I can do these pushups!
I CAN TOO IF I HAVE THE HELP OF FOUR GUYS WITH A WRENCH!
Funny! But I am serious, just have to build up a little more. Gosh, I admire my Fit First Lady.
I’m with you, Sue! :lol;
I don’t know who’s cuter in that photo.
It’s a tie GGail!
THIS IS MY FAVORITE PIC OF OUR FIRST COUPLE…THE LOOK ON MICHELLE’S FACE IS PRICELESS!
Mine too Sue, it’s blissful!!
Gayle King talk of how she loved that picture also. It does make you wonder what POTUS is saying.
Ain’t that the truth!
That pic is sooooooooo sesssy!
It’s a bit nice!!
Dang, I’m not first.
You were way too busy fanning yourself, Proud
Ha! Yes, I was.
SUPER JOB FLOTUS…WOW..I SURE HOPE PBO IS DOUBLE DOSING ON THOSE WHEATIES!
BEEN WATCHING THE SUPERBOWL ACTION DOWNTOWN ON THE FLATSCREEN…INDY HAS HAD SOME GREAT WEATHER…NEEDLESS TO SAY THERE IS A PARTY GOIN’ ON DOWN THERE!
And a protest…
INDEED…THE PROTEST WAS DEFINITELY AN ATTRACTION!..:)
ALL OF THE INDY SHELTERS WILL BE HOLDING PARTIES FOR THE HOMELESS OVER SUPERBOWL WEEKEND…..WE HAVE OUR NECESSARY PERMITS AND WILL BE SERVING HOT FOOD TO THEM ON SATURDAY! PENNSYLVANIA AVE. WILL BE ROCKIN’…I’M BRINGING SHRIMP AND COCKTAIL SAUCE! THIS WILL BE FUN!..CAN’T WAIT!
SDS – you are marvelous! Have fun!
Second that; what a great idea!
IT’S NOT ME…I HAVE A PASSION FOR THEM…AND I SINCERELY MISS THEM WHEN I’M NOT THERE. I GET ATTACHED!
I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE OUR HOMELESS INCLUDED…THEY SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT OUT OF ANYTHING. THE CITY SHOULD EXTEND A HAND AND BE THEIR FAMILY…ALWAYS!
So glad you are here!!!
I HAVE NOMINATED THE HANDICAPPED WOMAN WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF THIS PENN. AVE. CARAVAN AS A ‘CNN HERO’…I PRAY SHE GETS IT…12 YEARS AND VERY HANDICAPPED HERSELF…SERVING HOT FOOD TO THE HOMELESS 2WICE A MONTH. HER HEALTH IS VERY FRAGILE…BUT SHE IS ALWAYS THERE REGARDLESS OF RAIN,SLEET OR SNOW!
Sue..I really admire all that you do for the homeless, your labor of love is something to behold. Love that you doing “CNN Hero” but we all know you are our hero
She sounds a like like you Sue…”always there regardless of rain, sleet or snow”. You both have a heart of gold.
Sue, you are a marvel and a terrific inspiration for young and old. I’m thrilled that there will be parties for the homeless. What a fabulous idea. Hope everyone has a great time.
Sue – I’ll borrow a line somebody once said to my beautiful granddaughter, because it fits:
You make the sun look like it’s having a bad day. True story.
What a great line, JB. May I borrow it?
SUE,it seem you have a good heart, and the good Lord above sees that too. Bless you for helping the homeless,
Anyone watching Lawrence?….I don’t know if I heard right but Romney transferred to each of his sons 100 millions dollars?…so it’s half a billion right there….
Mr. Middle Class indeed……..
HE’S PROBABLY GOING TO BE SHEDDING $$$$$$ EVERYWHERE THAT HE CAN…KEEPING THE BANKING BIZ IN THE FAMILY…LOL!
LOL @ shedding $$$$$$. Purrfect.
I really can’t take any more of Mitt Romney, when I see his face, i just want to throw a mud pie at him! I really can’t wait until President Obama takes him down during the debates! I want him HUMILIATED and have EVERYONE realize the “emperor” has NO clothes on!
I’m 65 years old, and I want to knock him over with my bare fists and stomp him on the ground until he begs for mercy.
Did I just write that? Oops. I’ll go back to being a peaceful grandma, now!
Go for it Jacq, you can’t beat a bit of aggression! Of the verbal kind, of course
I’m going to help you, but I’m only 61, does that matter?
We’re all baby boomers, honey bunch. We can do it – “Let’s stay together” !
My, my, my. All the seniors on this site with pent up aggression. Is it safe out there. I hope I didn’t stumble into a den of ‘granny gangsta’!
Ha! I can assure you, I have no pent up aggression. I wouldn’t push us, though. If we get frosted enough, anything can happen.
HAHAHA! That was so hilarious and cute! LOL
I’ll add my 67-year-old muscle to yours, JB. Together we’ll be dynamite!
I’m watching him rip American Airlines (and by extension, Bain Capital) a new one. I saw the part about Willard’s sons — I believe it’s $100 mil in total, not a piece…about $20 mil per.
I wasn’t sure if it was each or total………I can’t wait to read the article in Lawrence’s blog…….it was very informative.
They (Robme’s sons) live off of $1 million in interest and pay NO TAXES on it.
Daddy pays the taxes at his 13% rate.
Yes, LOD did an excellent job tonight.
No it was 100 million for each son. That is what I heard!!!!
But we peasants don’t understand tax law. He managed to give them $100 million WITHOUT paying an inheritance tax???? Talk about the system being rigged.
Oh,no,he’s much more middle class than that. It’s $100,000,000 total for all of those non-working patriots who make their contribution to the nation by helping Daddy get elected.
They’re not doing such a great patriotic job – since he doesn’t stand much of a chance of being elected…
Yes 57, it just sings middle class because we all have 100 million lying around to give our children. It’s as common as mud.
It’s 100 million for the five of them so they’ll have to scrape along on only 20 million each. Poor lambs.
EVERYONE HAVE A BLESSED NIGHT…I’M GOING TO ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!..BLESSINGS!..:)
Good night, Sue! You’ve earned a good rest!
Lawrence Odonnell is on fire tonight!
This is a serious rewrite!
Hell yeah it is! It’s a take no prisoner’s rewrite! Woohoo!
Wow, did you see what he said about the Pensions at American Airlines and the fact that AA hired Bain Capital at $14,000,000 a month to cut employees? That’s more than what they paid into the employees pension, they are trying to stick the american people with the AA employees pension like Bain has done to so many companies. I hope this is repeated news throughout the year to take down Robme. These SOB’s are greedy blood suckers, they are worst than vampires.
Excellent takedown. It’s amazing that people in this country have been voting for these scoundrels and these scandalous robberies of working people for generations. Over and over, voting for republicans who have been robbing them blind. SMDH. Wonder if they’ll wake up now.
I just watched my recording of Lawrence and I agree that his show was off the chain tonight, especially the rewrite. I hope that a lot of folks were watching his show tonight.
Chips you’re a doll. The mash up is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute. Way to go in making our evening peaceful and happy.
*Big grin on my face*
If you’re smiling UT, I’m smiling!!
I remember Joe Biden saying once that Michelle is more competitive than Barack, which I didn’t think was possible. But that might be the case. This made of so much awesome. It’s amazing.
When Ellen slumped from exhaustion, Michelle had two choices: (a) show pity and stop too, or (b) keep going and win the day! That she chose (b) makes me love her even more
Me too! Because in the end they are going to have to remain physically fit in order to stay mentally fit and we want them both at the top of their game especially during President Obama’s re-election. Oh yeah, baby! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!! I am with it!!!
Me too. There’s a big difference between quitting and stopping. Ellen quit, FLOTUS stopped.
FLOTUS came to L.A. and kick ass. As I keep saying and I will continue to say this is why the right wing attacks her, because they see that she is a people person, that she relates to people, and she can relate to women. Don’t you think that women listen to her when she said that her husband sing to her all the time.Are when she talks of her husband behavior as he sees his little girl starting to become a young lady. When the right tries to say he’s this and he’s that. No FLOTUS comes out and says he’s just like lots of husbands and fathers out there. Bless the Obama family. 4 more years.
The absolute BEST actual reporting I have seen in a decade just came from Lawrence O’Donnell on American Airlines, Bain Capital, PBGC, and why you must vote in Presidential elections.
Chips, ya gotta link to this clip. This was STUNNING.
It was amazing indeed. His entire show was out of the park good.
I had no idea that this was happening and Bain was behind it. this needs to go viral.
Yes–maybe there are some Presidential Superpacs somewhere that can pick this up and run with it.
This was awesome AND scary. . .
We have to get out the votes!
Ah flip, missed it! Will find the video in the morning, thanks a million 57.
Get your hot fresh Lawrence ODonnell yummy goodness right here friends (after the brief commerical break, of course):
Great editing there, chips. And here I thought you were only good for some mean photo-shopping.
/ducks and runs
Sorry, can’t talk, busy Googling “amk wife name email phone number anything at all just so I can contact her”. Got it!! Okay, back soon, just gotta make a call.
Chips! Chips! Don’t! Put that down, please. Amk’s just testing you to see if you have gotten more like Pres O yet!
I’m curious Amk – do you have a ‘death wish’? And do you have life insurance? One of these days when you are ducking and running you are liable to trip, so I’m just wondering if you have an updated policy for your wife’s benefit.
Over the past quarter century (nearly), I’ve gotten pretty good in ducking and running away from the things the wifey throws at me.
Ah! Experience does count.
By the way, are you back home, and how was the 24th anniversary?
Yes, I returned last week. Peace offering cost me 3K. My wallet is getting thinnah and thinnah.
Ouch… she smote me again. I am really outta here. You gals are trouble for me.
G’night! G’night, Mrs. Am! psst: *whisper- Thank you for trying to keep him in line, ma’am. He seems to need it, always looking for trouble when you’re not around.
That was my wife who just now smote me on the head. I gotta geddaoutahere.
I suppose we are all going to just get started on these pushups, if we want to be as beautiful as Michelle Obama, right? oi…
I did my eight mental push ups earlier, and I’m feeling mentally good – rejuvenated even. You have to do yours by yourself, Pamela as I’m too sore though to do them again tonight.
I jumped to conclusions, earlier. Does that count?
No, jumping is for the next stage. You’ve got to do this in an orderly, and fair, fashion. [making up the rules so they'll favour me]
I order myself, in fairness to me, to cheat.
Thank you Chips!
President Obama and First Lady MICHELLE are the definition of Excellence
Who would you like to drop down and give you 45 RIGHT NOW?
Chuck Todd, Romney.
Gross, lol I will pass on both.
I don’t mean it in a kind way. I mean in a punitive boot camp sort of way when you yell at them and humiliate them while they’re doing it.
I like the idea but I think Mitt would just pay someone to take part and Chuck already seems like he
allergic to real work Lol.
Hi everyone:) Been extra busy at work…I may fall over faster than alice does, because I just have had quite the week, and it’s only Wednesday..Then I had to see our terrific First lady with the push ups, and I thought…bed sounded REALLY GOOD! She’s amazing..no wonder she’s got those amazing arms!! And I know it’s tacky, but I wish she’s plant a left hook on Brewer. That’s all I’m saying about that.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen the movie “Gasland” it is an absolute must see.
If I fade out…Chips, you’re incredible…so many goodies here today….and LL, you deserve a Pulitzer for what you wrote.You kicked ass with that today, and I tend to agree. I want what you stated to be the case….in the worst way.Hugs to you, dear friend. Awesome piece.
Hi Df! Nice to see you in this ‘doctor’s visit’. Have a good rest tonight!
Hi, vc!! “doctor’s visit”??? I’ll sleep like a baby tonight….:)
Just an old, old expression for when someone drops in briefly.
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I never heard that before:) You’ll see me tomorrow…
Just saw Mitt’s interview with Soledad O’Brien lol she looked disgusted
with him after he gave his follow up answer….ummm and did any one notice how
black his eyeballs are? he is scary lol.
P.s this was Mitt…”what newspaper do you read?”—SP moment I truly no don’t see him recoverying
it just reinforces that he is one heartless guy, first Seamus and his comment about the poor.
Tardy to the party again but just watched the Ellen clip on the previous thread 1,000,000,000 + 1 times!!! Awesome!!! Favorite part of that clip? When Miche said snarkily: “It depends on how your back is……I know you have these ‘back issues.’” —— that was fricking hilarious!!! she’s so snarky! Loved, loved, loved it!!! I’m just sad that I’m gonna miss it tomorrow
I’ll forgive your tardiness this time, Lisa LO but please don’t make a habit of it.
Did you notice how relaxed with each other they both seemed to be? I thought they played off each other quite well, each obviously comfortable with how far to go with their banter.
Went to check the Lawrence piece someone mentioned and saw this instead -
Thanks I didn’t know they had ties to the Republic Party, wow.
According to CBS evening news Plan Parenthood got $400,000 today when the news broke that
Komen foundation had cut their funding.
I love it when we can file stuff under “Unintended Consequences”. They wanted to rob PP of a source of funding. #EPICFAIL
Tien Le I tweeted this as this made a perfect tweet
Rock tweeted this:
Today, as our nation kicks off African American History Month, the campaign is launching African Americans for Obama.
Speaking of Black History Month: http://www.fold3.com/ is giving free access to their entire Black History collection during the month of February. I highly recommend the “Colored” Troops Service records. You might be surprised what you find if you know any of your family history at all.
I’m a little old fashioned – I still call it Black History Month, if that’s okay.
Anyway, in tribute to our awesome, history-making President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, I present the incomparable Miss Aretha Franklin:
Thank you Dudette!
Very special, Dudette. Thank you.
#PRESSON #OutPerform1936 #YesWeMust
I can’t wait for this to air in the morning. I just can’t get enough.
#TOD family…Best folks on tha innahnet…hands down
·.·Rock Wuz Here.·.
READY TO GO..!!!
#LandslideOBAMA2012 #OutPerform1936 #YesWeMust
Did y’all see this?
Apparently, Stephen Colbert has opened up a #Preparethem h/t since Romney said all of the jabs he and Newt are giving each other during the primary are preparing the eventual nominee for the general. So, folks are “preparing them” with more jabs!
Some of the tweets are hysterical! One of my favorites ends with “#Preparethem for 4 more years of Obama!”
I saw that segment. Stephen is hilarious! For those of us who are a part of the Twitterverse, would some of y’all mind sharing some of the choicest nuggets?
I am having so much fun re-tweeting these tweets! TY Jacqueline and Dudette.
I meant “those of us who aren’t part of the Twitterverse”… bad typist! Ugh!
Please share some of the good ones here!!
“…. Because we all know that this is not just about one extraordinary man. Although, I think my husband is very cute, very wonderful. (Laughter and applause.) And as it turns out, he can sing. (Laughter and applause.) But it was never about Barack Obama. This election, this presidency was not about Barack Obama. It’s always been — it always has been about us. All of us. All of us coming together for the values we believe in, and the country that we want to be….
FLOTUS is a force to be reckoned with. I have to remember to wake up at 5:00 am pst to see POTUS speak at the national Prayer Breakfast.
SELF-DEPORTATION IS A “JOKE”
Rachel Maddow just did an interview with Lalo Alcaraz a “comedian” who made up the term ‘SELF-DEPORATION’. That’s right, self-deportation is A JOKE. Someone should have told Willard. We are going full speed down the rabbit hole with this one. You can’t make this stuff up. Rachel referred to a New York Times article about the topic today.
1) Satire becomes reality with Romney self-deportation answer
2) The Deep Comic Roots of ‘Self-Deportation’ (By ROBERT MACKEY)
So true and PObama has always said that. But, he’s our brilliant leader. Thanks BWD!
ANOTHER MICHELLE OBAMA FAV!
Thanks, gobrooklyn, that was the bestest! Love those kids. But most of all, FLOTUS! She was having fun! Good to see that! Bless!
OK, did go back to my teevee & watch Lawrence. In bits & pieces.
One thing tho that I did learn was the person who heads PBGC is appointed by the president. [PBGC is the govt. entity that makes sure employers don't mess w/ your pension plans.] Our POTUS-appointed head of PGBC is Joshua Gotbaum, who has been kicking butt w/ American Airlines, for one, because they were tryiing to basically screw pension holders. Imagine that! And guess who AA hired to “restructure” & get thru bankruptcy protection? Or whatever lingua is used for those in IRS-precarious zones. Anyway, you guessed it … BAIN! [Feel free to holler in CAPS just about now!] AA paid, according to Lawrence, $14M/month (yes, that’s $14-million-per-month — cos corporations are people too, dontcha know?) to Bain for the pleasure of gutting AA pension plans. [OK go ahead & CAPS-HOLLER again, I did!] Guess their expertise isn’t limited to factories. I’m sure someone in TOD can explain the PBGC issue better than I, but it seems to involve some off-shore shady-shadies. So Mr. Gotbaum came along & said, “I don’t think so.”
So, AA employees and everyone out there with a pension plan, are you paying atttention now? Are you going to vote against your own interests?
Hooh-boy, I think God’s getting mighty tired of Ugly.
BREAKING: Washington State Senate Passes Marriage Equality
“A little more than an hour ago, a bipartisan group of Washington State Senators voted 28-21 in favor of marriage equality. The state senate was widely seen as the biggest hurdle to marriage equality and passage by the state house should follow. Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) urged the state house to pass the bill so she could sign it immediately:
Tonight the Washington State Senate stood up for what is right and told all families in our state that they are equal and that the state cannot be in the business of discrimination. I believe that this decision should be made by our state Legislature, and I’m proud our elected leaders recognized that responsibility…
…Opponents of marriage equality have vowed to seek the 120,000-plus signatures necessary to force a statewide referendum on the measure.”
Ha! I laugh at these fools:
Anti-Gay Group Calls For Boycott Of JC Penny Over Ellen DeGeneres Partnership
“JoeMyGod notices that the American Family Association’s “One Million Moms” is now targeting JC Penny for partnering with the openly-gay comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, claiming that the store is undermining “traditional families”:
Recently JC Penney announced that comedian Ellen Degeneres will be the company’s new spokesperson. Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. More sales will be lost than gained unless they replace their spokesperson quickly. Unless JC Penney decides to be neutral in the culture war then their brand transformation will be unsuccessful.
Their marketing strategy is to help families shop and receive a good value for their money. Degeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there. The small percentage of customers they are attempting to satisfy will not offset their loss in sales. [...]
By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years…”
Healthy food and gardening champion, First Lady Michelle Obama’s influence even touches White House Chef Cristeta Comerford’s home!
Chef Cristeta Comerford credits Obamas with change in White House food
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has fully embraced one of eating’s hottest trends — seasonal cooking with ingredients grown at home.
Presidential chef Cristeta Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House’s kitchen to Michelle Obama’s decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn as part of her Let’s Move campaign to encourage kids to eat healthier.
Comerford acknowledges the White House menus now are a lot different from those in the mid-1990s, when she first started working there during the Clinton administration. President George W. Bush appointed her executive chef during his second term, and the Obamas kept her on when they arrived.
“The White House kitchen has really evolved tremendously in a positive way, having a garden out there,” Comerford said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It really has focused me on reworking my menu based on seasonality.”
Comerford says the garden has also inspired her in her own home, where she planted a plot and she and her 10-year-old daughter, Danielle, cook together. Comerford herself lost 15 pounds last year.
Cooking with kids is the subject of a new Prevention Magazine initiative that encourages parents to bring kids into the kitchen. Michelle Obama taped a message for the magazine’s website endorsing the effort and Comerford shared a vegetable pizza recipe as an example of a fun meal to cook with children.
Comerford says her daughter is fascinated by the home garden, where she can clip her own herbs in the summer instead of going to the grocery store.
“She’ll say, ‘Mom, I don’t think you have enough broccoli on your plate,’” Comerford said.”
This is not particularly political, except on the most tangential level, but I’m posting it anyway ‘cuz it’s just a TOTALLY COOL story:
11-year-old entrepreneur creates eco-friendly clothes
ATLANTA: An 11-year-old girl from the metro Atlanta area has turned her passion for making clothing into a successful online business. The pre-teen entrepreneur designs handmade eco-friendly garments and accessories that are sold on her website to customers across the globe.
Maya Penn, CEO and owner of her own online company called Maya’s Ideas, set up the business when she was just eight-years-old. She joined the online crafts store Etsy in 2007 and spent a year coming up with ideas for her own shop.
The home-schooled seventh-grader from Canton, Georgia, says when she’s not studying she spends much of her time working on designs in her studio. “It kind of depends on what my schedule is, but I like to be in here because I like to create new items and it’s really fun for me,” said Penn in an interview with FOX 5 Atlanta.
“I always loved to find fabrics around the house and say well, this might make a good headband or a good hat or something and then I thought one day I thought I could probably make a shop.”
Indeed, her business is gaining a growing reputation. Not only does Maya write a blog about her experiences, which includes her love of animation, but she recently featured on a Forbes.com list of talented grade school entrepreneurs.
Well whudayaknow… Thing 1 is about to endorse Thing 2!
Trump to endorse Gingrich: reports
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Donald Trump will make a “major announcement” Thursday about the US presidential race, according to his aides, as media reports said he will endorse Newt Gingrich.
Yo @MittRomney apparently you've been fired by the #Trumpster – 8newsnow.com/story/16655301… Wonder if Trump's planning a #Moontel #LandslideOBAMA— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 01, 2012
The great Trump is not endorsing Mitt. Really who cares.
Wow, lots of stuff happening late night tonight. You sleepy-heads gotta keep up!
It would be rather special to see these patriots singing at the Lincoln Memorial during Inauguration Week, 2013, in honor of President Obama:
Decided to share a message with them, thought it’s unlikely they’d ever see it:
@dixiechicks We, the vast majority of Americans, need you. Don't forget. It's not about forgive. It's all about caring. #LandslideOBAMA2012— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 02, 2012
#PRESSON #YesWeMust #OutPerform1936
In_DEED, Dudette. Indeed.
@dixiechicks Just so you know theobamadiary.com/2012/02/01/pus… So let's get this done, together. #LandslideOBAMA2012 #OutPerform1936 #YesWeMust— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 02, 2012
Change Happened. But we are no where close to done yet. Four more years!
We. Each of Us. Have Just Begun.
#LandslideOBAMA2012 #OutPerform1936 #YesWEMust
And now for some more TOTAL HOTNESS!! Ssssssizzzzle!!
[Oh no they didn't slip in a couple of butt shots... oh yes they did!! ]
Awww… I bet poor Ron Paul haz a sad tonight. He’s been left off the speaker’s roster for the CPAC 2012, but Myth Robme, Eye of Noot and Little Ricky all got asked to the dance. Even The Quitter’s on the list. Quelle surprise!
[I'm not linking to that site... too much ickiness going on there. Go look for yourself and keep some antibacterial wipes handy.]
‘Night all … if anyone’s still up!
Okay, okay… one more thing:
Not only is the mini-survey about the effect of the Newt-on-a-swing photo gut-bustingly funny, you must read the accompanying comments.! Oh my stomach hurts!
I’m particularly fond of this one from flag_bible_gun given the context:
“I was alive and I waited, waited….. I was alive and I waited for this
Right here, right now, there is no other place I wanna be
Right here, right now, watching the world wake up from history –Jesus Jones”
One more serious article to share. But ssshh, don’t talk about it too loudly, it’s about learning from a European example
How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the “One Percent”
While many of us are working to ensure that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice. Sweden and Norway, for example, both experienced a major power shift in the 1930s after prolonged nonviolent struggle. They “fired” the top 1 percent of people who set the direction for society and created the basis for something different…
night everybody. thanks for sharing your great ideas, jokes, rants, pix, and links today.
Afghanistan: Leon Panetta signals end to US combat role
The US will seek to wind down combat operations in Afghanistan during 2013, more than a year before a deadline for withdrawal, the defence secretary says.
Speaking while travelling to a Nato summit, Leon Panetta said the US hoped to switch to a role training and supporting Afghan forces.
His comments are the first time a senior US official has given a timetable for transition.
Some 68,000 troops are due to remain in Afghanistan after the end of 2012.
There are currently some 99,000 US troops in the country, with 22,000 scheduled to return home during this year.
Until now, though, there had been now word on how the Pentagon planned to manage the main bulk of the drawdown, committing only to a full withdrawal of troops by the end of 2014.
“Hopefully by mid- to the latter part of 2013 we’ll be able to make a transition from a combat role to a training, advice and assist role,” Mr Panetta said en route to Brussels, site of the Nato summit.
http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2012/01/24/11/05/1lTvwS.SlMa.91.jpg – A good one
POSTED #NEW ARTICLE @SarahPalinUSA 'Newt Gingrich Is My Man' ! ow.ly/8Mion The Queen Of Wasilla Is Back #ConnectTheLeft #p2— R.J. Taylor-Hahn (@farleftofright) February 02, 2012
Obama’s populist message
Ellen is on!!! YAY!!
FLOTUS IS NEXT!!
There she is!!!
Good Morning MeaBloom. So you get Ellen’s show early in the morning in your area?
Yeah. Its about 6:30 a.m. where I am. kinda early but no biggie.
Good Morning Donna Dem!
Heads Up TOD
The President speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast at 8:00 this morning. The First Lady and VP Joe will be in attendance as well.
Here is the CNN link”
Ah, you beat me to it – thanks Donna!
Coverage has started at:
Morning everyone, heads up:
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