getting on with the people’s business

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with senior advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 31, 2011. Pictured, from left, are Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Chief of Staff Bill Daley, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

176 Responses to “getting on with the people’s business”

  1. 1 isonprize
    August 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    OKAY, I had no idea that Twitter could be “over capacity” Wow. What’s lightin’ up the Twiiterverse???

    • August 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      Folks have obviously become quite emotional and i don’t blame them.

    • 3 hopefruit2
      August 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Folks are mad at Boner’s behavior towards the President.

      • August 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        I’m not only mad at Boehner, I’m mad at the entire Republican Party who have been disrespecting this Black President every since he has been in office. I’m mad at the Dems who do not stand up for this President. I’m mad at people like Maxine Waters. Sometimes I do fine myself wondering why he would want the dam job?

        • 5 Eleroy
          August 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm

          That is exactly what they want Anniebelle!!! For supporters to say what the hell!!! Don’t let them win!!!

          We will keep at this till and even after President Obama is inaugurated for his second term in office!!!

          Keep the faith!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm


  2. 7 Blue
    August 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS AND JOBS! We are behind you Mr. President 1000%

  3. 8 HZ
    August 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks so much, Chips for all of the up to date posting today. You have been soo busy. I hope that you will also take some rest with your favorite cup of tea or whatever you love to relex with. I appreciate you so very much. So please know that, Chips. Good thoughts and prayers coming your way.HZ

  4. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I’m not ready to laugh, but I’ll take a mock any day. Here are three that samsteinhp tweeted:

    RT @aterkel: Thursday night is also “Friends,” Boehner.

    wait, Thursday night is also Jersey Shore night. WTF Boehner, WTF!!!!!!

    there is a resolution to this: have obama partake in the GOP presidential debate.

  5. 21 HZ
    August 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Yes, we have your back Mr. President. Nothing holds this great man back. It is in his DNA to do the right thing for all people. Remember, Mrs. Robinson, his mother-in-law said,” He is the hardest working man I have ever seen.” Now we know that is someone who sees daily what she is talking about. And we know how much her husband worked so hard for Craig and Michelle and her. So, we have heard it for ourselves. This is why it pains my heart so much in how they haters try to stop him. But trust me, he will not give up.HZ

  6. August 31, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Boehner is worried about the Obama Jobs Plan – but he might have just brought more attention to it. I mean if there wasn’t this issue, nobody would be talking about it and it wouldn’t be on anybodies agenda until next Wednesday when folks sat down to flip on a show at 8pm. I think the President is going really big and dare the GOP to block it. Boehner doesn’t want to give the President a joint session backdrop with Republicans not clapping big measures, so he’s hoping Pres. Obama will choose to do it Wednesday elsewhere.

    The big issue with Thursday is the start of the NFL season. The game is at 9pm, but they have a kickoff show at 8pm. I wonder if that could all be pushed back a half hour. Pres. speaks in front of joint session from 8-8:30. NFL game pushed back to 9:30. I don’t think NBC would not show the pre-game, so I think the GOP wants Pres. Obama to go up against the NFL and then laugh and point at the ratings.

    And anybody bitching about it could blame Boehner for being a prick. Because Friday would be a no-go, the weekend will be all about 9/11, next Monday the GOP have another debate, and other shows have their prime time season premiers that networks will loath to bump.

    On the steps of the Capitol because he wasn’t invited in would be a helluva backdrop for his jobs message if security issues could be worked out.

    • 23 collegekay
      August 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      I agree StR. But I don’t think SS would go for that. We shall see.

      • 24 utaustinliberal
        August 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

        Hmm… good points Str. It would be fan-fucking-tastic to see President Obama invite ordinary citizens from the GOP’s congressional district, invite house and senate dems and give a primetime jobs speech in front of the Capitol or the Lincoln Memorial. That’s a middle finger that would be worth the price of admission.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      August 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      TWEET: Boehner’s office confirmed that the did not raise objections when first notified by WH of PBO’s speech.


      • August 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        Because Boehner agreed to it by not objecting to it. Than Rush was all about “putting Obama in his place” and all of a sudden Boehner has issues with the date.

        • 27 nathkatun7
          August 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

          Now we know who is really in charge of the Republican party: It’s none other than BOSS Rush Limbaugh! The same Rush Limbaugh who announced, after President Obama was elected, that his sole mission was to ensure that the President failed. The Republican party could care less about the unemployed Americans and all the people experiencing financial hardships. The only thing Republicans care about is making BOSS Limbaugh happy by carrying out his #1 mission: Defeating President Obama in 2012. Sadly, the so called MSM seem to be aiding and abating the mission of BOSS Limbaugh and his Republican party.

      • 28 Ladyhawke
        August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        Thank you hope. It breaks my heart that President Obama has to deal with the dishonest Speaker In Name Only John Boehner. This latest episode with the scheduling of the address to congress just shows how terrified the Republican Party is of President Obama. I know there is deep hatred of him and racism, but I also think they are just terrified of him because he is such a brilliant, charismatic and effective leader. He knows how to govern and get things done. The last thing the Republicans want is for the American people to see smart and efficient government in action. Therefore, PBO’s biggest obstacle to governing has been the GOP which is vehemently anti-government.

        The Republican Party has made a mockery of our democracy and rendered our government dysfunctional. It’s a sad state of affairs. For a party that would be incensed if anyone said a negative word about President Geroge W. Bush, I say their hypocrisy is breathtaking and they should be ashamed of themselves. But as we as we all know, the GOP can not be shamed or embarrassed by anything.

        • 29 HZ
          August 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

          I really don’t think that the WH would pre publicly announce the date unless they were sure of their conversation with Speaker and his office and Harry. POB ,nor David Plouffe operate like that. Right? Just think about it. The President wants to get the message out in front of the Joint Congress for the people to see and hear. Also the President wants America to see the fools that will be debating as well. What incumbent wouldn’t. So this is a nasty, ugly, hateful and most vile of people (I will not write his name in our space) speaks, Bonecry gets scared, and they have a crap party. Plain and simple. We already know that they hate him, they do not like his skin color, he is too damn smart for his pants, he is fine as hell, and he beats them at their game everytime. The MSM sat out to do this from day one. Just keep expecting it, but the American people did not believe it. It has not even begun to get nasty yet. These suckers are playing for real, and POB is not afraid of them. Because, you know what, we are going to put them out of a job, and they will wish for a $9.07. payday.HZ

    • 31 Sue in Minnesota
      August 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      I agree, with the Democrats and the PUBLIC in attendance….I feel like I’m writing a script for a made for TV drama in my head……is this really our America?

    • 32 askew
      August 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      I’d love to see a speech on the Capitol stairs that was open to the public and let Congress have to mingle with the general public. I hope Obama keeps speech on Wednesday night one way or another.

  7. 33 hopefruit2
    August 31, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Uh-Oh. Now Chris Christie might be regretting the day he ever stood silent while Repubs in congress obstructed our President…..Karma….

    /// TRENTON, N.J. โ€” Firebrand Gov. Chris Christie let loose against Congress on Wednesday, saying he wouldn’t let a fight brewing in Washington over whether disaster aid needs to be offset by federal spending cuts hurt Hurricane Irene flood victims in his state.
    “Our people are suffering now, and they need support now. And they (Congress) can all go down there and get back to work and figure out budget cuts later,” the Republican governor told a crowd in the flood-ravaged town of Lincoln Park. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has less than $800 million in its disaster coffers, and U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has said the House will require offsetting spending cuts to pay for aid. ////


    • August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Christie is mistaken about this –

      Christie said that he doesn’t want to hear that offsetting budget cuts have to come before aid is distributed and that such a discussion isn’t appropriate in a time of need, like in May, when a tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., killing 160 people and damaging about 7,500 homes.

      “Nobody was asking about offsetting budget cuts in Joplin,” the governor said.

      In fact Cantor was harping about off-sets for any Joplin relief.

      • 35 jacquelineoboomer
        August 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

        Cantor is sick-eh-ning (that was my best New Jersey voice – I was born there!)

      • 36 nathkatun7
        August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        I remember Cantor saying the same thing about Joplin! What sort of a person is Eric Cantor? Does he have a human heart? Why are these people so devoid of basic human compassion? I want to tell Cantor that I pay taxes too; and I would rather see my share of taxes go to helping victims of natural disasters instead of paying for salaries and medical insurance for members of Congress, like Eric Cantor! I don’t see why members of Congress should be paid for saying NO to everything the President proposes to try to create jobs while offering no serious plans of their own to deal with the Jobs crisis. Until Congress seriously gets down to deal with job creation, Congressional members shouldn’t be paid a dime of my tax dollars.

        Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in Democracy. Nevertheless, I personally think that President Obama would have been able to solve this jobs crisis, if he didn’t have to deal with the just say NO Republicans in Congress.

        • 37 Eleroy
          August 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

          Eric Cantor is a world class sociopathic narcissist!!! If that is possible!!! He was born with a hole in place of a heart and he sold his soul to the devil before his mother birth him!!!

          But his time is up and the devil will soon be coming to be settled in whatever pact they made!!!

  8. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    August 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Someone just commented on Rev. Al’s Politics Nation Facebook page (and if you saw the show tonight, you’ll know how hysterical the first reference is):

    “How dare the republicans send a Howdy Doody Look alike to your show today to defend the offensive actions of the Republican Party. Its time to vote out the Republicans who put Party ahead of Country. House Speaker Boehner should be arrested for his disrespect of the President of the United States. First with the Debt Ceiling, now with the President’s speech on Job creation. Rep Boehner you are a joke!”

    • 42 Sue in Minnesota
      August 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Was Josh Trevino on? I call him Howdy Dowdy…looks just like the cookie jar my Mom used to have on our kitchen counter when I was a kid. The face scared me so badly I kept my hands out of the cookies. Mom’s are so clever (miss you Mom) ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 43 askew
    August 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Knowing that I am going to get attacked for saying this, Obama’s team needs to have more women in important roles. Obama wouldn’t be in office without the women voters, yet too many photos showing important meetings at WH feature only men. Usually only white men outside of Obama. The lack of diversity in his senior staff bothers me. He has done great in appointing women to cabinet posts and judgeships but outside of his old family friend, there are no women in his inner circle.

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      What do you call Valarie Jarrett?

      • 45 askew
        August 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        An old family friend, which is exactly what I said above. She got the job because she knew Obama for years not because she worked her way up the ranks and according to multiple stories she isn’t included in all of the inner circle strategy meetings. I just think it is worrying that Obama’s inner circle is all white men. We have some brilliant women in the party and I’d like to see some of them join Obama’s inner circle.

        • 46 hopefruit2
          August 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm

          Askew do you know of any outstanding women that the President could hire to fill his cabinet, but who are not hired? It may simply be a matter of there are not qualified women in the posts that he needs to fill. I think he tends to hire women wherever possible. It’s also a possibility that FLOTUS is not particularly comfortable with him working too closely with other females whose trustworthiness is questionable. Our President is a very, very attractive man. This is just a speculation on my part.

          • August 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm

            Flournoy for Sec. of Defense, but I suspect that she’ll replace Panetta in Pres. Obama’s second term. Panetta was must moved over because he had already been confirmed for CIA so dysfunctional Senate couldn’t block him as Gates wanted to retire (and dservedly so). And this is not saying Flournoy is uniquely qualified, but just one on the short list.

          • 48 HZ
            August 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm

            Askew, where were you when President George W. Bush hired his inner circle? Did you see who was always sitting around the table? Askew, I do give a damn about who is sitting around the table based on gender as much as I do about what the hell they are capable of doing with the brains that are needed to work with susch a brilliant President. First of all ,go back and look at some of the ladies he put in very important positions when he was trying to get the crap that GW left for him. No, I am not going to list them for you. I know. You want the information, it seems. And how often do you see the women who are really in his circles? Search for yourself. I can tell you, but I am not worried about that issue. But I am concerned that you are speaking this tone at this time in the process. As far as Valarie Jarret is concerned, do you know anything about her background? I do. And I do not appreciate you calling her an ‘old family friend.’, for sole qualifications. Find out about her qualifications, please. Were you there when he enlisted Ms. Jarret for the position? And this “NOT working her way up the ranks,” where did you ascertain that information? Next, who are your sources for these “stories she isn’t included in all of the inner circle strategy meetings.” How did you conclude that the President’s “inner circle is all white men?” Are you planning to get that letter off to President Obama to give him some of those” brilliant women in the party ” that you would like to see in his “inner circle.” Thank you very much for listening.HZ

            • 49 Eleroy
              August 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

              Thank you HZ!!! This is serious cock-eyed crap!!!

              Susan Rice, Samantha Powers!!! First black woman U.N ambassador, Fiery, super smart Irish brainiac!!!

          • 50 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm

            I think his cabinet is phenomenal which I said in the first post. I am more concerned about his WH senior staff. It was a minor concern that got blown out of proposition. I should have known better to post anything like that here. I forget that this site doesn’t allow any concerns about Obama to be mentioned.

            I think that in Obama’s 2nd term we’ll see women move up in the WH staff and maybe finally get a female CoS. Obama has done a good job of getting women and minorities in mid-level positions in his first term, so when Daley and other senior staff leave in 2nd term he’ll have a lot of qualified people to choose from. I think having Susan Rice as SoS in the 2nd term would be a great example of this.

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

          It seem we are always finding something to complain about these days. Now it’s not enough women in Obama inner circle. To me it’s not that big of a deal.

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

          Is this your top concern right now? Because seriously, that’s just ridiculous.

        • August 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

          Janet Napolitanlo, Hillary Clinton, Hilda Solis, Susan Rice, ,two supreme court appointees, etc. sure I missed some. BS..on your comment.

        • 56 Obama Grandmama
          August 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

          Janet Napolitaneo has a pretty important job.

        • 58 nathkatun7
          August 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

          What constitutes his senior staff? Did you forget the fact that he appointed a woman to head his Council of Economic advisors until she decided to resign and go back to teaching? BTW, why do you think that his senior staff are more important than members of his cabinet or members of the Supreme Court? I suppose Blacks and Hispanics, who voted in much higher numbers for him than women, should also be complaining about not being represented in the senior staff. I think the more important question is: has President Obama promoted policies that go against the interests of women, African Americans or Hisanics? Why is it that everyone wants to tell President Obama what to do?

      • August 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        I didn’t respond because this was eggxactly what Tweety’s been crowing about this for months now. It’s pure bull. I think we’ve already had this discussing and forwarded lists upon lists of women in this administration. Enough said.

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

          I totally agree with you Lisaloves. This is pure bull.

        • 62 askew
          August 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm

          If you read my statement, you’d see that I am happy with Obama for appointing so many women to cabinet posts and judicial positions. However, his senior circle which does not include any of the women mentioned below, is missing women outside of Jarrett. And Jarrett is cut out of many of the meetings. That is my concern. Tweety’s argument was completely different – he said there were no women in the Obama admin. Big difference.

          • August 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

            Sonia Sotomayor …. Elena Kagan ….. Hillary Clinton ….. Hilda Solis ….. Janet Napolitano ….. Kathleen Sebelius ….. Susan Rice ….. Elizabeth Warren …. Lisa Jackson ….. Regina Benjamin …. Melody Barnes ….. Dalia Mogahed …. that’s a pretty reasonable dent in the glass ceiling.

            Valerie Jarrett only holds her position as senior advisor because she’s an old friend?

            But does it not tell you something that one of the President’s oldest friends and most trusted advisors is a …. woman?

            PS The first bill the President signed? The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

            Sorry Askew, that PL meme has long been debunked.

            • 64 askew
              August 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

              I was not and did not criticize the President on not supporting women. I applauded him for appointing so many women. I think he has done an excellent job at promoting women. I just am concerned that there have been a series of photos released with no women in the meetings and that his inner circle lacks a woman outside of his buddy Jarrett. That’s it.

              Any chance we can get an ignore button for posters who won’t leave me alone?

              • 65 EDP4BHO
                September 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

                You’re okay askew. I myself find posters can be overly-protective of PBO, myself included, to the point that we forget that others have their own valid concerns. Even though I may agree with some of the responses, I don’t see where you disrespected PBO, you just expressed a concern. People, we all have our differences of opinion, so it’s no need to immediately consign someone to being a PL. Come on, can’t we all be united for the same cause?

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

          Deparle, Lisa Jackson ……………

          • August 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

            Kathleen Sebilus(sp)

            • 69 jacquelineoboomer
              August 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

              Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

              Surgeon General Regina Benjamin

              Ambassador Susan Rice

              Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

              • August 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

                DNC Chair – Debbie Wasserman Schultz

                Obama’s Political Director – Katherine Arculeta

                Plan and Build the Consumer Agency – Elizabeth Warren

                Valerie Jarret – please don’t insult her askew. She brings experience and very few people in the admin “moved up in the ranks” and that’s because administrations change and the new President just brings in qualified people. There isn’t much promote from within in any administration unless someone leaves. Anyone saying that she’s really not invited or involved is just trying to continue the meme that Obama keeps his women down. Just like that woman from the Daily Beast who once said Obama hid Clinton under a burka – metaphorically.

                • 71 askew
                  August 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

                  I don’t think Obama keeps women down. I do think from reading multiple profiles of senior staffers that Jarrett does get excluded from meetings. Her exclusion isn’t due to Obama but to some of the other senior staff. Like I said above, that may have changed due to Rahm/Axelrod leaving and Plouffe/Daley coming on board.

                  With the huge staff shake-up, I do think there was opportunity to move people up. Maybe in the 2nd term.

                  That woman from the Daily Beast is clearly a moron. Clinton has had great opportunities under the Obama admin as have other cabinet members (women and men).

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      August 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      I’m sorry but please don’t ever bring that crap piece of BS here. This was the same nonsense the media was trying to peddle by saying that President Obama only golfs with the men in his administration; when the truth was that he has often golfed with Melody Barnes. Fact: President Obama has more women in senior staff positions than other Presidents. Nancy Ann Deparle, Stephanie Cutter, Melody Barnes and on and on and on. He has more African American, Hispanic, Asian and other minorities in his senior staff. They all head different policy departments. Just because you see a picture that isn’t a full shot does not in any way mean you should jump to negative conclusions. Enough with your ultimatums. First it was you would abandon him over some shoddy article that said we would still be fighting a war in Afghanistan in 2024 and now this. Go to http://www.whitehouse.gov and look up the names of the people who work for him before you make ignorant comments.

      • 73 askew
        August 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        Wow, you clearly lack manners. There was no need for you to attack me. I am someone who supports the President strongly but occasionally has minor issues with him and for you to respond like that is disgusting.

        I am incredibly disappointed that your behavior is allowed at this website.

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

          this is not a matter of lacking manners. this trumphed up charge against the president has already been brought to fore and been discredited for the total crap it is, ask Tweety, because we all sure let him have it along with a long list of all the women PBO has hired and who all work in his administration. Just because you don’t see them on tv doesn’t mean they don’t exist, and I mean this response in the most respectful way I can manage. It’s pure bull.

          • 75 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm

            Have I ever brought it up here? No, I haven’t. And since my concern was different from Tweety’s, I don’t think it was brought up here. I do worry when I see the WH release multiple photos over time with no women in these important meetings what message that sends to women voters. The WH would be smart to release some pics of Obama meeting with his cabinet since so many are women.

            And while I disagree strongly with you on this, I do appreciate you trying to stay respectful.

            • August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

              This president should never do anything because it looks good or politically salient. This president should do the best he can for this country and hire people who can best meet those obligations. As a woman who has spent her entire life going to school in order to attain a degree that will gain me a good job that will also enable me to become economically solvent and economically mobile, and who will also spend the rest of my life as a career woman, I see absolutely nothing wrong with PBO’s hiring record.

              • 77 askew
                August 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

                I disagree that Obama shouldn’t ever do stuff because it looks good and I also disagree that adding more women to these meetings wouldn’t be a huge political plus as well as a much needed shot of diversity.

                As a working woman, I don’t want a woman to be in the senior circle as a token but I do think there is incredible value in diversity. That is something Obama has preached for years.

                • August 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

                  the president has preached, lived it and is a symbol of diversity.

                • August 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

                  askew used to cause problems at TOAIHR

                • 80 nathkatun7
                  September 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

                  With all due respect, I think you are a master at injecting controversies where they do not belong. I appreciate the fact that you support the President. But I have a feeling that you are not fully satisfied with him. Bringing up this issue of women in his senior staff as a focus of you criticism is, in my humble opinion, your way of always finding some negative aspect to criticize the President about while still claiming your support of him. I’ve seen photos of the President with senior women advisors, as was the case when he had the head of SBA, a woman, with him in his tour to Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. While I do agree with you about the importance of diversity, I don’t think you being fair in criticizing President Obama for lack of diversity. I have lived under many Presidents, beginning with my teenager years under JFK, I don’t think there is any other President who presided over such a diverse staff, including the cabinet, as has President Obama. I suppose if you want to knit-pick everything President Obama does you can always find some thing negative to criticize him about. The photo above certainly gave you an opening.

            • August 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

              On your point did you not see the head of the State Department in the Sit Room on the day of getting Bin laden.I know your thoughts are that the President doesn’t have enough women who advise him.Well I would like for you to stop and think about the true Power of advice He gets is when He goes upstairs to His home and there are the 4 most influential women that any man of power needs. All men who have a loving wife and 2 loving daughters and loving mother – in law gets all the advice that he needs.That is the inner circle that has more power than any in his cabinet.They let him know up close when he is wrong believe me.He can make a dumb mistake and hear it forever and a day.Also a picture doesn’t tell the whole story of who is advising him.We don’t get to see all meetings do we or read all the briefing books and who wrote them.So your point has holes in it because of that fact we just do get to see and know it all.

      • 82 askew
        August 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

        And for the record, there was no ultamatium of abandoning Obama. I voiced a concern because as a rational adult I can support Obama and disagree with him politely. You on the other hand can’t spell polite. Too busy behaving like a bully.

        • 83 utaustinliberal
          August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

          It’s not a lacking manners thing. It’s just that with you it’s one ultimatum after another. Your support of President Obama always has to come with “minor issues” or “conditions.” Keith and some others were right when they said you were always bringing up left field topics like this on BWD’s site that always ended up with how slightly disappointed you were with President Obama. First it was Iraq, then it was Afghanistan, now it’s women. It’s all trumped up ridiculous nonsense and I for one am sick and tired of it. What will you be disappointed in him with next? That he doesn’t knot his tie the proper way? That we’re going to be in Afghanistan til thy kingdom come? That his staff members only use blackberrys and not iphones? What will it be? And by the way it’s President Obama; not Obama like he’s some lackey.

          • 84 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

            Wow, doubling down on your nastiness I see. Just don’t respond to me ever again. I am too old to put up with your lack of common decency and your cherry-picking of my comments.

            • 85 utaustinliberal
              August 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

              It’s not nastiness. It’s the truth. It’s that when you place inane conditions or ultimatums on this President, you will ALWAYS be called out. Enough is enough. Nothing President Obama does is ever enough. Nothing!

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Taking issue about ones inner circle and even discredit Valerie Jarrett because she doesn’t fit your point? Who makes up this inner circle in your opinion? VP, COS, Plouffe and then who? Carney?

      Justice Sotomayor
      Justice Kagan
      Sec Clinton
      Sec. Solis
      Sec. Nepolitano
      Sec. Sebelius
      Amb. Rice
      Dir. Jackson
      Surgeon General Benjamin
      DNC Chair Wasserman Shultz
      Katherine Archuleta – political director of re-election campaign

      • 87 askew
        August 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        Thank you for being polite. It’s too bad many others here can’t manage to disagree without being disagreeable.

        There were multiple profiles/stories done about Jarrett’s role in the Obama admin back in 2009 and most of them stated that Jarrett was not included in all of the strategy meetings and that her relationship with Obama made her position in the WH different than the other senior staff.

        I mentioned quite clearly that I was impressed with how many women Obama appointed to cabinet and judicial positions. I am not complaining about any of his appointments. I am just saying that there have been a lot of photos of important meetings that have had no women staffers (cabinet members are not staffers) or only women in support positions. And as much as I like DWS, Kagan and Sonia, none of them advise the president on policy decisions.

        I realize saying anything that isn’t 100% supportive of Obama means getting insulted on this blog (as you found out last week), but I think this should be a place where we can raise concerns without being attacked. It doesn’t mean that I won’t work my ass off to re-elect Obama. I just want to be able to talk freely here. I left DK because I felt I was being censored. I don’t want the same to happen here.

        • August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

          I guess I would need to know what positions you believe make up the inner circle. Nancy-Ann DeParle and Alyssa Mastromonaco are deputy chiefs of staff, Melody Barnes is Director of Domestic Policy Council which is pretty inner circle for all domestic policy discussions EXCLUDING economic matters which has it’s own council.

          • 89 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm

            The inner circle in the Obama admin is Daley, Plouffe, Rouse, Jarrett*, Krueger, Carney and Pfeiffer. These are the inner circle and the ones who get to help shape the president’s message/strategy. In Jarrett’s profile in 2009 by the NYT it stated that she was not included in all of the strategy meetings because of her relationship with the Pres. And she was excluded from the political strategy meetings that happened every week with senior advisors outside of the WH. But, that was Axelrod/Rahm’s WH Staff. It may have changed with Plouffe/Daley’s WH Staff.

            Nancy-Ann and Alyssa are deputies and are not at the same level as the men so I wouldn’t really include them in the inner circle. You have a point about Melody. I didn’t include her because I never see her name mentioned along with Obama’s “inner circle” in articles. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t important or that she doesn’t attend these meetings.

            I would just like to see more photos of meetings with women included and I would like to see another woman become a prominent senior staffer in the next Obama admin. Maybe we could finally get a female CoS?

            • 90 a night owl
              August 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

              The first time I ever heard of Valerie Jarrett was during the campaign. It was at a point when things looked pretty grim for Obama. The campaign was stalling and it was Jarrett who was brought in to re-energize Obama and get the campaign back on track. It was like, “OMG, they’re bringing in Valerie Jarrett to save the day,” because apparently she was the one person he needed to hear from at his darkest hour. Then, once he was in office, at one point during Rahm’s term as chief of staff, there were rumblings about a rivalry between her and Rahm. This doesn’t sound like someone who’s relegated to the sidelines. She may not be “official,” but she’s very powerful.

              Frankly, I think Jarrett transcends “strategy meetings” with the President. She is a friend – practically family – not just a colleague or employee. She goes way back with the President, shares a lot of life experiences with him, and always has his ear. I think the only person who trumps her is Michelle Obama. I don’t know what more you could ask for.

      • 91 utaustinliberal
        August 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        Exactly Str. It’s the same nonsense again. Whatever President Obama does is never enough. Now he doesn’t have enough women in his senior staff. What utter crock!

    • 92 collegekay
      August 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Nancy-Ann DeParle.

    • 94 proudmemberofglobalzero
      August 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Hillary Clinton, Valeri Jarret, Susan Rice, Susan Powers, Elana Kegan, Sonya Sotomyer, Janet Napalitano, Lisa Jackson, Kathleen Sebeilius, Regina Benjamin….I know there are more…anyone want to add

      • 95 Eleroy
        September 1, 2011 at 12:06 am

        SUSAN POWER!!! She ROCKS!!! VERY Influential and has had the President ear long before he became president!!!

        • 96 Eleroy
          September 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

          Sorry its SAMANTHA POWER!!! Smart as a whip with a conscience and empathy that can heal the world of all that ails it!!!

    • 97 Sue in Minnesota
      August 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Susan Rice, Melody Barnes, Kathleen Sebelius, Janet Napolitano, Hilda Solis (sorry if I have spelled names incorrectly) there are more
      President Obama has championed women in his administration, Hillary Clinton, Lisa Jackson, Tammy Duckworth, Karen Mills, et al

      Christina Romer was formerly part of this particular group, but she resigned……..not attacking you at all, just reminding you that in fact President Obama has many women working at levels in his administration. And of course our two female Supreme Court Justices.

      • August 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        Thanks Sue. I knew I would be spelling names wrong so I stopped. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 99 askew
        August 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        He has championed women in the administration and has done an amazing job with his judicial picks (Kagan, Sonia, many other female judges) . Unfortunately, most of these cabinet officials and all of the judicial appointees are excluded from the strategy meetings particularly on the economy. Losing Christina Romer was a disappointment because she was in these meetings and was a great advocate. I’d just like another woman to gain access to these strategy meetings so it is just Pfeiffer, Carney, Biden, Daley, Plouffe, Rouse, Geithner representing the white man’s view while Jarrett is the lone person representing women and people of color.

        • 100 Sue in Minnesota
          August 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

          Well, I’ll just have to agree to disagree with you. Valerie Jarrett is more than a long time friend she has serious work credentials from the private sector. I also do not agree with the absence of color that you have referenced. Ron Kirk, for one comes to mind..,,but we see things differently, and I’m okay with that.

        • 101 jacquelineoboomer
          August 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

          Oh, for goodness sakes. You ask for respect, but then you write:

          *the white man’s view*


          Do you think President Obama asks for his assistant to send in the “people with the white man’s view”?

            • 103 utaustinliberal
              August 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

              My goodness askew “representing the white man’s view.” What kind of disgusting divisive comment is that. Fact: President Obama has more ethnical diversity in his administration than ANY other President. As an African-American I take offense with your use of the phrase “the white man’s view.” This is 2011 and President Obama is not so backwards and narrow minded as to only fill up his administration with people who look like him.

          • 104 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

            Of course I don’t. I mean literally that those white men represent their viewpoint, because that is what they know. Just like Jarrett as a woman and a person of color represents a different viewpoint. I in no way think Obama is only asking for white man’s view. I just think that the WH senior staff could use some diversity. I don’t think it is intentional on Obama’s part. But, I would like to see another woman make it to senior staff level or Obama’s inner circle. I think diversity of viewpoints is important when making decisions they make in the WH.

            There was nothing disrespectful in what I wrote. Just because I voiced a concern doesn’t mean that I don’t respect the President. He is the best president of my lifetime. There are just some items on my wishlist that I would like to see in the Obama WH. There’s nothing wrong with that.

            • 105 a night owl
              August 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

              Let’s not forget that the President, himself, is a “person of color.” He doesn’t really need another person of color to tell him what that’s like. He was raised by a courageous, idealistic single mother, who depended on food stamps and fought with insurance companies as she succumbed to cancer. He was also raised by a no-nonsense midwestern grandmother who, despite never having gone to college, worked her way up to the vice presidency of a bank. His beloved sister is half-Indonesian, married to a Chinese-Canadian man. He himself married a strong, smart woman and lives in a household with her, their two bright and lovely daughters, and a mother-in-law who’s nobody’s fool. Obama himself embodies a ton of diversity.

              • 106 askew
                August 31, 2011 at 10:28 pm

                He does absolutely embody a ton of diversity. I just would like to see more diverse voices in his senior level staff. He has done a wonderful job at that in his cabinet and in his judicial appointments. Also, there is a lot of diversity at the mid-level of the Obama admin. I’d just to see that carryover to his senior level staff in his next term. It’s not a deal breaker, it is just something I’d like to see. A wishlist item. That’s it.

        • August 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

          stop picking …not welcome here.

          • 108 askew
            August 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

            I’ll wait for Chipsticks to kick me out. Thanks.

            • 109 jacquelineoboomer
              August 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

              You won’t be kicked out, I’m sure. You must know that many of us – nothing to do with you – are sick to death of those who constantly want President Obama to do something differently or do what they want.

              You’ve been a supporter long enough to know (and you made it clear you do, with your initial caveat) that some things hit other supporters the wrong way. You chose to bring up your concern, knowing that; you were hit with alternative viewpoints; I think that’s fair.

              Everyone in this country could be said to have a “wish list.” I send mine to Santa Claus! Or, if it’s political and I’m really intent on something, I get in touch with the White House or Congress or the MSM, to make my viewpoints known!

              Hang in there, as we all are. Obama/Biden 2012

              • 110 askew
                August 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

                Getting hit with alternative viewpoints is fair. Told to leave the site and utaustinliberal’s litany of insults is not fair. Nor is it fair to accuse me of saying Obama has a problem with women. I praised his high # of female cabinet appointments and judicial appts, which was completely ignored.

                I understand being defensive after seeing all of the attacks on Obama on other blogs. I am defensive as well. But when people come in here and slam other posters who respectively state that they have a concern or a different viewpoint, there is a problem with the site. You can’t claim to be pragmatic and then attack anyone who disagrees with you. I am not the only one this has happened to. Multiple people who have been longtime supporters of Obama have been thoughtlessly attacked here. Our movement will fall apart if we attack each other like hyenas every time someone dares to have a different view.

                • 111 utaustinliberal
                  August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

                  Where are the litany of insults? Your hyperbolic language is just that. Full of hyperbole. Keith and Maggy were right. You practiced this same level of divisiveness and placing ultimatums and conditions on President Obama on BWD’s site. Then you brought it over here. First it was Iraq, then it was Afghanistan, then it was lack of women in senior positions and then it was that President Obama only has people in his cabinet “representing the white man’s view.” I for one am sick of it and me and many others will ALWAYS call you out on your attacks on President Obama and his administration and make sure that you speak truth.

                • August 31, 2011 at 10:28 pm

                  Askew, you’re often argumentative about issues here, but I welcome that, it’s a good and healthy thing. I enjoy reading those debates.

                  But you also like to stir the shit – as you often did at TOAITR – by posting deliberately provocative criticisms of the President and his administration that don’t always have any basis in fact.

                  And then you act aggrieved when people call you out.

                  eg Discussing the level of female representation in this administration is, obviously, a more than worthy debate, but when you try to dismiss the role of someone like Valerie Jarrett – “An old family friend …. she got the job because she knew Obama for years not because she worked her way up the ranks” – without ever acknowledging the fact that the President’s closest political friend, confidante and advisor happens to be a woman, is, I think, just a regurgitation of a miserable PL meme. ie hopelessly dishonest.

                  Again, when that dishonesty is picked up on, you act like you’re a victim. You’re not.

                  Just out of interest, when you say “multiple people who have been longtime supporters of Obama have been thoughtlessly attacked here”, who are you referring to?

                  StR certainly got a hard time for his/her views on the President’s vacation, but who else?

                  Apart from blocked Tea and Firebaggers, I’ve banned just two people since this blog started up in October 2009 – one for posting racist comments, the other for posting homophobic comments. I put two others on ‘pending’ – one for repeatedly making inappropriate comments, of a sexual nature, about the physical appearance of the Obamas’ daughters, another for posting links to right wing news sites, despite being repeatedly asked not to.

                  That’s it.

                  Apart from those creatures, who else has been “thoughtlessly attacked” here? Genuinely, I’d love you to tell me.

                  You made similar complaints about BWD’s The Only Adult In The Room, so maybe you’re just doing a tour of pro-President Obama sites?

                  Discussion is always welcome here, but not fact-free attacks on the President.

                  • 113 askew
                    August 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

                    Ok, I am done. I’ve been a relentless advocate of Obama’s since 2007 on the blogosphere. I was one of BWD’s fiercest defenders while on DK and I was harassed to no end at DailyKos including getting targeted by Slinkerwink and others for my defense of Obama. I posted diaries supporting Obama at DK and BlueWaveNews for years. I posted 90% positive comments at BWD and the one time I posted a real negative criticism of Obama at BWD I got attacked so badly BWD had to step in. I admit I freaked out the other day about the Iraq and Afghanistan stories. And I apologize for that. However, 3/4 of my comments here were positive and the other comments were reasonable criticisms because I thought that was allowed. Unfortunately, while you are an incredibly reasonable person and most of the posters here are nice people there are a couple of vocal bullies that have been horrid to me as well as other people.

                    I posted a very mild criticism of the Obama admin today which included compliments as well after posting lots of 100% comments here. In response, I got some great friendly back and forth on my concern that helped me re-think some stuff and was very respectful. I also got told to leave the site and harassed by utaustinliberal.

                    I think this site is not a good fit for me. I wish you the best of luck in this site though I do hope you’ll do something about the bullies on this site. I will be concentrating my efforts on helping re-elect Obama elsewhere.

                    • 114 utaustinliberal
                      August 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

                      I never harrassed you askew and for you to level such baseless hyperbolic lies against me is disingenuous.

                    • August 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

                      UT, this is just a carbon-copy repeat of Askew’s end at TOAITR, same nonsense. Askew, by his/her own choice, has left us, so save your wondrous energy for the more important battles ahead. Love ya, always.

                    • August 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

                      No worries at all Askew, I wish you all the very best too and hope you have a better experience at whatever other blogs you visit.

                      I think, though, you should ponder on why your experiences at The Only Adult In The Room and here have ended in acrimony. Forgive me, but just maybe that says more about you than the two blogs?

                      Constructive criticism is a great thing, but having read your stuff at TOAITR and here, your criticism, to be honest, is rarely constructive, it’s usually fact-free and aimed at demoralizing supporters of the President.

                      You criticized the President for not appointing enough women to senior positions …. once again: Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Hillary Clinton, Hilda Solis, Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius, Susan Rice, Elizabeth Warren, Lisa Jackson, Regina Benjamin, Melody Barnes, Dalia Mogahed…… etc.

                      But you ignored the facts, and persisted in repeating those PL fact-less attacks.

                      I think you’re right Askew, this blog isn’t a good fit for you.

                      Again, I wish you the best. Farewell.

                    • 117 Eleroy
                      August 31, 2011 at 11:41 pm

                      Ok Askew goodbye!!! Enough already!!!

                      Frankly with friends like you, President Obama needs no enemies!!!

                      The continually questioning (and with such dripping contempt) of President Obama’s decisions, judgement, actions even when this man has proven over and over again not just his smarts and ability but his good judgement, clear head, compassion and long term vision and strategy for America, the American people and the world, does not even begin to suggest “supporter”!!!

                      Many of us here today may not boast the self congratulatory list of posts or “diaries” you claim to have done in defense of President Obama. We do however know when a supposed “supporter” is continually disruptive and posts (more like plants) comments that are intended to upset, create doubt, confuse and demoralize!!!

                      We also know that it is not necessarily the quantity or number of posts or years, but the QUALITY of FOCUSED and TARGETED support that uplifts, encourages, mobilizes, galvanizes and strengthens even the least informed and easily distracted and demoralized newbie supporter โ€“

                      THAT is the sort of support this President NEEDS now more than ever in the face of intense assault from every corner!!!

                      I’ll be the first to say that I am relieved that I won’t have to contend with your suspiciously random and periodic sprinklings of depressing, pointedly negative, and contemptuous comments about President Obama, his admin, leadership and abilities!!!

                      Sometimes those who protest their innocence the most must be given a cock-eyed twice over!!!

                      We are not stupid here and it is not possible that we couldn’t possibly tell the difference!!!

                      Just because a person declares it and insists each time that they’ve long been, does not necessarily mean that they still are.

                      Just ask the new trustees over at Pragmatic Obots Unite!!! They learnt the hard way that people change or metamorphose or finally just rip the mask off!!!

                  • August 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm

                    ‘…this blog started up in October 2009…’

                    Ooooo! Aaaah! Birthday party coming up! Awright! Let’s have the date so I for one can make sure I have no other distractions that day! I volunteer to help Me4O with the food. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

        • August 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

          you forgot E>Warren who built the Consumer Protection Agency from grown up.

      • 121 nathkatun7
        September 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

        Well done Sue! Christina Romer was the Chair of his Council of Economic Advisors. I suppose that was not senior enough for Ms. Askew!

  10. August 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Oh fuck Lawrence O’ Donnell! He’s predicting that PBO will win re-election in 2012!!!! We all know about Lawry’s spectacularly BAD prediction skills. Wasn’t T-Paw his choice of repug nominees? Didn’t he predicted that PBO was playing a game on the debt ceiling? fuckity, fuck, fuck, fuck! Hasn’t he learned NOT to try to predict ANYTHING. Crap! Can’t stand that fuckwit.
    ps- gonna have to pray quadruple hard for PBO.

    • 123 askew
      August 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Hee! Lawrence is a diaster at predictions. He also predicted the Health Care bill would never even get a vote in the Senate and would definitely never pass. But, he’s due to get one right one of these days so let’s hope this is the prediction he gets right.

    • 124 hopefruit2
      August 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      I’m not going to have a fit about this. Several people (including Obama himself in his Wolf Blitzer interview) have predicted that the President will win in 2012. The statistical odds are that he WILL win, Lawrence O’Donnell or not.

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Actually, not him, but his guest, Allan Lichtman. But, I get your point.

    • 128 hopefruit2
      August 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      LisalovesObama, check one of Chipsticks’ threads (linked below) called “Supermodel.” That should reassure you as to where this guest on Larry is coming from. It’s not Lawrence O’Donnell making a prediction out of thin air, it’s actually based on substantive gathering of information which this guy has put together in a predictive model – and he has a close to perfect accuracy.


      • August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

        thanks hopefruit. I get it. But still, I don’t want Lawry’s sorry predicting eyes or lips anywhere–and I do mean ANYWHERE- near our Number 1 man. eeeckkkk!!!

        • 130 hopefruit2
          August 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

          With the Pawlenty prediction, Larry just pulled it out of his arse with no substantive evidence. But this one is very different ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 131 ChristiMtl
      August 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Lisa, It was his guest Allan Litchma, I loved when he said: Forget the polls, forget the pundits.

      Hell yes

    • 132 Sue in Minnesota
      August 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Take that bad ju-ju out of here ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. August 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hello y’all! At a glance it seems like you all had a busy TOD day. From the first response I peeked at in this thread it looks like I took the wrong day to do my running around! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ [Which day is EVER a good take-a-break day with Ms Chips at the helm?] Now I can’t decide if I should read down the threads from here, or start at the bottom at today’s first post and read upwards. I’ll go see what Isonprize was referring to while I decide.

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Welcome back vc! Although, frankly, I don’t recall giving you permission to be absent. Don’t let it happen again, okay?


      • August 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Perhaps we need a sub-committee to track and ensure complete compliance. And absolutely no cookies for any dereliction of duty. Must watch 10 hours of House floor “debate” and then re-submit for review. Not easy but someone has to do it.

      • August 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Apologies, Chips and family. I handed my request to Meta, and interpreted the resulting silence as there being no problem. Was she at the tanning booth or too soused to remember to check the date? Again? Someone needs to be removed from their “leadership” position!

        I’m still running up and down the threads trying to keep on top of the latest entries while catching up with earlier info. I think Chips has discovered a mean way [positive interpretation please ๐Ÿ™‚ ] of keeping family members close to home – give us so much to do (i.e. read) that we have no time to go astray. Mountains of thanks for your MO and your savvy, Ms Chips!

  12. 137 lamh34
    August 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Hmm, now Jim DeMented (R) is saying that he will “block” vote on POTUS jobs speech so he can watch GOP debate.

    This is seriously getting ridiculous. Lawrence O on MSNBC saying that Rush Limpballs is correct when the says POTUS is just trying to step on GOP debates. Politico honcho who’s co-sponsoring the debate w/MSNBC said on Hardball today, that the POTUS scheduling speech on debate night is “an insult to NANCY REAGAN”…

    WTF! As much as the GOP hated GWB, they still would have let GWB have his mainly “ceremonial” joint session and be done with.

    Why…because unlike GOP, the Dems do not like to play politics with the “theatrics of the office of the Presidency” over a damn speech, that let’s be honest probably won’t amount to any damn thing. If the GOP reacts this way to a speech date, they ain’t planning to pass any damn thing POTUS may recommend anyway.

    Hmm, what is it about this President that makes GOP feels he’s less deserving a some semblance of respect….???

    Hmmm, I wonder.

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      I keep hearing this reference to Nancy Reagan. Since when did Nancy Regan win an office to congress?? As far as I am concerned she is an ex- First Lady and is now a citizen; not a part of congress.

    • August 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Lawrence should consider that Wednesday is the first day back from the August month-long recess. Thursday is the start of the NFL season, which unfortunately is a big deal and basically makes Thursday off limits. Nobody gives addresses on a Friday night, or the weekend, which will also have 9/11 significance this year. Monday the GOP has another debate…

      Attempting to have it on the first day back for Congress was the point.

    • 144 Eleroy
      September 1, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Sick and tired of Lawrence talking out of both sides of his freaking mouth!!!

  13. 145 symmetry11
    August 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Hey Chipsticks,
    Would you consider setting up another fundraising page? I think it would be a good idea to do a money bomb for PBO on 9/7. Someone suggested we make donations in the amount of $9.07.

  14. 149 gcwp1
    August 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Check your email everyone, Obama is on it!

    • 150 Dakota
      August 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Sorry…checked my email…nothing. Can you explain? Thanks.

      • 151 gcwp1
        August 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

        Letter from our President – a petition like document asking us to sign if we stand with him against the oppo to produce jobs for the country. I wonder if this is also non-directly about Boner’s idiocy today.

  15. August 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I was just looking at the video of then Senator Obama and George Clooney about the Genocide in Darfur and today I listened to a visiting survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Immaculรฉe Ilibagiza.

    Immaculรฉe Ilibagiza is a living example of faith put into action. Her life was transformed dramatically during the 1994 Rwandan genocide where she and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house.

    She entered the bathroom a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family – she emerged weighing just 65 pounds to find most of her family had been brutally murdered.

    Here is her story:

  16. 155 Kasai
    August 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm



    Senate jam: DeMint also vows to block Obama speech

    Sen. Jim DeMint vowed Wednesday to try to block President Barack Obama from addressing a joint session of Congress on the same day as a Republican presidential debate next week.

    Obama could learn something from the GOP, DeMint reasoned, in adding his voice โ€” and his vote โ€” to a growing chorus of Republican objections.

    The president should pick another night. Iโ€™m planning to watch the Republican primary debate โ€ฆ and the president should watch it, too.โ€

    The iconic South Carolina conservative said. โ€œIf he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter. If he insists on playing politics by picking the night of the GOP debate, I will object to the session.โ€

    • 156 gcwp1
      August 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      OK – sorry Ms Chips, and my Buddhist teachers, but: FUCK HIM!

    • 157 Sue in Minnesota
      August 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      What a piece of dog excrement…..condescending uppity piece of white trash.

    • 158 sam uk obama supporter
      September 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Apologies in advance for this comment but ….
      Go f**k yourself DeMint, who died and made you king! How dare you disrespect PRESIDENT Obama in this manner, maybe if more republicans actually LISTENED to President Obama they would hear what he was saying. Maybe DeMint has a problem understanding a well spoken, articulate, intelligent man when he speaks. I guess the bumbling idiots involved in the republican debate are more on his level of understanding!! A$$hole!
      Again I apologize for the crudeness of this post but I am beyond peed off with the lack of respect toward your incredible President.

  17. August 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    WH has announced Pres Obama willl accept Speaker Boehner invitation to address Congress on September 8th.

    • August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Yeah, just got that update. Sigh.

    • 161 askew
      August 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Really? Hmm. I wonder how they are going to work around the NBC football game? It will attract a bigger audience for Obama and he can blame any football interruption on Boehner, but NBC is going to be pissed about having their only ratings success messed with.

      It makes Obama look like the “only adult in the room” but the media will spin it as a win for the GOP. I wonder if Congress’s approval ratings will fall again?

    • 162 vero804
      August 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      So annoying.

    • 163 P
      August 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      I don’t believe it! I really don’t…………sigh…..this is it I’m out.

  18. 164 Sue in Minnesota
    August 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Help me think like President Obama….how is he going to hang him on this?

    • 165 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      By example. President Obama will remain calm, cool, and collected. Boehner will cry, and the pundits will talk gibberish. They will lose; he has already won.

  19. 167 lamh34
    August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    ChuckTodd reporting that WH has accepted SoH Boehner’s invitation to speak “Thursday” before joint session of Congress.

    Cue the “Obama caves…agains” post all over the twittervers and blogosphere.

    I’m done, I’m going to freakin’ bed…early.

    • 168 QuietObserver
      August 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      I think I’ll pass on watching any of the televised events on the 7th and the 8th…

    • 169 jacquelineoboomer
      August 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      The President rose above it all, and Boehner lost.

      Works for me.

    • 171 nathkatun7
      September 1, 2011 at 1:56 am

      What is wrong with people? Why are people all of a sudden freaking out because President Obama acted like an adult to accept speaking one day later if that’s what would make the “children” in Congress happy? President Obama is all about unifying the country. He cannot order Congress to hold a joint session. He has been preaching compromise and reasonableness. For him to just grandstand, over just one day, by giving a speech on the steps of the Capital, as someone suggested, would make him a hypocrite. It would make his speech a purely partisan speech.

      If people prefer to watch football instead of listening to the President then they must not be serious about jobs. What is important is that he will address and challenge members of Congress, even though he would do so one day later than he originally planned. All those saying that President caved have no real understanding of the nature of our divided government. I am sorry but I will not be party of any infantile outrage over a day difference from what the President wanted and what the Congress would agree to. Surely it’s disrespectful. But guess what, the President has once again demonstrated that he cares more about the country than he does about scoring political points. Bottom Line is: He will address Congress and the American people to present his plan for creating jobs; something that the Jim Demented and John Boehners have failed to do, nine months in office. I personally see this as strength rather than weakness. At the end of the day, Republicans still have to come up with their own jobs plan or face the political consequences of having no plan.

      Speaking for my self, this is clear evidence of the no drama President I voted for. I know many people here would prefer drama to shame the Republicans. Republicans are shameless. Moreover, what many people forget is that Republicans control the media. It really doesn’t matter what the President does, the MSM will always find a way of spinning what he says or does in a negative way. So, Boehner wants a speech on the 8th rather than the 7th, the “No Drama” President says sure, Be my guest! It’s just one day difference. A minor blip! What is important is the President’s will present his plans for creating jobs. In so doing, he will offer a choice to the American people between his plan and the likely no plan –other than cutting taxes– from teapublicans.

  20. 173 terim
    August 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    OT – I can’t seem to tweet. Is there a limit on the number of tweets within a certain time period?

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