President Obama on ‘Meet the Press’

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221 Responses to “President Obama on ‘Meet the Press’”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 30, 2012 at 10:29 am


    • 2 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Congrats amk on #1 🙂

    • 3 Dudette
      December 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Fast fingers, amk! Congrats!

      • 4 amk for obama
        December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

        Doesn’t take much to type two letters. 🙂

        via bj,

        DAVID GREGORY: You said that Republicans have a hard time saying yes. Particularly to you.
        DAVID GREGORY: What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?

        If I had been there, I would have flung my shoes at his face.

        • 5 coop10
          December 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

          You and me both. What is it about this president that the media presume he’s the villain in this whole thing.

          • 6 Lovepolitics2008
            December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

            Just finished to watch the interview on line. I’m constantly amazed by the inability, or unwillingness, of the Washington Press to acknowledge the fact that the republican party has been taken over by its most ideological, rigid, elements. Serious political analysts have written about this, and the Washington pundits still refuse to see the truth.

            And yes they always seem to put all fault on him. One hypothesis I have is that President Obama has refused to play the game of Washington politics, the cocktail circuit thing, the flattering the egos of everyone especially the media people, etc. We’re heard hints of that… when Chris Matthews says for example that President Obama has to work on “making friends” in Washington.

            They view President Obama as an outsider. Washington is like Versailles before the French Revolution. They have their code of conduct, and since President Obama doesn’t follow it, they are rejecting him. They can’t wait for him to get out of DC, so Washington can go back to “normal”.

            • 7 hopefruit2
              December 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

              The Washington press is owned by the same entities that own the Republican party. If you keep that in mind, then nothing will amaze or surprise you about them any more.

            • 8 yardarm756
              December 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

              It’s called “perks and smoozing”. That’s what those a**holes thrive on.

    • 12 Roberta in MN
      December 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Congrats on First amk. your are right on it. Good Day All

  2. December 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning everyone 🙂

  3. 15 coop10
    December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I’m bout to slap David Gregory. What kind of asinine question was that about “what’s wrong with you?” What’s wrong with Gregory?

  4. 17 Dudette
    December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

  5. 19 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Congratulation amk. Good morning everyone.

  6. 20 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Dear Heavens – David brooks is attacking the President for being “too nice” – AFTER – listening to the President say – both sides don’t do it
    Why oh why are these people given a pay check

  7. 21 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Pres. Obama ate David Gregory and the GOP’s lunch on MTP. His smile at the end was equivalent to dropping the mic and walking away.

    • 22 Jewelz
      December 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

      He sure did. He made his case succinctly to the American people despite David trying his damnest to blame the President for the inaction in Congress. On another note, I just love listening to Doris Kearn Goodwin talk. She’s so reasonable and wise. She explains thing in such a way that makes it fresh and interesting. I wish she had been my history teacher in college.

      December 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm


  8. 24 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Then Todd suggests the GOP should have a “really big fight” about the debt level – how to suggest another political deadlock before solving the first one – they have no shame

    • 25 Chi
      December 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      That’s the only way they in the media get to have an audience…

      Only when they sensationalize potential trouble for the country do they get what the think is a captive audience…

      Without manipulated and contrived ‘news’ reports or punditry stemming from goading the GOP on to destroy our union, the chuck Todd’s of the world remain even less relevant than they already are…

  9. 26 relellit
    December 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Congrats on 1st amk for obama

    Had to drag this over

    Good morning Todville and Chips, I’m watching MTP it is on a slower schedule. As much as I loathe David Gregory I ‘m only watching to hear our President. Did anyone notice the glee in David’s eyes when he told our President gun Control would not work? Maybe, I loathe David Gregory so much I thought I saw something that was not there. Nonetheless, how did that magazine work out David since he wants to speak of what doesn’t work?

    It’s so good to see PBO shut David Gregory down. We are coming to reactions now on our local NBC. Yes, it is a false equivalency. The meme both parties are at fault is a fallacy. It is the republicans and the tea party the media should explicitly denote as not wanting to come together and have intentionally created the fiscal cliff .

    Everyone have a nice day and Happy New Year!

  10. December 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Tell me this didn’t happen (just cut and pasted it from balloon-juice):

    DAVID GREGORY: You said that Republicans have a hard time saying yes. Particularly to you.
    DAVID GREGORY: What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?

    These people are disgusting.

    • 28 relellit
      December 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I’d say Gregory is being very subtle. Perhaps, it would’ve, sound better if Gregory had said you are an intelligent, compassionate Black President why can’t the Republicans say yes to you?.

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        December 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Gregory thought he’d get the President to say “Have ya noticed I’m black?” The President knows the pundits’ game. We know their game. The President put up with Gregory to get the message out to the American people, which we just watched, and he was great. Gregory will walk around thinking he got “the big get,” when all he did was show HOW HIGH his ratings could be and HOW LOW they’ll be again next week without the President as a guest. (I was reminded I hadn’t watched MTP for so long personally, that I had forgotten they had a roundtable as the second half. Tim Russert was So.Much.Better.)

      • 33 Rain
        December 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        Watching that part reminded me of the segment where Bill Maher went off about the GOP’s racism towards PBO…if you haven’t seen it, it’s here: http://samuel-warde.com/2012/12/bill-maher-on-gop-racism-towards-president-obama-video/ Warning for language.

  11. 34 a4alice
    December 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Ha. David Gregory makes me laugh right now. He’s defending all the “lazy Pundit” crap we’re throwing at him on twitter. Ha! Empty Suit

  12. 36 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    These idiots don’t even know what the President said on the campaign – they were obviously too busy listening to Romney
    The woman on the panel (don’t know her) – said this is the first time she has heard “from the middle class out” – PBO used that ALL the time on the campaign – I live in Australia! – and I know that. Maybe she needs to read TOD.

    Oh dear – now we have chat on the wonderful Reagan and Clinton – Clinton sold his ideas – what! – health care???

    • 37 Anna Luc
      December 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Hi 99ts and TODers!
      The woman on the panel was historian Doris Kerns Goodwin – author of “A Team of Rivals” – and she was making a historical comment. I don’t think she was claiming that she had never heard the phrase “from the middle class out” before. I believe Ms Goodwin was noting that the President has created a new frame that places the middle class at the fulcrum of economy prosperity.

  13. December 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    That Roundtable is really harsh on the President.

    • 39 99ts
      December 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Old white men – wanting to run the country but lacking any ability

    • 40 Jax6655
      December 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Call me crazy 2nd half viewership may drop off, but most viewers will probably watch the entire program, unlike those of us who know the roundtable players, and they will see exactly what PBO was talking about in his interview. I think it will be interesting to see the nation’s response to this show as folks watch it today on tv and online. I won’t equate it with the 47% video but it may be a real eye-opener for many. Stay tuned. . . .

    • December 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      This nails it:

  14. 43 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

    If ever there was any doubt that Tom Brokaw needs to quit his white privilege prejudiced crap, today is the day. He just said on MTP that Pres. Obama “doesn’t work hard enough.”

    He needs to take a look at himself and realize he’s a bloody bigoted asshole.

    • 44 99ts
      December 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

      UT – they are a group of millionaires telling PBO how to kill off the poor so they can continue their life of privilege

    • 45 relellit
      December 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

      You just expressed it much better than me. I yelled at my TV STFU Brockaw you have more rocks in your head than what it sounds like coming out of your mouth.

    • 46 donna dem 4 obama
      December 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Everyone please contact NBC News and voice your complaint about Tom Brokaw.

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      201-583-5453 world@msnbc.com
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      • 47 globalcitizenlinda
        December 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

        Sorry, I was typing my comment below even as you were typing yours.

      • 48 anniebella
        December 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

        What did Brokaw say, because after POTUS finish his interview I turn the channel. I know how those people are so I didn’t want to listen to them and I didn’t.

      • 49 sabreen60
        December 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

        I sent an email and a tweet. I don’t know if the pundits have a say as to who will be on their show and I really don’t care. I watch very few, but when I was watching Rachel, every time Tom was on I changed the channel.

    • 51 globalcitizenlinda
      December 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

      does anyone have Brokaw’s twitter handle/address – we need to let him & his fellow entitled fellows know exactly what we feel

  15. December 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    The Roundtable really, really wants the President to cut entitlements and the fact that he will not, they don’t like them.

  16. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    December 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    just started watching my broadcast of MTP in my timeline. I have not watched it in a while. I had to tune in in order to give POTUS some huge ratings

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      December 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Great idea on the ratings. Think I’ll watch the replay on MSNBC just for that reason! I want Gregory to know we would not ordinarily be watching his mug.

  17. 57 CEB
    December 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I am way too slow! I was working on a long comment when the thread changed. All of my typing for naught. Must work on my speed.

    BTW, I have been so pumped up about adding my 2 cents to PBO’s appearance, that I have not greeted everyone. Good morning Chips and TOD ohana.

    • 58 99ts
      December 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I do that ALL the time CEB – bringing over your last post for you – I was so busy reading it – I missed the new post – I will never be first – sigh

      December 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

      The pundits and the repubs. just do not seem to get what has happened with the re-election of PBO. There is a sea change in American life that was reflected in his/our win. We will no longer stand for the abuses of power by elected officials, the media, the 1% and the influence of the so-called social conservatives (bigots). We out-number them and we and PBO know how to go around them to get things done. PBO’s words about what citizenship is are beginning to resonate with more people. Our country has changed and we will not be going back to blindness, ignorance, inactivity, or to being victims. The enemies of the people (msm, repubs. and their allies) do not seem to know that their days are numbered, or maybe the problem is that they do know, but will continue to use their no-longer effective weapons to stem the tide of our evolution. It takes awhile, but justice, goodness, and fairness win in the end. I am in awe of PBO; how this man who is filled with empathy, humor, gentleness, candor, optimism, and brilliance, is slowly and shaping the lives of millions, here and abroad, for generations to come. We are so blessed to see this, to be a part of it, to add our hands to the plow that is preparing the field for a bountiful harvest in the lives of so many. I could never imagine that I would live to see this. We are on the cusp of a new Golden Age.

      • 59 amk for obama
        December 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

        100% true ceb. Saw someone here post a WH press release saying that their vids have been by 100 million viewers. These third rate corrupt punks will not match even a millionth of that viewership. They are all circling the drain.

      • 60 CEB
        December 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

        You are so sweet; thank you for doing this! I really need to work on my tech skills so that I can do this myself.

      • December 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

        Yes, I am on this page with you. Let it be so. Foward. And we should save our energy. If we watch assholes
        and llisten to what their ignorant minds send out of their mouths, we owe it to ourselves and the future to
        have no reaction. Do not feed the dinosaurs. It is time for them to become extinct.

      • 62 GGail
        December 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        VERY WELL SAID CEB and thank you 99ts for bringing this insightful comment over for CEB!

      • 63 susanne
        December 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        amen ceb! thanks for putting it so clearly!

    • 64 desertflower
      December 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I just had the same thing happen to me with my AZ rep RWNJ…..I pressed “post” and there was no There, there. It was infuriating!! I wrote such a damn good post!

  18. 65 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    President Obama was so excellent on MTP that Gregory didn’t even really bother me. Any time Gregory tried to ask some asinine question, Obama just slapped it down and put it in place. Gregory could do no harm, he was no match for this superb, quick and smart-thinking president. PBO always displays so much insight and common sense and decency, you would have to be blinded by the most severe case of hate to find fault with anything he says. There will never be a president of this caliber again. He is on another level, way beyond what we have ever hoped to see.

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      December 30, 2012 at 11:43 am


    • 67 GGail
      December 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I agree dotster3, POTUS was excellent! D.Gregory is such an asshole, but POTUS exercised the patience of a parent and the steel of a secure MAN in his explanations to this dufuss.
      I know the tools that sit in pious opinion on the Round Table, so I changed the channel when the President finished speaking.

  19. December 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Tom Brokaw- cut Entitlements, lower taxes and abolish the 13th amendment.
    Just about, not quite, but he wanted to.

  20. 69 jessica
    December 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Michelle and the girls should fly home to be with dad on New Years.

    • 70 globalcitizenlinda
      December 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I think FLOTUS & the Frist Daughters should finish their vacation since the gop ALWAYS attacks them when they go ANYWHERE

      • 71 amk for obama
        December 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

        Yup. They didn’t sign up for the thugs’ antics. Let them have their peace and quite.

        • 72 anniebella
          December 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

          Let’s remember POTUS suppose to be on vacation with his family, if it wasn’t for the foolish behavior of the radical extreme Republicans, that is were he will be. Both POTUS and FLOTUS do their best to make sure the girls have a normal life. So hopefully the Obama ladies is enjoying the rest of their vacation.

      • 73 Jessica
        December 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        True. I don’t have a problem with them being in Hawaii but something about PBO and Bo spending New Year’s Eve without the ladies doesn’t sit well with me. They should be together as 1 family.

  21. 75 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Politico has a sad. Pres. Obama kicked ass and the beltway media is whining.

  22. 87 a4alice
    December 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    One of the things that really struck me was as Tom Brokaw was pulling out his magazine “Shotgun News” He was talking about that PBO was the one who wanted change in gun laws – not the american people and I was like whaaaaaaa? And then they all started talking about how PBO should go on a train across the country talking about changing gun laws and I’m like huuuuuuuhhh?

    You guys are IN WASHINGTON! Are you not listening to the endless petitions to change gun laws? Make NRA a taxable organization (do you guys know they don’t pay taxes? they’re exempt – like churches) There’s plenty of grassroots things happening right now!


  23. 88 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

    GOP has a sad. 😆

  24. 92 amk for obama
    December 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

  25. 95 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

  26. 100 Vicki
    December 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    PBO was so calm and self-assured I think even the most nervous citizen could understand that despite the insane republican party the USA will be OK.
    In other words, time for that great photo: Chill The F___ Out, I’ve Got This.
    I love my President.

  27. 102 CEB
    December 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I like seeing all of the trappings of the presidency around PBO when he gives these interviews; great home advantage (even though he does not need it). I love the fact that the media must come to him; that he graciously allows them to come (for our benefit). I am sure that the thing that they hate the most is the fact that a Black man is the one with the power (I know he is bi-racial, but in this country, as Dr. Gates said, Black trumps everything). That question that Gregory asked about why repubs.were so resistant to him, was his attempt to get PBO to go racial. The president would never say it, but we all know that racism and classism are at the heart of their hate, anger, and intransigence.

    • 103 jacquelineoboomer
      December 30, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Yes, and add to that, no matter what race he is, President Obama has every personal characteristic and attribute they do not have. And it drives them crazy. I love that fact, too.

    • 104 idon
      December 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, yes and yes. PBO knew exactly where Gregory was going and addressed it the way he should have. I also liked the way the President kept using David’s name. That too was filled with meaning and demonstrated who had the power in the room and who didn’t.

  28. 105 debz
    December 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Morning all! Hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I think I will just watch MTP on line and only the President’s interview. I don’t want to see anything else on that show, or any of the Sunday shows.

  29. 106 amk for obama
    December 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    America’s reckless politicians may still take the country over the cliff into an uncertain land where recession looms.

    But President Obama has sprung his trap. The Republicans are in a corner – over a barrel – although perilously unaware of their plight. Before the election, during the election and since his victory, he has insisted the rich must pay a little more in taxes. It is a policy that appeals to his party but doesn’t really make much of an economic impact. But its purpose is political, not fiscal.


    But enough may realise that Mr Obama is manoeuvring to stick their party in aspic and stop them changing in the wake of their defeat in November. He would stick a label on them that would brand them not only out of touch, but so fanatically wedded to the demands of the rich that they are unconcerned about the damage they could do to their country and its people.

    It could turn out differently, but I suspect the Republicans are either about to cave in or to lose the blame game.


    My bet, the floor for tax increase will be 300-400 K.

  30. 107 desertflower
    December 30, 2012 at 11:24 am


    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded defeat in the fiscal cliff negotiations Sunday morning, saying “hats off to the president.”
    In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham complimented President Barack Obama for sticking to his guns in talks with congressional Republicans.
    “He stood his ground. He’s going to get tax rate increases,” Graham said. “It will be a political victory for the president.”
    “The president won. The president campaigned on raising rates and he’s going to get a rate increase,” he added.

  31. 119 amk for obama
    December 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Well, I am about to fall off the ‘cliff’. Gunnite folks.

  32. December 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Morning TOD. Thanks Chips for posting the MTP interview. It would not have come on here until noon.

  33. 127 anniebella
    December 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I was proud of POTUS on Meet the Press, he did a wonderful job and he didn’t let Gregory get away with any of his GOP talking points.

  34. December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

  35. 132 dotster3
    December 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Ed Henry, another clueless media dunce, just throws out dishonest snark, displaying lack of knowledge and Obama history, continually embarrasses himself:

  36. 134 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning Tods:-)

    Hope you all having a wonderful holiday season…”Happy New Year”


  37. 144 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    @tombrokaw >How dare U imply > PBO doesn’t work hard enough! U should be ashamed 4 being a journo>Here’s Ur Lazy bunch> <a href="http://t.co/vRULIakg&quot; title="http://twitter.com

    • 145 desertflower
      December 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      He’s so pathetic.
      Most Unproductive Congress in 60 Years…..
      the 112th Congress is set to go down in American history as the most unproductive session since the 1940s… Obama has signed 219 bills passed by the 112th Congress into law. With less than a week to go in the year, there are currently another 20 bills pending presidential action. In comparison, the last Congress passed 383 bills, while the one before it passed 460.”

      “The 104th Congress (1995-1996) currently holds the ignominious distinction of being the least productive session of Congress … Just 333 bills became law during that two-year period, meaning the 112th Congress needs to send nearly 100 more bills to Obama’s desk in the next few days if it wants to avoid going down in history — an unlikely prospect, considering that both chambers are squarely focused on averting the ‘fiscal cliff’ before the new year.”

  38. 146 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    oops didn’t mean to post twice..

  39. 149 Jessica
    December 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I have 99% faith in PBO and that everything will turn out just fine. I don’t know if it’s because it’s Sunday or if it’s my meds but I’m feeling at ease.

  40. December 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Chips,

    Could you post this list in a way that it is available to be linked in tweets, etc., and others can offer suggestions:

    16 sensible steps to gun ownership in America

    1 Mandatory liability insurance for ANY person using a gun of any type;
    2 Proof of insurance to purchase a gun of any type and ammunition of any type;
    3 Stringent limits on the amount of ammunition one can purchase – if we can do it for Sudafed we can certainly do it for ammunition and ammunition reloading equipment and components;
    4 Rigorous gun training (for the type of gun used) including safety prior to issuing a license – said license required before insurance is issued;
    5 License required before a person is legally authorized to use or purchase a gun and ammunition;
    6 License must be renewed annually;
    7 License includes mandatory 28 day waiting period, background check for any criminal record (including juvenile criminal record), & mental health check (paid for by revenues collected from license fees on guns, ammunition excise tax, and license fees for certification of user);
    8 License fee on each gun – renewed every 3 years;
    9 Excise tax on ammunition to the equivalent of at least 50% the retail purchase price per round;
    10 Excise tax on all reloading equipment, casings, gun powder, etc equivalent to at least 50% the retail purchase price;
    11 Mandatory jail sentences, structured appropriately, for violation of any of the above;
    12 Stringent product liability on manufacturers of guns, ammunition and the makings of ammunition if their product is used illegally;
    13 Shutter all online ability to purchase guns, ammunition and makings of ammunition;
    14 Restrict sales at gun shows to all the standards required at any wholesale/retail outlet with the added exception that any purchase must be shipped, i.e., can’t leave a gun show with a gun, ammunition or the makings of ammunition;
    15 Total ban on combat weapons (and any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun with a magazine size larger than 5 rounds);
    16 Sellers of weapons, whether stores or gun shows or private individuals, be licensed, have liability insurance, and also be subject to criminal penalties if they sell to anyone whose license, insurance, etc is not in order (just like liquor stores).

    Thank you.


  41. 158 vitaminlover
    December 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Tom brokejaw is full of it.

    • 159 anniebella
      December 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      We must remember Brokaw is like Dan Rather, two washed up old news men who is trying to remain in the game. So they won’t be forgotten. Brokaw is full of alot of B.S.

      • 160 jacquelineoboomer
        December 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        I think Brokaw is a long-time friend of the Bush family. There’s that lack of objectivity thrashing around in his head, as well.

  42. December 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  43. December 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    G’m TOD. I think PBO did an excellent job on MTP. In as much as I dislike Gregory, I must say that I think he gave our Prez. a chance
    to get his points across and not talk over him like a lot of interviewers do. PBO was calm, clear precise in explaining to the American people
    what is going on with this Republican created circus. I was so pleased at how he simplified the message, even explaining the chained CPI, that
    even a teabagger could understand.

    We have your back MR PRESIDENT. Keep breaking it down and exposing the no-good Repubs. People are listening and understanding.
    They are also learning to tune out the 4th Estate, as there was a loud, collective CLICK after your interview ended…mine included.

    • 163 debz
      December 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I agree, Gregory did give the President a chance to explain his positions, that actually surprised me. POTUS did a wonderful job.

  44. 164 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  45. December 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    😀 😀 😀 😀

  46. December 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Happy New Years to the TOD family! This was a great year in many ways. Not only did President Obama easily win re-election over the lying Mitten, but we had some strides in the marriage equality arena and the unemployment rate continued to dip as more jobs were created. And the Democratic Convention still makes me smile — diversity, great speeches, upbeat music and just an all around good time.

    Hope 2013 goes well for all of you — especially Chipsticks who has given us this great site.

  47. December 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  48. 181 forus50
    December 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Good morning everyone and Happy Holidays!!

  49. 182 forus50
    December 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    • December 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      • 184 forus50
        December 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Just astounding that he doesn’t give a shit about anything.

      • 185 anniebella
        December 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        lovelyplains, Now what would they be saying if POTUS did that? He can’t go on vacation in peace, or even go play golf, but Boehner goes out drinking and the media says nothing.

        • 186 majiir
          December 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm

          Boehner’s habit of hitting the D.C. bars was discussed on ‘Morning Joe,’ and it was as if it doesn’t matter. It was treated like a joke. If PBO did that, republicans would never let him forget it.

        • December 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

          The double standard in regards to PBO is just astonishing, I get to upset even conjuring the myriad of examples that instantly come to mind. My suggestion was buy a ranch like Dubya/Reagan wear a cowboy hat and clear brush for a 1/3 of your presidency and * I’m sure they wouldnt have a problem with that right *

  50. 188 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm


    “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era”

    By Michael Grunwald

    About the Program (50 Minutes)


    Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for TIME magazine, presents his thoughts on the $800 billion stimulus bill, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. Michael Grunwald speaks at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New York City.



    • December 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      I bought the book a couple of weeks ago – ordered it at a local bookstore in the Netherlands (2 weeks delivery delay).

      It’s excellent. For a physicist, it’s a delight to read – thank God the President appointed a Nobel Laureate in Physics as the head of his Energy Department.

      … Obey Gravity – It’s The Law (and climate change, and evolution, etc.)

    • 190 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      thanks for the recommendation, ladyhawke and toonmoene. just ordered it from the library.

  51. 191 CEB
    December 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Sometimes I just have to shake my head in disbelief and even a certain sorrow when I see how lesser men try to treat our president. We have a dream leader; one that people all over the world envies us for having and he has to spend valuable, productive time dealing with idiots who act against the will of the people and their own self-interest. We have a man who is brilliant, yet has humility; he does not have to always hear his own voice. He is a pragmatic idealist who is more interested in getting things done than he is about than being concerned about a party line. He is a wonderfully empathetic man who has a gentle heart that can be and has been broken, but he is also a steely-eyed, war-time commander-in-chief who will go after our enemies far and wide, with patience and determination to keep us safe. He has the political courage to move our country forward, no matter the cost because as he has said, he came to Washington to do something, not to be something. He plays hard and to win, trash-talking as he does so, no matter the game, while also being a baby-whisper and a dad who strategizes middle school relationships with his daughters. He is the hugger-in-chief (this makes WASP men like George and Tom Brokaw very uncomfortable), the cool cat who rocks out to Led Zeppelin and Jazz. He is a husband who loves and respects his wife, his best friend; who always tells women who says that he is cute: “I will tell Michelle that you said so.” He is honest, even about his imperfections; he has a megawatt smile that lights up a room and he can sing. He wants us and our country to be the best that we can be and he works very hard, every day, to do what he can to make this possible. What is there not to like in a man who has such gifts.?

    • December 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      copy this one hundred thousand times, CEB. thank you

    • 193 Betsy
      December 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      This^^^^. I don’t get it either.

    • December 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Wow … if I did not already love and respect him, your summary would make me fall in love and engender respect. Thank you CEB for this portrait of our President. I think you should post this on WH blog.

    • 197 nathkatun7
      December 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      CEB, thank you so much for this wonderful appraisal of our President. It’s really a shame that most of the people in the U.S. media, the Republican party, and the so called progressives, treat our brilliant and compassionate president with so much hatred and disrespect. Thankfully, the majority of Americans love and respect him.

  52. 198 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This is hilarious. [Not For Those Who Lack A Sense Of Humor]

  53. 201 donna dem 4 obama
    December 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm


    • December 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      In other words….’Driving Ms. Boehner’.

    • 205 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      So true. I remember reading that when McConnell was asked what it would take to reach an agreement with PBO, he replied that if the president would take republicans’ ideas without questioning them, then they would be able to compromise with him. I really think so much of the republicans’ opposition to PBO comes from the fact that he thinks for himself. When GWB was POTUS, the republicans in Congress, Rush Limbaugh, and people like Donald Trump could tell him what they wanted him to do, and he would do it. Steve Benen wrote an article in 2009 in which he stated that one reason republicans oppose PBO and were asking him to slow down was because, under GWB, they were not required to work hard. GWB told them what he wanted, then they wrote and passed the bills.

    • 206 nathkatun7
      December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Double AMEN!!!

  54. 207 Vicki
    December 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    We are heading out for brunch and then to see Les Mis.

    So, if the TV talkers are to be believed, by the time I get back to TOD and TV, the entire matter of over the cliff or not will be resolved.

    I trust Barack Obama.

  55. 210 BigDaddyRich
    December 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I didn’t get to see the interview (will watch it later), but saw the “circle jerk” pundit roundup afterward. I just saw this post over at TPM:

    “Would it have hurt to have a person of color at the roundtable? Or someone who lives outside of the Beltway? Or someone under the age of forty? Or someone who might have actually voted for Obama?”

    My answer was this:

    “Yeah, like Equire’s Charles Pierce, Rachel Maddow, Michael Eric Dyson, Ta-Naishi Coates, Joy Reid…and how about our humble host, Josh Micah Marshall?”

    • 211 anniebella
      December 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      How about the Mayor of Atlanta.

    • 212 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      I’ve begun to think that programs like MTP would get higher ratings by diversifying their panels and adding some average Americans, including young folks and People of Color. The usual “pundits” on these programs are D.C. insiders who wouldn’t know a piece of sh*t from a bar of chocolate. They all seem to be on the same page—President Obama is a poor leader, ineffective president, and a lazy bum who doesn’t belong in the WH, while republicans are real fiscal conservatives, are always willing to give the president a chance, and never lie, promote conspiracy theories, or use propaganda to mislead Americans. These “pundits” are in bed with the republicans. This is why I think it’s difficult for them to provide unbiased, truthful information to the public. It is because of them that many Americans think that both political parties are to blame for congressional gridlock, when they’re not. They’re loathe to say that republicans are the problem because they’re personal friends with them and make the rounds of the D.C. party circuit together. They branded President Obama an outsider from the start.

  56. December 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  57. 214 squarepeg
    December 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

  58. December 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Chips: this picture is from a 1995-ish review of PBO’s first book:

  59. 221 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Fiscal cliff talks hit a “major setback.” Are you freaking kidding me?

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