09
Apr
11

“nope. zero.”

As spotted by The Only Adult In The Room:

MSNBC: As the debate raged in Washington over a budget to keep the government from shutting down, the issue of abortion funding was consistently in the spotlight.

….when Boehner asked for the elimination of funds for Title X – spending for women’s health and family planning organizations that also provide abortion services – the aide said the president flatly refused.

The President replied, “Nope. Zero.”

Boehner continued to push to discuss the funds, the aide recalled.

The President repeated: “Nope. Zero.”

“‘John, this is it,'” the aide described the president as saying. “‘This is it, John.”

There was a long pause as no one spoke in the Oval Office.

The Planned Parenthood issue was resolved that Thursday night.


46 Responses to ““nope. zero.””


  1. April 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Chip, we should open a small business together.

    Heeeeee.

    Isn’t that some seriously awesome story?

  2. 5 collegekay
    April 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Nope. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA!

    And people say this president is weak? Get outta here. GOBAMA!

  3. 6 Me4obama
    April 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    “nope zero”. U Harvard Elitist, Organic Eating, Exercising Daily, doesn’t shoot animals for food and games, who reads Books daily. So not real American. I can here those words from Governor quitter now.

  4. April 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    That was a perfect picture of President Obama on your CNN post. Thank you. Furthermore, the post also gives me hope that Planned Parenthood will remain intact through the next painful fights over the budget — including the one for next year.

    I would like to think that this ongoing fight will be the deathknell for the Tea Party, but knowing voters, there’s no telling.

    • 8 Shirley
      April 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I agree with you Joan, that picture Is Daring, That Picture Is, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED. Cause this Is It John. Yeah, my kind of President, Hot Dang!!! 🙂

  5. 9 Proud of Obama
    April 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    President Badasssss! I just love him!

  6. 10 Jessica
    April 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    He looks so worn down in this pic. Prez needs a hug and kiss from his women.

  7. 13 Bobfr
    April 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    In keeping with the spirit of this particularly important post from MSNBC, I hope all of you read:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/155043-policy-riders-scuttled-a-thursday-night-deal-white-house-says

    From a comment I offered at BWD’s place:

    1. As P M Carpenter astutely notes, the following is a reality that is going to cause Boehner untold grief from the teabaggers – “The size of the spending cuts in the deal, the officials said, was not in dispute. In fact, the president was willing to go higher than the final figure depending on the composition of the cuts and as long as they did not affect investments that President Obama wanted to protect, the officials said.”

    2. For the wimpy whiners on the left another dose of reality about President Obama – “In both the Wednesday and Thursday night meetings, Obama made it clear he would not fold on social policy, the White House aides said. “It was just something we could not give on,” one official said.”

    3. Just how firm was the President and VP – “At the close of the Thursday meeting, Biden emotionally declared that if the Republicans wanted a family planning bill, then “let’s take it to the American people.”.. “I think that message got through loud and clear. They [Boehner’s caucus] were faced with a choice: They either had to give in or shut down the federal government over it.”

    4. And just how important was the President’s leadership and the outcome – “Moving forward on debates over entitlement reform and the debt ceiling – which are expected to be even harsher battles – officials said the budget debate is a good harbinger that the divided government can produce results.”

    So, the President remained calm and thoughtful, would not allow his team to attack in any way the Republicans, had the skill to bring out the ‘long knives’ just at the most opportune time [deal done and his team indicates he would have been willing to cut even more from certain programs], but he would not budge on Planned Parenthood, Head Start, and other programs and Boehner knew it and forced the deal on his caucus.

    It does not get any better than that when you are dealing with an adversary that is unhinged from reality but still in control of the legislative branch that appropriates.

    It especially doesn’t get any better because of the precedent it sets – precisely the precedent that is completely consistent with President Obama’s over arching message to the American people.

    We are a diverse Nation but we must not act as a divided Nation, we must come together for the good of all of us.

    He showed everyone how to do just that full well knowing the really hard problems lay ahead – debt ceiling, further deficit reduction that must be comprised of increasing revenue (taxes on corporations, the wealthy, and most everyone else except the least able to pay) as well as further substantial cuts.

    Those substantial cuts are going to need to come largely from the defense departments budget and everyone knows it. Fortunately, Sec Gates is well prepared and intends to see much done to shrink the DoD slice of the pie.

    So, the President will continue to say repeatedly to the American people, as he has been doing ever since he launched his campaign, we need to come together and evaluate our priorities, invest in our priorities and trim anything we don’t need. He has made it clear he knows how to bright-line what matters and has the courage to stick with his position.

    • April 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Bob, I read the piece from The Hill a couple of times, the second time after reading the comments that sounded like they came from the Free Republic. What do you make of those comments?

      • 15 Bobfr
        April 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

        Never read the comments at The Hill; it’d be just like going to Freeperville or reading most of the comments (and diaries/fps) at daily barf 😉

        Boehner did the right thing for the Nation, but he also got rolled by the President.

        The ‘wedge’ between Boehner and the teabaggers has obviously been successful driven by President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and, especially, by the brilliant stateswomanship of our female Democratic Senators, yesterday.

        If Boehner wants to accomplish anything of substance between now and ED 2012 he is going to have to work collaboratively with the House Dems otherwise the bulk of the electorate is going to hand not only President Obama but also House and Senate Democratic candidates substantial victories in 2012.

        His only hope now of perhaps even surviving a primary is to show the few remaining sane Republicans in his District and, more importantly, Independents (particularly women) that he legislated responsibly. He’s lost the teabaggers and those folk are so unhinged they’ll never give him a second chance – thankfully, for the sake of most Americans.

        Perhaps his survival instincts will be sufficiently tuned to get that. Personally, I doubt it.

  8. 16 Sue in Minnesota
    April 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    He’s so stealth, so smooth! PBO is a Badasssssss!

  9. 19 bjw2
    April 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    As events like this play out, nothing convinces me more of just how disillusioned I’ve become with Progressives.

    What the president has done throughout these negotiatios is reveal to the American poeple just how dangerous the republican party is. He is setting the stage and narrative for the 2012 elections.

    What is bothering me is that the so-called intellectual progressive is too dense to see. So instead of following the president lead they take their knives out and go to their keyboards to take him down.

    They screamed for days he would fold on Planned Parenthood, since he didn’t they move on to something else.

    Damn…I’m really starting to dislike these people.

    • April 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Me too. I use to think that our side is so much smarter, it’s shocking for me to realize that we’re not. That our fringe is as bad as the Rights’s. Shame.

      • 21 professorx10
        April 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        Me Three

        I am ashamed of the Far left how they act. They act just like the far Right.

      • April 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        It’s been a hell of an eye-opener for me too, BWD – the two extremes have so much in common it’s extraordinary. Puritanical, keyboard warrior, nasty deologues whose biggest single fear is that things will get better for people (the economy, healthcare, etc) – because if they do they’ll have less to spew bile about. Loathe them.

    • 23 Hachikō
      April 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      I’ve unfollowed or blocked people from my twitter account this week simply for retweeting BS complaints from libs. I’m drawing the line. Puttin’ my foot down. Not gonna tolerate it. As POTUS would say, “Nope. Zero. This is it.” There’s too freaking much at stake.

  10. 24 cat48
    April 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Hey guys,

    Not really surprised he held the line on this…….you know what the rethugs say, “He’s the most PROabortion president in History!!!!” 🙂 I haven’t heard that for quite a while b/c now they whine “He won’t lead!!!” Of course, it always puzzles me why they say either of those. The Hill had an article that said VP Joe got ticked & left negotiations over the Planned Parenthood rider b/c women’s health is important to him and our president, and Rusty wouldn’t budge. Of course, the VP & Daley have been negotiating with these fools since late February! I probably would have choked one of them by now. Just can’t wait to see what they’ll pull when it comes time to vote. The liberals in the House & the Teatards are both upset.

    • 25 Lovepolitics2008
      April 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Joe Biden is the BEST vice-president ever !! I just LOVE how he and President Obama work so well together. They’re probably the best tandem in the WH in the history of the USA. Seriously !! Two men who are both brilliant, honest and hard-working and who have forged an incredible working partnership AND a genuine friendship.

      • 26 Shirley
        April 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Lovepolitics2008, I’ve often said, that between Brillance, Brains, and more Brains, along with Experience, heyyyyyyy, they got It going on. I also believe that Biden brings a lot of fun, Humor, and laughter to the Obama Administration, I like that 🙂

  11. 27 Kelly
    April 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Hells yay….that’s my POTUS. Thanks Mr. President.

  12. 28 dannie22
    April 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I love this President!! I love it!!!

  13. 29 Anonymous
    April 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Politically speaking, is there any chance that anyone loves our President more than I do? NOPE. ZERO! 🙂

  14. 32 LunarSea
    April 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Brings to mind singer/songwriter Sade’s song ‘Smooth Operator’. It keeps playing in my head reading these posts, so thought I’d share with you

    That’s our President, one smooth operator.

    • 33 LunarSea
      April 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Oops forgot link:

      • 34 LunarSea
        April 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        Oops again, Chipstick. It was only to be a link, not the video itself. Please edit as you see fit.

        Thanks

        • April 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

          I LOVE when anyone posts videos LunarSea, so don’t apologize!!! And Smooth Operator is PERFECT!!!!!!!

        • 37 Sue in Minnesota
          April 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

          Love this, OT but holy cow is she beautiful!

          • 38 majii
            April 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

            I read on MSN.com the other day that she has a new album coming out soon. The article noted that she’s been missing from the music scene for a few years, but she’s coming back!

            • 39 lisa
              April 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

              She’s amazing, but she only comes out when she does an album. If not she stays in. It’s like she drops an album every couople to 10 years and then she disappears, then she comes back. I like that, she doesn’t over-saturate us, that makes her 10 times better when she does come back.

  15. 40 Ceb
    April 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Will the haters on both sides prevail? Will they win?

    Nope. Zero.

    PBO is too much! LOL

  16. 41 Shirley
    April 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I enjoyed all of your comments, thanks Chips 🙂 Later~~~~~~~

  17. 42 anniebella
    April 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    For all those who think this is a weak leader. Think again. Proud of you Mr. President.

  18. 43 Obaman
    April 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    He is the only adult and the MAN in the room. Love it. Awesome. Rusty would have been startled at that point. He would not have said that word once more! What a commander!

  19. 44 M
    April 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    This is all just golden! It is so amazing to hear those snippets of how it all came down. “Nope. Zero.” PBO you are THE MAN standing up for women! God, I love this President!

  20. April 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

    The teabag community does not understand that President Obama’s mother died from ovarian and uterine cancer and to turn his back on this type of funding would have been a slap to his mother and all the other women in this country. Planned Parenthood performs thousands of cancer screenings a year and if detected early most women can be saved from the ravages of these diseases.

    NOPE, ZERO…I love how it sounds….


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