“it is time to focus on nation building here at home”

Text of the President’s address here


David Ignatius (Washington Post): When President Obama announced his Afghanistan troop “surge” strategy at West Point 18 months ago, he seemed to be keeping the reality of the war at arm’s length, even as he sent more soldiers into battle.

A sign of that ambivalence was the president’s announcement, in ordering 30,000 more troops into the fight, that he would begin pulling them out in July 2011 …. this conditionality was apparently the only way Obama – a president who grew up in the shadow of the Vietnam war – felt comfortable with the decision.

….tonight, Obama announced a measured withdrawal of 10,000 of those surge troops this year – more than military commanders might have wanted but far less than war critics have been demanding. In taking this course, he took ownership of the policy more decisively.

You could argue that, in choosing his own option, Obama fully became commander in chief of this war. He opted for what he thinks has worked: an aggressive counter-terrorism assault on al-Qaeda and its Afghan allies. And he implicitly rejected the more ambitious counter-insurgency goals of some of his commanders, who had hoped that by protecting the Afghan population, the United States could “take away the oxygen” from the Taliban. For all the gains in security in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, that COIN precept hasn’t proven out.

The most persuasive argument for the approach the president embraced tonight is that it will keep enough military pressure on Taliban forces to make them consider the wisdom of a negotiated settlement of the war. That’s the crucial strategic benefit of the president’s approach – that it confounds the Taliban expectation that the United States would be gone by the end of this year. And to that extent, it makes the prospect of a negotiated settlement a little more plausible.

Thanks Jovie

275 Responses to ““it is time to focus on nation building here at home””

  1. June 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks Chips 🙂

  2. 2 Doris
    June 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks Chips. I’ve boycotted MSM media all day and for the most part this week. I’m getting all my news here. Thanks for the Whitehouse link.

      June 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm


      • 4 Doris
        June 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

        Yep, I’m less emotional. These people get on my nerves. Being here with my TOD family even if I don’t comment, brings me peace. Thanks Sue and guys! 😀

        • June 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

          I’m with you — I don’t pay any attention to the MSM anymore. It’s MUCH easier on me emotionally. I feel like we get the truth here. I’m focusing on President Obama and getting good Democrats elected. I like what you said, “being here with my TOD family…brings me peace.” I feel that too.

          Thank you to Chipsticks and all the TODers!

        • 6 Puddin
          June 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

          Me too Doris…I throughly enjoy this site and everyone here. I come here first thing in the morning and it is the last place I peep at before I go home at night. I love reading the insightful and oftentimes inspring comments…you are are so knowledgable…I am learning so much. Thanks Chipsticks….for doing the “the dang thang” better than most of the rest out there…you are awesome.

          Stay strong everyone!!

          OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 7 P
      June 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      I’ll be watching from the internet too lol..too lazy to get off my bed plus the tvs are already occupied by family members who are not looking at the PBO speech tonight!!! Can’t wait! I’m a lil nervous though..

    June 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm


  4. 12 Andogriff
    June 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you Ms Chips! I’ll be watching.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm


    • 14 hopefruit2
      June 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Yes, but with all their “smarts” the President was able to plan, and execute the capture and killing of Bin Laden with ZERO input from them – not that he wanted or needed their silly “advice.”

  6. June 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see my fiiiiiiiiiiiiine, handsome president.

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      June 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Me too POB. Me too. I’m PUMPED for the speech and our TOD analysis. Live Blogging time. wooooohooooooo!!!!

    • 18 P
      June 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      😀 was looking at a coverage earlier CNN had of the First Lady’s trip and there was an ad of the President’s speech tonight…damn he looked soooooooooo fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnneeeeee in that ad…swear I could of jump into my tv set and eat him up! Bet his swagga is going to be on 360 tonight!!! Wonder if Michelle and his girls are watching all the way from Africa?

  7. June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. Also, I watched Michelle Obama’s speech in SA, it reminded me of a speech she made on the campaign trail back in 2008, it was a big rally in LA just before Super Tuesday. I found it on youtube. If you haven’t watched Michelle deliver that speech and stomping for her husband then you really really missed something!! Here is the link, you’ d love it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZiNtTq10i0&feature=relmfu The quality is not great but it’s worth watching but most of all listening to!

    • 20 Puddin
      June 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      I watched the speech too…and I thought about the campaign speech she gave in Indiana…Michelle got to rockin’ side to side and folks were jumping up and down, hollerin’ and shoutin’ “Amen”…it was like church up in that joint…she was awesome. That was around the time MSM and folks started saying Michelle was an angry black woman…and the campaign folks decided she should “tone it down a little…some folks called her passion, anger! If only she could be our president in 2016!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm


  9. June 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Okay. The Prez has my undivided attention. I can’t wait to hear his speech. I have deliberately stayed away from any blogs, or media outlets today so I have no idea what these amateurs have said, nor do I care.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm


  11. 24 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Snacking my life away, patiently waiting and nervously excited.

  12. 25 Fred
    June 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Dear GOD I pray that you guide the President right now and that you put the right words in his heart and on his lips

  13. 28 Fred
    June 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    glad the President reminded these silly people that Bush (without naming Bush by name) took his eyes off the ball and left Afghanistan and focused on Iraq letting OBL slip into Pakistan
    Also glad he reminded folks that HE got OBL.I say rinse and repeat from now until 2012

  14. 32 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    @whitehouse “Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year” -Obama

  15. June 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Preach it, Mr. President. Looking good.

  16. 34 hopefruit2
    June 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    The President continues to be the only adult in the room. The media is all ganging up on him because they get very nervous whenever he directly addresses the public for some reason. All these silly pundits waiting to “grade” his announcement, what a collossal waste of time and money. I’m also setting some people straight on the Old Orange. They are intellectually dishonest and trying to move the goal posts, but I’m calling them out on it.

  17. 38 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    That…..Ladies and Gentlemen is our…………Commander In Chief indeed:-)

    Don’t listen to the so called journalist…All they going to say is this..”He should have” Why didn’t He”” or He didn’t sound forceful….or he was to weak…


    MAY GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  18. 39 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    “America, it is time for nation building here at home.”


    • 40 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Amen NorthAnger Amen!

      • 41 northanger
        June 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        I’m crying! i can’t believe this. (don’t worry, it’s a good cry!)

        • 42 Betsy
          June 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

          I was crying too, especially when he talked about the navy seal, and what he said. Then I made the mistake of listening to Rachel Maddow, wow I can’t believe how much she’s changed. What a disappointment.

          • 43 northanger
            June 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

            Sometimes Rachel goes off the rails, and usually finds her way back. She’s a good egg. I still appreciate her coverage of Afghanistan.

            • 44 Chi
              June 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

              Sorry but this ‘good egg’ of yours has done a lot of irreparable damage with her immature hysterics and petty retaliatory hit pieces on President Obama when she decides (or others decide for her) that for some reason, this President has somehow snubbed gay people or their favorite loudmouths like Weiner …

              She sucks…

          • June 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

            Maybe there’s trouble at home. I don’t like Rachel acting like she knows everything. I’m sick of the likes of her.

    • 46 P
      June 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      That was one of my favorite line also!!!!!!!!!! A man of his word!!!!! I love him!!!!!!! Obama2012!!!!!!

      • 47 northanger
        June 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        Chips changed the title… it really stood out for me too. I mean, is POTOUS gonna go scrounge up jobs and personally pump up the economy? yai!

  19. 48 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm


  20. 49 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    He just did the bully pulpit thing big time.

  21. June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Swagga, Mr. President!

    • 53 utaustinliberal
      June 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      I know right?. The way he looked into that camera was serious business. I love when he said “America, it is time for nation building here at home.” That just gave me chills. When he talked about Those clamouring for America to engage in every war or conflict or to not do anything when the potential slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people is imminent; he said we have to find a pragmatic center. Where we don’t rush in to everything but we also don’t turn a blind eye to those crying out for democratic freedom.

      • June 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        That was truly profound.

      • 55 northanger
        June 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        Why peeps think any POTUS has to jump up and down and scream and yell with THIS military THIS economy (and remember, our Fed bailed out other countries) and THIS apple pie just amazes me. this is textbook, standard operating american procedure!

  22. June 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Short, sweet and to the point. Thank you Mr. President.

  23. 58 Fred
    June 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    shut up Rachel Maddow shut up.Shut up!

    • 59 hopefruit2
      June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      She’s still pissed off about Weiner – so I expected nothing different from her. I plan on Maddow being on my “off” list until November 2012.

      • 60 Fred
        June 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        she can follow Weiner wherever the hell he goes.Sick and tired of these lefty loons harping away

      • 61 theo67
        June 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        Me, too. I might join in the Fall 2012, but until then, I’ll only watch snippets when people post links. I can’t believe ow much more peaceful my life has become since I tuned out of the MSNBC folks. I had to DVR the speech tonight because I wasn’t going to get home in time to watch it online – and I caught the tail end when the pundits came on. Rachel started her nonsense about needing more info,and I quickly changed the channel. Blood pressure is stable.

      • 62 Puddin
        June 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        hopefruit2, I think I am going to have to the same…I turned her off just as she was about to get started. I did the same thing to Ed…I’m watching “The Mentalist” reruns!

    • 63 Me4obama
      June 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      I tuned out Rachel.

    • 64 Kasai
      June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Let me say it louder………….SHUT THE HELL UP MADDOW….LOL

      i can;t stand her bubble mouth

    • 67 Sue in Minnesota
      June 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Rachel recently commented that our President, ” talks softly but carries a big stick”. Poor Rachel she’s just a big mouth with no stick. Wish she’ld leave the hystronics to the others. Disappointing!

  24. June 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    short & precise, well done Mr. President- I support you and our troops all the way.

  25. 69 Karen Sr.
    June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This President comforts my soul.

  26. 72 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This Man needs to temper down the swagga, I need to watch it again I was too distructed by his hotness. Excelent speech.

    • 73 P
      June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Me too…he’s always such a distraction!! I had to focus hard!!!!! Geez I think I am in love :D!!!!! Lead me Mr. President Lead me!!!!!!! Now that’s how you command the attention of the world!!! Excellent Speech!!!!

    • 74 EDP4BHO
      June 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      LOL….me too ME4obama. I was on WeeSeeYou watching and chatting live, and a few of us mentioned the swag, and some didn’t hear the entire speech. A replay is in order. I commented that he looks fierce and fine as aged wine, the older he gets. He definitely swaggered his way out of that room.

  27. 75 Manny OKE
    June 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    God bless you Mr President for the clarity of your vision and the love in your heart. The Lord will not forsake or abandon you and may He always guide your steps, decision making and scatter your enemies before you. In Jesus Name, Amen

  28. 83 Anonymous
    June 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Love the line “time to do nation building here at home:

  29. 84 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    goody! i learned a new thing today:

    swagga = bully pulpit
    who knew‽ 🙂

  30. 85 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Every word he said was so comforting, what a man. Gawd I love him.

  31. 86 Tulips
    June 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Is it me or are the pl stupid. They want nation building, but they want them all out. The time from july of next year to 2014, gives them enough time to secure and to help the women who they claim needs help and build the nation. President obama is withdrawing 43,ooo troops. within that 2yrs he will get karzai out and bitch slap pakistan

    • 87 utaustinliberal
      June 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      It’s so crazy Tulips. They’re up, they’re down. They’re topsy turvy and wishy washy.

      • 88 Tulips
        June 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

        I am bad with names but there is a reporter who would report on whats going on in Afghanistan, the last time he was on MSNBC he stated the progress of girls going to school and how the violence against them decrease and you hear no more about.

        • 89 theo67
          June 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

          You’re probably thinking of Richard Engel – he’s the go-to guy for MSNBC. Even though he was the only real reporter on the ground during the night of the withdrawal from Iraq, he seems to choke on giving credit to President Obama. He used to be a real reporter, but something’s gotten into him, ever since the Arab Spring began.

          • 90 utaustinliberal
            June 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

            Exactly. I used to listen to his take on the wars.. but when the Arab spring began, he was ok and now he’s just weird. Everytime he reluctantly gives the President credit he looks like he’s gonna choke on his saliva.

  32. 91 bjw2
    June 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I mean honestly do Rachel think that he was going to give her the military play book!!!!!

  33. 97 CEB
    June 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Just listened to the speech at whitehouse.gov. In full agreement and support for the president’s decision. nuff said.

    As PBO walked alone down that red carpet after completing his remarks, i was reminded again how lonely this job is. No matter how many advisors, etc. a President has he is as, Dubya said, the decider. We are fortunate that our decider is also a thoughtful, deliberate, strategic thinker that has an unassailable moral compass.

    • 98 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      it is THE most thankless job CEB this President has ever held. This loons on both the left and the right are a bunch of ingrates!

  34. 99 lisalovesobama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Maddcow on Lawry yack yacking her ugly head off about what’s up with the two year gap between 2012 and 2014. She was like: what’s going on with that what are we doing with those two years? God, she’s so stupid

  35. June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Just cannot listen to Rachel, and cnn has the other side on(lindsey graham) both channels bashing the president but from different sides…. So i put on resident evil afterlife! Lol!

    • 101 hopefruit2
      June 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Jovie that is why the media is losing credibility – and fast. When the viewers hear the President being bashed from different angles, he always emerges looking like the only adult in the room. Especially after he found and killed Bin Laden – without the help of Maddow, Huffington, Tweety, Barney Frank, Lindsey Graham or CNN.

    • 102 theo67
      June 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      I watched the X-Files episode I recorded on DVR.

  36. June 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Wow! He is definitely the man in charge. He’s given a sound and complete plan. He talked about why it was necessary to have more troops there and the success they have had. He stood up for the soldiers, their families and veterans. He has offered them support in so many ways through Executive Orders and initiatives as well as legislation that passed in congress. He always talks about them with the deepest respect, reminding all of us that they are there and what they are going through. I like that he stated we need to focus on this country, on innovation, energy and jobs. Short, powerful and to the point. Great job, Mr. President!

  37. 105 nintendowii10
    June 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Some videos for the soldiers:

  38. 106 Tulips
    June 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    The next time one ask what are we doing there lets ask th media to report the schools that are starting and how the lives of women and little girsl are changing.

  39. 107 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I think the lady next to her from Ny Times…was a little positive about the news…..about talking to the Taliban…..Maddow was looking at her, like how dare you?

    • 108 Tulips
      June 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Yes she seems to get it.

    • 109 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      she was and if I were Rachel I would listen to her because while Maddcow was sitting pretty and living high on the hog, the NY Times lady was busy traveling with soldiers and reporting on what was going on. Maddcow is an idiot who likes to sit back and criticize but doesn’t want to get her ugly man hands dirty. 🙄

    • 110 Betsy
      June 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      I said the same thing somewhere else here. I don’t know why they expected a play by play strategy revealing memo from Obama about the next few years. Seriously, what’s the matter with them? At least the other woman had more intelligent things to say, and was happy with Obama’s speech.

  40. 111 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    We need to email, facebook, tweet Rachel Maddow. She is nuts.

  41. 112 gc
    June 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I haven’t watched the MSM for two years. I’m probably ignorant as hell 🙂 Just Yahoo news, and if I need another take or more detail, blog I’m currently involved with, will keep me informed. Since we have a tech savy POTUS, I get info directly from the WH. If I want a slnt, I’d rather it be theirs. Finally, as far as talking heads, I have a head. I talk. I don’t need them.

  42. 113 nintendowii10
    June 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Mr. Obama is one hell of a commander in chief, yet the PL seem to want a Republican in charge, which is why they continue to call him a warmonger because he isn’t rushing to withdraw all troops.

  43. June 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Let the extremes go crazy. The rational middle will prove them wrong as always. I did not watch PBO. I have to wait for a video to go up.

    Perhaps Rachel will write and give the speech she thinks the president should have given. Whatever.

    • 117 nintendowii10
      June 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Rachel is still mad because her hero Weiner is no more, and she blamed POTUS for giving his opinion… Rachel needs her head examined, as do the rest of the PL.

      • 118 hopefruit2
        June 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

        That’s why she will never be President or in any genuine position of leadership. She will always be stuck in some corporate media position, being a slave to what her corporate overlords want her to say. She is too unecessarily critical and judgmental and ought to put her brains and intellect to better use.

      • 119 Fred
        June 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        she’s had one too many of her own cocktails 🙄

        • 120 lisalovesobama
          June 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

          hahahahahhahahahahahahaha! Oh, Fred. 😆 or maybe she should talk less and drink more. She’s probably a more tolerable human being after she’s had a few hundred too many 😆

      • June 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        That should say something about this president. That he would have all these nutjobs with their own agendas trying to rip him apart. Boehner and his ilk want the presidnet out Afghanistan and Libya, but not out of Iraq. McCain and Graham wants perpetual wars, while candidates like Huntsman and Romney don’t know what they want, but Huntsman is going with what everyone is asking for now, withdrawal. Just like his deision on cap and trade.

        The PLs on the otherhand want to go to Libya, stay out of Libya. PBO is the only sane one in the bunch. So, we ignore them all and follow this president’s lead. In the next couple of days, they will move on to the next manufatured crisis.

        • 122 nintendowii10
          June 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

          Saying which, McCain did say he knew that bin Laden was and how to get him, but wouldn’t tell… shouldn’t he charged with treason and aiding and abetting the enemy? :mrgreen:

      • 123 lisalovesobama
        June 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        that girl is not credible. She is little common sense and pure turd. I’ve yet to hear one common sense thing come out of her mouth in regards to the president. If PBO made the announcement that he was gonna go get brainwashed by the PL and accomplish all of their agenda, she would come up with a list of problems and demands. If dressed in drag and marched in an LGBT parade, she would still find a problem with that. I quote Marie Antoinette when I say: “Let her eat cake.”- remove the word cake and replace it with a nice little four letter word that starts with sh and ends with it. 🙄 Who gives flying frack what that tool thinks? 🙄

      • 125 Sue in Minnesota
        June 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Why, she gives her opinions 5 days a week. Weiner did himself in……the PL doesn’t embrace personal accountability or responibility? I think they enjoy being angry about everything……..someone should let them know it is an unhealthy habit to keep.

  44. 126 bjw2
    June 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    This is the mind set were’re dealing with John McCain & Lindsey Grahm the war mongers or Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich the isolationist…………and then we have the media.

    • 127 nintendowii10
      June 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Is Kooky Kucinich still calling President Obama’s action re: Libya an illegal war crime, and still pushing that pointless lawsuit?

      If there’s one thing that the right wing has right, it’s kooky liberals like Kucinich filing frivolous lawsuits like that one, and the one over the olive pit that gave him a toothache. Seriously, what a lunatic, and to think that people defend him even though he’s gotten nothing done but yell and appear on teevee.

  45. 130 Chi
    June 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    President Obama is simply magnificent…

    It does not get better than this extraordinary man America…

  46. 133 P
    June 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    WOW you guys are going in..can’t keep up lol!!!!

  47. 134 Karen Sr.
    June 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Poor Gloria Borgia, she’s all confused. What does that mean? What does that mean? She is just the most confused person on the planet.

    Now the Dems are saying they’re disappointed. And, John Boehner is going to make the administration accountable for maintaining the progress that “we” have made.

    What’s this “we”, John? You’ve done nothing. The previous administration did nothing. The GOP did nothing. I think we should hold you responsible for having done nothing.

    ARGGGGHGHHHHHH. So much to do to beat their arses.

    • 135 nintendowii10
      June 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I think John Bonehead needs to focus on those “jobs” he and the House Republicans promised to create, but hey he did say “So be it” 🙄

    • 136 hopefruit2
      June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      The media (CNN) is trying to confuse the viewers, and people are on to their bullshyte. I notice that Lawrence O’Donnell did not spend a lot of time on post-s speech “analysis.” After Maddow and Frank (who also criticized Boehner’s statement), I guess he realizes it’s a waste of time because most viewers are simply not in the mood to hear these so-called experts. He has now moved on to discuss the GOP’s extraordinarily WEAK field of candidates!!!

      • 137 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

        Oh yeah I noticed that about Lawrence. He’s now on to the epic stupidity of palin who sarcastically tweeted about the msm saying that her bus tour was done and was kinda a fail b/c she was supposed to hit historical landmarks in the mid-west but b/c no more attention is being paid to her she packed it up and headed back to Alaska for salmon fishing *pause for laughter*- ok done. But the idiot palin while mocking the media linked to a fox article online that echoed what all msm outlets had also reported. So she basically mocked fox news for mocking her…… hahahahahaha

        Now as for CNN I tried watching their analysis but they would say one thing, agree with one person, then 10 seconds later refute what they just said!. It’s like geesh get it straight.

  48. 138 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    maybe we should bombard Maddow with a TWEET-THON…..lol, she would know what just hit her……………….
    That would be AWESOME

    • 139 Fred
      June 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I’d tell dear ol Rach to stick to bartending cause she’s been slopping at her day job for months now

    • June 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      I’ve been hitting her on twitter. A lot of people have. I told her for someone supposed to be so smart, she just didn’t get it. (you know they love to say that about PBO). Also asked her if she was drunk, nuts or both. She’s getting clobbered on twitter.

      • June 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

        Oh, please keep it up guys. I’ve got to get my friend to teach me how to use twitter. I hope you guys don’t let up. People ought to ask her what her expertise is on withdrawing thousands of troops and all their ammunitions etc. in a few months or a year.

      • 142 lisalovesobama
        June 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        hahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha! You are awesome POB!!! Much respect 🙂

      • 143 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        Please POB keep bombarding her with tweets. I’ve been watching her for the past 5 mins and WTF is wrong with this BITCH!!!!!!!!! WTF?? WTF?? I thought she was smart. She is dumb as a doorknob. PBO did campiagn on the fact that he would have to ramp up troops in Afghanistan b/c that’s where the real problem is. Afghanistan is surrounded by Iran who is dealing in nuclear weapons that they could supply the taliban and it is also surrounded by Iran and oh yeah let’s not forget Pakistan who is oftentimes wishy washy about confronting terrorism. She keeps harping about the fact that we won’t be fully out until 2014. Well duh PBO said that in 2010.. was she deaf then? Then she keeps harping on about the fact that it’s only the 30,000 surge troops that he’s pulling out. No Rachel he’s pulling out 33,000 troops.. that’s more than the surge troops. Gosh… I just want to pimp slap the crap out of her. I’m glad they’re giving her hell on twitter. Keep up the goodwork POB.

        • 144 utaustinliberal
          June 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

          That should read “and it is also surrounded by Iraq.”

        • 145 Karen Sr.
          June 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

          “After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete…”

          I guess this is just too hard for some to comprehend. While Rachel and the rest focus on 2014, I’m focused on “our mission will change…..from combat to support.”

          This will not be picked up by the media. They will not understand that “our mission will change” is next year, not 2014. I will remind them.

          Now, I must say goodnight, fotod. It’s been a pleasure.

  49. 146 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Just finished watching it for the second time, I believe and trust every word he said, And my support for him is unconditional . More swagga sir, more swagga.

  50. 147 Doris
    June 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I know some of you guys don’t like HuffandPuff, but this is one handsome pic of the President. I have zoomed to 150% so it might come up large, don’t know. He sure is fine!


    • 148 hopefruit2
      June 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      That’s the same photo that Chips is using for this thread! So I heard that they are trying to make Huntsman into the Republican version of our President. I wish them all the best.

      • 149 Doris
        June 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

        How did I miss that? Was that always there? Ya’ll pray for me! LOL!

      • 150 P
        June 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

        What? Huntsman? FAIL!!!

      • 154 nintendowii10
        June 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        HuffnPuff is nothing more than a right wing tabloid, and Arianna outted herself as a Republican operative, and this is waaaaaaaaaay before she endorsed Huntsman. She outted herself back in 2009 or so, when she ranted about how Biden should resign in protest, just because he disagreed with President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy… and folks over there were defending her for it.

        Just one of the many reasons why I’m so glad I don’t post over there anymore.

        • 155 Doris
          June 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

          No dispute here!

        • 156 theo67
          June 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

          She outed herself when she helped to oust Gov Gray Davis and install Schwarzenegger as the Governor of California (after her own failed bid, of course). She’s been a Republican all along.

      • 157 EDP4BHO
        June 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        Yes, alongside PBO’s speech, they put a reply by Huntsman. In disagreement with PBO, naturally, and as exciting as watching a snowflake fall from the sky. Of course, it’s the Halperin Page. What a joke. Obama/Biden 2012, if not forever.

        • 158 theo67
          June 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

          Why is there a reply? This isn’t a State of the Union speech. There’s only one Commander-in-Chief and he alone commands the military. So stupid. President Obama made it clear before he was inaugurated that there is only one President at a time. It’s bad enough that Huntsman is stabbing the Pres in the back, but now to try and impinge on his role as Commander in Chief, as well. Absolutely unforgivable.

      • 159 dotster
        June 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        I caught this very interesting article from a referenced tweet on BWD, re. the Huntsman Corp.’s revenue in China surging 57% from 2009-2010 during his ambassadorship there. hmmmmmmmmm. Someone was quoted there saying if he was an opposition researcher for any of Huntsman’s rivals, he would have a field day with this info.

        • 160 Karen Sr.
          June 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          And, the 57% surge in income in just 15 months of his ambassadorship comes after his company shipped jobs there over ten years ago. So, in ten years he didn’t see that rise in income, but during a global recession he is suddenly swimming in profits. He was doing his own business there and not America’s. Add to that the fact that he was putting together a PAC and this guy is as disloyal and untrustworthy as they come.

          Dangerous too, because he talks in monotones, so people won’t pay attention until the media has built him up so big it’ll be too late.

          I want to scream, “Warning! Warning!”

      • 161 lisalovesobama
        June 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        How do you say? EPIC FAIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL!! Huntsman can stick it up his craw and smoke it. Backstabbing little Critter! Love Santorum’s add against him though. At least that turdy little tool seems to be good for something, smearing Holier Than Thou Loser Huntsman 🙄
        ps- I wish there was a sneering emoticon. There are so many emotions that are left unexpressed because of the lack. Oh well, if I can’t show it at least I can write it. 😉

    • 162 Doris
      June 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Chips updated it from the Whitehouse.gov. I didn’t think I was crazy, LOL.

    • 164 northanger
      June 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Doris! u made me go look 😦 now i love you. TPM is using that image too.

  51. 166 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I think the Media should watch the speech again instead of acting all confused and claiming they need more explanation.. OR, they should come out and confess to the world that they were destructed by his Swagga, Confession time for you Lame stream Media and stop acting stupid.

  52. 178 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    What gets me, about these critics…Maddow, KO, ED…If this man can change minds of leaders around the world, Who in the heck are they to question and intelligent man as PBO??

    I am singing “HE’S GO THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS”…..So to him you are nothing but ants crawling for crumbs.

    • 179 nintendowii10
      June 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      I read Keith’s interview in RS, and he’s apparently miffed because Obama didn’t throw Bush and Cheney in prison… seriously, that’s Keith’s biggest gripe about Obama, Keith doesn’t seem to be concerned about jobs, the economy, or even our troops, he’s more concerned with prosecuting Bush and Cheney.

      If Keith thinks that prosecuting Bush and Cheney is the most important issue, then he can raise the money to do it, because the government doesn’t have the funds to do such a thing. But Keith will just continue to blow hot air and further marginalize himself.

      • June 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        I heard Keith Olbermann said he didn’t vote 2008. If this is true, does he really have a right to say anything.

        • 181 nintendowii10
          June 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          Keith doesn’t vote period because he doesn’t seem to care, yet he’s attacked President Obama and given Special Comments yelling at him like a child.

          • 182 lisalovesobama
            June 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

            Olbertool is Maddcow’s mentor. They are both malcontents and if there were someway to do it , I would whole heartedly support their imprisonment. They don’t add to the conversation, they hijack it and try to beat you over the head with their lies and manipulations. What they engage in isn’t free speech it’s lies and propaganda. They are not credible and it is my greatest hope that both their shows get cancelled. Turdy little tools 🙄

    • June 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      It’s the GW effect and what he did to this country and how he abused people. They are still just very angry and are lashing out at everything and anything.
      At some point, they have to ask themselves, do i want another president like GW?

      • 184 Sue in Minnesota
        June 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        Jovie, I support this theory as well. I don’t think we fully comprehend the scope and impact of the damage his administration wrought.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm


  54. 189 bjw2
    June 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Screw’em all I’m going to take another look at that the Baby Whisper video!

  55. June 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I do not plan to listen to Msnbc or Cnn or any of the sorry media. I heard what the President had to say, that is enough for me. After all he is the one who talk to the people on the ground, he talk to all sorts of people, the experts who knows things we don’t know. Rachel Maddow, CNN, or any of the other people are not sitting around that table when the President is getting his information, maybe he knows things we or they don’t. It is his job to keep us safe, It’s not Maddow’s job. These people forget, yes we have been in Afghanistan for ten years, but we have only been focusing on that war since 2009. Up until then it was ignore by Bush because of Iraq. America is a people who love to complain about things, we think we know everything, folks like Maddow and the others. But let us get attack again, then the first thing which will come out of these people mouth is we should have stayed and finished the job. Killing Osama bin Laden isn’t the end. It would be so nice if the terrorists were to say because bin Laden is gone we will seek to do America no harm, but that ain’t the case. I’m going to trust this President to do his job. I’m going to pray for the Lord to give him wisdom and strength. Let us all do that.

    • 191 EDP4BHO
      June 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      anniebella, what you said:

      “I’m going to trust this President to do his job. I’m going to pray for the Lord to give him wisdom and strength. Let us all do that.”

      Amen to this. After all, President Obama knew the details about Bin Laden when the frustrati was talking about God knows what. He has daily briefings each and every day, meetings, etc, the facts of which we know not, so who are any of us to question his pragmatism? I don’t listen to these buttholes either because time and again, they have been on the wrong side. I still say, they are jealous, jealous, envious, and demoralized by this extraordinary human being, who seems to have the protection of the angels. And they cannot figure him out, because they refuse to accept him as he is.

      • 192 theo67
        June 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        Indeed – when President Obama was going after bin Ladin, the PL were enamoured with Donald Trump, and were bedazzled by the President’s performance at the silly WHCD. That tells me everything I need to know about how much they know about what’s going on behind the scenes.

  56. 194 lisalovesobama
    June 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Lawry using his gorgeous mouth to finally do something worthwhile: bashing Paw Pawlenty 2.0 Jon Huntsman

  57. June 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I don’t care what the MSM or PL say. I watch the President to hear his speeches and have a few sources like the White House Blog, The Obama Diary, The People’s View and Steve Benen for news and analysis. I also get The Daily Snapshot from the White House. It has a photo or video, usually links to three articles of action he or the administration are taking and his daily schedule. Here’s the sign-up link


    I love it — there is always so much going on! I thought his speech was excellent. There are millions of people who will be very, very happy about this.

  58. 201 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    LOL Lisa…he;s talking about the Quiiter, She quit her bus tour….and know she canceled her Sudanese Trip….hmmmmmmmmm something is up.

    Maybe the poor people of Sudan couldn’t afford her, or someone in the RNC must have stopped her, since she was stealing the spotlight, then there’s Bristol’s book that gives you a glimpse of her parenting…. you know like having her daughter get knocked up, while drunk……either way I am glad she’s gone, and hope she listens to Barbara Bush, ‘JUST STAY IN ALASKA”.

  59. 202 halo
    June 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Oh look, the PL is going bonkers again.

  60. 203 P
    June 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I just want to tell everyone who participated on this post tonight..YOU ALL SOUND VERY INTELLIGENT (unlike the yip yip yap yaps on tv) and I love you all!!! OBAMA2012!!!!!! I am pretty young and I must say I am reading and learning a lot tonight and you all have some intelligent perspectives 🙂

    • 204 EDP4BHO
      June 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      And so do you young’un. You sure set me straight yesterday 😀 I admire that. Keep up with the learning. People can take a lot from you, they can never take your knowledge.

      • 205 P
        June 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Thanks. I do try to keep up. I fully agree with your last sentence. Knowledge is key! I was hoping I didn’t come off as too lecturing yesterday :lol:. Thank you all again 🙂

        • 206 Doris
          June 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

          Yes, thanks to everyone and Chips. I’m old lady, lol, so I’m a little slow and you guys keep me up to date. Thanks again. 😀

          • 207 P
            June 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

            Cool :D. Hey I’m 22 and need updating too :lol:. Chips is our saviour in getting our Obama updates. Respect 100%!!!!

            • 208 EDP4BHO
              June 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

              You’re 22. My you are mature for your age, especially when you go hittin on ol’ man Mr. President. He’s closer to my age, but he probably wouldn’t even give me the time of day. I’m old enough to be your momma 😀

              • 209 P
                June 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

                Shocks I should have never said my age ***hides face***. Not my fault the President is fine….:lol: and hey I don’t think he will give anyone the time of day! Hello we are competing against Michelle ;). 😆 @ old enough to be your momma. That’s okay you could be my friend too 🙂 I like listening to the elders! They have the best stories to tell ;).

  61. 210 Me4obama
    June 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Just emailed CNN and MSNBC and asked them to come clean and confess that they were distructed and asked them to watch the speech again or else they re going to look stupid tomorrow when “we the people make our voices heard” by tuning them out if they don’t stop their LIES.

  62. 211 AnitaW
    June 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I heard the speech in the car. I listened to WSJ and a progressive station that the call signs escape me at the moment. Both stations were ranting about the speech. WSJ was complaining that he was giving up on that excellent surge that worked so well in Iraq. The Progressive site was complaining that he has the U.S. in more wars at the same time than any other President to include Yemen and Sudan (how they can accuse those places of being POTUS’s war is beyond me). Unfortunately, I wasn’t in the car long enough to call that station and blast those assholes. In addition to the fact I didn’t catch their names.

    All this has told me is that he obviously made the right decision if he has everyone on both sides bitching. What a bunch of assholes.

    • 212 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      if both sides are angry, then he’s doing the right thing. I honest to god think he is the only sane or intelligent politician in Washington. God save him, he’s gonna be richly rewarded here and in heaven 50 years from now.

      • 213 EDP4BHO
        June 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Lisa, he to me, is the sanest, most intelligent, most compassionate and thoughtful, most prayerful and trusting in the Lord, of anyone in DC, and for that matter, he is unusually THE role model to follow for this country. He certainly has taught me a lot about life, just by how he lives his. Can’t say enough about the uniqueness of President Obama. He constantly amazes me with his strength and determination, and what someone noted earlier, how he can be tough but gentle at the same time, always looking at the better side of every thing and every body. He is a magnificent person, and anyone who doesn’t see this, in my opinion, even if he/she doesn’t care for his processes, is missing some morality, and certainly being dishonest.

    • 215 gobrooklyn
      June 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Oh yes. Apparently we’re in 6-7 wars. What the frack is wrong with these people? That doesn’t even make sense.

      • 216 Karen Sr.
        June 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        They must be counting the network news outlets in that number. I consider them the enemy and they must know it.

  63. June 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    This from Twitter:

    RT @camanpour Very top military wanted only 5,000 troops out by summer 2012, NOT all 33,000 troops as Obama orders. @maddow

    You see, as we all know, President Obama is his own man and makes his own decisions. This is what drives the PL, republicans, everybody crazy. They cannot bully him and make him do anything. He is not weak and will not be pushed around. So proud he’s in charge.

    • 218 Karen Sr.
      June 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Loving it. The press have watched him for almost 5 years, and they still don’t get it. They’re downright impotent next to our President.

  64. 219 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I WONDER WHY??? No one is talking about WHO Got Us In this WAR in the first place?????????? Hellooooooooooooooo

    This President is only cleaning up the mess the Bush left him………..not only is He doing a great job….HA! Who Got OBL again?

    journalism is DEAD!!!!!!!!!!

    • 220 P
      June 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      It seems like everyone forgot about Bush!!!! They are all on that blame Obama bull….!!!! Sometimes I just laugh at them. I am very proud of PBO and I refuse to let them brainwash me into thinking this man ain’t doing shii!!!

    • 221 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Bush on economics and war, clinton on DOMA and DADT. Ugh 🙄 There is no one like this president, nor will there ever be another like him in our lifetimes. The funny thing about life is that we never realize what we have until it’s gone or until we view it in hindsight, and hindsight is gonna serve this president well and the PL will be recorded in the history books as the malcontents and idiots they are. 🙄
      ps- you are soooo right, Journalism is so dead, so is fair and balanced. The media is going to hell in a handbasket 🙄

      • 222 Kasai
        June 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        Anytime soon….McCain will be announcing “I am suspending my campaign” so that I can help Newt on his financial mess….LOL

        Remember that!!!

  65. 223 Betty's Girl
    June 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I thought the President did a wonderful job tonight. I guess people did not listen when he was running for President. He was clear on his stance for this war. He said he would persue it; that he would seek to destroy Bid Laden and Al Queda How in the world do they think people would believe we could pull all troops out of Afganastan when we still have some troops in Iraq. I laughed at Rachel (and Barney Frank). Did she think he could give war plans out to everyone? Poor Rachel! I also laughed to see Congressional Dems do their usual dance with the President. I guess they believe we don’t remember that they voted for Bush open-end war.

    • 224 EDP4BHO
      June 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Oh we remember, and we need to start with a vengeance reminding them that they indeed helped get us into these wars, Betty’s Girl. Wholeheartedly agree.

  66. June 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Can I just say ow much I love you TODers? You are all so smart and witty and just so much fun to hang around.. We got this for PBO in 2012. I already ordered my yard sign. Hee hee.

  67. 228 halo
    June 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm


    sorry for the language. this is just infuriating.

  68. 230 Jessica
    June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Fine by me! I was content with 30,000 by the end of 2012 but 33,000 by the end of summer is even better. No complaints here. As long as there is an end in sight I’m fine with it.

  69. 231 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm



    • 232 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      hahahahahaha! Awesome message my friend. Of course she will ignore it, turdy little tool 🙄

      • 233 Kasai
        June 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        lol, I saw her board…there’s a lots of people tweeting her…..

        WE GOT YOUR BACK MR. PRESIDENT…..and we don’t even get paid by the Koch bros…to blog….hehehehe

  70. 234 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Anyone that has a Tweeter account should Tweet Rachel….

    We can’t sit and let them influence the American People…They must be stopped

  71. 235 Left-Indie
    June 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I think Rachel, as someone said above, goes of rails at times, but she is a good liberal. If we tweet-bomb her, it should be respectful. We should also tweet-bomb her when she does something well, which is often.

    • 236 Puddin
      June 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

      I don’t believe in bashing…as my 5 year old godchild says, “we should learn to use our words”, but sometimes Rachel is not nice and someimes she goes off the rail with her rant and raving…I tend to tune people out when they carry on the way she does someimes. It is one thing to not agree with the President or even criticize the President , but Rachel and her PL friends go off the deep end…they are not serving anyone.

  72. 237 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    It’s been a long while since she said anything positive about the President…

    • 238 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      I think she does more harm than good. Yes, she does take it to the Repugs often, but she also takes it to PBO an awful lot and the reasons are ALWAYS unfounded. She needs to go back to journalism school and learn how to report accurately. The day she starts being a “good liberal” and stops demoralizing the REAL base is the day I stop bashing her and I have a moderately decent thought about her. In my book, she’s useless.

      • 239 utaustinliberal
        June 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

        Exactly. She’s been on some weird rant for a while now. Tonight, after bashing PBO on Afghanistan she moved on to Libya. Complaining that PBO said we wouldn’t be there for more than days. Are you freaking kidding me? PBO said at first we would be the frontmen on the attack and then it would be a limited engagement where we support NATO and other allies and it would take months not days. We would also use other avenues to persuade Gaddaffi to step down. I had to change the channel before I blew my gasket.

        • 240 lisalovesobama
          June 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

          You have a cast iron stomach, as soon as Lawry finished, I switched to So You Think You Can Dance 😆 It was great !

          • 241 utaustinliberal
            June 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

            Oh I watched SYTYCD also. I was switching back and forth. The dances were awesome!!!!!! Can’t wait for the results show tomorrow. LMFAO is gonna be performing. I have no clue how they’re gonna eliminate 4 people. Ouch.

            • 242 lisalovesobama
              June 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

              I know! that was crazy! Loved the shout-out to PBO’s speech which delayed SYTYCD by 10 minutes tonight. It got a loud cheer! Awesome 🙂

      • 243 Sue in Minnesota
        June 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        She wants to be pressure from the left flank, but mostly she ends up being an ass. At one time I was awed by her smarts, but I began to recognize that she easily lets her emotions and personal agenda’s interfere with her commentary. She lost me with the arrogance she demonstrated in her fake address to the Nation re BP oil spill, and her absolute unobjective coverage of the process to repeal DADT. You know I think she is great for banging on the Republicans and in some cases the media, and to be fair she has given more credit to President Obama than most. But for the most part, I don’t find the demands of the left practical given the make-up of Congress, or the conduct of the Republicans.

        • 244 lisalovesobama
          June 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

          she lost me in PBO’s first year when all she complained about was DADT. 🙄 her fake apologies after complaining about PBO and his showing her up has lost its polish. You would think that with all the times she’s had to say “I was wrong” about PBO, she would just shut the hell up and just look, listen and learn, but no, she has to keep opening up her trap to trash PBO. 🙄 Her intelligence is obviously highly overrated 🙄

          • 245 Puddin
            June 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

            Overrated? Yes…I decided she was a fake/joke when she had Jon Stewart on, and he was trying to explain to her how what he does is different from what she and MSM is SUPPOSE to be doing…she couldn’t or wouldn’t even try to understand!

  73. 246 Kasai
    June 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Well, I will grant her respect when she does some home work, I respect her opinion but, let’s be fair to the President, he didn’t start this war, why is so hard for these journalist to state the facts. PBO did not start this war.

  74. 247 carolyn
    June 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Think of the messes Bush left hi with! His job has been like having to perform the seven labors of Hercules in a month! He has cleaned up so much, and is cleaning up more all the time. I figure that if the left fringe is mad because he isn’t going out faster, and the right is mad because he’s pulling too many out, he’s got it just about right! These troops can’t be taken out by magic….you can’t just put 10,000 troops on a plane and evacuate….it has to be PLANNED!!! They want him to snap his fingers and make it happen. They need to grow up.

    • 248 EDP4BHO
      June 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      People need to check out the WH correspondence dinner from 2010 with Wanda Sykes. She stated how PBO has a fixer-upper of a house now, having to rescue a country, and fix up a house that was being abused by it’s previous owner…..LOL! So true she was.

  75. 249 Little Lulu
    June 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President! Great speech and a wonderful prospect for an end to both endless BushCo wars! Thank you, troops, for your sacrifice and your hard work and for finding and killing Osama bin Laden and ending the scourge of his terrorist leadership. WE’RE GETTING OUT OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN! Wonderful, wonderful news and another GREAT SPEECH!

  76. 250 Betty's Girl
    June 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I think the President’s record of keeping his word and success in these efforts should warrant some trust. Rachel doesn’t know anymore than we do. I completely trust the President over anyone’s judgement. I mostly trust his ability to solve or manage whatever comes up. The President relayed strength, confidence, and promise for the future tonight. I can’t say the same for last year when he announced the surged. He seem to be feeling good. I think something will happened sometime in 2012.

    • 251 Tracy
      June 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

      What people like Maddow don’t take into consideration are the complex politics within Pakistan, its military splits, India, China; information about the jockeying for power that was uncovered in the trove from OBL’s hideout, the need to keep a presence there for credible negotations. No one thinks about the end game. Some commentators (Zaccharia, Ignatious in the WaPo) are giving a more considered review of the situation. What no one mentions, but I am sure WH and planners have thought about it, is that Afghanistan holds great unmined mineral wealth of rare metals (currently China has the corner on these, like lithium for advanced batteries). It is clearly in our interest to facilitate a stable future for Afganistan. It’s so hard for the professional POTUS bashers to give him any credit for intelligence. (Of course, the media failed to ask any questions of Bush who was notably deficient in that department!)

  77. June 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Thought you all would enjoy some of the Rachel tweets:

    Ok Rachel enough already…go home take a bubble bath….chill out …tomorrow is a new day…

    @maddow u are comical tonight just say u can’t stand the Pres, people will respect u

    @maddow the Dem party was never with the Pres lord this woman is really nuts u can see it

    @maddow why didn’t the troops come home when the Dems were in charge of both houses?

    Shame @maddow doesn’t have the nerve that she claims to have to ask these Dems in Congress why didn’t u bring the troops home.

    @maddow has gone off the deep end with her bash Obama bs, luv that the stream is full of disgust of her shenanigans

    Lawd @maddow u really r a joke. U talk abt the Dems in Congress please those asses can’t even do their jobs but cry Pres do it for us

  78. 260 Karen Sr.
    June 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    The point Secy Gates was making on the Sunday talk shows was that while we’ve been in Afghanistan for 10 years, we never had a strategy until 2009 and then we didn’t have our troops in until the summer of 2010. So, we’ve made a lot of progress in under two years.

    Of course, that’s not what the media wants to sell. They want to sell 10 years, war fatigue, billions of dollars. That’s all true, but they won’t tell the public the rest of the story. It’s only been two years.

    Give me strength, but it I can’t have strength, then please, God, give me patience. I’ll try to remember you created dumb so we could appreciate smart.

    • 261 lisalovesobama
      June 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      ” God, give me patience. I’ll try to remember you created dumb so we could appreciate smart.”—— you are so right. Beautiful statement, God give us and PBO strength.

    • 262 theo67
      June 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Yeah – people are war weary from a war that was ignored for 8 years, but was the only legitimate military action taken in that time. When they talk about the ten year war, they need to tell the whole picture of Bush having accountability for the first wasted eight years, and the loss of life. Plus the 4500 lost lives in Iraq, when he decided his personal agenda was more important than national security.

      • 263 EDP4BHO
        June 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        And people should forever replay that audio/video of Bush stating “he doesn’t know where Bin Laden is, nor does he spend any time looking for him.” Randi Rhodes is the only media person who will play that tape relentlessly. We need more like her. Even though she likes Kucinich and Weiner—–I have to allow for some craziness from everyone it seems——she will research before she comes on air and insists on being fully informed, and not bash for the sake of bashing. And she allows differing views without malice.

      • 264 lisalovesobama
        June 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        I love how the politicians especially are suddenly “war weary” under this president, especially the Repugs who love war like pigs love slop 🙄

  79. 265 northanger
    June 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Rachel was in Afghanistan last summer and I liked her reporting. At the time, I liked the idea of someone like her going there to get a personal perspective. However, while I was looking for links to that found, Rachel Maddow Misses Cronkite Moment in Afghanistan from The Nation. Which, I thought, could be the problem with a lot of our media coverage. So those criticizing Rachel, this stood out for me:

    Maddow is hardly gung-ho for war, but neither did she voice the sensibility of the 73 percent of Democrats who oppose the Obama war policy and favor a withdrawal timetable. What came across from Maddow is doubt about the effectiveness of the Afghanistan war, not opposition to it…. Maddow instead was ambiguous… For Maddow, Afghanistan is a quandary, not a quagmire.

    LBJ said, “That’s it. If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” But how do you get to that point if you’re always screaming? Or misrepresenting? Reminds me of a criticism about Citizen Kane and its Victorian Melodramatics, “high-pitched, creating a sort of repressed hysteria”.

    And maybe that’s the real point: POTUS doesn’t get a Cronkite moment because he doesn’t need one.

    • 266 theo67
      June 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Yeah, Rachel’s coverage of Afghanistan last year disappointed me because it was demoralizing to the troops the way she kept going on about how pointless the war was, and how it was doomed to failure. I didn’t find it objective at all.

      • 267 northanger
        June 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        I remember back in 2003/4 a blogger going on and on about the president being a “War President”. So that was my #1 criteria selecting a president in 2008, since we were still at war. And tonight, what I hear that president saying, in so many words, is his intention of retiring as “War President”. This does not mean he abandons the military or the continuing tasks that need to be done. But it gives me chills (some here are voicing the same reaction) thinking of this president turning his full energies to other tasks.

        This amazes me. Rachel should ask herself why all us non-Rhodes Scholars get this while she does not.

  80. 268 Sue in Minnesota
    June 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    President Obama has my complete trust and faith. May God be his strength and his shield.

  81. 271 hopefruit2
    June 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Mr. President. We have your back, Sir. You have our solid support.

  82. 272 Puddin
    June 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I don’t mean to sound silly or anything, but can/will somebody, anybody tell me

    • 273 Puddin
      June 22, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      …sorry about the incomplete thought…it makes sense to me to draw down slower rather faster (all at once as some folks are screaming) for many reasons, some I know about and understand and some I don’t…in any regard, I support the President 100%. But, I am wondering what would happen if all the troops came home from both wars at the same time…JOBS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? I hear the screams, “BRING OUR TROOPS HOMES”, but I haven’t heard a single word about what would happen to them…I mean, we don’t exactly have a good record of taking care of our veterans!

  83. 274 Bobfr
    June 23, 2011 at 1:23 am


    Apart from the Gettysburg Address, perhaps the single most important statement of the meaning of America ever delivered by a President, or anyone else.

    13 min, 17 secs.


    Listen to it. Listen again and again and again.

    Anyone trying to distract from the essential messages of what President Obama states should be dismissed, instantly.


    Listen to it.

    Share it.

    Converse about it.

    Memorize it.

    “Four score and seven years ago ….’

    “In all that we do, we must remember that what sets America apart is not solely our power -– it is the principles upon which our union was founded.”


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  84. 275 LYNND
    June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    After ten plus long years there finally seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Thank God my family members made it out of both of thoses hell holes safe and sound. I am confident that their brothers-in arms will be joining them soon. Thank God for President Obama, and God bless the USA!!!!

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