126 Responses to “West Wing Week: “The 2014 European Edition””


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    March 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Tricked!

  2. March 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for coverage of POTUS on not only today, but this entire trip abroad. TOD continues to be THE PLACE to get the honest coverage of POTUS abroad. :)

  3. March 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

    A nice heartwarming story that parlays with the NCAA tourney:

  4. 18 Dudette
    March 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  5. 19 Dudette
    March 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    [Sigh!] Ugh! Another troll soiling up the comments on this tweet!

    I need to go get food, take more cold meds and get in the bed. Could someone please set that fool straight?

  6. 21 Dudette
    March 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    See y’all later!

  7. March 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Welp, guess I’m staying off the intertubes today as well. Woke up with an awful lower back ache, and it’s just getting worse. About to have lunch and pop one of the missus’ Norcos. And I have an awesome concert to go to tonight, so hopefully this will do the trick.

    Also had the saddest dream. I was back with one of my exes from my 20s. Throughout the dream I kept thinking about the missus.

    • 26 No Child Left Behind
      March 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      LL, Your guilty conscience bothers you even in your dream. Enjoy your concert tonight.

    • March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Crikey LL, that’s a wacky dream! Have a fab time at the concert – it’s not Billy Joel, is it? :???:

      • March 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

        No, it’s Pavement, uber hip 90s band. And my buddy used to supervise the guitarist up in the Portland Library. Thus we get to go backstage. But Jesus, my back is all sorts of a mess right now. Just popped a Norco so hope that does the trick.

        I will hopefully get my piece on PBO’s FP speech done this weekend. Right now it’s back to a very good Chilean sauvignon blanc and rugby.

        • March 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

          Pavement! Oh flip, I adored one of their songs, and I can’t remember which one. Damn you LL, I’m going to spend the next five hours on YouTube :-(

    • 30 57andfemale
      March 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Pain causes strange dreams, LL. Be well.

  8. March 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I was kind of wondering why the extensions were given for the 3/31 deadline when a) the Admin hit the revised goal and b) the deadline had been known for some time so it wouldn’t be a surprise. I read that while it is true that they wanted to enroll all those “in line” the bigger reason was a concern about an unprecedented rush on the last day that would create a catastrophic crash. That seems to make sense given the success of “”Between Two Ferns” and all the other messaging they’ve been doing. I hope it doesn’t crash on Monday the 31st but now at least it won’t be catastrophic.

    • 32 Vicki
      March 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I agree with your idea that the Administration is concerned that the website might crash in the last days crush.
      Very wise to have a back-up so folks won’t get shut out.

  9. March 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Howdy O’s!!! What another great getting up day in TODland!!!

    So it looks like Christie is gonna be treating Bridgette ‘Bridgegate’ Kelly similar to the way he treated his personal trainer. He threw them to the curb, but they had to know what they were in for, when they took the job.

    • 35 dotster3
      March 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      And BP now admitting that their leak into Lake Michigan this week is double the amount they initially stated. Lake Michigan—–water source of 7 million Chicagoans——-likely killing fish there too. Familiar looking attempt at cleanup going on now, which always leaves toxic remnants. BP——-not a corporate friend—–poisoning U.S. water sources wherever they are.

  10. 36 anniebella
    March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I was thinking, did the NFL, and Major League Baseball refuse to help the administration with the ACA? The NBA is the one which seem to be helping more. I didn’t expect anything from Nascar or NHL.

  11. March 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      March 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Bob, I heard that Putin called the president. Is that your understanding as well?

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      March 28, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Wonder if it’s at the stage yet where PBO has to show Putin how he can step back without falling flat on his face? I’d be surprised if PBO wasn’t willing to offer Putin a hand ‘to hold’ so he can carefully walk back from the precipice,

      • March 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

        Based on the comments in the above referenced NYT piece, I think that is what the President, via SOS Kerry did earlier this week:

        “The statement said that Mr. Obama, who was visiting Saudi Arabia on Friday, “urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine.”

        White House officials said that Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin agreed during the call that Mr. Kerry and Mr. Lavrov would meet soon “to discuss next steps.”

        Officials did not say when that meeting might happen. Mr. Kerry has been in Europe with Mr. Obama during the past week and was in Riyadh Friday with the president for a meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.”

        ibid

  12. 45 desertflower
    March 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    http://robertreich.org/post/80717261549

    The New Billionaire Political Bosses

    I disagree with one thing…we DO have an oligarchy, and we have it NOW. The only way to unwind this, is for Americans to get honest and real about what’s really been happening over the last 3 decades…add to the toxic brew, Citizen’s United….and here we are. Our very own oligarchy that we rail against others for. Scary shit. WE NEED TO VOTE AND GET EVERYONE ELSE TO VOTE. EVERY ELECTION. EVERY TIME.

  13. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    March 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Putin is feeling the HEAT!!!

  14. 68 vcprezofan2
    March 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Anyone else here smirking at this title? :) (Anyway, they have put the trip nuggets together and also included a slide show.)

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/28/case-you-missed-it-first-ladys-trip-china

    First Lady Michelle Obama just returned from a week-long visit to China that focused on the power and importance of education. Throughout the visit, the First Lady posed a daily travel blog, complete with video and photos, and along the way answered questions from kids across America.

    “It has been a tremendous honor for me, my daughters and my mother to experience this fascinating country over this past week. I’ve especially enjoyed speaking with young people in China, learning about their hopes and dreams, and sharing your stories with them and their stories with all of you. ”

    In Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu, the First Lady met with young people to hear about their challenges, hopes, and dreams……………//

    • 70 CEB
      March 28, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Followed the link; the story makes me so hopeful for our future in the hands of young people like Jessica. Our new labor sec. seems like PBO in his response to children.

  15. 72 susanne
    March 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    ‘ Mr Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, his spokesman said in a statement. ‘

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26795627

  16. 76 JER
    March 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    March 28, 2014
    Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

    President Putin called President Obama today to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following U.S. consultations with our Ukrainian and European partners. President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing and the presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would meet to discuss next steps.

    President Obama noted that the Ukrainian government continues to take a restrained and de-escalatory approach to the crisis and is moving ahead with constitutional reform and democratic elections, and urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine.

    President Obama underscored to President Putin that the United States continues to support a diplomatic path in close consultation with the Government of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people with the aim of de-escalation of the crisis. President Obama made clear that this remains possible only if Russia pulls back its troops and does not take any steps to further violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. President Obama reiterated that the United States has strongly opposed the actions that Russia has already taken to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/28/readout-president-s-call-president-putin

  17. 77 dotster3
    March 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t know if it’s been noted here, but I just wanted to mention the ridiculousness of the ‘cancel Colbert’ effort that the rt. wing jumped on——because I am seeing headlines everywhere saying “Colbert accused of racism”——and mad that people will just see the headline and not read the explanation in the text. I saw that segment in question on Colbert——–and of course he was mocking the Redskins owner’s statements about the team name——–using humor as he always does to point out racism and other outlandish behavior. I can’t believe after all these years there are still people who don’t know Colbert’s modus operandi—–that he uses satire and humor to expose all the hate, racism, small-minded conservative thought. He’s a real gem, our Mark Twain, imho. Need to support Colbert against the attack by the dumb nuts.

  18. March 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Fareed Zakaria has one of the most viewed OpEds at WaPo now:

    I nearly always find myself shaking my head in agreement when I read or watch Fareed:

    “Compare what the Obama administration has managed to organize in the wake of this latest Russian aggression to the Bush administration’s response to Putin’s actions in Georgia in 2008. That was a blatant invasion. Moscow sent in tanks and heavy artillery; hundreds were killed, nearly 200,000 displaced. Yet the response was essentially nothing. This time, it has been much more serious. Some of this difference is in the nature of the stakes, but it might also have to do with the fact that the Obama administration has taken pains to present Russia’s actions in a broader context and get other countries to see them as such.”

  19. March 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    • 81 Ladyhawke
      March 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      We have the G7, EU, UN, OSCE, IMF, NATO, and Ukraine united in condemning Russia’s violation of international law and stressing the need for a diplomatic solution. Finally, it looks like this ‘may’ be the beginning of Putin trying to ease his hand out of the lions mouth. As always, his actions will speak louder than words.

  20. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    March 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    When they come after the money and the wealth, the itty bitty dictator begins to cry uncle.

    • March 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Putin knows he can’t survive if the oligarchs lose much more money. His dreams for a Neo-Russian Empire are in ashes. His only option is to cut his losses and save his own skin.

  21. March 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

  22. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    March 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    BOOM.

  23. March 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    • 88 donna dem 4 obama
      March 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Holy Moly…Whoa this is incredible!!!!!!!!!!!

      • March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        Donna, how much do you want to bet we’ll be seeing scenes like this all over this weekend.

        WOOOOOTTT!!

        • 90 donna dem 4 obama
          March 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm

          Until I read the caption I thought this was an old picture of the lines to vote back in November 2012. If this is being duplicated all over the country we are going to have some incredible enrollment numbers for this month. I am blown away by this!!

  24. 92 dotster3
    March 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Wondered who that goofball was on the vid clip that Ed aired—-Bryan Fischer—-never heard of him—-American Family, talk radio host? He said that God made women to create a nice home environment for men——that’s their role—–to serve men—–so all you gals—– put on your apron and a smile and get ready to welcome home the man that you serve.
    We are overrun with religious goofballs in this country.

  25. March 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

  26. March 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    OOOooosie Woooppssieee

  27. March 28, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Here’s my contribution to #Ukraine updates.

    Although wouldn’t it be wonderful if Putin truly is turning tail and running away from conflict?

    The US media has contributed greatly to the RWNJ neocons by propping up Putin (citing “polls” — which can’t be trusted here, let alone in a dictatorship, being a veritable Putin propaganda machine (oooh, Putin is so much more “manly,” etc.) to the degree that they should rightfully be paid by the Kremlin.

  28. March 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    • 104 hopefruit2
      March 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Paging MikeCrowleyTIME – the hack who had first posted the pic of shirtless Putin on horseback next to a pic of PBO on a bike with a helmet.

  29. 105 dotster3
    March 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Huh? What a sweet invitation. Nice framing, pooty.

    • 106 hopefruit2
      March 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Oh how nice….LMAO!

    • March 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Merkel was right. Seriously deranged.

      • 108 vcprezofan2
        March 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        If you think the title is funny, go read the ‘article’.

        It’s very short, but I see in it the seeds of how they delude themselves and how a turn around could be made to seem logical and supported by them ( if you hadn’t been as exposed to the inside story as we have).

  30. March 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    One more on #Ukraine.

    FT supports what Bobfr has been saying for a month or more (requires a login — email address and passcode):

  31. March 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Ukrainians don’t dig Tzar Vlad’s propaganda …

  32. March 28, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Pain pill + wine = awesome sauce. (I know Dr. Bob will disapprove, but I have never had a back ache like this.)

  33. March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    More good news:

    House Intelligence Chairman to Leave Congress

    Representative Mike Rogers, the Intelligence Committee chairman who has been a critic of President Obama’s plans to overhaul the government’s surveillance practices, said Friday that he would not seek an eighth term. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/us/politics/representative-mike-rogers-will-not-run-again.html?emc=edit_cn_20140328&nl=us&nlid=55745268

  34. March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • 116 Cindy
      March 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Please notify MSM Golden Boy….CHUCKIE TOAD uummmmm CHUCKIE TODD

      It is possible that he will understand what “REAL LEADERSHIP” looks like, walk like and talk like…….and if it does all 3,

      it’s President BARACK H. OBAMA!

  35. 117 anniebella
    March 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Excuse me, but did anyone see POTUS talking to CBS Scott Pelley, why was he calling President Obama, Mr. Obama? I think I will email Pelley and ask that very question.

  36. 120 carolyn
    March 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I believe this week of our President in Europe is going to be a huge turning point for him, for the U.S. and for the world. He used those meetings to exemplify exactly what he means by power by partnership. Each leader was listened to, he was listened to by the other leaders, and they worked together to bring a united front about Ukraine. He definitely showed the strength of “soft power.”

    He brought the Japanese prime minister and the South Korean president together to discuss their differences. NO ONE else could have done this.

    His speech in Belgium was forward looking and masterful. It will be acted upon and looked back to for years. It set a standard for world affairs.

    Then, he met with the Pope, which was a mutually enjoyable meeting. The new Prime Minister of Italy got the chance to show he knows what he’s doing, and charting a new path for Italy. And how many times did he say Pres. Obama was his model?

    Now, today, Putin calls him begging for the diplomatic talks
    .
    AND……ACA signups topped six million…..!!!

    Finally, people are beginning to wake up and see what he has been saying and doing for four and a half years.

    This is quite a record for just six days!

  37. 122 dotster3
    March 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Yes.

    • 123 carolyn
      March 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Yes it is his specialty! Notice, however, PBO did not call Putin. He let him stew just enough so that Pooty called him….in Saudi Arabia! He is desperate. I LOVE the submit your proposal in writing! Just like a teacher: it’s not real until it’s written.

  38. 125 anniebella
    March 28, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Rev. Al is really piss with the right wing attacks on FLOTUS and her Mother, and Malia and Sasha.

  39. March 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Greetings Todders:-)
    As Bob would say….
    #TrustObama – #Ukraine Ck Mate
    #TrustObama – #Syria Ck Mate
    #TrustObama – #Libya Ck Mate
    #TrustObama – #Iran Ck Mate
    #TrustObama – #Navy SEAL-bust Libya Oil Operation Ck Mate
    #TrustObama – #ACA Ck Mate

    Should I go on…:-)

    Oh yea! Putin calls Obama to discuss diplomacy??… LOL!!! Our President IS “Simply Amazing” The World knew they had a Gem of a Leader way in advance, so much faith in the Man “Nobel Prize” was earned without actions……. (Wish America could see)

    The tide turned way back in 2008….

    Peace and Blessings to you ALL:-)


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