overheard. This President doesn’t leave anything to chance so I’d say it was accidentally on purpose! lol!

    I love the reports about the fundraiser, and he fired up those in attendance. I’m so proud of him!

    Of course, there is the PPP report over ‘there’ that speaks of “The peril for Obama,,,!” ROFLOL! He’s just begun to come out of the starting gate, folks, and once he’s off and running he’s going to reveal the peril for Republicans [and the idiots who can’t see the forest for the trees]!

    Everyone have a great day!

  58. From the link –

    “In many cases, the number of votes totaled more than the number of ballots cast.

    The results for the 2006 attorney general’s race, for example, show 174,047 votes for either Democrat Kathleen Falk, Republican J.B. Van Hollen or write-in candidates, a total that is 17,243 votes higher than the total ballots cast recorded elsewhere in the results.

    In her note, Nickolaus said the reference to ballots cast “is the number of ballots that were fed through the election machines at the polling places and the results were collected using a modem in the office” but does not include “any hand-entered results.”

    Hand entered results would seem to mean the ballots that were rejected by the scanners, however that would be roughly 10% of the ballots being rejected by the scanner which would be unreasonably high.

    I want the Justice Department in on this investigation.

  59. What gets me is how anyone can believe the man who conquered the Clinton machine on his way to being elected the 1st African-American President, in a country that is mostly white, needs POLITICAL ADVICE from people who have never even run for public office!

    Yeah, he managed to navigate his way to the Presidency, but he lacks the acute political insight you get from writiing diaries on a blog. Jeebus.

  60. Mostly I’ve been going over there to read about environmental issues. But it’s hard not to see the neon alarms of defeatism going on.

    I have to remember to only read the peeps I’m following. IOW, stay on “my page” b’cuz it’s not the same page the fools are on.

  61. April 15,

    NJ offshore wind project to go ahead

    New Jersey-based community-based offshore wind developer Fishermen’s Energy has announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) has issued the environmental permits necessary to build its demonstration-scale six-turbine Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm to be located in New Jersey State waters off the coast of Atlantic City.

    NJ DEP issued the project’s CAFRA Individual Permit, Waterfront Development Permit and Water Quality Certificate after technical, legal, and staff review of the project application and after a public notice and comment period which garnered only positive support from a variety of stakeholders, stated the company.

    “Fishermen’s Energy’s demonstration project off Atlantic City will be the catalyst needed to jump-start the offshore wind industry in New Jersey and sends the right signals to manufacturers that New Jersey is open for business,” said Daniel Cohen, president of Fishermen’s Energy, in a company release.

    In about four years, this project will be followed by a utility scale project about 12 miles offshore in federal waters. “We must begin now with the State Water’s project, to build the confidence of the public, the environmental community and financiers, to make larger utility scale projects a reality. There are no operating offshore wind farms in America yet; this can be a first for New Jersey and the country,” Cohen said.

  62. Thanks, BWD for these photos and the “swagger refill”. I didn’t know his Navy Pier event was on c-span I missed it. Hope there is video.

  63. Two new solar projects introduced in California
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 4:58:03 AM – by Nate Lew
    A pair of large-scale solar power generation projects were recently unveiled in the cities of Sacramento and Auburn, California.

    Two cities in California will soon be the sites of massive solar power systems, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee. In Auburn, a generation system has been installed to completely mitigate the cost of the city’s newly upgraded sewage treatment plant. It will generate 690 kilowatts and reportedly cost $3.5 million, paid for entirely by grants from Pacific Power Renewables, which owns and operates the system.

    Meanwhile, a 3-megawatt project at Sacramento’s Depot Park, an area contaminated with cadmium and other toxic metals, will help make use of a plot of land that would not be viable otherwise, the report said. It will provide about 40 percent of the power needs for the park’s industrial tenants and main office.

    “We’re turning a brown field into a green field,” John Barney, site manager for the Depot Park complex, told the newspaper.

    Solar generation projects are now being sought by a number of businesses to reduce the cost of energy bills.

  64. Agreed – It’s so bizarre that they have forgotten recent history, which would suggest a man who is just about as politically savvy as a person could dream of ever being. His 2008 campaign was brilliant against overwhelming odds. What do they think — that was just a lucky break???

  65. Hard for me to ever again Krugman seriously after his Cenk-like attacks on our president

  66. I have a hunch they will be involved in the near future. Perhaps some of our Wisconsin people can give us an update as to how all this news is being reacted to there. Sheila, are you around?

    I would think this will sour people even more on the Republicans. Even if everything were on the up and up, there is just an air about it that would make people question it.

  67. It’s possible he knew about the open mike. Who knows…

    I bet you’re a fan of “West Wing” LOL…

  68. The Department of Energy has been working around the clock to provide whatever assistance we can to the Government of Japan as they work to bring the Fukushima nuclear reactors under control. One unique capability that the Department has recently mobilized to help in this situation is an expertise in robotics.

    The Department of Energy sometimes uses remotely controlled robotic machines to conduct environmental cleanup and other activities in contaminated environments. Obviously, these are quite different than the nuclear reactor in Japan, but at the request of the Japanese officials, the Department has been evaluating those capabilities to determine how robotic systems could be utilized in the response effort.

    Situations like this demand ingenuity and innovation, finding new uses for existing tools to tackle time-sensitive challenges. The modified TALON robot from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) touched down in Japan this past weekend, and is prime example of how creative vision and technical expertise can come together to help address pressing problems.

  69. Seems pretty sleazy to release those Huntsman letters (see twitter updates). They would have had to have come from within, unless there was a FOIA request, but then there would be no reason to hide ones identity.

    I read one theory/long shot idea that Huntsman could run as a Dem or Indie in the Utah Senate Race instead of for President. Crazy idea and not at all likely, but Hatch veering hard right Huntsman as an indie getting whatever Dem votes are in Utah and trying to get enough moderate votes could be interesting. Maybe he’ll wait to see if Hatch is teabagged out first, so runs a Presidential campaign to get his name out as a moderate Republican, but then transitions to an indie bid for the Utah Senate.

  70. Pallasch Pool Report on Obama arriving at his Kenwood home:

    Bit of a delay dropping the Prez at his house as he stopped on the way home and jumped out of the car to shake hands with eight children cheering him near his house. They were among several groups of fans gathered in his neighborhood to cheer.

    He was dropped home at 10:20.

    Lynn Sweet-

  71. If people feel superior to POTUS, they can’t accept that he knows what he’s doing and doesn’t need them to co-President with him.

  72. No doubt. The pundits should be insulted that they tried to play this ruse on them more than anything instead of falling for it. I mean it’s glaringly obvious that it gets the attack out there but can’t be hammered for partisan attacks from the White House because it was at a fundraising rally and an accidental live mic.

  73. Hydropower Energy Projects
    The New York Field Office reviews non-Federal hydroelectric projects that are licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Power Act (FPA). Section 10(j) of the FPA allows the Service to make recommendations for measures to mitigate for project impacts to fish and wildlife resources and to provide protection and enhancement. These measures or an equivalent level of protection must be accepted by the FERC and incorporated into the license unless the FERC determines that the recommendations are inconsistent with the Federal Power Act or other applicable law. Section 18 of the FPA gives the Service mandatory conditioning authority to prescribe upstream or downstream fish passage; these prescriptions must be incorporated into the license by the FERC.

    There are over 180 operating or proposed projects in New York, encompassing over 240 hydroelectric developments. The major issues addressed by the Service are protecting fish from being entrained into the turbines, upstream and downstream fish passage past the dams, providing adequate base flows downstream of the projects, reducing impoundment fluctuations, flows in dewatered reaches, reducing impacts to wetlands, and nesting birds, and providing public access.

    With photos.

  74. Liberals in congress have really lost their freaking minds

    I am about to freaking go OFF on these folks in congress!!! What part of DIVIDED GOVERNEMENT DONT THESE ASSHOLES UNDERSTAND??? All of the liberal caucaus are going to have to understand that we have A DEFICIT PROBLEM!! We have to COMPROMISE TO GET THINGS DONE!! If they are stupid enough to try an launch a primary candidate against obama, I will personally drive my ass to washington dc and personally tell members of the democratic party to STFU!! Folks made a freakin decision last november to hand congress over to a teaparty congress, so president obama HAS NO GOD DAMN CHOICE!! He has to negotiate with these folks!! Liberals and teabag conservatives IMO are all the same. SELFISH, UNWILLING TO COMPROMISE and UNABLE TO GOVERN!

  75. I love Nancy Pelosi. I just couldn’t help laughing when I read that. The republicans are just losing it all over the place lately. And I couldn’t be happier about that.

  76. I love this. Those children will have that awesome memory of the president of the united states coming out of the motorcade just to shake hands with them. 😀

  77. I saw Rep Larson(chariman of the dem caucus) on the daily rundown, and the GOP is trying to make a point here, it is on every channel. When Chuck T. asked him about this, he said sometimes we disagree with the President, but in the end we will strongly support him.
    Thus, This is a GOP strategy to divide and conquer, like a predator.
    It gets the issue off of BONER, losing 59 Pubs and thus a divide in the GOP! LOL!

  78. I don’t know SR. Seems a bit convoluted.

    Huntsman really wants to become President.

    His tweet can mean he still wants it for 2012 but plans to win on policy and not on negative attacks.

    Or he’s decided to wait for 2016, because he thinks President Obama will be tough to beat, and/or because he can’t see himself pandering to the extremists; he knows that a defeat in 2012 will mean that moderates could take the GOP back.

    I wonder if your theory about Jeb Bush has merits…

    Speculation, speculation, speculation…

    One thing for sure; Huntsman has a difficult decision to make.

    We’ll have to wait.

  79. But, the MSM will ignore it! They can only talk about how divided the libs are and the OPEN MIC fake controversey! LOL!

  80. Nonie, I heard about that this morning on the Bill “Aren’t I Wonderful” Press show this morning. Like all media, the Daily Beast has to do something dramatic to get readers. They are becoming a version of Drudge with their headlines.

    The thing is, even in Congress, these doubters are a small percentage of the Dems, and in the world at large, an even smaller percentage. It was interesting that the first 3 callers to Press all said a primary would be stupid, then it bacame apparent they started screening the calls more.

  81. Obama proposes strategy for cyber-identity ‘ecosystem’
    By Gautham Nagesh – 04/15/11 11:30 AM ET

    The Obama administration on Friday unveiled its long-awaited strategy for creating an “identity ecosystem” that would improve the security of online transactions.

    The goal of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is to create digital identity credentials that consumers could obtain from either a public or private provider. The credential would allow a user to log into any website.

    The administration claims participation in the identity ecosystem will be entirely voluntary and users can choose to remain anonymous online. But privacy and civil rights advocates are sure to be concerned over what could be viewed as an attempt to create a type of digital ID card.

    Several prominent Web firms and retailers have lined up to back the initiative, including Google, Verizon, Paypal and AT&T. The companies are likely drawn by the promise of allowing customers to pay their phone, utility and other bills from their mobile devices or the Web without having to remember a plethora of passwords.

  82. White House draft bill would put DHS in charge of civilian computer networks
    By Gautham Nagesh – 04/15/11 10:40 AM ET

    The White House is circulating a piece of draft legislation that would give the Department of Homeland Security oversight over cybersecurity at civilian agencies, according to a report from FedNewsRadio.

    The proposed legislation combines the comprehensive cybersecurity bill introduced last year by the Senate Homeland Security Committee with the administration’s memo from July 2010 to expand DHS’s responsibilities over non-military networks, according to the report.

    Like the Homeland Security bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Thomas Carper (D-Del.), the bill would create a White House cybersecurity office that reports to the Secretary of DHS on day-to-day matters.

  83. Damn straight – I love it. I only wish I could have seen it unfold on C-Span. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come – it could be a very good tool. Have safe seat Dems vote present in order to force the GOP to really vote on issues instead of hoping the Dems will provide them with cover.

    Now those Reps can’t pretend to want the deeper cuts but “those dang libruls blocked it”.

  84. Liberal/progressive caucus not liking the budget is a good thing. Boehner lost 59 votes against his own negotiated deal – if the progressives liked it on our side the MSM would read “Obama got too much and it wasn’t bi-partisan like he claimed and Boehner should be commended for accepting the bad deal for the sake of the country”.

    With the progressives against it, they mirror the teabaggers on the right in the minds of the MSM and if both fringes are unhappy then it much be a fair middle-of-the-road deal.

  85. How many times will we hear “Big Brother” when reading about this topic going forward.

    Last time I read about this it was being pushed by online sellers because they get ripped off like crazy.

  86. The Liberals are doing the same thing they did to Jimmy Carter. Talk smack about him and then say they are disappointed.

    They are so stupid that after all these years you would think they would stop shooting themselves in the foot.

  87. Thought you would like it. Something has gotten into the Dems lately. Much better messaging discipline, doing things like this so that the Republicans either condemn themselves with their votes in the eyes of the mdoerate Reps and independants or condemn themselves in the eys of the TPers.
    I think even the most experienced Dems have finally realized that the republicans are no longer a reasonable party.
    Expect the Republicans to howl, but these are the same things they tried to do to Dems in the past.

  88. I disagree; I think that by presenting a loony fringe of the Democratic party, they artificially keep the center to the right because “both sides” are supposedly wrong. We could pull that center our way by being a united front of grown-ups, with the teabaggers seen as the only lunatics in the process.

    They’re being poorly advised IMO and they know that this is potentially not a great strategy, which is why they insisted on being off the record with it.

  89. Actually, now that I remember it, this is the sqame tactic that Obama learned in the Illinois Senate, vote Present and make people declare themselves.

  90. I just see the last two years under the House Dem majority when the GOP voted against everything and then said “See Obama and Dems are over-reaching and being far left” when the Dems had to get their whole caucus to vote for everything. They could say “See even declared socialist Bernie Sanders likes the bill” or “San Francisco Liberal Nancy Pelosi likes it”, whereas even our moderates like Snowe and Collins will not vote for it.

    MSM are lazy as hell and accepted that frame and ran with it.

  91. Ok so let me get this straight.

    In his speech Wednesday, President Obama delivers a masterful defense of liberalism, and eviscerates Paul Ryan’s plan.

    Forty-eight hours later, there is talk on primaring PBO on a “progressive” show ????

    I don’t know if I should scream, of if I should laugh. Laughing is better for my health though. It’s becoming ridiculous.

  92. I sent an e-mail to the DCCC and the DNC. In the coming week I’m going to fax a letter to them also. I think all of us should do that. Let them know this is pissing off the real base.

  93. Republicans jumped all over President Barack Obama’s budget speech at George Washington University as political, and they are absolutely right.

    It was the old Obama, the one who changed history in 2008, and he is back on his game, both thematically and tactically. The domestic debate now is much clearer and the takeaway for Republicans is out of a horror movie: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  94. Huntsman hired Michigan Gov’ Rick Snyder’s media consultant – the one who created the “One Tough Nerd” campaign that many liked, and Snyder ran a moderate campaign while the other 3-4 were all running to the hard right. They split the hard right 60% and Snyder cleaned up the other 40% and won the primary.

    I think this is what Huntsman’s plan is.

  95. OMG I feel like an “is our children learning,” ok I had to channel GWB for my lapse. Obviously I was still half asleep this morning. Oh well thanks for clearing up my fuzzy head. I posted before my morning coffee and that’s what happens lol…How embarrassing, but next time I will pay more attention.

  96. And with that vote approved a budget that requires a raise in the debt ceiling to implement. PBO at least two steps ahead.

  97. I went to the DCCC site and sent them a scathing email. I told them not another dime would I contribute unless those Congressional Reps stop with the primary Pres. Obama nonsense. That we are eating our own and it only serves the Republicans and I said a lot more “stuff” that I will not repeat here/

    May I suggest everyone do likewise.

  98. Grumpy Young Man, from what I gathered Dr. Timothy Johnson believes that single-payer will eventually become the health care system for the entire country, not just Vermont and California.

    Will see if I can find additional details about his statement.

  99. With your reference to Prez O just coming out of the starting gate, the image of the now legendary race horse “Zenyatta” comes to mind.
    They really do have similar styles.

  100. Either that or they’re finally beginning to realize that the sky’s not falling (read: “this is the end of America as we know it!”)like they’ve been told over and over again…by talking heads in media and Republicans for the past 2 1/2 years.

  101. Darnell From LA said:

    “What gets me is how anyone can believe the man who conquered the Clinton machine on his way to being elected the 1st African-American President, in a country that is mostly white, needs POLITICAL ADVICE from people who have never even run for public office!

    Yeah, he managed to navigate his way to the Presidency, but he lacks the acute political insight you get from writing diaries on a blog. Jeebus.

    April 15, 2011 at 10:55 am”

    Darnell, I can’t agree with you more. Not only political advice, but messaging advice and tactical advice. Any time I see it, the post makes my hair go on fire and my blood pressure go up. Is it a lack of self-esteem that makes them do this to appear more important, or an overload of ego? I just want to yell STFU and let the man do what he does so well all by himself. The “I voted for him BUT” people make me angry, but not as angry as “The President should do this” people.

  102. Love to be a fly on the wall when they try to explain their actions to senior citizens, after pulling this stunt:

    “When President Obama proposed ensuring affordable health care to all Americans, Congress spent a year hashing out how best to achieve this goal. Yet when Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) decided that he wanted to phase out Medicare, the GOP-controlled House took only two weeks to debate and pass this radical proposal. This afternoon, House Republicans overwhelming endorsed his plan to eliminate Medicare, slash education, and jack up the middle class’ taxes. 235 Republicans supported the Medicare elimination bill, with just 4 GOPers casting a vote to leave Medicare unmolested.”

  103. Case in point…

    This morning, the House debated the budget proposal put forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a response to the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). During the debate, CPC member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) asked Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) when the Ryan budget would balance and create a surplus. After hemming and hawing for a few seconds, Rokita ultimately couldn’t come up with an answer:

    ELLISON: When does the Ryan budget create a surplus?

    ROKITA: The budget proposed and voted on by the committee — […]

    ROKITA: With responsible, gradual reforms to the drivers of our debt, like Medicare and Social Security, this budget will balance –

    ELLISON: I asked the gentlemen when the Ryan budget created a surplus. He could have given me a year. He didn’t. That’s because he’s probably embarrassed about when that is. Let me tell you when the Progressive Caucus comes to surplus: 2021. That is known as a responsible budget.

  104. Note to BWD: NOTHING from Krugman is on my “must read” list.

    He makes the boy who cried wolf look credible!


  106. I just tell them they either are not paying close enough attention, or the are relying on the wrong sources for their information. I also add, it is really paramount to have accurate information, and that the MSM is an insufficient source.

  107. It’s a great day – the GOP has shot itself in the foot – both feet actually – lol!

    My great President just gets better and better.

    Yup – it’s a great day!

  108. Indeed! Great comment Darnell. I am really proud of my fellow Californians.

  109. Hi SR
    Does the discovery of these irregularities touch on the recent senatorial or governor’s race? I seem to remember that it was close.

  110. BWD,

    Don’t worry . . . I’m laughing enough for all of us! :o)

    President Barack Hussein Obama is playing with these fools like a cat with a mouse!

    And the whole Donald Trump thing?

    President Obama could not have written a better script, because that meglomaniac ain’t gonna never be President, but he is GREAT at sucking ALL THE OXYGEN out of the already non-existent Republican campaign!

    Keep talking Donald . . . this representative of “the blacks” is behind you 100%!

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

  111. I think you’d have to be a Premium member on his website and I won’t go there.

    By the way, Murdoch is still throwing money at the tappees in hopes the investigation of who all was tapped will stop. He is having an unlucky month as the investigation goes on.

    Beck has no advertisers over here. Can we go after Hannity next?

  112. Elly, I totally feel you pain as I’ve had similar encounters with educated people I used to respect.

  113. I hope that all the people who were tapped tell Rupie to shove his money.

  114. I don’t think anyone has actually settled with him yet. I do think they want to bring him down.

  115. I was thinking that we want Boehner over Cantor and said that last night.

  116. I agree it has been a wonderful week and I have Lawrence O’Donnell on right now and he posted an Obama approval poll (didn’t catch by whom) and it is down to 41% approve and 50% disapprove. What’s with that? I totally do not get how his approval rating went down instead of up after this week.

  117. This is a beautiful account written by someone on FB that met the President in Chicago.

    My personal short synopsis of last nights event with President Obama:

    By the time he got to Navy Pier it was his third gathering. He was exhausted. No real speech just very conversational and very relaxed, nothing phony just the real deal.

    He talked about Chicago being his home, how he became a man here and got married and began a family. He discussed his feelings and how he loses sleep thinking about those who are still unemployed and how he is constantly thinking about what he can do next to ease the pain that he knows people are feeling.

    He is naturally funny and while he was talking about the different things that have happened since he took office and began to name them all including the earth quakes, tsunamis, oil spill etc. he started to laugh and said, “and then there were the pirate attacks, now that was not part of my job description, I hadn’t planned on a pirate attack.”

    His base was there and they are in it to win it, as they say. A wonderful human being, a good man and someone who will go down as a great president if he gets another four years to finish the things that he started. ♥ ♥

    The link to the full account is here.!/notes/midge-hough/my-evening-with-the-president/204249656273665

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