the speech – magnificent or just brilliant?

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  1. September 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    This is AMERICA! I can haz both!

  2. September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Brilliant, just like the man! This site always takes away my concerns about his re-election and keeps me pumped. Thanks for facts and statements that make sense.

  3. September 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I’ll take both for $200 Alex :). He was fantastic (as usual). I’m so proud of him.

    • 7 Mel
      September 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Magnificet and Brilliant both, we watch in our comunity room on a flat TV the speech there were 35 seniors
      and all of us we just listend we all love this man, Fuck the talkin heads opinions we watched and listened
      You were great Mr president yes 35 US seniors.

  4. 9 JD
    September 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    An excellent speech. The president has the Republicans in a serious box. I hope that he is utterly merciless in pressing the advantage he gained tonight.

  5. September 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    He did a magnificently brilliant job!! Loved his passion and his mean look. He’s over this merry-ground and is laying the groundwork to campaign. He will do everything in his power to do what can be done but make no mistake, he is clocking the Republicans.

  6. 13 StylishGurl
    September 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  7. September 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    The man is a genius. Hey, did anybody notice that Boehner is darker than Obama? Just sayin’……. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 16 vitaminlover
      September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      He was getting ready to cry. (sniff)

    • 17 anniebella
      September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      This President have shown that he is fighting for the middle class and poor who are out there suffering. I don’t trust these T-Republicans, so I’m not looking for them to do anything cause it is all about them defeating this President. They don’t give a dam about the people who are suffering.

    • 21 Pamela
      September 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Haha, but the leaden tinge around his face matches the lead in his arse. I hope all waching took a good look at him squirming in his seat, not responding, licking his lips as if he was trying not to pass out.

  8. September 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Why are all the pundits on msnbc saying that the president has accomplished nothing and is weak?
    What is that about?

    • 23 kittypat
      September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      because they all probably got their scripts before the speech, turn back in time to the Presidential debates when the pundits did themselves in with instant reaction, how many times did they declare that McC had won and the instant polls proved that the public thought they were wrong?

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      this is about the fact that you just heard with your own ears and eyes the President kick the ass of every do nothing in this country and stand up for the millions of Americans in the process.. and the fact that he came with guns blazing is something the pundits now have to downplay.. you gonna believe your lying eyes & ears or a pundit? They watched the repub debate last night- and from what I hear they are trying to sell us Perry.. tonight POTUS said “seriously”? Ya’ll think Perry can match this.. and then he proceeded to spell out exactly how a President goes about Presidenting. They will be twisting, spinning and lying all night and on every morning show. They reek of desperation.

    • 28 majii
      September 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      They realize that, in all of their pre-speech analysis, they were wrong, AGAIN. They keep trying to tell PBO what he SHOULD do/say, and he keeps ignoring their advice. Plus, I think they’re a wee bit upset that he was very factual in his speech when he stated that traditionally, the things he is suggesting have been supported by politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle. The news people and pundits probably don’t think the “young upstart” should have the nerve to remind Americans of the fact that the republicans are obstructing to score political points. PBO just reminded them of that without having to name names. Many of the news people and pundits are friends with people like Boehner, the Koch Bros, and Grover Norquist, and I believe they just hate having the president say anything to hurt their little fragile feelings, but it’s ok for them to say ugly things about PBO. Jovie, I haven’t watched a cable news program going on two years now because they are no longer in the mews business, and my nerves are much better for it.

      • 29 majii
        September 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        news. typing is off tonight

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

        I think what the media really hates is US… they hate that POTUS can call on us and we move. They hateh is power.. and he doesn’t have to spend 24/7 beating us over the head- as the media works so very very hard to do. They do not like this President and they will lie on him quick as they lie to all of us.. I haven’t watched any of them in nearly three years and I still know every fool thing they say and do. They tried to sabotage this speech.. now they’re trying to downplay the win of this speech.. and more importantly the obvious win of the content of this speech. We have to be steel coated against their shenanigans.. do not believe a single word that comes from a pundit.

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        Your typo majii is actually right: they ARE in the “MEWS” ๐Ÿ™‚ business and are “no longer in the NEWS business” as you meant to write. Mew, according to dictionary.com is a “characteristic high-pitched crying noise ” Cable news, MSM, and the PL are in the NOISE business. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 32 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      September 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm


  9. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Question: “the speech โ€“ magnificent or just brilliant?”

    Answer: am I permited to select both???? Sorry but I am greedy

  10. 34 majii
    September 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    PBO’s speech? Excellent, magnificent, and brilliant!

    Boehner’s dour face? Priceless!

  11. September 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Definitely Magnificent AND Brilliant- much like the man himself. And if things were ‘just’.. then the whole country wouldn’t be going spastic right now after this magnificent speech by this brilliant man.

    I just read on twitter that Rachel Maddow referred to POTUS as “Barry”. Anyone else hear this and in what context?

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I hope that’s not true. that fucking bitch would really be going too far.

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        That’s what they are saying on twitter. Rachel and Chris Matthews called him Barry. I am so angry I am about in tears. I will be on the phone to MSNBC president Phil Griffin tomorrow 212-664-2456. We really need to stop playing and boycott MSNBC and all of its sponsors. Right now.

        • September 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

          I tell ya, NEVER trust pundits. never. Rachel ought to be boycotted along with Chris forever. period. That is Rightwing BS coming out of their mouths tonight.. “Barry” “weak”. He REALLY scared the crap outta the pundits tonight.. they thought they had a nice little lock on one of those gop candidates whomping POTUS- they’ve been looking forward to kicking his ass FOR the GOP.. and POTUS took em to the woodshed and the edge of the cliff. Poor Rachel- been hanging with her Uncle Pat~ think on that peeps who think Rachel is ALLL that. She ain’t nothing but a pundit.

          • 45 majii
            September 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

            Rachel needs to understand that there are millions of Americans who don’t even know her name, and that she ain’t all that and a bag of chips. I stopped watching her when she “told” PBO what to say after his Gulf oil spill speech, and you know how long that’s been. At that point, I began a boycott of her show that has lasted until this day. See, neither my job nor my income is dependent upon RM, but hers does depend on how many people watch her show.

        • September 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

          His own wife doesn’t call him Barry. What next, That Bitch gonna start call ACA Obamacare? WTF?!!! Are they gonna start calling him a muslim Kenyan mau mau? WTF?!!! What’s up with all the rightwing name calling? This is why I don’t watch her. She’s trying too hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator. No matter how well she goes after repugs, when she decides to go after PBO, she goes harder and bigger than FOX. I wouldn’t touch her with a 10 foot pole. She isn’t redeemable.

        • 47 hopefruit2
          September 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

          Yes I read that on Twitter as well. Did any of them call Bush “Shrub” on National Teevee after he gave a speech to congress? I don’t think so.

        • 48 Obama Grandmama
          September 9, 2011 at 2:32 am

          Chris Matthews was complimentary of the speech comparing it to Harry Truman saying “Give them Hell Barry” and Rachel picked up on it. This was not intended to be a negative comment.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      And let me just add.. It’s a mighty speech and it was given by an inspirational human being.. but it is the content that excites.. it is the ideas and the illustration and the very concrete SOLUTIONS that kicked up my fire. In all this time- almost THREE YEARS- it is this man, this person who Always comes locked and loaded with a plan to move us forward… its gotta be like herding kittens for him,, this idea that WE have the power to implement every single bit of content he offered us tonight. We Make Our Congress PASS THIS BILL.

    • 50 Cos
      September 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Chris Matthews referred to him as Barry also. I think Rachel may have been responding to chis. She always try to nit pick everything and o”Donnell was pathetic with his lies.

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

        i think i once heard Chris say his family were repugs. he must be getting it from them at sunday brunch. He needs to resolve that shit with his family and stop trying gain points with his family on national tv. asswipe. His numbers can’t be that good, why does he still have a job?

      • 52 57andFemale
        September 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

        O’Donnell was TERRiBLE, the little that I could stomach. Immediately “Obama’s cutting Medicare!” Every generation there are adjustments to Medicare to adjust to realities. God.

        After Obama not only gave these lazy do-nothings everything they said they wanted for the last two weeks and delivered it in the rousing tone they demanded, they found their couple of phrases to beat up on.

        I stopped watching the coverage. I couldn’t stand it.

        My husband had been walking the dogs, and I played back the speech and watched it again with him. It truly doesn’t get any better than that. Even Krugman liked it. But Not Rachel. Not Lawrence. Typical Ed Schultz: he’d start a sentence loving the speech and by the end of the sentence had changed his mind.

        Bastards. All of them.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Woosah, people. Woosah!

      Some pundits use “Barry” as a twist on “Give ’em hell, Harry!” — -from the admonition to President Harry Truman to tell off his political opponents.

      Chris Matthews says “Give ’em hell, Barry” a lot, and perhaps Rachel picked it up. I don’t think she meant any harm — at least not with this.

    • 58 desertflower
      September 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      Yes she did…she was RHYMING….Harry Truman’s speech/Barry’s speech…Harry/Barry…get it? Not so funny to me, but what the heck do I know.

      • September 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        You know enough to not call him ‘Barry’, that shows you know a hell of a lot more than that pond scum duo. Also, why do these pun-dunces always try to compare him to another president?! Did I ever hear them comparing Bush to Reagan, Bush 43 or Lincoln? But every damned time you hear them comparing PBO to someone else. I wonder how they would feel if we compared them to Russert (Senior, not the rotten apple), Walter Cronkite, Woodward and Bernstein, etc. These fuckers are so fucking ridiculous. they just have to shit on everything PBO does.

        • September 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm

          LISA, They want rhyme they could have said it this way “give’m HELL BARACK YOU ROCK” because you Rocked their world to the core and they can’t say NO ANYMORE!

      • 61 Mel
        September 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        I thught she said Harry Truman because she was talking aboutt him let’s check this out before we react
        may I’am wrong , but please chech it out.before we jumo into conclution.

      • 62 Sue in Minnesota
        September 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

        You know I would just rather they not use Barry. Rightwing detractors use ‘Barry’ in a disrespectful and demeaning way. If Rachel and Chris were the talents that we are told they are, they should be able create a new ditty, and not have to resort to a retread.

    • 63 sjterrid
      September 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

      I was on another site and someone said that Rachel had said that this was his “give them hell, barry” speech.

      • 64 Obama Grandmama
        September 9, 2011 at 2:38 am

        The Give Them Hell, Barry was actually meant as a compliment. I watched and was impressed they weren’t criticizing him as usual for being weak. If we complain about everything we lose credibility. You had to see it to get the context.

  12. September 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I wish I could post the photo of President Obama that was on the front page of MSNBC.com above the story on the President’s speech. Terrific, he’s looking like he’s not taking any guff from Congress. Pass the Jobs Plan NOW!

  13. September 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Did he say that the House passed the Patent Reform bill today?

  14. 71 Dave
    September 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    And poor Mitch “Grandma Gummy” McConnell. Looks like he’s suckin’ on a prune. Poor thing.

    • 72 vitaminlover
      September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      He had gas and our Beloved President stuck a needle in him and it was oozing out.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      He’s quite the sight.

    • 74 57andFemale
      September 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

      Oh my favorite: the infrastructure work on the highway between Ohio and KY: the shot of Rand Paul – PRICELESS. The frame of the President was so brilliant — the heart of business success on this important stretch of road. And Rand Paul looked stone pissed because the President actually suggested putting people to work to reinvigorate that corridor.

      Effing priceless.

  15. September 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    The speech will not matter if supporters don’t have his back and start calling their Reps and Senators and telling them to pass this now. However there is NO WAY the GOP will pass this because they’d be giving in to the President, so they’ll block it or try to pull it apart and only pass a small watered down bill. We need to get on the Reps, the Senate and the MSM and get the message out. That we’re watching and they’ll be blamed if they don’t pass this.

    Have you tweeted and emailed your rep yet? Will you call them tomorrow?

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      I am calling every single day until its passed.

    • 77 anniebella
      September 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I will contact my Senators and Congressman tomorrow. No maybe tonight.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Right StR. I just sent an extra $50 to OFA through The Obama Diary, and wrote emails to my “representatives” here in the godforsaken state of Utah. That the emails would change their Tea Party minds I doubt, but I hope they helped to jam up their in boxes.

    • 79 vitaminlover
      September 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      I beg to differ slightly. This speech does matter. Yes I will do my part. This speech fires supporters up.

      • 80 Left-Indie
        September 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        It is all about the calls after this speech. We would collectively be successful with the MSM if we reinforced the idea that this is a great litmus test for the GOP. Will they pass this jobs bill or are they willing to bring down the country to defeat Obama? This is the question! ,

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      I tweeted every congressman and senator that is on twitter for Arizona. I will call all of them tomorrow again and again. I will also call Bonehead and Cantor.

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      I’m tempted to say forget about them being ‘blamed if they don’t pass this’, because that suggests a consequence 14 months down the road. IMHO if they balk or start to pull the bill apart this should be just the incentive for immediate action – the grass-root marches that people here have hinted at. If it weren’t for the fact that opposition supporters love to talk about firearms, I would suggest coordinated marches on state or local offices across the country. However, I’m going to be optimistic that this time Congress will concede defeat, and the calls, email, tweets, etc, will be enough to make congress critters act.

  16. 83 Brian
    September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    At first I was surprised at what first seemed like a “lack of music” until I realized it was like sharp staccato drum raps (the repeats of “Pass this bill”). The urgency in tone and the short sharp sentences were all the more powerful.

    Then when he evoked what I always refer to in our President’s speeches as the invocation to the content of our character, that speech just soared. This was not just inspiration; it was a call to action that was irresistible!

  17. 84 ber6964
    September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm


  18. 85 Bobfr
    September 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Well, Steve Benen sums it this way:

    “Yes, I realize Congress still exists. And yes, I know Republicans donโ€™t want to improve the economy. But watching the speech, I got the sense this president intends to put the full weight of his office behind one idea: not giving Congress much of a choice.

    For two weeks, Iโ€™ve been urging the president to swing for the fences. Tonight, it looks to me like the ball easily cleared the center-left bleachers.”


    From my perspective that ‘ball’ needs a flight attendant, as Kevin Costner noted in ‘Bull Durham’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Republicans created the corner they are now so tightly wedged, they might as well be paint.

    When President Obama finishes with them they will be very dry paint.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  19. September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    That part of the speech about some thinking jobs are created by cutting regulations and government spending certainly got a big applause. Sadly, I was disappointed to hear that.

  20. September 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Heads up. Stay off twitter. People have had sticks up their asses all week. I’m on Google Plus most of the time along with twitter anyway. If you’re already on G+ here’s where you can fins me http://gplus.to/DJShay12 if you need an invite, go here http://bit.ly/ppG5nh I have !50 invites.

  21. 101 vitaminlover
    September 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    This is MY President!

  22. 102 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The speech was brilliant. President Obama was brilliant. He struck the perfect tone and it was funny to see the GOP practically sweating bullets when he said he would take The American Jobs Act to all corners of the country. I can’t wait for him to begin selling his plan to the American people beginning tomorrow in Richmond, Virginia; Cantor’s home state and then on to Columbus, Ohio; Boehner’s home state, then to the West and East Coast. President Obama is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped and I for one cannot wait for him to hit the fround running. GOPTeabaggers will rue the day they ever messed with PBO. He doesn’t need to shout, yell, scream, or indulge in senseless handwringing or anxiety ladden prose. But when he strikes time an time again; boy is he lethal.

    Borrowing this phrase from Sue in Minnesota: President Obama has a spine of steel and balls of brass. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      ut, while sending my emails to my Utah representatives, I discovered that another one, Rob Bishop, proudly identifies himself R/Tea Party. Mike “the entire government is unconstitutional” Lee was embarrassment enough. What a godforsaken state I’ve been living in for the past 47 years.

    • 104 Sue in Minnesota
      September 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      R-E-S-P-E-C-T SOSBOB……….find out what it means to me!

      PASS THE BILL NOW!……or suffer suckers!

      • September 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm

        Ladies and gentlemen what you seen is a Chicago style ass whippin’. What Bachmann called ghetto. It’s the kind of whipping where you have to look over your shoulder to make sure yo ass is still the same size and in it’s proper place.

        • September 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

          So, freakin’ brilliant yardarm!! I LOVED the speech and I especially enjoyed witnessing just how petty those on the Repub side looked. Looking around to each other as if in their minds they are thinking, ‘we all agreed we’re not going to stand up, we all agreed we’re not going to stand up…but damn…THAT point was really good…oh wait…I can’t stand up. I’ll just clap with my eyelashes.’

        • 107 Obama Grandmama
          September 9, 2011 at 2:46 am

          Did Bachmann give a GOP rebuttal? I heard she was going to. I turned it off shortly after the speech.

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      oh shit. How dumb am I? I didn’t even connect the states to Cantor and boehner.

  23. September 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    And I just stopped following Charles Blow NY Times.. has the audacity to write: Even after the speech I just don’t know what Obama believes..
    what a dipshit.. and he’s a ‘journalist’?? Give me a break with this BS. Folks are literally playing games out there with our future, and a large percentage of those folks work in media.. it’s all play acting and pretense for them.. they don’t think their touchable when repubs start taking away alll our rights.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      who cares what the media thinks? it’s not about them, it’s about us. Frack ’em.

    • 113 majii
      September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Blow is an first class asshat. PBO was more than clear about what he wants.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      September 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Blow’s jealousy of the President is in the same league as that of West and Smiley.

    • 116 ChristiMtl
      September 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      CharlesMBlow Charles M. Blow
      I’m still pondering this Obama speech. As I was saying earlier today, I think America need to know wht Obama believes apart frm politics…

      CharlesMBlow Charles M. Blow
      …I’m still having a hard time finding the core of the man…

      It’s always the same s*** with these PL/emoprogs/Repugs pretending to be progressive.

      From what I saw on twitter (didn’t watch) the gang at MSNBC was worst than ever. Comcast is MSNBC, enough said.


      • September 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

        I know the core of CharlesMBlow, and it’s rotten.

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        I don’t know how anybody could watch that speech and not get the full measure. PBO had his FIERCE face on.

      • 119 Sue in Minnesota
        September 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Is Charles Blow blind? Maybe if he’ld move his ego out of the way…..he might be able to see.

        How did he describe Bush’s core, Cheney’s core, John Boehner’s core, Rich Romney’s core, Sarah Palin’s core…….what the Fuck is he talking about? Somebod, please tell me ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

        The MSM is enemy of the state.

        • 120 nathkatun7
          September 9, 2011 at 3:07 am

          Bravo Suein Minnesota, StR, and meta! Just because Blow lacks the ability to understand, or has purposely closed his mind and refused to listen to what the President says, is not President Obama’s problem. I think Blow needs to go back to school to learn how to read and listen.

  24. 121 Me4obama
    September 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Ok I have just finished 30 minutes of Yoga to calm myself down and I must say the speech was Both. He bitch slapped everyone starting with the Media all the way to speaker Orange and the rest of the toddlers.

  25. 123 carolyn
    September 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    We listened intently, and my husband said this is the only president since Harry Truman who speaks for him and for our level of people. He’s had school loans, did not come from wealth, had to watch every penny……the others don’t have a clue what is necessary for the average person to live. He and Michelle do.
    I think one reason there is so much resentment of him from what we call the Professional Left, is that they think one of their own should have had the nomination. He was an interloper…didn’t wait for the approval of the elite, the much despised “Limousine Liberals.” They have kept the country from moving forward by demanding everything be perfect their way, or no way.
    Tonight President Obama let them know, and the far right know, that they are not to stall this country anymore: “Pass the Jobs Bill NOW!”
    American Jobs Act….I like that. It has the concise FDR ring, but up to date.
    Yes, we will be calling our senators and reps, though both of my senators, Inhofe and Coburn, and my rep, Lankford are the most useless and closed ideological creatures ever put on this earth!

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Absolutely right. He was talking to us tonight and the people in the House knew it. They were window dressing for the real message. The president said it loud and clear that he’s got the solution and and it’s the people in the room around him who are standing in the way of their jobs.

  26. September 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    We believe in you Mr. President!!!
    I’ve emailed my representatives here in GA…
    Phones will be ringing tomorrow! We need to move forward!

  27. 127 Dave
    September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    By the way America is NOT “broke”. NOT. Not even close. We have massive, stunning levels of private wealth. Not suggestin’ no SOCIALISM Homies! Just suggesting the uber-wealthy contribute a little more towards all the advantages they receive in this great country.

  28. September 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Tried to email my rep and it wouldn’t go through so tomorrow I will be on the phone to make sure they all get my message. The Presidents speech was fantabulous. He is gifted and presented his plan straight on. We need to follow up and support him. I would be lost without this sight reading everones responses. It is a haven of sanity and like minded people.Thanks Chip.

  29. September 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    It was interesting to watch PBO’s interaction with the CBC, no?

    • 131 majii
      September 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      I’ve never seen such disingenuous tools in my entire life, meta. They need to sit their behinds down, keep their mouths shut, create some jobs legislation, and go before every camera on ever network they can find to promote it instead of bashing PBO for NOT doing their jobs for them. Cowards.

      • 132 majii
        September 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

        on every network

      • September 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

        I hear you. It’s just boggled my mind to watch their antics unfold for several weeks. I’d never have predicted this mess. Disgusting to watch. But tonight they seemed all too happy to slap his back or throw him a hug. Quite unbecoming. But he brushed by and kept on walking, moving along to do what he needs to do.

        • September 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm

          They are all opportunists, scratching to save their own backsides. Their ridiculous jobs program announcement which coincides with their big upcoming week will find them begging Corporate Amerian for scraps. I wish someone would go in their with a camera and tape them.

  30. September 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Please forget these people. Call, e-mail, donate and start talking to your neighbors. All these self-satisfied pundits have nothing to say and are as far removed from the pulse of the American people as they are from Mars. They are not worth anyone’s time. The president will start stumping because the Congressional bozos will fail him again and he will make it clear when they do fail just exactly who is to blame. That’s our own marching orders as well.

  31. September 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm


    There were plenty of themes, lines, and bites to satisfy everyone. He spoke to the middle class, to labor, to teachers, to the wealthy, to small business, to large corporations, to young people, to older people. He addressed us a country and called us to reject the small, dark, petty, outlook of the teapublicans and instead embrace the large, expansive, positive, optimistic vision of a great America. The tone and pitch were perfect.

    Incredibly inspiring, pure genius. It’s up to America to choose which future they want — one for the very few, or for all. Choose wisely, America.

  32. 138 Suzanne holland
    September 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Inspiring, brilliant! He’s thrown down the gauntlet! It’s all his!

  33. 139 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    just had a thought about the timing of this terror threat:

    reports say that the terror threat was discussed 3 days ago.

    not sure when the bi-partisan members of congress ans senate were alerted.

    earlier tonight the gop said they have no rebuttle proposal but have an answer to match. suddenly,

    the news of tihs threat is released tonight (some say reports first appeared during the speech).

    now I see gop pete king (chairman of the homeland security committee and would be part of any congressional briefings) taking up all the air time and stepping over jobs message.

    I am right in suspecting that the terror threat was released to media purposefully by gop members of congress?

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Something about two rental trucks going missing in Kansas City, but they’ve been found. But obviously something happened to raise the threat from 5 to 6 on a scale of 10, and has Bloomberg giving a presser. We all have to be vigilant – NY and DC might make sexy targets, but they’re also hard targets and each and every one of our home towns could be targeted.

      • 141 globalcitizenlinda
        September 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        I do not know or doubt that the threat is real. what I am questioning is WHY the information that has been know for a couple of days by the people with the responsibility is now being released in th middle of th President’s speech? we know PBO’s team can keep a secret tight (ask OSBL) but can we say the same for the GOP?

      • September 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        Lordy StR, that made me jump as I am in Kansas City and do know that we have a cell here that the FBI has been keeping tabs on. We are also an international port. Glad they found the trucks.

    • 143 EDP4BHO
      September 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Don’t bet against it.

  34. 144 GGail
    September 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    That was a magnificent speech given by the brilliant leader of the free world!
    Thank you for asking Chipsticks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. September 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Also tweet @jaketapper @markknoller @chucktodd @andersoncooper and let them know that the President speaks for you and it’s time to pass this bill now!

  36. 146 Jennifer
    September 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I was stunned to see that Boehner and Cantor actually said there were things in the plan they could possibly work with – now that’s a first. Although I’ll believe that when I see it. Oh, and the “Barry” reference that the talking heads said was the “Give ’em hell, Barry.” No big, just a clarification.

    • 147 EDP4BHO
      September 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. I didn’t listen to them, but I only accept that first name usage in the phrase you quoted.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      They see their poll numbers and know they can’t be complete obstructionist. I bet they’ll say “Let’s just do what we agree on, we like the idea of cutting spending and relaxing regs”.

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      After they are summoned to Rushbo basement tomorrow, they will be singing a different tone. Snakes. I don’t believe anything that comes out of their mouths.

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      thanks for that to both you and PJ.. that is different than the tweets.

    • 151 57andFemale
      September 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

      I’m not happy with MSM coverage of the speech, but actually, this was a complimentary comment. We have to find out the facts before reacting.

      One of the reasons I resist Twitter (I’ll get there eventually). A knee-jerk response before we know all the facts.

  37. 152 Cindy Sweatt
    September 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm


  38. September 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Is Michele Bachman really doing the republican response to Obama’s speech? I guess she is the only one crazy enough to do it. The man is a tough act to follow.

  39. September 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    popping in very quickly between workout & rehearsal.


    If he proposed the $1.5 trillion we NEED, it would give the Tsps the ammo to just insist it’s too much, no way in hell, etc……

    Instead, he went – perfect. It’s smaller than the original, it’s paid for, but THE BEST PART??? No matter what happens, POTUS WINS:

    – If they don’t pass it, they look like the partisan losers they are, who ONLY CARE ABOUT BEATING OBAMA, and care not a whit for REAL AMERICANS.

    – If they PASS IT – People go to work, and the demand cycle begins – WIN

    Another BRAFUCKINGZILLIANT things is the INFRASTRUCTURE BANK – which needs ZERO gov funds – which means it’s OUT OF THE HOUSE’S HANDS. Just watched LOD during my workout, and nothing was mentioned regarding that. Am I the only one who sees it?? Or am I missing something?

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 155 EDP4BHO
      September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Love your vocabulary… ๐Ÿ˜€ Larry was mentioned earlier as another downer. F Larry ! F Madcow. Same to Spitty and all the rest. I’m done with the lot of them. Saying good nite all, and chips, yes he is brilliant, magnificent, sensitive, cute, funny, sexy. By the way, the speech was on ๐Ÿ˜€

    • September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Nope tally go got it right. The media ain’t gonna push the good stuff, they’re gonna whine about the made up stuff. The whole dang bill is smart and sounds pretty dang solid. POTUS wins either way- we win when we push our Congress to pass the bill.

    • 158 Betty's Girl
      September 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Love all your post Tally! I see it. I also see how the President’s hand was strengthened by all the deals done with the Repubs. He didn’t even have a budget until this year. He also knew he had to deal with the debt ceiling situation. The Dem lead house left him hanging big time. He had to make those deals because he knew they wanted to destroy to economy to blame on him as the worst President ever. He took all those hits but he covered all his bases. He no longers has to deal with them and he will now hit back big time. He is now about to teach the American public that it is the Repub lead Congress that has the responsibilty of doing a job bill. He as President is forcing Congress to work together. He has done it time and time again. Yes I agree this a win no matter what!

      But I must admit I am now nervous for his safety going all around the country. These fools are going act up when they realize the President is alot stronger than they think.

    • 160 57andFemale
      September 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

      Tally, he covered his ass perfectly: Obama flat out said that this was by no means the only or last proposal on this issue. Actually that was a frame that I liked very much — we need more, we’ll do more. He would not let them back him into a corner.

      When does the show open?

  40. 162 P
    September 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ is now getting the time to listen to my President’s speech. While eating I went through the comments in the “the speech” thread and boy oh boy you all made it sound fantastic :(. I hate watching my President in delay..it’s not the same enthusiasm as watching it live. Those pics of McConnell and Cantor yuck yuck yuck yuck!!! Mrs O loved lovely and PBO sexy as usual :). Evening classes on a Thursday really sucks on days like this…and my lecturer choose today out of all days to run the class right down till the last minute ***big long stuepssssssssssss***. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Let me go listen to my President’s speech…….

    • 163 Sue in Minnesota
      September 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Don’t worry P…..it will fire you up! Maybe you missed all the jitters most of were going through, while your mind was focused on learning.
      Lot’s of pre-speech sweating was going on around here.

  41. September 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    So we can reduce this deficit, pay down our debt, and pay for this jobs plan in the process. But in order to do this, we have to decide what our priorities are. We have to ask ourselves, โ€œWhatโ€™s the best way to grow the economy and create jobs?โ€

    Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers? Because we canโ€™t afford to do both. Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs? Right now, we canโ€™t afford to do both.

    This isnโ€™t political grandstanding. This isnโ€™t class warfare. This is simple math. This is simple math. These are real choices. These are real choices that weโ€™ve got to make. And Iโ€™m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose. Itโ€™s not even close. And itโ€™s time for us to do whatโ€™s right for our future….

    President Barack Obama – September 8, 2011

  42. September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜† Magnificent! FANTABULOUS! Brilliant! Totally OPPORTUNE!! My face is still in perpetual smiling mode. Get with the programme, Congress. Pass it now!

    Sing with me TODville – Ain’t no stopping us now!’ [Actually, I can’t sing so I’ll just lip synch.]

  43. September 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    The pl is lying about the speech, they thought they heard stuff he did not say!
    NFL football is the safe bet! Can’t go wrong watching the start if the season!

    • 171 57andFemale
      September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

      And it started with Lawrence O’Donnell — the first thing out of his mouth was that Obama was going to cut Medicare.

      I can’t even imagine what the right was saying. The left was awful.

      Obama gave them everything they said they wanted for weeks, including a fighting tone. Unbelievable.

      • September 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

        Yes! Incredible point. And people might think that we (we as POTUS supporters who call out nonsense masquerading as critique) are being hyperbolic, or looking to not hold POTUS accountable, or brooking no criticism, but the reality is that no matter what this man does, these PL individuals 5 times out of 10 are going to have something ridiculous to say. They’re incredibly uneven and IMO they’re not being totally sincere. He can’t control them, he can’t appease them, and all that he can do is as he is doing, which is ignore them and go straight to the people, using his own judgment as to how to run his presidency, and his own talent for timing and knowing when to burn the barn and when to keep it calm and in the backchannels. The PL just wants drama all of the time for their own ratings and agenda; their complaints are not meritorious and their complaints never have been meritorious. They attack POTUS’ supporters as cultish and unthinking, attempting to discredit us for seeing right through that mess. /whew, rant off, lol!

      • September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        This was a perfect example of the difference between hearing and effective listening. PBO’s statement indicated that Medicare was, in essence, going to be streamlined and made better for generations to come. Though he didn’t say it directly, Medicare fraud is big on his hit list. As i type this, the Justice Dept. is going through Illinois like castor oil through a goose. i image when they finish the U.S. there will be quite a saving.

  44. 174 Lockewasright
    September 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    One job that is now shovel ready is the job of extracting the president’s shoe which was just planted in the GOP’s collective posterior!

  45. September 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    magnificent, brilliant
    A family member, not interested in politics, walked by the tv when the president was giving his speech, listened for a few minutes and commented “That guy is phenomenal.”

  46. 179 Pamela
    September 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I was working all the way through 6:30, so watched it here, read a bit, but mostly couldn’t take my eyes off President Obama. It was painful to have Boner as a backdrop/prop as he doesn’t belong in that seat, but nevertheless, PBO was riveting! I felt my heart swell up, and a wave of relief pass through my whole body around 26 minutes, it was a wonderful feeling! I had no doubt whatsoever PBO would get the job done, but he showed a side of himself today that only we who really get him see. It is hard to imagine even a hard core right winger would not see the true human being this man is. Intelligence, passion, compassion, language mastery, well balanced brain function. There is no one like him, he is the most and the best!

  47. September 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Oh, and MONEY BOMBED!!!

  48. 182 Claire
    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Magnificent and brilliant for me. :o)

  49. September 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    If you have Dem Reps and/or Senators call them up, email them and tell them it’s not enough to simply be a vote for this bill – they need to get out and sell it in their district and State. It’s time Congress starts working to back up the President.

  50. September 9, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Okay. For the fourth time in 2 hours, I re-watched the speech. It fricking gets better and better every time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. 188 JCAfrica
    September 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    more than magnificent , more than just brilliant!! Ugggghh.. I stumbled upon this idiot on BBC consulted for his so-called “expert opinion”… that The President is in essence robbing Peter to Paul hence no new ideas… WTH??!! Thank God I watched the speech myself, the idiocy of these tools is boundless.. regardless, PBO ROCKS:-)

  52. 189 JCAfrica
    September 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Meant robbing Peter to pay Paul

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