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Nov
11

it’s oz time

President Obama is pictured with Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Australian Major-General Peter Cosgrove after Obama laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

…. with John Hogg, President of the Australian Senate

….. addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra

…. visiting Campbell High School in Canberra

… with U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich before a tree dedication ceremony at the U.S. embassy compound in Canberra

President Obama waves from the steps of Air Force One upon his departure from Canberra

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I hate to ruin this post with a photo of Rusty, but bjw2 (thank you!) saw this at the brilliant Democrats for Progress – Rusty Bawls Through Congressional Award Ceremony:

Oh. Good. Grief.


364 Responses to “it’s oz time”


  1. 1 collegekay
    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    That’s so weird how it’s tomorrow already in Australia. How in the world does he adjust his body over these time zones..

    • November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Huh, how do we WE adjust our bodies following him, collegekay? :lol:

      • 3 collegekay
        November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        True. I gave up last night and fell asleep. :D

      • November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        I stayed up all night but that’s because I couldn’t stop watching Upstairs Downstairs. :)

      • 5 nathkatun7
        November 17, 2011 at 3:07 am

        Yes indeed Chipsticks! Between you and the President I just don’t know how you do it. Do you ever sleep? I’ve had my my senior moments and for the most by the time I come here you’ve already moved on to new events. I’ve been playing catch up for the past two days. But I honestly don’t mind. Any way Chipsticks, thank you so much for the wonderful work and for making it possible for us to share the memories of the President’s journey to Australia. I’ve bookmarked all your posts about President Obama’s oversees visits because without you I would never have known how well he was received. You are truly a wonderful person, Chipsticks! I wish you and your family all the best.

  2. November 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    thank you so much Chipsticks for your coverage

    • 7 COS
      November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      The interview with Briana Keeler(sp) wasn’t to bad. I remember the lady in Ireland who was interviewed was horrible. I don’t remember her name.

  3. 8 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    WILL BE WATCHING THE ADDRESS…WE MISS OUR PREZ…IS HE HOME YET? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  4. November 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Let It Fail
    by John Cole

    If Republicans want to kill this, let them:


    It’s hard to see how the Super Committee can possibly reach a consensus by this time next week after Republican co-chair Jeb Hensarling’s appearance on CNBC Tuesday night. The short version is that he left the ball in Democrats court, and hinted that if the committee fails, Congress will spend the next year or so trying to change the terms of an automatic penalty to make sure that hundreds of billions of cuts to defense programs never take effect.

    Hensarling claimed that if the committee recommended even a dollar of new net tax revenue — the kind of revenue Dems are demanding — it would constitute a step in the wrong direction. He said a GOP plan put forward by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) — one which Republicans claim would raise revenues by nearly $300 billion over 10 years, but would also make the Bush tax cuts permanent — is as far as Republicans are willing to go on revenues. But that’s an offer Democrats flatly rejected as unserious. And unless one of the parties breaks cleanly with its publicly stated position, the committee will either fall well short of reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years as required by law, or will fail altogether.

    “We have gone as far as we feel we can go,” Hensarling said. “We put $250 billion of what is known as static revenue on the table, but only if we can bring down rates [but] any penny of increased static revenue is a step in the wrong direction. We can only balance that with pro-growth reform and frankly the Democrats have never agreed to that…. if we can’t get any type of reforms in health care, which has helped drive the nation towards insolvency, then, no, there’s no reason to frankly put any static revenues on the table.”

    When Hensarling says “static,” he means revenue that will actually, predictably come into the Treasury. Republicans claim in a Laffer-ite way that their preferred tax policy will create enough economic growth to raise revenues even if the math says it won’t. Democrats reject that kind of analysis.

    Who has done more damage to this nation- Osama bin Laden or Arthur Laffer?

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/11/16/let-it-fail/

  5. November 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Chip,
    Do you trust the Republicans on this?—

    Hensarling says GOP is willing to consider new Dem tax proposals
    By Russell Berman – 11/16/11 03:27 PM ET
    The Republican co-chairman of the deficit-reduction supercommittee on Tuesday indicated he and his party were willing to listen to proposals from Democrats to consider higher taxes to reduce the deficit. 

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) walked back a statement he made Tuesday on television, when he said Republicans “have gone as far as we feel we can go” by offering to raise $250 billion in new tax revenues.

    Briefing reporters Wednesday, Hensarling said Republicans would be “more than happy to negotiate” around a new offer from Democrats and pointedly declined to say whether $250 billion was the maximum in new revenue the GOP could accept.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/194055-hensarling-says-gop-is-willing-to-consider-new-dem-tax-proposals

  6. 14 isonprize
    November 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Chica, YOU ARE AWESOME!! Between you, LInda at What IS Working, The People’s View and my friends at Pragmatic Obots Unite! (POU) I stay up on all things Obama! All I need now is “The Only Adult in the Room” to come roaring back. :cool:

  7. 17 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

  8. November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Just in- Veterans bill passed House unanimously, on it’s way to the Presidents desk!
    MSM ignores it!

    • 19 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      nothing new but great news;thanks

    • November 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Anyone read the suggestion by PM Carpenter. I thought of it myself so to know that PM wrote about it makes me happy. He said,

      “The broader solution to alleviating mass unemployment is, for this slithering Congress, so easy and obvious………

      Tomorrow morning, draft every living American. Tomorrow evening, honorably discharge them all.”

    • 22 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      What would have been wrong with the Republican bastards passing the bilsl to hire teachers, policemen, and firefighters. And to put constrution workers back to work. McConnell and the rest were playing politics with people lives.

  9. November 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Damnit, I been wanting some fried chicken since yesterday, and I was all set to cook me some chicken, but then I read this article about Congress debating a bill that would label pizza a “vegatable” in school lunches, and now I want pizza. DAMN.YOU.CONGRESS!!!!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/congress-to-label-pizza-a-vegetable-in-school-lunches/2011/11/15/gIQASZz6QN_blog.html

    Alright, off to play catch-up on the Australia visit.

    are any cable stations like CSPAN showing live footage? I’m rather watch on TV than on my computer?

  10. 26 Me4obama
    November 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Whew! Finally am ready to sit down and watch MY President give the Ausies a speech for the history books. He never disappoints me when it comes to giving a speech & he has set the bar so high for any future Presidents. :smile:

  11. November 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    If you are going for a new green car, the Dept of Energy wants to help- new website to help you make your choice–

    http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/basicinformation.htm

  12. November 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “The US-Australia relationship is “crackerjack,” says President Obama, even if we “disagree” about “the merits of Vegemite”…

    “In Australia on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Julia Gillard hosted a lavish banquet in honor of President Obama. The “Parliamentary Dinner,” held in a vast hall at Parliament House Canberra, was a formal affair, which Australian media billed as a State Dinner. The three-course menu for a guest list of hundreds, including Cabinet Ministers and Australian luminaries, starred regional favorites: Pan-fried Jewfish, lamb, and a pavlova with wattleseed. (Above: The President and Prime minister in the center of the Head Table)”

    More to the story and a pic of PBO smiling at the Fete..The Menu & Guest List..

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/11/in-australia-president-obama-feted-with.html#more

    G’day Mates :cool:

    • November 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Fried lamb? I wonder if that is like a gyro?

    • 34 dotster3
      November 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Thought it was interesting, given all the Obamamamas around here always trying to fatten up Obama :), that PM Gillard said that her significant other was given orders by the FL in Hawaii to make sure PBO eats while he’s in Australia. MO said that PBO is often so focused on his work that he forgets to eat.

      • 35 dotster3
        November 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        And I can believe that about Obama. He is the hardest working president ever. He is so dedicated and puts in so many long hours trying to do his best for this country and the American people that meals become secondary.

      • 36 anniebella
        November 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        dotster3, that is a great wife. Looking after her man, her sweet heart, her husband though she is many many miles away. That’s a wonderful wife.

  13. 37 criquet
    November 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks Chips for all the wonderful coverage of PBO at the APEC summit and his trip to Australia.

    I have been busy taking care of my sick puppy but have a little time now.

    FYI

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/texas-college-gop-leader-obama-assassination-tempting/

    These Republicans are so despicable. I was reluctant to post this but we need to know just how far these people will go.

    • 38 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      what a dumb hateful bitch and I want to APOLOGIZE to my TOD family for my language and I better take a deep breath and say a prayer for a minute or 2 and ask God for forgiveness and calm as I have horrible thoughts going in my head in regards to her that I will not type here …

    • 39 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Lauren E. Pierce is her name. She is a student at Texas University. I want someone to ask that bitch if she think it is okay if someone assassinate her father. And I’m not apologizing for calling her a bitch.

  14. 42 JER
    November 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Obama honoured at parliamentary dinner
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hosted a parliamentary dinner in honour of US President Barack Obama:

    VIDEO: Obama honoured at parliamentary dinner

  15. 43 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    This is just hurtful – no other way to spin it.

    HEADLINE: Texas College GOP Leader: Obama Assassination ‘Tempting’

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/texas-college-gop-leader-obama-assassination-tempting/

    • November 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I’m not going to the link..the headline has made me mad enough.. gopricks are deranged assholes..what else do I need to know.

    • November 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      There are simply no words. The young people are learning the worst attributes from some of the elders in their party

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      She’s a sick freak. You can contact her here @laurenepierce. You can also report her to @SecretService and @UTAustin. You can also Contact UT Austin here: http://www.utexas.edu/comments/

      People on twitter are rightfully pissed off. This is sick and disturbing. I attend UT Austin and The College Republicans are disgusting and like riling people up, but they’ve never been this sick and disturbing before. Please everyone lodge your complaints.

      • November 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        Doing it now UT. I thought of you when I read this knowing that you attend UT.

      • 48 Sankofa
        November 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        Hi ut, I tweeted and contacted UT Austin. There is no room for someone like her that thinks making a wife a widower and children fatherless is a “tempting” joke and something to giggle about. She has history, which can be googled, and I hope it follows her.

      • 49 Olivia
        November 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        Just tweeted it to SS… Fucking bitch.

    • 50 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I couldn’t stand Bush, thought he was a sorry President, but I never for one minute talk of him being assassinated.

    • 51 a4alice
      November 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      hopefruit. tweeted ss and ut. that girl lauren and attackwatch.

  16. November 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Wow. Finally. Not a peek at TOD, except for early this morning when I checked in.. Couldn’t wait to leave work and come here to read all the great news about my president.

    Thanks, Chips for all that you do!!

  17. 54 Don
    November 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Excuse me, but didn’t John Boehner say “I got 98% percent of what I wanted” concerning the last deal he made with President Obama? Well then if he did, why are the Republicans hating on the “Super Duper Committee?” I’ll tell you why. They just figured out that the gold bars they think they swindled from President Obama turned out to be gold colored lead. If I close my eyes tightly I can almost hear the theme music from the old “Mission Impossible” series in which the IMF team safely leaves the scene of the crime and the bad guys are left holding the bag.

    P.S. Is it me or does it seem like every time Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia is in the presence of President Obama she looks like a star struck teenager?

    P.P.S. I hope she keeps her diary in a safe place.

    • 55 Jessica
      November 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Yep Obama is a master Chess player. Most people are checkers (GOP, emoprogs, even Clinton).

    • 56 mb32
      November 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      This is why I love Randi Rhodes…when the rest of the PL were wailing and moaning she was breaking down how PBO outsmarted the Repubs. She called the split they would have with MIC & hospital lobby (they’ve been running commercials against cuts on provider side for a min). Some PLers are finally realizing what happened but still refuse to give PBO credit…

      PM Guillard lovesss PBO. In the photos from the earlier press conference, I couldn’t believe how close their podiums were-they practically touching. Of course GOPolitical had to write an article about how their warm relationship was unique because PBO is just, you know, cold. Then in a clear case of burying the lead they mention his close relationship with Pres Lee, Merkel and the Russian Pres

      • 57 Eleroy
        November 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

        The PLers will NEVER concede wrongdoing or misteps!!! Instead they dig in and attack President Obama all the more for proving them wrong, showing them up even without trying and generally living them all looking so stupid!!!

        It infuriates them when he is proven right and they wrong, but they are small, petty, egotistic jerks who only shout louder and harder and double down on their attacks to cover for all they lack especially how off mark, short-sighted and shockingly uninformed they all are.

        They trade on their terribly flawed “knowledge” and “forecasting abilities” – that’s how they get airtime, book deals, talk shows and cult followings to keep them “in demand”!!!

        President Obama, without even trying has pulled back the curtains on these idiots and they have now been exposed and they are mad as hell!!!

        Think about Michael Moore for instance. He’s not mad that the OWS folk have been displaced!!! Nah.

        Michael Moore is only pissed that his unpaid cast and unrented space for his new documentary have been forcibly moved!!! How inconvinient!!!

        Michael Moore had his hustle all planned out – make a documentary that would rake in millions of money by exploiting the naive fools at OWS!!!

  18. November 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    G’day Chips and TODers,

    Just catching up on all the wonderful posts of the day. Chips honey “YOU ROCK”.

    I had to catch up when I got home from work, because I can no longer view this web site at work.
    It seems as though since SB5 was taken down in Ohio, this web site is blocked from viewing by state employees…he.he.he.

    • November 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Wow, that SUCKS, bjw2!

      So glad we WON in OHIO!

      • November 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

        Cha, we’re still expecting more crap from Kasick, even though we defeated the bill.

        I’m going through withdraw symptoms not being able to come here on my lunch break.

        • November 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

          HUG! I know the feeling when my internet connection goes down. I’m retired so I don’t have my job to interfer with my Political Activity. :P

          I’m sure Kasick does have much more planned..gop wants to instill as much hurt as possible on our Country while they’re in power and then when we take it back..we’ll keep having their messes to clean up.

  19. November 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Perry in a new ad says Obama is a Socialist.

    Yawn!

    • 70 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks Chips…it’s a shame that C-SPAN not carrying the speech. There’s absolutely no excuse for this.

  20. November 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    ________________________________________________________________________________
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 16, 2011

    Upcoming Guidance on “Country Music: In Performance at the White House”

    Event marks the continuation of White House Music Series by Celebrating Country Music with Evening Performances and Daytime Student Workshop

    Monday, November 21 * White House – As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of country music. The program will include performances by Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor. The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:00 PM ET. “Country Music: In Performance at the White House” will be broadcast Wednesday, November 23 at 8:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

    As she has done with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime event for students. The First Lady will welcome 120 students from D.C. area schools to take part in an interactive student workshop event: “The History of Country Music: From Barn Dances to Pop Charts.” Beginning at 2:00 PM in the State Dining Room, The GRAMMY Museum’s Executive Director Robert Santelli will lead the students in a discussion about the history and cultural significance of country music – from “barn dances” to the Great Depression – and how country music has evolved and crossed over to today’s pop charts. Featured performers from the evening event will share their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world. “The History of Country Music” will stream live on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. This event will be open press, but space is limited. Members of the media who wish to cover this event must RSVP to firstladypress@who.eop.gov by Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM ET. Press who do not have a White House hard pass must include their social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/11/alison_krauss_kris_kristoffers.html

    • 72 AnitaW
      November 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Love these events.

    • 73 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      wut Darius Rucker? :shock:

      • 74 AnitaW
        November 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        Is Darius Rucker good or bad?

        • 75 Fred
          November 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

          he is good but brother Darius has never hung out with black folks and has stayed away as if we had the damn plague so pardon me if my jaw hit the floor

          • 76 AnitaW
            November 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

            Ah, got it.

            Isn’t this the second time they’ve done a Country Music night?

          • 78 Jennifer
            November 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

            Never crazy about Darius – he was (or is?) the lead singer of The Counting Crows. Couldn’t cut it with the rock/pop crowd, so went to country music as so many others have. Anyone whose obsession is golf (like the tan man) isn’t high on my list. As Mark Twain said, “golf is a waste of a good walk.”
            Anyway, country really not my thing, although Keith Urban can visit me anytime. :) I liked the old, “real” stuff. Hank Williams (NOT junior – what a dick)! Also Charley Pride was great – saw him at a fair once. Sorry for the long message. Huge music fan here.

            I’m not particularly religious, however I REALLY adore gospel music. That would be a great concert, although anything involving PBO is fine with me!

            • 79 dotster3
              November 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

              Our fave president’s favorite pastime is golf. I’m not fond of it, but I am surrounded by golfers, good people all. Like all other sports/hobbies, it’s an escape, a chance for some fun with friends away from life’s responsibilities for a bit. To each his/her own.

            • 80 Sankofa
              November 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

              Darius Rucker was the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish…… :grin: Said he’s always had country western in his heart….

            • 81 DreamChaser57
              November 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

              Darius Rucker was actually the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish not Counting Crows. I’m not a big rock or country fan, but I’ve had several friends and romantic interests who love those genres.

            • November 17, 2011 at 1:56 am

              Jennifer, the Darius Rucker who is going to be at this event on Country Music is the one who was the lead singer for HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH who changed from R&B to Country Music.In fact he will sing the National Anthem on NOV.17, at the Virginia Tech VS UNC football game.

    • 83 anniebella
      November 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Looking forward to it, Nov. 21 at 7pm.

    • 85 utaustinliberal
      November 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      This is going to be fun!

  21. 86 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hi all. I have been emailing and twittering all day about MM and his rumor mill that has taken off in the MSM about the President ordering the removal of OWS. I finally left a message on Rachel’s blog about getting Janet Napalitano on the show tonight. She always comes on her show so I figured it was a “no brainer”. She could come on the show or at least be on a call in to prove what MM was saying. Or she would disprove it.

    My comment was deleted. Go figure. I think she does a great job on research but, her stories are getting a little old. I am tired of hearing about Perry, Cain, Bachman, Romney and their ilk. They are not going to win the White House if I have anything to do about it.

  22. November 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Dawg gon’it Chips. You got me busier than a one-armed paper hanger with crabs. Clicking on and holding up links waiting for our Prez to speak down under. Phew. i don’t mind though. i think i’m gonna fire up my laptop so i can cover more bases. :lol:

    • 88 Jennifer
      November 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      OMG, you made me literally lol. “A one-armed paper hanger with crabs”- too, too funny! I needed the laugh, thanks! :)

  23. 89 P
    November 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Is he there yet? Studying if I could take a bath and not miss it? What time is the speech exactly?

  24. 92 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    did the Parliament address start yet? I am not seeing anything on the WH blog

  25. 94 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    it is finally on. thanks

  26. November 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The Prez is about to speak.

  27. 97 desertflower
    November 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Another MUST READ from TPV…Deaniac has done it again :) You may want to keep this handy!

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/11/just-as-we-thought-debt-deal-forcing.html

  28. November 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Oh brother none of the links are working for me.. waaaah!

  29. 105 Me4obama
    November 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    No applause allowed. :shock: I need some cheering.

  30. November 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    So love Julia Gillard. Very gracious to our PBO.

    • 108 Ladyhawke
      November 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave a wonderful speech and she has a lovely speaking voice. So warm and caring. She is a terrific partner for President Obama.

  31. November 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Very very disgraceful that no US TV channel (as far as i know) is screening this major foreign policy speech by PBO at the Australian parliament on our country’s important pivot to Asia-Pacific engagement. Pathetic.

  32. November 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Oh man I want to cry, I rushed home.. and none of the links work, not even whitehouse.gov.. it was streaming intermittently and now it stopped. whoops now its back to off and on. I get a word, then nothing.

  33. November 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I’m doing two things at one time, so I may not be able to watch the speech completely from start to finish. I may be in and out. If anyone post any excerpts as it happens I’d greatly appreciate it. Either way, I can watch the speech after it happens

  34. November 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    This Tony Abbott (Opposition Leader) is quite the obnoxious Bush-phile

  35. 129 Maritza
    November 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I am watching with no proplem at v\http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  36. 130 Dudette
    November 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I’m watching on whitehouse.gov. Loving that the President’s acknowledged the indigenous, “First Australians”.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      +1,000,000,000 – he does the right thing, every time.

    • 132 DreamChaser57
      November 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I noticed their absence in the halls of government, quite disturbing. I am not sure what their collective percentage is as it relates to the general population. I’ll try to look that up over the next couple of days.

  37. November 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    whitehouse.gov is working for me. I love listening to him as personalizes his respect and enjoyment of other cultures.

  38. 134 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    boy I love this shout out to the native Australians and how he brought it home to him standing before them as President

  39. November 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    PBO opens his speech with a narrative about his first trip there as a young boy. He goes on to talk about the alliance we share and he acknowledges a common evolution of history, mentioning the indigenous peoples. He’s now talking about the joint war effort.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Now he’s moved on to the purpose of his visit: a major shift in our focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Ending the wars and looking to the future that we must build.

  40. 138 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  41. 139 Lightfoot
    November 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you so very much Chipstick for all of these beautiful, interesting, posts. They certainly keep me checking in, or, on to this site several times a
    day when I have the time; and even if I am short on time I do make (some up :-D) to check in.

  42. November 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    The president looks and sounds tired. Poor baby. I wonder if sometimes he has an out of body experience from where he come from to being one of the most admired men in the world.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      IDK, I think we figure he should be tired with the whirlwind of this trip, but according to this tweet, he seems fine.

      “The President looks very relaxed and comfortable here in the House, however different it may be from his own time in the Senate. #POTUSinOZ”

    • 142 Me4obama
      November 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Well cheering & applauding pumps him up. His words are the only thing that matters to me though I would like to hear some clapping or something.

      • 143 hopefruit2
        November 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

        I think you all are misinterpreting the effect of the speech. It should NOT sound like a stump speech. People should not be looking “pumped.” like they’re ready to jump up and down. That would be very distracting and not in keeping with the type of event.

      • 144 nospin
        November 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        I like the speeches where I can hear what he is saying without disruption. Those speeches to me are the most profound. Sometimes it is good just to listen.

    • 145 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Not every speech PBO gives has to sound like a stump speech or SOTU address. He’s giving a parliamentary address and has to tailor the speech to the event which is low-key and somber. He has clearly has slowed down his speech tempo because of accent differences.

      • November 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        ITA w/you hopefruit.

        This is not a stump speech. It’s an address to a foreign government, not a “rally the troops” so to speak campaign stop. In fact, I bet this plays well in Australia and China and internationally where US Presidential speeches mean something, unlike the sad sacks that we have here in US

      • 147 utaustinliberal
        November 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        Completely agree HF2. It would be very odd if he was giving a stump speech in Parliament and if they began clapping every few minutes. It would be distracting and this is not the venue for that kind of speech. Plus he doesn’t sound tired at all. He’s his effervescent self.

    • November 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      I agree with me4obama, I think we are just used to the crowds and cheering and applause, which we shouldn’t expect in a foreign setting, particularly with foreign diplomats.

      • November 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        I will very surprised if he is not tired at the pace his been going for the last couple of weeks. It wasn’t a critisim, just what I am seeing. I love what he is all the time because he always talks facts.

        • 150 halo
          November 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          I agree with you Prag. Adult. It was very low-key, and I’m sure being tired had a little to do with it, but more so that the audience wasn’t a campaign rally. His addresses to British Parliament, India’s Parliament, and South African Parliament were similiar in tone.

    • 151 dotster3
      November 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      He speaks to his audience with the right tone every time, as he did here. Not a time for a rip roarin’ campaign style speech.

  43. November 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Rights of people, regional security are top priorities. The U.S. is reducing spending but he has directed national security team to make Asia-Pacific a top priority. Will allocate resources necessary to maintain military presence to protect our interests.

    • November 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      We need growth that is fair, balanced and sustainable.
      Climate change can’t be denied. The US and Australia have a special responsibility to lead.

  44. November 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for those Awesome Pics from Australia, Chips! That’s a striking shot of the US Embassy where they’re having the Wreath Laying Ceremony.

    My son-in-law is Australian from Melbourne and that makes my grandkids half Aussie..they all live in Portland, Oregon but they go to Australia when they can to see fam. My 12 year old granddaughter is going by herself this Christmas to have a grand time with relatives Down Under. :cool:

  45. November 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Ha! PBO: “United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to say” Take that China.

  46. 159 CTGirl
    November 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Be afraid China, be very afraid! :-) Time for China to clean up!

  47. 162 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Prime Minister Gilliard is nodding her head at everything PO is saying.

  48. November 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Prosperity without freedom is just another form of poverty.”

  49. November 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    “Informed citizenry”? Mr. President the corporate media in your own country are not allowing your fellow citizens to watch this historic speech.

  50. November 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    thank you for your comments on the speech, I can hardly wait to hear it.. looking forward hopefullly to video later. Its long and thanks extra to meta for writing some of what he’s saying.. they do indeed look rapt hopefruit :) I get a word then it goes off for several minutes.. then another word. I know it is moving and probably spectacular in its scope and in its feeling.. cause that is how our POTUS is.

  51. 173 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Good job Mr. President! Thank you Australia:)

    • 174 P
      November 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      Excellent speech by PBO. He knows exactly what to say and when to say it. His intelligence is incredible. Excellent, excellent, excellent and what a reception he received.

    • 175 Ladyhawke
      November 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      This was just a wonderful speech. I can’t wipe the smile off my face. So proud of President Obama.

  52. 176 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Nice job, Mr. President!

    It was very mellow, but deep!

  53. 177 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    THANK YOU Australians and beautiful speech POTUS :D

  54. 178 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    AWWWWWWWW…

  55. November 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    if you don’t catch one part of a POTUS speech, ya need to always catch the end. That was beautiful and moving. Can anyone imagine Romney or any of the clown car horde doing the same.

  56. 181 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    that was good. I am proud of our President.

  57. 182 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    The Speaker of the House in Australia is a nice fellow. That was a very warm and funny closing statement.

  58. November 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    who was the guy who spoke about the “cheese and smiles”?? that was cute.

  59. 187 Don
    November 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    WOW just WOW…..

  60. 188 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for the link!

    I have tears in my eyes because of the pride I feel right now. Our President looks so tired, yet he gave a GREAT speech and then he received a warm and long standing ovation.

    God bless President Obama!

    • 189 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Glad I wasn’t the only one with tears in her eyes! That was remarkable. Methinks they liked him, especially with that beautiful standing ovation.

  61. November 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I LOVED the speaker!!! :lol: Gotta find a video – somewhere!

    • 192 COS
      November 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      I couldn’t take my eyes off of my monitor, especially at the end.

    • 193 GGail
      November 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      He’s still in the Parliament shaking hands and receiving another round of applause as he tries to work his way out of the auditorium!

      Job Well Done Mr. President!

      Yes, Chipsticks, we need to keep this event in our video library! You do GREAT work for us and I’m so very grateful to you!

    • 194 DreamChaser57
      November 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      I will give you a cupcake and a lovely spot of tea for the video. I have been busy writing an article tonight, and forgot the meaning of time zones. Darn East Coast time, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????/ Oh the freakin’ inhumanity. I will say although I only caught the tail end, it warmed my heart to see how highly regarded and statesman like our president is, he commands respect on the world stage. he intimately understand the meaning of diplomacy, and building and nurturing global relationships, he wholeheartedly supports Australia’s PM during a difficult political season for her. At the end of the speech he received a standing ovation, people waited patiently to shake his hand, his physical stamina and intellectual prowess appear inexhaustible (no dirty thoughts ladies *wink*) -the priceless rewards of a healthy lifestyle.

  62. November 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I love the expressions on people’s faces when he shakes hands. Everyone’s face lights up.

  63. 201 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks Chips and TODers. It was great watching our POTUS represent so effectively during this session. I am so proud.

  64. November 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a bunch of sweet people!! Everyone anxious to shake his hand. I’m sure they are quite thrilled to have him a their guest.

  65. November 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This is president is a hand shaker lol

  66. November 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    And he is signing autographs lol OUR SUPERSTAR PRESIDENT!!

  67. November 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    TODers isn’t HE the BEST!!! PBO makes me so proud all the time. What a speech of such depth
    and class. Wow.

  68. 211 elo4obama/biden
    November 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I will have to listen and watch this again. Ahh whitehouse feed done now. I loved seeing PBO meet and greet the members of parliament. They sure seemed pleased to have him there, even the “conservative” speaker before him was respectful and seemed honored. The room seemed very modern and simple. The parliament hall(?) in England- very ornate. The turkish parliament huge and very stately. The Australian parliament seemed intimate and so clean lined modern(?)

    President Obama represents the US so well abroad. I just wish we did not have so many jack and jennys at home in our governing body and media. I will surely be emailing cspan about the noncoverage! Dissappointing- your presidential speaches should always be carried on TV somewhere. I swear they are going to make me give up my TV:-(

  69. November 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    We have definitely turned a corner. PBO articulated this very well. We will be focused as a nation on Asia-Pacific. Perhaps the treacherous decade of shame brought on by George W. Bush is coming to a close, at last.

    • 213 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      I was thinking while listening to his speech that we were hearing a monumental shift in direction, thanks to the incredible intellectual capacity of the President’s brain. Too bad none of the news outlets in our country give a damn about sharing that with the American people.

  70. 214 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks so much to our Australian friends for giving President Obama such a warm reception. It feels great, and we love seeing it!

  71. November 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Okay ya’ll I have got to share this: Last night when Chips posted the tweet from PM Julia Gillard.. I went ahead and decided to ‘follow’ her.. today she is following moi :) omg I’m so thrilled by that.. I know it’s her staff, but still ~ woohoo!

  72. 226 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    To Me4Obama:

    In one of my responses to your comment about PBO’s speech I think I came off harsh – didn’t mean it that way at all! :( Nothing against you – just was in the moment for PBO. My deepest apologies to you!!!

    • 227 Me4obama
      November 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      :smile: Hope, Please no need for apologies, I didn’t notice you even replied to my comment. I love you to pieces girl because you tell it like it is. :lol: :lol: I love PBO more though, that’s why I was worrying because the room was so silent. :wink:

  73. 230 Ladyhawke
    November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    THIS is what real leadership looks like.

    President Obama is showing the unhinged GOP clown car candidates how it’s done. There is no way in hell any one of them could have delivered a speech like that.

    • 231 smoothscotch
      November 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      In 2017, I want to see the next POTUS on the world stage. I’m going to keep the PBO speeches and compare them. I suspect, no comparison. What’s up with the US media not showing the speech? is this normal with previous Presidents when they are out internationally?

  74. November 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Perry Campaign Says Foreigners Not Allowed At Town Hall Event |

    According to an Associated Press reporter, the Perry campaign refused to let foreigners attend a town hall event with the candidate in New Hampshire today. Campaign staffers inquired about reporters’ citizenship status at the door, explaining that only U.S. citizens were allowed. Their dubious justification for this intrusive screening was that the town hall host was a defense contractor.

    Update: Perry’s campaign clarifies, saying that anyone can come in, “but foreigners must be accompanied by a company employee at all times.”

    ~snip~

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/16/369872/perry-campaign-says-foreigners-not-allowed-at-town-hall-event/

  75. 235 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Think it’s an Australian reporter that just said the President “delivered us the compliment of giving a very substantial speech,” before their Parliament.

    Nice.

  76. November 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    A U.S. cable TV network and a senior Republican senator asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to allow its first live broadcast when it hears arguments in the legal dispute over President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul law. In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, C-SPAN, the cable network that broadcasts federal government proceedings, said live television coverage of the historic arguments in March would best serve the public interest.

    In a separate letter, Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary committee asked Roberts to provide live audio and video coverage of the proceedings. “The constitutional questions are landmark. The public has a right to hear and see the legal arguments,” Grassley wrote. “A minimal number of cameras in the courtroom, which could be placed to be barely noticeable to all participants, would provide live coverage of what may be one of the most historic and important arguments of our time,” Grassley added.

    ~snip~

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/15/supreme-court-asked-to-broadcast-healthcare-case/

    • 240 nospin
      November 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I say no. Leave the drama out of it. Sounds like they are wanting to create a distraction.

      What the Republican Senator needs to do is to focus on jobs.

      • 241 symmetry11
        November 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

        Speaker Pelosi is asking that it be televised also. I am on the fence about it being televised. Our media will cause a spectacle & the take take attention away from the seriousness of the issue.

        • 242 nospin
          November 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

          On this one, I say go with tradition. No television. Speaker Pelosi would be better served to continue to focus the attention on jobs.

        • 243 nospin
          November 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

          symmetry11 – you are so right. There is nothing the media wouldn’t do to create a distraction that takes the focus of the Republican candidates, the balanced budget discussion and from Jobs.

          They need to keep it closed.

          • November 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

            So right. No audio, no video. If that occurred, the entire campaign will be overtaken with ACA talk. No thank you! Repugs WILL NOT get a free pass come election time. the American people need to see and hear the unvarnished truth about the asses trying to unseat PBO from the presidency of the United States. No televising nothing. That’s BS and another trick the repugs will try to use to their advantage where they can attempt to stir up anti-Obama sentiment with talks of Obamacare and death panels. Asses. :x

        • November 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm

          It should be audio and no video, as they have done previously.

      • 246 dotster3
        November 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

        I want to know what goes on in that one. I want to hear it all.

  77. 247 Dudette
    November 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    The Herald Sun has a neat little gallery of photos with outstanding quotes from our President, some even from before he became President.
    It’s entitled “Things the Prez says”. Definitely worth a look. I’m thinking of turning it into a calendar for my office. :-)

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photo-gallery/gallery-e6frf94x-1226195194572

  78. November 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Totally OT: By way of a suggestion, I wonder if people would be willing to reserve Thanksgiving as a day where no one posts anything about the GOP, their candidates, news in general, the unProfessional Left or the Occupy ‘movement’ for the entire day?

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      OMG Rusty – STOP!!!!!!!!!!! Just added it to the post bjw2, thanks a million :lol:

      • November 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        Good gawd, man. Get a grip. He’s freaks out over the oddest things. Doesn’t mind tossing the middle class to the wolves but will break into a sob at things like this. WEIRD.

        • 259 Me4obama
          November 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          This man is an embarrassment. He should cry about people losing their jobs. Off to tweet it.

          • 260 hopefruit2
            November 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

            This is a side effect of decades of alcohol abuse…his nervous system and emotional regulatory circuits are thoroughly warped.

          • 261 utaustinliberal
            November 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

            He really is. There is expressing emotion and then there is just plain stop the effing waterworks. It’s embarrassing that he can’t stop crying. How about he cries for the people his teabagger house of reps have caused to lose their jobs. Or he cries for the economy that he’s helping destroy. #WeeperOfTheHouse.

    • 262 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      I just spit out my Frosted Flakes.I swear I’ve never seen a grown ass man have some much water ready to spill :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • 263 dotster3
      November 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      OMG, what is wrong with him? He’s embarrassing. That’s just ridiculous.

    • 264 Ladyhawke
      November 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Our lies depend on getting that gavel back into Nancy Pelosi’s hands where it belongs. This man is dangerous and a total embarrassment. How he ever got into a leadership position is a mystery to me. This comment at the link says it all………..

      This is the Speaker of the House and obviously he’s in way over his head.

  79. 266 desertflower
    November 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    AAAWWWW! My daughter called to have me pick her up after work, and I managed to see his speech, but missed the hand shaking at the end! I hope that we can get that video here…would love to see it in its entirety :)

  80. 267 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    The Australians are expressing gratitude for our President’s speech; meanwhile some ugly American is “joking” about his assassination. The sad irony….

  81. November 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, is it just me or is the after-speech analysis in Aussie better than anything US media would do?

    • 269 CTGirl
      November 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      No, it’s not you. Our journalists should sit and learn, especially Chuckie T.

    • 270 AnitaW
      November 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      Unbelievable analysis. This is what journalist should do just give an report on both sides without the snarkiness and tell the listening/viewing public straight. It was a nice change from what we get here.

    • 271 Ladyhawke
      November 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      It’s a breath of fresh air. You would never hear an analysis like this with the US media. They would be too busy looking for some word or comment to turn into a controversy.

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      I’ve noticed it too and must admit I’m pleasantly surprised by the Aussie commentators = it’s very refreshing really. A combination of clear head and open pure heart. One guest said out flat that it was a very “substantial” speech. They put most US media to shame by their spot on after-speech analysis, nailing the important points of POTUS speech. I’m still listening to their live coverage at heraldsun.com.au

      so proud of our prez

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      None of them seem to have an axe to grind. So refreshing and such a relief, I’d forgotten what fair journalism is all about.

      • 275 dotster3
        November 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        Isn’t that the truth? It’s such a shame. How did the quality of our journalism deteriorate to this current vile state?

        • 276 hopefruit2
          November 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

          Yes indeed. I heard Jake Snarl Tapper give his “report” on ABC world news tonight. The guy presented the most negative angle he could regarding the situation in China (which was pretty much the only thing he focused on). These correspondents must be internally unhappy with themselves to be so chronically and extremely negative in their reporting of this President’s activities.

        • November 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

          It’s like I can barely remember what true reporting really is anymore. We’ve all been so brainwashed to take in the constant 24/7 meaningless babble partisan nonsense, totally desensitized to the absurdity and destruction of what they’re doing in some ways. It’s ruined and poisoned so much of our public discourse.

  82. November 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    First, the happy chart. The USDA recently released a report (PDF) that crunches numbers on recent developments in local/regional food economies. Sales are booming—and more farms are growing food for their surrounding communities, not global commodity markets….

    ~snip~

    For our era of stubbornly high unemployment, the report offers this interesting tidbit: Fruit and vegetable farms that sell into local markets employ 13 full-time employees per every $1 million in sales, versus just 3 employees for their counterparts that sell into global commodity markets. In other words, a dollar you spend at the farmers market supports four times as many workers as a dollar spent at the superm[a]rket.

    ~snip~

    http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/local-food-economy-two-charts

    h/t Tom Philpott

  83. 279 nospin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    SMH

    Mississippi Woman Receives Three Year Prison Sentence For Feeding Her Family

    Last week, a federal court in Mississippi sentenced a key figure in a $3 million mortgage fraud scheme to two and a half years in federal prison. Just a few days earlier, however, a Mississippi federal judge imposed a significantly harsher sentence on a woman who lied on her benefits applications in order to receive just $4,367 in food stamps to help feed her family:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/11/15/369180/mississippi-woman-receives-three-year-prison-sentence-for-feeding-her-family/

    • 280 CTGirl
      November 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Sad! The poor continues to be victimized.

    • 281 EDP4BHO
      November 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      If the powers that be keep this up, there will surely be blood in the streets as people who suffer will no longer be able to contain themselves. And I don’t mean those OWS folks either.

  84. 282 criquet
    November 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Herald Sun Poll:

    Do you support greater US military force numbers in Australia?
    Yes
    67.68% (3334 votes)
    No
    32.32% (1592 votes)
    Total votes: 4926

  85. November 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Factories in China’s manufacturing heartland are feeling the squeeze again, with minimum wages in Guangdong province set to rise by as much as 20 percent on Jan. 1 for the second time in less than a year. And while one Chinese province’s minimum wage might seem like a local issue, the salary question underlines a continuing momentum in China toward building higher-end business and better jobs.

    In other words, the days of endless, cheap Chinese labor are limited. What that means for consumers in the United States and elsewhere is simple: Things are going to cost more, soon.

    ~snip~

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111109/china-economy-manufacturing-guangdong

    h/t Kathleen E. McLaughlin

    • 284 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      If it means the Chinese people aren’t paid the lowest wages imaginable, then it’s good.

    • 285 elo4obama/biden
      November 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      The other way of looking at that might mean more business coming HOME. My sister was telling me about a company affected by the Tsunami in Japan and problems getting material moving more manufaturing jobs back to the US. So I think this is mainly a good thing, but incentives must be given to business to make some jobs come home or else they will just find some other cheap source of labor.

  86. 286 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I’m now hooked on this SkyNews station – they are chock full of Obama “all the time”

  87. 288 CTGirl
    November 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Rusty, Rusty! SMH at the Speaker…is this man for real?

  88. 293 GOVCHRIS1988
    November 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    You know, there are some things the OWS protesters are good for……..

    http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/16/369694/occupy-baltimore-karl-rove/

  89. November 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    This is a good article!~

    Obama: America’s once and future president

    Although most say Obama has no chance at a second term, there are many factors on his side that suggest he will win. With one year to go until America’s presidential election there seems to be a consensus among its chattering class. Whoever will be the next president, it won’t be Barack Obama. Like most inevitabilities concerning the future of American politics, this one needs to be treated with caution.

    ~snip~

    As much fun as the current crop of Republican candidates have in reaching to the Right in their party for primary votes, the results may prove depressing for the surviving nominee. A good part of the country will see him/her as anti-immigrant, anti-unemployeds, anti-gay, anti-social security, anti-healthcare reform and anti-taxes on millionaires. As much as the opposition party complains about the pain that the economy has inflicted, who really thinks that their nominee will help those most hurting – those who have lost homes, jobs, health and income? Does the current narrative told by Republican leaders – anti-taxes, anti-deficit, anti-government programmes – convince anyone suffering from this downturn that help is on the way?

    By focusing on the current White House occupant our pundits have neglected the real choice voters will have in a year: Between a familiar president governing a united party and administration in an improving economy against a lesser known candidate of an unpopular, conservative party. A reminder: This election is not just a question of Obama, his record and character. It is Obama vs a living, breathing and, arguably, less attractive alternative.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/2011111412197754914.html

    h/t Gary Wasserman

  90. 298 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    There is a reason why the US media would not carry this because it takes away their ability to control the narrative that they want to maintain. The US media wants to keep an anti-Obama narrative going into the 2012 elections, and anything that threatens that narrative will be avoided as much as possible.

  91. 300 eveingeorgia
    November 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I haven’t seen it yet, but my heart is warmed and lifted by all your comments. To you, Chipsticks, let me add my gratitude and admiration for all you do: the information, pictures, humor, and solid news. Your work makes the toxic environment in this country a bit easier to bear.

    What is it about this guy that makes so many want to look out for him? He does make you proud. He does care; he does work very hard; he is real, not a phony; he’s forgiving, compassionate, smart, strong, tough, and so much more. Still, with all that, he is only a man. h
    He hurts, makes mistakes, gets angry, and is not perfect. He is in so many ways so much better than many, but we must stay vigilant with our prayers for him, because he is only a man.

    No president has EVER been held to such a high standard as this one.That is unfair, it is biased, it is cruel. That is why we must stand in the gap for him, with prayer, with letters, with donations, with tweets, with whatever we can. He is only a man, but for these times, Oh what a man he is.

    Hold him up, everybody.

    • 301 EDP4BHO
      November 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      Beautiful sentiments eveingeorgia, and might I answer your question….”.What is it about this guy that makes so many want to look out for him?” That’s simple. He’s just adoreable :-D

    • 302 Eleroy
      November 17, 2011 at 1:35 am

      Totally spot on eveingeorgia!!! Could not have said it better!!!

  92. 303 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    POTUS is speaking now with Journalism students – seen on SkyNews

    Student just asked him about Justin Biber!

  93. 310 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    The President speaks in the same deliberate and respectful tone with the high school students in Australia, as he does with their Parliament. Same guy, no matter where he goes.

    How lucky are we?

  94. November 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Sky News is rocking it. Thank you, Chips!!

  95. November 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    US officials announced on Wednesday that a “major cross-border drug tunnel” between California and Mexico has been discovered, Reuters reported. 

    The tunnel links warehouses south of San Diego with the city of Tijuana, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said in a statement, according to Reuters. ICE also said that during searches related to the investigation of the tunnel, authorities had confiscated an estimated 14 tons of marijuana. 

    According to the Associated Press, cross-border tunnels have “proliferated in recent years,” but the tunnel discovered Tuesday is among the most significant ones found yet. 

    The Los Angeles Times reported that the investigation was a multi-agency effort that also involved the Mexican military. According to the newspaper, on the Mexico side, the tunnel ended at an industrial building near the Tijuana airport. Mexican soldiers on Wednesday were seen guarding packages of marijuana, “labeled with pictures of Capt. America, the symbol used by a major operator of the Sinaloa drug cartel in Tijuana,” Mexican Gen. Gilberto Landeros Briseno told the Mexican media.

    Reuters reported that US authorities were preparing to offer more details about the tunnel in a news conference later on Wednesday. 

  96. 314 anniebella
    November 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Is that picture of John Boehner crying for real? Really is it? Sorry ass cry baby. Give him something to really cry about next year when Pelosi is Speaker of the House again and President Obama is re-elected.

  97. 315 SAB
    November 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Guys, I need talking down. Has anyone read the reports about bullets being found near the WH, one actually hitting the residence. I feel sick.

    • 316 Fred
      November 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      yes bullets were found and thank God and the SS arrested the man today in a hotel.POTUS/FLOTUS and the kiddies are safe Sab.Happy to report

      Security procedures will be looked at again and steps will be taken.Keep praying for them;they need your prayers.Hope this helps ;)

    • 318 eveingeorgia
      November 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, SAB, it happened. The guy has been caught. Not much more news though.

    • 319 EDP4BHO
      November 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Also, it wasn’t today. It happened last Friday and they just apprehended the bum. Keep he and his family all in prayer. Hope you feel better.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Apparently the suspect is a Beck fan from Idaho. These people truly make me sick.

  98. 321 halo
    November 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    GOPOLITICO IS AT IT AGAIN! HARDLY ANY COVERAGE OF PBO IN AUSTRALIA. TAKING COMMENTS OUT OF CONTEXT.

  99. 323 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I’m focused on PRESIDENT OBAMA only. This coverage via Sky News is the best!

  100. 324 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The plane is taxing…..ready for take off

  101. 325 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    good evening and night TOD family and thank you.May God watch over;bless;guide POTUS so that he makes good decision

  102. November 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Mark Knoller was on vacation, but he noticed that the national debt reached 15 trillion today, so he is gloating. Meh!

  103. 329 dotster3
    November 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks again to chips for this best ever site! Award-wiinning! (or should be) You are doing amazing work, don’t know what we would do without you! What if we had to depend on Chuckie T. & Co. for our news? It would be so sad! It would be horrific! We wouldn’t have a clue! Thanks for saving our brain cells and for humor and for alerts and keeping us current and smart! Bravo!

  104. 330 donna dem 4 obama
    November 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Chips you crack me up :)

    Oh. Good. Grief. – Indeed!!!

  105. 332 EDP4BHO
    November 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Chips, you gave me the biggest “oh shit” I’ve had all day. Why’d you have to go and put that idiot of a speaker up there, looking like a little pissy punk? LHM, I have a 2 year old nephew who would tell him to man up !

  106. November 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    In the new fox news poll, again 13% of democrats will vote for Romney.
    That is two poll with identical democrats supporting Romney.
    Me thinks, either they are underpolling minorities or we need to do massive registration drives, to supersede these crazy ass democrats!

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      This tells us nothing about 2012. And yes, there will be massive registration drives. We can count on that.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Some people are just plain stupid.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Jovie, those are not true democrats that are voting for Romney.

      Anyone so-called democrat who said they would vote for Romney knowing that he would take us to war with Iran, and give vouchers to our seniors and soldiers, I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

      If anything they’re rich blue-dogs who are 1%ers, who want to keep the Bush tax cuts, after all what else is Mittens offering?

    • 342 hopefruit2
      November 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Jovie dear …

      In March 2008, Gallup poll (not FOX) showed that a whopping 28% of Hillary voters would vote for McCain if Obama was nominated.

      //PRINCETON, NJ — A sizable proportion of Democrats would vote for John McCain next November if he is matched against the candidate they do not support for the Democratic nomination. This is particularly true for Hillary Clinton supporters, more than a quarter of whom currently say they would vote for McCain if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee. //

      http://www.gallup.com/poll/105691/mccain-vs-obama-28-clinton-backers-mccain.aspx

      As Jackie said, at 13% this Romney-Democrat poll is not really saying a whole lot!!!

    • 343 nospin
      November 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

      “13% of democrats will vote for Romney”

      that is straight bullshit. Pardon my language. You might as well plug in — 13% of AAs will vote for Romney.

      Moving on

  107. 344 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    For anyone just arriving, here’s the live view at Air Force One, awaiting the President’s arrival (heading for Darwin).

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/china-raises-concern-over-us-troop-boost-in-northern-territory/story-fn7x8me2-1226197104077

  108. 345 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    So funny – the Australian journalists are now counting how many different outfits their Governor General has worn since the President arrived! They’re up to three, with a chuckle. She’s hooked.

  109. November 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hello everybody, I’m sure all of you here have enjoyed the outstanding pictures, videos, and various links, especially from the Hostess Of *The Obama Diary*. *TODers*, I’ve been busy all day running errands, and I’m just now catching up here. The Pictures, and Videos are so soothing to my Soul, to just hear what other People from far Countries, think of our Beloved President. It just warmed my heart to hear such *Sweet* honoring words from the Prime Minister, and the Head Speaker. I felt the heart felt Welcome, all the way down here In South Florida :-). But seriously, It’s amazing how Children and the Sane Adults, appreciate President Obama, not only here In our own Country, but abroad as well. Yes, PBO have some haters, but he have lots of LOVE as well. I’m happy to say that all of us here at the *TOD*, not only support and have PBO’s back, but we genuinely Love him :-).
    Chips, I most certainly enjoyed all the pictures,Videos, etc. Thank you, my Friend, you do a *GREAT* job, Informing and enlightening us on the REAL and TRUE News of Politics. I applaude you, and thank you :-)

  110. 349 dotster3
    November 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    A group of 138 millionaires have asked Congress and now the “super-committee” to raise their taxes for the sake of the nation. One of the group said if Congress/super committee ended Bush-era tax cuts it would affect him and his fellow millionaires “about as much as a dead fly interrupts a picnic”.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-us-millionaires-ask-congress-raise-our-taxes-20111116,0,1479218.story

    • November 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks for news, dotster. Good to see the wealthy in our country aren’t all Koch infested selfish traitors.

      That’s really a good way to call themselves. Patriotic Millionaires who wouldn’t be more bothered with the bush tax cuts getting rescinded than a dead fly at a picnic.

    • 351 nospin
      November 17, 2011 at 7:55 am

      “ended Bush-era tax cuts it would affect him and his fellow millionaires “about as much as a dead fly interrupts a picnic”.

      THAT is a quote of the day. raotflmbo. Incredible. Great find dotster3. That phrase is a keeper.

  111. November 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The will be ignored, as usual, because one of them isn’t named Grover Norquist. In my lifetime I do not remember anyone ever clamoring to have their taxes raised, so this should be a first and receive a lot of attention if we had a normal news media. But the media won’t run with it because these people are making too much sense and no republican in Congress or the media can be bothered by good sense. You know what I wish these 138 millionaires would do with their money? I wish they’d buy a news network that actually reported the truth.

    • November 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      “I wish they’d buy a news network that actually reported the truth.” PEFECTO!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS in a nutshell!

      BTW, thanks for the updates and info about his speech. whitehouse.gov didn’t work for me; then I was involved with dinner, cleaning up and various other things. Love the pics!!!!!!!

    • 354 desertflower
      November 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      THIS!

  112. 355 GGail
    November 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for another great day of coverage!

    Good nite and pleasant dreams TOD

  113. November 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Imagine how hard Boehner will be bawling when he has to hand the Speakers gavel to Nancy Pelosi in Jan 2013…

    That is our mission!

  114. 358 desertflower
    November 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Things the President says….beautiful quotes…PJ…these are for you :) I love to see those inspiring quotes everyday!

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photo-gallery/gallery-e6frf94x-1226195194572?page=1

  115. November 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Was Israel Behind a Deadly Explosion at an Iranian Missile Base?
    By KARL VICK / JERUSALEM Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2099376,00.html?xid=rss-mostpopular

  116. November 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Gawd, I LOVE SKY NEWS.

  117. 361 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I was especially proud when the Australian PM said “yes we can.”

  118. November 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Hiya everyone, completely brilliant chat from you all tonight, you’re a bunch of gems.

    I’ve updated this post with a bunch of pics, will try to find videos tomorrow.

    Meanwhile, we’re off to Darwin:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/11/16/next-stop-darwin/

    Love ya!

  119. November 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I am laughing way out loud and holding my stomach in re the Boehner photo. Absolutely hilarious!!


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