new york, tuesday afternoon

The UN ‘family’ photo:

… with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

President Obama takes his seat for a meeting with leaders for the Open Government Partnership

President Obama watches a video presentation at the start of the Open Government Partnership Event:

Thank you Ladyhawke

…. with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

51 Responses to “new york, tuesday afternoon”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    September 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Just read on TPM that Cenk Uygar is going to… you probably guessed it… CURRENT TV!!!


    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      September 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      With the others cast out of the temple, like Keith O.

      • 3 nintendowii10
        September 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        And Keith’s ratings are sinking like a rock… Cenk’s will most likely follow suit, and these are the people the emoprogs look up to?

        • September 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

          Ha, saw that nintendowii10 – KO’s ratings have gone through the floor:

          Turns out Keith Olbermann’s fans may not be willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. Or in this case Current TV.

          The Daily News reports that Olbermann’s show has lost nearly half its viewers since its June Debut.


          Ooops, firebaggery just isn’t paying -)

          • 5 donna dem 4 obama
            September 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

            🙂 🙂 🙂

            • September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

              Hiya Donna, wonder if you – or anyone else – could help me out on something. I’m checking out all these stories recently about Hollywood turning against the President, when there really doesn’t seem to be much evidence of it at all. Have you spotted any stories that help debunk this msm line? Would really appreciate any help. Thank you! 😉

              • 7 tally
                September 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

                Chips – I live here, and from what I’ve seen, heard, and been privy to, there is more support here now, than ever.

                I don’t really believe “Hollywood” (or even Matt Damon in reality) has abandoned President Obama.

                Perhaps I’m naïve, but I don’t think so, and my gut and my heart affirm that.

                People here are pretty damn smart.

  2. September 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The top U.S military officer said the number of American troops in Iraq will fall to 30,000 by the end of this month.

    By Brendan Smialowski, Getty Images
    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will fall this month.
    By Brendan Smialowski, Getty Images
    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will fall this month.
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    That’s about a one-third drop from the current number and would be the first big withdrawal this year.
    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the disclosure Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He provided no details.
    There are about 44,500 U.S. troops in Iraq. When the U.S. officially ended its combat mission in Iraq on Sept. 1, 2010, it had about 50,000 troops.
    Under a 2008 agreement, all U.S. troops are to be out of Iraq by the end of this year. Talks are under way with Iraq to consider leaving at least a few thousand to help train Iraqi forces.

  3. 10 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Government is good. An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution



    Lakoff argues that we need to promote a very different view of taxes—one that uses a very different kind of metaphor. The metaphor he suggests is that of taxes as “dues”.

    Taxes are our dues — we pay our dues to be Americans and enjoy the benefits of American society. Taxes are what we pay to live in a civilized society that is democratic, offers opportunity, and has a huge infrastructure available to all citizens. This incredible infrastructure has been paid for by previous taxpayers. Roads and highways, the Internet, the broadcast airwaves, our public education system, our power grid — every day we all use this vast infrastructure. Our dues maintain it.2

    It is about being a member, a part of the community. People pay a membership fee to join a gym, the local YMCA, or a club for which they get to use the basketball courts, the swimming pool, and the golf course. They did not pay for these facilities with their own memberships. They were built and paid for by other members, and all the current members maintain them with their dues. It is the same thing with our country — being a member in good standing of a remarkable nation. Americans pay their dues.

    This idea of taxes as dues is not original to Lakoff. It is an idea that has often been expressed, but has not been promoted with the same ferocity or persistence of the taxes-as-affliction metaphor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” And Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. expressed a similar sentiment when he said that “I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.”



  4. 13 utaustinliberal
    September 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Just found out that Ron Suskind who wrote the Obama bashing book is going to be on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight. Crossing my fingers super hard that Jon skewers him and doesn’t go the pundit route of peddling Suskinds absolute lies.

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      September 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Jon Stewart usually ends up being “kind” to these authors, thus further prostituting his integrity – if Jon has any left. But maybe tonight it will be different. Here’s hoping.

    • 15 donna dem 4 obama
      September 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Jon Stewart has been on an all out assault on PBO every since PBO said that Jon’s good buddy and college roommate (Anthony Weiner) should make his family his priority.

      I have been reading on Facebook of late that he has been painting the President as a nerdy wimp. If this is the case, I wouldn’t count on any help from him in defense of the President tonight. I hope I’m wrong but my instincts tell me I’m not.

    • 17 dotster3
      September 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I think you might be dreaming. I would hope the same as you, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Stewart has been on a determined anti-Obama campaign for months—–every opening segment he is mocking Obama in a hateful, dishonest way. He spends much more time ripping Obama than on all the ridiculousness of the teapublicans.

      • September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        I have to confess Dotser, while I admire his very large brain, there is no TV guy I loathe more than Stewart now, I just can’t watch him any more. He’s just the smart ass at the back of the class, sneering at everyone so he stays cool, failing to distinguish between the scumbags and the ones trying their damndest to make things better. He makes my skin crawl.

    • 26 Lovepolitics2008
      September 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      We should all send this message to Stewart: “Are you becoming what you despise? Lazy and gossipy? You should be better than that”

      • September 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Stewart’s ratings can go in the same directionas Olbermann’s if we all just turn him off. I haven’t watched him in years. And anyway, Colbert is actually funnier. Unfortunately, Stewart is passed his prime. He rode a long wave during the Bush years and he had great writers. Now, not so much. Sometimes it’s time to call it a day and go on to something else. Current tv, Jon? I hear Al Gore will take anyone.

  5. September 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Mcclatchy has him at 39% today!
    Yet, he is talking about jobs, plans for debt, and is at the UN today!
    SO, how can his poll numbers still be dropping?

    • September 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Up 2 to 42 with Gallup – but I wouldn’t worry, these new tax proposals will change the game, completely. 😉

    • 30 donna dem 4 obama
      September 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I guess this is a rhetorical question Jovie because you watch cable everyday so you know the answer to that question. Perception plays a tremendous role in how people feel about things. If the impression they are given day in and day out is that everything is gloom and doom and nothing is improving and even the positive things are reported with a but how else are they suppose to feel about the man in charge of it all?

    • 31 nintendowii10
      September 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Jovie, polls don’t mean squat this far out before an election season. Remember in 2007, Barack Obama was in dead last place and Hillary Clinton was the odds on favorite to win the nomination and face Rudy Giuliani.

      The polls are meant to get the kind of hair on fire reactions like yours and assist the media in pushing the meme that President Obama is weak and has lost his base, so treat polls with a grain of salt.

    • 32 Desraye
      September 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      And yet he still leads the GOP contenders.

  6. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    September 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Here we go!

  7. 36 nintendowii10
    September 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    A positive video, contrasted with the hatred and negativity of the Republican right wing.

  8. 37 tally
    September 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    OMFG! That was SERIOUSLY AWESOME. Chips – I hope you can post that video ASAP – I want to make it VIRAL!!!! That should shut the fucking PL up.

    …….I know, but I girl can WISH!

  9. 44 Ladyhawke
    September 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    President Barack Obama – “Open Government Initiative”


  10. 45 GGail
    September 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Dr. Jill Biden was on David Letterman last night and they discussed the relief efforts for the people of Africa. Here is the link to the relief fund that’s posted on Letterman’s website. Small donations go a long way in the Horn of Africa.


  11. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Now look at what the TOD Family has gone and done…

    The Grassroots Fundraising Challenge Update:

    I’m on top of the leaderboard in dollar amount of donations and number of donations. BUT…I’m starting to get a little concerned about the #2 person in the number of donations column (which is the part of this contest that I think I might have a legitimate shot at winning because with the dollar amount it only takes one or two BIG donations to throw you out of that field). Seems this person is not raising very much money but is adding 30 donations at a clip. They just broke into the top 20 with $329.15 with “64” donations. Obviously they are getting people to donate in $5.00 or less increments instead of one specific dollar amount (I didn’t think about asking people to do this). He/She seems to have found a way to legitimately game the contest. Oh well, I’ll just have to work that much harder.

    If you still would like to donate please know that you can give multiple donations (for instance $10.00 can be broken up into two $5.00 donations). I hate to ask any more of the TOD Family but you’ve gotten me so close that now I’m starting to taste it 🙂


    Thanks again for all you have done!

  12. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I know its just one poll and its early in the campaign but let’s hope we can build on this lead.

    Warren Grabs Lead Over Brown
    A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Elizabeth Warren (D) riding a very successful launch to her U.S. Senate campaign to a small lead over Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), 46% to 44%.

    Warren trailed Brown by 15 points in early June.

    Key finding: “Warren’s gone from 38% name recognition to 62% over the last three months and she’s made a good first impression on pretty much everyone who’s developed an opinion about her during that period of time. What was a 21/17 favorability rating in June is now 40/22- in other words she’s increased the voters with a positive opinion of her by 19% while her negatives have risen only 5%.”


  13. September 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    The DNC gave a rather lengthy support of the President regarding Israel, as Perry took the neo con approach today in Ny!:


  14. 49 theo67
    September 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The video was excellent. Just think what this country could be doing if the GOP wasn’t obstructing progress, and if people kept themselves informed. The President has excellent ideas, and the rest of the world is following his suggestions – the video on open government proves it.

    I tried watching Piers Morgan last night because someone on the blog said that Gene Sperling magnificently praised President Obama. I wasn’t able to stomach the few minutes that I caught, so I just recorded it and will watch bits and pieces in small doses. 🙂 But, I did catch former Governor Granholme talking about the need for innovation and that other countries are moving forward while the US falls behind. She mentioned that she was on a trip to China a few months ago, and one of the Chinese delegation asked her when the US will be moving forward with innovation on green technologies. She said she didn’t know. The Chinese delegate then rubbed his hands and said “take your time”, because they are moving forward while the field is open. This is what Governor O’Malley meant when he said the GOP have done serious damage to this country. Not only have they made the climate very ugly, they are doing damage that will reverberate for years to come – more, if President Obama doesn’t get another four years (or more).

  15. 50 yardarm756
    September 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    i wondered were everybody went today. i must have hit the wrong key on my keyboard. i’ll get better i promise.

  16. 51 virginia
    September 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I hate to be superficial, but with all this talk about the “toll” the Presidency is taking on Pres. Obama, he looks pretty good to me!! and the First Lady is still SMASHING!!!

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