111 Responses to “The Economist: An Interview with the President”


  1. 16 jackiegrumbacher
    August 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Congratulations LP. Hi all.

  2. 17 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  3. 18 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Warning, that audio clip seems to default to play.

    • August 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Trying to fix it Dudette, but can’t find the code I need :???: Just press pause to stop it!!

      • 20 Dudette
        August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        I figured you were working on that. :-(

        For me, it starts again everytime the page refreshes and no pause or volume control buttons are available while the stupid commercial plays – that’s the infuriating part. Ugh!

  4. 21 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  5. 22 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • 23 desertflower
      August 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      From Joaquin Castro….. I can only hope that people VOTE and that this is their demise. For generations,

  6. 24 Judith Fardig
    August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats, LP! Looking forward to President Obama’s birthday tomorrow. Plan to send some thank you tweets using the hashtag #OFAugust to let him know how much we appreciate the progress made on ACA, climate, women’s rights, gay rights, winding down the wars, helping the Dreamers, etc. If we had a functional Congress, we’d be so much better off.

  7. 25 Judith Fardig
    August 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Since the Moms Demand Action leaders were at a training in Denver, my OFA teammates helped out at a Health & Safety Fair getting pledges from people to be gun sense voters.

  8. 26 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    A gift for Chips and VC :-D

  9. 37 yardarm756
    August 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Good day all. It’s a beautiful Sunday but the ugly truth persists, in my mind……If the Jews can kill/persecute their own, JESUS, then what chance anyone else? Just sayin’.

    • 38 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Enlightening article.

      Wish we could get religion out of politics and governing forever. It’s hard for people to remain rational when their core beliefs are challenged. If religion didn’t enter into politics/governing, then people’s core beliefs would remain unchallenged.

      Pie in the sky, I know, and not a solution, just a wish (“if wishes were fast trains to Texas, oh, I’d ride and I’d ride and I’d ride…”).

    • 40 57andfemale
      August 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I have stayed out of this discussion on tod pretty much. I have been horrified by Israeli tactics for 40 years and have repeatedly avowed – this is not how Jews are supposed to act. I agree that it is human to react to this horrific overkill of violence and not be antiSemitic.

      But “Jews killed Christ” line has been the excuse for the slaughter and displacement of countless millions of Jews worldwide for millennia, and as I have embraced the reactions to anti-PBO attacks as racist, this sentiment hits me in my post-WW II Jewish gut as anti-Semitic and the excuse for destruction of my culture and identity.

      I have seen similar sentiments here and elsewhere, as if Jewish identity started in 1948, when indeed the Arabs wanted to bomb Israel into the dust.

      I am not excusing Israel’s horrific behavior and I renounce vehemently these deadly policies that have turned them into no better than the Nazis. they should know better, and behave with ethics as I was taught as a Jewish girl. i want peace and all peoples of all religions and colors to find a way to respect and live together in the ME and indeed everywhere. But I grew up with the spectre of destruction of the Jewish people, and a casual acceptance and repetition of anti Semitic rhetoric terrifies me.

  10. 41 africa
    August 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Chips, TME, thank you so much for this article. My husband a lurker will read it here today, no doubt. But I am sending link to others in my community. Thank you.

  11. 43 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Gotta roll! Taking the boys to the Youth Poetry Slam at the Center for Civil and Humanity Rights! :-)

    • 44 vcprezofan2
      August 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Hmmmm. D-ette, I am starting to get this feeling that some of these places you take the boys to are for you (the boys being your ticket in). ;) ;) {and I notice now that the party has grown from one nephew to two!}

      • August 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        Tee-hee! You found me out! A young cousin from Richmond is visiting my sister and nephew for the summer!
        Yes, it is great having two dates! :-)

        • 46 vcprezofan2
          August 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          Sounds like fun and an excellent way to revisit/hang on to/celebrate your youth and your love of music/poetry, while passing your love on!

  12. 47 Dudette
    August 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Then we’re gonna go see the James Brown movie!

    Back later to ring in the President’s Birthday! :-)

    • 48 anniebella
      August 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Dudette let me know what you think of the James Brown movie. Some have been saying that the young man who plays Brown should be in the big “O” talk. Oscar.

      • 49 COS
        August 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        GM Anniebella and TOD. I saw the James Brown movie Friday, and I agree that the young man who played James should get some sort of award. He did a great job.

  13. August 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  14. 51 Roberta in MN
    August 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Listened to the audio interview on the ast thread. Excellent interview. Have any of you read the comment? I tell you, it was a mix of good and band and very bad.
    See ya all later. Gotta go get some quarters for the dryer. :)

  15. August 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Talking to a friend and fellow parishoner before church this morning. He mentioned that they had some new people coming to worship. He went on to give some background. He and his wife just bought a tanning bed business and one of the young women who has been working there mentioned that she and her mother had been wanting to come to our church, but she’s been having to work at the tanning bed business every Sunday morning because she doesn’t get enough hours at her other 2 part-time jobs. Mike said, “Tell you what. I will give you both a raise and more hours here, but those additional hours won’t be on Sunday morning. That way you and your mother can join us for worship.”

    I actually got chills as he was sharing this and when he finished I praised him and said that if more small business owners did that, our economy would do even better.

  16. 58 yardarm756
    August 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Another example of NYC policing strategies…….SUCKS!

    • 59 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I think Nena posted a link to a different site on this yesterday.

      When I read Nena’s post, I thought WTH, how can this happen?

      Bill Bratton, as I recall, is an Obama supporter. I hope he cracks down on this ASAP. Ray Kelly’s tenure was a real blackeye for the NYPD, supported and endorsed by that condescending bigot Mike Bloomberg. Wikipedia tells me that Kelly had the longest tenure for NY Police Commissioner.

      Bratton, I hope you’re paying attention.

  17. 62 africa
    August 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I am sorry that my president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is likely to miss the African Summit, given the devastation of the Ebola virus ravaging the country. One of the issues I would have hoped that she would discuss regarding Liberia, would have been the sever need for basic health care in the country.

    One of the major problems in Liberia is the lack of adequate health care to even begin with. So, you can imagine with the spread of the Ebola virus, it compounds the problem significantly.

    For example, there is not a single dialysis facility in Liberia. Poor patients with kidney disease that could get basic life saving treatments to deal with the disease, die in large numbers. Other patients who can afford it, must travel to Ghana or other parts of Africa to get help.

    My husband and I can’t visit Liberia, because while we may be able to have his supplies delivered, if something was to go wrong, we would be risking his life.

    I recently contacted Davita Dialysis, the company that provides medical supplies for my husband to do his in-home dialysis. I asked them about the possibility of building a dialysis center in Liberia, which would possibly serve surrounding countries like Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone. When my father died, he left me lots of property in land. I offered Davita the land to build the property if they would.

    They wrote me back and said this:

    “We usually partner with existing clinics and hospitals to either establish a new dialysis unit in a space provided or expand an existing dialysis unit to increase its capacity to provide services. There is the possibility that if a different outside partner builds the unit that we may be able to provide all of the dialysis equipment, start-up supplies, and training (pending application approval).”

    At least they did not completely close the door. When I relocate to the Washington Metropolitan area following my son’s graduation next may, I am going to embark on this project. I know it is going to be a daunting task, but that is my plan.

    In the meantime, on this end, my husband continues to wait for a kidney. The University of Alabama Birmingham, where he is currently on the list, recently contacted him. They want to review his records and see about activating him on the list, I think. That would be a miracle for us after nine long years of waiting.

    If you made it this far reading this, thank you.

    • August 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      You are an inspiration, africa!!! I will be keeping your husband in my thoughts and am very proud of you for the ‘daunting’ challenge you are willing to pursue on behalf of Liberians.

      Urge you to consider writing President Obama and explain to him, as you do in this comment, what your intentions are regarding establishing a dialysis clinic in Liberia (send a copy of it to Ambassador Rice and Ambassador Power, btw). Am sure if he knew, he’d be supportive.

      #FORWARD Together

      • 64 africa
        August 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        Bob, thanks for your kind words. Now for my silly question, do I just address the letter to 1600 PA Ave., to the President? Thanks. Again, Appreciate your kind words. If my hubby was not ill, I would have already been in Liberia. There is so much to do, so many children in need of help.
        Thank you so much.

        • August 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

          It’s not a silly question, africa :)

          Two options:

          Mail it to – The White House ATTN: President Obama
          1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
          Washington, DC 20500

          Or post it via their online web form – http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

          • 66 africa
            August 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

            Endless thanks.

            • 67 0388jojothecat
              August 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

              Your goals may be daunting but very inspirational and the fact that you are willing to donate the land is commendable. Don’t give up and keep contacting folks. Although SOS John Kerry is busy, I would contact him too. I read that SOS Clinton would get calls from business requesting help to gain access to a countries. Maybe even the CDC? Doctors without Borders?

              My prayers to your husband that he gets a kidney soon. Nine years is a long time.

    • 68 desertflower
      August 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      {{{africa}}}} I agree with Bobfr…you are amazing and such an inspiration! Keep going with this, and if anyone tells you it can’t be done, talk to someone else and just break the door down until you reach your goal…what a generous offer you’ve made…I hope the people of Liberia will soon have a place for a new clinic with dialysis available for those that need it. I could just hug you and hug you:) Take up Bobfr’s suggestions…you never know where they may lead.

    • 71 globalcitizenlinda
      August 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      great efforts! thank you very much for the difference you are trying to make in your community;

      there is simply too much need for healthcare infrastructure!

      I am going through the same challenges with my parents who both need these specialty service back home;

      I am also in the process of undertaking the construction of a small medical facility in our rural area to help address some of these bottlenecks – not easy but I will keep at it

    • August 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Africa, people like you will save our benighted human race. Bless you.

    • August 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      wishing you well….

      is there a Liberian Organization that would join you in your quest?

      • 76 africa
        August 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        I am hoping that when I move to the D.C. area I will be able to tap into other groups. There are couple of other non-profit groups I am familiar with that have an affinity for Liberia and are doing some work there. My goal is to tap into those groups, churches, etc.

        Shortly after the war stopped in Liberia in the late 1990s, I started a project collecting basic school supplies for Liberian children. I was pleasantly surprised at the steam it garnered from unsuspecting places. Just as I was getting it fully off the ground my husband got sick. Although this task is no where near that effort, I am hopeful that I can sell the idea. I just need to move where I have family support to help me when my husband is ill. My kid will be gone to college, hopefully. I am deeply hopefully that I can sell this project. Hard work, but I am up for it, with health and strength.

    • 78 GGAIL
      August 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Africa, i would like to discuss this further with you. And prayers for your husband.

      Chips, please give africa my email address. I would like to discuss some logistics and possibilities with her.

      Thanks!

    • 81 Judith Fardig
      August 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Nine years to wait for a kidney must seem an age. Hope your husband moves up on the list this summer. Best of luck with your needed project for Liberia. You are a patient, strong, remarkable woman!

    • 82 sjterrid
      August 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Africa, you and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your husband gets a kidney soon. You are an amazing women donating your land for a new dialysis clinic in Liberia. I do hope that this can happen. Please keep us informed, and let us know if there’s any way we can help.

  18. August 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Ordinarily the Israeli campaign against the Palestinians is creeping and deliberate, involving processes of detention, and restriction: the abject denial of basic human rights and dignities that is integral to political and military occupation. It is “incremental genocide” (to borrow a phrase from the scholar Ilan Pappe)……
    The intent of Israel— – far removed from anything to do with immediate self-defense— – is to forever erase the Palestinian nation. If in the prosecution of this goal, women, children, the aged are killed by high-powered ordnance in the center of densely populated, civilian areas, so be it.

    Only a massive swell of negative global opinion, widespread protest, institutionalized boycott, broad divestment, and/or huge public condemnation can stem the tide of unchecked Israeli aggression. Internal citizen pressures against all governments who support Israeli atrocity might be able bring Israel to its senses; the Likud government clearly will not cease this destruction of its own volition.

    • August 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      pf58, I responded to your question regarding ‘2 state’ in last night’s thread, but, in case you didn’t see it, I’ve considered the ‘2 state’ notion DOA for quite some time. Remain willing to support our President if he wants to continue pursuing it, but it seems impractical, at best, to me.

      I agree with Juan Cole’s assessment.

      140 characters is rather constraining, but I tried to use it to hone the message ….

      If Israelis (Jews and Arabs) and Palestinians ever hope to live in peace, in a democratic governance structure, then they are going to have to share the same real estate as a single Nation, imo. An equally representative parliament that is structured so that a super majority is required to change the constitution and elect a prime minister makes sense because it requires cooperation and compromise an empowers the voters to elect representatives who are committed to governance rather than divisiveness.

      #TrustBarack

      • August 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        A number of people are thinking like you about the future of Israel/Palestine. However, I just don’t see the Jewish people of Israel giving up the idea of the Jewish state and becoming the inevitable minority in a unitary state.

        • August 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

          Understood, Bill. Fact is, apart from establishing an apartheid state, Jews will be a minority in Israel irrespective of how the Palestinian issue is addressed.

          Better that they have a constitutionally assured coequal status with Arabs, irrespective of relative population size.

          Otherwise Israel will always be at war. Apartheid will have Arabs doing one intifada after another and terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and even more vicious, ISIS/ISIL attacking them indiscriminately.

          Moreover, this latest incursion into Palestine has enraged the world. The scale of protests and the revulsion expressed by EU and Latin American states will leave Israel further isolated.

          A young college student took his first activist steps encouraging divestiture in South Africa. It’s my opinion that Bibi has already pushed that somewhat older student to far.

          #TrustBarack

      • August 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        it would take extraordinary leadership to bring this about….a Mandela or a King…is there anyone of this stature that could do this…and are the Israeli and Palestinian People able to trust…..would you be able to trust…..

        I land on the side of Palestinian People having their own land…determining their own destiny….what would it take to have a thriving prosperous Palestine…..infrastructure…commerce and industry/education…Mercy…they have nothing…it has been all destroyed….not just now because of the bombing….but because of the “Incremental Genocide”….amazing term

        • August 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          I wish it could be so, pf58. Just see no evidence of even the slightest possibility of it happening. Whether an Israeli Jew or Arab has the capacity to lead to a peaceful, democratic solution – that remains to be seen.

    • 90 arapaho415
      August 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I know better than to comment on something I know very little about (i.e., MENA — Middle East/North Africa), but it seems that after #LandslideDems2014, the US will be able to act on restricting dollars flowing to that arrogant neocon Netanyahu.

      • August 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        Agree arapaho …. moreover, Bibi will regret those words ….

      • August 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

        yanno…..the knee jerk reaction is to respond in a violent …school yard way…but the President will not do that….so as…HF cautioned me y with wise words….we must remain focused on getting out the vote in November 2014…..

        but will say…his arrogance and lack of humanity has been exposed for all the world to see…..and there has been a world wide response…including demonstrations here in the US…….I hope those folks come to the polls in Nov2014..to deliver a Congress that can work with the President to further the agenda of We The People….

      • 94 anniebella
        August 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        Don’t ever second guess me, but I’ll take all the weapons and money you will send me. This man seem to for get if it wasn’t for the US supporting Israel, they wouldn’t be able to go after Hamas like they are.

      • 95 jacquelineoboomer
        August 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        Love the “me” part in the quote attributed to Netanyahu.

    • August 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  19. August 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Good morning, miscreants.

    Feel much better today. Fever gone, body no longer aches. Time to get some chores done.

  20. August 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Imagine a Romney State Dept. saying something like this

  21. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    August 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm


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