Sunday, May 06, 2012

Just in case you missed it a certain political campaign had its official start yesterday.

The Republicans have been saying that the President has been campaigning for months now, however in my opinion they will notice a rather noticeable difference moving forward.  And by the way FORWARD is the way this country needs to keep moving.

The other day my daughter expressed concern that Obama could win another term.

"Dad, people are just not happy with the progress," she said.  "I think a lot of them want a change."

"But listen to what you are saying," I replied. 'You are saying that people are not happy with the progress.  But what they have to remember is that there IS progress being made.  Progress that the Republicans have tried to sabotage at every turn in order have the opportunity to tell the country that Obama did not keep his promises.  However the reason the nation was so hungry for change, so desperate for progress, in the first place, is that during the eight years of the Bush administration we experienced NO progress, and indeed watched our country lose its hope due to failing economic policies and endless unnecessary wars.  THAT is what the Republican party did to this country the last time they occupied the White House, and there is no reason to believe it would be any different the next time they sit in the driver's seat. If these 'people' you are talking to want progress, than they need to get off their asses and not only make damn sure the President is reelected, but that he has plenty of Democrats in the Congress and Senate to help him to speed this progress along. The change they want to see is happening all around them, but if they want to see it kicked into high gear they need to do their part."

So now my daughter has been on Facebook telling her friends exactly that. I certainly hope they listen. Because we are going to need all of the help we can get.

You can read the transcript from this rally by clicking here.

And there is also video of the event that can be found over at the Obama Diary, which is also where I got those great pictures.

It is a lazy Sunday morning for me, but I am both FIRED UP and READY TO GO!


  1. Anonymous7:04 AM

    Don't forget the role that churches/religious institutions have palyed in thwarting progess and promoting their own agenda - all tax free. They directly or indirectly go after planned parenthood, gay rights, science, education and anything progressive because they want to retain power. They should lose their tax exempt benefit. If we want to move this country forward, there should be a mass movement to defund churches of their tax exemptions. If they are going to go after secular institutions, then secular institutions should go after the churches.

  2. Sally in MI7:16 AM

    Me too! And don't you love that he can do this with no gun references, no lies, and just plain old American enthusiasm? THAT is what makes us exceptional, not some misreading of the founding papers, not some fight over what God is THE GOD, but our willigness to dig in and help each other.

    1. Anonymous12:13 PM


    2. Anonymous5:32 PM

      Not only yeah, but hell yeah!

    3. Anita Winecooler8:16 PM


  3. Anonymous7:33 AM

    Forward? Oh, this will be a toughy for Sarah since she can't spit out "Hopey-Changey" for the next six months.

    Her ululating grating voice is going to exclaim "'Forward?' But Obama has been taking us Backassward the last four years!" Har har.

    What kind of person derides Hope?

  4. Anonymous7:41 AM

    I watched this yesterday and loved seeing the energy level that was displayed. President and Mrs. Obama did a beautiful job, as always! I've already mailed off a donation to his campaign, can hardly wait to vote for him AGAIN and will encourage and provide information about President Obama's accomplishments (in spite of the assholes in the House of the U.S. Congress obstructing him every step of the way!) to friends and family members as might be needed.

    I'm already finding more are favoring President Obama than I had anticipated. Yea!!!

    Romney is a typical lying male Morman....all Mormon men I have ever encountered have proven to be lazy, unethical in the work force and liars! He doesn't have the 'likeable' factor as he is horrible stiff, no personality and appears to be very cold in his spirit! He and his wife appear to me to be very out of touch w/folks of 'lower' class then they 'supposedly' hold. They indicated 'they deserve' winning!!! My ass!

    1. I live in Mesa, AZ which has a large population of Mormans. I have never found them to be lazy or unethical,actually, quite the contrary. I think Mittens is going to work his butt off to win this thing exactly because he feels it's his destiny. He might look less crazy than the crazy people he beat in the primaries, but anyone who can swallow the book of Morman hook line and sinker, is a nut and shouldn't be given the nucular (Sarah speak) codes.
      OBAMA 2012!

    2. Anonymous10:48 AM

      Mitt has no butt to work off. He left it in his off-shore account with his money in the Caymans.

    3. Anita Winecooler8:23 PM

      Did I actually hear Meh say something like the unemployment rate should be around 3 or 4 percent, and that Obama's a nice man but over his head?

      Whose ass did he pull that number out of, and what plan does he have to make it happen?

      The waitresses pinched his butt away on the campaign trail, and he looks constipated, just sayin'

  5. Anonymous7:43 AM

    President Obama relates to and identifies himself with the middle class and poor people. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, relates to and identifies himself with Wall Street, Corporations and the Fat Cats.

  6. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Gee, for a person who's supposedly losing the youth vote, there are an awful lot of young'uns in the audience.

    Also -- on a side note. I live in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. It's a diverse community and there are a lot of liberals here. But I live in a building with a LOT of retired people, mainly, widows who have decided to downsize from their big, beautiful homes. Because there are lots of older people here, I figured I'd refrain from talking politics. I happened, on Friday night, to help drop off something at the apartment of one of my neighbors and she showed us around her apartment -- and the kitchen...was an Obama 2012 sticker!!!

    Like I said, this shouldn't be that surprising -- it's the most liberal of all the Chicago suburbs, after all -- but there's a difference between quietly supporting the president and going out and getting a sticker (which I think you only get for making a donation??) And for an older woman to feel so strongly about the president, well...that makes this big, fat lady liberal feel REAL good about November, REAL good. Aren't old white people supposed to be solid for Romney????

  7. It wasn't just college kids at the Ohio State Rally either. My sister and brother in law (54 and 65, respectively) were there with friends as well. They sent me pictures from their phone. We HAVE to keep President Obama in the White House for another term. We cannot let Mittens take us back to Bushco policies!!!

  8. Anonymous8:17 AM

    Proof the Right Used Pre-Rally Picture To Claim Obama Arena Was Empty

    ...The truth is that President Obama drew 14,000+ in an 18,000 seat arena. It wasn’t a sellout, but it was about 13,500 more people than Romney’s largest crowd in Ohio. As the Washington Post pointed out Romney has drawn crowds of several thousand during the campaign, what they didn’t mention is that most of his thousands were bused in Mormon college students, but Obama’s crowd today was exponentially bigger than anything Mitt Romney has drawn this year.

    The right wing media was trying to level the playing field. They want to erase the memory of Mitt Romney giving his big economic address to 80,000 empty seats at Ford Field in Detroit. The problem they have is that even though right wing media does, the photographs don’t lie.

    The arena for the Obama event wasn’t empty. This was just another attempt by the right to plant a lie in the media, with the hope that it takes root and sprouts, but visual evidence and common sense are the pesticides needed to make sure that this weed never grows in our 2012 garden.

    1. Anonymous9:20 AM

      Wonder if Mitt can get 250,000 to a speech in Berlin?

      Wish he would try.

    2. Anonymous10:36 AM

      The Washington Post is kissing Mitt Romney's ass. Mitt Romney does not draw "several thousands" to his rallys. TPM said that Mitt Romney's crowds are still measured in the "hundreds." TPM said even the 8,000 capacity Obama crowd in Virginia dwarfed any of the crowds Mitt Romney has ever gotten. On a good day, Mitt Romney is lucky if he can get 1,200 people to show up at one of his rallys.

      Mitt Romney doesn't normally have rallys in a large arenas, like President Obama does. Mitt Romney usually has rallies in smaller, intimate venues, because he wouldn't come close to filling 18,000 seats in an area. Plus, the cameras never pan over the crowd at his rallies, because there isn't much of a crowd.

      And, anyway, President Obama has sold out seats at rallys earlier this year. So, he can still fill seats. President Obama's Ohio crowd still dwarfed Mitt Romney's crowed in Ohio. A Romney crowd wouldn't have filled up 1/3 of the seats.

    3. Anita Winecooler8:32 PM

      And just an observation- Romeny's "crowds" are neatly arranged and widely spaced to fill the background. Most women look bored, like their thinking of what caterer to use for next week's dinner party.

      Obama's crowds are a mess! They're on their feet cheering, animated, engaged and raring to go.

  9. Anonymous8:18 AM

    We will move this country forward! Forward into ten more years of war in Afghanistan unless you're one to swallow the phony spin of it not being 'really' ten more years. Now you have another phony to vote for along with Romney.

    1. Anonymous8:35 AM

      For whom will you cast your vote?

    2. Boscoe10:42 AM

      I, for one, will vote for the phony who removed the banks from our student loan system and who attempted to reform the corrupt, conflict of interest-ridden health insurance industry over the phony who openly says give the wealthy everything they want and hope for the best.

      I'd rather roll the dice on a "hopey changey" guy who might turn out to be naive or incapable of achieving his goals than on someone so imbecilic that they still believe Trickle-Down Economics is a viable concept.

      I don't believe in America as some kind of Wild Kingdom "survival of the fittest" game preserve where parasite/vultures like Romney and Goldman-Sachs get to set the rules and allow themselves to feast on the carcasses of the lives they destroy.

      There has to be balance so that yes, people like Romney are allowed to prosper, just not at the expense of other people's lives and prosperity.

      Corporate mindset is amoral and clinically psychotic. Literally, these people are parasites, sucking the lifeblood out of America for their own enrichment regardless of the detriment to the rest of the country. When profit is the ONLY factor that determines "success", then how can there possibly be any other outcome?

      It is simple logic and understanding of human nature to know that in a system which values only constantly increasing profit margins, the people who rise to the top of that system will be the most amoral psychopaths who are willing to cut the throats of the people beneath them.

      When was the last time you ever heard a corporation touting the quality of life it affords it's employees? When was the last time you ever heard a corporate CEO announce that it was voluntarily restricting it's profits in order to raise living standards for it's employees? -Or to keep jobs here in the States when they could be getting that work for a fraction of the cost from some oppressive third world country?

      It's not going to happen unless they're given no choice in the matter.

      Supporting and protecting a microscopic percentage of the population controlling nearly all wealth and resources is not "prosperity". And until the Republicans stop calling the 1% "the job creators" and suggesting that services to the lower 50% should be cut instead of corporate tax loopholes I can not, in good conscience, vote for one.

      CONSUMERS create jobs by raising demand. Get more money into the hands of the consumers if you want to improve the economy. Putting more money in the hands of people who already have more than they can spend is irrational.

      And tax the hell out of anyone who exports jobs. Any corporation who values increased profits over American lives is a TRAITOR and should be treated as such.

    3. Anonymous10:44 AM

      @9:18 AM:

      I understand perfectly, that the U.S. will be in Afghanistan for another 10 years. I'm not happy about it, but, I'm also not a "single issue" voter. Go ahead and cast your vote for some phony third party candidate, who has no chance of winning. Or, stay the hell home.

    4. Anonymous1:41 PM

      Boscoe NAILED IT! Great comment.

    5. Anonymous3:18 PM

      Thank you, Boscoe! While in an ideal world it would be nice to just up and leave Afghanistan, in a real world that is not possible. I think the planned arrangement is the best possible one. On this and all other issues I stand squarely with President Obama. It would have been nice if the Republican opposition had not spent the last three and one-half years treasonously obstructing recovery in this country.

    6. Anita Winecooler8:45 PM

      Yes, Boscoe said it best!

      Emding the war won't be easy nor quick, but it will be done and it will get done responsibly with President Obama.

  10. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Bill Maher Gut Punches the Right by Exposing Their Racial Anti-Obama Motivation

    ...Maher said, “Obama obviously against Romney. I think the second term for Obama is even more important than the first term. If the first black president only has one term, America reads that as a failure. This is what the right wing hopes and prays for more than anything else. America looks at this one-term president and goes, ‘We tried a black guy, but it just didn’t work.’ And I think Obama is aware of that. That’s why I think he is so conservative in the first term. He knows for the sake of black America he needs a second term.”

    It is a sad reality, but Bill Maher has a point. Obama’s critics still claim to this day that the novelty factor is the only reason that he won in 2008. While it’s true that all presidents seek validation by winning a second term, but President Obama is carrying a heavier burden. This president’s reelection campaign may very well validate the idea that an African-American can be a successful president.

    It is astounding that as a nation, the United States is in a position where the validity of the concept of electing minorities to the highest office in the land is up for debate, but this is where a loud and vocal segment of the right has chosen to make their last stand. Make no mistake about it, 2012 is their last stand. Republicans understand that their behavior and positions on African-Americans, Hispanics, and women will make very difficult for the party to win a presidential election if Barack Obama wins in 2012.

    ...Maher was correct. A second Obama victory is more important than the first. President Obama himself represents a form of progress that the right is desperate to stop. If Obama wins reelection that progress will not be denied, and the privileged white male will forever have to share his formerly exclusive lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with everyone else, and as Bill Maher put it this is what the right is hoping and praying does not happen.

  11. Anonymous8:24 AM

    First Lady Michelle Obama Inspires at Ohio Rally

    Michelle Obama is already proving to be one of the President’s best surrogates for campaigning, just as she has already proven herself to be a huge asset to our country, especially our military families.

    With grace, class, and humor, Michelle Obama is the every woman of America. She didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she worked hard to get a great education. She’s living proof of the best of America.

    When the Obamas speak about economic policies that are best for the people, we know they know what we’re all going through because they’ve been here and they have not forgotten.

  12. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Thanks Gryphen, your words are exactly what I think and say when anyone brings up the President and his "failed policies". I too want not just President Obama re-elected, but a Democratic majority so we can get things done.
    Keep up the good work, this blog is one of my favorite daily go-to places for a funny, insightful read.

  13. You said it very well, Jesse. I just copied and pasted your comments to your daughter on my Facebook page.

  14. Anonymous8:59 AM

    I'm not concerned at all with Obama beating Romney, in a landslide, but I am concerned about THIS:

    New Strategies Required to Respond to Republican Voter Suppression Tactics

    ...As informed liberals know, voters across the country have been losing their constitutionally guaranteed right to elect their representatives thanks to Republicans, ALEC, and a host of other nefarious conservative organizations like the National Center for Public Policy. Having been forced to give up on poll taxes and literacy tests, Republicans have turned to new methods of voter suppression. These include restrictions on early voting, same day registration, and most commonly, voter ID laws. Other tactics to dampen voting have also become legal, such as Florida’s laws that discourage individuals and organizations from registering people to vote by putting criminal and/or financial penalties in place if registration forms are not turned in within ridiculously short periods of time. While the only response that makes sense long term is to overturn these laws, there are some steps that can be taken in the interim.

    1. Anonymous10:21 AM

      The Republican Secretary of State is launching a "clean up" of lax voter rules. Hmm. That means: we'll allow election fraud but we'll keep as many eligible voters from voting as possible, especially if they are members of a minority group.

    2. Anonymous10:31 AM

      Absolutely correct, and we need to get this information out there, as Republicans depend on people that are not informed. They think that people who don't realize what is going on are so dumb that they can be easily manipulated and used. They have absolutely no respect for hardworking people who aren't wealthy! Voter suppression seems to be getting rampant, and needs to be exposed and stopped! People are not stupid, as these despicable Republican politicians think they are. The main problem is that good decent Americans are going out there daily and busting their butts to work hard and support their families, they come home tired and don't follow the news that closely.

      Hopefully they will realize how important it is to get informed from credible sources and get involved. Working TOGETHER us little guys can TRULY make a difference, so don't get discouraged, but do whatever you can, because whatever you do with a sincere heart does really matter! Have a great day everyone!

  15. Anonymous9:22 AM

    O.M.G.: look how close the NYT thinks the election is: 217 (Obama) vs 206 (Romney)

    1. Anonymous10:48 AM

      Yeah, right. Most of the other electoral maps don't have it that close, or even give Mitt Romney 200 electoral votes. The NYT has been doing a lot hit pieces on President Obama, and a lot of fluff pieces on Mitt Romney. Watch the NYT endorse Mitt Romney in 2012.

    2. Anonymous11:35 AM

      I hope you are right, anon11:48. Doesn't surprise me that "our newspaper or record" would do that. Your take seems a lot closer to what I sense from my reading. I fear the late-breaking GOP dirty tricks and voter fraud. Seems like a reality to me, based on past elections. The question is how much? How effective?

  16. Anonymous9:42 AM

    President Obama needs to start every rally saying, "Raise your hand if you have a Swiss bank account"

    1. Anonymous11:38 AM

      And a follow-up question would be "How many of you want one?" "How many of you even think in such terms?"

      Small % of the 99%.
      Large % of the 1%.
      I bet Romney has one for each kid.

  17. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Are we better off with Obama or John McCain (and the potential menace of Sarah Palin)?

    Y E S, we are better off with Obama.

    We can not compare Obama to some fantastic choice that we did NOT have.

    And in the upcoming run-off between Obama and Romney, our choice will be between someone that CAN run this country and someone that messed up running Massachusetts.

    When the conversation turns to "how awful Obama is" among my relatives and friends still clinging to their fauxnews drivel, I say "so prove to me that McCain was a better choice". (crickets) And to really silence them, I babble about how much better Romneycare is than Obamacare, and how I'm sure Romney really (really) can't wait to spend billions more on health care.

    Mitt Romney called Russia "without question our number one geopolitical foe". Anyone that out of touch with current world situation, should be kept as far as possible from meddling in delicate diplomatic situations (much less deal with belligerent countries). Romney might be actually WORSE than McCain. We'll have to see how bad Romney's VEEP pick is to decide that question.

    1. Anonymous3:21 PM

      One of my concerns with Mitt Romney (and there are many) is the fact that, while he has been running for president since 2006, he seems to know absolutely nothing about the world around us or about how the real world economy works. Has he not read a newspaper or a book or tried to learn about other countries since he ended his career in state politics? I think that he is extremely intellectually lazy. He's rich and that's why he thinks he should be president.

  18. Anonymous9:55 AM

    McCain: Palin VP choice based on qualifications

    War hero he might be but this man is insane.

    1. Anonymous10:22 AM

      I personally do not think he was much of a war hero. And he is truly senile by now. Imagine if he were in the White House in the condition he is in!

    2. Anonymous11:27 AM

      War hero or not, he was in the bottom of his class, he didn't do well in the Air Force (crashing several planes), he's called his wife a c**t in front of several NYT reporters, he went along with the SP pick for VP, and he's still going out of his way to lie about it.

      Romney is just as bad: no real plans (except bad ones, bad for us 99%ers), flip-flopper, poor judgment, out of touch with non-gazillionaires, extremely well in touch with 1%ers who don't understand economics, want war profiteering to continue (all that lovely money! all ours!! 10 more years!!!), will find it more convenient to meet their goals by reducing civil liberties and services (and their own taxes).

      Is Obama perfect? No. But think of the other side. How can those NYT election status numbers be so close? It's all those misguided folks who think voting Repub will show those uppity women and minorities a thing or two.

  19. Anonymous9:56 AM

    I teach 8th grade, a class that contains either those who like learning or those rebelling. I fully agree with Adrienne's newest post. Her point is, people rely on the TEACHERS because the teachers are a constant in their lives and they will always have what the student needs. She's talking about the perpetual "offenders", not sometimes forgetful Suzy.


    I see it every day. A student walks in, approaches the teacher's desk, starts searching, and asks, "May I borrow a pen?" or worse, "I need a pen." Or a student walks in, sits down, does nothing, and when questioned about the lack of productivity, looks at the teacher like she should know this already, and states, "I ain't got no pen and no paper!" At the end of the period, they usually leave the classroom, not having returned what they borrowed. And because they feel entitled, they lack any understanding why the teacher is upset that her supplies are diminishing.

    This wouldn't be cause for concern if this were a rare occasion, but unfortunately, it is not. Day after day, the same students need the same things. It would be understandable, of course, if the reason for not having supplies is that the family cannot afford them. However, this isn't a poverty issue. The same students have iPods, cell phones, and expensive sneakers. Surely, they can purchase a writing utensil. This issue is bigger than money. This is an issue of entitlement and irresponsibility. Why provide for themselves what can, will, and in their minds, should be provided for them? I submit that the public school has not only contributed to this mentality, but may, with the aid and consent of the family, be the very reason for it.

    I always say children don't raise themselves. They think the way they do because they've been taught to think that way. As uncomfortable as it is to admit that we adults hold some responsibility for the way our young people are turning out, we do. Again, I see it every day. We train students to live off of others. We train them that it's okay not to take personal responsibility. We train be Democrats. Thus, they become Democrats who vote for Democrats--because "Democrats believe in helping people." We, the mean, selfish conservatives, only believe in helping ourselves, they come to think. The truth, of course, is we believe in helping others help themselves. But thanks to their school experience, we are the antithesis of everything they have come to associate with the way it should be, the way kind, caring, giving people function.

    How do we send this improper message? Simple. When students don't have what they need, we tell them to come see us to get it or borrow from a classmate. They do so--every single day. We tell those who don't have their homework assignment done to bring it the next day, or the next, or the next, the fact that we're past that lesson now and the fact that the assignment could have been done in 15 minutes are not to be taken into consideration. If a particular teacher lays down the law, sticks to principles, and wants to teach a student some life skills, like personal responsibility, consequences, and work ethic, any group of people--parents, guidance counselors, other teachers--may come to the student's rescue, sometimes demonizing that "mean" teacher. This appeal, all with the good motive to take good care of that student, is usually accompanied by some story of why the teacher should accept an assignment ten weeks late (right before report cards go home, of course), excuse all displays of irresponsibility, and buy extra supplies so those who choose to come unprepared can get them from her. Then we wonder why in a few years we are still taking care of these people via our tax dollars. By then, many of these young adults are okay with that scenario. Why wouldn't they be? It's all they've ever known. Apparently, we're also okay with it because we helped do it to them. And I, too, am not without fault.

    1. left out a few things about Adrienne's post in your Kudo's to the Head Palinbot at the's what you left out...

      "I’ve been teaching for 16 years, and the longer I teach, the more I see disturbing trends. Never mind the lack of skills and total disregard for authority. The most obvious trend is students’ tendency to see the school’s role in the same way Democrats see the government’s: as a never-ending storehouse of anything they might need. Like big government Democrats, students put almost no thought into where these things come from, so long as they’re provided. Like Democrats, they possess a sense of entitlement where these things are concerned. And like Democrats, they do not take personal responsibility."

      "We are creating monsters. No, even worse, we’re creating big government, entitlement-minded Democrats who grow up and declare that because someone such as President Obama occupies the White House, they don’t have to worry about anything. Their mortgage and gas bills will be taken care of, for example. We’re creating people who wonder what the big deal is when told that they should strive to have their own, rather than having to depend on others on a daily basis. We have made it so that those who come equipped with what they need are the exception now rather than the rule."

      "I've told my students over and over that life won’t accommodate their behavior, that they can’t live life like this–relying on others. But I’m starting to wonder if that’s even true. There are people who do live like this, or at least believe it’s okay for others to live like this. Why not? What’s wrong with taking from those who have and giving to those who don’t have, rather than teaching those who don’t have how they, too, can have? With the help of the public school, they see absolutely nothing wrong with it. After all, everyone has to do their “fair share.”

      The rest of Adrienne's shitty post is a public ass kissing to the Toad and Baldy so I won't bother to post it.

      If my child was in Adrienne's class and I do have an 8th grade daughter...I would remove her IMMEDIATELY! Ms. Ross has NO BUSINESS teaching children with her fucked up views...and the fact that you "claim" to be a teacher means that you are just as fucked up as this Baldy worshiping chick! And if this is Krusty and I suspect it is....STFU!

    2. Anonymous12:37 PM

      Why the hell would any of us care what Adrienne Ross has to say about anything, let alone teaching?

      Hmmm, is Kristy now claiming to be an 8th grade teacher? How convenient?

    3. Anonymous2:01 PM

      A teacher who hates kids...perfect.

    4. Anonymous3:25 PM

      I consider myself to be a good citizen: I do not complain about taxes, I vote and I'm fairly knowledgeable about the issues. And, when I was in public high school, we were each given a new pencil and a new newsprint tablet each month. And our art supplies were provided. By the time I graduated I had a box of (well used) pastels, charcoal sticks, etc. that I did not have to turn in. And I did not become dependent on the government for handouts! What a ludicrous conclusion to draw!

    5. Anita Winecooler9:27 PM

      Frankly, with all the cuts in funding of Public Sector Jobs, I'm surprised she works in a public school, paid for by our tax dollars.

      Hypocrite, and to think, she jumped to protect Sarah Palin, and proudly "took an egg" intended for her idol.

  20. Anonymous10:23 AM

    President Obama inherited a tremendous mess from Bush, Jr., and the Republicans have been trying to scream about him not being able to fix it all IMMEDIATELY!! They hope people will not notice what GWB did to our great country and our economy. They hope no one will remember that GWB got us into a war with Iraq that cost us thousands of innocent lives in our military! I hope your daughter can realize just how the Republicans have tried to oppose President Obama from the time he was first elected and hadn't even taken over office yet. Their despicable bashing of him continues to this day, and that's what the Republicans are hoping will get their guy, Romney, in as POTUS!

    Romney would be an absolute disaster as POTUS - he is TOTALLY out for the wealthiest, as he is all about providing even more tax breaks for the wealthy, and subsidies for big oil. Anyone of the middle class on down needs to recognize that Romney in no way could even begin to relate to them, nor even care. He is so wealthy that he could never relate to what the majority of Americans have to go thru just to survive on a daily basis! He has multiple expensive homes, one even has an elevator for cars, and a few days ago we saw Ann Romney wearing a blouse that cost over $900!! These people are so out of touch with ordinary Americans, that they in no way could even begin to care about them. For the Romneys, it's all about big bucks and looking out for the wealthiest. Just look at the Ryan budget, which Romney thinks is magnificent, and see how the middle class and poor would have to be the ones to pay for all the tax cuts for the wealthiest!

    President Obama TRULY cares about us little guys, and I think of all of the hatred and prejudice that has been hurled against him and his family, yet he has stayed in there with dignity and class, and has truly shown compassion for ALL Americans. He wants us all to be able to have a level playing field and play by the same rules. The Rethuglicans are only out to help the wealthiest. Remember that when you vote on November 6th! Thanks!!

    1. Anonymous6:58 PM

      Liz Cheney actually said Obama "inherited.a.victory" in Iraq.


      Fuuuuuuuck you, McCain!

  21. Anonymous10:32 AM

    As a cannabis activist I must say that Obama has not even tried to keep his word on Medical Marijuana. There have been more Medical Marijuana raids from the Obama Administration than Bush. Medical Marijuana is more popular with a 70% approval rating than Obama , yet the raids grow in numbers. Something is fishy here and there is a lot of stink coming from White House!

    1. Anonymous11:09 AM

      So -- you're not supporting the president and his progressive policies...because of pot? So, pot is so important to you that you'd rather go to war with Iran and limit rights for WOMEN and gays while raising taxes on the middle class and eliminating Medicare, all while LOWERING the 25% tax rate on the richest 1 percent -- well, you must be a DUDE. Because the president is the #1 protection we have against some horrible regressive policies aimed at limiting the rights of women. You can relax -- because your Viagara will be protected. MY birth control pills, however, might not be covered any more -- all so you and your little stoner friends can make your little point about legal pot by staying home? You're an idiot and -- probably -- a future Republican. I'm sorry, but I have NO patience for people throwing medical marijuana in the face of the president...

      You know what? I hate this kind of language but I can't help it -- FUCK YOU.

    2. Anonymous11:29 AM

      "Cannabis activist @11:32 AM:

      Just what "word" did President Obama fail to keep on Medical Marijuana?

      I've got some disappointing news for you: Medical Marijuana raids are not going to decide the election. Take your fake poutrage, elsewhere.

    3. Anonymous12:02 PM

      Hey, cannabis activist. While you're high, why not claim Obama has started a war on cats because of Bo The Dog?

    4. Anonymous12:41 PM

      I believe cannabis should be legalized. In fact, I believe all drugs should decriminalized. I will still vote for the President again and hope that this country continues to move toward removing the archaic, irrational ire toward cannabis. It's only a matter of time.

    5. Anonymous1:29 PM

      If availability of pot is your major political plank then you have just proven that pot is in fact a mind altering drug that should be kept illegal.

    6. Anonymous2:08 PM

      Yes, President Obama's first priority right now should be making sure you can get your smoke-on legally...I mean what the hell it's not like he has any more pressing matters to deal with, right? Sheesh.

    7. Anonymous6:30 PM

      Perhaps you should quit smoking that ganja. has messed up brain.

    8. Anonymous7:01 PM

      I'm a total pothead, and I looooove me some Obama.

    9. Anonymous7:47 PM

      Seventy percent of the voters are in favor of medical marijuana, put that in your pipe and smoke it. That is 70% of the voters, you can make fun all you want but Ron Paul is not making fun of these voters!

      I would much rather vote for Obama, but... like so many of you he laughed off the cannabis community!

    10. Anita Winecooler9:35 PM

      What a bummer!

      I hear he's not polling well with chrystal meth or heroine advocates either. Have you thought of starting a union? Maybe he'll fall for it if there's a union involved?

    11. Anonymous11:23 PM

      I hear he's not polling well with chrystal meth or heroine advocates either.

      Sad... would you compare child molesters to the gays? I know I do not! Everything I have said is about medical marijuana, it has been used as a healing herb for thousands of years!

      Booze destroys families, personal health and causes many deaths each year, cigarettes destroy health and kill...

      ...but lets make fun of the pot heads, always ridicule Medical Marijuana.

      The jokes on you as new polls showing even more support for MMJ,

      If your loved one gets cancer you might rethink your snobbish position on MMJ.

    12. Anonymous6:01 AM

      I strongly believe marijuana should be legalized.

      It's ridiculous for anyone, especially progressives, to ridicule marijuana or it's users (medical or otherwise).

      It is also ridiculous to hold back a vote for Obama due to this issue, especially considering the alternative.

  22. Anonymous10:52 AM

    If you need even more reason to vote for President Obama's re-election, think: SUPREME COURT NOMINEES. I watched the rally. Both the President and the First Lady moved me to tears.

    The French just voted out Sarkozy for a socialist candidate. The Greeks are getting rid of their Goldman-Sachs recommended candidate. Perhaps the tide is turning, and our President can be "more progressive" in his next term.

    BUT NOT WITHOUT SUPPORT FROM THE SENATE & CONGRESS. Rock the vote, Dems, for our President, for the Senate, and the House. And THEN, let's see what changes happen!

    1. Anonymous7:06 PM

      What is truly funny: only because Carla Bruni was in fashion magazines did Palin have ANY IDEA who she was.

      So, it was that "knowledge" that let her babble on like a total moron to the radio comics!

      If she knew nothing (that is so loaded...), she could at least have been somewhat respectful and professional.

      Probably not.

  23. Anonymous11:06 AM

    Recent polling says people aren't happy about the slow pace of the economic recovery, but most people do think the economy is getting better. That's important, because even though people are happy with the slow pace, they do think things are better than they were 4 years ago.

    When Jimmy Carter, and 'Bush 41' lost re-election, the economy was getting worse, on their watch, and people thought it was getting worse. The economy is getting better on President Obama's watch, and people think it's getting better, no matter what republicans say. The other difference is, most people blamed Jimmy Carter, and 'Bush 41' for the worsening economy. But polling taken 4 years after President Obama was elected, says that most people still blame republicans, and or, 'Bush 43' for the current state of the economy, not President Obama.

    This is why 'Bush 43' is still hiding on the sidelines, because people still remember that President Obama inherited 'Busg 43's' mess. That's also why republicans don't like it when President Obama reminds voters of this, because republicans want people to have amnesia. Plus, Mitt Romney wouldn't bring progress, or change.

    Mitt Romney would make things worse. It says a lot that Mitt Romney isn't doing better in the polls. President Obama is pulling away from Mitt Romney in swing states, like Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. And, women, and Latino voters hate Mitt Romney, and he can't win without either of them. Plus, President Obama has found his campaign message. Mitt Romney still hasn't found his message. Mitt Romney is throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. Mitt Romney even tries to sound like President Obama sometimes. That's not a good sign, if you are trying to copy your opponent. It means the Romney team knows Mitt Romney sucks, and they aren't confident their tactics will work.

    And, despite people not being thrilled about the amount of progress, people are betting real money that Mitt Romney is going to lose the election.

    1. AnonymousMay 6, 2012 12:06 PM

      BEST post I've read today....THANK YOU!

    2. Anonymous12:48 PM

      Preach it! Excellent.

    3. Anita Winecooler9:37 PM

      Excellent Comment! Thanks!

  24. Anonymous1:26 PM

    There is the real danger from younger voters who were too young to have realized what the Bush Admin did, because they do not know what it was like before Bush.

    And even those who were teens in 2008 and are now eligible to vote may not have been paying all that much attention until now.

    So this is an opportunity for young adults to enlighten even younger adults about what has been happening in the adult world.

  25. Anonymous2:03 PM

    I don't mean any disrespect to your daughter, but exactly who does she think will be better? Myth Rmoney? Or has she been hanging around with the Paulbots?

    I'm glad you set her straight, in any event.

    1. Anita Winecooler9:46 PM

      I didn't read it that way, We have many discussions with our teen and adult kids all the time. My one daughter has more progressive leanings than I do, and I think it's healthy to have kids who are politically aware and open to arguing and discussing the issues.

      Just my opinion and no disrepect for your comment.

  26. Anonymous6:19 PM

    Don't believe the crap from media or the pundits, he ROCKED the house and here's the evidence:

    Obama Richmond Rally - Four More Years Chant

  27. Anita Winecooler8:14 PM

    Despite the sunday news cycle MSM media spin machine, :GASP: A sitting President is CAMAIGNING???? The GOP had mostly female mouthpieces on MSM asking stupid questions like "Are you better off today, than when Obama took office?" The answer is yes.

    Bin Laden, dead, GM , alive and kicking.
    The trends have steadily been upward since a lag while he dug us out of a ravine left by the Shrub Fiasco. They forgot the BP disaster, natural disasters, and the Automobile companies on the brink of tanking the economy.
    With this speech, he took responsibility for his few shortfalls, but he accomplished more in three years, despite the GOP's concerted effort to make him seem weak.
    With this one speech, he rekindled the hope theme and showed the "Forward" slogan to be worthy.

    What bills, exactly, did Boehner pass that had anything at all to do with the middle class and the poor? And what bills, exactly, did Nancy Pelosi get passed that had anything to do with the middle class and poor?

    This framed his campaign perfectly. Hope never dies, and why change horses in midstream? When the GOP represents the 1 percent. "Let the car companies declare bankruptcy" "Our one and only mission is to ensure a one term presidency for Obama". Poor Leadership on the GOP's side, and letting themselves be led by the nostrils from "common sense" teathuglicans. Get out the vote!

    Obama/Biden 2012, a Democratic Congress to move Forward.

  28. Anonymous5:23 AM

    Hmmmm, really half-white Barry? How come you keep stealing my motto's?

    Fired Up? That belongs exclusively to MY belly.

    Ready to Go? I say that to myself every day as I set about my 10 mile run in my nylons and running shorts from my junior year of High School.


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