139 Responses to “President Obama’s PBS Interview”


  1. 5 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I’m watching POTUS interview with PBS right now.

  2. 8 MightyPamela
    August 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    That shot of PBO in the frame with Gwen and Judy is pretty cute!! I which I could get them out of there and just have the pic of POTUS! As in yumyumyummy! ;)

  3. August 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I’m watch CSPAN right now – I dvr’d the event. Oh MY!!!!!

  4. 11 Nena20409
    August 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Relentless Warrioress is what we have in the Proprietor: Ms Chips. Wow. Thank You.

  5. 12 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    • August 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Our cautious no-drama president is on the job. Thankfully we took care of that Romney issue.

    • 14 Layla
      August 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I really think ‘stuff” is going on on the ground already and there might not be a need for more intervention. Maybe just wishful thinking on my part!

    • 15 pkayden
      August 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      It would be okay with me if another country took the lead on this. I love PBO and don’t want any hiccups with these kinds of foreign policy issues. I trust him — just nervous about any involvement in Syria’s internal war.

      • 16 lisalovesobama
        August 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        Completely understand. I do not want us involved in another war. Other countries I.e: Syria’s neighbors and GB need to be lead on this. We’ll provide support equipment, but no American soldiers.the last 10 years of our lives has been shaped by war. Too much blood, too much treasure. No thank you.

  6. August 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    • 18 Nena20409
      August 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      The Only Grandchild of MLK. 5 yrs old. So Cute.

    • 19 GGail
      August 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      She’s cute. And she’s named after the King daughter that died.

    • 20 anniebella
      August 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Yolanda was the oldest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

    • 21 99ts
      August 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      It is such a recognition of reality when PBO stoops to the level of children. He understands that all people must talk to each other on the same level – young and old. I have never seen another politician do this and for a child – it is the most wonderful thing to look at adults on the same level as themselves.

      What a truly amazing man he is – every which way what way

      • 22 nathkatun7
        August 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        Very Well said 99ts! On top of that, the President is so physically fit. When I was 52, with the extra ponds on me, there was no way I would have been able to bend that low to talk to a child even if I wanted to. By the way, every time I see pics of President Obama warmly interacting with children I ask my self how in the world can people in the MSM keep a straight face when they repeatedly accuse the President of being cold, aloof, and arrogant?

        • August 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

          They can accuse him because they NEED to believe their own lies, nathkatun. You and I know this.

          • 24 nathkatun7
            August 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

            You are absolutely right, edp4bho! What’s even more tragic are the misinformed people who regurgitate the lies they here from the mainstream media.

            • 25 HZ
              August 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

              Nathkatun7, that is the most painful part for me as well. Knowing that the MSM really know deep within their hearts that POB is a real, decent, loving and respectful husband, great and loving father, and a very calm and good decent man as our President, but because of the mighty dollar,these people are willing to sell their souls to a hellish lie and tear down a good and decent man because their hearts are so messed up with ugly and void of truth. It pains my heart the most. I just cry so hard because it hurts to see a good and decent man be treated with so much contempt that is totally centered around his skin color. It is so insane, yet it is so painful.HZ

        • 26 99ts
          August 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          Oh Nath – I can’t get down there at all – cause I would never make it up. I lift my grandbabe & sit her on the table because I know how important it is to talk at the same level. Just another reason that I adore your President (some jealous in there as well I fear – he makes it look so easy)

        • 27 arkluvspbo
          August 29, 2013 at 4:31 am

          They accuse HIM of being cold, aloof and arrogant because THEY are cold, aloof and arrogant. They are angry and bitter because this president does so much good, and he is so popular that they know they really have no reason to complain, so they have to find anything to complain about.

    • 28 arkluvspbo
      August 29, 2013 at 4:29 am

      She is just precious in her pretty blue dress, white lace socks and mary jane shoes. May she grow up in a world where her grandfather’s dream is truly realized.

  7. August 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    AWEsomeeeee…Awesomeeeee…..coverage today….Beautiful Coverage….what a wonderful day..

  8. 33 Nena20409
    August 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    First Time in a Public Event that Dexter King made an appearance. That was great to see him. The lady sitting next to him must be Dexter King’s new bride?

  9. 39 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm
  10. 41 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    President Obama is bigger than the US presidency. I have always thought this but it was reinforced by what I saw and heard today.

  11. 45 amk for obama
    August 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I don’t trust samantha power on this issue. Way too emotional for an UN amby.

    • 46 Layla
      August 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Any examples AMK

    • 50 pkayden
      August 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      I’m glad to hear that he hasn’t made a decision as yet. I’m praying for him because it’s almost a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation.

      • 51 amk for obama
        August 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        I trust no-drama Obama. As you say, it’s an effed up situation but I don’t think a western meddling is going change things for better.

        • August 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          my question is whether intervention by the US,our allies and the Arab League truly have an impact…The mission according to Carney is not regime change but to get Azzad to cease using CWs…..

          It was not unexpected that China and Russia would not sign on the UN resolution to condemn Assad’s use of CWs….IMO they did not sign on because they agree with the use of CW but they a want to thwart the US…so I worry about what will come of this action…and then on the other hand…what will happen if there is not intervention…

      • 53 99ts
        August 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        He will be attacked by the right (and left) regardless of which decision he makes. He was elected to end wars – not start them – and his moral compass has always been in the right place regardless of the attacks.

        GWB , Colin Powell and to an extend Tony Blair removed the trust in any speeches made about weapons to the UN – which sadly makes the organization unable to be any type of a decision making body.

    • 54 lisalovesobama
      August 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      This is such a heavy issue. My thoughts and prayers are with him. Personally I hope he only commits equipment and back up support that doesn’t include boots on the ground. The military and the public are suffering from war fatigue. Too much of our recent history has been overshadowed by wars we’ve been trying to extricate ourselves from. We are not the world’s police. We should do what we can, but not at the expense of our blood and treasure, we’ve already lost too much. I’ll never forget after we invaded Iraq, how every Sunday on ABC, George Snuffalupagus would do in memoriam and these long streaming lists of photos with those soldiers names and ages would scroll down the screen. Blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics. 18, 19, 20, 21 years of age. Horrible.kids just a few years older than me dying in a desert half way around the world. They never even had a chance to live. No thanks.

      • 55 pkayden
        August 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        AMEN!

        Plus, how many war efforts can the US afford? Let’s spend that money right here at home to improve the lives of our citizens.

      • 57 nathkatun7
        August 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

        I am, for the most part, with you Lisa! But then again I am absolutely convinced that President Obama will think through carefully whatever decision he finally makes. There are really not that many good options in this Syrian mess. I don’t want another war, but I also don’t want to see another dictator inflict genocide on innocent people. If that happens, the world will never forgive nations that stood by and did nothing. Bottom line is: there are no easy answers.

  12. 58 hopefruit2
    August 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  13. 59 Gazelle
    August 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Sorry to repost from end of last thread, but wanted to make sure my appreciation to Chips got thru.

    Chips, thank you so so much for the fabulous threads today. I was just watching a repeat on C-SPAN until they went to those callers. But I did get to see Forrest Whitaker. Lawd, hope I’m not spelling his name wrong because I want a full-on mind-affair with him. Please note the “mind” part in that equation. LOL! :) Yep, that’s my weakness — the mind!

    Although I just can’t stomach Chris Hayes, I will watch his show tonight at 8pm ET. Only because they’re going to air Dr. King’s speech in its entirety. How the heck did that happen? Hayes? Uggh! Switched off Bashir show when he started talking about Dr. King “smirking” when a line in his speech resonated w/ the crowd. Dr. King “smirking” — really, Hayes, get off my lawn.

    • 60 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Gazelle, you can see Dr. King’s speech in its entirety on PBS.org. You can see Dr. King’s speech on Youtube. You do NOT have to watch Chris Hayes Show (who embodies NOTHING of what Dr. King stood for).

      Hayes does not deserve to be given ratings for showing Dr. King’s speech. As a Rand Paul Libertarian, he is exploiting Dr. King for his own selfish purposes. He is pandering because he is desperate for views right now, and he knows that this is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech. When he sees fit, he has no regard for minorities or poor people. Furthermore, anyone who dismissively refers to Dr. King as “smirking” is not worthy of showing his speech.

      • 61 Gazelle
        August 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        Bless you, HP! Thank you! Will Dr. King’s speech in its entirety be on PBS TV or just PBS online?

        • 62 Gazelle
          August 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          Uggh. it was supposed to be: Bless you, HF! Jeebus! Please forgive my keyboard!

        • 63 hopefruit2
          August 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

          Its on both PBS TV and Online. The speech is shown in an hr-long program “The March” You get a much better context of the speech, and you don’t have to deal with Hayes’ superficial treatment of an historically profound event. Check your local PBS listings. On my local PBS, they are playing it tomorrow at 1:30-2:30AM, and 1-2PM. They also played it last night at 9PM.

          Here is a link to the PBS program online

          http://video.pbs.org/video/2365069476/

          • 64 Gazelle
            August 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

            Awesomeness! Grand Thanks! I just cannot add to Hayes’ ratings. I better shut up now before I string all kinds of words together in his “honor.” :)

    • 65 pkayden
      August 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Hayes said that Dr. King was smirking?

  14. 68 dotster3
    August 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Read earlier that this would likely delay any action until at least Tues.

  15. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    TOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I first must apologize for not checking in today but my phone sucked big time today. I had problems with it on Saturday as well but I was able to walk to the edge of the Mall to get a better signal. Today because we had to go through a security check I was not able to move around. The weather didn’t help either.

    My day started very early where young and old and all races joined together by the thousands and marched from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial. People biked and jogged and wheel-chaired with hope and determination. It was a thing of beauty.

    Once at the Lincoln Memorial it rained off and on all day long and I did not hear one single person old or young complain about it. We just huddled together and those who didn’t have umbrellas shared theirs with those that did. There was a real sense of pride and unity out there among that crowd today. Ambassador Young singing to open and close his speech with those old spirituals set the tone for the day. I know that you all saw all the speeches so I won’t recount those but singers today were OMG great …Shirley Cesar, LeeAnn Rimes, Identify4PopTrio , Wintley Phipps and so many more were truly an inspiration.

    President Clinton is still very popular among Dems and his speech was good but our PBO is beloved. That crowd went absolutely crazy when he and the First Lady graced the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His speech left people spellbound and you could hear a pin drop when he was talking. He had us rapt at the word go.

    Dudette tried to call me but I wasn’t able to get with her because my phone was completely out of juice by the time she got to the Mall so we were not able to connect.

    These last few days have been memorable and I am just grateful that I was able to partake in these historical moments.

    • 71 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing with us donna! I know a few people who were there in person and they basically said the same as you. Everyone wanted to know when PBO was going to speak – clearly that was a motivating factor for some people, but the general atmosphere from start to finish was of unity, empowerment and it was an extremely inspiring event. All the speeches/performances were well received and I guess the rain did not stop anyone :)

    • 72 pkayden
      August 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Lovely!!

      I hope you keep a diary. This is a day you have to memorialize since you were actually there in person.

    • 73 Nena20409
      August 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Thank You for being an eyewitness at MOW for TODville Village.

    • August 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I’m so thrilled for you, Donna. What an amazing day it’s been. I LOVED the speech. Very powerful, emotional. I can’t imagine the excitement and the gravity of being there. Thanks for checkin in.

    • August 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      What a delightful report, Donna. Totally thrilled for you and your family and friends. President Obama brought civil rights back to the center of the conversation about how we perfect the Union. Just an amazing, empathetic speech.

      #FORWARD Together

    • 76 99ts
      August 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Donna – thank you so much – the atmosphere of the day & love & support for PBO clings to every word you write. This says it all

      “President Clinton is still very popular … but our PBO is loved. ”

      He is loved, admired and respected everywhere and anywhere.

    • August 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much…Donna……

      I can feel your breathless excitement and your inner solace….I was unable to physically attend Saturday or today…but because of Ms Chips and the folks in TOD…I have felt the passion…the exuberance and the awe…as If I had been there in person….It has been an extraordinary last few days….

    • 78 theo67
      August 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I feel like I was there. I caught snippets on and off during the day at work, but seeing all the pings of the new TOD posts made me feel like there was going to be a good evening of catching up on all the wonderful news of the day. Thanks for your recap – I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • 79 dotster3
      August 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Adding my thanks for your great first-hand account. I loved all of it also, especially President Obama’s moving speech. I heard others also say how quiet it was there while the president was speaking. All were paying attention intently because they knew they were going to hear something important and historic from one of the great speakers of all time.

    • 80 Gazelle
      August 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Oh Donna! Thanks for this! It looked/sounded like such an awesome event. I so enjoyed (when I got home & switched on on c-span repeat) watching the young lady dressed in a lovely white dress (I think her name was Heather Headley?) who took me to big time Church moment.

  16. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    August 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Very emotional day. I’m getting ready to watch our President’s PBS interview, which I’m recording, but first stopped to listen to this old one as I munch a bit of dinner!

  17. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm
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  19. 91 donna dem 4 obama
    August 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Local reports say that more than 100K came out today. Not bad for a rain soaked day!

    • 92 hopefruit2
      August 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      This was great for a rainy day, and a weekday in August (folks are away on vacay, or at work).

      • 93 donna dem 4 obama
        August 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        Thanks for your help today. I hope Dudette made it into the Lincoln Memorial area because I don’t think that she made it to the Mall until around 12 noon. There was a very, very long line to get through the security station at that point. I’m sure she’ll have a “great” story to tell us about her adventure. ;)

        • 94 hopefruit2
          August 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

          Yup – I hope she got in too. Sorry you were unable to meet today, but hopefully there will be other opportunities.

  20. August 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    #TrustBarack

    • 96 Layla
      August 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Bob! Did you see AMK’s comment above re the Ambassador..what do you think

      • August 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Amk has the right to his opinion, Layla.

        • 98 Layla
          August 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

          Gee Bob I am not saying he does not, I was just wondering if the communications should be done via twitter..Sorry I asked

          • August 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

            Fine for you to ask, Layla. My response was to indicate that I respect amk’s opinion. From my perspective, @AmbassadorPower is not going to tweet or say anything that is not consistent with President Obama’s view of the situation and that the WH supports her using Twitter to deliver very specific messages.

            • 100 Layla
              August 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm

              I also respect AMK’ s opinions very much!!!! I was just curious over the use of twitter, what the protocol was…I feel I am being reprimanded

            • August 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

              Have to say Bob, I don’t think she should be tweeting this stuff, Twitter just isn’t the place for Admin comments on such a grave situation, I really wish she would stop.

              • August 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

                Hi Chips, my response has nothing to do with what I think is appropriate, just a statement that it is highly unlikely that her tweets would have been posted with prior consultation with, if not PBO himself, Ambassador Rice (who has also tweeted on the situation) and SoS Kerry.

                And, Layla, I was not reprimanding you, I was trying to make it clear that you asked a question about amk’s opinion and all I did was say that I respect his opinion. If you had asked me what I think of the ‘protocol of the use of twitter’ my response would have been just what it was, that it is highly unlikely that Ambassador Power or Ambassador Rice’s tweets on the grave situation in Syria were not part of a communication plan that was discussed and approved. That’s my opinion, only.

                Thank you.

                • August 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

                  Hi Bob, I don’t doubt for a minute that the opinions she’s expressing in her tweets tally with the Admin’s views – if they didn’t I’d guess she’d be looking for a new job next week. I just think using Twitter for this is completely inappropriate, and I’d love to know (and never will, of course!) if she got prior approval for using it in this way.

                  • August 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

                    Dear Chips, if she & Ambassador Rice did not have prior approval for their tweets on the situation I think it’s likely they would have been deleted.

                    Importantly, Ambassador Rice took to twitter at almost precisely the same time as Ambassador Power, 21 Aug 2013, as the first reports of the chemical weapons attacks emerged.

                    That is way beyond coincidence, i.e., it is a reasonable hypothesis that the National Security team decided to use twitter to signal both it’s knowledge of the situation, how horrible it is, and to call out failure of the #UNSC (for 2 years) to exert appropriate pressure on Assad to stop slaughtering his fellow citizens.

                    These are merely my observations. I have no way of knowing if this strategy is appropriate because I don’t know what the President’s goals are. If they are to punish Assad and draw global attention to the fact that Russian & China are willing to support State-sponsored chemical weapons attacks on citizens then it’s a truly terse and efficient way to do so. Time will tell.

                    Thank you for the dialogue.

                    • August 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

                      Hi Bob, I don’t dispute at all that these views are those of the Admin’s, or – presumably – that the tweeting was approved, it’s just my very, very, very (!) humble view that Twitter isn’t the right place for any one in the Admin to be talking about Syria right now, other than using it to link to statements, etc.

                    • August 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

                      Understood, Chips. Thank you.

  21. 107 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    How long was the interview with PBS? Seem lie it wasn’t that long.

  22. 108 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    When will POTUS be going to the G-20 summit? It is some time in early September?

    • 113 99ts
      August 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you for the fab posts today – I am spending my morning reading/watching the events – when I should be doing chores – but they’ll still be there tomorrow

  23. August 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Lordy, added without comment, cause I’m sure ya’ll will have better ones than I would. My comment would be too vulgar for such a lady like blog like TOD…LOL

    Rumsfeld Says Obama Hasn’t Justified Syria Attack

    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, “who ushered the U.S. into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003, said the Obama administration has not clearly justified an attack on Syria,” The Hill reports.

    Said Rumsfeld: “One thing that is very interesting, it seems to me, is that there really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation.”

  24. 133 Jovie
    August 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm
  25. 134 Bill R.
    August 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Coming on late here, but just wanted to say what a brilliant speech it was by our President. Thank you, Chips and everyone, for this marvelous coverage.

  26. 136 desertflower
    August 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    O/T…but I could get behind this! Name the devastating hurricanes after the climate change deniers!

  27. 137 anniebella
    August 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Change the subject for a minute, Venus Williams is in a tough match, she trails 6-5 in third set.


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