The note, in memory of the victims of Friday’s explosion and shooting massacre in Norway, that President Barack Obama wrote in the condolence book is seen at the Norwegian embassy in Washington, July 26,

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  1. 1 ber6964
    July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Class you can’t Buy!

  2. 4 COS
    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Chips, here’s the video of PBO and VP Biden paying respects.


  3. 6 Mae who love our CIC
    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Even in the midst of our chaos, our President is always thinking of others who lives are changed by tragedy such as this one. We love you President Obama and may God continue to bless you.
    My condolences to the people of Norway. May comfort your hearts and minds.

  4. 7 Mae who love our CIC
    July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    May God

  5. 8 carol
    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Yes, he has class and his soul is filled with empathy. His heart and all our hearts go
    out to the people of Norway. The tragic loss of so much youth is unimaginable. So sad.

  6. 9 Ladyhawke
    July 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    When I look at our amazing President Obama I am constantly reminded of the saying – “There is no rest for the weary”.

  7. 10 Deb Paree
    July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you for this post. My heart is broken over this horrible act of violence.

  8. July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Apparently not ALL Americans are upset about the loss of all those people, but thanks for putting a good spin on it, Mr. President. Suppose he couldn’t actually write “MOST” Americans.

  9. 12 cathy2va
    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Beautiful words. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norway people in their time of need.

  10. 13 CTGirl
    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Such a sad time in Norway … Prayers and well wishes for the folks in Norway!

  11. July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    A bit of breaking news.

    S. 627 – Budget Control Act of 2011
    The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute
    to S. 627. If S. 627 is presented to the President, the President’s senior advisors would recommend
    that he veto this bill.

  12. 15 Fred
    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    THANK YOU President and Vice President for doing this.

    hang in there Norwegians we are with you

  13. July 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Everything about our President is elegant and classy. Even his hands. Let us continue to cover him with our prayers.

  14. 17 HZ
    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Yes, Fred and proudofobama, respectful, compassionate, and elegance follows President Obama wherever he goes. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends who are hurting after this awful incident. Pray and meditate much for those who need our good energy. Blessings and protection to our beautiful President. Love my family here,HZ

  15. 18 MTmarilyn
    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for bringing that to us. As said before, this is class that can’t be faked. Both these men have such large hearts. My prayers are with them and the people of Norway.

  16. July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Vice President~ you ALWAYS do us proud. My deepest condolences to the people of Norway (where 2 of my grandparents hailed from).. the tragedy of hate is so hard to fanthom.

  17. July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Chips, here’s a new Reuter’s poll that shows the American people agree with the President on the approach to the debt ceiling. Please, please post and TODers please tweet.

    (Reuters) – Americans overwhelmingly are concerned about the U.S. debt crisis and a majority back the type of compromise pushed by President Barack Obama, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.

    The poll found that 56 percent of Americans want to see a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases to bring down the U.S. budget deficit and permit a vote to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. That is the approach proposed by Obama. Congressional Republicans oppose any tax increases.


  18. July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Oh Joe. I missed seeing Joe. Felt like I hadn’t seen him in a long time. God bless the people of Norway for the useless loss of lives, for the dreams and goals left unfulfilled, for the love, the children and promises never to be felt, had or kept. Our hearts and prayers will remain with the survivors and the families who will never be the same.

  19. July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    This is just breathtakingly sad. Pete Souza is our man once again. Our President is a man of honor and compassion and the whole world knows it.

  20. July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    As evidenced in the presser yesterday and in his tweets today, Harry Reid has just about had it.

    “Boehner’s plan is not a compromise. It was written for the tea party, not the American people. Ds will not vote for it”

  21. 24 Audrey
    July 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    What a marvelous human being we have as President! May God continue to bless, guide and protect President Obama!
    May God bless and comfort the people of Norway!

  22. 25 Tulips
    July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    well i don’t know but listening to AA talk and the buzz around the neighborhoods is that the president call is to get up and now they are trying to organize. everyone coming on is asking what are we going to do. i hope they do wake up and come out. its getting hot in here.

    • 26 EDP4BHO
      July 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Fabulous. Don’t want to hear any whiners about PBO isn’t doing anything for black people. It’s time we and all other concerned U.S. citizens, sane that is, take to the streets and demand our rights not be stolen by rethugs and peepartiers.

  23. 27 Debz
    July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks Mr President. Some former Presidents might have sent their VP to go in their place. I am glad to see PBO takes the time in spite of trying to deal with the petulant children of congress.

    • 28 ber6964
      July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      This man is incredible in so many way, we need to make sure he stays in office.

      • 29 HZ
        July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Yes, he is ber6964. We will make sure that we all will stand together and make sure that he will be re-elected. I believe that we will be able to do this for our nation , the world, and for President Obama and Vice President will continue to serve this country. We will never see a man with this character, and intellect, and compassion and a heart for the fairness for all Americans. We have a beautiful gem, so let us work very hard daily to make it happen. Love my family here very much and our wonderful Chipsticks. HZ

  24. 30 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I am glad that in the midst of this huge debate and stand off, President Obama and VP Biden took the time to provide some comfort and solace to the Norwegian people. Also on the news, they reported that even though Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden couldn’t go with POTUS and VPOTUS they each sent a letter of condolence for PBO and VP Biden to deliver to the Norwegian ambassador. That is indeed class you can’t buy.

    • 31 HZ
      July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Beautiful , utaustinliberal for that wonderful heartwarming from our First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden. They wonderful human beings.

  25. 32 COS
    July 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    It is nice that FLOTUS can continue the fundraising while POTUS deals with thes debt ceiling stuff. The show must go on. Wow, she is going to a Utah fundraiser.


    • 33 maritza
      July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      COS, I continue making donations while making telephone calls to congress plus.

      Our president does so much for our country, we have mulitask too.

  26. July 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Jay Carney on Hardball right now!!!!

  27. July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Chris!!!! Shut up and let Jay talk!!!

  28. July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Wow. The grand bargain is back? I won’t be able to see Hardball until 11:00 p.m. tonight. I will stay up for that. Jay Carney is an incredible Press Secretary.

  29. July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    So, what’s new?
    Boehner does not know what the heck he is doing.

    And in the meantime, people listened to the president last night and took their marching orders and took it to the hill.

    —–Boehner’s Plan faces rejection and veto threat — NYT

    “The scramble for votes came as lawmakers’ phone lines and Web sites were overwhelmed in response to President Obama’s plea on Monday night for Americans to call members of Congress and push for a compromise. Across the Capitol in the Senate, the majority leader, Harry Reid, waited for the House to vote — likely on Wednesday — before bringing his own debt legislation to the floor.”


    Sweet justice. Go figure.

  30. July 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    so it sounds like the meme(at least according to Tweety) is: repugs won……….but they just can’t say yes. which ties into PBO’s presser from Friday which basically said: what can the repugs say yes to? It also perfectly illustrates Reid and Schumer’s presser yesterday where they basically said: here’s everything they asked for, if they don’t take it then they aren’t serious about deficit and debt.

    • July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Can you explain a little more. They won how? I am confused.

      • July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        Well, basically, all the Dem plans are GOP-centric: deep cuts, triggers, that sort of thing. What the GOP doesn’t like is that the cuts don’t target entitlement programs; so, they’re getting cuts, but not the right cuts. They just want to make the country scream, not actually deal with the deficit in a responsible manner.

        • July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

          yeah. They’re getting a lot of money with no increased revenues but they don’t want it bc cuts aren’t the issue for them. Destroying so called entitlement programs are. That’s what they want. Idiots. Where are their families? Older aunts, uncles and parents, the ones who rely on these programs. Heartless bastards!

        • July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

          The people are on the President’s side, so how are the Republicans winning? These know it all acts as if the Democrats don’t want spending cuts, they do. So the Republicans are not getting entitlements cuts, and the Dems are not getting revenues. Sounds like a draw to me. Beside the American people being on the President’s side, so I think the President is winning because these same people will remember what and how these crazy ass Republicans acted. And 2012, we will see who’s winning.

          • July 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

            Oh, don’t get me wrong: There’s no way that the GOP comes out of this with anything near a win. They’ve terminally damaged themselves for 2012. The “GOP won” meme is what the MSM is propagating, but I don’t think most people believe it any longer.

      • 51 dotster
        July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        I think Matthews said “they won” because all the current plans have no new tax revenues, just cuts. Then Jay disputed that assertion, saying the grand bargain deal was still on the table—-not sure how that would happen, but that’s what he said. Then Tweety went on a bit of a rant against this Repub Party, the tea party controlled Repub Party, that he’d never seen anything like it, that they are a breed apart, at odds with what has always been considered to be decent governing, that they seem to not care about the usual things, about this country, if their actions cause great harm etc. Jay was diplomatic saying he believes that everyone will eventually (?) come together to avoid default etc. I think a lot of people feel the same as Tweety—–I have never seen anything like this Repub Party either. They’re being led around by the nose by this small minority of tea party fanatics—-and this revolting development is so damaging, tragic.

        • 52 dotster
          July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

          Also Tweety showed many examples of Boehner/Repubs up to their old tricks where they take Obama’s winning points and use them against him. He showed Obama making statements at his press conf. and then Boehner using those same words that Obama used to criticize Repubs to criticize him, plus many more similar examples. That’s an old Rove trick—–take the best of our side and try to turn it against us, make something good bad. These people are scum.

        • July 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

          We’ll see what happens in 2012. Heck, look at Wisconsin’s recall elections – Dems are only pretty much assured one seat, one other leans Dem a couple are toss-ups and the other two lean R. Of the two Dem’s up for recall even one of those is a toss-up. There is so much money pouring in from third party ads it’s obscene.

          Should the Dems take back the House in 2012 2nd or 3rd on their to-do list should be counteracting Citizens United.

        • July 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

          Thanks, everyone for the clear explanation. Really so it shows that the Republicans are after killing the social programs. Sadly, the same people that these programs benefit, are the ones that vote en masse for them.

          Thanks, again.

      • July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

        When this all started they wanted a dollar for dollar raise to cut ratio and no revenues – that is what the Reid plan is giving them. Of course a lot of that 2.7T comes from war spending which would be naturally drawing down anyways, but since it was used by GOP in Ryan Budget they really can’t call it smoke and mirrors. The cuts are not to entitlements, but everywhere else they’re are basically cut as far as they can be so going forward any more demands for cuts will be really painful.

        The GOP really screwed up when they didn’t jump on it and call it a complete win.

        Now they’ve been exposed as not really caring about deficit/debt but rather it was social engineering where they wanted to use this ginned up crisis to attack medicare and SS. If they were really concerned about deficit and debt they would have taken the $4T deal proposed by President Obama.

  31. 56 carolyn
    July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I so feel for the people of Norway. I live in Oklahoma City, and will never forget April 19, 1995. This attack and our attack were by homegrown terrorists, and that just plain hurts. I know the Norwegians are hurting deeply. I am so glad the POTUS and VPOTUS went to the Norwegian Embassy to take our condolences. This is a tough hurt to recover from, but that attack brought our city closer in many ways, and we have done some good things for our city and schools, yes, with a voluntary sales tax, which the people voted on themselves. The Norwegians are strong and resilient, think of what they came through in World War II.

    • July 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Carolyn, I have to tell you. That Oklahoma bombing was one of the most jarring things for me. I lived in Maryland back then. I remembered sitting in my living room riveted by the whole calamity. I cried literally for days, just seeing the children. I am so, so sorry about what happened to the Norwegians.

      Back in 1977 when I came to the United States for the first time as a student exchange student, I was placed in Tucson, Arizona, and went to high school there for a year.

      We were three exchange students in the school. A girl from Norway, a guy from Greece and I was from Liberia.

      I am so glad that PBO and VP Biden went to pay their respects.

  32. 58 utaustinliberal
    July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow the administration is keeping the heat on blast. Press Secretary Jay Carney was on Hardball and now Valerie Jarrett Senior Adviser to the President is on Rev Al Sharpton’s show. They both said that the grand bargain/balanced approach is still on the table. If Boehner’s plan should somehow come to the President’s desk, he will VETO it. He doesn’t want a 2 part extension to the debt ceiling. The President has approved of Reid’s plan because not only does it cut $2.7 trillion, it doesn’t draconially harm entitlements and it extends the debt ceiling to 2013. Also Reid’s plan provides for time to come up with various ways to increase revenue and provide sensible entitlement reform. Jarrett also reminded everyone to keep calling their congressmember to tell them that they want compromise. All the polls show that a majority of Americans want compromise and blame the republicans for the mess. Rev Al said that at lunchtime, the phones were still ringing and aides were still busy taking a plethora of calls, faxes, and emails. So keep up the fightback Obamabots.

  33. 60 Anonymous
    July 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Something powerful happened last night.
    It may be down-played by the MSM or even taken for granted, but the fact is that the reaction by ordinary people to the President’s call to contact their congressmen/women, which overwhelmed the communications systems on the Hill, is a show of the grassroots support the POTUS has across the land. Anyone who ignores it, does so at his/her own political peril.
    This has never happened before. Just think about it, how many people(politicians) could initiate such an action, just by the spoken word!.
    The silent majority is surely very engaged.

    • 61 Uche
      July 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      I didn’t sign in earlier…that was me above.

      • July 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        You make a succinct point. Now that you say it, it brings back to memory I still have from a scene in the Movie Malcolm X played by Denzel Washington. There was a scene, (memory is sketchy now) where something happens, and a mob of thousands of people congregate in front of this building and they are enraged and could not be quieted down.

        Then out comes Malcom X, and all he does is raises is hand or finger, and the crowd quiets down, stunning the police, et. al..

        This time President obama stood before the nation and summoned them to action for a cause and we answered.

        This for sure was a powerful moment. Let’s look at this the other way. If we had not answered the call en masse last night, and carried on in today, that would have been a media story. That the president couldn’t even summon people to act.

        So today, some of them pretend like what happened last night was a mirage. Didn’t happen. Yes, they know that when he speaks, people listen.

        People listen when this president speaks. He did not try to spook us, simply calmly gave us the facts last night and give us a challenge. And we willingly took it.

        This baffles the media. It does. Again, for the same reason why the Gallop chief would be stunned that despite all the headwinds in this president’s way, his poll numbers remain as high as they do, when his predecessors were in the toilet in similar situations, and to my mind I don’t think quite as bad.

        People see the decency in President Obama, no matter how bad the self-righteous pundits portrays him.

        Something powerful happened last night.

        You are right, Uche.

        • July 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          beautifully said africa- and your comparison to that moment in the movie MalcolmX is excellent. I’m not surprised that the media wasn’t all over this today- because what POTUS did last night was HUGE and the media will never acknowledge it.. sounds like they’ve lived up to their true colors and spent the day trashing POTUS instead- typical. Because WE have been kicking ass as requested by President Barack Obama 😉

        • 65 Uche
          July 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

          Couldn’t agree more Africa!. It’s the same ignorance the MSM exhibited during the ’08 primaries and GE. When you sit back and examine/analyse what PBO and his campaign team are doing – unnoticed – at the grassroots,then you would understand why there’s a discrepancy between media-concocted memes and poll results. I say,let them keep doing what they’re doing….we will keep doing ours.

    • July 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      You are absolutely correct, anonymous (Uche) :). It’s being downplayed but believe you me, they (the media) are scared. And they are asking themselves quietly: How can such a thing happen with such a subtle call to action? He didn’t even come across as strong, he came across so weak. How is this possible? How can one man’s words crash the whole system?

      Like you said, it appears that they are afraid to admit that our President has the support and respect of the vast majority of the people in this country including his “real” base.

  34. July 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Speaking of “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” or lack thereof, there’s a really troubling article over at weeseeyou.com that illustrates just how heartless and disrespectful MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan can be as he provides commentary related to Norway’s recent tragedy involving the massive murder of youth people. In his blog post entitled “Pat Buchanan: “Breivik May Be Right,”‘ blogger eclecticbrotha does a scathing post blasting Buchanan for his blatant and racist response to the tragedy and for his unbelievable praise of rightwing killer Breivik’s ideology and Buchanan’s endorsement of Breivk’s inhumane act of gruesome violence:

    Eclecticbrotha writes, “One thing that has always fascinated me is the right’s shameless ability to rationalize even the most heinous acts of violence and racism by trying to explain the “legitimate points” violent racists are trying to make. . .” Check out the post at weeseeyou.com. It’s a MUST READ.

  35. 68 Mary Gray
    July 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I sent MSNBC an email about Pat Buchanan. Complained about his comments on Norway and in general about why he is always missing the point. He is past his prime, I at least know that I am!. He needs to be fired!!!!!!

    • 69 Sue in Minnesota
      July 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I sent an e-mail as well. Respecting the freedom of speech Americans are gauranteed is good, but to provide a platform and pay an individual with such extreme beliefs, that most often are not properly challenged or debated, is a bridge too far for me.

      I didn’t ask that they fire him, but let it be known they lost our veiwership and in fact our cable providers patronage because of our frustration and disappointment in their programming. It feels good to write, but I generally feel that they really don’t value their consumers opinions. I expressed my regrets for having to throw Reverand Sharpton and Lawrence O’Donnell under the bus simply because they were affiliated with the MSNBC network.

      The MSM’s highest priority is their bottom line not the quality or integrity of their journalism.

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