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Undivided Attention

President Barack Obama listens to Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting on immigration with Cabinet members and advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 7 (Photo by Pete Souza)


187 Responses to “Undivided Attention”


  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Howdy

  2. 9 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Did I just get a hat trick football fans?

  3. 10 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Cool

    • 11 carolmaewy
      February 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Yes, it is. I love Pres. Obama and his team. He listeners. Some idjit I read said he does all the talking and Biden listens. That’s not what I’ve heard. It doesn’t look like it here. Thank you Mr. Souza.

      • February 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        “Some idjit I read said he does all the talking and Biden listens.”

        I would imagine that is HIGHLY unlikely!

        • 13 carolmaewy
          February 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

          Yes, I thought so! Do you have the video set to record your cat antics? If you set up a tent it could turn into the Cat Watch Project! ;)

        • 14 99ts
          February 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Given the hearing today – the senators talked and the nominee listened – smart move by then Sen Obama to not stay too long in the senate – he would have learned some bad habits.

      • 16 majiir
        February 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Former Russian president Medvedev was asked a few years back about the difference between GWB and PBO, and he said that a major difference is that PBO is a good listener. Whoever the idjit was who said that president does most of the talking in meetings, pulled that lie from his ass, just like most of the other “journalists” who stand on the outside and make sh*t up about this president.

        • 17 carolmaewy
          February 7, 2013 at 9:13 pm

          Can’t remember who, but they were talking about Biden learning to listen because of his long time in the Senate compared to the short time Pres. Obama spent there.

  4. 18 carolmaewy
    February 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    It was the best of times,
    it was the worst of times,
    it was the age of wisdom,
    it was the age of foolishness,
    it was the epoch of belief,
    it was the epoch of incredulity,
    it was the season of Light,
    it was the season of Darkness,
    it was the spring of hope,
    it was the winter of despair,

    we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

    ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1st line

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/98/98-h/98-h.htm#link2H_4_0001

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/98/98-h/98-h.htm.

  5. February 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Just a thought ….

    Congrats on 1st Carol :)

    #TrustBarack

    • 30 carolmaewy
      February 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Bob. They shot American Germans who traveled back to Germany and put on the German Uniform too. I thought Brennan did very well today explaining that. Callers into c-span thought he did also. I don’t think anyone objected on the few calls they took.

    • 31 Nena20409
      February 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      I have been looking at the MSNBC ratings for about a week now….they have been going down. TVbynumbers.com and Mediabistro.com

      I have No illusions for their desire to continue to hop on DRONES. They were against them during Bush. I get it. But what I object is the daily drum beat. That I profoundly object to.

      Last, when Al Qaeda undeclare war on USA…..I might listen to their collective rants……sorry, :(. I lied.

      • 32 COS
        February 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        As soon as Ed came on and mentioned drones, I cut him off. As I said yesterday, I will not be watching any pundit shows that mention drones. This shiny new toy has gotten old.

        • 33 jacquelineoboomer
          February 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          I’m with you, COS. No Ed or Rachel for me, for a while. I try not to watch Rachel, anyway.

          • 34 majiir
            February 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm

            I have stopped watching MSNBC in the evenings. After I watch Bashir, skip Tweety, and watch Rev. Al, I’m pretty much finished. I’ll watch Lawrence sometimes, if he’s not on one of his soapboxes. I can’t stand to listen to them pontificate on issues they have no inside info about. It’s all pure conjecture. I wouldn’t want PBO’s job, and they wouldn’t either it they were given the opportunity to do it. It’s quite easy to sit on a sound stage and say what you would/would not do, but it’s entirely different being in a position where you HAVE to make serious decisions that impact the lives of millions. IMO, Al Awlaki was no three year old kid, and he wasn’t mentally ill. He made an informed decision to declare war on his own government. The Yemeni government had already tried him in absentia for being a member of al Qaeda and for trying to kill foreigners. A Yemeni judge had issued an alive or dead order for him. He had to know that his decision could have caused him to lose his life. I truly believe that some who are objecting to the use of drones to kill Americans like Al Awlaki are not being honest about who/what he was and how much of a potential threat he was to the U.S.

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        February 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        Nena, I’m glad to hear they’re going down. No one wants to listen to this drivel all the time. These guys don’t understand their audience.

    • February 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Seems Maddow needs a bit of educating, as well …

    • 40 nathkatun7
      February 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      As always, you are spot-on, Bobfr! And, if I remember the history I was taught correctly, Congress stripped citizenship from those Confederates who willingly took up arms against the United States. In order for their citizenship to be restored, Confederates had to take an “iron-clad oath” pledging their loyalty to the United States. What I don’t understand is why the “holier than thou liberals/progressives” are so obsessed with the rights of al-Awlaki. Al- Awlaki willingly chose to join a foreign organization, which is a sworn enemy of the United States. Exactly why should he be accorded all the rights of an American citizens when, in essence, he chose to renounce his loyalty to the United States?

      • February 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

        “What I don’t understand is why the “holier than thou liberals/progressives” are so obsessed with the rights of al-Awlaki. Al- Awlaki willingly chose to join a foreign organization, which is a sworn enemy of the United States.:

        Precisely, nath. Thank you.

        It is not a complicated ‘policy’ issue. If you denounce your US citizenship and then in any way actively participate in Acts of War against the United States of America, you are an enemy warrior. That’s what al-Awalki willfully decided to do and then DID. Only law governing his treatment are the four treaties and three protocols that comprise the Geneva Conventions. Using mechanisms that ensure high reliability of an intended target and that minimizes collateral damage and keeps our troops out of harms way is the best way to deal with an enemy warrior like al-Awlaki.

        #TrustBarack

        • 42 nathkatun7
          February 8, 2013 at 2:17 am

          ” If you denounce your US citizenship and then in any way actively participate in Acts of War against the United States of America, you are an enemy warrior.”

          That’s it in a nutshell! And the President is responsible for protecting Americans from “enemy warriors.”

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  8. February 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Who is seated to the left of POTUS?

  9. 53 theo67
    February 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    What I love about this picture is that a little over six years ago, President Obama was the junior Senator from Illinois, and the two men now advising (and working for) him had 25 more years of experience in the Senate. And nine years ago, President Obama was a state Senator being given an opportunity of a lifetime to give the Keynote speech of the man now sitting in front of him. And a little bit before that, then state Senator Obama couldn’t even get into the DNC Convention. And back then, no-one in that room in the picture had a clue that they’d be where they are today.

  10. February 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm
  11. 71 Nena20409
    February 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Wow, that picture has 4 women and One Black man as pres Obama’s inner circle. No Asian-Americans. No Hispanics? No Native American. No LGBTQ. Wow….Andrea Mitch and Anne Lowery will be on it tomorrow along with Ruth Marcus.
    :shock: :shock: :shock:

  12. 83 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    John Kerry looks fully in his element — good for him. I love to see people truly in their stride.

  13. February 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    • 87 magapie
      February 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I LOVE BILL MAHER! YES he IRRITATES me when he disses on PBO! (But NOT when he just pokes fun because we all know PBO loves that!) But let’s face it, he’s the most equal opportunity one of them all and far, far, far, FAR more utterly brutal on repukes and their rwnj bretheren and psychos. Plus the $1MM campaign contribution. I also understand why some of you folks can’t stand him…..I do understand that.

    • 89 amk for obama
      February 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      LOL. Perfect toon.

  14. February 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm
  15. 109 vitaminlover
    February 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    i feel that John Kerry is truly honored to serve as SOS under President Obama.

    • 110 carolmaewy
      February 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      I think so to. I have no doubt other countries will respect him too.

      • 111 vitaminlover
        February 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        Yes indeedy for Obama carries a lot of clout. What’s so cool about it is that he isn’t all loud and wrong about it. He just has it, ya’ know?

        • 112 carolmaewy
          February 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

          Yes he does. Like the photo Chips sometimes post: I got this. And tomorrow is Friday, Fridays good. Hint, hint. ;)

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      February 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I totally agree. The day he was sworn in, I swear many of the lines on his face even disappeared – as though he were finally at peace with himself. Looking toward a brighter day. Vindicated. Whatever. So glad for him!

      • 114 vitaminlover
        February 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        It kicked him up a notch.

      • 117 99ts
        February 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        I think he knew this was coming quite some time ago – never in doubt.

        • 118 jacquelineoboomer
          February 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          You are probably correct.

          President Obama also seems very, very happy with his choice.

          • 119 99ts
            February 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

            The media, as usual, followed John McCain down the wrong track – and adding to that wrong track – the GOP were so busy celebrating their skill in creating a senate vacancy – they didn’t think to check if they had a suitable candidate for said vacancy.

          • 121 99ts
            February 7, 2013 at 9:54 pm

            I also think Hillary was a very strategic choice (and of course she had the skills) – it stopped any talk of a primary challenge in 2012 – which the media would have jumped on with a joy to end all joys.

            • 122 jacquelineoboomer
              February 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

              Hillary was one of the President’s best choices in ’09 – a remarkable, strategic choice, as you point out. He made it work, she made it work, it worked, and I’m hoping for the same outcome with SOS Kerry.

    • 123 nathkatun7
      February 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      It would be great to see two Vietnam veterans, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, serving side-by-side as Secretaries of State and Defense.

  16. 124 yardarm756
    February 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    As I sit and ponder all the political activity of the last four years, I think that there has got to be a message in this stew somewhere. At the risk of over simplification that the rwnj’s want to: reduce government, control cash flow, minimize salaries/benefits, and control womens vaginas.

    • 125 vitaminlover
      February 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Lol!

      • 126 jacquelineoboomer
        February 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Yes, it was funny, and I dare say the beauty of the R insistence on wanting the control of women’s vaginas is that every other D or I man in America eventually gets to use that word in a sentence, too. So, there’s that. :)

    • 127 jacquelineoboomer
      February 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      No thanks, RWNJs, we’ll control our own, thank you very much.

    • 129 99ts
      February 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      You omitted “minimize minority voting” – taking away the “right to vote” from those who would vote against you – is the end of democracy. This seems to be even more important to the GOP than legislating how a vagina should behave (the latter being a close second).

  17. 131 anniebella
    February 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Rachel has been running her mouth again tonight. So it keeps Rachel up at night worrying if some terrorists who is a American citizen should have the chance to surrender. Well Rachel what I worry about is being attack by some terrorists who want to kill Americans just because they are Americans. If you are a member of the terrorists group, you are the Enemy.

  18. 137 jacquelineoboomer
    February 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I was just remembering that after the first Inauguration, all of the President’s Cabinet members posed for portraits – in groups – so we (TODers, in particular) could learn their faces!

    Now, if the Repukes in Congress would finish confirming the President’s choices, maybe we could get some pictures!

  19. 138 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Grammar is important. Capital letters are important.

    See the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse ?

  20. February 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm
  21. 160 magapie
    February 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This might be too left-fieldish. But I’d love to see Gov. Jennifer Granholm in The Cabinet. I know she did that UNEXPECTED WAAAH-HOO! speech with the HEAVY mid-west accent! But she’s a proven leader in my mind, SMART AND CAPABLE and….ok, I just like her!

  22. 162 lisalovesobama
    February 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Scandal!

  23. February 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I’m going to be ill …. 100%?

    Findus beef lasagne contained up to 100% horsemeat, FSA says

    The meat of some beef lasagne products recalled by Findus earlier this week was 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said.

    On Monday Findus withdrew from retailers its beef lasagne in 320g, 360g and 500g sizes as a precaution.

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the findings were “completely unacceptable”, but Findus said it did not believe it was a food safety issue.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21375594

  24. February 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Love this man!

    Outgoing Energy Department Secretary Steven Chu, who announced his resignation last week, took to his Facebook page Thursday to make light of an article from parody news site “The Onion” alleging that he woke up next to a solar panel after a night of partying in D.C. As Chu wrote in a post on his Facebook page:

    “I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/outgoing-energy-sec-chu-responds-to-onion-article

  25. 172 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    spreading the manure around….

    Heh, it’s a dirty job but someone has gotta do it.

  26. 183 utaustinliberal
    February 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Damn…..Mellie is cold: “I will bury him and I will dance on his grave; and then, I will run for office.”

    Translation: Never freaking cross a woman because we will destroy you and smile while doing it. #Scandal.

  27. 184 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    A man had looked through his wife’s things and found 1 Skittle and $100,000 mixed in with her thongs. When she got home from working at the deli he asked her about it. She said every time they had bad sex in the last 50 years, she would put a Skittle in the box. The man thought 1 night of bad sex in 50 years wasn’t that bad. Oh yeah, where did the money come from he asked. The wife said every 12 balls, she sold them to the neighborhood kids for one dollar. The man told her if she did not like their sex to go live in Hawaii, off the money she made. The next morning she was gone.

  28. 186 amk for obama
    February 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    There is this guy that walked down the street one day when he saw a dusty lamp laying on the road. Interested, because he loved antiques, he picked up the lamp and rubbed the dust off. Immediately after, a genie pops out.

    The genie states, “Thank you so much for freeing me from my eternal punishment, I will grant you one wish!”

    The guy is flabbergasted, and he takes this offer on.

    He states, “Well, I have always wanted a private bridge from my house to Bermuda.”

    The genie states, “No, no, not possible, imagine all of the funds and supplies that would take, not, not possible at all, you selfish prick.”

    He states, “well, I have always had trouble with women an-”

    The genie, upon hearing this asks, “That’s enough. Do you want that bridge in two lanes or four?”


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