154 Responses to “Masterful”

  1. 1 EDP4BHO
    August 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Oh shit is right !

  2. 9 No Child Left Behind
    August 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats, EDP4BHO!

  3. August 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    • August 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      And I just love it how VP Biden stands by like the quiet conciliator and great support. The two are powerful in their simplicity.

    • August 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm


      A cooling off period, hopefully for Assad as well.

      All eyes will be on Congress (whenever the heck they return). The MSM will have a circus to entertain them, while the President is doing the actual International work next week at the G20.

      Chips stated it perfectly.


  4. August 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Pitch perfect.

    The President is always several steps ahead of the so-called pundits.

    Hope this results in the GOP and emoprogs wildly chasing after the next shiny object, since their target can no longer be POTUS.

    High five, Mr. President.

    This made me laugh.

  5. 17 No Child Left Behind
    August 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I can’t wait for the outcome of the votes in Congress, particularly from those who wrote a letter telling POTUS to seek their approvals.

  6. 18 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Wow….My body is back to Normal. I am as calm and settled as I have ever been since Monday this week. I can even have a better night tonight………SLEEPING. Thank You, President Obama.

  7. August 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats EDP4BHO

    He is teaching the world what it really means to be an American, as well as, an American President.


    Yes We Can

  8. 30 cindysweatt
    August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I am so proud of my President. I agree that Congress is saying “Oh shit.” I just pray that they will be able to dig deep down inside of themselves and find that little bit of leadership that they used to have and use it. I am also praying that they will know that the world is watching and they will leave their partisan politics back at home.

    • 31 arkluvspbo
      September 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Cindy, while it would be wonderful if they showed the leadership necessary to get us through this, I’m not really confident in their capabilities to do so — but I trust our president, he’s got our back, I’ve got his.

  9. 32 debz
    August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Since so many members of Congress, both dem & repug have been in front of every camera running their mouths, they should return to Washington today and get to work. I am so happy our President is laying all of this on Congress. They have to make their choices public.

  10. 33 GGail
    August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I still have chills from listening to the constitutional and history lesson President Obama just laid out to Congress, the American people and the World leaders

    • 34 Lovepolitics2008
      August 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Indeed. This was jaw-dropping. He was dead serious. Everybody, especially the critics, should realize that President Obama is always preoccupied by the long term consequences of things. He’s EXTREMELY preoccupied by the potential of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, chemicals, nuclear. He’s thinking about the next decades, the next century even. And he’s willing to take enormous risks in order to avoid a more chaotic world in the next century.

      That being said, I’m sure he’s praying each night that the Russians will finally cave in and do something…

      And I have to add: President Obama is now confronted, on the international level, with the same kind of idiotic and petty opposition that he faces at home. The president and his team have worked very hard for more than two years now to obtain the collaboration of the Russians in Syria. But instead of doing their part to build a safer world, Putin and his gang are playing power games. Just like what the republicans are doing domestically.

  11. 35 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I freaking LOOOOOOOVE this President. That is how it’s done.

  12. 36 forus50
    August 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  13. 38 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    In Sept 2013…..Boehner and his boys love to dig at pres Obama and pontificate. Now 9 days left in their “working” whatever in Sept……Well, now, Show Up or Not, it is all up to YOU, Congress.

  14. 39 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    For those who missed it. BOOM! That’s how it’s done.

  15. 40 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm
  16. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm
  17. 43 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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  19. 47 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    President Obama comments on Syria being replayed now on CSPAN.

  20. 48 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm
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  23. 55 Linda
    August 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Every Republican just cancelled their appearances on the Sunday shows and cannot be reached by phone !

    • August 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      I so Love Love Love this

    • 59 CEB
      August 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks for adding this Chips, I missed it earlier.
      I respectfully submit that our president is THE shit! No more quiet “I am with you” from other leaders, no more complaining in front of the media from Congress; it is now time to stand up in public and be counted. PBO is brilliant. The next few weeks will be interesting.

    • 60 arkluvspbo
      September 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Chipsticks — does it look to you like he had a little smile when he put it on Congress to make their decision? :)
      I love this man…I love how he brings it to the people. He speaks so clearly that even my little brain can understand it.

  24. August 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  25. 65 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  26. 66 Ladyhawke
    August 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm


  27. 69 cindysweatt
    August 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I have to say I have been a nervous wreak for weeks. I love my President. Our President. The worlds President.

    • 70 Nena20409
      August 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Same Here….since Monday…..I could not sleep. I have been a Nervous wreck. A basket case. Just on middles and pins. Whew :!:

  28. 71 forus50
    August 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm
  29. 72 Roberta in MN
    August 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I watched this on CBS (on line) and signed in and commented. There are people on there that were just putrid. I asked that they please respect the President of the US & the Office. Not so. One wanted to shot him he said. It was pretty disgusting and of course one brought the bible up and said he was the anti-christ.(in so many words) he is bringing the country to and end. This aught to set them all back a bit now that Congress has a roll in the decision. I Love this Mn, Our President, Barack Obama. Whoot!!!!

    • 73 globalcitizenlinda
      August 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Oh, I saw your comments in that chat-room. You asked the person specifically about their respect and who they wanted to shot. Yes they called him “satan” – before he had even spoken.

      thanks a lot for standing up to the hate-mongers

  30. August 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm
  31. 80 Roberta in MN
    August 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Time for lunch, I can eat now. And then will watch the presser again. Had company drop in for a bit when it started. -:(

  32. August 31, 2013 at 2:29 pm
  33. 82 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  34. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    As meta reminded us, yesterday: There’s an endless supply of paint.

    • 84 Linda
      August 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      The polls are 50-50 for a limited strike…..

    • 87 Nena20409
      August 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      The guy is an a*shole.

    • 88 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Kristof twisting himself into a pretzel to find some way to criticize PBO. Just imagine the confusion this is causing for the gasbags. I bet most of them are babbling incoherently right now. They just got a rude awakening. I am sure they liked it better when they could complain that President Obama was going it alone without the approval of congress. Now, they will have to find something wrong with asking for congress to vote on the matter. Actually, the tweet from Kristof is exhibit A. Exactly the kind of swill we can expect from the gasbags in the media. They are so full of themselves second guessing every move President Obama makes.

      • 89 jacquelineoboomer
        August 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        Exactly ~ Exhibit A. Kristof and so many others think because they’ve left our shores and interviewed people in other countries, and profited from it, they are now foreign policy gurus. Some people don’t even bother to leave their desks, but still think they are FP experts.

        Exhibit B has already begun – some are saying President Obama is a coward. What fools they all are.

        • 90 jacquelineoboomer
          August 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

          Exhibit C – Peter King of NY statement – “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents.”

          Or would that be putting to shame past presidents like Bush, eh, Peter King?

          Peter King can’t even stand the fact that the President clearly stated he has the authority and he’s not abdicating anything. Peter King can’t stand the fact that there is now a precedent set for future Bush-Cheney warmongering presidents to consult with Congress, while retaining presidential authority.

          Love it.

          I even love the fact Charlie Rangel was just on CNN stating he’s against the narrow limited strikes on Syria. President Obama reminded Charlie Rangel that he, too, has a voice and he should use it. After Wolfie asked him what he thought of King’s remarks, Rangel said that King’s voice is “1/535th” of Congressional voices, so he could say whatever he felt like saying.

          Stand up, Congresspeople! President Obama just gave ya the floor, and parts of it are laughable.

    • 91 Jessica
      August 31, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Imagine if George Bush had listening to poll numbers and called it quits on Iraq once the poll numbers started plummeting.

  35. 93 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Be Careful what YOU, Congress, ask for. Pres Obama told Cantor once, Don’t Call my bluff, for I don’t bluff.

    Cantor and the media went around making fun of pres Obama then.

    Hmm? Now who has bat poop all over their faces?

  36. 94 Linda
    August 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Dana Bash reporting that Harry Reid may call the Senate back in.

    A solid NO from Boehner

  37. 95 Allison
    August 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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  39. August 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, that would be nice. Or, you know, just wait until Sept. 9 when Congress is set to be back in session, like I’m sure Boehner/Cantor/McConnell want to do.

  40. 99 GGail
    August 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Chipsticks, I would probably lose my mind if I didn’t have you and this TOD site!

  41. 101 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Boehner says House of Reps will be back on Sept. 9 so as to give Pres. Obama time to lay out his position on what we should do in Syria. Nah…dude. We already know the President’s position. You were banging the drums for war, now you have to step up to the plate and you’re waffling and whining. :roll:

  42. 102 Lana
    August 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    after each speech

    hired goons gather,
    slather out scripted lies –

    a loving crowd cheers,
    smiles through tears…
    with this man, yes we can

    Lana Wiltshire Campbell

  43. 108 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm


    • 110 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Seriously, this takes I drink your milkshake to a whole new level. While speaking with incredible passion and moral authority about the horror of CW use in Syria, President Obama has given the congress exactly what they asked for (and hoped they would not get) – skin in the game. You can just imagine the sphincter muscles tightening up when he said I HAVE ALSO DECIDED to get the approval of congress. Oh dear ……

  44. August 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm


    • August 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Exactly what i thought after hearing him speak. not to sound political on such a grave decision, but chess vs checkers once again. even a ‘safe’ rep from a gerrymandered district will have his/her vote recorded to be used by a primary opponent.

  45. 114 Linda
    August 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    PBO to Congress : ” Eat Your Peas ” !

  46. August 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    A vote by Congress to support the President would cause a crack in that wall of the GOP Obstruction!!

  47. 117 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  48. 118 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are grabbing and holding their Ba*lls so protectively. No matter what they do now……they are going to get hit. The pain will be excruciatingly unbearable.

  49. 122 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Chess or Checkers?

    Your Move, Congress.

  50. August 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Who was that who shouted out to PBO at the end…I hate when they do that.. :-(

    • 124 Ladyhawke
      August 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I agree, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. It drives me crazy when the jackals shout out questions to President Obama like that. It’s disgusting, annoying and uncouth.

    • 126 cindysweatt
      August 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I thought the exact same thing. Who do they think they are yelling at. These journalists wouldn’t know news if it hit them in the face. The President just gave a speech that affects the peace of the world and that so called journalist thinks its her time to shine. They have no class. Journalists need to get back to reporting and not be trying to make themselves into the star. That girl should not be allowed to be in the Press Corp.

  51. 127 globalcitizenlinda
    August 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  52. 128 utaustinliberal
    August 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm
  53. August 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    ohhhh myyyyyy…Rep King….

    says that the President is abdicating his responsibility

  54. 132 Jovie
    August 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Msnbc doesn’t know what to say. Hehe

  55. 133 globalcitizenlinda
    August 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    PBO asked a poignant question: what happens if the world does not act in the face of such atrocities?

    this is a question that all those who believe in human rights (including some of the pompous people on the extreme left) have to answer.

    You can’t just say no intervention without suggesting an alternative course of action

  56. August 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm
  57. 135 closerange
    August 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    This is a brilliant political move by the president. In one shot he silences critics on the Left and Right, gives the U.N. more time to present the evidence, allows international support to build AND he avoids a tricky situation at the G-20 next week.

    Congress will vote for military action because voting against it would mean that the unspoken threat to stop Iran’s nuke program by force, if necessary, would be meaningless. Also Assad would then quickly win the war and thus signal to every despot and terrorist that using chemical weapons is perfectly fine.

  58. August 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm


  59. 139 Don
    August 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    What the hell happened! I went to take a nap because of football tonight. And I wake up to a press conference that I missed and shit is happening all over Washington! I want answers!

  60. 142 yardarm756
    August 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This reminds me of King Solomon and his willingness to cut the baby in half….Decision time Congress.

  61. 144 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    3yrs ago today, 8-31-10, the last combat Force left Iraq.

    8-31-13…..Pres Obama Called Congress their bluff. To strike Syria or Not to strike Syria.

  62. August 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    President Obama has shown yet again that he is worthy of having been elected as our Commander-in-Chief TWICE! As for Congress… Ladies and gentlemen, put up or STFU!

  63. 146 Jovie
    August 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm
  64. 148 Don
    August 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, President Obama is ruthless.

  65. 149 Nena20409
    August 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Ross Perot, the TX Billionaire has just donated $1M to the TX Planned Parenthood.

    That is a shocker. Wendy Davis or was it Ann Richard’s daughter’s hand at work here.

    What is all this about? UT can you update Us?

    Plutocrat and former third party presidential candidate Ross Perot donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Texas, to help fill the gap left by the state’s defunding of the Women’s Health Program.

    “For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot, speaking for the Perot Foundation of Dallas. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do—providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.”

  66. 150 Jovie
    August 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  67. 152 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’m more than a little shocked that @JeffersonObama has totally turned on Pres. Obama.

  68. 154 HZ
    September 1, 2013 at 12:47 am

    When will these foolish ones realize that President Barack Obama is not playing as our POTUS? . The man means business, and he will not play with these fools. I love my president, and I know he will do what is right with all of his might and with respect of his power as our President of these United States. HZ

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