chelsea’s day

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The Herald: IT was that unforgettable moment when a prime minister meets the US President in Parliament House, Canberra.

But it was not the nation’s leader, Julia Gillard, who embraced Barack Obama. She had to settle for a kiss and back pat.

Instead it was Chelsea Gallagher, the 12-year-old ‘prime minister’ of Dungog Public School, who wrapped her arms around the world’s most powerful man yesterday.

“I said ‘hello’ and then I asked him if I could have a hug and he gave me one,” said Chelsea, whose school voted her ‘prime minister’ (rather than captain) this year.

…. “He was really cool, and had the biggest smile on his face when he walked into the foyer and saw us all,” she told the Newcastle Herald.

Mr Obama spotted the children and said “Whoa. Hello everyone,” then exclaimed “G’day”….

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard toast during the Parliamentary Dinner at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Nov. 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen: President Obama spoke to American business leaders at the APEC summit, and said policymakers haven’t been aggressive enough in attracting businesses to American soil….

…. Mitt Romney, either because he’s not terribly bright or because he’s hoping voters aren’t terribly bright, launched a new attack based on Obama’s comments. As he sees it, the president “said that Americans are lazy.” That’s not true, but Romney isn’t exactly fact-oriented….

As it turns out, there is a presidential candidate who’s argued that Americans “avoid the hard work” that’s needed for the country to get ahead. The candidate is Mitt Romney, who put the argument in his book:

“We have been accustomed to being the world’s leading nation for so long, enjoying the freedom, security, and prosperity that comes with that leadership, that we have tended to avoid the hard work that overcoming challenges requires.”

…. The former governor said yesterday the president doesn’t “understand” Americans. It seems like Romney has this backwards.

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49 Responses to “chelsea’s day”

  1. 1 bonkers
    November 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Fired up!

  2. November 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    What a lucky girl – I am soooooooo jealous 🙂

    • 3 COS
      November 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I wish that Alex Wagner could see this photo of Chelsea. This morning when I turned on the tv, she, Tweety and some other lady were dismissing the big pauses and gaffes with Perry and Cain as just being themselves, and this is how they really are. I don’t remember her exact words but she pulled out the old meme that “PBO has problems connecting with people”.

      • November 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        Gawd, do they know how crazy they sound? Seriously, that’s just nuts.

      • November 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        They live in their own opposite world. On the other hand, Perry and Cain are just being themselves and the result is ugly to behold. Nobody listens to them. They are their own echo chamber.

      • 6 anniebella
        November 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        COS would they please explain what do they mean by President Obama have a problem connecting with people? Is it he hasn’t wasted his time connecting with them so they are jealous.

  3. 7 JoJothecat
    November 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    G’Day Mates!

    Am I First? Yay!

  4. 8 JoJothecat
    November 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I see they caught the guy who shot at the WH!

  5. 10 collegekay
    November 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Love it. He is really a sweet man. I’m glad he belongs to us. 🙂

    • 11 cuphalffull
      November 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      I was feeling so wonderful reading and watching this post and then I read your comment and thought, collegekay sums up the joy rather nicely. He belongs to us, can you believe it.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm


    • November 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      “Ortega, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Pennsylvania authorities at a hotel near Indiana, Pa., the Secret Service said. He was in Pennsylvania State Police custody.

      Ortega is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and was believed to be living in the Washington area. He was reported missing Oct. 31 by his family. He has an arrest record in three states but has not been linked to any radical organizations, U.S. Park Police said.

      The bullet that hit the window was stopped by ballistic glass. The Secret Service did not disclose the location of the second bullet, saying only that it “was found on the exterior of the White House.”

      On Wednesday, officials could be seen taking photographs of a window on the south face of the executive mansion. The window they were inspecting is in front of the so-called Yellow Oval Room, according to the White House website. The room is in the middle of the family’s living quarters on the floor that includes the president’s bedroom and the Lincoln Bedroom.”

      I hope he gets locked up for good.

  7. 15 Ladyhawke
    November 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm


    Romney thinks Americans ‘avoid the hard work’



    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Can’t force myself to read the article, but my response about Romney would be that he hasn’t had a real job in eons, so who’s avoiding “the hard work”?

      • 17 theo67
        November 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Perfect. I couldn’t read the article either – they are so full of nonsense and mean sentiment, it’s not even worth it. But, you’re so right, Romney hasn’t worked for years, compared himself to the real unemployed, disrespected veterans – and now he’s insulting the country. Maybe he really just likes running for President and doesn’t actually want to win.

  8. November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    WTF? Is this really a Benetton ad?

    A digitally altered advertisement by United Colors of Benetton depicting President Barack Obama kissing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seen in a handout image. REUTERS/Benetton/Handout


    Update – it’s for real.

    Benetton returns to its controversial marketing roots with a new campaign that features President Obama and other world leaders engaging in a kiss. In two separate ads, Obama is seen kissing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and Chinese President Hu Jintao.


    Italian clothes company Benetton backed down and pulled a photo montage showing the pope a leading imam from its new global ad campaign on Wednesday after the Vatican issued a stern condemnation.

    The company, which is no stranger to controversy over its advertising campaigns, said it was “sorry that the use of the image had so hurt the sensibilities of the faithful.”

    The statement came shortly after the Vatican expressed “the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father.”


  9. 26 holymoly
    November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Todsville

    I may not comment a lot but i’m addicted to getting my O’ news from here, just wanted to say thank you to chips and you ROCK 😆

    luck girl, that’s one moment she will never forget

  10. 29 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Awww…that’s so sweet. Glad he made her day. 🙂

  11. 30 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    She’s a cutie! What a sweet story.

  12. 31 Fred
    November 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    lucky little girl :mrgreen:

  13. 32 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Barney Frank just about killed me with laughter on Martin Bashir’s show. Martin asked him about the fact that Newt was paid by Fannie and Freddie $1.6M to convince republicans in the house to not cut funding and other stuff. Newt has been going around lying about being a historian and not a consultant for the mortagage company. In the debates, Newt said that Democrats are the reason why Fannie and Freddie failed (epic lie) and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd should be thrown in jail. Barney’s repsonse to Martin was that Newt is a Liar and a Loser. He called out Newt for all the ethics charges he faced while he was Speaker of the House (about 80 ethics complaints), hyprocritically calling Clinton out for his lies re: the Lewinsky scandal while he was cheating on his own wife and on and on.

    Martin then asked Barney about the fact that Newt was leading the GOP polls and Barney said that Romney is like the teenager who is crushing on the GOP base and when he finally thinks he has a date, he gets dumped over and over again. He also said that Romney has to be the luckiest candidate ever because he basically has an easy primary race and will be the nominee by default because he’s surrounded by BUMS OF THE MONTH. BWAHAHAHA 😆 😆 😆 😆 He said the GOP has subscribed to the bums of the month club and that is all you see on the debate stage. He did say that Romney will lose against President Barack Obama because he lacks substance.

  14. November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    This is for all of our Arizona buddies:

    The Arizona Immigration Bill Seems To Have Created A New Swing State


    Let’s get to work!!

  15. 42 Debz
    November 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Chelsea is a lucky girl!! What a sweet story, amazing that children everywhere love our President. How sad adults in this country can’t see him as children do. Children, after all are the best judges of character.

  16. 43 Sukey
    November 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hensarling To Dems: Want Higher Taxes? Agree To Partially Privatize Medicare
    Makes me want to cry!

  17. 46 JojoRaze
    November 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Zizi, thanks for the links about the Obot love in Australia. They really do love him down there but we are the OG Obots!

    The good rapport PBO has with Julia Gillard isn’t surprising becaause the thing about PBO is that he loves strong women. He always has a great rapport with women leaders. If you see pictures with him and Dilma Rousseau (Brazilian Prez), Michelle Jean (former Gov General of Canada), Angela Merkel, he’s always kind of flirting with them. You can totally understand why he loved Michelle. She was his mentor and an associate in the law firm where he was the interning. He likes seeing women in power.

    • 47 cuphalffull
      November 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      There is something so absolutely captivating about a man who is comfortable, as you say, with women who are smart and strong. There is something so repellant about a man who behaves as Herman Cain has and did toward women.

  18. November 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    This President is sooooo far ahead of the curve.

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