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Cheers!….or Na Zdrowie!

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President Barack Obama raises his glass during a toast at a dinner at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland

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President Barack Obama listens as Poland President Bronislaw Komorowski, standing, offers speaks before offering a toast at a dinner at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. Third from left is Ukrainian president elect Petro Poroshenko

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President Barack Obama raises his glass in a toast during the Solidarity Dinner at the Royal Palace in Warsaw

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President Barack Obama smiles as he sits with with Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite

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92 Responses to “Cheers!….or Na Zdrowie!”


  1. 9 Gazelle
    June 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    [Lovely photos! Hope PBO get plenty of sleep tonight! On another note ...]:

    Mo Asumang is the daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother.

    As a well-known TV presenter in Germany she became the target of racist extreme right-wingers and neo-Nazis, who based their attacks on Asumang’s “non-Aryan” background.

    So she decided to look into the racist ideology and to find out more about those who consider themselves “Aryan”.

    In her new documentary, The Aryans, she confronts racists, both in Germany and among the Ku Klux Klan in America.

    .

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27375741

  2. 10 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve been busy at work today so can someone bring me up to speed on Bergdahl. I just read that the WH has apologized to the Intelligence Committee chairs for not notifying them ahead of time.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/white-house-apology-bergdahl

    • 11 Layla
      June 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I do not think this is about the 30 day notice requirement but rather the lack of trust that leaks would occur in what had become an emergency situation to save the POW. So they were not told and I do not blame PBO. Chambliss and Feinstein are microphone hogs!

  3. 12 Layla
    June 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I LOVE THIS! POTUS going about his presidential business as others are flailing around!

  4. 13 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Another Gold :star: for Cindy.
    Congrats.

  5. 16 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf addresses Bowe Bergdahl around the 36:00 mark.

    JUNE 3, 2014
    State Department Daily Briefing

    ———————————————–

    Marie Harf briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international issues.

    ———————————————-

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?319733-1/state-department-briefing

  6. 17 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    So Kelly Ayotte just 12 days ago was urging DoD to do everything to get Sgt Bergdahl’s release. Hmm? Another 180 by the follower of McCain and Graham.

    http://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1439

    Supporting Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families

    • Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl: As part of ongoing efforts to urge the Department of Defense to do all it can to find Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and bring him home safely, Senator Ayotte worked successfully to include a provision in the bill that presses Pakistan to fully cooperate in the search for SGT Bergdahl.

  7. 18 carolyn
    June 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    It must drive the right wingers nuts seeing the President so obviously admired by these leaders, and obviously enjoying himself. They also have to notice how every other leader at the meeting….this and others…..just wants his moment on camera with PBO. When GWB was president and traveled, other leaders kept their distance from him…..except, of course, Angela Merkel who was accosted by him…….
    This drives the right wing out of their minds. I LOVE it.

  8. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    • 23 Cindy
      June 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Donna No Shock,
      Can you retweet the story about the 93 year old African American gentleman who can no longer vote because of those bad laws.

      What can we do individually and collectively to bring attention to this? This is shameful and it makes me sick!

    • 26 anniebella
      June 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Happy Birthday Dr. Biden. Thanks for all you do for military families.

  9. 27 hopefruit2
    June 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    • 28 hopefruit2
      June 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      This seems to contradict congress’ claims that they weren’t aware of this swap…

      • 29 Cindy
        June 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        Orange really is the “NEW BLACK.”

        The truth shall set him free……well, maybe………..in time.

      • 31 donna dem 4 obama
        June 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        I’m not sure that what they are saying is that they were not aware of the potential of a swap. They are saying that he still needed to give them that 30 day notice bases on the way the law is written….

        I think the better response to all of this could have been that as Commander-In-Chief he has the authority to take immediate action when he deems necessary. Saying that we informed Congress 2 or 3 years ago that there was the possibility of a swap and then ditching the idea and never bringing it up again until it happens seems a little “out there” IMO. The WH has issued an apology to the Intelligence Committee. Sometimes it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission and I think that this is the course of action that the WH took in this instance and based on this foolish Congresses response to his release it was probably justifiable in this case.

        • 32 dotster3
          June 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

          Agree——but it always seems that it’s Feinstein who runs to the microphone to make some accusation about this Democratic administration, which then the Repubs use as further ammunition. ‘Even the Dems are saying the admin. broke the law’. Hardly helpful and only happens in the Dem party, seems to me. I think Feinstein may be oversold on her own importance at times and feels shunned when she is not consulted on every action. We have yet to learn the circumstances on the urgency and/or opportunity for that rescue—-why they had to act tout suite.
          Lots of conflicting info that still needs to get sorted out. See the Pentagon is denying that 6 soldiers lost their lives searching for Bergdahl. Someone noted they are blaming every soldier death in an active war zone on this, with no evidence or confirmation.

          • 33 donna dem 4 obama
            June 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

            That’s because the Republicans get their talking points and narrative out into the media even before the first investigation is done. Leaving all this speculation and wild innuendo. Our media sucks because they play right along with it because they thrive to sensationalize every story and if it is perceived to be a negative for the President or his administration then they consider it gold.

    • 34 Nena20409
      June 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      So why is the WH apologizing to some? Sen Finestein must have been one of those. She is always whining.

      I believe the story for just in Feb 2014 McCain was all in support of the exchange.

  10. 35 desertflower
    June 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Must Read. http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/06/why-prisoner-exchange-is-big-issue-for.html

    This is the crux of the matter. Here’s hoping that ALL the prisoners being held at Gitmo get released back to where they came from as this war ends…then we can close that place down for good! Oh wait….maybe THIS is why they scream and shout….

    • 36 Layla
      June 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      It is their problem…now follow the $ Who benefits from not closing GITMO

    • 38 Cindy
      June 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Hi desertflower,

      How are you doing, and how is your beautiful love doing? Is she still with you?
      {{{{{{desertflower}}}}}}

      • 39 desertflower
        June 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

        Hey! My “little” girl is still here with me…sleeping now, but she’s still the same. Not a moment goes by now that I don’t watch her and question myself on her quality of life….I just pray that I’ll know when the right time comes. Thanks for asking:)

        • 40 daisydem
          June 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

          Oh df …hugs to you.

          • 41 desertflower
            June 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

            Thanks, sweetness:)

          • 42 carolyn
            June 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

            df…….you’ll know. You are in sync with her…..she’ll let you know, and it will be right. Bless you.

            • 43 desertflower
              June 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm

              Thank you, carolyn:) I AM really in sync with her..it’s scary. Just want to do right by her..she is such a wonderful companion and family member.

        • 44 Cindy
          June 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

          You are so welcome. That’s what we do here…..take care of our own : )

          I promise you this; you will know and or she will let you know. It will be the right time.

          What is her name?

          • 45 desertflower
            June 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

            Her name is Simi (short i sound) Her pound name was Simone…I wanted a different name from the pound, but one that a 7 yo dog wouldn’t have to go crazy relearning a new name. She looks like her name….it was a perfect fit for her.

            • 46 Cindy
              June 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

              How pretty.
              Well, I pray about everything, including our 4 legged family members, so I will sent prayers up for Simi. God knows me by now so it will not be strange for Him to hear her name and who she is : )

  11. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    REMINDER:

    • 49 daisydem
      June 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I did. And one of the candidate’s for whom I voted campaign office called me this afternoon to ask if I had any trouble voting today. I thanked her. Ironically, the ballot slipped into the machine ahead of mine was stuck with an error message reading that the ballot had marks that could not be read! I had to wait for them to pull that one out sonI could feed mine in. The poll workers were looking for the voter: I think he or she had left. It was a Republican ballot. In AL, we have to declare and then sign the appropriate list. A little disconcerting.

  12. 50 vcprezofan2
    June 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I do not believe this – ‘Police said that Ward has a concealed weapons permit and he will not be charged in the incident.’
    If he had ‘accidentally hit her with his car, wouldn’t there have been charges? The police response to these incidents is really bizarre, IMO.

    Woman shopping in Walmart shot when man’s pistol falls
    26-year-old Virginia Thompson was shopping with her newborn son at a Walmart in Columbus, Indiana when she was unintentionally shot when another shopper dropped his gun.

    56-year-old Tony Ward told police that his .22-caliber handgun was in a holster when it fell from his waistband.

    The gun discharged when it hit the ground. The bullet ricocheted off a bottle and hit Virginia in the upper arm. She was treated at the scene by medics and declined to go to the hospital.

    Police said that Ward has a concealed weapons permit and he will not be charged in the incident.
    …………………………….//

    http://ohhshoot.blogspot.ca/2014/06/woman-shopping-in-walmart-shot-when.html?spref=tw

    • 51 Cindy
      June 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Hi vcp,

      My Lord, this bullet could have hit and killed her baby or killed her.

      This is just a taste of what is inevitable. I just pray that innocent lives are not lost from this craziness.

      • 52 vcprezofan2
        June 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        It’s crazy alright! It’s also a pity that law enforcement is choosing not to lay charges for these ‘accidents’. Personally I think he should be charged for assault, endangering the public, disturbing the peace, or something. If I were her I’d press charges; then again, given the mind set that allows this to happen the case probable wouldn’t go far.

        • 53 Cindy
          June 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

          I would make enough NOISE to carry it from there to Timbuktu, even if it didn’t go far in terms of the suit.

          I would raise the consciousness of ordinary folks to let them know; if it happened to me, with my baby in my arms, it could happen to you, your child or family member, and maybe they will not be with us to tell their story as I am.

          This story needs to be told because the inevitable is closer than we know.

          • 54 vcprezofan2
            June 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm

            Not sure I’d make noise as I like to be in the background, but something needs to be done about this. There seems to be no place at all ‘sacred’ from guns in the American society.

    • 55 desertflower
      June 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Well THAT’S bullshit! So now they get to say, “opps, sorry” when they SHOOT YOU?? Nononononononono!

      • 56 Cindy
        June 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        THIS!

        And this is what SHOULD BE ALL OVER THE NEWS, instead of trying to set up the President for a waterloo fall.

        Lets tweet and email this to these fake reporters and plastic news stations who need “real news” to report on.

      • 57 vcprezofan2
        June 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        Definitely how I feel, Desertf! How can these idiots be deterred if law enforcement brush off their negligent stupidity so easily? If she had died would they also have said it was an accident? She should sue the lot of them, including WalMart. She sure can make a case for pain, suffering, and difficulty caring for her child, because that’s nothing more than the truth.

  13. 59 JER
    June 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  14. 60 dotster3
    June 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Hypocrites—all of them, starting with this bitter old guy…..

    • 61 Nena20409
      June 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      And yet Candy Crowley, Jake Taper, etc ignored these tapes when interviewing McCain or Ayotte.

      In the Era of pres Obama……Jan 20th, 2009…..the Media would regurgitate any falsehood, report any lie, give the TBGOPers all the excuses than report the TRUTH when it pertains to pres Obama.

    • 62 Nena20409
      June 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/republican-congressman-deletes-statement-calling-bergdahl-a

      Here’s the press release and statement archived on the website Project Vote Smart:

      U.S. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE), today made the following statement on the release of Bowe Bergdahl, the only American Prisoner of War in Afghanistan:
      “A grateful nation welcomes the news of the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I have the pleasure of regularly speaking with our nation’s active duty military and veterans and I know that there is nothing more solemn than the pledge to never leave one of their own behind on the field of battle.
      “Sgt. Bergdahl is a national hero. It’s my hope that once he ultimately retires from active duty service, implementation of reforms to our nation’s VA hospitals are made so that he will have access to the long-term care he has rightfully earned from the horrors he endured.
      “Furthermore, I call upon President Obama to reach out to the Mexican government to secure the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi who himself has been held captive and abused in a Mexican prison for inadvertently crossing the Mexican border with firearms that he legally owned in the United States. If the President can negotiate with a group who has harbored terrorists and declared war on the United States for the last twelve years, I would expect he can work with our neighbor and trading partner to secure the immediate release and safe return of Sgt. Tahmooressi.”

    • 63 donna dem 4 obama
      June 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Yes dotster the hypocrisy is off the charts here. Even in this video back in February Anderson speaks to the deteriorating health of Bergdahl at that time. I believe that once all the evaluations and investigations take place that this is going to be why PBO took decisive action in his rescue even if it meant stiffing Congress to do so.

  15. 64 desertflower
    June 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    LOL. http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/sheryl-attkisson-lands-heritage

    The internet blogosphere let out a collective howl of laughter at the news of Attkisson’s hiring, because nothing says objectivity and journalistic excellence like joining a right wing think tank to go work for former Tea Party champion and ultra-conservative Senator Jim DeMint.

  16. June 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Historic ….

  17. 68 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    http://io9.com/astronomers-discover-the-mega-earth-an-entirely-new-1584689126

    Meet the “Mega Earth.” Described today by astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this ancient rocky world weighs 17 times as much as Earth — which is a big surprise considering that rocky, solid planets aren’t supposed to get that huge.

    Above: Artistic impression of the newly classified “mega-Earth” Kepler-10c (foreground). Its sibling, the lava-world Kepler-10b, is in the background. Kepler-10c is comprised of solids, although it may possess a thin atmosphere shown here as wispy clouds. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

    It’s called Kepler-10c and it’s located about 560 light-years from Earth. It circles a sun-like star, Kepler-10, once every 45 days, so it’s in a fairly tight orbit. The system also hosts a 3-Earth-mass “lava world,” Kepler-10b, in a crazy-fast 20-hour orbit.

  18. 69 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    June 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    MANY THANK YOUS CHIPS FOR THE PHOTOS TODAY FROM POLAND…I CAN’T KEEP UP ON THIS ONE…I AM ONE OF THOSE WHO HAS TO STAY INDOORS BECAUSE THE AIR IS SO BAD OUTSIDE SO I TOOK A LONG NAP TODAY AND MISSED ALOT…PRAYERS UP FOR PBO AND HIS JOURNEY!

  19. 70 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Joni has since deleted her tweets so did another GOPer in congress who actually had a press release.

  20. June 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  21. 72 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2014/06/03/bowe-bergdahls-court-martial-by-the-press/

    The Army has no immediate plans to punish Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for leaving his post in Afghanistan, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said in a statement on Tuesday, putting Bergdahl’s medical and psychological needs first. Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for the past five years, was swapped over the weekend for five Talban heavyweights imprisoned at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp.

    That doesn’t mean Bergdahl is off the hook. Already, the 28-year-old soldier has been called a traitor by members of his platoon in the pages of the New York Daily News and on CNN. Members of his unit have blamed him in the New York Times for the deaths of other troopers sent out to rescue him, although the newspaper heavily discounts those claims. James Rosen has even published on FoxNews.com a piece sourced anonymously to the Defense Department speculating that Bergdahl was an “active collaborator with the enemy.”
    ////

    Shame on the MSM.

    • 73 nospin
      June 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      POTUS will not stand for this. Watch, Pres Obama is going to kick their collective asses on this one and VP Biden will be right in there with him.

      That is what my gut tells me.

  22. 74 Cindy
    June 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    dicky the slick ‘MURDERER” cheney and sara “lipstick on her face” palin has the unmitigated gall to be on the front line ATTACKING President Obama for bringing our soldier back home.

    Well, if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black, I don’t know what is; shameful piece of S_ _ _ s walking around claiming to be human beings.

  23. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    One of these days our CA TOD’ers will have to explain to me why no one ever challenges Dianne Feinstein on our side when she is up for re-election? Is she that beloved in California????

    • 77 Cindy
      June 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Haven’t figured that one out, she and other Dems are now attacking President Obama because Congress wasn’t informed “properly.” I kid you not; damn Dems wear me out.

    • June 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I have no idea. She is an institution and I think people just don’t think they should vote for anyone else or think they can beat her. The fact is, not enough people are paying attention. Soooooo frustrating beyond words.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      June 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      I am one of those “CA TOD’ers,” but sadly I can’t explain why Dianne Feinstein, who behaves like a blue dog or DLC Democrat has not drawn a serious challenger. Unlike Barbara Boxer, Feinstein, a Hillary Clinton loyalist, has never been a strong supporter of President Obama.

  24. 81 carolyn
    June 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I have absolutely no sympathy with Congress when they whine about “not being notified” which, of course they were. One experience illustrates why.
    I worked for the Navy Dep’t four summers while in college. The last summer I worked there was ’61. I didn’t know it, but the Navy was making prep for Viet Nam. Our officers sometimes had to go to Capitol Hill to testify before various committees. When a hearing was approaching we worked very hard collecting and typing up the info, which was always classified. My clearance was Confidential, the lowest, so I could type some things, but not all Others had Secret, and of course on up.
    Well, we prepared long and hard for a particular hearing. It was all Confidential or higher. One particular commander was not looking forward to it, because of “loose lips sink ships” He and others spent a grueling day before the committee. The day after they came to work steaming mad after they read the paper. There on the first page was this Classified information splashed across it…….I don’t know if one commander ever cooled down. I knew this was wrong…….it still is. This illustrates why the administration has to be so careful. Congress critters TALK! They all want to be the first with new info.

    • 82 Layla
      June 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      THIS is what I stated up top, PBO did not trust them not to leak and endanger the POW’s life. This is all this is and they know it!

    • 83 Cindy
      June 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      They go straight to the media; not caring who will be hurt in the process, and could care less about the truth. The fake journalist run with the lies without trying to know the truth just to be 1st and increase ratings.

      It’s nothing short of a blessing, that those few Congressmen who knew about the Osama bin Laden attack, kept their mouth sealed.

  25. 84 Nena20409
    June 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com/tweet/472873007464341505

    Another TBGOPer doing a 180…..Rep Mark Amodei

  26. 85 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  27. 87 donna dem 4 obama
    June 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    WASHINGTON — The federal government has put the state of Georgia on formal notice that it can’t make poor people take drug tests when they apply for food stamps.

  28. 88 Cindy
    June 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    NEWS ALERT! BREAKING NEWS
    HAPPENING NOW; FEINSTEIN SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA BROKE THE LAW, SAYS SHE IS TROUBLED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DECISION.

    • June 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Power Play by Feinstein…tryin to put PBO in his Place….this is about Gitmo……both Dems and GOP have blocked closing Gitmo…PBO is circumventing them….to do what is right…they do not like it

    • 90 nospin
      June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Feinstein can drink two heaping cups of stfu.

  29. June 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    POTUS, please have a drink for me. You are the BEST and I hope you enjoy the evening.

  30. June 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    She is also buddies with Hilliary. Discredit President Obama, who beat Hilliary to the Presidency.


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