White House live
Yo amo a mi presidente
He will be firm.
It will be good to see President Obama again.
Families of gun violence victims in Senate to talk to press as gun control amendments are going down just feet away. http://t.co/iwPOp0nP6e— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) April 17, 2013
Just watched Sen. Feinstein hug emotional family members/friends of Tucson victims outside Senate. Told them, "Don't give up."— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) April 17, 2013
As Cornwallis’ men were marching out of Yorktown, their band played “The World Turned Upside Down.” Kinda feel that way now.
been at work all day and got home in time to hear what happened with the background check bill for gun control. At this point, I’m just too pissed to comment, and so I’ll just not say anything solid on it, except to say that all the sycophants who like to traffic in the “Obama doesn’t use the bully pulpit enough” can BITE ME at this point. That’s all I have the energy to say right now. Ugh.
Woman who helped disarm Jared Loughner heckled senators as they nixed Manchin-Toomey slate.me/173Zjs7— (@daveweigel) April 17, 2013
Woman who yelled, 'Shame on you!' was Patricia Maisch, bystander who tackled gunman after he shot Gabby Giffords theatln.tc/12nzgLf— The Atlantic Wire (@TheAtlanticWire) April 17, 2013
Disturbing that Weigel described Patricia Maisch’s action as “heckling.”
She was a witness to a massacre, a hero in action, and doesn’t want to hear about future slaughters.
I doubt that Walter Cronkite would have described her statement as “heckling.”
I’m just glad she did it, Arapaho, irrespective of what word is used to describe her shouting ‘Shame on you’ to those failed Senators.
Yes Indeed! “SHAME” on all those 46 Senators!
What do I have to do to see it on my iPad? It’s frustrating. Hopefully the TV will show it. But I can always count on Chips.
Just enter this URL http://www.whitehouse.gov/live in whatever browser you are using on your iPad and it should work, Carol.
Thanks, but it usually doesn’t play for me. I’ll try again though.
Some live streaming can’t be viewed on iPads, including WH
I got this one, but watched on TV just in case. Thanks.
Let's be clear, @SenatorReid changed his vote from Y to N for procedural reasons. The problem is permitting a minority to control the Senate— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
Meant to post this here:
What is the site that shows how each Senator voted? Someone provided it after the vote to avoid the filibuster.
Try senate.gov or go to Whitehouse.gov and they have lots of links. Also try C-span. Might have to be patient.
Thanks CarolMae. There was a direct link provided before. But I’ll stop being lazy and go searching. :-)
I can’t remember details, sorry.
Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions To Follow
you can get that info in this article
President Obama AND we the American people will prevail.
We are not giving up, and this is not over. I will do everything I can to continue our efforts to pass stronger background checks.— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) April 17, 2013
@SenatorReid – 1st priority, restore democracy's core tenet – Majority Rule – in the US Senate. You know how to do that, Sir. Yes We Can— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
Yeah, Harry, you could have given us real filibuster reform. especially since by the time the Senate was in place to change the rules, Sandy Hook had already happened.
Seems like I came home just in time to hear the President. Good! Way to go Lib_L! I see you at the top with VitaminLover very close on your heels. Hi to you too VL!
Oh, and hello everyone else! ;)
Live YouTube link:
I’m close to crying about the outcome of the gun vote (on top of all the other recent horrific events). It’s so senseless, so wrong by any measure. I can just imagine how those families feel who lost their young children and family members to gun violence. They were so counting on their unthinkable grief and resultant passion to at least result in some change to the insane gun laws in this country, that those deaths were not in vain. It is unimaginable. I can’t figure out how those senators who voted no can sleep or look at themselves in the mirror—–they have to be dead inside. They are the ugliest of Americans.
Oh, this is really powerful … the President, VP, Gabby Giffords, family of Newtown victims … wow!!
Righteous indignation. And determination. The Merchants of Death have won this round, bit they will eventually be defeated.
Good God, I knew it. Gabby Giffords and the Newton families are there with the President. I hope this make news. President Obama looks ten years older. I’m crying.
But this is not the end. The cowards will pay a political price. It will take some more time, but they will pay.
VP Biden is really upset, rightly so
“Our hearts are broken. Our spirit is not.” (father of Sandy Hook Victim, Ben Wheeler)
Call them OUT Mr. President, Sir, call them OUT!
Let's be clear about this: a majority of the Senate voted for passage. The #NRA didn't "win"; it just had enough in its pockets to obstruct.— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) April 17, 2013
Reading on Twitter that PBO is dripping with anger. Good!
Yep , body language and tone.
Speaking BLUNTLY MR PRESIDENT!
WTH is wrong with your congress?…..THEY NEED TO VOTED OUT BECAUSE WHO ARE THEY REPRESENTING? they’re in the wrong jobs.
He is on FIRE with righteous anger!
It’s unconscionable the lack of compassion that the people in this Congress have.
The President was right to call them out. Hopefully, the passion of the 90% will remain through the next election and those Senators will be reminded that they did not do the will of the people when they are voted out.
Thank you, Sir. Thank you. BBL.
No words….I am in absolute tears!!!
Between the Media and this Congress I don’t know which one I feel more shamed of.
I need to take a break!
I absolutely understand how you feel Donna! Go ahead and take a break Donna if you need it to refuel! For me, I am more ashamed of the media because they’ve made this all about President Obama and could care less about the victims of horrific violence from guns. For the media, this is all a political game about who is up and who is down. Why aren’t the media reporting that a MINORITY of Senators FILIBUSTERED a very weak bill requiring background checks to prevent dangerous people from acquiring guns easily.
So it was Rand Paul that called the families who have persevered through their unimaginable grief to work to change the gun laws “props”. That may be one of the most revolting thing ever said by a politician. I am glad President Obama called him out, made mincemeat of his character.
And it comes from one of the most revolting individuals to ever sit in the Senate and that’s saying something. Aside from a brain, there is something seriously missing in Rand Paul’s makeup. He seems to operate without a functioning heart.
POTUS THREW IT DOWN.
That was powerful.
Mark Barden (Newtown father): "Any dad in America could be in my shoes. No one should feel that pain." #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Mark Barden (Newtown Father): "We will keep moving forward….We will not be defeated…We are not going away." #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Mark Barden (Newtown Parent): "Our hearts are broken. Our spirit is not." #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
POTUS: "A few minutes ago a minority in the United States senate decided it wasn't worth it even as these families looked on in the gallery"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Our President is so angry…
My heart is breaking. Hard to keep the faith, to believe that “yes, we can,” but I have to remind myself of recent history; to think of all of the things that have happened here and abroad in my life time that we thought could never happen. Maybe today’s set back can set the stage for better things to come. Hope springs eternally.
Whatever you do, CEB, never lose HOPE! We have come so far to turn around!
Pres. Obama on background checks amendment: "90% of Democrats voted for that idea. 90% of Republicans voted against that idea."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama: "By this continuing distortion of senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward," #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
POTUS: "Even the NRA used to support expanded background checks. The current leader of the NRA used to support these background checks."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama on the NRA: "the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill." #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
I’m so proud of our president. He’s telling us he assumes the American people are decent and mean it when they say they are serious about acting on gun violence, but at this point I think he wants some proof from us that this is so. I think we should all write to Whitehouse.gov and tell the president that we won’t forget and that we will do everything within our power to ensure that the “no”s no longer disgrace the Senate in 2014. He has put his heart and soul into getting some kind of common sense solution to gun violence and I think we owe him a statement of support. I, for one, will not forget and I will make sure I tell that to the president on the contact page on the White House website.
Pres. Obama on Congress's cowardice: "There were no coherent arguments as to why we couldn't do this. It came down to politics."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama on Congress's cowardice: "They started looking for excuses; any excuses to say no."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Do we really think families who've suffered from gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue?"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama: "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day for Washington."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Super powerful POTUS. Called them LIARS!!! which is what the GOP/TP/MSM/NRA gun and ammo makers are. liars traitors monsters all
PBO spoke plainly from his heart and with his anger.
Today’s hideous vote will not stand.
let’s not lose heart.
'Shame on you' http://t.co/pAIryuDNqw— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) April 17, 2013
Yes, #PBO, profound COWARDICE on the part of a Minority of Senators who now Own > pbs.twimg.com/media/BIFeMuzC… cc @VP @Pfeiffer44 @vj44 @Lawrence— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) April 17, 2013
POTUS: "You need to let your representatives know that you are disappointed and if they don't act, you will remember come election time."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama says he won't give up: "I see this as just round one." #NowIsTheTime— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
Pres. Obama: "I believe we're going to get this right. The memories of these children demand it and so do the American people."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 17, 2013
I can’t believe the only thing disgusting Knoller decides to tweet after that was how the gun vote was a big defeat for Obama. Our news media people are without shame.
I pushed back on his crap. If I have to evoke images of their own kids’ heads being blown away by bullets, I will do so. They deserved to be treated that way.
@markknoller defeat for whom? You all in the MSM see dead kids as a damn game, don't you? Unless it's one of yours. #KARMA— (@aspirational12) April 17, 2013
Hopefruit2, thanks for pushing back hard! As I said in response to Donna dem 4 Obama, I am ashamed of the U.S. media! How can Knoller call this a defeat when a majority of Senators voted for the Bill? These media people are despicable!
Powerful feelings and statement from our President. He called the Congress “shameful” for this vote……THEY ARE! As LL said, we have to remember that a majority of Senators voted FOR it, it’s the rules that are nuts. However, so ashamed of Begich, Heitkamp and other Demos. Of course my two Senators voted against it, but I have become used to being ashamed of them!
So glad that woman said “Shame on you” My husband said the problem is that psychologically, many of them are incapable of shame.
It never stops…..now we are under a tornado watch…..interesting night ahead.
I keep thinking of T.S. Eliot’s first line of The Wasteland: “April is the cruelest month…..” This year it certainly has been.
@SenatorReid Will you consider Filibuster Reform NOW!— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) April 17, 2013
As LL said, we have to remember that a majority of Senators voted FOR it, it’s the rules that are nuts.
Powerful, powerful speech by President Obama. I hope a good part of it makes the news. Unfortunately the investigation on the Boston bombings is sucking all the oxygen in the media. It’s very understandable, but it is still unfortunate that such a big shameful event in the Senate today won’t get all the attention it deserves.
"All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington." -President Obama after the Senate gun control bill was blocked— (@TIMEPolitics) April 17, 2013
Some of the lamestream media are trying to make it like he is doing a political posture. They best believe that President is HOPPING MAD! He sooo cares about the precious people who have been hurt. He cannot believe that these ‘elected officials can be so callous!
“political posture”??????what….don’t they even realize he won’t ever be running for political office again? They are dumber than we think. Because so many of them have no core, no genuine soul, they assume no one else does either.
This is just how much their hatred is clouding their judgement.
So true, Carolyn and vitaminlover. So true.HZ
"Shame on you!" shouts Tuscon survivor Patricia Maisch from balcony when the vote was lost. Outside chamber she said "They have no soul."— michael viqueira (@mikeviqueira) April 17, 2013
We see courage everywhere it seems (our war theaters, by our law enforcement, by victims and their families) but not in Congress.— John Weaver (@JWGOP) April 17, 2013
I know Piers isn’t everyone’s fave, but he’s been on the right side of this issue from the beginning—-and I share his outrage and welcome anyone in the media pushing sane legislation and shaming the opposition.
Imagine crying 'VICTORY!' as those poor Sandy Hook families weep inside the Senate. Just revolting. @SarahPalinUSA #NewtownBetrayed— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 17, 2013
If ever there was one person who has caused misery and hatred to reign down upon the US – it would be the dumb ignorant excuse for a person to whom that tweet was directed. She screams blue murder when someone makes a joke that just may reflect badly upon her children – but other people’s children – just let them be shot – again and again. Her tweets so reflect the horror that she brings – Gabby Giffords is a reminder – every day – every night.
I can’t stop crying for this country. I can’t stop crying for the shame I feel. If those 4 Dem Senators had voted Yes it would have passed….3 of them are up in 2014….they have to go…they just have to go…if they are owned by NRA and Rep. party, they have to go….PBO is angry, he is devastated, and he is ashamed too..but…he won’t stop fighting and neither will I….I want them gone..they sicken me….blood in on their hands with the next gun tragedy.
is not in
Even as they cried, I admired their courage. They will not give up and their courage keeps me going because the fight is not over.
Newtown parents now literally crying on the president's shoulder.— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) April 17, 2013
The gun lobbyists are counting on the short memories of the American people. They are counting on groups like the Newtown Promise to fade. The anger and disappointment experienced today should extend our memories through 2014.
Bastards. Sick, cowardly, greedy bastards.
I am furious. How in hell does this happen. Congress is supposed to do the bidding of the majority of the people. 90% of us want gun laws strengthed.. and yet this vote Fails?
It’s not a “country divided,” dumbass talking heads. It’s a small core of angry old white people holding the rest of us hostage.— David Roberts (@drgrist) April 17, 2013
Rev Al just let John King have it for spreading the inflammatory race-baiting rumor about the “dark-skinned male” suspect.
My tears are flowing, but my heart will be with our president all the way. And what can I say about our dear VP? I felt his pain as POB was speaking.
These evil people who control the steps of these coward Senators will should rot in hell. I mean that.
Yes, POB was powerful and I know he has every right to be. However, these awful senators do not know who they are messing with. We The People. We still have the power, and I plan to help each of you use that power to continue to help POB and VPBiden and and the 90% of Americans to win this one for those precious children, adults who have had their lives snuffed out of them.
This is the shame today. Let us stand with Gabby, and Hidya’s parents, and each one of those family members whose child is gone and other family members because of what happened in Sandy Hook and Chicago, CO., VA., LA., NY., all over our nation.
I do not know about anyone else, but I know we have the will, the core, and the power to vote those cowards who have no decent core. This is troubling what happened today.
But remember why we are here: POB and VP Biden and each family needs us to stand with them. We do not have the funds that the NRA has, but they thought we did have the resources to re-elect POB also; but WE DID.
My heart is so hurt, but my mind is stable. Let us get to work. Re-group and move with focus and goodness in
our hearts and action. HZ
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