‘gaddafi’s rule is over’

President Obama arrives to speak about Libya, Aug. 22, in Chilmark, Mass.

Text of remarks here

123 Responses to “‘gaddafi’s rule is over’”

  1. 1 StR
    August 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

    All my very best,

    Jack Layton

    Jack Layton’s farewell letter to Canada – http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/08/22/pol-layton-last-letter.html

    (As best as I could describe Jack Layton to Americans would be to compare him to Paul Wellstone)

    • August 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      Has PBHO ever met Layton or did he know of him…

      If not, he would have admired him!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        August 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

        That’s a really great statement. I’m sorry for the Canadian peoples loss. May he rest in peace.

      • 4 ETMage
        August 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

        Hello friends,

        I am glad that there are people across the border who are aware of Mr. Layton’s passing. I am certain Pr. Obama did know of him as he probably gets briefed about political happenings around the world. The historic rise of the NDP to be the official opposition in government across the border this year would not be omitted (even if it was the day after he got Osama.)

        Mr. Layton could very well have met Pr. Obama when he was on his Canadian tour. In fact, Mr. Layton has met Democrats and Obama’s aides on Capitol Hill. Here he was in Washington voicing support for healthcare reform.


        In 2009 at the party convention, the NDP actually had OFA officers Betsy Myers and Marshall Ganz to speak to the party on how to win the ground game. No doubt that helped with this years results.

        Here was Mr. Layton defending Pr. Obama on “Naftagate” during the primaries.

    • 5 MTmarilyn
      August 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      That is a beautiful quote. Must of been quite the man. So sorry for your loss.

    • 6 ChristiMtl
      August 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      I was so sad when I heard the news this morning, I loved Jack Layton *sigh*. A really good man.

      He had my vote that’s for sure.

      • 7 Anonymous
        August 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

        Such sad news, he was a good man. May he rest in God’s eternal peace. My heart goes out to the people of Canada and the New Democratic Party – a sad loss.

      • August 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

        So sad to hear of his passing, he was a good man. My thoughts are with his family, the people of Canada and the New Democratic Party. Sad day.

    • 9 Anonymous
      August 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      What an amazing quote. So sad to hear of Jack Layton’s passing my thoughts are with his family and the people of Canada.

  2. 10 GGail
    August 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks for the heads up! You have once again provided the best information on a current event and I am deeply grateful.

  3. 12 Ladyhawke
    August 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    TIMELINE: Qaddafi Out After Just Six Months Of Civil War


  4. 13 JER
    August 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    WATCH IT HERE AT 2PM EDT (PRE-TAPED): President Obama’s statement on Libya: http://www.necn.com/pages/necn_streampage

  5. 14 Sue in Minnesota
    August 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Doggone it I have backed myself into a corner…I need to go and am already behind where I should be. I hope there will be video of this later.

    Thanks everyone for being such a great community, and keeping hope alive. Chipsticks you deserve a National Medal of Freedom for your tireless work and yes the pistol you are packing in your purse. You are our best defense against what is dark and ugly in this world.

  6. August 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Strange how the Libyans can spell better than the tea people.

    • 17 utaustinliberal
      August 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      I noticed that also; since English isn’t the first language in Libya. The teaparty people are just fundamentally dumb. There’s no educating and erradicating stupidity on that deep a level.

      • 18 nintendowii10
        August 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        Well let’s not forget, the Teapugs take pride in defunding education because it’s socialist Marxist propaganda that will melt your brain or something like that… like our President once stated, they take pride in being ignorant.

  7. August 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm


    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release August 22, 2011
    Statement of President Barack Obama on Libya

    Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.

    The surest way for the bloodshed to end is simple: Moammar Qadhafi and his regime need to recognize that their rule has come to an end. Qadhafi needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all. Meanwhile, the United States has recognized the Transitional National Council as the legitimate governing authority in Libya. At this pivotal and historic time, the TNC should continue to demonstrate the leadership that is necessary to steer the country through a transition by respecting the rights of the people of Libya, avoiding civilian casualties, protecting the institutions of the Libyan state, and pursuing a transition to democracy that is just and inclusive for all of the people of Libya. A season of conflict must lead to one of peace.

    The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people. Going forward, the United States will continue to stay in close coordination with the TNC. We will continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected. And we will continue to work with our allies and partners in the international community to protect the people of Libya, and to support a peaceful transition to democracy.

  8. 20 Ladyhawke
    August 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm


    By Marc Lynch


    I’ll leave the broader questions about the outcome of the war to others, though I think it’s pretty clear that the outcome vindicates President Obama’s approach. Had he not acted, Qaddafi would have won and that would have been bad. He didn’t panic as events unfolded, even as virtually the entire policy community decided that the campaign had turned into a quagmire, stalemate, or fiasco. He understood that while six months may seem like a century in Twitter time, it’s actually not that long of a time for such a campaign. He correctly resisted demands for a more aggressive action such as a land invasion and occupation which would have radically changed the game in highly negative ways. Nobody would claim that the intervention went smoothly or according to some master plan, but on the whole it has thus far avoided most of the worst case scenarios and now has the chance — still only a chance — for a positive outcome.



  9. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    If anyone wants to thank my new hero (for the moment) David Gergen, here’s his contact page:

    This is what I wrote (I forgot to mention to him the first people responsible for the takedown were the Libyans themselves!):

    Sir – I’m a liberal Democrat, and support President Obama 1000%. I’ve watched your commentary for years, and have always appreciated your opinion, even if I didn’t agree with it. Since January 2009, you sometimes have been unfairly critical of our President, which annoyed me. However, ALL IS FORGIVEN! I just saw your tweet about giving President Obama and the NATO alliance credit in the take down of Gadhafi. Magnificent. And the fact you urged neo-cons, the GOP, etc., to do the same … priceless. Thank you on behalf of others in my political party who appreciate fairness.

    • 22 Me4obama
      August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Sorry Jacque I already did my part by slamming him for being bitter towards PBO, IMO he is no moderate, and one stance doesn’t give him a pass.
      Off I go to thank MY Fareed Zakariah. He is doing a good job on CNN

      • 23 Anonymous
        August 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        love you, me4 (it’s me Lisa. I’m slacking off at my friend’s job on campus and so won’t sign in).

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        August 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        Understand! I’ve been there with many of the fools.

        But if they give us even an inch, I will try to hold my nose and send them a comment – since they are so narcissistic it just might work on some other occasion.

        You are right about Fareed – I’ll go thank him now, too!

    • 25 Mary Gray
      August 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      I too sent him a thank you for honest commenting.

    • August 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      I thanked him as soon as I saw his tweet last night. It’s always good to appreciate people when they say or do something nice.

  10. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    On Libya, Fareed Zakaria on CNN just mentioned (paraphrased): ” … it was actually quite right for President Obama to have taken a supportive rather than lead role.” He was agreeing with former Defense Secretary Cohen (a Republican), who had just spoken. I didn’t hear Cohen’s remarks, but he’s also a fair guy.

  11. 28 zizi
    August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Ha PBO confounds critics again by doing an audio only broadcast. No face time to dignify Gadhaffi. Smart move smart move!!

    • 29 Me4obama
      August 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Hey Zizi I thought it was a smart move too. His voice is incredible. He might come out to speak infront of the cameras when Gaddafi comes out of the hole and he is captured.

    • 30 dotster
      August 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      What’s weird is they just showed his statement again on Martin Bashir and it was on video. Strange. I saw him. He looked cute in his blue sport coat.

  12. 32 Me4obama
    August 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I just heard my President Speak. What a speech!

  13. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Well. I’m not old enough to remember when people used to gather around their radios, to listen to FDR give one of his “fireside chats.” And I don’t know why we just heard audio from President Obama this afternoon, and not video. But listening to his voice … I felt as though I were a part of history. As though some future historian will write, “Jacqueline O’Boomer and many other Americans from The Obama Diary sat down to hear a message from their President on Libya.”

    Did it not give you chills? Not just his voice, of course, but each and every thoughtful word.

  14. August 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    EXQUISITE statement from President Obama. THANK YOU for your leadership and your support for freedom, justice and dignity. BRAVO.

  15. 52 Anonymous
    August 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I missed PBO’s speech. Can’t wait to hear it later.

  16. 53 overseasgranny
    August 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I wish he would do more speeches that are just audio. It makes one concentrate on the words without the distraction of video. Not that he isn’t wonderful to look at as well, but it is the camera angles, etc that can be a problem sometimes.

  17. 58 Tulips
    August 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hey people i’ve been serving crow on twitter. tweeting the negative comments on pundits about libya. Ha ! i don’t have amnesia

  18. 61 StR
    August 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Audio only could have been done for security reasons as I believe I read that where he’s actually staying is secret. This probably would have been a statement Pres. Obama would have delivered from the Rose Garden if he was in Washington. But to hide location he’d have to do it indoors and in front of a backdrop sorta deal and that wouldn’t be necessarily a good look.

    • 62 utaustinliberal
      August 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      I don’t think the audio was done for security reasons. Remember, President Obama was on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in 2009 when he came out and made a statement in front of the press re-appointing Ben Bernanke as the Fed Chair. Also, on that same vacation, he came out in front of the cameras and made a statement about the passing of Senator Edward .M. Kennedy.

  19. August 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Was delighted to see this article on Yahoo news from the AP, hopefully more MSM will pick it up

    Perry says no to “Obamacare,” but what’s his plan?


    Great stats about how pitiful health care is in Texas and how Perry took gov $$ with no qualms.

  20. 64 Betsy
    August 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I just saw some video as I was flipping through channels. It was on FOX???? So did MSNBC just not show the video?

    • 65 dotster
      August 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Anyone watch it on CNN? Wonder if they had the visual. I had on msnbc. Tamron Hall seemed a little rattled when he started speaking, had to cut off another guest and then was late getting to his statement which had already started. Just wondered if it was just msnbc who had problems, since they are now showing reruns of it on video.

  21. August 22, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Obama meets economic aide, talks to CEOs

    “A vacationing President Barack Obama has been meeting with a key economic aide and phoning businessmen as he prepares for next month’s unveiling of a new jobs and debt plan.”


  22. 69 ChristiMtl
    August 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    National Review Online is reporting that “the Ryan camp” is saying that Paul Ryan will not run for president in 2012.

    Like we didn’t see that one coming, he won’t even do town halls during his 5 weeks vacation, can’t face his constituents. It’s easy to be the little attack dog on tv in a friendly environment., What a coward,.

    • 70 Me4obama
      August 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      What is “the Ryan Camp” the push Grandma off the cliff Camp or the SS Voucher Camp. Which one. Or the 600 dollar a bootle of Wine Camp?

  23. 71 utaustinliberal
    August 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Guys Randi Rhodes is on. But someone named Nicole is filling in. I know some people have said she’s an emoprog; I’ve never listened to her before, so I don’t know how she might be. So I’m just going to have to listen and hope she doesn’t piss me off.


    • 72 Blue
      August 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      She ‘s HATER of this President! But Randi said, she on a right wing radio, and she doesn’t choose her fill in.

      • 73 Janelle
        August 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        Randi is off this week. I suggest you don’t listen to Nicole at all unless you want to get your pressure up.

        • 74 57andFemale
          August 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

          I turned her off. She absolutely refused to give any credit to the President about Libya, and only mentioned him when she could diss the entire action. The typical looney left and right spin: will we get anything better? Are we going to spend billions in nation building when we have so many needs here?

          As Lawrence Korb said earlier, Libya doesn’t need our money. They are a main supplier of oil for Europe, hence Europe’s action on the matter.

          Then her next segment was on poor Jane Hamster who was arrested outside the WH on Friday. That was it. The headphones came off.

  24. 75 carolyn
    August 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Both CNN and MSNBC had just the audio. If FOX had video, it was from some other time. At one time CNN put up the picture of the President and Security Adviser Brennan. I liked the audio….but I grew up with radio, and think it has a special aura when used well. The President’s voice is so good and rich, that audio is sufficient.
    I’m sure he’ll do the full personal presentation when the outcome of this is completely clear. He was very careful in his words. He underlined what the French have said about Qadaffi voluntarily leaving. In fact I read that a “Le Monde” writer was “pleading” with Qadaffi to leave peacefully. It is so good that we were not in this alone. We were the leader, but the President took the time to bring along others with us.
    I am so proud of Ambassador Rice! Time was when the U.N.Ambassador was a celebrity in our country….think Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson (Yes, I know I’m old) but the Bush Administration really wanted to abolish the U.N. so appointed detractors like John Bolton. Susan Rice was just the right pick. The U.N. is IMPORTANT, and the only hope we have internationally. This was also good for NATO…emphasizing its importance, in spite of Teathugs.

  25. 76 carolyn
    August 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Someone just mentioned that Martin Bashir had a video…..but that was a video of his radio speech, I assume…….

  26. 79 Ladyhawke
    August 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    GOP Presidential Candidates Respond To Fall Of Qaddafi By Refusing To Credit Obama

    Much as with the killing of Bin Laden, the GOP candidates seem to be unwilling to give even a modicum of congratulations to their political opponent, even on a matter of national security that seemingly every politician in the U.S. should support. Instead, Romney and others are already pivoting to demanding the extradition of the Lockerbee bomber, which would appear to be a means to put Obama back on the defensive when he should riding high, even it means threatening Libya’s fragile transitional regime with outside pressure.


    • 80 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      🙄 Honestly should we expect anything different from the GOP? I just saw your article headline Ladyhawke and decided not to read any further. Why intentionally raise my blood pressure and get angry. I want to soak in the SUCCESS of President Obama’s obvious Foreign Policy initiatives.

  27. 81 utaustinliberal
    August 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I just heard the funniest thing on CNN and MSNBC. Apparently when Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi was caught by the rebels, he was trying to escape town dressed as a woman! Hahahahahahahahahaha 😆 😆 😆

  28. August 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    So this video just made my day. A campaign ad for a Dem in Eric Cantor’s district. Lets get behind this guy, nothing would be sweeter than seeing Cantor defeated.

    • 83 MTmarilyn
      August 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      I just sent a tweet about him. I wish I had check here first because I sent it from DKos and I hate linking to them. But I thought this guy was worth it. He sounds like he will give Cantor a run for his money.

      • August 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

        Hi MTmarilyn, are you still having trouble with the site on your droid? I’ve got no reply yet from WordPress Support about your issue, just wondering if there was any improvement?

    • 85 nospin
      August 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Hey WiW – I checked out E. Wayne Powell’s website to see what his platform was and saw some things that raised some red flags for me —

      On healthcare — “Health Care Reform
      Reform is desperately needed, since this is the area of the economy whose costs increase more than any other each year. We do not need to gut the reform, but modify it where needed. ”

      and on his stance on wars and the budget . . . not sure what is niggling at the back of my mind from that brief overview posted on his site but am curious to hear more. Not that I am in his district but . . . there are areas of concern.

      Then I looked at titles on his blog posts:
      Eric Cantor – Job Destroyer
      Eric Cantor – Chicken Hawk

      probably doesn’t mean anything but my spider sense is somewhat tingling.

      • August 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        Well with regard to the comment on health care reform, the President has said something similar about making some modifications to the Bill. It’s hardly something that’s going to take precedence in the 113th, should we succeed in our desire to give our President a Congress he can work with. For my part, this man would have to go a long long way toward being worse than Eric Cantor. Mr. Powell sounds like a Blue Dog, which I have learned to accept as inevitable if we’re to take back the House.

        • 87 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

          Yes he is a Blue Dog. We need any type of Democrat to replace the FANATICAL Teapartiest. LETS DO THIS!!!

  29. 88 Anonymous
    August 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    off topic but just saw the vid of VPJB in Beijing! My daughter is working and traveling in Beijing this week also, sent her the video, told her to say HI and Thank You, if she should see the VP out there! LOL!

  30. 90 carolyn
    August 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the link and thanks to C-Span! And I didn’t have to listen to self-important commentators before! I know there will be another formal speech when the situation is settled. He does nothing before its time.

  31. 91 ChristiMtl
    August 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    The next narrative for a few days.

    By the numbers, Obama is only bested by Romney, 48 percent to 46. He ties Perry at 47 percent, and outpolls Paul 47 – 45 and Bachmann 48 – 44. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent, meaning that in each case, the race is a dead heat.

    Ties Perry at 47? Bachmann at 44?.

    I hate polls, even when it’s good polls, I don’t check them but I saw that on my tweeter feed. The only purpose for them is to set the narrative and spin them in favor of the GOP. It never fails.

    When the polls are in favor of the President *crickets*.

    Pathetic corrupt media

    • 92 hopefruit2
      August 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Christi, I doubt this poll is national. I believe it’s for a particular state (most likely a swing or Republican state). Could you double check and verify what exactly these poll numbers are referring to?

        • 94 hopefruit2
          August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

          When it comes to President Obama’s “polling” I trust Gallup as much as I trust Gaddafi. A presidential poll taken a year early has next to zero predictive value. I would wager that 75% of the people polled do NOT know anything relevant about Bachman or Perry, or Romney for that matter. And clearly, the GOP doesn’t believe this poll to be true either – which is why they are still scrambling for a “savior.” This is propaganda – nothing more, nothing less.

          • 95 nospin
            August 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

            “A presidential poll taken a year early has next to zero predictive value.”


          • 96 ChristiMtl
            August 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

            Copying a great comment from TPM regarding that article .

            From Gallup’s writeup:

            In August 1999, Texas Gov. George W. Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 55% to 41% in a Gallup trial heat poll. That race ended up in a virtual dead heat, with Gore ultimately winning slightly more of the national popular vote than Bush.

            In August 1995, Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was slightly ahead of President Bill Clinton in a Gallup poll, 48% to 46%. On Election Day 1996, Clinton beat Dole by eight points.

            In August 1983, President Ronald Reagan was ahead of Democrat Walter Mondale by only one point, 44% to 43%. Reagan went on to beat Mondale in a 59% to 41% landslide in the November 1984 election.

            In August 1979, incumbent President Jimmy Carter was tied with former California Gov. Reagan — each getting 45% of the vote. Reagan ultimately defeated Carter by 10 points.

            Shorter: “historical results indicate this poll has no predictive value whatsoever, but if we don’t generate material for MSM thumbsuckers, our name won’t be in constant circulation and we’ll lose business to the competition.”

            • 97 hopefruit2
              August 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

              Thanks Christie for posting. These are facts that I will copy and paste and send to to any MSM hack I find braying about this latest Gallup Republican “survey.” I expect that Tweety and his sidekick Howard Fineman are breathlessly drooling waiting in the wings to spend 30 minutes on this topic.

      • 98 StR
        August 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        Seems to be national – http://www.gallup.com/poll/149114/Obama-Close-Race-Against-Romney-Perry-Bachmann-Paul.aspx

        Any poll which has Ron Paul within two points invalidates itself.

        We also have to remember that all of the candidates are not taking shots at each other all that much – all just attacking President Obama. Eventually they’ll have to start in on each other, also the President will blast away at the eventual nominee come the general.

        • 99 hopefruit2
          August 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

          Notice that the media loves to report Gallup polls taken on Sundays (which tends to skew conservative in responders). By the end of this week, these numbers will have changed. And the media will go silent, as Christi said. And they will keep changing many, many times before November 2012.

          As you said, people have not been really paying attention to these candidates because the media hasn’t really focused on them as it should. There will come a time when the media will HAVE to focus on that one GOP nominee and there will be no hiding. Everyone knows president Obama. Relatively few have actually paid attention to Perry, Bachman or Romney. The GOP debate a couple weeks ago was very poorly watched from what I heard. The time to pay attention to poll numbers will be after May of 2012, not now. These polls are simply to give the lazy media some anti-Obama “material” to work with while he’s on vacation.

        • August 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

          As I tell one of my very good patrons: relax. Get out. Turn off the news. Volunteer. Polls at this point are rather meaningless. They’re meant to drive a narrative. The campaign hasn’t even begun yet.

    • 101 JoJothecat
      August 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      A lot of people are on vacation so I don’t put too much weight on these polls. Plus they don’t poll people on cell phones. As time goes on I wonder what is going to happen when 90% of the people only have cell phones? Poll them at work? My mom is a senior citizen and she cut the cord this year so she only has a cellphone.

    • August 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      People don’t know enough about any of these Republican candidates to make a choice, so it seems like a lot of hot air. There is a poll every freakin’ day.

      • 103 hopefruit2
        August 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        These polls are becoming more and more meaningless and are designed to shape, not report public opinion.

        • 104 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

          😯 These poll numbers have completely changed from just 2 weeks ago when PBO was ahead by six 45 to 39 vs a generic GOP ballot and Romney was the closest candidate within 4 percentage points. He had a double digit lead over all other ontakers. What has drastically changed in 2 weeks? 😡

          • 105 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            August 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

            This polling was taken by Gallup 2 weeks ago. STRANGE. Looks like the POWERS that be are setting up a horserace for the General Election. 😕

  32. 106 Byo
    August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    The triad of McCain/Liebermann/Graham will have to give credit now, even though they are incapable of doing so. These people are always shilling for war without real thought.

    • 107 criquet
      August 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      President McLieberGraham needs to go to Georgia or Iran and president -like from there.
      They’ll get the kind of treatment deserved then!

  33. 108 Ladyhawke
    August 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    This post at The Reid Report has video of a great political ad going after Senator Scott Brown. As it turns out, Mr. Independent is really Mr. GOP Yes Man. And there is even more pressure on Scott Brown because Elizabeth Warren is on a listening tour throughout Massachusetts and will hopefully announce her candidacy after Labor Day. The honeymoon is over.

    Scott Brown’s long year begins; new ad depicts him as GOP ‘bobblehead’

    He has been under fire from both Democrats and the tea party — he’s too married to Wall Street and Mitch McConnell for the former, not right wing enough for the latter. And he faces re-election with several headwinds coming: a presidential year, when the younger, browner voters who sat out the special election come back; a popular potential opponent in Elizabeth Warren, who won’t have any trouble exciting liberals and women, and uniting her party and moderate independents, and his own voting record, which didn’t burden him when he shocked the world by winning Ted Kennedy’s old seat. Sorry, “the people’s seat…” Ahem. And now, the first ad salvo in the “get Scott” campaign. It depicts Brown as nothing short of a Republican bobblehead, saying yes to everything on the right wing menu. And it comes with a website: Bobbleheadbrown.com. Watch:


  34. 109 criquet
    August 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm


    From TPM :

    “Gallup National Poll: Obama In Dead Heat With GOP Challengers
    Kyle Leighton | August 22, 2011, 3:35PM


    President Barack Obama
    Read More
    2012, Barack Obama, Polls

    President Obama’s national approval rating has never been lower, and it’s starting to drag him down in head-to-head matchups against his potential GOP rivals in the 2012 election. Gallup polled the President against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Tex. Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Each trial heat produced a statistical tie among registered voters.

    By the numbers, Obama is only bested by Romney, 48 percent to 46. He ties Perry at 47 percent, and outpolls Paul 47 – 45 and Bachmann 48 – 44. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent, meaning that in each case, the race is a dead heat.

    Recent polling has shown a very tight race amongst the President and the aforementioned candidates. Over the last months various national polls have shown Obama with single digit leads over the major contenders. The exception is Paul, who has never showed much strength against Obama in a national matchup, but is within two points in the Gallup survey. Head to head polling at this point suggests as much, if not more, about the President’s relative weakness, than it does anything about the strength of his potential rivals.

    The TPM Poll Averages show a slim 0.1 percent lead for the President in a matchup with Romney, a 1.9 point advantage against Perry, and a 5.5 spread against Bachmann.

    The new Gallup survey used live telephone interviews with 879 registered voters.”

    Get the day’s best political analysis, news and reporting from the TPM team delivered to your inbox every day with DayBreaker. Sign up here, it takes just a few seconds.

    • 110 nospin
      August 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      “The new Gallup survey used live telephone interviews with 879 registered voters.”

      those polls are invalid.

      I refuse to pay attention to any polls until next year and even then, I will take it with a grain of salt. Based on the Polls, PO was never supposed to be the Democratic Nominee or the President of the US.

      • 111 hopefruit2
        August 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

        Thank you. And I bet that survey was taken on Sunday, when the majority of Democrats/Liberals were too busy paying attention to the Libyan events, or traveling with their family before returning to work /school in September, than answering land-line phone from an unrecognized caller.

        • August 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

          You bring up an interesting point about answering calls from unrecognized callers. Lord knows I don’t, and I’m likely to then block them when they call once. And also, what was the partisan break out? Whatever; call me after the GOPers savage each other before the primaries and PBO starts blasting away.

  35. 115 JoJothecat
    August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    My condolences to our Canada family for your loss of a great man. I hope there is someone who can fill the “liberal” void that has been left.

    • 116 ChristiMtl
      August 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      His role was crucial now that we have Bush lite with a majority in power. But today I think of his family.. Canadians are very sad today, even the ones who didn’t agree with him politically, he was a great man. I think it’s the first time I cried about the death of a politician.

  36. 117 Debz
    August 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for posting the video of PBO’s statement, I missed it. He is wonderful!

  37. August 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    he looks so Presidential

  38. 119 nintendowii10
    August 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Now the media will be playing this up as “President Obama’s Iraq.” They’ll compare his statement to “Mission Accomplished” and the pacifist emoprogs will continue to whine and call President Obama a warmonger who has got us into a bazillion wars across the globe 😡 😡 😡 😡

    • 120 StR
      August 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Personally I would have waited until Gadhafi was arrested, fled or was killed. He’s crazy enough to do just about anything in his last stand. But I’m sure Pres. Obama had intel we are not privy too either.

  39. 121 zizi
    August 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    That setting looks so lush ad verdant. Beautiful

  40. 122 57andFemale
    August 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    This is a good read: http://www.politicususa.com/en/obama-doctrine-collaboration

    Lawrence Korb said today that the interests of Europe were tied to Libya’s oil, so it was only sensible that Europe should take the lead. We get very little oil from Libya. But common sense has left the building, in the U.S.

    His contention was that the only reason for more ‘muscle’ as Gergen advocated until proven wrong — again — would have been bluster for bluster’s sake, and no other reason. Unless you follow the reasoning of a mind like a five year old — Donald Trump — who said we should just go in and ‘take Libya’s oil.’

    This is what passes for political discourse in the United States in 2011. God.

  41. 123 Ladyhawke
    August 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I was especially moved by these beautiful and poignant words from President Obama on Libya today. When I heard these words, I thought about the breathtaking fantastic four sign in Libya’s Martyr’s Square. President Obama is a true leader and visionary. His wisdom and ability to deal with adversity never ceases to amaze me. I am bursting with pride.

    President Obama Statement on Libya- August 22, 2011

    “Finally, the Libyan people: Your courage and character have been unbreakable in the face of a tyrant. An ocean divides us, but we are joined in the basic human longing for freedom, for justice and for dignity. Your revolution is your own, and your sacrifices have been extraordinary. Now, the Libya that you deserve is within your reach.”

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