Heads Up: President Obama & VP Biden statements on gun safety task force

11:45: President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver statements to the press

White House live

127 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama & VP Biden statements on gun safety task force”

  1. 8 Sweetpeg
    December 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

    getting closer…..

  2. 9 sabreen60
    December 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Congrats Nitiathiel!

    Good morning, afternoon, evening TOD and Ms. Chips.

  3. 12 prettyfoot58
    December 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Grs wieetingssss MsChipssssss….and TOD….
    as everyone else i have been deeply moved by the recent violent events…i am so proud of our President (sometimes the word proud does not see adequate to decribe how i feel about PBO)…

    i am away with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter…so sometimes i cannot check into the diary…on those ocassions that i cannot i really do miss it…

    have a sweet day everyone….

    • 13 theo67
      December 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Hey prettyfoot! Enjoy your time away with your family – we’ll all still be here when you get back, keeping the home fires burning! 🙂

  4. December 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

  5. 21 yardarm756
    December 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I hope the children in the press room nursery behave.

  6. 22 Ladyhawke
    December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

    How Other Countries React to Mass Shootings

    By Josh Marks


    The United States is not the only country to have experienced a national reckoning following a mass shooting. Australia, Scotland, Finland and other countries provide important lessons in how to react to a gun-related massacre.


    Event: In 1996, a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 21 more at the seaside tourist town of Port Arthur, Tasmania in the worst mass murder in Australian history. The 28-year-old killer, Martin Bryant, used a Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a military-grade L1A1 self-loading rifle that he bought from a dealer without a required gun license.

    Reaction: Only 12 days later, the newly elected conservative prime minister John Howard announced the government would enact sweeping gun-control laws. The laws received bipartisan support from political leaders and surveys showed up to 90 percent of an outraged public supported gun control following the massacre. The policies included a gun buyback program, a 28-day waiting period for gun purchases, a ban on semi-automatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, ending private sales, requirements that firearms be individually registered to the owner and that gun owners present a genuine reason (not including self-defense) for purchasing a gun.

    Result: The mandatory gun buyback program resulted in the removal and destruction of more than 700,000 firearms within two years (the equivalent of 40 million U.S. guns). The gun homicide rate fell by 59 percent and the gun suicide rate fell by 65 percent in the decade after the laws were passed. Also, gun-related robberies dropped and there was no increase in home invasions. Sixteen years later, Australia’s gun homicide rate is 30 times lower than the U.S. and there have been no more massacres.



  7. 23 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

    From the end of the last thread:

    Christmas gift from my boss (who is also a dear friend) : “I know you’ve read these already, but there’s nothing like hearing his voice!” [Gift: Audiobooks of Dreams of My Father and the Audacity of Hope] Gawd she knows me so well.

  8. 26 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

  9. 27 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Very well written article and a must read.

    Why Gun Control Is Different For The Obamas

    Barack Obama doesn’t cry in public often. It’s happened just four times since people started paying attention. The first was in North Carolina, the night before polls closed in 2008, when he told a crowd that his grandmother — “a quiet hero” — had just died; the second was four years later, almost to the day, at his last-ever campaign rally on a cold night in Iowa, the state where it all began; and the third was two days later, at campaign headquarters in Chicago, as he thanked his staff and told them that his work “had come full circle.”
    The fourth time Obama let America see him cry was Dec. 14, in the White House briefing room, at 3:15 p.m. And this time, Obama’s tears weren’t about him or his grandmother or his winning campaign — he cried instead for 20 children and 6 adults who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, at the hand of a killer with a gun.
    But everything Obama would say that afternoon — and everything he would say that Sunday in Newtown — would be cast through the lens of the raw emotion he felt as a father. Any vow to the promised “meaningful action” would be taken whilst speaking, as he said Friday, “as a parent.” It was a role Michelle Obama had played, mostly in private, six months earlier, during a visit to Aurora that she had all but insisted on taking.

    The First Lady was coming to Colorado the next week for campaign events and wanted to stop by the hospital to meet with and thank staff members for their service during the shooting. The Medical Center of Aurora had treated 18 patients in total, although only three were still checked in by August. “We weren’t allowed to tell anybody,” remembers Linda Kanamine, the hospital vice president who took the call. “Her staff said she didn’t want to make a big deal out of it and didn’t want to tell the press — it had to stay secret or it might not happen at all.”
    In a conference room near the hospital cafeteria, about 50 staffers — ER nurses, doctors, techs, everyone — lined up around the room. The First Lady started at the door and walked around the entire circle. Everybody got a hug.
    “There was a lot of emotion from the staff. There were some tears,” said Cynthia Latney, head of the nursing staff at the hospital. It was Latney’s job to walk around the room with Michelle and introduce her to each employee. There was one who had happened to be in the theater at the time of the shooting, and when his turn came to meet the First Lady, “they were both very emotional,” said Latney. She just hugged him and said, ‘You make sure that you get some help and take care of yourself.’’ Before she left, the First Lady met with the three victims still under the hospital’s care, spending about 10 minutes with each. One young man, still bed-bound in intensive care, would never be able to walk again. Escorted by Latney, Mrs. Obama walked into the room where his family was waiting. Flowers and teddy bears and pictures of classmates lined the walls. “I’m so sorry this tragedy happened,” she said to him. The young man nodded his head — he couldn’t talk, but he could listen.


    • December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Wow, that’s an incredibly emotional read, thank you UT.

    • 29 Chi
      December 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing this…

    • 30 dudette9t9
      December 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Exceptional article. Here’s the rest


      “She walked into the room and was there immediately as a mom,” said Latney. “She stood there with his mother and held their hands and kissed him on the forehead.”

      When Michelle Obama left the hospital, the mayor and governor and police chief were waiting for a handshake and a photo op. Michelle Obama wouldn’t stay for more than three minutes before leaving for Denver for a campaign event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she would not mention the visit to Aurora in great detail. Later, on Aug. 23, she sent a personal letter to Latney letting her know that “the country [was] eternally grateful” for the work of the hospital staff in Aurora.

      Michelle Obama went to Aurora as a mother; President Obama spoke as a father in Newtown on Sunday, Dec. 16.

      Air Force One touched down at Bradley Air Force base just before 4 p.m., and Obama spent about three hours meeting with Sandy Hook survivors and families, before delivering a speech that — as the White House pooler noted dutifully — Obama had authored himself, with help only on edits from speechwriter Cody Keenan.

      It was a more solemn crowd this time than the one that greeted him in Tucson. No cheering university students. The room was silent, save for the sound of a baby crying, or a sob from the audience. Obama wore a black suit and a dark gray tie. He read from paper instead of a teleprompter. He told the audience that this would be the nation’s “fourth time” hugging survivors and consoling victims’ families during his presidency.

      More at UT’s link

    • 33 Nena20409
      December 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      UT, the day Dorothy, I don’t remember her last name, but she was one of the Civil Rights pioneers…..the day they had her memorial in DC and pres Obama was visibly shading tears. Mrs. Obama was right next to him. I thought that death or service reminded the president of his grandmother’s death. This was in 2009 or 2010.

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      December 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I thought he also cried when he went to Arizona and spoke to the citzens after Gabby Giffords was shot? I thought he cried during at memorial, I know Michelle Obama was crying especially when he spoke of Gabby opening her eyes when her fellow representatives were there and speaking of little Cristina Greene who died that day.

  10. 37 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The stream has started. Weird seeing the 4 horsemen of American journalistic apocolypse standing up with microphones in front of the podium.

  11. 38 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  12. 39 mtmarilyn
    December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    OMG I hate these WH reporters!

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      It reminds me of my fifth graders who tend to get side tracked with stuff like asking about history in English class or asking whether they can use the bathroom when I am in the middle of explaining important grammar to them. But then again…my fifth graders are 10 or 11 year olds…

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      these are good questions and imo gives PBO the platform to draw the very stark comparisons between him and Boehner’s goals for the country. He is laying it on the line and covering ground on the negotiations that he would not otherwise have at his disposal to do without seeming to pick a fight. Now, it’s in the context of answering the question. He is able to identify and call them out by name on their Boehnerheadness. Good for the press in drawing out what has to be said. You go Prez!!!

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Me too. They put the “suck” in Suck!

  13. 44 whatisworking
    December 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Good MOrning TOD family

    Have a busy day of Holiday crafting ahead, but wanted to stop by and share something with everyone. I sent this out to my “action team” fomrerly OFA, and felt it applied to everyone here as well.

    I just finished watching the President’s speech at Newtown. As I listened to his remarks I was so grateful that he is our President. This is a tragedy that no President should have to bear. However it has fallen on him to comfort the community and the nation. There is no one who could have done it with more sincerity, eloquence, and courage.

    Thank you for making that possible. We did that.

    We made phone calls, entered data, donated food, sent $$, posted on Facebook, tweeted, emailed and held our ground with family and friends. We made it possible for this kind, compassionate and brilliant man to lead our nation onto a path where gun control and mental illness can be addressed in a rational manner.

    Each time the President rises to handle a crisis, or celebrate a victory – remember we are with him. Our hard work stands beside him at the podium, our faith in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things is rewarded with each law that is signed.

  14. December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is such a powerful performance by PBO.

  15. 46 Judith Fardig
    December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Thank God Time Mag did the right thing in choosing President Obama as Person of the Year. I hope it helps the haters see him in real terms and diminishes their opposition. Boehner and McConnell should just throw in the towel and implement the agenda WE voted for, and they should do it now so the Obamas can have the restorative vacation they deserve and the vast majority of us don’t see our taxes go up in 2013 due to the sequester.

  16. 47 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is why Americans despise the media. Pres. Obama speaks about a comprehensive gun safety policy and what does the DC Press Corps do? They ask stupid questions.

    He spent 8 minutes answering the first question about the fiscal cliff and what was the second question about? The fiscal cliff. *Sigh*

    • 48 cookemom
      December 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I see the value in his being able to answer fiscal cliff questions, when else would he do it? should he let Boenhead be out there giving his one-sided view of the negotiations? It would be nice if PBO had surrogates to answer these questions, but he’s his best advocate. I don’t mind these questions at all. sure the conference was held to discuss gun control, but there’s not much else he can say about it than he already has until the committee comes back with their action items. So as i stated upthread. this is a great forum for getting his views out and he’s doing a better than great job. The MSM unwittingly, or unknowingly gave him a good plaform.

      • 49 utaustinliberal
        December 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Disagree with you. They weren’t asking intelligent questions regarding the fiscal cliff. He spent 8 minutes answering a fiscal cliff question. 8 MINUTES and the second question is about the fiscal cliff? How foolish does one have to be to not understand his answer that he/she basically asks the same question again? Then the 3rd and 4th question was about the fiscal cliff. Give me a freaking break. The white house handlers had to ask the press to ask questions about Newtown and gun safety measures. Considering the president had just cited a long list of cops, women, patients, and innocent children who had died since Friday due to gun violence, this was a disgrace. Then Jake Tapper ends the presser with a foolish question to Pres. Obama.

        Our press corps shouldn’t be lauded for anything. They are a disgusting, vile, bottom of the barrel group.

        • 50 nathkatun7
          December 20, 2012 at 1:14 am

          UT, I am with you about the total idiocy of the WH press corp. Surely, with murdered Children in Newtown, CT still being laid to rest, why didn’t the Press focus on the horror of gun violence in America. It’s not as if they’ve not been asking the same questions to the Press Secretary about the so called “fiscal cliff.”

        • 51 cookemom
          December 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

          I don’t see anything in my reply that lauds anybody. Tapper was disrespectful as he always is. I still say that I’m glad that PBO got the chance to put his fiscal plan out there. He answered as he always does, thoroughly, thoughtfully, and plainly. He did what I personally thought was take advantage of the situation that the press unwittingly gave him to counter Boner out there grandstanding. That the press chose that forum to ask the questions is a reflection on them. But we already know their capacity to do the right thing. Their behavior doesn’t upset me. So good we got about 15 minutes of uninterrupted information on how PBO plans to negotiate our economic well being. Had the press asked him about the gun issue as was expected, then PBO would have answered those as well. His answers would have been what we could assume would have been that he will act quickly on the recommendations of the VP’s task force. Yes, terrible tragedy has put the focus on a subject long overdue, imo. However, until we hear what the task force comes up with, I don’t know what could have been added, that would have been more informative than PBO’s delivery of how he plans to lead the country. That is the issue of the day and unfortunately, even as horrible as the shootings were, we still need to know the stark differences between the two negotiators. Folks who don’t follow this daily like you and I can draw the comparisons. so yes, the press is foolish, that’s not new. It was due to their infinite lack of wisdom that they gave PBO a platform to make his case. I think that for you to infer that I lauded their behavior, is a trick out of the playbook of those we object to on this blog.

  17. 52 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    This just happened. Our media is horrible.

  18. December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    “I´ve been the president of the United States!” HA! OWNED DOUCHEBAG!

  19. 54 yardarm756
    December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Jake Tapper is a disrespectful POS.

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Seriously, how ****ing dare he speak to the President like that.

    • 60 Chi
      December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      There are very few people I loathe more than Jake tapper…

      What a horrid, self-absorbed, self-promoting, narcissistic piece of crap he is…

      • December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        It’s his contempt for PBO that really gets me Chi, he revels in it. He is a ****ing disgrace.

        • 62 Chi
          December 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          That is the entire basis of my loathing, Chip…

          Jake Tapper is a petty, spiteful, envious, self-serving, self-important, bitter narcissist, desperate for relevance and consumed by delusions of grandeur that fuel his rabid need to rank and to be important and acknowledged…

          He also suffers from that same warped racial mindset that afflicts many insecure white men like Chuck Todd, Ed Henry, Dana Milbank, Chris Cilliza, Bill O’Reilly, Michael Bloomberg, Sean Hannity, Ed Rendell and to a great extent, Chris Matthews, John Stewart, Ezra Klein etc…

          In spite of the fact that a decent number of white Americans strongly supported and voted for President Obama, there is still this sense that the apple cart that is the assumed and acceptable structure of how things ought to be in America, has been toppled by this President…

          This societal mindset that has seen unremarkable and mostly mediocre men like Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, Ed Henry, Dana Milbank, Chris Cilliza Bill O’Reilly etc. assume and retain positions they wouldn’t possibly be considered for in a fair and equal society…

          In what world would an unremarkable man with just a high school diploma and very little else, be made head of the news division at a major news network…And yet that is what Chuck Todd is…

          Jake Tapper, Ed Henry, Chuck Todd and the lot of them feel threatened by not just the superior man and President Barack Obama is, but the very concept and presence of this President in their irrational minds, completely threatens the entire societal structure that has greatly aided and benefitted these small, petty, mediocre stenographers and gossip mongers masquerading as journalists…

          There is something almost disturbingly psychotic and deeply personal and malicious in the way Jake tapper engages and reports on this President…

          A common thread now observed in the attitudes of several previously thought to be rational men…

          Jake’s behavior during the first briefing with Jay Carney after the President was re-elected was very disturbing…

          He physically trembled with rage as he asked Jay Carney if the President had ‘contempt’ for the WHPC…

          Talk about projection…

          Jake tapper and his ilk revel in their disdain of this President and report what they think is bad news for the President with much glee, and are practically in mourning when there is any good news for the President and by extension, the American people…

          They walk around with such huge chips on their shoulders which is only heightened every time they interact with the President…

          Like silly juveniles, they try to bring President Obama down to their level with their pathetic and embarrassing displays of stupidity…

          For so long their deep inferioriy complexes and delicate egos were carefully hidden behind a societal structure that mostly undeservedly bestowed a sense of superiority, entitlement and top shelf ranking to the Jake tapper’s of the world…

          The ascent of President Obama has them all coming unglued at the seams and unable to contain their spoiled, tantrum-throwing, entitled, egotistic little butts…

          And their rage is spilling out in all this public acting out…

      • 64 yardarm756
        December 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Yup, yup. For sure.

      • 65 nathkatun7
        December 20, 2012 at 1:18 am

        Absolutely spot-on, Chi! This guy is despicable.

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      And you know he and other stooges are going to be high fiving that question at tonight’s cocktail party.

      • 67 hopefruit2
        December 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        I don’t think so. Not after PBO schooled his ass, and he got humiliated on Twitter. Now he’s getting praise from Rush Limbaugh – one of the least respected individuals in circles outside of the rabid lunatic Right wing. Karma is paying a visit to Mr. Tapper – and that’s just the beginning.

  20. 68 Maubyandice
    December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I could just cuff Jake Tapper smack in his mouth.

    Sorry for the violence.

    • 69 Obama Grandmama
      December 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Me too. I came here right after accidentally catching him saying,”Where have you been?” I wish someone could gather his own comments especially if they were supporting the gun lobbyists and throw it back at him saying,”Where have you been, Jake?” He needs a put down big time. The Presidents reply was perfect. We need some sort of Jake commupance though. Bob, a twitter perhaps? I turned the tv off when Andrea Mitchell was featuring Jake’s question.

  21. 75 Eveingeorgia
    December 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I. HAVE. NOT. BEEN. ON VACATION!!! Preach, President Barack Obama!

  22. 76 TheWorld4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    OOOOHHHH!! PBO just owned Jake Tapper. Must see TV my friends!!

    That Looser got it handed to him by PBO and that was the last question/answer of the press conference too. The INSOLENCE of these so-called journalists literally takes my breath away. Who do they think they are talking to when they ask him stuff like “Where have you been??” What the He_l!!! Just UNBELIEVABLE the way they think they can talk to the President of the USA!!

  23. 78 LB4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Jake Tapper is a PRICK. That is all.

  24. December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The question is for YOU Jake tapper….Where the HELL have you been??? A..hole!!!

    The President schooled your ignorant ass that acts as your brain.

    I am steaming…excuse the language TOD.

  25. 80 Bill R.
    December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

  26. 83 Bill R.
    December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  27. 84 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    This was an sweeeeet moment.

  28. 85 TheWorld4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hope people on Twitter let Jake Tapper know what they think of him talking so disrecpectfully to PBO. “Where have you been??” What?

    I am still speechless these so-called media folks assigned to cover the White House think they can talk to him like they did grade school together. I am so pissed off!! uugghhh…

    • 86 Obama Grandmama
      December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      There should be some sort of way the President could exclude the WH press that is disrespectful to him. I am talking not allowing those reporters in the pressroom anymore. Should we write ABC about their needing to replace Jake with a more respectful reporter. Questions can be asked in a more respectful tone. If I were PBO and could not exclude JT I would never call on him again, if that is even possible.

      • 87 Nena20409
        December 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        That was how Sam Donaldson was seen by people during Reagan and Clinton. Their questions do not bother me. What bothers me today, is the inconsistency when they speak with those in the TBGOPers lala land.

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Jake Tapper doesn’t care.

  29. 89 LDS
    December 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    “Where Have you been?”
    That fucker! I ask him the same question? I cannot believe the disrespect. Where was Bush 2Xs? Where was Clinton?
    Where were you racist media bastards when kids in the city were being slaughtered in the streets by guns transported in their communities? Where were the Repubs this weekend on Meet The Press? Where is the NRA now?
    Sorry for the ranting,Chip.
    I hope he never ever give these clueless idiots an interview!

  30. 90 Vicki Green
    December 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The PBO we just saw at the Press conference is PBO at his greatest. (Not to dis written speeches, he is Great at those , too)
    The President fielding every question easily and truthfully. Sometimes eloquently “they need to Peel off the partisan war Paint”.

    Do we agree that his answers should quiet the hysterics claiming the President is betraying his base? All I heard was the comforting ideas that revenue increases will come from those who can afford it best and spending cuts will not impact the neediest among us. In other words, exactly what he has been saying all along.

    Jake is a Jackass. Nothing new there. And once again our President put another infantile stenographer in his place.

      December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm


    December 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm


  32. 93 ber6964
    December 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I say we insult and harass That Ignorant POS………..Tapper till he jumps off a Cliff………..Ohhhh I am so Pissed Off.

  33. 95 Cheryllou
    December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I came home and put on the tv in time to hear Jake “F*CKING” Tapper be disrespectful to the President of the United States. I’m tired of these so called journalist. F*ck you Jake!!!

      December 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm


      • 97 Nena20409
        December 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Gloria Berger and Piers Morgan are the worst in my book. I have written and called them out many times.

        @404-827-1500 in ATL.
        @202-898-7900 in DC.

  34. 98 dudette9t9
    December 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    This should be the White House Correspondent’s theme song…

  35. December 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    President Obama makes historic statement on gun control while White House Press Corp jumps off cliff.

  36. 102 LDS
    December 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    If I may answer that question for you, Mr. President:
    I was running the most successful campaign your dumbass has ever seen and winning. At the same time gave orders to have ABL killed so we could feel safe again in these United States. And if you missed this morning’s edition of Times magazine, I was voted “Man of the Year”

    I think this clown these things because he knows this man is someone he will never ever grow up to be. What a pitiful soul.

    • 103 LDS
      December 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Correction up above: I think this clown says,

      I am sorry that I got so upset.

      Sue, you are right, “GRACE” is what was needed and the President handled it very well.
      I think this Jack person does this to get a reaction from us……after this campaign, Sandy hurricane and the Innocent deaths in Newton, I lost it. This evil does not and will not let up. I need more grace.

      Thank you, God for such a humble, kind, gentle President.
      At the end of the day, he is still President of the United States. Jack what’s-his-face is still an infantile stenographer.

      • 104 nathkatun7
        December 20, 2012 at 1:35 am

        I really like “infantile stenographer.” It captures the essence of many of our so called MSM journalists.

  37. 105 LB4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I just got off the phone with the assistant to Ms. Sprouls who is the political director for ABC news and Tapper’s boss. I told her he should be fired for what he just pulled at the presser. I urge everyone to do the same. Her phone number is 202-222-7200 or email her at meredith.nettles@abc.com. I am so pissed right now I can’t even see straight! We need to get this prick removed from covering this POTUS for the next 4 years. Take action NOW!

  38. 109 Rita
    December 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks again for these wonderful photos and articles, Chips. I saw that Spiderman one on TPM and was in fits. He is so good with children and the children love him!.

    My friend’s cousin was shot in the throat and paralyzed when he was a senior at Berkeley, in 1968. He’a a writer and chronicles his life with his disability. In yesterday’s Salon, he wrote about his upstairs neighbor, and the inheritance his neighbor left him…

    “The only gun I’ve seen up close was the one that shot me. It was 1968, and I was a Berkeley senior walking home from the campus library. Three strangers approached. One slugged me in the mouth. Another pointed a shiny revolver at my neck and fired. Together they kicked my paralyzed body under a hedge. All three escaped forever.”

    It’s a poignant and thoughtful essay. Do read if you can: http://www.salon.com/2012/12/18/my_lesson_in_gun_control/

    In other, happier news, I will be MIA for the next month or so, visiting my aging parents in India. Will try to check back with my TOD family whenever I can, but wanted to let you all know that you all have been a source of great strength in times of need and also in happy times. Chips, your dedication is a thing of beauty and joy. I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. To those that celebrate Christmas, a very Merry one! Here’s to a wonderful 2013. I’ll “see” you all on the other side of the Mayan calendar!

    Love and best wishes.

    • 110 edp4bho
      December 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Have a safe trip Rita, and will read that artilce. What a horrible thing to have happened. Real sick and evil people on this earth.

  39. 111 mtmarilyn
    December 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I turned it off I couldn’t handle the press. The President was wonderful in explaning things but the press was more than I could take so I missed Tapper. I am glad but I do want to hear PBO’s reply. I know Chips will have the video up as soon as available.

  40. 112 TheWorld4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I hope Martin Bashir and Rev. Al Bring up the fact that way of questioning PBO is not respectful and should not be allowed from the White House Press Corps.
    Can people tweet Rev. Al, Lawrence, Rachel, etc.. about this??
    Mrs. Greenspan brought that last question in introducing her show and I hope she will mention how impolite that way of talking to PBO is.
    I know most people agree that that is SO DISRESPECTFUL of the office of POTUS.
    What the Fudge does Jake Tapper thinks he is doing when he addresses PBO like that!!
    What an A–hole!!

  41. December 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      • 115 Nena20409
        December 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        If Jake Tapper doesn’t know where pres Obama has been, don’t know his record, why is he a reporter? Hmmmmm? What is ABC paying him for? Hmmmm?

        OK, now this same Jake Taper, who wrote and reported on then sen Obama’s visit to a Hampton University in VA, was this year…..pretending that Tucker Carlson and Drudge had some unearthing of some twisted nonsense that those two rightwingers were reinventing?

        Jake Tapper is a rightwing nut. I question his seeded hatred towards this president.

  42. 116 utaustinliberal
    December 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Ross Douthat who is a pig on normal days actually tweeted this. Shows you how much Tapper’s question was full of DERP.

  43. December 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Chips! The large photo of President Obama as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2012 is here:

    Cover Photograph by Nadav Kander for TIME

    This is great!

  44. 119 TheWorld4Obama
    December 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I have called the number provided by a poster LB4Obama above and the lady says that for the complaints to get to the right person, we should email meredith.nettles@abc.com. As LB4Obama said above this prick should be removed from covering this POTUS for the next 4 years. Take action NOW!

    Can the twitter warriors on TOD someone tweet the phone number 202-222-7200 and the email meredith.nettles@abc.com so a lot people can complain about this idiot to his bossess?


  45. 120 dotster3
    December 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Please make this be true

  46. 121 Bill
    December 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Bob Corker (R-TN) became an expert on foreign relations as mayor of Chattanooga TN. He is now going to get to the bottom of Benghazi.

    • 122 Vicki Green
      December 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Hahahahaha. Great point!

    • 123 Chi
      December 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      That was so funny…

      …expert of foreign relations as mayor of Chattanooga TN…

      I bet he’s never even been to Canada or Mexico little less Europe, Asia or Africa…

      Someone ought to tell Bob Corker that watching National Geographic doesn’t count…

  47. 124 Jewelz
    December 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I missed the press conference. What did Jake Tapper say to the President?

  48. December 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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