A supporter of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani holds a local newspaper with a headline that reads, “Historic call from a return flight,” upon his arrival from the U.S. near the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Sept. 28


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119 Responses to “Hope”

  1. September 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The audacity of hope – wins every time.

  3. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    September 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Oh, my, that newspaper front page just did me in!

    Thank you, President Obama, well … for everything you do and everything you’re planning!

  4. September 28, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I just love how happy people in Iran are. Bless them and us and thank you Presidents Obama and Rouhani!

    • 7 MightyPamela
      September 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      It’s as if we can feel their Hope and Joy springing back to life, that there may be some chance life may take on a sense of gentle, lovingkindness. I rejoice with them, and I believe they will move forward quickly to repair the damages they have lived with, some for their entire lives. Astonishing, amazing, humbling. Brings tears to my eyes.

  5. September 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Interested in knowing everyone’s views on the prospect of a government shutdown. It would certainly cause an upheaval in my household, but I’m thinking it might also be a wake-up call. Maybe some folks need to realize just how government intersects with their lives. Once they do, perhaps we can forego a debt ceiling crisis.

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      September 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      USAToday has put out a list of Q&As on any shutdown:


      On a personal level, having been a federal employee, I really feel for them, the most. Those sent home in a shutdown have already suffered through no cost-of-living pay raises for a couple of years, possibly none for 2014, various furloughed days, and loss of not only their “regular” paycheck – through no fault of their own – but also morale. That’s the first people part that would be affected, that I think of, due to the antics of the Republican dogs.

      • September 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        The scariest part of a shutdown under the current fools is that they might not be willing to extend retroactive pay. They hate government employees so much, we can probably count on it.

        • 11 jacquelineoboomer
          September 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

          They did in the mid-90s under the awful Gingrich’s shutdown (actually, as I recall, our two-week pay period was right in the middle of the shutdown, so we didn’t skip a beat, under than HAVING TO REPORT TO UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIVES FOR MOST OF US which, as you may be able to tell, still frosts me). 🙂

    • 12 EricFive
      September 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I still think the GOP will blink concerning a gov’t shutdown. If they have until the end of the day Monday, if history is any indication, they will milk every second of attention (and donations) and vote for a clean CR at 11:55pm Monday night. Of the two, I think that a gov’t shutdown is more likely that a default on the nation’s debt, but again, I don’t think either will happen. Time will tell, but I’m sticking with my original take. A gov’t shutdown will hand the House over to the dems in 2014, so I kind of hope Boner is that weak/stupid as to allow it to happen.

  6. September 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I know there are some people you don’t want quoted and I don’t remember some of them. Just looked in the House Rules and didn’t see a list. If you don’t like Chris Hayes please delete this post. I just found this article and liked it, don’t know about him one way or the other! Thanks. 🙂

    Hayes explains ‘Obamacare for Dummies’ at ‘Fox and Friends’

    Friday night on “All In with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes tried to demystify what the Affordable Care Act does and does not do and make it so simple that even a “dummy” or someone who works at “Fox and Friends” can understand it. In this instance, the hosts of “Fox and Friends,” he said, aren’t actually being disingenuous. They just don’t have any idea what they’re talking about…..

    Hayes said that he doesn’t think Doocy is lying, but rather that he just fundamentally doesn’t understand the tenets of the law.

    “Obamacare doesn’t ‘blow up the system,’” he mocked, but rather delivers millions of new customers to private insurance companies with the government’s help.

    video was included

    • September 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Sorry TME, meant to update the despotic House Rules a while ago!! I don’t want to tell anyone what they can or can’t bring here (honest!), but there are obvious no-nos, like linking to RW rags and bigoted low-lives! I can’t stand Hayes, but he’s not on the banned list 😆 Thanks TME!

      • September 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Chips, The Obama Diary is the most positive Obama-loving place on the InnerTubes for me and I value it very much. it’s my spa experience! I understand you don’t want to tell people what to do and appreciate you saying so to me, but I wouldn’t want to bring anything in that is disturbing. I don’t have cable, don’t watch tv at all, have never seen Chris Hayes. Sometimes people use names that I don’t know like Tweety. I am totally Internet for info because I like to read, go to links, verify as accurate. So, I really mean it when I say if I comment something here that breaks the peace, just delete it. Won’t bother me a bit. I just look for information that is positive and since I don’t know these folks I might just luck on the one time they are making sense!

        While I’m at it, I’d like to make a request. I love Twitter and sometimes people comment about a newscaster or someone saying something that needs refuting without giving a name or by giving a nickname. If I have a name I can look at their Twitter TL and reply to them. i don’t know any other way that is so direct and immediate way to give feedback.

        I appreciate you keeping this a happy home for us Obama-loving critters. Thanks, Chips.

        • September 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

          “It’s my spa experience!”

          😆 Too lovely, TME!

          You never ‘break the peace’, TME, ever – appreciate so much everything you bring here.

          Thanks a gazillion!

  7. September 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    All the more justification for #HOPE …


    Yes We Can

  8. September 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    And, btw, in notion that a shutdown will somehow be a ‘wake up call’ is the most damning assessment of the state of our society one can imagine. It means people are so fundamentally clueless that it takes wrecking the American & global economy to get their attention and it is an absolute indictment of the fact that the American 4th Estate is purely a tool of the Kochs and other plutocrats (which is NO NEWS to TODers, for sure!).

  9. 26 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  10. 27 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  11. 29 amk for obama
    September 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    As long as we are on the topic of hope,

    Coming home present for the wifey unit – 5 bombay sapphire = 100 bucks ? Useless rock = 1000 bucks ?

    It’s just plain math & economics.

    Hope the wifey unit will understand?

  12. 33 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  13. 34 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    • 35 carolyn
      September 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      So, the grand plan is to delay for one year, win back the Senate, then the Senate and House can repeal the entire act. I’m sure the President, Harry Reid, Nancy and all their aides and cohorts are well aware of this. Which is why Harry Reid said NOTHING about Obamacare will be touched…..no tweaking, NOTHING. Glad this guy, whoever, actually admitted this…..this info needs to be spread far and wide.
      On the surface, it sounds a little benign,you know….look how nice we are, we’re not going to repeal, we’re just going to delay, but of course it isn’t; it’s malignant.

  14. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    September 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  15. 40 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

  16. September 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Chips, Just opened this new thread on my iPhone and everything is still the same. Sorry. I honestly don’t believe it’s my phone. There was no problem until right after the font was changed. 😦

  17. 57 amk for obama
    September 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I was having an early dinner with my south african business friend, who is of italian origin. He told me that he had just returned from visiting his relations in Italy and the unemployment rate among youth is around 50% and his relatives are starving. Americans should be grateful to President Obama for keeping the UE rate in single digits.

    • September 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Similarly awful in Greece, Spain and Portugal too Amk, really depressing unemployment figures, although I’m guessing it has improved a little in the second two?

      • 59 amk for obama
        September 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        UE rates are in double digits everywhere except in US and may be in China. Our UE rate has been over 30% for decades now.

  18. 60 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    In my local paper two viewpoints. GOPer George Will and Cynthia Tucker:

  19. 64 africa
    September 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    OK. So, my local news is promoting its upcoming coverage on its racks all over town. But, I don’t like the teaser. Maybe, I am just too sensitive. But I can’t wait until tomorrow to see how they cover it.

  20. 65 amk for obama
    September 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Gunnite folks. Gotta get up early morning to catch the flight home.

  21. 75 Linda
    September 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    History of Passing budget resolutions. If Republicans ever applied their own rules to themselves, they’d be in big trouble.

    1. According to the Congressional Research Service, it has been 14 years since the House, the Senate and the president have all agreed on a bill to fund the government for an entire fiscal year.

    2. During the past 35 years, the president and congress have only agreed to a “Full Budget” three times, in 1989, 1995 and 1997.


    On the other hand, the Congressional Research Service says that continuing resolutions were used for a full year in:

    1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 2007, 2011

    3. In other words, during the past 35 years, a full budget was only passed by the congress during the GHW Bush and Bill Clinton’s term in office. None were passed during Carter’s, Reagan’s, and GW Bush’s term

    • September 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I first learned this when the Republicans were raising all that cain about the budget. It’s just another example of how dishonest they are and how poorly those charged with informing the public do their job.

  22. 77 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm


    Daniel Gross ‏@grossdm 47m


    Again. Funding the government is not something Congress “gives” Obama. It’s something it gives itself, the military, etc.


    Retweeted by LOLGOP

  23. 78 Debra
    September 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I think the President can issue an executive order to keep the government open if the repubs cause a national crisis. Deliberately shutting down the government is treason against the American People The President can already maintain vital services.

    • September 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Debra, I hope you’re right. See my question below. I know there are vital services the president can maintain and he can designate as “essential” anyone he wants, but I wonder what tools he has to prevent a default, which is far more devastating and virtually catastrophic for the world economy.

      • 80 Debra
        September 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        The President could use amendment 14 Section 4 “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

        • 81 nathkatun7
          September 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

          Read Section 5 of the 14th Amendment. It’s the Congress which has the power to enforce all the sections of the 14th Amendment . There is no section in the 14th Amendment that supersedes Congress’ power of the purse under Article I, Sections 7& 8 of the Constitution.

  24. September 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Does anyone with a more comprehensive knowledge of constitutional law know whether there is any mechanism at all for defending against a treasonous uprising within one portion of one House of Congress? The Constitution has a mechanism for an out-of-control Executive, but was it beyond the imagination of the early framers to foresee a treasonous rebellion in the Congress? There seems to be no consequence for congressmen or senators who violate their oath of office. Republicans seem to take that oath as some kind of joke that they can ignore. Do they ever suffer consequences for anything or can they just inflict blow after blow on the American people with no one to stop them. Surely there’s something that can legally be done to prevent this rump group from triggering national and international economic chaos. When President Obama speaks of the dire consequences of a default he says, the United States must not be be prevented from paying its bills. I’ve always thought he was saying that because he knew deep down that the US WOULD pay its bills. That there was a way out. Does anyone else think that?

    • 83 Nena20409
      September 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Nothing. Only Election cycles can get them out. That is If We The People Vote in Large numbers.

      The Constitution dictates that Impeachment procedures to originate from the House of representatives. John Boehner or the House Judiciary under TBGOPers are not about to start impeachment proceedings. Now had it been Dems doing this, the Media and the righties would have organized the loudest screams from coast to coast to stop the destructive behavior. Dems since the 1980s are Not wired in that fashion……..to take no prisoners and to rid this nation bad actors like the TBGOPers.

  25. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    September 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  26. 85 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm


    The absurdity of the Hastert Rule

    By Timothy Noah


    The current House Speaker, Republican John Boehner, is quaking at the prospect that, to avoid an Oct. 1 government shutdown for which the GOP would almost certainly be blamed, he may have to strip a provision defunding Obamacare (or possibly some other yet-to-be determined demand) from the pending continuing resolution (i.e., temporary appropriation bill). Should Boehner bring a “clean” CR to the floor, he risks losing a majority of his caucus and relying on enemy Democrats to get the bill passed. Even if Boehner sells House Republicans on averting a government shutdown, he may have to violate the Hastert Rule yet again to raise the debt limit, which his caucus is similarly pressuring him to use as a vehicle to defund Obamacare.
    But perhaps Hastert had more spine than we give him credit for, because it turns out he violated the Hastert Rule no fewer than 12 times, or more than any speaker in recent memory (except perhaps O’Neill). If Denny Hastert must be elevated to the status of prophet, remember him not for the craven rule he invented, but for his willingness to violate it again and again. Hastert never suffered any notable consequences for these transgressions. Speaker Boehner, take note.



    • 86 Nena20409
      September 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Harsert Rule is not the Rule of the House. Boehner is using that as a pacifier to sustain and maintain his speakership. This allows him to be speaker in name only.

  27. September 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Afternoon Obots!

    Catching up, and I just saw this tweet on the previous thread:

    • September 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      And I clicked “post” before finishing my thought.

      Michael Effing Medved is calling this strategy insane. When Mr. Family Values bolts, you know you’re going to lose.

      I won’t lie, I’m worried about a govt shutdown. But we may need one to put the stake into the heart of the KochGOP.

    • 91 Nena20409
      September 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      They don’t hate gov’t. They loath gov’t when a Dem is in the President. They are going Crazy now for Pres Obama is POTUS. For 8 yrs with GW Bush they did nothing and like Zombies did as GW Bush wanted.

  28. 92 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm


    Are We Headed For A Shutdown


    Senator Angus King makes two very good points about the obstacles to getting anything done. He also discusses the US/Iran relationship.

    1) The so called HASTERT RULE which needs the support of the majority of the Republican caucus is a major impediment. Out of 535 members of congress about 120 are holding up everything. The Tea Party tail continues to wage the elephant.

    2) The Tea Party HATES GOVERNMENT so a shutdown of the government or a default will be considered a success for them.



  29. 93 Nena20409
    September 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    This is so cute. A 2yrs old dancing to Beyonce’s song.

  30. 95 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm


  31. 97 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

  32. 98 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm




    Dear American Express,

    This morning, my household held a Goplin-family caucus. We have decided to pay our Amex bill, but only with the following conditions:

    1. We want a repeal of Maryville’s recent zoning ordinance requiring back-yard sheds to be set back fifteen feet from the neighbors’ property line.

    2. We would like a new sewer line installed on Mountain View Drive to replace our cesspools.

    3. We don’t want the new mall built downtown, unless it includes a Gun-a-Rama where you don’t need background checks.

    I have polled my family and believe that if you accept our terms, we will agree not to default by a vote of 3–2, with one abstention (that would be Isaac, who is seven).


    Read the full sequence of emails here ….


  33. 99 utaustinliberal
    September 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  34. 100 Ladyhawke
    September 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    David M. Drucker ‏@DavidMDrucker 30m


    “Delay Obamacare or we will shut it down” — That’s the Drudge headline & not exactly the message House Rs are intending.


    Retweeted by LOLGOP

  35. September 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    To every Republican/conservative/TPer/Libertarian and anyone else who needs this: Until you can handle the truth you can’t move forward.

    Chips, I’ve cleaned my cache, turned off phone twice and TOD is still the same–messed up!!!! If anyone has any other suggestion, I am open to trying it.

  36. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    September 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  37. September 28, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Okay, I’m going to contact WordPress support about the problems people have been having with the site – one thing, is anyone having trouble viewing it apart from those with iPhones/smart phones?


  38. 117 MightyPamela
    September 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Testing.. Clearing cookies doesn’t do it, for sure just gives poor old phone seizures. ;(

  39. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    September 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    like many have observed, NOW is the time to break-up what is remaining of the republican party; enough already!

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