133 Responses to “Heads up: President Obama’s address from Afghanistan”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    FIRST!

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm
  3. May 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Can’t get over him tearing up. Always gets me, always. Bastard.

    • 11 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Who teared up? PBO??

      • 12 utaustinliberal
        May 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        Yeah. If you watch the video, when he began talking about how much Michelle and he admire, respect and are proud of the troops and how he wants them to know that they will always be taken care of, he choked up a little.

        • 13 Pamela
          May 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

          I saw it live, for once, sneaked out during the Mariners game. It melted my heart, he is so very human, but in the highest expression of what we can be. Alll the time. He makes me so proud!

    • May 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      He did look like he was choking up. It must be such a powerful feeling to be standing up there speaking to so many troops who have been through so much sacrifice.

      • 15 Liberal Librarian
        May 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

        And if Cheney and his puppet Bush hadn’t gone into Iraq and devoted our full attention to Afghanistan, we would have many more soldiers alive—as well as Iraqis and Afghans—and owe trillions of dollars less.

  4. 17 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Damn I can’t wait for the speech. Thanks Hopefruit for the tease. I am fired up.

  5. May 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    There’s his podium. WOOTTT!!!!

  6. 20 LOL
    May 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Romney was out delivering pizza today….and PBO is giving prime time addresses *snickers*

  7. May 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    PBO also visited the hospital there and gave out 10 Purple Heart Medals to wounded personnel.

  8. 26 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Poor Joe Scarborough, he’s all butt hurt because President Obama keeps kicking ass.

  9. 29 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The podium is out. Damn,I am pumped up.

  10. 30 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Look at the sour puss on Halprin’s face.

  11. 31 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This shit is better than the NBA Playoffs!!!

  12. May 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Tweety has turned on a dime, as is his habit—–asking everyone how PBO sells the “continuing military effort” in Afghanistan—–just said “2024——thats a long way out on the horizon”.

  13. May 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    OK I guess I can y’all now. PBO is in Afghanistan. I knew it all along but he swore me to secrecy. It ain’t easy hiding AF1 in my yard. I had to use all my bushes and trees as decoy. BTW, he’s speaking to us now.

  14. 36 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Avoid the tv. Pundits are pulling shit outta their asses preempting what PBO is gonna say and what effects it will have on the American public.

  15. 37 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It’s on!

  16. 38 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    he’s on!!!!!!

  17. 39 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Damn! where can I get one of those jeeps!

  18. 40 itgurl_29
    May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    He looks damned good.

  19. 41 Ceb
    May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    He is on!!!! Whitehouse feed has echoes. Changed to my local ABC station.

  20. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    He looks so good!!!

  21. 47 itgurl_29
    May 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I love that he pronounces Pakistan the way a native would. Not only because it’s a sign of respect, but because it drives all the bigots crazy.

    • 48 nospin
      May 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      “I love that he pronounces Pakistan the way a native would. Not only because it’s a sign of respect, but because it drives all the bigots crazy”.

      worth repeating itgurl_29

  22. 49 collegekay
    May 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    He looks so good sigh

  23. 51 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    he’s so sexy.

  24. 52 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    we won’t be patrolling their hills nor will we be building bases on Afghani land.

  25. 53 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    giving aswers to “why do we have a time line to leave” and “why don’t we leave now” Really good message, very clear. Very strong. He’s really good. Ties Afghani war to OBL.

  26. 54 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    talking bout veterans and military families. talking bout “renewing America. a united America. ” ” we build our future as one people, one nation.” Now remembering soldiers who lost their lives. good stuff.

  27. 55 Liberal Librarian
    May 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Man. That is all.

  28. 56 yardarm756
    May 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    BOOYAH!

  29. 57 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Dick Halperin: “what the president says today doesn’t really matter because the timeline is so long.”

  30. 62 Tally
    May 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    He looks awesome at 4:45am local time. :D

  31. 63 EDP4BHO
    May 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    All done. He did good. Turned off online c-span immediately. Don’t need callers’ opinions. He said what he said. I watched also on tv, local cbs affiliate. No way was I watching Tweety and fickle friends. Long live PBO, the Afghan people, and to hell with the haters in the US.

  32. 64 lisalovesobama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Don’t watch any pundits. they are so full of bullshit.

    • 65 aquagranny911
      May 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      I had to turn off MSNBC before I reached through tthe TV screen to strangle little dickie halperin & asswipe garrett with their own tongues!

  33. 67 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Oh Man! What can I say? Speechless.

  34. 68 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Yeah Halprin, President Obama really cares what the Republicans on the hill think.

  35. 70 Ceb
    May 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    My local ABC station carried the speech without commentary, but there were at times side by sides with very old war footage and pics of Osama, and captions. Turned it ioff after PBO’s speech ended. Some of the stations in my area did not carry the speech. Jeopardy was more important.
    PBO was the personification ofnthe CiC in total control.

  36. 71 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Another historic event for President Obama. The first time a President has ever addressed the Nation from a combat zone.

  37. May 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm
  38. 74 prettyfoot58
    May 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    WHAT A SPEECH……..

  39. 75 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    …..and the other guy is in New York delivering fucking pizzas.

  40. May 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I saw this comment, and then the next one right on top. HILARIOUS!

  41. 79 yardarm756
    May 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Chuck Todd’s father didn’t pull out soon enough.

    • 80 collegekay
      May 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      ouch

    • 81 aquagranny911
      May 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      LMAO! But now you need the soap… I agree…. Prime poster child for birth control!

    • 83 lisalovesobama
      May 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      too true. just imagine, instead of sitting on our tv screens polluting our air, he’d have been washed down the drain somewhere or decomposing in a compost pile. This is why we need contraception.

    • 85 EDP4BHO
      May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      My first reaction was a “shut up yardarm”…LOL. But, you and I don’t role like that. Still, that was funny !!

      • 86 yardarm756
        May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        I’m not sure what you mean? I think folks can speak their minds here. Besides, I gotta thick skin. Nothing that is said here is life threatening to me….. Been there and done that.

  42. 87 vitaminlover
    May 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    His first speech to our troops was emotional, heartfelt and kind-on a personal level. This second speech to our nation was educational and forward thinking and decisive.

  43. 88 carolyn
    May 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Like the rest of you, as soon as he finished, I turned the sound off. They don’t have the responsibility, don’t have to make the decisions, don’t face the repercussions…..they just TALK. He does the work and walks the walk. He is the hardest working president of my lifetime that I can remember. I can remember back to Ike clearly. If Knoller gets upset about golf…….he should have been around when Ike was president! Presidents NEED relaxation. PBO’s golfing outings are as necessary to his mental health as good food is to physical health.

    Two great speeches in one day…..wow!

    • 89 anniebella
      May 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      I know Americans are tired of war, but it’s this President’s job to keep America safe. I want people to try to understand, that under this President we’ve taken the war to the terrorists, we had them on the run, and maybe that is why we have been safe, because we had they on the run.

    • 90 geeja
      May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Loved your Julius Cesar post in the other thread.

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      May 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Thank God President Obama is Commander In Chief

      Exactly, I just caught the very end of the speech. I can’t wait to see it in its entirety. But the commentary on Hardball is concern trolling and wringing their hands about this isn’t going to be easy. And what if this happens, and what if that happens, and what about Karzai. blah blah blah……..

      The gasbags sit on their perches and criticize everything. What’s their answer tor how to handle this Afghanistan nightmare. Should we stay there indefinitely? The Bush administration left this mess and President Obama is cleaning it up. There are no easy answers. Thank God President Obama is Commander In Chief. I don’t know anyone else who could handle this horrendous situation better than him. Period. Full Stop.

  44. 92 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I will watch the speech again later. I was so destructed by his hotness tonight

  45. 95 hopefruit2
    May 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This was an excellent speech, he said what he’s going to do, and if history is any indication – he will accomplish what he set out to do. Now some of the MSM talking heads are beside themselves. Dick Halperin, for one. That’s a good thing. Let them stew in their own rancid bile.

    I love My President!

  46. May 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    PBO scheduled to be back home tomorrow afternoon. He will attend two fundraisers near DC when he returns. Busy little bee, our man is….

  47. May 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I thought this speech was good, but I wish the American people could have seen him addressing the troops too—-which was very moving—–I like him in that kind of setting best—–with an audience.

  48. 99 criquet
    May 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Why are these stations carrying the misleading caption that PBO signed an agreement to keep “troops” in Afghanistan for 10 more years?

    They need to be called on their misleading spin.

    • 100 EDP4BHO
      May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      He’s keeping a support contingent there. Listening to Ed right now.

      • May 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        I fear there’s going to continue to be confusion about the agreement, what it really means, which will be intentionally negatively spun by our news media. And as I’m typing I hear Ed say that when he saw 2024——he wondered what that means, the costs etc. I heard some of the same stuff around here at home—-people don’t understand the reasons for the long term support.

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Emails from
      The RNC, hoping to piss of the so called Base!

  49. May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    If I were an American, I would write a book entiltled, “Post-Modern Phenomenon: How America’s 44th President Exposed the Stupidity of its Main Stream Media (MSM)”.

  50. 104 carolyn
    May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hooray, hooray, no bases in Afghanistan or Iraq! That must really chap Bush and Cheney! They wanted permanent bases with access to all natural resources. One commentator said this is the first time that Afghanistan will not be left stranded by an army. Always before the army pulled out (i.e.Russia) and left the country wide open to other invaders or insurrection. This way they will be protected indirectly and helped to grow.
    The important thing about this is NOT that the deal keeps U.S. Troops in Afg until 2014….they will be minimal. That is the LEAST important factor of the deal. Do these people even listen???!!!

  51. 105 LOL
    May 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Crazy..I was just watching CSpan and this guy (Republican) said that his family is all Republican, and he thinks that tonight just sealed his vote for…..Obama. He is from Maryland, so it may not matter, but it goes to show, Mittens does not inspire.

    • 106 EDP4BHO
      May 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Great !!

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      He may have been honest and really is a Repub, but there’s a lot of tricking on those call in shows. If I heard it once, I heard it 1000 times in ’08—–”I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I will not be voting for this candidate, Barack Obama!” None of them were “lifelong Democrats”.

      • 108 LOL
        May 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

        Oh yeah, I agree, but I think this guy was for reals. He said he knew that him and his brother were going to be going at it till the election because of his decision.

  52. 109 lamh35
    May 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Oh lord dare I say it CNN actually had a “balanced” segment following the POTUS speech. MSNBC…not so much. Tweety coulda done better.

    Personally, I’m waiting to see what Maddow and Schultz have to say. I have my suspscions, but maybe they will surprise me…but I doubt it.

    • 110 lamh35
      May 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      BTW I don’t expect CNN’s “balanced” coverage to last I see AC360 is on now and I suspect the false equillence report,, oh sorry the “Keeping Them Honest” report is next.

  53. May 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    *sigh* the talking heads were wrong again, glad I waited for the speech. The repubs will naturally lose their sh*t over this speech, quick somebody get them a box of Depends~

  54. 112 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Listening to the speech, I’m thinking that although President Obama set 2014 as the exit date I think he has something more significant up his sleeve. In my opinion 2014 gives President Obama time enough to set up a C.I.A drone camp right in the middle of Afghanistan run by a coalition of NATO members. Al Qaeda and all the other bad actors in the middle east are near dead and are on the run.

    • 113 EDP4BHO
      May 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      For sure, he will continue to review the options, and is not afraid to change his mind. Already, pundits are hyping that 2024. I think PBO explained it clearly. If I can understand, me not being a military enthusiast, the country should simply listen to what he said. To heck with the talking heads.

  55. 114 magapie
    May 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I LOVE that he goes to those places. BUT IT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME TOO.

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      “There is no more profound decision that we can make than the decision to send this nation’s youth to war, and that we have a moral obligation not only to send them for good reasons, but to constantly examine, based on the best information and judgment available, in what manner, and for what purpose, and for how long we keep them in harm’s way.” Speech to Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, November 22, 2005. Book :” Barack Obama: In His Own Words.”

      I will continue to support my president. He could not let the tears that formed in his eyes flow gently down his face then across his heart, but I did it for him. What a president we have. My heart is full for this beautiful gift of a man that we enjoy as our 44th President of the United States of America, and will re-elect him again on Nov. 6, 2012.HZ

  56. 116 LOL
    May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Wheels up on AF1.

  57. 120 donna dem 4 obama
    May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I always get nervous before PBO gives any big prime time speech. It’s my protective instinct that just seems to naturally kick into high gear where he is concern. And then he gives the speech and he just blows me away. He always exceeds my expectations.

  58. May 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    “From swing state to firewall? A new poll of Virginia shows President Obama opening up an 8-point lead in the state, after two polls earlier in April showed likely Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with small leads. Now the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Obama with a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Romney, as the numbers reveal a large gender gap among women and a GOP base not yet rallying behind the presumptive nominee.” – http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/05/va-poll-obama-opens-an-8-point-lead.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

    This enough to turn ol’ Mitts brown eyes blue.

    • 122 itgurl_29
      May 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      All of the polling outfits have now released their first general election match up polls. Pretty much all of the polls show POTUS with substantial leads on a national level. And even better leads amongst the key swing states. Yet notice how little talk of polls there’s been in the last week. I can’t remember the last time I head a discussion or read a breathless article about some poll.

      Oh, it’s going to be so fun watching the msm twist and turn and do everything they can to give Mitt a fighting chance. I can’t wait.

  59. May 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I just watched the address….Barack Obama is more than a President. They say, if you dont like the man, respect the office, well, to me, he is truly more than the office. He does not need a Presidential title, Barack Obama is THE WORLD’S LEADER!

  60. 126 Don
    May 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Firewall, we’re going to need a bigger boat, breeched, five alarm fire, pick your euphemisms folks. Romney is about to walk into a lion’s den wearing steak underwear.

  61. May 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    No banner, no codpiece,no flight suit, no false bravado…. Just straight talk from an honest,intelligent, brave man.

  62. May 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Halperin is on MSNBC, to sow seeds of discord, Period!
    Me thinks, he works for the RNC.

  63. May 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Is AF-1 wheels up and out of Bagram?

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Yes—said SS whisked him right out of there—–will be home early afternoon—–and then attends 2 fundraisers!!!! I don’t know how he does it—–hopefully has a real comfy bed on AF1—–I suspect he does.

  64. 133 Me4obama
    May 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The MSM is starting to realize that Romney was running against WIMPS like Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachman. The Obama campaign is going to show the Media & the Robney Campaign who is their DADDY. I can’t wait for Saturday Rallies regardless how the Job’s report will be & I expect it to be good news.


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