9:10 AM EDT: President Obama Participates in a Press Conference at the Council of the European Union, Brussels
MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!
New Obamacare enrollment numbers are sending the GOP spiraling into a full-on meltdown slnm.us/3Zg7N7T— Salon.com (@Salon) March 26, 2014
Oh no, what will the latest Obamacare delay mean???
More people with health insurance.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 26, 2014
Oh no, what will the latest Obamacare delay mean???
More people with health insurance.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) March 26, 2014
BOOM! You tell ‘em JON!!!
Hahahahaha. Good one.
Morning again Mister! Morning everyone!
G’morning Chips and TOD!! I look forward to our President once again shining and dominating at that presser while Jon Karl & his group of con artists in the media bristle and seethe….
human, don't blame me for your assumptions. http://t.co/smNZ4B2cIR— (@amk4obama) March 26, 2014
OMG, look at his face!!!
That broken wall in our garden has finally been fixed. The workmen asked me one day if they could use our electricity at around 7 in the morning, so I gave them the key to let themselves in to the kitchen because I sure as hell wasn’t going to be up that early. But then I worried Danny would eat them, that’s where he sleeps. What did he do when the fella came in? Didn’t bark, just wagged his tail and welcomed him. Guard dog? Huh. True, he’d got to know the fella, but still.
I want my money back.
Danny is still a puppy – a big puppy :-)
I trust he will develop in to a mighty guard dog when he matures, GGail :???:
I am the proud servant to a vicious, attack lab! Attacking defined as tail wagging, licking, and heavy begging.
Congrats on the new wall. The downside is that danny gets to wreak havoc on this side of the wall.
And NO, no backises.
a 100 years ago when I was very young, Rufus and Iived in an apartment. On a hot, August night someone came up the fire escape, came through the window and stole my purse. What did Rufus do? Well you can guess – absolutely nothing.
The next morning when I discovered the crime I called the police. Rufus raised holy hell barking at the cops.
God, I miss that dog……
If you think my Nickelby/Pearl/Kasper stories are a hoot, I could write volumes about Rufus’ antics.
glad the garden wall is finally fixed. An end to Danny’s flower pot fetish?
You looked into those puppy eyes and couldn’t have cared less about Danny’s guard dog abilities. Who do you think you’re fooling?
AMK! congrats on First.
What did you do to beat vc?
Just distract her with gif’s in the last diary?
Ha! it worked
New Video : Brzezinski: Obama handling Putin "pretty well" – Interview f24.my/1eOtDg0— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) March 26, 2014
Did they throw Brzezinski out the window? They don’t want to hear anything like Obama is doing a good job. Like the piece of crap CBS News poll released which said Americans are disappointed in the way Obama is handling the Ukraine crisis.
I am not disappointed at all.
AB, Americans haven’t the smallest clue how the president is handling the situation because there is NO good source of unbiased information. Polling on that question is like asking junior high students how they like college. It’s stupid and designed to get dumb, meaningless results.
Agree, because they should ask the people this question, if you are not satisfied with the why the President is handling the Ukraine crisis, then what would you do? I would love to hear the answers.
Bogus Polls…i try not get excited or dismayed by them….the real deal is that most Americans would not be able to tell you where the Ukraine is…..The United States citizenry is woefully ignorant about the rest of the world…the powers that be have convinced us that what happens outside of our borders is insignificant..
just imagine if you will if our press covered the NSS with the same diligence as they did with the missing Mylasia plane….
we have a major ruling coming down from SCOTUS…how many Americans could tell you what is being debated in the court and what is at stake with the decisions…
The statement…that “All Politics is Local” is true and it bites us in the butt…there is a major push being made by state and local officials along with business leaders to bring the Pope to Philadelphia when he visits the US….in fact there is an entourage in Rome …making their case…
that is all i heard about on the news this morning…nothing about the President’s trip…or the Scotus debate…
of course the news…even local news has always been selective….there was no mention this morning…about how the Philadelphia School District wants to circumvent collective bargaining by using the court to null and void…Teacher Senority…
i suppose i sound pessimistic about the press…but Truth be told …more often than not…the Press does not live up to its sacred mission that was enshrined in the First Amendment!
This is one of the reasons why The Obama Diary…is so valuable and plays such a piviotal role in getting out TRUTHFUL information that the so-called Free Press does not do.
Totally agree with your comment. If not for this site, you’d never know from our local news the president is in Europe. It was all about getting the pope to come to Philly in 2015. Pathetic.
The CBS poll is nothing but a poll reflecting what the Media and the Vast TBGOPers apparatus have been saying since this Putin invasion started weeks ago. They in unison used the words Weak, Putin Wins, Feckless, etc.
The US Media agitates with GOP Talking Points then they poll and they confirm their agitations and then, use that to justify their negative parroting for their TBGOPers’ daily diatribes.
Breaking: Mitt Romney to appear on new reality show, "The Biggest Sore Loser"— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) March 25, 2014
Okay, this is not what I meant to post…Let’s try again. :)
You mean Meet The Press……hahaha
U.S. durable goods orders rose 2.2% in Feb versus the @ReutersPolls consensus of 1.0% and Jan’s 1.0% fall— Reuters Polls (@ReutersPolls) March 26, 2014
Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
Touching poem Flanders Field on the last post. A favorite of mine.
Off to work I go
I believe that we are in the golden age of American politics for the world. The Obama’s as First Family have raised the bar so damn high, on the national and international stage that I don’t see anyone following in their footsteps. I have mixed feelings about what this portends for the future once they leave the White House; but I;m definitely going to savor these times.
This blog is truly a godsend. I thank you all with all my heart.
Thanks Paulita for reposting this comment. I thought I had read it on a previous thread and had wanted to respond but got sidetracked, and I agree with you 100% :) This is a very unique period in this country’s history, and people who cannot appreciate it are very unfortunate individuals. I am grateful to be alive to have witnessed it. Regardless of what happens in the future, it will be something I will carry with me and use as inspiration for the rest of my life.
Thank you hopefruit. One of the best things about this blog is the comfort of knowing that so many people ( I believe the majority) are really caring, concerned and informed – and engaged in spreading the TRUTH. This is the place that keeps hope alive!
JONATHAN KARL AND THE NEVER ENDING ROMNEY CAMPAIGN
THE LAST WORD 03/25/14
Obama vs. Putin and Romney
Today Pres. Obama was asked if Mitt Romney was right about Russia being our “biggest geopolitical foe.” Eugene Robinson and Charles Kupchan join The Last Word.
Good morning Chips and TOD.
This morning’s NYTimes grades; Times gets an “A” for front page story about FLOTUS’ trip to China. Good coverage of the serious and important benefits both cultural and political that the First Lady is bringing to that part of the world.
Then on page 8 The New York Times shows its true nature. The stories about PBO in Europe this week are dominated by Romney McCain and Palin— referred to as The Presidents’ “challengers” as though they aren’t the triumverate of sore losers they actually are. Who gives a f–k what Romney or McCain or the 1/2wit 1/2 governor say? Nobody. But as tools to slam POTUS??? Priceless.
It should come as no surprise that the ACA enrollment period will be kept open for those in line. Same as we do everywhere in USA at the polls.
Also no surprise that GOP/MSM are stamping their feet in rage. After all, what else can they do?
GM TOD friends. Msm is so predictable. As soon as there is something about ACA which they perceive as negative, it becomes headline negative news.
Even things that are not perceived as negative are spun negatively by the media to make themselves feel good… I have never seen a media so insecure about a President’s success.
‘ I have never seen a media so insecure about a President’s success.’
Morning, Hopefruit! I like that comment because it’s a fact. Have you tweeted it already?
Hiya vc, no I haven’t tweeted it, so feel free! :)
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE…WAITING TO HEAR PBO…I HAVE BEEN WATCHING ALL OF HIS TRAVELS..I AM ALWAYS RELIEVED WHEN I SEE ‘VALUES AND INTEGRITY’ ENTER THE ROOM…I PRAY FOR HIS STRENGTH AND PROTECTION AND FOR OUR FIRST LADY AND FAMILY. I KNOW THEY ALL HAVE TO GO…BUT I WILL BE HAPPY WHEN THEY ALL ARRIVE HOME.
Hey Sue! Long time no “see.” Hope you’ve been well.
SENATOR PATTY MURRAY ON ACA AND HOBBY LOBBY CASE
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks on the Senate floor about the fourth anniversary of the Health Care Law. She also offers her observations on the Supreme Court case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which she attended earlier in the day.
Waiting for #Obama. Rumour has it @euHvR and @BarrosoEU will be here too. Anyone would think news was about to break. http://t.co/NCF92DZ0aG— Chris Morris (@BBCChrisMorris) March 26, 2014
Good day TODers!!
Another long day …. wish I could listen to the President’s briefing …. posted this late last night … painful, actually tragic, irony ….
@AmbassadorRice @vj44 #Crimeans awake to reduced child care & pensions. Amazing how aligned #KOCHSTERS (aka #GOP) & #TzarVlad are. #FreeDUMB— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) March 26, 2014
bbc = teann now, still obsessed with that plane.
AJ lead with what’s happening in Brussells.
You are 100% right about CNN being obsessed with that missing plane.
Good evening, Amk! [7:10pm - I checked]. How are you this lovely Wednesday evening?
Good evening, vc. I am fine. Hope you are too.
Ooooo! I love this ‘smilie’. Did you make it? It perfectly conveys the emotion you wanted to convey yesterday. You have to share the mechanics! :) :) :)
I forgot to answer.
:) :) :) I am absolutely fine, neighbour. Tee-hee-hee!
Amk, I came back to look at this and I am still actually laughing! So, so expressive! Your creative (or investigative) skills are awesome, sir, especially in the face of those lifeless smilies that WordP rolled out recently. Kudos!
I came back again to lament the fact that *I* don’t have access to this – but ended up giggling again. :)
CSPAN 2 is carrying EU Press Conference
Goooood Morrrninnggg, Chips, Danny, NW and TODville.
It’s pouring rain here and I’m thrilled. YAY.
Looking forward to POTUS swatting a few more jackals this morning.
GM Meta. We also had a real down pour here also. It was very brief.
GM, COS. Still pouring here. Supposed to continue throughout the day.
I wish that it would rain throughout the day here. It is so dry.
Yup, SoCal received some rain early this morning, but it’s gone away and the sun is shining. Forecast is that we might get a little more between today and tomorrow morning.
I sleep so good when it rains. So soothing.
Morning Ms Chips! Morning everyone! Nice to have our president over here on my side of the Pond for a change, love it when he comes over here, since he often gets more respect than he does at home…… Great posts Ms Chips and BT’s, congrats on first to amk, and I still love the occasional post from Danny! Hope everyone has a great day.
Remember when Bush unilaterally extended the deadline for Medicare Part D and everyone was outraged? Oh, right… thkpr.gs/1iA11I4— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 26, 2014
Okay, the presser is about to begin!! :)
A robot has more personality than Luke Russert.
Good Day, brethren and sisthren! Hope everyone’s day has been progressing well. I’m settling into my seat, even as speakers clear their throats for the presser. :)
Morning, Meta! I’m as ready as you are! ;)
There is a hot mic and someone is laughing quite hard. Not sure what might be so funny…
Chips-O-Rooney, a special ‘Goood Mooorning’ to you! :) I suspect you have been having a few shortened sleep cycles as you gather newsy material on the traveling Obamas. Muchas gracias, always!
Great start! It is a great pleasure to welcome, Pres O.
I love the continued and consistent ‘team’ approach.
Morning VC! We sadly can’t get the presser over here, “live streaming unavailable in your country due to rights issues”… but thanks for the info!
Hello, Andogriff. I hate that! It frustrates me when a video is posted here and I can’t watch it for that very reason. Hang in there. It may be released later.
This admin can walk & chew at the same time.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has interrupted a trip to Europe to press the Palestinians and Israelis to extend their peace talks as a deadline looms.
Mr Kerry has flown to Jordan to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
He will also talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone or video conference in the next few days.
Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of a senior German Church leader suspended over his alleged lavish spending.
The Vatican made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.
Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has been accused of spending more than 31m euros (£26m) on renovating his official residence.
The cleric, dubbed the “bishop of bling” by the media, offered to resign when the scandal broke last October.
In response, Pope Francis temporarily suspended Bishop Tebartz-van Elst and instructed a Church commission to investigate the matter.
Pope Francis has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of senior clerics whose lifestyles seem too lavish.
Only two questions. Good.
But, can journalists count? ;)
Listening to the European leaders speak warmly and confidently of partnership, I can’t help thinking that they love President Obama because he has brought intelligence to the world leadership table. It must have been so difficult to have to pretend to respect the last U.S. president as a world leader when he was so obviously clueless. These leaders seem relaxed, purposeful, and pleased that progress is being made.
Excellent reassuring response on trade——hopefully will quiet some of the hysterics on this issue——-the misleading hysterics—–but probably not.
Good morning dotster3….
You will know when good ol Ed comes on screaming today; he has a way of making this situation worse than it is, as he has been doing this for a while now.
I never paid attention to world politics before PBO. Tell me, did Dumbya face question and answer sessions like these? How did he handle them? I honestly cannot picture him answering any questions in this format, without at least having someone whispering in his ear. I can’t imagine him looking like a leader in a similar situation. Does anyone remember anything like this with Dumbo.
So what did *he* do? Just go to the meetings, then slink away?
I can almost FEEL the confidence and respect between the men on stage…AT EACH PRESSER – no matter the country! Go ‘Bama! :)
I remember him thanking Australia for the ” OPEC” summit , when in fact he was at the “APEC” summit……..
Since the US is NOT a member of “OPEC” , there is no way he even knew where he was.
No wonder he’s been mainly silent since his departure. Hopefully he wasn’t too dumb to recognize that he was hopelessly outclassed.
The pc is very informative thanks to zero interruptions.
I love, love how the other leaders school journalists candidly and clearly. :) :)
Good Morning Chipsticks and Danny!
Good morning TOD family!
Wishing “EVERYONE” a very DELIGHTFUL and WONDERFUL DAY!
A beautiful 56 degrees in the Sunshine State; 6 mile walk, and now a “real good” hot cup of coffee to officially begin the day.
Thank you for the news and beautiful pictures chipsticks, and thank you for the beautiful “In Flanders Fields” poem.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE!
Cant understand why the US press thinks only bad news is good news. When people need to be uplifted they choose instead to be negative. No wonder people aren’t happy. My mother used to say, ‘he’s not happy unless he’s miserable.’ Now I get it.
Good morning vetivera24…..
I honestly believe that they (MSM) do not want the people to be happy about anything; afraid that someone will give credit to President Obama, so they want everyone miserable, so that they can blame President Obama. This way, the miserable unhappy people will go out and vote against their own best interest. Go figure…..misery loves company.
Another favourite quote of my mother. The situation saddens me greatly. If it wasn’t for TOD t can’t imagine what I would think.
I truly know how you feel vetivera24,
I have wondered why they would be so negative during the years that I have followed the news, and then I decided that I would not give anyone that kind of power over me. I am at a place in life; whereby, I don’t tolerate negative depressing energy in my space. I click off the news immediately when it starts; even Dr. Maddow, the Reverend Al and Lawrence because they spend too much time on the negative statements and actions of the republicans at times. I choose not to be in the company of negativity.
If they portrayed President Obama and the 1st family in a positive light, that energy would spread and people would have hope. Sadly, at every opportunity, they portray him as the villain, stirring up anger, depression, racism and hate. We have to create our own happiness, in our own space, and spread it to others.
Here’s some happiness for your day : )
Good advice, Cindy! Turn off the negativity and come to TOD for news and uplift!
Agree 100% Thanks. I keep hoping. That’s why this space is so important. It starts and ends my day.
Leadership ••► There is no small NATO member or big NATO members
Our freedom isn’t free. We’ve got to be willing to pay for ……..everybody is gonna have to chip in…. Our President speaking TRUTH…
Nerdy, where are you? These are words that NEED to be shared globally.
Good moooooorning! Define yourself …
Putin has created the ‘perfect’ scenario, though negative, to focus the world going forward. He has given the perfect opportunity for PBO to get some of his core beliefs directly addressed. IMO PBO IS the right leader for this (engineered by Putin) moment in world history.
Vlad clearly has miscalculated, as Bobfr has been pointing out.
vc I remember listening to a press conference by Bush II and he was so inarticulate that I was embarrassed and wondered if he was drugged. But what was worse was listening to the media re-interpret and assign their meaning to his words.
I’m sure world leaders are finding our current president’s competence, preparation, vision, and overall genius refreshing and long overdue. He is a leader that they have no problem following.
‘I’m sure world leaders are finding our current president’s competence, preparation, vision, and overall genius refreshing and long overdue. He is a leader that they have no problem following.’
Yes, ma’am. And world leaders are blossoming beneath this kind of leadership-partnership. I got a sense that the meetings have had shared input with real and meaningful discussions, because the leaders all seem to know what they are talking about and they are talking with confidence, piggy-backing on what each person says. We are so fortunate that PBO has two more years to continue to show world leaders, and the world, what ‘leader of the world’ should look and feel like! Those still in world politics after PBO’s term is over will have a clear template to measure, and guide, the next U.S. president. I think any US president coming in and hoping to revert to the ‘me-leading-world power, you secondary’ will have a difficult time on the world stage.
I cannot believe that after experiencing Pres. Obama’s leadership that anyone could bear to hear Hillary or any other “politician” triangulating or just plain fudging of facts.
I don’t think they will ‘bear it’ going forward without some pushback. PBO has set the gold standard.
Issa is holding ANOTHER IRS hearing right now……he is asking for more e-mails…that are outside the scope of his original request.
IRS Commissioner told him ” You may want this to go on forever, but we have already submitted all that was asked for. “
I noticed msnbc lost interest in the press conf when it was announced there would be only 2 questions, neither asked by the usual WHPC nasties. No controversial humiliation of the president possible today. Goodbye. Back to Andrea Mitchell. Quick check revealed no stations bothering with airing this European appearance and statements by the president of our country. Sad.
Excuse my language, but that was one (ahem) badass news conference! IMO. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed such a conference in which ALL leaders/speakers were so obviously pumped and confident and positive….despite the circumstances. It seems obvious now that a lot of good is coming from this Russian-Ukrainian outrage. Pour Vlad has inadvertently done the world a favour. :)
It was magnificent!!
You felt it too! Wasn’t it a beauty< Meta? This one, following on yesterday's gave me a huge jolt of optimism. Though I'm looking forward to more, I'm now thinking that at the very least Europe will emerge from this with a decreased dependency on Russian energy. Way to go, Tzar Vlad! ;)
Good morning vcprezofan2,
President Obama’s positive energy is contagious, he is a man of confidence, and when he enters the room, it rubs off on others.
Great spirits have always encountered violent
opposition from mediocre minds.
– Albert Einstein
Morning Cindy. Quite true that PBO generally exudes positive energy which is contagious (if you haven’t closed yourself off with negativity), but this was way, way more than that, far more concrete, if you will.
EXCELLENT presser. Very strong and emphatic support from EU.
POTUS now goes on to meet with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
At 10:45am today, House Democrats to introduce discharge petition on #immigration LIVE: dems.gov/live/ #CIR #latism #FORWARD— meta (@metaquest) March 26, 2014
Pres Obama: Europe is America's closest Ally…we are more secure & prosperous when Europe & US stand as one. #EUUS http://t.co/sNpaENDLwr— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) March 26, 2014
my mac begging for ear scratches.
not.gonna.happen. http://t.co/OE0tjgSL9s— (@amk4obama) March 26, 2014
Awww, how can you resist?
.@neilson Pretty sure I couldn't work for Frank Underwood.— (@petesouza) March 26, 2014
If a President asks….“@Frank_Underwood: Wiser to keep your options open. MT @petesouza: Pretty sure I couldn't work for Frank Underwood.”— (@petesouza) March 26, 2014
Au for Amk.
Missed the press Conference.
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