President Barack Obama receives an economic briefing from Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, in Chilmark, Mass., August 24

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  1. 1 Fred
    August 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    thanks Chip 😉

    Levee and pumping system (in New Orleans) is functionally complete 😀

      • August 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        Oh boy …… and, needless to say, he’s an anti-gay rights Rethug as well. So predictable.

        • 4 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

          Homosexuals are everywhere we just don’t know it. The national percentage is of known Gays not how many actually exist in our society. I have nothing against our Gay brothers and sisters, I just wish the HYPOCRICY from the Rightwing would just stop. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Heck even my 89 year old grandma can tell Michelle Bachmann’s husband is Gay. LETS KEEP IT REAL!! 🙂

          • August 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

            “Homosexuals are everywhere we just don’t know it.”


            • 6 utaustinliberal
              August 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

              Hey Chips, I think what Keith is trying to say is that with the census we know the number of African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics, Asians and other races that make up the 300+ million Americans but due to privacy and civil rights laws we don’t know the statistical number of those who identify as LGBT, but we know that LGBT people are part of the 300+ million Americans and for the rightwing to deny that the LGBT community doesn’t exist is not only disgenuous and hypocritical but downright disgusting.

              ps: This is my understanding of what Keith wrote.

            • 8 nospin
              August 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

              I think Keith is saying these men and women are our neighbors, friends, family, educators, folks we speak to in passing on the streets.
              So folks need to get over the phobia and respect people regardless of sexual preference/race/color/religious belief etc. etc. etc.

              not trying to speak for you Keith, but that is what I gleaned from your comment.

      • 10 JoJothecat
        August 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        Family values party….yeah right.

  2. August 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Some vacation. He’s gonna have to go back to the WH to get some rest.

  3. 14 Lightfoot
    August 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    One can just see the “brains” / intelligence oozing out of this man, this president. Um, um, um!

    • 15 edp4bho
      August 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      That brain power is contagious if one has the beginnings of a brain, huh?…..LOL !

    • August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Here is someone who has limited brain functioning. Amazing.

      Kucinich: Try NATO Commanders as War Criminals
      Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has been an outspoken critic of U.S. military action in Libya since it began six months ago, even saying President Barack Obama’s policy amounted to “an impeachable offense.”
      Now, as Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s regime appears to be toppling, Kucinich is ramping up his criticism with the contention that NATO commanders in Libya should be tried in court for killing civilians, Politico reports.

      “NATO’s top commanders may have acted under color of international law, but they are not exempt from international law,” Kucinich said in a statement issued Tuesday. (Could someone put this man out of his misery?)

      • August 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        That is one self promoting pinhead.

      • 18 Linda
        August 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        He actually posted that on the Al-Jazeera sites Libya blog…..

        • 19 nospin
          August 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

          don’t say that Linda. Please. Don’t. That is so embarrassing. It is one thing to show out in your house (i.e. American MSM) quite another to show out in public (i.e. Al-Jazeera blog).


        • 21 Sue in Minnesota
          August 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

          I don’t think he posted it, but rather Al Jazeera was reporting it, on their blog. I say it there yesterday, about 30 minutes after they posted it. They were posting news events as they were happening, from all across the world.

      • August 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        Is this the same article where he said that ‘Western forces were illegally playing favorites?’ The illegal part has been debated and will continue to be debated. My own opinion is that Obama is very cautious when it comes to the law. What I am befuddled by is Kucinich saying we played favorites. On one side you have a dictator ordering his army to kill his own citizens and on the other you have….well…..helpless citizens. What exactly is Dennis saying here?

        • 23 hopefruit2
          August 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm

          Dennis the Menace is saying “I can’t stand Obama and like the Teabaggers, I will say just about ANYTHING to oppose him, no matter how ridiculous or untrue it is.”

      • August 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

        Is there a Democrat running against this little wacko Congressman Kucinich?

        • 25 utaustinliberal
          August 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

          Kucinich might not even have a district to run in when 2012 rolls around. With the way the GOP is conducting redistricting in Ohio, he might as well say sayonara to his seat.

          • 26 JoJothecat
            August 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

            He’s testing the waters in WA state. I hope they tell him to go back to Ohio.

            • 27 Pamela
              August 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

              Many of us have already let him know his brand of kick-a-poo-joy-juice is not a good fit, however, there are some out here in Seattle who actually put up yard signs for the guy in a presidential run, so there is a minority who think Washington state would ike to have home represent us. Ha.

      • 29 lmrj
        August 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        He’d better be careful. Too many GOP responsible for torture at Guantanamo Bay. His buds just may go down if he keeps talking.

      • 30 EDP4BHO
        August 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        Dennis is certified. Nuf said.

    • 31 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Lightfoot is thinking: “Work that sexi brain Mr. President!”

  4. 32 edp4bho
    August 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Despite the title, I must say, what I wouldn’t give for a stay in that room…..so light and airy. After PBO has left, of course. 😀

    • 33 Sheila R.
      August 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      And I love the rustic wood beams on the ceiling.

      • 34 edp4bho
        August 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Yes, so like nature. I’m sighing because I haven’t had a get away vacation since 2009. Oh well, maybe next year 😀

      • 35 dotster
        August 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        I like the table—-looks authentically really old. Very cool. I love the east coast because of all the history there.

        • 36 HZ
          August 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          Agree, Dotster. The table pulled me in, and ofcourse, the President sitting there at the desk./table. I also took away the fact that the President can use his brains and do his work in almost any setting as far as we have been able to observe. I like that about him. Getting the work done. Thank you, Mr. President.

          • 37 EDP4BHO
            August 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

            Not to mention that far as I heard, the golf course is a great place to think. Of course, Bonehead never figured this out. He just goes for the local color.

    • 38 collegekay
      August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      The structure is beautiful.

    • 39 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Oh I would be so at home there. Noticed the surroundings immediately, well actually, after I checked out Our Amazing CiC who looks fabulous in his white shirt and cargo shorts. Stand up Sir 😀

      I love the wood beams, the distressed table…the white, the windows, the light…what is not to love…I’ld imagine there is a view of the ocean which would make it even more beautiful….

      Thank you PBO for the never ending work you do on our behalf…vacation is really an oxymoron as it relates to your attempts to enjoy a much deserved break.

  5. 40 Me4obama
    August 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    “A DOPE” “A JOKE” and “FRAUD” those are the names conservatives are calling Perry, Bachman and Willard respectively. Me likeeee 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    • 41 utaustinliberal
      August 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Hahahaha I’m watching Hardball also and Ron Reagan is hilarious and smart. When he began with “A DOPE” “A JOKE” and a “FRAUD” I began yelling “Oh I know! I know! I know!” and I guessed them correctly. Perry was the “DOPE” Bachmann was the “JOKE” and Romney was the “FRAUD”. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  6. 42 Me4obama
    August 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    1. Rick Perry — 29% (up from 18% in July)
    2. Mitt Romney — 17% (down from 23%)
    3. Ron Paul — 13% (up from 10%)
    4. Michele Bachmann — 10% (down from 13%)

    Me Likeeee 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Bye Bye Willard

  7. 44 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This just goes to show that a President is never completely on vacation. The room is gorgeous. So light, spacious, airy, and the beams up top are nice.

  8. 45 Me4obama
    August 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Run time: 00:22



    The woman can’t take it anymore.

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Rubio looks so proud of himself right before she falls. GROSS.

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      When I say this on my local news last night. This was such a non-story. They were promoting that idiot Marco Rubio who is supposedly testing the waters for National recognition.

      • August 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        It’s pretty obvious that Nancy Reagan is old and very frail. She can barely walk. It’s a very opportunistic moment for Rubio but good luck with that. I don’t see how he wins much support for his extreme radical ideas, from Latinos or anybody else besides right-wing freaks.

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      O M G… he could have broke her arm

    • 50 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Surprised he didn’t pull her arm out of her shoulder socket. Poor thing, this strikes me as so undignified and blatantly opportunistic.

    • 51 dotster
      August 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      That’s what I wrote to someone today. They need to stop dragging Nancy out for these occasions. She’s too old and unstable now. I saw rt. wing mediaite had a headline that said Rubio saved Nancy from her fall, like Superman or something. Well, no, not exactly. She fell while he was supposed to be taking care of her, while he was in charge of walking her in. He didn’t save her, he let her fall. They’re really trying to pump up Rubio now for the VP slot.

      • 52 HZ
        August 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm

        This is awful. She should not even be asked to do this. Now, if she wanted to do this and had her staff make the call, fine. But what is the real purpose of dragging Mrs. Reagan around like this. Ron Jr. should have a say in this on a different level. What these people will not do. Remember when she came to the WH with POB? Remember how he slowly walked with her and not only had her hand inside of his arm, at one point he made sure that his other hand was on top of her hand. And when he went to speak, he looked at her to make sure that she was okay. And you could see the look on her face, like, “This young man really cares about this job, plus he seems to know how to take care of this little senior former First Lady. It was a very tender moment. She came for a recognition of Pres. Reagan by POB. If she were my mother, I would say, “Hell no.”

    • August 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Ronald Reagen wouldn’t even reconized that Republican party of his tody. It is so radical and extereme.

    • 54 Chi
      August 25, 2011 at 4:01 am

      My goodness, this is elder abuse…

      Why is the family allowing these people to exploit this woman in this way…

      Rubio wasn’t even paying attention…

      I fail to see the ‘rescue’ in a fall that should never have happened to begin with…

      This is horrid…

      There simply cannot be a positive spin to this embarrassing and undignified exhibition and exploitation of this frail, elderly woman…

  9. August 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Yeah, but he’s not fighting blah blah blah. I can’t take anymore of some of these political blogs anymore guys. I just can’t. They don’t know what they are talking about. They have no ideas, just platitudes. I understand people’s desires to see a showdown. I even understand the shouts for Pres. Obama to go BIG and BOLD but one thing needs to be very very clear. There is a 100% that we are not going to get all of what we want. There is a 90% chance that we won’t get a damn thing except higher poll numbers for Obama. People need to keep their expectations low because I don’t want to see people virtually slitting their wrists because Obama’s BIG BOLD plan got voted down. And I’m not buying the lie that Obama will get credit for trying – he might from the public, but he sure as hell won’t get it from the pundits.

  10. August 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Watching MSNBC. This Ron Christie makes my flesh crawl. He never would have made it in my neighborhood sandbox!

  11. 57 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I was delighted when Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded to a question about vacation criticism as “cable chatter”.


    We’ve documented on this blog the various criticisms aimed at President Obama for taking a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. What’s his response?

    The president isn’t talking publicly, but a White House spokesman said Wednesday that Obama brushes off such griping as “cable chatter.”

    “My sense is his reaction is that he’s focused on doing his job, a job he’s responsible to do wherever he is, whether he’s sitting in the Oval Office or caught on the golf course when emerging actions are taking place,” deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing on the Vineyard after a reporter asked about the criticism.

    “He’s satisfied that he’s doing his job even in unusual locations, convening a call with his national security team, confident in the preparations that FEMA is taking in advance of Hurricane Irene are moving along at the pace they should be,” Earnest continued. “The president dismisses the notion of cable chatter.”


  12. 58 criquet
    August 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Attack ad preview: Romney camera crew at Miami Cong Black Caucus jobs fair interviewing people about being jobless under Obama
    23 Aug .

    Thank the CBC, great going Democrats

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Let them do it. I want people, specifically Black people, see how we are being used to clobber the president. Being used by the CBC, the right and left wing and Pres. Obama’s potential opponents.

      • 60 Ladyhawke
        August 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        Some Democrats have perfected the art of the circular firing squad. Why they can’t see that their constant criticizing of everything President Obama does is just fodder for the Republican Party is a mystery to me.

        • 61 dotster
          August 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

          A mystery to me too. Paving the way for a Repub presidential win with their constant criticism, depressing Dem voters when we’re going to need every one. I don’t get it at all. Can they not think this through a little better, look at the consequences?

    • 62 utaustinliberal
      August 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Great. Just great. Thank you Maxine Waters, Emanuel Cleaver, John Conyers, and the rest of the do nothing CBC. I just knew some stupid crap would come out of this nonsense. Instead of getting together and figuring out how they can help PBO pass his jobs plan and get him a dem majority in both houses in 2012. Now the ad will be “See, even black people believe President Obama made the economy worse and is a bad, bad, bad President.” 🙄 Hopefully, the ad falls flat on its face (as long as the msm don’t give us a 24/7 blow-by-blow) but I just hate the fact that the CBC gave Romney an easy inroad.

      • August 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        I don’t think they actually did it. I saw the original tweet on my timeline and it was more of a prediction rather than a fact that it was happening now.

      • 64 Debz
        August 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        I hope the CBC is proud of itself but I’m not so sure they want to see President Obama reelected. They did this knowing they would get a lot of press, and they have all been around long enough to know this would show up in anti-Obama ads. Maybe Mitt promised to let them socialize at the WH.

        • 65 Sue in Minnesota
          August 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

          Don’t you think they did this simply to cover their asses. Typical political posturing but so unfortunately, counter productive. They sure did not hesitate to throw President Obama under the bus.

          Unless of course it somehow serves them to work under a Republican administration.

          • 66 Chi
            August 25, 2011 at 3:40 am

            I think many of these old-timers fancied themselves as integral and relevant to the political structure of the country…only in the most self-serving way and sense of course…

            Until President Obama came along…

            For the Kucinich types, it’s a lot of resentment, jealousy and envy easily found in petty, unfulfilled men with massive egos that have absolutely no foundation or basis besides an overblown and misguided sense of self and ability…

            The black antagonists among them had previously reveled in their self-appointed roles as gatekeepers to the black community and reaped handsomely from deals they made in exchange for promises to deliver votes or pacify/misinform many in their black communities…

            President Obama has essentially exposed them and their various hustles and disposed of the need for black interpreters between the White House and various communities…

            As for Mitt Romney, this is the same guy whose idea of interacting with black people as witnessed in his very brief encounter with a group of random black people on the campaign trail, was to let out ‘who let the dogs out’ in the most endearing way he could muster…

            Mitt also now travels around with this solitary black woman who looks pleased as punch to be selected as the the token blackface in exchange for a chunk of change… rather conveniently, Mitt’s handy black woman only gets to periodically pop up, show-cased and prominently featured at only certain events of course …

      • August 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        utaustinliberal, I would ask these black people who believe that, will you be better under some right wing Tea Republican Party? If so explain it to me. Unemployment have always been higher in the black community. And tell me just what did they expect President Obama to do? Use some common sense folks, don’t let the white man use you.

      • 68 lmrj
        August 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

        Repeating my post from a previous thread.
        Saving grace: If the target for such an ad is the AA community, then what the Teapublicans don’t realize is that AAs are not a monolith and neither is any other ethnic group. People have their own opinions and observations about PBO and many are not buying what’s being sold. Many also see the CBC action in the same way they saw the Smiley/West pimp-my-book tour. Didn’t go over very well. Saw a tweet from one of Waters’ constituents asking why she wasn’t doing a jobs tour in Watts. Poignant reminder.

        • 69 lmrj
          August 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

          BTW, my opinion only; Waters may be buying her way out of the ethics investigation. Just a thought. Can’t say much about the why for Cleaver, Conyers or even Jesse Jackson other than jealousy.

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      I tweeted to DWS about a week ago asking how long it would be before we saw Maxine Waters’ face in a Republican ad. I guess I wasn’t too far off.

      • 71 hopefruit2
        August 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Maybe the Republican ad also needs to feature the clip of the same Maxine Waters telling the Tea Party to “go to hell!”

    • August 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks to that loud mouth Maxine Waters and the CBC. I think I will email her and tell her about what you said criquet.

  13. 73 ChristiMtl
    August 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Well look at this, retweet by whpresscorps , which includes Mark Knoller right?

    Jeff_Jacoby Jeff Jacoby
    Obama called Bush “unpatriotic” for adding $4T to the natl debt in 7½ yrs. Yet he’s added $4T to the debt–in 2½ yrs. bit.ly/rijIJk
    5 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply
    Retweeted by @whpresscorps

    • August 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      I tweeted him some required reading.

    • 75 criquet
      August 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Knoller and CBS has been bombarded on Twitter and not a peep of a correction from either.
      Why hasn’t the WH done something? I know that Dan Pfeiffer has also been alerted.

      • 76 ChristiMtl
        August 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        I know! Nothing from Dan Pfeiffer, it’s frustrating, I don’t expect nothing from RW hack Knoller and CBS mind you,.

        • 77 hopefruit2
          August 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

          I suspect that Dn Pfeiffer is on vacation-haven’t heard from him for the past week. That’s why the media is ramping up the attacks on the President. It happens every August.

    • 78 theo67
      August 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      They see things in only one dimension, ignoring the fact that Bush spent the $4T for stuff that didn’t move this country forward one inch (tax cuts, etc), and didn’t put that stuff on the books. They ignore that President Obama spent money investing in infrastructure and bailing the country out from Bush’s recession. The media is pathetic.

      • 79 Sue in Minnesota
        August 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Guess someone should tweet, asking, if it’s too much to ask for relevant context. The news media is the latest addition to the reality TV line up. So worthless.

      • 80 HZ
        August 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        Thank you Theo67.

      • 81 Chi
        August 25, 2011 at 3:45 am

        They do know Theo…

        The only deliberately seek to push the dishonest narrative set by their corporate masters…

        Deliberate misinformation is the goal…

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