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The President and South Korean President’s press conference is at 12:20 – White House live

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  1. 1 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Most of the folks in the pic seem to be looking at one person. 🙂

  2. October 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    President Obama will speak before the Australian Parliament when he visits the country next month, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Thursday.

    “I’m sure all members (of the House of Representatives) and senators will warmly welcome the president to this place,” Gillard told Parliament, saying Obama’s visit will have “historic resonance” on the two countries’ alliance, the Associated Press reports.

    “America is Australia’s greatest friend and strongest ally and the president of the United States will always be our most welcome and our most honored guest,” opposition leader Tony Abbott said to Parliament.

    The president’s trip to Australia was announced in September. The Nov. 16-17 trip coincides with the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Australia alliance and comes immediately after the APEC meeting hosted by Obama in Hawaii.

    Gillard visited Washington in March, when she addressed a joint session of Congress.

    Pool report-

    • 8 anniebella
      October 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Are you saying the President will be going overseas next month? Does that mean FLOTUS will be going with him? Please say so, I just love when they go overseas and shine like royalty.

      • 9 hopefruit2
        October 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Plan for a media blackout of the event – like what they did when he visited Ireland. Fortunately for us, we have Chipsticks and the TOD who keep us informed.

        • 10 ChristiMtl
          October 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

          In England as well, media blackout……what did they show? When the President drank the Guiness and the toast at the Queen’s banquet.
          Pathetic corrupt media.

          I remember that visit, I loved it,
          I had my alarm set at 4am in the morning not to miss anything, to watch the events live.
          I was so tired during the day doing my work though…major lack of sleep but it was so worth it.

          • October 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

            Christi, I remember his visit to England like it were yesterday. I was there outside Buckingham palace and watched him drive by in the beast. He was sitting on my side and I was at the railing so close. I screamed ‘Obama I love you’ at the top of my voice and I swear he looked over in my direction. (Probably wishful thinking but a girl can dream!) He is sooooooooooo dreamy in real life.
            I am so glad that you enjoyed watching it here on TOD, this really is THE site to be on.

        • 12 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          October 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

          Yep, SO pathetic. Our MSM doesn’t want us to know how WELL loved he is around the world. SAD…….TOD is our FRIEND 😀

      • 13 Sue in Minnesota
        October 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        Me too, anniebella. And thanks to Chipsticks we never miss a beat as to their doings. Australlia is an awesome, awesome country….would love to be going with them, but being here will be the next best thing.

        Just want to say how proud I am of everyones efforts re AJA, and how much I enjoyed the rigourous debate regarding OWS. I’m lurking, even though I haven’t been commenting much…..my brain is really scrambled so have to take everything in in small doses, but I’m quietly partaking and so impressed with the intellect and spirit that is manifest here.

        Still waiting and anxious to hear that Donna will be receiving a call from our President…..like Chips says, “fingers and toes crossed.”

        • 14 jacquelineoboomer
          October 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

          Sue – Thinking of you in your recovery! You say your brain is a bit scrambled still, and I think you said you had earlier “imagined” something about President Obama. Not to intrude, but thought I’d share that a couple of years ago, my brain was scrambled by a rare, aggressive infection I had running throughout my body. At its height, I had imagined my son and I had worked for Michael Jackson when my son was young – don’t know where I got that, other than the fact it was just after MJ had passed away. I had other hallucinations that were weird. Luckily, for me – and I know for you – the brain heals, slowly but surely. Please don’t worry too much and be well, honey pot.

      • October 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        They are America’s ONLY royalty!!!

    • October 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

      I really like PM Gillard. She seems really spunky.

  3. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning TOD.

    We are having a cloudy, rainy day today in DC but the sun always shines on our President. 🙂

    Called OFA Hdqtrs this morning since I haven’t heard anything from them about the Fundraiser Challenge and the lady took my message and said someone will be contacting me today. I’m not holding my breath. I was thrilled to see how much we raised this quarter. Ain’t no stopping us now…We’re on the move!

    • 18 bonkers
      October 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Keeping fingers crossed for ya! Your efforts on this are greatly appreciated by Obamatrons everywhere, and you’ve handled this delay like a champ. Very impressive all around. Thanks again!

    • 19 Jennifer
      October 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Funny, I was just lurking around, wondering about this very thing. I’m sure you’ll get it, if that $$$ barometer was any indication. Either way, I think we’re all very proud that you made such a great effort – good for you!

  4. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I was fortunate enough to have been at the last one of these welcoming ceremonies. Its a pretty neat experience. The colors and the pageantry is loss on tv. It is exquisite to see in person.

  5. 22 Fred
    October 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

    have ya’ll seen this? 😀 😀 I hope Chip keeps this around


  6. October 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

    O/T: Posted on last thread–or tried to–but didn’t post. I know I was signed in. Am trying to see if this works.

  7. 32 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 11:50 am


    Why Obama has no intention of giving up on the American Jobs Act


    This is why the president continues to go around the country and push for the bill. If the media won’t do its job and educate the American people, the president will. This is not a case where he has to convince policymakers to vote for the bill. Members of Congress know what’s in it, and whether they support it, and why or why not (note, the why not part mostly consists of sticking it to the President politically). There is no tweaks that can be made in the bill to get policymakers who are opposed on board. The remaining force? Popular pressure. To break down the do-nothing Republicans by opening a can of whoop-ass from the people who hear the president’s message.



  8. 33 Fred
    October 13, 2011 at 11:56 am


    Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are opening up their home to President Barack Obama to host an upcoming fundraiser.

    The Hollywood couple has agreed to provide the venue for a national Latino gala on 24 October (11), which will be co-hosted by Eva Longoria at the property in Los Angeles.

    Tickets for the event, which will target Obama’s Latino supporters to raise cash for his election candidacy, cost between $5,000 and $35,800 , according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  9. 44 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    A kind of reverse, high-speed unraveling

    The GOP: ideological disintegration and organizational chaos


    This is more than just a shot at the opposition:

    ” ‘The other Republicans have sucked so bad we didn’t have any choice’ but … to target Romney months before the Iowa caucuses, said a top Obama ally [to Politico].”

    It’s a symptom — a symptom of the GOP’s rapid degeneration as a coherent political party; a kind of reverse, high-speed unraveling. The party’s 19th-century origins lay in the frantic reconstitution of others’ ashes — a collection of ‘Conscience’ Whigs, Know Nothings, disaffected Democrats, Free Soilers and abolitionists — and now they’re resplintering, perhaps fatally.


  10. 46 Fred
    October 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Message from TNMtmgirl from the other thread

    Just made two phone calls. First, to Rep. John Duncan’s office to remind that all the Rs ran on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs and that we are still waiting for a jobs bill to be introduced from the House and asked why are they still voting on abortion and planned parenthood and not working on jobs. Answer: Blabbering about how hundreds of bills go through Congress every day. I interrupted him and said that he isn’t answering my question and he said, “Yes, I just did.” I told him the American people are NOT stupid and I can tell him exactly what the Rs are doing: Keeping millions unemployed to try and put one man out of his job and that that is treasonous. My second call was to Jason’s Deli in Raleigh and asked to speak to the manager or assistant mgr. Explained that we met long-time friends there Tuesday evening as we came through town…..how I was so looking forward to an enjoyable evening UNTIL I walked in and saw the TV on Fox News…….said I purposely sat with my back to the TV, but the others were occasionally watching & as we were leaving some of them were commenting on a story O’Reilly was doing. I told him if I had been alone I would have immediately gone to mgr. and said, “Change the channel or I am leaving.” Reminded him that they are serving the public and that many of the public have no desire to be subjected to the lies and hate Fox spews 24/7 when they come into a restaurant. He thanked me and said he would pass it on to the appropriate people.

    Tn next time just left click on the message to highlight it.Then click on CTRL + c and then click CTRL + v 😀

    • October 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      THANK YOU, Fred. You’re the best…………..

    • 51 Sue in Minnesota
      October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Girl, you have found your voice…..way to go!

    • 52 ChristiMtl
      October 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      I saw this on TPM earlier……..can they be more pathetic?

      In an apparent answer to the White House’s jobs proposal, Senate Republicans are planning to unveil what they call the “Real American Jobs Act.”

      Leading the charge are Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ). On Wednesday, Paul sounded a confident note, saying it was “unfair” for the White House to claim the GOP lacked a jobs plan.

      • October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        The rethugs realize they fucked up big time on AJA voting and didn’t expect the prez come out swinging at them. As usual, their plan will be “tax cut for job creators ” shite.

        • 54 jacquelineoboomer
          October 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          In any event, their plan is too little, too late. McCain’s involved? Why? Does he plan on hiring groundskeepers for his various homes? Rand Paul is trying to bring down government, so he’ll be a big help. Luckily, I’ve forgotten anything about Portman, but I’m sure Ohioans will be looking for what he has to say. Yeah, right.

  11. 55 lockewasright
    October 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    982,967 donors!

  12. 58 Fred
    October 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I know some were wondering where Malia was when Flotus and Sasha went to the USO while there is Miss Malia 😀

    US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) talks with her daughter Malia Obama (R) as they watch John Isner of the US play Andy Murray of Great Britain during their Quarterfinals round match on the twelfth day of the 2011 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA 09 September 2011

    US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) talk with her daughter Malia Obama (R) as they watch John Isner of the US play Andy Murray of Great Britain during their Quarterfinals round match on the twelfth day of the 2011 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA 09 September 2011

    • October 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      Wow, she’s starting to really blossom into a beautiful young lady, and just think her little sis is following in her footsteps.

      Poor, mom and dad.

    • 61 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Good to see she was around cos I am one of those who noted her “absence” at the time and wondered where she had gone for vac. Ms Malia is a beauty and so is her little sis Sasha.

      Special prayers need to be given for their Dad because he has revealed that like any father, he may not be prepared for what the future holds.

      I smile when I remember when President Obama said he prays for his daughters’ skirts to grow longer as they go out into the world everyday.

  13. October 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Ouch!!! PBO to Ed Henry ” I didn’t know that you were the official spokesperson for Mitt Romney” after Ed asked PBO how he responds to Mitt’s charge that if folks want a President who is not strong they have that person now. Zinger!!!

  14. 77 dotster3
    October 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    President Obama just nailed horrible Ed Henry. Henry’s question to him included some idiotic Mitt Romney quote about Obama not being a strong American leader, or some such nonsense. And Obama replied, “Well, first of all, I didn’t know you were the spokesman for the Romney campaign.” Zap!

    • 78 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Yes, the PBO slapdown is already on Twitter!!!

      from Thinkprogress:

      Obama just now to Fox News’ Ed Henry: “I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney”
      7 minutes ago via TweetDeck //

    • October 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Double zing. Doesn’t that punk now work for pox news now ?

    • 80 Bobfr
      October 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      So, #FOXNEWSTAINER @edhenryTV it’s good to know the President recognizes what we all knew. You’re not a journalist your a #GOPFAIL hack.


    • 81 Ladyhawke
      October 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      This is exactly what the jackals do every single day in the briefings with Jay Carney. They are like messengers for the GOP. Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry got just what he deserved. He’s a lazy media stenographer carrying water for the GOP. The White House Press Corps is useless and a total embarrassment.

    • 82 ChristiMtl
      October 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Ed Henry………yuck!

  15. 84 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Don’t look now, but Uncle Herm is leading in practically all the repub polls. He’ll never be the nominee, unless they pull an Alan Keyes, but I can be thoroughly entertained in the meantime!

    Why can’t Willard close the deal in this field of clowns? Media, what say you? Why don’t republicans like the Romster?!?!?! 😆 😆 😆

    • 85 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      It’s a distraction to keep the scrutiny off Mitt Romney who is going to be the GOP Nominee.

      • 86 Jax6655
        October 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        I don’t know, Hopefruit2, they can’t control how folks vote in the Repub primary. They’ve got to be knocking themselves out looking into Herm’s past for a “Rev. Wright” or a baby mama or something because even if the misguided Tea Party folks actually vote for him, they know he doesn’t stand a chance against PBO.

        To PoliticalJunkessa’s point, Romney can’t seem to close the deal and Cain’s raining down on ’em and talking the talk that the base wants to hear.

      • 87 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        October 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

        I was thinking the same thing hopefruit. Mitt will be the evential nominee. Then he won’t be able to RUN from his own truth. I believe the Obama campaign has planned for Mittens to win this CHARADE all along. My popcorn maker has broke down from all its recent overuse. 😎

    • 88 Jax6655
      October 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      Absolutely detest Herman Cain, he probably won’t get the nomination and he’d never win, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have TWO Black candidates running for president in the United States??

      The mess from all the exploding heads!! We’d need FEMA to clean it up.


    • 89 Ladyhawke
      October 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      What’s in Herman Cain’s book? Plus: 5 reasons to doubt the boomlet

      1. 999 – It may not be the number of the beast, as Michele Bachmann suggested in Tuesday’s primary debate, but the Cain economic plan has a lot of holes in it … and I’m just talking for conservatives. RedState is just one place you’ll find a pretty brutal dissection of the plan, which righties see as a simplistic gimmick that not only wouldn’t pass, if it did, it would simply be a new added tax, because Cain offers no plan to repeal the existing income tax.
      3. Conservatives really, really wanted Rick Perry – Perry is still who the activist base would prefer, all things being equal (and since they can’t have Chris Christie). And their disappointment in Perry’s inability to string two decent sentences together in a debate won’t change that. To the extent Cain is replacing Perry as the Romney alternative, reading the right wing blogs, you start to get a sense of eye rolling tedium creeping up around Cain, because now he’s seen as a real threat to their preferred guy.


  16. October 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    OMG! PBO is loosing his base! LOL Americans love our PRESIDENT.

  17. October 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Double zinger!!1 PBO asks White House Press jackals whre is the assignment he gave them to ask REpugs for their jobs plan!! PBO is on a roll.

    • October 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      slap, slap, slap. Expect 24×7 whining from these punks for the next few weeks.

      Is there a link to that PC ? I would love to see it.

    • 94 Ladyhawke
      October 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Jessica Yellen obsessing about negotiations with the Republicans. Meanwhile, the Republicans have no jobs bill of their own, they have done nothing about job creation in nine months. Today the House of Representatives is voting on ABORTION and PLANNED PARENTHOOD bills. The media just overlooks this crap.

      • 95 COS
        October 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        I was just getting to write the same thing Ladyhawke. If I recall, she has been asking Jay Kearney the same question. I get so sick of these reporters carrying the water for the repugs. Didn’t PBO ignore the Romney question?

      • 96 ChristiMtl
        October 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

        She did the same thing during the debt ceiling debate. Blaming President Obama for not giving in to their demands.
        They are so awful…..

    • 97 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      heard that repeated challenge to the White House stenographers as I did the first time when President Obama gave them that homework. apparently, none of these creeps did any thing about it and someehow they did not expect POTUS to follow up and demonstrate how incompetent they are

  18. October 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Oh shut up, Jamie Rubin (Mr. Amanpour). He defends Ed Henry’s question? Saying that we are no closer to acting against Iran now than we were during the Bush administration? Then pumps up what they did during Clinton administration. Nonsense. Absolute nonsense. Jamie has so much ramped up his PUMA-esque gall. he cannot give this President any credit for anything!!!

    • 100 ChristiMtl
      October 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      PUMA-esque gall is right.
      When did any of these Puma idiots gave President Obama credit for anything….ever,.

  19. 101 PoliticalJunkessa
    October 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Sounds like the jackals are acting like toddlers — you know how kids love to cut up in front of company? That’s what they’re doing. But Poppa ain’t afraid to spank in public. Like my Mom said: “You want to act up in this store, I’ll embarrass you in this store!” 😆

  20. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I do not know WHY people continously under-estimate President Obama’s strength and competitive spirit. Before they know what hit them, PBO will be smiling at the head of the innaguration line in 2013

  21. October 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    via BJ,

    Shocked—shocked!—to learn the suspect in the Seal Beach massacre is a Tea Partier! But let’s keep talking about what crazies the Occupy Wall Street folks are.


    • 104 Fred
      October 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      I’d be rich by now if every time one of these loony tune TeaKlan went off the damn rails and went on a shooting spree.As soon as I heard this yesterday TeaKlan came to my mind and I told mom.Got to give her a call at work and tell her about that

      bunch of sad dangerous fucks those Tea’s

  22. 105 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Mitt Romney writes off Michigan & most of the Rust Belt at last night’s debate – Obama campaign pounces


  23. 106 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Herman Cain Has No Idea How 9-9-9 Plan Would Work


    It seems like Michele Bachmann was right. With Herman Cain’s infamous 9-9-9 plan, the devil most certainly is in the details. Even Cain is having a devil of a time.
    Economists, including George Bush and Ronald Reagan policy advisor, Bruce Bartlett, called it a “distributional monstrosity.”

    At a minimum, the Cain plan is a distributional monstrosity. The poor would pay more while the rich would have their taxes cut, with no guarantee that economic growth will increase and good reason to believe that the budget deficit will increase.

    Giving further credence to my own speculation that he 9-9-9 plan was thought up by his pizza marketing team, Cain is refusing to divulge the names of the economists that helped craft the plan. The one name he will admit to is Rich Lowrie, board member of the Koch brother’s think tank, Americans for Prosperity. Lowrie holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and he works for a Wells Fargo bank branch in Ohio.

    Even Cain’s own economic policy advisor said it wouldn’t have been the plan he went with.



    • 107 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      😆 9-9-9 = no-no-no!

      This guy is just running to raise his profile and land a corporate gig, perhaps a show on Fux. He’s another gop grifter.

      >>>>>Cain is refusing to divulge the names of the economists that helped craft the plan. The one name he will admit to is Rich Lowrie, board member of the Koch brother’s think tank, Americans for Prosperity. Lowrie holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and he works for a Wells Fargo bank branch in Ohio.<<<<<

      Yep — they're grifters. It's the same old republican welfare line: think tanks, PACs, Fux "news", forums, astroturfed bus tours, etc., etc., etc.

    • October 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Cain named Demint and Ryan as his ticket short list…


  24. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Lookie here. Orlando Florida has gone and named a street after our “un”popular President. Sigh!!!

    President Barack Obama will now live in infamy on Orlando streets as the city unveiled the first portion of a roadway project bearing his namesake.

    Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony that showcased President Barack Obama Parkway, near the Mall at Millenia


  25. October 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Via TP (no, not tea-party)

    With Just Two Openly Gay Appointees, President Obama Triples The Number Of Out Federal Judges | Later today, the Senate is expected to confirm Alison Nathan to as a United States District Judge in New York City. Nathan will be the second openly gay Obama appointee confirmed to the federal bench. Sadly, this means that President Obama has now appointed two-thirds of the openly gay attorneys ever appointed as a life-tenured federal judge. President Clinton appointed the third out judge, Judge Deborah Batts.


  26. October 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Allison Nathan just got confirmed to be judge of southern new York 48-44.

    Now, the Senate us voting on Susan Huckey to be judge if western Arkansas.

    Oh wait, Suskind said that the President hates women. Sure does not seem so, with all those lady judges being confirmed.

  27. 124 Obamaperson
    October 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I am trying to sign up properly, as you had asked. I keep getting a message that you have sent me an email, but it does not come to my email address. I value getting email notifications when you post something. I would hate to miss any.

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