22 Responses to “weekly address: the military mission in libya”

  1. 1 Theo67
    March 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    This man, President Obama, has been clear about this humanitarian mission from the beginnging. And those who have been howling for a war, and for an assassination effort from the military, have not been paying attention, or are just blinded by their lust for war. Also, those who have reflexively attacked the “war” without listening to the explanations of what is actually going on – intervening and protecting the Libyan people at a moment of extreme threat to human lives – have not paid attention or have lost sight of what’s important in this world. I can understand those who oppose violence, but in the face of imminent danger, and limited time and options, I think limiting the ability of a madman to cause numerous deaths was a really important act by the US military and President Obama.

  2. 3 Sonjia Duncan
    March 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I will be posting the weekly message for all who want to hear. The President is very clear as to what we did and why. I believe the American people support this mission. Now that NATO is taking the lead, it should show that this is a multi-national mission and that the United State is not trying to be the lone ranger or the police of the world.

  3. March 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Why, in Spite of Everything, I Still Love Obama
    Christina Patterson

    Writer and Columnist for The Independent

    Good Morning ChipSticks and Everyone:-)

    I posted this on BWD diary also, and just wanted to share this wonderful piece:-)

    Have a wonderful weekend….(we are in good hands) Long Live President Obama!!!!!!

    Sometimes, you need to go away to keep your love alive. Perhaps it’s the change of air. Perhaps it’s the change of view. Perhaps it’s just the chance to stop and pause. Who knows what it is that melts away the doubts, and the disappointment? But when I gazed at my beloved, at Lake Garda last weekend, I realized that, in spite of everything, my love still burned bright.

    Hey, it’s true, looked tired. He’s cut back on the jokes now. He’s cut back on the smiles. But when he stepped out, in my hotel room, or perhaps I should say on the giant flat-screen telly in my hotel room, I felt a stirring that wasn’t like the flicker of excitement you have on an early date, when fantasies blaze, and hopes soar. What I felt was something calmer, but also stronger: the sense that I, or perhaps the 65 million Americans who voted on my behalf, had chosen well.

    Barack Obama, it has to be said, looked quite stern. But you probably should look a bit stern when you’re announcing the start of something that will put the lives of some of your citizens at serious risk, and will almost certainly lead to the deaths of innocent men and women. You probably should look a bit stern when you’re spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars at a time when many of the people who paid the taxes don’t have jobs. And when you don’t actually have a clue where it’s going to lead.

    Obama, like every other person on the face of this planet, doesn’t know if bombing certain targets in Tripoli, and Benghazi, and Misrata, is going to get rid of Muammar Gaddafi, or if it’s just going to strengthen his resolve. He doesn’t know if the bombs will just destroy machinery, and kill soldiers, or if they’re going to kill men and women who are used as human shields. He doesn’t know if the so-called rebels, who said they didn’t want international help, and then that they did, but might change their minds again, and who are mostly about as experienced in using AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades as I am, will be able to stand up against a trained army, and highly paid mercenaries, and massive supplies of arms that the West sold them, and now wishes it hadn’t. He doesn’t know if this is the kind of military action that can be done quite quickly and cleanly, or if, like most military action, and even military action that looks as though it can be done quickly and cleanly, it can’t.

    It is, presumably, because he doesn’t know these things that he took a while to weigh them up. He may have thought, like David Cameron, that a “no-fly zone” sounded like a good idea, but he probably also thought you didn’t get one just by telling the people who would have flown there that they shouldn’t. He may have thought that what you had to do to stop people flying there may have been too risky, or too complicated, or too likely to lead to things you couldn’t control, to be worth doing. This may be why, when he said he had decided to take action to impose one, he didn’t sound like a hero who was going to save people from a terrible situation, and who expected a round of applause. He sounded like a man who had had to make a very, very difficult decision. And who knew that you couldn’t know whether some decisions were right or wrong, but that you just had to live with the consequences of the one you’d made.

    He also sounded like a man who knew that everyone was saying that he’d been dithering, but who thought that there were more important things in life than whether people thought you were dithering. He sounded like a man who knew that, whatever people said about him, and however much the Right might think he was a socialist who was trying to destroy the country, and however much the Left might think he was someone who had promised the sun, the moon and the stars and delivered instead a country that was in the grip of a massive economic crisis, there were certain things that had happened since he’d become president that had made the world better.

    He might, for instance, have been thinking about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was the first Act he signed when he became president, and which offered basic protections against pay discrimination for women and older workers. He might have been thinking about the healthcare reform bill, which he passed a year ago, and which meant that 32 million Americans who didn’t, in the world’s richest nation, have access to a doctor, now did. Or the Start treaty he signed with President Dmitry Medvedev, which cut, and committed both countries to continue to cut, the world’s stock of nuclear weapons. He might also have been thinking of the $798bn economic stimulus plan he launched in 2009, which almost undoubtedly saved America from greater economic disaster, or the Wall Street reform bill he passed last summer, which aimed to protect ordinary Americans from abusive financial practices, and taxpayers from future bailouts, and which represented a victory over some of the most powerful lobbying forces in the land. He might have been thinking of the fact that he created more private sector jobs last year than George W. Bush did in eight years.

    The 44th President of the United States, and first black leader of the Western world, who has, arguably, done more for the majority of Americans than any president since Roosevelt, and who has been careful to send out the message that America is no longer seeking swashbuckling adventures on the world stage, and who has done more for gay rights than any president in history, may well have been thinking that politics is a difficult, and complicated, and stressful business, and that it means you have to make impossible choices, while working with people you don’t like, and whose political views you abhor. And that the results are unlikely to set people cheering, because people tend not to look at politicians who are in office, and cheer.

    I’m not sure that when I see Obama, I want to cheer. I want, instead, to say that in the very imperfect world we live in, with the vested, and opposing, interests that make any kind of change a compromise, this thoughtful, pragmatic and sometimes irritating politician is probably as good as it gets.


    • 5 EDP4BHO
      March 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      “I’m not sure that when I see Obama, I want to cheer.”

      I will cheer for her…..Hooray for President Obama. There!

      • 6 Sue in Minnesota
        March 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        EDP4PBO I’ll join you, in my loudest, most cheerful voice, join you…..Hooray for President Obama, America and the World!

    • 7 UT Austin Liberal
      March 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      OMG great minds think alike. I just sent this article to Chipsticks. I thought it was interesting and postive.

    • 8 fig8jam
      March 27, 2011 at 8:23 am


      did you ever cheer for a president? if so who was it and why did u cheer.

      if not..then u are not the cheering kind and that is cool not to cheer for this president, despite him having a sisyphean task since the moment he was sworn in.

      heck john roberts even made the swearing in a challenge. he single handedly mangled one of the most beautiful moments ever in the history of this country.

      • 9 EDP4BHO
        March 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

        Indeed. He’s faced bitterness and contempt from the moment he threw his hat in the ring. And won anyway!

  4. 10 Fred
    March 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    B.E.A.U.T.F.I.F.U.L 😀 😀 😀 😀

  5. 11 Carolyn
    March 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    We heard candidate Obama speak in 2007 in Oklahoma City when he was beginning his journey. We were impressed then by his grasp of reality and the domestic and world situations. One thing he said which my husband and I have continually remembered was “Governing is not a game. It is hard work.” This is something many people don’t yet get, because for eight years, governing was treated as a game…played for gotcha points. This mindset worked its way deep into the national psyche, and it is hard work to change that. I do believe some people are seeing the realities and that the thoughtful way the president operates is the better way. The cowboy mentality…shoot first, ask questions later….is not the way to govern a country. People in other countries know this, and we must catch up.
    When I consider that it might have been McCain/Palin dealing with these worldwide situations, I get sick to my stomach!!! We are so fortunate to have a wise, brilliant, thoughtful, careful person in charge right now. Had he been in charge in 2001, we would never have attacked Iraq, and how much better off we would be now!

    • 12 EDP4BHO
      March 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      You’re so right. You guys are so on point today. It’s a shame that we are not all on a public forum to drill some sense into the average person, who is just too darn lazy to invest the time to read and discern what real governing is. When I read some of the comments attached to linked articles, it’s amazing to me how infantile their arguments are. POTUS is so above the noise that they think he isn’t listening. Oh he’s listening, and more than likely shaking his head in bewilderment at just how DUMB the American public is, or has become, since Bubba invaded our airwaves. Add to that the ridiculous modes of entertainment dished out and gobbled up by the public as acceptable, it’s no wonder it is taking this long to dislodge the “cotton” in the ears of people after 8 years of nothingness. God forbid he not be re-elected, although I feel he will, because we would be on a true path to annihilation by stupidity and greed. At that point, I would be considering expatriating. Somewhere. Anywhere.

      • 13 Lisa
        March 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

        I don’t think I could handle a republican house, senate and whitehouse. If they’ve started already started with cultural/social/religious warfare and they only have a fist in the house and are grasping at the senate,what the hell would we do if they had everything? I keep going back to the nuclear aftermath scene i talked about over a month ago. Has there ever been a time in history when we’ve ever distrusted so many members of congress because of that one little letter that comes after their names? ( and also because a good majority of them are psychopaths.) My goodness. I actually feel like it would be the end of the world if we let them take over, be it 2012, 2016, 2020…… ever. Sorry for the hum-drum thoughts 😦

  6. 14 anniebella
    March 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I support the President.

  7. 15 cat48
    March 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I support and still like my sparkly-eyed president. His eyes seem extra sparkly today for some reason. Maybe the heat felt good in Latin America.

    • 16 EDP4BHO
      March 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Haha… I think he also got some well-deserved rest. Thus his “sparkly” eyes. That was cute, cat48 😀

  8. 17 Suzanne
    March 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I subscribe to the White House Daily Snapshot and got this video about Libya in email this morning. I listened and felt safe when I heard him speak. My respect for him grows more every day.

    After he was elected and before he was inaugurated I was so anxious and couldn’t wait for him to officially take office. I had invested so much in him, built him up so much in my mind because of the misery of the Bush/Cheney years, but when I watched his inauguration speech I was astounded to realize that he was not magical, he was just a man — and he was even more remarkable to me because of that and for the enthusiasm and compassion he had about taking on the challenges in this country.

    When I voted for Barack Obama for President I did it because of the person he is. I didn’t expect to agree with everything he did, but I trusted who he is and that he would make the best decisions he knew how. No matter how much I built him up in my mind, he exceeds every expectation by the reality of what he has had to deal with and how magnificently he does it.

    He came in office during changing times that had nothing to do with his actions or election. Our population is changing. Business practices created economic chaos. Decades long disagreements about how to govern burst out into the open. Congress was dysfunctional and was working more for special interests than the American people. He takes it all in stride. He wants to make a difference for his daughters and all of us.

    He absolutely amazes me so many times. Just one small example among many is the $20 billion escrow fund President Obama got from BP for the Deepwater Horizon spill while the oil still was not contained. In contrast, Bush not only did not visit the site of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, but 21 years later, people still had not been fully compensated.


    I don’t remember the article, but I read op eds comparing the fast moving, but measured response of President Obama and Secretary Clinton to assemble the coalition and support for the Libya action to Bosnia. I don’t know the number of days, but with Libya I think it was two or three weeks. If I read my facts correctly, in Bosnia there were terrible atrocities and slaughter of civilians that continued from 1992 until 1995 when NATO bombing began.

    President Obama is forging new ways for us to have a healthy economy, creating a global community and encouraging us to speak civilly about and work out the deep political differences in this country.

    When I listen to him or read his words, he’s the same person as when I first heard him speak during the primaries and after. He’s more seasoned. Stronger. But the same amazing and very human man. I just love him.

    If you’ve never called the White House to give him support I encourage you to give it a try. Volunteers answer the phone at 202-456-1111 or you can send an email at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

    I loved the comments here this morning and appreciate you, Chipsticks, for this wonderful, funny, intelligent, positive site.

    • 18 EDP4BHO
      March 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      Great, great read Suzanne. I so love it when intelligent commenters save the work for me in describing our President.
      And one day soon I will call and thank him. Thank you!

  9. 19 Isabel
    March 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I would like to get people thinking about these videos from last year. They are of our President at his best!
    I think people forget what some of the arguments are really about. The President can’t do events like these every week or even every month due to all the other demanding issues but still we would do well to keep them firmly in mind! AND remind others of them. I emailed these to BWD also.

    Health Reform Still in News After One Year – Here is Refresher Course!
    Bipartisan Meeting #1:
    Bipartisan Meeting #2:

    Bipartisan Meeting #3:

    Bipartisan Meeting #4:

    Bipartisan Meeting #5:

    Stale agruments still in use by the GOP!


    Budget, Deficit & More Still in News a Year Later – Refresher Course

    President Obama Takes Questions at GOP House Issues Conference

    Stale arguments still in use by the GOP!

    It must be time for another one of these although I doubt if the GOP wants to risk it a 2nd time!

    • 20 Sue in Minnesota
      March 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you for these links……these should be required viewing for all Americans.

      I know that the Republicans are starting to cook up controversy around S.S., I understand they are trying to lay the blame for their lack of plan in PBO’s lap (so…what’s new?). Constitutionally it is the House’s responsibility. I think he should put the House and Senate on notice, ask them to prepare their blueprints, and meet publically to debate, just as they did for HCR.
      President Obama owns them in these type of venues, and even though President Obama is focused on the practical, the political rewards he garners are both well deserved and a function of being prepared, his analytical skills and his smarts. We are so fortunate for his leadership, but he needs better counter-parts in the halls of Congress.

  10. 21 anniebella
    March 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    EDP4BHO and Sue in Minnesota….I will join you in cheering for our President? Loud and clear, for the whole world to hear. We have a dam good President, who is not perfect, but he is doing his best to make this country a better place for all Americas. And this American is dam proud of him.

  11. 22 Audrey
    March 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    It does not get better than this man! President Obama, thank you! Thank you for doing this job with heart, dignity, integrity, brilliance, wisdom! Thank you for putting up with all the crap and the ankle nibblers! Thank you for looking out for all of us! God continue to bless, protect and guide you!
    You Sir are AMAZING!

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