why is this intelligent man wearing a mark halperin mask?

What? It is Mark Halperin?! Jeepers, is his love-in with Palin over?!

You can see the President’s National Prayer Breakfast address in this thread

72 Responses to “why is this intelligent man wearing a mark halperin mask?”

  1. 1 tally
    February 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I MUST SEE ALL OF IT…. but I have to drive home. arg.

  2. 4 CTGirl
    February 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    LOL! Wow! Just Wow! LOL!!

  3. 5 Ladyhawke
    February 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I just caught the tail end of this interview and I almost fell out of my chair. It literally stopped me in my tracks. I had to do a double take. Mark Halpern was saying something positive about President Obama and it actually made sense. Remarkable. I can’t wait to watch the full interview.

    • 6 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      I don’t know what to say except Mark Halperin is on my side. He just confirmed everything that I believe about PBO.

      For this brief moment, I am toasting Mark Halperin. May his statement become reality.

  4. 7 S. Holland
    February 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Uhhhh, watched it several times, are we sure it was Mark Happern?? : )

  5. 8 Sue in Minnesota
    February 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    A little slow to catch on Halperin….what’s your excuse? Pundits like Halperin who touted Sarah Palin for so long and without foundation have IMO exposed themselves, I question both their stature and their credibility. Although I appreciate his words, I’m more impressed with those in this community and others like it who long ago understood, supported and trusted the gifts, abilities and genuine goodness of our President.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      February 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      I just wanted to add cynicism is a huge problem in our culture…cynics need to be reminded that their outlook is in fact a choice.

      • 10 Theo67
        February 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Excellent statement – and so true.

        • 11 VC prezOfan2
          February 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

          Now Guys, do be careful! Halperin is a seeming new convert (to the Obama club), we don’t want to scare him away. Instead of asking him if he had been sleeping all this time, let’s accept his conversion and leave the door open. We are trying to reach out to the ‘lost'(in the GOP world) aren’t we? If it takes all this time for them to start seeing him for who he is I’m not going to complain. Let’s rejoice that one more set of eyes have been opened, and keep praying for those still ranting in darkness. 😉 {tongue in cheek)

          • 12 VC prezOfan2
            February 3, 2011 at 11:01 pm

            one more set of eyes has been opened,

          • 13 Sue in Minnesota
            February 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

            I wouldn’t count on him staying on our side of the fence. But sometimes the truth is so glaringly apparent, only a fool will deny it. Halperin saw the light, this time. I don’t doubt he will find his way back to “the darkness” and once again embrace his cynicism. I am grateful, however, for his moment of honest reflection.

            • 14 Tally
              February 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

              I agree. I also think that Mark may have commented without getting the approved script from his “handlers.”

      • 15 Dorothy Rissman
        February 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        You betcha.

  6. February 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm


    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 17 LOL
      February 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      and then Obama/Biden (the wives) in 2016…LOL

      • 18 obamalia
        February 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

        Obama/Biden the wives 2016 – YES!!!

      • 21 Dorothy Rissman
        February 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        OMG. That would be fantastic. Those two women are brilliant, capable, and of course they are beautiful.

        • 22 VC prezOfan2
          February 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm

          The ladies are beautiful, intelligent, caring and just listening and looking at both of them brings a happy feeling, but I wouldn’t want them to run in 2016. (You guys are just joking, I think?) IMO both families need to recover from this intense period in the limelight. I love Prez O to bits, and feel sure he will win another round, however I am glad he CANNOT serve more than two terms. Look at how he has ‘aged’! Handsomely yes 🙂 :), but can you imagine the stress he is under ALL THE TIME? Stress like that has got to elicit a price somewhere along the line. They will all NEED to come down in 2016. The children deserve that, the parents deserve that, grandmother deserves that, and both marriages deserve that. We shouldn’t let our love for these families make us selfish.

  7. February 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Hey everbody..!! 🙂

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @moveon: BREAKING: Obama administration discussing plan for Mubarak to quit immediately. #Jan25 #Egypt

  8. 24 me4obama
    February 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    i just watched that speech once again and it made me cry. sometimes i feel think this man is not really human becoz he is too perfect for this crazy world we live in.

    • 25 Ladyhawke
      February 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Tell it me4obama. You know there have been many times when I just said to myself “Where did he come from”? There is just no one else like him. They broke the mold. He is in a class by himself.

      I watched the National Prayer Breakfast speech and the speech on innovation in Pennsylvania and I felt like I was in a trance. Both speeches were enthralling. I just don’t know how he does it. He’s a marvel.

  9. 26 Dakota
    February 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have a bit of a quibble with the word “performance” but I guess I appreciate his comments. The speech however, was wonderful.

    • 27 Sue in Minnesota
      February 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Dakota, the disconnect resonated with me immediately. Poor choice of words, or is Halperin genuinely thick? Who here thinks President Obama is/was performing? That’s what I thought……..no one.

    • 28 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I think performance is not a bad word. As a musician, I perform. He was performing in the sense that he was fulfilling a claim, promise, or request.

      Frankly, I normally cannot stand Halperin, but he deserves a big pat on that back for understanding how we feel about our beloved Barack Obama.

  10. 29 Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I must state that I watched the speech on C-SPAN at work after all my work was completed and it made me tear up because it was funny, touching and a sad all rolled up in one speech.. I think Michelle was a little shaken because of the way she kissed his face and rubbed his back…. To my most High please watch over our President…

    • 30 EDP4BHO
      February 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Anonymous, I wrote something similar over at BWD’s site where I viewed the entire prayer speech. I haven’t been that spiritually moved in quite some time. Now, it may be because I also love our president, been then, his words were so succinct, calming and resonate. Just beautiful. He walks the walk each and every day.

    • 31 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Oh, that was a delicious moment.

  11. 32 Ladyhawke
    February 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I was thrilled that Chris Matthews brought up the fact that the stock market is (12,000. I remember back in January 2009 the market being down was all because of President Obama. Now that the market is up all we get are crickets from the media and the Republicans. True to form.

    • 33 LOL
      February 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Lady, now you know the media and the GOP are the poster children for goal post moving. It was all the rage…the Dow is going to go down to 3000. The auto bailouts didn’t work(after 3 days of being in effect), GM is still laying off workers….and now we know how all that worked out. Sigh, I really should not say I am surprised, but I am surprised.

  12. 34 me4obama
    February 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Hey ladyhawke remember when they called him a messiah during the 2008 campaign to be honest when i listened to his prayer testimony i felt kike calling him a modern day prophet and i know thats alittle extreme but thats how i felt. may God protect him always.

    • 35 EDP4BHO
      February 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      me4obama, I don’t think that is extreme at all. I found myself a couple of days ago saying he is a prophet, and I am beginning to believe so more and more. I don’t see prophets as mysterious creatures we can’t speak with, touch, or know personally. Now I’m sure some idiot (a lurker)will try and counter by questioning this assertion with the war in Afghanistan and President Obama’s further engagement in it. Just check out Scripture to find war after war. I hate war, but it has and possibly always will exist in some capacity, unfortunately. Still he’s no war monger.

      • 36 Theo67
        February 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

        I think you’re both right – his spirit is not ordinary; it’s extraordinary. For someone who didn’t start off in a deeply religious family, I can only imagine that his great spirit was in him all along, and nurtured by his wonderful mother. It’s natural. He’s a good person.

    • 37 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      I agree. I try to be careful with this, but there is something different about Obama. He may be a form of a modern day prophet in that he is working to bend us to that arc he so often speaks of. To respect other people and ourselves.

      I certainly am trying to do that, but then you get people like big ed s who was encouraging the protesters to take the palace.

      God, I sound like a teenage girl.

  13. 38 hgerhard
    February 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    That’s just it: President Obama comes across as totally authentic. There is absolutely no “performance” here. This is a man who says what he believes and believes what he says. What Halperin was probably trying to say is that this is so rare in the public domain that there is no one at this time that can be even remotely compared to him. And in that he is right.

  14. 39 audrey
    February 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Halperin is the performer. His envy and malice runs deep. He is probably hoping for a wider buy for his next book since the anti Obama book market is saturated and not doing well.

  15. February 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I never had any doubt that President Obama would win in 2012, perhaps even in a landslide, but we’ve all got to work hard to get him a 2012 Congress that he can work with in order to pass his legislation. That’s got to be our number one goal for 2012!

    • 41 louc1
      February 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      I am not going to take it for granted. Remember we live in a country that elected President G W Bush twice – so I am gonna work real hard for President Obama to win reelection in 2012! Congress yes but take NO chances that any Repub can get back in the WH.

    • 42 Tally
      February 4, 2011 at 12:32 am


      • 43 Cathy
        February 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

        Me three! I will work hard here in Virginia to reelect our wonderful President! But I will also work hard for Senator Webb to be reelected. We must keep the Senate and work to get the House back.

    • 45 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Good on you Joan. I am excessive worrier. I wish I could be more like you.

  16. 46 Me4obama
    February 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    EPB4BHO thank goodness that Am not the only one that has these thoughts time after time because I do believe in this man whole heartedly. It bothers me sometimes how I can have so much trust in someone especially a politician but this man is different. He doesn’t belong in politics but I believe he is a God send.

    • 47 Sue in Minnesota
      February 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      There are alot of special interests with tentacles in government that do not want us to trust our President or our government.
      The fact that the Bush Administration did so much to damgage our ability to trust in our elected officials is a piece of the big mess President Obama has been having to contend with. This is reflected particularily bright in our MSM…..being cynical and being inquisitive are not the same thing. Cynicism is a by product of bias. It is also why those of us who trust our President and his Adminstration become, in a sense the wind beneath his wings.

  17. 48 VC prezOfan2
    February 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    It bothers me sometimes how I can have so much trust in someone especially a politician

    Me4O: It used to bother me too, but now I accept it as a given! For the FIRST time in my decades of existence I’m experiencing what it’s like to be a rabid fan of someone I don’t even know personally. The concept of screaming and shouting, and spending money on info about someone you have never met and would never meet always seemed ridiculous to me. I’ve NEVER bought a poster, or have a picture, of any well-known person before Prez O! I see myself following his story daily, and do not recognize myself. I literally spend HOURS before my laptop to the exclusion of all housework, excepting preparing an occasional meal. Friends and family make fun of me because this is so unlike me, but I don’t care. He is a rare human being who is indeed bringing change, and I feel honoured to realize this and to be able to see this as it unfolds. Of course, it would be infinitely better for my health if the political ‘campaigning’ didn’t go on endlessly from one cycle to another, or if I could develop the discipline to only stay online for a specific period of time each day. Maybe after 2012.

    • 49 Theo67
      February 4, 2011 at 1:54 am

      You’re not alone in this. People keep telling me to sort myself out and get a life – but the fact that we’re witnessing history with front row seats is worth the insults. I’ve never seen someone this hard working, this honorable, this faith-full, this good – it’s restored my faith in humanity, and in mankind itself. I will continue to be obsessed. Proudly so.

      • 50 Cathy
        February 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

        Wow! Thanks VC and Theo67. Now I know I am not alone in these feelings! I wonder how many others feel like we do? First time in my life that I have gotten involved in politics (both in donating money and my time). I watch all his speeches and buy every (positive) book on this President and First Lady!

      • 51 Sue in Minnesota
        February 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        I see it as a place I should have always been, but for a million reasons choose to be a political bystander. If our government is to function optimally, it is dependent on citizens being engaged. I understand their is a need for balance and perspective, but to put your head in the sand, like I did for years, is irresponsible and dangerous. President Obama inspired in me an awakening, and I am grateful for that, despite my generally uncomfortable relationship with all things political in nature. Guess I am an idealist, but I am learning, ALOT, about myself and others as I stay involved. Lots to be grateful for, it continues to be a very eye opening experience.

  18. 52 VC prezOfan2
    February 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Oh ho! I messed up again with this bolding stuff. [head hung in shame] I’ll lay off and go back to my quotation marks. At least I know how to use those!

  19. 56 Sonjia Duncan
    February 4, 2011 at 12:11 am

    VC prezOfan2
    Me too, all of the above. I come on this site and BWD first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I pray for Our President and his family. I post the news for my Facebook friends and family. I just feel really hopeful about the future of my Country that we finally have a real leader who will protect it and us.

    • 57 Dorothy Rissman
      February 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      VC it is great that you are posting news on Facebook. I have started doing that too. Petitions about saving the environment, economic news, and good things that Obama is doing. It makes me feel as if I am taking action.

      In reality, it is because of Barack Obama. First time in my life I have really been active. He has changed on so many levels. I am addicted. I do not know what I will do when his 8 years of up. My life will be dull.

      • 58 VC prezOfan2
        February 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm

        DR, not on Facebook – I’m too technology challenged for that! All technology (even the very simple VCR) pouts when I come near – seriously – so I just do basic word processing. 😉

  20. 59 Theo67
    February 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

    This President, the “Leader of the Free World”, managed to be so humble and yet so powerful at the same time. He really is in a league of his own. He is able to be so vulnerable because he knows who he is, and is so grounded that no-one can take that away from him.

    He has a line in his inauguration speech where he says “This is the source of our confidence: the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny”. This is who he is; completely trusting that God is putting him where he is supposed to be adn giving him the tools and protection to do that job.

    • 60 VC prezOfan2
      February 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      I like that line from the inaugural! [Nice find Theo :)] And I love the fact that he is the one called to lead in the shaping of that destiny.

  21. 61 kelly
    February 4, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Kudos to him for speaking truth. We can only hope this happens more often from people from all sides of the discourse. Feeling and emotions cannot change facts. Fact is President Obama is the best person to serve our nation in this capacity and should continue to do so. The prayer breakfast speech was very personal and touching. I was actually surprised how deep he went. Another one of his best speeches.

  22. 62 ballerina
    February 4, 2011 at 1:34 am

    I have been a lurker on this site for a long time now and i am compelled to share some thoughts with you guys as well.
    First of all i feel like we are all bearing witness to history right now and seeing one of the would be greatest presidents change not only america but the world. all those pondicts on tv that chose the path of hate without even reviewing the facts are all documented and their children and grand children will get to see it one day that is the legacy that they will leave behind. His story will be so much more amazing because they have tired EVERYTHING insults, lies, wished death on him, called for a MILITARY coup, Texas secession, called him a nazi….you guys i cannot forget the rise of the tea party in 2009. i was in constant distress. i hadn’t discovered this blog yet and was stuck at huffpost and all the fake liberal blogs and they were all like health care never gonna happen. dead on arrival all that stuff. and rush saying he wished him failure. i prayed constantly for this man and this country and i became even more religious because i saw so much hate that i couldn’t stand it.
    The something amazing happened, during one of my praying sessions i was comforted by a few thoughts and i personally believe these thoughts were put in my mind by God. I had began to fall into the trap that all the other dumb blogs were touting that the president was weak and too timid, he should be hard on republicans, stop trying to work with them. but that is a stupid thought and looking back now there was only “one adult in the room” and so far he has won. ok back to my revelations.
    1. He is anointed by God, and no weapon fashioned against him shall prosper. there people do not know that they are fighting against a man with who has the protection of God (psalm 125)
    2. He is like a prince, he leads with his heart but people want him to lead with his fist and assert his will by force but he has a prince like quality of him. a man of the people.
    3. He needs to sow his seeds, and the first 2 years were him doing exactly that. working hard, getting things done. staying focus and faithful because there is a season for everything. that was a season for toiling and hardwork and i believe we have started the season of growth and harvest. And while he was working, his opponets were conspiring and when its time to show what you have done. one man will have the fruits of his labor evident for us to see and the other team, the repubs have nothing cos they spent all their time trying to destroy rather than build.
    4. When this president won the election back in 2008, my sister said that something i keep seeing even today. she said don’t forget not everyone voted for him but this victory is going to cause everyone to shed their skin, and their true self will be exposed. we see it everyday. people that are innately racist have been exposed both in my personal life and on tv.
    5. YOu will know them by their fruits. is what i used o judge anyone now. talk is just talk. its your actions that will shine though.
    6. The truth will always come out, they may keep ignoring his success but because they were so opposed to it. he will not share his victories with anyone. he stands alone to take credit for the Auto industry, for healthcare, for DADT, for the economy which will get better.etc

    I’m telling you guys i’m so personally excited for this year, during that lame duck session i said to myself, it has started, our season of growth and harvest. keep praying and stay faithful.

    • 63 Theo67
      February 4, 2011 at 1:51 am

      Excellent insights – you really lit a fire of hope with your post. What a great analogy about sowing seeds, and now reaping the harvest. Thanks!

    • 64 CTGirl
      February 4, 2011 at 2:29 am

      For some reason I am awake at this hour 🙂 and I am very happy I came on to check the “Obamadiary” because your post was just a wonderful read. Let’s continue to pray for our president.

    • February 4, 2011 at 2:55 am


      Thank you for sharing Ballerina and please post more often…

    • 66 majii
      February 4, 2011 at 3:26 am

      The republicans, the PL, and the frustrati can say/so whatever they want to PBO, but they can’t touch him because he is in God’s care. It has been especially difficult for me to see the way that people have treated our president because I spent the first 18 years of my life living under segregation, and I remember how evil people can be. As I grew older,I thought America had changed in a fundamental way where the issue of race is concerned, but when BO was elected president, all of the old hatred and racism re-emerged. I was in a very deep depression for months, but I never forgot to pray to God to protect and guide him, and I still pray for him every day. This is what has helped me to deal with the old memories and the depression. As I continued to pray and keep the faith, I began to realize that no matter what was thrown at him our president came out victorious. This was confirmation for me of God’s hand in all of this. The president’s detractors may lie, create conspiracies, and disparage him, but I know for a fact that God is more powerful than all of them, and that no matter what is done to PBO, God’s got this.

      • 67 Proud of Obama
        February 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

        I agree with everything you said, majii. They can spin and throw garbage all they want, God’s got this and he’s put a group of warriors behind President Obama who obey his word to pray for their leader. I pray for him andhis family daily right along with prayers for my own family. I feel like PBO and his family is my family also.

        and just to show the affect President Obama’s character, sincerity, loving nature, eloquence and leadership skills have on people, my husband has never been moved by a politician until now. It is something to watch my 6’2″ hunk cry when PBO speaks (Tucson!).

        We are so blessed to have President Obama as our president.

        Watching the right wing heads explode at the success and the love and respect our President commands would be funny, if it were not so sad.

    • 68 Sue in Minnesota
      February 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Beautiful, thank you for sharing such a personal and profoud experience. By sharing you have reinforced our optimism and hope.
      I and others have said before that we believe, we are part of and witness to a truly transformative peroid in the history of our world, and our President, a man like few others amongst us, is leading that change.

      We should give ourselves a little pat on the back for our instinctual wisdom….tee hee….sorta kidding, sorta not. I think the people that comment here are very, very perceptive and wise.

  23. 69 Asher in Boston
    February 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Iam 100% behind my President. And I will do whatever I can, volunteering, knocking on doors, donating name it to see him elected 2012. Ofcos am now paying my credit cards in order, ready for the donations. As I say always, thank you America for electing this President, a wonderful gift to the US and the world.

  24. February 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Love all of your comments here. I totally agree with every single one of you. I am committed to do whatever I can to support President Obama every single day and including helping him get re-elected. It is so wonderful that you all are here standing with him too. Thank you everyone.

  25. February 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    At the risk of sounding cynical, Halperin has a sinister hidden agenda. Most people don’t usually do such a 180 turn like this. A Sarah Palin advocate now praising President Obama. What’s wrong with this picture? What fair-minded, intuitive person would not be waiting for “the other shoe to fall”? He leaves me seriously -Wondering-.

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