“Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear…his overriding concern is making Barack Obama a one-term president”

Of course.

Michael Tomasky:

The leathery visage of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell never fails to sadden and enrage me. McConnell has made it abundantly clear that his goal is not to help the economy or anything else; his overriding concern is making Barack Obama a one-term president. When he said Sunday that there will be no deal on raising the debt ceiling without substantial Medicare cuts, he made his motives clear again. Others have beaten me to the punch in calling this a hostage situation, and that’s precisely what it is.
My sadness and rage intensify when I stop to think that McConnell once worked for and now holds the seat of the great John Sherman Cooper. Who? A senator from Kentucky from the 1940s through the 1970s, Cooper was a liberal Republican: not just someone who was kind of liberal for a Republican, but a genuine liberal, and also a genuine Republican, at a time and from a place when and where it was possible to be both. Cooper hailed from southeastern Kentucky, an oasis of Republicanism in what was then an otherwise solidly Democratic state. Remember, in those days and in such places, Democratic meant segregationist, another thing the towering Cooper never was: As a Kentucky circuit judge after the war (he was among the soldiers who happened across Buchenwald) but before his Senate service, he empanelled black citizens as jurors—in 1946.
How emblematic it is of our benighted times that we’ve had to watch this decline and fall, from one of the noblest senators of his or maybe any era to this gastric partisan. But the real tragedy reposes in the fact that McConnell benefits in his way from the standard set by great senators like Cooper.

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The only question is whether the Democrats will accede to the hostage-taker’s demands. They’re in a tough position, especially after yesterday’s vote in the House, where nearly half of the Democrats joined all Republicans in refusing to raise the debt limit without deep and permanent cuts. Raising the ceiling is extremely unpopular in polls (of course it always has been, but that fact that didn’t prevent a certain M. McConnell from voting to raise it seven times during George W. Bush’s presidency).
But whacking Medicare is extremely unpopular, too. So what the Obama people need to be asking themselves is the following. Are Democrats—and is the president—ready to do what it takes to defeat McConnell and his fellow Republicans in their effort to enact ruinous and unpopular changes to Medicare while also risking default on the country’s debt? I think the Democrats can win the fight politically, but only if they’re ready to go to the wall.
No, it’s not like it was in Cooper’s time, and that’s sad. But it’s a fact—of which McConnell is a walking embodiment. Can we please quit pretending otherwise?


569 thoughts on ““Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear…his overriding concern is making Barack Obama a one-term president”

  1. To me, McConnell’s attitude smacks of something that is awfully close to treason. Don’t you think our enemies would love to see the US in economic collapse. If this type of behavior took place in the real world oputside of DC, RICOH would be invoked and the people liek McConnell would find themselves in jail. This is extortion, pure and simple.

  2. I think POTUS is in this for the American people. I’m not sure about the Dems in his party.

  3. @japa, I couldn’t agree more. At what point does the GOP’s obvious gambit to derail the economy for political purposes get noted as the pure anti-Americanism which it is? We on the left were called anti-American for opposing war based on lies, but the GOP gets to wreck the country in their ongoing jihad against President Obama?

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  4. Yup, majority of his dem caucus are as reliable as cats left alone with the milk.

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    Today a story about families in San Diego getting computers at a reduced cost.

    Educators, business team up to bridge student “digital divide”

  6. Lord God, I pray that you touch McConnell’s heart, Lord I pray that you smooth the bumps In the road, for the passing of the debt ceiling. Lord I pray that you work a miracle In Congress, In your Holy name, Amen.

  7. The President and the Dems need to take the case to the American people. They need to educate folks on exactly what the debt ceiling is and what it would mean to default. They need to lay bare what McConnell is demanding, and need to point out how the Ryan Budget would have needed the very same debt ceiling to be raised.

    Frame it as McConell trying to force ending Medicare by holding the whole American and even World economy hostage.

    If people understood that the debt ceiling HAD to be raised, then I think they’d push back against McConnell’s hostage stunt with Medicare.

    However it’s troubling that the only voices you hear on the debt ceiling talk is Republicans and their demands and them fearmongering on the debt ceiling.

    Dems NEED to make the case that job creation is the best deficit reducer and this is best for the long term debt repayment. Creating jobs now means expanding the tax base – more taxes being paid and more money in local economies which in turn creates more jobs and the cycle continues. However the opposite is true as well – less jobs means a smaller tax base, which means more cuts, which means less jobs and an even smaller tax base. Also with these jobs being lost or not created it means more spending on social safety net programs.

    Those are the two choices – I think they’re easily explainable and easy enough to understand – that is the message that needs to get out.

    Cutting spending doesn’t create jobs, just shrinks the tax base which puts more stress on social programs, causing more cuts and more job losses.

    I don’t really trust VP Biden in dealing with this issue. Everything seems to be pointing to the fact that the Dems have been pretty much painted into a corner and will have to accept medicare cuts. McConnell knows the Ryan Budget screwed things for the GOP and is using this hostage taking to force the Dems to swallow that suicide pill as well.

    President Obama should come out forcefully saying that no way no how will the Democrats agree to any cuts in Medicare. Period. If the GOP wants to try and take it hostage for purely political reasons they will be called out on it. And if they want use medicare cuts to play chicken with the American and World economies than that is something they’ll have to live with and explain to the voters and the business community.

    In reality the McConnell position is a huge bluff – time to stop playing games and call them on it. But first the Administration and Dems need to get out and explain exactly what would result if the Debt Ceiling wasn’t raised and how the same GOP passed clean bills raising the ceiling under Bush, who’s policies drove us into this mess.

  8. I wish it were that simple. Time to talk back to the media as well as our representatives. Otherwise there is no blow back for not presenting a truly balanced view for voters to hear and consider.

  9. Mitch McChinless is the Shite I scrape off the bottom of my shoe. The whole GOP are a bunch of heartless monsters. I hope all those that voted them in are happy when their medicare and SS gets cut…and all the Dems who stayed home and thought it’s someone elses responsibility to vote are satisfied.

  10. McConnel has no heart and that’s the problem. Even the Gods can’t touch something that isn’t there.

  11. President Obama took it to the American people before. What did they do gave the keys back. Some of the president problem is also the people allowing themselves to bambozzled and not researching things for themselves.

  12. I can hear it now: “Democrats let the world economy collapse! Medicare is the reason for the world economic collapse!”

    It’s a win-win for them. Again, Democrats didn’t think it was important to educate the American people until it got perilously close to it being too late (I am ever the optimist but I have no evidence to base my optimism on).

    “Republicans are willing to let the world economy burn to make Obama a one-term president.” And yes — find a cagey way to lay the treason meme. I truly believe they are perilously close to destroying America in order to win the next election.

    We are not ahead of this game. We got cornered — again. Someone has to have the messaging skills to turn their destruction back on them.

  13. One thing we need to point to Americans is who they allowed to run the house and that this is what you guys voted for.The tea party and republicans is responsible for the chaos. We should be so far advance if people who have came out and voted. You can also blame pl for encouraging people to stay home and americans, not realizing who has their best interest at hear.

  14. Dems should call their bluff, let them not raise it and then put the questions to American ppl. Have of the people don’t know the importance of raising it, they are relying on what fox news tells them.

  15. The dems who are safe in their districts should be nailing the tea party and republicans while the dems who have question by their constiuents educate them on what the issues are. No instead people like Bernie Sanders, Anthony Weiner, Barney Frank are to busy on tv telling the president what he should do.

  16. I agree Saint Roscoe! “Using medicare cuts to play chicken with the American & world economies”.
    The one fault I have had with this administration in the past (and we will see here)is they are slow to respond to all the _hit and misinformation thrown to the American people. The repugs control the court of public opinion, we get frustrated, and another battle is played out (“Death panels” comes to mind). Loved how Obama slammed the Ryan Plan in front of Ryan himself. Now he must slam this proposal in the same manner. The debt ceiling was raised 7 times under GW Bush. Is that true?! Please Mr. President, stop them now. You have more and more Americans listening to you now, tell them the truth, we cannot play politics with peoples lives and our fragile economy. Below is the list of the 5 traits people want to see in their leaders. Guess who has them all!

    The five leadership traits/leadership qualities are:

    These five qualities come from Kouzes and Posner’s research into leadership that was done for the book The Leadership Challenge.

  17. Yup. The americans gave the rethugs the mandate to destroy their country even after their despicable antics from 2000 to 2010 and despite the president taking the case to the people.

  18. And of course, boner and cantor are out there getting there message out of massive spending cuts, and if not they said that wall street will continue not to hire.
    They have also drawn a line in the sand, no new tax hikes. All the republicans are saying jobs jobs jobs. Wow! They are pretty good bullshitters!
    Unreal, all the republicans are speaking but no one from the white house?
    Bwd is right, sometimes you could just kick the wh messaging team.

  19. I am tired of the Wh blame, what are these so called progressive groups doing, where is th money going to support them. A commercial every once in a while is not going to change ore convince anyone. There has not been one protest march sponsored by any groups on the left. but they constantly ask for donations and then use it to run ads tell the president to do this or do that

  20. May be I should lay off this site for a while. Too much CL’ing about WH and its messaging for my taste.

  21. Karma? Looks like wiener mat be in trouble. The press will not let up. Maybe he should not have gone after the president every single night, during the hcr battle.
    Just saying…

  22. We had the republicans on the defensive for one week, now it’s right back to republicans all over the news pushing there crap!
    No democrats, as usual.

  23. I agree Amk. we don’t people accountable who truly are. The President campnaing on changing things and he is working and kept almost every thing he promised. The people are the ones who need to listen pay attention and work instead of placing the blame on him. if i remember carefully he strongly suggest and encourage we are the one we have been waiting for.

  24. People here seem to have a pretty good grasp of things. Put together some kind of fact sheet, post it everywhere and email it to anyone you know as well as the media. Write to those Congress democrats if you live in their district. That’s all we could really do but it might help just a little.

    I just hope it doesn’t turn out too badly. It’s a sad state of affairs but people did vote for the republicans and now the consequences are here.

  25. Right where are the campaings to phone back him or petitions to go after him . He is not only working for his constiuents he is holding a postion that effect all. If their was a massive call out on him he would cave. But we sit back and blame the white house. People we need to get real. We have to many talented people to sit back and play whoa is me

  26. I gotta say, I’m very impressed. This is such a great idea because it lets us find works we might not otherwise have found. I love the format, too. Easy to read and navigate, visually pleasing. Darn nice editing! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

  27. McConnell is so full of hate, it gauls him to see Prez Obama in the WH. He is will to destroy America’s economic life; risk jobs and all, just to defeat Prez Obama. He is a pathetic old man.

  28. why can’t they start up summer campainging. Have things like walking for Medicare. Weiner should have been tweeting that.

  29. What bozo McConnell fail to recognize is that President Obama is not a mediocre leader. So while in the process of trying to make the country suffer what does he think will happen to him. This country will not tolerate these lying lips repugs.

  30. I think this is a brilliant idea. Blanket his officce with phone calls, emails and faxes! He needs to get the treatment McHenry received after he snarled at MS Warren!

  31. Seems like I remember people panicking exactly like this at the time we were headed toward a shut down of the Government. Everyone telling the Dems and the WH what they should do. How the Press was enabling the Republicans. Seriously? We’re going down that road again? Cuz it worked out for us so well last time.

    Read this: goo.gl/KL2Dc It was all just theater.

  32. Yes Peter we never bombarred them. They might be republicans but they are representatives of the country. you see they keep the divide, if dems and repub constituents work together, we can do a lot.

  33. Yes Esmeralda most of on this site alone can get a lot of signatures.

  34. I am not good at writing but i am excellent about getting things out. If some of our talents here could compose a letter that i can download and mail to him, some could call and crash his system, some could email. If there was a #hashtag on twitter that says leave medicare alone not only would you have dems you will also have republicans and independents.

  35. Obama has always been able to tackle forcefully the very complex issues in frony of him,But the MSM carries the water for the GOP.
    Right now the MSM are talking more about Sarah and Trump this is fricking crazy, and of course the GOP agenda is to make POTUS a one term President and is not going to happen.
    Thanks BWD, we need to push back as hard as we can.

  36. I don’t blame PBO for anything. He is on a different sphere. I do think that the GOP’s disgusting game is working, even if it’s only a theater. My one and only concern is the economy, and the chaos coming from this lunatic party is aimed at only one thing: Kill the recovery and have a chance at making Barack Obama a one term president. And at least the first half of the tactic is working.

  37. OR we have to find a way to communicate the truth as succinctly as Republicans communicate lies.

  38. No, we just wonder why day after day after say after day, the republicans contol the message. Policy wise, object no beefs with the wh.
    Nut democrats in congress???
    For example: the only democrat I have heard all day was Bernie sanders going off on the president for not getting tougher on oil speculation.
    That is bs. First of all, bernie is playing to the nut roots instead of focusing on oil companies, he goes after the white house snd president Obama! Far ro often this happens with democrats!

    Am I wrong with anything that I have said???

  39. Jovie..I agree. The worst part in all this..every time it seems, we stand against the repugs but our own Dems stab our party and our President in the back. That hurts me more than all the crazies on the right. We Dems should know better.

  40. I agree, amk. There has been a total media black-out of the President since day 1. It seems the only way he can get any messaging out is if he had a reality tv show. I get tired of the WH being constantly blamed for not messaging, when it’s clear that the media is only interested in the gop clown car and the only time we see congressional dems on tv is when they are bashing PBO.

  41. I’ll gladly go to the wall for medicare/medicaid because if we’re unwilling to take care of our old and infirm what in the hell do we got anyways? It’s strong moral ground to play chicken from when the GOP is siding with banksters and crooks. Besides if the GOP know we’re not flinching, if big business knows we’re serious they’re going to call off the GOP because millionaires will lose their millions and billionaires will lose their billions.

  42. In Jesus’ matchless name. If he doesn’t change his heart Lord, move him out of the way.

  43. Jay Carney briefing White House Press Corps right now. Ron Bloom is talking about the auto industry improvements after two years. The Detroit three have all gained market share.

  44. It’s tough to do messaging when the corporate media is more interested in a “both sides” debate than actually reporting the news and telling the truth. Media soundbites aren’t the way the president does business.

  45. From the link that wasn’t a link I posted above:
    Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Lake Stevens, contends that Republicans were holding the debt issue hostage to their other agenda, including cutting Medicare. Larsen said he voted to raise the ceiling because “America pays its debt.”

    George Behan, spokesman for Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton, said Dicks “believes that this will eventually pass when the debate is conducted more rationally and that the Republicans would not want to be blamed for a U.S. default that would have major financial consequences.”

    In an email, Libby Denkmann, Smith’s spokeswoman, said he believes it would be necessary to raise the borrowing limit, but that Congress would have to agree on a mix of spending cuts and more revenue.

    Inslee, in a statement, called Tuesday’s vote an insincere politica gambit by Republicans. “As this proposal was not offered as a solution, I voted no.”

    That’s messaging people:
    America Pays its Debts.
    Holding the Debt issue hostage to their agenda including cutting Medicare.

    Those are all talking points that Democrats are using. Seriously, I know Mitch McConnell wants to make our President a one-termer, but just because he wants it, doesn’t mean he’s going to get it. Remember Boehner went to Wall Street to ask just how much leeway he has in this struggle. You don’t think the White House knows exactly what Boehner was told? They know how far this can go before there needs to be push back.

  46. StR, if I remember well, VP Biden was very involved in the negociations in the budget, negociations which ended up in very FEW gains by republicans despite the optics. Remember ?

    Maybe this actual negociation is harder, but I have confidence in Joe and all the WH team; they’re goooooood at it, because they’re much more knowledgeable than their counterparts and they can trick them on some things…

  47. I love this site, but the despair here from time to time wears me down. I understand it’s because people care so very much, but the messaging conversation has been rehashed and rehashed. The other day, a member posted media contact info, and others reiterated what they had communicated TO the media about these matters. I found that a spur to action.
    Anyway, just MO.

  48. It weaken last year almost around the sametime, but it managed to bouce back. The slow-down is temporary. I am not going to panic.

  49. Totally agree. McConell has already put out there that he is making Medicare a hostage. If we leave our seniors and the have-nots out in the cold, just to preserve the economy (and no that is not snark) then we are as bad as the Republicans.
    But the strong messaging has to start now.

  50. The GOP won’t just wreck America, they will wreck the entire global economy, if the debt ceiling does not get raised. They’re not just playing with America’s future, they’re playing with everyone’s future. If more Americans took their vote as a serious responsibility, we wouldn’t be in this mess. And the rest of us are powerless to do anything.

    This stunt from the Republicans is going to cause the world to rethink the American dollar as the reserve currency. Why should the whole world be held hostage by these people? If Republicans want to destroy their country, and a good number of people can’t be bothered to educate themselves on what the debt ceiling argument is about, then the US should be the only country to feel the impact. Sadly, that’s not the case. We’ll all suffer. This makes me so furious.

  51. I disagree. There are signs that the recovery is working and an occasional blip in some indicators doesn’t mean overall weakening. With the bad weather in almost every part of the US the last 2 months, there is a direct correlation to spending. I’m in the mortgage banking industry and see good market conditions returning in most states where the recession hit first (Nevada, Colorado, Michigan). There were many states (like Illinois and New York)that didn’t really see home prices drop for at least a year after these states so they are on the back end of this curve

    The person that I rely on for economic news is bonddad who used to blog on dkos before being run off too. He has a great post on his new blog today (link below). I would like to see him added to the blog roll as he’s not all “happy news” but he doesn’t try to make up chicken little stuff to make Krugman look good.


  52. Jake Tapper is a useful idiot, isn’t he? He throws up questions to Jay Carney that he thinks are going to trip up Jay and Jay just pivots off the point and distributes his own agenda. Instead of addressing Ryan whining about the commercials, he used the word hostage with regard to the debt ceiling. He underscored that the Republican plan to kill medicare is all about paying for tax cuts for the wealthy. Jake pushed back and said that Jay didn’t answer his question, and Jay Carney just pivoted back to his own agenda again. That’s how it’s done.

  53. I preach calm at this moment. The GOP needed this fake vote to tell voters next year that “they stood up to obama”, that’s why we need your vote to create a democrat free government. They are still not in control of their base, and not even thinking about appealing to Independents. Wall Street will not permit a default. This debt ceiling noise is all for show and it id obvious to PBO they have no support for their threats or their draconian cuts. He is waiting them out. I suspect a deal has been cut but that part of it was to give the politicians time to grandstand. Tim Pawlenty was complaining about just that not a month ago.

  54. Even these games leading up to the actual deadline cause uncertainty in the world economy. Do they want to know why people aren’t buying houses? It’s because they don’t know whether we’re going to end up in another depression because of Republican games with the debt ceiling! And with the budget! And with their college tuition! With the health care law! With their ability to collective bargaining rights! And with efforts to heal and spur the economy – it’s neverending.

    I’m so sick of Republicans. These games they are playing erode confidence. They are doing damage even by just playing the game. It doesn’t actually matter if they raise the ceiling or not – they’ve already done the damage. Would you trust someone to provide stability if they pulled the rug out from under you once before? I’m not sure what the answer is, but something has to happen to balance the scales. These heartless Republicans can’t just keep getting away with their evil agenda – it’s hurting everyone.

  55. Today Automated Data Processing (ADP) released its estimate of non-farm jobs added last month. The 38,000 jobs figure is far lower than the 175,000 forecast by the Bloomberg News survey.

    The official numbers from the Labor department haven’t been released.

    Two reasons for hope:

    1) The early ADP numbers don’t always match up with the official numbers. The average difference can be as much as 14,000 jobs.

    2) “Another report today showed employers announced fewer job cuts in May than a year earlier, signaling the labor market is improving. Planned firings dropped 4.3 percent to 37,135 last month from May 2010, according to figures from Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/01/bloomberg1376-LM42280YHQ0X01-0LHF0EDS5G8TP0FVN6BCJE2AQQ.DTL#ixzz1O31rPHZK

  56. Yes, the bad weather in the some of the states help distort some data. Also, the Japanese earthquake and gas prices also disrupted the data. Some economist cause these headwinds. I also get my economic news from Moody’s economy, Bloomberg News, and Calculated Risk. Sometime Caiculated Risk can be a little too gloomy.




  57. Sorry, hi, I’m from the other site, but I sometimes love to drop in and read about what’s going on over here. I loved this comment so much I just had to let you know how very much I appreciated the laugh and the consensus that The Chinless Wonder is a major ass 😀
    ps- Hi BWD 😆

  58. Jovie, I’ll repeat what I said over a month ago:

    Given the fact that the republican propaganda machine is so powerful and that MSM never does its job properly, I think that President Obama has adopted the only strategy possible: he lets the opposition make its case, he lets the DC Beltway follow them like lemmings, he doesn’t get into the conversasion until everyone has pushed their false narrative and stupid arguments, and THEN, he talks, pushes back against the stupidity and brings back everyone to reality. He litterally looks like “the only adult in the room”.

    This strategy has its downside, because it lets the false narrative take root in a certain segment of the population. On the up side, I think this strategy of President Obama will pay off in the long term with the majority of americans. After a few occurences, people will realize that President Obama always makes sense and they’ll WAIT for him to step in… they’ll realize that the noise they’re hearing is just that: “noise”.

    Well, at least, this is what I’m hoping…

  59. You can always count on Jake (with the permanent snarl) Tapper to carry water for the Republican Party. He makes my skin crawl. I was so glad that Jay stayed on message.

    Did you notice the number of reporters who were so concerned about the White House and Democrats “DEMAGOGUING” the Medicare debate?? I wonder if any of the reporters remember the healthcare debate and the town halls of August 2009? The Republican Party wrote the book on demagoguery. And now Paul Ryan is whining because he is getting a taste of his own medicine? The GOP lied and distorted the healthcare debate. The problem for RyanCare is that the Democrats are just providing the facts. Ryan can cry me a river.

    What the Republican Party and the White House Press Corps are saying is that the White House should not make a point of explaining exactly what RyanCare will do to Medicate because when the American people know the truth it reflects poorly on the GOP. Bottom line, facts to the GOP is like garlic to a vampire.

  60. I always preach calm. DOING it is something different for me 🙂 BHO generally wins, despite the Thug games and the POTUS supporters worrying.

    I’ve been away, Tao – have missed your “calm” POV.

  61. This is an area where democrat activists have some power. President Obama has a very high approval rating among democrats so all those Senators and House reprentatives who present unfair criticism of President Obama (Sanders is over the top for example) should be REMINDED that the MAJORITY of democratic voters do NOT agree with the loud “left”, and are FED UP with the CONSTANT bashing of PBO.

  62. The Republicans are bullies, plain and simple. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Cowards – all of them. This is the same party that has mercilessly bashed the President with every vile tactic, and he has stood (almost entirely alone) and whipped them back twice as hard. Cowards and fools.

  63. Thanks, gc, for that reminder…


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    This IS only one example of PEOPLE POWER:

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    CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE: Immigrant Integration


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    So, if you haven’t already, LET’S GET STARTED…DOIN’ SOMETHIN’ to make a difference!

    In some instances, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! ::clearin’ throat:: lol

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
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  64. I read on another blog that they’ve been wrong for the past 3 months.

  65. The gate keepers will never let that happen! It is not the failure of messaging on the part of the President and Democrats; Rather, the problem is that the media ignores the Democratic message and amplifies the Republican message. Or, while pretending to be balanced, the MSM gives equal weight to Republican lies with truth that is neither Democrat or Republican.

  66. I had to stop reading halfway through the posts here because some of you were really depressing me. It is one thing to understand the “dark sides” and keep ourselves keen and reality based. It is quite another to allow ourselves to sink into an abyss of negativity and feelings of helplessness.

    I, for one, who is “unanimous in this” totally refuse to be reduced to this negative thought by the media, the PL, the Repugnants and their teapotty ilk. We need to focus totally on what we want and expect, not fear and dread. This is all about constructive use of our collective energy.

    I stand for PBO and Democrats, I work every day for them, I never give up and I keep hope and faith in my heart.

    Forgive me if I offend anyone, but drop the doom and gloom, get the lead out of your underwear and work for what you want and believe in. Don’t let “fear be a mind killer and a little death…”



  67. Are the labor dept. numbers supposed to be released this week? Any job growth is good job growth even if it’s lower than expected.

  68. I am going to have to push back on that slow to respond comment on the administration and even those who say Dems are slow to respond.

    I visit a lot of liberal sites and what I have noticed is that they almost exclusively report what Republicans are saying and doing. What happens is that readers think Dems aren’t saying anything when in fact they are. Never mind the “Liberal Media” that ignores Dems, our actual liberal media doesn’t give Dems enough coverage either. Over the weekend I kept seeing a lot of depressing complaints about what the media and Repubs were saying about Ryan’s plan. I was depressed about it until I read a post over at The People’s View.

    I didn’t know Chuck Schumer was on this Sunday. I saw no other site quoting what he said. And what he said was pretty good. I have more than a dozen examples like this.

    besides, the meaningful stuff happens behind the scenes. A lot of what these pols say everyday is just hot air.

  69. That program sounds interesting. I had looked into Literacy Volunteers years ago, but could not commmit to the time requirements. Now, I only work parttime, so it might be feasible.

    I’m also involved in “New England’s Largest Tag Sale.” The proceeds go to an AIDS shelter, but most of the purchases are made by and directed to immigrants to help in furnishing apartments, etc. This just a coincidence, but it is coming up, and so I thought it dovetailed nicely 🙂

  70. Speaking of messaging….

    Here’s the latest message from one of the people the PL has elected as a supreme messenger for the progressive cause.

    Weiner: “Can’t say with certitude” photo not him.

    This is according to an interview with Russert on MSNBC. The PL sures knows how to pick ’em. And this guy was one of the names bandied about to primary the President.

    I actually believed he was the victim of a smear and defended him from obvious right wring concern trolls over at the site that shall not be named.

    But the lack of a definitive, of course, that’s not me, has officially ended my brief career defending a guy whose disrespectful vibe toward the President has always put me off.

    He may still be vindicated. But the benefit of the doubt is gone and I am in full wait-and-see mode.

  71. This is a very emotion driven site sometimes. Double edged sword. I get venting, but…anyway, I’m not good at discussing issues, I’m more task oriented, and with vacation coming up, I’m going to look into OFA for clerical volunteering. The other day, Tien gve me some good ideas along those lines.

  72. Hey, AG911…

    I’m w/you! 😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  73. Gn I agree I love the format. Thank you for creating progressweekly, and to all who contributed to this excellent endeavor.

  74. gn, I got my PW emails…

    I’ll be readin’ them, soon!

    And, thanks for what you do to help SPREAD THE WORD to “breakthrough all the negative chatter/noise” from the left and the right!


  75. They are literally putting the country at risk- possibly in danger- by playing games with the financial/economic system like this. I sometimes wonder if some politicians don’t actually want the nation to collapse so that their future power grab is all the easier. A defeated and deflated middle class (the victims in a national credit default scenario) would be less willing to fight back than an energized and slowly improving middle class.

  76. Go for it! OFA will put you to work in whatever way you are best suited and want to help. There are tons of different ways you can be useful. If you can do the data entry and other stuff like that, I totally salute you because I suck at that kind of work. Although, I did try once or twice until they ‘fired’ me from that and told me: “Go out and talk to people, you are better at this kind of work.”

    Lol, we each serve as best we can.

  77. I wouldn’t care if it was his “weiner” but the right wing is trying to portray him as a married elected official who sends pics of junk to young girls. Weiner better be able to get out of that.

  78. Just made two phone calls—WH: PO MUST get message to the American people about the debt ceiling…..suggested a press conference SOON!!!!! Said I loved the way he handled Ryan’s Plan–right in front of him–and feel strongly he needs to do that same type of thing again– SOON. Stressed the need for messaging. I said that’s my major complain/concern….that R’s tend to get way ahead on that front. Then, I made a call to McConnell’s office. I said I feel what he (and rest of R’s) is doing borders on treason……talked about hostage taking & how un-American that is……mentioned treason again. Said I do give R’s credit because they’ve been totally upfront about their number one goal: to make PO a one-termer. Reminded her that citizens expect every member of Congress of do what is best for the whole country….we don’t send them there to score political points & do damage to our country! I said MM is pathetic in stooping to this behavior.

  79. I am persuaded that the GOP agenda is fatally flawed. So even if it were implemented people would demand we return to what we had. People cannot eat ideology, or use it as medicine. By all appearances, Fox News makes right wingers howl but it doesn’t persuade. The just preach to the choir. The GOP has gone out of its way to insult all ethnicities in America. The very demographic that adds, for example, one new Hispanic voter every 30 seconds. The GOP is bankrupt of ideas and is hemmorhaging support. Fear their messaging not but promote the Good Guys and what they are doing for us voters.

  80. I hate to be ugly, but at this point as far as I’m concerned, all of the republicans can catch a one way flight west from CA and parachute right over the Marianas Trench, where they belong.

  81. And of course let’s totally forget that the entire country was ravaged by tornadoes and a flooded Mississippi River. Let’s over-inflate bad news and minimize good news. Great job there, MSM.

    By all means let’s completely disregard that notwithstanding a call to Wall St. by a Republican to ignore yesterday’s debt ceiling vote, Wall St. has every reason to worry about the effect the tea party crazies will have on governance of the U.S. Certainly, Wall St., punish the President who helped you regain prominence without giving a God damned thing back to the U.S. Not even a point or two extra on your bloated salaries. There is never enough gluttony for you monsters.

    How do I really feel?

  82. “People cannot eat ideology, or use it as medicine.”

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat, Democrats. this is a fantastic soundbit.

  83. I wonder if this McConnell story of obstruction is one we might push the media to cover.

  84. I agree with other comments. I think President Obama should address the nation and explain why the debt ceiling has to be raised. Right now the Repubs are controlling the message. But I think that stunt they pulled yesterday, may backfire. The that the Repubs informed Wall Street that the vote was a joke – prior to bringing the vote to the floor lets people see how low-life and immature they are – I hope. I understand why those Democrats voted the way they did. Obviously, they thought the vote was real. As Rep. Hoyer said, this was no more than a stunt. See below:

    “The vote followed several acts of political theater on the House floor: Republican­s brought up the measure and then urged its defeat, while Democrats — who not long ago were seeking just such a vote to raise the debt ceiling without attaching spending cuts — assailed Republican­s for bringing it up, saying its certain defeat might unnerve the financial markets.

    Just in case, GOP leaders scheduled the vote for after the stock market’s close and had called Wall Street executives to assure them that the vote was just for show to make the point that Obama would have to make concession­s in budget negotiatio­ns if any debt-limit increase is to pass.

    “This vote, based on legislatio­n I’ve introduced­, will and must fail,” said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

    “This is a political stunt,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, senior Democrat on the Budget Committee.”

  85. I wish we could make the seniors understand what is going to happen to their 401K plans, those plans are going to loose so much value. Not to mention thier SS checks. Noboby is talking about that one.

  86. I wish we could make the seniors understand what is going to happen to their 401K plans, those plans are going to loose so much value. Not to mention their SS checks. Noboby is talking about that one.
    I posted this up top.

  87. Right there. We’re giving them the narrative. I admire sites that report what the Republicans are saying but I don’t see enough push back when it comes to getting our message out. Unless you count ODS as getting your message out.

  88. They know. Check out the recent Republican townhalls. If that’s happening in red districts you can bet it’s going on everywhere else

  89. Boehner can song and dance all he wants to. The bottom line is Wall Street and the rest of his corporate base have put him on notice.

    Wall Street executives warn John Boehner on debt limit


    They are not going to let him mess with their money. Boehner knows it and he knows The President knows it.

  90. I hope it’s not too intrusive of me to say this as a non-American spectator. But there is a year and a half until the election and I don’t know how we’re going to stay sane if we react like this every day. There will be good days and bad days and we should follow the President’s example of not getting too high or too low. Take good news as encouragement, bad news as incentives to work harder and stay focussed on the long term goal of re-electing the president and helping to accomplish his agenda.

    I appreciate the need to vent but may I suggest that it may be more productive if people also try to push back on any unfair media story, contact elected officials if they do something out of line? We should also remember it won’t be smooth sailing: polls and other numbers will fluctuate from time to time.

    If I were a US citizen, I’d sign up to work for the campaign in a heartbeat. Let me know if you ever feel like swapping leaders. 🙂

  91. The media is hardwired into the GOP. It’s been that way since Reagan and no matter how nutty Republicans get MSM is right there for them. Witness the Palin tour to nowhere. They don’t know what she’s doing, where she’s going, what she’s going to do or why but there they are following her down the highway in a bus convoy.

    You can see plenty of Dems on C-Span but they can’t book themselves onto the rest of the media.

  92. Add one more worry – the US $ will go into freefall and you won’t be able to buy anything from overseas including oil.

  93. Way to go…

    That’s PEOPLE POWER!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  94. I agree with you. Banks, traders and big business deal with dollars and they won’t want them made worthless. Much pressure should go on the republicans soon.

  95. “I think President Obama should address the nation and explain why the debt ceiling has to be raised.”

    Or just wait for Wall Street to do it for him because they’re going to make sure this debt ceiling gets raised.

  96. Awesome! I wish there were a way to have wordpress send just one email for each edition, but alas, there’s no such option. But they make publishing so easy, I can’t complain about that.

  97. Here’s the list of complicit-media contacts again. Letting them know how you feel about their inability to report the truth may be helpful, but we are left with no choice but to become the media! Network! Talk to people, in real life and on social media. Call liars out to their faces. Shout the TRUTH from the rooftops.

    The media did everything they could to smear this great man in ’08 and we showed them! We will show them again.

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  98. I dunno; he’s not my favorite person but this story is soooo ridiculous and inane to me, especially considering that it’s so likely that someone did break into his twitter account and play a dirty trick. If the national media were more invested in investigating the modern GOP and how they are hurting this country for political gain, we’d really be somewhere. I could understand if they had a smoking gun like the clown who sent pics via facebook, but this seems different. I do hope that Weiner takes a second look now and recalibrates his penchant for going onto tv and trashing President Obama.

  99. There’s potentially an ugly jobs report coming, and in addition, there have been some elected Dems who have run to the media with divisiveness; that’s just shaking people up. Also consider that President Obama just had a spectacular trip yet he’s still being attacked attacked attacked. It can be disheartening and people are having different responses to that (and the WH messaging isn’t perfect!); please hang in there amk, your contributions are so valuable, and if you take a break, please feel free to come back shortly.

  100. Thanks for this link; bonddad has been so prescient. This is helpful to me personally, as I am one of the people who is viewing what may be in the May jobs report soberly.

  101. Weiner didn’t tweet anything. This is the work Andrew Briebart for God’s sake! That slime!
    Weiner didn’t do anything other than get hacked! He has called out the Kochs and Thomas and is the ONLY one in congress to do so. It is clear to me what is going on here…..

  102. Well if today’s press briefing is any indication of overall WH messaging, then I’d say they’re as close to perfect as can be hoped for. I know people want the President to go before the Press and say everything we’re longing to hear, but there has to be a very good reason why he hasn’t yet. I trust him to know what is the best thing to say and when it is best to say it. In listening to Jay Carney today, it seems clear that time is not going to be soon. There just has to be a reason for that.

  103. The only Democdrats that are allowed on cable are the ones that promise to criticize the President!!!

  104. I think that Boehner repeatedly asked Wall St.’s permission to play games with the debt ceiling and was told (clears throat, puts on Whitney Houston voice) “hell to the naw!!”

    They will raise the debt ceiling IMO.

    That said, it’s more than obvious that the GOP sees their political fortunes rise with the downfall of the country: media refs, can you disengage from Sister Sarah fake-eating pizza in times square, and Weiner’s weiner to note that we have like a seriously un-American party with a great deal of national power right now? Would be nice.

  105. I think they’re working out a deal re: the debt ceiling. Particularly if this upcoming jobs report is weak, Wall St. is going to yank the GOP’s leash regarding that debt ceiling vote. I actually think that Dems might in fact have the upper hand on this one, because I don’t think that Boehner and McConnell have the leeway which they might claim that they do to not raise the debt ceiling. Pure speculation.

  106. Despite GOP, now, the TeaPublicans’ Radical/Extreme Obstructionism, PBHO and his Admin IS constantly movin’…On The Move to the 21st Century:


    Transportation is about a lot more than just getting around. OUR ROADWAYS, RUNWAYS, AND RAILWAYS CONNECT PEOPLE WITH ALL OF THE THINGS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING: family, education, job opportunities, and recreation. THAT’S WHY WE HERE AT DOT–and the entire Obama Administration–ARE LASER-FOCUSED ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL AMERICANS.

    Last week, I joined the White House monthly disability call with the Special Assistant to President Obama on Disability Policy, Kareem Dale, to discuss with hundreds of stakeholders everything we’re doing at DOT to improve transportation access for people with disabilities. In the twenty years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there’s no doubt we’ve made significant strides forward. But WE WON’T REST UNTIL EVERYONE HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO ALL FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION.

    In the last year, DOT announced the first federal rule to specifically provide ADA protections to people with disabilities who travel on boats and ships. And we’re finalizing a regulation to improve accessibility at rail stations so that people with disabilities can get on the same rail cars that everyone else uses.

    We’re also committed to improving the flying experience for people with disabilities. We’ve proposed new rules that would:

    Require airports to provide lifts for boarding and disembarking passengers;

    Make it easier for people to fly with service animals; and

    Improve access to airline websites, check-in kiosks, in-flight entertainment centers, audio-visual displays, medical oxygen, and airplane bathrooms.

    And as we prepare to mark the 25th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act this year, WE’RE STEPPING UP ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE AIRLINES RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF AIR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES. In the last year, our Aviation Enforcement Office assessed civil penalties ranging from $125,000 to $2 million against a number of U.S. carriers.

    ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION IS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL OF AMERICAN RIGHTS. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, but remain committed to achieving even more so that all Americans have the same opportunities for living, learning, and earning.

    Ray LaHood is the Secretary of the Department of Transportation


    WE won’t let nothin’ stop PEOPLE POWER, either…First, it was the state capitals. NOW, let’s MARCH ON the U.S. CAPITOL to fight for all our rights that the TeaPublicans (which includes the SCOTUS 4) are tryin’ to “legislate” away…civil, votin’, workers’, women’s, et al!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  107. What was their reply? Did you talk to someone or you left a message? Good for you!!

  108. And I saw today that the stock market fell nearly 300 points…they say because of jobs/housing…but are we sure?

  109. Do they really expect people to buy houses when the GOP is playing with their futures? It’s time for the corporations and banks, who have recovered nicely on the backs of American taxpayers, to reign in their GOP lackeys. They need to start communicating the urgency of not fooling around with the nations credit-worthiness.

  110. Never…

    I love your contributions to all discussions and this Blog.

    And, I BELIEVE you’re right…PEOPLE POWER!

    Don’t ever stop!

    What say other TOAITRers? ::waiting:: lol

  111. Before this is all over you’ll know who the Obama/Biden supporters are…we’ll all have white hair like our President. It will be worth it when we get him re-elected and a majority Dem – house and senate.

  112. I hope you do not mind, I am sending this to the DSCC, DNC, DCCC and the White house! I love it.

  113. Big Double AMEN to that, Snoop! You know my opinion:

    Already fired up and going!

    Yes we can….do more together!

  114. Thanks for posting this. I have a niece who is a double amputee and she will tell of the time TSA made her remove her prosthetics at an airport for a more “thorough” examination.

    She makes a joke of how she sat with “stumpy and joe” (what she calls her remaining legs) “waving all nekked in the air while dimbulbs looked for weapons in my stilts and the crowd stared”

    She laughs about it but I still think it was both embarrassing and very unpleasant because they did this right out in the public inspection area and not in some more private room.

  115. LOL! Mine is already snow white and I can only blame this on age, not on supporting President Obama.

    Maybe I’ll just be bald by then from pulling all my hair out at the stupidity and negativity from PL, RW and media. Nah, I won’t give them the satisfaction.


  116. You’re very welcome!

    I’m so sorry about your niece’s horrible experience…

    Hopefully, that’s part of the Equal Access improvements!

  117. Where’s the big news about President Obama proclaiming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month? I bet you didn’t see that coming did you, Lt. Dan Choi?

    Stay classy Weiner.

  118. I agree, I would much rather put our energy into contacting Congress, writing the media, or posting supportive email at this blog instead of complaining about the Republicans, PL and the biased media.

  119. Welcome!

    Whaddaya sorry about…

    Regularly, I visit TOD to lurk. I love the site.

    You and the other TODers, “crack me up!”

    Soooo funny! 🙂

    Don’t “stay a stranger”…Come on back, ya hear?

  120. @gobrooklyn- This is the basic problem with all the liberal sites. All they choose to give news about is what the repugs said, did, etc. Couldn’t find a thing about what the Dems and Obama was achieving. It is/was very frustrating until I found BWD. Now I peruse briefly and then arrive here to lurk,linger, and learn about all the happenings.
    Thanks again BWD and the family.

  121. Is Weiner playing games? I feel like he is trying to distract people for some reason. He seems to only defend himself half-heartedly and something seems contrived about the whole thing (including Weiner’s interview). Tomorrow he’s going to be on GMA. To do what? To further distract folks from what is really going on?

    I don’t want to sound paranoid, but I’m getting concerned about Weiner’s strange response to this situation.

  122. Right here: 😉


    Posted by Brian Bond on June 01, 2011 at 06:06 PM EDT
    As we kick off Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the Office of Public Engagement has launched a new landing page, Winning the Future: President Obama and LGBT Americans. This webpage is designed to keep you updated on the President and his Administration steps have taken, and continue to take to benefit the LGBT community.

    Also, on Tuesday, the President issued a proclamation for LGBT Pride month, available here.

    Please take a look at our Winning the Future for LGBT Americans factsheet (pdf) and sign up for our e-mail updates that will keep you up to speed with what is going on in the Administration. We encourage you to spread the word about this site to your friends, families, and the communities you work with.

    Brian Bond is the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement



    WE have such a wonderful, thoughtful, carin’ POTUS, who is a great listener…

    CHANGE(S) TAKE TIME, and they’re not easy!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  123. The MSM, apart from being repug corporate owned are,sorry to say, just as fickle,transient, shallow and empty as most people in the modern era.
    They are easily swayed and are more interested in ‘who was the first to break the story’, spin any news as sensational, and enjoy focusing on the trite, people’s failures and losses, negativity, and speculative gloom and doom. Goodness me, if you follow them seriously you wouldn’t want to get out of bed on a morning. My brain cannot cope with their sheer foolishness.

  124. Something is definitely amiss. Weiner is playing games, and it almost seems like he’s enjoying the whole thing. He is going to be on Good Morning America tomorrow. He appears to be reveling in the scandal – why, I don’t know. Is he trying to distract the media and voters from what the Repubs are doing?

  125. I hope so too.

    By the way, why is our president sitting in your car? 🙂 🙂 🙂

  126. You’re welcome! While I don’t understand all of the technical detail, I get the general idea of what he’s saying and you’re right; he’s been remarkably prescient during these turbulent difficult to forecast, times.

    I had a hell of a time trying to find him when he left DKos but he’s always my go to person when I sense that the economic reports seem to be more agenda driven than reality based.

  127. If WE see McChinless, the “Boner,” and the other TeaPublicans’ lips movin, they’re lyin’:

    LATEST IN HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ DOG & PONY SHOW: Boehner Rolls out Partisan Hacks Cloaked as “Economists”

    As Amato noted, last night the House Republican leadership staged a bastardized debt-ceiling “vote” to set up a silly political trap for the Democratic Party. The whole thing was a blatant hoax making the House Republicans look like bunch of “intemperate children.” Today Speaker John Boehner continued his dog and pony show by rolling out a letter signed by “more than 150 economists” who agree that “An increase in the national debt limit that is not accompanied by significant spending cuts and budget reforms…will harm private-sector job creation in America.”

    Sounds very “serious.” Doesn’t it? Except not so much. As Matt Finkelstein from Political Correction notes the signees feature right-wing hacks, bitter partisan dead-enders, and number of characters affiliated with Koch Brothers…

    http://crooksandliars.com/murshedz/latest-house-republicans-dog-pony-show-bo (w/video)


    This MUST “GO VIRAL”…Tweet/RT it, more, FB it, Email it, et al!!!

    GOP, now, the TeaPublicans and their ilk must pay dearly for their RADICAL OBSTRUCTIONISM/AGENDA to destroy America and our democracy, as WE know it!!!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  128. Hey folks! This is one of my “regular” stops on the internet, besides this blog of course. I find that the approach here is SO much more sane than anywhere else.
    Josh Marshall ticks me off sometimes, But the news stories are a sane outlook on Dem politics. …….if you haven’t been going to this site for Dem news, try it!
    Folks earlier on this thread should go here and they should calm down a bit! Just a suggestion…..

  129. Maybe, in the future, WordPress will add more options…Different choices IS a good thing…

    Until then, you just keep on, keepin’ on! 😉

    Improvements comin’ “down the pike?”

    If so, more people may “flock” to them!

  130. There is about a 15% Nervous Nellie contingent in the stock market. Any tremor of bad news and they sell, just to slowly buy back over the next couple of months. Its because the stock market is not rational and never has been. It is driven by the forces of greed and fear.

    If you keep your cool in the market as it fluctuates there is money to be made.

    But as a barometer of Wall Street as a whole on the phony issue of the debt ceiling? Naw. The GOP does not have the stones to impoverish wealthy patrons nationwide just to try to impress some tempermental Tea Baggers.

  131. This debt ceiling issue is one of those issues that deserves a personal media vacation. I’m ignoring any story that discusses it (as I ignore every articles speculating about who is going to run for the GOP nomination for President) and I am waiting to see what is done, not just what is threatened, planned or speculated. I am absolutely certain it will play out much as the Government Shutdown gambit did with PBO in the driver’s seat and the general public wondering when exactly the GOP lost an average of 100 IQ points per person.

  132. Plouffe has a plan. In fact the Obama team believes that it has a better handle of things than it did in 2008. For starters he is the incumbent.

    His foreign policy credentials; his national security credentials and, his work on the economy–GM, Chrysler all the legislative accomplishments plus his access to Airforce One and Marine One. Do not underestimate that!

    Now think about Prez Obama’s own political skills and his read of the country. He is not naive…He beat Hillary..think of the Clintons as–the gold standard for dems, until then. He also beat McCain–gold standard when it comes to the old boys’ network.

    I think he will do well.Just play your part to your best ability. Everyone else who appreciates the Obama Presidency will do their part and, slowly, but steadily, Ax and Plouffe plus the rest of them will bring this thing home. I believe!!!

  133. It’s one of two things – either he did send the pic and is tapdancing out of desperation or he’s setting a trap and I only hope he’s not going to end up outsmarting himself and still muddied.

  134. W/that addl info, I hope everything works out for you!

    You know, WE truly need to pass the DREAM Act, this year…

    If 5+ DEMs hadn’t voted (closture) against it, It would have come up
    for a vote, last year!

    Ben NELSON


    People first, Country second, this IS a Nation of Immigrants!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  135. I’m still saving a rainy day fund. These Republicans don’t care about people. I didn’t think they would vote against the 9/11 responders, either, but they did. I don’t put anything past them and their hate-filled agenda.

  136. That’s a horrible story. They really should hire more qualified people, or have qualified supervisors monitoring their actions. The search is ok, but they really should have done it in private. I’ve heard so many stories of crazy, inconsistent things happening at the TSA checks. Your poor niece.

  137. Not to worry yo little heads,

    the “Pres” is 20 steps ahead o the noise!

    You ain’t seen nothing yet, wait till next

    term, that’s when the fun begins, so stay

    tuned, stop ‘frettin’ it’s a gone deal

    ‘Now watch a master at work”+

  138. Hi BWD,

    Haven’t been here for a while.

    I uploaded a slide video I did today.

    I hope you guys like it. Have a goodnight everyone.

  139. Donna,
    This is just beautiful in every way. Please get this out to people, and to the campaign. I intend to pass it around starting now….
    Again, AMAZING work! Thank you SO MUCH!

  140. I saw a snippet on Lawrence tonight from Trump – apparently, he’s opening the door again to a possible run for President… How many fools are they going to line up on the right? Didn’t Trump learn from the Presidential smackdown he received at the WHCD? And when will he show us the so-called “evidence” that his investigative team dug up on the birth certificate and other nonsense?

    Trump and palin are both jokes of the lowest order.

  141. Oh, please, please let Donald trump run. And throw in Sarah palin too. We’ll need some comic relief in the coming months.

  142. Admittedly this is only marginally “on topic” but I had to post my frustration this evening and this seemed the prefect topic headline to post this against.

    I have, for more than a year, had a gut feeling that there are a small handful of “Recommended” diarists on “that other site” that are nothing more than GOP “Black Ops” tools, whether they know they are or not.

    Please note that I think that the chinless McConnell is more likely a “front man” tool than a “puppet master”.

    What set off the alarm bells today was this piece of erroneous Chicken Little-style “reportage” at the “orange, decrepit, but Viagra-fueled” (no I will absolutely will not reveal what NYC Kossack said that to me in private), “Progressive” (change the “pro” to “re” for an accurate read) website that we have all grown to mostly ignore: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/01/981206/-Yastrow:-We-Are-on-the-Verge-of-a-Great,-Great-Depression?detail=hide

    This particular poster has a history of being in the “Obama is not one of us” leftist camp. And if you check “her” history, she has been consistently decrying Obama, in Chicken-Littling fashion, vis-a-vis the health of the economy for at least 2 years, based on my brief “research” (if you call the search functionality of the “Orange Viagra pill” site “research”). That diarists “style” is alarmism with little factual ammo but with a Greek chorus of “teh dumb” knee-jerk followers/commenters/recommenders. I don’t think this diarist is a GOP “Black Ops” operative since I don’t believe the GOP is smart enough to produce someone so “quirky”. I do believe that this diarist is highly suggestible to things that sound like leftist memes and are “dog whistles” to ossified leftist alarm.

    As a career employee in the financial industry, I look at the type of baseless alarmism in this diary with concern. My concern is not for any real long-term implications (since this diary is total crap) but because there are short-term bumps, based on the fact that what we’re dealing with here is an antiquated mortgage industry (technologically-speaking: think of a aged lumbering elephant vs a viper) which has been forced by the OCC to get up-to-date ASAP. But we all know what consumer confidence, let alone the confidence in the banks, can do to move voters in the opposite (yet illogical) direction from the direction that the cheif of state is going in economically.

    The Republicans are not touching the financial industry meme here since they see any involvement as an “up-in-the-air” losing battle to come out either strongly in favor of or against what is happening with the banks on the continually-difficult mortgage/housing front.

    The instability for the economy is exacerbated by this kind of crap.

    That is the kind of diary, poised as it is on the eve of a Predidential election cycle, that makes me think that Badabing, who may actually be the woman she claims to be and may just be an “intellectually-challenged” “Tony Soprano” version of a lefty, could also be a political version of the Mafia corruption that the handle implies.

    Apologies for the long, long comment.

    Apologies also for posting “negativity” (I call it worry/concern) on my favorite, positive read.

    Apologies also that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to be informed that there are responses to a comment on WordPress without necessitating spam emails. I will try to remember to find this comment of mine and look for a response. In the meantime, if you think you need to get my attention and are a “Great Orange Satan” member please look for me/my comment in said diary with Subject line “Blind man …”.

    Thanks for bearing with me.

  143. yes – I’m afraid a huge part of the problem is the gross stupidity of a very large chunk of the American electorate. How pathetic is the buyers’ remorse in Florida and Ohio which now shows that the Dem candidate who was defeated in the fall would defeat the sitting Rep governor by huge margins. It’s not exactly a secret what the Republicans game plan is — they have always hated unions and union rights and any form of government-provided health care. There’s nothing at all surprising about what the Reps are trying to do — the only surprises is how upfront and audacious they are about their agenda . .

  144. I don’t know whether to chuckle or shake my head. My cryptic but metaphorically-understandable comment that I referred to above was just recommended by the diarist whose reputation I just questioned.

    It’s up for grabs: “Black Ops” or clueless?

  145. Bottom line …

    While I love this site and look to it for sustenance and uplift, what I want to find is a website for strategy that is what the “Great Orange Satan” (Satin?) wanted but failed to be.

    Can anyone recommend a site for Democratic strategists that embraces participants who are political “novices/virgins” but have expertise outside of politics and are nonetheless committed to using that expertise (vs the Great Orange Satan’s “gut feeling” and outrage) to effect actual positive change?

    I’ve been googling this question for years with little for an answer.

  146. He may be giving them enough rope to hang themselves. If he’s hired tech security and a law firm, they may already know who hacked into his account. Amateur techies have created a compelling argument that the account was hacked by the same wingnut lunatic who claimed to have “discovered” the story in the first place: http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2011/06/weiner-affair-close-to-solution-but-i.html

    No telling what the pros have. Let them continue to make this an issue and blow up the story; it will make the comeuppance that more newsworthy. I sense rope-a-dope. I could be very wrong, but this is my guess.

  147. badabing and bob swern know jacksquat about economy and are not worth one’s time and effort.

  148. They’re both attention-seekers who have made careers leading the media around by the nose: The Donald, with his shameless courting, and Sister Sarah, with her nasty/nice backhanded courting via her “lamestream media” accusations. Two peas in a pod, and neither have any interest what-so-ever in putting in 18 hour days in service to the country. Total jokes IMO.

  149. The site owner and management have chosen to allow that site to be overrun by ridiculousness of that type; I used to care when I was under the delusion that the community’s opinions mattered. Nope; from the top down, they allowed some truly horrific people free run of the site; so, don’t fret about the insanity, and wash your hands of dfox. You’re only one of many who see that the place under discussion has turned into something highly counterproductive to liberals and progress, despite the good faith efforts of Obamabots and other fact-based people.

    thepeoplesview.net is a great space if you haven’t already discovered it. The economic discussion there is much better than the nonsense offered at dfox; bonddad, who was run off of that site, also has a blog which may be of interest to you, Glinda.

  150. Rethugs hunt huntsman, the r(h)ino with this ad. Hilarious he is getting killed by his ‘base’ for holding sane views (at least in this ad). Go repubs, hunt him down.

  151. I love bonddad. He knows what he’s talking about and isn’t afraid to call bullshit on bobswern et al.

    Thanks for the tip. I will take a look at thepeoplesview.net which I hadn’t heard of before.

  152. Wow! The beltway media is talking about a double dip and another great depression snd how Obama has failed!
    Man, they really are assisting Romney. They, meaning wall street and the msm.
    The republicans are ruining our economy and the president is being blamed.
    We had them on the defense last week and now we are on the defense.

  153. This up and down, good, bad week pattern will continue for the next eighteen months and we can’t be effective in helping the president if we allow ourselves to react too strongly to the downs. Despite the Republicans’ best efforts, the economy is not collapsing. We’ll have sluggish times and disappointing numbers from time to time, but we are making steady progress.

    We have to trust PBO to know when and how to deliver the right economic message. He hasn’t failed us before and he won’t this time or the next.

    In the meantime, we each have to work hard at reaching out to our friends, neighbors and our larger communities to set the record straight. While the MSM continues its familiar and oh- so-tedious dance, we have to do the real work of communicating. Fortunately the Republican governors elected in 2010 as well as the antics of the US House are creating a anti-Republican revulsion in key states and around the country. The MSM may try to ignore this, but that’s the reality on the ground. People don’t like what the Rs are selling.

    In all of our conversations or call-in to radio shows or LTEs, we need to redirect the blame to the Republican House and the newly elected R governors–all of whom are determined to undermine the middle class and provide more benefits to the wealthy.

    I don’t watch the MSM because I have no desire to ingest poison on a daily basis. We have the keep our eyes on the prize–the reelection of the president and do everything in our individual power to make that goal happen.

  154. Jovie, I expect nothing less from the media. They are desperate because so far, none of their tactics in unison with the GOP in these last few months has worked to undermine this president. They really cannot push the economy thing too far because it will backfire and people will be forced to see that the GOP-assisted corporations, and GOP governors are the ones who are really holding back the economy. Like all their other short-term tactics, this may work for about a week, and then will backfire.

  155. Exactly Jackie. These short-term fluctuations do not detract from the overall long-term improvement in the economy. I think this needs to be underscored. The media is simply an extended arm of the Republican party and anything they say will be biased in favor of the GOP and against the President and Dems. I would take their reportage with the appropriate amount of salt.

    If the “economy is crashing!” meme doesn’t work in their favor, I expect to see an onslaught of manufactured polls showing President Obama “plummeting” in this or that area. That’s their plan B in their quest to help a Republican presidential candidate.

  156. current MSM = yellow journalism at its finest.

    Here in Pennsylvania, Republican Governor “cut it” Corbett is cutting $ for public education and giving tax breaks to big businesses.

    In Phila, that’s translating into cuts to kindergarten (it’s not mandatory by state law) and cuts to school bus transportation.

    At least, for moment, he’s got the good sense not to bash his government workers. They are the ones who have to carry out his dirty work.

  157. BWD,

    Just in case no one has told you lately, YOU DO A FABULOUS JOB WITH THIS BLOG!!!

    absolutely fabulous!!!

  158. It’s the damn GOP and their Debt Ceiling hostage taking that is hurting the economic rebound. Why would any business take on more workers or ramp up production when the Government could default and throw everything into a huge tailspin?

    President Obama needs to have a prime time presser focused solely on the debt ceiling and economic issues. Any “reporter” who asks about Weiner, Trump or Palin should be kicked out of the room.

  159. Hey, is that quote from Dune? Oh, dear. This is my inner nerd coming out.

  160. Not a presser, an address to the nation on all major networks. He has to come out and use words like “hostage takers”, “economic terrorists”, “knife to the throat of Medicare”, etc. Let the Republicans whine about the rhetoric, but these are terms that will have resonance to the public.

  161. SR, dod you think Plouffe has a plan? Is the Pres setting the repugs up for a sucker punch? Maybe I am trusting them too much but I have to believe they know a lot more than I do. Maybe the meeting yesterday was to get some genuine feelers of where the repugs are right now. What do you think?

  162. I think most people have no idea what a “Debt Ceiling” is. I mean, I’m not so sure I understand it myself.

    What I do know is that the Repubs had no problem raising it SEVEN TIMES under G. Shrub, but won’t do it once with Pres. Obama.

  163. I like the idea of an address to the nation because in the presser, as SR indicated, a repoorter might try to hijack his message with foolish questions about Palin or Weiner. With a primetime address he has the floor to himself with no silly interruptions.

  164. Thx df. Loved his smackdown of rethugs on demagoguery. These people never stop lying even to the president on face to face, do they ?

  165. Welcome:) No, they never stop. It’ll get worse before it gets better because now they are like caged, angry animals.The public is beginning to get their number though.They don’t like it, either. I think part of the problem may be that some of the Republican base (I’m thinking of my father…in his 70’s)are hearing all this and wondering “How can this be? These aren’t the people I always supported.These folks are callous liars.” In other words,they need to wrap their heads around the fact that the TeaParty folks have taken over their party. For the worse. This is NOT the Republican party they remember it to be.If things go as I hope (think) they will,this party will swing so far to the right that they will alienate far too many people to make them a viable party anymore…it will be dems/tea partyish as the choices…that won’t turn out well at all for them. Even IF not much has gone on in a particular state with a Repub. gov…all these people can see for themselves what has been going on lately in other states.They will not be able to erase that from their minds at election time.Looks to me like only the very hardcore, extreme RW will vote for these imbaciles. Not enough of them to matter.I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.This Titanic is moving slowly, but it’s moving!And the ironic thing is…they are doing this to themselves.Sweet.

  166. I thought the R’s BLOCKED any recess appts.And I read somewhere they want to block them FOREVER!I have signed petitions for Warren to become the head of that bureau before….she would be superb(considering she thought of it)Just don’t know if it would matter.Let me know if I’m wrong, because I’d sign in a heartbeat!

  167. Excellent news df. If we flip the senior votes to dems, we sweep 2012.

  168. Yep. It’s from the “Litany Against Fear” which first appears in the initial book of that series.

    I haven’t got it totally memorized but here it is as I remember it.

    “Fear is a mind killer and a little death.
    I will face my fear and allow it to pass over me and through me. I will turn my inner eye to see its path. Where fear has gone there will be nothing..Only I will remain.”

    I am a total nerd about SciFi.

  169. I’ll steal good framing wherever I can get it, even the Orange site:

    “48% of this deficit is from the Bush tax giveaways. The most of the rest of it is revenue shortfall from the Bush Recession.”

    Is this so hard to pound over and over?

  170. I’m convinced there are plans for a press conference or an address to the nation. But they will wait for the right timing. Since President Obama on tv in prime-time is the most powerful weapon, they’re waiting to use it at the last minute.

    I’m convinced too that the WH team has understood a long time ago that the GOP can’t be reasoned into putting the country first. So they are surely planning their strategy accordingly. That doesn’t mean they will win on everything; the GOP as many powerful allies and the dysfunctional political and media sytems give them an unfair advantage.

  171. Yep. Seniors I know, are not selfish and self serving.In fact, this poll stated that even though it wouldn’t have any effect on THEM, seniors know that down the line, it will effect everyone sooner or later. THEY DON’T LIKE THAT!Add that to the fact that they realize they have been conned all these years by jokers that did not have THEIR best interests at heart, but only the corporations that feed their lust for power/money/perks…recipe for disaster!Add to THAT that they may realize that they have been played for suckers…..oh, dear. Not good.Not good at all.

  172. Yup!! These voters are NOT clueless idiots, which is what the condesending R’s treat them like.People are catching on, and when I hear that they are angry at the direction things are going in the country,I don’t hear the direction that the President is going, I hear the antics going on in the House,I hear the name calling and political BS games,I hear NOT working FOR the people of this country, but only trying to score political points….which is NOT what the President has been doing these last couple of incredible difficult years.People see that. They may or may not agree with him, but they sure as hell realize that he hasn’t been sitting around doing nothing but trying to score points!

  173. I don’t think that would be a problem. He could also do an address to a joint session of Congress. That would be covered.

  174. Glinda you might enjoy Deaniac’s TPV diary “Debt limit 101…” It will be in the May archive. I think it’s a great diary to pass on to people who don’t really understand this issue.

    I also echo those who told you to contact OFA for ways you can help. It appears you have some expertize that would really be helpful.
    Thanks for posting here. Hope you stay with us.

    I gave up the ‘dark side’ many months ago. There are a lot better places to get news and some of those people are just poisonous, whether by accidental stupidity or evil intent. I don’t know. I got real disgusted with the negativity and the racism.

  175. Corbett is just a little bit slower than his Florida/Ohio/Wisconsin buddies to show his hand. A very sage Democrat I know said on his election–give him two years and he’ll be hated in this state. I think that’s about the right timing. Now all the Democratic leadership has to do is groom the right candidate to challenge him. Pa has a history of electing two term governors. But there have been seven instances since 1950 when that wasn’t the case and I’m counting on there being an eighth instance when this fool’s term is over in 2014.

  176. That’s the problem for so many non-crazy conservatives and Indies. This is not their mothers’ and grandmothers’ Republican party anymore. They are totally radicalized. Supporting them doesn’t “balance” liberals; their policies are really harmful to the country, and too many voters remain in denial about that. I hope that the GOP presidential primaries continues to make the argument that the GOP is in sore need of reform, and cannot be in power while that takes place.

  177. Seconded. I know that you get worried and upset with any sort of distressing economic news, bwd. Hang in there!

  178. You’re still here 🙂
    I left DK because of the negativity. But that was designed to bring down Obama. Here, it is just worry FOR Obama. But the effect on my mental well being is similar. Logging on when things are going well (Europe trip) is terrific however. BWD has created an awesome site, though.

    Good to see you.

  179. Please take nothing that happens at DK seriously. I won’t reiterate the gory details, but trust me. I know the back stories and they are not pretty. At any rate Marcos’ traffic has plummeted. I believe they are toast. I rec TPV as well. Several of us use both (and other) blogs, you’ll see many familiar names 🙂 In fact BWD’s excellent Tien Le has become a writer there, as well as commenter here. Such energy…

  180. I believe Michelle, when asked what she admired about her husband’s leadership, said much the same thing in an interview I caught (forget where though, sorry)

  181. Donna

    This is just stunning. What a wonderful job you have done.

    I hope you can continue to create these incredible videos and that we can all view and share them. I will post this on OFA.

    I have a video database page that links to many videos, I would love to add it to the collection.


    Your video addresses:
    the President’s message of hope
    how he comforts us in times of tragedy
    how he inspires average folks here & overseas.

  182. Good Morning Everyone

    For quite a while I have been impressed with the stimulus package, even though MSM and Repubs call it a failure. I decided to post stories about the stimulus each day in the hope of giving the folks who visit this site a tool they can use to raise awareness of the stimulus successes and to President Obama’s committment to bringing back the economy.

    I have organized the stimulus stories by state and by subject.

    For stories of how the stimulus has helped folks in rural communities


    Please either share the URL with others or select one story you especially like and share that link.

    thanks in advance for your help.

  183. Here is a snippet of the email I got late last night.


    Check out this AMAZING momentum on our letter urging President Obama to give Elizabeth Warren a recess appointment:

    Washington Post: “10,000 people an hour in the first five hours…”
    Washington Post: “75,000 signatures in eight hours.”
    Slate.com: “100,000 signatures strong now”
    American Banker: “150,000 signatures in less than 24 hours”
    Politico: “175,000 signatures supporting her in just two days”
    Huffington Post: “over 225,000 petitioners calling on Obama to go around Senate Republicans and just name her to the bureau she created already.”

    Now we’re at 244,000 signatures!

    Tomorrow, Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders will announce our letter’s progress at a press conference and then meet with the President!

    Can you help us get to 250,000? Click to share this message on Facebook:

    We need to get 250,000 Elizabeth Warren supporters by noon! We’re close — please sign here!


    I believe the theory is to keep up the pressure regardless of the Repubs actions.

  184. Paul Ryan and his friends have forgotten something very important: seniors have children and grand-children… For the majority of them, their family is the central focus in their lives.

  185. Do not worry about the economic reports. A lot of it is the full effects of Japan.

    The ISM employment index stayed pretty strong and challenger job cuts have reduced by a good number 🙂

    Someone please find the tax return job estimator. They will give the real idea.

    Friday’s jobs report will show similar job numbers to April. It was the jobs report that saved stocks and confidence in the slew of economic anxiety reports leading up to it.

    This will be the same thing too.

  186. I thought so too,WiW…Who would you rather listen to? The woman who kicked ass and took names,had a laser trained on the task at hand and getting it done, or the rodeo clown they have now? No question here!

  187. The presser would allow for a brief opening statement. Also is the GOP allowed a rebuttal to a presser? I can’t recall. I just think President Obama is much more comfortable with an audience and in a Q&A format where he gets to the show the breadth of his understanding rather than in a Oval Office address where I don’t believe he has ever looked comfortable.

  188. I think silly questions would be a great time for a Presidential smackdown.

  189. I hope so. The real deadline for raising the debt ceiling is in August – President Obama will not likely get involved to much later in the process. GOP could be digging themselves a hole while they try to win the frame of the day contest with their line in the sand talk.

  190. Dems just have to be smart enough not to give in on any medicare cuts (perceived or real) with the debt ceiling negotiations. Regardless, it could still be a winning house issue if all Dems vote against it in the House and make Boehner pass it completely with his caucus. Then the House can run on “If we had the majority we wouldn’t have allowed medicare to be touched” even if the Senate and WH do something stupid.

  191. Gallup’s numbers should make for a bit less agita today.

    Approve: 53% (+4)
    Disapprove: 39% (-3)

  192. absolutely.they want their children to be somewhat secure in the old age. besides, it was a promise that America made to its seniors, and they like it.Promises are NOT taken lightly by them. Your word is your word.

  193. :)Smile,BWD…everything will be ok if we work hard and get the word out…promise!

  194. We are doing fine, BWD. Potus’ poll numbers are good, the r’s don’t like any of their candidates, and PBO will be re-elected.

  195. White house pres sec Carney remains awesome. He gave a great briefing today. He had great answers for all the propaganda memes the press were trying to spin.

  196. What will be amusing is when Wall St. tugs on the GOP leash HARD and tells its minions to do whatever’s necessary to make a deal on the debt ceiling.

  197. Anyone know if blackwaterdog is ok and just taking a break from the blog? She hasn’t sent out a tweet in 21 hours. I hope all is ok.

  198. I hope she is ok. We have all been pretty negative this week, probably a let down from Obama’s great trip last week. It’s time to post the “I got this” photo.

  199. I had a feeling she would take a break today. Yesterday’s energy was a bit stressful. I have every confidence that she’ll be back full force later today or tomorrow.

  200. “Among his many promises to change the way Chicago operates, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to bring an unprecedented level of transparency and technological innovation to city operations. “I understand that sounds crazy coming out of a City Hall office,” John Tolva, the city’s new chief technology officer, said in an interview in his office last week”….more

    This is a lenghthy and interesting article, and probably a good insight in the way PBO’s office works:


  201. “News came yesterday that the Obama 2012 campaign has tapped Harper Reed to be its chief technology officer. From the standpoint of the election, it’s a significant post — the Obama campaign is widely credited with revolutionizing the way tech was used in campaigns.

    So who is Harper Reed? He’s a Chicago engineer, with a self-described passion for “real time applications, social software and open source software.” You can follow him on Twitter: @harper. And his resume is littered with engaging, user-focused tech. Below, a run down of five of the projects Reed has had a hand in:”…more


  202. I’ve been worried about BWD, too. This is so unusual, not to even get the President’s daily schedule. I hope she’s ok.

  203. I have a patron at my library who I see on Saturdays. He’s a fervid Obama supporter, but he gets down at times over what he sees as the obstacles to PBO getting re-elected. I inundate him with facts — and even show him this website — and by the end of his talk he’s rejuvenated. We have to be that for each other here, and especially for BWD. When we start to get negative we have to be here for each other.

  204. I’m not worried …yet. She puts a lot of energy into putting this site out there and needs a break from time to time. Plus, even she is allowed to feel a little discouraged at times, she has always shown the resiliency to bounce back.

    Plus, she does have a life beyond this blog.

    ANd finally, one of the great things about this place is that so many people contribute so many things. Unlike some places, every thread here is an open thread.

  205. Yes, she’s gone on walkabout a couple of times before. Everyone needs a day or two to recharge.

  206. I hope some of the people here who Twitter will follow this guy and keep us informed about what is going on.

  207. You are absolutely correct. We all get down sometimes but do need to lift each other up. Especially BWD, she works so hard and there are going to be many times before 2012 that we will need to support her.

  208. LL, I have a dear friend who panicked on a daily basis before PBO was elected, and it wore me out getting her back to being positive every day. I can already see I will go through the same thing with her during the 2012 election. We will have to commiserate with each other.

  209. AS long as she isn’t walking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.

  210. I hate to send anyone over to gos, but this article is the more understandable one, although I have also given a 2nd reference on a follow-up post, so it won’t go into pending.

    Looks like Weiner is not guilty.

    The blog Cannonfire, which closed the case yesterday on the so-called “Weinergate” affair when it demonstrated conclusively how anyone could use a simple technique to publish any picture they wanted to another person’s Twitter stream, now reports that yfrog.com has disabled the e-mail service that enables such exploits, thereby acknowledging the existence of a security problem and tacitly acknowledging that it has been abused.

    In short, it is no longer possible for a reasonable person to believe that Rep. Weiner was not framed by an outside party.


  211. I also have a patron who I adore, but is a complete teabagger. She tried to relate to me all the faux pas that PBO committed on his European trip — supposedly written up by a UK paper — whereupon I just told her that even if it’s true the Europeans still love him. She replied “Well, yeah, they don’t have him as president”, whereupon I told her that all indications point to him getting re-elected. She blew me a raspberry — lol — and then we moved on to talking about the elderly lady she cares for.

    Those on the other side know they’re toast, and they’re barely putting on a brave front. We just have to push on.

  212. Although if she felt the need “to hike the Appalachian Trail”, I for one wouldn’t judge her.

  213. Kelly, I watched that briefing, and Jay was magnificent. I think he is doing a fantastic job. He stays on message and supports President Obama at every turn. You could tell he was on a roll today because he just kept shutting down the jackals with every stupid question they asked. Awesome.

  214. With all the crazy weather around and about–including in my new state of MA, which I never took for a tornado zone–I just hope BWD is somewhere safe. I’m not sure geographically where she is based….

  215. Yes We Do.I think we are just so passionate…and we see so much of what’s going on as a huge waste of time…so much to get done for the people in this country that are struggling every single day…and the press decides they’d rather play “Chase The Magical Mystery Bus” and report, ad nauseum on the cucumber in the boxer briefs.Really?Are we THAT juvenile??The country needs work, the President and his administration have been absolutely busting a hump to repair the devastation of these last 8 years,add to that all the major issues that have come up along the way,weather, pirates,wars,resignations,GOP game playing, debt ceiling,on and on and on.Still he keeps on going.I think that I am most upset with the press that doesn’t do their jobs(remember when they were called the free press?)and the absolute waste of perfectly good oxygen that are the Republicans right now.We got some serious sh*t to take care of…quit wasting my time!!! That’s how I feel in a nutshell:)

  216. BWD will be fine, and we can keep the energy here and at Chipstick’s Obama Diary.

    PBO’s best GALLUP in a long while today! 53-39!

    And regarding Palin snarking at poor Mittens:

    Interesting idea that others have suggested: Palin is preparing to run as a third party Tea Bagger, thus making the Tea Bagger Party real, rather than a wing of the GOP. This could either way for PBO…the Perot effect of ’92 which could hurt him because of a splitting of the vote, or, what I hope, just further self-destruction of the GOP.

    But I worry about this. Palin could easily get 10% of the vote. Thoughts anyone?

  217. Oh, if she ran as a Tea Party candidate it would do nothing but help PBO. Teabaggers wouldn’t vote for him anyway, but they *might* vote for the GOP candidate. And, what would be wonderful would be if the TP ran Congressional candidates. The distinct possibility that the Dems would regain the House majority would turn into a near certainty. And, again, I would then have to reconsider my agnosticism.

  218. I admire you for being able to see the person past the political views.

  219. I hope that she’s ok and gets the time that she needs to recoup. We have proven that we can play well in the sandbox alone:)Some days are tough that way. Time to regroup is a good thing.I have to step away from time to time…I don’t sleep well anymore. My brain won’t shut off, between trying personal issues that I have to deal with, and the politics that we breathe for,it gets to be too much sometimes. I can’t have shots of tequila EVERY night to go to sleep:)

  220. thanks L.L.
    plus TP plus all other Gopers are now saddled with support for the Ryan Budget, which PBO and Nancy will hammer them with…
    Once again, PBO won by keeping his cool and letting Ryan go first…

  221. Yes, they get tornados there…having been born in CT and living there for many years,I’ve seen a few in my time.Not that normal though, I have to say.Really did some damage this time.What? Global warming is a hoax??!!Crazy people.

  222. Shaking my head. You know are an extremist when you wouldn’t vote for the guy in that video.

    I wouldn’t vote for Huntsman as he is NOW, however. Now he’s flip flopping on all of that.

  223. Go walk the Freedom Trail some weekend.If you love history, it will be a great way to spend the day.

  224. PBO always lets the other guy go first, then after that person makes a fool of himself/herself, PBO steps in. It’s amazing no one has figured that out yet. He’s been doing it for years.

  225. Oh yes they did! New Jersey voters are NOT happy. There were calls for him to reimburse the taxpayers for his extravagant unnecessary use of that chopper for his son’s game, and he said “No!” let’s see how that works out for Mr. Austerity! I love it when they do it to themselves….

  226. Gov. Christie Thinks A Family Making $6,000 A Year Is Too Rich To Qualify For Medicaid
    By Marie Diamond on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Despite recent polls that show Americans are just as protective of Medicaid as they are of Medicare, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is trying to gut the popular program in his state and prevent 23,000 people from receiving benefits. Christie has proposed cutting Medicaid eligibility to absurdly low levels: from the current maximum income of $24,645 to $5,317 a year for a family of three. Apparently, the governor believes a family of three making $6,000 a year is simply too rich to receive Medicaid.

    The New Jersey press has reported that the main effect of his proposal would be to slash help for the working poor, tearing a huge hole in the state’s social safety net:

    Adults in a family of three that makes as little as $103 a week would earn too much to qualify for health care provided by Medicaid under a sharply curtailed program Gov. Chris Christie wants the federal government to approve this year, according to state officials and advocates briefed on the proposal.[…]

    The Christie administration is expected to propose cutting the maximum income level of Medicaid from $24,645 to $5,317 a year for a family of three […]

    “That is about a third of the poverty level,” Castro said. “That means that an uninsured parent working full time at a minimum-wage job wouldn’t be eligible. … A parent who works half-time for minimum wage wouldn’t even qualify.

    “Unfortunately, the only way these parents can become eligible for health coverage in the future is if the parent applies for and is eligible for welfare,” Castro added. “That sends the wrong message.”

    Democratic lawmakers are furious that Christie is insisting on making $300 million in cuts on the backs of poor and disabled residents. They point out that apart from the morally bankrupt idea of denying care to the neediest population, having more people uninsured will ultimately be more costly for New Jersey.

    “Those 23,000 people are going to get sick this year,” said Louis Greenwald (D), a committee chairman. “Where are you suggesting they’re going to go?”

    State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D), who sponsored the legislation creating FamilyCare in 1998, explained, “This completely dismantles the progress made over the last 12 years, and then some…I can’t imagine how it could be any worse.”

    Since Medicaid — which provides health care services to at-risk populations including the indigent, blind and disabled — is jointly funded by the federal government, states must apply for a waiver before making major changes. That means Obama administration officials can still block Christie’s radical attempts to curtail enrollment.


  227. AMEN!

    Stupid is as stupid does and the Repubs already went “all in” before the River cards got played.

  228. Hola, BWD! ♥ to you, take a rest and we all got your back and PBO’s back here.

  229. Wow!! This is insane, heartless and downright cold. How do these people look themselves in the mirror?

    Here is this guy using the taxpayer’s money to transport himself to and from his son’s ballgame and to a meeting with folks courting him to become president, yet he is willing to stick it to the poor.

    All of these people need to be voted out of power.

    I was reading comments earlier today linked to an editorial (castigating Christie for his helicopter ride) written by a paper in New Jersey, and he was getting clobbered.

    But one comment that particularly stood out was from someone lamenting their vote for Christie. The commenter wrote that he would rather vote for a corrupt Democrat before voting for Christie again.

    I hope that many of those who voted these governors into office, and are learning the truth about their agendas will wise up next time around.

    I hope Christie receives a push back on this foolishness.

    Go freaking figure.

  230. I’m sorry your having personal issues, DF. I hope they resolve soon. I tried many techniques during my craptastic year, and have experienced a great deal of satisfaction with hypnosisdownloads.com. If that is not a proper link, and you’re curious, just type it into the Google field. I also am taking Qigong, which I believe I’m going to really get into. I also get massages (very expensive, but not for us patient types – the local hospital gives us a discount) Finally, I rec flavored martinis 🙂 But it IS easier for me, despite 6 years on blogs, I’m not living for politics since DK.

  231. I’ve been a bit surprised at all the negativity, frankly. People even didn’t want me to express my unwavering confidence in PBO’s re-election chances. LOL.

    I’m convinced that some people just don’t feel alive unless they’re anxious, and subconsciously bristle at people showing calm. But I am stubbornly optimistic.

    I also notice that people get particularly worked up when they don’t see PBO in the public eye — it’s like they miss him and get upset. That’s sort of funnily cute to me :-D.

  232. It’s burying the lede though, as Christie took the helicopter from his sons game straight to meet with Iowa Republicans at the Gov. Mansion (they’re trying to convince him to run still).

    So he used it for a ride for personal use and than for political use.

    Also he had a car drive him 100 yards from the chopper to the field. (though I guess that could be for security concerns).

  233. Breaking from TPM’s ticker: “Moody’s Warns U.S. On Credit Rating If Debt Stalemate Persists”.

    Is this the point where the money men take McConnell and Boehner aside and tell them that the charade is over?

  234. And I think the Gov needs to look at the new food pyramid,pare his portions,and WALK the 100 yards to his son’s bb game! This will not be lost on the voter’s of New Jersey!

  235. I believe that was Mr. Cantor’s bright idea. Seriously,these guys are flopping and twitching. I say, stand back a while and watch.

  236. Christie pays back NJ.

    Gallup has disapprove of PBO at 39%, 1st time since Oct or so of 2009.

    Approval is at 53%

    Palin upstaging Romney, that is LOL.

  237. Here’s the story from CNBC: Moody’s Warns of Rising Risk on US Credit Rating.

    Moody’s is giving Congress until mid-July to raise the debt ceiling, otherwise “it would put the Aaa U.S. rating on review for a possible downgrade if lawmakers in Washington do not make substantive progress in budget talks”.

  238. Damage has still been done given he initially refused saying he did nothing wrong – reeks of self-entitlement in a time when he’s calling for austerity cuts.

  239. He prides himself on that bullying attitude. Now, facing the wrath from the people, he’s had to climb down his high horse.

    He’s already stepped in it. Too late. I hope the Dems in New Jersey and the people don’t let up.

    This is the guy that the GOP is aggressively courting to be their nominee.

    Uhmmm, uhmmm.

  240. They’re too busy whining to Obama how they’re being unfairly demagogued by the bad Dems and calling for him to put a stop to it.

    I wish somebody in the press could corner these guys and ask them why it was okay to flat out lie about the ACA in order to try and stop it and then to run in 2010 against it for record House gains, but now they want the Dems to play nice and not throw them an anvil when they’re sinking but want a life preserver and help back to the surface.

  241. Here is the thing. Boehner and his crude bunch have admitted that their chicken dance is all a show to box the president into agreeing to their demands.

    They fail to realize that their strings are being pulled by their corporate bosses on Wall Street, and that they are the ones who stand to be hurt the most if this mess carries on.

    They bet against this president all the time and they fail over and again. I really don’t expect anything different this time. That’s because this president is not into playing games, especially not with the American people’s lives. And so while they do their grandstanding, PBO is working diligently to make sure things get done, without giving into their demands.

    Similarly, with the GOP presidential candidates games they are playing. Some people are worried that the Koch brothers have got something up their sleeves in trying to sow chaos amongst the GOP and spring up something later.

    I can see Plouffe and his gang plotting and preparing for every and anything that they can spring up.

    God Speed with this president.

  242. That would be asking way too much of our erstwhile press. That would be practicing actual journalism, something many in that group are allergic to.

    Go figure.

  243. The beauty of all this is that if the Republicans can’t get what they want from the Democrats, all they have to do to save face is pass the debt limit and then say, “America Pays its Debts.” They have a graceful way out of all this nonsense.

  244. Hard to tell for sure what Palin will do. I thik part of her bus trip is mostly a sa threat to the GOP–kind of a “Be nice to me or I’ll royally screw up your campaign–look how much attention I can suck away from Mitt and the rest just with a measly bus trip.”

    Honestly, though, I think she’s probably going to run for Arizona senate, then for president in 2016. Those four years in the senate will give her the national “credibility” to say, “Hey, I have just as much experience as Obama had.” Plus, I think everyone knows Obama will be re-elected, and 2016 will be a real wild card.

  245. Bless you,love:)”Craptastic”is about where I am right now, but something will happen here one way or the other.My angst comes knowing that I always tried to do the right thing, and we’re still getting screwed…house issues after husband’s job loss, among other things.A previous boss that purposefully screwed him,slandered him and his good name and reputation.So much so that I doubt that he could ever work, not only at his previous bank, but ANY bank because of her. I am convinced that she purposely set out to destroy him, and in the process, put our family at great risk.Sorry,I know that you have had your own issues,sometimes it’s just good to vent:)It’s just that his mother always told my husband that he would never make anything of himself.He did, in spite of her.Retired from the Navy,got his degree,got his MBA, and got a dissertation away from his PhD…for what? I go to the lawyer tomorrow to file for BK.Makes me sad. It didn’t have to be this way.I don’t sleep at night….maybe I’ll try your martini idea!Hugs to you g…you are in my thoughts and I’m hoping that each day is better and brighter. For all of us.

  246. The difference is that Presiden Obama knew stuff as a first term Senator. Sarah Palin would probably not become more intelligent or knowledgable in that office. That is, if she doesn’t quit half-way through.

  247. agreed,Africa! Though I’m not certain what the nasty Koch’s could be up to.

  248. Last night I spent a couple of hours at the Georgia Democratic Party headquarters calling potential volunteers for the President’s 2012 campaign. On Saturday, June 11, there will be a meeting of volunteers to discuss our strategy for turniing Georgia blue. There is too much work to be done rather than spending a lot of time fretting about things we don’t control. We will leave that meetimg with concrete realizable goals for the next 18 months. I am an independent who fully supports the president.

  249. Good job! Like my husband always says,”You can only control the things you CAN control” We can control how we move forward to make this a reality in 2012.

  250. Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but assuming that Obama gets re-elected, AND that Dems retake the House, I don’t think that 2016 will be that much of a wildcard. I think what we’re looking at here is a realignment on the order of the post-1968 political landscape. The GOP is in the process of destroying itself over the deficit and the debt ceiling in the same way that the Dems destroyed themselves over Vietnam. I truly think that the majority of the electorate is finally getting wise to the GOP playbook, and it doesn’t like it one bit. Instead of being a wildcard election, 2016 may instead see a solidifying of this realignment.

  251. I agree with you entirely. I think people are going to like what they see with the way things are changing in this country. The more the public gets a taste of things like a new foreign policy, a new energy policy, a new green economy, better education, a country that is on its game in the global competition for jobs and industry; the more they’re going to want more. I think Americans are ready for a government that is paying attention to problems here at home and not playing cowboy across the globe. Maybe if Americans get a taste for being part of a global community, they might like that, too. I think given two full terms, the Obama administration can completely reset International relationships. What? Me Optimistic? Indeed I am.

  252. My teabagger patron, who, again, I like because she’s a genuinely decent person, said “If Obama gets re-elected this country will never be the same again.” To which I smiled and silently thought, “I would certainly hope not.”

  253. Done. Thanks, that article is really great. I sent it to my whole list.

  254. Can someone please give me the 4-1-1 on this whole Kucinich resolution to get out of the Libya commitment in 15 days? I heard the votes were there. I don’t know what weight a House Resolution carries…does it actually force the Commander-In-Chief to do as the House wishes? I absolutely do not want Dennis Kucinich to be in control of foreign policy in this country.

  255. Seriously, she works every single day here to put together this content. I’m exhausted just watching it.

    bwd: take all the time which you need, please!

    I’d personally be happy if she took every weekend off. This is so much work for one person.

  256. Tien and LL….wonderful thoughts. Both of you:)I feel the same way…no turning back.I think they’ll LOVE what they see, and I also believe that we will get the house back next year and be able to get a lot more positive, forward moving things done.

  257. I don’t understand that either. All I read was the Boner doesn’t want to take the vote ‘cuz he’s afraid it might pass…what that means, I have no idea.

  258. I generally don’t tune into any political news on my weekends. That’s my time to be with the wife, friends, and family. No one can live politics 24/7. So, yes, indeed BWD, drop in and let us know you’re okay, but take whatever break you need.

  259. From the awful Jake Tapper and also at CrooksandLiars.com:

    Cantor also criticized Democrats’ “Medi-scare” attacks, saying that the charges that the GOP is taking medicine from grandma to pad the pockets of the rich isn’t helpful.

    Apparently the President replied:

    ….. he is all for a reduction of demagoguery, an issue he understands since he is the ‘job killing, death panel, probably-wasn’t-born-here president”

    Isn’t PBO just something?

    Thought we could all use a good laugh and admire the wits of President Obama.

  260. Sorry. I didn’t mean to say THE Boner….just boner:)HA! Funny both ways.

  261. Mr. Boehner scheduled the vote thinking it would fail. Then he found out that the libertarian wing of his caucus would probably vote for it. No one knows if it would’ve passed — one can assume that the bulk of the Dem caucus would have voted it down, along with enough of the GOP — but it would be yet another example of the Speaker being unable to control his caucus. So, rather than lose face, he pulled it.

  262. Hah! If Cantor had any shame he would’ve high-tailed it out of that meeting.

  263. Not only does he not control his caucus, apparently he doesn’t seem to know how to count votes before he puts something up. He’s had this problem in the past, as I recall. Amazing. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  264. He really isn’t qualified to be Speaker of the House. He possesses none of the qualities required for the position — like counting votes. That, and he’s just plain lazy. Here’s to Nancy getting the gavel back and making the GOP work more than two days a week.

  265. In other words,he’s an incompetent Speaker! In above his paygrade.

  266. Ahhh His reply was perfect….I love that skinny, big eared, African/Irish-American President so damn much. 😀 😀

  267. Thanks,Smiling…puts everything pretty much right out on the open…with FACTS!!I think that little article will be invaluable as we move through the murk and muck.

  268. I started this thread by pointing to what I consider near treasonous behavior by the Republicans in Congress. As more and more information comes out, it is apparent that not only is the behavior near treasonous, but it is stupid, dangerous, infantile, bullying, cowardly and just plain despicable. Unfortunately, that combination is also dangerous. What you have is a Republican Party controlled by narcissistic sociopathic ideologues. That tends to be the type that will shrug off the advice of their masters, the bankers and Wall St. And that is why they are dangerous.

  269. I was just over at OFA where they are trying to get as many hits as possible on a video catching a Republican Congresswoman in a lie.

    If you have time go on over and give them a view.

  270. Repubs did block recess appt’s by not giving unanimous consent to adjournment. So the Senate is technically in session.

    Anything to stop this President from doing his job.

  271. A bit of very good news from out here in Cali. Our Assembly just passed AB 52. What is AB 52, you might ask? Well, it is a bill that will require health insurers to submit any rate increases our Department of Insurance for approval.

    Key part of the bill’s text: This bill would further require a health care service plan or health insurer that issues individual or group contracts or policies to file with the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance, on and after January 1, 2012, a complete rate application for any proposed rate, as defined, or rate change, and would prohibit the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance from approving any rate or rate change that is found to be excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.

    THIS is the kind of governance you get when Democrats are in charge.

    The bill now goes on to the Senate, so the fight isn’t over, but Dems control both houses.

  272. I have a feeling PBO is looking into the worst case scenerio in case the GOP-Nutjobs carry out this destruction or what can be done to prevent it. As usual, the GOP paints themselves in a corner looking for the president to get them out of the mess they created. I have confidence in the president.

  273. I am so sorry to hear about your husband DF. We suffer so when our loved ones are treated poorly. At least he has a lovely partner in you. My husband heard similar things from his father, his mother kept her feelings to herself because the husband was so volatile. Blech. Some people make lousy parents.


  274. Agree with LL, TL, and DF 🙂 And I’m NOT an optimist by nature. I just don’t think people are THAT dumb. The election(s) of Bush did not take place in vacuums – many elements were in existence then, that barring time travel, cannot occur again. Same idea as the impossibility of comparing Obama and FDR.

  275. I guess the pressure got to him…he’s paying for the ‘copter ride now.

  276. What security reasons ? That soccermoms are gonna throw pails at him ?

  277. I have expertise but little time. I wonder if an exec in the Financial industry is needed … other than to host fundraising parties.

    And I’m a lousy hostess. My husband, however is an amazing hostess! Believe me, I say this to his face all the time and he loves it. We have a very happy marriage based on pretty much complete role reversal.

  278. Palin gets money from her sale of books (last one bombed), from her PAC (money will soon be drying up as October nears), and her gigs on Faux Noise and her reality show. If she runs for office, her largest money source drys up because she will have to quit her gig on faux noise. This is the same reason sTrump won’t run. His largest money source is his realtiy show. sTrump has NO money and he won’t get much from the GOP donors because he will never get enough votes to win and they won’t sink money into a loser (that includes Scarah). Scarah is padding her pockets now with contributions before the money drys up. Scarah does not have the bucks to start a campaign in IA. Her moving to AZ was in my opinion to escape the harsh winters and be close to her daughter who will start her own reality show soon. Scarah will probably have a few guess spots which means she’ll have to get paid. Scarah is too much of a money grubber to quit her grifting the dumb teabaggers.

  279. Now if he can just find someone who will make MYBO work properly…heck even make the donation pages work properly and find a way to banish the trolls and make the blog livable, he’ll be worth his weight in gold.

  280. Thank you:) We’ll get through this, like everyone else does when life throws a curveball.What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger or some such thing.Hugs to you, and thanks for thinking of me.My husband will be fine…just makes me angry.I swear he did all he did just to spite her! Whatever works.Hope all is well with you….

  281. I agree…we all love and appreciate all the hard work, but we all want her healthy and rested…I imagine this is MORE than a fulltime job. Labor of love though it may be.Thank you just doesn’t seem big enough.Be well, BWD.

  282. Good morning BWD and TOAITR family. You all are amazing the information you all bring here makes the msm blush with embarrassment. I wish. It is a sad day when the journalists don’t report the news.

    We miss you BWD and pray you are okay.

  283. BWD, I hope you are somewhere chillin’, relaxin’, takin’ a break from the madness.

    Miss you and hope that all is well.

  284. “Unemployment rates jumps to 9.1% as U.S. economy adds 54,000 jobs
    08:24 AMPrint

    By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY

    The U.S. economy added 54,000 jobs in May, bringing the unemployment rate to 9.1%, the Labor Department reports.

    That is up from thethe April unemployment rate of 9.0%.

    The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labaor Statistics show that 83,000 jobs were added in the private sector, but offset by losses in the public sector.”

    This is actually better news than expected in some ways.

    The ADP report yesterday said that only 38,000 private sector jobs had been added in May. But today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that number was way off, because 83,000 jobs were added in the private sector.

    The economic report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas said:

    “Planned firings dropped 4.3 percent to 37,135 last month from May 2010, according to figures from Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Government and nonprofit agencies had the most cutbacks.”

    That last sentence is the key one. The private sector is showing pretty good signs of steady growth.

    The drag is coming from the government and non-profits due to their layoffs or lack of hiring.

  285. Miss you BWD. You have created a great community. Give out. Your link to people most days. Take care!

  286. WE love and miss you, (((BWD)))…

    Everything will be alright. Really it will!

    WE hope you’re somewhere safe!

    And, Take care, and take as much time as you need to re-energize…

    You’re an Energizer Bunny like PBHO! 😉

  287. Yes, he does…

    The TeaPublicans and their ilk are “sick!”

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  288. WOW has MSM finally decided to practice journalism or am I still asleep? I woke up to a bunch of articles on my news feed with this headline…….

    “Romney miscasts economy in GOP debut”

    By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In rhetorical excesses marking his entry A look at some of the statements by Romney on Thursday in announcing his bid for the Republican nomination and how they compare with the facts:

    ROMNEY: “When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer.”

    THE FACTS: The gross domestic product, the prime measure of economic strength, shrank by a severe 6.8 percent annual rate before Obama became president. The declines eased after he took office and economic growth, however modest, resumed. The recession officially ended six months into his presidency. Unemphowever, has worsened under Obama, rising from 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 9 percent in April, after hitting 10.1 percent in October 2009.A case can be made for and against the idea that Obama’s policies made the economy worse than it needed to be and that the recession lasted longer than it might have under another president. Such arguments are at the core of political debate. But Obama did not, as Romney alleged, make the economy worse than it was when he took office.


    ROMNEY: “A few months into office, he traveled around the globe to apologize for America.”

    THE FACTS: Obama has not apologized for America. What he has done, in travels early in his presidency and since, is to make clear his belief that the U.S. is not beyond reproach. He has told foreigners that the U.S. at times acted “contrary to our traditions and ideals” in its treatment of terrorist suspects, that “America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy,” that the U.S. “certainly shares blame” for international economic turmoil and has sometimes shown arrogance toward allies. Obama, whose criticisms of America’s past were typically balanced by praise, was in most cases taking issue with policies or the record of the previous administration, not an unusual approach for a new president — or a presidential candidate. Romney’s actual point seems to be that Obama has been too critical of his country.

    But there has been no formal — or informal — apology. No saying “sorry” on behalf of America.
    ___source and more of the article

    More of this please. 🙂

  289. Most of the MSM is still doing Republican bidding, and that includes the NYT.

    Economy is DOOMED and Obama should be blamed! That’s pretty much all I’m hearing on the news this morning and in the headline about the jobs numbers from the NYT.


    National Journal: BREATHE, EVERYBODY[!!!]

    Wednesday’s stock market dive is probably an overreaction to an admittedly ugly week of economic data – in the same way that market exuberance in recent months was probably an overreaction to the best job-creation streak the United States has seen in years.

    …At this point, we’re one bad Labor Department release on Friday away from some genuine panic about the state of the recovery….

    Reality is a little more positive and a lot more complicated than that. Wall Street analysts are fairly united in their view that the recovery has entered a “soft patch,” just like it did last year, and that sooner or later, growth and job-creation are on track to pick up again. Several analysts and columnists have been reminding Americans that recoveries from financial crises can often feel like stop-and-go traffic on the freeway.

    …Lawmakers can help “by not adding more problems to the mix,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight. “The best thing that they can do is to raise the debt ceiling, thereby removing one potential source of disruption. And they should not try to impose immediate budget austerity on a weak economy.”

    Gault, and several other top analysts, expect growth to accelerate in the third quarter. Until then, try not to panic – or get your hopes up too far.



    Despite the TeaPublicans and their ilk’s RADICAL AGENDA/OBSTRUCTIONISM, PBHO “got this!”

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much) More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!


  291. NamelessGenXer thanks, again, for this…

    I’m emailin’ this list to BWD to see if she can add it to the “TOAITR”‘s sidebar!

    Voices for PBHO: PushBack Against the “Corrupt” U.S. Media

    By the way, WE should add C-Span, where people, who are DEMs, GOP, or INDs, call in to a guest w/questions and/or comments, to this list: (Of course, GOP talkin’ points dominate the Q & A…Grrr!)


    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  292. I’M IN! 😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  293. I am now officially worried about BWD. Is there any news? She has every right to decompress if she needs to but we’re her family here and this Jewish Mother is officially worried.

  294. What infuriated me this morning is there was no context about what could be affecting these numbers. Always context for Republicans but never for Democrats.

    The earthquake/tsunami was supposed to affect parts supplies at just about this time. We’ve have devastating storms and a flooded Mississippi River for months.

    And my personal favorite fact to be ignored by the press: the unemployment numbers are now reflecting draconian cuts by Republican governors who are slashing payrolls and blaming it on Obama.

    DWS, Steve Israel: we need about 30 clones of you two to frame a message.

  295. MSM has not made up it’s mind who they detest more…Mittens or PBO. It’s going to be a hard one for them to decide who to attack. The Corporatist probably like Mittens but the base, crazy fundies and teabaggers, like Palin.

  296. Wow, that is impressive. Hard to believe really from the AP. Journalism YES!!

  297. Yes, I followed BWD at DKos and even in much worse times over there, I don’t recall this type of unexplained absence. And after the very successful, good thread on “100 Things…” it doesn’t feel right.

    Anyone have direct contact with her? I’m going to send a tweet to her shortly but she hasn’t been on Twitter either.

  298. I do agree that we should not freak out with these fluctuations. However I would like to see an effective Democratic pushback. Remember Republicans had done a great job of selling the fact that George W. Bush was good for the economy, notwithstanding dismal jobs numbers his entire number and damn near avoiding all talk of the recession even after we were in it for a few years.

  299. Chips has been in contact with her. She just needs a break. I can’t see her coming back today given the jobs report, though President Obama is speaking in Toledo today at a Chrysler plant.

  300. Okay, so I keep coming here to see what’s new and bwd doesn’t seem to be posting. So I just scrolled through all the recent comments and the one above mine is expressing worry about her. Where is she? Is she ok? Very, very worried.

  301. People, the spin is working,..you know the story by now. Successful overseas tour = create MSM/pundit/anchor, doom and gloom,distractions galore. Yep,get the American psyche negative. God, I am not even sure why they insist on doing this warpedness to people. Keep heart, BWD,whatever the issue. Keep heart BWD family whatever they throw at you. Soldier on, come what may!

  302. Thanks SR. It helps knowing someone has been in touch with her. And she does need a break. It is obvious that she never expected this site to burgeon into what it has become and she definitely needs some time off.

  303. BWD, I don’t “know” you, but I am kinda concerned about this. Is there anything we can do to help? Or do you just need a break.

    Or maybe, you’ve decided to move on to bigger and better things.

    If you would, just post a quick “HELLO” to let us worry warts know that you are okay.

    Really, I know I’m honestly hoping that everything is okay. Everybody deserves a break, and you, of all people, certainly do.

    You’ve been a daily journalist, you’ve been ‘holding it down’ for a good length of time. If it’s time for a change, I know I’ll understand.


    Keep your eyes on the prize!

  304. Thank you St Roscoe for the news that Chips has been in touch with her. I know that we all need breaks every now and then and what BWD has done is super human and we know that we are all human. Just hope she knows how much we all love her and all that she is doing for all of us and for PBO.

    She is in my prayers.

  305. Listening to NPR You would think the election is tomorrow listening to those fools. All is over for Obama whine wail.
    No one bothers to say that the Reps want the economy to fail so they can finally get power. Debt ceiling recession Hooray Obamas fault!!

  306. I don’t understand all this hand waving and knuckle biting about the job report. Admittedly, the numbers were not on the expected lines but still, it’s still a growth and not a loss, isn’t it ? Also, isn’t that’s eight months in a row of positive growth.

    Where is that bikini curve ?

  307. Thanks for asking! All restrictions came off yesterday! He’s still not sure about the stairs but I think that’s more the cone over his head than anything else. All of the lacerations have healed beautifully except for one small area which has a scab over it. The doctors are literally astounded with his progress, but they of course get so much credit for making the right calls at the right time. And I guess according to the specialist I’m supposed to get credit too for knowing when to get Kasper to the ER and doing the therapy that he needed.

    He’s so happy to be able to walk around the house. He’s still walking a little funny — the nerve endings are the last to regenerate, but our fears of mobility problems due to the cutting away of all the necrotic tissue never materialized. This could have and should have taken months to heal and there was a lot of doubt he would make it at all. It will be 4 weeks on Sunday. After the last scab falls off she’ll do a final check and that should be the end of this ordeal. If he has emotional issues, we’ll deal with those. Right now we’re just thrilled his little body is healing so well.

    Everyone at the hospital came rushing out to see him yesterday. All the surgical nurses were so thrilled with his progress. The receptionist puts little “Casper” stickers on all his paperwork. He has worked his magic on so many hearts.

    He’s an absolute little living miracle, Kasper is. I swear, we could feel the palpable energy coming from my TOAITR family and Kasper made use of the healing energy that was sent his way. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

  308. I hadnt seen this!!
    Robert Shrum: Nationally and globally, the economy is at a tipping point. The GOP, driven by invincible ignorance or cynical design – and perhaps both – is working overtime to trash the recovery with budget cuts that would drain demand from the economy – or a debt ceiling vote that could trigger a financial collapse equal to 2008, or perhaps unpredictably graver.

    For proof, all you had to do was listen to Mitt Romney’s announcement speech. In it, he made a smarmy attempt to blame Barack Obama for the economic pain actually caused by the dereliction of duty by George W. Bush & Co., pain that was then prolonged by the obstruction of congressional Republicans. Those legislators contrived successfully to limit the stimulus package, block a second one, and forthwith blame the stimulus that saved us from another Great Depression for the slow climb out of the Great Recession. Never, of course, did they mention that the America’s deep deficits were generated by the fraudulent Bush war in Iraq and the unfair Bush tax cuts, which were founded on the false premise that they would pay for themselves.

    …And now the GOP that has moved decidedly to the right of Bush would compound his errors. Congressional Republicans could shatter the restored credibility of the United States by refusing to protect its full faith and credit by raising the national debt ceiling or by holding that essential measure hostage to the repeal of the New Deal – something that never even occurred to Ronald Reagan or either Bush president. In those Oval Offices, they regularly signed debt-ceiling increases….

    …the Republicans’ strategy on the budget and the debt ceiling can be seen, accurately, as rolling the dice with the American economy, gambling that it will crap out to their political advantage….

  309. Thanks so much. No one here was expecting her to keep going at that insane pace. We welcome her regeneration time. We were just worried about her. She was not happy about the economic news coming down the pike and I think we’re having a good discussion about those numbers today.

    We got your back, BWD. Regenerate.

  310. See SR’s comment above. She’s been in touch and she just needs a break. Which is so well-deserved.

  311. I’m not sure the corporate establishment likes Romney that much. They might have wanted Daniels, but Daniels didn’t want to run. So I think the corporatists will choose, or have already chosen, Huntsman. Doesn’t he have strong ties with the Koch Brothers ?

    So attacks on Romney are allowed. The editors at AP didn’t cut the article. Romney won’t be protected by the people who are pulling the strings in MSM, while Huntsman WILL be protected.

    Palin is still serving the purpose to keep the Tea-parties enraged against democrats, but she’ll be tossed when she becomes dangerous and when they find someone more manageable to replace her. Maybe a VP candidate who pleases the evangelical and looks less “crazy”.

    Sorry to be cynical but that’s the way I see it. We can never underestimate the miracle that was Barack Obama’s ascendency to the presidency. He was NOT a candidate of the establishment.

    With lots of efforts the miracle can.. no.. WILL happen again.

  312. Okay, so Memorial Day is behind us…the official start of silly/hatred season has begun. It’s going to be like this ALL summer, folks. The Press are going to attack the President; his approval numbers will go down; more people are looking for work who weren’t before raising the unemployment numbers; Grand Wizard Palin will be dominating the news; the Middle Class has become the new enemy.

    If we can’t weather this, then how are we going to weather the campaign when it gets near to Nov ’12? We have got to develop some coping skills and maybe even learn from recent history. We survived last Summer. People really do like the President even when they don’t approve of the way he’s doing his job. The Republicans got nothing; the Democrats have the best winning message they’ve had since Bush crashed the economy. And the American Public knows that the Republican Congress isn’t cooperating with the President, and they want that to change. They know the Republicans have done nothing to create jobs. They just might even blame the Republicans and their obstructionism for the lack of jobs. We can’t know that now.

    Wringing our hands and trying to put out that imaginary fire in our hair is not going to help anything. JUST BREATHE. This, too, shall pass.

  313. It’s because some need to survive on pessimism and there is no other political news to be pessimistic about if you are a Democrat. Unless you’re also a Anthony Weiner “I can’t identify myself in briefs” fan, lol.

    I don’t think bwd is over-reacting to it – sometimes you need a vacation from the crazy and the MSM is doing there best to send us all on a media blackout with Weiner, Palin and any other bs they can find.

  314. Thanks for the report. I know how precious our pets are to us. Your little Kasper is a miracle.

  315. Yes, it is definitely time once agin to hold on tight.

    I know this is BWD’s site and her ability to have control over it is important, but since it has grown so quickly I wonder if she would be open to assigning a small number of people the task of setting up a daily mishmash, just so she wouldn’t have to do it every day. That would just need a few people who are already adding good stories to the comments section anyway. There are a lot of good people here and if one person ech chose a day–well that would only be 7 people needed to keep the sit updated each day. Then BWD would be free to post pictures and stories as she pleases.

  316. Totally agree, Tien Le.

    I feel we have got to get a lot tougher, stop feeding the media machine by gazing at it 24/7 and then reacting to it, and remain resolved and even-keeled.

    However, I feel that people who feel like you and I do are very much in the minority on blogs. So, I just scroll on by the handwringing and chicken-littling, and find whatever gems I can in the comments. Totally manageable that way.

    We all bring our various outlooks and perspectives to this. My perspective is that IN SPITE of all the crap being thrown PBO’s way, he is still winning. The country is slooooowly growing up, and things are graaaaadually turning around.

    I didn’t expect anything more, and I don’t expect everyone to like my President. It is what it is. I don’t watch media talking heads, so my agita is kept to a minimum, and my focus is on action, and my mood is stubbornly optimistic.

    Obama 2012 :P.

  317. You know, the TeaPublicans and their ilk don’t like FACTS…

    “…DWS, Steve Israel: we need about 30 clones of you two to frame a message.”

    Yes, WE do…

    Where ya’ll at? 😉 lol

  318. Yes, Tien. PBO isn’t getting upset and sweating this. He is, with no drama, putting his team together and planning his re-election program. If we play drama games, we are not helping anything. Donate. Register voters. That’s our job. Let PBO do his job in peace.

  319. Why not do a media blackout? We could all turn off our Televisions and go outside for the WHOLE summer and not miss a thing of any real import when it comes to government in this country. The jobs report comes out on a Friday, when no one is paying attention…it’s full on Summer, people are busy, busy, busy with real lives. It’s only the political junkies like us who care. When it comes to the election in 2012, I guaran-damn-tee you that the electorate is simply not dialed into the process. The vast, vast majority of voters won’t really start paying attention until next year.

  320. Yup. Al Giordano used to say that the summer is all silly politics. No point CL’ing about the attacks.

    And 2012 race will be more vicious given that the rethugs have doubled down in racism. And Obama has a record now to run on (unlike on 2008) and the rethugs, in connivance with the media, will do their darnedest in negative attacks. But when it comes to the crunch time, PBO and his team will deliver.

  321. Actually back to worrying. I went digging though the threads at The Obama Diary yesterday to find the Chipstick comment/reply I had in mind to quote it here (Chips was on a role yesterday with 7-8 diaries with hundreds of replies) and found I had misread her answer when asked about BWD and replied that she emailed BWD and figured it was a temp burnout or work not that she heard back from BWD (as of that time).

    Sorry for the misinformation.

  322. Hello BWD,

    Just want to say thank you for all the energy and empathy and community you have created.

    Obviously, many people care about you and hope you are getting some much deserved rest.

    We have all known, since the earliest days of President Obama’s Administration that the Republicans had only one objective – destroy the President.

    They have provided blindingly obvious evidence ever since that that is their only objective, and that they could care less if they destroy America in the process.

    That’s just fact – sad fact – but incontrovertible fact, nonetheless.

    But, they will fail.

    Two quotes from P.M.Carpenter summarize what we can expect from the Republicans and the exceptional vantage that President Obama now has.

    Quote 1 from – http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/06/the-salivation-factor.html

    “There is, however, another factor of predictive value that looms obtrusively, which is noted last among Silver’s caveats: “Voters … also consider the the strength of a president’s opponents….”

    And here we encounter what you might call the salivation factor. Think of it, just think of the savory possibilities. Ahead of us are months of Mitt Romney’s spinning fortitude, months of Tim Pawlenty’s somniferous lightning, months of Jon Hunstman’s principled hypocrisy, months of freakshow hysterics from Gingrich, Cain, Santorum, Bachmann and 9/11 Giuliani, possibly even Pope DeMint and the secessionist Perry, and naturally we’ll experience many a delightful foray into the diseased personalities of Palin and Trump.

    For Obama, it just couldn’t get any better than this. Unless, of course, John Bolton gets in.”

    Quote 2 from – http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/06/boehners-concession.html

    “Can you hear Wall Street’s monstrous footsteps behind him? Boehner sure can. He’s caught between his party’s bombthrowing grotesquery and his party’s stability-at-all-costs paymasters, and I’d venture the rather unhazardous guess that the paymasters triumph.

    Don’t you think President Obama thinks what I think John Boehner is thinking? — which puts Boehner at a debilitating disadvantage in budget negotiations? The speaker may yet lose his leadership position over his browbeating by Wall Street, but he possesses only a Hobson’s choice here. Which puts Obama in the catbird seat.”

    As you have often noted, the smartest person in the room – anywhere inside the Beltway for sure – is President Obama.

    All we need to do is stay focused on what the President does. That’s all. What the press has to say, what some poll shows – certainly, be aware, but always place it in the context of what we see the President doing, what we see his Administration doing, and realize they have as carefully a considered path to November 2012 and beyond as they did in all the policy and legislative accomplishments they have achieved – just as carefully a considered path to how they took out Osama.

    If I were Boehner and McConnell, I’d be very very concerned.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  323. Corrected myself. I misread a reply from Chips- she has emailed BWD but hasn’t heard back (as of the time of posting).


    Today’s employment report shows that private sector payrolls increased by 83,000 in May and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.1 percent. THERE ARE ALWAYS BUMPS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, but the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years.

    While the private sector has added more than 2.1 million jobs over the past 15 months, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn. The initiatives put in place by this Administration – such as the payroll tax cut and business incentives for investment – have contributed to solid employment growth overall this year, but this report is a reminder of the challenges that remain. We are focused on promoting exports, reducing regulatory burdens and making the investments in education, research and development, and infrastructure that will grow our economy and create jobs. We will continue to work with Congress to responsibly reduce the deficit and live within our means.

    Overall payroll employment rose by 54,000 in May. Solid employment increases occurred in professional and business services (+44,000) and education and health services (+34,000). Sectors with employment declines included local government (-28,000), retail trade (-8,500), and manufacturing (-5,000). Despite the decline this month, manufacturing has added 238,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010, the best period of manufacturing job growth in over a decade.

    THE MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE VOLATILE and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision. Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO READ TOO MUCH INTO ANY ONE MONTHLY REPORT.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/03/employment-situation-may (w/a graph)

    While WE are takin’ that breathe, let’s make it a deep one…

    But, I BELIEVE, WE SHALL OVERCOME the evil doings of the GOP, which is, now, the TeaPublican Party and their ilk!!!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  325. Spot on. We have to steele ourselves for a long season of silliness. While I don’t pretend to have half his resolve, I’ve tried to emulate President Obama. I try not to get too high or too low in times like these.

    And guys, like Tien says, black out the media for a spell. And if you feel like you still need to do something, send a letter, call, tweet the folks you think are misplacing the blame for the jobs report.

    Lord knows it’s going to be a rough ride, but we have to be strong for POTUS and we have to have his back.

    My 2 cents.

  326. That’s so good to hear! Glad that your family is back to normal again. Miracle, indeed!


    Right. How about we think about all of them?

    Krugman is right.

    The government could, and should, do more. Just funneling more money to the banks isn’t getting it done, any more than it got it done when G.W. Bush was in charge.

  328. how true is that!If anyone wants my thoughts on this whole election thing….it shouldn’t last from one election to the next. To be bombarded with this BS day in and day out is totally nuts! Personally, if I had my druthers,the election season would be 3 months long. That’s how long they should have their time to get their message across. If they can’t do it in that time, they don’t deserve to even be IN the race!This perpetual campaign mode is ridiculous and I think, detrimental to the country.Not to mention, costly.Physically and mentally.Enough already.
    I have a feeling that PBO is once again hard at work addressing the way forward…behind the scenes, as he always does…with great efficiency I might add.Nerve wracking to us, but there is way more we DON’T know than what we DO know…as I said before, my aggravation comes from a media that is inept and incapable of doing their jobs in a nonpartisan way…just get all the info out there and let people make up their minds…frustrating.That said,BWD, you are in our thoughts. Don’t let the morons get you down.

  329. MSM and their GOP buddies needed an inevitably bad report to push their “roof falling in” meme is all.

    My POTUS said the recovery would be filled with bumps and a huge hill to climb, so I refuse to let MSM or their GOP ilk get to me. I am super happy 54,000 Americans are going to be getting pay checks instead of 54,000 losing checks. I know the middle class hating GOP were wishing it was 54,000 job loses,haha they fail. 😀

  330. Glad to hear Chips has been in contact with BWD and that she just needs a break. I was beginning to be really worried. Thanks for the info.

  331. He is a distraction from the real issues. He is not in politics anymore unlike the rethugs in his same position.

  332. lol this story over at the orange site.

    Mitt Romney kicks off campaign with intellectual property theft.

    Mitt Romney announce another run for pres. using, Here I go again by Whitesnake without permission.

    I asked David Coverdale, an old friend of the site, what he thought of Romney using his song. After all, Coverdale went after the McCain campaign in 2008 for using the same song at campaign rallies. His response:

    “Under no circumstances did I, or anyone else in my organisation approve the use of my song, ‘Here I Go Again’ for Mr Romney’s political campaign. Now if President Obama wants it … it’s his!”

    *heehee brb buying a whitesnake cd* 😀

  333. Great link, snoopy. It’s a little dismaying that one weak jobs report (and weak only relative to recent far stronger reports) is enough for the doom and gloomers to scream “double dip recession” to the rafters. I think that the WH’s take is sober and balanced.


    Friday, June 3 2011 All Times ET

    9:30 AM – The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    9:55 AM – The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base

    10:10 AM – The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Toledo, Ohio

    11:30 AM – The President arrives in Toledo, Ohio

    1:00 PM – The President tours Chrysler Group Toledo Supplier Park Chrysler Group Toledo Supplier Park, Ohio, Toledo

    1:25 PM – The President delivers remarks to workers

    4:00 PM – The President departs Toledo, Ohio en route Andrews Air Force Base

    5:15 PM – The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base

    5:30 PM – The President arrives at the White House

    PBHO IS our Energizer Bunny…

    But, he (along w/his Admin) cannot do it alone…Congressional DEMs!!! ::clearin’ throat::

    Let’s contact our Representatives and Senators to remind them of that!

    U.S. Capitol – (202) 224-3121

    Email, anyone? 😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  335. My pleasure…

    Yeah, the TeaPublicans and their ilk’s “fearmongerin’ is in play!”

    But, WE just got to ignore that and them! 😉

  336. Let’s CELEBRATE THIS:


    Two years ago, on June 1, 2009, General Motors filed for bankruptcy, backed by $30 billion in support from the federal government. The same day, in the same New York courthouse, a judge approved Chrysler’s plan to forge an alliance with Fiat and emerge from bankruptcy as a restructured business with an uncertain future.

    Two years later the American auto industry is mounting a comeback.

    Today, the White House released a report that highlights the resurgence of the American auto industry. The report discusses the jobs created in the sector, the turnaround of the companies that are now turning a profit, and how entire communities have been revitalized by a strengthened auto industry.

    In the year before GM and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, the auto industry shed over 400,000 jobs. Had President Obama failed to intervene, conservative estimates suggest that it would have cost at least an additional one million jobs and devastated vast parts of our nation’s industrial heartland. Since GM and Chrysler Group emerged from bankruptcy in June 2009, the auto industry has added 115,000 jobs – the fastest pace of job growth in the auto industry since 1998.

    Since GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in June 2009, they have announced investments totaling over $8 billion in their U.S. facilities, creating or saving nearly 20,000 jobs. Additionally, in the first quarter of 2011, the auto industry reached an important milestone when all three Detroit automakers posted positive quarterly net profits – for the first time since 2004.

    Furthermore, both companies are paying back their loans. Last week Chrysler repaid its outstanding loans to the U.S. Treasury, bringing the total amount taxpayer dollars returned to $10.6 billion – which represents a full recovery on the resources committed by the Obama Administration.

    As Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in an op-ed in The Washington Post today [01/6]:

    “What happens next for Chrysler and GM is up to their executives, managers and workers — just as with any other company. We cannot guarantee their success, and at some point they may stumble. But we’ve given them a better shot. The choice to stop the American automobile industry from unraveling was the right one.”

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/01/resurgence-american-automotive-industry (w/a graph)

  337. THIS:


    This week, the White House released a report highlighting the resurgence of the American auto industry. The report discusses the jobs created in the sector, the turnaround of the companies that are now turning a profit, and how entire communities have been revitalized by a strengthened auto industry.

    In advance of the President’s trip to Chrysler Group’s Toledo Supplier Park in Ohio, we heard from local officials around the country on how the recovery of the American automobile industry has impacted their communities.


    The comeback Kokomo has experienced due to the resurgence of the auto industry can be seen all around the City of Kokomo. Delphi is building a $25 million new state of art facility, Chrysler is investing over one billion dollars in their Kokomo facilities and our local economy is benefitting. Those who called for liquidation of the American auto industry did not have to look into the eyes of the auto industry employees who depend on these jobs to feed their families and send their children to school. They are my lifelong neighbors and friends; I know the impact these jobs have on our community.


    Flint was named one of Kiplinger’s 11 comeback cities of 2011 because of job growth that is coming from the American auto industry. This is a historic turnaround for our community after more than a decade of net job losses. 750 more workers will be heading into the Flint Truck Assembly to go to work on a third shift because the American auto industry is again leading the world in quality and innovation.


    We have several companies in Racine, large and small, who work directly in the automotive field. Without the president’s vision and his ability to make the right, albeit tough decisions, these workers would have been added to the unemployment lines, making our efforts to move Racine forward even more difficult.


    Like so many Midwest cities, Grand Rapids was slammed by the downturn in automotive manufacturing. The power of the automotive rebound is found in every economic sector from manufacturing to retail to hospitality and tourism.

    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY MAYOR GREG FISCHER expressed the gratitude of his city:

    We firmly believe that this tremendous investment by the Ford Motor Company in Louisville would not have been possible if not for the coordinated efforts by the policies of President Obama to assist the auto industry along with major contributions from Governor Steve Beshear and then Mayor Jerry Abramson to turn an out-dated assembly plant into the best auto manufacturing facility in the world.

    We want to hear from you too. Share your story about how the automobile industry resurgence has affected the economy in your community.

    David Agnew is Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.


  338. She’s still not back? Wow. I log onto to this site and when I see the same McConnell article pop up over and over.

    What I don’t get is the hysteria about numbers in June, a year a half before the election. I get “the narrative” thing – I learned about that on DK. But we’ve had an OBAMASUX narrative for years, and the Gallop nos were great. Economic reports are not constants. I really wish – and I say this out of respect – that BWD comes back with an intent to be more resilient. For HER sake. This is a wildly popular blog, the bond members have with her are powerful, so even if she should lose people here and there because of the emotional volatility her site presents, the blog will survive. But I want HER to survive and not lose the joy she has within her, that captivated us at DK. OK, I will stifle now. It’s probably none of my business.

  339. While I wish to see fresh posts every day I can’t blame bwd from checking out at times like this. She has the horrible task of finding positive articles on Obama and his policies. So when the media and blogosphere are sh*tting their pants it is sure to transfer to those reading it. booman, John Cole, Steve benen,and others like Kevin Drum have been quite depressing in the past several days. So much in fact that I had to skip some of their posts.

  340. That’s fabulous to hear. I don’t think companies would be building new $25 million plants if they thought an occasional setrback in the economy was going to push the country into a big new recession.

  341. Good Morning BWD Family

    Let’s send out positive thoughts to BWD and find things to be optimistic about.

    Over the weekend I started concentrating on the stimulus projects. Despite al the negative press, this has been a successful program we will be benefiting from for many years.

    Today I am featuring the stimulus projects in Alabama. I am trying to have at least 10 projects from every state. If you know of a stimulus project either in Alabama or elsewhere you think should be featured, send me a note.


  342. I love your work, WIW. I often wished my newspaper would have a section like that, but I get it – it doesn’t bleed. Although, in all honesty the photos from the tornado in MA (up the road from me) WERE compelling. Suerte!

  343. And, THIS: (Especially, for one specific reason, PBHO IS makin’ an appearance…Hooray!) 😉 🙂

    INFOGRAPHIC: The Resurgence of the American Automotive Industry

    TODAY, PRESIDENT WILL TRAVEL TO TOLEDO, OHIO, Ohio where he will visit the Chrysler Group’s Toledo Supplier Park – an operation that employs more than 1,700 workers producing Jeep Wranglers, Jeep Liberties, and Dodge Nitros. Just two years ago, CHRYSLER WAS FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY, and PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE THE TOUGH DECISION TO SUPPORT THE RESTRUCTING OF THE COMPANY rather than allow it to fail – costing tens of thousands of American jobs.

    Today, CHYSLER IS REPAYING ITS GOVERNMENT LOANS SIX YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE and posted five consecutive quarters of operating profit. Earlier this week, the National Economic Council released a new report on the resurgence of the American automotive industry. Over the past two years, the auto industry has added 113,000 jobs – the fastest pace of job growth in the auto industry since 1998.


    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/06/03/infographic-resurgence-american-automotive-industry (w/an infograph)

    YES.WE.CAN….DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!


  344. Thank you WIW for your inspiring and substantive contributions!!

    I had written a long post with quotes that I thought would be helpful for BWD and others, here, but it has not appeared as it likely requires ‘moderator approval.’

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  345. I didn’t like him in 2000 and only voted for him in 2004 because he was on the ticket. Very creepy. Serious snakeoil salesman.

    Now I have two co-workers who I like and respect a lot of they both really liked Edwards. Said he was the only one talking about poverty adn how to fix it.

  346. Hola, Kiddos. I want to share a little AZ joy. We have collected over double the signatures needed for a recall vote on the odious Russell Pearce, (R)President of our State Senate and defacto governor.

    The signatures still have to be proved and Pearce is screaming “fraud, lies and outside influence” But, by george, I think we’ve got that bigot!

    PS: To BWD. I hope you are Okay and just resting to get your groove back. We love you here and miss you.

  347. Hello blackwaterdog.

    Hope you’re ok. I think we’d all be relieved if you dropped in to say a quick hello. It hadn’t even been 2 full days but I miss your updates already.

    Keep your heads guys. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the President has a way of getting most of what he wants and people have notoriously short memories. Think about how much he’s done over the past 18 months (since December 2009) and what can happen from now to election day.

  348. I just hope nothin’ has happened to her…

    Does she live in one of those flood/tornado-prone areas?!

    My prayers and thoughts are w/her and her family!

  349. I found this list on OFA, and had planned on making a page of videos that support each concept. Then I saw Donna’s video slideshow and was thinking of asking her to do one for each of these themes.

    I know there is a much LONGER list of the things that the President has done, but sometimes short can be good.

    So here are the 14 things. Pick 2-3 and keep thinking of them everyday.

    * Prevented a 2nd Great Depression

    * Stabilized the Economy and Is Adding JOBS

    * Pushed and Signed a Historic Health Care Reform Bill

    * 2 More Women in the Supreme Court , including a Latina

    * Saved the US Auto Industry

    * Ended the War in Iraq and Brought over 100,000 Troops home

    * Passed a Sweeping Financial Reform and Consumer Protections

    * Signed a Nuclear Treaty à Towards a World without Nuclear Weapon

    * Reformed the Student Lending Program

    * Repealed “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

    * Fair Pay for Women

    * Passed Middle-Class Tax Cuts

    * Set a Foundation for a Clean Energy Economy

    * Keeping America Safe (got Osama Bin Laden, improved view of America abroad)

    Donna – if you read this, slideshows on these topics would be very useful.

  350. Whenever President Obama is having a huge success, the right wing alongside professional left assets like dfox labor hard to change the truthful “narrative” into a manufactured hysteria. I recently took a trip down memory lane and read some of the content surrounding President Obama’s response to the oil spill. HCR was passed in late March 2010. The oil spill began in April 2010. By around this time last year, we had hysterics all over the place proclaiming “President Obama’s Katrina!” doom and glooming it, claiming that President Obama hadn’t “shown up” for the spill response, was weak, was unemotional, didn’t know what he was doing, his supporters were cultists who cheerled his willful destruction of the environment; he was an idiot being led by the nose by BP. Even smart people got caught up in this mob.

    Great googly moogly, there was so much horsesh*t flying around this time last year, and it did impact President Obama’s numbers yet lo and behold at the end of the day…that entire narrative was a piece of fiction. So is the current narrative that President Obama’s Keynesian policies don’t work based upon ONE weaker than expected jobs report which yet and still reports job gains.

    We’ll get through it everyone; lord knows we’ve been through so much bs, what’s a little more?

  351. wordpress automatically snags comments with more than one link and they have to be manually approved. bwd is taking a break from the blog, thus can’t approve it. I’d sure love to read those thoughts you describe here bob; would you consider reposting that comment when bwd comes back?

  352. She’s in Australia I believe.

    Caring so deeply as she does is hard. I’ve got medical issues and my docs beseech me to stay even keeled, so that my immune system can maintain strength. (I think about these things 🙂

  353. See?! This is what I’m talking about. Do we listen to the doom and gloom, or do we look around us and see that the sky IS NOT FALLING. That’s a great article, WiW, and I’m here to ask folks, since when is adding 54,000 jobs a bad thing?

  354. Over double the signatures? WOW. That is so cool. That’s how it is done. Bravo to everyone who participated in that effort. I hope the election is as favorable.

  355. That’s excellent news, Ag911. I read that the signatures collected exceed the no.of votes that punk got in 2010. Is it true ?

  356. Service sector growth picks up in May: ISM

    “It is a little ray of hope in an area of gray data,” said Rudy Narvas, senior economist at Societe Generale in New York.

    “We still view this soft patch of data as temporary. In some sense this may affirm that it is only really impacting the manufacturing sector, given the fact this all seems to be related to the Japanese parts shortage.”


  357. Yup. The pl showed its true colors during that oil spill and got oil sludge on their collective face when PBO managed to snag 20 bil from beepee.

  358. We all need to be talked off the ledge once in awhile. I would bet that every regular poster here has been overwhelmed at one point or another and had a difficult moment of despair. I know I have. None of us stay in that dark place but use the positive energy of everyone else here to get back on the horse.

    It’s just that we all care so much and put so much effort in passing on what we know to be true and good, and the opposition is so damned good at, well, opposition.

    Most of us are resilient most of the time. There are just some days that it’s very difficult to maintain. So we turn to the family for comfort even when there will be those who don’t want to hear it that day. We’re all human. And we all want what’s best for this great nation, the planet and each other.

    We have a very long, perilous road ahead. We’ll get through it together.

  359. Yes, yes, yes! I’ve blacked the msm out for almost a year and have thoroughly enjoyed hunting down real news and sane opinion pieces on the “net”…..so easy to scroll past the hand wringers on TOD and BWD too!
    TOD also delivers tons of fun stuff that further boosts my spirits.

    Because of my addiction to TOD, I’ve even purchased a “stand-up” computer station so I can move the body a bit more during my multiple daily visits to the richness that is Chipsticks blog and her great blogroll. (Am trying to slow down keister spread)

    I’ve learned so much from you all including introduction to international news sources as well as important lessons in how to disagree without being disagreeable. :o)

    I am nearly 80 and really excited to witness/be a part of this awakening of americans to the necessity of active participation in the political process. Thank you Chipsticks and TOD family. You may not be able to guess how powerfully you are impacting the lives of regular lurkers like me.

  360. Thanks for all your links, WIW, you always provide great info. Much appreciated 🙂 !

  361. I don’t know who is more disgusting, tundra twit or the media twits who follow her endangering the other road users ? How come either of them didn’t get on single ticket from the cops for all their violations ?

  362. lol, yup, I remember that. One night he’s giving a speech about the spill which they panned for no reason “he didn’t say this, he didn’t say that, the oval office is an inappropriate venue for serious speeches,” then the very next morning, there was the announcement that the administration had been working very quietly behind the scenes to get restitution for the victims and keep BP on the hook for the cleanup, they were walking the talk. A year later, and we’re back in this cycle, except that this time, there are a ton of spaces which are refuges from whatever is being screamed about now. I just hope that we can continue to grow them and as time goes by, become less and less inclined to go for a ride on the sensationalism roller-coaster.

    Happy Friday, everyone.

  363. If it doesn’t happen, for me, Esmerelda would you “emb” the vid clip:

    West Wing Week: “One Step at a Time”

    Find out more about the topics covered in this edition of West Wing Week:

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Wrapping Up the G-8 Summit and Heading to Poland

    Photos: President Obama in Poland

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    President Obama in Joplin: “It’s an Example of What the American Spirit is all About”

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    President Obama at Arlington National Cemetery: “Honor the Sacrifice of Those We’ve Lost”

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    President Barack Obama Fills Out His New National Security Team

    President Obama Nominates John Bryson to be Our Nation’s Next Commerce Secretary

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    June 1: Official Start of the Hurricane Season

    Arun Chaudhary is the Official White House Videographer


  364. f it doesn’t happen, for me, Esmerelda would you “emb” the vid clip:


    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  365. Thanks for the comic relief about Sister Sarah, WiW. Geesh, even her vehicles are mean-spirited; how did she accomplish that one? Did everyone see the jokester who attached a sign to one of her buses in nyc? Over the pompous “we the people” constitution graphic on her bus, someone taped a sign saying, “I, the media whore.” Short and sweet. I love this city.

  366. Typical brit humor

    “Can everyone please stop making this match sound so AMAZING! I’m on the train home after umpiring @ my 1st tourny so I’ve seen about 2 games of French Open all day on the clubhouse TV + no ones’s helping by making it sound so unmissable! I hope it rains…”

  367. Well I’m just offended…how dare you imply that I’m not losing it? I’ll have you know that I’ve worked very hard to get this crazy. 😉

  368. I’m on my phone at the moment while waiting for a very slow friend. Try recopying the URL but remove the full stop in the middle of youtube. Otherwise I’ll do it when I get home.

  369. Here you go, snoopy and esmerelda (wordpress tends to not embed that shortened url; it will embed the youtube long urls).

  370. Isn’t calling her Sister Sarah a little insulting to nuns? Just kidding.

  371. Just saw my beautiful President Obama give a amazingly optimistic speech and the audience was as enthused as ever. Many applause and agreements with what he was saying. Usually I whine about Potus having to go so many different places etc but this speech was needed today. 🙂

    I am super excited about this news Mark Knoller tweeted earlier.

    markknoller Mark Knoller
    WH just announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will visit South Africa and Botswana later this month. WIll take her mom & daughers along.
    3 hours ago

  372. haha, so true. Sarah Palin needs to wrap it up and go home. I can’t believe the presumption and pomposity of this bus tour. But when I think about how much she’s upstaging Mittens, I get such a deep, deep overwhelming sense of satisfaction that I almost want to send her a tea set. Almost. Love love loving the GOP primaries!

  373. Hey, gn, you’re too fast for me…

    Thanks, I appreciate your help!

    Next time, I’ll try the long U-Tube URLs.

  374. Fedex down two games in the 3rd set.

    “Djokovic – eyes wide like dustbin lids and he’s panting like someone’s who just run for a bus. Federer – calmly wipes his brow with his towel and not a glimpse of sweat on his lengthy Swiss fringe. Cucumber. Cool as, that is.”

    Fedex reminds me of PBO, both in demeanor and mastery of the game. 🙂

  375. This is indeed good news – Cape Town is spectacularly beautiful. I’m looking forward to June travels – Puerto Rico and Africa. Lovely!

  376. This is so cute – I’m glad both the trip and the surgery went well. I’m also glad that they told the media to bugger off very early on, and they’ve been able to live their lives relatively quietly.

  377. Gee, just what I thought: all of this was anticipated because of the Japanese parts shortage since the impact was virtually all in the manufacturing sector.

    So let me ask a naive question: if we knew the effect of the parts shortages from Japan would hit just about now, how were ‘forecasts’ so wildly wrong and high? Who pays these people to NOT look at the conditions that will affect job growth and ‘forecast’ accordingly?

  378. I am wondering if the blog itself is experiencing some issues because I notice this the only live feed I have that keeps saying “live feed bookmarks fails to load” and on my phone I don’t see any alerts. Seeing no new alerts I can understand but even the old ones have disappeared. Kinda strange.

  379. Hi WIW
    The one I like the most is – the 2nd stimulus nobody knows he got!

  380. This will always be relevant as long as palin exists on this planet. This was the unvarnished truth about the grifter. Please post often.

  381. And yet Lawrence O’Donnell gave her yet another 1/3 of his show’s coverage last night.

    I admit to liking him more and more of late. He’s either got a new writer, producer, or just doesn’t give a damn — he’ll go work for Keith at Current if NBC/Comcast gives him grief.

    Yesterday it was reported that Obama had drawn a line in the sand on extension of Bush tax cuts (“NO!”, he said) and Medicare cuts were off the freakin’ table. If Lawrence had mentioned it, those good facts would become part of the Democratic background noise that highlights this President’s successes.

    Then there was that absolutely adorable quote from the Repub/Obama meeting about ‘demagoguery”. Isn’t that at least as ‘entertaining’ as Palin? Seriously, Lawrence? Another freakin’ 20 minute segment about how unimportant she is and how the MSM shouldn’t be giving her the time of day. Chris Matthews does it, Reliable Sources did it on Sunday and Lawrence — you’ve done it every day this week.

    This is what I mean by ‘background noise’: there is no reason that Lawrence, Rachel and Ed don’t get in this good news every show. Create a background noise of reasons to trust this President and acknowledge his successes.

  382. Oh, Granny! That will be a HAPPY DAY INDEED!!!! WOnder if Jan will calm down if that bigotted baffoon is no longer leading her around by her leash?I can’t stand the woman, but I wonder how much of what she does is because HE’S the one that really rules the roost.Thoughts?

  383. This IS somewhat off-topic. But, as a TOAITR’er said, recently, “Technically, all TOAITR’s threads are open.” Right?


    Clarence Thomas – The Original #Weinergate

    OK, so the right-wing noise machine wants you to talk about Anthony Weiner’s wiener. That’s the ONLY thing they want you to talk about. Not how Wall Street is filling its pants in fear that the Frankenstein monster they’ve created called the 112th Congress will crash the economy because they hate Obama and want him to fail, even if it means we (everybody except the rich Republicans, natch) have to live in cardboard boxes under a freeway overpass and barbecue pigeons over a fire to make that come to pass.

    Not the fact that a district in western New York that has been represented by Republicans since 1970 just sent a woman Democrat to Congress for swearing in today, because everyone in the GOP voted to do away with Medicare and give you a coupon for half-off the early-bird special at the United Health Urgent Care Clinic, and voters think that’s stupid and cruel.

    And definitely not the financial disclosure forms that Clarence Thomas just filed on Friday. Definitely not those.

    What the fuck is up?

    To understand why Andrew Breitbart is obsessing on an erection in some anonymous guy’s underpants, and doing his damndest to inject insinuations into formerly respectable media outlets that Anthony Weiner is sexually harassing an attractive young African American woman, you have to go back in time.

    Right-wingers have a disturbing habit of nursing their grievances across generations. They’re still convinced the wrong team won the Civil War, even though, back then, they were on the winning team. Yep, the Republicans led the Union, but they grieve for the Confederacy. And the mother of all contemporary right-wing grievances, believe it or not, is yet another battle they won. They love their grievances so much that they even transform their wins into opportunities to stew and burn with white-hot anger. I call them “sore winners”.

    You see, there was this skeezy, low-down damp skidmark of a perv who lied to Congress and got away with it, and was elevated for life to the most unaccountable and untouchable job in the entire federal government, Supreme Court Justice, where he has been, by all accounts, one of the very worst practitioners in the history of that body, where he facilitated the corporate subversion of democracy, filed fraudulent financial disclosure forms, and failed repeatedly to recuse himself in cases where he had known (and sometimes concealed) conflicts of interest. The bad guys won. And they’re still not over it.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, lying sack of shit.

    Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…



    The SCOTUS 4 (Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Roberts), especially Thomas and Scalia (Koch Bros.-connected), should all be investigated, indicted, impeached, disbarred, et al!

    Ethics violations, anyone?

    Representative Sánchez (and other Representative DEMs), where ya’ll at?

    Senator Leahy (and other Senate DEMs), where ya’ll at?

    They (and other TeaPublican-elected state chief justices) have truly “tainted” our whole U.S./state justice system…CITIZENS UNITED, et al!!!

    Their crimes shouldn’t go undiscovered & unpunished…No more cover-ups, ya hear!!!


  384. Maybe, BWD, could be havin’ some technical issues…

    She cannot get into WordPress/online…Hmmm?!

  385. Yea. I posted that the other day:)Perfect, don’t ya think? I love New Yorkers!

  386. I think you have that right. Things were slipping back when she vetoed some of his most egregious bills a few months ago and she was looking to subvert our State Constitution so she could run for a third term. I think she could have some worries about her own prospects for a recall vote. There are people working on this.

    Also, I have believed since last year and still think that she is hiding some health issues.

  387. Yep! But some signatures may get tossed as not being from people in his district or could be duplicates from some who may have signed twice.

    Regardless, we’ve got enough to recall this toad.

  388. I like the one about saving the auto industry, because I think this took even more courage and foresight than the bin Ladin strike, and directly impacted so many more people – plus, single handedly retooled and recharged manufacturing in America. For me, this is his greatest single achievement because every single person was against it – including every Republican who was willing to lose three million jobs, the entire manufacturing base of the US, and who are now trying to run for President claiming this victory as their own.

  389. Jeebus.

    Sarah got kinda punked by an “insurgent/reform candidate for mayor, running against the good-ole-boy GOP incumbent.” He asked her if she would sign his petition for mayor.

    And she did! With TV and still cameras recording the event! Think of campaign commercials you could make out of that footage.

    How much more dumb one could get? She’s breaking into new frontiers.

  390. ♥ Esmerelda! The River cards haven’t been played yet and PBO wants those Repugs “all in” before he shows his own aces.

    Those poor bastards just haven’t figured out yet how all this works. And I hope they keep right on being so very double stupid.

    I trust my Prez and I will just keep on keeping on, having his back, working for him and our Dems.

  391. “United States First Lady, Michelle Obama, is expected to visit South Africa and Botswana later in June, the US embassy said on Friday.

    She would be on an official visit in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and then move on to Gaborone, Botswana from June 21 to 26, the embassy said in a statement.

    Obama’s visit was a continuation of her work in Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, to encourage young people to excel academically, serve and lead. She would be accompanied by her mother Marian Robinson, and her daughters Malia and Sasha”….more


  392. Disregard my query, seems internet service in my area was out for a while. I usually access using my phone’s WiFi service so when I checked using my regular WiFi I didn’t realize it was down.

    I am really hoping our girl BWD is alright tho. I do remember her disappearing from Dkos back in the day so lets just hope she is chilling and regrouping. MSM and other chatter can get to the best of us. 😀

  393. We have 542 comments which may be too much for some computers to load. Do you think we could migrate back to a post that has few comments and post there for a while? We could leave a comment at the top of this one telling everyone where to find the newer comments.

  394. Sarah Palin’s tour is a rolling comedy act. The woman is totally incapable of coherent English speech and she doesn’t have a rational thought in her head.

    I am so not a person who would ever criticize anyone’s use of English but when that woman opens her mouth, my eyes roll and my head spins.

  395. Me three! But we so want our Gabby here in AZ, whole and healthy. Her recovery has been remarkable and now that she has her Hubby back at her side, I’m thinking she will get better faster.

    ♥ Gabby. Keep getting well. We miss you.

  396. If Edwards was serious about poverty, then why didn’t he do anything about it after the election. You don’t have to be President to effect change. As far as I know (and I stand to be corrected), there’s been little from Edwards with regards to poverty since his scandals came out.

    On the other hand, many more people have been saved from poverty, or even been lifted out of poverty since President Obama has focused on jobs, science & math, trade, education, equal opportunity, stimulating the economy, etc.

  397. I ♥ you, desertflower! This one flew under my radar but I have been busy. Looooove it!

  398. This one is just too big already. The Memorial Day one would be good as we could post another 400 comments before it gets too big. If BWD can get back on in the meantime, we will know she has returned as she will give us a new one. She usually posts around 5 AM EDT when she posts a new one.
    So we need a few votes please.

  399. You’re good…

    WH & Co. need to hire you, NOW and LATER! 😉

    President Obama, House Republicans meet on debt ceiling:
    Rather than making progress toward a deal to raise the limit to cover spending, they accuse each other of partisanship and posturing.

    A testy White House meeting between President Obama and House Republican leaders Wednesday failed to lower the partisan pitch in the capital, much less make progress toward a deal on the federal debt ceiling.

    Instead, the two sides traded complaints, accusing each other of partisanship and posturing. Republicans demanded that the administration produce a budget-cutting plan, which the White House said it had already done.

    Rep. Paul D. Ryan, architect of a Medicare overhaul aimed at slashing the cost of the popular entitlement program by reducing the government’s open-ended commitment to seniors, accused Obama of “mis-describing” his plan and implored the president to ease up on the “DEMAGOGUERY”.

    In reply, Obama said he was no stranger to cartoonish depictions, reeling off a list of conservatives’ favorite attack points: “I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president,” Obama said, according to people familiar with his remarks.


  400. Love you back, AG:)Go visit that blog…they are really pretty good.Going to be even harder to keep up with the crazy here now that the new “neighbors” have moved into town.Thanks for all you do, and remember…we must keep our wits about us when everyone else is losing theirs!

  401. Okay by me. I’ll find you all. I just hope BWD isn’t sick I’ve been sending her healing thoughts all day.

  402. Sounds good to me. Anything that will continue to give people a place to share their news and views is a good idea.

  403. I’ll go wherever the party is! Tell us where to meet and I’m there:)

  404. Thanks for the full story. This one is so very delicious.

    Yes, Obama’s ‘plan’ is NOT the document McConnell tricked Reid into putting up for a vote without having the good sense to tell Democrats to either vote for it (it’s never going to pass the House anyway), or vote ‘present’. The current working document has billions of cuts offered by this President. But Hapless Harry couldn’t figure out a way to keep the Repubs from shouting “Every Democrat voted against Obama’s budget.”

    “No plan” is said by all of them, all the time and it’s sticking because Democrats can’t seem to find a simple way to say, “We’ve cut billions in spending and we preserve seniors’ right to guaranteed benefits under Medicare. What’s your plan to do THAT, Boner?”

    And the simplest of all: “You’re not serious about the deficit until you’re serious about paying back what you, under Bush, robbed from the U.S. Treasury without creating a single job.

    Until you’re ready to raise revenue from the millionaires who have profited in this recession while asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it, you are not serious about deficit reduction.

    After all, you created the deficit since 2001, when you were handed a surplus and you gave the country back an explosion in the deficit from tax cuts, two unpaid-for wars and a Medicare Part D benefit that can’t even negotiate prices. You voted to do that but you’re unwilling to fund a robust recovery?

    Revenue is down from regular working Americans because your policies destroyed the world economy. And you say destroying Medicare is the answer?

  405. … “an effective Democratic pushback.”

    I’m w/you on this…

    You know, you would think, after decades in this “political game,” they would have “gotta/picked up something useful/helpful out of it,” by now!

    Just like GOP has strategies, DEMs have them, too!


    Oh yeah, WE’re a ‘Big Tent’ party…Plenty of Big Personalities and Egos!

    In the beginnin’, WE needed someone like Lakoff!

    Some backstory:

    The PolicySpeak Disaster… http://tinyurl.com/lbcuct (It’s a Huff Puff link. But, it’s worth the read.)

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