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Rise and Shine…….A photo essay.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ARRIVES IN ISRAEL

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ARRIVAL AT PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES’S RESIDENCE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA ARRIVES AT PM NETANHAYU’S RESIDENCE

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A GIFT TO BIBI FROM THE OLDEST SYNAGOGUE IN THE U.S.

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PRESS CONFERENCE AND DINNER

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VALERIE JARRET LOOKS ENTHUSIASTIC TO BE THE ONLY WOMAN AT DINNER!

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VIEWS DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND  A TECH EXPO

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A PARALYZED MAN WALKING

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MATZO!

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS RAMALLAH, WEST BANK

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WITH PM FAYYAD

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SHE IS UNDERSTANDABLY SHY

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PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS TO STUDENTS AND THE ISRAELI PEOPLE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA RECEIVES THE MEDAL OF DISTINCTION

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS THE GRAVES OF RABIN AND THEO HERZL

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PRESIDENT OBAMA LAYS  A STONE FROM THE MLK MEMORIAL IN WASHINTON, D.C.

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WITH YITZHAK RABIN’S FAMILY

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS THE YAD VASHEM HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS BETHLEHEM AND TOURS CHURCH OF NATIVITY

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PRESIDENT OBAMA DEPARTS ISRAEL

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PRESIDENT OBAMA TRAVELS TO AMMAN, JORDAN TO MEET KING ABDULLAH II

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are  greeted by Jordanian officials upon their arrival at Amman airport

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A band plays national anthems as U.S. President Obama participates in an official arrival ceremony with Jordan's King Abdullah II at Al-Hummar Palace, in Amman

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in an official arrival ceremony with Jordan's King Abdullah II at Al-Hummar Palace, in Amman

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U.S. President Obama listens as Jordan's King Abdullah speaks during a joint news conference in Amman

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PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS THE ANCIENT CITY PETRA, JORDAN

U.S. President Obama participates in a walking tour with Al-Farajat, a tourism professor at the University of Jordan, in Petra

U.S. President Obama walks with Al-Farajat, a tourism professor at the University of Jordan, past an ancient shrine during his walking tour of Petra

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LOOKING FOR SOUVENIRS

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IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING……

Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counter Assault Team survey area during Obama's tour of Petra

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PRESIDENT OBAMA OBVIOUSLY LOOKING FOR THE HOLY GRAIL, LIKE INDIANA JONES…

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THE PRESS CORE WITH THEIR BRETHREN, THE MULES

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Trailing any possible hostiles…….pictured above

Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counter Assault Team survey a path before U.S. President Obama walks through it during his tour of Petra

U.S. President Obama stops to look at the Treasury while he receives a tour of Petra

COOL AS THE OTHER SIDE OF A PILLOW….

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THE INSIDE OF THE TREASURY BUILDING

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U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a walking tour of Petra, Jordan

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LEAVING PETRA IN MARINE ONE

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DEPARTING JORDAN

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at the airport in Amman

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AHHH……HOME SWEET HOME!

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GM TOD FAM! HOPEFULLY YOU ENJOYED PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOURNEY THROUGH THIS PHOTO ESSAY.  HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY, YOUR FRIENDLY BLOG TYRANT LOVELYPLAINS


177 Responses to “Rise and Shine…….A photo essay.”


  1. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Good day!

  2. 5 cookemom
    March 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Well, well, well, perfect timing, not intentional at all, but yo ho ho all you O’s!! How’s it going on this great getting up day in TODville?

  3. 6 cookemom
    March 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Great pictorial essay there LP, wonderful work!

  4. 7 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Good job.

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 8:26 am
  6. 10 mtmarilyn
    March 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

    OMG LP, what a display. Look at all those smiles. You can tell no one was happy to see our PBO.

  7. 11 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 8:32 am
    • March 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Don’t know anything about him, but sign me up. Anyone who has a chance to rid Boehner from our midst would be doing the country/world a huge favor.

      • 13 Lovepolitics2008
        March 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

        Mr. Hounshell won’t have any problem to raise money and get volonteers. This race will be nationalized I think !!

      • 15 proudmemberofglobalzero
        March 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Read about his gripes with Patrick Murphy. I need some help here. I live in Progressive Ted Deutch’s district. I was Gerrymandered and my new district was suppose to be R but Lois Frankel won. I WORK in Allen Wests district now represented by Patrick Murphy. I registered about 100 new voters and updated many that moved since the 2010 elections. I carried people to get voter ID. I drove them to the polls and evidently Patrick Murphy is siding with the GOP on many votes?

        From his bio….I made a mistake?!?

    • 16 desertflower
      March 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!! What a great way to wake up this wonderful Sunday morning:) Beautiful pics of POTUS’ trip,and this! Now Boner can sit his sorry ass at whatever barstool he wants to and cry into his wine and chain smoke till his hearts content. I don’t live in Ohio anymore, but I’ll do what I can to help this young man get elected! Dare i say, he’s much easier on the eyes that Boner, too….a twofer!! Go get um, Andrew!

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      March 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Oh, please, please, please, let a millions lights shine on this man’s candidacy. Let money and volunteers pour in and let him win in a landslide. Meanwhile, Virginia, deliver a candidate to run again Cantor and win.

    • 18 anniebella
      March 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      What can I do to help Mr. Hounshell? I am not from Ohio, but I am an American and I am tired of folks like John Boehner putting their welfare ahead of this country. 2014 we have to get rid of these do nothing, cause trouble, extreme racists Republicans.

  8. 19 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Great Photo Essay. Have a great day everyone!

  9. 21 JER
    March 24, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Superb collection LP.

  10. March 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Herculean effort here, LP. I think you win the Longest Post in the History of the World contest. Took me about 2 1/2 hours to scroll through. Beautiful, meaningful photos tho. Too bad the public was kept mostly in the dark with reporters in a Bad Bad Leroy Brown contest, the Baddest Man in the Whole Damn Town—-who can be the snarkiest, most cynical, most critical of the U.S. president on foreign soil.
    When did our news media evolve into this jr. high style behavior—–winking at and high five-ing each other on which one can ask and state the most outrageous things, can attempt to put President Obama in the worst light? Chuck Todd looked so smug there for a while—-so pleased with himself. Not sure if he’s still smiling after the response he deservedly got. But what a worthless bunch. They serve no purpose any more.

  11. March 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning TOD. Excellent photo Journal. Have a great day.

  12. March 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good morning, TODville. Thank you very much for this great photo essay, LP. I hadn’t seen all of them.

  13. March 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

    What say you, Andrea Mitchell?

  14. March 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    LovelyPlains, what a photo essay, every moment covered!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much, it’s brilliant to have this record of the trip, it must have taken a huge amount of work. You are a WONDER!! Thanks a million again LovelyPlains!

  15. 30 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This is freaking fantastic. Looks like JC Penney should be getting some love and money.

    • 31 Vicki
      March 24, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Yes. After JCPenney aired the ads with Ellen as Lucy I ordered furniture for my balcony from them.

    • 32 Dudette
      March 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Yay JCP!

    • 33 Obama Grandmama
      March 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I liked it when JCP backed Ellen as their spokesperson when a Conservative group threatened a boycott unless they fired Ellen. There was another issue they stood up for that I appreciated then. I put them on my buy list. I do not buy at Walmart and do buy from Costco and Penneys. My first place I check is BiMart which is locally regional and owned by the employees. Between these places I can pretty well supply my needs. I buy JCP gift cards for those I gift.

  16. 34 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 9:13 am
  17. March 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    G’morning LovelyPlains, CHips,TOD, lurkers, etc. Congrats Cookemom on #1 :) Excellent post TLP – what a feast for the eyes and soul!

  18. 38 amk for obama
    March 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    So where is bwd in those gazillion pics ? Wait a minute…. I think she is that beauty queen.

    • March 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Amk, Woke up to see that you had the overnight shift!. :-) Looks like the blog is getting 24/7 coverage to account for the many time zones represented.

      Enjoyed the cartoons in your post. The Lincoln cartoon expressed my sentiments exactly.

  19. March 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

    GAH, they still don’t get it.

    • 42 amk for obama
      March 24, 2013 at 9:23 am
    • March 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

      If the press hadn’t cheered it on, the public wouldn’t have bought into it. Believe it or not Mr. Harwood, many people think you guys know what you’re talking about.

    • 46 99ts
      March 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Not getting any support on twitter – how sad

    • March 24, 2013 at 9:41 am
    • 49 Nena20409
      March 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

      This the exact reason why, Journalism today is Not trusted here in America.

      This why TBGOPers are allowed to constantly screw this nation over. ‘Nam stopped Dems from being pres from 1968-1992. Only Carter for 4 yrs. The media were eager to label Dems as weak on defending USA. And re-writing history and their culpability is on going now. Shame on that idiot, John Harwood. here’s a guy who left WSJ when Murdoch bought the paper. Now the more he hangs with haters at CNBC, he has lost his mind.

    • 51 Lovepolitics2008
      March 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Oh the push back he’s going to receive….

    • 52 Nena20409
      March 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      All We ask is for John Harwood to freaking accurately report the News, Not Cheer for war for GW Bush or any other POTUS. His profession failed Us. They ignored those who were against the war. They cornered and marginalized them. They called them names and the Journos were used royally by the Bush Regime.

      John Harwood is truly like Candy Crowley who famously said before starting the Sunday show that it was not her job to tell the truth. They are horrible.

      • 53 anniebella
        March 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        Then what is Ms Crowley’s job?

        • 54 Nena20409
          March 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          Pushing righties’ talking points. Today she accused the Secretary of the Veterans that he had been on the job for 5 yrs. The man corrected her and she ignored him and kept on 3X repeating the same lie. She doesn’t care. Remember during the 2nd debate? After she corrected Romney, then she had to qualify her corrections and when the right attacked her, withing 24 hours, she was modifying her statement to her correction. She is shallow and truly horrible.

    • 55 anniebella
      March 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      To think that I once respected John Harwood. Who ever thought it was the media job to stop the Iraq war? It wasn’t but it was there job to report the truth.

  20. March 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Lovely Plains, a thousand thank you’s for this comprehensive post, you have done an amazing job. Well done!

  21. 57 Vicki
    March 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’m still all aglow from President Obama’s super successful trip abroad. Many thanks for the photo album bringing it all back this morning lovelyplains

  22. March 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a blessed Sunday. Congrats cookemom on being first this lovely Sunday morning.

  23. 59 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    ‘Morning TOD.

    LP — you out did yourself! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thinking of do a book of this trip featuring the pics, international front pages and transcripts of the speech, pressers and remarks.

  24. March 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Good Sunday Morning TODers!

    Lovelyplains, you gave us a remarkable photo journal for this morning’s Rise and Shine!

  25. 62 carolyn
    March 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

    A million thanks to AMK and lovely plains for these two magnificent posts! Many of the cartoons from 2008 I had never seen, and wow, what a feast! This is the first place I come every morning, and I am always rewarded.
    Glad you responded to John Harwood, Amk. Maybe they couldn’t have stopped the war, but they didn’t have to cheerlead for it. How dense are they!

  26. 63 Vicki
    March 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My final post before I get out to start a busy day for me——TOD, Be careful who we applaud.
    Mike Bloomberg is on our side in the gun legislation effort and we can thank him for that.
    But maybe you should ask yourself where his money and influence is focused on in things that Don’t get publicity.

    I can tell you that in the 12 years of his NYC reign he has left a smoldering trail of broken lives, lost jobs and homelessness. Longtime low-paid City workers were ousted from their jobs—losing not only the jobs but the modest $20,000 or less per year pensions.The jobs were then done by minimum wages no benefits workers.

    The mayor talks about “affordable housing” but has actually approved poliicies that will continue to shrink housing opportunities for all but the 1%.

    City shelters are bursting at the seams and new policies, cruel beyond description, are baring entry without extensive paperwork.

    Mr. Bloomberg’s first attempt at National Status was as an Education expert. How did that work out for him? 80% of high school students can barely read and even with “juking the stats” Bloomberg can’t make this effort smell like anything but the pile of wasted effort that it is. Hasn’t mentioned education much since the cameras caught him saying “Children learn as well with 50 in a classroom.” I wonder if he’d send his kids ro a school with 50 per classroom.

    So he wants to curb gun violence in the USA. So do we. Just be very careful about El Bloombito.

  27. March 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! And also WOW!!!! GREAT PICTURES!!

  28. 66 a4alice
    March 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

    wow LP! Great job!!! this photo essay is fantastic!

    Have a sweet Sunday everyone!

  29. 67 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 24, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Okay…hate to brag but….I am being followed by SCOTT PROUTY on twitter.

  30. 74 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Amazing work on this photo diary, LP:) Beautiful way to wake up on a Sunday morning:) Thank you so much!

  31. 75 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I never watch the Sunday talkers, but I DID see that Jim Messina was going to be on with Rove…..on ABC???

  32. March 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    In re-inventing themselves, the GOP see a need for minority outreach. But their outreach does not focus on the needs of minorities; rather on how minorities can be used to “improve” their image.

    http://political-cartoons.tumblr.com/image/46082906441

  33. 78 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Amazing how people listen to a speech and interpret words said with a totally opposite interpretation.

    For instance, I still hear a number of people who are claiming that while in Israel, PBO did not say anything about the conditions in which the people of Palestine live – an assertion that is totally false. Did these people really listen to the same speech that was delivered?

    I don’t know if it would help but I suggest that we petition the White House and the State Department to find a way to circulate PBO’s speech to the ordinary people through out the region. Young people could lead the discussions especially the call by PBO to see the world in the other person’s shoes and demand action from their leaders

    • March 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

      It’s as you say. Most ordinary people still get their news through the sources that are making these false claims. They will not make the extra effort to look for the speech or go to alternative sources for reports about the speech.

      That is also the reason that so many people know so little about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and what they need to do to take advantage of these benefits.

    • March 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

      All of his transcript’s are on whitehouse.gov.

    • 82 hgerhard
      March 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

      It’s a shame that people do not take more advantage of the information on http://www.whitehouse.gov. There is a very detailed report on the President’s trip to the Middle East, complete with videos. The entire speech to the people of Israel is included. Right wingers can do what they do to distort, but the actual speech does not leave much room for misunderstanding. Instead of listening to all the “experts” about what the President said, I wish people would just listen to the speech, without the commentary. Then they can make up their own minds. Our media no longer explore issues and points of view, they distort and direct all discussion to their pre-conceived talking points. We can only fight them with facts.

      • March 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

        Hgerhard, that would require a little bit of effort. In our society, many of us want to get what we can with little or no effort – at least for worthwhile things.

    • 84 prettyfoot58
      March 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      hello global…

      the definition of a deliberate falsehood is a lie.
      These folks just out and out lie. It is not a case of misunderstanding…i believe that they distort and lie to mislead the Ameriocan People…who do not watch as closely as should…

      we often talk about low information voters….i say that American electorate is full of low information voters…and those who want to hold back the Middle Class count on that…

    • 85 theo67
      March 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      The people who are saying that the President didn’t say anything about the plight of the people of Palestine obviously didn’t listen to the speech.

  34. 86 jackiegrumbacher
    March 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Global, people are deliberately obtuse when they want to be. I hear so many people say that the president has never addressed climate change, or jobs, or infrastructure, when he talks about these issues all the time in his speeches and addresses them in his actions. Some people need to bear a grudge and they close their eyes and ears.

    Just to add to the chorus, this is an absolutely fabulous photo essay, LP.

  35. 87 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

    GOOD FOR HIM!

  36. 93 cookemom
    March 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

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  37. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Lovely collection of photos! Thanks a lot LovelyPlains!

    By the way, I would not want to mess with any of those gentlemen providing protection for PBO.

    Looking at the arm alone, I am ready to run to the restroom in panic – could instantly snap my lazy bones before a single shot was fire from that menacing-looking weapon

  38. 95 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Outstanding collection lovely plains. Some of these are just breathtaking! Thank you so much putting this together. Great job! You’re doing us all proud!

  39. 96 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Biggest bunch of BS to drip out of his mouth…today. Lucky your sorry ass brother isn’t in jail, Jeb! Can’t even leave the country because he’d be sitting at the Hague!

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/03/24/quote_of_the_day.html#disqus_thread

    • 97 carolyn
      March 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

      …….and the comments are hilarious and right on target! Could have been written by TODers.
      I think people are just plain tired of the Bush name and dynasty…….nothing good came from them.

      • 98 desertflower
        March 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

        The comments are spot on! The ONLY good thing about GWB right now, and the smartest thing he’s EVER done….in his entire life…is to keep his damn mouth shut now! No one cares what he thinks. About ANYTHING.

        • 99 desertflower
          March 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

          Might also add that he should have sent PBO a thank you card! SImply BECAUSE PBO said we needed to look forward, not back…did this little lying POS not end up in jail!

    • March 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      “He is like the most focused, disciplined guy. To imagine being a former president and not having an opinion on anything over the last four years, really?

      One he’s too busy painting cats out of proportion. And two why should now being any different from when he was wrecking the country?

      PBO has never criticized Bush personally and if Jeb had actually read his brother’s book he would know that Bush spoke glowingly of The President. He’s talking nonsense.

  40. March 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

    From David Remnick:

    A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Philip Gourevitch and I interviewed Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, at a New Yorker event on stage, at Joe’s Pub. We hoped for a round-the-world survey of expansive and off-the-cuff honesty, but, as it turned out, there was only so much candor that diplomatic propriety would allow. Rice, from Syria to Rwanda, strictly adhered to the made-in-Washington talking points. She even pronounced herself “happy” that she was still U.N. Ambassador, even after losing a bid to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. (I am sure she was “happy” beyond words to have been the hate-object of a cynical gaggle of right-wing senators who exacted some post-election revenge on the President by punishing her for the disaster in Benghazi.) It was frustrating but not unexpected. You had to admire Rice’s discipline—and even how, at the end of the discussion, she robbed some French fries from a guy in the audience who was eating, flagrantly, at the lip of the stage.

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/03/obama-in-israel.html#ixzz2OT0EDWwI

    • 102 Bill
      March 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Can someone explain Rimnick’s point? I am not clear.

      • 103 Vicki
        March 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

        I think David R. was admiring Rice’s “good soldier” stay on message political abilities. At the same time taking a swipe at lack of substance.

      • 104 Nena20409
        March 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

        Yes, let me try……not really. Seriously, these people have self appointed themselves to decide when in this case Amb Dr. Susan Rice is to feel a certain way, and to, I guess school her on how to be diplomatic too? The tone and the divisiveness of Rimnick is disturbing. They are the Jury, the Prosecutor and the Judge. It was still not enough that SCOTUS is what they have assumed to be now where this administration is concerned. They will in their minds, render the FINAL decision. The saddest part of it all, they don’t see the severely wicked error in their behavior. How could they? The DC/NY 98% that cover this White House, eat, vacation, live, party, their kids attend the same schools and the appear on the same shows or symposiums…….totally drinking each others’ bodily fluid.

    • 105 99ts
      March 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Why do people assume she was going to be S of S. I would think it was always for John Kerry to refuse.

  41. March 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Good morning everyone. Hey Chips.

    Hey LovelyPlains, you do a wonderfully, lovely job. Thanks.

  42. 108 Nena20409
    March 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Wow. Speaking of a picture is indeed worth a thousand words :cool:

    In this case, pictures are worth Billions ;)

    The Book of Love…….should be The Picture of Love, LovelyPlains.

    Fantastic :!: Awesome :!: Brilliant :!:

    Amazing!

    • 109 Dudette
      March 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Hi Nena! You just reminded me of this great song by my Peter Gabriel [swoon!] <3 <3 <3

      • 110 Nena20409
        March 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

        GM Dudette. I saw that. Listened to it. Lovely, of course. Then I said, well go for the naughty and hard core side ;)

        I prefer your take. You Rock.

        I also though about Photograph by Def Lep. And said, Nope. Too much Marilyn Monroe look alike in the video.

        I so LOVE how your musical mind works;)

        • 111 Dudette
          March 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          Thanks Nena! Everytime I hear this song, I turn into a blubbering idiot. [Ack, there I go again... Where's my freakin' Kleenex?]

      • 112 Dudette
        March 24, 2013 at 11:34 am
  43. 114 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Peggy Noonan is an asshole.

    • 115 Nena20409
      March 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Sometimes it’s good…..wink wink, when it takes people a little time, wink wink….people of color. But when it is not people of color, well…..then it doesn’t?

      What a fatuously wicked bat poop? The woman is loathsome.

    • 116 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 24, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • 117 Linda
      March 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Remember her comments on torture ?

      May 2009

      “Some things in life need to be mysterious,” Noonan said on Sunday about the release of the torture memos. “Sometimes you need to just keep walking. … It’s hard for me to look at a great nation issuing these documents and sending them out to the world and thinking, oh, much good will come of that.”

    • 119 Bill
      March 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Charles Pierce’s and the Wonkette’s comments on her are hilarious.

    • 120 anniebella
      March 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Peggy Noonan, to Noonan and her kind it’s good when it takes people a little time to become free, and get civil rights. I am sorry but I have never like that woman.

  44. 121 Nena20409
    March 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    These Photographs are like: Pouring some Sugar on ;)

    Love me some Def Lep…..;)

  45. 123 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Just discovered this guy. I like him. His delivery style reminds me of somebody else though — can’t think of who it is. Can you?
    —————-

    KAHPOOYA KAHPOOYA STILL LESS EMBARRASSING THAN MAN WITH FACE TATOOS
    Just skip the first 1:45 (hawking the sponsor)

  46. 130 Jovie
    March 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Fact: the Press is and has been pissed off that it was duped by the Bush Administration for the Iraq war.
    Fast forward to today, that is a big reason why they give this President such a hard time, it’s pent up emotions, sort of a catharsis.
    The thing is, they are one President to late. :(

    • 131 Dudette
      March 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      That would presume that they care about being good journalists and getting the story right this time. Almost all evidence to the contrary. I don’t give them that much credit. Most of them are whiny two-bit hacks (thank you amk) who are only interested in puffery, sensationalism and ratings while collecting their ill-deserved paychecks. Truth be damed.

    • 132 Lovepolitics2008
      March 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      I’ve wondered about this for quite some time. Maybe they are overcompensating because they know they didn’t do their job when W. was there. They want to heal their ego. They want to prove to themselves they are “journalists”. But since they’ve forgotten what real journalism is, that is, research and hard work, their model of “journalism” is all about gotcha questions and using the GOP talking points to create some “debate”.

      But come to think of it, aren’t they always like this with democratic presidents ? Maybe this has something to do with the fact that with republican presidents they are always afraid of losing their job if they expose the friends of their bosses. And I’m pretty sure that republicans in power never hesitate to scare them, blackmail them even on refusal of access, career destruction, etc.

      So they don’t dare question Power too much when republicans hold it, and when they have democrats in power who are nowhere as nasty towards them, they give themselves permission to become picky and critical. To reassure themselves they are still “journalists”.

  47. 134 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Shout out to all of our Aussie family: Hope you and your families are all okay after the big storm!

    • 135 theo67
      March 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Jeesh – Australia’s had a tough year already!

    • 136 99ts
      March 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Dudette – if those who control the weather keep this up we won’t be bothered about a leaking roof – it will be no roof! Sometimes, I think it is good that the elements do what they do – stops some folks thinking they can control the world.

      However, Ipswich – as mentioned in the story is not so far from us – about 25 miles from Brisbane – it has had a ghastly time over the past few years – just as rebuilding finishes from a flood – another flood – and when followed by storm after storm – it is easy to understand people wanting to walk away. It has been a long “wet season”.

  48. March 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

    UGH

    • 138 Nena20409
      March 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

      On immigration, well of course. That makes sense. However self serving for it mostly, well, probably about getting educated immigrants with Math and Science background. So Zuckerberg may have access to more Folks for his tech business.

      Education is also what is needed and Zuckerberg has inject close to $100M in NJ.

      Hiring a TBGOPer strategist makes sense for him.

    • 139 Linda
      March 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

      I would bet it flops……

      People are sick of the rich .

    • March 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      The money would have been better spent on improving the education of American Tech heads. He’s young and that 20 million will cost him far more when his entire client base realize they are supporting a man who is funding a group that hates everything they stand for. Foolish move on his part

  49. 141 Bill R.
    March 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Time to expose #MarkZuckerberg as RW extremist.

  50. 142 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Another book on the Must Read list:)

    http://www.alternet.org/books/outrageous-david-cay-johnston-explains-how-big-corporations-withhold-your-taxes-and-then

    Let me give you a stunning number I reported the other day. From 1966 – when Lyndon Johnson was president — to 2011, 45 years later, the bottom 90 percent of Americans’ average income, as reported on tax returns, went up by a stunning $59 — almost no change at all. If you measure that $59 increase for the vast majority of Americans as one inch, then on the same scale, the incomes of those in the top 10 percent went up by 168 feet. The top one percent, 888 feet. The plutocrats — the Mitt Romney crowd, the top one percent of the top one percent? Their incomes rose by almost five miles relative to that one inch.

    Almost hard to wrap your head around…..Almost.

    • 143 globalcitizenlinda
      March 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I heard a discussion of this by the author on NPR.

      I have told others that I believe that all those who are interested in exposing why states are going bankrupt & having no funds for schools & other basic services need to read this.

      I thought that all those who are against corporate welfare and are interested in worker’s rights need to have this as mandatory reading

  51. 144 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

    MHP is showcasing Demarre and Anthony McGill right now. You might remember Anthony McGill played alongside Yo Yo Ma during PBO’s 2008 Inauguration Ceremony

    • 145 Dudette
      March 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Rep Barbara Lee (D-CA) is just gushing at meeting them on the show! I would be too! :-)

    • 146 Dudette
      March 24, 2013 at 11:44 am
      • 147 Dudette
        March 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

        They’re gonna play in a few minutes! Yay!!

        • 148 Dudette
          March 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

          That was GREAT! I’m all a-tingly! :-D

          Will post video when it’s available… in the meantime, here’s Anthony et. al during the 2009 (I said 2008 earler… oops) Inaug

          • 149 theo67
            March 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

            Brings back memories! The second inauguration was affirming, especially for those of us who’ve been paying attention and know just how blessed we are to have President Obama. But the first inauguration was magical – and this piece of music and the performance itself, just added to the magic of that day. It’s especially touching that while they were playing this music, the clock struck 12pm and the presidency transferred to President Obama for the first time, even before taking the oath.

  52. March 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful rise and shine, thank you LP. Haven’t had time (or energy more likely) to go back over everything I’ve missed, might not get there, but a quick Hello! Slowly on the mend, recognizing how long this is going to take. Trying to stay optimistic. http://myde.st/13hxNJi
    Also:

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  53. March 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures which tell quite a story of our beloved President’s historic visit to Israel and Jordan. And my favorite? Why the last one of course. He walks across the White House lawn. He is home!

  54. 152 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  55. 153 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Here they are a few years back with Mister Rogers! :-D

  56. 154 vitaminlover
    March 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Spot on with the pictures, lovelyplains!

  57. March 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Wonderful photo essay. Welcome home President Obama! Job well done.

  58. 156 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm
  59. 157 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  60. 158 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    How far we HAVEN’T come…

    “As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear, or is trampled beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.”

    – President Grover Cleveland

  61. 160 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  62. 161 prettyfoot58
    March 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    AWesome …Simply great pics LP…tells the story in such a Beautiful way….i love that pic of PBO in the shades….

  63. 162 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    And now for today’s moment of weird & wonderful:

  64. 163 desertflower
    March 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This is the same man that, just today, said that PBO and Bush should be in jail because they tried drugs as young men. WTH?!

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/24/1767241/rand-paul-is-right-on-marijuana-and-that-should-scare-democrats-into-action/

    • 164 theo67
      March 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Why is anyone listening to anything Rand Paul has to say? He’s the same guy who could pass the medical board exam, so he created his own board. Creative, but pathetic – all the same.

  65. March 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Morning all. Thanks for the photo spray LP, especially the one the Prez in those awesome shades!

  66. 166 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  67. 167 prettyfoot58
    March 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  68. 168 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  69. 169 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I do not know if all the facts in this article are true but it has made my blood boil this morning.

    Apparently, we not only have to fight against right-wingers to protect ObamaCare – we have to shame some in PBO’s party who are choosing big industry & the Chamber of Commerce over the un-insured!!

    We need to determine which of the Democratic Senators are trying to undermine crucial funding of ObamaCare & the un-insured before it comes on line?

    please read and see if these Dems can be such hypocrites and yet they are most the heros for the people who are ALWAYS proclaiming to be more progressive than PBO

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/24/us-usa-healthcare-lobbying-idUSBRE92N0B620130324

  70. 173 Dudette
    March 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  71. March 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Great post, LP!!!!!! Thank you.

    #TrustBarack

  72. 175 cindy sweatt
    March 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Not, am I glad he is home safe.

  73. 176 cindy sweatt
    March 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I meant to say: Boy, I am glad he is home safe.

  74. 177 HZ
    March 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Great work LovelyPlains. Thank you so much. Beautiful!!!

    May all of my TOD Family enjoy your Sunday. Be joyful and enjoy your space in your journey today.((((Love)))))HZ


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