let’s start

President Barack Obama speaks alongside former US Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in the Oval Office, December 1, where they discussed a wide range of issues including education and the passage of the New START Treaty

(When camera crew neared VP Biden just now in Oval Office, Obama said “don’t hit him – we already got one fat lip in the Administration.”)

20 Responses to “let’s start”

  1. 1 Hachikō
    December 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Not sure about purpose of having Powell there. The GOP threw him under the bus a long time ago. They’re not gonna listen to anything he has to say.

    • 2 EDP4BHO
      December 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Yes, you’re right but him having an informed opinion would show to the public, just how ridiculous the obstructionists to this treaty are. They may not have the affinity toward him they once had, but no one can doubt the intellect and experience he brings to the issue.

      • 3 CR
        December 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

        I agree.

        I respect Gen Powell and I wish that he was in POTUS’ cabinet.

      • 4 Hachikō
        December 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

        Sad to say, I myself lost some respect for Powell due to his role in helping Bush & Cheney dupe us into a war with Iraq. Will not forget that.

        If the public can’t see for themselves how important it is for us to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpile, then sorry to say, there’s no hope for the public.

        Everyone of us should be on the phone calling GOPers and pressuring them to ratify the START treaty. Every American.

  2. 5 graciouslady
    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I think it would be an absolute “slap in the face” if General Powell were to switch Parties. There was a sense of obvious pride on his face when he interviewed with (somebody?) on CNN and pledged his support to then Senator Obama for President as opposed to his Party’s nomination Senator McCain. General Powell was seriously coerced into saying Iraq had WMDs. He said it and soon thereafter resigned from Cheney/ Bush cabinet. .

    • 6 Hachikō
      December 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      He should never have allowed himself to be coerced into lying about something so serious: going into an illegal war. 4,500 U.S. lives. Over a trillion dollars of American treasure.

      Has he ever apologized for it? Maybe when he does I’ll reconsider my feelings about him (and he’s my fellow countryman, btw).

  3. 9 Eleroy
    December 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    It just breaks my heart how this President has been treated and left to carry the load all by himself. Every person who even half offers any insignificant support expects the President to suck up to them!!!

    I’ve never seen anything like this, never!!!

    • 10 EDP4BHO
      December 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      I feel you Eleroy, but I do believe he is specially chosen for this time, and that greater powers will see him through with the dignity he so personifies. We have to believe and keep striving for his success. Look at how relaxed and confident he looks in those photos. I believe he would want his supporters to muster the same sense of hope and conviction he himself rides on each and every day…to fight the good fight everyday. I know I’ll never leave him and will do everything in my power to get his message out from under the morass of lies and threats projected by satan and his minions.

      • 11 Thro67
        December 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

        Eleroy and edp4bho – you both said these things so beautifullly. I share your sentiments. These dark forces are not just bad humans – they’re much worse. It’s not normal that human beings can treat each other like this.

        • 12 Anonymous
          December 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

          “It’s not normal that human beings can treat each other like this”

          Thro67, you are right. It is not normal. I said as much to Audrey below. I think this climate requires deep study of scripture, whatever our belief systems.

      • 13 Audrey
        December 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

        EDP4BHO, you are absolutely correct.

    • 14 Audrey
      December 2, 2010 at 4:15 am

      As Obama diligently and without much fanfare continues to clean up the huge mess left behind by the comic George Bush, this guy who caused all our problems is running around yucking it up with the same media who want to hold Obama’s feet to the fire and selling books to the very same American public that claim they are mad as hell at the state of our economy and the “government” over the “deficit” caused by this same Bush. Unbelievable!!

      • 15 Anonymous
        December 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

        Audrey, you are so right as well. There is a particular evil taken hold in the world today. Makes you wonder, about scripture, prophesy…everything.

  4. December 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I agree with you all that he was ment to have this job. If anyone read his books, and followed his life story, it all lead to the Presidency. Some people are born for greatness. If his enemies ever stop to think. This guy is not the hothead that they are used to. They want to portray him as the angry black man. They keep forgetting that he is half white. Also he grew up in an area of the country that is very calm and serene. Therefore, so is he. That is also his personality makeup.

    With all the troubles our country face. He has stayed the coarse. Cool, Calm and Stable. We could not ask for a better President. I am so proud. Right now the Republicans is trying to hold hostage his total agenda. What they don’t realize is this is affecting millions of people. People who vote. And I am sure 2012 will not be like 2010. Millions vote in the Presidential elections that don’t vote in the midterms. And people don’t forget someone who messes with their money.

    I would be willing to bet my head that the 2 Davids,(Obama’s campaign managers) are collecting all of the Republicans soundbites, and making lists of all they are NOT doing now for the American people, to use in the 2012 election cycle. As reminders. A lot of liberals are hopping up and down, wanting President Obama to fire back at them. But President Obama is going to let them hang themselves. And they will.

    My mama always say, God don’t like ugly LOL now I see what she meant.

    • 17 Anonymous
      December 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      You said it all Brezzydee. I use that “2 Davids” also….LOL! People had better wake up to what’s real. The evil that’s permeating what should be simple discourse tears at the soul of a nation. As for Prez Obama’s nature, he is bi-racial indeed, but more importantly, he has a world view that most blacks don’t understand for lack of exposure, and whites are just afraid because 1) he identifies as black 2) he has that world view from experience and exposure, partly due to his mother’s study and outreach, but also his father’s ancestry. I think a lot of so-called black intelligencia are envious of him because he KNOWS his “direct” roots, and need’nt rely on tracing by current means, i.e. DNA testing, historical records, etc. He also famously said his blackness defines him, but doesn’t limit him. This man is a very confident African American, the likes of which we have seen very little. He doesn’t flinch at the attacks the way most would. I respect his coolness.

  5. 19 Tracy
    December 2, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Love the picture of Lincoln looking down on the president and SOS Powell. You are right about the president being the right man for the times. When I’ve read biographies of Lincoln I am always struck by the similarities: contentious, divisive and hateful times and the qualities of integrity, intelligence, humor, compassion, the ability to listen and to compromise when necessary. He did not free the slaves right away, but came to realize that emancipation was the right thing to do. I don’t want my president to demonize the other side. Let them be brats. We can be adults.
    I also pray for his safety and for 8 years to continue creating a more perfect union.

  6. 20 Kelly
    December 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Alot of good looking going on in that clip. 🙂

    In parts I agree with everything everybody has said so far. But as a whole I like Gen Powell and I like the obvious respect both these men have for each other. I am glad POTUS Obama has this man as a mentor. Our young, less than 2 years as Pres can learn from the elder General’s setbacks and victories.

    In another note, I always notice when ex SOS Powell and ex SOS Rice meet with the President or they are discussing anything pertaining to him, they always always always, say “Mr. President” or “the President”, or “President Obama”….no “mr. Obama” comes out of their mouths, they never ever forget the proper title, and they say it with a pride that I mostly hear from AA community.

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