President Obama awards the Medal of Honor

2:10 PM EDT: President Obama Awards Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor

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White House Live * C-Span * CBS


WH.gov: ….. Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

He will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington and claims Antioch, California as his home of record. He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.

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182 Responses to “President Obama awards the Medal of Honor”

  1. 1 Allison
    August 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm


  2. 5 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    ATTENTION ON DECK! Congrats Allison.

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Isn’t John Kerry giving a statement on Syria shortly?

  4. 13 GGail
    August 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I’m having a very hard time today keeping up with TOD and manage my work too. When I focus on one, the other suffers.

    I scrolled back up on the last thread and read the dream-weaver tale VC is trying to feed TOD about the camera/film situation.

    VC is a very pleasant person, but she sure can tell a tale – and when you look at her – you wouldn’t believe she just said what she did. She looks so sweet and she really is a great person, but boy can she tell a tale 🙂

  5. August 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    • 19 hopefruit2
      August 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hmmmm….not at all surprising as you say. Yet we have folks on Twitter kvetching about how the US repressing “journalists” but nary a peep on how said “journalists” abuse their privilege of free press by manufacturing information to suit their individual/political agendas and knowingly disseminating false narratives.

      • 20 ericfive
        August 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        “how said “journalists” abuse their privilege of free press by manufacturing information to suit their individual/political agendas and knowingly disseminating false narratives.” This is a perfect definition of propaganda. The MSM is comprised mainly of propagangists posing as journalists.

    • 21 anniebella
      August 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      What do we expect from “Drudge” ? Garbage. And that is what we got, what we get.

  6. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I was way back on the previous thread – so I’ll re-post this, if I may.

    Not sure if this has been posted yet (other than by me, on the previous thread – Ha!). It’s the President’s proclamation for the annual Women’s Equality Day 2013 commemoration:

    “As we reflect with pride on decades of progress toward gender equality, we must also resolve to make progress in our time. Today, we honor the pioneers of women’s equality by doing our part to realize that great American dream — the dream of a Nation where all things are possible for all people.”


  7. 23 Allison
    August 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Kerry’s press conference moved back to 2:30pm.

  8. 26 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    UPDATE: Sec. Kerry’s statement on Syria has been moved to 2:30PM ET / 1:30PM CT.


  9. August 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Had my yearly eye appt. this morning. Went into the waiting room and realized the TV was on Fox. I got up and went out near a doorway to the lobby area where I, luckily, was able to hear my name called. When I got home, I called back and asked for the administrator. Turns out I had called the wrong number so told the young woman why I wanted to speak to the administrator. She said, “Aahh, I’m right with you!” She gave me the correct number, the name of the administrator and also his assistant. I had to leave a message. Trust me, my message was very clear–that I would NOT ever sit in the waiting room when the TV was on Fox. My message also stated that I had made this same call 4 or 5 years ago when I began going there and this is the first year since that first call that tv was on Fox. I remember telling the woman that first time that I refused to listen to lies, ignorance, hate and fear. If the guy calls me back, I’ll tell him the same thing.

    • 28 ericfive
      August 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      I feel you. I cannot bear to be in a room with FoxNews on. I feel my blood pressure immediately start to rise.

    • 29 Jennifer
      August 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Good for you! I’m going to do that next time as well. Why does there need to be TVs everywhere these days? My dentist even has one for each station (or whatever they’re called).

  10. 30 GGail
    August 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    President’s talking

  11. 31 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Oh here comes Mrs Ezra Klein (Annie Lowry) to tell us once again, that President Obama has not done much for women!!! I have too much respect for myself and for the people of TOD to say what I really want to call this piece of trash….

    HEADLINE: Under Obama, Little Progress on High-Level Jobs for Women

    // WASHINGTON — Behind the roiling conversation over whether President Obama might make Janet L. Yellen the first female leader of the Federal Reserve is an uncomfortable reality for the White House: the administration has named no more women to high-level executive branch posts than the Clinton administration did almost two decades ago. //


  12. August 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Anyone miss me?

    I had a wonderful vacation. I have lots to catch up on before I can start writing again. I purposely stayed off the news grid for the most part.

    Seems I came back just in time for the clusterfuck which will be Syria. There it’s not an issue of choosing between the least bad option; all options are equally awful. If we intervene, the ME goes up in flames. If we don’t, chemical weapons again become an accepted part of a state’s arsenal. I don’t envy PBO in this instance.

  13. 44 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  14. 46 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Major ‘water works’ going on ay yardarm’s keyboard!

  15. 59 sherijr
    August 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    ohhh these always make me cry.

  16. 60 Allison
    August 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Here’s another link to Secretary Kerry’s statement.

  17. 61 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    My GOD this President walks the talk when it comes to supporting our veterans. He’s one of the best C-in-C’s I know of.
    I dare the as*holes on faux to disparage this.

  18. 70 sherijr
    August 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Sec Kerry speaking now folks: http://www.state.gov/ I have to go get my son..so will miss the rest of it… hope it will get posted later- hint, hint 🙂

  19. 81 Allison
    August 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The White House should really think hard about canceling the Press Briefings. It’s a waste of time. The questions from the faux journalists are lame, stupid, juvenile, worthless, gotcha questions.

    • 82 yardarm756
      August 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      AMEN! I concur 100 per.

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      • August 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          August 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          Yes! I have always maintained that high school or college journalists could consistently do a better job than these jokers. The difference is they would take the time and make the effort to research and be better prepared. They would also be more objective.

          • 86 GGail
            August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            I agree vc, online journalist, such as ourselves would be more informed and way more respectful.

            • 87 vcprezofan2
              August 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

              AND, thus, would better inform the public. There is nothing to be learned from this WHPC bunch – except that they are biased, short-sighted report-ers* who can’t think and who cannot understand English; we learned that withing the first month of their term.

              **report-ers in the sense that that’s all they do – report on garbage. I could just figure that ChuckTodd creature asking how many senators/congress critters were briefed, then counting out the names to match the numbers given, and if one was left out, creating a whole cycle of news around THAT bit of info.

              It’s sadly true IMO that current WHPC members are performing at the only level they can. It’s a crying shame no one thinks of moving them from a task for which they are clearly not fit.

              • 88 GGail
                August 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

                It’s almost like you have to die or commit some heinous crime before you’re removed and replaced in the WHPC.

                • 89 vcprezofan2
                  August 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm

                  Well, it seems there almost always has to be death before meaningful change is made in politics.

    • 90 elo4obama/biden
      August 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      For the most part I enjoy the thoughtful, full responses to those same parcel of lame questions. I miss very few, and even watch the state briefings.
      Sometimes there is teeth nashing, cursing and amended hair pulling. I quite admire all who handle those briefings. I’m glad Jay got a rest this past week or so and Josh has been holding down the fort very nicely. As much as the numb skulls and idiots try to twist his words he gets his pint across to ME. I’m sure they many time write what they want to anyway as Jay told one of them not to long ago!

      I actually wish MORE people watched them.

  20. 91 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Maybe he should die,eh?

  21. August 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Whenever I listen to the press briefings, I have to wonder 1) do these “journalists” listen to the questions that have already been asked or are they just so determined to ask their question, they don’t pay attention to what has been asked; and 2) do they think if they ask a question a little differently that Jay Carney will give a different answer?

  22. 106 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Screw McCain and all those ‘right wing’ hawks that want ROBUST action against Syria. What the hell does that mean. What the hell does that mean?

    • 107 elo4obama/biden
      August 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      The thing is as soon as they get whatever they’re pushing for they then immediately start asking the right questions- what’s the end game, how much will this cost, the human toll, the many lives lost in any war (civilians), who are the rebels and what do they believe, what about Iran…on and on. I am so glad this president will not be moved by these asses beating the war drum.

      • 108 yardarm756
        August 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

        It’s all about divert and distract so they won’t have to do any work at their real jobs….IMPEACH, IMPEACH. That should also muddy the waters for a coupla weeks!

  23. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    So ludicrous. Tweety is even tweeting that he “kept the spot warm” for Ed, and we should all tune in to Ed, to try to get viewers tonight at his own new hour. Methinks Tweety will earn the worst ratings of the week. #WeCanPlayHardballToo

  24. 112 Linda
    August 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Laura Ingraham Interrupts John Lewis’ Speech With Gunshot Sound Effect


    This woman was allowed to adopt children as a single Mom…….not a good role model IMO

    • 113 ericfive
      August 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Some folks in the media are really letting their hatred of AA’s out for all to see. Racist meltdown in full effect.

    • 114 Jennifer
      August 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Big Ed was suspended for calling her a slut. That’s being kind. I tweeted her that it was time to start boycotting advertisers. Rep. Lewis is one of the bravest, kindest people I’ve heard. I’ve never listened to “that woman” but I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to find out who her sponsors are. It seems to sort of be working with Rush.

  25. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  26. 116 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      August 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      57, I tweeted her back and told her to ask that question of John Boehner, not the president. It was the US House that voted for the sequester, even though the president told them repeatedly that it was both stupid and harmful.

      • 118 57andfemale
        August 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        It was the Republicans who walked out on the commission that was supposed to find answers to avert the sequester. This, in the glory days of the Republican primaries where they said there wasn’t a penny of tax increases they would accept – only tax cuts.

        I, too, didn’t like the tone of the tweet and considered not posting it. But I want to know why we always have money to spend and borrow for war and can’t pay teachers or Head Start or food stamps.

      • 119 amk for obama
        August 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  27. 120 carolyn
    August 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Tweety has really been on a self-promotion kick since the announcement was made about Ed! He has been almost CRYING in some of his ads, begging people to watch.
    Speaking of first days of school, my dil sent me pictures of my grandsons on their first day today. I just LOVE those pictures. Our big Isaac will be in 7th grade, and our Eric will be in 2nd. These years are going fast for this grandma.

    Last Thursday was meet the teacher night for kiddoes and parents. Both Marie and Steve really liked Eric’s teacher, and he seemed to also. I’ll be interested to hear today’s report. Steve loved Eric’s new school (they moved within the city this summer) because it reminded him of his 1970s style “conversation pit” schools…..Felt homey and familiar to him.

    I’m glad to be back at school. Very nice classes…..I teach all freshmen English. I have such hopes for all of them every August.
    I tried full time retirement for about a year and a half…..but that did not work, so started back doing adjunct work…..about six hours a semester. Much better. I think about Dr. Biden’s statement…….”teaching is not what I do, it’s what I AM.” I agree with that……it is so much the very essence of me, that to be without it, is to be half a person. I think there are a few others like that on this blog!!!

    • 121 sjterrid
      August 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much for what you do. It’s so great the work teacher’s do, and it’s a shame they don’t get the respect they deserve. Having a great teacher at the right time, could really have a positive influence on one’s life.

    • 122 Betsy
      August 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I’m like that too. Teaching is what I am all about AND I have the joy of teaching American history! I love it!!

  28. 123 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    So, I gave up on the WHPC ’cause their lack of mental/journalistic growth just drives me bonkers! I can’t imagine how Jay C tolerates them day after day! Instead, I’m sending ‘Voter ID’ tweets – for a little while anyway.

    • 124 pkayden
      August 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Who is the first lady? I recognize the other photos.

      • 125 vcprezofan2
        August 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        The first pic is of Herbert Lee. You know, I can’t remember the recorded death of m/any female in the cause (other than the 4 young girls in church).

        ‘Herbert Lee, who worked with civil rights leader Bob Moses to help register black voters, was killed by a state legislator who claimed self-defense and was never arrested. Louis Allen, a black man who witnessed the murder, was later also killed.’

        • 126 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          August 26, 2013 at 5:49 pm

          VC, here is a woman for you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_Liuzzo

          Thank you for such an educational string of tweets.

          • 127 jacquelineoboomer
            August 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

            Wow. Dr. King even attended her funeral, along with other prominent leaders of the time.

          • 128 vcprezofan2
            August 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

            Thanks. 😀

            • 129 HZ
              August 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

              Thanks so much, vc. You are keeping it out there fresh for all to wrap their brains around Rev. Al’s message. I appreciate you so much for doing this. Great!!! TY, TY, and TY. You are a beautiful soul. HZ

        • 130 pkayden
          August 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

          Wow. Thanks for that response. Shows how important it is for all of us to exercise our right to vote.

        • 131 nathkatun7
          August 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

          Hey, VC, Thank you for honoring people who paid the ultimate in the struggle for freedom. If you are able to find their pics., please honor, Jimmy Lee Jackson, Rev. James Reeb and Mrs. Viola Liuzzo, all killed (February-March, 1965) during the Selma -to-Montgomery March.

          • 132 vcprezofan2
            August 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm

            TY, Nathk. I’ve done Viola already – thanks to Alycee, and I have Jimmy Lee’s pic, but have to check if I’ve done his yet. Rev. James Reeb, I’ll have to look up.

    • 133 yardarm756
      August 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Have you got one for Emmitt?

  29. 136 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I’d find this hilarious, if it wasn’t so pathetic:

  30. 137 Nena20409
    August 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    8-26-13…..Jay “Clark Kent” Carney’s WH press briefings:

    Great Afternoon Fellow TODers……loads to get caught up……

    Wow…..I have missed a lot today. But TOD has my Back, 😉

  31. August 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful moving ceremony today. Congrats to Ty Carter and family.

  32. 140 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Reminding our contacts, particularly the younger ones not paying attention – the right to vote was not a ‘gift’.

    #1 = Paul Guihard, French reporter
    #2 = Rev. George Lee
    #3 = Virgil Lamar Ware, 13 yrs old

    • 141 pkayden
      August 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for these tweets. Must google each of them to learn about their legacy.

      • 142 vcprezofan2
        August 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        That’s part of the idea, Pkay,since I couldn’t fit a link with their info into the tweet.

        • 143 HZ
          August 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

          VC, since you are doing the great work of composing such great tweets from your list, I will do some RT of each. Your idea is so brilliant. TY again for this great work. HZ

          • 144 vcprezofan2
            August 27, 2013 at 12:41 am

            TY HZ & NP.

            ps: Did You notice that I used your quote from the previous night to start my tweets Monday?

  33. 145 anniebella
    August 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hay guys I saw on MSNBC where the Republicans have a poll out about Obamacare. Call this number 1-800-713-4116. Press 1 in support of Cruz, Lee, in defunding Obamacare. Press 2 in support of implementing Obamacare. Call the number and vote.

    • 146 Anna Luc
      August 26, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Hi I just dialed the number. Be sure to press 2 as soon as the recording says press 1, because you are given NO time to enter a vote for Obamacare. Oh, block your number and you can vote over and over again. Weee! (Those punk ass SOBs with their fake polls. That’s old school “punk” as in rude bratty children.)

    • 148 mtmarilyn
      August 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      I just voted.

  34. 149 anniebella
    August 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hay Ed is back.

  35. August 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    “ ‘Crazy Clown’ warning issued”


    South Georgia drug agents are extending a warning about synthetic incense with dangerous side effects. Crazy Clown has not been showing up much in our area, but it nearly proved deadly in southeast Georgia where several young people who smoked it ended up hospitalized.

    The packet of incense is prompting warnings. Crazy Clown is the name and its side effects are said to be downright dangerous… “Three girls foaming at the mouth. One rolling around on the ground and my nephew couldn’t walk…” Jason Pedigard describing the side effects he witnessed outside the home of his nephew who himself came close to dying at the hospital after using Crazy Clown.

    “At this particular time, it’s not against the law in Georgia.” …That’s because the active chemical in Crazy Clown, E4279, is not one of the components outlawed by the state… The chemicals have a compounding effect of both a stimulant and an opiate which can produce potentially deadly side effects. [Those that smoke this drug could experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, weakness and even paralysis.]

    • 152 jacquelineoboomer
      August 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      The headline was about a toxic, synthetic incense … anybody else think it was about Republicans?

    • 153 jacquelineoboomer
      August 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Sorry – really shouldn’t have joked about such a serious matter – I blame RWNJs for changing my sense of what’s appropriate and what’s not, at times! (Better than Blaming Obama for everything, like they do.)

  36. 156 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    • 157 jacquelineoboomer
      August 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      “BECAUSE in some States more voting women than voting men will place the Government under petticoat rule.”

      I’d vote for that! Ha!

      This was LESS THAN 100 years ago, folks, and the year before my own mother was born. This is what RWNJs “miss.”

  37. 158 Nena20409
    August 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Rafa Nadal has defeated Ryan in straight sets: 6.4, 6.2, 6.2.

    Venus also advanced too.

  38. 159 donna dem 4 obama
    August 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    One of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

    • 160 pkayden
      August 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Good looking Brother. More importantly, an important freedom fighter.

    • 161 nathkatun7
      August 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Great tweet, Donna! Another unsung hero who should be be hailed is Asa Philip Randolph, the originator of 1963 March on Washington. RTandolph had the good sense of picking Bayard Rustin to be in charge because Rustin was a brilliant organizer.

  39. 162 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Mouth pf the South.

  40. 170 Nena20409
    August 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Winfrey, Foxx to join March on Washington events

    WASHINGTON — Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker are among the celebrities joining three presidents this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

    Soledad O’Brien and Hill Harper will host the “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream speech on Wednesday. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are also joining the tribute at the Lincoln Memorial.


  41. 171 amk for obama
    August 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  42. August 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I’m sure you already been posted this Chips, but this TIME Magazine 7min vid from some of the March on Wash organizers is awesome. Watch it and share it.

  43. August 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    From a FB friend:

    Today, #USArmy Staff. Sgt. Ty M. Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during one of the most intense battles in the war in Afghanistan. Visit our blog to read 12 facts about Carter, including what he did in defense of Combat Outpost Keating: http://1.usa.gov/13SOJGR.
    Today, #USArmy Staff. Sgt. Ty M. Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during one of the most intense battles in the war in Afghanistan. Visit our blog to read 12 facts about Carter, including what he did in defense of Combat Outpost Keating: http://1.usa.gov/13SOJGR.

  44. 177 amk for obama
    August 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  45. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    August 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Of course, Dr. King had involvement in many important issues of his day, including the Peace Movement, which he correlated with the Civil Rights Movement. During this speech, he had said at that stage of his life, early 1968, he wasn’t going to be “segregating my moral concerns.” He said,
    “Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but he is a molder of consensus.” (Think: President Obama.) He was visiting Joan Baez, at the time, who had been jailed with other anti-war protesters.

    “I’m Sorry Sir You Don’t Know Me”

  46. 179 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks for the link, Alycee. If you have any more just throw it at me. It feels ‘good’ looking up info and being reminded that the price has been more than paid for the right to vote – NOT THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANY CHARGE!

  47. 181 yardarm756
    August 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Tweety is on fyah tonite.

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