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Rise and Shine

Sen. Barack Obama, accompanied by Reverend Joseph Lowery and others, pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a commemoration of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” Voting Rights march in Selma, Alabama, March 4, 2007

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Today (all times Eastern):

11:10: President Obama visits a Powell Elementary School classroom; Washington

11:30: Delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget; Powell Elementary School

7:25: Delivers remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser; Private Residence, McLean, Virginia

First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

The Week Ahead:

Wednesday: The President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

Thursday: The President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

Friday: The President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

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Oliver Willis: Ukraine Crisis Reminds Us To Keep Ignoring Conservatives On Foreign Policy

In case you had allowed yourself to believe conservatives had learned a single thing from orchestrating some of the worst foreign policy in U.S. History during the Bush years, forget about it.

The same gang who led us into Iraq and defended the death and destruction that followed is still wrong on almost everything on under the sun.

As has been the case since about noon on January 20, 2009, the right is insisting that President Obama got it wrong. This time its on Russia and Putin. In their fractured, nonsensical view of reality, Obama is to blame for Putin deciding to invade Ukraine.

This only makes sense if you believe that Barack Obama is the President who peered into Putin’s soul and declared him a good man….

More here

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Benjamin Wallace-Wells: The Misplaced Question of Obama’s ‘Toughness’

The consensus over the past two days has been that Vladimir Putin’s military occupation of part of Ukraine poses a challenge to Obama’s “toughness.” That word — toughness — has been everywhere, as if the two men were actually wrestling for the future of far eastern Europe.

Peter Baker, surveying foreign-policy insiders this morning’s New York Times, found his sources returning repeatedly to this theme: “At its heart,” Baker wrote, “the advice seemed to pose the same question: Is Mr Obama tough enough to take on the former KGB colonel in the Kremlin? It is no easy task.” The Washington Post’s editorial board lectured Obama about the need to face “reality.” On Meet the Press, the panel was unanimous: “No more just issuing harshly worded statements,” admonished Chuck Todd. “It’s almost as if Putin is brilliant, really — he’s outfoxing Obama all the time,” said Tina Brown. “I think Putin looked into Obama’s eyes and saw his soul. And President Obama doesn’t like conflict at all,” reported Kathleen Parker.

Now, few complicated policy dilemmas ever really turn on which politician is more blustery. (Let alone on trans-oceanic soul-gazing.) But this particular bit of pining seems especially misguided. It is strange to wish that President Obama would, in this episode, become something he is not — a bit more like his predecessor, George W. Bush, perhaps a bit more like Putin himself — when the crisis in the Ukraine, perhaps more than any other in his presidency, is perfectly suited to Obama himself.

More here

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Dana Milbank: Obama, the feckless tyrant

President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant.

That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he is being too cautious. Call it Operation Oxymoron.

Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting like a “king” and a “monarch,” of making the United States like a “dictatorship” or a “totalitarian government” by exercising “imperial” and “magisterial power.”

But after events in Ukraine, this very tyrant was said to be so weak that it’s “shocking.”

More here

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WH.gov: President Obama to Participate in a Townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

This Thursday, March 6, at 11:30 am ET, President Obama will participate in a historic townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The townhall “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) will be an opportunity for you to ask the President questions about the Affordable Care Act. You can join the conversation and submit questions on social media using the hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Your Health and Obama) and #Asegurate.

The townhall will be hosted by the Asegúrate campaign, also known as “Get Covered”, a partnership between the California Endowment; Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S., including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The townhall with President Obama which will be televised, livestreamed and broadcast over radio, digital and social platforms in Spanish, will provide an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.

More here

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Michael Hiltzik: The zombie walks: Yet another GOP attack on Medicaid

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., obviously is a great adherent of the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” On Monday his committee released another attack on Medicaid, one of the linchpins of the Affordable Care Act and one that for some reason is especially detested by conservatives, like the majority members of Ryan’s committee.

The attack is buried within the Ryan committee’s 204-page assault on the War on Poverty, which has just observed its 50th anniversary, as we reported in January. If you want to skip to the meat, the Medicaid section starts on Page 103.

…. In a nutshell, the main flaw of Ryan’s position is that it ignores that the difference between the population on Medicaid and the low-income population without it is that the latter group has no insurance. Medicaid isn’t perfect, but for all its flaws, it provides access to healthcare for a population that, in large part, otherwise has nothing.

More here

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@petesouza: The view through window in the Oval Office

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WH.gov: First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. And she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.

During her trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

More here

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On This Day:

Senator Barack Obama pushes civil rights activist Johnnie Carr in a wheelchair while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in commemoration of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March, in Selma, Alabama on March 4, 2007

Senator Barack Obama addresses a crowd gathered for the commemoration of the 1965 Voting Rights March at Brown Chapel AME Church March 4, 2007 in Selma, Alabama

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Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle board his campaign plane in Houston, Texas on their way to San Antonio, March 4, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle speak to members of the press on his campaign plane on their way to San Antonio

Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at a rally after the Texas presidential primary in San Antonio, March 4, 2008

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President Obama plays with a football in the Outer Oval Office, March 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama pushes daughters Malia and Sasha at the unveiling of swing-set on South Lawn outside Oval Office, March 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama arrives at an event where he spoke on reforming the government contracting system at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on March 4, 2009

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to march to music in the Blue Room of the White House, July 4, 2010, before delivering remarks to military families during a Fourth of July celebration (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets Miss Florida Memorial University Morisa V. Jagrup at Miami Central High School in Miami, Fla., March 4, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama looks on an iPad at pictures of White House Military Aide Major Reggie McClam’s twin girls as they ride in a service elevator following a reception at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Fla., March 4, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: site advance Ian Rose, personal aide Reggie Love, Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, White House Dr. Ronny Jackson, and McClam (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with President Obama in Washington, DC, March 4, 2012

President Obama delivers remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 4, 2012

President Obama walks from the Oval Office to the White House residence, March 4, 2012

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President Obama greets Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel before a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, March 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The First Lady participates in a Let’s Move Google+ Hangout in the Blue Room, March 4, 2013

President Obama talks with Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer following a meeting in the Oval Office, March 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


104 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 9:38 am
  2. 6 dotster3
    March 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Happy Pancake Day everyone! I’ll never forget the day when mr. dotster was so looking forward to his breakfast at a pancake house and mistakenly poured boysenberry syrup all over his stack (instead of maple), completely wrecking them. He looked like the saddest person in America. It was so sorrowful (and so funny).

  3. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    March 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Chips, this is a super, fabulous, terrific, heart-cheering R&S and has done wonders to make this day seem brighter. Nothing makes the world seem a better place than beautiful images of our president and his first lady. Thank you!!!

  4. 12 Allison
    March 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family! Spectacular R&S, Chips…Thank you!

  5. 13 sherijr
    March 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Holy smokes, it’ll take me all day to get through all this goodness ~ thank you & oohRah Ms. Chips!

  6. 14 carolyn
    March 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for all the news! I said yesterday that Putin is going to blink. It may take a while, but I still believe that.

    HZ…..thinking of you today. Take care of yourself and rest well after the surgery.

  7. 15 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 9:56 am
  8. 16 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

    That would be me.

    Wonder if I should introduce kenyans to the art of eating pizza with a knife and fork.

  9. 17 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Hello beautiful people! Happy Pancake Day I am going to IHOP later don’t tell flotus.

  10. March 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    GM TOD. Conrats, AMK… Wonderful R&S Chips!

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  11. 20 JER
    March 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  12. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Wow, Chips.

    This is a fabulous, fabulous, fabulous Rise and Shine.

  13. 23 CEB
    March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Isn’t it funny/odd/interesting that during the age of Obama the truth is being revealed about leaders and governments (here and abroad) institutions, previously influential public figures, and so much more. The hoods are being pulled off and the ugliness that had been hidden is clear for all to see. Those who were blind to how their hatred and ignorance had allowed them to vote for and support people who did not have their best interest in mind are gradually realizing how they have been used. Change has come to America and to the world in ways that many could not have imagined. All over the world, the downtrodden and the disenfranchised are fighting back and winning their right to live as they choose. True equality is finding its way to our shores and the old power structures are in their dying days. This is the day that the oppressors in their Savile Row suits long feared. The fact that all of this is coming in the wake of a man from a group that is despised makes it some much more of a nightmare for them. While there are still many trials, terrors, uncertainty, and dangers for the world to face, we are all in a much better place than we have been for many decades because of the inspiration, the heart, and the decency of one man. May God continue to bless and protect him and all who work for the cause of fairness, justice and equality.

    • 24 CEB
      March 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Where are my manners? Good morning everyone.

      Correction from above: ” makes it so much more…”

    • 25 MightyPamela
      March 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      CEB, I believe you are so right, people are seeing more clearly now. All around the world. Truth speaks it’s own language, and it speaks to the Heart. When enough people on this planet can stay centered in the Heart, Change will truly come, and quickly. That is what seems to be happening now. Even folks who are not very smart can hear how wrong it is for our ‘leaders’ to refuse to defend the country they were elected to serve. People are waking up, and paying attention in new ways. And good morning to you, and to all. Oh, and Chipsticks, my dear, you absolutely may NOT send Danny anywhere, except out to the yard, and of course on flowerpot collecting missions! VC will have more to say on this, pretty sure!! :lol:

  14. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
  15. March 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Gooooooooood Morning everyone….

    FLOTUS in China….how kool will that be….and she is inviting schoools her to follow her…wow…my granddaughter is studying Chinese in her school….it would be fanstastic for them to follow along….i love this idea….

  16. 30 mtmarilyn
    March 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good morning TODville. Chips another great R&S. I really am getting mad at all the traitors of this country that won’t support this President in a time of any foreign crisis. All these people that sent us to Iraq now know it all about the Ukraine.

    Update on things here in Missoula. The weather continues to change it is now 33 degrees and has been for 24 hours. It did not get below 32 last night. Now everything is melting and there is ice everywhere. All the homes at the base of all of our hills have been evacuated. They say there could be natural avalanches at anytime. The elderly lady that was in the first avalanche for 3 hours died yesterday. Now the authorities are seeing if there are charges they can charge the snowboarder who caused the avalanche. This is not normal weather. It is suppose to be in the 40’s all week with the night barely getting below freezing. What a mess this will be.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      March 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Mt, so sorry the lady did not make it. How sad for her family. And I do hope that snowboarder gets some kind of punishment for his reckless endangerment.

    • 32 MightyPamela
      March 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you for the news, mtm, it’s sad the lady died. No way this weather is anywhere near normal. Winter used to set in, stay cold, we knew there would be ice and snow, and we knew what to do to live with it. Then as the days grew longer, the warm air came in and the melt off was natural and what we thought was ‘normal’, at least. Keep taking good care.

  17. March 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. What a trip down memory lane in today’s R & S and a reminder of PBO’s constant stand with civil rights.

    SOS Kerry is in Ukraine.

  18. 36 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I don’t doubt for a minute that these haters will do it if they can.

  19. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 11:02 am
  20. 38 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 11:05 am
  21. March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Bravery ….

  22. 41 Linda
    March 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

    If Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decides to run for president, he doesn’t want to lose his Senate seat in the process.

    So Paul is reportedly asking Kentucky lawmakers to file a bill clarifying a state law that prevents candidates from holding or running for two offices at the same time, allowing him to hedge his bet if he launches a 2016 bid.
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    Here is one of the comments.

    AmericanIdle
    3 Minutes Ago
    When he didn’t like the conditions of the national board of ophthalmologists, he just invented his own. Maybe he can invent his own country where he can rule over himself. he can plagiarize any parts of the Constitution that he likes (if any). The national bird will be the Aqua Buddha.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand_paul_seeks_law_change_to_run_for_president_senate

    • 42 MightyPamela
      March 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Seems the Constitution they all so adore doesn’t apply to some of them, eh? Because they are so privileged, perhaps?

  23. 43 Melanie
    March 4, 2014 at 11:08 am
  24. March 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Yulia Tymoshenko meets Victoria Nuland

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    Secretary of State John Kerry at the place where around100 Ukrainian protesters were murdered by snipers on Feb.20

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    Vice News Dispatch 1: The invasion of Ukraine

  25. 46 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 11:16 am
  26. March 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    11:30 EST President Obama Speaks on the FY 2015 Budget

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  27. March 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!!! It’s a great getting up day in TODdytown, right?

    Well, every 1st Tuesday of the month, at 10am, our community tests the warning system. It is a high-pitched siren that is ear shattering, eerie, and completely annoying. It’ll scare the bejeebus outta you if it catches you off guard. (I nearly jumped into the stream once, while out on my morning run). So anyway, this morning at precisely 10am, the siren goes off. At the very same moment, that screeching National Weather Service noise interrupts the TV, with a tornado warning for my area. Lawd! I had to scrape myself off of the ceiling! Sheesh, they should warn you of the warnings. I don’t know if there really is a tornado warning, or if it was just a test, but with this weather pattern I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Same thing happened to us at 10am. I could hear the regular Tuesday sirens wailing outside, which – you are right – sometimes I barely notice. Then the Tornado Warning came on the TV – actually picked up my phone to make sure my son down the street had seen it, just before a whiny little announcer said softly, This Is A Test, because it’s weather preparedness week or something. And put down the phone. Grrr.

      • 50 cookemom
        March 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        Me too, I ran into #2’s room all excited telling her about the tornado warning! She was on fb and had already heard it was a test. She says, ‘chill ma, you’re so extra, it’s a test.’ Well, how was I to know, I watch pundit TV.

        • 51 jacquelineoboomer
          March 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          Too funny. We parents are like town criers of old – yet none of the townspeople will listen to our “big news”!

          • 52 cookemom
            March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

            “yet none of the townspeople will listen to our “big news”!”

            So true, so true! I guess we’ll have to hand up our lanterns, and leave the town square. Such a pity to lose the proud tradition of the “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” .

            • 53 jacquelineoboomer
              March 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

              I’ll meet ya at the local pub, where we shall drown our sorrows. Once Spring, whatever that is, arrives!

  28. 54 JER
    March 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry expected to make remarks in Kiev, coming up momentarily. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 55 amk for obama
    March 4, 2014 at 11:26 am
  30. 56 JER
    March 4, 2014 at 11:28 am
  31. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for this post, Chips – love the top photo, and Rev. Lowery, and the younger guy with the smile next to him!

  32. 58 JER
    March 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

    LIVE NOW: Secretary of State John Kerry – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Secretary Kerry is speaking now from Kiev, on CNN.

    • 60 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Sec. Kerry, speaking to fact Putin wanted things to appear as though RUS-speaking Crimeans needed him to send in troops: “Today in the streets, I see no one in any danger … except of being invaded by Russia.”

  34. 61 cookemom
    March 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

    SOS Kerry speaking in Kiev now, condemning the acts of Russian aggression.
    “Protesters can not be silenced by thugs.”
    “We will stand with the people of Ukraine”
    “Nothing strong about what Russia is doing”

    I’m watching on MSNBC, but it’s probably streaming online on the innertoobs

  35. 62 JER
    March 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

    President Obama is speaking now.

  36. 66 cookemom
    March 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

    At SOS press conference in Kjev, reporter says Putin held press conference without

  37. 67 japa21
    March 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
    • 68 anniebella
      March 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I’m amazed at how anyone would listen to a word these Republicans have to say concerning they were responsible for Iraq. They lied to the American people. Where were their leadership, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham. It does not bother me that the Tea Republicans are all on Putin side and against President Obama. These Tea Republicans if they had to choose between Hitler and President Obama, they would be praising Hitler, calling Hitler a great leader.

  38. March 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

    BRAVO, Mr. President.

    Once again, POTUS speaks with strength and conviction, facts and a long-term vision.

    Forward-thinking budget.
    EXCELLENT response to question on Putin.

  39. 70 japa21
    March 4, 2014 at 11:57 am
    • 71 99ts
      March 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      The obvious – Putin acts, then thinks; PBO thinks, then acts – the GOP have been doing the former for 5 years.

  40. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    FLOTUS is on Rachel Ray on Wednesday (tomorrow).

  41. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm
  42. 75 cookemom
    March 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    OK, Word Press must be trying to tell me something. So as not to be defeated, I will try this again down here on the thread. Maybe they won’t notice me down thread. That’ll teach ‘em to try and confuse me.

    “At SOS press conference in Kjev, reporter says Putin held press conference without of course taking any questions. Putin said that there are no Russian soldiers in Crimea, to which SOS Kerry responded in incredulity, “He said that?”

  43. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm
  44. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  45. 79 Nerdy Wonka
    March 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm
  46. 80 dotster3
    March 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Yowza!

  47. March 4, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    “That Putin was not the Putin we saw today. Today’s Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.

    For the last few years, it has become something like conventional knowledge in Moscow journalistic circles that Putin was no longer getting good information, that he was surrounded by yes-men who created for him a parallel informational universe. “They’re beginning to believe their own propaganda,” Gleb Pavlovsky told me when I was in Moscow in December. Pavlovsky had been a close advisor to the early Putin, helping him win his first presidential election in 2000. (When, in 2011, Putin decided to return for a third term as president, Pavlovsky declared the old Putin dead.) And still, it wasn’t fully vetted information. We were like astronomers, studying refractions of light that reached us from great distances, and used them to draw our conclusions.

    Today’s performance, though, put all that speculation to rest. Merkel was absolutely right: Putin has lost it. Unfortunately, it makes him that much harder to deal with.”

    It’s the reality summarized in the last two sentences – a reality many of us have been focused for quite sometime re: #TzarVlado – that is the reason why I’m rather surprised that ‘markets have recovered today,’ and other ‘cheery news.’ That press conference should have scared the poop out of everyone. You’ve got a delusional megalomaniac (think John McCain) with his finger on the nuke button. Until we see unimpeachable evidence that Vlad has put his troops in their barracks and gotten his butt into serious bilateral discussions with Ukraine’s leadership and the International Community, we have zero reasons to be relieved.

  48. March 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Morning everyone.

    Saw the tweets on the RT anchor who slammed Putin’s invasion. Probably just a PR stunt; she’s now being sent to Crimea.

  49. March 4, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    “Speaking after a meeting of NATO ambassadors, convened at the request of Poland, Rasmussen also said Russia continued to violate its international commitments towards Ukraine despite calls for Moscow to de-escalate the conflict.

    “NATO allies stand together in the spirit of strong solidarity in this grave crisis. We undertake to intensify our rigorous ongoing assessment of the implications of this crisis for our alliance’s security,” Rasmussen told reporters.”

    http://t.co/pCuw89mNnA

    Diplomatic language for – ‘this is serious and we are planning accordingly.’ Not, as one twitter clown, pretending to be all prescient in matters NATO, tried to characterize – hours before the meeting – as NATO principals telling Poland to chill. Please do realize that Article 4 has only been invoked once before – by Turkey re: Syria.

  50. 90 Nena20409
    March 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-mccain-romney-right-russia-ukraine

    Mitt Romney was right about Russia, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday, and if you want to know why look to the Ukrainian people.

    The former governor of Massachusetts was ridiculed during the 2012 presidential campaign for calling Vladimir Putin’s Russia — not Iran or North Korea — the United States’ biggest “geopolitical foe.” A senior editor at the New Republic agreed with that assessment on Monday.
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    Please NOTE in 2012……Sen John McCain didn’t agree with Romney, but today…..well……using the Lazy, Lame, Wicked Media to re-write his Flip Flop for McCain. How come I am not surprised?
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    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/28/top_republicans_don_t_think_russia_is_america_s_no_1_geopolitical_foe

    Senate Armed Services Committee ranking Republican John McCain (R-AZ) told The Cable that he agreed with Romney that Obama’s comments about flexibility on missile defense were alarming, but he wouldn’t say Russia was the No. 1 geopolitical foe of the United States.
    “I think they are a strategic challenge,” McCain said. “They continue to supply [Syrian President] Bashar al Assad while he slaughters Syrians and they continue to obviously oppose our missile-defense systems. They continue to be an oppressive and repressive regime.

  51. 93 Nena20409
    March 4, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Hello TOD.

    I’ve been trying to catch up here. Not been easy.

    The US media is hyperventilating once again in the way the Media massively cover any event in the Era of pres Obama.

  52. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Happy Mardi Gras TOD

    NOPD getting down doing the “wobble”

  53. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    :lol:

    • March 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      It’s this idea that Russia is some paragon of peace and freedom which I don’t get. Do these people not follow the news? The anti-gay laws? The prosecution of journalists? The trials of dissidents on trumped up charges?

      • 97 sherijr
        March 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        Up is down, it is totally confusing to me that people are buying this stuff. And since when does President Obama support fascists? Which is basically what they’re saying… why would he throw his support behind a country of people such as that?? When has Putin ever been a paragon of equality and kindness?? Yesterday after the UNSC met, some of the questions by journalists to the Ukraine Ambassador were so weird- along the lines of the comments by @StephieGilley.

      • 98 99ts
        March 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

        LL – we all know – if you are against PBO – the GOP is your friend – sad reality of the US right

  54. March 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  55. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    March 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    The Republicans only do this because they know that our lazy, sloppy, good-for-nothing media will give them the act treasonous without any ramifications.

    “Do you remember when President Bush’s political adversaries starting ragging on him during the first days after 9/11? Or during the first days of the invasion of Iraq? Me neither. Whatever you think of the holder of the presidential office, if you are actually concerned about the nation’s welfare you don’t go on TV mocking him and saying he’s weak.”

  56. March 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Folk do indeed notice Putin’s hypocrisy …

  57. 104 japa21
    March 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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