from the coal mines of kentucky to the california sun….

**** The concert airs on PBS Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET ****

President Obama delivers remarks before a “celebration of country music” concert at the White House



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9:35 AM The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

9:50 Departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Manchester, N.H.

11:0 Arrives in Manchester, N.H.

12:15 Delivers remarks on the American Jobs Act

1:20 Departs Manchester, N.H.

2:55 Arrives at the White House



President Barack Obama looks at a photograph of Kate Puzey as he greets her brother, David Puzey, and other guests in the Oval Office, Nov. 21. The President signed the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, which improves the preventative measures and the response of the Peace Corps in cases of crime and sexual assault of Peace Corps volunteers.


360 Responses to “from the coal mines of kentucky to the california sun….”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    November 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Chips, you forgot to post the naughty mat… 🙂

  2. 23 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm


    Signing Away The Right To Govern


    It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.
    More was needed to keep them in line, which gave birth to the signed pledge — no more enforceable than a spoken promise, but a politician’s actual signature was seen as more binding. The oldest and most pernicious of these modern oaths was dreamed up by Grover Norquist, the leader of Americans for Tax Reform, who has managed to get 95 percent of all Republicans in Congress to pledge never to raise taxes for any reason. If they end tax deductions, Mr. Norquist’s pledge-takers say they will match the increase in revenue with further tax cuts.

    That pledge is the single biggest reason the federal government is now on the edge of default. Its signers will not allow revenues in a deal to raise the debt ceiling.



    • 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      November 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      “Signing Away The Right To Govern” even the NYTimes gets it nytimes.com/2011/07/19/opi… Grover & the GOP are a much graver threat than OBL ever was


      • 25 Mae who love our CIC
        November 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

        Bob I agree about OBL. He orchestrsted devaststion on a section while the repubs are trying to take out the entire country.

    • 26 Ladyhawke
      November 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm


      Zealots’ Remorse


      A welcome touch of resistance is in the air toward Grover Norquist, the conservative lobbyist and Capitol Hill fixture who has been brilliant at wrenching a simplistic pledge from all but six House Republicans to never, ever increase taxes.

      “It’s time to put pledges in a bonfire,” Representative Steven LaTourette of Ohio, a past pledger, declared the other day, after helping to enlist 39 fellow Republicans to join 60 Democrats in a letter to the budget deficit supercommittee urging a grand bargain that dares to include new revenues as well as spending cuts.

      This is anathema to Mr. Norquist, who as head of Americans for Tax Reform has spent the last 25 years building a public roll of pledges from antitax politicians. He is wielding it like a cudgel against any move in the supercommittee to raise taxes.

      With his ability to bless or terrorize conservatives, Mr. Norquist enjoys access to and influence over the Republican leadership. So it’s good to see some former pledge takers realize that the only allegiance they owe is to their constituents, not to Grover Norquist.



      • 27 dotster3
        November 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        It’s good to see that ol’ Grover is finally being dragged into the light of day. Shine it brightly on that treasonous skunk.

        • November 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

          And you can tell from that interview clip ad that he feels sheepish about his ability to wield power. Smarmy as all get-out. Kinda hard to tell Republicans that he’s going to get them ‘other employment’ if the Republican voters are actually okay with tax raises. If Norquist goes around bashing politicians for raising taxes, it just might fall on deaf ears. This is the power of the message that the Obama Admin has crafted so brilliantly that people are buying that message, not the ‘no tax’ message, which just might be on its last legs.

          For one thing, the voters might just decide these no tax people need to find other employment anyway, so they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Sucks to be a Republican.

      • November 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

        Brawawa..”Zealots Remorse”.. too weird those people who are living off the government pledging to a bathtub guy.

        I heard PObama mention the repubs who did want to come to a balanced agreement in that Presser where he just walked off after saying “Thanks”.

        Way good to see gop thinking about their constituents instead of gn. I remembering something about one of those pubs had some people in their District who were upset that he had pledged to grover.

    • 31 Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      So Grover Norquist is runing the GOP? wooow!!!!!!

      • 32 anniebella
        November 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

        Mel, ask Mr. Cain who is really brain washed? Blacks or the Republican Party. Grover Norquist have them all under his spell.

  3. November 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m first! I’m first!—– I’m such a dork 🙄

  4. 41 desertflower
    November 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Running out for wine with the girls! Maybe I’ll be in rare form when I return! Hold the fort down…and don’t crowd the mat!

  5. November 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Country music outreach tonight, NASCAR yesterday.
    Is it just me, or are they letting the tea party know that he is your President too?

    • 50 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      They’ve had country music before.

    • 51 anniebella
      November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      To hell with those Nascar idiots.

    • 54 Vicky
      November 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Yes, the Obama Family reaches out. It is their nature. And their philosophy. Whether or not those they reach out to also extend their hand in partnership if their choice.

      Such choices reveal the souls of those involved.

      • 55 dotster3
        November 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Little by little, step by step. It’s working.

      • 56 LunarSea
        November 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        ‘Yes, the Obama Family reaches out. It is their nature. And their philosophy.’

        It’s also how they got elected. Lots of ppl from all walks of life who believe in the promise and pride of what it means to be American and who recognize that he is the one who will help us regain our footing in these regards after the dreaded Bush years (the lost decade of American exceptionalism)

        This is arguably the only country that isn’t founded on a common faith, language, ethnic background or status in life. We are Americans because we believe in the pledge, constitution & bill of rights. The republicans have been screwing with all three! They are bound for certain doom

  6. 57 anniebella
    November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Do anyone remember the western call Gunsmoke? I can imagine a gentlemen riding into the city of Dodge, and saying hello can you tell me where Marshall Dillion is? And they ask who may I say is calling, he gives you that wide grin of his and say, kindly tell him that Barack Obama would like to speak to him, sir. He’s looking fine in that cowboy hat.

    • 58 HZ
      November 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Yes, our President is looking fine in the cowboy hat indeed. Anniebella, that know how to live the truth of their hearts. We are truly blessed to have him as our President of the United States of America.HZ

  7. November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Okay…Chris M. live…falling all over the President…loves him again…knows what was in the bill….thanks him for the VETO!! Remembers the separation of powers by the constitution…this is a CONGRESS PROBLEM!!! Compared him to a strong leader like JFK..and lil ronny

  8. 75 Bill
    November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Chris Matthews is now praising President Obama for being strong and a leader.

    • 76 anniebella
      November 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      I told you guys, Chris Matthews seem to have a mental problem.

      • 77 hopefruit2
        November 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        He’s manipulative. He speaks on both sides of his mouth to attract viewers from both sides of the aisle.

        • November 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          He talks about Newt and Mitt, but he is a serial flip-flopper himself. A quick video of his many positions will probably be good therapy for him.

          David Corn called Newt a gyrator the other night. He could say the same of his buddy, Tweety. Go figure.

        • 79 Puddin'
          November 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

          It’s all abut the money…and I could be wrong (I hope that I am) but I think he has made some deal with Bill Clinton. Last week he was on Morning Joke and they (especially Tweety) were praising Hillary to high heave…she is the greatest, she is wonderful, she is all that and a bag of chips. I do not trust him.

          • 80 Lovepolitics2008
            November 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

            You’re reminding me of something Jonarhan Alter said a few weeks ago about the possibility that Barack Obama would have to “swallow his pride” and ask Hillary to be on the ticket for 2012.

            I too, of course, could be very wrong but I’ve felt very uneasy for months about the Clinton allies; I’ve felt that they are attempting to weaken President Obama and force him to give them more power within the administration.

            • 81 theo67
              November 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm

              That quote makes me regret having bought Jonathan Alter’s books. It’s just so disrespectful and ungrateful to Vice President Biden for people to continue this nonsense of replacing him with Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden has been entirely loyal, hardworking, committed and fierce in his role. Plus, he successfully implemented major programs that were assigned to him – without scandal. He deserves respect.

            • November 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm

              PObama never has to swallow any pride..that’s not in his dna or how he operates. That’s a silly expression for Alter to use.

              I remember getting on that piece on his on Benen’s page and saying it wasn’t going to happen.

            • 83 smoothscotch
              November 22, 2011 at 12:12 am


              Is there a reason VP Biden wouldn’t be on the ticket?

        • 84 Obama Grandmama
          November 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

          Have you noticed Chris Matthews is guilty of the same flip flops he accuses Newt and Mitt of in his own political philosophy?

      • 85 anniebella
        November 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        His praise is not going to wash with me, because he didn’t only go after President Obama, he went after our wonderful First Lady and that was not call for. It’s always been the rule, President is fair game, after all he was the one elected, but leave the First Lady and family along. Matthews didn’t do that. And he and his show can go straight to you know where as far as I am concern.

        • 86 Puddin'
          November 22, 2011 at 3:10 am

          I’m with you anniebella…there is nothing he can say that will matter to me…I simply do not trust him. I think he will do and say anything that will keep his pockets fat.

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Me thinks he needs some depakote!

      • 88 nospin
        November 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        Depakote is used to control seizures. My son is epileptic and has never behaved like Tweety. Depakote will not help him. What he needs is a “values” implantation. The man stands for nothing. He has no core.

    • 89 FiredUpInCA
      November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Chris Matthews voted for Bush twice and pushed memes that mirror right-wing slander (e.g. Righ Wingers: the President is arrogant, Chris Matthews: The President is ungrateful; RW: The First Lady is an angry and un-proud American, CM: The First Lady is unhappy and ungrateful in the White House)

      Chris Matthews has permanently squandered any shred of goodwill he ever had. Having served under President Jimmy Carter, Matthews knows very well how false and derogatory memes can frame public perception and damage a President’s ability to get important work done.

      Fortunately Matthews only reaches on average 685,000 people per week. The President can average millions when he goes on air and more importantly can attract more than a million donors and volunteers focused on his re-election.

      Shorter, to hell with Chris Matthews.

      • 90 hopefruit2
        November 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        FiredUp – 1
        PBO – 1
        Tweety – 0

      • 93 nospin
        November 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Right there with you FiredUpInCA – when someone tells and shows you repeatedly who they are. . . believe them.

      • 95 Lovepolitics2008
        November 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        He voted for Bush twice… Let’s say he didn’t like Gore for some reason. But voting for Bush in 2004 ?!!

        Disparaging Clinton when he was in office, singing his praises now…

        Praising Barack Obama , bashing him, praising him again.

        The man is certainly superficial. He may be mentally unstable, or simply a comedian who gives us theater day after day and “adjusts” his opinions to the needs of the moment ( ratings, demands of the producers, deals with political figures, … Who knows…)

    • 96 theo67
      November 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      It’s like an abusive relationship. He tries to beat down the Obama supporters, and then he throws a bone. The thing is – those vile words were uttered from his mouth. He can’t take them back. And I have no desire to support such ugliness.

      • 97 dotster3
        November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        Baby, baby, baby, I didn’t mean it. I won’t do it again. (until tomorrow)

      • 98 HZ
        November 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        Theo67, you have said a mouthful. That is how I am. I do not give my money to those who try to treat me disrespectful in a store, nor do I allow anyone to abuse me in any manner. Chirs will not have me as a viewer. Do need Chris. I need President Obama, so I spent my time contacting friends and family on why POB is the person for 2012.

        I received a great response from all. It was a great time spent well.HZ

    • 99 Mel
      November 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      I still dislike tweety he is full of shit I do not trust him at all and do not pay attention to him.

    • 100 vitaminlover
      November 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      I do not believe that his bread is done.

      • 101 anniebella
        November 22, 2011 at 6:08 am

        I was not please with that Alex Witt either, because she sat there and let Matthews go after FLOTUS like that. She should have stop him or at least said something in her defense, but she didn’t. I sent her a letter Saturday.

  9. 103 collegekay
    November 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Looks like our gorgeous man got a haircut. 😀

  10. November 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    In southwestern Pennsylvania, a group of volunteers came together last Thursday to call voters and spread the word about Women for Obama. Shirley, a local supporter was there and reports:

    “Word of mouth and an email from First Lady Michelle Obama brought out volunteers from near and far, old and new. From the youngest, Kyah Anne (11) to the most senior, Kay (74), phonebankers made hundreds of calls reaching out to women in the East Liberty, Homewood and Wilkinsburg communities to let them know about this important initiative and to recruit new volunteers for President Obama’s 2012 campaign.”

    For more on how the evening went and to stay up to date with the latest from Team Pennsylvania, check out their blog.


  11. November 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Michelle Just took my breath away. Grand Dieu, Quelle est belle!

  12. 108 ChristiMtl
    November 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Huffington says now that she is disappointed in Obama and could even see herself voting Republican in the next presidential election. “To me,” she says, “the issues are more important than the party.” She pauses. “Trust me, I realize how hard it is to change the system, but Obama has demonstrated only the fierce urgency of sometime later, and at the same time the middle class is under assault”—she smiles—“which is of course the topic of my last book.”

    It was mentioned in a previous thread.

    I wanted to check her exact words. Vile hypocrite. I can’t stand her

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Except last spring, she was on the bill maher show, bill asked her same question.
      She said, I am looking at huntsman!
      Uh huh, uh huh!

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      who the fuck cares how she votes? Methinks she thinks too highly of herself. I’d value a mole rat’s opinion over hers. My message to Count Dracula: Fuck off.

      • 111 FiredUpInCA
        November 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        Aren’t you completely done with these fairweather frauds? Who the hell cares? Their complete frauds masquerading as feet-to-the-fire moralists.

        When you vacation with Newt Gingrich and have drinks with Darrell Issa and don’t pay your writers then sell their work for $315 million to AOL, nothing you have to say about wealth inequality and fighting for the middle class matters Arrianna. You’re a fraud. Please stop pretending you’re a defender of the downtrodden.

        • 112 Lovepolitics2008
          November 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          This. There is no way that woman is a progressive. Considering Huntsman when the man has said he supports Ryan’s budget??

          Give me a friggin’ break.

          You know when I began to have serious doubts about her? When she began her campaign against Tim Geitner, who was working on financial reform, who was forcing banks to be more transparent ( the stress tests…), who was SUPPORTING the idea of a consumer protection agency . For the record, I think that Tim Geitner is a good public servant who tries his best.

          I wonder if Arianna is friends with Lady de Rothshield (the one who supported Hillary) . It wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

      • 113 Puddin'
        November 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        She is only one vote…she is one grain of sand in the whole beach…she ain’t important.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      And when folks on Twitter call her out, like the coward she is, she backpedals: Here we go!

    • 127 eveingeorgia
      November 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Yeah, well, Huffington is the same one who didn’t have the time or the courtesy to meet with the president when he extended an invitation to Maddow, Eugene Robinson and her for a luncheon meeting.

      She’s been poison for a long time, so I am not surprised or alarmed. Ugly has a tendency to come back and bite you in the butt- just ask that belly-up mortgage company. What goes around comes around,

      • November 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        I sent the witch a nasty tweet and she had the nerve to send me a direct message. It was the same “clarification” posted here. Does she really think I care? The witch was definitely feeling the twitter heat.

    • November 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      She is a Republican, always has been, always will be. She understands how some on the left are easily fooled, and so she took them for a ride and continues to.

      Go figure.

    • 130 theo67
      November 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Is anybody really still listening to this horrible woman? She inflicted Schwarzenegger on California after leading a very ugly battle to oust Governor Davis, and then she hoodwinked a bunch of people into working for her for free and making her millions of dollars through her Obama-bashing machine, Huffington Post. And now she wants to really try and sell herself as a disappointed Democrat? She must think everyone is stupid.

    • 131 anniebella
      November 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you ChristiMtl, I couldn’t have said it better.

    • November 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Ariana is a Republican so of course she’ll vote R. She always was a Republican and always will be. Any “acting” to the contrary has been to make a buck. She comes up with some stupid nonsense to “explain” her so-called switch to voting R when she was always going to do so anyway. If any of her “Huff” readers ever thought anything else about her, they are either naive or delusional. She’s a grifter just like Palin, Perry, Newt, Cain and the rest of that breed.

    • November 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      So she expects people to be as stupid as she and buy that radio active toxic garbage when she says she’s voting for a republicon over Obama ’cause she worried about the middle class which she has given her middle finger to?!

      Dawg, she’s an idiot.

  13. November 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    OMG!!! I just saw Reggie! Miche looks spectacular!!! 😀 😀

  14. November 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Politico 44 dud the same thing to rev al that they do to the President- worst and scariest picture they could find!

  15. 136 CTGirl
    November 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Is that Reggie?

  16. November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    OMG! I hafta to have a tee shirt like this!!! Who has the memorabilia for sale? Is it Tally? Can you do this without the writing? Chips, thank you sooo much for the beautiful pictures you posted of our fabulous first lady and her husband. They are the BEST! Saw this on politicalwire. Even they know their party is a stinking sinking mess.

    How Did the GOP Lose its Way?
    David Frum: “When I entered Republican politics during an earlier period of malaise, in the late seventies and early eighties, the movement got most of the big questions — crime, inflation, the Cold War — right. This time, the party is getting the big questions disastrously wrong.”

    “In the aftershock of 2008, large numbers of Americans feel exploited and abused. Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending for the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares. This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.”

  17. 138 Linda
    November 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) could become the second governor to face a recall attempt in 2012.

    Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that led the successful recall of former state Senate President Russell Pearce (R) this month, said Monday that they are seeking citizen input on whether they should attempt to recall Brewer in the 2012 election, the Arizona Republic reported.

    Woot !

  18. 144 Mary Gray
    November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Arianna is as vile as they come. Haven’t been to HP since before she sold out.

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      I haven’t been there at all for a long, long, time, unless there’s a really good link recommended here. Guess she’s not missing me, but – then again – the feeling is sure mutual.

      There are no words.

  19. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Can you believe this guy used to be married to Julia Roberts 🙂

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing!

    • 148 theo67
      November 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      This is when I started liking Julia Roberts – because she saw the sweet man inside, and didn’t get distracted by the outside.From what I understand, they managed to remain friends after they split up. He just seems like a really nice person.

    • 149 anniebella
      November 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

      I can believe he was married to Julie Roberts, because sometimes it’s not always about the looks. It’s about what your heart is like, how you treat people.

  20. November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    President Obama granted five pardons and commuted one individual’s sentence for distribution of cocaine, according to a White House press release. Those pardoned were incarcerated for charges ranging from distribution of illegal drugs to running an illegal gambling business.

    The White House press release below:


  21. 155 Linda
    November 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm



    Don’t we just love the internet ?

  22. November 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm


  23. November 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    YOUCH!~ GOP candidates b$tch slapped so hard by prominent ex-military figures–in defense of the POTUS– that the change fell out of their pockets!

    Three of the leading military minds in the party, former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, and retired Major General Paul Eaton, lit into the Republican field for their shifting positions and made clear that Obama’s military achievements — including the Al Qaeda leader’s death — will be fair political game in 2012.

    “I think he is remarkably strong,” Danzig said of Obama’s national security record. “The more this election is about security issues the more advantageous that is to this president.”

    The trio accused top Republicans of waffling on the major national security issues of the day, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in Libya, and efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear. “While President Obama has kept his promises across the globe, the leading Republicans have been all over the map, offering sound-bite critiques and shifting positions with every change in the headlines as they seek partisan advantage,” Clark said. Much of his fire was focused on Romney, who authored a book, No Apology, that fiercely criticized the president’s foreign policy as weak and ineffective. He cited a 2007 quote from Romney downplaying Bin Laden’s capture in which the governor said “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth [and] spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

    “But like all of us, [Romney] cheered his demise,” Clark added.



    h/t Benjy Sarlin

    • November 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Booyah. Just wait til the campaign gets into full effect. The rethugs are gonna get it from all directions.

    • 161 Vicky
      November 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Love General Clark!! Would love to see him working more closely with Obama.

    • 162 theo67
      November 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      If McCain had any integrity, he would have been standing next to these other military men, supporting the President’s awesome foreign policy record.

      • November 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

        If McCain had any integrity he would be another person, not the one who brought us Palin and denied every decent thing he once supported.

      • November 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        He has none. McCain and I were in the South China Sea at about the same time. Though on different ships, his antics were will know in the fleet. He was a hotdog then that turned his POW status into political cash. Truth be told, his ass wouldn’t have landed in the Hanoi Hilton if he’d payed more attention to his training instead of chasing skirts.
        i’m still trying to figure out how he got into flight training having graduated near the bottom of his class. Sheesh! Talk about being born on third base. He should have been a used car salesman in the Arctic. 😦

        • 166 theo67
          November 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm

          Weren’t his father and grandfather bigwigs in the military? Might explain a lot. Anyway, I don’t want to disrespect his service, but his conduct first with the Palin selection and now with the Obama presidency has left me with a very bad taste in my mouth, regarding John McCain.

        • November 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

          That’s what I always heard about him. My husband an ex soldier said the only thing heroic about him is survival. He isn’t a war hero. Wesley Clarke said that and got trashed by everyone during the 2008 campaign

    • 169 Lovepolitics2008
      November 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      I’m happy some military people are speaking out. But they are democrats so it won’t make waves. But what a relly cool thing it would be if some republicans in the military or in the defense establishment gave a strong endorsement to POTUS in some media with large viewersip. People like General McMullen and Bob Gates, who have worked closely with POTUS, have a great deal of respect for him and sung his praises publicly on a few occasions. I have a fantasy that they will be invited on FOX on a live show some day and use this opportunity to tell O’Reilly and Co. that Barack Obama is a strong and brilliant leader and Commander- in-Chief. Oh… Just to imagine the face of the guys at Fox… I know… I know… Just a fantasy. One can dream…

    • 172 vitaminlover
      November 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

      This is so terrific!! Way to stand up for what is just and right, General Clark, Secretary Danzig and Major General Eaton. You are of great caliber in my book. Love it.

  24. 173 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    While he’s taking in the soothing sounds of the country music instruments, our President is imaging himself playing the GOP like a fiddle or banjo.

  25. 178 24Sass
    November 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    That is one sweet picture of PBO. No wonder Michelle thinks he’s cute!!

  26. 179 Linda
    November 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I love James Taylor…..

    My oldest son looks like him…his name is also James.

  27. 194 GGail
    November 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m looking at that YUMMY pic of POTUS and listening to the lovely music of James Taylor!


    • 195 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I’m enjoying this show … have my DVR set for the PBS version on Wednesday, but forgot we could see the whole event livestreamed. Even better since you know who are in the house tonight!

  28. 196 bonkers
    November 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Another cowboy hat-wearing Obamabot performed at the White House last time they had a country night:

    Very impressive guy, that Brad Paisley.

  29. November 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Who’s this beautiful young African American country singer?

  30. November 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    PBO is looking super handsome tonight. particularly when he holds his head so regally high. Shhhh Don’t tell Hubby I’m fawning over here

  31. 212 halo
    November 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm


    • 213 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Indeed. For t’was Fineman himself who smugly proclaimed in the summer that “The Republicans have won this debt ceiling debate and Obama has negotiated himself into oblivion.”

  32. 214 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Oh Goody more James Taylor. I just love him. His voice is so beautiful and comforting.

  33. 215 LunarSea
    November 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Watching the concert online. It’s so cute to see men in suits being Roadies hehehe

  34. 217 CTGirl
    November 21, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Now we are talkin’!

  35. 218 GGail
    November 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    This is my personal opinion….I don’t like that pink dress – yuck. I think it’s too short and tight for the occasion.

  36. November 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Who is the pretty young girl in the red (inch too short)dress who is singing the Loretta Lynn song?

  37. 225 ChristiMtl
    November 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  38. 230 halo
    November 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Excuse me, “Sources”

  39. 231 jacquelineoboomer
    November 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Mrs. Robinson just yawned. So cute.

  40. 232 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    James Taylor for Obama

  41. 233 LunarSea
    November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    That young lady was killing that ‘little red dress’ for real. Love to see young women with curves looking good in their skin. Used to always worry bout mine with all the really skinny models et al but they embraced it. I think that generation really moved away from eating disorders for the most part. Young ladies of my generation were rife with eating disorders.

    Okay, that went a little off topic. LOL

    • 234 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Let your mind go wherever it wants!


      • 235 LunarSea
        November 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        Really as a female growing up in 60s & 70s twiggy had a huge impact on us young women. I had so many friends that were having eating disorders. We used to have interventions for them! So I really worried about my own girls and made sure to never compare them to ultra skinny models or equate their beauty to the size of their jeans.

        Sounds trite now but that was the reality of many a young lady back then. Now their friends are all shapes and sizes & I just love how comfortable they all are in their skins. And so I notice these things FWIW LOL

        • 236 jacquelineoboomer
          November 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

          Back in the ’60s, I *was* Twiggy. But mine was natural – I just couldn’t gain weight – and I really wanted to put on a few pounds! I wasn’t influenced by anybody; I just was tired of “the look.”

          Apparently, all I needed to do was wait a few decades!

          • 237 LunarSea
            November 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

            “Apparently, all I needed to do was wait a few decades!” I hear that… 😆

          • 239 Roberta in MN
            November 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

            Boy does all this sound familiar. Graduated in 1960, and I couldn’t put weight on either until I had my first child and lost it right away. Now that I am older, I need to take it off for health reasons, just not fair. But I hear you all.
            Have a good night, need to hit the rack and early appointment tomorrow

    • November 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Amen! I wasn’t gonna say this, but I think she was smiling at PBO while singing quite a bit. I thought it was cute. especially when she said it was an honor for her to sing for them. She’s so cute and bubbly. What a flirt. Good for her. 🙂

  42. 241 LunarSea
    November 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Wow these performers are doing a great job with all my favorite songs. Takes guts to do Whitney and do it well. Go Girl!

  43. 242 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Awwwwwww, they sang my song — “Funny how time slips away” Loved the original by Joe Hinton. My house burned down in 1964 and we lived over my Aunt and Uncle’s bar while it was being rebuilt; I was steady throwing quarters in the juke — my songs we “Funny;” Lloyd Price’s “Pride and Joy;” and Sam Cooke’s “Woman, A Lover, A Friend” I had a rather sophisticated taste for a 9 year old… 😉

  44. November 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Oh man, Miche looks like she was there to party. She was dancing and rocking on the stage. She is so cute!!!

  45. November 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I really enjoyed the in Performance at the White House. And I think the first couple did too.
    Hope Michelle has he cowboy boots. 😉

  46. 257 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    That was a nice concert. Michelle was dressed to party 🙂

  47. 258 anniebella
    November 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I really enjoy the Country Music Show. I really did. And looks like FLOTUS did too when she was dancing on the stage. By the way, FLOTUS look wonderful.

  48. 259 LunarSea
    November 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Didn’t POTUS get a hat when Down Under. Too bad he didn’t sport it for the occassion. Maybe Sheep hats don’t mix with Cow hats 😆

  49. 260 dotster3
    November 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    That was entertaining. Enjoyed it. Country is not my first choice, but I thought they put on a great show tonight. I used to really be in love with Kris Kristofferson and always loved his politics. He’s old now—-and so am I. Sigh. I even loved watching those old guys in the band, having the best time. There’s something about musicians. They LOVE what they do, and it’s thrilling to see people who LOVE what they do. Thought it was a lot of fun.

  50. November 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Gosh, I miss it. Anybody know if this will be reaired?

  51. November 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Romney’s Trial Balloon For Privatized Veterans Care Explodes
    Benjy Sarlin November 21, 2011, 5:09 PM 5457 72

    So much for that idea. Mitt Romney is rapidly walking back a proposal to partially privatize VA care after a wave of criticism from Democrats and veterans groups.

    “I have no proposal of that nature,” Romney told the Nashua Telegraph on Monday. “We had a group of veterans and said, ‘tell me about the quality of your care.’ Some were concerned about the quality of their health care. I said, ‘what kind of options do you have, what do you think about a system that let you go to private as well as VA hospitals?’ The response was mixed, but I don’t have any proposal of that nature. We have a VA system that needs to be improved and I’ve got no plans to change that other than to make it better and to invest more money in providing for our veterans.”

    Earlier this month in South Carolina, Romney floated the idea of a voucher system, telling a crowd at a BBQ restaurant: “Sometimes you wonder, would there be someway to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know, each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them, like what happens with schools in Florida where they have a voucher that follows them. Who knows.”

    Democrats pounced with a web video highlighting the remarks. And Retired General Wesley Clark threw a parting shot at Romney as he retreated on the issue at a press conference on Monday.

    “I’m not sure exactly what Governor Romney was proposing — what I’ve seen, he throws out an idea, he takes back the idea,” Clark said in response to a question from TPM. “But I wouldn’t want our veterans to depend on vouchers for their care. When men and women join the United States Armed Forces we have an obligation as a nation to support them…I don’t believe it’s appropriate to trust that to a private voucher system. The VA hospitals are set up to focus on the kind of care our veterans need and we should emphasize that as this president has done.


    • 265 jacquelineoboomer
      November 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      One of the best things about going into the military – or being a veteran or a dependent – is their medical coverage. They deserve the best – not the worst.

      Go away, Romney. YOU ARE USELESS. Wesley Clark did a bang-up job speaking out today. Good for him.

    • November 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Good Zinging cut down from Gen Clark! THanks rikyrah~ One of these days ol mittmop is going to have too many lies swirling around in his Robothead and he’s not going to remember which went where.

  52. 268 LunarSea
    November 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Wow, listening to Paisley in that clip was very timely after yesterdays NASCAR ‘incident’ !

    It’s why I try to never paint a whole segment of our population with a broad brush. Between the warmth from these performers and the images of the other parts to yesterday’s events it’s plain to see that many people from all walks appreciate and admire the folks in the whitehouse.

    There will always be those seeking to divide and conquer us. It’s better to refer to the ‘idiots that boo’d’ than to denigrate everyone in attendance.

    Hopefully this post will be taken in the spirit in which it was intended and not as an attack or admonishment.

  53. 269 jacquelineoboomer
    November 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Rev. Al said on his show that the Scott Walker Recall volunteers have already gotten one-fifth the # of signatures they need – in four days – and still have a couple of months to finish.


    On to Arizona next, hopefully!

    • 277 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      What a touching video. Thank you! Veteran McCarry for your service to this country and your support for the AJA.

    • 278 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Wow, thanks Chips, that’s the Vets day parade in my county seat; Vice President Biden was our speaker this year!

    • November 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Awwww geez Chips, you turned on the water works again. 😉

      • November 22, 2011 at 12:36 am

        Thanks again Chipsticks. You always know when and how to bring us back to a point where we can make each other laugh and cry with love and respect. Thanks for all that you do for us and for our President and his team. You make me happy each day to be here. Get some rest because we surely need you. Nite to you and all of my TOD Family.HZ

  54. November 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    MSNBC has a poll on who is to blame for the super committee failure. So far 66% agree GOP. Only 7% President Obama. Please vote.


    • November 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

      That was Precious, Chips, thank you! Wonder which members of Congress made it? 🙂

      He mentioned Charlie Pride was there a couple of years ago..I think Pride is a republican but that wouldn’t stop the Obamas from inviting him. Bless their reaching out HEARTS.

  55. 297 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    MEMO FROM: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Setting the Record Straight on the Supercommittee


    Setting the Record Straight on the Supercommittee – Democrats Supported Big, Bold, Balanced Plan; GOP Supported Grover Norquist’s ‘Protect the One Percent’ Pledge

    See examples at link below…..



  56. 298 Tnmtngirl
    November 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Guess I am stupid, but I can’t find a place to vote. All I see is results. ????????

  57. 300 CTGirl
    November 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Lawrence O’D is on fire!

  58. November 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm


    9:35 AM The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

    9:50 Departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Manchester, N.H.

    11:0 Arrives in Manchester, N.H.

    1:20 Departs Manchester, N.H.

    2:55 Arrives at the White House

    • November 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      As much as I love PBO’s foreign visits, it’s nice to be following the President on his travels in the good ol’ USA again.

    • November 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      I like he’s getting back on the AJA push, not letting the super committee failure put the message back on debt/deficit. I’d like to see the President tie the jobs push into the debt/deficit discussion (or the vice versa) in that the more jobs created increases the tax base so more revenues and less folks claiming UEI – more folks with money to spend means more jobs created etc.

      Best deficit reducer is more jobs created.

  59. November 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Oops. didn’t know I wasn’t signed in. Hubby and I sharing computer while in VA and he must have shut down, then re-booted.

  60. 318 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Lawrence O. . . is awesome tonight!
    Love when he speaks like that about this President. The best President there is!

  61. November 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Rob Reich aka Debbie Downer.

  62. 325 dotster3
    November 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This may have been reported here and I missed it, but just thought this was hilarious and confirms what we all have suspected: poll shows Fox viewers are less informed than those who watch no news at all! LOL!

  63. 326 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Oh dear Michael Moore is going to be on…I’m switching the channel right away!

  64. November 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Lawry just fucking lost me. He’s gonna have Fat Fuck Michael Moore on to talk about UC Davis. Lawry always finds a way to mess with my good news buzz. Asshat 🙄

  65. November 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Rush Limbaugh Claims NASCAR Fans Booed Michelle Obama Because She’s Uppity
    November 21, 2011
    By Jason Easley

    On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh justified the booing of First Lady Michelle Obama at a NASCAR race as the crowd reacting to her uppityism.

    Here is the audio from Media Matters:

    Bottom line, we don’t like being told what to eat; we don’t like being told how much to exercise; we don’t like being told what we’ve got to drive; we don’t like wasting money; we don’t like our economy being bankrupted. We don’t like 14% unemployment. The question is, what the hell is there to cheer for when Miss Obama and Ms. Biden show up? NASCAR people, as are most people in this country, are mature, tolerant people, who fully understand when they’re being insulted and condescended to. And they remember being called bitter clingers. They know that in their hearts the Obamas don’t like them. We’ve taken notice of this, as has, by the way, Chris Matthews. And a lot of congressional Democrats are also fully aware that the Obamas just don’t like a lot of people, and they don’t like hanging around a lot of people.

    I’ll tell you something else. We don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s vacations. The NASCAR crowd doesn’t quite understand why when the husband and the wife are going to the same place, the first lady has to take her own Boeing 757 with family and kids and hangers-on four hours earlier than her husband, who will be on his 747. NASCAR people understand that’s a little bit of a waste. They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism. First ladies have not been known to hop their own 757s four hours ahead of their husband when they’re both going to the same place.

    Rush Limbaugh might have a set new record for the number of lies told about Michelle Obama in less than two minutes. I could go through them all, but anyone with a brain knows that unemployment is not 14%, the taxpayers aren’t paying millions of dollars for vacations, and Obama’s base is still as supportive as ever.


  66. 339 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I notice that Jake Tapper and Chuckie Todd were pretty much MIA today…the trip completely did them in. They ought to have a new appreciation for our President’s remarkable stamina.

  67. 341 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Okay this tweet has me rolling on the floor with laughter!

  68. 343 carolyn
    November 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Aah……I’m not the only one who thinks Mittens is a Ken doll….all plastic, no reality…….

  69. 345 ChristiMtl
    November 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    First Romney TV Ad Falsely Presents McCain Campaign Quote As Obama’s

    The ad features a voice-over of Obama saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” Then-candidate Obama indeed said those words, perhaps dozens of times during the closing month of the 2008 campaign. The only problem? Obama was actually quoting the words of a strategist from Sen. John McCain’s campaign. Watch the Romney campaign’s blatantly dishonest ad:


  70. November 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    COOL! A preview of some behind-the-scenes video at DinnerWithBarack:

  71. 352 Ladyhawke
    November 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Fake Democratic pollsters have stupid idea

    The Wall Street Journal publishes nonsense from Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, because they think you’re an idiot


    I think it’s best to understand the Wall Street Journal editorial board’s decision to publish any given column by con artist pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell as basically an expression of contempt for people who read the Wall Street Journal editorial page.

    Caddell and Schoen, two loser “Democratic” “pollsters,” regularly publish very lame link-bait columns about how if Democrats want to succeed electorally, they must immediately cease being Democrats, and become, instead, Republicans. This week’s variation on that theme: Barack Obama should step aside (already heard that one last year around this time) and allow himself to be replaced by Hillary Clinton, for the good of the party and the nation.
    As I said, printing their editorials is an implicit admission that you think your audience is credulous and moronic. The people in charge of the Wall Street Journal are savvy enough about politics to know that all of this is bilge and bullshit. They know both that this will never happen and that it’d be a stupid suggestion even if it were within the realm of possibility. They just don’t care. They don’t care that they’re printing garbage, because they figure garbage will get some traffic from those engaged in the same game.

    If I were a conservative American I’d be less outraged at the specter of liberal elites hypothetically disrespecting me from their coastal enclaves and much more pissed off that the people on my side are constantly peddling this bullshit.



  72. November 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    heheh Meta we were thinking alike:)

  73. 356 Justjean
    November 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Apparently there is a National Voter Registration Form that can be used by most anyone in the US. This website helps you access it and provide what is required. Please consider letting everyone know about it. After witnessing the news tonight I became more convinced than ever that we have got to get every concerned citizen mobilized.


  74. November 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

    This is a terrific brief summary of what happened with all of President Obama’s Asia-Pacific meetings.

    Obama’s Overseas Triumph


    • 358 Fancieful
      November 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

      It certainly is! And yet I still don’t think Drum “got it!” It still seems peripheral to his consciousness. Or he would have taken the ball and run with it—at least as far as the economic, job-creating ramifications of these agreements went.

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