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Heads Up: President Obama news conference (11:30 EST)

11:30 AM EST: President Obama Holds a News Conference

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257 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama news conference (11:30 EST)”


  1. 1 Japa21
    January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Just a reminder to folks watching the presser. Many of us cannot watch it and rely on you folks to tell us what is being said. It would be nice rather than just making an editorial comment like “PBO is on fire” to let us know what is actually being said. Thank you.

  2. 14 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Okay, what’s this about? I missed the original heads-up.

  3. 16 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Game on? Oh yeah.

  4. 17 Allison
    January 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Waiting for POTUS!!

  5. 18 carolmaewy
    January 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I’m getting slow…CongratsJapa and VC!

  6. 25 carolmaewy
    January 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    What’s up? I’m way behind.

  7. 26 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The last one of the first one!

  8. 29 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Pres Obama would make a statement VC……But the lame, lazy, idiotic DC 98% Journos…..they have met…..No doubt and their questions would be soooooooooo DC…Beltway nonsense……that we will all be scratching our collective heads.

    What we have in DC are ego driven, rightwing leaning, circuit jesters pretending to be Journos.

  9. January 14, 2013 at 11:21 am
  10. 34 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I’m curious about the timing – right before the inauguration. I hope it’s a fair portrayal and not some snarky propaganda piece. The fact that Sam Stein is pimping it suggests the latter rather than the former.

  11. 41 proudofobama
    January 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Good morning, TOD family. Hope everyone is having a super Monday. Can’t wait for Pres Obama to let the beltway hacks have it. They are so useless and incompetent. Deserve nothing but our scorn.

  12. 45 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

    MSNBC has Rev Al and Big Eddie on previewing press conference. Everyone seems to be expecting ???? on debt ceiling and gun violence. I, too, will write about what POTUS says for those of us at work and unable to tune in.

  13. 47 xtine
    January 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

    [OT. George P. Bush. I think this carpetbagger is chasing after the Castro bros. Most annoying is that "We" business. Uggh!]:

    “We for sure are running, the question is the office,” Bush told The Associated Press during the first interview about his political future since filing paperwork in November to seek elected office in Texas.

    .
    If you can stomach it, rest of article here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20130112-ap-interview-george-p.-bush-weighing-run-in-texas.ece

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

      The perks (entitlements) of political office must be so, so great that once a family member gets in the others would give anything to be a part of it. I fail to believe that the Bush family has an unremitting desire for service because I haven’t really heard about much service on their part.

  14. 49 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    It appears the presser is now scheduled for 11:40.

  15. 50 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Instead of asking the Republican Party to look at itself because the country has changed, Colin Powell should look at himself and realize the GOP has changed. It’s not your party any more sir. If switching to Dem is too distasteful, at least go Independent, or is it because you do plan to run for something?

    • 51 Nena20409
      January 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Hello Dudette. At 73, changing party is harder to do.

      As a Roman Catholic, it is harder to change form my faith and I am NOT 50 yet…..let alone for Gen Powell. It is like religion to many…..party affiliation. Besides, change comes from within. Powell would have better chance changing those feeling a tad uncomfortable to speak up that he would, should he self-depart for the GOP.

      • 52 Nena20409
        January 14, 2013 at 11:38 am

        From……Sheesh. I wish there was an edit button.

      • 53 Dudette
        January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        I hear you about the difficulty of changing party, but to say “Powell would have better chance changing those feeling a tad uncomfortable to speak up…” — I SINCERELY doubt that. Name some, even one, high profile elected GOPer that’s been moved to speak up to the extreme elements so far, who hasn’t already left the party. Maybe I’ve missed someone somewhere.

        Even Christie doesn’t blast them for the racist crap. He’s only been vocal about the lack of support for Hurricane Sandy victims because it hit home for him. Other than that, his attitudes and policies line up right along party lines. So-called “moderates like Arnold Schawarneggerand and Jon Hunstman have had nothing to say.

        • 54 Nena20409
          January 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

          That why I said, would……Joe…..a rev on just yesterday….a Black rev, GOPer agreed with Gen Powell. Will it work? Only the Good Lord knows. I certainly wish and HOPE so.

          I don’t mind Powell switching Dudette. I am only speculating why he has not and might not.

    • 55 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am
    • 56 anniebella
      January 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

      There are times when I want to leave the Democratic Party, which I have always been a member of, but I have not left yet. Most likely I won’t leave, my family is Democrat and have always been.

      • 57 Dudette
        January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        There are some things that some Dems have done/do/don’t do (and even the President) that angers me off too, but the party’s underlying stance on most things match mine. I could be wrong, but I get the impression Gen Powell doesn’t subscribe to the underlying stance that today’s Republican Party takes on most thinigs. Maybe that’s it — maybe he really does agree with them on most things and I’m just projecting something on him that isn’t there.

  16. 58 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Delayed again—10 more minutes, maybe more.

  17. 59 pugeretto
    January 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    11:40 is the new time

  18. 60 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Okay Japa, the very diversified main PC reporters are facing the audience. :roll:

  19. January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am
  20. 65 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    L&G, the Peez. Yes!

  21. 67 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    He’s at the podium!

  22. 68 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

    PBO will be taking questions in last week of 1st term

  23. January 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Detailing first term progress, laying out plans for second term. “We can’t finish job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone.”

  24. 70 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Adding savings = $2.5 T in deficit reduction not counting savings from winding down wars….. Fact is spending cuts alone won’t do it.

  25. January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

    We can solve deficit issue without sacrificing investment in education – American people agree with me.

  26. 74 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Open to make modest adjustments to programs….. but that alone won’t do it

    Am. people agree with me.

  27. 75 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Am people want us to get our books in order in a balanced way … and I agree

  28. 76 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:43 am
  29. January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Re debt ceiling – “something most Americans hadn’t even heard of before two years ago”

  30. January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    POTUS going over his “balanced approach” to deficit reduction, emphasizing it was the centerpiece of his campaign.

  31. 79 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Explaining debt ceiling – something majority of people hadn’t known about until two years ago.

  32. January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, social security checks will be delayed, etc

  33. January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    POTUS: LIFTING THE DEBT CEILING DOES NOT MEAN INCREASING SPENDING.

    • January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Talking about all those who won’t get paid if the GOP defaults, effects on economy.

      “Self-inflicted wound on economy” that would likely INCREASE our deficit.

  34. January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    She’s back!

  35. 86 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending; it simply allows the country to pay for spending it already occured.

    If Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling on time, SS cheks will be delayed, other federal payments will not be made. Everyone will be affected.

    It will be a self inflicted wound on the economy.

  36. 87 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Intends to carry out an agenda that he campaigned on, including more jobs, more security for the mid. class—–all of which is doable if Wash. politics do not get in the way. Talking debt—-and 2.5 trillion deficit reduction they have accomplishment in last 2 years. Can’t finish job in deficit reduction in spending cuts alone. Restating his belief that increased revenues needed for a balanced approach and long term stability—–can get it done if politics does not get in the way. America can not afford another debate on paying for bills we have already racked up. Telling all the disastrous consequences of non-cooperation. A self-inflicted wound on economy, could tip us into recession, increase deficit. Absurd to not act. cont……

  37. January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    For us not to pay our bills would be irresponsible and absurd – up to House Republicans

    They will NOT collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy

    • 89 nathkatun7
      January 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      I am really angry with Democratic members of Congress who are trying to put the burden raising the debt ceiling on the President. The U.S. Constitution is very clear: Congress is responsible for paying U.S. debts. It’s also erroneous to think that the President has the authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to defy Congress and raise the debt ceiling. Section 5, of the 14th Amendment plainly states:

      “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this Article.”

      President Obama was absolutely right. It’s the responsibility of Congress to raise the debt ceiling, unless of course they authorize the President, “by appropriate legislation” to assume that responsibility. The media should be asking members of Congress and not the President why they are intent on wrecking the economy and hurting millions of Americans by refusing to raise the debt ceiling; something other Congresses have routinely done under previous presidents.

  38. 90 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Listing people who would be harmed if ceiling wasn’t lifted – a self-inflicted wound on the economy which might ironically increase our deficit. It’s absurd. ‘A financial disaster not only for us but for the worldwide economy.’ -Boehner from a couple of years ago

  39. 91 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Opening statement a vigorous restatement of TRUTH—-all the measures we have taken so far have succeded inhuge deficit reduction. Further debt reduction will not be accomplished by spending cuts. This is what the People of USA want and what they voted for.
    Period.

    Goes on to say agan that we muct pay our bills. Lays full blame on GOP for any crash that comes

  40. 92 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Not raising the debt ceiling will be irresponsible, obsurb.

    There will be no ransom collected by the House Republicans for raising the debt ceiling. The full faith credit of America will not be a bargaining chip.

  41. January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    PBO: Full faith and credit of the United States is not a bargaining chip.

  42. 94 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    White House Live‏@WHLive
    Obama: “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up.”

  43. 95 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Pres seems to be detailing the issue of a ‘debate’ on debt ceiling

  44. January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am
  45. 99 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    “Let’s finish this debate.” Growth growth growth, not austerity.

  46. 100 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

    White House Live‏@WHLive
    Obama: “If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America’s bills on time, Social Security checks & veterans’ benefits will be delayed.”

  47. 101 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Let’s finish this debate, let us give the economy the stability and certainty it needs.

  48. 102 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    In a nutshell, I’m still not going to debate raising the debt ceiling….next

  49. January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks VP Biden for gun control efforts, will review his proposals today

  50. 104 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    White House Live‏@WHLive
    President Obama: “Republicans in Congress have 2 choices here. They can act responsibly & pay their bills. Or they can act irresponsibly.”

  51. 107 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hey Japa – PBO is in fact on fire.

  52. January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    First question from AP’s Julie Pace on gun control

  53. 112 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    1st question – Julie from AP re gun violence

  54. 113 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    White House Live‏@WHLive
    President Obama: “[Republicans in Congress] will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”

  55. January 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    “My starting point is not to worry about the politics, my starting point is to focus on what works”

  56. 115 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

    PBO getting fuller info from VPJoe later today. PBO’s focus is to do what makes sense

  57. 116 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

    ? 1. Chance of gun violence legis passing.
    PBO says focus should be on safety and on what works

  58. January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

    So the first question about gun violence.. which he had just stated he’d address in the next few days. Thanks for listening WHPC.. way to go.

  59. 119 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

    White House Live‏@WHLive
    President Obama: “The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used.”

  60. 120 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Very astute of PBO to point out explicitly, that it is House Republicans, who will be held responsible for any debt ceiling fallout. He didn’t use the all encompassing ‘Congress’ that insinuates both Dems and Thugs

  61. 123 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Let’s finish this debate—-we pay our bills so we can move on—–lots to do, lists all that awaits—–educ., immigration, gun violence.
    AP—-Julie Pace—-opposition to assault weapons ban—–PBO says VP going thru thorough analysis, presented to PBO with list of steps to take, will have a fuller presentation later in the week—–says starting point is not politics but what makes sense, what keeps our kids safe. Members of Congress will have to examine their own conscience.

  62. 124 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    we can do a much better job of keeping assault weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them

    I’ll present details later in the week

  63. 125 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Chuck Todd’s next… ugh!

  64. 126 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Chuck Todd….

  65. January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    PBO will be receiving recs from VP Joe on gun violence this week. He’ll be reviewing all that work and he will be fighting for stronger background checks, restricting high capacity clips, assault weapon ban. Whether or not this will pass Congress, he’s going to be honest with American people.

    Details will be presented later in the week.

    • 128 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

      White House Live‏@WHLive
      President Obama: “If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step.”

  66. 129 sherijr
    January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    who the eff does Chuck Todd thinks he’s talking to in that tone of voice???

  67. 131 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Chuckie toad is on the floor – I’ll pass, thank you – he’s gone back to debt ceiling

  68. January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    President Obama: If there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we should take that step”

  69. 133 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Chuck Toad—exec action on debt ceiling?
    The issue is paying bills. We are not a deadbeat nation.

  70. 135 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    If House & Senate want to give me the responsibility, I’m happy to take it. If they want to keep the responsibility then they ought to go ahead and do it.

    • 136 nathkatun7
      January 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Unlike the clueless media, and many clueless members of Congress, the President understands the Constitution. Congress (House & Senate) which has the “power of the purse” is responsible for paying U.S. debts.

  71. 137 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    PBO so patient spelling out details for our brain damaged PC

  72. 138 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    If they want me to accept responsibility for raising the debt ceiling, I’ll be happy to do it. Nothing like a ‘School House Rock’ lesson.

  73. 139 yardarm756
    January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Good morning all….Chuck Todd is the consummate ass hole. What a way to start my morning …sheesh!

  74. 143 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: WE ARE NOT A “DEADBEAT” NATION.

    • 144 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

      PBO has repeated this more than once. I sure hope it’s getting through.

      • 145 Ladyhawke
        January 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        I was thrilled to hear President Obama use the term DEADBEAT. Most Americans are not up on the details of the debt limit debate, but everybody knows what it means to be a DEADBEAT. The notion that elected officials would use not paying bills that THEY INCURRED as leverage to get what they want is repugnant. The administration has been relentlessly on message making it plain that President Obama will not negotiate with congress on an issue that is their responsibility. Bottom line, if they can’t do their job then PBO says give him the responsibility and he will handle it. The only adult in the room making sense as usual.

  75. 146 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I want to repeat…

    Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. All it does is…..

  76. 147 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Toadie says Dems begging PBO to use 14th Amendment to resolve debt ceiling issue. PBO says if Congress wants to give me that power to raise the debt ceiling “I’m happy to do it.” PBO says McConnell had such a proposal last year.

    “We are not a deadbeat nation.”

    • 148 nathkatun7
      January 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Chuck Todd and all those “Dems begging PBO to use 14th Amendment” need to be told to go read the enforcement section of the 14th Amendment. President Obama is a Constitutional lawyer. I am absolutely certain that if the fourteenth Amendment gave him authority to raise the debt ceiling he would have done so by now. To tell you the truth, I was disappointed to hear former President Clinton buying into the 14th Amendment myth.

  77. January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am
  78. 150 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Chukky wants to know if PBO has a Plan B for the debt ceiling. Whenever one hears of a Plan B, one can be sure that the source must be a Republican.

  79. 152 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for all the live-blogging, TODers. Really appreciate it!

  80. 153 PoliticalJunkessa
    January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Sounds like my President is on fire! :mrgreen: :lol: :-P

  81. 154 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Chuck Todd keeps on grumbling…

  82. 155 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Todd—–says Harry Reid sent you a letter begging you to take an exec. order on debt ceiling matter. Is Obama considering a Plan B and if not why not. PBO says the issue is America pays its bills—-we are not a deadbeat nation. If the House and Senate give him the authority so they don’t have to take these tough votes, then he’ll be happy to take it. Says there are no magic tricks here, no loopholes, that Congress authorizes spending—–then PBO required by law to pay the bills—-and has to raise debt ceiling to make sure those bills are paid. Raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more, just authorizes us to pay our bills. The notion that Repubs suggest that the only way to get their way on spending priorities would risk the full faith and credit of the U.S. is unimaginable. Todd protests answer with further questioning which I can’t hear and is likely stupid.

  83. 156 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Chuckie Toad is persisting re debt ceiling. He seriously annoys me.

  84. 158 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Chukky is insisting about the debt ceiling. BO reminded him of a simple way to handle it: raise the debt ceiling for spending already occured, then work on addition cuts going forward.

  85. January 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    President Obama is trying to explain to Chuckie how spending/cuts work .

  86. 160 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

    What exactly are the GOP cuts? They won’t say. The math doesn’t add up.
    PBO again doing the math about how much debt has already been stabilized.
    Demonstrating how ridiculous and illogical the MSM/GOP talking points are.

  87. January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am
  88. 162 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    There is no simpler solution than Congress does what they have to do or they give me the responsibility.
    Bills will be paid.

  89. 163 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    PBO reminds Chukky that Congress could not even identify $1 it wants to cuts from the already agreed $1.2T of cuts.

    PBO will not discuss additional cuts while the American people has a gun on its head (by the House Republicans).

    Chukky is insisting again and again. PBO patiently but with an inch of impatience explained that if Congress wants to give him the power to raise the debt ceiling, he will gladly do it. PBO insists that Congress needs to do its job: raise the debt ceiling.

  90. 164 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Todd keeps asking same questions over and over—-he thinks this is about him—–being a dope—-as PBO has to keep repeating same answers.

  91. January 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm
  92. 166 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Another jerk is reminding the President that he once didn’t approve raising the debt ceiling (as a Senator).

  93. 170 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    PBO: We’ve gotta stop lurching from crisis to crisis, when there’s a clear path to a disciplined, responsible approach…

  94. 171 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Chuckie Todd trying his best with the rightwing talking points.

    It is never framed by Chuck and his DC cousins the Obstructionism of the TBGOPers.

    Would this Congress tolerate another nation holding USA’s Full Faith and Credit Hostage? Would they not be obligated to declare war on that Nation?

    Now Major is using false equivalence Right wingers’ style.

  95. 172 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Puts it that you have to pay the restaurant bill for the meal you’ve eaten.
    The conversation is about future outings, maybe less expensive resaturants.

    Major Garret another annoying simpleton. ” Boo-hoo hoo PBO won’t debate. Other presidents debated.”
    PBO wiping floor. This Congress is off the wall. No use comparing it to other congresses.

  96. January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  97. 174 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    PBO to Major Garrett: raising the debt ceiling is always a difficult vote. He reminded him what he went through last year.

    PBO said that he would be happy to talk about how to reduce the deficit in a sensible way.

  98. 175 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    PBO highlighting that every result the Repubs offer damages the country.

  99. 176 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The only alternatives proposed by the Republicans is either hurt seniors and college kids, or hurt the economy by not raising the debt ceiling. He disagrees with both alternatives.

    PBO said to Major that he will not have every month or every 3 month a conversation about whether or not we are going to pay our bills. This hurts the economy.

  100. January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm
  101. 179 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Still scolding Major. Major still fighting.

    Even the threat of default hurts our economy, says PBO.

  102. 180 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Major Garrett—-finding votes in raising debt ceiling can be difficult——said he and Chuck Todd are puzzled why Obama does not take exec. action—–that PBO must want to go into default. Obama again makes the case that Repubs are being jerks and holding country’s economy hostage unless they get all they want politically——will only raise debt ceiling if they get their desired spending cuts. Major keeps pushing Repub line of questioning. Obama says he is not being unreasonable and believes American people would agree. Doesn’t want to establish this cockeyed precedent—-that you will default if you don’t get your way.

  103. 181 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    PBO to Major Garrett: … in fact, we just had an entire campaign about how to deal with the debt and the America people agreed with me!

    Bam! goes the hammer!

  104. 182 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  105. 183 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Q: What are you willing to do to accomplish a gun solution, i.e. how far are you willing to go? Pres is currently answering

  106. 184 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  107. January 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm
  108. 186 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Another jerk asked what the PBO makes up with the fact that many fools are piling up guns while we are discussing how to decrease gun violence.

  109. 189 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Karl—-asking what can he on gun violence without Cong. —–and what does he make of long lines at gun shows and increased sales of guns. Obama says he is confident that there are some steps he can take—–for ex. how we track gun sales to criminals. About increased gun sales——says those who oppose any kind of sensible gun legislation gin up fear that fed. govt. is about to take all your guns away—-economic element, good for the gun biz. Says responsible gun owners know there is nothing to worry about. Need to take steps to try to prevent some nut from walking into a school and gunning down a bunch of children.

  110. 190 Pamela
    January 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Each of you are far more masterful with news than the hyena-corps! I mean it! WTG! (ps: g’day!) :)

  111. 191 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    PBO reminds all fools in the room that people in the right play on fear and force other fools to believe that their 2nd amendment rights will be taken away. Thus, fools piling up guns which in turn is good for the gun industry business.

  112. 192 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Julianna somebody—–asking if Obama means it when he says he will not negotiate on debt ceiling, with a false premise—-that he hasn’t kept his word on past similar statements. Moving on….

  113. January 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm
  114. 196 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Again with debt ceiling. Julianna Goldman from Bloomberg challenging PBO’s veracity in an insulting manner. Misstating the record and trying to make the President seem weak or untruthful .Asks why we should believe him now when he says he won’t have a debate about paying bills.
    POTUS setting her straight.

    • 197 Chi
      January 14, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      A woman who found David Shuster attractive…

      A woman who married David Shuster…

      That’s pretty much all you need to know about Ms. Goldman…

  115. January 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  116. 199 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    PBO: We have to break the habit of negotiating through crisis. Now in my second term is the best time to do it. This is no way to conduct a business. Whether Republicans or Democrats his answer would be the same.

  117. 200 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Julianna keeps asking same question over and over and over also. WHPC seriously diseased.

  118. 201 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Juliana is having a tantrum and insists on the hostage taken method.

  119. 204 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm
  120. 205 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Matt Spetalnik, Reuters—–another similar debt celing question, starting to nod off.

  121. 206 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    On government shutdown…

    PBO reminds the fools that Congress has the vote to do that if this is what it wants to do. But he disagree with this method.

  122. 207 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Shutdown?

    Ultimately Congress makes decisions about keeping Gov’t open.
    If they do that it will be a mistake.
    American people will blame all of Washington.

    But what is our real objective?
    President laying it out for the umpteenth time.

  123. 208 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    PBO patiently trying to explain that Repub point of view was rejected during the pres. campaign and election. WHPC stares back slack-jawed.

  124. 209 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    It is Up To Congress. They control the purse. They are mandated to pay the Bills. USA is NOT a Deadbeat Nation……That is to be repeated, over and over again.

  125. January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  126. 216 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    PBO said he hopes common sense prevails—–after witnessing the cranial density in this room, may be too much to hope for.

  127. 218 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    If the issue is deficit reduction, then democrats and republicans will have a partner with me. We know what to do. Finishing the job is not that difficult. But if not paying our bill is the way to go, then it is Congress’s choice.

  128. 219 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Our PBO is infinitely a better person than I am – because I would’ve already jumped into that Press Corps and strangled one of them

  129. January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  130. 222 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Commonsense prevails…..when Congress is sane and acting responsibly. In 1995….Newt and Co didn’t with a Dem POTUS. Since Jan 20, 2009……and since Jan 5, 2011……….Boehner holding USA hostage.

  131. 223 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    In 4 yrs most diverse WH in History.

    Will continue with that methodology.

  132. 224 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Oh please WHPC keep asking the same question over and over. It gives PBO a chance to re-iterate again and again to let the American public know how the system works. The sound bites on this evening news will reflect this, cause there’s little else to choose from. Thanks again, numbnuts.

  133. 225 Vicki
    January 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    jackie calmes NYTimes IDIOT.
    Why are you so remote? And What about diversity?

    New York Times speaks for the 1% that owns them. Rarely miss a chance to falsely attack accuse PBO.

    President advises her to wait until entire team is assembled.

    And about socializing and patting folks on the back. PBo sets her straight on her crap.

  134. 226 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm
  135. 227 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Judge a Pres ….this pres when He is done. Going FORWARD!

    Friendly guy, likes a great party. Not accusation hears while as senator. In other words….being a Dem and a Man of Color…..my opinion…..What changed? Great question…….perhaps the MSM should ask the TBGOPers……Hmmmmm?

  136. 228 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Jackie Calmes—asking about criticisms, that PBO is too insular and his cabinet lacks diversity——NYT pushing that theme hard. Where the cocktail parties at? And why no women, except 43% of staff and 50% of WH staff?
    Obama says premature to criticize—–selections not complete. PBO says he’s a pretty friendly guy, likes a good party. Says paralysis has nothing to do with that but a stark diff in policy—–said he likes Boner, they had a great time playing golf, but didn’t get any deal done. Says they enjoy everyone at the picnics, chat and get pictures taken with everyone but that doesn’t stop them from calling him a big spending socialist the next day.

  137. January 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    • 230 Dudette
      January 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • 231 daisydem
      January 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      They call him every name in the book, socialist, make veiled racist remarks, second guess his every move, fail to act responsibly and do their jobs as representatives of the people(with intention to obstruct) obstructing any positive move forward the President is trying for, they are dumb – he has to explain everything about the economy or any other situation at the 4th grade level or below when he does deign to take questions, and they want him to be invited over for a beer. Duh!??!

  138. 232 Nena20409
    January 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I dare any of these fatuously bat poop DC Journos to ask any TBGOPer questions as they have asked this president using the same TONE. I dare them.

  139. 233 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Diversity in his 2nd cabinet: the question is why does the cabinet appears less diverse? Answer: PBO reminds that women had a forceful voice in his cabinet and people should expect that this will continue. PBO said to wait to see all appointments before passing judgement.

    Not socializing enough… PBO replied that most people who know him know him for someone who likes a good party. With the paralysis in Washington, most of the blame is in sharp differences in policy. For instance between him and the Speaker, there is quite an affaibility. But that doesn’t prevent the Speaker for calling him BIG SOCIALIST SPENDER in the floor of the House. At the end, socializing with PBO does not work for Republicans who are usually afraid to get a challenger from the right if they negotiate with him. Ask Charlie Chris of FL.

    He invites folks all the times; when they choose to come, he is happy. When these folks believe that the optics do not work for them, they don’t come.

  140. 234 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    PBO says they invite people from Congress over all the time and many times they do not choose to come, that they think that hurts them politically, to be seen having an hors d’oerve at the WH. Says girls are getting older, not wanting to spend as much time with him, he may try to get some card games going so he’s not so lonely in the WH—–making a little jokey. And a little semi- snide comment about them worrying if he is the “life of the party or a stick in the mud”.

  141. January 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    GAAAAH, the press are totally USELESS. ARGHHHHHHH, they drive me nuts.

    • 236 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Actually they are not totally useless. I think if anything, they reveal to the American people what a feckless media we have, what an intelligent, hard-working, logical, reasonable, responsible President we have. And that truth is apparent with EVERY Press conference that our President holds. And I believe that more and more Americans are seeing and believing that truth.

    • 237 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Sorry meta – I misread your post as “presser” and not “press.”

      Yes, you are correct about the press 100%!!!

  142. 238 yardarm756
    January 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Well there it is. Bam I think he means it, eh? I bet the rethugs are meeting in the bathroom at the urinals and in stalls. Shaking and “baking”, ha!

  143. 241 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Yes, PBO is letting folks no that he can’t control the crazy. Socializing with folks don’t prevent them from going on the floor of the HOuse the next day and calling him a big spending socialist.

    Some may not agree, but I welcome the dumb-ass questions. They say more about the press and the Thugs than PBO. It gives him an opportunity to use the bully pulpit and show us, his voters why we re-elected him in the first place. This is exactly what the less than well informed need to hear. He just told those crazy old teabutts, that yes, you will not get your soc sec, if your party defaults on the debt. How’s that for keeping the government’s hand off your Medicare.

    • 243 lisalovesobama
      January 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Chips. I missed this and only got the tail end of the presser where that idiot woman asked about PBO being ‘insular’ and that dumbass diversity question. I wish the first words outta PBO’s mouth had been, “Fuck you and the whole DC press too.’

  144. 245 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    As the old folks use to say, PBO just told the Pubs that ‘you must not think fat means greasy’

  145. 246 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    That press conference was fantastic from the perspective of Pres. Obama. He did not mince words about the debt ceiling, who will get the blame, gun safety measures, revenue, and oh yeah…..smacking down the crap that came from the front row section of the press corps. It made for fantastic tweeting.

  146. 247 cookemom
    January 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    So Bonehead tweets, ‘the American people do want to hold the country hostage’ nah, nah, nah, nah, nah……

  147. 249 Japa21
    January 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Want to thank everybody for providing a lot of detail. Sounds like it was another dynamic performance.

  148. 252 utaustinliberal
    January 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I’m going to bring my tweets over for those who couldn’t watch the press conference.

    • 253 miss pat
      January 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks folks for breaking it down for me. For some reason I do not tune into theses presser
      s. I have high blood pressure and I am alone in the hosue.

  149. 254 relellit
    January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Good morning/afternoon everyone :)

    What makes David Gregory think the debt ceiling hurts our President? There goes Gregory again with the vile right wing talking points.

  150. 255 jackiegrumbacher
    January 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you all so much. You’ve made the whole press conference come to life. Are there any even half-way sensible reporters in the WHPC?
    Are they all jerks who refuse to listen? Did the question of military support of the French in Mali come up, or, are they all obsessed with the debt ceiling.

  151. 256 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    The debt ceiling is the GOP’s problem. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    By Greg Sargent

    ——————————-

    Yeah, okay. The game here is: “Hey, we can’t control our crazies!!! Better give us what we want before they destroy us all!!!”
    If anything, this underscores what a difficult spot John Boehner is in. Remember, Boehner is on record saying in 2011 that allowing default would mean “financial disaster” for the “world economy.” Even if it’s true that “more than half” of Republicans won’t support raising the debt ceiling unless it’s paired with draconian spending cuts, GOP leaders have the option of reaching a deal with the White House and passing it in the House with a lot of Democratic support.

    If Boehner himself is already on record saying default will destroy the world economy, the substantive and political pressure on him to do this will be intense. Indeed, even some Republicans, such as Newt Gingrich and the Wall Street Journal editorial board, are warning that failing to raise the debt ceiling will invite political Armageddon for the GOP.
    .
    .

    Nice try, but this is still on Republicans. If they are going to continue to threaten the global economy to get their way, it’s their problem.

    ——————————————–

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/01/14/the-morning-plum-the-debt-ceiling-is-the-gops-problem-lather-rinse-repeat/

  152. 257 edp4bho
    January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Fuck the WHPC !! That’s all !!


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