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Rise and Shine

President Obama talks with PM Tusk of Poland in the private residence of the White House, Sept. 17, 2009. NSC Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is in the background (Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington Post: President Obama will name deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, a longtime trusted aide, as his new White House chief of staff Friday, officials said.

McDonough, 43, has spent the past two years as the No. 2 official in the National Security Council, helping guide some of the administration’s most high-profile decisions, including the military drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the response to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and the aftermath of the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last fall.

Obama considers McDonough one of his “closest and most trusted advisors for nearly a decade,” a White House official said.

More here

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Today:

11:0: V.P. Biden Speaks on the Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence (Richmond, Virginia) – White House live (audio only), CNN

12:10: President Obama makes a personnel announcement

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GOPolitico: The White House will also announce several other promotions Friday, including moving communications director Dan Pfeiffer to the job of senior adviser, and shifting deputy communications director Jennifer Palmieri into Pfeiffer’s old job. Pfeiffer’s move comes as David Plouffe, a longtime Obama political adviser, plans to leave the White House this month.

Other senior-level moves include:

Rob Nabors – Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy
Tony Blinken – Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
Danielle Gray – Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
Katy Kale – Assistant to the President for Management and Administration
Lisa Monaco – Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (upon confirmation of John Brennan as DCIA)
Miguel Rodriguez –Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs
David Simas – Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give a joint interview at the White House on Friday afternoon to CBS News’ Steve Kroft, for broadcast Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

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Steve Benen: We don’t yet know exactly why Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave up on ambitious reforms of filibuster rules. After months of voicing support for sweeping changes, it’s possible Reid just didn’t have the votes from his own caucus to pursue bold reforms through the “constitutional option.”

Whatever the reasoning, however, it’s important that folks understand that when Reid says protecting the filibuster is necessary to keep the Senate from being like the House, he’s wrong…..

More here

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Greg Sargent: Now that the smoke has cleared from the wreckage of yesterday’s filibuster reform debacle, what’s next for those who want to fix our broken Senate? There is no denying that yesterday’s outcome was a terrible disappoint for those who still hold out hope for functional government. At the same time, there are some silver linings…..

More here

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President Obama attends a Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School, Dec. 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

NYT: The White House has decided to circumvent Capitol Hill as it concentrates its gun-control efforts on speeches and other public appearances by President Obama and Vice President Biden outside of Washington, according to officials with knowledge of the plans.

With Obama’s gun agenda dependent on centrist Democratic senators who are nervous about their reelection prospects, the administration has calculated that the president is better off helping to build a groundswell of popular support within the lawmakers’ states rather than negotiating directly with them, officials said.

More here

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NYT: The White House delivered a strong message to Wall Street on Thursday, taking the unusual step of choosing two former prosecutors as top financial regulators.

But translating that message into action will not be easy, given the complexities of the market and Wall Street’s aggressive nature.

At a short White House ceremony, President Obama named Mary Jo White, the first female United States attorney in Manhattan, to run the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Obama also renominated Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the last year under a temporary recess appointment without Senate approval.

With the appointments, the president showed a renewed resolve to hold Wall Street accountable for wrongdoing, extolling his candidates’ records as prosecutors.

More here

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President  Obama greets a local resident on Main Street in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Irish Examiner: The US President is to be immortalised in the birthplace of his ancestors with the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

Around €6m is being invested in the plaza by Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh, to commemorate the visit by the President and his wife Michelle in 2011.

It will also see the establishment of the Barack Obama Community Facility, where exhibitions of historic and current material marking the relationship between Moneygall and the United States will go on display.

This is the single biggest investment on the Offaly/Tipperary border region in decades and will bring 60 new jobs to the area, as well as 75 jobs during the construction phase.

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Morning!


175 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. January 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hidee Ho O’s!!!! Wassup on another great getting up day on planet TOD!!!

    The ‘Pubs are lining up and taking sides. There’s the Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush faction calling the RWNJs stupid. You got the RWNJs calling them RINO, elite, Dem loving pos. You got Boner crying cause he can’t get the kids to play nice.

    PS: Note to Corey Booker. Though admirable, you no longer have to be a super hero…especially with the cameras rolling….just run for office.

  2. 14 Japa21
    January 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Morning all from snowy Chitown

  3. 15 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:05 am

    President Barack Obama will announce Denis McDonough as the new White House chief of staff on Friday afternoon, along with a mix of other staff promotions, according to a White House official.

    Obama will make the announcement at 12:10 p.m. in the East Room. McDonough, who is currently Obama’s deputy national security adviser, will replace Jack Lew, who the president has tapped to be his Treasury secretary.

    In a statement, the official described McDonough as one of Obama’s “closest and most trusted advisors for nearly a decade, dating back to when he helped set up then Senator Barack Obama’s Senator office.” The official also praised McDonough’s role on Obama’s national security team, and his experience in working with Congress:

    Denis has played a key role in all of the major national security decisions–from ending the war in Iraq to winding down the war in Afghanistan; from our response to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan; to the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As a veteran of Capitol Hill, Denis understands the importance of reaching across the aisle to make progress for the American people–whether it’s on jobs and economy, health care or education, reducing the deficit or addressing climate change.

    Later Friday, the White House will also announce nine aides taking new positions at senior levels at the White House. Here is a breakdown of their new roles:

    Rob Nabors – Assistant to the president and deputy white house chief of Staff for Policy
    Dan Pfeiffer – Assistant to the president and senior adviser
    Jennifer Palmieri – Assistant to the president and communications director
    Tony Blinken – Assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser
    Danielle Gray – Assistant to the president and cabinet secretary
    Katy Kale – Assistant to the president for management and administration
    Lisa Monaco – Assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism (upon confirmation of John Brennan as DCIA)
    Miguel Rodriguez – Assistant to the president and director of legislative affairs
    David Simas – Assistant to the president and deputy senior adviser for communications and strategy

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/obama-announcement_n_2550289.html?1359124963

    • 16 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thanks UT for this info. This looks like an excellent set of appointments. I’m already looking forward to the next 2-4 years with this administration.

      Now will Ezra Klein’s wife pen a new column saying that they were wrong – or will they move on to the next issue of poutrage?

      • 17 TrumpDog
        January 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

        Now will Ezra Klein’s wife pen a new column saying that they were wrong –or will they move on to the next issue of poutrage?

        Come on. You know the answer to that.

        • 18 anniebella
          January 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

          TrumpDog…..Hell No she won’t. We know what that piece of crap Mrs Klein wrote was all about in the first place. It was her and her husband chance to attack the President with lies, and the stupid ass media eat their crap up.

    • 20 a4alice
      January 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

      wow thx UT

    • 21 vcprezofan2
      January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thank you, Utal. It’s so refreshing to me to see the depth of the qualified bench from which our President makes his choices.

  4. January 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Good Morning, Ms Chips! It’s Friday, don’t you know. Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening, TODobots!

    Way to go CookeM & Japa!

  5. 25 cookemom
    January 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Good ol’ boy Saxby Chambliss is retiring.

  6. January 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Gooooooood morning everyone!

  7. January 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good Morn-ting, All…Lovely Rise and Shine, Chips! The Obama Administration 2.0 looks to be off to a spectacular start!

    Have a great day, everybody! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  8. 32 sonjiaduncan
    January 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Good morning TOD, Chips. Way to go cookemom and Japa!!!

  9. 33 99ts
    January 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

    g’nite all – have a great day – I’ll venture to sleep to the sound of rain – dripping through the broken tile – sigh – when the rain stops – it might get fixed.

  10. 35 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Fantastic announcements by Pres. Obama. I’m waiting for Ezra Klein’s wife Annie Lowrey to issue another round of garbage.

    • 36 anniebella
      January 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      I remember when they ask Rep. Charlie Rangel what he thought of the President’s cabinet and his recent hiring. Rangel call it an embarrassment. It was all negative from Rangel. Just what the media wanted to hear. Then I remember what Rep. John Lewis said when he was ask, he said he know this President, he know he will do the right thing, give him time, he is not through hiring. Was Rangel at the Inauguration?

      • 37 Obama Grandmama
        January 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Seems to me both sides ( L &R) have problems with patience. Everyone is into being first with observations or news regardless if all the facts are out or reviewed.

  11. 38 sherijr
    January 25, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Happy Very brrr Cold Friday ~ stay warm ya’ll :)

  12. 39 lovingandlaughing
    January 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Just say I like the look of that wallpaper in the shot of PBO on e phone in the private residence. Not sure we have seen a pic from that desk before? I wonder what is lined up on that desk/table against the wall? See the colorful circles. Morning everyone!

    • 40 sherijr
      January 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

      it looks like election pins- the round circles.. I love that desk & clock, first time I’ve seen this room too.

    • 41 dotster3
      January 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

      I like the rug and furny and that guy at the desk best of all. I’m not ashamed to admit I got out my magnifying glass to try to figure out that circle thingy board too, did not help. Maybe a task assignment board, who takes Bo out on which days—–or maybe not. :)

    • January 25, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Love the wallpaper, too. He’s made the room very cozy. I have a very similar version of that rug in my apartment.

  13. 44 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I am loving the administration’s gun safety strategy. Take it to the people.

  14. 45 collegekay
    January 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Good morning everyone. I don’t know if VC told you, but I got to meet her on Wednesday and we had an awesome dinner before she left D.C.
    I also got to meet Theo and her mom. Great, great folks. I wish I could have met more of you all, but maybe another time. :)

  15. 50 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

  16. 57 hgerhard
    January 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good Morning TOD family,
    Earlier this morning I received an email from Vice President Biden on the subject of gun violence. It is clear that this will be a very difficult process, and it appears that the President’s strategy will be to engage the people rather than negotiate with public officials who are beholden to the NRA and/or fear the accusation of “taking our guns away”.
    The only way this will work is for everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, to join in this effort. Only a clear demand by a large majority of each official’s electorate will move this forward.
    Here is the conclusion of the VP’s letter which you all may have received:

    Right now, President Obama is counting on you.

    Each one of us needs to speak up and demand action. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a big city or a small town like Newtown, Connecticut. When our fellow Americans are victims of senseless violence, we all pull together as one American family.

    Let’s get this done, folks.

    Whether the action we take saves one life or 1,000, it matters.

    Thank you,

    Joe

  17. 58 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

  18. 59 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

    • January 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

      She is pitiful, she really is – she refuses to even acknowledge the progress being made on this front. Until it’s 50-50, despite the huge ground that has to be made up because of previous failures to appoint women to positions from which they can be promoted to senior admin roles, she’ll keep on carping.

      • 61 utaustinliberal
        January 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

        Exactly Chipsticks. You hit the nail on the head. I pointed out to her that the NYT (which she works for) isn’t exactly diverse gender wise and she came back with well, that’s kinda true but the Obama administration is kinda worse. Umm…no they aren’t. There are women all over State, Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, EPA etc. that have credible positions and lead policy discussions, debates, and laws. Is it perfect? No. But to pretend that the Obama admin. shuns women, to use an out of context picture and then tarnish the entire administration is gross negligence.

        • 62 anniebella
          January 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm

          ut, I always heard that people need to sweep around their own back door before they try to sweep around someone else. Mrs. Klein agree with you about the place she works isn’t diverse gender wise. Well what is she doing about that? Where is her article about that? She is just like her know it all husband, a piece of Obama hating crap.

    • January 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

      SEE the moving of the goalposts, once their original statement has been swatted down?

  19. 64 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

  20. 65 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Nerdy Wonka (UT) did not even accuse Ms Lowrey of saying that PBO hates women. Nerdy simply asked the rhetorical question of whether she would pen another article about his latest crop of female hires (based on her initial column that PBO’s cabinet lacked diversity with women).

    Yet she immediately got defensive by saying that she “didn’t say that he hates women” falsely implying that Nerdy accused her of ever saying that. Anne Lowrey is a fundamentally DISHONEST person.

  21. 68 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

    • January 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Hey UTAL here’s another way to take her on. In general women only hold about 17% of leadership positions in the US across all sectors – business, government, etc.

      Instead of complaining that PBO has 30% more men than women, she should be holding him up as a role model. Most sectors have 400% more men than women.

      OK my math stinks so I’m not sure I’m right, but if most sectors have 80 men in leadership positions compared to 20 women, I think that’s 4 times as many men or 400%

      Shame on her for calling him out when he is an awesome role model!

  22. 73 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

    • 74 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

      She’s being super defensive because that’s exactly the meme she wanted to push when she penned that superficial, catty column under the guise of “concern” for diversity in his cabinet. Her agenda backfired and it’s unambiguously clear to the average Joe/Jane that PBO does not hate women, so she’s trying to save face whenever the topic comes up.

      • 75 utaustinliberal
        January 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

        You’re right. I was shocked when some of her colleagues called her out on twitter because of her article. They pointed out that she was being hyperbolic and making false assumptions. Twitter was on fire that day. Journalist after journalist kept pointing out in tweets that her premise was false. She and Ezra were really defensive.

  23. January 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

    11:0 VP Biden Speaks on the Administration’s Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live – audio only

    CNN have it listed for live streaming – http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=4

    Not sure if CBS will have it – http://www.ustream.tv/cbsnews

  24. 77 Vicki
    January 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

    A final thought (at least from me) on the filibuster reforms:
    Let’s look at how judicial and presidential appointments are going in 6 months.
    If there are fewer vacancies than there have been for the last 4 years , we can say with some assurance that the reforms have value.

  25. 78 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Thank you Susan!

  26. 84 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 25, 2013 at 10:56 am

    RACE & PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SECOND TERM — TV, C-SPAN1; or online, http://www.c-span.org/Events/Experts-Discuss-Racial-Disparities-in-Society-Today/10737437574/

    Program is in progress; panel includes: Taylor Branch, author of “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement;” Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation vice president for program strategy; Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” and contributing editor at The Washington Post; Elijah Anderson, author of “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life;” and William K. Lanman Jr., professor of Sociology at Yale University.

  27. 85 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

  28. 87 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:01 am

    • 90 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Exactly. She specifically selected that picture showing Valerie Jarrett’s legs because she WANTED her readers to interpret one way and one way only. She knew EXACTLY how she wanted her column to be interpreted. She’s now trying to feign indifference with that “…it’s up to the reader to interpret…” What hogwash.

  29. January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Goooooood morrrnnninnnnnng, Chips and TODville. Loving how PBO 2.0 is shaping up.

    • January 25, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Mooooooooorning Meta!!!!

    • 93 Ladyhawke
      January 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

      I am loving all of the personnel announcements. It was exhilarating to see the announcement of Richard Cordray and Mary Jo White yesterday. And today’s announcements are terrific. All are brilliant and dedicated public servants. President Obama and Vice President Biden have hit the ground running. It looks like they will be pummeling the Republican Party with gun safety, jobs, climate change and immigration reform. I will be waiting for the whining and crying from the GOP that President Obama is trying to do too much too fast. They can either do their part to govern or be left in the dust. PBO and VPB have work to do for the American people.

      >>>>>FORWARD>>>>>>

  30. 94 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Dow almost 14000…If we get a good jobs report next Friday with no major negative financial news in the interim….hmmm…

  31. 95 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • 96 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Why is she so hung up on the 50-50 breakdown? As Susan indicated, you would hard-pressed to find any major occupational sector besides maybe nursing, early childhood & elementary education, mediocre-wage clerical jobs, and some behavioral science fields where women are on par with or exceed men in representation.

      Maybe Ms. Lowrey should look at the gender breakdown of the leadership roles in the TV and print media where both she and her husband work. It doesn’t come CLOSE to the diversity of PBO’s entire administration.

    • 98 kasai
      January 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Good Morning Everyone:-)

      I am loving the conversation UTA is having with this lying so called journo…I like to ask her.. how many females are working at Washington Post? maybe she can give us some internal data on that? SMDH?

  32. January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Wooooot: Barack Obama Plaza!! –

    The US President is to be immortalised in the birthplace of his ancestors with the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, Co Offaly.

    Around €6m is being invested in the plaza by Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh, to commemorate the visit by the President and his wife Michelle in 2011.

    It will also see the establishment of the Barack Obama Community Facility, where exhibitions of historic and current material marking the relationship between Moneygall and the United States will go on display.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/moneygall-set-for-6m-barack-obama-plaza-582459.html

  33. 119 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

  34. 120 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

  35. 140 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

  36. January 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

    UTAL you are a rock star! Thank you for your push back on Annie Lowrey. Kudos and deep bow of appreciation.

  37. 151 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Oh my GOD, ut just sparked off a major righteous Twitter storm with Ms. Lowrey. EVERYONE has now joined in the conversation!!! :) :)

  38. January 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus attending meeting in the White House today on immigration reform. Let’s get this party started!!

  39. 156 hopefruit2
    January 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I notice that I rarely see women making UPS deliveries – should I pen an article about lack of 50-50 gender diversity on the UPS truck? Anyone has a picture of legs of one of those rare female delivery workers so I can post it with my column? Thanks in advance!

  40. 159 utaustinliberal
    January 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Annie Lowrey couldn’t defend her lies so what did she do? She blocked me on Twitter after admitting that she wrote the article so she could get publicity and revel in the “Obama Hates Women” disgusting. debate it sparked off. This is our media folks. This is our media.

    • 160 hopefruit2
      January 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

      It’s amazing how childish these pseudojournalists can be when confronted with the truth. They are no better than the GOP in mentality. If she is so “delighted” at the conversation, then why did she block you? It’s not like you called her derogatory names or such – you simply presented her with certain facts and refused to allow her to worm her way out of the web of lies she had spun.

    • 161 Nena20409
      January 25, 2013 at 11:52 am

      UT……wow…what a fierce force you are.

      As Stephen Colbert said once: Facts have a Liberal Bias.

      Great Job. The Anne Lowery toad blocked you for as today’s Journos are, Facts are Foreign to them.

      Thank you UT. You ROCK!

    • 162 miss pat
      January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Good morning folks. I don’t know how to twitter yet. Can someone please tell that lady that the President is going through Romney’s binder full of women. He will make appointments from that.

  41. 165 swbluega
    January 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Good Monrning TODers.

    Just wanted to give my 2-cents regarding the filibuster reform….

    In my opinion, it is often easy for people on the outside to express what they believe should be obvious as to how things should be done. For those on the inside, what is “obvious” is sometimes easier said than done. There may be some history that explains why things are done the way they are and why the participants are hesitant to make change.

    Sometimes change has to take place in small steps rather than in one sweeping overhaul. Massive change can sometimes cause more problems rather than fix the ones they were intended to fix. Sometimes even the smartest among us don’t always know what’s best, especially if we have not been directly involved in the process either in the past or currently.

    I wondered why Sen. Reid was backing off the major filibuster reform that was being proposed. The article that Bill R referenced in a previous thread (http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2013/01/dont-blame-harry-reid-for-filibuster-reform-thank-him.html) gave an explanation that makes sense to me. Sometimes we have to step away from the “all or nothing” mentality and think beyond the short-term benefits.

    Rather than griping about what didn’t happen, we should try to understand the changes that were made. If we don’t think filibuster reform went far enough, think how much worse the process will be if we decide to “show them” and not get out to vote in 2014.

  42. 166 cookemom
    January 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

    PBO recess appointments 01/04/12 have been ruled unconstitutional by lower court. Ruling is that Congress was not really in recess. This will probably head to the SCOTUS.

    • 167 mtmarilyn
      January 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

      I just read that too. How could all the other President’s do it and not be challenged. This is scarey.

    • 169 Lovepolitics2008
      January 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Damn, the GoP will have a field day…

    • 171 utaustinliberal
      January 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Didn’t the same thing happen to GW Bush and the courts rejected it?

    • 172 anniebella
      January 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      What do you want to bet the court who made that decision were Republicans, I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

    • 173 Obama Grandmama
      January 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      I heard that on NPR this morning and wondered if the impeachment crowd would leap on this. It also made me think of the time there was a tricky no recess/recess situation in affect solely for purposes of not allowing PBO to do recess appointments. I think it was something like calling the House to order then dismissing them like a couple minutes later.

    • 175 jacquelineoboomer
      January 25, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Afternoon, Chips! Love the photo of Denis and PBO at the White House, where Denis is gazing out the window as we’ve seen PBO doing in other photos. They are like kids lookin’ out at the schoolyard, where everybody else gets to play. I really appreciate their contributions to our country and the world.

      On a lighter note, I personally appreciate all of the Irish memories and stories here on TOD! When I saw Tipperary in the story on this FP, I was reminded of my old German grandfather who was riding in a car with his Irish brother-in-law in Western Pennsylvania, in the early days of automobiles, and the story goes that they got into a minor fender bender because they were both distracted, singing, “It’s a long way to Tipperary.” So thanks for revvin’ up my own memories! And thanks to Ireland for not forgetting our President!


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