128 Responses to “‘I didn’t do this because it was good politics. I did it because it was good for the American people.’”


  1. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    June 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Yes indeed!

  2. 3 desertflower
    June 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you, PBO. Thank you.

  3. June 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    As a cancer survivor, this is personal for me. I’m so relieved that the ACA was upheld today.

  4. 7 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Chips, this is a keeper!!!!

    h/t to our dear ‘drunken irishman’ :)

    Btw, the tweet from Speaker Pelosi really turned on the sprinkler system in my library …

    #Tweeps4OBAMA
    Yes We Can

    • June 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      A complete gem Bob, added it to the post!! Thank you!

      • 9 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Thank you, Chips!!

        fyi, this is the touching tweet referenced above … just about have the place mopped up ;)

        #Tweeps4OBAMA
        Yes We Can

        • 10 utaustinliberal
          June 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

          Ok….Now I’m all choked up. Nancy Smash is the best. Ted Kennedy is smiling up in heaven because the dream goes on.

  5. 11 Bill R.
    June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Ya gotta see this photoshopped “Dewey beats Truman” moment with CNN: http://yfrog.com/hw7ozrfj

  6. 13 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!!!!!

  7. June 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Holy shit! Sarah Palin done lost what little brain she had to begin with!

  8. 38 andogriff
    June 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    The speech was brilliant, if only CNN International hadn’t gone on to Candy Crowley and Jessica Yellin for commentary afterwards…. UGH!

  9. 39 ctgirl7
    June 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Again, why this is a BFD – comment over at Booman’s place:

    Re: How Are You Feeling? (none / 1)
    Very relieved.  I’m one of those people who would have likely lost his health coverage this week.  I run a small company with my partner, who suffered a massive stroke in 2009.  He has probably cost UHC $2 million since then and it will continue forever this way.  Had the law been struck down and rescission and pre-existing conditions been made legal again, there’s no doubt that UHC would drop us today. And then I’d be out on the individual market and my wife has a pre-existing condition so we’d be screwed, my partner and his family would go bankrupt, and a very sick guy could lose this battle.
    Bravo, Obama!  I’m proud to have you as our president!

    by Unabogie on Thu Jun 28th, 2012 at 11:39:02 AM EST

  10. 40 ctgirl7
    June 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Another –

    Re: How Are You Feeling? (none / 1)
    I’m actually hopeful that I won’t be watching any more of my friends die too young from diseases that could have been treatable if caught early. I’ve buried too many too close to my heart from late-stage cancers in the last couple years – they had no insurance coverage and got the diagnoses too late. It will be good to enjoy what the rest of the civilized world has enjoyed for ages – universal healthcare. Time to breathe a few sighs of relief.
    by Don Durito on Thu Jun 28th, 2012 at 12:18:32 PM EST

  11. 41 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Okay, that graphic of CNN’s Obama-Dewey-Truman moment is PRICELESS! That channel is absolute garbage.

    • 42 amk for obama
      June 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      BJ post

      It is hilarious that during the “Dewey Defeats Truman” time the spin was that the mandate being struck down was a huge blow for the Obama administration, and now the spin is that leaving ACA alive as an issue for the election is a huge blow for the Obama administration.

    • 44 daisydem
      June 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      CNN might as well just go on home!

  12. 45 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Regarding the contemptous actions of @CongressmanIssa, we have the following ….

    Perhaps, #Tweeps4OBAMA got through ….

    Yes We Can
    #TWEETON

  13. 46 isonprize
    June 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Look at the video and tweets of the major “media” outlets that GOT THIS STRAIGHT WRONG!!! (Think Progress linky)

    In A Rush To Be First, CNN, Fox, Huffington Post and TIME Get Supreme Court Story Exactly Wrong

    CNNPolitcs
    FoxNews
    Huffington Post
    TIME
    NPR Politics

    ALL BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!!!

  14. June 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve been telling everyone the SCOTUS would uphold the entire ACA and so it is. Congratulations to our nation, President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. As Craig Ferguson says, “It’s a great day for America.”

    • 49 Dudette
      June 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Craigie is my man! You’ve reminded me that I haven’t watched him in a while — have to check him out again. :-)

  15. 50 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    AG Holder about to address League of United Latino American Citizens National Convention

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=

  16. 53 jackiegrumbacher
    June 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    PBO did a beautiful job and once again, put the focus on people who”ll be helped. I’m getting sick of political analysis. This is not about Myth Romney. It’s about all of us who have a right to a decent health care system. The GOP and their sycophants on tv are looking small and petty today.

  17. 54 amk for obama
    June 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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  19. 60 amk for obama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

  20. 61 Lovepolitics2008
    June 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I just realized one thing. This ruling on ACA changes the political context for the contempt vote in the House this afternoon. To a great majority of americans, the vote against Holder will now look like the act of sore losers who want revenge. Mark my words, the republicans will pay for this outrageous vote.

    • 62 Dudette
      June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      My thoughts exactly! The Republicans are a complete embarassment!

      • 63 Zekke Lydonna
        June 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        I concur. After the big expose from Fortune Magazine regarding the lies about ‘fast & furious’, the rethugs better step lightly, which is something they have never been able to do. They will step in shit so deep, they will be stuck for the next 4 months.

        I predict a landslide victory for PBO in November. The case against Robme is building. I don’t see a way back for him. This is going to be so ugly. I believe many Teabaggers will be so demoralized by the time the election rolls around, most will stay home. Dems may win super majority. Good Times.

  21. 64 amk for obama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  22. 69 amk for obama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    :) With that ‘bad news’, gunnite folks.

  23. 74 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    New Celebrate video (from upcoming movie “Sparkle”; tribute to Whitney Houston)… ‘cuz today is a day to CELEBRATE!!

  24. June 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    MSNBC is the only cable network to not report mandate struck down:

  25. 76 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I’m sitting here crying like a baby. Truthfully, the ACA has minimal effect on me personally; as a military retiree, I have premium healthcare courtesy of you the taxpayer. I’m crying tears of joy for my neighbors who now have peace of mind knowing they will have access to affordable healthcare.

    Thank you President Obama. This song is dedicated to you!

  26. 77 amk for obama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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  28. 79 whatisworking
    June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    I am so grateful for this decision. A tremendous weight has been lifted and I am fired up to do whatever it takes to re-elect every Democrat in the country. Seriously.

    Chips thanks so much for providing this wonderful place to find accurate information and support.

    CALL TO COMPLIMENT

    I will be contacting these 3 folks today and sharing the story of my daughter, her illness and how much it means to our family to know that for the next 4 years she is covered by my insurance. I would suggest that as folks send tweets, email or make calls you follo the President’s lead and talk about how the law average Americans, not discuss the politics.

    Nancy Pelosi – I have to tell you Nancy’s teets were all that kept me going some days, she was confident from the start, and I am grateful for her leadership.
    email – http://www.democraticleader.gov/contact :: general population :: local folks https://pelosi.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml
    phone – (202) 225-4965 DC :: Phone: (415) 556-4862 SF
    tweet – @NancyPelosi

    President Barack Obama

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

    phone: 202-456-1111
    @BarackObama
    sign this petition :: http://www.dccc.org/pages/obamacare?source=2012.06.27_rm_fwd_c

    Now this last suggestion probably has some of you scratching your heads or thinking I am a bit crazy, but I would respectfully suggest we thank Justice Roberts. I am hopeful that when he learns about how his actions are helping my family and millions of other families, he will feel a small portion of the happiness I feel today. Even if it does not end up mattering to him, it will matter to me, it will add to the joy of this day.

    Phone: (202) 479-3211
    U.S. Mail:Supreme Court of the United States
    1 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20543
    @scotus

    • 80 desertflower
      June 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Sorry, Linda..it’s petty…but I think you meant “Nancy’s Tweets” LOL…I needed that:)

    • 81 57andfemale
      June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Nope. Not thanking Roberts. He didn’t uphold the law for atruistic reasons. It does benefit the insurance industry with millions of new customers. And he handed the Repubs that “increase in taxes” talking point that we’d better refute, and refute with grand outrage.

      His job is not to be a lying, corporatist-whoring justice. He doesn’t get us fawning all over him because he did something right, for once.

    • 82 WilTal
      June 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      The Oath for the Justices: I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich; and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent on me as according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the constitution and laws of the United States.

      That oath, with only minor changes, is the same one taken by Supreme Court justices to this day. Thankfully, Chief Justice John Roberts upheld this oath today. Thank you for your compassion for the American People

  29. June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Note the phrase, “intentional dishonesty”:

  30. 88 Linda
    June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Is the House stalling on the Holder votes ?

    First is was supposed to be noon…..Then at 12:30.

  31. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Approved 2.0

    It’s even sweeter the second time around!

  32. 90 Linda
    June 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Republican Congressman Suggests ‘Impeachment’ For Justice Kagan Over Obamacare Ruling.

    Crazy Louie Gohlmert.

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    • 91 57andfemale
      June 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      How about impeaching Thomas since his wife works actively for anti-ACA?

      How about impeaching Scalia for being a hunting buddy of Cheney during Bush v. Gore? And let’s impeach Thomas AGAIN since his wife was working on Bush’s transition team.

  33. 92 overseasgranny
    June 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    AMK, You have totally endeared yourself to me with your “BROCCOLI, BITCHES!”

  34. 93 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    http://wonkette.com/476728/health-care-decision-a-victory-for-everyone-except-millions-of-poor-people-maybe#more-476728

    ALWAYS WHINING ABOUT THE POOR 12:10 pm June 28, 2012

    Health Care Decision A Victory For Everyone, Except Millions Of Poor People Maybe

    by Josh Fruhlinger

    Good news, liberal-arts majors with Internet connections! Now even though you don’t have a “real job” but are making a livable amount of money by cobbling together three blogging gigs and so don’t have health insurance, starting in 2014 you will be able to (and also required) to stone-cold buy health insurance from whoever you want — even if you have a pre-existing condition (i.e., herpes, we are going to guess that herpes is what you have). But wait, do you only have one blogging job, or maybe no blogging job and you work in a Wal-Mart, or as one of Newt Gingrich’s janitors or something, and so you can’t even afford to buy insurance through the subsidized exchanges and you were kind of counting on the expansion of the Medicaid to cover you? Well, we’ve got good news! Oh, do you live in a state with a Republican governor and/or legislature? Then we mean “bad news…”
    [more in the article -- lots more]

  35. 94 a4alice
    June 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    kind of interesting – check it out

  36. 97 japa21
    June 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Just a quick note and something we dfo have to be ready to counteract. Many headlines say the Justices call mandate a tax. It is important to not that only one Justice, Roberts, did that. The other four said it qualified under the Commerce Clause. That is why it was so important that Ginsburg write the other majority opinion. Keep reminding people of that if they complain about it being a tax.

  37. 100 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    OMG! I don’t know whether to roll over laughing or throw up… (you decide for yourself)

    Herman Cain, Ken Blackwell Team Up For Most Ludicrous Video Ever

    http://wonkette.com/476522/herman-cain-ken-blackwell-team-up-for-most-ludicrous-video-ever

  38. 101 anniebella
    June 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Then they better go back and impeach Clarence Thomas, A. Scalia who are in the Koch brothers pocket.

  39. June 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Money bomb time! Last day is Friday to donate for the month of June.

  40. June 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This will also take away the- Uncertainty in the Markets- talking point!

  41. June 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    The Romney campaign has raised over $375,000, as of 12:15 p.m., a spokeswoman tweets.

    Jeesh!

    • 105 lisalovesobama
      June 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Jovie, I don’t think you should take this seriously, it’s likely just one or two R-money money men. Hell it’s probably a donation from Tag, Trip, Tiger, Tool Jr. and Tool Jr Jr.— or whatever the fuck those 5 mini pods’ names are. :roll:

    • 107 anniebella
      June 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Jovie, do you believe everything those guys say? Remember their headman is a liar, and they are too. Now it could be true, I don’t know, but we got what we wanted right.

    • June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      It’s up to a cool million now. yep, at this rate by nightfall he’ll have raised 4,173,585,875,153 gazillion, gabillion, tranillion dollars.

  42. 110 lisalovesobama
    June 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    does anyone have the link for MSNBC’s live stream? I’d like to see what the fools are saying. I’ll be away from tv for the next 7 hours so I’d really like to see what’s going on.

  43. 116 Linda
    June 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    hahaha.

    Cantor lying.

  44. 117 Dudette
    June 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Stream of AG Holder’s speech to LULAC is starting…

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=

    • 118 Dudette
      June 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Good sense of humor! He starts off by saying “it’s good to be here and not in Washington DC right now.” That’s my guy! :-)

  45. June 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    That is a very good point!

  46. 120 Bill
    June 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Cantor just said ACA prevents people from getting the health insurance they desire. I have heard Republicans say this often, but the lie is never addressed.

  47. 122 japa21
    June 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Interesting, and faulty, take at CNN Money, talking about sharp sell off after ACA upheld. Earlier it was stocks lower due to uncertainty in Europe. The market opened almost 100 points down, currently 137 down. That is hardly a sharp selloff post the ruling. They are trying to say the market drop (which is really rather small) is due to the ruling. However, most of the drop was before the ruling. But this is your librul media at work.

  48. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    June 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Look at it this way, Crybabies Can’tor, Boner, McConnell, the dynamic #notsomuch trio: More reason to hit the pub after “work”! Order some milk and cookies, maybe, instead of your usual? Start workin’ up your resumes for Bain?

  49. June 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The Democrats need to get on tv and defend this Law.
    I saw Deval Patrick in CNN just now, but mostly Republicans all over the Teevee.
    Come on Democrats, fight these lying bastards.

    • 128 nathkatun7
      June 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      “The Democrats need to get on tv and defend this Law.”

      How do you get on tv if you are not invited by the people who own the tv channels?


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