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dalai lama

President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, July 16. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


179 Responses to “dalai lama”


  1. 1 ChristiMtl
    July 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Peace and love………………that’s all I can think looking at this wonderful picture.

  2. July 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I absolutely adore this picture.

    • 3 dotster
      July 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I love this photo. I would like it for above my fireplace. It should be in the Art Institute.

      • 4 ChristiMtl
        July 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        My mother gave me a painting of the Pres. for my birthday 2 years ago. I just love it, it’s in my living room……It took her about 3 weeks to do……when she went to the store to have it frame…..2 strangers approached her to ask her if she could do the same painting for them…(2 separate incidents).

        She couldn’t believe it…we’re talking French Quebec here…….

        She politely declined because she has no time, she works and she does her paintings for friends and family.

        But what she said to them made me laugh. She said, ”I’m going to tell my daughter, she’s going to be so happy”….they both laughed as well.

        The President is loved and respected all over the world, that’s for sure.

        • 5 theo67
          July 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

          This is a great story. Paul McCartney said there are billions of us rooting for President Obama, and it’s absolutely true.

        • 6 nathkatun7
          July 17, 2011 at 2:05 am

          Thanks for that wonderful story, ChristiMtl. I know you mom works and “does her paintings for friends and family…” but I still wish she could still find some time to do President Obama’s painting for me. I am delighted that our president “is loved and respected all over the world….”

      • 7 utaustinliberal
        July 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        Me too. It just screams PEACE, HARMONY and LOVE. 🙂

  3. 8 Brian
    July 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to hear that conversation, but after seeing what our President can do with flies, I’ll just wait to read the reports.

    • 9 dotster
      July 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Haha—-very funny Brian!

      • 10 utaustinliberal
        July 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        Haha Brian. I’m sure once PBO found out you were a TOD fly, he’d forget the squashing and ask you to perch nearby and invite the rest of us TOD flies. 😉

    • 11 Anonymous
      July 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      LOL 🙂

    • 12 Sly
      July 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      That’s soo funny…was kinda mad but ur comment made me burst out laughing thanks!

    • 13 desertflower
      July 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      🙂 I posted what he did to the fly the other day…did you get to see and smile all over again?

      • 14 Brian
        July 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

        I sure did! That and the crying baby are my go-to “I need a smile” vids. And when I need some inspiration, I watch the last minutes of the Health care speech to Congress, starting with the part about Ted Kennedy. When our President talks about “the character of our country,” I still get goosebumps. God, I love this man.

        • 15 theo67
          July 16, 2011 at 11:13 pm

          I absolutely love that speech to Congress about Health care, too. There’s one he did to Dems the day before the health care vote – and that speech is so personal and insightful – I watch it every so often. You could see how important it was to him, and why.

        • 17 desertflower
          July 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

          I love him, too:) So glad you caught “the fly” video…always puts a smile on my face.

        • 18 Anonymous
          July 17, 2011 at 1:33 am

          I also like the picture of him peeking at the Kids at the Day Care Center. Now that picture Is the cutest 🙂

    • 19 Kasai
      July 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      LOL..too funny Brian:-)

    • 20 GGail
      July 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      LOL! Brian, he wouldn’t hurt a fly…not around the dalai lama

    • 22 Anonymous
      July 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

      Yeah, I knowwwwwww 🙂

  4. July 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Amazing photo of two amazing human beings! I bet all of the repug candidates would be looking at their watches or texting on their cells instead of listening and learning how to be an actual being of the human race

  5. 25 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    JUST GOT HOME AND IT’S A LITTLE WARM OUT THERE…THE HEAT WAVE HAS BEGUN! BEAUTIFUL PIC..WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BEEN LISTENING IN!

  6. 26 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Our President must be thinking “what a breath of fresh air…after dealing with those petulant scowling Republicans and the tools in the media!”

  7. 29 desertflower
    July 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    OT…this needs to be put out there with the vigor that those greedy bastards were brought to light….IMPORTANT!!! Please read and do all that Tweeting stuff:)http://alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed Pass it on!!!!!!!!!! Thanks:)

    • 30 GGail
      July 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks desertflower. I passed it on and while reading the page, I noticed twitter blowing up with the story. I really do hope it grows and grows. Good looking and finding this scary information.

      • 31 desertflower
        July 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        Thanks GGail! I was noticing that as well…that Twitter was all a flutter…it needs to be put out there with the same vengeance as we grifters were put on notice. Serious stuff. It will grow and grow if we make sure that the issues we all care about aren’t dismissed.Pass this along anyway you can guys. Many thanks.

      • 32 utaustinliberal
        July 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        Thanks for putting this here desertflower. I saw this being spread like mad on twitter. These righwingers are dangerous. Everyone needs to read ALEC Exposed and pass it around. We all have to wake-up because many of the GOP Governors and State Legislators belong to this organization and ALEC was the organization that came up with bursting up the unions, changing voter ID laws, crushing labor, crushing PBO. This is some messed up BS and I’m happy we twitterers are making sure it is getting re-tweeted like mad.

        • 33 desertflower
          July 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

          Exactly!!!Terrifying stuff..please put this out there…find out of your Senators and Reps have signed on to this…even at the local level…and blast them!!**************Chips**************** maybe you could make a big deal out of this here and we can get some traction like we did with The Three Stoo G’s…Green, GG, and what’s ‘er face. Thanks…

    • July 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks, DF. On it.

      I swear Americans are going to wake up on day and face the shock of their lives. People will have to wake up and start being engaged instead of being spoon fed by these people laughing their behinds all the way to the bank on their backs.

      • 35 desertflower
        July 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Hugs and many thanks, africa:0 Pass it all over the place. They think that people don’t know. If we shine the light, and wake some of these sleeping people up,and engaging them, like you mentioned…we can stop them in their tracks.

  8. 36 carolyn
    July 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I have a feeling this meeting was soul-restoring for our President! I see two brilliant men with great hearts and true souls. How refreshing for them to be together.

    • 37 Chi
      July 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      I completely agree Carolyn…

      When I heard the President was meeting with the Dalai Lama, I immediately thought he specifically set up the meeting patially for the restorative as well as the spiritual…

  9. July 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    So it doesn’t come as a shock when firebaggers, Choi and the Maddcow start shooting off their mouths about how PBO hates the gays, DOJ is asking for a stay in the 9th court’s decision last week about DADT, but…. it’s just so that the certification process and implementation can go through without a hitch which the court’s decision could cause.
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/reports_doj_will_ask_for_stay_of_dadt_injunction_p.php

    • 39 ChristiMtl
      July 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Well it did spread like wildfire all over the blogosphere. So typical of them. Anything to feed their hatred.

    • July 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      When this story first broke the other day, it was on the wreck list at gos. Once again, PBO was the devil incarnate, ushering in the same hair on fire attitude. Someone must have set them straight or else we would have seen a steady drumbeat of the same ole same ole.

      Thanks, Lisa.

  10. 41 Kasai
    July 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    As always PBO is a great listener and this pic, shows the intensity of how much wisdom hes observing and taking it all in.
    He’s one the greatest leader to come in generations, Dalai Lama knows one when He sees One.

    Love and Peace:-)

    • 42 geegee
      July 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Others have also recognized that he’s the ONE. Ethel Kennedy gave recognition to that fact when, as a senator, he spoke at the funeral of the late/grea t Mother Rosa Parks. The man is “blessed and highly favored”. :nod:

  11. 43 Anonymous
    July 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Reminds me of that old picture of McCain holding hands with the DL. He needed the PR at the time. But he looked so viscerally uncomfortable! It made the entire effort look inauthentic. But PBO looks so natural and comfortable here.

  12. 44 mtmarilyn
    July 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The President looks so restful there. So thankful he has the rests and restorative times to help balance the times with Boner and fellows.

  13. 45 meta
    July 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    PBO looks intent, engaged, intrigued and happy. What a perfect time for their meeting. Gorgeous.

    • July 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      What is the PL’s reasoning on this? what do they think the prez could have done on his own to close it?

      • July 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        There is no reasoning with this crowd. Everything PBO does is suspect in their eyes. Even when they agree with something he does, they grudgingly drag themselves to say so. It is nauseating. But that’s OK because they’ve become so predictable and more and more people are on to them.

        And that’s why we won’t give them an inch.

  14. 49 GGail
    July 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    “Obama meets with Dalai Lama, China not happy”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43776827/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

    • 50 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Every year the media sings the same song. China was unhappy the last time the two men met. The media needs to find another story.

  15. 54 meta
    July 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This is an excellent read from Fallows:

    What the President Knows (and When He Knew It)

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/what-the-president-knows-and-when-he-knew-it/242032/

  16. 55 Anonymous
    July 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    lOL@Brian.

  17. July 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Chipsticks, is the White House a subscriber to your youtube channel? I also hope you get a chance to feature some links from the British parliment next week, I am loving how Rupert is falling on the sword because his power/bullying techniques are begining to crumble…

    • 57 meta
      July 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Yes, Murdoch, Brooks and others will appear before Parliament next week. It should be riveting. I’m sure we’ll have links to watch it live early in the A.M.

      • 58 Chi
        July 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        Don’t hold your breath…

        Murdoch has already started with his aggressive P.R campaign and show of ‘remorse’ and fake humility – like his much publicized meeting with the family of the dead girl…I’m sure some money will change hands too…

        There is also a huge easily duped fox news type audience in the U.K as we have here in the States and Murdoch and his people are already targeting that demograpic with their dishonest spin and distortion and downplaying of events…

        It’s easy when you own and control a good chunk of media and a good percentage of the population rely on right wing rags of ill repute like the Daily Mail, for their ‘news’…

  18. July 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Meta, I think Cameron is just as sneaky and weak as Tony Blair was.. Do remember Tony Snow former Fox host became Bush’s White House secretary and Cameron selects a communications director from a Rupert owned newspaper.

    • 60 meta
      July 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Michele, I agree. We have a lot more to learn about Cameron. He is a very smooth operator and he and PBO seem to get along well but his politics are suspect. I think a lot more will come out about his association with Murdoch. Stay tuned.

      • July 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        Meta, I think our POTUS is being politically cordial to him.. Rupert wanted Brown out and Cameron in.

        • 62 meta
          July 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

          Would LOVE to hear the Queen’s opinion of what’s going on. She’s seen it all.

          • July 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

            Me too. And the link will be made to Princess Diana soon and mark my words, people will want Rupert’s throat..

            • 64 meta
              July 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

              Wow, I didn’t even think of that. Of course. This is all so disgusting. When the facts come out about America, I think this nation will be likewise shocked. Let’s hope something good comes from this horror show.

    • July 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      I think this will bring down Cameron. Probably soon – as he was basically forced to take on Coulson by Brooks and is now stuck defending that decision because to admit he was told what to do by Brooks would be just as terrible. Coulson would have had top secret clearance as Comm. director as well.

      So News International has Coulson in 10 Downing Street and had another plant very high up in Scotland Yard. Stephenson and Yates are both likely gone as well once it all comes out.

      Murdoch used fear of front page attacks to embed loyal foot soldiers to keep eyes and ears in the Government and in the Police. And Murdoch has been doing this for 30 years, he’d pick the winner and push them harder to make them think that they won because of him (sometimes they did) and then would get his desired regulations and rulings to further his business reach to give him more power to then be able to demand more from the next Government and so forth.

      Ed Miliband is calling for News International to be broken up – let’s hope he is successful.

        • July 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

          Even for the most powerful, often is the greed and hubris that brings them down. Sometimes it takes a long time, but it happens because they get careless and think they are above the law or that they have everyone in their pockets.

          Just imagine that Murdoch had gotten one of his closest aides to have the Prime Minister’s ears and then there were two others in the police force essentially working with them.

          He would have had the UK locked up. And here in the U.S. I like to wager that there may be some in the Congress whose strings he pulls too. The culmination would have been having the U.S. president in his pocket as well.

          The latter is all speculation on my part, but i could very well see such a scenario.

          That is some scary stuff.

      • July 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        Ed Miliband is leading and he is showing Cameron to be ineffective as a leader.. I have some problems with martin Bashir but he also is hitting back at rupert because they discovered information about his sick newborn…

      • 71 theo67
        July 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        Ed Miliband has been fierce in pushing for justice in the Murdoch scandal. He’s doing well.

      • 72 sam uk obama supporter
        July 17, 2011 at 3:58 am

        I hope so on both accounts. Murdoch is a corrupt, evil man who deserves all he has coming to him and don’t even get me started on P.M. Cameron!! He’s a sneeky man if ever I have seen one. I realize from following President Obama’s presidency that no one man is responsible for the state of a nation but P.M. Cameron’s policies have not done us any good. I don’t know a huge amount about Coulson but I am not liking what I am hearing. If this scandal brings down Cameron I will not be sorry and hopefully News International will be broken up too – I only wish the Daily Mail (aka Daily Fail) could go the same way after the continual disrespect and sarcastic comments it prints, especially about PBO. My family read that trash rag and I have had to refute many a hash job on PBO!

        Do pardon the negativity in this post but I jsut needed to express myself.

        • July 17, 2011 at 8:08 am

          Hello Sam, do you think PM Brown received a fair shake in his re-election bid?

          • 74 sam uk obama supporter
            July 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

            Hi Michele. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I don’t think P.M. Brown got a fair shot at re election, he had a lot of bad press here. I do believe Ed Miliband would make a good leader, he is coming into his own with this Murdoch situation. Unfortunately we have to wait another 4 years (unless Nick Clegg walks away from the coalition and forces a general election.

  19. 75 Jazz
    July 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    OT
    several reports of Palin’s documentary opening to nearly empty theaters…

  20. 85 Jennifer
    July 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I would love to know what His Holiness is saying to the president. I suppose we don’t get read-outs of these things.

    • 86 GGail
      July 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Jennifer – did you miss my link above on the msnbc article about China? It includes parts of what the president and the dalai lama spoke about.

      • 87 Jennifer
        July 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        Thanks, GGail. I had missed it. I thought it was just about China being mad again so didn’t check it until just now. Thanks.

  21. 88 gd4obama
    July 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Love the pic. PBO looks so relaxed, good for him.

    Palin’s ‘Undefeated’ was more like ‘Unattended’…..

  22. 90 EDP4BHO
    July 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Found a great video of our ’08 victory:

  23. July 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Those PL who are bashing Obama, Need Palin as their President, Just like the states ( who listened to PL and the lying Media)that put those republican in office and now out protesting, its crazy, its like you forgot who are for you and who are against you. Obama said,don’t give the keys back and what did they do? Now they are shouting help obama help! He can’t help it a state issue. its more then the Presidence at play here people, the supreme court is on the table too. PL, have no shame for trying to give more control to the Republican for many years to come. because they are the Republican base.

    • 92 maritza
      July 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      dun, I 2nd that.

    • July 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      dun you are so right. If people had gotten out to vote in 2010, President Obama wouldn’t be dealing with these crazy ass Tea Republicans, and that sorry Speaker Boehner. He is trying to sound tough because he is afraid Cantor will take his job. I wish someone could explain it to the Progressive Liberals that it’s not all about them and what they want. If they truly cared about the things they say they care about, how could they stay home and not vote, which was a vote for the Republicans. So when we see American about to default on it’s debt, it’s thanks to the ones who did not get out to vote in 2010, it’s thanks to the ones who wanted to send the Dems a message because they were not satisfied with the way the economy was going. I hope they are please. Because the Republicans haven’t done a dam thing to make things better for anyone but the rich. It’s thanks to the Independents who decided to vote for the Republicans. I bet their is alot of people are regretting voting in those Republicans Governors too. But 2012 you all who made that mistake can correct that mistake. Vote OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  24. July 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Hello TOD fam. Back from my day of action activities at our Black Expo celebration. All I will say is don’t let anyone tell you PBO’s base is not fired up. People were all too ready to declare themselves “in” and ready to work and vote for PBO. They also are very knowledgeable about what he’s done, what he has faced with the repugs and the PL. They know none of this mess is his fault and think he’s done a great job.

    Now I see that the repugs just decided to blow off PBO’s deadline to submit their plan and instead will be passing their horrendous bill next week. We need to be all over twitter and flooding Boehner’s office with calls and emails. I say focus on him because this is his caucus and he’s a week ass punk.

    • July 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Sorry for the language. And that should be “weak.”

    • 97 mtmarilyn
      July 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you Proud for the report and for your work. Good to hear what we have thought is true.

      We have had a terrible storm go thru and have been without electricity for 2 hours. The company guy just drove by and said we should have electricity soon. Thank goodness for my droid.

      • 98 Puddin
        July 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

        …and people here in the Bay Area are complaining because the better part of the day was overcast…the sun didn’t come out until late afternoon for a little while. I tell everyone this is typical Bay Area weather and they should stop moaning because it could be worse…no electricity for 2 hours. mtmarilyn I hope you have electricity by now.

        • 99 mtmarilyn
          July 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

          It is back on now. We were without for over 3 hours. This does happen here every now and then. These summer storms can be fierce.
          We are still in the back country here in MT. I do love it though.

    • 100 Chi
      July 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      You are amazing PoO…

      I completely agree with your assessment too…

      Every random stranger I’ve spoken to holds this President in high regard and clearly aware of the relentless hostility and obstruction he has faced in his fight to rebuild the broken America he inherited from George Bush just three short years ago…

    • July 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      First let me say thanks for the good news proudofobama. I know everyone I talk to don’t blame this President, they know what GW Bush left him, and they know that the Republicans are just trying to bring down this President. As for as that sorry crying Speaker, let him continue to play tough, in 2012 we will have a new Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Someone who will work with our President for the better of the country.

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      July 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      It seems Speaker Boehner had to arrange a crash course in economics 101 for the children with Boy Wonder (aka Budget Chairman Paul Ryan). The feedback on the meeting from Rep Womack is priceless. Steven Benen documents to atrocities.

      Finding someone the House GOP will listen to

      Right-wing freshman Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) said he found the presentation, particularly the parts about skyrocketing interest rates, “sobering.”

      http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_07/finding_someone_the_house_gop030906.php

    • July 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Blowing off the deadline makes them look like little kids. I mean the deadline is ticking away and they’re playing silly games. Now Boehner wants a balanced budget amendment vote before any McConnell/Reid deal to raise the debt ceiling – still playing politics. It will go no where, but they think it’s a gotcha vote. Hey, we couldn’t come to a real agreement for cuts, but we passed a gimmick bill that would have been shit if passed and exploded the deficit or drastically cut social security/medicare.

      It would basically bring the California 2/3rd vote to raise taxes rule to the federal level. We all know how brilliant that isn’t working in California.

      I’m going to throw a party the day the Bush tax cuts expire. For folks like the Koch bros it would be as much as $40M in extra taxes – I bet that is money they currently fund their think tanks, ALEC and other right wing causes with.

      • 106 prettyfoot58
        July 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

        The Republicans had an opportunity to strike a deal for real deficit reduction with the deal that was initially struck between the speaker and the president…but what has become apparent is that the Republicans are not interested in Deficit Reduction…esp if it means that closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and ending subsidies to BigOil must be part of the deal….

        so this whole thing about a Balanced Amendment…is a sham….

        • 107 Ladyhawke
          July 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

          Exactly, it’s a sham. I expect the media will be too happy to carry water for the GOP and pretend that a balanced budget amendment for the federal government is a reasonable thing to do. I see Jack Lew will be on Meet The Republicans with David Gregory this morning. I can’t bare to watch David Gregory this early in the morning. I’ll check out the rebroadcast later today. I like Jack Lew. I am sue he will reiterate everything that President Obama has been saying about the debt limit and getting our fiscal house in order.

          I sent emails to some of the networks with links to articles that explain exactly why the BBA is a bad idea.

    • 108 desertflower
      July 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks for the info on how your day went today! So nice to hear…

  25. 109 Me4obama
    July 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I read a comment on TOAITR that his Holiness the Dalai Lama needs a personal trainer to work on his arms and I almost spit out my wine in LOL and disbelief, anyway if my President wasn’t in the presence of his Holiness I would have commented on his sexy appeal pose but I will save it for another day. Good night Family.

  26. 116 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    July 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Great picture of the two men I respect most in the whole world.

  27. 117 meta
    July 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Any TODer who has just joined twitter, please let us know who you are so we can follow you. That helps grow our network.

  28. July 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Hello, Everyone. 🙂

  29. July 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I see young and old sharing a moment of their lives.

    What I took away from this photo is seen for me from this quote: ” Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.” Quincy Jones,1933- Musician and Business Executive

    • 121 Chi
      July 17, 2011 at 2:00 am

      Unfortunately, Quincy Jones turned out to be as disappointingly petty, small and envious as many of the so-called civil rights pioneers who all turned their back on the guy who actually became the most significant realization of the fights and dreams of the movement after so many years…

      Shame on them all…

      • July 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        Hi Chi. It is not unfortunately as you stated” Wuincy Jones turned out to be as disappointingly petty etc.”
        Chi, I do not take likely the words and quotes especially that I share with our family here. We do not all have to appreciate or like what some says, but I do think that we must be responsible in our comments about the person’s quote. To the contrary, Quincy Jones has done as a man and especially a man who holds a great respect for President Obama to have been honored in March of 2011 at the WhiteHouse by President Obama by being presented The National Medal of Arts Award. This is one of the most pretigious honors for artist to be given by a President. I do not concur with your comment. Pettiness comes in all shapes and forms, and from my observations, the President has a sense of who is worthy of his presentations of such awards. One thing I do appreciate about our President. Quincy Jones has give great service to this country and the world over a century or more in the arts. So I hope that we can be forgiving and move on with the business of sharing honor where the President deems appropriate. I think Mr. Quincy has contributed much to this country and the world. Let us move on with a bigger heart in our forgiveness. I believe in giving credit and respect to people who do goodness for other, and I see not need to not respect the honors that are truly well deserved. I love you no matter what. We can disagree, but be fair and not just write people off. Surely, President Obama moves on as we see in this award this year.

        • 123 Chi
          July 18, 2011 at 2:11 am

          Just saw this and had to respond HZ…

          President Obama is an extremely magnanimous and gracious soul who as President has honored artists with talent – even those talented people who have been extremely hostile and unkind to him at various points and some who continue to be…

          And yes that includes Quincy Jones as well as the likes of Clint Eastwood – a right winger who didn’t even bother showing up to the White House for the ceremony, but found time to fly to France to recieve an award from Sarkozy…

          But I digress…

          Quincy Jones was one of the more assinine supporters of Hillary Clinton along with the likes of Andrew Young – who still hates and badmouths President Obama to this day and was one of the first people to question President Obamas ‘blackness’ and started the whole ‘he does not come from a slave line and so does not relate to the slave experience and its scars and so is not the black president we want’ …

          After President Obama won the primaries, Quincy Jones unlike Magic Johnson, did not support President Obama…

          I will find and share the many interviews Quincy Jones did especially the ones he gave his dear friend Phil Bronstein…

          Phil Bronstein, former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle under whose reign the venerable newspaper collapsed… a man who can only be described as a slightly more informed Cenk Ugyur and a bitter, nasty libertarian whose ex wife Sharon Stone made a lucky escape…

          Phil Bronstein never bothered to hide his jealousy and disdain for then Senator Obama and spent time looking to hide his vile and racist commentary by hooking up with and playing up Quincy Jones’ very uncomplimentary statements about Barack Obama…

          After President Obama won the elections, Quincy Jones tried to get the gig to produce the inaugural concert as he did for Clinton, but the inaugural commitee had already tapped George Stevens jr. to executive produce the ‘We are one’ inaugural concert…

          Quincy Jones was very unhappy about being passed over and given the choice of two events barely days apart, opted to go for the Kennedy center honors and passed on going to the inauguration of President Obama…

          He subsequently started a campaign for President Obama to create a ‘Ministry of culture’ of which he wanted to be minister…

          I know it must be hard to hear HZ, but some of these people have indeed behaved badly since the early days of the Obama presidential campaign and it has not only been a shock, but extremely sad and disappointing…

          President Obama’s ascent and the many surprising responses to the man and his efforts have been eye-opening and an education…

          And even if many choose to forgive, for the sake of posterity, we must not forget – that is how history is conveniently revised to suit insidious and ever evolving narratives…

  30. 124 isonprize
    July 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I volunteered for a Day of Action event in Philadelphia today. Just let ’em keep talking about how the base has abandoned Pres. Obama (I just wish the base would have voted in 2010…) Anyway… we had a great day. It was great weather, great ‘early’ turnout!! Lots of I’m in cards and believe it or not, lots of new voter registrations. There were at least 10, probably more events around the city. And since there were lots of block parties, and festivals and street fairs, I’m sure there were many, many more “I’m in” cards signed.

    • July 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      isonprize, if I were close to you and proudofobama I would give you a big hug. But I’m not so let me say thanks for all you are doing. I want to do my part too, because I am in, and I am ready to fight to re-elect this President. I am fire up and ready to go.

    • 126 Frenchie08
      July 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Hello Everybody!

      Just wanted to let everyone know we also participated in the Day of Action today and we did great with I’M IN Cards and some voter registration. The people are fired up and ready to go! I will be attending a house party tomorrow where we will also do phone banking. We are really getting more excited with each event!

      I also wanted to let you know that about two months ago our volunteer teams met with David P to discuss strategies for our state. At that meeting I told David about TOD and BWD sites. He seemed very interested and he looked like he was somewhat familiar with the sites. I just thought about that today when someone mentioned the WH must be tuned in. Nothing would give me more pleasure that to think my suggestion to David might have had something to do with that!

    • 129 prettyfoot58
      July 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I was unable to participate in that…but I’M IN for future activities……

  31. 130 donna dem 4 obama
    July 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Why this President…

    • 131 Doris
      July 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Well, we know.

    • 132 meta
      July 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      If they think for one hot second that we will not elect him again, they are CRAZY.

      • 133 lisalovesobama
        July 17, 2011 at 5:59 am

        they are crazy, we don’t need to know what they think to see that….. they’re certifiable. 😕

    • July 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      Who in their right mind doesn’t know this. I am glad she said it. Look at the caption though. Disgusting.

      • 135 Asher in Boston
        July 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

        We all know why and the entire world knows why he is treated different. Who as only a private citizen and not a politician had even ever heard of the world Dedt ceilling before? But of course when a black guy gets elected as Potus then everything changes. What losers, we are on to you and like it or not Potus is getting another term, coz most people cant stand your pettiness, idiocy, racism and hatred.

  32. July 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    It’s official, the whole world thinks the GOP is nuts. From The Business Insider:

    “Yes, the rest of the world is watching this embarrassing debt ceiling nonsense, and it is growing dismayed.

    Der Spiegel has a roundup of commentary in German newspapers about the fight, and the universal message is this:

    The US is holding the entire world hostage, and it’s the Republicans that are playing with fire.

    Hard to accuse the Germans (who are no fans of fiscal profligacy) of being motivated by politics, or of having some inherent reason to attack Republicans. This is just the reality of what they’re doing.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/its-official-the-whole-world-thinks-republicans-are-dangerous-maniacs-2011-7?utm_source=twbutton&utm_medium=social&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=bi

  33. July 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Forgive me if this has already been posted. But this story tells the truth about the Gitmo closing and that only six democrats supported their president. The PL heroes like Feingold voted against the President.

    That’s why I’m glad he and others like him got the boot. I feel not an ounce of sympathy.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/don%E2%80%99t-blame-obama-only-6-democratic-senators-voted-to-fund-closing-gitmo

  34. July 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    donna thank you for this, I agree with Rep. Jackson 1000% percent. We know the truth. These same Republicans who raised the debt ceiling seven times for GW Bush, who claim they care so much for this country is willing to destroy this country. They are playing politics, in hope that they can make this economy so bad, people will blame President Obama. I pray Americans will not be fool by them, I pray there eyes are open about what they are doing. They are sabotaging this economy, this country. And 2012 we ought to make them pay for doing that.

  35. July 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I almost forgot to share my favorite moment from our Day of Action. A young woman in her army uniform came up to the table and she was all excited about PBO and excited to sign the “I’m In” pledge. I thanked her for her service and we chatted. I was wearing my 2012 shirt and a couple of my Obama buttons. One button is a photo of him with the words “I Don’t Quit.” Anyways, she mentioned she really liked that button so I took it off and gave it to her. She was shocked and just giddy with laughter and thanks. Now that really made my day.

  36. 144 theo67
    July 17, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Brian mentioned earlier the health care State of the Union speech, and I thought I’d go listen to it. Ended up listening to the SOTU from this year instead. Remember how Congress made a big deal of their “dates” and the fact that they’d be sitting together in a bi-partisan fashion, to show that the country could unite after the horrendous Tuscon tragedy? Look at them now. It’s a crying shame.

    When the President made his Tuscon speech, he called on the country to live up to our children’s expectations and those who no longer had a future. If only those who are putting their party and power-lust before the good of the country could remember what this country was going through only six months ago. If only those who would take away rights from vulnerable people, and leave seniors, minorities,women,children, veterans out in the cold to fend for themselves -if they could remember – I think they’d be ashamed of themselves.

    That SOTU date stunt looks awfully foolish now.

  37. 145 taiping1
    July 17, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    Great video from 3chics on PBO’s swagger: I’m hooked and want to watch him through 2016! I’m definitely in. No one on the GOP side holds a candle to him, no one that anyone in their right mind would trust.

    • July 17, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Hey taiping1. I think this “swaggerific” video has been posted here a few times. But you’re right, we can never see too much of it. 🙂 It’s just what I need to close the night out. Now I can go to bed happy. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 147 theo67
        July 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

        I never get tired of seeing this video.

        • 148 Dudette
          July 17, 2011 at 1:55 am

          Me neither. Go ‘head , wit yo foine ass, Mr. President! Show ’em whatcha workin’ with!

          Remember this one?

          “…Nah, we straight!” That was like jazz, baby – music to my ears! 🙂

          That right there is a Man of the People.

  38. July 17, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Yes, it is a beautiful story to share with all of us to carry our hope into another day as we look forward with this President, Barack Obama. Thanks so isonprize, Frenchie08 and all those who participated in the events around the country today for our President’s reelection in 2012. Thanks so much. You all are beautiful. Thanks Chipsticks again for our beautiful haven here. We appreciate all that you do on this wonderful site. Have a restful evening everyone in my family here.

  39. 150 desertflower
    July 17, 2011 at 1:24 am

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians PLEASE LOOK AND SEE if one of YOUR politicians is associated with ALEC! I know mine are! I am bound and determined to make this see the light of day, and to hold these anti Americans accountable! This makes me rage!

  40. 151 Anonymous
    July 17, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I don’t understand why my comments are not being posted. I’m logged In 😦 😦

  41. 152 taiping1
    July 17, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Check out this video on YouTube: Gibson interviews Sen. Teddy Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy after their endorsement of Senator Obama: “We have a chance to change history.” We still do. Obama/Biden 2012.

  42. 153 Dudette
    July 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Not sure anyone saw this on Friday:
    “Anonymous source” reports Elizabeth Warren to be passed over as nominee to head Consumer Bureau
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/15/report-warren-to-be-passed-over-as-nominee-to-head-consumer-bureau/

  43. July 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Dudette, she would have never been able to be confirmed since we don’t have a super majority in the Senate. The repubs hate any nominee who has credentials and is competent.

  44. 157 utaustinliberal
    July 17, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Woah! This just broke on Twitter.

    NYT NEWS ALERT: Rebekah Brooks, Former Head of News International, Said to Be Arrested in Hacking Scandal

    And it was confirmed a minute later that she was indeed arrested today. And the quagmire deepens.

    • 158 halo
      July 17, 2011 at 9:04 am

      I guess that is what she meant when she told her employees that “It’s going to get worse.”

      What do you think they have on her?

      • 159 utaustinliberal
        July 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

        The latest news that filtered out, is that Scotland Yard suspects she was involved in a bunch of corruption deals and her finger is defintely in the pie in various phone hacking incidents.

    • 160 donna dem 4 obama
      July 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

      Whoooo the plot thickens for Murdock. I hope he and his son are arrested as well. Nothing would be finer.

      OT-Why is it that sometimes (not always) my print type is so light that I cannot read it?

      • July 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

        That’s happened to me a few times too, donndem4obama. Several people have mentioned before that making changes to your browser can fix the problem, but when it happens to me, I just type my comments in Word and paste them in the reply box. (I know you can’t do that if you’re on a cellphone).

      • 162 desertflower
        July 17, 2011 at 10:56 am

        donna…you need to use Google Chrome:) Been through that same problem myself…my kids told me to try Chrome. Fixed! Cutting and pasting is a pain.

    • 163 Marlz
      July 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

      Where is the POPCORN!!
      Sitting back and watching as the plot unfolds!
      Karma baby, Karma!

    • 164 Fred
      July 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

      this is a start but I won’t be satisfied until Murdoch and son are both sitting in the big house.I wouldn’t mind Roger Ailes with them either

  45. 167 Starm
    July 17, 2011 at 9:12 am

    From Twitter: BarackObama Barack Obama
    To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can’t be there to see you play, but I’ll be cheering you on from here. Let’s go. -BO

  46. 171 Senior4Obama
    July 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wanted to share this great post from BWD today: We really need to pay attention to this!

    Hi guys,

    Usually, I will not give Huff-Crap any click to save my life, but this piece by Deepak Chopra is a must read. Not for us – we know all that – but for anyone in our close circle who simply can’t understand how grave and deep and scary is the possibility of the lunatics taking over – and that standing by Presidentt Obama is the ONLY option.

    One of the virtues of being on the liberal side of politics is that total obedience isn’t required. There are no hidden agendas. Ideology doesn’t lead to unreason. In a political climate where it feels as if the inmates are running the asylum — as in the current Republican threat to default on America’s debt — the prevailing sanity of President Obama is something that others and I have taken for granted.

    We cannot afford that luxury any more, I’m afraid.

    For many reasons, this is the moment when loyalty is going to count the most. That’s a hard sentence to write. Liberal politics is based on a non-regimented, all-inclusive approach to democracy. Freedom of thought is paramount. But certain harsh realities must be faced.

    // snip

    It was such a relief to return to humane, non-ideological governance when President Obama won in 2008 that we underestimated the debasing effect that two generations of right-wing indoctrination has had. Each increment of this debasement seemed fairly tolerable, even bizarrely quixotic. A pledge never to raise taxes until the end of time? Blatant favoritism toward Christian groups, however intolerant their dogmas? Stuffing the foreign service with neo-cons, the Justice Department with graduates of Jerry Falwell’s law school? These aberrations go unnoticed outside Washington, perhaps, but bit-by-bit the damage has been corrosive.

    When Lincoln was assassinated, an anguished Walt Whitman wrote “O Captain! My Captain!” whose theme was that the ship of state had reached a great victory — the end of the Civil War — just as the captain lay dead on the deck. We all know that this victory was unfulfilled, followed by a reactionary period that destined America to a hundred more years of virulent racism. Without being melodramatic, I think the work of undoing decades of reactionary policies has barely begun.

    Which is to say that all of us who have taken advantage of our liberal heritage to question and criticize President Obama need to step back and consider the radical nature of the opposition, from the Supreme Court down to the local precinct. The current debt ceiling crisis is proof that sensible, sane responses are not going to be automatic anymore. Paul Krugman calls the current Republican tactic outright extortion. The leaders of the Republican Party are so terrified of losing their seats in Congress that they have collapsed in the face of the ultra right and its worst ideologues.

    If you suppose that the average citizen remembers that the right wing are the very ones who got us into this forlorn tangle of wars abroad, financial collapse, out-of-control spending, and massive bonuses for the rich, you have not felt the power that fear exerts. Since 9/11, playing upon fear has been wildly successful for the right wing — it re-elected a catastrophic president — and now outrage has been added to the mix thanks to the romping recklessness of Wall Street, which paid not the slightest penalty for bringing on the recession.

    If ever there was a time to stand behind the captain, this is it. Not because pluralism and free expression are wrong. They aren’t and never will be. But like Churchill calling upon a coalition cabinet in the depth of the war years, it’s paramount that we see the greater danger for what it is. Attention was drawn to the cover of a recent issue of the Economist, which showed a tall President Obama towering over a squabbling handful of pygmy Republican rivals for the presidency. The headline read, “He Could Still Lose.” We need to remember that if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be because President Obama made too many mistakes or failed to pass a sufficiently liberal agenda. The reason would be that all of us forgot the 30-year reign of reactionary administrations (minus the Clinton years) and the power of debased politics to keep coming back, again and again.

    • July 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

      This is an excellent article. Good to see Chopra has come around to full support.

      I told someone after the 2008 election that we were going to enter a time similar to Reconstruction (the period after the Civil War that saw some great gains by blacks followed by tremendous violence and backlash to the Emancipation). We are definitely seeing that, especially when you look at what’s going on in the states and the unprecedented obstruction by teapublicans. There are people who are blind with rage that Barack Obama was elected — there’s racism, there’s classicism, there’s jealousy, there’s the exposure of their bankrupt philosophies, there’s the failure of their governance. He showed them up, and they are livid.

      The good thing is that there are millions ready to fight back. It’s not just AAs they’re coming for this time — it’s unions, women, other minorities, anyone who doesn’t think like them or buy into their cult of greed and ignorance.

      It took many generations for the country to recover after Reconstruction — close to a hundred years. Hopefully it won’t take as long to move forward after the disastrous reign of Bush the Lesser and the teapublican cabal.

      It’s up to us.

  47. 173 meta
    July 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Good morning, TODville!

    Pres Obama and family have gone to church St. John’s Episcopal this morning.

    The whole world is praying for your success, Mr. President.

    • July 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

      meta, we surely are praying for our President and his family. And we’re saying a prayer for our country also.

      • 175 meta
        July 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Yes, thanks anniebella, that is actually what I meant to say. Most viewed story at the Guardian at the moment?

        What hope is there for us if America is driven to the brink of meltdown?

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/17/obama-america-economic-meltdown-murdoch

      • July 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        Good Morning and Afternoon to my TOD Family. I pray that we all are feeling the goodness of Creator of love, mercy, kindness, respect, generousness, lovingkindness, graciousness, and forginess. We will join in loving forces to meditate, pause in quietness of thoughts, and powerful prayers for those who are in need of shelter, food, and love on this day of worship wherever we may dwell in this land. We lift up thoughts of meditations and prayer for our President to be led by the goodness of his heart to give release to those who are oppress in our country and world. Wisdom to lead our men and women in service in our armed services all of the world. Father, give him wisdom, peace, and patience to carry on his duties as he faces the forces that are trying to bring him down. We ask in faith and love for strength to help him in every manner of love, honesty, and power. Let us be a better persons toward those things that are good for all humankind. We pray for his enemies and each of our enemies that you will prevail against all of them. We humbly speak these words peacefully and lovingly for the goodness of a loving people. Amen.

  48. July 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Morning, TODers! Heading out shortly to register more voters and get more “I’m in” pledges at the last day of Expo. Here’s a tweet from PBO to the women’s soccer team:

    “To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can’t be there to see you play, but I’ll be cheering you on from here. Let’s go. -BO”


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