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Dec
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Heads Up: Statement from the President at 5:45 ET

The President will deliver a statement at 5:45 in the press briefing room at the White House

White House live

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427 Responses to “Heads Up: Statement from the President at 5:45 ET”


  1. December 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    This should be fun.

  2. 3 Japa21
    December 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Give em Hell PBO

  3. 4 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Can’t wait

  4. 5 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm
  5. 6 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    • 7 CEB
      December 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Hmmm, this should be interesting.

    • 8 0388jojothecat
      December 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Bunch of dumb “f”‘s republicans and media make me sick. This country is so dysfunctional. I blew up with an co-worker saying “both sides are at fault” NO THE F THEY ARE NOT…YOU KNOW GD WELL THAT THIS IS THE GOP LEAD HOUSE RACIST TEABAGGERS.

  6. 10 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    • 11 dotster3
      December 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      She is dumber than a door knob. Always appears dazed and confused, like she just left a long cocktail party.

      • 12 vcprezofan2
        December 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        ‘ Always appears dazed’

        Tut tut, JO’B! Kay’s prolly only communicating with her feelings in her dazed moments – notice ‘she’s got “a positive feeling” this time. ;)

  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  8. 14 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  9. 15 Lorraine
    December 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Wolfeeeeee is guest hosting Hard Ball today!!!!

  10. 20 FiredUpInCA
    December 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Classic Mark Knoller.

    “All four congressional leaders have now left the WH without making any statement. Majority Leader Reid looked downtrodden”

    Not a tweet about the ‘troddeness’–yes, I made the word up–of Yertle and Boehner (R-Coppertone). It’s ridiculous.

    We’ll hear the President’s statement and it will be interesting to see if all the breathless reporters and Chicken Littles who claim to know what happened will come back and say ‘Breaking: we got it all wrong. Again.’

    • 21 hopefruit2
      December 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Yes, I couldn’t help but notice that the GOP, their “aides” and MSM stenographers were frantically trying to push their wishful thinking narrative ahead of PBO’s statement. That led me to believe that the meeting had not gone in the GOP’s favor as they were trying to present and PBO’s statement was going to be proof that he had Boehner backed into a corner.

  11. 22 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    The earth will cease rotating on it’s axis as the talking heads salivate!

  12. 23 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Pres. Obama’s statement is getting network coverage. Translation: shit just got real.

  13. 28 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Okay, I’m going to repost a simple question here because I’ve just about had it with the constant hysteria from my Twitter TL day-in, day-out, damn near every week since PBO’s re-election:

    //Again I ask with extreme frustration: Why are folks inclined to believe trashy rumors about PBO’s fiscal cliff negotiations from agenda-driven media? Haven’t we seen this movie before? My friends if you are reading this comment, would you care to mount an honest response as to why you are inclined to believe certain media personalities (who represent the 1%) and not trust the President? Why does he ALWAYS have to prove you (and the media) wrong? Why not the other way around? Shouldn’t it be the media report guilty until proven innocent and PBO innocent until proven guilty – based on what we’ve known about the two parties? Please advise.//

    • December 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      It’s a strategy from GOP, it weakens the Democrats if they can divide us. Hence, all the disinformation!
      And the Left, always falls for it. Frankly, the left should never make fun of the right for being uneducated, because the Right plays the left all the time.
      Just saying!

    • 31 nathkatun7
      December 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      You are not alone, hopefruit2! Like you, I don’t know why people are quick to embrace rumors by media personalities instead of waiting to hear from the President.

  14. December 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Congrats, Tien, on #1.

    West Wing Report, a reliably neutral tweeter (aka actual journalist) has posted some great tweets in the last hour:

    “President holding firm on higher tax rates for everyone $250K+, @CNBC reports. Last week, POTUS offered $400K, so a tougher line today”

    “POTUS also (per @CNBC) insists on extension of unemployment insurance for 2 mil. people. Wants up or down vote, unless GOP has counteroffer.”

    “It appears that if Republicans thought Pres. Obama would give in as he has in the past, they have miscalculated this time around.”

    Give ‘em hell, Barry. (No disrespect to POTUS intended; I pretty much worship the ground he walks on, the air that he breathes.)

    • 33 hopefruit2
      December 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      “It appears that if Republicans thought Pres. Obama would give in as he has in the past, they have miscalculated this time around.”

      REPUBLICANS?!?!?!?

      As recently as about an hour ago, the likes of MSNBC and HuffnPuff’s Sam Stein, etc were pushing the same GOP nasty rumors, with certain Obama supporters on Twitter, Old Orange and elsewhere swallowing their toxic dump lock, stock and barrel.

      • 34 donna dem 4 obama
        December 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        This is why I have tuned out of the social media the last 10 days. I stopped when this crap started with the “he’s gonna cave” mess that was being reinforced by “supporters”. I have had enough!

        I worked to hard to get this man re-elected. He is not my child he is my President and I give him the respect he deserves to serve the interest of this Nation. I will NOT micromanage his Presidency.

        • 35 Judith Fardig
          December 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          Hear Hear, Donna!

        • 36 prettyfoot58
          December 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          I will NOT micromanage his Presidency…..

          ____________________________________

          THISSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!

        • 38 nathkatun7
          December 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm

          “I worked to hard to get this man re-elected. He is not my child he is my President and I give him the respect he deserves to serve the interest of this Nation. I will NOT micromanage his Presidency.”

          Thank you Donna den 4 Obama, for this marvelous and righteous statement! Like you, the reason I strongly support President Obama, and voted for him two times, is because I trust and respect him. I did not vote for him to constantly tell him what do. If that’s what I wanted to do, I should have been honest enough to run for President myself. That’s why I am sick of people who claim to be his supporters, but are quick to pile on him based on media rumors.

      • 39 Chi
        December 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        Try not to confuse Sam Stein for either a credible journalist or a ‘progressive’…

        Anyone who shills for Arianna Huffington or acts with deference and excitement sitting with Newt Gingrich, is not a voice of reason or on our side…

        Sam Stein when he is on vacation from shilling for the spiteful, bitter, messy Arianna, is nothing more than a spiteful, self-aggrandizing, wannabe relevant and a D.C player – and he just doesn’t care how he gets there…

        • 40 hopefruit2
          December 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          You are correct about Stein. I am just very disturbed that anyone who supports PBO would give this idiot a shred of credibility – knowing who he works for and his history of pushing snide, anti-Obama narratives.

    • December 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you. Yes, been following WestWingReports–very informative.

      • December 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        They are very informative. But for some reason, they blocked me right away when I started tweeting and I wasn’t really even harsh in those early days……..Bugs me because I’d love to RT them.

  15. 45 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    This cracked me up. TOD’ers are hilarious on twitter.

  16. December 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Also, this:

    “Filibuster Reform Champions Say Democrats Have 51 Votes To Change Rules.”

    Looks like January will be stellar.

    Senate Dems have finally found what passes for courage, some great new faces in both chambers.

    And POTUS’ 2nd inaugural, capped off by SOTU.

    Hallelujah.

  17. December 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  18. December 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Did I just see in my TL that PBO is doing MTP this Sunday? Yikes.

    • 56 hopefruit2
      December 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      I will wait for official word from the WH – but if that rumor turns out to be true, he’s not playing.

  19. December 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    For some reason, the picture of POTUS at the top of this post – any picture of his back really – just makes my heart clench with tenderness. I don’t know why. I guess there is something vulnerable about it.

  20. 61 donna dem 4 obama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Just for the record….I cannot stand the White House Correspondents! All of them are a waste of time!!!!!!!!!!! :roll:

  21. 71 carla4obama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Shut up Press!!!!

    • 72 susanne
      December 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      maybe the president is enjoying this–we can all see them talking away, with nothing whatever to report. very strong visual of the press’ lack of relevance.

  22. 76 carla4obama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    He’s In the HOUSE!

  23. 77 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    PBO is here!

  24. 78 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Our President is pissed.

  25. 79 Dudette
    December 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Pitiful that the President had to tell people to shut up (nicely) while he’s speaking! Someone needs to get slapped upside the head!

  26. 80 lisalovesobama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hahahahaha!! PBO just called out a bunch of idiot stenographers for gabbing while he was talking! :lol:

  27. 87 squarepeg
    December 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  28. December 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hey there all you O’s!!!! So wassup on this great getting up day evening in TODdytown? Am I missing anything? Just kidding, PBO is speaking to me directly in my TV room. I don’t understand something though. He’s saying if the stuff don’t get er done, he will ask Sen Reid to put the bill on the floor of the House. Is that possible, or did I hear that wrong? Other than that, you go PBO!!!

    • 89 Vicki
      December 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I think the idea may be that the Senate will at least put up a bill for a vote. Pressure on Boehner to do the same. If B. won’t allow a vote the whole blame is laid at his feet.

    • December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      He said if Reid and The Turtleface can’t get something done together, Reid should bring a simple up or down vote on the basics to the floor of the Senate to avoid a tax hike on 99% Americans. Basically, he wants Reid to dare Turtleface to filibuster.

      • 92 cookemom
        December 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        Yep, that’s what he’s doing all right. I heard it wrong. I sent an email to Boehner, daring him to bring the Senate bill to the floor for a vote as well.

        • 93 nathkatun7
          December 29, 2012 at 12:28 am

          Well done! I did the same cookemom. I also sent Leaders Reid and McConnell e-mails voicing my support for the President. It’s time for us to mobilize behind our President.

  29. 94 carla4obama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    No questions taken from the jackals!

    • 95 nathkatun7
      December 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

      In other words, the President was not in the mood of hearing GOP talking points disguised as legitimate questions. Bravo, Mr. President. Until the media stops behaving as a propaganda arm of the GOP there is no need to treat their questions seriously.

  30. 96 lisalovesobama
    December 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Good. PBO left without answering stupid questions.

  31. 98 dotster3
    December 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  32. 99 Dudette
    December 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  33. 102 CEB
    December 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Good; PBO did not take any questions from the jackals.

    Well, do you think that a deal will be made that covers the minimum that the president mentioned (unemployment benefits extended and to rise in taxes for those who make less than 250,000)?

  34. 103 dotster3
    December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I want to know who the disrespectful jerks were too

  35. 104 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Whoops! There it is. They have 2 options. Shit or get off the pot!

  36. 106 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Pres. Obama was piiiissed. I like how he shut that fool up. Who the hell talks while the president is making a statement? So basically, Pres. Obama charged Reid and McConnell to come to a fiscal cliff agreement (no elaboration on what the agreement is) and if they don’t, he’ll ask Reid to bring an up/down vote to the floor that includes middle-class tax cuts, unemployment extension, and a plan for deficit reduction.

    So far so good.

  37. December 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    UTaustinliberal [I'm repeating myself here . . ] wanting to catch your attention, requesting that you
    repost the location of David Axelrod’s interview at the Chicago Institute of Politics. Thank you!

  38. December 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm
  39. 113 jackiegrumbacher
    December 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I have a feeling “Do Your Jobs” is going to be the theme of PBO’s Inauguration speech and his State of the Union. As he just said to the bozos in Congress, the people of this country don’t understand what’s the matter with you. They do their jobs. Why can’t you. Our president is not fooling around. He told Boehner he would use his two upcoming speeches to lay it on the line to the American people about the dysfunction in Congress and he just showed that he will. Good for him. I truly felt that he wanted to actually kick someone, but was too polite and too much of a statesman to do it. Wish he had.

  40. 114 carla4obama
    December 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Good thing I am not the FLOTUS…so much would be coming out of my mouth, they would have to duct tape it shut. Worse then taking to 2 year olds.

  41. 115 donna dem 4 obama
    December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm
    • 116 donna dem 4 obama
      December 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      So I wonder who will be moderating…BriWi Maybe? Gregory is being investingated by the DC Police and it was reported earlier this week that he would not be hosting this Sunday. Hmmmmm……

    • 118 anniebella
      December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Well what do you know, POTUS will be on Meet the Press. Well I plan to be watching Meet the Press Sunday morning.

    • 119 desertflower
      December 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      BOOM! I missed this statement by the President when it happened. He means business, and so should all of us. Write, call, email. So sick of these people not doing their jobs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 120 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Pres. Obama is on MTP this weekend.

  43. 124 susanne
    December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    anybody know why the despicable house republicans didn’t get a mention in that speech? pbo talked about the turtle meeting with reid to work out a deal, but isn’t it the house that’s been impossible to pin down? i’d heard boner childishly wanted the senate to make the first move, then he could continue saying no to whatever was proposed. is this more of the same?

    • 125 Bill R.
      December 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      My view is this: A ” bipartisan bill” from the senate gives a fig leaf to Boehner to take to his caucus. He has political cover to allow a vote if the senate Rs have voted for it already.”

    • 126 carla4obama
      December 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Boner has stated, even if the senate passes something he will NOT bring it up for a vote unless it has the support of a majority of repugs, doesn’t matter if it might have the support of a majority of the house. He is worthless, worse then worthless.

      • 127 yardarm756
        December 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Would you believe…………!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 128 majiir
        December 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        I’m sick of Boehner invoking the “Hastert Rule” as a reason for not doing his job and as an excuse for his poor leadership skills. Nothing in the Constitution says anything about having to have a majority of one’s political party on board before a vote on a bill takes place.

      • 129 nathkatun7
        December 29, 2012 at 2:27 am

        For the people who made such a spectacle of publicly reading the Constitution on the House floor when they took over the House in 2011, we need to ask them where in the Constitution does it say that no bill could be voted on “unless it has the support of the majority of repugs?” Obviously, this is a question that our failed media should be asking of the House Republican leadership, but especially of Speaker Boehner and Majority leader Cantor.

  44. 130 Bill R.
    December 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    From PBO: “Up or down vote, Repugs! I’m kicking ass and taking names….. as of NOW! “

  45. December 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm
  46. 134 susanne
    December 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    hmmm…now this is an incentive they can understand.

    ‘Politicians’ war chests could be the first casualties if Congress and the White House lead the nation over the fiscal cliff come January 1st.

    A number of lawmakers, and campaign committees, already have high dollar fundraisers scheduled for the early weeks of January. But if a deal hasn’t materialized and members are stuck in DC, their wallets could end up thousands of dollars lighter. ‘

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rebeccaberg/fiscal-cliff-puts-senate-fundraisers-in-jeopardy

  47. 137 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm
      • 139 Chi
        December 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

        Seriously ugh…

        Somehow I suspect President Obama was under the impression that David Gregory was not going to be hosting…

        And NBC did one of their right wing inspired switcharoos to play gotcha with the President…

        • 140 LDS
          December 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          Chi, I suspect David Gregory is going to be the one who wishes that HE was not hosting….
          He is so excited to get his ass handed to his right wing pals. He just might start rappin when PBO finishes with him.
          You do remember how Myth got so flabbergasted during the last debate, he co- signed practically everything PBO said.
          At the end of the debate, I thought he was going to vote for our President.

          I left a comment on the previous post before viewing the video at the top of this one. And basically I said “the media” is the problem. Our President is using this tool to educate and re-educate how slimy and vile they are. He bitched slapped the WH press corp. by not answering any questions tonight and going on MTP. He is just as sick of them as we are here and just watching how insignificant they are when he swaggered out of their evil presence. They can play “gotcha” all they want. I see our President going back to finish his Hawaii vacation whether he stays here or in his ever loving mind. This is going to so painfully sweet to witness PBO “crush them”

          • 141 Chi
            December 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

            I completely agree LDS…

            It just pains me that idiots like David Gregory get to even for a second share a space with President Obama…

            Pathetic David Gregory is just so unworthy and undeserving of face time with a serious, hard working patriot like our President…

          • 142 carolmaewy
            December 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

            I am glad to hear he is going back. I was thinking of him when I first tried to sleep. I was thinking how sad it was that he would be in DC without his family. I wondered what he would do. He wouldn’t go to a week-end holiday party without Michelle, that is something I couldn’t imagine. In case you’re wondering why I’m not sleeping I have come down with the flu bug. Used all my energy typing that. Good Night. Hope it isn’t transferable thought the Internet! ;)

            • 143 hopefruit2
              December 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

              He’s not going back to Hawaii – LDS was just saying that (s)he *thinks* PBO will continue his “vacation” if just in his mind…. :)

    • 144 Judith Fardig
      December 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      How about we tweet the heck out of David Gregory with suggested questions that frame President Obama as the rightful leader on fiscal fairness, elected in a landslide. and the Republicans as more loyal to Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, and the Kochs than the American people. Hashtag suggestions?? BobFr? Anyone?

  48. 145 desertflower
    December 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/12/28/1379301/gop-senators-debt-ceiling-retirement/

    GOP Senators Want To Take Debt Ceiling Hostage In Order To Raise Retirement Age

  49. 146 No Child Left Behind
    December 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Good Evening Everyone,

    The President’s statement was clear, precise, short and to the point. Remains to be seen if Boehner and his likes in the House can follow by delivering a short bill that does exactly what the President has asked.

    PBO will be on MTP this Sunday. What an honor bestowed upon the David Gregory!

    http://presspass.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/28/16217487-exclusive-president-obama-meets-the-press-this-sunday?lite

  50. December 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    • 148 yardarm756
      December 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      That should do wonders for their sagging ratings.

    • 151 Chi
      December 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      I’m sure Robert Costa and his fellow right wing nuts are gleefully passing on gotcha questions to their right wing pal David Gregory as we speak…

      I’m not pleased with this undeserved get for a very silly David Gregory who has been very much a big part of not just deliberately muddying up the narrative, but destroying our democracy…

      • 152 nathkatun7
        December 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

        I am with you Chi! I don’t think David Gregory deserved this interview. On the other hand, I trust the President knows what he is doing. I am sure he feels that he could effectively deliver his message to the American people via MTP. I am also sure that David Gregory will come equipped for this interview with GOP talking points that will use to question the President. I am confident the President will effectively deal with Gregory and may even expose him as the GOP media surrogate.

  51. 153 forus50
    December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    • 154 hopefruit2
      December 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      But but but…Mark Knoller told me that Harry Reid looked downtrodden….

      • 155 miss pat
        December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Mark Knoller needs to run to the donut shop and get some donuts for his piehole and while he’s there he might as well get some for his other pie hole that’s behind him. He is so full of sheet. Get on my last nerve. I want to be good for the New Year but he brings out the worse in me.

  52. 156 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hey Sara Chumley Carter, you wanted me to repost the fantastic discussion at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics with David Axelrod. If anyone hasn’t seen this interview, you should. Axelrod takes us behind the scenes of Obama 2012, his relationship with Pres. Obama, how Pres. Obama has kept his promises and always fights for those who sent him to D.C. despite the whiners, many who call themselves progressives. He debunks the myth that Pres. Obama gave away the store in his first term and outlines what a second term will look like. It’s just wonderful.

    At Sara’s request, I am reposting the link.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Obama-Adviser-David-Axelrod-on-His-Career-in-Journalism-Politics/10737436338-1/

  53. December 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I hope Chips will post PBO speech here later. I missed it.

  54. 162 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm
    • 163 carolmaewy
      December 29, 2012 at 3:53 am

      A Troll alert! Saw a couple posts on a regular newspaper opinion page and one of the trolls was twisting the invitation to the Inaugural to say Obama was so desperate to fill the seats, he had to tweet invitations. Be on alert every where you are on the Internet. Wish the retorters would go away. Glad we have refuge here.

  55. December 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm
    • December 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, shut them down. PBO did it today, let’s keep doing it just like that.
      Okay, now I myself am going to tweet @PressSec and say it a slightly
      different way.

        • 167 HZ
          December 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

          Thank you Sara. And a big thank you to Bobfr. I did a Rt, Bobfr. I also wrote to the White House Communication Director and Press Sec., Jay Carney about the rude behavior of this bunch of disrespectful people. When the President of the United States of American has to turn and tell you that you are too loud, and while he is speaking, that is sad.

          It reminded me of being in a meeting during my career and staff members would try to show this type of disrespect, and I would just shame them under their seats. Then after the meeting, I would go to them personally and tell them to Never Do That Again in my presence. In short, I did not take that crap from Anyone. These fools are going to see a part of POB that they have Not seen. Trust me. When he has been patient, respectful, listened, then you still disrespect him, he does Not Take that Crap. Trust me on this one.

          Second term, come to class prepared and shut the crap up while he is speaking.HZ

  56. 185 Dudette
    December 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm
    • 186 desertflower
      December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      he SHOULD just let the President speak and STFU. That would be preferable

    • 192 Ladyhawke
      December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Nicely done Dudette. Thanks for letting DG know we got his number. If he can manage to formulate any questions that don’t have at the root some GOP meme, criticism or talking point I will be shocked.

    • December 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Yes, thank you Dudette. Okay, I think I’ll tweet @davidgregory next.
      I’m taking my first and second tweet steps, ya’ll. very exciting.
      You’re great models for this gramma. xoxox in her new incarnation of
      active, participating CITIZEN of the USA.

      • 194 HZ
        December 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        Thank you Sasra. This is how we are going to be able to help to see the fruits of our labor during the elecction cycle of 2012 pay off. Call these people out on their crap toward the president and the people.

        We are in this together. Thanks so much Sara. HZ

    • 196 Lorraine
      December 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Great tweet, please add….and let the President finish his sentences without cutting him off at mid-thought!!!!

    • 197 nathkatun7
      December 29, 2012 at 3:17 am

      Bravo, Dudette! Really excellent tweet! Gregory needs to know that many of us are paying attention.

  57. December 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  58. 201 prettyfoot58
    December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm
  59. December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm
  60. December 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Good for PBO for telling it like it is. He was pissed, no doubt and who can blame him. He already has a hard job, he doesn’t need to have to parent grown men too. And as for those talking while he was talking, I hope they feel stupid. I got the strong vibe that he was really, really at the end of his rope with this crap. I posted this article on my FB along with the statement that it is not PBO’s fault and blaming him is useless. I wish there was more we could do to really have his back.

    • 204 Anna
      December 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Got on phone after listening to our President, called WA Senators and Senator Reid and said “up or down vote” as the President request if they can’t get something done. You go PBO.

  61. 205 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  62. 208 forus50
    December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  63. 209 prettyfoot58
    December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  64. 215 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This is horrific and breaks my heart.

    Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India’s capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

    “The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012,” a statement from the hospital said. The patient’s family had been by her side, it added. The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital. The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in India that left one police officer dead. Six men have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended following the 16 December attack. “She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome,” the statement went on. “We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle,” Mr Loh said. A team of eight specialists had tried to keep the patient stable, but her condition continued to deteriorate over the two days she was at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, he added. The victim and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the south-west of the city.

    Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus and into the street. The government has tried to halt rising public anger by announcing a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women. These include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains. The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them. It has set up two committees – one looking into speeding up trials of cases involving sexual assaults on women, and the other to examine the lapses that might have led to the incident in Delhi. But the protesters say the government’s pledge to seek life sentences for the attackers is not enough – many are calling for the death penalty. Since the Delhi incident, several cases have been highlighted of authorities failing to respond to reported rapes. On Wednesday, a woman committed suicide in the state of Punjab, after having tried to report to police an rape which allegedly took place last month, local media reports said. At least one police officer involved in the case has been sacked, according to local officials.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20860569

  65. December 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Just watched the President’s comments on the fiscal cliff. While I was waiting for c-span to show it, I listened to callers comments. Where have people been? One idiot said this President only knows how to spend, that he has spent more than all presidents combined. He also complained of “entitlements.” He also complained about those on unemployment. Every word was a talking point. I was jumping up and down hoping for a dial in number. This stuff just makes me crazy. The president certainly has the patience to deal with it — I certainly do not.

    • 228 susanne
      December 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      i’d say pbo’s patience is thin at the moment. he’s about as angry as i’ve ever seen him. that stormy expression gives me chills.

    • December 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Jackie, Those are almost certainly troll callers – may even been paid. Best to not listen to that stuff – it’s no different than the trolls on Twitter and the comments sections of many blogs. Most Americans are well aware of the horror of the GOP.
      Happy New Year!

      #FORWARD

    • 232 hopefruit2
      December 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Jackie be forewarned: As Bob indicated, many, if not most of these so-called callers are plants. GOP plants – well paid trolls. So take their “comments” with the appropriate amount of salt.

      • 233 vcprezofan2
        December 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        Paid trolls who call in? I don’t think I ever considered that possibility! If #GOP put only a fraction of their negative political energy to work in a positive way for the country, the US’s ‘exceptionalism’ would really be the thing the world couldn’t miss.

      • 235 idon
        December 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        That;s exactly right. They are plants. It’s all PSYOPS. Best way to beat it = call your senator and rep and tell them to comply with their oath of office and do their job. Talk to family and friends and make sure they know the fiscal cliff facts. Fight the hate and fear with information.

  66. December 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm
  67. 244 Smoothscotch
    December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hi everybody, hope you ALL had a great Christmas and may you ALL be BLESSED. I missed you guys not being here very day.

    I’mmmmm baaacccckkkk.

    WAY TO GO PBO. CONGRESS DO YOUR FRIGGING JOBS. Could not have been clearer. Yes!!!

    I am not American as you know but those people are really pissing me off. This will effect everyone all over if they don’t move.

  68. 245 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm
  69. 247 utaustinliberal
    December 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm
  70. 250 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    UNFORTUNATELY…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIRED CONGRESS…THEY NEED TO FIRE CONGRESS…WE’VE PUT UP WITH THSE HOSTAGE SITUATIONS FOR MUCH TOO LONG…THESE PEOPLE ARE IRRESPONSIBLE,IGNORANT,ARROGANT AND SO FILLED WITH GREED THAT THEY DON’T CARE WHO THEY RISK IN THE PROCESS. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY…ACT LIKE IT…CLEAN HOUSE!

    • 251 daisydem
      December 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      They run for Congress … get elected … they have very few workdays apparently, they have BlueCross/Blue Shield Federal Employees Program life insurance (for LIFE) (I deal with this insurance every day; it is pretty cushy), they have a salary … why should they care about the peons who elected them?

  71. December 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    So, I see that Obama caved. Caved caved caved. Oh, what, wait, he didn’t? You mean the pre-written screeds on DKos and FDL have to be jettisoned? Color me (not) shocked.

    (I’m trying to avoid politics as much as I can for the rest of my vacation. I’m taking a twitter break, although I’m working on a piece for TPV. But of course, I’ll be coming by here for news updates.)

    • 253 Anna
      December 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      The only place to come to for the real updates from the informed and intelligent.

    • 254 desertflower
      December 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      :) What’s for dinner? Now I always need to know what’s cookin’ at Casa de LL:)

      • December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Well, last night I made the BEST pork loin chops. Marinade for 3 hours in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Sear in a pan, 4 minutes a side. Then put into a 425 oven for 15 minutes. Delish.

        Tonight I’m lazy, so we’re getting Indian delivery.

        • 256 HZ
          December 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm

          LL, so good to see that you are here and feeling better. The menu sounds delicious indeed. Enjoy.HZ

        • 257 desertflower
          December 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          I saw you raving about the dinner last night:) That’s what made me ask tonight!

        • 258 majiir
          December 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          I’m not going to warn you again, young one, about posting those delicious menus on TOD and making me jealous and hungry! Just kidding with the warning. I’m thinking of trying your pork chop recipe soon. Sound’s delicious. I am a bit envious though, because since my daughter moved to another state in August to take a new job, I just do basic cooking. When she was still living at home, I had a reason to cook, a motivation, you might say. My chihuahua baby, Winston, isn’t too demanding, so most days I just throw a basic meal together. He’s satisfied as long as he gets his meat out of the deal!!!

    • 259 daisydem
      December 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      He didn’t cave, he didn’t cave, hallelujah … he did not cave. Love that! btw … LL what is for dinner at Casa de LL? I had a smashing Manhattan tonight, followed by a Cuban Sandwich which I made myself, weighted down in the oven with a foil wrapped brick! Awesome!

  72. 260 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    IF PRESIDENT OBAMA WERE WHITE,SELFISH,CRUDE,A LIAR,SELF CONSUMED, EASILY CONTROLLED,A POOR PRESIDENT AND GREEDY…HE WOULDN’T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS…HE’D FIT IN WITH THE REST OF DC!

  73. 262 99ts
    December 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Good morning from my world – everyone is watching – how RUDE are those press people – the gabble at the end was disgusting – and as for the house of reps – they are beyond FAIL – I wonder what Boehner had to hear in private about his inability to do his job.

    Never was anything truer than that Barack Obama is the grownup in the room. I would add that the TOD posters are there as well. Bless you all

    • 263 majiir
      December 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      GM, 99ts! Yep, the press in general is rude to PBO, especially the members of the WH Press Corps. They seem to think their job is to repeat GOP talking points on every issue. I really believe that they think that doing a bit of research and presenting bare facts would cause them some type of personal injury. If I were the Goddess of the Press, I’d pay them based on the quality of their work, and I’d be sure to pay the media stenographers minimum wage. IMO, a majority of them don’t earn the high salaries they’re paid. Luke Russert, for example, went from being an unknown to an “important” journalist whose opinion is to be respected in a matter of weeks, and he’s horrible at his job.

      • 264 99ts
        December 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        Hello majiir

        My first real knowledge of the WH Press was when PBO visited Australia. There were many things happening of much impact to us and at press conferences all that the US press asked about were events in the US. It was seen as very insulting to a country that had just opened its doors to a military presence from another country – not worth a question as to what this would mean to both countries.

        At least I now know they are just as rude at home – not sure if that is a benefit or not.

        • 265 Chi
          December 29, 2012 at 1:09 am

          Our media sucks…

          The American media accounts for a good portion of why our democracy and union is in tatters…

          So mediocre, so crappy, so shortsighted, so greedy, so corrupt, so uninformed, so unethical…

          • 266 nathkatun7
            December 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

            Bravo, Chi! You said it all. An independent Press, disseminating truthful information to the people, is indispensable to a well functioning Democracy. Sadly, for the most part, the United States no longer has an independent press dedicated to communicating truthful information to the public. What we have is a mixture of sensationalism press and a propaganda press.

  74. 267 Jessica
    December 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I saw Django Unchained last night. I thought it was pretty raw overall and thought Leo did great. I have a whole bunch of other emotions that I don’t feel like getting into at the particular moment but did anyone else see it? Thoughts?

    • 268 CEB
      December 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I do not intend to see it. From the little that I have heard and the few scenes that I have seen, it is mostly sensationalism with stereotypes aplenty and little respect for historical fact. As an A A woman of a certain age, I have heard young people say what they would or would not do during this awful time in our history and the fantasy of getting back at the slave owner is a popular one, but I know enough about our history to know that this was unlikely. Furthermore, I am not entertained by watching movies that show how low and how violent we can be. If I want to know anything about those days, there are more authoritative sources than this. Even the title of this film is unfortunate. It reminds me of those awful Mandingo-like movies of the 70′s.

      • 269 CEB
        December 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        The “we” is for all involved in such actions.

      • 271 nathkatun7
        December 29, 2012 at 4:09 am

        I totally agree with you CEB! This is one of these sensationalist movies that seem to appear from time time. There is no way I would pay even a penny to see such movies. I learned my lesson from those Mandingo movies of the 70′s.

    • December 29, 2012 at 1:06 am

      Hi Jessica, I saw it today. I enjoyed it and yes Leo was great! I thought it was entertaining and can’t wait for the DVD. I know it was not historically correct and the premise was mostly fantasy, but it was a great movie. Also, I thought it was well written and had humor in just the right places. …two thumbs up!

  75. December 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm
    • 274 HZ
      December 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks again, Bobfr for your brilliance. HZ

    • 276 99ts
      December 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Bob – I think Boehner is done – regardless as to what happens – he just wimped out – crying seems to be his only option at this point in time.

      • December 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        Oh, he’s done for sure, 99. The message to McConnell is meant to convey that he only prolongs the agony for a few days for Boehner if he filibusters on Sunday/Monday a Senate bill, but also that no matter what he does, we are going to do everything we can to replace him in 2014.

        #FORWARD

        • 278 99ts
          December 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          I will be very surprised if he is still speaker after this debacle – but then again – the gop has no idea what it is doing – so a speaker who allows them to vacation 90% of the time is probably what they want.

          2014 will be very important – you continually know the path before 99% follow it – which is why your tweets are so delightful. Thanks Bob.

      • 280 CEB
        December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        His plan ‘C’ has someone tweeted a few days ago.

        PS: 99ts, I always enjoy reading your observations and comments. Thank you for your love and support of PBO and our country. Truly, we live in a global society where what happens in one country affects many others. I love the fact the community that Chips has created is international.

        • 281 99ts
          December 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

          ty CEB – that is kind of you – sometimes I wonder if I have the “right” to comment on another country’s issues – but the US so impacts our lives. We adore PBO and cannot understand how the media can still present anything negative about him. He reflects every issue that the GOP held dear – until a black man said it/did it.

          I can still remember a discussion with my uncle (I’m old – he is VERY old) in 2008 when we said – it will be a miracle if a man called Barack Obama is elected President – but it was no miracle – it was the man himself. I so appreciate TOD and being able to comment here. It is my Number 1 source for the truth about US news.

          • 282 majiir
            December 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

            Of course you have the right to comment on what goes on in the U.S. and in any other nation, 99ts! Whether some want to admit it or not, we’re a global community, and what happens in other nations does affect us. Anyone who doesn’t realize this is pining for the Dark Ages when few could even imagine there were two huge continents on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

    • 283 idon
      December 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Oh yes, Ashley Judd is gonna take the GRAND WIUZARD down. I’m gonna do everything I can to help get AJ elected. The sista is serious business.

  76. 284 susanne
    December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    greg sargent from wapo:

    ‘ A senior Senate Dem aide tells me that the fallback proposal Reid is working on would extend tax cuts on income just up to $250,000, not up to $400,000, as Obama’s most recent compromise proposal did. What this means is that if Senate Republican leaders fail to agree with Senate Dems on a proposal, the fallback plan Reid will offer will essentially rescind Obama’s offer to raise the income threshold to $400,000. ‘

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2012/12/28/obama-to-gop-last-chance/

    • 285 FiredUpInCA
      December 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      If accurate, it sounds like Good Cop, Bad Cop.

      The President will be forced by Reid’s obstinance to sign off on a deal that the President essentially campaigned on for 18 months–not raising taxes on the first $250,000 and having those making over $250,000 pay the a little more.

      If true, the President will stall the economy of the Blogosphere Outrage Manufacturing sector, which has been hoping for a stimulus since Election Day.

    • 286 vcprezofan2
      December 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      ‘if Senate Republican leaders fail to agree with Senate Dems on a proposal, the fallback plan Reid will offer will essentially rescind Obama’s offer’

      This seems perfectly logical to my disordered mind, and an excellent way to tell GOP if they back away, then there’s no ‘deal’ making, no compromise. The Pres will stick to his original position.

  77. December 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm
  78. 289 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm
  79. December 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    A late comical comment about PBO’s speech event earlier this evening – we watched it and then left for dinner, but did anybody else notice this: just after PBO left the room w/o taking questions, the camera panned over to the press corps again. One of the reporters in the front row (I think it was Major Garret) went to sit down and missed the seat and fell to the floor, while the others just gaped at him. It was pretty funny, but unfortunately brief. Did I imagine it? Either way, couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy…:-)

  80. 318 amk for obama
    December 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Woke up to the horrible news that the Delhi rape victim died at Singapore today morning. We have one of the most corrupt political, police and legal admins in the world that will never do the right thing when it comes to horrible crimes like this.

    May she rest in peace.

    • 319 desertflower
      December 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      This entire thing is revolting. My heart goes out to this woman and her family.

      • 320 amk for obama
        December 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

        Yes, df. The brutality is stomach turning. There is a big public backlash at least now. But I don’t have much confidence in our corruptest government but the alternatives also equally suck.

        • 321 amk for obama
          December 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          One of the op-eds

          Instead of pushing the national debate in the direction of serious systemic reform, especially of law enforcement and justice delivery, a number of opposition politicians have started an irresponsible debate on the need for the death penalty, or castration of rapists. These demands, which have had a populist echo amongst the protesters at India Gate, ignore the fact that shoddy investigation, poor forensics and misogynist attitudes among the police and even lower judiciary are the main reasons why rape victims in India do not get justice.

          Many more here.

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20836902

          • December 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

            I don’t envy your country, amk. You have either Congress, or the batshit insane fundamentalists. Not much of a consolation to know that the US isn’t the only fucked up country in the world.

            • 323 amk for obama
              December 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

              LL. One of the consolations in our country is that voter turnout is normally pretty good from 60 to 80% and people vote out non-performing governments routinely, both at state and federal level. The problem is all the political parties are corrupt to the core and so we are pretty much voting for one form to corruption to another. We used to have strong and fairly honest judiciary but even that has now become polluted with corruption.

              But the younger generation are now willing to put up a fight now. So there is hope. As one journo put it, Young India. Old politicians.

  81. December 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Truth …

  82. 328 hopefruit2
    December 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I’m claiming 1st for the next thread – just in case Chips posts a new thread while my head is turned for a second. :) :) :)

  83. 339 0388jojothecat
    December 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    CAN’T STAND EZRA STEIN and his halting speech….it makes my skin crawl. Off to HGTV until LO unless he’s replaced by one of the emogs I hate.

  84. December 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  85. December 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    This jerk is seriously on my last nerve:

    More Trouble Ahead

    Haaretz reports that Benjamin Netanyahu looks poised to appoint, Ron Dermer, the architect of his campaign season alliance with Mitt Romney, as Israel’s new Ambassador to the United States.

    From Haaretz …

    1. Dermer, who immigrated from the U.S. in 1997, is clearly identified by the Obama administration as a supporter of the Republican party. His family in Miami Beach have close ties with the Bush family, particularly with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who’s name has been mentioned as one of a number of possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. 2. Aside from identifying him as a Republican supporter, many Democrats see Dermer as the brains behind Netanyahu’s support for Mitt Romney.

    [snip]

    You’ll note that I highlighted that line at the end — that Dermer was apparently a major unskewer and convinced Netanyahu that Romney was going to win big. The Haaretz piece also notes that Dermer manages to be wildly more right-wing in his policies than Netanyahu himself, which is saying something — though Netanyahu’s own politics, as distinct from whatever coalition he’s running have always been a little obscure to me. In any case, it’s generally seen as a bad step to appoint to an ambassador who is seen as being openly hostile to the head of state in the home country. It sounds like another case of the profound damage Netanyahu is doing to Israel by his stance toward the country’s primary and perhaps soon only major ally.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/12/more_trouble_ahead.php?ref=fpblg

  86. 342 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Behold Coburn is in his “mealy” mouthed mode. Of course it’s the both side meme share responsibility bull shit. And ol’ Ezra agrees. I’m going to a DIY channel to see if I can learn something useful, sheesh!

  87. December 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm
  88. December 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm
  89. December 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Just to show that I’m not, in fact, the paragon of perfection you all expect:

    I was going to delete 3 files. For some reason, I like using shift+delete, which bypasses the Recycle bin. Well, I did my usual, but wound up deleting an entire directory. Sigh.

    But, being the librarian that I am, did some quick research, and now have a utility running which will hopefully recover the files.

    Note to self: no more “shift+delete”. I can’t be trusted with that power.

  90. December 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    • 360 99ts
      December 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      I checked his twitter – why on earth does the congress keep “naming” post offices when it seems the GOP’s main aim is to send the post office bankrupt so those wonderful pillars of free enterprise can refuse to provide a similar service. Congress is truly broken when post office naming is its main function.

  91. December 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Brass knuckles time …

  92. December 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm
  93. December 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm
  94. 381 vcprezofan2
    December 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    No doubt I missed this compilation when it was shared here (by flitting in and out over the last week), but in case someone else did too I’m including the link. It’s a recap of the campaign from the campaign …..

    http://my.barackobama.com/Our-Journey

  95. December 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This is a fun read: http://www.chrisweigant.com/2012/12/28/my-2012-mclaughlin-awards-part-2/ one of those end of the year political award blog posts. Part 1 was excellent. Glad to see the “voters” get a notice for refusing to let the GOP steal their votes.

    • 383 99ts
      December 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      I love the choice of Sandra Fluke – if ever anyone deserves political stardom it is this delightful woman. She is already well on the way.

  96. December 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Well, I had thought I deleted my video library on my laptop. Then I found the handy button “restore libraries”. Now it’s back. Fortune favors babes, fools, and Liberal Librarians.

  97. 387 yardarm756
    December 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    A lil sumpin ‘fore Chips flips the page.

  98. 390 anniebella
    December 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I’m enjoying Lawrence O’Donnell Award Show tonight.

  99. 398 Dudette
    December 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Finally got to see “Lincoln” tonight. Spielberg is a cinematic genius! Daniel Day-Lewis is surely a lock for an Oscar, but I REALLY want to see Tommie Lee Jones win one too. He gave a SUPERLATIVE performance!

  100. 399 globalcitizenlinda
    December 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I do not swear — but right now, I feel like borrowing a few curse words from ultimate movie-cursor (Samuel L Jackson) and directing them at the gop punks

  101. 404 susanne
    December 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    for anyone who missed it earlier today, sam wang got a wapo wonk award from wapo:
    (please disregard the norquist bit–all the rest is very good)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/presenting-the-second-annual-wonky-awards/2012/12/28/c2bc303c-511b-11e2-835b-02f92c0daa43_blog.html

  102. 405 Dudette
    December 29, 2012 at 12:10 am
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  104. 409 Dudette
    December 29, 2012 at 12:20 am
  105. December 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Alright, who always notices the virtues of Faith Hill on Mondays? LL, UL…..RL, GL……Am I ……….No. Just about every Monday night the observation: “Just sayin’, Faith Hill is HAWT.”

  106. 413 LDS
    December 29, 2012 at 1:17 am

    OT: Where is Tally? It’s been a minute……

  107. 415 xtine
    December 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Hey a person can dream, right? Are Speakers only chosen from the majority party? Or are they just voted in across parties? If so, I’d surely love to have Nancy Smash get her gavel back in Jan. A Palace Coup! Damn, I’d love that dream becoming reality!

    How the heck are you, TODers? I’ve so much catching up to do, & won’t be able to until post-new year. In case I don’t get a chance to sneak in again, HAPPY NEW YEAR, yessss! :)

  108. 416 amk for obama
    December 29, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Performing “random acts of kindness” makes pre-teen children more popular with their peer group, researchers discover.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20851434

    duh?

  109. December 29, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Ok, sleep well in that island paradise you call home…..

  110. December 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Now this is a X mas gift to the republicans after the cliff nonsense, they hive you entitlement reform worse than Ryan plan-

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/274783-eyeing-debt-ceiling-deadline-senate-republicans-offer-entitlement-reform-plan

    Way worse than Ryan plan holding debt limit hostage unless they get rid of the social safety net. This is what they are up to!
    Surprise!!!

    • 421 99ts
      December 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

      Jovie – the President has said he will NOT be blackmailed over the debt ceiling. The media may have forgotten this as they tell of all the dastardly things the RWNJs want to do – the people and the President do not forget. Let’s just listen to what PBO has to say & tell the media where to put the GOP b..s..

    • 422 jackiegrumbacher
      December 29, 2012 at 7:39 am

      The Republicans can propose all they like and they can posture and brag and try to intimidate PBO, but they won’t succeed. He told us he would not give in to this nonsense and he has never lied to us.

  111. 423 Jeff
    December 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I got myself a security job! I was working as a provision loader at the navy but that place hasn’t been working out too well due to the lack of hours and the issue with getting security clearance so unfortunately I had to quit the place. I will call him today as I haven’t been working there for a month and now that I am working as security I doubt that I’ll have time to go back to that place. Anyway off to work, will be back on later. :)

  112. 427 carolmaewy
    December 29, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Good morning!


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