On This Day: President Obama tours the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
The President has no public events scheduled
After the events of yesterday in front of the White House I am left both speechless and sad. Those events are on a different level than merely complaining about your taxes being too high. For me, yesterday was when the bottom fell out and collectively we all took a step backwards. I could only think of the Obama daughters looking out of their bedroom windows and looking at the confederate flag being displayed as something to rally around. When the confederate flag can show up at the White House and members of congress can make speeches about liberty while standing under that flag without an ounce of shame or regret, collectively, we all have lost a sense of community. Something was lost yesterday, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it.
Yes, the GOP/Tea Party brought Confederate flags to White House today. And we’re the ones playing the ‘race card’? pic.twitter.com/jk9vbYFv47
— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) October 13, 2013
Steve Benen: GOP turns to Palin, Cruz on shutdown
The government shutdown hasn’t gone quite the way Republicans had hoped. The party’s national support has cratered; the public holds them responsible for a wildly unpopular crisis; and it’s going to take a while for the GOP to recover from a self-inflicted wound this severe.
But no one should assume they’ve hit rock bottom. Yesterday’s theatrics in Washington were a reminder that the Republican Party’s far-right wing can still make matters worse.
…. Brilliant. Flailing Republicans lack leaders and direction, but they’ll certainly get back on track now that the former half-term governor of Alaska is stepping out in front.
Display of Confederate flag at WH today doesn’t represent all protesters, but why no denunciation by GOP leaders? pic.twitter.com/uPUIKQnu1K
— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) October 14, 2013
Bill Keller (NYT): Obamacare: The Rest of the Story
Unless you’ve been bamboozled by the frantic fictions of the right wing, you know that the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare, has begun to accomplish its first goal: enrolling millions of uninsured Americans, many of whom have been living one medical emergency away from the poorhouse. You realize those computer failures that have hampered sign-ups in the early days — to the smug delight of the critics — confirm that there is enormous popular demand. You have probably figured out that the real mission of the Republican extortionists and their big-money backers was to scuttle the law before most Americans recognized it as a godsend and rendered it politically untouchable.
What you may not know is that the Affordable Care Act is also beginning, with little fanfare, to accomplish its second great goal: to promote reforms to our overpriced, underperforming health care system. Irony of ironies, the people who ought to be most vigorously applauding this success story are Republicans, because it is being done not by government decree but almost entirely with market incentives.
Martin Wolske’s Weblog: Our experience with Obamacare
The following is a letter sent to Representative Rodney Davis, Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, and President Obama, as well as to the editorial section of the News Gazette.
This past Monday while driving his motorcycle back to Champaign from Makanda, IL, our 23-year-old son, Eric, was hit by a minivan. His left femur was broken and the ankle and foot were shattered …. His femur has been repaired and will recover, but he will lose his lower leg below his knee. With prosthesis, he will likely be able to do almost everything he had been doing as an active young man.
While in the emergency room awaiting the surgery to repair the femur and assess the rest of the leg, he asked how much this all would cost. Fortunately, this accident happened after the portion of Obamacare took effect that allows children to remain on their parent’s plan until they are 26….
In light of recent events, this post, from November of last year, is worth reading again:
Exposing Religion Blog: Overall, Obama Has Done More For Veterans Than Any President In the Past 30 Years.
Republicans and conservatives have spent 4 years spreading the lie that President Obama hasn’t done anything for veterans. They have repeated it 100x per day for all 4 years and spent millions promoting their lies. The thing about records is that they are recorded. So let’s set the record straight.
1 Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.
2 Improved benefits for veterans.
3 Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development .
4 Worked to clear the backlog of veterans claims and streamline benefits to those who served.
5 Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive.
6 Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.
7 Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.
8 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.
9 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009.
10 Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”).
TPM: Braves Fan Mocks GOP For Shutdown: ‘Just Because The Dodgers Scored More Runs…Doesn’t Make Them Right’
An Atlanta Braves fan reacted to his team’s tough loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers by sending a letter Tuesday to a Republican congressman that sardonically drew parallels between the baseball game and the government shutdown.
The letter from Paul Kaplan to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), reported by NBC Sports, drips with sarcasm.
In a thinly veiled reference to the House GOP’s relentless attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kaplan noted that his beloved team “sent batters to the plate at least 40 times” in Monday’s 4-3 Dodgers win, which eliminated the Braves from the playoffs.
“But just because we couldn’t score enough runs, the Dodgers refuse to relinquish the title — and worse, they won’t even discuss it,” Kaplan wrote…..
Paul Krugman: The Dixiecrat Solution
So you have this neighbor who has been making your life hell. First he tied you up with a spurious lawsuit; you’re both suffering from huge legal bills. Then he threatened bodily harm to your family. Now, however, he says he’s willing to compromise: He’ll call off the lawsuit, which is to his advantage as well as yours. But in return you must give him your car. Oh, and he’ll stop threatening your family — but only for a week, after which the threats will resume.
Not much of an offer, is it? But here’s the kicker: Your neighbor’s relatives, who have been egging him on, are furious that he didn’t also demand that you kill your dog.
And now you understand the current state of budget negotiations.
Business Insider: Here’s A Sign Of Just How Much The Government Shutdown Has Blown Up In The Republican Party’s Face
….. This is pretty amazing. The entire Obamacare defund/delay goal is shot. Republicans are just fighting to keep in place current spending levels, which they would have had automatically had they agreed to a clean continuing resolution right off the bat and never shut down the government.
But the plan has gone so badly, that just the status quo is something they’re left fighting for.
Full post here
On This Day:
President Obama greets people on the tarmac after arriving at Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., Oct. 14, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama receives a red shawl from Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, a Hindu priest from Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, located in Lanham, Md., in the Blue Room of the White House, prior to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative Executive Order signing, and Diwali festival of lights ceremony, Oct. 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama talks with Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, and the Senator’s children, from right, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Jr. and Kara Kennedy, prior to an event celebrating the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets a child on the Kingsmill Resort grounds during a break from debate prep in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 14, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)