deficit reduction – update

President Barack Obama leaves after making a statement to reporters about debt ceiling negotiations in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House

100 Responses to “deficit reduction – update”

  1. July 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Senate votes on moving ahead with Libya resolution at 5. Busy day!

  2. July 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Senate votes on moving ahead with Libya resolution at 5. Busy day!

    Ooops! Harry just came to the floor and canceled the Libya Thingy. As his buddy Mitch said we should be talking about the budget and only the budget.

    Good ole Harry!

  3. 3 GGail
    July 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Chipsticks!

  4. 4 zizi
    July 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    PBO will whack them till they are dizzy. Yeah as Robert de Niro said “You talkin’ to me?huh?”

  5. 10 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    people comparing Casey Anthony to O.J Simpson.Yikes!

    • July 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I AM SO SICK OF THE CASEY ANTHONY CASE!!!!!!!! R’s are destroying this country and trying to take away all of our rights. And this mess is on 24/7. I’ve just had it with this media frenzy about BS. What makes this damn case so special?

      Sorry just had to get that off my chest.

      • 12 desertflower
        July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        I’m with you! I haven’t watched any of that circus. Seems that some people feel better if they can be the judge and jury on things they know nothing about…makes THEM feel better about themselves, or somehow important.I caught the reading of the verdict. Everyone was shocked! Shocked that she wasn’t found guilty of everything…and they’re upset about it.”Justice wasn’t served” Blah,blah, blah. Well, she was found not guilty by a jury of her peers. The jury wasn’t privy to all the evidence and conversations that everyone else heard…they based their decision on what they heard in court.I would say that justice was served…the way it was supposed to. funny how the same people screaming about their rights under the Constitution always complain when things don’t go their way…yet they bring it up at every turn otherwise.Sickening to me. Anyway…I’m with you. Glad it’s over. I guess it’s the same reason people stare at car accidents. Underbelly of human nature.

        • 13 dotster
          July 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

          I am sick about the verdict. I didn’t follow every detail, but I have an adorable little 2 yr. old grandson, have 3 grown daughters and I remember that cute age, and I just can’t imagine this mother’s conduct. Not telling anyone for 31 days that her daughter was missing, out partying all over the place, lying to everyone, she was the last person known to be with the child, her car’s trunk reeks of decomposition and has traces of chloroform, 84 searches for chloroform on her computer when no one else was home, her skeletal remains found a very short distance from her home etc. etc. I don’t think justice was served, and a guilty person will walk free. I’d like to know who the jury thought was responsible for this child’s death, some non-existent person like the non-existent Zanny the Nanny? Sickening. I imagine karma will get Casey sooner or later. It always does.

          • 14 desertflower
            July 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

            dotster… I understand your frustration. I didn’t sit glued to the tv like so many did, but I do know that this woman was given a trial by jury of her peers. They heard the evidence and for whatever reason, they came to this decision with direction to work within the law. Often times they were not privy to all the side discussions or the pundit talking heads. Those very same jurists have/had small children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews that fit the same age as the little girl.She has spent time in jail all these years…it was not without time spent. It may seem unjust to the tv viewer looking in, but I’m sure those jurors followed the rules they were given and reached the conclusion they did. If they were wrong, then karma has a way of taking care of that.If they were right, then justice WAS done.If you truly believe in our system of justice, I guess we have to have faith that the right verdict was given.I would rather have a guilty person set free than an innocent person put to death or put away for life.My take…I respect your feelings, but I’m glad this thing is over. We have many, many more important things to concentrate on now. Hugs.

      • July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        I don’t want to hear anything else about Casey Anthony. She just go away with killing her little baby. My heart goes out to that little baby. At least she is in heaven.

        • 16 nintendowii10
          July 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

          The same shit happened with OJ, he got away with killing his wife and kids…

          Bush/Cheney got away with killing thousands of American soldiers and Iraqis so that Halliburton and Blackwater could make record profits…

          What a messed up country we are!

          • 17 utaustinliberal
            July 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

            I’m with you POB and anniebella. I couldn’t care less about the Casey Anthony trial. If she’s found guilty or not guilty, at least she was judged by a jury of her peers. Her guilt or lack thereof does not concern me one wit. She isn’t in Congress and doesn’t have the power to affect millions of lives by the passage of a bill. She wields no true power. I’m concerned about the lack of adequate funding for education, climate change, the gop’s cult that is trying to destroy the gains the economy has made, keeping the msm honest and re-electing PBO. I’m watching Hardball and so far so good, but I can’t believe that Chris led with the verdict of the Casey Anthony Trial. When the hell did this become a hard news story. At least he’s calling out the GOP, Mitt Romney and Bachmann and his Let Me Finish segment looks like it’s gonna be a zinger.

      • 18 Anonymous
        July 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

        Don’t know enough about it to really give an opinion but I did hear the defense say in their press conference that the media made Casey out to be guilty even before the trial and that the media tried to control the results throughout – the lawyer pundits gave their verdict before the jury did and they expected the American public to go along with what they said. It reminded me of how the MSM also tries to control our politics as well – they want us to believe and go along with everything they say! Epic Fail!

        • July 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

          Nancy Grace Influenced the public!!! That’s not fair! Some people bought Into Nancy Grace’s theory. You know what? I don’t know, but I’m not gonna say that I don’t care, i pray for all,, Casey, and the Jury. My point Is this: they put this case and trial, and arguments, and theories all on television. Nancy Grace, spoke for the people

        • 20 desertflower
          July 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

          Yes. The case was tried in the court of public opinion, with the opinion givers not knowing the evidence or what they were talking about. I heard that too.

      • July 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

        I’ve never watched it either. I don’t know what’s wrong with the press. They love stuff like this.

  6. 23 ChristiMtl
    July 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Well lets expect major bashing from left and right after this……they are so predictable.

    • July 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Republicans are liars.

      • 26 utaustinliberal
        July 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        Oh I watched the press conference and some Fox News reporter asked Jay Carney about this crap narrative that the Stimulus lost $278,000 for every job created or some crap. The data was compiled by The Weekly Standard and Jay pushed back hard saying that The Weekly Standard used incorrect and not complete data to make a false assumption and he said everyone should view the data through the same narrow prism that was used to come up with that filth. I constantly applaud Jay for his patience in answering these bozos who are supposed to conduct proper research before asking dumb questions. Jay was brilliant today. He kept pushing back and wouldn’t be caught by gotcha and headline grabbing questions. Love him!

  7. July 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Cspan1 will have it!

    • 30 nintendowii10
      July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Bbbbbbut POTUS hasn’t been working hard enough to create jobs, the media said so! :mrgreen:

  8. 31 FiredUpInCA
    July 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Joe Biden was talking to Teamsters on July 1 and had a slip of the tongue.

    Here’s a paraphrase of the video. ‘If you vote Republican. You’re on your own. Don’t come running to me jack!’ He was talking to Teamsters but this slip of the tongue can apply to wide range of people who are still shilling the Democrats are no different from Republicans even after Walker, after Christie, after debt ceiling brinksmanship, after Minnesota laid of 23,000 public sector workers.

    • 32 Fred
      July 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      jeebus cripes! Casey Anthony just showed more emotions now that she (somehow) was found not guilty 😯

      • 33 Fred
        July 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        wanted to say damn right Joe.You tell ’em 😉

      • 35 nintendowii10
        July 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        looks like she has a guilty conscience… it appears she would have rather faced life in prison or even the death penalty as opposed to being acquitted of everything except lying to investigators.

    • 36 Anonymous
      July 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      What was the “slip of the tongue?”

      • 37 FiredUpInCA
        July 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        Well he’s supposed to be apolitical at this address, but you’re right, he’s telling the truth.

        • 38 utaustinliberal
          July 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

          Thanks for the clip FUICA. He’s right. If you are any type of minority: ethnic or LGBT, a woman, a student, middle and working class and you vote republican, I’m sorry but you probably have a screw loose. They will NEVER EVER fight for you. They are interested in helping corporations, oil companies and their uber rich buddies on Wall Street screw everyone else and call it a day.

    • 40 Anonymous
      July 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Does anyone have the complete video or audio of this speech with the Teamsters yet???? I need this speech in my LIFE……

    • 41 Debz
      July 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      How is this considered a “slip of the tongue” It sound like the message he wanted to get out there since many union members are republicans.

    • 42 GGail
      July 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      VP Joe is toooooo smooth! LOL!!!! I see he got a rousing standing ovation!

    • 43 m
      July 6, 2011 at 3:17 am

      You just have to love Joe! =) Thanks for the clip!

  9. 49 Doris
    July 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The naysayers have been yelling for the “bully pulpit,” here it comes.

  10. July 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    the civic making change workshop was streaming live and I had to click on the link for President Obama to get it. Looks like he will speak at the Press Conference before Jay Carney.

  11. July 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Hey my TODers, looks like I just got home in time.

  12. July 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    POTUS ain’t budging. Take that republicans. Thugs.

  13. July 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Jake Tapper: Such a republican tool. I love Jay; he takes no mess from these fake journalists.

  14. July 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I felt so reassured to hear President Obama speak. I really do trust him.

  15. 55 Anonymous
    July 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Jake Jake Tapper is an idiot. Why hasn’t he been fired?

  16. 56 desertflower
    July 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I must be in stupid mode today. I totally missed the President’s speech…I was watching the civics thing and didn’t realize I had to click on the President’s speech to hear the man! Bummer. I did see Tapper…is the guy of this planet? He is SOSOSOSO irritating.

    • 57 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      I did the same thing! duh!. I’ll have to watch the President later. I am loving Jay Carney though. He’s good!

      • 58 desertflower
        July 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        I’m glad I wasn’t alone…I should have known better. The President is very prompt!

  17. July 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I’m loving this Jay Carney, he doesn’t take no Bull.

    I love Gibbs but i have to say Jay Carney is a much better.

    • 60 Ladyhawke
      July 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      I agree. He is a lot like his boss. Very calm and mellow persona. He really does his homework. I like the fact that he used to sit on the other side of the podium. On top of all that, I think he is adorable.

  18. 62 GGail
    July 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Jay Carney is an excellent replacement for Robert Gibbs – they both are strong in handling “spin reporters”. I love it when he says, “you will not get me to say that or speculate on that”!

  19. July 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Jake Tapper is a major a-hole idiot.

    • 64 Ladyhawke
      July 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Oh great, Jay is taking Wendall down. What a STUPID, STUPID question from the FOX reporter. The Republicans hold the cards because they are willing to take the economy down. Now that’s something for the GOP to be proud of. Unbelievable……

      • July 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        Yep, I like that smack down, especially when he put his finger to his temple as if he was saying, yeah republicans are smart because they want to commit suicide.

  20. 66 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Tweety is going to be on fire today – brace yourselves for something good from Chris. He’s going to talk about flip-flop Mitt and the GOP’s nonsense about class-warfare and he will have his let me finish segment about the Republicans desire to ruin the entire country just to destroy Obama’s presidency.

  21. July 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    How can these reporters bear to look at themselves in the mirror. They sicken me 😕

    • 68 majii
      July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      They are in the group which will probably be affected by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. Plus, they probably own stock in corporations that will be affected if those tax loopholes are eliminated. They just HAVE to make it look like PBO is declaring war on the rich, and that he “HATES” corporations. They’re weasels looking out for their own welfare. See, they may have to forgo one of their yearly vacations if they don’t get that tax cut! They’re all self-serving tools, imo.

  22. July 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Go ahead, Jay. Told them Dems aren’t willing to cause a calamity. Rs are.

  23. July 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Oh that stupid Fox tool. The black guy. Can’t stand him. Putz.

  24. July 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    why do these idiot reporters use bogus evidence/ research when dealing with the WH? Are they really that dumb?

    • 72 Ladyhawke
      July 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Here’s Chuck Todd obsessing about PROCESS. I liked him better when he was covering the presidential campaign back in 2008. He is dreadful as a White House Press Corps reporters. Just dreadful…….

      • 73 majii
        July 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Process, Smocess. What we need is for Congress to do its job, address the issues of raising the debt limit and the budget, and solve them. We heard this same mess when HCR was being debated. The republicans loaded the bill with their amendments and got tools in the press like Tapper to holler about process and the republicans not having any opportunities to study the bill. All lies, all the time is what America gets from the republicans and their supporters in the press like Tapper.

  25. July 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Chuck: “brief us on the meeting the president had over the weekend.”
    Jay: “Nope.”
    Right on Jay!!!!!! Right on! Chuck can stick it up his pipe and choke on it 😡

    • 75 nintendowii10
      July 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Chuck Todd is just another troll.

    • 76 Dakota
      July 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Did he really say “Nope?” I’m at work and can’t see it!

      • July 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Yep, the words were barely out of Chuckster’s dumb mouth when Good ole Jay said: “Nope.” Then Chuck started badgering again and Jay said: “I’ve told you I won’t discuss what PBO and others talk about.”

        • 78 desertflower
          July 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

          A couple Chucky smackdowns in the last few days:) The President wouldn’t even answer one of his questions from the press conference last week:)

  26. July 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Good job Jay! Nice shutting Chuck up, Jay 🙂

  27. 80 Ladyhawke
    July 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Now we are getting the inevitable FEELINGS questions from a reporter. The president SEEMS more positive today than last week. What changed. A fifth grader could ask more pertinent questions.

    Lady, Jay is not going to negotiate from the podium. Stop asking him to tell you who said what, when and how the president feels about such and such. Please.

  28. July 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Mark! Stop asking about the 14th Amendment!

  29. 82 Ladyhawke
    July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    The fact that this is another eleventh hour incident is just infuriating. The Only Adult In The Room needs more adults in the room with him.

  30. July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    How many times are these idiot reporters gonna ask about a short term deal instead of a long term deal. Weren’t they there when PBO was saying that he does NOT want a short term deal where we are kicking the bucket down the road?!! Seriously, how much do these tools get paid for their crap jobs?
    Oh no, hidden meaning behind why the meeting is at WH instead of Capitol Hill 🙄 really chick? 🙄

  31. 84 Ladyhawke
    July 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm


  32. 89 Fred
    July 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    those journalists deserves major facepalms

  33. July 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ah that second pic of POTUS is just…sigh.

  34. 91 hopefruit2
    July 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’m watching Rev Al now on MSNBC – filling in for that one whose name I refuse to mention.

    • 92 utaustinliberal
      July 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      I’m watching him too and boy he doesn’t take any prisoners. You know exactly where he stands. His support of PBO is unwavering and his disdain of the GOP flies right through the tv screen.

      • 93 Fred
        July 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

        that Joshua Trevino or whatever the heck his name is;is one smug fack 😡

        • 94 Renegade522
          July 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

          Is he for real? I thought he was being sarcastic the first time around. I hate when they have that smirk on their faces. Jerk!!

  35. 95 Kasai
    July 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Obama appoints out lesbian to West Point board : ……PBO keeps on working for everyone rights,


    • 96 hopefruit2
      July 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Will Maddow say that he’s against doing what he just did? Or will she keep her trap shut this time.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm


  37. 98 Karen Sr.
    July 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Chris Matthews-

    We had a name for those who reneged on their debts. Deadbeats.

    David Axelrod-

    Not raising the debt limit is like eating a big meal and walking out without paying for it.

    These message will be lost on the party of No conscience.

    • 99 desertflower
      July 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Or a Claire McCaskell said today…like buying a car and refusing to make the payments. This is NOT like hiking your credit card limit so you can buy some more. This is like we bought it already,now we have to pay for it? If not paying for it is the “fiscally responsible” version out of RW mouths…we ought to make them choke on it!

  38. 100 GGail
    July 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    My local CBS news here in Southern LA played the President’s speech.

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