President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities

3:05 EDT: President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Medal of Humanities Medal

Information on the recipients here

93 Responses to “President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities”

  1. 15 Vicki
    July 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Nice try, LL. But she who guards the gate…………

  2. 17 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    When two bts walk in at the exact time 3:02 pm…..

    Congrats on Gold Medal ⭐ ⭐ 😉

    Chips. LL.

  3. 18 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest in USA, if not the busiest. That is why this exchange is Funny, Sad, but funny.

    • 19 Dudette
      July 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Looks like somebody found a bug in their Wheaties one morning.

      Btw, a pilot who by his own admission “makes a mistake every two three minutes” really ought to find another job. I’m just sayin’!

  4. July 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Something feels different about this Israeli war. Previous incursions have gone without much import, IDF killing hundreds of Palestinians, Palestinians making the diplomatic rounds excoriating Israel, and then everything settles back down into a dull stalemate. Even with US media bias, it’s gotten through the media filter that Israel’s war against Gaza is both disproportionate and horrific. When you trap a population in a Mediterranean gulag, and then pummel it, even the most jaundiced see that it’s morally reprehensible. No, Hamas shouldn’t launch rockets at Israel. But Israel has a rather effective missile defense system. Gaza has AK-47s. It is not an equal contest.

  5. July 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    You have to get that under 1 billion or else t baggers will veto it? 😦

  6. 25 MightyPamela
    July 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Way way way o/t, but @GourmetRabbit was featured in this fashion house shoot yesterday. Take a look-see: https://www.facebook.com/chongcha/photos_stream

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  9. 29 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t want May…..do…..No. Just Di It!

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  11. 33 kasai
    July 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I believe President Obama has given more medals of honor than any Presidents..He had to go way back to honor those who were left behind due to racism…
    PBO legacy for the history books:-)

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  13. 41 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    A great summation and indictment of what is currently happening inside the DC/NY Journo Corridors.

    • July 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      I don’t see how a wave election is possible. In 2010, people were mad that the economy sucked and we had two wars brewing.
      Today, that isn’t the case…
      Also, GOP approval ratings are at all time lows.
      And while chuck Todd only points out the presidents low approval ratings, the indes will not vote for GOP with those low numbers.

    • 44 MightyPamela
      July 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Huh, the only wave they will get this year is BuhBye Eff’ers, on 5th November 2014. they do not see it coming.

  14. 46 arapaho415
    July 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This made CBS radio national news!

    They played a snippet from Linda Rondstadt’s “You’re no good,” then described the happenings. Could have knocked me over with a feather.

    More appropriate for the last thread, but @VP just tweeted this:

  15. 47 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  16. 49 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Next Scandal……Young Barack Obama had crush on Ms. Linda R.

    Wow…..the 24/7 Cablers and their Alphabet Stations are on it.

  17. 52 Nena20409
    July 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    • 54 Linda
      July 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      He and his brother have an amazing life story . His mother was an activist and his parents never married. His father left the family when the boys were 8 years old.

      • July 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        I remember reading about him many years ago and thinking he would go very far in the Democratic Party. And here he is. Very proud of his achievements.

        • 56 HZ
          July 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

          Linda and meta, I am so proud of Sec. Julian Castro and Rep. Joaquin Castro are going to great places for sure. It is a refreshing sight to behold. More brilliant and decent young men with great treasures to share with the world. Let us keep moving FORWARD. This is what keeps me working for this great Administration. Wonderful young men. HZ

  18. July 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Afternoon TODers. Chips and Nerdy: I want to see more of that gorgeous dress FLOTUS was rocking. Get on that stat. OK? Love, love my POTUS. Just a kind soul.

  19. 61 desertflower
    July 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Another IMPORTANT GRAPHIC about where Americans stand on the issues….Doesn’t look good for the “Party of NO”

    Can one of you fine, fine BT’s please post this??!!

  20. 62 MightyPamela
    July 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    xkcd.com/1335 In case anyone here has time zone challenges.. This could be helpful.

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  22. July 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Susan Rice is speaking up about the outrageous remarks leveled at Sec. Kerry from Israeli officials. This TL captures her comments:


  23. July 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, so this shows up in my TL in response to my RT of Nerdy:



    No words.

  24. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    July 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    • July 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I spent many years in higher ed and one of the lasting memories I have is of that first day when first-year students arrive to move into the dorms. We had separate receptions, one for the students so they could mingle and begin to get to know each other and another for the parents. Then we’d have a final reception where everyone came together. The parents reception would invariably be full of people barely able to contain themselves, tearing up at every greeting. I always made sure to tell them that nearly all the students I saw the first and second week of college were also very homesick. That would usually bring a smile, at least for the moment!

      PBO’s baby girl is fast becoming an astonishing young lady. He and FLOTUS have so much to be proud of in both their daughters.

      • 71 donna dem 4 obama
        July 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        GA Meta,

        I can truly relate. My experience was even worse. I had terrible separation anxiety when my twins went to West Point. They being my only kids, the empty nest was a depressing stage for me. I couldn’t call them and they couldn’t call me. It was really bad for the first few months. Eventually it got easier but you go through life and for 18 years everything is centered around your kids and then poof within minutes it seemed they were gone off to school. I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself.

        I feel for him.

  25. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    July 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  26. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    July 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    • 76 0388jojothecat
      July 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Yes. I live in SoCal home of the big parade on new years day. There are so many working homeless here as well as the mentally I’ll & elderly mentally I’ll. I just met young man who got out of jail recently and is working & getting paid under the table. He and his girl friend sleep behind an abandoned house near where he works. He sleeps with the feral cats I caught. He told me he had a good job but messed up. He has tax free money but can’t get an apartment due to his record and possibly bad or no credit history. The city is trying to help many of these people but they need to be willing or want the help.

  27. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    July 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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  30. July 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    2.1 million in 4 days? No wonder the GOP is lying saying impeachment ain’t on the table? $$$

  31. 81 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    One of the links shared above gave another link to a June 2006 article about social media that I found interesting. Some of you might find this an interest light read on what we are doing on, say, twitter.

    “The People Formerly Known as the Audience
    That’s what I call them. Recently I received this statement.

    The people formerly known as the audience wish to inform media people of our existence, and of a shift in power that goes with the platform shift you’ve all heard about.

    Think of passengers on your ship who got a boat of their own. The writing readers. The viewers who picked up a camera. The formerly atomized listeners who with modest effort can connect with each other and gain the means to speak— to the world, as it were.

    Now we understand that met with ringing statements like these many media people want to cry out in the name of reason herself: If all would speak who shall be left to listen? Can you at least tell us that?

    The people formerly known as the audience do not believe this problem—too many speakers!—is our problem. Now for anyone in your circle still wondering who we are, a formal definition might go like this:

    The people formerly known as the audience are those who were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another— and who today are not in a situation like that at all.

    …………….(snip) …………………….

    But we’re not on your clock any more. Tom Curley, CEO of the Associated Press, has explained this to his people. “The users are deciding what the point of their engagement will be — what application, what device, what time, what place.”

    We graduate from wanting media when we want it, to wanting it without the filler, to wanting media to be way better than it is, to publishing and broadcasting ourselves when it meets a need or sounds like fun.


    You don’t own the eyeballs. You don’t own the press, which is now divided into pro and amateur zones. You don’t control production on the new platform, which isn’t one-way. There’s a new balance of power between you and us.

    The people formerly known as the audience are simply the public made realer, less fictional, more able, less predictable. You should welcome that, media people. But whether you do or not we want you to know we’re here.”


  32. July 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Looks like B-52s carpet bombed the area.

  33. July 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    ….For Marina, one of the many dazed passengers, it was too much. She supported the rebellion in its early days, when it promised higher wages, an end to what she and many other Russian-speaking Ukrainians here see as humiliating abuse from Kiev, and perhaps even a Crimea-style union with Russia. But now, stranded on this train as violence unfolds across her hometown, she wishes the rebellion had never happened.

    Recommended: How much do you know about Ukraine? Take our quiz!
    “I no longer have any hope in any good anymore,” says Marina, who wears a blonde ponytail, a tank top, shorts, and two Orthodox cross necklaces, as she sits in her second-class four-bunk cabin. “I feel like Russia is fighting the US on our territory, and we are in the middle. This is all part of a big game.”…..

    ….No place feels safe. When Marina and her daughter walk in the forest in Kiev, she is fearful of an airstrike at any time. And at night when she hears a noise, she rushes to the window, expecting to see tanks. “First of all fear appeared, fear that tomorrow might not come,” recalls Marina. “I was expecting something bad from the beginning, because a revolution never brings anything good – it lets bad elements float up to the top.”…

    …Indeed, even if Marina is inclined to support the aims of the pro-Russia rebels, she has grown suspicious of them. She no longer drives her car in Donetsk so they can’t steal it. Marina finally made it into the arms of her husband – and the train made it to Donetsk, using an alternative northern route – after 28 hours, some 16 hours behind schedule. “All our lives, me and my husband worked hard, raised our daughter, bought a car, and saved money,” she says, wistfully. “We finally thought we were free to enjoy life – then this happened.”

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  35. July 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    A far right republican as well. Wow!

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  38. 92 Dudette
    July 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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