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The Last Word


funniest. comment. ever.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao arrive for a State Dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House

yardarm756: “Oh LORD, Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell just walked in the dinner with an Oriental lady. Is that legal in Kentucky?”


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and his wife Carole Geithner

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with her husband Paul

Singer James Taylor with his wife Caroline

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey and his wife Deanie Dempsey

Chief Justice John Roberts with his wife Jane

Austan Goolsbee, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, and his wife Robin

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her husband Steven Schultz

ABC News host Diane Sawyer

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao


put that in your pipe and smoke it

The Boston Globe: The head of Fiat-Chrysler said today that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney must have been “smoking illegal material” when he argued in 2008 that the US auto industry could be resurrected without federal financial assistance.

During an interview with CNN, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat and Chrysler, said government support was pivotal.

The comment contrasted with a 2008 op-ed column in which Romney urged the federal government not to provide an industry bailout but instead force automakers into a “managed bankruptcy.”

Marchionne told CNN: “Whoever told you that is smoking illegal material. That market had become absolutely dysfunctional in 2008 and 2009. There were attempts made by a variety of people to find strategic alliances with other car makers on a global scale and the government stepped in, as the actor of last resort. It had to do it because the consequences would have been just too large to deal with.”


on the ball (video added)

President Obama looks at a football presented to him during a ceremony presenting the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 18

President Obama takes a hand off from Air Force Academy running back Jared Tew


reflecting pool

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe in the Oval Office, April 7, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


union is strength

President Barack Obama greets AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka before a meeting with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House on February 24

White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka



President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Daley, and interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse walk along the Colonnade of the White House prior to President Obama’s announcement of Daley as his new Chief of Staff, Jan. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


a stroll to the chamber of horrors

President Obama walks with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling from the White House before giving a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


‘pragmatic, thoughtful, smart, diplomatic, effective….mature’

Huge thanks to Rita for letting me know about this blog post – loved it.

p m carpenter’s commentary: This morning the Post’s Dan Balz assesses the choice of Bill Daley as “another significant step in the post-election evolution of President Obama,” noting that Daley “has a reputation for shooting straight, playing hard, talking bluntly and, above all, remaining calm in a crisis.”

Indeed, the Beltway consensus is that Daley is pragmatic, thoughtful, damn smart, diplomatic, effective, loyal and philosophically mature — all in all he’s a judicious choice, one that will serve the administration well and frustrate the Republican noise machine.

So, naturally, with the notable exception of Howard Dean, who has responded as a model of reason, the activist progressive community launched into orbital unhingement over the Daley pick.

Gloomily representative of what’s become their orthodox overreaction to most everything Obama was the Torquemada of ProgThink, Adam Green, who said  … “(bla bla bla)”

Yes, just another White House “mistake” …. such as rescuing the nation from the Great Depression II, securing universal health care, pulling DADT’s repeal out of a hopeless hat, saving the domestic auto industry, and so on, and so on, and so on.

Read the full post here


a good impression

….hey, the ultimate tribute to outgoing chief of staff, Pete Rouse.


window seat

President Barack Obama waits in the Green Room of the White House with interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, right, and William Daley before the announcement that he was naming Daley as his new Chief of Staff, Jan. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


the daley show

Incoming White House Chief of Staff William Daley shakes hands with outgoing interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse as President Barack Obama watches on in the East Room of the White House, January 6


new year, new job

Chicago Tribune: First lady Michelle Obama has chosen White House staffer and longtime Chicagoan Tina Tchen as her new top aide …. Tchen, 54, a lawyer, will replace another Chicago attorney, Susan Sher, as Obama’s chief of staff … Tchen’s move to the East Wing, a promotion, comes after serving the West Wing in three roles.

She was a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, director of the office of public engagement and executive director of the Council on Women and Girls. Tchen will stay on at the helm of the council.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Tina to my team,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement Wednesday. She called the hire a “natural choice” in light of Tchen’s work to ensure that “communities across the country have a voice and a presence at the White House.”

Tchen, a “proud Chinese American” … said a highlight of her White House tenure was being part of a presidential delegation to China last July for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the home of her late parents, who fled Communist China in 1949.

Before coming to Washington, Tchen lived in Chicago for 30 years and was active in progressive politics and several civic groups … A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and a 1984 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Law. She has a son and a daughter.

Mrs. Obama called Sher’s White House service a “gift” and said: “As sad as I am to see Susan go, I always knew she would return to her family and her community in Chicago.” Sher said Wednesday she was “thrilled” Tchen was replacing her since “the East Wing will be in great hands.” Tchen called her new job a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and said she was “honored and humbled” to take it.


podesta’s position

John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress, issued the following comment on the tax extensions and unemployment insurance compromise announced yesterday:

Progressives need to be clear and honest about what just happened on taxes and the economy. Since the midterm election, it has been clear that the Congressional Republican Leadership was perfectly prepared to see middle and working class tax cuts expire and extended unemployment insurance end unless millionaire tax cuts were extended. All the talk about decoupling and extending middle class tax cuts from the cuts for millionaires was wishful thinking at best and just political talk at worst and no strategy could have produced it during the lame duck.

So President Obama was faced with a choice: he could trade a few more years of unnecessary and wasteful tax breaks for the rich in exchange for assistance to the unemployed, additional targeted tax relief for working families through the refundable earned income tax credit and child credit, and keeping tax rates low for 98 percent of Americans; alternatively he could allow taxes to rise on everyone starting in January.

At the end of the day, President Obama decided he couldn’t abandon the millions of Americans who are struggling to keep their families afloat, who are diligently searching for work, and who simply cannot afford higher taxes right now, even though the Congressional Republican Leadership was more than happy to do so if we wouldn’t pay their ransom.

It was a steep price, but this deal will mean about 2 million jobs saved or created over the next two years. On balance, I think the President was right to choose helping working Americans over a December conflagration. But the question hanging over Washington and the country today is how will he avoid repeating the same scenario being played out again and again for the next two years? That’s a question that is keeping me awake at night.

(Reminder: There are enough ‘Obama Is A Sell-Out!’ articles out there today, I’m just bringing you a few restrained, thoughtful and reflective pieces, ones that are probably getting lost in all the noise. But for those who want to read the ‘Sell-Out!’ stuff, you won’t have to look too hard!)


moving on

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President Barack Obama hugs outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel after announcing his departure from the West Wing in the East Room of the White House October 1







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