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Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Kennedy Center honoree Meryl Streep in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 4, 2011 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Today (all times Eastern):

11:15: President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress

1:30 (I think): First Lady Michelle Obama unveils the White House holiday decorations to military families

2:05: Delivers remarks at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act

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Mediaite: Consumer Reports Changes Verdict on Obamacare Website, Tells MSNBC: ‘It’s Time’

After advising consumers to steer clear of Healthcare.gov in October, Consumer Reports health care expert Nancy Metcalf told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Tuesday morning that the federal health care exchange website was improved enough following the Obama administration’s frantic month of repairs that users could confidently use it.

“Now we’re saying, ‘it’s time,’” Metcalf said, in particular praising the new window-shopping function, in which users can peruse health plans without registering with the site. The requirement to make an account before viewing options was considered one of the main causes for the site’s initial traffic bottleneck. “It’s terrific, I’ve tried it, it was working yesterday through the busiest times,” Metcalf said.

More here

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Paul Krugman: Unacceptable Realities

…. The hysteria over Obamacare is being well documented … what I see a lot in my inbox (and in my reading): the furious insistence that nothing resembling a government guarantee of health insurance can possibly work.

That’s a curious belief to hold, given the fact that every other advanced country has such a guarantee …. but nothing makes these people as angry as the suggestion that Obamacare might actually prove workable.

And it’s going to get worse. For two months, thanks to the botched rollout, their delusions seemed confirmed by reality. Now that things are getting better, however, you can already see the rage building….

…. what you have to conclude is that there are a large number of people who find reality — the reality that governments are actually pretty good at providing health insurance…— just unacceptable…

Full post here

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@HHSGov

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In case you missed Charles Pierce yesterday, he was in especially sublime form:

The Neverending Assaults On The Affordable Care Act

In case it hasn’t dawned on you by now, the assault on the Affordable Care Act has absolutely nothing to do with anything except an ideological – nay, theological – resistance to the notion that the government (which is, I hasten to remind everyone, us) should do anything to help construct and maintain a social safety net.

People who are not us need to have the freedom to die offstage. This assault simply will not stop, and anyone who thinks that the ACA eventually will “out-succeed” the attacks on it is being extraordinarily foolish. There are wealthy and powerful people in this country – and these wealthy and powerful people have enough intellectual and political ‘ho’s at their disposal – that it will not matter through the decades how well the ACA comes to work. The attempts to weaken and destroy it simply will never stop.

…. Among the people seeking to destroy it, the fact that it was working would be the most serious indictment against it. In fact, the better it works, the more pernicious it is, and the more urgent the task of its destruction becomes. The happier They are, the weaker America becomes. The healthier They are, the less free we are. Forever and ever, amen.

Full post here

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TPM: House Dems To Hit 60 Republicans On Obamacare

House Democrats’ campaign arm plans to hit roughly 60 Republicans on Obamacare as part of the Obama administration’s pushback against criticism by opponents of the healthcare law.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is blasting out statements to supporters targeting five dozen House Republicans who have criticized the Affordable Care Act. The statements tout the benefits from the Affordable Care Act and link House Republicans criticism of the law and the website to opposition other aspects of the healthcare law, like immunizations for children and cancer screenings.

The move comes as the Obama administration has launched a campaign to move the national conversation away from criticism resulting from problems with Healthcare.gov and call more attention to positive aspects of the law…

More here

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Steve Benen: Another ACA horror story fades away

House Speaker John Boehner was pretty aggressive in pushing the latest Affordable Care Act horror story, this time about a New York father who was reportedly told his 18-month-old daughter couldn’t be included on the family’s plan. Boehner promoted the story on his site and Twitter feed to help get the word out.

….. “It was 100 percent false,” said Bill Schwarz, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Health. “Of course, everyone is covered in the family policy.”

….. So here’s the follow-up question for the Speaker of the House: how about an acknowledgement that this story is bogus? Boehner cited this as proof that the Affordable Care Act is a “train wreck,” and told his Twitter followers how awful it is that “Obamacare” won’t cover this poor man’s baby – which is the exact opposite of the truth.

Full post here

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Steve Benen: The blurred line between caricature and reality

It’s become a running joke: when Republican get bored with the latest manufactured outrage of the day, they turn to the Benghazi and IRS “scandals” as a standby. Indeed, it’s been widely assumed over the last several weeks that as the Affordable Care Act improves, GOP lawmakers would have no choice but to return to their favorite faux political controversies.

They are nothing if not predictable….

…. The White House should probably consider this a good sign. Remember, as recently as last week, congressional Republicans were reluctant to talk about literally any issue other than the Affordable Care Act …. it now appears that phase is ending and far-right lawmakers are back to Benghazi and the IRS. If that isn’t affirmation of the White House’s health care initiative getting back on track, nothing is.

Full post here

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Another ‘In Case You Missed’ – heavenly:

Charles Pierce: Yet Another End For The Obama Administration

Ace reporter Ron Fournier of the Associated Press has another scoop for y’all. There is absolutely no fking way on god’s green and pleasant earth that this Obama fellow will be elected president again. He has blown his chance for that third term, and probably the fourth and fifth as well. Ron would like the Pulitzer committee to leave the medallion on the doorstep. Watch out, Obama. The Horsemen ride at daybreak!

…. A center-cut diamond of Village idiocy …. Ron Fournier quoting something Ed Rendell said on Morning Joe. Fournier has no sense, Rendell has no constituency, and Morning Joe has no pride…

Fournier: “Whoever was in charge. No doubt Sebelius, McDonough, and others must answer to the president, but only one person answers to the public. Obama must change more than his staff. He must transform himself.”

Or else what? The Republicans will refuse to cooperate with him? I swear, of all the concern trolls in the world, Ron Fournier lives under the most impressive bridge.

Full post here

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Milt Shook: Of Course Obama’s Progressive! Give Him More Democrats, See What Happens

I am continuously amazed by the sheer number of self-described liberals who constantly describe Barack Obama as a “moderate Republican,” which is a concept as extinct as a dodo bird. They sometimes even compare Obama with Ronald Reagan. Some have even suggested that Obama is to the right of Saint Reagan. It’s really difficult to take that level of silliness seriously, but the fact of the matter is, a lot of the people who say this kind of thing have a very high profile within the progressive media/blogosphere.

Unfortunately, because people who say this have no political skills or knowledge to speak of, we have to spend a lot of our time refuting this nonsense, so that we can get the Republican Party out of the majority, and give progressives a bit more power, as part of the majority. Democrats have to win elections and win a majority in all governmental bodies we can manage, and we can’t do that if a significant number of voices on what is supposed to be the smart ideological side are screaming that both parties are the same, or that progressives like Obama are actually not progressive, but rather, very conservative. That kind of rhetoric will not get lots of people out to the polls, and it certainly won’t encourage people who already can’t stand Republicans to come out and vote for Democrats.

More here

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The People’s View: The Obama Recovery, The Pope, and the Collective Right Wing Freakout

Despite Republican efforts to slow down, halt, and throw monkey wrenches into the economic recovery at every possible turn, the Obama recovery insists on continuing. Yesterday, two important indicators of growth happened for the economy: US manufacturing growth reached its strongest point in two-and-a-half years, and consumer demand blew the lid off of online sales, growing by as much as 20% year-over-year on Cyber Monday (with online retail giant Amazon.com growing sales by a whopping 44%).

All that is looking to usher in another month with job growth at around 200,000. And like putting salt on the Obamacare naysayers’ wound, just as the website was getting fixed, small businesses added jobs for the first time in four months. Oh, and Obamacare is going to cost less than projected.

America is making things again. Small businesses are hiring. Consumers are buying. Obamacare is signing people up while costing less. Syria is disarming. Iran is giving up its nuclear ambitions. Therefore, of course, Republicans are losing their sh*t, now this close to arguing that the Pope, just like Obama, is a Marxist who hates Catholics!

More here

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Michael Tomasky: The Accidental Truth in the RNC’s Latest Race Gaffe

A tweet about Rosa Parks ‘ending racism’ reveals a shameful truth about the GOP: Equality has never been the party’s fight and likely never will be. Yeah, it was probably a junior social-media staffer who threw up that Twitter post about Rosa Parks “ending racism” in 1955. And it was just a little slip.

But it’s a story because it reveals two painful and quite shameful truths about the GOP, in this year of the “autopsy” that wasn’t, this year when the Republican-appointed Supreme Court majority essentially made racially discriminatory gerrymandering legal again after nearly 50 years, and when Republican state parties all over the country are redoubling their efforts to make it as difficult as possible for black people to cast a vote.

The first truth is that this staffer, whoever it was, in all likelihood made this slip for a reason. She or he has been schooled to believe that racism did end, and that all present-day discussion of the problem is just whining from society’s takers. We might call this a central tenet of the right, although the word tenet dignifies it too much. It’s more like a fact-free conviction, held by people who are never capable of imagining walking a hundred yards, let alone a mile, in another person’s shoes.

More here

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ToooOOOooooOOoooo funny – thank you Amk!

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On This Day:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Edith Childs, from Greenwood, S.C., in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, during a holiday party, Dec. 4, 2009. Childs coined the campaign slogan “fired up, ready to go.” (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama greets patrons during a lunch with small business owners and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski at Hamilton Family Restaurant in Allentown, Pa., Dec. 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reaches out to greet members of the audience following remarks at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pa., Dec. 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama embraces House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following their meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 4, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama takes a picture of guests Marilyn Arleen Nelson and Glen D. Nelson during the Kennedy Center Honors reception in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 4, 2011 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama makes remarks at a reception for the recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

At the Kennedy Center Honors event, December 4, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down the Grand Staircase before delivering remarks at a holiday reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 4, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


128 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Worth reading.

  2. 14 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi TOD family,

    Today is going to be great!

  3. 16 desertflower
    December 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

    OH!!

  4. 20 desertflower
    December 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful FLOTUS:)

  5. 21 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    How come the kenyan gets to hug everyone and his wife does not?

  6. 26 forus50
    December 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Knoller’s response is the mindset of the entire elected GOP and their followers. Doesn’t matter if anything I do or say is accurate now; because perhaps it was at one point in time. Unbelievable!

  7. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    December 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    If there has been a more stunningly beautiful First Lady in history, I haven’t heard of her. If there is a more gorgeous First Spouse in the world right now I haven’t seen her. Michelle Obama, born to an ordinary, middle class family in Chicago looks as if she was bred for royalty. Totally regal, totally self-assured. A one of a kind. And the guy she married ain’t bad either.

  8. 36 GGAIL
    December 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  9. 38 utaustinliberal
    December 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

  10. December 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Well up and at ‘em all you O’s!!!!1 What a great getting up day on TOD Boulevard!!!

    Wagers on which Tweety twin will show up for the town hall fashioned sit down with PBO tomorrow?

    Bad twin will lean in and offer unsolicited advice on how to wear the shoes of a President, considering how many presidential shoes he’s shined over the years.

    Good twin will talk about disparities and PBO’s cray cray opposition, then allow PBO and the audience a chance to be heard.

    Whichever twin shows up, I sure hope he stays far enough away to avoid spittling the prez…..eeeww

    Off I go to rein in the reindeer again!!!

    Breathe in……Peace Out!

  11. 41 Vicki
    December 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    One fantasy Christmas gift I could hope for is a personal note from Pope Francis to the 25 GOP Governors who are denying the Medicaid expansion in their states:
    Saying without my sarcasm “What part of heal the sick do you not understand? And also ” ixnay on the SNAP cuts.”

    Merry Christmas to ALL not just you.”
    And so on

    • 42 JER
      December 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      December 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Vicki, and Boehner calls himself a Catholic. A well placed call from the Pope to our scumbag so-called Speaker would be very helpful and timely as he looks to cut SNAP funds even more.

  12. 44 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

  13. 45 anniebella
    December 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Did anyone beside me loved it when POTUS said we ain’t repealing Obamacare as long as he is President. So in other word, Republicans, grow up, get some of that mental health care under Obamacare and get over it.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 46 Sara
    December 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “MSNBC’s Martin Bashir ‘on vacation’ after Sarah Palin remarks” … oh yeah, because they’re worried about being offensive? Wish they would worry about disrespecting the guy who won the election and is actually The President !

  15. 47 Jovie
    December 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

    GOP only puts this on the docket aren’t 2014, but it’s coming-

    Let’s just hope they don’t get the senate.

    • 48 anniebella
      December 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

      So our votes mean nothing. If they don’t like someone that the American people elected they will get rid of them by impeachment. I wouldn’t suggest the Republicans go down that road. Even with the B.S. G.W. Bush got this country in the Democrats didn’t talk of impeaching him. And they had reasons to do so.

    • 49 No Child Left Behind
      December 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I say this House of GOP is simply crazy. I never thought that having a black President would have such an effect on right wing nuts.

    • 50 amk for obama
      December 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

      That’s a misleading tweet jovie. Here is the money quote.

      Why, yes, there is, congressman: You can hold hearings that accomplish nothing but allow you to sound fierce for your most rabid constituents.

      The Republicans in the House know there is no chance of throwing this president from office. Yet at least 13 of the 22 Republicans on the panel have threatened or hinted at impeachment of Obama, his appointees or his allies in Congress. They’ve proposed this as the remedy to just about every dispute or political disagreement, from Syria to Obamacare.

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      They’ve failed at cutting off funding, they’ve had difficulty suing Obama in court and they lost the 2012 election. That basically leaves them with the option of making loud but ineffectual noises about high crimes and misdemeanors.

  16. 51 JER
    December 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

  17. December 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

  18. 53 JER
    December 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

  19. 54 vcprezofan2
    December 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

    BBL (have to assuage a grumbling, rumbling stomach.)

  20. December 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Danny’s insisting in taking me for a walk RIGHT NOW – hope to be back in time for PBO’s 11:15 speech, if not I added a live video link in post. See ya in a teeny bit!

  21. 56 mtmarilyn
    December 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Good morning TODbots! Winter has arrived in MT. It is 2 degrees right now. Just got back from taking the dogs for their early morning walk. It did take me longer to get dressed. Had to put on the long johns for the first time. At least there is no wind.

    I don’t believe there has ever been a more beautiful and real first lady. I think the only one who comes close is Jacqueline Kennedy. I have so many books and I have the oral history in Jacqueline’s voice. I so eagerly wait to add all the books that will come about about this FLOTUS and all the influence she has had. We are truly blessed to be alive in their time.

    Are we going to be able to watch any of the Kennedy Center honors tonight online? I can’t wait to see what the FLOTUS is going to wear.

    Off to a busy day. Have a great on everyone.

  22. 57 JER
    December 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

  23. 58 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Now to stir the hornet’s nest, before I zzzz off.

    Whaat? Chris said it, not me.

  24. 59 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

  25. 60 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

  26. 61 vcprezofan2
    December 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’m back in time for the President’s speech, I hope.

  27. 65 57andfemale
    December 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

  28. 66 vcprezofan2
    December 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Yessss, I am. It’s a-buzzing right now at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  29. December 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    GM Chips, TOD………

    Caixin: Could you please provide an update on the U.S. rebalancing to Asia policy? And do you think the policy has achieved its intentions?

    Joseph Biden: The United States has elevated our diplomatic, economic and strategic engagement in the Asia-Pacific. Our effort is rooted in a positive vision of the region. For the past sixty years, the security we provided has enabled the region’s people to turn their talents and hard work into an economic miracle. Now we want to hasten the emergence of an Asia-Pacific order that delivers security and prosperity for all nations involved and delivers the promise of a better future for all citizens…….

  30. 68 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Something you may hear about and might need some information on if you do.

    My son called Mrs Japa yesterday and told her he heard the Military Commisaries were going to be shut down by the DoD as a cost saving measure. Doing some googling, I found many articles claiming this, all of them from RW sites.

    I also found out that there has been some discussion of this as the DoD is preparing its 2015 budget and dealing with ongoing sequester cuts. But it at discussion stage only, and even if decided upon (which I doubt it will be as it amounts to only about $1 billion per year) would still need to pass Congress and be approved by PBO. Considering PBO’s record of support for the military (and specially FLOTUS’) I doubt this could ever get done.

    So if you hear about it, just let people know it is just one of many cost-cutting measures being prepared thanks to the GOP sequester, but is highly unlikely to be approved.

  31. December 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Despite repeated objections from the White House, Senate Democrats and Republicans are charging ahead with plans to pass new sanctions legislation against Iran. Though some Democrats fear burning bridges with the White House, aides tell The Cable that negotiations between senators in both parties are closing in on legislation that would impose new sanctions on Tehran after six months — the length of the preliminary nuclear deal recently hammered out in Geneva. The bill would include an option to delay the punitive action if U.S. talks on a final deal appear promising. Despite earlier reports that Republican hawks would dismiss such legislation as overly lenient, a Senate aide says that’s not the case.

    Like perhaps no other foreign policy issue, Iran sanctions have pitted President Obama against a sizeable portion of his own party. In the last week, powerful Democrats such as Sens. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Chuck Schumer of New York have openly defied the White House and advocated for new sanctions legislation.

    On Friday, the administration attempted to demonstrate support for its Geneva deal by circulating a handout of lawmakers saying positive things about the agreement. But out of 535 members of the House and Senate, the White House only collected statements from 17 lawmakers — in a list that counted mildly supportive tweets as endorsements. In the latest sign of Democrats’ open willingness to cross the administration, Menendez accused the White House of “fear-mongering” in its claims that new sanctions legislation would kill the nuclear deal and lead to war with Iran.

  32. December 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    “The United States has developed a plan for security arrangements in the West Bank following the establishment of a Palestinian state. Retired U.S. Gen. John Allen, who developed the security concept, will present it during a meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to informed sources.

    Against the backdrop of tension between Israel and the United States over the Iranian nuclear issue, Netanyahu will try to focus the talks with Kerry on the nuclear issue and preparations for permanent agreement negotiations between Iran and the major powers. Kerry, who will land in Israel on Wednesday evening, will attempt to focus his visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Negotiating teams for the two sides are in fact continuing to meet twice a week, with the special American envoy, Martin Indyk, also in attendance. The talks are not making progress, however, and the sides are engaged primarily in mutual accusations over construction in West Bank settlements by Israel and incitement by the Palestinians. Kerry, who is scheduled to have separate lengthy meetings Thursday with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, will try to take advantage of his visit to the region to “shake up” the two leaders and demand that they return to serious negotiations and refrain from a blame game……”

  33. 77 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Good morning Chips, TODers.

    Hiya Chips,

    No wonder I never heard back from you after e-mailing you yesterday.

    I checked my junk mail this morning and look what I found:

    Recipient:
    Reason: 5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try 5.1.1 double-checking the recipient’s email address for typos or 5.1.1 unnecessary spaces. Learn more at 5.1.1 http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=6596 c9si983661qab.12 – gsmtp

    Please reply to
    if you feel this message to be in error.

    Did I get the incorrect e-mail?

    Thanks, Chips :) :)

  34. 99 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Pierce on the subject of impeachment:

    A long time ago, dismissing the idea of impeaching the president as laid out in the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson referred to the process as “not even a scarecrow.” Nothing illustrates his point better than the fact that the House of Representatives is wasting its time and our money on this masturbatory exercise in tinhorn governance. The Republicans have decided that, if impeachment is merely a scarecrow, they will make the most of it, scaring up money and support and enthusiasm from the tricorn-hat crowd. But we should keep an eye on it, anyway. Some of these people will be out in the hinterlands, running for re-election on the notion that we should impeach the president for being black, a Democrat, and re-elected all at once. Half the national legislature is run by angry children. That’s your new normal right there.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/republicans-meet-about-obama-impeachment-120413

  35. 100 dotster3
    December 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Hope everyone who can is watching PBO’s very important speech, says income inequality the defining issue of his presidency.

  36. 101 carolyn
    December 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    This sanction loving by the Senate brings to mind something I’ve thought about for awhile concerning HRC as SOS and John Kerry now SOS.

    I remember all the hoohaw over Clinton’s app’t, then all the noise before Kerry’s appointment. I have an idea about both appointments.
    I actually think that Kerry was PBO’s first choice as SOS in 2009. HOWEVER…..
    1. PBO knew Hillary could be a thorn in the Senate. After all, she really wanted to be president.
    2. PBO knew he needed Kerry’s strength as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, as he knew he was going to try to get a START treaty. That passed the Senate because of Kerry’s work and reputation. O knew Menendez, next in line, was not strong enough for this, and knew he was not dependable.
    3. Kerry and PBO talked about this…..Kerry knew the entire realistic picture. He and PBO are realists.
    4. Making Hillary SOS got her out of the country a lot, and defanged her. She loved the job, obviously, and it gave her a chance to rebuild her reputation.
    5. After PBO won re-election, I think there was no other choice for SOS except Kerry….all those other rumors were just that, rumors.
    6. Now we know Kerry had been involved in foreign relations missions privately for PBO during the first four years.
    7. That underscores my thinking about Kerry and PBO. These two men have great respect for each other, and after Kerry got Obama brought to the public notice, and promoted him, PBO was going to do for Kerry whatever Kerry wanted. SOS is what Kerry was born for.
    8. These two are an unbeatable team.

    By the way……Looks to me as if Ambassador to Japan is the job Caroline Kennedy was born to! For Japan, which puts a great emphasis on face and history, having her as ambassador is a giant coup….this is good all around. As one who has watched her grow up so gracefully, I am thrilled for her.

  37. 104 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  38. December 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Donna Dem, my fingers are crossed that you got to see PBO’s magnificent speech in person!!

  39. 108 dotster3
    December 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Yes—very powerful speech, every sentence tweetable….

  40. 110 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  41. 111 japa21
    December 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  42. 112 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  43. 113 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  44. December 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Will miss more today. :'( 3 above zero, slick roads, got to go. Save me.

  45. 117 africa
    December 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  46. December 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  47. 120 57andfemale
    December 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  48. 121 57andfemale
    December 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  49. December 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    His speech today is a crystal clear warning to the GOP that President Obama will never be a ‘lame duck’ ….

    #TrustBarack – the choice is yours, ride the roller or get paved by it ….

    • December 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      • 124 Obama Grandmama
        December 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        When I researched PBO’s record in the IL and US Senates in 2008 I saw the incredible amount of bills he authored or coauthored during those years. They were of importance too not the new Senator past obligatory naming of buildings and honoring of athletic teams as I saw on Hillary’s much shorter list. That research showed me that PBO works really hard to get results. He does not rest on laurels. The best indicator of future results is past accomplishments.

  50. 125 carolyn
    December 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Well……I just received my Christmas card from the Obamas!!! It is absolutely wonderful and creative. I won’t spoil it by describing it…..but you all will love it!

  51. December 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm


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