President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year

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2:15: The President honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year

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171 Responses to “President Obama honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year”

  1. April 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Finally some good news. Max Baucus is retiring. Yay!!!

  2. April 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Chips! I’ve been trying to email you for a month. My email is such a mess, it won’t go through. Wanted to thank you for being so wonderful to me.

  3. April 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  4. 30 HZ
    April 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Good Day Chips and my TOD Family. I hope everyone will have a beautiful day. Keep good thoughts going forth for our President and First Lady. Be blessed TOD Family.(((Love to all of you)))HZ

  5. 34 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    • 35 proudofobama
      April 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      I bet they will. Even that despicable Kelly Ayotte will be all up in President Obama’s face. Hypocrite. They better keep their distance or i will have to take a trip to DC and set them straight. Heh.

      • 36 MightyPamela
        April 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

        That’s right, proud, they ain’t gettin’ away with nothin’ on our watch!!! πŸ˜‰

        • 37 carolyn
          April 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

          Yes, they’ll go. They’re polite and know an invitation to the White House is not to be spurned. They will also have a wonderful time….all of them. There are only 3 or 4 Republican women….Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski, and the woman from Nebraska. The Republicans are definitely in the MINORITY in this group…..could be possible for the Democratic women and the president to effect some gentle persuasion. I think this is a good thing……as Martha Stewart used to say πŸ™‚

          • 38 proudofobama
            April 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

            I agree it’s a good thing. It’s just the republican hypocrisy and disrespect just frosts me. When I see Ayotte’s name all I can see is her standing with McCain and Graham looking ridiculous on Benghazi. Collins, too. They know our President is the best damn president ever. (not to mention good-looking as hell.) And what they do to please their ignorant base hurts the country. Sorry for the rant. I just get tired of their garbage.

            • 39 anniebella
              April 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

              I much rather all twenty had voted for that back ground check bill last week.

              • 40 anniebella
                April 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

                To hell with having them over for dinner, specially those Republicans who will just do as the McConnell tell them to.

            • 41 donna dem 4 obama
              April 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

              Proud, you’ve got me weepin with laughter here: “(not to mention good-looking as hell.)”


              • 42 proudofobama
                April 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

                Hey, Donna! Sorry I’m late replying. They want him, girl. That’s the problem. The women want him and the GOP men want to BE him. Sad.

    • 43 lamh36
      April 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Is FLOTUS also gonna be there?

    • April 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Well of course they all plan to attend. I don’t blame them, for if I were in their shoes I wouldn’t turn up such a wonderful opportunity to receive a gentle presidential peck, knowing that I will return to my home state vowing to pass meaningful legislation on behalf of the American people. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. April 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    A happy day would be when I can come to TOD without being interrupted! Sheesh!

    Anyway, this dustup about the airline delays is blowing my mind. Republicans have nerve…it’s okay to cut headstart, furlough workers, but an airline delay is just too much to contend with. In 2014, the Republican party needs to be obliterated. They should become a footnote in history!

    • 46 carolyn
      April 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I have to say, about four weeks ago, when small airports were in line to lose their control towers, and I hard loud complaints, I said “When the rich boys’ toys are affected, then something will happen.” That’s ever the way. I predict there will be some movement on the sequester as the real effects begin to hit home. People do NOT want their plane travel hindered. Even people who travel first class are dependent on air traffic controllers…..they are no better than economy class in that factor.
      It will take quite a bit of yelling for the Republicans to accept any kind of responsibility…..but let a few Congresscritters have their flights messed up, and we may start seeing some action. They are a self-serving lot.

    • 48 Vicki
      April 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Exactly, Faypax. John Miller has been all over this, too. Sequester HAS to end!!!
      And on another note altogether, If I was a student in Barack Obama’s class I doubt I’d be absorbing much of what he is teaching. OMG what a beautiful man.

  7. 50 utaustinliberal
    April 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I β™₯ the diplomat in Pres. Obama.

  8. 56 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Because of all the media attention given to Boston, several stories got nowhere near the attention they should have. I am willing to bet under 50% are even aware of any of the details regarding these:

  9. 61 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • April 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I just did a piece on the breaks that corporations get and when I was researching for it, I was just livid. Not only do they get tax breaks, they receive billions in long term loans and billions in research and development grants. Then they get sued for overcharging and the fines they pay are mostly tax deductible. In the end, if they don’t get a refund, their tax rate is 1 or 2 %.

      So in essence, they receive taxpayer funding to research and develop a product that they then overcharge the government for. The President was right…they didn’t build that…we did!

  10. April 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    yesterday, Science..today teachers…

    I love our President

  11. 65 Linda
    April 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    OXFORD, Miss. — A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail.

    Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss., says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody.

    Woodfin says he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on the release.

    The development comes hours after officials canceled a detention and preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

    Curtis was arrested Wednesday at his house in Corinth, Miss., and charged with sending ricin-laced letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and a Lee County, Miss., judge.

    Through an attorney, the 45-year-old Curtis has said he is innocent.

  12. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Chips have you lost your mind posting those pictures while I’m at work. I had to call my entire staff in here to look at PBO’s jeans video. They think I’ve gone mad!

    Whewwwww! My breathing is finally coming back to normal.

  13. 72 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday prevented Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from setting up a budget conference.

    Reid sought the Senate’s unanimous consent to form a budget conference committee aimed at reconciling the wildly different House and Senate budget resolutions, but Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) objected.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/295477-reid-to-seek-consent-to-convene-budget-conference-#ixzz2RJg0ia5f


    • 73 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Do they get anything done in the Senate, without Republicans blocking it, they are just like the House.

    • 74 57andfemale
      April 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      One jackass Senator can bring everything to a halt. Breathtaking.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Well, it was only going to be a matter of seconds before Pat Toomey assumed his every day villain clothes. Trying to make himself appear a decent fellow on background checks was just too much for him. If Reid can’t find a way around one very creepy senator our for mischief than there’s hardly any point in having a Senate.

    • 77 prettyfoot58
      April 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      just another form of Obstruction by the GOP…the goal is to do nothing…to bring government to a standstill…to not be about the business of governing…if you disagree with the budget…than you bring your arguments to the table/but to obstruction even the notion of discussion about issues is OBSCENE/but this is what the GOP is about OBSTRUCTION…in the meantime there is no discussion about where we should be headed as country…and how do we get there….

      we need to elect enough Democrats to be able to bypass the GOP Filibuster in the Senate…and enough Dems in the House to return the gavel to Nancy Pelosi..


  14. 78 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I sense were Republicans are trying to take this Boston Bombing and play politics with it, blame it on POTUS.

    • 79 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Wait and see.

    • 81 Lovepolitics2008
      April 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      They probably decided about a strategy. Nothing the first week, than all hands on deck. They’ll try to get one scalp: Janet Napolitano, or James Clapper, or John Brennan. I doubt they’ll go after the director of the FBI, because he was named by Bush at first.

      We’ll see. But yeah, we won’t see ANYTHING like the solidarity democrats showed Bush after 9/11.

  15. 82 desertflower
    April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Listen to Randi Rhodes today…http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html

    • 83 Indie Liberal
      April 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks, but no thanks. Would listen to Stephanie Miller before ever listening to Randi, especially after what she said about PBO’s cabinet members.

  16. 84 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  17. 85 anniebella
    April 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Before I go who was the Teacher of the Year. I miss POTUS naming him or her.

  18. April 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I just ate too much. I feel ill. Thought I’d share that with you all. 😦

  19. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve watched the jeans video 6 times now….

    I think I need an intervention!

    • 94 cookemom
      April 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      “OMG! That man has EVERYTHING!!!” – #2 after seeing the video
      ” No, Michelle is the one who has EVERYTHING!!” – #1’s response to #2

    • 96 MightyPamela
      April 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      DD4O, you must focus on the moment PBO recognizes he is about to cause undue turbulence while in the air, and takes a modest retreat to the space between the seats, also leaving the aisle clear for staff. He is, after all, trying to speak on the phone with all those people yelling, “agent get out of the way, sit down, sit down”….. see?

  20. 97 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      How about if Boehner just did his job and pushed to cancel the Sequester. What an utterly useless paperweight Boehner is. Please let him disappear in 2014.

  21. 100 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Toomey thinks he’s slick — co-sponsored the swiss cheese background check legislation in order to appear moderate to suburban PA voters; however, when he thinks no one is watching he throws up procedural roadblocks in the senate and champions the causes of rw “think tanks.” His latest:

    • 101 57andfemale
      April 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Hey, Mark Kirk got all kinds of kudos for voting like a decent human being on gun control, and then turns around and votes to repeal ACA and student loan support.

      I let him know, he isn’t fooling this voter. His entire record will be on trial when he runs for reelection.

    • 102 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Anyone who thought for one nanosecond that Toomey was anything but a complete slime, was deluding him/herself. We have only one course in PA. Defeat Corbett in 2014; get as many Democratic state legislators as possible; and defeat Toomey in 2016. Trust me, by 2016, every one will have forgotten his so-called phony moderation on background checks and will remember only his villainy because thousands of phonebankers in PA will be reminding them. 2016 is a presidential year and the Democrats in the state will be out in force. And every single one of them will remember that Toomey is a mistake that must be corrected.

  22. 104 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  23. 105 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Was the current President & CEO of Common Cause; the best congressman representing my district in my lifetime. RIP.

  24. April 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

  25. 108 japa21
    April 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    • 109 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm


      This just makes me want to spit nails. The Executive and Legislative branches are BOTH RESPONSIBLE FOR GOVERNING. To see tweets from “Speaker” Boehner blaming President Obama for the sequester if just beyond the pale. For the last four years, the Republicans in congress have been working overtime to prevent President Obama from GOVERNING. You would think that congress has no responsibility to govern at all. This just drives me crazy. And the lazy media stenographers just parrots whatever the Republicans say.

    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      That just about sums it all up, Japa.

  26. April 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  27. April 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    New post soon ………………….. ish.

  28. 121 yardarm756
    April 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    My how time flies, huh? More pearls from yardarm’s inbox.

    This is sent only to those among us whose level of maturity qualifies them to relate to it…

    1962: Long hair
    2012: Longing for hair

    1962: KEG
    2012: EKG

    1962: Acid rock
    2012: Acid reflux

    1962: Moving to California because it’s cool
    2012: Moving to Arizona because it’s warm

    1962: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
    2012: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

    1962: Seeds and stems
    2012: Roughage

    1962: Hoping for a BMW
    2012: Hoping for a BM

    1962: Going to a new, hip joint
    2012: Receiving a new hip joint

    1962: Rolling Stones
    2012: Kidney Stones

    1962: Screw the system
    2012: Upgrade the system

    1972: Disco
    2012: Costco

    1962: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
    2012: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

    1962: Passing the drivers’ test
    2012: Passing the vision test

    1962: Whatever
    2012: Depends

    Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the Mindset of this year’s incoming freshmen. Here’s this year’s list:

    The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1993.

    They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

    Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

    Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

    The CD was introduced 2 years before they were born.

    They have always had an answering machine..

    They have always had cable.

    They cannot fathom not having a remote control..
    Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

    Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

    They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

    They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.

    They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.

    They never heard: “Where’s the Beef?”, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel”, or “de plane, Boss, de plane..”

    They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.

    Mc Donald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.

    They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

    Do you feel old yet? Pass this on to the other old fogies on your list. Notice the larger type, that’s for those of you who have trouble reading..

    So have a nice day!!!!! It is good to have friends who know about these things and are still alive and kicking!!!!

  29. April 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  30. 132 carolyn
    April 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Would love to be one of those twenty women Senators this evening!

  31. April 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Okay, it’s started. Lindsey Graham just said the Boston bombing evidences this administrations failure. He even threw in a few dings about Benghazi.

  32. 136 prettyfoot58
    April 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    where will the dinner be held tonight…that is between PBO and the Female Senators…

  33. 141 Lovepolitics2008
    April 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Listening to Reverend Al’s show right now.

    Republicans have become so destructive. How much more damage will they inflict to America before the political power of the far right is destroyed ?

  34. 142 Nena20409
    April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    If this has been posted earlier please forgive me. I usually will go back and start where I had stopped.

    Evian ad and babies dancing……I love what they do these days with photo tricks.

  35. 145 Nena20409
    April 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Jay Carney’s WH Presser 4-23-13


  36. 146 isonprize
    April 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Here’s one for ya!

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ “I prefer a doctor who doesn’t trust science” Said no reasonable person ever

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ citizens untied/facebook

  37. 147 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Sen. Graham puts hold on Energy nominee
    Zack Colman
    04/23/13 02:26 PM ET
    Graham is demanding answers on energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz’s plans for a nuclear waste disposal program in South Carolina.…

    • 148 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Graham is just mad that he’s not at the WH dinner along with the 20 female senators.

    • 151 jacquelineoboomer
      April 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Oh, that’s rich. Graham cares about nuclear waste disposal if it’s aimed for his state. He really must think he’s going down in the next election, because he’s taken McPain’s place on the national scene, anti-everything.

    • 152 Lovepolitics2008
      April 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      The Senate rules are ridiculous. Senators have too much individual powers. In other countries, the Cabinet is formed within a week or two after the election.

  38. 153 dotster3
    April 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    • 154 jacquelineoboomer
      April 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      “As it happens, the Judge who was supposed to receive one of the ricin letters is Judge Holland, the mother of the man who defeated [J. Everett] Dutschke [former Republican candidate for Mississippi’s House of Representatives] in his 2007 campaign, incumbent Democrat Daniel Holland.”

      If this new person of interest is guilty, he also planned to go after the mother of the man who defeated him. Surreal.

  39. 156 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    GOP Benghazi report blames Clinton

    Julian Pecquet – 04/23/13 04:04 PM ET
    The report blames the former secretary of State for approving lax security measures and accuses her of a coverup.…


    • 157 COS
      April 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      They are blaming her for fear that she will run for president and are setting this up to be used against her. They are such hyocrites.

    • 159 Lovepolitics2008
      April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Republican staffers wrote the report. To say that I take the conclusions of the report with a big grain of salt is an understatement. Probably a big work of picking things out of context, omitting elements in the defense of Secretary Clinton and White HOuse officials, distortion, etc.

      But hang on to your hats, the next few days will be ugly.

      Of course, the emphasis will be on Hillary Clinton. They will do everything to destroy her. She is polling well in places like Georgia, Arkansas…

      I don’t know what the truth is. What I do know is that governing the United States of America in the 21st century is insanely difficult and you can’t get everything right. But when you are a democrat, you’re not allowed the slightest mistake.

      The Obama administration has been one of the most competent in recent history. And if you compare with the precedent administration, you’re just talking about two different planets. And yet, they have to deal with this constant ugliness from republicans, day after day after day.

      • 160 Lovepolitics2008
        April 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        I will say something that’s a bit controversial here.

        We all know by now there was a CIA operation in Bengazi. The director at the time was General Petraeus. And Petraeus has powerful allies within the republican party, the Defense department, the CIA, the defense contractors, etc. If Petraeus and the CIA deserve some blame, I doubt we’ll ever see republicans pointing this out.

        To be candid, I’m not even sure if President Obama knew everything about the Bengazi operation. If he was told the truth, or if his guidelines were followed and everything. The same goes for Secretary Clinton.

        There are a lot of powerful people within and around the administrative apparatus. Groups and factions who view foreign policy differently and who are constantly in power struggles.

        Just saying.

        And yes, I am THAT cynical.

        • April 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

          What’s controversial about such a sensible conclusion. I have always maintained that the finger should have pointed at Patraeus who’s retirement was just a bit too timely for me. I also do not believe there was not a demonstration in Benghazi. You’ll notice, we have never seen pictures of the streets outside the complex. It is illogical that people were demonstrating in Bangladesh, Baghdad, Egypt, Iran, Basra, Yemen, Tunisia and all over the Middle East, but in Benghazi, the seat of the Arab Spring, everyone stayed home? I smell a rat.

    • 162 anniebella
      April 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      It’s all about 2016, they are trying to go after Hillary already.

  40. 163 dotster3
    April 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    oh boy

  41. 164 dotster3
    April 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  42. April 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  43. 169 Jovie
    April 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    The White House lashed out Tuesday at Republicans complaining about flight delays, saying they are to blame for the FAA furloughs causing the tie-ups.

    “We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “The fact is Congress had an opportunity, but Republicans made a choice, and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace sequester, as — and I’m quoting Republicans — a victory for the Tea Party and a home run.”

  44. April 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    So, two no-shows?

    I had upChuck Todd’s Daily Rundown on this morning didn’t see the whole segment, but someone (maybe Blanche Lincoln?) was said that female Senators get together 4 times a year for dinner. She said it’s a blast and everyone has so much fun.

    She also said that Kristen Gillibrand mentioned this dinner to President Obama when she was on Air Force One during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath and suggested it would be a great idea for PBO to attend.

    Can’t find the video online yet, maybe tomorrow? Conversation happened at the tail-end of the show.

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