1:30 EDT President Obama delivers remarks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit
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LL!!!!!!! Sickness update please: how are you and your wife doing?
I’m starting to get freaking annoyed. Wifey seems to be better, but it just won’t leave me. Yesterday I felt better; today I just want to crawl into bed. I was all set to rejoin Twitter today; that ain’t happening. I haven’t had a sinus infection like this in a couple of years.
There are situations where you have to break down and take antibiotics. You taking antibiotics?
I was in Sinus Hell last year like I’ve never been before with constant sinus migraines. I resisted antibiotics as long as I could. Amazing I let myself suffer that long.
Keep us posted. Virtual chicken soup sent your way……
No, not on anything right now. Last week when I stayed home from work I felt too crappy to go to the doc. And this week I’ve been working, so no time. I’m scheduled to work tomorrow, but if I still feel like this I’ll probably call in sick and see if the doc has an opening for me. Otherwise, off to urgent care I go.
“Virtual chicken soup sent your way……”
Oh crap. Sorry this is dragging on LL, hopefully if you get some rest over the weekend you’ll be able to shake it off.
LL, Netipot is your best friend. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Think of it as being gently rolled by a wave in the South Pacific! That can help!
Still waiting for results from the E.German judge(From last night). Congrats on first, LL. BTW I hope you are feeling better….
See my response to Chips. I plan to do nothing this weekend but loll in bed. If I’m still feeling crappy Saturday it’ll be a trip to urgent care.
Hoping for the best. Please keep us updated!
Hope you feel better soon LL, and won’t have to go urgent care. Curl up in bed with a nice Halloween movie.
“Within the next three weeks, the Senate is expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would provide basic protections from employment discrimination to the nation’s 8 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, workers. ENDA builds upon an enduring American value that workers should be judged on their merits and not their identity. It is past time for Congress to ensure basic fairness for every American, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Info graphic: Americans Agree on ENDA ampr.gs/1ixHjdk Senate to vote within the next three weeks. via @amprog http://t.co/BGlGc1gkz0— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) October 31, 2013
FUN FACTS: President Obama has cut Bush's deficit and wars in half.— HELL-OL GOP (@LOLGOP) October 31, 2013
Ha, that’s brilliant!!!!
Wow! Lost a whole post on the last thread. Where do these things go? Floating in the ozone? Lost in WP?
Found ya in spam and freed ya, Hopefruit was stuck in there with ya Jackie!!
TOD archives at the Smithsonian?
Thus do we witness what feels like a brutal Mercury retrograde cycle this time. Just keep breathing until Nov 11, when it ends!
(Andrea Mitchell) Happy Halloween, everyone. I’m going as Alan and Alan’s going as me. We like to keep it in the family. Although, I’m a little perturbed. Yesterday was my birthday, and Alan never said a word about my new chin lift. And my mother always liked him. All he did yesterday was play the Birthday Song, half on clarinet and half on sax – he got the training at Julliard. Funny thing is we joke that I only married him because he said he was “good at sex” but he was actually muttering “sax.” Oh, well, lessons learned. Anybody have any chocolate?
(InaneKnoller) No chocolate right now, but I will see how many the Obamas dish out later. Who knows, maybe one or two will fall to the ground while they are distributing. I will let you know via twitter.
(Andrea Mitchell) Thank you so much, Markie. I always enjoyed sitting next to you at the WHCA dinners. Love you, my man. Oh, and, I don’t eat candy off the ground. You must be thinking of Ann Coulter.
Oh, Andie, don’t be unusually fussy. I know you have a stronger stomach for garbage than that. Plus the chocolates will be prepackaged.
VC = ‘Prepackaged’ like the GOP news they tout day in, day out!
Oh, Markie, we both know you are much fussier than I am. “Count” on it. I don’t eat individually prepackaged chocolates, either. Come on! I’m married to freakin’ Alan Greenspan!
There were a lot of lowlights yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but this from Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., starting at 1:50, is where the sky officially went black. (Video in link)
Rebranding: GOP wants to make women pay more for insurance again salon.com/2013/10/31/rep… Doesn't want men to share the cost of maternity care— The Lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) October 31, 2013
So let me get this straight: Men have to take NO RESPONSIBILITY for the babies they produce? Women are to have NO FREEDOM of choice, men get their Viagra subsidized by women on insurance, and men aren’t supposed to take any responsbility for the health of their wives or children?
“I’m not a three year old. Why should I have to pay some effing insurance premium to take care of the rug rat? Let the kid get a job and pay for his own damn polio vaccine.”
How in the HELL does Chuck Todd not tell THIS story?
Oh, and Marsha Blackburn’s “not everyone wants to drink champagne” line yesterday. better people send worthless premiums to insurance companies who don’t have to meet minimum standards of the product they’re selling.
“We would have hoped that coming out of those two tragedies that we would see a new spirit in Congress of people pulling together and rolling up sleeves and working on the things a broad spectrum of Americans agree on, but that’s not what we got,” he said. “Instead we got more obstruction and more resistance to getting anything done, most recently culminating in a shutdown that was entirely unnecessary.”
bastards blocked two nominees:
Le Monde confirms data on 70m French phone calls was given to NSA by Fr sec svcs under joint agreement lemonde.fr/international/…— Bat-chew Steinglass (@mattsteinglass) October 31, 2013
OK — I did not think the GOP was going to make a black lawmaker the first filibustered Member in 150 years. usat.ly/1h3toQW— Pall Singer (@singernews) October 31, 2013
Senate blocks Watt confirmation to head NHFA, first sitting congressman blocked in 170 years | bloom.bg/1h3CqNP— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) October 31, 2013
@BloombergNews: There ought to be a consequence for senators deliberately and repeatedly wasting taxpayers' money – it's just not right!— Vick C. (@sonamie) October 31, 2013
We should be very clear on this, JOB, LH and Vic. These nominees passed the senate with big majorities. In any other known universe they would have been confirmed. Only the most archaic and pernicious idiocy called the filibuster, which has been abused mercilessly by Republicans, caused this gross injustice. The reason we never saw this in 170 years is that we used to have sane and reasonably moral human beings in the Senate and we used to have two political parties. Now we have a vengeful, hated-filled cabal who have no love for their country, act like ravening beasts, rather than senators, and are blinded by an all-consuming passion to defeat the president at every turn. They are completely unworthy to serve in the Senate and should be called out and shamed by thinking Americans.
I am so dam tired of these Republicans.
They do this stuff because they feel there are no consequences. It will be a blip on the news today and then they’ll move on to more important things like….the website, the website, he lied, he lied. SMH!!!!!!!!
LH, here they are saying “Senate” again as if he did not get the majority of the votes. The freaking Republicans did this because they are obsessed by the black man in the White House and have lost any sense of common decency.
I really could commit violence:
Simply @SenatorReid you must NUKE the Filibuster. You know the #GOP would've long since done it if they'd faced from Ds what they've dished.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) October 31, 2013
Don’t get me started, Bobfr. The argument that ‘they will do it to us if they ever gain control of the Senate’ makes me insane. THEY ARE GOING TO DO IT ANYWAY.
I hope Reid has a way to bring these nominations back to the floor. This is outrageous.
Oh, he can do it, Jackie, and he knows exactly the procedure to invoke to kill the filibuster.
This is one area where I am truly frustrated with Sen. Reid. His rationale seems overly cautious given all the Repubs in office have done to prevent progress.
@Our4thEstate @SenatorReid: Forget what the #GOP WILL DO, they're making a mockery of democracy RIGHT NOW with no consequence! …1/2— Vick C. (@sonamie) October 31, 2013
@Our4thEstate @SenatorReid: #GOP is mocking democracy RIGHT NOW – what is your answer 4 NOW -not next session, NOW? #GOPs are paid saboteurs— Vick C. (@sonamie) October 31, 2013
The Republican Party blocking Mel Watt and Janet Yellen should be reported on the front pages of newspapers across the country. Shutting down the government wasn’t enough. Now they are shutting down the confirmation process for spike and partisan political gain.
They’ve been doing this since Day One. It doesn’t get reported. So THIS happens and Chuck Todd et al. avoid reporting it. This is somehow PBO’s messaging failure?!
Hey, I have some issues with the administration’s messaging, but if you’re only going to report what Republicans tell you to report and don’t do the minimum standards of your job, STOP BLAMING PBO.
Will this obstruction get the breathless reporting that it deserves? Don’t point to polls when you don’t do your job to honestly inform the public, Chuck Todd.
Streaming has started:
Here he is!
‘Simply put, America is fortunate to have President Obama as president in the last 4-5 years!’ I missed her name and position, but I immediately ‘liked’ this presenter.
Hey, I wanted to apologize to Spandan on the Peoples View… Not sure if he/she visits. I realize what I said was out of line and I was wrong. I’ve been feeling incredibly depressed so I was using an outlet to channel this depression. I’m going to college now and I just got really hurt by being rejected by a woman. I expressed my anger in the wrong way by channeling it through the only real means I knew at this time.
Jeff, don’t sweat it. You can go on The People’s View yourself. Spandan is a very gracious person.
Jeff were you banned from the site (and thus unable to post)? Otherwise you can just go there and tell Spandan how you feel – as Jackie said, your apology will be very well received.
Perhaps one of us can post your comment – but we don’t know what your username was at TPV.
I was banned, glddraco was my nick… I don’t really know what came over me, but perhaps it’s because I was hurt yesterday. Oh and no I’m not a father or anything. Just a guy that had a crush, not sure how to deal with the realization that she doesn’t share the same feelings for me.
Okay, it’s Ann Coulter, trying again to check in. Watched reruns of that marvelous Sebelius’ hearing last night. I just love to see Liberal women abused by our guys–and didn’t they look so cute with all that spittle on their mouths. Wish she had cried though. Bummer. Slept in late today–the crypt was so comfy after the long night of hearing replays. I’m going to make an appearance at some TOAD site today, so told Igor to get the black dress ready–I hate it when he complains about the shine on the seat. He doesn’t realize how men drool over that e…l…o…n…g…a…t…e….d look of mine. I see the way they stare, especially at my neck. And the women are always so in awe of my looks, their jaws drop. Eat your hearts out, Beyotches. I’ve always said that Liberal women are ugly, so imagine the reaction to my loveliness from those Toad men. I’ll have to scoop them off the floor. Just a little touch up on the roots and I’ll be good to go. Vlad called to say our dinner will be late tonight; I can’t wait. If there’s one man who does look longingly at my neck, it’s Vlad. Ta.
(Andrea Mitchell) Still laughin’, Ann. Oh, my, dearie, have you not seen my skinny neck? And my fake blonde hair? And my new chin? And my lips? Although Alan told me his mother always told him, “Beware of women with thin lips,” I never held ‘em against him (or anything else; he might wrinkle my dress). She was clearly of a different generation.
Good one, JOB. I like the lips, she ‘never held against him (or anything else).” I’m sure Alan wishes she would follow his mother’s advice. Of course, they truly do deserve each other–parchment paper on parchment paper.
Eek. Love it, but that *parchment paper on parchment paper* just made me cringe!
Mitch McConnell here I am still burning down the house….er , oops, the senate.
I could not stop the reelection of PBO. However, I will burn down the senate with 430 filibusters and would also stop an elected Official Mr. Watts, for the 1st time in 170 yrs to be confirmed as a Cabinet member of the Executive Branch. How do you like me now?
You are such a fine patriotic stalwart, Sir. I look forward to securing an exclusive interview with you on MSNBC.
(Andrea Mitchell) Chuck, maybe you didn’t get the memo. It’s WOMEN from here on out. Crikey, I’ve been crying that since the ’70s. I’ll get the exclusives, thank you very much. What’s wrong with you, I ask myself, and what do you have on Phil Griffin?
Well, Mitch, I think a woman named Allyson Grimes is going to like it very much when she sits in your seat on January 2015. And she’ll be able to put all the mirrors back into your office.
(Andrea Mitchell) Senator McConnell, any truth to the rumors flying all over Washington that you are one royal turtilistic mo-fo, for whom hell will hold a special place? Yes or No will do, since I like to make up the rest of the reports. (Keep in mind I’m a long-time supporter.)
One of my aides is dressed like a 1960′s stewardess. So, in honor of a simpler time—when men were men, women were women, and the children were above average—a trip down memory lane:
Women are still women, LL.
And in honor of that fact, a little “Un homme et une femme”
Ahhh. I see men are still men, too.
I actually saw that film again a couple of years ago and it still holds up!
Having grown up in the San Diego area, PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) was the commuter airline for CA. It was one of the largest non-military employers there, and sadly went belly up.
They had the coolest stewardesses during the height of the British Invasion of the 1960s. Hot pink and white go-go boots.
Gosh darn it.
Forgot the reason I replied to you. PSA also stood for Pure Sober and Available (friend’s sister worked in reservations back then).
Holy Freaking Awesomeness!!!! Patrick Stewart is winning the internet.
Happy Halloween. http://t.co/ugLBMzAeNF— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) October 31, 2013
For those who missed it.
Per Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, under President Obama's leadership, the United States reached $2.2T in exports last year.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "I want more American products being sold in your countries." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama tells #SelectUSA Summit that his top priority is jobs for the American people and the economy.— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "You will find no better workers than American workers. Our productivity is rising. We have the world's best universities."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "We sell more products made in America to the rest of the world than ever before…America is open for business." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "After a decade in which many jobs left the United States to go overseas, we're seeing many jobs come back." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "Caterpillar is bringing jobs back…Honda is betting on America by expanding production in Indiana, Ohio, and New Mexico" #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Today, more Hondas, are made in America than anywhere else in the world." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "Samsung is betting on America by revamping their plant in Austin, Texas." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS on jobs coming back to the USA: "ASCO, a Belgian company that makes aircraft parts reopened a factory in Oklahoma." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "I’m expanding and enhancing SelectUSA..to recruit businesses to invest and create new jobs in the U.S." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama on @SelectUSA and bringing jobs back to America: "I will be asking Congress to do its part."— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "The notion of not paying our bills on time doesn't inspire confidence." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "So it's time for Congress to be focused on what the American people are focused on (1/2) #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "and what I'm focused on, which is creating good jobs that pay good wages" #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
The not so Honorable sen Mitch McConnell from the great state of Kentucky here is standing before the TODable Nation, I am not appreciative of VP Biden who has just hours ago expressed his support for doing away with the Filibuster……(where executive cabinet confirmation is concerned)….. as the VP Biden advocates for his willingness to have the Nuclear Option instituted thereby strangling the rights of the minority in the senate is offensive to me
(InaneKnoller) Don’t worry about VP Biden, Mitch, my boy! Harry has been leaning on the ropes about the Nuclear Option for so long that I’m almost sure he has fallen asleep.
Pres. Obama: "We've got to continue to make smart investments in Research and Development and education." #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
POTUS: "Let’s fix our broken immigration system so we’re welcoming more talented workers and entrepreneurs from around the world" #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Pres. Obama: "Let's give our workers the chance to earn the skills they need to compete in the global economy" #SelectUSA— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
PBO: "History has shown over the last two centuries that when you bet on America, you're betting on success…we are the land of opportunity"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
PBO: "That is not a myth. It's a proven fact. This is a place where you can do business, create good products and do good at the same time"— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 31, 2013
Excellent Informative Tweets UT.
I missed the presentation. Thanks.
Great job, as always, UT!
@SenatorReid What Senate #GOP did today re: Millett & Watt must be stopped, forever. You must end #FilibusterAbuse once & for all #JustDoIt— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) October 31, 2013
Urge all of you to be unrelenting in demanding Senator Reid and his fellow Dems end GOP filibuster abuse.
Yes We Can
Please @chuckschumer @SenatorDurbin @PattyMurray it's way past time for @SenatorReid & #SenateDems to END #GOP #FilibusterAbuse. #JustNukeIt— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) October 31, 2013
It’s so true, which is why I bring it to your attention. #activist
Doggoneit, I had HUGE crowds at my tired old rallies, I got a bazillion online donations and had the baddest grassroots organization since OFA and still I’m not sitting in that oval office chair. Wake Up America!!!!!
Since @aspirational12 made me #RonPaul 4 the @TheObamaDiary #HolloweenParty I'm going all in. http://t.co/m9pNFsnBlH— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) October 31, 2013
After cutting off government funding while attempting to defund Obamacare, the GOP has turned to blocking presidential appointments as a means of undercutting the Obama administration, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Thursday.
“There’s two ways to shut down the government. One is by denying funding to the government,” the Missouri Democrat said. “The other is by blocking the appointments to serve in the government for false political reasons.”
This is a start, Nena. I’d like to see every other Democratic senator saying this kind of things publicly and loudly.
“I think it’s worth considering,” Biden told reporters after he was asked if nominations should only need a simple majority, as opposed to requiring 60 votes.
On Thursday Republicans blocked two of President Obama’s nominations by voting against cloture. Patricia Millett was nominated to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court and Rep. Mel Watt’s (D-NC) was nominated to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
RT @ChrisCoons: Patricia Millett was a good nominee and would have been a great judge. Really frustrating for the Senate to have blown her …— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) October 31, 2013
@ChrisCoons @SenateDems Bring both nominations back for vote. It's way past time for @SenatorReid to END #GOP #FilibusterAbuse. #JustNukeIt— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) October 31, 2013
@SenateDems @cnn— Jovie my pal (@jovie_pal) October 31, 2013
Happy #Halloween Everyone! http://t.co/tU5OUzVX5r— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) October 31, 2013
How to spot a fake Obamacare horror story: thkpr.gs/1hxaUpR— (@igorvolsky) October 31, 2013
Yeah. This. http://t.co/rMYF8EA5YM— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) October 31, 2013
Donna, if there was ever a more repellent looking person trying to run for president, I don’t know who it is. If he were signed up for Central Casting, he would always be the villain. Wonder if he ever seriously looks at himself. Never mind introspection, which is probably beyond him—just a look in the mirror.
(Andrea Mitchell) Did all five of you enjoy my show on MSNBC today? Back in the ’70s, I was NBC’s energy correspondent. But I just don’t have the energy for it, now.
Well, Andrea Dear, you were in your 50s during the 70′s, so time does catch up on one. Oh..did I just say something I shouldn’t?…silly me. Kisses, Ann C.
Forgot I posted that on the previous thread and re-used it on the new post!
(Andrea Mitchell) But I don’t like your jokes, Ann C. We both know how old I am. You drove my mother and me home from the hospital. Silly old woman! Kisses.
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