05
Mar
11

the miami visit

In the second video, skip to 2:20 if you want to avoid having to hear the Bush boy speak


23 Responses to “the miami visit”


  1. 1 sherijr
    March 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    thanks chip, I missed this.. will pass it forward for others too :) Happy Saturday my dear~

  2. 3 Proud of Obama
    March 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    That was really a neat report. Quotes I liked:

    Reporter: “Students’ welcome for the President was deafening.”

    Reporter: “The President was rushed like a rock star.”

    Student: “I was so proud to see “my” President today.”

    Me: Young people love him and recognize that they have a wonderful, brilliant leader. They are wise and a few adults would be wise to follow their lead.

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      March 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      The hope, enthusiasm and energy of these young kids has brought tears to my eyes. What the hell is wrong with those who don’t recognize that opportunity should be for everyone, and the collective benefit we would all share in if we actually meet that goal.

      Hope, never ever let anyone convince you to let go of it! Without hope there is no courage. Without courage there would be no change.

  3. March 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    That’s why Republicans has no chance in 2012. Young people are simply adoring this man. (Old people too, i can testify :)).

    Good job with the video, Chip.

    • March 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      My beloved BWD!! Work has been so nuts the last couple of days I haven’t had a chance to drop over to the glory that is The Only Adult In The Room, but I’ve been getting emails advising me to get over there NOW – bundles of good stuff, I hear, especially a Chris Matthews’ video? Okay, I’m going to get some stuff out of the way and then treat myself to the feast that awaits me – love ya, as always, you’re amazing.

      • March 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        The CM video is really something. A breath of fresh air.

        Take it easy, my friend. I can’t live without you!

        • 8 Dorothy Rissman
          March 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

          It was a great think that Matthews did. He did not hold back, he said what he thought and what he thought is absolutely correct.

  4. 9 Sonjia Duncan
    March 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    March is Education Month.
    We need to honor that and make sure the republican cuts to education do not happen. We need to make sure everyone we know and even some we do not know resist the urge to push education aside for huge tax cuts to corporations and subsides to oil companies and agriculture.

    We need to protect our public schools who educate all of our children. We need to keep our good teacher in our schools.

  5. 10 Me4obama
    March 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Did he really have to shake Rick Scott’s hand. That man is filthy and a thief. But hey, my president is a lover not a hater.

  6. 12 Proud of Obama
    March 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I swear I was getting ready to write something really nasty about Rick Scott and then I thought about how President Obama always rises above the hate and I couldn’t. Boy, this man’s ways just rub off on you.

    • 13 Sue in Minnesota
      March 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      I still find it hard to believe that the people elected Scott despite his track record of unethical and illegal dealings. In addition , a once disgraced judge, Alcee Hastings Jr., elected to Congress in 1992 and still serving…really people? Scratching my head here.

  7. 14 Temp
    March 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    What position does Jeb have in FL?

  8. 15 Cdholds
    March 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Nice video, thanks for posting…BUT…when someone acts with honor and respect, i think it is appropriate to treat them with honor and respect, no matter their political affiliation or family baggage. Jeb risked being taken to task by his party to get the president’s back on an issue he cares about. “The Bush Boy” comment really wasn’t helpful.

    • March 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Cdholds,

      We, clearly, look at this in very different ways. It is, I believe, the President who took a huge risk in agreeing to appear alongside Jeb Bush, a man utterly reviled in Democrat circles for very obvious reasons. I think even you might admit his role in the 2000 Presidential election, alongside his good pal Katherine Harris, was, at the very least, questionable? As for his political views and some of his policies as Governor? At times he made George look like a progressive. Then there was his success in getting his father to pardon the “unrepentant terrorist” Orlando Bosch, as Attorney General Dick Thornburgh described him. As for his connection with Miguel Recarey? Just look up IMC. This man’s history is NOT pretty.

      So, Jeb Bush doesn’t, in my book, deserve any respect at all. This was an opportunity for him to share the national stage/media spotlight with the President, and, naturally, he grabbed it. He was the only one to gain out of this. He has Presidential ambitions, after all.

      And, truly, I think I was being exceptionally polite in limiting my description of him to “the Bush boy”. I could have said worse, but I’m maturing – honest!

      You believe it was Jeb Bush who ‘risked’ appearing with the President, I believe it was the President who ‘risked’ appearing with Bush.

      I’m guessing we’ll never agree.

      • 17 sherijr
        March 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Quietly applauding from the peanut gallery Ms. Chips~ OOH-RAH!

      • 18 Cdholds
        March 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        I’m sure we agree on most things…I just believe strongly that greeting civility with more civility encourages even more civility, and that more civility is good for America and the political process. Don’t get me wrong, I harbor no great love for Jeb Bush, but the fact is his working with the president on this issue gives some political cover for other more reasonable repubs to do the same, which may conceivably help an education initiative get through the house, (where the tea party types would like to defund education entirely) while his sharing a stage with President Obama in any regard will not be to his advantage in a Republican primary, where the red meat types rule and anything but fighting the president on every single issue enrages their mob.
        Unfortunate fact #1 is that we now need republican moderates, what few there are left, in order for Pres. Obama to get policies enacted into law. Unfortunate fact #2 is that by todays standards the Bush’s range from moderate to “socialist RINO traitors” in the republican pantheon.

        I understand what you mean by Obama’s risk: the professional left will point fingers and scream “see! told you he wasn’t really a progressive!”. But by and large the lefty purists have already dialed out, and will either get a clue before election day or not. I also understand the desire to heap scorn upon the Bush’s. I didn’t say it was unjustified. I said it was unhelpful. And yeah, I know “The Bush Boy” is a pretty mild invective, but I also know where President Obama would come down on this. And so do you.

        • March 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

          Hi again Cdholds,

          Ah, okay – I’m sorry, I was in much too much of a hurry to judge you, I just thought, ‘ho, hum – a Bush family devotee’. Apologies.

          I made that hasty judgment based on your intimation that the ‘risk’ in the combined appearance in Miami was all Jeb’s – I disagree with that, I think you underestimate the depth of feeling about Jeb Bush among Democrats. The President has already, needless to say, been abused ferociously by the left – and plenty of moderates too – for sharing a stage with the man. So it’s simply wrong to suggest that it was Jeb who made the grand gesture. Barack Obama, after all, is the President, I think it was he who displayed graciousness by being willing to share a stage with a man such as Jeb Bush.

          But that’s one of the reasons why I so respect this President, he’s waaaaaaaaay more generous than I could ever hope to be. If, God forbid (!), I ever had that power, I would ostracize the likes of Geb Bush and refuse ever to allow them share a stage with me, but, fortunately, the President is a much more forgiving human being than me! His desire for ‘civility’ is, despite my hot-headedness, one of the things I most admire about him.

          But I’ll still struggle to give respect to the likes of Jeb Bush, I can’t but have contempt for him and his track record.

          I understand what you’re saying, though – again, luckily, the President is a better human being than me!

          • 20 Cdholds
            March 6, 2011 at 12:40 am

            No harm, No foul. You may be right about me underestimating animosity towards Jeb and the rest of the Bush’s. I am definitely a “what’s done is done” kind of guy, and I’m sure my own psychology colors my expectations of everyone else’s. But hey if Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson can get together over global warming…

            All I’m really saying is that right now in particular, anytime a prominent republican is honestly willing to team with the President on an issue, it helps make progress on the issue, (in terms of actual real world progress, not necessarily my personal wish list) and it helps tone down the opposition. Which is good and should be encouraged. As bad as the professional lefties and Kossacks can be, they are pretty mellow compared to the tea partiers. My home state Sen. Richard Lugar, by far among the most sane and reasonable people to still have an R next to their name, is getting primaried and has a good shot at losing because he helped Obama with the nuke treaty. Yes, reducing our nuclear stockpile and saving money is now a capitol offense to the radical right. And without his active and vocal support the treaty would probably have gone down. Freaking Lindsay Graham gets called a traitor and a sell out. They are primarying ORRIN HATCH fer crissake.. Anyone with an ounce of potential moderation, with a modicum of cooperatve impulse is seriously getting their butt handed to them by the hard liners, and are faced with a choice between toeing the party line or fighting for their political life. And its tempting to say “you repubs created this monster, you deal with it!”…but unless we cooperate and help the cooler heads prevail, eventually the tea party will get its big chance and take this country down in flames.

  9. 21 Asher in Boston
    March 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    “Bush boy” to me was quite polite. I promised myself never to ever be fooled by these republicans. They are mostly liars and skew facts for their own benefit. And I will never forget Florida 2000, and this guy was in charge, gosh that those Florida votes reminded me of voting in most of the African countries by rigging in favor of those in power and then claim that they were free and fair elections. As I said above, “Bush boy” it is. Look at Scott, kasich and walker to name but afew of Gorvernors with dictatorial tendencies.

  10. 22 Proud of Obama
    March 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I agree with Chipsticks. All these repubs are hypocrites who jump at the chance to bask in PBO’s glory and the love America has for PBO. We cannot forget had it not been for Jeb, Gore would have been president and our country would have been spared the horror of 2000 – 2008.

  11. 23 Theo67
    March 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I can’t believe this was a seven minute report from a news station, with full coverage of the President’s visit – in a state run by a Republican governor! What a great piece of video. Simply great.


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