October 18, 2017

Monday Afternoon Thread: Forward

The video outlines the challenges America faced as President Obama took office at the height of the worst recession in almost a century and details the progress that has been made reclaiming the security of the middle class and building an economy that’s meant to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.


  • rikyrah

    I think it’s a superb video.

  • Miranda

    Which reporter got their face cracked asking PBO about bin Laden and Mitt Romney’s comments?

    • crazycanuck

      I just read about that on twitter, I wanna know also lol.

    • rikyrah

      check TOD

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 04/30/2012
    The `Party of No’ makes a comeback
    By Greg Sargent

    After a period in which the phrase “party of No” seemed to have fallen out of favor, the Obama campaign is again hammering away at the GOP as the “party of No” with sudden new frequency. The new Obama campaign video released today hits this theme hard. And in a speech today, Obama himself again laced into GOP obstructionism at length.

    But it’s worth noting that Obama’s “party of No” message has been tweaked, and is being used in service of a new goal. Before it was all about painting the GOP as unwilling to help solve the country’s problems, and about driving up the GOP’s negatives generally.

    Now, however, the resurgent “party of No” message is all about burnishing Obama’s character, by painting him as willing to persevere against implacable opposition — represented here by the GOP itself — and tremendous odds.

    In the new video, we see image after image of Republicans saying No to Obama’s initiatives, including Mitch McConnell declaring that job one is to deny Obama a second term. The narrator then says: “And still, he persevered. Here at home, and as commander in chief.”

    Meanwhile, in his speech today to union officials, Obama again revived the “party of No” theme: “I’ve sent Congress a whole series of jobs bills that would have put your members back to work. But time after time, Republicans have gotten together and said `no.’”

    Then Obama added: “But we can’t wait for Congress to do its job. You can’t afford to wait. And where Congress won’t act, I will. That’s why I’ve taken steps on my own to speed up loans and competitive grants for projects across the country that will support thousands of jobs.”

    The revival of the “party of No” phrase in this way points to a strategic dilemma the Obama campaign faces. The question surrounding Obama’s constant railing against GOP obstructionism has long been: Will swing voters care? It’s long seemed clear that even voters who accept that the GOP has been obstructing Obama’s agenda purely for political reasons could shrug and say: “That’s politics. Obama should be able to get it done despite GOP opposition. If he can’t, he must be weak and ineffective.”

    Resolving this problem is what’s driving the effort to highlight GOP obstructionism — along with inheriting two wars and the worst financial crisis in decades — as yet another obstacle Obama persevered against. Obama and his team recently concluded they needed to reframe the standoff with the GOP as one that didn’t showcase Obama’s inability to get things done in the face of political obstructionism but as one that demonstrates Obama’s continued action, in spite of determined and implacable opposition, via the exercise of executive power and his “We Can’t Wait” campaign. That’s what you’re seeing today, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of it.


  • rikyrah

    Obama 2012, Bin Laden, and Willard’s 3 A.M. Phone Call
    By Charles P. Pierce
    at 2:05PM

    Is anyone taking seriously the complaints now coming about how the president’s re-election campaign is using the decision to kill Osama bin Laden to its own advantage? I think the killing of the author of the 9/11 atrocities, and a considerable international murderer even beyond that particular crime, is something that a president who wants to be president again is within his rights to use. However, Willard Romney is all a’flutter. (“My dear young chap, that simply is not done.”) There apparently were no clouds in the sky at which John McCain could yell, so he weighed in on the dreadful inappropriateness of it all. And Arianna Huffington picked this issue to go back to being insufferable again:

    I don’t think there should be an ad about that…. [T]o turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do. It’s the same thing that Hillary Clinton did with the 3 a.m. call. You know, you are not ready to be commander-in-chief.

    For what it’s worth, I didn’t think what Hillary Clinton did was out of bounds, either. But there is no serious comparison to be made here. When the Clinton campaign made their ad, they did so on behalf of a candidate who had no more experience taking that 3 a.m. phone call than Barack Obama did. In the present case, the president actually gave the order. Osama bin Laden is actually dead. And, having done what he did, the president is well within his rights to wonder out loud if Willard Romney would have made the same call, given what Romney said back in 2007, when he was just starting to run for president. And it’s no more or less “fair” on the merits than is Romney’s constant refrain that the president “doesn’t understand how the economy works” because he’s never been a vulture capitalist.

    (Today in New Hampshire, while travelling around with Senator Kelly Ayotte, his latest vice-presidential beard, and demonstrating the pure class and raw political courage that has marked his entire political career by throwing a cheap shot at someone who wasn’t in the room, Romney said that, “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.” This from a man whose toughest decision in his life has been which house to sleep in.)

    The reason for all the dust that’s being thrown up is that, every time he talks about foreign policy, Romney is a blindfolded man in a yard full of rakes. He wrote a Washington Post op-ed about arms control that proved Romney didn’t know enough about the subject to feed to his fish. He flirted with advocating a trade war with China, and he and his advisors occasionally slip and call Russia “the Soviet Union.” Of course, he did make the bobsleds run on time, so there’s that.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-2012-bin-laden-8484422#ixzz1tYHh4g6F

    • nellcote

      In the comments to that post someone observes that the goopers (and Arianna, but I repeat myself) are trying to use this to Swiftboat The Prez. That’s exactly what they’re doing and they not getting away with it this time!

  • rikyrah

    April 30, 2012 12:58 PM

    War on “War on Voting” Heads to the Trenches

    By Ed Kilgore

    And speaking of the states, anyone interested in politics at all should read Michael Shear’s rundown in the New York Times about the Obama campaign’s plans for counteracting the effects of new voter ID laws and other elements of the GOP’s ongoing “war on voting.” It’s in theory a Plan B, since many of these laws are being challenged in the courts. But given the tendency of the courts to give states considerable leeway in this area, it’s a Plan B that we might as well expect to be executed.

    Here’s a taste of what the Obama ops are dealing with in three battleground states:

    In Wisconsin, where a new state law requires those registering voters to be deputized in whichever of the state’s 1,800 municipalities they are assigned to, the campaign sent a team of trainers armed with instructions for complying with the new regulations.
    In Florida, the campaign’s voter registration aides traveled across the state to train volunteers on a new requirement that voter registration signatures be handed in to state officials within 48 hours after they are collected.
    And in Ohio, Mr. Obama’s staff members have begun reaching out to let voters know about new laws that discourage precinct workers from telling voters where to go if they show up at the wrong precinct.

    And these issues are just the tip of the iceberg, with restrictions on early voting opportunities, fights over the voting rights of ex-felons, funding shortages (real or contrived) for election administration all in play. That’s before, of course, we even get to the usual last-minute shenanigans—registration list “purges,” last-minute changes in polling places, voter disinformation and intimidation schemes—Republicans have routinely deployed in recent elections to keep down the vote, particularly in minority precincts.

    We keep hearing that the Obama campaign’s ace-in-the-whole this year is its heavy investment in field infrastructure, especially as compared to a late-starting Romney campaign heavily reliant on Super-PAC funding mostly earmarked for attack ads. Looks like they will need every bit of it.


  • rikyrah

    Political AnimalBlog
    April 30, 2012 12:26 PM

    Oh, Yeah, the States

    By Ed Kilgore

    Zachery Goldfarb of WaPo has an important article today on the element of national economic policy that many in the chattering classes happily and consistently ignore: the forced austerity policies of state and local governments. The raw numbers really are pretty shocking:

    Today, as Obama seeks another term, the heavy job losses at the state and local level remain a significant economic concern. His response at different moments underscores how the president has sometimes fought hard against the political odds for policies he thinks crucial and at other times relented when the chances of success seemed low.
    Since the beginning of his term, state and local governments have shed 611,000 employees — including 196,000 educators — according to government statistics. Unlike the recovery in private-sector employment that Obama and his reelection campaign often cite — with businesses adding 4 million jobs since hiring hit its low point in 2010 — the jobs crisis at the state and local level has continued throughout his term.

    And that’s just the negative impact on jobs attributable to direct hiring and firing by state and local governments: not the indirect effect of cutbacks in the services these former employees used to provide, much less cutbacks in the counter-cyclical programs offering financial assistance to people struggling with a poor economy, which, in our system, are largely administered by the states.

    Most of Goldfarb’s piece is about the on-again, off-again, focus of the Obama administration on assistance to state and local government to offset or prevent employment reductions, particularly in education. He attributes most of the “off-again” tendencies to opposition from congressional Republicans. That is entirely true, insofar as Republicans these days (even at the non-federal level) habitually refer to federal aid to state and local governments as if it were some form of welfare or “bail-out” rather than an effort to contribute to shared public responsibilities.

    But there is a more pervasive tendency in Washington simply to treat lower levels of government as provicincial bailiwicks not much worth talking about unless they are sponsoring presidential primaries or casting electorate votes or maybe reshaping congressional districts. During the lengthy debate over economic stimulus proposals in 2009, you could be relatively well-read and never know that the bulk of “state and local aid” in the Obama proposal was for a Medicaid “super-match” aimed (with only mixed success) at keeping states from slashing benefits or eligibility precisely when the ranks of the un- and under-employed were most likely to lose health insurance. To this day discussions of ObamaCare often omit any but a footnoted reference to the role of an expanded Medicaid program in extending health care to the previously uninsured.

    This blind spot extends to all sorts of other elements of national policy. Conservatives are constantly complaining that poor people don’t pay federal income taxes (probably as a build-up to “tax reform” proposals that will reduce or kill the Earned Income Tax Credit). Progressives often note that this is extremely misleading because the working poor do pay highly regressive federal payroll taxes. But that tax burden is actually dwarfed by what low-income people pay in state and local taxes, as the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities—a Beltway oasis of interest in how the policies of different levels of government interact—has pointed out:

    [L]ow-income households as a group do, in fact, pay federal taxes. Congressional Budget Office data show that the poorest fifth of households paid an average of 4.0 percent of their incomes in federal taxes in 2007, the latest year for which these data are available — not an insignificant amount given how modest these households’ incomes are; the poorest fifth of households had average income of $18,400 in 2007. The next-to-the bottom fifth — those with incomes between $20,500 and $34,300 in 2007 — paid an average of 10.6 percent of their incomes in federal taxes.
    [But] even these figures greatly understate low-income households’ total tax burden because these households also pay substantial state and local taxes. Data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy show that the poorest fifth of households paid a stunning 12.3 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes in 2011.
    When all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent.


  • Miranda

    Oh this is too precious….LOL

    Giuliani and Romney to team up

    (CNN) – Rudy Giuliani will appear at an event with Mitt Romney on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the assault on Osama bin Laden, a campaign aide confirmed to CNN.

    The death of the former al Qaeda leader is currently a political talking point between the campaigns of the former Massachusetts governor and President Barack Obama, with both sides attempting to capitalize on the one-year anniversary.


    • Ebogan63

      Honestly, is that the best Rmoney can do?

      • nellcote

        Guliana is just trying to help Rmoney not politicize 9/11. LOL

    • Admiral_Komack


      Two-Face & Mr. Noun-Verb 9/11!

    • jziglar

      Giuliani is so 2001. Most people in America don’t give a damn about Giuliani and his 10 seconds of fame for running around NYC while the towers fell have been over. This is the same guy who left the command center in the WTC after the first bombing when they recommended that it be placed somewhere else.

      • itgurl_29

        There are human beings in this country who 3 and 4 years old on 9/11 who are almost legal adults and they basically have no memory to that day and they have no idea who Guiliani is. They’ll be voting in 2016. Their days of playing the 9/11 fear card is over. Especially now that POTUS got Bin Laden’s ass!

  • Camille

    Oh Lord!

    The cross-eyed spawn of the devil and Cheney Ron Christie is back from his annual re-programming – just in time for the November show-down. Can’t let his overlords down at this crucial time. Sounds like he has been schmoozing with Romney during his unexplained time away from t.v; The perpetual token black shyster default pick for every Republican wannabe president!

    But tell me, who exactly is Jonathan Capehart trying to impress with his nonsense about the Obama campaign should not have/has no way of knowing what the idiot romney might have done. Puhleaze!

    What is Jonathan over-compensating for this time around?

    Thank God for Richard Wolfe!

    • Ebogan63

      Jonathan’s tryin’ to preserve his hustle, glad Wolfe shut that bullshit down!

    • jziglar

      It’s funny because this is exactly the reaction the Obama campaign wanted from the republicans and some in the media. It was so predictable and Romney and the r’s are trapped in the corner on defense and have no legitimate argument so they whine. By the media constantly mentioning the ad it only increases it’s publicity so the dumb media and republicans are only making things worse.

      I have to say that the Democrats are really starting to get better at campaigning and boxing in republicans.

      • GN

        Never thought I’d see the day, but then, never thought I’d see a Dem snatch wigs re: dovish foreign policy either.

        /age if Obama

    • GN

      The cross-eyed spawn of the devil and Cheney

      I can’t…

      • Miranda

        I have been giggling over that for at least 30 minutes.

  • Miranda

    Auto sales so strong the normal summer closing won’t be happening at the plants.

    Strong Grand Cherokee sales to keep Detroit plant open all summer

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120430/AUTO0101/204300388#ixzz1tYaseTVk

    • rikyrah

      oh Willard….


      naw, son…we ain’t never forgetting

      • BoomerGal

        I know WE won’t forget it!

  • Miranda

    “As far as my personal role, what other folks would do, I just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden,” Obama said. “I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s at least been my practice. I said I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”

    Shorter: Don’t start none, won’t be none.

    • Ebogan63

      They all betta recognize….

      PBO is snappin’ necks and cashin’ checks!

      • BoomerGal

        True Dat!! LOL!!

    • rikyrah

      OH, he’s SO not playing with those clowns.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda- – – —Obama said. “I assume that people meant what they said when they said it. That’s at least been my practice.– – -LOL

      – – – –U!- – AIN’T! NEVA!- -LIED!- – –LOL.- – –

      — —***tappin’ foot***- – — He’s WAITIN’!- – – HAH!- – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — — -Awwwww- – — THIS is TENDER- – —

    – — – Sybrina Fulton meets with NJ mom of teen fatally shot by police– — —

    – – – – – –From NBC New York: Trayvon Martin’s mother met briefly with the mother of a New Jersey teenager fatally shot by police officers last December at an event in Harlem Saturday night, The Record reports.

    Malik Williams, 19, of Garfield, was shot multiple times by police officers after running out of a police station and found hiding out in a garage armed with tools last December.

    The officers involved filed reports saying Williams used blunt objects and a cutting object in a threatening or attacking manner, and the officers fired at him several times, according to The Record. He died later that evening.

    Click here for the full story

    – – – —Reach Out And Touch Somebody’s Hand – Ashford and Simpson, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle– —**tears***

    – – – –THIS is DA- — -BUSINESS!!– – –:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD Afternoon miranda——- —FORWARD- –into—4 MORE —YEARS!!– – – -:>)

    – – – —WE!- – – -R- – – -ALL- – – -IN – — IT!– – – –

  • rikyrah




    Obama stays on offense on OBL, 2012
    By Steve Benen – Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:38 PM EDT.

    Republicans have spent the last few days trying an odd sort of bullying tactic, effectively telling President Obama, “If you boast about your successful mission to kill bin Laden, we’ll slam you for politicizing national security.”

    Watching Obama this morning, I get the sense he doesn’t mind the fight (via Jed Lewison).

    For those who can’t watch clips online, the president said:

    “As far as my personal role and what other folks would do, I’d just recommend that everybody take a look at people’s previous statements in terms of whether they thought it was appropriate to go into Pakistan and take out bin Laden.

    “I assume that people meant what they said when they said it — that’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”


    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…

    NOBODY is playing with you, Willard.

    • nellcote

      Charles M Blow tweets:

      It’s like playing basketball against someone who whines that dunking is tacky. #ObamagotOsama

      • GN

        He’s starting to be my hero at this point; and I aint even like him a few years ago.

    • JojoRaze

      For real though, PBO is daring Romney to not concede the point. PBO is on tape during a debate that he would do what he did wrt to bin laden. And mccain said it was dangerous and romney said that it wasn’t worth it to get bin laden. Romney has to lie or flip-flop to even get ahead.

      when pbo said he and romney weren’t friends in an interview last week, to me, that was his way of saying “I’mma beat romney like he stole something.” He is not playing with Romney at all.

      • Aquagranny911

        The debates will be an epic smack down!

        OT: Jojo thanks so much for the advice about using Crap Cleaner while logged on. I think that was my problem. Either that or Discus decided to punish me for swears & nasty comments ♥

        • JojoRaze

          I’m glad you saw my advice wrt to Crap Cleaner. I used it while my browser was open and POU or any other disqus site would not work. I was just putting it out there for you to try, because I never have problems with disqus.

          • Aquagranny911

            You “never have problems with Discus” because you are a nice person who doesn’t swear, lol.

            I really do appreciate your help!

    • Kennymack1971

      The Obama campaign has all these cans of whoop ass on ice. And they’re going to open every last one of them. Welcome to the big time Willard… Playtime’s over.

      • JojoRaze

        *All of of this*

        This is the press conference.

        Relevant portion starts at 20:20. The reporter is Christie Parson. Look at the smile and smirk on PBO’s face. PBO’s eyes are even smiling. The campaign has compiled their dossier on R-money, and they are about unleash it on him. I’m telling you, when PBO said in that interview last week “We are not friends” that just signaled to me that he plans to rake Romney over the coals for every hypocrisy and every flip-flop.

        • Kennymack1971

          They’ve been laser focused on Willard from day one. While everybody talked about Santorum, Gingrich, Paul and the other clowns the Obama team focused on Willard. Every lie, every gaffe,every flip flop. The Obama campaign has all of it. And they’re going to use every bit of it to kick Willard’s ass all up and down the campaign trail. Willard can bluster all he wants but he’s got nothing and he knows it. And worse than that, the Obama campaign knows it too.

        • Miranda

          And Romney is gonna stand beside Guiliani to mark the anniversary of bin Laden’s death tomorrow??….this is too rich. Axelrod and Plouffe both must need oxygen after hearing that one..from laughing to the point of passing out.

      • Miranda

        Yeah, he’s giving Romney that “welcome to the NFL, rookie” kind of whupping…the kind that he will feel forever.

  • Miranda


    Ryan Seacrest To Cover 2012 Election For NBC News

    In a contract that NBCUniversal is calling a “groundbreaking multi-platform agreement” Ryan Seacrest, the longtime host of American Idol and E! Entertainment news will become, among other things, a reporter/analyst for NBC News during the 2012 election. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports that Seacrest’s new two year deal will make him a “special correspondent” for the Today Show and will include contributions to NBC’s Olympics coverage. Some sort of deal with Seacrest was long expected since he is viewed by many as one of the most versatile and well-liked hosts on television and Mediaite was first to report that NBC talked to Seacrest about hosting the Today Show if Matt Lauer left his perch as co-host.


    • gc

      He may be versatile, but what the hell does he know about politics?
      I don’t know what “SMDH” means, but if related to the fact that Ryan is one more piece of white bread, congenial or not, SMDH from me too.

      • Miranda

        SMDH – Shaking my DAMN head!

      • goldenstar

        Well, a special correspondent doesn’t need to know anything. So, Ryan Seacrest is well qualified. It’s so weird that the Today Show and Good Morning America are part of news divisions because they are all about their stupid little opinions and not much research.

        A total shame.

        • gc

          There is very little that is NOT a shame on TV today.

      • isonprize

        shakin’ my damn head. At least that’s what I think it means… LOL

      • angee

        Wonder if the Black journos will protest this like they did when Rev. Al got his show?

    • WHAT THE EFF????

    • GN

      They are not even pretending to give a fuck at this point.

    • Town

      Well he can’t be much worse than Luke Russert and is probably more qualified than him or Chuck Todd.

      • Guns3000

        Nothing is more qualifying than nepotism. lol

    • dannie22

      Who is Ryan screwing? Or does he have pictures on people?

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — – -OH! I! ‘ON’T! THANK!- –SO!!- – —SHOOT!!!- – –

    – – — — – Zimmerman’s lawyer wants to delay document release

    – – —The lawyer for the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin wants to delay the release of documents in the case.

    Attorney Mark O’Mara said on his website Monday that he’s concerned that making the documents public without certain protections for witnesses could pose a threat to their safety.

    O’Mara also says he doesn’t want a media frenzy directed at the witnesses.

    Under Florida rules, documents in a criminal case become a public record 15 days after they have been requested by a defense attorney.

    O’Mara says he is delaying requesting those documents until he can file motions that prevent the release of witness names.>/i>

    – – humph!!- – – –THIS CASE was already- – — DELAYED- — 44 DAYS!!

    – – —. . . without certain protections for witnesses. . – —


    Get ta STEPPIN’!- – -U’ALL have – — WASTED 2 MUCH TIME!!! geesh!!

  • Miranda

    ‘Personhood’ petition ruled unconstitutional by Okla. Supreme Court

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that an initiative petition that would grant “personhood” rights to human embryos is unconstitutional.

    The state’s highest court handed down the decision Monday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would define a fertilized human egg as a person.

    Read more: http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/personhood-petition-ruled-unconstitutional-by-okla-supreme-court#ixzz1tYj3dGRu

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda;- – — — “CAMPAIGN PROMISE:- – –MADE – -annnnd KEPT!!”– – – -HAH!!- – —

    – – – —Senator Obama Vows To Kill Osama In 2008; President Obama Announces Death Of Osama In 2011– –


    -HE MEANT- — WHAT HE SAID!! :>)– – –


  • rikyrah

    found this comment over at TOD:

    April 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Exactly, they just don’t know what to make of President Obama. He has them on the ropes with the student loans. (By the way, the last time I check the slow jam video was rapidly approaching 5 million views. I am ashamed to admit how much I have contributed to that view count). He has them on the ropes with women. The speech on Friday to the Women’s Leadership Forum was amazing. He has them on the ropes as it relates to national security. They are practically hysterical about the OBL ad. And of course, he has them on the ropes with the immigration issue. PBO is not taking anything for granted with the Latino community. But they know that it was the Republican Party that killed the DREAM Act in 2010. PBO was devastated that the bill did not pass.

    This Republican Party is having a rude awakening. For over three years their knee jerk response was to be against everything that President Obama was for. The problem for them is that President Obama was always on the right side of the issues. He has a story to tell. They got nothin. Like Robert Gibbs so eloquently said they blame PBO for not cleaning up the mess they created fast enough. Truer words were never spoken.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- – —– –MR. PRESIDENT wrote about her- — – –

    – – — President’s Sister Auma Obama Talks About her Memoir (Video)– — –

    – – —Auma Obama, a half-sister of President Barack Obama, visited the “Today” show this morning to promote her new memoir “And Then Life Happens,” about growing up in a remote village in Kenya, her life and her relationship with her famous brother, who she met for the first time in the 1980s.

    “When I met my brother, we had this instant connection,” she told co-host Ann Curry about the relationship she forged with him as a young adult. “I was able to talk to him and he really understood the things that I was talking about. …It just clicked.”

    In his memoir, Obama wrote of that encounter with Auma, “I knew at that moment somehow that I loved her, so naturally, so easily and fiercely.”

    Auma says she was happy to help fill in the missing pieces in her brother’s life. “That was part of his identity that he needed to get back,” she said. “And I was blessed to be able to be the person who was able to give him that and to share that with him.”

    Watch Auma Obama’s entire interview below.

    – — –[“That was part of his identity that he needed to get back,”]

    – – – -WHYCOME THIS makes me have a ***furrowed brow***?- – –

    Otherwise- — -he did speak fondly of her. :>).

    • Camille

      I really wish they would all stop writing books at this time and try to focus on supporting President Obama instead of exploiting and cashing in and providing fodder for the haters.

      Sick of it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY SisCamille – –***BIG HUG*** :>)

        ***fist bump*** —-***eye-2-eye** – —

        – —FOLLOW –their – –desire 4 $$$$$$$$! – —

        Wonder how many MORE 1/2 – – – -1/3, — 1/4 – – -KIN gon appear??? LOL.

        Annnd I wonder IFF – — – ALL his KINFOLK – — -R HIS KINFOLK!!?? – –LOL

        Good 2 C U. :>)

      • Actually, you all need to lay off Auma. She did not just come out of the woodwork. she was the very first link back to Pres. Obama’s paternal family. I teach his novel so I know that story of his relationship with Auma, like the back of my hand. She was an important facet of his psychological transformation at a critical juncture in his life.

        She campaigned alongside PBO’s other Sister Maya during the 2008 elections. She was at the inauguration and has visited the WH a couple of times discretely. She too holds a PH.D from Germany and is based in both Germany & Kenya. This past year she debuted a documentary film that just won the Best Documentary film Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards last weekend. She’s a very accomplished professional.

        She is not cashing in on her “famous brother” as she was already a well respected scholar.& activist for children in Kenya’s slums.

        • Camille

          I still insist that the book could have waited. The focus should be on re-electing President Obama not pushing books that is only bound to provide some fodder for those that will find it in the most innocent places.

    • Guns3000

      “When I met my brother, we had this instant connection”


      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Guns3000. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        LOL- – -I KNOW -HUH!? – —

        – –INSTANT – –CONNECTION – –as in – –BANK ACCOUNT!!

        Annnd her statements R sooo condescending. –WHAT does he NEED 2 KNOW??

        She betta READ Whitehousedotgov annnnd — RECOGNIZE!!

        Annnd I wonder how MUCH she got PAID 4 this?? —

        Good 2 C U. Guns3000. :>) – –

  • Camille

    Thank God for Rev. Al!

    • Aquagranny911


    • Camille

      But they can all lose me with this exaggerated elevation of Clinton.

      • Aquagranny911

        ME TOO!

        I read that Clinton is making so nice now because he want’s PBO’s war chest to pay off a debt that Hillary still has left from the ’08 primary. I have no data to back this up. I just read it somewhere. It wouldn’t surprise me though.

        My Sis is such a cynic & she asked me yesterday. “What do you think is in it for Clinton that he is standing for PBO now?” She thinks Hillary wants to run in 2016 & the Clintons need to look like good supportive Dems. I disagreed with her because I think Hillary is done with all that. Hillary Clinton has distinguished herself as SOS & proved to the old boys that she has some serious cojones besides she will be 70 in ’16 or almost. I think she wants to grieve her mother in peace & maybe spoil a grandkiddo or two if Chelsea gets with it soon.

        We will see her again, maybe as Ambassador to the UN.

        • crazycanuck

          You know, I cannot, I just cannot respect that man. What he did to the office of the Presidency and to Hillary was just reprehensible. Hillary may have forgiven him(why I’ll never know) but I cannot.

          • angee

            I will never forgive him for 2008 primary. The AA community and our ministers had his back during the blue dress incident and in 2008 he showed us what he REALLY thought about us.
            clinton know he is still in deep doodoo with the AA community and he is trying to build goodwill for hillary in 2016.
            At the end of the day Obama CAN get re-elected and lose the white male vote but billary CAN NOT win WITHOUT the Black vote.

          • crazycanuck

            yup could not agree more with everything you wrote

        • GreenLadyHere

          HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

          Iff NOT THIS: – –I read that Clinton is making so nice now because he want’s PBO’s war chest to pay off a debt that Hillary still has left from the ’08 primary. I have no data to back this up. I just read it somewhere. It wouldn’t surprise me though. — —SOMETHING ELSE is MOTIVATIN’ – -“BLUE DRESS.! :>)

          One other thought – –a hilary –RUN in 2016. Hmmm. . .

          Good 2 C U – -Aquagranny911 :>) – —

  • Camille

    Robert Draper says he did not detect any “racial animus” towards President Obama by the Teaparty congressmen he hung out with! LOL!

    Yeah! and my dear grand-mama of blessed memory was a virgin!

    It’s either Robert Draper was so comfortable and so used to “racial animus” amongst people who look like him, he failed to notice or Robert Draper is a liar.

    • Aquagranny911

      Robert Draper probably could not “detect” his own anal orifice with a mirror on a stick!

    • TheShyLurker

      I saw that.

      He almost had me screaming in a Sam Kinison-like tone, “SAY IT! SAY IT! SAY IT!”

      But no, white denial prevented Draper from speaking the truth on that.

      I also was not surprised to learn that Newt Gingrich was the de facto keynote speaker at this rally, er, gathering.

  • Aquagranny911

    I know a lot of you are doing OFA work & voter registration. If you haven’t seen this diary at TPV you might want to pop over there & give Deaniac some ♥


    Our OFA trainer stressed how important it is to know your own states laws on voting & staying on top of any changes. We have got to be ready, willing & able to get our voters to the polls.

  • GOVCHRIS1988

    Ok, is it right that this article by Stephen King just gave me an orgasm?


    Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
    The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America.
    by Stephen King | April 30, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check—go ahead and write it.”

    Heard it all before. At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of a bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?” The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City, but plenty of other people of the Christie persuasion did.

    Cut a check and shut up, they said.

    If you want to pay more, pay more, they said.

    Tired of hearing about it, they said.

    • Miranda

      He scares me, but I likes this!

    • Aquagranny911

      King totally creeps me out but maybe I will have to go buy one of his books so he can afford to pay his increased taxes after PBO gets re-elected. Sounds like he’s a Dem after my ♥

  • Miranda

    Here’s a poll that nobody’s talking about today! Wonder why?

    POLL OF THE DAY: Catholics Still Swing For Obama Despite The Contraception Controversy

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/catholic-vote-obama-over-romney-2012-4#ixzz1tZUcb31N

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -[Apologies iff a dup] – —DEMS have CHOICES: – – –RE-THUGS – – -HAVE – – — 2 do a SCAVENGER HUNT!! – —LOL – —

    – – – –A Look at the State of the Two Parties – – –

    – —With Republicans grumbling that Newt Gingrich shouldn’t be allowed to speak at the Republican National Convention and with (so far) no official Romney endorsements from Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, and no concession from Ron Paul, there aren’t a whole lot of candidates to fill the primetime speaking slots. In 2008, the Democrats were able to create four nights of excitement and buzz at their convention. Let’s look back at each night and try to figure out who would be the equivalents for the GOP.

    1st Night’s Principal Speakers
    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, author, attorney, and former First Daughter
    Edward M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts
    Michelle Obama, attorney, public servant, and executive; wife of Barack Obama
    Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, congresswoman, Convention Chair

    Who is the Republican equivalent of Caroline Kennedy? This would be a beloved (unelected) member of a well-respected Republican political family. How many Republican families still command respect? The Bush family is tarnished, although not beyond redemption. The Dole family wouldn’t fit the bill. Perhaps the Cheney family would do, because Michael Reagan isn’t getting near the podium and Ronnie’s other kids are Democrats. That leaves us a choice between Liz and Mary Cheney. Since Mary is openly lesbian, I kind of doubt she’d open the primetime ceremonies. I’m going with the charming Liz Cheney here. — —
    THERE IS MORE. – –

    —-Sooooo – –P-I-T-I-F-U-L!! — – LOL! – – – –

    • Aquagranny911

      What about Bristol Palin? She could give them a talk on abstinence & how to grift for fun & profit.

      Ok…heading to the naughty chair…

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Aquagranny911. Good ANSWER!! LOL.

        Isn’t it PITIFUL that – -despite al their $$ – –they R DEVOID of CHARACTER! – – -Orr 4 them — – – -MAYBE it’s RELATED. :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL Aquagranny911. ***runnin’ afta U 2 turn U around*** :>) – – – -NO “CHAIR” 4 U. :>)

        U SPOKE TRUTH! LOL. – – — –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-MR. PRESIDENT was on –ALL KINDS of FIERCE — FI-YAH!!

    – – – –Pres. Obama Remarks on Building and Construction Trades – – – –

    – – —Annnd They PLAYED – –“HAIL 2 THE CHIEF!” – – –4 MORE YEARS! – – – -Wooo! Hoo! :>)

    – – –President Obama spoke at the Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference Monday in Washington, DC.

    The Building and Construction Trades Department is a union under AFL-CIO’s umbrella that focuses primarily on the rights of construction workers in the U.S. and Canada. — –

    – –FIRED UP!! – –READY 4 – – – – -4! MORE! YEARS!! – – Woo! Hoo! :>) –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –THOUGHT that THIS has already BEEN ESTABLISHED. Hmm – –BUT – – -will accept it -AGAIN – —

    – – – –Media Coverage Favored Romney Over Obama

    – ——Oh, that librul media strikes again…

    During the bruising Republican primaries, there was one candidate whose coverage was more relentlessly negative than the rest. In fact, he did not enjoy a single week where positive treatment by the media outweighed the negative.

    His name is Barack Obama.

    That is among the findings of a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a Washington nonprofit that examined 52 key newspaper, television, radio, and Web outlets.

    “Day in and day out, he was criticized by the entire Republican field on a variety of policies,” Mark Jurkowitz, the group’s associate director, says of Obama. “And he was inextricably linked to events that generated negative coverage”—including rising gas prices, the ailing economy, and the renewed debate over his health care law.

    In short, while the president was being hammered on both fronts, his message was somewhat drowned out by the volume of news coverage surrounding the GOP candidates.

    Surprise! The media doesn’t seem to want to offer up “balanced” coverage, do they? They don’t want to inform their audience that the president has little to do with rising gas prices, or that the economy is in fact recovering, albeit slowly, or that there are massive lies constantly flung by Republicans over the health care law. No, it’s much more interesting to cover the Republican primary as a horse race and to uncritically regurgitate Every. Single. Republican. Talking. Point. without bothering to fact check or place it into context.

    Annnd THEY have produced –NO – –NONE – –NADA – –VIABLE POLICIES which have – -FAVORED da PEOPLE!! —


    Annnd –WE! NOT! POST!-RACIAL!! – –Jus’ sayin’. . . . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -Ohhhh – WOW&1/2!! – — -THIS is a 2-FER! – – – — HAH! —

    — —Voter Deportation – – –

    —–In other news, Florida Senator Macro Rubio was fined by the FEC on Friday for receiving “prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09.” – – –

    Whoops? – – —

    • Aquagranny911

      I despise Rubio so much but I will restrain myself from saying any more than I hope the fine was HUGE!!!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Aquagranny911. I KNOW — -HUH. LOL.

        KARMA is ON DA MOVE. – – -LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -[Apologies iff a dup] – – – -GOOD NEWS 4 WOMEN!! – – —

    – –Judge: No Blocking Funds for Planned Parenthood
    Judge Lee Yeakel stops Texas Republicans
    – – – –

    – – – –A federal judge today stopped Texas from preventing a health organization affiliated with abortion providers from receiving state funds. The state immediately appealed. US District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin ruled there is sufficient evidence that a law banning Planned Parenthood from the state’s Women’s Health Program is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing it until he can hear full arguments.

    The law passed last year by the Republican-controlled legislature forbids state agencies from providing funds to an organization affiliated with abortion providers. Eight Planned Parenthood clinics that do not provide abortions sued the state. The clinics say the law unconstitutionally restricts their freedom of speech and association.

    One BATTLE WON – –in the FIGHT AGAINST – —GOP WAR ON WOMEN! – – -Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • Miranda

    Remember when just a month ago rethugs were hollering about gas prices? What happened?

    Gas prices fall for fourth straight week

    U.S. gasoline prices fell in the latest week for the fourth straight week, the U.S. government said on Monday.

    The average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell 4 cents, to $3.83, a gallon in the week ended Monday. U.S. gasoline prices were down 13.3 cents from a year earlier.

  • Oh Arianna,

    Remember when you said this about Ned Lamont in 2006:

    “…Remember Ned Lamont? He was that guy who came out of nowhere to beat Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primary in 2006, only to turn around and lose to him in the general election when he got too cautious and stopped running the hard-charging campaign that had excited everyone in the first place. I really thought he was going to win there for a while. He probably could have, but, hey, hindsight is 20/20 — too late to do anything about it now.”

    Hindsight is 20/20 exactly. So why are you criticizing Obama for taking the offensive against Romney again?

    • Miranda

      Cuz she’s a republican masquerading as a “progressive” in order to fill her pockets.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – — ANOTHER JUDICIAL – -SMACK DOWN!! – – — Woo! Hoo! – –

    – —Oklahoma Supreme Court to Personhood USA: Oh, No You Don’t – —

    – – – –Guess what? Those nut jobs pushing Personhood amendments around the country got slapped down again today, this time by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Gosh, that’s confusing because these same people like to use the word “constitution” to excuse just about everything. So how could they be pushing something that was ruled “CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL?”

    – –Let’s see. The Personhood USA folks want to make a fertilized egg into a person with all of the “Rights” a person has. I’m still wondering if it’s a female egg, does it then have no rights? Oh, details. Maybe it has a right to life only until it’s born, if it’s a female. So, it will pay no taxes but have more rights than the carrier, who does pay taxes, because this is the new citizenship for women under Republican rule?

    NECN.com reported:

    The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that the proposal violates a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision and “is clearly unconstitutional.”

    Dan Skerbitz of Personhood Oklahoma said he had not seen the decision and could not comment on it.

    – —Yes, the MAN behind Personhood Oklahoma will need to see the Supreme Court’s decision before he can comment on it, and yet he feels entitled to regulate women’s bodies without seeing any of them. And he has no problem stealing liberty from women he’s never seen. Huh.

  • Miranda

    LOL, yeah….this will make it all ok!

    Pro-Romney ‘Super PAC’ Scrubs Negative Ads

    As Republicans rally to unify behind the presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, the campaign’s allies are working to heal old wounds from the bruising primary fight. In the latest example, the pro-Romney “super PAC” Restore Our Future has scrubbed its YouTube account of all negative ads against Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

    As noticed by Politico, the group’s YouTube account now just has two advertisements: an attack on President Obama’s job-creating credentials and a rehashing of a 2008 ad about Mr. Romney saving a young girl gone missing in New York City. The former negative videos have been scrubbed from the group’s channel and made private on individual ad pages.

    more here

    • isonprize

      Wow, they really think they can erase stuff from the intertubes, don’t they??


  • crazycanuck

    I’ll like someone to answer that question also

    MIP on SiriusXM 127 ‏ @MakeItPlain
    Question: Why is @BarackObama not a hero for killing Osama, while Zimmerman IS a hero for killing Trayvon? #200k

    • GreenLadyHere

      craxycanuck – – – – –Pssssssst – – -‘CAUSE -HE’S – — BAAALACK – –BLACKETY BAAAALACK!! – – -I THINK!! LOL.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – –WHEW LAWD! – –LOL – — The DEM/WHITE HOUSE ADS R sooo – –GOIN’ IN ON — teh WILLARD!! – —

    – – –Source: Obama ads feature Swiss bank account – —

    – – – –I reported a short while ago that the Obama campaign is going up with a fresh round of ads tomorrow in Ohio, Iowa and Virginia — three states where the president has been spending time in recent weeks.

    But the plot thickens: one media-tracking source tells me the title of the new commercial is “Swiss Bank Account.”

    An Obama spokesperson declined to confirm the content of the ads, but one would imagine the title’s a reference to Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account, which he initially failed to report in disclosure forms, and over which Democrats have been criticizing him for months.

    – – -THIS – – – ->The Obama campaign has bought $458,883 in airtime so far in Ohio, $88,455 in Iowa and $72,845 in Virginia for ads running May 1 to May 7, a buyer source says.

    Read more about: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, 2012 Elections, Swiss Bank Account
    THERE IS MORE! – —

    LOL! – -Soooo – -LOOKIN’ 4-WARD 2 THESE. Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – — -POU POPCORN — READY LOL :>)

    • AxelFoley

      It’s. About. To. Be. On. And. Poppin’.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY AxelFoley. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – – -U! AIN’T!- – — -NEVA!- – – -LIED!!- — :>)

        Teh WILLARD will have NO comebacks” 4 them!!- — -“CAUSE he/they cain’t RELATE 2 – – -REGULAR FOLKS!! :>)

        BIG TIME – – -RUN days- — movin’- – – –FORWARD!!– :>)

        Good 2 C U – –AxelFoley. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –While the RE-THUGS R playin’ around in – –ELEPHANT EXCREMENT – —LOOK what MR. PRESIDENT is doin’ 2 advance INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS – – – — :>)

    – – –President Obama Meets With Japanese Prime Minister Noda — –

    – – – —President Obama hosted Prime Minister Noda of Japan at the White House today.

    The two leaders discussed wide range of bilateral issues including the U.S.-Japan security alliance as well economic and trade issues.

    Other topics included the North Korean nuclear program, relations with China and the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden.

    – –In addition, the leaders discussed the U.S. military realignment from troops in Okinawa, Japan. On Thursday, the U.S. and Japan agreed to shift about 9,000 Marines from the Japanese island to other parts of Asia-Pacific.


  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -Annnnd – -the WINNER [by FACT CHECK] – — IS – – —

    – – –CNN Fact-Checks Rachel Maddow, Alex Castellanos Feud Over Gender Pay Gap: Determines Maddow Right

    — – –On Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC, CNN contributor Alex Castellanos and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow engaged in a heated debate over the reasons behind gender inequality and salary discrepancies in the work place. On Monday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and reporter Lisa Sylvester fact-checked the debate and found that Maddow was on the correct side of their argument.
    THERE IS MORE. – – – -THAT! — IS! – – ALL! LOL

    Annnnd 4 the BLOVIATIN’ –ARROGANT – -castellanos – –

    – – – – –SAAAAAAA-LAP – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda- — – —MURDOCK WATCH!! — – –

    – – – –Phone Hacking Report Expected To Target James Murdoch – – –

    – – – – –A UK parliamentary report on News Corp’s phone hacking is expected to criticize James Murdoch, The Guardian reports. The report is set to be released Tuesday. The parliamentary committee did not reach a final decision on whether Murdoch misled parliament when he testified before a committee last July. But the report concludes that Murdoch did not ask enough questions to understand the full extent of hacking at News International, News Corp’s British newspaper arm.

    HAH!! – – -Soooo –WATCHIN’ THIS. . . .

    – – —HE – -[FAUX NOISE –EVENTUALLY] – –GOIN’ DOWN!! Woo! Hoo! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    -miranda – – – SAAAAA-LAP – —WHA’!!!???? – – — -U WYT ENTITLEMENT -RACIST – – -PHOOL!! – – – –

    – -“FATHER of the YEAR”- –/SNARK! — –

    – —GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Says The Country Only Elected President Obama Because He’s Black – — –

    – —–Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) minced no words at a town hall over the weekend, telling constituents that the only reason President Obama was elected in 2008 was because “he’s our first African-American president.”

    Speaking at a town hall in Wheeling, Illinois on Sunday, Walsh gave his view on how to win the upcoming presidential election before launching into his take on the previous one. The House Republican said the country only voted for Obama because “he was a historic figure… our first African-American president.” Walsh noted that other factors helped, including McCain’s age, but argued that Obama “never would have gotten there without his historic nature.”

    WALSH: He was a historic figure. He’s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self. I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature.

    Watch it:

    Annnd the OTHER 43 WON BECAUSE THEY WERE – — WYT!!

    – — — –C how THAT WORKED!! – – – – –


  • GreenLadyHere

    – — –G’NIGHT POU FAM. :>) MAY U HAVE BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. – -♥ —♥ :>) – —

    – – – -UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT!♥ :>) — –

  • AxelFoley

    Don’t know if anyone posted this earlier, but if you’re familiar with Daily Kos, you know that one of the bloggers there by the name of slinkerwink has a huge following (yet, they refer to Obama supporters as mindless sheep following “Dear Leader”). She’s been known to flaunt the rules and threadjack every positive Obama-related diary (as she did with every diary backwater dog did before she left that site).

    Well, irony of ironies, ol’ slink got herself banned. Apparently, Markos meant what he said about no more threadjacking at DKos, so she got the boot. And of course, her minions are crying foul:


    Man, I love he smell of schadenfreude in the morning.

    • Miranda


    • Alma98

      I can’t stand that woman.