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news conference (video added)

President Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, June 29


145 Responses to “news conference (video added)”


  1. 1 theo67
    June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    He looks amazing.

    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Yes, he does.

    • 4 Ladyhawke
      June 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I think it is safe to say that President Obama is pissed. I have not seen him this angry in a long time. He is firing on all cylinders. Just telling it like it is. Nothing but the facts thank you very much. Also, right out of the chute he explains what has done for job creation and then forcefully ticks off the things that congress could be doing right now to create jobs. Awesome.

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      I was proud of my President. He put certain people in their place, like for instance those who have been saying where is the President, it’s time for him to lead. Well he told those jackasses what he have been doing, who he have met with time and time again, etc.,etc, . So he has been showing leadership. He is so right, how is it that everyone else have to accept to give up something they don’t want too, but the Republicans, they think they should get everything they want. How is that fair? To ask the poor, the middle class to sacrifice, but the rich folks, who is doing just find, let them get off scott free, they don’t have to give up anything. How fair is that?

      • 6 cuphalffull
        June 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Particularly since they caused the near depression by their irresponsible and covetous behavior.

  2. 7 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Great- I’m glad he is calling out congress. Go Mr. President -hold them accountable NOW!

  3. June 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I’m at work so I can’t watch it so I will have to get a pla-by-play from you guys..

    • June 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hiya bjw2, I’m stealing these updates from Time:

      To boost economy “right now,” Obama says Congress can send him patent bill, etc.

      “It would be nice if we could keep every tax break there is,” but says those for millionaires and billionaires need to be cut in current economic situation.

      “I think there is a conceptual framework” to allow us to make “huge” progress on deficit deal.

      Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1QgG7gitn

      • June 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

        Thanks Chipsticks…I have 10 minutes left for lunch then I’m out of here.

        So I will see you all later.

      • 11 Puddin
        June 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        Hi Chipsticks…thanks again for a great site!

        I just clicked on Mark Halperin’s “Bam Command…Dodge” who is BAM?

        • June 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

          Hiya Puddin, I notice Halperin often uses ‘Bam’ in headlines – tacky, tabloid crap. Sums up Halperin’s attitude to the President. Although, I was surprised he found time to write about him in the middle of his pro-Palin/Bachmann/Huntsman frenzy!

  4. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Looking and sounding good, Mr. Prez. Talking about how deficit reduction can’t just come from cutting vulnerable programs…. talking about keeping tax cuts for middle class but not keeping those for millionaires, billionaires, oil/gas companies, corporate jet owners — he’s laying the case down and doing it well.

    Yeah!

  5. 14 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    “Nobody wants to see this country default….we will reach a deal….etc.”

    Now he’s taking questions. I won’t be able to follow much longer….

  6. 16 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Anyone have a Live stream link ?? Or is it too late?

  7. 17 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    “I’m expecting leaders to lead. We must take a balanced approach.” Calling out politicians who say things to get on cable news, but don’t have sustainable positions. Calls out the facts: the wealthiest have the lowest tax rates since “before I was born.” He’s painting this as a choice between rich tax cuts and no weather service, college scholarships, medical research, etc.

    “My expectation is that they [republicans] will do the right thing.”

    He could beat this drum til 2012 and ride to victory. This really is our choice.

    Now, Chuck Todd is asking a question……whatever….

  8. 19 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    WH.gov wouldn’t come up for me. :(

  9. 20 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    he just bitch slapped Chuck Todd :D :D

  10. 22 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Chuck Todd is ridiculous. What an ARSE.

    • June 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Schooling his dumb butt on Libya.

      • 24 dotster
        June 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        That was a brilliant answer on Libya. He laid out the case against Qaddafi, a tyrant who has killed many Americans and threatening his own people etc. etc.——and he becomes the “cause celebre” for many in Congress?/? Obama said, “Come on”. Like, please people. Said those showboating on this issue are just playing politics.
        Brilliant on every response. Pretty amazing.

        • 25 cuphalffull
          June 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

          Today you can see the brilliant legal mind of Barack O’Bama mixed with his down to earth common sense understanding of how things effect actual people. Though the President can deliver prepared remarks that take your breath away, my favorite moments are the unprepared, when he is answering questions in a press conference or a town hall. Then I see the essence of this leader and I just have to thank God for who he is and that he is our President.

          • 26 GGail
            June 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

            Oh, I agree cuphalffull, he is at his best when he takes questions after a speech. It is filled with intelligence, facts and down to earth realities.

  11. 27 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Good Lord, this man is a master in these press conferences. His command of issues is ridiculously impressive. Now he’s giving a freaking history lesson on the War Powers Act. Have mercy.

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      And he looks so good doing it!

    • 29 cuphalffull
      June 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      How can anyone, unless they have no conscience about bearing false witness, ever portray this man as naive, lazy, incompetent, callous, or inarticulate? At this point I will no longer give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who suggests such things. They are simply prejudiced, or ruthless. If someone says they disagree with his approach or rationale, fine, but attack him in the other ways and I have no use for their opinion.

  12. 30 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    bitch slapped media;loons on both Left and Right calling them “cause celebre” about the whole constitutionality of Libya

  13. 31 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    “cause celebre for some people in congress”

    Dennis Kucinich we’re looking at you…

  14. 32 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My White House feed is acting up, but he’s popping his collar on his Administration’s record on LGBT rights (“under my direction….more than the previous 43 presidents”). LOL! Gon’ ‘head and dust your shoulders off, Mr. Prez :mrgreen: !

  15. June 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    On Libya: “We have done exactly what I said we would do…this operation is limited in time and in scope.”

    “Throughout this process, we consulted with Congress… we’ve sent reams of information.”

    “A lot of this fuss is politics.”

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/#ixzz1QgJKt9lv

  16. June 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    On the economy:

    Democrats have to accept “painful” spending cuts…It would be “hard” for GOP to say tax breaks for top tier aren’t “acceptable” as others have had to confront their “sacred cows.”

    “It would be nice if we could keep every tax break there is,” but says those for millionaires and billionaires need to be cut in current economic situation.

    To boost economy “right now,” Obama says Congress can send him patent bill, etc.

    “I think there is a conceptual framework” to allow us to make “huge” progress on deficit deal.

    Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2011/06/28/obama-meets-the-press-4/#ixzz1QgJVmARQ

  17. 35 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    man they are pushing the whole gay thing big time.Glad he said he can’t dictate what happens on gay rights

  18. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    amazing to see how intelligent and calm this President is and how he is doing his best to EDUCATE these fools who are standing in for us posing as media. do they really think they can unnerve President Cool???

  19. 43 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I never get tired of Chuck Todd getting bitch slapped around.never.never!

  20. 45 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    called the business community out: they are making maximum profits and yet they complain about regulations that include those regulations that are very vital fot safety of the country

  21. June 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    … says people shouldn’t “discriminate” based on sexual orientation. That’s an “essential principle” of his administration and the country, he says.

    Obama notes that he thinks DOMA is unconstitutional. Then, on New York’s gay marriage law, Obama says of the democratic process, “that’s exactly how things should work.” But he doesn’t say whether he supports gay marriage.

    More on gays: “They’ve got to be treated like every other American, and I think that principle will win out. … The president … can’t dictate precisely how this process moves. But I think we’re moving in a direction of greater equality, and I think that’s a good thing.”

  22. 47 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Testing… To see if my cool “Black Hat Obama” shows up…

  23. 51 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    All presidential contenders/pretenders need to look at his press conferences…

    …then get themselves a joint or a stiff drink.

    • 52 dotster
      June 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      I was just picturing Michelle Bachmann up there answering questions——-and became horrified. There can be no comparison of Obama and any of those Repub candidates. They are not even on the same planet. He is so head and shoulders above all——so smart with such great insight, a huge body of knowledge about every subject. If that isn’t clear to all those press people and anyone watching——any clear thinking person, well they are absolutely lying to themselves.

      • 53 PoliticalJunkessa
        June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        Indeed. The presidential debates will be Must See T.V. McCain had at least some type of body of knowledge, but these 2012 jokers are truly pitiful. PBO would make mincemeat out of any of them.

  24. 54 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Some fucker named Mike Emmanuel from Fox (of course :roll:) wants the President to define what “victory” means to the troops and their families :roll: again I don’t remember the so-called “liberal” media ask this of Bush

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      That nutjob probably still believes Bush accomplished his ‘mission’ :roll:

    • 56 globalcitizenlinda
      June 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      liked POTUS’s answer about the use of victory

    • 57 desertflower
      June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      I was amused by that “question” as well:) The President hasn’t had a press conference since March, so many important things to discuss, and that guy (excuse me for this) blew his wad on “Mr. President, you didn’t say “victory” in your Afghan speech? Really??? Great going, Fox.

  25. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    fools, you supported those who refused to grant President Obama money and legal policy to close GITMO and now you are asking him if he is just encouraging killing off terrorists in the world. what do you people want??

    • 60 cuphalffull
      June 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Its called verbal abuse not journalism. Its meant not to get a real dialog started or create transparency but to manipulate the situation so that there is an impression that the interviewer is superior to the President. There is no intent to inform the public just to insult. This is what they do with their enormous opportunity to ask questions for all of us. They really do behave with extreme foolishness.

  26. 61 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    President Obama must have had a very peaceful night – gosh he is looking so fine (not that he ever looks otherwise)!!!

    • 62 Blue
      June 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Yes, you are right, for I think Michelle takes real good care of him at nights, if you know what I mean?

  27. June 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    President Obama’s third question is from Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and it’s about the economy and the NLRB/Boeing. He says there’s work to be done on the tax code.

    He also cites pending trade deals with Korea and other countries. “You see a whole bunch of Korean cars here in the United States and you don’t see any American cars in Korea,” Obama says. (12:05 p.m.)

    “We can focus on jobs as we’re focusing on debt and deficit reduction,” Obama says. (12:06 p.m.)

    Obama talks about regulations. He says one “unprecedented” thing he’s done is ask agencies to look at current regulations to cut in addition to potential ones.

    On the NLRB/Boeing part of the question, Obama says: “It’s an independent agency. It’s going before a judge. So I don’t want to get into the details of the case. I don’t know all the facts. That’s going to be for a judge to decide.”

    He does say that companies need to have the “freedom to relocate,” and that “if they’re choosing to relocate here in the United States, that’s a good thing.” He says it doesn’t make sense to shut down a plant “because labor and management can’t come to a sensible agreement.”

    Obama says he hopes people step back and focus on creating jobs in the country. (12:09 p.m.)

  28. 64 Anonymous
    June 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I know they are just STUPIFIED to have to actually LISTEN to cogent, well-thought out, reasonable answers. Why to folks forget that he’s a professor? HE TEACHES with every answer he gives. Don’t try to be slick. He’s a NINJA, he will cut you!! (And smile while he cleans off the knife…) I LOVE THIS MAN!!!

    • 65 globalcitizenlinda
      June 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      yep. that is the beauty of President Obama – he usese sensible answers and a smile to “kill you with his megawatt smile”. I feel like singing “killing me softly”

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Yesssssssssss Anonymous you got that right :-)

  29. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    President Obama is on top of his game. thought he was very good with this one: “I need to first correct you. I said the first/opening phase of the Libya operation will take weeks and I did not refer to the whole operatation. Promise made, Promise Kept”

  30. 68 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    testing.. 12:22pm Isonprize Black Hat Obama.

  31. 71 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I have plenty of gay friends who are also TIRED, TIRED, tired of how folks are trying to nail PBO on his “personal” views about gay marriage. He has done more for gay folks than all the past presidents (Dems and Repubs) put together!!! There are BIGGER FISH to fry. Shhhheeeeeesh….

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      June 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      yes there are number of unreasonabe people who are insisting that President Obama focuses exclusively on gay marriage and social issues at the time when so many people are hurting within such a bad economy and high unemployement. come on people, so many are hurting in so many ways so let the rest of us work on LGBT issues as President works on his full plate

  32. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    President Obama; ” I am not going to make any news on that (i.e. same-sex marriage) today. good try though…..”. I love this man

  33. 75 symmetry11
    June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    RT @thinkprogress: BREAKING: 6th Circuit rules Affordable Care Act is constitutional http://thkpr.gs/m2y0Za

    • 76 Fred
      June 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      hooray :D suck on it Tea’s

      • 77 globalcitizenlinda
        June 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        congratulations President Obama!!! You have won one for the American people who badly need health care and I am one of them. this win from this ruling of this 6th Circuit is my early birthday gift (July 4th) because it is huge for me. I need the health care bill tosurvive and be strengthened not weakened

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Brilliant news Symmetry, just posted it – thank you!

  34. 79 Doreen Garrett
    June 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Okay people, I went over to DKos to check out their liveblog. Total bashing over there! I’m at work, so I’m relying on the blogs to let me know what’s going on. What you guys are reporting and what DKos are, are totally different. There are some very angry and unhappy people over there and I don’t think it really has much to do with PBO’s policies either. I’m so disappointed!

    • June 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Doreen, I’d guess they had all their comments prepared in advance, I doubt they’re even listening to him. I wouldn’t worry about them, they never supported him in the first place!

    • 81 africa
      June 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Doreen, those people are in a perpetual state of angst and constipation. For some of them, even if PBO went to the moon it back to earth, they will complain.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Yes, I am calling them out there. There are CLEARLY paid PL and GOP operatives on that site who are just waiting to attack the President. I also gently pointed out to them how they were barking and braying after his Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal speech, and now 72% of the Ameircan people AGREE with the President, thus showing how IRRELEVANT the PL and GOP operatives are…

  35. June 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    The New York Times’s Mark Landler asks President Obama about terrorism and going after terrorists, and intelligence. Obama says his “top priority” in such situations is “that we’re apprehending” people who want to attack the United States and getting intelligence from them.

    And, he adds, that they’re prosecuted in a way that’s “consistent” with the law. Sometimes, he says, a military commission will be “appropriate,” and times where Article III courts will be appropriate. (12:11 p.m.)

    “But I think it’s important to understand and the American people need to be assured that anytime we initiate a mission like this, our top priorities are making sure these people are not able to carry out attacks against the United States,” Obama says.

    Obama is asked by a Fox News reporter about Afghanistan — and how he didn’t claim victory in his speech. Obama notes that he didn’t claim victory in his West Point speech in December 2009 either.

    “We are being successful in those missions,” he says. “Even before the bin Laden operation, we had decimated some of the middle ranks and the upper ranks.”

    Obama says the drawdown — which he notes hasn’t happened yet — will be done “in a responsible way that will allow Afghanistan to defend itself and will give us the operational capacity to continue to put pressure on al Qaeda.”

  36. 84 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    why even acknowledge Jessica Yelling Sir with all due respect?
    and about that “scare tactic” Yellin I’d remind her of those “death panels” and shut her trap up!

  37. 85 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Let’s be clear. I WILL CUT YOU. What I said was …….. Now, SMILE, I want every one to understand. THIS IS A JOBS ISSUE!

  38. June 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    ABC’s Jim Sciutto gets the next question, and he asks about the war in Libya. President Obama begins his answer by saying he wants to make a “slight correction” — he clarifies that he said when the attack began that the “initial phase where the Americans were in the lead would take days.”

    “So, promise made, promise kept,” Obama says.

    Obama mentions John McCain and John Kerry, says they “support the American people in this effort.” He says “that’s a good thing.”

  39. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Educating the people on why the debt ceiling needs to be raised. “debt ceiling; these are bills that Congress has run up and already spent so .. as a responsible country we cannot afford not to repay what we already borrowed”

  40. 88 Fred
    June 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    bad bad bad mistake to bring in the girls into this Sir I am sorry but bad analogy

    • 89 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      No, he was calling out congres’s and it’s an appropriate analogy. He saying that middle-schoolers can take responsibility for their tasks, then congressmen getting paid six-figure salaries need to do their WORK….

      • 90 Fred
        June 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        the last time he mentioned the girls it was last year during the BP thing and Beck;Rush had some of the most terrible things to say about the girls;I understand in his own way he is calling them petulant children but I wouldn’t bring Malia and Sasha up;sorry Hope

        • 91 hopefruit2
          June 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          I don’t think the President really cares about what Beck, Rush or those say…they’ve said nasty things about Chelsea Clinton, referring to her as the “white house dog.” And look at where Chelsea is today. If PBO cared about these fools he would not have even run for President.

          • 92 Fred
            June 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

            what? Beck called the lovely Miss Clinton “White House dog” :shock: unbelievable! :shock: :mad:

            • 93 hopefruit2
              June 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

              Rush Limbo called her that.

              And then John McCain made another sick joke (which I won’t repeat here) about the then young girl Chelsea Clinton while her father was President.

    • 95 isonprize
      June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      I thought that at first, but then I realized, he was, in effect, saying “a ten year old take responsibility for what they need to do” Ya’ll are acting worse than kids… It will play well with most women and caregivers who have to ‘wrangle’ folks into getting something done.

      • 96 dotster
        June 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

        Yes——entirely appropriate and perfectly made the point that kids need to plan ahead and are able to pull it off. If kids can make the decision to act responsibly, what in the world is wrong with Congress?

        • 97 hopefruit2
          June 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          Exactly…and their tasks do not involve serious decisions that affect multitudes of people’s lives – yet they take their work seriously enough to get it done on time and early.

  41. 98 Bill
    June 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Jessica Yeltsin first question for CNN was certainly a weak one.

  42. 99 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    RE: the Debt ceiling —– “THIS ARE BILLS that CONGRESS RAN UP! The obligations have been made. ” I am the President of the United States. We pay our bills. “If you know you have to do something just do it.” Don’t be children about it. (He really is the ONLY
    ADULT IN THE ROOM!!!)

    Congress needs to do their jobs. That’s why they are called leaders. There is no point in procrastinating, we’ve got to get this done. Ya’ll are NOT GOING ON VACATION. You need to be here doing your job. LET’S GET ‘ER DONE!!!

  43. 100 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    President Obama: “Malia and Sasha, finish their homework ahead of time not at last minute. Leaders of Congress need to lead adn do their job. Stop saying the President needs to do this and that. this is their job. …they (Congress) need to stay here and do their job. I am here doing my job. they need to stay here and do theirs.

    POTUS calls out the lazy bums who make up congress

    • 101 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      I’m glad he called them out. Congress has NOT been doing it’s job and it’s about time that someone SHAMES them about it. All they have been doing is scrambling to get on the Cable News (as Obama rightly pointed out) and give empty rhetoric about his not leading. They have done nothing to justify the six-figure salaries, along with the taxpayer subsidized perks that they enjoy. No wonder their approvals remain in the figurative toilet bowl while the President manages to maintain decent numbers.

      • 102 Fred
        June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        I can’t believe Congress works just 3 days/week yet it seems they are home all the time :shock:

        • 103 MoObama
          June 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

          You know what bothers me, I work hard 5 days a week sometimes on Sunday. I also have a family to take care of which leaves little time for myself. I wish I made over 100.000 dollars for all the work I do. And to think these bumbs only work a good 2.5 weeks per month. My financial health is hanging in the Congress like a soul in purgatory and all they can think of is vacation, yeah, vacation.

      • 104 dotster
        June 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        I was so satisfied with Obama countering all those Repubs and some Dems who have been standing up and saying, “The President needs to lead”. Well, Obama answered that question perfectly and beautifully. He’s met multiple times with both parties, that he’s been there, they are here one week and off the next, that Congressional leaders need to lead, that’s why they’re called leaders. President Obama has been leading, they also need to lead.

  44. 106 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I am glad President Obama called out congress not doing their job and taking days off every time. they need to stay and do their jobs and so taking off every other week. we need to make the number of days congress takes of an issue

  45. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I have a suggestion. we should push the issue of how long congress is session and how much they have are working given how much they are paid and how much they are demanding cuts for the poor and the disabled.

  46. 108 dotster
    June 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I always think I can’t be more impressed with this President, and I always am. He was really impressive today, and if there are critics of his performance today, I can say with a clear conscience, they are outright lying.

  47. 110 CEB
    June 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    What a man! He was in total control throughout this presser! Barack Hussein Obama IS The President!
    Called out the republicans in no uncertain terms! OMG he went there. “At a certain point they (congress) need to do their jobs.” On all of their vacation and off days. ” They’re in, they’re out’ you need to be here. I’ve been here. You stay here until you get it done.”
    Then the heart-felt closing and the final comment about it being selfish for congress not to act because of short term political concerns.
    He took on everyone and everything in that calm, reasonable, totally in control manner; smart, up on everything and every point. Because he is so consistent (because he believes what he says) corrected them when they tried to say what he said; Loved how he would not let them box him in on the same sex marriage issue. My goodness, this was his game and they were benched would-be players.
    On a shallow note, this display of cool power was sexy as hell!

  48. 113 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    the Gods must be coming down tonight because for the first time biased Chuck Todd admits that President Obama’s base has not wavered one bit from supporting him except for a few loud mouths and self-procalimed donors (insert here PL).

    For once it is admitted on camera that the so called liberal anger towards President Obama is largely from the pundits, Washington elites and a few self-appointed leaders of the base. He goes on to say that this often overblown by those in collidors of power and media.

    I never thought I would ever hear him or anyone in the MSM say what we here on TOD know to be true!!!!

    Chips you need to save this answer Chuck Todd gave to Brian Williams because I doubt we will ever here him admit this over-praising of PL again.

  49. 117 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This is what President Obama was referring to. It’s just unbelievable. This would be totally unacceptable to a Speaker Pelosi.

    TWO WEEKS ON, ONE WEEK OFF IN SHORTER 2011 HOUSE SCHEDULE

    ——————————————————————
    House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a 2011 schedule that will keep lawmakers in the nation’s capital for shorter periods of time, allowing them to travel home more frequently.

    The schedule represents a major change from how Democrats have run the lower chamber over the last four years.

    Under the new calendar, House members will have a cycle of being in session for two weeks in Washington and then spending the following week in their home districts.

    Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the new schedule would create “certainty” for members.
    ——————————————————————

    Why isn’t the media reporting that the Republican majority in the House of Representatives have introduced ZERO JOBS BILLS in the last six months. They have been busy dismantling union, disenfranchising voters, repealing the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood. The are currently holding the country hostage because of the debt limit. Again, none dare call it sabotage.

    The American people need to know that congress is not doing it’s job. Instead they have the nerve to say President Obama is not leading.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/132629-house-gop-releases-schedule-with-fewer-weeks-of-work

  50. 118 globalcitizenlinda
    June 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    President Obama, very nicely done. You have raised the bar very high for other presidents who will follow and I do not know if they can even reach to one third of what you have done.

    Extremely proud of President Obama. I am glad I worked so hard to make sure that you are elected and I in for 2012

  51. 119 Tulips
    June 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    tweet something using this #congressdoyourjob

    • 120 AnitaW
      June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Tulips, what do we type in the message box at the top? This is my first tweet and I’m confused.

    • June 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I would include what they are currently doing. Let everyone know that they work two weeks and off one and how much they are paid.. Always include information the public may not know. We need to provide that information and get people to sign on so it can go viral.

    • 123 LYNND
      June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      #congressdoyourjob

      DONE!!!!

  52. June 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Well the GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY got their butts handed to them again. They should know by now when push the President to the point He has to be the only adult in the room their going to be some butt kicking coming.He kicked butt both to the press and congress.

  53. 125 CEB
    June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I watched the presser on whitehouse.gov. to avoid the stupid media commentary; however it is interesting that Chuck Todd finally made a true observation.
    It is sad that the questions posed were not those designed to inform the public about issues that we are concerned about. They asked questions to try to find fault with PBO, to try to show the public that he is not worthy of our respect, trust and support. and to possibly, help the GOP. When will they grow up and do their jobs?
    His responses also show that he is very much aware of what is being said out there and by whom, but as he remined everyone in May, he has stuff to do. He is not concerned with the politics of the necessay decisions that he makes. PBO is the only adult in the room who has “the audacity to get shit done” and expects the other brances of the government to do so as well.
    I had to punctuate my admiration by giving again to the campaign.

    • June 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Tweet Chuck and say,” Thanks for speaking truth. Come out of the darkness into the light.” Be specific on what he has done and what he did here. Give positive feedback to anyone who speaks up. He has always been a rat but in this one instance he spoke truth. We need to acknowledge that we heard him and reinforce that this is what he needs to be doing all the time to gain our respect.

    • 128 cuphalffull
      June 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Great comment. I totally agree.

  54. June 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Mr. President, proud of you Sir. You did good today.

  55. June 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I tell you, our President Is so cool, calm, handsome, and steady chewing them a new one, with a smile. And yes, as someone said earlier, he’s giving a history lesson, facts, and truths. He’s wheeling and dealing calmly, but telling It like It Is. Wowwwwwwwww I just love It. I like PBO’s style. President Obama, there’s noone else like you. You’re In a class all by yourself. I’m so happy that you keep your promises, I’m so happy that you’re a workaholic. I’m so glad That I volunteered to get you elected. Thank you Mr. President for ALL the good things you’ve done. I appreciate you President Obama, because you are a great President, and I love you for It :D :D :D

  56. 131 CEB
    June 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Sorry for the errors; too keyed up

  57. 132 Debra
    June 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    President Obama was awesome at this press conference. Also, apparently President Obama might not even need the repubs to raise the debt ceiling. The 14 amendment makes the debt ceiling itself unconstitutional. I am sure the repubs will be blindsided by this information. There is an article at HP, not my favorite site but the article explains the 14 amendment and how President Obama has already questioned the constitutionality of the debt ceiling. It is great having a constitutional law professor as President. The article is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/28/14th-amendment-debt-ceiling-unconstitutional-democrats_n_886442.html

  58. June 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    So did that press conference KICK ASS or what?

    • 134 majii
      June 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Most definitely! Now let’s watch the right-wingers begin to spin it as “PBO overstepped his bounds by making comments that hurt republicans’ feelings.” Fox News & rw media are working on it as we type. They can’t handle the truth, so they create spin and propaganda to deflect from their negligence and inability and unwillingness to solve any problem this country faces.

  59. 135 northanger
    June 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    {0:11:03} So the question is, if everybody else is willing to take on their sacred cows and do tough things in order to achieve the goal of real deficit reduction, then I think it would be hard for the Republicans to stand there and say that the tax break for corporate jets is sufficiently important that we’re not willing to come to the table and get a deal done.

    “Sacred cows” reminds me of something Alan Greenspan said on CNBC last December about the Deficit Commission:

    The question is, what is the President and what will the leadership in the Congress decide to bring forward on the Debt. And here it’s going to be very tricky because, as Ronald Reagan told me, I remember vividly, he was confronted with major problems of cutting back the deficit because he had made promises during the 1980 campaign… Big tax cuts, and big increases in the military. And the laws of arithmetic require you to address a very significant part of the rest of the budget. And I said, “How are you going to do this, Mr. President-Elect (at the time)”? He said, “Provided we treat everybody equally harshly, it will work”. And you know something, I’ve thought about that over the years and it’s actually got a very significant scientific basis. We can cut this budget, but only if everybody is treated equally. And I should think that we cannot do it in the regular appropriation process. You cannot do it piecemeal. Everybody [would] put up a tax increase, everybody on one side is against it, and vice versa. So what we’ve got to do is to create aggregate compromise budgets. Very similar to what, basically, the leadership of the Commission has put together, and to put that up for a vote. It would fail, you’d bring it back. Instead of amending it piecemeal you bring back another budget — because that is the only way to get the concept of treating people equally harshly effectively operating. This business of the way we’re doing it now, will not work.

    GOP plans are “soft” on corporations and continue to persist on making things “harsher” for average Americans. They’re out of whack.

  60. June 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Ametia says: SWAGGER.ALL.OF.THIS.ALL.UP.IN.THE.EAST.ROOM.!

    Now runtelldat, Chuck, Jessica, and Savannah!

    LOL

  61. 137 carolyn
    June 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Love all the comments, and, it also seems to me that there are more people commenting…more readers? More supporters of the President becoming informed? I’ve seen a bigger variety of names than ever before…..
    It is SO wonderful to have an intelligent, informed president! Wow! None of those media members can get ahead of him. And the Congressmen certainly can’t. Seems to me that if the House adopts that “working” schedule, we should use Reagan’s derogatory term “welfare queens” for them. They are the biggest yellers about other people not working, and they don’t work, and have the BEST benefit package in the U.S.!

  62. 138 Puddin
    June 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Tweety is a big loud mouth spitting no nothing say nothing wanna be…why does he have a job (Malia and Sasha can do better). He had the nerve to say President Obama finally showed up…a then he sad something stupid about PBO talking down to Congress was personal, very, personal…what the hell is he talking about?

    • June 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      If I had a nickel for every time anyone said “Finally” to something Obama said, I’d be a billionaire.

    • 140 majii
      June 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Tweety obviously didn’t see PBO’s presser. PBO made it very clear that he HAS been doing his job and provided examples to prove it. I think what Tweety doesn’t like is the fact that PBO told the truth about Congress. IMO, Tweety is like many Americans: he ignores what the Constitution states about the separation of powers and goes with what his “gut” tells him, and that is that PBO, in spite of what the Constitution says, is imbued with dictatorial powers because he is the POTUS. Uh, Tweety, your ignorance is showing! The president is dead on in his comments about the role of Congress in developing a budget and settling the issue of raising the debt limit. It takes an adult with courage to tell the kids that they’re wrong. If Congress and Tweety don’t like the idea of PBO “talking down” to Congress, Congress should do its job, and Tweety should use his position to batter it when it doesn’t. Tweety is being lazy and providing cover for the members of Congress to continue earning those big salaries and not producing a thing. I wonder if he’s seen the polls that show how disgusted Americans are with Congress? The rw doesn’t have to say a thing because Tweety has volunteered to support them in their wrongdoing. WTG, Tweety!–now, sit down, shut up, and let the adults who aren’t chicken$h!t sellouts inform the American people as to WHY things aren’t getting done in D.C.

    • 141 hopefruit2
      June 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Puddin, Tweety must have read your post, because by the end of his show on his “Let Me Finish” segment, he basically praised the President for rightfully calling out the Republicans. A complete 180-turnaround from what you described at the beginning.

  63. 142 JojoRaze
    June 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Why did my heart flutter when he said people need to back away from their “maximalist positions” when describing how Republicans are just posturing for their base. I love it when he uses $10 words.

  64. 143 Karen Sr.
    June 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Finally home to see the President’s presser. Boy, he looks good. I think he loved being in Iowa with all those hugs and I Love Yous. Plus, the family is all together again.

    I won’t watch tv because the pundits just don’t get it. The President tries to explain to these overpaid bubble boys what it’s like in the Real America, but they live on a different plane. This President truly understands the lives of the unrich.

    .

    San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following President Obama’s press conference:

    “Bravo! This is the fight House Democrats have been making for the last six months under the Republican Majority as they move to end Medicare and continue tax breaks for Big Oil.

    “The President has spoken out and there will be a clearer understanding of what the choices are for the American people.

    “We join the President in what he has long called for: a balanced, bipartisan package that creates jobs, protects Medicare, and respects the retirement of our seniors and the education of our children.”

    Way to go, Mr. President! What you said, Madame Speaker.

  65. 144 LAPalm
    June 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Hello Everyone…hope you guys are doing ok…The thing I so admire about the President he kills them with intelligence and it aint nothing they can do about it..I love it…and just think they said he had no experience and guess what it aint hurt him yet because his smarts is kickin their butts…Im in Obama2012!

  66. 145 Titti
    June 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

    The Prez has been and is on the ball 24/7. I can’t imagine any of the Rethugs candidates up there, it would have been comedy central. I thought our MPs were lazy azz bums but I see you guys beat us once again – ‘two weeks on and one week off’ SMDH at these spongers.


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