President Obama speaks about the situation in Libya in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Feb. 23

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President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in the Oval Office, Feb. 23, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

44 Responses to “libya”

  1. 1 Tulips
    February 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Chipstick I love the photo you got up! Im so proud of you and BWD.

  2. 3 CTGirl
    February 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Excellent! He is one of the few credible voices capable of honestly addressing this issue. I look forward – heck, I may even watch Tweety to hear what he has to say.

    • 4 Eleroy
      February 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      I totally agree with you!!! He speaks with such clarity and conviction, but more importantly, his sheer decency makes it easy to embrace whatever he puts forth.
      I adore this President!!!

      • 5 Eleroy
        February 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        Still don’t like or trust the lady standing next to him though!!! President Obama is a better human being than I’ll ever be!!! He ROCKS!!!

  3. 6 Fred
    February 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I have got to tune in in that case

  4. 7 Fred
    February 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Tweety going nuts because Obama’s statement was “tame” and surprise;surprise he agreed with Bill Kristol that President Obama should use force and is asking if President Obama is “concerned” about what is taking place in Libya 😮

    Howard Finneman is blasting the President as well saying that President is naturally “cautious” by nature and that POTUS spoke like a dimplomat and hell even David Corn is going along

    he puts out a statement;some say he needs to say more
    Fox lies and claims he hasn’t said anything at all
    When he comes out and condemns the violence Tweety and all are bashing him


    • 8 Ladyhawke
      February 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      It has been infuriating to watch press briefings at the White House and the State Department where reporters are constantly asking why the turmoil in Libya is not being handled like Egypt. They feel the president should be more involved. The implication being that there is not the same amount of concern about the protesters in Libya.

      Clearly, there are certain core principles as outlined in the Cairo speech that President Obama feels everyone is entitled to. But it is also obvious that each country in the Middle East is different and we have different relationships with each one. There is no cookie cutter approach. Also, I am sure many of the reporters already were aware of the fact that the United States was in the midst of evacuating our own citizens and needed to ensure their safety which may be why President Obama had not spoken sooner in public.

      Anyway, the condemnation from President Obama in a written statement on Friday, his comments on camera today, all of the statements from Secretary Clinton, the statements from Ambassador Rice and the meetings being held with the U.N., NATO, the Arab League, other countries in the region, etc. will not be enough to shut up the jackals and apparently Tweety and Fineman. It never f—ing ends with these pundits.

      My guess is that the criticism will be that President Obama did not use the right words to condemn Libya and that his condemnation was not strong enough. Apparently, it’a all about pleasing the media. Unbelievable….

    • 9 Proud of Obama
      February 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      they’re all idiots who never learn. How quickly they forget Egypt when they ere all second guessing the president’s actions and he turned out to be right as he always is. They’re just so stupid. And don’t want to admit that this black man knows what the hell he’s doing and they don’t. Sorry for swearing but I’m pissed at this attitude.

      And I’m sick of the right wing talking point — “he’s not a leader.” That’s all they’re all saying. Idiots. And bigot Pat — Nixon was a strong leader. A crook who had to resign in disgrace. But President Obama a brilliant scholar and man of morals and values isn’t. They can all go jump off a bridge.

      • 10 Proud of Obama
        February 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        oops that was supposed to be “were” second guessing.

      • 11 Fred
        February 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

        I am still yelling at Tweety and Blitzer talking out of their arses over this.Blitzer has Matalin out of all people and she had the audacity to mention the name of George Walker Bush amongst the likes of Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton who had a coalition when they invaded countries 🙄

        Bill Clinton did but Walker Bush lied to get those countries to invade Iraq 😡

        there are hundreds of American citizens in Tripoli and if one of them were to get killed HE;President Obama would be blamed and knowing him;HE would step in front of the cameras and HE would take the blame as President

        I am so goddamn fed up with those idiots who spend their days tooyapping out of their arses bashing President Obama for talking like a “diplomat” (and getting paid for it too :mad:) when they don’t hold any position of power;while He is working behind the scenes to get our fellow Americans out of Libya SAFELY and working behind the scenes with other countries as to what to do with Gadhafi

        Yesterday some idiot went on CNN and said that President Obama should consider drone attacks against known Gadhafi weapons and my jaw went 😮

        I apologize for my rant dear site as I am fuming mad and it will best for me if I turn my computer off and go for a walk despite the cold in Chicago 😡

        • February 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

          I’m so relieved I missed all of that, Fred, my blood pressure would have gone through the roof. These idiots seem to crave a gun-toting cowboy idiot like Bush at a time like this, rather than a thoughtful, intelligent, enlightened President who actually thinks before he acts. It says all we need to know about them. Excuse the language, but **** them.

          • 13 EDP4BHO
            February 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

            F— them! Haha, I like, I like. Really, what else is there to say? I say this at least once every day about pundits and rethugs, and some not-so-bright so-called progressives. It has become my political mantra. F—’em! It keeps my pressure down as well.

            • 14 Asher in Boston
              February 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm

              True, ED4BHO. F- them! damn idiots. These blubberers make me sick with their not so intelligent statements. F- them!

          • 15 majii
            February 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

            It also pizzez me off that their memories are so d@*n short! It was only a few short years ago that that fake Texas cowboy led the country into an unnecessary war in Iraq. We don’t need another war! What is wrong with these folks that they never realize that using the military as a way to solve all problems isn’t always the answer? The right, and some on the left, are quick to profess their love for our troops, but they never flinch when it comes time to place their lives in more danger than they already are and to stretch them beyond their limits. I’m sick of them, and that’s why I stopped watching all news programs on teevee. And another thing, you couldn’t pay anyone on the right ANY amount of money to criticize GWB even after they realized that invading Iraq was a mistake of monumental proportions. The right doesn’t have to destroy PBO’s presidency because the PL and frustrati will be more than willing to do the job for them. They all need to grow up.

          • 16 Theo67
            February 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

            They crave the cowboy because they have no regard for human life. It’s easy to be a cowboy when you just don’t care about the consequences.

      • 17 Shirley
        February 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

        Proud Of Obama, You got that right my Friend, “And don’t want to admit that this black man knows what the hell he’s doing”. Well, that’s just It In a nut shell, he’s “BLACK”, and that’s the bottom line. He’s “BLACK”. It’s just killing the Pundits. Really, that Is what all the negative chatter Is about, because he’s “BLACK”. they just can’t understand It, envy, evil, and just down right Racial. PBO Is damn If he does, and damn If he doesn’t. Oh yeah, It’s sickening, and unbelieveable, but we must keep on believing positively, and keep Hope ALIVE.

        • 18 EDP4BHO
          February 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

          Hi Shirley, we should all go over to their sites and throw “HE’S BLACK” at them. Like a word bomb! It’s past time for us to be fighting hard. I’m fired up myself.

    • 19 pinkbunny
      February 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      We need to all STOP WATCHING MSNBC!! It will help our blood pressure in the long run! 🙂

      These cable news channel are incapable of any original thought or critical analysis. It’s stupidity and garbage all day long.

      • 20 Chi
        February 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

        Spot on…

        I turned them all off ages ago. MSNBC, CNN, ABC,CBS, every single one of them; and I’m happier and healthier for it…

        I know all I need to know about all the player on television and print – I need no more reminders of who and what any of them are…

        I also know everything I need to know about President Obama and I am even more in awe of him…

        I remain steadfast in my unyielding support and respect of this magnificent President…

        • 21 Chi
          February 24, 2011 at 3:35 am

          “all the players…”

        • 22 Cathy
          February 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

          I too have stopped watching MSNBC, CNN and the others. I tivo PBS and sometimes skip parts of it! At least last night on PBS they had someone state that the President had to be careful as there are so many Americans still in Libya. Plus any action has to be done by the UN and that takes time.

    • 23 Dorothy Rissman
      February 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Fred, this is outrageous, but I am not surprised. All of these dems who hated the bush for his reaching into business. Now they complain that he is not like bush. Was he supposed to threaten Qadaffi? But wait, it is seems he did in a way. Oh no, Obama has failed another test. Some times I just want to scream.

      • 24 Sue in Minnesota
        February 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        They fail to see what is in front of them…..they are not looking at what is, they are looking through lenses that are fogged by their own biases and preconceived notions of how they think things are supposed to look. They are continually exposing their lack of listening, obvservation and analytical skills.

        I have said this before, but those that can truly see President Obama and the gifts and skills he possesses are far more perceptive than our “media experts”. They perpetuate such a blatant disconnect from reality, although no longer surprising to me, it really pisses me off.

  5. 25 NewCenturyWoman
    February 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Damn, what an intelligent and wise man! The fact that is he is stunningly good looking is just icing on the cake.:)

  6. 27 Sonjia Duncan
    February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    As long as so many American are stuck there what do you think he is going to do. Go on a rant and have those still trying to leave killed. If they are willing to kill their own what would stop them from killing our American.

    Sometimes I wish we would all just tell cable to go home to hell. If we cut off their money maybe they would return to reporting the news.

    • 28 majii
      February 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm


      Ding! Ding! Ding! You have identified the reason why the president crafted his comments so carefully–there are still Americans in Libya. These pundits don’t give a $*&t! They suffer from shut off brain, open mouth disease. Their main focus is on getting themselves heard on national teevee, and their names mentioned in articles. I think the president took the right position in discussing the situation in Libya, and I think he’s right to consult with our allies before making a final decision. If these gumflappers were POTUS, they’d be in the same position as PBO, and they’d be forced to do things in a similar manner. It’s always better on the outside looking in. PBO has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, he knows it and takes his job of keep all Americans safe seriously, and he knows he can’t afford to make rash decisions about anything.

      • 29 Sue in Minnesota
        February 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        LMAO…from here on in, GUMFLAPPERS is how I will refer to the political punditry. Majii, it’s succinctly perfect.

  7. 30 CTGirl
    February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    A quick reminder … The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House at 7 p.m. (EST)

  8. February 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I could care less about anyone’s opinion on cable news. We elected President Obama to run this country not some empty headed commentator. I have total faith in our President.

  9. 35 stylishgurl
    February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Well…that is why he is the POTUS and they are pundits. He answers to the american people, they answer to their ratings god. The End.

    Ok, I’ll take my frustrations on my bootcamp class. :ROLL:

  10. 36 barb
    February 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Whenever the pundits criticize our President they are just opening their mouth with a bunch of idiocy coming out. They don’t listen enough to what Obama says or has already accomplished but think they are outsmarting him, voicing their own ridiculous opinions. (The media is an ongoing problem which I hope can be corrected in the future)

    There is an amazing amount of work going on behind the scenes internationally. In that respect I think it is good to work in the spirit of cooperation rather than just Obama speaking out at every turn as if he is “King of the World”. As a result it is positive for all international participants to unite so all feel part of the process. He has been saying this since the beginning of his presidency.

    I can’t read the future but with the US and other international organizations involved, Gaddafi is setting himself up as a war criminal with consequences. He will not escape this crime unscathed.

    In the meantime we need to provide for the safety of US citizens in Libya. Other countries are also involved and a spirit of cooperation is being employed as some countries are opening up their airways, ports to become a first drop-off for the evacuation of all foreigners. I believe they are trying to find someone with authority to open up Libya skyways for rescue plans.

  11. 37 VC prezOfan2
    February 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    {{{Obama Diarists}}} I agree with Jackie 4 above – I could care less about paid cable news opinion holders. The President and his SOS looked focused and there is a plan in place re the ME. To a certain extent I’m comforted by this message.

    I’ve been thinking lately – why do we get so angry when the media does what the media ALWAYS does? They have changed very little since day 1! They picked their mouths up off the flour when he did what they all said he couldn’t do, and started to find faults, and they haven’t stopped. SO why do we keep responding? IMO we can be aware of what they say, but not spend precious time discussing their garbage. Here’s another President Obama message in which we get to hear what he and his administration are doing regarding the Middle East, AS WELL AS see his handsome face 😀 and hear that voice in serious discussion. Now we have some concrete information, from our leader himself, that helps us stay in the governing loop. Do we have a favourable opinion on what was said – YES, WE ALL SEEM TO, because we have infinite trust that THIS President knows what he is doing! So seriously, do we really care about the opinions of Tweety, or Wolfe, or Dog or Cat, or any other of these shortsighted, two-tongued, hypocritical, armchair leaders who couldn’t win a campaign much less make decisions for themselves if the campaign was handed to them? I vote we do what Sonjia suggests and ‘just tell cable to go home to hell’ by not even bothering to ‘analyse’ their garbage. We unquestionably have the BEST President for the job and their hatred won’t change that FACT!

  12. 43 Kelly
    February 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    OMG thanks for posting the clip. Great statement, love POTUS and SOS here. POTUS Obama is great at wording his message, especially since American citizens are in potential vulnerable positions over there. You can tell the Americans there are supreme on his mind, even though he supports the people of Libya’s right to demonstrate. ❤ him 😀

  13. 44 Fred
    February 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I still have a headache from yesterday 😡 but I am feeling better 🙂

    Things are complicated for the Americans in Libya and apparently Gadhafi will order a no-fly zone over Libya which makes me very worried since the weather is not getting better for the ferry to leave:mad: 😦

    in the meantime the talking heads are still yapping out of their arses about President’s Obama statement yesterday when they should be focusing on the people stuck over there and what President Obama is doing behind the scenes with the State Department 😡

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