‘it goes way beyond this budget issue’

Greg Sargent (Washington Post): Good for Senator Dick Durbin for stating clearly exactly what the historical stakes are in Wisconsin. His appearance on Meet the Press yesterday is worth quoting at length:

“Let me tell you why what’s happening in Wisconsin, just north of Illinois, goes way beyond the discussion of the Wisconsin budget. If you think this is just about money and the budget, then you might believe Cesar Chavez was just working to get a couple pennies more per pound for grapes or that Martin Luther King was really working for access to hotels and restaurants.

There’s a much bigger issue at stake here. For over 80 years in America, we have recognized the rights of our workers to freely gather together, collectively bargain, so that they could have fairness in the workplace and fairness in compensation. And that is what’s at stake here. It goes way beyond this budget issue. This governor of Wisconsin is not setting out just to fix a budget, he’s setting out to break a union. That is a major move in terms of American history. I believe the president should have weighed in. I think we should all weigh in and say, “Do the right thing for Wisconsin ‘s budget, but do not destroy decades of work to establish the rights of workers to speak for themselves.”


Update: I know some of us were wondering about Dick Durbin’s comment, “I believe the president should have weighed in”. I just looked up the transcript from Meet the Press (here), this is the context:

MR. GREGORY:  Let me ask you about what is becoming a federal issue, and that is what’s happening in Wisconsin … President Obama did an interview and weighed in on this.  This is what he had to say.

PRES. BARACK OBAMA:  Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions.  And I think it’s very important for us to understand that public employees, they’re our neighbors, they’re our friends.

MR. GREGORY:  Senator Graham, did the president do the right thing weighing in to this controversy?

SEN. GRAHAM:  (Bla bla la)

SEN. DURBIN:  Let me tell you why what’s happening in Wisconsin …. (see full quote above) …. I believe the president should have weighed in.  I think we should all weigh in and say…

** So, he was supporting the President for “weighing in” with his comments on Wisconsin, not criticizing him for not weighing in …. if you know what I mean! **


Okay, finally found the video:

83 Responses to “‘it goes way beyond this budget issue’”

  1. 1 Theo67
    February 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Everybody wants the President to weigh in on every single issue. The fact is, the President DID weigh in, before the mid-term elections. He told everyone that the Republicans only meant to harm them, not to help them. He told people not to give the Republicans the keys back. He told everyone that he had just broken his back trying to dig the country out of the hole that the Republicans created, and he didn’t want to have to do that all over again. Now, they want him to rescue them. And then they’re going to start bashing him for “not leading” and not getting involved in this issue. In fact, they’ve already started. It’s entirely frustrating. The chickens are coming home to roost, and they want the President to be held accountable for the consequences of the actions of the people. And those members in Congress who didn’t bother to campaign, or call people to vote – those who just left it to the President to do all the heavy lifting until his voice was hoarse – they should be ashamed of themselves. They were sulking in their corners, mad at the President because he forced them to do their jobs; to live up to the Democratic promises that had been made over the course of a hundred years. And now, they’re all looking once again to the President to make it right. I don’t know how he does it.

    • 2 sherijr
      February 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Perfectly stated Theo.

    • February 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Theo, I could be wrong, but I think by saying “I believe the president should have weighed in”, Durbin was praising the President for commenting on Wisconsin when he did, rather than suggesting he didn’t weigh in. Is that how you read it?

      ie –

      Obama voices strong support for Wisconsin public employees: With the standoff continuing to rage over Governor Scott Walker’s push to strip public employees of bargaining rights, Obama has now waded into the debate, denouncing Walker’s proposal as an “assault on unions.”

      In an interview with local WTMJ-TV which is now up online, Obama said we all need to “make some adjustments to new fiscal realities,” but insisted it’s important not to “vilify” public employees and described them as “our neighbors, our friends”:

      “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. And I think it’s very important for us to understand that public employees, they’re our neighbors, they’re our friends. These are folks who are teachers and they’re firefighters and they’re social workers and they’re police officers.

      “They make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. And I think it’s important not to vilify them or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees.”

      Obama’s comments — which put him squarely in opposition to the right’s ongoing campaign to scapegoat public workers for our economic woes — could draw more national media attention to a story that’s mostly unfolded so far online.


      • 4 Theo67
        February 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        I wasn’t sure how to read those words, but the whole situation in Wisconsin makes my blood boil. My comment was kind of a general rant, and could expand to include Sen. Durbin if he was criticizing the President. 🙂

        The fact is, damaging the people in these unions will simply drive good people into private industry, which ultimately hurts education and the medical industry. Everything can’t be fuelled by the love of money. The work these teachers and nurses do is priceless. They nurture children’s minds and bodies. I can’t believe that those on the right can be so evil that they don’t care at all about the next generation. They really don’t care. It’s mind boggling, and frightening. And all this could have been avoided with enough votes.

        I was in DC last year during one of the rallies, and I remember walking behind a group of young ladies – they were probably between 18-21. I was horrified to see one of them fish an Obama as Hitler poster from the trash and have her friend take a picture of herself with the poster. Hatred is learned, and these young kids didn’t even fully understand what they were doing in that moment. I don’t think they understood the disrespect they were showing to holocaust victims and survivors. I don’t think they knew about having reverence for the Office of the Presidency, no matter who was occupying it – and ultimately, they had no respect for authority. They didn’t understand the inherent racism behind their actions, and those who represent the tea party, and how that racism spits in the face of the Civil Rights Movement, and all those who suffered for their rights. And all this ignorance is because of the decades of systematic tearing down of the standard of education in this country. They don’t get taught the good stuff, and then have it reinforced at home – their parents are only reinforcing the bad stuff through the nonsense on Fox. This fight in Wisconsin is for the very soul of this country, and the future.

        Sorry for the rant – it’s just so troubling what’s happening right now.

      • 6 geegee
        February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        I agree CS, that’s how I also read it. Durbin is one of the President’s stauches supporters.

      • 7 Dorothy Rissman
        February 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

        Chipsticks, I am so happy that you feel Dick was supporting the president. When I read what Dick said, I thought–What–He did weigh in! I am sure the frustrati feel he should be there picketing with the people in Wisconsin. PBO has spoken on the issue and OFA is supporting his statement. I initially had the same reaction as Theo67.

        • February 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

          Hiya Dorothy, I honestly think that’s what Durbin meant, as a response to Walker’s attack on the President for commenting on the situation. Well, I hope I’m right!

    • 9 EDP4BHO
      February 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Theo, you have a brilliance in stating facts with simplicity and clarity. I commend you. Also, what Chipsticks said…I do hope that is what Durbin meant. If so, then he needed to make that statement with the same clarity that you just did. I think the commenters here and on other positive sites could give a few lessons to the so-called leaders we happen to elect.

    • 12 DoNoHarm
      February 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Very well said, Theo. We’ve been contacting (close to harrassment) all the Democrats in Congress to get a move on, nicely, of course. During Bush’s terms, most did little or nothing, their voices were not heard because they whispered. And even now, with the possible shut down of the govt. little is being said. What do they care? They’ll still be getting their checks (checked on that). Good thing we have Sen. Sanders, I-VT, on our side with his filibuster on that tax cut. And why is Chris Matthews sounding off on former Pres. Clinton as a world president? It was President Obama that brought up, out of the pits, the standing of the U.S. in the world. We were thought of as arrogant bullies until our POTUS made his visits. And then the press bashed him for ‘apologizing.’ Good grief!! And have you all noticed how it’s one thing after another? No rest, no peaceful days since the POTUS’s inauguration. The Koch Bros., through Rove are putting all their resources in pushing their agenda. SO BE IT. (ha)

      • 13 Dorothy Rissman
        February 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        DoNo, Whatever the president does is never enough. too little, too much, too early, too late. It is a viscious cycle.

        Matthews really does support our president, but he still buys into the idea that PBO cannot identify with average,ordinary people. You know PBO has no emotions, right?

        Also, I think the president did the right thing in terms of the tax cut.

        • 14 EDP4BHO
          February 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm

          Whether Chris Matthews supports President Obama or not, he still cannot fully accept that the work that is being done is being accomplished by a black president. White men have been in charge of everything in their take-over of this land, and even those who support President Obama in some sense, have not fully reached a comfort level that will allow them to accept him first and foremost as the President of the United States. We are all victims of this preponderance…..look at how many black people thought Prez Obama couldn’t win, or he wasn’t black enough for them, or some other such nonsense. Also, the white people who were so on the fence even after the election, until his speech on the Tuscon shootings made him “more American”, thus his ratings shot up (they have since dropped a bit). Criticism after criticism reveals this reality. I myself was always, always able to identify with Prez. Obama, he never felt strange to me, he was always black enough for me. No matter the historical significance, he will always be unable to identify with “average, ordinary people”…meaning white people. It will take many more years, I’m afraid, for this country to grow the hell up.

          • 15 sherijr
            February 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

            Yep, EDP, you absolutely nailed it imo. That has always been my take on Chris Matthews, and most of the angst pushed day after day for over two years now in regards to President Obama. And yes America needs to truly get with it and grow the hell up. President Obama is doing his best to bring us there- kicking and screaming all the way… which is why, I hope it is a very long time before this country elects another white male as our President. Non-white males, females need to become our norm.

            • 16 VC prezOfan2
              February 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

              (EDP + Sheri) X 2 – Unfortunately it will take some of them still longer to ‘grow up’ because they have never paused long enough to see ‘black’ calm and integrity up close, while for decades they have seen Blacks portrayed in so many negative, loud and unproductive ways. Many are waiting for him to fail, and I don’t doubt that some have already written the failing narrative. As someone remarked here weeks ago, to be credited for your success as a Black person you almost always have to be WAY better than the competition! With or without their acceptance, President Obama has already shown himself to be a stronger, more resolute character than the Chris Matthews of the world. The President has shown that he doesn’t need their on-again off-again support to follow the path he has decided on for this country. He has the courage of his convictions and, hopefully, the support of enough voters to continue to make a difference through 2012 and after. Part of me can’t wait for 2012, while part of me just wants to watch and appreciate the impact the President’s leadership is having on the country and the world. Right now, in the world in which we are living, I’m happy not to have ‘an average, ordinary’ person leading because the problems we are facing are not average and ordinary. America has recently rid itself of average and ordinary in the person of the last president, we need to lift the bar higher (time to out-innovate, out-educate,etc. etc).

              • 17 EDP4BHO
                February 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm

                Correct amundo, as the Fonz used to say 😀 You said this beautifully, and I do wish people would be more sincere in their observations of the President. I am re-reading Renegade by Richard Wolffe and President Obama’s character is such that he feels comfortable in any setting, which makes him transformative. He has ideas for the good of the country which he has consistently put forth, and while he also is , yes, a politician and knows how to play the game, so to speak, he also has a sincerity of purpose, not for the glory alone of the presidency. Going to bed now….good night all.

              • 18 Asher in Boston
                February 22, 2011 at 11:40 am

                Well stated VCprez.

          • 19 Dorothy Rissman
            February 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

            Ed, I am not black, so in a way, I will never understand how you view him and his importance. I can not claim that right, but I totally agree with what you are saying. It does not really matter what the lame brain matthews says, he, like so many others, do not want to give the president the credit he deserves. I only meant that he is actually much better than KO, big bully Ed, Lawrence, and even Rachel at times, who offend me with their shallow praise.

            Believe it or not, I have to fight so many white people who want to dismiss this man that I absolutely adore and admire. Not tough enough, too cautious, he did not do this, he should have done that. We are talking about so called progressives. Oh, anyone could have passed DADT. Even george bush. Baloney. I am tired of their belittling our president and his honor. I have no idea if you will read this, but I want you to understand that i am on your side.

            Frankly, I was never a big fan of bill clinton. what he did in term of the prison system, juveniles, etc. and the welfare system, made him a mockery to me.

            I do not know if you believe me, but I never felt he was strange. I saw him at the 2004 democratic event and I told my husband after he had spoken that this man would be president some day. I hope you will take me at face value and understand that almost everything I think, do, read, or dream has to do with Barack Obama.

        • February 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

          DoNo and others, I often grind my teeth over thinga Matthews says, but tonight he said something I want to remember. It was when he was talking with Rachel about the president’s diplomacy in the case of the Middle East conflagration. He said President Obama genuinely feels for the people. He said “He leads with his heart.”

          I love that line. I want to remember it and use it. “Our president leads with his heart.”

          • 22 Dorothy Rissman
            February 22, 2011 at 12:38 am

            Joan, thank you for that. I am not a huge fan of Chris Matthews, but as I said above, he is better than the rest of them on that channel.

    • 23 Tina Coleman
      February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Theo67 that was absouletly brillant in every regard. You hit every point I could think of. I would love to step inside that state capitol and ask all of those angry people how many of you voted?

  2. 24 sherijr
    February 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Good on Durbin, more of that, imo, from all democrats. However, was he defending the President for speaking up.. or was he suggesting the President needs to speak up? I believe POTUS did indeed speak up, correct?

    • 25 sherijr
      February 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      And ohhh what a beautiful photograph that is 🙂

    • 26 majii
      February 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      I got the impression that Durbin was supporting the president since he said essentially the same that the PBO has stated earlier. It’s good seeing a prominent democrat speaking up in support of the president when we have so many dems who have forgotten that he is the party leader.

    • 27 Dorothy Rissman
      February 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      sherijr, he did speak up. He made a statement. I do not remember if it was in person or if the statement was released to the press.

  3. February 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm


  4. 29 VC prezOfan2
    February 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Chipsticks, here is a cartoon that I know would appeal to our readership (hope I’m able to get the correct link). If not, it’s the President’s Day editorial cartoon by David G. Brown, posted in the Los Angeles Sentinel, February 20, 2011, and someone better equipped than I could find it for us.


    • 30 Theo67
      February 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      This is so great. Especially on a day when Chris Matthews has a show about the “president of the world”. I hope President Obama feels appreciated today, regardless of the silliness of a few.

    • February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      I still love that he has not one but TWO Grammys to his name, too. It’s like there’s NOTHING he can’t do!

      • 32 EDP4BHO
        February 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        I just checked this out because I knew of the one for “Dreams…..”. I also found that Clinton also has 2, and Carter has one. All of these are for audio books. But, and this is the big one, President Obama has a Nobel Prize. Top that, Mr. “President of the World”, (Chris Matthews, you’re so transparent)!

        • February 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          Heh, heh. Right on! I’m 50:50 on Tweety. Half the time I think he’s great, the other half I think he’s a total fool. So far as I can tell, the biggest fan of Bill Clinton is Bill Clinton. And Chris Matthews appears to be a close second! LOL

          • 34 DoNoHarm
            February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

            Thank you, guys. I thought I was the only one that didn’t cut it with Chris Matthews. The other day I had enough and sent off an email quoting something he said on his show and questioned his source. I doubt I’ll get a response but somebody knows that somebody it watching. I try to be direct and honest and never rave/rant–that does no good. Yes, every contact does count. We were able to get a few commercials off the TV that appealed to the very least among us. Many years ago a study found that one person’s comments reach 37 people over a short period of time. Today it’s more and faster. So you can imagine what repub, etc. with their resources are doing. When someone relays a blog w/questionable facts, ask them for a source. They’ll never respond. Back to taxes.

            • 35 Theo67
              February 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

              I’ve been wondering where the “president of the world” was during Bush’ reign, given that the “president of the world” left office ten years ago, only to reappear as the world president now. Where was he when Bush was destroying the world? We needed him then. Now that we’ve got someone who’s actually regarded by the world as their inspiration – we get a tribute from Chris Matthews to a person who didn’t utter a word against President Bush during his destructive activities. Not a peep during the starting of two wars. Not a peep during the detention and torture of hundreds/thousands. Not a peep while thousands of American military were sent to war without armour, or sacrificed for the sake of Halliburton and company. Not a peep during 9/11. Not a peep during the economic collapse. Not a peep against the last President during the Katrina fiasco. Not a peep even during the 2000 or 2004 campaigns, even when his Democrats were undone by the Supreme Court.

              But now, Clinton allows himself to be portrayed as the President of the World. Through all these years, I have still had some respect for what Clinton accomplished in the face of right wing tomfoolery. I’ve always respected the work he’s done with his foundation, and his ability to rise above his own failings. I’ve lost all that respect. He should have asked Chris Matthews to change the name of the show, and/or put it on a different day. As a Democrat, he should have shown more respect to President Obama. As for Chris Matthews, he’s just a fool.

              • 36 Proud of Obama
                February 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

                Theo, I give you a rousing ovation, my friend. You have spoken the truth here. And what is also true is Clinton is simply plain envious of PBO who is just smarter, more eloquent and more loved by the world. Clinton lost all of my respect during the 2008 campaign. Even now when PBO has enlisted him, Clinton only seems to be driven by his own ego and wants it to be about him.

                Both Clinton and Matthews have shown great disrespect to the president with this documentary, which I will not be watching.

              • 38 sherijr
                February 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

                Right there with you Theo & Proud of Obama.. although Clinton lost my respect sometime ago. Whatever.. to Tweety.

              • 39 EDP4BHO
                February 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

                I was not aware of this documentary, is it? How dare Matthews. If I recall correctly, and you know we do, isn’t President Obama the one with all the outpouring of love from across the world during and after the campaign, so much so that other nations had their very own “Obama” campaigns and election day victory celebrations. I don’t recall any of this in 1992 and 1996 for Clinton, or was I just not paying enough attention. Can someone help me out here 😀 I guess Matthews gets his biggest tingle up his leg from Bill.

                • 40 Sue in Minnesota
                  February 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

                  IMO, Bill Clinton has a ginormous ego….world sized, not a quality I find admirable. But that’s just me.

                  Frankly I am insulted by the implication that the President of the United States is somehow the “President of the World”. America needs to get over such egotistical bravado. I’ld rather we concern ourselves with attempting to live up to our principles, making our lives a demonstration of our values. And recognize our place in the world as part of a larger collaboration.

                  • 41 EDP4BHO
                    February 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

                    Agree wholeheartedly. I have always resisted American bravado. I just did so last week at work. It’s as if other nationalities don’t have anything to feel good about. How arrogant, and I will squash anyone’s attempt to exceptionalize us. We are who we are, with a wretched past, as well as one of some glory. We need to grow up and realize our mistakes, atone for them, regard the rest of the world as worthy and interesting. God made the world, and in Christianity, gave His son to the world, not to the US of A. We do a grave injustice to others by having this face. Just my late night rant 😀

                    P.S. I do hope no one sees me as unpatriotic….I just don’t like bullshit!

                    • 42 Sue in Minnesota
                      February 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm

                      I love my country and I know you do to. To me it isn’t about being better than everyone else, it’s about being the best that we can be and that is what we bring to the world table.

            • 43 Dorothy Rissman
              February 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm

              DoNoHarm, I used to email him constantly, and Ed. They seemed so uninformed. I must have sent 50 or 60 between them, not one response. I wonder if their staff people ever read them.

        • 44 Dorothy Rissman
          February 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

          Wow, I am going to print that out and put it on my wall. thanks for that.
          Maybe we should all go to the White House.gov and send our president an email telling him how much we appreciate him.

          And Chris Matthews is not what one would call sensitive.

    • 45 majii
      February 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Rhanks, VS,

      That is a fitting tribute to our wonderful president on Presidents’ Day! I am so proud of the people of CA for keeping CA blue since I’m in tea party land in GA!

  5. February 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hiya, Chipsticks! Say, what’s the chance Eclectablog could be added to your blogroll? I’d love to be a part of your network of Obamafans.


    • February 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Hiya Chris, I am SO sorry – I thought I’d added your blog ages ago, I couldn’t believe when I checked and it wasn’t there 😳 Just added it now. Really enjoyed your latest post on the President’s careful and thoughtful handling of delicate disputes, home and abroad – spot on. Thanks Chris – and sorry again!

      • February 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        Absolutely no need to apologize and THANK YOU! What you have going on here is nothing short of amazing. I don’t think many people realize what an accomplishment this is. I’ve been blogging for years and at Eclectablog.com since summer of 2008 but I’ve only had about 80,000 visitors since then. You’ve been at it considerably less time and have over a million?! Hot damn, lady, that’s phenomenal!!!

        But, hey, a boy can dream, right? And now, between you and BWD, I’ve got a couple of great role models 😉

        Thanks again and keep up the great work.

        – Chris

        • 50 sherijr
          February 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

          You are a remarkable writer eclectablog, I always enjoy your postings and your comments. Have tried to visit your site each day you post.. sorry I don’t always comment, but I have been sharing your posts on my facebook page. Keep it up, you are truly awesome and very much appreciated. Thank you especially for your post on President Obama today 🙂

          • February 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

            Thank you VERY much, sherijr. I really appreciate that.

            There’s an interesting conversation to be had, I think, about whether or not President Obama is a “centrist”. Japa21 made an astute comment on my blog about how he isn’t “centrist”, he’s simply pragmatic about what is possible. I think that’s exactly the case.

            I firmly believe that things would look a lot different today if the President wasn’t facing a strong political headwind on nearly everything he does. I honestly think that, if he were the King of America, we’d have a single-payer health care system, higher taxes on corporations & wealthy individuals, and tremendously higher level of investment into clean, alternative energy sources. He’s not an ideological centrist, he’s a pragmatic centrist because he actually wants to get some things done. God bless him for that.

        • February 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

          Hi Chris, good grief – I need glasses! I always read your site’s name as ‘Electablog’ …. and I boast about how good my sight is!

          Thanks so much for your congrats, although I strongly suspect (and hope) that the legend that is BWD gets a million visitors a week, she’s just waaaaaaaaaaaay to modest to admit it. But together I think we can all do good work, and the more of us the better! Love your blog Chris, sorry again for not adding it til now.

          • February 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

            Seriously, no apology necessary. One thing I see going on here is a solid network of pro-Obama blogs developing. As a group/network, we’ll be a powerful force for getting out information, doing rapid response and being able to disseminate useful information, tools, and news once the 2012 campaign begins in earnest. We will be an important component of the campaign, even more than in 2008. That’s something I want to foster and further develop over the next year so that by spring 2012, we’re a force to contend with.

            By the way, the ‘Electablog’ mistake is an unbelievably common one. I originally came up with “Eclectablog” as a mash-up of “eclectic” and “blog” because I like to write about all sorts of things. The fact that I’ve gravitated toward mostly political stuff has had the predictable result that people see it as a mash-up of “Elect” or “Election” and “blog” rather than “Eclectic”.

            It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Sigh… 😉

      • February 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        By the way, you misspelled “Eclectablog” 😉 I’ve actually approached the guy who own “Electablog” to see if he’d be willing to give it up so I could redirect people but he’s not interested.

        • 57 Proud of Obama
          February 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

          Hey Eclectablog,

          Loved your post today. Especially this:

          While everyone around him are losing their cool, Barack Obama dials down the Drama-O-Meter and, in almost every instance, emerges looking, once again, like the smartest, most far-sighted guy in the room.

          All I can say, Eclectablog, is amen.

          • February 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

            The dude inspires near-poetry, doesn’t he? He’s a fine example for me and I have really been trying to make an effort lately to dial back my rhetoric. I have quit using terms like “Repugs” and “teabaggers” and “firebaggers”. I can still express my disdain for these people/groups but to do so with dignity in some ways makes the point more eloquently. Leastwise, that’s how I feel. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the President talk about some odious right-wing group and about two beats after he says it, I’m like, “Oh SNAP! He totally put them in their place and didn’t have to say a single nasty word to do it!”

            I just really appreciate his ability to remain calm and collected in the face of a maelstrom. I honestly don’t know how on earth he does it.

            • 59 Sue in Minnesota
              February 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

              I think we all would gain if we refrained from the “labels” and managed our emotional responses. We need to be discussing the ideas and potential impacts and not turning every issue into a game to win or lose. Additionally, as our President models, just because others behave poorly, or unethically, it is not an acceptable reason to join them in that type of behavior.

              Having said that, please know I often struggle to live up to my own ideals. I think President Obama is an exceptional human being, for many, many reasons. One of his qualities that I admire is his ability to be so consistent and self-determined. To me, he is both a great leader and a great role model.

            • 61 VC prezOfan2
              February 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

              ‘I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the President talk about some odious right-wing group and about two beats after he says it, I’m like, “Oh SNAP! He totally put them in their place and didn’t have to say a single nasty word to do it!” ‘

              This totally reminds me of how I was turned off swearing in my mid teens before I even got turned on to it. I wanted to be part of a particular group and thought that might be one way to do it. The response I got has stuck with me for decades – I was calmly told by the leader -‘Swearing is the attempt of a weak mind to express itself forcibly’. A totally effective slap for me because I loved words and at the time considered myself relatively smart. That was it for me! And, yes, I do appreciate when the President (or anyone) puts the contrary ones in their place, and sometimes leaves them bewildered, not realizing they’ve been dissed until maybe later. Suhweet!

    • 62 hopefruit2
      February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      I see your blog listed third under “Links we Love!”

  6. 64 Proud of Obama
    February 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,

    There appears to be a new Newsweek/Daily Beast poll out that has PBO at 50-44. I don’t like to link to Daily Beast because I simply cannot stand Tina Brown. I hate Newsweek also. But I’m linking to it because when I checked the Newsweek site I couldn’t find any mention of it. They’re really trying to bury this.

    Scumbag Doug Schoen, the republican pollster masquerading as a Democrat wrote the Daily Beast story and of course he had to spin everything negatively. Anyway, here’s the link in case you’re interested.


  7. 67 barb
    February 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Egypt is standing strong with Wisconsin.

    On facebook there is a young Egyption holding a sign to Wisconsin. Also the head of the unions in Egypt is standing in support of Wisconsin.

    This is the “think progress site.” Sorry, I can’t figure out how to produce the link.


  8. February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Hi everyone, I just updated the post to clarify Dick Durbin’s comment about the President – the Washington Post extract didn’t include the question that was put to Durbin, which explains what he meant.

    • 72 sherijr
      February 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      oh thank you for that Chipsticks, definitely feel better about it now. And I LOVE the way you wrote up Graham’s comments: perfecto!

    • 74 Theo67
      February 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Thank you for clarifying Sen. Durbin’s words, Chipsticks. I was so disappointed when I thought he had joined the yammering crowds and decided to criticize President Obama, since he’s the one who’s been consistently supportive. Thanks for putting his words into context. I’m so relieved. 🙂

      (I also love the “blah, blah, blah” of Graham’s comments. Appropriate!)

    • 75 Dorothy Rissman
      February 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Yes, thank you Chipsticks. Now I can put this worry to bed.

  9. February 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I found this clip and I think it was an attempt to insult, but it actually speaks highly of unions in a not so artful way..

  10. 77 barb
    February 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I think we have something here. The Koch Brothers who made their money under Stalin were the founders of the John Birch Society and of course are doing all sorts of tricky things now. They contributed $43,000 to Gov.Walker’s campaign. They are anti-union are trying to bust all the unions. They are starting with Walker and will go state by state to erase unions. This is good for their business. See below what they own in Wisconsin alone.

    Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant


  11. 78 kasai
    February 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm


    Check out this video from today’s protest, how this cop finally seen the light….ex republican just donated to the democratic party…

    WAY TO GO …Hope we can change many more…come 2012


    much love 🙂

  12. 79 Tulips
    February 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    President of the world is the president who is calling for change across the world and its happening. President Obama called for change and change is whats happening. President Clinton is a good president President of the world is President Obama.

  13. 80 Tulips
    February 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Theo your words are so true and you articulated them well. Thank you. I am email Mr. Matthews about his piece and will also email you words.

  14. 81 Sonjia Duncan
    February 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    It’s late and something stayed on my mind all day and I finally found it.

    Democrats vastly out-number Republicans in WI, but only 42% of the Democrats voted – compared to 85% of the Republicans. The result is what we see NOW. Maybe it would have been easier if you had just voted – but since you didn’t, your state is an excellent example for GOV360 to talk about – thanks

    I can’t find the post about not voting but I thought it was important to post why we are dealing with these conservative agendas all over this country. People just did not go and vote.

  15. 83 Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

    President of the world. Why this program title and on this day? What about all of the other presidents? Mostly, I think Chris did not use good judgement on focusing on President Clinton in this manner. I love former President Clinton, but “President of the World,” is stretching it a little. History will speak for itself. I really do believe these are the things that President Obama gives a smile and moves on with his business. I am so glad that POTUS knows who he really is in that Oval Office.

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