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Statement by President Obama

12:15 EDT: The President makes a statement on Ferguson and world events

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  1. 3 JER
    August 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  2. 4 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    And that was when she was in H.S/college., well before she met Barack Obama…

  3. 5 amk for obama
    August 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    oops.

    The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin – known as Strelkov – has resigned.

    Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded.

    There has been heavy shelling both in Donetsk and Luhansk as Ukrainian forces battle the separatists.

    The news came with a disputed Russian aid convoy stationed near the border.

    Mr Borodai confirmed the news to Russian media but gave no reason for Strelkov’s departure.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28792966

    • August 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      All the Russian mercs are evidently trying to escape based on various reports I’ve read. Lots of rumors Strelkov was injured, but no reliable confirmation. Only a full invasion by Putin will stop the Ukrainians from finishing the job in Luhansk and Donetsk.

  4. 7 amk for obama
    August 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    • August 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      wow. finally. The locals are clearly in over their heads. Don’t have any experience in crowd management. And that’s my most generous assessment.

    • August 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Wanna bet that the real leader behind the scenes has been the president ? Talking to the Governor, discussing what’s at stakes, expressing empathy for all involved, offering federal help, … scratch that.. STRONGLY suggesting federal help.

      • 10 amk for obama
        August 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        Oh, I am sure PBO had that come to jesus talk with nixon. Especially after his fuckups in the past few days.

  5. August 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  6. August 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • 13 hopefruit2
      August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Don’t let them run you away, LL. They are two bitter losers…. and they’re getting handled appropriately :)

    • August 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      Don’t LL! Excuse me, but fuck them – they want to drive you away, don’t give them the pleasure.

      • August 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        Oh, I’m not. I just needed a quick break, so I finished up some work before my vacation.

        • August 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          Will you take us all on your vacation? Unless it’s Chelsea.

          • August 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

            It’s a staycation, so you’re all invited to Casa de LL.

          • 20 daisydem
            August 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

            Yes, where are we going? I had a brief beach vacation, but now could use more! I did vacation vicariously through my friends’ recent trip to NYC to take their daughter for the first time … boy was that fun but tiring! We (they) did everything, hit all the tourist musts including two broadway plays. And stayed in a suite in a hotel right in the middle of Manhattan, walking distance to the theater district! Awesome.

        • 21 HZ
          August 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

          LL, I cannot tell you what to do; but I can express my deep gratitude to you personally for being so focused, dedicated, and eloquent with your writings and precise comments on twitter. I thank you so much, LL. Please do not stop. But do what is right for your being as active and positive within this beautiful family. I do not want you to over work yourself, but I need you, we all need you. Please know that you are so appreciated by this little senior.

          I hope that your vacation will be a lovely one. And you and the missus will have a beautiful, relaxed and fun vacation. Thank you for all that you do, LL. I have ascertained that you are not one to move away from something that you believe in so much. HZ

    • 22 amk for obama
      August 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      who are they?

      • 23 MightyPamela
        August 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        VIP’s, I’ll wager – as it’s so apparent mr. Sonofbaldwin is on first name basis with President and Mrs. Obama. So, obviously entitled to speak for them both. Right?

  7. 24 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    UPDATE:

    • 25 nospin
      August 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      I want to hear him explain how he came to decision to allow this travesty to occur for 3 days straight before responding.

      • 26 hopefruit2
        August 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Perhaps the Mayor of Ferguson needs to answer that question first.

        • 27 jacquelineoboomer
          August 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

          I only saw a bit of the governor’s remarks and then CNN cut him off BEFORE he responded to questions from the people of Ferguson. (He gushed that he was late meeting with them today because he had the call from the President.) I’m late to the party, just like the governor, but hoping for a video later. Also saw the Mayor of Ferguson on CNN. Dolt. He said he had already talked more to CNN than he’d received, timewise, in “reports” on what’s going on in his own city.

  8. 28 dotster3
    August 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    See PBO statement now scheduled for closer to 12:30.

  9. 30 JER
    August 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  10. 33 dotster3
    August 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t appreciate people I follow on twitter garbaging up my feed by retweeting crackpots. I don’t want/need to say every idiotic utterance from some fool. (bwd—son of baldwin)

  11. 34 lockewasright
    August 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    This is a little selfish, but I have been trying to figure out why Robin Williams’ passing feels so personal to me. This morning it occurred to me that maybe it’s because I have said to myself on my darkest days: “Well, as long as I can still laugh… life is worth it.” He saw humor everywhere.

    • August 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I think it’s because he was true to himself.

      He was the opposite of a corporate sell-out.

      In this day of famous-for-being-famous (I know sex sells, but how can anyone who doesn’t lust after her possibly *care* about her twisted family), a true talent (perhaps the best impersonator ever) who is true to themselves resonates.

      Reminds me of why literary types continue to be fascinated with Dylan Thomas and Woody Guthrie.

  12. 37 anniebella
    August 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Rep. John Lewis is talking now on Mrs. Greenspan show.

  13. 38 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

  14. 39 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  15. 41 JER
    August 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  16. 42 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hello TOD on a Thursday Morning from the state with over 10K lakes.
    TOD is place to get the News.
    I didn’t sleep well, actually, I couldn’t sleep at all last night. My eyes are tired and my typos will be threefold today. Thanks for in advance for your understanding.

  17. 43 Linda
    August 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Missouri Gov live on cnn

  18. August 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Oooo, just cleaned up a vomitous troll on TPV. Felt good.

  19. 45 Betsy
    August 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Good Morning all. I just feel so sad.

  20. 46 dotster3
    August 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    • 47 Nena20409
      August 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Excuse me? Now that is his excuse? Name drop to pretend that he has been Missing in Ferguson, MO since last Saturday?

      Wow…..talk about making No Sense at all.

      • 48 dotster3
        August 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        Well—I imagine he expected local and county police to behave in a professional manner and handle whatever occurred there. He removed the smaller Ferguson pd and placed most of the responsibility with the larger county pd. And arranged, likely with PBO, for FBI and fed oversight there. I can’t be too furious with him—–I think some of that anger is politically motivated—–no one expected the out of control, escalated scene there last night.

      • 50 nospin
        August 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

        Nena20409 – I am right there with you. Bullshyte in the first order. No excuse for his inaction. He is accountable.

    • 51 nospin
      August 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Nixon: “Mr. President, help me.”

      was what I heard. smdh

  21. 52 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Now, there is a Pope with It ;)

  22. 54 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    PBO should be speaking soon. The video (with sound) is now streaming on whitehouse.gov

  23. August 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I think that it is interesting the Gov Nixon and The President are having a press conference on the same day…..in addition…there inital comments were similar…..Gov Nixon was quick to call on the Justice Dept…..

    were they both gathering evidence before they made a move?…

    i remember PBO once told Ed Henry…that he like to know what he was talking about …before he spoke…

  24. August 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    • August 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      • 59 HZ
        August 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        These two wonderful and dedicated decent men, our President Barack Obama and Attorney General, Eric Holder have my deepest respect. Lift them up with your positive energy and personal prayers and meditation that they will move with grace and wisdom as they carry out their duties. Two beautiful souls working on behalf of justice for all Americans.

        I have reasons to keep this respect for President Obama and Attorney Eric Holder, and I will keep on believing in them and supporting them. We are blessed to have them doing their jobs. Remember AG Eric Holder is working with a great team, but he is also working without some of the best and brightest that he has requested and that the President has nominated and have yet to be confirmed. So let us give support to them and continue to push the Senate on confirming our Judicial Nominations. We see how communities all over this nation can and will need the best serving their communities.

        I left these quotes last evening after giving myself some quiet time after all of the ugliness we saw last night. I now share for our meditation of thoughts:
        “A world in upheaval is the breaking of the old sod-the revealing of rich fresh soil ready for new planting. Rejoice in the opportunity to sow a new crop.” Jonathan L. Huie

        ” This time like all times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Ralph W. Emerson

        Key word for me in first quote: ‘opportunity’
        Key word for me in second quote: ‘if’
        I will choose to meditate on these as I try to clear my mind for what is taking place in the lives of the citizens in Ferguson and also for the calm and precious thoughts for the parents and family of Michael Brown.

        We will get through this and make some needed change through it all as we embark on this journey. Do not give up, TOD family, but get your rest and refresh yourselves because we have a lot of hard work to get done for Nov. 2014. Keep his back, please.HZ

  25. 61 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  26. August 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Good. Makes statement. Exits.

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  29. 68 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    August 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    WELL DONE MR. PRESIDENT…WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AS A WHOLE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY FORCES WORKING AGAINST IT WHICH I DISCUSSED IN A PREVIOUS POST….WE ARE DEALING WITH AMERICA’S SOCIAL ILLNESS CAUSED BY FEAR AND A CONSTANT EFFORT TO UNDERMINE BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY. THIS HAS TAKEN A TOLL BECAUSE OTHER THAN OVERSEAS…AMERICA HAS ITS OWN EXTREMISTS NOW AND FRANKLY IT IS NOT A PRETTY PICTURE…PRAY FOR THEM PLEASE!

  30. 69 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Before anyone speaks……any politician, Clergy, Reporter, etc……Answer that question…..

  31. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    CNN highlights today (Ted Turner must be so proud):

    1. Reporters were arrested in Ferguson
    2. Hillary and the President may or may not have hugged (Ed. note: Nobody gives a fuck)
    3. Other things (See Ed. note above)

    CNN should be getting back to the plane story, soon. Or maybe bring us up to date on Bubble Boy.

  32. August 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  33. 75 Don
    August 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Gov. Nixon is probably one of the Democrats that don’t want anything to do with the President.

    • 76 Nena20409
      August 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Not true.

      Not true.

      Not True.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      August 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Disagree.

    • 78 Vicki
      August 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      No, Don. Jay Nixon up until ferguson had my respect. He has set records vetoing RW bills sent to him and openly embraced PBO after Joplin tornado. I have heard from family members and friends that he is an extremely decent kind man. obviously he has been overwhelmed here and unforgivingly MIA.

  34. August 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  35. 83 Linda
    August 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    After PBO just said that the soldiers he sent to evaluate the situation in Iraq will be returning this week, Ronan asks:

    Will PBO need to go to Congress to get authorization for the increasing troop build up in Iraq ?

  36. 85 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  37. 86 dotster3
    August 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  38. 87 dotster3
    August 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    There will be porta-potties! (at protests) Might make the difference—–if people can go to the bathroom when needed—–otherwise—crabby. :)

  39. 88 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Heard this on CNN this AM on New Day. I clicked off and went to Bill Press and BBC until I left.

    Foxification of CNN. Shame on them

  40. 89 Don
    August 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I thought President Obama made a statement when not more than two days after Mike Brown was executed you had the Justice Department and the FBI already in Ferguson. Sometimes it’s not what President Obama says as much as it matters what President Obama does. You name me which President that has moved this fast after the killing of a black child.

  41. 91 kasai
    August 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Good Day Everyone:-)

    I need to share this story that happened to me yesterday…As you know I’ve been down and depressed for the past week.
    so I went to the store to do some grocery shopping at “Fresh & Easy” ran into this older white man…he greets me with a smile and say “HI” and says..I never forget a pretty face:-) evidently he mus have seen me there before.. I said thank you and notice he was wearing a beautiful necklace kinda African looking…and complimented him on it. He then he took it off and told me than it was a gift that was given to him by his best friend, when he was fighting in Vietnam.. I thanked him for his service..without asking, he told me he was an AA soldier that died in that war. I had tears..He then went on to re-assure me that..Don’t worry about what;s going on in the world…we’re in this together…gave me a hug…It was so unreal. Felt like he just lifted such huge rock off my shoulders….Humanity at it;s best..coming from a complete stranger…

    So yes! Chips Birthday for me ended on a high note:-)

    • 92 daisydem
      August 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Lovely kasai. How very special and touching.

      • 93 kasai
        August 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

        It really was…it’s almost like he felt my pain…Bless his soul…that hug meant so much to me…

        • 94 HZ
          August 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

          Kasai, thanks for sharing this. You just gave me a hug. {{{{{{{{Kasai’s Loving Space}}}}}}}} Keep your space replenish with as many lovely thoughts as your heart and mind can process as you are trying to cope during this time. I have been in a similar space, and there were hugs and the wisdom of loving take charge angel friends who helped me get through the very rough moments. I send lots of loving thoughts to you, Kasai. () HZ

          • 95 kasai
            August 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

            Thank you so much (((HZ))) your loving words always do wonders for me…Love you!

            • 96 HZ
              August 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

              {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ I will keep you in my loving thoughts and prayers for strength to get through each moment. }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    • 97 MadameSoph
      August 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Oh Kasai! I posted last night that I was thinking and praying for you (just in case you were lurking). I read your post about having a heavy heart and worrying about your son. Now my own heart is lifted because of your experience! I feel like this encounter you had was not just an answer to your prayers, but mine and others here as well! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. This time I’m feeling a lump in my throat as well, but it’s a good lump! :-)

      • 98 kasai
        August 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Thank you Madame….I needed to tell my story…with everything that is going in the world…I came home and thanked God for this small miracle….Indeed it lifted my spirits…that hug was so special..by the way his name was Ted:-) and angel that just happened to be at the same place at the right time:-)
        Much Love

    • 99 Dudette
      August 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      What a lovely story, Kasai. Sounds like you two were brought together to share that special moment. I’m smiling just thinking about that.

      I wish you a zillion more beautiful moments like that one. :-)

      {{{{{ Kasai }}}}}

      • 100 kasai
        August 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        Thanks Dudette…Being there at the same time was a divine moment…When you least expected a guardian Angel shows up…God is Good:-)

        (((Dudette))

  42. 101 Nena20409
    August 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I sincerely hope that the two girls are found……quickly and returned unharmed.

  43. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    August 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    anyone who has watched the 44th’s Presidency long enough would know that there is segment in the media, beltway, & extremes of both ends who will NEVER be satisfied until they get a chance to make EVERY event in the world about PBO ;

    can someone remind these fools that AG Holder is part of Team Obama and has been on the Ferguson case since news broke of Mr. Brown’s tragic death?

    • 104 HZ
      August 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks President Barack Obama and AG Eric Holder for every effort you and your teams do to give a gentle spirit with firmness through all of the evil and chaos that is taking place in Ferguson. May wisdom and courage to do goodness in all of this be granted into both of their space at this very time. We are with you PBO and AG Holder. HZ


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