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  1. December 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    GE TOD….

    Each of you has made a journey from the place of your birth to a position of great honor in this ceremony. There is no greater privilege for me than to be here with you today, celebrating your final day as visitors to this great country and your first moments as its newest citizens.

    This morning, when you walked in those steps, you arrived here as Moroccans and Mexicans and Kuwaitis and Kirgiz, Argentinians and Albanians. As we look around the room, we see people of all ages and descriptions—people from countries as large as China, as small as Grenada, as near as Canada, as distant as Uzbekistan and Vietnam. If we were to recite each of your names—with their distinctive regional signatures—we would be traveling on a linguistic global odyssey.

    And the miracle is that, because of the oath you have just taken, each of those names now belongs to an American. Each of your names is now an American name. As I walked into the courthouse this morning, I remember entering this very same Brooklyn courthouse myself as an Irish citizen, as the judge described, knowing that I would walk out as an American……

  2. December 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    “They covered every single topic in the U.S.-China relationship,” said one senior administration official. On the ADIZ, Biden “indicated that we don’t recognize the zone, that we have deep concerns.” He also told Xi that the United States is “looking to China to take steps to reduce tensions.”

    A senior administration official also shared that “President Xi was equally clear in laying out their view of the zone and of territorials disputes in the region,” adding that “Ultimately, President Xi took on board what the vice president said. It’s up to China, and we’ll see how things will unfold in the coming days and weeks.”

    In the past, America’s role as a guarantor of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region may have created a moral hazard problem wherein nationalist leaders could shake their fists at each other over deep historical grievances without fearing the outbreak of war. As he travels through Asia, Biden appears to be subtly breaking with that state of affairs, pushing countries in the region to not free ride on American security but rather collectively develop a more stable and resilient infrastructure to handle crises. The goal, it seems, is to not only manage conflict but also build a future of what Biden called “limitless benefits.”

  3. 10 GGAIL
    December 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    GE, I’m home!
    Congrats LP on first!

  4. December 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    In a statement, Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko expressed “solidarity” with peaceful rallies. Thousands of protesters remain camped in Kiev’s Independence Square, and are continuing to block the main government’s building.

    They are angry at the government’s last-minute decision not to sign an association deal with the EU. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday visited protesters on Independence Square, saying that “the gates of the European Union are still open”. Meanwhile, Russia – which wants Kiev to join the Moscow-led Customs Union – has urged the West not to interfere in Ukraine.

    • 15 99ts
      December 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Can’t help themselves – they would NEVER have covered the event if someone hadn’t fallen over Sunny. No wonder we need Pete Souza
      He is truly a sleaze – ugh

      • 16 99ts
        December 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        ahh – Tapper I meant for that last sentence – but you would have known that – sigh – I wrote that all wrong!

    • December 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Cannot believe that Jake “the Snake” Tapper still has his anchor job at CNN.

      He has the most nasal, whining voice, not anchorman material at all.

      Really not personable and he should have mentioned the President’s speech.

      I flipped on Chuck Todd for a moment this morning, and you could knocked me over with a feather because he was talking about income inequality in the US, and how it is a reality and an important topic for next year’s elections. This lasted about 30 seconds until he brought his really annoying guests on — who didn’t acknowledge today’s speech by our President (this was at about 9:15 am EST) just yakked about how much trouble Dems will be in next year. Really hate the MSM, especially Chuck Todd.

  5. December 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Ex ShinBet head Diskin: Ramifications of Palestinian conflict more dangerous than nuclear Iran

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-shin-bet-chief-iranian-threat-dwarfed-by-danger-of-failed-peace-talks/

    “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.

  6. 21 desertflower
    December 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

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

    Be advised. The United States House of Representatives — one-half of the national legislature, which is one third-of the national government, if you’re keeping score in civics class — exists now solely to gin up enthusiasm in, and to raise money from, the increasingly demented political base of the Republican party. It is a campaign mechanism, not a governing institution. If it were a governing institution, it would have actual leaders who would tell the more demented members of firm to knock this pointless shit off and get on with the business of proposing policy alternatives as part of the business of running the country.
    Yeah, right.
    There is no leadership in the House. John Boehner’s off somewhere in a pith helmet, carrying a flashlight and a map, and looking for the spot where they buried the mason jar containing his balls back in 2010.

    He has balls? He ever had balls?

  7. December 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Thannnnnnnnnnk yooooooooou UT!!!!!

  8. December 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks Jer! Here’s a link to the same situation but a little more on how cute-precious it was and how FLOTUS (AS ALWAYS) handled it perfectly.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/04/sunny-obama-_n_4386197.html

  9. December 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Weak-kneed D’s trying to undermine President Obama, in return for AIPAC support and campaign contributions. Pathetic!

    “The Obama team has won the first round on the six-month agreement with Iran by a knockout. The phony, misleading, and dishonest arguments against the pact just didn’t hold up to the reality of the text. As night follows day, the mob of opponents didn’t consider surrender, not for a second. Instead, they trained their media howitzers on the future, the next and more permanent agreement, you know, the one that has yet to be negotiated.

    The Saudis lost most gracefully. They simply said this step has been taken and they’ll see about the next one. The Israelis lost most tendentiously. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called the interim arrangement “a historic mistake.” His minions went further to say that, in retaliation, Israel might well just trash the ongoing private negotiations with the Palestinians, probably the last chance for a treaty in Obama’s tenure…….”

    • 32 carolyn
      December 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      That picture of Menendez as chair of the foreign relations committee, illustrates one reason POTUS did not appoint Sen. Kerry as SOS during his first term. He knew he needed Kerry as chair, because he was aiming for the START Treaty, and he needed Kerry’s reputation and strength to get it done.
      Another reason was he needed to defang Hillary, and giving her the SOS did that, so he did not have to deal with her in the Senate. He always thinks long term.

      • 33 Puddin'
        December 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        “He got this” :-) I think this is the reason why they can’t stand President Obama, he is so much smarter than they will ever be.

  10. 34 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  11. December 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I know there’s nothing but animus against MSNBC tonight, but fellow boomers will really appreciate the first 3 minutes of this segment from @maddow last night.

    She shows clips of RFK meeting with Cesar Chavez in 1968 (alas, RFK’s final year) when Chavez was on a hunger strike.

    RFK’s main concern was Chavez’ health; he sent a telegram urging Chavez to “pass-the-torch” to another protester to carry on the cause.

    Then she shows POTUS and FLOTUS at the CIR fasters’ tent last Friday, and said the POTUS offered the same advice to the activist leader Medina.

    Someone here (Hopefruit2?) mentioned that PBO is the only activist President this nation has had. I firmly believe that RFK would have been one, had he not been murdered in Jun 1968. I was such a fervent fan of his then, as were many on this blog. People who didn’t live through 1968 have no idea what an absolutely insane year it was. I think California would have propelled RFK to win the Dem nomination (with no riots outside the Dem Chicago convention) and that he would have beaten Nixon. Pure speculation, of course, but I think he would have been an activist President at a time that it was “cool” to be a young activist.

    At about the 2:30 mark of the video, Joe Kennedy III (D-MA, son of Joe Kennedy II, grandson of RFK) accepts the passing of the fasting “torch” as he prepares to fast for 24 hours.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      December 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you for bringing us that!

    • 38 daisydem
      December 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      1968: oh my … my senior year in high school, my male classmates being drafted … the Vietnam War, RFK : I followed his campaign with all the heart and soul that was in me; the night of his death my mother forbade me to watch tv, or read newspapers, for one week following: she knew I could not handle it emotionally. I obeyed her. Today, I thank her. 1968. Music … music and the comedians kept us sane.

  12. 39 vcprezofan2
    December 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Saying ‘Gunnite’ so i can go read myself to sleep.

    /waving/ Ta-taw, TODobots!

  13. December 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    The speech on inequality that President Obama delivered just now will mostly pass unnoticed by the political world, with Republicans dismissing it as “class warfare” and an effort to distract from Obamacare, and pundits describing it more judiciously as an effort to “pivot” away from the law.
    But experts who see inequality as one of the most urgent moral, political and economic long term challenges facing the country will see it as one of the most important speeches of the Obama presidency – more ambitious than his similar 2011 speech in Kansas.

    “This is a major speech on a topic that American presidents normally stay away from,” Tim Smeeding, an expert on inequality at the University of Wisconsin, tells me, adding that it compares in some ways to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s addresses. “The fact that a sitting president faced with a crowded agenda had the courage to discuss this overarching problem is historic.”

  14. December 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  15. 45 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Go Gunners.

  16. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  17. December 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Would be nice if this got some attention:

  18. December 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    For next week’s heavy, somber, heartbreaking anniversary..

    And just a reminder to those in the Philly area, there’s an activist gun safety group in your midst:

  19. 54 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    USB cable developers have announced that a forthcoming version of the connector’s plug is to be reversible.

    It means users of the Universal Serial Bus cables will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.

    The specification is due to be completed by mid-2014, and the first product on the market by 2016.

    It will neuter one of the advantages Apple’s proprietary lightning cable currently has over the USB system.

    The first USB cable were released in the mid-1990s and, until now, could only be plugged into a computer or other device one way round to ensure a data connection.

    The Promoter Group, which agrees the design of the standard, is currently made up of representatives from Intel, HP, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25222101

  20. 55 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  21. 56 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  22. 57 carolyn
    December 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I hope all of you get the chance to read the interview with FLOTUS in the new Journal. When asked what she wanted her legacy to be about the White House, she said “inclusion.” She has worked for this since 2009.
    This goes along with her husband’s speech today on income inequality. They both are working to change minds and attitudes in the country, and this is driving the self-appointed “elite” of D.C. crazy.
    Today’s example, bringing children of vets for the FIRST viewing of the Christmas decorations, is not the traditional way. It has become Michelle’s tradition, a rich, warm, inclusive tradition. But before, the FIRST viewing was for the D.C. media and political elite.
    Of course they will be invited for receptions this season, but they were not FIRST. It is hard for us normal humans to understand the earthquake this is within the Beltway, and the talking heads resent it.
    President Obama is also trying to slowly turn the humongous ship of state around, and this is also resented, and he is hated for it.
    They are both being effective, and change IS taking place, and one reason I know it, is because of the yelling and pain and lashing out. If everything were status quo, the talkers would be calm, but they are greatly disturbed, because they see their prerogatives slipping away.

  23. December 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    DF asked that someone tweet this out this morning:

  24. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  25. December 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    More from @IanBremmer (several days old, just stumbled across him today):

  26. 62 LDS
    December 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    “You owe it to the American people to tell us what you are for, not what you are against.”

    Enough said. Slap the podium. The last will be first.
    Love my President and First Lady.
    Good night.

  27. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    This is a bitter pill, but we WILL NOT let anybody rewrite history:

  28. December 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    #ClickOFF @MSNBC

    Will ask them again, tomorrow & the day after & the day after ….

    Yes We Can

  29. 67 amk for obama
    December 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  30. December 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    With President Obama & Pope Francis tag teaming the plutocrats you can be sure it’s going to get way more vicious than anything you’ve witnessed, to date.

    We are now at war with the monied few who value their treasures more than anything. The day was going to come – on a global scale rather than the regional scale that has characterized this age old conflict.

    The outcome depends on what EACH of us DOES.

    #FiredUp …. #ReadyToGo … ain’t just a campaign slogan any longer …

  31. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  32. 71 carolyn
    December 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I wonder if Chris Matthews who’s always yelling about American exceptionalism, heard what the President said about upward mobility? He named three of our allies, Canada, France and Germany where upward mobility is easier now than here. Sadly, I can believe that.

  33. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    December 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  34. 74 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Fiinally. BBC FP’s PBO speech

    Obama calls for action on ‘profoundly unequal’ economy

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25227501

  35. 75 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

    • December 5, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I read the entire report by these so-called brainiacs and in a word it is a nicely worded compilation of bullshit. In the final analysis it comes down to pluses and minuses…revenue and expenditures…and how each party influenced, cut or expanded them. It’s a little silly to suggest that consumer confidence has no impact if the unemployment rate is 10%. When it comes to the economy…Democrats win that contest hands down!

      It’s been a while since I updated this little report, but it still makes the case.

      http://thepoliticalpragmatic.blogspot.com/2013/05/democrats-v-republicans-update.html

  36. 77 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

  37. December 5, 2013 at 2:01 am

    4 Dec 2013 – the day President Barack Obama delivered his ‘Emancipation Proclamation’ on behalf of the majority of Americans suffering the ravages of the boundlessly avaricious #USPlutocrats ….

    …. make no mistake, we are just as much at war over the value, principles and promise of America as our ancestors faced between 1861-1865.

    For TODers, we all knew that when President Obama was elected on 6 Nov 2008, that the task of truly ending the Civil War and forging a sustainable 3rd Reconstruction was at hand and that it was not going to be easy.

    It hasn’t been. But, we re-elected him on 4 Nov 2012 and we have absolutely no intention of stopping until the American Promise is real for EVERY SINGLE PERSON.

    Yes WE MUST

    • 80 catrst
      December 5, 2013 at 6:12 am

      Inclusion is the underlying goal and always has been since the day we started working for hope and change. If it were something a small group of people could have done it would have happened. It takes many many people working tirelessly for change to turn this ship of state into the direction of honor and compassion and truth.

  38. 81 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 2:06 am

  39. December 5, 2013 at 2:12 am

    It’s now ‘tomorrow’ EST, and as promised ….

    … be unrelenting in holding these folk accountable.

    The most relevant and powerful message to the advertisers, i.e., the folk who pay these networks and their employees’ salaries is #CLICKOFF …. that’s OUR POWER. Maximize it.

    Yes WE Can

  40. 84 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 2:54 am

  41. 85 susanne
    December 5, 2013 at 4:54 am

    aloha chips and tods
    our local news has an expanded article, with video, about the first family’s anticipated holiday visit to hawaii:

    ‘ The White House hasn’t officially announced their plans yet, but Hawaii News Now has learned the Obama’s will vacation here over the holidays. This will be the First Family’s sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it in Kailua. ‘

    http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24129034/obama-planning-annual-hawaiian-holiday

  42. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    December 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Good Early Morning Amk and all the other early birds.

    Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum (which is where I met many of our TOD family earlier this year) got an early Christmas present Tuesday. The US Air Force band surprised visitors was a flash mob performance.

    It’s on a playlist so you will have to stop the video when the performance is done.

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!!

  43. December 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

  44. 89 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:23 am

  45. 91 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Shrugs shoulders… Meh!

  46. 92 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:27 am

    :cool: :-D

  47. 93 Linda
    December 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Obama critiques news media during summit

    President Obama has spent part of the Summit of the Americas critiquing media coverage of issues involving the United States and Latin America.

    Obama also chided a prominent member of the media: Chris Matthews, the MSNBC talk show host who posed questions during a panel discussion.

    At one point, Matthews asked about the “demand” by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff that they want to be equals with the United States — “you want to learn everything we know, and then take it back and shove it at us, right?”

    Obama replied, “Chris, I’m not sure you’re characterizing what President Rousseff said.”

    Turning to Rousseff, Obama said: “This is what happens when you get some of our U.S. political commentators moderating a panel. ..

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/04/obama-critiques-media-during-summit/1#.UqByASdgKXU

    I remember watching that live…..Chris was embarrassing

  48. 95 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Have a great day everybody! :-)


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