Photo by Pete Souza
College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, Deactur, Feb 14
4:50: President Obama participates in a “Fireside Hangout” with Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address
Good afternoon everyone.
Congrats Mariele! ♥ ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ ~ ♥
Howdy! ♥ ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ ~ ♥
Near the top I am?
Third, you are! ♥ ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ¸ღ´´¯`•.¸¸. ི♥ྀ ~ ♥
I’ll take it. Congrats mrm.
Who brought this pre-school to life? The brain behind it?
Can’t wait for that fireside chat. The first Google+ chat was informative and fun.
And the President does ‘child’s play’ so well, with the little ones AS WELL AS with the big children on the Hill!
Congrats TOD hill toppers!
This is so bloody annoying. The GOP don’t want Reid to bring up the Hagel nomination for a vote tomorrow but vaguely “promise” to confirm after they come back from a 10 day recess. What the hell? This is childish beyond belief.
Why did he file cloture if he did not have the 60 votes ?
He had the 60 votes but the Republican machine went into overdrive and threatened Republicans who didn’t want to filibuster Hagel. Again I sincerely ask that we stop blaming Sen. Reid for all this GOP madness. This is no time to turn on each other.
ut, This make no sense at all
CNN, whom one can’t believe, said earlier that they “heard” (probably in the elevator) that the delay until after the recess would allow Chuck Hagel to deliver non-existing documents covering the fake issues and other made-up things that are unresolved in the sick minds of the Rs. A pack of lies by a pack of rats.
At the SOTU, it “came to me” that one of the bitter reasons the Rs were so delighted to hold up Hagel’s confirmation was so that he couldn’t be sitting in the front row as SECDEF to hear the President’s address. That he’d be forced to wait to get any glory for agreeing to serve our country once again. But I realized the best part of all that backfiring for people like McCain was that the man who beat him in ’08 was standing behind the podium giving the address; his “friend” Joe Biden was in the chair behind the President; his “other friend” John Kerry was in the front row as our new SOS, and McCain and his henchman and coyote woman (or whatever her name is) were sitting in the peanut gallery hoping the camera would pan over to their bitter faces once more. Payback is cringeworthy but sometimes comes can haunt ‘em.
Duh – *sometimes can haunt*
Now CNN is saying there will be a vote on Hagel today. Or something like that. That’s it for me and their “reporting.”
Good girl jacque … join the ranks of those of us who are CNNless!
They are hoping something else comes up that will derail him.
Expect the Republican Opo research to be in high gear, these next ten days.
The picture of Pres. Obama with the blue cards cracks me up. He looks like a kid who’s up to no good or about to cheat his way to winning a game while thinking the adults can’t see him.
This struck me as stunningly ignorant by Rubio also, that he wasn’t for raising the minimum wage ’cause he wants people to make a lot more than than $9/hr. What??? Ay yi yi yi yi yi yi. Rubio is in dire need of those “critical thinking skills” President Obama just referenced. Mental lightweight.
“Rubio is in dire need of those “critical thinking skills” President Obama just referenced.”
You are absolutely spot-on, dotster! Any who thinks a minimum precludes a maximum is dire need of critical thinking skills.
Congrats to Marielle, carolmaewy, and yardarm on 3-way tie.
I’m not sure why congress is having so many “breaks.” They’re on break every damn month for at least 10 days (not counting weekends and holidays). Which I had a job like that, paying me that kind of money and benefits. If they go on recess, can’t PBO recess appoint Hagel?
No- Pro Forma sessions.
There are pro-forma sessions to prevent PBO from making recess appointment. But Sec of Defense wouldn’t be an appropriate use because recess appointments are only good for 1 year. That’s why we’re seeing Richard Cordray come up again.
Good Afternoon, Everyone
Now the tow line breaks for that doomed cruise ship, so further delays. I cannot imagine being captive on that putrid petri dish cruise—–in addition to little food and no water and no facilities, as they say, ship has no stabilizers, everyone’s sick, ship tilting right and left. What a nightmare.
OMG … that is awful. And what happened to the stabilizers? Are they electrical too?
Dotster, I’m so out of the loop I thought you were using a cruise ship metaphor for the Repubs and the nominations, at least until I read DaisyD’s response.
h/t QoakaJP @ POU & wonkette
This GIF is HILARIOUS!!! hint: PBO & Rubio #staythirsty
that’s our pbo! always ready to help the rethugs in their endless (and sooo successful) efforts at proving they’re stupid.
the more i read about rubio, the more i’m reminded that his name means ‘blonde’ — cue the blond jokes amk!
oh no. Spare me, I beg of you.
Via the pool report:
Mr. Obama walked over to the first group of kids who were playing with blocks, and asked, “Can I help?”
The children greeted him and asked him to play with them. During the photo-op, one of the boys asked, “Are you our teacher?” Another boy said, “Welcome, Mr. President.” and another child said, “I saw you on TV.”
[A]t the first table, two boys eventually became engrossed in a video screen with their backs to the president and were encouraged by a teacher to rejoin the president of the United States.
Cory Booker has a clear path now:
REPORT: Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey will not seek re-election in 2014 thkpr.gs/12P1no6— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) February 14, 2013
Because this is awesome:
Only in Australia would a hazard morph into a horde of rampaging 'roos | sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-dev…— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) February 14, 2013
Call me a cockeyed optimist, but something tells me Harry has a plan. God, I hope he does.
I’m hoping. because this is a bunch of b.s.
Nobody knows what’s going on and then their is this-
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 2/14/13 12:53 PM EST
President Barack Obama did not speak with Libyan leaders as the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was under way last September, the White House acknowleged Thursday in a letter to lawmakers.
White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did reach out to Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf at Obama’s request on the same day the attack began, but Obama didn’t personally call the Libyan leader until the following night.
“Secretary Clinton called Libyan President Magariaf on behalf of the president on the evening of September 11, 2012 to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya and access to Libyan territory. At that time, President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation,” Ruemmler wrote. “The President spoke to President Magariaf on the evening of September 12.”
And what is this supposed to MEAN? W. went on vacation when ‘Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S.’ and ran around like a scared chicken during 911.
The SoS was in contact. God!
RT @reidepstein: Obama meets James Carter, man behind Romney 47% video http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/02/obama-meets-video-guy-157065.html …
The land of Lincoln is great indeed.
BREAKING: Illinois Senate votes to lift state's ban on gay marriage, sending measure on to House— The Associated Press (@AP) February 14, 2013
McKayla Maroney's Not Impressed funnyordie.com/slideshows/f18… Nor is this future gymnast w/ @barackobama magnifying skills http://t.co/BxjtmJst— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 14, 2013
This is insane.
White House hopes that Hagel's SecDef nomination would clear Senate this week have been dashed. Sen. Dems. lack the votes to end filibuster— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) February 14, 2013
But CNN said…
You are probably in class as I share this, Desertflower, but it seems that Arpaio is showcasing his crazy leadership again….. so now AZ teachers have to keep an extra eye on the armed school posse as well. As if teachers don’t have enough to do!
Child-Sex Offender Part of Joe Arpaio's Armed School Posse shar.es/Yxfnr via @sharethis— nancy bowen (@lavenderblue27) February 14, 2013
Lindsey Graham is a jerk
Lindsey Graham on Hagel: "10 days from now I'll feel better about it."— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) February 14, 2013
McCain: "I will vote in favor of cloture on the day we get back" on Hagel— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) February 14, 2013
Until they drum up more ‘concerns’ from the fevered nonsense of the RW Internets. God.
They’re trying to show how they can lead Harry Reid by a leash. Lindsey Graham will ‘feel better’ in 10 days? McCain will vote for cloture in 10 days but not this week?
It’s just to humiliate Reid and look like they are in control.
yup. it’s the stupid party pretending to govern.
Or not playing nice in the sandbox in order to make Reid look neutered.
Harry Reid should not let them recess until they vote.
Vice President Joe Biden has been making calls to senators; WH believes there are 58 votes for Hagel, per @kwelkerNBC— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 14, 2013
Is it officially off, the voting today?
I believe it’s still going to go on. Who knows what might happen in the next 5 minutes?
Merkley's I-told-you-so: "If our step we took last month is to be successful, extraordinary stunts like today’s filibuster can’t happen."— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 14, 2013
All three men saying they need more time to study Hagel — McCain, Graham, Alexander — all served in Senate w/Hagel and know him well— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) February 14, 2013
Reid does have the power to cancel the recess and keep them in session right?
Of course he does, UT. He also has the power to call a point of order and take down the abuse of filibuster once and for all.
I am outraged beyond belief.
I think only the pres of the senate, VP Biden can do that. He can come in and gavel the senate and ask the sen Parliamentarian to read the Filibuster rules. Once it is done. VP Biden can say, I don’t agree and with his say so….then they can undo what was done just a few weeks ago.
Actually Nena, any Senator can initiate the ‘Constitutional Option.’
this just in my inbox
Tune in at 4:50 ET
This morning, we asked for your response to the State of the Union. In just a few hours, President Obama is going to sit down with a group of Americans for a conversation about that speech and his plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.
And you should watch it live:
WHAT: President Obama’s Hangout
WHEN: February 14, 4:50 p.m. ET
The President will talk to Americans from all over the country in a Google+ Hangout. He’ll also take and answer questions that people like you have submitted and voted for.
It should be a great conversation, so be sure to tune in.
Dear @SenatorReid The GOP has violated any notion of filibuster 'reform.' Sir, you should bypass cloture & bring Hagel to a vote TODAY.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 14, 2013
They won’t ‘recess’. They’ve effectively ended any recess power for PBO and apparently any Democratic President. Their stunt was affirmed by Sentelle’s court. And so it stands, for now.
I have no doubt President Obama decides he’s going to recess appoint that he’ll do it.
Right now the Sentelle decision stands until it is appealed and litigated at a higher level. I guess PBO can defy the court ruling but I don’t think that is likely.
But something has to give. Republicans are destroying this country and any reasonable governance. This is insane.
Why would any POTUS appoint a DOD secretary for one year?
Hate to say this, but Harry Reid is about as weak as they can get. Has he been hanging out with Boner or something?
He seems hesitant, afraid and being bullied.
Whatever he had last year, he has lost.
that, or he’s playing them. no way to ignore how stupid they’re behaving, and reid’s made that very public.
I am having a heard time staying on Reid’s side. This is simply ridiculous. I am praying, that in the end, Hagel will be confirmed but do we need to have ‘all of this drama’ each and every time something comes up. Geez, enough already.
Did we all forget that Boxer, Feinstein, Baucus, Pryor and 3 others or so were not supporting the Filibuster Reform that was being advanced? That was why days later, Harkins(sp) announced his retirement.
Reid has since said that he had no intention of ever supporting anything that would mess with the 60-vote threshold – he wanted procedural reform to speed things along. THIS was all the reform he wanted although he led us to believe he was for serious reform. If he had stood behind filibuster reform he would have strong-armed enough votes. he wasn’t interested in doing that.
This is not the same as Ben Nelson saying that he wouldn’t support any health care reform if it contained a public option. I simply do not believe that Boxer or Feinstein would have been the votes to kill filibuster reform if the Majority Leader who had been lied to by McConnell had stood up and ended at least some of the abuse. remember, we were all scratching our heads when he went behind closed doors with McConnell. Durbin had earlier said that we had the votes for some muscled reform — he specifically said we had the votes to shift the burden to the minority.
Instead Reid reached an agreement with McConnell, a handshake to behave better, and there would be no end to a filibuster unless the Republicans agreed. I know there was some progress made, but not enough to eliminate a spectacle like we’re seeing now.
Majority Leaders are among the most powerful people in our government. Harry dropped the ball on this one – twice. It’s not just about legislation – someone said that to me yesterday. POTUS deserves his appointees, a functioning administration, and the right to place judges that reflect his administration’s vision. Harry Reid should have at least ended the abuse on that.
The 60 votes….didn’t have majority of the senates to reform it weeks ago. However, the Talking Filibuster did have 51 votes. That is the one that Boxer and co were against too.
Does the NRA have some goods on Reid that he feels hostage to the GOP all of a sudden?
ATTENTION: vote at 4:15—–Suspense over soon
I am going with hope rather than fear. Hope that Reid knows what he’s doing.
If it fails, would Reid then insist that the senate is not going on a 10 day break? Why are Dems not everywhere shouting for an up or down vote as TBGOPers would have done? Messaging by Dems….always an uphill battle
This is astounding to me. they should be screaming outrage for an up-or-down vote. It should be orchestrated, it should be loud. If it’s happening, I’m not hearing about it. Outrageous.
It is Not happening. Dems are timidly bad at screaming at the top of their lings to get things done these days. They were great at it until after Reagan…..they some how lost their zeal to be louder.
Anyone seen the complaint going around that Pres.Obama only thinks women should have rights if they are mothers or daughter’s? I’ve seen a couple of tweets. If I see it again I’ll post it here. I’ve tried to keep my cool but……
Are they confusing PBO with Ann romney? God.
Seriously, I don’t even have time for this. I even saw a tweet yesterday/today about a petition for POTUS to stop referring to women as mothers/daughters when talking about rights.
Aren’t all women daughters?
They want to be referred to as human beings not by their roles.
My take is this: Most people don’t pay attention to an issue unless it hits close to home. If they see how an issue affects THEIR own mother/daughter they might want to do something. Its not to dehumanize women, its to make others care about people they don’t know. Like, ‘Yeah, this can happen to you and yours’.
Sometimes I don’t understand how people think. This tactic is something that a lot of activists and politicians use, now its sexist.
PHOTOS: Mother Nature says "Happy Valentine's Day": yhoo.it/11JaEim— Yahoo! News (@YahooNews) February 14, 2013
This is amazing. Thank you Mother Nature and the same to you too!
Link to the ‘Fireside hangout’:
As Chips notes, the sidebar indicates a 430p ET start and the video link insert has it at 450p ET …
Illinois is winning Valentine’s Day.
have you folks seen this? very interesting research on brain structure and function, showing liberals and conservatives have fundamentally different thinking processes:
‘ In particular, a recent study of young adults suggests that liberals and conservatives have significantly different brain structure, with liberals showing increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, and conservatives showing increased gray matter volume in the in the amygdala.
These results suggest that liberals and conservatives engage different cognitive processes when they think about risk, and they support recent evidence that conservatives show greater sensitivity to threatening stimuli. ‘
Dear @SenCarlLevin the GOP are mocking you & all Democratic Senators with their actions. Filibuster 'reform' is a JOKE on you.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 14, 2013
I can not believe Reid will wait until after their vacation to vote if the don’t get it done today!! He should make all of them stay until the job is done.
Senate voting on cloture for Hagel.
How can you even consider a 'recess' @SenatorReid when GOP is making a farce of governance & endangering National Security? cc @whitehouse— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 14, 2013
If this nomination is shot down Reid should be replaced
As always I am coming here late from work, but I am absolutely sick of the non-stop demonization of Sen. Reid. I may be in a minority at TOD on this issue, but I think it’s unfair to blame just the Majority leader on this issue of the filibuster reform, when prominent and seasoned Democrats, including my two Senators from CA, were not entirely on board. I’ve got to get this off my chest, and I know this might get me in hot water with many people here, but I think the way some people at TOD are singling out Reid for attacks on the filibuster reminds me of the emoprogs’ relentless attacks on the President about the public option. In both situations (public option and filibuster), one of the difficulty is that not all the Democratic members of Congress were on board.
Gotta love kids.
During stop today at pre-school in Atlanta, Georgia, one 4 year old asked Obama when he met him, "Are you our teacher?" #Priceless— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 14, 2013
Are you watching this?
Yes….I bet they don’t get the 60
Schumer should take over as majority leader.
It will be close
I can’t watch. It’s like watching a train wreck. I’m sick about this.
You are funny. What they hope for is another attack.
Then they will Blame it all on the President.
I’m watching. But I want to see PBO’s Google + Hangout as well. Is it at 4:30 or 4:50?
3 yes votes from pubs so far, Collins, Cochran and johaans.
One Johnson voted yes, I think???
I think it was the SD Johnson.
Okay, he needs two more. Did McCain cast his vote yet? He said he would vote aye.
Murkowski voted yes!
Okay, one more to go.
That’s encouraging. Very encouraging.
I’m gonna be watching my twit of a senator, Mark Kirk.
I’m getting tired of sending him my letters and emails of outrage.
He has to go. I will work as hard as I have to kick him weasly ass out of the Senate.
Murkowski or Milkulski?
To Chips and friends on the Obama Diary….
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It’s a little off, but you get the idea I hope. If you’re alone or like Gary Marshall movies, Valentines Day is a hoot. Date Night for those couples in rut. Red for action and love. Then of course, I’d love to hear you’re favorites. Trivia you could care less about, but my hubby and I had our first date on Feb. 14, 1970. Our senior year in high school. Oh, the Sweetheart Ball. 😻😘💝💘
Have a great Day. I tweeted my favorite video of the First Couple. The were talking about their first date!
Murkowski voted “AYE” We need one more GOP vote I believe.
Senate voting on Hagel right now! That’s what I’m seeing @ Breaking News MSNBC.
I’m watching these jerks in the Senate milling around with their hands in their pockets and chewin’ the fat. How much are we paying these jerks to do this? It’s way too much, whatever it is.
And all the gross backslapping. UGH.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Pisses me off!
Guy with counting thing entered chamber
I love seeing PBO w/ kids! Lovely pics, Chips! Thanks!
Chips & TODers, happy Valentine’s Day! Stand firm & get all Cupid’s arrows! Don’t let that little scary dood stop ya!
It is offensive to see how happy GOP is while attempting to destroy our democracy
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