112 Responses to “Heads Up: Pres. Obama Speaks At The Conference Of Mayors”


  1. January 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    It’s okay if no one wants to talk to me. I’m insanely sleepy, so I’m going to bed. Toodle!

  2. 4 Roberta in Mn
    January 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I’m here, I’ll talk to you. :)

  3. 5 Roberta in Mn
    January 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Must be a slooooow day today. Or is everyone still on the last thread?. How have you been FayPax? You have been off the grid for awhile, just catching up after your busy holiday season?.

    • 6 99ts
      January 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      I for one – just discovered this thread exist – I spend a good hour or two every day on the wrong thread

  4. 7 Roberta in Mn
    January 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    BBL going to go catch up on the other posts. Just sat down for a bit. :)

  5. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    January 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hey TOD, Nath left this message at the end of the last thread so I’m bringing it over so everyone can see. Welcome back Nath, glad your travels went well and that you’re recovering from the bug. Happy to have you back on TOD!

    This is Nath’s comment:

    AMK/Chipsticks and every one concerned about me being AWOL, here is my response to your R&S inquiry that you might have missed because I signed on very late.

    “Hello AMK and Chipsticks! Sorry for being awol. I just came back from a three weeks trip to East Africa (mainly Uganda). Had no access to a computer. Got back on Monday, but caught a nasty bug (head and chest cold) that I am now barely recovering from. I truly missed reading TOD posts. I hope you and everyone at TOD had a wonderful beginning of the New Year. I will try to read some previous posts to catch up. I truly appreciate your looking out for me. Lots of love to TOD family.”

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      January 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you for bringing this over, NerdyW. I would have missed it for another long while otherwise.

      welcome back, Nathk. Hope the trip part of your absence was memorable for you.

      • 10 nathkatun7
        January 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Thanks, VC. It’s so nice to be back. I had a wonderful trip other than the miserable flu bug that has me bogged down.

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          January 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

          Great! I’m not sure how I would handle a vacation without being able to access TODvillage, even if I can’t comment.

          • 12 nathkatun7
            January 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

            VC, It wasn’t easy, but the best way to do that was to spend lots of time driving and visiting new places, and spending time in the evening sitting outside sipping wine, or drinking tea and engaging in interesting conversations with people who are curious about U.S. as well as pushing back against those who were unfairly critical of President Obama.

        • 14 99ts
          January 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

          I have just been chatting to you on the last thread – an hour or two after this one started. :) So pleased you are back on TOD – would love to hear about the trip – an interesting world without the intertubes – I think Mr 99 would go more crazy than me under those circumstances.

    • 15 nathkatun7
      January 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks NW for sharing my message. Thanks also for all the work you do to keep us informed. I am so glad to be back with this wonderful TOD family.

  6. 19 Ladyhawke
    January 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Chris Murphy @ChrisMurphyCT

    ———————————————–

    Rule No. 376 for politicians: There Is never ever a good reason to use the word “libido” in public.

    ———————————————–

  7. 22 Nena20409
    January 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    FayPax and Roberta In MN

    You two are rocking TOD world and Congrats FayPax.

  8. 23 Judith Fardig
    January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Glad to know Nath is back among us. He must have some stories to tell!

  9. 25 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    • 26 99ts
      January 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Exactly 57 – the GOP response to the ACA – defund abortion; the GOP response to Gov Christie scandal – ban abortion

      When Benghazi!!! no longer wins the media chat shows – the GOP returns to its favorite hate on women – abortion.

  10. 27 vcprezofan2
    January 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    (Don’t mind me, just crawling in slowly and quietly to see what I’ve missed.)

    • 28 Nena20409
      January 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Uncle SUGAR and Libido, that is all VC ;)

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        January 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

        English, please Nena. TY

        • 30 Nena20409
          January 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          Sorry sweet Lady VC, I don’t speak Huckabee…….Arkansan Accent is Tough from my neck of the woods. So sorry ;)

      • 31 carolyn
        January 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        Why is he not concerned with the male libido, which is THE REASON women need reliable birth control!!!!! These guys are always backwards.
        Women used to bear incredible numbers of children, and many died very young from childbearing problems, and frankly being worn out. Of course, the men could then get a younger wife, who would then bear MORE children, and get worn out, ad infinitum.

        Some of those old Puritan fathers went through three or four wives, all the while foisting numerable pregnancies on those women!!!

        These statements really make me angry. Then……they want to take away all funds for prenatal health care, etc. WHY DO WOMEN VOTE FOR THESE MEN?????

        • 32 jackiegrumbacher
          January 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

          Carolyn, many women (and men) vote reflexively, if they vote at all. If they’re used to voting Republican or their parents did, they do it automatically without thinking. Some were even taught early on that Democrats are terrible and voting for one is the last thing you should do. Of course, they never question this or try to figure out why or if it has any basis in today’s reality. I’ve seen this attitude so often in the county we live in that it no longer surprises me. They don’t care who’s running–a ham sandwich will do–as long as it has an R after the name.

          • 33 carolyn
            January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

            I know that R voting is reflexive…..I live in Oklahoma.
            However, we need to keep pointing out these inconsistencies and yes, stupidities. I teach eighteen year olds, and I use my classroom as a chance to teach about women’s issues and racial issues. Young women need to have it explained to them what it was like before there was reliable contraception.
            I remember it well at my age. I graduated from college in 1961, the young women were beginning to want to attend professional schools, and take professional jobs. But, of course, college was seen as a marriage market also. I well remember the conversations in the dorms with young women getting married worried over this very thing. They had to teach for several years often to support a husband going to grad school…..they worried and worried about getting pregnant. My Senior year roommate got married, went to grad school, and of course was almost immediately pregnant. The pill was in its beginning stages then. This was a constant concern. They did not want to be saddled with numerous children.
            By the time I got married in 1966 the pill was much better, and I was fortunate.
            My daughter had gyn problems in high school and had to take the pill…….I just despise the loudmouth ignorance of these men. I am also old enough to remember basement/coathanger abortion “clinics.” When I tell the young women today about those, they are stunned. Actually, the women my age I talk to, are very progressive in these matters because we remember what it was like.

          • 34 99ts
            January 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

            I remember going with my parents to vote – and they asked me who I would vote for – I picked the man who was not my parent’s choice & when asked why – I thought he had the nicest name!

            I can remember being told I must always have a reason for selecting my candidate – but never being told I must vote as my parents did. My mother spent her life telling me her vote was private & no-one had the right to ask who she voted for. I think she spent her life voting opposite to my Dad – but never would she tell!

  11. 35 Asher in Boston
    January 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Hi, everyone. Congrats to FayPax on 1st. And good to know Nath is all well. I rarely post but make sure to read all the posts and comments. What a wonderful place to come to everyday. Thanks to Chips, UT for all the informative posts and all the other BTs. Those two handsome Dem guys up post look fine. We are lucky to have them.

    • 36 nathkatun7
      January 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Asher. Greetings from the “Mother Country.” I hope one of these days to make it to South Africa.

  12. 37 vcprezofan2
    January 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Was that Christie’s head that popped up first for PBO?

    • 38 vcprezofan2
      January 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      No, it can’t be. Don’t mind me; my brain went for a stroll.

      • 39 MightyPamela
        January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        Wll, VC, strolling is better crawling, I’m trying to be selective in replies today!

        • 40 vcprezofan2
          January 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

          Did your brain go for a crawl? Honestly, *I* am more sleep deprived than normal because of the games being played here this week.

          • 41 MightyPamela
            January 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

            No, m’dear, upthread you commented you were crawling in slowly…

            • 42 vcprezofan2
              January 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

              I know, but you said strolling was better than crawling, so that’s why I asked if *your* brain was ‘crawling’ today. These things never make sense when you explain them. Not that I’m making any sense at all today. Forget it, and we’ll start over another day. I have several ‘meetings’ tomorrow to address a few issues on the home front, so hopefully I’ll be more lucid tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully.

    • 43 Nerdy Wonka
      January 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Christie is a Governor. These are Mayors.

      • 44 vcprezofan2
        January 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Yes, TY, NW. I woke up to that AFTER I wrote my dumb observation. My excuse to myself was that the guy’s head was big, so Christie came to mind. :(

  13. January 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Bringing this over since it was at the bottom.

    Hey, y’all. Check out this link. Good info about Cathy McNorris Rodgers. Very enlightening and not in a good way. She’s a “piece of work.” Read the entire thing.

    http://we-can-do-better.org/

    • 46 99ts
      January 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Quite a read – a small quote

      “To many, she appears quite ordinary and unimpressive in her general demeanor. Likewise, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R-Wash] boasts few legislative achievements from being in the U.S. Congress since 2005. To understand her success, we need to realize that quick advancement in the Republican Party means that you spend most of your time at Washington D.C. cocktail parties, schmoozing with lobbyist and courting their money, and helping other Republicans get elected.”

  14. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    January 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Wait…..WHAT?

  15. 50 Nena20409
    January 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Wow. Just Wow.

    There are Now 3 TBGOPers rebuttal to POTUS’ SOTU?

    Lee for the Teabaggers.

    McC-Rodgers for the Boehner…GOP Apparatus in DC

    Curly Rand Paul for the Misguided, double down, Libertarians

    Only in the Age of Pres Obama that GOP has morphed into 3 RWNJs? Next Beck will get a rebuttal for the Talking Heads and Nugent will give rebuttal for the Gun Nuts?

  16. January 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I think that all this rush to crown Hillary is a attempt by those on the left as well as the right to discourage anyone else from getting into the race…esp anyone who wants to carry on with the Obama Agenda….

    but I hope that it does not discourage anyone from running….namely Joe Biden, Martin O’Malley..

    • January 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      It already has. O’Malley has said he won’t run if she does and I think that’s the feeling for most who are considering running which is all the more reason why she shouldn’t be the candidate. It’s like a steamroller.

      It’s starting to feel to me like Dems are just checking off the First Female President box.
      I don’t really know what her achievements are beyond those she can carry out at any foundation.
      I detest her Iraq War vote and I read she also argued for war with Syria.
      I don’t trust her inner circle or her high dollar investors.
      Bill Clinton grosses me out on so many levels. He made some seriously egregious remarks in 2008 that were so deeply offensive, it’s hard to forget and I think it revealed his true character.
      Yet I’m starting to feel like we’re supposed to resign ourselves to her candidacy.
      Depressing.

      • January 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        I feel as you do…

        although I keep telling myself that I understand that PBO is one of a kind…it saddens me that the next Dem candidate will let the ball drop on his agenda…the agenda of “We the People” and .will return us to business as usual….

        not sure what we can do about it

        • January 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

          It really hit me today. I’m starting to feel hopeless.

          I will most certainly vote Dem in all elections but I’m extremely disappointed that our best people are already signed up and committed to her. Why can’t they just form PACs and support whoever wins the primary? That’s what I want!

          • 58 MightyPamela
            January 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

            Meta, dear – don’t go there yet. It is still so early, part of this HRC crappola is no doubt GOP sponsored, IMO, to whip up a movement for whoever sorry ass they find to drag out into the election race. They have no one, no one, and it’s less and less likely they will ‘create’ a viable candidate. Thus, by keeping HRC in the public awareness, they may believe people will go the other way for whoever they set up. It won’t work. PBO is far too smart to let 2016 cloud his days, when he backs a candidate, then we can make our considerations. Until then, 2014 is top priority, and regaining the House, retaining the Senate, those are what matter right now.

            • 59 99ts
              January 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

              The GOP will love Hillary until the primaries are done, then Benghazi!!! – the penny will eventually drop for the dems – hope it is not too late

            • January 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

              The news today was factual, not something drummed up, so I was responding to that. But I am definitely focused on 2014, so I hear you loud and clear.

      • 61 Puddin'
        January 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

        I feel the same as you do….it is depressing!!!!! I agree with Mama Bush, when she said we don’t need another Clinton nor Bush in the White House!!!!!

  17. 62 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm
  18. January 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    wow..WhiteHouse.gov just ended the remarks of PBO to the mayors in the middle of a question…I would have loved to hear the questions …willing to bet they would have been more substantive than the questions posed by the WHPC…

  19. January 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, NO. Just NO.

  20. 74 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm
  21. 75 Linda
    January 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Grrr…..the cut off the Q&A ……

  22. 76 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Because effing IN doesn’t believe in no stinkin’ taxes to take care of their stinkin’ highways:

    • 77 MightyPamela
      January 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      So, do they call in FEMA? oh wait, FEMA is gubmint, too? Well, sh-t.

    • 79 dotster3
      January 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      I am looking at that horrific accident now on local news. I was just about to email the In Dept. of Trans.—–Indiana’s roads are the worst in the country——we have gone in the ditch twice there in n.w. In.—–have a daughter and Indy and go back and forth there often from here in Il.—–also have to go that way when we drive to Ct. to see other daughter and to Fl. to see fam. But we always dread In. roads—–they use some cheap surface which makes them like an ice skating rink even if they are just wet—–and always seems like they never have enough/any snow clearing equipment—-probably saving money—-under Repub purse strings there. But this one looks horrible with all the semis—-cars got compacted between them, have to lift some off of cars, 2 fatalities so far—–got caught in a lake effect snow there with visibility down to 1/2 mile—-and roads were terrible, as usual.

      • 80 57andfemale
        January 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

        There are no words for how disgraceful IN roads are, and as you explain it is a central thoroughfare for the country. They used to not use any salt or sand at all. You were just left to your free(dumbs). This has been true as long as I can remember and every snow storm, it’s Big News. The Big News should be that they have not joined the modern world and take any responsibility for the commons that we all contribute to.

    • 81 Roberta in Mn
      January 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Holy mancow, I used to live near LaPorte in the late 70’s. At that time Indiana was a great state. What a mess, that is what happens when you start selling off your interstate highway systems. I hope there weren’t any fatalities.

  23. 82 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm
  24. 83 Asher in Boston
    January 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I’m one of those people that aren’t on the Hillary bandwagon. And I was taken aback by the Priorities USA coming out for her this early. This is like a coronation over again. Well, my choices are Deval Patrick my GOV, O’Malley, Kamala Harris and Jullian Castro. Was considering Gillbrand, but she pissed me for shilling AIPAC talking points on Iran. I don’t trust Hillary period. Too, bad it looks like VP Joe Biden isn’t running.

    • 84 Linda
      January 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      I will hold my nose and vote for her if she is the candidate……..

      We have to have a Democrat because of the Supreme Court………several are quite old.

    • 87 Roberta in Mn
      January 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      I am with you on that one Asher. I read the article and the comments. She is going to have a hard time. The way I understand it is, they have started a pac for fundraising, but it is not just designated for Hillary. We will see. I don’t see, President Obama sanctioning any of this.

      • 88 57andfemale
        January 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Of course that’s not how the headlines or the tweets read – if you rely on the headline it sounds like they’re all-in for Hillary.

      • January 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        This is from the article:

        “The largest liberal “super PAC” in the country has begun raising money to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton president, formally aligning itself with Mrs. Clinton’s undeclared presidential ambitions more than two years away from the election.

        The group, Priorities USA Action, which played a pivotal role in helping re-elect President Obama, also named new directors to steer the organization, appointments that will both cement the group’s pro-Clinton tilt and thrust veterans of Mr. Obama’s political and fund-raising operation into the center of the post-Obama Democratic Party.”

        She is definitely running. This group wouldn’t be out there rattling all the trees for nothing. It’s a done deal.

    • 90 donna dem 4 obama
      January 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      I don’t know but I was having a convo on twitter with some folks today about this and people are already digging in on their opinions. I just think its too early and tends to be divisive.

      I would love to see some new rising star get the nomination but if they don’t I’ll work my heart out to get whoever is nominated to the WH. I’ve lived with the consequences of people not voting and sitting out elections like in 2000 and 2004 for one reason or another. PBO knew IMO that because the R’s are corrupt you can’t leave the election to boil down to one or two states. You have to have a strategy to win the election multiple ways. Gore and Kerry hadn’t learned this lesson and each time I believe the Presidency was stolen from them. We ended up with endless war and an economy on the brink of total disaster. Next will be a Supreme Court that will take us back to the 50’s IMO.

    • January 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Kamala Harris’ resume is too thin to be President. She barely won CA AG in 2010 (it took her opponent 22 days to concede). Before that she was Asst. DA and San Francisco DA.

      Julian Castro would be subject to all sorts of RWNJ conspiracy theories. If you think birtherism was bad, just imagine the “evil twin posing as Julian” meme. Would quickly spiral out of control. Also, few people have leaped from Mayor to President.

      I like O’Malley and Biden, but O’Malley has stated that he won’t run if Hillary does.

      Bottom line, though. Too early for 2016 talk. Let’s savor the remaining years with PBO as President, and concentrate on getting him a Congress and Senate that are not obstructing his every breath and move.

      • 92 sjterrid
        January 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

        I agree with you on this, Arapaho. Right now we need to focus on the Congress and Senate race for 2014. I don’t care right now who is supporting Hillary for 2016. I’m certainly not going to give any money to any PAC. I do give monthly to OFA.

  25. 93 Roberta in Mn
    January 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Darn I was catching up on the past posts and missed the speech. I hope Chips or UT will have it posted later. GE everyone. Glad to see more on this thread.

  26. January 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I’ll wait to hear from a non-state owned organ, but good news if accurate:

  27. January 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Nancy Smash isn’t playing!

  28. January 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm
  29. 100 Linda
    January 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Last year was supposed to be a year of action to curb gun violence in our schools. But three weeks into the new year, statistics suggest that the problem could actually be worsening.

    Though the sample size is far too small to draw any definitive conclusions, 2014 is off to a deadly start: in the first 14 school days of the year, there have been at least 7 school shootings. For sake of comparison, there were 28 school shootings in all of 2013, according to gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/01/23/3192911/normal-school-shootings/

  30. 101 57andfemale
    January 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Couldn’t happen to a worse human being. Heh.

  31. 103 forus50
    January 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    • 104 Nena20409
      January 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      He Dated Ann Coulter ;)……Hmm? Now an indictment? Oh Boy.

    • 105 Linda
      January 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      ok Josh…..now find out who the Senator is.

      • 106 99ts
        January 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        “Though the Senate candidate that received the alleged donations was not named, TPM has learned the campaign in question was that of Wendy Long, a Republican attorney who in 2012 lost to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The indictment said the campaign was unaware of D’Souza’s activities.”

        Candidate – who lost – not a senator. – from the TPM link

        “In a written statement released on Thursday, D’Souza attorney, Benjamin Brafman argued that “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.””

        GOP speak – Republicans have misguided friendships – democrats break laws

  32. 109 Bill R.
    January 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm
  33. 110 Nena20409
    January 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Jay’s WH 1-23-14 presser.

    The Facial Thing still there

  34. 112 yardarm756
    January 23, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Even Stevie Wonder could see this.


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