the house of blues (video added)

The House of Blues, Los Angeles, September 26

152 Responses to “the house of blues (video added)”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    September 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks Chips. Already plugged in. 😉

    • September 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Press on, partner 😉

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        September 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        Oh Chipsticks I most certainly am. I’ve been tweeting the heck out of the Presss On post to everyone and asking them if they are in? And I’ve been tweeting it to various folks in the media and various media outlets and I’m happy to say people like it because they’re all being retweeted. So thank you so much Chips for that bundle of positivity and remember to ———-> Press On. 😉

        • 4 Jennifer
          September 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

          Some creative type ought to somehow make an Obama symbol with the Press On in the middle – like a button or something. I can’t draw a stick figure, but it would be cool to wear with the 4 more 4 44 gear. I thank you deeply for the positivity as well, crap it gets friggin depressing sometimes. Gotta remember to look forward. I made the MAJOR mistake of checking out FDL for the first time to see what the fuss was about. Assholes. Ok, gotta calm down, I take this all too personally. ————–>Press On!!

  2. September 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm


    @petermaercbs PETER MAER
    “Honk if you are the president:” Sign on Hollywood Blvd club as Obama arrives at House of Blues campaign event.

  3. September 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Lots of tweets on the Press On post!!

  4. 8 Don
    September 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you Chips, thank you for keeping us plugged into Obama Central. As soon as I get to the office in the morning the first thing I do is check in at T.O.D just so I can stay in the mix. I’m convinced that President Obama’s first couple of years in office was all about passing every piece of legislation that he could get passed. Now that he’s passed the majority of his legislation, he can unleash the community organizer in him. I’m not surprised by his more aggressive tone, he waited until the perfect time to use it. The fight is on!

    • 9 theo67
      September 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      Here, here!

    • September 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      “Now that he’s passed the majority of his legislation, he can unleash the community organizer in him. I’m not surprised by his more aggressive tone, he waited until the perfect time to use it.”

      You got that right, Don! I wish more folks would realize this before they strike him w/a lightning bolt, judging him on his “lack” of fight. He had long term goals in mind!

      • September 27, 2011 at 7:20 am

        Also, he had to spend a few months showing he tried to work with R’s and he had the awful debt ceiling time bomb looming ahead of him. that he had to defuse. Once he did that, he was effectively free.

  5. 12 meabloom
    September 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    OFF TOPIC BUT…. First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Science Foundation and I must say this woman GORGEOUS!!!
    Don’t know if this has been posted or not but…

  6. 22 meabloom
    September 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    What happen to PBO being on BET??? Did I miss it??

    • 23 vero804
      September 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Yes…it was at 7:30 ET. I missed it to and am very curious to see it since folks were saying the interviewer used Maxine Waters as a guide for crafting what kind of questions to ask the president. I, personally, think that’s a good thing, on some level. She’s out there, she’s getting play, she must think she has an audience for it, so I’m glad the president has an opportunity to address her “criticisms.”

      • 24 meabloom
        September 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Darn!! Someone please share.

        • 25 theo67
          September 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm

          Some on twitter said it was clear the President was fed up with that interview, and the interviewer was an idiot.

          • 26 vero804
            September 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

            Yeah, that’s all I’m hearing – but nothing specific in terms of what was asked and how he answered. Hmmmm? Maybe a bad sign?

            • 27 theo67
              September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

              I heard he was asked if he knows what it’s like to be black, or how black people are feeling. Why he hasn’t put forward bills targeting the black population. And that the President ultimately just took over the interview and started talking about what he wanted to talk about.

              • 28 meabloom
                September 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

                I don’t know why everyone is trying to make it a “race” thing. It’s not all about the blacks. I feel he has done a lot for the black community personally and I am black. I don’t know why but I never would have expected blacks to act up this way.
                Does he know what it’s like to be black?!?!?!? Really??


                • 29 hopefruit2
                  September 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

                  It’s not all blacks who are acting this way. It’s an extremely small minority – but they are being sought out and courted by the MEDIA who would love to use these fools to help them take down the President. These few attention seeking Blacks like Waters, Tavis or Smiley do not speak for Black people any more than Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman speak for White people.

          • September 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

            That sums it up nicely! It was a NOTHING interview!

        • 33 hopefruit2
          September 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

          Meabloom and Vero804, to be honest this was not a good interview, and it wasn’t because of our President. He made lemons out of rotting lemon skin… You can find more of what was asked in the interview on this linked thread titled “Press On.” It’s an otherwise beautiful thread with Chips’s video “Press On” which is an inspiring and apt message with all this nonsense we’re getting from the media.


          • 34 vero804
            September 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm


            So, when he was asked the foolish questions, did he look visibly annoyed? Did he come off defensive? Or did he just correct the record or the premise of the question and move on?

            I don’t think it’s always a bad thing for him to get asked “tough” questions….some of his best moments are when he’s addressing the b.s. and swatting it down IMO.

            • 35 jacquelineoboomer
              September 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

              Personally, I don’t think the questions were foolish, just a little like the Steve Kroft ones we’ve come to know (i.e., the easy way out for an interviewer). I think they did give the President the momentary platform, however, to address some of the foolishness “out there.”

              As usual, President Obama did not let anything go – in fact, he even said something like, “I’m not going to let you slip something in there … ” and he didn’t let anything “hang” in the air.

              Summing up, he was pitch perfect, even though the interviewer may not have been – based on how the interview could have been used to discuss VERY IMPORTANT topics. It was more same old, same old, although the President was able to be reflective and talk about the fact his goals are the same ones he came in with, and the ones he’ll have when he leaves office.

          • September 27, 2011 at 2:00 am

            I wonder if the President knew going in that it would be one of “those” interviews? I bet he did.

    • September 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      saw on another blog that Goldie Taylor’s (an editor for the GRIO.COM) on Twitter agreeing with some loser she retweeted that POTUS is an elitist because the BET interviewer looked stupid.

      get that?

      it’s not BET’s fault for sending an amateur into interview the President of the United States..

      it’s the President’s fault for being the President of the United States.


  7. 42 Me4obama
    September 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Four more years. Fired up

  8. 43 EDP4BHO
    September 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    1I’m listening to my local talk radio, and 2 co-hosts discussing the CBC speech. They, refreshingly, are in full support of what PBO said. I have a concern, though, and that is some folk took…..get this….the “bedroom slippers” comment to heart, and these 2 hosts, though agree with him, are oblivious to the fact that PBO started using the slipper/boots analogy during one of his visits last week…..was it Michigan? Anyhow, during one of his tours. So, anyone here who tweets, please make this fact viral. It needs clarification, because, once again, black folk are being emotional about what PBO is saying. First, he’s not black enough. When he comes into our presence, he’s too black. Give me a f–kin break. While you’re at it, please tell Mz. Waters to go bobbing for apples with an anvil tied to her neck. Sorry Lord !

    • 44 vero804
      September 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I can’t lie…I cringed when he said “bedroom slippers.” I knew it was going to rub some people the wrong way…it did conjure up a less than flattering image. Other than that – the speech was on fire, and I couldn’t agree with it more. Sometimes it’s the ones you love that hurt you the most, and I’m sure the president was emotional about defending himself in front of the CBC, who have been quite tough on him. So he may have ad-libbed with the bedroom slippers comment in a way that, had he been a little cooler, he wouldn’t have. That’s my take.

      • September 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

        He used the bedroom slippers remark before. I think it was about a week or so ago. I thought it was an apt metaphor for passive criticism.

        • 46 Obama Grandmama
          September 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

          Rachel Maddow had a great segment tonight on PBO’s recent on the road speeches and the MSM misrepresented headlines of the intent of them. It concerned the swing to the bedroom slippers portion and how it did not represent the entire theme. She had a good interviewee after her clips of the many speeches and the longer segment at the CBC. She was excellent and very supportive while Lawrence took on the regular theme and interviewed Maxine Waters and it was the normal.

        • 47 Janelle
          September 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

          Yes, he’s used the slipper remark before. It was during his recent Jobs Act tour. He has also said “handwringing”, “doldrums”, etc. to mention that folks need to shake off the apathy and depression and move forward to pressure Congress. He makes a sentence or two toward the end of his speeches to this effect…..when he was in Virginia, Ohio, Detroit. It’s nothing new. It’s going to be a part of the campaign to people wake up to the real enemies. He was passionate with the CBC because he really felt that. People always want to feel what’s in his heart…..well he said it, and he said right in my opinion. There was nothing that offended me. I was standing out of my seat clapping.

          • 48 theo67
            September 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

            I have to admit – I don’t understand the sensitivity about the “bedroom slippers” thing. I’ve never heard that talking about bedroom slippers is a problem, or offensive. Am I missing something?

          • September 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

            Theo, Hope, Meta and TD, bless you for making me feel normal. 😉 I thought I was the only one who couldn’t find anything sinister in the mention of bedroom slippers. Figured it was because I wear them around the house daily because I hate being barefooted.

        • 53 vero804
          September 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

          Oh…I didn’t now he used the term before. I can understand the metaphor given what’s going on with some “supporters.” But I can also understand how it rubbed some the wrong way.

        • 57 dotster3
          September 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          yes—–he used it before. Sigh. It wasn’t just for the CBC or a black audience, it was for everyone who has been complaining over every little perceived affront, to stop the pointless and continuous sniveling and whining and do something positive to help as he faces unprecedented opposition from the Repubs. Don’t harm, don’t make things worse. Help him. Geez.

        • September 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

          Well, he could have said: “Take your wig off, and put your thinking cap on.” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        September 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

        Hi, vero! You could be right. I don’t know why, but I think maybe Michelle gave him that line somewhere along the way, maybe in a lighthearted manner, not necessarily aimed at the CBC folks.

        • 64 vero804
          September 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm

          Hey J O’B! It didn’t offend me one bit. I don’t know who it was aimed at, I really think it was just a throwaway line, sort of like when he goes on riffs talking about the “okie doke, bamboozle, etc.” He was just talking a little smack, and maybe because of the black audience, that statement, at that time, conjured up a less than flattering image to some people.

      • 65 Betty's Girl
        September 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        Maxi and her comrades decided they had been given the right to push the President. I don’t think she and “all the other offended” thought he would push back. Well that was their mistake.

        • 66 Mel
          September 27, 2011 at 1:09 am

          I wonder if Maxi want to take on the first black President in history that has a perfect wife, children. high moral values
          a perfect example of a human being well respected arounf the world? She defended Bill Clinton when he had his problems
          with Monica, that’s why mysel wife and my whole family RESPECT PBO AND mAXINE NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED
          about her etics condact with her husband.

      • 67 anniebella
        September 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        I’m not getting it, please explain to me what was wrong with saying “bedroom slippers”? Explain it to dumb ole me, please. There was nothing wrong with any of the speech he gave at the CBC Awards. I

      • 70 nospin
        September 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm

        he used that term “bedroom slipper” multiple times in different venues since promoting AJA. and I don’t see why folks are second guessing the reaction to what he said. To get a good sense of the reaction of AAs to this part of the speech, re-read the live discussions on Saturday on this blog.

        PO got it right. He did what he set out to do and folks are now trying to break the momentum. This time he was more pronounced because he rightly was ticked off because the CBC is a group that should know better. Hit dogs will holler. That is the sound we are hearing.

        Go Obama/Biden 2012

      • September 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

        I didn’t cringe, I loved it. I didn’t see anything racial to it at all. I don’t get it. Who doesn’t wear bedroom slippers? its not like he said, ‘take of your do-rags’.

      • 72 MoObama
        September 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

        That’s because they want to be rubbed the wrong way, I metaphor was great. You can’t march in bedroom slippers. Bedroom slipper equal inactivity…like a couch potato.

    • September 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      the bedroom slippers was in his speech to the union I think, thats the first time I recall hearing it.

  9. 74 collegekay
    September 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Ughhh what is the heckler saying?

    • September 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      there was a heckler?! what did I miss?

      • September 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        This fool was screaming that Jesus was the true Lord and that Obama was the anti-christ. President Obama handled it. He let him have his 30 seconds and then he was escorted out. PBO was more concerned that he left his jacket behind (it belonged to someone else). BUT, I’m a little concerned about the fact that members of Congress were NOT there (I think there was only one). Hmm….. This event seems a bit raggedy. His advance team needs to tighten up…Hold up… just noticing…Where is is the president’s seal on the podium??? Maybe it’s not displayed because they are in a bar/restaurant? I don’t know…the energy just seems off on this one.

        • 77 collegekay
          September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

          Thanks for the info. And Presidential seals are never on the podium for campaign events.

          • September 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

            oh, didn’t know that about the seals. I thought I saw a seal, still I don’t think the atmosphere was bad at all, and other than that idiot heckler, the attendees were excited. Especially Jesse Tyler who introduced POTUS. he was ecstatic on twitter.

            • 80 conlakappa
              September 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

              Oh, no, folks are going to turn on Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Stop watching his show. Doesn’t he know that the President is just not that into the gays?! People on comedy shows?! Anyone?!!

        • September 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

          the seal was on the podium. It was visible on the CNN block. This was a schedule fundraiser in West Hollywood I think, so I’m not that suprised that there were no Congresspeople there. There isn’t always at this pay by the plate things.

        • 83 dotster3
          September 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

          We have a lot of crazies in this country. Motivated by such extreme hate that it has made them completely unhinged. And many of these nuts are religious fanatics. What kind of religion would justify this kind of shameful behavior? Utterly disgusting.

  10. 84 Me4obama
    September 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Anti Christ crap. Lawd have mercy now msm have something to talk about tomorrow.

  11. 85 ChristiMtl
    September 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Arrhhh I’m catching up about 4 days of news, I’m so grateful for Chips and the TOD’ers, so much information!

    Watching President Obama, ……….great, a crazy heckler.

    • 86 Me4obama
      September 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Ya the heckler called PBO Anti Christ. And he handled him well

      • 87 ChristiMtl
        September 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        I wonder where he got those ideas? Oh right………the crazy far right,.

        • September 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

          And Larry O had a segment on this show with the author of an op-ed in Wash Po I think who wrote a column on why the anti-christ meme it perpretrated on the right. I guess trying to debunk the “anti-christ” meme, but IMHO he just further flamed it.

      • 89 anniebella
        September 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        It’s clear this fool must had been without his medication. Why those these fools think President Obama is the anti-christ?

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  13. September 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    heckler at the West Hollywood fundraiser where POTUS is speaking now calls POTUS “anti-christ”…SMDH!

    And Larry O had a segment on this show I guess trying to debunk the “anti-christ” meme, but IMHO he just further flamed it.

    • 92 jacquelineoboomer
      September 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Larry O, like so many others, needs to go home.

    • 93 theo67
      September 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      This sounds too coordinated – Lawrence O’Donnell has a segment about the anti-christ at the exact same moment when an unexpected heckler shouts the same slur at the President? How did that “coincidence” happen?

      • 94 hopefruit2
        September 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        If it’s coordinated, then the MSM is even more desperate to stoop that low to distract viewers in attempt to get ratings and undermine the President.

  14. 95 utaustinliberal
    September 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    That heckler was an idiot. Thank you for your money and thank you for waiting hours to spew your crap you moron. PBO handled him well. The crowd is AWESOME! They keep chanting 4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS! and PASS THIS BILL! PASS THIS BILL!

  15. September 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Some idiot is heckling PBO with anti-Christ baloney meme and PBO is worried about his the guy losing his jacket. Does this sum up the whole scenario or what?

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      September 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Exactly. He epitomizes everything we were taught at home and in grade school, including the golden rule, etc. His own children are being brought up like this, as well, which makes me so happy (as a grandmother). He has the manners and grace of the old school, which is a compliment since I’m also “old school.” 🙂

  16. 100 hopefruit2
    September 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    This crowd is extremely supportive, and are FIRED Up!! So if the media wants to focus on that moronic heckler, let them go ahead. It will only PROVE how desperate they are.

    • 101 TrumpDog
      September 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      It also makes some feel bad for the president being referred to in such an ugly manner

      • 102 dotster3
        September 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        It makes me feel sad. He’s so good and kind and so undeserving of these ugly attacks. I don’t know what’s wrong with people. Someone in their lives failed them.

  17. 103 Doris
    September 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Oh Lord, I’m on the phone. I’ll have to wait for the video, argggg.

  18. 104 Me4obama
    September 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you Pres. Obama. Sending you some positive energy and may that heckler rot in hell.

  19. 105 N
    September 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I can’t stand Maxine Waters. She’s looking for attention.

    Reality is that the President’s policies are going to help many groups of people including blacks. And I really think it’s offensive she thinks that there aren’t black LGBT people or even blacks who are Jewish.

    • 106 jacquelineoboomer
      September 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      I see on Twitter that Tavis Smiley is calling the President “disrespectful.” Smiley must have been looking in the mirror, because the President disrespects NO ONE.

      • 107 jacquelineoboomer
        September 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        Waters and Smiley and West should all go into a room for a huddle; thereby, cancelling each other out and giving us all a break.

      • September 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

        Wow, they have NO idea.

      • 109 Betty's Girl
        September 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm

        Disrespectful! That is too funny coming from the likes of him. He doesn’t owe them anything and he not going to give them anything. I don’t know why they are stunned that by the President. He is a fighter.

      • 110 TrumpDog
        September 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm

        Oh fuck Tavis. So what if the president was being “disrespectful”. I sure didn’t hear Tavis complaining when the president is being maligned repeatedly.
        Ya know, this is proof Tavis , Corny, Mad Max and the rest don’t really give a damn about poor Blacks who are unemployed. They complain about the lack of jobs, the president formulates a fucking plan to create jobs and they STILL complain!

      • 111 vero804
        September 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        I was waiting for his “take.” It is undeniable that he and West and Waters have a vested interest in this president’s failure. No doubt about it. I still can’t quite understand what their beef is that is supposed to be legitimate.

      • 112 dotster3
        September 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        What is up with these people? It’s like kicking a gifthorse in the mouth. President Perry is going to make them happy? I’ve never seen such stupidity and self-destructive behavior.

        • 113 firedupinca
          September 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          Thank you. It’s politically inept and it’s also diversionary tactic, so nobody looks at the fact that the CBC has been around since 1969 and these unemployment numbers and poverty rates haven’t budged much even under Democratic majorities.

    • 114 anniebella
      September 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      I saw that Rep. Barbara Lee on Rachel Maddow, and she was praising that witch Maxine Waters. She is just like Waters, and I can’t stand either one of them.

      • 115 TrumpDog
        September 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        She definitely sidestepped what Rachel was asking

        • 116 Ladyhawke
          September 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

          I totally agree trumpdog. I watched that interview with Barbara Lee and she was talking a lot but she really wasn’t saying much. And when she threw that bouquet at Troubled Waters she lost me completely. She tried to make it seem like they were the ones that got President Obama to focus on jobs. It was as if she was saying well now that he is doing what we wanted him to do blah blah blah. And when she started patting herself on the back for that jobs tour this summer I just cracked up. I suggest she get that caucus together and start focusing on getting the American Jobs Act passed.

          What I want to know is why the members of the CBC are not on television every chance they get CALLING OUT THEIR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES in the congress for their obstruction and intransigence. President Obama is doing everything he can from the EXECUTIVE branch. It’s their branch that is not doing their job of LEGISLATING. You just can’t blame PBO for that. They need to take a long look in the mirror.

          I think Rachel Maddow’s segment on how the media was covering the fundraising swing and the CBC speech was spot on. They just zeroed in on a particular phrase and blew it. It’s just like the polls to see every day. The media pounces on them when the numbers are bad and ignores them when they are good.

      • 117 EDP4BHO
        September 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        anniebella, I do believe that what bothers the CBC is that with all the accomplishments PBO has had, and the noise he is making about the obstructionism of the current congress, these people are being made to look like do-nothings. Check it, they’ve been in congress for ever so many years, and what difference has been made in their respective districts? Besides miniscule apportionments? Then we get Senator Obama, after just 2 years in the senate, come in and turn the tables upside down. Roaches started scattering because he turned the light on em. Where was healthcare reform while they were showing up to work less than I do, and getting paid much more, and getting little favors for their relatives? What about DADT? Equal pay for women? Black farmers long-overdue funding? I’m sure any astute person, black, white, or glowing in the dark, knows about the crabs-in-the=barrel mentality in the AA community in general, a hold over from slavery and segregation, that still persists. The CBC, and most especially Mz. Waters, is being shown for the pimps they are. She’s most widely known of them all for her big ass mouth throughout the years——-too many credit her with being a dynamo, favorably. You can’t tell me this b is not jealous of PBO. As long as power is white, we don’t seem to have a problem with it. But when obtained by such an outstanding man as is our President, who doesn’t cowtow to anybody, and doesn’t socialize in their circles….he’s not their homey (sheesh)–they can’t handle it. The inferiority complex is alive and well in the CBC. Such a shame.

      • September 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        Seriously? She should be ashamed. These people are idiots. Why haven’t they lost their seats yet?

  20. 120 Me4obama
    September 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Please all go and blast Tavis Smiley on Twitter. He is going to do a hit job on PBS. He tweeted, would this President be disrespectful to Jews, Hispanics, Gays, Lesbians, wallstreet Bankers? I just called him a Bitter Boy. It’s time to fight back because this is all out war on our president.

    • September 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      He is being disrespectful to all of us, especially PBO. This is how this thing got started. He was being disrespctful when he took that do nothing bus around the country a few weeks ago. I will be contacting him.

    • 122 TrumpDog
      September 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Tavis did not watch the speech. He’s nitpicking in order to be relevant and to continue with his weird vendetta against the president.

    • 123 EDP4BHO
      September 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Somebody tell him to get a facial. His face looks like it got hit with a meat grinder. Yuk!! And to think I used to enjoy his conversations. Ugh!

    • September 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Pres. Obama had members of his admin go on TV to say Wall St. should stop whining. The president has sat down with Hispanics and told them straight up that if they want anything done on immigration that they are going to have to hold Republicans accountable not just him. He’s told gay groups that while he’s not going to tell them to wait, its going to take time and Republicans ain’t gonna do any of the things that he’s doing. And has Smiley forgotten how he told Jews or Netenyahoo (?) that Israel can’t continue to close its eyes on the Arab Spring? Then there was the time that Pres. Obama called out the left for their “sanctimonious” and “purists” behavior after the tax deal.

      The fact is Pres. Obama has a long history of being blunt when he needs to be. He does not discriminate.

  21. 125 Ladyhawke
    September 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    President Obama answered this question about what he is doing specifically for the AA community back in December 2009. He gave White House Press Corps “reporter” (and I use that word advisedly) April Ryan the response below. Any AA who does not get this response is really a lost cause.



    Ryan said Obama and his aides also have brushed aside calls for programs targeting sharply higher unemployment rates in the African-American community.

    “I can’t pass laws that say I’m just helping black folks. I’m the president of the United States,” Obama told Ryan in a December 2009 interview. “What I can do is make sure that I am passing laws that help all people, particularly those who are most vulnerable and most in need. That, in turn, is going to help lift up the African-American community.”



  22. 126 Tally
    September 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Because I’m an idiot, and had to eat fast before rehearsal – I didn’t know this would be televised….. damn.

    However, while I was stuffing my face – I was Rachel – who seems to have had an awakening, a come-to-Jesus moment regarding our wonderful President. She seems fire’d up!

    It was wonderful to watch. 😀

  23. 131 firedupinca
    September 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Here’s some math:

    Maxine Waters has been in the U.S. Congress since 1991. Before Congress she served in the California Assembly, where she was first elected in 1976.

    The CBC was founded 42 years ago in January 1969.

    Barack Obama has been President for more than 2 years.

    Now given these facts, what is up with the tone of rhetoric coming from the leadership of the CBC? Where was this confrontational approach when Democrats held majorities for 40 years and black unemployment was at similar rates? Where was this rhetoric for Carter or Clinton?

    All I am saying is, state your case CBC, but do it in the humble context of the fact that these unemployment numbers have been intransigent for decades, even when you were part of Democratic majorities and enjoyed a more robust economic environment.

    As representatives of the branch tasked with writing legislation, please hold yourselves to the same standards of what is achievable in this unprecedented political and economic context, that you’re demanding of the President. I would remind you that never before has congress refused to raise the debt ceiling and never before has the S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating. These are extraordinary times, demanding extraordinary ingenuity.

    He’s had 2 years and a brief spell with a Democratic majority. You’ve had 42 years that coincided with a 40-year Democratic rule of congress. With that in mind, please focus on the real enemy–the right wing and their Koch-fueled insanity–and tone down the rhetoric directed at the most progressive presidents, for all people, in a very long, long time.

  24. 143 halo
    September 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Was it a full house?

  25. 144 Ladyhawke
    September 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Don’t forget Congress when blaming Obama for not being progressive enough


    A shorter way to put it: Congress exists. Though you often wouldn’t know that, to hear some of the louder voices of the libertarian left, like Glenn Greenwald, who Chait singles out as one of the leading magical thinkers. They seem to believe that all it takes is for the president to utter a few magic “fighting” words, and the single most obstructionist Republican caucus in modern memory will fall by the wayside.



    • 145 hopefruit2
      September 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Glen Greenwald has ZERO clout in the world of politics. His guy Gary Johnson cannot even get 1% percent of the GOP vote – in a pathetic field of ASS CLOWN candidates!!!!

  26. 148 EDP4BHO
    September 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Before I sign off, can somebody please tweet Bev Smith @thebevsmithshow and tell her Mz. Waters is a hateful, spiteful person. Ms. Smith is extolling Water’s fierce political experience. Seems a lot of older black folk revere her, even the radio host I referred to earlier, but he was honest in saying she and the CBC hadn’t done anything of substance in years. Thanks and good nite all 😀

    • 149 anniebella
      September 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

      Well you know what, what respect I had for Maxine Waters is gone. When I sent Waters a email today, I told her that she has been in Congress for how long? What has she done about high unemployment in the black community during all those years she has been in Congress. Unemployment just didn’t get high in the black community in 2009. This man have been President for alittle over two years and she think he should have the unemployment problem in the black community solve. She’s a witch and I don’t care who knows what I think of her. As far as Tavis goes, I wish I was a reporter, maybe I could dig around and see who is paying him. FOX, Limbaugh, or the Koch Brothers. Tavis is a trader. Tavis Smiley is a disgrace to the black community.

  27. 150 Tally
    September 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I can haz video of HoB??

  28. 151 Mariele K.
    September 27, 2011 at 6:59 am

    T. Smiley, M. Waters and C. West, do not speak for me or my family. I respect President Obama. To me, They’re just jealous b/c they can’t do what he do.

    As for the CBC comments, well to be quite frank, he was talking to all the people who are all complain and no action. They want to bitch about what he is doing but they don’t want to stop the MSM BS, they don’t want to suggest any constructive solutions. They just want to grumble. All talk no action.

    To me, at the end, it just means that I have to work harder to debunk the lies about the President, and get him reelected because as far as I can see he is my only choice.

  29. 152 anniebella
    September 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I just watch the video at the house of blues. Our President is one cool guy, he stood there all calm and smooth as that nut shouted over and over, and I’m so glad the crowd started shouting 4 more years, 4 more years. Mariele K., I agree those three fools don’t speak for me either. All my family still support this President 100%.

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