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President Obama At The G7 Summit

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President Barack Obama arrives for the G7 summit at the European Council building in Brussels

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Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama attend the first working meeting of the day at the G7 Summit in Brussels. (The Prime Minister’s Office)

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President Barack Obama smiles during the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels

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President Barack Obama meets with King Philippe of Belgium, right, and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron speak during a news conference at the G7 summit

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands at the end of a press conference

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(From L-R) Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, France’s President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a group photo during a G7 leaders meeting at European Council headquarters in Brussels

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Laura Smith-Spark: Obama Warns Russia Of Further Costs If It Continues Ukraine Meddling

U.S. President Barack Obama had stern words for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Russia’s actions in Ukraine, following a meeting Thursday of G7 leaders in Brussels, Belgium, from which Russia was excluded. Putin “has a chance to get back into a lane of international law,” Obama said. But for this to happen, he said, Putin must take steps over the coming weeks that include recognizing Ukraine’s new President-elect Petro Poroshenko, stopping the flow of weapons over the border into Ukraine, and ceasing Russian support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. “We cannot simply allow drift,” Obama said, speaking alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron following bilateral talks. “The mere fact that some of the Russian soldiers have moved back from the border and that Russia is now destabilizing Ukraine through surrogates, rather than overtly and explicitly, does not mean that we can afford three months, or four months, or six months, of continued violence and conflict in eastern Ukraine.”

If Russia does not de-escalate the situation, the G7 leaders are united and ready to impose further painful economic sanctions, Obama said, with consequences for the Russian people. “Today, in contrast to a growing global economy, a sluggish Russian economy is even weaker because of the choices made by Russia’s leadership,” he said. Putin was excluded from what was originally planned as a G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, as part of measures to sanction Moscow over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. It’s the first time in some 20 years that Russia has not been part of the meeting of world economic powers, Obama said, adding that the step is warranted because Moscow’s actions have violated international law and gone against the group’s principles.

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President Barack Obama meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the G7 summit

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European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, right, welcome President Barack Obama at the G7 meeting at the European Council building in Brussels

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Prime Minister David Cameron attends a working lunch with President Obama and other world leaders at the G7 summit in Brussels.

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron in a bilateral meeting

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124 Responses to “President Obama At The G7 Summit”


  1. June 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    What have you been doing this morning? :)

  2. 9 Nerdy Wonka
    June 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm
    • June 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      He has the facts and the truth on his side. And he is not the only one who knows it. :)

    • June 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Back to back superlative posts!!! Thank you, NW!!!!

    • 13 57andfemale
      June 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      EFF THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

      Wanna know how I really feel?!??!?!?

    • 14 57andfemale
      June 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      But I have a dumb question: why the hell did the administration ‘apologize’ for the oversight of not notifying Congress?

      They should be more sophisticated now in these responses. They get zero points for taking the high road. It reminds me of rushing out in outrage over the IRS scandal which – apparently like this instance – was NOT what was being portrayed anyway.

      I’m assuming they were apologizing for not notifying Congress right before taking the action. But that apology was apparently unnecessary.

      • 15 EricFive
        June 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

        Administration has to maintain a cordial working relationship with these assholes. It was a professional courtesy that has been spun by folks with an agenda

        • 16 57andfemale
          June 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

          Well the word ‘apology’ was used – that gives pours gas on the fire. According to Levin’s statement, they were notified. I’ve read that, yes, many in Congress were against this swap.

          A couple of points are becoming lost in this fog of ‘reporting':

          Being required to report the action is not the same as ‘advise and consent’. Consent is not necessary. Everyone is acting as if John McCain had a veto over the President’s actions. And PBO’s signing statement is righteously combative: Congress is trying to strip this President of the rights and duties of the Executive Branch and that these actions by Congress are most likely unconstitutional. Trust me, if one of these RWNJ’s get into office these requirements will vanish, just like the Independent Counsel statute.

          Restrictions for Democrats, free rides for Republicans.

  3. June 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Almost first. :)
    reposted from previous thread. Just delete the spaces, it doesn´t work otherwise, but it´s worth it. ;)

    h t t p : / / w w w . b i l d . d e / p o l i t i k / a u s l a n d / b a r a c k – o b a m a / t r a i n i e r t – i n – w a r s c h a u – 3 6 2 6 0 2 6 8 . b i l d . h t m l

  4. June 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Does anyone do scrap booking on line or in “Real” scrapbooks? I want one of TOD! :) <3

  5. 26 No Child Left Behind
    June 5, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    NW, thank you for such a remarkable collections of pictures, links and good info in real time!

    Have a great day.

  6. 28 Jovie
    June 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    RT!!

    • 29 57andfemale
      June 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Will some high level Dem get out there and say, “The GOP would have leaked a sensitive foreign policy negotiation and THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED.”

      Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

    • 30 Lovepolitics2008
      June 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Diane Feinstein making herself into a pretzel to walk back her diss of the President… in 3…2….1…

  7. 31 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Brock McIntoch(sp) is the Vet who spoke eloquently about Sgt Bergdahl. I heard just less than a minute of his conversation with Ms Goodman on FreeTV.

    • June 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      That was what I was talking about this morning and asked someone to find it and share link. He was great…….made so many excellent points about Iraq war, Congress being part of the lying, etc. Still wish the video could be posted here.

  8. 33 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Was it Top Gun where John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson said to Tom Cruise’s Character: You Can’t Handle The Truth?

    GOP and the News Media can’t handle the truth. The truth goes against their talking points and narrative of the Obama Administration. So they distort and embellish.

  9. 39 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wonderful Collection of News and beautiful photos. Great Job, NW. Thanks.

  10. 41 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm
  11. June 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I hope he does it, and begins by showing the video ….

  12. 51 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    When Sen Reid was asked today if he was the ONLY Congressman informed about the Sgt Bergdahl release:

    “The whole deal, is it Friday or Saturday? What difference does it make?” Reid said. “What difference does it make?”

    So who are the “Dems” complaining? All drummed up by the DC pundits.

  13. 58 Jovie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    You see? WH leaks defending berghdahl, then an immediate leak from GOP demeaning this POW…

    They have to win news cycle, that is only job of GOP!

  14. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    June 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Pick which President has been the correct match for the 21st Century:

    ____ President Obama on Russia and the situation in Ukraine: “Mr. Putin has the chance to get back into a lane of international law.”

    ____ GWB: “You’re either for us, or against us.”

  15. 66 99ts
    June 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    The European Central Bank just pushed into uncharted waters, dragging U.S. stocks along for the ride.
    http://money.cnn.com/data/premarket/

    You can only wonder why the GOP want to get rid of a President who is making all their stock market dreams come true – weird folks.

  16. June 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    And slowly the truth comes out:

  17. 70 Jovie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    A little hottie! :)

    • 71 Jovie
      June 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      What do you think about her?

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        June 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Well, she didn’t make it.

        “Bouchard, 20, lost to Russian tennis veteran Maria Sharapova, 27, in the semifinals, with a match score of with a final score of 4-6, 7-5, 2-6. The women are ranked numbers 18 and seven respectively in the WTA.

        Though her loss kept her from becoming the first Canadian to ever make it to the finals of the French Open, this has been an impressive run for Bouchard, who jumped from a ranking of 144 at the beginning of this full season to 18.”

  18. 73 Jovie
    June 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm
  19. 75 Linda
    June 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A real gun was found in the toy aisle of Target on Seaboard Street. The police report states a loss prevention worker stumbled upon the gun Friday night.

    The gun was in plain view on top of a superhero Playskool toy box when the worker found it; he thought it was a toy. He realized it was real after seeing it was loaded with live ammo.

    The fact that it was found in an aisle geared toward children makes some shoppers feel this was no accident.

    “I don’t think someone would accidentally drop off a gun. I think he purposely left it there for a child to pick up and think, ‘Oh it’s a toy gun,’ and accidentally point it at somebody and it goes off,” says Kennedy McClain.

    http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/25698439/real-gun-found-in-toy-aisle

    • 76 Layla
      June 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Great advertisement for Target on loud speaker in store “Loaded gun on aisle 4″

      • 77 No Child Left Behind
        June 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        I hope the psychopath that left the loaded gun in the store gets arrested. This gun obsession is unbelievable.

  20. June 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Nerdy, thank you sooooo much for today’s wonderful posts, you’re the best. Spent half the day stuck in traffic, thought I’d be home three flippin’ hours ago, grrrrr. Thank you again legend!

  21. 80 cluny
    June 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I wish david plouffe were back in the white house. he’s the best fighter for PBO. Remember when he shut down Darrell Issa on twitter – trash talked him into a quivering cowering mess. Plouffe knows how to call people out and he always has PBO’s back + he’s v, v smart.

  22. 81 CEB
    June 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I love that photo of the bilateral meeting with the UK that shows PBO flanked by 5 kick-ass women. It appears that David Cameron is not as evolved as our president when it comes to gender equality in staffing.

    • 82 Nerdy Wonka
      June 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you for noticing!

      I was wondering if anyone would focus on that picture and your laser sharp eyes hit on it straight on.

      Bravo, CEB!

      It’s cool and inspiring to see women in such respected positions. Plus, they’re doing a great job.

      I can’t speak for Prime Minister Cameron (not being all that familiar with his cabinet), but I love that President Obama shows those at home and on the international scene that women are well up to the task of any job.

  23. June 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Based on this, that bitter, senile old fool John McCain should have been left behind in Vietnam.

  24. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    June 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  25. 85 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  26. 88 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    LOL – the media is a joke. Now their latest thing is that PBO shouldn’t have worked out in that polish gym….

    As Scott Brown would say: Bqhatevwr…

  27. 91 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Nerdy Wonka your Levin Statement tweet has been featured on one of the Old Orange threads: :)

    http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1304614/53596176

  28. 92 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Testing…..4 posts and with links have not posted.

  29. 95 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    • 96 COS
      June 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      They are spinning out of control and stand for nothing. Anyone who follow them will be lead down an endless rabbit whole. Last week he was twisting himself into a pretzel over the ACA.

    • 97 Lovepolitics2008
      June 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Ha ha I wonder how his libertarian followers will deal with this new twist.

      The father, Ron Paul, has the merit of being consistent. He’s foolish and delusional, but at least Ron Paul seems to have some kind of inner core. Rand, not so much. He’s a fraud.

    • 98 MightyPamela
      June 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Whatever sells.

  30. 99 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Linda:

    Here’s the Sen Reid Comments with context: At about 13:25 mins.

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?319807-1/student-loan-refinancing

  31. 101 amk for obama
    June 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    waving from de train. family unit off to celebrate daughter unit’s b’day tomorrow.

    • 102 mtmarilyn
      June 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Have a wonderful celebration!!!

    • June 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Aww you lucky Grandpa. Be sure to pass on your killer wit to that child. :)

    • 105 vcprezofan2
      June 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      /fluttering fingers/ Waving back – Have a great celebration, and make sure she gets that motorbike/car as an additional present (and not only that ipad/iphone that you can keep tabs on).

      O, and behave yourself!

  32. 106 Jovie
    June 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Pentagon? This is senate confirmed?

  33. 108 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  34. June 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Ms. Chips, you think this will work for Danny?

  35. 110 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm
  36. 112 hopefruit2
    June 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm
  37. 113 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/raul-labrador-bowe-bergdahl_n_5452401.html#comments

    Now this is a surprise……especially from Labrador.

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) chastised some members of his party Tuesday for their reaction to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying they should stop acting like the prisoner swap President Barack Obama arranged was unprecedented.

    “I’m a little bit disturbed by some of the Republicans out there who keep saying this has never happened before,” Labrador said during an interview with the radio station 670 KBOI in Boise, Idaho. “That is not entirely true. If you look historically, at the end of any conflict, you have a swap of prisoners, and that happens. Usually our side will release people that are less than desirable in order to get some of our people back in these swaps. So I would suggest that anybody who’s being hyper-critical about this, they should look at the history. This has happened before.”

    • 114 japa21
      June 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Notice only ID Republicans are coming out with this reasonable talk. Labrador is up for reelection and I wonder if he thinks he would lose if he didn’t. Would he be saying the same thing if Bergdahl was from IL.

    • 115 COS
      June 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Rep. Labrador wouldn’t dare come out against this soldier in Idaho and I don’t blame him. I totally blame the MSM for latching on to the right wing nuts swift boating this soldier. They will not let it go. I was so proud that PBO told the reporter that he make no apologies for rescuing this young man.

  38. 116 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    ‘Am I in Moderation? Please release me….let me go ;) Thanks.

    • 117 Nena20409
      June 5, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      NW could please delete the C-SPAN link? I have 4 of them now. 3 clustered together and one further down from the original link. Thanks.

  39. 118 Linda
    June 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Texas Republican Party Drafts New Platform Advocating For Ex-Gay Therapy

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/06/05/3445234/texas-republican-platform-ex-gay/

  40. 120 kathryn kivett
    June 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    only msnbc I watch is Joy Reid….she is on a roll today and actually said the word I have been looking for…VICIOUS….

  41. 121 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    At this Hour, the Dow is on the Rise…….Dow @ 106. NASDAQ @ 41. S&P @ 13.

    Wow…..17K is less than 200 points away.

  42. June 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm
  43. 124 Nena20409
    June 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto · 20m
    Breaking – Afghan security official: #Bergdahl kidnapped by #Taliban after walked off base in 2009, he resisted, beaten, uniform removed


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