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Night Owl Chat

Chatez Vous, Noit Owls

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Feb
14

President Obama Gives a Toast Honoring President Hollande

@petesouza: Presidents Obama and Hollande at today’s State Arrival

9:0 EST: President Obama Gives a Toast Honoring President Hollande

White House Live

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Ooooooh La La

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama welcome French President François Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House

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State Dinner at the White House

(Forward to 28 minutes)

6:55 EST: President Obama and the First Lady Welcome President Hollande

8:40 EST: President Obama Gives a Toast at the State Dinner Honoring President Hollande

White House Live * C-Span 2 (streaming starts at 6:30 EST)

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Bienvenue Aux États-Unis, Président Hollande

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President Barack Obama greets a U.S. veteran George Shenkle during an arrival ceremony for French President Francois Hollande

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OBAMA-HOLLANDE

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14

Boehner caves. Republican civil war continues apace.

Today we were greeted with the news that House Speaker John Boehner, unable to cobble together a debt ceiling hike which would bring along a majority of his conference, caved and agreed to a clean hike, passed with a minority of GOP votes, the rest of the votes supplied by Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats. As reported in the Washington Post:

House Republican leaders told members Tuesday morning that it is clear their latest attempt at seeking a concession in the debt ceiling debate will not attract enough support, so they will be bringing up a “clean” debt limit bill, according to several GOP people inside their Tuesday morning huddle.

This “surrender” was not greeted kindly by the Tea Party rump.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) made his opposition known in dramatic fashion. “How about you talk to my son and tell him about the debt that he’s going to pay,” he said. Flashing his phone at TPM, he raised his voice: “$17.3 trillion right now. … He’s a Clemson student. I’d be glad for you to explain how he’s going to pay that back.”

And thus John Boehner is forced, yet again, to go hat in hand to Nancy Pelosi, and beg for Democratic support to pass the basic business of government. When he’s put out as being the most ineffective Speaker in modern history, others say that “No, he’s being very effective at stymying government.” But he’s not even able to do that. His great battle, shutting down the government in 2013, was a colossal failure and defeat, due to a misreading of both President Obama and the national mood. He was forced to surrender unconditionally, getting nothing of what he had demanded, having brought the country to the brink of insolvency.

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