March 2011

President Obama: … even after Gadhafi does leave power, 40 years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong civil institutions. The transition to a legitimate government that is responsive to the Libyan people will be a difficult task. And while the United States will do our part to help, it will be a task for the international community, and more importantly a task for the Libyan people themselves.

…. We have intervened to stop a massacre, and we will work with our allies and partners as they’re in the lead to maintain the safety of civilians. We will deny the regime arms, cut off its supply of cash, assist the opposition and work with other nations to hasten the day when Gadhafi leaves power.

It may not happen overnight, as a badly weakened Gadhafi tries desperately to hang on to power. But it should be clear to those around Gadhafi and to every Libyan, that history is not on Gadhafi’s side. With the time and space that we have provided for the Libyan people, they will be able to determine their own destiny, and that is how it should be.

Full text of remarks here


Remember the President’s “one voice can change a room …… one voice can change the world” speech from the campaign?

Crikey, I didn’t think he meant it literally


110 Responses to “judgment”

  1. 1 COS
    August 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you President Obama. I am so happy that you are our President.

  2. 5 StR
    August 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I wouldn’t expect a statement tonight unless the big fish Gaddafi is arrested or flees and is confirmed in exile. I can’t imagine him heading into exile now given his kids have all been detained – “Sorry kids, I’m fleeing with millions, but couldn’t take you”. I suspect those transferring money out were high ranking officials acting on their own.

  3. 10 Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Democratic view: We can’t just sit idly by
    By Bill Burton

    Republicans are raising hundreds of millions of dollars to advance a right-wing agenda, President Obama is under attack even as he tries to keep our nation out of default, and Republican presidential candidates are in a race to the bottom to be the champion of the most radical ideology. Now is not the time for Democrats to sit idly by as a conservative ideology sweeps across our airwaves……

    GOP political strategist Karl Rove, the wealthy conservative Koch brothers and others have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to elect one of these candidates — and allies of all three have set up outside groups that are already raising millions.

    We started Priorities USA Action and Priorities USA because we believe deeply in progressive values and the things that make this country great — and we are going to play by the rules we have, not just the rules we want, in order to protect them.


    • 11 dotster
      August 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      A frightening reality presented by Burton. We are going to be up against it. And it should be so clear how vital it is that all segments of the Dem Party pull together and work together instead of foolishly putting their efforts into dividing and dispiriting our voters.

  4. 12 Hachikō
    August 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    and his speech in Cairo: ‘New Beginning’


    I think it’s because of this speech why Libyans felt they could plead with President Obama to help them evict the dictator and mass murderer who oppressed them for over forty years.

    We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning…

  5. 13 Bobfr
    August 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Tripoli: #Gaddafi, No matter where you go, no matter what country you cower in, we WILL find you, your life is ours. #Libya #Feb17

    #Libyana phone company has taken over and texts are being sent that are greeting the Libyan people. #Libya #Feb171

    #Tripoli: Head of Libyan State TV was arrested. RT via @ navyjoc1655 #Libya #Feb17

  6. 14 Proud of Obama
    August 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    John Boehner’s office is now following me on Twitter. I’m sooooo honored.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      ooooooooooh! They’re SCARED of you Proud of Obama! 🙂

    • 16 Sue in Minnesota
      August 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Ask that jackass where the jobs he promised are?

      • 17 Proud of Obama
        August 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        LOL, Sue. I will exactly that.

        • 18 conlakappa
          August 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

          Bet you will be UNfollowed with a quickness! I can only imagine the skeeve-creepy people who work for that man. /shudders

          • 19 Sue in Minnesota
            August 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

            Then ask him if he does his best thinking on the golf course. Seems that is what occupies most of his time.

            We need to hand the gavel back to Nancy Pelsoi, someone that takes her responsibilities seriously. Boehner seems to have made golfing his number one priority, booze his second, and tanning his third. I am afraid the American people that he was elected to serve are much farther down on his daily to do list.

  7. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Mentioned on the previous thread that I had contacted Andrea Mitchell about her “awkward” comment on MSNBC tonight, about the President’s not being in town. She emailed me back:

    “im afraid i was misquoted to you – that is not the context of what i said at all”

    Oh, sorry, Andrea. YOU were misquoted and taken out of context. (1) Who cares; (2) LMAO.

    • 21 Hachikō
      August 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      I guess she misquoted herself? Tool.

    • August 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Why does he need to be in town?

    • 23 dotster
      August 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I was going to credit Mitchell for trying to make nice because she just said that tonight is a vindication of Obama’s policy. And NATO’s. And then said something about she never thought she’d see the day. So I was a little happier there with her for a minute. AND THEN—–she went into the whole vacation thing again, saying of course Obama can be updated and make decisions wherever he is, but it’s the OPTICS of it that looks bad. And she referenced everyone’s gripes on MTP and other a.m. shows about this today, as if the Repub criticism was significant. So—-back to her usual form, unsurprisingly.

      • 24 Sue in Minnesota
        August 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        Tell her to concern herself with substance rather than ‘optics’. Step out of the spin cycle and join the rest of us in the real world.

        Optics is becoming my new, least favorite word. Last week it was weak. The week before caved.

  8. August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    AJE had an analyst from my hometown of L.A. on talking about the days events. At the end of the interview he commented that what’s happening will rebound to Obama’s benefit, and lauded his style of leadership which led to Gaddafi’s fall.

  9. August 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Dear GOP/Tsps,

    Please enjoy your 5k liter tanker of STFU.

  10. 28 utaustinliberal
    August 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Can you imagine all he has accomplished domestically and internationally in just one term (that isn’t over yet). He makes history every freaking day and we haven’t even gotten to his second term yet. My goodness. EVERYDAY I am immensely GRATEFUL for President Obama. That’s why I will never hesistate or backdown in calling out the GOP, Media, and Teabaggers everytime they come at him with lies lies lies.

    • 29 ChristiMtl
      August 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Not to mention the INSANE opposition and the cowards D. He’s just so special, he’s my inspiration.

  11. August 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Just seen on TWITTER:

    When THIS President is on vacation, he is not clearing brush, he’s clearing dictators

  12. 46 Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Checkout this pic of PBO &: The Righteous Man Poem by James Allen


  13. 55 Bobfr
    August 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Le Monde: “Today we celebrate the victory, I appeal to your conscience and your responsibility: do not retaliate, do not plunder, do not blame foreigners and respect the prisoners,” said Mahmoud Jibril, one of the main leaders of the National Transitional Council (TNC), in a formal address on the rebel television Libya al-Ahrar.

    The TNC is a class act – they’ve been broadcasting for the past 24 h from Benghazi minute long messages based on the Geneva Conventions, to all their freedom fighters.

    On a lighter note, from a good bud:

    Rixos journos want out or else they have to make their own breakfast. boo hoo!

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  14. 56 Marlz
    August 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    A guestion . . .
    When the Libyans say they are renaming Tripoli Square to Marthaz Square, who or where they referencing? . . . Would it be that the President is at Martha’s Vinyard and they are making a tribute?? Just a stupid questions? Not understanding much of what is happening.

    • 57 Bobfr
      August 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Marlz – they are renaming it Martyr’s Square in honor of all their fellow Libyans that Daffi slaughtered in Green Square (and elsewhere) since 17 Feb.

    • August 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Martyr’s Square, not Martha’s Square.

    • 59 Marlz
      August 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks for the responses. . . Have been catching up on what’s happening in Libya!

    • 60 utaustinliberal
      August 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      It’s alright, we’re here to help you with your questions Marlz. Before Gaddafi took power about 41 years ago, the square was called “Martyr’s Square.” Gaddafi took over and renamed it “Green Square.” Now the rebels have taken over Tripoli and have reverted to the proper and true name of the Square.

  15. 61 hopefruit2
    August 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    David Gergen (CNN) Tweeted this:

    /// David_Gergen David Gergen
    #Gadhafi seems finished! If so, #Obama/alliance approach vindicated. Critics (including me, Neo-cons,GOP, etc.) shd give credit.
    38 seconds ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply ///

  16. 68 Hachikō
    August 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Fuck you, John McCain. You’re a despicable old man.

    • 69 Marlz
      August 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Hachikō, what did he say?

      • August 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        Does he have to say anything? : )

        • 71 Hachikō
          August 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

          Exactly! That old fart thinks he’s some kind of self-appointed shadow president. I despise him. I blame McCain for unleashing Palin and her teabsggers.

          • 72 Pamela
            August 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

            I am a compassionate and forgiving person by nature, but I will NEVER forgive McGeezer for bringing that bitzach out of obscurity, now we all have to live with his poor judgement.

      • August 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        He’s trying to crap on PBO and what’s going on in Libya. Really, he’s just a complete joke.

        • 74 Hachikō
          August 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

          We don’t even have confirmation qaddafi’s been captured yet, but that petty, grudgeful old man is already ‘issuing statements.” fuck him! What an irresponsible ass. Thank God President Obama’s in charge and not him.

      • 75 Hachikō
        August 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

        He and Lindsay Graham issued a “lengthy statement” according to Wolfe Blitzer, part of which read, “…Americans can be proud of the role our country has played to defeat Qaddafi, BUT WE REGRET THAT THE SUCCESS WAS SO LONG IN COMING DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE UNITED STATES TO EMPLOY THE FULL WEIGHT OF OUR AIR POWER…”

        • August 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

          Seriously, they are beyond pathetic. Bitter, old, irrelevant creeps who can’t stand up for America when a Dem is involved.

        • August 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

          and ieberman too. saw it on MSNBFOX. The war hawks did a joint statement.

        • 80 majii
          August 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          These are the same bozos who were complaining a few short months ago and questioning PBO’s every move on the situation in Libya. I didn’t listen to them then, and I’m not listening to them now. PBO is receiving his props from those who matter: the Libyans. McCain would have put boots on the ground in Libya and only made things worse. The Libyan people have confirmed validity of the political science concept of self determination, which is EXACTLY what PBO had in mind. The Libyans don’t need a superpower coming in and telling them what to do. PBO knew this, so he encouraged them to take their fate into their own hands. They did, and imo, I think they did a wonderful job, so Graham, McCain, Lieberman and all the others can sit in the dunce corner where they belong. PBO comes out looking like the adult AGAIN because he said he wanted to get more information BEFORE issuing a statement. The GOP is trying to “get ahead” of this to try to convince the low information voters that although PBO’s plan worked, he was much too slow in getting it done and his strategy was wrong, and that he should have gone in with guns a blazing since it worked out so well for us in Iraq when GWB did it that we’re now into our 8th year there. I expect one of the dodo heads running for president in the GOP to recite this same BS fairly soon.

        • 83 JoJothecat
          August 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

          Oh because when the United States Republican president gets involved it NEVER takes this long……like when the Iraqi’s and people of afghanistan greeted Bush as a liberator and we left the next day…oh wait, make that we left it for the next president to clean up eight yrs later.

    • August 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      irrelevant old bastard.

  17. 85 StR
    August 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Seems like Gadhafi could be in the Rixos Hotel where international journo’s have been staying. Makes sense as NATO wouldn’t bomb it knowing the journo’s were there. Journalists seem to be almost hostages there as they’re prevented from leaving by snipers, and are essentially trapped on the top floors, and could be used as human shield or bartering chips.

    This is all conjecture, but some of the journo’s are concerned with such a possibility.

  18. 86 ChristiMtl
    August 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm


    Libyan-Americans celebrating outside of the White House

  19. August 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Andrea Mitchell correcting herself, that personally she doesn’t have a problem with where PBO is now, she just meant the optics of where he is for all the talking heads especially with Maxine Waters, jobs and domestic issues in regards to political foes and friends alike. She said it’s not like he’s vacationing in _____________, he’s is a well to do part of the country ( Martha’s Vineyard.) Apparently if he’d just vacationed in Bumfuck, Nowheresland, nobody would be complaining. The nerve of the man! Not vacationing on his million dollar ranch or even in his multimillion dollar luxury pad. Instead, he goes to ritzy titzy Martha’s Vineyard where a lot of other presidents have vacationed! Curse him and his tacit disregard for the media’s sensibilities!!!!!!!!

    • 88 dotster
      August 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I can’t believe Obama didn’t go on vacation to where our news media, who only have his best interests in mind, cough cough— wanted him to go! It is just so brazen of him to ignore their recommendations—-some little corner of Oklahoma would have been nice—-and go where he wants to go on vacation! I couldn’t believe Politico or some dumb place actually had a story up on where Obama should go instead of Martha’s Vineyard—-as if it’s anyone else’s business. And by the way, he’s the President of the United States! I never cease to be amazed.

    • August 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Lisalovesobama , remember Andrea Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan EX head of the FED who help the country get into this mess.So of course she doesn’t want the President to hang out in the Vineyard and have the money to afford the $50,000.00 weekly rental fee for his location.Plus it comes out of his pocket not the tax payers. That is what makes the so mad.

    • 90 Sue in Minnesota
      August 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      Really, could they just drop the inane vacation meme. Does Andre think we should dictate where she takes her vacations?

      They make me want to hurl.

    • 91 Sue in Minnesota
      August 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      She obviously has no knowledge of AA’s history with Martha’s Vineyard, in particular Oak Bluffs. The arrogance of these people to think they can dictate where the President vacations, or even that he vacations. Makes you wanna holler!

  20. August 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    To All IN Our Community Remember Our Beloved President Does more on Vacation And When He gives a Roasting Speech Than any other President ever. So when the talking heads start their rants just SMILE AND SAY I KNOW HE’s GOT THIS UNDER CONTROL ALONG WITH IS SIDE KICK Vice President Biden. They Are better than The Lone Ranger And Tonto.They do more in 3 years than Jack Bauer on”24″ did in 8 years. Also according to the GREED OVER PEOPLE PARTY ,He leads from BEHIND, Well If He ever LEADS from in Front GOD help us all to hang on for This Country will turn into a Bullet Train crossing the world like a comet out of control with ONE HELLVA Head Engineer President Barack Obama Keeping us on the rails.

  21. August 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Libyan-Americans celebrating outside of the White House


    “Hiphip hooray. Gaddafi’s gone today. One two three, Libya is free” — chants by Libyan Americans outside of the WH

    via Felicia Sonmez

  22. 97 Esmerelda
    August 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Let’s try to make #Isupportthepresident trend.

  23. August 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm


    BREAKING: Obama topples a dictator while eating ice cream in Martha’s Vineyard.

  24. 102 Esmerelda
    August 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm


    Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein)
    22/08/2011 03:11
    GOP trying desperately to figure out how they can be on the side of Gaddafi. I mean President Obama & THE FRENCH were against him. #p2

  25. 104 Doris
    August 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Chips, is this the picture the editor is referring to.


    • August 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Ah, maybe Doris. If it is, then that’s another Pete Souza gem from the WH Flickr site –


    • 110 hopefruit2
      August 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      I don’t think that’s the picture Doris. This is a pic of a daycare in Bethesda MD taken several months back. The editor is from Minnesota, so she must have been referring to one of the recent pics in the post where all the children were with President Obama during his bus tour. I believe she specifically said the post from August 15. She must have been referring to a “day care” for older children off from school in the summer.

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