President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates during an Armed Forces Farewell Tribute, June 30, 2011, at the Pentagon

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    June 30, 2011 at 9:45 am


  2. 2 hopefruit2
    June 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Is this being carried live on any of the news networks like CNN?

    • June 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

      No! They are to busy dissecting the presidents speech yesterday and saying how Romney will be at a factory in phili that got stimulus funds that is closed! Sigh! Anything to nail the president on, they are only do happy to report it…

      • 4 theo67
        June 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

        Should be familiar territory for Romney, since he’s caused many businesses to close it’s doors after claiming to be riding to the rescue.

  3. June 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Just in: the senate to skip July 4 th recess to work in debt issue!

    Just like the president asked for!

    Puts pressure on boner to do the same.

    One thing the president said that nobody picked up on- he said all our troops will be out of Iraq at the end of year!


  4. June 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Senate to skip July 4th recess to work on debt & deficit issues. Go Mr President let them feel the heat

  5. June 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Petreas confirmation vote for CIA will be around 2!

  6. 8 Fred
    June 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

    very nice ceremony for Secretary Gates 😀

  7. June 30, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Everyone, I know gos is the last place anyone wants to click on to, but this is a good piece here on how we can further get Starbucks,, Morning Joe’s biggest advertiser.


    • 10 hgerhard
      June 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      I just called Starbucks and let them have it, I told them that I am a huge coffee lover and a constant customer and that I will NEVER visit a Starbucks again as long as they continue their sponsorship of Morning Joe. I also emailed MSNBC and Time Magazine and told both that no apology will do – Halperin has to go!

  8. 12 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’m watching/listening now — Prez looks and sounds absolutely phenomenal, and the event looks very impressive. Two brilliant men — heads and shoulders above the rest.

  9. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

    President is doing a surprise Presidential Medal of Freedom award to Gates. This is really beautiful.

  10. 14 Debz
    June 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The Medal of Freedom! How wonderful Best wishes to Bob Gates and his family!

  11. 15 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    These are TRUE patriots. TRUE public servants. TRUE AMERICANS. Gates is getting ready to speak — I really lub him :-). Gates has a funny line about the surprise medal: “You’re pretty good at this covert ops stuff.”

    [Damn airplanes keep flying overhead. Grrrrrrrr.]

  12. June 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

    You heard that first solar got 4.5 billion dollar commitment from DOE? Yes, for 3 large solar plants in California.
    To create 1200 new jobs!

    June 30, 2011 at 10:36 am


  14. June 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    From Twitter
    mlcalderone Michael Calderone
    MSNBC, in statement, says Mark Halperin will be “suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.”

  15. 19 ChristiMtl
    June 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

    MSNBC, in statement, says Mark Halperin will be “suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.”

    • 20 Titti
      June 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

      People power!!

    • 21 PoliticalJunkessa
      June 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

      “…..only to cash out on Fux News, a gig which he always wanted and for which he was obviously auditioning…”

      [I added that part :wicked: ]

      • June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

        So, that was a pre planned out for him???

        • 23 PoliticalJunkessa
          June 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

          I’m only joking/speculating, Jovie…… but I wouldn’t be surprised. They would LOVE this asshole at Fux! 👿

        • 24 Titti
          June 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

          Tee hee. I think PJ is just speculation but then again nothing should surprise us where this plonkers are concerned. This ‘display’ might actually be part of his CV/audition for Faux.

    • 25 dotster
      June 30, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Good! I hope indefinitely is forever. He doesn’t deserve to ever be invited back. Put him on the shelf and walk away.

      • 26 dotster
        June 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

        MSNBC is reading their statement now which says Halperin is being suspended indefinately. Then they read Halperin’s apology. He said he deeply regrets it. Yup, I bet he does. But I don’t think he regrets his remark—-he looked real smug about that one, real proud of himself. He regrets he got caught and caused a firestorm and got the boot—–hopefully gone for good.

        • 27 PoliticalJunkessa
          June 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

          I don’t think he even regrets getting caught, nor the firestorm. I think he hopes it lights a fire under the right-wing. This idiot has been begging for someone to “sock it to” the President for 3 years now. He’s beyond frustrated at PBO continuing to rise and shine.

          He doesn’t regret a damn word. Rush is probably ecstatic.

        • June 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

          Let’s hope he gets the same treatment from Time and then he can go to his rightful place over at Faux News. He probably did it to get in with them. You know people get hefty raises over there when they insult the president.

          Don’t let the door hit you where the good lawd split ya, ole Halperin.


    • 29 Fred
      June 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

      good riddance to bad rubbish!

    • June 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Now, we need to let them hear from us about Mika and Joe Scarborough. I don’t expect that they will be let go, but let’s let them know that they laughed at this nonesense and thought it was OK.

      • 31 GGail
        June 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        Not only did they laugh, they encouraged “bad boy Halperin” to say it. It was like watching a scene from an elementary school yard. Kids egging the boy to “do it”, do it, do it” and then saying “oooooooo” when he does. True colors are really beginning to bleed through.

  16. 32 Titti
    June 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Missed PBO’s intro. A fitting farewell to a true citizen, a protector of the US and a truly loyal and long serving member of several administrations. We bid you farewell Mr Gates.

  17. 33 halo
    June 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    “MSNBC, in statement, says Mark Halperin will be “suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.””


  18. 37 meta
    June 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Here’s the news!

    BREAKING: 1st Twitter @townhall w/ Pres Obama at the WH on 7/6 @ 2ET. #AskObama your Qs on the economy & jobs: http://t.co/Uk04H97

    FUN!! Tweet with POTUS!!

  19. 42 Anonymous
    June 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Hey Yall, I called Starbucks and requested their statement. I told them I cannot have their product today until I know what this company thinks about Mark Halperin comment. 1-800-235-2883…


    • 43 theo67
      June 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Good job – I gave up Starbucks a few years ago and switched to a local coffee house that roasts their own beans. After seeing that they sponsor Morning Joke, my resolve was cemented.

  20. June 30, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Morning Joe knows that live cable does not have a seven second delay. That is for talk radio- only:


    Lame excuse Joe!

  21. 45 LOL
    June 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

    In non asshole news,business activity in the midwest ispicking up again..WWWWOOOOOHOOOO


  22. 46 AnitaW
    June 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you Sec. Gates for your service. Happy retirement sir, you will be missed but not forgotten.

  23. 47 Fred
    June 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Sec Gates THANK YOU

  24. 48 CTGirl
    June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Just watched this on CSPAN and yes, teared up a bit.

  25. 49 N
    June 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Gates made a funny joke about O being good at covert ops (in reference to the bin Laden mission and keeping the Presidential Medal of Freedom award secret from Gates). Can you get video of that?

  26. June 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    While still trying to wrap my mind around the ‘crazy’ that is the news media, I noticed this at Sullivan’s …


    Seems more bloggers are pointing to Boehner … finally! {Smartypants shared a similar blog authored at Booman Tribune Yesterday (?)}.

  27. June 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Everybody, including MSNBC knew Halperin was Incompetent. They just needed an excuse to fire him

    “I don’t care what Halperin calls Barack Obama. But for the record, President Obama did not really act like a dick yesterday, which is unsurprising, because Mark Halperin is a horrible political analyst who is wrong about everything. (Also for the record, it takes one to know one.)

    This is a great excuse for MSNBC to fire Halperin, though! I mean if they won’t fire him for being incompetent at understanding and explaining politics they now have an opportunity to fire him for being disrespectful and vulgar. (Ed Schultz was suspended over as much.)

    Being a professional observer of the “horse race” is bad enough, but Halperin doesn’t even understand the horse-race element of politics. He fails at being a hack. He’s too dumb to correctly parrot conventional wisdom. He is pretty sure Sarah Palin and Donald Trump are 2012 front-runners. He thought “suspending his campaign” to fix the economy and not knowing how many houses he has were both huge messaging victories for John McCain. He wrote a book about how to win in 2008 that predicted everything Hillary did, but in his world it all worked. He thought Bush’s political comeback would come any day now throughout the entirety of the years 2006-2008. He can’t interpret polls or see through the spin of GOP consultants who are much smarter than he

    • 55 lisalovesobama
      June 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      i love carney’s response to the question: “are all the tv’s gonna remain on MSNBFOX?”
      Jay: “that’s certainly not true in in my office, we like to mix it up. as for the……….second question.”
      Totally refused to answer for the rest of the tv’s in the whitehouse. I’m thinking staffers in the WH are NOT going to be watching MSNBFOX any more. Look out CNN, BBC, and other news sources, looks like your viewership is about to increase!!!!

  28. 56 Claire
    June 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    The President carries on doing his duties at the highest standard possible regardless of all of the idiots in this country.

    Just read that Stephen Colbert’s Super Pac was approved. He has made a mockery of our asinine supreme court with their partisan decision. This is exactly what the President said would happen.

    • 57 theo67
      June 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      I just hope that anything he collects under his Super Pac goes to a worthy cause and doesn’t get distributed to crazy candidates.

  29. June 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Dept of energy announces new job training initiative:


  30. June 30, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Breaking: geitner to resign…


  31. 64 Anonymous
    June 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Guys, please have you heard any news regarding if Starbucks has made any type of statement regarding what happened on the morning joke show???????????

    • 65 theo67
      June 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I haven’t seen anything, but I did call Starbucks this morning. They need to say something.

  32. 66 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you so much for your decades of service Secretary Robert .M. Gates. I hope he goes forth into private life, gets some much needed downtime and bonding with his wife and continues to remind everyone, leaders and citizens alike of our duty towards the troops. I am touched at the President’s kind gesture of The Medal of Freedom; it speaks of how much he respects and admires Bob Gates. And the respect and admiration is reciprocal. I am sad that he has to leave, but hey everyone deserves a private life after years of service to the nation. I am going to be as equally sad when Admiral Mike Mullen ends his term of service but I also wish he and his wife the best of luck. Live long and strong. 🙂

  33. 67 Walking on Sunshine
    June 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    It was a touching ceremony. I wish Bob Gates all the best.

  34. 68 AnitaW
    June 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I had to watch the Medal of Freedom presentation again. Very touching. Good job Sec. Gates.

  35. 69 lisalovesobama
    June 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I love Bob Gates and will miss his guidance, support and leadership. Please have a great and restful retirement.

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