30
Aug
13

The World On His Shoulders

President Obama pauses after speaking to members of the media about Syria during his meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House

@petesouza: President Obama holds Situation Room mtg today w his natl security team to discuss Syria

Chat away.


165 Responses to “The World On His Shoulders”


  1. 2 Layla
    August 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Hi! God bless PBO!!!!

  2. August 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Of course, if this were Pres. Romney, the 1st Air Cav would be on its way to Damascus by now.

    • 6 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks LL for the great piece you wrote on the complexity of Syria. It needs to be shared widely. Thanks also for re-sharing a clip from Steve Harvey’s show exposing West and Smiley.

    • August 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Speaking of #NoTermMitt, reposting this from previous page.

      I think it was Grover Norquist who said the purpose for electing #NoTermMitt was to have a willing puppet in the White House.

      As if the corporate interests need more than they’ve got now.

      And the media was in a frenzy with this possibility.

      Can we get some qualified political reporters on the beat now? Not the gossip columnists that we have now.

      • 16 nathkatun7
        August 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        You know what, Arapaho, Mitt’s son would have been thoroughly humiliated if he run. The city of San Diego is no longer dominated by right wing and corporate Republicans. Lately it’s been trending Democratic. President Obama won it twice. I don’t even think Mitt’s son would have won the wealthy La Jolla suburb of San Diego, where he and his family reside in that mansion with a car elevator.

  3. August 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Selfishly, I thank God that this man is in the White House, but my heart cries when I see the bullshit he has to deal with!

  4. 18 utaustinliberal
    August 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Some days it’s awesome to be President. On days like today, it sucks. Wishing him the best as he comes to a final decision.

    • 19 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Well said UT! Right now, this great man needs our support and our prayers. I intend to do both.

      • 20 HZ
        August 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        “I intend to do both.” Oh, nath thank you so much for your words tonight. My heart went from screaming, rolling on the floor, yelling to the top of my voice, amens all over the space that I am present in, and thank Almighty for Mr. Steve Harvey.

        Then I went back to the image at the top of this post and saw the deep, deep thinking of our POTUS, and I went again into a prayer for wisdom. TY, TY, Nath for reminding all of us to “do both.” HZ

  5. 21 taiping1
    August 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    He is the first president that I trust completely. I know that he will choose a limited response that will make clear that chemical weapons should never be used.

  6. August 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds, as it was in the Balkans, or in other places that have been scarred by war. Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later. That’s why all responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear mandate can play to keep the peace.

    ….

    Those who claim to respect international law cannot avert their eyes when those laws are flouted. Those who care for their own security cannot ignore the danger of an arms race in the Middle East or East Asia. Those who seek peace cannot stand idly by as nations arm themselves for nuclear war.

    The same principle applies to those who violate international laws by brutalizing their own people. When there is genocide in Darfur, systematic rape in Congo, repression in Burma — there must be consequences. Yes, there will be engagement; yes, there will be diplomacy — but there must be consequences when those things fail. And the closer we stand together, the less likely we will be faced with the choice between armed intervention and complicity in oppression.” – President Obama, Oslo, 10 Dec 2009

    #TrustBarack

    • 28 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Bob for sharing this. The President expressed very well the sentiments I strongly support. I really don’t want Assad to have another chance of using those CW against more innocent Syrians. They must be destroyed! I understand people who are weary of wars, but I don’t want to see another genocide when taking action could prevent it.

  7. August 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Some more levity:

  8. August 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I have admired and been grateful for President Obama so many times in his presidency. This is another one of those absolutely amazing times with him. Words could not express my deep admiration and love because I know this incredible man can shoulder this responsibility with grace and wisdom. I just feel so proud that he is our President. Moved to tears for what he deals with. This is one of my tweets today

  9. 39 MightyPamela
    August 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    God Bless and Carry PBO

  10. August 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading, just found this UK legal blog where the writer is exploring the case for the UK. He looks at the UN, International law and the recent rejection of UK in Syria by Parliament. It’s a bit dry, but I like it because he is clearly looking at the laws that are in play as well as the problems getting a decision in the UN with Russia and China. Since they are international, what applies to UK applies to US in this particular case. His description of the UN problem reminds me of our problem with the GOP in congress.

    Syria: the UK can legally use force

    http://www.headoflegal.com/2013/08/28/syria-the-uk-can-legally-use-force/

    ….Lawyers are bound to disagree about this, and their disagreement will reflect two views of international law and in particular of the UN Charter. One view is that the main point of the UN Charter is to “stop war”, and that in service of that aim, it must be read as meaning inaction by an unfettered Security Council, for any reason or none, renders unlawful the use of force by states in all circumstances and for all purposes (other than self defence). This has a superficial and perhaps literalist appeal but seems to me either hopelessly naive – so ill-adapted is it to real world conditions – or unpleasantly cynical, since it would give so much blocking power to a single undemocratic superpower, and so much protection to any of its allies that wished to persist in war crimes under cover of a veto. Perhaps it’s both naive and cynical.

    The other view may be more purposive but also seems to me more realistic and responsible, and more idealistic too. The real point of the UN and its Charter is and always was for the international community to come together to stop threats to peace and security like that presented by Syria; and the real point of international law prohibiting war crimes is to do something effective to stop them. The Charter should be read, and international law applied, in a way that permits that.

    • August 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks for this, TME. I’ll have to read it when I get home.

      • August 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        I was going to put a comment for you at The People’s View and had so many tabs open with articles I forgot. President Obama has given us many transformations and one of them is with foreign policy. I care about him so much and yet I remember that he loves challenges and I think he will advance his foreign policy by his decision on this. There is dysfunction in the UN. It’s not working as it should. We have such complicated global relationships and the Middle East must surely be the most complicated of all.

        So many of the articles I read completely ignore the fact that there isn’t a side to support. POTUS doesn’t want to get rid of Assad because the other side is not any better. He wants to draw a line on what is allowed. I read somewhere today that the reason Assad used gas there was because rebels were shooting down his air power in that area and he didn’t have another way to get at them so he used it on everyone there. Don’t have a link for it.

        On an intellectual level I’m excited to see what President Obama will come up with. Excited about the change he brings. I want people to see what a wonder he is! The old ways are raising their voices loud as always, not doing anything constructive. I believe he is one of the greatest president’s we have had, certainly in the top 5 or 10, and we are seeing history in the making with him in so many ways, including in Syria. What I wish for him is comfort and rest when he needs it. And that everything that is good in his desires for this situation fall into place easily and effortlessly lighting the path for him to this new policy and our new place in our relationship with our brother and sister nations in this world.

    • August 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Excellent bit of analysis, MagicalEarth.

      “There’s no doubt that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited in international law. And using them in a non-international armed conflict (as appears to have happened in Syria) is a war crime under article 8.2(e)(xiv) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. There can be little doubt that Syria has manifestly failed to protect its population from that war crime.

      So the legal question is this: if the conditions exist that would justify the Security Council’s authorisation of coercive measures under the UN Charter, and if the UN itself is, again, failing to live up to its responsibilities because one or more of them wishes to do exactly what the Secretary General in 2009 urged them not to do, is it lawful for states to band together to use force to protect civilians? Or does the rule of international law forbid this?

      In my view the answer must be that any multilateral action that could be authorised by the Security Council must be lawful in those circumstances. Otherwise, international law would be the prisoner of a broken Security Council, and the UN Charter and its ideal of collective global security would be a joke. The purpose of the Charter is not simply to prevent the use of force in all circumstances.”

      And, based on Secretary Kerry’s comments earlier today, I do not think the US will be ‘acting unilaterally,’ if and when President Obama decides to proscribe a ‘proportionate’ and effective use of force to prevent Assad from gassing his people (or anyone else, or enabling anyone else to do so), ever again.

      #FORWARD

    • 46 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks, Magic Earth, for sharing this very thought provoking piece. This what stood up for me in this article:

      “The 2001 report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), The Responsibility to Protect, addressed explicitly what should happen if the UNSC fails to act. At paragraph 6.28 it says:

      In view of the Council’s past inability or unwillingness to fulfill the role expected of it, if the Security Council expressly rejects a proposal for intervention where humanitarian or human rights issues are significantly at stake, or the Council fails to deal with such a proposal within a reasonable time, it is difficult to argue that alternative means of discharging the responsibility to protect can be entirely discounted.

      and at paragraph 6.37 in consider what should happen

      when the Security Council fails to discharge what this Commission would regard as its responsibility to protect, in a conscience-shocking situation crying out for action. It is a real question in these circumstances where lies the most harm: in the damage to international order if the Security Council is bypassed or in the damage to that order if human beings are slaughtered while the Security Council stands by.”

      Of what use is the “International Humanitarian Law” if the power politics and self interests of the veto wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council are allowed to cripple international response to genocide and crimes against humanity? As I said in earlier comment, I strongly believe that charges should be filed at ICC against the Syrian regime for committing crimes against humanity.

  11. August 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    All I know is I’m going to be switching all weekend between football (American and the one you play with your, you know, feet) and the BBC.

  12. August 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    “First of all, this is the ridiculousness of this point. The question should not be whether you’re gay or straight, but the question should be, why are you asking the question in the first place?….The point I’m getting the chance to make right now — and I really, really want to drive this home — is that we need to stop in America talking abut anybody in a public realm, besides what is important: the content of their character, the quality of their ideas, the courage within their hearts to serve others. Here we have an opponent trying to say god awful things, literally saying, I believe a guy should be a guy. Almost like saying you are not a man if you’re gay. That is so extreme. Let’s shine lights on this for a second and understand that my father taught me what manhood is about. And it’s not about whether you play football or enjoyed badminton. Being a man is about love. About kindness to others. About standing up for what’s right, about doing what’s important to do in the unfinished business of America.”

    Cory Booker – 30 August 2013

    • 52 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

      He is absolutely correct, and the opponent who talks about being a “man” is as far from a “man” as one can be if he has to prove himself.

  13. 53 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    https://twitter.com/sullivan11_mike/status/373592984350392320

    So the Pentagon doesn’t want Syrian attacks? but they loved Iraq war and Afghanistan war and would love wars with Iran and NK?
    Sour grapes!

  14. August 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    The MSM has got to start pushing back on Congress and their lobbyists.

    They are so frigging obsessed with “Obama scandalabra” that they allow true corruption and misdeeds to occur without questioning a Congress critter or Senator. Briefly saw Inhofe on Chuck Todd’s show this morning (guest hosted by Chris Cilizza) who did NOT push back ONE IOTA when Inhofe said “blame Obama for the Defense cuts which means the US is in no position to do anything in Syria.”

    NO PUSH BACK.

    NO MENTION OF SEQUESTER. Cilizza just thanked Inhofe for appearing on the show.

    Why are these Congress/Lobbyist mouthpieces able to keep their well-paying jobs?

    Meanwhile, the taxpayers keep getting fleeced.

  15. 58 CEB
    August 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I carry PBO in my heart and prayers daily. He does indeed carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he does so with grace and purpose. We are so blessed to have his leadership. He holds us as lovingly and securely as he held the baby in the last scene of this week’s West Wing Week.

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      August 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      What a beautifully expressed thought, which I share.

    • 60 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

      CEB, I am constantly amazed at the “people” who hate on this president. A good man, a family man and yet they talk about “American exceptionalism” and “family values” What is it about him that they rage against so much…hmmmm…wonder what it could be….

  16. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Oh gawd, she really is a ****ing fool.

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        The mind is a powerful thing. Every time I see anything about her, I’m reminded she exists. But not until then. And then I go back to happy land, where she doesn’t exist! What a sorry-ass excuse for a human being she is.

  17. August 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    So, forgive me if I’m grinning like a goofball.

    The missus just posted a face picture on Facebook. I compare her face now to what it was like the day before the weight loss surgery and the difference is startling—so startling that I didn’t notice the gradual change until I compared the two pictures. Of course, she’s been beautiful no matter what, but she looks so lively and light now that it’s amazing. I commented under her post “That’s my missus!”

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Loveliest news ever, LL, “that’s my missus” almost made me cry! Just thrilled for her – love to you both!

      • August 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Yeah, this has been an emotional day. And we’ve drawn a line under her trying to get back to work with the place that fired her. Basically, her exboss is blaming her and one of the other nurses for the debacle that was the lawsuit which led to her dismissal. So on top of everything else, we’re doing serious job hunting this weekend.

        • August 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

          Your lives have been a rollercoaster the past few months LL, you must be one heck of a team to be able to get through it all. Wishing nothing but the best.

        • 68 arkluvspbo
          August 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

          She is super duper lucky to have such a supportive spouse — I should have you call mine and tell him a thing or two :)

  18. August 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    The situation in Syria is so agonizing, and the President is being publicly pummeled from all sides.

    The President has such warm, expressive eyes. Even (perhaps especially) when he’s on the offensive — remember his expression when he said, “Please proceed, Governor” during the second R-money debate?

    I wish the press would STFU and stop cherrypicking comments and quotes from disgruntled Senators and Pentagon officials.

    It may just be what I’ve heard and seen, but it seems as if the media are glossing over the casualties in Syria. They mention chemical weapons, but barely mention the human toll.

    Syria is so strategically located in the powderkeg known as the Middle East, and amping up the volume from PBO dissenters is not helping the situation one bit.

    • 70 CEB
      August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      NBC and ABC did show footage during the evening broadcasts of the dead and dying and reported on the latest assault on a school. There was graphic video of the burn-like wounds that the victims suffered. NBC also interviewed some a female American doctor who was visibly shaken as she told about those that she tried to save. This human face of the horror helped a little to push away the indifference as well as the so-excited-for-ratings tone of many of the broadcasts.

    • 71 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Arapaho, I’m just so tired of so many folks who allowed GWB to completely decimate an entire country, INCLUDING ours, touting everything this president is doing wrong when he is doing so many things right. He is thoughtful and patient and they just want NOW NOW NOW.

  19. August 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      I don’t call many people “evil”. But that rancid piece of putrescence qualifies.

      • August 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        Yeah, I tend to be a bit loose with my use of ‘evil’, but good gawd, it applies to that hate-filled witch.

        • August 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

          You tell her Chips. I feel the same way you do. I could not have said it any better. :) she is an evil person and it makes me even angrier that she masquerades as a Christian.

        • August 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

          Hi Chips. The floozie says let Allah sort it out as though Allah is different from her God. No, bitchie poo, they are one and the same. Feeling ya , Chips.

          • August 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

            Hiya edp4bho, usually I’m sensible-ish enough to ignore the creature when she turns up in my timeline, but that tweet just beat all. What a vile, bigoted, nasty, repulsive piece of shit she is.

            • 79 99ts
              August 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

              She also has a small group of hate filled sycophants that send her money and attack anyone who dares to suggest she isn’t the next (or next, or next after that) President of the US. I am glad they send her money – most of them are living on SS or disability – but they sure hate the government and think by starving themselves so Sarah can fly 1st class is a good idea.

              • August 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

                Did you see recently, 99ts, that she’s been spending most of the money raised for her on fun and frolics – and these fools keep on donating.

                • 81 99ts
                  August 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

                  She is a serious grifter – and they believe she will run for political office – from a far away perspective that would be such an entertaining event – but the US does not need such idiots to be seen from afar.

                  Sometimes I think the old exist to be duped – if it’s not people like Madoff – its people like Palin. Maybe my grandmother wasn’t so crazy when she kept it under the floor boards because she didn’t trust banks.

                  • August 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

                    Your Grandmother was the wise one, 99ts! I think of all that wisdom from on high about investing in pension funds – the people who did lost just about everything during the crash, the ones who stored their savings under the bed were fine. I have now concluded that our grandparents’ generation had it all completely right. I will follow their advice/example for the rest of my days!

                    • 83 99ts
                      August 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

                      She did give us some grief :) In 1966 our currency changed (pounds to $) She had thousands stashed in the old currency and wasn’t going to let anyone know – so every time she went to the shop she changed a 10 pound note. It’s a wonder no-one came after her for money laundering!

                      I have a great pension fund – been in it since 1970, I trust it more than the banks! Small growth, small risk, works for me.

        • 84 nathkatun7
          August 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

          LL/ Chipsticks, I absolutely don’t blame you for calling these people “evil.” Sometimes it’s very hard to find a more polite way of characterizing these visceral Obama haters.

      • 85 99ts
        August 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        She is intedd, bitter twisted, and full of hate. Not a good loser one could say – but Gabby Giffords – and even more her friends and staff – payed the ultimate price because sarah palin was a bad loser

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I’d say that that is a transparent assessment of the situation, Chips :)

  20. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  21. 94 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  22. 95 forus50
    August 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    • 96 Vicki
      August 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      This!, forus50

      • 97 nathkatun7
        August 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        This x2!

        ForUS 50 is absolutely spot-on: ” Too many have a simplistic expectation of world peace.”

        Looking the other way, when thousands of innocent people, including children, are being gassed does not promote world peace! All these people who are so quick to invoke Dr. King in attacking President Obama completely overlook the fact that Dr. King often called for Federal troops to protect Civil Rights protesters from white violent mobs who were usually aided and abated by Southern police forces. Dwight Eisenhower was right for sending the military to protect Black Children during the 1957 Little Rock Crisis. JFK was right to send federal troops to Mississippi to protect James Meredith as he attempted to break segregation at ole’ Miss Univ. LBJ was right to send federal marshals to protect the Selma-to Montgomery Marchers, following Bloody Sunday! I don’t remember Dr. King protesting against the use of the military to protect non-violent civil rights protesters.

        As I commented earlier, I strongly believe that everything should be done to make sure that Assad and his goons will not be able to kill any more innocent Syrians, including children, with their dastardly chemical weapons. So I will strongly stand behind President if, and when, he takes action. If trying to save innocent Syrians from chemical weapons makes me a war monger, so be it.

      • 99 forus50
        August 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        thanks Vicki and Bobfr. I reread his Oslo speech (from a previous thread with a tweet from Jon Favreau that LP had posted) and it all made sense to me; that POTUS is exactly the right person to make this difficult decision. It was actually brilliant of them to select him; which I must admit back then I wasn’t entirely convinced of the soundness of it since he was only a few months into his presidency.

        • 100 nathkatun7
          August 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm

          Forus50, I agree with you 100%! There are situations where the use of force is absolutely necessary to promote peace. Trying to do everything to ensure that the Syrian regime is not allowed to continue killing innocent people with chemical weapons is, in my humble opinion, an important way of promoting world peace.

    • 102 arkluvspbo
      August 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

      YES!!!

  23. August 30, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Just a little realistic heads up about how much work Rusty intends to put in for the rest of the year:

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Someone got into it with me on Twitter a year ago when I brought up the laziness of the GOP led House. “They work their asses off back in their constituencies.” He/she kept repeating this ad nauseam in response to any fact brought up. Fun times. (And he was a supposed “liberal”.)

      • August 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        That’s just ridiculous when you situate it in the context of their appalling lack of achievement every single day they are in Washington. Nothing but obstruction and posturing.

    • 106 forus50
      August 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Just enough time for a few more Obamacare repeal votes and then the necessary amount of time to keep the tan up and the drinks coming down the bar.

    • 107 donna dem 4 obama
      August 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Nothing disgusts me more than this Republican Congress and the fact that our so-called media is MIA on the absolute abdication of duty by these bozos.

      • August 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        When I started looking at the calendar and adding up the days, I really couldn’t believe it. It’s truly outrageous but like you say, nothing is said about it.

    • 109 nathkatun7
      August 31, 2013 at 12:04 am

      I am sorry, but this is obscene! These GOP members of Congress do not deserve six figure incomes, plus all the expenses for their blotted staff, plus all their travel junkets, plus their medical insurance, and eventually, plus all their federal pensions. Thanks Meta for spreading the TRUTH about these lazy grifters posing as members of Congress.

  24. August 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Here’s another example of how it’s corporations sucking at the taxpayers’ trough (see above re: CEO of company which relies 100% on federal funding “earned” $27 million last year).

    I think everyone except for the tip-top of this pyramid would be grabbing their pitchforks if they knew the scale of greed that taxpayers are funding.

    How can you possibly justify $27 million to one person and yet deny hungry Americans food?

  25. 112 carolyn
    August 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    The top picture and the caption brought tears to my eyes. May God guide him and all those who have to make these horrible decisions.

  26. August 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Hmm… comment above is awaiting moderation (and only two tweets).

    Appreciate help in escaping WordPress purgatory. Thanks, Chips! (Chrome keeps crashing, so it seems I’m constantly rebooting and reauthorizing WordPress logins today).

  27. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    • 117 nathkatun7
      August 31, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Linda, for those who needed proof about this epidemic we call the Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), these people ‘s contradictory attacks on President Obama about Syria proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that ODS has afflicted so many people in this country — both on the left and the right.

  28. 118 Eveingeorgia
    August 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I am praying for President Obama. As the bible says, ” he is beset on every side.” Those of us who struggle with him, and who believe that he is a blessing to America, must get up under him, and hold him up through this storm.

    I do not see him doing anything without careful thought, consultation, and prayer. I believe he is going to do what he sincerely believes is ” the right thing to do.” If he ever needed our prayers, it is now.

    • 119 Layla
      August 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Praying right along with you Eve! I wish HZ was here with her words of comfort/prayers for PBO and all who love him so!

      • 120 carolyn
        August 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        I have no doubt HZ will be here. We are all here today. I know there is a group of people who call themselves PBO’s Circle of Protection. I have seen pictures of them with him. I think of all of us here on this blog as his extended circle of protection. We light candles for him, and pray and care for him each in our own way. I have felt the strength and care of this group coming through the page.
        There will be much prayer of every type for him this weekend. I have said before, in my 73 years, I have liked and respected some presidents. But never have I loved one before. I believe there is an extraordinary amount of love for him in this country, and I know around the world.

        • August 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

          Thank you for expressing the feeling of community and protection for our President. Beautifully said.

          • 122 HZ
            August 31, 2013 at 12:17 am

            Indeed, meta. Carolyn, your words of confidence is what keeps POB’s feet moving. He knows that this family, our TOD family has his back. He knows how hard Chips works to keep a beautiful haven to keep hope alive and well within the hearts of those who want to see their faith in him come to a peaceful place within their space. He knows how hard we have worked for his administration and for him to carry all Americans to a better place. He knows. And most of all he does appreciate all that this TOD family does to keep moving FORWARD with hope, and a belief that is good for all of us.

            He knows. He is grateful, and most of all he is so elated that we love this country just as much as anyone else. He sees our work at TOD and its keeps him moving with a step in his stride that speaks volumes. He knows, He knows. He knows. And we know. HZ

          • 124 HZ
            August 31, 2013 at 12:19 am

            My home is lit with my candles in every room upstairs. Everytime I light them, I always think of your faithfulness in reminding us, MightyPamela. (((((((((((((((((((((( Lots of candles remind me of all the love coming from this beautiful place,Chips))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

        • 125 arkluvspbo
          August 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

          Carolyn, my heart is filled with so much love for our president and his beautiful family. It feels wonderful to be able to say it and mean it. I defend him and I am 100% loyal to him. I trust his choices even if they seem “at the time” to be bad ideas, I know that he is always looking at the bigger picture. I understand where he is coming from on ALL issues because I feel he and I are similarly inclined. He is a gift to us all, and those of us that appreciate him are blessed, and those that don’t appreciate him are even MORE blessed because they obviously don’t know any better.

      • 126 anniebella
        August 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Prayer is the key.

      • 127 HZ
        August 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        My beautiful Layla, I am here. It has taken me a little longer to get my being together. Getting medicine calls out and in and dealing with the house(Not worrying, I know in my heart that all will turn out better than I ever dreamed of.) I am trusting as I am working. Blessings will flow.

        I find time as I greet the new day to make my prayers before God for President Obama, his Cabinet, his family, his staff, our military families, and the same for our VP., and my brother. It is just what I do every morning that I am given another day.

        I lift our president up before a greater force than myself. I know POB is a faithful man with the gifts that he has been given. I also know that he pray daily and ask for wisdom as well. He would not have made it this far, if he was not a praying man.

        I do not have fear because POB is a calm thinker. He listens to all sides and then he gives his answer(s) and decision. He will need all of our thoughts, meditations, and fervent prayers during this storm.

        You know the storms will come. Now is the time to allow the testing to have opportunities to make us:
        Strong in the very tracks of the storm.
        Carry us to the safe places from the storm.
        Move with a calmness that will give hope to those who are weaker than those of us who have a greater strength.
        Pray with a humble and a faithful heart.
        Sit quietly with those who will give us encouragement through the storm.
        Lift up with our words of faith, hope, peacefulness those who are deeply divided and just plain frighten.
        Walk with a steady pace to the hopeful finish line.
        Speak words that ring with power, yet with a calm and peaceful sound.
        Ask God for bold solutions respectfully.
        Pray boldly for wisdom to be granted to POB and his advisors.
        Pray for POB’s enemies, believe me, they are many.
        Commit your prayers, moments of meditations, songs, and actions into Almighty’s loving hands.
        Trust your prayers to be answered for those who are now being oppressed and found in a bed of death all around them.
        Peaceful speak those things that are of truth about POB into his space
        Clear, clean, and tidy up your own spaces for times to pray, give thanks for our president, and give thanks for the innocent children who are caught in the middles of this evil.
        Trust yourself to speak boldly yet gently for a peaceful solution even though it is so difficult.
        Then peaceful make your space a place to Wait with President Obama for the favor of an Almighty powerful hand to see us through this in a Good, and a peaceful manner as we possibly can.
        Trust, Believe, Act in Faithfulness, and Hope and Pray for the best for all mankind.
        Those who wish to come alongside of us, let us pray and ask Almighty to make the list full of compassionate, competent men and women, hopeful leaders, faithful and decent leaders, and peaceful and fair minded leaders.

        This is my conversation with Almighty tonight. Amen.HZ

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Right there with you, Eve.

    • 129 donna dem 4 obama
      August 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Father,
      You guide your people with kindness and govern us with love.
      Give the Spirit of wisdom to those you have called to lead our Nation.
      For I know you hear our words and will show understanding to our hopes and needs.
      By your Spirit, help our leaders to know what is right and to be eager in doing your will.
      We ask this in your heavenly name. AMEN

    • 136 HZ
      August 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      “Those of us who struggle with him, and who believe that he is a blessing to America, must get up under him, and hold him up through this storm.” Eveingeorgia, you have spoken from a heart that is so in tune with our beautiful President of these United States. Our 44th. HZ

  29. 137 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      It doesn’t get any more evil than this …. and this is exactly why I wrote the letter to PBO that I sent him yesterday evening.

      It is time for all of humanity to confront a simple question of Zero Tolerance for Crimes Against Humanity. Barack Obama is the only President in my life-time with the ethical, intellectual & professional skills to bring that question to the entire world and I have no doubt that he will.

      It’s time for each of us to answer it. Those Syrian activists died as they answered it.

      Yes We Can

    • 139 nathkatun7
      August 31, 2013 at 2:02 am

      Thanks Linda for sharing this great tweet by Bishop Robinson. Yet people, from both the right and the left, are still out there attacking President Obama for trying to hold these evil leaders in Syria accountable! It’s truly sad (grotesque in my opinion) that there are people who would rather turn away from confronting this evil, all in the name of peace and of non-violence. By the way, all the people trying to compare President Obama and Dr. King are blatantly dishonest. President Obama had never once said that he is a disciple of nonviolence! President Obama is a civilian elected President whose only pledge is to honor, protect, and defend, the U.S. Constitution.

      I can’t presume to divine what Dr. King would have done in the current Syrian mess; but I totally reject those who presume to speak for him. Dr. King never loudly objected to the use of force to protect innocent Civil Rights’ protestors. I doubt (though I can’t say for sure) that Dr King would have objected to President Obama’s plans and efforts to try prevent the Syrian regime from continuing to use chemical weapons to kill innocent people, and especially children. Bottom line for me, is that Dr. King was never elected President of the United States. Absolutely no one, not even members of the King family, would say with certainty what Dr. King would do if he were the President of the United States, and the Commander In Chief of all the Armed Forces, when confronted with this mess in Syria. So, enough of the nonsense from privileged people who claim to be champions of nonviolence on their keyboards while unleashing vitriol attacks on President Obama by invoking Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To paraphrase Sen. Bentsen, I remember Dr. King and he had nothing in common with all the people sitting behind their keyboards, demonizing President Obama, just because they read Dr King’s 1963 “I have a Dream Speech,” or the 1967 “Why I oppose the War in Vietnam,” which is routinely cited by emoprog haters of the President. Funny, they never mention that it took Dr. King two years of agonizing before he finally came out against the war in Vietnam. You see some of us were there and still remember how long it took, and how agonizing it was, for MLK to break with LBJ over the Vietnam war. It took Dr. MLK so long because he was still trying to protect the Civil Rights advances under JFK-LBJ. Today, however, there are people who were not even born, or were children like President Obama, who want to lecture the President about what Dr. King would have done in Syria or about poverty, or whatever.

      I confess! I truly despise these people — especially those who claim to be be progressives/liberals as well as those, like West and Smiley, who claim to speak for Black people. As much as people love and revere Dr. King, the fact of the matter is that he was not an elected President of the United States, which means that he never had to face the responsibilities and the pitfalls of this awesome office. It’s tough enough to be U.S. president when you are white. But do these bashers of President Obama ever pose to consider how tough it is to be president when almost half of the country, including a substantial number of members of Congress, do not consider you a legitimate president? Did Dr. King confront such a situation?

      For me, at this stage in my life, I am so grateful and honored that Barack Obama is my President. Even when I may differ with him on minor issues I still consider him one of the great President of my lifetime. He is also the most historic in my lifetime having replaced JFK. May be I am alone, but I am absolutely sure that there are many people in my age group who never thought they would live long enough to witness the election of an African American President. What’s more gratifying to me is that we elected a steady, smart, honest, caring, strong, and dedicated man who is seriously all about serving in order to improve the lives of ordinary people.

  30. 140 criquet
    August 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    The chorus is growing to get rid of Chris Hayes. Will MSNBC listen?

  31. 141 Mellesia Barnett
    August 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  32. 144 criquet
    August 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    LOL!!

  33. 145 criquet
    August 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  34. 147 99ts
    August 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    What is undeniable about the news this morning (my time) – If PBO decides on intervention – the GOP will scream NO – stay away. If the President decides to stay away – the GOP will scream NO – chemical weapons – intervene.

    When George W Bush attacked Iraq – 99% of the US was with him – they said he had the intelligence ( from NSA), he had the WMD, it was all good. Those that voted against Iraq – did not go on the media every hour of the day to bring down their own country and its President.

    Until the people of the US can get rid of the hatred the GOP generates when they are not in the White House – it will never be the democracy that it should have been. The media plays a large disgusting part in this. Note the complete lack of news about the lies of GG today – they protect their own – all the time.

  35. 148 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I have always believed that war should be an action of last resort.

    So I find my self wondering what will happen to the Syrian civilians if assaad confirms that he can drop chemical weapons on people and the world looks the other way?

    who has the responsibility to protect civilians against blatant attacks from their government?

    • August 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Basic questions: Who speaks for the voiceless? Who will hear their cries for justice? Who will protect them from the power of the strong? These questions are at the heart of all religions. It’s to our shame that we still have to ask them.

      • 150 HZ
        August 31, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Oh, so profoundly true and powerful words, LL. “These questions are at thte heart of all religions. It’s to our shame that we still have to ask them.” That thought brings weeping from my heart. Thank you for saying this, Liberal Librarian.

        Also thank you for the powerful piece that you shared with us. I am so grateful for all of the brilliant thinkers and writers here in our TOD family. TY, TY. ()HZ

    • 151 nathkatun7
      August 31, 2013 at 2:12 am

      Actually there are several International laws that provide for world intervention to protect people from their rogue governments. Sadly the structure of the U.N. Security Council, with the 5 permanent members with veto powers and pursuing their own self interests, makes it difficult to do any anything to enforce international law and international norms.

  36. 152 Mellesia Barnett
    August 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  37. 155 globalcitizenlinda
    August 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  38. 156 forus50
    August 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

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  40. 160 criquet
    August 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Problematic:

  41. 161 Jovie
    August 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    https://twitter.com/sullivan11_mike/status/373612543262347264

    The president is deciding now, military has plan and is in stand by.

    It’s tonight! What time is it in Syria?

    • 162 Layla
      August 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Oh dear!!!!! I must admit I am afraid

      • 163 anniebella
        August 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.

      • 164 HZ
        August 31, 2013 at 12:35 am

        (((((((((((((((((((((((((( Do not fear, Layla. Hold on to your deepest portion of love for a peace )))))))))))))))))))))))) We have moments of being frighten, but we must cling to that other side, our hopefulness in as much peace as we can find during the storm. It is what will carry us over to the other side. Sweet and gentle loving hopefulness for all of those beautiful souls who did not ask for this evil that has oppressed their land by a vile and evil person, their leader.

        Speak peace into your space. Cry, pray, be quiet and allow the peacefulness to take charge of your space as much as you can. Yes, it is difficult, but we all get through it because we have something stronger in our space, “our better angels.” “Our compassion, our goodness of deeds and actions.

        Pray quietly and hope for the very best that a mere human can do in a decent and good manner. Pray quietly. () Peacefully()HZ

    • 165 Pam S. in WV
      August 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      It’s 4:20 a.m. in Syria now–they’re 7 hours ahead of Eastern time here in U.S.


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