press conference

President Obama speaks at a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, July 15

197 Responses to “press conference”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Happy Friday Chips and TOD family. Can’t wait to see The Only Adult in The Room schools these reporters and repubs.

    Boner gave a statement did anyone here it?

  2. July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I notice the msm does not ask everyone and their mother about what should the president say?

    Maybe bc corporate media might lose money if their is a default and this time might be rooting for the president. Just saying!

  3. 11 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Washington searches for ‘plan B’ on debt ceiling


    As Republicans continue to play games with America’s credit rating, Standard & Poors gets serious, opening into a window into why President Obama was seeking that big, $4 trillion deal.

    Some Republicans may be having second thoughts, and Eric Cantor may have finally found a way to shut up in the White House meeting, but the debt limit crisis that’s threatening America’s 70-year, AAA rating is far from over.

    The biggest alarm came when S&P followed Moody’s in issuing a U.S. credit warning. But this one came with some demands:


    In other words, a clean debt ceiling hike no longer will do. S&P is no longer confident that in the current political climate, significant progress could even be made on a long term debt reduction deal. So now, it’s either get it done now, or risk having the nation’s short and long term bond ratings reduced.

    Now you can see why President Obama was pushing so hard for that $4 trillion deal. The White House and Democrats have been talking to the financial markets, and they understand that the expectation of U.S. bond holders was that the debt ceiling hike would not become the conflagration it is, but that the inevitable political tension might enable the U.S. to get it’s debt house in order over the long term. Now that it’s clear that Republicans are ideologically incapable of coming to the table in a serious way — so beholden are they to the ignorant, insane extremists among them, or as the folks at The Economist put it last week, the “economically illiterate and disgracefully cynical” crowd that gets its economic advice from Rush Limbaugh and Rupert “phone hacker” Murdoch’s Fox News, it looks like the grownups on both sides of the aisle are going to have to pull one hell of a Hail Mary to save the U.S. from a downgrade.

    With President Obama set to hold a news conference Friday at 11 (but no further meetings with congressional leaders) — the contours of a deal appeared to be emerging from the ashes of Mitch McConnell’s cynical capitulation from earlier this week. As the Wall Street Journal explains:



    • July 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Ladyhawke, that is a big piece of news. That sounds pretty scary. Indeed it explains why he is pushing for the 4 trillion deal. I really think those ugly repuglicans, many of whom are racist, want this to happen because, in the end, they think that Obama will be voted out of office. The ugliness of all of this is overwhelming.

      • 13 Anonymous
        July 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        i think that those TP/Republicans want the government to default…i heard a Senator from Illinois who appeared on HardBall yesterday talk about how he does not beleve there will be dire consequences if our government goes into default…he believes that everyone is lying about what would happen if the Debt ceiling is not lifted….. the US government could just pick and choose what or who would be paid….

        these folks are wacko…and they hold a significant weight in our government…

        Lord help us all..

  4. 14 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

    The Dems are giving a press conference right now. Nancy is speaking. I love her.

  5. 15 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Now the President is talking.

  6. July 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Dang, Pres looks good. Sorry for being so shallow.

  7. 22 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Mr President stick to the $4 Trillion deal and let the Teahadists hang themselves on their own

  8. 23 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

    He is telling it like it is. Everyone has to compromise. He is going for broke. Thank goodness he is the one standing there.

  9. July 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Ugh, Jake “ass hole” Tapper.

  10. July 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Dont ask Tapper! He’s horrible! His questions are so damned slanted!

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      July 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Tapper was such an a-hole with his posturing. Mr. President are you willing to be transparent and show leadership by telling us what exactly you will cut from Medicare and SS and if there will be a means test. Yeah Jakehole I’m willing to be transparent and let everyone watch me kick your ass!

      • 27 Anonymous
        July 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

        “kick your ass!”

        You mean….”kick YO ass” ? LOL. You know, gotta go ghetto on these folks. I really must do something about wordpress here at work.


      • July 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        I think I know what Tapper is always so disagreeable: too much time sucking rotten eggs.

  11. July 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

    How many times does he have to tell them he won’t negotiate medicare / ss in the media.

  12. July 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hah, no to whining Paul Ryan’s stupid plan.

  13. 31 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    The President repeats what he has been saying but they don’t listen. They keep trying to get him to say something against the middle class. He is so stupid.

  14. 32 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I knew Jake Tapper would ask about the entitlement stuff…he’s been reading the blogs (esp. DKOS) – regarding the raising of the age.

    • July 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Tapper, is an asshat. He disgusts me.

    • 34 Sue in Minnesota
      July 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      There is a huge difference between asking a question and fishing for the ‘right’ answer. Tapper is an assclown who IMO constructs his questions to achieve an answer that will support his already determined conclusion. The guy wants to ”ake up the news rather than report the news. The guys ego is bigger than his body.

  15. 35 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

    He is saying you have to raise revenues and not hurt the working class.

  16. 36 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

    fuck off Tapper.I really mean it.Fuck off

  17. 39 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

    that Hans punk is pissing me off

    wtf Chuck Todd still repeating a fucking GOP lie huh? Mr President please call Todd a Carnival Barker that he is 🙄

  18. July 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    ‘The American people don’t care about the reality tv aspect of these talks’— awesome!!! Nice smackdown to dodo headed Chuck 🙂 🙂

    • 41 dotster
      July 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Loved that response! Perfect! The American people don’t care about whose feelings got hurt. That’s chatter for the beltway. The public just wants them to do what they were elected to do.

      • 42 utaustinliberal
        July 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

        I loved the subtle smackdown he gave Chuck Todd. Chick kept interrupting POTUS, so that he could make some news. Jay Carney’s face was like STFU dude and let the adult speak!

  19. 43 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    How dare Chuck interrupt the President!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 44 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    someone please tweet Todd a good fuck you for me please

  21. July 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    chuck is one dumb mofo.

  22. 46 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2011 at 11:22 am


    • July 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I just told him that on twitter. You should tell him too. Tired of his BS.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        July 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

        What is his Twitter address?

        • 49 utaustinliberal
          July 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

          @chucktodd He’s so disrespectful. He just kept interrrupting. I’m like dude, STFU and let POTUS speak. I don’t want to hear from you, I want to hear from the adult. Jay Carney’s expression was priceless. It was like WTF is this fool asking the POTUS. STFU!

          • July 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

            @Chucktodd what is wrong with you, was that little tantrum about the American people’s business or your ego?

            • 51 meta
              July 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

              He’s getting hammered on Twitter. Jerk.

              • July 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

                good. I always love it when I find out he’s getting his what fors on twitter 🙂 It makes me realize how involved people are in the process. Sometimes it feels like we are the only ones fighting back so it’s always great when I’m reminded that just because I can’t or don’t see it, doesn’t mean that the twitterverse isn’t there and fighting right along with us. 🙂

              • 53 Sharon
                July 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

                Moments like this, make me wish I was on Twitter. You all do me proud…get him, get him good!

                • 54 meta
                  July 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

                  I resisted Twitter for a long time. It just didn’t seem all that useful. Then the Arab Spring began and I really changed my mind. It takes some focus to get the hang of it but once you do, it’s very addicting because you have this constant flow of reaction to read in real time and there are many very brief but interesting takes on things.

  23. 55 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:24 am

    This weekend I plan to learn twitter. I have to tell these folks how I feel. You all are doing such a great job. Now the President is talking about where the debt came from. Tell it like it is!!!!!!!

  24. 57 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:25 am

    glad he gave them that “job killing tax cuts” zing

  25. 58 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Once again he says when he likes something the repubs are against it even if they were for it.

  26. 59 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    We are suppose to looking at the problem from the prism of what is good for the country not just the people who elected us!!!

  27. 60 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    He has 3 trade deals ready to go, but they are being held up because congress won’t do it’s job.

  28. July 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

    He really called out the repubs. Speaker Boehner had some problems with his caucus. In other words, Boehner is incompetent. Ha!

    • July 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Re-elect President Obama and I hope we can get a real leader, as Speaker of the House. Maybe like good ole Pelosi. She is so much better than that do nothing cry baby Boehner.

  29. 63 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    If you are a progressive you should be as concerned about the debt and deficit and a conservative. This man is ending with a real statement about what we all should be doing. Thank you Mr President.

  30. 64 MTmarilyn
    July 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I have an apt so I am off. I’ll see you all when I get back.

  31. 66 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

    The President is correct when he said that debt and deficits should be a concern for progressives as well. Exactly, if you don’t address your debt problems, you cannot start thinking about other investment spending. Every family knows this.

  32. 67 Me4obama
    July 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Impressive, Excellent, what a man and what a press conference.

  33. 68 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I loved when POTUS said “I always have hope. Don’t you remember my campaign? I have hope in the American people. Even when they’re suffering and frustrated, they always have optimism” And then he chuckled flashed that killer smile and everyone in the room began laughing. I love that he still has hope, because things will be difficult, life will kick you in the teeth and HOPE will forever keep you from sinking into despair.

    • July 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

      I loved that part too! I was just thinking about it. He is so awesome. I don’t think he could do this job if he wasn’t so optimistic. I think that can do spirit is bred in his bones. Contrary to what repugs think: yes we can isn’t some catchy slogan arbitrarily used by his campaign. It’s part of who he is, part of his very being. I really, really love him. {{{{{sigh}}}}}}
      ps-still can’t get over how fucking rude Chuck was. Even Tapper the A-hole was decent enough to be respectful-despite his GOP talking points-and he said thank you after PBO answered his question. I never thought I’d see the day when Chuck sunk lower that that Repug slimeball Tapper 😡

  34. July 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    2012, whoever the nominee is , we’re gonna have a debate about how to [do these things] ……”I think I would win that debate…..”——- yes you would cause neither Mittens or T-Paw have any solutions. All we’ve been hearing from both in the last two weeks are *****crickets********** HELOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Anybody there? ……. Mittens, T- Paw?…………

  35. 71 Me4obama
    July 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

    He put Chuck Todd in his place, the reality TV comment was priceless. What a man!

    • July 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

      I thought it was great too! Yesterday morning after reading POB’s post on the sliminess of the media and Chuck Todd and his all GOP panel, I composed a lovely note to him that he wasn’t a true reporter and that he lacked ethics, common sense, etc. I told him that we all already knew that he was a repug but we had hoped that he would at least do the honorable thing and report the news in politics with giving it his repug slant. I told him all the things I’ve ever heard from people about the media. I told him about the comments I’ve read on blogs and articles talking about how the media is corrupt and lazy. Everything I’ve ever said about the media’s shadiness, everything I’ve ever heard about the media’s shadiness went into that email. I even told him that more and more people are turning away from cable news cause they’ve realized that it was fake: Just a bunch of innuendos and speculation with flashing lights. I told him that cable news was just a huge con job. Supposed news that’s propped up by and given it’s talking points from the big corporations that enable them. I told him shame on him and the rest of them for bringing dishonor to their so called reporting. I told them that the days of true journalists were over.
      What a punk.

      • July 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        oh, ps- I told him he should go to Faux News like that troll Ed Henry did, as I believed it would be a great fit for him. ALSO, I said to him that I hoped-much like Ed- PBO would give him a searing smackdown before his eventual retreat to the FOXhole, too!!!!!!
        pps- do you think he read that e-mail yesterday and as he was sitting in that press room, completely humiliated, he thought about that line in the e-mail? wouldn’t that be frigging awesome?!!! — hopefully he takes my advice and now goes to FOX 🙂 we certainly wouldn’t miss him 🙂 🙂

        • 74 Betsy
          July 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm

          What would be even more perfect is, that after Todd goes to Fox, the scandal will take Rupert Murdoch down, and Fox News would be permanently removed and Henry and Todd lose their jobs and be in the unemployment line. Then they might understand what the American people are going through.

  36. 76 Andre
    July 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    What frustrates me is that GOP members knows that budget matters MUST originate (i.e. be written) in the HOUSE, not the WHITE HOUSE, but yet they crying that the President isn’t writing a bill…if they want him to do their JOB, they should pass a constitutional ammenment giving the President the power to write bills and forward to congress to vote up or down. That will slove ALL the issue they are struggling with by holding up all his job proposal in the House.

  37. 77 Fred
    July 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I won’t say anything else in that thread other than fuck off Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper;smug fucks

  38. 78 RinaX
    July 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I don’t often get to see President Obama smack down idiot reporters as I’m usually at work when he has his press conferences, but it was enjoyable watching him squash that slug Chuck Todd. Anyways, I’m definitely going to continue writing my reps to not give in to fear and cave and vote for some dumb Republican plan. President Obama did not sound enthused at all about McConnell’s plan and only credited the fact that he acknowledged that the debt ceiling needed to be raised. But conservadems can really screw us over by going along with Repubs, so they need to be our target, along with continuing pressure on Republicans.

    Two things that he mentioned as being acceptable changes to SS and medicare were means testing for wealthy recipients and provider payments. Parts of what he considered “cuts” were reductions to ethanol spending and payments to other industries like the oil subsidies, etc.

    He still insists on raising revenues along with any cuts, and anyone who says anything else is a liar. Congress needs to hear from us!

    • 79 DTTM
      July 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Excellent analysis, RinaX. His best presser yet on this situation. By emphasizing that polling shows the American people are with HIM on tax increases, I think his position is clear: a deal must include revenue increases. He will not stray from that view because he already has boxed in the Repubs on their anti-revenue stance. He said as much today. And as for entitlements, clearly raising the medicare age is an idea, but just an idea, and that would be the most controversial. But means testing medicareand raising means the SS cap would be popular. Bottom line: the rich are going to have to sacrifice, period. Got it now, Rachel Maddow, Hamster, Jon Stewart? Couldn’t be any clearer.

  39. 83 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 15, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the liveblogging, y’all.

    Can’t follow the presser, but from the pics Chips just put up, our Prez looks in fine form. And I love that tie :-).

  40. July 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Those pics are awesome. Is it just me or did Pres look extra fine today? Whoo, better go run my errands. BBL.

  41. 86 GGail
    July 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Jerry Springer is on KTLA and he said he supports what the President is trying to do to balance the budget. He said that he’s in that top bracket and if he was told that he would have to pay a little more that he would gladly do it. That it’s not fair for him to get a pass and the people who could lest afford it get taxed more. WOW Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!

    • 87 Me4obama
      July 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Jerry, jerry, Jerry

    • 88 Dakota
      July 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Samuel L. Jackson said the very same thing.

    • July 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      There are some people who don’t mind trying to do what is right for the country. There are some people who see that you can’t ask the poor and middle class to sacrifice, but the rich, we leave them alone. That is just not fair, it is not right. And I hope and pray the American people will see that in 2012. We know what the Republicans will see, but I am talking about the common sense folks. This President have meet these Republicans more than half way. But they continue to say it is my way or no way. That is not fair. So let them stick to their way. This President is showing leadership. Boehner is showing he is scare of his own party, he is scared of Cantor. You know talking about Springer, I remember when GW Bush was doing his tax cuts for the rich, I remember Cher was on tv Larry King and she said she didn’t need those tax cuts. But Bush gave them to the rich anyway. And they were not paid for.

  42. 90 Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What is potentially interesting is that the GOP would probably benefit more from the $4T deal given there is a majority of Republicans who agree with a balanced approach over the fact that any SS/Medicare/Medicaid cuts are incredibly unpopular and would be attacked and easily demagogued against. So if McConnell and Boehner were politicaly smart they’d take the big deal – not to mention it would be easy to lower the same taxes in the future compared to making any changes to entitlements in any stand alone bill.

    • July 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      But Anonymous, first the people will have to see what it is the President was talking about doing to Medicare/Medicaid. O’Donnell said Bill Clinton made cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in 93, and the Democratic Party said not a word. They for sure didn’t go after Clinton like they went after Obama.Why was that, I wonder?

      • 92 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        July 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        uhhh……………..annie do you really need the answer to that spelled out for your?

  43. 93 ingrid
    July 15, 2011 at 11:56 am


    Classic how he dealt with Chuck Todd
    I believe that’s how he dealt with Cantor

    Keep the faith!

  44. July 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I loved when he was talking about turning 50 in a couple of weeks. He was like: gonna get my AARP card soon… and the discounts! —-too fracking cute 🙂 🙂

    • 95 LYNND
      July 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Yeah, that was pretty cute huh? Welcome to the club Mr. President. I swear, that man could be reading a fast food menu and still sound more sane and intelligent than the tea party repubs.

  45. July 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    POTUS calling the International Space Station at 12:30 ET

    • July 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      hahahahahaha! PBO talked to the flight crew and was like: it’s great that you are such a close crew
      Russian crew member: we are more than a crew, we are a family
      PBO: it’s good that you are a family, cause I’m assuming with how cramped living space y’all are… it’s good to be close…. the bathroom… My wife and my girls always [cramp] me out, so…
      Crew: hahahahahahaha
      Crew Leader: well Mr. Pres, we have three bathrooms, a gym, several bedrooms….. so in terms of spacious housing outside of earth, this is pretty good.
      Light chuckles from PBO and flight members
      Then they move on to other topics. 🙂

      • July 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm


        I was stoked when POTUS said “capture the flag

        STS-135: What’s Going Up One of the items commemorating the shuttle’s achievements is a flag from the first shuttle launch in 1981, STS-1. The flag will be handed over to the space station residents and will remain in orbit until the first commercial spaceflight to the station, when NASA astronauts will retrieve it.

  46. July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Well, the first 650 troops from Afghanistan are on a plane home! Yippee!
    Also, in the infiormation from the SEAL team, bin laden wanted to attack this presidents plane. Yikes’

  47. July 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    As I look back at the pictures, I can’t help but notice that he looks fantastic with gray hair. I mean, I think—I didn’t know it was possible—but I think he gets better and better looking with age. Wow. He is one sexy silver (okay, barely silver) fox. Man! This guy is dangerous to women no matter what age he is. Good thing Michelle already has him on lock down. But I think as he grows older, she’s gonna have to strengthen those bars to keep crazy women out!

    • 104 Anonymous
      July 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      edp4bho here. Lisa, notice the faint mustache. Now I bet he looks just suave with a full one, what do you think? I’m drooling today on PBO. Must be my hormones acting up. On the real, though, brains are just damn sexy 😀

      • 105 utaustinliberal
        July 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        Hey Lisa did you go see the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2? What did you think chica? Freakin awesome or what?

        • 106 LunarSea
          July 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          um, some of us haven’t seen it yet….

          • July 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

            Yikes, I edited UT’s comment Lunar!

            • 108 utaustinliberal
              July 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

              oops. Sorry. Didn’t mean to give anything away. I don’t think I said anything that would spoil the movie watching experience. I asked Lisa because we were both going to see the midnight showing.

              • July 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

                Hey UT, just got back in! My friend dragged me to the mall for several hours after making me stay out all night after seeing HP. It was great! The theatre was full of screaming teenagers who laughed and cried throughout the entire show. It was my first midnight viewing and I’ve never been in a theatre so packed! 😆

    • 110 Sue in Minnesota
      July 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Lisa I also think he gets better and better looking……it’s that “distinguished” thing that seems to be reserved for men. Looking back, he sometimes looked SO young, definitely younger than I perceived him to be. I’ve always thought him wise beyond his years, wisdom not being something I readily attribute to younger people. I think that is why his youthful appearance always threw me.

      I know if I had been a classmate, I would have had one serious crush on him…..putty, although probably no chance that it would have been in his hands 😉

      I can never say it enough, he is such an incredible human being. Such a fine example of the human potential for excellence.

  48. 113 gd4obama
    July 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    That Chuck Toad literally had me shouting ‘STFU and let the President speak!’

    And Bawlin Boner has no room to talk about leadership, when he’s got NONE.

  49. 115 meta
    July 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    BREAKING: Attorney General Says Justice Department Investigating News Corp http://t.co/PHzXa


    And wow, zizi, you just really zinged Knoller with that tweet!!

  50. 118 meta
    July 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Here’s the twitter feed for @chucktodd. Enjoy!


  51. 119 dotster
    July 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Just saw a new despicable anti-Obama ad on cnn—– no more blank checks ( fake) org.——which is really Rove’s Crossrads GPS big money group. I hope there is a plan to hit back with truth ads.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      Oh is that the one with the woman getting out of her bed at night walking through a dark house claiming that she supported Obama because he spoke “beautifully?” That line was taken directly from comments typically made on so-called liberal bloggers from so-called disgruntled former Obama supporters. Rove and friends are reading DKOS and HuffnPuff for material.

  52. 123 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This amazing man continues to AMAZE. There is no end to his brilliance and intellect. Not only that he is so darn CHARISMATIC and engaging. Too bad a large fraction of the American public can’t see the wonderful job he is doing in the Whitehouse, but they do LOVE his personality according to recent polls showing his personal likability to be at 71%. Folks that’s over 2/3rds of the nation which would include many Conservatives. ThankGod we have him hired as our HIGHEST public servant. We must re-elect this man. Obama/Biden 2012!!

  53. 124 Gc
    July 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    We know he is perfect (I really think so) and reporters are creeps, but bottom line – what happens now? Is Lawrence on tonight for some insight or his he mon-thurs like Stewart and MyStephen?

  54. 125 GGail
    July 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Hey guys – want to reach out and touch Eric Cantor…I saw these numbers on the 3Chics site

    Richmond Office | 4201 Dominion Blvd. Suite 110 | Glen Allen, VA 23060
    p: (804) 747-4073 | Toll Free: (800) 438-3793 | f: (804) 747-5308

    Culpeper Office | 763 Madison Road #207 | Culpeper, VA 22701
    p: (540) 825-8960 | f: (540) 825-8964

    DC Office | 303 Cannon House Office Building | Washington, D.C. 20515
    p: 202-225-2815 | f: 202-225-0011

  55. 126 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Just saw the new pictures at the top of the page Chips. Loooooooove President Obama’s death stare. it screams: DO.NOT.MESS.WITH.ME.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm


  57. 128 makesense4tulips
    July 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Gotta give yall something to laugh at. No one showed up in california a republican district for Sarah Palin Documentary! All 10 theartres were empty. only 1 person and he was a reporter covering the event .http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/15/270498/sarah-palin-premier-empty/

    • 129 MTmarilyn
      July 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      That is so wonderful. She is finally getting her comuppance. I love it!!!!!

      • July 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        If they had paid me I might would have gone. But I wouldn’t have been cheap. 1 million dollars, that could have given me the will power to suffer through watching the Undefeated.

        • 131 Sue in Minnesota
          July 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

          Some things you cannot put a price tag on. My peace of mind is not for sale. There is no amount of money I would accept to listen to that freak.

    • 132 Sue in Minnesota
      July 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Sadly, there was still one too many persons in attendance. Wish she’ld take a long walk off a short pier, like yesterday.

    • 133 meta
      July 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      California despises her. With the white hot bright light of a 1,000,000 + 1 suns.

  58. 135 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm



    So, now it’s on to Plan B, which is Mitch McConnell’s pass-the-buck plan to raise the debt ceiling by voting not to do so. The president is perfectly happy to let McConnell save a little face:

    During their Wednesday meeting, Mr. Obama commended Mr. McConnell for his proposal, Democratic officials familiar with the meeting said. He also didn’t bristle at the notion of being responsible for raising the debt ceiling. “If Senator McConnell wants me to wear the jacket for that, I’m happy to wear the jacket,” Mr. Obama said, according to the Democratic officials.

    Why would he bristle? He set the GOP up, and they played their parts like unwitting fools.


  59. 136 Doris
    July 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Swagga, Swagga, Swagga 😀 It’s a good day!

  60. 137 Anonymous
    July 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hey guys,

    If I had to look at Chuck Todd and Jack Tapper, I would have the same expression on.

    Both disrespectul jerks. Who the hell do they think they’re talking too? They are a disgrace.


    This is worth the read.

    Frank Schaeffer new article: Debt Ceiling Chaos Is a Born-Again Religion Problem

    I didn’t click on Huffo, I found it on some random blog.

  61. July 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I am telling you all right now Adam green is working against the presidents re elect.

    He released a statement after the presser, and said for the first time the president put out there publicly that hexwants to cut ss, and Medicare.

    Did he not listen to the presser. It seems like he is doing what republicans do to him. Smear him. I guess it is ok with green boy if we default bc then there will not be a Medicare. He wants this president defeated just as bad as mcconell!
    It seems mr green the geek, has a problem with the presidents color!

    • 139 utaustinliberal
      July 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Oh yeah Jovie I saw that. I just posted a comment about this down on the thread. He’s such SCUM. I’ve been on twitter and boy is he getting MAJOR backlash. People are FURIOUS. They haven’t let up on him. It’s fucking awesome! 😆 😆

      • July 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        Sadly, CNN picked up on it and said the reason why progressives are mad is bc he proposed major reforms to entitlement.

        CNN again! Yes CNN…

        Yeah right! Like means testing for the wealthy.

        Maybe the rich liberals are mad they will not have Medicare when they get older!

        Thus, some liberals are not liberals!

  62. 142 utaustinliberal
    July 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve just been on twitter and these faux progressives are getting their asses handed to them on a huge platter. TOD family began the backlash and it has grown to epic proportions. Jane Hamsher (twitter handle @janehamsher) is now being hammered by people in the media for her constant lies. She says she’s now going to support Ron Paul for President. This is who is supposed to be a “progressive.” Also Adam Green of PCCC I believe (twitter handle @AdamGreenOnline) has been receiving mega backlash because he sent a mass email to his subscribers and told his followers that PBO is definitely slashing medicare for old people and medicaid for poor people. He said POTUS told republicans that’s what he’s going to do. Then he asked for donations to continue the fight to defeat PBO. A bunch of his subscribers unsubscribed from his list and blog in mass exodus. They took to twitter and facebook and lambasted the crap out of him. Today was funny!. Joy Ann Reid of TheReidReport (She’s amazing by the way) sent him a twitter bitchslap, telling him to never send her an email soliciting for donations while lying about POTUS and sticking up for uber wealthy folks. Her tweets got retweeted and the mini war began. A lot of Obots began lambasting him and he got huffy calling Reid and the rest of us liars. His followers thought they could insult her and POTUS and get away with it but people are hitting back at them with information, news articles, videos about PBO’s mastery of the debt ceiling debates and his TRUE words at the press conference. We know we’re getting somewhere when progressive types in the media call out the BS that their colleagues are peddling. Congratulations Obots!

    • 143 ChristiMtl
      July 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Wow that’s fantastic utaustinliberal………..enough with this crap….people are so fed up with these frauds.

    • July 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Whew, back from my errands. It’s a scorcher here in Indy. I am so proud of us Obots who have taken to twitter and other media to fight back. They know we are not going to take them lying and bashing our President any longer. We are going to debunk the lies and call them out. And we’re going to support our President more and more (can you say $86 million?).

      This is so much fun!

    • 146 LunarSea
      July 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      great news!

      • 147 Left-Indie
        July 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        Man,I love this. I so love this. This is what collective action will do, make the pigs squeel.

    • 149 Doris
      July 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Love it. He’s a winner.

    • 150 M
      July 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      That was worth the read. I don’t believe Chips appreciate links to politico, but that was a good read. I liked the description under the photograph that said something about PBO getting ready to eat Boehner’s lunch!

    • 151 LunarSea
      July 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      I think they overly peppered the article with RW talking points that have already been debunked. Like describing PBO ‘storming out of a meeting..’ Or his not being in sync with the American people who ‘don’t want the taxes raised’

      There were more than a few of these. I couldn’t get thru the whole thing. But it’s to be expected. I usually pass up links to that site. Don’t know what caused me to click the link this time.

      Oh well.

    • 154 Doris
      July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Poor thing.

      • 155 Ladyhawke
        July 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        I loved it when President Obama said that Boehner had good intentions but he had a little problem with his caucus. Hilarious…..

        • 156 Doris
          July 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

          I would love to be a fly on the wall and hear how the President and the First Lady laugh themselves to sleep at night. Michelle knows how fierce he is. She probably tells him to stop and let these dummies have some saving face.

  63. 157 Senior4Obama
    July 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    O.K. guys, you have got to teach this senior how to twitter. This appears to be an awesome tool for us to use to defend our president. I want to twitter. Help..!!!!!

    • 158 ChristiMtl
      July 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Yes I have a few questions myself…..there’s no much to learn.

      I-How do you post a link to your message?

      -How to you send a message to multiple people?

      -What is the hashtag P2 means? I see it often.

      • 159 utaustinliberal
        July 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        Hey ChristiMtl.

        1. Hashtag P2 is used to trend a topic by democrats to democrats and the twitter verse. So P2 is for democrats or messages about what democrats are doing or when you want to write stuff and want it to trend along with other democratic tweets or want democrats to sit up and do something about the GOP. It’s just a democratic party tag.

        2. If you want to paste a link with your message, first go the site you got the news from, on the web address bar where the the http appears, you rightclick on it, click COPY and then go back to twitter write your message and right click, click PASTE, your link appears, twitter shortens your link and you tweet.

        For example. I want to tell people how fantastic PBO is on healthcare and I saw this great article on healthcare on whitehouse.gov So I go to http://www.whitehouse.gov click on the article and the web adress that might appear in the web address bar could be http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthcareisawesome. So I right click on that web adress bar, a box pops out and I click COPY. I then go to twitter, write my message, right click and a box appears. I click PASTE and the link appears (Twitter will shorten the link) and then I click the TWEET button and voila, my followers can see my message along with the link for what I was tweeting about.

        3. To send a message to multiple people, then just use their twitter handle. For example if you want to send a message to me, Proud of Obama and Hachiko. You would do this : @utaustinliberal @LiberalPhenom @marabout40 and then write your message after our twitter names and TWEET your message.

        Hopefully this helps. If you have more questions, need more help, don’t understand something I wrote, or If I misunderstood a part of your question, don’t forget to ask it again. 😀

    • 162 isonprize
      July 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Here ya go, S4O! Twitter guidebook and video “how to” I’m still learning, but this has been very helpful!

    • 163 maritza
      July 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Senior4Obama, here is what I found and I will have to learn how to use it too.


  64. July 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I went to his twitter page but I don’t know how to tweet? Lol!
    Angy black lady is making him look foolish over there. Lol!

    • 166 Doris
      July 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      She is fierce.

    • 167 Starm
      July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Hey Jovie, tweet him from your twitter page. You can use @chucktodd, #Chucktodd or just Chuck Todd.
      To see what others are tweeting about him, put any of the above to search.

      Usually you use @ to refer to a person and # when you refer to a topic etc, Hope this helps

  65. 168 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    This comment just nails it. I thought this was pitch perfect……

    – President Obama 7/15/11


  66. July 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hello happy people – good friday.. I am back 😉 Finally got my computer problems squared away.. my inability to watch videos, access Twitter and FB- all fixed via internet provider tech who reconfigured and reset our internet connection. I’ve been through everyone and everything for a month trying to get this fixed.. and today finally hit on the right guy who knew his stuff.

    I’ve really missed being able to tweet and FB all these good posts Chips.. thank you so much for all that you’re doing 🙂

    • 172 hopefruit2
      July 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Mankini needs to go home and retire for GOOD.

      • July 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        Santorum too who only raised a little over $500k. And Bachmann claims she raised $2m in three weeks (liar!) and a total of $4m when actually $2m was transferred from her congressional pac. Such a liar.

    • 174 M
      July 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Guess he and calista spent too much at tiffany’s! Go home Newt and stay there or better yet go on another cruise to pick out calista’s Christmas presents. Make it a very long, long, cruise. You will not be needed here for the 2012 election.

    • 176 GGail
      July 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      His campaign finances are going in the WRONG direction! 😆

  67. July 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Heads up: @chucktodd is sitting in for Chris on Hardball. Let’s get ready to slam him every time he lies.

    And did you hear that Murdoch’s top dog at the WSJ just resigned? He’d worked for Murdoch for 50 years. The evil empire is crumbling. Fox News is next. They will never lie on PBO again.

    • 178 M
      July 15, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks for letting us know he is sitting in for Matthews. Great news about the crumbling empire too. Thanks Proud!

    • 179 utaustinliberal
      July 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks for the heads up PBO. Will be watching and tweeting if he lies and makes up BS. Remember twitterers his twitter handle is @chucktodd. As for Murdoch’s top dog at WSJ….. hahahahahahahaha. Crumble…..evil…..crumble 😆 The FBI is investigating NewsCorp and now the DOJ is also investigating NewsCorp… so hopefully Fox Noise is next. The scandal has also reached companies owned by Murdoch in his native Australia. I wouldn’t be surprised if their government watchdog agency begins an investigation also.

    • 180 Fred
      July 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      if Fox goes bust I swear I will skip on a dose of medication;run to Jewels and buy champagne even if my kidney hurts for a week 😆

  68. 186 Doris
    July 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Saudi Moneyman Forces Rupert Murdoch to Grovel and Rebekah Brooks Out

    In case you were wondering who calls the shots at News Corporation, it’s not Rupert Murdoch when push comes to shove. It’s Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud, the second largest shareholder in News Corp, who demanded that former News of the World Editor and current chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks resign.


    Oh my.

  69. 187 meta
    July 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Remember when you use the @ before someone’s twitter name, they get your tweet. So if you want to say something directly to Chuck Todd, or you want to refer to him and make sure he sees it, you’d include @chucktodd somewhere in your tweet. If you want to find someone’s twitter name, just put their name in the search box and see what comes up.

    We’ve been using the hashtag #GOPFAIL and #mediafail pretty consistently at the end of our tweets. Even though it may not be trending, it’s still a good way to push it as a common category.

    What really matters is who you follow. That’s what shows up in your running stream or “timeline,” in addition to tweets that have been retweeted by someone you follow. The list of who you follow will sort of grow organically as you read retweets and look at suggestions that twitter comes up with for you in the right column.

  70. 188 meta
    July 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I just saw zizi tweet that Adam Green showed up with his petitions along with 12 protestors for their demonstration.



    • July 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Is there anyway we could have Obama supporters to sign a petitons saying we do support him and we will donate and do all we can to help his re-election .

  71. 190 meta
    July 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    OH, here we go:


    PBO and Ruby Bridges. THE AWESOME.

    • 191 meta
      July 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Interesting as a work of art and as a painter that Rockwell left the faces of the white people out of the painting.

  72. 192 Doris
    July 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    NEW YORK — Les Hinton, the chief executive of Dow Jones & Co., has resigned, becoming the latest News Corp. executive casualty in the phone-hacking and bribery scandal in Britain.


    Publisher of the Wall Street Journal and CEO of Dow Jones

    They are dropping like flies.

  73. July 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    A little OT but MSNBC need to get rid of Cenk and bring Rev. AL on in that time slot. I don’t usually watch Cenk but I am watching Rev. Al this week. It is so refreshing for Rev. Al to go one on one with these GOTP. He is getting ready to take down SP now. LOL

  74. 195 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm


    Huh? Cantor Describes Default As A “Risk That I’m Not Willing To Take”


    There’s a lot of noise coming out of the beltway these days, but the fundamentals of the looming default crisis are clear: President Obama asked Congress to perform its routine obligation of increasing the ceiling, and Republicans decided to use the creditworthiness of the United States as leverage to secure large cuts in the federal budget. Considering the situation, it was perplexing to see Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on the House floor today describing the possible failure to increase the debt ceiling as a “risk that I’m not willing to take.”

    CANTOR: I don’t want to pass August 2nd without increasing the debt ceiling. I, as well as the gentleman, understand that there is a lot of uncertainty if that were to happen, a lot of risk associated with that — risk that I’m not willing to take.

    Of course, if Cantor is “not willing” to let the country default, then he should agree to a deal to raise the debt ceiling. Better yet, he should have agreed to raise the debt ceiling with no strings attached instead of making it conditional on contentious policy changes.

    Cantor’s comments also fly in the face of his argument, which he made repeatedly this week, that Republicans are compromising by “even discussing” an increase in the debt ceiling. If Cantor can’t stomach the risks of defaulting, then how is he making a concession by acting to prevent default?



  75. 196 Ladyhawke
    July 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This is great, an excellent use of props to make a point. Everybody gets this.


    Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) took to the House floor on Friday to explain how a debt ceiling default would affect the country using the power of arts and crafts.

    The Democratic lawmaker busted out a construction paper “GOP Wheel Of Misfortune” to explain how a failure to raise the debt ceiling would cut off Social Security checks for seniors, suspend pay for federal workers, and send interest rates soaring.


  76. July 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I really, really love the third photograph:

    “And then to think that all those millions who watch this live have to suffer through the same vapid stupidity”


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