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)
She did again. I am tipping my hat to YOU, Lady. . Congratulations
Thank you so much!
Congrats carolmaewy for being first on 2/11/13 “rise and shine” and again on “chat away 6/14/213.
Thank you LovelyPlains.
I didn’t get it LovelyPlains. But I owe you. I still don’t get it, but I owe you.
Perhaps LP is congratulating you on your ‘future’ firsts, carol ?
Yes, she’s jinxing me.
Did I just get a hat trick football fans?
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.
“Some idjit I read said he does all the talking and Biden listens.”
I would imagine that is HIGHLY unlikely!
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!
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.
Listening is not one of their qualities, 99ts – although, at times, I can’t think of any qualities any of them possess. Well, most of them.
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.
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.
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
And still true today.
Yes it is. Today is Charles Dickens birthday. 🎂
He’s one of my favorite authors.
LOVE it! Thanks, Carol!
In honor of his birthday.
Carol, one of the best opening paragraphs ever.
Yes it was.
Nobody ever forgets that opening paragraph!
Just a thought ….
@edshow Did Union soldiers provide due process to treasonous Confederate (AMERICANS) during battle? al-Awlaki was AT WAR with America.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 08, 2013
Congrats on 1st Carol
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.
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.
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.
I’m with you, COS. No Ed or Rachel for me, for a while. I try not to watch Rachel, anyway.
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.
Very well said. Thanks for sharing your insight.
” 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.”
Crucial FACTS, majiir, that oh sooooooooooo many likely have never bothered to learn. TY!!!!
The media does not believe in F A C T S.
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.
Seems Maddow needs a bit of educating, as well …
@maddow Did Union soldiers provide due process to treasonous Confederate (AMERICANS) during battle? al-Awlaki was AT WAR with America.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 08, 2013
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?
“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.
” 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.”
President Obama delivers remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, VA: on.wh.gov/p7DOdwe Pic: http://t.co/1wp4Etsl— The White House (@whitehouse) February 08, 2013
Suggesting SS/Medicare cuts not close 1 loophole.. I am more than willing to engage them, a defiant Obama said. buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/ob…— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 08, 2013
Who is seated to the left of POTUS?
It should be Cecilia Munoz but doesn’t really look like her.
Can’t figure out who it is Meta, often the WH captions list everyone but not this time.
Yeah. Fascinating photo. Look at how VP Joe’s eyes are fixated on POTUS.
Ah, yeah, I think he’s the only one in the entire room not looking at Kerry!
Exactly. I think he’s gauging PBO’s thoughts on the whole scenario. John Kerry has a big role to fill. I think he’ll do exceedingly well but there will be an adjustment period for all. Hope he has all the support he needs.
Way, way too many women in that photo. Props, I tell ya!
Left of president Rob Nabors,Salazar,Munoz,Obama,Napalitano,Duncan,*,*,Pfeiffer,Blank(acting commerce),Holder,Jarret(behind her Krueger),Biden,Kerry(behind him Sperling other guy?)and Treasury Wolin.
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.
It really doesn’t seem so long ago, Theo:
Many may not know this. But it was Theresa Heinz Kerry that urged John Kerry to make then state senator Obama to be the Keynote speaker at the Boston, MA Dem Convention in 2004. So it was the South African, who got the Kenyan, Muslim, Americanized?
As they say, the rest Is HISTORY……..:cool:
Really Nena? Never knew that!
All I remember reading was that Sen Obama had to submit his speech to the Kerry people so they could check it out – in the end they told him they wanted to keep some parts of it for Kerry, they were so good. How annoying was that?!
Yes, cross my fingers….hope to live for more years to post here Yes, Ms. Chips
That is cool. How did Theresa know him? She was never given the credit she deserved. I liked her.
Here is the best backstory (of the many) I have read of how he got selected for 2004 Keynote http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2007/The-Speech/
Bookmarked for the morning (when I’m less sleepy!) – thanks a million LP!
Yes, you have important cat watching to do. 🔭
I do Carol, I’m saving my energy, preparing for WAR!
Good Luck Admiral!
Thank you Carol, I think I’ll need it Unless Yardarm turns up to help.
He looked so young… awww…
KARMA IS AMAZING!
One of the arguments used in ’08 against PBO was that he had little experience since he was not in the US Senate for very long. My argument against that at the time was it does not take many years of doing the same job over and over again to get experience. PBO is a quick study. He also had been in a state Senate for 7+ years, wags an author, taught Constitutional law, worked in a law firm and was a community organizer. Those varied jobs served him well as qualifications for POTUS.
ATTN MSM!! If Obama names Burwell 4 OMB Pritzker 4 Commerce and Zients 4 USTR he'll be +1 female on gender count. EPA DoE Labor & Trans TBD.— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 08, 2013
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.
No obese Americans either and that’s 1/3+ of ourt population. Son of a B——!!!!!!
………….And no DUMB-A**ES like ME either!!…HOLY CR*P that’s like…..like……as a percentage of the population….. too depressing to think about!!!
I’m not there either, which is a real disappointment.
No Blondes, hmm?
Yes it is!!!! Tally at a Cabinet meeting ….. what a fab notion!!
Serious. It would be EPIC, and the GOP would never EVER dream of denying females birth control ever again. (Or thinking men are somehow equal to us…)
Tally, is that a new you photo? Looking good.
Ok, who is Ruth? As if I really care, but I have to ask. I can’t stop.
Ruth Marcus is the WashPo Columnist that went bat poop after HRC lost to then sen Obama. She is a rabid PUMA. She even defended Fox when pres Obama called them out. That is how bat poop she is. She makes TV appearances on CBS, Andrea Mitchell’s show and on Countdown with Charlie Todd’s show.
So nothing I watch. Yeah!
John Kerry looks fully in his element — good for him. I love to see people truly in their stride.
This!! I am so happy for him. He will be an excellent SOS. I am so glad that he finally got his due. I thank him for allowing PBO to speak at the 2004 DNC convention.
Yeah. Noticed that too.
Bill Maher offends an Orangutan: http://t.co/NMSWPSLI— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) February 08, 2013
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.
OH. I just contradicted myself. He’s NOT really equal opportunity.
LOL. Perfect toon.
It’s a keeper!!!
'More Americans died just since 1960 from gun incidents than in every war in U.S. history' upworthy.com/its-one-of-the… http://t.co/RIIwMIAi— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) February 08, 2013
Those who set up Counter Clock for the deficit…..perhaps, those now fighting for Gun Safety regulations should start a Counter Clock of the number of Gun shots deaths and make it part of their website. Just like the guy who created the site for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Icausualty.org
Good idea. Dems should learn from the thugs about showboating ‘cos most americans fall for that kinda dumb shite.
Why flatter ass holes by imitation?
Great idea Nena, it would bring the horror home in the starkest of ways.
Oh Chips, teddie-fecal-smear-nugent just wants to be left alone. “Dead or in jail”, well he’s way, WAY too big of a pussie for that. JUST LEFT ALONE. That’s IT!!! In a row boat in the middle of the Pacific! Oh, not totally alone, he’d be with wayne lapuke and trump and……oh, need a BIG row boat!
Ooooooh Magapie, the thoughts of that thing being set adrift at sea ……. lovely, just lovely.
Just make sure he stays in the “middle” of the Pacific and doesn’t drift down this way!
Yeah, we seem to use guns for population control, because Big Daddy Republicans don’t want any of the womenfolk to have contraceptives. And we can’t have a war on guns, because we’d need another chart, and that wouldn’t be good. And, yes, I know I shouldn’t joke about it, but it’s the way I keep my sanity about all this. That and a tiny glass of the bubbly, every now and then.
Laughing and bubbly, we all need them to get us through this craziness, Jacqueline – we’d be lost without them!
That’s why we start – and sometimes end – our day with you here on TOD, Chips!
TheBubblyDiary! Hey, I like that name
Do you have a wine list?
It’s all Californian wine Jaqueline, just to ensure Amk doesn’t drink any of it.
I see your point. Glad I’m “in on it.” I will try my very best to keep my trap shut! #NoPromises
Oh noes! Not that horrible California wine! ACK.
i feel that John Kerry is truly honored to serve as SOS under President Obama.
I think so to. I have no doubt other countries will respect him too.
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?
Yes he does. Like the photo Chips sometimes post: I got this. And tomorrow is Friday, Fridays good. Hint, hint.
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!
It kicked him up a notch.
Or, as my granddaughter would say, he got his shine back.
I think he knew this was coming quite some time ago – never in doubt.
You are probably correct.
President Obama also seems very, very happy with his choice.
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.
True that. The dumber the GOP gets, the better for us.
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.
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.
It would be great to see two Vietnam veterans, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, serving side-by-side as Secretaries of State and Defense.
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.
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.
No thanks, RWNJs, we’ll control our own, thank you very much.
That works for me too.
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).
Okay. But I put the former under controlling cash low.
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.
You know how every once in a frequent while she has to let us know how brilliant she is!
Maddow makes me want to puke.
My grandmother always warned me to watch out for “educated fools” who lacked common sense!
I would think being in California with a true blue patriot running amok with a weapons supply would be keeping alot more people awake at night than worrying about a terrorist being asked to surrender.
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!
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 ?
That is magnificent – in a disgraceful way!!!!!!!
You are loved….
OMG! The images in my head! You are a dirty old man.
I bet every time you write a paper now, you’ll be thinking of this…and amk…as you proofread!
Oh, yeah ? How is this for good manners?
During one of her daily classes, a teacher trying to teach good manners, asked her students the following question:
“Michael, if you were on a date having dinner with a nice young lady, how would you tell her that you have to go to the bathroom?
” Michael said, “Just a minute I have to go pee.” The teacher responded by saying, “That would be rude and impolite.
What about you Sherman, how would you say it?”
Sherman said, “I am sorry, but I really need to go to the bathroom. I’ll be right back.”
“That’s better, but it’s still not very nice to say the word bathroom at the dinner table.
And you, little Edward, can you use your brain for once and show us your good manners?”
“I would say: Darling, may I please be excused for a moment? I have to shake hands with a very dear friend of mine, who I hope to introduce you to after dinner.”
The teacher fainted …
lol. While I love this site for it’s pictures, amiable conversation and all around good vibyness. I LIVE FOR amk’s jokes. lmao.
She got the vapors.
“I LIVE FOR amk’s jokes”
CMan – do *****NOT****** encourage him!!!!!!!!
oooh – I wasn’t expecting that!
Lol! Wine now splattered on screen! :):):):
Now you are giving capitalization pointers?
Yes, that would be another 1,000 bucks. Why don’t we make this simple ? Just wire me your bank /ac details and I’ll do all the hard work for you.
1 2 3 4 5 ##########
see, how easy it was ?
I am not EASY.
Just wait till your bank opens tomorrow. That’s all I am saying.
I’m sure it’s open twenty-four hours. Oops, why did I tell you?
14 giraffes flee after spotting lions in hunting mode in South Africa 2013 Sony World Photography Awards(40 photos) wp.me/p2YZ8A-3Q— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 08, 2013
Now, THAT is a photo! Wow.
That’ll be my despot cat tomorrow, running for its life.
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!
She’s feisty and doesn’t take any bullshit. I like that.
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.
This has the capacity to have me revert back to being a vegetarian again….Nasty. On so many levels.
It’s beginning to have the same effect on me DF, it’s beyond disgusting. People – lots of them – need to go to jail for this.
I hear you!
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.”
Steven Chu denies waking up next to solar panel! theonion.com/articles/hungo… He responds to these nefarious allegations http://t.co/zZZOwFvQ— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 07, 2013
I howled LP, it was the funniest response ever!!!!
got one more for you Sec. Duncan responds to Onion article and trashes Tom Friedman while at it! http://www.theonion.com/articles/secretary-of-education-forced-to-take-up-stripping,30456/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/11/28/arne-duncan-more-likely-to-be-stripper-than-secretary-of-state/
Brilliant! Jeez, they’re a bunch of super smart, witty, intelligent folk in this cabinet!
spreading the manure around….
Capital letters are important. See the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse ?— (@amk4obama) February 08, 2013
Heh, it’s a dirty job but someone has gotta do it.
I can’t believe I just retweeted that, I really can’t.
well, blame vc.
Giiiiirllll…..I RT it too. I’ve got a warped sense of humor and I love it.
Laughing HYSTERICALLY. So perfect. Would like a follow up to see how many people RT this:)
HAHAHAHAHAHA (gasp) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH. tehehehehehehehehehehehehe.
President Obama is going to Asheville,NC day afterr SOTU http://wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_presidential-visit-being-planned-10506.shtml
Reminds me of this pic –
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a chance encounter with other hikers while walking along a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Asheville, N.C., April 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Imagine been out hiking and bumping in to PBO and Michelle?
Just hope he doesnt go anywhere near Franklin Graham, I say he take the fam and stay at the Biltmore House http://www.biltmore.com/
lovelyplains, Don’t even mention that man’s name.
I use to respect him, but not any more He has shown his Sarah Palin color.
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.
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.
It’s West Wing Week:
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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