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Heads Up: Pres. Obama Honors The 1972 Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins’ crowning moment came when the team carried off Don Shula after its Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins. (AP)

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118 Responses to “Heads Up: Pres. Obama Honors The 1972 Miami Dolphins”


  1. 1 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    First?

  2. 6 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Okay, I’m stupid when it comes to sports: why are the 1972 Dolphins important?

    • 7 Linda
      August 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      The were undefeated . They went 17-0 that year.

    • August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      They never lost a game during the season or post season. Only team to ever do it. Patriots came close a few years ago, but I think they lost to Giants in Superbowl. They played twelve games regular season, now they play sixteen. Would be hard for anyone to do it again.

      • 9 donna dem 4 obama
        August 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

        Actually it was 14-0 in the regular season and then they won three playoff games beating my Skins in the Superbowl. :(

  3. 11 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    And back to important concerns: Sunny isn’t a ‘puppy’, is she? She’s HUGE.

    • 12 57andfemale
      August 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Found the info. She’s over a year old.

    • August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      She was born in June 2012. :grin:

    • August 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      When they did a closeup of her face I thought she looked like a little bear cub. I remember FLOTUS saying they would hear Bo making noise in the hall and he was playing with something by himself. He must have a lot of energy. I doubt if the two of them will be quieter tho.

      • 17 57andfemale
        August 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Two dogs are not quieter – it’s louder. I cannot believe the noise my bichon/maltese mix and my yorkie can make when they play. But it’s a joy to watch, particularly since my yorkie had been a puppy mill breeder who we adopted when they threw her out at 7 years old. But you should see that little old broad play with her ‘brother’ who is half her age.

    • August 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      White House dogs would have to be so well trained and socialized, especially since the Obamas use them almost as therapy dogs. I bet they were trained and socialized for part of that year.

      • 20 57andfemale
        August 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        Exactly. they seem really comfortable together and that doesn’t happen overnight.

        • August 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          I have a friend who works with Paw for a Cause, an organization that provides service dogs to people who need them. She takes a puppy every year, gives it basic training, brings it to work and as he does her errands, plays with them, gets them used to being calm and focused around strangers. She brought one dog to my classroom to explain the program because we were having a fund-raiser. Tivo (the dog) answered all her commands, and then lay down and slept on his back, legs stretched out and flopping while she talked to the 25 kids that were within touching distance of him. Talk about calm! After the year he was accepted for further, specific training and has been placed in a facility where he will work with therapists. Seeing the way Bo acts with a strem of White House visitors I think he must have had similar training.

          • 22 57andfemale
            August 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

            That is so fantastic!

            So, getting these dogs to obey commands is part of the deal? My dogs would be EPIC fails!

            • August 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

              I know! May friend, Kathy, is a wizard, and if I ever get another dog, I think I will ask her to raise it for a year and train it for me ;) One dog I had, a corgi (love them!), was very smart but used his intelligence for evil purposes. If he was outside and told to go in he would fake going it and then run off. He was amazingly adept at taking food right out of my children’s hands as they were eating it without spilling a spot or laying a tooth on them.

              • 24 57andfemale
                August 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

                The horrors of smart dogs who use their genius for evil. Well, done, little corgi!

                I have NO IDEA what you’re talking about (ahem). I’m just happy this current crew enjoys playing together. I’ve had dogs who wouldn’t be caught dead looking like, well, a dog.

      • August 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        She wasn’t complaining, just joking about it. I’m sure they are well trained.

        • August 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          No, I realize she wasn’t complaining. I had the same thought myself – big puppy! I was just sharing my thoughts on why she was already a year old. :)

        • 28 carolyn
          August 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

          I remember when they got Bo, he didn’t go to live with them until he had been well trained, so I’m sure Sunny has gone through the same regimen. The trainer at that time said that the hardest part is training the owners how to take over and continue the skills. Those two look like well behaved, well trained, happy dogs.
          I also read that POTUS and FLOTUS made a donation to the D.C. Animal rescue and shelter in Sunny’s honor. Because of Malia’s allergies, they couldn’t take a chance on getting a dog with fur. It is the dander in dog fur which causes allergic reactions in some people. Portuguese waterdogs, poodles, and one or two other breeds have hair, therefore do not have the dander, therefore are good for people with allergies. Also, they do not shed, like dogs with fur. This is what makes their grooming quite an expense. If the PWDs are like poodles, their hair grows fast!

  4. 29 GGail
    August 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks UT! The Dolphins were a team to revere back in the day. I’m happy to see them get this recognition.

  5. August 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The Obamacare Opposition Has Finally Caught Its Own Tail
    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/114387/obamacare-oppositions-conspiracy-theories-clash-each-other

    It’s time to pop the champagne and blow the kazoos: the war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum. Two of the opposition’s favored fevered conspiracy theories about the law have clashed, like two asteroids headed for the planet that smash into each other before they can do any damage below….

    ….Do you see where this is headed? The law forces Congress and its staffers into the exchanges…the law, in theory, allows for plans with abortion coverage to be sold on the exchanges…and, voila, the crash in the skies above….

  6. August 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Brought over from end of previous post cause it’s such good news

    New Abortion Restrictions in States Are 0 for 8 in Courts
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-20/new-abortion-restrictions-in-states-are-0-for-8-in-courts.html

    State legislatures trying to curtail abortions have suffered a 0-for-8 losing streak after court challenges to their new laws this year.

    The laws, all but one signed by Republican governors, drew on ideas from a playbook created by an anti-abortion group. Democrats plan to use the attempted curbs to boost 2014 congressional fundraising and increase voter support, calling the laws part of a “War on Women…..

  7. 40 yardarm756
    August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    From the end of the last thread. No injuries.

  8. August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Another school shooting…Fortunately, no one injured and suspect in custody

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    “No injuries in DeKalb Co. elementary school shooting”

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-police-chief-responds-incident-elementary-s/nZTRH/

    The DeKalb County schoolboard chairman said a there was an active shooter at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

    Chairman Melvin Johnson said there have been reports of shots fired. There are no injuries.

  9. 45 yardarm756
    August 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  10. 51 Allison
    August 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Check out the President’s tan. He’s so fiiiiine!

  11. August 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve been looking at so many articles I don’t know what I’ve seen or where!! LOL! Maybe I saw this here, but anyway here it is:

    Push for a Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Falls on Hard Times
    http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2013/08/push-government-shutdown-over-obamacare-falls-hard-times/68975/?oref=top-story

    The GOP drive to defund Obamacare is leaking oil.

    From the leaders of the GOP establishment to usual tea-party allies, a growing number of Republicans are splitting with movement conservatives who are pushing to shut down the federal government if funding is not cut off for President Obama’s health care law at the end of September….

    • August 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      “Conservative groups accuse the GOP establishment of adopting a defeatist attitude. “You can’t win if you don’t fight, and the Republican Party—and the leadership in the party—has done nothing but cave, cave, and cave,” said Matt Hoskins, executive director of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a tea-party-aligned group that supports the defunding push.”

      So conservatives think that the Republicans are caving (aha!) and the far left thinks the President is caving – both sides are demented.

      • August 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

        The President has never caved, but he has applied grassroots organizing techniques which activists don’t understand. It’s a different perspective. Smartypants has had some great posts about it. I’ve changed computers and don’t have the links.

        One thing I like about Twitter so much is that I can block unwanted people. The far left and the far right are so noisy they suck up a lot of attention so I’m making a conscious decision to find good positive news about the President, economy, life and send it out into the world. I end up feeling so much better after I do and this is the very most positive space here. it’s a pleasure to stand with you for President Obama and the world we want to create with him.

        • August 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

          I love smarty pants and I’ve rad those posts too. The far left people just refuse to learn, because they think they already know better!

  12. 61 GGail
    August 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I hope POTUS keeps it short today….these are OLD men. That standing is gonna get to a few of ‘em :-)

  13. 63 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Please God – don’t tell me that some teacher was packing in order to bring this guy down:

  14. 64 GGail
    August 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    My goodnes, the man can’t exit a room because everyone wants to shake his hand – I ain’t mad at them one bit!

  15. August 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I wonder if budget cuts have anything to do about this. Veterans certainly aren’t a priority of the GOP although they have been by the President.

    Figures show continued decline in disability backlog, but criticism persists
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/08/20/figures-show-continued-decline-in-disability-backlog-but-criticism-persists/

    ….In advance of the petition, submitted by the conservative group Concerned Veterans for America, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a fact sheet Monday reporting that the claims backlog of 490,000 claims pending more than 125 days is down by almost 20 percent from its highest point more than four months ago,….

    ….Obama told a veterans group this month that the administration was “turning the tide” in the effort to reduce the backlog. ””Today, I can report that we are not where we need to be, but we’re making progress,” Obama said in an address to the Disabled American Veterans’ convention in Orlando Aug. 10. “In the last five months alone, it’s down nearly 20 percent.”….

    …Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said the figures show “significant” progress in reducing the long wait many veterans face to have their claims heard….

    The VA said the measures it has taken to reduce the backlog, including reorganizations, new training and new technology, amount to “the largest transformation in its history to eliminate the backlog of disability compensation claims, and transform the way benefits and services are delivered to veterans, their families, and survivors.

  16. 66 yardarm756
    August 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I’d say the ship of rwnj b.s. is beginning to leak.

  17. August 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Democrats turn up heat on Republican climate-change skeptics
    http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/15/5654425/democrats-turn-up-heat-on-republican.html?storylink=lingospot

    ….Four years ago, it was health care. This year many thought it would be immigration. But in California, global warming has become an unexpectedly hot topic….

    ….Many prominent Republicans agree that climate change is happening, including former Environmental Protection Agency heads from the Nixon, Reagan and both Bush administrations, as well as former Secretary of State George Shultz.

    But a deep vein of skepticism runs among current Republican officeholders, which Democrats have exploited.

    This week, President Barack Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, fanned the flames, sending golden unicorn trophies to 135 Republican lawmakers, including Rohrabacher, for “exceptional extremism and ignoring the overwhelming judgment of science.”

    “This award is designed to draw attention to the anti-reality and anti-science position that Rohrabacher and others in Congress have taken,” the group said in its release….

  18. 69 Jovie
    August 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  19. 70 Nena20409
    August 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Josh Earnest at the 8-20-13 WH Press Briefings
    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/314653-1

  20. 71 hopefruit2
    August 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Another heads up: Any Twitter account that has the name “anonymous”, or anonPress office or any such variation is a Libertarian front group that DESPISES our President and anything remotely associated with him. They are VERY much pro-Greenwald and anything associated with him, including NSA outrage, firebaggery, drones outrage, etc. These groups were associated with the Occupy Wall Street (which was nothing but another Libertarian “movement” designed to thwart Barack Obama’s ability to fundraise for the 2012 campaign. Apart from their vitriol they are also extremely bigoted. Just to give you a few examples:

    It’s important to know who is behind these accounts and what exactly their agenda is.

    • August 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for the heads up.

    • 73 anniebella
      August 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous is a big load of bullshit.

      • 74 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        It’s an organized group with monied interests seeing to create anarchy and destroy the US government, particularly as it’s headed by President Obama – I think Koch Brothers is one of their funders. They have managed to fool quite a few people – including some Obama supporters, but from day one my alarm bells were screaming.

        If you look at their Twitter much of their venom seems to be direct at Barack Obama and few else (besides his supporters). The GOP is rarely, if ever mentioned in any of their TL’s.

  21. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    August 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Excitement is building for the Restore the Dream March this weekend. I’ve got family and friends texting and emailing me to ask if I’m going. They already know the answer….. :cool:

    I’ll try to be your ears and eyes on the ground giving you all hourly reports of what’s happening and sending pics via twitter.

    I know Dudette, LDS, Prettyfoot and Alycee plan to make it this weekend. Are there any other TOD’ers that plan on being here this weekend?

    Next week we get to hear PBO speak at the actual anniversary event on the 28th. Anytime PBO speaks the world listens. This should be a wonderful event as well.

    • August 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Is it happening all day Saturday? We’re going on a long week-end trip for a family wedding. I’ll just have to catch up Tues. :-(
      I’ll record c-span all day.

    • August 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      DD, I’m soooooo excited for you. This will be an amazing event. I look forward to your reports and photos and thank you for your involvement!!

      • 82 donna dem 4 obama
        August 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        Meta there are events going on all week leading up to the President’s speech next week. I wanted so badly to go to this free event this Thursday at the Newseum about “Covering Civil Rights: On the Front Lines” hosted by my favorite radio talk show host Joe Madison with special appearance by MLK’s children. It would have been such an honor to meet them. But of course the free tickets were gone within 5 minutes of them posting the event. :(

        There is a gospel brunch on Sunday and a Civil Rights Conference at Howard University next Tuesday. If only I had won that powerball lottery I would have been able to quit my job and attend all of the events. Sigh!!! ;)

        • 83 jacquelineoboomer
          August 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

          Love the Newseum!

        • August 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

          OMG, there is so much to look forward to. If only……. I hope some of these things are livestreamed so we can all partake at a distance. I get goosebumps just thinking about POTUS speaking next week!!

    • 85 a4alice
      August 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      this is gonna be big Donna – can’t wait to hear what’s going on! :-)

    • 86 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
      August 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I plan to be there this weekend. I will be in town on Friday and stay through Sunday. Do you and the other TOD’ers plan to meet up? I would love to be a part of that if you all get together. Please message me on FB.

    • 87 Wanda N VA 4 Obama
      August 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      I plan to be there this weekend. I will be in town on Friday and stay through Sunday. Do you and the other TOD’ers plan to meet up? I would love to be a part of that if you all get together. Please message me on FB.

    • 88 sjterrid
      August 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Donna. I’m trying to see if it’s not too late to get two tickets on one of the NAN buses that are going to DC from Mount Laurel, NJ. on the 24th. If I can get tickets, I’ll let you know.

  22. 89 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This is a joke, right? Right?!?!?!

    • 90 COS
      August 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Why is PPP polls wasting time on crap like this? It must be a joke.

      • 91 57andfemale
        August 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        PPP will often poll stupid questions like this just to get a handle on, well, how stupid people are.

        Schools have been effectively ‘shut down’. No one learns citizenship anymore, basic American history. No history of labor or the union movement. ‘creationism’ as science.

        My friend’s daughter got a scholarship to a decent college. Are you ready for the classes of her first trimester?

        Japanese (one of her majors)
        A course in how to be a freshman that lasts the entire trimester
        ‘Social relationships’.

        That’s it. That’s what constitutes a freshman course load at a decent college.

        $45,000/year.

        • 92 0388jojothecat
          August 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          The L.A Times had a story about an AA young man who received good grads at an under-achieving school in Los Angeles. He was accepted to UC Berkley on a scholarship and his first year he struggled with his writing and math classes. Many of the students coming out of public high schools even with scholarships are struggling to stay in college because they are unprepared and are not very mature. I can see sometime in the near future students are going to have to go to community colleges before they are allowed to go to Universities. Maybe there will be more Continuation classes to learn a skill instead of going to college right out of high school.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        I asked the same question on Twitter. This is not a poll designed to highlight the ignorance of LA Republicans – we already know they are ignorant, Bobby Jindal is their Governor after all.

        These polls are designed to spread misinformation. If you notice, they put the info out without EVER providing the proper context, or correcting the misinformation. They simply ask questions predicated on faulty assumptions (that Obama presided over hurricane Katrina), and then reporting the findings.

        This is similar to the nonstop “birther” polls. Mark my word: You won’t see ANY polls put out by the MSM or polling outfits about Ted Cruz’ citizenship or place of birth…

        • 94 ericfive
          August 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

          You also never saw any about John McCain, who was born in Panama, I think. I agree with your take on the PBO/Katrina poll question.

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      August 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      This is stupid so deep, you can’t fix it, 57. Have all the schools in Louisiana been closed for the last ten years? Did newspapers shut down decades ago? It’s just not fixable at this point–a lost, lost cause.

    • 96 desertflower
      August 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Goes to show you how completely stupid LA Republicans are! If this is for real…..I’m NOT surprised. Worse than sad.

    • 97 daisydem
      August 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Did this guy make this up? Since I love parts of LA, and NO and my cajun/zydeco dancing, I hesitate to call Louisianians stupid, but really. Do they even know who President Obama is? And that during/after Katrina, he was a senator from Illinois. What pray tell, did he have to do with the handling of Katrina?

      • 98 daisydem
        August 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Come to think of it, do they even know what Katrina was?

      • 99 57andfemale
        August 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Well, PBO did exact a deal that BP actually pay for some of the damage after he became President. So if your life revolves around your guns and reality TV, you might be a tad confused as to pesky dates and stuff.

        But by all means, let’s give these American people access to all of our intelligence data. Everything. Because the “American People” and Freedom! And ….. other stuff!

        • 100 Nena20409
          August 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          Pres Obama was in the senate during Katrina. He voted to fund for the rebuilding of that state, LA. He worked his tails off to get BP in 2010 to pay up $20B for the BP Gulf Oil Spill. These people know darn well the truth……but once again, their emotional hatefilled hearts are at play here.

  23. 101 Linda
    August 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The late journalist Michael Hastings had traces of drugs in his system when he died, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

    Hastings was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles in June. He was 33.

    The coroners who examined him found “traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana,” the Times wrote. “Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.”

    The ultimate verdict: Hastings’ death was an accident.

    The coroner said Hastings’ family had been attempting to get him to go to detox at the time of his death, and that he had relapsed into drugs a month before he died, after 14 years of sobriety.

    Hastings’ death prompted an outpouring of conspiracy theories. Elise Jordan, Hastings’ widow, rejected those theories in an interview with Piers Morgan in early August. She said she thought her late husband’s death was a “tragic accident.”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-michael-hastings-meth-coroner-20130820,0,5038230.story

    • 102 Nena20409
      August 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Meth? Wow. He was on Up with Steve Kornacki the Sunday or Saturday before the fiery accident.

      • 103 hopefruit2
        August 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

        He was a pro-Snowden,pro-GG, emoprog. I had taken a look at his Twitter account home page and saw something indicative of someone with some “issues” that were not being properly addressed. This guy had some internal demons….I really hope he finally found peace in death.

        • 104 0388jojothecat
          August 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

          Yep, even Randi Rhodes was jumping on the bandwagon that his car was tampered with by the Gov’t and may have caused his death. She normally does not fall for these lunatic conspiracies but lately she’s been kind of wacky. Maybe she just needs a vacation and will come back recharged in September.

  24. August 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    The Kennedy’s loved dogs. . .

  25. August 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    4ChicsPolitico has a lot of background info on the March on Washington History. Started Monday.

  26. 107 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm
  27. 109 Layla
    August 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hello all! I am rising and shining!!! What goodies happened today…A very happy birthday to Lala!

  28. 111 Nena20409
    August 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    ME has always had a different kind of GOP than most states……The teabaggers invaded in 2010……now the so called Libertarian leaning GOPers are bailing in droves

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/seven-maine-gop-officials-leave-party-in-name

    “(We) can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets,” reads the letter, according to the Press Herald. “We instead choose the path that focuses on ways to help our fellow Mainers outside of party politics.”

  29. 112 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  30. 113 Claire
    August 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Assange, gg, and snowden favorite:

    Ron Paul to headline September ‘anti-Semitic conference’
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/20/ron-paul-to-headline-september-anti-semitic-conference/

    Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is being billed as the keynote speaker at a September conference sponsored by the Fatima Center, which one civil rights organization calls “the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.”

    The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog noted on Tuesday that Paul had reportedly accepted the speaking engagement at the Fatima Center’s September “Fatima: The Path to Peace” conference in Canada.

    Other speakers at the conference will include John Birch Society President John F. McManus, which has been accused of contributing to anti-Semitism for decades.

  31. 114 57andfemale
    August 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm
  32. 117 JER
    August 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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