The President awards the Medal of Honor

2:15 EDT: The President awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor, East Room


136 Responses to “The President awards the Medal of Honor”

  1. 1 Cindy
    June 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Trust Barack!

    • 2 Nena20409
      June 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      There, you Go, Lady 😎 so Quick and Usain Bold has Nothing on you!

      GOLD! Gold! GOLD!

      ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

      Congrats for a 4 Time today.

  2. 3 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    ❤ TOD!

    I am going for Au, Cindy…watch Out 😉

    • 4 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      WOW!!!! I promise I am not cheating : )
      It happened again….it’s yours

      • 5 Nena20409
        June 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        Nope. It Yours…….and I joined you……It’s a pleasure to do so 😉

      • 6 GGail
        June 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        Cindy, you’ve picked up someone else’s bad habit.

        Why do people apologize – yet continue????

        Does self take over all else?

        Humans are interesting to observe

        • 7 Cindy
          June 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

          I know…..

          Hiya GGail,

          I am on line today working (school out) and I keep refreshing when I am away so that I can keep up with “real news.”

          Funny thing, my computer is acting so crazy today so I don’t expect to be first, and when I see it I just feel apologetic, 4 times back to back is a lot, never happened before.

          Have an AWESOME DAY!

          • 8 GGail
            June 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

            Is that an excuse or an explanation?

            When you see it – you are powerless to refrain. It’s like the test monkey’s who become addicted to the quick doses of cocaine when they hit the button. You can’t help yourself. It’s that instant self-gratification. Is that what I hear you saying?

    • 9 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm


  3. 10 Don
    June 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Anyone noticed he didn’t call on any of the usual jackals?

    • June 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Ha, I did Don – loved it!

    • June 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Yes. I actually think Peter Maer is a decent journalist so I’m glad POTUS called on him.

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      June 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      I noticed that, but I also noticed those questioning today were just as ill-informed as the regular jackals. I mean, that guy who was trying to get Pres O to predict whether al Maliki will govern in a bipartisan manner really got my goat. Why don’t they do their own actual research and draw conclusions based on actions and info ‘out there’? Today’s media are news freeloaders, the lot of them. They either go with the GOP ‘wisdom’ or ask viewers to send questions, or want PBO and his admin to ‘explain’ everything. Grrrr!

      • 17 GGAIL
        June 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        Hey vc, have you taken your new passport photo yet? Post it so we can see it ! 🙂

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          June 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

          And shatter all the mystery about my tall, svelte appearance, lovely eyes, and purple hair? Ha! Dream on!

  4. 19 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm


  5. 20 Don
    June 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    So a residual force was offered but the Iraqi government declined, oh well.

  6. 23 Don
    June 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    No boots on the ground, at least no boots that can be publicly acknowledged. But I’m good with that.

  7. 24 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    • 25 Linda
      June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      The documents were unsealed as part of a lawsuit brought by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth, which has been seeking to have the investigation shut down.

      Looks like the Club for Growth sh1t its own bed.

      • 26 Don
        June 19, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        I mean really, why would they bring this upon themselves, unless someone didn’t get their envelope.

    • 27 Nena20409
      June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      I am joyful inside.

      I am waiting for the reality of it.

      Meanwhile, crossing my fingers whenever possible, jubilantly.

    • 28 Don
      June 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      hp2, getting reelected is the least of their problems.

  8. 30 Don
    June 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    That thud you just heard was Haliburton stock chrashing.

  9. 33 No Child Left Behind
    June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille,

    A bit of news from Wisconsin:

    Prosecutors allege Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker part of ‘criminal scheme’

    Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups.

    Prosecutors say Walker, his chief of staff and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.
    Washington Post.

    • 34 Don
      June 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    • 35 Linda
      June 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Karl Rove…


    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Oh, this is wonderful!!! Not only does Wisconsin need a Walker-free state house, but Karl Rove narrowly avoided jail time in the Scooter Libby era and it’s long past time for Ms Karma to catch up with him.

  10. 37 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    See how Karma works? She doesn’t forget…

  11. 41 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will travel to Mississippi on Sunday to campaign for incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS),


  12. 46 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Oops! Gotta run out for a bit.

  13. June 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Buh-bye, Scott Walker, you loathsome cretin.

    State Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of ‘Criminal Scheme’

    State prosecutors in Wisconsin have alleged that Gov. Scott Walker (R) was part of an effort to illegally coordinate conservative groups’ fundraising during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections in the state, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


  14. 50 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  15. 54 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

  16. 66 pickle48
    June 19, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    We went to a Bill Mahrer comedy show in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago. 90 minutes of one joke after another! One of the things he talked about was PBO’s patience. And the need for that patience. He told us to watch when PBO speaks to the press or to/about Republicans. That he speaks like a special ed teacher, trying to get a point across.

  17. 69 JER
    June 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

  18. 71 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm


    “It’s over, it’s done, and I’m moving on.” — Chris Christie, reassuring potential donors in Utah on June 14th

    Back on planet Reality, meanwhile, Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, wades through the sewage of Christie’s stewardship. Two sources with intimate knowledge of the case say Fishman’s pace is quickening — he has empaneled a second grand jury, and the U.S. Justice Department has sent assistant prosecutors and FBI agents to work the case.

    “What’s taking the most time,” according to one source, “is separating what’s viable from all the bad stuff they’re finding that may not be viable.”

    Fishman’s challenge is to nail down specific criminal charges on several fronts — the diversion of Port Authority money to fund New Jersey road and bridge projects; the four-day rush-hour closures of George Washington Bridge lanes in Ft. Lee; and a web of real-estate deals spun by David Samson, long a Christie crony, when he chaired the PA’s Board of Commissioners as Christie’s appointee. (One such deal, a stalled office-tower development in Hoboken, New Jersey, is central to a claim that Christie’s lieutenant governor told the town’s mayor that the state would withhold Hurricane Sandy relief aid from Hoboken if the mayor didn’t sign off on the development project.)

    😆 🙄 😆

    • 72 Linda
      June 19, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Maybe he and Scott Walker can be cell mates…….

      • 73 No Child Left Behind
        June 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        I picture both of them walking side by side on the yard, à la Shawshank Redemption, with Scott Walker planning an escape through a hole in his cell walls and Christie unfit to slide through.

        • 74 Don
          June 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm

          Lets hope that either of them goes anywhere alone on the yard.

          • 75 Don
            June 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

            I didn’t want to say it but it had to be said. So there, shoot me.

            • 77 No Child Left Behind
              June 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

              I will not shoot because you spoke the truth. But what a lovely picture, two grown men with oversize egos, dressed in bright orange outfit, and walking side by side in the gardens of the Shawshank Prison…

          • June 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

            My New Jersey friend with some connection to the state government (he’s not a gov. employee) said a year ago Christie would leave office in handcuffs and that people had not heard the half of it yet.

    • 79 Don
      June 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      So in other words there is so much crooked shit going on in Jersey that Fishman has to figure out what to charge this guy with? Ok so be it, but Jersey wouldn’t even be in this mess if the fucking voters had not been dazzled by his bullshit. Better late than never I guess.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Nena, Christie’s saying, “I’m moving on,” can be taken to mean many things, i.e., moving out of the governor’s mansion to another facility, also financed by the state. If we have learned one thing over the last several years (decades?) it’s that Republicans are incapable of speaking the truth.

  19. 82 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    So the whacked up Judge Napolitano from Fox is now reluctantly agreeing with VP Biden’s take on Iraq?


    They made fun of VP Biden. Now they are reluctant?


  20. 83 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm


    Note he had 2 plus other interviews with CNBC and CNN for sure and now His Oops again? The guy is a fool.

  21. June 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  22. June 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    A lovely and moving service especially in light of recent events.

  23. June 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm


    LL, I thought you’d enjoy this! She’s the owner of a local cookbook shop.

  24. 102 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm


    Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and ’12,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    “In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a ‘criminal scheme’ to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.”

    • 103 Linda
      June 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and ’12,

      So does that mean those State Senators are also involved ?

      • 104 Nena20409
        June 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Only Time will tell. I have a suspicion that WI is done playing who’s a Crook in their State representing them. Hmm?

  25. June 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  26. June 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  27. 109 JER
    June 19, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    • June 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Senator Reid ain’t playing ….

      • 111 nathkatun7
        June 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        Hello Bob, I am glad people are finding out that Sen. Reid is a fighter though he speaks softly. He is from my neighbor state of Nevada and I’ve followed his career closely. I know people vilified him over the filibuster, calling him a wimp and a weak leader, but I always had tremendous faith and respect for his courage and integrity. Next to Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid has been one the most loyal members of Congress supporting President Obama.

    • 112 zekke Lydonna
      June 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I Love @SenatorReid.

  28. 113 Nena20409
    June 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    😯 ❓ Nope.

    CA rep McCarthy beats out ID Rep Labrador

    😯 I tell you. Teabaggers will Not be happy…… 😆

  29. 114 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Rubio : ” As Commander in Chief it is up to Obama to decide on Iraq ”

    last night on Hannity..

    Rubio : ““I saw a commentator say that these polls, what they reflect, is that the Obama presidency is over, and I agree with that. I think it is in general,” Rubio told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday.


  30. June 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • 117 Layla
      June 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      They all should have listened to then Senator Obama!

      • June 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

        IL State Senator Obama … very true, Layla, they should have listened!!

        • 119 0388jojothecat
          June 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

          They could have listened to Senators Russ Feingold and Robert Bird…..they voted against going to war.

        • 120 nathkatun7
          June 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

          You know what, Bob, the Illinois legislature has given this country two of the best and most thoughtful Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. Incidentally, they both served 8 years in the Illinois Legislature. Lincoln also served a one term (2years) in the U.S. House of Representatives, whereas Obama served one term (4years) in the U.S. Senate. For the idiots who are always blubbering on and on about President Obama’s experience, he actually won the presidency with almost identical political experience as Abraham Lincoln. Unlike Lincoln who,in 1858, lost the Illinois U.S. Senate race to Stephen Douglass, two years before he was elected President, Obama won the Illinois U.S. Senate seat. Actually President Obama has not lost an election (state or national) in 18 years! By the end of his term, President Obama would have served in elective office for 20 years. There are some brainwashed idiots, like the half-time Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin, who would rather erase totally Obama’s 8 years in the Illinois State Senate, despite the fact that one of this country’s best President, Abraham Lincoln, served in the Illinois legislature for exactly the same number of years as President Obama. The Illinois legislature is very important because Illinois is the 5th largest state in the Union. If I am not mistaken, President Obama also represented one of the districts in the third largest city in the Country-Chicago.

      • 121 nathkatun7
        June 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        The late Senators Teddy Kennedy and Robert Byrd also spoke passionately in opposition to the Iraq war resolution! This in part explains why they both backed Sen. Obama over Sen. Clinton.

    • 122 Don
      June 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I like Reid, I really do, but at the end of the day the question still remains. What did State Senator Obama have to guide him on his decision to not go to war with Iraq? The only person that decided to not go to war is now in his second term as President. I doubt that State Senator Obama had any inside information, but what was it that made him say no to Iraq?

      • June 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        Probably, Don, the same thing that had millions of Americans (and others) saying NO – despite all the noise from the GWB gang, a cogent case for how American National Security required us to invade Iraq was never made. Moreover, anyone with even a smidgeon of knowledge of Iraq knew that we would unleash sectarian rivals and that ZERO exit strategy or development strategy had been presented. It was going to be fast and cheap and adios. Total strategic and tactical nonsense.

        Moreover, I’m sure then Senator Obama, like many of us, actually agreed with Cheney’s and other assessments of undermining Saddam’s government, such as:

        “If you’re going to go in and try to topple Saddam Hussein, you have to go to Baghdad. Once you’ve got Baghdad, it’s not clear what you do with it. It’s not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that’s currently there now. Is it going to be a Shia regime, a Sunni regime or a Kurdish regime? Or one that tilts toward the Baathists, or one that tilts toward the Islamic fundamentalists? How much credibility is that government going to have if it’s set up by the United States military when it’s there? How long does the United States military have to stay to protect the people that sign on for that government, and what happens to it once we leave?”


        “A few weeks later, when the uprisings occurred among the Shi’a in the South and the Kurds in the North,]I was not an enthusiast about getting U.S. forces and going into Iraq. We were there in the southern part of Iraq to the extent we needed to be there to defeat his forces and to get him out of Kuwait, but the idea of going into Baghdad, for example, or trying to topple the regime wasn’t anything I was enthusiastic about. I felt there was a real danger here that you would get bogged down in a long drawn-out conflict, that this was a dangerous, difficult part of the world; if you recall we were all worried about the possibility of Iraq coming apart, the Iranians restarting the conflict that they’d had in the eight-year bloody war with the Iranians and the Iraqis over eastern Iraq. We had concerns about the Kurds in the north, the Turks get very nervous every time we start to talk about an independent Kurdistan.”

        What Cheney had to say in 1991 was just as valid in 2003.


      • June 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Obama majored in Foreign Relations at Columbia holding an interest in it for a long time.

      • 128 Betsy
        June 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Brains and the ability to see through the bullshit.

    • 129 nathkatun7
      June 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Now this is a mark of a true and courageous leader!

  31. 130 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The Republican Fix For Working Families: Put A Crib In Your Home Office

    Called “A Fair Shot for Everyone,” one key piece of the Republicans’ package, introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is the Working Parents Home Office Act, which allows parents to deduct home office costs from their taxes if they have a baby crib in the office. “These are just the kinds of things that could make a difference in people’s lives now,” McConnel said.

    But Republicans are worried about the Affordable Care Act shrinking the workweek. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, as part of the same new package of working family bills, which would repeal the Obamacare’s rule requiring employers to provide health insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours a week to avoid a penalty. Doing that would mean 500,000 people losing health care coverage and going uninsured.


    It gets worse…..they want to stop overtime pay and offer ” comp time “

    • 131 Layla
      June 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Did Mitch specify if you needed a baby also or just a baby crib lol In sum ‘they are insane’

      • 132 Linda
        June 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        I am 67 years old…..no baby….no crib and I still take all the deductions for the home office…including renting my home to our business.

        Mitch is dumb…..I deduct everything…..including the rent I pay myself on my personal taxes

        All legal.

  32. 133 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Steve Scalise is the new Whip……

    I hope he was tested on his ability to count votes….McCarthy failed at that…

    Maybe Knoller can teach him

  33. 134 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Why is Lil Luke the same color as John Boehner ?

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